57 Years Ago: U.S. and Britain Approved Use of Islamic Extremists to Topple Syrian Government

George Washington's picture

BBC reports that – in 1957 – the British and American leaders approved the use of Islamic extremists and false flag attacks to topple the Syrian government:

Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secretive “regime change” in another Arab country… by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures.


Newly discovered documents show how in 1957 [former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom] Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria’s pro-western neighbours, and then to “eliminate” the most influential triumvirate in Damascus.




Although historians know that intelligence services had sought to topple the Syrian regime in the autumn of 1957, this is the first time any document has been found showing that the assassination of three leading figures was at the heart of the scheme. In the document drawn up by a top secret and high-level working group that met in Washington in September 1957, Mr Macmillan and President Eisenhower were left in no doubt about the need to assassinate the top men in Damascus.




Mr Macmillan ordered the plan withheld even from British chiefs of staff, because of their tendency “to chatter”.




Driving the call for action was the CIA’s Middle East chief Kermit Roosevelt, grandson of former president Theodore Roosevelt.

Kermit Roosevelt had a proven track record in this sort of thing.  According to the New York Times, he was the leader of the CIA’s coup in Iran in 1953, which – as subsequently admitted by the CIA - used false flag terror to topple the democratically elected leader or Iran.

BBC continues:

More importantly, Syria also had control of one of the main oil arteries of the Middle East, the pipeline which connected pro-western Iraq’s oilfields to Turkey.




The report said that once the necessary degree of fear had been created, frontier incidents and border clashes would be staged to provide a pretext for Iraqi and Jordanian military intervention. Syria had to be “made to appear as the sponsor of plots, sabotage and violence directed against neighbouring governments,” the report says. “CIA and SIS should use their capabilities in both the psychological and action fields to augment tension.”




The plan called for funding of a “Free Syria Committee” [hmmm ... sounds vaguely familiar], and the arming of “political factions with paramilitary or other actionist capabilities” within Syria. The CIA and MI6 would instigate internal uprisings, for instance by the Druze [a Shia Muslim sect] in the south, help to free political prisoners held in the Mezze prison, and stir up the Muslim Brotherhood in Damascus.

[Background:  Governments from Around the World – Including Western, Islamic, Asian and African Nations – ADMIT They Carry Out False Flag Terror]

Is it purely coincidence that the U.S. has heavily armed Al Qaeda Muslim extremists in Syria (and see this), and trained the jihadis who later became ISIS?

Regime change in Syria was not a once-off plan.   Neoconservatives also planned regime change in Syria more than 20 years ago … in 1991.

The West Has Been Arbitrarily Breaking Up Middle Eastern Countries for 100 Years

The Western powers agreed 100 years ago to arbitrarily divvy up the Middle East, without regard for historical boundries.

Neooconservatives in the U.S. and Israel have long advocated for the balkanization of Syria into smaller regions based on ethnicity and religion.

The goal was to break up the country, and to do away with the sovereignty of Syria as a separate nation. (The same goal has long applied to Iraq and other Arab states as well.)

In 1982, a prominent Israeli journalist formerly attached to the Israeli Foreign Ministry allegedly wrote a book expressly calling for the break up of Syria:

All the Arab states should be broken down, by Israel, into small units ….


Dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon, is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long run.

In any event, it is well-documented that – in 1996 – U.S. and Israeli Neocons advocated:

Weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria ….

Michel Chossudovsky pointed out last month:

Destabilization and political fragmentation in Syria is also contemplated: Washington’s intent is no longer to pursue the narrow objective of “regime change” in Damascus. What is contemplated is the break up of both Iraq and Syria along sectarian-ethnic lines.

And the following map prepared by Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters (retired colonel of the U.S. National War Academy) in the Armed Forces Journal in June 2006 shows a balkanized Syria and Middle East:

In summary, we don’t have conclusive proof that the U.S., Israeli or their allies have intentionally broken up Syria.

But in light of such claims – and the 57-year old American-British plan to stir up Muslim Brotherhood and other religious extremists  in Syria – maps showing the Islamic jihadi group ISIS’ carving up of Syria (and Iraq) into “the Islamic State” are interesting, indeed:


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monad's picture

57 years ago the world record communist slaughters failed. Not for lack of effort either...

