The Russian military intervention in Syria has significantly reshuffled the cards in the Middle Eastern geopolitical situation and marked the return of the Russian superpower on the international stage, 25 years after the fall of the USSR.
It is obvious that what is currently occuring has nothing to do with the Western support for democratization of the country in favor of the Syrian people, or for the Russians, nor with the maintenance of the economic and military interests for the regime of Bashar al-Assad, instead it is concerning a new geopolitical configuration of the world.
Indeed, it is a world order that seeks to impose the United States and its proxy to another world, in which Russia calls for more participation in the management of international affairs which they were excluded from decades ago. It is in this context that we must understand the words of President Vladimir Putin when he said
“Damascus is the key to a new era.”
From the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Russia, backed by China and Iran, decided to foil all attempts to change the regime because they were convinced that if the plan of the Westerners succeeded, their role will be secondary and their territorial integrity will be threatened.
Moscow plays a big part in this and failure is not an option for many reasons.
From an economic point of view, a Western victory ensures the control of energy resources across the Middle East (initially, except those from Iran) and it would make it so that Europe no longer depends exclusively on Russian gas. Indeed, Qatar would be able to transport its gas to Europe through their new friend Syria, which would cause the continent to reject Russian gas thereby depriving Moscow of considerable financial gain. This would end Russia’s ambitious economic and military development program and bury its dreams of returning its status as a world power.
From a security point of view, if Damascus were to fall in western hands, this would cause a serious threat to Russia, which would be destabilized by the return of Syrian jihadi mercenaries in their home region of North Caucasus (Dagestan and Chechnya) with the intention of establishing an independent Islamic republic.
This would also encourage Turkey, which still dreams of an empire that would extend to Central Asia, including the Turkish territories and it would also not hesitate to destabilize Moscow through various separatist movements.
Thus, the fall of Damascus would imply a return to the policy of the encirclement of Russia followed by its destabilization which would seriously jeopardize the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.
Finally, the strategic plan if the capital fell, in addition to the humiliation it would induce, Russia would permanently lose its dream to regain its great power status in the world.
The fall of Syria, would definitely be followed by an attack on Iran, the Near East would become an area exclusively for US-Zionist interests, Russia would find itself facing a hostile area stretching from France to China and would finally be dislodged from the Greater Middle East region.
Thus, Moscow, is working for the creation of a Eurasian alliance with China and Iran, to counter the American superpower, it cannot afford to see Damascus incorporated into the American-Zionist axis, which would firmly strengthen the axis and would seriously endanger the very existence of the current Russian Federation.
However, a victory of the Government of Bashar al Assad would probably constitute the end of US ambitions in terms of remodeling the region and in doing so would jeopardize the Zionist dream of a new world order with Jerusalem as its capital.
President of Anti-Zionist Party