Former Secretary James Baker Commenting On Syria – The Charlie Rose Show

James Baker, Former Secretary of State appeared on the Charlie Rose Show last night. His comments on Syria start on the 16-minute mark. Mr. Baker is always worth listening to. Set below are some quotes from the interview:

“I am not a big fan of what we did in Libya even though I am glad to see Gaddafi gone.  We don’t know who these people are, the Free Syrian Army and all those people.  Syria is a whole lot of a different case than Libya. We need to proceed very cautiously. We are broke. We don’t need another major engagement that we cannot fund. Assad has lost legitimacy. You can’t murder your own people and expect to survive for very long and when he goes, and my view ultimately he will go. That is not all that bad for us from the standpoint of the situation with Iran. “


Ousting Syria’s Assad through a ‘soft landing  – By David Ignatius

“Maybe it’s time for Syrian revolutionaries to take “yes” for an answer from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and back a U.N.-sponsored “managed transition” of power there, rather than rolling on toward a civil war that will bring more death and destruction for the region.

We should learn from recent Middle East history and seek a non-military solution in Syria — even with the inevitable fuzziness and need for compromise with unpleasant people.

The alternative to a diplomatic soft landing is a war that shatters the ethnic mosaic in Syria. It’s easy to imagine Sunni militias gaining control of central cities such as Homs, Hama and Idlib, while Alawites retreat to parts of Damascus and Latakia province in the north. Assad might still claim to be president in this scenario, but he would be little more than a warlord (albeit one with access to chemical weapons). It’s a grim scenario in which Western air power would have limited effect.”

Arab Spring Turns to Economic Winter on More Joblessness  – Bloomberg

To create jobs for their young populations, Arab economies need to integrate, according to an Oxford University study published in December by Adeel Malik and Bassem Awadallah, a former Jordanian finance minister. It highlights restrictions on the movement of investment, goods and people across borders.

The result, in an Arab world with a population of 350 million, is “insignificant” levels of internal trade and regional markets that are “cut off from each other and from the rest of the world,” they wrote. It can be cheaper for a Jordanian company to import from the U.K. than from nearby Lebanon, while “visa requirements for traveling within the region can sometimes be as cumbersome as the journey itself.

Whoever takes office will have to win back people like Mohammed, Ahmed and the others camped outside the Libyan Embassy trying to flee Egypt. Poverty and unemployment have clouded their view of the revolution they supported.

“There is no change,” said Mohammed. “We want to feel that we have rights in our own country. Who feels that way?” he asked, looking at the men gathered around him. Most replied: “No one!”

Threat to Assad remains despite claims of victory – Financial Times

Bashar al-Assad is acting victorious, marching under the gaze of state television crews into the ruins of the Baba Amr district of Homs, the city bombarded by his forces for nearly a month. In TV footage this week, the Syrian leader is seen surrounded by loyalists described as residents, though most of the inhabitants have fled. He blames his enemies for the devastation and promises to rebuild Baba Amr.

Mr Assad’s tour was another grotesque show of force aimed at humiliating the rebellious people of the district, who faced collective punishment for allowing Free Syrian Army fighters to protect them. It was also a manifestation of a renewed self-confidence following the regime’s seizure of a series of strongholds that had fallen under rebel control and brought the armed opposition dangerously close to the gates of Damascus.

The problem for Mr Assad, however, is that the Annan plan gives no relief from the most dangerous threat he faces. That threat has never been from the armed rebels but from the peaceful demonstrators who continue to stage protests more than a year after the eruption of the revolt. “As soon as a ceasefire takes hold, Bashar falls because the people will be on the streets in millions, even in Damascus,” says Samir Seifan, a Syrian economist who has joined the opposition. “There will be no need for the FSA whose members know that demonstrations are what will bring down the regime.” Mr Assad, insists Mr Seifan, can score military gains but he cannot win the war against the popular uprising.


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201. Alan said:

From Srebrenica and Racak to Benghazi and Homs
Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA | 30.03.2012 | 11:23

Humanitarian wars are a modern form of imperialism. The standard pattern that the United States and its allies use to execute them is one where genocide and ethnic cleansing are alleged by a coalition of governments, media organizations, and non-governmental front organizations which are preceded by sanctions, isolation, and military intervention. This is the post-Cold War modus operandi of the United States and NATO.

