are four mutually reinforcing causes of the crisis:
Israel’s ability to use the US government to eliminate foes in the Middle East
that are obstacles to Israel’s expansion. Israel has Syria and Iran targeted,
because the two governments supply the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which has
twice driven Israel out of Israel’s attempted occupation of southern Lebanon,
whose water resources Israel covets.
The neoconservative ideology of US world hegemony, which fits well with
Israel’s Middle East agenda, a fit made even stronger by the strong
neoconservative alliance with Israel.
The US military/security complex’s need for justification for its massive
budget and power.
The inability of the Russian government to understand the first three reasons.
the way the Russian government speaks, the Russians believe that Washington’s
military actions in the Middle East for the past 17 years dating from the US
invasion of Afghanistan, a still unresolved war, have to do with fighting
terrorism. The Russians keep expressing the view that Russia and the US should
join in a common effort to fight terrorism. Apparently, the Russian government
does not understand that terrorism is Washington’s creation. The long wars with
unfavorable outcomes that were the results of Washington’s invasions of
Afghanistan and Iraq led to Washington recruiting and supplying terrorists to
overthrow Libya and Syria. Clearly, Washington is not going to fight against
the weapon it created with which to achieve its agenda.
Russian government’s confusion about Washington’s relationship to terrorism is
the fourth cause of the ongoing Syrian crisis. Washington was caught completely
offguard in 2015 by Russia’s surprise intervention in Syria on the side of the
Syrian government against Washington’s jihadist “rebels.” Russia was in
complete control and could have ended the war in 2016. Instead, apparently
hoping to appease Washington and show a reasonable face to Europe, the Russian
government announced in March 2016 a premature victory and withdrawal. This
mistake was repeated, and each time Russia made this mistake gave Washington
opportunity to introduce its own troops and aircraft, to resupply and train its
jihadist mercenaries, and to organize Israeli, Saudi, French, and British
participation in the military assaults on Syria. Now the problem is that US
troops are mixed in with the jihadist mercenaries, making it difficult for the
Syrian/Russian alliance to clear Syrian territory of foreign invaders without
killing Americans, something the Russians and Syrians have so far avoided
doing. The Russian Foreign Minister, Lavrov, now accuses Washington of trying
to partition Syria, but it was Russian indecisiveness that led to Syria’s
inability of the Russian government to comprehend the
US/Israeli/neoconservative alliance and what this means for the Middle East,
together with the indecisiveness of the Russian government about supplying
Syria with the S-300 air defense system, has enabled the crisis to escalate
with last night’s as of yet unclaimed attack on Syrian military positions with
what appears to have been “bunker buster” bombs, an escalation.
attacks last night killed Iranians, and the next attack might kill Russian
military personnel. At some point the Russian government might tire of its
humiliation, in which case Israeli and US aircraft will begin falling from the
sky and attacks on “rebel” positions will claim US lives.
Russian government’s inability to comprehend that peace is not the
Israeli/American agenda and that neither in the US nor Israel is there any good
will on which Russia can build an agreement to bring peace to Syria and the Middle
East means the crisis will continue to build until war is upon us.