US Desperately Pumps "Humanitarian" Smokescreen For Failing Syria Ceasefire

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Washington’s lie about seeking a genuine ceasefire in Syria is in danger of being exposed for the world to see. So, hilariously, a charade is being hurriedly orchestrated in order to hide this ignominy. As usual, the Syrian government is being scapegoated for the real cause of violence in the country. That real cause is Washington’s state-sponsored terrorist-fueled war for regime change.

After four days of continuing deadly breaches by US-backed «rebels» since the Kerry-Lavrov ceasefire deal was implemented last Monday, Washington and the dutiful Western mainstream media are preparing the inevitable excuses.

Rather than focusing on ongoing «rebel» violence in contravention of the truce, US Secretary of State John Kerry fingered the Syrian government for preventing humanitarian access to insurgent-held eastern Aleppo as the reason for why the ceasefire is in danger of collapsing.

Kerry accused the Syrian government of causing «unacceptable repeated delays» in delivery of humanitarian aid convoys to the northern city. Some 300,000 people are estimated to be stuck in dire conditions in the eastern side of Aleppo, which has become a key battleground in the five-year war.

Western media reports followed suit with Reuters reporting: «Syria ceasefire deal in balance as Aleppo aid plan stalls». Another publication, USA Today, made the more pointed claim: «The regime has broken its pledges on the distribution of life-saving supplies».

So, in Washington’s artful spin of events, it is the Syrian government of President Bashar al Assad which is reneging on the ceasefire arrangement by blocking food and medical supplies to starving civilians. This, of course, plays handily into the broader Western narrative that the Syrian «regime» is the ultimate villain of the piece. The vile Assad is mercilessly denying children food and water, goes the spin.

Based on that premise, Washington is giving notice that it will not follow through on its ceasefire commitment to join with Russian air forces for targeting terror groups like ISIS (Daesh) and al Nusra Front. Those anticipated «joint operations» between US and Russian aircraft were supposed to be the highlight of the ceasefire plan worked out last weekend in Geneva by Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

But that supposed «breakthrough» is now in doubt. McClatchy News reported at the end of the week: «US to Russia – Syria military cooperation not guaranteed».

US State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters four days into the truce: «If, by Monday we have continued to see reduced violence and no humanitarian access, there will be no Joint Implementation Center [with Russian military]».

Washington is mendaciously trying to pretend that there have been no breaches of the ceasefire and that the whole problem revolves around «no humanitarian access» being granted by the Syrian authorities. If the US does indeed backtrack from its stated prior commitment to cooperate with Russian forces for targeting terror groups then it is safe to assume that the entire ceasefire «deal» will be dead, even as a rhetorical concept.

Admittedly, the level of violence in Aleppo and across the country subsided when the US-Russian ceasefire pact came into effect on September 12. Russian and allied Syrian forces halted their campaign of air strikes. Opposition violence appeared to abate too. Nevertheless, the truce was reportedly violated multiple times by anti-government militias, not just in Aleppo, but in other locations, such as Latakia, Hama and Homs.

Furthermore, there was no apparent distinction between so-called US-backed moderate rebels and recognized terror groups in carrying out these violations. All insurgents groups were engaging in sporadic attacks – in contravention of the putative ceasefire.

Credible Russian military reports confirmed that Syrian army units had observed the truce and had begun demilitarizing a major access road into eastern Aleppo. Syrian troops are being replaced by Russian units to safeguard the route. However, it is the militants who are refusing to withdraw from the Castello Road area, which would provide the humanitarian aid convoys access to the city.

Indeed, insurgent factions openly declared that they would continue shelling and sniping in the Castello Road precisely in order to prevent the aid convoys arriving because they opposed the ceasefire accord even being implemented.

Russia has correctly criticized the US as using a «verbal smokescreen» to conceal why the ceasefire is failing. The point is that Washington has negligible control over its declared moderate rebels. In fact, there is no control because in practice there is no distinction between the myriad illegally armed insurgents.

Like the ceasefire called earlier this year in February, this latest one is breaking down because all the militants continue to breach any cessation. As Lt General Vladimir Savchenko, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, points out, the US-backed opposition is using the ceasefire simply as an opportunity to rearm and regroup.

