Al-Qaida Targets Syria; Military Uses Hostages; World Fumbles for Syria Policy

Aleppo after two car bombs: Ehsani writes on Sunday, “Aleppo back to normal today. People learning to live with this stuff. Becoming like the Lebanese.”

Ayman al-Zawahri addresses Syrias, urging Muslims to fight for their Syrian brothers and urging Syrians to fight for freedom and liberation and to take heart in the support of the Muslim Umma against the cancerous and deeply sectarian regime of the Assads. “Wounded Syria is still bleeding day after day, and the butcher (Assad) isn’t deterred and doesn’t stop,” said Zawahri,

al-Qaida’s Plans for Syria: It is worth reading what al-Qaida strategists planned for Syria back in 2006. They believed that Syria would become the battleground after Iraq. Here are a few excerpts from the Quoted Wright article:

Al Qaeda, he writes, also expects the Americans to go after Iran’s principal ally in the region, Syria. The removal of the Assad regime—a longtime goal of jihadis—will allow the country to be infiltrated by Al Qaeda, putting the terrorists within reach, at last, of Israel….

The third stage, “Arising and Standing Up,” will last from 2007 to 2010. Al Qaeda’s focus will be on Syria and Turkey, but it will also begin to directly confront Israel, in order to gain more credibility among the Muslim population.

U.S. officials: Al Qaida behind Syria bombings
By Jonathan S. Landay | McClatchy Newspapers,February 10, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Iraqi branch of al Qaida, seeking to exploit the bloody turmoil in Syria to reassert its potency, carried out two recent bombings in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and likely was behind suicide bombings Friday that killed at least 28 people in the largest city, Aleppo, U.S. officials told McClatchy.

The officials cited U.S. intelligence reports on the incidents, which appear to verify Syrian President Bashar Assad’s charges of al Qaida involvement in the 11-month uprising against his rule. The Syrian opposition has claimed that Assad’s regime, which has responded with massive force against the uprising, staged the bombings to discredit the pro-democracy movement calling for his ouster.

The international terrorist network’s presence in Syria also raises the possibility that Islamic extremists will try to hijack the uprising, which would seriously complicate efforts by the United States and its European and Arab partners to force Assad’s regime from power. On Friday, President Barack Obama repeated his call for Assad to step down, accusing his forces of “outrageous bloodshed.”…

The U.S. officials said that AQI and Zawahiri apparently see Syria’s turmoil as an opportunity to reassert themselves after the battering the core group has taken with the death of bin Laden and the killing and capture of key operatives in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

They “are seeing space, seeing a vacuum, and opportunity to bounce back and they are taking advantage of it,” said the first U.S. official.

The U.S. intelligence reports indicate that the bombings came on the orders of Ayman al Zawahiri, the Egyptian extremist who assumed leadership of al Qaida’s Pakistan-based central command after the May 2011 death of Osama bin Laden. They suggest that Zawahiri still wields considerable influence over the network’s affiliates despite the losses the Pakistan-based core group has suffered from missile-firing CIA drones and other intensified U.S. counterterrorism operations.

Jihadist Opportunities in Syria
By Kamran Bokhari | February 14, 2012
Security Weekly, Strafor

In an eight-minute video clip titled “Onward, Lions of Syria” disseminated on the Internet Feb. 12, al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri expressed al Qaeda’s support for the popular unrest in Syria. In it, al-Zawahiri urged Muslims in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan to aid the Syrian rebels battling Damascus. The statement comes just days after a McClatchy report quoted unnamed American intelligence officials as saying that the Iraqi node of the global jihadist network carried out two attacks against Syrian intelligence facilities in Damascus, while Iraqi Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Assadi said in a recent interview with AFP that Iraqi jihadists were moving fighters and weapons into neighboring Syria.

Al Qaeda’s long-term goal has been to oust Arab governments to facilitate the return of a transnational caliphate. Its tactics have involved mainly terrorism intended to cause U.S. intervention in the region. Al Qaeda has hoped such interventions would in turn incite popular uprisings that would bring down the Arab regimes, opening the way for the jihadists to eventually take power. But the jihadist network’s efforts have failed and they have remained a marginal player in the Arab world. By addressing Syria, al Qaeda hopes to tap into the past year of Arab unrest, a movement in which it played little to no part….

It is by no means inevitable that jihadists will flourish in Syria and use it as a launching pad to undermine regional security. The Syrian state is still very much holding, and rebel forces remain divided and do not appear capable of serious advances against the government….

Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri calls for war to oust Syria’s Assad
By Elizabeth A. Kennedy, Associated Press / February 12, 2012

In a video message, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called for Muslims to rally for a war to oust Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. …The regime has long blamed terrorists for the 11-month-old revolt, and Zawahiri’s endorsement creates new difficulties for the US, its Western allies and Arab states trying to figure out a way to help force Assad from power….

After Friday’s bombings in Aleppo, Zuheir al-Atasi, a member of the opposition Syrian National Council, accused the government of staging the attacks. “After the heavy explosions, members of the opposition went to the site to film it. There were ambulances but no corpses. We documented that on tape,” he said in Vienna during a gathering of Syrian opposition groups. “When the Syrian National TV arrived they started to bring out corpses. Once again we witnessed a theater play.”…

Thomas Pierret writes:
A video released yesterday on Youtube shows civilians walking beside a tank in a street of Saqba (eastern suburbs of Damascus) earlier in February. That the civilians are unarmed, and that they stand in the middle of the road while soldiers shelter on the sides lead to one obvious conclusion: they are used as human shields. Since such an advanced tank is extremely well protected (it is impenetrable to RPGs), one of the only ways to destroy it is to detonate a massive roadside bomb (as Syrian insurgents did with some success in Homs, Rastan and Zabadani), but in this case it would kill all the hostages.

Arab League calls for joint mission with U.N. in Syria

BEIRUT — The Arab League called Sunday for the creation of a joint Arab-United Nations peacekeeping mission to halt the escalating violence in Syria, as Syrian government forces sustained their assault against protest strongholds in the city of Homs and elsewhere.

Syria ‘categorically’ rejects Arab League decisions
(AFP), 12 February 2012

CAIRO – Syria on Sunday “categorically” rejected the decision by Arab foreign ministers to back the Syrian opposition and call for a joint UN-Arab peacekeeping mission, the Syrian ambassador to Cairo said.

“The Syrian Arab Republic categorically rejects the decisions of the Arab League” which he said “reflects the hysteria of these governments” after failing to get foreign intervention at the UN Security Council, Yusef Ahmed said in a statement…

Bahrain King dismisses opposition as disunited
Kuwait Times – 13 February, 2012

Bahrain’s King Hamad dismissed the country’s opposition movement as disunited and said the threat of Iran had compelled him to call in foreign troops to crush last year’s uprising.

“In a sense there is no ‘opposition’ in Bahrain, as the phrase implies one unified block with the same views,” the king said extracts from an interview with Der Spiegel. “Such a phrase is not in our constitution, unlike say the United Kingdom….

The  Arab Peace Plan

CAIRO: Arabs will end their observer mission to Syria and will ask the UN Security Council to send an international peacekeeping force to end the bloodshed there, according to a draft resolution obtained by Reuters on Sunday.

Arab ministers met in Cairo to revive diplomatic efforts after Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution that called for President Bashar al-Assad to step aside. That resolution was based on an Arab peace plan and had Western backing.

The draft resolution also called for tighter implementation of economic sanctions Arabs previously imposed on Syria, halting diplomatic cooperation with Syria and called for providing aid and political support to the Syrian people.

As part of the Arab efforts, Tunisia said it would host the first meeting on Feb. 24 of a “Friends of Syria” contact group made up of Arab and other states and backed by Western powers.
“How long will we stay as onlookers to what is happening to the brotherly Syrian people, and how much longer will we grant the Syrian regime one period after another so it can commit more massacres against its people?” Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal asked ministers at the start of the League session.

“At our meeting today I call for decisive measures, after the failure of the half-solutions,” he said. “The Arab League should … open all channels of communication with the Syrian opposition and give all forms of support to it.”

The draft proposed scrapping the Arab monitoring mission which had been sent to Syria in late December but which was criticised by Syria’s opposition as ineffective from the outset. It also faced internal dissent and logistical problems.

The Sudanese general leading the observers quit on Sunday. “I won’t work one more time in the framework of the Arab League,” General Mohammed al-Dabi, whose appointment had been criticised because of Sudan’s own rights record, told Reuters. “I performed my job with full integrity and transparency but I won’t work here again as the situation is skewed,” he added.

The draft resolution instead called for “the UN Security Council to send an international peacekeeping force to Syria”.

Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby told the ministers he was proposing a new joint Arab-UN monitoring team to Syria, an idea he has already proposed to the UN secretary-general. That plan has drawn only lukewarm support from diplomats in New York.

