Capture of Raqqa – Daraa Offensive – Schooling Crisis – Kerry Supportive

Captured Baath Party Officials in Raqqa- Video

This video of the heads of the Baath Party in Raqqa sitting next to the leader of the Islamic Front forces that conquered the city and governor’s house, or “palace” as it is called, is instructive. Both describe how the city was conquered. The Islamic Front leader has trouble saying that he is part of the Free Syrian Army and quickly credits the conquest of Raqqa to the Islamic Front. He is given the title of “Amir” or Prince, which is a Jihadi term. The Baathists sitting in their blue blazers, look very old-school and unhappy. The difference in style and dress between the new revolutionary forces and the old authoritarian Baathists is readily apparent. The Baathists are older, well groomed, and white haired. They have all the hallmarks of functionaries who are used to authority. The fighters are young, sport beards and confident. The leader wears a turban – some believe his accent gives him away as a foreigner – but one friend writes: “the guy is Deiry [from Deir az-Zor] & everything about him is Deiry, except no mustache. ” There can be little doubt that we are witnessing a changing of the guard. The group the Emir mentions is Jabhat al-wahdet al-tahrir al-islamiyya. The Islamic Front of Unity and Liberation. I am told the militia was made up largely of local tribes and they used their connections to take the city with little fighting.

Video of Raqqa victory of the Islamic Front and the tearing down of Hafez Assad’s statue

About 400,000 people have left the country since January 1 writes Antonio Guterres for the Internatinoal Herald Tribune.  He said, “Syria is spiraling towards full-scale disaster.” Additionally, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released a report Tuesday depicting the collapse of Syria’s education system. About one-fifth of the country’s schools have been damaged from fighting, while others are being used as shelters for civilians who have been displaced by the conflict. About 2 million people are estimated to be internally displaced. Schools holding classes are severely overcrowded, and many teachers have not been reporting to work.

According to a 2010 paper sponsored by Stanford University, nearly 40 percent of Syrian youth ages 15 to 24 dropped out of school before the ninth grade. And many Syrian youth, particularly women, faced crippling unemployment rates.

Major offensive in Daraa Governorate and area near Golan

The area around Daraa near the Golan Heights is being conquered by Free Syria Forces. While most attention is being paid to the north of Syria, a major push by militias in the south is unfolding. Videos by this same guy depicting conquests in the governorate of Deraa and interviews with fighters have been posted.

Here is a map of the region in question

تحرير حاجز الخيمة في درعا على حدود الجولان المحتل

Another checpoint and gives some details about the recent operations:
Al Msayfra: army base
Al Sahwa: army base
Syria Rebel Group Says It’s Holding UN Observer Troops Hostage
2013-03-06 By Donna Abu-Nasr
* Rebel fighters demand withdrawal of Syrian army from
outskirts of village of Jamla:

Yesterday we posted video, reportedly taken in Daraa province, that showed the Islamist “Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade” executing a group of prisoners of war. Today, the group has released a video of fighters standing in front of a convoy of UN trucks. They say they have captured the UN workers and they are demanding that Bashar al Assad’s forces leave the area.

Qatar lectures Kerry on arming Syrian rebels
By Anne Gearan

DOHA, Qatar — Qatar, which is widely believed to be providing weapons to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, gently lectured visiting Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday about American reluctance to get more involved in the two-year civil war that has killed more than 70,000.

Syria’s House of Cards

After two years, 1 million refugees, and more than 70,000 dead, some Syrians — and one American president — are still looking to protect their own interests rather than save a country…. Burn the cards. It’s time to go all in.

Low on ammo, rebels drive in northern Syria slows
By STEVE NEGUS | Associated Press

Iraqis Call for U.S. Military Aid After Nusra-Linked Assault on ‘Innocent Syrians’ By Roy Gutman | McClatchy Newspapers

Kerry Confident Arms Reaching Syria Moderates Al Jazeera

Western Outsourcing of Regime Change in Syria May Mean Chaos By Moritz Pieper and Octavius Pinkard | The Daily Star

Al-Qaeda’s Syrian Revival, a Lesson for Egypt By Hamad Al-Majid | Asharq Alawsat

Kerry Says Administration Backs Mideast Efforts to Arm Syrian Rebels

(New York Times) — DOHA, Qatar — Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the Obama administration supports efforts by Middle Eastern nations to send arms to the opposition in Syria, and had had discussions with foreign officials to make sure those arms go to moderate forces rather than extremists.

Mr. Kerry’s comments were the most direct public affirmation to date that the Obama administration was supporting efforts to arm the Syrian resistance, provided that the arms are sent by other nations and that care is taken to direct them to factions the United States supports.

His comments also signal a more transparent effort to coordinate military assistance for the opponents of President Bashar al-Assad. …. “There is a change in the international position and the American position,” Sheik Hamad said. “They are talking about weapons. We hope that this had happened some time ago because this would have maybe lessened the death and destruction that took place in Syria.”

A major question is whether these efforts will be enough to turn the tide against Mr. Assad.

As Syrian refu­gee population nears 1 million, relief agencies cannot keep up

The spread of makeshift aluminum shelters erected by Syrians now outpaces new rows of U.N. canvas tents here in chilly northern Jordan, home to one of the world’s fastest-growing refugee camps. A vast black-market bazaar has sprouted from the desert sand, where enterprising refugees hawk bottled water and other basic necessities that most fellow camp residents can’t afford.

In Syria, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter
– Peter Gelling and Tracey Shelton

It’s a vital distinction that, as evidenced by US reluctance to intervene in Syria, could influence the outcome of the conflict.

Syria Crisis: U.S., Israel Leaders Worry About Who Follows Assad
by Joshua Hersh

WASHINGTON — In a pair of speeches at the annual gathering of a major pro-Israel group, top U.S. and Israeli leaders expressed deep concerns about the civil war in Syria and indicated they worried as much about the situation that might emerge after the removal of the current regime as they have about the regime itself.

“The United States and Israel have a shared interest in Syria,” said Vice President Joe Biden, during a generally warm speech before some 13,000 attendees at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac). “[President Bashar] Assad has been engaging in the brutal murder of his own citizens, and our position in that regard cannot be clearer: Assad must go.”

But Biden continued, “We are not signing up for one murderous gang replacing another in Damascus.”…

“The danger of these weapons falling into the hands of these terrorist groups is very real,” Netanyahu warned. “Terrorist groups like Hezbollah and al Qaeda are trying to seize these weapons as we speak — they’re like a pack of hyenas trying to feed off a carcass, and the carcass isn’t dead yet.”

IDLIB, Syria — It’s a vital distinction that, as evidenced by US reluctance to intervene in Syria, could influence the outcome of the conflict. So which is it? Are they really terrorists? In exclusive interviews inside Syria with several senior Islamist rebel commanders, a complicated picture emerged.

…“International backing gets messy if you can’t identify an opposition you can trust to carry on international interests,” Wagner said. “Yes, Assad is not a good guy, but the alternative may be worse. Better to watch what you ask for.”Western counterterrorism agencies also worry about the training men like Yousef Topprakaya — an Australian bricklayer who joined the Syrian uprising — may be receiving on Syria’s front lines.
“Like a pack of hyenas feeding off a carcass and that carcass is not finished yet. ”

After 27 days of pleading, the “valve was opened,” Idris told TIME in an interview at a hotel in Antakya, southern Turkey. (The command is based inside Syria, albeit close to the Turkish border.) He remains at the mercy of suppliers he declined to name but who are widely known — mainly Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with the blessing of Turkey and Western states. “Our brothers in the field make demands as if I have any influence over our suppliers,” Idris said. “I can’t force them to give us ammunition. If they say ‘I don’t want to give you anything,’ what can I do?”

Syria’s Many Militias: Inside the Chaos of the Anti-Assad Rebellion
By Rania AbouzeidMarch 05, 2013

The men on the ground aren’t necessarily waiting for Idris’s supplies — they have become adept at scrounging for weapons and ammunition, buying them from the regional black market or from corrupt regime soldiers, capturing war booty and making their own armaments, rockets and improvised explosives devices. Almost two years of a grinding civil war have necessitated such skills.

But if the Military Command is to successfully stitch together the patchwork of factions and militias that make up the rebellion, it needs some form of leverage — and the funneling of weapons and ammunition into Syria is supposed to be its modus operandi. Although there are reports of new batches of armaments being shuttled mainly via Syria’s southern border with Jordan, as well as its northern one with Turkey, Idris says it’s all not enough: “We need between 500-600 tons of ammunition a week. We get between 30-40 tons. So you do the calculations.”

So how will the Military Command succeed in imposing its authority when all of its various predecessors largely failed, and Islamist groups outside the Free Syrian Army (which itself is just a loose umbrella term) are growing in stature and influence?

It’s not just about providing material support—the promise of prestige plays a part too. Although there are Islamist Jihadi units of various shades within the Free Syrian Army, other large independent groups like the Salafi Ahrar al-Sham brigades and Jabhat al-Nusra offer the strongest Islamist units within rebel ranks. The U.S considers Jabhat a terrorist organization with links to al-Qaeda although the group denies this and is widely respected by other rebels for its fighting prowess. Some FSA units are joining the Ahrar and Jabhat, not just because their networks of support seem to be more consistent, but because it has come to be perceived as a kind of graduation or a promotion, an acknowledgement that a particular FSA unit or an individual fighter is good enough to become a part of the most respected, most disciplined rank of fighters. It doesn’t hurt that the Ahrar and Jabhat turn fighters away, often because they aren’t considered pious enough, making acceptance into the groups a form of achievement…..

U.S. policy on Syria is self-defeating
March 02, 2013 12:50 AM
By Rami G. Khouri
The Daily Star

The U.S. is reluctant to offer direct military aid to the rebels because it fears weapons might fall into the hands of groups the United States does not like, especially Islamist groups such as the Nusra Front or smaller groups with alleged affinities to Al-Qaeda that have grown rapidly in the past year and now spearhead military advances in parts of Syria. Presumably, that is because the U.S. does not want to arm Islamist or other unfriendly groups who might agitate against the U.S. or its allies, such as Israel, Saudi Arabia or Jordan.

That sounds like a reasonable policy, but in reality it is a total failure. In fact it brings about precisely that outcome that Washington says it wishes to avoid – the rise to prominence, or even dominance, of those Islamist groups the U.S. dislikes. So as the U.S. speaks boldly about bringing down the Assad regime, but does little on the critical military front to help bring this about, Islamist and other rebel groups whom the U.S. dislikes have received plenty of arms and made sustained gains militarily. They have therefore won the confidence of ordinary people across the land, enhancing the likelihood that these groups will dominate the post-Assad system of power.

The wiser policy for the U.S. and other foreign states that oppose the Assad regime is simply to provide plenty of arms and other forms of military assistance (such as satellite intelligence) to groups it is already dealing with, such as the Syrian National Coalition, the Syrian National Council or the Free Syrian Army. If some weapons slip through to other groups, so be it – because withholding U.S. arms is not slowing down the acquisition of weapons by the Islamist and other groups the U.S. dislikes. American aid to the mainstream rebels, in turn, will enhance the likelihood of these groups dominating the post-Assad governance system, and of cordial ties between the U.S. and the new government that will arise in Damascus.

American officials have been naive in withholding arms and criticizing rising Syrian Islamists, while expecting everything to work out for the best in the end. In reality, Washington may wake up to a situation in a post-Assad Syria in which it is ignored, criticized and marginalized for not helping the rebels when they urgently needed military help. This may facilitate the dominance over Syria of Islamists and other “bad guys” in American eyes. It is hard to think of a more simplistic, ineffective and counterproductive policy than the one the U.S. is now pursuing.

The new normal in Baghdad
by Peter Harling

After violence that shattered hundreds of thousands of lives and left nearly everyone with a tragic story to tell, life in Iraq has settled into a strange normality — with no discernible direction or clear future. “How do you make sense of the last ten years?” said a novelist, who is trying […]

Independent: The Sunni rise again: Uprising in Syria emboldens Iraq’s minority community

“Iraq or Maliki! Iraq or Maliki!” shout Sunni Arab demonstrators as they block roads in western Iraq in protest against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and discrimination against their community. Demonstrations by Sunni, in their tens of …

How Michel Kilo Negotiated a Tenuous Truce in Ras Al Ayn By Omar Hossino

Kurdish and Arab militias waged a bittkilled nearly 300 people. It took a diverse group of men and women, Kurds and Arabs, Alawites, Sunnis, Christians, tribal leaders and urbanites to broker Feb. 17’s tenuous peace.

“We tried to have all sects represented,” said Ata Kaml Ata, a member of the Committee for the Protection of the Civil Peace and Revolution, a new group formed by Kilo…..“Our next priority is in Houran [as the southern plains of Daraa are known], regarding the kidnapped people between Houran and Swaida,” said committee member battle for three months in the northern city of Ras Al Ayn, in Hassakeh province. Now, they’ve reached a truce that has managed to last into a third week, marking an early success for a nascent group of peacekeepers led by famed Christian dissident Michel Kilo.

Syria’s northern towns and villages, with their complex ethnic and religious divisions, are a tinderbox for internecine fighting. They contain fault lines between ethnic groups, Kurds and Arabs, and among competing forces within each group — battle lines that could trigger a disintegration of the Syrian state. Ras Al Ayn is a microcosm of them, arguably the most complex town in the region. The months of fighting in Ras Al Ayn

Barack Obama, Parochial Leader for Parochial Nation: Fouad Ajami
By Fouad Ajami

March 5 (Bloomberg) — It wasn’t Barack Obama’s doing — at least not fully. The crowds in Paris and Berlin, and the Muslims in Cairo and Karachi, eager to be done with President George W. Bush, took the new standard-bearer of American power as one of their own, a cosmopolitan man keen to break with the embattled certitude of the Bush years.

STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON SYRIA March 5, 2013 Washington, D.C. ­ – U.S. efforts on Iran not working, Syria planning underway: Mattis

This service is not intended to encourage spam. The details provided by your colleague have been used for the sole purpose of facilitating this email communication and have not been retained by Thomson Reuters. Your personal details have not been added to any database or mailing list.

If you would like to receive news articles delivered to your email address, plea

Comments (683)

zoo said:

“The fighters are young, vigorous, sport beards and confident.”

Yes, with a bestial and wild look in the eyes, just coming out from Morsi’s favorite planet

March 6th, 2013, 11:19 am


ghufran said:

The video posted above leaves little doubt that it was the islamic rebels,not the FSA, who attacked Raqqa, it also supports the frequently mentioned stories about the people of Raqqa not being interested in destroying their city by follwing violent factions in either side, the problem is that neither the islamists not hard core Assad supporters are interested in a deal that does not exclude the other side, therefore, there will be a counter attack on Raqqa, bombing started within hours of that famous downing of Hafez statue, notice the heavy accent of the rebels spoke person, he probably does not have a highschool education and may not be Syrian to start with but Raqqa residents are supposed to welcome him as an uninvited “liberator” !!

March 6th, 2013, 11:23 am


zoo said:

Despite been “recognized”, why wasn’t the opposition made officially member of the Arab League?

Lebanon urges reinstatement of Syria to Arab League

In 2012, the Arab League then recognized one of the rebel forces, the Syrian National Coalition, and SNC head Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib as the legitimate voice at the League’s table.

Wednesday, Lebanon Foreign Minister Adnan Mansur said Syria should regain its seat anyway — even though violence continues — because “Arab states failed to resolve the Syrian crisis,” AFP reported.

Read more:
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

March 6th, 2013, 11:34 am


zoo said:

#2 Ghufran

The attack of the Islamists on Raqqa have transformed this city that was a shelter for the displaced into a new war zone. Most people will leave the city for another shelter that may become the rebels next target.
The rebels are kicking the civilians out of their shelters, exposing them to death and then calling to get weapons to “protect” them? what a sinister joke.

And they dare call that a ‘blow’ to the Syrian Army?
The capture of Raqqa and the killing of Iraqi soldiers is a gift to the Syrian government just as the the USA is mulling to give more help to ‘good’ rebels.
The USA must be wondering: are the occupiers of Raqqa good or bad rebels?

March 6th, 2013, 11:45 am


Visitor said:

The video embedded in the main post shows the clear signs of thuggishness on the faces of both the so-called mayor and the idiot pig of the so-called baath.

On the other hand the holy warrior clearly shows signs of determination, honesty, dsicipline and the will to carry out the sacred war throughout Syria in order to cleanse of the filth of the likes of the two thugs.

It is imperative that these two thugs be brought in front of the legal councils to be dealt with according to the Law as ordained in the Holy Book as soon as possible.

March 6th, 2013, 11:47 am


ghufran said:

محافظة الرقة ::سقط عشرات الشهداء والجرحى اثر القصف من الطيران الحربي الذي تتعرض له مناطق في مدينة الرقة ويستهدف محيط الافرع الامنية والدوائر الحكومية ولاتزال الاشتباكات مستمرة في محيط فرع المخابرات العسكرية
angry regime supporters claim that the “temporary” fall of Raqqa center was only possible after key security and government figures decided to leave the fight and either run away or surrender, I think many Raqqawis thought that giving the city keys to the rebels may help prevent a blood bath, this remains to be seen, I am skeptical.
rebels attacked troops coming from Salamiyyah to enter Raqqa but there is no way to stop a bloody fight in Raqqa now since militants from both sides want a fight til the end, it takes a fool to believe the myth that rebels are protecting civilians,reporters indicate that thousands of refugees and area residents are now leaving the city which has become an easy target for thieves and thugs.
moving to Chavez, some may find this interesting:
الرئيس الأسد في برقية تعزية لنائب رئيس جمهورية فنزويلا الشقيقة: رحيل الرئيس المناضل هوغو تشافيز رئيس جمهورية فنزويلا البوليفارية خسارة كبرى لي شخصيا ولشعب سورية بمقدار ما هو خسارة كبرى لشعب فنزويلا الشقيقة ولشرفاء شعوب العالم وأحراره
(notice the term “sisterly” )
toz feekom wa bihal thawra

March 6th, 2013, 12:11 pm


zoo said:

Too weak to win their ‘revolution’, the armed rebels have first turned to the Islamists for help, and as it is became worse, now they beg Europe for help and dismiss the Islamists.

Syrian rebel army chief sees victory ‘in month’ if West ships arms

BRUSSELS – Agence France-Presse
The EU Parliament in Brussels on March 6, 2013. AFP Photo

The chief of staff of Syria’s rebel army issued a stong call for arms and ammunition from Western nations Wednesday, saying that if helped, the insurgents could topple President Bashar al-Assad’s regime “within a month”.

Jihadist fighters in the radical Al Nusra faction amounted to only around 5,000 people — or two to three percent of the rebel forces — with 4,500 of them Syrians, he added.

March 6th, 2013, 12:21 pm


zoo said:

Total desperation is hitting the rebels. Now they use the UN to blackmail the Syrian Army.

Syria rebels seize UN convoy near Golan

Reuters & AFP

Beirut: Syrian rebels say they have seized a convoy of United Nations observers near the Golan Heights, according to videos posted on the Internet site YouTube on Wednesday by a violence monitoring group.

A young man saying he was from the “Martyrs of Yarmouk” brigade said the convoy would not be released until forces loyal to President Bashar Al Assad withdrew from the village of Jamla, a mile east of the ceasefire line with the Israeli-occupied Golan.

March 6th, 2013, 12:29 pm


Tara said:

Raqqa falls and the boy president claims victory.

March 6th, 2013, 12:31 pm


Dolly Buster said:

Zoo, can you stop pasting agency news? Thanx. Try to back up your own pro-KGB positions instead. You have no argument whatsoever, only ‘fallacy of bare assertion.’

March 6th, 2013, 12:31 pm


Visitor said:

This was posted under the previous thread. It should go here.

Lebanon, today, tried to play a dirty game at the Arab League. It requested that Syria’s membership in the League be restored.

The League restored Syria’s membership by granting Syria’s seat to the opposition.

Another master-piece by our great brother HBJ, and the equally great brothers of KSA.



It has been a long time, and now you deserve it:

Toz feek wulak.

March 6th, 2013, 12:45 pm


Visitor said:

There was yet another master-piece for our great brother HBJ, and our equally great KSA brothers. The Arab League has given the green light for member states to send arms to the opposition.

This is yet another blow to the US policy with regards to Syria, since the Arab States are not bound by any US agenda with regards to who should receive the weapons.

March 6th, 2013, 12:51 pm


zoo said:

Qatar hits back at Lebanon and put pressure on the opposition to nominate an ‘executive council’

Syrian National Congress invited to sit at Arab League table

Arab League offers Syrian National Congress country’s vacated position once it forms executive.
The Syrian National Coalition has received an invitation from the Arab League to attend the group’s meeting in Doha, Qatar later this month.

A representative from the SNC can attend provided it forms a “representative executive council,” Al Jazeera reported.

March 6th, 2013, 12:54 pm


ann said:

Thank you Prof. Landis for your embedded video exposing those filthy mercenary islamist animals inside Syria.

Can someone here expose the nationality of those friends of Obama and Kerry in the video?

March 6th, 2013, 12:56 pm


zoo said:

Now that Kerry has exposed to the world that KSA and Qatar have been sending weapons to the rebels for months, not too lose face, the Arab League rushes to give the “greenlight” for ‘free’ weapons delivery.
More pathetic than that, it can’t be!

March 6th, 2013, 1:00 pm


Tara said:


Great move by the AL. It is pretty humiliating to Bashar and a slap on the face to his Lebanese stooges. Don’t you think?

March 6th, 2013, 1:01 pm


ann said:

15. zoo said:

“”” the Arab League rushes to give the “greenlight” for ‘free’ weapons delivery. “””

This is a blatant declaration of war on Syria

March 6th, 2013, 1:03 pm


Dolly Buster said:

7. zoo said:

Syrian rebel army chief sees victory ‘in month’

Awesome. I was hoping for a Spring 2013 victory, because the weather is nice.
The UK said they would ship armor and armored vehicles, I saw it on Sky News.
That is clever because armor is Non-Lethal but still useful.

But I’m like, hurry up, the conquest of Damascus is around the corner. We need those vehicles for quartering the guys who posted “Syria Tube” propaganda for the Nidham.

March 6th, 2013, 1:03 pm


Dolly Buster said:

15. zoo said:
Kerry has exposed to the world that KSA and Qatar have been sending weapons to the rebels for months

Thanks for posting something other than news.
You still haven’t explained why it is okay for Putin to send Airplanes, but not okay for Emir Qatar to send shoulder-fired missiles.

Here is a nice hymn for Ameer Hamad ↓

March 6th, 2013, 1:07 pm


ghufran said:

قال الأمين العام لجامعة الدول العربية نبيل العربي إن الائتلاف الوطني السوري المعارض سيشغل مقعد سوريا في الجامعة.
وأضاف العربي في مؤتمر صحفي إن وزراء خارجية الجامعة، المجتمعين في القاهرة، دعوا الائتلاف لاختيار ممثل لحضور القمة العربية التي تعقد في الدوحة في وقت لاحق هذا الشهر.
Nobody takes the Arab League seriously but after HBJ managed to “reform” the league it has become like a whore house with him being the pimp in chief.

March 6th, 2013, 1:10 pm


Visitor said:

Need I remind everyone here that it is I who is making the most accurate predictions here?

I predicted acceleration of arms delivery from our GCC brothers about three months ago while Syria was in deep freeze winter. I also predicted that it will happen before the spring and the warm weather

Now it is happening and spring is on the horizon. It is my birth season. I am a spring guy.

March 6th, 2013, 1:14 pm



Stop leaking your IP address, you dumbo.

Anyone has a video of the face of the nus-lira representative in the AL when they declared the coalition as the legitimate holder of the “Restored” seat of SYRIA?

I am an irreligious rodent, but today, i am reminded of Quran’s great verse.

وَمَكَرُوا وَمَكَرَ اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ

March 6th, 2013, 1:28 pm


zoo said:

As the AL has declared that Syria is an open country free for all, then I am sure it will face so unpleasant surprises. The Syrian government has now the greenlight to welcome any help from other countries.

Already the FSA is lamenting that the Hezbollah is ready to send 5,000 fighters. Iraq may also intervene in sending weapons to the Syrian army and possibly soldiers to fight against Islamists. Iran is probably getting some of its revolutionary guards brigades ready for action.

The AL has opened another Pandora’s box.

March 6th, 2013, 1:37 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

The Syrian army situated in the Golan against Israel should be the strongest , how could Assad claim to be resistant,and withdraw his army from there,Israel can easily move over with no resistance, this is treason,Assad is commiting treason

March 6th, 2013, 1:43 pm


zoo said:

@22 Visitor


March 6th, 2013, 1:43 pm



“The fool @25

Who ith left to bring to athad friendth litht…?

Iran guards are already being smoked on Syrian soil
So are nus-lira thugs
Malki received a licking… and more to come.

Russian weapons are being made laughing stock when destroyed by half-hazard rag-tag locally manufactured contraptions (not even real weapons).

china?…. too smart for the fools to con

March 6th, 2013, 1:50 pm


zoo said:

Recapturing Raqqa is already labelled a ‘genocide’..

The question is what’s next? With security forces using warplanes to bombard Raqqa, in an attempt to take it back from the rebels, genocide is in the making.

March 6th, 2013, 1:51 pm


zoo said:

The consolation prize to compensate for the continuous political failures of the so called ‘coalition’: A promised puppet seat in Qatar’s owned Arab League.

March 6th, 2013, 1:59 pm


AIG said:


The rebels took Raqqa without using air power. That is exactly what the Syrian militia known as the army should try doing. Instead, they bomb indiscriminately from the air. And then the regime idiots say that Assad is not bombing his own cities or wrecking Syria’s infrastructure. Just how dumb can you be to do this? I just do not get it. How dumb and stupid can you be to bomb your own cities like this??? How can anyone support a regime that does this??? The regime is pounding Syria to dust and the regime idiots are asking for more bombing. Where can you find such prize idiots??? When was the last time a regime went about systematically bombing the country it claimed to rule???

March 6th, 2013, 2:00 pm


AIG said:

And we are still waiting for the regime idiots on this blog to explain what were the “strategic reasons” for retreating from Raqqa. Zoo, help us here. Did Assad leave Raqqa for “strategic reasons”, or did the regime simply lose the battle?

March 6th, 2013, 2:06 pm


zoo said:

Syrian warplanes bombarded the city of Raqqa yesterday, a day after it was captured by rebel fighters, opposition campaigners and a resident said.

“The centre of the city is being bombarded by warplanes. I counted 60 rockets,” the resident said, adding hospitals had issued calls to donate blood as casualties mounted.

Sharif Shihada, a member of the government-controlled Parliament, told al-Jazeera television ground forces had been sent to retake Raqqa and said: “The situation will suddenly change for these terrorists,” referring to opposition brigades

March 6th, 2013, 2:11 pm


Citizen said:

Syria events have no resemblance to revolution: French Gen.
TEHRAN, March 4 (MNA) –A French retired general, who is an expert in geopolitical strategy says Syrian events have no resemblance to revolution.
“What is happening in Syria is the result of intervention of the foreign powers in the internal affairs of a sovereign state,” added Gen. Alain Courvais during the congress of the Patriotic Union of Syrian Students (French branch).

He added that “Syria is facing a great conspiracy, from the plot of mercenaries of 29 countries with logistical support of Turkish government and financial support of Qatar and Saudi Arabia has been entering into Syria.

Members of the Syrian diplomatic core and Syrians living in France, some university professors in France, and a group of French independent journalists and reporters participated in the conference “Dialogue in Syria, From Resistance to International Relations,” held in the Syrian Cultural Center in Paris.

In an address to the conference, Gen. Courvais said “prior to the crisis, Syrian officials were trying seriouslyto turn Syria into a new and strong country, but the West has always been trying to prevent that.”

On the Zionist lobbying efforts to cover up the truth in Syria, Gen. Courvais said “many of French institutions asked for his analysis and comments about Syria, but the TV networks were against the idea, since they are all beholden to a “famous lobby” [Zionist].”

This French general pointed to the purchase of properties in France by Qatari Sheikhs and said “it is surprising that the French government has agreed to substantial investments to land purchase in metropolitan areas of French cities by some governments and officials of the Persian Gulf countries who are supporting terrorism.”

March 6th, 2013, 2:16 pm


Visitor said:

Zoo @27,

I just thought you should also get the appropriate video for your miserable record with predictions. Here you go,

March 6th, 2013, 2:21 pm


Visitor said:

March 6th, 2013, 2:23 pm


AIG said:


You do understand I hope that you need to make some original arguments to be taken seriously instead of posting nonsense from Iranian sources?

Here is your chance. Why don’t you explain to us why it makes sense for Assad to bomb Raqqa from the air and wreck it. What is the logic behind this except pure hatred and vindictiveness? He is after all bombing his OWN city and since he has no way to perform pinpoint bombing, he is just making Raqqa dust and not helping getting it back.

March 6th, 2013, 2:30 pm


Citizen said:

I hate to bring bad news, because it is often the messenger who is shot. But, maybe it will take the Russia-China axis to curb the US’ imperialism and merciless slaughter of innocent men, women and children.
Putin ! go ahead !!
Iran and Syria are part of the same imperialist dynamic of Western capitalist powers waging wars on the world for their selfish and criminal interests. Ultimately, Russia and China are the targets of this dynamic. Even if it’s only for their own self-defence, Moscow and Beijing must adopt clearer analysis of the geopolitical context and see the Western powers for the aggressive adversaries that they are.
A military defence of Syria and an insistence on ending illegal sanctions on Iran would be a start to more realistic thinking and policy that could restore a semblance of law and order in the world.
Russia and China bear a heavy responsibility for world peace. They need to act promptly on that by forming a realistic defensive alliance with Syria and Iran.
Why talk with arsonists when the house is burning?

March 6th, 2013, 2:31 pm


Tara said:


Bring any news you want.

No one gives Russia any weight anyhow. Beside its veto power, it is weightless.

March 6th, 2013, 2:37 pm


zoo said:

The Coalition’s Anthem

March 6th, 2013, 2:47 pm


zoo said:

Where is the Qatari-Arab League welcome committee?

Militants from Russia’s North Caucasus join “jihad” in Syria

2:26 p.m. EST, March 6, 2013

MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Flanked by almost 20 men with rifles, Omar Abu al-Chechen kneels on a carpet and delivers a rousing speech urging fellow Muslims to support the ‘jihad’ against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Dressed almost entirely in black, the militant from Russia’s Chechnya region declares an Islamist state is within reach. Fellow fighters from the brigade of foreign militants he leads translate his Russian words into Arabic.

March 6th, 2013, 2:56 pm


zoo said:

#35 Visitor

Too late, I got the idea first. I will happily skip it.

March 6th, 2013, 3:03 pm


Citizen said:

United Nations Security Council condemned the Syrian rebels and demanded the immediate release of the hostages. Russia’s representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin commented. “The members of the Security Council demanded the immediate release of all detained UN peacekeepers without preconditions, and called on all parties to voluntarily cooperate with UNDOF to ensure smooth operation and security personnel. Now there are negotiations between UN and invaders and we hope, as the UN Security Council demanded that the staff would be released immediately, “- said Churkin.
Earlier it was reported that on the Internet there was a video message of Syrian rebels in which they reported the incident. In the video, a young man who identified himself as a member of the team “Martyrs of Yarmuk,” declares that international observers will not be released as long as the troops under the control of President Bashar al-Assad does not leave the territory of the village Jamlu. It is a village about a mile east of the line of fire on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
“We demand the complete withdrawal of troops to their former mode position. If this is not complied with within 24 hours, the hostages will be treated like a prisoner, “- said in a video message.
Three rebels stand against two white armored trucks and fuel trucks marked UN (United Nations), in which five people sitting in a light-blue UN helmets and armored vests. Their faces are not visible. From there, they are bound to his command. Shots heard, one of the militants said that “fire arrows are Assad.”
The militants accused UN peacekeepers “in helping the regime of Bashar al-Assad and Israel.” “The UN helps servants Assad freed us back to the village,” – said one of the extremists.
This is the second such incident in recent days – February 26, the organization also reported the loss of another peacekeeper from the observation mission.

March 6th, 2013, 3:05 pm


zoo said:

The UN should send Qatar’s HBJ to negotiate the release of the 24 UN personnel. Maybe he can convince these rebels to take a job as cooks on the Greek island that his highness Fatso and his favorite wife The Banana just bought.
They know how to use a knife.

March 6th, 2013, 3:11 pm


Tara said:

Keeping up appearances
Mar 6th 2013, 16:51 by The Economist | BEIRUT

THOUGH the war is at President Bashar Assad’s doorstep in Damascus, his government is still trying to give the impression of business as usual. The regime continues to pay salaries to Syria’s civil servants, wherever they may be, even though government offices in swathes of the country are empty. Earlier this month the north-eastern provincial city of Raqqa fell to Mr Assad’s enemies—the first city to do so.

Yet the show must go on. In Damascus the electricity board still issues citizens with bills. The postal service still delivers mail no more erratically than before. Even the Meteorological Office is on hand to publish forecasts of rain. For Syrians who enjoy star-gazing, the Astronomical Society has notified them to look out for a comet between March 12th and 14th.

Though almost no tourists came last year, the government heralds a tourism body charged, among other things, with “preserving traditional handicrafts”. Meanwhile, the environment ministry is keen to start a study into “pollution caused by terrorists’ actions, such as burning forests”.

“The state is investing heavily in the desire felt by many Syrians for a return to normalcy,” says Peter Harling of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. Earlier this month Mr Assad’s rubber-stamp parliament presented a bill to regulate dentists.

March 6th, 2013, 3:12 pm


revenire said:

Dolly your answer to “You still haven’t explained why it is okay for Putin to send Airplanes, but not okay for Emir Qatar to send shoulder-fired missiles.” follows:

It is a very simple distinction. One is lawful and the other is against all international law.

Russian arms sales are to a legitimate government and legal – Syria is not under an arms embargo with regard to Russia, China, Iran etc. Qatar’s weapons are to Al-Qaeda/FSA/al-Nusra trying to overthrow a legitimate government.

For example, if tomorrow up springs a Qatari Liberation Front and China started shipping the “freedom fighters” arms that action would be illegal and denounced world wide as being such. Qatar might even find itself facing sanctions.

It is against all agreed upon international law to try to overthrow a government by force.

Now you can argue it is a revolution etc. but it is still against law and an act of war on the part of Qatar, KSA, US, etc. You can say “the Qataris are helping against the regime” but that is a specious argument. If international relations were like that then we could arm anyone we liked to overthrow any government. It would be law of the jungle and lead to world war.

Dolly I believe you know all this.

On top of all this the same governments who break ALL international law by sending terrorists weapons also call for the UN – that they violate – to impose a No-Fly Zone or intervene in Syria.

March 6th, 2013, 3:13 pm


Visitor said:

Do you guys know that Zoo posted > 38% of the comments so far on this Landis post?

Is it not clear that Zoo is an unemployed bum? And probably un-employable!!

Is it not demeaning to those who argue with someone who could potentially be a bum? Not to mention a proven liar?

March 6th, 2013, 3:17 pm


zoo said:

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Piling mistake upon mistake

The only way to achieve a peaceful transition to democracy in Syria is through the regime. Destroying the state will lead to a power vacuum and chaos »
*** NOTE***
This article has been withdrawn minutes after it was published. Who is behind the censor?

March 6th, 2013, 3:18 pm


revenire said:

The British enemy is very unhappy that life goes on in Syria. That is how to read that Tara – aside from the hysteria and outright lies.

March 6th, 2013, 3:21 pm


revenire said:

I see the article Zoo but let me paste it for posterity (forgive the length friends).

The only way to achieve a peaceful transition to democracy in Syria is through the regime. Destroying the state will lead to a power vacuum and chaos

For two years, the United States and the European Union have done everything short of sending their own troops and aircraft into battle to evict Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria. Only recently have they begun to realise that they have made a historic mistake: in the euphoria created by the Arab Spring, they are in imminent danger of handing over the entire Arab world to Islamists for whom democracy is anathema.

In a front page editorial titled ‘The Death of a Country,’ The Economist has warned that if the West now simply draws back and lets the civil war run its course, Syria will become “a new Somalia rotting in the heart of the Levant.”

“Almost everything America wants to achieve in the Middle East will become harder. Containing terrorism, ensuring the supply of energy and preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction … Syria’s disintegration threatens them all.”


Where The Economist goes dangerously wrong is in heaping all the blame for this on Mr. Assad. Had he not “embraced a policy of violence from the start” and “attacked the Arab Spring with tanks and gunships” and turned his Alawite praetorian guard upon Sunnis, he would not have “turned peaceful demonstrators into armed militants” and drawn the jihadi hosts into Syria.

To prevent Syria from turning into another Mali, therefore, it asks the U.S. and the EU to administer the same medicine it fed to Qadhafi in Libya — impose a no-fly zone, destroy Syria’s air force and missiles, and arm ‘non-Jihadi rebel groups’ with surface-to-air missiles. These prescriptions reveal a profound ignorance of the situation in both Libya and Syria.

What is more immediately relevant is that its view in not shared by any leader of the democracy movement in Syria. On the contrary, in an article in The Guardian on June 22 last year, Haytham Manna, the chairman of the 16-party National Coalition for Transition to Democracy, and Mr. Assad’s most trenchant critic in the early days of the insurgency, placed the blame for the sidelining of the democracy movement squarely upon the West’s complicity in allowing the Istanbul based Free Syrian Army to recruit Islamist foreign fighters for the assault on Syria.

Six months later, on December 18, he wrote that the Syrian people had come to regard the foreigners not as liberators but as oppressors. “When the Syrian army attacks al-Nusra it is not as the suppressor of the popular movement, but the guarantor of the unity of Syria’s diverse society … It is the alliance between foreign jihadists and some Syrians that risks tearing the country apart, leading to religious extremism, long-term sectarian war, and the persecution of minorities and various civilian groups.”

The Economist correctly perceives that as Syria disintegrates, the jihadis could use “lawless territory as a base for international terror (and) menace Israel across the Goal Heights.” But what it does not perceive is that the collapse of the Assad regime will hasten this process and end by putting Israel in mortal peril. One has only to trace the likely aftermath of its collapse to understand why.

First, the end of Mr. Assad will not necessarily mean the return of peace. As happened in Afghanistan, it will make 5,000 to 6,000 foreign jihadis redundant and turn them into loose cannons in the country. Repatriating them will be far from easy because the ‘Arab Spring’ has shattered their home economies and left millions without work. This is why Libyans make up the largest contingent among the foreign fighters in both Syria and Mali.


But they cannot stay on indefinitely in Syria either for, with no common purpose left to unite them, the rivalry between the jihadis and more moderate opponents of Mr. Assad will almost certainly erupt into a struggle for power. Unlike the proxy war that it was able to wage upon Mr. Assad, this is a war the West will not be able to stay out of.

The moderates within the newly created Syrian National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary forces (SNCORF) already fear this. That is why within three months of being elected, its President Moaz al Khatib, a former Imam of the Omayyad mosque in Damascus, declared himself willing to attend a conference with Bashar al-Assad to chalk out a peaceful transition in Syria. But his weakness was exposed when the diehards in the SNCORF forced him to retract his offer within days. The only remaining option is also the easiest. This is to channel their fervour into a new jihad. The inevitable next target will be Jordan because it lies on the direct route to Al Quds (Jerusalem) and the Al Aqsa mosque, the second holiest shrine in Islam.


Jordan will either cave in or give them free access to the West Bank. That will leave Israel surrounded, and isolated. Any pre-emptive action it takes to make its borders more secure such as re-occupying the Sinai to block access to Gaza will alienate the Arabs, increase the sway of the jihadis, and blight the prospect for a return to democracy and religious moderation in the foreseeable future. It could also put a question mark over the long-term survival of Israel.

If Barack Obama wishes to arrest the development of another, infinitely more dangerous, quagmire in Syria and Jordan, he must do the opposite of what The Economist is proposing and heed, however belatedly, the pleas of the original Syrian National Council, and other leading democracy activists like Manna, to stop the inflow of arms and foreign fighters. This will, admittedly meet stiff opposition from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Libya. But Mr. Obama does not have the choice of shirking hard decisions, because he or his successors will face worse ones in the future.

Second, Mr. Obama needs to recognise that the only way to achieve a peaceful transition to democracy is through the regime, as is happening in Myanmar, and not after its destruction. Creating a power vacuum by destroying the state does not make way for democracy but chaos. The resulting vacuum is always filled by the most organised, ruthless and therefore undemocratic groups in a society.

In his January 7 speech to his country, Mr. Assad invited all remaining Syrian opposition groups to a second conference on democracy and threw the doors open to a fresh election and the formation of a new government. He should be strongly urged to hold it as soon, and with as few preconditions, as possible. Haytham Manna and his colleagues should be encouraged to attend the conference. Moaz al Khatib also wants to attend it: Mr. Obama should make it possible for him to do so.

(The writer is a senior journalist)

March 6th, 2013, 3:24 pm


AIG said:

Thank you for “proving” that Assad arming Hezbollah is against international law. The regime idiots constantly undermine their own position.

March 6th, 2013, 3:26 pm


AIG said:

What whiners the regime supporters are. Instead of complaining about weapons going to the rebels, just fight and win or most likely just die trying. We are still waiting to hear what the “strategic reasons” were for abandoning Raqqa. Why isn’t any regime idiot willing to tell us?

March 6th, 2013, 3:31 pm


ghufran said:

“Thank you for “proving” that Assad arming Hezbollah is against international law. The regime idiots constantly undermine their own position”
an Israeli talking about international law is like a hooker bragging about abstinence. Yes,the regime has a nice collection of thieves and thugs but I do not know any Syrian who thinks Israel is a law-abiding country, I give Israelis credit for a number of things but respecting international law is not one of them,sorry.
(give me more of the thumbs down,I am starting to love the stuff)

March 6th, 2013, 3:36 pm


ghufran said:

what a disappointment,I was hoping to hear Mr Ziadeh’s wonderful voice as the only legitimate rep of thawrajiyyeh geeks:
نفى الأمين العام للجامعة العربية نبيل العربي الأنباء عن أن الجامعة قررت منح الائتلاف السوري المعارض مقعد دمشق في هذه المنظمة، مشيرا إلى أن الائتلاف غير مؤهل حاليا لذلك.
وخلال رده على سؤال لأحد الإعلاميين في مؤتمر صحفي في القاهرة عما جاء في نص القرار بهذا الشأن بدأ العربي بقراءة مقطع من بيان الجامعة:”… دعوة الائتلاف الوطني وقوى الثورة والمعارضة السورية لتشكيل هيئة تنفيذية لشغل مقعد سورية في جامعة الدول العربية إلى حين إجراء انتخابات تفضي إلى تشكيل حكومة تتولى مسؤوليات السلطة في سورية، وذلك تقديرا لتضحيات الشعب السوري والظروف الاستثنائية التي يمر بها”. وأوضح أن سورية لا تزال عضوا مؤسسا في الجامعة العربية، مشيرا إلى أنه يجب أن يكون هناك “سلطة تنفيذية وحكومة مؤقتة”، وأنه لا يمكن شغل المقعد في الجامعة إلا بعد إنشاء ذلك. كما أكد العربي أن بيان جنيف لا يزال أساسا لمعالجة الأزمة السورية، لكن المجتمع الدولي لم يصل لاتفاق حول كيفية تحقيق ما ينص عليه. وقال: “لا توجد بارقة الأمل حتى الآن”. من جانبه أكد الائتلاف الوطني السوري أنه يرحب بقرار منحه مقعد سورية في الجامعة و”إن كان مشروطا”. هذا وكانت تقارير إعلامية من مقر جامعة الدول العربية قد تحدثت في وقت سابق عن منح الجامعة مقعد دمشق فيها للائتلاف الوطني السوري. كما أشارت التقارير إلى أن لبنان والعراق والجزائر أبدت تحفظها بشأن القرار.
for the records, I am indeed not happy that the AL did not go all the way on that matter, the AL has been quite comic lately,this is a setback.
just in case,israel’s lovers on this blog skipped my last post:
an Israeli talking about international law is like a hooker bragging about abstinence.

March 6th, 2013, 3:43 pm


MarigoldRan said:

@ Visitor

I too am coming to the opinion that Zoo, like Revenire, have WAY too much time on their hands.

March 6th, 2013, 3:44 pm


AIG said:


My view on international law is clear, and has been clear for years on this blog. International law is BS. It is nothing but a political tool that is used cynically. I never base any of my arguments on international law. I just pointed out the contradiction in the regime idiot’s positions.

The only law I respect is Israeli law and of course the laws of the countries I visit.

March 6th, 2013, 3:59 pm


Citizen said:

In the context of “democracy and freedom”, the US’s close friendship with Saudi Arabia! 🙂

March 6th, 2013, 4:11 pm


Tara said:

The AL gives Syria’s seat to the Coalition once it forms executive body and tomorrow Batta and his supporters will claim victory.

It is getting quite entertaining.

March 6th, 2013, 4:11 pm


ann said:

53. ghufran said:

“”” an Israeli [AIG] talking about international law is like a hooker bragging about abstinence “””

Deserves a second mention 😀 😀 😀

Thank you GHUFRAN 😉

March 6th, 2013, 4:13 pm


Visitor said:

Additional victories were scored today by the Nusra Front holy warriors and their FSA trainees,

1) A helicopter bites the dust in Aleppo near Nayrab.

2) Destruction of checkpoint (8 March), most likely manned by Hezbo thugs, in Zabaltani district in Damascus.

3) Detention of Philipino so-called UN personnel while caught in the act of colluding with the criminal regime.

OTOH, the only thing the criminal regime can show in return is more destruction of civilian neighborhoods.

March 6th, 2013, 4:23 pm


Hanzala said:

Much of the Daraa countryside has been cleared of Assadist, I know this since my own village has been cleared of Assadists and it is about 10 minutes from Daraa city. From Jiza to Saida east of Daraa city have been cleared, and the areas west of the city have also been cleared. The regime controls the city and one of the main roads leading to it, and the northern countryside near Damascus. Busra and Daraa city will fall soon, InshaAllah.

It actually happened very quickly, most of the FSA groups there are working closely with Jabhat al Nusra, there is a lot of support for these fearless warriors in this conservative province. The thing is most of the fighters are just young guys and needed a highly experienced force to learn from.

the whole village of m3arba came out for Jabhat al Nusra

March 6th, 2013, 4:30 pm


Citizen said:

The U.S., Israel and NATO are preparing for momentous events in the Middle East. They will not be peaceful ones.

Last year’s Juniper Cobra exercises were the opening salvo for the new plan, clearly prepared for long in advance.

The official purpose was to protect Israel from possible Iranian missile attacks, but the truth is far different. More than a year before, the Pentagon’s European Command, whose top military commander is also NATO’s supreme commander, installed a missile shield radar base in Israel’s Negev Desert, near the host country’s nuclear program at Dimona. The American Forward Based X-Band Transportable Radar has a range of 2,900 miles [4,300 kilometers], far more than what would be required for Iran but sufficient to cover all of western and much of southern Russia.

120 U.S. military personnel were assigned to the base, the first foreign troops to ever be stationed in Israel. Juniper Cobra was the testing phase for U.S. global interceptor missile deployments in the Middle East and beyond. The new American plans have been described by the White House and the Pentagon to be fully integrated with NATO to encompass all of Europe, and Israel’s role in those designs is pivotal. Last autumn’s U.S.-Israeli missile exercises helped “the United States craft its European missile shield…Featuring in the…maneuvers is Aegis, a U.S. Navy anti-missile system that the administration of President Barack Obama plans to deploy in the eastern Mediterranean as the first part of a missile shield for Europe announced last month.”

As a U.S. Army officer present for Juniper Cobra stated at the time, “On a wider perspective, what the Americans learn from these complex exercises will help shape a NATO defense shield for Europe.”

Earlier this month Israel announced that it has successfully tested what it calls its Iron Dome short- and medium-range anti-missile system, which consists of the newly developed Arrow 2 and David’s Sling interceptor missiles. The first Arrow “was deployed in 2000, and Israel and the United States have since conducted a joint, biennial missile defense exercise, called Juniper Cobra, to work on integrating the weapons, radars and other systems of the two countries.”

Last May in the “first meeting of senior Israeli defense officials with the Obama administration’s new staff at the Pentagon,” the Director General of Israeli Ministry of Defense, General Pinchas Buhris, and American counterparts in Washington, DC it was announced that the U.S. will fully fund a $100 million advanced Arrow 3 missile defense system.

“Israel and the United States are also developing David’s Sling – a missile defense system for medium-range missile with a range between 70 and 250 kilometers. The Arrow 3 will be a longer-range version of the Arrow defense system currently in IDF operation. It will be capable of intercepting incoming enemy missiles at higher altitudes and farther away from Israel

In July the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency worked with Israel to test the Arrow system at a U.S. range in the Pacific Ocean.

The head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Army Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, said regarding the Pacific drills that “the test will allow Israel to measure its advanced Arrow system against a target with a range of more than 620 miles (1,000 km), too long for previous Arrow test sites in the eastern Mediterranean.

An unnamed U.S. Defense Department official was quoted by Reuters as saying “The upcoming test…provides us the opportunity to have the Patriot system, the THAAD [Terminal High Altitude Area Defense] system and the Aegis system all interacting with the Arrow system so that we’re demonstrating full interoperability as we execute this test.” The same four interceptor missile systems were used jointly in the Juniper Cobra exercises in October and November

Other NATO states are also assisting the missile and general military buildup for a potential catastrophe in the Middle East, most notably Germany, which will double the amount of Dolphin submarines it has provided Israel. Dolphins are considered capable of carrying Israeli nuclear cruise missiles for any future conflict with Iran. “A bigger Dolphin fleet could allow Israel the option of basing some in its Red Sea port of Eilat, providing a short-cut to the Gulf. An Israeli submarine crossed the Suez Canal for an exercise off Eilat last July, the first such deployment.”

On January 11 Haaretz wrote that “The U.S. Army will double the value of emergency military equipment it stockpiles on Israeli soil, and Israel will be allowed to use the U.S. ordnance in the event of a military emergency….” Citing the U.S.-based Defense News, the Israeli newspaper added, “an agreement reached between Washington and Jerusalem last month will bring the value of the military gear to $800 million.

“This is the final phase of a process that began over a year ago to determine the type and amount of U.S. weapons and ammunition to be stored in Israel, part of an overarching American effort to stockpile weapons in areas in which its army may need to operate while allowing American allies to make use of the ordnance in emergencies.”

