Syria Places 30% Tariff on Turkish Goods; Conditionally Accepts Arab League Observers; Syrian Muslim Brotherhood: “To Hell with Syrian Identity”

Syria struck out at Turkey in response to Turkish sanctions by imposing 30% tariffs on Turkish imports. This will bring trade to a standstill between the two countries that had expanded their trade to well over 2 billion dollars a year. Syria also pulled out of the Barcelona Agreement for EU Partnership in reaction to EU sanctions.

Aleppo and Damascus consume more than half of Syria’s mazoot (fuel oil). Many believe this is because they smuggle so much outside to countries where its price is much higher. In Turkey, mazoot costs six times more than the official price in Syria.

Syria Says It Accepts Arab League Observer Request
By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria December 5, 2011 (AP)

Syria has accepted an Arab League request to send observers to the country in an effort to end its eight-month crisis, a move that could ease Arab sanctions on Damascus, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The Syrian statement came after Damascus announced it conducted mass military maneuvers over the weekend in an apparent show of force as President Bashar Assad’s regime defies pressures over its deadly crackdown on opponents.

The ministry’s spokesman, Jihad Makdissi, told reporters that Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem “responded positively” to the League demand and sent a letter to the organization’s chief Nabil Elaraby on Sunday night.

There was no immediate reaction from the Arab League, which has already suspended Syria, to Damascus’ announcement.

But Makdissi said that al-Moallem’s message to the League combined some “minor amendments that won’t affect the essence of the plan,” stressing that Damascus is still insisting that the protocol be signed in Damascus rather than at the League’s headquarters in Cairo.

“It is a right step on the road to a solution,” Makdissi said.

“To hell with Syrian [identity]! We do not recognize Syria”
Interview: Zuhayr Salim, Speaker of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria:

KURDWATCH, December 4, 2011—Zuhayr Salim (b. 1947) is a writer and lives in London. In an interview with KurdWatch, the speaker of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood speaks out about the Kurdish question in Syria.

KurdWatch: On May 17, 2005, the Muslim Brotherhood spoke at length about the Kurdish question in Syria for the first time. This was the first statement by a Syrian political party about the Kurdish question in Syria. You describe the Kurds as »a genuine part of the fabric of the Syrian people«, living on its »historic territory«. You further explain that in a state under the rule of law, the Kurds must participate in power. What remains of this vision today?

Zuhayr Salim: We are seeking a state under the rule of law. Every person who lives in Syria or was born there must enjoy the same rights, regardless of whether he is an Arab, Kurd, Muslim, Christian, Sunni or Alawi. This stance will not change. Everyone must be convinced that he is equal. So, for example, an Alawi cannot think that he has more rights than a Sunni. And an Arab cannot think that he has more rights than a Kurd. And vice versa. That is a patriotic approach. The cultural and ethnic characteristics of each group, for example, customs and rituals, must be respected and accepted. KurdWatch: Yes, but not an Arab as it is written on the identity card.

…… KurdWatch: In Syria, a Kurdish citizen’s identity card states that he is a Syrian-Arab citizen, even though he is a Kurd and not an Arab. Will this also be the case in the new Syrian state?
Zuhayr Salim: A counter question: What is the status of a Turkmen living in Iraqi-Kurdistan?

KurdWatch: He is an Iraqi-Turkmen. He is not designated as a Kurd.
Zuhayr Salim: In Syria, a Kurd is also a Syrian.

Zuhayr Salim: Do only Kurds live in Iraqi-Kurdistan? Or do Arabs, Turkmen, Armenians, and Assyrians also live there? The general identity is that of the majority. With one condition: The identity of a group that defines itself as a minority must not be negated. We are not talking about minorities. Nevertheless, there are people who say that they do not belong to the majority. The identity of the majority is the identity of the state. The minorities have the right to enjoy their own rights. I don’t see a contradiction here. If an Arab lives in Zakho or Erbil in Iraqi-Kurdistan, then he is called an Iraqi-Kurdistani. That just isn’t a problem. Why shouldn’t we grant to others that which we want for ourselves?

KurdWatch: Kurdistani isn’t an ethnic term, but rather refers to the Kurdistan region. In contrast, Arab is an ethnic term and applies to members of the Arab nation. And the Kurds are definitely not Arabs.

Zuhayr Salim: To be Arab is not an expression of citizenship, but rather an expression of identity.

KurdWatch: Why don’t we forgo the label »Arab« and speak only of Syrian identity?

Zuhayr Salim: No, no. To hell with Syrian [identity]! We do not recognize Syria. Who created Syria? Sykes-Picot. Is that true or not?

KurdWatch: Yes, that’s true.

Zuhayr Salim: You and I do not recognize Sykes-Picot. You [Kurds] feel that you have been treated unjustly by Sykes-Picot. We also feel that we have been treated unjustly by Sykes-Picot. Syria is a temporary phenomenon, a state that exists only temporarily. Our goal is the creation of a state for the entire umma. A Kurd will be ruler in this state, for he will be supported by a people that numbers anywhere from thirty-five to forty million.

KurdWatch: Are you talking now about an independent Kurdish state?

Zuhayr Salim: No, about an Islamic state for everyone. Arabs, Kurds, Turks, Circassians, and all others will live there……

Riad Shaqfa interview – Head of Muslim Brotherhood:

Bashar al-Assad is mentally unbalanced – Syrian Muslim Brotherhood chief,  05/12/2011
By Mohammed Al Shafey

Istanbul, Asharq Al-Awsat – Asharq Al-Awsat spoke with Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Riad Al-Shaqfa, on the sidelines of the Arab – Turkish Media Forum in Istanbul earlier this week. Al-Shaqfa spoke about the situation in Syria, his hopes for the future of the country, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s plans for the post-Assad era.

The following is the full text of the interview:

[Asharq Al-Awsat] Do you believe that the pressure being exerted on Damascus – whether we are talking about the international or Arab League pressure – will ultimately lead to the collapse of the al-Assad regime?

[Al-Shaqfa] We hope that all countries around the world put pressure on the arrogant [al-Assad] regime until it is completely isolated and has no choice but to responds to the will of the people. I pray for the end of this suppressive regime, and the [al-Assad] regime will collapse; it is only a matter of time. As the Prophet Muhammad said “the pens have been lifted and the ink has dried.” [i.e. what will come to pass has already been written]. The al-Assad regime will collapse within the next few months. The Syrian people will accept Turkish military intervention to protect them from the forces of President al-Assad, but not western military intervention. However I personally do not want to see any foreign military intervention [in Syria] because the Syrian people have the will and commitment to isolate and oust the Syrian regime, particularly if the international community intervenes and real sanctions are imposed on the Syrian regime and it is [internationally] isolated with the world recalling their ambassadors from Damascus. In this case, it would be easy for the Syrian people to overthrow the al-Assad regime, and so we want the Arab and Islamic states to intervene to protect the Syrian civilians…..

Economist

COULD economic collapse bring down Bashar Assad’s regime even when mass protests have not? Pressure on the economy is mounting from every direction. On November 27th the 22-country Arab League took an unprecedented decision to impose economic sanctions on a fellow member. It voted to stop trading with the Syrian state in all but essential goods, to ban Arab investments in Syria, to freeze assets held by senior members of the regime abroad, and to end dealings with Syria’s central bank. Three days later Turkey, one of Syria’s biggest trading partners, said it would follow suit.

Meanwhile, American and European Union (EU) sanctions are starting to bite. A ban on oil imports, applied by America in August and the EU in September, is costing Syria $400m a month. The shrinking of foreign-currency reserves, estimated at some $18 billion when the crisis began in March, is making trade increasingly tricky. The Banque Saudi Fransi, a Saudi bank, has announced it is selling its 27% interest in one of Syria’s private banks. Foreign investment has halted. International credit cards no longer work. The Syrian pound has fallen on the black market to its lowest point yet. To prevent even more unrest, the government has brought back some subsidies on staples. Tourism, which accounted for over 10% of GDP in 2010, has virtually disappeared.

Officials sound less confident that Syria can weather the sanctions. In recent years, thanks to a tentative liberalisation policy, the country has come to depend more on the global economy than before. “If you’ve always been North Korea, you may be able to stay closed,” says a Damascus businessman. “But you can’t open up and shut the doors again.” Syria’s foreign minister, Walid Muallem, reacting angrily to the league’s decision, threatened to close transit routes between Arab states.

No one knows how long Syria can continue to pay its bills. In September the government sought to shore up foreign reserves by banning imports. Prices of various goods immediately rocketed. Ten days later, facing outrage among business people, the government did a volte face. In any case, not all of Syria’s neighbours will ban trade. Iraq, its second-largest trade partner after the EU, says it will not apply sanctions. Some of Lebanon’s banks are likely to act as a haven for Syrian money. The Assad regime and its business friends say they will look to other countries, such as China and Russia.

But that may not be easy. “Until two weeks ago we didn’t have any contacts with a bank in either country,” says a financier. Early in the uprising, the IMF predicted that Syria’s economy would shrink by 2% this year. But local analysts think sanctions may push that figure into double digits. Inflation is steadily rising. Insurance companies are loth to cover business.

Ordinary Syrians will suffer first as the cost of food soars and queues for fuel for heating and cars snake round buildings. But dissidents welcome the sanctions. The hardship they inflict is a lot less severe than the regime’s bullets and batons—and may in the long run be more powerful.

Foreign Policy Brief

U.N. official calls for “urgent” actions in Syria as death toll far exceeds 4,000

In an emergency meeting held by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commission for Human Rights, called on the international community to take “urgent and effective measures” to protect Syrian civilians and pushed for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be tried before the International Criminal Court. The meeting was called by the European Union, and supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia, following an independent commission of inquiry report that found evidence of security forces committing crimes against humanity. Meanwhile, the Free Syria Army is gaining strength as Syrian army defections escalate, with forces believed to number between 1,000 and 25,000. While initially the group acted primarily to protect unarmed civilians and protesters, offensive actions taken by the FSA have increased, evidenced today in an attack on a Syrian air force intelligence base. Navi Pillay, characterized the declining situation as a civil war and placed an estimate of the number of people killed in the nine month long uprisings at 4,000. However, she stated, “the information coming to us is that it’s much more.”