In its execution, the United Nations has been party due to the hijacking of its posts and offices by Washington. Now Kofi Annan has been appointed with a mediating role in Syria, but his position on R2P should not be overlooked. Nor should the fact that the U.S. and its allies are not interested in a mediated peace be overlooked either.(….)….

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March 30th, 2012, 10:22 am


202. Son of Damascus said:


“Don’t bother, I have stopped reading the article you posts…”

But yet that has not stopped you from commenting on them…

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March 30th, 2012, 10:24 am


203. irritated said:

SOD #201

Keep spitting your anger, it suits you well

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March 30th, 2012, 10:27 am


204. Alan said:

Foreign Troops Inside Syria: The Failed UN Brokered “Peace Plan” Sets the Stage for War?
by Michel Chossudovsky

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March 30th, 2012, 10:30 am


205. Jerusalem said:

For those who hate Nassar Alah but love Nizar Kabbani are going to be disappointed with this open letter:

من نزار قباني الى حسن نصر الله

يا من يصلّي الفجر في حقل ٍ من الألغام..

لا تنتظر من عرب اليوم سوى الكلام…

لا تنتظر منهم سوى رسائل الغرام..

لا تلتفت إلى الوراء يا سيدنا الإمام

فليس في الوراء غير الجهل والظلام

وليس في الوراء غير الطين والسخام

وليس في الوراء إلا مدن الطروح والقزام

حيث الغنيّ يأكل الفقير

حيث الكبير يأكل الصغير

حيث النظام يأكل النظام..

ياأيها المسافر القديم فوق الشوك والآلام

ياأيها المضيء كالنجمة، والسّاطع كالحسام

لولاك مازلنا على عبادة الأصنام

لولاك كنا نتعاطى علناً

حشيشة الأحلام

اسمح لنا أن نبوس السيف في يديك

اسمح لنا أن نجمع الغبار عن نعليك

لو لم تجيء يا سيدنا الإمام

كنا أمام القائد العبري

مذبوحين كالأغنام

سيذكر التاريخ يوماً قرية صغيرةً

بين قرى الجنوب

تدعى انصارية .

قد دافعت بصدرها

عن شرف الأرض ، وعن كرامة العروبة

وحولها قبائل جبانة

وأمة مفككة

من بحر صيدا يبدأ السؤال..

من بحرها يخرج آل البيت كل ليلة

كأنهم أشجار برتقال

من بحر صور

يطلع الخنجر، والوردة ، والموال

ويطلع الأبطال

يا أيها السيف الذي يلمع بين التبغ والقصب

يا أيها المهر الذي يصهل في برية الغضب

إياك أن تقرأ حرفاً من كتابات العرب

فحربهم إشاعة

وسيفهم خشب

وعشقهم خيانة

ووعدهم كذب

إياك أن تسمع حرفاً من خطابات العرب

فكلها نحو .. وصرف وأدب

وكلها أضغاث أحلام ، ووصلات طرب

يا سيدي .. يا سيد الأحرار

لم يبقَ إلا أنت

في زمن السقوط والدمار

في زمن التراجع الثوري

والتراجع الفكري،

والتراجع القومي

واللصوص والتجار

في زمن الفرار

الكلمات أصبحت

للبيع والإيجار

لم يبقَ إلا انت

تسير فوق الشوك والزجاج

والإخوة الكرام

نائمون فوق البيض كالدجاج

وفي زمان الحرب يهربون كالدجاج

يا سيدي

في مدن الملح التي يسكنها الطاعون والغبار

في مدن الموت التي تخاف أن تزورها الأمطار

لم يبقَ إلا أنت

تزرع في حياتنا النخيل ، والأعناب والأقمار

لم يبقَ إلا أنت .. إلا أنت.. إلا انت

فافتح لنا بوابة النهار

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March 30th, 2012, 10:30 am


206. irritated said:

#203 SOD

If I ever did, which I don’t remember, be sure I will not anymore.

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March 30th, 2012, 10:31 am


207. Son of Damascus said:


“Keep spitting your anger, it suits you well”

Will do, keep staying Irritated most bigots are.

PS no one is holding a gun to your head making you read my comments, you don’t like them SKIP THEM.

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March 30th, 2012, 10:31 am


208. majedkhaldoun said:

When people talk, they express their level of intelligence.

