U.S. Demands There Be No Democracy in Syria

Eric Zuesse

All of the available polling that has been done by Western polling firms in Syria has indicated strongly that the current President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, would easily win any free and fair election in that country. In fact when the question was directly put to Syrians by a Western polling organization, Assad got 55%, which wouldn’t leave much for each of the opposing candidates in any election, the candidates who would be splitting the residual 45%. And this poll was taken shortly after the Arab Spring demonstrations against him — those demonstrators actually possessed little support from most Syrians.

So, the United States Government demands that Assad be simply removed from office, and not allowed on the ballot, if an election for President is to be held at all in Syria.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have repeatedly stated that the ouster of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is a prerequisite for stopping the invasion of Syria by U.S. bombers, and by other forces from the U.S. coalition. That’s a coalition of (besides the U.S.) Sunni Islamic regimes (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey) that are likewise demanding removal of the Shiite President Assad of Syria, before they will cease their invasions of Syrian territory, and their supplies of weapons to the jihadist fighters who are trying to take over Syria.

Agence France Presse reported, on Thursday November 12th, that, though ‘peace’ talks about Syria, between the U.S.-allied nations and the Russia-allied nations, were planned to occur on November 14th, “the US warned a deal is unlikely without agreement over the fate of President Bashar al-Assad.” In other words: a “deal” must be reached to remove Assad, before the various invasions of Syria will stop.

AFP then noted that, “Moscow has put forward a peace proposal for the talks, which calls for elections after an 18-month constitutional reform process, but Western officials have dismissed the plan as it does not ensure that Assad will be removed from power.”

In other words: the United States government demands its right to veto, from any elections, the participation of the candidate that the polls clearly show the majority of Syrian citizens want to be their President.

The anti-Russian propaganda site, Vox, headlined regarding this matter, on November 13th, “The very simple reason why Syria peace talks are probably doomed”, and Max Fisher laid out “the very simple reason,” by implicitly and unquestioningly accepting as true U.S. government lies that Syria instead of U.S.-backed forces perpetrated the August 2013 sarin gas attack (which Fisher referred to as “chemical weapons”), which attack the U.S. President, Mr. Obama, has since used as his excuse for invading Syria. Fisher said:

Syria’s opposition, after years of enduring Assad’s barrel bombs and chemical weapons, and the forced disappearances and torture chambers before them, have said over and over they could never accept that Assad stay in office.

The US, too, has repeatedly insisted that Assad must go, correctly concluding that Assad and his policies are such a driver of sectarianism that he makes the country ungovernable and that peace is simply impossible while he remains in office. Sunni states in the region that fund the opposition, such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia, would also require that Assad leave power.

The two big question marks, then, are Russia and Iran, Assad’s two foreign backers who are deeply involved in the war and who would thus need to agree to any peace deal in order for it to work. It is just not clear that they would be willing to part with him.

He blames Russia and Iran as being the reason why the talks would be “doomed.” However, if the Syrian people do not want to part with Assad, then why should Russia and Iran not also support his being on the ballot?  If that’s what the Syrian people want  (as polls indicate they clearly do), then why should the United States have any right or authority, at all, to block it from happening?

Instead of Vox being truthful to say that “Assad and his policies are … a driver of sectarianism,” the opposite has actually been the case: the secularism of Assad’s government, and its clear wall of separation between church and state, has been what held off sectarian conflict in that nation as long as it did, which was until the Arab Spring 2011 ‘democracy’ demonstrations, which, in Syria, were largely Sunni Islamic state proponents trying to bring down the government of Syria’s secular Shiite President and replace it with a Sunni Islamic government and constitution — not any sort of ‘democracy.’

The United States government insists upon overthrowing Syria’s existing non-sectarian government and replacing it by its opponents, virtually all of whom are actually supporters of a Sunni Islamic state.

Though the Vox report said that, “Syria’s opposition … have said over and over they could never accept that Assad stay in office,” the question will arise in the mind of any intelligent reader: why is the United States government automatically taking their  side in this, since those people are only such a small minority of Syrians? Mr. Fisher blames Assad as being “such a driver of sectarianism that he makes the country ungovernable,” but Assad was actually the exact opposite of that. Assad’s adamant non-sectarianism is what had been holding the entire country together. Yet, the United States is determined to end it.

Though the United States is taking the side of some Sunnis in Syria, those happen to be Sunnis who seek an Islamic constitution for Syria, to replace the existing non-religious constitution. However, it is not clear, based upon existing polling, that those Syrian Sunnis, the Islamists, constitute even a majority of the Sunnis  in Syria — they certainly do not constitute the majority of Syrians, which is the reason why all existing polling shows that Assad would likely win any free and fair election in Syria. But that’s likewise the reason why the United States government is so determined that there be no democracy in Syria. If there is to be democracy in Syria, then the United States would lose that election.