Duffy Duck's picture

Oded Yinon plan, Georgie... led to PNAC.... led to 9/11.

q99x2's picture

Arrest the Queens with the Cloven Piven hooves.

alexcojones's picture

George Jewish.

Sounds good to me. I've been Jewish too, except when I'm not.

"Why did it all turn out like this for me? I had so much promise. I was personable. I was bright. Oh, maybe not academically speaking, but I was perceptive. I always know when someone's uncomfortable at a party. It all became very clear to me sitting out there today, that every decision I've ever made in my entire life has been wrong. My life is the complete opposite of everything I want it to be. Every instinct I have in every aspect of life, be it something to wear, something to eat... It's often wrong."

- George, in "The Opposite"(Seinfeld)
xavi1951's picture

What about the French?

tumblemore's picture

A united, stable shia-majority Iraq creates a supply chain along what is called the Shia crescent between Iran and Assad. A breakaway Sunni rebel region in north and west Iraq breaks that connection, wraps Iraq and Iran up in another conflict and so weakens Assad a little.




So the answer to the question is, duh.


That's not to say they control Isis directly or anything like that. All they needed to do was find the most psycho group and give them lots of money and weapons (which is pretty much much what they're doing in Ukraine also).


That's basically what neocons always do - they stir **** up.


(It could possibly lead to the CIA's guys fighting regular US forces if people like McCain get their way but i'm guessing Obama will drag his feet on deploying forces so it won't come to that.)


alexcojones's picture

+1 George. I really enjoy your writings.

BTW, years ago, I toured George Washington's brother-in-law's home in Fredericksburg, VA.

Wonder if you might have visited your namesakes boyhood home town in Falmouth, VA?

   "At Kenmore , the stately mansion built by Fielding Lewis, Washington 's brother-in-law, you can see still a Civil War era cannonball protruding from the outer brickwork. A rifle was found in the rafters during a recent restoration, the weapon possibly belonging to one of the Confederate snipers who opposed the advancing Union army. George Washington slept here, and I distinctly heard a ghostly creak when I lingered for a moment in the furnished guest room."

   "Kenmore mansion later served as a hospital for Union soldiers, wounded during the Battle of the Wilderness. While wandering through the grand salon of Kenmore --called one of the most ornate rooms in America --I tried to imagine the tragedy that occurred here in this dining room long ago. The salon served as a makeshift surgery during the war, and I envisioned delirious soldiers staring upward at the arabesque designs in the ornate stucco ceiling with morphine scarcely numbing their pain. What a confusion of disturbed thought'hope and despair--must have flooded their minds. They had lost their arms and legs forever for the simple failure of leaders to lead."

    "Even during the worst killing on Marye's Heights, some soldiers realized this. 'All that day we watched the fruitless charges, with their fearful slaughter, until we were sick at heart,' said Confederate Private Alexander Hunt of the 17th Georgia , gazing down at the dying Union soldiers. 'As I watched one line get swept away by one fearful blast from Kershaw's men behind the wall, I forgot they were enemies and only remembered they were men, and it is hard to see in cold blood, brave men die."

Gods & Generals--and Memories
MaxThrust's picture

False flags.

Just like Rumsfeld said the other day that there is going to be a "Big One" before the decade is out and mentioned an nuclear bomb on board a ship coming into a harbor.

The reason he mentioned Nuclear weapons means the plan not to do this, it was a red-herring.

Nuclear radiation takes a long time to dissipate. I suspect the NWO will use a biological attack. It can be eradicated if you have the antidote and the "powers to Be" can be vaccinated before the event.

Anyway its how I would plan an attack if I was a nefarious neo-conman. Fortunately I am not an neither are most people but for some reason the scum always rises to the top. That's the real historic theme of the human race.

