American Intervention in Syria: Will President Obama Approve It?
It has been well over two years and over 70,000 deaths since the Syrians rose up against President Assad. Millions of Syrians have sought refuge in the border regions of Turkey and Jordan. With Assad's forces in combination with hezbollah and Iranian forces, the Free Syrian Army and others have been battered back away from Homs and other areas they once held. It seems as if nothing is done from outside countries, Assad will be able to crush the opposition in time.
Behind the scenes, however, there is an American plan to intervene, finally. It would involve Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Israel, Jordan and possibly Turkey. The Israeli and American Air Force units would provide these forces with air cover from Syrian air space. The 20-mile buffer zone along the border from the Jordanian-Israeli border and include the southern and western outskirts of Damascus. Artillery would keep this area in range.
The town of Deraa, where it all began, would be declared the capital of Syria. Most importantly is that no American troops would set foot in Syria but up to 3000 special trained free Syrian forces would under US command in Jordan. There is a special Druze military unit that would control the area in Jabal al-Druze area of southern Syria. This area has about 120 towns and is important for their geographic positions in the Iraqi-Jordanian-Syrian border area.
What will the plan accomplish?
A show of force from the outside world, morale boost to the Free Syrian Army, a warning to Assad and the no-fly zone would prevent him in conducting some operations. But, it would not halt his ground forces, just his aviation assets. Would the West shoot down violators? Making the city of Deraa the capital is symbolic but it is a start. More interesting is how the various al-Qaeda affiliated factions of the Free Syrian Army would conduct themselves? They have their own agenda, as do the Iranians and Hezbollah, both anti-Israeli at their core. Also, the FSA and al-Nusra, both trying to remove Assad, have already battled one another for the same objective. What happens when an Israeli or US jet is downed and the pilot is captured? Would Iran send even more troops to help Assad overland from the Iraqi border, would the IAF or US jets attack them?
But, Obama is under pressure to do something.