Images from Syria Before and After the war: Via PetaPixel Ancient locations that are categorized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO have been reduced to rubble through looting, burning, and destruction.
Despite pretexts about fighting terrorism and human rights, the conflict in Syria is about the imposition of an economic and political order which protects the interests of Western powers and their regional allies
Since March of 2011, when multiple armed clashes erupted, the conflict in Syria has become the most dramatic and frightening in recent Middle Eastern history.
Just six years after the beginning of a war that was imposed from abroad, and which has exacerbated the differences between those espousing diverse religious beliefs to an inhumane level, this nation presents a scene of enormous destruction amidst the quest to survive.
The faith of this country with a Sunni majority and a tradition of strong social coexistence was used as the pretext for a conflict whose real motives are the imposition of a particular economic and political order, by hegemonic Western powers and their regional allies. Media manipulation resorted to the terms “civil war” and the supposed struggle against “a dictatorship that did not offer political and social options,” concepts that changed in practice with the widespread promotion of terrorism.
Never before in the Arab and Muslim world had the destruction of a country been promoted in such a combined way, organized from the centers of the former colonial powers and the United States.
The vast and extensive conspiracy, elaborated with the “customary excellence” of the George W. Bush presidential era, became the promotion of a so-called Arab Spring, whose antecedent was the establishment of institutional instability in Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and Libya.
The motives were obvious, and not only because Syria was a secular country, with more signs of virtue than defects in terms of its social, political and religious integration, but because it was, and is, a passageway of important oil and gas pipelines, a position it defends with particular soundness and sovereign and independent principles.
The reality is neither civil war nor faith-based conflict, because the “card” at play in Syria is actually a dirty game which originated from a basic element: in 2009 when the government of Bashar al Assad vetoed a vast project promoted by Qatar and sponsored by large U.S. transnational oil companies for the construction of a 5,000 kilometer pipeline that would run through Syria to the Mediterranean.
From that moment on, and planned in advance, petrodollars from the capitals of the Gulf monarchies, Turkey and Israel, played their part, whose only “principles” are to survive at the expense of “enemies fabricated a priori,” in a disunited and historically forgotten Arab world.
Syria questioned the economic motives of Western powers, which was enough to serve as one of the objective bases for launching the overwhelming media attacks and war against this nation, without considering the consequences, and that undoubtedly exacerbated confrontations beyond its borders.
This “program” was joined by continued destabilizing attempts in Algeria, Morocco and Egypt as of 2009, and the active participation of the Zionist regime of Israel, all in order to lay siege to Syria.
In an explosion of generalized war, thousands of terrorists arrived in Syria, who, allied with national extremists, established points of attack that in the first years covered more than a dozen combat fronts throughout the Syrian territory.
From the border regions with Iraq and Jordan, the Islamic State, or its Arabic language acronym Daesh, advanced, and from the territories of the north close to Turkey, other groups such as the Front for the Conquest of the Levant, formerly Al Nusra, also advanced.
At the most intense moment of the conflict, when Crusader rockets were standing at the ready to attack Syria in the Mediterranean Sea and from other NATO bases in Europe, Russia provided a serious obstacle to Western powers and their interests on vetoing a direct military intervention in the United Nations Security Council.
Double standards have been continually applied, but they have varied again and again in the face of the resolve of Syria and its traditional historical allies such as Russia and Iran, exemplified in the field of combat and the gradual dominance of the Syrian Arab Armed Forces against armed extremist groups.
More than half a million dead and maimed, economic losses of $200 billion dollars and the obvious destruction of Syria’s entire infrastructure, make up a bleak but not insurmountable panorama.
The media siege on this nation, a fierce commercial blockade and widespread terror over six years of an overwhelming imposed war, have not yet been able to annihilate the Syrian people.
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