Syria the battleground for self interest of The West & Gulf States

In my article last week Syria, UN Resolutions & the Bigger Picture” I attempted to show the wider strands of the dirty game being played in Syria. I’ve been accosted by many who feel that I’m somehow Pro-Assad as I am lacking in my revolutionary zeal. The rather unfortunate truth of a manufactured regime change carried out by Muslims, ostensibly for the benefits of “The West” and her client states in the Middle East, is lost upon the people.

It is this exact cold hearted realism of RealPolitik that Muslims, rightly or wrongly lack. Unable to take a step back from the images of death and destruction the mass media pepper us with in their quest for humanitarian intervention (a lie exposed last week) that makes us jump in two footedly without thinking first. It is the kindness we have for our fellow Muslims that is being exploited.

That’s not me being cold hearted.

That is what the enemy sees of us.

Do I support the rebels and should Muslims in “The West”?

If we’re dealing in black and white answers, then the answer is a resounding yes.

Can we add conditions to our support?

Why not.

Crucially, do we have any say on what replaces the Assad regime?

No.

Whether you wish to accept it or not, the opposition in Syria are sponsored by the US, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Syrian National Council, assorted  ‘activists’ in exile, some closely linked to the British Foreign Office and the US State Department.

Reform is not the issue. Even our very own FCO have admitted it in their briefing titled “Syrian Government’s commitments to the Arab League: Myths & reality”

All of the players involved in this tragedy are like Saul on the road to Damascus, their agenda’s vary but they all converge at one point: their determination to destroy the current government.

For “The West” – Britain, France and the US – the elimination of a government and a political party that has long got in their way is the issue.

For Saudi Arabia, the issue is confronting Iran and containing Shia-ism across the region. The Sauds sent troops to Bahrain to quell the uprising and now face the Shia problem within their own borders in Qatif. This should come as no surprise to regular readers, as I pointed this out almost a year ago: “Saudi Arabia Invades Bahrain, Expect Sunni V Shia Angle To Be Played Out In The Media”

For the Muslim Brotherhood, the issue is revenge for Hafez al Assad’s repression of their revolt in 1982, the destruction of a secular government and perhaps the installation of a new system which they expect to dominate.

While the BBC are pushing the narrative of an all out sectarian civil war in Syria amongst Sunni’s and Shia’s, the fact that Syria has been dominated by the minority Alawis as the ruling elite politically & militarily  since the 1960’s is strangely absent from discourse. A conveniently forgotten fact.

For the US and their client state Saudi Arabia –  Iran, Syria and Hizbullah are three parts of the same problem. The Saud’s regard Iran as the ‘head of the snake’ and have pleaded with the US to attack it on many occasions under the Bush regime as well as the current US administration. As we’re all too aware a direct attack on Iran, would remove the cloak from the covert war already being waged and would be catastrophic to the countries waging it.

Far be it for me to tell the BBC & the western media what the fallout would be from a military attack on live nuclear reactors, not that the consequences of any “collateral damage” are ever discussed seriously.  Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix stated  military strikes would be ”a path to disaster rather than a solution”  before adding that Iran “posed no imminent threat”.

In 2006 Iran and Syria formalised a joint defence agreement to confront ‘common threats’. Any open intervention in Syria would not be welcomed by Iran and would clearly be viewed as an opening prelude to an attack on Iran itself.

As I pointed out Russia & China are unwilling to back UN Security Council resolutions. Military planners in “The West” are using the second option to destabilise Syria. By bringing down the Syrian government and rupturing its strategic relationship with Iran and Hizbullah, the check mate position is in sight for the US and its Western, Gulf and of course Israeli partners.

Nir Rosen recently wrote a detailed piece for Al Jazeera: “Q&A: Nir Rosen on Syria’s armed opposition” of which the closing paragraphs summarise how Israel will gain from this situation.

