Re: The so-called ‘cradle of the revolution’ against Assad has been liberated
Posted by Tomski on September 20, 2021, 11:46 am, in reply to "The so-called ‘cradle of the revolution’ against Assad has been liberated"
At first I wasn't going to post it, but then saw a good round-up comment by Gordog in MoA that changed my mind: |
Besides the usual narrative-busting that we expect from Vanessa, she shows also a very keen turn at geopolitical analysis. Mainly the article is about the Syrian government's recent retaking of the restive Daraa region just south of Damascus, and includes a very illuminating recent history of this key troublespot---relying, as usual on her first-hand, on-the-ground investigating.
A fascinating story!
But she proceeds to connect a lot of recent events in region to the big-picture geopolitical chessboard:
What does this power shift mean for Damascus and the US Coalition including Israel?
It is important to review the Daraa events in the context of emerging geopolitical alliances and concessions, in order to grasp the significance of what has just happened in southern Syria.
On September 13, the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennet, visited Egypt for the first time in a decade, ostensibly to discuss Israel/Palestine relations with President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi.
Egypt is moving towards normalisation of relations with Turkey, strained since the toppling of Muslim Brotherhood’s man in Cairo, President Mohammed Mursi, in 2013. The Egyptian Consul General in Damascus has intimated that conditions for a full recovery of Egyptian-Turkish bilateral relations is the withdrawal of Turkey from Syrian territory.
Perhaps the most significant concession to Damascus in the aftermath of Daraa has been made by the US itself.
Desperate to avoid Hezbollah being hailed as the champion of the Lebanese people after they secured oil supplies from Iran via Syria, the US Ambassador to Lebanon intervened to partially lift sanctions on Syria in order to facilitate the transfer of natural gas and electricity from Egypt to Lebanon via pipelines between Jordan and southern Syria...
This not only informs us why Daraa was pivotal to US energy and resource-theft plans in Syria, but also shows us the intelligence of the Damascus moves to secure Daraa at this pivotal point in the regional chess game.
The US has had its hand forced by a nation that has resisted its proxy military intervention for ten years and by Syria's most steadfast allies in Lebanon.
Most interesting of all is the recent visit of President Assad to Moscow:
During a 90-minute closed session, the two leaders discussed military, political and economic priorities that included the Daraa province return to Syrian state control and the potential full and final liberation of Idlib in the north-west from Turkish direct and proxy terrorist occupation.
This summit, and the Syrian/Russian slamming of both Turkish and US illegal occupation and annexation of Syrian territory, does not bode well for the NATO member state regime-change project that has been an expensive, abject failure since its initiation in 2011.
The consequences of the Daraa resolution will be far-reaching for Israel, Turkey and the CIA/MI6 project to control the Syrian central economic hub in the Middle East.
Damascus, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah have stolen the march on their enemies, despite the pressure Syria is under from the multi-spectrum war waged against it for ten years and it remains to be seen how the US Coalition will try to scramble back from this ignominious defeat and avoid admitting they have been forced to take a first step in normalising relations with President Assad.
So Syria could once again be on the front burner, after the Afghanistan situation, which seems to be moving steadily to a very good resolution that sees the US completely BANISHED from the region.
I will also note that the Engdahl article on fraying Saudi-US ties that B linked to is very illuminating. Some very good info on the Suadi-Iran rapprochement under way, but also the key historical context of the US plan to balkaninze the entire Middle East, which came post 9/11 as the Rumsfeld-Cebrowski doctrine.
Reading this, I kept thinking how the balkanization of Yugoslavia in the 1990s appeared to be the perfect dry run for this much more ambitious plan to do the same in the Mideast.
Of course, now it is clear that this project lies in ruins! The hothead Ponzi Empire has been decisively REJECTED!
Posted by: Gordog | Sep 19 2021 18:00 utc