Syria forces shell Homs, Saudis push U.N. resolution

Syrian state media: Gunmen assassinate army general in Damascus
By Associated Press, February 11, 6:10 AM

BEIRUT — Gunmen assassinated an army general in Damascus on Saturday in the first killing of a high ranking military officer in the Syrian capital since the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime began in March, the state-run news agency said.

SANA said three gunmen opened fire at Brig. Gen. Issa al-Khouli in the morning as he left his home in the Damascus neighborhood of Rukn-Eddine. Al-Khouli was a doctor and the chief of a military hospital in the capital. No one claimed responsibility for the killing.

Ehsani writes: “Egypt stocks largest rise globally in jan 2012. They were up 28 percent. I guess salafists are not so bad for business after all.

Farid Zakaria: Arming the Syrian Opposition is Risky

Journalist accompanied rebels

The American journalist Clarissa Ward has accompanied a group of rebels in an attack on a checkpoint:

In normal life, they are farmers or ordinary workers – many are young and inexperienced military – as well as Fouad. The 23-year-old mechanic. Now he’s fighting on the front line. “You’re surrounded,” says the rebel leader at the checkpoints. “Come out and join us!” The answer: shots.

Determined to take the post, the rebels pull a hand grenade. Suddenly, the advance is stopped abruptly: Fouad has been hit. They desperately try to get him out of the firing line. The assault fails. Now they are fighting for Fouads life. But when they arrived at the hospital, he is dead – just like many other fighters who are there taken to. “The Arab honor is not there anymore,” said a rebel and does Assad responsible for this. “He’s a dog,” complained one woman. “Assad is nothing more than a dog!”

As night falls, the families come to mourn their fathers, sons and brothers. Then, under cover of darkness, they carry the dead to the grave.

click on the player in the article to see the video

Video: Syrian soldiers defect to fight against government

Aleppo bears the brunt in another day of carnage and defiance
By Alastair Beach, Saturday 11 February 2012

At least 28 people were killed when two explosions ripped through state security buildings in Aleppo yesterday, widening Syria’s conflict to a regime stronghold which has so far escaped major unrest.

One of the blasts tore through a street outside the city’s Military Intelligence Directorate. Footage broadcast by state television showed rubble strewn over the road and five corpses lying under blankets to one side of the street.

According to a state TV presenter, who was filmed crying as the footage was beamed back, a number of children playing in a nearby park were killed in the attack. It was not possible to confirm the account.

The second blast hit a police headquarters in another part of the city. State media said at least 175 people were injured in the explosion.

The government blamed the blasts, the first since three similar attacks hit Damascus in December and January, killing dozens, on “terrorists”. Opposition figures, however, accused the Baathist regime of staging the incidents to try to undermine the opposition.

For Iraqis, Aid to Rebels in Syria Repays a Debt
By TIM ARANGO and DURAID ADNAN

FALLUJA, Iraq — Not so long ago, Syrians worked to send weapons and fighters into Iraq to help Sunnis fighting a sectarian conflict; suddenly, it is the other way around.

A belated celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday on the outskirts of this western Iraqi city on Saturday quickly took on the trappings of a rally for Syria’s rebels. Young boys waved the old green, black and white flag Syria adopted in the 1930s after declaring independence from the French. Others collected money to send aid and weapons to the fighters opposing President Bashar al-Assad’s government across the border.

“I wish I could go there with my gun and fight,” said Sheik Hamid al-Hais, a tribal leader interviewed at his compound in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province.

It is increasingly clear that Syria’s sectarian war is becoming the regional conflict that analysts have long feared. The rush of recent events — including bombings and assassinations in Damascus and Aleppo, and intensifying violence in northern Lebanon coming directly out of the sectarian hostilities in Syria — suggest that the Assad government now also faces antagonists across its borders.

Like Iraq and Afghanistan before it, analysts say, Syria is likely to become the training ground for a new era of international conflict, and jihadists are already signing up. This weekend, Al Qaeda’s ideological leadership and, more troublingly, the more mainstream Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, called for jihadists around the world to fight Mr. Assad’s government.

Nowhere is the cross-border nature of sectarian hostilities more clear than in Iraq’s western desert, where Sunni Arabs are beginning to rally to the cause of the Syrian opposition and, in the process, perhaps strengthen their hand in dealings with an antagonistic Shiite-led national government in Baghdad.

A weapons dealer who operates in Anbar, who said he goes by the alias Ahmed al-Masri, said, “Five months ago I was told that the Syrian brothers are in need of weapons. I started to buy the weapons from the same guys that I previously sold to — the fighters of Anbar and Mosul. I used to bring them from Syria; now it’s the other way around.”

A New Transition Council is to be Established, according to “Syria Politic”. It will call for Jihad

General Mustafa al-Sheikh, the highest ranked military defector who set up a military leadership under the name of the “Higher Military Council,” is part of it. He is trying to push aside Col Asaad of the Free Syrian Army and seems to have gotten the backing of the SNC, or at least some of it.

Other prominent members of this new “Transitional Council” are Shaikh Ibrahim bin Abd al-Aziz al-Z’ubi, the Director General of “The Liberal Syrian Party,” and Ausama Mardini, Director General of “The National Front for Salvation and Change.”

الإعلان خلال أيام عن “مجلس انتقالي” يسعى لـ”الجهاد”

13 فبراير 2012 : خاص ، سيريا بوليتيك

الشيخ الزعبي وأسامة مارديني

علم “سيريا بوليتيك” أنه سيتم الإعلان خلال الأيام القليلة القادمة عن مجلس جديد لبعض أطراف وجهات المعارضة السورية تحت اسم “المجلس الإنتقالي” وأن من أبرز أهداف المجلس “الجهاد”، على حد تعبير المصدر الذي كشف هذه المعلومات.

وقال المصدر “سينضم إلى المجلس العميد المنشق مصطفى الشيخ الذي أسس المجلس العسكري الأعلى، وضباط أخرون منهم الرائد ماهر النعيمي الذي انشق مؤخرا عن الجيش الحر”، وأضاف “سيضم المجلس أيضا إسلاميين ممن يؤمنون بالجهاد ويدعون إليه”، كما قال المصدر.

وكشف المصدر لـ”سيريا بوليتيك” أن من “أبرز من يقف وراء المجلس الشيخ ابراهيم بن عبدالعزيز الزعبي الأمين العام لحزب الأحرار السوري، وأسامة مارديني أمين عام الجبهة الوطنية للإنقاذ والتغيير”، وقال إنهما “وقّعا منذ يومين وثيقة لتأسيس جبهة عمل موحدة تدعو لتحرير سوريا والوقوف في وجه كل أشكال التفاوض مع النظام، ورفض أي جهة معارضة تقبل بالحوار مع النظام، ومشروعية حمل السلاح، والجهاد ضد النظام وحلفائه الفرس (كما جاء حرفيا في البيان المشترك)، ودعم قرارات مجلس التعاون الخليجي”، وفق البيان.

MEMRI

#3315 – Syrian Opposition Cleric Al-‘Ar’our Appeals to Israel for Help in Treating Wounded Syrians
Safa TV (Kuwait) – February 10, 2012

Syria’s Kurds Could Lose Out in Post-Assad Scenario

By Idris Ahmedi | 13 Feb 2012

Although Syria’s Kurds have a long history of opposing the central government in Damascus, they have so far refrained from widespread, proactive participation in the ongoing rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad’s Baathist regime. However, if they continue to limit themselves to being mere spectators to the unfolding drama, they may well find themselves deprived of any long-term political gains in a post-Assad Syria.
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Adding to this fear is the Kurds’ unease with Turkey’s influence over the Syrian National Council, the rebels’ Istanbul-based government-in-exile. As long as the Kurdish issue in Turkey is not resolved and decades-old fears on the part of the Turkish political establishment of a pan-Kurdish drive for independence are not ameliorated, Syria’s Kurds cannot look upon Ankara’s role favorably. Absent unequivocal guarantees from Syria’s Sunni elites, the Kurds in Syria appear to have concluded that it would be irrational to back the council wholeheartedly.

It is possible, however, that the Syrian Kurds are making a strategic miscalculation.

Bahrain’s King Says Assad Should Listen to His People

Israel hedges its bets on Syria

Roxanne Horesh…al-Jazeera

…”[Israel] should look at Syria and see Syria as the Achilles heel of Iran. It is a great opportunity, an enormous opportunity, and this is where the strategy of the Israeli government should be,” former Mossad Chief Ephraim Halevy said at the Herzliya conference, the annual confab of Middle East security players and watchers, held in early February…

Trojan horse for the Syrian regime!
By Abdul Rahman al-Rashed – al-Arabiya
Monday, 13 February 2012

… The Arab League was used to prevent the European movement. It was used to conspire against Turkey during the Rabat meeting under the title of the “Arab solution” that aimed at keeping the Turks away. The Turks got angry and said frankly “we will leave you to resolve it”, although they were aware that no country is capable of confronting the Syrian regime except Turkey.

