Russia continues to insist on strict adherence to the Geneva Document of June 30, 2012 which was to dictate, by agreement, how the interested powers would interact in order to bring the Syrian conflict to a halt. Sergei Lavrov and Vitaly Churkin, made much of this document, often pillorying American diplomats at the U.N. or elsewhere for their deviation from its substance and theme. When American, French, English, German, Saudi, Turkish and Qatari shenanigans were exposed, Russia relentlessly ostracised the guilty parties with sonorous, bureaucratic diplomatic mumbo-jumbo, e.g.: Americans revealed facilitating anti-aircraft Stinger missiles to Turkey and to terrorists! Turkey hosting fanatical Jihadist organizations; Britain, France and Germany posting spies along Syria’s border to help terrorists coordinate attacks against Syrians; Qatar and Saudi Arabia spending billions to finance this Jihadist conspiracy against a secular government allied, in name only, apparently, with the Russian Federation.
Dr. Assad must have told Sergei Lavrov that Russia’s policy was doomed to failure. But it was worse as the Russians and Chinese set up traps for themselves.
The June 30 document constituted an agreement which envisioned a transitional government in Syria with the participation of “the opposition” and the Assad administration. Russia made it pellucidly clear that any “transition” had to take place domestically – without outside interference. Russia and China were both still smarting from a disastrous abstention at the UNSC where the NATO Bloc succeeded in passing a maniacally Machiavellian resolution allowing attacks against Colonel Qaddafi’s military under the pretext the action was limited to “protecting civilians”. Russia and China then found out to their eternal chagrin that the U.N.’s military action was intended for “regime change” and went even beyond that into “engineered assassination” of the country’s leader.
When it came to Syria, the Russians and Chinese were adamant that no such Libyan-style resolution would be passed again at the U.N.S.C. They proved their resolve by vetoing three successive efforts by the NATO Bloc to bring Syria under a similar scenario. The Russians even honored pre-conflict contracts for delivery and maintenance weapons, sending ships into Tartous’ harbor with helicopters and massive supplies of ammunition. But once the June 30 document was supposedly in effect, the Russians weaseled out of their obligation to deliver Syria’s Yak-130 subsonic training jets citing the violence in the country as an excuse. To this day, Moscow appears to be taking the Geneva Document seriously even though it has been rendered a dead letter by the actions of the vicious white NATO killing machines and their reactionary allies in the Arabian Peninsula.
The Russians consistently distanced themselves from our president, Dr. Assad, in interviews and press conferences. Vitaly Churkin once churlishly responded to a British reporter’s question about whether Russia would give Dr. Assad asylum. He responded crudely that Dr. Assad was more tied to Britain than to Russia and that his education as a physician was partly completed in the U.K. The Russians also made it clear that they took no sides in the conflict and had no bonds established with Dr. Assad and his government. This was a serious mistake by Moscow because such a suggestion emboldened the U.S. and its malicious gang of war criminals to pursue a policy of outsourcing the plan to overthrow our president, Dr. Bashar Al-Assad, in an unprecedentedly complex and virulent proxy-war.
The evidence is now overwhelming: Russia’s policies in Syria are in a shambles. Since Russia will not stake a claim to Syria’s territory as one within its sphere of strategic interest, the assumption must be that everything is up for grabs – including Russia’s port facilities at Tartous. If that is Mr. Putin’s view of an endgame, he needs to start over and try again. If he wants to regain momentum, he must announce clearly that the Syrian government will not be abandoned under any circumstances and that Russia stands ready to challenge, step-for-step, any furtherance of the NATO-ARABIAN plan to demolish Syria. The Kremlin must declare the Assad government as legitimate, allied and worthy of respect.
Russia’s insistence on bringing together the opposition and the Assad government is misguided. It should have been clear to Moscow from the early days of this Islamist uprising that the planning for it took place back in 2007. This is not a spontaneous revolution! While some domestic opposition figures have been willing to sit down and discuss a solution, the foreign-based criminal gangs in Paris, Istanbul and Tunis cannot follow suit. They are completely under the control of anti-Iranian NATO regimes bent on demolishing, what they perceive to be, a burgeoning Fatimid Crescent stretching from Iran to Iraq to Syria and to Lebanon. No resolution can ever be satisfactory to the NATO-SAUDI degenerate alliance without the installation of an anti-Iranian Sunni leadership in Damascus. Talk of a peaceful transition by NATO is pure sophistry.
If Russia wants to regain any credibility with its allies, it must act now to match every inimical act with a response that smacks of serious intent. An example is the Turkish forced landing of a Syrianair chartered commercial jetliner near Ankara. The Russian response was tepid, like a cup of old, lukewarm tea. We ask Mr. Lavrov: what right do the Turks have to pirate our airplanes, detain Russian civilians, and torture our pilots while they arrogate to themselves, at the same time, the right to grant sanctuary to terrorists, and now, on top of that, to permit Libyan cargo ships to deliver SA-7 and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles? Could it be said that the Islamist government of Turkey has committed an act of war against Syria? Or maybe that there are Turkish war crimes involved? Frankly, Mr. Lavrov, something has gone wrong with your calculations and you are beginning to look more and more like an enemy of the Syrian people. Russia should have recalled its ambassador and stopped delivery of natural gas to Turkey! Russia should have done something besides acting upset.
If the Russian government believes that the U.S. adheres to its agreements, then all is lost. Gar nicht helfen! If Mr. Lavrov believes that a government in Syria, which is installed by force of Islamist mob violence, will assure Moscow of the benefits to which it has become accustomed under Dr. Assad, then we are in a negative devolutionary descent into fantasy. If Russia wants to project the image of a superpower with global interests, it cannot accomplish that by cajoling NATO and its simian Arabian allies in Riyadh or that Grand Duchy of Fenwick sheikhdom, Qatar. Russia must be willing to flex muscle. It doesn’t do that well when it deprives our air force of bought-and-paid-for jets; when it denies further deliveries of Hind helicopters, parts and ammunition; or when it tries to impose a foreign-backed cabal of traitors, felons and spies on our government with the knowledge that this murder of crows brings nothing but nihilistic Jihadism to our country.
When will you condemn Turkish encouragement of terrorism in Syria? When will you “out” the spies from France, England and Germany who are violating every clause of your sacrosanct Geneva Document by enabling terrorism with their “technology”? When will you point a finger at the reactionary, in-bred scorpions of the Arabian Peninsula who are spending billions to humiliate you? When will you act like a superpower?
Mr. Lavrov, the Geneva Document is in the same pigeonhole marked “Trash” as the Helsinki Agreement between the Palestinians and their Zionist enemies. You have been snookered again by unscrupulous NATO war-mongers. The longer you play along with this charade, the more difficult it will be to recover once you pretend to have finally discovered it.