“Aleppo” – A Small Victory, Big Consequences
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 19:57
The city of Aleppo has a population of 2,301,570 people and is considered one of the largest cities not only in Syria, but in the entire Middle East.
According to Arab experts, the recent release of this city from the ISIS militants turned the tide in terms of perception of the war, both in Syria and abroad. The victory of the troops of Bashar al-Assad largely contributed to the local population's awareness of the fact that they are not left alone amidst the boundless chaos and violence, amidst Syria's complete loss of its sovereignty, as was the case in Libya and Iraq.
We can remember the way Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki and his American advisors arranged repressions of the country's Sunni minority, who were left without any prospects for a normal existence in the country after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. At that time, almost all of Iraq's Sunni population was facing total persecution and repression, without the support and protection of the international community. Later, it was for this reason that the former officers and security officers from Saddam's army joined the ISIS, whose leaders at that time positioned themselves as an autonomous Sunni paramilitary groups fighting with the “world's evil and ungodly troublemakers.”
Indisputably, the victory in the War of Aleppo has become a significant moral doping for the army troops and pro-Syrian militias, including for the part of the country's population which stood and stands for the preservation of the Syrian state. Today, the majority of Syria's population understands that the liberation of Aleppo was largely due to the practical assistance from Russia, Iran and Turkey, which managed to squeeze out to some extent and partially destroy the main paramilitary and proxy bandit groups. The regular changes in the names of the “revolutionary” groups and the attempts to incorporate them into the ranks of the Syrian opposition, or to to regroup them by “a truce” with the support of some members of the “civilized” world community – nothing os this helped them to survive and demolish the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The legitimate Syrian government was able to defend itself and the important city of Aleppo.
Against the background of recent developments in Syria, the relevance of the US intention to create an “inverted caliphate” around Israel through the support of strategic partners from Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains on point. Earlier, Israel regarded Syria and Iraq as its main strategic enemies. Now this role is fixed only for Iran and its Shiite “Hezbollah” located in Lebanon. This paramilitary organization is seen by Tel Aviv as a stronghold of terrorism and a direct threat to their own safety because of its active support of the Palestinians. With that, in Lebanon, the organization is supported by both the Christian and Muslim population of the country, both Shiites and Sunnis. The situation in Palestine is similar.
Against this background, a strong internal opposition in the United States between the old and future administrations has some influence on the course of events in Syria. Trump has said that he will cancel 70 percent of the decrees of former US president Barack Obama. In essence, this means a complete overhaul of the US government policy, including in the international arena.
In one of his speeches, the new US president, speaking of Iraq, has called the country no more than “a bunch of corrupt officials.” According to Trump, Iraq does not exist as a state. Although the administrations of both Bush and Obama constantly repeated that Iraq is “a reformed state.” Today the reality is that this “reformed” and virtually destroyed country is seeing an incredible increase in drug consumption, trafficking, lawlessness, corruption, poverty and fragmentation, which makes it impossible to implement at least those economic and political projects that are the most important for the state.
On the Syrian track, the US image as a “good reformer” was seriously spoiled by the fact a group of Western military advisers was caught in a certain bunker; among them were agents of the countries sponsoring the conflict. The fact that in eastern Aleppo the Syrian army discovered and seized the Western military advisers, including agents of the Mossad and the CIA, along with their Saudi and NATO counterparts, has only strengthened the general negative background of the US involvement in the Syrian war on the side of the terrorist gangs. As it turned out, the latter are not remarkable for anything, except the mass killings and the theft of humanitarian assistance in the occupied territories of the city. Turkish President Erdogan has openly declared the direct support to the ISIS on the part of Americans and confirmed that there is an irrefutable evidence.
After the liberation of Aleppo, the world media occasionally published materials exposing the activities of the humanitarian organization “White Helmets” that had been publicized by the Western media and nominated for the Nobel Prize. As previously stated, the organization was actively engaged in the salvation of the inhabitants of the city during the “Russian air raids.” After the liberation, nearly 90percent of the residents of Aleppo said that they did not see the representatives of this organization during the battle for the city. In addition, strange at best are the United States' calls for the immediate declaration of a truce for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to civilians in Aleppo exactly at the time when only a few days remained until the complete liberation of the city from various “revolutionary” forces.
Immediately after the Aleppo war, there were revealed the frank facts of disinformation by Western media regarding the real situation in Syria. The revealing interviews and the documentary footage of staged videos showing the suffering of the people in the besieged city could not but affect the fate of the certain military, tactical and information schemes applied to Syria and developed by the NATO countries, as well as Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Thus, after the failed coup, the Turkish Republic significantly revised its participation in the “Syrian-Iraqi bloody Sabbath” and, presumably, the Turkish script in Aleppo was drawn up without taking into account the American interests. It was after this that a “strange” man in a “strange way” committed the murder of the Russian ambassador in Turkey, and Washington Post called the attack Russia's “revenge” for Aleppo.
However, analysts and experts clearly pointed out that the victory of the Syrian regime in Aleppo is only a transition of the war to another phase. Obviously, the losses in the ranks of the “revolutionaries” have in no way affected the position of the “sponsors” of the war. They will still continue to provide the funding and arms to the same or new proxy formations for the further implementation of the plan to destroy the Syrian state system and the regime in power.
According to experts, to save the Syrian state, it is necessary to strengthen the awareness and trust of the local population in the prospects and possibilities of conducting the war with an emphasis on their own strength. Both abroad and in Syria, the vast majority of Muslim Sunnis, who comprise 80 percent of the country's population, especially in the beginning of the “Arab Spring,” were very misinformed about the real state of affairs not only within the country but also in a particular province, city or even district.
The numerous propaganda videos created in Europe to demonstrate the suffering of the Syrian population from the Assad army became an incredible motivator for the influx of volunteers from around the world to help the civilian population that was “suffering from the tyrant Bashar al-Assad.”
Later, when a part of the territory of Syria fell under the control of “revolutionaries,” the reality was quite different. Local Syrians have witnessed incredible violence and massacres against the backdrop of distortion, perversion and mockery of the basics of Islam. With that, the factor of survival pushed local able-bodied men and boys (just like earlier in Iraq) to avoid retaliation on the part of the army of Assad, and to join various paramilitary groups. According to the UN, at the beginning of the conflict, there were over 1,000 such groups, which fought both against the Syrian army, and among themselves, periodically announcing each other as “apostates.”
In such circumstances, few people inside Syria and outside it were able to give an objective assessment of the events.
Today, after the liberation of Aleppo, it's possible that there will continue the process of disengagement of the proxy groups, and separation of their real tasks from strategic expectations of the Syrian population. Military tactical tasks of the coalition and its proxy groups, the targets of the Assad army, the Syrian opposition, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are beginning to take a more clear and precise contours. This gives the locals a more clear picture of the state of affairs in the country and in the Middle East. And the main thing, it gives a choice in the matter of political priorities during the war. Now, it is important for the local population to understand and form an objective understanding of “what exact tasks are being fulfilled in Syria by the sponsors of war and the Syrians themselves.”
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