It also revealed that “The deal allows Israel access to a wider spectrum of military ordnance, and the U.S. [is] considering which forms of military supplies would be added to stores in Israel. Missiles, armored vehicles, aerial ammunition and artillery ordnance are already stockpiled in the country.”

March 6th, 2013, 4:38 pm


revenire said:

Hezbollah isn’t trying to overthrow the Lebanese government. They are part of the Lebanese government.

The weapons of the resistance are for the defense of Lebanon against the Zionist entity.

March 6th, 2013, 4:40 pm


omen said:

said: omen:“start firing patriot missiles at the presidential palace”

Or at least use them to shoot down those SCUD’s that keep hitting Aleppo, but that would be asking for too much wouldn’t it.

To gage the West’s actual willingness to be helpful towards the Syrian people one only needs to look at their blatant ineffectiveness at stopping the Russians from supplying the regime with spare parts and munitions to continue to slaughter the Syrian people.

even better. i wish we could see scuds shot down.

i had forgotten the range of the turkey based missiles extends only to about the reach of aleppo. the outskirts of which sits that cw facility.

nato has insisted over and over again that these missiles are defensive. it made a point of installing missiles that wouldn’t even be able to reach the presidential palace. a signal that the west doesn’t intend to threaten the regime. a point i’m sure the inner circle didn’t fail to take note of.

March 6th, 2013, 4:44 pm



Anyone noticed the “intellectual vulture” @60. Never capable of a single creative idea, always thriving on the hyenas’ half baked half-assed ideas and simile.

March 6th, 2013, 4:45 pm


Tara said:

Can someone explained the change in the US position towards arming the rebels? The moment Kerry took office, the US has completely changed attitude and removed pressure on KSA, Qatar, and Turkey to arm the rebels? Why?

Was it that the coalition took a stand and were about to boycott the FOS conference in Rome? Was it Alkhatib’s charisma and sincerity? What was the reason for the reverse course?

March 6th, 2013, 4:50 pm


MarigoldRan said:

The American president probably decided enough was enough. If Iran was going to send billions of dollars of aid MONTHLY to the regime, then it won’t matter if the GCC backed their side up with military aid too.

The situation’s already militarized. A few MANPADs and other weapons for the FSA isn’t going to make the situation any more militarized.

Ironically enough the greater the Al Nusra presence in Syria, the more likely the West will supply rebels with weapons.

March 6th, 2013, 4:56 pm


Tara said:


I noticed that long time ago. No original thought for more than 2 years. What is with that?

March 6th, 2013, 4:57 pm


revenire said:

There really hasn’t been a change. KSA, Qatar, Turkey, US, Kuwait, UK and the rest have always been arming the terrorists. The press has been full of reports of this for over a year hasn’t it? What changed Tara? Maybe you can link some evidence anything has changed because I see no change at all.

March 6th, 2013, 4:59 pm


omen said:

61. Additional victories were scored today by the Nusra Front holy warriors and their FSA trainees

come on, visitor, why demean the fsa? trainees? rebels killed shawkat before nusra showed up.

March 6th, 2013, 5:01 pm


Citizen said:

Glataihout moii komentarrii kak glataet blijad spermy ! pridyrki.

March 6th, 2013, 5:01 pm


MarigoldRan said:

What’s changed is that the rebels have taken Al Raqqa, destroyed Taftanatz, and are driving the regime out of Daraa.

Results, oh retard, results. A concept I’m sure that you’re not familiar with.

After all, you’re a loser.

March 6th, 2013, 5:02 pm


omen said:

does somebody hijack ann’s account on occasion? she once posted an article that actualy had some sensitivity to it. i was shocked.

March 6th, 2013, 5:07 pm


Tara said:

I am watching the link by JL of the al Nusra Emir sitting between the mayor of Raqqa city and the Ba’ath official while waiting for Yara to be done with her dance class.

My vivid imagination…

I can picture an Emir sitting between Bashar and Asma in the presidential palace under the fine light of the fine chandelier Asma bought from Chelsea when Homsis were slaughtered while another FSA member interviews and parades them all over YouTube… In the interim all mosques will be going Allahuakbar and all churches ringing their bells in joy.

Would regime supporters then still claim victory?

March 6th, 2013, 5:15 pm


ann said:

The furniture business never been better! 😉

The World’s Youngest Billionaires – By Brian Solomon | Forbes – 3 hours ago

No. 7: Fahd Hariri

Age: 32
Net Worth: $1.35 billion

Hariri is the youngest son of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. He graduated from the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris in 2004. While still a student, he ran an interior design studio on the outskirts of the city, and sold furniture to clients in Saudi Arabia.


March 6th, 2013, 5:19 pm


Tara said:


Come on now. I don’t think any one would have any interest posing as her. She posts articles but she does not read them.

March 6th, 2013, 5:19 pm


Citizen said:

Attempts to saturate Syrian opposition with arms dangerous
MOSCOW, March 6 (Itar-Tass) – Attempts to saturate the Syrian opposition with arms are extremely dangerous and are contrary to the settlement efforts in the country, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Wednesday, March 6.
“Russia is concerned about the situation, especially about statements from Rome that the United States and some of its Western partners are planning to encourage opposition groups in Syria. This is not what is needed now,” he said.
“We hope that the U.S. will consistently adhere to the Geneva Communique, which remains the ‘Bible’ for Syrian settlement at this point,” the diplomat said.
“We think there is no alternative to this and attempts to saturate the opposition with arms are extremely dangerous and are contrary to the political settlement in Syria,” Lukashevich said.

March 6th, 2013, 5:23 pm


revenire said:

HNN Homs News Network

The Syrian Military has targeted a large meeting of Terrorists at the Finance Directorate in “Al-Raqqah, firing a missile that found its target with devastating consequences for the terrorists as hundreds are estimated to be killed, and reports of cars loaded with bodies being moved …


March 6th, 2013, 5:49 pm



Speaking of weapon saturation. A while ago, when I was younger, I went through tough times. An older gentle hamster loaned me some money. When I tried to return it, he told me about the famous parable, and instructed me to save the money and give it to someone in need with the same condition. I did so, and it was hard to find the person I thought will carry on the same following the parable.

Wouldn’t be something if weapon saturated FSA does the same. Once they bring the fool down and drag his behind to court along with his partners in crime, they could then simply hand all the weapons they will receive from now on to their Chechen brethren. Doesn’t hurt to also save some for anti mulla Iranian opposition. This way Syria will be clear of weapons. This also allows rich, civilized, college degree holding posters to spend time away from their dirty empire homes, at their chalets in Syria without having to say Tozz to everyone who doesn’t have high school degree on their nice drive to their summer homes, which they built under the reign of the fool. Whatever happen’s to zoo’s revolutionary guards stolen summer home near the caspian sea, or to citizen’s KJB paid dasha, that is a different story.

March 6th, 2013, 5:52 pm


ghufran said:

Nusra thugs at work in Raqqa,one kid here claimed that those thugs were guarding Raqqa museum!!
Ayman Naser-Raqqa:
كان يتعاطف مع جبهة النصرة قبل أن يتعرضوا له بــ “رشة حرية ” (بصراحة كنت أتعاطف مع جبهة النصرة لكن أحدهم وما تجاوز عمره العشرين دخل اليوم إلى مرسمي ومكتبي في اتحاد الفنانين التشكيليين بالرقة وانصدم بمنظر الأعمال الفنية من لوحات وتماثيل وبدأ بتحطيم التماثيل وتمزيق اللوحات وحين حاولت منعه صرخ بي:اتق الله في نفسك وفي هذه الأصنام. كيف ستمنحها روحاً يوم القيامة؟! )
و أضاف الفنان ” الجبهتنصرتي” السابق في رسالة وجهها لأصدقائه (صرخت به: اتق الله أنت. ألا ترى أنها أعمالاً فنية وليست أصناماً للعبادة ؟ لكنه لقّم سلاحه وصوّبه نحوي قائلاً: هل تعلم، باستطاعتي الآن هدر دمك وقتلك مباشرة لكني سأنتظر الأمير لينظر في أمرك. قلت له : انتظره إذاً وحدك.. وخرجت من الصالة ماراً من فوق أعمالي المحطمة وقد تلبسني الغضب والحقد ومشاعر مضطربة نفور بداخلي. نده عليّ لأقف. لكني تابعت الخروج وقد تساوت الحياة مع الموت عندي. ونجوت من موت محقق.
و لم ينس الفنان التشكيلي أن يشكر بسخرية مرة جبهة النصرة على ” تحرير الرقة ” طالباً منهم عدم تدميرها (جماعة النصرة ومن معهم من جند قالوا إنهم لن يبقوا فيها أو يستقروا طويلاً ليتهم يوفوا بوعودهم فالنظام يعلنها منطقة عسكرية مغلقة.. حررتموها .. نعم.. شكراً لكم.. لكن لا تدمّروها كما حصل بباقي المحافظات. )
Ayman thought that islamists may appreciate or at least tolerate art and culture, well, he was wrong,ask the Buddha statues in Afghanistan.
Nusra supporters here are three types:
israelis and true haters of Syria: I did not expect anything else
genuine terrorist supporters: no hope there
sincere Syrians who hate the regime: it is OK to hate both

March 6th, 2013, 5:55 pm


ghufran said:

I told you it is a failed nation, there are serious issues that until solved will make a transition to a free and democratic system in arab countries as likely as snow in Qatar in July:
قال الزعيم الدرزي اللبناني المعارض لسوريا وليد جنبلاط انه مع “جبهة النصرة” ضد الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد، بحسب ما نقلت عنه صحيفة لبنانية اليوم الاربعاء.
وفي حديث إلى صحيفة (الاخبار) المقربة من دمشق وطهران، قال جنبلاط “أنا مع جبهة النصرة ضد النظام السوري. للشعب السوري الحق بالتعامل مع الشيطان، باستثناء اسرائيل، لمواجهة النظام”.
وكانت هذه الجبهة غير معروفة قبل بدء النزاع السوري، لكنها اكتسبت دورا متعاظما على الارض وتبنت سلسلة تفجيرات كبيرة استهدفت في غالبيتها مراكز امنية وعسكرية. وادرجت الولايات المتحدة الجبهة على لائحتها للمنظمات الارهابية لارتباطها بتنظيم “القاعدة” في العراق.
واعتبر جنبلاط ان موقفه المعارض للرئيس السوري هو “لحمايتهم (دروز سوريا). العلويون سيعودون الى جبالهم، فيما الدروز يعيشون في بحر من السنة”.

March 6th, 2013, 6:02 pm


Uzair8 said:

#46 Rev + Dolly

I caught a video earlier in which this point was argued (foreigners arming sovereign gov V arming rebels).

Haven’t watched Press Tv for a while however I came across a video earlier today with the description ‘Tarplay: FSA in disarray’. I was interested to know how Tarplay can claim this after victories such as in Raqqa.

Discussion on foreign backing from 13:55
Tarplay responds at 16:40
The exchange continues till 19:44 (Rev’s comment @46 is addressed)

Btw I was surprised Press Tv invited such a guest as the other gentleman who I think spoke some sense (more than I expected on the channel). Haven’t seen Press Tv for a while however I don’t remember them airing such an honest perspective on the syrian situation. Perhaps they can’t hide the truth for much longer?

March 6th, 2013, 6:06 pm


revenire said:

Webster? Got me. Maybe email him? His views are his own. I think he is a very intelligent man but is not always correct (is anyone?). I support what he says about Syria. He has a lot of contacts in intelligence services worldwide – from Europe to Asia.

The Press report is actually quite good. It is honest, so honest that is frightens people.

I think you know sending arms to overthrow governments violates international law. It is done sure but if you want to have law rule then it has to be called out as a crime. On the other hand, if you don’t care about the rule of law in our world then let Assad alone. Let him do what he likes because there is no law. Stop whining he’s killing this one and that one. No law means no law.

You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

March 6th, 2013, 6:26 pm


Visitor said:

Omen 71,

You don’t seem to know when Nusra started operating in Syria. They were in the fight for at least as far back as a year and a half. They were the first to adopt successful ambushing operation against supply routes which crippled the regime. Most important victories were accomplished by none other than Nusra. They were always in the forefront with FSA defectors as back up.

When Nusra started operating in Syria most FSA defectors didn’t even know how to fight, not to mention disorganized, lacking discipline and in quite few cases corrupt. The FSA defectors, even though had good intentions, needed rehabilitation because they were the product of a corrupt regime.

FSA’s should be proud of being trained by the Nusra and not feeling demeaned. Once they get full training they will become part of a professional national army dedicated to protecting the people and not a corrupt regime.

March 6th, 2013, 6:46 pm


ghufran said:

a new name pops up as a possible PM from the NC:
صرح مصدر بالائتلاف الوطني لقوى الثورة والمعارضة السورية بأن \”حظوظ أسعد مصطفى وزير الزراعة ومحافظ حماة السابق باتت قوية لرئاسة الحكومة السورية المؤقتة\”
وبحسب وكالة الأناضول، فقد أوضح المصدر أن \”مصطفى الوحيد بين المرشحين الذي لديه خبرة العمل الحكومي، حيث تولى منصب وزير الزراعة ومحافظ حماة خلال الفترة السابقة قبل الثورة السورية التي اندلعت في مارس/ آذار 2011\”

March 6th, 2013, 7:04 pm


Tim said:

As always, thanks for the great coverage of Syrian news!

For anyone interested in seeing more of the translation of the video at the top of the post, I put a partial translation up on my website:

March 6th, 2013, 7:10 pm


Uzair8 said:

samer ‏@samersniper 2hrs
#PTs| Shabbiha are fighting each other in #Akrama (Alawite) pro-regime area, because of huge losses they suffered in the campaign on #Homs!!


Samer – Source on Homs.

SyrianSmurf – Based in Marat al Numan. Source on the region including the strategic Wadi al Dayf base.

Don’t usually check Samer’s twitter line (TL) but see his tweets occasionally on Smurf’s TL. I was just checking Smurf’s TL which has been inaccessible for a couple of days and Samer’s tweet (above) caught my eye.

March 6th, 2013, 7:12 pm


ghufran said:

دمشق ـ (د ب أ)- وجه عدد من المثقفين والناشطين السوريين رسالة مفتوحة إلى الائتلاف الوطني السوري المعارض ورئيسه معاذ الخطيب للاعتراض على العناوين المقترحة لمظاهرات يوم الجمعة المقبل.
وأثار العنوان الذي نال أكبر عدد من الأصوات حتى الآن وهو “جمعة سورية والعراق: ثورة تطفئ نار المجوس” اعتراض عدد كبير من الناشطين المعارضين لنظام الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد ورأوا فيه عنوانا طائفيا.
وتقوم صفحة “الثورة السورية ضد بشار الأسد”، إحدى أكبر صفحات المعارضة” بتنظيم التصويت أسبوعيا لاختيار عنوان لكل جمعة.
ودعا الموقعون على الرسالة إلى “تشكيل لجنة تضم عدداً من الشخصيات الوطنية داخل وخارج الائتلاف تعمل على وضع اقتراحات لعناوين يوم الجمعة”. وأدان الموقعون على الرسالة المفتوحة “القائمين على صفحة الثورة السورية ضد بشار الأسد على الطرح الطائفي المتكرر في أسماء الجمع والتي بدورها تساعد على خلخلة النسيج الوطني السوري وتقويض الحراك الثوري”.
it looks like my Toz was well deserved after all
this is from the AL:
قال البيان الختامي لاجتماع مجلس جامعة الدول العربية على مستوى وزراء الخارجية، يوم الأربعاء، إن “الدول العربية، بحسب رغبتها، لها الحق في تقديم الدعم العسكري للمعارضة السورية التي تقاتل “قوات النظام السوري” إذا رغبت في ذلك”.
in the same statement,the AL called for a peaceful end to the conflict !!
(I told you it is a whore house)

March 6th, 2013, 7:20 pm


Uzair8 said:

Couple of tweets claiming defection figures:

Abdullah ‏@SyrianSmurf 2hrs
4,704 defected soldiers in #Syria during the month of February. The overwhelming majority were in #Damascus.


•REC@LunaticOutpost ‏@lopforum 1hr
@SyrianSmurf Thanks anyway. With this February figure, I count 12,075 claimed defections recorded since Dec 1.

March 6th, 2013, 7:25 pm


Uzair8 said:

An interesting tweet from Amjad of Arabia’s TL:

Hasan Sari ‏@HasanSari7 15hrs
#BREAKING : Reports on Assad army losing more than 30000 soldiers during 23 months of revolution in #Syria .

March 6th, 2013, 7:35 pm


Syrian said:

“one kid here claimed that those thugs were guarding Raqqa museum!!”
Kid? What ever you say old man
I posted a video of that event, unlike you posting from your head or from Shabihs sites without any link to hide your crime
By the way you said
“Nusra supporters here are three types:
israelis and true haters of Syria: I did not expect anything else”
What happened to the third type? Are getting Alzheimer’s disease too?
Finally a huge Tozz to you and your elk.

March 6th, 2013, 7:44 pm


Syrian said:

The GCC is threatening HA,tens of thousands of Lebanese in the GCC will not have a good night sleep tonight

مخاوف على مصالح اللبنانيين بعد تحذير دول الخليج لبنان من عدم الالتزام بالنأي بالنفس
و14 آذار ترفض دعوة منصور لرفع تعليق عضوية سورية وتتهمه بالنطق بإسم الأسد

“واوضح البيان ‘ان الامين العام للمجلس عبد اللطيف الزياني الذي التقى سليمان بحضور سفراء الدول الست الاعضاء في المجلس عبّر عن التطلع الى ان يحافظ لبنان على سياسته المعلنة ويلتزم بمواقفه الرسمية التي لها تأثيرات اقليمية ودولية تنعكس على الامن والاستقرار في المنطقة’. واكد الامين العام ان ‘دول مجلس التعاون من واقع حرصها واهتمامها بلبنان وشعبه الشقيق تأمل في أن يبادر المسؤولون اللبنانيون الى تفادي كل ما من شأنه ان يعرض امن واستقرار لبنان للخطر او يؤثر على مصالح وسلامة الشعب اللبناني”

March 6th, 2013, 8:00 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

every single one has a family will curse Bashar and all his supporters.
and from 150,000 martyrs, all their families will curse this Assad mafia for years to come,
the assad family and his thugs deserve hell in this world and the world after,and all his supporters deserve the same.

March 6th, 2013, 8:01 pm


ghufran said:

why does Idris need outside help if he has the “lions” of Nusra behind him?
بروكسل- (د ب أ): حث رئيس هيئة الأركان في الجيش السوري الحر الأربعاء المجتمع الدولي على تسليح رجاله، وقال في أول زيارة للاتحاد الأوروبي إن قواته لن تتمكن من الإطاحة بالنظام دون دعم.
وقال العميد سليم إدريس في اجتماع في بروكسل بحضور نواب من الاتحاد الأوروبي: “نحتاج إلى السلاح والذخيرة لوقف القتل والدفاع عن أنفسنا وعن مواطنينا”.
وأضاف: “الشعب .. لا يفهم لماذا يكتفي المجتمع الدولي بمشاهدة الأخبر على شاشات التليفزيون، والحديث فقط في الإعلام والقول إن ما يحدث ليس أمرا جيدا وأن على النظام التوقف وعلى بشار الأسد أن يرحل.. إنه لا يتحرك ولا يتعامل مع الأزمة .. ما نراه هو دعم ضعيف للغاية من الدول الغربية .. نريد تحركا فعليا”.
وأوضح أنه لا يطالب بدعم عسكري فقط ، وإنما أيضا يطالب بدعم إنساني يتم إرساله على الفور للمناطق التي يسيطر عليها مسلحو المعارضة. كما طالب بتوفير “المزيد من الحماية” للاجئين السوريين الذين يصلون إلى الدول الأوروبية، وذلك لحين التمكن من العودة لوطنهم
Idris and his friends will be the first to complain and pay the political price after befriending Nusra terrorists

March 6th, 2013, 8:27 pm



Yassin Al Haj Saleh

مو غلطانين العالم اللي بيقولوا لما تسيطر المقاومة المسلحة على مدينة النظام رح يدمر النظام المدينة ويقتل الأهالي.

ومو غلطانين لما يقولوا إنو لما تقاوموا النظام بالسلاح رح يدمر الأحياء والبلدات اللي ممكن يكون فيها المقاومين، ويعجر الناس بعشؤات ومئات الألوف.

غلطانين بشغلتين زغار بس: إنو معتبرين النظام اللي يدمر مدن ويقتل أهالي ويشرد مئات الألوف معطى من معطيات الطبيعة، شي عادي يعني، وإن ممكن التخلص من هالنظام بغير إلحاق هزيمة ساحقة فيه بالقوة.
والنتيجة العملية لتفكير هالجماعة هي أنو لاتقاوم المجرم لأنو… مجرم!
طيب، شكرا، ولا تآخذونا.

كنا مفكرين إنو لازم نقاوم المجرم لأنو… مجرم.

March 6th, 2013, 8:42 pm


Tara said:

The GCC is threatening HA. Great. Let Iran pay money to Syrians and Lebanese too. Let us see how long the Mullahs under sanction can blunder Iranian money. May be the axis of evil: Iran, Syria, and HA can all be liberated in one year.

March 6th, 2013, 8:58 pm


apple_mini said:

I expect intense full scale assault by the regime in Deraa.

Most residents have fled to Jordan. So it will be safe to launch massive offensive missions.

If the regime wants to protect Damascus better and stop weapons coming in from Jordan, now it is the time.

The war is still raging. The regime needs to do it right.

Among most Syrians, especially educated or sensible people, there is no place for those Islamic radicals and ignorant countrymen to be liberators.

When people think of Syria being tittering to become a failed state, they forget one thing: Syria now has partition of urban areas and countryside. Even in Aleppo, the rebels can only keep their position among Sunni working class districts. The core of future Syria is in those big cities and coast area.

There is clear sign the regime has realized those countrysides are dispensable unless they happen to have strategic importance. The regime just needs to match both political and military realizations.

March 6th, 2013, 9:05 pm


MarigoldRan said:

Most of Syria’s economic output prior to the war was due to:

1. The industries around Aleppo.
2. The oil fields in the East.
3. Tourist sites
4. Transit point for goods and services (for example: Lattakia).
5. Food-producing farms.

Currently, rebels control the areas of 1,2, and 5 (Aleppo, Idlib, Raqqa, and Hasakah). The tourist sites have all been destroyed so we can forget about that. That leaves the port cities of Lattakia and perhaps Tartus as the only economically viable areas the regime controls.

Unfortunately, port cities are value-less as transit points if the roads connecting the port cities to the interior of the country are outside state control, which is increasingly the case.

In other words, Apple-Mini, you’re stupid. The regime is holding on to emptied-out cities with no positive economic value at all. Most of the actual wealth of Syria is in the countryside (oil fields, farms, and the roads connecting the cities to one another).

What the regime and Iran are starting to discover is that holding onto cities is economically pointless if you can’t control the productive areas and roads that surround the city.

March 6th, 2013, 9:30 pm


MarigoldRan said:

If you think about it, a city is just a large clump of buildings housing a large quantity of people. In other words, most of the actual productive economic work of a country happens in the suburbs and countryside SURROUNDING the cities. That’s where most of the factories are, along with the farms, and the oil fields, and the roads connecting the cities to one another.

The purpose of cities is to serve as a point of organization for its various surrounding towns and farms. That’s where they value comes in. But on their own, cities by themselves are of negative economic value. They don’t produce much of anything and their large sedentary populations consume tremendous amounts of food, fuel, and electricity.

As I’ve said before: regime supporters on average are stupid. Most of them must have been beaten on their heads when they were children. They mis-calculate and mis-analyze ALL the time.

March 6th, 2013, 9:38 pm


apple_mini said:

#100 To the poster:

Did I manage to touch your raw nerve or step on your tail? Or maybe you were born like that way with a filthy and nasty mindset and mouth?

See, if you cannot even control yourself not calling names behind a computer, you really need to see a psychiatrist to get some help.

March 6th, 2013, 9:47 pm


MarigoldRan said:


My statements and analysis are accurate. Unlike yours. In other words, I am smarter than you.

Please note how in your rebuttal comment you did NOT answer my analysis with analysis of your own. Instead you committed an ad hominem attack. If you had combined that personal attack with an analytical rebuttal, that is with an ACTUAL argument (like what I did) I would have answered politely. As it stands:

I think you’re an idiot.

EDIT: If you wish to refute my argument, go and refute it. I’ve certainly refuted yours. If you wish to engage in name-calling, I’m more than happy to do that too.

March 6th, 2013, 9:50 pm


MarigoldRan said:

You know what, Apple-Mini, you’re right. I get annoyed by stupidity. And because you say stupid things, I get annoyed at you.

Apple Mini, I am sorry that you’re so stupid. I genuinely feel pity for you. If you were smarter, the world would have been a better place.

March 6th, 2013, 10:04 pm


zoo said:


You seem to suffer of an acute feeling of insecurity manifested by your repeated verbal abuse ( idiot, stupid etc..) toward people just expressing their opinion. Have you tried a lollipop?

March 6th, 2013, 10:06 pm


MarigoldRan said:

@ Zoo

Ah, a personal attack. Let’s see:

1. Your predictions in the past were wrong.
2. Your analysis in the past were wrong.
3. You’re just wrong.

Should I bring back some of your old arguments and make fun of them again?

When I say people like you are stupid, I’m just stating the truth. I apologize if it offends some people, but stupid people like you need to know they’re stupid. Otherwise they’ll always STAY stupid.

In other words, by pointing out your stupidity, I’m making the world a better place.

EDIT: I love trolling trolls. They really can’t complain. In case you haven’t noticed yet Zoo, you go out of the way to annoy other people too.

March 6th, 2013, 10:09 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Mr. Dardari from Beirut said if the crisis last another year Syria economy will collapse irrepairably

March 6th, 2013, 10:16 pm


zoo said:

Argument breaks out at Parliament when CHP deputy slams idea of Syrian massacre as lies

ANKARA – Anatolia News Agency/Hürriyet
Send to friend »

A fiery scuffle broke out in Parliament today when a Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy stated that claims the Syrian regime was massacring its own people was a lie, just as claims there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is a lie.

During a relatively unheated session on the new Electricity Market law, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Ümit Özgümüş took the floor to argue that Foreign Minister Davutoğlu had made a misjudgment on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s fate, adding that the Damascus regime will stay in power for at least two more years. “The claim that the Syrian regime was massacring its own people is a lie just as the [claim] there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq [is a lie],” Özgömüş said, adding that the Syrian people were ganging up against imperialism.

March 6th, 2013, 10:18 pm


apple_mini said:

I suggest posters do not respond to MarigoldRan and his barking.

It is fruitless to even have a normal conversation with him. So just save it.

The only thing we take notes from him is his trolling and ranting are taking too much space here.

Now that is annoying and irritating. People got serious thinking and debating here. There is really no time or room to engage those childish and moronic name calling.

March 6th, 2013, 10:28 pm


MarigoldRan said:

Yes, except that you aren’t debating either. You’re calling names as well. So your words have no merit or persuasive ability. As I’ve said before: I love trolling trolls. They’re such an easy target.

But if you wish to stop the name-calling, we can get back to the debate:

You said the regime holds cities, which are valuable. I said the cities are worthless without the surrounding countryside.

After which you started calling names, which you’re continuing to do. I see that as a sign of your weakness.

You don’t have an argument. So you resort to trolling. Am I incorrect? Do you have an argument? Or are you ONLY capable of name-calling like the stupid person that you are?

March 6th, 2013, 10:34 pm


Syrian said:

Apple mini is an evolved type of supporters. He wants to hide in the cloth of an analysist while spewing his propaganda inside
In addition to your point that the cities and the coast can never survive without the country side.
Notice how he suggested that now that Dara’a is empty the army can go with massive attack, as if that what has stopped it before,
Then describing the countrymen as ignorant. Forgetting that all the current regime class came from an area that just 40 years ago had no education what so ever other than their army service credential, then they used it to hijack the country and now because of their ignorance of civility has destroyed a country with 6000 years of civilization in less than 2 years

March 6th, 2013, 10:51 pm


MarigoldRan said:

Thank you, Syrian!

But we should be thankful of people like Apple-Mini. Because of their stupidity, the regime is losing. This could not have happened if the regime had not made sooo many stupid mistakes.

March 6th, 2013, 10:55 pm


Syrian said:

The thing is , they are not here to debate. They are here for propaganda purposes mostly.
The stupidity part comes from the belief that the few or even the many westerners who read this blog has any real effect on the decision making of their governments

March 6th, 2013, 11:08 pm


Ghufran said:

It looks like nusra left the police academy in aleppo few days after storming it, killing 30 police men and looting the place in the name of ” God”. I will post on the subject after I confirm the story from multiple sources.
As for the noise created by a presumed change in western governments position on arming rebels, I think it is more posturing than anything else, weapons have not stopped since June of last year, it will take direct intervention by large armies or a massive air attack to defeat army troops in the time frame suggested by hawks in the rebel camp, none of that is likely to happen, this leaves us with a long bloody war or a less costly peace accord, the second choice is hard to reach now but it is still best for Syria .

March 6th, 2013, 11:13 pm


MarigoldRan said:

I think most of them are just trolls. And I love trolling trolls because they can’t complain.

My point is that I can beat them in a normal debate AND in trolling. As I’ve said before: they’re stupid.

March 6th, 2013, 11:17 pm


MarigoldRan said:

I agree. This will be a long war.

But consider this:

The regime likes to brag that it still controls most of the cities. However, the cities are not producing anything, so their economic utility is exactly ZERO.

On the other hand, there are many people that live in cities. These people require subsidized fuel, food, and electricity, and a lot of it too. Since the regime is bankrupt and is producing ZERO economic value, that expense has to be borne by foreign powers like Iran.

In other words, Iran has to:

1. Arm, equip, and pay the regime’s army.
2. Train and pay their militias.
3. Pay for city maintenance (feeding and providing electricity to the city dwellers).

The more cities the regime tries to hold, the faster IRAN approaches bankruptcy.

This is why the regime is abandoning territory. Ali says it’s all “part of the plan.” But the problem with this idiotic plan is that if the war continues year after year after year, I don’t think Iran has the economic muscle to maintain even the limited territory the regime still holds today. Holding Damascus means holding Homs and Hamas as well, and that requires a ton of money.

On the flip side, the GCC and the UN has to pay for the millions of refugees, and that IS a drain on them. But the GCC and the UN have much deeper pockets. They can afford it.

March 6th, 2013, 11:32 pm


Ghufran said:

Marigold ( btw, do you have Jewish roots?)
I disagree with the conclusion, the regime thugs could not care less about hungry and displaced people, this is becoming a regional and international problem, people will do anything if they get hungry, the elite forces in the regime will not go hungry or underpaid as long as they protect their employer, sanctions and economic hardship helped terror groups and thugs but did not affect hard core Assad supporters as much it did to most Syrians.
Furthermore, looting and kidnapping is not just being done by the rebels, thugs from all sides are guilty. People who pushed,and still pushing, for sanctions and other measures to ” squeeze” the regime are only squeezing poor Syrians and throwing the country under the bus. In the worst case sceanrion ,the regime thugs can play war lords and build their own little emirates the same way rebel thugs did in northern Syria.

March 7th, 2013, 12:16 am


Syrian said:

To you it is a debating match to them it a life and death situation
The stake for the regime supporters could not be any higher, their sudden rise to power and now their eventual fall is unthinkable.they know inside that the regime they supported has screwed up big time there is no way around it
So they are looking for any ray of hope or good news.even as far as the Himalayan newspapers as Zoo did yesterday I think.They are not thinking rationally they have to lie even to themselves so they can keep going, hence the stupidly part
So let them be I say. It is kind of fun watching them suffer,turning news of defeat into great tactical plans by the great god like one who they tied their future to his great vision, the one who don’t make mistakes whom Syria’s 25 millions has no replacement for.
those are historical days to some,and of biblical proportions to others

March 7th, 2013, 12:24 am


MarigoldRan said:

No Jewish roots. I can guarantee you that. Not even close, geographically speaking.

Uh, the regime has to pay its security forces, yes. But it ALSO has to pay for the citizens still living within regime territory as well. They need food, fuel, and electricity too. If they STOP subsidizing these things, it’s over.

The only thing keeping the Damascenes and the people in Homs loyal is the belief that however worse it gets, at least they have food, fuel, and electricity. If they can’t even get that, many of them will have no reason to stay loyal.

The regime has to PAY for its loyalty, which is expensive. The FSA and Al Nusra on the other hand can fight with very little financial support.

The refugees are a financial problem. But THAT financial problem is handled by the UN and the GCC.

The regime strategy, I guess, is to saddle the rebels with dead-weight cities. But the problem is that Raqqa ISN’T a deadweight city. It lies between Damascus and the oil fields of the East. It connects Deir El Ezzor to Aleppo. It’s also surrounded by farmland. This is a pretty important city the regime just lost.

The other problem is that however bad things get, people will ALWAYS blame the regime first, and the rebels second. They may grumble about the FSA or Al Nusra, but they hate the regime.

March 7th, 2013, 12:30 am


MarigoldRan said:

@ Syrian

Well, for someone who is fighting for life or death, regime supporters are doing a remarkably poor job of it. Everything they try makes them lose more.

If I was fighting for my life, and I had time to think about it, I’d try to think very carefully and with precision. Granted I might not succeed, but at least I’d try. Regime supporters on the other hand don’t seem to think much at all. Instead they desperately clutch at illusionary straws, and shout slogans at one another.

The only hypothesis I can come up with is that 40 years of dictatorship have addled the thinking parts of their brains. All the better to make fun of them, I say.

March 7th, 2013, 12:38 am


omen said:

110. zoo said: Argument breaks out at Parliament when CHP deputy slams idea of Syrian massacre as lies

ANKARA – Anatolia News Agency/Hürriyet
Send to friend »

A fiery scuffle broke out in Parliament today when a Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy stated that claims the Syrian regime was massacring its own people was a lie, just as claims there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is a lie.

hi, friend. some context to go along with your article:

Most Turkish Alevis support the opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP), which has taken issue with the AKP’s policy of confronting the Assad regime.

[…] should Ankara intervene in Syria against the Assad regime, some in the Turkish Alevi community might be inclined to view this as a new “Sunni attack” against a fellow minority. That likelihood is further bolstered by many Turkish Alevis’ belief that they actually are the same as the Alawites, though they are not ethnically or religiously related (the Alawites are Arabs and the Alevis are Turks). It is not uncommon to meet Alevis who, due to a lack of religious education, assume that Alawite is just another name for Alevi.

March 7th, 2013, 12:46 am


omen said:

120. Ghufran said: Marigold ( btw, do you have Jewish roots?)

what are you implying by inquiring about jewish roots?

March 7th, 2013, 12:51 am


MarigoldRan said:

@ Omen

Hatred of Israel and the Jewish State in the Middle East is not necessarily anti-Semitism.

This is something that Westerners have trouble understanding. If you look at it from the Arab point of view, they have good reason to hate Israel.

Consider this: you’re a farmer living in Palestine. Then suddenly, out of no fault of your own, you’re kicked out of your land by Jewish settlers backed by Western powers intent on creating a Jewish state. You didn’t cause the Holocaust. In fact you had nothing to do with it or with WWII. But you’re being punished for it. How would that make you feel?

March 7th, 2013, 12:56 am


omen said:

thank you, marigold, i’ve been critical of israeli policies myself, but i’m not accusing ghufran of being a bigot. i was just wondering.

March 7th, 2013, 12:59 am


MarigoldRan said:

Absolutely. Of course not. No one said you were.

March 7th, 2013, 1:01 am


MarigoldRan said:

Ah, forget it.

March 7th, 2013, 1:05 am


apple_mini said:

The reality is bleak and horrific. That is why people in Syrian need to stay clear-minded. Only that they can survive the state and themselves.

The war will end in political solution. But that does not tell you to lay your weapons down now. The West hold the key to the dialogue. After all, without the West, the opposition will be as weak as a frog.

I no longer hold any hope for a genuine dialogue between the opposition and the regime by themselves.

So at this moment, focus on fighting and do it right. Eliminate the threats and protect what is worth to protect now: people who are educated enough, smart enough and advanced enough to rebuild Syria later.

Syrian TV needs to put on more documentary to show how life was like in Afghanistan after Taliban took over the country. Because that will be the future Syria if the rebels get into their lives.

Economy seems like luxury term in Syria now. People can survive on basic necessities. It is the way as is in a war. Tighten up your belt and take stoic lifestyle. Endure hardship until the war is over.

March 7th, 2013, 1:26 am


Dolly Buster said:

105. MarigoldRan said:
Apple Mini, If you were smarter, the world would have been a better place

True dat. Even his name is annoying – Apple Mini. There is no such product.

March 7th, 2013, 2:17 am


Dolly Buster said:

131. apple_mini said:

Syrian TV needs to put on more documentary to show how life was like in Afghanistan after Taliban took over the country. Because that will be the future Syria if the rebels get into their lives.

No, the current regime causes poverty. What is the average wage, probably $200 a month. You actually need $650 just to pay the bills.
In addition, there is now shortage of food, power, medicine, even if you have the cash.

Meanwhile in developed democracies, your monthly income can exceed $1000. That covers the basics and leaves some for luxury spending. That is why Syria should democratize asap.

March 7th, 2013, 2:29 am


MarigoldRan said:

What’s the point of having a “government” if it can provide neither security, electricity, or opportunity?

More pertinently, what’s the point of staying loyal to a “government” if it cannot provide even the basic necessities?

March 7th, 2013, 4:07 am


revenire said:

Remember when the rats claimed the army had pulled out of the Golan border area? It was a lie, of course.

Kidnapping these UN peacekeepers was a stupid move by the FSA – especially as Idris begs for weapons in Europe


The rebels have accused the peacekeepers of assisting the Syrian regime to redeploy in an area near the Golan that the fighters had seized a few days ago in battles that left 11 fighters and 19 regime forces dead.

A man identified as Abu Qaed al-Faleh, spokesman for the Martyrs of Yarmouk Brigades, announced the group is holding the peacekeepers until Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces withdraw from Jamlah.

“They will not be released until after Bashar Assad’s forces withdraw from the village of Jamlah bordering Israel,” the man said.

March 7th, 2013, 5:26 am


revenire said:

Looks like Idris will have to beg a lot harder.

Germany warns against arming Syria rebels

March 7th, 2013, 5:33 am


revenire said:

Vietnam has a small Jewish community. Perhaps he is Jewish but not many Jews eat dog.

March 7th, 2013, 5:38 am


apple_mini said:

Kidnapping UN peacekeepers is called Holding them as ”visitors and guests”. Never heard of that term before.

The spokeswoman of the opposition in US calls the kidnapping is a preventative security measures.

Meanwhile, UK is preparing armored vehicles for the rebels while the rebels are busy painting those white UN vehicles in uplifting green color.

What a freak show out there!

March 7th, 2013, 6:25 am


Dolly Buster said:

Apple, both Shari’ah and Democracy are superior systems to what we have now. Right now we have gangs of Nusaуri fanatics burying people alive on YouTube. Compared to that, Shari’ah is security and heaven. However, the likelihood of islamic state is small. More likely → Kerry will get his pro-American government headed by Ahmad Muaz Hatib. Has anyone liked him on Facebook, I am thinking about it?

March 7th, 2013, 6:54 am


Akbar Palace said:

Lessons in Anti-Semitism

126. MarigoldRan said:

Hatred of Israel and the Jewish State in the Middle East is not necessarily anti-Semitism.

But 99% of the time it IS. You can be critical of Israel, but if you’re critical all the time, and you can’t find anything positive, than you’re a hater and an anti-semite. And there are plenty of anti-semites. All you have to do it read a Yahoo news items about Israel, go to the comments, and voila, oodles of anti-semites.

This is something that Westerners have trouble understanding.

Uh oh…

If you look at it from the Arab point of view, they have good reason to hate Israel.


Consider this: you’re a farmer living in Palestine. Then suddenly, out of no fault of your own, you’re kicked out of your land by Jewish settlers backed by Western powers intent on creating a Jewish state. You didn’t cause the Holocaust. In fact you had nothing to do with it or with WWII. But you’re being punished for it. How would that make you feel?

That’s a nice clean history of the Arab-Israeli conflict all rolled into 1 short paragraph, but it is misleading.

Palestinians were killing Jews prior to any declaration of a Jewish state, and Jews had to protect themselves. Arabs weren’t “kicked out of your land”, until 5 arab armies invaded.

A UN partiion plan was rejected. Basically, arabs couldn’t tolerate a Jewish state of a piece of land smaller than today’s “green line”.

So the issue isn’t “black or white”.

Today there are 8 million israelis, and 1.6 million are arab, and those arabs who stayed in Israel are doing fairly well today in Israel. The arab population is growing.

And the hate for Israel is illogical. How have arabs faired under arab leadership? Not very well. If Israel’s creation was a Nakba, where about 700,000 refugees were created in a war the Jews didn’t ask for, what about Syria? There have been over 1 million refugees created, and that doesn’t account for the Hama massacre in the 1980s. Is there a Syria “Nakba”? Apparently there are still lots of arabs who glorify what Assad has done. Which only proves that there is one set of rules for Jews, and another set of rules for arabs. Clearly anti-semitism.

Point being, it’s time to get off the anti-Zionism track and learn to live with one another in world that is free. Free to earn a living, free from war, free to express yourself, free to vote for your elected representative.

Jews can live with Arab states. Can YOU live with a Jewish state?

March 7th, 2013, 7:05 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Akbar Palace said
Today there are 8 million israelis, and 1.6 million are arab, ”

Don’t forget there are over 7 million palastinians who live in diaspora, can not go back to Palastine, their own country

March 7th, 2013, 7:52 am


Akbar Palace said:


Of those 7 million, how many ever set foot in Palestine?

Of all refugees in the world (1 million who are now Syrian), only the offspring of Palestinian refugees are given refugee status.


Just a rhetorical question. What is worse, 7 million arabs who can’t return to Palestine (the vast majority of which have never set foot there), or 70,000 dead arabs? Not mention the other conflicts the arab world has experienced throughout the past 50 years.

March 7th, 2013, 8:12 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Akbar Palace
They can not go back to their homes and live there, Israel prevent them.
I said they are OVER 7 M,someone said they are over 11 M.

You say:
it’s time to get off the anti-Zionism track and learn to live with one another in world that is free. Free to earn a living, free from war, free to express yourself, free to vote for your elected representative.

I fully agree with you here

March 7th, 2013, 8:22 am


revenire said:

The Zionists love the foreign jihadis murdering Syrias. Remember seeing the “chosen people” watching the war from the occupied Golan? War tourists. The rats are the pets of Israel. They see them as stupid and backward (they’re right about that). As long as they stay in Syria they love them. If they dare to try attacking the Zionists Israel will kill them just like Assad.

Enemy of my enemy is my friend.

March 7th, 2013, 8:37 am


zoo said:

In 2015.. maybe? Will there be anything left of Syria then?

“The US wants a cohesive leadership structure for the armed opposition that will have central control of the weapons and will rein in Islamist radicals, though this may be a difficult mission to achieve in the immediate future.”

March 7th, 2013, 8:54 am


Akbar Palace said:


I read what you wrote. The UNWRA website said there are 5 million Palestinian refugees. 5, 7, 11 million, the vast majority of which never even set foot in Palestine, because only the offspring of Palestinian refugees get refugee status.

But you didn’t answer my question. Why not?

March 7th, 2013, 8:57 am


Uzair8 said:

Basma Atassi | بسمة @Basma_ 53m
Clerics in Homs’ besieged areas call on people to hold Friday prayers at home after regime hit Khaled Bin Walid Mosque, city’s main monument

March 7th, 2013, 9:06 am


Uzair8 said:

Prof JL included a piece about the collapse of the education system. Now AJE blog has an update on the collapse of the health system (30 minutes ago).

Are there any figures for the wealthy and middle class people fleeing syria (along with their wealth)? Perhaps they are moving to the coastal regions or Tartous where presumably the education/health systems are still functioning as normal?

March 7th, 2013, 9:26 am


revenire said:

Old Homs is getting it now. The rats are totally surrounded by the army. There is no hope for them at all. It is either surrender or die. The army is not in the mood for prisoners though.

الى الجحيم

March 7th, 2013, 9:30 am


Dolly Buster said:

145. revenire said:

The rats are the pets of Israel. They see them as stupid and backward

Al-Qa’eda/Jabhat Annusra are quite militant and anti-jewish. It may spell trouble for Israel.

Assad at least recognized that some Israelis have the right to breathe.
AQ on the other hand wants to completely obliterate Israel and turn it into Palestine all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.

So, this propaganda by the Shiites and socialists that Al-Qa’eda is the favorite tool of Zionazis and Imperialists, is completely false.

One of the principles of the Shia religion is Lying (tuqiyah).

March 7th, 2013, 9:50 am


zoo said:

The USA’s looming foreign policy debacle in the Middle East

The same way the USA for decades have put all their bets on the Shah of Iran and on Mobarak as long as they were not a menace to Israel, they are putting their bets now on the Moslem Brotherhood with the hopes that by blackmailing them on the IMF loan and other economic aid, a peace treaty with Israel will prevail.
They prefer to ignore that any treaty with Israel that does not deal with the Palestinians demands have been systematically rejected by the majority of the people in Egypt and other Arab countries.
Any popular referendum will show it clearly.
If the issue of Palestine has been overshadowed by the turmoil of the Arab Spring, sooner or later it will re-emerge.

As the USA won’t have much chances to change Israel’s occupation in the short and medium term, it seems that, if the USA sticks to supporting the Moslem Brotherhood, it is heading toward another foreign policy debacle.

March 7th, 2013, 10:14 am


Dolly Buster said:

Oh, IMF. This is another conspiracy theory by the commies. The IMF is coming to rob us.

In fact: IMF is not a private corporation, it’s merely a bunch of countries — which include Russia. And: IMF operations are non-profit.

So, fail.

March 7th, 2013, 10:20 am


Akbar Palace said:

So, this propaganda by the Shiites and socialists that Al-Qa’eda is the favorite tool of Zionazis and Imperialists, is completely false.

Dolly Buster,

Nice to see an educated participant here.

March 7th, 2013, 10:29 am


Dolly Buster said:

Only a moron can think that Mubarak being replaced was a boon for Israel.

No, no. Mubarak was ideal for Israel !
Plus the Salibiyoon used to use Egypt for torture of prisoners.

Both the yids and Piece-of-Wood worshippers (Christians) are now worried for the safety of the jewish state.

March 7th, 2013, 10:31 am


revenire said:

Dolly again, everyone who is literate knows about IMF conditionalities. It is just a fact of life.

The IMF isn’t “just a bunch of countries” just like it isn’t a “bunch of men in hoods sitting in a dark room figuring out how to run the world” either. The IMF is an instrument of the Western financial system – the financial oligarchy. If the Assads can run the economy in Syria – like an oligarchy – why can’t the IMF do something like that on a larger scale? I am not saying the IMF is some sort of secret group – it isn’t but you talk of Assad, his family and rest of the elite structure running Syria – the Alawite elite and the Sunni elite. That is YOUR conspiracy theory. The IMF is the IMF. it is what it is. it is used as a colonial instrument of control.

You try to belittle ideas but you need better ideas to do that and from what I have seen of you I will say you just don’t have the intellectual wherewithal and you’re hypocritical to boot.

I don’t mind admitting I am wrong but this last post of yours was bad. Zoo didn’t fail. You need to step up your game here.

March 7th, 2013, 10:39 am


Dolly Buster said:

Zoo is just an A hole. He is on the side of Commies & Assad, and he’s stubborn about it despite being 100% wrong, and being 0% right.

The financial oligarchy is fair, because it’s mobile and people move Up and Down the financial ladder.

March 7th, 2013, 11:08 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Akbar Palace
To answer your question, you gave a choice between bad and worse, Killing is worse.

I like to see we get rid of borders between Syria and Jordan and Turkey and Lebanon and Iraq

March 7th, 2013, 11:14 am


zoo said:

How Syria’s Refugee Crisis Compares

With the UN reporting that nearly a million refugees have fled the fighting in Syria, the Economist finds the Syrian war has produced the worst refugee crisis in years, but it still trails the first Iraq war and Rwanda in the terms of the numbers displaced during a given time period.

March 7th, 2013, 11:16 am


revenire said:

“AQ on the other hand wants to completely obliterate Israel and turn it into Palestine all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.”


How many jihadis has Al-Qaeda sent to Israel? Even during the Zionist genocide against Gaza last year they did nothing (neither did Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Turkey). You know who Gaza thanked?


Gaza had huge banners up all over thanking Iran.

Al-Qaeda is a Western creation that came out of the 1980s Afghan war. That’s just simple historical fact.

March 7th, 2013, 11:17 am


zoo said:

U.S. Need for Foreign Oil Falls Dramatically

March 6, 2013
International Institute for Strategic Studies

Strategic impact
US oil imports will soon have declined by more than 50% from their 2006 peak and, if the consensus is correct, they will fall yet further. In the coming years, one effect of this shift will be to test the degree to which the need for oil imports is a factor behind the US strategic approach to the Middle East.

March 7th, 2013, 11:19 am


zoo said:

Syria’s expensive fight for freedom

The common man is paying the price for a brutal regime, pathetic opposition and an international society that cares only about its own national interests

By Marwan Kabalan | Special to Gulf News
Published: 20:00 March 7, 2013

The opposition, on the other hand, remains as politically naive as it ever; believing that its regional and international allies have a real interest in the success of the Syrian revolution.
The opposition is yet to accept the fact that the West is interested only in protecting its most basic interests rather than establishing democracy or stopping the shedding of Syrian blood.
It will also have to cease calling upon President Bashar Al Assad to step down and look for other ways to force him to do so.

In fact, the positions of the regime, the opposition, and the regional and international actors with interest in Syria have not changed much since the early days of the revolution. The reason for that might simply lie in the fact that nobody was really prepared to deal with a problem of such magnitude and fraught with complications because nobody had expected the Syrian people to ever revolt against Al Assad’s regime in the first place. The failure to spot signs of a brewing storm led to disastrous consequences.

Given the inhomogeneous societies of the Levant, Al Assad’s intention might be to get the region involved in a grand sectarian war.

This was Al Assad’s strategy and intention as he faced the much unexpected revolution. So what was the opposition’s? The opposition’s response to the revolution was pathetic, to say the least. Having been absolutely illiterate about the regional and international context, it called for foreign military intervention that would never come.

