While Russia’s moderating influence as a superpower continues to grow in the Middle East and is arguably at its highest level since the 1970s, for the past forty years, it has been the US that was and to a large extent remains the domineering superpower of the Middle East. This is particularly true in respect of an Arab world that remains divided against itself.
These divisions have been sown through the US and “Israeli” exploitation of otherwise minor social, confessional and ethnic divisions in order to prevent the Arab world from doing what the great Arab Nationalist leaders of the 20th century sought to do – uniting the Arab nation into either a single state or a united confederation.
Today, there is a simple recipe for becoming an Arab ally of the United States that is a generally fail safe national insurance policy, save for the brief moment of zealotry that consumed Hillary Clinton’s extremist (even by US standards) state department in 2011. The recipe is this: recognise “Israel” or otherwise recognise it in all but name, never mention the ‘P word’ (Palestine) and certainly don’t do anything meaningful or even overly symbolic to promote the cause of Palestinian justice. If an Arab leader does this, he will likely die in old age after either rigging multiple elections or ruling a regime that is never subjected to any meaningful popular scrutiny.
This method was first pioneered by Saudi Arabia and later by its Gulf Cooperation Council partners. Then in 1979, Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat took the plunge and formally recognised “Israel”. While at the time Sadat paid for his life due to this decision, Egypt has generally been on the good side of the US ever since, save for the infamous US coup against the pro-“Israel” Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Of course, 2011 was an exception was proves the rule which continues to this day under President el-Sisi, a man who continues to ignore Palestine as though the issue is cursed.
In 1994, the Hashemite King Hussein of Jordan also recognised “Israel”, thus completing the anti-Palestinian circle which began when Jordan violently slaughtered Palestinian refugees in the Black September events of 1970. For all his faults, Saddam Hussein supported Palestine and the leaders of the Tel Aviv regime feared him greatly as a result. Saddam, was subsequently executed by the United States and Iraq today is in no real position to help Palestine however much it might want to do so. The Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya helped fund multiple Palestinian groups and its revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi never ceased talking in support of Palestine. He was executed by pro-NATO terrorists after an airstrike in 2011.
Lebanon remains divided along sectarian lines where some parties speak out in favour of Palestine and others, including the current Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s pro-Saudi Future Movement act as though they wish the issue of Palestine would simply go away. While Algeria continues to be pro-Palestine, its geography and comparatively recent civil war has made the country remote from the issue in more ways than one.
The Syrian Arab Republic is not only a neighbour of the Zionist regime but part of Syria, the Golan Heights has been illegally occupied by “Israel” since 1967. In the Constitution of the Syrian Arab Republic, the following is written:
“The Syrian Arab role has increased on the regional and international levels over the past decades, which has led to achieving human and national aspirations and achievements in all fields and domains. Syria has occupied an important political position as it is the beating heart of Arabism, the forefront of confrontation with the Zionist enemy and the bedrock of resistance against colonial hegemony on the Arab world and its capabilities and wealth. The long struggle and sacrifices of our people for the sake of its independence, progress and national unity has paved the way for building the strong state and promoting cohesion between the people and their Syrian Arab army which is the main guarantor and protector of the homeland’s sovereignty, security, stability and territorial integrity; thus, forming the solid
foundation of the people’s struggle for liberating all occupied territories”.
In spite of being mired in a war that has seen the troops and/or proxies of Saudi Arabia, the United States, Qatar, UAE, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Netherlands and “Israel” itself attempt to bring down the government, Syria not only continues to fight back, but continues to fight against frequent “Israeli” acts of aggression on its territory, including the now legendary downing of an “Israeli” jet that had fired upon Syrian territory.
Now that Syria’s internal war against foreign terrorist proxies has been largely won in a material sense, if officials in Damascus approached Tel Aviv in order to agree on a Jordanian style treaty where Syria would acknowledge “Israel”‘s right to occupy Palestine and perhaps even some of the Golan Heights, all the while renouncing anti-Zionist positions from its Constitution, the war would be over. Not only would the war be over, but the US and European powers would likely begin courting Syria once again as they did in the 1990s and early 2000s in the hope that such a thaw could be implemented. To understand why this would be the case, one must understand that the war only started in the first place because of foreign meddling, particularly from the United States. History shows that when an Arab nation humiliates itself and its Arab brothers before Tel Aviv, the US tends to back off any hostile moves and instead seeks both economic and military cooperation.
This “surrender scenario” is almost certainly not going to happen in Syria. Seven years of war have if anything, only hardened the historic position of the Syrian Arab Republic vis-a-vis Zionism and consequently, the US and its partners will almost certainly continue to prolong the conflict in Syria for as long as possible.
Consequently, the one opportunity Syria has to end the war in a manner that would be virtually total, is not on the table because it would require changing one of the fundamental aspects of the very essence of the country and its right to defend itself and its occupied territory.
For those who actually believe that the western and Gulfi intervention has anything to do with a genuine desire to promote Sunni supremacism against an Alawite President (whose wife is a Syrian Sunni), then they don’t realise the reality behind the situation. It is as clear as the words of the Yinon Plan, a document calling for the expansion of “Israel” into the territory of Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and even Saudi Arabia. Syria knows this all too well which is one of the reasons that its government refuses to compromise with Tel Aviv, even if this could end the current war.
This reality is made all the more tragic as some Palestinian groups, including the terrorist group Hamas refuse to realise that Syria is an ally of the Palestinian people. Brainwashing is a powerful tool and while Syria remains true to its principles, many Palestinians are not even loyal to their own long term interests as a nation.