And Washington’s policy is impotent about altering that. The CIA and Washington’s allies in Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey armed the anti-government insurgents, including the known terror groups. The regime-change conspirators created a veritable Frankenstein monster over which they now have little control even to the point of getting it to at least appear to be complying with a ceasefire for tactical reasons. 

The latest ceasefire is floundering like the previous attempt because Washington’s assertions about «moderate rebels» dissociating from «terror» groups is total and utter humbug.

Risibly, as one could have predicted, John Kerry’s bombastic appeal last weekend for US-backed «rebels» to «separate» from the extremists so that American and Russian forces could then get on with the task of eliminating the terrorists has been subsequently shown to be the consummate delusion that it is.

Washington and its allies are being caught out spectacularly in their lies over the Syrian conflict. The stone-cold truth is that they have been sponsoring terrorist proxies for the criminal purpose of regime change.

So conspicuous and damning is Washington’s nefarious role in Syria’s conflict – which has resulted in 400,000 dead and millions turned into desperate refugees – that this crime has to be covered up at all costs. But covering it up is becoming futile because of the increasing glaring reality.

Syria’s ceasefire is flawed because Washington, the supposed co-architect of the truce along with Moscow, is not motivated by finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The conflict is all about regime change and deploying terrorist agents to achieve that. That is why the ceasefire is failing – yet again.

The unbearable truth about Washington and its criminal gang of state-sponsors of terrorism has to be concealed from public view. And that is why Washington and the dutiful Western media lie machine are cranking up the «explanation» for the ceasefire unravelling as being due to the fault of the Syrian «regime» and its Russian ally for not delivering on humanitarian commitments.

This American smokescreen has been pumped out for nearly six years in Syria. It is really galling to hear the likes of John Kerry and Barack Obama talk about «human suffering» and the need for humanitarian ceasefires.

The suffering and violence in Syria will stop when Washington is seen for the criminal regime that it is. That day is coming. The American smokescreen is dissipating with each passing day because of its absurd contradictions.

And the terrorists – state sponsors and proxies alike – are finally being exposed.

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oops's picture
oops (not verified) Sep 18, 2016 11:09 PM

America's Syrian Nightmare made in Israel.

melor's picture
melor (not verified) oops Sep 18, 2016 11:12 PM

W asked his dad HW once: "Dad, what's a neocon?" HW answered: Israel.

beemasters's picture

I guess it's time foreign nations send their troops to the tent cities around the country for humanitarian reasons too???

nope-1004's picture

US hegemony requires meddling in other countries and is always labeled a "humanitarian" intervention.  Otherwise, what would you call invading other countries, disposing of their government, securing desired shipping lanes, and pillaging local resources?

Everything .gov does now is entirely unconstitutional and inhumane.  They are thugs and if Illary were prez, she'd be worse than Hitler.


conscious being's picture

"Making concessions and being moderate isn’t going to save us from their tyranny. They rape the whole world. When they’ve finished devastating the land they turn their attentions to the sea. If their enemies have wealth they want it; if they’re poor, it makes no difference, they still hunger for power. Nowhere, east or west, is enough for them – they’re the only ones who lust after everything alike, rich or poor. Abduction, massacre, plunder they misname ‘law and order’. Where they make a desert they call it ‘peace’."

Calgaich (The Swordsman 84 AD as auoted by Tacitus)

Sounds familiar.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Greater Israel is nearing which means financial collapse is nearing as well. We are entering the last days of the dance.

conscious being's picture

TB, please elaborate on the Greater Israel appearing. You're scaring me. There is certainly an awful effort underway to make it happen, but I see the project failing.

The financial part seems very likely, I agree.  I like Tahoe, the mountains around it anyhow. Got a cosmic Burningman story having to do with Trukee.

Great article.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

One of the most disgusting examples of spin and lies I've ever seen exhibited regarding the situation in Syria was the loathesome display performed by Samantha Power on Saturday night. Skeletal Sam, the US envoy to the UN, regurgitated every lie ever uttered about Russia and Assad as she harangued the gathered media in an attempt to blame Russia for the US airstrike which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers in Deir ez-Zor. She did this after walking out of a UN Security Council emergency session as the Russian envoy was about to address the UNSC. As an American, I was both embarrassed and nauseated by this tawdry and lurid performance.

