The declaration is not only bizarre, in that many of America’s rogue partners in Syria are terrorist groups formed explicitly to oust the government, but because Kerry himself, as well as other US officials, have been openly demanding unconditional regime change for several years now. After all, that was the whole idea when they decided to bankroll ISIL and Al-Qaeda, attack Syria, reduce it to a failed state, and create over 10 million refugees.
So despite Kerry’s beautiful words, there is no reason to believe he is building bridges to Syria, let alone shutting down the terrorist groups’ social media and bank accounts, arresting their oil exports to Europe, and halting the flow of weapons to Iraq and Syria:
* The suspicious and ineffective airstrikes in Syria have shown that far from seeking a political solution, the United States seeks to instigate regime change in Damascus. Unwilling to dial it down a notch and stop the slippery slope of bankrolling Daesh and other “moderate” death cults, US policymakers have instead doubled down on military aid to foreign jihadists. Now this strategy is failing and Kerry’s shocking declaration suggests that.
* Contrary to what one might expect, US military in West Asia doesn’t produce effective security and peace. Instead, it polarizes the region, incentivizes bad behaviour on the part of rogue partners, and drives the sources of terrorism: Corruption, violence, sectarianism and poor governance.
* The logic of military aid — or trade and security assistance – to terrorist groups is twofold: US military equipment, training and support will build strategic relationships with terrorists and empower them to fight sovereign nations on their behalf. On the other hand, they will destabilise the region and offer further excuse for permanent presence of US military forces.
* In practice, this logic has led to explosive growth of military aid to Daesh (ISIL/ISIS), AL-Qaeda and other terrorist cults since 2012. Rather than creating “cooperative” terrorist partners, US military aid has produced reverse leverage: The more aid given to a terror outfit, the less likely it is to do what the US wants. For example, Daesh was – and still is – bankrolled by the War Party and its minions, but still went ahead and attacked Paris, all while threatening Washington.
* US military aid is also a tap rogue partners like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and Israel don’t want to turn off. The longer they’re staying in America’s bogus anti-terror coalition, the more security and military assistance they get. There’s no reason for them to actually defeat terrorists, because if they did, the weapons and the cash would go away. Instead, they perpetuate terrorism and maintain an everlasting instability, wherein nobody wins and everybody loses.
Tragically, the unfortunate people of Iraq and Syria are not the only victims of this criminal policy. The crimes committed by US-funded partners are too many to list in other places as well. They include harbouring terrorist groups and sponsoring sectarian conflicts in Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Somalia. Yet, the list does not end in here: Far East Asia, including Indonesia and even China, are moving in the direction as Daesh has just started recruitment in both states.
The awkward irony is that by harbouring these evil doers, the US is fostering a world of endless war, terrorism and insecurity. Undoubtedly, for the War Party’s rogue partners and the Military-Industrial Complex, which are committing war crimes and human rights abuses with impunity, that’s good for business.