Headlines

Ranks of Free Syrian Army gain strength

Syrians’ fear recalls dark days of Assad the elder

Syrian activists initially had hoped to avoid reliving history by organizing a different uprising that would be characterized by peaceful protests, attempts to cut across sectarian lines and, in the early days, demands for reform rather than a leadership ouster.

But painful parallels with the past became undeniable this summer, the day before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began, when security forces laid siege to Hama and killed dozens of people.

Now talk of history repeating itself is a common topic of discussion, Dima said.

“These tactics are played and replayed. These are the tactics they know; they are not very imaginative,” said Murhaf Jouejati,

Jordanian Debate on Syrian Crisis Degenerates into Brawl; Syrian Political Analyst Accuses Free Syrian Army of ‘Working for the Mossad’; Syrian Cleric Weeps at the Thought of the Wounded in Syrian Demonstrations… MEMRI Daily-December 4, 2011

Analysis: Syria opposition labors for united front

Jerusalem Post

Doubts abound over cohesion, inclusiveness of Syrian National Council, Free Syrian Army; dissident to ‘Post': Reports of SNC’s Islamist sympathies are overblown. Fragmented for months, Syria’s opposition is showing signs it may be …  questions remain over the internal cohesion of each organization as well as its inclusiveness – whether it represents the broad mosaic of Syrian society or narrower sectarian interests. The Sunni-majority SNC touts its inclusiveness, noting that its membership includes Christians and Kurds. But in an email to The Jerusalem Post, a spokesman for the Washington- based Kurdistan National Assembly dismissed those Kurds in the SNC as “opportunistic.”

“Yes, there are a few opportunistic individual Kurdish expats being used as stooges, but the Kurdish street does not support them – period,” he said, adding that the majority of Syrian Kurds view his own organization and the Syriabased Kurdish National Council as their legitimate representatives.

Critics have also described the SNC as Islamist-heavy, but one US-based Syrian dissident who supports the council said both charges – sectarianism and religious fundamentalism – are overblown.

“There are a lot of rumors, and many of these stem from the regime. The SNC leader is Burhan Ghalioun – he’s a leftist and he’s pretty powerful,” the dissident told the Post on condition of anonymity. “I think the SNC will give more room for minorities and secular people. We’re working now to strengthen the secular bloc inside the SNC.”

On Friday Ghalioun told the Wall Street Journal a post-Assad Syria would cut or curtail the close ties the country has nurtured for decades with Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah. “Our future is truly tied to the Arab world and the Gulf in particular,” he said, dismissing Damascus’s bonds with the Islamic Republic as “abnormal.”…

Analysis: Army defectors complicate Syria uprising
San Francisco Chronicle – ‎Dec 3, 2011‎

Nov. 21, 2011…. the defectors could make it harder for the West to give strong diplomatic support to a movement that so far has been largely peaceful….

The Cutting Edge - The Washington Institute

…. The Asad regime cannot survive without killing, and the FSA has changed the game from one in which the regime was free to kill its citizens at will and without cost, to one in which it faces an armed opposition and is suffering losses. Increased demands on government forces and further civilian deaths will produce more defections, and these processes will in turn escalate the fighting.

Because the FSA is an increasingly important player that will likely influence the outcome of events in Syria, the United States and its partners should make contact with its members and learn as much as possible about the group. Questions concerning its nature, its potential as an armed force, and the role of Islamists can be resolved through such contact as well as intelligence work. If the results are positive, then the FSA should be assisted ….

   ي العمق – الربيع العربي والسياسات الغربية  Jamal Barout

Waging Nonviolence—a discussion about the Syrian resistance movement by Gene Sharp, the foremost theorist of nonviolent conflict alive today

Religion/Morality, Syria/Resistance: For Syria, What is “Left?” (Part 2 of 3)
Bassam Haddad.  . . .

A conversation among friends . . . and not necessarily for everyone…. the free and unfettered voices of the Arab masses is the fountain of resistance (without quotations marks) to both domestic oppression as well as external designs and domination. Judging by the courage of protesters’ bare bodies against rifle and metal, who needs anything else to make oppressors and occupiers tremble?

Syrian Elite Smuggle Out Billions, New Report Finds – Wall Street Journal Blog, 2011-12-02

As Syria teeters on the edge of revolution, the ruling elite are likely diverting millions in illicit capital out of the country, according to a forthcoming report by Global Financial Integrity. The report, titled “Illicit Financial Flows from …

the ruling elite are likely diverting millions in illicit capital out of the country, according to a forthcoming report by Global Financial Integrity.

The report, titled “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries over the Decade Ending 2009,” found that Syria lost $23.6 billion to corruption, crime and tax evasion from 2000-2009, a practice it said has likely accelerated as President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is gripped by violent unrest. The report will be released later this month, according to a news release Thursday.

GFI Economist Sarah Freitas, who co-authored the report, said the study also found evidence that bribery, kickbacks, and corruption increased dramatically in Syria from 2005 to 2009.

“In a country with a per capita GDP of just US$2,891 in 2010, these outflows represent a loss of US$1,048 for every Syrian citizen,” Freitas wrote in a blog post on the website of the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development. “It’s no wonder that Syrians are discontented.”

The study drew on data from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on external debt and trade mis-pricing to calculate illicit capital leakage….

Carnegie Endwmnt: The Next Move for Syria – by Paul Salem, 2011-12-02

With Tunisia and Egypt holding democratic elections as their transitions move forward, Syria continues its descent into violence. In a video Q&A, Paul Salem says that even with Syrian demonstrations spreading and additional sanctions from the Arab … “Syria not yet in civil war… Yes, there is likely to be a violent transition…..I don’t think the the risk of long term civil war is high.”

Inside the City of Fear; James Harkin is one of the few non-Syrian journalists to get into Homs., 5 December 2011, Newsweek International

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1. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

Payola Grande, I guess someone must pay the cost of running the blog.

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December 5th, 2011, 9:55 am

 

2. majedkhaldoun said:

Bronco
You mentioned Stomach,Colon and brain, this make the news very unreliable.
stomach could be ulcer(benign) and tumor,tumor can be adenocarcinoma,or singlet cell or lymphoma,or benign tumor,colon can be sessile polyp which is not cancer but has potential to turn to cancer, or different type of benign adenomatous polyps, and it could be lymphoma,or even carcinoid
You do not do laparoscopy for brain tumor.
The news are still very vague and no conclusion can be made.
wishful thinking on your side is obvious.
even if Erdogan died today Turkish policy will continue the same.

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December 5th, 2011, 10:46 am

 

3. jad said:

For those criminal minded folks on SC, read and learn from Sharp’s article to understand reality, it summarizes why killing Syrian soldiers is counterproductive and harm the main cause:

“Again, soldiers who are shot at will almost always shoot back. Defecting Syrian soldiers who fire their weapons at the regime’s soldiers therefore are not weakening the regime. Tragically, however unintentionally, they are actually helping the Assad regime to retain the army for repression. The regime’s reliable army could then wipe out the weaker rebel soldiers and the Assad regime would be preserved at least a bit longer.”

“The counsel to Syrians that defecting soldiers should not kill Assad’s troops is not moralistic advice. It is rooted in historical experience.”

“Defecting Syrian soldiers now have a choice. Instead of shooting at the regime’s troops, as some have done, they need to be loyal to the people-power struggle for freedom. They can help the regime’s other soldiers also to defect from the Assad regime.

Thereby, they can take the army of repression away from Assad. Their action can end both the repression and the regime.”

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December 5th, 2011, 11:08 am

 

4. newfolder said:

#1 yeah yeah idiot, we heard it all before form the regime loyalists, try something new for a change. Just because {insert previously liked figure} refuses to kiss Bashar’s feet and criticizes his regime by publishing facts they don’t like, they instantly become traitors and paid mercenaries plotting in a conspiracy. Til7aso tezee 3ala hal ghaba2.

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December 5th, 2011, 11:19 am

 

5. jad said:

Irritated,
Actually, the SNC is in huge trouble today, the few Kurds in it are ‘defecting’ with rumors that the MBs who made this council are fighting with the liberals which will be devastating to the council’s future, I’m sure that Turkey and Qatar will pay off everybody to stay in

From the previous post by Irritated

“the only explanation is that Russia threat”

There are many others that are combined

– the AL accepted some modifications that were requested by Syrian
– the failure of the opposition to unite ‘within days’ under the AL sponsorship
– the international community panicking about a civil war that would spill in neighboring Arab countries and expose Israel to further threats
– The growth of Islamic governments in Arab countries that are more aggressive against Israel than Syria
– Russia insistence on the opposition in a dialog with the Syrian government
– USA calling for a political settlement to the crisis.

نبيل العربي: ندرس الشروط التي وضعتها سوريا مع موافقتها على البروتوكول

أكد الأمين العام لجامعة الدول العربية نبيل العربي أن “العقوبات الاقتصادية التي أقرها الوزراء العرب على النظام السوري أصبحت سارية”.
وشدد العربي في تصريح صحفي على ان الأمانة العامة للجامعة العربية تلقت رسالة من وزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم أوضح فيها أن سوريا مستعدة للتوقيع على بروتوكول بعثة مراقبي الجامعة، ولكن وضعت شروطا وطلبات وهذه الشروط والطلبات يتم دراستها حاليا بالتشاور مع وزراء الخارجية العرب.
وأوضح العربي أنه لا توجد مهلات أخرى لسوريا وأن المقاطعة الاقتصادية تقررت بقرار من الوزراء العرب الذي اجتمع يوم 27 تشرين الثاني الماضي وهي سارية ولم تتوقف.
وفي رده على سؤال حول ما إذا كانت الشروط السورية مخالفة لروح الوثيقة الخاصة ببروتوكول بعثة مراقبي الجامعة العربية وتفرغها من مضمونها، أكد العربي “ان الشروط السورية تتضمن أمورا جديدة لم نسمع بها من قبل”.
وأشار إلى أن هناك اتصالات تجريها الجامعة العربية مع وزراء الخارجية العرب وتم إطلاعهم على رسالة المعلم ولم يتقرر شيء حتى الآن بشأنها. ولفت إلى إن زيارته للعراق الخميس المقبل مهمة للغاية باعتبار العراق دولة مؤسسة للجامعة العربية وسيتم خلالها التشاور مع القيادات هناك فيما يتعلق بالترتيبات الخاصة بالقمة العربية المقررة في بغداد في آذار المقبل.

