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Why Support for Syria’s Nonviolent Fighters is Key to Ending the War


Why Support for Syria’s Nonviolent Fighters is Key to Ending the War

Maria J. Stephan

Debates over the morality, legality and strategic efficacy of U.S. missile strikes in Syria will dominate the news for the foreseeable future. It is understandable why so many people, notably many Syrians, would want to see a regime that has repeatedly targeted its population with sarin and chlorine gas, barrel bombs and starvation tactics be punished for its actions. The Syrians I know feel alone and abandoned by the world.


An informative, but sad article. I see no end in sight for the war.


The author is a fellow at the Institute of Peace, a misleading name for an organization routinely involved in the regime change efforts of the State Department and the CIA.
Mostly all media ignores the U.S. role in instigating the Syrian civil war...
In 2012 the Washington Post and other media reported on a leaked diplomatic cable revealing that since 2006 the U.S. has been working to destabilize Syria, wanting regime change.l
google: "U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition" reuters or washington post
Also, there was a Time article "Syria in Bush's Crosshairs" 12/19/2006
Also a very good article in the New Yorker "The Redirection" 3/5/07
At the beginning of the Syrian uprising, the U.S./ CIA working with Saudi Arabia
probably infiltrated extremists into local dissident groups to foment violence,
who were then encouraged to militarize by U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Robert
Ford, who, like all Washington neocon types, expected the U.S. to do to Syria,
what it had done to Libya.
Because of Libya overreach, Russia and China vetoed the necessary UN Security Council resolution so there was no basis under international law to bomb Assad. The U.S. has disregarded international law and armed those rebelling against the internationally recognized government of Syria.
To make such regime change respectable, Assad had to be demonized, despite his having the support of a majority of Syrians.

a very thoughtful site is called moon of alabama
with two very worthwhile, in depth writings on Syria
• A Short History Of The War On Syria - 2006-2014
• Syria: The Feckless Left

The route of a natural gas pipeline is an issue because Assad will not allow the U.S.'s preferred pipeline route. The U.S. wants the route that would carry Qatar natural gas through Syria, to Europe, cutting Russia out of Europe's natural gas market.
.huffingtonpost article "War in Syria: The Geopolitics of the Conflict
.politico article "Why the Arabs Don’t Want Us in Syria" 2/22/16

about those illustrious White Helmets, the State Department's regime change tool
on alternet:
"How the White Helmets Became International Heroes While Pushing U.S.
Military Intervention and Regime Change in Syria
Created by Western governments and popularized by a top PR firm, the White Helmets are saving civilians while lobbying for airstrikes"

"Inside the Shadowy PR Firm That’s Lobbying for Regime Change in Syria
Posing as a non-political solidarity organization, the Syria Campaign
leverages local partners and media contacts to push the U.S. into
toppling another Middle Eastern government"

"Boy In The Ambulance" Is Fake - This Proves It'
from moonofalabama
That the White Helmets received the Right Livelihood
award... means the Military Industrial Complex, State Department, CIA, the regime changers HAVE WON.

did my best without being allowed to do links, to share info that goes against the onslaught of regime change propaganda promoted by U.S. government institutions promoted shamelessly by many so called progressives like Amy Goodman and most Democrats...

One more fact, in an article in the Atlantic, Obama said that his Director of Intelligence James Clapper told him that the intelligence regarding the August 2013 Syrian chemical attack was not a "slam dunk"
Anyone remember hearing "slam dunk" referring to the intelligence that took the U.S. to war in Iraq...
Also Seymuor Hersh wrote a good article "The Red Line and the Rat Line" London Review of Books

because the Syrian conflict arose during the Presidency of a well liked Democratic President, many refused to question...


OK, pretty comprehensive summary and assessment. And I like the suggestions for local nonviolent groups to do their thing; some say that is how will end the tyranny in the USA as well. But ... (a) who is vouching for the white helmets being nonviolent? some difference of opinion on that, from what i've read. (b) the description of the beginning of the civil war in Syria omits the US role, if any. For certain we had funded anti-Assad propaganda for a while, and many say we had already armed rebels.


The faked kid in the ambulance? Assad also stated maybe "no children died in gas attack". Lilyz went straight from interesting sources to Infowars territory. The White Helmets are evil. Doctors Without Borders and Amnesty international lie.


The way the left supports the vile Assad and smears saints like the white helmets and laughs at murdered children is the prime reason why I, while still a socialist and a Marxist no longer consider myself a "leftist" - in fact I utterly despise the lunatic, tin-foil hat, US left. They can all go to hell.

Up next....US leftists for LePen!


"Saints like the white helmets" is a particularly witty line. This organisation funded by the British Foreign Office and the US government has no credibility. Nor does the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.
The article launches itself right into propaganda by blaming, not the Al Qaeda and ISIS militias for the war but the Assad government which is culpable, it seems, of defending its borders and its citizens from terrorists.
Articles like this give Peace a bad name.
Syria is under attack by the United States and its allies. The militias fighting the Syrian government are funded and armed by the US government and its satellites, they act as proxies for the US and Israel in a strategy aimed at reducing the middle east to states incapable of defending themselves ruled by tyrants prepared to follow US orders. The aim is bring to Syria the benefits that have already been visited upon the populations of Iraq, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
It takes considerable gall to blame the Syrian government for refusing to fall into a plan not much removed from genocide.
No doubt the author was an enthusiast for the wars in Libya and Iraq- in the name of Peace, of course.


Yes. and 911 was an inside job too....

And watch out for those chemtrails....

Assad is killing his own people. They hate him. And Assad is a US-supported tyrant - Just ask Canadian Mahr Arrar and the thousands of others that the US extraordinarily-rendered to Assad's torture chambers.

Curious - do you know any Syrians or Syrian refugees?


I think your parody of the US-left went right over "northcascadian's" head....


I see that you are in need of another scolding.


Do not be misinformed by this article. One of the groups this writer cites as peaceful and humanitarian is the White Helmets organization, a jihadist affiliated group that primarily receives funding from the governments of Britain and the US and is headed by a British mercenary. All other groups cited in this article as benevolent should be looked at closely for their funding and associations.
The author blithely calls for boots on the ground using examples like Colombia and Mozambique as examples of "humanitarian intervention," but of course ignores the failed state of Libya.
The author refers to sarin gas attacks by the government. However the sarin attack in Ghouta in 2013 was determined to most likely have been the work of one of the jihadi groups that the US Government backs. The gas attack in Idlib provence on April 4th has been very carefully analyzed by MIT expert Theodore Postol using the scientific method. Unlike the Trump administration he did not rely heavily on "open source" information ie stuff taken off the internet. Many discrepancies have come to light since the initial reporting. For instance, there is no way that some of the victims who were filmed died in Khan Sheikoun, since there are no rock walls there, yet victims were filmed with rock walls in the background.

The author is a senior fellow at the Atlantic council. Here's a link to their funders:

If you care about peace, if you care about our planet, if you believe in democracy, this list will make you gag.
What is the point of CD carrying this obvious propaganda? Is it to mix things up? This is not the first article CD has run that has been propaganda. Seems like it is more likely to happen on the weekend. Does a weekend employee decide whats published and maybe that employee should be fired. Is this OK with CD?


Excellent source materiel. Thanks for posting them.