Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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Time : Saturday, January 7, 2017
News ID: 426350
 
Post-Truth:
Kerry Admits Iran and Russia Saved Syria
Rasa - It is said, in a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.

RNA - It is rare to see a top U.S. official stumble over that pistol shot, that truth, as most of them always edit their souls, pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. Strange enough, some of them occasionally do – with some reservations though:

 

Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry has had the courage to admit that war-party Washington and company did everything they could over the past six years to instigate regime change in Damascus by arming and supplying militant groups – but to no avail.

 

This week in an interview with MSNBC, Kerry said, "The radical extremists were gaining huge ground against Assad, and Assad was in a very fragile position. And so together, Iran and Russia had to prop him up, and save him from the possibilities that the extremists might take over the country.”

 

Kerry’s admission of failed policy in Syria is the first step in his education: The same people who paved hell in Syria “with good intentions”, called for murdering Iranians and Russians, and even proposed that US forces begin bombing Syrian government installations, are now admitting it was Iran and Russia that saved Syria from utter depravity and terror.

 

Here, what Kerry shamelessly ignores to mention, however, is that Iran and Russia are still in Syria at the request of its government and as per International Law. Unlike the US and company, they are not there to provide leverage for some illicit interests in an endless war. They have never collapsed into a defensive crouch either. They are working together to prevent the situation in the terror-ravaged country from further deterioration. It was Washington's dual-track, halfway approach that made the mayhem worse.

 

To substantiate, after helping to liberate the city of Aleppo from terrorists, Russia has begun drawing down its troops. It says it has no intention to fight an endless war. The same is true about Iran. From day one, the country has been saying the only solution to the crisis is dialogue.

 

It is because of this realpolitik that peace talks are finally coming, with plans for negotiations in Astana, Kazakhstan some time later in January. The problem is that those who have created and nurtured the terrorist groups and now even admit to their crimes are moving heaven and earth to block participation of the foreign-backed rebels in the negotiations as they do not want to see a political solution to the crisis that is not in line with their regime change fantasies. Fantasies have made them blind to the realities on the ground, but militants are getting sober at a higher pace as they are the first ones to experience the devastating loss, suffering and casualties in the battlefield and have come to realize by now that US, Qatar, Saudi and Turkish regime change promises were all just some kind of daydreaming.

 

That said, Syria will still continue to retain the support of Iran and Russia because its elected government is fighting foreign-backed terror groups. Kerry is free to question such support, but he is wrong to assume his criticism will end it.

 

It is said, the integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. The latest admission by Kerry is yet another monumental failure to the destructive legacy of President Barack Obama’s Nobel Prize-winning global leadership. By giving marching orders to his terror proxies to invade Syria he believed he could move mountains and lord over Damascus. Not this time. Instead, he got crushed in the rubble of a failed policy.

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