The Truth About the War in Aleppo
David Stockman, AntiWar.com, Oct 1 2016
This is starting to sound pretty ominous. The Faschingstein War Party is coming unhinged and appears to be leaving no stone unturned when it comes to provoking Putin’s Russia and numerous others. The recent collapse of cooperation in Syria, based on the false claim that Assad and his Russian allies are waging genocide in Aleppo, is only the latest example. So now comes the Pindosi Army’s chief of staff, General Mark Milley, doing his best imitation of Curtis LeMay in a recent speech dripping with bellicosity. While Pindostan has no industrial state enemy left on the planet that can even remotely challenge its economic might, technological superiority and overwhelming military power, General Milley unloaded a fusillade of bluster at the Association of the Army’s annual meeting in Faschingstein. Army Chief of Staff Gen Mark Milley told the audience:
The strategic resolve of our nation Pindostan is being challenged and our alliances tested in ways that we haven’t faced in many, many decades. I want to be clear to those who wish to do us harm … the Pindostani military, despite all of our challenges, despite our tempo, despite everything we have been doing, we will stop you, and we will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before. Make no mistake about that.
That is rank nonsense. We are not being “tested” by anyone. To the contrary, Imperial Faschingstein is provoking tensions and confrontations everywhere from the South China Sea to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, the Black Sea, the Baltics and Ukraine that have no bearing whatsoever on the safety and security of the citizens of Spokane WA, Topeka KS and Springfield MA. Indeed, the clear and present danger to peace and freedom in the homeland lies not in the machinations of foreign capitals, but in the arrogant and bombastic groupthink that has overtaken the denizens of the Imperial City. The latter is again on display in the full-throated fulminations about the siege of Aleppo being emitted by the Faschingstein War Party and its trained poodles in the establishment media, most especially the NYT. We are told that the Russian Air Force and Assad’s military are targeting schools, hospitals and the 200,000 or so civilians of Eastern Aleppo for indiscriminate bombing and slaughter. It’s shades of Benghazi 2011 all over again: an incipient genocide that Washington must stop in the name of R2P. No it’s not!
What is happening in Aleppo is a raging sectarian civil war and a proxy battleground for the regional political maneuvers of Turks, Toads and Iranians. They are none of Pindostan’s business and haven’t been since the so-called Arab Spring uprising spread to Syria in 2011. Indeed, Syria is a lawless, bombed-out, economically decimated failed state today owing to Faschingstein’s heavy-handed intervention at the behest of the War Party’s bloody twin sisters. That is, the neocons and the R2P liberal interventionist claque around Hillary Clinton, including Samantha Power and Susan Rice. We name names in this context for a reason. A nation of 22 million back in 2011, which had been reasonably stable in modern times under the authoritarian but secular rule of the Assad family, does not suddenly give rise to a human tsunami of 5 million refugees spilling all over the Mediterranean and Europe and to the reduction of virtually every one of its ancient cities and towns to rubble and rivers of blood, on its own volition. To the contrary, all of this mayhem was instigated by the War Party’s armchair warriors and the “indispensable” nation hegemonists in Washington. Literally billions in aid, weapons, munitions, training and logistics have flowed into Syria from all directions on the outside. And all of it was either financed by Pindo sheeple or by regional powers which have been armed and greenlighted by Faschingstein.
The fact is, the Assad regime in Syria was from the same mold as the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Both arose out of military coups in the postwar period and espoused a secularist Arab nationalism. The aim was to stimulate economic progress and a renaissance of Arab culture under the leadership of a strong state and prodigious public sector, which in practice meant rule by economic bribery and heavy-handed police-state repression of dissent. Still, it was the antithesis of Jihadism and the religious fanaticism represented by the Wahhabism exported by the Toads, the various offshoots of AQ and now the murderous Daesh in western Iraq and the Euphrates Valley of Syria. The Assad regime in Syria, in fact, was the guardian of religious pluralism. The Assad family was from the minority Alawi branch of Shiite Islam, which was heavily concentrated in the north-west coastal provinces. Its coming to power broke a centuries-old dominance of the majority Sunni population and was therefore welcomed by other minorities including Christians, Druze, Jews, Kurds, and countless more. There is no denying that the rule of the Assad regime was harsh, but it was also absolutely par for the course among middle eastern governments before or since.
