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The tortoise: The ‘Godfather’ of U.S. Syria policy

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Anyone following what has been happening in Syria for the past 11 years, with the exception of decision-makers, must enter a labyrinth of puzzles that put before him/her a number of possibilities and illusions. One can only understand what is taking place in this country if he/she is well-versed in American foreign policy.

It is true that there are other players on the Syrian ground, yet I believe all of them are regional ones, including Russia’s Putin, with limited influence, and definitely they are not game-changers.

The vision of the U.S. as an international power regarding the future of Syria‘s role at the strategic level is varied and contradictory. It is not linked to many of the thorny issues that the Arab region suffers from. This is in addition to the overlap of some dubious regional interests, direct and indirect because they compete to provide cover and support for dictatorial regimes in order to preserve the U.S. interests.

So far, the Arab Spring has not succeeded to bring about any fundamental changes in the region and in the main balances of power. All the blood that has been shed in the Arab region before and after it has provided little scribble in the political structures of the regimes that govern the countries of the region.

the Middle East is still moving dynamically according to the principle of “creative chaos theory”

Yes, this was driven by most of the countries of the region that did not witness the rise of the Arab Spring, but there was a major power behind all of that. It is the U.S. because the Middle East is still moving dynamically according to the principle of “creative chaos theory”.

After the experience of the Vietnam War, the elites of policymakers in the U.S. continued to formulate this term adding to the principle of negative chaos (instability), which was the main axis applied to control the countries of the world, an alternative principle they called (creative chaos; i.e., creation and then deconstruction).  

The term “creative chaos” was formulated to give it a positive character, in order to hide the evil intentions inherent in it because it consisted of misinformation camouflaged under the cloak of democracy, allowing it to do what it wants without having to resort to direct military action except as a last resort.

The U.S. is not in a hurry as it does not want the peoples of the region, including Syrians, to achieve their goals of building strong democracies

One year after the start of the revolution of the Syrian people, in a frank dialogue with a figure from the first rank in the American administration, I asked: “At least send medical relief.” The high-ranking official summed up his answer by saying verbatim: “We stand out from others in that we step slowly like a turtle, so we get there!”

The U.S. is not in a hurry as it does not want the peoples of the region, including Syrians, to achieve their goals of building strong democracies. Not only does it not help them to do this, but it also does all it can to prevent them from achieving this dream.

Time is not in the interest of the Syrian people, hence American administrations keep looking at the tortoise as their guiding godfather.

George Tuma
George Tuma
George Tuma is the publisher and chief editor of Medical & Cosmetic Arts Magazine; specialist in Spirituality, Health, and Healing; an Instructor of Electro Cosmetic, Therapy and a Practioner of Holistic Medicine, (Complementary and Alternative). He has published several articles in scientific journals.

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