The Assad regime in
is facing increased scrutiny for its handling of demonstrators. The Syrian opposition has asked for arms and NATO intervention similar to what was witnessed in Syria . Washington Hawks such as former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator John McCain have called for military intervention in Libya to “protect civilians.” The call for the use of military force to “protect”. Syria
Given the demonstrated lack of regard for human life and the aversion to justice (
Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.), what lies behind the imperative to intervene in ? Syria
The protest movements in
started in Daraa -- dubbed the epicenter of the anti-Assad protests. Daraa, traditionally supportive of Syria's ruling Baath Party, suffered from reduced water supply triggering massive protests against the local administration and the regime for failing to deal with the acute water scarcity in the region. Water. Syria
Therein lies the crucial motivation behind the support, agitation, and arming of Syrians against their government by those who endorse ‘humanitarian wars’. It would be naïve to believe that the ‘humanitarian’ interest in Syria comes on the heels of the uprisings in the region given that water has been and continues to be a critical determinant of state security and foreign policy between Israel and Syria (as well as Lebanon) dating back decades.
It was the 1967 war which resulted in the exponential expansion of Israeli water sources including the control of the
Golan Heights (also referred to as the Syrian Golan). For decades, Syrian Golan and the return of its control to has posed a major obstacle to the Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations. Syria ’s water demands make it virtually impossible to accommodate this process. In fact, even with full control of the Golan, Israel Israel’s water crisis in 2000 were so acute that it prompted Israel to turn to for water purchase. Turkey
Syria’s presence in Lebanon since the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war in 1975 played a crucial role in hindering ’s never-ending water demands. Although the 1955 Johnston Plan (under the auspices of the Eisenhower administration) proposed diverting water from Israel Lebanon’s Litani River into , it was not officially formulated, though it remained an attractive prospect. In 1982, Israeli forces established the frontline of their security zone in Lake Kinneret along the Litani. Numerous reports alleged that Lebanon was diverting large quantities of Litani water. Israel
Perhaps this helps explain the fact that on September 13, 2001, while the
United States was recovering from the shock of 9/11, the influential and powerful JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs) had a statement available as to how the U.S. should proceed. As part of its recommendations, it pointed the finger at not only at Afghanistan and Iraq, but also presented Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Sudan, the Palestinian Authority, Libya, Algeria (and eventually Saudi Arabia and ) as danger spots. Shortly thereafter, in May 2002, the “Axis of Evil” was expanded to include Egypt . Syria
The next logical step was for the
United States to pass and implement the Syrian Accountability Act and the Lebanon Sovereignty Restoration Act which in addition to sanctions, called for the withdrawal of Syrian troops from . The troops remained until April 2005. They were forced to leave a few short months after the assassination of Prime Minsiter, Rafik Hariri when Lebanon was accused of involvement in the murder. Clearly, Syria was not the beneficiary of the assassination. Syria
Without a Syrian presence,
Lebanon was made more vulnerable, facilitating the 2006 Israeli attack and invasion of water-rich Southern Lebanon.
Israel lost the public opinion war in Lebanon and Syria remained intact amidst the accusations and chaos, it became necessary to once again put in the spotlight. In 2007, Syria stood accused of having a nuclear bomb program. As a member of the NPT, rather than reporting such suspicions (unfounded) to the IAEA, Syria Israel, with a green light from the , bombed a factory which it alleged was involved in nuclear weapons activities. United States
Israel’s attack on Syria on 6 September 2007, remained secret until it was revealed by the former prime minister (1996-1999) and the then opposition leader, Binyamin Netanyahu -- the current Prime Minister of Israel.
Netanyahu took office in March 2009. In April 2009, a
U.S. funded London-based satellite channel, Barada TV, started broadcasting anti-regime propaganda into . Barada TV’s chief editor, Malik al-Abdeh, is a cofounder of the Syrian exile group Movement for Justice and Development headed by Anas al-Abdah. It is crucial to note that the pro-Israel Dennis Ross, a former fellow at the AIPAC created Washington Institute for Near East Affairs, who is currently a senior advisor to Barack Obama, was present in a 2008 meeting with Anas al-Abdah (see here). Although the meeting took place in early 2008, the theme of the meeting was: “ Syria in-transition”. Syria
Prophecy or planning, doubtless, there are many Syrians who do have grievances against their government and demand more rights. In this sense, their cause is no different than the many protests we witness on a daily basis around the world – including the
. What is tragic about the Syrian situation, is that the imperative for intervention in United States is not based on a genuine desire to help the people. The peoples’ grievances is being used as a means to arm them, have them killed, and create the need for an intervention in order to promote Israeli interests. Syria
Syria imperative is ’s gain paid for with the blood of the Syrian people. Israel