Right now, Syria is entangled in a democratic uprising in the likes of the Arab Spring.
That is the narrative people watching western Medias get fed every day, when in fact it couldn’t be further from the truth. The Syrian people demanding democratic reforms do not represent an overwhelming majority as it was the case in Tunisia or Egypt. Furthermore, the “democratic fighters” comprised in part of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are not all Syrian citizens.
U.S. and Al-Qaeda: same goal this time around
There have been many reports about the fact that the opposition forces only seems to be a melting pot of various ideology from Kurdish separatists to members of Al-Qaeda which only serves to weaken the portrayal in the western media of a strong and coherent opposition. Al Qaeda fighters are known to be amongst the opposition forces in Syria as well as Libyan mercenaries fresh out of the “Libyan Revolution” which was in fact just another good example of regime change dubbed as Arab Spring by the western Medias. In the beginning of the uprising, the current leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri has himself invited Al-Qaeda fighters and any Sunni mercenaries alike to join the Syrian opposition forces. Therefore, not only does the U.S., Al-Qaeda, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and NATO are all on the same side trying to enforce a regime change in Syria without any thoughts of how this will play out with so many different players in the equation after Assad has been ousted from power.
The Syrian National Council (SNC) and the FSA are not always on the same page. Besides putting an end to Bashar Al-Assad’s police state, they have yet to lay down a common and coherent plan for post-revolution Syria. One of the main similarities between the FSA and the SNC is that they are both heavily backed by Turkey who’s looking to play a greater role in the region. Abdulbaset Sieda the Kurdish-Syrian President of the SNC has been accused by other Kurdish groups of only representing Turkey’s agenda, long-time foe of the Kurdish people in the region. Turkey’s southern Hatay province is home of the FSA headquarters and training camp set up by Qatari special forces. Through Turkey, the FSA also receive weapons used in Libya and advanced communication equipment from NATO. Turkey has been looking to fulfill a greater role in the Middle East for some time now, with a “democratic revolution” taking place east of their border, they will probably seek to further help the revolution in the hopes of establishing strong ties with Syria’s next government or dictator which ever it is. The best way for Turkey to strengthen ties with the future government is to help their cause right now and play a greater role in the ousting of Bashar Al-Assad. Last Friday, June 22nd, the Syrian military shot down a Turkish Jet that Syria says “breached its territorial waters. NATO held a meeting on Tuesday in Brussels about how to react to this “incident”. Besides a stronger Turkish military presence on its Eastern border with Syria, there is not going to be any other major changes since Turkey was at fault by breaching a sovereign country’s territorial waters. By shooting down the Turkish F4 Phantom jet, the Syrian military has shown that their defense capabilities against aerial attacks are still reliable which would render a Libyan-like “no-fly zone” much harder to impose. Some might think of this “incident” as a false flag attempt, but to me it looks like they simply got caught spying on the Syrian military defense along the border in preparation for something I do not know but will surely see soon enough.
The portrayal by the western Medias of the events taking place in Syria is the best indicator of regime change one could hope for. The viewer always only sees one side of the story to further the agenda of the bizarre coalition of NATO (U.S. and Turkey), Al-Qaeda and the GCC countries which is of course regime change. In fact, it is so easily perceivable that Syria is not experiencing its own Arab Spring but rather a civil war just by looking at how the Medias have been following the developments of the conflict. They hardly ever talk about the Syrian People and their legitimate demands, plus the images fed to us are always ones of explosions and killings being blamed on the Assad regime without the slightest proof to back them up.
The latest massacre that took place in Houla is one of the best examples of the Medias manipulation: without any proof, as soon as news of the massacre came out it was immediately blamed on government forces and the BBC even threw in a fake picture of hundreds of dead bodies wrapped up in white sheets that was in fact a picture taken in Iraq by Marco di Lauro back in 2003. The BBC conveniently saying in small characters under the picture itself “This image – which cannot be independently verified – is believed to show the bodies of children in Houla awaiting burial.” They broke the story all over the world as a means to show the ruthlessness of the Syrian regime and push the public into approval towards humanitarian/military intervention in Syria. However, soon after the picture was discovered as a fake, news that the real perpetrators of the massacre where in fact members of the FSA disguised as Shabiha or Shiite thugs and those killed where pro-government Syrians did not receive the same “air-time” as the original news did, let alone barely cared to correct their “mistakes”.
Where are the images of the peaceful protests? Don’t look for them for there are none or but a few, because it’s not a democratic uprising as told in the Medias but an all-out civil war where the rebels does not represent the majority of the population and where the rebels themselves are not all united behind a single purpose as to why they want to end Assad’s regime. Sectarian clashes have also erupted in the northern Lebanon which shows us that it is in fact more of a civil war than anything else. All I have said above has been edited out of the Medias only because it does not “help” further the cause for regime change, the public has to be convinced it is for the “right reasons” first and foremost, and then can there be regime change through military action as experienced recently in Libya. If the Assad regime falls, it will be bad news for both Iran and Hezbollah. Iran would then be completely encircled by U.S. “outposts” in host countries which would lay ground for military action against the Supreme Leader’s regime that, for many years, the neocons have longed for.
My only hope is that there won’t be any military action by the West to “free” the Syrian people as they did in Libya because if that is the case, all that will follow is an even bloodier civil war forgotten by the Medias just like it happened in Lybia.
By François-Alexandre Roy T.
Foreign 99 Thoughts
Also published on Asia Times Online