Assad’s Parallel Universe Suggests a Long Struggle

Assad’s ABC Interview with Barbara Walters – The parallel universe.

This interview suggests that President Assad continues to see his fight to be against terrorists and external plots, as he has argued from the beginning. He denied that he is killing his own people and suggested that more Syrian soldiers have been killed than Syrian innocents. Whether he remains convinced of his rectitude, whether his primary motivation is to hang on to power, or whether he is simply frightened of the consequences of yielding authority to his opponents, Assad gave no indication that he is having second thoughts about his position or is ready to yield. One must conclude that Syria’s fight will be a long one.

Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Riad Al-Shaqfa, told ash-Sharq al-Awsat two days ago,”I believe that the al-Assad regime will collapse within the next few months. … the [Syrian] regime’s days are over. It is gasping its final breaths….; he wants to portray himself as being in charge of Syria’s land, sea, and air, but he is a liar, and is not in charge of anything but himself.”

This seems to be wishful thinking. Assad remains in control of the Syrian military, which is strong compared to the opposition. Economic sanctions are beginning to exact a terrible toll on the Syrian people. Most have no heat because mazoot (feul oil) is scarce or non-existent in most regions of Syria. The Syrian pound has fallen below 62 to a dollar from 47. This means that Syrians have lost over 25% of their worth and purchasing power. Price hikes are everywhere and dramatic.

Aleppo’s economy has been hammered by the freezing of trade with Turkey. Many Syrians have made trade with Turkey their livelihood over the past decade. Prices of all Turkish products (cloths in particular) jumped 30-40% overnight in response to the new 30% tariff that has been placed on Turkish goods entering Syria. “They are sawing off the branch they’re sitting on,” Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan told reporters in televised remarks from Istanbul. “These aren’t moves that a country with such a need for cash and a seriously pressured economy should be making.”

Locally produced Syrian goods are much inferior in quality to those imported from Turkey. A number of key Syrian industries have been shuttered due to Turkish competition, so the new tariffs are causing real scarcities in some goods.

Turkey responded today by suspending its free trade accord with Syria. It has slapped a 30% tariff on Syria’s imports and opened 2 additional crossings to Iraq in order to assist efforts by local merchants to bypass Syria in trade with the Gulf and Egypt.

Despite Promises From Assad, ABC News Crew Encountered difficulties – New York TImes Blog

President Bashar al-Assad held his first interview in Damascus with a U.S. reporter since the start of the Syrian uprisings,telling Barbara Walters that he did not order a government crackdown on protesters. Assad said that he had the support of the Syrian people and denied the credibly of the United Nations reports estimating the violent death of more than 4,000 people. He claimed that the majority of people killed since March have been government forces. He admitted that some mistakes had been made, but were undertaken by individuals, claiming that as president he does not “own” the army. The U.S. State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, responded to the interview stating “I find it ludicrous that he is attempting to hide behind some sort of shell game [and] claim that he doesn’t exercise authority in his own country.” Meanwhile the government committee advising on drafting a new constitution announced new provisions that would ban “discrimination between political parties.” However, the amendments further entrench Assad’s rule by legalizing his presidency by lowering age requirements and advancing his military rank to commander in chief of the Syrian military and armed forces.

 Assad said: “I’m president. I don’t own the country, so they’re not my forces.” “There’s a difference between having a policy to crack down and between having some mistakes committed by some officials. There is a big difference,” the reporter quoted Assad as saying.

The next day, his spokespeople were denying that he meant what he said: ASSAD REMARKS DIDN’T AIM TO DODGE RESPONSIBILITY: SPOKESMAN. 2011-12-07

Turkey downplays Syrian transit route for Middle East trade
Dec. 7, 2011 (Xinhua) — Turkey’s economy minister

downplayed Syria’s significance as a transit route for Turkish trucks carrying goods to Middle Eastern and Gulf countries. Zafer Caglayan said: “We have three alternative routes through Alexandria, Beirut and Iraq and possibly a fourth through the Suez Canal.”

“We moved yesterday evening to take advantage of these alternatives and all of a sudden the Syrian government decided to let Turkish trucks into the country,” he added. He noted that Syrian customs officials have forced Turkish truck drivers to form long queues keeping them waiting at the border gates with Turkey but on Wednesday trucks were allowed in.

“By-passing Syria is a piece of cake. But we did not to want to choose that path. We want to use Syria as a transit route and allow Syrian economy to make money out of it,” Caglayan said. Syria did not permit the entrance of Turkish trucks at the Babel Hawas Border Gate and began working on their computer systems on December 1, the day when Syrian officials suspended a free trade agreement between Turkey and Syria.

Guardian (GB): Sectarian bloodshed worsens in Syria amid uprising
2011-12-06

ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY Associated Press= BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of bodies were dumped in the streets of a Syrian city at the heart of the country’s nearly 9-month-old uprising, a grim sign that sectarian bloodshed is escalating as the country descends … Up to 50 people were killed in Homs on Monday, but details about what happened in Syria’s third-largest city only came to light Tuesday with reports of retaliatory attacks pitting members of the Alawite sect against Sunnis.

The sectarian violence is a dire development in Syria, and one that opposition members say plays directly into the regime’s hands. Since the uprising began, Assad portrayed himself as the lone force who can ward off the radicalism and sectarianism that have bedeviled neighbors in Iraq and Lebanon.

Opposition figures have accused Assad’s minority Alawite regime of trying to stir up trouble with the Sunni majority to blunt enthusiasm for the uprising. …. Thirty-four of the dead were shot execution-style, their bodies dumped in a public square, according to Saleh and others who monitor the violence, including the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Saleh said all were from the predominantly Sunni district of Jabb al-Jandali. He said Alawite gunmen had raided the district after an Alawite was found dead earlier.

A Homs government official confirmed only that 43 bodies were found Monday in Homs. He asked that his name not be published because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

The reports could not be independently confirmed. Syria has banned most foreign journalists and prevents the work of independent media.

With 4,000 people dead across Syria in the uprising, the conflict is no longer just a matter of government forces firing on peaceful protesters looking to topple Assad’s autocratic regime.

The government also has been facing strong resistance from army defectors who have taken refuge in Homs. But sectarian overtones are building as well, because the uprising has unearthed long-simmering grievances that are now exploding into violence.

WSJ: Hamas To Move Base Out Of Syria
2011-12-06, By Joshua Mitnick

Hamas ordered the departure of nearly all its staff at its Damascus headquarters by next week following pressure from Turkey and Qatar, two regional allies trying to isolate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid an eight-month crackdown on antiregime protests, according to a Hamas official. The Islamic militant group’s parting of ways with Mr. Assad marks the latest blow to the regime. Damascus has hosted Hamas since the Palestinian group was forced out of Jordan in the late 1990s. Leaving Syria also distances Hamas from Iran, an ally of Mr. Assad that has provided the Palestinian militants with money, training and military hardware.

Over recent months, Tehran has urged Hamas not to relocate, the official said. (This story and related background material will be available on The Wall
Street Journal website, WSJ.com.) Hamas will establish new headquarters in Cairo and Qatar to replace its operations in Syria, the official added. At the same time, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal is scheduled to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan to discuss upgrading its presence in the kingdom. …

GENEVA (AFP)–The U.S. ambassador to Damascus will return to Syria Tuesday evening, Washington said. “Ambassador Robert Ford has completed his consultations in Washington and is returning to Damascus this evening,” a senior state department official said.

French ambassador returns to Damascus: ministry: “Eric Chevallier returned to his post in Damascus on Monday following the consultations for which he was recalled,” the ministry’s deputy spokesman, Romain Nadal, told AFP

Clinton: Syria must do more than remove Assad
2011-12-06

The United States on Tuesday calls for a new regime of tolerance and freedom in Syria as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad battle fighters infiltrating the country.
Clinton: Syria must do more than remove Assad …

From: State Department Press Office
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 11:17 AM
To: State Department Press Office
Subject: REMARKS – Secretary Clinton – Meeting with Syrian National Council

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
At Meeting with Syrian National Council

December 6, 2011
Intercontinental Hotel
Geneva, Switzerland

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, first, let me begin by saying that it’s an honor to meet with all of you, the president and senior members of the Syrian National Council. I look forward to our discussion and hearing from each of you. I am particularly interested in the work you are doing about how a democratic transition would proceed. Fred Hof, my special coordinator, has told me that you’ve put a lot of work into that paper, and there are many very constructive ideas in it, because obviously, a democratic transition includes more than removing the Asad regime. It means setting Syria on the path of the rule of law and protecting the universal rights of all citizens regardless of sect or ethnicity or gender.

Second, we will discuss the work that the Council is doing to ensure that their plan is to reach out to all minorities, to counter the regime’s divide-and-conquer approach, which pits ethnic and religious groups against one another. The Syrian opposition, as represented here, recognizes that Syria’s minorities have legitimate questions and concerns about their future, and that they need to be assured that Syria will be better off under a regime of tolerance and freedom that provides opportunity and respect and dignity on the basis of the consent rather than on the whims of a dictator.

And we certainly believe that if Syrians unite, they together can succeed in moving their country to that better future. We are well aware that there is a lot of hard work to be done. There are many Syrians in exile who are committed to helping their country make this transition. And there are many Syrians in their homes and neighborhoods and communities who are struggling against the violence and the repression to realize that better future as well.

I think Syrians both in exile and inside Syria are behaving with great courage and commitment and are inspired and motivated by the aspirations of freedom and democracy that are sweeping the Arab world.

So I look forward to hearing from each of you in our time together this afternoon. Thank you very much.

Embargoed Syrian Crude To Flow To India – Shipbrokers
6 December 2011
11:25
Dow Jones International News
– Indian refiner HPCL provisionally charters a tanker to take Syrian crude to India, shipbrokers say.
– Exports of Syrian crude have dried up since the imposition of an EU embargo in September.
– Syria has around 150,000bpd of crude to export, most of which traditionally goes to Europe.

Why Iran might be worried by Hillary Clinton’s meeting with Syria exiles – Christian Science Monitor
Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer / December 6, 2011

The subject of the Geneva meeting between Hillary Clinton and Syria exiles was the transition to democracy. But the group’s leader has been warning Iran a post-Assad Syria could be far less friendly….

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1. Haytham Khoury said:

Hey everybody:

Please do your civic duty.

http://www.avaaz.org/ar/free_razan/?cl=1441439929&v=11485

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December 7th, 2011, 6:12 pm

 

2. Haytham Khoury said:

Russia is behind Syria’s conditional approval of an observers’ committee

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/12/07/181311.html

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December 7th, 2011, 6:30 pm

 

3. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

Stalemate, it can last for a decade. The conspirators need to lay-off and give Assad a chance to prove that he will bring immediate reforms. As long as the foreigners sponsoring, funding and training Moslem extremist terrorists to commit heinous crimes in Syria, millions will keep on backing Assad and support will increase dramatically as time goes. It does not matter how negative the publicity is setup and promoted, in Syria only STRATEGY and STRATEGIC ASSETTS are counted in the game. Those unhappy can keep on barking for a decade or just admit to being brainless, miserable failures, and layoff and let real Syrian nationals negotiate the reforms. There aint any other way ahead. You can call it parallel Universe, you can tile the earth oceans and drink all its water if you like, this, appears to be a more realistic plot to accomplish. Basically, this interview is what Bashar is saying:
بلط البحر وشراب ميته

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December 7th, 2011, 6:40 pm

 

4. ann said:

GOP candidates woo Jewish support – 2011-12-08

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2011-12/08/c_122391641.htm

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) — All but one major U.S. Republican presidential candidates on Wednesday attended the Republican Jewish Coalition’s forum to woo support of the group, touting their commitment to Israel.

Except for Texas Representative Ron Paul, main GOP candidates took turns to speak at the Washington forum to charm the group. Mitt Romney, who is facing a surging Newt Gingrich in polls less than a month away from the Iowa caucuses, repeated his pledge to make Israel the first destination of his foreign visit, should he win the White House next year.

Romney blasted President Barack Obama for being weak against Iran, whose nuclear program worries Israel. The Islamic state insisted its nuclear program is for civilian use only.

“I want the world to know that the bonds between Israel and the United States are unshakable. I want every country in the region that harbors aggressive designs against Israel to understand that their ambition is futile and that pursuing it will cost them dearly,” said Romney.

Jon Huntsman also said it is “unacceptable” for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, saying for him, “all options are on the table” to stop that scenario from materializing.

Gingrich, who is emerging as a front-runner in the field, said he would support efforts of “regime replacement” in Iran and Syria, while Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is struggling in polls because of a series of blunders, promised to increase “strategic aid in all forms” to Israel.

Although small in number, the Jewish community has an outsized influence on politics thanks to their generous contribution to political figures. It is one of the most loyal voting bloc for Democrats, but its support for Obama has been waning.

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December 7th, 2011, 6:40 pm

 

5. Mango said:

US-Europe: signs of class struggle
The masters of Wall-Street now can see from their windows the people, who realize that they are those who will have to pay the price for “capitalism”. According to the recent report by Comptroller of the Currency Administrator of National Banks, if two years ago five banks held 80 % of the US secondary market, now only four banks own 95.9% of it. These four banks are: JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Secondary market plays the main role in the destruction of the global economy because it operates not with the real money but with their electronic (digital) fiction. According to “The Economist”, the price of the global derivatives (derivative of securities) amounts to more than $ 600 trillion while the real price of the global production (GDP) is not more than $65 trillion. That means that of bank speculations with derivatives crash there won’t be enough money in the world to save the global financial system.

Probably, not every protester at the Wall-Street understands sophisticated mechanisms the banks use to rob the countries and their people. But the fact that they have been occupying Wall-Street for more than two weeks, clearly shows that insatiate appetites of banks for profits have triggered unprecedented for prosperous America social protests against unemployment, corruption, excessive corporate power and expensive education. Everything started with the students, who on September 17 appeared with the slogan in the business center of New York in Manhattan. By now also Portland, Philadelphia, Miami have been “occupied”. Canadians are preparing the “occupation” of Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal. Today America is protesting against capitalism.

