by Nikolai BOBKIN
The battle flag is raised and waving. The United States has launched an air campaign against the Islamic State delivering strikes in Iraq and Syria. It is done without the permission of the Syrian government and the United Nations Security Council. There were allegations on the part of Russia and Iran that the final objective of the US-initiated operation was the elimination of Syrian infrastructure. The concern Moscow and Tehran have expressed appears to be justified.
Rear Admiral John Kirby, the spokesman of US Defense Department, reported that the US aviation hit 12 oil installations on Syrian soil that were supposedly under the Islamic State control. The Admiral said more similar strikes are planned. On June 25, 2011 a memorandum of understanding on the construction of Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline was signed in Bushehr. And the unrest in Syria went on the rise right after this agreement was concluded. They are right saying the war waged by the US against the government of Bashar Assad is a war for oil and gas. Damascus was added to the list of US enemies in 2009 when Assad rejected the proposal to take part in the construction of US-sponsored Qatar-Europe pipeline going through the Syrian territory. Instead Syria preferred to strike a deal with Iran on building a gas route going across Iraq to the Mediterranean shore. Back then Henry Kissinger made his frank admittance pronouncing the phrase to become famous afterwards, «oil is much too important a commodity to be left in the hands of the Arabs».
The creation of caliphate on the territory of Iraq and Syria will make US (ExxonMobil Corporation) and British (BP и Royal Dutch Shell) oil producing companies suffer losses in Iraq and lose access to Syrian hydrocarbons (after the regime change in Damascus as Americans apply efforts to topple the Syrian government).
The US put up with the Islamic State till it had been fighting the Syrian government forces. It was declared war on as soon as its armed formations invaded Iraq and proclaimed the creation of a new state. No double standards, it’s all about the US elite’s aspiration to gain global control, the war with the Islamic State is nothing else but a local operation, a part of a bigger plan.
The US policy has many inconsistencies and mismatches as Washington finds it harder to impose its conditions on the rest of the world. No doubt Syria will remain the main target for the United States as an element of the policy aimed at weakening Russia. The Islamic State was created by the United States; the goal is to generate a powerful destabilizing wave striking deeper into Eurasia. Now he US is clandestinely preparing the overthrow of Bashar Assad. That’s how many countries perceive the unilateral actions of Washington against the Islamic State. The Obama’s plans to form a broad coalition have failed. Americans have convinced the Persian Gulf states (Bahrein, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) to compensate the expenditure. The US has also managed to make Jordan permit the use of its infrastructure to deliver airstrikes by NATO member-states: Great Britain, France, Belgium and Denmark. According to US State Department, 54 states and three international organizations – the European Union, NATO and the League of Arab States – have promised to contribute into the campaign. But the participation is not universal as US State Secretary John Kerry has said. Few countries trust the United States of America now.
The world has not forgotten that then United States invaded Iraq in 2003 without the sanction of United Nations Security Council. Back then Washington said that Iraq was working on weapons of mass destruction program and the use of force was needed to disarm it. There was no United Nations Security Council’s vote because Russia, China and France let know that any draft resolution mentioning the use of force against Iraq would have been vetoed. Back then the United States blatantly ignored public opinion and launched an offensive against Iraq to destroy the country. The implications are felt nowadays. Now America has done the very same thing again.
The history is repeating itself. On January 29, 2014 James Robert Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, made a Statement for the Record Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He mentioned Syria presenting iffy figures on the composition of rebels’ formations. The main thing in his report was the affirmation that «moderate» opposition elements accounted for 80% of the anti-government forces in the country. He supported the idea of providing them with financial aid, something the US Senate had secretly voted for. Now all these «moderates» have suddenly turned into uncompromising terrorists. America has unleashed a war against just one of the groups. Please note – not against terror in general but only against the group called the Islamic State. It would be interesting to know what US intelligence leaders think about the «moderate» Jabhat Al-Nusra, a Syrian jihadist group and a branch of Al-Qaeda fighting against the Bashar Assad’s government?
In response to air strikes against Syria the Jabhat al-Nusra leaders said they were ready to counter the United States along with the Islamic State. The US actions consolidate terrorists. Talking to CBS two years ago Obama said that Al-Qaeda was decimated and rendered ineffective. Just recently he said that in the recent two years the militants have used the chaos brought about by the Syrian civil war to their advantage and restored their fighting capability. The President never admitted that the chaos ensuing as a result of civil war going on in Syria is a consequence of US actions in the Middle East.
General Martin Dempsey, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, believes that the Islamic State cannot be defeated neither in Syria, nor in Iraq without having boots on the ground. According to him, a political decision is needed to bring the troops in. If it happens a wave of destabilization will go beyond the boundaries of Syria and Iraq and the terrorist ranks will be filled with new warriors. It will open breath taking prospects for US military-industrial complex.