[News] Syria - Human Rights Warriors for Empire
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Wed Feb 15 16:42:59 EST 2012
Wed, 02/15/2012 - 14:50 Glen Ford
Human Rights Warriors for Empire
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
NATO wants desperately to identify some sliver
of Syrian soil on which to plant the humanitarian flag of intervention.
The largest imperial offensive since the Iraq
invasion of March, 2003, is in full swing, under
the banner of humanitarian intervention
Barack Obamas fiendishly clever upgrade of
George Bushs dumb wars. Having failed to
obtain a Libyan-style United Nations Security
Council fig leaf for a humanitarian military
strike against Syria, the United States shifts
effortlessly to a global campaign
the U.N. system to expand its NATO/Persian Gulf
royalty/Jihadi coalition. Next stop: Tunisia,
where Washingtons allies will assemble on
February 24 to sharpen their knives as Friends
of Syria. The U.S. State Department has
mobilized to shape the Friends membership and
their mandate which is warlord-speak for
refining an ad hoc alliance for the piratical assault on Syrias sovereignty.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are
swigging the ale with their fellow buccaneers.
These human rights warriors, headquartered in
the bellies of empires past and present, their
chests shiny with medals of propagandistic
service to superpower aggression in Libya,
contribute left legitimacy to the imperial
project. London-based Amnesty International held
a global day of action to rail against Syria
for crimes against humanity and to accuse
Russia and China of using their Security Council
vetoes to betray the Syrian people echoing
the war hysteria out of Washington, Paris, London
and the royal pigsties of Riyadh and Doha. New
York-based Human Rights Watch denounced Moscow
and Beijings actions as
as if it were not the empire and its allies who
were setting the Middle East and Africa on fire,
arming and financing jihadis including hundreds
Salafists now operating in Syria.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch
contribute left legitimacy to the imperial project.
Under Obamas intelligent (as opposed to
dumb) imperial tutelage, colonial genocidaires
like France now propose creation of
corridors inside Syria to allow NGOs to reach
the zones where there are scandalous massacres.
NATO flatly rejected such a corridor in Libya
when sub-Saharan Africans and black Libyans were
being massacred by militias armed and financed by
the same Friends that now besiege Syria.
Turkey claims it has rejected, for now, the idea
of setting up humanitarian
zones along its border with Syria inside
Syrian territory while giving arms, training
and sanctuary to Syrian military deserters. In
reality, it is Syrian Army troop and armor
concentrations on the border that have thwarted
the establishment of such a buffer a bald
euphemism for creating a liberated zone that
must be protected by NATO or some agglomeration of U.S.-backed forces.
NATO, which bombed Libya non-stop for six months,
inflicting tens of thousands of casualties while
refusing to count a single body, wants
desperately to identify some sliver of Syrian
soil on which to plant the humanitarian flag of
intervention. They are transparently searching
for a Benghazi, to justify a replay of the Libyan
operation the transparent fact that prompted the Russian and Chinese vetoes.
Faced with the certainty of superpower-backed
attack under the guise of protecting civilians
in liberated territory, Syria cannot afford to
cede even one neighborhood of a single city not
one block! or of any rural or border enclave,
to armed rebels and foreign jihadis. That road
leads directly to loss of sovereignty and
possible dissection of Syria which western
pundits are already calling a hodge-podge
nation that could be a failed state. Certainly,
the French and British are experts at carving up
other peoples territories, having drawn the
national boundaries of the region after World War
One. It is an understatement to say that Israel would be pleased.
It is the Libya formula, and might as well have
come straight from Barack Obamas mouth.
With the Syrian militarys apparent successes in
securing most of Homs and other centers of
rebellion, the armed opposition has stepped up
its terror tactics a campaign noted with great
alarm by the Arab Leagues own Observer Mission
to Syria, leading Saudi Arabia and Qatar to
suppress the Missions report. Instead, the Gulf
States are pressing the Arab League to openly
provide all kinds of political and material
support to the opposition, meaning arms and,
undoubtedly, more Salafist fighters. Aleppo,
Syrias main commercial and industrial city,
which had seen virtually no unrest, was struck by
two deadly car bombs last week signature work
of the al-Qaida affiliate in neighboring Iraq.
The various Friends of Syria, all nestled in
the U.S./NATO/Saudi/Qatar cocoon, now openly
speak of all-out civil war in Syria by which
they mean stepped up armed conflict financed and
directed by themselves as the preferred
alternative to the protracted struggle that the
regime appears to be winning. There is one
caveat: no Western boots on the ground in any
form, as phrased by British Foreign Secretary
William Hague. It is the Libya formula, and might
as well have come straight from Barack Obamas mouth.
Syria is fighting for its national existence
against an umbrella of forces mobilized by the
United States and NATO. Of the 6,000 or so people
that have died in the past 11 months, about a
third have been Syrian soldiers and police
statistical proof positive that this is an armed
assault on the state. There is no question of
massive foreign involvement, or that the aim of
U.S. policy is regime change, as stated
repeatedly by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
must go, she told reporters in Bulgaria).
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have
chosen sides in the Washington-backed
belligerency the side of Empire. As groups most
often associated with (what passes for) the Left
in their headquarters countries, they are
invaluable allies of the current imperial
offensive. They have many fellow travelers in
(again, what passes for) anti-war circles in the
colonizing and neo-colonizing nations. The French
Left lifted hardly a finger while a million
Algerians died in the struggle for independence,
and have not proved effective allies of formerly
colonized people in the 50 years, since. Among
the European imperial powers, only Portugals
Revolution of 1974, a coup by young officers,
resulted in substantial relief for the subjects
of empire: the withdrawal of troops from Portugals African colonies.
Of the 6,000 or so people that have died in the
past 11 months, about a third have been Syrian
soldiers and police statistical proof positive
that this is an armed assault on the state.
The U.S. anti-war movement lost its mass
character as soon as the threat of a draft was
removed, in the early Seventies, while the United
States continued to bomb Vietnam (and test new
and exotic weapons on its people) until the fall
of Saigon, in 1975. All that many U.S. lefties
seemed to want was to get the Republicans off
their backs, in 2008, and to Hell with the rest
of the world. Democrat Barack Obama has cranked
the imperial war machine back into high gear,
with scarcely a peep from the Left.
There was great ambivalence the most polite
word I can muster among purported leftists in
the United States and Europe to NATOs
bombardment and subjugation of Libya. Here we are
again, in the face of existential imperial
threats to Syria and Iran, as leftists temporize
about human rights while the greatest purveyor
of violence in the world today blazes new warpaths.
There is no such thing as an anti-war activist
who is not an anti-imperialist. And the only job
of an anti-imperialist in the belly of the beast
is to disarm the beast. Absent that, s/he is useless to humanity.
As we used to say: You are part of the solution
or you are part of the problem. Amnesty
International and Human Rights Watch are part of the problem.
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted
at <mailto:Glen.Ford at BlackAgendaReport.com>Glen.Ford at BlackAgendaReport.com.
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