Radwan Ziadeh and a couple of his friends (one of them a member of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood) have recognized the Zionist entity. Ziadeh is currently Washington’s favorite Syrian and someone auditioning for the role of the Ahmad Chalabi of Syria. At a press conference held in Moscow after a recent trip to the Russian capital to lobby the Russians on behalf of American foreign policy, the two were grilled by the Syrians in attendance. They were asked to reveal the source of their funding, questioned about their relationship with the U.S. Government, and their position on Israel. They were also asked why neither they nor their children are in Syria protesting. They refused to answer the question about funding or why they refuse to allow their children to participate in protests inside Syria. Ziadeh and his friend from the Syrian MB also made it clear they recognize the Zionist state, and would support the Arab dictators’ “peace initiative.” Visibly uncomfortable, Ziadeh and his two friends refused to address the Syrians’ questions opting instead to suggest the Syrians are agents of the regime. It’s common among Washington’s puppets, especially the ones acting as a conduit for U.S. power to oppose regimes unfriendly to American political interests, to accuse anyone questioning their positions or tactics of being agents of a regime as if the only choices available to Arab citizens is supporting their rulers or self-serving collaboration with a foreign power. This video clearly illustrates how Washington’s pliant Syrian tools would be viewed by the Syrian people.
After the televised flagrant violation of diplomatic protocol by the US Ambassador to Syria last week, it’s time for Arab-Americans to demand an end to all US interference in the internal affairs of the country. The imperial arrogance on display during a public relations stunt staged by the U.S. embassy in Damascus amidst a few protesters in Hama betrayed the supremacist, colonial mentality with which American and Western leaders continue to approach the Arab world. It is in the interest of both Americans and Syrians that Arab-Americans should demand an end to US meddling, either directly or through regional proxies, in Syria.
Radwan Ziadeh is the type of American-approved “democracy and human rights advocate” that gives lectures at the National Endowment For Democracy and receives invitations to the State Department, but does not represent the Syrian people or their aspirations.
Radwan Ziadeh, a signer of the Damascus Declaration, went to the State Department, in Washington, D.C., to hear President Obama assess the current Arab Spring, which has brought forth popular revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt as well as mass protests elsewhere, including in Syria,
Anyone who wants to support the Arab uprisings, promote democracy and human rights, or fight tyranny by appealing to the American government immediately casts doubts and suspicions on their role in what may be a legitimate and worthy cause. These individuals are quickly dismissed by the same Arab people whose cause they claim to support. This is especially true when it comes to Syria, a country targeted by a hostile US foreign policy throughout its entire recent history.
Despite its endless propaganda about American values, democracy , and freedom, the US government has never been an advocate of such values and a quick review of its foreign policy in any region of the world since the end of World War II shows it has has almost always sought to undermine them. In the Arab world the US is the biggest purveyor of violence, the protector of the Zionist colonial regime in Palestine, a hostile imperialist power, and the biggest obstacle to freedom and democracy. If you’re appealing to Washington you no longer have a role to play in any pro-democracy movement especially in Syria where there is an uncompromising unanimity among the people in opposition to American hegemony, and foreign meddling.
The US has opposed the Syrian regime not for its support of “terrorism”, or lack of democratic rule, but for precisely the very same policies which Syrian opponents and supporters of the regime would both support and seek to preserve: a Syrian regional role based on confronting and defeating the Zionist colonial project in Palestine, preserving Syria’s centrality in the region and its independent decision making, and a rejection of any foreign meddling in the internal affairs of the country. Given the US government’s belligerent policies in the region, its abysmal anti-democratic record, and consistent anti-Syrian policies, common sense and human decency would dictate that anyone interested in bringing about change in Syria would begin by a rejection of any US interference.
Syrian exiles collaborating with the US Government do not represent the national aspirations of the Syrian Arab people. Rejection of dictatorship, corruption, and injustice must be coupled with clear opposition to US Imperialism, Zionism, and any form of Western meddling. In Iraq, Libya, Syria or any other Arab state, those collaborating with the US are not revolutionaries nor freedom fighters, but self-serving collaborators whose unlikely success would immediately trigger a new uprising.
Barada TV is closely affiliated with the Movement for Justice and Development, a London-based network of Syrian exiles. Classified U.S. diplomatic cables show that the State Department has funneled as much as $6 million to the group since 2006 to operate the satellite channel and finance other activities inside Syria.