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December 5th, 2011, 11:19 am

 

6. Tara said:

It seems Iran’s support of Hamas is not a matter of principal.  It is a matter of achieving regional power.  Iran is continuing to disappoint those who once viewed it positively.

http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/12/05/iran-warns-hamas-against-leaving-syria/
Iran warns Hamas against leaving Syria
DECEMBER 5, 2011 ⋅ 2:36 PM 

Iran has threatened to cut off funds and arms to Hamas if its officials vacate their Damascus headquarters and leave Syria, Palestinian sources told Haaretz.

Hamas officials involved in raising funds for the organization’s military wing and some members of the political leadership have already left Syria with their families for Gaza, Lebanon, Sudan and Qatar, the sources said.

The sources told Haaretz “second- and third-ranking” Hamas activists are leaving but senior leaders such as Khaled Masha’al will remain in the Syrian capital.

Salah al-Arouri, a senior Hamas official, told the newspaper the organization had yet to make a decision on the matter. He said one or two families may have left but that top officials remained at the headquarters.

“The organization’s top officials are here in Damascus; our relations with the state and Syrian people are excellent … we have no intention of interfering in Syria’s internal affairs,” he told the daily newspaper.

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December 5th, 2011, 11:44 am

 

7. Mango said:

ليس من الحكمة ادخال جواسيس البتاغون بشماغ عربي الى الأراضي السورية !
بدأ سناريو العراق سابقا بادخل عفاريت المنظمات الدولية و تداعى وضعها الى احتلال أمريكي ! الرجال تحارب و تموت واقفة !!!

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December 5th, 2011, 11:56 am

 

8. newfolder said:

leaked video of the new “blue painted” Syrian army armor firing on homes in Baba Amro Homs, then a soldier fires and RPG at a mosque. These are Assads dogs killing the Syrian people.

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December 5th, 2011, 11:56 am

 

9. Mina said:

I wonder how would al Jazeera turn if there was a sudden attack of Iran on Israel? After all they made their fame in the Arab world by defending the Palestinian cause, and everybody knows that if not for the help of military training from Iran, Israel would not have been defeated by Hezbollah in Lebanon and by Hamas in Gaza.
It would be quite hard for them to have a coherent position I believe.

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December 5th, 2011, 12:06 pm

 

10. Haytham Khoury said:

جورج صبرة: المسيحيون وقضية الحرية بين الكهنوت والناسوت

http://www.metransparent.com/spip.php?page=article&id_article=17046&lang=ar

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December 5th, 2011, 12:12 pm

 

11. Shabbi7 said:

Newfolder, is that video a joke?

It’s like saying this video shows real footage of “green painted” Syrian army equipment bombing Hama in 1982.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hu0uZh-RcA&t=125

The biggest thing working for the Syrian leadership is the exceptionally low level of intelligence among its opposition.

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December 5th, 2011, 12:13 pm

 

12. Mina said:

“Zuhayr Salim: No, no. To hell with Syrian [identity]! We do not recognize Syria. Who created Syria? Sykes-Picot. Is that true or not?

KurdWatch: Yes, that’s true.

Zuhayr Salim: You and I do not recognize Sykes-Picot. You [Kurds] feel that you have been treated unjustly by Sykes-Picot. We also feel that we have been treated unjustly by Sykes-Picot. Syria is a temporary phenomenon, a state that exists only temporarily. Our goal is the creation of a state for the entire umma. A Kurd will be ruler in this state, for he will be supported by a people that numbers anywhere from thirty-five to forty million.”

They need history classes!! Salah al Din was a Kurd, strange that Zuhayr Salim does not bring this. But to say that Syria did not exist before the 20th c., that, even the hottest Zionist dreams did not figure!!! Syria exists when the Romans occupied the Middle East (Syria Coelo), it existed before for millenium as the southern half of the Hittite empire, which fought Egypt and annexed some of its territories! it existed in the “kingdom cities” and has some of the places of continuous habitation in the world…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Syria
These guys are ridiculous. They should just find a job at Disneyworld and stay there in the realm of cartoons and “good and bad” characters.

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December 5th, 2011, 12:15 pm

 

13. Tara said:

Bronco

The photo is a file photo.  Doesn’t that mean an old one?  Yet I must say, he does not look quite normal in this photo.  Anyway, Biden said that Erdogan looked good to him, that his stamina was real, and that whatever Erdogan had, was nipped in the bud.  We will see more of him in Qatar on Dec 10.  

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haberYazdir&ArticleID=82551&tip=

(AA File Photo)
Turkish PM looks fit after operation: Biden
Erdogan, one of the most popular Muslim leaders among Arabs, is scheduled to visit Qatar on Dec. 10-12.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s health problem appears to have been “nipped in the bud” by a recent operation and he expects to be back at work soon, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday.
Biden, who met the Turkish leader for two hours on Saturday, has seen more of Erdogan than Turks have in public since he underwent keyhole abdominal surgery on Nov. 26.
“He looked to me good, his stamina was real,” Biden told reporters travelling with him aboard Air Force Two from Istanbul to Athens on Sunday .
“I got the distinct impression that this was something they’ve nipped in the bud, they’ve taken care of,” he said. “I saw no flagging…I had a very positive impression.”
Biden did not give any details on what Erodogan may have been suffering from, but added: “He thinks he is going back to work relatively soon.”
Having led Turkey for the past decade, Erdogan, 57, dominates the political landscape, and all key decisions rest with him, making his absence in recent days more keenly felt.
Erdogan will spend a second week recovering at home, an aide told Reuters on Sunday, as the government cancelled a cabinet meeting for a second consecutive week.
The cancellation of Monday’s meeting, reported by state-run TRT television, was decided despite there being four deputy prime ministers.
“The administration in our country is strongly bound around the prime minister’s personality. There is no widespread delegation of authority,” said Ilter Turan, professor of political science at Bilgi University.
The government had kept quiet about Erdogan’s operation, but put out a statement two days after it saying the prime minister was well following a keyhole procedure on his lower intestine.
As Erdogan cancelled his official programme after the operation, Biden visited the prime minister at his home in Istanbul on Saturday to discuss geo-strategic issues in the region — notably Iraq, Iran and Syria.
The meeting was supposed to have lasted no longer than 45 minutes, but Biden said Erdogan had shown no sign of tiredness and kept going despite a doctor sending notes in to the room for him to wind up the meeting.
There was no media coverage, but the prime minister’s office released photographs of a smiling Erdogan, dressed in a dark suit and open neck shirt, sitting with Biden.
Erdogan, one of the most popular Muslim leaders among Arabs, is scheduled to visit Qatar on De
For all the assurances, speculation over the state of his Erdogan’s health could erupt should he stay out of the public eye for too long, though usually sensitive markets showed little reaction last week, being more perturbed by the global economy.
Reuters
 

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December 5th, 2011, 12:18 pm

 

14. Mina said:

Qataris badly need lessons in diplomacy

http://rt.com/politics/russia-qatar-diplomacy-downgrade-059/

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December 5th, 2011, 12:24 pm

 

15. Akbar Palace said:

Is this post Deja Vu? NewZ

I wonder how would al Jazeera turn if there was a sudden attack of Iran [by] Israel? …everybody knows that if not for the help of military training from Iran, Israel would not have been defeated by Hezbollah in Lebanon and by Hamas in Gaza.

Mina,

How could Israel attack Iran if they were “defeated”?

I don’t think either side was “defeated”, I just think each side was “wounded” to some extent. This “defeat” bought, unitl now, about 6 years of peace.

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December 5th, 2011, 12:42 pm

 

16. jad said:

Dubious Dealings: Syria and the Arab League

By: Sharmine Narwani
Published Monday, December 5, 2011
The ongoing diplomatic tug of war between Syria and the Arab League took an unexpected turn Monday with rumors of a potential breakthrough. A positive outcome would signal a major political – not procedural – change of heart at the Arab League, whose earlier dealings with Syria showed little room for compromise.

Last week, the Arab League broke with its own charter for the second time this year, voting to impose far-reaching economic sanctions on member-state Syria, eight months after backing a no-fly zone over member-state Libya.

The charter, which was written in the early post-colonial period, placed great stock in the inviolability of “a state’s independence, sovereignty, or territorial integrity.”

Article V of the League’s charter clearly stipulates: “Any resort to force in order to resolve disputes between two or more member-states of the League is prohibited. If there should arise among them a difference which does not concern a state’s independence, sovereignty, or territorial integrity [my italics], and if the parties to the dispute have recourse to the Council for the settlement of this difference, the decision of the Council shall then be enforceable and obligatory.”

A recently-departed senior Arab League official told me: “We have taken strong measures before only in relation to foreign policy issues or disputes between Arab countries. But on these last two occasions, this is a historic departure in relation to the practice of the Arab League. For the first time measures were taken against an Arab country because of its internal situation – the way a government is treating its own people.”

He continued, “When people are dying I don’t care about reconciling this with the charter – that’s my priority. If there are legal issues that contravene, I’m happy to bend them.”

But what about the tens of thousands of civilians slaughtered in member-state Somalia this year alone, with nary a peep from the Arab League? Or of the League’s non-intervention policy in Yemen and Bahrain, where protests continue to this day?

So why did the League single out Syria for sanctions?

