Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Israeli-Controlled Canada: White Dominions,
By Eric Walberg
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 17, 2012
The Canadian government has no foreign policy anymore, doing exactly as
it is told by its Israeli advisers
France and Britain have begun to circle Syria like vultures (my apologies
to vultures, who politely wait for their prey to die). They plan to save
Syria from chemical bombs – a surreal replay of Suez 1956, where France and
Britain cooked up a pretext to invade Egypt with the US posing as the more
restrained gang member, not to mention Iraq 2003, when they reversed their
Meanwhile, Canada sings on demand for its US-Israeli
sponsors. The Canadian government solemnly announced this week it is ready
-- if asked by NATO -- to deploy the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit,
which handles chemical, biological and radioactive attacks. Canada will also
send a Disaster Assistance Response Team to provide clean water in Syrians,
as well as engineers and staff who can help set up a field hospital. A
friendly navy frigate is already offshore.
Once again Prime Minister
Stephen Harper plays his supporting role in the NATO-scripted drama
unfolding in the Middle East. He takes “the threat of chemical weapons in
Syria very seriously”, but demurs on whether Canada will send CF-18 fighter
jets over Syria, as it did in Libya to enforce a no-fly zone, or put combat
troops on the ground. He has not yet given the current opposition coalition,
the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), his blessing, although US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton formally recognized the opposition at a Friends of
Syria summit in Morocco on Wednesday, joining the Euro crowd.
Canadian government has no foreign policy anymore, doing exactly as it is
told by its Israeli advisers, so the reason for Harper’s coyness must be
found there. Israel itself is in a quandary about Syria.
policy during the past three decades has following the divide-and-conquer
Yinon Doctrine, playing various forces among its Arab neighbors against each
other -- Maronite and Orthodox Christian, Sunni and Shia Muslim, Druze, etc
-- in order to keep the Middle East weak and unstable.
that even meant quietly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood during its
ill-fated uprising in 1981, not because Israel wanted an Islamist Syria, but
to keep the Syrian government off-balance. The secular and nationalist
Baathist regime, together with Egypt, fought a war with Israel in 1967.
These secular governments were the big threat, and it was only natural to
try and cripple the regimes of Egypt and Syria, even if that meant working
Today, the West is eagerly arming the SNC, where
Islamists predominate, even as Israel and Canada dawdle. How can this be?
The explanation is simple. As Kissinger said of Iraq and Iran during
their war in the 1980s, “A pity they both can’t lose.” Or Truman when the
Germans invaded Russia 22 June 1941: “If we see that Germany is winning we
ought to help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and
that way let them kill as many as possible.” Not only is Egypt now
rediscovering its Islamic, very anti-Zionist roots, making Egyptian
Islamists the main enemy, but there is no guarantee the SNC will defeat the
Syrian army, and unlike far away France, Britain and the US, Israel must
live chock-a-block with whoever is in Damascus -- and Cairo -- when the
mustard gas clears.
Ha, ha. Only joking. What about the chemical
weapons threat? Syria is one of the few countries that has not signed the
1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). (Israel has signed but not ratified
it.) But Assad has made it clear he will not approve their use on civilians.
Saddam Hussein’s example is proof enough of the madness of that. The real
worry over WMDs is that whatever supplies the Syrian government has could
soon fall into the hands of the western-backed rebels, in particular, al-Nusrah
Front (aka, al-Qaeda in Iraq).
However, who can blame Assad if he
drops a few on invading Brits, French, and yes Americans? It would be a
perfect way to ‘celebrate’ the centenary of WWI, where holier-than-thou
Germany, Britain and France pioneered their use, despite having signed the
Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 banning them. Britain used chlorine
against the Germans in 1915 but the wind blew back on the British trenches
-- a case of ‘friendly gas’. The US took their use to new heights in Vietnam
with Agent Orange. Only the one-time US ally Saddam Hussein was ever brought
to justice for using them. The US and Russia still have stockpiles (not to
mention nuclear and biological weapons), despite their obligation under the
CWC to destroy them all.
The Syrians would get special satisfaction
from gassing the French, who carved up and invaded Syria in 1920. Syria was
promised France by Britain as its reward for the 1.7 million French who died
in the WWI bloodbath that killed 16 million (Britain lost ‘less than’ a
million). The only ‘positive’ outcome for the Allies was the destruction and
occupation of the Ottoman Caliphate and the creation of a Jewish state
This was an outrageous betrayal of the Arabs, who had
arguably tipped the balance in WWI -- at great loss -- in Britain’s favor,
on the promise of post-war independence. But, as the Spanish say, ‘You don’t
dance with the devil; he dances with you.” Britain wanted Iraq for its oil
and Palestine for a Jewish state, “the hill citadel of Jerusalem” according
to geopolitical theorist Halford Mackinder -- the last link in the British
empire. With a wink and a nod from Britain, France invaded Syria in 1920 and
crushed a heroic uprising in 1925--1927, killing thousands. Greater Syria
was divided into southern Turkey, French-occupied Lebanon/ Syria, and
British-occupied Jordan/ Palestine.
It was not till 1946 that the
French were finally booted out -- kicking and screaming. Post-WWII Syrian
politics is a litany of coups, egged on by the US, until the army and
socialist Baathists finally settled on Hafiz al-Assad in 1971. Trying to
pick up the pieces after the brutal French occupation and living next door
to permanent nightmare Israel are not conducive to the charade of
western-style pluralism, so the subsequent harsh dictatorship of Assad I and
the new-improved Assad II are not surprising. The SNC alternative has no
prospects for ruling a united Syria. Syria’s future under the SNC is already
being played out in Iraq, though Assad is far more popular and sensible than
Saddam Hussein, and his demise will take down much of the Syria social order
This is fine from an Israeli point of view as long as the
Islamists are kept busy fighting their coalition ‘allies’ within the SNC.
But if the Islamists dominate in the SNC, and if the power vacuum allows
al-Qaeda to take root (it already has), this could be a problem for Israel.
Look what happened to the Islamists in Gaza, where they surged and triumphed
in elections in 2006 and remain strong. Israel has only to look south to
Egypt to see how a revolutionary coalition can turn into an Islamic
government which is not nearly as pliable as the secular dictatorship it
replaced. This is what keeps many Israelis rooting for Assad.
France was colonizing Syria a century ago, Canada was already the great
colonial success story as a ‘white dominion’, and was allowed to join the
ranks of the imperial rich, unlike Syria et al. (Lawrence ‘of Arabia’
lobbied Churchill to create a united Arab British mandate as the first
‘brown dominion’, with no success.)
As a former colony of both
France and Britain, the loyal ‘white dominion’ of
yesteryear, Canada may look like the perfect intermediary today: ‘Be
nice and you too can graduate from colony to dominion.’ However, the flip
side of white dominion status is that, like Israel or South Africa, you have
built your society on the bones of the ‘brown’
natives. So it is not surprising that this week, even as Harper was
toying with recognizing the SNC (who cares?), he faces ongoing protests over
government neglect of Canada’s First Nations.
Theresa Spence began a hunger strike in Ottawa charging the government with
“marginalizing our political leadership, along with the enforced segregation
of our people so that our rich heritage can be wiped out and the great
bounty contained in our traditional lands be made available for exploitation
by large multi-national companies.” But Canada’s First Nations -- what’s
left of them -- can thank their lucky stars they weren’t born in the ‘brown
colonies’ of the Middle East.
Eric Walberg is author of Postmodern
Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games
You can reach him at http://ericwalberg.com/