During a press conference afterward by Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin, the clearly exasperated Churkin nevertheless showed a dignity and diplomacy beyond anything attainable by the spoiled and arrogant children known as the US government.

weburke's picture

russia sent syria a high tech artiliry tool, so it had to be destroyed, yes some russians were killed.

Burn the straw man's picture

I agree , this horrid neocon whore is unbelievable, how this bitch can stand in front of the media and say this after killing soldiers fighting terrorists created for regime change , what really gets me as well is the western medias approval of this shit, the "bombings" in the US were played out to remove the story so the sheep don't see whilst keeping up the fear of terror , what happens next the US then bomb and kill Afghan police and soldiers no doubt another unfortunate incident, where the police were taking down a few ISIS fighters , the US has to protect their investment at all costs,
Try pointing this all out , people just shrug their shoulders , talk about some bullshit reality show and they are all ears ! people today sicken me with their outright stupidity

HippieHaulers's picture

If anyone is interested in good accurate western reporting from Syria I would recommend Their program Sunday Wire has featured investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley, who has done some of the best on the ground reporting there. If you Google her name, you can see her articles as well.

Which way to the beach's picture

The coalition attack on Syrian troops in Deir ez Zur was a Pear Harbour moment. Yes, I know the coalition has been doing a Fulll Monty with aid for the head choppers, but this was a treacherous, sneak attack, one which imperils the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians in besieged in Deir ez Zur. The US was suppose to be coming on board to fight the head choppers. Syrian troops had noticed the US drone flying around Deir ez Zur prior to the attack and had done nothing, perhaps thinking it was part of the plan of the US and Russia working together. Not any more as the Syrians are firing on US rones now. An important question were any Russians killed in this attack? Was it done at the request of Israel in response to Syria shooting down Israeli jets? The Israeli's are good at askiing their favourite Uncle to do some of the dirty work they can't do. De ez Zur is a key piece in the project for a pipeline from Qatar. Remove this and it opens up a clear route to Turkey. Time for Russia stop being  Mr Nice Guy and do a shock and awe on the headchoppers now. Kill them all and let Allah seperate the moderates from the headchoppers.


conscious being's picture

"Off we go into the eild blue yonder

Da da dah da da da dah

No one can stop

The ISIS Air Force"

michelp's picture

"the clearly exasperated Churkin nevertheless showed a dignity and diplomacy beyond anything attainable by the spoiled and arrogant children known as the US government."

Dignity and diplomacy!!!

I think we're way past that stage of the game. To be clearly understood you need to speak the same language as that of your correspondents, and Dignity and Diplomacy have not formed any part of the US/Israel International bablings for as long as I can recall.

Money, death and destruction is their modus operandi, and what they are both consumed with. It is the tenor of their talks, and Russia and China better step up to that plate, and SOON, if they want to stop and repulse further encroachements.


greenskeeper carl's picture

I opened someones eyes to this nonsense today, and it was a beautful thing. I explained to my father in law why russia was involved in syria, and more importantly, why the US is. I explained that the qatari govt wants to build a pipeline to transport natural gas to Europe, and undercut the russians, who make a lot of money by being a prmary source of energy to much of Europe. Syria will not let them do this, which is the real reason assad must go. The US desires this as a way to isolate and impoverish Russia, who is only an 'enemy' because it refuses to follow orders from DC. Didn't go into a lot of details, but he started looking it up himself, and was quite interested in the subject. When all the iraq/afghanistan nonsense came up, I just asked him what the average american had gained by the war, and how we benefit from the 4-6 trillion in debt these little adventures have resulted in, or what freedom was in danger of being taken from either place, or syria. His response was "none". Maybe, just maybe, one more person who won't blindly support the republican party line and the govt/media nonsense.

nope-1004's picture

So the democrat party line is different?  lmao....

beemasters's picture

Greenskeeper, remember to tell him that the Republican Hillary supported Iraq war and still wants Assad gone in Syria, plus to nuke Iran for breakfast. :)

Bumpo's picture

The media will gladly push this false narrative, and the 6% approval rating the MSM enjoys will fall to 5%.

