Suicide Bombing Changes Nature of the Syrian Revolution

From Foreign Affairs

Two suicide bombs outside of government security locations in Damascus killed 40 civilians and soldiers and wounded 100 according to Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad — as reported by the government’s Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The attacks have come after one of the most violent weeks since the beginning of the Syrian regime’s crackdown on uprisings nearly ten months ago, and was the first such assault seen in the capital of Damascus.

Iraqi political leaders canceled crisis talks scheduled for today and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki threatened to end power sharing in the government after Baghdad saw a series of violent blasts.

Al Jazeera’s Rula Amin reported that: “The capital has been relatively quiet. If the government is trying to say this is the work of protesters or even al Qaeda sympathizers, the attack is in the heart of the capital and that makes the government look very vulnerable.”

Meanwhile, the British-based advocacy group, Avaaz, reported it has evidence that the death toll since the beginning of the government crackdown has reached 6,237civilians and soldiers, which includes 917 government forces, 400 children, and617 people whose deaths were a result of torture.

Opposition activists claim the government staged the attacks as part of a scheme to convince the Arab League delegation that arrived in Damascus on Thursday that there is no government crackdown, but that violence in the country has been the work of “armed terrorist gangs.”

I was asked by journalists today what I thought about the notion that the Syrian government planned the car bombs to provide a pretext for their increasingly violent crackdown on the opposition. It reminds me of the notion that Washington was behind the World Trade Center bombing to provide a pretext for invading Iraq. I don’t give either much credibility. Both fit a rather perverse “qui bono,” or “who benefits” text, but I shouldn’t think that either are likely. I am only surprised that we haven’t seen the use of suicide bombing sooner.

The context of the bombings are the growing frustration of the opposition. The Assad regime remains strong compared to opposition forces. The external opposition leaders – the NSC – do not have a strategy for bringing down the regime that is realistic. Following this week’s Tunis meeting, the SNC demanded immediate foreign intervention to protect the Syrian people and stop the regime. At the same time it demanded that opposition groups within the country forgo militarization. The SNC snubbed the Free Syrian Army which has been trying to put together a military option.  There is no likelihood that Western powers will intervene in Syria anytime soon. As the death-rate rises, opposition frustrations are also rising, increasing the probability that radical groups will begin to carry out suicide operations in an attempt to break the stalemate.

Law and order are also breaking down in Syria, which means that we should expect the spread of radical groups. The Syrian state, being one of the most intrusive and repressive in the Middle East, was able to thwart radical groups. As its capabilities decline, so will its ability to keep such groups from penetrating Syrian society. But the real reason for such bombings is the desperate political situation.  Until Syria produces an ability to resolve its conflicts by political means, the chances are that the daily diet of suicide bombings that have become a part of political life in Iraq, will also become common in Syria.

Benzene prices were raised in Syria from syp 44 to 50 (13.6 percent). This is further sign of the breakdown of the government’s ability to provide for the people as it used to. Sanctions are working.

Wash Post

…. Tabler added that the increasing militarization of the revolt and the exiled opposition’s growing support for armed action creates a policy dilemma for the United States. “We don’t have a policy for dealing with the fact that many people are taking up arms,” he said.

IRAN EMBASSY IN DAMASCUS CONFIRMS KIDNAPPING OF FIVE IRANIAN TECHNICIANS IN SYRIA – MEHR NEWS AGENCY REUTERS

The Syrian authorities detained the prominent figure Abdul Azeez Al-Khair for a day while he was leaving the country at Damascus airport to travel to Cairo. He was going to participate in discussion with the Arab League as a member of the delegation from the National Coordination Body – NCB, that includes Haytham Manna, Saleh Mohammed and Rajaa Al-Naser. Although released, he has had his passport taken from him to keep him from joining opposition members abroad.

Jerusalem Post: 50 US experts implore Obama to press Syria harder, 2011-12-21

Around 50 US-based experts on Middle East policy and strategy signed an open letter to President Barack Obama this week imploring him to demonstrate greater leadership on the Syria crisis. Their petition calls for tougher sanctions, greater contact …  Tony Badran issued the letter….