Is Israel being deliberately indecisive on whether or not to support the Syrian opposition?

Save Us from the Liberal Hawks
Syria’s a tragedy. But it’s not our problem.
BY DAVID RIEFF | FEBRUARY 13, 2012

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of (humanitarian) war. That, at least, is what much of the U.S. policy elite seems to be pushing for these days in Syria. That many of the “permahawks,” like Fouad Ajami, Max Boot, and Elliott Abrams, who championed the George W. Bush administration’s decision to overthrow Saddam Hussein, are now calling for supporting the uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship should come as no surprise to anyone….

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1. Observer said:

So? what is new in this. Will have another logorrhea on the comment section of no consequence.
The only difference in the abhorence of dictatorship that we are witnessing between Bahrain and Syria is the degree of awfullness.
If one is Fredo Corleone, the other is Tony Clemenza.

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February 14th, 2012, 1:42 pm

 

2. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

“……..Ayman al-Zawahri addresses Syrias, urging Muslims to fight for their Syrian brothers and urging Syrians ………”

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There is no such thing as Alqaida, there exist only one group called Alciada. It is proven that Bin Ladin was until his death in 2001 a prime CIA asset, this is confirmed by high ranking CIA official after his release from jail on prompt up charges. Don’t believe for one moment that Zawahiri is free or free willing man, he is under CIA protection no doubt, otherwise he is dead man and a fake look alike is reading the CIA script on camera. If Zawahiri is alive and free man, PROVE IT by means other than using make up and costume artist, send a living person DNA sample to independent research and investigative team to prove living person. Then equally confirm the man is fee willing somehow.

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February 14th, 2012, 2:15 pm

 

3. zoo said:

“We don’t want to live with them anymore. We don’t want to sit with them. We don’t want to work with them.”

Bahrain More Divided One Year After Unrest
By Phillip Walter Wellman, VOA, Manama, Bahrain
http://www.payvand.com/news/12/feb/1138.html

[ADDED: original text http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Bahrain-More-Divided-One-Year-After-Unrest-139213924.html

Clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters in Bahrain have intensified as the first anniversary of the country’s uprising draws closer, signaling that limited efforts toward national reconciliation are failing.
Some opposition supporters are vowing to mark the February 14 anniversary by marching back to the original site of their protest movement – the symbolic Pearl Roundabout in the capital Manama that has since been turned into a restricted military zone.

Riot police used tear gas to stop demonstrators from reaching the site over the weekend.

Violence in areas outside the capital has increased substantially in recent weeks, with a growing number of activists throwing stones and fire bombs at security officers and burning tires to block roads.

The government and the main opposition al-Wefaq party have condemned the violence, but radical figures from both sides of the conflict appear to be inciting further attacks.

Most pro-reform protesters in Bahrain are Shi’ite Muslims. Shi’ites make up nearly two-thirds of the country’s population of 1.2 million and say they are marginalized by the ruling Sunni minority.

According to Abdul-Aziz bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa, an international media adviser at Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority, the prolonged unrest is deepening divisions between the two communities.

“We have seen an emergence of a political Sunni coalition, who have also become now very vocal, so now we’re actually dealing with two camps that are quite polarized,” said Khalifa.

A Manama resident, who would speak only on condition of anonymity, described how many Sunnis have come to regard their Shi’ite compatriots.

“We don’t want to live with them anymore. We don’t want to sit with them. We don’t want to work with them.”

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February 14th, 2012, 3:25 pm

 

4. zoo said:

When America Attacked Syria

by Micah Zenko
February 13, 2012
http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2012/02/13/when-america-attacked-syria/

…In September 1982, President Ronald Reagan authorized the deployment of up to 1,800 Marines to Lebanon as part of a Multinational Force (MNF)—consisting of French, Italian, and later British troops—“with the mission of enabling the Lebanese Government to resume full sovereignty over its capital, the essential precondition for extending its control over the entire country.”

In a diplomatic note exchanged between Washington and the nascent government in Lebanon, it was agreed that the MNF would fulfill its mission by serving as an “interposition force at agreed locations and thereby provide the Multinational presence requested by the Lebanese Government.” Soon after the first Marines arrived at Beirut International Airport, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger was asked to clarify the scope of the U.S. military’s mission, to which he replied: “What we need is a multinational force until certain conditions have been achieved. Nobody knows when those conditions can be achieved. It is not an open-ended commitment.”

Another idea—never pursued, but worth highlighting given the demand of many political leaders for Syrian president Hafez al-Assad to be removed from power—was developed in a NSC paper entitled, “The Destabilization of Syria.” According to David Wills’s unmatched history of the era, The First War on Terrorism: Counter-Terrorism Policy during the Reagan Administration:

“When Assad challenges Israel and the Marines in Lebanon, he knows that if Israel attacks him it cannot occupy all of Syria. Assad feels he can always retreat to the North and set up a smaller state and with stronger Alawite control. However, if Turkey is brought into the calculations of Rifaat [Assad] (the real power in Syria) and Hafez, their calculations will be totally different and would be impossible to add up without losing their power. If Syria is attacked by Turkey from the north the Alawite stronghold will be gone at the start and Assad and his supporters will have to fall back on an ocean of hateful Sunni moslems (sic) in the south where they will be eaten like lost sheep. Therefore the pressure on Syria should come from Turkey and not from the Marines and or Israel.”

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February 14th, 2012, 3:31 pm

 

5. Freedom said:

Making “Al-Qaeda ” responsible only serves the propagand of the Syrian State tv. Even the most powerful intelligence agency wouldnt declare “Al-Qaeda” responsible , just 5 mins after the bombing…without any profound investigation ?? what good fortunteller the regime is .. quite astonishing isn´t it

This video exposes the propaganda, even the most ignorant supporter of the regime knows who´s behind this ;)

Since when are tv-employes allowed to directly change and touch the bombing site ..If you want to decieve us , but at least try to suceed in this my dear “دكتور “

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February 14th, 2012, 3:33 pm

 

6. Freedom said:

I forgot to post the video lol

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February 14th, 2012, 3:34 pm

 

7. Tara said:

Zoo@3

The truth is I too don’t want to live in a neighborhood where shabeeha live. I don’t want to send my kids to same schools where shabeeha send their kids. I don’t want to eat in the same restaurants, sit with them, or work with them. Negative emotions after witnessing or suffering brutality are inevitable. People are capable of extreme love and extreme hate. This is the nature of human beings. And Bashar al Assad will go in the history books as the human monster who killed the Syrian identity in us.

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February 14th, 2012, 3:45 pm

 

8. Mohammad said:

#3315 – Syrian Opposition Cleric Al-’Ar’our Appeals to Israel for Help in Treating Wounded Syrians

LOL, it’s obvious that he was being sarcastic.

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February 14th, 2012, 4:03 pm

 

9. jad said:

Danny was ‘Sarcastic’ too, he was just kidding when he called for Israel to bombard Syria:
CNN about Syria with activist danny abd aldayem 2

This defected officer (probably fsa) is also ‘Sarcastic':
Rebel Syrian Officer Phones Israeli Official, Urging Intervention

Khaled was ‘Sarcastic’ too:
معارض سوري يطلب من نتنياهو إسقاط “نظام الاسد” لأنه العدو المشترك
http://www.arabi-press.com/?page=article&id=21507

Alghadri also, ‘Sarcastic':
معارض سوري: علم “إسرائيل” سُيرفع في دمشق.. وسأعمل على طرد حماس والقوى الفلسطينية من دمشق
المصدر: http://www.dp-news.com/pages/detail.aspx?articleid=82945#ixzz1mOZDwvcv

Non of those was serious, they all are making funny jokes, yet nobody is laughing!

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February 14th, 2012, 5:02 pm

 

10. SANDRO LOEWE said:

I wonder if the Al Qaeda branch that commited the Aleppo attacks is the syrian regime controlled branch… with Abu Adas al beiruti in front of them.

And before asking this question we should ask ourselves:

Who can probe and how can be probed that Al Qaeda was behind the attacks?

Does really Al Qaeda exists?

If it exists is it credible that they have more operativity than the Syrian Free Army?

Or is this simply a ghost that mainly US & Mossad but also some arab dictatorships have used to create chaos and fear to their beneffit?

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February 14th, 2012, 5:20 pm

 

11. INFORMATION said:

The Russian Embassy’s school in Damascus was expected to close at the end of the month. The Embassy very recently decided to shut down the school immediately.

