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21 October, 2015

Potential for major escalation of violence in Syria by US

With all of this escalation, there is the growing chance that a war in Syria and the region becomes an internationalized conflict,” said Eric Draitser, the founder of StopImperialism.com said, using another acronym for the ISIL terrorist group.

And if that were to happen, if the US were to get its way…then it would be a tragedy for the entire world,” Draitser told Press TV on Tuesday.

The US government has used the pretext of humanitarianism as a way to justify their illegal wars against countries in the region, Draitser said.

The geopolitical analyst argued that Henry Kissinger’s recent article about the urgency to defeat the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria reflects his political realism than necessarily a significant policy shift in Washington.

In an article published by the Wall Street Journal, the veteran US diplomat argues that the United States strategy in Syria should focus more on defeating Daesh than removing President Bashar al-Assad.

Despite Kissinger’s realist approach to expand American imperialism, idealism has replaced realism as the pervasive ideology within the imperial establishment in the United States, Draitser noted.

Kissinger, a former US Secretary of State and National Security Adviser during the Nixon and Ford administrations, has been ranked by some scholars as one the most effective US foreign policy officials in the last half a century, while others have condemned him as a war criminal.

These conflicting trends, compounded by America’s retreat from the region, have enabled Russia to engage in military operations deep in the Middle East, a deployment unprecedented in Russian history,” Kissinger wrote in his article.

The United States has failed to generate effective leverage—political or military—to implement its long-held strategy of removing President Assad from power, he contends. “Nor has the US put forward an alternative political structure to replace Mr. Assad should his departure somehow be realized.”

Russia, he says, merely stepped up to fill the vacuum left by the conflicting US policies.

Militants trained by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to fight against the Syrian government are now under Russian missile strikes with little prospect of rescue by their American supporters, according to US officials.

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