The colonial predicament in Syria
by J Joseph on 15 Dec 2012 4 Comments

In the context of the global war on Syria, the signs of the predicament affecting the colonial alliance led by the United States points towards a new strategic turn following the failure to destroy the Syrian state and undermine Syria's steadfastness and its resistance option. There is fear in American and Western circles regarding the transformations witnessed in Turkey, the main regional power in the war and aggression against Syria.


Among Syrian neighboring states, Turkey is the only member in NATO and is involved in the Western strategy. It enjoys great military and economic power compared to Saudi Arabia and Qatar which are also participating in the aggression. Moreover, it is fully or partially using countries like Lebanon and Jordan as a platform for the aggression, while the Western and Gulf wagers waited during the last eight months for the Turkish army's possible invasion of Syrian territories to enforce regime change.


The Kurdistan Workers' Party is leading a violent popular and military rebellion against the authorities, while the sectarian division advocated by Erdogan's rhetoric to interfere in Syria is reflecting in the Turkish internal arena. Meanwhile, economic problems are mounting, along with tensions with two major states such as Russia and Iran which represent a vital depth that cannot be disregarded in the light of geopolitics and economic and commercial relations. In that same context, and due to the Syrian predicament, the Americans are facing two threats: either comprehensive multifaceted troubles that would undermine Turkish strength, or Turkey's political turn to emulate Russian and Iranian positions and withdraw from the alliance of aggression against Syria.     


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the main nerve of Western hegemony plans over the region and the financial, political and security force promoting American policies since the 1960s when it headed the confrontation with President Abdel-Nasser, appears preoccupied with its own problems following the changes from Iraq, to Yemen and Bahrain, the ongoing rise of Iranian strength and increasing power struggles between the princes competing for the throne. Clearly, the failure in Syria is being reflected in mounting conflicts within the ruling family, and in bloody clashes between the security apparatuses and the Al-Qaeda groups, in parallel to the ongoing social and political troubles on calls for reform.


The growing support of the Takfiri, terrorist and Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in the context of the global war on Syria is backfiring, as seen in the American and European intelligence information about the spread of Al-Qaeda and Takfiri groups in Syria, and the transformation of the multinational factions mobilized by Bandar Bin Sultan with the help of the Turkish intelligence into gangs of terrorism and Takfir, as happened in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The West is now urging dismantlement of these groups and discontinuation of regional support to them.      


The American wager on the possible sponsorship of armed Syrian opposition factions to deter the Takfiri terrorist cells is pointless as the liberal groups collaborating with the West have no influence over the gangs' structure and no authority over influential armed factions on the ground. The only solution to fight terrorism in Syria and prevent its transformation into a pit for the export of terrorism in the regional surroundings and the West is through cooperation with the Syrian national state and support of its plans to regain full control over all Syrian territories. This is the approach adopted by Russia and China in their talks with the West regarding ways to exit the mess, and this is the principle that will eventually prevail.   


The ground reality in Syria


Damascus: Last week, the global war on Syria witnessed a wave of media and field escalation to give the impression that the armed opposition was launching a new comprehensive attack against the capital Damascus.


The opposition factions, the Takfiri groups and the media outlets participating in the war on Syria alluded to these groups’ control over Aleppo province in the Maarat al-Naaman battle, and the armed factions’ control over important positions and bases of the Syrian Arab army. But a field transformation was witnessed in the Maarat al-Naaman battle which was settled by the Syrian army in its favor, as Syrian television aired footage of its main street where the army was deployed after withdrawal of the gangs. In the Edlib regions, said to be under the control of the gangs and armed men, Syrian television carried a report showing the city and the air base - which the terrorists claimed they had turned into ashes - with dozens of helicopters on its runway and under the command of the Syrian Arab army.


The gangs turned to three types of operations in Damascus and its surroundings.

1] Detonation of booby-trapped cars using sleeper cells in some neighborhoods of the capital. These explosions aimed at generating security turmoil and media commotion, and spreading panic among Syrian citizens.

2] Perpetration of assassinations inside the Syrian capital, affecting among others the brother of the Parliament Speaker and some employees in public institutions. Many such operations were witnessed in the past months and were carried out by sleeper terrorist cells.

3] Deployment of mobile armed groups in the orchards surrounding some neighborhoods of the capital, and use of mortar shells to bombs several residential neighborhoods.


As a next tactical step, the gangs mobilized some terrorist groups present in the Palestinian camps to provoke clashes and attack Syrian army positions. These operations were contained through the formation of Palestinian armed popular committees, in coordination with the resistance factions.


So far, therefore, the terrorist gangs could not affect the balance of power. There is also a popular resentment of the multinational gangs. All in all, the fighting has intensified at the ground level.

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