Seth Cropsey, a fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former US national security official, said he personally supports the deployment of special forces to the country. “Military intervention could be useful in the form of special operations forces that would help organize, train and equip groups that oppose Assad,” he told the Post. “I support the use of such forces, as well as intelligence assets” to help unseat the Syrian president,” said Cropsey, who also signed the petition….

Aljazeera doesn’t Broadcast SNC: After Syria signed the Doha agreement allowing the Arab League observers into Syria, Aljazeera didn’t broadcast the SNC conference form Tunis. The Aljazeera adviser on Syria who is close to the SNC is now also showing on Alarabiya.

Thomas Pierret writes “Un nouveau billet sur son blog: Islam et politique en Syrie: Les mystérieuses Qoubeysiyyat divisées face à la révolution

Syria Steps -corruption and import tariffs. الشهابي: مشكلتنا في الفساد الجمركي..وقدمنا رؤية واضحة لتطوير الصناعة

Corruption at Commercial Bank: See this article by Sham Times

A friend writes: “4 years ago, I met the general manager of one of the new private banks in Aleppo. We talked about staffing. He said his problem was recruiting senior people from the commercial bank of Syria. Why I asked. He said that their salaries are around syp 20,000 a year. He would entice them by paying them between syp 75,000 and 100,000 a month. None would come because they make multiples of that at the commercial bank of Syria outside their salaries. Every loan they make, they get paid a chunk personally.”

الحرب تُعلن رسمياً على مدير التجاري السوري War between Mayale and Dergham people at the Commercial Bank واقتراح بمناظرة تلفزيونية تجمع درغام وميالة وجليلاتي…كي نفهم…!؟

Azmi Bishara shreds the SNC to pieces (without mentioning it) for how it begs for Arab and international intervention and how it uses tashbee7 against other opposition.

Assessing Assad – Foreign Affairs
The Syrian leader isn’t crazy. He’s just doing whatever it takes to survive.
BY BRUCE BUENO DE MESQUITA, ALASTAIR SMITH | DECEMBER 20, 2011

….Following the logic we set out in The Dictator’s Handbook, we believe Assad has been misunderstood and maybe, just maybe, even misjudged. In the book, we argue that no leader — not even a Louis XIV, an Adolf Hitler, or a Joseph Stalin — can rule alone. Each must rely on a coalition of essential supporters without whom power will be lost. That coalition, in turn, counts on a mutually beneficial relationship with the leader. They keep the ruler in office, and the ruler keeps them in the money. If either fails to deliver what the other wants, the government falls.

Assad is no exception. Just as he said, it is not his government. He cannot do whatever he wants. He might even be a true reformer, as many in the Western media believed prior to the Arab Spring, or he may be the brute he now appears to be. The truth is, he is doing what he must to maintain the loyalty of those who keep him in power. …

The Alawites make up 70 percent of Syria’s career military, 80 percent of the officers, and nearly 100 percent of the elite Republican Guard and the 4th Armored Division, led by the president’s brother Maher. In a survey of country experts we conducted in 2007, we found that Assad’s key backers — those without whose support he would have to leave power — consisted of only about 3,600 members out of a population of about 23 million. That is less than 0.02 percent….

CFR: Why Syria’s Regime Is Doomed, 2011-12-22
Dennis Ross

Amid mounting violence that has killed more than five thousand in Syria, it is “almost inevitable” the regime of President Bashar al-Assad will collapse, says Dennis Ross, a former senior Middle East adviser to President Obama. “When a regime is ..,.

 

 

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451. Syrialover said:

Tara #421 your concerns about Dumbthug Dabi are right, but why hold HIM accountable for the shabby fiasco that’s unfolding in Syria with the Arab League?

It’s the decaying leadership and secretariat of the AL that have betrayed and shamed the Arab world by appointing a Sudanese war criminal to lead the observers.

Sudan has only a marginal (if that) link with the AL and a putrid international reputation for its recent genocidal treatment of its citizens in Dafur and the South. Also, let’s admit the geriatric clique running the AL would have a deep contempt for black Africans and wouldn’t include them in anything they think important.

