[News] Exposed: The Arab agenda in Syria
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Fri Feb 3 18:25:01 EST 2012
Exposed: The Arab agenda in Syria
By Pepe Escobar
Here's a crash course on the "democratic" machinations of the Arab
League - rather the GCC League, as real power in this pan-Arab
organization is wielded by two of the six Persian Gulf monarchies
composing the Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as Gulf
Counter-revolution Club; Qatar and the House of Saud.
Essentially, the GCC created an Arab League group to monitor what's
going on in Syria. The Syrian National Council - based in North
Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries Turkey and
France - enthusiastically supported it. It's telling that Syria's
neighbor Lebanon did not.
When the over 160 monitors, after one month of enquiries, issued
their report ... surprise! The report did not follow the official GCC
line - which is that the "evil" Bashar al-Assad government is
indiscriminately, and unilaterally, killing its own people, and so
regime change is in order.
The Arab League's Ministerial Committee had approved the report, with
four votes in favor (Algeria, Egypt, Sudan and GCC member Oman) and
only one against; guess who, Qatar - which is now presiding the Arab
League because the emirate bought their (rotating) turn from the
So the report was either ignored (by Western corporate media) or
mercilessly destroyed - by Arab media, virtually all of it financed
by either the House of Saud or Qatar. It was not even discussed -
because it was prevented by the GCC from being translated from Arabic
into English and published in the Arab League's website.
Until it was leaked.
it is, in full.
The report is adamant. There was no organized, lethal repression by
the Syrian government against peaceful protesters. Instead, the
report points to shady armed gangs as responsible for hundreds of
deaths among Syrian civilians, and over one thousand among the Syrian
army, using lethal tactics such as bombing of civilian buses, bombing
of trains carrying diesel oil, bombing of police buses and bombing of
bridges and pipelines.
Once again, the official NATOGCC version of Syria is of a popular
uprising smashed by bullets and tanks. Instead, BRICS members Russia
and China, and large swathes of the developing world see it as the
Syrian government fighting heavily armed foreign mercenaries. The
report largely confirms these suspicions.
The Syrian National Council is essentially a Muslim Brotherhood
outfit affiliated with both the House of Saud and Qatar - with an
uneasy Israel quietly supporting it in the background. Legitimacy is
not exactly its cup of green tea. As for the Free Syrian Army, it
does have its defectors, and well-meaning opponents of the Assad
regime, but most of all is infested with these foreign mercenaries
weaponized by the GCC, especially Salafist gangs.
Still NATOGCC, blocked from applying in Syria its one-size-fits-all
model of promoting "democracy" by bombing a country and getting rid
of the proverbial evil dictator, won't be deterred. GCC leaders House
of Saud and Qatar bluntly dismissed their own report and went
straight to the meat of the matter; impose a NATOGCC regime change
via the UN Security Council.
So the current "Arab-led drive to secure a peaceful end to the
10-month crackdown" in Syria at the UN is no less than a crude regime
change drive. Usual suspects Washington, London and Paris have been
forced to fall over themselves to assure the real international
community this is not another mandate for NATO bombing - a la Libya.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described it as "a path for a
political transition that would preserve Syria's unity and institutions".
But BRICS members Russia and China see it for what it is. Another
BRICS member - India - alongside Pakistan and South Africa, have all
raised serious objections to the NATOGCC-peddled draft UN resolution.
There won't be another Libya-style no fly zone; after all the Assad
regime is not exactly deploying Migs against civilians. A UN regime
change resolution will be blocked - again - by Russia and China. Even
NATOGCC is in disarray, as each block of players - Washington,
Ankara, and the House of Saud-Doha duo - has a different long-term
geopolitical agenda. Not to mention crucial Syrian neighbor and
trading partner Iraq; Baghdad is on the record against any regime
So here's a suggestion to the House of Saud and Qatar; since you're
so seduced by the prospect of "democracy" in Syria, why don't you use
all your American weaponry and invade in the dead of night - like you
did to Bahrain - and execute regime change by yourselves?
Pepe Escobar is the author of
How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books,
Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His most recent
does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).
He may be reached at pepeasia at yahoo.com.
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