The opposition also estimated that the regime would collapse in a matter of weeks or months under pressure from peaceful demonstrators. It underestimated the regime’s determination to fight and misjudged the US and the Russian positions.
The inability of the opposition to provide reliable leadership for the revolution is also prolonging the life of the regime and presenting those who are looking for excuses for not supporting the revolution with what they need.

March 7th, 2013, 11:32 am


Dolly Buster said:

160. revenire said:

How many jihadis has Al-Qaeda sent to Israel?
Al-Qaeda is a Western creation that came out of the 1980s Afghan war.

They are unable to reach there, because of Jordan and other pro-American regimes.

There is nobody in the world that has fought the U.S. since 1989, except Al-Qa3idah.

Russia hasn’t fought a war with the U.S., they only run their mouth.

China hasn’t fought a war. It has bought U.S. treasuries.

Iran hasn’t fought a war. In fact Iran was pleased with U.S. regime changes: Karzai and Maliki.

So, the ONLY ones that have done any fighting against the Crucifix, are people like Zawahiri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi.

March 7th, 2013, 11:32 am


Akbar Palace said:

To answer your question, you gave a choice between bad and worse, Killing is worse.

I agree.

I like to see we get rid of borders between Syria and Jordan and Turkey and Lebanon and Iraq.

Why is that important to you?

March 7th, 2013, 11:44 am


Uzair8 said:

Socialist Worker article by Judith Orr:

West wants to block the fight for freedom in Syria

Tue 5 Mar 2013

Western powers are stepping up their attempts to shape the opposition in Syrian by announcing an increase in aid to those who are fighting.

They are using the fact that the scale of causalities suffered by those challenging dictator Bashar al‑Assad’s regime is growing every day.

Western rulers claim they are merely sending humanitarian aid. But their interest isn’t in alleviating the suffering of thousands of Syrians challenging a dictator.

Instead they want to buy off sections of the opposition to promote their interests in a post-Assad Syria.


Assad is using the intervention by the West to defect attention from the brutality of his own regime.

In a Sunday Times interview last week, Assad claimed that Britain had militarised the conflict in Syria.


Yet his military forces have been reigning terror on Syrians for two years since the revolt began.

Read more:


March 7th, 2013, 11:47 am


Dolly Buster said:

156. revenire said:

The IMF is an instrument of the Western financial system – the financial oligarchy.

When you do business, your wealth goes up and down.

Your wealth doesn’t stay the same. One guy may have 100k one moment and 60k the next. Another person may shoot up from 40k to 250k.

So your money depends on how you do. And therefore it is not unfair to have a Financial Oligarchy. Because it’s an open membership club. It reflects your success.

I consider myself to be top 2% of the world.
I expect to be 1% later on, followed by 0.5%

March 7th, 2013, 11:53 am


revenire said:

Ever read Frankenstein? Read it. That’s Al-Qaeda.

Deal with what I said or go back to your childish insults. I know i am right and so do you.

Your “revolutionaries” are mainly Libyan and other foreign jihadis with Syrian traitors mixed in.

The USSR was fought by the West in Afghanistan using Al-Qaeda. Reagan called them freedom fighters. The US armed them. I am talking about Osama the Holy Warrior. It’s in the papers of the era. Just Google image search it.

Later Al-Qaeda turned on the US.

March 7th, 2013, 11:53 am


zoo said:

New scenario: The Yarmouk Martyrs are ‘protecting’ the UN from bombardment by the Syrian army.

A Facebook statement issued later in the name of the Yarmouk Martyrs denied the UN soldiers had been detained and said they were being protected from bombardment by Assad’s forces.

That statement appeared at odds not only with the original rebel statement but with the footage showing the convoy halted in the middle of a road, with UN personnel stuck inside their vehicles, exposed to any artillery shells that might fall.

Human Rights Watch said it was investigating the Yarmouk Martyrs for involvement in past executions, including a videotaped killing of Syrian soldiers which was posted on the Internet on Tuesday. One video showed rebels with several men in army fatigues they said were captured at a Syrian army base near Jamla. Another video showed 10 dead men, including some of the captives filmed alive in the earlier video.

March 7th, 2013, 11:54 am


Uzair8 said:

Anti-racists block the EDL in multicultural Manchester

Tue 5 Mar 2013

A loud, lively 750‑strong march called by Unite Against Fascism countered the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Manchester last Saturday.

Labour councillor Daniel Gillard told the crowd, “If Muslims are being targeted by the EDL, then we are all being targeted.”

Local union banners included the Unison Women’s Group and the NUT. The PCS union band filled the streets with sound.

Iqbal Hussein came with 20 people from Medina mosque in Levenshulme, south Manchester. He said, “We are for diversity, we want a peaceful Manchester”.

Protesters marched from Piccadilly Gardens to Albert Square, where about 300 EDL thugs were gathered inside police barriers outside the Town Hall. EDL supporters fought each other.

After the racists left, anti-racists chanted “Whose streets? Our streets!” as they poured back to Piccadilly Gardens.

Socialist Worker

March 7th, 2013, 11:54 am


revenire said:

Dolly not interested in your silly attempts to deflect my points. it just means you can’t back up your positions.

I don’t care what % you’re in. That wasn’t my point. My point is oligarchical control of finance. IMF is one way it is done.

It’s not a hard concept to grasp and thanks for admitting I am right.

March 7th, 2013, 11:56 am


revenire said:

Ha ha protecting the UN peacekeepers. Well I always say if you lie lie big. That’s funny. Heard it on Twitter too.

March 7th, 2013, 11:58 am


Dolly Buster said:

170. revenire said:

My point is oligarchical control of finance. IMF is one way it is done.

Yea but, your implication is that there’s something unfair going on. There isn’t.

People are equal in democracy. They do business, and they score differently in business, due to differences. The erotica market values Monica Bellucci more than Madeleine Albright. That is not an imperialist conspiracy. It is a *real* difference.

Differences between people’s abilities can go all the way up to “infinite times.”
So, vast differences in salaries, such as 60,000:1 are fair.

March 7th, 2013, 12:22 pm


Citizen said:

Zionist binoculars!
On the Syrian coast discovered intelligence equipment
In the coastal area of ​​the Syrian Sahel during the operation of the SAR security forces found and seized modern reconnaissance equipment of Israeli production, the data on the movements of the Syrian army to the North of Lebanon.

March 7th, 2013, 12:31 pm


mjabali said:

“Syrian” said:

“Then describing the countrymen as ignorant. Forgetting that all the current regime class came from an area that just 40 years ago had no education what so ever other than their army service credential, then they used it to hijack the country and now because of their ignorance of civility has destroyed a country with 6000 years of civilization in less than 2 years”

Mr. “Syrian:”

You are wrong. Bashar al-Assad is Syrian and was born in Damascus. He went to the top schools in Damascus and studied in England later. His wife is educated in England and worked in New York amongst other places. They do not listen to Ali al-Deek, they listen to the Gorillas. They have nothing to do with the country side. al-Assad uses his connection to the country side to get men to fight. It is easy for al-Assad to find people to fight for him because of the attitude of people like you.

The people who live in Syria today has nothing to do with the 6000 years or more of history. Many of them are the Ottoman mix and that of the years before it. This mix has nothing to do with the Syrian history. In this perspective, Bashar al-Assad is more Syrian than most of you here: the left overs of the Ottoman years.

In Syria, mostly from its country side population, you could see the links to the Syrian history and roots.

The left overs from the 1400 years of occupation has nothing to do with the real Syrian history. Look, you see some of you here calling to the destruction of the Syrian identity and the creation of a pan-Sunni-Muslim Ummah.

The calls to erase the borders between the Sunnis in the Middle East is worthy to look at. Who does not see this is probably sleeping under a rock.

التوقيع سنطيحة تطيح بترهاتك

March 7th, 2013, 12:31 pm


mjabali said:

Dolly buster:

It is funny that Allahu Akbar Palace did not see your slur against the Jews and called you a rational person. Calling you “rational” is the best joke for this year so far.

Reading your talk about the Jews, Christians (whom you call the Crusaders,) Alawis and Shia makes me wonder about your compatibility to live and interact with the rest of humanity.

March 7th, 2013, 12:45 pm


Citizen said:

Israeli fingerprints, Israel responsible for the customer…

March 7th, 2013, 12:52 pm


zoo said:

Turkish opposition CHP delegation visits al-Assad: Erdogan unhappy

A parliamentary delegation from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad early yesterday. The three-member group, which consisted of deputy leader Şafak Pavey and deputies from the neighboring Hatay province, Hasan Akgöl and Mevlut Dudu, was in Syria following an invitation from al-Assad, according to CHP sources.

Al-Assad told the team there was “a need to distinguish between the stance of the Turkish people, who back stability in Syria, and the positions of Premier Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government, which supports terrorism.

“The Syrian people appreciates the position adopted by forces and parties in Turkey that reject the Erdoğan government’s negative impact on our societies, which are multi-religious and multi-ethnic,” al-Assad added.

Prime Minister criticized the visit, saying he could not understand what the CHP wanted to achieve with such an action.

March 7th, 2013, 1:06 pm


Visitor said:

I suggest to all contributors to ignore this MJABALI thing. He has time and again proven himself to suffer from the following deficiencies: ignorance, irrationality, vulgarity, presumptuousness, psycopathy, inferiority complex, delusion, knows zilch about Syrian culture and history, extermely and alarmingly very low culture.

Please guys cooperate and let’s kick this lowly creature out from amongst us. As you may all know the best medicine with these characters is to treat them as if they do not exist.

March 7th, 2013, 1:10 pm


Dolly Buster said:

175. mjabali said:

Reading your talk about the Jews, Christians (whom you call the Crusaders,) Alawis and Shia makes me wonder about your compatibility to live and interact with the rest of humanity.

Yeah, these religions like Christianity and Tashayyu3 (Shiism), are completely inferior to Salafism which is the best religion.

I am pleased that some of the rebels are on the correct Creed, and will be bringing the Ruckus to the false religions.

March 7th, 2013, 1:14 pm


zoo said:

Syrian opposition to meet in Istanbul to elect prime minister

The main Syrian National Coalition opposition organization will meet in Istanbul on Tuesday to elect a provisional prime minister, coalition members said on Thursday.

The decision was made after former Prime Minister Riad Hijab, the highest ranking civilian defector since the revolt and the top candidate for the job, withdrew his candidacy, several coalition members told Reuters in Amman. Hijab had run into opposition from Islamists and liberal members of the coalition for his previous ties with Syria’s ruling hierarchy.


March 7th, 2013, 1:19 pm


zoo said:

Not sure it will go ahead… More confusion and undecision .

Coalition sources said the Syrian National Council, a large Muslim Brotherhood-influenced bloc within the 71-member coalition, had chosen three candidates for prime minister.

They are Salem al-Muslet, a tribal figure from northeastern Syria who worked at think-tanks in the Gulf; Osama al-Qadi, a U.S.-educated economist who heads an opposition taskforce drawing up plans for post-conflict economic recovery; and veteran opposition campaigner Burhan Ghalioun, a professor from Homs and previous president of the Syrian National Council.

Asaad Mustafa, a former agriculture minister during the 30-year rule of Assad’s father, the late President Hafez al-Assad, is also in the running, the sources said.

Qadi, the economist, may become front-runner for prime minister if the Syrian National Council and its allies fail to find the two-thirds majority needed to change the coalition’s rules to allow Muslet and Ghalioun to run.

It is not a foregone conclusion that the often-postponed project for a provisional government, which has received only lukewarm international support, will go ahead in Istanbul.

Another idea is to form an executive body to help administer rebel-held areas without calling it a government as such.

March 7th, 2013, 1:27 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Are there Jews in you Hair Today?

It is funny that Allahu Akbar Palace did not see your slur against the Jews and called you a rational person.

mjabali said,

I did notice Dolly Buster’s slur angainst Jews and other “false religions”. Yet, Dolly Buster is correct about Al-Queda: there is no relationship between Al-Queda, Jews or Israel.

I find it intersting that arabs kill arabs, all day long, from Algeria to Afghanistan and everywhere in between, and somehow, Jews wind up being the culprit.

Pretty meshuga if you ask me.

March 7th, 2013, 1:41 pm


revenire said:

“People are equal in democracy. They do business, and they score differently in business, due to differences. The erotica market values Monica Bellucci more than Madeleine Albright. That is not an imperialist conspiracy. It is a *real* difference.”

People are not equal in a democracy. Those who control finance control all. People are in no way equal unless protected by law and that law must be enforced without the influence of corruption i.e buying judges etc. For example, a man can have the best ideas and if unable to raise money to spread the ideas has zero chance to win an election. It the man’s idea threatens to turn over the apple cart that man would not be allowed to run in this ‘democracy of equals’ you speak of. As a matter of fact, I can think of no place on Earth that approaches your Ivory Tower beliefs. In truth a nation like the US functions along the lines of a dictatorship of a monied elite. Money runs the show. Corporations. Banks. Wall St. In the West money controls elections and the media. It isn’t a conspiracy… it is open.

We don’t need, or want, that kind of ‘freedom’ in Syria. In many ways Syria under Bashar was freer than the US under Obama.

I never said a word about an imperialist conspiracy. That is a way to deflect my points again as if to say I wear a Tin Foil Hat and believe Elvis is alive. It is a way to ridicule me. I don’t believe there are any communists around any longer. Russia? No. China? They give lip service to it but in practice no. Communism was a failure. You should not believe things people call themselves so easily. Test them.

March 7th, 2013, 1:43 pm


mjabali said:

Visitor: the thumbs up clow… المهرج أحادي الخلية

Time and time again you show you are nothing but noise. طبل أجوف

Who are the 9 people so far who voted you up. You have no trust with your own words ya قرد.

Zoo please share with us the proof that you have showing how this Visitor plays with the thumbs up and down….

March 7th, 2013, 1:43 pm


revenire said:

Jews kill each other every day too. Just go to Israel and visit the prisons.

March 7th, 2013, 1:44 pm


Citizen said:

Putin ! go ahead
Russians Conduct Huge Nuke Drill
Russian nuclear forces hold large exercise involving movement of strategic and tactical warheads
Russian nuclear forces conducted a major exercise last month that tested the transport of both strategic and tactical nuclear weapons near Europe, according to United States officials.

The exercise raised concerns inside the Pentagon and with the U.S. European Command because it was the largest exercise of its kind in 20 years and involved heightened alert status of Russian nuclear forces.

The nuclear drills were part of other military maneuvers in Russia carried out between Feb. 17 and Feb. 21.

The exercises followed a recent surge in Russian strategic bomber flights that include a recent circling of the U.S. Pacific island of Guam by two Tu-95 Bear bomber and simulated bombing runs by Tu-95s against Alaska and California in June and July.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Wesley P. Miller sought to play down the nuclear exercise but declined to comment on the movement of nuclear weapons and whether nuclear forces went on a heightened state of alert. “We don’t comment on intelligence matters,” he said……..

March 7th, 2013, 1:53 pm


mjabali said:

Allahu Akbar Palace:

Here are some points for you mr. Allahu Akbar Palace

– Afghanistan is not an Arab country.

-It is not “Arab killing Arab,” it is : a Muslim killing another Muslim.

– AS for al-Qaeda and Israel: I have to agree with you that Israel may have nothing to do with the creation of al-Qaeda and it is only the conspiracy nuts who come up with this connection. But, the question here is when al-Qaeda is going to start attacking Israel? It is just a matter of time before one of the groups, that is considered to be al-Qaeda, is going to attack Israel. al-Qaeda, in one of its forms, is going to attack Israel sooner or later. Let us not fool ourselves.

– al-Qaeda here is what the many groups that share the same ideology make. These days you have to look at al-Qaeda as an idea more than an actual physical group. Here you have to look at al-Nusra, Ansar al-Sharia…etc. You have to study the groups that are emerging now in dynamic forms but share the same ideas as al-Qaeda. The new groups are the real situation.

– I, contrary to your beliefs, rarely mention Israel, or Jews in my posts. I do not subscribe to the Middle Eastern type that sees Israel, or Judaism behind the ills of the area. I look deeper than this. Israel and Zionism are not on my menu. One last point: I do not know if you pay attention on this board, but I am from a minority that most Muslims in the Middle East say was established by a Jew (of course) to ruin Islam.

March 7th, 2013, 2:06 pm


Citizen said:

The U.S. Army is building a second secret underground facility in Israel
The U.S. Army has announced a second tender for the construction of secret underground facility in Israel. The first tender for the “Object 911” was won by Conti Corp. Federal Services, told Business Insider.

According to a post, Conti Corp. offered to complete the necessary work for the $ 63 million instead of the anticipated 100 million. The project involves the construction of 911 five-story underground facility and six other buildings on the surface. Newspaper The Marker notes that the object is located in the Tel Aviv area is for the Israeli Air Force.

The second project, entitled “Object 81 stage II” provides for the completion of the six underground facilities, some of which are already under suschestvyuschimi buildings.

The U.S. Army has announced that the estimated cost of works is also one hundred million dollars. The tender was published in late December 2012.

March 7th, 2013, 2:10 pm


mjabali said:

Daily Buster:

you said:

“I am pleased that some of the rebels are on the correct Creed, and will be bringing the Ruckus to the false religions”

Hahahahhaaa…Dude wake up it is not a religious sectarian war mixed with hip hop. Bringing to Ruckus happens in the imaginary world of hip hop.

Waiting to see you on a horse with a sword in your hand.

AS for the false religions: the question here is: why you have to use violence if you think your religion is right?

False religions crumble in the face of criticism and not violence.

March 7th, 2013, 2:12 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

meshuga ? do you nean mashugana?

March 7th, 2013, 2:13 pm


Dolly Buster said:

185. revenire said:

People are not equal in a democracy. Those who control finance control all.

Yeah but we’ve just established there is Vertical Mobility.
So, the bourgeois class is open to all.

Example: Some woman wrote Harry Potter and people dug it. She made 900 million dollars due to her work.

So you see, it is not a Reptilian Club. The financial oligarchy is open to all. Therefore, everyone is equal in democracy.

I don’t believe there are any communists around any longer. Russia? No.

Well this clown Putin once went into a supermarket and demanded the price of sausage be lowered.
It’s reminiscent of Command Economy.

Then there are billions who just mourned Chavez. Chavez who banned “Coca-Cola Zero” in 2009. It seems that most people are against the free market. Socialism is prevalent.

March 7th, 2013, 2:15 pm


mjabali said:

In few minutes, and while this blog had seen only three visitors, the fraud Visitor managed to give me 11 and 7 thumbs down for two posts. Hahahaa you are getting sloppy.

March 7th, 2013, 2:17 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Same difference.

Yaani, Majnoon

March 7th, 2013, 2:17 pm


Dolly Buster said:

185. revenire said:

People are not equal in a democracy. Those who control finance control all.

Yeah but we’ve just established there is Vertical Mobility.
So, the bourgeois class is open to all.

Example: Some woman wrote Harry Potter and people dug it. She made 900 million dollars due to her work.

So you see, it is not a Reрtilian Club. The financial oligarchy is open to all. Therefore, everyone is equal in democracy.


I don’t believe there are any communists around any longer. Russia? No.

Well this clown Putin once went into a supermarket and demanded the price of sausage be lowered.
It’s reminiscent of Command Economy.

Then there are billions who just mourned Chavez. Chavez who banned “Coca-Cola Zero” in 2009. It seems that most people are against the free market. Socialism is prevalent.

March 7th, 2013, 2:18 pm


Akbar Palace said:

What’s on the Menu?

Allahu Akbar Palace:

Here are some points for you mr. Allahu Akbar Palace

– Afghanistan is not an Arab country.

-It is not “Arab killing Arab,” it is : a Muslim killing another Muslim.

In the case of Iraq, Syria and Libya, Lebanon, Yemen couldn’t you say it is virtually arab killing arab? But your point is taken.

… conspiracy nuts who come up with this connection.

The Conspiracy Nuts are all over the place.

It is just a matter of time before one of the groups, that is considered to be al-Qaeda, is going to attack Israel.

We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Let us not fool ourselves.

Why not?;)

The new groups are the real situation.

I’m not too worried.

I, contrary to your beliefs, rarely mention Israel, or Jews in my posts.

Are you bald? Tara said that we live in people’s hair!;)

I do not subscribe to the Middle Eastern type that sees Israel, or Judaism behind the ills of the area.

No wonder no one likes you here!

I look deeper than this. Israel and Zionism are not on my menu.

We can find you a spot in the Smithsonian Museum. Very rare indeed.

One last point: I do not know if you pay attention on this board, but I am from a minority that most Muslims in the Middle East say was established by a Jew (of course) to ruin Islam.

Let me guess: You’re a Christian??

March 7th, 2013, 2:27 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:

in the west vertical mobility is downward.

a few escapees allowed to escape to make the rich richer is not a prison break.

March 7th, 2013, 2:35 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:


jew querying jew.

March 7th, 2013, 2:37 pm


omen said:

According to a 2010 paper sponsored by Stanford University, nearly 40 percent of Syrian youth ages 15 to 24 dropped out of school before the ninth grade.

this is presented as happenstance but around the world (and certainly in the u.s.) plutocrats seek to undermine the infrastructure set up to educate the masses. an educated populace threatens their control. they think this should be reserved for the privileged elite.

March 7th, 2013, 2:40 pm


mjabali said:

Allahu Akbar Palace:

Your answer does not reflect any substance. Good luck in your Woodstock love adventure with the Salafis ….Don’t forget to get some Shiraz for your girl Tara, although Visitor and Dolly Buster may get angry and apply the Hadd on you….

March 7th, 2013, 2:46 pm


Citizen said:

something about !
A Jewish-American pro-Palestinian activist who is married to an Israeli woman was not allowed to enter the country with his pregnant wife. An Israeli court rejected his petition to cancel the order against his entry Tuesday, and he is expected to be put on a plane back to the United States Wednesday night.

March 7th, 2013, 2:46 pm


Visitor said:

We cannot but agree with the good Syrian Christian when he calls for liberating Lebanon from the Hezbo filth,ميشيل-كيلو-الثورة-السورية-ستحرر-لبنان-من-حزب-الله.html


As a side not, thanks to all of you who cooperated in ignoring the psychopathic and delusional MJABALI. And I hope others will follow suit in this passive, yet quite effective, effort because it should now be obvious that this is the right medicine to deal with such low-cultured creatures.

March 7th, 2013, 3:00 pm


omen said:

i thought this a smart take at first but halting the nuclear program isn’t the primary thing the west covets from iran. if that was the goal, the west would have been more proactive in helping to topple assad.

It is no exaggeration to say that the fall of Assad will serve as the first serious step towards halting Iran’s nuclear project. The fall of Assad does not necessarily mean the fall of Iran, but it means the Mullahs would return to their natural borders within Tehran, and this is what we need. Then the extremists of Iran will have to face their dues in the Iranian domestic scene, but that is their story.

March 7th, 2013, 3:00 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:

fouad ajami?

dogs bark, jump, roll over when commanded and lick their ass and their masters’ ass.

fouad ajami is a name arabs give to their dogs, sometimes to rats.

March 7th, 2013, 3:10 pm


Tara said:

شدّد ميشيل كيلو، عضو المنبر الديمقراطي السوري، في حديث له مع قناة “العربية” على ضرورة أن تقوم الحكومة اللبنانية بإقالة وزير الخارجية عدنان منصور من منصبه، مضيفاً أن الثورة السورية ستحرر لبنان من حزب الله.

Can anyone tell me why the “sister” from Hell, Mrs. Angus and the pathetic Syrian Christians supporting the killing are not like Mr. Kilo? What is the difference in their upbringing or schooling? So we can correct it in the new Syria.

March 7th, 2013, 3:16 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:

fouad ajami = rat with dog brains.


their is saad hariri.

a special rat.


with dog brains.

March 7th, 2013, 3:16 pm


5ds said:


friend of FA?

March 7th, 2013, 3:18 pm


Tara said:


I like the name Fouad.

Please withdraw your comment and stop making things up.

March 7th, 2013, 3:21 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Arab Gulf states should withdraw their money from Lebanon,they have over 80 billion dollar there.

March 7th, 2013, 3:27 pm


omen said:

Clinton could simulate emotions with the best of them, but there is no mistaking the passion he had for Israel and the sorrow he felt for the 1995 assassination of its leader, Yitzhak Rabin. He was dogged and genuine in his interest in the pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace. He stayed with it to the bitter end and the closing days of his presidency — the Arkansan taking to exotic callings.

sentiment for rabin aside this is a complete fabrication. clinton ignored the palestinian issue until the last months of his second term. even his own people admit camp david was improperly prepared for and hurriedly thrown together. the summit was a desperate hail mary pass meant to mitigate the damage wrecked by monicagate. why would ajami lie like this?

and this comparison trying to fault obama for failing to be interested in the exotic middle east…wtf? obama should be more engaged in syria not because it’s exotic but because ten of thousands of people are being killed!

March 7th, 2013, 3:27 pm


Dolly Buster said:

After the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Fouad Ajami advocated an attack on Iraq, because — get this — Afghans aren’t Arabs, and 9/11 hijackers were Arabs. So Ajami said: for this reason, it’s not enough to attack Pashtuns only.

What a sick Majusi ha ?

So I am completely disgusted with Fouad Ajami. Today he is probably confused, because Syria is once again Baath (which is a similarity to Iraq). But in this case, it is his Shiite and Safawi buddies that are crumbling.

March 7th, 2013, 3:33 pm


mjabali said:

Visitor: أحادي الخلية

Waited for a long time to see what your brain could muster out and what I saw was just nothing. The only thing i see is the 12 thumbs up you gave Allahu Akbar Palace. hahahah ya qurd you are getting sloppy here…. you are polluting this blog…go away…you are the example of fraud.

You know you are turning this blog into a joke just by being here. For those who pay your salary, you are a failed project. They could not develop you. Let them send someone better than you. You should be fired.

March 7th, 2013, 3:35 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:


cubicle jew disgusted with a jew pet.

who you trying to fool?

so funny.

grab another bag of matzo balls.

March 7th, 2013, 3:40 pm


mjabali said:

Dolly Buster:

One sign of being out of touch with reality is speaking about things that you do not know about or they simply do not exist: example is your obsession with the word Majus.

Please can please lead us to where these imaginary friends/foes of yours exist in current times? Where is their websites and links and so forth?

I think you are making this up. I think you are nuts. Bring on the Ruckus homeboy on the imaginary Majus….you are fighting the air homeboy…good luck trying to connect back with reality

March 7th, 2013, 3:40 pm


Citizen said:

Putin! must turn the table over the top of players!

March 7th, 2013, 3:50 pm


Tara said:


Continue daydreaming.

March 7th, 2013, 3:53 pm


Uzair8 said:

There may be a case for placing the word ‘Rat’ on the automatic moderation blacklist. It’ll drastically reduce the quantity of comments on SC.

March 7th, 2013, 4:02 pm


revenire said:

The Turkish opposition met with President Assad today to give him their full support.

Erdogan must be throwing a temper tantrum right about now.

Ban the word “rat”? LOL then we would have to switch to “rodent” or something.

Stop your games – this is free speech.

March 7th, 2013, 4:15 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:

there may be,

there is a case

for trials for war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes against peace

for the rats and the supporters, masters of the rats.

March 7th, 2013, 4:18 pm


revenire said:

LOL this forum cracks me up.

March 7th, 2013, 4:18 pm


ghufran said:

I told you it is a failed nation, do not even try to find out what Libyans still want after invading Qadhafi’s behind and sending terrorists to Syria. The religion of Islam today,thanks to islamist terrorists, equals violence and human rights abuses:
استنكر الممثل الخاص للأمين العام للأمم المتحدة في ليبيا طارق متري الهجوم الذي تعرض له رئيس المؤتمر الوطني الليبي محمد المقريف، وأهاب بالليبيين أن يتفادوا العنف في التعاطي مع المسائل السياسية.
وذكر البيان أنه “إثر الأحداث التي حصلت يوم الثلاثاء خلال اجتماع المؤتمر الوطني العام في طرابلس والاعتداء بإطلاق الرصاص على سيارة المقريف، اتصل متري به معربا عن “استنكاره الشديد لهذا الاعتداء الذي تعرض له رئيس المؤتمر الوطني العام وهو الهيئة الشرعية التي انتخبها الشعب الليبي بحماس وفخر بعد أن حرمه النظام السابق من هذا الحق لعقود من الزمن”

March 7th, 2013, 4:24 pm


revenire said:

LOL kidnapping the UN peacekeepers “was an accident” rat-puppet Moaz says.

March 7th, 2013, 4:27 pm


Citizen said:

ماتراه ادارة أوباما هو إعادة تشكيل للشرق الأوسط خلال القرن الحادي والعشرين تحت رعاية كل من الولايات المتحدة وروسيا.

في الولايات المتحدة, وعلى الرغم من أن أوباما حل مكان أوباما في البيت الأبيض, إلا أنه ليس بوسعه في الوقت الحالي غير تصدير الشؤون اليومية. ولن يتمكن من حيازة صلاحياته كاملة إلا بعد أدائه القسم في 21 يناير. وفي الأيام التالية (23 يناير) سوف يستمع مجلس الشيوخ للوزيرة كلينتون عن السر الذي أحاط بعملية اغتيال السفير في ليبيا, كما سيستمع في اليوم الذي يليه (24 يناير) إلى كلمة جون كيري لتأكيد تسميته كوزير للخارجية.

بعد ذلك مباشرة, يجتمع الأعضاء الخمس الدائمين في مجلس الأمن في نيويورك لمناقشة الاقتراحات التي قدمها لافروف-بيرنز حول سورية.

تتضمن هذه الاقتراحات إدانة صريحة لأي تدخل خارجي في الشأن السوري, وكذلك نشر مراقبين وقوة حفظ سلام تابعة للأمم المتحدة, وتوجيه نداء لمختلف القوى المتصارعة بضرورة تشكيل حكومة وحدة وطنية والتمهيد لانتخابات. هنا من المفترض أن تعرب فرنسا عن معارضتها للمشروع, لكن دون الذهاب إلى حد التلويح باستخدام حق النقض في وجه سيدها الأمريكي.

تأتي أصالة هذا المخطط من كون القوات التابعة للأمم المتحدة سيتم تشكيلها تحديدا من الجنود التابعين لمنظمة معاهدة الأمن المشترك. الأمر الذي يعني أن الرئيس بشار الأسد باق في السلطة. وسوف يترتب عليه التفاوض على ميثاق وطني مع زعماء المعارضة غير المسلحة المصطفاة بالاتفاق بين موسكو وواشنطن, والعمل على تفعيل هذا الميثاق عبر استفتاء عام يجري تحت اشراف المراقبين الدوليين.

وما أن يعود الاستقرار إلى سورية حتى يجري التحضير لعقد مؤتمر دولي في موسكو لاحلال السلام الشامل بين اسرائيل وكافة جيرانها. ترى الولايات المتحدة أنه من غير الممكن التفاوض على أي عملية سلام منفردة بين اسرائيل وسورية, ذلك لأن السوريين يطالبون وباسم العروبة, بحل للقضية الفلسطينية أولا. كما أنه من غير الممكن أيضا اجراء مفاوضات سلام مع الفلسطينيين بسبب تشرذمهم الحاد, اللهم إلا إذا تم تكليف سورية باجبارهم على احترام اتفاق الأغلبية.

لذلك يجب أن تتسم اية مفاوضات مستقبلية بالشمولية وبالارتكاز إلى مرجعية مدريد (1991). ووفق هذه الفرضية, سوف يتحتم على اسرائيل الانسحاب قدر الإمكان إلى حدود عام 1967, وأن تندمج الأراضي الفلسطينية بالأردن ليشكلا الدولة الفلسطينية النهائية, وسوف يعهد بحكومة تلك الدولة إلى الاخوان المسلمين بوصفها الحل المقبول في نظر الحكومات العربية الحالية. وبالتالي سوف تعيد اسرائيل هضبة الجولان إلى سوريا مقابل تخلي الأخيرة عن بحيرة طبرية, حسب مخطط شيفردستاون (1999). وبذلك تصبح سورية الضامن لاحترام المعاهدات في الجانب الأردني-الفلسطيني.

كيف سيتم تناول المسألة الكردية ضمن لعبة الدومينو هذه؟

سوف يتم تفكيك العراق كي يفسح المجال لولادة كردستان مستقل. أما تركيا فسيطلب منها أن تصبح دولة فدرالية لتمنح حكما ذاتيا للمنطقة الكردية.

أما في الولايات المتحدة, فثمة من يتمنون توسيع إعادة تشكيل المنطقة لتشمل التضحية بالمملكة العربية السعودية التي أصبحت عديمة الفائدة, وهم يرون تقسيمها إلى ثلاثة أجزاء, وإلحاق أجزاء من أراضيها سواء للفدرالية الأردنية –الفلسطينية, أو للجزء الشيعي من العراق, طبقا لمخطط قديم للبنتاغون ( طرد آل سعود خارج المملكة, 10 يوليو 2002).

يتيح هذا الخيار لواشنطن أن تترك لموسكو مجال نفوذ واسع دون التضحية بأي جزء من مناطق نفوذها الخاصة. لقد لاحظنا تصرفا مماثلا لهذا حين قبلت واشنطن بزيادة أصوات مجموعة بريكس في صندوق مجلس ادارة صندوق النقد الدولي. لم يتنازل الأمريكان في حينها عن اي من سلطاتهم, بل أجبروا الأوروبيين على التخلي عن جزء من أصواتهم كي يفسحوا المجال أمام مجموعة بريكس ليزيدوا من حقوقهم في التصويت.

هذا الاتفاق السياسي-العسكري مشفوع باتفاقية اقتصادية- طاقوية. أما الرهان الحقيقي للحرب على سورية فهو بالنسبة لغالبية الأطراف المتصارعة رهان على غزو مخزوناتها من الغاز, حيث تم في الواقع اكتشاف حقول شاسعة جنوب البحر المتوسط وفي سورية.

ففي تمركز قواتها في البلاد, تضمن موسكو لنفسها سيطرة واسعة على أسواق الغاز خلال السنوات القادمة. وهكذا فان هدية ادارة أوباما الجديدة لفلاديمير بوتين تضاعف عدة حسابات. فهي لاتحرف أنظار روسيا عن الشرق الأقصى فحسب, بل تستخدم الروس لتحييد اسرائيل.

فإذا كان هناك نحوا من مليون اسرائيلي يحملون الجنسية المزدوجة (الأمريكية-الاسرائيلية) هناك أيضا مليون اسرائيلي من أصل روسي.

إذن, فإن تموضع قوات عسكرية روسية في سورية, سوف يمنع اسرائيل من شن عدوان على العرب, ويمنع العرب في المقابل من الاعتداء على اسرائيل.

وفي النتيجة, فإن الولايات المتحدة لن تكون مكرهة على انفاق مبالغ خيالية للحفاظ على أمن المستعمرة اليهودية.

كما ستفرض المعطيات الجديدة على الولايات المتحدة الاعتراف أخيرا بدور اقليمي لإيران.

مع ذلك, تأمل واشنطن الحصول على ضمانات من طهران بشأن انسحابها من أمريكا اللاتينية التي نسجت فيها الكثير من العلاقات في السنوات الأخيرة, خصوصا مع فنزويلا.

لانعرف حتى اللحظة ردود فعل ايران إزاء هذا الجانب من الاستعدادات, غير أن محمود أحمدي نجاد سارع منذ ذلك الحين إلى ابلاغ باراك أوباما أنه سيفعل كل ما بوسعه لمساعدته كي يأخذ مسافة من تل أبيب.

ثمة خاسرون من هذا المشروع, وفي مقدمتهم فرنسا وبريطانيا اللتان ستفقدان نفوذهما نهائيا, ثم اسرائيل بعد أن تقلص نفوذها في الولايات المتحدة, سوف ترد إلى حجمها الحقيقي كدولة صغيرة.

أخيرا, هاهو العراق مفككا, والسعودية التي تسعى جاهدة منذ بضعة أسابيع للتصالح مع الجميع أملا في الهروب من مصيرها المحتوم.

لكن هناك في المقابل رابحون من هذا المشروع يأتي في مقدمتهم بشار الأسد الذي كان ينظر إليه الغرب حتى الأمس القريب كمجرم ضد الانسانية, وفي الغد سيتم تتويجه كمنتصر ضد التطرف الاسلامي. أما المنتصر الثاني فهو فلاديمير بوتين الذي توصل بفضل تصلبه طيلة أمد الصراع إلى اخراج روسيا من دائرة “الاحتواء” وإعادة فتح الطريق إلى البحر المتوسط, والشرق الأوسط, وانتزاع الاعتراف بسيطرة بلاده على سوق الغاز العالمية.

March 7th, 2013, 4:30 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Dolly Buster said:

After the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Fouad Ajami advocated an attack on Iraq, because — get this — Afghans aren’t Arabs…

Dolly Buster,

Can you post a link showing he said that?

I think Fouad Ajami advocated regime change for Iraq for the same reasons they are calling for regime change in Syria.

Little did we know that the Iraqis wouldn’t have backbone or ability to defend themselves against the other despots surrounding her. Makes one think.

March 7th, 2013, 4:40 pm


Dolly Buster said:

216. Citizen said:

Putin! must turn the table over the top of players!

Have you noticed his popularity is down from 60 to 40.

The trend is clear, he will be gone by around 2017.

Maybe he will be succeeded by Shoygu or Sobyanin. But maybe an entirely democratic pro-Western president.

March 7th, 2013, 4:41 pm


Dolly Buster said:

215. mjabali said:

One sign of being out of touch with reality is speaking about things that you do not know about or they simply do not exist: example is your obsession with the word Majus.

It means Zoroastrian, which is a Persian fire-worshipping religion before islam.
When islam came to Iran, they incorporated some Majusi (Zoroastrian) practices into it.
So nowadays, majus is a slur for Shiites, since Shiites are actually pagan Persians.


Please can you lead us to where these imaginary friends/foes of yours exist in current times? Where is their websites and links and so forth?

They are the people in Iraq who flock to graves and perform self-injury.
Urine al-Maliki of Iraq is a person I consider a foe.

I have liked the page “Anti Maliki” on Facebook, to show that I approve of all actions 2003-present that have been taken against Iraqi Shia criminals.

March 7th, 2013, 4:55 pm


Uzair8 said:


What does this term even mean? Is there a definition?

I bet the people using this undefined term are also probably the most vociferous against the (ab)use of the term ‘terrorist’ by western nations to describe anyone who opposes their interests.

I’m annoyed by this term increasingly popping up on various forums where regime sympathizers are active.

March 7th, 2013, 5:20 pm



There may be a case for placing the word ‘Rat’ on the automatic moderation blacklist. It’ll drastically reduce the quantity of comments on SC.

I object..

What does this term even mean? Is there a definition?

A very distant relative.

Rat is used to describe medium-sized rodents with long thin tails. There are many species of rodent that are called rats — kangaroo rats, cotton rats, Norway rats, black rats, African pouched rats, naked mole rats, wood rats, pack rats, Polynesian rats, and many others. These different rodent species may not be closely related to each other at all!

March 7th, 2013, 5:24 pm


Uzair8 said:

Does the name ‘Nouri al-Maliki’ mean ‘The light of God’ as ‘Malik’ is one of the names of God Almighty?

If so, one must be careful to avoid altering the name to an unfortunate meaning.

Just some friendly advice 🙂

March 7th, 2013, 5:30 pm


Uzair8 said:


LOL. I had forgotten about taking SH into consideration.

Btw, it’s unlikely the Shabbiha will be able (or bother) to distinguish between rats and hamsters.

March 7th, 2013, 5:37 pm


Visitor said:

UZAIR8 230,

Don’t worry about the name.

In this case nouri means gypsy.

The Arabic language is very flexible.

March 7th, 2013, 5:50 pm


revenire said:

“228. UZAIR8 said:
What does this term even mean? Is there a definition?”

You know what it means. You also have seen “to Hell” around to and you know what that means too.

March 7th, 2013, 7:22 pm



YUK… is this the new YAK

March 7th, 2013, 7:23 pm


Syrialover said:

Dear DOLLY BUSTER #193, the rich build their wealth in different ways.

“The Bloomberg top 100 (updated in real time to keep Prince Alwaleed on alert) includes many who built businesses with wit and imagination, such as Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Stefan Persson of Hennes & Mauritz.

“But the self-madecategory also includes Russian and Middle Eastern wealth acquired more by being in the right place at the right time and getting close to the right government official when the spoils were being allocated than beating others in a free market.”

(Article on billionaires –

COMMENT: And there is a 3rd criminal vermin category, who steal national wealth with the help of the gun and torture chamber.

World class example: Rami Makhlouf, Bashar Assad’s cousin, whose family controlled over 60% of Syria’s wealth

March 7th, 2013, 7:46 pm


mjabali said:


As expected you have no knowledge of the Arabic language, as your friend Visitor أحادي الخلية.

Nuri نوري comes from the Arabic word Nur نور, which means light. Nuri means: my light.

An advice to you: stay watching your video or on Shia chat instead of sticking your nose into matters related to the Arabic language. Still a riddle to me how you Pakistanis never were able to master the Arabic language. Something baffles even the specialists.

Nawari is a bad term used by people in the Middle East to denote to a group of people that live nomad style to this day within Syria.

Funny how you and Visitor can not understand Arabic and still stick your noses into related matters…..

March 7th, 2013, 7:54 pm


Johannes de Silentio said:


“cubicle jew”

Oh if I was a cubicle jew
I’d sneak and spy and snoop
I’d find the arabs working here
And load their desks with poop

A New Bashar Cartoon:

March 7th, 2013, 7:57 pm


mjabali said:

Dolly Buster:

Again I see you speaking about ghosts. Where do they worship fire? You say that in Iran they worship fire: ha ha ha… wake up homeboy, in Iran they are Muslims and worship Allah like you. If you consider them to be pagans that is your opinion and should be respected, but looking at the truth of it one could tell that you are a fool homeboy with zero knowledge.

Also: if you consider Nuri al-Maliki your foe is funny because who are you to be compared to him. He is the elected prime minister of a country that is in the top five in oil export in the world. You can not scratch your ass or the big ass of your friend Visitor to save your lives.

Take foes from your class homeboy. al-Malikli commands an army, what do you command: a cat?

Yes: you can consider him a foe in your video game: till I see your carriers and cruise missiles hitting al-Maliki I am not going to take you seriously homeboy…

PS: when you speak about al-Majus I feel I am reading a comic book with no heroes but only villains…

March 7th, 2013, 8:01 pm


Syrialover said:

I deeply admire and praise those who are doing the task of documentating Assad’s crimes. Their conviction, strength and vision are serving Syrians by recording evidence and also honoring and remembering the victims.

Article: “When a criminal leads the country”


And then there is the steadily accumulating horror of civilian suffering in Syria. Every American policymaker struggling with the problem of whether and how to intervene in the Syrian civil war might be advised, as a habit of conscience, to visit regularly the Web site of the Violations Documentation Centre* in Syria, just to peruse the statistics and names of the dead that are posted by activists working inside the country.

As of Wednesday, the Centre reported a count of fifty-one thousand five hundred and fifteen “martyrs” to the uprising against Bashar al-Assad. If you click on the “martyrs” button on the Web site’s home page, you can filter a search for individual victims by checking various boxes under “cause of death.” The choices include “field execution,” “kidnapping-execution,” “kidnapping-torture,” “kidnapping-torture-execution,” “un-allowed to seek medical help,” and “warplane shelling.” Many of the incidents are difficult or impossible for outsiders to confirm, but there is clearly state-directed murder underway on a great scale.

During the week of February 17th, Assad-regime soldiers allegedly fired “at least four” ballistic missiles at civilian areas of Aleppo, and killed a hundred and forty-one people. Seventy-one of the victims were children. A Human Rights Watch investigator reached the site and remarked, “I have visited many attack sites in Syria, but I have never seen such destruction. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, the Syrian government finds ways to escalate its killing tactics.”

This week, I spoke with Mohammad Al-Abdallah, the executive director of the Syria Justice and Accountability Center, which was set up in 2012 to help collate and organize evidence about war crimes in Syria, to prepare for the possibility of justice after the Assad regime falls. Al-Abdallah said that Assad’s unrelenting brutality can be explained in part by the fact that, during the nineteen-eighties, his father’s regime discovered that it could “kill who you want, stabilize things,” and that afterward, because of Syria’s strategic importance as a neighbor of Israel and a fulcrum of ethnic and sectarian communities in the Middle East, the regime could count on pragmatic world powers to “get things back on track.”

Surely the present Assad regime reads the splits about Syria policy on the U.N. Security Council, and the hesitancy of the Obama Administration to involve itself deeply in the war by supplying weapons to the opposition, in a similar way. “He’s not going to give up,” Al-Abdallah said of Assad. “He’s not going to leave the country. He’s going to stay until he dies or somebody forces him to leave power.”

As the war grinds on, Al-Abdallah continued, and as Syrian civilians aligned with the opposition conclude that Western powers are not going to act decisively on their behalf, they have started to lose faith in the very idea of humanitarian law.

After an initial period when the opposition energetically collected names, videos, and photographs, now, he said, “one of the difficulties is to convince people of the value of documentation” of evidence that might be used later by the International Criminal Court or a similar postwar Syrian institution.

“They are becoming reluctant to talk about their crimes—torture or losing a child. More people are frustrated. They don’t hide their frustration toward the international community: ‘You don’t care about justice, so we are going to take it ourselves.’ ”

He added, “We have to send a message to the people: your loss is not going to be for nothing.” This is no time to yield the arguments about international justice to the pessimists. Syria proves that stability built on cynicism and expediency is not stability at all.

* Violations documentation center:

March 7th, 2013, 8:01 pm


Observer said:

I have a series of heart wrenching videos of 2′ minutes for Syria by many celebrities.
This is especially for TARA and Ehsani and SL and JL but most for the regime supporters

March 7th, 2013, 8:04 pm



That was a laughable. Giving an Arabic lesson and not distinguishing between possessive ي and the simple noun.

نُوري :
نوري : واحد النور .
المعجم: الرائد –

نُوري :
اسم علم مذكر عربي ،
معناه : المنسوب إلى النور وهو الضياء والبياض .
المعجم: معاني الاسماء –

ي here has nothing to do with the possessive

March 7th, 2013, 8:07 pm


Johannes de Silentio said:


“Still a puzzle to me how you Pakistanis never were able to master Arabic”

Why should they? No one in Pakistan, except for a few half-insane Muslim scholars and suicide bombers, reads/speaks Arabic. The rest speak languages totally unrelated to Arabic: Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi or Balochi. If I were Pakastani, I’d learn a language that could benefit me: Chinese or Japanese.

March 7th, 2013, 8:10 pm


Visitor said:

I would like to remind all the contributors to the valuable information and advice I presented to them in my comment 179.

Please continue to ignore this MJABALI thing as it has been proven time and again that this is the most effective means to counter his many deficiencies which I enumerated for you in that comment.

In addition to those deficiencies one has to add the worst of all deficiencies one may suffer which in JABALI’s case exists in abundance. The deficiency in question is that when someone claims knowledge to that which he/she doesn’t know. Based on JABALI’s latest manifestation of so-called knowledge of the Arabic language one may have to give JABALI the ‘esteemed’ title of the worst pretender to knowledge of Arabic,and as MajedK used to say JABALI is nothing but a remnant of Majusi rejects, mixed with Mongolian outcasts and neo-nazi skin heads. Please see comment 236 in which JABALI makes the worst explanation of the term nouri.

Let me explain.

The word nouri is commonly used in colloquial Arabic to refer to a gypsy as I pointed out in 232.

The proper name nouri is derived from light. But it doesn’t mean my My light as ignorant JABALi misinformed us. In fact nouri usage in Arabic literary composition may refer to someone who has the attribute of illuminating as in light. But it is not meant to refer only to physical light which we all know. It properly refers to thought enlightenment. But by no means the name can be translated in English into My light.

Again. I would like to thank all the contributors who saw the wisdom of ignoring this JABALI thing who is turning into a nuisance for every one on this forum.

The best place for JABALI is a psychological rehabilitation institution. Quarantine is strongly recommended.

March 7th, 2013, 8:31 pm


Tara said:

Thank you Observer.

Justice for the Syrian people one Shabeeh at a time starting with Shabeeh one.

Inshallah we will al watch his punishment shortly.

March 7th, 2013, 8:32 pm


Syrian said:

While the Quran has mentioned the Roman Empire and even there is a whole verse under their name( سوره الروم)، the Persian were never mentioned, even when they were supposed to be mentioned god refered to them in the absent form( الفاعل الغائب(
غُلِبَتِ الرُّومُ
فِي أَدْنَى الأَرْضِ وَهُم مِّن بَعْدِ غَلَبِهِمْ سَيَغْلِبُون

God did say the word Majus but just once
قال تعالى : (ِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالصَّابِئِينَ وَالنَّصَارَى وَالْمَجُوسَ وَالَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَفْصِلُ بَيْنَهُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ [الحج : 17]) .

March 7th, 2013, 8:39 pm


zoo said:

Will the UN ask the ‘illegitimate’ Bashar al Assad to withdraw his troops to allow the safe exit of UN observers used as humans shields by the rebels that the US and the UK promised to boost?

Maybe Alakhdar Ibrahimi should start by apologizing to the Syrian government for his senile declarations.

A spokesman for the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group based in Britain, said Thursday that the rebels were seeking the withdrawal of Syrian forces from the area, a halt to their shelling and a secure road to use to hand the Filipino soldiers over to international forces in the Quneitra border region.

Read more:

March 7th, 2013, 8:44 pm


Tara said:

The government of the Philippines says talks are under way to secure the release of 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights. Foreign affairs department spokesman Raul Hernandez said on Thursday morning that the peacekeepers were unharmed and were being treated as “visitors and guests”. He told reporters in Manila that a UN commander in the area was negotiating with the leader of the rebel group holding the peacekeepers. President Benigno Aquino III said earlier that he was told to expect the peacekeepers to be released within 24 hours, with negotiations progressing.

From the Guardian

March 7th, 2013, 8:53 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Considering the level of discourse on this website, I think we should have Professor Josh create the “Samira Ibrahim Award” for the best post of the day.,7340,L-4353673,00.html

March 7th, 2013, 8:54 pm


zoo said:

The Syrian government to the Martyrs of Yarmouk: Thanks for the ‘free’ service.

The news that 21 U.N. troops serving in the Golan Heights were captured by armed rebels sheds a great deal of light on the state of the uprising in Syria.

