The Washington Post reports that dozens of State Department employees signed and submitted a memo urging the Obama administration to adopt a more aggressive stance against the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, including the use of military force.
The 51 signatories to the document, which was sent through the department’s internal “dissent channel,” were largely mid-level diplomats based in Washington and overseas. They included a Syria desk officer and the consul general in Istanbul.
The memo calls on the administration to use air attacks and other “stand-off” weapons, fired from a distance without troops on the ground, to force Assad into U.S.-led negotiations to end the conflict.
Manuel Ochsenreiter (Director of the German Center for Eurasian Studies):
“This document proves again that the US is a security threat not just to Syria and the Middle East but also to Europe. The Syrian war is a proxy war. Since 2011 Washington supports the so-called ´armed opposition´ with financial and military means.
The Syrian war is not a ´civil war´ – it is a ´proxy war´ of Western supported terrorists (many of them are foreign mercenaries) against the legal government of the Syrian Arab Republic, its security forces and the Syrian people.
The results of the destructive US foreign policy: More than 400,000 casualties, over 7,600,000 internally displaced, more than 4,000,000 refugees (source: UNHCR).
Another consequence of this war against the Syrian government, the Syrian Arab Army and the Syrian civilians by the West is the ongoing depopulation of the country.
This development caused by Washington and its regional allies in the Middle East is directed against the security interests of Syria and of Europe at the same time. The so-called ´refugee crisis´ which hit Europe is directly rooted in the Western aggression against Syria. Terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State and Al-Nusra-Front use this crisis to infiltrate the influx of refugees to Europe with terrorists.
The European leaders should immediately counter the US politics in Syria on behalf of European security interests.
– re-establish diplomatic relations with Damascus.
– cooperate with the Syrian authorities and exchange information about terrorist suspects among Syrian refugees.
– lift all sanctions against the Syrian Arab Republic and the Russian Federation.
– immediately stop any support for all militant groups in Syria which are not connected to the Syrian government.
– stop any funding for the so-called ´armed opposition´ by governmental institutions and NGOs.
– prosecute organizations and individuals promoting the so-called ´armed opposition´ in Syria.
– negotiate with the Syrian government about a post-war-plan including the repatriation of Syrian refugees and the reconstruction of the country with European financial help in a large scale.
– forbid the US military facilities in Europe to be used for any aggression against Syria
– negotiate with Washington about the full withdrawal of US military from Europe.
– develop its own European security architecture without US.
– start a close security partnership with the Russian government.
– initiate a full ´de-Americanization program´ for the whole European continent.”