And not only America: thousands of citizens in dozens of big cities all over the world have gone into the streets, supporting “Occupy Wall-Street” campaign in New York, turning the campaign into “an international day of solidarity against greed and corruption of 1% of the richest people”… In Rome, up to 200, 000 people have taken part in such protests. The traffic in the center of the city was paralyzed. The radical elements seized the occasion and the demonstration grew into clashes between police and groups of aggressive young people dressed in black. The protesters were throwing bottles, stones and smoke bombs into the policemen and burnt several cars on their way. The policemen responded with tear gas and water cannons.

In London, about thousands of people tried to “seize” the stock exchange but after several attempts to break the cordon and to attract others’ attention to the demonstration the people marched further along the city. There were mainly young people among the protesters. Many of them were holding leftist slogans calling for the end of reduction of state expenditure and the resignation of the government of David Cameron.

Similar protest campaigns against the power of super-rich people have been held in Germany and France, Spain and other countries. Even Western journalists, who usually do not look for cause-and-effect relations, all as one say that the protesters went into the streets to express their discontent with the state of economy and the governments’ policy. Even the US has more than enough reasons for it: the unemployment rate does not go below 9%, among Afro-American young people it exceeds 46%, while Obama’s promises to resolve this problem have not been kept.

It is remarkable that people are protesting against “the growing power of the ruling class”, uncontrolled influence of corporations in politics, against banks, which filled up their purses before and during the crisis making poor people poorer and rich people richer. Taking the rap for someone else is always clearer to people than professional speculations of economists about a difficult nature of the financial crisis.

What evokes smile is that speculative trader George Soros, who is very sensitive to any changes in political situation, has upheld the protesters. He profoundly noted that the money of taxpayers is used not to maintain the society but to maintain the financial elite: banks, companies and corporations, which known only one way to “stabilize the economy”: on receiving billions from governments they give loans to citizens collecting their interests. They also give loans to companies, which have to sack people in order to minimize costs and to keep profits.

American experts note that the financial shocks of the last three years have exposed the contradictions of the capitalistic model. The stake on big corporations, protection of their interests against the interests of small and medium business, ignoring social processes in the society have led to mass protest campaigns in the US and those countries, which are trying to develop following the US model.

But no one can stop the financiers, who are so obsessed with speculations that the governments (including Russia) have to save them at the expense of tax payers. Bankers won’t share profits they made for the account of the governments in exchange for the threat of bankruptcy. In fact the situation we are observing now corresponds with the classic revolutionary situation (according to Karl Marx).

In Russia this situation is not so dramatic but not because our people lack the “rudiments of democracy”, but because the market of derivatives in Russia is much smaller than the Western one and the economic tools of robbing the population are poorly developed. But it will come with the time. In Eastern Europe, which kept many principle of the social policy from their socialistic past the protests of population do not spoil the general picture of well-doing. In Scandinavian countries, where the interests of citizens are traditionally the priority for the governments the situation is quiet. It is only at first sight the unrest in Greece, where the authorities are drastically cutting social programs, differ from the campaign in New York.

Greek people were the first to feel the price of rescuing the Western financial system, paying for bankers’ greediness with their pensions, scholarships, salary supplements. Italians come next. After that the risk-zone will cover Great Britain, where social revolts have become a regular thing in recent years. Than it will take France and Germany, for which account the euro is now being rescued. It is clear that bankers-swindlers are not sitting idly. They have a powerful system of political influence on society in their hands. Orders have been given, wheels are rotating, politicians and political parties have begun to work off the donations on their election campaigns and not only on them. Washington has already found a “whipping boy” an entrepreneur and a potential presidential candidate from the Republican Party Mitt Romney. In Europe socialists are hoping to strengthen their positions. But “Occupy Wall Street” campaign is not destined to shake the basis of the American society at least because this society won’t knock out bricks from the basement it is standing on.

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December 7th, 2011, 6:52 pm

 

6. Mango said:

http://www.strategic-culture.org/
David KERANS (USA) | 08.12.2011
All Dark on the Offshore Horizon: Capital Flight Accelerates as Austerity Looms
The strain Western state budgets have been experiencing in the aftermath of the financial crisis that exploded in 2008 has no parallel since the end of the Second World War, and has riveted attention everywhere to questions of taxation and budget expenditures. The measurement and assessment of income inequality has become a hot topic, and populations are becoming much more aware now of class divisions. Recent research has identified that inequality has intensified in recent decades, and that the consequences of inequality are significantly worse than expected. Inevitably, pressure to rectify the yawning wealth gap is building around the Western world…

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December 7th, 2011, 6:57 pm

 

7. Mango said:

http://www.csef.ru/studies/politics/projects/russia_future/articles/
U.S. bypass Russia on the flanks, but the real purpose of – preparing a land invasion of Syria
25.11.2011 7:46

A few days ago the U.S. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland has announced that Washington would suspend the operation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) in relation to Russia. The explanation is as follows: Russia declared a moratorium on the execution of the contract in 2007, all this time the U.S. tried to honestly convince Russia to change its position, but today the U.S. consider it necessary to move to more drastic measures of exposure.

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December 7th, 2011, 7:08 pm

 

8. ann said:

Why Leaving Syria Alone Is A Good Idea – Posted: 12/ 7/11

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-wagner/why-leaving-syria-alone-i_b_1134029.html?ref=world

Last week’s combined victory by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists in the first phase of elections in Egypt should have sent a shudder down the spine of every government opposed to the rise of radical Islam. That the two parties jointly received approximately two-thirds of the popular vote in Egypt should be all the evidence anyone needs that the likely near-term result of this year’s uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa will not be cookie-cutter western liberal democracies, but rather governments that may in the end prove contrary both to the interest of the people that fought for change, and the governments that supported such change.

In a visit to Cairo last weekend, I learned that Salafist support was strongest in Egypt’s rural areas, and that the Salafist vision of an Egypt that restricts individual rights, the rights of women, and basic freedoms struck a resonant chord with many throughout the country. As abhorrent as this may appear to liberals and westerners, the idea of living under an Islamic code is not anathema to everyone in Egypt. I dare say, the same is true throughout the region. Tunisia just elected an Islamist government, and Libya will undoubtedly do the same when they get around to having elections (presumably next year), given that the most popular politician there is an Islamic scholar.

So I find myself asking a basic question: given that all three of the countries that have so far experienced a change of government in northern Africa this year have either already elected conservative Islamist governments, or are poised to do so, is there any reason to believe that if more governments in the region fell, the result would be any different? Does anyone really believe that the government that will replace Saleh in Yemen will be a liberal democracy? Given the strength of the Islamist movement in Algeria, and Bouteflika’s support of the Gaddafi regime until its last day, can the electoral outcome of an overthrow of his government be in serious question?

Which brings me to Syria. The global community is firmly against the continuation of the Assad regime, reasoning that Assad must go by virtue of his family’s long dictatorial rule, its alliance with Iran, and its crackdown against demonstrators. In a perfect world, they may well be right. But my view is that this is simplistic and short-sighted. As reprehensible as many Syrians and others may find Mr. Assad, they fail to imagine what Syria and the region may be like in his absence. Is there any reason to believe that a radical Islamist regime wouldn’t in the end be the result of his departure?

Turkey has led the charge against Mr. Assad but appears not to have considered the possibility that an Iran-friendly, more radical regime may emerge in Syria. Despite proclamations to the contrary, Iran’s influence is growing throughout the region, which is why the West is now so desperate to contain it. Earlier this week, the Turkish and US government said they were considering next steps in the event Mr. Assad should go, but short of sending in ground troops, they are unlikely to be able to do much more than they have done elsewhere in the region — which is to watch events as they unfold. Sending ground troops to Syria seems a remote possibility, and would undoubtedly be unwelcome by Syrians in any event.

Should a radical government take over in Syria, Israel, which is already in its most precarious position since the 1967 War, would be virtually surrounded by Islamist governments. The only missing piece would be Jordan. Given this, the likelihood that Israel will feel it has no choice but to attack Iran’s nuclear program next year has surely risen. What would it be giving up by doing so, after all? Israel argues that it faces an existential threat from a possible nuclear attack by Iran — but it also faces a possible existential threat as a result of the new landscape taking shape around it. For that reason, the Israeli government surely prefers that Mr. Assad stay right where he is.

And I would argue that is exactly what the West should prefer, for it should now be apparent to all that rapid political change is not necessarily a good thing, and the results of that change in the region to date are not encouraging. As much as the West would like to believe that everyone in the world prefers western-style democracies, that is not in fact the case, and democratic elections often deliver results contrary to what the West would like to see. It would be nice if the world were simply a place where demonstrators demonstrate, dictators fall, and liberal democracies take their place — but that is not the world we live in. I subscribe to Mr. Assad’s argument that the West should be very careful what it wishes for in Syria, because it is unlikely to get what it wants.

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December 7th, 2011, 7:16 pm

 

9. Humanist said:

One thing for sure: B. Assad seems to care much more about his image in the Western world than in the so called “arabo-islamic” one.

When was the last time he had an interview with an (non-loyalist) Arab journalist for example?

The Syrian and wider Arab audience should be much more important to him.

The thing is: You can’t really claim to be an anti-imperialist and arab nationalist leader and at the same time being so (seemingly) obsessed to appear as an “civilized”, “westerned” man in front of the “conspiring” part of the world.

(Compare with Saddam and Nasrallah for example – totally focused on the arab public and probably more popular among this group)

But I guess this just reflects a great deal of vanity and arrogance in B:s character.

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December 7th, 2011, 7:18 pm

 

10. Ya Mara Ghalba said:

I am a big Najwa Karam fan. According to my ears, Najwa Karam is the greatest musician of my generation on planet earth. You can’t be as great as Najwa Karam is without having great general brains. But having great general brains is no protection against having lousy presuppositions in a domain such as politics or religion — e.g. Isaac Newton had great brains in the domain of maths and physics but his writings on theology are rubbish.

Anyway, back on 30 Mar 2011 Najwa Karam was asked on Addounia TV to give her view of the political situation in Syria. Her answer, in the course of less than 90 seconds of talk, used the phrase “Shaab al-Souri” six times. Najwa’s view was that the question is all about the Shaab al-Souri, and the Shaab al-Souri is, to a first approximation, a monolith, and what happens in Syria is whatever the monolithic Shaab al-Souri wants and insists on. In the months since 30 March I’ve come across many other people who know Syria who say the same. The comments by Najwa Karam on 30 March are at http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150192074030973&oid=290925931282&comments

Bashar Assad is another observer who believes the Shaab al-Souri is for the most part a political monolith. Here’s Bashar on 16 Apr 2011: “The most dangerous thing is the existence of contradiction between the direction we [the government] are moving in and the direction the [monolithic] people are moving in…. What’s important at this stage is for us to reach a state of unity, unity between the government, state institutions and the [monolithic] people…. From my meetings with sections of the population last week, I found that there is a gap which started to appear between state institutions and the Syrian citizens. This gap must be closed…. What’s important is that we and the population are one party, not two parties.” http://www.sana.sy/eng/337/2011/04/18/pr-341923.htm

Here’s how Bashar put it on 19 Nov 2011: “Most of the Syrians are unified, and what’s happening now is a minority of militants are killing Syrians on a daily basis.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkMTRU_j5H0

Here’s Walid al-Moallem in a press conference on 28 Nov 2011: “I take pride in the [monolithic] Syrian people…. I assure you that the [monolithic] Syrian people’s word is the Syrian leadership’s decision.” http://www.youtube.com/user/alikhbariasyria

Here’s the Syrian General Federation of Trade Unions (SGFTU), in an address to the Syrian people and workers on 7 Dec 2011: The SGFTU expressed confidence that the national unity of the [monolithic] Syrian people and their rallying around President Bashar al-Assad is the guarantee to preserve Syria’s steadfastness in the face of all challenges. http://www.sana.sy/eng/21/2011/12/07/386766.htm

7 Dec 2011: Pro-regime rally in Deir Ezzor city today. As usual in Deir Ezzor, a large percentage of the attendees are women and the great majority of the women are wearing head coverings. Two women wearing head coverings tell the Syrian State TV cameras at the rally: “The people are united.” Those two observers are right (to a first degree approximation). The stupid foreigners are wrong. Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3YtMWPZqyg

On a different note, Farouq al-Sharaa said on 12 Jul 2011: “Our society will not be able to achieve freedom and civil peace without a democratic, pluralistic political system.” http://www.sana.sy/eng/337/2011/07/12/357937.htm . My comment about that statement: The bulk of the people of Syria and especially the bulk of the better educated people want a pluralistic political system but at the same time almost all of them will vote for the Assad’s party in the democratic elections. An great monolith exists. The people want to be with the monolith. The dissidents can’t break up the monolith (and they can’t capture it whole either, needless to say).

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December 7th, 2011, 7:30 pm

 

11. Ya Mara Ghalba said:

Repeating myself from a previous post here, Joshua Landis said on 9 Aug 2011: “Syria’s great strength is that it has a deeply shared sense of political community.” I agree with that! Except, however, to be honest, Joshua’s exact words were: “Syria’s chronic failing is that it lacks a deeply shared sense of political community.” In the year 2000 national referendum on whether Bashar should succeed Hafez as president, almost all adults were eligible to vote, and 95 percent of them turned out to vote, and 97 percent of these voted “Yes” according to the official figures. In the year 2007 referendum on whether to renew Bashar as president for another seven years, 96 percent of the population voted, and 98 percent of these voted “Yes” according to the official figures. http://www.sana.sy/eng/141/2007/05/29/120564.htm Contemplating those results, Joshua Landis must be either (a) ignorant of those results or (b) believes the official figures were spectacularly fraudulent or (c) believes the results don’t demonstrate unity and shared political community. I regard each of (a), (b) and (c) as indefensible and so I am compelled to regard Joshua Landis is a shitty observer.