The sight of desperate Syrians having no choice but to beg for help and attention from a corrupt, cruel black African “General” and his pals is sickening and defies belief.

Many in the Arab world feel their countries don’t get proper respect from the west and that it doesn’t care.

How about the AL showing respect and care for Arabs?

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December 29th, 2011, 12:21 am

 

452. Juergen said:

Khalid

well one could compare those events in Germany back in 1849 with today, you had no existing democracy a country divided by regional kingdoms some more some less oppressing the people. Germany at that stage was still in the Absolutism era, unlike France and England, we still did not have any legislation and represantation of the people.

But one has to be careful when comparing, i do believe that some comparisons are like apple and pears. F.e the communism and the regime of Ceaucescu in Romania with his Securitate security forces were terrible. People were really starving in Romania in the 80s while our regime in Berlin could not supply us with bananas and organges. So that the people killed the tyrann in Romania came to nobodys surprise. Regimes differ tremendously even though similar events have also similar roots and backgrounds.

I do believe that given today no society which has not seen democracy or experienced it must forcefully fail to achieve real freedom and democracy. Today we are more educated and the examples for good governance are visible for everyone.

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December 29th, 2011, 12:44 am

 

453. syriacomment said:

I’m watching the Assadists and paid web watchers rush to give the red thumbs down to comments on the rotten quality of the Arab League mission (#441 and #350).

They are THRILLED it’s turned out to be inept, cowardly and stupid. It means Assad has nothing to fear from it.

But they also get a warm happy feeling that it has turned out to have those features. So like their beloved Assad regime…

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December 29th, 2011, 1:14 am

 

454. Syria no kandahar said:

القتله الكلاب المعدعوون ثوارا
المدعومون من رفلون جردون تارا وهيثم الاجدب

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December 29th, 2011, 1:47 am

 

455. Syria no kandahar said:

Tara bernard levy&Revlon bin Scorpion
Can you show your Peaceful Dogs to the observers:

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December 29th, 2011, 2:06 am

 

456. Juergen said:

Just read that the german government has issued that 2417 Syrians have sought political asylum this year only. Thats an 50% increase. Looks like the happy days in Basharland are over.

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December 29th, 2011, 2:38 am

 

457. Mina said:

Because the Djihadists of al Qaeda and other pro djihad salafi movements did not have the evil “seculars” “atheists” “materialists” as first target all through their history? That’s how they brought thousands to fight in Afghanistan, Jürgen, and at that time they were not anti-US but US and Saudi sponsored, as you know very well. I am happy to see that at least the Germans get real news from their media. The rest of Europe and the US live on another planet. Nice how easily the Palestinian question and bid at the UN have vanished from all screens. No spring for them, they’ll have to wait for how long?

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December 29th, 2011, 4:09 am

 

458. Juergen said:

There has been an ugly attack on a german politician who is a member of the SNC. Ferhad Ahma was attacked in his apartment in Berlin by two man. He and a women got beaten with wooden sticks. He did not get severly beaten, but was later summoned to a hospital for a check up. The german police is investigating now. Ahma is sure that he was targeted by the syrian muhabarat or supportes of the regime here in Berlin. “They knew my address, that was no spontanous act” he stated in an interview with TAZ newspaper.

Guido Westerwelle ,foreign minister has “invited” Radwan Loutfi the syrian ambassador to Germany for a consultation. Afterwards a spokesperson of the government stated that:”any kind of intimidation against syrian opposition members is not acceptable. If it turns out, that diplomats accredited in Germany were involved in the use of violence, this will quickly lead to reactions, such as the declaration of persona non grata.”

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December 29th, 2011, 4:45 am

 

459. Khalid Tlass said:

GHUFRAN,

Allah has divided the society into believers and non-believers. If u believe in Allah, u should believe in it too.

If u believe in Allah, Angels, Messengers, Revealed Books, day of Judgement, and predentned will ; then u are a believer.

Also if u reject Caliphate of Abu Bakr, Omar and Othman, you are a a REBEL against the Prophet and thus a non-believer.

