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'Qatar turns into mouthpiece of West'
Wed Feb 1, 2012 7:19PM
Interview with Ralph Schoenman, author and political commentator
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So Qatar's role here is as a mouthpiece for imperialism. It is a puppet regime, a country selling regime. It has been the enriched vehicle for sustaining intervention in Libya on behalf of NATO and it is now attempting to replicate this in Syria."

Russia and China have rejected a potential UN Security Council (UNSC) draft resolution against Syria proposed by undemocratic Arab states and backed by Western powers.


Russia and China, however, have expressed opposition to the draft resolution based on their concerns that it could eventually lead to military action against Syria similar to the NATO attacks on Libya in March 2011.

Both countries have for the second time called for dialog to defuse the months-long unrest in the Middle Eastern nation.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Ralph Schoenman, author and political commentator, to share his opinion on this issue.

The following is a transcript of the interview:


Press TV: First of all, how do you explain the case of Syria?

Schoenman: Well fundamentally we have to understand that regardless of the degree of opposition to the government of Assad in Syria and undoubtedly there is wide spread opposition to the Baath regime. That has to be put in a very specific context that has been deployed by United States and by the imperial powers as an opportunity for military intervention along the lines that was undertaken in Syria.

Bear in mind that Obama had called for regime change in Syria and intervention when he went to see Jordan's king Abdullah only a week and a half ago and he called what he said were unacceptable levels of violence requiring regime change as he formulated it.

That is a context in which the Qatari regime has demanded military intervention and the stepping down of Assad and Qatar after all played the key role in the US-NATO war for regime change in Libya leading back of the Arab League resolution and in that respect took the lead in training and arming the so-called rebels in Libya, sending large numbers of Qatari troops into the country to lead forces to topple Muammar Gaddafi, the spokesperson and mouthpiece for the NATO operation.

One specific point with respect to the debate in United Nations, last month the American conservative carried a detailed article by the CIA agent, Philip Giraldi providing a detailed description of an operation being mounted by United States and NATO to foment armed conflict inside Syria and I quote, 'unmarked NATO warplanes are at the Turkish military border and bases close to Iskenderun on the Syrian border, delivering weapons from the late Muammar Gaddafi's arsenals as well as volunteer soldiers'.

He writes: Iskenderun is the seed of the Free Syrian Army, the armed wing of the Syrian National Council. French and British Special Forces trainers are on the ground while CIA and special operations of United States provide communications equipment and intelligence and arms to support the rebel cause and enabling the fighters to avoid concentration of Syrian soldiers such to be very clear about this.

There is a mass movement in Syria but this has been hijacked not unlike what occurred in Libya when in the aftermath of the uprising against Ben Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt, Ra's Lanuf began a struggle against Muammar Gaddafi regime which was hijacked by NATO, hijacked by the United States, turned into a blood bath to service the ends of aims of imperialism. That is the pattern that is unfolding in Syria today.

The United Nations services a fig leaf for NATO intervention, imperial intervention, these resolutions have nothing to do with liberation of the Syrian people and everything to do with imposing of regime subject to NATO and imperial and US domination. That is what is unfolding here. The United Nations is but a fig leaf of cover for this NATO-US operation.

Press TV: Indeed. I mean we have a nation like Qatar and Saudi Arabia that do not tolerate voice of descent and there is no constitution there, there is no free and fair elections and at the same time we are hearing from those countries specially Qatar which is leading the talks on the case of Syria, calling on Syria itself to hold free and fair elections. Why all this contradiction?

Schoenman: What they actually trying to do is use this façade and pretext of a concern about free elections and democracy to undertake a removal of a government that they do not consider it to be sufficiently compliant with imperial aims in the region.

Qatar, a voice of democracy, Barack Obama has just now, just yesterday increased his arms to the regime in Bahrain. The dictatorship in Bahrain which is slaughtering people on an ongoing basis is a continuing recipient of advanced arms and Special Forces that the US and Britain are supplying and providing and sanctioning.

So Qatar's role here is as a mouthpiece for imperialism. It is a puppet regime, a country selling regime. It has been the enriched vehicle for sustaining intervention in Libya on behalf of NATO and it is now attempting to replicate this in Syria.

No one should support imperial intervention in any country under any pretext because it has vanishingly little to do with the aspirations of the population and everything to do with imposing a regime that will allow domination of its resources and destroy sovereignty for the people on an ongoing basis.

AHK/JR
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