Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Winds of War
Written by Stephen Lendman
Assad deplores it and accepted deadline terms provided both sides comply. Under orders, Western-controlled insurgents refuse. Peace and stability assure status quo conditions
rejects. Regime change requires violence, the more the better. Washington
Syria's Grand Mufti, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, said common
sacrifice will let
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." Syria
's Alexei Malashenko said: Moscow Carnegie Center
has other ideas. Another client state is planned.
Getting one assures the worst for Syrians. Most understand. Why else would
Assad have majority support. Washington
wants regime change. When other tactics fail, war's
the final option. Expect it. Washington
'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. Turkey
may be ravaged the same way. Erdogan's comments
suggest he's on board. In 2011, he participated with Western powers against
plans regime change, wars are
waged if other methods fail. Washington
For over a year, Western-generated violence ravaged
. Assad remains firmly in
control. As a result, expect war. All signs suggest it. Syria
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
for insurgent crimes. Syria
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.
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.
dirty hands escalate them. Washington
Already waging multiple wars and numerous proxy ones, Obama craves more. While disingenuously supporting peace,
rogue NATO partners, and regional allies continue arming, funding, training,
and actively aiding insurgents other ways to violently oust Assad. Washington
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 explained.
On April 9, HRW went further headlining, "
Extrajudicial Executions," saying: Syria
"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 forces."
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.
headquarters was attacked. So was the nearby Minakh Air Base. Aleppo
Daily, civilian and security force deaths mount. On April 8, the Syrian Human Rights Network (SHRN) called Western and regional insurgency support blatant hypocrisy.
It stressed that
assures "double-standards" and "unipolar" policies. It
added that supporting armed terrorist groups violates international law and UN
Security Council Counter-Terrorism Resolution 1373. US
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."
France, and other SC allies, did precisely the opposite. They reigned terror
across North Africa, the Middle East, and Washington, Britain Central Asia.
They lurched from one war to another. They plan more now.
On Saturday before Easter Sunday, Gregory III Laham, Melkite Greek Catholic Church Patriarch of Antioch, said Syrians are united against plots targeting their country.
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
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
not completely ruled
out," saying: Syria
According to Ankara-based Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) regional expert Veysel Ayhan:
"The situation in
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." Syria
Indeed not because
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. Washington
Bartenev: Moscow State
"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.
"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.
The longer Western backed violence rages, the more it grows. Alone, it's not enough. It didn't save Gaddafi. NATO, not insurgents, ousted him.
As a result, direct Western intervention against Assad is coming. When isn't clear. It may happen sooner than imagined.
A Final Comment
Violence won't end unless both sides agree.
justifiably wants written ceasefire guarantees. Opposition forces refuse. Syria
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) commitments...."
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said Assad began fulfilling Annan's peace plan. He noted his active cooperation.
's hand. It
rejects Syrian good faith efforts. It blames Assad for insurgent violence. It
plans greater intervention. Washington
He accused Assad of violating his territory. He warned that
will "use its rights as guaranteed by international law," without
further elaboration. Ankara
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
and other NATO powers. Washington
Perhaps they plan a 1999 Yugoslavia-type intervention. Without Security Council authorization, NATO acted on its own. Mass killing and destruction followed.
On April 10, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem affirmed government forces withdrew from some provinces. Nonetheless, opposition violence continues.
Lavrov agrees. Over 100,000 Russians live in
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. Syria
Responding to Erdogan, al-Moallem said
is entitled to defend its sovereignty. Syria '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. Turkey
Lavrov wants insurgents pressured to halt violence.
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.
holds back nothing for what it
wants. It's about total regional dominance to Washington China
borders, no matter the body count. Expect war. It's coming. Russia
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