December 15, 2017
It’s hard to overstate the historic significance this week of Syria’s victory against foreign-backed mercenaries.
We can dismiss Western official narratives that the nearly seven-year war was some kind of “pro-democracy uprising.” The conflict was nothing of the sort.
It was a classic American-led covert war for regime change, of the kind that dozens of countries around the world have been subjected to over the decades.
In Syria, the criminal enterprise involved the clandestine support from Western governments and their regional partners to a whole host of mercenary groups. These groups were not Syrian citizens fighting for freedom. Rather, they were extremist self-styled jihadists who descended on Syria from all over the world; armed, paid and directed by a US coalition of governments, to carry out the most horrific violence against civilians.
The supreme irony here is that the Americans, British and French, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel were sponsoring Al Qaeda-type terrorist mercenaries, despite their ostentatious false claims of fighting against terrorism.
[The US wanted control of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan so they could surround their real target, Iran. Putin knew this and stopped the US-backed terrorists in Syria.]
The geopolitics of Washington’s arrogant hegemonic interests meant that the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad – being an ally of Russia, Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah – was targeted. For decades, in fact, the Americans had been plotting regime change in Syria, along with their trusty British accomplice.
When Russian President Vladimir Putin determined to intervene militarily in the Syria War in October 2015, the Syrian state was nearly teetering on collapse after nearly five years struggling against the Western-led assault on the country. Putin acted on request from Damascus for help. The Russian intervention dramatically turned the war. In just a little more than two years, the Syrian state was salvaged and the foreign-backed terror army has been eradicated.
Last December, Syria’s second biggest city, Aleppo, was liberated by the Syrian army and Russian air force. The residents of Aleppo were liberated from a reign of terror under the cult-like barbarians whom the West lionized as “pro-democracy rebels”.
Russia’s role in Syria’s victory is nothing short of heroic. We should acknowledge too the valiant role of Iran, Hezbollah and Iraqi militia who also rallied to support the Syrian army. But Russia takes pride of place in rescuing Syria from the US-led international criminal conspiracy to destroy that country and install a regime suited to Washington’s imperialist interests.
The celebration is bitter-sweet. It is estimated that up to 400,000 people died in the war. Nearly half the population of 24 million were displaced. The financial cost of rebuilding Syria’s obliterated infrastructure is put at $200 billion. The country is in ruins because of the US-led war for regime change. Washington, London, Paris and their cohorts should be prosecuted to pay for the reconstruction.