Recent developments in the Syrian conflict have provoked broad public response. Not all of the world’s citizens are willing to accept a new US one-man-show any longer and they are right doing so.
It’s without doubt a horrible war (as every war is) and most would prefer it to stop sooner than later, not only people like me who have traveled to Syria and love that country so much. Knowing the country a bit better than just from the newspapers made it more difficult for me to understand what has really been going on for the past 2 ½ years ever since the conflict erupted. Having seen what life really felt like in pre-war Syria, I am aware that lots of what is being said is a big load of bullshit. Syria newer was a terrorist country and traveling in Syria was one of the most beautiful and most peaceful experiences I had in my life. What I thus had difficulty with was the fact that Bashar al-Assad, a man who had studied in the UK and was once believed to be a potential reformer, would suddenly turn into a monster.
Things look a bit different when I read articles that show the other side of the conflict. In an article summing up a video released by a young Syrian citizen, Adrian Salbuchi explains the reasons why the US is so keen on destroying Syria. Syria has for a long time been on the top list of hated countries by the US, and those who look a bit further back in history books know that for the past 50 years the US has been systematically destroying, corrupting and manipulating countries around the globe. Every single spot on this planet that hadn’t already been terrorised by the cruelties of the Catholic Church, a war that has lasted for more than 400 years, has been turned upside down by the US army since after WWII: China, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, Congo, Peru, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Grenada, Lebanon, Libya, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Honduras,….a never ending list. So why not Syria?!
In order to fight Syria, the US didn’t need a cause; it only needed the right means. In fact, the cause has been there for many years. Syria being one of those Arabic countries that hasn’t yet been corrupted by Western society, a country that didn’t follow the devastating race to the bottom of capitalism, a country that openly opposed the super-power of the US and his ally in the Middle East Israel, needed to disappear sooner or later. Only, so far there hadn’t been the right means to do so.
To me it thus seems more likely that not only the recent chemical attacks but the whole Syrian civil war was triggered and fostered by US motivation. Having had a cause to destroy Syria for decades, the US eventually found the means with the sudden eruption of the so called Arab Spring in December 2010. From then on it was an easy task to motivate rebels in Syria to stand up against their leader. In every country there are people who don’t agree with the government, not only in Syria but also in the US, Australia, Switzerland or elsewhere.
It has been a US doctrine to support the opposition with warfare in any country they didn’t agree with the government. People all too easily forget that for example in Iran, the CIA had overthrown the prime minister in 1953 in order to appoint the from the US preferred Shah as leader. When, after having helped him to build up the regime, latter was ousted by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, the US changed sides and started to back Iraq. It was the start of a horrible war between Iran and Iraq that only ended in the 1990. Few years later, the once heavily armed Saddam Hussein became once again the evil and his existence was reason enough for the US to lead another war against Iraq.
It doesn’t surprise that there is so much hate against the US in the Middle East and I believe it’s not just the fact of being directly affected. Maybe the point is that not having been corrupted by an increasingly manipulated press and not having been blinded by the capitalistic supremacy of the US, people in the Middle East tend to see a bit clearer than we Westerners do.
I agree that the war in Syria should be stopped immediately and I condemn not only every war crime but any war as such. However, repeatedly blaming those who are against the US misses the point: we should condemn those who have started the war in the first hand.
Not believing every word I read in the newspapers and having spent quite some time in different Middle Eastern countries, I tend to believe those who see other reasons, than playing peacemaker the main motivation of the US to start a war over Syria. The US is so much in trouble that some focus on another arena would certainly not be bad. It has helped many times in the past and, besides, would create some so heavily needed employment.
Everyone who believes in justice should ask themselves why if at all the international community didn’t intervene earlier in this conflict and why on Earth, the US and its little brother Israel have the right to constantly violate fundamental international principles such as the prohibition of the use of military force, except for self-defence. By doing so they might start to see things in a different light.
 This opposition to US totalitarianism didn’t just come from highest ranks it was also supported by the people. When in Syria in 1999 and 2004 I was often told by young men that they thought that Saddam Hussein was a bastard but that nevertheless they would support him in a fight against the US, only because they couldn’t support the arrogance of the US trying to control the world.