News Round Up (Sept 12, 2012)

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Mounting calls in Israel for Western military intervention to topple the Assad regime are being sounded. Amos Yadlin, head of the country’s leading strategic affairs think tank, the National Institute for Security Studies, wrote an article in the Independent on Thursday urging a Western bombing campaign Libya style to stop the bloodshed. He also mentioned that toppling Assad would deal a blow to Iran. And now the Israeli foreign ministry spokesman is also going on record urging Western military intervention.

Foreign Policy

Turkey has shifted its policy on refugees, demanding they either enter camps or move deeper into the country away from the tense border region. According to the United Nations and Turkey, about 80,000 Syrian refugees are housed in camps along the Turkish border, and 40,000 others are living within Turkey’s cities. Turkish officials say the policy is meant to disperse the Syrians to separate them from possible antagonists. However, it will create added stress for Syrians injured in the conflict or those working from Turkey to aid the opposition. Turkey has criticized the United Nations, United States, and Europe for abandoning the country on the front line of Syria’s civil war. The United Nations’ Human Rights Council has convened in Geneva on Monday, where U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said both the Syrian government and opposition are responsible for human rights abuses. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for all war criminals in Syria to be “brought to justice.”

Effort to Bring Iraq’s Vice President to Justice for War Crimes Provokes Deadly Wave of Attacks

Iraq’s Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, tried in absentia while in Turkey, has been found guilty of orchestrating death squads. Hashemi has been charged with involvement in over 150 attacks on Iraqi officials and security forces between 2005 and 2011, and is accused of directly ordering several assassinations. US occupation forces had been protecting him, but the day after US troops left Iraq, a warrant was delivered for his arrest. Afterwards, he fled to Iraq’s northern autonomous Kurdish region. In Iraq, he was the most senior Sunni Muslim official and accused the government run by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of “pushing for” increased sectarian strife. Sunni leaders have accused Maliki and the Shiite dominated government of attempting to sideline them from a power-sharing arrangement. The verdict coincided with a wave of over 20 attacks, mainly targeting Shiite neighborhoods across Iraq, during which an estimated 100 people were killed and more than 350 wounded, in one of the deadliest days since the U.S. departure.

Juan Cole has a good post on the difference between Syrian and Iraqi violence, but the question of how and when to prosecute Syrians for war crimes, will become an important issue in post-revolution Syria. Already the State Department is funding an important effort by Syrians to catalog the war crimes carried out by regime figures and members of the Syrian military.

Philip Giraldi’s article, copied below, is particularly important as it suggests that both Turkey and the US are growing increasingly concerned with al-Qaida penetration of the Syrian opposition militias. This is causing them to get cold feet about supporting the revolution with better weapons – something that the rebels need and are calling for.

The killing of four US diplomats in Libya is unlikely to make the US public enthusiastic about the Arab Spring in general and could have a negative effect on future aid.

Two New Wars for Us
By Philip Giraldi • September 6, 2012 – The New Conservative

Normally Washington bureaucracies shut down in August, but this year the intelligence community was working flat out to develop information on two crises in the Middle East. One official describes a deep sense of foreboding, recalling NSC Counter Terrorism Security Group chairman Richard Clarke’s description of walking around the West Wing in August 2001 with his “hair on fire.”

Syria is on the front-burner as a shooting war in which the U.S. is already clandestinely involved. The attempt to come up with a consensus National Intelligence Estimate on the crisis has been put on hold, both because the situation is too volatile and because new intelligence paints an increasingly dark picture of the insurgency. A number of atrocities against civilians previously attributed to the Assad government are now known to be the work of the rebels, who are becoming less reticent about their plans to eliminate all regime supporters, which would include most Alawites as well as many in the Christian community. U.S. intelligence has also come to the conclusion that rebel militias are heavily infiltrated and frequently commanded by jihadis linked to al-Qaeda. Attempts by CIA officers to discuss the issue with the rebels’ political representatives in Lebanon and Turkey have been blown off or deferred, suggesting that the movement’s leadership might be fully complicit. There is also increasing concern about a domino effect spreading unrest to Lebanon. Even the Turks are backing away from more direct involvement, worried that major refugee and Kurdish-based terrorism problems are developing…….

Video exclusive: Inside Syria’s rebel Farouk brigade

In an exclusive look inside Syria’s rebel military operations, French journalist Mani has been on the frontline with the elite Farouk brigade as they try to break President Assad’s stranglehold. [Good footage - Discussion of Salafism, sectarianism, and shows high-quality aerial photos supplied presumably by the CIA to the Farouk brigade.]

Samar Yazbek, Syrian journalist and author will speak at the National Press Club in DC on Monday, September 17, at 3:00 PM.

Keeping the Lid on Lebanon: Europe must not respond to Hezbollah’s newfound restraint by imposing sanctions. Excellent piece by Julian Barnes-Dacey on why Europe should resist US & Israeli pressure to place Hezbollah on its terrorism list.

POMED

Armed Opposition Groups Attempt Reform: Elements of the Free Syrian Army are being re-branded and reorganized as the Syrian National Army. The SNA currently includes a coalition of military councils, defected officers and brigades within Syria under the direction of Maj. Gen. Muhammed Hussein al-Haj Ali, but the head of the FSA has thus far rejected pressure to merge all forces with the SNA.

Dissent Among the Alawites: Syria’s Ruling Sect Does Not Speak with One Voice
Considered heretics by many mainstream Sunnis, the Alawites have long been perceived as a solid bloc of support for their co-religionists in the Assad dynasty. Not so now
By Steven Sotloff / Antakya, Turkey | September 10, 2012 – Time

….Sect members are increasingly breaking rank, as defections swell along with mounting uneasiness about the government’s crackdown against what started as a peaceful protest movement.

Captain Umar in Syria is a rebel fighter and an Alawite, and he considers Assad a “butcher.” The officer no longer believes the regime’s propaganda and says he abandoned his unit after the government began shelling civilian neighborhoods in his hometown. But Umar says it is Assad who is injecting the conflict with a sectarian hue. “Bashar is telling us the Sunnis will slaughter us,” he says via Skype from Syria. “He is scaring Alawis and pushing them to the edge. This is why the army is killing the people in the street. They are scared the Sunnis will massacre us.”

Umar says that it was the military’s daily shelling of civilian areas that pushed him to defect. “I just couldn’t see Syrians dying anymore.” He refuses to reveal how many Alawite officers have defected, but he does say the “number is significant.”

Others with ties to the security forces have also turned their back on the Alawite leadership. Luban Mrai’s father is a senior leader in the paramilitary organization known as the shabiha that targets civilians. She recently left the country after experiencing “serious moral and ethical dilemmas” stemming from the targeting of civilians. Today she resides in Istanbul, trying to mobilize support for the rebels. “The regime is using our religion for political ends,” she explains in a phone conversation. “Alawis are killing Syrians for no reason. This is wrong.

Leading Alawite intellectuals have abandoned the regime as well. Rasha Omran is one of Syria’s better-known poets and has been invited to read her poetry at literature festivals throughout Europe. Since the beginning of the uprising, she has lent her voice and pen to the cause. Omran announced her support of the revolution within days of its eruption on her Facebook page. She marched in protests and spoke out against Assad. “This is a dictatorial regime,” she said in a phone call from Egypt. “How can I support a government that kills its citizens?”

