Talks Delay Exposes US Terror Links
Herald Tribune" -
As is often the case, you have to read between the
lines to parse the truth about Syria –or indeed many
other issues –as reported in the Western mainstream
media. With a discerning eye the truth can be found.
But that’s why it is played down, sanitized,
half-told or frosted with banality. Because the
truth is pretty shocking.
UN-backed political talks were scheduled to begin in
the Swiss city of Geneva between the Assad
government and various so-called opposition groups.
The talks did not take place as planned on Monday,
January 25, and it is unclear if they will even
go-ahead this week.
stumbling block is finding agreement on which
opposition groups are to be admitted to the
negotiations. The Western news media won’t spell it
out. But the main problem resides with the United
States and Saudi Arabia both insisting that two
militant groups should be part of the opposition to
the Syrian government. Those groups are Jaish
al-Islam (Army of Islam) and Ahrar al-Shams (Nation
connected logistically and ideologically with Al
Qaeda terror groups, including the so-called Islamic
State. They are bankrolled by the like-minded
Wahhabi regime in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab
dictatorships, and supplied with weapons and
training by the American CIA.
in the Geneva talks getting underway is because the
Syrian government and its foreign ally, Russia,
stipulate that neither Jaish al-Islam nor Ahrar
al-Islam are allowed at the negotiating table.
Because they are terrorist organizations.
objective definition for these groups. Their Wahhabi
ideology has “justified”brutal violations of Syria’s
civilian population, whether Muslim, Christian or
Druze, simply on the basis of being labelled as
“infidels”. Beheadings, crucifixions, kidnappings,
rape are standard means of terror for the militants
that Washington and its Saudi ally want at the
for their inclusion is to expedite Washington’s
agenda of regime change in Syria, and has nothing to
do with finding a genuinely peaceful settlement.
is linked to the East Ghouta chemical weapons
atrocity carried out in August 2013, in which
several hundred civilians were killed in a district
outside the Syrian capital Damascus. The atrocity
was wrongly blamed on the Syrian army and nearly
served as a pretext for American military
intervention in the Syria conflict. But it was a
false flag event aimed at prompting US intervention.
remains under control of Jaish al-Islam although it
is undergoing evacuation in a siege-breaking deal
with government forces, as are several other
locations under the control of militants. On
December 25, a Russian air strike on East Ghouta
killed the militants’commander –Zahran Alloush.
previously called for the “extermination”of those
whom he considered infidels. He personally carried
executions during the Adra massacre in December
2013 against Alawites and Druze.
29, four days after the Russian air strike on East
Ghouta, the Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir
criticized Russia for the assassination of
terror commander Alloush.
group mentioned above, Ahrar al-Shams, has an
equally repugnant track record of violations. It is
currently involved in holding the northern Syrian
towns of Foua and Kefraya under siege in a reign of
terror, where the civilian population are kept as
human shields to prevent the Syrian army from
liberating the locations.
Mistura, the UN envoy to Syria who is convening the
talks process, last week briefed the Security
Council on why the negotiations were being delayed.
The envoy said it was the Saudis who were trying to
sabotage the process by insisting on which groups
would comprise the opposition. Drawing up
negotiating parties is De Mistura’s official
mandate, but the Saudis are undermining him,
according to a
report in Foreign Policy.
None of the
Western media outlets will tell you any of this in
plain language. For instance, Voice of America
reported on the talks impasse thus: “There is
widespread disagreement over which opposition groups
should take part in the UN talks, and officials say
the meetings [this] week cannot proceed until there
is a mutually acceptable list of which anti-Assad
factions will take part.”
VOA is careful to not specify who the problematic
“opposition groups”are and who their backers are.
Meaning is sterilized, as in all Western mainstream
media should be saying is that the political talks
on Syria are being held to ransom by the insistence
of including terrorist groups in the negotiations.
And the people insisting on the terror groups
partaking are Washington and its regional Arab
is far too grim to admit to public knowledge and
discussion. For such truth would indict Washington
as a terror sponsor, answerable to international
law. And so the Western media fulfill their assigned
function –of concealing damning truth and keeping
the public oblivious. That makes them equally
complicit in the criminality of their government.