Editorial: The World Should Intervene to Resolve Kashmir Issue
February 1, 2017
Turkish President’s idea to resolve Kahsmir issue must be welcomed
May 2, 2017

Syria now? By Z. I. Khan

The United States (US) seems to be playing the same tricky game against Syria which it played against Saddam Hussain to topple his government in Iraq to milk money from oil wealth. Western arms manufacturers and oil companies made money following occupation on Iraq and these barons were also active now after Donald Trump is in power. Obama administration had distanced itself from direct participation in war torn countries and however continued supporting some groups in Syria which it called ‘moderate’ but Donald Trump seems to be following same path which senior Bush followed to destabilize the entire region after 9/11. Who are moderate groups termed by US administration.
These groups believed to be supporting terrorists group affiliated with ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Syria. On December 2016, Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has broken free of the corporate media’s narrative by accusing the United States of funding and arming terror groups al-Qaeda and ISIS. “If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail,” Gabbard tweeted. Most importantly, however, was her introduction of the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act,” which she presented. In her presentation of the bill, Gabbard cited prominent publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to show that the rebels the U.S. is supporting in Syria are aligned with al-Nusra which is essentially al-Qaeda in Syria. She was co-sponsoring the bill with Rep. Thomas Massie, who says the bill “would prohibit the U.S. government from using American taxpayer dollars to provide funding, weapons, training, and intelligence support to terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, or to countries who are providing direct or indirect support to those same groups.”
These concerns are not conjectures — they can be verified by none other than suspected war criminal Tony Blair. A think tank founded by the former U.K. Prime Minister released a report in 2015 that concluded it was ultimately pointless to make a distinction between the various rebel groups on the ground since the majority of these groups share ISIS’s core belief system and would impose Sharia law if they came into power). “The CIA has also been funneling weapons and money through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and others who provide direct and indirect support to groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda,” Gabbard stated on the House floor. She went into more detail: “The CIA has long been supporting a group called Fursan al Haqq, providing them with salaries, weapons, and support, including surface to air missiles. This group is cooperating with and fighting alongside an al-Qaeda affiliated group trying to overthrow the Syrian government. The Levant Front is another so-called moderate umbrella group of Syrian opposition fighters. Over the past year, the United States has been working with Turkey to give this group intelligence support and other forms of military assistance. This group has joined forces with al-Qaeda’s offshoot group in Syria. “This madness must end. We must stop arming terrorists. The Government must end this hypocrisy and abide by the same laws that apply to its’ citizens.” Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration are well aware of the support the Gulf States have provided to ISIS. The bill was supposed to prohibit any federal agency from supporting a terrorist group or funneling support through other countries that directly or indirectly support terror groups. It is also co-sponsored by lawmakers Peter Welch, Barbara Lee, and Trump ally Dana Rohrabacher It is interesting to note that Donald Trump had pledged to wipe out IS from Syria after coming in power. But it attacked Syrian airbase rather than attacking IS. The American air strike against a Syrian air force base echoes similar war drums that pounded around the world in the run-up to the American-led attack and occupation of Iraq.
Now, America has alleged Syrian use of the sarin gas against civilians in Khan Sheikhun, near Idlib. President Trump said that he had ordered a targeted military strike on the air base in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. He said that “It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”He further said that “Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed, and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies.” In response, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reiterated that his government had nothing to do with the chemical gas incident in a rebel-held village that killed more than 80 people. Allegations that his forces had deliberately poisoned civilians were ”100 per cent fabrication”, the president said on adding that the Syrian government gave up its chemical weapons stocks as part of a 2013 agreement. “Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack,” he said. Damascus and allies in Moscow had denied the regime attacked the village with chemical weapons, maintaining that the casualties were caused by gases released after an al-Qaeda-affiliated ammunitions depot was hit by conventional munitions in a legitimate government air raid. Although the Syrians claim that they had destroyed or surrendered their stockpiles of chemical weapons following the Russian-brokered deal in 2014, the West is unanimous in alleging Bashar al-Assad of using poison gas against his own people. But it is fact that Assad might be a brutal dictator, he is still a rational player. He is finally winning the civil war that resulted in killing hundreds of thousands of Syrians and millions of refugees who migrated to different countries to find refuge. He knows very well what happened to