Omran sees herself as a Syrian rather than as an Alawite. She emphasizes that the country is composed of a number of minorities whose identity is shaped by the larger Syrian state. She believes Assad and his inner circle are destroying this delicate mosaic by stirring up ethnic hatreds. “We are all Syrians. But Assad is working to demolish our country.”

Omran wanted to support the revolution by remaining in Syria. But her vocal protests embarrassed a regime trying to project sectarian unity. Because she belongs to a respected Alawite family, the government risked an Alawite backlash if it arrested her. Instead, she says, intelligence agents pressured her to leave the country in a series of visits to her house. She finally left Syria at the beginning of the year.

This FAO WFP report on Syrian crops rotting in the fields and families who will starve in the villages deserves wider publicity. The Drought in US and Russia will restrict the amount of grain for sale on international markets. Sanctions are already making bank transactions in pursuit of grain purchaes by Syrian government fraught. (Thanks to Frank Domoney)

Zaman Interviews with Head of SNC and others are good. by Minhac Çelik in Zaman Gazetesi / Zaman Daily

Ankara in a prisoner’s dilemma over Syria by Mehmet Kalyoncu*

The Agony of Syria
By Max Rodenbeck
, September 27, 201, NYRB

Book Reviewed:

The Syrian Rebellion
by Fouad Ajami
Hoover Institution Press, 240 pp., $19.95

Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad
by David W. Lesch
Yale University Press, 262 pp., $28.00

A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution
by Samar Yazbek, translated from the Arabic by Max Weiss
Haus, 269 pp., $18.95 (paper)

rodenbeck_1-092712.jpgLaurent Van der Stockt/Reportage by Getty ImagesResidents of Tall Rifat, a small town north of Aleppo, after a Syrian army helicopter launched rockets at a local school, July 12, 2012

Postcolonial governments have often seemed condemned to repeat the sins of the imperialists they replaced, a sad irony that has been especially pronounced in the Middle East. The British in 1920, for instance, pioneered the use of poison gas against civilians in order to subdue a tribal revolt in Iraq. The last known deployment of chemical weapons for mass murder was again in Iraq, in 1988, when Saddam Hussein gassed his fellow citizens during the notorious Anfal campaign against the Kurds.

Syria, too, has experienced sinister symmetries. Soon after France grabbed the territory as a share of its spoils from World War I, an insurrection among the proud Druze of the Houran region in the south quickly spread elsewhere. The colonial government countered this challenge with a mix of sweet propaganda and extreme violence. Depicting their foes as sectarian fanatics, the French posed as patrons of progress and as the noble guarantors of peace between Syria’s diverse sects. Yet they also worked hard to sharpen the schism they warned of. Arming and empowering favored groups, they brutalized others with summary executions, the burning of crops, and the razing of villages.

The counterinsurgency culminated with a brazen demonstration of destructive power that effectively terrorized Syria’s propertied class into submission. In October 1925 French artillery and aircraft bombarded Damascus for two days, leaving 1,500 dead and much of the Syrian capital in ruins; the large, incongruously grid-patterned section of the Old City known simply as al-Hariqa—The Fire—today serves as a memorial to that conflagration. In May 1945, French forces again shelled Damascus indiscriminately, killing more than six hundred people in what proved a vain attempt to reassert control following the end of World War II.

The regime built under the Assad clan, whose godfather, Hafez Assad, Syria’s then minister of defense, seized power in 1970 and held it for three decades until his son Bashar’s succession, has followed these unfortunate examples. Like France’s colonial governors the Assads have posed as defenders of a modern secular state. They have called their opponents sectarian extremists, even as their favoritism toward some parts of Syria’s complex ethnic and religious mosaic—particularly their own minority Alawite sect—and punishment of others, such as the 10 percent Kurdish minority, have enflamed communal resentment. The striking viciousness and scale of state repression, enforced by seventeen competing intelligence agencies whose upper ranks are dominated by Alawites, have been excused as a necessary bulwark against threats to national unity.

Just like the French, too, the Assads have made a practice of training heavy artillery on densely populated areas. In 1982, responding to a budding Sunni Muslim insurgency that included terror attacks against Alawite soldiers, an army brigade commanded by Hafez Assad’s brother sealed off Syria’s then fourth-largest city, Hama. The two-week barrage of mortar and rocket fire that followed killed tens of thousands, erasing Hama’s large and well-preserved historic center….

“The Silent Strike: How Israel Bombed a Syrian Nuclear Installation and Kept It Secret” , David Makovsky speaks with some two dozen Israeli and American officials who knew about the 2007 Israeli operation and explores what the strike could mean for an Israeli attack on Iran. – In the New Yorker

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551. zoo said:

The “angels” in action

Syrian rebels torturing, killing detainees: HRW

Published Monday, September 17, 2012
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/syrian-rebels-torturing-killing-detainees-hrw

Syrian rebels have committed war crimes including torture and killing of detainees, Human Rights Watch said on Monday, calling on countries which support those fighting Bashar al-Assad’s rule to press them to respect humanitarian law.

The New York-based group said it had documented more than 12 cases where rebel fighters had killed their captured opponents, while at least six detainees interviewed by HRW said they had been tortured and mistreated.

“Time and again Syria’s opposition has told us that it is fighting against the government because of its abhorrent human rights violations,” HRW’s deputy Middle East director Nadim Houry said. “Now is the time for the opposition to show that they really mean what they say.”

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September 17th, 2012, 10:00 am

 

552. zoo said:

‘US will think twice before supporting Islamic radicals’
Published: 17 September, 2012, 15:2

http://rt.com/news/ambassador-killing-syria-hamid-306/

The recent outbreak of violent anti-American protests in the Muslim world will make US politicians think twice before supporting Islamic radicals, political analyst and ex-jihadist Tawfik Hamid said in an interview with RT.

­The US has funded Islamists groups throughout the world for decades, and the death of the American ambassador to Libya is just one more example of how militants backed by radical Islamic ideology will eventually turn their weapons against their patrons in Washington.

In this light, Hamid believes that the idea of toppling Syria’s President Bashar Assad and replacing him with rebels known to have connections to Al-Qaeda should no longer seem like such a winning idea to the West.
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RT: Do you think the US will change its strategy in the Arab world and the countries going through transitions, in light of what is going on?

TH: Yes, absolutely. For example, there will be many voices that will start questioning if removing [Syrian President Bashar] Al-Assad is a good idea or not. Supporting the rebels can ultimately bring extreme radicals [to power in Syria], who will become enemies to America and attack it. It doesn’t work the way people think. The Libyan example of the killing of the ambassador in such a way, and the spread of the reaction in several Islamic societies, will make many people think twice before supporting rebels against Al-Assad. I cannot say it will be a game change in this respect, but I can say it will make many people think twice about the issue of supporting the rebels against Al-Assad.

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September 17th, 2012, 10:04 am

 

553. zoo said:

Erdogan brags on Turks killed: They are just Kurds…

Some 500 PKK militants killed in one month: Turkish PM

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/some-500-pkk-militants-killed-in-one-month-turkish-pm-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=30312&NewsCatID=338

Some 500 suspected members of outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) have been killed in one month by Turkish security forces in operations against the militants, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today, AFP has reported.

