Playing human misery to score political points
Catherine Shakdam is a political analyst, writer and commentator for the Middle East with a special focus on radical movements and Yemen. A regular pundit on RT and other networks her work has appeared in major publications: MintPress, the Foreign Policy Journal, Mehr News and many others.Director of Programs at the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, Catherine is also the co-founder of Veritas Consulting. She is the author of Arabia’s Rising – Under The Banner Of The First Imam
While the move is not exactly surprising, Western powers have been painfully predictable in their hypocrisy and political maneuvering against President Bashar al-Assad. And Washington’s latest stunt shows just how far down the rabbit hole the US will go to eliminate the competition.
I say ‘competition’ because America’s ambitions in Syria, and beyond the Middle East, have nothing to do with counter-terrorism. What Washington is pursuing in the Mid-East is an asymmetrical war of neo-colonialization. Within this dynamic, Terror has served both as a convenient alibi and a political rationale.
Both a political and militarily roadblock, President al-Assad has been a thorn in the West’s military complex’s thigh in more ways than one. A tower of resistance against Western imperialism, President al-Assad has managed not only to retain his people trust, he asserted himself as a keen military strategist. How many heads of state can claim to have raised a regional resistance movement against both Terror and imperialism, and live to tell the tale?
I’m not trying to sing President al-Assad’s praise here, I’m only stating facts. Truth be told, political analysts do not exactly make a name for themselves by swimming against mainstream narrative. Still, some feel compel to tell the truth. Truth is what I’m trying to establish – however imperfectly.
Today, Washington has cried wolf against Damascus, alleging the Syrian government is carrying out a genocidal campaign against its people in Aleppo to speed its return to power. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – an NGO which it needs to be said is being run by one shadowy individual from a house somewhere in the United Kingdom, President al-Assad ordered the killing of his own people… to which end no one can really say. As for proofs no one really has any, save of course from the public outrage US and UN officials have fronted.
My first question is: Who is this so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and where does it get its information? The Observatory is actually a one-man show run by Rami Abdul Rahman from a two-bedroom flat in Coventry – whose information is being relayed by a network of “trusted sources” in Syria. In other words the whole organization is a sham, designed to spit and spread propaganda the, mainstream media then sell as truths to feed, support and prop Western capitals’ anti-Assad campaign. Don’t take my word for it, research it for yourself. The Observatory is not a very difficult nut to crack when it comes to seeing through the crude political manipulation. It is the United Nations’ and Washington’s eagerness to hold its lies as undeniable truths, which is a bit more difficult to stomach.
Here is what Reuters had to say on Aleppo: “Air strikes on a camp housing Syrians uprooted by war killed at least 28 people near the Turkish border on Thursday, a monitoring group [Syrian Observatory for Human Rights] said, and fighting raged in parts of northern Syria despite a deal to cease hostilities in the city of Aleppo.”
Right on cue, UN officials and the White House cooed their condemnations.
“If this obscene attack is found to be a deliberate targeting of a civilian structure, it could amount to a war crime,” O’Brien said in a statement. “I call for an immediate, impartial and independent investigation into this deadly incident,” said United Nations aid Chief Stephen O’Brien said.
As for the White House, it noted that the victims were innocent civilians who had fled their homes to escape violence. White House spokesman Josh Earnest stressed there’s “no justifiable excuse” for an airstrike targeting innocent civilians who have already left their homes to flee violence. He added: “the situation is heartbreaking.”
Hmmm… “no justifiable excuse.” Now that’s an interesting statement coming from the mouth of a US official – especially when Washington has done nothing but promote bloodshed in the Greater Middle East over the past decade. What about Yemeni civilians are they not innocent? What about Libyans, Bahrainis, Afghanis, Iraqis, and Pakistanis? Has their innocence been forfeited the moment a US smart bomb, drone or allied bomb is dropped on their head?
So what is upsetting Western powers so in Aleppo? Could it be the little unknown fact that Aleppo will pretty much determine the fate of the war? Could it be that Aleppo stands as the last main terror bastion in northern Syria right atop the Turkish-Syrian border?
Let me put it this way: Once the Syrian Arab Army regains control of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, and it will, Turkey will lose its main footing in the Levant, and any hope of toppling the Assad government by wielding terror will be gone.
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