13-year-old warfare in Syria holds a warning for Ukraine

22 13-year-old warfare in Syria holds a warning for Ukraine

As soon as the US has its claws in a rustic, it received’t let go simply – and pal or foe, you’ll be left drained and damaged

‘March Insanity’ is such a NATO factor. The Western army alliance routinely kicks off conflicts in overseas international locations throughout this specific month, most not too long ago Serbia (1999), Iraq (2003), Libya (2011), and Syria (2011). In that final case, it took a number of years for the US to truly invade, however the sanctions and the covert assist of anti-government forces started immediately.

Bear in mind Bashar Assad, the Syrian president who merely ‘needed to go’, in keeping with everybody from then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and then-Secretary of State John Kerry, to then-Italian Overseas Minister Paolo Gentiloni Silveri. No matter occurred to Assad, anyway? Seems that he’s nonetheless residing a quiet life as president of Syria, and infrequently finds his identify being rolled round within the mouths of NATO’s regime change fans anymore.

Practically a decade after mounting a propaganda marketing campaign to assist a US-led NATO invasion of the nation, the State Division’s particular envoy to the battle, Ambassador James Jeffrey, confirmed in 2020 that the US was not looking for Assad’s ouster. As a substitute, he stated, it needed to see “a dramatic shift in habits,” evoking Japan’s transformation within the wake of the US dropping a few bombs on it throughout World Struggle II. 

That’s fairly the coverage shift. However it may be defined in precisely the identical approach {that a} man who lusts after a lady and will get shot down all of the sudden begins telling those that he was by no means actually into her anyway. The perspective modified as a result of Washington had no alternative. It had tried nearly every thing, and failed.

The anti-Syrian propaganda, now nearly non-existent, had for years been relentless. We have been instructed that Assad had merely misplaced management of the nation, and that the US and its allies couldn’t threat having ISIS terrorists operating round as a risk and making an attempt to determine a caliphate in Syria as a result of Assad merely wasn’t in a position to cease them. And at any time when he did attempt, he was conveniently accused of humanitarian offenses. So in fact, right here comes Uncle Sam to ‘assist’ do away with ISIS, and in addition Assad – completely with none humanitarian points, as a result of American bombs aren’t like that.

Within the course of, the CIA and Pentagon spent billions of {dollars} coaching and equipping ‘Syrian rebels’, a lot of whom bailed out to affix different jihadist teams, together with ISIS and Al-Qaeda, taking their shiny new weapons with them. 

There’s a evident parallel right here with Ukraine, which dangers following an analogous trajectory with Western involvement and patronage. Even earlier than the present battle, the CIA-linked Freedom Home and others had questioned the extent to which far-right extremists managed the nation. Main Western media shops have been publishing items referencing Ukraine’s neo-Nazi drawback. So it seems like the identical argument may sometime be used on Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky – that he’s misplaced management of the nation to extremists. And identical to the West educated extremists in Syria beneath the guise of serving to, they’ve accomplished the very same factor in Ukraine by coaching and equipping the Azov neo-Nazi fighters.

So what occurred to these ‘Syrian rebels’, anyway? Since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t desire a festering jihadist nest proper subsequent door, and understanding precisely who these fighters have been ever since a NATO base in Türkiye served as a staging floor for the mission to assist them, he in the end airlifted them en masse (an estimated 18,000 of them) to go combat – and die – in one other warfare that NATO had additionally kicked off in Libya. So, drawback solved. However the transfer raises a query for Ukraine’s future. What are all of the Western-trained neo-Nazis going to do when the mud settles in Ukraine, if Russia doesn’t full its said mission of de-Nazification?

Former French intelligence chief Alain Juillet has famous that the terrorist troubles in Syria simply occurred to come up three weeks after Assad’s choice in 2011 of an Iranian-Iraqi pipeline by way of Syria, relatively than a Saudi-Qatari pipeline. The competing pipeline plans would offer a approach for both Iran or Qatar to ship pure gasoline to Europe from the Iranian-Qatari South Pars/North Dome gasoline subject, thus eliminating the excessive price of transporting the gasoline by tankers. So the impetus for intervention was doubtless financial, as is often the case. There’s additionally little query that the West has all the time needed to manage Syria as a method of containing Iran. 

Not solely did that plan backfire, however spectacularly so. By 2015, then-US President Barack Obama, who at one level weighed conducting airstrikes on the nation, was asking Syrian allies Russia and Iran to work with the US to “resolve the battle.” He said that “we should acknowledge that there can’t be, after a lot bloodshed, a lot carnage, a return to the pre-war established order.” The US had gone from weapons ablaze regime-change mode, to asking ‘fairly please’ permission of Syrian allies Russia and Iran to assist them do it. 

Each Iran and Russia had entered the battle militarily on the request of Assad’s authorities to assist stabilize the nation, with Moscow first getting into the scene when preventing bought too shut for consolation to its heat water base for the Black Sea Fleet in Tartus. So mainly, Russia was referred to as in to assist clear up the mess that the US and NATO had manufactured from the nation. And by December 2018, after I requested Russian President Vladimir Putin at his annual press convention whether or not then-US President Donald Trump was proper about ISIS being defeated in Syria, he agreed

So Trump yanked out the US particular forces troops who had been deployed to the nation, and declared that America would solely preserve hanging round the place the oil was, in Syria’s japanese oil fields. “Our mission is the enduring defeat of ISIS,” the Pentagon chief stated, trying to reframe Trump’s crass admission. Yeah, proper – as a result of it’s not sufficient that ISIS isn’t actually an issue anymore. Uncle Sam has to stay round to ensure that they by no means come again, ever once more. Guess there’s no likelihood of simply heading house and kicking again with a number of beers and ready to see if it’s really going to be an issue sooner or later? Nope! Not when a lot has been invested in establishing an in-country army footprint that simply occurs to be proper on high of the largest pile of Syria’s pure assets – the type which have been the subject of CIA intelligence directorate experiences since at the least 1986. In December 2023, Syrian Oil Minister Firas Hassan Kaddour evoked the plan to “liberate” the oil fields from US occupation.

Peace in Syria was solely potential due to Russia serving to to eradicate the troublemakers. Has Zelensky thought-about what his personal future may appear like if Russia doesn’t really reach doing the identical in Ukraine – and that perhaps Russia reaching its targets wouldn’t really be the worst factor that would occur? The Ukrainian president is already being accused of “consolidating energy,” by the State Division-backed media, and has canceled presidential elections. If he doesn’t get a deal with on the hoodlums, like those within the Ternopol regional council busy giving out awards named after well-known Ukrainian Nazis to different well-known Ukrainian Nazis, then he’s ripe for the Assad therapy. And if he’s too harsh with them, then he dangers being accused, like Assad, of undemocratic heavy-handedness. And on the very least, Ukraine ‘profitable’ implies that Zelensky goes to must let his new pals hang around and take what they need for so long as they need to – because the Syria case proves. The West misplaced in Syria and nonetheless received’t go house. Think about if it had really been in a position to have free run of the place. Possibly there’s one thing worse than a Russian ‘win’ for Ukraine: Everlasting occupiers who use friendship as a pretext to stay round and suck the nation dry.

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