This is the common call from across the world in regards to the Muslims of Aleppo, and who would not wish to? When witnessing the constant bombardment of Russian air strikes as well as knowing that Iranian militia alongside the disgraceful Alawite army of Assad will be knocking down your door to rape your mother and sisters before slaughtering your entire family through brutal torture and humiliation.
This subject is very emotional for all of us due to the high level of interest it has received in world media and the harrowing images and videos that have gone viral on social media. There is not a single Muslim that has not heard the cries of Aleppo and many Friday Jummahs have stressed the importance of Dua for our brothers and sisters in Aleppo.
For the sake of the Ummah, we should not look at this from the emotional angle but rather through the angle of Islam as a political ideology. Emotions will not solve the problems for the Muslims of Aleppo, nor the Muslims being slaughtered as we read this, in Burma, Kashmir, Iraq, Palestine, and Yemen.
Aleppo to West Aleppo to Idlib – The Corridor of Death
The international media has collectively called for the evacuation of civilians from Aleppo while turning a blind eye to their destination. It comes as no surprise that the international media purposefully decided not to draw attention to this because the civilians would be evacuated to West Aleppo and Idlib.
West Aleppo has seen just as much destruction as East Aleppo according to the Institute for the Study of War which details every airstrike carried out by the Russians.
The grave reality is that the Muslims are being dragged from one war zone to another, from rebel-held area to rebel-held area. In confirmation, the ISW reported that “the eventual completion of the evacuation, however, will likely signal the start of a new phase in Russia’s air campaign in Northern Syria. Russia will likely resume its aggressive targeting of opposition-held terrain in Idlib Province under the guise of anti-terrorism operations against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham”.
I wrote in March this year that the plan for Syria is not a unified Syria but rather dividing it based on religious sects to cause tension and civil war for many years to come. Both RAND and the Brooking Institute policy reports on Syria conclude that a “federalised” Syria is the solution but in reality, it is the balkanisation of Syria. A federalised country denotes peace between states whereas balkanisation means that the states are hostile to one another.
Nick Paton Walsh of CNN reported that “Russia does — many UN officials now openly speculate – perhaps intend to continue using its military muscle in Syria to push to the north west and tackle the jihadist and rebel presence in Idlib. Many civilians who have already fled their actions in Aleppo will find themselves caught in that possible future battle.”
Russia, America and Iran are allies in the War on Islam
Those who believe the world is multipolar must rethink as actions carried out by Russia and Iran on the Syrian file quite evidently prove that the three are corroborating together in pursuance of America’s plan to exact Sykes-Picot part 2 on the Greater Middle East. Russia has yet again been caught by the proverbials by America who has dominated the nations bordering Russia through “NGOs” such as the National Endowment for Democracy and George Soros’ Open Society Foundation while Iran has shown its true colours after the lifting of sanctions (to incentivise their actions) and the signing of the JCPOA to greatly weaken possibly the last of the nuclear capability held by a Muslim country.
It has never been in the interest of Russia or Iran to destabilise Syria yet they play the biggest part in reshaping the ground, whether that be Russia aiding in the mass evacuation of the Sunni population in Aleppo to Idlib or Iran aiding in the evacuation of Shia from Idlib to the south-west. Since Russian involvement in Syria it is evident that Putin nor Assad have any concern for the cost of human lives. Their barbarity and genocide is well-acknowledged by the world yet they suddenly feign concern for the Muslims of Aleppo to evacuate through humanitarian corridors? Rather, this is a political move and not a humanitarian one.
Brave Muslims who have decided to risk their lives and leave the comfort of their homes to report from on the ground, such as Bilal Abdul-Karim, have no blame attached to them for falling into the traps set out by the disbelievers, as they are like feathers moving with the wind in any direction that it blows. We should not rely on those that have been subdued to stand up to the tyrants of the world, but rather, the Muslims neighbouring Syria should wake up to the reality and pressure their leaders to expose their true feelings towards the Ummah of Muhammad ﷺ.
Syria has been kind to “Israel”
Steffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, has already concluded that Syria no longer exists the way it once did before. He said Eastern Aleppo could be totally destroyed before 2017. In fact, the term balkanisation of Syria is not a new one as “Israel’s” Netanyahu told Jerusalem Post of his “doubts” that a unitary Syrian state can ever reemerge. “I wish it could happen, but I’m not sure you could put Humpty Dumpty back together again,” he said. “I’d say the best result you might be able to get is a benign balkanization, benign cantonization in Syria. That’s as good as you’re going to get.”
It is interesting to note the word ‘benign’ used by Netanyahu which denotes futile states that would hold no power or influence to ever challenge “Israel”. In fact, the Syrian war has been a bonus for “Israel” as they have been illegally drilling on the Syrian Golan Heights in the meantime to discover and steal oil resources.
One can make many comparisons to the “Greater Middle East Initiative” introduced by George W. Bush in 2004 and Oded Yinon’s “Strategy for Israel in the 1990s” published in 1982 where it states in the latter:
“The 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, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as the primary short term target.
He went on to say:
“The 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, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as the primary short term target. “Syria will fall apart, in accordance with its ethnic and religious structure into several states…so that there will be a Shiite Allawi state along its coast, a Sunni state in the Aleppo area, another Sunni state in Damascus hostile to its northern neighbor, and the Druzes, who will set up a state, maybe even in our Golan…”
It is a very similar strategy to that of the Brookings Institute’s with some slight differences in approach but still important to realise that any plan to balkanise Syria will benefit America’s closest ally and lighthouse in the Middle East.
Assad is no longer a stakeholder in Syria
The Syrian turmoil, especially within the last two years, has completely destroyed any influence Assad has on the table for negotiations. The disarmament of nuclear weaponry, the huge reduction in army personnel and the heavy sanctions have all played its toll on Assad and his existence purely relies on Russia and Iran, a position that makes it extremely easy for America to control. A dictator without any power is already dead. As an expert of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, Maxim Shepovalenko, noted: “Now, ability to conduct combat operations is even more important than [military] hardware in Syria … Assad’s army has reduced by almost half, but the officers’ shortage is an especially important.”
Russia’s whole-heartedness in the American Plan B for Syria is obviously in return for a weaker European Union (delivered through Brexit, terrorism and funding of far-right movements), economic factors such as the lifting of sanctions, and closer alliance with Iran.
Interestingly Linda Heard, a British political columnist, wrote that:
“In the event Syria that fought shoulder to shoulder with Egypt in the 1967 and 1973 wars is sliced up like a loaf of bread a further chunk of the Arab world’s heart will be amputated and the region will be even more vulnerable to Iranian meddling than it is now”