Ostensibly, it is because Damascus refused an Arab League observer mission to Syria, but that is not exactly true. The Syrians counter-proposed a series of amendments to the mission “Protocol” to accommodate their sovereignty concerns. It was the League that rejected these outright on November 27, although they appear to have reopened negotiations quietly in the past few days.

Consider this: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – now effectively at the helm of Syrian issues in the Arab League – spent seven months negotiating an exit for the despotic Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh.

When asked about double-standards in the treatment of Syria versus other Arab member-states, the recently-departed senior League official admitted, “I think the position taken by the Arab countries in relation with Bahrain is a very sad one – we should have been more firm.”

On Yemen however, his response was curious, “Yemen – it is being handled by the GCC, and doesn’t need the Arab League’s help right now.”

But the same players refused to spend even seven days on Syria. The League dropped the sanctions gauntlet a mere three days after Syria offered its amended proposal, claiming these would “affect the core of the document and would radically change the nature of the mission.”

But is that true? Would Syria’s amendments sink the project as some League members alleged?

Much ado has been made about Syria’s amendments in Arab League statements, but other than a brief reference to a couple of provisions in Al-Hayat newspaper, these have not been made public.

Below is a much more comprehensive outline of Syria’s counter-proposal obtained from a well-connected, non-Syrian source. There is little in the document that could not have been negotiated to accommodate both Syria’s desire to maintain sovereignty in this process and the Arab League’s determination to carry out its mission:

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/dubious-dealings-syria-and-arab-league

“If some of these provisions were problematic, the Syrian authorities seemed willing to find a possible compromise. When Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem contacted Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby a few months back, it was “to try to gain some time to find a way out of this crisis,” according to a Syrian source.

A senior Arab League official who would not speak on the record, claims that the Syria initiative was steered away from its original form by “some of the ministers who didn’t like the direction and started dictating certain ideas that they knew Syria would not accept.”

Qatar, whose Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani chairs the Arab League’s committee on Syria, could have produced a more constructive outcome, if it wished.

Instead, says the official, the “Protocol” to create a League observer delegation was forwarded with an “ultimatum” in a short time, which we have never experienced in the history of diplomacy at the Arab League.

Why not do this right? This is needed not only for Syria – why not a plan for everywhere in the region?”

“The whole process was meant to gain a refusal, to move to the second stage of this game,” warns the official.

What is this next stage? Al-Thani himself may have offered that answer when he hinted that the League could seek international intervention “if the Syrians do not take us seriously.”

Nobody is guiding the Arab League’s actions today more than this one-man Qatari show.

Qatar stands out as the one Arab nation to have formulated a proactive plan to deal with these revolts. It has thrown money, clout and military force behind ensuring desirable outcomes. So far its goal appears to be two-fold: backing Islamists to replace secular regimes, and thwarting the influence of all other competing regional power centers while it goes about its plans.

Unlike Saudi Arabia, its long-term rival in the Persian Gulf, the tiny Emirate kingdom is not trying to thwart change at all. Rather, it is proactively leading a selective strategy to remake the wider Middle East in its own image.

The Arabic-language press was agog with the tongue-lashing Al-Thani delivered his Algerian counterpart at a Syria-related Arab League meeting on November 12:

“Stop defending Syria because when your turn comes you may need us!” he allegedly roared at Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci when the latter registered an objection.

Yet the Qatari PM managed to feign regret in public when he announced last weekend, “Today, we are very sad to hold such a meeting as the Syrian government has not signed the observer mission.”

The League needs to start as it means to continue. Consistent, lawful and devoid of double standards.We are witnessing a dangerous willingness in the global political elite to circumvent rule of law, territorial integrity and sovereignty to jostle for positioning in the new emerging Middle East order.

Tolerating aerial bombardment of civilians by foreign forces and dragging the body of a deposed head of state through the streets are an indication of creeping lawlessness – much of which appears to be tacitly accepted by the “international community.”

This is unquestionably a new era in the Arab League. The organization is being thrust into a regional decision making role – without any history of competence or effectiveness – during a time when the Arab world is experiencing seismic shifts. Is the Arab League capable of rising to this challenge? Or will it remain an institution that rubber-stamps the policies of its most powerful members?

Sharmine Narwani is a commentary writer and political analyst covering the Middle East.”

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December 5th, 2011, 12:54 pm

 

17. Badr said:

Conditionally Accepts Arab League Observers

Haven’t we heard that before?

“The BBC’s Jim Muir in Beirut says that if the Syrian government were to fully sign up to the peace plan, it would have to withdraw all its military forces from towns and villages around the country, release detainees, and allow observers in to ensure the violence really had ended.

That could mean that large parts of the country which have seen constant disturbances might slide out of government control, so the opposition is bound to be deeply sceptical, our correspondent adds.”

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December 5th, 2011, 12:57 pm

 

18. Juergen said:

Scary report on syria in the german DER SPIEGEL magazine.

translated:

“Over the weekend the Syrian military forces conducted extensive maneuvers on the ground and in the air. As the state television reported that rockets were tested, among other things.

And the propaganda machine is in full swing. The exercise could have shown that the Syrian armed forces are able to defend the nation and prevent an attack. The rockets have hit its target with precision, it said in the State TV. The Sana news agency quoted Defense Minister Daud Radschha as saying the armed forces were “fully prepared to execute every command we give them.”

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,801860,00.html

Does anyone has heard that before ?

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December 5th, 2011, 12:58 pm

 

19. Bronco said:

Mina #14

Thank for pointing out to that diplomatic incident that did not make the headlines of western media.

The physical attack on the Russian ambassador is a disgrace for Qatar. Yes, when medias made a big fuss about the eggs and tomatoes thrown at Ford in Damascus, the western media are almost mute about this grave diplomatic incident. Qatar is so pumped up by the US that it is becoming as arrogant. No mention of that incident in Al Jazeera, either. One more proof of its impartiality.

“Ambassador Vladimir Titorenko suffered an assault at Doha Airport on November 29, on his return from a mission to Jordan. While passing through customs control he was attacked by customs security, who made an attempt to confiscate his diplomatic pouch. Titorenko resisted and was beaten, together with two other Russian diplomats who were there to welcome the ambassador”

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December 5th, 2011, 1:00 pm

 

20. zoo said:

18. Juergen

It has been reported but lost in one of these article written by Bassam Mroue on AP.

http://news.yahoo.com/syria-says-accepts-arab-league-observer-request-095657792.html

“In an apparent show of force, Syria’s state-run media said Monday that Syrian military war games over the weekend included missile tests and operations by air force and ground troops “similar to a real battle.”

Makdissi, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, said “the maneuvers were routine and planned earlier.”

But the combination of missile tests as well as air and ground troops indicate the maneuvers were of a higher-level than the military’s usual annual war games.

State TV said the exercise was meant to test “the capabilities and the readiness of missile systems to respond to any possible aggression.”

The drill showed Syrian missiles and troops were “ready to defend the nation and deter anyone who dares to endanger its security” and that the missiles hit their test targets with precision, state TV said.

In October, Assad warned the Middle East “will burn” if the West intervenes in Syria and threatened to turn the region into “tens of Afghanistans.”

Syria is known to have surface-to-surface missiles such as Scuds, capable of hitting deep inside its archenemy Israel.

Syrian TV showed a missile being fired, as senior officers followed the event using their binoculars, then a missile hitting the ground creating a thick brown cloud.

State media did not say where the maneuvers where conducted. But Israel’s daily Jerusalem Post quoted Israeli army officials as saying the test was conducted Saturday in Syria’s northeast and included the firing of a Scud B missile, with a range of 185 miles (300 kilometers), toward the Iraqi border.

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December 5th, 2011, 1:06 pm

 

21. Juergen said:

I heard an interessting comment. Syria had 60 ago 50% Christians, now the number is down to 15%. Is that accurate? Can there be such a decline of Christians in Syria?

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December 5th, 2011, 1:16 pm

 

22. Tara said:

If Russia had any pride, it should’ve pulled it’s ambassador after he got beaten. If his own government does not care about him, why would the foreign press cares?

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December 5th, 2011, 1:17 pm

 

23. Juergen said:

I meant 60 years sorry

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December 5th, 2011, 1:21 pm

 

24. zoo said:

Increasingly isolated and worried Israel will try very soon to mend its relation with Israel. If this happens, it would be probably be the end of the honeymoon of Turkey with the Arabs.

‘Israel knows what to do,’ Ankara tells Washington

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/israel-knows-what-to-do-ankara-tells-washington.aspx?pageID=449&nID=8425&NewsCatID=409

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December 5th, 2011, 1:22 pm

 

25. Bronco said:

Tara #22

This is exactly what Russia is doing. Russia appears prouder than the USA who did not withdraw its ambassador after the recurrent tomatoes and eggs attack. It also show how arrogant, primitive and childish the Qatar authorities are to resort to bullying anyone who does not comply with their wishes.

Russia downgrades relations with Qatar over attack on ambassador
http://en.ria.ru/russia/20111205/169361690.html

Russia will downgrade its diplomatic relations with Qatar following an attack on the Russian ambassador by customs officers at Doha airport, the Foreign Ministry said on its website on Monday.

The ministry said Russian Ambassador Vladimir Titorenko will leave Qatar “after he finishes a course of medical treatment as a result of the attack” and Russia’s interests in Qatar will be temporarily represented by a charge d’affaires.

Airport security and customs officials beat up Titorenko and two other Russian diplomats on November 29 in an attempt to seize the diplomatic dispatch the ambassador was carrying on a return trip from Jordan.

The Qatari officials reportedly tried to X-ray the diplomatic mail despite a bilateral agreement allowing diplomats from both countries to carry diplomatic bags through customs without any inspection under the 1961 Vienna Convention.

The Russian Foreign Ministry sent a protest note to Qatari authorities on November 30, demanding “an immediate and full investigation into the incident, the strict punishment of the culprits and the prevention of similar incidents in the future.”

There has been no official response from Qatar so far.

