The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 30th June 2017

Russia warns America over Syria

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

RUSSIA has warned the Americans not to act unilaterally in Syria following Trump administration threats to make Syria “pay a heavy price” for what US imperialism claims is “another” planned poison gas attack on the imperialist-backed rebels by the Syrian army.

The Syrian government has likewise dismissed the latest American lies pointing out that it no longer has stocks of poison gas following the full destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, which had been confirmed by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

No one knows why the Americans have chosen this transparently false pretext for future aggression, which some suspect is down to the erratic whims of Donald Trump himself.

Trump’s position on the Middle East is essentially a nuanced continuation of the policies of Barack Obama’s policies in the region. Total support for Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian and Syrian territory continues, but blanket backing for the feudal Arab oil princes has been shaken by the open feud between the House of Saud and the Qatari royal family. Syrian ‘regime change’ is still top of the American agenda, but now it has become part and parcel of a general move against Iran and the Islamic Republic’s allies in the Arab world.

Trump, who posed as the great “deal maker” in his run for the White House, has appointed his own son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to lead the latest American attempt to resolve the Palestinian problem. Kushner, like Trump himself, is a former property speculator. His appointment has angered American career diplomats, who point out that although Kushner has close links with the Zionist establishment he has little experience in international diplomacy.

It has also angered Trump’s foreign minister, Rex Tillerson. Tillerson has no reason to feel inferior to Trump or Kushner. He was the chief executive of ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, until his appointment as Secretary of State by Trump in February. He is now rumoured to be considering standing down in protest at being side-lined by Kushner over the Middle East.

Of course no one seriously expects Kushner to achieve anything beyond the usual platitudes for peace and some more meaningless talks with the Israeli leadership and the Palestinian “autonomous” government in the West Bank. Although there is no doubt that the Americans could impose a settlement on Israel any time it wanted to — the country is after-all a US protectorate in all but name — the Zionist entity is too useful to US imperialism to be weakened or undermined at this moment in time, Consequently all the Americans are prepared to offer the Arabs is some paltry financial inducements in exchange for the surrender peace the Palestinian masses have rejected time and time again over the decades.