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

The MCFKATUS (Military Collosus Formerly Known As The U.S.) couldn't handle it when the Cold War ended so they just kept going same as ever, that meant 100% against Russia and everything they had which of course includes a Mediterranean port in Syria. So they filled Syria with CIA spooks and when some disgruntled protesters were in the streets of Deraa 6 years ago, instead of just going home the CIA was there to fire them up and give them arms and cash. The goal: get Assad out. So, no, Israel may be involved but the root cause is the broken record "The Reds are Coming!" shit from the 1950's.

100% of the Syria War, all the dead kids and destroyed cities are 100% on Hilary. Lurch and Golf-Brother are just there to make the excuses.

lucitanian's picture

I'm sorry but you are just simply wrong when you say "no, Israel may be involved but not the root cause,". First just read the 1996 document A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm, and then compare it to history since.

Add to that 9-11, which although had the participation of the Saudi regime, was certainly backed technically and logistically by Israel's Mossad, (even the dancing Israelis appeared on Israeli TV to say they were "there only to document the event!")

Those so called anti-Assad "rebels" fighting in Syria, are not CIA, they are mercenaries paid by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, many recruited from those used in Libya and sent to fight via Turkey. Yes, coordinated by the CIA. No, its not against Russia, it's for Israel and the Zionist goals.

The dog is the US, Israel is the tail that wags it, and Russia is just another upstart country, like Syria, which refuses to follow the score, and do as instructed by Washington-Tel Aviv. And as you deftly point out without realizing it, the only way Hillery is where she is now is because she has made her offering at the alter of the IAPAC and she's right in the center of this whole mess as the death of her ambassador in Libya during her watch should prove to you.

Bumpo's picture

You don't have to be a Republican to be a Neocon. Funny how war is just fine as long as a Democrat does it.

conscious being's picture

I think he's saying that because his father identifies as a Republican. Greenskeeper knows what's up.

Dormouse's picture

What war? Congress declares war. I don't think the Token Peace Prize Winner even asked for authorization. No, this isn't war. Neither were the fistful of other "organic uprisings" that we sponsored across the Middle East. Who declares war on a JV Team anyway? Please!
The evil Dr. Assad better keep his eyes open and his asshole puckered; no one wants to hear Illary cackle over a bayonet enima again.

conscious being's picture

I like what you wrote, but make the world a better place and put some quotes around the Dr. Assad comment. To many switched off zombies see that everyday and they're going to believe you.

larz's picture

...and claims in a smug arrogant way "There are no boots on the ground"as the war machine keeps churning

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"that the qatari govt wants to build a pipeline "


Yup, thats what alot of this is about.

Nexus789's picture

Its the Washington degenerates line - parties make no difference.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

The word that comes to mind, is 'Fascinating'.

Freddie's picture

Over on the conservative Free Republic filled with Johnathan Pollard loving Chrstians who enjoy seeing Syria blown up even though Syria and Damascus celebrate Christmas widely:  Free Republic filled with Rev. John Hagee Christ killer lovers.  This scum hate Syria even though Syria is arguably the birthplace of Christianity.  More so than another place.   Christ did not like those people and neither did Jew Bobby Fischer.

Russia give Syria green light to shoot down Israeli jets.

On Ziad Fadel's Syrian Perspective. Ziad is a Christian-Syrian American.  Internet is trying to block his web site.



Duc888's picture



Old Rim Job over at FR is a fucking Republican tule.  A Conservative he is not.

Freddie's picture

FR is a zio con site for Bibi-Pollard lovers.   It is not conservative because The Framers of the Constitution totally opposed shit like this.

Even a few years ago people would be jailed for this nation "building" genocide.

junction's picture

Time to set up a War Crimes Tribunal for the Obama/Clinton sanctioned genocide of Christians in Syria.  These "Enemies of God" have their escape plan, sabotage Trump's airplane, make his death a future episode of "Air Crash Investigation." 

Sandmann's picture

ALL politicians despise Christianity especially Bush-Cheney

photonsoflight's picture

Let's not forget bush cheney in that war crimes tribunal. Can throw in papa bush and billy clinton in there for good measure.

Duc888's picture



Proud to be a 'Murican....the worlds biggest terrorist organisation.

