The Syrian civil war began in early 2011, with unrest and foreign-backed rebel forces masquerading as a popular insurgency calling for the ouster of the Democratically-elected President Bashar Assad, leading to an estimated 300,000 Syrians killed and millions more compelled to seek refuge beyond Syrian borders. The situation only intensifies.
Yet contrary to all official claims, intervening in the Syrian government was on the American agenda years before the Arab Spring. The establishment journalist Christiane Amanpour knew in 2005, and retired General Wesley Clark knew in 2001, that it was on the bucket list.
While Syria had certainly known oppressive regimes in the past, Assad, unlike leaders in the west such as Obama or Trudeau, has been faithful in trying to fulfill promises to his peoples. When the rest of the world balked at the idea that he was a threat to Syrian citizens, the United States gave the rebels access to chemical weapons banned under international law. And then blamed Assad for the death and destruction, as though he suddenly felt the need to burn the very people who elected him into power. It could be argued that this was when Russian forces truly entered the scene, to combat the threats posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the Al-Nusra Front to the Syrian government. These groups generally known for terrorism predominately comprise the rebel forces actively vetted, trained, funded, armed and supported in Syria by America and its allies.
The United States has gone so blatantly overboard with openly defying international laws in the last dozen years especially, that Russia has been taking full advantage of the fact, milking it everywhere. Simply by having a foreign policy not foaming at the mouth insane (just cookie-cutter insane), Putin’s administration is offering a better alternative for foreign aid to the world stage, notably in Iran, Afghanistan, and Syria. So the global community is finding itself with torn allegiances, to the extent that NATO might well be broken up in coming years if not months, and with overtly more critical opinions being given to assorted United Nations policy in mainstream media the world over.
The oppression in Damascus which the United States is valiantly fighting to end.
However, Russia has not evolved its tactics from the cold war. Should a nation-state hold desirable resources and be willing to play ball, then such an ally receives both material and military aid. If the government prefers to maintain full sovereignty, then it is overthrown, with leaders assassinated and a puppet regime installed. That was always how Russia and the United States both conducted their respective foreign policies for the past 50 years at least, and possibly on back to the post-WWII years. But it requires a lot of ongoing maintenance though, and a lot of resources invested, which rarely renders worthwhile the resources received or riches plundered. In the 1990s, when Zionist think-tanks in Washington DC merged with Neoconservative policy-makers, new guidelines were set forth for the United States to pursue. In lieu of battling the determined, popular uprisings opposed to puppet governments, Israel’s long history of guerilla warfare assured that such rebel forces could be manufactured, supported and endorsed instead, leaving it to the people of a region to challenge their own government.
And with tremendous fuel both literal and metaphorical afforded to the Military Industrial Complex and NGOs accordingly, even exponentially, at minimal cost. The concept of masking orchestrated regime changes as a people’s rebellion was the origination of modern Neoliberalism. I haven’t seen anyone else draw that exact conclusion, but I’m going for it. It’s false populism. And contrary to media hype, Neocons and Neolibs are now ultimately one and the same conduit.
Earlier this week, Russian state media reported that Israeli Mossad agents along with military officers from the United States, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Turkey, were inadvertently killed in a strike by Russian forces in Syria. The United Nations Security Council promptly called an emergency meeting, where the British ambassador falsely accused Russia of committing war crimes through unprecedented military violence against civilians. Which is fundamentally what Israel, the United States, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Turkey have been guilty of, through destabilizing the Syrian government by way of sanctioned terrorist groups for the last 5 years and counting. Fessing to the physical presence of their officers on Syrian soil would be self-incriminating, so they are projecting their own sins and lying about it, insanely mislabeling Russia’s defense of the Syrian people from terrorists as the war crime.
This is categorically obscene, and that is the situation in Syria. One side is defending an ally from foreign invasion, and the other is crazy in the biblical sense. Most Americans are led to believe that Syria is governed by Nazis who are being rightfully punished for invading others. Meanwhile, that brand of ignorance and nothing else has already cost over 300,000 Syrian lives.