Two voices that I have come to depend on regarding Syria (and Libya and every war of aggression since Obama took office) are Thierry Meyssan, French intellectual and proprietor of Voltaire.net, and Moon of Alabama, one of those sites that just seems wired somewhere and which has a way of staying on top of things and offering counter-media insight. The latest article I read on Syria by Meyssan gives a nice capsuled history of the conflict as follows:
- The United States planned the destruction of Syria at a meeting on September 15, 2001, at Camp David. They began to prepare this by adopting the Syria Accountability Act on December 12, 2003. They tried to plunge Syria into war first by causing the adoption of Resolution 1559 by the Security Council, then killing the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri and accusing President al-Assad of ordering the assassination.
- This scenario having failed, they subcontracted the war to the United Kingdom and France who prepared themselves via the Treaty of Lancaster on November 2, 2010. The signal for the commencement of operations was given by the United States from Cairo in early February 2011.
- From that date, and for 15 months, NATO and the GCC launched a fourth generation war, based entirely on their domination of the mass media. They convinced the world, including the Syrians, that the whole country had risen, though the most important events did not exceed 5,000 people. Thanks to snipers and commandos, they staged a bloody crackdown. However, in March-April 2012, after the fall of the Islamic Emirate of Baba Amr, Nicolas Sarkozy negotiated the withdrawal of France, while in May, the Syrians began to doubt Al-Jazeera’s reports and in June, Washington accepted its defeat at the Geneva Conference.
- During this period, the combatants were either Syrian Takfirist (including 3000 captured in Baba Amr) or foreign professionals, particularly the Libyan members of al- Qaeda controlled by Abdelhakim Belhaj. Together, they formed the Free Syrian Army, flanked by British and French officers, with the logistical support of Turkey.
- François Hollande’s election as French president and the appointment of Laurent Fabius as Zionist Ministry of Foreign Affairs relaunched the war. Relying on CIA General David Petraeus and the expertise of Ambassador Robert S. Ford (former assistant to John Negroponte), France signaled a new war, this time Nicaragua style, by gathering the “Friends of Syria” in Paris on July 6th, 2012.
- Two weeks later, a mega-attack decapitated the army by assassinating members of the National Security Council. Immediately, 40,000 foreign jihadists, supported by a few thousand Syrians and supervised by French and British officers, began the assault on Damascus. … There followed a year of cruel and bloody war that killed more than 100,000 martyrs.
- During this period, the United States … at most …tried to influence Qatar and Saudi Arabia to limit the weight of jihadists and promote secular mercenaries. Recruitment centers were opened in Tunisia and Afghanistan. Airlifts were organized from Libya and Yemen to deliver tens of thousands of jihadists who came to die in Syria.
The attack on Damascus put the Syrians in high gear, and they have since prevailed and forced the jihadists to back down. Meysson continues
- Noting their new failure, the NATO and GCC powers tried to ignore the Russian and Chinese vetoes in the Security Council. By organizing a crime to which they would attribute a huge symbolic significance, they would justify international intervention to protect civilians so they could finish by bombing the country as they did in Libya. The chemical attack on ghoutta, August 21, 2013, was organized by NATO. The weapons were transported from a Turkish army barracks to Damascus and the usual media war was mobilized to make this episode more serious than any other event.
- But the unexpected deployment of the Russian fleet off the Mediterranean coast would have forced the Pentagon to attack from the Red Sea, flying over Jordan and Saudi Arabia, that is to say, plunging their allies into the war. Washington, having given up on entering a regional conflict, [will use] U.S. diplomacy to prepare for the Geneva 2 conference.
Current domestic support behind the Assad government, according to Meyssan, is between 60-90%. Everything now hinges on whether NATO can rewrite the history of the era to make it a democratic revolution that failed, or the reality, aggressive war staged by imperialist powers. Geneva 2 will determine which version of history prevails.