Joshua Landis also said on 9 Aug 2011: “In his two magisterial works, Patrick Seale catalogs the history of Syrian divisiveness and factionalism in the 20th century.” I’ve looked through one of those works, “Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East” (year 1988) (the other work was published in year 1965). It is not magisterial at all. As a history of Syrian divisiveness and factionalism it’s basically just a catalog of newspaper-type police reports of smallish-scale murder events and security counter-operations. Much harder to do — and almost completely missing from Seale’s book — is sociological, economic and antropological analysis of Syrian society, the factions, the size of the support for the factions, the breadth and depth of the support for the Establishment, the size and spirit of the politically passive classes, the difficulties of disseminating factionalist ideas, and so on. Moreover, most of that book of Seale’s is not about Syria. It’s about the foreign policies of the Syrian government, a subject matter which is relatively easy to treat from newspaper reports and a few top policymakers’ statements. Societal analysis, on the other hand, can’t be done from newspaper reports, or not straightforwardly anyway, and you need a lot more than newspaper reports to do it magisterially. On the basis of the small scale of the anti-Establishment violence in the late 1970s and early 1980s cataloged in Seale’s book, followed by the total victory of the Establishment from 1983 onward, I came away from Seale’s book believing that the divisiveness and factionalism was always small potatoes.

If you have a society where 80% have a shared sense of political community and where another 14% are fractious dissidents, then you can say that the society is a political monolith to a first approximation.

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December 7th, 2011, 7:32 pm

 

12. Ya Mara Ghalba said:

I just mentioned “the politically passive classes”. The percentage of people in those classes is smaller today than it was 30 years ago (due firstly to rising literacy rates and consumption of political content on TV). The great majority of Syrians today possess political ideas, and most of them will vote, and they will vote to support the Syrian Establishment, I say. Bashar Assad said yesterday 6 dec 2011: “We never said we are a democratic country…. We are moving forward in reforms, especially in the last nine months… It takes a long time. It takes a lot of maturity to be a fully fledged democracy.” But from all I can see, Bashar and the Syrian Establishment has got a super-majority of support in Syria and therefore it is as safe as milk for them to move to full-fledged democracy quickly. They have no serious democratic opposition and I can see none in the process of being born.

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December 7th, 2011, 7:33 pm

 

13. Ales said:

What did Assad really say, transcript word by word. Don’t believe media trolls.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/transcript-abcs-barbara-walters-interview-syrian-president-bashar/story?id=15099152#.TuAEtfJumJA

“Walters: How do you hope that you will be remembered?

Assad: By doing the best I can, can for, for this country. Whether you agree, or whether the people agree or don’t, don’t agree, but at– at the end, I was not a puppet. I care a lot about being independent president for independent Syria. And do my best, according to my convictions. That’s the most important thing. At the end, even if they disagree with you, they will respect you.”

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December 7th, 2011, 7:36 pm

 

14. Mango said:

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/12/07/61778834.html
Transparency International far from transparent
The latest Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International has moved Russia 11 notches up, from position 154 to position 143 in the TI’s league table of nations as ranked in accordance with graft aversion. Unfortunately, attempts by VOR experts to find out why just 11, after a year of relentless anti-corruption crackdowns in Russia, have encountered insurmountable difficulties. The TI simply refused to answer our inquiries about sociological and statistical methods involved in the CPI calculation. The impression was that of blacklisting in response to doubts voiced by some of our experts with regard to the validity of what the TI called the Bribe Payers Index.

The latter was based on polls, which were quite liberal in terms of the numbers and methods involved. Sometimes, the business people polled numbered as many as 10 thousand, and sometimes, as little as 3 thousand. Sometimes, they were selected on nomination by the World Economic Forum, and sometimes, based on an unspecified principle. The calculation of the CPI crunches the corruption perceptions of 3 thousand people in 28 countries. Unfortunately, the exact questionnaire at work is a closely-guarded secret of Transparency International. Moreover, a sample of a little over 100 people in a given country can hardly be seen as representative in a sociological study.

Accordingly, the CPI figures should be dismissed as conclusions based on flawed science.

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December 7th, 2011, 7:39 pm

 

15. Ya Mara Ghalba said:

7 Dec 2011. Sensible statement by Yousef Ahmad saying the Arab League must use reliable information sources about what is happening in Syria securitywise:

Syrian Ambassador to Cairo and Syria’s Permanent Representative to the Arab League, Yousef Ahmad, expressed concern and astonishment over the unbalanced press statement of the Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi on the situation in some Syrian regions, particularly Homs. “It is obvious that al-Arabi is still determined to receive information about the situation in Syria from one source of known media which practices political and media instigation against Syria, away from any criterion regarding credibility, professionalism and responsibility,” Ambassador Ahmad said Wednesday. “In this context, we remind AL Secretary General that Syria has documented in AL meetings the numbers of the Army, Security and civilian martyrs who were shot, and still are, by the bullets of the armed terrorist groups.” Ambassador Ahmad made clear that any positive and active role for the Arab League in solving the Syrian crisis must be based first on a commitment to use only reliable information. http://www.sana.sy/eng/337/2011/12/07/386787.htm

The Arab League has a standing invitation to go to Syria to collect reliable information on their own behalf. They should not be delaying accepting this offer.

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December 7th, 2011, 7:40 pm

 

16. Ghufran said:

I see the current crisis as a failure on many fronts:
The regime failed the people
The Arabs failed Syria
Alawis failed to come up with a better rep than Assad
Sunnis failed to control rouge elements in their midst
Homsis failed to keep civil peace
The army failed to unite all Syrians
The opposition failed to win minorities
Expats With moderate views failed to form a political body that does not follow two failing bodies,the regime and the SNC and failed to support the motherland
Syria is our victim ,failure is the name of this Greek tragedy
This post will succeed in drawing angry responses but will fail to win enough green thumbs..

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December 7th, 2011, 7:49 pm

 

17. Observer said:

On more than one occasion the boy said that mistakes were made
He said so after the 2005 debacle in Lebanon, he said so after the killing of children in Deraa he said so after the revolt began he said so again to ABC. Yet no one was brought to justice, no one fired, no one reprimanded, no one resigned. The Minister of Foreign Affairs would not even apologize for showing false videos about so called terrorists. The boy president claims that the assertions of killings and torture are not true and that the UN has no credibility. Why not allow for the press to come in for the observers to come in for the red cross to visit the prisons?
According the constitution he is the President, the Head of the Armed forces, the Secretary general of the Party, and the head of the Supreme court. He can legislate and judge and execute all in one and yet he denies any responsibility for the atrocities and the descent of the country to hell? If the armed terrorists that are roaming the country and wrecking havoc is true then he is incompetent to say the least, if he is responsible for the repression then he is barbaric.
I am not sure who gave him advise on how to proceed with the interview but it is clearly a disaster of PR of a first order.
Flooding this site with clips about the rest of the world will not make this story go away any time soon.
I wonder what his wife is thinking as she watches ( if she is allowed ) the stories day in an day out and whether she watched him dig himself in with the ABC interview. What a pathetic stupid brutal egomaniac spoiled brat he turned out to be. He is truly with his entire entourage in the darkest of the dark ages.

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December 7th, 2011, 7:52 pm

 

18. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

“……Expats With moderate views failed to form a political body that does not follow …”

You cannot do that when millions of dollars spent by Syria’s enemy on creating a local genocide in an attempt at civil war and dissecting Syria. They have to stop first or as in SNP case, wait until they are totally defeated. At that point one can move. We know, in the end they will be defeated, we have not 1% doubt about that.

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December 7th, 2011, 8:07 pm

 

19. Tara said:

the latest US assessment of the blue-eyed isolated Doctor: Assad is either disconnected, disregard, or crazy

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/22557-u-s-says-assad-disconnected-from-reality-or-crazy

U.S. Says Assad ‘Disconnected from Reality’ or ‘Crazy’ 
by Naharnet Newsdesk 9 hours ago
 
The United States said Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was either disconnected from reality or “crazy” after he argued he was not responsible for killing thousands of protesters.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner reiterated the U.S. view that Assad has lost legitimacy and should step down after the Syrian leader said in a rare interview that “only a crazy person” would kill his own people.
“It either says that he’s completely lost any power that he had within Syria, that he’s simply a tool or that he’s completely disconnected with reality,” Toner told reporters.
“It’s either disconnection, disregard or, as he said, crazy. I don’t know,” Toner said.
“What we insist is that he has lost all credibility in the eyes of his people and needs to step down,” he said.
Toner challenged the Syrian strongman to allow in international monitors to verify his assertions. The Arab League, which has suspended Syria, has been pushing to send in observers.
“Just taking at face value his denial that there’s anything going on there,” Toner said, “why not let international monitors, human rights monitors — which is what the Arab League is proposing — into Syria as well as international media and allow them to report transparently on what’s happening there?”
Toner said there was “a clear campaign against peaceful protesters” and “accountability with that ultimately rests on Assad and his cronies.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney earlier said that Assad’s views were “not credible.”
Assad said in an interview with ABC News that no government in the world would kill its people “unless it’s led by a crazy person” and said he did not “own” the security forces carrying out the violence.
Assad said Syria’s security forces belonged to “the government” and not him personally.
“I don’t own them. I’m president. I don’t own the country. So they are not my forces,” he said.
On Tuesday, Toner sharply criticized Assad over the interview.
“I find it ludicrous that he is attempting to hide behind some sort of shell game but also some sort of claim that he doesn’t exercise authority in his own country,” Toner told reporters.
“There’s just no indication that he’s doing anything other than cracking down in the most brutal fashion on a peaceful opposition movement,” he said.
But the Syrian foreign ministry hit back, saying Damascus was astonished by Toner’s comments which it said “distorted” the views expressed by Assad in the interview.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Maqdisi said: “We regret and express our astonishment at the remarks by U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner, who mocked the comments made by President Assad by distorting them.”
He told a news conference that Assad had not been seeking to shirk his responsibilities as head of state by telling ABC News that Syrian security forces did not belong to him personally.

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December 7th, 2011, 8:08 pm

 

20. Tara said:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/qatars-emir-visits-recovering-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=8702&NewsCatID=338

Qatar’s emir visits recovering Erdoğan
ISTANBUL / ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News

 
Qatar’s ruler Al Thani (L) and Turkish PM Erdoğan are seen before their meeting.
Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani paid a visit to recovering Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at his Üsküdar home yesterday. 

Al-Thani is in Istanbul to attend an international conference on innovation. The visit lasted around 80 minutes. Later in the day, Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister İrsen Küçük also paid a visit to Erdoğan.

Erdoğan had to cancel a weekend visit to Qatar and will stay at his home as he continues to recover from a Nov. 26 intestinal surgery amid lingering uncertainty in Ankara about when he will return to his office. Yesterday marked the eighth day of Erdoğan’s convalescence.

There were conflicting statements, however, on why Erdoğan would miss the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations gathering in Doha between Dec. 10 and 12 where his planned attendance had been announced by the Directorate General of Press and Information (BYEGM).

Sources close to Erdoğan played down the directorate’s statement as a routine announcement, which did not mean the prime minister had strictly scheduled the trip, saying “it was already obvious he would spend the week resting.”

One official from Erdoğan’s office, however, said the trip to Doha “was cancelled on the advice of doctors because it was a long one.” He spoke on condition of anonymity.

Sources assured Erdoğan was well but would stay home “for some more time.” A decision is expected to be made on Dec. 11 as to whether he will return to Ankara next week. 

Erdoğan has already started working at home reading and signing papers and is eager to return to his office as soon as possible, the sources said.

The prime minister’s office is not planning to make a fresh statement on Erdoğan’s health. “There is nothing to worry about,” officials said, categorically dismissing speculation that he is not in good health.
The only official statement thus far was made Nov. 28, a few days after Erdoğan was operated on in Istanbul. It simply said the prime minister underwent successful laparoscopic surgery on his digestive system, without specifying what the illness was.

Few people have been allowed to see Erdoğan, although he did receive U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who visited him at home Dec. 5. The meeting with Biden was originally scheduled for 45 minutes but continued for two hours, according to a blog of the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Bureau. Biden recounted Erdoğan’s aides kept shuttling into the room to hand him notes saying “Your doctor says stop,” the blog said.

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December 7th, 2011, 8:26 pm

 

21. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

This is why sane people in Syria don’t listen to U.S. officials. America is asking the Country Leader who is doing a hell of a good job keeping the State and nation together to step down, but it keeps on politically supporting, financially funding and militarily training Moslem terrorists who are terrorizing the Syrian nation, never asks them to cease and desist. Now, who is crazy here? For majority of Syrians the foreigners are crazy and insane, being asked to surrender to Islamic terrorists who are now rampaging with tenth month of throat slitting campaign as we speak. So keep spinning a losing troll over your head.

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December 7th, 2011, 8:27 pm

 

22. Ghufran said:

وبالنسبة الى الاصلاحات قال الاسد: “لم نقل قط إننا بلد ديمقراطي.. نحن نتحرك قدما في الإصلاحات.. خاصة خلال الأشهر التسعة الأخيرة.. ويستغرق هذا وقتا طويلا. فالتحول إلى نظام ديمقراطي راسخ يتطلب قدرا كبيرا من النضج”.
واكد الاسد أنه سيدخل إصلاحات ويجري انتخابات لكنه قال إنه يجب عدم الاستعجال في التغييرات، مضيفا انه باق في منصبه لأن شعبيته في الداخل ما زالت مرتفعة، ومستطردا في نفس الوقت بأنه “عندما أشعر أن التأييد الشعبي تراجع لن أكون هنا”.
Finally we discovered why Bashar is refusing to step down or allow a transitional period,he is worried that his soaring popularity will lead to severe
depression among Syrians if he leaves office. Thank you for caring about our mental health,Dr Bashar.
My friend,a psychiatrist from Tunisia suggested pre-treating Syrians with Prozac to help them cope with the expected separation anxiety when the inevitable happens.
Until now,I thought elections,not personal convictions,are the civilized way to test a politician’s popularity.I would have called Bashar “Mr President” if Syrians had voted for him in free and fair elections,however ,it is too late now,and Syria can not afford the luxury of democracy until the blood shed stops.