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February 14th, 2012, 5:46 pm

 

12. SANDRO LOEWE said:

The image the world is getting from Syria as a country and from syrians in the regime in particular is so negative, pathetic, displeasant, horrorous and vile that it will take long years before travellers and tourists begin to come to Syria for pleasure and for enjoying what was mistakenly supposed to be an oasis of reformism, coexistence and security in the Middle East.

Once again, my sincere congratulations to Mr. Assad, you have done the job for Israel and all Syria enemies. Only the people of Syria can, with its blood, tears and sweat, reconstruct this country to be a modern and peacefull place to live in.

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February 14th, 2012, 5:47 pm

 

13. SANDRO LOEWE said:

12. INFORMATION

It reminds me of when the American School of Damascus was closed by King Assad Reformer The Second, forcing all sons of his bussinessmen friends, and diplomatic ¨colleagues¨ to fly to their countries or to follow up studies in Beirut, Cyprus, Amman, etc.

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February 14th, 2012, 5:50 pm

 

14. Humanist said:

Let me see:

Lebanon hasn’t been divided ( how many d.? ),

Iraq hasn’t been divided (100,000+),

not even RWANDA has been divided (1,000,000 +)…

So why do I hear so many people on SC saying they think Syria will break up into mini-states because of civil war?

It COULD save lives (as it did in Yugoslavia), but will probably NOT HAPPEN (see examples above).

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February 14th, 2012, 5:59 pm

 

15. Jerusalem said:

اعلاميو الثورة في مصر يتقاضون الملايين

http://www.arabtimes.com/

[Corrected URL: http://www.arabtimes.com/portal/news_display.cfm?Action=&Preview=no&nid=10544 ]

February 14 2012 09:35

عرب تايمز – خاص

اعلنت فضائية ( التحرير ) المصرية ان عدم ظهور المذيعة دينا عبد الرحمن على الشاشة سببه ان دينا رفضت توقيع عقد جديد مع المحطة بمائة الف جنيه مصري شهريا بدلا من 250 الف جنيه وفقا لعقدها السابق … وقد اثار هذا المبلغ دهشة القراء والمراقبين .. فالاعلاميون في مصر – وخاصة الذين ينتسبون للثورة ويتحدثون باسمها – يتقاضون مبالغ خرافية لا يتقاضاها مذيعون امريكيون اكثر شهرة … ووفقا لبيان المحطة فان صافي ما تتقاضاه دينا عبد الرحمن شهريا يزيد عن خمسين الف دولار … فكم من مذيع امريكي يتقاضى مثل هذا المبلغ الخرافي .. هنا في تكساس يتقاضى اشهر مذيع يعمل منذ ثلاثين سنة في اشهر محطة محلية في تكساس تسعة الاف دولار شهريا فقط

وكانت الثورة وما تبعها من خلافات قد كشفت مثلا ان ابراهيم عيسى ابرز اعلامي ثورجي كان يتقاضى من عمله في جريدة الدستور 750 الف جنيه شهريا اي ما يعادل مرتبات جميع اساتذة جامعة القاهرة وفوقها جامعة الزقازيق … وتبين مثلا ان محمود سعد كان يتقاضى من التلفزيون المصري مليون جنيه شهريا على مشاركته في برنامج مصر النهاردة وهذا مبلغ خرافي في دولة يتقاضى فيها المدرس ( خريج الجامعة ) راتبا لا يزيد عن خمسمائة جنيه شهريا اي اقل من مائة دولار

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February 14th, 2012, 6:32 pm

 

16. Jerusalem said:

كتاب لمؤلف اسرائيلي : قطر بوسطجي إسرائيلي مطيع
February 14 2012 09:19
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كتب : كاظم فنجان الحمامي

وشهد شاهد جديد من أحفاد يهود بني قينقاع على عمق العلاقات القطرية الإسرائيلية, وربما كان هذا الشاهد أقوى الشهود حجة, وأرجحهم دليلاً, وأفصحهم لساناً في التحدث عن الملفات السرية بين الكيانين المتعانقين خلف حائط المبكى, فكشف للناس عن موقع البذرة الخبيثة المدفونة تحت شجرة الزوايا الست, والرؤوس الستة, والإضلاع الستة. .

الشاهد الجديد, يهودي يحمل الجنسية الإسرائيلية, واسمه الحقيقي (سامي ريفيل), عمل في الخفاء مشرفا عاما على مشروع (إطلاق الفضائيات العربية التحريضية) المتخصصة بتصنيع الفتن الطائفية, وتعليبها في الدوحة, وتصديرها مجانا إلى العالم العربي بمغلفات مغرية ومحتويات مسمومة, ثم انتقل الشاهد نفسه ليعمل مديرا لمكتب المصالح الإسرائيلية في قطر, ويعود له (الفضل) في بناء القواعد المتينة, التي رست عليها سفن التعاون والتنسيق المشترك, ورسمت مسارات برامج التفكيك والتقسيم والتجزئة, وهزت أركان المدن العربية كلها من (نواكشوط) إلى (درعا), ومن طرابلس إلى طرابلس. يقول (ريفيل) في كتابه, الذي صدر حديثا بعنوان (( قطر وإسرائيل ملف العلاقات السرية)), يقول: (كان من الصعب علينا نسج خيوط العلاقات الحميمة مع قطر لولا المساعدات السخية, التي قدمتها لنا الشركات القطرية الكبيرة), ويقول في مقدمة الكتاب: (أن السبب الرئيس لانفتاحنا مع قطر, يعود إلى الأدوار المنوطة بها, للعمل كساعي بريد في المنطقة, وتكليفها بنقل الرغبات الإسرائيلية من الباب إلى الباب, والقيام بخدمة الزبائن والعملاء من الراغبين بالعمل السري تحت عناوين تمويهية, أو بواجهات مزدوجة, فضلا عن دورها الخفي في نقل رسائل التهديد والوعيد إلى الجماعات والكيانات والأقطار غير المتعاونة مع التطلعات الإسرائيلية). . اختارت الثعالب القطرية الدخول إلى أوكار الذئاب, فاستذأبت على العرب, منذ اليوم الذي بنت فيه أكبر القواعد الحربية الامريكية, فكانت تلك القواعد بوابتها لولوج الأوكار الصهيونية بخطوات مسعورة متعجلة, وعبثا حاولت مصر كبح جماحها, خصوصا بعد أن قطعت قطر شوطا كبيرا في هذا المضمار, حتى ارتمت تماماً في أحضان الدوائر السرية المريبة, وغرقت في صفقات الغاز والألغاز بتصريح رسمي أطلقه الأمير نفسه بعد ثلاثة أشهر من توليه الحكم, قال فيه: (عندنا خطط مستقبلية لتفعيل مشاريع الغاز بين قطر وإسرائيل والأردن), وكان الأمير الخطير أول من طالب العرب برفع الحصار الاقتصادي على تل أبيب

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February 14th, 2012, 6:35 pm

 

17. Equus said:

The multinational New World Order, led by the Anglo-American axis and Israel (spearheaded by the UN), are preparing a final conquest of the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, with nuclear world war implications.

Syria and Iran are being relentlessly destabilized. CIA operations have been continuous for months and years. Two nations are targeted to fall sequentially, as part of one agenda.

by Larry Chin
http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29293

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February 14th, 2012, 6:45 pm

 

18. Equus said:

Foreign Powers Behind Syria Unrest
Michel Chossudovsky
Posted on: February 14, 2012

http://tv.globalresearch.ca/2012/02/foreign-powers-behind-syria-unrest

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February 14th, 2012, 7:03 pm

 

19. zoo said:

When will it unite, if ever?
Divided opposition is key to Syrian regime’s power

http://news.yahoo.com/divided-opposition-key-syrian-regimes-power-215444876.html
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The FSA allowed the Associated Press to visit one of its safe houses outside Syria on condition its location not be identified to avoid problems with the host country. The simple rented house is one of several the group operates in neighboring nations.

About 50 dissidents were gathered there, some communicating with commanders in the field via Skype, others coordinating the smuggling of medical supplies and fighters across the border.

They map out plans and advise fighters, sometimes after consulting with fellow operatives in Jordan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, the dissidents said.

But so far, they have received no material support from other governments.

“We’re an orphan group with a fighter surplus, but a serious deficit in weapons, ammunition and funding to finance our military operations against Assad’s criminal army,” said the man who asked to be identified as “The Doctor” — a nom de guerre he gained for his help in treating the wounded before he fled Syria.

The rebel fighters are mainly armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades stolen from the military or bought on the black market — or even from corrupt members of Assad’s military, “The Doctor” said.

