is clear and overwhelming evidence that the uprising to overthrow President
Assad of Syria is a violent, power grab led by foreign-supported fighters
who have killed and wounded thousands of Syrian soldiers, police and
civilians, partisans of the government and its peaceful opposition.
The outrage expressed by politicians in the West and Gulf State and
in the mass media, about the ‘killing of peaceful Syrian citizens protesting
injustice’ is cynically designed to cover up the documented reports
of violent seizure of neighborhoods, villages and towns by armed bands,
brandishing machine guns and planting road-side bombs.
The assault on Syria is backed by foreign funds, arms and training.Due
to a lack of domestic support ,however, to be successful, direct foreign
military intervention will be necessary. For this reason a huge
propaganda and diplomatic campaign has been mounted to demonize the
legitimate Syrian government. The goal is to impose a puppet regime
and strengthen Western imperial control in the Middle East. In
the short run, this will further isolate Iran in preparation for a military
attack by Israel and the US and, in the long run, it eliminates another
independent secular regime friendly to China and Russia.
In order to mobilize world support behind this Western, Israeli and
Gulf State-funded power grab, several propaganda ploys have been used
to justify another blatant violation of a country’s sovereignty after
their successful destruction of the secular governments of Iraq and
The Larger Context: Serial Aggression
current Western campaign against the independent Assad regime in Syria
is part of a series of attacks against pro-democracy movements and independent
regimes from North Africa to the Persian Gulf. The imperial-militarist
response to the Egyptian democracy movement that overthrew the Mubarak
dictatorship was to back the military junta’s seizure of power and murderous
campaign to jail, torture and assassinate over 10,000 pro-democracy
with similar mass democratic movements in the Arab world, the Western-backed
Gulf autocratic dictators crushed their respective uprisings in Bahrain,
Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The assaults extended to the secular government
in Libya where NATO powers launched a massive air and sea bombardment
in support of armed bands of mercenaries thereby destroying Libya’s
economy and civil society. The unleashing of armed gangster-mercenaries
led to the savaging of urban life in Libya and devastation in
the countryside. The NATO powers eliminated the secular
regime of Colonel Gadhafi and along with having him murdered and mutilated
by its mercenaries.Nato oversaw the wounding, imprisonment, torture
and elimination of tens of thousands of civilian Gadhafi supporters
and government workers.NATO backed the puppet regime as it embarked
on a bloody pogrom against Libyan citizens of sub-Saharan African ancestry
as well a sub-Sahara African immigrant workers groups who had benefited
from Gadhafi’s generous social programs. The imperial policy of
ruin and rule in Libya serves as “the model” for Syria: Creating the
conditions for a mass uprising led by Muslim fundamentalists, funded
and trained by Western and Gulf State mercenaries.
The Bloody Road From Damascus to Teheran
to the State Department ‘The road to Teheran passes through Damascus’:
The strategic goal of NATO is to destroy Iran’s principal ally
in the Middle East; for the Gulf absolutist monarchies the purpose is
to replace a secular republic with a vassal theocratic dictatorship;
for the Turkish government the purpose is to foster a regime amenable
to the dictates of Ankara’s version of Islamic capitalism; for Al Qaeda
and allied Salafi and Wahabi fundamentalists a theocratic Sunni regime,
cleansed of secular Syrians, Alevis and Christians, will serve as a
trampoline for projecting power in the Islamic world; and for Israel
a blood-drenched divided Syria will further ensure its regional hegemony.
It was not without prophetic foresight that the uber-Zionist US Senator
Joseph Lieberman demanded days after the ‘Al Queda’ attack of September
11, 2001: “First we must go after Iran, Iraq and Syria” before considering
the actual authors of the deed.
armed anti-Syrian forces reflect a variety of conflicting political
perspectives united only by their common hatred of the independent secular,
nationalist regime which has governed the complex, multi-ethnic Syrian
society for decades. The war against Syria is the principle launching
pad for a further resurgence of Western militarism extending from North
Africa to the Persian Gulf, buttressed by a systematic propaganda campaign
proclaiming NATO’s democratic, humanitarian and ‘civilizing’ mission
on behalf of the Syrian people.
The Road to Damascus is Paved with Lies
objective analysis of the political and social composition of the principle
armed combatants in Syria refutes any claim that the uprising is in
pursuit of democracy for the people of that country. Authoritarian
fundamentalist fighters form the backbone of the uprising. The
Gulf States financing these brutal thugs are themselves absolutist monarchies.
