Never Too Late: Saving Syria

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Former US Air Force Captain Robert Lewis once said: As the atomic bomb fell over Hiroshima and exploded, we saw an entire city disappear. I wrote in my log the words: ‘My God, what have we done?’

It’s a question that Pentagon officials can still ask themselves, particularly when it comes to their destructive war of deception in Syria. It is an open secret that the United States and its partners are yet to give up on their illusive campaign for regime decapitation in Damascus. To this end, they are using the terrorist group of ISIL as smokescreen and airstrikes to support and arm their “good terrorists” in Syria.

This while arming a bunch of non-existent “moderate” rebel forces that are now ISIL allies have only contributed to a drawn-out war, while missing political complexities within Syria.

That explains why Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says countries that support terrorism have made a terrible mistake. “The states that back terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria have made a big mistake and will face consequences,” Larijani said in Damascus during a meeting on December 21 with Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi.

Without question, the US-led coercive military options have only worsened the situation, and this is precisely why airstrikes and arming imaginary “moderate rebels” is a bad idea. Even the United Nations agrees:

The UN’s humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says: “The ISIL militants have engaged in the mass victimization of civilians, through murder, enslavement, rape, displacement and torture. Nearly 200,000 people have been killed and one million injured.”

And these are the very same thugs that Washington continues to support under the banner of “opposition forces.” No wonder in this helter-skelter, the only option for Syria has to be a negotiated solution! It’s a position also shared jointly by Damascus and Tehran.

In the words of Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif: “Over the Syria issue, we emphasize that political ways should be considered by all the parties in Syria. Political talks should be carried out without any dangerous and destructive intervention of foreigners.”

Past reconciliation efforts between the Syrian government and the true opposition failed because the US and its partners intervened and went for a militarization strategy. They relied on coercion by arming their “good terrorists” or excluding Syrian allies (Iran and Russia), only to squeeze out an actual political resolution, hence, produce more bloodshed, more civilian deaths and more refugees.

True, there are political complexities and difficulties for a peaceful resolution after three years of bloodshed, but due to the pointless and gullible civilian costs and the consequences of more violence in America’s yet another deceptive war of regime decapitation, it is the only sane option left for the Syrians.

So it is incumbent on the international community and its few good men to reject violence and come to the rescue of Syrians in their nationwide push for reconciliation, peace and unity, AND in their legitimate fight against terrorism and extremism. Lest we forget all that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win is for enough good men to do nothing and/or write nothing in their logs.

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