ER Editor: For further perspective, we recommend this from The Cradle — Arab League officials welcome rapprochement with Syria, call for regional unity. And this reaction from China — Syria’s Arab League return proof that when US shadow shrinks, peace spreads: China
The Arab League Summit begins today in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Syria is being readmitted.
For fun —
Assad Arrives To Red Carpet Treatment In Saudi Arabia, Historic 1st Since War Began
These are images that Washington never wanted world to behold, following more than a decade-long regime change proxy war aimed at Damascus…
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has in a historic visit arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Thursday in his presidential plane.
The Syrian head of state, long under severe US sanctions, triumphantly exited the plane in what many supporters are calling a ‘victorious’ moment – with one regional commentator remarking “the Lion has landed”.
This year’s summit in Jeddah, set to begin Friday, will witness Syria’s formal readmittance to the 22-member Arab League after a 12-year suspension
In November 2011 the Arab League kicked Syria out of the organization, citing the crackdown by Damascus on opposition protests, but which immediately turned into an armed insurrection. Syria had maintained the move was “illegal and a violation of the organization’s charter.” (ER: We’re not sure how much of a western deep state interpretation this is. Syria has been a target of these people since at least this date. Countries such as Turkey and Qatar used to be friendly with Syria – until they weren’t, under Washington’s influence, naturally. Turkey is currently normalizing relations while Qatar isn’t.)
Hello#Assad #Syria #KSA #SaudiArabia pic.twitter.com/YD0GeAElc3
— H.K 🇸🇾 (@Ibra_Joudeh) May 18, 2023
The Biden administration has meanwhile been urging regional allies to not pursue normalization with Assad (ER: voila). Despite this, UAE was the first to do so – and as of March Saudi Arabia and Syria agreed to reopen their respective embassies after more than a decade.
Even Saudi media has done a dramatic about-face on Assad…
The Saudi Al-Arabiya TV which was pushing for regime change in Syria day and night, is celebrating today the arrival of Assad to Jeddah. pic.twitter.com/G233dEXLHp
— Kevork Almassian🇸🇾🇦🇲 (@KevorkAlmassian) May 18, 2023
It must be recalled that Saudi Arabia worked “hand and glove” (in the words of then Vice President Biden years ago) with the US and NATO countries to train, equip, and fund hardline jihadist insurgents who waged war against the Syrian state and its people…
NSA doc shows Syrian opposition was Saudi proxy. Prince ordered it to “light up Damascus” and “flatten” airport in 2013. Was “very pleased” pic.twitter.com/MNLRueNIiC
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) October 24, 2017
Meanwhile (ER: Check Kevork Almassian below – wow) …
Surreal: President Bashar al-Assad was welcomed at Jeddah airport by Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, brother of Bandar bin Sultan who plotted to assassinate Assad in 2013 and asked Arab countries to allocate $2 trillion to remove Assad from power. pic.twitter.com/4NxXUZFOaO
— Kevork Almassian🇸🇾🇦🇲 (@KevorkAlmassian) May 18, 2023
Some prominent US government-connected think tank pundits are outraged at the spectacle of Assad’s plane landing in the kingdom, given the monumental shift it represents in Saudi policy…
Bashar al-#Assad‘s Syrian Air flight is due to land in #Jeddah imminently.
What a stain on the #MiddleEast — granted a seat in #ArabLeague in exchange for absolutely nothing in return.
Years of passive appeasement by the West paved the path for this regional capitulation. pic.twitter.com/5hEefVV18Y
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) May 18, 2023
President Assad survived years of regime change efforts which were funded to the tune of billions, and now these same countries are forced to ‘play nice’ and acknowledge the centrality of Syria in the regional order.
Lo storico momento dell’arrivo del presidente #siriano Bashar Al Assad a #Jeddah per partecipare al 32esimo vertice della Lega araba#قمة_جدة #سوريا #السعودية #الجامعة_العربية pic.twitter.com/oVKmBhN4AP
— Naman Tarcha نعمان طرشه (@NamanTarcha) May 18, 2023
The US and Israel are very worried over these developments and Assad’s “coming in from the cold”, to say the least, and there’s no sign US Congress is ready to drop anti-Damascus sanctions. (ER: And this likely no longer matters in the grand scheme of things, being stage-managed by whom?)
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