When Washington plans regime
change, wars are waged if other methods fail.
For over a year, Western-generated violence ravaged Syria. Assad remains
firmly in control. As a result, expect war. All signs suggest it.
Annan's so-called peace plan is sham cover for what's planned. A longstanding
imperial tool, he's part of the problem, not the solution. Instead of
pointing fingers the right way, he blames Syria for insurgent crimes.
So does Ban Ki-moon, calling Assad "fully accountable for grave violations
of human rights and international humanitarian law." He added that government
forces are using the so-called April 10 halt to violence deadline as
an "excuse" to increase it.
Assad deplores it and accepted deadline terms provided both sides comply.
Under orders, Western-controlled insurgents refuse. Peace and stability
assure status quo conditions Washington rejects. Regime change requires
violence, the more the better.
On April 8, Itar-Tass headlined, "Syrian opposition refuses to give
authorities guarantees on ceasefire," saying:
Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander Colonel Riad al-Asaad said the FSA
"does not recognize the (Assad) regime and will not give any guarantees."
Disingenuously he added that if government forces withdraw from cities,
they'll lay down arms. Doing so lets insurgents regain control over
areas they previously held. Letting them assures continued violence,
including appalling atrocities.
As a result, Syrian authorities responsibly demand written ceasefire
guarantees. They only work when both sides comply. Insurgents refuse.
Conflict won't end. War winds blow stronger. Washington's dirty hands
Already waging multiple wars and numerous proxy ones, Obama craves more.
While disingenuously supporting peace, Washington, rogue NATO partners,
and regional allies continue arming, funding, training, and actively
aiding insurgents other ways to violently oust Assad.
So-called Friends of Syria support "measures by the Syrian population
to protect themselves." In other words, they're armed and supported
to subvert, not advance, peace.
At the same time, on April 7, ahead of Easter Sunday, Obama's holiday
message belied his rage for war and violence. Wishing everyone "joy,"
he's planning more carnage and destruction.
Peace won't be tolerated. War is policy. Mass killing always follows.
At issue is global dominance. Body counts don't matter. No holds barred
hardball tactics escalate violence. Blame game strategy holds victims
responsible. Fingers point the wrong way.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) Reverts to Form
After accusing insurgents of targeted killings, summary executions,
kidnappings for ransom, torture, hostage taking, and other violent crimes,
HRW reverted to form as a reliable imperial ally. For decades, it served
the same purpose. It's doing it again now.
In late March, it accused government forces of using local residents
as human shields. So-called witnesses say so. Who they represent wasn't
On April 9, HRW went further headlining, "Syria: Extrajudicial Executions,"
"Syrian security forces summarily executed over 100 and possibly many
more civilians and wounded or captured opposition fighters during
recent attacks on cities and towns...."
"Government and pro-government forces not only executed opposition fighters
they had captured, or who had otherwise stopped fighting and posed no
threat, but also civilians who likewise posed no threat to the security
Well-documented accounts report mass executions and atrocities carried
out by insurgents. HRW, in fact, provided some evidence. Now it shifted
gears. It's blaming victims, not aggressors.
Its report titled, "In Cold Blood: Summary Executions by Syrian Security
Forces and Pro-Government Militias” focused solely on Assad. Insurgent
crimes were excluded. Doing so shows what's involved.
War winds blow harder. HRW's a willing agent. Being one leaves its hands
bloodstained. It played that role many previous times.
No End of Violence in Sight
Ahead of the so-called April 10 deadline for both sides to halt violence,
killer gang violence rages. Aleppo's military headquarters was attacked.
So was the nearby Minakh Air Base.
Daily, civilian and security force deaths mount. On April 8, the Syrian
Human Rights Network (SHRN) called Western and regional insurgency support
It stressed that US control assures "double-standards" and "unipolar"
policies. It added that supporting armed terrorist groups violates international
law and UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Resolution 1373.
Adopted unanimously on September 28, 2001, it calls for confronting
international terrorism by "suppressing financing" and "criminaliz(ing)
the willful provision or collection of funds for such acts."
It addition, it said "States should also refrain from providing any
form of support to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts; take
the necessary steps to prevent the commission of terrorist acts; deny
safe haven to those who finance, plan, support, commit terrorist acts
and provide safe havens as well."
The Security Council "expressed its determination to take all necessary
steps to fully implement the current resolution."
In fact, Washington, Britain, France, and other SC allies, did precisely
the opposite. They reigned terror across North Africa, the Middle East,
and Central Asia. They lurched from one war to another. They plan more
On Saturday before Easter Sunday, Gregory III Laham, Melkite Greek Catholic
Church Patriarch of Antioch, said Syrians are united against plots targeting
"Syria is a central and pivotal country, which explains why the world's
countries are ganging up on it." He added that they won't prevail, that
Syrians are united to protect their national identity, and they're entitled
to defend themselves against terrorist crimes.
