from VoltaireNet Website
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé
and his U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton
in Washington on 6 June 2011.
The efforts to overthrow the Syrian government have a lot in common with what has been undertaken in Libya.
However, the results are substantially different owing to each country’s social and political background. The project to break up these two States simultaneously was initially brought up by John Bolton on 6 May 2002 when he was serving as Undersecretary of State in the Bush administration.
It’s implementation by
the Obama administration
nine years down the line - in the context of the Arab Awakening - is not
In any case, the initial plan had to be revised
in light of the unexpected "Arab Spring" scenario.
The choice of the Daraa district can be
explained by its proximity to the Jordanian border and the Israeli occupied
Golan Heights. This layout would make it easy to funnel supplies to the
travelled to Jordan where he supervised the kick off of operations, together
with CIA and Mossad officials.
Therefore, while Libya is spontaneously at the
mercy of centrifugal forces, Syria attracts centripetal forces bent on
reconstructing Greater Syria (comprising Jordan, occupied Palestine,
Lebanon, Cyprus and part of Iraq). Syria’s population today cannot but
repudiate any plan to partition the country.
Bashar al-Assad, on the contrary, did not seize
power nor did he expect to inherit it. He accepted to fill the office of
president when his father died because his older brother had perished in an
accident and because only his family heritage could have prevented a power
struggle among his father’s generals.
As indicated above, the mercenary forces have been provided with the compliments of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who was forced to knock on several doors, including in Pakistan and Malaysia, seeking to boost his personal army deployed in Manama and Tripoli.
As an example, we can cite the installation of
an ad hoc telecommunications center on the premises of the Ministry of
Telecommunications in Lebanon.
By contrast, the pro-government drew crowds the
likes of which the country had never seen before.
The army did not crackdown on the demonstrators - contrary to what the Western and Saudi media have reported - but reined in the armed groups.
Unfortunately, the high-ranking military
officers, most of whom were trained in the USSR, failed to practice any
restraint towards the civilians who were caught in the middle.
Realizing that military action would fall short
of plunging the country into chaos in the near term, Washington decided to
undermine Syrian society in the middle term. The rationale is that the
policies of the Al-Assad government have been forging a middle class (the
true mainstay of a democracy) and that it would be feasible to turn this
class against him. In that case, an economic collapse of the country would
have to be engineered.
To market the oil, Syria must have
assets deposited in Western banks to serve as guarantee during the
transactions. It would be enough to freeze them in order to pull the country
down. Hence, the expediency of tarnishing its image to mold western public
opinion into accepting the "sanctions against the regime."
But Russia could do it, without which it would lose its naval base in the Mediterranean would have to keep its Black Sea cooped up behind the Dardanelles.
The Pentagon has already attempted to
intimidate Russia by deploying its guided-missile cruiser, the USS
Monterrey, in the Black Sea to underscore the futility of Russia’s naval
Public opinion will allow the wool to be pulled
over its eyes all the more given its ignorance of Syria and its blind faith
in the new technologies.
In fact, these armed groups have little in
common with the intellectual dissidents that drafted the Damascus
Declaration. They emerge from Sunni religious extremist circles. These
fanatics repudiate the religious pluralism of the Levant and long for a
state to their image and likeness. They don’t challenge President Bashar
Al-Assad because they deem he is too authoritarian, but because he is an
Alawi, that is a heretic in their eyes.
As a gay woman, she garnered the protective
empathy of Western web surfers who mobilized as soon as her arrest by the
secret services of the "regime" was announced.
He quite obviously did not attend in his
capacity as a student .
On the other hand, those who are upheld by the
media as revolutionaries, and that we consider instead to be
counter-revolutionaries, are vehemently homophobic. They are even
contemplating the introduction of corporal punishment or, in some cases, the
death penalty to punish that "vice."
We may recall the United Nations reports on the humanitarian crisis in Libya alleging that tens of thousands of immigrant workers were fleeing the country to escape from violence. The conclusion drawn and spewed by the Western media was that the Gaddafi "regime" had to be toppled in favor of the Benghazi rebels.
And yet, it was not the government of Tripoli
who was responsible for this tragedy, but the so-called revolutionaries in
Cyrenaica who were hunting down black Africans. Stirred by a racist
ideology, they accused them of being at the service of Colonel Gaddafi and
lynched whoever they could get their hands on.
It succeeded in persuading public opinion that the country is in the grips of a brutal dictatorship, but it also welded the vast majority of the Syrian population firmly behind its government. Ultimately, the plan could backfire on those who masterminded it, notably Tel Aviv.
In January-February 2011 we witnessed a revolutionary wave in the Arab world, followed in April-May by a counter-revolutionary wave.
The swing of the pendulum is still in motion.