Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, September 2013
Obama, Syria, and the Global Intifada Against War and Hegemony
By Mazin Qumsiyeh
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 2, 2013
It is not difficult to understand the power-game being played in Syria
and no decent human being should stand on the sideline in a conflict that
will shape the future of our humanity. The global intifada (uprising)
is spreading and it is rejecting war and hegemony and now even President
Obama is reeling under pressure. It is an earthquake that is shaking
the very foundation of post-WWII world order (what used to be referred to
mistakenly as “the American century” when it was really the Zionist
century). The British, French, and American public long exposed to
Zionist propaganda have joined the revolution.
Politicians started to panic especially after the
British parliament voted against war. This was the first major and
stunning defeat to the US/Israel hegemony of British politics since WWII.
The Russian president spoke of a number of key points that he called “common sense” while Obama just lied. Russia and the US had agreed to the parameters of a political conference in which all sides were invited. Russia talked the Syrian government into attending this Geneva conference (even though most Syrians opposed a dialogue with Western backed thugs and Western backed mercenaries). Under Israeli pressure, the US administration started to rethink their agreement and their stooges announced they cannot join discussion with their opponents unless their opponents are defeated and surrender! Syrian government forces then gained momentum against the Western and Israeli backed extremist rebels and cornered them in very few pockets. Syria was opening up and international inspectors were coming. Putin rightly points out that under such conditions: who has the benefit of using chemical weapons: the Syrian government or the rebels trying to provide excuses for Western defeat of a government they could not defeat themselves? It is common sense. Syria, Russia and China and all humanity ask logically: if the US has proof that the Syrian government used chemical weapons to attack its own people (including its own soldiers), then give us the proof. They rightly ask why the mandate of UN inspectors was limited to only find out if they were used but not to explore who might have used them. After the lies Israeli and US intelligence concocted to go the war on Iraq, they now seem rather reluctant to manufacture evidence again.
Obama lied about many other things and perhaps the only part of his speech that touched on reality is when he admitted that he is part of a system and that he cannot make a decision by himself. The military-industrial complex is now too entrenched in US politics for any president to challenge it. In fact, no one would be allowed to become president if they were to have even a slight chance of potential to challenge it. So Obama says: I am with the machine that was in place before I came to power and will always be with the machine. By this he showed that his campaign rhetoric about “change” was just what American call “bull-shit”. That is why Obama is stuck. When President Obama paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr just a week ago, he was being hypocritical. King had famously said that the US is the greatest purveyor of violence on earth. The US public can and must push Obama and Congress to change just like they pushed previous politicians to get civil rights, women’s right to vote, ending the war on Vietnam, ending US support for Apartheid South Africa and more.
The fact remains that the most destabilizing country in the Middle East is the one that receives unconditional billions of US taxpayer money. It is the state that caused millions of refugees and that introduced weapons of mass destruction including nuclear weapons to the Middle East. It is the state that used white phosphorous and depleted uranium on civilian populations. It is the state that started five wars and that lobbied successfully to ge the US to go to wars in places like Iraq and Afghanistan that caused millions of lives lost and trillions of US taxpayer money spent. It is the state that fits all the criteria discussed in the International convention against the crimes of apartheid and racial discrimination. Israel.
The fact is that this latest Israel-inspired conflict is not about form of government in Syria. The US/Israel backed dictators in a dozen Arab countries are far, far worse than Bashar Assad of Syria. The fact remains that this is a clear attempt by the US through ist secretary of state under influence from the Zionist lobby and with the support of puppet rulers in the Arab world to liquidate the Palestinian cause. The parameters of this are clear: liquidating Palestinian rights like the right of refugees to return to their homes and lands, limited Palestinian autonomy that Palestinian puppets can call a state in parts of the occupied West Bank in confederation with Jordan. This will ensure the “Jewishness” of the apartheid state of Israel. Gaza would be relegated to Egyptian administration or continuing to manage it as one Israeli official said “by putting Gazan’s on a diet”. To get this program through, resistance must be made to look futile. Israel set-up a high-level ministerial committee to fight boycotts, divestment, and sanctions. Israel told the US that the Hizballah-Syria-Iran axis must be destroyed. Potentially developing Arab countries will be broken up into sectarian and other conflicts (divide and conquer) beginning with Iraq. They thought Syria is the next weak link that can be removed in the same way that Libya was disposed of. They underestimated the level of rejection to their demonic schemes of divide and conquer.
What happened actually is the opposite. A strengthening block evolved
starting in Iran, Iraq and Palestine and spreading globally. The
counter-revolutionary efforts are failing and in some cases getting the
opposite effect of unifying and strengthening resistance. The attempts
by some to ignite sectarian strife in Lebanon failed miserably. The
positions of China, Russia, Venezuela and other governments came to reflect
the international consensus of resisting US/Israeli hegemony. No human
being and no government can claim neutrality. Neutrality is rather
meaningless when there is such an evel attempt to dominate the world for the
benefit of just a few people at the expense of millions. The vast majority
of people in all countries (Palestine, USA, Britain, France, Russia, China
etc) stand on one side of this against the Zionist attempts to drag the
world into yet one more destructive conflict. Clearly a win here is a
win for Palestine and a win for all people of the world.
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