February 18, 2016

The Real News - Carnage in Syria a Product of US Empowerment of Saudi Arabia

Turkey has made a strategic mistake by aligning itself so publicly with the fate of ISIS in Syria and across the region.

There would be no war in Syria today if there was no Sykes-Picot, no creation of the State of Israel, no Islamic Revolution in Iran, no American invasion of Iraq, no Syrian support for the Palestinian resistance and Hezbollah, and no funding of Wahhabi mosques around the world by the Saudi monarchy. But, history being what it is, and humanity being what it is, the wars in and over Syria were always inevitable.

Assad should've seen the signs much earlier, and stepped down on his own volition so as to disarm the propaganda of his enemies. Syria would have become more stable and more democratic under a different name.

The West and the Zionists would have then been powerless in their self-interested efforts to use the Arab Spring momentum to delegitimize the Syrian state in 2011. But Assad chose to stay in power and rule. That was a critical mistake.

But for him to resign now, in the middle of a war, would be a weak move that will motivate ISIS even further and embolden Turkey, Israel, and Saudi Arabia to start taking pieces off of Syria.

Despite his reluctance to give up power Assad is not responsible for the rise of ISIS and other terrorist gangs in Syria that have massacred and persecuted so many people. The U.S., Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, the KRG in Iraq, Israel, and NATO are the authors of ISIS's rise and continued significance on the battlefield.

These warmongering countries have contributed more than their fair share to the suffering of the people in Syria by creating ISIS and propping them up with such enthusiasm.

At the same time, it is dishonest to pin the blame for the violence and the chaos in Syria solely at the feet of the war criminals and bullies in Washington, Ankara, Tel Aviv, Doha, and Riyadh.

Title: Carnage in Syria a Product of US Empowerment of Saudi Arabia. Source: The Real News. Date Published: February 18, 2016. Description: 
Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay discuss the demands Americans can make of the US government to create a cessation of hostilities (2/2)