The liberation of the Syrian city of Aleppo from ISIS militants along with all sorts of militants that joined this extremist groups has become a veritable breakthrough in the settlement of numerous armed conflicts in the Middle East. This breakthrough manifested in a fragile ceasefire I Syria, that came into effect on December 30, while Russia and Turkey played the role of guarantors of the truce.
However, the fact that this milestone development left Washington along a number of major European players overboard resulted in the White House expressing its scarcely disguised frustration. Against this background, a number of prominent European politicians that remain particularly loyal to the sitting US administration have started forging an alternate perception of the events that unravel in Syria in a bid to derail peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict, even though Russia, Iran and Turkey are pretty determined to successfully disarm the situation in Syria.
One can hardly use any other word than hilarious to describe the fact that Germany, that didn’t take part in the liberation of Aleppo and didn’t provide a single truck of humanitarian help for the population it was allegedly so concerned about, has recently released its “recommendations” regarding the political future of President Bashar al-Assad, along with a list of topics that are to be discussed at the peace talks in Astana.
The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan went a step further in his interview with PBS, claiming that Russia in Syria applied the “scorched earth tactics”, which led to a tremendous amount of damage inflicted upon the Syrian civil infrastructure. Of course, one would assume that a man like John Brennan would know all about the “scorched earth tactics”, since Washington has been using it throughout the last century in Southeast Asia, while bringing it to perfection during the Vietnam War. The same tactics was used in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries where hundreds of thousands of civilians learned to curse the US Air Force and its drones. Still, if Brennan is unable to tell one thing from the other, it would highly inappropriate for someone who represents Washington to accuse other states of committing the US crime of choice.
And, for sure, Reuters was quick to jump on the disinformation bandwagon by stating that:
Syria would be divided into informal zones of regional power influence and Bashar al-Assad would remain president for at least a few years under an outline deal between Russia, Turkey and Iran, sources say. Such a deal, which would allow regional autonomy within a federal structure.
It seems that nobody really cares about the fact that only reliable information obtained from reliable sources does count as news. For sure, sacrifices are to be made if rivaling parties are to come to an agreement but Reuters was hardly trying to assist anyone in reaching a consensus. Instead it chose to make contradictions more distinct, trying to make peace unattainable for those who are reluctant to invite Washington and its Western allies to the negotiation table.
It doesn’t make a secret that Syria’s Kurds have been pursuing federalization for a long time in vain hopes of creating an autonomy. However, such discussions result in both Damascus and Ankara becoming fairly concerned about their future, therefore any propositions on the division of Syria into zones of influence – is a clear path to the disruption of the upcoming meeting, which Reuters was knowingly pursuing.
There’s yet another tactics that the West employs to disrupt the negotiations in Astana. It demands the opposition groups that it controls to denounce the ceasefire under various pretexts. The leading role in this plan is played by the so-called Ffree Syrian Army (FSA), sponsored by the US and the Gulf monarchies. However, it is necessary to clarify that the FSA claims that ceasefire is being violated in those areas that are being controlled by radical militants, and nobody is stupid enough to invite those to negotiations.
No one in his right mind would claim that it is possible to sign a peace deal in Syria without any effort put into negotiations. Yet this deal which was being pursued by the international community for years, but nobody achieved success so far. However, it is clear that Russia, Turkey and Iran want to play a decisive role in finding a solution to the Syrian conflict. So let’s not allow anyone to disrupt their effort in their quest.