There seems no holding Mr. Putin to account in Syria. For months he has pretended to negotiate on a political solution to a five-year-old civil war between his client, President Bashar al-Assad, and rebels backed by the United States and some Arab nations. But despite pleas from Secretary of State John Kerry, who has spent an enormous amount of time and effort negotiating two separate (and short-lived) cease-fires, Russian and Syrian forces, backed by Iranian ground troops, have continued the slaughter.
And now the The New York Times has acquired a taped conversation between the US Secretary of State John Kerry and two dozen Syrian civilians from education, rescue, and medical groups working in terrorist controlled areas…which fundamentally disproves all of the claims the NYT editorial board made about the war in Syria, just one day before.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the recent United Nations General Assembly, and the leaked recording exposes how angry John Kerry is about failing to overthrow President Bashar Assad with military force.
While the actual recording is still not floating around online, so we can all listen to John Kerry throw a fit for not being able to bomb another secular Middle East nation, we do have a variety of confirmed quotes, like the one below, which reveals Kerry to be a hawk of the highest order, looking for any excuse to attack Assad…
“I’ve argued for use of force. I stood up. I’m the guy who stood up and announced we’re going to attack Assad because of the weapons, and then you know things evolved into a different process.”
Kerry expressed his displeasure that a diplomatic solution was being used to solve the Syrian conflict…“you have nobody more frustrated than we are (the US)” that the Syrian issue is now being solved diplomatically.
Kerry then throws the Saudis and Turks under the bus, exposing them as the nation states that bank rolled the entire conflict…
“The problem is that, you know, you get, quote, ‘enforcers’ in there and then everybody ups the ante, right? Russia puts in more, Iran puts in more; Hezbollah is there more and Nusra is more; and Saudi Arabia and Turkey put all their surrogate money in, and you all are destroyed.”
Dr. Jamal Wakeem, a professor of history and international relations at Lebanese University in Beirut, was interviewed by RT, and summed it up best when asked: “What do you think this conversation shows?”
Jamal Wakeem: I believe that this proves that the US was involved in the Syrian crisis since its onset and that it was collaborating with the so-called insurgents in order to topple the Syrian regime. In addition, it proves also that the Syrian crisis had its regional and international dimension since the beginning and it wasn’t a revolution against an illegitimate regime, as the West claimed at one point.
In addition, I believe that it also proves that the Obama administration didn’t give priority to peaceful and political solution for the Syrian crisis. But it used this as an alternative to its inability to use force when it was confronted by a steadfast position by Russia who refused to be dragged into another trick by the US similar to what happened in Libya and topple the Syrian regime. I believe that the Russians are aware of the fact that the war in Syria is a war by proxy directed against them and against their ally China. It is part of a bigger plan by the US to block Eurasia from having access to the maritime trade roots. In addition, I believe there was a mentioning of the presence of the representatives of the NGOs operating in insurgent territories. And this proves also that the US was using these NGOs as a tool of soft power in order to topple the Syrian regime.