Sanctions, unfair punishment for Syrians for their steadfastness

Syria's firm and principled stances  towards national and pan-Arab causes from the 1970s pushed the US and its allies to impose unfair sanctions against Syrian people with the aim of bringing them to their knees and making the Syrian government change its unwavering stands towards the Arab Israeli conflict and obey the American Zionist diktat with regard to the sinister colonialist projects hatched against the Arab region, especially the New Middle East project which aims, among other things, to enable Israel invade the Arab homeland politically and economically and perpetuate the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories.

 The impact of the sanctions has negatively affected all domains of the Syrian people's life. The sanctions have destabilized every sector of Syrian economy, transforming a once self-sufficient country into an aid-dependent nation. The aid has become hard to come by due to sanctions blocking access to equipment, medicines, medical devices, food, fuel, water pumps, spare parts for power plants, and more.

The humanitarian impact of the sanctions has also been grave and very dangerous threatening the lives of millions of Syrian people. The sanctions are the most complicated and far-reaching sanctions ever imposed as they caused a complex system of unpredictable and time-consuming financial restrictions. The US sanctions on Syrian banks have made the transfer of funds into the country nearly impossible; even when a transaction is legal, banks are reluctant to process funds related to Syria for risk of incurring violation fees, and this has given rise to an unofficial and unregulated network of money exchanges that lacks transparency, making it easier for extremist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda to divert funds undetected, while at the same time the difficulty of transferring money is also preventing aid groups from paying local staff and suppliers, which has delayed or prevented the delivery of development assistance.

The trade restrictions on Syria are even more complicated, as items that contain 10 percent or more of US content, including medical devices, are banned from export to Syria.

Syria was first subjected to sanctions in 1979, after the U.S. claimed that the Syrian government sponsors terrorism. This accusation was a pretext used by the US and Israel because of Syria’s principled stand towards the resistance of Israeli occupation forces and its support of  the Arab resistance movements. More sanctions were added in subsequent years in an attempt to end the steadfastness of the Syrian people.

The US and EU sanctions also contributed to food shortages and deteriorations in health care, as these sanctions had contributed to a doubling in fuel prices and causing the price of food items to soar. The sanctions are a principal factor in the erosion of Syria’s health care system, as medicine-producing factories that haven’t been completely destroyed have been forced to close because of sanctions-related restrictions on raw materials and foreign currency.

In parallel of the unfair sanctions imposed by the US and its allies on the Syrian people, the US policy has protected Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization. The American airstrikes have not targeted Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization for nearly 1 and half year calling it a moderate opposition despite the fact that al-Nusra terrorists have been perpetrating atrocious crimes against Syrian people and their public and private properties.