Secretary of State John Kerry said in Tuesday the United States will push to balkanize Syria if a planned ceasefire fails.
“It may be too late to keep it as a whole Syria if we wait much longer,” he told the US Senate foreign relations committee.
The US and Russia have agreed upon a ceasefire despite continued Turkish shelling and Russian airstrikes against Gulf Emirate and US supported jihadists.
“I would like to stress that the Russian-US ceasefire agreement does not include ISIS, Al-Nusra Front militants and other militants designated as terrorists by the UN Security Council. Therefore the Russian Air Force is continuing airstrikes against these international terrorist groups’ targets as usual,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday.
Neocons are skeptical of the plan brokered by Kerry and the Russians.
“The only one holding out hope is John Kerry,” said Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute. “Right now, it’s hypothetical and not based on anything real. How Kerry even explained it in his own words, it’s hard to take seriously.”
Former US Ambassador to Iraq Robert Ford, a onetime underling to Honduran death squad architect John Negroponte, also cast aspersion on the ceasefire plan.
“Instead of halting fire, the Syrian government is currently trying to isolate and assert dominion over the rebel-held portion of Aleppo,” Ford wrote earlier this week. “The Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies want to impose surrender terms on the armed opposition, not negotiate a compromise political deal.”
Ford said “the purpose of diplomacy [is] to offer the illusion of substance. This administration needs to show that it’s doing something on Syria. The process becomes an end in and of itself, a version of a process that’s been ongoing since 2012. This is just the latest in a series of endless initiatives that have never made real progress.”
Balkanization the Primary Objective
The primary objective in Syria, long ignored by the establishment media, is the removal of Bashar al-Assad and the dissolution of the country into ethnic mini-states.
Back in 2006 Army Lt. Col. (ret.) Ralph Peters “suggested that a reimagining of Middle Eastern and Asian borders along ethnic, sectarian and tribal lines might ease regional tensions,” the Armed Forces Journal reported.
The breakup of Syria and much of the Middle East was previously envisioned by the Bush neocons who penned A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm. The document created by the Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000 called for overthrowing Saddam Hussein and waging a proxy war against al-Assad in Syria.
Prior to the Clean Break document, Oded Yinon wrote The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. It proposed “that all the Arab states should be broken down, by Israel, into small units” and the “dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon, is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long run.” The destruction of the Arab and Muslim states, Yinon suggested, would be accomplished from within by exploiting their internal religious and ethnic tensions.
Kerry understands the proposed ceasefire will fail as Syria with Russian assistance moves to retake territory captured by jihadists determined to impose an Islamic principality in Syria (a design supported by the Pentagon).
Kerry’s Plan B is, in fact, Plan A. The US effort to partition the country will inevitability result in resistance and possible confrontation with Russia.