media power, Political comment, Syrian history

Ashshams: Kurdish Watch, Anatolia, Idlib, Antioch and Aleppo, part two

President Trump Did Not Make the Decision to Carve Up Syria

Before I begin part two I’d like to express how fed up I am with the so-called alternative internet sites who pontificate about Syria and other regions in the Middle East without a real appreciation of their situation. David Icke, who I listen to on occasion and agree with on many issues, views everything  from a western perspective and fails to credit the Islamic world with its own history or knowledge of what may befall it. This is far from unusual for the ”conspiracists” but Mr Icke has a huge following, which hangs onto his every word and thus is a cause for concern.

I am referring here to his views on the partitioning of Syria by Russia and Britain (America if readers prefer), which will probably be finalised at Socci next week, as Mr. Icke attributes Syria’s fate to president Trump. Situations take decades to unfold and the plans to partition Syria and award part of the country to the Kurdish were laid a long time before the election of 2016. Mr Icke’s chagrin at the new American president appears to stem from the fact the alternative media had high hopes for a future under a new administration  and were critical of the Clinton dynasty.

A Retrospective Look at the Role of the Kurdish and the Russians, Iraq and Syria

In 2014 I received a reply from a letter I’d written to my MP, a Liberal Democrat and part of the coalition government. The reply was in a standardised format explaining the British government’s stance on Syria. What was interesting is that Mr Williams, said MP, hand wrote on it in green ink, ”what do you expect Syria is an ally of Iran and Russia”. In retrospect this leads me to believe that the West  always hoped Russia would intervene in Syria as that would further the reconstruction of the Levant and parts of Asia minor, a process that required the participation of another big power.

Russsia was weak in 1990, when the war began in Iraq, and not in a position to use its veto in the UN. China was about to capitalise and to borrow a considerable amount of money from the World Bank. France too was losing its republican edge and embracing the monopoly game (globalisation), which gave the other veto holders in the UN security council, Britain and America, carte blanche to begin the process of breaking up Iraq, though this had really began with the war between Iran and Iraq (see previous entry). The process, no doubt, would have been more  difficult without the help of the Iraqi Kurdish population, who were called, in 1990, to the North of Iraq, from a new radio station based in Saudi Arabia.

In Syria in 2015 when Islamic State became a mainstream issue, the Turkish and Syrian Kurds were ready to mobilise and combat it, clearly in order to recieve their reward as the Iraqi Kurds had done before them. Joshua Landis, a prominent American academic, with a sound knowledge of the Middle East predicted again this week that the Syrian Kurdish will recieve a territory in Syria and the talks are Astana talks are set to resume in Socci, USSR in a couple of weeks. Many people in Syria and Lebanon were aware of the proposals before President Trump was elected. This may not seem important but Mr Icke is, in a way, exonerating Mr Obama, Mr Cameron and a succession of other Western leaders from blame.

I suspect Mr Icke’s analysis comes from the reports by other journalists who have witnessed, for example, the liberation of Aleppo from Islamic State.  Their contribution has turned on its head the fallacies perpetuated by the main stream media causing many commentators to report that President al-Assad will remain in power, though unfortunately, in my opinion, in a very different Syria. As the first lady is a merchant banker the parts remaining under the auspices of the president are likely to flourish economically. The Christian diaspora is likely to be of assistance and the role of the Chinese is important. The fact remains that the economy is in tatters and some people, who haved endured eight years of war, are considering leaving, due to the rise in the cost of living.

This entry is short of history but this will be rectified in part three.

Antioch in brief

Throughout the Crusades, the Byzantium and Ottoman eras, Idlib’s history was interlinked with that of Aleppo and the Turkish city of Antioch, now Antakya. Antioch was the first centre of Christianity as St Peter, Christ’s first apostle, founded the first Church there. He and St Paul, following his conversion from Judaism, formed a centre of theology, which was as prominent as that in Jerusalem. Its absorbtion into the Arabic Islamic Caliphate meant it lost its status and matters came to a head eventually under the Mamluks in 1268, when it was razed to the ground. Antioch became part of Turkey when under Ottoman rule but technically is part of Syria. Now in the Hatay province, Antioch was once in the region known as Anatolya, which spanned almost the whole of the Asian part of modern day Turkey.




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