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Much of the carnage that has ravaged Syria during the past seven years is due to the actions of the United States and its allies in the Middle East.In 2011, in the context of the Arab Spring, the U.S. government, in conjunction with the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Israel, decided to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, even though overthrowing another country's government amounts to a blatant violation of international law.First, Assad's regime had backing among not only Alawites, but also Syrian Christians and other minorities who feared a repressive Sunni Islamist regime.While the U.S. vehemently complains about Russian and Iranian influence in Syria, America and its allies have repeatedly violated Syrian sovereignty. The U.S. government mischaracterizes the war as a civil war among Syrians, rather than a proxy war involving the U.S., Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Qatar.In practice, the U.S. engagement continues, though now it is apparently aimed more at weakening Assad than overthrowing him.When Assad's regime recently attacked anti-Assad rebels, the U.S. coalition launched airstrikes that killed around 100 Syrian troops and an unknown number of Russian fighters.The U.S. official delusion that America can call the shots in Syria by choosing who rules, and with which allies, would end.
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