An anonymous diplomatic source earlier told RIA Novosti that the incident had been most likely provoked by Russia’s position on the Syrian crisis, which many Qatari analysts believe advocates the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.

Qatar has been consistently supporting sanctions against the Syrian regime, while Russia stands against sanctioning Syria on all diplomatic levels, including the UN Security Council.

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December 5th, 2011, 1:28 pm

 

26. Mango said:

22. TARA said:

If Russia had any pride, it should’ve pulled it’s ambassador after he got beaten. If his own government does not care about him, why would the foreign press cares?

http://mostakbaliat.blogspot.com/2010/09/2011-2015.html
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قبل التطرق الى تحليل إستراتيجية العقيدة العسكرية الروسية الجديدة 2011 – 2015 م , والتي من المقرر ان تدخل حيز التنفيذ اعتبارا من بداية العام 2010 م , وجدنا من الضرورة التوقف عند بعض المحطات والمراحل التاريخية السابقة ذات السياق نفسه , وذلك بهدف تعميق الفهم حول الرؤية الروسية لتلك الأسباب والدوافع التي طرأت على خارطة التغيرات الجيوسياسية والجيواستراتيجية العالمية الحديثة , ومنها تشكلت تلك التوجهات الروسية السياسية والعسكرية خلال المرحلة السابقة , والتي من خلال أحداثها وتحولاتها وضعت العقيدة العسكرية الروسية الثالثة في القرن الحادي والعشرين 0
وبالعودة الى تلك المراحل والمحطات التاريخية نجد ان روسيا الحديثة ” روسيا بوتين ” بشكل عام قد توقفت عند 3 مراحل جيوسياسية حتى نهاية العام 2009م , وهي :-
* مرحلة الانتشال ” عقيدة استعادة الدولة ” والتي بدأت بالفترة الأولى لحكم الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين , واستمرت حتى نهاية فترة رئاسته الأولى ( 2000م – 2004 م ) , ويعتبر الكثير من المراقبين والمحللين السياسيين والعسكريين ان تلك الفترة تحديدا كانت اقرب الى استعادة الدولة القومية القوية في مختلف جوانبها السياسية والعسكرية والاقتصادية , حيث ان الروس وفي تلك المرحلة كانوا قد خرجوا من حقبة تاريخية عصيبة جدا , اثر الانهيار الجيوسياسي العالمي بسقوط الاتحاد السوفيتي مع بداية عقد التسعينيات من القرن العشرين , كذلك فقد كان للتفسخ الاجتماعي والانهيار الاقتصادي والتبعية الجيواستراتيجية والفوضى والصراعات الداخلية , الدور الآخر الذي ساهم وساعد في تأخر استعادة الروس لمكانتهم العالمية 0
لذا – وباختصار شديد – فان العقيدة العسكرية الروسية في تلك المرحلة كانت اقرب الى العقيدة الدفاعية منها الى العقيدة الهجومية او تلك التي تسعى للهيمنة وتقاسم رقعة الشطرنج الدولية , فقد كان الخوف من المتربصين بالدولة الناشئة , ومحاولات تشويه صورة روسيا والتدخل في شؤونها الداخلية , الشغل الشاغل للقادة العسكريين والسياسيين الروس , فمن جهة ما ( كان واضحا ان هناك حاجة الى لتعزيز الأمن عل الحدود الجنوبية لروسيا مع أسيا الوسطى والصين , ومن جهة أخرى , كان الجيش الروسي ما يزال يعتبر حلف الناتو تهديدا , ويستلزم بناء على ذلك تقوية القواعد الغربية والاحتفاظ بقدرتها النووية ) 0
وفي هذا السياق يقول ليونيد إيفاشوف – رئيس إدارة العلاقات الدولية في وزارة الدفاع الروسية والذي استضافته قناة الجزيرة القطرية بتاريخ 4 / 4 / 2001 م , ( أولاً: يمثل الناتو حلفاً عسكرياً يملك مقدرة عسكرية هائلة ، حلفاً اغتصب لنفسه حق القيام بالعدوان ضد دولة مستقلة ، وعندما يقولون إن هذه الآلة العسكرية سوف تتحرك في اتجاه روسيا لأنها تحمل إلى روسيا الاستقرار والأمن، فنحن لا نصدق هذه الأقوال، كما لن تصدقها أي دولة أخرى ونحن نرى أن نصل الناتو ممدود في اتجاه الشرق ، في اتجاهنا نحن ، فلذا لا نتقبل انتشار الناتو نحو الشرق ، ونعتبر هذا التوسع باتجاهنا تهديداً لأمننا وهذا مسجل في العقيدة العسكرية الروسية )
* مرحلة بناء الدولة القومية العابرة للقارات ” عقيدة فرض الاحترام ” ( 2005 – 2009 ) , وبالتالي فان العقيدة العسكرية الروسية في هذه المرحلة لابد وان تنبع من هذا التوجه الجيوسياسي العالمي , والذي يقوم على بناء وتأسيس جيش قوي وقدرات عسكرية دفاعية وهجومية إستراتيجية قادرة على مواجهة جل تلك التحديدات والتهديدات الجديدة النابعة من الخارج تحديدا خلال الحقبة الزمنية الجديدة , والتي تدفع بالعالم السياسي نحو تبني عددا من الأفكار والتوجهات الجيوسياسية الاستثنائية , التي تلت مرور العالم بعدد من الحروب والصراعات الدولية 0
وهنا نطرح الأسئلة نفسها التي طرحها الجنرال محمود غارييف رئيس أكاديمية العلوم العسكرية الروسية حول طبيعة العقيدة العسكرية الروسية الثانية , في لقاء معه أجراه المعلق العسكري لوكالة RIA – نوفوستي الروسية فيكتور ليتوفكين في شهر فبراير / 2007م , حول طبيعة التهديدات التي تجثم اليوم على أمن روسيا وما هي المهام الدفاعية التي تنتج عنها؟ ومنها تحديد التنظيم العسكري – العقيدة العسكرية – التي تحتاجها الدولة لتحييد التهديدات الممكنة وصدها عند اللزوم , والوسائل الممكنة للجوء إلى القوات المسلحة والفرق الأخرى ، وكذلك أنماط الحرب والنزاعات المسلحة التي ربما تفرض علينا اليوم وحتى العام 2015م , من هنا تولد توجهات التحضير والتأهيل العسكري , وبالأخص ، علينا – كما يقول غارييف- أن نعرف كيف نحضّر البلاد للدفاع بشكلٍ عام ، وقبل كل شيء على المستويات الاقتصادية والعسكرية الصناعية والسياسية المعنوية 0
فما هي طبيعة التهديدات التي واجهتها روسيا , أو تلك المحتمل مواجهتها خلال المرحلة الثانية ؟ ومنها يمكن تبني الروية الجديدة للعقيدة الروسية العسكرية الثانية ( 2005 – 2009 ) ؟
والحقيقة ان روسيا بوتين خلال الفترة الرئاسية الثانية 2004 – 2007 م , واجهت العديد من التحديدات الجيوسياسية العالمية , كان أخطرها على الإطلاق التهميش المتزايد من قبل الدول الغربية وتحديدا الولايات المتحدة الاميركية للدولة الروسية , وبالطبع فلا يزال مستمرا ذلك التهديد الذي يمثله حلف الناتو على الأطراف الغربية لروسيا , والمحاولات المستمرة لتوسيعه ليشمل بعض دول الاتحاد السوفيتي السابق , كما لا يجب ان ننسى التدخلات المتزايدة في الشأن الروسي الداخلي والسعي لتسليح بعض الدول السوفيتية المتمردة على روسيا كجورجيا على سبيل المثال لا الحصر , والذي أسفر ” نفخها ” عن انفجار الحرب الروسية – الجورجية مع نهاية العام 2008م 0
بدت روسيا خلال تلك الفترة كما تقول الباحثة الروسية ليليا شيفتسوفا – مؤلفة كتاب روسيا بوتين – وكأنها تريد ( ان تثبت افتراقها عن الغرب وبأنها تزداد انزعاجا وخيبة أمل من شركائها الغربيين : من الهيمنة الاميركية وفي نفس الوقت التجاهل الاميركي لروسيا , ومن رغبة الأوربيين في تعليم روسيا الديموقراطية والسلوك الحسن في الشيشان ) , وهو ما دفع الرئيس بوتين ولأول مرة منذ سقوط الاتحاد السوفيتي الى إطلاق تهديده المشهور باستعداد روسيا لمواجهة الولايات المتحدة الاميركية في حال لزم الأمر , وذلك بسبب غطرستها وتجاهلها للدولة الروسية ومصالحها الجيوسياسية والجيواستراتيجية العالمية , وإصرارها على بناء منظومة الدرع الصاروخي الاميركي في شرق أوربا , والذي تنظر إليه روسيا كتهديد مباشر لأمنها القومي , وتوسيع حلف الناتو ليقترب من حدود روسيا وذلك بضم كل من أوكرانيا وجورجيا 0
وفي ذلك الخطاب جدد بوتين رغبته في إعادة أمجاد الروس السابقة على عهد الاتحاد السوفيتي , واستعادة القوة الروسية الاستراتيجية والدول القومية العابرة للقارات 0 حيث حفظ العالم جملة بوتين الشهيرة وهي أن العالم يجب أن يستعد للتعامل مع روسيا قوية , وقال كذلك : إن انهيار الاتحاد السوفيتي قد شكل أكبر كارثة جيوسياسية في القرن العشرين وتذكر بحنين العالم الثنائي القطب القديم , حيث كانت هناك قوتان عظميان تكبح كل منهما طموحات الأخرى , وهو بذلك لا يعني فقط استرجاع جبروت روسيا المفقود , وإنما أيضا جعل بلاده الثقل الموازن الأساسي في مقابل القوة الأميركية , بحسب تعبير سيرغي كاراغانوف مستشار السياسة الخارجية في الكرملين .
لذا فقد تشكلت العقيدة العسكرية الروسية الثانية ( 2005 – 2009 ) بناء على العوامل الجيوسياسية سالفة الذكر , وبالتالي فقد كانت التوجهات الاستراتيجية لتلك العقيدة اقرب ما تكون للاستنفار والمواجهة مع الغرب منها الى الموقف الدفاعي المتفرج , ومن أهم ما يمكن ان يشار إليه في هذا السياق , الإجراءات التالية : تجهيز القوات الروسية بالعتاد الاستراتيجي القادر على مواجهة التهديدات العابرة للقارات وعلى رأسها الأسلحة النووية , والوقوف بحزم وقوة لمختلف محاولات التمرد والعصيان والانتهاك لسيادة الدولة الروسية او تلك الدويلات التي تستظل بجناح روسيا كما حدث مع جورجيا , والوقوف بنفس الجدية والحزم لمحاولات توسع حلف الناتو , بل واستخدام القوة اللازمة لفعل ذلك ان اقتضى الأمر , والسعي لتشكيل تحالفات عسكرية وان كانت فضفاضة مع قوى دولية تتشارك معها مخاوف المساعي الاميريكية للهيمنة على رقعة الشطرنج الدولية والاوراسية تحديدا كما هو الحال مع الصين 0
– وباختصار شديد – يمكننا اعتبار العقيدة العسكرية الروسية الثانية ( 2005 – 2009 ) – أي – عقيدة ” فرض الاحترام ” هي عقيدة مواجهة وهجوم واستفزاز للغرب , وتحديدا الولايات المتحدة الاميركية , وذلك في محاولة من قبل بوتين لإظهار المكانة القوية التي وصلت إليها وتملكها روسيا الجديدة اليوم , وبالتالي التأكيد على رفض أي املاءات او تدخلات خارجية في الشأن الروسي , او حتى التفكير في سلب الروس لحقوقهم التاريخية القديمة , ولمزيد من المعرفة حول تلك التحولات والتغيرات التي تشكلت حولها العقيدة العسكرية الروسية سالفة الذكر , ننصح بالرجوع للمراجع التالية على سبيل المثال لا الحصر – الفصل الثالث من كتابنا المفاجأة الروسية , وكتاب رقعة الشطرنج الكبرى لزبجينيو بريجينيسكي وكتاب روسيا بوتين لليليا شيفتسوفا0
* مرحلة تأكيد المكانة العالمية ” عقيدة التوازن الاستراتيجي ” , وهي العقيدة الثالثة التي تتبناها روسيا في تاريخها الحديث , وسيبدأ تطبيقها عمليا منذ ( 2011 – 2015 ) , وعن هذه العقيدة الجديدة التي أعلن عنها سكرتير مجلس الأمن الروسي نيقولاي باتروشيف يوم الخميس الموافق 19 / 11 / 2009 م , في مدينة سانت بطرسبورغ , والتي ستقدم لرئيس الدولة قبل نهاية العام 2009م , يقول المحلل والسياسي الروسي المعروف ليونيد ألكسندروفتش بان ( العقيدة العسكرية الروسية الجديدة لم تأت من فراغ بل جاءت رد فعل على إستراتيجية الأمن القومي الأميركي المعلن عنها مؤخرا والتي استبعدت روسيا من قائمة حلفاء وأصدقاء أميركا في حربها ضد الإرهاب ، على الرغم من أن روسيا كانت ضمن هذه القائمة في إستراتيجية عام 2002، لقد تعاملت الاستراتيجية الأميركية للأمن القومي مع روسيا بشكل سلبي ووضعتها ضمن الدول التي لا تطبق المعايير الديمقراطية الصحيحة واتهمتها بالتدخل في شؤون جيرانها ودعم أنظمة مارقة ومتطرفة مثل نظام الرئيس هوجو شافيز في فنزويلا ) 0
والحقيقة إننا نستطيع ان نقول بأنه وبالإضافة الى تبني مختلف الأفكار التي كانت حاضرة في الاستراتيجية العسكرية الروسية الثانية ( 2005 – 2009 ) , فان هذه الأخيرة قد تبنت بعض الخيارات الاستراتيجية العسكرية الاستثنائية كخيار إقدام روسيا على توجيه ضربات نووية استباقية , وإمكانية استخدام القوات العسكرية الروسية خارج الدولة , وتوسيع المناطق الحدودية لروسيا من مسافة خمسة كيلومترات إلى خمس عشرة كيلومتر وخاصة في الجهات الغربية لروسيا ، وبهذا تعود المنطقة الحدودية الروسية إلى ما كانت عليه في زمن الاتحاد السوفييتي ، وقد أحدث هذا القرار ردود فعل قوية لدى واشنطن ولدى دول أوروبا الشرقية المجاورة لروسيا , ويدور النقاش أيضا حول البند الذي يجيز استخدام الأسلحة النووية في النزاعات المحلية في حالة وجود تهديد بالغ الخطورة على الأمن القومي الروسي 0
وفي هذا السياق كتب إيليا كرامنيك ، المعلق العسكري لوكالة نوفوستي الروسية للأنباء حول نوعية تلك النزاعات التي تمثل تهديدا بالغ الخطورة للأمن القومي الروسي؟ وعلى أساسها فقد تم تبني العقيدة العسكرية الاستراتيجية الروسية الثالثة التحليل التالي :-
( بإلقاء نظرة إلى جيران روسيا في الساحة السوفيتية سابقا قد نستطيع أن نتخيل نشوب نزاع مع جمهوريات البلطيق السوفيتية سابقا لأنها أصبحت أعضاء في حلف شمال الأطلسي ، غير أن احتمال نشوب مثل هذا النزاع ضئيل جدا , وإذا افترضنا أن يندلع نزاع بين روسيا وهذه الجمهوريات فلن نستطيع أن نتخيل أن تستخدم روسيا السلاح النووي في ضرب هدف ما في أراضي بلدان الجوار القريب , وبالتالي فإن أهداف السلاح النووي الروسي في الحرب الافتراضية ستكون – على الأرجح – خارج منطقة البلطيق , والأغلب ظنا أنه لا يمكن إلا لحرب واسعة النطاق أن تمثل تهديدا حرجا لأمن روسيا يستوجب اللجوء إلى استعمال السلاح النووي دفاعا عن الذات، علما بأنه بعدما شن الناتو عمليته الحربية على يوغوسلافيا استقر رأي روسيا على أنها لن تقدر على صد عدوان محتمل يأتي من الغرب إلا عندما تستخدم السلاح النووي )
و- باختصار – فان العقيدة العسكرية الاستراتيجية الروسية الثالثة ( 2011 – 2015 ) , وبالإضافة الى تبنيها لجل تلك الأفكار والأطروحات العسكرية الدفاعية والهجومية الاستراتيجية منذ العام 2000م , قد تم هذه المرة إضافة معايير استثنائية عليها تراعي في الحسبان تلك التطورات العقائدية العسكرية للدول الأخرى كالولايات المتحدة الاميركية على سبيل المثال , والتي لا تستبعد إمكانية القيام بالسبق في توجيه الضربة النووية الأولى عند الضرورة , وهو ما قصدناه تحديدا بعقيدة ” التوازن الاستراتيجي ” , كذلك ومما يجب التأكيد عليه في هذه العقيدة الجديدة , تجديد القيادة الروسية على تلك الرسائل القوية التي تفيد إعادة التأكيد على مكانة روسيا الجيوسياسية والجيواستراتيجية في العقد القادم من القرن الحادي والعشرين على رقعة الشطرنج الدولية , كذلك ومن ضمن ما يمكن الإشارة إليه في هذا التوجه العسكري الجديد , هو إضافة عامل الترهيب وزرع روح الخوف في نفوس أعداءها التقليديين والمتمردين على نفوذها التاريخي , وهو ما يستدعي التفكير كثيرا قبل التعرض لأمنها القومي ومصالحها الدولية للتهديد والخطر