If there were any doubt about this before, there couldn’t be any doubt about it after a Gallup-affiliated British polling organization, ORB International, found in July 2015 that 82% of Syrians agree with the statement that “IS [Islamic State] is a US and foreign made group,” and only 22% agree with the statement that “IS is a positive influence,” and only 21% agree with the statement that they “prefer life now than under Assad.”

In other words: The U.S. and other invaders of Syria are decidedly unwelcomed by the vast majority of Syrians; and yet, the United States government, which the vast majority of Syrians blame for ISIS there, insists that it has some right to dictate who must not be on the ballot in a Syrian Presidential election — and that person turns out to be the very same person whom the vast majority of Syrians in any free and fair election there would be voting for to be their President.

It would seem that any remaining respect for the United States government as being a supporter of democracy, will have to be qualified by the proviso: if, and only if, the U.S. government happens to favor the person who will win. Because, otherwise, the evidence is clear that the U.S. will instead assert its supposed right to prevent that person from being on the ballot in such a ‘democratic’ election.

The old ideological view, that the U.S. supports democracy, and that its opponents do not, seems to have been turned upside-down, today. It’s the exact opposite of the truth.

Perhaps, now that the Soviet Union has ended, in 1991, the United States, 24 years later, has taken its place. Certainly, there are now many indications that the U.S. is a dictatorship; but few if any appear to be as glaring as is U.S. policy toward Syria, in 2015.


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.

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  • “So, the United States Government demands that Assad be simply removed from office, and not allowed on the ballot, if an election for President is to be held at all in Syria.” In which nation has this method worked FOR Democracy. Our government removes a bad leader and installs a WORSE one or leaves the posts empty and Groups of maniacs take over.

    • mulga mumblebrain

      The USA remains the greatest force for Evil in history, with daylight second.

  • mulga mumblebrain

    US policy re. Syria is dictated, as in so very much and everything of importance, by Israel. The Oded Yinon Plan of 1982, reiterated by ‘A Clean Break’ of the late 80s, prepared for Netanyahoo, and endlessly reiterated elsewhere, demands the destruction of all Israel’s neighbours, along sectarian and tribal lines, into powerless statelets, starting with Iraq (check!). Syria is to be broken into four, hopefully antagonistic, statelets, and Israel will steal the Golan, which Bibi demanded only the other day. That this plan has become quite mainstream in US policy circles, but its Israeli roots are never dared to be mentioned, tells you yet again has real power inside the West, as Voltaire might have observed.

  • berger friedrich-wolfgang

    As long as the present Responsibility – Deprived and Fantasy – bound barbaric Inhabitants of Khazarian SLAVE – MASTER’S “ROTHSCHILD’S” “Warrior – Colony” USA are Satisfied with their Illusion of Being Members of a World – Dominating SYSTEM , – “Their (?) Constitutional REPUBLIC” , and get no Clue about the Truth of their “miserable EXISTENCE” , They “THEMSELVES” will be Exploited to the last Drop of their Blood ! Their DREAM , of the Land of the BRAVE & “FREE” , is about to End !!!

  • tom

    Don’t forget that the Americans began the whole Vietnam tragedy in order to prevent a national election being held, because they were convinced the Communist party would win.

    Elections must be held only when they will have the “right” results.

    • berger friedrich-wolfgang

      We need not Oversee , that Rothschild Khazars are Drugging their SERFS , to Reduce these once human Beings to Willful OBJECTS for their Degrading “BEHAVIORISM” !!!

  • Brockland A.T.

    Amazing how the neocons think the same win-win formula they applied to the Ukraine (that didn’t work), would work again in Syria (that isn’t working).

    Its like they can’t think, but must follow a formula like a calculating machine. Get rid of the most popular leader who won’t conspire with them against his own people, ethnically cleanse his supporters, and ta-daa, a democratically legitimate government is installed.

    And if all fails, their foreign opponents are left with expensive losses or ongoing liability over a formerly productive asset, while they at least profited from the war and can lord over their domestic opponents. Since the last two elements are the only consistent successes, one has to conclude they may well be the true goals.

    • berger friedrich-wolfgang

      You must not forget , that a Society , worshiping a “Believed GOD / THE SPIRIT” ( or as the Ancient Philosophers named Him “LOGOS” ! ) , always is Confronted With a God , that is Imagined as a Person , We All by Ourselves represent , with the Exception , that He is far Beyond Anywhere ! Really ??? Our LIVELINESS or SOUL , Already is “SPIRITUAL SUBSTANCE” , the Existent Logical LIVE ! So , these People , not Knowing the “THINKING LOGOS” , never touch “THINKING” . Their ABILITY , to Understand & Remember , is their INTELLIGENCE or INTELLECT ! The TALENT to Number Things , they Enlarged to the “Science of MATHEMATICS” ! Because of their “NONTHINKING” they believe in “Prophecies like the Horoscope” ! Their Fantasizing they take for THINKING ! But it never is “SELF-CONSCIOUS REFLEXION” ! The Fact , that their Way of LIVE is pure BELIEVE , they are not able , to Recognize or IDENTIFY the “TRUTH” , the Old NAME for “LOGOS” !!!

