BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The U.S.’ economic siege of Syria is supposed to apply pressure on the Syrian government to return to the Geneva peace process, but what it’s actually doing is contributing to the continued suffering of millions of people that are attempting to go on with their lives despite the ongoing war that is crippling their country.

Due to the economic blockade imposed by nations like the United States and the United Kingdom, Syria is facing its worst fuel crisis in recent memory.

The U.S. and their allies continue to obstruct resources from entering the country as they use a “starve or surrender” approach, which is what they and many human rights organizations criticized the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad of doing during the military sieges of areas like Al-Zabadani, East Ghouta, east Aleppo, and northern Homs.

The hypocrisy is not the only problem, it is also the timing of these sanctions.

If they really wanted to hurt the government with a fuel crisis, it would have better served the opposition during the early years of the war when the fighting was most intense; however, at this juncture, the rebel groups don’t possess the military prowess to retake all the areas they lost.

So instead of shifting to a policy of trying to rebuild the nation, which they already said they will not pay for, or even leaving the country alone, the U.S. and their allies continue use sanctions as means to punish the country.

Moreover, other than harming the government, these sanctions are just prolonging and worsening the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

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There are articles now claiming Syrians living under Assad are getting fed up with the government, but that is not really the case.

If you visit the long fuel lines in Damascus or even go on pro-government social media pages, there is a strong sense of animosity towards these sanctions and those imposing them.

To expect these people to suddenly have a change of heart towards the government or the military is nothing more than wishful thinking; they have already suffered this long and their allegiance is unlikely to shift.

What these sanctions are going to create is a another mass diaspora of people from the country.

While the U.S. may not bear the burden of another refugee crisis, their allies in Europe will.

As long as Assad has the Syrian military and support from the Russians and Iranians, he is not going anywhere, but the people will.

 

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Well, there is a simple thing to do : Didn’t a White House SPOX said US were ready to support Assad’s presidency would Syria drop Iran and Hezbollah? Give them what they want for a load of SERIOUS advantages and a Marshall plan. “If they really wanted to hurt the government with a fuel crisis, it would have better served the opposition during the early years of the war when the fighting was most intense” => If the US goal had been the same Qatar+Turkey had = regime change, YES, it’d had been the way to go… But, had the… Read more »

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I agree in many perspectives aree forgotten. USA never would divide Syria but change the Governess. And they could not. USA never wanted a kind of state based on Kurds for the low populated areas but had fiasco helping the FSA into Leadership for control there. Thats where we are now. USA and We in stead have solution 3, which is having Assads as a weak one not controlling important parts of Syria having no finaciel possibilities to rebuild much as well. We might now see we do exact as Assads themselves besieging all enemy things letting them go under… Read more »

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Stop using crack buddy..

Gryz
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Yeah you’re most definitely on something quite strong right now. To pretend that the US of A “would never divide a nation” whereas its ENTIRE HISTORY showed otherwise, and systematic Balkanisation due to its age old “divide & rule” mantra throughout the whole of the XXth century, has been their stalwart strategy to conquer enemies. Their #1 guideline in order to maintain global hegemony : Yugoslavia : 4 countries and a pseudo Kosovo state that still keeps the whole of these weakened and in constant bickering against each other, a perfect situation where the US can rule them all at… Read more »

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Here is a simple thing to do ……..Sanction Israel, Stop all financial and military aid . List all dual citizens as foreign agents. No wars or preemptive strikes in the Middle East, Mossad defanged. Israel wants to be dominant in gas exportation and Israel IDF are not able to win in a war so they need nato-USA to do their dirty work.
Douche Sux is an unhinged warmonger propagandist. Dime a dozen.

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DoucheBag is not even a single person, if you pay attention his diction and style varies formally from one period to the other. He sometimes pretends he is a retired French military (my a**e considering how simplistic and flawed are his takes and level of info on military issues and balance of power) some other times he posts stuff from sites only a extremist Israeli settlers could know , namely Palwatch, an outlet renowned at being directly connected to the far right in Israel itself, facts widely researched and documented, with publicly available data to verify. We’re dealing with a… Read more »

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I feel no pety for Assads about it at all. Assads could have avopided that in the time of Hafez and many times after that as well. The last ones are Afrins and all the refugees there, which were in relative safety and were able to control themselves. Control for own purpose is the motto of Assads. Very hypocritic to write like that above at all. Those poor Baathist finally suffering hard, hard – haha – hard hard having not much petrol… sniff sniff. And they leave. Is that the soulution every body leaves and Assad still are Leader of… Read more »