Irritated said
“and Bashar has shown more solidarity with the Palestinians than any Arab country.”
Bashar has done nothing to help the palastinians, infact he said,he supports dropping the right of return to the palastinians

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March 30th, 2012, 10:34 am


209. zoo said:

Iraq and Syria need each other
By Marwan Kabalan Special to Gulf News
Published: March 30, 2012

He needs the Syrian regime as much as the Syrian regime needs him. Al Maliki is fearful that a regime change in Damascus would embolden his Sunni opponents, who have openly expressed their support for the protest movement in Syria. Following the withdrawal of US troops last December, sectarian tension ran high in Iraq with sectarian-based secession tendencies reaching a tipping point. Al Maliki is already having trouble with his coalition partners who want to replace him or go for early elections.
He believes that Syria could help neutralise some of his opponents. But that cannot come without a price. Having been strangled by Arab and European economic sanctions, Syria needs an economic partner that can cancel out the disastrous effects of the sanctions. An implicit quid pro quo agreement has hence been reached. According to this agreement, Iraq would extend an economic lifeline for Damascus in return for continued Syrian support for his rule.

There are already reports that Syria has turned in some of the former Iraqi regime’s officials who had taken refuge in the country following the collapse of the Saddam Hussain regime. Al Maliki has for years been asking for their extradition but to no avail. Others have been asked to leave.

The anti-Al Maliki TV station, Al Raai, which has been airing from a location nearby Damascus, has also been shut down. Last summer, Syria denied western reports that it had received billions of dollars in aid from the Al Maliki government to support its waning economy.
Regardless of the authenticity of these reports, the Syrian daily, Al Watan, reported that Syrian exports to Iraq exceeded $20 million daily in December 2011, meaning that Iraq is taking the lion’s share of Syria’s overall industrial products.

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March 30th, 2012, 10:37 am


210. Jad said:

The Conflict in Syria
Thus, the ongoing crises in Syria,  designed to marginalize the Assad regime, under the pretext of human rights, would represent an attempt to settle previous accounts: Syria’s close ally, Hezbollah would not be allowed to get away with an apparent military victory over Israel in 2006; Syria would not go unpunished for its alleged role in the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister, the late  Rafiq Hariri; nor will Syria’s “coalition” remain exempt from the consequences that usually come with the counter revolutionary restraint presumably inherent in Rice’s “new Middle East” formula,  particularly in the aftermath of the seemingly successful revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia. These revolutions cannot run loose in a Middle East that is steadily becoming an American lake.

How long will the lake remain to serve the interests of colonial powers in an age of de-colonization will depend on the dwindling economies of the Anglo-Saxon world, which may face difficulties in trying to sustain a neo-colonialist order in the Middle East. It may also depend on the continuing readiness of NATO to support counter-revolutionary forces ala Libya, the enduring ability of America’s surrogates, such as Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar .etc to escape the revolutionary tide in the Arab world and the rising expectations of a new public whose willingness to sacrifice for a democratic polity has proven to be boundless. A western lake and an Arab spring simply cannot co-exist.

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March 30th, 2012, 10:39 am


211. Alan said:

The Fed’s “Operation Twist”. Europe and America. Grim Economic Prospects

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March 30th, 2012, 10:39 am


212. Alan said:

UK doubles non-military aid to Syrian opposition

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March 30th, 2012, 10:41 am


213. omen said:

205. Alan said: Foreign Troops Inside Syria

finally. are we getting news telling what russian troops are doing in syria?

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March 30th, 2012, 10:44 am


214. Afram said:

@197. omen said:

“from Hafez Al-Assad: Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian People, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people.”
the regime can’t claim to be an advocate for palestinians when they don’t even recognize the people, their land or their right to exist”
Historically Speaking Hafez Al-Assad is right.
Geographically,Syria–Lebanon-Canaan(palestine)-Jordan were part of
Bilad Al Sham region

they all worshiped GOD Baal. god of rain and storm

till now we use the term:ARDD BAAL…farmers depend on rain water

ارض بعل
معروف لدى الجميع الارض البعليه هي الارض التي لاتسقى بل تبذر وتترك

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March 30th, 2012, 10:51 am


215. Jad said:

Libyan moujahideen helping the local moujahideen in Syria
إرهابيين تكفيريين من ليبيا في سورية

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March 30th, 2012, 10:56 am


216. Jad said:

Another Libyan moujahed
 أحد عملاء الناتو الليبيين  المأجورين  في ادلب

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March 30th, 2012, 11:06 am


217. zoo said:

