A new Syria attack on the region near the Turkish border town of Akcakale today, led to another retaliatory shelling by the Turks into Syria, according to wire services reporting from the region. Although there were no reports of casualties, the situation in the border area remains tense—as does the situation around the country.
For example, according to the Voice of Russia, Syrian forces crushed a rebel invasion from across the border with Lebanon, and retook control of the main road from Lebanon to Damascus. Heavy fighting continues, as well, in the areas of Homs and Aleppo.
On Oct. 6, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, speaking at a press conference with the Defense Minister of Peru, said the U.S. is using its diplomatic channels to try to prevent the conflict from broadening. It should be remembered, of course, that Turkey has already taken its case to the NATO Council, which, on Oct. 4, took up the issue under Article 4—which is short of military action.
Meanwhile, the warmongering forces, operating according to the British and Saudi script, are beating the drums of war. One of these today was Washington Post senior editor David Ignatius, who reported on his experiences embedded with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the Syria/Turkey border area, sneaking under barbed wire barriers, and having discussions with commanders and troops in the area. This romanticized coverage is meant to give the impression that these troops just need more American aid—lest they become too dependent upon the foreign jihadists who are among their ranks.
That these same FSA forces have been condemned for crimes of war, and are of the same ilk that killed American diplomats in Benghazi, is totally ignored.