“In operations held during the past month, some 500 militants were rendered ineffective in the (southeast) region,” Erdoğan said in remarks televised by NTV news channel.

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September 17th, 2012, 10:12 am

 

554. Tara said:

Zoo,

Did you read Michael kilo’s open letter to the Pope about the real danger to Christians in Syria, linked by ASSAD.  I was hoping that you share the same opinion… 

ولا يخوض النظام معركة الدفاع عن المسيحيين، الذين لا يهددهم أي خطر اعظم من حماقة بعض كنائسهم 
وكهنتهم، التي وصلت إلى حد جعلهم يباركون قتل الأطفال والنساء والشيوخ وينظمون حفلات راقصة احتفالا به،

المسيحية المشرقية في خطر عظيم، يا صاحب القداسة، ليس لأنها مهددة بالأصولية الإسلامية، بل لأنها تدار بيد أصولية مسيحية وعقليتها، يمارسها ويتبناها أحبار يقودون بعضها، تضع سياساتهم ومواقفهم اللإنسانية واللاخلاقية السكين على عنق يسوع الناصري، لأنها تضعها لأول مرة في التاريخ ضد أبناء عمومتها المظلومين، الذي لا ذنب لهم غير أنهم يحاولون إنقاذ أنفسهم من موت بطيء، 

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September 17th, 2012, 10:26 am

 

555. zoo said:

Foreigners behind the US embassy attack: Mohamed Yussef Magariaf, president of Libya’s newly elected national congress.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/17/world/middleeast/video-appears-to-show-libyans-retrieving-envoys-body.html

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Mr. Magariaf said that Libya has arrested as many as 50 people over the assault. At least a few, he said, had come from outside Libya, possibly Algeria or Mali. And he also said that he believed the non-Libyans had been involved in planning the attack in the months since they entered the country, and that it was meant to coincide with the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Referring to “ugly deeds, criminal deeds,” Mr. Magariaf insisted that the attacks “do not resemble any way, in any sense, the aspirations, the feelings of Libyans towards the United States and its citizens,” emphasizing the role of “foreigners.”

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September 17th, 2012, 10:43 am

 

556. Uzair8 said:

There have been twitter updates of rebel advancement in Aleppo, including into new areas. Also mention of rebels destroying 17 katyusha rockets during these operations.

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September 17th, 2012, 10:43 am

 

557. Syrian said:

540. Tara said:

541. Tara said:
“The influential leader of the Lebanon-based Shia Muslim militant group, Hezbollah, has called for fresh protests over an anti-Islam film.

“The world needed to know Muslims “would not be silent in the face of this insult”, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said.”
Tara, It’s obvious he wants the world’s attention to steer away from the daily massacres in Syria. If he was so sincere about respecting Muslims feelings, he should start by himself and his Mullahs masters and stop cursing the next 3 holiest persons in Sunni Islam, Abu Baker,Omar and Aisha weekly from the pulpits of their Housiniat

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September 17th, 2012, 10:43 am

 

558. ann said:

If Assad is ousted, radical Islamists will take over Syria – Russian MP – 17 September, 2012

http://rt.com/politics/asad-ousted-succeed-russian-327/

The chair of the Russian parliamentary committee for foreign affairs warned that the fall of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria would lead to a second Iraq, with Muslim extremists inevitably seizing power.

In a recent Web article, Aleksey Pushkov wrote that such a scenario would be almost certain to take place if Assad were ousted, as it is well-known that radical Muslim groups are operating inside Syria: “And instead the secular rational state that we had in Syria under Assad, where all ethnic and religious groups lived in peace and accord, we will get a second Iraq.”

The Russian politician went on to argue that Russia had repeatedly warned Western states, who are blinded by “the narrowness of their minds” and political calculations, and are incapable of heeding such warnings.

There are no guarantees that whoever replaced Asad would not immediately turn their guns against the United States, even though the Washington is actively aiding rebel forces, Pushkov said. He cited the current situation in Libya as an example, claiming that Libyans showed no gratitude for America’s role in the overthrow of the Muammar Gaddafi regime.

“Yes, from Libya to Syria the insurgents can demand support, weapons, money, ground invasion and air force operations from the United States, they are ready to use all this to seize the power in the country, but the majority, if not the absolute majority of population in these countries have no good feelings whatsoever towards the US,” he wrote.

He went on to explain that US officials mistook their connection with the small group that came to power in post-Gaddafi Libya for the backing of the country’s people. Those relationships have further frayed, with many Libyan families losing family members in US and NATO military actions, the Russian MP said.

The parliamentarian also accused the West of a double standard in protecting activists and artists who attack Islam, as happened with the American-made film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ that recently sparked widespread protests and violence in the Muslim world.

“This has nothing to do with freedom of speech. The freedom of speech is not covering a lot of other things that are considered banned in the West. Otherwise they would not be so eager in attempts to put Julian Assange in jail,” Pushkov said.

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http://rt.com/politics/asad-ousted-succeed-russian-327/

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September 17th, 2012, 10:54 am

 

559. zoo said:

#554 Tara

Boring and futile discussions about religious groups and religion have been invading SC.

From now on, I prefer to concentrate on the political evolution of the regional situation, not in the philosophical complexities or the historical incongruencies of the religions interpreted on SC by so called ‘experts’.

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September 17th, 2012, 10:54 am

 

560. zoo said:

Courageous move from Nasrallah to pressure the international community to respect all religions, not only the Jewish one. Why is Saudi Arabia silent?

If the USA and France have blasphemy laws against Jews, I don’t see why they should not have blasphemy laws against other religions.

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September 17th, 2012, 11:02 am

 
 

562. Tara said:

Syrian

I too question Nasrallh’s motive. Calling for fresh protest against the film when it has died down is aimed to distract attention from the wholesale slaughter committed by Batta against his people and to make it sounds that the Arab
spring is an Islamic plot targeted against the west.

I hope his wishes do come true and HA followers and Iran listen to his call so the West do refocus its attention into the threats those Mullahs posing.

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September 17th, 2012, 11:11 am

 

563. mjabali said:

Observer:

With due respect to you, I found your response bombastic and irrelevant. بالسوري: فذلكة

It is a typical Middle Eastern trait when someone brings the quotes of famous people.

If you follow Ben Franklin that much why haven’t you produced 1/10 of what he did?

The class of “muthaqafin” perfected this. They offered no real knowledge.

This is a very well known method by those who are trying to pass as real “intellectuals.”

Please bring me what you write and not what others had written 100′s of years before.

By the way do you think readers are interested into your “venery” activities?

I told you, no offense, that you write for yourself from your “ivory tower.”

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September 17th, 2012, 11:12 am

 

564. jna said:

560. zoo said: If the USA and France have blasphemy laws against Jews, I don’t see why they should not have blasphemy laws against other religions.

Zoo, France does, but the US does not have blasphemy laws regards any religion or group. However in the US displaying racism, anti-semitism, etc. can effect negatively your standing in society in many ways.

