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Syrian regime change is an American move

Observing the American intervention policy for the last 50 years, it looks like the aims are regime change or voluntary subordination by the Syrian regime. This includes subordinating Syrian foreign policy and de-linking Syria from its strategic alliance with Iran and its membership within the Resistance Bloc.

Syria is run by an authoritarian oligarchy which has used brute force in dealing with its citizens. They cannot be viewed as a straight forward quest for liberty and democracy. There has been an attempt by the U.S. and the E.U. to use the riots in Syria to pressure and intimidate the Syrian leadership. America, Israel and Jordan have all played a role in supporting an armed insurrection in Syria.

 In this regard the Al Saud seem to support both sectarian factions as well as terrorist elements which question the foundations of religious tolerance in Syria. They are good at running with the hare and hunting with the hounds.

 Funding has also been provided to ominous and unpopular foreign-based Syrian opposition figures, while weapons caches were smuggled from Jordan and Lebanon into Syria. The good old Ahmed Chalabi’s story may be reenacted in another country.

The events in Syria are also tied to Iran, the longstanding strategic ally of Damascus. It is also not coincidental that Iran was included in the sanctions against Syria. The hands of the Syrian military and government have now been tied internally as a new and broader offensive is being prepared that will target both Syria and Iran.

Syria is the central piece of two important energy corridors. The first links Turkey and the Caspian to Israel and the Red Sea and the second links Iraq to the Mediterranean. The surrender of Syria would mean that Washington and its allies would control these energy routes. It would also mean that the large natural gas fields off the Lebanese and Syrian coastline in the Eastern Mediterranean would be out of reach for China and would instead go to the E.U., Israel, and the U.S.
Kodimirpal, Chennai

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2011 on page no. 2

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