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Germany seeks to extract itself from the Syrian conflict

Germany is attempting to escape from the rôle it was assigned during the Syrian conflict. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is trying to organise a summit meeting between the major powers in order to negotiate a peace settlement. But this project promises to be very difficult to realise, in part because Germany bears a weighty reponsbility in the war, and in part because France persists in seeking to destroy the Syrian Arab Republic.

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Angela Merkel is attempting to change her policies in the Syrian conflict.

When the United States first attacked Syria in 2003, they asked for the help of Germany and Israel before handing the mission on to the United Kingdom and France. At that time, the German Secret Services were working with the Mossad on the assassination of Rafic Hariri, by providing a weapon which only they possessed [1]. The idea was to provoke a popular anti-Syrian uprising, then to send in the Marines to push back the « occupier », an idea which conformed to the plan by the US Committee for a Free Lebanon and Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum, as exposed in « Ending Syria’s Occupation of Lebanon : The U.S. Role » [2]. However, the operation failed because Syria, pointing out that it maintained its military presence in Lebanon at the request of the international community (The Taef Agreements [3]), evacuated the country as soon as the popular demand was made clear.

Germany was still playing a decisive rôle with Israël when US ambassador Jeffrey Feltman organised the International Independent Investigation Commission, tasked by Ban Ki-moon with discovering the truth about the Hariri assassination. Berlin sent ex-prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, who had already rendered preposterous service to the CIA by attributing a Mossad terrorist attack in Berlin to Mouamar el-Khadafi, and ex-Police Commissioner and BND agent Lehmann, who was later implicated in crimes committed by the CIA in their secret prisons [4]. But here again, the operation failed, because after accusing Presidents Émile Lahoud and Bachar el-Assad of having planned the assassination of Rafic Hariri, the Mehlis Commission collapsed in the scandal of false witnesses [5].

Germany once again became involved in the current war, this time on the side of the United Kingdom and France, by entrusting the Presidency of the meeting of the « Working Group on Economic Recovery and Development » of the « Friends of Syria », to a high-level diplomat, Clemens von Goetze. In June 2012, during a meeting in Abu Dhabi, he proposed sharing the wealth of Syria between those states who would confirm their readiness to sabotage the Genva Conference. Even before they had managed to overthrow the Syrian Arab Republic, the allies were dividing up the concessions for the exploitation of Syria’s gas. The German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, created a permanent secretariat, endowed with a budget of 600,000 Euros, to manage the pillage of Syria’s hydrocarbons, a job it entrusted to Gunnar Wälzholz, who had also fulfilled the same task against Afghanistan [6].

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In Berlin, January 2015, a ’march for tolerance’ united German political personalities and Muslim leaders in reaction to the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Madame Merkel marched arm in arm with Aiman Mazyek, the General Secretary of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany. Although he pretends to have broken with the Muslim Brotherhood and to maintain an open debate, Mr. Mazyek uses his organisation to protect Milli Gorus (Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s supremacist organisation) and the Muslim Brotherhood (the active matrix of jihadist organisations, presided by Mahmoud Ezzat, ex-right hand man of Sayyed Qutob).

When France sabotaged the Geneva Conference, Germany helped to realise the plan – conceived in 2007 by John Negroponte, then Director of US National Intelligence – for a Nicaraguan-type war. The plan called for the multiplication of terrorist groups in order to « bleed the country dry ». To this purpose, it provided the international coordination of the Muslim Brotherhood, present in Aix-la-Chapelle since the Cold War. This is currently where the retreat from Ahrar el-Sham by al-Qaïda, Daesh, and the other terrorist groups is being organised.

And yet today, the Merkel government, noting the efficiency of the Russian bombing, the hesitation of the United States, and the upheaval of international strategic balance, is attempting to withdraw from this lost combat and make peace with Syria. This reversal of course corresponds to the long-expected rapprochement - greatly feared by Washington – between Berlin and Moscow.

This evolution can be explained to the public by means of the immigrant crisis. Prepared a year in advance at the demand of the boss of Germany’s heavy industry, Ulrich Grillo, and activated by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, and the speculator George Soros, hundreds of thousands of people have crossed the Balkans to go and work at reduced cost in Germany [7]. However, the operation was interrupted by the Russian military intervention, since Germany feared that jihadists fleeing the bombing might mingle with the immigrants and refugees. Currently, the German population now opposes the influx of foreigners because big business has profited from the occasion to abolish the minimum wage in several Federal states. As a result, the « refugee crisis » supplies a possible alibi for the change of policy concerning Syria.

In any event, the rapprochement between Germany and Syria will be difficult to negociate. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and ex-Director of Intelligence, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, hopes to be able to organise a 5+1 type meeting (the Viennese format for Iran) in order to solve the Syrian conflict. But Russia is forcing it to become more ambitious, and to bring to the table President Putin, Chancellor Merkel, President Hollande and President el-Assad (the Normandy format as used for Ukraine).

Translation
Pete Kimberley

[1] “Revelations on Rafik Hariri’s assassination”, by Thierry Meyssan, Оdnako (Russia), Voltaire Network, 29 November 2010.

[2] « Les plans de l’US Committee for a Free Lebanon », par Thierry Meyssan, Réseau Voltaire, 8 mars 2005.

[3] “Taif Agreement”, Voltaire Network, 23 October 1989.

[4] “The Assassination of Rafik Hariri: A Biased Investigation”, by Silvia Cattori, Translation Alexander Davidis, Ard Vangern, Voltaire Network, 15 September 2006.

[5] “The disgrace of the Mehlis Commission”, by Talaat Ramih, Voltaire Network, 12 January 2006.

[6] “The “Friends of Syria” divvy up Syrian economy before conquest”, by German Foreign Policy, Voltaire Network, 30 June 2012.

[7] “The phoney « refugee crisis »”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Pete Kimberley, Voltaire Network, 7 September 2015.

Thierry Meyssan

Thierry Meyssan French intellectual, founder and chairman of Voltaire Network and the Axis for Peace Conference. His columns specializing in international relations feature in daily newspapers and weekly magazines in Arabic, Spanish and Russian. His last two books published in English : 9/11 the Big Lie and Pentagate.

 
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