“bashar must die”

The Brahimi Plan
Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Net, Aug 29 2012

In the aftermath of the second Russian-Chinese veto which formally prohibited foreign intervention in Syria on Feb 4, the West feigned seeking peace while actively organizing a vast secret war. On the diplomatic front, they appeared to accept the Lavrov-Annan Plan, even as these same countries were facilitating the movement into Syria of tens of thousands of mercenaries and while UN Observers were escorting the leaders of the Free Syrian Army to get them through the roadblocks. The Jul 18 attack that decapitated the Syrian military command was intended to open the gates of Damascus for these Contras as part of the West’s pursuit of “regime change.” This did not happen. Given the failure of these forces on the ground, and in open contempt of the third Russian-Chinese veto, the Western allies took things to the next level. Not being able to accomplish “regime change“, the strategic choice is to sew chaos. They therefore sabotaged the Lavrov-Annan Plan and proclaimed their intention to assassinate Assad. The speeches of Obama and Hollande, both of which delivered sharp ultimatums on Assad’s hypothetical first-use of chemical weapons in ways flagrantly reminiscent of the Bush Administration’s lies about Iraq, confirm that all forms of war are in play. The latest operation commenced with organized leaks by the press. Reuters [1], NBC [2], Le Parisien [3], Le Canard Enchaîné [4], The Sunday Times [5], and Bild am Sonntag [6] revealed that Obama had authorized covert military intervention months before and that the US, Turkey, France, Britain and Germany were acting in concert. The press announced that the secret war had been coordinated from headquarters established at the NATO base in Incirlik, Turkey. When the US presidential order was revealed, Kofi Annan resigned from his mission. By his account, it would be futile to demand a ceasefire at the UNSC when the leading members were openly identifying themselves as belligerents. He clearly stated that it would be impossible for anyone henceforth to proceed with a peace mission given that the mission itself was illusory because of what he euphemistically termed the “disunity” within the UNSC. [7]

Despite his statement, the Western nations turned again to the Sec-Gens of both the UN and the Arab League to provide a veneer of pacific intentions and legality to their imperial ambitions. They designated a new envoy in the person of Lakhdar Brahimi. In the communiqué announcing the nomination, Ban did not define the new mission as intended to fulfill the Lavrov-Annan plan previously approved by the UNSC. Instead, he signalled that the nominee would employ “his talent and extraordinary experience” to lead Syria toward a “political transition in accordance with the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.” [8] To comprehend what is currently underway requires a closer look at the “the talents and experience” of Brahimi. Son of a collaborator during the WW2 occupation of France and not of a hero of the Algerian Independence with the same name, as he would have people believe, Lahkdar Brahimi is one of the leading sycophant acolytes of the doctrine of “humanitarian intervention“, the new scarcely-veiled substitute for neocolonialism. His name is still attached to the report of the Commission for UN Peacekeeping Operations, which he had chaired. He never questioned the legal aberration that allowed the UN to create so-called peacekeeping forces in order to impose political solutions against the will of the warring parties, rather than overseeing the implementation of peace accords concluded equitably by them. Instead, he has been an active advocate for further consolidating the world governance role of the UN on the basis of a doctrine of intervention and the creation of a supranational intelligence service. [9] This was the origin of the “decision support service.” Not long after, and without informing the UNSC, Ban signed on Sep 23 2008 a protocol with his NATO counterpart linking this newly-created service to the Atlantic Alliance. [10] So much for Brahimi’s “talents“. As for Brahimi’s “experience“, in the late 1980’s he masterminded the Lebanese Confessional System (the Taif Accord) and, following the US invasion of Afghanistan, the Bonn Agreement with put in place the present-day Afghan narco-regime. He also participated in the machinations to “remodel” after the Western invasion of 2003 which sought to partition the country into three districts, one of which a Sunni section where the Hashemite monarchy would be restored. Mixing business with pleasure, he married off his daughter Rym, a CNN journalist, to Prince Ali. Had Ali become king, she would have become the nominal queen of Iraq.

And this is not all. His official biographies neglect to mention that Lakhdar Brahimi, as a “paragon of democracy“, was one of the ten members of the High Security Council who perpetrated the coup d’etat in Algiers in Jan 11 1992, nullifying the legislative election results, forcing President Chadli Bendjedid to resign and installing the putchist generals [11] in power. [12] What followed was a civil war precisely along the model that Washington now hopes to engender in Syria, where both sides are simultaneously manipulated by the US. In Algeria, the Islamist leader, Abbassi Madani, now a refugee in Qatar, took as his political advisor the pseudo-secularist Burhan Ghalioun, none other than the future president of the Syrian National Council. The armed Islamist faction, the GSPC [13], renamed in 2007 al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahghreb (AQIM), was engaged in arms training with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, rebranded in 1997 as al-Qaeda in Libya. The majority of the combatants in the two groups have now integrated into the Free Syrian Army. In these circumstances French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius travelled to inspect the rear-area support bases proliferating in the states bordering Syria. Passing through Jordan, he asserted:

I am conscious of the weight of what I am about to say: Bashar Al-Assad does not deserve to be on Earth. [14]

Without having to give a thumbs down, Emperor Fabius has clearly moved from “Bashar must go” to “Bashar must die!” The Western nation-states have just one message for Moscow and Bejing. They will not fall back; rather they are determined to press on by any and all means.

[1] “Secret Turkish nerve center leads aid to Syria rebels”, Regan Doherty and Amena Bakr, “Obama authorizes secret US support for Syrian rebels”, Mark Hosenball, Reuters, Jul 27 and Aug 1 2012.
[2] “Syrian rebels acquire surface-to-air missiles”, Mark Hosenball and Tabassum Zakaria, Reuters, Jul 31 2012.
[3] ““L’option diplomatique est morte”, interview by Bruno Fanucchi with Richard Labévière, Le Parisien, Aug 6 2012.
[4] ” Formation accélérée d’insurgés syriens”, by Claude Angeli, Le Canard enchaîné, Aug 8 2012.
[5] “Syria rebels aided by UK intelligence”,y David Leppard and John Follain, Sunday Times (UK), Aug 19 2012.
[6] “Deutsches Spionageschiff kreuzt vor Syrien”, Martin Lambeck and Kayhan Özgenc, Bild am Sonntag, Aug 19 2012.
[7] “Press conference by Joint Special Envoy for Syria”, Kofi Annan Foundation, Aug 2 2012.
[8] Sec-Gen announces appointment of Brahimi”, SG/SM/14471, UN, Aug 17 2012.
[9] Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects“, UN A/55/305–S/2000/809, Aug 21 2000.
[10] Available only in French:”Déclaration commune sur la collaboration des Secrétariats des ONU et de l’OTAN“, Réseau Voltaire, Sep 23 2008. “Moscou regrette de voir l’ONU et l’OTAN signer un accord sans consulter la Russie“, RIA-Novosti, Oct 9 2008.
[11] Editor’s note: Dubbed “janviéristes” in France with reference to the January coup d’état.
[12] Islam and democracy: the failure of dialogue in Algeria, by Frédéric Volpi, Pluto Press, 2003 (pp 55 et seq).
[13] French acronym for Salafist Group for Call and Combat
[14] Video

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