As in such incidents, there has been some difficulty in determining exactly what took place, but this much seems clear: A small group of rebels has hurt the broader opposition cause and performed a free service for the regime in Damascus.
The “official” FSA leadership condemned the incident and pledged to do everything it could to free the Filipino nationals, but this only shows how decentralized the rebellion is, as the FSA spokesman addressed the Yarmouk Brigades as a separate entity, and something directly under his command.

With the different statements issued by the rebel group, and the reaction by the FSA leadership, anyone who is opposed to helping the Syrian opposition has benefited from a golden opportunity, namely to repeat the notion that “there is no one in charge,” meaning that critically important types of assistance should not be sent to the rebels.

Who speaks for the FSA, and what is it capable of doing? How much influence does it have? Do the FSA and the exile National Coalition have a plan for confronting the situation, where hundreds of small villages and towns throughout Syria have self-styled FSA battalions operating, claiming to speak in the name of the opposition?

The only thing gained by this affair is more time for the regime, which is using the incident to reinforce its claims that the rebels are merely a bunch of bandits, or Islamist terrorists. The opposition needs all the friends it can get, and alienating the U.N. and the international community represents a big step backward.

Read more:
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

March 7th, 2013, 9:07 pm


zoo said:

As expected, thousands flee Raqqa to Turkey.

by Deborah Amos
March 07, 2013 3:00 PM

Syrian rebels celebrate in a street in the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqah after capturing the provincial capital on March 4. The government has responded with air strikes, creating a new wave of refugees.
Mohammad Al-Hussein /AFP/Getty Images

A new flood of Syrian refugees is streaming into southern Turkey after the Syrian air force bombed the city of Raqqah, a provincial capital that the government lost control of earlier this week.

The Syrian rebels overran Raqqah, capturing several high-ranking prisoners, including the provincial governor. Many residents supported the rebels, but when the airstrikes began, they packed in a hurry and fled, believing it was safer to make a dash for the border than stay at home.

The shells started crashing into residential neighborhoods Tuesday, says Rima, the only name she gave. She was standing at the border gate with Turkey waiting for her father to get across from the Syrian side.

“Raqqah is so bad, so bad. Everything is bombing. It’s a disaster,” she said.

March 7th, 2013, 9:12 pm


Sami said:

A very bleak report by the Institute for the Study of War titled Assad Regime: From Counterinsurgency to Civil War.

Bashar al-Assad’s forces have displaced populations in opposition strongholds, which has deepened Syria’s sectarian division. The regime has employed artillery, air power, bulldozers, sectarian massacres, and even ballistic missiles to force Syrian populations out of insurgent held areas. This strategy ensures that even when the rebels win towns and neighborhoods, they lose the population. Chemical weapons are now the only unused element in Assad’s arsenal, which could be used for large-scale population displacement to great effect.

Fears of retribution have pushed conventional and paramilitary loyalists to converge upon the common goal of survival, resulting in a broadly cohesive, ultra-nationalist, and mostly-Alawite force. The remnants of the Syrian military and the powerful pro-regime militias are likely to wage a fierce insurgency against any opposition-led Sunni government in Syria if the Assad regime collapses. Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah are likely to encourage the militias and regime remnants to converge, supporting this transition to insurgency in order to preserve Iranian interests after Assad.

And that was just an excerpt from the introduction…

March 7th, 2013, 9:22 pm


Tara said:

I would like to have Zainab’s tomb off limit to the Lebanese and the Iranians.  They are not welcome.

Hezbollah backs end of Syria suspension from Arab League
Mona Alami, Special for USA TODAY2:30p.m. EST March 7, 2013
On Thursday, the leader of Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc, Mohammed Raad, said Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour was right to call for an end to the suspension observed by all Arab states.

“His statements accurately reflect Lebanon’s official stance on Syria.” Raad told Beirut news media of the call to reinstate Syria, which was suspended from the Cairo-based league in 2011.

Military sources have told USA TODAY that a growing number of Hezbollah fighters are in the Hermel region bordering Syria, and Hezbollah fighters recently clashed with the Free Syrian Army inside Syria’s Kousseir region.

Sheik Mohammed Yazbek, head of Hezbollah’s religious committee, says the Lebanese group’s fighters are in Syria and border areas to protect the 30,000 Lebanese Shiites who live in the Kousseir region.

“We cannot stand idly by as our people, women and children are being aggrieved,” he said.


March 7th, 2013, 9:22 pm


zoo said:

Despite Morsi’s flirt with Israel and Qatar’s generosity, Egypt’s economy under the Moslem Brotherhood is sliding toward bankrupcy

Alarm as Wolf Nears Egypt’s Door

By David Ignatius – March 7, 2013

And what is the government of President Mohamed Morsi doing to halt the economic decline? Not a lot. Morsi has been dithering for a year in negotiating a roughly $5 billion rescue package from the International Monetary Fund that Egypt desperately needs. He has stalled because he’s wary of public anger at the reforms the IMF demands, including reductions in subsidies..

Morsi has been able to avoid tough decisions partly because of emergency assistance from Qatar, which has pumped about $7 billion into Egypt’s foreign currency reserves.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that a Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt has a better relationship with Israel today than does Turkey, a traditional ally of Jerusalem. This may be Morsi’s best card with Washington — that whatever his failings as a leader of Egypt, he isn’t making trouble for Israel.

Read more:
Follow us: @RCP_Articles on Twitter

Read more:
Follow us: @RCP_Articles on Twitter

March 7th, 2013, 9:24 pm


Observer said:

Zoo in 251 what is your point. I heard the report and it is damning of the regime as it exacts only revenge on the population. It shows the mentality of the enslaver regame that you support and continue to defend ad nausea.

Do you think this gives any honor or legitimacy to the mafia regime?

This is an illegitimate regime with an illegitimate president and an illegitimate parliament and an illegitimate constitution and the people are going to get rid of it once and for all no matter the sacrifice.

I do think that the UN peacekeepers story is putting this forgotten revolution back in the limelight.

Not only there is a green light to go ahead and change the forces on the ground. There is now a growing media chorus to get the support for the revolution.

The Arab league has moved off its behind to give the seat of to the revolution.

Yesterday 6 of 12 tanks that entered Daryaa were destroyed.

The southern side is heating up.

March 7th, 2013, 9:45 pm


revenire said:

Observer go back to bed. Your post made my eyelid flutter.

March 7th, 2013, 9:52 pm


revenire said:

All these idiotic posts about tanks being lost, planes down, cities captured as the army is killing so many rats they’ve had to hire extra dump trucks to cart away the bodies.

Bring us more bearded apes to slaughter! Blood and souls for Bashar!!

March 7th, 2013, 9:55 pm


MarigoldRan said:

The retard’s being retarded again. Get a job, retard.

March 7th, 2013, 9:58 pm


MarigoldRan said:

@ Sami

Read the ISW document. Short summary: it’ll be a long war.

Still, the regime’s ability to strike rebel territory from afar is being diminished, 1 plane and 1 missile at a time. Might take a while, but at the current rates of attrition, the regime will be out of planes and helicopters within 2-3 years.

Furthermore, the official Arab League position is that individual Arab states can now OPENLY arm the newly minted legitimate government of Syria. Material-wise, things will only get better for the new representatives of Syria and worse for the old regime.

EDIT: One other point, the Russians tried whole “population displacement” thing in Afghanistan.

It didn’t work.

March 7th, 2013, 10:03 pm


revenire said:

HNN Homs News Network
3 hours ago

The United Nations has asked the Syrian Government for a 24 hour ceasefire for the Terrorists the Golan !!!


This hostage crisis makes me laugh and laugh.

Human shield because the rats know if they let them go they are dead.

Either way the army will kill them and our boys will walk on their dead rodent bodies.

Blood and souls for my lord Bashar!

March 7th, 2013, 10:11 pm


mjabali said:

Visitor أحادي الخلية

As I always tell you: you have zero knowledge to offer.

The word Nouri is not what we use in Syria to denote to the “gypsy.”

We use the word Nawari.

Learn the language first and then come and talk to me. Happy to smash your weak learning capabilities anytime.

Also, when you talk about the Majus I know you do not belong to this world

March 7th, 2013, 10:14 pm


MarigoldRan said:

The retard’s being retarded again. Get a job, retard.

March 7th, 2013, 10:17 pm


mjabali said:

Syrian Hamster:

The word Nouri means my light. I rarely saw anyone use it in the way the Dictionary you quoted give that word. People use it in the meaning of : my light. Examples:

أنت نوري في هذه الظلمة

نوري انت والشمس والضياء

أنت نوري ياإلهي

أمشي ونورك أمامي

أضيئ نورك في هذا الاتجاه

look at the usage of the word Nouri in Christian songs from the Middle East…

فما رأيك بهذا يااخ هامستر؟

March 7th, 2013, 10:19 pm


Ghufran said:

MP Zeid al-Shawabkeh accused Jordanian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ensour of being corrupt during Ensour’s speech on Wednesday.
Another MP, Shadi al-Adwan clashed with Al-Shawabkeh in support of the Prime Minister.
The entire exchange was caught by video cameras recording the parliament session.
At one point Adwan apparently tried to reached behind his back for a gun but other MPs interfered to calm him down.
“You’re not allowed to carry guns inside the parliament, it’s recorded on cameras,” shouted one angry MP across the floor.

March 7th, 2013, 10:36 pm


Visitor said:

Once again Jabali proves how idiotic he is, ignorant and above all a Majusi reject who knows zilch about Arabic culture and language. He is a dumb and empty pretender

In addition to all the deficiencies Jabali suffers from ,which I enumerated in previous comments, he now exhibits (comments 261 & 263) a known 3Ajami Majusi attribute which we refer to in Arabic as صلف

صلف can best be translated to English as conceit or smugness, and this is an attribute reserved to the 3Ajami Majus by the Arabs. It is a very very bad thing to be called as such in Arabic.

A quarantine in a mental institution is strongly recommended for Jabali.

March 7th, 2013, 10:39 pm


Ghufran said:

Obama and Putin will not meet in March according to press reports but in June, that means giving fighting parties 3 more months to kill more Syrians and improve their positions on the ground to win as many concessions as possible from the other side.

March 7th, 2013, 11:03 pm


Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:


I dont know if you missed this, which was indirectly linked by Ziad in a previous post (and parts of which were lifted and used selectively out of context). I would advise watching tha whole thing in its entirety; from 7:34 on Michel Kilo specifically talks about Christians in Syria, part of which I am translating and pasting below.

“Today there is no danger to Christians from Muslims, Muslims are their brothers, and like them, are part of the Syrian people, demanding their freedom… and I believe that Christians must join in this demand for freedom because it is not reasonable, tomorrow when the regime is gone, when we have everywhere thousands of youths who were martyred for the sake of freedom, it is unreasonable that those who did not join in and did not contribute to this struggle and fight for this freedom to enjoy these full freedoms without having given any sacrifices (for these freedoms). From a moral and patriotic point of view it is an unacceptable position. He* who witnesses the battle for freedom without taking part in it, who will go on to gain his freedom like all others, is committing an immoral act towards his country and towards his other fellow countrymen. He must join them (now) to deserve this freedom, for this freedom must be the making of his own hands not the result of the sacrifices of others whose positions he never tried to understand.”

* refers to Christians according to Mr Kilo, but I think it should be ANY SYRIAN fence-sitter.

March 7th, 2013, 11:04 pm


Mina said:

Turkey specialising in recycling fake videos

March 7th, 2013, 11:28 pm


ghufran said:

نفى مصدر إعلامي سوري رسمي حصول أي «لقاء سري بين ممثل عن الرئيس بشار الأسد وأي طرف من المعارضة» وجاء هذا النفي بعد تداول معلومات بين ناشطين سوريين وصفوها بالمؤكدة عن لقاء بين معاذ الخطيب رئيس الائتلاف السوري المعارض، ورجل الأعمال محمد حمشو المقرب من الأسد.. وبدوره، أصدر الائتلاف السوري بيانا نفى فيه حدوث أي لقاء بين الطرفين، غير أن مصدرا فيه أكد لـ«الشرق الأوسط» حدوث اللقاء، لكنه شدد على أنه «لم يحمل أي صفة سياسية، كما أنه لم يكن مخططا له».
وكشف المعارض والناشط السوري فايق المير، عضو حزب الشعب الديمقراطي السوري المعارض، أن الخطيب التقى رجل الأعمال محمد حمشو من دون علم هيئات الائتلاف.
وذكر المير، في صفحته الشخصية على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي «فيس بوك»، وأوردت وكالة الأنباء الألمانية الخبر، أن اللقاء كان لنحو ساعة وتضمن عرضا حمله حمشو من النظام من أجل الوصول إلى حل، ولم يذكر المير متى وأين تم اللقاء. وكتب المير أنه عندما سئل الخطيب عن اللقاء من قبل «بعض قادة الائتلاف، قال الشيخ معاذ إن اللقاء استمر قرابة الساعة وتكلم حمشو فيها كل الوقت، ورد هو في دقيقتين».
Ghalioun called the alleged meeting” a big mistake” if it happened.

March 7th, 2013, 11:52 pm


Syrialover said:

#267 SAAD

I know and understand some of the fence sitters. To outsiders they are frustrating, but there has to be a group who stays “neutral” to stay intact and survive otherwise you will have nothing and nobody left to rebuild Syria.

But if you live in a city like Aleppo where you hear and see the destruction and terror of airstrikes in neighbouring suburbs, you just get through every day desperate for your neighbourhood not to be attacked and to find enough food, water and warmth to survive.

Everybody is Syria is sacrificing. Nobody inside is free of trauma and fear and loss. For many people it’s no longer to do with supporting Assad or the revolution – they are well beyond that, it’s a personal battle to survive.

When Syria gets a legitimate government and free society those who collaborated with Assad and caused harm to fellow Syrians will not find a comfortable home there any more.

March 7th, 2013, 11:58 pm


ghufran said:

يلتزم الائتلاف الوطني لقوى الثورة والمعارضة السورية بالثوابت الوطنية للثورة السورية ويستند إليها في شرعيته. ومن أهم هذه الثوابت:
الحفاظ على السيادة الوطنية واستقلالية القرار الوطني السوري.
الحفاظ على وحدة التراب الوطني السوري.
الحفاظ على وحدة الشعب السوري.
إسقاط النظام بكل رموزه وأركانه، وتفكيك أجهزة الأمنية بمحاسبة من تورط في جرائم ضد السوريين.
عدم الدخول بأي حوار أو مفاوضات مع النظام.
التأكيد على قيام سوريا المدنية التعددية الديمقراطية.
Seems like a page from Baathist Handbook when Al-Baath was in the opposition, just replace Assad with the MBs
I looked at the members of the NC and their Bios, I know some and respect few, but what speaks louder than words is actions, those people wasted a number of opportunities to reach out to Syrians who were ready for a change,instead they chose to fire sound bombs on aljazeera and alarabiya sending a threat after the other trying to catch up with armed rebels like frightened kids who are eager to please and worried about an upcoming spanking.

March 8th, 2013, 12:14 am


Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:

@ SL

“For many people it’s no longer to do with supporting Assad or the revolution – they are well beyond that, it’s a personal battle to survive.”

Yes, but it does make a huge difference who they blame for the desperate situation they find themselves in. This is turn will also determine who is voted in to run the country post-Assadism.

March 8th, 2013, 12:16 am


Juergen said:

Iran seems to be ruled by folks who live on an other planet, first Ahmedinejad declared that Chavez will come back with the Mahdi and Jesus ( some may want to say wa abudu Allah) then they send out snipers to kill genetically mutated rats in the streets of Tehran.

March 8th, 2013, 12:22 am


Juergen said:

A Salute to womens day

March 8th, 2013, 12:25 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Mr.M Kilo seems emotional,,however he admitted that many christians were behind in supporting this revolution,I agree with him that post Assad goverment should be democratic,I like for him to talk about freedom,and justice,but I agree that we should never go from dictatorship of a family to a dictatorship of one group, but my concept of post Assad regime is more than Syria,Syria can never be superpower,Syria must be part of superpower, I want a country that is advanced, all its citizen are equal ,live very decent life, and powerful enough to stand against western or eastern ambitions.
We have the natural resources,human intelligence and strength,strategic location,to be superpower,it looks that the east and west want to control us,and divide us, loyalty to such entity is more important than religion or ethnicity.
It is true that such entity will have the majority as Muslems,but Civil rule where everyone has equal right and duty is better

Religion is personal thing and must be respected, but the country is for all,where freedom modified democracy,and justice for all.

March 8th, 2013, 12:50 am


revenire said:

Juergen with the BBC propaganda. What a surprise.

March 8th, 2013, 12:53 am


Juergen said:


If you would watch all of this programm you will see its a balanced report, you also find voices in support of this regime. See for many Germans BBC was the only straw they had during the Nazi reign to hear from the free World. People were executed because they listened to the BBC news.

March 8th, 2013, 1:10 am


Juergen said:

somehow I like this song, dont know why, may be its beacuse of the egyptian bellydance background tunes?

Arwa Damon on the role of women in Syrias war

March 8th, 2013, 1:13 am


Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:


To my eyes and ears Mr Kilo speaks from the heart (sincerely, that is), but his words and ideas are logical and objective and basically you repeated them towards the end of your comment: a democratic Syria for all Syrians regardless of anything, where all are equal before the law, both in rights and duties.

I don’t think I quite understand your “superpower” concept, but I would like to ask, is Switzerland a superpower? Is Holland? Should Syria aspire to be a Switzerland or a Holland, or should it keep chasing the forever gone dream of being “the center of the universe” that we were led to believe Damascus and Bilad-u-Shaam were during the Omayyad era? Part of the reason for the predicament Syria finds itself in now is precisely that desire to be a ME “superpower” or “heavyweight”, only to end up wasting a huge slice of its GDP to build a military machine that proved useless against a real enemy and “heroic” against its own people, an instrument of dictatorship.

Personally I would be quite happy if Syria became a sort of Switzerland, but that is a matter for the young people to decide since they are the ones who will have to live with that choice after I am long gone.

March 8th, 2013, 2:01 am


Juergen said:

Soon the world will have a new sight, the Hugo Chavez mausoleum.

Vice commandante has said that Venezuelans dont have to bid farewell, they will embalm the body of Chavez like Lenin, Mao or Ho Chi Minh. This could be the site of the glass coffin, the newly build Bolivar mausoleum.!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/860×860/image.jpg

great pictures and stories of Syrian refugees:

disturbing video of how the famous Yellowman of Aleppo is harassed by FSA soldiers

March 8th, 2013, 2:01 am


Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:

@ Juergen re above video:

I wish I could show these young men who are slapping the old man around a Danish movie by the English name “In a Better World” (I think the original Danish title was “Revenge”).

But somehow I think it would have gone right over their heads.

March 8th, 2013, 2:36 am



@ 271.

those people wasted a number of opportunities to reach out to Syrians who were ready for a change,

Every word you wrote from the first day of this revolution belies your statement. You were never ready for any change… you still aren’t ready for any change.

March 8th, 2013, 3:23 am


Dolly Buster said:

258. MarigoldRan said:

The retard’s being retarded again. Get a job, retard.

Maybe he truly lives in Syria, that would explain a few things.

Internet is usually slow in war zones. I do a lot of HD video downloading with my 100 Mbps connection, but this site mainly deals with words & text which require little speed. So Revenire can get by with his Homsi 0.768 Mbps.

He would be able to get a job in a normal country, but in Syria he is probably off work due to the crisis.

Thanks, Bashar. It’s fun waiting at home with no electricity & dial up internet.

March 8th, 2013, 3:39 am


Dolly Buster said:

revenire said:

it is the US-UK-France-Turkey-Saudi Arabia-Qatar and Israel against Syria-Iran-Hezbollah (and to a lesser extent Iraq, Russia and China). That’s what it is. It was never a revolution.

What do those contestants have in common.

If Russia, China, Iraq, Iran, Hezbollah is one side. (1)
And US, UK, France, GCC is another side. (2)

What can we tell from those groupings, what is the war all about?


The first group of countries are: Dictatorships and/or Shiites.

And the second group are: Democracies and/or Rich.

Obviously, it is better to be free and rich, than to be enslaved and Shiite.

So this is why the revolution is legit.

March 8th, 2013, 6:13 am


Dolly Buster said:

238. mjabali said:

al-Maliki commands an army, what do you command: a cat?

Politicians are not necessarily safe in their power.

Especially politicians in unstable regimes such as Iraq.

We have seen Nicolae Ceausescu brought out and shot like a dog.

Maliki has been puppet PM for 7 years, so he’s nearing the end of the road.

March 8th, 2013, 6:42 am


Altair said:

Today, March 8 (aside from being women’s day) is an anniversary of two events.

93 years ago, on this day in 1920 Syria declared its independence. Of course, this independence was thwarted by a French occupation of 26 years. April 17 is celebrated as “independence day” but it is also known as “yawm al-insihab”, the “day of withdrawal”. The real declaration occurred in 1920 (and included a far larger Syria, by the way, one that included Palestine and 2 countries that were evened named yet-Lebanon and Jordan).

50 years ago, on this day in 1963, a group of army officers of the Baath party launched a coup against an elected government and immediately declared emergency law. Syria has not known a day of freedom since. Some good things came out of this rule, but I would say all in all, it has been 50 years of utter disaster. Look at Syria now.

Syria is at bottom, and still going down further. That picture that appeared on the cover of the Economist a week or so ago broke my heart, partly because I feared it could be true. But I look forward to the day when the bottom is finally reached and the rebuilding can finally begin.

I was hoping it would come by today, but clearly that is not the case.

When can Syria know justice?

March 8th, 2013, 7:00 am


Uzair8 said:


Muslims arent allowed to be named after one of the names of God Almighty without a prefix (eg Abdul Malik = Slave of Malik). So I assumed Nouri al Maliki was a similar case.

The point was the word ‘urine’ was used twice….and you can see the problem…

March 8th, 2013, 7:02 am


Dolly Buster said:

I got it from Obaid Karki, he came up with Urine al Maliki.

Obaid is a known YouTube vlogger from Dubaiy.

I have him friended on social networks, maybe I can see him when I go to Burj al-Arab later this year. Ballin’ !!!

March 8th, 2013, 7:07 am


revenire said:

“277. JUERGEN said:


If you would watch all of this programm you will see its a balanced report, you also find voices in support of this regime. See for many Germans BBC was the only straw they had during the Nazi reign to hear from the free World. People were executed because they listened to the BBC news.”

Nonsense. The BBC is a fraud. It was 3-1 weighted. Nothing you post is balanced Juergen.

March 8th, 2013, 8:09 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Syria can never be like switzerland, because of its strategic location,religiously,politically and business and economy reasons, and due to the presence of Israel.Syria has been invaded by all other superpowers,Persian,greek,Roman,Arab,Ottomen,French,I believe whoever own Syria own the middle east,Syria as a small country can never defend itself,The glory of Syria was during Amawi and Abbasi rule.We have to abandon the ethnic divisions, and think of uniting with surrounding countries to create a strong state,and wealthy one,create power,so others will be scared to have ambitions in our area.

March 8th, 2013, 8:22 am


Observer said:

I think it was phosphorus bomb that burned this child but the article mentions chemical weapons.

Go ahead tell me that this is a war against terror after you read the article

March 8th, 2013, 8:25 am


Observer said:

Once again and I hope Jurgen posts this as well and circulates it far and wide. We cried watching the videos of the brave women of Syria doing what it takes to bring freedom and dignity

The films are beautiful and sensitive and eloquent and are a gem to watch.

This is again for SH and SL and Tara and Majbali and I would also say Ghufran.

Others are beyond redemption unfortunately.

Where is Ehsani when we need him so much

March 8th, 2013, 8:29 am


Visitor said:

Uzair @287,

There are some heretics who call themselves abd-alhussain or abd-alali or abd-alhassan or abd-alzahra. They never call thmesleves abd-almuhammad and intersetingly they seldom call themselves abd followed by one of the names of Allah.

Again, you should know that Jabali’s explanation of the PROPER name Nuri is FALSE and clearly shows his limited knowledge of Arabic.

March 8th, 2013, 8:50 am


mjabali said:

Visitor: أحادي الخلية

Dude: you should be kicked out of this blog.

You have zero manners and of course zero class. Of course, you have zero intellectual input.

Your characters exhibits extreme swings showing you are a mental case.

If you are not a mental case then who is?

Most likely you are paid by someone to do what you do here. your smell has reached the moon. Those who do not see this in you must be idiots. You became sloppy recently, maybe because you got smacked around a lot by smarter people. You are no match any giving day ya Qurd.

On this blog, you are meant to distract people from the real issue.

The funny thing is that you are not even a Syrian.

The only thing you are good at is manipulating the thumbs up and down, for which you should be questioned.

March 8th, 2013, 9:39 am


Visitor said:


You urgently need to go to a mental institution…and ask to be quarantined.

It is for your own sake…and for the sake of all of us.

March 8th, 2013, 9:48 am


mjabali said:


You are showing you have ZERO knowledge of the Arabic language and of course Arabic norms. I advise you to go watch some movies. Your contribution to this blog is noise only.

Although I know it is a waste of time trying to teach you something about Arabic or the Arabic culture, I will say this:

Nuri al-Maliki is not a religious name. al-Maliki is the name of a family that could be Sunni (like the late Adnan al-Maliki in Syria), or Christian, or even could be Jewish from Syria or Iraq. So the word Maliki used here has no religious reference to it.

As for your buddy Visitor: instead of teaching you this (if he knew it, which I doubt), cheered your ignorance. What a friend….

March 8th, 2013, 10:02 am


mjabali said:

Visitor: الجرثومي أحادي الخلية

It is obvious who is on this blog to mess things up.

Dude: you are not even a Syrian.

Still waiting for your intellectual contributions: oh wait: you are about to link us to what al-Arabiyah or al-Jazeera had said. Or, wait again: you may tell us about al-Majus, or shout al-Nusra forever.

March 8th, 2013, 10:10 am


majedkhaldoun said:

ﻣﺼﺎﺩﺭ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﺨﺎﺑﺮﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﺠﻮﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﺴﻮﺭﻳﺔ

ﺍﺟﺘﻤﺎﻉ ﻳﺠﺮﻱ ﺍﻷ‌ﻥ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺣﺎﻓﻆ ﺍﻷ‌ﺳﺪ ﻭﻫﻮﻏﻮ ﺗﺸﺎﻓﻴﺰ ﺑﺤﻀﻮﺭ ﻣﻌﻤﺮ ﺍﻟﻘﺬﺍﻓﻲ.

ﻭﺣﺴﺐ ﺍﻟﺘﺴﺮﻳﺒﺎﺕ ﻓﺎﻟﺤﺮﺍﺭﺓ ﻣﺮﺗﻔﻌﺔ ﺟﺪﺍً ..

March 8th, 2013, 10:13 am


mjabali said:


What a genius you are! Please stay away from the Arabic language and culture.

I advise you to go watch some movies. Your contribution to this blog is noise only. Your stand up comedy is not that good. Your audience is half a person.

Although I know it is a waste of time trying to teach you something about Arabic or the Arabic culture, I will say this:

Nuri al-Maliki is not a religious name. al-Maliki is the name of a family that could be Sunni (like the late Adnan al-Maliki in Syria), or Christian, or even could be Jewish from Syria or Iraq. So the word Maliki used here has no religious reference to it.

As for your buddy Visitor: instead of teaching you this (if he knew it, which I doubt), cheered your sound blast. What a friend….

March 8th, 2013, 10:17 am


zoo said:

Lavrov said he saw signs of flexibility.
2013-03-08 7:25 PM

MOSCOW: Russia will “absolutely not” tell Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down to end the civil war and make way for a political transition, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments published on Friday.

The remarks to the BBC were a reiteration of Moscow’s position that Assad’s exit must not be a precondition for a negotiated solution to the two-year-old conflict that has killed more than 70,000 people.

Lavrov said he saw signs of flexibility.

“I’m glad that the latest discussions and the latest gestures from the opposition, and statements from some of those who support the opposition, hint that they would be prepared to start negotiations with some negotiating team without asking President Assad to step down,” he was quoted as saying.

March 8th, 2013, 10:18 am


zoo said:

Despite Moaz AlKhatib’s rejection of Syria’s division, delaying negotiations by putting pre-conditions will only make it happen..

Kurdish militia takes over oil fields in Syrian Kurdistan 8.3.2013
By Wladimir van Wilgenburg — Al Monitor

“With the ongoing civil war between Syrian government forces and Arab rebels, a Syrian Kurdish party called the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its militia, the Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG), are increasingly using the power vacuum to create a form of Kurdish autonomy similar to that which Iraqi Kurds enjoy.

The PYD has set up local councils, security forces and Kurdish-language schools, creating a parallel government in the north of Syria.”

Moaz al Khatib, the leader of the Syrian opposition body the Syrian National Initiative, told the Turkish daily Milliyet that the division of Syria “is a red line,” but they are willing to discuss with the Kurds in the future how to govern Syria.

March 8th, 2013, 10:28 am


mjabali said:

Dolly Bust a move:

You got busted my homeboy. You showing with your own words that you are no match to your “foe” Nuri al-Maliki. Let me break it down for you mr. Hip Hop Dolly the man with the plan:

You said that you are going to be “Ballin” in Burj al-Arab. Homeboy: when Nuri al-Maliki comes to Burj al-Arab he comes with 50 guards at least, who you come with? Your cat? or your little brother? or both?

When Nuri al-Maliki comes to Burj al-Arab he would be discussing the security of the Gulf region with the ruler of Dubai, for example, or the oil prices and policies: what would you be doing? trying to sneak into the roof to take a picture and then tweet it? Homeboy: Nuri al-Maliki get flown to the roof of Burj al-Arab with the ruler of that place with international press covering his visit.

In brief: you are a nobody compared to him.

March 8th, 2013, 10:34 am


Citizen said:

rocket launcher “Carl Gustav” produced in Sweden.
According to new data on the financial and military support and logistical assistance to the Western powers, in cooperation with some countries of the region and the Arab states militants involved in the war in Syria, comes into their hands, in addition to the rest of the arsenal, and the weapons are produced in Sweden.
One of the Swedish news site said that the terrorists who committed the most heinous crimes against humanity committed by the Syrian people and with Swedish-made weapons, which are not Contested evidence.

Web site reported that the Swedish television channel TV4 offered its viewers to watch a video that shows one of the militants, who holds the shoulder antitank rocket launcher “Carl Gustav”, which is one of the most effective and easiest to use amongst themselves. The identity of the Swedish model grenade certified Swedish military expert.

Kristofer Cargill Burnett of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, said that Sweden sold weapons of this type nearly forty countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, adding that the presence of Syrian fighters Swedish grenade proves imperfect system of arms sales in Sweden which does not track the fate of exported products supplied to other countries with the ban on the transfer of a third party.

March 8th, 2013, 10:41 am


Visitor said:

Mjabali @297 and other rants exhibiting total mental depravity,

To begin with, I would like to examine your ‘novel’ use of the term أحادي الخلية. Please observe that the use of quotes in ‘novel’ is intentional because, from you novel cannot be really novel.

The term أحادي الخلية is an Arabic rendition of the English term single cell organism. Your use of such term to describe me is really ‘novel’ in the sense as I described above: that is nothing can be considered novel from your mentally deprived micro head.

Let me explain.

If you go back in the archives of SC, you will find that the first time this term was used was by me to describe a similarly mentally depraved micro head like yours who calls himself AlDandashi, and who seems to have been cursed out of this site as he was cursed by his own mom.

So it is quite flattering for me to know, that despite your pathetic mental condition, I was of help to you in your urgent need to blow off some steam using my own words in the process. And by the way, you are not the only one here who gets inspired by my unique and perhaps superior (compared to you) use of both the English and Arabic languages.

Now, let’s examine the Syrian part. The question that should be asked is: how can a Majusi (non-Syrian) decide who is and is not Syrian. There is only one explanation: this Majabli Majusi subscribes to the idea taht our beloved Syria is nothing but a Majusi province as the Majus mullah (Ta’eb) recently remarked.

Listen you Majusi low life: You and your ilk are going to be kicked out from our Syrian homeland all the way to the far reaches of Qomi-stan where you will be sold as Muta3a slaves to those who call themselves Abd-al-Hussain, Abd-Al-Hassan, Abd-Alzahra and Abd-Alshaytan…. You shut your dirty filthy mouth of an a**le and get the hell out of here 3Ajami Majusi Mongolian neo-Nazi reject.

March 8th, 2013, 10:49 am


revenire said:

Notice how many are uncomfortable with the terrorist kidnapping of the UN peacekeepers. It hasn’t even rated a story here at SC.

The silence is deafening.

March 8th, 2013, 10:57 am


Uzair8 said:


I was aware of the possibility of it being a family name and that I may be wrong. Never-the-less I felt it was a duty for someone to raise the concern. I believe I did the right thing even if there was the smallest possibility of wrong having occured.

In my comment I did include the possibility of misunderstanding. I’m happy to be corrected. Let’s move on.

March 8th, 2013, 10:57 am



Would you all Please stop butchering Arabic Language to prove a religious sectarian point.

Almaliki’s name has nothing to do with Allah the King. It is simply a reference to the village or town Malikeyya.

Also, remember Anas Ibn Malek…

March 8th, 2013, 10:58 am


zoo said:

Assad to the Turkish delegation: Syria’s victory against the rebels may deprive Erdogan from the presidency he is after.

Erdogan as well a Qatar are trying with all their means to force the Moslem Brotherhood ideology on Syria as they have helped it on all Arab countries.

Erdoğan slams CHP for meeting with Syria’s Assad

“If this conflict ends with the victory of the Syrian people, Qatar and Turkey will be the losers. [Those governments] have built their future in this war. Erdoğan’s hopes of assuming the presidency through a presidential system and his charisma are bound to go to waste if the Syrian people win [in the end],” Assad said, according to ANKA. He also maintained that Turkey and Qatar’s interference in this conflict had an ideological dimension. He claimed that the two countries sought political Islam to dominate in Syria, while his administration wanted to stick with the secular system, according a news report in the Cumhuriyet daily on Friday.

The Syrian president held Turkey accountable for escalating the violence in his country by letting Libyan and Yemeni terrorists cross into Syria through Turkey, Atıcı noted. Assad said there were terrorists from 23 different ethnicities in the war-torn country, noting that most of them were Libyan or Yemeni nationals.

Assad also claimed that Turkey had trained 2,000 Libyans in İstanbul to be sent to Syria. According to the Cumhuriyet daily, Assad said the impact of the US, Russia, China and other countries was less than that of Turkey in the conflict.

The Syrian president further claimed that 25 percent of Syria’s border with Turkey was controlled by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), while al-Qaeda held power over the remaining 75 percent. He added that government forces no longer controlled the border with Turkey. In relation to the Cilvegözü border gate bombing, Assad said his administration had no responsibility for the attack. Fourteen people, including three Turkish citizens, were killed and at least 28 were injured in a blast at the Turkish-Syrian border gate of Cilvegözü in early February.

Besides the Turkish government, Assad also slammed Qatar for interfering in the Syrian conflict. He added that the Syrian crisis could be solved if Turkey controls fighters and money entering Syria.

March 8th, 2013, 10:58 am


Citizen said:

According to some reports, the Saudi jihadists issued strict instructions not to publish on the Internet the names and other information about the militants, who are fighting in Syria against the government troops and killed in armed clashes.

In an effort to preserve privacy, the Mujahideen banned the publication of the names of foreign anti-government groups, which represent the international community as the Syrian opposition. This is especially true of information that militants spread in Twitter.

Saudi Arabia banned the publication of the names of their dead in Syria citizens, which follows from the latest information from some Saudis Mamduha Marzouki, taking part in the fighting in Syria, the death of his five companions, two of whom – the citizens of Saudi Arabia, and the Jordanian , a citizen of Germany and Romania. When asked to name the dead Saudis, he replied: “I can not reveal their names, because the prince did not allow us this.”

It is noteworthy that in the last few days as a result of clashes in Syria, killing seven Saudis:

Mohammed Faleh Subaie-محمد فالح السبيعي
Abdullah Alzoureyfi Abu Osama-عبد الله الزريفي أبو أسامة
Fahd Said Osamari Abu Bakr Alozadi- فهد سعيد أسمري أبو بكر الأزادي
Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Dakhil Abu Talha Alvsimi- عبد الله ابراهيم الدخيل أبو طلحة الفصيمي
Yazeed Mohammad Zafar Shahdi- يزيد محمد ظافر شهدي
Abdul Latif Khalaf Al-Hanini- عبد اللطيف خلف الحنيني

March 8th, 2013, 11:00 am


mjabali said:

Visitor: أحادي الخلية الجرثومي

Again you show no intellectual depth. Still waiting to see any sign of life in any idea you post here.

The racist rant of yours is laughable.

By the way: remembering the past: I remember once you said that you were going to Syria to fight: what happened?

Dude the term أحادي الخلية is used in Syria before you were born. It is used to describe people just like you: with one track mind to contaminate the conversation on this blog. You have no respect to this blog. Look at your language and the filth that is in it. It speaks for who you are ya Qurd.

As for Syria: it is obvious that you are not Syrian. Your likes are the ones destroying Syria.

Your hallucinations on this blog about the Shia, Mut3a, Mongolian, Neo Nazis…etc shows your sad mental state.

Congratulation for living in an imaginary world mr. أحادي الخلية الجرثومي

Again: still waiting to see you get kicked out of this blog for the harm you are doing.

March 8th, 2013, 11:04 am


Visitor said:

Mjabali @311,

Yet another mentally deprived exhibition of a macro ego with micro brain.

You do not seem to realize how filthy your language is. Because you are living in filth. Your environment is filthy. Your upbringing was the result of filthy and low-cultured background. You are filth upon filth producing nothing but filth. Stay away from demeaning such terms as intellectual for fear of contamination. You don’t even know what that means. That’s why you urgently need to be quaratined.

It is you foreigners to our Syrian homeland who destroyed our beautiful Syria over the last 50 years or so. We are restoring it to its original magnificence and cleansing it from Majusi Mut3a slave filth your ilk brought into it.

Of course, I went to Syria to fight. I delivered aid to our holy Nusra wariors so that there will be Nusra4ever in the new restored and magnicent Majus-free Syria. I just came back two months ago.

What have you done except spreading your poison, filth and contamination on sites like this one, trying desperately to invent history that exists only in your sick micro-organic-inanimate empty box object you call ‘head’?

Low life: get the hell out from here and from Syria. Go back to where you belong, you 3Ajami, Shou3oubi piece of dirt. The likes of you cannot be Syrian.

March 8th, 2013, 11:26 am


Tara said:

Isn’t the head of the CHP Alevi?

It is a pathetic sectarian solidarity the Turkish opposition is showing towards Batta. Nothing more.

March 8th, 2013, 11:48 am


zoo said:

The UN observers issue is strictly a UN-opposition problem.
Let ”president’ Al Khatib solve the problem with the always ready UN envoy Alakhdar Ibrahimi.

If the UN asks officially Bashar Al Assad for help, then Alkhdar Ibrahimi will have to apologize for his his disparaging remarks about Bashar Al Assad first.

Possible Syrian ceasefire may free UN peacekeepers

Herve Ladsous told reporters after briefing the Security Council on Friday that the peacekeepers are being held in the basements of four or five houses in the village of Jamlah, just a kilometre from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, which is subjected to intense shelling by Syrian armed forces.

Ladsous said “there is perhaps a hope … a possibility” that a ceasefire of a few hours could take place so the peacekeepers, all Filipinos, can be released.

March 8th, 2013, 11:51 am


Citizen said:

Syria Uprising: Mossad, Blackwater And CIA ‘Led Operations In Homs’
CIA, Mossad and Blackwater agents are involved in military violence in the Homs district, an Arab news agency exclusively reports.

According to Al-Manar, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based militant group and political party, a coordination office with agents from the three branches of intelligence is in operation in nearby Qatar.

Salim Harba, a Syrian expert in strategic affairs, told Al-Manar the office was established: “Under American-Gulf sponsorship. The office includes American, French, and Gulf – specifically from Qatar and Saudi Arabia – intelligence agents, as well as CIA, Mossad, and Blackwater agents and members of the Syrian Transitional Council.”

He added: “Qatar has also made deals with Israeli and American companies to arm the armed groups, and Gulf countries have been financing the agreements.”

The revelations come as the agency reported around 700 Arab and Western gunmen had surrendered in Baba Amr, leaving the region under the control of the Syrian army. Israeli, American and European-made weapons were also seized in the district.

According to Harba, the captured gunmen were variously from the Gulf, Iraq, Lebanon, Qatar, Afghanistan, Turkey and France

March 8th, 2013, 12:19 pm


zoo said:

An imperial gene that makes the British want to save tragic Syria

Hearing Foreign Secretary William Hague declare his interest in limited involvement in Syria is like hearing a long dried-out alcoholic say: “Thank you, a small gin and tonic. Oh, and skip the tonic, and no ice, please.”

The theory that once an Arab despot is overthrown, democracy will blossom in his former domain like flowers in the desert after rain, was tested to ruination in Iraq.

Yet there is clearly something in the Arab air that unhinges the British senses, allowing William Hague to declare that Syria was becoming a hotbed of Islamic terrorists. “We cannot allow Syria to become another breeding ground for jihadists,” he said. But then, he proposed sending body armour and even armoured cars to the opposition groups which include the very jihadists he purports to oppose.

March 8th, 2013, 12:21 pm


revenire said:

The government announced there would be no ceasefire for the rats to escape near the Golan. They’re scared if they release their UN hostages the army will kill them.

They’re right.

March 8th, 2013, 12:27 pm


zoo said:

#315 Tara

The CHP represent 26% of the Turks voters.

March 8th, 2013, 12:35 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:

rat bastards, beg for mercy.
rat supporters, keyboard more lies.
rat masters, prepare your necks.
gulf puppies and saad, dead-in-hell bandar and you.

March 8th, 2013, 12:39 pm


zoo said:

#319 Revenire

I hope the new opposition PM promised to be “announced” on Tuesday will have a solution to propose to Ban Ki Moon to save the UN observers from the FSA allies who kidnapped them.
Maybe he should call for a UNSC emergency meeting.

March 8th, 2013, 12:40 pm


zoo said:

How many Syrian refugees will extremely rich and underpopulated Qatar take?

Switzerland takes in 37 more Syrian refugees

Mar 8, 2013 – 18:35

Thirty-seven refugees fleeing violence in Syria have arrived in Switzerland as part of a United Nations resettlement programme. This is the second such group to be given special protection in Switzerland.

March 8th, 2013, 12:47 pm


revenire said:

The spectacle of these FSA killers begging Europe for weapons as they hold UN peacekeepers as human shields is both pathetic and hilarious.

If the FSA rats were brave instead of being cowards they’d free them and come out and fight and die like men.

Instead they hold innocent Filipino men and make them do propaganda videos.

These pigs are sickening.

Kill them all Dr. Assad.

March 8th, 2013, 12:53 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:

how many syrian, iraqi, libyan, afgani, pakistani, yemeni, refugees has the old glory taken in?

not counting traitors, propagandists who are always welcome.

welfare will be provided while americans sleep on the streets and starve.

March 8th, 2013, 1:06 pm


Tara said:


Asma’s extended family has so far collected multimillion dollars contribution to the FSA. It took them 2wks or so..

Syria is bi Khair

March 8th, 2013, 1:12 pm


Syrialover said:

VISITOR #312 said:

“Of course, I went to Syria to fight. I delivered aid to our holy Nusra wariors so that there will be Nusra4ever in the new restored and magnicent Majus-free Syria. I just came back two months ago.”

I hope he isn’t enjoying life anywhere in the west. They should be right onto him. I think it’s up to 20 years behind bars for international terrorism in some countries with going off to fight a “holy war” in Syria being specifically listed.

Note he has it both ways. He says he went there to fight but then says he delivered aid.

If it’s at all true, he’d have to be living a hypocritical double life, keeping his views and activities secret from his neighbors, work colleagues, customers etc and parents of his childrens school friends.

If they knew, they’d be scared he has the same ugly threatening views about them as he has of Mjabali above. That his personal self-invented “religious vision” makes them filth, infidels and inferior in his eyes.

For someone who is so active out there it’s amazing he has so much time to spend here.

Now watch me get screamed at to **** off, called a fraud, liar and other insults, get an instant 10 thumbs down etc – the usual.

March 8th, 2013, 1:18 pm


mjabali said:

Visitor: أحادي الخلية الجرثومي

Your response shows intellectual vacuum in your text. Just a bunch of words together cemented with your slurs and curses. hahaaa your mental state is miserable…

Dude whom are you fooling? You have been 24/7 on this blog for the last 6 months or so with no aim but to disrupt the real conversation that could lead into anything.

Your Nusra schtick is not fooling me. You seem to be more stupi… than al-Nusra to me, even though they are really not that smart. This leaves you in a very low position. You are someone coming to this board to disrupt and cause problems. 24/7 you are on this board. If a bombastic freak like you went to Syria we would have been informed. Dude watch how you talk.

As for your curses at me and my background: I thank you for this meltdown. It shows the weak status of your miserable state. You can curse as much as you want from behind the screen of your computer. Miserable you are with nothing but filth coming from your mouth. Look at the words you put in your text and you can see what type of miserable upbringing you had ya Qurd.

It is clearer by the minute that you are not Syrian, so shut up when talking about the future of Syria because you say nothing but invitations to violence and sectarian cleansing. You seem to be paid to do so. How come?

Still waiting for when you are going to be kicked out of this board for your bad behavior.

Also, waiting for any intellectual contribution to this blog….

March 8th, 2013, 1:30 pm


revenire said:

Tara sure honey, sure they have.

March 8th, 2013, 1:31 pm


Visitor said:

Syria so-called lover @325,

No, I am not going to insult you even though you deserve it

I am still waiting to know what you know about Islam.

You never produced a single verse from the Holy Qur’an to which you claimed knowledge, and explained how you understand those verses. Are you really Muslim? You are probably just another pretender.

Your concerns about the personal affairs of commenters such as myself are quite touching.

In the west, we answer such ‘touching’ concerns as follows: mind your own f*cking business if you have any.

Are you not familiar with the Arabic expression?

من راقب الناس مات هما

You really need to work harder on your worn out ten seconds elevator sales pitch about your so-called plans for Syria’s re-construction. What a fake piece of pretense?

You will soon follow Dandashi to the underworld.

March 8th, 2013, 1:38 pm


Citizen said:

Damascus has pledged to release the peacekeepers
Glory for Syrian Arab Army !

March 8th, 2013, 1:38 pm


Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:


We have to abandon the ethnic divisions, and think of uniting with surrounding countries to create a strong state,and wealthy one,create power,so others will be scared to have ambitions in our area.

And how can we unite with surrounding countries when we cannot even keep the existing Syria in one piece? And hasn’t that supposedly been the (failed) objective of Baathists
أمة عربية واحدة ذات رسالة خالدة ؟
Look at every country that has a source of wealth of some kind, do you see any wanting to share it with their neighboring countries? I’m sure you know of Syrians and other nationalities working in the gulf, how many have been offered citizenship though some were born there to ex-pat workers? (In the old days there was a phrase used by Kuwaitis to describe other Arab workers in their country قوادين جايين تسرقو فلوسنا ). Iraqis cannot even agree to share their oil wealth amongst themselves let alone unite and dribble some of it on their Syrian “brothers and sisters”.

OK if it isnt Arab nationalism, then we’ll do Greater-Syria Nationalism, you might say. Again, are we going to re-create that Syria by force or will it be a democratic decision through consensus? Sure you can get the numbers to realize that?

Or something based on religion? The Ummah that Jabhat al Nusra and other groups have been talking about? Again, with the whip or through the ballot box? Suppose you yourself were not a Sunni Muslim (I don’t know whether you are or not, but suppose you are not, put yourself in the position of a non-sunni, or even a non-Muslim), would you be happy about such a system? As I write this I am listening to two Tunisians talking about the challanges facing their country on BBC Arabic, and they don’t have that many different groups and certainly no Israel next door!

March 8th, 2013, 1:42 pm


Citizen said:

Capture in Syria UN peacekeepers-the height of cynicism. Such action never unmaintained. Militants clearly not averse to any method
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia
Gennady Gatilov

March 8th, 2013, 1:44 pm


Dolly Buster said:

316. zoo said:
An imperial gene that makes the British want to save tragic Syria

At least the UK is trying to help. Unlike Russia, which has sided with evil.

Even leftist cartoonist Carlos Latuff decided to oppose the regime!

Can you imagine how evil these Shiites have become, when a Carlos Latuff
decides he will be evenhanded between them and the Imperialists.

March 8th, 2013, 1:46 pm


mjabali said:


Visitor is nothing but noise. Please argue with him about al-Quran and let us see how much he knows. Darryl destroyed him many times in debates about al-Quran. Darryl asked him a question after another to which Visitor only responses were curses and more curses. Zero intellectual contribution on this blog. His history speaks for what type of character this Nusra 4eva is!!!!

March 8th, 2013, 1:47 pm


Visitor said:

Mjabali 326,

If anyone needs to be kicked out from here for bad behaviour, it is you.

If anyone needs to be kicked out from here for lack of intellectual veracity, it is you.

Just mention one comment you made that can be considered intellectually challenging? None, Zilch, ,Zero, Big hole, Nothing.

What else do you talk about except whine about a history that exists only in your delusional and halucinating piece of inanimate empty box you call head?

You call that intellectual? O’ man quick, make it to the nut house before the pollution gets so out of hand.

March 8th, 2013, 1:54 pm


Tara said:


Don’t believe it if that makes you happy.

March 8th, 2013, 2:03 pm


Syrialover said:

In #301 ZOO posts a report that Russia’s Lavrov declares he now sees some flexibility.

In the Syrian opposition ranks, that is.

But in that same interview Lavrov also warned the world there will be NO flexibility by his friend Bashar Assad. ZOO left that out of his post.

Report: Russia says Assad `not bluffing’ about staying put

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the BBC in an interview broadcast Friday that the Syrian leader is digging in and “is not going to leave.”

“We know this for sure, and all those who get in touch with him know that he is not bluffing,” Lavrov said. Bashar Assad.

March 8th, 2013, 2:04 pm


revenire said:

Tara and if telling lies makes you happy you keep on telling them baby. I love it.

March 8th, 2013, 2:17 pm


Citizen said:

Moscow expects explanations from Friends of Syria Group for arms supplies to Syrian opposition

March 8th, 2013, 2:19 pm


Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:

Should have added in 331 above that Tunisians also do not have a Bashar burning the country because he could not have it to himself. Compared to us Tunesians dont know how lucky they were to have had a Ben-Ali instead of a Ben-Hafez.

