In the latest instance of American war criminality, the United States launched an air attack against the Syrian military on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. This brazen aggression against the sovereign government of Syria has resulted in the death of at least one hundred “forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad” according to U.S. military officials.
The U.S. military claims the strikes were “defensive” and that they were in retaliation for a “threatening” “Syrian Army-led attack consisting of five hundred troops – backed by artillery and tanks – during the night of Wednesday to Thursday against positions of Arab and Kurdish partner militias at oilfields near the town of Khasham on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River,” according to al-Masdar News.
By “Arab and Kurdish partner militias,” the U.S. is referring to the terrorist Marxists and jihadists of the YPG and SDF respectively.
By “forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad” the U.S. could be referring to any number of participants – i.e. the Syrian military, local militias, Hezbollah, Iranian, or even Russian forces. Neither the Syrian nor American governments have released details as to the identity of which forces were attacked by the American military though Lebanese news outlet, al-Masdar News, suggests that the victims belonged to the Syrian military itself. Reports and on the ground evidence in Syria seems to corroborate al-Masdar’s claims.
The U.S. attack represents yet another brazen act of hubris and arrogance that goes hand in hand with the Western imperialism which has seen the United States and NATO march across the world, leaving nothing but their bloody footprints behind them. To claim “self-defense” in a country that you have destabilized, invaded, and occupied is hypocrisy to say the least. It is also a violation of national sovereignty and international law.
The United States is incapable of acting in self-defense in Syria because its entire presence in the country is an offensive act. As leading Syria researcher, Vanessa Beeley writes on social media,
Every soldier in Syria fighting in the SAA is a child of Syria, a child of a family in Syria. This is murder and it is a supreme war crime that must not go unpunished. These men and women are heroes giving their lives to defend their people, their way of life and their entire existence with the hostility of the international community bearing down upon them.
Every one of those soldiers murdered today, all those murdered before are someone’s son, father, daughter, mother, sister, brother – they have names, they had a future, dreams – they have been torn from their family, for what?
The answer, of course, is a greater geopolitical agenda; i.e. the destruction of Syria before moving on to Iran and then Russia itself. This attack is not a mistake or an aberration, it is merely another move on the chessboard.
By Brandon Turbeville
Source: Activist Post