Michel Chossudovsky (1946) is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal and Editor of the globalresearch.ca website. He is the author of “The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order” (2003) and America’s “War on Terrorism”(2005). His most recent book is entitled “Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War” (2011). He is also a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His writings have been published in more than twenty languages.
PressTV, June 01, 2013
“The United States and its allies are not seeking a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis. If they were seeking a solution they would disengage in terms of their support to al-Nusra, which is a terrorist organization. Their actions are not only a violation of international law, they are also a violation of United States law, which classifies al-Nusra as a terrorist organization.”
Press TV has conducted an interview with Michel Chossudovsky, director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, Montreal, about Western-supported terrorist death squads against Syria, Also addressed in this interview is Russia’s delivery of the S-300 missile defense system to Syria to help deter foreign military intervention.
The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: Why does Germany and the US criticize Russia for sending arms to Syria while they themselves are providing weapons to Israel?
Chossudovsky: Well, it’s a nonsensical discourse of countries, which are in fact behind the terrorist organizations in Syria. They cannot on the one hand be peacemakers in terms of the proposed Geneva peace conference and at the same time support an insurrection channelling weapons to al-Qaeda affiliated forces. But there is another dimension. They accuse Russia of providing weapons to Syria for defensive purposes under a bilateral agreement between two countries. On the other hand we notice that the United States is channelling billions and billions of dollars to Israel. Germany is on record of providing German-made submarines, which are tooled with Israeli nuclear warheads. In other words, in providing military technology in support of nuclear weapons, this is in violation not only of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, but also in violation of German and European laws.
Press TV: Why is it that only Israel’s security is so important and not the security of others in the region?
Chossudovsky: Well, this of course is an expression of double standards. Syria is not a threat to countries in the Middle East. But if we look at Israel and we look at its history, it has waged wars against several neighbouring countries, including Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, in the course of recent history. And many of these operations have been in effect also been supported by US military aid. Israel receives billions and billions and billions of dollars of US military aid. And I should also mention that other countries in the region such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey are also recipients of US military aid and much of this military aid is also being used to threaten Syria and to fund the insurrection, which is composed as we know of terrorist death squads.
Press TV: Despite the fact that the European Union has lifted an arms embargo on Syrian insurgents, how optimistic are you that the Geneva 2 talks will be able to resolve the Syrian crisis politically and not militarily?
Chossudovsky: The United States and its allies are not seeking a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis. If they were seeking a solution they would disengage in terms of their support to al-Nusra, which is a terrorist organization and its not only a violation of international law, but it’s also a violation of United States law, which classifies al-Nusra as a terrorist organization. And it is somewhat ironic that US Secretary of State John Kerry is implementing a policy, which is in direct contradiction with the US anti-terrorist legislation — in fact he is in violation of those criteria because he is brokering a relationship with a terrorist organization and channelling US military aid to al-Qaeda.
PressTV, June 08, 2013
What we must now tackle at an international level is war reparations. The war is over unless of course the West decides to continue this war e.g. with a no fly zone. That would be an extremely dangerous option at this stage because Syria has an advanced air defense system.”
Press TV has conducted an interview with Michel Chossudovsky, Center for Research on Globalization, Montreal, on the back of UN concern for the Syrian war spilling over into other countries.
The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: The UN is warning of an explosion in the Middle East if the war on Syria continues. The question is what has the UN itself done to prevent the war from exacerbating?
Chossudovsky: First of all, that statement was made by the head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. And the statement says that if the fighting doesn’t stop… the fighting is going to stop because the terrorists have been defeated.
And essentially if Western powers put a moratorium on their support to these al-Qaeda affiliated rebels, the war is over – at least, the ground war is over. Recent developments suggest and confirm that the country is under the control of the Syrian government. The rebel forces have been defeated in al-Qusayr and they’ve also been defeated in other parts of the country.
The question of humanitarian aid has to be, from my standpoint, addressed because, who are the protagonists of humanitarian aid, so-called humanitarian aid? Precisely the countries, which supported these rebel terrorists. And I think what we should be raising at this stage is that it is well established that this war was waged by the United States, NATO and Israel with the support of the [Persian] Gulf states, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in particular and that under international law what is now required is war reparations. So I would say: let us put the “humanitarian dimension” aside and focus on the billions and billions of dollars of war reparations, which are due to the Syrian government as a result of the illegal support of these terrorist formations in Syria, which constitute essentially the ground forces – the foot soldiers of the Western military alliance.
Press TV: The recent victory in Qusayr and the recent revelation that Israeli-made weapons were seized from Syrian insurgents – What impact will this have on the dynamics of the conflict?
Chossudovsky: We’ve known from day one that Israel has supported al-Qaeda. And we also know that Israel has channelled weapons and logistic support to the rebels in the areas surrounding the occupied areas of the Golan Heights. And in fact Israel even established a hospital facility for the al-Qaeda rebels and was busing them back and forth, taking the wounded to the hospital and then sending them back to the war theatre.
Israel was involved in acts of aggression against a sovereign state together with NATO, particularly Turkey, Britain, France, the United States. French and British Special Forces, including SAS forces, MI6 and CIA agents were involved – We know it because it’s documented. Who is training the rebels in chemical weapons? The Western military alliance.
Prime Minister Laurent Fabius of France comes out –and it’s the typical sort of weapons of mass destruction saga– accusing the government of using chemical weapons against civilians when in fact CNN confirms that Western forces are training the rebels in the use of chemical weapons; when the Turkish police arrests al-Qaeda rebels – it just happened a week or so ago [the rebels had chemical weapons in their possession].
So we know that all this is fabrication, whereby the Western military alliance is accusing the government of committing atrocities, which they themselves have committed. What we must now tackle at an intentional level is war reparations. The war is over unless of course the West decides to continue this war e.g. with a no-fly zone. That would be an extremely dangerous option at this stage because Syria has an advanced air defense system. The S-300 is in place; it has been building up over the past 18 months; there are other elements of air defense; and it would be very unwise for the Western military alliance to impose a no-fly zone, which would immediately be subject to some kind of response. So that is the background. This war has reached a point of transition. If there is no intervention on the part of the Western military alliance, the war is over.