March 8th, 2013, 2:21 pm


Syrialover said:

# 334. MJABALI

People who aggressively demand religious debates are always unbalanced and a waste of time. They are only furiously out to “convert” and prove their personal version is superior.

To quote MJABALI in #275: “Religion is personal thing and must be respected”

VISITOR has no respect or interest in religious discourse, just hostility to everyone who doesn’t fall into line with his views or admire his extremist fantasies.

As I said, if he is living in the west, he would have to be putting on a huge act to conceal what is going on in his head with his aggressive contempt for everybody else who does not agree with his “religious vision” and his extremist fantasies of a “pure world” free of infidels.

If he wants to be a martyr to his cause he should have the courage to say aloud to people around him in the west what he says here.

Then he can prove how sincere he is in court charged with being a a suspected terrorist and threat to security.

March 8th, 2013, 2:26 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

1-Syrian revolution is exportable.
2- Syrian economy is not tenable after Assad.
3- Syria is strategically very important
4- There is something in common with its neighbours.

These will build the base for unity

March 8th, 2013, 2:35 pm


Syrialover said:

Look at this for juvenile fantasies out of control.

An unnamed group blows up an ancient unnamed religious shrine for being “infidel”. It’s very nicely filmed but anonymous.

Criminals. They are also ugly infidels by all and any religion’s standards for their stupid disrespect for human society, beliefs and heritage.

I wonder what their family and neighbours back home would think of what they are doing there?

That’s why they are concealing their identities.

March 8th, 2013, 2:38 pm


MarigoldRan said:

The more I call Revenire a retard, the more he acts like one.

It’s great. He’s proving my point and showing to all of us what a despicable person he is.

March 8th, 2013, 2:38 pm


zoo said:


Rich Syrian families are certainly worried that if the opposition takes over the country, they’ll be asked on how they made their money. We all know that it was through some dubious connection with the government. They’ll be also asked to show how much they contributed to the “revolution ‘” effort.
To be on the safe side, these families are sending money to both the FSA and the Syrian government. This is known phenomenon when a conflict does not clearly show who the winner will be.
This is one of the reasons civil wars takes time to get solved.

I guess Asma’s extended family is doing just that while denying it in public.

March 8th, 2013, 2:43 pm


MarigoldRan said:

The former government, you mean. At this point the regime is no government. It’s just another militia.

March 8th, 2013, 2:57 pm


zoo said:

Israel says Syrian rebels using borders to limit government’s ability to respond
By Sheera Frenkel
McClatchy Newspapers

RAMOT NAFTALI, Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights — Syrian rebels are using their country’s northern and southern borders as a strategic fighting position, forcing the Syrian military to limit its response to rebel gains in an effort to avoid triggering a confrontation with neighboring countries, an Israeli military officer said Tuesday.

Read more here:

March 8th, 2013, 3:15 pm


Tara said:


Interesting analysis…

When a member of her family called me for donation, I was not sure of his/her motive and I questioned his/her loyalty..

There is 2 caveats. The first is that Syria has honest people that made their money through legit means so you can’t generalize. Not evey single rich Syrian is corrupt. The second is that contrary to what you may believe, lots if people are in it wholeheartedly and they are not playing both sides.. They believe in the cause as they know first hand how murderous this regime has been so some of her family member might be just that.

Nevertheless, I am surprised you did not assume the same “you are lying, honey ” attitude like your body Reve.

March 8th, 2013, 3:18 pm


revenire said:

Tara this might surprise you but I know for a fact you’re lying.

It is fun for me to watch you. It is like having a private dancer – you know?


March 8th, 2013, 3:22 pm


revenire said:

THE BATTLE FOR AL-RAQQA IS IN FULL SWING. All of you must have heard the Western babble about the so-called “takeover” by terrorist mercenaries of the north-eastern city of Al-Raqqa. But what the western media hasn’t told you is that only certain neighborhoods were occupied against a backdrop of Syrian army forces arriving on the scene from Aleppo Governorate. The battle has now been engaged and the rats will be out, as usual, in short order.

March 8th, 2013, 3:24 pm


annie said:

Syrian women, backbone of the revolution
Rime Allaf

On January 10, while President Bashar Assad addressed his supporters in Damascus, Syrian authorities handed the tiny tortured body of a four-month old baby girl to her uncle in Homs. Arrested with her parents a few days earlier, one can only assume, knowing the Syrian regime’s documented brutality, that baby Afaf had been thrown into a cell with her mother and submitted to horrific treatment, terrorizing her and her mother and leading to her untimely death.

In its violent repression of the uprising, the Syrian regime has made no distinction between men and women or between adults and children. There has been equality in oppressing, and equality in suffering. But there has also been equality in protesting, albeit in varying degrees of visibility and in different forms.

For the last ten months of the Syrian revolution, many sceptics have repeated the tired refrain that women have been absent from the uprising and that it seems to be a male- dominated (read “Islamist-leaning”) protest movement. Such generalizations, meant to discredit the revolution, do much injustice to the women who have lived the uprising from the start at the side of their compatriots.
read more below

March 8th, 2013, 3:32 pm


revenire said:

Annie enough of your garbage propaganda. Your rats murder women and children daily. Go away.

March 8th, 2013, 3:34 pm


revenire said:

At Jdaydet Yaabous, hundreds of Syrian families crossed the frontier back from Lebanese torture camps to their villages. This is a massive blow to the prestige and credibility of the FSA in Lebanon. Syrians are aware that the FSA has taken a serious drubbing and no longer fear their threats of reprisals. The photo below tells the whole story as the Minister of State for the Syrian Red Crescent welcomes the families with open arms. It’s over,Kerry.

March 8th, 2013, 3:40 pm


ghufran said:

Israel is quietly taking advantage of the situation in Syria, I am afraid that rebels may rush to fight a short term enemy,the regime, and ignore Syria’s strategic enemy,Israel. There is a report with pictures about spy equipments that were detected on the coast supposedly implanted by Israel with help from locals, and another report of an attack on an early warning station in Daraa.
One unwanted outcome of this conflict is replacing Israel,as Syria’s historical and real enemy, with Iran who under Mullahs’ control took the side of Assad in this war, the recent incident in Golan may very well be used by Israel to justify establishing a security zone inside Syrian territories.

March 8th, 2013, 3:41 pm


Tara said:


I am very much so disappointed that you don’t believe what I posted. I am so disheartened. Your validation would have meant so much to me. You just have no idea.


March 8th, 2013, 3:42 pm


zoo said:

#350 Tara

Maybe I am cynical but I believe very few rich people anywhere in the world put their ideals before their pocket.
If some people became very rich without having any connection with the government, which I sincerely doubt, they’ll be questioned and scrutinized anyway.
Paying both sides for rich people is a convenient insurance policy.

March 8th, 2013, 3:43 pm


revenire said:

Tara you’d have to prove it to me and you have talked of a FSA Air Force and all manner of fantastic claims none of which turned out to be true.

You like me. I can tell. You went right for me with this Asma cousins story. You wanted my attention.

What do you expect?

March 8th, 2013, 3:48 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Louay Miqdad was double agent,Spy, he has connection with HA, through his mother brothers(Shiaa), when Farooq Shara wanted to defect,he went to Deraa,Louay informed the Assad Mafia,who arrested Farooq and brought him back tp Damascus

March 8th, 2013, 4:30 pm


Citizen said:

الوسخ قديم من أوروبا و الببغاء اسرائيلي
UK used plastic rock to spy on Russia

March 8th, 2013, 4:48 pm


revenire said:

HNN Homs News Network
The Israeli Brotherhood Terrorists in “Al-Raqqah” are bewildered with an announcement that they have been under attack by “Silent” warplanes they cannot hear, but they can feel ..



via Republican guard

March 8th, 2013, 4:59 pm


Visitor said:

Syria majnoon Layla @341 said

“If he wants to be a martyr to his cause he should have the courage to say aloud to people around him in the west what he says here.

Then he can prove how sincere he is in court charged with being a a suspected terrorist and threat to security.”

you can kiss my butt anytime you feel like it.

March 8th, 2013, 5:06 pm


Visitor said:

MajedK @359,

Was Louay actually caught spying with solid enough evidence? Is it a rumour?
Could it be a regime manufactured rumour?

If there is evidence, what will happen to him? Will he be kicked out? Executed?

March 8th, 2013, 5:51 pm


MarigoldRan said:

@ Retard

In case you haven’t noticed yet (and you probably haven’t because you’re stupid), I detect a note of sarcasm in Tara’s responses.

I’m pretty sure she doesn’t like you at all. Unfortunately you’re too stupid to understand it. So let me make it clear:

She doesn’t like you.
I don’t like you.
You have no friends.
No one likes you.

And the reason is because you’re a loser. Understood? With stupid losers like you, sometimes you just have to tell it like it is.

March 8th, 2013, 5:59 pm


Visitor said:

Millions of our Iraqi brothers took to the streets today in rejection of the Majusi regime installed in Baghdad by the misconceived plans of GWB, while another minister deserted the Majusi agents by resigning in support of the Iraqi Revolution,

The Majusi regime of Baghdad is now resorting to the criminal techniques characteristic of Majusi stooges similar to what we witness in Syria.

The Syrians and the Iraqis are fighting the same war against dictators who are Majus stooges.

March 8th, 2013, 6:09 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

the news were sent to me from Colonel Qasem Saad eddin,I asked him the same question

March 8th, 2013, 6:16 pm


ghufran said:

قال مسؤولون في الادارة الأميركية إن قادة المعارضة السورية أرجأوا زيارتهم التي كانت مقررة إلى واشنطن لعقد سلسلة من الاجتماعات، بما في ذلك زيارة متوقعة للبيت الأبيض، مما يؤكد التحدي الذي تواجهه الولايات المتحدة في زرع حركة التطور السياسي.
و كانت دعت إدارة الرئيس الأميركي باراك أوباما معاذ الخطيب، القيادي في مجلس المعارضة السورية، والجنرال سالم ادريس، رئيس هيئة الأركان في الجيش السوري الحر، لزيارة واشنطن هذا الأسبوع، لكن الخطيب أبلغ وزير الخارجية جون كيري خلال مشاركته في مؤتمر في روما حول أزمة سوريا، أن الوقت “غير مناسب” للقيام بهذه الزيارة.
Moaz is under pressure not to go until the US gives more and the rebels do score, I am not sure he will get either.
moving to Raqqa (SOHR):
أكدت المتحدثة باسم برنامج الغذاء العالمى أليزابيث بيريز، أن تزايد القتال فى محافظة الرقة شمال شرق سوريا أدى لموجة من نزوح أكثر من 20 ألف عائلة هربت من منازلها فى الرقة إلى محافظة دير الزور.

وصرحت بيريز- فى مؤتمر صحفى اليوم الجمعة “بجنيف”- أن المنظمة الدولية أرسلت شاحنات غذاء لحوالى 20 ألف شخص خلال الأيام الثلاثة الماضية ليتم توزيعها على الأسر النازحة فى الملاجئ العامة بدير الزور، وأن آخر خمس شاحنات ستقوم بتحميل المزيد من الغذاء اليوم لترسل تلبية للاحتياجات الملحة للأسر النازحة.
the rebels knew very well that this is the most likely outcome of their attack on Raqqa.

March 8th, 2013, 6:47 pm


Tara said:

West training Syrian rebels in Jordan
Exclusive: UK and French instructors involved in US-led effort to strengthen secular elements in Syria’s opposition, say sources

Jordanian security sources say the training effort is led by the US, but involves British and French instructors.

According to European and Jordanian sources the western training in Jordan has been going on since last year and is focused on senior Syrian army officers who defected.
He added that there had so far been no “green light” for the rebel forces being trained to be sent into Syria. But they would be deployed if there were signs of a complete collapse of public services in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, which could trigger a million more Syrians seeking refuge in Jordan, which is reeling under the strain of accommodating the 320,000 who have already sought shelter there.

Read more here:

March 8th, 2013, 6:53 pm


ghufran said:

The United Nations said on Friday that an agreement had been reached to secure the release of the 21 Filipino peacekeepers seized two days earlier by Syrian insurgents in the disputed Golan Heights region between Syria and Israel. But it was unclear when the captives, the first international troops to become entangled in Syria’s civil war, would be freed.

March 8th, 2013, 7:02 pm


ghufran said:

The United Nations said on Friday that an agreement had been reached to secure the release of the 21 Filipino peacekeepers seized two days earlier by Syrian insurgents in the disputed Golan Heights region between Syria and Israel. But it was unclear when the captives, the first international troops to become entangled in Syria’s civil war, would be freed.
(that if it happens would be a disappointment to those who thrive on garbage like this)

March 8th, 2013, 7:04 pm


revenire said:

C’mon they are just guests of the rats. The UN guys *like* being taken hostage and used as human shields.

March 8th, 2013, 7:44 pm


Johannes de Silentio said:


“Hundreds of Syrian families crossed the frontier back from Lebanese torture camps to their villages, a massive blow to the prestige and credibility of the FSA”

This BS reminds me of the fiction Cold War Marxists believed of the Berlin Wall being built to keep West Germans from illegally entering East Germany. Of course, it was the other way around…

March 8th, 2013, 7:47 pm


ghufran said:

Syrians are taking over northern Jordan and expanding to other areas including Amman. There is around 1 million Syrians in Jordan,this will have enormous consequences on Jordan but, unlike Lebanon, most of Jordan’s population are Sunni and there is a functioning,even if corrupt, government and army in Jordan but in Lebanon, the country is a collection of dysfunctional enclaves and mini semi independent towns with a delicate demographic balance that makes the influx of 600,000 syrians , mostly Sunni, a huge risk to Lebanon’s relative stability and national security. Add Hizbullah to the pot and you will get a time bomb, no wonder the West may now be indded looking for a solution to the syrian conflict.

March 8th, 2013, 8:27 pm


Tara said:

I highly doubt this report.  No Syrian woman will do this.

Syria Refugees Turn To Prostitution Out Of Desperation
By JAMAL HALABY 03/08/13 05:22 PM ET EST

“Come in, you’ll have a good time,” suggests Nada, 19, who escaped from the southern border town of Daraa into Jordan several months ago. Her father, sporting a salt-and-pepper beard and a traditional red-checkered headscarf, sits outside under the scorching sun, watching silently.

Nada prices her body at $7, negotiable. She says she averages $70 a day.

Several tents away, a clean-shaven, tattooed young Syrian man, who says he was a barber back in the city of Idlib, offers his wife. “You can have her all day for $70,” he promises. He says he never imagined he would be selling his own wife, but he needs to send money back to his parents and in-laws in Syria, about $200 a month.
It’s impossible to pin down how many Syrian refugees are now working as prostitutes in Jordan, but their presence is inescapable. Syrian women outnumbered those from any other country in several brothels, and in a couple of cases, virtually all the prostitutes were Syrian. Pimps say they have more women who are Syrian than of other nationalities.

March 8th, 2013, 9:12 pm


revenire said:

Tara maybe it is one of Asma’s cousins.

March 8th, 2013, 9:19 pm


zoo said:

A new book on Qatar reveals the secrets of this rather opaque country.
« Qatar, les secrets du coffre-fort », de Christian Chesnot et Georges Malbrunot

We learn the key role played by the current Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassem (HBJ for specialists) in the coup d’etat by the son of the Emir on his fatther and in all the plans to enable the emirate to play a role on the international stage. But we also learn that the favorite wife of the Emir, Sheikha Moza, does not like HBJ and the struggle between them is constant, each trying to place their people in key positions . It should also be taken into account the Crown Prince Tamim whom the father would want to hand over the reins after three or four years.

Qatar owes its role today to what the two authors of the book call “the magic trio”: a Wahhabi but enlightened Emir, a Sheikha who looks like a new Josephine (Napoleon’s first wife) and the famous HBJ who is somehow “the Talleyrand of the emir.” Between them, they hold all the machinery of the State, and despite their differences, and sometimes their oppositions they have enabled the emirate to shine in the world through what is called “the checkbook diplomacy.

March 8th, 2013, 9:34 pm


zoo said:

An Israeli diplomatic failure: Despite intense efforts, lobbying and machinations by Israel and Bulgaria, the EU will not qualify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

March 8th, 2013, 9:39 pm


zoo said:

The Moslem Brotherhood is loosing the grip of power in Tunisia

Islamist party reduces its presence in Tunisia’s new government

Alice Fordham
Mar 9, 2013

TUNIS // Tunisia’s prime minister-designate announced an interim cabinet yesterday, after more than two weeks of tense negotiations between the leading Islamist party and smaller political groups

In an apparent concession to opponents of the Islamists, the new government contains fewer members of the Ennahda party than the previous interim body, and has appointed independents to run the key interior and justice ministries.

Read more:
Follow us: @TheNationalUAE on Twitter | on Facebook

March 8th, 2013, 9:41 pm


zoo said:

Access Skews Coverage of Syrian War

Posted on Mar 8, 2013
By Thomas Hedges, Center for Study of Responsive Law

The attacks are a reminder that the civil war in Syria is not a romantic democratic uprising, although one could get that impression from accounts in mainstream media outlets. That’s because American newspapers largely use photographs and quotations from the Free Syrian Army, the main opposition group.

The Post and the Times relied, as they have for a long time, on rebel fighters almost exclusively for information and quotations about the incidents.

“When it’s time to quote experts,” he says, “American journalists inevitably turn to the same few white people at the Zionist and neocon Washington Institute for Near East Policy or a few anti-Syrian regime Lebanese politicians.”

As a result, Western media have not captured the resilience of the Assad regime. Many predicted a swift defeat of the Syrian government in April 2011 when the rebels began their onslaught.

Civilian support for the regime is also ignored, the reporter says. As much as half of the Syrian population is either loyal to Assad or at least wary of the opposition, a situation that is underreported.

“Action hero reporters have gone in to get shot at,” the reporter says, “and [to] talk about the brave and desperate villagers dodging the mortars of the regime.” But it is “the same story that has been done over and over, which does not educate the readers.”

Many news outlets, he adds, find it easier and less controversial to bolster their countries’ foreign policy and thus empathize with the opposition.

March 8th, 2013, 9:57 pm


zoo said:

#378 Tara

You naivety about these things and many other things about Syria does not surprise me anymore.

March 8th, 2013, 10:09 pm


Tara said:


Hey.. What is that supposed to mean?

It is just flashy news to attract readers. Syrian women will not do this and Syrian men will not sell their daughters or wives. It is not in Syrian blood. It is beyond imagination.

The report is vey upsetting.

March 8th, 2013, 10:20 pm


Syrian said:

نقلا عن هادي العبدالله

وصول دفعة كبيرة وثانية من أبطال جبهة النصرة قبل قليل الى حمص العديه والحمدلله عددهم رائع وقوتهم يعرفها الجميع وصوتهم يعانق السماء حي على الجهاد .

March 8th, 2013, 11:25 pm


Ghufran said:

People like to use the news that fit their mindset and help prove their point. There are exaggerations about how many Syrians are playing prostitutes and pimps but denying it altogether is naive,remember what was said about Iraqi women after the Iraq war?
Most Syrians who lived in Syria know that hundreds,may be thousands, of Iraqi women had to become prostitutes to eat, this is the reality of war, any person who advocates violence is in denial about this or simply blaming the other side.

March 8th, 2013, 11:30 pm


Ghufran said:

Western and GCC politicians and their pimps in Turkey and Jordan have been lying about shipment of weapons , 3,000 tons, for the last 5 months. The goal is to keep the war raging. Full report available in the daily telegraph.

March 9th, 2013, 12:02 am


Syrian said:

Shelling Batta’s snipers postion inside the city of Damascus

March 9th, 2013, 12:15 am


Juergen said:

Spaciba Russia, you bring a new quality to embedded journalism!

Russians Bring Dashcam War Reporting to Syria

March 9th, 2013, 12:19 am


Hopeful said:

#380 Zoo

“the Muslim brotherhood is losing grip on power in Tunisia”

That is a good thing. It was bound to happen. It will also happen in Egypt. Once you get rid of dictators, the Islamists will be elected to government. People will realize this is not what they want, and they will throw them out of power. Arab countries have no chance of progressing under either dictatorships or Islamists rules. Once they free themselves of both, they will be able to join the rest of the world.

Fortunately for both Tunisia and Egypt, this development is happening with minimum casualties. Unfortunately in Syria, we have a regime who refuses to let history take its course without destroying the nation. Mr Assad can end all of this by simply calling Muaz Alkhatib to work out a transition and an exit for the old regime.

March 9th, 2013, 1:18 am


Syrialover said:

US and Europe in ‘major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb’

The United States has coordinated a massive airlift of arms to Syrian rebels from Croatia with the help of Britain and other European states, despite the continuing European Union arms embargo, it was claimed yesterday.

Decisions by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, to provide non-lethal assistance and training, announced in the past week, were preceded by much greater though less direct Western involvement in the rebel cause, according to a Croat newspaper.

It claimed 3,000 tons of weapons dating back to the former Yugoslavia have been sent in 75 planeloads from Zagreb airport to the rebels, largely via Jordan since November.

The story confirmed the origins of ex-Yugoslav weapons seen in growing numbers in rebel hands in online videos, as described last month by The Daily Telegraph and other newspapers, but suggests far bigger quantities than previously suspected.

The shipments were allegedly paid for by Saudi Arabia at the bidding of the United States, with assistance on supplying the weapons organised through Turkey and Jordan, Syria’s neighbours. But the report added that as well as from Croatia, weapons came “from several other European countries including Britain”, without specifying if they were British-supplied or British-procured arms.

British military advisers however are known to be operating in countries bordering Syria alongside French and Americans, offering training to rebel leaders and former Syrian army officers. The Americans are also believed to be providing training on securing chemical weapons sites inside Syria.

President Barack Obama has been lukewarm about arming Syrian rebels though many of his aides have been privately been keener.

The story in the Jutarnji List newspaper gave the fullest details yet of the arms shipments which have enabled rebel forces to begin advancing across the north of Syria in recent weeks, after months of stalemate.

The weapons, including rocket launchers, recoil-less guns and the M79 anti-tank weapon, have been seen in rebel hands in numerous videos, and were first spotted by an arms expert Eliot Higgins, who blogs under the name Brown Moses. He traced them moving from Dera’a in the south, near the Jordanian border, to Aleppo and Idlib provinces in the north.

Western officials told the New York Times that the weapons had been bought from Croatia by Saudi Arabia, and that they had been funnelled to rebel groups seen by the west as more secular and nationalist.

The British involvement fits with the government’s policy of doing all it can to help the rebels within the EU arms embargo, which was modified but not dropped at the start of this month. Croatia, a close western ally, does not join the EU until July 1 and has yet to implement the relevant EU legislation, though it has denied the newspaper’s claims.

Read on…

March 9th, 2013, 2:11 am


Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:

ميشيل كيلو منذ قليل

يجب مساندة حمص بكل القوى
حمص اهم من تحرير الرقة
صمود ثوار حمص اسطوري
التحية لا تكفيهم من موقعي هذا
حمص مهما حصل هي الثورة
حمص هي الصمود
مقاومة حمص لاتوصف
يجي توحيد كل جهود العمل العسكري نحو حمص قبل غيرها
معركة النظام في حمص
خسارة الثورة ان ضاعت حمص
حصار وتجويع ونقص ذخيرة امام كافة انواع الاسلحة وهم صامدون

March 9th, 2013, 2:16 am


Visitor said:

Syrian @384,

Well this is indeed very good news. I am certain the Nusra holy warriors will soon add more trophies to their great and historical accomplishments in this holy revolution. 7Homs really needs as much help as it can get, and who else but Nusra can provide such help?

You may want to watch this to appreciate the true herois, sincerity, dedication and dscipline of these holy warriors,

March 9th, 2013, 2:58 am


Syrialover said:

West training Syrian rebels in Jordan

Exclusive: UK and French instructors involved in US-led effort to strengthen secular elements in Syria’s opposition, say sources


Western training of Syrian rebels is under way in Jordan in an effort to strengthen secular elements in the opposition as a bulwark against Islamic extremism, and to begin building security forces to maintain order in the event of Bashar al-Assad’s fall.

Jordanian security sources say the training effort is led by the US, but involves British and French instructors.

But the Guardian has been told that UK intelligence teams are giving the rebels logistical and other advice in some form.

British officials have made it clear that they believe new EU rules have now given the UK the green light to start providing military training for rebel fighters with the aim of containing the spread of chaos and extremism in areas outside the Syrian regime’s control.

According to European and Jordanian sources the western training in Jordan has been going on since last year and is focused on senior Syrian army officers who defected.

The aim of sending western-trained rebels over the border would be to create a safe area for refugees on the Syrian side of the border, to prevent chaos and to provide a counterweight to al-Qaida-linked extremists who have become a powerful force in the north.

British officials say new European guidelines on the Syrian arms embargo, formally adopted by the EU at the beginning of March, allow military training as long as the ultimate aim of that training is “the protection of civilians”.

British officials argue that training of Syrian forces to fill the security vacuum as the Assad regime collapses would be help safeguard civilian lives.

William Hague, the foreign minister, outlined the goals of such training on Wednesday.

“Such technical assistance can include assistance, advice and training on how to maintain security in areas no longer controlled by the regime, on co-ordination between civilian and military councils, on how to protect civilians and minimise the risks to them, and how to maintain security during a transition,” he told parliament. “We will now provide such assistance, advice and training.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “It’s not the sort of thing we are going into too much detail on right now. We are big on the transition picture, because at some point Assad is going to fall, and the opposition are going to need help to provide governance in areas they control, and that of course includes security. But security doesn’t just mean fighting, it also means basic law and order, and policing.”

March 9th, 2013, 3:04 am


Visitor said:

March 9th, 2013, 3:23 am


Visitor said:

Here’s another testimony from military strategists about the heroic achievements of the Nusra heroes of the Syrian Revolution,

March 9th, 2013, 3:39 am


Johannes de Silentio said:


“Syria Refugees Turn To Prostitution Out Of Desperation. I highly doubt this report. No Syrian woman will do this.”

You doubt it? The most famous woman in Syrian history started out as a prostitute.

March 9th, 2013, 3:51 am


Jasmine said:

Well, mission is accomplished.
Thanks to the Arab league, soon we will be entering a few decades of Islamist ruling a la Saudi fashion, where the Sharia Law will bury the next few generation in a deep hole, when polygamy will be encouraged and the right of women will be abolished.
It is 1913 in Syria and the Khalifas are ready to show the infidels the right way, the Christians will be paying their new taxes for being Christians and they will be thankful that they are spared the swords.
Thank you Democracy, thank you human right organisations for restoring the good order of humanity in Syria, Syria is hijacked by oil masters who are replacing the Arabic nationalism by Islam, just to please their western masters and Israel and annoy the Shiites Iranians. Then we are going to need a new revolution ,but Alas Democracy, oil and Islam will be dead, so How about using secularism?????

March 9th, 2013, 4:47 am


Citizen said:

The West’s woeful, irresponsible coverage of a burgeoning region-wide destabilization, fits in nicely with its coverage of US-Saudi funded/armed terrorism around the world, including in Syria were US-funded terrorists of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” have just taken dozens of UN peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights – just days after the US announced it would fund the terrorists further, to the tune of $60 million and the West’s Arab partners have just granted the terrorist faction Syria’s seat at the “Arab League.”
I am not amazed that this development is not making its way into the mouths of the corporate talking heads, looking at the Saudi/US connection regarding regime change and destabilization efforts around the world.

March 9th, 2013, 5:31 am


Citizen said:

Russia must punish all the countries that fund terrorism in Syria! Is Russia’s role is limited to just talk? Putin go ahead ! they Must pay the price!Now hijacked international crews and tomorrow will attack all international taboo!

March 9th, 2013, 5:38 am


Majedkhaldoun said:

You claim to be secular,but you are not adhering to secularism,Syrialover is secularist he is against Assad thugs ,secularism is not for tyrany they are for freedom,secularism is not for injustice,they are for justice , secularists are not for sectarianism,they are for equality,with no small minority control and subjucate majority,secularists are for democracy, not dictatorship.
You support Assad thugs,don’t ever claim you are secularist
Are you for freedom NO
Are you for justice NO
Are you for democracy NO
Are you for equality among sects NO

You are one of Assad thugs

March 9th, 2013, 5:51 am


revenire said:

Majedkhaldoun you don’t give any orders around here. You support terrorism.

March 9th, 2013, 7:55 am


revenire said:

Not one word on SC from Josh Landis about the terrorist’s kidnapping of the UN peacekeepers.

The silence is DEAFENING.

These are the people Landis suggested arming.

A lot of you terrorist supporters beat up on Landis – not sure why. He hates Assad.

March 9th, 2013, 7:58 am


Dolly Buster said:

The UN is hated by everyone, because they do nothing.
So who’s going to be upset that some UN lamebrains got captured by the heroes.

Today Ban Ki-mun said he wants Assad tried in court. What a ridiculous comment, everyone knows he won’t turn himself in. The object of the war is to reach Assad’s palace with ordnance. The UN is not going to do that, Jabha Anusra and FSA will.

So let us lower the blue flag of UN, and raise the black flag of Laa ilaha illa Llah.

March 9th, 2013, 8:17 am




We are tired of your Regime Propaganda. Chavez was killed by cancer as Assad will be killed too. CIA or not, this is the question.

March 9th, 2013, 8:27 am


Tara said:

Batta will do all he can to get the UN troops killed to put the rebels in a bad light.

Syria: Clashes erupt in area where UN troops held

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and regime forces clashed Saturday near a village where U.N. peacekeepers are being held hostage, an activist said, complicating efforts to free them.

U.N. officials have said arrangements are in place for the release of the Filipino peacekeepers, but a rescue mission on Friday was aborted because of regime shelling in the area.

A U.N. team was en route to the village Saturday afternoon to retrieve the hostages but stopped several kilometers (miles) away because of the fighting, said a rebel spokesman.

Instead, rebels began escorting the captives to the nearby Syrian-Jordanian border, the spokesman said via Skype, insisting on anonymity for fear of reprisals.


March 9th, 2013, 8:28 am




First you should not say a simple word. Just hear.

You are an intelectual terrorist. Probably you have even some responsability in some denounces that lead to interrogation and tortures to some syrians citizens. In this case you are a criminal.

March 9th, 2013, 8:29 am


zoo said:


I guess you are revising your idealistic view. Necessity and poverty are the mothers of prostitution, especially when there all these frustrated young khalijis roaming in refugees camps looking for a prey. They funded this disaster, I am sure they feel they have some rights on the victims.

In your eyes, this may be accepted as the price the Syrians have to pay to obtain the ‘freedom’ the ‘karama’ promised 2 years ago by this ‘revolution’.
For me these “ideals” are not worth fighting for if they cause such massive deaths and human degradation rspceially when they are fought by people who have other, less noble “ideals” in their mind.

March 9th, 2013, 8:31 am




You should be at home and not write in this SC since today it is your rest day: Sabath.

Assads have received enough support from Israel mafia for the last 40 years. No need for you to violate the Sabath rest too.

March 9th, 2013, 8:32 am


Dolly Buster said:

I think revenire is confused because in the XX century he was a Leninist, and then he somehow got the wrong impression that 2013 is also about standing up to capitalists etc.

But it is an outdated worldview. Socialism has been shown to be a flawed ideology. So why are people still supporting Chavez, Assad, Putin, Castro and other red commies? Ila jaheem.

March 9th, 2013, 8:50 am


Tara said:


You are content with being enslaved to a one family that you adore. Syrians are not. So what is your solution? Wait to revolt until proper circumstances? They waited and waited for 40 years and nothing happened..

The Syrians tried Selmiah first. They got killed, tortured, raped, and thrown in prison and no single reform measure was instituted. Then what? Continued to be subjugated and killed? Or bear arms to defend themselves? Whatever happened was a natural inevitable history: wait-selmieh-then arm struggle. What is your solution?

March 9th, 2013, 8:59 am


zoo said:


While I agree with you that that the Moslem Brotherhood grip on the society is inevitable in Egypt and Tunisia, let me remind you that in both cases, there is an available, united and tested alternative in case the MB government suddenly collapses: The army, trusted by the people.

That is not the case in Syria. On one side there is the established and united government and an army that supports it at 100%, and on the other side a ragtag of rebels fighters and a unreliable political opposition so divided that it is unable to even formulate a credible structure.

So till now the only alternative left to the replace the Syrian government is the take over of the country by the army. Yet I doubt it would change much as it will perpetuate the government current policies.

March 9th, 2013, 9:03 am


Dolly Buster said:

408. zoo said:


In your eyes, this may be accepted as the price the Syrians have to pay to obtain the ‘freedom’

For me these “ideals” are not worth fighting for if they cause such massive deaths and human degradation

The shortage of cash was caused by your morons who shout “God, Syria and Bashar.”

After you created a lack of hard currency, women began to prostitute for 5 euro.

Another example was Czechoslovakia, their girls acted in American pornos for US dollar. And the root cause was: Russian-induced poverty in Eastern Europe.

So, everywhere you look, Zoo’s favorite people (Shia and Russians) are causing poverty and misery for the masses.

March 9th, 2013, 9:06 am


zoo said:

#413 Tara

When death toll grows and the misery reaches that level, there is a need for a immediate ceasefire without any conditions.
That’s is the first step to an eventual solution.
That’s what Al Khatib proposed and he was rebuffed by the Qatari paid hardliners in the opposition who wants to be the winner at any cost. They just don’t care of dead Syrians and millions of refugees. How many refugees Qatar or KSA accepted in their empty and rich country? how much money did Qatar paid for the refugees?

For them it is a power game they want to win and the human tolls don’t count.
It’s sad that except for Al Khatib, no Syrians in the opposition are courageous enough to stand and call for an unconditional ceasefire.

March 9th, 2013, 9:15 am


Uzair8 said:

#Syria, Deir Ezzor, liberation of Disivion 113 and some are trying to flee with helicopters now. (Al Muhassen Lcc)

March 9th, 2013, 9:34 am


revenire said:

Tara is emotionally unable to deal with the fact that that Wahabi apes have turned thousand of Syrian girls into prostitutes. I imagine the obsessed Tara will blame Assad for this.

March 9th, 2013, 9:35 am


AIG said:

Assad was in control of Syria firmly for 11 years. He had all the time in the world to reform Syria and create a stable country. He failed miserably. What is happening in Syria is 90% his fault. Whoever does not see that is either a propagandist or delusional.

I ask the regime idiots a simple question that they never even try answering: For 11 years why didn’t Assad allow free elections with international supervision? Why is he only proposing this now? If he is so popular, why was he afraid to give freedom of speech to his people and let democracy come to Syria?

If the regime idiots cannot answer this question, it means that they are just full of it. Give it a try Zoo. These are the basic questions at the heart of the matter. For 11 years Assad could do whatever he wanted. Why didn’t he?

March 9th, 2013, 9:41 am


zoo said:

Putting all the blames on Bashar al Assad for the terrible consequences of a ‘revolution’ he has not started, just show that his opponents who started it, turned out to be much weaker and unable to reach their goal even after 70,000 dead, 1 million refugees, billions of dollars and the enormous help of foreign countries.

When will they accept that the ‘revolution’ they managed so badly is a disaster and that they must change their course to save what is left of Syria and the Syrians’ dignity?

March 9th, 2013, 9:53 am


AIG said:

The fact that the regime idiots do not even attempt to address these questions is just proof how flimsy their position is. They can’t even formulate a basic argument to support it. Such simple questions, why can’t they even begin to answer them? Is it because they are dumb as nails or they can’t admit that they are the blind followers of a murderous dictator?

The moment I post these questions, they run away like cowards instead of addressing them. Well cowards, answer the questions.

March 9th, 2013, 9:54 am


AIG said:

Revolutions start because the leaders of a country are bad and are not treating their people well. That is why revolutions are mostly the responsibility of the people in power when the revolution started. Assad could have easily stopped the revolution if after Dera’a he would have resigned and agreed to fair and free elections. Why would have people continued to fight in this case?

There are so many things Assad could do during his 11 years and during the first months of the revolution to stop the bloodshed. But he didn’t. That is why he is responsible for 90% of what is happening.

March 9th, 2013, 9:58 am


AIG said:

And it is true that the revolution has not achieved its goals and is divided. But so what? How is it the fault of the revolution that it is weak when Assad had the reign of power for years and terrorized his opponents by throwing them in jail or killing them? How is it the opposition’s fault that it is fragmented if for decades the Assads did not allow any opposition to organized and form? How exactly under these conditions did you expect a unified and organized opposition to form?

March 9th, 2013, 10:03 am


AIG said:

It is true that the revolution has not achieved its goals and is divided. So what? How is it the fault of the revolution that it is weak when Assad had the reign of power for years and terrorized his opponents by throwing them in jail or killing them? How is it the opposition’s fault that it is fragmented if for decades the Assads did not allow any opposition to organize and form? How exactly under these conditions did you expect a unified and organized opposition to form?

March 9th, 2013, 10:05 am


AIG said:

If someone has to change course, it is clearly Assad. Unlike the fragmented revolution, the regime is more cohesive. Assad can decide to leave Syria. He can decide to free the political prisoners, just like he freed the criminal ones. He can agree to accept free elections supervised by the international community. But instead he chose: “Assad or we burn Syria”. How can what is happening not be his fault? He holds the most cards to stop the fighting, but he is stubborn and Syria is paying the price.

March 9th, 2013, 10:11 am


Dolly Buster said:

Zoo, you keep blasting the revolution, and this translates into your unequivocal support for the Shabeeha.

March 9th, 2013, 10:12 am


revenire said:

There is no revolution. There is only a foreign conspiracy.

March 9th, 2013, 10:15 am


revenire said:

Dolly I support the Shabiha. I support them with blood and money. I pray for them. I support their every act.

March 9th, 2013, 10:16 am


AIG said:

Right, the people tortured in Der’a were foreigners.
The people in Assad’s jails are foreigners.
The countless videos of peaceful demonstrations are all of Saudis and Qataris vacationing in Syria.

March 9th, 2013, 10:18 am


AIG said:

Zoo, do you also support “every act” of the Assad goons? Just let us know. Do not run away from the question.

March 9th, 2013, 10:21 am


revenire said:

The residents of the Kurdish neighborhood of Al Ashrafiyeh (الاشرفية), in Aleppo, have staged a rally in support of the Syrian military operations in the northern city of three million people.

Al Ashrafiyeh is divided between government control, Free Syrian Army control, and administration by Kurdish rebel groups who are affiliated with neither side.

In recent weeks, rallies in support of the Syrian military have also been staged in the districts of al-Jamiliyeh, Suleimaniyeh, Iza’at, and Saif al Dawla.

March 9th, 2013, 10:26 am


zoo said:

If someone is responsible for this mess , it is Qatar and Turkey. Turkey to have failed to help stopping it when it could and Qatar to have helped and encouraged the protesters to use violent means.
And of course the USA in the background pulling strings to weaken Syria.
The number of people who died after Qatar and KSA start supplying weapons is way beyond the casualties of the protests confrontations.

Arming the rebels is the main cause of the 70,000 dead.

March 9th, 2013, 10:27 am


AIG said:

And as usual, when anything like a substantive discussion begins to emerge, Zoo runs away with his tail between his legs. Do not worry, he will be back soon posting another tidbit about how Erdogan has been “humiliated”. How about Zoo you stop humiliating yourself and give substantive answers to what I write?

March 9th, 2013, 10:29 am


revenire said:

I do not support the Zionists. I do not support their attacks on al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds.

God willing, soon Iran will have the bomb and then if war starts it will end with Israel’s complete destruction.

All Arabs will cheer.

March 9th, 2013, 10:29 am


revenire said:

70,000 dead = overwhelmingly males

Soldiers. Our brave soldiers.

It will be 270,000 dead before Syria is defeated.

Unleash the Scuds Dr. Assad – the rats are not worth one dead Syrian. Crush them as they sleep. 24/7 hour bombing raids. Carpet bombing. Gas.

Syria is the grave of the Zionists.

March 9th, 2013, 10:32 am


AIG said:

Blaming Qatar and Turkey is like blaming Iran and Russia. If they would have not supplied weapons to Assad, there would not be a terror regime in Syria and nobody would be dead. But in the end, it is the people who use the weapons who are to blame. Assad used weapons against his people to take away their freedom of speech and freedom of association. He did not allow any significant democratic reforms for 11 years. When the revolution was peaceful, he used force. So of course he is to blame. Qatar and Turkey, just like Russia and Iran are supplying weapons because there are people willing to take them. And the reason there are people willing to take them is because Assad was and is a miserable ruler and failed to reform when he had the chance.

March 9th, 2013, 10:35 am


revenire said:

Under US-UK supervision 3000 tons of weapons sent from Croatia to the terrorists via Jordan – it is all over the world’s media.

THAT is a foreign conspiracy.

We will crush it under our boots.

March 9th, 2013, 10:37 am


revenire said:

Turkish Foreign Ministry condemns Israeli police raid on al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement yesterday condemning a raid on the Masjid al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem by Israeli forces following the Friday prayers.

Police officers fired stun grenades and rubber coated metal bullets during clashes with Palestinian protestors in the compound while worshippers were attending prayers.

“Israel has to avoid this sort of behavior, which can create tensions such as was seen in the past,” the statement read, emphasizing the holiness of the al-Aqsa mosque for Muslims. “We call on the international community to condemn Israel, who illegally occupies East Jerusalem, in order to prevent these sort of incidents from happening again,” it said. The Al-Aqsa mosque is the second oldest mosque in Islam and third in terms of holiness after the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

The statement also read that Turkey would continue its efforts for the protection of Jerusalem’s religious identity.

Following the incident police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that about 100 protesters, many of them masked, had thrown petrol bombs at the police.

March 9th, 2013, 10:43 am


AIG said:

Only idiots would call your opponents buying or getting weapons a “foreign conspiracy”. Just as Assad gets weapons from Russia and Iran, the rebels have every right to obtain weapons where they can. It is not a “foreign conspiracy”, only common sense. Each side thinks the other illegitimate, and each will try to obtain weapons. That is how wars are, especially civil ones.

March 9th, 2013, 10:46 am


Visitor said:

In this three-page analysis, the author, a professor of history, argues that the US has lost the wars it started 10 years ago, simply because it did not spell out clearly the objective(s) of the wars, and in fact was less than transparent about the real objective(s) of those wars.  The US real objective according to the author was to give itself the entitlement to meddle in the affairs of other people, as Britain did before it dwindled to a third rate power.  In this case, the US sought to achieve its purpose of meddling through interfering in the affairs of Muslims.  It has nw backfired and the Muslims are determined to shape their future whether the US likes it or not with the inescapable imlication that the US faces the dire future that Britain faced some 70 years ago.

“In what has become one of the most momentous stories of the 21st century, the inhabitants of the Islamic world are asserting the prerogative of determining their own destinies. Intent on doing things their way, they are increasingly intolerant of foreign interference. In Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington sought to revalidate an altogether different prerogative, one pioneered by Britain: an entitlement to meddle.

To reaffirm that entitlement after Sept. 11, 2001, the United States sought to demonstrate its capacity to impose its will on its designated adversaries. The failure of U.S. forces to do that — to win clearly and unambiguously — calls any further exercise of that entitlement into question. More to the point, it suggests that the big story of Muslim self-determination is likely to continue unimpeded, whether Washington approves or not. Sure, American troops captured Baghdad and overthrew Saddam Hussein. So what?

Back in 1947, the promulgation of the Truman Doctrine kicked off Washington’s effort to put its imprint on the Greater Middle East, while affirming that Britain’s exit from the region had begun. U.S. power was going to steer events in directions favorable to U.S. interests. That effort now seems likely to have run its course. The United States finds itself today pretty much where the British were back in the 1920s and 1930s. We’ve bitten off more than we can chew. The only problem is that there’s no readily available sucker to whom we can hand off the mess we’ve managed to create.”

Read the full analysis here,

Syrians are intelligent people and they should never fall for this evil US scheme which has clearly failed in Iraq and is now failing in Afghanistan. The Syrian revolution is best served by those Syrians who dissociate themselves from the west in general and the US in particular. Because in addition to the above well thought analyis, the current US administration stabbed, on purpose, the Syrian people and its glorios rebolution in the back by its manipulative policies over the last two years. We already have a successful model to emulate which has clearly shown to give results. This is the FSA model led and trained by the holy warriors of Nusra and their associates. Anyone who claims to be a supporter of the Syrian revolution, and still entertains the slightest hope of a positive US role in this revolution is either a fool or is out to undermine the revolution based on serving a US agenda.

The only fixed US agenda is its commitment to Israel even at the expense of gaining the enmity of the whole Muslim world and not only Syrians. This must come to an end, because America is going to end!!!

March 9th, 2013, 10:47 am


AIG said:


There are some questions you never addressed:
1) If Assad was so popular, why was he so afraid of democracy in Syria?
2) If the Syrian people were so happy why are millions and millions of them supporting if not the revolution, then at least Assad going home?
3) If it is all “foreign meddling” what exactly happened that this “foreign meddling” was not effective before? Why did it take 11 years of Assad rule to get to this?

March 9th, 2013, 10:53 am


AIG said:


Good luck pursuing your strategies. I find it amusing that you use a US blog to proclaim the end of the US. Do you by any chance use any other things invented by the West? Say a car, a cell phone, antibiotics?

You are playing into the Assadists hands with your rant. You will need the West, its know how, technology and investment to rebuild Syria. There is no other option.

March 9th, 2013, 11:03 am


Akbar Palace said:

Turkish Foreign Policy Quiz Question

What’s worse, Israeli police confronting violent demonstrators, or the Syrian government destroying her own cities.

Answer: Israeli police confronting violent demonstrators.

March 9th, 2013, 11:18 am


Visitor said:

“440. AIG said:


Good luck pursuing your strategies. I find it amusing that you use a US blog to proclaim the end of the US. Do you by any chance use any other things invented by the West? Say a car, a cell phone, antibiotics?”

Do you also find it amusing that the author of the Washingtonpost article proclaimed the same from a US medium, not to mention him being a US professor and a retired army officer?

I am sure he too has a car, probably a cellphone, and may have used antibiotics at one time.

So what’s your point about using a US site to proclaime what I proclaimed?

I find you ranting just as much.

Listen pal. Your arguments with these idiots, even though reasonable, are worn out. I am sure everyone here knows them by heart. It is not that none can make such arguments with them regimists. But I believe almost all are convinced it is a waste of time, a distraction and will produce no results.

If you have something intelligent to discuss then by all means. Otherwise, you continue ranting with idiots the same old, same old…

But history is marching….and it looks like it doesn’t have more stomach for US meddling in other people’s affairs. And I assure you Syrians will rebuild Syria without an iota of contribution from either the US or the West.

March 9th, 2013, 11:28 am


Visitor said:

“440. AIG said:


You are playing into the Assadists hands with your rant. You will need the West, its know how, technology and investment to rebuild Syria. There is no other option.”

your argument is backward. The US played right into the Assad hand from the very first day the Syrian revolution took to the streets. The US policy of the last two years was clearly a policy designed to give Assad grace period after the next. Its recent flagrant attempt to label the most effective force force as so-called terrorists plays right into the Assad narrative, a service free of charge offered by the US admin. to the criminal thug.

If you understand Arabic you should watch the two videos I posted recently and have a good laugh at the US and its Syrian policy.

As an Israeli, I do not expect more from you than agreeing with the US, for very obvious reasons of course.

In a recent exchange with your buddy, Akbar Palace, I made the obvious conclusion that every Syrian and especially revolution supporters must follow: We, as Syrians, have no interest in either Israel or US agendas. I think it should be fair to ask for reciprocation.

March 9th, 2013, 11:40 am


Akbar Palace said:


The US can’t do anything right. This is a given.

It really doesn’t matter that she deposed two arab despots, protects arab kingdons in the Gulf, supported muslims against Russia and Serbia.

The US will never be appreciated or thanked. Just a guess, but this could be a factor why the US doesn’twanted to get involved in another ME conflict.

March 9th, 2013, 11:43 am


Tara said:


Do you accept that if Syria had an honest leader, we wouldn’t be where we are now?

Syria does not lack manpower. Most Syrians i know in the US are beyond successful. on a par with the cream of the crop in this country. Had we stayed in Syria, I am sure none of us would fare well. Does that tell you anything?

March 9th, 2013, 11:52 am


zoo said:

The Muslim Brotherhood
It’s hard being in charge

After years of being oppressed, the Muslim Brothers enjoyed a sheen of goodness and efficiency. Now that they are in power, they are rapidly losing it

Mar 9th 2013 | CAIRO, GAZA AND TUNIS

March 9th, 2013, 12:00 pm


AIG said:


“And I assure you Syrians will rebuild Syria without an iota of contribution from either the US or the West.”

That is quite delusional to write. The world is based on Western technology, and that should be clear to anyone using it. But you missed that point. You cannot build a modern society today without Western technology. So it is not clear to me what kind of Syria you plan to rebuild.

And where exactly will the loans and money to rebuild come from? Iran, Russia and China?

Even Egypt is asking the IMF for a loan. Get real and stop your bombastic grandstanding. It is not helping your cause.

March 9th, 2013, 12:06 pm


Visitor said:


The US can’t do anything right. This is a given.

It really doesn’t matter that she deposed two arab despots, protects arab kingdons in the Gulf, supported muslims against Russia and Serbia.

The US will never be appreciated or thanked. Just a guess, but this could be a factor why the US doesn’twanted to get involved in another ME conflict.”

O’ no Palace. This is not what the US is doing. When it publicly labels a known non-reformable thug a reformer, while demonstrators are out on the street, it is getting involved in the conflict by stabbing the Syrian people in the back. The US always has the choice to STFU (remember the recent exchange?).

When the US continues to grant the same criminal time in and time out to continue murder by the proclamations of its State Department, it is getting involved in the conflict by stabbing the Syrian people in the back. The US always has the choice to STFU.

When the US lists the most effective fighting force in the Revolution as so-called terrorists, in a clear attempt to undermine the revolution, it is getting involved in the conflict by stabbing the Syrian people in the back. The US always has the choice to STFU.

If the US exercised the choice of STFU, it will find the Syrian people very thankful, because the Syrians have very good hearts. But the Syrian people are extremely mean to those who stab them in the back.

March 9th, 2013, 12:12 pm


syrian said:

447. zoo said:
“The UN observers are freed from the anti-Bashar terrorists thanks to the collaboration of the Syrian government as promised by the Syrian envoy in the UN.
Do I hear Ban Ki moon whispering in relief: “Thank you Bashar al Assad”?”

