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Is Obama "offer" for Russian cooperation in Syria too good to be true?

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Western media claims that terror groups like Nusra and Daesh [ISIS] are "embedded" with "moderate rebels" is a charade. The inference is that the "mingling" is an unfortunate accident, whenever in reality there is negligible distinction between most of the illegally armed groups.

What Washington wants therefore in its "offer for cooperation" is to insert some form of restraint over what is an otherwise successful Russian-Syrian anti-terror campaign -- a campaign that has salvaged Syria from a foreign-backed covert war for regime change.

The other giveaway to Washington's real agenda is the second condition for its "cooperation." Radio Free Europe reports:"Washington also wants Russia to help start a political transition that would ultimately end the Assad family's four-decade reign."

In other words, Obama's "Syria plan" is less about cooperating with Russia to "defeat terror groups" and all about inveigling Russia to assist unwittingly in its overarching strategic objective of regime change in Syria.

For observers with a clear grasp of the bigger picture of course the belated friendly overtures from Washington to Russia on Syria are disingenuous. The US and its regional allies have been sponsoring the terror front in Syria for the past five years. The American leopard cannot credibly change its spots overnight.

Moreover, only last week Obama was proclaiming to his NATO allies in Warsaw that Russia is a global threat alongside terror groups like Daesh. Now we are expected to believe that Obama wants to cooperate with Russia to defeat terrorism.

The unspoken game plan for Washington is to drive a split between Moscow and its longtime ally in Damascus.

Russia may be tempted to accept America's purported "joint venture" in Syria as a way to normalize relations and to ease the US-led Western campaign to isolate Moscow internationally.

However, in doing so, Russia would inevitably antagonize Syria. In an interview with US media outlet NBC this week, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad repeated his government's position that US military operations in his country are illegal. The US, France, Britain and other NATO powers are bombing Syria without any legal mandate from the United Nations, regardless of their hollow claims of "combating terrorism."

If Russia were to somehow engage with Obama's offer of military cooperation in Syria, that would lead to a rupture in the Moscow-Damascus alliance.

The real aim for Washington is not striking terrorists. How could it be given America's bloodied hands in this dirty war? The real target is to thwart the winning side against terrorism in Syria, and to blow apart the Russian-Syrian alliance -- which Washington calculates would lead eventually to regime change.

In a word: don't buy it.

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Author and journalist. Finian Cunningham has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. He is a Master's graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal (more...)

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