By Tony Cartalucci
While the West demands Syria pull its security forces from cities where roving bands of terrorists are on record committing widespread atrocities including the kidnapping, torture, and murder of civilians, as documented by the West's own Human Rights Watch report, "Syria: Armed Opposition Groups Committing Abuses," it has denied its own citizens the right to even peacefully assemble at "Occupy" protests to address their grievances back home.
As the West conjures up a myriad of excuses to sweep prolonged "Occupy" protests off the streets of their biggest cities, they insist that the Syrians not only tolerate an armed "occupation," but capitulate immediately to their demands. But one must wonder just what any given Western nation would do if protesters demanded the nation's leadership to stand down, and did so through armed violence.
In the United States, there have been no real organized armed uprisings, yet the government has still mobilized its military to slaughter its own citizens as seen during the siege in Waco Texas in 1993.
However, unlike in Syria, where terrorists are actively carrying out widespread violence, including bombing campaigns, targeted assassinations, and kidnappings, the people of Waco, Texas were on their own property attempting to mind their own business.
When armed groups do take to the streets, such as during the 1992 LA Riots, the government was far from "withdrawing" security forces from the city and accepting demands. In addition to the police who were gunning down both armed threats as well as looters, thousands of National Guardsmen and Marines were also mobilized to restore order.
They also most likely would have taken the law into their own hands, just like thousands of Syrians are doing now against NATO-backed death squads.So why is the West holding Syria to standards they themselves have demonstratively rejected?
Syria, as does any sovereign nation or individual on Earth, has the right to defend itself and restore order within its realm.The United States, England, and France would never withdraw security forces from their own cities where militants were armed with rockets, tanks, and machine guns while killing security forces and civilians alike and they certainly would not step down from power in the face of such armed threats.
The depths of depravity, the hypocrisy, the illegitimacy flaunted by the United Nations and the Western interests pulling its string, demanding Syrian troops to withdraw from cities plagued by terrorists, but making no mention of the terrorists themselves or their own serial violations of the "peace plan," even as they drive tanks around on camera in front of the world, forever renders moot this latest attempt to assert the "primacy of international law" over that of the nation-state.
What Wall Street and London do through their "international institutions" from this point forward, is done as poorly disguised imperialism with their "humanitarian concerns" nothing more than the weakest sort of rhetoric in the long history of weak rhetoric used to propel the interests of empire.