Funding comes from exiles overseas. Mohammed Jebouri, a 40-year-old Syrian who normally lives in Oslo, Norway, said he raised around $20,000 last week from Syrian expatriates in Europe and the Middle East.

In the yard, three uniformed men were training an activist smuggled across the border, teaching him to organize protests.

The FSA’s true numbers are impossible to determine. A Jordan-based Western diplomat, who monitors developments in Syria, estimated it has about 20,000 followers, a third of what the group claims to have. The diplomat spoke on condition of on anonymity because he is not allowed to make press statements.

Now the conflict is entering a more international phase as the West and Arabs try to help the opposition. That could push the conflict into an even more sectarian turn as alliances form. Majority Sunni states such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf monarchies are lining up behind the mostly Sunni Syrian opposition. Russia and China are sticking by Assad, along with Shiite Iran.

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February 14th, 2012, 7:04 pm

 

20. zoo said:

A very logical evaluation of the “agitated moves” of the Qatar-lead Arab League before Iraq takes over.

Peacekeeping déjà vu: Arab League pushes Syria the Libyan way – Lavrov
http://rt.com/news/arab-libya-syria-lavrov-313/

A case is being built to justify a Libya-style military intervention in Syria, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The FM warned against attempts to exclude Damascus from international peace efforts.

­Lavrov wondered at the Arab League’s decision to suspend its observer mission in Syria. In January, the Arab League chose to freeze the mission over the resurgence of violence in the Arab country, dubbing their peace attempt “a failure.”

“Instead of expanding and boosting the mission, they say now that the mission is no use, and they need a joint effort with the UN. And that this should not be an observer mission, but rather peacekeeping forces,” said Lavrov.

Nothing is wrong with peacekeepers, except for the fact that they will be commissioned to protect civilians and ensure safe passage for relief aid, continued the FM, – which means they will have to be equipped with military hardware.

“It means a mandate to use force in order to protect civilians, too,” he added.

“We have had civilians protected in Libya and know the results,” Lavrov noted, referring to the all-out war between NATO air forces and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s troops, which toppled the Libyan regime and led to Gaddafi’s brutal assassination.

It is no wonder that Syria has rejected the push for UN peacekeepers, saying such a move would violate its sovereignty, concluded Lavrov. The League came up with an initiative that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad could not help turning down.
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How inclusive is the Syria Friends club?

As Washington, the Arab League and some EU countries call to create a “Friends of a Democratic Syria” working group, Lavrov is unsure how balanced an approach such a group would have.

“The idea of creating a group, where the Syrian opposition is welcomed while the official regime is not, is nothing but an attempt to make the international community take sides in the conflict,” Lavrov told a press conference in Amsterdam.

“Everyone agrees that the Syrian national dialogue should be comprehensive, but still some of our partners insist that the Syrian government cannot be part of it. These are incompatible; the dialogue is either inclusive or without the Syrian government.”

Lavrov has once again called on the international community to find ways to end the violence carried out both by Assad’s government and the armed insurgency. The irregular pro-government militias on the ground should also be included.

“We are trying to find out if the Syrian National Council and other political groups have any influence at all on armed opposition group, such as the Free Syrian Army. But we are told they have no influence. We should understand who controls these fighters in this case,” Lavrov said.
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February 14th, 2012, 7:14 pm

 

21. Tara said:

Darryl

If you are middle age male, please take Aspirin today 325 mg. I fear that one of the article Zoo posted earlier in regard to someone who converted to Islam may adversely affect your physical and psychogic health. Aspirin protects the heart.

[Edited]

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February 14th, 2012, 7:19 pm

 

22. bronco said:

Anyone knows which countries have ‘temporarily’ recalled their Ambassadors or Consuls in Syria and which Embassies have definitely closed their embassies and consulates in Syria?
Also which countries have expelled the Syrian ambassador and close the embassy.
The media reports are very contradictory.

I guess that if there is a presence of the majorities of the foreign embassies, it is a sign that the legitimacy of the current government is still accepted by the international communities, with a few exception.

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February 14th, 2012, 7:27 pm

 

23. zoo said:

Back to the corridor, not of the UNSC, but to Turkey protected by NATO.

A responsibility to Syria: set up a humanitarian corridor
Feb 15, 2012
Anthony Elghossain is an attorney with an international law firm based in Washington,DC.
Firas Maksad is a political consultant on the Middle East based in Washington, DC
http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/a-responsibility-to-syria-set-up-a-humanitarian-corridor#page2

In one viable and timely course of action, a multilateral coalition would establish a protected humanitarian corridor along the Syrian-Turkish border. Western diplomats, led by French Foreign Minister Alan Juppe, previously suggested such a move, but later decided to focus their efforts on the now-faltering Security Council process.

It’s time to revisit that option. Syrian refugees fleeing violence and destruction could find shelter and medical care in such a corridor. Moreover, the lack of a Benghazi-style enclave has thus far hindered more advanced steps to assist Syrian civilians and military defectors. A corridor protected by Nato, Arab states and Turkey would create the needed space to consider the way forward, while protecting civilians.
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February 14th, 2012, 7:40 pm

 

24. Halabi said:

This is what happens to protesters who are caught by Assad’s army. This is the Syria that menhebaks yearn for.

http://youtu.be/DheK1g8MW8M

The opposition is constantly asked to offer guarantees to minorities who fear revenge for these actions, for the killings and shelling, for four decades of humiliation. The opposition should take a pledge that simply says: “We will treat you better than you treated us.”

But the menhebaks won’t believe it. Psychopaths and others with dark souls can never believe in the goodness of others. They think everyone is out to get them: a global conspiracy was hatched because Assad’s Syria is so perfect. This perfection can be viewed above, or in the thousands of other examples, or in the dungeons of Tadmur prison, where even a Christian man spent hellish years because they thought he was from the Muslim Brotherhood.

So Assad and his supporters will continue with the killing and torture because that’s all they know how to do. In the words of Professor Landis on March 23 on how the regime will respond to Daraa: “the government is going to do what it always does, which is brutalize the people, kick down doors, and drag some people to jail” in hopes that the problem will go away.

After almost eleven months of killing by the regime and the crisis is worse than ever. Menhebaks think if we continue with the same tactics and just let Bashar finish his term, and another ten years under the new election laws, then by 2024 we will have a great country. Sounds like the definition of insanity.

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February 14th, 2012, 7:41 pm

 

25. Tara said:

Ouch, I got edited. Sorry moderator. Sometimes I can’t resist. I ll try harder next time. I promise.

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February 14th, 2012, 7:44 pm

 

26. jad said:

Bronco
USA Closed
Germany Closed
France, No ambassador, still open
UK, No ambassador, still open
Japan, still open
Canada, No immigration department only the visa department still open with only couple employees still working there.
Italy, No ambassador, still open
Netherlands, Closed
The rest of the EU embassies are still open with their ambassadors.

Turkey, still open with the ambassador, I think.

Morocco, no ambassador since Nov.
Qatar, KSA, Bahrain, Closed, the rest of the Gulf states, open but no ambassador.
Tunisia and Libya, the Syrian government asked them to close and leave.

Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and the other couple Arabic embassy are still open with ambassadors.

Syrian ambassadors
Tunisia, Libya, Kuwait is closed no ambassador.
KSA and Qatar most probably no Syrian ambassador but I didn’t read any where is the Syrian ambassadors left or not.

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February 14th, 2012, 7:56 pm

 

27. Tara said:

Bronco @22

The GA vote and/or Feb 24th will be the days of reality check for the Syrian regime. If more than 70 countries want to sign up then you know, Bashar has no legitimacy in the world’s view.

