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Next Stop: Syria

The regime change machine grinds on


by Justin Raimondo


Credit: Number 10 Downing Street has tweeted this photograph of the Prime Minister speaking to US President Barack Obama. Mr Cameron congratulated him on his recent election victory and spoke about the “outstanding relationship” the UK and US share.

A new study says the British have invaded nine out of ten countries on earth: during the course of their long history of conquest, only 22 nations escaped Britannia’s imperial wrath. And it looks like they’re at it again, with British Prime Minister David Cameron declaring it’s time to arm the Syrian rebels, outfit the Turks with Patriot missiles, and overthrow the Syrian government.

Now that the election is over, and The One is safely ensconced in the Oval Office, the regime change project begun in Libya is getting the green light in Syria. Cameron wants a no-fly zone established: he also proposes giving Bashar al-Assad “safe passage,” so he can “self-deport,” as Mitt Romney would say. Repeating the usual propaganda – He’s killing his own people! – Cameron declared:

“It is truly horrendous to hear those stories and just redoubles my determination that now, with a newly elected American president, we have got to do more to help this part of the world, to help Syria achieve transition.”

Of course, the Syrian rebels are also killing their own people: check out this execution video, the War Party’s porn. Nice, eh? The refugee camp Cameron visited will no doubt be used to recruit more of these model citizens to do the West’s dirty work in Syria.

Another war in the Middle East – is this what American voters wanted when they voted to reelect The One? Well, no, but they have no say in the matter, as Andrew Harper, the UN representative, made clear in his remarks:

“We need the money to come in. If the international community says there is no money because of the financial crisis – I would say don’t talk like that. People are spending billions of dollars on issues which are not that important. I think in the US they spent $8bn on Halloween.”

How dare those Americans spend anything on themselves, i.e. “issues which are not that important.” Halloween? Thanksgiving? Christmas? Your birthday? Why, you selfish cretin – don’t you know that funding the Islamist terrorists who are destroying Syria is far more “important” than any use you could find for your own money? Shut up and hand it over!

The Brits, you’ll recall, were the main agitators for the “liberation” of Libya, but this time they’re far from alone, with NATO member Turkey revving up the engines of the regime change machine right across the border. Obsessed since its founding amid the ruins of the Ottoman empire with creating a “Greater Turkey,” Ankara is motivated by a radical pan-Turkism that envisions a unitary state encompassing all the Turkic-speaking peoples of the region – as far as China’s western border, and including most of Syria. The military junta that really runs modern day Turkey is eager to put down the Syrian Kurdish minority that, in Turkey, chafes under its brutal rule – where even the Kurdish language is forbidden, and all Kurdish organizations are banned.

Not to be outdone, the Saudis and Qataris are funding the Islamists, with help from the United States, but there is some dispute over which groups should be getting the arms. After months of agitating for Assad’s removal, the US State Department has lately become concerned that the weapons are falling into the “wrong” hands, and Hillary worries aloud that the “revolution” is being “hijacked.” Now it seems US policymakers are shocked – shocked! – that the Syrian National Council, the exile group that pretends to run the insurrection, has no female members. I must admit to being equally shocked al-Qaeda hasn’t “empowered” women in its top ranks, either: what’s wrong with these people?

You really can’t make this stuff up: reality is outpacing satirists so quickly that parody will soon go the way of the choral lyric.

There is little doubt al Qaeda and its regional cheerleaders are deeply involved in the Syrian rebellion: indeed, their fighters are in the front lines, detonating car bombs, looting and burning Christian churches, and cutting a swathe of destruction across large parts of the country. Foreign fighters are coming across the border from Iraq, and points as far away as Libya and Afghanistan, flocking to fight a holy war against the Alawite and Shi’ite “heretics.”

It is the policy of the West to fuel this religious civil war for a number of reasons, first and foremost the old imperialist principle of “divide and conquer.” The Brits, with their long experience of shouldering the White Man’s Burden, are skilled practitioners of the art of subjugation, but the Americans are fast learners – they just need a bit of pressure now and then.

As long as the Arabs are fighting among themselves, opportunists like the Turks, the Saudis, and the Gulf states can alight on the corpse and feed to their hearts content. In the meantime, the Israelis can sit tight and wait for the propitious moment to go after Hezbollah, annex the West Bank, and fulfill the old Zionist dream of a Greater Israel. With the last of Iran’s local alliles out of the way, the stage is set for the Big One: Iran.

Having facilitated the dominance of the Islamist militias, Washington pretends to be horrified by its own handiwork. To prevent this “hijacking” we’ll soon see a NATO-Arab League-sponsored expeditionary force, dubbed “peacekeepers,” consisting mostly of Turkish janissaries and British and American spooks, ready to move in after their Islamist allies make short work of the Ba’athists. This will be done in the name of “protecting minorities,” i.e. Alawites and Christians, who will eventually be driven out just like the Copts and others are being driven out of Egypt.

