Eastern ghouta: politically motivated chorus of emporters

Eastern Ghouta: politically motivated chore of the emporten

Eastern ghouta, late february 2018. Image: screenshot video qasioun news agency / cc by 3.0

The aid deliveries, the extremist opponents of the repressive baath government and the stench of war

On monday, the un security council will meet to hear from un secretary-general antonio guterres on the status of implementation of resolution 2401 in syria.

It will be about the problems with aid deliveries and the attacks that continue in eastern ghouta. The exaltation of the conditions is crude; of which the statement of the ocha regional coordinator for humanitarian aid in syria, panos moumtzis, provides a succinct and sharply summarized example:

(…) in some cases the violence has escalated, especially for the nearly 400.000 men, women and children in eastern ghouta. Instead of the reprieve that is so much needed, it continues with more fighting, more deaths, and more disturbing reports of starvation and hospitals being bombed. The collective punishment of civilians is completely unacceptable.

Panos moumtzis, ocha, 4. March 2018

It should not be like this. Two weeks ago, the un security council decided on a ceasefire. The first demand of the unanimously adopted un resolution 2401 is that all parties cease their hostilities and implement this immediately and fully, so that a humanitarian pause of at least 30 days in all of syria ("throughout syria") is set up to provide supplies to the population.

The exceptions to the ceasefire

But there are exceptions, as point 2 explains. The cessation of hostilities is therefore "not for military operations directed against the islamic state in iraq and the levant (isil, also known as daesh), al-qaida, and the al-nusra front (anf), and including all other individuals, groups, companies, and entities associated with al-qaida or isil (emphasis added. D. A.) are directed".

Basically, it can be used to fight all militias that do not surrender to syrian government forces. Because they all have ties to al-qaida in one form or another.

This is particularly true in eastern ghouta, where jaysh al-islam, as well as faylaq al rahman, have established alliances or ties with hayat al-tahrir al-sham (hts) or its progenitor organizations, jaysh al-fatah or. Jabath al-nusra entered. The third coarse group, ahrar al-sahm, has also repeatedly demonstrated closer ties to al-qaeda.

Now, with the syrian army militarily carving up territory for them, these groups want to improve their own reputations and futures by turning over hts fighters, which is very late in coming.

The syrian ba’ath government has had some brutal experiences with the islamists/salafists, who emerged from the muslim brotherhood, since its inception in 1963. Given that their goal is always to depose the government, overthrow it, and establish an emirate with sharia law, their incentives to act leniently are limited.

Moreover, the militias that control an area have achieved their dominance through ruthlessness and the use of brutal force. So the syrian government is countering them with violence, as it has done in previous decades.

Resolution 2401 is politically charged

The jihadist "revolution", which in 2011 was very quickly supported through muslim brotherhood connections by saudi arabia, qatar, turkey and eventually the us, uk, france and also germany in opposition to the assad government, relied on the poorly secure, impoverished rural and suburban populations receptive to the messages in the salafist-run mosques. They are now afraid to side with the government in eastern ghouta.

Un resolution 2401 is a politically charged resolution. It supports a government legitimized by universal suffrage in its struggle against a militaristic opposition that seeks to overthrow it by force of arms and is ruthless in its treatment of the people who do not belong to its denomination.

The russian "yes" was only possible because in the swedish-kuwaiti draft, formulations were included that give the syrian government rough leeway in fighting its opponents.

Der aufschrei des "west": keine vornehmlich humanitaren motive

This is exactly what caused the outcry of the opponents of bashar al-assad’s government. Whether it is the french president macron, the chancellor merkel, the british aubenminister johnson, the frothing bild newspaper boss, journalists from le monde, time, the new york times, nato generals, the governments of saudi arabia, israel, the u.S., etc. – they all try hard to reproach al-assad and putin for militarily acting against everything and everyone with all-out brutality.

The aforementioned – and some more – want to "assad regime" and see putin weakened. Thus, the chorus of the disenchanted is also politically influenced and not primarily or too much by purely human, humanitarian motives.

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