Press TV has conducted an interview with Mark Glenn, with the Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement from Idaho to further discuss the issue. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Mr. Glenn another media campaign against Syria with accusations of weapons of mass destruction. Just how close are we to seeing another Iraqi-style military intervention in Syria?
Glenn: I don’t think that we are anytime going to see this taking place soon. I see this latest development as basically arising out of the surprise that was sprung on Secretary of Defense Hagel when he went to Israel and met with his counterpart [Israeli Minister of Defense] Moshe Yaalon. Then, without having even discussed this with Hagel, all of a sudden it is breaking out in Israeli media that Syria supposedly used these weapons of mass destruction.
So, I see this latest admission on the part of the [US] president, where even if you look at the language that he is using.
He says, with varying degrees of confidence, meaning that the US intelligence community and certainly Obama’s White House do not believe that Assad used these weapons against his own people.
So, I think what we are seeing right now basically is just damage control in Obama and his administration; trying to contain what really was a dirty trick that was played upon them when Hagel visited Israel and this news was released in the Israeli media.
Press TV: What we are seeing is a media war going on with Western media having the upper hand. But, what role can non-Western media play in preventing a military intervention and then of course bringing out the truth.
Glenn: Well I think that the truth is coming out with outlets such as Press TV and others. I that think basically all that is being done is all that can be done right now.
I don’t see any military intervention taking place anytime soon for the simple reason that the Russians and the Chinese have made it very clear that they are firmly opposed to the NATO meeting earlier this weekend with [US Secretary of State John] Kerry and his counterpart [Russian Foreign Minister Sergey] Lavrov going head to head and Lavrov elucidating the position of the Russian government, which is that they are completely opposed to any kind of military intervention in Syria.
So, I don’t see this happening anytime soon. I think the United States finds herself in between a rock and a hard place. You’ve got the Israelis breathing down America’s neck saying attack, attack, attack and the United States is in this position right now where she does not particularly look forward to the prospect of possibly getting involved militarily with a nuclear armed power such as Russia.
Press TV: I don’t want to project this, but if in an event of military intervention in Syria: How much do you think other countries will become physically involved such as Russia, China and Israel perhaps from the Golan Heights?
Glenn: Well I think that these countries are already involved. Syria would not have withstood the kinds of pressures, if we want to use that word; that she has been under now for the past two years; were it not for the direct assistance that she’s gotten from Russia, from Iran and from other players.
So, let’s not be naïve here. There are roots on the ground even if it’s being done in an advisory position and the United States knows this.
This quickly could turn from a cold war into a hot war, meaning that you have these major players involved in this if the United States oversteps her balance and tries to do to Syria what she did to Libya.
Remember she was able to get away with doing to Libya what she did because she did have at least a tacit approval from Russia in the [United Nations] Security Council.
This time she [the US] doesn’t have that and so the United States understands that if you pick a fight with a bear then you may wind up getting hurt.
I don’t think the United States or any of the Western countries right now is willing to risk something like this.