Sore Losers Of The Syrian Crisis
By Thierry Meyssan
November 02, 2012 "Information
- During a recent Round Table in Ankara, Admiral James
Winnfeld, Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff,
announced that Washington would reveal its intentions toward
Syria once the 6 November presidential elections were over. He
made it plainly understood to his Turkish counterparts that a
peace plan had already been negotiated with Moscow, that Bashar
al-Assad would remain in power and that the Security Council
would not authorize the creation of buffer zones. For his part,
Herve Ladsous, the U.N. Assistant Secretary General for
Peacekeeping Operations, announced that he was studying the
possible deployment of peacekeepers ("blue helmets") in Syria.
All regional actors are preparing for the cease-fire which will
be overseen by a U.N. force composed principally by troops of
the Collective Security Treaty Organization (Armenia, Belarus,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikstan). These events signify
that the United States is effectively continuing a process,
begun in Iraq, of retreat from the region and has accepted to
share its influence with Russian.
At the same time, the New York Times revealed that direct
negotiations between Washington and Iran are slated to restart
even as the United States continues its attack on Iranian
monetary values. It is becoming clear that, after 33 years of
containment, Washington is acknowledging that Teheran is an
established regional power, all the while continuing to sabotage
This new situation comes at the expense of Saudi Arabia, France,
Israel, Qatar and Turkey all of whom had placed their bets on
regime change in Damascus. This diverse coalition is now
suffering divisions between those demanding a consolation prize
and those trying to sabotage outright the process underway.
Ankara has already changed its tune. Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
previously ready for the worst, is now actively seeking
reconciliation with Teheran and Moscow. Several days after
insulting the Iranians and harrassing the Russian diplomats in
his country, he is now all smiles. He took advantage of the
Organization of Economic Cooperation in Baku to approach
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He proposed a complex framework
for discussing the Syrian crisis which would allow Turkey and
Saudi Arabia not to be left by the wayside. Careful not to
humilate the losers in the conflict, the Iranian president
indicated he was open to such an initiative.
As for Qatar, it is already seeking new horizons for its
ambitions. Emir Hamad took off on a trip to Gaza, posing as the
self-appointed protector of Hamas. He advocates the overthrow of
the King of Jordan, the transformation of the Hashemite monarchy
into a Palestinian republic and the installation in power of his
proteges from the Muslim Brotherhood.
Only Israel and France remain in the opposition camp. The new
scheme would offer a guarantee of protection to the state of
Israel but it would also alter its special status on the
international scene and end its expansionist dreams. Tel-Aviv
would be relegated to being a secondary power. France, also,
would lose influence in the region, particularly in Lebanon.
Accordingly, the intelligence services of both states have
concocted an operation to collapse the U.S.-Russia-Iran
agreement which, even if it fails, would allow them to erase the
traces of their involvement in the Syrian crisis.
France started by circulating the rumor that President Bashar
al-Assad sponsored a Hezbollah plan to assassinate five Lebanese
leaders: the head of the security forces, the head commander of
the Ministry of the Interior, the Grand Mufti, the Maronite
Patriarch and former prime minister, Fouad Siniora. Then, Paris
took out Michel Samaha, who had served as liaison to the Syrian
armed forces but who, having been disgraced in Damascus, was no
longer of use. This brilliant and adept politician fell into the
trap set for him by General Wassam el-Hassan, head of the Free
Syrian Army and himself a liaison with the Salafists. Next,
Paris eliminated General Wassam el-Hassan himself, who had not
only become useless in the eventual advent of peace in Syria but
also dangerous because of what he knew. The French rumor became
reality : the number one name on the list of targets is dead and
a pro-Syrian figure was arrested as he was preparing an attack
on another name on the list.
At the core of these machinations is General Puga. The former
Commander of Special Operations and Director of French Military
Intelligence was the head of the personal general staff of
President Nicolas Sarkozy and has been retained in that post by
Francois Hollande. Linked by his unconditional support for the
Jewish colonial occupation of Palestine  and having close
connections to American neoconservatives, he carried forward
French colonial policies in the Ivory Coast, Libya and Syria.
Bypassing democratic institutions, he determined on his own the
direction of French policy in the Middle East, despite his
having no official appointment.
France oversees the extension of the Separation Wall,"Voltaire
Network, 26 December 2009.
Translated from French by Michele Stoddard.
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