by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
Source: Global Research
A timely article in the Jerusalem Post last month brings to the forefront the unspoken objective of US foreign policy, namely the breaking up of Syria as a sovereign nation state along ethnic and religious lines. The article also confirms the role of Israel in the process of political destabilization of Syria. The JP article is titled: “Veteran Kurdish politician calls on Israel to support the break-up of Syria‘ (by Jonathan Spyer) (The Jerusalem Post (May 16, 2012)
Sherkoh Abbas, President of the US based Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria (KNA) has “called on Israel to support the break-up of Syria into a series of federal structures based on the country’s various ethnicities.” (Ibid)
The unspoken objective of the US sponsored armed insurgency is –with the help of Israel– to “Break Syria into Pieces”. The “balkanisation of the Syrian Arab Republic” is to be carried out by fostering sectarian divisions, which will eventually lead to a “civil war” modelled on the former Yugoslavia.
One possible ”break-up scenario” pertaining to Syria, which constitutes a multiethnic society, would be the formation of separate and “independent” Sunni, Alawite-Shiite, Kurdish and Druze political entities. “We need to break Syria into pieces,” Abbas said.( quoted in JP, op cit, emphasis added).
“The Syrian Kurdish dissident argued that a federal Syria, separated into four or five regions on an ethnic basis, would also serve as a natural “buffer” for Israel against both Sunni and Shi’ite Islamist forces.” (Ibid)
Ironically, while Islamist forces are said to constitute the main threat to the Jewish State, Tel Aviv is providing covert support to the Islamist Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Meeting behind Closed Doors at the US State Department
A top level State Department meeting was held in May with members of the Syrian Kurdish opposition. In attendance were representatives of the Kurdish National Council (KNC), Robert Stephen Ford, the outgoing US ambassador to Syria (who has played a key role in channelling support to the rebels) as well as Frederic C. Hof, a former business partner of Richard Armitage, who currently serves as the administration’s “special coordinator on Syria”.(Ibid). The delegation also met with Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman. Fred Hof, Robert S. Ford and Jeffrey Feltman are the the State Department’s key Syria policy-makers, with close links to the Syrian Free Army (SFA) and the Syrian National Council (SNC).
The public statements of KNA leader Sherkoh Abbas in the wake of this meeting suggest that the political fracturing of the Syrian Arab Republic along ethnic and religious lines as well as the creation of an “independent Kurdistan” was discussed. “State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner described [the meeting's] purpose as part of “ongoing efforts… to help the Syrian [Kurdish] opposition build a more cohesive opposition to Assad.” (Ibid).
The leader of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria (KNA) has called upon Washington to support the creation of a separate Kurdish State consisting of “an autonomous region in Syria; joining the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq – which borders the Kurdish region in Syria; or perhaps an even larger Kurdish state” [Greater Kurdistan]. “The Kurdish people, in all parts of Kurdistan, seek the right to form an independent Kurdish state. We can only achieve this cherished goal with the help of the western democracies, and first and foremost the U.S.” said Sherkoh Abbas (Syria: An Alternative, Choice, Ekurd.net, May 22, 2012)
It is worth noting that the creation of a “Greater Kurdistan” has for several years been envisaged by the Pentagon as part of a broader “Plan for Redrawing the Middle East”.
“Greater Kurdistan” would include portions of Iran, Syria, Iraq and Turkey as conveyed in Coronel Ralph Peters (ret) celebrated map of “The New Middle East” (see below). (For Further details seeMahdi Nazemroaya’s November 2006 Global Research article).
Colonel Peters taught at the US Military Academy.