The UN observer are safely in Jordan, in spite of Batta’s milltias efforts to harm them by shelling the FSA postions where the UN men were being hosted as gests,
the FSA where also very smart, by giving them to Jorden Batta now can not make A media sricus out of their realse

March 9th, 2013, 12:24 pm


zoo said:

The Gulf countries are fueling the war effort and ignoring the refugees needs.

Because of the violence the UN official aid, that has to go through the Syrian government channels, is not reaching the North Syria deprived areas, while the aid coming illegally to Syria from Gulf countries through Turkey is only for weapons.
Because of the Gulf’s short sight and obsession with winning with weapons, Bashar Al Assad is winning back the heart and minds with food.

In Parts of Syria, Lack of Assistance ‘Is a Catastrophe’

The vast majority of aid is going to territory cont
rolled by President Bashar al-Assad, and the small amount reaching opposition-held areas is all but invisible.

Rebels argue that the humanitarian assistance is in effect helping Mr. Assad survive the war of attrition. “Aid is a weapon,” said Omar Baylasani, a rebel commander from Idlib, speaking during a visit to a Turkish border town. “Food supply is the winning card in the hands of the regime.”

“We are seeing an important amount of money from the gulf countries,” said Dr. Terzian of Doctors Without Borders. He added, “But the reality is that most of the financial contributions from these countries are going to war efforts and very little to meet humanitarian needs.” Even that, he said, was “for propaganda.”

March 9th, 2013, 12:25 pm


Visitor said:

AIG 447,

It is I who now finds it amusing to see that you skipped straight into the Syria rebuilding phase to counter my rebuttal of your ‘delusional’ rant(s).

I also find it ridiculous that you use the term Western Technology to hope to coerce the Syrian people into submitting to the US agenda. Dream on buddy.

When the time for rebuilding Syria comes, you will be quite amazed at the resourcefullness of the Syrians as you perhaps have been during the lat two years of amazing resourcefullness in this fight against thugs.

I have objection to the use of the term Western Technology. I live in the West (almost all my life) . I am also at the forefront of technology. But I would not call this technology Western by any strecth of the imagination.

There is nothing that the US produces in terms of technology that cannot be obtained somewhere else. And believe me I have first hand knowledge in this. Besides, new Syria will not be out seeking to build nukes, advanced missile systems or such useless gadgets. Syrians are builders since the early dawn of history. They can do a much better job building Syria relying on their own resources as they are doing right in liberating it from the claws of thugs.

March 9th, 2013, 12:28 pm


Ghufran said:

I had a number of face to face conversations with Jewish Americans about the middle east and Palestinians , those people are divided except for their loyalty to Israel and their distrust of Arabs especially the Islamists. Many Jewish Americans do not support settlers but they also do not believe a deal with Arabs can be reached any time soon. From what I can see after looking at both sides for decades, the biggest problem is distrust and the absence of an honest broker to help both sides reach a peace accord that is fair and solid, the second problem is that there is a big gap between what Israelis have and what Arabs have, the Arabs are divided, weak and ruled by corrupt and oppressive governments while Israelis have managed to build a modern state that respects the rights of its Jewish citizens. Ironically, having a strong military on the Arab side is actually good for peace, remember that Sadaat did not win Sinai with negotiations until after the 1973 war, but signing a deal with Egypt was not good enough to achieve peace for a number of reasons. Israel today is under no pressure to pursue a settlement unless Arabs accept Israel’s terms which will never happen, that leaves us with the unfortunate reality of a prolonged and bloody conflict, for that to change Arabs, not Israelis, have to prove to the west and to the Israelis that Israel will lose more by waiting, as of now it is Arabs who are losing at every front.

March 9th, 2013, 12:33 pm


zoo said:

#447 Tara

Syrian expats are very good businessmen but they have shown that they are pathetic politicians.
The disaster of the SNC and its sequels is the evidence.
In two years, I have not seen a single leader in the opposition or group of persons I would trust to lead the country.
They are either weak intellectuals, religious fanatics, egomaniac, arrogant pro-US agent, profit-oriented or corruptible. None has the charisma of a leader and in addition, they hate each others.
Sorry, until I see the emergence of a more trustworthy leadership, even with his flaws, I’ll stick to Bashar Al Assad and give him another chance after the learnings he got out of these dramatic events.

March 9th, 2013, 12:38 pm


ann said:

Obama’s Al-Qaeda Heroes Fighting For Freedom and Democracy:

March 9th, 2013, 12:45 pm


Dolly Buster said:

455. ann said:
Obama’s Al-Qaeda Heroes Fighting For Freedom and Democracy:

Al-qaeda is not fighting for democracy, that is more idiocy by commies.

Al-qaeda is fighting for sharia, and USA is fighting for democracy.

Try to learn these facts, there will be a test.

March 9th, 2013, 12:47 pm


Uzair8 said:

(03-09-13) #Daraa #Syria | #FSA Destroys Third Regime Tank Today


#BreakingNews : Liwa’ Ahfad Al Rasoul claims responsibility for attack on23 vehicle-shibeha convoy & says video to be released soon.#Syria

March 9th, 2013, 12:56 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

The UN peacekeepers,crossed to Jordan , and they are safe. Assad was planing to kill them and blame the rebels, He FAILED,and failed miserably, the criminal Assad thugs here on S.C. are disappointed, this incident should be a movie,someone must right a story about it..

Visitor is right, US did not help the revolution,with anti aircraft and anti tank missles, we will not forget that, but Syria will rise again , and will be built, in the past, syrian budget was allocated for the army,that turn out an army to protect Assad thugs only,the defense budget should be reduced to less than 10%,Syria will be again the trade center in the ME,during assads era,50% of the syrian budget was spent on army 20% and Mukhabarat and Assad security 30%,reducing Mukhabarat budget,along with tourism, and getting back the money Assad thugs stole from the people of Syria to the people of Syria will help, I will not be surprised if ,in 10 years, Syria will be stronger economically than ever.
Don’t forget that Syria will be 10% less in population,

March 9th, 2013, 12:57 pm


Dolly Buster said:

454. zoo said:

In two years, I have not seen a single leader in the opposition or group of persons I would trust to lead the country.

You only aim to badmouth 1 side, and this reflects your 100% support for the other side (the murderous dictatorship).

If you want concrete replacement for Asad, then Muath Khateeb is clearly adequate.

But you don’t want replacement, you only seek excuses to extend your slimy support to the blood-soaked regime.

March 9th, 2013, 12:58 pm


Dolly Buster said:

454. zoo said:

In two years, I have not seen a single leader in the opposition or group of persons I would trust to lead the country.

You only aim to badmouth 1 side, and this reflects your 100% support for the other side (the murderous dictatorship).

If you want concrete replacement for Asad, then Muath Khateeb is clearly adequate.

But you don’t want replacement, you only seek excuses to extend your slimy support to the blood-soakеd regime.

March 9th, 2013, 12:59 pm


revenire said:

Dolly go fight in Syria. Please. I will buy you a ticket. Offer your body to the rats instead of jerking off here.

March 9th, 2013, 1:03 pm


revenire said:

“Assad was planing to kill them and blame the rebels.”

If that was the case they could have just done it. What was stopping them? It is Syria and in Syria Assad can do whatever he wants to.

You sound pathetic.

March 9th, 2013, 1:05 pm


revenire said:

Here is what the rats said:

“We have proof that these observers were carrying regime soldiers in their U.N. cars, and they allowed them to take photos of FSA positions in the area,” Masri said. “The observers were not kidnapped by the Free Syrian Army. They were hosted by the Free Syrian Army to send a message to the U.N. that it should do its job as a disengagement force and not be part of the conflict.”

The terrorists accused the UN peacekeepers of working for Assad.


March 9th, 2013, 1:05 pm


Akbar Palace said:

…while Israelis have managed to build a modern state that respects the rights of its Jewish citizens.


Thank you for your honest assessment, but there aren’t rights just for Israel’s jewish citizens, there are rights for everyone including Christians and Muslims.

You can always get my Jewish-American opinion if you want. From my vantage point, the arab-israeli conflict is a side-show. A disagreement over a few square miles and a few square meters in the Old City.

That being said, the “resistance” camp is using Israel to subjugate arabs and muslims all over the ME. If those on this website think it’s OK to murder 70,000 so Assad can continue to “resist” Israel over a few square kilometers, than yes, I think the arab world is in trouble.

When it publicly labels a known non-reformable thug a reformer…


You have a deep grudge against the US that is clear. Otherwise you wouldn’t have said, “…America is going to end!!!”.

Where were you when a number of Americans authored “A Clean Break” back in the late ’90s? Did you congratulate the US? Where were you when the majority of arabs were singing the praises of the Assad family (and of course they still are)?

I went through some archive posts (2007) and I saw a bunch of posts by “sidekick” Alex who was warning the posters here about some hypothetical world war Netanyahu was going to start. The only poster I saw back then who was critical of Assad was none other than Majedkhaldoun. Good call Majed!

Build a bridge…

March 9th, 2013, 1:10 pm


Visitor said:

Akbar Palace,

My comment @ 449 is addressed to you, even though it doesn’t mention that right up front.

Just mentioned it to draw your attention if you find in it anything worth responding to.

No hurry. A reminder just because it got burried in the roll over.

March 9th, 2013, 1:12 pm


Uzair8 said:

شدائد الحرب لا تسقط واجب الجهاد

الشيخ محمد أبو الهدى اليعقوبي

Wed, 6 March

الحمد لله وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وآله وصحبه، أما بعد فقد قرأت بعض الشكوك والاعتراضات التي ترد على ثورة أهل الشام من قبل بعض من ينتسب إلى العلم وأكثر ذلك لا يحتاج إلى رد لأنه شبه ومغالطات، ولكن التذكير واجب وقد رأيت أن أجيب هنا بما ورد من كلام الله تعالى في القرآن الكريم من بيان.

ورأس هذه الشكوك والأوهام الشكوى من القتل والتدمير وعدم توفر الطعام والشراب أي شدائد الحرب، وأن هذه الشدائد تسقط واجب الجهاد وأن القتال لا يجوز لما يؤدي إليه من قتل وخراب. وهذه الشكوى هي الوهن الذي فسره النبي عليه الصلاة في الحديث عن ثوبان رضي الله تعالى عنه في سنن أبي داود بأنه حب الحياة وكراهية الموت.

اقرأ المزيد:


Hardships of war do not drop the duty of Jihad

Sheikh Mohammed Abul Huda al-Yacoubi


March 9th, 2013, 1:12 pm


ghufran said:

شو هي العلاقه التي بتربط جسر دير الزور بإسقاط النظام …… والله مابعرف
وشو العلاقه بين تدمير معالم المدن .. من قلعة حلب . لجسر دير الزور . وأثار أفاميا وقلعة الحصن وكل معالمنا الأثريه ..
ولك شو دخلها بإسقاط النظام ………. كمان والله ما بعرف
خلونا ننظر للإمور بمنظور وفكر إخونجي إرهابي …!!!!
يعني ممكن تكون القلاع والأثار بمثابة أصنام أو رجس من عمل الشيطان مث
أو ممكن تكون تابعه للنظام وإحدى منجزات الحركة التصحيحه ….!!!!!
أو فيها شي بيأثر على الإسلام والإمه الإسلاميه وشيء من الفجور الديني
لك والله انا ما طلع معي شي …
وأنا واثق بإنو مافي حدا عاقل رح يطلع معو شي ..
ويبقى هاد السؤال برسم
عزيزي المعارض السوري …….. الحيواااااااااان
في مجال نعرف نعرف بشو مأثره عليكم هالاثار وهالمعالم الأثريه لحتى عم تنتقمو منها وتفجروها ………؟؟؟؟
علي شاهين
those criminals ,whoever they are , who are destroying whatever is left of Syria’s infrastructure are not interested in freedom and democracy, they are born to kill or die.

March 9th, 2013, 1:37 pm


Visitor said:

“463. AKBAR PALACE said:


When it publicly labels a known non-reformable thug a reformer…


You have a deep grudge against the US that is clear. Otherwise you wouldn’t have said, “…America is going to end!!!”.

Where were you when a number of Americans authored “A Clean Break” back in the late ’90s? Did you congratulate the US? Where were you when the majority of arabs were singing the praises of the Assad family (and of course they still are)?

I went through some archive posts (2007) and I saw a bunch of posts by “sidekick” Alex who was warning the posters here about some hypothetical world war Netanyahu was going to start. The only poster I saw back then who was critical of Assad was none other than Majedkhaldoun. Good call Majed!

Build a bridge….”

I really cannot understand how you can determine that I have a deep grudge against the US from the above!!!

If you accept the charge that Muslims lay against America that it has a deep grudge against them, then we may have something to build upon. But I, personally, am not involved in any manifestations of such grudge.

But my statement about America’s end is largely based upon he analysis which I linked, and it basically makes the same conclusion. America’s end in this case will be no different than Britain receding into a third rate power some 70 years ago. This is history in the making. I have nothing to do with it. Whether I have a grudge or no grudge against America will even make no difference.

The question that should be answered is whether the Muslims at large feel this grudge against America? And whether such grudge is justified? The author of the analysis seems to give justification for such grudge. So why are you singling me out of billions of people?

Besides, what does the Clean Break thing have to do with all of this. You are right, I was not here in those days. But as far as I can remember, the Arabs did not sing the praises of the US in those days. If you mean by Arabs the GCC, who are US friends, then I can tell you for certain that those Arabs were against GWB II going into Iraq and toppling Saddam. And, of course we now see that they were correct in their assessment. The US replaced a bad regime with a worse regime. And that is exactly what the author of that analysis is criticizing.

In the 90s it was a completely different game. Iraq invaded Kuwait and there was a justification for intervention. I would have supported such intervention whether I was here or not.

It seems to me that the only party demolishing bridges is the US itself. You cannot expect a billion+ people to sit idly by while a foreign power entitles itself to meddle in their affairs with no consequences.

It is therefore incumbant upon the US itself to remedy the situation from its end, and to seek to build bridges properly. It can begin by offering a sincere apology to the Syrian people, the Nusra Front and to the Muslim world in general. It will find that these people are appreciative of gestures made by sincere repenting aggressors and will roll out to the US a welcoming mat. We do not want US weapons. We do not want US technology. We do not want US business. We want SINCERE apologies to the parties that have been abused by the reckless US behaviour.

But if the US is bound to end due to its expiry date or due to its obstinacy, then there is nothing you and I can do about. Many powers perished throughout history and no one cares about them any more.

March 9th, 2013, 1:40 pm


Dolly Buster said:

461. revenire said:

Dolly go fight in Syria. Please. I will buy you a ticket.

They have enough fighters, they lack anti-aircraft systems to blast Shiite planes out of the sky.

Besides I am Slavic not Arabic, someone may shoot me on sight.

I can play my part with Keyboard, because the pen is mightier than the sword.

March 9th, 2013, 1:51 pm


Citizen said:

political analyst Ibrahim Alloush with Russia Today channel! Excellent interview
Ibrahim Alloush: Obviously it’s not a realistic demand. What we’re talking about here says something about the shady nature of these so-called rebels that are being promoted by NATO countries and GCC rulers. At the same time, I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that HRW said yesterday that these same rebels are being investigated for the summary execution of unarmed troops that were captured from Syrian posts nearby. At the same time, I’d like to add that Arab league countries decided yesterday in Cairo that these rebels are to be armed further and that they’re going to give these rebels serious heat in the Arab League. Add to that the fact that William Hague – the Foreign Minister of Britain – has said that Britain will be providing those rebels with additional military hardware. If you look at the whole picture, you will easily find that the problem is not with those rebels, but with those who are supporting them – the ones who are arming them, financing them, and providing them with political support. This makes NATO countries and GCC rulers accessories to murder, kidnapping, violation of international law, and the possibility of having those UN peacekeepers killed……

March 9th, 2013, 1:54 pm


Citizen said:

US and Europe in ‘major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb’

The United States has coordinated a massive airlift of arms to Syrian rebels from Croatia with the help of Britain and other European states, despite the continuing European Union arms embargo, it was claimed yesterday…..

March 9th, 2013, 2:05 pm


Syrialover said:

Dangerous misfits like this are only a small element in the fighting but they are playing a significant role in stopping outside support for the FSA.

* Danish Islamic convert killed near Homs

* He is known to Danish authorities due to his connection to radical Islamic networks. He has been arrested in Yemen and Lebanon on suspicion of criminal behaviour and both times was returned to Denmark.

* Leaves behind 4 young children (for Danish taxpayers to support)

* Second Danish jihadist killed in fighting in Syria in recent weeks

COMMENT: Any Danes reading this? The Danish authorities deserve to be slammed for letting known lunatic troublemakers like this loose on Syria – where they provide rich food for anti-FSA propaganda.

The Danish intelligence service reportedly admits a growing number of Danish citizens are joining jihadist fighters in Syria.

I suggest Denmark makes a massive contribution to Syrian refugee charities by way of apology and sharply revs up its laws to deter local wannabe extremist jihadists like other western countries have.

PS Those who care should make these points strongly to their local Danish embassy.

March 9th, 2013, 2:36 pm


ghufran said:

Uhuru Kenyatta wins Kenyan presidential election by slim margin but faces trial in The Hague for crimes against humanity

March 9th, 2013, 2:52 pm


revenire said:

Syria is a jihadi magnet. Every bearded rat alive is headed there. Even the UK says this.

Keep coming in rats – our army will be happy to kill all of you!

March 9th, 2013, 2:52 pm


Visitor said:

Uzair8 @446,

Do you understand te Arabic text which you quoted? Or do you rely on the English transation down below?

The reason I am asking is because what you quoted is very relevant.

March 9th, 2013, 2:55 pm


Syrialover said:


Thankyou for repeating and endorsing that good news I posted earlier in #391!

(for more information see my post)

March 9th, 2013, 2:56 pm


AIG said:


Promises about things you will do in the future are a dime a dozen.

Claiming that Intel, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Oracle, Qualcom, Xilinx, Altera, Apple etc. etc. are not Western Technology is delusional.

You cannot rebuild Syria without the West’s both technological and financial help. Humor me, what computers are you going to buy for example? I’d really like to know which computer you can buy today that is not based on Western Technology and who actually uses these computers.

March 9th, 2013, 2:59 pm


AIG said:


I never said the US helped the Syrian revolution. The point I am making is that to believe that Syria can rebuild without Western assistance is delusional. Where would even the great China be if it couldn’t trade with the West?

As for all the people let go from the Syrian security forces, where will they work? What about all the other people that have no jobs? What jobs will be created? In what will Syria be competitive? How are you going to create jobs without foreign investment or loans? And where are these investors going to come from?

Making bombastic predictions about the future is easy. Creating jobs and a successful economy is very difficult even without the problems associated with a deeply divided society. You will need all the help you can get, and if even Russia and Iran offer it, you should take it. Saying in advance that you can overcome these huge hurdles without help from the West is just crazy.

March 9th, 2013, 3:08 pm


Syrialover said:

Gee I wonder who delivered 6 instant thumbs down (with more to come from the same source I’ll bet) for my post above about known terrorists from Denmark being allowed to go to Syria and damage the FSA’s reputation.

Nothing to do of course with the person who just demanded here that the USA apologize to al-Nusrah.

March 9th, 2013, 3:13 pm


Dolly Buster said:

476. revenire said:

Syria is a jihadi magnet. Every bearded rat alive is headed there.

Keep coming in rats – our army will be happy to kill all of you!

The lihya (beard) is part of the Sunnah. Syria is 74% Sunni. Ibn Taymiyyah was Syrian.

So, the country belongs completely to the Wahhabis.

The Shia kilab (dogs) are intruders who will soon be cleansed.

March 9th, 2013, 3:16 pm


Visitor said:

“479. AIG said:


Promises about things you will do in the future are a dime a dozen.

Claiming that Intel, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Oracle, Qualcom, Xilinx, Altera, Apple etc. etc. are not Western Technology is delusional.”

i suggest you make a trip to China, India, Malaysia to mention a few countries. It will help you get out of the cocoon you seem to be stuck in.

What does Syria need as the rebuild phase begins?

infrastructure, mostly.

Building roads, cities, hospitals, schools etc…

Mostly non-high tech. activities.

Computers and other high tech. gadgets can be bought a dime a dozen.

Finance is available through the Syrian Diaspora as well as through GCC Arabs.

Believe me, we do not need US and other western aid now that we fully know that their agendas diverge from the interests of the Syrian people and revolution.

And just as a side note: would you believe that I was at one time privy to information in which the Iranian government was able to acquire so-called western technology, which would be classified as most highly sophisticated, from one of the well known German companies few years ago?
So stop patronizing and let’s deal with the real issues at hand.

We have an ongoing revolution. We have war against a dictator which has to be won. We have an effective fighting force which is scoring victories on a daily basis. The US wants to sideline this force by using worn out discredited methods of false labelling of so-called terror in order to get the Syrians to fight among themselves instead of the real enemy, i.e, the dictator. In effect, the US is still following the same duplicitous policies as it did in the ast ten years as the history professor outlined. So, can you suggest a solution in order to carry out this conversation further?

From my perspective, there is one solution based on that same analysis made by the history professor which I linked earlier. My solution is: The US offers a sincere apology to the Syrian people, the Nusra Front and to the Muslim World in general. After that, we may consider dealing with the US. Otherwise, as I mentioned to your buddy Akbar Palace, Syrians are intelligent people who will see the wisdom and benefits of the advice I made earlier which is: we, as Syrians, have no interests in US and Israeli agendas. We’ll liberate Syria relying on our resources and then rebuild it based on the same resources.

March 9th, 2013, 3:42 pm


Syrialover said:

Here’s a 21-year old Libyan “sheikh” or leader in Al-Nusrah (BH) sharing his wisdom and plans for the world:

NPR: Will women be required to wear hijab [if the current regime is ousted]?

BH: Let me explain it this way. If I gave someone two lollipops … one is covered and the other is not. Where will the germs and the bacteria go? To the uncovered one. And the same with the woman; if she is uncovered, the rotten one, who will the men chase? While if the woman is covered, even the most beautiful one, they will not chase her.

NPR: That brings us to the wider question of an Islamic state, and what does that mean for the non-Muslims?

BH: Preserving the Muslim society, that is the general rule. Prevention is the best treatment. What makes people commit sin is viewing porn films, listening to songs that provoke desire.

NPR: You are also in a way not respecting the minds of men. You immediately think that they will chase a woman who is unveiled.

BH: Prevention is the best treatment. Men mostly look at face and the body. Then he will be following women and Satan will be whispering into his ears.

NPR: So why don’t you put on a veil, too? There are women who chase men?


March 9th, 2013, 3:43 pm


AIG said:


You keep digging a deeper hole for yourself. If you want to build advanced infrastructure, you need the West. Take hospitals for example, most advanced medical equipment comes from the West. You are just not going to get around this. And what about telecommunications, power plants etc.? What about replacing industry? Where will the machines come form and who are you going to export to? The Chinese or the Malaysians? You need to export to the West and to do that you need to be competitive and for that you need modern infrastructure based on Western Technology. And yes computers are cheap, but you still haven’t told me which ones you would buy and how they would be non-Western.

“Finance is available through the Syrian Diaspora as well as through GCC Arabs.”

No it isn’t. See the Egyptian case. They still need the IMF and the West.

You don’t want to deal with the West or the US, don’t. One of the main reasons that Israel has an edge over Syria is that Syria relied on Russian technology and Israel on Western tecnology. Who am I to complain if you want to continue on this failed path?

March 9th, 2013, 3:54 pm


Citizen said:

US Pulling out Troops from Afghanistan, Sending Weapons to Syrian Rebels
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US is sending the artilleries, armored vehicles and different weapons systems of its troops pulled out from Afghanistan to the rebel groups in Syria, a ranking US military source disclosed on Saturday.

“One of these cargos consists of the light and semi-heavy military tools, equipment and weapons that the US army has gathered and piled up in Kandahar Base and plans to send them to the rebels in Syria in the form of several air and sea cargos and through Turkey and specially Jordan,” he explained.

“These weapons and arms systems include anti-armor and missile systems, rocket-launchers and rockets and tens of armored Humvees,” the source added, explaining that senior war strategists in the Pentagon believe that they can change the scene of the war in Syria in the interest of the rebel groups with the help of these cargos, specially the shoulder-launched missile systems and the multipurpose Humvee vehicles.

The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), commonly known as the Humvee, travels as fast as 150 kilometers per hour under different weather conditions and in various geographical climates, and various types of machineguns, rocket-launchers and weapons systems can be mounted on this vehicle.

HMMWVs serve as cargo/troop carriers, automatic weapons platforms, ambulances (four litter patients or eight ambulatory patients), M220 TOW missile carriers, M119 howitzer prime movers, M1097 Avenger Pedestal Mounted Stinger platforms, MRQ-12 direct air support vehicles, S250 shelter carriers, and other roles. The HMMWV is capable of fording 2.5 ft (76 cm) normally, or 5 ft (1.5 m) with the deep-water fording kits installed.

Optional equipment includes a winch (maximum load capacity 6,000 lb (2,700 kg)) and supplemental armor. The M1025/M1026 and M1043/M1044 armament carriers provide mounting and firing capabilities for the M134 Minigun, the Mk 19 grenade launcher, the M2 heavy machine gun, the M240G/B machine gun and M249 LMG. The M1114 “up-armored” HMMWV, introduced in 2004, also features a similar weapons mount. In addition, some M1114 and M1116 up-armored and M1117 Armored Security Vehicle models feature a Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS), which allows the gunner to operate from inside the vehicle, and/or the Boomerang anti-sniper detection system.

Humvees can climb slopes 80 degrees upward and this very specific feature along with their high speed has made them a vehicle of choice for the US military in Afghanistan’s mountainous areas.

March 9th, 2013, 3:58 pm


Dolly Buster said:

Syrialover, when we win the war against Assad/Russia, then you can launch complaints against the new authorities. But at this juncture all criticism of the opposition amounts to endorsement of Bashar.

I saw a YouTube video of Bashar’s sickos killing some people with a knife.
The victims were turned against the wall and he just knifed them in the back multiple times.

March 9th, 2013, 4:01 pm


Tara said:

Dolly@ 488

“At this juncture all criticism of the opposition amounts to endorsement of Bashar”

I agree. At this juncture, I am personally ok with any rule except this psycho regime. All efforts should be focused on toppling the regime. Any argument that enforces people’s fear of what is coming plays directly into anchoring Batta’s rule.

March 9th, 2013, 4:08 pm


Visitor said:

“485. AIG said:


You keep digging a deeper hole for yourself. If you want to build advanced infrastructure, you need the West. Take hospitals for example, most advanced medical equipment comes from the West. You are just not going to get around this. And what about telecommunications, power plants etc.? What about replacing industry? Where will the machines come form and who are you going to export to? The Chinese or the Malaysians? You need to export to the West and to do that you need to be competitive and for that you need modern infrastructure based on Western Technology. And yes computers are cheap, but you still haven’t told me which ones you would buy and how they would be non-Western.

“Finance is available through the Syrian Diaspora as well as through GCC Arabs.”

No it isn’t. See the Egyptian case. They still need the IMF and the West.

You don’t want to deal with the West or the US, don’t. One of the main reasons that Israel has an edge over Syria is that Syria relied on Russian technology and Israel on Western tecnology. Who am I to complain if you want to continue on this failed “

Again, AIG, you are jumping ahead to a phase way down in the future.

You did not offer any insights on the immediate issues on hand. Please go back and read my previous comment.

On the other hand, you are also speculating about future events based on past experience which may not be relevant when the time comes for Syria’s reconstruction. Sixty or seventy years ago, when Israel came into being, the US was an undisputed leader in the world in the areas you mention. In the ast ten to twenty years there has been a dramatic shift and the trend will continue into the future.

So my solution still stands: America offers a sincere apology to the Syrian people, the Nusra Front and to the Muslim World in general for its past duplicitous behaviour. Then we may open a new page and offer the US a possible way out of its predicted downfall. But there are no guarantees of course. World Powers have come and gone throughout history. It may be the US turn to follow in their footsteps and no one may be able to do anything about it. We have to move on…history is on the march.

March 9th, 2013, 4:08 pm


ghufran said:

Regime media is talking about keeping Syrian army out of Raqqa listing a number of “reasons” including the locals’ desire not to make Raqqa another Homs or Aleppo, however, Alwatan hinted at arming local militia and taking measures to prevent rebels from expanding their circle of “liberated” areas. Hasaka,especially Qamishli, will be next on rebels agenda since breaking the stalemate in other areas seems unattainable for now. All eys are now on Washington and Moscow as expectations for a deal keep popping up in various media sites, but even if that is true, fighting factions are likely to push hard to make gains on the ground that will make their position at the negotiation table stronger.

March 9th, 2013, 4:09 pm


Uzair8 said:

#477 Visitor

I wanted to spread the statement further. The google translation wasn’t so good so I didn’t bother with it. From the looks of it it’s a response to people (or scholars) who are complaining about (or attacking) the revolution and hardships (?). It’s encouragement for people to stay the course and reminding them that hardships are part of the struggle (?). Along those lines.

March 9th, 2013, 4:13 pm


Citizen said:

freelance agent Jurgen!
Koo Koo!
Are you playing in the giveaway?

March 9th, 2013, 4:16 pm


Uzair8 said:

Yalla Souriya

‘The food baskets dropped to the besieged soldiars in Adra, is made of rotten food. The basket seized by the fighters shows some disturbing picture. Video was posted earlier on the blog.’

March 9th, 2013, 4:23 pm


ann said:

494. revenire

Reminds me of the movie “Blues Brothers” 😀

Do you see the light? DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT?! 😀

March 9th, 2013, 5:04 pm


Akbar Palace said:


I’m ready to apologize to the “Nusra Front” for the great sins of our past Secretaries of State going back to the inept Warren Christopher, the inept Madeline Albright, Hilary Clinton to the current John “Swiftboat” Kerry. All liberal democrats, all mediocre, all pandered to the Rabbit of al-Shams.

Please let me know how I can identfy the Nusra Front representatives. Are they the ones with the beards? Do they have a PO Box number? Paypal acct?

Lastly, do you think we should also apologize to Turkey, Russia, Iran, and China as well?

March 9th, 2013, 5:07 pm


mjabali said:

Akbar Palace is Drunk….

When he sobers up i wish he could enlighten us about the intentions of al-Nusra for the future for the countries of the Middle East and then the West!!!

March 9th, 2013, 5:22 pm


revenire said:

The rats asked if they could see the virgins as they died. These are wonderful people that believe in fairy tales.

There are no virgins when you die rats. There is only Hell. Our army is going to send you all to Hell.

Surrender. Bow to your president. Beg for forgiveness and your life might be spared.

March 9th, 2013, 5:26 pm


revenire said:


Syriangirl Partisan
Libyan terrorist from jabhat al nusra Compares women to lolipops : On the group’s attitude toward women
NPR: Will women be required to wear hijab [if the current regime is ousted]?
BH: Let me explain it this way. If I gave someone two lollipops … one is covered and the other is not. Where will the germs and the bacteria go? To the uncovered one. And the same with the woman;
Someone tell this Neanderthal that women are not objects or commodities but human beings! GET OUT OF SYRIA OR DIE YOU BACKWARD DOGS!!!

March 9th, 2013, 5:27 pm


Syrian said:

انجازات الجيش السوري الحر اليوم في كافة ارجاء سوريا :

1- تحرير الفرقة 17 في الرقة و بانتظار اكتمال التحرير و التمشيط و الفرحة تعم شوارع الرقة
2- تحرير اللواء 113 في دير الزور للدفاع الجوي و غنائم ثقليه و خفيفة منوعه ، و تحرير حي الصناعه في المدينة
3- تحرير الفوج 137 للمدفعية في خان الشيح بريف دمشق
4- الجيش الحر يسيطر على المحطة الحرارية في زيزون في جسر الشغور في ادلب.
5- درعا : الجيش السوري الحر يسيطر على الطريق الدولي بين دمشق ودرعا ويعلنها منطقة عسكرية ، و استمرار حصار اللواء 38 في صيدا و اسقاط ميغ
6-الجيش الحر يسيطر على اللواء 68 في منطقة دروشا في الغوطة الغربية بريف دمشق

March 9th, 2013, 5:27 pm


revenire said:


LOL I get the feeling Mimi could take on the entire FSA rat army herself.

March 9th, 2013, 5:28 pm


ghufran said:

I have to admit that I find the exchange between a Nusra mouthpiece and a jewish american to be entertaining, the thumbs up and down designed to deflate support for good posts and inflate support for Wahhabi garbage is tickling too.
Thanks to Nusra thugs, the terror committed by those “holy” warriors has changed the conversation in Western countries from choosing between democracy and dictatorship into a choice between “bad” regimes and “really bad” theocracies, it is very hard to vote for people who want to take Syria and the region back to the middle ages especially after seeing the arab spring countries descending into chaos in the name of freedom.
if you still think that the West cares about a bunch of Bedouins embracing democracy you must schedule a visit to see your psychiatrist.

March 9th, 2013, 5:32 pm


Visitor said:

“496. AKBAR PALACE said:


I’m ready to apologize to the “Nusra Front” for the great sins of our past Secretaries of State going back to the inept Warren Christopher, the inept Madeline Albright, Hilary Clinton to the current John “Swiftboat” Kerry. All liberal democrats, all mediocre, all pandered to the Rabbit of al-Shams.

Please let me know how I can identfy the Nusra Front representatives. Are they the ones with the beards? Do they have a PO Box number? Paypal acct?

Lastly, do you think we should also apologize to Turkey, Russia, Iran, and China as well?”


Again, you’re conflating your own political affiliations with the behaviour of the US administration over the last few decades.  I mean if you feel that will make you feel better, I am sure you will find a way around the address and PO Box issues.

But, as I pointed out to you earlier it is the behaviour of the US administration(s) which is being called into question.  For the US administration, an address or a PO box are not issues to worry about in order to declare its repentance from past behaviour.  They can simply make public statements to the effect and proceed into revising the duplicitous policies that they devised.  At that time, I am sure you will find Muslims quite forgiving.  And by the way, do you remember what Obama promised in Cairo few years ago when he visited, and made the famous speech at the Cairo University?  I hope you still remember.

This is what he accomplished and is ready to announce again to all the people of the area on his upcoming visit, just couple years or so before he joins the club of ex-Presidents.

March 9th, 2013, 5:49 pm


Dolly Buster said:

502. ghufran said:
if you still think that the West cares about a bunch of Bedouins embracing democracy you must schedule a visit to see your psychiatrist.

Americans have their own interest in changing Syria. It would weaken their foes, including Iran. Iran is their #1 enemy.

So Washington has a clear and strong interest in toppling Syria. But they are not doing it. Why? Well, either their calculation is so advanced that I don’t see it. Or, they are inept. I hope it’s the former.

March 9th, 2013, 5:52 pm



A trip to Malaysia –Verification —

Najib (Malaysian PM) said he was happy with the outcome of his two-day working trip to the US, as he was able to get first-hand feedback from the investing community here.

“One constraint raised was of our skill sets, especially among degree and PhD holders, to undertake high-value jobs. It is crucial for us to produce the right skill sets.”

He also said it was the government’s task to narrow the divide between the perception and reality of what was happening in the country.

Read more: US companies ready to pump more money into Malaysia

March 9th, 2013, 5:53 pm


Akbar Palace said:


Should I also apologize to Bedouins? I can add them to my list if it will help the rebels.

March 9th, 2013, 5:55 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Dolly Buster,

US policy is simple. Let the enemies of US kill each other. Remember Iran/Iraq? Helping Syria is a lose-lose, as the ME has shown time and again that no good deed goes unpunished.

March 9th, 2013, 6:07 pm


Visitor said:

“505. AKBAR PALACE said:


Should I also apologize to Bedouins? I can add them to my list if it will help the rebels.”


Ghufran wants the rebels to lose. So, there is no need for you to apologize to the Bedouins. Otherwise, Ghufran’s BMS will get so out of hand, we may have to leave the room for quite sometime to decontaminate.

March 9th, 2013, 6:09 pm


ann said:

French defense minister confirms arrest of French Jihadist in Mali – 2013-03-08

PARIS, March 8 (Xinhua) — French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Friday confirmed a French citizen fighting with Islamist insurgents in Mali had been taken prisoner and would be extradited soon.

Speaking to local broadcaster Europe 1, Le Drian said the French man had been captured with dozens of Islamist rebels by French forces in Adrar des Ifoghas mountains.

“This shows that there was a creation of a terrorist and war chain that could recruit young people in search of a radical destiny as those who have been able to go to Afghanistan or Syria,” the minister said.

A day before, another French citizen arrested last November in Mali, was sent back to France.

Le Drian added 30 French soldiers that suffered from minor injuries during operations in Mali were sent back to France.

Some 100 rebel fighters and four French servicemen have been killed in fighting so far.


March 9th, 2013, 6:14 pm


ann said:

Syrian refugee families return home from Lebanon – 2013-03-08

DAMASCUS, March 7 (Xinhua) — With tears of joy in their eyes, many Syrian families, who have sought refuge in neighboring Lebanon, arrived in Syria on Thursday despite the raging violence that had once forced them along with hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens to flee their areas.

The Syrian government has secured the transportation of the families desirous of returning to their country after being in Lebanon for quite awhile. Further, the government has secured temporary centers to host the returnees until their areas are secured and safe.

“I have come from Bint Jbail in Lebanon and am back now… so excited,” a Syrian girl of the southern province of Daraa told Xinhua after setting foot on a Syrian soil at the Jdaidet Yabous border crossing.

Another Syrian, who declined to give his name, told Xinhua that “nobody can find anything better than home.”

“We were living in peace and security and in a way anyone would wish for… I left for Jordan and but the situation was very bad. Afterwards, I moved to Lebanon, which was a bit better, but thanks Lord we’re back now and I hope the situation would return to what it used to be,” a resident of the northern province of Aleppo said.

For her side, Kinda Shmmat, the minister of social affairs, told Xinhua while receiving the returnees that securing the homecoming of refugees was part of the political program outlined recently by President Bashar al-Assad. “We hope for the safe return of people with enough guarantees so as we can say that Syrians have truly returned to their homeland.”

The government’s efforts to secure a safe return came as a recent UN report placed the number of Syrians who fled the country since the conflict began almost two years ago at 1 million, which makes out about 5 percent of the country’s total population, with an average of almost 1,400 refugees spilling across borders on daily bases.


March 9th, 2013, 6:21 pm


revenire said:

Ann I saw that they are coming back. This really makes the rats angry. Tara is livid they are coming home to Syria as she sits fuming with hatred on the US East Coast talking about the FSA Air Force. Ha ha. Lunatics. Rats.

March 9th, 2013, 6:42 pm


revenire said:

Now Yara Saleh is a woman – a Syrian woman, a patriot.

March 9th, 2013, 6:56 pm


ann said:

Heavy fire breaks out at Zattari Syrian refugee camp – 2013-03-09

March 9th, 2013, 8:06 pm


revenire said:

Forced sterilization?

Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots

Where is the Hasbara rat now? No more talk about Assad from the Zionists.

March 9th, 2013, 8:35 pm


ann said:

Top Syrian official thanks BRICS nations for support against Western countries – 08.03.2013

An adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad has thanked the BRICS nations for their support, which she said has prevented the “destruction” of Syria. “Thank God there is Russia and China and India and Brazil in the BRICS countries, who at least are introducing reason into what is happening in the international community,” Bouthaina Shaaban said in a statement. She also encouraged the nations to be more vocal in their support of stopping the violence. Russia and China have opposed using force or outside intervention to resolve the Syrian crisis, frustrating the US and its allies.


March 9th, 2013, 8:35 pm


ann said:

‘NATO support of Syrian rebels makes it an accessory to murder, kidnapping’ – March 07, 2013

RT: The rebels say they won’t release the UN peacekeepers until Syrian government forces withdraw from the area – is that a realistic demand?

Ibrahim Alloush: Obviously it’s not a realistic demand. What we’re talking about here says something about the shady nature of these so-called rebels that are being promoted by NATO countries and GCC rulers. At the same time, I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that HRW said yesterday that these same rebels are being investigated for the summary execution of unarmed troops that were captured from Syrian posts nearby. At the same time, I’d like to add that Arab league countries decided yesterday in Cairo that these rebels are to be armed further and that they’re going to give these rebels serious heat in the Arab League. Add to that the fact that William Hague – the Foreign Minister of Britain – has said that Britain will be providing those rebels with additional military hardware. If you look at the whole picture, you will easily find that the problem is not with those rebels, but with those who are supporting them – the ones who are arming them, financing them, and providing them with political support. This makes NATO countries and GCC rulers accessories to murder, kidnapping, violation of international law, and the possibility of having those UN peacekeepers killed.

RT: With western states stepping up their aid to the rebels – might they reconsider their approach in light of this hostage crisis?

IA: Let’s face it – the only reason they’re acting this way is because they feel they have some sort of support from the west, as well as GCC countries and the Muslim Brotherhood. I think they were encouraged by the exchange or the release yesterday of the German journalist who infiltrated into Syria illegally, who was handed over to the Russian ambassador. What you’re dealing with here is terrorism, pure and simple, and the more you give, the more they will demand. I think we need to have all the countries of the world face up to the fact that you have to stand in the way of these people; otherwise they will turn the streets of Damascus and other Syrian cities – as well as world capitals – into blood soaked streets. We need to stand up to those people and face up to the west that refuses to condemn the bombings that took place in Syria around the 21 of February last month.

RT: The hostage crisis is unfolding right on Israel’s doorstep, but the Jewish state still says it’s not planning to get involved – why is that?

IA: Because the Zionists have decided that it’s better for them to see the Syrian regime toppled because they believe this will weaken Syria and weaken Hezbollah in Lebanon, which would be a strategic gain for them. So they are involved in supporting the rebels.

Meetings have been held secretly between some of the officers of those rebels in Jordan, with Israeli officers to coordinate action against the Syrian regime. Israel is part of this already, and just like NATO, is not directly involved in the way of…attacking directly, but they are lending support – military, political, and financial – as well as media coverage – to those rebels.

They’re playing with Syria’s security. Those actions would not have happened had it not been for weakening the central state in Syria, which is the operation which is being undertaken by the west and GCC countries.


March 9th, 2013, 8:42 pm


zoo said:


I am confused. Qatar’s emir has already 3 wives. Is he getting married for the fourth time?

When I learned that Moza hates HBJ and that there is a rivalry between the two, she became more sympathetic to me. I won’t be surprised to learn that it’s HBJ who got the emir another wife just to get rid of Moza.
In any case the crown prince is Moza’s son. Soon, he will kick his father out and Moza will be back triumphant, unless both are murdered by HBJ. That snake is capable for the worst.
It would make a good TV serial.
Bashar’s family stories are rather dull compared to Hamad’s.

March 9th, 2013, 9:14 pm


zoo said:

The opposition’s “big military project” to present to the UN:
A request for a no-fly zone.

The joint leadership of the FSA is working on “a big military project whose features will become more clear in the next period,” according to FSA media spokesperson Fahd al-Masri, speaking to Al-Akhbar. “After two years of international treason, something has changed,” he says.

Masri tells Al-Akhbar that a document will be presented to the Arab-UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to present to the UN Security Council containing the conditions of the FSA, which will demand the neutralizing of the air force and the use of ballistic missiles.

Between the regime’s outlook and that of the coalition and the FSA, there is a different Syrian opposition view. It is represented by prominent Syrian opposition figure Haytham al-Manna, who sees that a peaceful resolution is always at hand, but the current circumstances are now more powerful than ever before.

“When [Qatari Prince] Hamad is capable of burying a political solution, then to hell with such a solution,” he tells Al-Akhbar. Manna links the solution with the survival of the Syrian entity. It is the last call before ‘Somalization,’ he adds.

March 9th, 2013, 9:30 pm


Syrian said:

The catch of the day was in Dara’a today, tons of ammunitions were left by Batta’s deserting militias

March 9th, 2013, 9:48 pm


Dolly Buster said:

So, in Zoo’s “mind,” it is fair for the Shia to have airplane bombers and ballistic missiles, but the FSA shouldn’t even have a slingshot.

This is fair play according to Russo-Shiite babykillers.

March 9th, 2013, 9:50 pm


revenire said:

Dolly if we could nuke the rats without killing innocents I would demand Assad do that.

Assad needs to bomb the living Hell out of every place a rat is. I don’t care if 500,000 have to die – Syria will not be defeated.

March 9th, 2013, 10:11 pm


revenire said:

Dolly let me send tens of thousands of mercenaries and thousands of tons of weapons to your country. Or did that happen already in Bosnia? You are from Bosnia. This war some sort of hobby for you?

March 9th, 2013, 10:24 pm


ann said:

524. revenire

That’s tel aviv, Bosnia 😉

March 9th, 2013, 10:27 pm


ann said:

Ambush threatens to enmesh Iraq in Syria civil war

The killing of 48 Syrian soldiers in neighbouring Iraq threatens to entangle Baghdad in Syria’s civil war, a conflict in which it has sought to remain neutral.

A convoy carrying wounded Syrian soldiers was ambushed as it passed through Iraq’s western Anbar province on Monday en route to the Syrian border, where they were to be returned through “official channels,” the Iraqi defence ministry said.

Nine Iraqi guards were also killed, the ministry added.

Baghdad has consistently avoided joining calls for the departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom rebels are fighting to overthrow. Instead it says it opposes arming either side and has urged an end to violence by all parties.

But the ambush is just the latest encroachment into Iraq of the bloody and protracted conflict to jeopardise its efforts to remain outside the fray.

The Syrian civil war “is a conflict with regional dimensions,” which particularly threatens religiously and ethnically mixed countries, such as Iraq and Lebanon, said political analyst Hamid Fadhel.

Monday’s ambush “will increase the danger of the conflict in Syria today, and is a clear message for all Iraqis that what is happening in Syria” has moved to Iraq, Fadhel said.

John Drake, an Iraq specialist with risk consulting firm AKE Group, said the ambush potentially marked a major escalation in the spillover of the conflict.

“If this was actually by Syrian rebels, it would be the biggest incursion into Iraqi territory since the start of the fighting in Syria,” he said, adding there might have been at least “some support from Iraqi nationals.”

“The fact that the (Syrian) victims entered Iraq for their safety could prompt the Syrian rebels to view Iraq and Iraqi interests as a potential threat to their effort,” he said.

“This could therefore lead to a rise in intent amongst some of the more radical anti-Assad groups to attack the Iraqi state.”

Iraq has been caught between conflicting pressures on the Syria conflict — its eastern neighbour, Iran, backs Assad, while the United States and many Arab states support his overthrow.

“If Iraq gets involved in the Syria conflict, it will be the beginning of a major armed sectarian explosion,” Shammari said.

Official reaction to the ambush highlighted Iraq’s fears of a spillover of the violence.

The defence ministry said a Syrian “terrorist group,” carried out the ambush, which it termed “an attack against the sovereignty of Iraq, its land and its dignity.”

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s spokesman, Ali Mussawi, said: “This confirms our fears of the attempt of some to move the conflict to Iraq, but we will face these attempts by all sides with all of our power.”


March 9th, 2013, 10:38 pm


MarigoldRan said:

Revenire is a retard and an idiot. Just stating the obvious. For one thing, he posts 12-16 hours a day. The moron is a total loser.

March 9th, 2013, 10:41 pm


ann said:

Kerry Announces Renewed Effort Against Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry has signaled that the global elite are ready to up the ante in Syria and Iran. On Monday, following meetings in Saudi Arabia, Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told reporters at a news conference the United States and the Saudi kingdom will work together to overthrow the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria

“The United States will continue to work with our friends to empower the Syrian opposition to hopefully be able to bring about a peaceful resolution, but if not, to increase pressure on Assad,” Kerry said.

Kerry also attended a meeting held in Kazakhstan of the so-called P5+1 and Iranian officials where Iran’s nuclear program was discussed. During high-level session, the Secretary of State issued a veiled threat to the Iranians.

Last week Kerry said the United States will provide “non-lethal assistance” to al-Qaeda in Syria. Britain and France, two trusted players in the globalist effort to change the political landscape of the Middle East, are expected to soon announce they will provide what the establishment media describes as “defensive military equipment” to the Free Syrian Army, the mercenary paramilitary force dominated by al-Qaeda.

Kerry’s announcement is a moot point – the CIA, through its Turkish intermediary and the British and U.S. intelligence asset the Muslim Brotherhood, have provided al-Qaeda with automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and antitank weapons paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in their effort to unseat the Shia regime in Damascus.The CIA has refused to comment on its aid to the FSA and al-Qaeda. According to FSA commander Abdel al-Salam Tabsah, the al-Nusra Front (an al-Qaeda affiliate) receives financial and logistical support from more “democratic” elements within the paramilitary coalition are denied.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, the al-Nusra Front consists of al-Qaeda in Iraq members. It is widely considered the best trained and most ruthless of the Syrian rebels. In January, 2010, the State Department admitted the presence of al-Qaeda in Syria. In order to maintain the illusion that the U.S. opposes the presence of al-Qaeda in Syria, in December the State Department blacklisted the jihadist rebel group as a foreign terror organization linked to al- Qaeda in Iraq.

Al-Nusra has carried out a number of suicide bombings targeting the Syrian government and civilians. In March, 2010, the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said the attacks “had all the earmarks of an al-Qaeda-like attack.” He also said “so we believe al-Qaeda in Iraq is extending its reach into Syria.” Al-Nusra is also responsible for murdering journalists, attacking a television station in the town of Drousha, and has vowed to take down commercial aircraft over Syria.

John Kerry is a trusted globalist asset. He is a top-level Council on Foreign Relation operative and a Skull and Bones member who is part of the Boston Brahmin Forbes family that has historically intermarried with ruling elite families like the Winthrops, Lowells, Cabots, and Emersons.

His predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, had famously paid tribute to the CFR and acknowledged that the State Department takes direct orders from the globalist organization.


March 9th, 2013, 10:46 pm


ann said:

529. revenire

They look like the United Nations of cold blooded mercenary islamist terrorist killers!

March 9th, 2013, 11:30 pm


revenire said:

Ann you are correct. It is a UN of Terrorism. No way they’re Syrians. They appear to be some species of rodent foreign to Syria.

