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US role in Syria exposes the evils of hegemony (2)

(People's Daily Online)

13:32, June 26, 2013

Thirdly, the U.S. is once more resorting to an old ploy - fabricating non-existent charges in order to demonize its opponent. The new claims that Syria has crossed America’s "red line" by employing chemical weapons against opposition forces produce an uncomfortable echo of the all-too-recent past. Obama’s actions appear no different from those of former American President George W. Bush, whose regime fabricated evidence that Saddam Hussein’s government had developed weapons of mass destruction in order to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The Syrian government has rejected and dismissed allegations of the use of chemical weapons leveled against it. Russia believes the U.S. claims are unfounded, and the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also stated that there can be no discussions on the value of any information on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria until the evidence has been made public and subjected to proper analysis.

If the U.S. achieves its objectives in Syria, yet another Pandora's Box will be opened up in the region - in Syria, as elsewhere in the Middle East, there will be no peace. The U.S. strategy represents a high-stakes gamble, with the fate and the future of Syria and the Middle East at stake.

But whether the U.S. secures a political victory or is ultimately thwarted in its aims is of secondary importance. Neither its strategy nor its tactics in Syria are rooted in good faith, and that makes it a moral loser. Syria, as with the invasion of Iraq, will remain forever a stain on the history of international relations.

The author is Yin Chengde, former counselor of Chinese Embassy in the U.S

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