The central problem of U.S. "regime change" wars
I frankly don’t trust anyone described as a “award-winning reporter” who has written for The New Yorker, Time Magazine, etc., as is the case with Rania Abouzeid, whom Aaron Mate interviews in this segment of The Real News. I’d rather hear from a vegetable vendor in an Idlib market or a Syrian mother who now can’t walk to that market without a veil over her face and a male escort. But since we don’t have access to Syrians in Idlib, Abouzeid will have to do. It is to her credit that Aaron Mate has chosen her to interview, and she has been on the ground in Idlib.
A quick summary of the Syrian war, for those who need to catch up: The U.S. – with the complicity of the U.K., Saudi Arabia and Israel – has been trying to overthrow the legitimate government of Syria for some years now, by funding and weaponizing extremist jihadi Islamists, who have converged on Syria from all parts of the world (even China!) to create an Islamic ‘caliphate,’ who have turned Syria into a war zone and have routinely stripped the Syrians whose cities or regions they conquered of their religious and civil rights as Syrians. The rightful government in Damascus – the government of President Bashar al-Assad – is SECULAR and tolerant and protective of all religious groups.
Syria’s ally Russia came to Syria’s assistance and together they have fought and defeated the jihadis and re-conquered most of Syria. Interestingly, Assad, who wasn’t all that popular at the beginning of this foreign-instigated war, is now very popular with liberated Syrians as they return to or reclaim their homes and their tolerant culture, and try to clear the rubble of this U.S.-caused disaster and rebuild.
As Syria, with Russia’s significant help, rid each area of the jihadis, they gave surviving jihadis the option to remain, if they stopped fighting, or to be bussed north to Idlib (on the border with Turkey) if they laid down their arms. (I’m not sure if they made the offer to remain to foreign jihadis or just to Syrians.) The jihadis in Idlib continued the war. Recently, Syrian and Russian forces gathered around Idlib to reclaim that area for the Syrian government. President Assad vowed to re-take every inch of Syria. The last battle was about to begin…
…when Israel decided to overtly intervene, to prevent Assad’s total victory and to draw the U.S. and NATO directly into the war. Israeli jets, using a French naval vessel offshore for cover, entered Syrian airspace, and then, using a Russian cargo plane as further cover, proceeded to bomb Syrian targets. One of Syria’s missiles, firing at the Israeli jets, went astray and downed the Russian plane, killing some twenty Russians. This effectively ended the Russian-Israeli “gentlemen’s agreement” to keep out of each other’s way in Syria.
Vladimir Putin immediately stopped the momentum toward the battle of Idlib and instead held a meeting with Turkey’s ruler, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to devise a peaceful ending to the Idlib situation. History may show that we owe Putin for preventing WW III, which is certainly what Israel had in mind.
Russia is now equipping Syria with an upgraded missile and reconn system. They are creating a no-fly zone over Syria. But the Idlib situation remains unresolved. The Idlib region is still largely occupied by extremist jihadists who continue to try to impose their woman-hating Saudi religion on Syrians.
This is the situation that Rania Abouzeid describes in Idlib city, at the 5:45 minute mark in this interview. It is why I am posting this interview. This is EXACTLY the problem of the U.S.-instigated war on Syria, and it has been the problem with EVERY U.S. “regime change” war, from Vietnam to Iraq to Libya: the use of proxy forces who could not otherwise obtain the consent of the people to their rule.**
(published 10/9/2018) (See minute mark 5:45 for Abouzeid’s comments in Idlib.)
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**(This applies also to the U.S. economic wars, which are sometimes used as the cruel prep for hot wars, and/or to cause collapse of the targeted government, so that U.S.-approved rulers can be installed. Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and of course Iran and Russia are among current U.S. targets. The U.S. sometimes uses locals for “regime change” – whether economic or military – but they are always from the local privileged class or military who could not otherwise impose their policies on the majority. The U.S. has used all of its methods except direct invasion to topple Assad – and has failed. That is why our elite hates Russia so much just now – that and the CIA/Neo-Cons’ long-standing goal of conquering and carving up Russia, for which they have concocted the absurd “Russiagate” propaganda. There is no reason at all that We the People of the U.S. should hate Russia.)Yanath, nevereVereven, ThinkingANew and 12 othersozoneman, Koko, MistaP, Ohio Barbarian, 99thMonkey, OCMI, Johnny Rash, sadoldgirl, Tierra y Libertad, N2Doc, chknltl, Enthusiast like this
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