U.S. foreign policy leans more to global hegemony than harmony

2019-05-29 03:07:18 GMT2019-05-29 11:07:18(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

DAMASCUS, May 28 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. foreign policy has always been characterized as choosing hegemony instead of global harmony and cooperation, experts said.

Throughout history, the U.S. "negative" foreign policy was felt in many countries, and most recently in the Middle East.

The U.S. has moved its embassy in May 2018 in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is a contested territory between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Such a move by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump was seen as extremely biased to Israel in a situation where the United States is one of the key mediators between the two rivals in the Palestinian issue.

Following that move, the Trump administration in March 2019 also recognized Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which is a Syrian territory according to the UN resolutions.

On top of that, the United States did not live up to its decision to withdraw from Syria and U.S. officials started stalling to stay in the country despite the fact that their presence is considered illegal as the U.S. troops entered the country without coordination or consent from the Syrian government.

"Such consecutive brazen moves prove the U.S. is slamming the international law and norms against the wall and telling the world that I can do anything by my power, while it should spread world peace not rivalry," Maher Ihsan, a Syrian journalist and political expert, told Xinhua.

Ihsan further noted that the U.S. presence, particularly with Kurdish units in eastern Syria, is further complicating the political landscape in the country.

Even the Syrian government has repeatedly accused the United States of hindering the political process in Syria as it wants to use the troubled situation to push its own agenda.

The United States has repeatedly warned that it would use force against the Syrian government forces in case of any chemical attack.

Such warning has pushed some Western-backed rebels to stage such attacks to draw in foreign military attacks, which took place a few times during the Syrian war. The latest of such attacks was a wide-scale U.S.-backed strike on Syrian positions in April of 2018.

At the time, the United States, France, and Britain carried out a series of military strikes involving aircraft and ship-based missiles against multiple government sites in Syria over allegations of an alleged chemical attack in the formerly rebel-held Eastern Ghouta countryside in the capital Damascus.

"Such a scenario has been exposed as a way to justify foreign strikes over unsubstantiated allegations," Ahmad Ashqar, a journalist and expert, told Xinhua.

He said the United States is waving this threat card again after recent allegations of chlorine gas attack in a rebel-held town in the eastern countryside of Latakia province in northwestern Syria.

On Saturday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that the recent claims by the rebels of chemical weapons use in battles in Latakia province are a prelude for a renewed cycle of lies and threats against the Syrian government, according to the state news agency SANA.

The ministry's statement came on the heels of recent claims by the rebels that the Syrian army used chemical weapons in recent attacks in the town of Kabani in the countryside of Latakia.

After the rebels' claims, which were made last week, the Syrian government denied the claims, saying the rebels are trying to lift their faltering morals.

However, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that the Syrian government might be renewing its use of chemical weapons, referring to the alleged chlorine attack on the rebel-held town in Latakia.

It said that any use of such weapons would lead the United States and its allies to "respond quickly and appropriately."

In its statement, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that "all this commotion will not dissuade the Syrian army from continuing to fight terrorism."

Ashqar said that the United States should be held responsible for the chaos it is creating on the ground, which is further complicating the eight-year-long war.

"The U.S. should stop this approach of threats because they can't fix something by creating more complications whenever they felt the Syrian army is making more progress on the ground," he said.

The expert referred to the current battles taking place in the last major rebel strongholds in northwestern Syria, where the army is making progress in the fight against the al-Qaida-linked groups of Nusra Front and its umbrella group of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib province and nearby areas in Hama, Latakia and Aleppo countryside.

On Jan. 24, 2019, the United States imposed additional sanctions on Syria on every entity that deals economically with Syria.

The prices of fuel and other commodities have gone up, adding to the burdens of the Syrians.

Syrian Health Minister Nizar Yazigi recently stressed the need for bigger efforts to lift the economic sanctions on Syria, as the sanctions are hindering the delivery of certain medicines and medical equipment to Syria.

Ashqar noted that the world countries who are being oppressed by the United States should stand in unity to put an end to the U.S. hegemony and to prove that today's world is multipolar with no place for hegemony and bullying by superpowers.

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