The formation of a so-called unified Syrian opposition, in of all places Doha Qatar, which in reality does not include many Syrian groups and factions fighting against Bashar Assad, was hailed by the West and many Sunni Muslim states as a victory and touted as the legitimate voice of the Syrian people. The West continues fueling the bloodshed with arms and is even reported to be training snipers and assassination teams to kill Assad. Meanwhile David Cameron’s calls for military intervention in Syria have hit a brick wall at full speed.
The West continues to attempt to impose its plans on Syria and effect a regime change that has been from the start wanted more by Washington than the Syrian people.
The current attempt to legitimatize the armed Western-backed insurgents came in the form of a conference that was held notably outside of the territory of Syria on Sunday. A telling gathering made up of mainly Western marionettes, such much so that many of the “real” Syrian opposition leaders who are based within Syria, refused to show up and take part in the staged conference.
The setting Qatar is also telling as the country has classically supported Sunni interests and Sunni Islamists and is also the home to American military bases and the US Central Command (CENTCOM) which also has bases in Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Pakistan.
It is important to underline the fact that Syria is largely populated by Sunni Muslims and Bashar al-Assad is Alawite, which some describe a sect of Shia Islam. This explains why Qatar and other countries are so against Assad and willing to play the US front man in attempting to remove Assad and his Alawite led government.
The result of the conference in Doha, Qatar featuring representatives of various associations and groups making up the so-called Syrian opposition, was the signing of an agreement forming a united opposition group to be called the National Coalition (NC).
The US and the UK were quick to announce their support of the new group for obvious reasons: it will allow them to claim supporting a group that the world is supposed to view as legitimate, even though it was formed outside of the country and features largely hand-picked representatives friendly to Washington. If that was not bad enough it gets worse.
On Monday the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprising Saudi Arabia (Sunni), Bahrain (Sunni), the United Arab Emirates (Sunni), Oman (Ibadi), Qatar (Sunni) and Kuwait (Sunni) also decided to recognize the newly formed National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
If things are not complicated already it gets worse, the reasons that these countries are so set on forcing Assad from power are varied and self-serving and will lead to even more bloodshed and instability in the region if Assad is removed forcibly. For the GCC the reasons are obvious, they are supporting their Sunni brothers and ridding the region of Iran’s staunchest ally.
Iran is a Shia country and is unique in the Muslim world due to the fact the population of the Islamic Republic of Iran is approximately 90% Shia. The Shia in Iran are not loved by their Arab Muslims neighbors for another reason, Iranians are not Arabs but Persians and the Arab countries see a powerful and assertive Iran as a threat.
For the West the reasons are different, the West is completely indifferent to the Sunni Shia difference, their goals in the region are imperialistic and as long as they can manipulate rifts in the Muslim world they will be happy to do so. For the US there are two key goals in the region, establishing control, to facilitate the exploitation of the resources, and protecting Israel.
The duplicity is obvious and the concerns by the West are in no way humanitarian. If the government supports the US military encroachment in the region then they are a friend, if not, well they require regime change.
Look at Bahrain, a Sunni controlled country with oppressed Shia. For the West Bahrain is strategically important as it hosts the United States Naval Forces Central Command (COMUSNAVCENT) and the United States Fifth Fleet (COMFIFTHFLT), so human rights issues are ignored and the Arab Spring uprising by the Shia minority gets very little media attention.
Saddam Hussein is another example, he was Sunni and Iraq had an oppressed Shia population, the problem for the US was not that Hussein was oppressing the Shia, the problem was that he was forming an independent policy and not cowing enough to the West’s demands. If he had allowed US bases on Iraqi territory and allowed the US free reign of the country’s resources he would still be with us today.
So in a nut-shell, although some might think the West is supporting the Sunni Muslims, the fact is that the US is manipulating and using the Sunni to advance their own goals and where convenient the Shia. Thi may not be understood by many Muslims who see this as a betrayal from either side of the aisle.
So as the Muslim world is experiencing upheavals along sectarian lines the West is just manipulating the playing field to its advantage. Another example of this was Muammar Gadaffi, who some say was a true Muslim because he was neither Sunni no Shia. The US decided to remove Gaddafi for the same resource reasons, because he was pursuing policies that were too independent and because he reigned over the most just and fair socialist type system in the world. Something that must not be allowed to stand by the West as it does not allow for the exploitation of the country by capitalists interests.
Back to Syria, as Iran’s staunchest ally, regime change is required in Syria because the West sees Syria as a threat in plans to invade and take out Iran. It is also another troublesome independent country and an arch enemy to Israel.
Most experts would agree that after Syria falls, then comes Iran. Some say that in the West’s imperialistic plans of world domination after Iran comes Venezuela then Russia and China.
So what we have, in a rather simplified summary, are Sunni nations, advancing Sunni interests, the West manipulating sectarian divisions to advance imperialistic and resource interests as well as to fulfill the wishes of Israel and lastly, Iran and Syria being targeted by all sides.
Syria being taken apart from within due to the manipulation and stoking of sectarian hatred and divisions and the introduction of foreign mercenaries and terrorists into the country and Iran being isolated from without.
As for the UK seemingly unilaterally, or more exactly Prime Minister David Cameron, saying the UK is ready for military intervention in Syria, well his plans have run into a brick wall. According to the UK’s Sun. A military source said: “When one Brigadier heard the news Cameron wanted an armed solution his response was, ‘you and whose Army?’” According to the Sun Defense Secretary Philip Hammond and Foreign Secretary William Hague are also against military intervention and they say Syria is nothing like Libya because President Bashar al-Assad has formidable armed forces as well as Russian backing.