The ’embattled’ president among the Syrians Druze
29 March 2012

الرئيس الأسد يعزي بالشيخ الهجري في السويداء

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March 30th, 2012, 11:18 am


218. zoo said:

ساركوزي والقرضاوي
القرار الذي أعلنه الرئيس الفرنسي نيكولا ساركوزي بمنع الشيخ يوسف القرضاوي من دخول فرنسا ، بدا انقلابا على الموجة الغربية الحاضنة للتنظيم العالمي للأخوان المسلمين ، منذ ما سمي بالربيع العربي، و كأن الغرب شرع يرسم حدودا لعلاقته بحركة الأخوان و ملحقاتها بحصر دعمه لدورها المرسوم داخل البلاد العربية ، ويقلص التسهيلات التي منحها لها بجميع تفرعاتها وتشكيلاتها داخل فرنسا ومن ثم في القارة الأوروبية بشكل عام.

أولا: قرار الرئيس الفرنسي يتصل مباشرة بالأحداث الأمنية التي شهدتها فرنسا وخصوصا العملية التي تبنتها شبكة القاعدة من تونس ، ويتضح حسب المعلومات أن التقدير الفرنسي الأمني والسياسي ، خلص إلى اعتبار أن السنة الماضية سجلت مواقف فرنسية وأوروبية وأميركية مشجعة لنشاط تنظيم الأخوان في دول الغرب وأقامت بيئة سياسية وإعلامية تحفز الجماعات السلفية والتكفيرية المجاورة لحركة الأخوان والمتشابكة معها في التكوين التنظيمي والعقائدي.


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March 30th, 2012, 11:22 am


219. Syrialover said:

[ARROW Updated from spam. Syrialover, I don’t know why it was held back.]

#86. William Scott Scherk

I share your bafflement as to what stake or allegiances in Syria some of the commentators here have.

(Note: This is not about those afraid of change in Syria, those with vested interests, or those with stubborn allegiences, which commentators like Sheila and others have been discussing.)

I am referring to those here who show a chilling lack of awareness or interest in the real situation faced by the real people of Syria.

These commentators instead put all their energy into obsessive ideological drum beating against the west, using Syria as an occasional backdrop. Why? For what purpose?

To them it seems anybody in Syria who gets in the firing line, prisons or torture chambers of the Assad regime is just too stupid, al-qaedish or western-manipulated to even bother thinking about.

In fact,I sometimes get the impression these commentators see Syrians like the regime does – i.e. expendible, irrelevant and deserving to be squashed like vermin.

What strange ideology, moral code and world view drives them to yawn at the horror of a dictator prepared to smash up the country and its citizens to stay in power?

To think that it’s nothing for a country to have 60% of its economy controlled by the dictator’s cousin, while a very large percentage of the population lives in crushing poverty?. To have people living in fear of the mukhrabat, exhausted by corruption, insulted by idiotic propaganda. Living without rule of law, without economic opportunity or any say in the running of their own country.

No, that’s ignored or dismissed.

You ask what approach they will take in dialogue and actions in post-Assad Syria.

Forget it, they will have moved on and forgotten all about it. Syria is not on their radar screen except as an opportunity to express their biases against the west.

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March 30th, 2012, 11:23 am


220. omen said:

jad : Hezbollah would not be allowed to get away with an apparent military victory over Israel in 2006

even the leader of that campaign acknowledged regret and second thoughts, admitted the wreckage wrought by the conflict wasn’t worth it. what was gained in the end? nothing but death and destruction.

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March 30th, 2012, 11:26 am


221. Son of Damascus said:

More Assad thugs show their respect to the dead

(Graphic content)

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March 30th, 2012, 11:33 am


222. Son of Damascus said:


More Syrians died today asking for freedom at the hands of Assad, than Palestinians marching towards Jerusalem died at the hands of Israelis. (almost 30/1)

But yet Assad is a leader in the resistance camp that we should love and adore…

Yeah right!

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March 30th, 2012, 11:47 am


223. omen said:

210. majedkhaldoun said:
Bashar has done nothing to help the palastinians, infact he said,he supports dropping the right of return to the palastinians

you are so good at slipping in the knive.

Irritated said
“and Bashar has shown more solidarity with the Palestinians than any Arab country.”

what is your logic here? bashar loves palestinians more than he does his own people? whom he insists on continuing to slaughter? let assad be dictator of palestine then.