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December 5th, 2011, 1:48 pm

 

27. Bronco said:

#21 Juergen

There are many factors explaining the greater emigration of Christians versus Moslems from the Arab world.
Most emigration is linked to insecurity and/or economical difficulties.

Countries that are open to immigrations are all of Christian culture. There is not a single moslem country that accepts emigrants. Therefore christians find it easier to emigrate to a country with similar culture than the Moslems.
The level of education and foreign language proficiency of the christian minorities in the Arab world is relatively higher that the moslem majority’s, therefore the Christians are able to find jobs more easily in foreign countries.

Christian Syrian emigration was mostly due to the economical situation and the lack of job opportunities. This is true also in Lebanon and Egypt.
Insecurity will certainly trigger more Christians to emigrate. Egyptian Copts are already emigrating in masses and any suspicious change of regime in Syria will do the same for the Syrians.

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December 5th, 2011, 1:48 pm

 

28. majedkhaldoun said:

Syria modifications of the protocol and the demends to cancel the penalties against Syrian regime and reversing the freeze on Syria membership in AL,they all will not be accepted by AL.
AL has given Syria very long time and is to be condemned.
It is about time the AL declare it is unable to get Syria to cooperate,

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December 5th, 2011, 1:56 pm

 

29. SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Birds of Feather Flock Together: Dumbo and the Forger

انتهاكات كثيرة بينها حشو صناديق الاقتراع في انتخابات روسيا
2011-12-05

فرز الأصوات في أحد مراكز الاقتراع بموسكو

موسكو- (ا ف ب): اعلن مراقبو منظمة الأمن والتعاون في بيان نشر الاثنين إن الانتخابات التشريعية الروسية التي فاز فيها حزب روسيا الموحدة شهدت “انتهاكات كثيرة” خلال فرز الاصوات، وخصوصا “حشو صناديق الاقتراع”.
وصرح البيان ان “الانتخابات كانت منظمة بشكل جيد الا ان العملية تدهورت بشكل ملحوظ خلال فرز الاصوات الذي شهد انتهاكات كثيرة للعملية خصوصا مع اشارات جدية بحصول حشو لصناديق الاقتراع”.

