Almost seven days after the suspected chemical attack in Idlib province, Syria, foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialized nations met in Italy, looking to put pressure on Russia to break its ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to Reuters.
It seems that the US, European governments, and the US allies in the Middle East have set their sights on ousting Assad rather than seeking a diplomatic solution and stopping supporting terrorist groups as well as leaving the future of Syria to its people without meddling in election and in line with this policy they have turned to deliver an ultimatum to Russia.
'What we're trying to do is to give Rex Tillerson the clearest possible mandate from us as the West, the U.K., all our allies here, to say to the Russians 'this is your choice: stick with that guy, stick with that tyrant, or work with us to find a better solution',' British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said after meeting Tillerson, calling the US missile strike on a Syrian air base a “game changer” and stressing on Russia’s support for the Syrian government as “toxifying the reputation of Russia,” according to Reuters.
On top of all the biased comments instead of urging any diplomatic solution to end the six-year conflict was the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s that said,”Our hope is Bashar al-Assad will not be part of that future.”
Tillerson flew straight from the G7 meeting in Italy to Moscow, where he became the first member of Trump's cabinet to meet the Russian administration and his first visit there in his new position as the US Secretary of State.
Tillerson, former ExxonMobile CEO, was awarded the Order of Friendship by Putin for his contribution to developing cooperation in the energy sector.
However, what we heard of the Wednesday talks was the “harsh rhetoric” from both Moscow and the US and mostly the inability of the US to find a solution toward Syria.
The question is what are the US, its European and regional allies seeking toward Syria and Syrian government? Why did this country get in the center of attention after the so-called ‘Arab Spring’?
They say that the role of Iran in Syria as the ‘interventionist’ should be eliminated, however, a closer look reveals the role of Iran in Syria as the supporter of Syrian people and government against West-backed terrorists since the beginning of the conflict in Syria and this makes it intolerable for the West.
The main point of the conflict in Syria is not Syria, its people, or even its government but Iran. The so-called ‘Arab Spring’ was triggered in Tunisia in Dec. 2010 without the Western countries knowing about and it got complicated when it quickly took hold in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. The US policy in situations like this is that they recognize the newly established governments and try to make them their allies in the region even if the previous regime of that country had been so loyal to the US.
The brazen instance of such a policy is Iran during the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah and after the Islamic Revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini. As the US government and authorities heard the call of the revolution in Iran, they stopped backing one of their major loyal allies in the region, the Shah, and announced they recognized the newly established government in Iran; but since they realized that Iranians were no longer their allies and rejected the US policies in the world, they revealed their bitter enmity toward Iran.
So, they did the same toward the governments came to office in some those countries such as Tunisia or Egypt and like old times when there is a problem in coordinating those governments with their policies, they do their best to make it happen like the military coup by the West-backed General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to remove the elected President Mohamed Morsi from the office.
By the time the ‘Arab Spring’ was putting an end to many of the dictatorial regimes of the region; the US made a lot of efforts to save its allies in the region including Saudi Arabia, Jordan and used the developed chaotic situation against those they wanted to be removed from office due to their not being in line with the US policies in the region and the world even if the majority of their people had no problem with their governments and here started the Syrian tragedy.
Their scenario toward Syria is to discredit and cut the Islamic Republic of Iran’s influence in the region; the credit and influence which have been gained through mutual respect for countries affairs and interests and supporting the oppressed against the oppressors rather than bullying, threatening and using military force against nations.
But after about six years of conflict in Syria, what we have seen from the US governments and their double standard politics as well as the US authorities' biased and paradoxical statements throughout this time indicates their perplexity (particularly the new US government) toward Syria; and when they are in situations like this, they turn to their common policy which is nothing but waging wars.
Recently, the US urged its citizens to evacuate the occupied Palestine and also tested their huge bomb called ‘MOAB’ in Afghanistan. The new CIA director Mike Pompeo has also threatened Iran on baseless charges.
What we smell from these policies is nothing but the man-slaughter and killing of innocent people. The war itself is not an appealing phenomenon and has no true winner at the end. This is something the US government and authorities should call their attentions to and consider the mutual respects toward nations and their interests instead of formulating warmongering policies toward them.
*IRNA English News Staff Writer