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No Letup in Western-Backed Syrian Violence

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NATO "played a major role in guaranteeing peace in the Euro-Atlantic area for over sixty years, and as our mission for Libya showed, our Alliance remains an essential source of stability in an unpredictable world. NATO is the indispensable Alliance."

In fact, it's a lawless, aggressive killing machine. It's responsible for millions of deaths, mass destruction, insecurity, and instability wherever it shows up. Expect no letup in its crimes against Syria.

Its people have other ideas. On March 24, huge crowds massed in Damascus' Saba Bahrat Square. They railed against foreign interference and expressed strong support for Assad's reforms.

Chanting slogans, carrying banners, displaying Syrian flags, and showing other expressions of support, they blamed US imperialism and complicit Arab states for months of violence and deaths. Along with Syrian security forces, they vowed to resist. 

It's their country and their right to choose leaders they wish, free from outside interference. International law prohibits but doesn't stop it. It also doesn't prevent spuriously accusing Assad for all sorts of alleged wrongdoing.

On March 23, Turkey's Today's Zaman headlined, "Turkey enlists northern Iraq's help in countering threat of Syria-PKK alliance," claiming:

Assad's "courting terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants to strike Turkish interests, Today's Zaman has learned."

Quoting unnamed government officials belies their credibility. Nonetheless, one said:

"We have come to an understanding from Kurdish officials in Arbil that the PKK threat in Syria is seriously undermining the legitimate aspirations of Kurds in the region." 

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