They don’t look very scary dead do they? 🙂

March 9th, 2013, 11:49 pm


Ghufran said:

In the name of having an honest dialogue, and I still believe there are still reasonable voices on SC, I would like to repeat, for the new comers at least, what I have been saying since I discovered SC last year:
I am a supporter of giving Islamists who believe in freedom an equal seat in any future government,the problem with many, if not most, Islamists is that they want to dominate and they think everybody else is not worthy of freedom.
I never liked the Syrian regime, my family paid a price for not supporting the regime, none of them was killed,yet, but half a dozen went to prison for being non Baathists, many others were deprived of the opportunity to prosper for not being part of the Assad mafia.
Opposing the regime does not equal advocating violence or kiiling every army officer, those people are mostly victims and they have families too , most Syrians, alawis or not, want to live in dignity and let others live in dignity too.
Israel was and still is Syria’s strategic enemy, that will only change when Israel gives back what they stole, Iran and turkey are not now agents for a positive change, foreigners are only after protecting their interests not that of Syria’s , however, in politics there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends, in that sense syrians should do what is best for Syria regardless if that suits others or not.
Khalijis are Bedouins with money , they should sit on their oil money and leave others alone, I think Qatari sheikhs in particular are today as dangerous as alqaida , those who defend the GCC are doing so out of anger or ignorance, most Syrians are not made from the same fabric as the HBJs and their pimps.
Finally, the regime has no future in Syria , but supporters of a secular state and non violent Baathists should not be left out in the cold just because Assad was a bad leader, freedom and democracy are empty slogans if they are only offered to ” god chosen” people.

March 9th, 2013, 11:52 pm


Ghufran said:

Moaz :
( it is long but worth reading)
الاخوة والاخوات الاكارم
سلام الله عليكم جميعا وبعد:
أرجو أن تكونوا، بخير واعتذر منكم جميعاً عن حضور الاجتماع القادم والذي لم أسأل عنه أصلا، وذلك لوجود ضغوط شديدة في الوقت، وافوض الاخت السيدة سهير الاتاسي برئاسة الاجتماع.
سأكتب رسالة مطولة لشرح بعض الامور لاحقاً، ولكني اضع بعض النقاط على الحروف هنا.
يقول الحكماء من صحت بدايته صحت نهايته.
اكرر ما ذكرته لاحقاً: الدول الكبرى والصغرى يهمها شيء واحد هو مصالحها، وليس هناك جدية بحجم الخطر لانهاء المشكلة في سورية.
السبيل الوحيد لتفادي آثار هذا الامر هو الالتصاق بالناس، وهو ليس كافياً فلا بد من رؤية صحيحة معه.
هذا امر يحتاج إلى عمل طويل نتساعد به كلنا.
بعض الخطوات العجولة تعطي نتائج ظاهرية ايجابية ولكنها تحمل في اعماقها بذور سلبيات عديدة.
الذي اراه صواباً ما يلي: ان ما نقوم به اليوم شيء خطير جداً (بمعنى هام جدا) في مصير سورية كلها،والحماسة المفرطة لا تغني عن التفكير الدقيق، وحرصا على استقرار سورية التي هي في الخلاصة أهم من أي شيء آخر لذا اقترح ما يلي:
– التشاور الدقيق حول الاولويات ضمن مصلحة السوريين وليس الدفع من قبل اي طرف، فنيل مقعد في الجامعة مهم كمكسب سياسي، ولكنه ليس هدفا، فتأجيله أسابيع لن تكون معه خسارة، وليس صحيحا ان نندفع وراء تشكيل الحكومة.. بحيث ننسى ما هو أهم: اذا لم تشكلوا حكومة فلن تحصلوا على المقعد!! واذا لم تشكلوا الائتلاف لن تحصلوا على كذا مليون دولار من أموال النظام.. ويمكنكم سؤال العسكريين عن التعامل المالي معهم.. يجب ان نرتب نحن اولوياتنا..
– موضوع الحكومة نفسه مشكل فمن يمثل كل من في الائتلاف ليشكل حكومة بإسم كل السوريين؟ هذا الامر يمكن تجاوزه بضم عشرات القوى الاسلامية والوطنية والعلمانية، والتي ستحصن اي عمل سياسي وكلنا نعرف ان لجنة العضوية لم تجتمع يوما ولم تدرس اي حالة، لذا فالبداية من عندها.
– لا بد من وجود ممثلين مدنيين عن الجسم العسكري وانهاء حالة الانفصام الموجودة، فنحن جسم ثوري يحيط بهم.
(مطلوب التصويب لقبول أو رفض الجهات الاعتبارية أو الشخصيات الوطنية التي ترغب بالانضمام للائتلاف). كما ان تمثيل المرآة معيب حقيقة ومن اول يوم ونحن نتحدث عن ذلك، ولولا المرآة السورية لما وقفت الثورة على قدميها اصلا، وهناك العشرات من القوى النسائية من الداخل يجب اخذها بعين الاعتبار.
– بعد ذلك لا بد من هيئة سياسية، فليس مقبولا هذا الوضع بحال، اذا تصرف رئيس الائتلاف انهال عليه اللوم، واذا لم يتصرف بقينا ي وضع حرج، واذا طالب من اول يوم بوجود هيئة تم افشالها 3 مرات ثم الرابعة في آخر اجتماع. (مطلوب تحديد هيئة سياسية).
– وجود سلطة مهم جدا ولكن من قال انها فقط يمكن ان تكون باسم حكومة؟ فلتكن باسم السلطة التنفيذية او الوطنية او غير ذلك مما يحقق الهدف منها وهو دفع الفوضى والتفلت عن المناطق المحررة والابتعاد عن محذوراتها كالفشل الذي لا يجوز ان يحصل والاخطر هو حصول تقسيم لسورية. (مطلوب اعادة التصويت على ذلك).
– من هم جميع المرشحين؟ واين هي سيرهم الذاتية؟! هل سنعمل بطريقة السلق؟!! وخلال ساعات سيتم التصويت على عدة اشخاص لا يدري الكثيرون عنهم شيئا.. ( لا يجوز ادراج اي اسم لم يرسل اسمه من قبل، للتفكير في صلاحه قبل الجميع).
– هذه السلطة لا يجوز بحال ان تبقى من دون هيئة تراقب اعمالها، وهي هيئة الائتلاف السياسية على الاقل والا صارت تحت رحمة من سيدفع رواتب اعضائها. ولا اريد ان اشرح الآن اكثر.
– الخطاب السياسي يجب ان يأخذ دوره ويدعم الارض ولا يغرق في التنظير الثوري، ويجب احراج النظام به، وتجنيب البلد المزيد من الخسائر والدما. (ما هو الخطاب للداخل؟).
– جلسة اختيار السلطة او ما يدعوه اخوة آخرون حكومة (وهو اقتراح لم اصوت معه) هي حق للشعب السوري ولا يجوز ان تتم بغياب عنه وهي ليست امرا داخليا ولا سريا، وبالتالي فيجب ان يعرف السوريون كل دقائقها ويجب دعوة الاعلام العالمي لحضورها (يطلب اعتماد هذا البند).
اطلب من الامانة العامة ادراج البنود اعلاه في جدول لضرورتها…
واخيرا اقول اننا جميعا او اكثرنا عملنا في الليل والنهار واعرف ان البعض لا ينام الا قليلا من اجل انجاح الائتلاف والذي لا يجوز ان يخفق ولا يلغى فقد تعبنا جميعا في صناعته وتثبيته، واقول ان اي طرف وانا اولكم عندما يخالف ما يجري في الائتلاف قناعاته، فليتمسك بما يراه الحق وليفسح لباقي اخوانه الطريق.
ارجو لكم كامل التوفيق مع وافر الاحترام والتقدير..

March 10th, 2013, 12:10 am


ann said:

Syria spirals into more conflicts as anti-gov’t unrest nears two years – 2013-03-08

DAMASCUS, March 8 (Xinhua) — Syrian troops and opposition fighters were locked in clashes near the Golan Heights in Syria’s southern province of Daraa Thursday, a day after rebels abducted 21 UN peacekeepers.

The fighting erupted near the village of Jamlah, about one km from the Israeli-controlled territory, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

On Wednesday, around 30 gunmen detained 21 Filipino peacekeepers in Jamlah, urging the government to stop bombardment and withdraw troops, according to activists of the “Martyrs of Yarmouk” rebel brigade which had claimed responsibility for the capture.

The UN mission have been monitoring a ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for some four decades. The abduction has been a sign that Syria’s violence might spread out of its borders, as it nears its second anniversary.

UN Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the abduction and demanded the immediate release of the peacekeepers — three officers and 18 enlisted men. The Philippine authorities also condemned the act, calling it a “gross violation of international law.”

Meanwhile, in Syria’s north, President Bashar al-Assad’s forces carried out airstrikes against the city of al-Raqqa near the border with Turkey, which had fallen into the hands of rebels a day earlier.

The rebels are believed to have the provincial governor in captive. The seizure of al-Raqqa could be the opposition’s biggest victory on the ground since the start of the anti-government movement in March 2011.

However, Syria’s Al-Watan daily reported that rebels captured only “several districts” of al-Raqqa, not the whole city.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party sent a delegation to the Syria capital of Damascus to meet with Assad in an apparent display of support for the embattled administration.

The delegation expressed “the Turkish people’s rejection of interfering in Syria’s internal affairs and keenness for establishing good neighborly relations,” the Turkish media reported.


March 10th, 2013, 12:14 am


Visitor said:

Ghufran @532,

I am going to take this comment of yours at face value for the time being, and attempt not to ridicule it as usual, even though I disagree with your descriptions of some of what you call foreigners.  I can live with that for now just for the sake of the argument.

Here’s a counter argument for what you proposed.  Due to the extremely bad and negative experience that Syrians and other Middle Eastern Arabs had with so-called western secularism (imported as you may well know from foreign cultures by few elites who did not have the best interests of ordinary folks at heart) during the last century or so, present day so-called secularists may adhere to such ideas only on the personal level.  They would not seek to impose such system on the society as a whole in order not to repeat the errors of the past.  Since Islam is the predominant faith and the well-established belief system among the vast majority of the people, then it would remain unchallenged and public policy shall never contradict its tenets.  As you may well know, ordinary Syrians have displayed unshaken adherence to the dominant faith especially during their conduct of the war.

Can you, as a presumed secularist, live with these conditions if your personal freedoms are respected based on the above?

In order not to feel betrayed by my proposal, I need to remind you that western secularism emerged as a need to specific conditions which prevailed in Europe at some point in history.  Islamic history never at any point in time created such conditions as existed in Europe when such secularism became warranted.  I am just repeating this, which I already mentioned in previous comment some time ago, so as to help you consider the merits of what I stated above and in order to maintain honesty.


March 10th, 2013, 12:37 am


Observer said:

There is no such thing as Syria Alathad. A new Syria is coming to the fore. In what form and how and after how much sacrifice I do not know. But sitting in an office in Damascus no longer means that there is such a thing as a Syrian State run by a boy prethident.

The borders are no longer secure, the airports are shut down, the currency has no back up reserves or gold, the oil export is nil, the tourism is dead, the country is being pounded to dust in militia revenge attacks without any strategic thinking.

Securing a road to the coast is the only remaining action at this stage.

Man’a is going to Laughvrov for a photo op as he pontificates about this or that. In the meantime the regime is losing one base at a time and the region is going to explode.

March 10th, 2013, 12:38 am


Syrian said:

Homs today’s deads Shabihs after they tried to inter khalideyah again

March 10th, 2013, 12:45 am


revenire said:

Observer the SAA has saved you a “place in the sun” too. You won’t win any battles on SC. Go ahead ‘holy warrior’ and collect your virgins.

March 10th, 2013, 12:46 am


ghufran said:

I am sorry to see that some of you are posting videos of dead bodies as if that is supposed to make some readers feel better or learn something they did not know, youth sometimes comes with militancy and little regard for standards, this forum gains nothing from posting those videos.

March 10th, 2013, 1:11 am


Badr said:

Another casualty of the civil war

Syria’s priceless heritage under attack

It feels cruel to talk of bricks and mortar while children freeze in unsanitary refugee camps, and yet these sites and treasures matter to everyone on the planet, and they matter particularly to Syrians, who will rely on them as the mainstay of their economy whenever peace is restored.
. . .
When the war ends Syria’s treasures will be the foundations on which a shredded national identity can be rebuilt. Just as importantly, the tourists who were once drawn to Syria by the extraordinary heritage will return.

Tourism was vital to the Syrian economy and the only sector in which, before the war, massive growth was a realistic prospect.

If Syria’s soul is to be healed, it needs its treasures, and if Syria’s wrecked economy and impoverished people are to recover, its magical sites, and the tourists they attract, will play a central part.

March 10th, 2013, 1:13 am


AIG said:


In your Syria, would a person be allowed to say publicly and publish a book arguing that Islam is false and that Mohammed is not a prophet at all? Or would he end up in jail or worse?

In the end, that is the crux of the matter. Without tolerance Syria will be a failure as a country. I have no problem with religious parties at all. I do have a problem with the state limiting what you can or cannot say or research or publish. If the Sunni majority wants a religion leaning state, that is fine. But if that means limiting what people can say or do in their own home, Syria will again spiral into chaos.

March 10th, 2013, 1:43 am


mjabali said:

1- Islam is not one whole unit so some can claim that Islam is dominant in the Middle Ease. There are millions that follow different sects from within Islam, and those sects do not respect or consider the other Musims, so which type of Islam are we talking about here: Sunni, Shia? If we are talking about Sunni Islam: are we talking about Wahabis, Malikis, Sufis, Hanafis….etc

2- Sunni Muslims do not follow the same ideas; they may meet in some goals, but they vary.

3- Secularism was never been imposed in the Middle East. The Colonial powers left the area and left constitutions that emulated the Western ones a little, but still has Islam as its main source taking away the rights of other religious groups. There was a quasi state of secularism. The state, which was a monarchy or an army dictatorship, maintained the religious establishment and relied on it whenever they needed. Countries like Jordan, Sadat…etc…al-Assad made secular policies, but also destroyed all the parties that could pose a challenge to the Religious parties that are emerging strongly now.

4- Seculars of today should make parties to organize. There are lots of people in the Middle East whom do want a secular state because of many reasons.

5- Contrary to what Visitor said: the Middle East needs secularism even if it did not experience the same exact conditions as Europe. You do not need the same exact conditions to bring Secularism. You should look at the needs of the civil societ, plus the political landscape. Secularism is simple and it means human rights to all citizens. Islam never was a fair religion: someone has to pay the Muslims for something and that person should never rule making Islam and human rights at odds. Remember: the Muslims do not live by themselves and they have to interact with others. A global legal system should emerge.

6- Also: write this down Visitor: Europe chose Secularism because there were enough people who wanted equality. Secularism meant equality for the citizens of the state, other than meaning the separation between religion and state. Because, when you keep religion at home and equal all citizens in the public space you achieve the heart and soul of Secularism. Most Sunni in countries like: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan, Somalia, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan do not want equality. Many of the Sunnis also want Secularism and living according to a new modern law. The problem here is that the Sunnis had became the majority and they want the minorities who live with them in the same space to eat, sleep and shut up. There is no space for equality even though Islam talks about equality in many instances, how come we have Muslims today who do not want to apply any rule that equals all?
Can anyone enlighten us about al-Nusra plans for the future?

7- There is no tranquility in the Middle East except with Secularism.

March 10th, 2013, 1:51 am


Visitor said:

“541. AIG said:


In the end, that is the crux of the matter. Without tolerance Syria will be a failure as a country. I have no problem with religious parties at all. I do have a problem with the state limiting what you can or cannot say or research or publish. If the Sunni majority wants a religion leaning state, that is fine. But if that means limiting what people can say or do in their own home, Syria will again spiral into chaos.”


Define what you mean by tolerance.

Are you a believing and practicing Jew?

March 10th, 2013, 3:14 am


ghufran said:

one thing for sure,there will not be any poetry festival in Idleb in Decemeber this year on Basel’s anniversary:
كنا نُدعى، بعضُ الأصدقاء الأدباء وأنا، لإقامة أمسيات أدبية في المراكز الثقافية المنتشرة في المناطق التابعة لمحافظة إدلب، وأحياناً ندعى إلى مراكز ثقافية في محافظات أخرى.
وكنا نرفض تلبية أية دعوة تصادف في شهر آذار/ مارس تلافياً لمناسبة الثامن من آذار (انقلاب البعث 1963).. أو في نيسان أبريل، درءاً لشبهة الاحتفال بعيد ميلاد حزب البعث، (1947 أو في تشرين الثاني (نوفمبر) لئلا يضمنا المحتفلون بالحركة التصحيحية (16/11/1970) إلى قطيعهم..
وكنا نعتمد في رفضنا الاشتراك في هاتيك الأمسيات أسلوب المراوغة.. لأن المصارحة، في تلك الأيام، لم تكن تؤدي إلى بر الأمان.
مرة، دعينا، في شهر كانون الأول / ديسمبر، إلى أمسية في إحدى المدن التابعة لمحافظة إدلب.. ونحن نعلم أن هذا الشهر (نظيف) تماماً من المناسبات، فلبينا الدعوة بلا تردد.
كان يحضر أمسياتنا، في الأحوال العادية، خمسون شخصاً تقريباً.. ولكننا فوجئنا، أثناء دخولنا قاعة المركز الثقافي، بوجود عدد كبير من الجمهور، قد يصل إلى ثلاثمئة شخص، وبينهم، خلافاً للعادة، سيدات.. وفوجئنا، أيضاً، أننا لم نكن وحدنا، فثمة شاعر مغمور من أبناء المدينة نفسها، اسمه (مصطفى ق) قد أدرج اسمه معنا..
المفاجأة الأكبر كانت حينما صعد الأستاذ محمد مدير المركز وقدم للأمسية قائلاً إنها أقيمت بمناسبة مرور ثلاث سنوات على استشهاد الرائد الركن المظلي الفارس الذهبي باسل حافظ الأسد.. وقدم الشاعر (مصطفى ق) ليكون فاتحة خير في هذه الأمسية المظفرة.
التفت إلي صديقي الأديب الراحل تاج الدين الموسى وقال لي:
– تعرضنا لمقلب مرتب بطريقة لئيمة.. فإذا بقينا جالسين هنا ستتمرغ أسماؤنا بالوحل، وأنا شخصياً بدأت، من الآن، أذوب خجلاً من نفسي.. وإذا انسحبنا سنكون في الصباح ضيوفاً غير أعزاء على فرع الأمن العسكري، لأنهم سيعتبرون انسحابنا موقفاً سلبياً من ذلك الفتى الشهم الذي استشهد وهو يقود سيارته بسرعة 280 كيلومتر في الساعة على طريق المطار. ما رأيك؟
همست له: أسماؤنا نظيفة إلى درجة أن عشرين موقفاً فجائياً كهذا لا يستطيع تلويثها.. دعنا نتابع لنرى.
قبل أن يباشر الشاعر مصطفى ق بإلقاء قصيدته قال:
– الحقيقة يا شباب، أنا، يوم استشهد الرفيق الرائد الركن المظلي المهندس باسل الأسد، تأثرتُ كثيراً، لأن يد الموت قد اختطفته وهو في ريعان الصبا، وفي أوج العطاء.. فكان استشهاده خسارة للوطن العربي السوري والأمتين العربية والإسلامية في آن معاً..
وأثناء إلقائه للقصيدة، وهي مؤلفة من مئة بيت (عدا الفراطة)، حصل الموقف المضحك المبكي الغريب التالي: السيد مصطفى ق.. انفلت ببكاء مرير.. تَشَهْشَهَ، مسح دموعه، ومسح منخاره، وتمالك نفسه، واستعاد رباطة جأشه، وأكمل القصيدة، دون بكاء فعلي، ولكن، بصوت باك!
انتهى مصطفى ق من الإلقاء، ونزل عن المنبر، واتجه ليجلس على أح الكراسي الشاغرة.. ووقتها حصل أمر مدهش آخر.. إذ دخل فريق الفضائية السورية الذي كان يقوم بجولة في المنطقة، وسمع بأمسيتنا فجاء يغطيه..
وبينما أنا أهمسُ لصديقي تاج:
– (الآن أصبحت فضيحتنا بجلاجل)!.. كان مصطفى ق يهمس لمدير المركز قائلاً: أيرضيك يا محمد؟ يرضيك أن أقوم أنا بكل هذه الجهود، وأبكي مثل الأرملة المقطوعة.. ولا تظهر صورتي غداً على الفضائية السورية؟.. أرجوك يا محمد، أبوس رجلك، دعني ألقي قصيدتي مرة ثانية.
لم يكن مدير أقل تفاهة من الشاعر، وسرعان ما استجاب لتوسلاته، وقدمه للجمهور مرة ثانية، موضحاً أن من حق مصطفى أن يحظى بنصيبه من (التصوير) أثناء القراءة!
ألقى مصطفى ق قصيدته مرة أخرى، وحينما وصل إلى موقع البكاء على الغالي باسل، لم تطاوعه الدموع.. حاول كثيراً، عصر نفسه، دون جدوى!!..ههنا شرع أحد الأصدقاء يمط جسده فوق جيرانه حتى وصل إلي وهمس في أذني قائلاً:
– ابن الكلب.. ماذا جرى معه؟ قبل قليل كان يبكي مثل أم ثكلت ابنَها.. الظاهر أن دمعته احترقت!.. تفوه عليه من بين الشعراء!

(Khatib Badleh)

March 10th, 2013, 3:34 am


Badr said:

What’s the big deal?

“the arab-israeli conflict is a side-show. A disagreement over a few square miles and a few square meters in the Old City.”

and a small change, i.e. the fate of a couple millions of refugees.

March 10th, 2013, 3:56 am


Citizen said:

.Today, stockpiles of Yugoslav armaments are sent to Syrian militants by Croatia.
Stockpiles of East German armaments were sent to Croatian separatists by Germany from 1991 to 1995…

Today US-British Al Qaeda Airlift: 3,000 Tons of Weapons Fuel Syria’s Destruction
Putin go ahead !

March 10th, 2013, 4:24 am


Visitor said:

Can anyone take you seriously Mr. Jabali?

Based on your past behaviour(s),  I highly doubt it.

Nevertheless here is what you need to look at:

1). The elites who were responsible for importing western secularism that I mentioned in my previous comment were not the colonial powers.  These were mostly men of literature who emerged during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in the orient as well as in Egypt.  They were mostly tutored by orientalists, and in some cases they were literary men who are commonly referred to as the emigrant literary figures, and sometimes they are called the renaisance men of literature.  There were few of them from Greater Syria and few from Egypt.  I will give you the example of Taha Hussein who was tutored by Margolioth.  You would do well for your own benefits to research who Margolioth was and what he stood for in order to appreciate the effects of the orientalists.  

2). There was also the movement of Arab Nationalists that was incubated in the American University in Lebanon beginning the late nineteenth century.  This movement had the greatest impact on the development of Arab nationalism which resulted later in the so-called great Arab revolt.  The colonial powers had a completely different agenda than disseminating secular ideas. 

3).  Between WWI and WWII, nationalist ideas flooded the scene mostly as a result of emerging European nationalism, particularly Nazism.  Baathism evolved as a bastard child of Social Nationalism espoused by Syrian Nationalists who were mostly influenced by Nazis.  Baath amalgamated Arabism (see above fior incubating Arabism and the great revolt) and routed the social nationalists who became pariah ever since.

4). Europe DID NOT choose secularism at single atomic point in time.  In other words the Europeans didn’t have a switch to turn off church authority one night and woke up so-called secularists next morning.  It started as a movement and it continued up to the present day.  It eroded church authority one bit at a time.  Its successes in this regard varied from State to State.  Aside from present day Mullah-stan there was never an Islamic State which was ruled by religous figures in Muslim history.

5). Your assertion that the Middle East (or where Arabs dominate that are by in large Sunnis) will never experience tranquility except through secularism  is FALSE.  The  proof is unfolding right in front of our own eyes.  The current upheavals are the consequence of the failure of imposing (by the elite and those who attempted to use their ideas) of an imported system which is not suitable for the mainstream.  Tranquility did not result from this costly one century long experiment.  Quite the opposite,  It was a very bad social experiment and it is not worth repeating.  The society must evolve based on its own experiences and history.   We do not have a switch to turn things on or off at will just as Europe did not have one.

6). One may argue that early Muslims practiced their own version secularism, which was not necessarily the curent European/western version, within the confines of Islamic tenets.  See point 4 above.

7). Your assertions about Sunnis to being of different understandings regarding the faith are FALSE, and it is fully understand why.  It is not worth exploring further because of the well known prejudices that you entertain being a member of a minority group.  In fact, we are not even sure you understand anything about Sunnism.

March 10th, 2013, 4:24 am



Resounding victory for the regime’s mafia militia in Homs. Having listened to the repeated calls for murder from the retards on SC, the regime mafia militia makes significant strategic progress in Homs by losing control of Baba-Amr and much of Insha’at neighborhood. AIG should now have his answers regarding the strategic success of the buffoon athad and his mafia militia.

Remember that for the retards…
Defeat is victory
Slavery is freedom

March 10th, 2013, 6:10 am


annie said:

Bless you Hamster 548 in this cesspool of hate and insults.

March 10th, 2013, 6:18 am


Syrialover said:

Very interesting. Frank comments on a range of issues by Moaz Al-Khatib and Monzer Makhous (a prominent Alawite member of the Coalition) in a long meeting with a group of Turkish journalists.

Their view of Iran’s central role in the Syrian crisis is spelt out, along with Russia’s, (both counties are giving Bashar Assad “bad advice”) and they explain the motives for involvement by those countries. They also discuss what they believe has been driving America’s stance on Syria.

Moaz answers questions on whether he thinks there will be an Alawite state formed, the future of the jihadi elements now fighting in Syria and a range of other topics.

He also discusses what is needed for a resolution and expresses a vision of a united Syria where minorities are treated equally.

March 10th, 2013, 6:40 am



Is there any way to confirm the accuracy of this letter, claimed to be from Mr. Khatib. There are so many things that one needs to think about in this letter.

March 10th, 2013, 6:56 am



SYRIAN!!! @ 501

501. SYRIAN said:

انجازات الجيش السوري الحر اليوم في كافة ارجاء سوريا :

1- تحرير الفرقة 17 في الرقة و بانتظار اكتمال التحرير و التمشيط و الفرحة تعم شوارع الرقة

2- تحرير اللواء 113 في دير الزور للدفاع الجوي و غنائم ثقليه و خفيفة منوعه ، و تحرير حي الصناعه في المدينة

3- تحرير الفوج 137 للمدفعية في خان الشيح بريف دمشق

4- الجيش الحر يسيطر على المحطة الحرارية في زيزون في جسر الشغور في ادلب.

5- درعا : الجيش السوري الحر يسيطر على الطريق الدولي بين دمشق ودرعا ويعلنها منطقة عسكرية ، و استمرار حصار اللواء 38 في صيدا و اسقاط ميغ

6-الجيش الحر يسيطر على اللواء 68 في منطقة دروشا في الغوطة الغربية بريف دمشق

Let me first translate

Accomplishments of the Free Syrian Army today (yesterday)

1. Liberation of Division 17 near raqqa, and in anticipation of full liberation, mopping operations continue. Happiness spread throughout the streets of Raqqa

2. Liberation of Brigade 113 (Air-defense) in deyr-ezzor, capture of variety of heavy and light caliber weapons , and the liberation of the Industry (sina’a) neighborhood in the city

3. Liberation of brigade 137 (Artillery) in Khan-Alsheeh in Damascus countryside.

4. FSA overtakes the Thermoelectric power plant in Zeyzoon, Jisr-Alshughoor, in Idlib

5. In Daraa, FSA controles the international highway between Damascus and Daraa, and declares the highway a military zone. Continuation of the seige on Brigade 38 in Saida, and the downing of a Mig.

6. FSA controls Brigade 69 in Drousha area in the western Ghouta in Damascus Countryside.

It is disappointing that after all this time, we, the rats haven’t learned to see things the way the retards have been trying to teach us for long time. All what you have listed, Sir, are nothing but strategic successes of the regime’s sectarian mafia militia. We, the rats, should stop propagandizing and see things the way retards wants the world to see them.

Remember…in athad’s Farm
(which seems to now inhabit only the empty cavities of the retards’ heads)

Defeat is victory
Slavery is freedom.

As such, and adding the events in Homs today, one can say that the regime sectarian mafia militia is on a strategic roll

March 10th, 2013, 8:08 am


majedkhaldoun said:

War changes everything,
During this revolution we all witness people who were calling themselves secularist,now they support and join religious group, ,the FSA groups(Kata-eb or brigades) are increasingly calling themselves islamic names and rallying more people to join them,(like liwaa tawheed,liwaa al Islam, kataeb al Farooq)even christians now defend jabhet AlNusra(michael Kilo,and George Sabra),
some of us here in SC never before this revolution supported Moslem brotherhood, now wish JN win against Assad thugs,and NOW they are called salafists.
We should never forget that this revolution is for freedom and dignity, for justice,it is not for religion versus secularism, nor it was for sectarianism

March 10th, 2013, 8:33 am


majedkhaldoun said:

I said Syria will be built again in ten years, you called me bombastic,and unrealistic,
Did you forget Germany it was destroyed after WWII,and the same as Japan, they both rebuilt their counties and now they are super power economically.
The military budget is waste of moneywhen you reduce it your economy gets better

March 10th, 2013, 8:42 am


annie said:

BLESS YOU hamster !

March 10th, 2013, 9:02 am


Akbar Palace said:


AIG has stated previously that he is ATHEIST, but identifies himself as part of the Jewish people and that he “relates” to their “laws” and customs. He has Israeli citizenship.

FYI, there is no official religion in Israel.

There are, however, religiously affiliated political parties in Israel. Both Jewish and Muslim.

Most Israelis consider themselves as “secular”.

March 10th, 2013, 9:11 am


zoo said:

“under God commands” Islamists move to take up administration of east Syria

Rebel groups including the jihadist Al-Nusra Front have set up a religious council to administer affairs in the east of Syria which is mostly under their control, a rights watchdog said on

“God commanded the Islamic battalions to form a religious council in the east to administer the affairs of the people and fill a security gap,” the groups said in a statement distributed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The council will include several offices charged with functions including justice, policing and emergency services, the statement said.

The city of Raqqa, home to a half million people before Syria’s uprising, could prove a test case for how rebels administer areas they capture. The rebel groups that led the battle for the city are strongly Islamist, some of them extremists, and videos released over the weekend indicate some fighters have summarily executed prisoners.

March 10th, 2013, 9:15 am


zoo said:

#533 Ghufran

This letter confirms the guy is a preacher and an idealist, not a leader. He is dreaming when he is calling the debate on the election to be public. It doubt it will happen as it may expose to Syrians the deep divisions, the difference of ideologies, the selfishness and the bigotry of many members of the coalition and may divide the Syrians even more.

I still hope that meeting takes place on Tuesday and not be postponed again ‘for technical reasons’. I also hope it actually elects someone as a PM and not just decide that it will be done at later time.
The opposition has been a disaster in managing the protests movement and the controlling the violence that ensued, it is time they show they are a serious contender for taking the lead of Syria.
If they don’t then the Syrians should ask them to move aside.

March 10th, 2013, 9:34 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Would Bashar go back to visit Baba Amr today?,it is back in rebels hand

March 10th, 2013, 9:39 am


zoo said:

What Does the US Want in Syria?

While Israeli interests are paramount in US Middle East policy, including towards Egypt, the better theory is that the goals of Washington and Tel Aviv are aligned in removing Assad. To this end, for the US, the best of all worlds is to accelerate regime change, paradoxically through Salafi and jihadi military gains, precisely in order to stem and weaken the growing power of these elements in Syria caused by protracted war, argues Issa Khalaf.

Reports in the first days of March confirmed this interpretation of US goals: Washington wants Assad out, news analyses said, and is hoping that the Islamists would make this inevitable with gains in Damascus.
Thus, the US will look the other way at Islamists and al-Nusra in particular as long as they attack and wear down the city of Damascus, all the while hoping to unify and strengthen the Free Syrian Army as a counterweight.
In the past couple of weeks, the US and the rebels have smelled blood. This and the Arab League’s decision to unequivocally support the SNC and arm the rebels at all costs—including giving the SNC the task of forming a government at a scheduled meeting in Istanbul next week with the promise of rewarding them Syria’s seat in the League—has buoyed the opposition.
It may well be that a great insurgent push to gain and consolidate further territory is in the making as a prelude to negotiations with a greatly weakened regime, though total regime defeat is the preferred outcome.

Unfortunately, US policy in Syria is driven by one overriding goal: bring to power a compliant regime run either by the SMB or, preferably, by secularly leaning leaders and elites ready to align to and subordinate themselves with Washington, exactly like the Palestinian Authority has done. To that end, its policy of felling the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, conceived years before the Syrian conflict erupted is perceived as a critical pathway towards weakening if not destroying Iran’s allies, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas. The US wants Syria in its orbit, a client at peace with Israel on Washington-Tel Aviv terms.

March 10th, 2013, 9:46 am


revenire said:

No government being formed:

1246 GMT: Opposition. The opposition Syrian National Coalition has postponed a meeting to form a provisional government.

The Coalition meeting to elect a provisional Prime Minister has been moved from Tuesday to 20 March, but may not be held even then, according to sources.

Coalition member Kamal al-Labwani, a veteran opposition figure who spent nine years as a political prisoner, said the opposition was split over the merits of forming government, with some preferring to wait to see if United Nations mediator Lakhdar Brahimi’s efforts to form a transitional government as part of a political compromise succeed.

Others wanted to form a government immediately to pre-empt any deal that could see Assad remaining in power, Labwani said.

March 10th, 2013, 9:54 am


revenire said:

Would Bashar go back to visit Baba Amr today?,it is back in rebels hand”

Only on Twitter.

March 10th, 2013, 9:55 am


zoo said:

It seems that US has finally found their strategy in Syria: They’ll help their two enemies, the Salafists and the Syrian regime fight each other to death.
Their goal is that they’ll weaken each other to the point of becoming obedient to the US middle east policy of protecting Israel and the oil countries. Then the winner will be dealt with militarily with Obama’s drones, like in Yemen and Afghanistan.
The US just don’t care about the human disaster this is causing.
As usual for imperialistic countries, the goal justifies the means.

Obama’s foreign policy seems even more vicious than Bush’s because it is hypocritical. I am starting to think that Obama is another sulphurous devil in disguise.

March 10th, 2013, 9:56 am


zoo said:

#560 Majie

When is Moaz Al Khatib going to preach in Raqqa?

March 10th, 2013, 9:59 am


zoo said:

If the AL has decided that Syria be open for weapons sent by anyone to help the opposition fight against their government, then Saudi Arabia is too.

Middle East Under Threat as Iran Encourages Shiite Uprising in Saudi Arabia

09 March 2013

Saudi Arabia’s anti-Shiite policies are leading the country closer to the worst clash of the Shiite and Sunni schools of thought in the history of the Kingdom, a clash which will branch throughout the rest of the Muslim world.

The Eastern Province (Ash-Sharq?yah), the largest province of Saudi Arabia, is dominated by a population of two million Shiites and is termed as a significant site of opposition against the Saudi monarchy. Sources have revealed that Saudi higher-ups have raised the prospect of a Shiite insurgency in the Eastern Province and accused Iran for supporting the unrest. The Saudi Government, including the King, recently held a meeting to lay out a strategy on diffusing the effects of any expected Shiite uprising in the Kingdom, as unrest has been fueled by Iran in retaliation for the Saudi support of the rebels against Bashir al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

March 10th, 2013, 10:06 am


revenire said:

Majekhauldon knows the army is shelling the rodents now. It is all over his terrorist Twitter feed. His rats haven’t taken anything – even Raqqa is not controlled by the terrorists.

The rats need their morale boosted constantly.

There is no news about them taking Damascus any longer. Nothing.

The SNC has postponed their government to March 20 (meaning – never).

It’s all failures for the terrorists sent by John Kerry.

I am still waiting for the FSA Air Force to appear. Tara said they had at least ten planes from the base they captured. LOL

March 10th, 2013, 10:07 am


Tara said:

Those who is obstructing the meeting should be exposed publicly.

Syria’s opposition postpones meeting to form government
Reuters – 51 mins ago

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syria’s opposition has postponed a meeting to form a provisional government, in the latest setback to opposition efforts to create an administration to take over if President Bashar al-Assad is ousted, coalition sources said on Sunday.

The Syrian National Coalition meeting to elect a provisional prime minister, which was due to be held on March 12 after being postponed once already, has been rescheduled for March 20, but it was uncertain it would be held even then, the sources said.

“We cannot afford a split over this issue any more. The revolution was not born chaotic,” said coalition member Kamal al-Labwani, a veteran opposition figure who spent nine years as a political prisoner after Assad took over from his father in 2000.
Labwani said the coalition was split in two over the merits of forming government, with some preferring to wait to see if U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi’s efforts to form a transitional government as part of a political compromise succeed.
Other wanted to form a government immediately to pre-empt any deal that could see Assad remaining in power, Labwani said.

A second coalition source said that the meeting could go ahead on March 20 and that even if only a small number of members attended they could approve a government with a simple majority.

Osama al-Qadi, an economist who leads an opposition taskforce drawing up plans for post-conflict economic recovery, has emerged as front-runner for the post of prime minister after former Prime Minister Riad Hijab, the highest-ranking civilian defector from Assad’s government, withdrew his candidacy.
Hijab had run into opposition from Islamists and liberals in the coalition over his former ties with Syria’s ruling elite.

March 10th, 2013, 10:10 am


zoo said:

IDF forces are on high alert in the Golan Heights as opposition forces begin to aim at a new target: Israel.

IDF forces are on high alert in the Golan Heights, carefully scrutinizing the border with Syria, as opposition forces begin to consider a new target: Israel.

Syrian rebels have penetrated the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating Syria from Israel. The status of the area respected by both Israel and Syria since the end of the Yom Kippur War, though both are technically still at war, is apparently respected no longer.

In a video posted Saturday on the Internet by Syrian opposition forces, the rebels are seen in the Syrian side of the Golan Heights DMZ, firing guns right next to a U.N. sign specifically stating the area is a demilitarized zone. Another, similar video shows the rebel forces traveling in a vehicle within the DMZ, with a spokesperson saying, “We are now in front of the occupied Golan, the blessed land sold by [former President] Hafez Assad. “For 40 years, not a single gunshot has been fired on this land. For 40 years not a single gunshot has been fired towards Israel,” the rebel spokesman added.

March 10th, 2013, 10:14 am


revenire said:

Where would they form a government? There isn’t one area they hold that isn’t under attack by MiGs or SAA soldiers. Can you imagine the SAA sending thousands of rockets into the new government offices?

I can.

I’d love it.

This is getting to be like a cartoon. I am making popcorn.

March 10th, 2013, 10:22 am


zoo said:

The Syrian government strategy: Encourage the Islamists fighters to confront Israel on the Golan?

To counter the USA strategy of pitting the Islamists extremists against the Syrian army, the Syrian government will probably want the Islamists to pit against Israel by pushing them toward the Syria-Israel border.
These fanatics can be easily manipulated by inside agents to believe that their ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel.
In this scenario, it is hoped that the Islamists, proud that this is the first confrontation of Sunni forces with Israel will call on all its forces to join in the attack of Israel.

If this happens, they will take a beating from the IDF. The FSA’s offensive power will weaken as they’ll may loose the Al Nusra fighters.

The UN observer incident maybe the first stept toward that strategy.

March 10th, 2013, 10:30 am


Hassan said:

Rats we will fu*ing catsrate your tiny dicks. Remember, the mighty b arrels of our Tanks and artilleries is equivalent to out long and bug dicks.

March 10th, 2013, 10:31 am


zoo said:

#570 Revenire

I think the “government” will stay in south Turkey, protected by NATO and they will use UK provided armoured car to pay occasional visits to the ‘liberated’ areas until they get a no-fly zone.
That is if they elect a government on Tuesday.

March 10th, 2013, 10:36 am


Hassan said:

@ ZOO :

Israel and Islamists are on the same side. They are the same Anti-Christ and Anti-Syria. They like each other a lot. Why do you think they both have long filthy beards ?

The 4 Estates of the Anti-Syria :

Sunni Moslem Islamists
Protestant Americans and Brits

They all reject the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

March 10th, 2013, 10:36 am


AIG said:


You do realize that if anyone attacks Israel from the Golan, Israel will hold the Assad regime accountable? Especially after you admitted that it is a regime strategy. Just as Israel holds Lebanon accountable for Hezbollah attacks, Assad will be responsible whoever attacks from the Golan. If he claims to rule Syria, then he better make sure that no one from Syria attacks Israel.

March 10th, 2013, 10:40 am


Hassan said:

I developed the idea of the ” Four Estates of the Anti-Syria” above by getting ideas from some of my French right-wing friends. Apparently they have a concept of the “Three Estates of the Anti-France” ( Jews, Communists and Protestants).

March 10th, 2013, 10:41 am


Hassan said:


There will be full scale POGROMS against your Christ-killing people again after Holy Jerusalem is liberated by the Valiant Syrian Army. Have you had your daily dose of Christian blood with your bread yet ?

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and our Virgin Mary and all the Saints.

March 10th, 2013, 10:43 am


AIG said:


That you would not answer the question I asked is telling. I am repeating it here for your convenience:
In your Syria, would a person be allowed to say publicly and publish a book arguing that Islam is false and that Mohammed is not a prophet at all? Or would he end up in jail or worse?

“Tolerance” means allowing what the question above describes.

I am an atheist Jew and there are many like me in Israel. I have described what this means on this blog countless times so I will not bore everyone again.

March 10th, 2013, 10:45 am


Dolly Buster said:

567. revenire said:

There is no news about them taking Damascus any longer. Nothing.

But have you checked de blogs:

March 10th, 2013, 10:45 am


AIG said:


Of course there will be pogroms, we would not expect anything else from regime supporting low lifes. Thank you for putting on display the murderous intentions of the Assad regime and providing another good reason why Assad and his murderous gang need to go.

March 10th, 2013, 10:49 am


revenire said:

Bosnian Dolly you and I could write blogs too. They then give the writing to artists and sell the stories to little kids. They call them COMIC BOOKS.

March 10th, 2013, 11:21 am


revenire said:

AIG is tired, give him a break – he just sterilized 100 Palestinian girls.

March 10th, 2013, 11:22 am


Tara said:

I hope Al Nusra beats the shabeeha in Homs and teaches Batta a lesson he will not forget. Let the rebels give them another “strategic victory” to cherish.

March 10th, 2013, 11:23 am


revenire said:

Zoo you might be right about that.

I would love to see the government formed in a sewer because I am into RATS and RATS live in sewers. Our army could flood the sewer with poison and kill all the RATS.

March 10th, 2013, 11:24 am



Kindly please read the letter attributed to Mr. Al-Khatib . If it is from him, it indicates several reasons that should be addressed before talking about forming a government. Please note that cannibals (AKA retards), lusting for blood, are making a big fuss over it because they want to see the revolution being pushed by multiple sides.

However, local institutions are forming all over the liberated areas. Even in areas where the regime mafia militia continues to terrorize the people, councils are forming that ignore regime’s officials and setting foundations for liberation day. Raqqa is one example. There was a huge amount of groundwork that went before liberation day (practically it was hours). The regime mafia militia may have placed their sleeper terrorist cells in the city, who in compliance with the first-terrorist buffoon, may try to instigate some division in the city, but signs are that they will fail.

In other news from Aleppo countryside, honest real FSA battalions are facing up to the goals of the revolution and starting to mop up the countryside from the criminal murderers and drug smugglers released by the buffoon and who formed their own armed bandit bands to abuse the revolutions.

The thugs, from any side, are losing on every turn and the cannibals (AKA SC retards) are unhappy about that.

March 10th, 2013, 11:29 am


Visitor said:

” 578. AIG said:


That you would not answer the question I asked is telling. I am repeating it here for your convenience:
In your Syria, would a person be allowed to say publicly and publish a book arguing that Islam is false and that Mohammed is not a prophet at all? Or would he end up in jail or worse?

“Tolerance” means allowing what the question above describes.

I am an atheist Jew and there are many like me in Israel. I have described what this means on this blog countless times so I will not bore everyone again.”


You are quick to jump to conclusions, even though you knew full that I was waiting for answers from you to my two questions which you now answered. Thanks for that.

Back to your question, and here’s the answer:

You can say whatever you want in the new Syria provided you abide by the conditions described in my comment 535 which was addressed to Ghufran.

I also need to remind you that you regularly skip answering any questions/issues that do not fit your argument. For example you did not address the following in 490,

“You did not offer any insights on the immediate issues on hand. Please go back and read my previous comment.”

The above of course was a reminder of issues raised in a previous comment @484 which you failed to answer,

“We have an ongoing revolution. We have war against a dictator which has to be won. We have an effective fighting force which is scoring victories on a daily basis….”

Instead, your main concern was to talk about a speculative future event of Syria’s re-construction and the presumed need for US or western help. I find that even more telling than answering you you while waiting for clarifications for your own questions, even though I didn’t bother to remind you again. So, I will conclude now the following:

1) You have no answer.
2) You know the answer but spelling out defeats your other premises.
3) You are here to steer the conversation towards specific topic(s) only.

You see how much more telling skipping answers on your part is?

March 10th, 2013, 11:29 am


zoo said:

#568 Tara

Thanks for posting that.

Do you still think this opposition has any credibility?
After attending hundred of conferences to educate them and hundreds of expert political advisors to help them and millions dollars of ‘administrative’ help , they are still fighting against each others.

For me, they have shown consistently that they are powerless and loud voiced infantile puppets. I have lost hopes a long time ago.

For the Syrian people, they are a shame and an insult and I consider them responsible in large parts for the death toll and the increase of the refugees.
They can never be forgiven and have a wide legitimacy.

March 10th, 2013, 11:30 am


revenire said:

Honestly if I were on the other side of this I’d be ashamed at the so-called leaders they have. To see these men begging people for weapons and all this infighting – it’s shocking. Don’t they have any shame?

And where are the women? Do they make them sit in the closets or something? Sold them all into prostitution to buy more guns?

This is the stupidest pack of cowards I’ve ever seen.

Oh well, thank God I support a real man – Dr. Assad. He is worth 1000 of these Western stooges.

March 10th, 2013, 11:36 am


AIG said:


I read your answer in 535 and it is not clear. What is the problem to give a simple answer to the very specific question I am asking, which I repeat again for your convenience:
In your Syria, would a person be allowed to say publicly and publish a book arguing that Islam is false and that Mohammed is not a prophet at all? Or would he end up in jail or worse?

As for your questions, I would be happy to answer them directly if I knew what they were. Would you mind instead of sending me to posts to just clearly state them in a new post? I am not disputing the fact at all that the US designated some groups in the rebels as terrorists and that these groups are effective fighters. I just don’t understand what your question is regarding this action.

March 10th, 2013, 11:41 am


revenire said:

Special Syrian Army Unit Scores in Der Ezzor

A special unit of the Syrian Army carries out a small operation in Workers Neighborhood in Der Ezzor, north of Syria, takes out about 50 Al Qaeda FSA terrorists, in this clip you can count 14 of them, the others were cried for by their Vuvuzela pages on Facebook..

Weak hearts might not like the video, but it’s a great achievement for Syrian Army against Obama’s filth:

March 10th, 2013, 11:44 am




No wonder why it is a dodo, be proud.

March 10th, 2013, 11:44 am


zoo said:

Air strikes on Homs district attacked by Syria rebels: NGO

DAMASCUS – Agence France-Presse

Omar, an activist who is in touch with the insurgents, said the rebels had infiltrated Baba Amr under cover of darkness. “Those manning the army checkpoints barely had time to realise what was going on,” he said.

The army later massed reinforcements around Baba Amr, Omar said.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman said the “surprise” dawn assault came after troops had reduced their presence in Baba Amr to target other rebel-held districts, including Khaldiyeh.

The army, which controls around 80 percent of Homs, Syria’s third-largest city, launched an offensive several days ago to recapture Khaldiyeh in the north and rebel enclaves in the old city, using helicopters to bombard them.

The army has besieged Khaldiyeh and neighbourhoods in the old city for eight months.

March 10th, 2013, 11:50 am


Dolly Buster said:

581. revenire said:

Bosnian Dolly you and I could write blogs too.

Yea. I am not Bosnian though, I am from Belgrade Serbia. But I consider myself a citizen of the world. We must overcome our differences and spread Salafiyyah all the way to Tokyo.

Abshiru bi thabhh !!

is my message to pro-assad Shiites & Christians.

March 10th, 2013, 11:58 am


AIG said:

For months the regime has been investing huge amounts of effort trying to take over Homs with no success. If they can’t beat a band of besieged and surrounded FSA fighters, what can they beat? In the end, all the regime has succeeded in doing is flatten Homs.

March 10th, 2013, 11:59 am


Tara said:


All the points Al Khateeb wants to address are valid and need to be addressed. This however should have been yesterday’s work. It seems to me that he is the rare voice of reason among the opposition and therefore it is very difficult for him to push things forward. I think the chaotic elements in the opposition need to be exposed and excluded. Who decided on who the candidates are? Why is he not one of them? Why not holding the election publicly as he suggested? Why is Suhair Attasi silent? Why is Ryad Saif silent?

It seems to me that al Khateeb is the only good thing that came out of this bickering opposition and he should be given free hand to organize the meeting but it appears that his hands are tight. One solution might be the FSA gives him their vote of confidence so he becomes more “legit” in the eyes of the so called other opposition forces.

In all honesty, had it not been to the FSA, the activists on the ground and Al Nusra, the revolution would have ceased to exist. I wish HBJ plays a role in coordinating and taming those unhelpful opposition forces. Al khateeb should be given free hands to lead.

March 10th, 2013, 12:01 pm


revenire said:

Ah, Belgrade. So you have tasted NATO before.

March 10th, 2013, 12:24 pm



Fully agree. While it is still to early to make full judgement, at least from my tree top (had to change a few tree tops after the buffoon’s mafia militia kept burning trees around), Al-Khatib continues to emerge as strong candidate for a true independence leader. Honest, but I will not dismiss his cunning. I am seeing signs of a good politician as well in him.

