03.10.2014 Author: Viktor Mikhin

Syria: Washington has Crossed the Red Line

NEO collageAt the recent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) led by President Obama its members have unanimously adopted a resolution to stem the flow of foreigners into the ranks of extremist organizations such as the Islamic State. On Wednesday, September 24, all the fifteen Security Council members voted unanimously to bind the UN Member States to adopt laws under which their citizens won’t be able to fight under the banners of Islamist groups or recruit other citizens to do so, unless they are willing to go to jail.

Perhaps some people could marvel at Obama’s selfless effort to lead the fight against the new monster. But those better informed in today’s international politics, especially those introduced to Wahington’s cunning plans will ask a simple question: Where did all these organizations, Al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and now Khorasan Group come from, how could they possibly reach such strength that now the international community must face them? The track record of Al Qaeda is carefully documented and well known, its leadership, that was headed by now dead Osama bin Laden, is handsomely paid by the CIA at the expense of US taxpayers. The rest of the above mentioned terrorist groups are funded  with the money provided by the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf. They have been created on Syrian soil by the West in order to overthrow the legitimately elected government of Bashar al-Assad. None other than the US president issued the order to train and arm them. There is no need to prove anything since the actions of the United States have been carefully documented. Barack Obama himself admitted that in recent years some 15 thousand foreign fighters have been brought to Syria from more than 80 countries!

Along with these actions, Barack Obama in the spirit of the Nobel Peace Laureate created another so-called coalition to launch air strikes in Syria and Iraq. This fact should be empathized, the coalition was not created to bring peace to this highly  trouble-prone region, but for carrying out military actions, to further inflate the fire.  Hence the Middle East will witness even more deaths and suffering. A peculiar fact of this “pro-peace” coalition are its members: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, and Bahrain. There’s a saying in all languages ​​- “Tell me who are your friends are and I will tell you who you are”. This saying exemplifies the case. The so-called American Democrats are friends with the kings of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan, with the emir of Qatar and the UAE sheiks, it seems that the US president wouldn’t mind being named a king as well.

And now the aircraft of this “peaceful” coalition carries out strikes in Syria, without even obtaining consent of Damascus. Americans have already launched more than 40 Tomahawk missiles. What is the result? At least 14 militants (is there a proof?) and five civilians were killed in air strikes the United States and its allies carried out against the positions of the Islamic State in northeastern Syria on the night of September 25. As you may notice, nobody cares for civilian lives, since nobody will submit a complaint to the International Court of Justice, so there’s no need to offer apologies, no need to pay compensation to the families of the deceased. This logic is rather simple – Syrians were killed and they were second-class human beings, why should US Democrats care?

“Syria is ready for cooperation and coordination at the regional and international level to fight terrorism and implement U.N. Security Council resolution 2170,” Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem told reporters in Damascus. But he underlined that it’s of crucial importance to distinguish the fight against terrorism from the from the hidden agenda of the United States and its allies. According to Walid al-Muallem the majority of the members of the international coalition have been involved in a conspiracy against Syria for more than three years, since those countries had funded terrorists, trained them, armed and smuggled into Syria.

By issuing an order to bomb the territory of a sovereign state without obtaining consent of the UN Security Council Barack Obama, like a number of US presidents before himhas crossed the red line. In other words, the United States has become an aggressor once again. Unauthorized aerial bombardment of the Islamic State positions has created the conditions for the “unlawful use of force” against the government armed forces, along with facilities under their control. It must be noted that a situation of “war without war” is blocking the possibility of the Syrian army to strike back against this “aggression by mistake”, which is a direct violation of the international law norms. You can imagine what would happen if the Syrian air defense units bring down at least one plane of the coalition. Those claiming that the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpiles was needed for the consequent retaliation-free bombing of Syrian territory must have been right.

Is the leadership of tje Arab countries too blind to understand that their role in the military coalition is limited by the time Assad stays in power. What can prevent Washington from bombing Saudi Arabia under the pretext of destroying the roots of Islamic terrorism? Let’s not forget that the Saudis had nourished the roots of the organization that launched a sorrowful attack on the United States on September 11. By today’s standards of conduct the US won’t need a UN Security Council resolution to assault the Saudis. And there will always be countries, even the very neighbors of Riyadh, that are willing to enter into a coalition against Saudi Arabia. By the way, the kingdom holds no political or economic importance for Washington anymore, since the US has succeed in obtaining self-provision of oil products, the US media claims it will even be able to export those to Europe in order to remove its dependancy on Russia‘s oil and gas supplies.

In this respect, Steven Miles, a coordinator of an antiwar organization “Win Without War”, has nailed it for The Los Angeles Times: “Tonight’s reported U.S. airstrikes in Syria were not to save those trapped on a mountain or to defend against a march on U.S. diplomatic personnel, but rather a clear escalation of American involvement in a regional conflict that the president himself says has no military solution.”

It is clear that all those who undermine the sovereignty of Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Iraq continue to do the so with other methods. Previously, they were supporting terrorists and criminals, various dubious organizations that fulfiled their agenda, and now they start an alleged fight against such groups, but in fact, there’s nobody else to blame than the United States, the West, and the Arab monarchies.

Moscow has always stressed the importance of a coordinated effort of the international community to fight terrorist threatan effort without double standards, without misrepresentations of the situation in Syria. It has repeated time and time again that it is imperative to adherence to the norms of the UN Charter and international law and to show unconditional respect to Syria’s sovereignty in order to implement the plan of the US formed coalition, even if it implies military involvement.

Viktor Mikhin, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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