The West, after having foisted a brutal gangster regime on the people
of Libya, can make no claim of ‘humanitarian intervention’.
armed groups infiltrate towns and use population centers as shields
from which they launch their attacks on government forces. In
the process they force thousands of citizens from their homes, stores
and offices which they use as military outposts. The destruction
of the neighborhood of Baba Amr in Homs is a classic case of armed gangs
using civilians as shields and as propaganda fodder in demonizing the
armed mercenaries have no national credibility with the mass of Syrian
people. One of their main propaganda mills is located in the heart
of London, the so-called “Syrian Human Rights Observatory” where it
coordinates closely with British intelligence turning out lurid atrocity
stories to whip up sentiment in favor of a NATO intervention.
The kings and emirs of the Gulf States bankroll these fighters.
Turkey provides military bases and controls the cross-border flow of
arms and the movement of the leaders of the so-called “Free Syrian Army”.
The US, France and England provide the arms, training and diplomatic
cover. Foreign jihadist-fundamentalists, including Al Qaeda fighters
from Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, have entered the conflict. This
is no “civil war”. This is an international conflict pitting an
unholy triple alliance of NATO imperialists, Gulf State despots
and Muslim fundamentalists against an independent secular nationalist
regime. The foreign origin of the weapons, propaganda machinery
and mercenary fighters reveals the sinister imperial, ‘multi-national’
character of the conflict. Ultimately the violent uprising against
the Syrian state represents a systematic imperialist campaign
to overthrow an ally of Iran, Russia and China, even at the cost of
destroying Syria’s economy and civil society, fragmenting the country
and unleashing enduring sectarian wars of extermination against the
Alevi and Christian minorities, as well as secular government supporters.
killings and mass flight of refugees is not the result of gratuitous
violence committed by a blood thirsty Syrian state. The
Western backed militias have seized neighborhoods by force of arms,
destroyed oil pipelines, sabotaged transportation and bombed government
buildings. In the course of their attacks they have disrupted basic
services critical to the Syrian people including education, access to
medical care, security, water, electricity and transportation.
As such, they bear most of the responsibility for this “humanitarian
disaster”, (which their imperial allies and UN officials blame on Syrian
security and armed forces). The Syrian security forces are fighting
to preserve the national independence of a secular state, while the
armed opposition commits violence on behalf of their foreign pay-masters
in Washington, Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Ankara and London.
Assad regime’s referendum last month drew millions of Syrian voters
in defiance of Western imperialist threats and terrorist calls for a
boycott. This clearly indicated that a majority of Syrians prefer
a peaceful, negotiated settlement and reject mercenary violence.
The Western-backed Syrian National Council and the Turkish and Gulf
States-armed “Free Syrian Army” flatly rejected Russian and Chinese
calls for an open dialogue and negotiations which the Assad regime has
accepted. NATO and Gulf State dictatorships are pushing their
proxies to pursue violent “regime change”, a policy which already has
caused the death of thousands of Syrians. US and European economic
sanctions are designed to wreck the Syrian economy, in the expectation
that acute deprivation will drive an impoverished population into the
arms of their violent proxies. In a repeat of the Libya scenario,
NATO proposes to “liberate” the Syrian people by destroying their economy,
civil society and secular state.
Western military victory in Syria will merely feed the rising frenzy
of militarism. It will encourage the West, Riyadh and Israel to
provoke a new civil war in Lebanon. After demolishing Syria, the Washington-EU-Riyadh-Tel
Aviv axes will move on to a far bloodier confrontation with Iran.
horrific destruction of Iraq, followed by Libya’s post-war collapse
provides a terrifying template of what is in store for the people of
Syria: A precipitous collapse of their living standards, the fragmentation
of their country, ethnic cleansing, rule by sectarian and fundamentalist
gangs, and total insecurity of life and property.
as the “left” and “progressives” declared the brutal savaging of Libya
to be the “revolutionary struggle of insurgent democrats” and then walked
away, washing their hands of the bloody aftermath of ethnic violence
against black Libyans, they repeat the same calls for military intervention
against Syria. The same liberals, progressives, socialists and
Marxists who are calling on the West to intervene in Syria’s “humanitarian
crises” from their cafes and offices in Manhattan and Paris, will lose
all interest in the bloody orgy of their victorious mercenaries after
Damascus, Aleppo and other Syrian cities have been bombed by NATO into
James Petras latest book ,The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist
(Clarity Press:Atlanta2012)2ND EDITION