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September 17th, 2012, 11:27 am

 

565. Erin said:

Arabs will continue to be run by the USA and Isarel for years if not centuries to come, they always have been.
The only thing they care about is a retard theologys and teaching.
they are not even advanced as the Latin america country, Brazil is the fourth economy of the world and the Arabs still importing shoes.
it is shame that the rich arab thinks only of spreading wahabi teaching all over the world instead becoming a advanced, humanistic counrty.
They hate pigs and alchohol but they love to eat and drink it on their trips to the west, retard mentality the least to say.
Too bad HIV is not spreading faster between this pigs of the GCC.
I have to ask someone if HIV infect Pigs anyway. many have said it here and other places, the problem with Islam is Islam itself.
as long as it doens’t go through a self cleansing as christianity did in the middle age, muslims will continue to be leached to retard mentality, Imams and bogus teaching.
The 21st cnetury should be the liberation of Islam not the liberation of Arabs because the latter will never happen if the former doesn’t happen first.
voila’.

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September 17th, 2012, 11:29 am

 

566. ann said:

The Tide is Turning!

UN human rights panel says increasing number of foreigners making Syrian rebels more radical – September 17, 2012

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/fed35aa5e7a34370bd67e7f4dd308c1f/EU–UN-Rights-Syria

GENEVA — The number of foreign fighters in Syria is growing, some operating independently and some joining anti-government forces which they are helping to make more radical, U.N. human rights investigators said Monday.

But the group’s chairman, Brazilian diplomat and professor Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, couldn’t explain how that was happening, saying the panel doesn’t know exactly where the foreigners are from or how they are influencing Syrian fighters.

“Such elements tend to push anti-government fighters toward more radical positions,” Pinheiro said.

He said there are indications some of the foreigners are trained in bomb-making. Panel member Karen Koning AbuZayd said some of the bombings in Syria have resembled those carried out by radical Islamist fighters in other countries.

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http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/fed35aa5e7a34370bd67e7f4dd308c1f/EU–UN-Rights-Syria

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September 17th, 2012, 11:53 am

 

567. ann said:

Western narrative on Syria is crumbling: U.S. journalist – 17 September 2012

http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/101527-western-narrative-on-syria-is-crumbling-us-journalist/

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September 17th, 2012, 12:10 pm

 

568. Syrian said:

565. Erin said:
“Too bad HIV is not spreading faster between this pigs of the GCC.
I have to ask someone if HIV infect Pigs anyway. many have said it here and other places, the problem with Islam is Islam itself”
If cleansing Islam will make me think like you after your cleansed your Christianity,I’d rather stay in the backward Islam,
The Arabs might be for years to come under the influence of the west,as you say, but that’s due the way the center of powers move around the world through out history, it was the Roman then the Arabs then the Turks and now it is with the western world , but that only temporary because in few decades it will move to china and the east
and just a reminder when the center of power was with the Muslims they never forced anyone (like Christan Spain did) to become Muslims as some here say, because other wise all of you here non Muslims would be now Muslims and probably Salafis too,
your new humane civilized world killed 69 millions humans in WW2 and have enough nukes to destroy earth 10 times over, true they may never use it but they keep it over every body’s head,
and be humane when it suits their economic interest

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September 17th, 2012, 12:15 pm

 

569. ann said:

Another Tactical Withdrawal 8)

Syrian army retakes flash point Aleppo district – September 17, 2012

http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=437468

Syrian forces said they had secured a flashpoint district of Aleppo city on Monday after a week of fighting, although an AFP correspondent said some parts were still unsafe for residents to return.

The district of “Midan is under the control of the army,” a military source told AFP, in a report backed up by the correspondent on the ground.

“We came back to our homes when we heard the army controlled Midan, but there was no electricity,” a man said. “We waited for two hours and it didn’t return. We will go back when it is fixed.”

But not all areas were safe and an army checkpoint had been set up near the Midan police station, also retaken by the army, to prevent residents from returning to their homes in the so-called “fourth zone” of the district.

The correspondent reported seeing the bodies of nine rebels lying in the streets near the fourth zone and that the sound of gunfire could be heard.

One man was turned away at an army checkpoint after being told there were still snipers in the area and it was not safe to enter.

Aleppo’s provincial governor, Mohammed Wahid Akkad, promised on Sunday that water supplies would be up and running in two days. “Let people give us 48 hours and the water will be working again,” he told AFP.

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http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=437468

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September 17th, 2012, 12:17 pm

 

570. Atheist Syrian Salafist Against Dictatorships said:

The ink was not even dry on the announcement to hold the conference “for the Rescue of Syria” that is being organized by the NCB, and the regime responds very clearly towards the anti-violence opposition: it detains members of the organizing group!

Ghufran and Mjabali, you say you are for a non-violent solution, so where is your outrage? I keep telling you the AsMAA is not interested in a peaceful solution and prefers -LOVES- an armed opposition. It facilitated the entry and participation of the Jihadists -some even have accused it of orchestrating their participation just as it did into Iraq, so that it could turn to the world and cry wolf.

I wonder what H. Manna has to say about these latest arrests, and how this will influence his decision to come to Damascus in person to attend the conference.

Are the arrests a preliminary message to the peaceful opposition “hold this meeting at your own peril” to be followed , if the organizers go ahead anyway, by a bomb exploding in the site of the meeting which of course will be immediately blamed on the “the Armed Terrorist Groups”?

بيان هيئة التنسيق في ادانة سلطات النظام بسبب اعتقالها لأعضاء من مؤتمر الانقاذ

أعلنت اللجنة الاعلامية المشرفة على مؤتمر الإنقاذ المرتقب عقده في دمشق في 2012/09/23 أن سلطات النظام السوري أقدمت على اعتقال السادة المدرجة أسماءهم أدناه وهم أعضاء مؤتمر ولجنة تحضيرية عن سابق اصرار وتصميم على مواصلة الحل القمعي الذي يزداد ضراوة كلما اجتهد اي من مناضلي الشعب السوري باتجاه الحلول السلمية ، إن هيئة التنسيق الوطنية اذ تدين هذه الاجراءات القمعية الغير مسؤولة من قبل سلطات النظام بأشد العبارات ، تطالب بالافراج الفوري عن معتقلي الشعب والحراك السلمي دون ابطاء أو تأخير ، كما تهيب بكل المنظمات والدول التي أعلنت تأييدها لهذه المبادرة أن تتدخل فورا من أجل الضغط للإفراج عنهم.
أسماء المعتقلين :
بلال النابلسي – عضو بلجنة التخطيط (حزب التنمية)
بهزاد شكو – عضو بالفريق الاغاثي (حزب التنمية)
محمد احمد يوسف – عضو بلجنة التنظيم (حزب التنمية)
سارة جمعه – بتول جمعة – دانيا اوزون اعضاء فريق الدعم النفسي (حزب التنمية)
بالاضافة الى رامي هناوي – عضو هيئة التنسيق الوطنية
النصر للثورة السورية والخلود لشهدائها
المكتب الاعلامي في هيئة التنسيق الوطنية

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September 17th, 2012, 12:32 pm

 

571. ann said:

Pakistan orders YouTube shutdown over ‘blasphemous’ anti-Islam film – 17 September, 2012

http://rt.com/news/pakistan-shuts-youtube-film-353/

Pakistan’s prime minister has ordered YouTube’s suspension in the country over the “blasphemous” anti-Islam film as the country has become gripped by violent protests in response to the video.