When we take Syria in a wider context of the countries hit by the Arab Spring, we can clearly see new geopolitical boundaries being drawn. The so called “Islamist parties” (a term I dislike, but used for western discourse) have come or are likely to come to govern in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. Perhaps even in Libya if elections are ever held.

What parties say when they are in opposition and what they feel obliged to do when they are the ruling governments are two different propositions. Rashid Ghannushi, the leader of Tunisia’s Al Nahda party has held quiet talks with the Israelis in Washington and has indicated that Palestine will not be a priority for the new Tunisian government.

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is dithering over maintaining existing peace treaties with Israel; the sticking point seems to be how many billions of dollars in aid they’ll receive for selling out.

Thus far in a area undergoing rapid change, Syria is the player not playing the game, standing firm against the US and Israel on the one hand and the rising Saudi-Gulf axis on the other.

Make no mistake “The West” is on the hunt for another war in the Middle East. War is profitable business; why else do you think military supplier BAE systems announced an 18% rise in profits yesterday, amidst a global recession.

The essence of the campaign against Syria is ultimately Iran. Provocation with scientists being assassinated and the US navy on the Straits of Hormuz are a clear intention to goad Iran into retaliating and providing a pretext for the armed attack that many in Israel and the US want.

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The image used is titled “Crocodiles of Arabia” and the credit goes to Khalil Bendib

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4 responses to “Syria the battleground for self interest of The West & Gulf States

  1. Jarrar Mughal

    Very GOod.

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  3. Kaz

    Hmm you also forget to mention that PM Erdogan of Turkey was one of the first to oppose Assad regime and that it is a regime of Non-Muslims, namely Alawites. Turkey warned Syria long ago before the likes of you heard it on BBC or AlJazeera to reform or face uprisings. Assad obviously didnt listen. As for Iran most Muslims in Syria used to show support for Iran until they threw themselves in with the kaffir Alawite Assads. This obviously leaves the golden oppurtunity for the likes of UK, USA, China, Russia to play there cards and create bigger problems for their own interests. If Assad listened to Erdogan and pushed through meaningful reforms then he could have avoided all of this. Instead the vicious dictator will play his hand like a dictators of the region and seek to crush and opposition using his secret police or Alawite generals. So you also need to understand Assad put the noose round his own neck.

