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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 12:36

Defeating ISIS by starving Syrians?

As the United States continues its shrouded assault on the Syrian government, new targets for the U.S. airstrikes have emerged.

This time, it is not oil refineries, but grain silos. In an airstrike campaign that took place recently, the so-called “coalition” aircraft struck “mills and grain storage facilities in Manbij, a town in northern Syria which was controlled by Western-backed death squads. The Activist Post has published an article in this regard. It was written by Brandon Turbeville, an author in South Carolina. He has published over 300 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties.

Food shortages have become a major humanitarian issue as economic dislocations from the Syrian civil war have put considerable pressure on the food supply. Last year the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that the civil war had virtually destroyed the farming sector. Output has fallen making every silo that much more crucial.

Thousands of people have fled drought-affected eastern Syria and those that remain are struggling to survive on limited food stocks. The consecutive years of war has caused widespread food insecurity in what has long been the poorest part of the country.  The war has brought an abrupt end to Syria’s two decades of near self-sufficiency in wheat, the country’s main carbohydrate staple, even if it has in the past been forced to tap the international market during drought years.

Grain traders said Syria faces huge difficulties in buttressing its supplies with large-scale imports. Although sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union do not officially target food or agricultural commodities, restrictions imposed on Syrian banks and trading companies mean that international institutions are reluctant to finance grain imports.

Manbij is located slightly northeast of Aleppo, the largest city in Syria which is itself the scene of fierce fighting between the NATO-directed ISIS forces and the Syrian government. The Syrian army began focusing on Aleppo intently in the last few months.

According to the, US-led airstrikes in Syria have hit grain silos, killing civilian workers who help distribute food to the Syrian population struggling to survive under difficult conditions.

The attack on grain facilities by NATO/PGCC forces is yet one more example of how the bombing of Syria is not aimed at destroying the West’s ISIS proxy army but at crippling and destroying the elected government of President Bashar Assad.

Just like the bombing of Syrian oil refineries, the effect of bombing Syrian grain silos is to prevent the Syrian government from retaking much needed resources to provide for its citizens or it’s military after long fought battles with ISIS.

The elimination of the grain silos would, of course, do nothing to stop ISIS but it will go quite some distance in adding to the burdens of an already oppressed and hungry people barely surviving under the rule of the so-called “moderate rebels” also known as ISIS.

Interestingly enough, when Syrian forces have blockaded ISIS controlled areas in the past, no matter how lenient the blockade may have been in terms of food shipments, the West has responded with baseless claims that the Syrian government was “starving his own people.” Yet, when death squads banned food and baby products from being shipped in to areas that they themselves controlled, the West ignored and silenced the reports. When the West directly bombs food storage, it is presented as bombing for a kind of fabricated democracy and allegedly for freeing the people from ISIS.

Unsurprisingly, no death squad militants were killed in the attack on the Manbij grain stores, only civilians. Even death squad supporter Rami Abdulrahman, the director of the propaganda outfit called Syrian Observatory For Human Rights, was forced to admit the results of the U.S. bombing only produced civilian casualties. He said “These were the workers at the silos. They provide food for the people. The airstrikes destroyed the food that was stored there”.  The United States military, typically, refused to acknowledge the fact that any civilians were killed.

While any unintentional killing of Syrian civilians by the Assad government was presented to American audiences as premeditated slaughter against innocent people, American airstrikes continue to be presented as manna from heaven, designed to rid the world of terror and brutal dictators at the same time.

Of course, in the twilight zone of American media, the truth is that the United States has created, funded, armed, and directed the terror for decades. However, little details like facts and reality have never gotten in the way of Western media outlets.

In eastern Syria, U.S.-led forces bombed a gas plant controlled by the ISIS outside Deir al-Zor city, wounding several of the ISIS militants. The US has claimed that it wanted strikes to target oil facilities held by Islamic State to try to stem a source of revenues for the group. However, the raid hit Kuniko gas plant, which feeds a power station in Homs that provides several provinces with electricity and powers oil fields generators.

Isn’t that nice? The US intelligence-gathering for the air strikes can’t distinguish ISIS bases from silos used to distribute grain to starving civilians. How many new recruits will ISIS get from families whose only food supply was bombed in that strike or whose family members were killed by it?

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