for the US in Syria
11, 2016 "Information
With Aleppo on
the brink of liberation from US-supported 'moderate'
jihadi rebels, Barack Obama’s White House is in
damage control mode — but it’s about time they admit
it’s game over.
advances by Syrian forces into rebel-held areas of
Aleppo, Washington suddenly came to the Russians
plan last weekend. The US would do its best to
get the rebels out of eastern Aleppo and any
remaining would be designated as terrorists and thus
become legitimate targets for Syrian forces.
proposal floated around for three whole days before
Washington retracted it to reportedly work on some
At the rate
the Obama administration moves with regard to Syria,
you’d think there was no urgency attached at all.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has
repeatedly aired his exasperation during breaks in
talks that go on for hours longer than necessary,
while his counterpart John Kerry seemingly checks
with all and sundry in Washington before saying yes
or no to anything.
that the White House can’t seem to stick to one plan
for more than three days — this isn’t the first time
they’ve retracted their own proposals — indicates
not only their desperation as the clock runs out on
Obama’s presidency, but also highlights a general
incoherence and total lack of clarity or consistency
that has characterized the America’s Syria
“strategy” for years.
the US side has been trying to decide which way is
up, the war hasn’t waited for Obama’s foreign policy
circle to all start singing from the same hymn
sheet. The latest victories for the
Russian-supported Syrian army are proving decisive
and it’s predicted that government forces may have
complete control of Aleppo within days. That
certainly won’t be the end of the war, but it may be
a step in the right direction in terms of weakening
the Islamist opposition.
A different war
media, predictably, is painting the liberation of
Aleppo from radical Islamist rebels as “the fall
of Aleppo” or the “collapse” of
Aleppo, as though Bashar Assad’s secular Syrian army
driving out jihadi militants is a bad thing.
can be expected from such a duplicitous bunch? Their
insincerity and shaky commitment to caring about
things like diplomacy and human rights has been on
display for some time, although perhaps never more
so than in their reaction
to the rebel shelling of a Russian military hospital
earlier this week.
and editorials condemning disgraceful war crimes and
the murder of medical professionals were nowhere to
be found. Why could that be? Well of course, the
hospital was Russian and was hit by shelling from
US-supported militants, so the heartfelt outrage and
respect for the medical profession miraculously came
to an abrupt halt. Even the International Committee
of the Red Cross issued a bland statement
as though nothing significant had happened.
was the feigned disgust at the decision
by Russia and China to block a UN Security Council
draft resolution for a ceasefire in Aleppo.
screamed that the international baddies were
preventing a ceasefire, the implication being that
the peace-loving rebels were simply trying their
best to stop the bloodshed. In reality, of course,
while it might sound nice, a ceasefire at this point
would have been used by the rebels as an opportunity
to regroup and recover and ultimately would have
prolonged fighting in the city.
these “moderate” rebels are people that the
US has supported financially and militarily, but who
they can neither identify nor locate most of them
time — and who they certainly can’t control. They
are groups who fight alongside Al Qaeda-affiliated
forces and who stand accused of beheading a child
and putting women in cages to be used as human
no major Western editorial boards found time this
week to condemn US support for these lunatics or the
policies Washington has implemented to prolong the
war while Obama tries to find a way to salvage his
foreign policy legacy.
Western governments condemn Russian action in Syria
and shed crocodile tears over the US’s failed
diplomatic efforts, it’s worth skipping back a few
years to remind ourselves of Washington’s role in
provoking this war.
is, the US promoted civil unrest in Syria. They
pushed it. They encouraged it. They spent years
encouraging division and sowing the seeds of
instability in ways that could only have resulted in
the outbreak of violence. Syria was simply another
piece in the puzzle of Washington’s geopolitical
master plan; another opportunity for control and
influence in the region. Assad was a leader that
didn’t play ball the way Washington liked, so he had
to go. If an uprising wasn’t going to happen fast
enough organically, they would happily help it
Just take a look at documents
released by WikiLeaks that prove in black and white
how determined the US was to spark unrest in the
Middle Eastern country from as early as 2006. One
cable listed a number of steps the US could take to
weaken Assad and strengthen the opposition against
him. Some of the suggestions included encouraging
rumors of external plotting to weaken the
government, discouraging FDI to hurt the economy and
highlighting the failures of some of the country's
also admitted that “anti-regime Syrian Islamists”
were a threat to Assad’s power. Fast forward to the
present day and these “anti-regime Syrian
Islamists” are Washington’s “moderate”
rebel friends. It makes for a truly sickening read
in light of what has happened in that country.
that the US government was encouraging an anti-Assad
uprising for years. It's also clear that they were
unsure what the consequences of their actions would
be, but that they didn't seem to care. Now they’ve
got the instability they wanted and it hasn’t gone
their way, so naturally, everyone else is to blame
and we’re supposed to believe hearts are breaking in
Washington for the children of Aleppo.
Ryan is an Irish freelance writer, journalist and
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