Till the very end of November both the EU and Washington sought to convince international community that none of the parties to the Syrian conflict are strong enough to have a decisive advantage over the opponent on the field of battle.
At the same time, Western political circles took all possible steps to prevent Damascus and Russia from intensifying their offense against ISIS in Syria, particularly in Aleppo. To this end, US Secretary of State John Kerry has stepped up diplomatic efforts to reach an agreement with Russia on Syria before the sitting administration leaves office, The Washington Post would note. According to this newspaper, the Secretary of State doesn’t care about the alleged “humanitarian crisis” in Aleppo, what he fears is that the Trump administration can strike a different kind of deal with Moscow, which would essentially put the United States on the same side with Bashar al-Assad.
It’s curious that EU officials have pushed their propaganda sources into an overdrive, forcing them to publish all sorts false accusations against Moscow and Damascus, saying that they have been bombing schools and hospitals specifically. Yet, there was a complete media blackout about hundreds of civilians in Aleppo butchered by radical militants, that prevented local population from fleeing the territories they occupied through humanitarian corridors that the government opened. Yet, we were led to believe that the Islamists are some kind of heroes, while those who risked their lives to purge the city of this “black plague” were portrayed as criminals.
At this point the UN stage was used by the governments of Britain, France and German to demand Damascus to introduce a “humanitarian pause” in Aleppo. However, these were not used to provide relief for the inhabitants of the besieged city, since the West made no attempt to send a single humanitarian convoy to Aleppo. The representatives of the above mentioned three countries, just like the US representatives, didn’t even have the courage to lead the convoys provided by Russia into the city to prevent them from being ambushed.
Instead, the West used these pauses to redeploy more Islamists to Aleppo and provide them with additional equipment. There’s been a number of publications that prove that in this period the Ansar al-Islam jihadists were provided with AA capabilities, when massive arms deals were made in Eastern Europe and Ukraine, to smuggle massive amounts of Soviet-made weapons to Syria.
However, Syrian troops have been pretty successful so far in the liberation of Aleppo, which resulted in Washington finding itself in a pretty peculiar position. The Financial Times has already reported that the Syrian opposition leaders are engaged in secret talks with Russia to put an end to hostilities in Aleppo. This can result in the US being pushed out of the equation in a number of key conflicts in the Middle East, including Syria. As Washington’s concept of “moderate opposition” fails it’s losing any grounds to have a say in Syria, as those “moderate” militants turned out to be Jabhat Al-Nusra radicals.
The US and EU have been in a frank panic from the developments in Syria since that they can expose the true role that the US and its European allies played in the creation of ISIS. The US State Department spokesman Mark Toner has gone as far as publicly urging to prevent Russia from fighting international terrorism in Syria. Immediately after this statement, representatives of France, Britain and Germany tried to increase the pressure on Russia via the UN Security Council.
The delirious state of the ruling European elites has been displayed on public when the Guardian published their last demand:
European leaders, notably the French, are privately warning Vladimir Putin that if he permits Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, to turn an expected capture of Aleppo into a military victory across most of the country, it will be up to Russia to foot the bill for reconstruction
It looks that those in power in London, Paris, Berlin are completely brain dead, since they seem to be unable to recall who destroyed Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and a number of other countries. The United States, with the avid support provided by the EU, have killed hundreds of thousands of civilians, while destroying the homes and the infrastructure that supported those that they spared, which resulted in a veritable exodus of migrants from the Middle East and Africa to Europe. So, maybe they should be paying the bills instead of forcing smaller European countries to provide shelter for the refugees they created in the first place. And what about Washington’s responsibility?
Martin Berger is a freelance journalist and geopolitical analyst, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”