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March 30th, 2012, 11:50 am


224. Son of Damascus said:

The Syrian schoolboys who sparked a revolution
Amal Hanano

Mar 30, 2012

On March 20 last year, an intelligence officer in Damascus rounded up a group of teenagers from Daraa and told them: “You disrespected the president, but he has decided to pardon you.” The boys were surprised. They had been held by the authorities for more than a month and Bashir Abazid, who was just 15 at the time, almost refused to believe what he was hearing, because every time the boys had been told they were being released, they had been transferred to yet another intelligence branch.


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March 30th, 2012, 12:22 pm


225. ann said:

The national is a pro israel and anti Syria NEOCON publication

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March 30th, 2012, 12:38 pm


226. jad said:

More evidence about Alqaeda inside Syria
ثلاثة أدلة جديدة تؤكد أن “الجيش الحر” مجرد واجهة لتنظيم “القاعدة”، وقتلى لبنانيون في “جبل الزاوية”

شريط يظهر مسلحين من شمال أفريقيا مع مراسل قناة “بردى” على الأراضي السورية، و “الجيش الحر” يضيف شعار “القاعدة” إلى شعاره على أحد مواقعه الرسمية!؟

دمشق ، إدلب ـ الحقيقة ( خاص): كشفت أدلة جديدة تؤكد ما كنا ذهبنا إليه منذ تأسيسه قبل ستة أشهر ، وهو أن ما يسمى بـ”الجيش السوري الحر” ليس سوى واجهة لتنظيم “القاعدة” بالدرجة الأولى ، والمنظمات السلفية ـ التكفيرية الأخرى بالدرجة الثانية . كما وتؤكد انخراط عناصر”القاعدة” في المواجهات المسلحة في سوريا ، ليس من بلدان أخرى فقط ، بل ومن لبنان أيضا ، حيث أنكر زعماء “14 آذار” دوما ، لاسيما منهم محازبي “تيار المستقبل”، أن يكون هناك أي لبناني يقاتل على الأراضي السورية!

ففي شريط جديد (منشور جانبا) وضع للتو على شبكة “يوتيوب” من قبل أصحابه ، يظهر مسلحون من الجزائر وتونس وليبيا في منطقة ما من سوريا وهم يعرفون عن أنفسهم بمعية المدعو “حمزة الغضبان” الذي يعمل مراسلا لقناة “بردى” التابعة لـ”إعلان دمشق”، والتي تمولها وكالة المخابرات المركزية الأميركية ، وفق ما كشفنا عنه منذ العام 2007 وأكدته العام الماضي وثائق “ويكيليكس” و “واشنطن بوست”. وظهر خلفهم على الجدار علم الانتداب السوري وعلم … تركيا !!؟

من جهز غازيا فقد غزا. حمزه الغضبان مع كتيبة الساحل

الدليل الثاني يشير إلى إقدام موقع رسمي لما يسمى “الجيش الحر” على إضافة علم تنظيم”القاعدة” الشهير إلى ” اللوغو” الخاص بهذا “الجيش”( الصورة نهاية التقرير أدناه).

أما الدليل الثالث ، والذي يتعلق بمشاركة لبنانيين أصوليين في القتال الدائر في سوريا ، فهو سقوط المدعو علي رشيد حسن من منطقة عكار شمال لبنان قتيلا اليوم خلال عملية تحرير بلدة سراقب في محافظة إدلب من عصابات “القاعدة” التي تحمل اسم ” الجيش السوري الحر”. والقتيل اللبناني المذكور كان أحد أبرز مناصري ” تيار المستقبل” في عكار العام 2005 قبل أن ينضم إلى عصابات”فتح الإسلام” بقيادة شاكر العبسي في معركة “مخيم نهر البارد” العام 2007 ، وقبل أن يهرب ويختفي بعد سقوط المخيم في أيدي الجيش اللبناني في أيلول / سبتمبر من العام المذكور. وكانت مواقع “جهادية” نعت اليوم علي رشيد حسن (الصورة جانبا)، مشيرة إلى أنه سقط في “جبل الزاوية”، دون أن تشير إلى مكان سقوطه بالضبط ، علما بأنه سقط في سراقب.

