Syria After a Decade of US Aggression

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

A decade after Obama/Biden launched preemptive war against nonbelligerent Syria on March 15, 2011, there’s no conflict resolution because bipartisan US hardliners reject restoration of peace and stability to the country.

Later this year, Syria will hold a presidential election.

In June 2014, Assad was overwhelmingly reelected, the process scrupulously open, free and fair.

Syrians want no one else leading them. Assad earlier said if Syrians want him to remain in office, he’ll seek reelection as president for another term.

A joint statement by Biden regime interventionist Blinken and his counterparts in France, Germany, Britain and Italy ignored US-dominated NATO’s responsibility for the rape and destruction of Syria, along with pillaging of its resources — Turkey’s Erdogan operating much the same on his own.

A joint statement by the US-led gang of five — not including Erdogan — defied reality as follows, saying:

“The proposed Syrian Presidential election this year will neither be free nor fair (sic), nor should it lead to any measure of international normalization (sic).”

“Our nations commit to reinvigorating the pursuit of a peaceful solution (sic) which protects the rights and future prosperity of all Syrians (sic), based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (sic). 

“Clear progress towards an inclusive political process and an end to the repression of the Syrian people is essential (sic).” 

“We cannot allow this tragedy to last another decade (sic).”

The US bears full responsibility for a decade of endless war on Syria and its people.

Its imperial partners share blame for allying with US aggression.

Like countless times before, they invented their own reality, falsely blaming Assad and his supporters for their own crimes of war and against humanity that continue with no letup in prospect.

Russia’s involvement since September 2015 enabled freedom-fighting Syrian forces to regain control over most of the country.

US and Turkish forces continue illegally occupying norther parts of the country.

Pentagon forces also occupy areas in Syria south, using their bases to train, arm and direct ISIS and likeminded jihadists to wage endless war on the Syrian people.

On Monday during a Security Council session on the (March 15) 10th anniversary of US-launched aggression, Russia’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia said the following:

“External forces (meaning the US and imperial partners) aim to overthrow the legitimate authorities and reform the country as they s(ee) fit” — wanting pro-Western puppet rule illegally installed.

ISIS and other jihadists they use as imperial proxy fighters “committed unspeakable crimes against civilians.”

“Syrian statehood withst(ood) the unprecedented terrorist pressure.” 

“Given Russia’s decisive support, the Syrian authorities were able to break the backbone of ISIL and put out other hotbeds of terrorism on its land.” 

“Now the liberated areas have gotten down to restoring the devastated socio-economic infrastructure.”

“Hotbeds of tension still remain in Idlib (province) where” US supported jihadists continue to commit atrocities against Syrians unable to break free from their control.

Syria is for Syrians to run with no foreign intervention permitted under international law — ignored by the US and its imperial partners.

They continue committing high crimes of war and against humanity against long-suffering Syrians.

Millions of civilians face hunger and overall deprivation. 

They need world community support to restore normality to their lives — including help to rebuild infrastructure, along with aiding internally and externally displaced Syrians return home.

Illegally imposed US sanctions aim to suffocate millions of Syrians into submission to Washington’s will — what Nebenzia called lawless collective punishment, adding:

“At the same time, West-proclaimed humanitarian exemptions from sanctions regimes simply do not work.”

They cause “further deterioration of the socio-economic situation in Syria.” 

Returning the country to the Arab League would “greatly contribute to normalization.”

“The main prerequisite for a peaceful settlement is putting an end to the foreign occupation and armed action, as well as respect for the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and unity of Syria” as mandated by SC Res. 2254.  

Reality is worlds apart from achieving this aim because Washington rejects restoration of peace and normality to the country.

Separately, Russian and Syrian forces launched missile strikes on oil smugglers in areas controlled by Turkey — where makeshift refining and storage facilities are located.

Strikes on facilities and oil tankers caused large-scale destruction and massive fires.

What began in January continues. Perhaps striking US oil smuggling operations will follow.

A Final Comment

Iran-based reported the following on Russian/Syrian strikes on Turkish oil smuggling operations in northern Syria, saying:

Strikes were launched on illegally operating facilities “near the towns of al-Bab and Jarablus on Friday.”

“(H)uge fire(s) spread to about 400 oil tankers.”

Oil smuggling operations “in Turkey-controlled parts of Aleppo have come under attack in recent months.”

The Biden regime “reportedly deployed new military reinforcements to Syria’s oil-rich northeastern province of Hasakah, in total disregard of the Damascus government’s fierce opposition to the presence of occupation forces on the West Asian country’s soil.”

US forces are involved in smuggling stolen Syrian oil and wheat cross-border to Iraq.

US-supported jihadists accompany trucks with what’s stolen cross-border to neighboring Iraq.

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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.