The Empire Files: Examining the Syria War Chessboard

The war in Syria is an unparalleled crisis. It has gone far beyond an internal political struggle, and is marked by a complex array of forces that the U.S. Empire hopes to command: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kurdistan, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and more. To simplify this web of enemies and friends, Abby Martin interviews Dr. Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College and author of several books.


2 thoughts on “The Empire Files: Examining the Syria War Chessboard

  1. “The United States initiated a regime change policy[in Syria] that they knew they were not going to follow up on.” What is this guy talking about? Obama announced- actually telegraphed his plans- when he said Syria would be crossing a red line if it used weapons of mass destruction against its own people, and presto, almost immediately after, poison gas was used. Immediately, Obama, and Kerry announced that Assad “had crossed the line” and “had to go.” There was immediate discussion in Congress as to whether or not to declare no-fly zones in Syria, as had been done in Iraq, and every effort was made to gin up a war, with reassurances that there would be minimal commitment of “boots on the ground,” but leaving unsaid that a massive bombing campaign was in the works. Only intense opposition by a war-weary American and British people (France, content to wage undeclared air war for its own purposes blasted away) combined with the unexpected announcement by Putin that he was taking all of Syria’s chemical weapons off its hands defused the situation somewhat. The U.S. still maintains that Assad is not the legitimate leader of Syria, and, were it not for the obvious danger of direct military conflict with Russia, who was invited there by Assad, would in all likelihood have escalated the situation. And this does not even take into account the issue of whether the U.S. had armed and encouraged ISIS.


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