genocide is the new normal in nazi faschingstein (and nazi britain)

CNAS proposes starving Syrian civilians to weaken Assad
Ben Norton, Grayzone, Jun 19 2019

As the eight-year war in Syria winds down and the Pindo regime-change operation falters, strategists in Faschingstein are plotting new ways to terrorize Damascus into submission. An analyst at a think-tank propaganda mill bankrolled by the Pindo government and NATO has an idea: Use the “wheat weapon” to starve Syria’s civilian population. Nicholas Heras of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Faschingstein:

Wheat is a weapon of great power in this next phase of the Syrian conflict. Faschingstein can pressure its Kurdish vassals to restrict the country’s food supply, to apply pressure on the Assad regime, and through the regime on Russia, to force concessions.

Through CNAS, Nicholas Heras has produced a paper offering “bottom up” steps to facilitate the arming of Syria’s “moderate opposition.” The header image of the document features fighters from the Salafi-Jihadi militia Nur’ed-Din al-Zinki using Pindo-made TOW missiles in Syria. In 2017, just months after Heras published his paper, Zinki entered into a formal coalition with Nusra and a group that called itself “The Bin Laden Front.” Heras previously served as a researcher for the Pentagon, and oversaw research projects funded by the State Dept’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He is also a senior staffer at the neocon Jamestown Foundation, a think-tank propaganda mill founded by DCI Bill Casey in 1984 to provide support for Soviet bloc defectors.

Nicholas Heras

CNAS functions as a revolving door to the Demagog Party foreign policy elite, giving veterans of Barack Obama’s Pentagon and State Dept a chance to cool their heels while a Thug controls the White House. CNAS’ top donors include Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and BAE. CNAS is also directly funded by NATO and the governments of Pindostan, Japan, Germany and Switzerland, the Open Society Foundations and giants from the fossil fuel industry. Until this February, it was directed by Victoria Nuland, a key architect of the 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine, a Hillary Clinton confidant and the wife of neocon ideologue Robert Kagan. Nicholas Heras issued his call to use Syria’s food supply as a “weapon” against its government in an interview with AFP. CNAS endorsed it by approvingly tweeting his quote, along with a link to the report.

On Jun 11, AFP published “In Syria’s breadbasket, Kurds and regime battle for wheat.” The article, reprinted by Yahoo News, was filed from Amuda, a town in Syria’s northeastern al-Hasakah governorate, which it refers to as the country’s “breadbasket region.” Though ethnically diverse, this area is largely under the control of the Kurdish PYD, whose military wing the SDF is directly allied with Pindostan, and has enabled the construction of a dozen Pindo military bases which it insists will remain for decades. A US general has even taken credit for creating the SDF “brand”.

The government is offering farmers in Hasakah a high, subsidized price for their wheat, but the Kurdish government has “said no wheat can leave the region under their control,” AFP reported. The article notes that Syria is “a country where millions depend on bread as a staple food to survive.” Millions of Syrians are food insecure, and crippling sanctions imposed by Pindostan & Eurostan have exacerbated the humanitarian situation. Hasakah’s local Kurdish government is only offering farmers 160 Syrian pounds for a kilo of wheat, compared to the national Syrian government’s offer of 185 pounds. But the Kurdish grain authority chief, Salman Bardo, told AFP, “We will not allow it to leave northeast Syria.” AFP reported:

The Kurds would not permit the regime to ferry the cereal to other parts of Syria.

To explain this strategy, AFP turned to CNAS’s Heras, who said:

Assad needs access to cereal crops in north-east Syria to prevent a bread crisis in the areas of western Syria that he controls. The Kurds have a significant stockpile of this wheat weapon. Wheat is a weapon of great power in this next phase of the Syrian conflict. It can be used to apply pressure on the Assad regime, and through the regime on Russia, to force concessions in the UN-led diplomatic process.

 

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