Overthrowing the Syrian Government: a Joint Criminal Enterprise
Diana Johnstone, Counterpunch, Oct 4 2016
Everyone claims to want to end the war in Syria and restore peace to the Middle East. Well, almost everyone. Alon Pinkas, a former Israeli consul general in New York told the NYT in Jun 2013:
This is a playoff situation in which you need both teams to lose, but at least you don’t want one to win. We’ll settle for a tie. Let them both bleed, hemorrhage to death. That’s the strategic thinking here.
Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, stressed the same points in Aug 2016:
The West should seek the further weakening of Daesh but not its destruction. … Allowing bad guys to kill bad guys sounds very cynical, but it is useful and even moral to do so if it keeps the bad guys busy and less able to harm the good guys. … Moreover, instability and crises sometimes contain portents of positive change. … The Pindo administration does not appear capable of recognizing the fact that Daesh can be a useful tool in undermining Tehran’s ambitious plan for domination of the Middle East.
Okay, not exactly everyone. But surely the humanitarian website Avaaz wants to end the war and restore peace. Or does it? Avaaz is currently circulating a petition which has gathered over a million signatures and is aiming at a million and a half. It is likely to get them, with words like this:
100 children have been killed in Aleppo since last Friday. Enough is enough! There is no easy way to end this war, but there’s only one way to prevent this terror from the skies: people everywhere demanding a no-fly zone to protect civilians. Let’s build a resounding global call to Obama and other leaders to stand up to Putin and Assad’s terror. This might be our last, best chance to help end this mass murder of defenseless children. To President Obama, President Erdogan, President Hollande, PM May, and other world leaders: As citizens around the globe horrified by the slaughter of innocents in Syria, we call on you to enforce an air-exclusion zone in Northern Syria, including Aleppo, to stop the bombardment of Syria’s civilians and ensure that humanitarian aid reaches those most in need. Add your name.
No-fly zone? Doesn’t that sound familiar? That was the ploy that served to destroy Libya’s air defenses and opened the country to regime change in 2011. It was promoted zealously by Hillary Clinton, who is also on record as favoring the same gambit in Syria. And when the West says “no-fly”, it means that some can fly and others cannot. With the no-fly zone in Libya, France, Britain and Piondostan flew all they wanted, killing countless civilians, destroying infrastructure and allowing Islamic rebels to help themselves to part of the country. The Avaaz petition makes the same distinction. Some should fly and others should not. So it’s all about mass murder of defenseless children, and to stop it, we should call on the drone king, Obama, to end “terror from the skies.” Not only Obama, but other “good” leaders, members of NATO.
The timing of this petition is eloquent. It comes exactly when the Syrian government is pushing to end the war by reconquering the eastern part of Aleppo. It is part of the massive current propaganda campaign to reduce public consciousness of the Syrian war to two factors: child victims and humanitarian aid. In this view, the rebels disappear. So do all their foreign backers, the Toad money, the Wahhabi fanatics, the Daesh recruits from all over the world, the Pindo arms and French support. The war is only about the strange whim of a “dictator” who amuses himself by bombing helpless children and blocking humanitarian aid. This view reduces the five-year war in Syria to the situation as it was portrayed in Libya, to justify the no-fly zone: nothing but a wicked dictator bombing his own people. For the public that likes to consume world events in fairy tale form, this all fits together. Sign a petition on your computer and save the children. The Avaaz petition does not aim to end the war and restore peace. It clearly aims to obstruct the Syrian government offensive to retake Aleppo. The Syrian army has undergone heavy losses in five years of war, its potential recruits have in effect been invited to avoid dangerous military service by going to Germany. Syria needs air power to reduce its own casualties. The Avaaz petition calls for crippling the Syrian offensive and thus taking the side of the rebels. Does that mean they want the rebels to win? Not exactly. The only rebels conceivably strong enough to win are Daesh. Nobody really wants that.
