On March 12, US Permanent Representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced at a Security Council meeting that the US will take action on its own if that organization fails to establish a cease-fire and end the chemical attacks and suffering of civilians as it pushes for a new 30-day truce in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta.
She forces the circulation of a new draft resolution, in view of the failure of the previous one. In a nutshell, the US has adopted a “do what I tell you or else” approach. Sounds sound like an ultimatum! The UK expressed its readiness to join the US. So did France.
So, the US is adopting a “J’accuse” tone, threatening the use of force with no evidence to support its CW accusations while pointing its finger at Syria’s government, blaming it for firing on the fighters of Al-Nusra, the group excluded from the cease-fire agreements. But it’s Russia, not the US, who enforced five-hour daily breaks in the fighting to enable the evacuation of civilians and the injured from the embattled areas, allowing some deliveries of humanitarian aid.
Now — about the US concern over civilians suffering from chemical attacks. Here we go again: the pot calling the kettle black.
The US-led coalition wants the rebels to stay in the embattled area — the only springboard from which to strike Damascus. It also wants to demonstrate to the Arab countries its own allegiance to the principle of “responsibility to protect,” while painting those who are backing Syria, such as Russia, as evildoers. It’s part of the current campaign to make Russia look like a rogue state. The clamor over its support of Syria’s offensive in Eastern Ghouta has been timed to coincide with the British accusations of Moscow’s complicity in the “spy poisoning scandal.” These are links in one and the same chain.
The anti-Russian rhetoric in Washington is reaching unprecedented levels. Moscow's meddling in the US election is compared with the Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941 and with the 9/11 destruction by Al-Qaeda of the twin towers in Manhattan. New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee demanded that Trump should consider designating Russia as a terror sponsor state after Moscow missed a deadline to explain how a Russian former informant for Britain’s foreign intelligence service was poisoned in the UK.
Those who follow the Washington scandals know that in the past Menendez has been accused by government prosecutors of bribery, fraud and other charges, including accepting private flights, campaign contributions and other bribes from a wealthy patron in exchange for official favors. He still awaits the case mistrial due to the jury split so one could suspect that his appeal to the White House about Russia is an attempt to score some patriotic points with the media. However, in the wake of the current highly toxic and extremely dangerous anti-Russia hysteria it would be important to identify the major forces behind it, so in case of the worst case scenario of the direct military East – West confrontation we would know who to blame.