More Washington Leaks on the Syria Target

I am off to Brandeis University to speak at the Crown Center as part of a conference entitled:

 “The Middle East Today: New Perspectives on a Changing Landscape”

I will be speaking with Itamar Rabinovich on  a panel called: “Prospects for Israeli-Syrian Talks.” Many other interesting speakers will take part.

Two days ago, Ambassador Imad Moustapha came to the University of Oklahoma to talk. Over 200 showed up and there was a dinner afterward to which some 60 Syrians from Oklahoma showed up. Many of the top oncologists and brain surgeons in the state turn out to be Syrians! Here is the write up of Ambassador Moustapha's talk in our school paper.

Moustapha answered questions about a wide range of topics, including the Sept. 6 Israeli strike on Syria, relations with Turkey, Iraqi refugees and Lebanese politics….

Here is the latest ABC News article on the bombing in Syria:

Israeli officials believed that a target their forces bombed inside Syria last month was a nuclear facility, because they had detailed photographs taken by a possible spy inside the complex, ABC News has learned….

ABC News has learned of the apparent mole and other dramatic and secret details about the events leading up to the airstrike, plus the evidence that supported it. A senior U.S. official told ABC News the Israelis first discovered a suspected Syrian nuclear facility early in the summer, and the Mossad  Israel’s intelligence agency  managed to either co-opt one of the facility’s workers or to insert a spy posing as an employee….

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201. Akbar Palace said:

AIG –

Why would a lifetime of Bashar Assad rule pose a “higher risk of war”? The Assads have always been pro-peace:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/24/newsid_2478000/2478505.stm

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October 24th, 2007, 1:06 pm

 

202. IsraeliGuy said:

Alex, YouTube works both ways, you know…

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October 24th, 2007, 1:26 pm

 

203. Alex said:

Israeliguy,

You should know that the Syrian army does not use Dodge trucks.

Unless if the Americans are secretly arming us and I do not know it.

Let me give you a hint. Our Lebanese brothers are filling You Tube with “Syrian” jokes … most of them are not Syrian. But … as long as it helps them feel good about their superiority.

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October 24th, 2007, 6:55 pm

 

204. Alex said:

AIG,

“the dep antisemitism of the Syrian society” ??!

listen, … I mean: put your glasses on… read … write down, ask someone to translate for you … to explain … that we talked about this already … I linked articles that talk about Syria’s tolerance to ALL religions and all refugees from all surrounding countries … we celebrate two easters (Catholic and Orthodox Christian) … the Israeli reporter who entered Syria last month went to a Jewish Synagogue in Damascus … a “well maintained” Synagogue … like the well maintained properties of all Syrian Jews who left Syria .. teh state protects their properties .. they still own them even though they left the country … THEY love Syria .. they are proud to be called SYRIAN Jews … Bashar hosted their leaders who visited him in his office in 2004 and when the 11 of them left they told him “Now you have 12 Ambassadors in the United States” … in addition to Ambassador Imad Moustapha.

SYRIA DOES NOT HAVE A “DEP ANTISEMITISM” PROBLEM … BUT YOU HAVE A SERIOUS RACISM PROBLEM … AND YOU HAVE MANY CUCKOOS WHO WANT TO KILL AND USE THEIR GUNS AND RIFLES AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS O DESTROY ARAB CAPITALS

AND YOU ARE THE AMBASSADOR OF THE MAD ONES HERE.

So I will finally follow everyone’s recommendation and totally ignore you from now on and I suggest everyone does the same.

You are free to speak and we are free to ignore you.

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October 24th, 2007, 7:22 pm

 

205. Alex said:

AP,

The Hindawi affair was an excellent Israeli intelligence operation. I don’t care to convince you because you are another hopeless case.

But for whoever is reading, this is what probably happened

From Wikipedia

The second story emerged during his trial, when he alleged that he was not working for the Syrians after all, but was being manipulated by Israeli intelligence, which wished to damage and embarrass the Syrian government. While the jury decided against this version of events, French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac later told the Washington Times that he thought it possible Israeli intelligence and anti-Assad Syrians could have been involved in the plot.[1] According to Gordon Thomas’s book Gideon’s Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad, Mossad agents took advantage of Hindawi’s personal troubles with Anne Murphy, tricking him into carrying out a plot he believed was aimed against Israel, all the while planning for the discovery of the explosives before takeoff. Other possibilities have emerged that suggest that certain members of Syrian intelligence first named by Hindawi were Israeli spies themselves, allowing Israel to have prior knowledge of the plot

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October 24th, 2007, 7:24 pm

 

206. Alex said:

Dear MSK,

I will continue to be sarcastic with you because you are too serious. This is not more than the comments section of a blog. try to see it that way… besides, you are among my FaceBook friends, so it is ok if we joke, no?

As for the serious part of my answer above:

I believe that Syria has some of what President Bush Sr. was counting on … many good and talented people and NGOs who, despite the corruption and bad management, are doing wonderful things for the country and its people.

Besides that, believe it or not, some of the points I raised are already part of the Syrian regime’s way of seeing things. As I said before, Assad and some others do understand the region very well and are often taking the right decisions… close alliance to Turkey for example… trying hard to establish good relations with many Jewish organizations in the United States and Europe …

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October 24th, 2007, 7:49 pm

 

207. ausamaa said:

I gusse that is what is called a False Flag Operation. It is my beliefe that the Harriri invistigation will turn out to be such a thing, if not a straight forward Israeli Operation using local Lebanese collaboraters such as the Israeli-abandond ex-Southern Lebanon Army (Lahd and Friends), or Junblat-connected persons.

-The execution was the work of Specialists
-The Leads, lead nowhere
-Israeli media is taking an ubusually and strange very low interst in the subject
-The Number one and Only benificiary is Israel amnd the number one sufferer wss Israel’s arch enemy Syria

The will, past experinces, the capabilities and the results ALL point to Israeli.

AS they say, the first thing Criminal Invistigators look at is Who is the Benificiary?

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October 24th, 2007, 8:25 pm

 

208. trustquest said:

AIG,
You have done the Syrian people great job on the above thread, and you deserve the honoree national identity card from the Syrians freedom lovers. I’m not joking.
I have not seen any Syrian defend the freedom from dictatorship intelligently as you.

I wished the president of Syria have given this card to the hundreds of thousands of Kurds who have been asking for this card since 50 years.

You have got it right friend, that the one who does not respect his people will never respect his enemy.
Your argument with others can make a great book about freedom and against dictatorship.
I wished the SC is not censored in Syria and was not removed from Syplanet, preventing the curious many Syrians from reading your comments.

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October 26th, 2007, 6:16 pm

 

209. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Trustquest,

My deepest thanks for your kind words.

I didn’t realize that SC was also censored. Has it been censored always or just recently?

What don’t they censor then??? For example, is the Al-Jazeera site censored in Syria?

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October 26th, 2007, 8:53 pm

 

210. trustquest said:

Dear AIG,
If you live in Syria, first of all, you will hate to log on the internet with the slow dialup speed. Then most of the outside world is blocked.
I live in the USA, but what I heard that at least in the last two months, they blocked youtube and blogspot.

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October 26th, 2007, 9:55 pm

 

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