Obama Wades Deeper Into
By Shamus Cooke
March 02, 2013 "Information
The recent announcement that the
United States would increase its "non lethal" military aid to
Syria's rebels shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Some
speculated that Obama — having been repeatedly proved wrong
about the Syria government's stability — would leave Syria in
Not so. The destruction of Syrian society will continue, indeed,
increase. Although there are plenty of non-military options the
Obama administration could pursue, he's instead choosing the
bloodiest course possible. Millions of Syrians have had their
lives destroyed, and now millions more can look forward to a
U.S. media outlets have reported that all of the hundreds of
millions of dollars of U.S. aid to Syria's rebels has been
"non-lethal,” but the New York Times
"American [government] officials declined to discuss an ongoing
covert program to train rebel fighters or the extent to which it
has made a difference on the battlefield."
It's no exaggeration to say that Obama is helping to orchestrate
the largest state-sponsored terror campaign since the
still-simmering genocides of the Congo and Yugoslav wars. This
fact has been completely hidden from the view of the U.S.
public, but it's a fact nonetheless.
For example, the only effective fighting force of the Syrian
rebels, the Al Nusra Front, has been labeled a terrorist
organization, even by the United States. Its frequent terrorist
bombings have helped shred the fabric of Syrian society; its
most recent massive car bombings killed 100 mostly-innocent
people in central Damascus, including dozens of children and
wounding hundreds more.
U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi denounced the latest
terrorist attack as a "war crime.” But such labels do not get
attached to allies of the United States. Obama is ignoring the
countless similar attacks by Syria's terrorist rebels, ensuring
that such attacks will increase.
In fact, U.S. officials
a Russian-sponsored resolution at the United Nations
Security Council condemning the recent terror
bombings. Actions like these both minimize and encourage
indiscriminate terrorist bombings.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's most recent announcement of
U.S. aid to Syrian rebels made sure to mention that the aid will
not go to "terrorists" — an absurd statement considering that
the terrorists in Syria are the ones in power on the ground for
the opposition. Of course most of the crucial aid will be
funneled to them, no matter who initially receives it.
The Obama administration has been on a relentless search for a
non-terrorist dominated Syrian opposition, only to fail and then
re-start his quest. Initially the 'Syrian National Council'
play-acted as the non-terrorist "revolutionary" opposition.
But Hillary Clinton later confronted reality and dumped the
correctly labeling them as
"... a bunch of out-of-touch exiles who should be
replaced with a group more representative of the fighters on the
The same article referred to the Syrian National Council as "too
accommodating to terrorists."
Obama then sent Clinton on an international tour to discover and
organize a brand new non-terrorist "legitimate" Syrian
opposition. On her journey Clinton unearthed yet another group
of handpicked rich Syrian exiles who hadn't been in the country
in decades, with no connections on the ground and, more
importantly, zero military presence of any significance. Clinton
re-named the group the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution,
and unveiled her new offspring to glowing U.S. media acclaim.
But Hillary's latest baby was again born from smoke and
mirrors. The New York Times
"...the coalition has struggled to agree on a slate of governing
leaders that would unite what is still a loosely allied
organization, trying to weave together local councils, splinter
organizations, disparate opposition groups and the loyalties of
the armed units fighting the forces of President Bashar
Obama now intends to buy the legitimacy of his new Syrian
opposition, as part of the newly announced aid package. The New
"one aim of the $60 million in [new] assistance is to help the
National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces
build up its credibility within the country..."
Obama's new "friends of Syria" would like the United States to
destroy Syria. Many within the rag tag grouping are demanding a
direct U.S. military intervention to topple the existing
Anyone who has paid attention to the Iraq, Afghanistan, and
Libyan wars understands that U.S.-style regime change equals the
destruction of a nation. The above three countries were all once
independently functioning civilizations, but are now socially
and economically destroyed and regionally fragmented, ruled by
whomever in the region happens to have the most guns.
As millions of Syrians become internally and externally
displaced refugees and the
, the Obama administration is purposely choosing not to
settle the situation with diplomacy. Both Russia and Syria have
made recent offers for negotiations. By rebuking these offers
and aiding the rebels instead, Obama is choosing more mass
Reuters reports :
"Syria is ready for talks with its armed opponents, Foreign
Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday, in the clearest offer
yet to negotiate with rebels fighting President Bashar
The Obama Administration responds to the peace negotiations:
"...[Syria's Foreign Minister's] offer of talks drew a
dismissive response from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who
was starting a nine-nation tour of European and Arab capitals in
London [to help organize the Syrian rebels yet again].”
Why does Obama choose war instead of peace? Because presently
Obama cannot dictate his terms; the majority of Syria is still
controlled by the Syrian government, which remains in a much
more powerful bargaining position, a painfully stubborn fact.
Obama will thus continue to sponsor large-scale mass murder and
until his handpicked rebels gain enough power on
the ground to negotiate a peace favorable to U.S. interests.
The Obama administration's hands are awash with the blood of
countless innocent Syrians, blood that promises to spill into
Lebanon and other neighboring
states as the region becomes destabilized along
ethnic-religious lines. The "popular revolution" in Syria has
long ago been replaced by foreign mercenary terrorists financed
by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Obama administration has overseen
this entire process, while actively trying to organize a
respectable "public face" for the rebels.
Obama's recent strides in Syria end with a logical conclusion:
U.S. direct military intervention. The stage is still being set,
waiting until optimal conditions are met for a Libyan style
U.S./NATO mass-bombing mission to finish off the Syrian
government. In the eyes of Obama the resulting disaster will be
worth the mess, since a non-compliant regime to the U.S. will
have been toppled, thus clearing the path for the long term plan
of crushing Iran.
Shamus Cooke is a
social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers
) He can be reached at
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