Tuesday, 28 August 2018

About the book

What happened in Syria can easily be replicated in any other part of this world. The war became a product which is being reproduced and replicated. It is urgent that humanity understands what has really happened.  It is also must understand how it happened and why so that we can stop this from consuming from our planet.  It is like the flames of a dragon burning up one nation after another.

Reflecting on the essays in this book, the reader may begin to understand not only what has happened in Syria, but also what is currently happening in Yemen, Libya and soon in many other parts of this world.

When the word “war” is used, some glorious scenes might come to mind. Wars could be those historical battles, where strong young men meet to demonstrate their youth and strength, and where the leaders strive to show their intelligence. We all go to cinemas to watch films about such wars. We tell children stories about them. Thus, I find “war” far too romantic when I try to describe what happens in Syria. In this tragedy, no skills were demonstrated but turning hospitals, children, and civilians into piles of limbs and blood. The leaders of the fighter parties have barely met and hardly lost at all. They came back home at the end of the war, all safe, all winners, with enlarged pockets and full bank accounts, while millions of civilians were displaced. Unlimited stories of torture, unlimited limbs were cut, unlimited eyes were gouged out and heads were cut off. The war was not designed to fight for something. No land, raw material or strategic position was gained. It was not for fighting or winning. It was designed just to create the most tragic story in human history.

It is not only the number of victims that made this tragedy one of the ugliest wars in history[1]. What defines the Syrian war is that it happened at a time when the world was supposed to be “mature,” with apparent sophisticated international law systems implemented by nations and organizations who assumed that such a war was no longer possible on this planet. The massacres in Rwanda or Kosovo happened before – while humanity was taking a “nap”. Times had changed and the international community “came of age” and its ethics became clear enough to make such cases exist only in history books. At least, that is what the Syrians thought (or were led to believe).

The millions of demonstrators who headed out to the streets had enough reason to act against such corrupt and murderous regimes. However, they had enough reason before that as well and refrained from such steps for decades. They were not ignorant of their regime’s ethics (or lack thereof) and its unlimited brutality. Actually, they have been aware of this regime and its allies’ amoral standards since 1982, or even earlier. Neither were they so stupid that they miscalculated their arsenal versus their country’s[2]. They took these steps relying mainly on the supposed “maturity” of the world’s nations and organizations, including many outsider events which were completely out of the Syrians’ influence[3]. However, and this is very important, this reliance didn’t come spontaneously, rather it was carefully planned, and this point is critical to understanding exactly what happened.

Declarations and promises by presidents like Obama, Erdogan, and European leaders[i] were systematic and clear. They were accompanied by serious work on the ground. Tracking these declarations across the years of crises leaves no doubt that they were not accidental, mistaken, or innocent[4].

Was it then a “conspiracy” against the Syrian regime?

Here is the mysterious part of the story: the regime of Assad was a part of this “conspiracy” not a bystander or a contradicting force. All of his acts and reactions supported the mission of this conspiracy and aided it. The media coverage explained the unjustified violence by Assad’s regime as a sort of fascism, sadism or political stupidity. As you read further you will understand why this explanation is not sufficient nor logical. Assad is not the only player in this game nor a dictator disconnected from any other power. He is connected to the most powerful and well-established intelligence organizations in the world. His regime is an international business. None of the owners of this business are going to leave the security of this empire up to the stupidity of a dumb dictator. So, every action taken was studied and deliberately chosen. But for what purpose?

That is what I will try to explain throughout the following pages of this book.

[2] A hunting gun is the most used killing weapon an individual could own before 2011 against a regime that was prepared to face Israel, backed unlimitedly by Russia, Iran, and many other countries and semi-countries (like Hezbollah and plenty of radical sectarian and mercenary militias).
[3] Events like huge waves of weapons and foreigner inflows, besides financial and media factors, which I will describe thoroughly throughout the pages of this book.
See Reuters’ Article on 22.11.2011 “Turkish PM calls on Syria's Assad to quit. While Turkey is opposed to outside intervention, it has met with Syrian opposition groups and allows them to meet in Turkish cities. It has also given refuge to Syrian army defectors but denies it is supporting an armed resistance. Turkish newspapers quoted officials at the weekend saying Turkey could set up a no-fly or buffer zone in Syrian territory to protect people from Assad’s security forces, in order to head off a potential mass exodus of refugees from Syria.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called on Tuesday for Syria’s president to step down and likened Damascus’s crackdown on protesters to the tactics of Nazi Germany.

[i] 10 June 2011 Erdogan, Speaking on Turkey's ATV channel, said: “The situation in Syria for Turkey is not like that one in Libya, Syria is almost like an internal affair (for Turkey). We have an 800- to 900-kilometer border. We have relatives there. Turkey can’t accept repeating Hama massacre. http://archive.arabic.cnn.com/2011/syria.2011/6/10/turkey.syria/

Two years later, Erdogan would appear again repeating the same Monologue. At that time, the Syrian victims of this play exceeded triple the number of Hama massacre. Though, Erdogan didn’t seem to be regretful or excusing. He rather looked like an actor who keep his performance as it was written for him.
This play continued in the same momentum till the moment of writing these lines. The propaganda channels, which are financed mainly by Qatar, didn’t stop praising him as “the leader who didn’t let the Syrians down”. This continued non-stop during the 8 years of the Syrian tragedy, even after 600,000 killed, 10 million were displaced and unknown amount of damage and lost.

19 Aug 2011,  Obama said “Assad must resign”
“U.S., Europe call for Syrian leader al-Assad to step down”
“Secretary Clinton Says Syrian President Assad 'Must Go'”

May 16, 2013, “Obama and Erdogan: Syria's Assad Must Go”

The speech was just after Obama’s so called “red line” was crossed, in which Assad reportedly used the chemical weapons as the American investigations have proved.

“I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation.  But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical.  That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel.  It concerns us.  We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.
“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.  That would change my calculus.  That would change my equation.”

“In April, in a letter sent to lawmakers saying there was evidence that chemical weapons had been used in Syria, White House legislative affairs director Miguel E. Rodriguez asserted”

Till the moment of writing this lines, the play is just going on in its same momentum. 

Excerpted from The Jimmy Dore Show
MSNBC Panel On Syria with Jeffrey Sachs, professor of sustainable development and health policy at Columbia University,
The original video can be watched here:

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