Saturday Jan 19, 201306:40 PM GMT
US expectations shattered over Syria: US historian
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (file photo)
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (file photo)
An American historian says the US calculations about the collapse of the Syrian government and their portrayal of situation on the ground in Syria are “out of touch with reality,” Press TV reports.


Dr. Webster Tarpley wrote in an article published on Press TV website that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s “defiant and self-confident” speech on January 6 shattered the optimism of US think tanks about the collapse of his government.

Referring to a remark by the US State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, that Assad was “out of touch with reality,” Tarpley quoted an expatriate Syrian journalist as saying that “many Syrians wonder whether it isn’t the United States and its allies who are out of touch….”

The American political critic says according to reports, areas under the control of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) are exhibiting characteristics of a “failed state.”

Tarpley said the US, as the main sponsor of foreign militants in Syria, has been taken aback by reports about the “rising wave of hatred in northern Syria” towards the FSA due to their “catastrophic misrule.”

“Ordinary Syrians of all backgrounds are increasingly disgusted by the corruption, incompetence, and oppression of the FSA regime. The rebel chaos is contributing to a significant increase in the popularity of Assad and his regime, which had guaranteed stability and freedom from the worst privations for decades,” Tarpley added.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.

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