Hi JBOMBER... All good questions.
This was a piece that came across my feed recently that gives an accurate picture and some historical context to what had lead to the syrian crisis and the geopolitical reasoning for why the evil empire so desperately wants Assad overthrown and for it to become another failed state like Libya.
"The war in Syria is not a civil war. It is not a religious war. This is US government and corporate media propaganda designed to sell us yet another Mideast war. As with Iraq and Libya we are not getting the truth.
Syria is a sovereign nation with a secular constitutional government representing all population groups and an elected president recognized by the world community. They have universal health care, free education and had a growing economy. All religions and sects are respected and until 2011 lived in safety.
What problems they have can be solved by the Syrian people, if left free from foreign invasion. Most Syrians protesting Assad sided with him when they saw their protests overrun by armed foreign mercenaries.
Wikileaks documents show in 2006 that the U.S. State Department and our Syria ambassador were planning ways to create a crisis and justify war. We were covertly involved well before any unrest, which we, in fact created. According to Robert Kennedy Jr., we have been trying to overthrow Syria since 1949.
The Syrian war is a regime-change proxy war initiated, funded and armed by the U.S., UK, NATO and our Mideast allies — Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Qatar. It’s about regional dominance, imperialism, control of oil and gas and who gets to supply Europe.
In 2009 there were two pipeline proposals to Europe. One was from Qatar through Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey. The second was from Iran through Iraq and Syria. The Qatar pipeline benefitted the U.S. coalition, the Iran one the Russian coalition. Syria chose the Iran proposal and denied the Qatar one. Is it an accident the proxy war started soon after? Those funding the al-Qaida/ISIS mercenaries are the U.S. allies that didn’t get their pipeline. Is this what happens when a small country denies U.S./NATO and giant oil companies and deals instead with Iran?
To see the pattern of U.S./NATO Mideast wars, consider the Project for the New American Century, a ’90s neocon “think tank” advocating aggressive U.S. foreign policy, expanded military and unilateral action. They developed, justified and sold us the Iraq war. Remaking the “New Middle East,” a term coined by Condoleezza Rice during Israel’s 2006 invasion of Lebanon included creating an “arc of chaos” from Lebanon and Syria to Iraq and Iran. Weak failed states would ensure dominance by U.S./NATO, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar. In this light Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya were successes. How that’s worked out for the people of those places seems to not matter. Never do these imperialists seek to find out what the people of those countries want for themselves.
Recognize the pattern? Demonize a leader, impose crippling sanctions, covertly create an opposition, arm them, start a war then intervene (for “humanitarian” reasons) and install a complicit dictator. We’ve run this pattern on many countries since WWII. The war in Syria is yet another covert “fake news”-fueled attempt to overthrow a popularly elected sovereign government to benefit multinational corporations and solidify U.S./allies’ power in the Middle East. Only this time we’re losing.
In December East Aleppo was liberated by the Syrian Arab Army. Once freed, citizens told how terrorists kept them trapped, took all the food and would not let them escape. These are the “moderate rebels” (al-Qaida/ISIS) we arm and finance. The people praised Assad and the army.
Finally, Congresswoman Tusli Gabbard (D-Hawaii) had the courage to go to Syria. The one consistent question she was asked is, “Why is the United States and its allies helping al-Qaida and other terrorist groups take over Syria? Syria did not attack the United States. Al-Qaida did.” She has introduced the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act,” HR 608. Support it.
Our government/media propaganda is now “preparing” us to accept deeper involvement in forcing regime change against international law, the Geneva Conventions and the will of the Syrian people. Amnesty International recently produced a video alleging hangings in a Syrian prison attributed to the government. It is unsubstantiated, calling into question the validity of Amnesty’s sources. Why did this suddenly appear now? It smacks of anti-Assad propaganda. And now Trump is sending as many as 1,000 additional U.S. forces into Syria — a dangerous escalation.
We arm, finance and train the very terrorists we are supposedly fighting. Our politicians and major media have been lying to us about Syria. International crimes are being done in our name. Get interested; get active. The regime that needs to change is our own."