Monday, September 19, 2016

US Helping Terrorists Regroup, a Flagrant Geneva Breach

US Helping Terrorists Regroup, a Flagrant Geneva Breach

by Stephen Lendman

According to Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov, ISIS and other (US-supported) terrorists “are using the ceasefire to lick wounds, recuperate and prepare for the resumption of combat operations.”

They’re “pulling manpower and weapons in the areas they control, both during the day and at night” - taking advantage of government forces fully complying with Geneva.

Since implemented, it’s “clear that the US side” repeatedly violated its terms, terrorists it supports breaching it multiple times daily - Geneva a monument of US contempt for diplomatic conflict resolution.

Vladimir Putin commented on why Washington wants its terms kept secret, despite Russia wanting them affirmed by Security Council resolution, blocked by America, saying:

The only reason why they apparently don’t want to make (its terms) public is because the international community, as well as American and Russian public will immediately find out who is not abiding by the deal.”

A Russian Foreign Ministry statement said Saturday’s massacre of Syrian forces reflects America’s “criminal negligence and connivance with Islamic State terrorists.” Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the “White House is defending ISIS.”

General Konashenkov noted “the complete absence of any kind of US influence” on observing and enforcing Geneva terms.

Syria’s UN envoy Bashar al Jaafari minced no words, saying “(t)he objective of this US aggression is to bring about the failure of the truce agreed to between Russia and the United States.”

Saturday’s terror-bombing incident is clear “evidence of support by the United States and its allies for Daesh and other armed terrorist groups.” 

Claiming the attack was accidental was a despicable perversion of truth, Jaafari adding “US aggression must be dealt with immediately to avoid the spread of fighting in the region and put a stop to American hypocrisy and lies.”

Since Geneva’s implementation on September 12, fighting intensified, US-supported terrorists entirely responsible - in the last 24 hours alone committing 50 violations.

Assad’s political and media advisor Bouthaina Shaaban called Saturday’s massacre of Syrian forces not “an error.” It was “pre-planned.” 

“Since the beginning of the US intervention (in September 2014), we said that it was not against ISIS and the proof is that ISIS has expanded” since that time.

Minutes after Saturday’s massacre of Syrian forces, Fars News reported “a military source” saying ISIS terrorists targeted Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzur, showing air and ground attacks were coordinated.

Russian warplanes intervened, bombing ISIS positions, letting Syrian forces retake al-Thardah mountain - a strategic area overlooking Deir Ezzur airport.

Geneva accomplished nothing, a waste of time and energy. Conflict rages intensively - prospects for ceasefire and conflict resolution nil because Washington rejects them.

Why does Russia persist in going along with the charade? What does it hope to accomplish knowing its best efforts are futile? 

Why do its officials continue forthright outreach with a treacherous adversary - rogue state America bent on toppling its government, unchallenged global dominance its ultimate aim?

Why do they maintain hope for normalized relations with Washington when lunatic neocons running things perhaps intend nuclear war to achieve their objectives?

Moscow should cease wasting time negotiating with America over Syria or other major geopolitical issues when clear evidence shows futility every time.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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