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.

The SHAMEFUL 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 forces.

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 More Lies."]

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.

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:

"For Washington, Europe and the Sunnis of Saudi Arabia and the gulf, the impact on Iran is as important as the fate of Mr. Assad."

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 Uranium Weapons."]

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.

NATO's secret war against Syria

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.

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 the Sunni.]

It can rapidly become a world confrontation involving ... [the destruction of ALL opposition in the region against the American New World Order System].

The Gog / Magog War

[Please see Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War."]



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