Saddam Hussain in Iraq and could happened so with him if he used poison gas against his own people as it would provide an opportunity to American to directly involve in war in Syria. In such case Assad had no reason to use such poison gas against his own people. So, it appears to be a conspiracy by US to topple Assad,s government in Syria to have a man of its own choice in Syria. The Russia has been ally of Assad in Syria and this is main reason US was making attempts to topple his government. Obama administration had supported rival groups in Syria against Assad but Trump has directly been involved in attacking Syria to outs government of Assad. The Russia has its own explanation which seems to be fit. Russian side says that Syrian jets were attacking a rebel arms depot, and their rockets triggered explosions which allowed sarin to escape and cause the tragic death toll among men, women and children. But so convinced is the West of Assad’s guilt that the media and public greeted the American missile strike with applause as just punishment. If we are to believe hawks in the Trump administration, the US could well extend the scope of its attacks. Meanwhile, Putin has condemned the American action, and has vowed to equip Syria with its latest air defence system. Thus, the ground for a major conflict is being laid. The people who were cherishing the attacks by US on Syrian airbase, they should the report prepared by the UN’s Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in which it cites specific examples of the use of poison gas in Syria, apparently by rebel groups. In a report published in July 2014, The Guardian said: “ISIS [the militant Islamic State group] has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility north-west of Baghdad where 2,500 degraded chemical rockets filled decades ago with deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored, along with other chemicals…” William Craddick, a journalist with the online journal ZeroHedge, wrote “In November 2016, The New York Times acknowledged that IS had used chemical weapons at least 52 times in Syria and Iraq. On April 8 2016, the Voice of America reported that jihadist group Jaysh-al Islam used chemical weapons in attacks against Kurdish troops in Aleppo.” So clearly, jihadist groups, the only ones fighting the government in Syria have a track record of using chemical weapons. And they have a dual motive in deploying these banned substances: they kill and intimidate their enemies while implicating the Assad regime.
In any case there was certainly not enough evidence for the United States to launch an assault on Syria. While the attack on a sovereign country was in total violation of international law, it also goes against Trump’s pledge to destroy the IS. Currently, Syrian forces are doing most of the fighting and dying, and by degrading the country’s air force, Trump is helping the jihadists. Few people in the West seem to understand what’s at stake here. Assad, for all his brutality and tyranny, is a secular leader who leads a country with a diverse ethnic and religious mix of people, including Druze, Turcoman tribes, Alawites, Christians, Kurds and Sunnis. If he is toppled, I would not like to be a member of any non-Sunni minority. Remember how hundreds of thousands of Christians were driven out of Iraq? This is the fate that awaits Syrian minorities if the Assad government is toppled, and this is why they continue supporting and fighting for Bashar al-Assad. But targeting him is part of a pattern of removing secular leaders: Saddam Hussain, for all his many faults and brutal ways, presided over a state where women enjoyed equal rights and participated freely in public life. Now, they are mostly forced to stay at home. In Libya again, a dictatorial secular leader held a tribal society together. After the West orchestrated his departure and death, the country is a chaotic black hole where militias, terrorists and warlords fight for control over oil. Among others who gain is Israel. Iraq, Syria and Libya were all sworn enemies of the Zionist state, and supported the Palestinian cause. Now, only Iran is left, and Netanyahu is doing his best to push Washington into armed conflict with Tehran. With Trump eager to do Israel’s bidding, there is a good chance Israel might succeed. So as the West, led by America, bombs and kills hundreds of thousands across the Middle East, should people in Berlin, Paris, Brussels and London be shocked by the occasional terror attacks they face from furious Muslims? Iran has been following sanctions imposed by United States (US) and West and when world powers had brokered nuclear deal with Iran, many in Pakistan believed that Pakistan would be next target and would be facing immense pressure from US regarding nuclear program and Taliban issues. So, US pressurized Pakistan to restrict nuclear program and do more against Afghan Taliban which it believed had a safe haven in Pakistan. Now, US has focused its attention in Middle East especially Syria.US has also hit Afghanistan and Syria. Many experts and officials in Pakistan believe that US had more love with India than Pakistan now after China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) and even had started supporting India to get membership of Nuclear Supplier Group which was blocked by China. Trump is more mad than Bush. Many in Pakistan argue that US could also play dirty game against Pakistan after Donald Trump has come in power. After decades, Pakistan has a policy shift in its foreign policy and was moving closer towards Russia. After China, Russia will be another big power to have footage in Pakistan. It is good step of Pakistan to have presence of two big powers in Pakistan in case, US mulls over same dirty game which it had played in Iraq and now was playing in Syria.

Monthly Invoice
Monthly Invoice

Comments are closed.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This