Western countries once again carried out another invasion under the pretext of chemical weapons use on the basis of unsubstantiated evidence.
On the morning of April 7, 2018, the US, Britain and France conducted joint airstrikes against Syria accusing Damascus of using chemical gas in the former militant-held town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta. The attacks took place while the Syrian government had denied that it had any role in the suspected chemical raid.
This was reminiscent of the US-led invasion of Iraq.
In 2003, an alliance, led by the US, attacked Iraq and vowed to destroy Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). The UK which was part of the alliance, has admitted that the war with Iraq was “not justified” and the US “misled” Britain over Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.
The US and its European allies attacked Syria before the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) launched an investigation into the suspected chemical attack in Douma.
The US has supported terrorists — which it has called “moderate rebels” — fighting against the Syrian government since the country was gripped by foreign-backed militancy in 2011.
The US media have revealed that Washington’s anti-Syria policy is aimed at countering Iran’s influence in the Middle East and exerting pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program. The media also say that the invasion of Syria was a message to Tehran that the US does not tolerate Iran’s military presence in Syria although the Islamic Republic has reiterated that it only plays an advisory role in Syria.
In fact, the White House believes that Syria poses a threat to Washington’s regional allies. Hence, the US seeks to change the game in favor of its allies by attacking Syria under the illusion that a model like the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan will help it achieve its purposes.
The US ousted the Taliban in 2001 but the terror group is still making gains in Afghanistan. The US war on Afghanistan has not only led to the deaths of American troops but claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians over the past 17 years.
Washington’s war on Iraq also led to the emergence of the Daesh terror group in the country which committed atrocities against Muslims, Christians and other religious groups. However, the terror group was defeated by the Iraqi Army.
Experts say the invasion of Syria stems from the fact that the Trump administration has no strategy or it is pursuing a wrong strategy with regard to developments in the Middle East. This has prompted rights groups to warn against the consequences of Trump’s regional approach.
Earlier this month, Trump said he would withdraw US troops from Syria. But a few days later he ordered airstrikes on the country. Later, the White House also announced that American forces will remain in the Arab nation. Such moves indicate that the US has no clear and coherent strategy.
Apart from global condemnation, the US attacks on Syria were met by criticism at home as the Democrats slammed Trump for his refusal to seek congressional authorization before carrying out the air raids.
On the whole, Washington’s warmongering policy could fill the region with impending troubles while the Daesh terror group has been almost eradicated from Iraq and Syria.
Such a warmongering policy attaches considerable importance to remarks made by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who said, “Our assumptions have been confirmed, the actual goal of the three Western countries was to let the extremists catch their breath, restore their ranks and prolong the bloodshed on Syrian soil thus hindering the political settlement process.”