On Thursday, Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed UN Security Council draft resolution against Syria, which called for new sanctions against the government of President Assad under Chapter Seven of the UN Charter.
An interview with Ralph Schoenman, author of the “Hidden History of Zionism,” to further discuss the issue.
Q: Mr. Schoenman, we have the Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Ehud Barak saying that Israel is preparing for a military operation to be carried out in Syria. I mean we are talking about an open war here?
Schoenman: Yes well this is a continuous process with Hillary Clinton in Israel and in making a tour basically coordinating the same thing. When you look at what can only be called Washington’s proxy war in Syria, the assassination of three leading figures in the Syrian government which is we know took place at the national security building, a meeting that President Bashar al-Assad was supposed to be present, killing Assef Shawkat the Deputy Head of Armed Forces and Assad’s brother-in-law, the Defense Minister Dawoud Rajha and the Chief of Crisis Operation Hassan Turkomani, Interior Minister Mohammad [Ibrahim] al-Shaar, Head of Intelligence Hisham Bakhtiar and other top officials being wounded.
This is a coordinated attack. This is the act of US imperialism and its associates because every one of the elements of this nominal opposition, this terrorist opposition are sponsored, coordinated and dictated to by the intelligence agencies of the United States and Great Britain and the NATO power.
So we must understand clearly that this is a perpetrated war not only with respect to Syria but also with respect to Iran to seize the control of the oil resources of the region to indeed dominate the entire access to natural resources in the region extending beyond Syria, Iran and Lebanon to the Pacific with China and Russia and their sides as well.
This a crisis of a system that resorts to global war as it only means that is sustaining itself and we are witnessing this with every day that passes.
Q: We also have heard Barak accusing Damascus of possible transfer of advanced munitions system or even chemical weapons to Hezbollah. I mean some analysts have initial faults on the very fact that Israel somehow wants to get back and avenge its defeat in the 2006 war with Hezbollah?
Schoenman: Well you have to understand that the imputation of chemical weapons in the possession of the Syrian government on the part of both Hillary Clinton and Ehud Barak in Israel is part of the coordinated plan to demonize Syria as they demonized Iran to create a pretext for the direct military intervention, already after all they are direct sponsors and coordinators and the suppliers of weapons and arms to the Syrian National Council, the nominal opposition.
There was a very important article published in The Guardian by the investigative journalist Charlie Skelton which documented who are in fact the spokespersons for the Syrian rebels as they are called? Bassma Kodmani is sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Ford Foundation and the Central Intelligence Agency, indeed the Council on Foreign Relations US-Middle East project with General Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Lord Kerr of Great Britain are directly involved in coordinating these operations and their propaganda in news media both in United States and in Great Britain.
So we have to understand that this is proxy war for Washington and for Israel and there is a corollary to this, events in Bulgaria if you followed where there was an attack on Israeli or Jewish tourist which was imputed to Iran.
This part of this campaign globally to describe terror to the victims of US terror namely Iran has been held responsible for an operation which is a classic false flag operation of Israeli and US intelligence. It is exactly what they have done over the decades when they want to create a crisis and a climate for aggressive war on their own part.
And indeed there is another dimension to this which is not unrelated. Yesterday there was a coordinated attack in Colorado in United States in a movie theater in which 38 people were gravely wounded, 12 killed outright by someone who is called a lone-wolf terrorist who turned out to be using advanced US weapons with military training, with special forces training another example of the kind of creation of a climate of fear to justify aggression, to justify repression.
We are witnessing here the terrorizing of the people of the world by US imperialism and the Israeli fronting for this operation and that is what underlies the attacks in Syria and that is what underlies the threat to Iran and the preparations for war in the region.
We have to be very clear about this, every one of these is a coordinated operation by the instruments of US imperialism and its spokesperson and its organizations and its front groups…