Syria Wants Russian Businesses To Help Rebuild Country, As Assad Considers 'Resignation'
“(Syrian leader Bashar) Assad specifically stated that when rebuilding Syria the Syrian people will rely on Russia’s help. He asked (Russian oil) companies to cooperate with Syria,” Russian Communist Party member Alexander Yushchenko told RIA Novosti news wire on Sunday.
Syria is not a big oil and gas player in the Middle East. Russia’s interest in the country may have as much to do with protecting its only Mediterranean naval port in the country as it does pounding the smithereens out of jihadis, both of the ISIS variety and of the anti-Assad ilk, whom have been known to intermingle with the terrorist group. Most Russian companies in Syria operate in the oil and gas space, like publicly traded firms Tatneft and pipeline product maker TMK . Russian airline Aeroflot also has a hub there, but most flights have been grounded because of the ongoing civil war in the country.
Russia’s involvement in Syria surprised Washington when it came late last month. But now, both the U.S. and Russian military are running separate bombing missions of ISIS strongholds in Syria. And the U.S. has suspended tactical and weapons support of the anti-Assad Free Syrian Army following word that many of these fighters have jumped ship for ISIS, as Vladimir Putin warned.
The U.S. is hell-bent on kicking Assad to the curb, in Washington’s cookie-cutter Middle Eastern foreign policy of regime change. Assad, speaking through the state run Russian media, allegedly said he would allow for democratic elections or even resign if it would help Syria heal. That would give someone the chance to challenge Assad for the first time ever. This may very well be lip service, in order to show the West that Russia has Assad eating out of the palm of their hands.
Assad met with Putin in Moscow last week to discuss the possibility of the Syrian government sitting down with so-called moderate opposition leaders; read: non-jihadis who will go Osama bin Laden on the West once in power.
Two Poems for Syria by Marvin X and Mohja Kahf
how much water can run from rivers to sea
how much blood can soak the earth
the guns of tyrants know no end
a people awakened are bigger than bullets
there is no sleep in their eyes
no more stunted backs and fear of broken limbs
even men, women and children are humble with sacrifice
the old the young play their roles
with smiles they endure torture chambers
with laughs they submit to rape and mutilations
there is no victory for oppressors
whose days are numbered
as the clock ticks as the sun rises
let the people continue til victory
surely they smell it on their hands
taste it on lips
believe it in their hearts
know it in their minds
no more backwardness no fear
let there be resistance til victory.
--Marvin X/El Muhajir
Oh Marvin, how much blood can soak the earth?
The angels asked, “will you create a species who will shed blood
and overrun the earth with evil?”
And it turns out “rivers of blood” is no metaphor:
shiny with blood hissing from humans? Dark
and dazzling, it keeps pouring and pumping
from the inexhaustible soft flesh of Syrians,
and neither regime cluster bombs from the air,
nor rebel car bombs on the ground,
ask them their names before they die.
They are mowed down like wheat harvested by machine,
and every stalk has seven ears, and every ear a hundred grains.
They bleed like irrigation canals into the earth.
Even one little girl in Idlib with a carotid artery cut
becomes a river of blood. Who knew she could be a river
running all the way over the ocean, to you,
draining me of my heart? And God said to the angels,
“I know what you know not.” But right now,
learn the names of all the Syrians.
See what your species has done.