على هذا الصعيد ، علمت “الحقيقة” من خلال متابعتها عددا من المواقع “الجهادية” و “غرف الدردشة” الخاصة بهم ، أن ما لا يقل 15 “جهاديا” من جنسيات مختلفة ( لبنانية ، ليبية ، تونسية ، جزائرية) سقطوا في معارك جبل الزاوية خلال الأيام الأخيرة، لاسيما في ” الجانودية” المتاخمة للحدود مع لواء اسكندرونة المحتل ، و سراقب وجرجناز!

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March 30th, 2012, 12:41 pm


227. ann said:

UK declares war on Syria

UK to help Syrian opposition unite against Assad with £500,000 – 30 March, 2012

“It will help hard-pressed opposition groups and brave civil society organizations inside and outside the country [ u-tube and facebook 😀 ] to document the regime’s violations and gain the skills and resources they need to help build a democratic future for Syria,” Hague explained.

But questions are being raised over who exactly will receive the money, as the opposition within Syria is fractured. How this money will be used and who is to control the way it is spent also remains somewhat murky.

President Assad has been repeatedly telling other countries to stop sponsoring the opposition. Failing to respect this principle could therefore put the implementation of the six-point plan put forward by Kofi Annan at risk.

And with a looming tanker-driver strike fueling panic at Britain’s gas stations, providing funds to a splintered rebel group doesn’t seem to be right move for the public.

Western aid undermines the ceasefire plan worked out by the UN, analyst and editor Patrick Henningsen told RT. Henningsen also says it could make Bashar al-Assad pull out of the talks, as the Syrian president has demanded that any kind of support to the opposition be stopped immediately.

“President Assad is not going to accept the Kofi Annan’s peace plan as the Western countries are still giving aid to the opposition. Qatar has already been caught through proxy smuggling arms over the border in Jordan. Also there are arms going over the border with Lebanon. These are coming from the US, the UK and their allies in the region,”


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March 30th, 2012, 12:48 pm


228. jna said:

210. majedkhaldounsaid:
Bashar has done nothing to help the palastinians, infact he said,he supports dropping the right of return to the palastinians.

Do you have sources backing up this assertion that Bashar supports dropping the right of return to the Palestinians. I’d like to see them if you would please. In contrast see

“Given the central roles of Palestine and the right of return in Syrian policy, it should come as no surprise to the reader that Palestinians living in Syria are treated as equal to their Syrian counterparts.”

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March 30th, 2012, 12:49 pm


229. jad said:

Another cowardly attack by the terrorists in Aleppo, a bomb went off injuring 11 Syrians:

إصابة 11 شخصاً بينهم ضابطين و6 مدنيين في انفجار عبوة ناسفة بحي ” المرجة” في حلب

أصيب 11 شخصاً بينهم ضابطين وستة مدنيين في انفجار عبوة ناسفة في حي ” المرجة” بحلب عصر اليوم الجمعة.

وبين مصدر مطلع لـ عكس السير أن سكاناً من الحي اشتبهوا بـ ” بلوكة” كانت موضوعة في الحي، حيث حضر عناصر من حفظ النظام، ومن قسم شرطة ” الصالحين”.

وتابع ” وأثناء قيام العناصر بإبعاد المواطنين انفجرت العبوة الموضوعة داخل البلوكة، ما تسبب بإصابة 11 شخصاً بينهم ضابطين و6 مدنيين”.

وأسعف المصابون إلى مشفى ” عمر بن عبد العزيز” القريب من مكان الانفجار، قبل ان يتم نقل 9 منهم إلى مشاف أخرى.

وبين مصدر طبي لـ عكس السير أن من بين الضابطين المصابين هما الملازم أول “مضر جداري” معاون رئيس قسم شرطة الصالحين، والملازم أول “محمود نجم” من حفظ النظام، إضافة إلى ثلاثة عناصر آخرين، وستة مدنيين.

ونفى المصدر ما أشيع عن سقوط شهداء، موضحاً أن بعض المصابين اصيبوا في أطرافهم، وأن وضع أحدهم ” حرج”.

يشار إلى أن حلب، عاشت يوم جمعة هادئ وخال من الانفجارات قبل ان يقطع هذا الانفجار صفو المدينة.

