Does the average Westerner still believe that the “people” (jihadists) fighting the Syrian regime are “defenceless”? No doubt he/she does, as that is what the authorities would like us to believe. It fits in with their plan for the dismemberment of Syria, and the creation of several mini-states in its place. Actually, that is their plan for the entire “Middle East”, which must contain no power both able and willing to challenge the dominance of Israel. In the Western scenario, every sect and ethnic group will have its own cabbage patch surrounded by razor wire and minefields — to be defended at any cost against its erstwhile compatriots. Hatred, paranoia, and petty nationalism are to reign supreme. What a depressing prospect!
The cartoon, by Malcolm Evans, is from the Manawatu Standard of March 9, 2013.
This isn’t the first time that Dominion Post cartoonist Tom Scott has paraded his ignorance on the Middle East. In the above cartoon, published on February 7, 2013, he first naively accepts the Israeli claim that Israel “attack[ed] missile shipments bound for Lebanon”.
(On January 31, 2013, Aljazeera reported: “It is unclear . . . what the exact nature of the target of Wednesday’s air strikes was. Syrian state media said that the strikes targeted a military research centre near Damascus, while regional security sources told the Reuters and AP news agencies that the target was a convoy of trucks allegedly carrying anti-aircraft missiles for Hezbollah in Lebanon.”)
Next, Scott claims the “Syrian Government attacks Syrian people . . .” as though the conflict were as simple as that. Actually, it’s complex, and involves a number of players, including Sunni jihadist groups made up of fighters from around the Muslim world. Some of these groups are supported by the Western powers, the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia. Increasingly, it’s a sectarian conflict, pitting Sunnis against Alawites and other minorities (including Christians), rather than a rebellion by disfranchised civilians against an autocratic ruler.
The objectives, as far as the Western powers are concerned, are to remove another obstacle to Israeli hegemony in the region, to cut the link between Iran and Hezbollah, and to lay the groundwork for an attack on Iran. They aren’t too concerned about the “evil dictator” Bashar al-Assad, as they are only too happy to do business with Third World dictators who play ball.
NOTE: The above clipping is from The Dominion Post of February 12, 2013.
Yesterday’s enemy is today’s friend, until he becomes an enemy again… I think that’s how US policy in the Middle East goes. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of December 15, 2012.
“McCully” is Murray McCully, New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. The cartoonist, Evans, observes that the UN is little more than a tool of US foreign policy — and that the US either “protects” or punishes civilians entirely in accordance with its strategic aims. The UN would, of course, have intervened in Syria, under the banner of R2P (“Responsibility to Protect”), if Russia and China, stung by the US-facilitated regime change in Libya, had not vetoed the resolution that would have ensured the Syrian regime quickly met a similar fate. The cartoon was published in the Manawatu Standard on October 1, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.
The answer to the above question can be found, in part, in the cover stories of Crescent International for the issues of August and September 2012. Many Muslims don’t accept the Western propaganda, which would have us believe that, in the tradition of Gunsmoke, there is a good guy and a bad guy in this conflict — one wearing a white hat and the other wearing a black hat — and that the various outside forces involved are simply trying to aid the former’s fight for freedom and justice. Both the United States and Israel have an interest in seeing Syria trashed and partitioned, while Saudi Arabia has an interest in any effort to replace the Alawite regime in Damascus with a Sunni one — whatever the cost, in terms of civilian casualties. The latter are inevitable, in view of the Free Syrian Army’s tactic of seizing residential areas and then attempting to hold them against government forces. If the rebels were not the “good guys”, we would immediately accuse them of using civilians as human shields. And we would have no difficulty in seeing that they, too, commit atrocities. Indeed, I would not like to be an Alawite or a Christian in Syria if the rebels, who include many jihadists from abroad, win this war. Such minorities could suffer the fate of the black people in Libya, even if, in some cases, they don’t support the regime. Similarly, a future US ambassador could find that “past services” to the jihadists don’t guarantee immunity from attack.
The cartoon is from The Dominion Post of September 22, 2012. The cartoonist is Tom Scott.
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of August 23, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.
Crescent International’s issue for August 2012 includes articles on “How to deal with the fitnah of Al Saud” (see below), “The Anglo-Wahhabi-Zionist war on Syria” and the “backward advance” of “Israel-NATO’s new Libya” — a wrecked country where “rival militias slug it out”. The cover story, by Tahir Mustafa, begins:
The tribal-owned network, Al-Jazeera, has dubbed it the “War in Syria.” Its news broadcasts run this banner on the screen while reporting on Syria. This tries to create the impression that there are two clearly identifiable sides in the conflict: one comprises the opposition groups while the other consists of government forces. This is a grossly simplistic and inaccurate projection of the far more complex reality on the ground. True, there are myriad groups battling government forces, but they are neither independent nor have the support of the Syrian people. The overwhelming majority is made up of mercenaries financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar — two “shining examples” of democracy in the Muslim East — and aided and abetted by the US, Israel, the Hariri clan in Lebanon and and odd assortment of US allies from Europe. Nor is the uprising in Syria as spontaneous as those that occurred in Tunisia and Egypt. The Syrian uprising has multiple layers and numerous players. Its roots can be traced as far back as 2005, according to the Washington Post (April 16, 2011) when a number of Syrian opposition figures were recruited by the George Bush administration…
From the Manawatu Standard of July 13, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.
Published on June 1, 2012.