Patrick Cockburn: The attempt to topple President Assad has failed
The year-long effort to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad and his government has failed. Two or three months ago, it seemed to come close to succeeding, as insurgents took over enclaves in cities such as Homs and Deir el-Zour. There was talk of no-fly zones and foreign military intervention.
Severe economic sanctions were slapped on Syria’s already faltering economy. Every day brought news of fresh pressure on Assad and the momentum seemed to build inexorably for a change of rule in Damascus.
It has not happened. Syria will not be like Libya. The latest international action has been an EU ban on Assad’s wife, Asma, and his mother travelling to EU countries (though, as a UK citizen, Asma can still travel to Britain). As damp squibs go, this is of the dampest. The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, claims this increases the pressure on the Syrian government but, on the contrary, it relieves it. Curtailing Asma’s shopping trips to Paris or Rome, supposing she ever intended to go there, shows the extent to which the US, EU and their allies in the Middle East are running out of options when it comes to dealing with Damascus.
Basel Mohaisen and Lizzie Phelan – Despite imperialists failure in Syria, now is not the time for complacency
The imperialists have always pursued their agenda at all costs, including assassination of their enemies and false flag operations in order to create pretexts for all out aggression against entire nations. What has prevented this in this case is clearly the steadfastness of Russia and China, who over Syria have once and for all put their foot down demonstrating that US-European unipolarity is irreversibly on its way out.
March 2012-03-22, Syrian Crisis Updated, by Syrian Center for Documentation
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