2013 - The State of Syria in the Dawn of a New Year
A global proxy war waged upon Syrian soil has now dragged on from the beginning of 2011 to the early days of 2013. Planned many years ago, with US, Saudi, and Lebanese officials admitting to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh as early as 2007 their plans to overthrow the nation of Syria with a regional army of sectarian extremists, the conflict has cost many thousands their lives and has jeopardized the stability of not only Syria and its future, but nations beyond its borders as well. The West's assault on Syria is in fact one of many steps along the path of war with Iran.
Earlier this week, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gave a public speech in Damascus. In that speech, the president refused to compromise regarding the true nature of the conflict. Calling the armed opposition terrorists, President Assad asserted that his nation would not capitulate to foreign demands from its enemies in the West, nor interpret advice from its allies as "orders."
The speech contained nothing particularly new, but it was a signal to the West that to win the bloodbath they have engineered, they will have to do it the "hard way."
Despite the pivotal nature of the conflict, it has dropped from the headlines across the Western media, with what seems as parting shots taken at what looks like a prevailing Syrian nation. However, the Western interests who have engineered and committed themselves to this conflict, as well as to the wider implications it has, should not be underestimated. The ball has been firmly placed in their court with the recent defiant speech made in Damascus, and they will move soon.
With the US positioning Patriot missiles along Syria's borders and with so much at stake, the next year of the conflict will depend entirely on the Syrian government and its allies' ability to stem the flow of fighters, cash, and weapons across the border, stem these terrorists' ability to further disrupt and displace the population, and above all, present a viable deterrence against a West seeking escalation. If the terrorist legions of the US, Israel, the Muslim Brotherhood and its sponsors in Saudi Arabia and Qatar are faltering, it will be up the Syrian government to communicate this to its people. If they are not faltering, then every effort by Syria and its allies must be made to ensure that they do.