Russia/US Deal on Syria? Hold the Cheers
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Deals America agrees to aren’t worth the paper they’re written on, routinely breached with rare exceptions.
The Iran nuclear deal, after years of negotiations, is the latest example. Despite IAEA-affirmed full Iranian compliance, Trump refused to re-certify it.
Abandoning it altogether may follow, a phony pretext used as justification. Washington operates this way, pledging one thing, most often doing another – why it can never be trusted, no matter which wing of its duopoly governance is in power.
Obama’s war on Syria, now Trump’s, continues raging, despite significant progress made in smashing US-supported terrorists – ISIS forces in the country a shadow of their former strength.
Putin and Trump are in Danang, Vietnam at the APEC summit, surely to meet on the sidelines – though nothing official was announced so far.
Rex Tillerson absurdly questioned if both leaders have anything “sufficiently substantive to talk about.” Dismal bilateral relations demands addressing, along with numerous pressing issues.
On Friday, AP News reported Moscow and Washington “nearing an agreement on Syria…once the Islamic State group is defeated.”
Eliminating US-supported al-Nusra and other terrorist fighters remains to be accomplished, along with the hostile presence of US forces in the country, illegally occupying northern and southern territory.
Most important is Washington didn’t wage war on Syria to quit. It wants regime change, the nation transformed into another US vassal state, its sovereignty eliminated, its territory likely partitioned, its people brutally exploited – on top of US-inflicted hellishness they’ve been through.
Throughout the region and elsewhere, America wants endless wars, not peace and stability, defeating its imperial objectives if achieved.
According to AP, a Russia-US agreement being discussed includes three elements, citing unnamed officials:
• de-escalation between US and Russian forces;
• reducing violence nationwide; and
• “reinvigorating” (pro-Western) UN-led Geneva peace talks.
Irreconcilable differences exist between Moscow and Washington on most geopolitical issues.
America seeks imperial conquests and dominance. Russia supports world peace, stability, multi-world polarity, and mutual cooperation among all nations.
Both countries have polar opposite agendas, why bilateral relations are the worst in memory.
US hostility is increasing, not improving – including the latest Justice Department’s step toward banning English language Russian media in America, discussed in a same-day article.
Astana peace talks have been successful, short of major breakthroughs. Geneva talks accomplished nothing.
Washington wants regime change. Russia supports the right of Syrians to decide who’ll lead them – free from foreign interference.
Resolving years of US-launched war on Syria is unattainable as long as Washington rejects sovereign Syrian rights.
Whatever may be agreed on through Russia/US talks will be tenuous and fragile at best – Washington virtually certain to breach anything not serving its interests.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”