Foreign terrorists’ expulsion from Syria first step towards peace: Webster Tarpley 1-1-2013


A prominent analyst tells Press TV that the first step towards a negotiated peaceful solution to the armed unrest in Syria is for all of the foreign fighters to leave the Syrian soil.

The comments come as the Syrian Army has killed several foreign-sponsored militants, and confiscated a large cache of Israeli-made weapons from terrorists attempting to cross into Syria from Jordan. Also in the latest development of the Syrian armed crisis, the Syrian Army troops have arrested four Turkish fighter jet pilots near a military airport in Syria’s northwestern province of Aleppo.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, author and historian from Washington D.C to shed more light on the issue at hand. He is joined by two additional guests on Press TV’s News Analysis program: Danny Makki, co-founder of the Syrian Youth in Britain (SYB), from London and Omar Bakri, political analyst from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Dr. Tarpley the question is, should [President] Bashar al-Assad simply voluntarily step down for this crisis to be resolved, as our guest [Omar Bakri] there in Beirut is saying?

Tarpley: I would personally think that that would be a very unwise of course and I do not think that it is supported by the majority of the Syrian people.

To go back to your first question, if there is going to be a birth and if Erdogan [the Turkish Prime Minister] is the midwife then it is likely to be a monstrous birth and I do not know what the unfortunate Turkish president is talking about.

He has made himself look very silly over many months with his predictions concerning Syria. I would say right now we have a stalemate on the battlefield.

There had been a kind of hysterical optimism with the foundation of the Syrian National Coalition [SNC] under the US auspices, with the Anglo-Dutch operative [Moaz al-Khatib] to be the head of it.

They are obviously losing touch with reality, they are demanding apologies from the Russian Federation, they are complaining that the United States is not following their orders quite enough but the reality is stalemate.

Let me just say here in Washington the stalemate now takes the form of proposals to get out of this situation.

We have two, one is the three senators, McCain, Lieberman and Graham; the three amigos together for the last time, they want to arm the rebel, the death squads with the most modern weapons and they want a no-fly zone over Syria; that is the hard copy, the soft copy is Jean-David Levitte, the former diplomatic expert of Sarkozy; his proposal was, get a coalition government with the death squads, with some Assad people and at the same time try to get Iran to limit its nuclear enrichment program. So that would be the soft copy both completely unrealistic.

Press TV: Now the question of who the militants in Syria are, whether they are coordinated within themselves or not; we have got the al-Nusrah from which was mentioned there, we have got the Free Syrian Army [self-proclaimed FSA], calling itself the Free Syrian Army; we have got the National Coalition, we have got another opposition inside another opposition abroad.

Are these various groups coordinated or getting basically their orders from one single entity or place?

Tarpley: I think that the groups that you mentioned are owned by different proprietors
the Western world.

It was widely known that the Syrian National Council, the one that has been pushed aside, was under the very direct control of the French direction general de service exterior [Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure], the DGSE, so that was the Syrian National Council and everything they did or said; every trip they made was ordered from Paris.

We get the idea that the Nusrah front is heavily controlled by Saudi Arabia with perhaps an input from Qatar but then you have also got other groups that are franchised, controlled by other forces.

I am sure that the British have their favorites, the US seems to have appointed [Moaz] Khatib [the president of the so-called National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces], this Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell executive to be the head of the coalition; so it is not a national opposition in any sense.

I would say the first step towards a negotiated solution or political solution would be the exit of all foreign fighters; get all foreign fighters out of the country.
We have heard that a thousand Pakistani Taliban have been killed by the Syrian army in fighting. We have had stories of people coming from Britain, from Chechnya, from Libya; we have heard about an airlift by NATO from Libya into Turkey and then into Syria.

This is obviously a destabilization conducted from abroad. The political solution depends on that being stopped.

Press TV: Mr. Tarpley what do you think is standing in the way of that political agreement based on the Geneva Communiqué that was agreed upon actually by foreign powers, including Russia and the US?

Tarpley: I do not think that the Obama administration has any intention of actually honoring such a pledge and Hillary Clinton [United States Secretary of State] is up to her neck in all of the stuff, needless to say.

The orders that have been given to the Syrian National Coalition which has an even bigger death squad representation and al-Qaeda representation than the Council, is that they are forbidden to make any political arrangement. In other words their orders are to make sure that the political solution remains impossible, that the crisis remains open and therefore the path to military intervention also open.

Typically the US and the British ruling classes, when confronted with a situation where they want to intervene and public opinion says no! they have recourse to some kind of false flag action.

Some kind of Gulf on Tonkin-style operation that would give them enough public hysteria to try to mount some kind of an air attack or something of this sort.

The problem is, we have heard that the British people are against this. I would also say the degree of war weariness here in the United States is overwhelming so it will not be easy to orchestrate yet another round of hysteria on the Afghan or Iraqi model. So this is going to be a difficult process but I think that is where they might turn.




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