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February 14th, 2012, 7:57 pm

 

28. Ghufran said:

France will deposit one million euro in an account designed to help Syrians in need,let us see how much Qatar and Saudi Arabia will donate. Any help that is not used to buy weapons or end up in the pockets of the regime fat cats,or any fat cats,is welcome.
The private sector ,not the government,will do a much better job administering any project,there will always be corruption,but nobody can compete with the corruptor in chief:
The regime and its thugs. This is from alquds:
دمشق ـ ‘القدس العربي’ قالت مصادر إعلامية سورية أن الحكومة السورية تفاوض حالياً مجموعة من الدول الصديقة والمؤيدة للنظام من بينها الصين وروسيا والهند وإيران بهدف تأمين التمويل اللازم لمشاريع حيوية كان قد جرى إقرارها سابقاً ضمن ما يسمى ‘الخطة الخمسية الحادية عشرة’ للحكومة السورية.
ونقل موقع ‘سيريانديز’ الاقتصادي السوري عن مصادر في هيئة تخطيط الدولة أن المفاوضات التي تجري مع تلك الدول الصديقة لسورية تشمل مشاريع الكهرباء والمياه والبنى التحتية وتشمل أيضاً التعاون في مجال النفط بعد أن فرضت مجموعة من العقوبات الأوربية والأمريكية على تصديره خارج سورية، وأن سورية تولي أهمية بالغة لتلك الخطوة على اعتبار أنها تشكل بديلاً عن الفجوة التي تسببت بها بعض الدول الأوروبية ممن أوقفت مشاريع لها في سورية، منوهة إلى وأفصح الموقع ذاته عن معلومات قال انها تؤكد أن تعاوناً سيجري على المدى القريب ربما سيتمثل باتفاقية ثنائية بين سورية وروسيا بحجم مالي وقدره 3 مليارات دولار ربما على شكل قروض لتمويل تنفيذ بعض المشاريع التي عرضتها الحكومة السورية على الجانب الروسي.
وذكر ‘سيريانديز’ ان شركات خاصة أوربية وغربية ممن اتخذت حكوماتها مواقف سلبية من سورية قد تقدمت بعروض وتسهيلات للحكومة السورية من أجل تمويل المشاريع الموجودة ضمن أجندات الخطط الاستثمارية والخطة الخمسية الحادية عشرة، مؤكدة أن سورية تقوم بدراسة تلك العروض في الوقت الراهن، وأن المنظمات تابعة للأمم المتحدة العاملة في سورية قد تقدمت مؤخراً للحكومة السورية باقتراح تكثيف نشاطاتها في الداخل السوري سيما في الظروف الحالية التي تمر بها سورية، وعلى هذا الأساس فقد عممت هيئة التخطيط والتعاون الدولي اقتراح تلك الهيئات والمنظمات على عدد من الوزارات السورية لتحديد القطاعات التي يمكن أن تنشط بها هيئات الأمم المتحدة وذلك لتأمين ورصد التمويل اللازم من قبلها وحسب مصادر الموقع الإلكتروني المذكور فإن هذه الهيئات يمكن أن تساعد في تمويل القطاع التعليمي كبناء المدارس وتجهيزها.

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29. Shabbi7 said:

Another dumb video posted by Halabi. Do we look stupid? That was clearly some of the worst acting ever, and Syria has known its good share of bad acting. How do we know these guys are shabbi7a? Is it because of the bad improvisation where at 2:22 the guy says “if you admit it is impossible that I hit you even once” (yeah, it sounds just as retarded of a statement in Arabic as it does in English, for those of you who can’t understand Arabic). Is it because they are wearing widely available camouflage dress? Is it because the one guy has a min7ibbak shirt that anyone can find anywhere in Syria and Lebanon? Is it because they like to look at the camera to make sure it’s pointed at them as they hit those kidnapped civilians? Hmm… wait I know! It’s because the guy pronounces the letter Qaf `Alawi style, right?

You’re free to insult your own intelligence, but stop trying to insult ours.

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February 14th, 2012, 8:14 pm

 

30. jad said:

موسكو تغطّي الحسم الأمني: ساعات حمص

سهّل ضوء أخضر روسي على الرئيس بشّار الأسد اتخاذ قرار بالحسم الأمني. وخلافاً للعرب والغرب، أيّدت موسكو وجهة نظر النظام بأن معارضيه المسلحين أخطر من معارضيه السياسيين، ويقفون حجر عثرة في طريق تسوية داخلية للأزمة. فمدّت بساط حماية دولية فوق رأسَي النظام والحسم

نقولا ناصيف
وجّه الجيش السوري إنذاراً إلى السكّان المدنيين في بابا عمرو في حمص دعاهم فيه إلى إخلاء البلدة في غضون 48 ساعة، في إشارة مباشرة إلى استعداده لاقتحامها بعد انقضاء مهلة الإنذار. دفع الجيش إلى هذه الخطوة بقاء البلدة حتى هذا الوقت خارج سيطرته، واعتقاده بأن المسلحين الذين يتوغلون في أحيائها يتخذون من الأهالي ــــ وقد يكون بعضٌ من هؤلاء مَن يؤيدهم ــــ عائقاً دون مهاجمتها. وبعد استعادته السلطة على ريف دمشق والزبداني تماماً، ومعظم ريف حمص، يمضي الجيش في استكمال خطة يسمّيها الضبّاط الأمنيون الكبار في النظام «تنظيف» المدن والبلدات من المسلحين، ستكون حلقتها الثالثة، الثقيلة الوطأة بدورها، في ريف إدلب.

اتخذت أهمية مهاجمة الأرياف الثلاثة وتصفية مسلحيها الذين ينتمون إلى التيّارات السلفية ــــ وهم الأكثر تنظيماً وفاعلية وخطراً على النظام ــــ والإخوان المسلمين لكونها على تماس مباشر مع الحدود اللبنانية والتركية. إلا أن الرئيس السوري، في ضوء اجتماعاته بالقيادات العسكرية، أكد قراره عدم السماح بمناطق نفوذ مغلقة وبؤر يسيطر عليها المسلحون. وقد بات الصدام بين هؤلاء والنظام، وتفاقم العنف، الواجهة الفعلية للأزمة السورية بعد تراجع حركة الاحتجاجات السياسية السلمية جراء التصعيد العسكري.
والواضح، كذلك، أن جانباً مهماً من الأزمة التي اجتذبت إليها تأييداً روسياً غير مسبوق، يكمن في تحوّلها إلى حرب شوارع.
وكان قرار الحسم الأمني في صلب المحادثات التي أجراها الرئيس بشّار الأسد مع وزير الخارجية الروسي سيرغي لافروف ورئيس جهاز الاستخبارات الخارجية ميخائيل فرادكوف. في أكثر من محور في المحادثات تطرّق الجانبان إلى الحسم ومراحله واستعجاله. وهو الحسم الذي كان قد باشره النظام في 26 كانون الثاني من ضمن ضوابط نصحت بها موسكو، بعدم المغالاة فيها، بعد نصيحة مسبقة، قبل تفاقم التصعيد العسكري الأخير، بتفادي الحسم.
في مداولات محادثات دمشق في 7 شباط أبرَز الوزير الروسي اهتمامه بالمراحل التي قطعتها استعادة الجيش سيطرته على البلاد، وأظهر دعماً غير محدود للنظام السوري في مسألتين على الأقل: التوقيت الملائم للحسم الأمني بغية تفادي أوسع انتقاد عربي ودولي له، طاوياً بذلك دعماً صريحاً لحسم أحداث حمص بعد 12 شباط، وتأييده إبقاء المسألة السورية في مجلس الأمن بغية أن تضع موسكو، بالفيتو، يدها عليها وتحول دون أي الإجراءات التي تشجع واشنطن وأوروبا والغرب عليها ضد نظام الأسد.
تكشف عن ذلك بعض وقائع من محادثات الأسد مع لافروف في حضور فرادكوف، كالآتي:
قال الأسد: تدرك سوريا أن الفيتو الأخير في مجلس الأمن يرتّب على روسيا والصين أعباءً تعرف جيداً مقدارها، ولا سيما على العلاقات الدولية والإقليمية للبلدين، لذلك نحن مستعدون لمساعدة روسيا في ما تطلبه منا، وأن نوضح كل النقاط في كل المسائل التي تساعد على جبه الهستيريا الدولية التي نتعرض لها.
استفسر لافروف عن الوضع الأمني في سوريا، فردّ الأسد: أضرّ وجود بعثة المراقبين العرب بسوريا من خلال استغلال المجموعات المسلحة هذه المهمة بالتمدّد واستهداف القوى الأمنية حتى وصلت إلى مشارف دمشق، ما حتّم علينا القيام بعملية عسكرية محدودة لاستعادة هيبة الدولة وعدد من المناطق. وقد أعدنا الأمان إلى معظم مناطق ريف دمشق وتبقى منطقة الزبداني التي نعمل عليها، ونركز جهودنا الآن على حمص.
وشرح للافروف التركيبة المذهبية والسياسية لحمص، وقال: لم يعد في مقدور الدولة الوقوف على الحياد في القتال الدائر بين مختلف أحياء حمص.
أضاف الأسد: لا يزال الجيش حتى الآن غير موجود في حمص، بل إن قوات حفظ النظام هي التي تتولى تأمين المدينة. لكن هناك حاجة إلى عملية نوعية وقصيرة للجيش لوقف القتال بين أحياء المدينة.
لافروف: ما هي المدة المطلوبة؟
الأسد: ستكون قصيرة وجراحية.

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http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/35175

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February 14th, 2012, 8:19 pm

 

31. Tara said:

The SNC was present in spirit in Beirut today.

March 14 salutes the Syrian opposition
February 15, 2012 01:54 AM
By Van Meguerditchian
The Daily Star

Although no officials from the opposition Syrian National Council attended the commemoration in Beirut, the SNC sent a formal letter to the March 14 coalition announcing their readiness to open a new page in relations between the countries after the collapse of the Syrian regime.