Restorative_Ally's picture

Re: the situation about the cooperation between Russia and the USA in Syria today: If Russia calls off the cooperation now, they will be made to look like the reason for the failure, and any forthcoming destabilization will be blamed on them. If Russia does not call off cooperation, their relations with Syria will be soured by working with the Americans right after they killed dozens of Syrian soldiers. An engineered lose-lose situation during a critical time. Total US bullshit.

Duc888's picture



Or they could just bullshit the Americans and bomb the fuck out of ISIS, Americans and anyone else who is not part of the legitimate Syrian ground forces and does not belong there.  Since Russia has a treaty with Syria, Putin should just declare a no fly zone over 100% of the country and smoke anything that comes over the borders.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

" bomb the fuck out of ISIS"

Indeed, only when the russians started fighting ISIS did ISIS have any problems. And after a little while ISIS was on the run.  The russians can come back and do it again. 

Maestro Maestro's picture



That they don't do this means the Russians are in bed with the Americans to one extent or another.

dark pools of soros's picture

axis of evil =   USA,  Israel,  House of Saud

for the last 30 years atleast


Nobodys Home's picture

add... House of Rot(hs)child for far more than 30 years and you got a deal!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Fine, fine, fine. I see an endless stream of blame-game rhetoric, finger pointing and venting ("Woe is me" mentality), but precious little of "What to do about it..."

It's like challenging the losing football team to come up with a better game plan, and all they do is keep blaming the skills, fitness and craftiness of the other team, trainers and coaches.  They totally refuse to critique their own ranks, or discuss a program to improve their own team. Anyone who does, is immediately attacked. If that's not a fucked up bunch of losers, I don't know what is.

How about we get rid of the low-brow BS and intellectual garbage, and start focusing on what WE can do, on what we should do, and on what we must do?

As I've urged before, how about we use all the attributes and virtues of any Successful group of people? How about being informed, organized, cohesive, loyal, diligent, focused, driven, courageous and relentless? If even 2% of us were, why, we could do exactly what another '2%' has done: rule the country. And more.

conscious being's picture

All true Kirko, but financial collapse will quickly wise-up many more people. In the meantime, ... well let's just say that John Brown' raid on the Harpers Ferry arsenal did not really work out so well. Disengage to the degree you can from all the processes that prop the damn thing up. Maybe tyranny will triumph, maybe not, but either way, imo, it pays to expect a simpler existance. Without tyranny, that's fine with me.

lucitanian's picture

You can do F__k All until the US follows its own laws and withdraws all military and economic aid to Israel, because of its being a nation illegally armed with WMD, bio, chemical and including over 200 nuclear weapons, while not being part of the Non-proliferation treaty, and furthermore having shared weapons technology with apartheid South Africa at the time. Also the provision of military aid is illegal to a country using those weapons against civilians and civilian installations (war crimes) as in terms of Gaza.

You are living in a lawless dictatorship and you don't seem to know it. So, you want to do something? Apply the law!

Start by getting a proper and legal investigation into the collapse of WTC building 7. (Oh ya, that's been tried by a few hundred thousand NY citizens and they were thwarted twice so far).

Sorry, but as this present farce of an election is proving, there's nothing left to do but tear down the whole rotten system, and build from scratch, and you'll have a difficulty doing that with only 2% of the clever elite. But, he, go for if you think it'll work.

gregga777's picture

The leaders of our nation have turned the United States into the world's leading war criminal and practitioner of illegal aggressive war. President Trump will hopefully arrest the war criminals George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, hil–LIAR–y Rotten Clinton, John Kerry, Bucking Ofama and others to be turned over to the appropriate tribunals for prosecution.

Blackmax's picture

That would be great.  But somehow I think he'd get 'grassy knolled' well before he got around to identifying war criminals, let alone arresting them.  It's a pipe dream to think that any one guy can effect the kind of change this country requires.  Only 'the people' can do that and the majority are still too comfortable.  Revolutions happen when people are out of food and hope, usually in that order... 

beijing expat's picture

Yeah and the same twats who are responsible for this state of affairs will end up leading the revolution. It's pointless. Best to let the sucker go and hope a Phoenix rises from the ashes.