New Signs of Foreign-Sponsored Destabilization in Syria
The war on Syria by the West shows no signs of ending, with new plans to destabilize the country and overthrow its leadership. This comes after years of brutal sanctions against the Syrian people. A viral exchange between journalist Edward Xu and Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the UN secretary-general, earlier this year shed light on the feigned ignorance of Western officials regarding the presence of illegal US military forces in Syria. Haq claimed to be unaware of any US armed forces inside Syria, despite numerous statements from US officials confirming their presence.
The US has no intention of leaving Syria, as it continues to exploit the country’s natural resources such as oil, gas, and wheat. Former President Donald Trump even admitted to keeping troops in Syria solely for the purpose of controlling its oil. The US government and its proxies have been plundering Syria’s resources for years.
British journalist Vanessa Beeley recently reported on potential new Western efforts to destabilize Syria, particularly in Sweida province. Beeley alleges that Israel is playing a key role in fomenting unrest in the region. She also highlighted the presence of US military personnel and contractors on the ground in northeast Syria, estimating their number to be between 2,000 and 3,000. The US continues to use its illegal base in al-Tanf to train militants and gain control over the Syrian-Jordanian border.
The prospect of a repeat of the 2011 unrest in Syria is concerning, with reports of the US training 16,000 Druze fighters in Sweida to sow chaos and create an independent statelet. This is part of the US-Israeli plan to Balkanize Syria and divide it into warring statelets. Recently, three US congressmen even visited a district in northern Syria controlled by terrorist factions, entering the country illegally to fraternize with these groups.
The Syrian economy is in shambles due to the US-led war on Syria and harsh Western sanctions. While the leaders of the protests in Sweida are calling for political decentralization and autonomy, they fail to address the economic misery caused by the draconian sanctions imposed on the country. Additionally, they do not question the US occupation of Syria’s oil and wheat fields, which further exacerbates the suffering of the Syrian people.
The UN’s call for regime change and political interference in Syria through Resolution 2254 is concerning. This resolution, adopted in 2015, calls for “free and fair elections” under UN supervision. However, before implementing 2254, the West should prioritize Resolution 2253, which calls for stopping terrorism in Syria and prosecuting those who support ISIS, al-Qaida, and associated groups. The US claims to be fighting ISIS in Syria, but there is evidence of the US-led coalition facilitating terrorist advances against Syrian forces.
The US continues to steal Syrian oil, with reports of convoys of tankers loaded with crude oil exiting Syria for US occupation bases in Iraq. The US occupation forces and their mercenaries steal up to 66,000 barrels of oil every day from the eastern region, amounting to around 83% of Syria’s daily oil production. General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, proudly stated that the US will remain in Syria for many years to come, not to fight terrorism but to further destabilize the country and exploit its resources.
The actions of Western powers in Syria reveal their double standards and their hidden agenda to divide and rule the country. While portraying themselves as fighting terrorism, they are actually fueling it. The Syrian people continue to suffer from the consequences of this foreign-sponsored destabilization, with no end in sight.