Trump's 'No Fly Zone' Escalates U.S. War Against Syria

Mackler, Jeff
Date Written:  2017-06-28
Publisher:  Counterpunch
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21119

The June 18th destruction of a Syrian government aircraft by a U.S. fighter jet underscores the fact that U.S. and its imperial allies in Syria will attack any and all forces that seek to interfere with U.S. imperialist objectives.



This is now the public policy of the U.S., presented in bold outline by several U.S. officials and top imperialist planners and reported in the June 23 NYT under the headline, "U.S. Sends Civilians to Stabilize Recaptured Syrian Areas." The referenced "civilians" include representatives from the CIA-directed Agency for International Development and representatives from the array of countries that are supporting the U.S. war in Syria. Billions of dollars are to be expended in this effort, not to rebuild Syria, but to insure the stability of the occupying force in the regions the U.S. seeks to establish under its control. A minimum of 1,000 U.S. troops would remain in these "recaptured' regions, according to The Times report, undoubtedly qualitatively more if the U.S. warmakers believe they can further leverage their intervention.

In the same article, Linda Robinson, a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation expressed a note of caution:

"Syria is not a country that we control. This is stabilization light. We do not have, nor do we intend to get, control of the place, which would enable us to move and do these state-building activities.|
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