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Has the West got hegemonistic ambitions in Syria?

27 February 2012, 13:25

On Friday the 24th of February, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called both Russia and China 'despicable' for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution on Syria.This by the way was said at a "friends of Syria" summit or conference in Tunisia,indecently where the Arab Spring all started.


Neither Russia nor China had any of their "bigwigs" represented at that gathering. Both Western and Arab leaders calls what's happening in Syria "a massacre" by Syrian President Bashar el  Assad's Regime,Assad however says he's fighting Al-Qaeda terrorist within his country that's stirring up the trouble.



Hegemony by the way is define as an indirect form of imperial dominance in which the hegemon  or leader state rules the sub-ordinate states by the implied means of power rather than direct military force


The Syrian violence had been going on for nearly a year now and unlike Tunisia,Libya,Egypt it looks like the Arab Spring or shall we say the Arab Awakening is being stop dead in its tracks in Syria.


You see Syria has basically told the Arab League to **** off when they came with all their trimmings of a mission in Syria. More scaringly for the anti-government protestors is that Assad is backed by Iran,who apparently is building their own nuclear bomb as is claimed by the West,and both America and Europe don't wanna lift a finger against Iran.


Iran had so far sent 15,000 of its own troops into Syria to quash the revolution and maintain Assad's control of his provinces. It was Assad's Regime by the way that bombed and killed 6 prominent anti-Syrian political leaders in Lebanon  back in 2005.Tells you what Assad makes of any insurrection against his regime.


China's Xinhua News Agency said in a commentary that "China’s position on Syria was balanced" and "that most of the Arab countries have begun to realize that the United States and Europe are hiding a dagger behind their smile...In other words, while they appear to be acting out of humanitarian concern for Syrians, they are actually harbouring hegemonistic ambitions".


Broad-based regional support for President Bashar Assad has meant that he has not lost the support from his troops and therefore can mobilize them at will.


The Syrian Army looks to be very loyal to Assad. Syria also has many friends and supporters in the Region like in Lebanon,Iraq,Iran all which have bilateral unity with Assad's Syria as do their moral and financial support between them. Syria along with Iraq and Lebanon joined in its support of Iran's nuclear programme mind you.


Bashar al Assad had looked at places like Libya,Tunisia,Egypt,Jordan,Oman,Yemen and Bahrain over the past year and he managed to maintained the balance of policies whilst keeping himself in power.


In March 2011,the same Hillary Clinton told CBS's "Face the Nation" viewers that the USA would not interfere in Syria because President Assad is a "reformer".


Imagine that! She has since saying so,changed her tune completely in yesterday's summit in Tunisia its almost beyond believe that she said what did on that programme. Since Clinton said what she did last year,Assad's regime had slaughtered more than 7,000 of its own citizens.


By the way these were some of Assad's "reforms" that he made:


1.He lifted the emergency law and reformed almost every single ministry or department of his government.


2. Every single university student in Syria were told they would pass last year,which meant him getting the attention of students in Syria and giving them rewards so as to not protest.


And that was it!What do you call that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton,if you please?


Assad's use of force is immense and brutally effective. His troops are not as indiscipline,disloyal and demoralized as other Arab Spring areas were and also you hardly ever hear of any defectors in his Army.


Currently there is no unified leadership against Assad in Syria, which means the rebellion lacks both coordination and objectivity, which in turn is vital when lobbing for international support.


So who's gonna help the poor old Syrians? U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton explains that "the main mission in Syria is to persuade the Assad regime to change course and give up its hold on power voluntarily so that a process can begin to change the Syrian system of government. No one wants to see a civil war in Syria. So we have to encourage the Assad regime, and those who support it, to understand that there’s either a path toward peacemaking and democratic transition – which is what we are promoting – or there’s a path that leads toward chaos and violence, which we deplore."


So in layman's term nobody wants to help Syria-right?


Saudi Arabia came out saying it backed the arming of Syria's opposition guerrilla army and Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, has called for "the creation of an Arab force to open humanitarian corridors to provide security to the Syrian people".


All talk and no action.The Saudi delegation walked out of the summit when that was said by their foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, citing "inactivity" among the member states gathered. So basically it was a dumb idea and a no brainer by the Saudi's and Qataris!



Britain on the other hand has recognized the Syrian National Council or SNC as the largest group so as to make headway of the disjointed opposition in Syria and hoping for a global shift away from Assad's Syria.


But will that help one wonders? Britain giving full backing to the nascent opposition in Syria, which so far had failed to lock in any patrons despite fighting a brazen and ferocious year-long regime's assault of dissent. They can't even unite as a unit against Assad,and Britain calls for recognitions as a legitimate representative?



You see the West is committed to the so-called "Washington consensus",with its emphasis on privatization of public enterprises,elimination of subsidies so that prices are set by the free market, reduction of taxes and public services,sacred economic doctrines that China,Iran,Assad's Syria and Russia don't care about.


Hegemony?You have to ask.

Beirut,Tehran,Damascus,Homs,Libya,Tunisia and Egypt. Is this what happens after 30 or 40 years of dictatorships? A "soft" revolution sets in and is followed by the people’s revolution and then peaceful reorientation from a totalitarian state towards a more pluralistic political system of Government.


Is it really as easy as that?




1.The Guardian newspaper.


2.The Friends of Syria conference.


3.China's Xinhua News Agency.


5.The Associated Press.

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