An outlet for Obama’s political fiasco

The planners of the war against Syria sought to undermine the resistance axis in the region but failed to achieve that purpose. We have noticed, since the start of the crisis that the US intervened indirectly in Syria in many forms, especially through ordering its regional and Arab tools to train, fund and export terrorist groups to Syria to commit savage atrocities against Syrian people and destroy their public and private properties.

The second phase for the US was to intervene militarily, but all its sinister schemes which aim at undermining the resistant role of Syria and reshaping the map of the region in a way that suits the American Zionist interests went in vain, because of the strong spirit of resistance planted in the souls of the Syrian and Arab people and the high awareness of European and American peoples towards the adverse consequences of the war which will be launched against a sovereign country.

The United States halted its plan to attack Syria because of the resistance movement and the opposition of the world public opinion to such an unjustifiable offensive. Countless of problems will face the US over its decision to attack Syria. The most important reason behind the US backtracking on its decision to launch a military strike against Syria has been the resistance way of thinking.  Moreover, the American and European people do not approve of an attack on Syria under the pretext of chemical weapons use, because US officials had also used a big lie earlier that is the weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), to attack Iraq. In 2003, the United States and its allies invaded Iraq in a flagrant violation of international law under the pretext that Baghdad was in possession of WMDs. However, no such weapons were ever discovered in Iraq and the Iraqis are still suffering from the repercussions of this devastating war which destroyed the Iraqi infrastructure and claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of the Iraqi people.

The recently conducted Gallup survey indicates that Americans’ trust in Obama’s ability to deal with international issues is at an all-time low, with only 49 percent saying they have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in the US administration. Renowned American intellectual Noam Chomsky said the recent Russian proposal aimed at halting a US strike against Syria has saved President Barack Obama from a political fiasco. The plan is a godsend for Obama and it saves him from what would look like a very serious political defeat.

Obama has not been able to obtain any international support for his reckless military adventure. Even Britain wouldn’t support it, because the British House of Commons did not vote for it. And it seems that the Congress wasn’t going to support it either, and this would leave his military adventure without any support. The wise American lawmakers know well that Obama’s scenario will bring adverse repercussions on the American people as was the case with the previous military adventures launched by Bush’s administration against Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apart from the local and international support the Obama administration failed to recruit, Washington’s threat of force against Syria is a crime under international law, because according to the UN charter, no state has the right to launch a war or threaten to use force against a sovereign state. 

The crisis in Syria should be settled by the Syrians themselves through respecting the Syrian sovereignty, halting the acts of violence and launching the comprehensive political dialogue between the government and the opposition without preconditions and on the basis of the Geneva Communiqué issued on June 30 of 2012.

Syrian government's agreement on the initiative is an important step towards a political settlement of the crisis in Syria. This step indicates the serious intentions of Syria to press ahead in resolving the crisis politically. The agreement on the initiative revives hope in the possibility of driving away the phantom of war in the region. Syria's decision to join the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) uprooted the U.S. pretext to launch an aggression, and the countries and sides which played the war drumbeats will no more be able to continue their previous policies after this decision. All countries opposing the aggression are victorious and the international circumstances fully support Syria's decision. But providing arms to the illegitimate extremist groups and the reach of chemical weapons to these groups is the biggest threat to peace and security in the region.

K.Q.