Video Interview: U.S. Targeting Independent, Principled Governments
July 1, 2012
‘US targeting independent, principled governments’
Interview with Rick Rozoff, Manager, Stop NATO, Chicago
This will not be the last president of a sovereign state that Hillary Clinton orders to step down as she did last year in the Ivory Coast and Libya if you’ll recollect and as she may well do tomorrow in any number of other countries from Belarus to Venezuela.”
UN Security Council members and representatives from Qatar, Kuwait and Turkey have held a meeting toward resolving the Syrian crisis.
Press TV has interviewed Rick Rozoff, Manager, Stop NATO, Chicago about the Geneva meeting and the participant nations that were permitted to attend.
What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: Look at the rights records of the participants at the meeting in Geneva particularly that of the US. It’s hard to believe that their only concern is human rights. Can you tell us how regime change in Syria may benefit every participant in that conference?
Rozoff: Well, certainly not every participant, but you are correct in implying that the participation in the Geneva meeting – the so-called action group – was heavily weighed against Syria and against the interests of international law.
For example, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council include three founding members of NATO – the US, France and Britain – who are hardly impartial or disinterested parties.
And that in addition to the non-permanent Security Council members invited, three out of the four were clearly interested parties. I’m talking about Turkey, Qatar and Kuwait. Arguably only Iraq was a fair or impartial participant from the region.
The fact that Iran was excluded from the talks is a travesty, of course, even after Russia insisted that it participate.
And of course the European Union participated on behalf of the European members of the NATO alliance. And even the Arab League now one could argue has been undermined and effectively taken over by a very limited number of Arab States – I’m talking about the six members of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council including the two in attendance, Kuwait and Qatar.
So, this was hardly an impartial or a representative meeting of nations and organizations; it was rather a US-dominated forum in which Russia and China stuck to their position arguing against of course external – and we’re talking for the most part Western – interference in the internal affairs of sovereign nations.
That is an inviolable principle but is one that is being violated on a daily basis by the US and its allies.
Press TV: What is the situation on the ground there? Hillary Clinton says that Assad has to go because he does not pass a ‘mutual consent test’. For how long do you think Assad will be able to absorb such huge pressure and remain in power?
Rozoff: That’s a question I’m unable to answer. I can only say that should the West with its local allies and clients, and I’m speaking about Turkey and the [Persian] Gulf States, the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council States, succeed in overthrowing yet another government in the Arab world and I’m of course alluding to the precedent last year in Libya, this will not mark the end of this.
Any government that has a foreign policy orientation that’s independent and principled will be targeted.
This will not be the last president of a sovereign state that Hillary Clinton orders to step down as she did last year in Ivory Coast and Libya if you’ll recollect and as she may well do tomorrow in any number of other countries from Belarus to Venezuela.
The fact is there that there appears to be at least a substantive or perhaps a plurality of the population that prefers stability and the nation remaining intact to the latest effort by Western powers, the US in the first place, to not only topple the government – that’s the explicit intent of the US and its allies by the way, France and Britain most prominently – is to topple the government and have implanted a subservient client regime in the Middle East.
Should they succeed in that, it would be catastrophe for the Syrian people and the Middle East and the Arab world as a whole.