We are in for yet another “humanitarian” intervention, with all the pious liberals who worship at the altar of Obama given a fresh opportunity to flex their “national security” muscles. And because these dreary “humanitarians” are so unimaginative, they’ll conjure, a la Libya, another Benghazi Moment – a “humanitarian disaster” so horrific that failure to intervene will amount to a Moral Crime. At which point the State Department matriarchs will get on their broomsticks and swing into action once again, accompanied by numerous “progressive” party-lining pundits.

That the Obama cult’s electoral triumph is scheduled to coincide with the revving up of the regime-change machine is hardly surprising: what’s a little bit shocking is that they hardly wasted any time doing it. Barely twenty-four hours had passed before Cameron issued his Syrian interdict, and the foreign policy wonk circuit was alight with signals the warlords of Washington and London are on the move.

I know of two Republican senatorial candidates who got their heads handed to them trivializing the subject of rape: however, when it comes to the rape of an entire country, America’s liberals are mum.

The Obama administration claims it has a “mandate” to nationalize the healthcare industry, to bail out its corporate cronies, and to raise taxes on “the rich” – i.e. anyone who owns a small business. These are all things liberals love, but will they acknowledge that this supposed “mandate” extends to the foreign policy realm, where it conflicts with the “progressive” agenda as it used to be configured? Or will they reconfigure American liberalism to make way for Obama’s “progressive” wars, in the Middle East and elsewhere?

The War Party is a protean creature, one that takes on any form as long as it suits their purpose: right-wing nationalist, left-wing do-gooder, neocon “liberationist” or self-righteous liberal with a “responsibility to protect,” there are guises to suit practically any political situation. In the Bush era, we were subjected to the oily prognostications of Richard Perle (they’ll shower us with rose petals!) and Paul Wolfowitz (Iraqi oil will pay for the war!) Today we are treated to the pronouncements of the three Valkyries of Hillary’s State Department: Samantha Power and Gayle Smith, directors of the National Security Council, and Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the UN. (And Hillary makes four.) It was these “humanitarian” harpies who badgered Obama into going along with the Libyan gambit, and no doubt they are even now bending his ear – not that he needs much prompting.

Domestically, the President isn’t going to be able to accomplish all that much, what with a Republican House and the filibustering Senate GOP’ers. The looming “fiscal cliff,” and the restrictions imposed by partisan gridlock, will prevent him from taking any very effective action in this realm. The foreign policy arena is where he can make his mark, unobstructed by either Congress or common sense. Having largely ceded this policy domain to Hillary, he has every reason to sit back and watch her embark on a campaign to carve our her place in history – and set the stage for her destined role as the instrument of the Clintonian Restoration, and the country’s first female Commander-in-chief. The unity of the Democratic party demands it.

According to my theory of inter-state relations, foreign policy is determined by domestic political considerations rather than objective state interests. This explains American fealty to Israel, for example, in spite of the price we pay in inciting anti-Americanism and terrorism worldwide. It also explains why overt US intervention in Syria, in some form, is a virtual certainty, and sooner rather than later.

Syrians look at neighboring Iraq and see the future they fear: their fate is sealed, particularly if they’re Christians or Alawites. Yet why should Western liberals get all excited over the destruction of those reactionary Christians, who are such a nuisance in the US? As for the Alawites, who make up 12 percent of Syria’s population, for some reason I just can’t see liberal pundits rising in defense of an obscure ninth century Muslim sect that celebrates Christmas, Easter, and Palm Sunday: these are not Bosnian Muslims, after all.

Hillary’s campaign to get ahead of the Arab Spring and install US-friendly regimes throughout the region is one of those “far-sighted” grand strategies fated to go wrong in a big way. This is precisely the sort of centrally planned social engineering project so beloved by “progressives” on the home front: in the domestic realm it leads to Solyndra – practiced on the international level, it ends in war.

This is Hayek’s “fatal conceit” applied to foreign affairs: we cannot possibly know enough about the cultures and countries whose fate we presume to direct. The batteries of “experts” and self-appointed world-savers straining at the bit to get their hands on Syria can’t even understand who it is they’re “liberating,” let alone predict the outcome of their necessarily ham-handed interventions. It can only end badly – and it will.

If actual American interests motivated US policymakers, we wouldn’t now be allying with al Qaeda and its Saudi and Gulf state sponsors to destroy the last secular regime in the Middle East. Nor would be cozying up to Israel, and guaranteeing its regional monopoly on nuclear weapons – an inherently unstable and deadly dangerous state of affairs.

Instead, the fate of the world’s peoples is in the hands of ambitious politicians and their partisans, subject to the winds of ideological fashion and the whims of an arrogant and avaricious political class. Armed with the mightiest military machine ever known, these paladins of global virtue rampage over the earth at their leisure, murdering and looting in the name of “democracy” and their “responsibility to protect.”

Conservative commentators whining about Obama’s victory have come up with the theory – not a new one, by any means – that the American people are so corrupted by the welfare state that their votes can be bought with a handful of foot stamps and free contraceptives. I would attribute Romney’s well-earned defeat to other factors, but it strikes me that this analysis is missing something: it isn’t only bread that keeps the masses fat, happy, and ready to vote for their benefactors, but also circuses – which, in the modern parlance, means wars.