[...]

http://rt.com/news/pakistan-shuts-youtube-film-353/

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September 17th, 2012, 12:33 pm

 

572. Citizen said:

There are 50 senior agents in Turkey, ex-spy says
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/there-are-50-senior-agents-in-turkey-ex-spy-says.aspx?pageID=238&nID=30232&NewsCatID=341

There are nearly 50 high-ranking intelligence agents on Turkey’s Syria border, including agents from the United States, France, Germany, Britain and “perhaps Greece,” former CIA agent Philip Giraldi told Tolga Tanış of daily Hürriyet in an interview.

The former agent said there would be numerous spies working under the high-ranking spies and “many” informants working under them.

Giraldi said he thought there were 15-20 high-ranking CIA agents in Turkey working on the Syrian conflict alone.

“They would be paramilitary agents,” Giraldi said. “They would be based at the consulate in Adana or the İncirlik Air Base, but could operate in the field as well,” Giraldi said, adding that the agents would not cross into Syria but would direct intelligence operations from within Turkey in collaboration with Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MİT).

“The CIA probably has only 10 agents who are fluent in Arabic and maybe five who can speak Turkish fluently. For this reason, they need to rely on MİT agents when dealing with Syrian rebels,” Giraldi said.

The CIA lacks personnel who are fluent in Middle Eastern languages because their tours of duty only last two or three years before they are transferred elsewhere. “The agents do no have enough time to specialize in that language or culture,” he said, but added that the Russians were much better trained language-wise. “A Russian agent receives language courses for two years before arriving in Turkey, and once here, they can stay on duty for up to 10 years.”

Turkish and American intelligence agencies were working “very closely” on the Syrian issue, Giraldi said, adding that the U.S. provided Turkey with photographs including satellite pictures and sensitive technical information it normally would not share with anyone. A Turkish intelligence officer “always” accompanies CIA agents in their dealings with officials from the Free Syrian Army, according to Giraldi. “This is not a rule, but that is how things work.”

Giraldi guessed there would be high-ranking agents from France, Germany, Britain and “possibly Greece” near the Turkish-Syrian border, and would operate from the İncirlik Air Base, since it was a NATO base. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, meanwhile, worked in cooperation with the Turkish Foreign Ministry, he added.

‘Everyone is an amateur next to MİT’

Turkish intelligence agents were better than any other agent, and anyone would be considered “an amateur” when it came to regional issues of the Middle East. “A CIA agent, on the other hand, would be far more advanced in technical issues, such as phone tapping, or following people on the ground via satellite imagery.”

Giraldi said the MİT coordinated all intelligence gathering activities related to Syria and worked in coordination with German, French, British and American intelligence services. He said each and every piece of information gathered by the agencies would be shared by all. “You cannot keep any information only to yourself in this environment.”

Intelligence agencies do not take initiatives on their own and have to take the MİT as reference, which is currently acting as a leader, Giraldi said.

“If Turkey was not in the picture, the operations would have been dominated by the CIA,” he said.

Giraldi was the head of the CIA team in Istanbul between 1986 and 1989 during his intelligence career of 18 years.

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September 17th, 2012, 12:38 pm

 

573. Antoine said:

ASSAD , its no use talking to Ghufran. He is NOT interested in anything related to Syria and in fact he is NOT interested at all in this revolution. He only pretends to be a follower of Mannaa. He is a COLLABORATOR and probably a Mukhabarati.

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September 17th, 2012, 12:40 pm

 

574. Antoine said:

512. Son of Damascus said:

“I will NEVER send a single cent of my money to arm anyone to kill!
Every dollar that I have raised or donated has gone to help Syrian refugees, and medical aid to help the wounded civilians and combatants.”

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Well thats your choice but I should remind you that your adamant choice is leading to the killings of many innoccent people, next time please don;t post videos of dead civilians because you should remebember that you are against the arming of the FSA. Amd whoever opposes arming the FSA is a traitor.

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September 17th, 2012, 12:46 pm

 

575. Antoine said:

SOD you have previously questioned my sincerity in engaging with MJABALI and ALDENDESHE in conversation when i have rebuked you for doing the same with ZOO and others,

My answer is I do not consider Mjabali and Dendsehse to be Menhibacks and regime supporters, so I engage with them. I find Mjabali to be an intersting case. Dendeshe on the other hand is mysterious and I have a very serious interest in tracking him and his group.

I am totally a foot-soldoer of this Revolution and its principles.

TARA, you have claimed that you are a small man on the street as well, but I should remind you that you were born in privilege and power.

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September 17th, 2012, 12:52 pm

 

576. Antoine said:

“569. ANN said:

Another Tactical Withdrawal

Syrian army retakes flash point Aleppo district – September 17, 2012″

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Nice spin, but that district ( Midan) was never in control of the FSA, its a central district in the Old City and the FSA was just trying to capture it. They did manage to capture a Police Station until the regime bombed it.

Why hasn’t the regime been able to capture Saif al Dawla yet ?

Its been 2 months, this same Army took 5 hours to cpature East Beirut in 1990.

BALL-LESS INCOMPETENTS.

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September 17th, 2012, 12:59 pm

 

577. Albo said:

568 Syrian
They were not all converted because the monarchs wanted to keep the jizyah, that’s as simple as that.
I do not condone Erin’s way of approaching things, though Gulfies indeed are very corrupt and taint everything they touch. I think a more constructive attitude is necessary, many posters here have interesting and diverse views and should be reached out to.

Zoo is right these talks can be boring but everything is linked, the religious and the political.
in other news someone sent me this map of Aleppo drawn by someone interested in military matters and based on what he reads on several news outlets (made yesterday apparently)
http://imageshack.us/a/img228/1930/syriaaleppo.png

I don’t know about its accuracy, arrows are militias and grey zones are areas retaken by the Syrian Army. It makes sense, though, that the city would become divided by enclaves as in Beirut.

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September 17th, 2012, 1:03 pm

 

578. Citizen said:

Med Gas Fields Discovery Leading to Battle for Wealth in Volatile Middle East
http://www.activistpost.com/2012/09/med-gas-fields-discovery-leading-to.html
…/../…
All in all, the Med gas fields discovery only add yet another dimension to an already volatile situation in the Middle Eastern region. With so many players having direct financial and energy-related interests in the fields, others with indirect interests, and others still who have the potential to be drawn in to any potential confrontations that might result, one thing is clear – the Med is a geopolitical time bomb just waiting to explode.

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September 17th, 2012, 1:03 pm

 

579. Antoine said:

MJABALI,

You have previously talked about the displacement of Alawi civilians in Jabal Turkman, I have top ask you several questions since you are a native of Latakia –

1. Which sect is in an overall majoroty in Jabal Turkman ?

2. What is the difference between Jabal Turkman and Jabal Akrad ?

3. As an Alawi, do you feel more close ( culturally) to the rural Sunnis of Lattakia, like Rabia or Salma, or to the urban Sunnis of Lattakia City ( like Sleibeh or Raml Jnoubi) ??

