Friday, September 23, 2016

US Ceasefire Scheme for Syria: Rendering It Defenseless

US Ceasefire Scheme for Syria: Rendering It Defenseless

by Stephen Lendman

John Kerry arrogantly demands no-fly zone imposition in Syria so government ground forces have no aerial support and protection - essential to effectively combat US-supported terrorism.

Washington pulled off this stunt before, when Hillary was secretary of state. Disaster followed - Libya raped and destroyed, its sovereignty replaced by endless violence, a US-supported ISIS infestation, utter chaos, and virtually an entire population suffering hugely because of US-dominated NATO aggression.

Washington wants unimpeded ability to ravage and destroy Syria more than already. The transparent scheme only damn fools would accept: ground Russian and Syrian military aircraft, US warplanes free to operate on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.

Up to now, Russia played the greater fool in negotiations with Washington, each time betrayed. How much US treachery is too much? What’ll it take for Putin and Lavrov to realize the futility of negotiating with its sworn enemy - bent on regime change, wanting pro-Western puppet governance replacing Russian sovereign independence?

Washington wants hegemonic control over all nations, unchallenged global dominance, dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations, naked aggression is main strategy of choice.

No amount of diplomacy will change things. Syria is in the eye of the storm. Stopping US imperial madness there is crucial. Otherwise Iran goes down next, followed by likely nuclear war on Russia and China - especially with Hillary in charge.

Moscow has a choice. Smash ALL anti-government forces in Syria (all US-backed terrorists), or face America’s imperial assault on its homeland.

Anyone understanding geopolitical reality knows this. Yet Russia continues wasting time on futile negotiations - failing every time with Washington. Deals it agrees to aren’t worth the paper they’re written on - systematically breached every time, phony reasons justifying the unjustifiable.

On Thursday, Lavrov met privately with Kerry - followed by both ministers participating in the 21-nation International Syria Support Group, a front for US imperialism, stacked with pro-Western countries, despite Russian, Chinese, Iranian and Lebanese participation.

Following Thursday’s futile discussions, Lavrov said “(n)othing has happened and we will continue our consultations. We will continue our work to guarantee the ceasefire in Syria…certain details need to be finalized.”

“Some of our partners (sic) tried to make the Syrian authorities take unilateral steps. We insist…the opposition must take steps as well” - especially to prevent ISIS and al-Nusra “from taking advantage of the situation.”

Chances for negotiating ceasefire in Syria, with all US-supported terrorist groups agreeing and sticking by their word, is ZERO.

Washington is the key problem, neocons making policy yielding nothing, bent on transforming Syria into another US vassal state ahead of regime change forced on all other sovereign independent nations - mainly Iran, Russia and China.

Hegemons operate this way. America doesn’t negotiate. It demands, forcing its will on others, pursuing a hugely destructive megalomaniacal agenda threatening world peace and humanity’s survival.

Russia should have drawn a red line long ago, halted futile talks with its main adversary, realizing the only language America understands is force. Its record speaks for itself.

Syrian liberation depends on Russia going all-out to help its Syrian ally defeat the scourge of US-created and supported terrorism. Nothing else can work!

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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