واضافت المنظمة ان “المنافسة السياسية (كانت) محدودة وغير منصفة” خلال الحملة الانتخابية واشارت إلى “عدم استقلالية” السلطات الانتخابية ووسائل الاعلام.

الا أن المنظمة اشارت إلى انه و”على الرغم” من هذه الجوانب الناقصة، الا ان “الناخبين مارسوا حقهم في التعبير عن رايهم”.

وصرح بتروس افثيميو احد مسؤولي بعثة المراقبة في بيان ان “لا بد من اجراء تغييرات لضمان احترام حرية الشعب”.

واضاف “لاحظت خصوصا تدخلا من جانب الدولة على كل مستويات الحياة السياسية بالاضافة الى غياب الشروط اللازمة لحصول منافسة عادلة وعدم تمتع وسائل الاعلام بالحرية”.

وفاز حزب روسيا الموحدة بزعامة فلاديمير بوتين اثر الانتخابات التشريعية بالغالبية المطلقة في الدوما مع حصوله على 238 مقعدا من اصل 450، وهو يشكل تراجعا ملحوظا عن ادائه في العام 2007.

واحصت وسائل الاعلام المستقلة ومنظمة “غولوس” غير الحكومية الروسية لمراقبة الانتخابات الى عمليات تزوير عدة طيلة يوم الاحد.

ومن جهتها، اشارت اللجنة الانتخابية المركزية الروسية إلى عدم تسجيل أي تزوير ملفت خلال الانتخابات.

from http://alquds.co.uk

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December 5th, 2011, 1:56 pm

 

30. Tara said:

Majed

I am not entirely clear to the sequence of events. Did the regime ask for any change to the essence of the protocol such as the identities and the freedom of mobility of the observers or just asked for cancellation of the sanctions if to comply? Also, is the AL expected to give any official announcement in that regard?

I think the show of military force is a desperate attempt that implies Assad’s feeling of utter humiliation and defeat having to comply with little Minnie Qatar orders. I expect more regime humiliation in the near future.

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December 5th, 2011, 2:06 pm

 

31. Tara said:

Jeurgen

I think Arab Christians have an easier time obtaining a legal immigration status in western countries compared to Arab Muslims and this is why more Christians immigrate compared to Muslims.

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December 5th, 2011, 2:21 pm

 

32. Dale Andersen said:

Memo To: BRONCO BILLY COOLING HIS HEELS IN BESHO’S BUNKHOUSE

RE: “…Christian Syrian emigration was mostly due to the economical situation and the lack of job opportunities. This is true also in Lebanon and Egypt…”

You wish, Billy. The real reason they left was because their Moslem “countrymen” turned into assholes…

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December 5th, 2011, 2:23 pm

 

33. newfolder said:

a leaked video of Assad’s dogs destroying people’s homes and setting them on fire. Tfooh on this disgusting militia they call the army, you’re gonna free the Golan ya klab?

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December 5th, 2011, 2:30 pm

 

34. jad said:

بيان عن قبول السلطة السورية المبدئي التوقيع على البروتوكول مع جامعة الدول العربية

نشر بتاريخ 7 – 12 – 2011

دمشق 5/12/2011

نأمل من جامعة الدول العربية أن تجيب السلطة السورية على استفساراتها الأخيرة كمحاولة لملاقاة خطوة السلطة في اتجاه التوقيع على البروتوكول، وعدم تفويت إمكانية إنجاح مبادرة الجامعة كونها تشكل أساسا جيدا لحل سياسي وسلمي للمأزق السياسي الذي وصلت إليه البلاد.

ونتمنى على الجامعة إجابة السلطة عن استفساراتها إن كانت منطقية، مع تأكيدنا على أن محاولات السلطة في تقويض المبادرة باتت مكشوفة عبر إكثارها من الاستفسارات وإضاعة الوقت الذي يسقط خلاله يوميا عشرات من القتلى السوريين، من مدنيين وعسكريين. فحياتهم أثمن من جميع التفاصيل التي تحاجج بها السلطات السورية الجامعة. فالسلطة تريد دوما كسب المزيد من الوقت للقضاء على جميع معارضيها.

ولا نرى من ناحيتنا ضيرا في إعادة عضوية الدولة السورية في الجامعة وتوقيف العقوبات الاقتصادية وإلغاء توقيف الرحلات الجوية إذا ما وقعت السلطة السورية على البروتوكول وأطلقت المزيد من معتقلي الاحتجاجات.

ونرى من الضرورة أن تعتمد اللجنة الوزارية العربية مشروعا عمليا لحماية المدنيين قابلا للتطبيق وبالتنسيق مع المعارضة السورية (كنا تقدمنا للجامعة بمشروع لحماية المدنيين، وأرفقناه مع هذه الرسالة). وفي هذا الصدد يبدي تيار بناء الدولة السورية استعداده للعمل مع جامعة الدول العربية لتنفيذ هذا المشروع أو تطويره.

إن حقن دماء السوريين لا يمكن أن يأتي إلا بمثل هذه المساعي، وليس بترك السلطة السورية تمارس عنفها الدموي المعهود على معارضيها. خاصة بعد أن أثبتت الأحداث عدم أهليتها لقيادة البلاد وإدارة الأزمة.

ونؤكد من جديد على اقتراحنا بفتح مكتب دائم للمبادرة العربية في دمشق لتتمكن الجامعة من التواصل مع جميع الأطراف المعنية والفاعلة في الحقل السياسي والمجتمعي في البلاد.

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برنامج اللجنة الوطنية لحماية المدنيين المقترحة من تيار بناء الدولة السورية متوفر على الرابط:

http://binaa-syria.com/B/ar/content/civilians-protection

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December 5th, 2011, 2:32 pm

 

35. Haytham Khoury said:

jad#16.

It is just a game. It is a cat-and-mouse game for the exhaustion of stupid players.

http://haytham-khoury3.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-post_11.html

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December 5th, 2011, 2:40 pm

 

36. Tara said:

Haytham

I don’t think Ghalioun’s reference to Iran during his interview with the WSJ was helpful. I hope you agree. I don’t care for Iran anymore after it’s participation in killing Syrians but he should not be vocal about it at least for the time being. No?

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December 5th, 2011, 2:48 pm

 

37. jad said:

Haytham, it’s a very bloody and dangerous game played by all sides, nobody is innocent in this massacre happening in Syria, NOBODY.
They all have the Syrian blood on their hands and they continue with the same suicidal mentality, the only way out is a dialogue, you can write and shout against that as long as you want with all the SNC puppets and the opposition figures but that is the only solution, nothing else, reason must prevail.

Homs is in mess today, bodies are thrown in the streets or being burned in buses…that is not a call for freedom anymore, it’s already a civil war regardless of what the freaking west, turks, qataris or the liar Alarabi think.

حمص :5-12-2011 الأخبار حتى الساعة و نسأل الله الرحمة من بحر الدم في حمص

-حمص اليوم الاشتباكات فيها و أصوات الرصاص و الانفجارات و القذائف لم تهدئ منذ البارحة و بشكل غير مسبوق فقد اشتعلت كل أحياء حمص بدون استثناء
-حالة من الفوضى الكاملة في معظم أحياء حمص و تم إطلاق النار عند الساعة القديمة في مركز المدينة و مقتل3 من جراء اطلاق النار على المشفى الوطني و شبه شلل بالحركة في المدينة و خاصة حي الزهراء و دوار المواصلات و شارع اسكندرون بعد اختطاف عدة شباب أحدهم من عائلة الخضر … و نتيجة إطلاق مسلحي جب الجندلي الرصاص على العديد من المدنين في شارع اسكندرون
-مسلحون يقيمون حاجز ويقطعون الطريق ويطلقون النار بشكل عشوائي على المواطنين بشارع وادي السايح مما أسفر عن استشهاد تسعة مواطنين.
– مقتل ثلاثة مسلحين في الخالدية ,بينهم بسام الجرايحي و جرح سبعة أخرين
-32 جثة اليوم في شوارع حمص ومسلحون يقتلون الارهابي زياد عبد اللطيف العكش في تلدو على خلفية نزاع على زعامة العصابات في تلدو
-و تستمر التضحيات فداء لهذا الوطن الغالي و الشهيد الأول في حمص كان من أل فندي في نادي الضباط في حمص و اليوم استشهاد ابو هيثم رامز فندي ووالده
-استشهاد مستخدمة مدرسة من بيت خزنه في وادي السايح ووصلت جثتها الى الأهلي
-حريق كثيف عند دوار فدعوس و دوار الزهراء..واطلاق نار كثيف بالزهراء و العباسية..
-هجوم على حاجزالجيش في حي الزهراء من جهة فدعوس و المقابر.. و الأهالي يدافعون..
اصابة عسكري اصابه بليغة وهو الآن في مشفى الأهلي ومقتل 3 مسلحين عند حاجز باب تدمر
-تواجد علني مسلح في باب الدريب و جب الجندلي..
-تحرير 6 مخطوفين في مناطق متفرقة في مدينة حمص و بانتظار التفاصيل لننشرها
-الجهات المختصة تلقي القبض على 8 مطلوبين

-مقتل 3 إرهابيين أثناء محاولتهم زرع عبوة ناسفة في حمص

قتل ثلاثة إرهابيين بإنفجار عبوة ناسفة حاولوا زرعها على الطريق العام لحمص- السلمية عند مفرق قرية الحمرات لنشر الرعب في المنطقة,تم التعرف عليهم و هم نديم و سفير العلي و مخلص العموري , وقد عثرت الجهات الأمنية المختصة على كميات من الأسلحة الذخائر داخل سيارة الإرهابيين التي تحمل لوحات مرورية مزورة.

