Sean Bresnahan, a TPQ regular, with his own personal take on the situation in Syria.
When we look to what is happening now in Syria, the first thing we should cast a critical eye toward is the prevailing notion in the Western media that the situation there arose from peaceful anti-regime protests against the government of Bashar al-Assad.
The truth is much deeper, and yet the situation is not as complicated as it first presents.
Western revisionist accounts, which unfortunately are the staple diet of people in our society, who are subject to constant propaganda through mainstream media, promote, often without realising it, a skewed narrative that deliberately misdirects the audience away from the reality the crisis has been generated to serve a specific need.
The obscene truth of Syria is that Britain and America attempted the ouster of Bashar al-Assad by coordinating terrorist proxy groups – some of them transferred wholesale from Libya (who they’d just decapitated) – the intent being to destabilise the country to the point of collapse, which would in turn allow them to loot and pillage in much the way as had been done in Iraq and Libya previously.
The US used a similar strategy in El Salvador and Nicaragua in the 1980s, arming reactionary death squads to foment division and in turn deflect revolutionary currents. Thus why many geopolitical experts speak of the ‘Salvador Option Iraq’ and now the ‘Salvador Option Syria’, both of which were overseen by Washington apparatchik and Foreign Service supremo Robert S. Ford, in a lineal progression from Central America to Iraq to Libya to Syria.
A question you will never hear asked on Sky News, CNN or the BBC, but which should certainly be answered, is why was US Ambassador Ford, a protégé of the notorious John Negroponte of Honduran infamy, shifted from Baghdad to Damascus at the beginning of 2011, only two months before this latest outbreak of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’.
Informed observers are acutely aware of his role in integrating mercenary death squads into the opposition in Iraq to institute chaos on the streets, the purpose being, as with leftist currents in Central America in years beforehand, to stem the growing Sunni insurgency in that country through the orchestration of tension to promote division.
Some of us might also remember the infamous ‘jail-break’ of the British SAS men in Baghdad during the same period, who were part of these same provocateur acts of sabotage and aggression, dressed as Arabs carrying out acts of terrorism to pit communities in Iraq against each other, rather than have them unite against the real enemy – the British-American occupation.
Such tactics were further employed against the Qaddafi regime in Libya, so it’s difficult to take seriously the idea Ford was sent to Syria for unrelated reasons. Indeed the renowned journalist Seymour Hersh, in his acclaimed account of imperialist plotting in the Middle East, ‘The Redirection’, described how what would become the ‘spontaneous’ uprising in Dara’a in March 2011 was in fact planned out as long ago as 2007.
So it’s difficult to believe the appointment of Ford was merely happenstance. Long before the slogan ‘Arab Spring’ was concocted by those who control and manipulate the Western media the violence now ravaging Syria was being planned, with training, funding and arms being supplied to those who were to carry out the task.
With that in mind, it’s not all that strange that in the initial exchanges many still refer to as ‘peaceful protests’, 70 percent of those injured or killed by gunfire were Syrian policemen, to say nothing of the presence of grenade launchers and automatic machine guns among the crowds, with rooftop snipers wantonly targeting both sides at will – no doubt in an effort to foster increased conflict between genuine protestors and the state.
These events, as those ongoing, were manipulated from start to finish by outside powers with form, whose ultimate purpose was to neuter a political enemy of the Zionist regime in Palestine, that the Israeli occupation might profit from the same. Initial attempts at regime change in Syria then were not responsive to violence, itself of the West’s own making, in order to protect the Syrian people from ‘arch-butcher Assad’. Rather it was a case of orchestrating violence to give pretext for expansionist military intervention in pursuit of region-wide conquest on behalf of the powers-that-be.
As such, the terrorist insurgencies in Syria and Iraq are the creation of Western Intelligence, a Western scheme to bring chaos into the Middle East to prop up Israel, Balkanise its powerful adversaries and in turn further their own strategic ends. So for ourselves when analysing the war in Syria, it’s important to place the conflict there in the context of the US-UK-Israeli project to reshape the Middle East region and dismantle the resistance system therein.
And yet it didn’t work, or at least not as yet. But still they continued on regardless, changing tact to create a mythical enemy, a terror group so obscene it would give them the necessary pretext to step in – with ‘mission creep’ and regime change the real agenda coming through from behind. Thus was born ‘Islamic State’.
Over the last year NATO has been bombing this ‘Islamic State’ in Syria without the consent of its government – a supreme ‘crime of aggression’ under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and a so-called ‘Nuremberg Offence’. And yet ‘Islamic State’ is stronger, principally because while claiming their sorties are aimed at ISIS, NATO’s bombing campaign has served instead to effect the systematic destruction of the Syrian infrastructure, attacking and weakening the Assad regime and in turn strengthening ISIS, who have also profited from arms being ‘mistakenly’ dropped into territories they hold – if we can believe that for a second.
Despite all of this it still hasn’t been enough to carry the day, the Syrian government has not collapsed as anticipated and thus we now have a further ramping up of the terror threat, at home and abroad, to provide the necessary pretext for an all-out war on Syria, to include no doubt at its end a political settlement with the Ba’athist regime fractured and de-robed, the country itself probably partitioned – with in all likelihood the Israeli-occupied Golan awarded to the criminal Zionist entity that stands on the historic lands of Palestine. This is the real purpose of the Syrian war ongoing and these same tactics are as old as the hills.
For ourselves as Irish republicans and thus as partners in the anti-imperialist movement worldwide, while yes, being unable to effect a systemic change to the policies of Western governments, given our limited political strength, it is nevertheless important that we be aware ourselves of the true dynamics at play in Syria, in turn helping foster increased awareness in the communities where we live. Through as much we can make a small, though important, contribution to help bring this criminal aggression to an end. It’s long overdue.