4. What do you think are the differences between the Turkmans of Reef Latakia, and the rst of Syrian Sunnis ?

5. Why didn’t the Alawis were able to defend their villages ? How is it possible to storm a village without mortars and heavy machineguns ? I have seen the video you linked but as a person with military experience I felt suspicious as to how they could manage to capture the village without first shelling it with mortars. When they entered the village it seemed deserted, where did all the inhabitants go ? Didn’t the Popular Committees try to defend the village ?

Please don’t get agitated and try to answer my questions calmly, I realize that I have much to gain in engaging in conversation with you.

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September 17th, 2012, 1:10 pm

 

580. Uzair8 said:

Ann, Zoo.

I’ll help you out. You can respond to Antoine’s repeated question regarding the failure of regime to capture Aleppo within the 10 days as predicted with the following:

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi on Monday said that the crisis in Syria is in its final stage.

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/09/17/442030.htm

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September 17th, 2012, 1:13 pm

 

581. Antoine said:

I have posted this before but the regime thugs still don’t have the answer….

On 4th September a high-ranking regime officer in Aleppo claimed that the regime Army will be able to capture Saif al-Dawla by the next 2 days and the whole of Aleppo within 10 days, it is 17th September today and even Saif al-Dawla is mostly still the frontline. Even Saif al Dawla has not been captured by the regime.

What do the regime supporters have to say about this ?

Do you think the Islamist terrorists have defeated the Syrian Army ?

What can be more shameful for the strongest Army in the Arab world, with 400,000 active duty troops and 700,000 reservists and 5,000 Tanks, to be not able to take abck a few neighborhoods and suburbs from Islamist terrorists for 2 months ?

So is it a FAILURE for the regime and the Army ?

Why don’t they throw in the towel ? Don’t they have any honor left ? Just the FACT that the regime is nowhere close to defeating the rebels should be a cause for Assad to throw in the towel.

____________________________________________________________

Since I have been asking this question for the kast 5 days and not a single Menhiback has had the bal*s to answer, I ‘ll go on and say that if I was the Syrian Army chief I would have either resigned and thrown in the towel, at the humiliation for not having been able to defeat a small-time militia.

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September 17th, 2012, 1:25 pm

 

582. Antoine said:

I find Syrian-Commando (Twitter shabbiha) to be very funny. Several of his Western and Lebanese friends have repeatedly asked him, worried, as to why the Syrian Army stil haven’t been able to defeat the rebels.

His answer alwayshis, “the rebels are fighting with advanced western weapons”.

ROFLLOL.

One day a recent tweet of his was “Syrian Army facing heavy attrition in Lattakia countryside”.

LOL, in Lattakia, the den of Assads.

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September 17th, 2012, 1:42 pm

 

583. Antoine said:

I do find that FSA in Lattakia and Homs Mountains (Krak des Chevaliers) have been fighting much fiercely than the other FSA units, SAA has suffered terrible casualties in these two locations, matbe its because of the mountainous terrain its naturally suited to FSA’s style of operating.

Indeed it might be good wisdom to concentrate on helping the FSA units in the Mountains, they have really delivered. It might well be good wisdom to take the fight to the Coastal Mountains, especially since the Sunnis of the Mountains are very tough and natural fighers.

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September 17th, 2012, 1:46 pm

 

584. Citizen said:

‘US will think twice before supporting Islamic radicals’
http://rt.com/news/ambassador-killing-syria-hamid-306/
The recent outbreak of violent anti-American protests in the Muslim world will make US politicians think twice before supporting Islamic radicals, political analyst and ex-jihadist Tawfik Hamid said in an interview with RT.
The US has funded Islamists groups throughout the world for decades, and the death of the American ambassador to Libya is just one more example of how militants backed by radical Islamic ideology will eventually turn their weapons against their patrons in Washington.
In this light, Hamid believes that the idea of toppling Syria’s President Bashar Assad and replacing him with rebels known to have connections to Al-Qaeda should no longer seem like such a winning idea to the West.

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September 17th, 2012, 1:54 pm

 

585. Citizen said:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Snhey1JVq5M
Tarpley: Pro-Romney Networks Stir Middle East Chaos to Get October Surprise Against Obama
2012-09-17 Webster Tarpley on Alex Jones Radio Show: Romney Campaign, CIA Mormon Mafia, John Bolton’s Islamophobia Network Stir Middle East Chaos to Get October Surprise Against Obama; CIA’s Gitmo-Trained Asset Qumu Prime Suspect in Death of Ambassador Stevens

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September 17th, 2012, 2:27 pm

 

586. Citizen said:

British youths are recruited to fight in Syria
http://english.pravda.ru/news/world/04-09-2012/122058-british_youths_terrorists-0/
Prensa Latina

Young Britons are being recruited by jihadi groups to fight as mercenaries in Syria, warned local media here that highlight a report from The Sunday Telegraph.

Fundamentalist groups involved in the war unleashed against this nation recruit an increasing number of young people in the UK of Pakistani and Sudan origin to join the ranks of the Syrian armed opposition, according to an investigation by the British newspaper, quoted here by television.

The infiltrators recruited in Syria are mainly from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sudan, not counting the hundreds of British residents of Syrian origin who were enlisted, according to the study by Andrew Gilligan, which was republished by Syrian Arab News Agency, SANA.

The Sunday Telegraph claims that British security seems to be taking little or no action on these practices that repeat what has already occurred against Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The investigation found that at least 30 young Britons who are not of Syrian origin, traveled to that country to join the fighting against the government, said the Labour MP for Birmingham, Khalid Mahmoud, quoted by the newspaper.

Mahmoud expressed extreme concern because it is similar to seeing what occurred in the early stages of the war against the Afghan authorities in the early 1980s, which relied on mujahedin against the Soviet presence.

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September 17th, 2012, 2:51 pm

 

587. Ghufran said:

قتل قائد كتيبة 1980 التابعة للطليعة المقاتلة للاخوان المسلمين في معركة مع وحدة من الجيش العربي السوري ظهر اليوم الإثنين .
وقال مصدر مطلع لعربي برس إن محمود الفرج و خمسة من مقاتليه لقوا حتفهم في معركة جرت في حي العرقوب شرقي مدينة حلب ظهر اليوم الاحد .
و تعتبر هذه الكتيبة احدى الاذرع العسكرية لجماعة الاخوان المسلمين في سورية ويشرف عليها محمد فاروق طيفور احد قادة تنظيم الطليعة المقاتلة للاخوان المسلمين التي خاضت في العام 1980 معارك دامية في حلب بمواجهة السلطات البعثية الحاكمة ونفذت عشرات الاغتيالات
Tayfoor going back to his jihadist roots

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September 17th, 2012, 6:58 pm

 

588. Tara said:

Seeking Syria peace, ‘Islamic Quartet’ meets in Egypt for first time since launch
…..
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr also acknowledged that a plan had not emerged from Monday night’s meeting, “but there is discussion about this.”

Speaking in Arabic, the Iranian foreign minister praised Egypt for its own successful uprising, which ousted the country’s longtime authoritarian leader last year and helped spark Syria’s own revolt.

“The common ground between us is more than our differences,” Ali Akbar Salehi said. “Finding a peaceful solution is important.”

