CRIPPLING SANCTIONS AGAINST DAMASCUS: “Starve the Syrians into Compliance”

Monday, June 4, 2012
By Paul Martin

by Kurt Nimmo
Global Research
June 4, 2012

On a recent segment of his CNN program, Fareed Zakaria called for imposing crippling sanctions on Syria in order to force regime change on the country.

Zakaria is a member of both the CFR and Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission. He is also a Bilderberg attendee. In other words, his call for starving the Syrians into accepting the will of the United Nations and the globalist establishment is one of the options under consideration.

As we noted on Saturday, the presence of Syrian National Transitional Council head Bassma Kodmani at the 2012 Bilderberg conference means the question of how best to color revolutionize the Arab country is on the minds of the ruling elite.

In May of 2011, the European Union imposed “restrictive measures” against Syria. It froze financial assets and imposed a travel ban. It banned the export to Syria of equipment, goods and technology that can be used for “internal repression” and also agreed to ban luxury goods. Investment in oil and construction was outlawed. All technical and financial assistance was made illegal.

Obama issued an executive order in August of 2011 prohibiting the exportation, sale or supply of services from the United States to Syria. It blocks investment and the export of oil from Syria. On May 30, the U.S. levied sanctions on the Syria International Islamic Bank. The Treasury Department said the bank has acted as a front for other Syrian financial institutions seeking to circumvent sanctions. A few days prior to this, the U.S. and around a dozen other countries expelled Syrian diplomats following a massacre in al-Houla, Syria, tht was blamed without conclusive evidence on al-Assad’s military.

In August of 2011, Congress introduced S.1472, a “bill to impose sanctions on persons making certain investments that directly and significantly contribute to the enhancement of the ability of Syria to develop its petroleum resources, and for other purposes.”

In November, the Arab League suspended Syria’s membership and adopted “unprecedented sanctions at a meeting in Cairo by a vote of 19 to three,” according to the BBC.

In the United States, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Syrian Freedom Support Act by a unanimous vote in March of this year. It is intended to “strengthen sanctions against the Government of Syria, to enhance multilateral commitment to address the Government of Syria’s threatening policies, to establish a program to support a transition to a democratically-elected government in Syria, and for other purposes.”

The sanctions have not prevented the regime from responding to what it describes as foreign terrorists operating in its country. “We are facing a real war from outside,” al-Assad said on Sunday.

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