Kassioun Editorial 1146: How Can Syria Have an Effective Role in The Battle?
On Monday, October 23, the “Arab World Press” (Arabic) quoted Mr. Boutros Merjaneh, a member of the Syrian People’s Assembly and head of its Arab and Foreign Affairs Committee, as saying: “I believe that the current situation may be too complicated for Syria to take any military action against Israel at the present time”. It is not known whether this opinion is his personal opinion, the opinion of the committee, or an expression of the opinion of others who are not expressing their opinion. In any case, it is a statement that brings to the fore a very important question: How can Syria have an effective role in the ongoing battle? This battle does not concern Palestine alone, but rather concerns the entire region, and concerns Syria in particular, perhaps more so than others.
Before trying to answer the question, it is necessary to develop as clear a vision as possible about the enemy’s goals within its ongoing battle. The enemy here is primarily the US, and “Israel” as one of its most important tools in the region.
The key to understanding what the US want is its insistence on three things together: 1) Preventing a ceasefire; 2) Preventing a large ground invasion of Gaza; and 3) Preventing the expansion of the battle.
These things implicitly mean the following:
First: The US and the Zionist entity know that the moment of ceasefire is not only the moment of announcing the final outcomes of the current battle – that is, the moment of announcing the Zionist-American defeat – but also the moment paying the political prices for the defeat starts. Implicitly, this means Washington’s loss of its hegemonic role in the Palestinian issue and in our entire region, the entry of other international sides into the process of actual settlement, and the obligatory beginning of the decline of the Zionist project in our region, coinciding with opening the door to the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Second: Therefore, postponing the moment of ceasefire is not just postponing defeat, but rather raising the stakes in the hope of turning defeat into victory.
Third: Accomplishing victory over Gaza and the resistance there, including Hamas, is not possible under any circumstances. Neither talk about displacement nor talk about uprooting Hamas is achievable, and for any sane person, even talk about wide ground entry is much closer to psychological propaganda than to reality.
Fourth: Therefore, what is required of the US is a long – very long – battle, not to achieve goals within the occupied Palestinian territories, but rather to achieve goals in the entire region.
In one word, the US is trying to circumvent the defeat by keeping the battle going for as long as possible, in parallel with activating comprehensive chaos throughout the entire region – in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, and Jordan, in addition to the chaos already in Syria and to some extent in Lebanon.
Once again, all of this is conditional on strictly maintaining the three-way coordinates that the US is trying to impose on everyone, first and foremost of which is preventing the expansion of the battle.
Syria’s transition towards real action in the existential battle for Syria itself, and not just for Palestine, requires availability of the necessary political will therefor, and this requires immediate, radical, comprehensive change through the implementation of UNSC Resolution 2254, which puts Syria in its natural position and allows it to break the historical enemy, once and for all. The degree of fragility the Zionist entity and its American mentor are experiencing today is historically unprecedented.