So-called "Friends of Syria"
aren't at all friendly to most Syrians. Syrian National Council/Free
Syrian Army hostility is visible in daily violence they commit.
Backed by Washington, Britain, France, and other rogue NATO partners,
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and perhaps other regional states supply powerful
weapons and munitions to reign terror on ordinary civilians. They've
also killed thousands of security forces.
At issue isn't democracy or other high-sounding values. Anti-Assad nations
don't tolerate them at home. They're never exported through subversion
or barrel of a gun violence. Establishing another pro-Western state's
planned, as well as isolating and weakening Iran before targeting its
government for regime change.
Behind the scenes, Washington's dirty hands manipulate everything. Longstanding
plans called for ousting Assad by any means, including war. Nothing
In pursuit of unchallenged dominance, Syrians and others in the region
die daily. That's what imperialism's all about. Body counts don't matter,
only wealth and unchallenged power.
Rogue Partners Talk Shop in Istanbul
On April 1, dozens of Western countries discussed ways to control, perhaps
divide, and exploit Syria. Regional Arab League despots joined them.
Russia and China boycotted the conference for good reason.
The New York Times headlined, "At Summit, Nations Move to Increase Aid
for Syrian Rebels," saying:
Washington and others there "moved closer....to direct intervention
in the fighting in Syria...." It's been raging since violence erupted
over a year ago. Admitting it confirms what's already known.
Weapons, munitions, funding, and training are involved. US, UK, French,
and perhaps other special forces participate actively on the ground.
So do CIA and MI6 operatives.
Events replicate the early 2011 Libya model. In February, US/UK/French
special forces and intelligence operatives actively began helping anti-Gaddafi
NATO-backed militants. An armed insurgency followed, including bombing
Round two's raging in Syria, short of bombs away. If other methods fail,
expect it ahead of moving on to target Iran. Plans are made. Only timing's
not known. Election year politics and other issues dictate it.
In Istanbul, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Arab states pledged $100
million to bankroll opposition fighters. Doing so means they're on their
payroll. They're employees. They're hired guns like Mafia hitmen for
much less pay.
Militant "Friends of Syria" want force, not diplomatic resolution. Even
The Times admitted it that using it "stretch(es) the definition of humanitarian
It stopped short of acknowledging the latterís never involved when Washington
intervenes. Responsibility to protect is a thinly veiled regime change
scheme by any means.
Free Syrian Army fighters and Syrian National Council (SNC) members
are Western tools to achieve it. SNC leader Burhan Ghalioun said "This
is high noon for action."
Hillary Clinton told conference attendees that Assad defied Annan's
six-point peace plan, saying:
"The world must judge Assad by what he does, not by what he says. And
we cannot sit back and wait any longer."
Clinton's a war goddess. She's part and parcel of Washington's plan
to instigate and continue violence. Assad's blamed for confronting it.
Blame game strategy operates that way.
International involvement inside and outside Syria "drags into a second
year," said The Times. It "appears to be deepening."
"We are discussing with our international partners how best to expand
support," said Clinton.
Turkey's Today's Zaman quoted Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
The "legitimate demands of the Syrian people must be met, right here,
right now." Suggesting military intervention, he called for international
leaders to defend the Syrian people's "right to self-defense" if the
Security Council can't provide it. He added:
"A Security Council that has failed to say enough to a regime that has
massacred innocent civilians, shelled cities and resorted to brutal
violence is clearly incapable of preserving international peace and
As long as Washington's a member, the Security Council won't tolerate
international peace and security. Violence is standard practice. Targeted
regimes are obligated to confront it. Their people expect it.
On April 1, Lebanese Defense Minister Fayez Ghusn stressed what Assad
"Smuggling weapons persists and is in fact increasing; the army is fighting
it as much as it can but the smuggling operations are on the rise because
they bring lots of profit and money. The army is ready but sometimes
there are gaps and problems."
Lebanon's Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said:
"We deal with Syria....state to state as we deal with all the Arab countries."
We stress "the necessity of halting violence and adopting dialogue."
Despite clear evidence Washington supports and perhaps actively participates
in arming insurgents, The Times quoted an unnamed "senior American official"
saying Washington and other nations agreed Sunday to set up a "working
group" to monitor countries involved in arming or otherwise supporting
They want "to basically name and shame those entities, individuals,
and countries, who are evading the sanctions." They also want to "document
acts of violence by Syrian forces" to be used later to prosecute Assad
and others around him.
Scoundrel Media Assail Him
Their attacks are vicious, relentless, and one-sided. New York Time
op-ed contributor Aaron David Miller mocked Annan's peace plan for the
wrong reasons. Headlining, "Will Annan Save Assad? he said:
"Although it is well intentioned, Mr. Annanís plan wonít end the crisis;
it will make it worse. The plan is an ill-timed lifeline to a murderous
regime that will exploit Mr. Annanís diplomacy to buy time, to reload
and to divide the opposition and the international community."
It offers Assad "time and space to rest and plan." It also "break(s)
the momentum of supplying weapons to the Free Syrian Army."
Annan's peace plan is a ruse. It's more theater than resolve to end
conflict diplomatically. While calling for both sides to stop violence,
it insists Assad make the first move.
His government must "immediately cease troop movements towards, end
the use of heavy weapons in population centers, and begin pullback of
military concentrations in and around population centers."
In other words, it calls on him to stop protecting his own people, leave
them on their own unprotected, and let insurgents reign terror unopposed
because who'll stop them. No responsible leader would agree.
Moreover, weapons continue flowing freely to opposition fighters. They're
supplied regularly through porous borders.
"Assad (will) exploit (Annan's plan) because it is based on a process
that doesn't rule out his government's staying in power and indeed might
ensure" it. "Suddenly" he's now "part of the solution."
Only Syrians can decide if he stays or goes. International law prohibits
outside intervention in any form. Most Syrians support him, especially
his reform plans.
It's their choice, and their right to tell less than friendly "friends"
to butt out and let them run their own affairs unobstructed.
On March 30, a Washington Post editorial headlined, "Syria's cover for
Days after agreeing to Annan's plan, violence keeps raging. The editorial,
of course, blames Assad, not responsible killer gangs. "The results
were completely predictable," it said. Annan gave him "cover."
"How much (more) time" should he get? "How many more dead?" The Post's
offices are near the White House. Its editors can trot over and ask.
Instead, they continue saying:
"The Obama administrationís de facto choice to tolerate the survival
of a regime that is Iranís chief ally in the Middle East and the sponsor
of Hamas and Hezbollah might have many motivations. But neither the
will to prevent mass murder nor the pursuit of U.S. strategic interests
could be among them."
Obama, those around him, and most in Congress plan ousting him. Insurgent
"mass murder" is part of their scheme.
Washington's "strategic interests" entail installing another pro-Western
regime, exploiting Syrians, isolating Iran, replacing its government
by any means, reigning terror on the entire region, and controlling
That's how imperialism works. Media scoundrels support it in lockstep.
Body count totals don't matter, just success by any means, fair or foul.
Nearly always the latter way's chosen. Suffering never ends. It increases.
Syrians know Assad's their only hope. They won't tolerate becoming another
pro-Western vassal state. It's their country, their government, their
choice, and their right.
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