The dirty secret about the Obama administration’s “regime change” strategy in Syria is that it amounts to a de facto alliance with Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front which is driving toward a possible victory with direct and indirect aid from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel, as Daniel Lazare explains.In this article Lazare's provides an overview of the chaos in Syria and nearby areas, however he fails to dig deeper to see the primary forces that have shaped this series of disasters for ordinary people living in the area who are regarded as dispensable by the various Arab tyrants as they play their petty power games.
The most powerful actors that have shaped events in this area is not the Obama administration, but the large Zionist component of the US-led Empire's capitalist ruling class and their planted military outpost in the Middle East known as Israel. These powerful actors have continually stirred up conflicts, especially after the US invasion of Iraq, between Sunnis and Shias and between various Arab tyrants allied with one or the other sects.
In recent years the chaos has grown murkier with the secret sponsorship of the ISIS terrorist army which have been attributed by astute observers such as Pepe Escobar, Tony Cartalucci, William Engdahl, Ray McGovern, Eric Draitser, and others to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, US, and Israel. Thus, while Lazare paints a picture of a series of seemingly irrational conflicts and scandalous policies perpetrated by the Obama administration, what he misses are the deeper interests at work to create this chaos. Empire directors are working earnestly to protect the Empire's access to Middle East oil and its military outpost, Israel, while reducing any inference in this project by hostile Iran, Russia, and China.
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