By Shawn Helton
21st Century Wire
Will the E.U.’s decision to lift the arms embargo in Syria be a double-edged sword for the West, as Russian supplies threaten to level out the proxy war in Syria?
Russia made good on its promise to aid Syria with anti-aircraft missiles this week, according to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. On the other side of that blade, the U.S. and E.U. can now comfortably funnel arms through the SNC (Syrian National Coalition) to the FSA (Free Syrian Army) rebels. It has been reported that, the FSA has close ties to Al-Qaeda and have been receiving weapons from several countries for more than a year.
In a recent article from the New York Times, “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebel Expands, With Aid From C.I.A.”, we see the support the rebels have received:
“With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.”
However, the most telling abuse of power by the E.U. is its harsh economic sanctions against Syria, sanctions that Russian officials have described as “suffocating the Syrian people”. The U.S. and E.U. have falsely claimed that the Syrian government has used chemical agents against it own people, this in part is being used to continue such extreme sanctions. The economic sanctions levied against Syria have been renewed even after the U.N. recently confirmed that there was no evidence of the Syrian government using chemical weapons. The U.N. is currently investigating new chemical weapons claims, that they are desperately trying to attach to Assad and his government. So the question remains, what’s the real reason the West supports a proxy war in Syria?
Inventions of war
If you remember when the campaign to silence Assad began, we were told that there was a legitimate grass-roots uprising sweeping across North Africa then through Middle East. The mainstream media gleefully exulted it’s praise as an organic movement of change, widely known as the “Arab Spring”. The Arab Spring was sold to the public as an activist movement, protesting against various oppressive governments. The Arab Spring was proven to be a well orchestrated political device, as reported by Tony Cartalucci in December of 2011 for Global Research:
“It is hardly a speculative theory then, that the uprisings were part of an immense geopolitical campaign conceived in the West and carried out through its proxies with the assistance of disingenuous organizations including NED, NDI, IRI, and Freedom House and the stable of NGOs they maintain throughout the world. Preparations for the “Arab Spring” began not as unrest had already begun, but years before the first “fist” was raised, and within seminar rooms in D.C. and New York, US-funded training facilities in Serbia, and camps held in neighboring countries, not within the Arab World itself.”
In order for the West to carry out its strategy of destabilization in the Middle East, or rather the “Arc Of Crisis” they needed a narrative that would manipulate public perception, creating an outcry for intervention. NGOs, guided by government operatives, trained thousands of activists, carefully blurring the line between the violent rebel opposition backed by NATO, known as the FSA and the Arab Spring protestors. All the while creating a cloud of confusion and wave of dissent aided and abetted by Western intervention schemes.
We should also remember that in the mid 80’s, it was the U.S. supplying the Mujahideen with weapons in Afghanistan against then “Soviet” Russia. Perhaps Russia has not forgotten its ill-fated attempt to defeat forces in Afghanistan, forces that were trained and weaponized at the hands of the U.S. Is Russia’s move to support Syria “blow-back” for previous war games backed and supplied by the West, in particular the U.S.?
The devil in the details
We see a double standard when it comes to the U.S. and the E.U. as they expand operations in pursuit of resources, no matter how violent. Conversely, when countries try to retain their national sovereignty and defend themselves against murder for hire mercenaries, the mainstream media paints those same countries as committing terror. This is no more evident than the recent take over of oil fields by the Syrian rebels near the border of Iraq. The E.U.’s decision to lift the oil embargo earlier this month opened the door for terror networks to control oil trade in Syria. The media spin is, that it helps the FSA rebel opposition economically giving them the opportunity to continue their “uprising” against Assad and his government. The same rebel group linked to brutal attacks on civilians, even the use of Sarin gas, a fact largely ignored by most media outlets. However, the media still condemns the Syrian government for atrocities they have not been found guilty of.
The proxy war in Syria is a shell game created by the West. We see the U.S. and E.U. rigging the plot against the Syrian government, by arming rebel groups based on a false premise. The same rebel forces that have seized control of Syrian oil, only to sell it off to the E.U. This is the ugly truth about sanctions and proxy wars. What will be the fallout of the war in Syria?