What is at stake in Syria?
By: Chris Marsden, WSW
Sadly, it seems that in today's world there is more truth-telling coming out of Russia and China than there is coming out of the United States.
The international media is
conspiring to conceal the real aims and intentions of the United States and
other major powers towards Syria.
way the American media has been lying regarding the
real intentions of the United States in Syria is just
another chapter concerning the way America's financial
elites BRAZENLY manipulate American
public opinion. Edward Bernays, in his 1928 book, Propaganda,
approvingly calls this kind of "truth-telling" -
"The conscious and intelligent MANIPULATION
of the ... habits and opinions of the masses ..."
[That means YOU!]
Bernays saw this kind of fallacious "truth-telling" as necessary insofar as modern-day democracies were concerned - which he and his elite masters thought had taken the concept of democracy or "people power" too far.
The renewed push in the United
Nations to condemn the regime of Bashir al-Assad for "crimes against
humanity" has been accompanied by a drumbeat of accounts of rising
casualties in Homs, including the deaths of journalists. The media barrage
excludes any objective analysis of the social and political character of the
opposition, its ties to ... [the American New World Order System], or the
historical origins of the present crisis. All casualties in a civil war stoked
by the US and its allies are automatically attributed to government security
This is a coordinated campaign to manipulate public opinion in support
of military intervention in the name of "human rights," following
the script of last year's bloody exercise in regime-change in
Libya. The immediate demand is for the setting up of "humanitarian
corridors" protected militarily by the Gulf States, Turkey and
NATO, as well as the arming of the opposition. [Please see our
article, "Libya: Lies, Lies and
NOTE: One should be very
careful here in noting the fact that the American elite's
plans to make war with Syria and eventually Iran have
little or nothing to do with protecting Israel, and everything
to do with securing the oil wealth of the Middle East
and Central Asia.
Americans should reject all
attempts to drag them behind another colonial-style intervention by
cynically playing on their humanitarian impulses. The destabilization
of Syria is not the result of a mass popular upsurge against Assad. Unlike the revolutionary movement that
erupted in Egypt, the Syrian opposition has little support in major urban
centers such as Damascus and Aleppo, where the installation of a
Sunni regime that will persecute Syria's minorities is feared.
Immediately after legitimate protests began against Assad's repressive regime, Washington
began working with the regional powers—Saudi Arabia, Qatar and
Turkey—to cultivate and arm a right-wing sectarian opposition with
the aim of bringing about regime-change. The US-backed opposition is led by figures with long connections to the
CIA and various ex-regime forces, they dominate
the Syrian National Council and the Free Syrian Army.
Many of the journalists
pontificating on Syria are well aware that humanitarian concerns do not
animate Western support for the opposition. In the February 26 New York Times, Steven Erlanger
acknowledges that the conflict in Syria "has already become a proxy fight
for larger powers in the region and beyond." He writes:
US-backed opposition is led by figures with long connections
to the CIA and various ex-regime forces, they dominate
the Syrian National Council and the Free Syrian Army.
"For Washington, Europe and the Sunnis of Saudi Arabia and
the gulf, the impact on Iran is as important as the fate of
Erlanger cites Olivier Roy, a
French historian of the Middle East, who states bluntly:
"Syria is almost the only country where the so-called Arab
Spring could change the geo-strategic concept of the region...
if the regime is toppled, we have a totally new landscape."
Changing the landscape means isolating Iran, strategically
located at the junction of the oil-rich Middle East and Central
Asia, and removing it as an obstacle to
the establishment of US hegemony in the region.
Plans to overthrow Assad
militarily to achieve this aim are being constantly leaked to the media. These
leaks prepare public opinion for what comes next.
Asharq Al-Awsat, which is tied to
the Saudi Royal family, has reported an unnamed source in the US military
stating that the Pentagon is planning to intervene in Syria based on
NATO's 1998 strategy in Kosovo. It would begin by establishing "a
secure zone" near the border with Turkey, followed by the provision of
"humanitarian aid... first, through the International Red Cross and,
then, through NATO forces that will move in from Turkey."
This "paves the way for the declaration of an air exclusion
zone" like those imposed on Kosovo and Iraq "before the overthrow
of the regime of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein." [Please
see our articles on Kosovo, "Follow-Up
Report on: 'More Lies and Deception Concerning Kosovo'"
and "Kosovo and Depleted
The UN's Human Rights
Commission is set to endorse a call to "permit humanitarian
agencies" to deliver aid to "Homs, Deraa, Zabadani and other
areas." France has said the UN Security Council will then be presented
with another draft resolution on the need to gain access to these areas.
What has so far stayed the hands
of the Western powers is not only the opposition of Moscow and Beijing ...
but also by "very strong opposition to foreign intervention, from inside
Syria, from outside Syria" - a fact admitted to the BBC by US Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton.
The first Gulf War in 1991 coincided with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the only power in the world that had the military muscle to stop the US. The US saw this as an historic opportunity to rewind the clock of history all over the world.
Syria is only the latest in a series
of Middle East "interventions" carried out by the US, with the
active support of the European powers. The first Gulf War in 1991
coincided with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the only power in the world
that had the military muscle to stop the US. The US saw this as an historic
opportunity to rewind the clock of history all over the world. It saw the end
of Moscow's position as a contending super power as giving it a
free hand to use its military superiority to establish hegemony over
strategically vital oil-producing regions. What followed were interventions
in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
secret war against Syria
War against Syria would only be a stepping-stone to the targeting of Iran.
It has already helped polarize the Middle East along a sectarian
Sunni-Shia axis. [Please see our article "Mene,
Mene, Tekel, Upharsin" for information concerning
the split of the Islamic world into two factions: the Shia and
It can rapidly become a world
confrontation involving ... [the destruction of ALL opposition in the
region against the American New World Order System].
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