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23 Feb, 2012 23:53

‘US agenda in Middle East is very obvious’

The pressure is ramping up on the Syrian regime as calls for a peacekeeping force to get involved in the crisis intensify. But retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski says such missions hide another agenda.

On Thursday, Tunisia’s presidential spokesman said that that the country would propose a political solution to the Syrian crisis involving a peacekeeping force. The plan, which suggests that President Assad steps down, will be presented at the “Friends of Syria” conference on Friday.Kwiatkowski expressed doubts that any peacekeeping mission sent to Syria would be neutral. “Our experience with peacekeeping forces is that they are never neutral, that they always take sides,” she said in an interview with RT. “In fact, we have plenty of experience with the repeated and abject failures of peacekeeping forces. Obviously it hides another agenda.”She claims that when it comes to the Middle East the United States is “extremely biased.” “We have an agenda and it is very obvious to people around the world and to the governments what our interests are. The American government couldn’t care less about most of the people in the Middle East,” she states.Moreover, Kwiatkowski believes that the US does not possess accurate information about the actual situation in Syria. “What is needed is a greater understanding of what is actually going on inside of Syria. And we don’t have that.”She points out that America’s past activities and certainly the “very casual and cavalier'’ discussion of sending in troops and arming the rebel groups reflect the lack of consideration for the actual people who live under these governments and have personal and collective responsibilities to change them.“Our agenda is not their agenda,” Kwiatkowski stressed.