Of course, Toad Hall is the worst of all. You can be beheaded there for apostasy, infidelity, drug possession or insulting the king. Last year they chopped nearly 200 heads, even as the War Party claims Riyadh as an indispensable vassal in the battle against the far less prodigious head-choppers of Daesh. So when the uprising began in Syria during 2011. there was no reason for Washington to take sides, any more than there was in Libya. But in both cases false propaganda about allegedly imminent massacres of civilians by the incumbent regimes was deftly conveyed to the establishment media, especially CNN, by the various War Party think tanks and official agencies. The subsequent slide down the slippery slope of regime destruction did not take long. Thanks to Hillary’s harpies of war, the White House’s bombing campaign resulted in the butchering of Gaddafi within the year, and Libya’s descent into the anarchy of rule by warlords and Jihadi killers that has metastasized since then.
And that brings us back to Syria and Aleppo. Whatever the merits of the original peaceful protests against the Assad government in the spring of 2011, the movement turned violent and quickly descended into civil war only because of the flow of fighters, arms and agitators from outside of Syria. The first of these was the FSA, but that was a creation of Turkey and the Faschingstein regime change advocates who wanted Assad gone. Erdogan wished to eliminate Assad because he was unwilling to suppress the large Kurdish population on Turkey’s border, while Faschingstein’s motivation was no less untoward. Its beef against Assad had nothing to do with humanitarian considerations but instead was all about Faschingstein’s fatwa against Iran. The latter was allied with the Assad government, but when it comes to Washington’s imperial writ, the sovereign state of Syria was not entitled to a foreign policy and alliances of its own choosing. Accordingly, Turkey provided sanctuaries for the FSA inside its borders, allowed fighters and arms to move freely to the FSA training camps and staging areas and provided safe transit of soldiers and supplies across its borders into Syria. In fact, after the Libyan regime fell, the CIA opened up Gaddafi’s arsenals and trans-shipped weapons to Turkey through what was called the “ratline”. That’s what we going on in the CIA annex in Benghazi when Ambassador Stevens was killed.
Needless to say, the Assad regime reacted brutally to this militarized attack on its very existence, and thereby begat the “humanitarian crisis” which is the inexorable result of civil war prosecuted with modern weaponry in dense urban areas. So without missing a beat, the liberal interventionist faction of the Obama White House was also soon beating the war drums on R2P grounds. Meanwhile, the so-called “moderate” FSA fighters armed and enabled by Turkey were allied with the MBs. Moreover, still other so-called rebel factions have been recruited, trained and armed by the CIA in camps based in Jordan. For the most part these fighters, when they eventually get to the battlefronts in Syria, have tended to sell or abandon their weapons, disappear across the Turkish border or defect to Nusra and even ISIS. Last summer, in fact, the 55 fighters recruited and vetted under a $500m Congressional authorization were gone within weeks. Their commander and his deputy was captured during their first day on the battlefield, a dozen or so were killed and the rest defected. Worse still, within days Jihadis showed up on propaganda videos brandishing their brand new Pindosi weapons. Is it any wonder that Syria has become hell on earth? Or that what remains of Eastern Aleppo is crawling with Jihadis aligned with Nusra? Or that they have attempted to use the 200,000 or so remaining civilians as human shields? The whole thing is madness. Yet at this very moment, Faschingstein is risking a military clash with Russia owing to the breakdown of the truce in Aleppo, and a renewed campaign to establish a no fly zone in the immediate area. Really? The USAF is going to shoot down Russian bombers to protect civilians in a small part of what is left of Aleppo who are being used as human shields by affiliates of the MBs & AQ? Madness indeed.