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The West, the East and the Syrian connection

26 June 2012, 12:46 Paul Orodi

If it doesn’t concern you, then it isn’t your business. This is the foreign policy of the West in one sentence.

The Western countries mainy, the US and West Europe have been known to interfere with the internal matters of any country they so wish to but in real they only tamper with what affects them. This is a good policy if it was applied in both the positive and negative. However they tend to apply it only on the negative. The western powers never intervene where they have no interests but they can interfere anywhere they so wish.

George Bush invaded Sadaam Hussein inside Iraq on the 19th of March 2003. His reason behind the bombarding of Baghdad was that there was presence of weapons of mass destruction. Well, these so-called weapons have never been found and that’s why there even exists a movie Green Zone to openly show the misconception of the war in Iraq. This famous invasion known as operation Iraqi Freedom was basically a ploy by the regime at that time to destruct the public from their other dubious undertakings.

Years before the Iraq war, around early nineties, Bush Snr., the president at that time, brought about war in the Horn of Africa by invading Somalia on his own trying to ‘restore order’. This was the automatic start of the 1990/1991 Somalia civil war that dragged on to the Clinton administration. Personally, I blame the US government for the current instability in the Horn of Africa country.

These are just a mention of what the west has actually done in terms of interference and causing instability. And whenever the US carries out its acts according to dubious policies, the UK is always behind them not caring the impact of the operations.

At the start of last year, the Arab world began experiencing a wave of change that revolved around the need for democracy and improved leadership. This movement is highly suspected to have been instigated by the US spy agency Central Intelligence Unit and its close allies in a bid to oust Muamar Gaddafi.

They systematically and carefully planned how the revolution would spread and this was seen as their best shot at bringing down their biggest African/Arab threat. Military intervention would seem too obvious and so the idea was stored as a plan B.

The revolution has taken place and their main mission has succeeded. That is all they wanted, to bring down the Kings of Kings in Africa. However, they have been left with a big problem that is fast becoming a crisis in their circles. Their fire spread across borders and caught the Syrian and Bahrainis. With the look of things, the US and its allies are between a rock and a hard place. They are trying to come up with a solution but no solution seems to be good enough to solve the problem. They simply have no interests in Syria and this is a fix!

Syrian public have taken to the streets and are championing for change in government. They are seeking to oust Bashir Al Assad who has since lost favour with the majority. This revolution has been fuelled by the west supplying arms and strategies to the public through covert means in order not to look like the engineers. In government, the senior officials are behind Al Assad as he is being backed by the eastern powers mainly; Russia and China. When asked, the east state that they still have contracts with Al Assad and military intervention would lead to great losses thus fuelling a defense operation by them to ensure Assad’s stability.

With this kind of scenario, the west has been forced to channel its solution strategies through the United Nations, for the first time. This is not usual of them. But you ought to understand that it is necessary to follow the proper channels at the moment because, the security council is divided on military intervention and the two rival groups are being backed by two opposing powers from either sides of the ideology coin; the communists and the capitalists.

Kofi Annan has been tasked to formulate a plan to restore order. He is a professional and without a doubt, the Ghanaian has the ability to carry out the task, but how much time do we have before we can call the Syrian crisis a massacre or catastrophe? Annan should dedicate all his resources to ensure that peace lands in Syria before things get completely out of hand because they already have.

Observers and mission heads cannot solve anything. The simple solution is to have the west stop arming the rebels and the east temporarily halting their contracts until peace is restored through the appropriate means. It is only fair that everyone consider the rights of the Syrian people instead of putting their personal and country’s interests first.

I hope Syria and Bahrain realize peace before their internal situations spin out of control.   

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