Why the Syrian Peace Talks Broke Down

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

During the negotiations that had led to the Syrian peace talks, a key question was whether Russia and the Syrian army would be allowed to continue uninterrupted, their military actions against ISIS and Al Qaeda. (Al Qaeda in Syria is called “Al Nusra.”) Throughout the negotiations between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, there was agreement that ISIS (the U.S. Government calls it ‘ISIL’) has no place there, and must continue to be bombed and attacked without interruption until exterminated there; but Kerry opposed Lavrov’s demand to include Al Nusra’s (Al Qaeda’s) forces as also having no rightful place in Syria. Kerry finally accepted that Al Nusra should have no part in ruling Syria, and thus he reluctantly acceded to Russia’s demand. This agreement by Kerry enabled the peace talks to begin. 

These talks broke down on April 18th because Al Nusra was facing imminent defeat in the key city of Aleppo, and because such a defeat was unacceptable to Mohammed Alloush, the Saudi agent, and head of the Saudi-Wahhabist group, the Army of Islam. He was selected by King Saud to lead the rebel side at Syria’s peace negotiations. “There was ‘no way’ the opposition could resume formal talks amid a military escalation and a worsening humanitarian situation, senior opposition negotiator Mohammed Alloush told Reuters,” on April 18th.

Mohammed Alloush is allegedly a cousin of the recently deceased founder of the Army of Islam, Mohammed Zahran Alloush, who was called simply “Zahran Alloush.” Mohammed Alloush now runs it. The fathers of Zahran and Mohammed were allegedly brothers, and their father, Sheikh Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, had immigrated to Syria from Saudi Arabia, and he led the growing Saudi Wahhabist, fundamentalist Sunni, community, in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, which is the place where the 21 August 2013 sarin gas attack that U.S. President Barack Obama has used as his excuse to invade Syria took place. Zahran Alloush had actually helped U.S. President Obama, and Turkey’s President Erdogan, and King Saud, and Qatar’s Emir Thani, to plan and to carry out that sarin attack, so as to blame it on Assad, in order that the U.S. President would then be enabled to mobilize public opinion in the U.S. to invade Syria and overthrow Assad — which is what they want; but, after this fraud started to become exposed, Obama temporarily backed down — and, yet, Saud, Thani, and Erdogan (all fundamentalist Sunnis allied with the U.S.), remained determined to overthrow the secular Shiite Assad (who allies with Russia and with Shiite Iran). The Sauds have the attitude that unless all Shiites die, the Sauds will die, that it’s an “existential” matter for them. And the American Government backs their war against Shia.

Obama will now need to decide whether Alloush’s ending the talks can serve as an excuse to blame Assad and Russia’s Putin for the breakdown of talks, and resume overt support of ‘the Syrian opposition’ (the U.S.-Sunni-backed jihadists, all of whom are fundamentalist Sunnis, like the Sauds), which one might more properly call the Saud-Thani-Obama invasion of Syria, to overthrow the secular Shiite Assad. 

Sometimes, the ways of hiding a foreign invasion of a country can become almost irrelevant, and the only thing that actually still matters is whether the time appears to be ripe, to resume, or escalate, a war that one remains determined to win. So it is with the U.S. Government under Barack Obama, who still remains determined to replace Bashar al-Aassad by a fundamentalist Sunni proponent of Shariah law.

During the peace talks period, the U.S. has sent to the Syrian rebels 3,000 tons of weapons, including surface-to-air missiles that can shoot down Russia’s planes. So, for the jihadist side in this war, the peace talks might turn out to have been the pause that refreshes.

On April 17th, the secular alliance, including Christians and Sunnis as well as Shiites, and also including many women, were re-elected, and newly elected, to constitute the next Syrian Parliament. Syria has the only non-sectarian government in the Middle East. Almost all of the fundamentalists are foreign mercenaries, salaried jihadists, paid by the Sauds and Thanis, and armed by the Americans.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.