While the Turkish foreign minister stressed that the ultimate goal should be “a strong Syria” based on the “legitimate rights and demands of the Syrian people,” Salehi said “the solution in Syria should be a Syrian solution,” not “imposed from the outside.”

Asked whether the Shi’ite Muslim country had sent military forces to Lebanon and Syria, Salehi did not reply. Earlier in the week a top commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Tehran had sent advisers, the clearest indication to date of Iran’s direct assistance to the Syrian regime.

Notably absent was Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, who earlier this month was recovering from abdominal surgery in the United States. Last week, Saudi Arabia said that the 72-year-old foreign minister would spend several weeks in Los Angeles to recover.

It was initially suggested that Saudi Arabia would send its deputy foreign minister to the meeting in Cairo, but the kingdom did not. No explanation was given. Saudi Arabia, though, did send the deputy to Cairo last week to attend a preparatory session for Monday’s meeting, and the kingdom remains part of the talks.
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http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/seeking-syria-peace-islamic-quartet-meets-in-egypt-for-first-time-since-launch-1.465414

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September 17th, 2012, 8:01 pm

 

589. Ghufran said:

Athiest,
I did not know about the arrests you mentioned , most Syrians, me included, are against arresting non violent opposition figures,the regime can not and should not be trusted ,the question from day was whether we should outgun or outsmart the regime, you can see the result of trying to outgun the regime. No regime can survive if most citizens oppose it, its demise is certain, what armed rebels did is prolong the life of the regime and weaken support for opposition,especially in certain parts and certain segments of Syrian population, some people are unable to swallow this fact.
Military victories for either side, the regime included, will be short lived, the party that will win is the party that will secure the support of most Syrians not the one that kills more Syrians.
(mr Antoine , only 2 or 3 bloggers care to read your posts,sorry)

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September 17th, 2012, 8:03 pm

 

590. Darryl said:

“549. DAWOUD said:

To Darryl, the inventor of the anti-Muslim “1400 years of colonization” theory (which is inaccurate because many of the native Syrian or Bilad al-Sham Sasanite Arabs converted to Islam from Christianity after al-Yarmouk Battle):”

Hello Dawoud Holy Homs (DHH) long time no hear from you, DHH, my apple tree had many apples this year, can you guess how many apples it had? DHH, Syrian Christians were about 50% of the population up to about 1950. After 1400 years of jizya paying colonization, Muslim families being larger in size etc etc, the Muslim population was still small. Most of the Syrian Christians live outside of Syria now.

“Stop your anti-Muslim rant! Neither you nor the anti-Msulim Coptic producer of the defamatory anti-Prophet YOUTUbe trailer will succeed in conquering Islam. Your anti-Muslim hate will only agonize you and may cause you heart attack”

DHH, who gave you such a dumb idea that I am trying to conquer Islam? I am only trying to educate you because you do not read or seek the truth, your mind has been colonized and the keys were thrown away.

You see the majority of Muslims cannot handle reality, you and that other poster who keeps labeling people Islamaphoebs included among many.

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September 17th, 2012, 8:34 pm

 

591. Ghufran said:

لسعة العقرب
The Sting of Scorpion:
http://www.independent.co.uk/hei-fi/entertainment/alqaida-cashes-in-as-the-scorpion-gets-in-among-the-good-guys-8144071.html?origin=internalSearch
I have seen this movie before, I just thought the guy riding his horse will remember to avoid the hole in the road on the movie’s second or third reruns.

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September 17th, 2012, 8:35 pm

 

592. Ghufran said:

The never ending claims and counter claims:
واصل الجيش النظامي محاولاته إقتحام أحياء الحجر الأسود و القدم و العسالي في دمشق ، بعد ثلاثة أيام من المعارك الطاحنة و القصف العنيف من الطائرات المروحية و المدفعية.
و كان حي الحجر الأسود شاهدا على أعنف المواجهات ، و خاصة في المنطقة المحاذية لمخيم اليرموك، بالتزامن مع إلقاء الطيران المروحي للبراميل المتفجرة ، التي كثف الجيش النظامي من إستخدامها في الأونة الأخيرة.
و قال سكان في دمشق أن القوات النظامية أنسحبت من مخيم اليرموك و حي التقدم و من المناطق المجاورة لحي الحجر الأسود.
No winners in this bloody war,only victims.
السبايا في حروب السبي تفترس السبايا
رحم الله محمود درويش

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September 17th, 2012, 8:47 pm

 

593. Son of Damascus said:

MJabali,

I really understand the inherent fear that the minorities feel in Syria, the opposition has to do better in terms of appealing to them but at the same time the minorities need to understand that the fear barrier has been broken, change is coming whether you or I or anyone else like it or not.

Syria as we know it is gone, it is up to us now to influence how it changes. I don’t know about you but I am young and hopefully I will have many years ahead of me. I am not inclined to sit back and let Syria die, my entire childhood I was told Syria is Assads, talk about anything but them, and when you did it was in whispers with the abajoor drawn down.

The people I blame the most for this mess we are in are my parents and their generation, they damned my country to Assad, they damned it in fear and silence. We were told change was impossible, dream about anything but Syria. They gave up on her.

Now all I dream about is Syria. Change is not impossible.

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September 17th, 2012, 8:55 pm

 

594. Ghufran said:

قال الدكتور موسى أبو مرزوق، نائب رئيس المكتب السياسي لحركة حماس، إن الرئيس المصري محمد مرسي تحركه مصالح بلاده القومية، مدللا على ذلك بقوله إن الأنفاق بين مصر وقطاع غزة أغلقت بشكل لم يحدث في عهد الرئيس السابق حسني مبارك.
Things change when you are in power

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September 17th, 2012, 9:14 pm

 

595. Syrian said:

577. ALBO said:
“They were not all converted because the monarchs wanted to keep the jizyah, that’s as simple as that.”
That is is not correct, because if they converted then they have to pay Zakat as muslims witch http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jizyawas almost the same amount,plus being a none Muslims means that they did not have to fight in wars, and on top of all that only rich male able bodied had to pay it
And according to Darryl Syria had 50% Christain in 1950, witch means that in 1400 yrs of Islamic rules they kept their numbers, but 60 years of secular rules make those # goes down to 8% so go figure
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jizya

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September 17th, 2012, 9:59 pm

 

