comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal much about US
involvement in Syrian crisis, Dr. Jamal Wakeem, professor of history
and international relations at Lebanese University in Beirut, told
New York Times acquired
the taped conversation between the US Secretary of State and two
dozen Syrian civilians from education, rescue, and medical groups
working in rebel-held areas, during a meeting on the sidelines of the
United Nations General Assembly.
leaked recording reveals how angry John Kerry really is about being
unable to topple President Bashar Assad by military means.
argued for use of force. I stood up. I’m the guy who stood up and
announced we’re going to attack Assad because of the weapons, and
then you know things evolved into a different process,” the
Secretary of State said in the tape.
told the civilians that “you
have nobody more frustrated than we are (the US)” that
the Syrian issue is now being solved diplomatically.
also warned the Syrians, who sounded clearly unhappy with
Washington’s contribution, that attempts to intervene militarily or
provide more support to the rebels by the US may have a reverse
problem is that, you know, you get, quote, ‘enforcers’ in there
and then everybody ups the ante, right? Russia puts in more, Iran
puts in more; Hezbollah is there more and Nusra is more; and Saudi
Arabia and Turkey put all their surrogate money in, and you all are
believe that this proves that the US was involved in the Syrian
crisis since its onset and that it was collaborating with the
so-called insurgents in order to topple the Syrian regime. In
addition, it proves also that the Syrian crisis had its regional and
international dimension since the beginning and it wasn’t a
revolution against an illegitimate regime, as the West claimed at one
addition, I believe that it also proves that the Obama administration
didn’t give priority to peaceful and political solution for the
Syrian crisis. But it used this as an alternative to its inability to
use force when it was confronted by a steadfast position by Russia
who refused to be dragged into another trick by the US similar to
what happened in Libya and topple the Syrian regime. I believe that
the Russians are aware of the fact that the war in Syria is a war by
proxy directed against them and against their ally China. It is part
of a bigger plan by the US to block Eurasia from having access to the
maritime trade roots. In addition, I believe there was a mentioning
of the presence of the representatives of the NGOs operating in
insurgent territories. And this proves also that the US was using
these NGOs as a tool of soft power in order to topple the Syrian
conversation happened a few days after the US-Russia-brokered
ceasefire in Syria ended. How possible is it to pursue diplomacy when
one side doesn't seem to believe in it?
believe that the faction that was trying to strike a political deal
with Russians over Syria was a minority in the Obama administration.
It was hindered by the hawks in the US, mainly the Pentagon and the
military. I didn’t believe that there would be a political
breakthrough during the Obama administration, because this
administration is already expired. We need to wait for the next
president of the US to take over power. And the hawks in the US and
also in Saudi Arabia and Turkey believe that the next president will
be more hawkish than Obama and will take more confrontational steps
with Russians and that is why they hindered any attempt by John Kerry
to strike a deal or impose a truce in Aleppo. Maybe they wanted for
the truce to be like a breathing space for the opposition or for the
insurgents, but they didn’t want it to be a first step towards a
political solution. And I believe that in order to talk about the
political solution we need to wait for at least another year.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told The Sun newspaper that,
following Moscow's policy in Syria "people now believe that
Russia is in danger of becoming a pariah nation". Who are those
people he's referring to, do you think?
is talking about himself, about the American administration, about
the military industrial complex in the US. And about the oligarchy
that is trying to impose a world order that would work for its own
benefits. We need to admit that the essence of the war in Syria, in
Ukraine, in Yemen, in the South China Sea is a part of a global
American strategy to block Eurasia from having access to the maritime
trade roots. And this was mentioned not only during the Obama
administration but also it was mentioned by former scholars. It is
part of the consistent strategy since the late 19th century to block
any land power from having access to maritime trade roots, and this
explains the policy of containment during the Cold War and later on
the strategy of Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security
advisor for Jimmy Carter, and other geopolitical thinkers of the US.
So, when Boris Johnson says this he is admitting that the essence of
confrontation is not between the West and Syria, or between
insurgents or Assad regime, but it is between the West and Eurasia.