Saudi Arabia and Qatar have put huge resources, not only into funding and paying for anti-Shiite Salafist soldiers in Syria, but also into resourcing a vast media campaign to attack Iran and the IRGC for its role in supporting the Assad regime.
With the imminent defeat of the Saudi funded jihadists in Aleppo, the Saudis are facing a huge hit to their morale and international standing- especially when taken alongside their disastrous war in Yemen, which increasingly is seen to be a humanitarian human rights genocidal campaign against the Yemen people. The anti-Iran campaign now means that it will be considered internationally that Iran has in effect, defeated the Saudis in Syria. This is however, not the true state of affairs; while Iran’s IRGC has played a significant role in Syria over the past two years, their role does not appear to have been a game changer- despite the Iranian hype about the famed General Suleiman and his soldiers.
With the likely defeat of all opposition forces in Eastern Aleppo in the next few weeks, those 25,000 battle-hardened SAA (Syrian Government) soldiers in action there can now be deployed elsewhere in Syria. This re-deployment will likely result in the final defeat of the majority of forces aligned with the Saudis and Qataris and trained by Western governments in the Jordanian ‘rebel’ camps. The “King’ of Jordan will now have to make some considerable contortions in order to ‘make up’ with Assad – but it’s quite possible that those jihadis escaping back over the Jordanian border will now make a serious attempt to overthrow another of the West’s pawns in the Middle East. Additionally, those rebels of European origin, which Western intelligence agencies have been facilitating into Syria for the past five years, are also likely to return to their native European countries bringing their carefully honed military skills and sectarian hatreds with them.
Should the Assad regime succeed in pacifying the majority of Syria , the huge resources put into destabilising Syria by the George Soros business empire, the French, the U.K., Turkey and the U.S., means that their corporate intent to profit from re-building the Syria they have destroyed, will have come to nothing. Chinese and Russian businesses are now well placed to do that.
And Saudi Arabia, has by its attempts to play Iran as the key evil agent in Syria , almost literally, shot itself in the foot- with a consequence that the whole Saudi regime is now likely to go gangrenous in a relatively short space of time. No wonder the UK is panicking in its absurd manipulation of MSM media coverage of the Syrian war! The loss of the Saudi ‘kingdom’ to UK control and arms sales, would be a catastrophic loss for those who hold the puppet-strings of power in Whitehall and ‘The City’. Should the Qatari regime also be brought down in the aftermath of a SAA victory, the implications for Western influence in the Middle East will be huge.
Given that Egypt now appears to be wavering towards supporting the Assad regime and the Russians, there are serious international re-alignments happening. Even the wily but somewhat deranged President Erdogan of Turkey is admitting that his long-term interests no longer lie with being antagonistic to Russia – particularly if the oil pipeline from Russia to Europe can run through his backyard!
Early prognostications were that the EU and US sanctions against Russia, (ostensibly for their Crimean ‘invasion’) would cripple the Russian economy. With the shift of economic focus of Russia towards the East and China’s One Belt Road, the impacts of the sanctions have been somewhat reduced, and the medium term economic outlook for Russia now looks considerably more rosy than even the worst dreams of U.S. neocons .
For the Chinese, the increasing hysteria coming from the US about China’s growing power, economically and militarily, is now being mitigated by the rapid development of the ‘One Belt Road’ This new high-speed overland trade route to Russia and the West means that China will, in the near future, be somewhat insulated from the increasing risks of Western warships blockading its trade routes to the outside world. Bizarrely the U.K. government in London is now also sending its aging warships to the South China Sea (shades of the ‘Opium Wars’). Commercial engagement in a revitalised Syria is just one part the Chinese are likely to play in their resurgent role in the Middle East.
In short, the battle for Aleppo is one symptom of the shifting power alignments in the world. A victory for Assad and his allies implies a significant change in the ways of the world for the medium to long term.