March 10th, 2013, 12:27 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

You claim to be jew and Atheist, how could that be?, to be a jew you must believe in God,to be atheist then you should leave Israel,or denounce Israel existance in Palastine,
You said you are tolerant then why are against those who deny the holocaust? why do you get angry when someone said Moses was not normal sexually,and he could never had a child because of hypospedia?,or when it is mentioned that David allowed marriage between his son and his daughter ,brother and sister,in violation to what God said, or someone said Soloman mother was not a jew she was Kanaanite,and was adopted by her father(she was the only child he claimed).
I was not going to mention these statements except for your mashugana

March 10th, 2013, 12:32 pm


Ghufran said:

I posted the letter by Moaz before thawrajiyyeh woke up and started ” analyzing” Moaz position, the guy as of now is ahead of everybody else and I hope he stays the course and does not get assassinated by rebels for ” treason”. I was surprised to read comments by a couple of posters who are usually factual about the rebels ” taking over” Bab Amr and Insha’art in Homs, the news turned out to be untrue unless you think that 100 rebels can dominate an area the size of Qatar ( population wise) in less than 24 hours.
The regime and the rebels are unable to dominate, they just want to be in the best position possible before the big boys sit down and agree on how borders will be drawn, Moaz understands this, most of you do not. This war needs to stop, Assad needs to be reduced to a figure head before he steps down, that is what most people want to see, I do not think this will happen over night, car bombs, shelling Homs refinery , shelling a kindergarten and kidnapping relatives of regime or rebel supporters will not change the course of events, time for Syrians to wake up.

March 10th, 2013, 12:35 pm


apple_mini said:

So the surprise attack on Baba Amr was reported on almost all MSM.

Guess it was meant to boost morale for the rebels. After all, any advance is a good news.

But the reality is all those infiltrated rebels won’t make it out alive. Now they got under siege and they won’t even have enough munition to sustain their fight. No backup assault and no plan for retreat are considered to be suicidal mission. Although they can definitely havoc some damage to the regime.

It seems to be those newly formed NDF has not much of fighting experience. Their intel gathering and surveillance are pretty poor. But those slips and blunts happen in war for both sides.

The reality is that Homs is the regime’s because it is very strategic for the regime.

I actually wished the regime had not attacked rebel held districts in Homs to honor the informal ceasefire. I hoped the stalemate could have stayed through till the end. So no one gets hurt over there anymore.

I feel bad for the governor over there. The fighting must be devastating to him in particular. He orchestrated the ceasefire with tremendous capacity to work with both sides.

March 10th, 2013, 12:42 pm


Observer said:

Catch me if you can. This has been the real revolution in Syria. Let me explain

First: no one thought least of all the stupid prethident that the Arab Spring would come to Syria knowing that Syria was not entirely in the pocket of the Israeli-American agenda as Ben Ali and Mubarak were.
Second: no one thought that the people would ask for regime change. Most of us predicted that they would ask for regime reform without change of the leadership having seen the civil war in both Lebanon and Iraq
Third: no one thought that the peaceful demonstrations would continue knowing the pervasive presence and brutality of the 17 branches of the security house of cards.
Fourth: no one thought that the harsh and brutal crackdown would lead to an armed revolution knowing how massive the security apparatus is and the placement of bases all around the country to nip in the bud any revolution.
Fifth: no one thought that the revolution would not only grow but defeat the units of the regime slowly but surely and with meager resources mostly taken from the regime itself.
Sixth: no one thought that the regime is truly that weak and isolated that it had to resort to only its sect based militia to fight back and now to the use of massive indiscriminate killing and revenge.

When pro regime trolls post insults and ” I do not care if 500 000 ” are killed it also brings me to

Seventh: the regime has lost both the tactical and the strategic battle. To think that it can win and get rehabilitated and to be accepted again in the region and on the world stage and to continue to do business as usual is clearly not going to happen. It is now in the process of a begging spree with various delegation sent to Tehran and New Delhi asking for wheat and oil and banking help as they are unable to continue to function.

Eight: holding an office building in Kafr Sousseh is no longer equivalent to a functioning state. We are now seeing the slow dissolution of the state structure as well as the dissolution of the country. Who in his right mind can think that a few years can efface the depravity and horror the people are going through? It will take generations to heal of at all.

I thing Syrian Hamster said it most eloquently

Slavery is Freedom and
Defeat is Victory

Clearly some here have posted that the loss of Raqqa was a trap to destroy the rebels and the post that the local militia in Bab Amr were not well trained is not a defeat.

How on earth can a bunch of young people without formal training and with meager resources and with months of being besieged defeat the army in Bab Amr is just another tribute to the revolution that is bound to succeed.

Eat your hearts out as the regime is being tossed piece by small piece into the dustbin of history

March 10th, 2013, 1:15 pm


AIG said:


“You claim to be jew and Atheist, how could that be?, to be a jew you must believe in God”

That is not correct, to be a Jew you do not have to believe in God. It is quite simple, I am a Jew. Fact. I don’t believe in God. Fact. There are many like me. Fact. The founders of Zionism were secular Jews many of which were atheists. This is a good introduction:

“You said you are tolerant then why are against those who deny the holocaust?”
There is no law in Israel saying you cannot deny the Holocaust. Anyone can say whatever they want about it. That does not mean I don’t think these people are idiots. It only means I tolerate them having freedom of speech and would not harm them in any way. In fact I would protect their right to freedom of speech.

“why do you get angry when someone said Moses was not normal sexually,and he could never had a child because of hypospedia?”

I don’t get angry at all. I just think the person saying this is an idiot if he cannot give a good argument for it. You can say anything you want about Moses in Israel. I personally believe that he never really existed and is only a mythical figure. Same goes for David and Solomon.

“I was not going to mention these statements except for your mashugana”

I am completely sane. People who can’t stand criticism of their beliefs are just insecure and intolerant. I hope you are not that way.

March 10th, 2013, 1:21 pm


revenire said:

Tara did you know some flights have resumed at Aleppo’s airport? Thought you’d be happy about the good news. 🙂

March 10th, 2013, 1:28 pm


Citizen said:

Sowing chaos there, we insensibly did replace their value to fake and make them believe these values. How? We will find like-minded people, their allies and supporters in Syria. Episode by episode will play out on a grand scale the tragedy of the death of the rebellious people of the Middle East.
In government, we will create chaos and confusion. We will not noticeable but actively and steadily promote tyranny and bribe officials.
Goal – to create worldwide kingdom slaves bio-robots, which will dominate some slaveholders. Here’s to you, and democracy.
Directive words of the former CIA director and head of political intelligence (American doctrine against disloyal countries).

March 10th, 2013, 1:40 pm


Syrian said:

Very strong report about assassinating the the head and founder of alshabiha Helal Alassad

Feras A. Atassi
هالمرة البشارة من اللاذقية … خدوها مني أنا ابن العدية
اغتيال هلال الأسد بعملية منظمة مخطط لها منذ فترة … وتمت بنجاح كامل

والحبل عالجرار … حتى نوصل لراس الحمار

March 10th, 2013, 1:41 pm


Visitor said:

AIG @589,

My answer to your question is clear enough for a grade thirteen or less.

Comment 535 cannot be made any clearer.

Why don’t YOU instead explain that which you do not understand, and I’ll then try to address them?

The questions that you failed to answer in my previous comments are:

1) Why would Syrians who are revolution supporters think of the US as being in support of their revolution when everything the US did since day one of the revolution was to undermine it? In particular please pay attention to the following: a) US calling Assad a reformer at the very outset of the demonstrations when everyone ‘idiot’ recognizes and argues repeatedly he is neither a reformer nor reformable. It is safe to assume the US policy makers are no idiots. b) The US repeatedly made such pronouncements in the first year of the revolution at critical points which served only to grant Assad one grace period after the next, and the only result in every case was additional crimes by Assad. c) The US adamantly refused to allow arming the FSA even when it became evident that only a military solution is possible, and it even pressured governments willing to supply arms against doing so. d) Why is the US offering Assad a service free of charge by labeling the most effective fighting force, i.e. Nusra, as so-called terrorists thus advancing the same narrative Assad sought to advance from day one? You may want to watch the videos I posted earlier (please see comments 394 & 397) which lay to shame US claims related to Nusra and proves the fallacy of such labeling. In effect, and in addition to the service rendered to Assad, the US is seeking to deprive the revolution of its most important and essential resource and is also seeking to sow discord within the ranks of the fighting units

2) Why do you want to discuss Syria’s reconstruction at this point in time when it is very clear there is still a long way to reach that phase?

3) In light of the above why would Syrians even consider accepting any so-called aid from the US? Please pay particular attention to the intentional use of the qualifier ‘so-called’.

March 10th, 2013, 1:46 pm


AIG said:


Sorry, you are evading the question. Why can’t you answer yes or no? What are you afraid of? Just humor me with a short answer.

As for your questions:
1) Syrians should only count on themselves in the revolution and not assume the US will support them.

2) Because Syria’s reconstruction is just as important as winning the war. What is the use of winning the war if you can’t reconstruct Syris?

3) Syrians should consider accepting aid from anyone that would give it to them. Of course, they don’t have to. If you believe you can rebuild Syria without Western aid, I think you are seriously mistaken, but you are welcome to give it a try.

March 10th, 2013, 1:54 pm


Observer said:

I just checked SANA and Addounia

No news from HOMS at all.

I also noticed that the Damascus Airport Traffic report is now absent on SANA

I also noticed on RT arabic that there is fighting in Qaboon where the police station is under heavy attack. They also say that troops are being flown into Raqqa to take it back and that the operation will take…………………………you guessed it 10 days.

This is the same stupid inept army that it has not been able to take Homs after 11 month of siege.

Piece by piece, Defeat is Victory and Slavery is Freedom.

Eat your hearts out. There will be setbacks and hardship but the dismantling is ongoing and has taken a life of its own.

March 10th, 2013, 1:57 pm


Citizen said:

Britain has sent a secret £20million arsenal of weapons to Syrian rebels, ­including rifles, machine guns and ­missiles.

March 10th, 2013, 2:02 pm


Uzair8 said:

I was gonna make a point but DarthNader has stolen my thunder. I’ll make my point in a following post.


The anti-FSA crowd has managed to come up with a narrative whereby no matter what the regime does, they can somehow blame it on the FSA.
FSA doesn’t have heavy weaponry to “destroy the country.” When people say they blame FSA for destroying the country they mean that they blame the FSA for FORCING the regime to use heavy weaponry against civilians and destroy the country. In this way, no matter what the regime does, whether it airstrikes or shoots Scuds, they are absolved of responsibility for the destruction. Yes it fits into your narrative that “Al-Q destroyed the country,” but ppl who make this claim fail to explain how it’s physically possible.

March 10th, 2013, 2:03 pm


Uzair8 said:

Some blame the rebels for the regime punishing areas rebels capture (eg Raqqa).

Is Hezbo to blame for Isreali destruction in South Lebanon in 2006? After all didn’t they carry out the operation capturing/killing Isreali soldiers on the border. What did they expect the Isreali response to be? Why are Hezbo heroes?

Is Hamas to blame for Isreali destruction of Gaza because they apparently fire from civilian areas?

The arguments some are making will backfire when it comes to other conflicts.

March 10th, 2013, 2:10 pm


Citizen said:

كشف تقرير لهيئة الإذاعة البريطانية الـ”بي بي سي”، أنه تم تهريب آثار في سورية بحدود 2 مليار دولار، وذلك في المناطق الساخنة التي تشهد أحداثا مثل حلب وحمص، إضافة ومناطق أخرى مختلفة من سورية.

وكان وزير السياحة والآثار وزير البيئة نايف حميدي الفايز، قال في شهر كانون الثاني الماضي، قال إن: “الحدود الأردنية مع سورية شهدت مؤخرا، عددا كبيرا من حالات تهريب الآثار السورية للأراضي الأردنية، حيث تم ضبطها من الجانب الأردني وتوثيقها ليتم إعادتها للجانب السوري في الوقت المناسب.

وذكرت وزيرة الثقافة لبانة مشوح الشهر الماضي، أنه تمت سرقة 18 لوحة أثرية فسيفسائية تحمل مواضيع من أسطورة “الأوديسا” لهوميروس في شمال شرق سورية، مشيرة إلى أن هذه القطع الأثرية موجودة بالقرب من الحدود مع لبنان، دون أن تذكر أية تفاصيل أخرى.

وتتعرض الأماكن الأثرية لنهب جائر خلال الأزمة السورية، وستة أماكن أثرية مدرجة في قائمة “اليونسكو” للتراث الثقافي وهي المركز القديم والتاريخي لمدينتي دمشق وحلب، وآثار تدمر، ومدينة بصرى القديمة، وقلعة الحصن، وقلعة صلاح الدين والآثار القديمة في شمال البلاد.

يشار إلى أن تقريرا رسميا كشف أيلول الماضي، أن مواقع أثرية في سورية تعرضت لاعتداءات وتخريب ونهب، بالإضافة إلى التنقيبات غير الشرعية والسرقات، خلال الأحداث التي تشهدها سورية.

March 10th, 2013, 2:15 pm


Dolly Buster said:

612. Citizen said:
Britain has sent a secret £20million arsenal of weapons to Syrian rebels

But have they actually sent it? I read they would wait 6 weeks for the EU to review the arms embargo.

March 10th, 2013, 2:20 pm


revenire said:

Dolly you know they’ve sent tons of weapons. In fact, from near your home.

March 10th, 2013, 2:23 pm


Dolly Buster said:

609. Visitor said:

Why is the US offering Assad a service free of charge by labeling the most effective fighting force, i.e. Nusra, as so-called terrorists

But they are linked to AQ. I sometimes go to this AQ website to watch videos. And: they have Jabhah al-Nusrah videos there.

Manarah al-Baidaa I believe is the name of the media company.

So, if a person like John Kerry is at war with Qa’idah, then it makes sense they would also blacklist Jabhat Anusra

March 10th, 2013, 2:29 pm


Visitor said:

AIG 610,

Discussion is NOT interrogation. The answer stands as is.

When you do not undrstand something, you need to explain what it is that you do not understand. I’ll, then, try to fill in the blanks. I cannot allocate more time than I can for this forum.

OTOH, claiming to be a Jew and not believing in some diety or Moses existence is halucination at best. But I am not interested in making you believe in anything.

March 10th, 2013, 2:32 pm



Ya Assad ya hayawan ya shakhsh ruuuuh yalla ruuuuh.

Assads go to Qardaha and wait for us there. Pray to your God Hafez and pray that be not the alawis who kill you with their own hands for putting the whole communtiy in danger.

March 10th, 2013, 2:33 pm


Citizen said:

In Ankara, held a forum “New style NATO and the privatization of war: Syria as an example”

Turkish academician: Erdogan became the murder of thousands of innocent people in Syria
Suad Caglayan Turkish academics to publish on the site “Oda TV” noted that the government of the Justice and Development continues to wreak devastation in Syria and to cause suffering to its people. It does not stop their actions, despite the constant criticism, despite the fact that many characterize Erdogan as a provocateur of the crisis in Syria.

Caglayan wondered whether Erdogan feels pangs of conscience because he caused the death of thousands of innocent people in Syria? After all, what happens in the CAP – the consequences of Erdogan’s policy, which performs the U.S. plans.

Academician noted that the consequences of such a policy in the near future will manifest even more. Maybe this role meets Erdogan and the U.S., but it puts Turkey as great harm as well as Syria.

Caglayan acknowledged the truth of statements made ​​by ATS that support Erdogan militant causes a tightening of the crisis in Syria and a barrier to prevent terrorism. He noted that Syria will be better able to control the course of events if Erdogan stop helping militants.

Caglayan, accused the government of the Justice and Development to provide unlimited support to extremist armed groups in the country to provide training militants in special camps in supplying them with weapons and sent to Syria. “Turkey has become a revolving door for terrorists,” – he said…….

March 10th, 2013, 2:36 pm


Uzair8 said:

DarthNader 1hr
Homs has been suffering and under siege for a long time, but only when FSA moves in do people suddenly care about its civilians.

March 10th, 2013, 2:50 pm


ghufran said:

rebelas kidnapped Raghda’s father:
هذا ماكتبته الفنانة رغدة رداً على الصورة التي نشرهاالحر ويظهر والد الفنانة رغدة وهو يضع علم الانتداب
نعم هذا أبي رجل طاعن في السن ياولاد الكلب فاقد للذاكرة منذ سنوات طويلة .. من أنتم بالله عليكم
والله لو خطفتم حتى أبنائي ماتزحزحت عن موقفي ياولاد الخنازير ، والله لولو ابني الوحيد رفع سلاحه ياأنجاس في وجه حماة الديار لقتلته بنفسي .. افضحو ا أنفسكم أكثر مافضحتم . . دعونا نرى مسوخ وجوهكم أيها الميتون ..
so, those thwrajiyeehs have nothing better to do than kidnapping an old man and taking a picture of him wearing a hat and a scarf with their flag?

March 10th, 2013, 2:56 pm


Citizen said:

“Thanks to funding from the General Intelligence Presidency and support from the Saudi intelligence in Lebanon, al-Nusra was able to swiftly arm its forces,” the report stated.

March 10th, 2013, 3:10 pm


Citizen said:

If US foreign policy really was about “democracy” and “human rights”, there would be a US naval flotilla off the coast of Saudi Arabia.

March 10th, 2013, 3:11 pm


Dolly Buster said:

626. Citizen said:
If US foreign policy really was about “democracy” and “human rights”, there would be a US naval flotilla off the coast of Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. is unable to pressure KSA, but you shouldn’t draw the erroneous conclusion that Americans love Shari’ah.

Do you seriously think that Joe Sixpack from Texas says: “Thank god they are ruling in Saudi Arabia by what Allah has revealed.”

March 10th, 2013, 3:22 pm


ghufran said:

أفاد مصادر عسكرية سورية أن “الجيش بدأ بإرسال تعزيزات من القوات الخاصة المحمولة جوا إلى مدينة الرقة تأهبا لعملية عسكرية واسعة لاستعادة المدينة المسيطر عليها من قبل المسلحين
if that was true, Raqqa will be the next Aleppo, and 600,000 refugees will be trapped again, Russian sources were hinting that an attack on Raqqa is an attempt to prevent the establishment of a safe zone in aljazeera under Turkish control.

March 10th, 2013, 3:23 pm


Tara said:

Those Mullahs are way too strict. What is Ahmadinejad supposed to do? Tell the woman he can’t shake her hand because it is Haram? Nothing wrong with his picture. They are both crying so they gave each other a hug. Simple. The mullahs need to lighten up.

March 10th, 2013, 3:24 pm


AIG said:


I don’t understand if you would let a person in your vision of Syria to publicly state and publish articles arguing Mohammed is not a prophet and that Islam in not true? Would this be legal or illegal in your Syria? Would it be tolerated or not?

As for your statements on Judaism, you just do not understand what it means to be a Jew. It is a little arrogant to tell a Jew that you know better than him what it means to be Jewish.

March 10th, 2013, 3:33 pm


Citizen said:

Putin’s go ahead!Do not waste the time!
Syria has become an incubator of active-moving radical Al-Caida-Salafi-Djihadi mother f**ckers fighters to borders of RF!!! The ball in your court!

March 10th, 2013, 3:55 pm


Dolly Buster said:

600. Ghufran said:

The regime and the rebels are unable to dominate, they just want to be in the best position possible before the big boys sit down and agree on how borders will be drawn, Moaz understands this, most of you do not.

No, no. The war will be completely finished when Bashar dies. It will mean 100% defeat for Putin, and 100% victory for the rebels.

So it’s simply a matter of guessing the date, when Assad’s body will be desecrated on television.

March 10th, 2013, 3:57 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

So you believe you are sane and others are idiot, so this is your attitude.
So you believe that there was no Moses,and there is no God and np prophets.
Do you have evidence to support your believe?or you only basing your believe on SUSPISION? if you suspect there is no God other believe there is God based on fact that they suspect, then why do you argue? aren’t people entitled to there believe just like you?
According to you, people who commit crime and not get caught it is OK, the only reason for not doing crime is fear of getting caught,so there is nothing to deter you from doing bad deeds except fear of getting caught, so to you it is O.K. to commit crime ,steel kill this what you call good morality?,in other word the difference between good and bad is only fear of getting caught.

What make a jew special?why do you advocate creation of Israel?since YOU believe you are sane give us a good answer

March 10th, 2013, 4:34 pm


Syrian said:

الدكتور فيصل القاسم
7 minutes ago ·
هبة نعناع بنت أخت الفنانة رغدة ترد عليها :

السلام عليكم

أنا المدعوة هبة نعناع ابنة أخ المدعوة رغدة نعناع وبمحض ارادتي أود تكذيب الخبر الصادر من الشبيحة رغدة نعناع والذي تدعي به اختطاف أولاد السيد محمود نعناع ( جدي ) من فبل أولاده وأقربائه واحتجازه في منطقة حريتان. وأنا بدوري أوجه رسالة الى هذه الشبيحة وأؤكد لها بأن آل نعناع لن يسمحوا بتلفيق الأكاذيب لأغراض شخصية وتصفية حسابات قديمة وبأننا سنقوم بفضح ممارسات هذه الانسانة وأسباب تطاولها على ذويها وعلى مصداقية الثورة السورية.

والله ولي التوفيق
هبة نعناع

March 10th, 2013, 4:38 pm


Dolly Buster said:

Atheism is an acceptable ideology, but it has a few problems.

If a person makes a claim, such as: “Your deceased dog is now in heaven with Jesus, playing a harp.”
Then the atheist position is to say: “Look, this is just a claim. You have no proof.”

I think that is a reasonable reaction — atheism tries to be based in science.

March 10th, 2013, 4:47 pm


AIG said:


If you claim something exists, say unicorns, it is you who needs to prove they exist. The person making the existence claim cannot turn around and say that it is the duty of the person who does not believe to prove it does not exist. Of course, people are entitled to believe whatever they want, including that unicorns exist without having any proof whatsoever. I have no problem with that.

I totally disagree that morality does not exist without God. That is just pure nonsense. It is bad to murder someone whether or not God exists. Period. There is no need whatsoever for God to justify morality.

“What make a jew special?why do you advocate creation of Israel?since YOU believe you are sane give us a good answer”

Jews are not special. They are just one of many nations and tribes on this planet. I was born in Israel to parents born in Israel. I advocate keeping my country just like any other person born in any country and if someone tries to take it, I will defend it like most other people on this planet.

March 10th, 2013, 4:47 pm


Visitor said:

AIG 631,

Would you allow someone to publish in country X which considers free speech as an absolute right to publish an article or book calling free speech as defined absolutely by, let’s say the constitution, a declaration of a false principle?

Your answer would be yes of course.

 Let’s say this person went further and sought to take action to apply what he called for in the public sphere.  What would happen in this case?

In Syria we have Christians and other minorities living among a Muslim majority.  Muslims know for a fact that the Christians believe Muhammad is not a prophet and that Isam is false.  Christians also know for a fact that Muslims believe that Jesus is false god and that the Christians believe in false religion.  Yet, both communities lived together for millenia and will continue to live for quite sometime to come.  This is a status quo that will be preserved no matter how this upheaval ends.  This is tolerance as defined by Muslims and also recognized by believing Christians and other faiths not only in Syria but also in quite few other places throughout the world.  You may object to it based on your chosen atheism but in my opinion, this is not what the Europeans sought to achieve when they found it necessary to erode the political authority exercised by the Hurch in the Middle Ages.

If you read my comment which I addressed to MJabali right after you made your question the first time, then you should know by now that this where I make the distinction between imported western secularism, and what Muslims came to practice throughout the centuries.  This will not change no matter what.  We offer no apologies and never will.

Syrian Muslims are good believing Muslims.  There will be no such thing as atheist Muslim in Syria or anywhere else where Islam is dominant.  Once you cross this line you are no longer a Muslim, pure and simple.  The fact that you are hallucinating  about your so-called atheist Judaism is evident from the bull you used to reply to MajedK.  You can make assertions about so-called facts from now until hell freezes but it will not make a difference as to what the truth is.   You may call yourself atheist Zionist.  No one will raise eyebrowsfor that.  But an atheist Jew??  Come on man, who are you fooling?

I have other very important things right now that I need to take care of and will be away from this forum for quite sometime.  Also my iPad internet browser seems to crash once the comment section becomes too large if I attempt to browse all the comments besides the last 50 comments – may be because of all the embedded videos that have been allowed recently.  You may make a comment and it gets burried in the roll and I may miss it.  In other words do not jump to conclusions. 

March 10th, 2013, 5:01 pm


AIG said:


“Let’s say this person went further and sought to take action to apply what he called for in the public sphere. What would happen in this case?”

Nothing, he is welcome to argue against freedom of speech using his right of freedom of speech. Just as you are arguing against freedom of speech.

So your answer is simply that you will not allow anyone to publicly say that Mohammed is a false prophet or publish a book about it. Got it. That in my book is intolerance, just as you are intolerant in your inability to conceptualize a Jewish atheist because you cannot conceive of Judaism as anything but a religion like Islam. What can I say, you are dead wrong.

March 10th, 2013, 5:12 pm


Dolly Buster said:

Muslims are pretty significant at 1.5 – 2 billion people.
They should be allowed to form a Caliphate superstate.

They need to protect their own rights, because currently Christian countries are holding prisoners at Guantanamo etc.

Later on this Caliphate can be integrated into the global state, because there will be no countries by 2050.

Obviously, reverence to Rasulullah is incompatible with democracy and freedom of speech. But 2 billion worshippers is no child’s play either. So we should allow an islamic superstate as a compromise.

March 10th, 2013, 5:20 pm


AIG said:


Go ahead, try building your Caliphate. In my opinion it will just lead to civil wars and make Muslim majority countries much weaker. But who am I to stop you from trying?

March 10th, 2013, 5:28 pm


Dolly Buster said:

If you don’t build a caliphate, then some person will again draw cartoons of Muhammad. Then the mooj will again start blowing stuff up.

But this way, you allow them a territory where they can have fun, in exchange for security elsewhere.

March 10th, 2013, 5:46 pm


Citizen said:

Moment Chechen terrorist killed in Aleppo

March 10th, 2013, 5:47 pm


Visitor said:

“Nothing, he is welcome to argue against freedom of speech using his right of freedom of speech. Just as you are arguing against freedom of speech.”.

Good news AIG is that you responded quickly and caught me before I left. And perhaps this will be my last reply before I go.

Bad news is you are dead wrong and DISHONEST in your answer to the above question. If someone tried to prevent you from exercising what you consider is your absolute right to free speech, there will DEFINITELY be a counter action, perhaps a law suite or may be a public brawl or who the hell knows what.

The crux of the matter is that you are clearly a dishonest person. I can live with halucinating Jew who claims to be atheist. But, i cannot live with dishonesty in argumentation as evidenced from the above.

So we have to lay some ground rules if we want to continue further. Since I am pressed for time at the moment, this may have to wait and be addressed at a later time whenever it happens.

March 10th, 2013, 5:49 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Thank you for saying being a jew is nothing about it to be special
And thank you for saying you were born there and someone tries to take it you will defend it strongly.ofcourse that is what the palastinians say.
As for morality ,you can refuse what you want,but it is connected with God somehow,fear of God will prevent from doing bad things, and will DETER you from committing crimes, fear of God is strong deterance.

You clearly have no evidence that God does not exist,to me the evidence is Nature, science, and conviction

March 10th, 2013, 5:54 pm


Citizen said:

Concentrated around the town of Raqqa large group of Syrian troops. According to a source from the army, now by air through a military airfield, located in the east of the city, the additional forces being transferred from the special forces to take part in the storming of the captured militants areas.
In the rescue operation will involve Raqqa 17 Division AF SAR, which has already arrived to the place of combat, and special forces, which according to the military, within 10 days of clean up the city from terrorists.
According to some reports, the assault was planned and Raqqa committed by the Turkish military and the American instructors. Local residents reported that the city and its approaches were seen cars Hummer with Turkish flags on the body, but many of the included members of the city groups spoke Turkish.
It is also reported that the capture of some areas Racca was the result of betrayal of one of the senior military officials, who ordered military units to leave the places of their deployment, from which later the assault began.
Glory for SAA !!!!

March 10th, 2013, 6:00 pm


MarigoldRan said:

That’s wonderful, Citizen.

And of course the regime always tells the truth and never lies. In the meantime, I’ve got property in the Bahamas I can sell to you on the cheap. Just forward me a thousand dollars and you’ve got a brand new mansion on that island.

March 10th, 2013, 6:05 pm


omen said:

641. dolly, the arab world would have to give up their separate identities in order to form a caliphate. even though the borders were established by colonialist powers, people in these countries are proud of their nationality. iraqis are proud to be iraqi, syrians are proud to be syrian, etc.

how can this be done other than through conquest? i can’t imagine this happening voluntarily. after so many decades of suffering through oppression, will the masses tolerate swapping out one dictator in exchange for another one? who will be the megaruler overlord to manage this superstate? the remaining dictators will have to cede their rule in order to merge the separate nations. that’s hard to imagine as well.

March 10th, 2013, 6:11 pm


AIG said:


“Bad news is you are dead wrong and DISHONEST in your answer to the above question. If someone tried to prevent you from exercising what you consider is your absolute right to free speech, there will DEFINITELY be a counter action, perhaps a law suite or may be a public brawl or who the hell knows what.”

Dishonest? Not at all. I would allow the person to speak his mind about freedom of speech but of course would not allow him to shut other people up. That is all I said. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of violence. You can say whatever you want, but you cannot act in violent ways against other people. It is really very simple.

March 10th, 2013, 6:12 pm


Dolly Buster said:

646. majedkhaldoun said:

You clearly have no evidence that God does not exist,to me the evidence is Nature, science, and conviction

According to Shia, the people who have it worst in hell are Abu Bakr and Umar.

According to Sunnis, Abu Bakr and Umar are in the very best levels of paradise.

So here were have 2 convictions completely contradicting.
Therefore belief in god is practically irrelevant, because it leads to 180 degree opposite things.

March 10th, 2013, 6:14 pm


AIG said:


“You clearly have no evidence that God does not exist,to me the evidence is Nature, science, and conviction”

I think I have good evidence God does not exist. If he would have existed he would not have allowed the AIDS virus to emerge for example. AIDS has killed millions of children worldwide. Why would a good and moral person allow that let alone God? And if he couldn’t stop the AIDS virus from evolving or passing into humans, then he is not omnipotent and therefore not God.

March 10th, 2013, 6:18 pm


zoo said:

Israel official warns of ‘Somalization’ of Syria


How much are you concerned about radical Sunni elements taking power in a potentially post-Assad Syria?

I have to admit that it’s a big concern. Because of the way things are developing you can see that the chances of an orderly transfer of power re diminishing by the day. You can see how there are different extremist groups playing their own game in the great chaos that is now taking over Syria. As there is no central authority emerging, the control of the territory is becoming more difficult everyday.

There is a great concern that uncontrolled elements at the service of extremist ideas will manage to take over smaller or bigger separate territories inside the Syrian borders. This is definitely a possibility, and it is a cause for great concern because these elements would be subversive and violent towards any future.

The “Somalization” of Syria is a great concern. We hope that this war ends as quickly as possible, with a central power emerging that will rule all Syria for the benefit of its own people and its neighbors. But until we reach that phase there will be many ups and downs, including the empowerment of extremists in certain areas of Syria, and perhaps with advanced weapons in their hands.

March 10th, 2013, 6:22 pm


Uzair8 said:


– Raqqa has fallen
– Aleppo is teetering and expected to fall in the near future
– and now, Homs is back in play.

March 10th, 2013, 6:27 pm


omen said:

before the uprising, syrians of different sects would visit one another’s churches and mosques to worship together, especially to mark certain holidays. differing beliefs doesn’t mean the people are incompatible and are incapable of living in harmony.

March 10th, 2013, 6:30 pm


zoo said:

US-Russian efforts can end Syria crisis

Putting a stop to the killing of innocents, enforcing United Nations control and creating the space for dialogue is critical since those who persist in feeding the conflict with arms know it can last for years

By Luc Debieuvre | Special to Gulf News

Europeans continue to favour the Syrian National Coalition route. But it is clear that the collection of jihadists, deserters, genuine freedom fighters and exiled, talkative intellectuals would lead nowhere.

A recent development at the Paris-based Arab World Institute illustrated the widening gap between politically correct do-gooders and what should be a pragmatic foreign policy.

The Arab League already demonstrated some months ago its pathetic response. Whatever the reasons, some Arabs thought it judicious to help destroy another Arab state instead of concentrating on other targets.

The Arab failure to bring peace to Syria has paved the way for a Russia-US solution. The Russians have already received coalition leader Muath Al Khatib and the Americans will receive National Coordination Haitham Manna’s friends in Washington in mid-March.

March 10th, 2013, 6:31 pm


Uzair8 said:

Yesterday I posted a video of regime supplying rotten food to it’s troops. Now this one.


Yalla Souriya

#Syria, Aleppo, soldiars in Mennagh airport must be desparate. They eat weeds

March 10th, 2013, 6:40 pm


omen said:

russia cannot claim to seek peace or resoltuion while supplying this regime with military helicopters and other armaments.

lavrov declared russia will never ask assad to step down.

March 10th, 2013, 6:40 pm


revenire said:

I doubt there will ever be a US-Russin condominium on Syria. It would mean a totally change of heart for the US. That isn’t going to happen.

March 10th, 2013, 6:40 pm


revenire said:

Omen it must be hard to walk through life so blind.

March 10th, 2013, 6:42 pm


zoo said:

A law suit against Turkey filed in Germany

A group of Syrian groups and individuals have filed a lawsuit against the Turkish government in a European court for backing militants, who stole Syrian assets and smuggled them into Turkey.

The lawsuit was filed by Syrian labor unions and the chambers of industry, trade and tourism in addition to opposition and independent figures, the official SANA news agency reported on Sunday.

The head of the Federation of Syrian Chambers of Industry, Fares al-Shihabi, said on Sunday in Damascus that the lawsuit was referred to a court in Germany on March 7.

March 10th, 2013, 6:43 pm


Citizen said:

Are you attentive man? Are you read com.629
Regarding Bahamas, they are very suitable for you as a free democratic Anglo-Sax!

March 10th, 2013, 6:48 pm


omen said:

in addition to opposition and independent figures

such as?

March 10th, 2013, 6:52 pm


omen said:

let’s take it at face value for a moment that qatar & ksa are arming the rebels. these countries are richer than god. why would they price anti-tank weapons at $25K a piece? these are black market type mark-ups. such a high price makes it hard to buy adequate numbers needed. is creating restrictive conditions the intent?

March 10th, 2013, 7:00 pm


revenire said:

Omen war in business. My God, we just can’t give away weapons.

Seriously the rats are welfare bums without money to pay. It’s all part of the big game.

March 10th, 2013, 7:02 pm


zoo said:

#660 Revenire

The USA badly needs Russia cooperation to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and Israel is starting to feel very uncomfortable with Islamists at its door, for the first time since Gaza.

I guess the USA will play the double strategies as they always do: They will appear to support the opposition by making dramatic public announcements and in the background they’ll be twisting the hands of the opposition by challenging them to unite and to control the armed rebels, two impossible tasks.
Then like they did with the SNC, they may dump the NC, if they find another opposition group less dysfunctional.

I think it is a question of time that the USA will rally to Russia’s views. There is no other way out.

March 10th, 2013, 7:06 pm


Dolly Buster said:

Russia is completely irrelevant. The United States can do whatever it wants, no other country can challenge them.

The only reason Obama isn’t bitch-slapping Putin in public, is the kindness of his heart.

March 10th, 2013, 7:23 pm


Syrialover said:

AIG #653

You say the ultimnate evidence that God doesn’t exist is that he wouldn’t have allowed AIDS?

Come on, if you’re going to talk theology and belief systems here here you have to come up with something more convincing than “he would’t have let a bad disease happen”.

Though if I look at the Assad family, I can accept your line of reasoning that no God could allow such subhuman murderous dictators to exist.

March 10th, 2013, 7:35 pm


Uzair8 said:

666.REVENIRE_said: ‘Omen war in {is} business.’
Spoken just like Damien.

March 10th, 2013, 7:52 pm


AIG said:


It is just one example of the Argument from Evil.

And it is quite convincing because one can argue that God wants us to have free will and therefore lets people like Assad commit horrendous evils, but what free will does a virus have? Nothing would have been lost if God eliminated it.

March 10th, 2013, 8:02 pm


revenire said:

Zoo yes perhaps. The US has so much invested in changing the region that I can’t see them dropping their plans and admitting defeat. It seems their Iran policy would also be defeated the moment they stop with this Syrian gambit.

March 10th, 2013, 8:05 pm


revenire said:

Dolly it is no longer a unipolar world. That time was short during the 1990s. Russia is back and engaged.

Think of it this way: the US wanted Assad out yesterday. The Russians, and Chinese, stopped them dead.

If not why doesn’t the US just start cruise missiles tonight? Hmm?

After the Libya NATO attack Russia said that’s enough.

March 10th, 2013, 8:09 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Discussions of G-d and religion can be entertaining, but in the end they are very personal decisions. There is no right or wrong religion – you should believe in whatever you want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone or step on someone’s rights as a human being.

I happen to believe in G-d. I don’t attend formal religious services and my religion doesn’t consume much of my time.

When American finds itself in the business of “nation building”, whether the US deposes a self-appointed “God” like Saddam Hussein, or Gadfly or possibly Assad, or just supports a new regime in another ME country, the US has to think about how that country will govern. Will the country be secular, Islamist or something in-between.

In the case of Turkey and Egypt, both of which have become more Islamist recently, the US tries to hold out with the hope these countries will be “moderate” (what ever that means). US policy employs LOTS of hope, especially when it is a liberal democrat at the helm like Obama.;) But there really isn’t much the US can do.

Most advisers understand that “democracy” in the ME, is not the same democracy in the West. Perhaps this is true. Right now we have several Islamist governments in the ME (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, etc) and each has its own flavor.

I also like the issue of what a “Jew” is, because people have a mental block understanding that being a Jew is more than a religion. Most Jews (but not all), consider themselves part of the “Jewish People”. Whether you accept that or not doesn’t matter, because only people can define themselves.

Using the Palestinians is a good example. Over the years, many did not recognize the Palestinian people as a nation or unique people. It took years of fighting and struggle to get the attention they needed to get this recognition. Kudos to them.
I am proud to say, that it was the GOI that negotiated with the Palestinians for autonomy and a direction to statehood. It wasn’t Egypt and it wasn’t Jordan; two countries who could have given the Palestinians a state prior to 1967. I suppose the Egyptians and the Jordanians were not as magnanimous as Israel and the Zionists!

Visitor, if you don’t think the ME is ready for a western-style government where you can say anything or write anything without any consequences, that’s fine with me. It is YOUR country, not mine. Personally, I like complete freedom of speech, even if what I hear sometimes angers me.

Another example about who is a Jew, was also formed during our hardships through WW2. The Germans didn’t ask people what they believed in when being forced into ghettos and cattle cars.

In the end, most Jews, identify themselves as a people. I also think most non-jews recognize that there is a jewish people as well.

March 10th, 2013, 8:28 pm



Cannibals, your prethident the buffoon has just called for Jihad, are you joining his Batta Jihadi (BJ) mafia militia.

March 10th, 2013, 8:35 pm


Syrian said:

Rafik Helou
بشار يعلن الجهاد !!!!!! معقول هي أخر نكتة طلعوها الحماصنة ولا شو؟ ما عرفنا شو رأي ادونيس و فراس السواح و زياد الرحباني ؟

بس هي كيف معقول تتفسر.

هدول جنود الأسد من كتر ما كدسوا مسروقات ببيوتهم ، ما عاد ألهم قلب يموتوا ويتركوها. أكتر شي فيهم يضربوا صواريخ و هاون من بعيد.

لما صار بشار بدو مقاتلين حقيقيين قام طلب إعلان الجهاد.. بيمشي التفسير هاد؟ بعتقد بيمشي.. بس هاد اسمو إعلان جهاد على الجهاد.. هاد بيفوتك على جهنم مباشرة !!!

March 10th, 2013, 8:48 pm


Akbar Palace said:

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished NewZ

Americans training Syrian rebels in Jordan.

This will certainly change the minds of those American critics!

March 10th, 2013, 8:48 pm


Sami said:

Another tribute for the fallen Hero Omar Aziz.

شمعة لذكرى عمر عزيز
مسعود يونس *
الأربعاء ٦ مارس ٢٠١٣
آخر مرة تخابرت فيها مع صديق العمر عمر عزيز على الهاتف، كان متفائلاً بالمستقبل في سورية وسعيداً بعمله في إسعاف المنكوبين وفي تنظيم مجالس محلية في القرى والبلدات في ريف دمشق من أجل هذه الغاية. أجبته بأنني متفائل أيضاً بالمستقبل، لكن كي تكتمل فرحتنا أنتظر أن نكون سوية في الاحتفال بالغد الموعود. وطلبت منه للمرة بعد الألف أن يأتي لزيارتي في بيروت ونتكلم طويلاً ووجهاً لوجه في شؤون الدنيا وشجونها. رفض طلبي، وكان جوابه المقتضب: أنا إذا كنت قد غُيِّبْتُ في ذلك اليوم فأضيئوا شمعة لذكراي.
بعـــد أيام قليلة اعتقلت الاستخبارات الجوية عمـــر في منزله بالمزة واقتادته إلى أقبية التعذيب في أحد مراكزها المجهولة. ثلاثة أشهر انقضت من دون أن يعرف أحد عنه أي خبر، نقل بعدها إلى سجن عفرا، ولم تمض أيام إلا جاءنا الخبر بأنـــه مات في مستشــــفى حرستا بسبب مضاعفات قلبيـــــة. كان ذلك يوم عيد ميلاده الرابع والستين. مات عمر وبقيت الشمعة، على ما أوصانا.
في الحرب الأهلية التي خضنا غمارها في لبنان، لم أخف يوماً من الموت، لكنني كنت أرتعد من فكرة التعذيب، وكنت كلما اضطررت إلى المـــرور على حاجز مشكوك في سلوكه أحتاط، كي لا أقع في الأسر وأنا حي، وكنت أقول في سرّي: بعد أن أموت فليتصرفوا بجثماني كما يشاؤون.
غاب عمر في يوم عيد ميلاده. أنا لا أعرف كيف مات، قالوا إنها مضاعفات قلبية، هكذا وصلنا الخبر. عمر كان مترعاً بحب الحياة، وهو السيد، الذي كان يرى أنها تستحق أن يخاطِر بها من أجل أن يكسبها… لكن غيابه كان إعصاراً اجتاحنا ليرمينا في عمق اللجة، إعصار على قسوته قبلناه، فالموت حق، كما يقول بليغ الكلام.
أما ما لست بالقدرة على تحمله، فتلك الأيام التي قضاها في أقبية التعذيب قبل رحيله. لا نعرف التفاصيل، وربما غداً أو بعد غد سوف نعرف، لكن أن يُحشر هذا السيد مع ثلاثة وثمانين معتقلاً في غرفة مساحتها أربعة أمتار بأربعة أمتار، كما قيل لنا، فهذا عنوان الرسالة، كما يقال، ولا شك في أن الباقي أعظم…
لا يوجد مثقف في الدنيا، إلا المأجور والمرتزق، يمكن أن يبقى مكتوف اليدين أمام هذه المقتلة التي تجري في بلاده. وعمر الصادق الصدوق، ما إن بدأ الحراكُ الشعبي في سورية حتى حزم أمتعته وترك عمله الذي كان يعيل به عائلته في السعودية، ورجع إلى الوطن كي يكون شاهداً على عذابات شعبه. لم يكن يملك غير لسانه وقلمه، لا ثروة ولا حزب ولا عشيرة أو طائفة. ربما ذاكرة تاريخية لعائلة تألقت في مسار حركة التحرر والتنوير، هذا كان كل ما يملك. مثقف حداثي متابع بجد لمجريات الفكر في هذا العصر. كان صدقه وتواضعه يَحُولان دون أن يعتلي برجه العاجي كـ«وجيه ثقافة». هذا الرجل جاء إلى وطنه في زمن النزوح عنه، نزوح المثقفين وغير المثقفين، كي يعمل مع الناس البسطاء من أجل مقاومة الموت والخراب، من أجل استعادة الكرامة المهانة والانتفاض على الإذلال الممنهج، كي يشهد ويعمل من أجل جموع الشعب السوري في الأرياف وأحياء المدن الفقيرة، المهمشين منهم والمضطهدين والمحاصرين بأدوات الإرهاب والقمع. فاجأته الثورة في سورية كما فاجأتنا كلنا، كان يقول لي في زمن الربيع العربي إن الحراك في سورية سوف يبدأ بعد سنتين، لكنه انطلق بعد شهرين، مخالفاً توقعاته، فحمل أمتعته ورجع إلى سورية.
عمر عزيز لم يقاتل، فهو لا علاقة له بالسلاح والعسكر، وهو ابن أواسط الستينات، من سكان حي المزة، الذي يضم العائلات المرموقة، ليس له أواصر علاقات بهؤلاء الشباب الذين كانوا يتظاهرون في محيطهم وبين أقربائهم وجيرانهم في الأرياف والضواحي، كما أنه لم يختر أن يترك سورية، كما فعل كثيرون من زملائه، بعد أن اشتدت وطأة القتال والحصار كي يكتب مدونات في التنظير حول ما يجب أن يكون وألا يكون في سورية.
كان عمر يعمل للحاضر ويتطلع إلى المستقبل. للحاضر أطلق فكرة المجالس المحلية، طرح مشروعه من أجل تبنيه على كل من لهم تأثير في مسار الحراك الشعبي. الحراك الشعبي كان يركز فقط على التظاهر والسلاح، من دون الالتفات إلى الحياة اليومية للمواطنين الذين يعانون ويلات الحرب، الجرحى وعائلات القتلى والمعتقلين ومن تهدمت بيوتهم وفقدوا أعمالهم، فكل ذي شأن كان عليه ان يحل مشكلته على قدر إمكاناته. ولتخفيف الشقاء والبؤس والتشرد، كان من المهم خلق هيئات مدنية تعنى قدر المستطاع بالتعاضد الاجتماعي وتقديم المساعدة. هذه الهيئات عمل على تكوينها مع الشباب في ريف دمشق بعد أن كان أطلق الصيحة لتعميمها على كل سورية، غير أنه كافح طويلاً في وجه مصاعب وعقبات، منها اعتماد الفكرة ولكن بعد تشويهها، ومنها عدم الاكتراث واللامبالاة، باعتبار أنها ليست من الأولويات، تلك التي تقتصر على التظاهر والقتال. نجح عمر في إيصال فكرته بعد طول أناة، والآن نسمع بانتخابات تجري هنا وهناك، الانتخابات التي تجري منذ عقود بحرية تحقيقاً لهذه الفكرة.
هذا عن الحاضر، أما للمستقبل، فكان عمر يحـضــّر دراسات من أجل المصالحة وإعمار الدمار الذي أوقعته الحرب، والخراب الذي أحدثته عقود من سياسات ما قبل الحرب. ويخطط لبرامج مركز أبحاث يضم المتخصصين من أجل هذه الغاية.
مات عمر في مطلع الربيع، هذا الطائر المحلق من دون سرب، سوى سرب شعبه الفقير والمقهور والمهمش. مات، لكن الخلاص آت لا محالة، رغم الدم والدموع وطول المعاناة وقساوتها، في عالم لا يحركه الضمير إنما المصالح الباردة، فما من شعب قدم من التضحيات من أجل حريته وكرامته بقدر ما قدم الشعب السوري في الأزمنة المعاصرة، ولا بد أن يطلع الفجر، ويأتي زمن سورية التي حلم قلب عمر الكبير بها. وسوف تبقى سيرة عمر عزيز حاضرة في ذاكرة شعبه، تتوارثها الأجيال جيلاً بعد جيل.
مات عمر في مطلع الربيع، وليس عندي ما أهديه إليه إلا باقة من الزنبق، زنبق الربيع الأحمر، بلون دمه ودم كل من استشهد من شعبه من أجل سورية الأبية والحرة.
في بداية الحراك الشعبي وعلى تخوم جامع الأمويين في دمشق، هتف الشارع: «الشعب السوري ما بينذل». اليوم وبعد كل هذه التضحيات، أثبت شعب عمر عزيز انه لن «ينذل

March 10th, 2013, 8:49 pm


Sami said:

“I am proud to say, that it was the GOI that negotiated with the Palestinians for autonomy and a direction to statehood.”

The hypocritical irony in this statement is dumbfounding… Was it not the GOI that exiled said Palestinians from their own State to start with? Or should I have left that titbit out?

March 10th, 2013, 8:53 pm


Dolly Buster said:

Because Obama doesn’t feel like forcing the solution.
He would be capable of forcing an intervention.

Obama’s naive and weak behavior is encouraging rogue nations to be more aggressive. Today, millions of people share your incorrect view that Russia is strong enough to thwart the U.S.

This is why Syria is a decisive battle for the future of humanity.

Because this time: Russia has sided decisively 100% with one side, and publicly drew a line.
If it can be proven that Russia has in the end LOST — then it has been shown that Democracy Prevails.
In that case, democracy will prevail globally in the coming years.

“Unipolar” is probably the wrong way to think of it. There will be no poles in a democratic global state. Every citizen of Globa is equal before the law.

There will be a world government of course, but that is no reason to call it unipolar. I mean, USA has a government in DC, and we don’t call their country “unipolar” because of it.
Instead, a person from San Francisco has the same rights as a person from D.C.

March 10th, 2013, 9:17 pm


Akbar Palace said:


The Palestinians actually had no say in the matter. They had no government, no formal army and no sovereignty.

Let’s talk about today. Today Israel is being told that if they go back to the Holy green line, a full peace can be signed. This is what is known as “The Saudi Plan”.

I say, where was the Saudi Plan when Jordan and Egypt had control of the Green Line? No matter.

The bottom line is, Israel was the first and the last party to negotiate with the Palestinians over the borders of State of Palestine, and no other country has had that distinction. The Palestinians have only been used by the arabs to subjugate their own people. Nothing more, and nothing less. The thought of an arab country negotiating with another arab country (or people) about borders is a pipe-dream.

March 10th, 2013, 9:18 pm


revenire said:

Dolly a person in DC, or San Francisco, has rights by their station in life.


That’s how things work in the US. If you have the cashola you “got” the rights.

I am not sure what planet you live on sometimes. You have a rather romantic view of the USA.

The US has not been a bastion of democracy for maybe 50 years. That’s all over now. Times change.

Even elections in the US are not as democratic as you seem to think. It is more of a pretense than a real democracy (unless you consider two idiots like Obama and Romney the best the country had).

You’re not stupid but you don’t get it.

March 10th, 2013, 9:36 pm



Seems like the rat ate the buffooon’s Jihadis’ tongues. Let’s now how the cannibals are going to twist this one.

March 11th, 2013, 3:09 am


Post a comment