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Opinion: When the Russian Baath Scolds Damascus

What is truly suspicious is the emergence of American signs pointing to the toppling of the balance of power in a way rendering it unlikely to see President Al-Assad stepping down in the near future
Opinion: When the Russian Baath Scolds Damascus

Zuheir Kseibati


When Moscow distances itself from any moral responsibility for its contribution in the killing of the Syrians with Russian weapons, the only way for it to cover up the pretext of implementing military contracts with the regime in Damascus is by distributing blames left and right, thus saying that the regime was late to draw the message of the protests, and that had it done it on time, "then what’s happening wouldn’t have happened."


It is odd that this soft scolding behind which President Vladimir Putin hid to practically justify Kremlin's position towards the massacres in Syria came after the fall of around 100,000 Syrians who were either slaughtered or killed with bombs and missiles. However, the tragedy is Putin's attempt to fool himself and mislead the Syrians, Arabs and the West by using a magical exit from the most horrific human catastrophe in modern history and reassuring the victims that they can determine the regime's fate!


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Putin is unduly blaming the West for promoting the democratic program which he believes will implicate the Arab region, from Iraq to Libya and Syria among others. For its part, Obama's America is excessively blaming Kremlin for the paralysis inside the Security Council, the prevention of international consensus and the protection of Al-Assad's regime. But what is truly suspicious, and only serves to undermine whatever is left of the Syrian opposition's will, is the emergence of American signs pointing to the toppling of the balance of power in a way rendering it unlikely to see President Al-Assad stepping down in the near future, in parallel to the intelligence hinting to the regime's imminent possible victory in the battle.


In reality, the Iranian involvement to prevent the defeat of the regular forces and Tehran's sharing of the roles with Hezbollah – which is insisting it is fighting the terrorists and Takfiris in Syria – placed Iran at the heart of a comprehensive battle with the majority in the Arab region, not only because the majority of the Arabs are Sunnis, but also because the so-called "exportation of the revolution" was surrounded by suspicions of instigation from Bahrain to Yemen against the authority, in Iraq and Lebanon to strengthen the acquisitions of the allies, and in Syria to prevent the dismantling of the "rejectionism and resistance axis."


And far away from extremism or exaggeration in accusing Iran's foreign policy of exploiting the slogan related to the defense of Palestine, Syria, and the resistance, to expand political Shiitization and tighten Tehran's grip over Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, the patience shown by President Barack Obama's administration to arm the Syrian opposition brings back to mind what Washington did towards Iran's control over the Iraqi decision-making process, and before the eyes of the American army.


What has been dubious for many months is the instigation of the militarization of the Syrian revolution, and then letting it face its fate in a sea of destruction and blood. In the meantime, Kremlin is abstaining from undertaking any step which might convince the Syrian regime to stop the killing machine, while Tehran and the others do not mind the mounting sectarianism whenever a battle erupts to defend the holy sites in Syria. The catastrophe resides in the following question: At what price will the Iranian mouth eat the heart of pan-Arabism? Which Syria will replicate Iraq while drenched in blood and destruction, along the course of international interests?


For a long time, Tehran exploited the Arab causes out of "Islamic solidarity." Today, and in the midst of the Syrian volcano, Iran is trying one last time to use the cards that would allow it to reap the fruits of solidarity, while positioned on one of the two banks of the Gulf, expanding its presence towards Israel, and preventing the extinguishing of the volcano at the expense of its presence along the Mediterranean Sea.


Tehran is playing all the cards, even if the battle requires the provocation of sectarianism and sensitivities, and the terrorization of the minorities under the pretext of protecting them. And by showing hostility towards the Arab Gulf, it has definitely succeeded in preparing the region's maps for the comprehensive confrontation.


America is showing patience towards the Syrian tragedy since everyone is involved in the killing. France is afraid to undermine the opposition, and Iran is carrying out its attack while reassured that the world is standing by and distributing pieces of advice and statements of compassion. Israel has finally found a guarantee for its security for tens of years to come, as the loud slaughtering of Muslims constitutes an alternative for the silent border without any cannons.




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