Israeli military leaders are telling the press that they intend to escalate their strikes against Syria, particularly against so-called Iranian-linked targets, in the days to come, and that they intend to do so even if they violate deals with Russia in some cases.
As always, there is no justification behind such illegal specific strikes, and the apartheid regime’s leaders rarely admit to specific strikes, let alone why they are carried out. In general, however, Israel attacks Syrian military targets, and especially any they have claimed have secret Iranian links in the past, with little or no success at all. Israel also does so with full military-diplomatic support from Washington.
For instance, together with the United States, Israel continues to use military force and aggression in Syria, but they have failed to stop the Syrian Army and its allies from launching the new campaign to liberate the terror-held province of Idlib. In this respect, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif say the Israeli-American pressure on Tehran and Damascus will fail to deter them from fighting terrorism.
In a meeting in Damascus on Monday, September 3, Zarif and Assad said Western governments would not be able to deter Iran and Syria from defending their principles, the interests of the two nations, and the security and stability of the entire region. The two sides emphasized that the US policy of threat and pressure shows its failure to achieve its goals in the Middle East. They also said the Syrian people and government forces will definitely achieve a final victory in the battle against terrorism in Idlib.
Some might assume this would be more than enough to convince Israeli officials that their force and aggression will get them nowhere in Syria. Far from it. They are now signaling that they are prepared to attack Iraq over Iran’s alleged missile sites, with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman saying Israel is “not limiting ourselves just to Syrian territory” with its attacks!
Iraq has offered no statement on the new allegations, but has already insisted they are not hosting any Iranian missiles. Still, that seems not to be enough for Israel and the US to at least not to attack Iraq.
In any event, Israel has been attacking sites inside Syria regularly over the past several years, again generally on claims of an Iranian presence. This should come as surprise to no one, seeing that both the United States and Israel have no faith in International Law and International Humanitarian Law.
Quite the opposite, the US has left the UN Human Rights Council over its criticism of Israel and is in defunding of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the aid agency for Palestinian refugees. The US fully defunded UNRWA on Friday. The Israeli-driven policy of US defunding came almost immediately after a call from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to do so.
If the humiliating experience of military campaigns in Vietnam, Iraq, Syria and Southern Lebanon is any indication, the American-Israeli force might start wars posing as a dominant military power, but what it earns is, at most, some short lived victories in a number of battles and not an ultimate victory in the war. In all these wars, the US and Israeli armies have failed to end their military quest with a crushing victory and retreated after being humiliated, losing the wars ultimately. Their militarism has been by far the commonest cause of the humanitarian crises and the breakdown of many nations in the Middle East. They are the reason why war and terrorism continue to grow. Their entire stock of colonial aggression and relationship is inadmissible and improper at a time when post-ISIL Syria wants to rebuild itself and the international civil society is prepared to help. This might better explain why millions take out to the streets in the Middle-East to only do one thing, chant ‘Death to the US’, ‘Death to Israel’.
Which is to say the American-Israeli wars have never been fought for the sake of justice and democracy, or the people. Personal spite and systematic racism, arms race and occupation, the ambition of military professionals and the protection of American-Zionist geopolitical ventures are the real moving powers. That’s why their force and aggression have failed to bring Syria to its knees.
The Americans and the Zionists should have the moral courage, this time, to remind themselves that their unjustified violence against Syria is a form of bankruptcy for them all, even for those who are confident that they are right. All of them will emerge from this new military campaign internationally, regionally and morally more condemned and humiliated than they began it, and certainly farther from the illicit goals they had in mind.