US sanctions badly affect the Syrians' livelihood and uncover the West's hypocrisy

The unfair American and western sanctions on Syria, including the so-called Caesar Act", unequivocally uncover the West's hypocrisy and crocodile tears for the Syrian people, because these suffocating sanctions badly affect the Syrians' livelihood and exacerbate their humanitarian suffering, according to Patrick Cockburn, the Irish writer and journalist.

In an article published by the UK's "The Independent" Newspaper on Friday, Cuckburn said that "great dollops of hypocrisy invariably accompany expressions of concern by outside powers for the wellbeing of the Syrian people. But even by these low standards, a new record for self-serving dishonesty is being set by the Caesar Civilian Protection Act, the new US law imposing the harshest sanctions in the world on Syria and bringing millions of Syrians to the brink of famine."

The writer made it clear that the United States claims that its coercive measures and sanctions aim at protecting civilians in Syria. However, the truth is that these sanctions are destroying Syria and despite attempts by Washington and the West to hide the main purpose of these sanctions under a false humanitarian cover,  these measures act as collective punishment that is impoverishing all the Syrian people.

 Cuckburn said that the crisis resulted from the terrorist war on Syria and the economic blockade imposed on the country have become much worse in the nine months since the law was implemented on 17 June last year. The number of the Syrians who have become unable to have access to the simplest elements of life, including food and medicine, has increased.

He spoke about the misinformation practiced by western media outlets about the repercussions of the economic blockade on Syria, mainly the US "Caesar Act", which coincided with the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in Syria, stressing that the continuity of these sanctions and coercive measures will exacerbate the Syrians' suffering.

Some American officials acknowledge that the difficulties the Syrians are facing in securing the basic requirements of their daily life, such as oil, gas, food and medicine, in addition to the images of queues circulated in the media, are the result of Washington's merciless economic measures which flagrantly violate international and humanitarian laws. Among these officials are the former US Special envoy for Syria Jeffry James, the former US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford who claimed that the Caesar Act aimed at toughening the economic pressure on the Syrian state and boasted about the US "success" in Syria.

Hamda Mustafa