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December 7th, 2011, 8:34 pm

 

23. zoo said:

The FSA obeys Erdogan and the MB, not the SNC and Burhan Ghalioun
Le Figaro By Georges Malbrunot
Posted on 01/12/2011 ( translated from french)

After eight months of a bloody crackdown that killed more than 3,500 people, the uprising against the regime of Bashar al-Assad is now at a crossroads. The revolt was less peaceful and more militarized. “At Homs, Idleb, in three or four cities around Damascus and in some localities near Daraa to the south, there are only armed clashes,” tells us Haytham Mana, the head of the National Coordination, one of Syrian opposition groups in exile. First consequences of this drift: the toll has dramatically risen in recent weeks. To the tortures certainly much more numerous committed by the henchmen of the regime we have now acts of revenge particularly bloody, as the recent attack on a bus driver (7 killed) near Homs. Sectarian clashes also are hardening in the mixed areas, where the seeds of a civil war are the most disturbing.

Second consequence: those responsible for the Coordination and their rivals of the Syrian National Council (SNC) are about to be overtaken by radicals on the ground but also in Turkey, where the Syrian army took refuge free (FSA) consisting of several thousand deserters, who now claims rocket attacks against buildings of the intelligence services of Bashar al-Assad. A delegation of the National Council, headed by its leader, Bouran Ghalioun, went to meet Monday with Colonel Riad al-Assad – no relation with the Syrian Rais, ed – who controls the FSA. But the meeting was rather cold. And it is not clear that the military had agreed to comply with the demands of policy.

Ghalioun, like the National Coordination, object to the FSA attacking the troops still loyal to Assad. For two reasons: it would precipitate a civil war that would benefit the regime, which would use it to crush the dissent. But more because the SNC and Coordination do not want to be overwhelmed by those who, behind the scenes, are pulling the strings behind the Colonel Assad.

The agenda of the Brotherhood may differ from that of the seculars

Who are they? “Some members of the Muslim Brotherhood out of Syria, including Turkey, and all those inside no longer believe in peaceful demonstrations and now want to do battle with weapons in hand,” said a member of SNC, who recognizes that they “are becoming more numerous.” The brothers are members of the National Council, but ultimately, their agenda could differ from that of “seculars”, who make up the main organization of the Syrian opposition.

A return to past events is necessary. From June, the first defections in the army led to the creation of the Movement of official free around the Colonel Hussein Harmoush. But from his camp in the Turkish province of Hatay, he refused to pass under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood who had approached him, says Haytham Mana. A few days later, Colonel Harmoush was mysteriously kidnapped by the Syrian intelligence services, thanks to an connection with of Alevis, a close branch to the ruling Alawites in Syria within the Turkish security apparatus. Several opposition leaders Syrian suspect in fact the Turks have simply delivered Harmoush the Syrians to make him pay for his refusal to cooperate with the Islamists. Recognizing their failure, they then turned to the Syrian Army Colonel Assad’s free, weaker, therefore less able to resist pressure.

Riad el-Assad, a blanket used by the Turks

For an official of the SNC, “Assad today is a cover used by the Turkish authorities” that he and his men are confined in a base of the province of Hatay bordering Syria. Turkish intelligence service (Milli Istibarat Teşkilat) controls its movements while an officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responds to interview requests that journalists wish to have with the head of the FSA.

According to French intelligence services, the FSA is strong of 8000 men, but generally not used in combat, often coming from the administration of the army. The majority of its members are actually soldiers that are not returned to their barracks at the end of a permission. Locally, they would rely on militias that have decided to join the protest.

Under these conditions, we understand why the ASL needs much assistance and supervision: its support would be provided by Turkey and other Western countries. Much like the Libyan rebels at the beginning of the revolt against Gaddafi. Except that with Damascus, the risks of retaliation are far more higher than the late Colonel Libyan buffoon.

By Georges Malbrunot

http://www.collectifvan.org/article.php?r=4&id=59174

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December 7th, 2011, 8:42 pm

 

24. Norman said:

Ghufran,
president Assad is the only one that can transfer Syria to democracy as he as was his father the only one that can project safety for the majority of the Syrians, he does not represent the Alawat, he represent Syria,

for you to blame the army for not securing the country is at a minimum not fair, over the last 9 months the army has been fighting with his arms behind his back worry about causing significant death and at the same time taking attacks day and night

It is time for the army to take charge of Homs , declaring a militery zone, surrounding it asking to surrender all arms from everybody, then going house to house and bringing down any building that a bullet comes from as they did in Lebanon, it is time to assert it’s control.That is the only way.

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December 7th, 2011, 8:53 pm

 

25. Haytham Khoury said:

نص الكامل لمقابلة بشار الاسد لمن فاته ذلك ||
س : ليس قبل وقت طويل كان ينظر اليك على انك قائد براغماتي جديد العهد طبيب كانت حياته لسماع الناس و الأن معظم العالم يعتبرك دكتاتور و طاغية ، ماذا تقول عن ذلك ؟
ج : المهم هو كيف ينظر السوريين اليك ، ليس كيف تنظر الى نفسك ، فلست مضطرا للنظر الى نفسي .
س : الاحتجاجات بدأت بعد اعتقال و تعذيب أطفال كانوا يكتبون عبارات عن سقوطك لقد رأيت صور مروعة لما حصل ، لماذا يحصل مثل هذا القمع القاسي ؟
ج : ماذا حصل ؟
س : سأعطيك أمثلة لما رأيت ,, طفل بعمر 13 سنة اعتقل في ابريل ، بعد شهر تم اعاده جثمانه الى عائلته يحمل اثار التعذيب ، كاتب كاريكاتور مشهور معروف بانتقاده لك اختطف و ضرب بشدة و كسرت ايديه ، مطرب مشهور كان يغني أغاني لرحيلك قتل و اقتلعت حنجرته ، لقد رأيت هذه الصور ، ألم ترها ؟
ج : لا ، و لكن
س : هل هذه أخبار جديدة عليك ؟
ج : لا ليست أخبار جديدة فلقد قابلت والد الطفل و قال أنه لم يعذب
س : الكاريكاتوري الذي كان ينتقدك و رأينا صور تم تكسير يديه و ضرب
ج : كثير من الناس ينتقدوني ، هل قتلتهم جميعا ؟ من قتل من ؟ معظم الناس الذين قتلوا من المفروض أن يخدموا الحكومة و ليس العكس
س : ماذا عن المغني الذي اقتلعت حنجرته ؟
ج : لا أعرف جميع المغنيين
س : المغني الذي غنى أغنية مشهورة عنك ، ألا تعرف عنه
ج : لا أعرفه
س : في بداية الاحتجاجات النساء و الأطفال كانوا يحملون أغصان الزيتون و لم يكن أحد في تلك المرحلة يطالبك بالرحيل و تصاعدت الأحداث ، هل تعتقد أن قواتك قامت بالقمع بشدة ؟
ج : انها ليس قواتي فهذه القوات تخص الحكومة ، أنا لا أملكهم ، أنا رئيس و لا أملك البلد .
س : لا و لكن لا بد من أنك أعطيت الأوامر .
ج : لا لا لا
س : ليس بأوامرك ؟
ج : لا لا لا انها ليست أوامر أحد ليس هناك للقتل أو للقسوة .
س : الناس يهربون من بيت لبيت و الأطفال يعتقلون ، لقد رأيت هذه الصور
ج : لنكون صريحين حتى تعتقدي ذلك و كيف عرفتي كل ذلك لا بد أن تكوني موجودة هنا لتري بنفسك ، نحن لا نرى ذلك ، و لذلك لا يمكنك الاعتماد على ما تقوله الأخبار
س : لقد رأينا ريبورتات عن هذه الصور .
ج : كيف تتأكدين من هذه الصور ؟ لهذا نتحدث عن تزوير و تشويه للحقيقة
س : الاسبوع الماضي أصدرت هيئة مستقلة من الأمم المتحدة أصدرت تقرير يقول أن حكومتك قامت بجرائم ضد الانسانية ، كانت هناك تعيب و اغتصاب و أشكال أخرى من العنف الجنسية ضد المحتجين بما فيهم الأطفال ، ماذا تقول عن ذلك ؟ هل تعترف بذلك ؟ هل تعترف بما تقوله الأمم المتحدة ؟
ج : ببساطة أقول لهم أرسلوا لنا الوثائق و الأدلة القوية و سنرى اذا كان ذلك صحيحا أم لا ؟ لم ترسلوا الينا شيئا .
س : ألم تستلموا أية وثائق ؟
ج : لا شيء على الاطلاق ، أرسلوا لنا الوثائق حيث انه طالما لم نرى الوثائق و الأدلة لا نستطيع أن نقول نعم ، هذا طبيعي ، لا نستطيع ذلك فقط لأن الامم المتحدة قالت ذلك ، من قال أن الأمم المتحدة مؤسسة ذات مصداقية .
س : ألا تعتقد أن الأمم المتحدة ذات مصداقية ؟
ج : لا
س : لديك سفير في الأمم المتحدة .
ج : نعم انه مجرد درو و لا يعني ذلك أن نصدقه .
س : أنت قلت أحيانا أنك لا تقوم بدور الرئاسة لحياتك ، أنت تقوم به من أجل بلدك ، مع كل ما يحدث في سوريا أليس ربما من الأفضل أن لا تبقى رئيس سوريا .
ج : أنا لا أملك القوة ، كل ما لدي هو الدعم الشعبي و هو أهم شيء ، و عندما أشعر أن الدعم الشعبي تناقص لن أكون هنا ، سواء طلبوا ذلك أم لا لا يجب أن أكون هنا اذا لم يكون هناك دعم شعبي ، هذا أمر قاطع .
س : ماذا تعتقد أن أكبر سوء فهم حصل مع بلدي ( أي الولايات المتحدة ) حول ما حصل هنا ، هذا اذا كان هناك سوء فهم ؟
ج : نحن لا نقتل شعبنا ، لا أحد يقتل شعيه ، ليست هناك حكومة في العالم تقتل شعبها الا اذا كان يقودها لاشخص مجنون ، بالنسبة لي كرئيس أصبحت رئيس بسبب الدعم الشعبي ، انه من المستحيل لأي دولة أن تعطى الأوامر بالقتل .
س : هل تشعر نفسك مذنبا ؟
ج : هه ، لقد فعلت أفضل ما عندي لحماية شعبي ، فلا يمكنك الشعور بالذنب عندما تفعل أفضل ما عندك ، تشعر بالأسف للأرواح التي فقدت ، و لكنك لا تشعر بالذنب عندما لا تقتل الناس

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December 7th, 2011, 8:53 pm

 

26. Tara said:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syria-turkey-and-the-kurds-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=8667&NewsCatID=419

Syria, Turkey and the Kurds

Syria is not falling off the agenda of the world media and politicians. Everybody relevant keeps on commenting on the point the problem has come to and what will happen. However, the most important question to be answered is this: When Bashar al-Assad falls, what happens next? Of course, it is not possible to indicate a certain date and tell what will happen like a fortune teller. But, by following the Kurds’ road map in Syria, one can largely predict whether the problem has reached a critical threshold and what might happen with the Kurds in a post-al-Assad era.
Nowadays there is a deep silence on the Kurdish front despite the earth-shattering changes in Syria. Behind that silence is a neither political snafu, nor the desire to make the al-Assad regime’s work easier. Apparently, Kurds have learned their lessons from the past and are following a strategy which is quite shrewd. They are waiting for the “high time” at which point their rival will be weak in order to participate in the regime-change game.
One year after the Iraqi invasion, in March 2004, Syrian Kurds rose in rebellion. The al-Assad regime suppressed it by using violence. Kurds are waiting during this current phase in light of both their own experiences and advice. In the meantime, they are starting to accelerate their activities, as well as increase their diplomatic and psychological capacity. Both northern Iraqi leader Masoud Barzani and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is active among Syrian Kurds, have agreed and are active on the implementation of the current strategy. 
The PKK has been active for decades among the Kurds in Syria with the open consent of the Syrian regime. The formation of a political identity drove the militants that were recruited from among the Syrian Kurds into Turkey’s mountains. So much so that, 20-25 percent of the organization’s armed militants were recruited from that region. On the other hand, Barzani, not being idle, has improved his political network among Syrian Kurds. 
Syrian Kurds will enter the game as a well-organized, fresh force once the insurgency reaches a critical threshold. It is true that they are obtaining money, arms and personnel that they need for that purpose from Turkey and Iraq. While the Arabs are dealing with themselves, Syrian Kurds are planning to secure an advantageous position like their relatives in Iraq. There is no reason that won’t be able to realize this plan. In the course of events, certain regions will have the power to protect areas in which they achieved political autonomy against the worn-out Arabs. 
The Syrian Kurds’ new position will affect northern neighbor Turkey in the medium term, as well as the Arabs. The power vacuum and the Kurdish sovereign region that will emerge in the wake of the breakdown of the regime will mean the start of new problems for Turkey. The PKK will supposedly have arms from the al-Assad army, unlimited logistical capability, new personnel with high self-confidence and new safe havens on a strategic level. Above all is the superiority it will achieve on a psychological level. This situation is the moment that the superiority of political discourse disappears for Turkish governments. The Kurdish question will no longer be a domestic democracy problem for Turkey but will be rapidly transformed into an internationalized “national liberation movement.” 
Those who try to cope with the PKK problem in the political and security domain will see that their problem has gained a new dimension and that the paradigm has shifted. Henceforth, there will be a different regional picture. Everything belonging to the past will lose its meaning and function in the new phase. Those who poured compliments upon Turkey for its contribution to al-Assad’s removal will naturally be out of step in the new period. Even if not as severe as al-Assad, they will show a clearer and more encouraging manner toward Turkey on how to realize a political environment for the Kurds like in Syria.
December/07/2011

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December 7th, 2011, 9:02 pm

 

27. Bronco said:

Tara #26

It looks that the Turks are freaking out about the future of their Kurdish population in the eventual aftermath of Bashar Al Assad. They are already feeling the bites of the counter sanctions Syria has imposed on the trade. They are on the defensive about accusations that they protecting the FSA manipulated by the MB (even by a french journalist usually critical of Bashar Al Assad). In brief, there are in an increasingly uncomfortable situation.
I am not surprised Erdogan is worried about Turkey’s aggressive policy toward Syria that seem to backfire and open the door to far larger internal problems for Turkey.
They are probably envisaging backtracking at the first opportunity that the Arab League will give them.

