“Wheat is a weapon of great power in this next phase of the Syrian conflict,” insists Nicholas Heras, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a Washington, DC based think-tank, bankrolled by the US government, and until four months ago, run by Victoria Nuland, a key architect of the 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine, a Hillary Clinton confidant and the wife of the neoconservative ideologue Robert Kegan.
CNAS functions as a revolving door to both the Democratic and Republican Party’s foreign-policy elite. Its top donors include the leading weapons manufacturers—Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and BAE Systems, the usual suspects who support any war as long as there are profits to be made.
How is it possible, after eight years of trying to oust Bashar Assad from power, killing or injuring half a million Syrians, displacing two-thirds of the population and destroying large swaths of the country, that this despicable group of warmongers thinks it is a good idea to use wheat as a weapon to starve Syria’s civilian population as a way to terrorize Damascus into submission?
As I suggest in Damascus Street, the issue, from the beginning, was not Syria per se. It was about dealing a crippling blow to Iran and Hezbollah, and Syria, as their linchpin, needed to be taken out, even if such an action triggered a great power war.
Mr. Heras suggests arming Syria’s moderate opposition to help carry out his plan. The US government has been doing business for the last eight years with any al-Qaeda affiliate who will do its dirty work and calling them Syria’s moderate opposition. Mr. Heras also wants the US to put pressure on the Assad regime, and through the regime on Russia, to force concessions. What concessions? The US has lost. Assad is still in power and Syria, Russia and Iran have won.
The battle for global hegemony, as defined by the US government, unraveled over Syria and the world changed. Russians, Iran and China drew a red line and stood behind Assad. Syria triggered the great power battle that unleashed the potential for a new order, with the US descendent.
Meanwhile, President Assad has offered farmers in northeastern Syria a high subsidized price for their wheat but the local armed factions, directly allied with the US military, which has built a dozen military bases there, refuses to allow wheat to leave the region under their control.
Bread is a major food stable for Syrians who depend on it to survive. Already millions of Syrians are food insecure and crippling sanctions imposed by the US have exacerbated the humanitarian crisis.
The proliferation of al-Qaeda insurgents is a pretext for endless wars. Isn’t it time they come to an end?
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