596. Ghufran said:

يعتبر على شريعتى (1933-1977) عالما اجتماعيا متميزاً ومصلحاً رائداً ومفكراً متنوراً فى حركة الإصلاح الاجتماعى والدينى والسياسى فى إيران؛ من خلال دراسة مجتمعه وبيئته وأسباب التخلف والجمود والثقافات الدينية والعادات والطقوس المؤثرة على المجتمع.
كان أبوه محمد تقى رجل دين إصلاحى ينادى بتصحيح التراث الدينى من العادات والطقوس الغريبة والحركة السياسية؛ مما أثر كثيراً على ابنه الذى تأثر فيه كثيراً حتى دخل فى حركات سياسية عديدة مثل “الجبهة الوطنية”، “حركة المقاومة”، “حركة تحرير إيران”، وكان من رموز الثورة لذلك سجن مراراً ونفى إلى القرى، وبقى فترات فى الإقامة الجبرية حتى سافر إلى لندن العام 1977 ومات بصورة غامضة هناك حيث يدّعى البعض أنّ لجهاز السافاك الإيرانى يد فيها، ثم منع دفنه بإيران ليدفن فى الشام في حي السيدة زينب. حصل شريعتى على بعثة إلى فرنسا لتفوقه، ثم حصل على الدكتوراه من جامعة السوربون فى سوسيولوجيا الدين وكذلك التاريخ الإسلامى فيرجع أستاذا فى جامعتى طهران ومشهد ومحاضرا فى حسينية إرشاد وغيرها
ومن أهم كتب شريعتى “التشيع العلوى والتشيع الصفوى”، و”النباهة والإستحمار”، “دين ضد الدين”، “العودة إلى الذات”، “معرفة الإسلام”. كان فيها محللاً ناقداً مفكراً، واضعاً يده على الجرح والداء. خصوصاً الكتاب الأول الذى هو عبارة عن محاضرات ناقدة فى حسينية إرشاد فى طهران، حيث نقد التشيع المعاصر معتبره تشيعاً صفوياً، وقد انحرف عن تشيع أهل البيت كليا منذ الدولة الصفوية (1501-1722) التى حكمت إيران والعراق وتحالف معها وعّاظ السلاطين والفقهاء وأجبرت المسلمين السنة على الانتقال للمذهب الشيعى بوسائل القوة والإجبار والاضطهاد، وعندها استعمل الصفويون الدين كعتلة لتحقيق أهدافهم السياسية ومواجهة الدولة العثمانية السنية.
وفى كتابه “النباهة والاستحمار”، وبالخصوص فصله المُعَنْوَن “الإستحمار الدينى”، حيث يعتبر هذا الاستحمار من جهة الدين هو الأكبر والأقوى والأعظم منذ العصور القديمة وحتى المعاصرة، وما سماه “الإستخدام الدينى لاستحمار العقول”، والذى تروجه باصطلاحه “طبقة رجال الدين”، وهى طبقة متميزة فى تشويه كل مفاهيم الوعى والعقل والإدراك وسلب الإرادة والتفكير، والتجهيل والغفلة والتخدير، ويعتبرها نسخة كاملة مطابقة لحكم الكنيسة فى القرون الوسطى وأخذها صكوك الغفران والتخلف آنذاك ضد العقل والعلم والفكر، كما يقسم الاستحمار إلى فردى واجتماعى، فيعتبر السلطات الحاكمة المتحالفة ثلاث وهى السياسية والملوكية ومثالها القرآنى فرعون، والاقتصادية الارستقراطية ومثالها القرآنى قارون، والدينية ومثالها القرآنى هو بلعم بن باعورة العالم الفقيه والذى عبر عنه الله “فمثله كمثل الكلب إن تحمل عليه يلهث أو تتركه يلهث”، وهى متحالفة ضد الفقراء والمستضعفين
نقد شريعتى ثقافة التكفير والبغضاء واللعن فى التشيع الصفوى المعاصر ودعى إلى الوحدة الإسلامية بين السنة والشيعة معتبرا الخليفتين عمر وعلى وجهين مشرقين للمحبة والتعاون والتآلف، كما أشادا بمرجعيتين: محمد عبده إمام الأزهر ومحسن الأمين الشيعى العربى والتعاون من أجل الأمة وأهدافها مزيحين التكفير والسباب والخرافة والطقوس الغريبة، كما ذكر محاولات التقريب بين المذاهب فى الستينيات بمصر ودعى إلى تجديدها والإصلاح فى التراث
هاجم شريعتى التشيع الصفوى المبنى على تكفير الخلفاء وثقافة البغضاء، ويعتبر العسكرى هو الزعيم للتشيع الصفوى المعاصر. يبدو لشريعتى أن هجوم الفرس على الخليفة عمر بهذه الشدة والسباب هو بسبب فتحه لبلاد فارس وإدخالهم قهرا فى الإسلام
حار الكثير من الباحثين عن مذهب شريعتى، لكنه أجاب عن ذلك فى كتابه “دين ضد الدين”، وقال: “أنا سني المذهب، صوفي المشرب، بوذي ذو نزعة وجودية، شيوعي ذو نزعة دينية، مغترب ذو نزعة رجعية، واقعي ذو نزعة خيالية”. هكذا عبر عن نفسه ليجمع بين مذاهب متعددة لتكون الحقيقية جامعة متكاملة يكمّل بعضها بعضا.
Shia Arabs who refuse to accept Wilayat Al-Faqeeh and have a reconciliatory philosophy are considered traitors by Safawee Shia and you see evidence of that from Lebanon to Iraq.

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September 17th, 2012, 9:59 pm

 

597. Visitor said:

535 Baggage of Damascus (aka SOD)

You have 5 days grace period to continue practicing your barking exercise in the wilderness all by yourself. I just hope you choose an area where you can receive echoes for your hard work and not feel like talking in open space all by yourself

You have clearly proven yourself to be a little brat who keeps looking for attention, shallow and pretender as usual and with no substance. Currently, I am in Fort McMurrey with some very important projects to look after. When I get the time (a week or so), I will put the appropriate leash around your neck, then whenever you feel the urge for attention and start your barks, you will not have to wait long before the whip smashes your behind and the leash tightened around your neck.

For the time being just keep doing what you’re doing.

Baggages cannot make revolutions. They need carriers. And eventually they become burdens and wil find no carriers.

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September 17th, 2012, 10:38 pm

 

598. jna said:

Journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad interviewed by PBS. A long interview, selection below on Iraq.
http://keranews.org/post/journalist-examines-chaotic-fighting-syria

ABDUL-AHAD: Yes. Of course I spend time in Iraq. You know, one thing you do when – and I think I was very lucky in – in that is, I looked at Iraq as, you know, as an outside experience. I was Iraqi. I grew up in Iraq all my life. I’m Iraqi. I speak the language. But when I covered Iraq, I tried to do it as a foreigner covering a foreign country. I – otherwise, you know, I would be too passionate. I would be too angry. I would be too frustrated, and I will just – I won’t be able to do it.

So I tried to see it as a different country, as a foreign country, as what happens to the people when their country is occupied, when the fighting happens in the streets and when a regime like this is installed. So I think Iraq now is in a very, very bad place. It’s a mafia state. It’s ruled by, you know, by a very, very corrupt mafia.

And I don’t mean only the prime minister and his party. I mean even the opposition are no better. Everyone is corrupt. You have this clique of politicians, army generals, their bodyguards, their militia commanders who have total monopoly on the state, the wealth of the state.

I mean, we’re talking about a country with a budget of $100 billion in the past few years, yet when you drive in the streets of Bagdad, it’s the same miserable, it’s the same festering garbage, the same sewage overflowing in the street. The corruption is massive. There is no state of law, you know. No one is immune.

You can be detained in the street, tortured, captured, interrogated. You confess to whatever crime they tell you to confess, and then your family has to pay a huge bribe to get you released. So it’s a horrible state. I’m more scared when I cover Iraq than I am, you know, in Syria or in Libya.

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September 18th, 2012, 11:34 pm

 

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