Kataeb (Phalange) Party leader Amin Gemayel said the popular uprising that took place in Beirut after Hariri’s assassination inspired many people in the Arab world who have taken to the streets in the past year demanding a transition to free and democratic political systems.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea praised demonstrators in Syrian cities. “We salute you Homs, we salute you Deraa, Idlib, Zabadani, Hama … Duma and Jisr al-Shoughour,” said Geagea in his speech.

“The brutal killings of innocent protesters in Syria are being justified under the pretext of resistance as happened and is still happening in Lebanon, whenever needed,” said Geagea, drawing a wave of applause and cheers from the crowd.

“I call on the world powers and especially countries in the region to join their efforts and put an end to the bloodshed in Syria, to end the shelling and killing of Syrians,” the LF leader said, adding that the Syrian people should decide their fate with freedom and dignity.

Geagea also criticized ministers within the Lebanese government for what he described as taking orders from the Syrian regime to arrest Syrian refugees in the country. “While many commanders within the Syrian army are refusing to follow the regime’s orders, some within the Lebanese government are competing to fulfill the regime’s demands,” Geagea said.

Following Geagea’s speech, a letter from the Syrian opposition was read by the March 14 General Secretary Fares Soueid. “The Syrian National Council salutes the martyrs of the Cedar Revolution, the SNC considers your [Lebanese] victory against Assad’s army as the first blow to this regime,” said the letter.

“Assad’s regime will ultimately collapse and Syria will have the best relations with Lebanon, a relation based on brotherly ties not based on slogans that the regime had adopted,” said the letter.

The SNC also said it vows to stand by Lebanon’s independence. “We reject the lies of the regime regarding terrorist groups in Lebanon … we don’t need to use Lebanese territories in our struggle against Assad.”

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http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Feb-15/163316-march-14-salutes-the-syrian-opposition.ashx

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February 14th, 2012, 8:23 pm

 

32. jad said:

AL (aka GCC) decided to send weapons to the Syrian oppositions:

دبلومـاسيـون عـرب: الجـامعـة قـررت تزويــد المعارضــة السوريــة بالســلاح
في نهاية اجتماع شاق في أحد الفنادق الكبرى في القاهرة، ألمح وزراء الخارجية العرب، بقيادة دول خليجية، للرئيس السوري بشار الأسد إلى أنه ما لم يوقف حملة «العنف» فقد تسلح بعض الدول الأعضاء في الجامعة العربية المعارضين.
وجاءت هذه الرسالة غير المباشرة في البند التاسع من قرار مجلس وزراء خارجية الجامعة العربية الأحد الماضي، الذي حث العرب على «فتح قنوات اتصال مع المعارضة السورية، وتوفير كافة أشكال الدعم السياسي والمادي لها» وهي عبارة تنطوي على إمكانية تقديم السلاح للمعارضين. وأكد دبلوماسيون شاركوا في الاجتماع هذا التفسير.
وألغى العرب مهمة المراقبين في سوريا بحجة عدم فاعليتها. وعندما طلبوا دعم مجلس الأمن الدولي لخطة تقضي بتنحي الأسد وقف الفيتو الروسي والصيني حائلا دون مرادهم. وقد رفع اجتماع الأحد الرهان. فالغرض من التحول الضمني لتأييد المقاومة المسلحة هو زيادة الضغط على الأسد والروس والصينيين.
وقال مندوب دائم لدى الجامعة العربية «لم يعد مقبولا أن يمارس الأسد كل ألوان القتل بحق المدنيين ونحن نقف صامتين»، مفسرا بذلك القرار الذي أعاد القضية السورية إلى مجلس الأمن مع الدعوة لإرسال قوة حفظ سلام عربية-أممية. وأضاف «نحن سندعم المعارضة ماليا ودبلوماسيا في البداية، لكن إذا استمرت عمليات القتل من جانب النظام فلا بد من مساعدة المدنيين لحماية أنفسهم. فالبيان يعطي الدول العربية كل الخيارات لحماية الشعب السوري».
وكان دبلوماسيان آخران أكثر صراحة إذ قالا إن القرار يسمح بنقل أسلحة للمعارضة. وقــال سفير دولة عربية من خارج منطقة الخليج إن قطر والسعودية أصرتا على عبارة «الدعم المادي» لتشمل «كافة أنواع الدعم بما في ذلك السلاح مستقبلا». وأضاف «لكننا نرى أن هذا تصعيد خطير».

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http://www.assafir.com/Article.aspx?EditionID=2076&ChannelID=49410&ArticleID=1437

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February 14th, 2012, 8:30 pm

 

33. Mawal95 said:

@ JAD : Thanks for that list.

@ TARS: Bahrain withdrew its ambassador from Damascus in August. Here’s a comment by the king of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa published on 13 Feb 2012:

Question: “What would you tell Syrian President Bashar al Assad were you to meet him?”
King of Bahrain: “The best advice for him is from the Syrian people.”
Question: “Do you think he should step down?”
King of Bahrain: “Who am I to tell him to step down? This is up to the Syrian people.” http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,814915,00.html

US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford said on 11 Feb “we believe Assad should step down, but at the end of the day the Syrian people will make the decision, not the US.” http://www.france24.com/en/20120211-military-intervention-syria-usa-ambassador-robert-ford-bashar-al-assad

In the eyes of most of the outside world Bashar’s legitimacy is up to the people of Syria, not up to the outside world. In the eyes of most Syrians the current government in Syria is legitimate. If most Syrians change their minds about that then, and only then, the government will be ousted.

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February 14th, 2012, 8:32 pm

 

34. Bronco said:

27. Tara

The only way the Syrian government could loose its legitimacy is through an UNSC resolution. The GA and other meetings are just consolation prizes for the frustrated Qatar with no implications except throwing more oil on the fire.

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February 14th, 2012, 8:35 pm

 

35. Pirouz said:

Judging by the fact that the “human shields” are all fit young men (no women, children or elderly), its possible they are prisoners, possibly captured insurgents, military deserters or even criminals. But from this vantage point, there’s no way to tell. (the actual article or post by Thomas Pierret isn’t linked to here at SC, unfortunately)

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February 14th, 2012, 8:39 pm

 

36. jad said:

Zoo,
The ‘Ottomans’ ‘humanitarian’ efforts to establish the ‘humanitarian corridors’ suggested by the french new ‘Gouraud’ news in Arabic:

خطة تركيا الجديدة للمدن السورية: ممرات إنسانية بدل «المنطقة العازلة»
محمد نور الدين
كشف وزير الخارجية التركي احمد داود اوغلو أن تركيا تعمل على خطة من شقين سياسي وإنساني، تقضي في شقها الثاني إقامة ممرات إنسانية إلى حمص وحماه عبر الهلال الأحمر والصليب الأحمر.
وبعد لقاءات مكثفة استمرت 10 ساعات في البيت الأبيض ووزارة الخارجية والبنتاغون، تحدث الوزير التركي إلى صحيفة «ميللييت» كاشفا عن وجود خطة تركية جديدة حول سوريا تحاول كسر الانسداد الحالي.
وقال داود اوغلو إن اقتراح ممرات إنسانية للصليب الأحمر والهلال الأحمر قد تكون قابلة للتحقيق، لأنها تتطلب حماية عسكرية أقل بكثير من المنطقة العازلة.
واعتبر داود اوغلو أن تركيا لا تريد تصعيد التوتر بل احتواءه ووضعه تحت السيطرة. وقال «نحن على امتداد تسعة أشهر من الحوار مع النظام السوري جرّبنا كل شيء، وفي النهاية دعمنا المبادرة العربية. لكن سوريا انعزلت عن شعبها وعن العالم العربي. وهناك قناعة في العالم بأن النظام يعتمد على الدعم الروسي والصيني وإيران. والآن نعمل مع الجامعة العربية على خطين، الأول سياسي وهو البدء بمبادرة دولية جديدة تهدف إلى إيقاظ الضمير الدولي وتشكيل قاعدة ضغط واسعة على النظام، والخط الثاني هو العمل بالتعاون مع الأمم المتحدة على آلية لإرسال مساعدات إنسانية إلى المدن السورية، ولا سيما حمص وحماه».
وقال داود اوغلو إن العمل بدأ في مجلس حقوق الإنسان في جنيف، وانه تحدث مع الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بان كي مون والجامعة العربية وسوف يتحدث إليهم من جديد ويأمل أن تتبلور الخطة اليوم الأربعاء.
وأعلن داود اوغلو انه يجب صدور قرار من الأمم المتحدة وليس من مجلس الامن حيث الفيتو الروسي. وقال «إننا نفكر بإيصال المساعدات إلى هذه المدن عبر ممرات آمنة».
وكانت وزيرة الخارجية الأميركية هيلاري كلينتون قد أعلنت، خلال مؤتمر مشترك مع داود اوغلو في واشنطن أول أمس، ان واشنطن ستعمل مع أنقرة لمعالجة المشاكل الإنسانية الناجمة عن الأزمة في سوريا والتمكن من إدخال مساعدات عاجلة. وقالت إن واشنطن ستزيد المساعدة المالية لمنظمات مثل الهلال الأحمر والصليب الأحمر، وستعمل في الوقت ذاته مباشرة مع مجموعات سورية لمساعدة المحرومين من الكهرباء والغذاء والمياه النقية.
وحول تكراره التحذير من تحوّل سوريا الى بوسنة جديدة وحمص إلى سراييفو أخرى، قال الوزير التركي إنه أشار إلى ذلك «عن وعي كامل، اذ ان الجيش في سوريا طرف في الصراع بين الشعب والسلطة، وداخل الجيش نشأت بنية جديدة هم الجنود المنشقون. وعندما لم يستطع الجيش السيطرة على الوضع لجأ الى تدمير المدن، وهذه ظاهرة حصلت في البوسنة». وأضاف «ان هذا منطق موروث من القرون الوسطى. وأبرز الأمثلة الحديثة عليه هو سريبرينيتسا وسراييفو. وهنا إما ان يخرج الجيش ويقف خارج الصراع بهوية وطنية أو يجب حماية المدن».