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March 30th, 2012, 12:52 pm


230. Juergen said:


I dont know if you find the kind of supporters of the regime we have here, where you live. I have probably learned more bad arabic words in this year by going to anti regime protests than ever before. Not the obvious youngsters, older men in their late 50s sended obscene gestures, marked with the top ten of arabic curse words. The typical Assad loyalist who will still grab to the posters and t-shirts handed out by embassy staff consists of some syrians ( not the majority though) and lebanese hisbollah activists and to my astonishment even Ahbash followers were among those who protested for Assad. I am really happy that those folks dont have a word here, just on facebook and youtube they try to impress me by their simple logic.

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March 30th, 2012, 1:08 pm


231. Juergen said:


Can you let the british parliament and the PM declare war please? It will get complicated otherwise, there might be even some who take you serious…

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March 30th, 2012, 1:11 pm


232. jad said:

Oops, was that in a Pro-revolution demo in Germany!
I guess there they prefer sectarian language, for me I prefer coarse language anytime than any of what those protesters in Germany are saying:
ويا قرداحة جني جني………………..رح يحكمك واحد سني….).

If anybody wants to learn bad words you can go to London to hear it:
المعارضين السوريون في لندن … واخلاقهم النجسة

القاء القبض على جرذ مشاغب من المعارضة السورية

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March 30th, 2012, 1:34 pm


233. Khalid Tlass said:


I am a truthful and honest person to the core, I write what I believe, I am not asking you to believe it.

Btw Abu Bakr is indeed a dead man, but he must be respected. Tara, you must realize 90 % of Syrian Sunnis are extremely orthodox religious and no0thing will change that. We do not underatand concepts of nations and nationalis. We rather identify with Turkmen and Arabs rather than Queen Zenobia or Elagablaus or some other horse shit.

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March 30th, 2012, 1:36 pm


234. jad said:

Straight from the German Mirror, it seems that applications are open for European Jihadis to join their Moujahideen brothers in Syria:

Foreign Fighters Join Syrian Rebels
Jihadists Declare Holy War Against Assad Regime

Abu Rami’s last foray into war wasn’t much of a success. Just after his unit had crossed over the border, one of his men lost his wits. The young man cowered in the undergrowth, trembled and didn’t budge. Out of necessity, the whole unit had to come to a stop: Ten Lebanese, armed with 10 Kalashnikovs loaded with 65 magazines of ammunition, had come to a standstill inside the Syrian border, without any backup.
Abu Rami is a commander in the growing band of volunteer Lebanese fighters who are getting involved in the conflict in neighboring Syria. Most come from Tripoli, the northern Lebanese city that is largely home to a Sunni Muslim population. Their hatred of the Assad regime is rooted in the Syrian occupation of Lebanon, which only ended in 2005.
‘We Lebanese Are Part of the Syrian Revolution’

Radicals among Lebanon’s Sunnis view the insurgency in their neighboring country as a welcome opportunity to put an end to Damascus’ influence. “The struggle for freedom in Syria is our own struggle for freedom,” says Sheik Masen al-Mohammed, one of the most important Sunni religious leaders in Tripoli. “We Lebanese are part of the Syrian revolution, part of the rebellion. If Syria gains its freedom, then we will also win in Lebanon.” In addition to the political reasons, the sheik also has a key reason for encouraging Lebanese to fight in Syria. “Assad is an infidel,” the sheik says, noting that the Syrian dictator is part of the Alawite sect, which splintered from Shiite Islam hundreds of years ago. Sheik Masen views Assad as an enemy rather than a true Muslim.
First European Joins Fight Against Regime

Sheik Masen expresses hope that the situation in Syria will soon be like Iraq was and that Arabs from all nations will join forces to battle the regime. “If we get to that point, then we will be able to mobilize tens of thousands of Lebanese,” he says.

“I have a long list of telephone numbers of men who want to go to war in Syria,” Abu Rami says, adding that most are experienced fighters. “Of the Lebanese who are deployed now, around 60 percent already fought in Iraq,” he says. Men who once did battle against American soldiers, and were branded as al-Qaida terrorists, are now fighting on the side of Syrian insurgents, whose victory over Assad would be entirely welcomed by the West. Still, the involvement of foreign jihadist fighters makes it more difficult to differentiate between good and evil in the Syrian conflict.
Last week, the first European fighter voluntarily crossed the border and entered into Syria to fight alongside the Free Syrian Army against the Assad regime. He was “a Frenchman who had just turned 24 and comes from a wealthy family,” reports Abu Rami. “He just turned up here with his credit card in hand.” Abu Rami says he tried in vain to talk the man, whose parents are Algerian, out of it. “He bought a gun, we gave him a short bit of training and then he went in with one of our units,” he says.,1518,824875,00.html

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March 30th, 2012, 1:48 pm


235. ann said:

235. jad said:

Straight from the German Mirror, it seems that applications are open for European Jihadis to join their Moujahideen brothers in Syria:

Foreign Fighters Join Syrian Rebels
Jihadists Declare Holy War Against Assad Regime
What did you expect from a anti-Syria propaganda publication like Der Spiegel 8)

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March 30th, 2012, 1:54 pm


236. omen said:

come pray for this little girl.

