Regime Change in Syria Remains Official US Policy

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Regime Change in Syria Remains Official US Policy
by Stephen Lendman
John Kerry’s mid-July discussions in Moscow focused on pressuring Russia to yield to Washington’s regime change demands in Syria – wanting Assad betrayed in return for US cooperation in combating Security Council designated terrorist groups only, ones it created and supports along with all others in Syria, the region and elsewhere.
US officials called Kerry’s proposal a “final offer.” Assad justifiably says America isn’t serious about fighting terrorism, extending support instead.
On Monday, Tass quoted Sergey Lavrov calling US regime plans “villainy,” blasting a scheme Russia opposes.
Former Saddam Hussein generals head ISIS, recruited by Washington for death squad terrorist operations, benefitting US imperial interests.
“The still hypocritical calls for regime change, including in Syria, after what happened to Iraq when Hussein was deposed, or in Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi was barbarously butchered, it seems to me, are made by the people who are at least narrow-minded, if not villains who simply enjoy or seek the destruction of countries and regions in the hope of getting their own benefit,” Lavrov stressed – blasting Washington and its rogue allies for imperial lawlessness.
Russia supports Syrian sovereignty, territorial integrity and right of its people alone to decide who’ll lead them – free from foreign interference, supported by international law.
America often jettisons leaders for new ones more servile to its interests. Russia favors mutual cooperation with all nations, strict adherence to international law, peace and stability, firm opposition to war, diplomacy its chosen method for settling conflicts.
Hegemons operate by different standards, forcing other nations to bend to their will – America the prime example, rampaging globally for unchallenged power, wars its main strategy of choice.
Russia won’t betray a loyal ally to suit US interests. On Tuesday, Kerry and Lavrov will meet again on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings in Vientiane, Laos. 
Laotians have long memories. From 1964 – 1973, America ravaged the country, 580,000 sorties dropping over two million tons of ordnance, including illegal terror weapons, killing, injuring or displacing one-third of its 6.5 million people at the time.
Kerry will again try pressuring Lavrov to go along with what Russia won’t accept. Unlike America, it’s loyal to allies. It won’t throw them over to suit Washington.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.