Washington’s Chaoskeeping in Syria

Martin Berger   5-4-2017

45734234234What is the US up to in Syria? – This question is not simply bugging the Arab world … the whole international community asking. This matter became especially relevant after the so-called “chemical attack” in the Syrian Governorate of Idlib that occurred on April 4 and the subsequent cruise missile strike by the US against the Al-Shayrat air base that followed a few days later.

The initial false-flag attack, which immediately resulted in a stream of accusations against the Syrian army and the allied Russian troops, was abused by the so-called Syrian Observatory For Human Rights, which has repeatedly participated in spreading fake reports, along with unreasonable and unverified accusations against the Syrian authorities over the years. Then, in accordance with a clearly pre-planned scenario, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, along with France and Britain joined the action thriller, quickly switching on a “wag-the-dog” blame game via select politicians along with TV news media … creating enemies where no real enemies exist. There can be no doubt that a stream of accusations being voiced against Damascus without a real investigation was what the Washington coalition was aiming at.

Why bother trying to provide any sort of evidence when Washington previously managed to bring down an unwanted regime by simply providing a tube filled with unknown substances that was handed over to Colin Powell for him to shake it in the air in front of the UN Security Council. Sure, it was a cheap trick and a blatant lie, but it worked since no one questions Washington’s “proofs” as a pretext to invade and destroy Iraq.

Once Washington, London, and Paris fomented a wave of public outrage by their baseless accusations against Damascus, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on April 26, acting in accordance with Washington’s instructions, rushed to present the world a “declassified report of the French secret services,” who were allegedly convinced that Damascus used sarin nerve agent to launch an attack against the town of Khan Shaykhun.

But one could remind Western powers, and Jean-Marc Ayrault in particular, that six days prior to the release of this so-called declassified report, Australian doctors fell victims of sarin gas in Iraq. Should we then hold Damascus responsible for that attack too? Or would we be better off admitting that ISIS militants have repeatedly used sarin and other nerve gas agents, both in Syria and Iraq, along with their own drones!

By the way, one would not be out of line to suggest the blood thirsty ISIS radicals, supposedly surrounded by the US coalition forces and cut off from outside support, are simply continuing to deploy nerve agents from the warehouses still in their control. Damascus has officially destroyed all of its chemical stockpiles as confirmed by representatives of the international community. As for the British, they are sending the so-called White Helmets into territories occupied by ISIS in Syria without the slightest concern for the security of these propaganda heroes.

In short, Washington’s actions and the steps taken by its loyal servants in Paris and London are creating the theatrical performance as evidence of “Assad’s chemical attack.” Plus the West’s unwillingness to conduct a thorough investigation of this incident bears a strong resemblance of the events of 2003 in Iraq which resulted in in the complete destruction of the country and the emergence of ISIS … that Washington claims to be fighting today.

Therefore, it is hardly worth explaining once again what sort of dangerous developments on both the regional and international levels can be triggered by the repetition of the reckless scenario when Washington first makes a political decision, and then invents political/media excuses to go along with it. This is how armed conflicts were started not only in Iraq in 2003, but Yugoslavia, Libya, and Afghanistan with the so-called Western humanitarian interventions.

Provocations like the one that occurred in Khan Sheikhoun, without a doubt, demand a professional investigation conducted under the supervision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with a team of international experts from various regions of the world. It is essential that such an investigation must be open and transparent. The current attempts to block a real investigation only confirm the criminality of western regimes that are trying to use the incident to push forward their own time-tested tactics of regime change via military invasion and bypass the UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

As for the United States, it is still difficult to say what plans Washington can pull out in Syria in a bid to bring Damascus down. However, Washington’s policies in the region conducted through the last two decades can be briefly described as “chaoskeeping.”


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