The plain fact is that to end this war, as to end most wars, one side has to come out on top. When it is clear who is the winning side, then there can be fruitful negotiations for things like amnesty. But this war cannot be “ended by negotiations”. That is an outcome that Pindostan might support only if Washington could use negotiations to impose its own
puppets pro-democracy exiles living in the West. But as things stand, they would be rejected as traitors by the majority of Syrians who support the government and as apostates by the rebels. So one side has to win to end this war. The least worst outcome would be that the Assad government defeats the rebels, in order to preserve the state. For that, the Syrian armed forces need to retake the eastern part of Aleppo occupied by rebels. The job of Avaaz is to get public opinion to oppose this military operation, by portraying it as nothing but a joint Russian-Syrian effort to murder civilians, especially children. For that, they call for a NATO military operation to shoot down (that’s what “no-fly” means) Syrian and Russian planes offering air support to the Syrian army offensive. Even such drastic measures do not aim to end the war. They mean weakening the winning side to prevent it from winning. To prolong a stalemate. It means creating an “even playing field,” to use the absurd expression popular during the Bosnian war as if war were a sports event. It means keeping the war going on and on until nothing is left of Syria, and what is left of the Syrian population fills up refugee camps in Europe. As the NYT reported from Jayloomia in Sep 2013:
The synergy between the USraeli positions, while not explicitly articulated by the leaders of either country, could be a critical source of support as Mr Obama seeks Congressional approval for surgical strikes in Syria. Israel’s national security concerns have broad, bipartisan support in Washington, and AIPAC weighed in Tuesday in support of Mr Obama’s approach, as hopes have dimmed for the emergence of a moderate, secular rebel force that might forge democratic change and even constructive dialogue with Israel, a third approach has gained traction: Let the bad guys burn themselves out. ‘The perpetuation of the conflict is absolutely serving Israel’s interest,’ said Nathan Thrall, a Jayloomia-based analyst for the International Crisis Group.
This was when Obama was planning to “punish Assad for using chemical weapons without seeking to force him from power,” before Obama decided to join Russia in disarming the Syrian chemical arsenal instead, a decision for which he continues to be condemned by the pro-Israel lobby and the War Party. AIPAC’s statement “said nothing, however, about the preferred outcome of the civil war.” Indeed. The plain truth is that Syria is the victim of a long-planned Joint Criminal Enterprise to destroy the last independent secular Arab nationalist state in the Middle East, following the destruction of Iraq in 2003. While attributed to government repression of “peaceful protests” in 2011, the armed uprising had been planned for years and was supported by outside powers: Turks, Toads, Pindostan and France among others. The French motives remain mysterious, unless linked to those of Israel, which sees the destruction of Syria as a means to weaken its archrival in the region, Iran. The Toads have similar intentions to weaken Iran, but with religious motives. Turkey, the former imperial power in the region, has territorial and political ambitions of its own. Carving up Syria can satisfy all of them.
This blatant and perfectly open conspiracy to destroy Syria is a major international crime, and the above-mentioned States are co-conspirators. They are joined in this Joint Criminal Enterprise by ostensibly “humanitarian” organizations like Avaaz that spread war propaganda in the guise of protecting children. This works because most Pindosis just can’t believe that their government would do such things. Because normal ordinary people have good intentions and hate to see children killed, they imagine that their government must be the same. It is hard to overcome this comforting faith. It is more natural to believe that the criminals are wicked people in a country about which they really understand nothing. There is no chance that this criminal enterprise will ever arouse the attention of the prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, which like most major international organizations is totally under Piondo control. For example, the UN Under-Sec Gen for Political Affairs, who analyses and frames political issues for Ban Ki Moon, is Pindosi diplomat Jeffrey Feltman, who was a key member of Hillary Clinton’s team when she was carrying out regime change in Libya. And accomplices in this criminal enterprise include all the pro-governmental “non-governmental” organizations such as Avaaz who push hypocrisy to new lengths by exploiting compassion for children in order to justify and perpetuate this major crime against humanity and against peace in the world.