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December 7th, 2011, 9:13 pm

 

28. jad said:

Haytham
What you post in Arabic is not the full interview, please check Ales@13 he linked the full transcript interview, it’s 8 pages long

#13 Ales
What did Assad really say, transcript word by word. Don’t believe media trolls.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/transcript-abcs-barbara-walters-interview-syrian-president-bashar/story?id=15099152#.TuAEtfJumJA

“Walters: How do you hope that you will be remembered?

Assad: By doing the best I can, can for, for this country. Whether you agree, or whether the people agree or don’t, don’t agree, but at– at the end, I was not a puppet. I care a lot about being independent president for independent Syria. And do my best, according to my convictions. That’s the most important thing. At the end, even if they disagree with you, they will respect you.”

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December 7th, 2011, 9:23 pm

 

29. Tara said:

Bronco

It does appear that Turkey is torn on what to do with Syria.  The potential of the PKK changing into a liberation movement should they succeed in establishing a future Syrian Kurdstan after the Iraqi Kurdstan can be pretty alarming to the Turks.  Additionally, I believe that Erdogan is too principled to allow foreign NATO intervention in Syria which really limits the ability of Turkey to be “ready for all scenarios”, contrary to what it has initially declared.

  
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-will-not-be-springboard-for-attack-on-syria-diplomat-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=8630&NewsCatID=338
Turkey will not be springboard for attack on Syria: diplomat
ANKARA – Agence France- Presse

Turkey said Wednesday it would not let its territory be used to launch attacks against other countries after Syria said it had foiled a bid by “terrorists” to infiltrate from the Turkish border.

“Turkey is not allowing any armed groups (to launch attacks) against other countries,” a Turkish diplomat who declined to be named told AFP, when asked about the Syrian news reports.

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported Tuesday that Syrian border guards had the previous night thwarted an attempt by “armed terrorist groups from Turkey” to cross into the country.
 
The guards had wounded an unspecified number of the 35 gunmen they had intercepted without suffering any casualties on their side, SANA reported.
 
“Cars were heard taking the wounded gunmen away on the Turkish side,” the report added.
 
“No military activity has been observed on the Syrian side of the border,” the Turkish diplomat said.
December/07/2011

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December 7th, 2011, 9:32 pm

 

30. jad said:

هل من أجل هذا يموت السوريون؟

نهلة الشهال
حسناً فعل برهان غليون، رئيس “المجلس الوطني السوري” العتيد، إذ قطع الشك باليقين وأعلن بوضوح انحيازه للغرب، قوى ومخططات وأهدافاً وتصورات، وموضع نفسه ومجلسه في معسكر ذلك الغرب. وهذا على أية حال هو سر انتشار تصريحاته الاخيرة لصحيفة “وول ستريت جورنال”، التي لفَّت العالم، وتُرجمت الى كل اللغات، متفوقة في “أهميتها” على كل ما سبق له أن نطق به هو واترابه في ذلك المجلس.
تثير تلك التصريحات مجموعة مسائل متشابكة تتعلق بتحديد ما يطمح له السوريون، ويموتون من أجله يومياً، متحدين آلة القتل التي تفتك بهم. وأولى تلك المسائل وأبسطها بالتأكيد، أن السيد غليون يتصرف كحاكم سوريا المقبل، وكأن كل الكلام عن الديموقراطية التي ينبغي تأسيسها بعد عقود الاستبداد ليست سوى تنميق كلام، عدة شغل، بينما “يعرف” الرجل أنه ومجلسه سيحكمان البلد، بل والأفدح، أنهما قررا منذ اليوم برنامج ذلك الحكم ومنطلقاته. أين السيرورة يا بروفيسور، تلك التي تجعل السلطة حصيلة عملية صراعية جارية ومتغيرة وفق المعطيات، وتلك التي تخضعها لتوازنات القوى لحظة الانجاز؟ لا بأس، فلن نعيب على غليون في حمأة ما يعيش نسيانه، ما درَّس في قاعات الجامعات، وما كتب في مؤلفاته. ثم ان ذلك ليس بيت القصيد… وإن كانت أحلام رئاسية كهذه يبدو أنها راودت غليون قبلاً، كظهوره عشية عيد الاضحى على شاشة الجزيرة متأنقاً، وقوراً، يحيط به علم سوري عن يمينه وكتب مرصوفة عن يساره، مذكرة بأنه استاذ جامعي ومثقف. ومن فرط سوء الاخراج، وبينما هو يوجه خطابه الى “الشعب السوري العظيم”، كان ثمة ما يوحي بأنه سيتلعثم ويُخرج “يا شعبي العزيز” على عادة الملوك! مرَّ ذلك الخطاب مرور الكرام وسط السخرية التي أثارتها الوضعية المفتعلة، ولأن ما نطق به كان عمومياً مبدئياً مستخرجاً من بطون الكتب المرجعية المختصة، مما لا يقدم ولا يؤخر. بينما التصريحات الاخيرة سياسية بامتياز، تخاطب بشكل ملموس الغرب وإسرائيل والدول العربية التي تدور في فلكهما وتعلن انتماءها لهم.
لكن المسألة الأهم تتعلق بوظيفة هذا الكلام، ليس كبرنامج حكم مستقبلي، بل الآن. مؤدياته الوحيدة اليوم هي رفع سقف الاستنفار والاستقطاب المذهبيين المستعرين في المنطقة، والانخراط في الحرب الاستراتيجية الجارية في العالم، وأقطابها بلدان كروسيا والصين من جهة، والولايات المتحدة وفرنسا وبريطانيا من جهة أخرى، والحلفاء المتغيرين أحياناً، بحسب المواضيع والاماكن، لكل من المحاور.
وتتخذ تلك الحرب في منطقتنا عنواناً مبتسراً، فرضته الآلة الاعلامية والدبلوماسية الغربية، هو الصراع المفتوح حول إيران. لكنها تتضمن فعلياً، وعلى ذلك، طموحات الهيمنة على مصادر الطاقة والثروات في المنطقة بمجملها (اكتشف حديثاً مثلا أن في العراق أهم مناجم للفوسفات في العالم، وفيه وفي مواقع أخرى من المنطقة، يورانيوم ومعادن نادرة…)، وعلى الممرات الاستراتيجية والاسواق. وكما تقول الصين وروسيا، فثمة مخططات لمحاصرتهما وخنقهما تنفذ مباشرة اليوم، وهي تشمل أيضاً إحكام السيطرة على دول صاعدة ومنعها من التفلّت من سطوة وتحكم الغرب. وليست أزمة هذا الاخير الاقتصادية البنيوية سبباً في تراجعه عن ذلك، بل على العكس، فقد تكون دافعاً لمزيد من الشراسة بكل صورها. ولا يوجد غير ذلك كله ما يمكنه تفسير الصراع حول الدرع الصاروخية الاطلسية مثلاً، التي نوت واشنطن نشرها في بلدان أوروبا الشرقية، وانتهت الى وضع واحدة من قواعدها في تركيا مؤخراً، كما لا يوجد تفسير آخر لـ”العقد الآسيوي” الذي بشر به أوباما ووزيرة خارجيته، والذي يتضمن نشر قواعد عسكرية جديدة وابرام اتفاقات تعاون متنوعة مع بلدان تحيط بالصين من كل صوب.
هي إذاً الحرب الاستعمارية نفسها إنما بأدوات جديدة قد لا تتضمن ـ دوماً ـ الاحتلالات المباشرة، وتحمل فوارق هامة متعلقة بحلول خطاب قومي وليبرالي وتنافسي في آن، محل الايديولوجيات التي كانت تؤطر تلك المجابهة، ما قد يترك المجال لتصبح الصين مثلاً دولة استعمارية عظمى! وذلك تحديداً يعيد الاعتبار كما لم يحدث من قبل، للمسألة العامة، التي تخص كل البشر والامم، تلك التي تتناول نوعية الحياة المطلوب الدفاع عنها، ومنظومة القيم المفتقدة التي لا بد من العكوف على صقلها وإعادة بلورتها، كي ينتقل العالم بأسره من حالة الحروب المتجددة ابداً، ومن شرعنة استغلال واضطهاد أمم لأخرى، الى أفق آخر.
ولا يمكن لبرهان غليون أن يجهل كل ذلك، ولا يمكنه تبرير مواقفه بالاحتماء خلف حاجات لحظوية تكتيكية، وإلا تحوَّل هو ومجلسه الى أداة صغيرة في الصراع الفعلي الدائر في العالم وفي المنطقة، والذي قيض لسوريا، بحكم موقعها الجيواستراتيجي واشتباك مسارها مع معطيات أخرى، أن تحتل واحدة من نقاطه الاساسية.
سوريا اليوم نقطة تقاطع بالغة الاهمية، لا معادل لها في المنطقة. فإن جنحت الامور فيها الى الاحتراب الاهلي الطويل والتفكيكي، فسيلحق بها العراق الذي يعاني من اهتراء مديد في أحواله، ومن استقطابات مأزومة، وكذلك لبنان. وستجد تركيا نفسها في الدوامة ايضاً. ومشروع السيد غليون دفع مجلسه الى رفض المبادرة العربية نفسها عند اعلانها مخافة أن تكون حلاً لانتقال سلمي للسلطة، مشروعه الذي يتكلم ببراءة مصطنعة عن “ممرات انسانية” و”مناطق حظر طيران”، (وهو يعرف تماماً أنهما إعلان حرب ويتطلبان تدخلاً عسكرياً لفرضهما)، لا يوفر لا تصوراً لمرحلة انتقال سلمي للسلطة، تُبقي سوريا المجتمع والدولة موحدين، ولا شروط مثل هذه المرحلة، بل هو تأطير للاحتراب الأهلي الطويل. وهو مشروع ينتمي الى طينة ما يرتكبه النظام السوري نفسه، الذي يرد على مطلب التغيير بالقمع و”الحل الامني”، منظماً هو الآخر الاحتراب الاهلي الطويل، التفكيكي لسوريا والمنطقة برمتها. والتحجج بالنظام السوري وممارساته ليس تبريراً، فهذا النظام ينتمي الى الماضي، والمطلوب تجاوزه وليس إعادة انتاجه بصيغة معدلة.
ويبدو أنه ثمة من أسرَّ في أذن السيد غليون (وهو كان أفضل عناصر قيادة هذا المجلس، لأن معظم الآخرين من متصدريه مرتبطون أصلاً بصورة معلومة وموثقة بدوائر استخبارية غربية) بأن واشنطن عازمة على المضي في هذا الملف الى آخر أشواطه. وهو واترابه وضعوا ثقتهم بذلك، ما يفسر إقدامهم الشديد، الذي يرتدي أحياناً لبوس الحماقة المفضوحة، ويضع هذا الموقف المنحاز الى مشروع واشنطن وباريس ولندن وتل ابيب، ومعها عواصم محلية مستلحقة، بعضها يمد بالمال أو بالسلاح أو بالتغطية الاعلامية، يضع المجلس في مصاف الثورة المضادة، تلك التي تُهدد منذ اللحظة الاولى لفعلها آمال السوريين في الحرية والعدالة، وفي نظام سياسي تعددي وديموقراطي يدير مجتمعاً مزدهراً تُحترم فيه كرامات ابنائه وحقوقهم كافة. الثورة المضادة التي تتكلم محل السوريين فتضعهم في موقع المتواطئ مع إسرائيل مثلاً (عبر بلاهة”استعادة الجولان بالمفاوضات”)، والاخطر من ذلك، أنها تشطب كيانية بلدهم ومجتمعهم، وتقذف بهم الى اتون “حرب المئة عام” التي تهدد بالانفجار في المنطقة.
وتلك مفارقة: فالسيد غليون ومجلسه يدّعون قيادة الثورة. ولعله قد حان، بإلحاح شديد، وقت أن تستعيد الثورة السورية كلامها من هؤلاء.

http://www.assafir.com/Article.aspx?EditionId=2021&ChannelId=47931&ArticleId=660&Author=%D9%86%D9%87%D9%84%D8%A9%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%84

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December 7th, 2011, 9:32 pm

 

31. zoo said:

Even Fox news manipulates videos to dramatize demonstrations.
Shots taken during Greece riots are simply re-named: Moscow.

FOX, lies & the wrong videotape: What’s NOT happening in Moscow
http://rt.com/news/fox-moscow-fake-riots-281/

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December 7th, 2011, 9:33 pm

 

32. Tara said:

Bronco

What are your thoughts in regard to the interview? Did you like it? Reading the transcript word by word, his English was broken, and his words reflected his actual IQ level. Do you agree?

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December 7th, 2011, 9:42 pm

 

33. Bronco said:

Tara #29

It has been clear from the start that Syria’s stability is essential to keep in leach all these dark dividing forces of sectarism and ethnicity that have been brewing in the region for long.
The breakup of Syria could create “an earthquake”, in the sense of creating breaks in the area along ethnic and religious lines, that could ripple in neighboring countries with a destructive and irreversible effect.

