The election of Donald Trump as the next US president has given rise to plenty of speculation about his approach to the war in Syria, particularly his position with regard to the political future of President Bashar al-Assad and the fight against the terrorist groups seeking to take down the Syrian government . This has also revived debates about the US role in Syria and the extent to which it should be involved in the conflict. Press TV has interviewed two experts to shed more light on Washington’s Syria strategy.
Kevin Barrett, editor of Veterans Today, said that US President-elect Donald Trump has shown eagerness to stop fomenting conflict in Syria through mercenaries, who have been missioned to implement the American regime change policy in the Arab country.
Barrett said that Trump’s attitude toward Syria shows his willingness to stop the “billions of dollars and aid to foment the civil war in Syria and that is the money that has been coming from the United States … and its NATO allies and its allies in the region. They have created Daesh. They’ve armed these other groups and essentially fomented a civil war.”
“The recent presidential elections in the US have an influence” on the recent developments in Syria, because there are new signals from the president-elect who has said that “the US should not be raising problems in Syria. Rather, it should be working with Russia and other countries for stability,” he noted.
The United States and its NATO allies used the so-called Arab Spring to destabilize the region and follow up their preplanned regime change operation, he said, noting that governments, who are supporting Syria, have realized that if they allow the destabilizing policy to gain momentum, they may be the next destination.
“The war in Syria was on the drawing board for a very long time,” he said.
General Wesley Clark sent the message that “the purpose of the 9/11 was to take out the governments of seven countries in five years. These seven countries were the countries in the region that have been giving Israel problems. Syria was on that list.”
There is also “other documented evidence of US plans for regime change in Syria,” he added.
According to Barrett, many countries saw that “the post 9/11 era was an era in which the now Zionist-dominated US was out to create a new American century” through waging wars of aggression and regime change operation all over the world.
Referring to a possibility of a UN Security Council resolution to solve the crisis in Syria, he said, “It actually wouldn’t be a bad idea to have such a Security Council resolution assuming that all of the relevant parties could get on board with that and assuming that a precondition would be to preserve the territorial integrity of Syria in its entirety. Because the purpose of the destabilization operation was indeed to Balkanize Syria along ethnic and sectarian lines according to Oded Yinon’s geostrategic plan out of Tel Aviv in the 1970s.”
Pointing to the advancement of Syrian military forces in the eastern parts of Aleppo, he said, “The momentum has been changing in favor of the Syrian government and its allies for quite some time and that’s been accelerating recently.”
Meanwhile, Richard Hellman, president of the Middle East Research Center, described the ongoing carnage in Syria as “unfortunate” and noted that “it’s time for the Security Council of the United Nations to have a binding resolution and the great powers of the world to put the peacemaking and the peacekeeping forces in there to stop the killing.”
The US and other veto-wielding powers of the UN Security Council are expected to draw up a resolution to “stop the killing, shut down the war, stop the flood of refugees, have free and democratic elections and put a new government in” Syria.
He went on to say that since the start of the popular uprising in Arab and African countries in the late 2010 and early 2011, “there has been a great destabilization of the whole Middle East,” adding that “the opponents, who could have been absorbed into a free and democratic parliamentary form of government early in 2011, were not accepted as participants in the government and the civil war broke out.”
He dismissed the notion that outside forces have been behind instability and regime change plans in the Middle East and Africa, noting that “since the Arab Spring began and with the social media rampant, there [has been a] legitimate desire for peace, democracy, representative government, independent judiciary. So these forces have come forward but they have generally been stifled throughout the Middle East.”
Commenting on the US role in the Syrian conflict, he stated that “the US did not create the ISIS (Daesh),” and that Trump would not intervene in other countries.
Syria has been involved in a foreign-backed militancy since March 2011, when peaceful protest rallies turned into violent clashes after mercenaries supplied by certain regional and international players took arms and tried to wreak havoc in the Arab nation. The unrest has left over 400,000 people dead and millions of civilians have become homeless, according to a UN report.
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.
Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.