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In what is becoming Western foreign policy déjà vu, another disgruntled segment of a Muslim nation’s population, armed by NATO, has taken offensive military action against their government.
VOA News reports that “rebels of the Free Syrian Army fired rockets and machine guns at an air force intelligence complex in the Damascus suburb of Harasta early Wednesday.”
The news came from a “German-based spokesman” although there was no independent confirmation of the attack which reportedly killed 11 people.
Meanwhile Turkey and Arab League nations met to consider more sanctions against Syria for “refusing to end the crackdown” against the violent rebels who have been consistently referred to as peaceful protesters by the Western media.
Now with yesterday’s military strike, it seems the situation in Syria can no longer be defined as the Assad regime “cracking down” on harmless discontents who once again seem to be a small minority of Syrian civilians.
In recent weeks, there have been massive rallies of tens-of-thousands of government loyalists carrying photos of Assad and denouncing the rebels.
The wave of discontent in the Middle East and Northern Africa has allowed Western powers to assert influence that would have been difficult otherwise. The result has been regime change by civilian uprisings in nations like Tunisia and Egypt, and an eight-month NATO war in Libya to oust Gaddafi.
The West has followed the exact same blueprint for regime change in Syria as they did in Libya. First, they acknowledge support for the angry civilians. Then they impose crippling sanctions by executive order. Next, they arm the proxy army of rebels who are then coordinated by the foreign organizers like the un-named German spokesman referred to above. And if Libya is indeed the model, NATO airstrikes will be on the horizon.
The deja vu in Syria is not without hypocrisy, as no reason has been given as to why popular protests in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and even the United States have been allowed to be crushed without hardly a peep from the Western media.
As the United States preaches the right to free speech in these targeted nations, “Occupy” camps are being forcefully dismantled and protesters evicted, most notably in New York and Oregon. In Oakland, California, peaceful students were brutalized by stormtrooper police. Imagine if China began to secretly arm Occupy groups to defend themselves against police brutality.
The intellectual hypocrisy aside, NATO and the U.S. march forward with their bloodthirsty campaign for regime change yet again in Syria, while the drumbeat continues for striking Iran. With Western media clearly defining the enemies, it seems no one will stop these continued violent interventions in the Middle East and beyond.