If it is necessary to keeping Syria united, it will require painful compromises.

Sorry I have not read the script of the interview. As I told you before it does not bring anything new and it has received the praises and the critics I had envisaged.

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December 7th, 2011, 9:47 pm

 

34. nafdik said:

Tara,

I think his English was quite good and his IQ did not show major problems.

The interview was really good in that Barbara really pressed him on hard issues and gave him very little room to escape.

I think this will be a shock to his system as he has been watching the world from TV screens, etc, but probably nobody said things like this to his face.

It might accelerate his downfall as he now understands that he can never face the world again with conjuring images of Hamza and Quashoush.

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December 7th, 2011, 10:05 pm

 

35. Syrialover said:

Barbara Walters, a featherweight, faded, fake celeb “journalist”.

She’s finally sunk to new lows for chequebook journalism.

Good to hear she and Assad have matching speech impediments.

Bad move by the Assad machine.

He’s neatly written himself into history as a stomach-churning idiot and world’s weakest liar.

Comedians, journalists and political leaders will now use the phrase “doing an Assad” as a term of mockery and contempt.

That aside, his voice and demeanour were VERY weird. Non-masculine and non-adult is a kind way to put it.

Scarce Syrian public funds were pissed away on the PR machine that arranged that interview. But it’s well spent because it helps his opponents and recruits new critics.

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December 7th, 2011, 10:09 pm

 

36. majedkhaldoun said:

Norman
You sound radical in comment #24

Assad ,the BOOHA,is frowning, as if he did not have enough rest , or he did not sleep preparing for his test with Barbara Walter.

Did the syrian public watch this interview?

Ehsani
It has been long since we heared from you,Alex are you there?

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December 7th, 2011, 10:13 pm

 

37. Revlon said:

((“I’m president. I don’t own the country, so they’re not my forces.”))

Assad’s Parallel Universe Suggests a Long Struggle
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
http://abcnews.go.com/International/bashar-al-assad-interview-defiant-syrian-president-denies/story?id=15098612#.Tt_c0vLO18A

Jr does own the country: he has absolute powers to issue and implement any decree to alter or retain any facet of the political, economical, and social activities in the country.
Jr has uncontestable powers not only over his forces but also over all Syrians: he can promote, demote, arrest, detain, torture, and kill whoever he regards as a threat to his will.

((“There’s a difference between having a policy to crack down and between having some mistakes committed by some officials. There is a big difference,”))

Jr did deliver a policy statement on how he intended to tackle the crisis as early as March 30, 2011. It was communicated in his first Speech to the Syrian Parliament on Wednesday, March 30, 2011
http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=8917 . Here is the relevent excerpt:

((Burying sedition is a national, moral, and religious duty; and all those who can contribute to burying it and do not are part of it. The Holy Quran says, “sedition is worse than killing,” so all those involved intentionally or unintentionally in it contribute to destroying their country. So there is no compromise or middle way in this. What is at stake is the homeland and there is a huge conspiracy))

Here is how the Revolution according to Jr was:
- The nature of the uprising: Conspiracy
- The aim of the uprising: incitement of sedition.
- How sedition was to be confronted: Burying
- Why sedition was to be buried and not accommodated: God said sedition was worse than killing. So, killing in this context was both legitimate, and the lesser of the two evils as per divine discretion. Applying even worse techniques than killing, namely all kinds of torture would only then achieve complete justice!
- Who contributors to sedition were: those involved intentionally or unintentionally;
o Intentionally: demonstrators; no age or gender limits were set.
o Unintentionally: relatives, acquaintances, and friends of demonstrators and passers by in the street at times of demonstrations

As such, Jr himself, being Patriot One he felt he was, called upon himself to bury sedition.
Here are the capacities that Jr have been commanding since the start of the revolution:
- President of the Republic, who chose the cabinets, including the minister of interior and the head of the General Intelligence Directorate
- General Secretary of the Baath party and its related Para-militia / Lijan AlAmniyya (Shabbeeha)
- Commander of Chief of the Army and related Army and Air Force intelligence forces.

The rules of engagement of all Armed forces and related intelligence units are communicated to soldiers by their superiors, down all the way from their their supreme commander; Thug one.

Details of the executive plan for Wadulfitnah (Burying Sedition) were spelled out in a secret memo form the General Directorate of Intelligence in late march of this year.

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December 7th, 2011, 10:17 pm

 

38. Tara said:

Nafdik

He would’ve been at a better luck had he replied in Arabic. If you read the full scripts some of the answers made no sense or were incomplete sentences. I do see a major IQ issue when he tried to use a childish tactic “I did not do it (the killing), they (the security/army) did it. I don’t own them, therefore, I am not responsible. Since I am not responsible and as long as I am doing my best, I don’t feel guilty.”. This really reflects a mediocre IQ at best.

This interview being spontaneous is very much different than his organized threatening answers with the British Daily Telegraph, which apparently he prepared the answer in advance.

Additionally, if all what has been said, written, and aired across the universe did not give him reality check, I doubt Barbara Walter’s interview would. I agree with Joshua. I think we should ready ourself for a long struggle.

He must be forced out. He is not going to give up the power out of benevolence. He has shot all his senses and will never be able to believe that the problem lies in him.

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December 7th, 2011, 10:26 pm

 

39. Revlon said:

Here is the english translation of the leaked document:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150567415020727&set=a.10150567414445727.656159.420796315726&type=3&permPage=1#!/photo.php?fbid=10150567414640727&set=a.10150567414445727.656159.420796315726&type=3&permPage=1

== PAGE 1/3==

Syrian Arab Republic
General Directorate Of The Intelligence Services
No. / /
Date / /
Without Record / Top Secret

General Directorate Of The Intelligence Services / Top Secret

Detailed Plan for implementation:

Subject:

There is a rising sentiment among a specific group aiming at imitating what happened in Tunisia and Egypt by making use of the current economic conditions in the state and the international environment, which is currently supportive of popular movments. This sentiment might increase after what happened in the city of Dar’aa a few days ago.

Evaluation:

It is imperative to make use of the previous experience in dealing with the hostile Muslim Brotherhood movement, and to learn from the mistakes of the Tunisian and Egyptian regime, especially since they neutralized the power of the army and Republican Guard from the beginning, and allowed media outlets to cover every movement until matters got out of control.

In the detailed plan, things won’t get to point where the regime or state is endangered or the current continuation [of rule] is under threat, and the final result will be passage of many tiresome months, and after that the regime emerge more powerful indefinitely.
The minature security panel consisting of A.S. [likely to be Asef Shawkat], M.N., H.K., A.M., H.M. covened at 23/3/2011 regarding opposition protests and discussed the matter from all its aspects (Security, Economic, Political) and has set the following measures: It is stressed that the treatment of the matter requires shared security-media-political-economic work in the least.

Detailed plan:

The plan depends on thee complementary factors: Media [PR], security and field perfroamnce, political and economic.

Media/PR factor:

- Connecting the protests with personalities who are detested among the Syrian public, such as known Saudi and Lebanese personalities [possibly alluding to March 14] and connecting all of them with Zionism and the USA. There is a plan prepared being prepared by a security cell, which will be introduced/implemented in a suitable, timed way on questionable sites under the name of “Bandar Sultan’s plan”, which is believable and convincing.

- Intense Media campaign accusing protesters and opponents of subservience to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the USA. In the case of killings, the security cell should repeatedly accuse armed or radical gangs, and claim that the security apparatus and army are contributing to the protection of order, stability and the people.

- Indirect media campaign on TV and privately-owned channels about sectarian strife/disorder, and instilling fear of the Muslim Brotherhood in Christians and Druze, warning them of the reprisals they might face by them if they did not participate in ending the protests. Enlisting the Alawites in the coastal regions so they can defend ‘their’ regime and lives, which are going to be threatend by Sunni radicalism.

- Instructing some security units in all security agencies to work within Facebook to respond to and disrupt the communication of the opponents, labeling them as opponents of the regime with fake names/nicknames, posting views/opinions which damage the reputation of the opposition, and possibly also exposing ‘schemes and plans’ hostile to the president and the state.

- Forbidding all media outlets from going to the places of unrest, and punishing anyone broadcasting any news which doesn’t serve the state – and not showing any tolerance in this matter.

- In case the opposition manages to take pictures or film any videos, the security cell should prepare scenes from the protests and insert loopholes in them, so they can broadcast on state media and subsequently exposed so as to remove credibility from the films/videos of the opposition

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December 7th, 2011, 10:27 pm

 

40. Revlon said:

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- When being prevented from providing coverage or intervening, the media often relies on eyewitnesses, and we expect that a few of them would dare to call satellite channels to provide their testimony – therefore it is the responsibility of the ‘media/press intelligence’ cell to prepare some eyewitnesses from ‘professional security agents’ to contact satellite channels and provide them with exaggerated testimony, with the prerequisite that it should contain loopholes, so it can be directly exposed in our State Media and also on satellite channels in order to ‘damage the credibility of any eyewitnesses’.

- Instructing some members of the people’s assembly to respond to the ‘opponents’ and ‘vandalists’, and to provide them with some points and specifics on how to respond to them.

- Instructing some personalities from the state apparatus located in the place of the protests to respond to the protesters and ‘opponents’.

- In case the protests are too intense and hard to ignore, it is inevitable that the ‘opposition’ should be turned into local demands specific to the region only.

- Sending a convoy of cars carrying pictures of the president, with the possibility of adding the Syrian flag, with the help of security units, their friends, children of government officials and army officers inside cities, and providing these cars with sirens similar to those equipped on ambulances, to create awe within the spirits of bypassers and residents.

- Inviting some moderates within the opposition to [interviews] on State TV, with the possibility of using ‘shaming’ and some courtesy to persuade them, for this dilutes their demands and turns them to trivial, simple demands they’re asking the president to fulfill for them. This is also useful for creating splits in the protective and opposing factions within the oppostion.

- The announcement of strict instructions by the Ministry Of Education to ‘warn’ schools and pupils about the usage of the Internet and Facebook.

- Instructing some artists loyal to us or ‘captured’ by us to talk to [people in] the places where the protests are happening or the opposition in accordance to what we provide them with.

About the security cells and field performance:
_______________________________________________
- No tolerance of any harm to the image of the highest symbol [of the state] (possibly referring to the president), because this, if tolerated, will increase the opposition’s ability to cross all lines.

- It is expected that the opposition’s gatherings will be held in places with high population density in order to draw attention and encourage others to join them, and here it’s needed to ‘blockade/barricade’ and isolate the place as much as possible and to sneak in security units in civilian clothes in between the protesters to create disputes and foil/disperse the gathering as soon as possible, and also to arrest some of the ‘vandalists’ if needed.

- Instructing the ‘Information Security’ branch in the administration and in the centre for scientific studies to cooperate with the two mobile phone providers to monitor the cell- and landline phones of some expected and known ‘inciteful’ and opposition personalities.

- Calling and ‘summoning’ the youth to instill a fear of participation [in the protests] in them, arresting some of them and announcing a ‘general conscription’ in the armed forces in order to exhaust [the strength] of the youths and activists with visiting the recruitment offices.

- Exhausting the strength of the opponents and symbols of the opposition with lawsuits of all shapes and forms, slandering their moral and religious reputation, and it is possible to use some means prepared specifically for this purpose.

- Forbidding prominent members of the opposition from all travel, regardless of reason.

- Instructing the Military Security branch to monitor all mid- and high-level command in the army, especially Sunni ones.

- In the case of violent confrontations between army units and protesters, it is required to issue a clear order to cease all fire [from the side of the army], with the order not being applicable to trained Security Forces, and units belonging to the ‘serba’ and ‘souda’ companies, and to use snipers within these companies in a non-apparent way to prevent the localization of the source of the fire – also to increase cover: There is no problem in killing some units and officers of the army, as this is useful in increasing the animosity of the army towards the protesters.

- In any place the protests go out of control:
- Isolation of the place with security and army forces, and cutting off electricity, communications, and internet.
- Arresting some influential personalities from this place, and if the situation is critical – killing them.
- Making use of some smugglers and criminals, flooding the place with them and creating a state of chaos.
- Sending trained security forces in civilian clothing to the place of the protests, who should attempt to convince the protesters of using weaponary against the army and security forces.
- Deploying security forces and units from the ‘serba’ and ‘souda’ companies with snipers in organised campaigns during the protests, with the number of fatalities not exceeding 20 every time, because this might expose the matter and make a case for outside intervention.

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December 7th, 2011, 10:28 pm

 

41. Revlon said:

The last page of the document leaked late March 2011

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- Depolying Druze and Christian units/officers in the army to the places of protest and tempting them to defend themselves, also depolying units of the army based in remote regions to prevent cases of refusal, rebellion, or hesitation.

- If a critical or potentially dangerous situation develops, getting everyone to choose between security and stability, or the freedoms they’re demanding, and here they will choose their security and safety. This can be implemented with some assassinations [of individuals] belonging to different sects and clans, or detonating some places of worship in regions with intense protests.

Economic factor:

- Planning/Sending out a massive demonstration in favour of the president before his speech in front of the people’s assembly, so his speech would be a response to the demands of the masses and nothing more. Strict instructions should be issued here to government institutions, syndicates, unions and schools to gather employees and pupils and issue new slogans/banners to them.

The president’s anticipated speech:

- Delaying the speech as much as possible, as this delay is an expression of the state’s power and its immunity to the current events – it also contributes to clearing the image and setting the amount of political movement needed. Any change we might be forced to make must be presented as if we were the ones who started it and called for it.

- Giving a picture stable impression of the regime.

Measures that can be presented in the president’s speech before the people’s assembly:

- Increasing the salary of government and public sector employees after consulting the minister of treasury and putting plans for returning the economic stability with 3 months, especially if this raise might destabilise the current economic interests.