-معظم المخطوفين البارحة و الذي تم تحرير 6 منهم اليوم هم من الموظفين الحكوميين كسائق مديرية الاقتصاد و التجارة وسلب سيارته الحكومية و سلب سيارتين من أمام فندق السفير و سيارة في حي الإدخار و سيارة بحي كرم الزيتون…
مسلحون يفجرون عبوة ناسفة على سكة القطار بين محطتي كفرعايا وشنشار في المنطقة الكيلومترية السابعة تحديداً في بساتين منطقة جوبر مما أدى لإعطاب السكة و توقف حركة القطارات …
من المشفى العسكري بالوعر تم تشييع 8 شهداء استشهدوا في حمص و حماه..
القبض على خمسة وعشرون ارهابيا” بين قتيل وجريح بعد عملية مداهمة للقوى الأمنية والعسكرية في منطقة عشيرة….
و شهد أمس حرق منازل من قبل المسلحين بعد اختطافهم للعديد من المدنيين و الموظفين و قاموا بإطلاق الرصاص و قذائف الآر بي جي على حواجز حفظ النظام و على الأحياء المدنية لنشر الرعب في صفوف المدنيين و الأطفال.

شبكة أخبار حمص
http://www.facebook.com/Homs.N.N

شوكوماكو: مصدر ينفي قصف مسجد..الجثث الواصلة للمشفى الوطني لـ53..تحرير مخطوفين وقتل إرهابيين بحمص
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نفى مصدر رسمي ل”شوكوماكو” ما تنتقلته فضائيات الكذب الإعلامي عن قصف لمسجد خالد بن الوليد، كما أكد مراسل شوكوماكو أن الجهات المختصة حررت 17 مخطوفا وقتلت مجموعة من الإرهابيين وألقت القبض على 6 آخرين.
وأكد المراسل أن عدد الجثث الواصلة إلى المشفى الوطني بحمص ارتفع إلى 53 جثة خلال ال 24 الساعة الماضية.
من جانبه أكد المراسل أن إطلاق نار كثيف يسمع في معظم أنحاء المدينة، حيث يتم إطلاق النار بشكل عشوائي، كما أكد أن مسلحين أحرقوا سيارة شاحنة كان بداخلها مجموعة من الجثث التي سبق وأن صفاها هؤلاء في وقت سابق، حيث أحرقوا السيارة في الأراضي الزراعية بين دير بعلبة وزيدل.
وأكد المراسل أن مجموعة مسلحة أقامت عدداً من الحواجز في منطقة وادي السايح بحمص، وتقوم تلك المجموعات بإطلاق النار على المواطنين بشكل عشوائي ما أدى إلى استشهاد 9 مواطنين على الأقل حتى ساعة كتابة الخبر.
وأشار مراسلنا إلى أن خلافات حصلت بين أفراد إحدى العصابات المسلحة، أدت إلى مقتل الإرهابي عبداللطيف العكش في منطقة تلدو.
كما تأكد مقتل 3 إرهابيين من بينهم بسام محمد جرايحي، إضافة إلى جرح سبعة آخرين في حمص.

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December 5th, 2011, 2:59 pm

 

38. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

If I understood it well, Syria is blocking the main road between Haleb and Turkey with sand block??
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx97U2OzePg
Do they expect a Turkish invasion?

Iranian citizens stockpile food.
http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4157489,00.html

The region is boiling. Are we on the brink of a regional war?
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December 5th, 2011, 3:36 pm

 

39. Khalid Tlass said:

I just hope the Qatari officers beat the living hell out of the Russian pimp and gave him a really good beating.

Their time is coming, I along with ither Arabs and Muslims would stand over Russia with our feet and enslave their pathetic populace.

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December 5th, 2011, 3:37 pm

 

40. Haytham Khoury said:

Tara#36.

In fact, I agree with you. Not everything we think about we can say it. He was talking like an analyst, not as a politician.

We do not care about Iran too much. He can reassure the West about it in private, but he does not have to do so in public.

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December 5th, 2011, 3:41 pm

 

41. Haytham Khoury said:

Tara#36.

In fact, I agree with you. Not everything we think about we can say it. He was talking like an analyst, not as a politician.

We do not care about Iran too much. He can reassure the West about it in private, but he does not have to do so in public

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December 5th, 2011, 3:42 pm

 

42. Khalid Tlass said:

AMIR, I think they are making preparations to stop Turkish imports.

Btw, Amir, as a former IDF soldier, do you think an RPG-7 round fired from a distance of about 100 metres is enough to partially destroy/damage a T-55 or T-62 Tank ? Because the FSA is trying to do just that /

Also is it possible to inflict any damage on BMP-2 or BTR armoured vehicles, using the PKM machine gun ?

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December 5th, 2011, 3:44 pm

 

43. Bronco said:

In any war where no side is winning, there must be a ceasefire and negotiation. The only entity that could do it it the Arab League.
Unfortunately the Minnie Qatar spoiled kids want it differently. They want to weaken Syria to exhaustion, as they follow the agenda their ally and protector, the USA gave them: “Weaken and humiliate Syria so they bow to our requests of cutting relations with Iran, Hezbollah and Russia and become our new puppet”.
The resilience of the Syrian regime despite the masses of sanctions, and the chaotic opposition is showing that the game is far from over.
Minnie Qatar is becoming hysterical and beats the Russian ambassador who says NO to this plan.
If the AL wants to be taken seriously and act impartially they should tell Minnie Qatar to concentrate on another of its authoritarian GCC country where repression is going on and leave Syria situation to real politicians, not arrogant, spoiled and bellicose kids.

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December 5th, 2011, 3:49 pm

 

44. Bronco said:

DALE ANDERSEN

“The real reason they left was because their Moslem “countrymen” turned into …..”…

The only AH is you. You obviously know nothing about the subject. Anyway how could an Israeli imagine anything else that his own racism?

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December 5th, 2011, 3:54 pm

 

45. jad said:

Bassam AlKadi- بسام القاضي
يمكننا ان نضحك على انفسنا قدر ما نشاء بالبحث عن “حلول” تحت سيوف الاجرام المشرعة..
لكن هذا لا يغير قدر قطرة دم من حقيقة اننا اليوم نخوض غمار حرب حقيقية ضد الاجرام المسلح الذي بدأ لعاب المرتزقة، خاصة مرتزقة الاجرام الليبي الممول قطريا، يسيل لاجله..
ومثلما فجروا الصومال والعراق وليبيا لاجل حفنة من الدولارات وصك في جنان مجرمي الاديان، هم مستعدون للموت من اجل تفجير سورية! وهم يبرهنون ذلك كل لحظة..
لذلك، لا يفيد ضحكنا على انفسنا سوى قادة هذا الاجرام..
سلاح الاجرام لا يواجه بحوار ولا باحتضان، بل فقط بسحق الاجرام بقوة سلاح الدولة
ومن يريد اليوم تحميل كل المسؤولية للنظام السوري، او انكار ما يفعله المجرمين الخونة من جماعات مجلس غليون وشركاه، او يعتبر اجرام هؤلاء “دفاعا عن المدنيين العزل” هو مجرد متواطئ حقيقي مع هذا الاجرام.. لا ينفعه كل تباكي الدنيا على ماض داسته اقدام القتل المتوحشة.
نحن الان في حالة حرب عصابات طرفها المجرم باسم الحرية المزعومة اشد خطرا وفتكا بسورية الحاضر والمستقبل، مئات المرات اكثر خطر عودة النظام الى ما قبل اذار الماضي. وهذه، على كل حال، عودة مستحيلة يريد قادة ذاك الاجرام تخويفنا بها ليخدموا ويغطوا خيانتهم العلنية بطلب احتلال الناتو وعبيده لسورية..

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December 5th, 2011, 4:12 pm

 

46. Henry said:

I’m curious how long those participating on this board think it will take for the regime to fall or if you all believe the Assads will remain in power for many years to come. Of course, we all have our preferences in that some want the Baathist regime to fall sooner than later while some want the Assad family to remain in power for the indefinite future. However, I’m curious what people honestly belive will happen, not wishful thinking.

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December 5th, 2011, 4:35 pm

 

47. Ghat Al Bird said:

American Jews are mad that a young Lebanese-American woman has been chosen Miss USA.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/05/17/94317/new-miss-usa-islamic-fundamentalism.html#storylink=omni_popular

A typical example of racism by the chosen people.

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December 5th, 2011, 4:54 pm

 

48. Tara said:

Bronco@42

As a matter of fact, from exploring the Arab public opinion at least around me, it appears 
that Prince Hamad is emerging Not as a goat prince, rather as a prince charming and an Arab hero protecting the Syrian people and transforming the once impotent AL into an effective and proud body.  I have not met a single Arab (except got Lebanese Shiaa and some Lebanese Christian) who does not feel that it is Bashar al Assad who is showing repulsive arrogance..  Bashar has turned the Arab street’s public opinion so drastically against him when the world watched Syrians, children and adults alike  being humiliated, forced to kiss soldiers’ boots, being stepped on, beaten, forced to getting naked, tied to ropes, …yet not a single trial to punish the perpetrators was carried out.  

Qatar is not arrogant.  It is just feeling and reacting to the pain that some have for one reason or the other sheltered themselves from seeing it….
       

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December 5th, 2011, 4:56 pm

 

49. Humanist said:

I can’t understand the logic of some pro-regimers on this blog. Could you please answer me on this.

First, you say that Assad has 80-99 % support (I personally think 30-40 % sounds more realistic). Secondly, you say that if this regime falls MB and other Islamists will rule (supposedly trough more-or-less free elections as in Egypt and the other countries).

But doesn’t the later mean that you DO recognise islamists have more support than Ba’ath and Assad? IF Assad really has more support why should you fear MB will win?

I understand your fear for the islamist parties (at least the radical ones), I just don’t see how these two statements go together…(?)

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December 5th, 2011, 5:00 pm

 

50. jna said:

46. Ghat Al Bird wrote “A typical example of racism by the chosen people.”

Not really. Those who have a problem with her Miss USA victory are some Jewish fringe kooks. I doubt that the vast majority of American Jews have any problem at all with this beautiful Lebanese woman’s win.

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December 5th, 2011, 5:15 pm

 

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