The recent meeting by 27 countries in South and central Asia is evidence of the growing disdain for western manoeuvring inSyria. It is time for the rest of the world to send out the message that the political machinations through which the west tries to impose its hegemony around the world are unacceptable.
The West has only one way forward in their strategic thinking. They want a civil war in which their footprints will not appear anywhere. They will, however, support the rebels and allow as much chaos to reign in the hope that it will send Assad fleeing. They are making severe miscalculations based on their knowledge of real politic in the region. Western strategy seeks to eradicate the diplomatic-dialogue option. They cannot predict what the outcome of such a process will be. The Kofi Annan intervention was deviously put to rest. The West does not want an internationally supervised election in Syria which will allow the Syrians to choose between Assad and any of his opponents. Assad would be in with more than a good chance if this happens. Such victory would discredit their attempt to delegitimize the regime. Besides, the most dictatorial regimes in the region that theUS relies on would find themselves in grave embarrassment if an election were to happen in Syria. Their people would ask for the same to happen in their own countries. And there are no guarantees that their rulers will win in such elections. The Pandora’s Box is simply too perilous an alternative for any of the supporters of the rebels.
The US finds itself in a bind. As inIraqandAfghanistan, they have gone past the Rubicon. They will want an exit strategy that is face-saving and concurrently serves their political interests.
It is needless to say that all that is said of the US would also apply to its ‘political-companion’ (or should that read ‘political liability’?)Israel. They are also under compulsion to carry their regional and other NATO allies with them.
In an insightful blog, titled Al-Qaeda to fill in Kofi’s void in Syria, M K Bhadrakumar notes that the Syrian rebels are not able to pull it off. They are getting demoralized (as any ragtag army of mercenaries will be). So, what is needed is the al-Qaeda fighter…“The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervour, battle experience fromIraq, funding from Sunni Sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results!!” Bhadrakumar points out that theUS calculates that it can first get rid of Assad and then proceed to deal with al-Qaeda. The bonus, as theUS sees it (through its jaundiced eyes) is that it will weakenIran.
The US has got Kofi Annan out of the way but the problem remains. The Syrian regime is intact. As, we have pointed out in our previous edition of ‘Hard Truth-Alternative Perspectives’, it will be innocent and combatants in the conflict who will die in large numbers only to quench the political thirst of the US and its allies.
The West is adopting a ‘Humpty-Dumpty’ ideology here. The reckoning is that change inSyriawill come and when ‘Humpty-Dumpty’ falls, they can restore it. Iraq and Afghanistan have shown the world just what the nursery rhyme tell us: “All the king’s horses, and all the King’s men, will never put Humpty Dumpty together again”.
See articles on the subject:
- India, Pakistan, Irandiscuss Syriahttp://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2012/08/12/india-pakistan-iran-discuss-syria/
- Al-Qaeda to fill in Kofi’s void in Syriahttp://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2012/08/07/al-qaeda-to-fill-in-kofis-void-in-syria/
- IranLikely to Host Another Consultative Meeting on Syriain August http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9104253729
- Washington’s Hypocrisy over Russian Arms in Syria
- Russiareiterates opposition to foreign interference in Syria