      • Brockland A.T.

        Are you trying to say that the ancient pagan/philosophical definition of logos is incompatible with a Christian/secular Christian definition of logos used by Judeo-Christian elites because the ancient form is based on rational objectivity and the Christian one on the folly of human ego?

        • berger friedrich-wolfgang

          What’s your Judeo-chr. BELIEVE ???

          • Brockland A.T.

            Judeo Christianity repackaged the mythology of the Horus reborn cult. The Roman Pantheon was in dire straits at the time, unable to overcome the disparity between a pastoral spirituality demanding virtue within an urbanized Empire that materially rewarded corruption.

            Instead of being reborn as a virtuous people under Zeus, Roman spiritual rebirth was hijacked by the temptation of a belief system wherein wrongdoers need not overcome their vices. Christ would take the fall for them in return for belief. What was supposed to be a personal rebirth under God, became a rebirth by proxy under Jesus, so sinners could have their cake and eat it too.



            The same choice is being put forth today. After centuries of death and rebirth of various Christian cults – even the Roman Catholic Church is not the Church of Roman times, Christianity is confronting the virtue of secular humanism.

            While both secular humanist leaders and Christians insist humanism attempts to deny the existence of God, its probably more accurate to say that in practice, most people accepting humanism see it as a more accurate expression of human divinity and believe in God, the concept of a supreme embodiment or concept of objective good that is approachable by reason, not god the Christian dogma of what’s right and wrong.

            Humanism is also a return to traditional western spiritual beliefs, the “Ten Commandments of Solon” (with an amendment by Hippocrates), sans the hubris of a hyper-organized and parasitical religious organization.


          • berger friedrich-wolfgang

            Thanks for your Liberal Openness ! But my Requirement of Unproven & Unprovable Stories and Religious BELIEVES is Covered ! I’m just Engaged in the Teachings of “LOGOS” ! [ e.g.: ARISTOTELES — explained his “IDEA” which he defined as “ENERGAIA” as the Unity , Containing the two Moments of “POLARITY” ; which have to be used for Reflecting the famous Shakespearean BEING / NON – BEING of Something ! ] His “AFFIRMING of the BEING” of Something , is in “One the Immediate NEGATION of the NON – BEING” of Something !!! He Called this “Kind of THINKING” ; — “DIALECTICS” !!! So “REFLEXION” has become my “Spiritual NATURE” !!!

          • Brockland A.T.

            So, are you saying American attempts to short-circuit Syrian democracy resembles the faulty Aristotelian logic that once promoted geocentrism, because like geocentrism, ‘Assad must go’ meets criteria that bear little relevance to the phenomena at hand, describing the motions of democracy (to make neocons happy with an elected Syrian government) without regard to relevant principles of democracy (making Syrians happy with an elected Syrian government) and observable phenomenon (Syrians would vote for Assad)?

          • berger friedrich-wolfgang

            ADIEU , SUPERMAN !!!!

  • Rollo10

    “U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have repeatedly stated that the ouster of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is a prerequisite for stopping the invasion of Syria by U.S. bombers, ”

    This would be illegal under UN and International Law.
    UNSC Article 1 [2] establishes that one of the main purposes of the United Nations, and thus the Security Council, is to develop friendly international relations based on respect for the “principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”. The case studies in this section cover instances where the Security Council has discussed situations with a bearing on the principle of self-determination and the right of peoples to decide their own government, which may relate to the questions of independence, autonomy, referenda, elections, and the legitimacy of governments.

    Foreign Governments can’t ‘attack’ Sovereign nations, with intention of Regime Change and can only attack in self-defense. [UN Article 5]

  • no lie

    Little late to comment, but it’s the worded and logical one I have read. Truthful, and truth hurts. Obama is throwing every weapon at Assad that he can. He’s arming the people that took our twin towers down. Obama is scum. He goes to his first prison visit ever. Who’s in that prison, his buddy Kwame Kirpatrick. The guy who single handidly bankrpted Detroit. He got 28 years. Let’s see if brother Obama pardons that crook. Hollande, from France is scum. He bribed a slew of Assad’s right hand men to defect. They turned on Assad to kill him. Now the head traitor is in Geneva telling the UN Assad must go, and he will take over Syria. This is about two things. Turning Syria into a salafist sunni wahabbi country, and genocide of Alawites, Druze, Christians, Kurds, Shiite, and the last Yazidis. Then king dong house of saud grabs the oil and US builds the pipeline. Erdogan turns Istanbull into his dream of the Ottoman Empire. Israel has annexed the Golan Heights, and Obama condems Putin for Crimea. Look who the commander in chief gas running the Armed Service Committee. A 79 year old psychotic, who wants to bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran and half the world. It’s crazy McCain (Hillary’s best friend). The US government is wayward. It’s why our founders wrote in the second amendment. Obama wants no vote in Syria, and he and Hillary are after our guns. I hope Trump doesn’t let us down.