Wikileaks recently released an archive of thousands of e-mails sent to and from Hillary Clinton from June 2010 to August 2014 while she was the Secretary of State under Obama administration.
One of those e-mails sent by a member of Hillary Clinton’s State Department team in late 2012 is an open testament to the ugly and brutal role the U.S. imperialists played in stoking the Syrian war. The e-mail makes it clear how the U.S., with the help of its allies in the region, all oppressive regimes in the service of U.S. imperialism, armed and supported the reactionary terror gangs fighting the Syrian government:
“Unlike in Libya, a successful intervention in Syria would require substantial diplomatic and military leadership from the United States. Washington should start by expressing its willingness to work with regional allies like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar to organize, train and arm Syrian rebel forces.”
“Arming the Syrian rebels and using western air power to ground Syrian helicopters and airplanes is a low-cost high payoff approach.”
The e-mail makes the case for overthrowing the Syrian government in order to defend the apartheid, racist state of Israel. The e-mail also reveals Iran as the next target of U.S. imperialism after Syria.
“The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.”
What is the death of 250,000 Syrians to an imperialist war-monger like Clinton when what is at stake is the security Israel, an ally which routinely bombs schools, hospitals, shelters in Palestine, murdering thousands of children and civilians?
It is not the first time Clinton supported mass murder in the interests of U.S. imperialism, far from it. In fact, Clinton’s record as a war-criminal is a rather long one. In 1999, she supported her husband as the imperialist in-chief as he led the criminal U.S./NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. “I urged him [President Clinton] to bomb,” she proudly said later. Clinton then advocated for the genocidal invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 that killed over a million civilians. As the Secretary of State under the Obama administration, she reached a peak in her career as the chief advocate of NATO’s destruction of Libya and overthrowing the government of Qaddafi, and killing thousands while turning hundreds of thousands into refugees.
After the torture and murder of Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi, Clinton, in the vilest fashion, laughingly told a CBS interviewer: “We came, we saw, he died.”
Is it a surprise that we read the same disgusting and criminal mind in action when talking about the president of Syria?
“With his life and his family at risk, only the threat or use of force will change the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s mind.”
Let us continue with the e-mail:
“It is the strategic relationship between Iran and the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria that makes it possible for Iran to undermine Israel’s security […] The end of the Assad regime would end this dangerous alliance. Israel’s leadership understands well why defeating Assad is now in its interests. “
Let us set the record straight here: It is not Iran that undermines Israel’s security; it is the other way around as the U.S. and Israel have threatened Iran for years, openly stating that bombing Iran’s nuclear sites “was an option on the table,” not to mention the deadly economic sanctions against Iran.
While Iran’s nuclear program is not in violation of any international treaty, including the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), the U.S. has been in violation of NPT since its ratification in 1968. The murderous state of Israel on the other hand is not even a signatory of the NPT and possesses an estimated 200 nuclear warheads, a “nuclear monopoly” as Clinton puts it, later in her e-mail which also reveals the next ominous step in the imperialist plan for the Middle East: War against Iran once the government of Syria is overthrown. Iran’s nuclear program as the so-called ‘threat’ to Israel would be the pretext for this new imperialist war:
“Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel’s security, it would also ease Israel’s understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly. Then, Israel and the United States might be able to develop a common view of when the Iranian program is so dangerous that military action could be warranted.”
In this context, it is important to realize that if the imperialist project to overthrow the Syrian regime had succeeded, it would have been a great defeat for the people of Syria and the Middle East. Not only Iran would have been next but the new Syrian puppet government installed by the imperialists would willingly sign a peace treaty with Israel, causing a historic setback for the Palestinian struggle.
In a recent speech she gave at AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) on Monday 21, Clinton affirmed that she would “take the relationship with Israel to the next level.” One would not have to be a fortune-teller to guess that the “next level” in Clinton’s playbook is more murder of Palestinian people at the hands of the Israeli state.
Clinton continued: “As president, I will make a firm commitment to ensure Israel maintains its qualitative military edge,“ adding:
“As we gather here (AIPAC), three evolving threats — Iran’s continued aggression, a rising tide of extremism across a wide arc of instability, and the growing effort to de-legitimize Israel on the world stage — are converging to make the U.S.-Israel alliance more indispensable than ever.”
As a loyal servant of U.S. imperialism, its big banks and its capitalist class, Clinton’s name is synonymous with wars, destruction, misery, death and torture for millions of people all around the world from Yugoslavia to Iraq to Libya to Syria to Palestine.
As progressives and revolutionaries in the heart of U.S. imperialism, it is now more critical than ever that we escalate the struggle against warmongers such as Hillary Clinton and build a mass movement to stop all imperialist wars by putting an end to the capitalist rule and replacing it with socialism, to achieve true peace, justice and equality for everyone.