- Promising to create new jobs to distribute among the governorates.

- Lowering the price of some essential goods.

- Partial governmental change and exposure of the corruption of some ministers – this requires one security panel to decide which ministers will be sacrificed.

- Lowering the price of mobile phone calls officially, with the possibility of reclaiming part of the losses through hidden costs.

- Giving personal and public privileges to some Muslim and Christian religious figures who are close to the regime and using them to slander the protesters and the opposition, and asking them to use convinsing verses from the Qu’ran or specific hadiths discouraging them from participating in the current events.

- Sending official figures acceptable to the people to talk with opposition and to ask them to accept the political leadership’s attempts to converse with them – some of them will accept immediately, some will accept with reservations, and some will reject the matter entirely. This is useful in creating disputes and splits within the opposition and preventing them from appearing as an effective, monolithic actor which can be influential in the protest movement.

- Responding to some of the Kurdish demands regarding citizenship, but only if that happens in a way that doesn’t change anything in the state and society or disrupts the current balances – and this response is only to conscript them and suppress their acceptance of foreign intervention if the opposition protests intensify – for the northeastern region is the only problem in regard to this issue as the other regions are not expect to accept such a thing.

- Instructing Syrian embassies overseas, as well as the foreign ministry to reassure the USA and the European states, and reminding that the Golan front might be suspectible to instability if the radicals succeed and gain control.

- Instructing the Syrian embassy in all states to monitor Syrians and their behaviour – the foreign ministry is to act in this matter.

- Preparing security and media teams for implementation as soon as possible and as secretly as possible.

Note: The entirety of the detailed plan is not to be put in the hands of anyone or any team of the operation, but should be split into branches and sections

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December 7th, 2011, 10:31 pm

 

42. jad said:

LOLOLOL the famous shit covered document, again, after 8 months!
Is the make up dude this much bankrupted that he couldn’t bring anything more useful than dr. Zibaleh’s most famous fake document. Bunch of idiots!
For those who want to read this news in English use Google. My advice, don’t waste your time!

معارضون ينحطّون إلى درك انحطاط السلطة: النصاب رضوان زيادة يزور وثيقة باسم المخابرات العامة

الحقيقة تكشف بالأدلة كيف جرى تزييف وثيقة منسوبة للمخابرات العامة عن “خطة لإثارة الفتنة”، أما قناة” الجزيرة التي دخلت على خط نشر الأكاذيب ففضيحتها عن طالب كلية العلوم الذي ” قتل” .. لا تقل خزيا

دمشق ،واشنطن ـ الحقيقة ( خاص): منذ سنوات طويلة ونحن نكرر القول ونحذر من أن بعض فئات المعارضة السورية، وتحديدا الأصولية منها وتلك اليمينية المرتبطة بوكالة المخابرات المركزية والموساد ، أمثال عمار عبد الحميد ورضوان زيادة وفريد الغادري، لا تقل انحطاطا ودناءة وخسة عن انحطاط أجهزة مخابرات السلطة ، بل إنها تبزها وتتفوق عليها في أحيان كثيرة. فمثلما عمدت هذه الأخيرة إلى فبركة القصص والاتهامات لمعارضيها الحقيقيين ، بما في ذلك فبركة صور خلاعية لزوجات بعض هؤلاء لابتزازهم ( على غرار ما قام به العميد يحي زيدان من فرع المنطقة في المخابرات العسكرية ورئيسه آنذاك هشام بختيار في العام 1992 بتركيب صور خلاعية لزوجة المعارض السوري “ن.ن” السابقة ، السيدة نداء جورج شحود ، بتواطؤ من شقيقها الياس جورج شحود ، ومكافأته على ذلك ، وعلى إرشاد دورية الفرع المذكور إلى مكان تخفي صهره، بتعيينه في مناصب حزبية عليا) ، يقوم هؤلاء المعارضون بالعمل نفسه تماما. وهو ما يعني أن هذه الحثالات الحقيرة لم تشكل ، ولا يمكن أن تشكل بديلا أخلاقيا للسلطة التي تزعم أنها تعارضها، ناهيك عن أن تكون بديلا سياسيا لها. فالمعارض يجب أن يكون بديلا أخلاقيا للنظام الذي يعارضه ، قبل أن يكون بديلا سياسيا له. أما إذا كان صنوه ، فهذا لا يعني ـ في المحصلة ـ سوى أنهما ” خرية واحدة انقسمت إلى نصفين”!
مناسبة هذا الحديث اليوم “الوثيقة” المزيفة التي وزعها النصاب رضوان زيادة المقيم في الولايات المتحدة ، وأحد المرتبطين بضابط الاحتياط في الموساد نير بومس ، الأمر الذي كنا كشفنا عنه سابقا ( اضغط هنـــا).
رضوان زيادة ، هذا، الذي يسمي نفسه دكتورا وباحثا ، وفي وقاحة ممزوجة بالغباء لايحسد عليها ، تبنى اليوم هذه “الوثيقة” بشكل صريح لا لبس فيه في حديث مع قناة”الحرة”. ( لدينا رسالة رسمية من أحد الصحفيين العاملين في قناة”الحرة” تؤكد أن رضوان زيادة هو من زور الوثيقة ، وهو من أرسلها إلى القناة المذكورة وطلب منها لاحقا الإدلاء بحديث إليها حول الأمر).
“الوثيقة” المزعومة تتحدث عن خطة وضعتها المخابرات العامة لإثارة النعرات الطائفية والمذهبية ( إلخ) في سوريا ، وتحمل تاريخ 23 من الشهر الماضي. وهي بالمناسبة تكاد تكون نسخة محررة عن وثيقة مباحث أمن الدولة في مصر التي ضبطت خلال اقتحام المتظاهرين لمقرات هذا الجهاز في مصر الشهر الماضي!! ورغم أن تاريخ المخابرات العامة في سوريا حافل بهذا النوع من القصص الوضيعة (أبرزها قصة مديرها العام الأسبق اللواء محمد بشير النجار الذي فبرك أشرطة فيديو لمذيعات في التلفزيون ولوزراء وضباط ، وانتهى إلى السجن بتهمة الفساد ، قبل أن يموت فيه!)، فإن هذا لا يعني أن كل ورقة تحمل اسم المخابرات العامة يمكن أن تكون صادرة عنها بالضرورة.
ولكي لا نطول بالشرح ، نعرض أدناه “الوثيقة ” المزعومة ( اضغط عليها من أجل صورة مكبرة) ، ومكامن التزوير ، قبل أن نقارنها بوثيقة أصلية صادرة عن الإدارة نفسها.
مكامن التزوير:
أولا ـ في شكل “ترويسة” الورقة . فهي مكتوبة بطريقة عادية على الكومبيوتر ، بينما الأوراق الرسمية لإدارة المخابرات العامة مطبوعة بنظام “أوفست” المطبعي التقليدي ، مع وجود ” شعار الجمهورية” ( النسر) في أعلى ووسط الورقة. هذا مع الإشارة إلى أن الإدارة تستخدم الخط ” الثلث المشكل” والخط “الفارسي” حصرا في ترويس مطبوعاتها.( قارن مع نموذج عن الترويسة الحقيقية منشور جانبا).
نموذج من ترويسة لإحدى وثائق المخابرات العامة ، وقد امتنعنا عن نشرها كلها كيلا يستفيد النصابون منها مستقبلا لتزوير أوراق أخرى

ثانيا ـ كافة أختام المخابرات العامة وفروعها شكلها بيضوي ، وتتضمن اسم المخابرات العامة ( بالخط الفارسي) في الجزء العلوي من الخاتم ، بينما يتضمن جزؤها السفلي رقم الفرع ( الفرع 285 ، الفرع 251 .. إلخ). وهو ـ بالمناسبة ـ نظام موحد مع شعبة المخابرات العسكرية ، لأن المصصم والمصنّع جهة واحدة ( مطابع وزنغوغراف الجهة نفسها التي تطبع وثائق الدولة الخاصة وتصنّع أختامها). وحين تكون الوثيقة صادرة باسم قيادة الإدارة ، وليس باسم فرع من فروعها، يكون الجزء العلوي متضمنا اسم “الجمهورية العربية السورية” ، أما جزؤها السفلي فمكتوب عليه عبارة” إدارة المخابرات العامة”.
ثالثاـ جميع الأختام الرسمية العائدة لإدارة المخابرات العامة (والأجهزة لأخرى) تتضمن شعار الجمهورية العربية السورية في المنتصف ( النسر الذي يتجه رأسه نحو يمين الصورة).
رابعاـ و هو ما كان طرف الخيط الذي قادنا إلى اكتشاف التزوير عبر الفحص ببرنامج فتوشوب، فإن المزور( رضوان زيادة؟) ، الشديد الغباء كما يبدو ،عمد إلى قص الخاتم المستطيل المفبرك ولصقه على الورقات الثلاث . وما يؤكد ذلك أن درجة ميلان الخاتم واحدة ومتطابقة تماما في الورقات الثلاث!! وغني عن البيان أن أي إنسان لا يمكن له أن يمسك خاتما ويختم به ثلاث ورقات ، ولا حتى ورقتين، ويحافظ على زاوية ميلانه نفسها في عملية ختمها! فهذا مستحيل على أي بشري أن يقوم به ، إلا إذا كنا نتحدث عن عالم الجن والعفاريت!( ليجرب أحد منكم ذلك بنفسه). هذا فضلا عن أن درجة كثافة الحبر هي نفسها في الأختام الثلاثة ( كما أظهرها التحليل). وهذا مستحيل أن يحصل في الحالة الطبيعية!
خامساـ المخابرات العامة ، وغيرها من أجهزة المخابرات والمؤسسات المدنية والعسكرية ، لاتستخدم عبارة ” سري جدا” ، وإنما ” سري للغاية” ، وأحيانا ” سري للغاية يفتح بالذات” إذا كانت موجهة إلى جهة شخصية أو اعتبارية محددة دون غيرها.
سادسا ـ كافة وثائق إدارة المخابرات العامة ، وغيرها من الأجهزة، تتضمن عبارة فرعية في نهاية الوثيقة تقول ” المرسل إليهم” ، تليها الجهات التي أرسلت إليها الوثيقة.
سابعا ـ النص الذي صيغت به “الوثيقة” ليس مثيرا للسخرية والضحك فقط ، بل ويؤكد أن من كتبه لا يختلف عن الجحش في أي شيء ، وأنه لا يعرف شيئا عن أجهزة النظام ، ولم يطلع في حياته كلها على وثيقة داخلية عائدة لإحدى أجهزة مخابرات النظام . تصوروا أن جهاز مخابرات رسميا يستخدم في الحديث عن نفسه عبارة ” أركان النظام” كما لو أنه يكتب عن جهة معادية أو معارضة!! وهذا ما يدعم المعلومات التي تلقتها”الحقيقة” من واشنطن ، ومن داخل قناة”الحرة” نفسها ، عن أن رضوان زيادة هو من صاغها. ذلك لأنه سبق له أن نشر كتيبا عن” صناعة القرار في سوريا” يعتبر فضيحة غير مسبوقة ، ويستوجب سحب شهاداته منه دون تردد. وهو ـ إلى ذلك ـ يشبه في أسلوبه وأسلوب فهمه للنظام ما جاء في كومة الخراء هذه التي يسميها”وثيقة”!
ثامنا ـ لا تتضمن الوثيقة المزعومة اسم أي شخص مسؤول عن توقيعها، كما لو أنها مرسلة من عالم الجن إلى عالم العفاريت!
تاسعا ـ لعل الإشارة الأكثر بلاغة عن تفاهة رضوان زيادة ، ولا نعرف من أين أتى هذا الطفيلي على عالم حقوق الإنسان والديمقراطية والبحث فيهما، هو أنه يتحدث في وثيقته عن اللواء حسن خليل رئيس شعبة المخابرات العسكرية الأسبق باعتباره أحد أساطين عملية القمع الجارية . ومرد ذلك إلى أنه لا يعرف أن حسن خليل مصاب بشلل دماغي وشلل نصفي منذ أكثر من عام ونصف، ولا يستطيع الذهاب حتى إلى الحمام سوى محمولا أو أن يقضي حاجته في الفراش كأي مريض مقعد! ( عافى الله جميع المرضى ، الخصوم والأعداء قبل الأصدقاء).وهي في الواقع ـ وبالمناسبة ـ تشبه روايته ( في حديث آخر) ، ورواية آخرين غيره ، عن إعادة علي دوبا إلى القصر الرئاسي ليستعين النظام بخبراته الأمنية ! هل يعرف هؤلاء أين علي دوبا الآن ، وكم عمره ، وما هو وضعه الصحي هو الآخر!؟
عاشراـ ما لا يقل تأكيدا على أن من كتبها أحمق حقيقي ولا يختلف عن البغل في شيء ، هو أنه وضع لها تاريخ 23 آذار / مارس الماضي ، بينما يتحدث فيها عن “خطاب الرئيس الأسد” ، الذي كان بعد ذلك بأسبوع ( 30 آذار / مارس) ، ولم يتقرر إدلاؤه به إلا حين خرج نائبه فاروق الشرع بتاريخ 28 آذار / مارس ليقول لوسائل الإعلام “إن الرئيس الأسد سيتحدث إلى الشعب قريبا وسيطمئنه..إلخ”!!؟ فهل رأيتم في حياتكم بغلا على هذه الدرجة من الحيونة؟ نعم ، هناك من هو أكثر حيونة منه : وسائل الإعلام التي تروج لها!

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December 7th, 2011, 10:47 pm

 
 

44. jad said:

I wish that Ghalyoun along any body who promote and support starving Syrians to be subjected to the starvation they are calling for. Sadistic criminals.