Syria's Grand Mufti, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, said common sacrifice
will let Syria emerge victorious. He added that "the blood of these
martyrs will be a light and an illumination for all Syrians and a fire
that burns those who sent weapons or wished destruction upon this country."
The forces of evil will be defeated, he stressed. Syrians certainly
hope so. The know the stakes and who's at fault.
On April 8, Today's Zaman headlined, "Military intervention in Syria
not completely ruled out," saying:
According to Ankara-based Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies
(ORSAM) regional expert Veysel Ayhan:
"The situation in Syria could evolve into a military intervention with
the support of global powers." Arming insurgents subverts peace, he
added. "If the Syrian opposition received armed support, then nobody
should expect a truce at the end."
Indeed not because Washington won't tolerate it. On April 8, Ria Novosti
said Annan's plan won't stop violence "because opponents of the Syrian
Government are funding armed opposition in the country" while claiming
to want peace.
According to Moscow State University's Vladimir Bartenev:
"The situation is a mockery of the very idea of conflict settlement."
He added that Assad had to accept Annan's plan because rejecting it
would have made matters worse.
Moscow Carnegie Center's Alexei Malashenko said:
"The schizophrenic situation will go on while Assad is scrambling for
a way to survive."
Days earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Assad opponents
of "egging on" violence. He added that efforts to oust him have little
chance to succeed without direct NATO intervention.
Moscow-based Middle East Studies Institute head Yevgeny Satanovsky agrees,
saying Assad so far prevails. He controls major cities. Insurgents were
pushed out. They're resorting to guerilla war.
At the same time, both analysts think Assad won't survive long-term.
Constitutional reform alone may replace him. Syrians will choose their
own leaders. It's their choice, not outsiders. Whether they'll get it
remains to be seen.
Washington has other ideas. Another client state is planned. Getting
one assures the worst for Syrians. Most understand. Why else would Assad
have majority support.
The longer Western backed violence rages, the more it grows. Alone,
it's not enough. It didn't save Gaddafi. NATO, not insurgents, ousted
As a result, direct Western intervention against Assad is coming. When
isn't clear. It may happen sooner than imagined.
Washington wants regime change. When other tactics fail, war's the final
option. Expect it.
A Final Comment
Violence won't end unless both sides agree. Syria justifiably wants
written ceasefire guarantees. Opposition forces refuse.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland dismissed the demand. She
called it "more chaff being thrown up in the air at the last minute
to deflect attention from the fact that the regime is not meeting (its)
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said Assad began fulfilling Annan's
peace plan. He noted his active cooperation.
Nuland reveals Washington's hand. It rejects Syrian good faith efforts.
It blames Assad for insurgent violence. It plans greater intervention.
Turkey's involved. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants a new Security
Council resolution. Violence continues, he said, including cross-border
clashes. Syrian fire allegedly hit a Turkish refugee camp.
He accused Assad of violating his territory. He warned that Ankara will
"use its rights as guaranteed by international law," without further
He wants SC members "tak(ing) whatever steps they ought to under these
circumstances." He considers all options open and nothing ruled out.
He may be following orders from Washington and other NATO powers.
Perhaps they plan a 1999 Yugoslavia-type intervention. Without Security
Council authorization, NATO acted on its own. Mass killing and destruction
Syria may be ravaged the same way. Erdogan's comments suggest he's on
board. In 2011, he participated with Western powers against Gaddafi.
On April 10, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem affirmed government
forces withdrew from some provinces. Nonetheless, opposition violence
Lavrov agrees. Over 100,000 Russians live in Syria. It's embassy got
reliable information about insurgent landmines, explosives, heavy weapons
use, and terrorist attacks on civilians and state security forces, in
violation of Annan's peace plan.
Responding to Erdogan, al-Moallem said Syria is entitled to defend its
sovereignty. Turkey's involved in the violence. It hosts insurgent forces.
It lets them conduct cross-border raids. It supplies them with weapons.
Doing so violates international law and hopes for peace.
Lavrov wants insurgents pressured to halt violence. Washington's involved
in arming them. It eggs them on. It wants protracted violence. It spurns
peace and stability. So do other NATO powers and supportive regional
April 10 came and went. Violence continues. Signs suggest greater intervention.
Washington holds back nothing for what it wants. It's about total regional
dominance to China and Russia's borders, no matter the body count. Expect
war. It's coming.
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