RiverRoad's picture

+1         Ya got that right.  For the $$$$ the War Industry starts fires everywhere and then for moar $$$$ they put them out.  Nice business model.

tony bonn's picture

"Did the U.S. and Its Allies Use ISIS to Balkanize Syria Into Smaller Regions?"

absolutely they did. another fact which few understand is that the muslim brotherhood was radicalized by the ziocon banksters during ww2 and then exported back to the middle east after the war as the wahhabi who are a virulently nasty group of scum who bore no relation to other muslims. however, they are tools of the city of london, israeli rothschilds, and rockefeller nazis all of whom installed hitler in dialectical synthesis and triangulation all for one to balkanize the world. classic divide and conquore - or what they call full spectrum dominance.

the most terroristic states on the planet are israel and the usa. ziocons are the most rabid genocidal scum in world history. the usa must rid itself of this cancer.

isis = cia = jsoc = al qaeda = bush crime syndicate = rockefeller nazis = rothschild satanists = shit.

George Washington's picture

I listened to a long interview with investor Jim Willie the other day. He claims that the CIA is behind ISIS, and that the CIA boys and the Pentagon's regular soldiers are going to start clashing in Iraq and Syria, leading to a shitstorm ...

GreatUncle's picture

Nothing is real anymore all a contrivance to conceal the real truth.

Realising this walked away better to prepare for war then.

Who should a person fight for though? For sure against thse who brought us here and escalate it through ALL NATIONS. Harbor elites then you are guilty by association.

Right / wrong? Same game as before TBH but now it is the WHOLE GOD DAM WORLD not a single poxy state.

shovelhead's picture

I listened to that too.

The thought of an American civil war in Iraq was too bizarre to comtemplate even in a world where the bizarre is now commonplace.

US Govt. vs. Shadow Govt.


The Phallic Crusader's picture

the more things change, eh?

I think the best we can do is hope for Krugman's space aliens. We sure can't figure out how to stop squandering our time and energy on killing other people for bullshit reasons.

sgt_doom's picture

Quite frankly, I am both embarrassed you are white and that Krugman is a space alien!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

The names and regions have changed over time to suit the marauders, along with the sophistication of the weapons that have been (9/11 explosives in the towers) and will be used again... and again... -in the future!

Case in point the article that tops the page that ZH just posted about a possible infiltration and attack on Spain by ISIS.

Spain sure isn't going to fall for it (especially if Dick Cheney makes another announcement), So why should the U.S. with everything about their economy getting worse fall for another one?!!!

Better get that High Rise Safety Initiative pushed through and "Fast"... I see another event coming soon!

falak pema's picture

Camille Chamoun... does that ring a bell?

Lebanon 1958...follow on to Syria 1957 as related here : 


Urban Redneck's picture

Hafez Assad (and his ayatollah backers) had Danny and his family killed. Then Sharon offed Hobeika to cover his (and Israeli) complicity in other matters. There are no clean hands or sheets in this shit hole, regardless of the holier-than-thou protestations of children who don't understand what they post. Speaking of dirty hands- how are Tamraz's pipelines set to profit by whatever the CIA is up to?

falak pema's picture

FDR's handshake with Saud started the dirty hands collaboration around the greatest cheap energy whirlpool of the world.

Once THAT is understood the rest follows like Pax Americana in the footsteps of Pax Britannica which liquidated the dregs of Pax Ottoman legacy in Mesopotamia.

They came to Baghdad... was how Agatha Christie wrote it.

CIA the goons who replaced Sykes-Picot and Lawrence of Colonial office.

kchrisc's picture

An attack on the innocent is always an act of government. Fear is the building block of government.

Government attacks people so as to generate fear to build-up government.

True anti-government forces attack the government to weaken and destroy government.

falak pema's picture

if they achieve that then they become government. 

What's your myopic vision of history telling you? 

That government reversal leads to Utopia? 

alexcojones's picture

Kermit Roosevelt.

An earlier Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz

Neandrathal Neocon

teslaberry's picture

kermit the frog


An earlier teenage mutant ninja frog. 


amphibious reptile.

alexcojones's picture

Careful George.

You'll be accused of

(a) Conspiracy Theory (b) Racism (C) Anti-Semitism or (d) ALL of the above

RECISION's picture

You mean like this...?

Saudi Human Rights Lawyer Jailed 15 Years For 'Free-Speech' Under New "Anti-Terror" Laws.



kchrisc's picture

I'm a "terrorist" by way of thinking.

