U.S. bombs Da­m­as­cus to pre­vent Iran, Syria, Rus­sia, Hezbol­lah from rack­ing up a win

Tehran Times - - ANALYSIS & INTERVIEW -

TEHRAN (FNA) — On Satur­day, the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil failed to adopt Rus­sia’s draft res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing the re­cent joint airstrikes by the US, Britain and France on Syria, which came fol­low­ing an al­leged chem­i­cal weapons at­tack on Douma.

The res­o­lu­tion was re­jected at an emer­gency meet­ing of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil that was con­vened at Moscow’s re­quest, with three votes in fa­vor, eight votes against and four ab­sten­tions. The draft res­o­lu­tion con­demned the mil­i­tary ac­tion against Syria and called on the three West­ern coun­tries to “halt the ag­gres­sion against the Syr­ian Arab Repub­lic im­me­di­ately and with­out any de­lay” and re­frain from fur­ther use-of-force ac­tions in vi­o­la­tion of the UN Char­ter.

By now, it should be clear that the US is de­lib­er­ately ag­gra­vat­ing the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in Syria, and de­rail­ing any talks that could ac­tu­ally re­store peace and se­cu­rity. In­stead, it is ag­gra­vat­ing suf­fer­ings to civil­ians and ac­tu­ally con­niv­ing at ter­ror­ists who were de­feated by the al­lied forces of Iran, Syria, Rus­sia and Hezbol­lah. Per­haps, the prin­ci­pal goal for the US is to pre­vent peace and pros­per­ity from break­ing out in post-ISIL Syria whose gov­ern­ment is un­friendly to Wash­ing­ton.

Per­haps, that also says why for­eign pol­icy ex­perts and global lead­ers con­tinue to de­nounce the mis­sile strikes or­dered by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump Satur­day morn­ing. They are also trou­bled to hear at the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil from US Am­bas­sador to the UN Nikki Ha­ley that “the US is pre­pared to at­tack the war-torn coun­try again.” This is while the airstrikes amounted to ag­gres­sion against a sovereign state with­out al­low­ing the UN’s Or­ga­ni­za­tion for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons to in­ves­ti­gate the sus­pected poi­son gas at­tack. Nor is that all: The in­ter­na­tional civil so­ci­ety wants to see the seven dev­as­tat­ing years of war in Syria wind down, and give the war-torn na­tion the much needed chance to be­gin re­build­ing. The world sup­ports peace and wants to see Syria re­united, its econ­omy start to func­tion again, and a mea­sure of po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity to re­turn. None of that, how­ever, is likely to hap­pen be­cause Amer­i­can mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity plan­ners are de­ter­mined to pre­vent it. The specter of a peace­ful and pros­per­ous Syria ter­ri­fies Wash­ing­ton and its duped al­lies.

It is also in Is­rael’s in­ter­est to keep Syria di­vided, un­sta­ble and im­pov­er­ished. From Tel Aviv’s per­spec­tive, peace in Syria is the hor­ror sce­nario. Peace would mean what Is­rael sees as a win for its en­e­mies: Iran, Syria and Hezbol­lah. To­gether with the United States and Saudi Ara­bia, the war­mon­gers in Tel Aviv are de­ter­mined to pre­vent that, re­gard­less of the hu­man cost and In­ter­na­tional

The war­mon­gers know fully well that the elected gov­ern­ments of Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Le­banon are on good terms, and the new part­ner­ship among them – which proved suc­cess­ful in the war against Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) and Al-Qaeda - could also lay the foun­da­tion for a new Mid­dle East, which would not be sub­mis­sive to the Amer­i­can-Is­raeli-Saudi coali­tion. For that rea­son, the war­mon­gers at­tacked Syria on Satur­day morn­ing, de­ter­mined to pre­vent it from emerg­ing – and to pre­vent Iran, Syria, Rus­sia and Hezbol­lah from rack­ing up a win.

At any rate, the United States wants a war now, and it’s not just talk. The strikes proved be­yond any doubt that the hyp­ocrites in Wash­ing­ton have cho­sen war over diplo­macy and In­ter­na­tional Law. And if Trump at times says “let’s wait”, that’s be­cause he wants to get France and Britain on board as well – and cer­tainly not be­cause he is wait­ing for in­for­ma­tion from UN chem­i­cal-weapons in­spec­tors in Douma. The fact is that the US is al­ready at war in Syria, and has been since day one. There are at least 2,000 US troops al­ready on the ground, and the US, work­ing with its ter­ror prox­ies, Is­rael and Saudi Ara­bia, has been con­duct­ing air and drone at­tacks against pro-Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces on an al­most daily ba­sis. The regime change war has al­ready killed plenty of Syr­ian civil­ians. Ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tish mon­i­tor­ing group Air­wars, US and US-backed coali­tion air and ar­tillery strikes have killed be­tween 3,940 and 5,937 Syr­ian civil­ians, maybe more, since Au­gust 2014.

As per In­ter­na­tional Law and UN Char­ter, how­ever, there is no le­gal jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the cur­rent US troop pres­ence in Syria, let alone ad­di­tional air strikes that Am­bas­sador Ha­ley says are com­ing. Equally im­por­tant, these un­law­ful strikes would do noth­ing to pro­vide real jus­tice or pro­tec­tion for the vic­tims of Amer­ica’s open-ended war. Post-ISIL Syria needs peace, not war.

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