International law prohibits
interfering in the internal affairs of other states. For Washington,
it's official policy. Post-9/11, multiples countries were targeted,
including Iran and Syria.
Regime change plans remain on track by any means, including war. If
other methods fail against either or both countries, expect it.
Actions against Iran so far stop short of generating violence. It's
coming once Syria's resolved. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus.
Since last March, Washington-orchestrated Western-led insurgency wracked
Libya's model was replicated. So far it's short of bombs away. Expect
it if current measures fail. So far, Assad's prevailed. He wants peaceful
resolution, not conflict. Insurgents reject it. They're resolved to
fight and are well armed, trained and funded to do it.
Late Friday, Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad al-Makdissi expressed
"The battle to topple the state is over. Our goal now is to ensure stability
and create a perspective for reform and development in Syria while preventing
others from sabotaging the path of reform."
"When security can be maintained for civilians, the army will leave.
This is a Syrian matter."
While calling for a ceasefire on both sides, Annan's six-point peace
"The Syrian government should 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."
"As these actions are being taken on the ground, the Syrian government
should work with the envoy to bring about a sustained cessation of armed
violence in all its forms by all parties with an effective United Nations
Annan's spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said "(w)e expect (Assad) to implement
this plan immediately. The deadline is now. (He) must stop first and
then discuss a cessation of hostilities with the other side and with
He's more victim than villain. But he’s blamed for insurgent violence
and asked to stop defending his people while they continue killing them.
Annan picked up where he left off as UN Secretary-General. For a decade,
he supported imperial wars and did nothing to secure peace.
Unaddressed now is Assad's responsibility to stop insurgent violence.
Pulling back while it rages facilitates more. He's obligated to protect
his people. If not him, who?
At the same time, America, rogue NATO partners, and complicit regional
states want Assad toppled violently. Peaceful resolution is smoke screen
deception. It camouflages greater planned conflict.
Peace shifts conditions back to square one with Assad firmly in control.
Longstanding Washington plans call for replacing him with a pro-Western
regime. Achieving it requires conflict, not diplomacy. It's raged for
over 12 months and won't end now.
On April 1, US-led "Friends of Syria" meet in Istanbul. At issue is
war, not peace, toppling Assad, isolating Iran, and consolidating greater
US regional control.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said 74 countries confirmed
they're coming. Hillary Clinton will represent Washington. She's arriving
from Saudi Arabia. She and King Abdullah discussed conflict, not peace,
strategies. Their meeting included private one-on-one talks.
On Saturday, Clinton said:
"The commitment of the United States to the people and the nations of
the Gulf is rock-solid and unwavering. Our strong bilateral relationships
are a rock of stability in the region."
Washington, of course, needs instability and violence. Peace defeats
its regime change agenda. Syria and Iran are next. America will keep
ravaging the region until it achieves unchallenged control. It may end
up destroying it in the process along with millions more lives.
Expect Assad to be condemned for continuing to confront insurgents.
On March 30, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich
effectively accused the "Friends of Syria" of being up to no good. He
said they plan to condemn him for continuing to confront insurgent violence
instead of unilaterally pulling back.
Partners are required for peace. One without the other assures failure.
Washington-backed insurgents plan stepping up, not halting violence.
Arms flow in to help them. Humanitarian "safe zones" in Syrian territory
are planned. Assad won't tolerate what he knows assures greater violence
and likely NATO intervention.
At the same time, he'll be blamed for violating Annan's peace plan he
committed to observe. Although it commits both sides "to stop the fighting
and achieve urgently an effective United Nations supervised cessation
of armed violence in all its forms by all parties to protect civilians
and stabilize the country," one side can't do it without the other.
Insurgents intend to keep fighting. Assad's obligated to confront them.
Failure is dereliction of duty. No responsible leader would refuse.
Nonetheless, he's condemned for doing his job.
Turkey's Turkish language broadsheet Radikal explained how planned insurgency
will continue, saying:
"Senior Turkish officials are saying this: the unification of all the
disparate and independently acting groups in Syria, each of which calls
itself the Free Syria Army, under a single ‘command and control mechanism’
and to do whatever is needed, including the provision of the necessary
tools and means, to achieve this."
Free Syrian Army insurgents are readying for more conflict from a Hatay
Province, Turkey location. Dialogue's not on their agenda, nor on Washington's
to discuss with so-called "Friends of Syria."
These type "friends" assure conflict, not resolution. Assad faces protracted
belligerence with no assurance how it'll end.
Expect lots more lost lives blamed on him despite his commitment to
end bloodshed, restore calm, stability, and initiate popular reforms.
Washington wants none of them. Its own agenda involves controlling and
exploiting Syria like Iraq, Libya and other regional client states by
one means or other.
Most Syrians understand and support Assad. They won't tolerate becoming
another US client state, especially a colonized and/or exploited one.
That's what imperial's all about. Their struggle to stay free from it
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