US, Israel underestimated Syria power: Mark Weber
Thu Oct 3, 2013 7:20PM
The United States and Israel miscalculated in underestimating the strength of the Syria government which has proved firm and resilient and stronger than they had anticipated.”Press TV has conducted an interview with Mark Weber, with the Institute for Historical Review from California, to talk about the situation in Syria. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview. Press TV: We know the Syrian government is a unified entity however the opposition is divided. So how can we expect a divided entity to respect this call for humanitarian access? Weber: Well, we cannot. As you pointed out, the Syrian opposition, the rebels, are a divided group and increasingly has a very little support around the world and it does not speak with any unified voice. In fact, it speaks with a double voice to many of its own supporters. It proclaims a very militant, extremist message of the destruction and hate but to the outside world, it tries to pretend that it is a democratic moderate force. And so this two-faced approach only underscores the division within the so-called opposition to the Syrian government. Press TV: I am just wondering if anything, God forbid, does happen while these humanitarian operations are taking place. Won’t the Syrian government be automatically blamed though it may very well be these divided insurgents who are carrying out those sorts of attacks? Weber: I do not think so. I think increasingly the world understands better and better some of the greater, larger realities of the situation. It is important to understand that the war is not a spontaneous war but that the rebels have been supported right from the very beginning by the United States with backing of course from Israel as part of a larger effort to overthrow the Assad government.
This is not just spontaneous; this is not a spontaneous uprising of people in Syria against the government. Just a few months ago, the former French Foreign Minister, Roland Dumas, stated explicitly that the Syria war was planned in advance; it is part of a larger effort to overthrow every regime and every government in the region which does not cooperate with the United States and which Israel regards as an adversary or as a threat to its interests.In fact, the war in Syria is part of a larger conflict that is part of the effort by Israel and its supporters in the United States also to bring down the Islamic Republic of Iran. Press TV: This plan that you speak of, do you think it has essentially failed in Syria and thus Israel will be more apprehensive of going forward with this? Weber: The plan has failed because the Obama administration and Israel miscalculated in two important ways. First, the United States and Israel miscalculated in underestimating the strength of the Syria government which has proved firm and resilient and stronger than they had anticipated and in addition, they miscalculated and underestimated the skill of both the Russian and Iranian diplomats … and moreover, the Obama administration miscalculated and did not understand just how strong the feeling in the United States and the rest of the world, but particularly in the United States, is to American involvement in this war. Just a few weeks ago, Obama was talking as if the United States any day was going to be attacking Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons. All that has disappeared because overwhelmingly, the American public is opposed to further military adventures like this one. MSK/HMV