Following an influential think tank’s call for a humanitarian “realpolitik” stunt to be pulled to weaken President Assad’s position, a report has miraculously emerged just 24 hours before the start of the ‘Geneva II’ conference which alleges systematic torture and abuse by Assad’s regime.
According to the BBC, the report was “commissioned by Qatar,” which has been an enthusiastic backer of the opposition rebels since day one. It alleges that 55,000 digital images of 11,000 detainees show evidence of torture, starvation and execution. The images were reportedly smuggled out of Syria by a defector named Caesar.
“Caesar” was apparently happy to take photos of dead bodies for years before releasing them to be made public just 24 hours before the start of Geneva II. The photos were investigated by a legal team comprising of the prosecutors of ex-Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic and President Charles Taylor of Liberia.
Having failed to topple Assad by force, the west is now firmly intent of dragging Assad before the International Criminal Court, or flooding the country with UN “humanitarian” observers who will later be used as pawns to weaken the ability of the Syrian Army to fight the deluge of Al-Qaeda militants sent to destroy Syria by the likes of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Given the history of the role of defectors in greasing the skids for war, we’d be naive not to be suspicious. Remember Curveball? He was the “defector” whose fabricated claims about weapons of mass destruction led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.
The BBC’s Jim Muir even admits that the report is politically motivated, “the commissioning of the report by Qatar, and its release just before the Geneva II talks,” but still gives it credence anyway.
The report also arrives just days after the results of an MIT study were published which attracted virtually no mainstream media attention in the west whatsoever. The study concluded that the chemical weapons attack on Ghouta, which almost served as the pretext for a US military invasion of Syria, could not possibly have been launched from government-controlled areas.
Isn’t interesting how much credibility the mass media is affording to one dubious and agenda-driven defector while completely ignoring the results of a major study conducted by numerous unbiased experts?
The timing and agenda behind the report is transparent and cynical, it is designed to grease the skids for a “humanitarian” invasion of Syria while weakening Assad’s position at the negotiating table.
The report also arrives just days after the Atlantic Council, an influential Washington DC think tank which basically serves as a revolving door to the White House, published an article calling for a “realpolitik” PR stunt in order to re-invigorate support for toppling Assad.
The article, entitled Syrian Peace Talks: What is Achievable Near Term?, written by former State Department advisor Frederic Hof, argues that NATO should demand that Assad allow UN inspectors unfettered access to the country in a repeat of the very conditions that preceded the invasion of Iraq – all in the name of “humanitarianism” of course. Hof’s lament that the US did not launch an aggressive military attack on Syria last year is palpable.
The Atlantic Council’s James Rupert summarizes the piece by writing that it calls on the US to address “the humanitarian catastrophe of millions of Syrians uprooted or brutalized by the civil war….for reasons of realpolitik as well as humanitarianism.”
“Realpolitik” is a pejorative term often implied to mean political maneuverings that are coercive, amoral, or Machiavellian.
Rupert and Hof might just have got their wish granted with the release of today’s dubious and politically timed report, which could help lay the groundwork for another “humanitarian” war in the region to follow the catastrophe that has unfolded in Libya.