U.S. Set to Enlarge Its Military and Diplomatic Efforts in Campaign to Subjugate Syria

October 6, 2019

The latest is that the Pentagon is sending more troops to Syria. As announced by U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in August, the U.S. is going ahead with the deployment of 150 more troops to Syria, thus increasing the total deployment to 1,200.

Under the cloak of unprecedented demagogy about “human rights” and “humanitarianism,” the U.S. has been steadily escalating a war in conquest of regime change in Syria. This war aims at bringing Syria completely under the thumb of the U.S. and further projecting U.S. military power throughout the Arab world.

The U.S. military personnel in the country not only engage in combat operations, but also provide training, reconnaissance and logistical support to the Free Syria Army. The Free Syria Army was created by the so-called “London 11” coalition of U.S. allies eight years ago for the stated purpose of establishing a “Transitional Governing Body” to serve as the sovereign power once the current presidential system could be overthrown.

Syria is situated between 37° north latitude and 33° south latitude, and between 35° and 42° east longitude. It is bordered by Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The U.S. Congress placed Syria on the docket of countries targeted by the preemptive doctrine in 2003 with the passage of Public Law 108-175. The policy uses the slogans of “proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism” to apply pressure and threats against the sovereign nation.

On May 22, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019, a version of which was passed by the Democratic party controlled House in January. The bill includes plans to increase economic sanctions. According to the bill's main sponsor, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, “The Foreign Relations Committee has a responsibility to do everything possible to promote peace, stability, and development in Syria and to hold Assad accountable for butchering his own people. As the people of Syria continue to face unimaginable suffering, this bill sends a clear message to governments and entities providing lifelines to Assad that there will be consequences for enabling his brutality – that includes Russia, Iran, Lebanese Hezbollah, Iran-backed Shia militias, and Russian mercenaries.

“The United States must not waver in our condemnation of the Assad regime. I am proud to have worked with the Chairman to introduce the Senate version of this bill, which Chairman Engel has been championing for a number of years, and look forward to swiftly moving this legislation out of Congress so the President can sign it into law.”

Thus, Congressional Democrats, in tandem with the Republicans, are working hard to “legitimize” the aggressive, imperialist aims of the capitalist warmakers. Committed to imperialist arrogance and chauvinism, they cannot for one second recognize the struggles in the Arab world or anywhere else for a country to take responsibility for its own inalienable right to self-determination and sovereignty.

U.S. imperialism's preventive war doctrine has been characterized as a “coup d'etat on a worldscale,” because it tears down the entire edifice of international law and openly declares that Might Makes Right. U.S. imperialism's pre-emptive doctrine is in reality directed against the liberation movements of the peoples and against any country which, for whatever reason, resists the dictates of Washington.

Today in Afghanistan, Colombia, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, the Philippines, Syria and throughout the world, U.S. imperialism has declared that it can determine the economic and political system of every country and send its troops to every corner of the globe. Through this program of war and fascism – this blueprint for world domination – the U.S. government is usurping more arbitrary, dictatorial power and strengthening its apparatus of repression at home even while tying the knot for more wars.