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US seeks to topple Assad via destabilizing Syria: Kevin Barrett

This file photo shows a US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle flying over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria. (AFP Photo)

Press TV has interviewed Kevin Barrett, an editor at Veterans Today, in Madison, to discuss Washington’s recent accusations about Russia’s “military buildup” in Syria.

Following is a rough transcription.

Press TV: It seems that the US is accusing Russia of military buildup in Syria, especially in Latakia and near the capital Damascus. Moscow, of course, denies that but the question is why is Washington so afraid of a military buildup given that Syria is itself a victim of ISIL and it’s fighting it?

Barrett: That is right. It is a very paradoxical situation. We have the American side claiming that the so-called war on terror has moved into a new phase and the new enemy is ISIL. And that is what is being used to propagandize the American people against Islam, to propagandize the American people for more military spending and we are hearing the Republican presidential candidates trying to one-up each other in exaggerating the threat to civilization and humanity coming from the ISIL.

And yet at the same time, the US government is basically supporting ISIL and basically created it to destabilize Syria in an attempt to overthrow the government of President Assad. So it really doesn’t make a lot of sense and every time somebody actually tries to fight against ISIL, whether it would be Hezbollah, or the government of Syria or now Russia, it seems that the Americans are not happy. So they have a lot of explaining to do to the American voters.

On the one hand, they are telling us that we must fight ISIL and then when Syria, Hezbollah or Russia actually tries to help out fighting ISIL or it appears that it is what is happening, they complain about it. So somebody really needs to ask some hard questions from the people in Washington.

Press TV: The US along with its regional Arab allies and Turkey is funding and training terrorists whom it calls moderate rebels which are actually the opposition in Syria. They claim to be trained to fight ISIL or Daesh but they can also be used to topple the Syrian government and they can also turn out to be terrorists like what happened with al-Qaeda, however, when it comes to Russia, and its sending in any kind of support to the government against the terrorists, the West becomes very concerned about it.

Barrett: That is right and now we are hearing a rehabilitation of al-Qaeda. We are hearing American policy makers suggesting that it is time to help the al-Nusra Front which is now fighting with ISIL, but of course, that is an al-Qaeda group and we are told here in America that it was al-Qaeda that attacked the world trade center and murdered 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001. Of course, that is not true, but that is the propaganda line we get in the mainstream media.

So yes, they are not admitting that they are helping ISIL, but they are admitting that they are also helping all these other Syrian groups, including al-Qaeda and al-Nusra Front and the so-called moderate rebels are really not a very important force in Syria.

What we are really seeing is a destabilization program. We have seen this over and over in history when the United States empire, which is not run on behalf of the people of the United States, feels that it needs to overthrow a foreign government that isn’t obsequious enough in its relations with Washington, they destabilize the country. They are a lot of means of doing that; trashing the country’s economy, stirring up trouble with labor unions, doing false-flag terror attacks… now there are a million ways to destabilize a country and Syria has gotten that same treatment that has been mitted out to some countries in the past and it has gotten them even worse. 

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