  4. The defeat Israel in 2000 and 2006 by the barely armed, Lebanese tiny militia Hezbollah crushed the whole image of Israel military could not be possible without Syrian support. In 2008, Syria was offered Golan back if they stop supporting Hezbollah, offer that Assad rejected for the sake of Lebanese and Palestinians people. Golan is the most productive part of Syria which is illegally occupied by Israel and provide 35% of Israel water supply. Zionists realized they cannot get their image back without defeating and destroying Hezbollah and they can do that after stopping their support from Syria. This is the revenge against Syrian people because of 2006 defeat of Israel by Hezbollah with Syrian support. The whole talk of democracy and freedom is a joke specially having Saudis and Qataris as its main sponsors of Syrian crisis. Zionist lackeys will be exposed and their crimes will remain in history after things have calmed down and truth has prevailed. Zionists owned Bank of England gave “PROUD” Americans the First Bank of America AND the Second Bank of the United States, even the FEDERAL RESERVE, the Zionists owned private bank that’s been running the US for the last 100 years. USA & UK are Colonies of the Zionists owned Banks.Only Syria and North Korea do not have a central bank – a branch of the Federal Reserve.
    Civil war and instability in Syria are very profitable for Zionists. Apart from this situation, nobody raises the issue of returning the Golan Heights and Jerusalem. The specific characteristic of Israeli mass media is making up sensational news.
    The armed groups that are backed by the Western powers and Saudi & Qatari Monarchs rejected the recent Syrian polls, and showed their hostility by targeting candidates for assassination, usually by the use of explosives. Since the armed uprising began, several thousand members of the Syrian security forces and their family members have been killed by the insurgents, who themselves have lost thousands of their own. However, those relying on Western media are told that every such death has been caused by the Syrian security forces, ignoring the deadly violence that is being unleashed in Syria by groups of armed mobs.
    We have seen this before, in Libya, where tens of thousands of people have died so far as the result of externally backed civil war. In that country, those willing to kill regime elements were given training, cash and weapons.
    Today triumvirate of Turkey Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are providing the same assistance to those seeking to use deadly force against the Syrian government.
    Although Syria President Bashar al-Assad has announced a raft of reforms, including new media laws and the right to form political parties, each such announcement has been met by an escalation in violence, which has rendered null the ceasefire brokered by UN envoy Kofi Annan.
    Since mid-April, there have been numerous ceasefire violations by the insurgents, with the Alawi, the Muslim sect to which the Assad family belongs, and the Christian community the main targets of the insurgents. Syria is the home of the Patriarchate of Antioch, the oldest church in Christendom.
    Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have joined hands with the Western powers to back the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood which has been the greatest beneficiary of the Arab Spring.
    Today in Syria, one can see women across Syria dressed as they please. Were the Muslim Brotherhood to take control, this freedom might soon be replaced with the obligation to wear the chador (full veil). Already in Egypt and in Tunisia, the secular ethos of the country is rapidly giving way to Saudi-style conservatism.
    While European members of Western powers are opposed to Islamic conservatives in their own countries, in the Arab world they favor such elements over those who are secular. The result is a galloping conservatism across the Arab world.
    Clearly, the Western powers are aware that the more hardline local regimes are, the less chance that they will be able to compete with Western powers.
    Rather than support the process of democratization in Syria, the Western powers have joined hands with regional powers to train, arm and provide cash to the armed opposition, thereby fomenting a violent civil war in Syria.
    The 11% of the population that are Alawi and the 9% of Syria’s 24 million people that are Christian are terrified that they will become the target of ethnic cleansing. As for the majority Sunni community, more than 70% are moderate, with less than 30% favoring the conservative Wahabbi-Salafi faith.
    The effects of US backed religious extremists to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s are still creating harmful ripples across the region.
    Syrians are returning to areas that have been cleared of terrorists. The Syrian army guards their homes. A few terrorist attacks targeted buildings that stored the intelligence and police archives. For example, on December 23, 2011, suicide bombers set the intelligence archives ablaze before blowing themselves up in a car. Kidnapping people is a major business of the so-called revolutionaries. The terrorists “supervise” the places from which the army has been withdrawn upon the order of the United Nations. So, these territories were not occupied by military operations. People in Yugoslavia, Libya and Iraq didn’t believe in the possibility of NATO invasion until recently. NATO invasion of Syria will be launched in near future if not sooner. Iraq, especially in light of the fact that about 2 million of its citizens live in Syria, supports Syria, in particular, by helping combat smuggling. Lebanon helps the struggle against smugglers, but Saad Hariri’s Mustaqbal movement is one of the major stakeholders in the anti-Syrian campaign. Saad Hariri finances the militants, supplies them with weapons and manpower. Saad Hariri’s media empire leads the information war against Syria. Hariri’s people tried to pull the forces from the border by inciting the riot in the capital as the army almost overtook the smugglers. As for Jordan, its state can’t be envied. Jordan is much dependent economically, in food supplies and transit, on its relationship with Syria – but, on the other hand, if Jordan isn’t much of a compliant ally of the USA and NATO, the King isn’t likely to save his power. One could speak for ages about Qatar – the nano-aggressor. Qatar provide weapons and money supplies in an attempt to solve its own internal problems. Instead of supporting secular elements and encourage the transition to democracy, now Western powers are backing armed groups that create mayhem across Syria, groups that overwhelmingly follow an extremist ideology.
    Exiled Syrians who have congregated in France will provide a moderate face to the armed struggle. However, these people control nothing, only those with guns do. Now more and more guns are flowing into Syria, as Western powers seeks regime change not through the ballot but through bullets & bombs.

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