مصدر في “المجلس الوطني” يكشف لـ”الحقيقة” تفاصيل المحادثات مع الوزيرة الأميركية

غليون لكلينتون: لا مجال لإركاع النظام السوري إلا بتشديد العقوبات والحصار وتجويع السوريين ودفعهم إلى الانتفاض جماعيا ، والتشويش على القنوات السورية!؟

جنيف ، بروكسل ـ الحقيقة ( خاص) : كشف مصدر وثيق الصلة بـقيادة “المجلس الوطني السوري” أن أعضاء “المجلس” و وزيرة الخارجية الأميركية الذين التقوا في جنيف “اتفقوا على وضع حد للمبادرة العربية واعتبارها بمحكم الميتة”. وقال المصدر لـ”لحقيقة” إن رئيس الوفد الدكتور برهان غليون وزملاءه ” طرحوا على الوزيرة الأميركية فكرة تجاوز المبادرة العربية باعتبارها مجرد وسيلة لإطالة عمر النظام السوري ، وأن أي تأخير في تحويل الملف السوري إلى مجلس الأمن لن يفيد منه سوى النظام” ، إلا أن كلينتون كانت صريحة جدا معهم ، إذ ورغم أنها وافقت على التقويم الذي قدمه أعضاء “المجلس” ، لم تتردد في إبلاغهم بأن ” إحالة الملف السوري إلى مجلس الأمن لا طائل منه طالما بقيت العقبة الروسية ( الفيتو الروسي) في الطريق ، وهي عقبة يبدو من شبه المستحيل تجاوزها على المستوى المنظور” . وهنا ، بحسب المصدر، اتفق الطرفان على اللجوء إلى الدول العربية من أجل “ممارسة الضغوط الاقتصادية والمالية على روسيا واستهداف مصالحها في العالم العربي من خلال تكوين لوبي ضاغط ، بما في ذلك دفع دول الخليج ، لاسيما السعودية وقطر، إلى رفع إنتاجها من النفط والغاز إلى أعلى مستوى ممكن بهدف ضرب أسعار النفط والغاز في السوق الدولية وتكبيد روسيا المزيد من الخسائر”!! ذلك فضلا عن العمل على ” دفع الجامعة العربية للتوجه إلى مجلس الأمن بطلب استصدار قرار دولي لإدانة سوريا وفرض المزيد من العقوبات “. المصدر أكد أن أعضاء “المجلس” بدوا في نهاية اللقاء”يائيسن جدا ومحبطين من إمكانية دفع النظام السوري إلى الركوع إلا عبر تطبيق حصار اقتصادي مشدد يؤدي إلى تجويع الشعب السوري ، الذي لن ينتفض بوجه النظام على نحو جماعي إلا إذا عضه الجوع و انهارت مؤسساته” وفق تعبير غليون للوزيرة الأميركية. وكشف المصدر أن غليون طلب صراحة من الوزيرة الأميركية ” استخدام التكنولوجيا العسكرية الأميركية ( الفضائية خصوصا) للتشويش على القنوات السورية والقنوات اللبنانية المؤيدة للنظام السوري ، لاسيما قناة المنار ، واستخدام نفوذها لمنع شركات الأقمار الصناعية العربية والأجنبية ( نيل سات ، عرب سات ، هوت بيرد .. إلخ) من بث برامج التلفزيون السوري وبرامج القنوات الأخرى المشار إليها ، أسوة بما حصل مع قناة الدنيا التي أخرجت من نطاق بث القمر الأوربي بعد العقوبات التي طالتها”.

على صعيد متصل ، ودائما حسب المصدر الذي رافق ةفد “المجلس” إلى جنيف ، فإن الوزيرة الأميركية أبلغت الوفد حين حديثه عن الاقتراح الفرنسي بفرض ” ممرات إنسانية” بأن هذا الاقتراح ” عديم الجدوى ولا معنى له وغير قابل للتطبيق دون موافقة مجلس الأمن ، وهذه مرهونة بدورها برفع الفيتو الروسي”. لكنها ” اتفقت مع الوفد السوري على إبقاء فكرة المنطقة العازلة على جدول الأعمال والبحث بشأنها مع الحكومة التركية ، بحيث يجري تطبيقها من قبل تركيا وحدها وبمبادرة منها ، الأمر الذي سيؤدي إلى مواجهة عسكرية مع سوريا يكون الحلف الأطلسي عندها مضطرا للتدخل في مرحلة من مراحلها انطلاقا من واقع أن تركيا عضو في الحلف ويحق لها طلب المساعدة العسكرية منه”!

يشار في هذا السياق إل أن هيثم المالح انضم رسميا إلى “المجلس الوطني” والتحق بوفده في جنيف ، لكنه وصل متأخرا إلى الاجتماع ، الأمر الذي لم يسمح له بأكثر من المشاركة في التقاط الصورة التذكارية!

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December 7th, 2011, 11:06 pm

 

45. ann said:

Syria urges citizens to vote in municipal elections – 2011-12-08

http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_content.php?id=1781254

The regime of President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday urged Syria”>Syrians to vote en masse in municipal elections to be held on Monday, while the crackdown on dissent showed no signs of abating.

“December 12 is an important moment. All citizens must take part in the municipal elections and vote for the candidates they consider best capable of defending the public interest,” wrote Al-Baath, the newspaper of the ruling party which has been in power since 1963.

Monday “is a crucial date and a very important step in the road to decentralisation and democracy,” it added, stressing that these elections are a means for Syria”>Syrians to “participate in decision-making and building the nation.”

“We are in a working process, during which everyone must redouble their efforts… so that Syria”>Syria remains a fortress of resistance and national unity,” the newspaper continued.

A special indelible ink will be used for the first time in the local elections “to prevent any fraud,” said the Syria”>Syrian local administration minister, Omar Ghalawanji.

On the ground, clashes between the regular army and a group of deserters shook the town of Saraqeb in Idlib province near the border with Turkey, a rights group said.

“A vehicle carrying army troops was destroyed,” said the Syria”>Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a watchdog based in Britain.

Also in Idlib, “military forces raided houses and arrested three militants,” in the vicinity of Saraqeb, while “some 50 armoured vehicles, including tanks and troop carriers, came under attack in the village of al-Rami,” it added.

Activist say more than 100 people have been killed in Syria”>Syria since Saturday and the UN estimates that at least 4,000 have died since March when anti-regime protests erupted.

President Bashar al-Assad in a US television interview released Wednesday questioned the UN’s toll and denied ordering the killing of protesters, saying that only a “crazy person” would do so.

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December 7th, 2011, 11:27 pm

 

46. Ghufran said:

لندن ـ ‘القدس العربي’ تقدم وفد ‘هيئة التنسيق الوطنية لقوى التغيير الديمقراطي’ السورية المتواجد حاليا بالقاهرة امس الاربعاء للجامعة العربية وللقوى السورية المعارضة بمشروع لانعقاد المؤتمر السوري العام، والذي شجعت الجامعة العربية على انعقاده لتوحيد صفوف المعارضة السورية.
وقالت هيئة التنسيق في مشروع القرار والذي اطلعت ‘القدس العربي’ على نسخة منه ان
مبادرة الجامعة العربية بالنسبة لهيئة التنسيق الوطنية، ‘فرصة بالغة الأهمية، لتحقيق حالة تجاوز وارتقاء إلى شكل قادر على وضع حد لتعدد أصوات المعارضة الديمقراطية، وضم كل الجهود والطاقات الجماعية والفردية في مؤتمر جامع يمثل بشكل مقبول ومعقول أغلبية تنال ثقة المجتمعين السياسي والمدني ـ الأهلي’.
واضافت الهيئة ان هذا المؤتمر ‘يجب أن يشكل النواة الأساس لجسم سيادي يناضل لإسقاط النظام بكل مرتكزاته ورموزه، ولوضع برنامج للإنتقال الديمقراطي وبناء الجمهورية المدنية الديمقراطية التعددية القائمة على دولة المواطنة والقانون واحترام حقوق الأشخاص والجماعات وضمان الحريات الأساسية والعدالة الاجتماعية في ظل وحدة التراب والوطن السوري كجزء من الوطن العربي’.
وقالت الهيئة من ‘مخاطر الشحن الطائفي والتسلح العشوائي واحتمالات اتساع مظاهر العنف وتراجع القدرة على الإعتصام والتظاهر الواسع الذي يسمح بالإنتساب الأكبر للحراك الاجتماعي المدني في البلاد، وهو الذي يجب أن يجري العمل المشترك بين الجميع ليكون القوة الكبرى للثورة والتغيير، حفظا لوحدة المجتمع والتراب’.
ورفضت هيئة التنسيق الوطنية مشاركة أي طرف يدعو للتدخل العسكري الخارجي، كما رفضت مشاركة أي شخص متورط في جرائم اقتصادية أو سياسية.
واكدت الهيئة على أن المشاركين في هذا المؤتمر متفقون على رفض ومقاومة أي شكل من أشكال الطائفية والتجييش المذهبي والعنف والعسكرة والإقصاء، وأن يكون المؤتمر محطة أساسية لتوحيد جهود قوى وشخصيات المعارضة، أو تنسيقها وتعاونها الواسع على الأقل، على طريق استكمال وحدتها التي تطلبها قوى الثورة.
واقترحت هيئة التنسيق الوطنية تشكيل لجنة تحضيرية من ثلاثة أعضاء من هيئة التنسيق وثلاثة أعضاء من المجلس الوطني وثلاثة أعضاء من الحراك الشعبي وممثل عن المجلس الوطني الكردي وممثل عن النشاط النقابي وثلاثة ممثلين عن الشخصيات العامة. تكون مهمة هذه اللجنة التحضيرية الإعداد لمؤتمر سوري عام يتحدد أعضاؤه بين 120 و140 عضوا على أن يكون توزيع الأعضاء المشاركين كما يلي: هيئة التنسيق الوطنية (35 عضوا، المجلس الوطني السوري (35) عضوا، الحراك الشعبي 20 عضوا، الأحزاب والشخصيات الكردية 10 أعضاء (رقم مرتبط بالمستجدات التنظيمية الكردية)، الشخصيات الوطنية العامة 20 عضوا.
ويعتمد المؤتمر الآليات التي يجدها مناسبة لإدماج مزيد من القوى والشخصيات التي يمكن أن تبرز في سياق الحراك الثورة والحرة الاجتماعية المدنية.

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December 7th, 2011, 11:33 pm

 

47. Ghufran said:

عبد الباري عطوان
امريكا والمانيا وفرنسا سحبت سفراءها لانهم تعرضوا للقذف بالبيض الفاسد والطماطم العفنة، عندما حاولوا اقامة جسور اتصال ببعض قيادات المعارضة السورية، واحتجاجا على عدم توفر الأمن للبعثات الدبلوماسية الأجنبية في دمشق. فماذا تغير، البيض الفاسد ما زال متوفراً بكثرة لدى الموالين للنظام، وسحب السفراء مرة أخرى لن يخيف السلطات السورية اذا ما تكرر، لأنها تعرف مسبقاً ان الغرب منافق وخائف، ولا يتسطيع تكرار السيناريو الليبي في سورية. فالتدخل العسكري الأجنبي محفوف بالمخاطر، وروسيا والصين تقفان بالمرصاد لأي محاولة في مجلس الأمن الدولي لاستصدار قرار بتشريع مثل هذا التدخل.
المعارضة السورية التي اجتمعت بالأمس مع السيدة هيلاري كلينتون في جنيف ستصاب بالاحباط حتماً، وكذلك وزراء الخارجية العرب، والصقور منهم على وجه الخصوص، الذين تشجعوا بالقرارات الغربية بسحب السفراء وحذوا حذوها، بل وذهبوا أبعد منها عندما أغلقوا السفارات.
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هل نفهم من هذه الخطوات ان الدول الغربية باتت تميل الى حل سياسي في سورية يقوم على مبدأ الحوار لا المواجهة، ام ان شن هجوم عسكري ضد ايران بات وشيكاً مع قرب اكتمال سحب القوات الامريكية من العراق، خاصة ان اكثر من مسؤول امريكي صرح بعدم استبعاد اقدام اسرائيل على مهاجمة البرامج النووية الايرانية، دون التشاور والتنسيق مع الأم الامريكية، مثلما كان عليه الحال في الهجوم على المفاعل النووي العراقي ‘تموز’؟
من المؤكد ان هناك ‘طبخة ما’ جرى اعدادها بهدوء، وباتت على وشك النضج، وما عودة السفراء الجماعية هذه إلا احدلى علامات اطلاق الضوء الأخضر لتطبيقها، سلماً أو حرباً.
انصار سورية في بيروت يتنفسون الصعداء، ويتحدثون بثقة عن استعادة النظام لزمام الأمور في الداخل، بل ان هناك من يتحدث بأن الرئيس السوري سيلقي خطاباً بعد أيام معدودة يعلن فيه انتهاء الانتفاضة، أو انهاءها كلياً. ونسألهم ولكن ماذا عن الشهداء، ماذا عن التغيير الديمقراطي، والقضاء المستقل والتعددية الحزبية؟. فيأتي الرد ابتسامة لها أكثر من معنى لا تسر المراهنين على هذه المطالب المشروعة.
ما نعرفه ان امريكا تتخلى عن حلفائها وتبيعهم بأرخص الاثمان اذا توافق ذلك مع مصالحها، والأكراد في شمالي العراق يملكون سجلاً حافلاً في هذا المضمار، ونخشى ان تكون الانتفاضة السورية هي الضحية المقبلة.

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December 7th, 2011, 11:44 pm

 

48. Ghufran said:

Turkish business community may be at odd with their government’s sanction decision
http://www.elaph.com/Web/Economics/2011/12/700988.html

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December 7th, 2011, 11:56 pm

 
 

50. Syrialover said:

Straight away as expected, the paid observers from the Assad machine were quick with the thumbs down on my comment #35 about the interview.

Come on, keep us entertained, tell us what you are paid to say was thumbs up about Assad’s creepy performance.

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December 8th, 2011, 12:17 am

 

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