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February 14th, 2012, 8:40 pm

 

37. irritated said:

#31 Tara

The SNC is begging for recognition and despite heavy petting with lebanese war criminals like Geagea and Amin Gemayel, Lebanon said: Sorry NO.
The SNC members will soon need psychological support, too many rejections…

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February 14th, 2012, 8:42 pm

 

38. Shabbi7 said:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/14/syria-un-civil-war.html

Watch the video at the top of this page. The narrator is so hysterical that he can’t stop speaking fus7a, and at around 00:47 it seems like he reveals an Egyptian-like accent (correct me if I’m wrong) when he talks about the “world watching” bla bla bla.

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February 14th, 2012, 8:45 pm

 

39. jad said:

مين سمير؟

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February 14th, 2012, 8:47 pm

 

40. Tara said:

Iran is posing itself as an enemy of Syrian people.

Iran gave Syria $1 billion to aid regime against sanctions, documents reveal
By Lisa Daftari
Published February 14, 2012

The documents, obtained by Haaretz News, reveal that Iran has given the Syrian regime more than $1 billion to help relieve pressures of an international oil embargo and other restrictive measures on travel and trade through its central bank.

Currently, the U.S., Turkey, European Union and Arab League have imposed crippling sanctions on Syria’s trade, banking and oil exports in order to deter its massacring of citizens.

A popular global hacking group called Anonymous leaked the documents through a cyber-hacking of the Syrian president’s office email server.

According to Haaretz, the account belonging to the minister of presidential affairs, Mansour Azzam, included two documents signed by him dealing with relations between Syria and Iran.

The documents, written two months ago and detailing conversations between Iranian representatives visiting Syria, repeatedly refers to Syria’s wish to “learn from the Iranian experience in this area.”

The documents delineated ways in which the Islamic regime, which is currently struggling financially under severe internationally imposed economic measures as well, could aid Syria in bypassing sanctions.

According to the leaked documents, Iran’s delegation that traveled to Syria announced its allocation of $1billion to Syria in exchange for basic food items, such as meat, olive oil and fruit.

This coincides with Iran’s recent move to barter with trade partners to import basic food items. Iran is likewise experiencing the harsh economic effects of international sanctions and has not been able to maintain its usual positioning on the global market.

The Iranian delegation also discussed ways it could help the Syrians continue to export oil despite the embargoes. The Iranian regime promised to monitor the buying of 150,000 barrels of oil per day from Syria for a year “to use it domestically or resell it to others,” the documents stated.

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/02/14/iran-gave-syria-1-billion-to-aid-regime-against-sanctions-documents-reveal/

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February 14th, 2012, 8:48 pm

 

41. ann said:

39. jad said:

Who is Tars!? ;)

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/TARS

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February 14th, 2012, 8:50 pm

 

42. Shabbi7 said:

Pirouz,

Pierret’s analysis of the video is, at best, incredibly stupid. Human shields aren’t very useful when they’re *behind* what you want to protect. When I finished watching the video, I was very confused about what I had just watched. It was very strange, but definitely not footage of human shields.

By the way, out of curiosity, do you know what tank that is? It seems a little different in terms of armor.

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February 14th, 2012, 8:51 pm

 

43. Tara said:

Bronco,

CC: Jad

Tars is Tara. It was a typo.

Ok, let’s use the word “acceptance”. Would the vote in the GA convince you that the blue-eyed doctor is no longer accepted by the international community?

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February 14th, 2012, 8:53 pm

 

44. bronco said:

Jad #37

The international community is refusing to admit what the Russians have been saying for the last few months: there is no other solution than the dialog between the opposition and the Syrian government. This is such an evidence and common sense that I doubt there is a any other unless the ‘friends of Syria’ are ready to wait for something miraculous to happen, like the collapse of the Syrian army or a coup d’etat.

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February 14th, 2012, 8:56 pm

 

45. ann said:

Syrians rally to express support for Assad on anniversary of Israel’s annexation of Golan Heights

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2012-02/15/c_131410655.htm

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February 14th, 2012, 8:57 pm

 

46. Leo Syriacus said:

Tara:
Darryl should take Aspirin 81 mg to protect his heart and not 325mg, I have to make such correction being a pharmacist with a cardiovascular specialty.
It is interesting how the regime is blaming AlQaeda and trying to gain international sympathy as another “poor, innocent, and liberal” regime being targeted by terrorism and Islamofascists,cheap trick, not even a four year old will fall for that, in fact even the Easter Bunny has more evidence of existence than the cosmic plot against Syria in which not only the West, AlQaeda,the greatest majority of Syrians are part of it but also the martians and the inhabitants of Saturn and Uranus

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February 14th, 2012, 8:58 pm

 

47. ann said:

Beijing lends a hand to Europe – 2012-02-15

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-02/15/c_131410637.htm

Syrian issue

Referring to recent developments in Syria, Wen said “what is most urgent and pressing” is to “prevent war and chaos” so that the Syrian people will be free from even greater suffering.

“China will absolutely not harbor any party,” Wen said.

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February 14th, 2012, 9:03 pm

 

48. Mawal95 said:

SANA 14 Feb 2012: “Armed terrorist groups on Tuesday detonated some citizens’ houses in different neighborhoods of Homs City to spread panic, film the explosions and send the footage to some satellite channels to accuse the Syrian army and law-enforcement members of committing such crimes. Authorities continue pursuing these groups’ members with firm determination to restore security and stability.” http://www.sana.sy/eng/337/2012/02/14/400598.htm . Thus, the government is saying that general security has not been restored in Homs City. I interpret this to imply that the Syrian army is still not present in Homs City in sufficient numbers.

According to SHAM FM as reported at http://www.facebook.com/syria.news.news in Homs City neighborhoods today or yesterday:
() Clashes between the army and armed rebels in Baba Amr.
() Rebels attacked the security forces barriers in Bab AlSbaa’, Bab Tadmor and AlBayadhah.
() Rebels have built barriers in AlKhalidiyah.
() Rebels threw bombs in AlHamidieh and Wadi AlSayeh with damages limited to material only.

According to #31 JAD above quoting Al-Akhbar.com, the army is calling upon the remaining civilians in Bab Amr to leave the neighborhood within 48 hours. Sounds good to me. I hope the rebels stay and fight, though I don’t expect them to be that foolhardy. Surely it will be necessary for the army to be on the ground in Bab Amr in non-small numbers for months to preserve security. Same goes for the other trouble spots.

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February 14th, 2012, 9:04 pm

 

49. bronco said:

#43 Tara

“Ok, let’s use the word “acceptance”. Would the vote in the GA convince you that the blue-eyed doctor is no longer accepted by the international community?”

Just have a look at the number of GA resolutions calling for Israel to withdraw from the Golan or occupied lands in Palestine then you will realize that the GA resolutions are nothing but gimmicks to have good conscience and calm the rage of some frustrated members.
A negative resolution against Syria will convince me that the UN GA is becoming even more irrelevant.

http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2011/ga11180.doc.htm

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February 14th, 2012, 9:04 pm

 

50. Syrialover said:

#18. Equus said

“Foreigners behind Syrian unrest ”

I see. Syrians have no reason for unrest themselves?

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February 14th, 2012, 9:05 pm

 

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