On Dec. 12, the United States formally recognized the newly formed National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (NCSROF) as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. However, will greater U.S. involvement bring peace to Syria?
Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Gulf countries, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have been the main source of weapons for Syrian rebels. There is something fishy about their arms transactions given the close relations between these countries and the United States.
According to the Sunday Times, the United States has promised to provide weapons to Syrian rebels secretly through its Middle Eastern allies.
More weapons, more bloodshed
More worryingly, the United States labeled a key Syrian rebel group, “Jabhat al-Nusra,” as a terrorist organization, while recognizing the legitimacy of the NCSROF, which includes “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Furthermore, it has asked the coalition to send a delegation to Washington as soon as possible.
The United States has committed dreadful crimes in the Middle East.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost the United States nearly 1 trillion U.S. dollars and the lives of thousands of U.S. soldiers. Despite such a heavy loss, the two countries remain plagued by armed conflict and frequent terrorist attacks.
From “no-fly zone” to “massive bombing,” the United States played a crucial role in toppling Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime. Afterward, it left right away, without considering the sharp internal contradictions in the makeshift opposition alliance. At present, the United States is testing its new Middle East policy in Syria, and plunging the region into greater turmoil. In the eyes of Washington, it is not enough to just destabilize the Middle East. It has gradually shifted attention to the Asia-Pacific region in recent years, and made great efforts to sow discord among regional powers. As a result, the harmony of the region has been brutally devastated.
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