Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pretending Farcical Syria Ceasefire Still in Force Mocks Reality

Pretending Farcical Syria Ceasefire Still in Force Mocks Reality

by Stephen Lendman

Obama’s war on long-suffering Syrians rages. Russia’s best efforts for ceasefire and conflict resolution failed - restoring peace and stability to the war-torn country unattainable with an adversary (not a legitimate partner) wanting war, regime change and Syrian sovereignty destroyed.

Believing otherwise is fantasy, betraying the pain and anguish of millions of Syrians deserving better.

No ceasefire exists. Not now, earlier or ahead as long as Washington’s imperial aims remain unchanged - intolerant of sovereign independent states, wanting pro-Western ones replacing them.

The likelihood of Hillary succeeding Obama assures escalated war, maybe shock-and-awe terror-bombing to kill Assad and topple his government.

What can Russia gain by negotiating with a sworn enemy bent on its destruction? Why does it expect a different result from repeated failures so far, doing much the same thing over and over again - Einstein’s definition of insanity!

How can it breathe life into a dead-on-arrival Syria ceasefire? Why does it foolishly think America is its partner for peace when clear evidence shows otherwise - day after day after days of endless war.

On the sidelines of the 71st General Assembly meeting in New York, International Syrian Support Group (ISSG) members met, co-chaired by Moscow and Washington, mostly comprised of countries supporting Syria regime change. They maintained the fantasy of ceasefire while neocon US policymakers and their rogue allies want war, not peace.

State Department spokesman admiral John Kirby lied, claiming “an imperative to pursue a nationwide cessation of hostilities (remains in place) based on the arrangement reached last week in Geneva…”

Russia wants it affirmed by Security Council resolution so its terms and obligations are publicly known. Washington wants secrecy to continue violations unaccountably.

John Kerry sounded buffoon-like declaring “ceasefire is not dead.” Sergey Lavrov apparently went along with the charade after both ministers met on the sidelines of the General Assembly proceedings.

Fact: Ceasefire is dead. No amount of breathing life into its corpse will revive it. The sooner Russia accepts reality and acknowledges dealing with a duplicitous adversary, the greater chance for eventual help for long-suffering Syrians.

The only way to restore peace and stability is by smashing all anti-government forces - US-supported death squads bent on Syria’s destruction, not a moderate among them.

Negotiating with imperial America assures continued failure and greater disaster than already. I’ve stressed before the only language it understands is force.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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