Monday, March 26, 2012
Syria: Why it's time for the armed militia to lay down their guns
You can watch an interview with me on Russia Today, in which I call for the Syrian opposition to embrace the democratic opportunities now open to them, here.
Will the western-backers of the rebels be urging them to follow the democratic path and contest elections in Syria? Don't hold your breath. As I've said before on many occasions, democracy in Syria is the very last thing the west wants. All they want is the installation of a slavishly pro-U.S., anti-Iranian puppet government and they don't really care how that is achieved.
On the subject of Syria, there's a very good piece by Patrick Cockburn in today's Independent on why the attempts to forcibly bring about 'regime-change' in Damascus have failed.
What went wrong for the advocates of regime change? In general, they overplayed their hand and believed too much of their own propaganda. By this January, everything they did was predicated on international military intervention, or a convincing threat of it. But this ceased to be an option on 4 February when Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution, backed by the Arab League, calling on Assad to step down
Hat tip: Media Lens Message Board.
The neocons and 'liberal' imperialists have suffered a real setback in Syria, and we can't really exaggerate the importance their reverse.