by Thierry Meyssan
The US Congress has just elected James Risch (Republican, Idaho) to the presidency of the Senatorial Committee for Foreign Affairs, and Eliot Engel (Democrat, New York) to the presidency of the equivalent Committee for the House of Representatives.
The two men agree on nothing apart from their stubborn support for the Pentagon and Israel, and their hatred of Syria. Engel was the one who tabled the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act in 2003, the US declaration of war against Syria.
At the opening of the new session and even before they were elected as presidents of the Committee, on 3 January 2019, Risch and Engel both presented to their respective assemblies a draft for law (S.1 and H.R. 31) which included an almost identical passage aimed at preventing the reconstruction of Syria.
The two men are pretending to believe that the photographs from the Caesar Report show bodies tortured by “the Syrian regime” (in other words the Syrian Arab Republic) and not by the jihadists, whom the West continues to refer to as‘ moderate rebels’.
They therefore agree to punish the Syrian People for having supported those qualified as “torturers” against the authentic torturers.
By doing so, they are pursuing the strategy implemented by Jeffrey Feltman when he was US Ambassador to Lebanon.
In 2005, he created a “Special Tribunal” to try President Assad, who, according to Feltman and certain false witnesses, was allegedly guilty of having commandeered the assassination of Rafik Hariri.
It is clear to everyone that beyond the rhetorical pretexts, these drafts, according to US law, apply the strategy defined by the same Jeffrey Feltman when he directed the political department of the United Nations. In a secret note, drawn up in October 2017, this ex-assistant of Hillary Clinton instructed all UN agencies to come to the help of Syrian civilians only in cases of emergency and in the short term.
The note forbade any aid in the medium or long term which could enable the reconstruction of the country. This directive exceeded his powers, and was applied behind the backs of state-members of the UN, and without the knowledge of the Security Council.
Its existence was revealed ten months later by Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, on 20 August 2018.
This strategy clearly aims at pursuing the same objective as that of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the seven years of war against Syria – not by military means, since Russia is present, but by financial means.
What Senator James Risch and Representative Eliot Engel are preparing against Syria has already been implemented by the European Union, a further sign that this policy was not solely conceived by US politicians.
Thus on January 21, 2019, the EU Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs sanctioned the persons and companies investing in and/or contributing to the Mariota City project, a new town which is to be built in the suburbs of Damascus, although all of them are just civilians engaged in a reconstruction project.
Thierry Meyssan – Voltairenet.org