Syria: Regime Change or Total Destruction
When a spoiled, greedy and sociopath 32 year old multimillionaire “hedge fund manager”, who has made a fortune without doing any actual work or anything useful for the society, “buys” the rights to an AIDS drug (only in capitalism can an individual buy and own “the rights” to a drug used by millions of people) and immediately raises its price from $13.50 to an unbelievable $750 for each tablet, even people who have yet to realize the sheer absurdity of capitalism are outraged, as they should be. Even a TV channel dedicated to advocacy for unbridled “free market capitalism” (CNBC which is part of the NBC network and owned by GE corporation) couldn’t whitewash the ugliness of such “free market” criminal act.
But, why is it so hard for people to see the incredible level of criminality of the U.S. government, from its president and his cabinet to the members of the Senate and the House and all the rest of the government, which kills millions of people around the world to maintain and expand the military corporate empire of billionaires and multimillionaires so asshole parasites like Martin Shkreli can get rich off millions of poor and sick people? The answer is empire’s media, which controls people’s minds by lying to them day in and day out. The real TV “remote control” is in the hands of the programmers and reporters of the empire.
It’s fair to say that this control is much stronger and tighter now than 50 or 40 years ago when the U.S. was destroying Vietnam and openly and unabashedly massacring the Vietnamese people. Even when the futility of that criminal war had become clear and the decision had been made in Washington to end it, it didn’t stop the Nixon Administration from carpet bombing villages and towns to kill as much as possible and achieve as much destruction as possible before leaving.
But, as devastating and atrocious that war was – and I never thought I’d say this – I wish Syria was another Vietnam. At least, the American people would see and understand the criminality of their leaders and the devastation they’re causing in that country. Like in Vietnam, since they couldn’t do regime change, they decided they’ll just ruin it and turn it into a pile of rubble. The thinking is the same: if you can’t change it, destroy it. During the war on Vietnam, a U.S. General famously said about a Vietnamese village: “we had to destroy it to save it”.
The Pentagon budget that was allocated last year for “training Syrian Rebels” in Syria was $500 million. When General Lloyd Austin, commander of US Central Command, was asked on Wednesday, in a testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Senator John McCain, how many US-trained “rebels” were fighting in Syria, he responded, “We’re talking four or five.” A year ago, the Pentagon predicted that it would have trained 5,000 “anti-ISIS rebels” in a year. In other words, they spent the half a billion dollars to train only 4 or 5 fighters, supposedly to fight against ISIS.
If this sounds absurd, it’s because it is. But, that’s only because it’s a lie. The real plan was never to train “anti-ISIS rebels”. The plan wasn’t really to train, either. Why would they? ISIS fighters are fighting against the Assad government, which the U.S. made no secret of wanting to overthrow, as early as 3 years ago. In fact, the plan was, since even before the Arab Spring of 2011, to overthrow the Syrian regime and install one of their own. Micah Zenko, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Vice News that the strategy was never suited to the administration’s stated goal of destroying the group. Leaked documents published by WikiLeaks show that from 2006 to 2010, the US spent $12 million to instigate demonstrations and propaganda against the Syrian government.
William Roebuck, Chargé d’affaires, US embassy, Damascus, December 13, 2006:
“We believe Bashar’s [Bashar-al-Assad, Syrian President] weaknesses are in how he chooses to react to looming issues, both perceived and real, such as the conflict between economic reform steps (however limited) and entrenched, corrupt forces, the Kurdish question, and the potential threat to the regime from the increasing presence of transiting Islamist extremists. This cable summarizes our assessment of these vulnerabilities and suggests that there may be actions, statements, and the signals that the USG [US Government] can send that will improve the likelihood of such opportunities arising.”
If the stated mission of training “anti-ISIS rebels” has been a failure, after spending half a billion dollars, what has been done successfully in this past year is a massive aerial bombing campaign, supposedly against the ISIS, which has contributed to the refugee crisis we see there today. “Progress is being made,” Austin told the Senate. Indeed! After General’s statements that indicated the existence of US special forces in Syria, Pentagon later retracted and said that the general was “referring to the coordinating relationship that US Special Operations Forces share with Syrian anti-ISIL forces.”
The war of Islamist jihadis against the government began in 2011 and the U.S. and its allies, most notably Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan, began their support for the “rebels” hoping they’d do the job of overthrowing so they could then go in and install their desired puppet government. On June 21, 2012, New York Times reported in an article titled: “C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition” that “the weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar”. And, who were the opposition forces that the CIA was helping arm? A report written in 2012 by none other than the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) said that “the Salafist, the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI [Al- Qaeda in Iraq]” supported by “the West, Gulf countries and Turkey.”are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria,”
But, this didn’t stop the Obama Administration from pursuing its goal of regime change, even knowing who the opposition “rebels” were, even seeing the massacres that were being committed by these groups and the destruction of the country that was taking place, resulting in the death of over 230,000 and displacement of over 7 million Syrians, 3 million of them becoming refugees in neighboring countries, many dying on the way.
The U.S. strategy of achieving complete and total hegemony and control over the Middle East, Asia and North Africa, at all costs, has already brought two wars and 12 years of sanctions against Iraq, resulting in about 2 million deaths and the destruction of that country, the war on Libya which destroyed and made it ungovernable, the funding and arming of Islamist jihadis in Afghanistan in 1980’s, followed by the war and occupation of the country which continues after 14 years, the genocide against the people of Palestine by propping up the Zionist settler state and funding its occupation of Palestine, the occupation of and wars against Lebanon by the Zionist criminals with the help of the U.S., the overthrowing of a democratically elected Prime Minister in Iran with its 1979 blowback revolution, after 25 years of US support for the Shah, the support of brutal dictators and corrupt despotic kingdoms in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and elsewhere, assassinations and bombings in Pakistsn, Somalia, Yemen and now the utter devastation, massacres and displacements in Syria. As envisioned in Strategy for a New American Century document, governments must either fall in line and be allied with the empire or must fall period. And if regime change doesn’t work, they will destroy the country and turn it into a pile of dirt.
This is a unipolar world made for the likes of Martin Shkrelis by the full military might of the U.S. corporate empire. In this world of money and power, there is no room for compassion or humanity, only greed and crimes on scale and duration never seen before.