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March 30th, 2012, 2:02 pm


237. Badr said:

Kofi Annan’s peace plan is Syria’s only hope

by: Gareth Evans
From: The Australian

With all military options appearing to be counterproductive, the only chance of halting Syria’s descent into total chaos is Annan’s political mediation. Its unstated premise is that enough senior officials in the regime can be persuaded to change course, with enough safe exits for the most divisive figures, to enable the situation to stabilise and reform to start.

But, for that to happen, Russia will have to exercise its influence much more constructively than it has so far. That is a slim reed for the Syrian people to grasp, but unhappily it’s the only one around.

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March 30th, 2012, 2:03 pm


239. omen said:

239. badr,

Not Supporting the Opposition “within Syria” Is Supporting Assad

Some still argue that supporting the opposition will “militarize” the Syrian crisis, diverting the revolution from a more peaceful and supposedly more effective path. But the reality, of course, is that this crisis is already “militarized.” And tangible outside support for the opposition is now a necessary condition for any Syrian’s continued ability to resist the regime’s all-out onslaught. Without such support, the Syrian people have virtually no chance of maintaining their courageous stand — whether peaceful or armed for self-defense — against regime power. For this reason, immediately supporting the opposition is not a diversion from peaceful protest, but rather the only way to preserve an option for civil resistance.

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March 30th, 2012, 2:11 pm


240. Syrialover said:

Majed, you genius, you’ve done it!

You’ve now got a record busting 50 red thumbs down for your simple perceptive comments on “media shabbiha who live outside Syria.” (#8)

Those here who identify with them are angry at what you said and have been block voting in a frenzy.

If you want to know who is part of this block voting team look at the comments here that get high 20s and 30s green thumbs up for non-news cut-pastes and silly barks about the “failure of the west”.

I’ll say it again, the distraction faction/block voters on SC are not very smart.

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March 30th, 2012, 2:14 pm


241. Alan said:

215. OMEN said:
206. Alan said: Foreign Troops Inside Syria
finally. are we getting news telling what russian troops are doing in syria?

you assume or you have proofs?

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March 30th, 2012, 2:20 pm


242. Son of Damascus said:

Things you might have missed on Syrian TV

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March 30th, 2012, 2:24 pm


243. ann said:

242. Syrialover said:

I’ll say it again, the distraction faction/block voters on SC are not very smart.
Maybe they’re not smart but they sure despise losers 8)

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March 30th, 2012, 2:27 pm


244. omen said:

227. ann said:

The national is a pro israel and anti Syria NEOCON publication

name calling isn’t a counter argument.

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March 30th, 2012, 2:28 pm


245. Alan said:

How to protect Syria in the conditions of preparing intervention of the West

I recommend to use the translator!

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March 30th, 2012, 2:28 pm


246. omen said:

alan, i pointed out the news about russian troops to you last week. it’s still available in google.

p.s. in fact, your response was that they’re in syria to protect russian citizens!

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March 30th, 2012, 2:32 pm


247. Mina said:

To be president? To write the constitution? It is nobody’s job! Imagine when it will fall on the head of the Saudis or the Kuwaitis… Good laugh in perspective.,-FJP-in-disarray-over-presidency,-cons.aspx

Constitution crisis… far from the (Western) media!

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March 30th, 2012, 2:33 pm


248. Syrialover said:

Ann #245

[the distraction faction on SC]”maybe they’re not smart but they sure despise losers”

So they have self contempt, huh?

Along with the contempt they have for Syria and its people.

And no authentic agenda in posting here.

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March 30th, 2012, 2:33 pm


249. Alan said:

‘NATO-backed death squads fuel violence in Syria’

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March 30th, 2012, 2:38 pm


250. Juergen said:


I admire you for seeing the world so uncomplicated.

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March 30th, 2012, 2:44 pm


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