[Marxism] Syria: The Western Deception Over Regime Change Unravels.
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Fri Mar 16 08:01:59 MDT 2012
Syria: The Western Deception Over Regime Change Unravels. NATO Prepares for
All Out War
by Finian Cunningham
Global Research, March 8, 2012
The Western governments' and mainstream media¹s narrative of a one-sided
humanitarian crisis in Syria is rapidly unwinding to reveal a self-serving
deception to justify a re-run of Libya-style NATO conquest. In reality, it
is the Western powers and their Israeli and Arab henchmen who are fuelling a
humanitarian crisis and creating the conditions for all-out war. All of
which, it should be said, constitutes criminality comparable to Nazi
Germany¹s wars of aggression.
The latest crack in the Western façade over Syria comes in the form of
leaked correspondence from Western private intelligence firm Stratfor, which
reports that US-led NATO special forces have been operating inside Syria
alongside armed opposition groups. Stratfor is closely aligned with Pentagon
planners; indeed can be viewed as a private wing of the Pentagon. The
document, disclosed by Wikileaks, cites US military sources discussing a
campaign of destabilisation against the Syrian government of Bashir Al
Assad, involving training opposition groups and deploying guerilla tactics,
including assassinations. In other words, discussing a scenario that
approximates to what is actually happening in Syria.
Given Straftor¹s credentials as a reliable think-tank for the US
military-industrial complex, the disclosure can be seen as a damning
indictment of NATO criminality and Western mainstream media complicity.
Since political turmoil erupted in Syria a year ago, the monotonous ³big
lie² narrative from Western governments and the corporate-controlled news
media has been one of ³brutal state repression against a civilian
population² committed by the Assad government.
This portrayal has, predictably, led to strident condemnation of the Syrian
government by Western leaders and calls for ³humanitarian intervention² by
NATO powers and Western-backed Gulf Arab states in a tested formula
prescribed for Libya.
The Gulf Arab states led by Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been most prominent
in doing the bidding of the Western powers in labelling the Syrian
government as an international pariah just as these Western client
monarchies had done with regard to demonizing Libya. The ridiculous irony
of unelected Gulf Arab despots, who have been brutally suppressing their own
populations, denouncing anyone seems wholly lost on the mainstream media.
Ominously, the 22-member Arab League suspended Syria¹s membership in a
repeat of a similar sanction against Libya before the latter was subjected
to a seven-month aerial blitzkrieg by NATO powers and eventual regime
change, culminating in the roadside execution of Libyan leader Muammar
No doubt the Syrian government has a case to answer, not only over recent
human rights violations but also for decades of resistance to political
However, this is a far secondary issue to the immediate concern of criminal
aggression by foreign powers. Over the past year, the Assad government has
consistently maintained that a large measure of the violence assailing the
civilian population is emanating from external forces. That is, the
situation in Syria is more akin to a sponsored armed insurrection against
the state. In that context, the Syrian government has a sovereign right to
suppress such violent sedition, which furthermore appears to have little
popular support and which is threatening the stability and security of the
This sovereign right is all the more founded given burgeoning evidence that
the subversion is being fomented and furnished by foreign governments and
their special forces. Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia have emerged as key
backers of the self-styled armed opposition, the so-called Syrian Free Army.
Most of the weaponry supplied to the oppositionists is reportedly emanating
French and British special forces, such as Britain¹s SAS and SBS, are
believed to have been on the ground in Syria for several months directing
the armed opposition. Michel Chossudovsky has reported British military
sources admitting to such involvement. This systematic infringement by
foreign powers can only be explained on the basis of a premeditated
Yet all the while, the Western governments and mainstream media studiously
promote a deceptive fiction that the Syrian state is acting unilaterally,
barbarically and criminally against its own people. The increasingly
threadbare narrative maintains that Western governments and military are not
involved in the Syrian conflict. Indeed, the Western mainstream media
continue to report that Western governments are ³opposed to arming Syrian
rebels² and that they are anguishing over whether to intervene or not. This
media also peddle the absurd claim that Arab states are ³considering²
supplying weapons to the supposed Syrian rebels when the latter are already
armed to teeth by Arab Sunni monarchs who are salivating at the chance to
take down a Shia/Alawite ³enemy².
Despite the mainstream media¹s self-serving smokescreen, the fact is that
the Western governments have been calculating for years on the subversion of
Syria from within. For the past 12 months, their plans for regime change in
Damascus have gone into overdrive with clandestine, criminal military action
on the ground and using Arab and Israeli proxies as conduits for weapons.
The latest leak from the Pentagon¹s favourite private-sector think-tank,
Stratfor, is just one more proof of an already established fact on the
ground. But don¹t expect the Western mainstream propaganda machine, or even
some of the so-called progressive media, to alter the mood music of
³humanitarian crisis² in its efforts to groom the Western public to accept
yet another criminal war, even when it becomes patently clear that the
narrative is nonsense.
There is too much at stake for truth to be allowed to interfere. Syria is a
preordained piece on the chessboard that the Western powers want to take out
in their grand scheme for bolstering dominance over the oil-rich Middle East
with Iran as the next piece. The Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria Iran
sequence stretches Western government and media credibility to well beyond
breaking point. Believe the ³responsibility to protect² or ³weapons of mass
destruction² fairytale if you want. Meanwhile, in the real world Prince
Charming is shafting international law and human lives by the millions.
Finian Cunningham is Global Research¹s Middle East and East Africa
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