Each war we fight is a little morality play, in which Uncle Sam is the avenging angel and the target country is the seat of evil in the world: from Saddam Hussein to Bashar al-Assad, they are all eminently qualified as hate objects – and no match for the US. Like ancient Romans turning “thumbs down” on their victims in the arena, our chattering classes are entertained by these wars of “liberation.” They can tweet to each other the evidence of their invincible virtue, while they imagine themselves the lords and ladies of creation.

Has a more decadent and brazenly hypocritical political class ever existed anywhere on earth? Such hubris is bound to be punished by the gods, and as far as I’m concerned it couldn’t come too soon.

Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (Prometheus Books, 2000), Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (ISI, 2008), and Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against U.S. Intervention in the Balkans (1996). He is a contributing editor for The American Conservative, a senior fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute, and an adjunct scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He writes frequently for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.

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  1. rexw  November 12, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Nothing much in this detailed article to give any poor reader any level of confidence in the future.

    As an anti-war writer, one can understand Justin’s pre-occuption with what is about to happen. He certainly sees it as highly probable that a well engineered war is on the way soon. Syria, Lebanon, Iran.
    I think it is only fair that we let Netanyahu decide. It is his ball game, after all. I do not think that we even have to worry about a false flag incident, so open are the conspirators in their wild enthusiasm for some form of money making venture for their military / industrial complex buddies. They love them. Cheney taught us how it is done.

    One wonders why it is that the UK has now had two leaders of recent times both enamoured with war and power, both as bad as any US President, and that’s quite a statement. Blair the feckless Bush buddy and Cameron, the Israeli stooge.

    Blair, back in the days of that mass murderer Bush with Cheney playing the part of Michiavelli and a collection of distasteful neocons under every rock. Actually, they survived that war in Iraq, didn’t go over there to view the flower petals being thrown at the feet of the US military. In fact, none of them attended any activity that had any risk of danger. Why they weren’t even on the USS Abraham Lincoln for the ‘Mission Accomplished’ infamy. Now that was a performance.

    They really do live up to and support the Israeli philosophy of having American soldiers die for Israel rather than ever see the untimely death pf any Jew from Israel. They can kill women and children with the UN approval and the US veto.. Well, 100% record of no Israeli deaths to date. Why, to the best of my knowledge, but I will accept correction if I am wrong, there were few of the workers of Jewish extraction who died during 9/11. Now that is a coincidence as it was not a Jewish holiday, but as it turned out, it was a Jewish good luck day.
    Same thing really.

    Now in the UK we see Cameron, probably one of the sycophantic Zionists stooges in history. He almost broke down and cried a couple of weeks ago, so emotional was he among all his Zionists friends at some fund-raising event, the standard social activity for Jews, everywhere, for their own causes of course. Let’s not confuse Jews with any philanthropic gestures that do not benefit Israel, please. But money is always needed to maintain the shrines scattered throughout the world to the Holocaust sideshow, now 67 years old and losing its lustre, somewhat but always worth an event or two. Why in Australia, we just gave $500,000 to Auschwitz maintenance fund for, well, who really cares. Just the Downunder Zionists showing that they can make our anti-misoginyst Prime Minister jump through the hoops as she continues to appoint Zionists to important positions in this little country. What a show. Another stooge, a Welsh born Australian Zionist fellow traveller.
    Makes you proud.

    So reading Justin again, seeing the quality of advisers to Obama, Cameron, the feckless combination of Gillard and Carr in Australia, France trailing along to keep up their spirits on the sitting duck hunt and of course, always hoping to make a dollar or two, somehow, while on the sidelines, all the “friendly” Arab states, supplying aid and God’s will to whatever side takes their fancy.
    It can be likened to the Mad Hatters Tea Party with everyone hallucinating on mushrooms.

    We have no idea what will happen in Syria. When the US gets there of course, they will ransack the places and remove all the antiquities for the Ghetty museum, that’s mandatory, for which they have had plenty of experience in Iraq. They will watch on to see the annihilation of the minority religious sects in a once secular and tolerant country, as is happening in Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood. Then it’s off again to teach the Syrians about democracy, US-style and we all hav just had a bellyful of how that worked in the US Presidential circus. The result…’much ado about nothing’ or ‘more of the same’ or ‘here we go again’.

    So there you are. It’s all ahead of them. So many good things to learn from the cultured West, off on another rampage and if you can’t get there to watch all this happening, you can read about it in one of the remaining 10% of the media not in the hands of the Zionists.
    Reading in the remaining 90% is akin to reading a comic or a story by Hans Christian Andersen.

    Can’t wait for episode one

    A final comment just in, about the brouhaha caused by Israel when someone accidentally sent a shell into Israel, yesterday. They sent one back.

    But,…….. here’s the rub……..they complained to the United Nations that someone had attacked Israel, after their state. has daily attacked the owners of the land they stole and continue to steal, 67 years ago..

    Has there ever been any act of hyprocisy quite like that in the history of the world.?

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