Niloufer Bhagwat is a lawyer and wife of former Indian Navy Chief Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat. She is also Vice President of the Indian Lawyers Association -- Mumbai, Tokyo and an International Tribunal Judge.

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Damascus: Conference Against War in Solidarity with Syrian People

United to stop the growing war against Syria — Image Credit : Rebel Youth, Peoples Voice, in Solidarity with Syria.

Conference at Damascus 28th and 29th April against war, for peace,development and reform, in solidarity with the Syrian people with people of all countries across continents facing threat of war for seizrure of resources of all citizens.


by Niloufer Bhagwat


The organizers for the Peace Conference in Syria convened by the “National Current for the National Salvation of Syria” which was earlier postponed is now being held on April 28th and 29th; which comes at a significant moment in contemporary history and in solidarity with the people of Syria against the overt and covert attacks on the Syrian people.

All political parties within Syria whether in government or in opposition inside and outside Syrian parliament who stand in solidarity with the people of Syria support this initiative. Syria was singled out at as a part of the” Axis of Evil” as early as in 2001, after which several countries have been overrun.

This conference is important as not only have the people of Syria been brutally attacked by mercenary criminalized forces , several countries have been overrun and other regions of the world are facing a similar imminent military threat of invasion and occupation from privatized and official armies.

This is the threat of ‘continuous wars in our lifetime’ which was held out by the Project of the New American Century and related documents, including the announced strategic objectives of NATO, and of those governments in various regions overtly or covertly allied with this military pact.

These objectives have never been concealed and have been openly expressed with aims and objectives carried out in the most brutal manner as we have seen in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, the Horn of Africa and in Mali among other regions.

This policy includes the expansion of colonial settlements on Palestinian territory through military force by the Zionist government of Israel, which has never given up its objective of ‘Greater Israel’ which is a continuation of the colonization of Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian territory among other Arab lands, in alliance with its collaborators including which include some of the governments of the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia , Qatar and Turkey among others.

The policy for war is visible now for a over a decade, seen in the number of countries which have been overrun, in particular countries with strategic minerals and hydrocarbons or those strategically situated as bridge heads between regions or seen as resisting the policy of invasion and occupation.

The smaller countries are the primary targets, however even the major powers in the Security Council namely Russia and China are as per policy announcements also seen potential adversaries, apart from the declared policy to prevent the emergence of the economies of those countries seen as emerging economies , which was also one of the aims and objectives of the belligerent powers of the Second World War to destroy rival economies and to destroy any alternative political system, even as the dominant financial system had faced a GREAT WORLD DEPRESSION with several economies in dire distress.

The nature of the strategy adopted , of denial of resources to other economic centers is implied from the nature of sanctions imposed and the prohibition of trade by third parties with those countries targets, illegal in International Law, as sanctions constitute a declaration of war not only on the countries directly targeted, but against those who are prevented from trading with those countries, as it severely harms their economies. The objective is clear ,the denial of strategic resources including hydrocarbons to other countries and regions, even through oil and gas pipelines.

It is ironical that on one hand nations claim to impose “free trade” on the world through military occupation and in the past even “opium wars” and on the other hand impose sanctions to prevent free international trade between nations.

The global anti-war movement must be revived as a mass political movement.

This movement has two aspects, one is the opposition to war to destroy other societies which is the objective of financial oligarchies, the second and equally important and linked to the first is to oppose the diversion of limited financial resources of every country for war and militarization when these resources are required for development, apart from the fact that war is a diversion from the political and economic issues before these societies and the use of military force to subjugate societies for economic and political purpose is illegal according to the Nuremberg Principles reiterated by Justice Robert Jackson a former US justice at the Nuremberg trials.

Social security, health care and pensions are all being gradually abolished in North America and Europe, whereas the war budget remain in place, with token cuts. The soldiers of NATO and the mercenary forces being hired by its overt and covert allies are being used as GLADIATORS as in the Roman amphitheater, to kill and be killed with no future whatsoever for the veterans or mercenary fighters of these wars.

This is not an issue of regime change which global corporate propaganda advances as the cause of the conflict, which n any case only the people of Syria and within Syria have a right to decide , not armed gangs. This is a war declared on Syria using special forces and hired fighters and mercenaries using the most barbaric methods, witnessed earlier in other war theaters like Iraq, Afghanistan and Lbya among others,leaked through videos and documents by the US soldier Bradley Manning as he had no other means of stopping this brutal destruction.

No one has yet answered our question as to how can reform of a political process be brought about with mass and barbaric attack on the civilian population of which there is overwhelming evidence despite which the reform process began in Syria in 2011, and another election is shortly scheduled for 2014.

This is a war on the world as a whole, with different military theaters, with unlimited regions and countries targeted , though camouflaged as a war for democracy and regime change. From country to country which has been overrun, we have seen the nature and kind of democracy which has been brought about, including in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Mali etc.

We have seen what is left of the democracy of those countries with claims to be the home of democracies, some with the largest prison incarcerations in the world singling out some races for special attention, apart from the rampant Islamophobia in these societies only with a view to justify the seizure of resources of countries with hydrocarbons because they are coincidentally peopled by adherents of the Islamic faith among others.

It is vital for us to be present in Damascus to oppose this creeping global war on the world, and to express our solidarity with the people of Syria as a whole, including every minority community, brutally targeted by the criminalized barbarians referred to as the Free Syrian Army who are devastating the whole of Syrian society. You will be shocked to learn that there was even a strategy to convert the Syrian Christians into refugees to herd them into Europe and to similarly get all the minorities to disperse.

The evidence of one country after another being swallowed up and overrun in over a decade is unmistakable and cannot be ignored in the assessment of the situation in Syria.

The time to stand up is when our neighbor’s house is on fire, when our own home is set on fire too it may be too late. There is not a single continent which is not targeted by the forces declaring war, who have equally turned on the people of their own country and are preparing for drone warfare and concentration camps even within their countries, apart from other measures .

Even the major powers such as Russia and China are targeted as per declared policy, of course everyone in their own turn in case any government or people imagine that they are free from attack by these forces by military or financial means.

The enemies of humanity are aware that these countries cannot be held militarily because of the fierce resistance, therefore the objective is to destroy infrastructure and create anarchic conditions of hunger and violence , to reduce human society to its most base , in their own image. It is necessary for the people of North America , Europe and of every country which is a part of the alliance for the destruction of other societies to realize that they are equally not safe or secure from these forces , as their life’s savings and resources are being seized.

Damascus historically evokes a dialogue of civilizations, it is in this region where people of diverse faith and culture Muslims of all denominations. Druze, Alawites, Kurds, including the earliest Christian community among others, have resided from time immemorial in peace and harmony. It is from here that the message needs to be sent to all people and governments, unite before it is too late and impose an international boycott of individuals and governments resorting to war and destruction.

All those individuals and organizations who believe that every society has the right to determine its own political destiny without interference, and the right to trade and interaction with other societies, without facing sanctions and military intervention need to be at Damascus as even the Security Council of the United Nations has been unable to prevent countries from being overrun and has a track record of threatening with sanctions not those who are armed to the teeth, but small countries defending their sovereign right to self defense.

The Security Council has overlooked that countries are being destroyed militarily and financially, through sanctions and currency wars and that citizens across continents are affected by this world disorder.

Niloufer Bhagwat, a lawyer and wife of former Indian Navy Chief Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat. Vice President Indian Lawyers Association — Mumbai, and Tokyo International Tribunal Judge.

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