RECISION's picture

Thinking = "Thought Crime".

Ipso facto...

Non-conformance = treason.

Belief/trust/faith = loyalty.

Compliance/obedience/sacrifice = patriotism

critical analysis + defiance/criticism = enemy


kchrisc's picture

"(d) is also sometimes called "thinking."


"See thinking, say something."

steelhead23's picture

While Israel is a quasi-religious state, this story has nothing to do with religion, unless you consider nationalistic hubris to be a religion.  In fact, it is not so much an international conspiracy as it is the result of governing within a hubristic frame - we are exceptional - we have a duty to bring peace and democracy to the world - this is our moment, etc.  Then, those governments with the wherewithal to pursue these goals, the shining lights on the hill, create think tanks and military machines to pursue their beknighted goals.

I note that recently the current U.S. president, speaking before the West Point graduating class stated, "I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being."  He is not alone.  Today, U.S. political power seethes with this religion.  Ditto Israel.  Not only do adherents believe in these goals, they, in their heart of hearts see it as their duty to pursue them, the costs in lives be damned.

Until the people of the United States and Israel abandon political paternalism and demand their politicians to believe in equality of all peoples and nations, we can expect such "conspiracies" to continue.

dexter_morgan's picture

Question I've been wanting to ask. What is 'Jewish' anyways? They aren't a race, but a religion, true? so when we talk of a guy like Soros being Jewish, what does that really mean since he doesn't really strike me as a religious fellow?

Harriet Wanger's picture

One answer to your question is ethnicity. Whether that is more binding than religion is a question that I certainly can't answer. But I'll tell you one thing, I'm sick to death of hearing that Jews are different from other people. I'm sure they are as subject to the bell curve as any other human beings.

That being said, the statistical improbablility that every single prominent scientist on the Manhattan Project was Jewish should be subject to investigation.

Ghordius's picture

a Sub-Civilization, part of the Western but also part to the Middle Eastern. A Culture, with Own (reborn) Language, long Traditions, peculiar Religion divided in two main Denominations, a Nation founded on Matrilinearity (as the Gentiles originally were) with consanguinity classified as Semite, partly living in a Diaspora and in a Home-Land Ancestral Nation-State (Israel) since 1948, due to WWII and the Zionist Movement

if you want to have a VERY small knowledge on "Jews", you have to research on every bit of the above, and I am NOT an expert

Monty Burns's picture

Israeli immigration has a very clear definition of what constitutes Jewishness. It's essentially matrilinial.

falak pema's picture

So... to push this analogy to its logical conclusion, all it takes for the future Israelo-Palestinian state to emerge as ONE nation is for every Palestinian male to take a jewish bride and then bang away like she were his celestial houri !

Problem solved. Matrilineality rules the male ruler's big circumsized "yiddish only" stick. 

What are they waiting for? 

Lets bunga bunga our way to harmony in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem! 

Tompooz's picture


Baruch Obama qualifies.

TruthHunter's picture

Based on the Cohen marker gene, an awful lot

of Palestinians qualify. 

lincolnsteffens's picture

That is because the Palestinians and the Hebrews are from the same place, near as I can figure. Don't confuse being Jewish solely as practiced by people of Hebrew decent just as you wouldn't confuse Christians with any specific ethnic origin or a Muslim with being Arab.

chunga's picture

It's become very difficult to even ponder that question without thinking of one's self as being hateful and spiteful.

Strange isn't it?

shovelhead's picture

Not me.

I reserve the joy of hatefulness and spitefulness for people I personally know and who have earned it.

Why give it away free to strangers?

dexter_morgan's picture

Yes very strange. I'm not spiteful or hateful of 'Jews' I don't think.....but then again always wondered what defined Jewishness. Can a person just declare themselves Jewish and slap a 'boyg' or 'stein' on their name and go with it?

Citxmech's picture

I had a friend in college who self-identified as jewish in spite of the fact that she was born in the Azores (adopted by jewish parents) and did not practice the jewish faith.

Monty Burns's picture

It's not the least bit strange because you, and all the rest of us, have been programmed to react that way since the day we were born.