You still haven’t answered the question, do you consider Abu Bakr as the First Caliph ?

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December 29th, 2011, 5:17 am

 

460. Juergen said:

Mina
given the nature of this regime when it comes to the media, don’t you think this silence of the syrian media outlets only days after 40 people got killed by two “suicide attacks” is normal? For the first time in syrian modern history “suicide bombers” killed in Damascus, right in the heart of the government. Mouallims ministery is not far away, dont they all live in fears now that syrian al quaida ( if they exist) was capable to operate inmidst the capital.Since three days no more pictures of the site, no interviews of the victims, just business as usal, the founding of an bronze age grave seems more of importance to the regime than this gruesome attack on the syrian soil.

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December 29th, 2011, 5:26 am

 

461. Khalid Tlass said:

TARA,

Precisely !!! It is because of these pro-regime anti-Sunni fanatics that I have become sectarian. I fight sectariansim with sectarianism.

Now the SNC should throw out the line that when it comes to power, it will alow the Iraqi Baath Party and the Iraqi Sunni Resistance to have a safe haven in Syria so that they can attack Iraqi securty forces and overthrow the puppet Maliki regime, that would serve them right for working against the Syrian Uprising, bloody majousiye.

Long live Sunni Arab Solidarity.

Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, all Sunnis One !!

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December 29th, 2011, 5:28 am

 

462. Khalid Tlass said:

TARA,

If I remember correctly, you distictly called me a Mukhabarati and said u won’t retract ur statement. So do u change ur mind ?

I also apologise to Sheila for whatever I said on Heetan, my intent was not to insult her, never, I was just venting my frustration at Halabi menhebaks.

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December 29th, 2011, 5:30 am

 

463. Khalid Tlass said:

JUERGEN,

Of all the Communist regimes of Europe –

East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Albania, Yugoslavia ; which ones were the most repressive, most brutal and economically worst ?

Also, do you think the people of GDR would have liked to kill/execute Honecker along with Stasi bosses if they had a chance ?

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December 29th, 2011, 5:35 am

 

464. Khalid Tlass said:

JUERGEN,

Is it possible that some ex-Stasi informers/spies/thugs may be working secretly for the Syria mukhabarat based in the Syrian embassy in Berlin ?

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December 29th, 2011, 5:37 am

 

465. Khalid Tlass said:

TARA,

I think a deal has been cooked between A.L and Besho as well as Turkey, basically none of them want to impose sanctions, so this A.L visit is just a whitewash to justify lifting the sanctions.

Only FSA is our hope, there is a rate of 20 defections per day, only the FSA can and will overthrow the regime, in old-gashioned style, the same way Fidel Castro overthrew Battista. Within the next year the Assad Army will be reduced by at lest 15,000 troops, who will join the FSA.

One thing is certain, if Assad tries anyhting funny, like launchign Scud attacks or Grad rockets or chemical weapons or Heavy artillery at Homs or Idlib or Deraa, there will be a No-Fly-Zone.

Basically the A.L. and Turkey support us, but they do not want to lose their business in Syria and their whore-houses in Lebanon.

But Libyan rebels and Iraqi Baathists will be a major source of weapons supply for the FSA in the coming days.

However there is a silver lining to the AL visiit, namely the regime cannot indiscriminately attack and slaughter the people, the regime is forced to hault Army operations and use Police, this gives people a chance to regroup and recollect their lives, get hold of essential supplies and also gives FSA much-needed breathing space and chance to regroup and plan new strikes. At least as long as there are AL observers in Homs, there won;t be any Tank attacks on Baba Amr and Kahldiye, the people will get some respite.

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December 29th, 2011, 5:50 am

 

466. Khalid Tlass said:

TARA,

I think a deal has been cooked between A.L and Besho as well as Turkey, basically none of them want to impose sanctions, so this A.L visit is just a whitewash to justify lifting the sanctions.

Only FSA is our hope, there is a rate of 20 defections per day, only the FSA can and will overthrow the regime, in old-gashioned style, the same way Fidel Castro overthrew Battista. Within the next year the Assad Army will be reduced by at lest 15,000 troops, who will join the FSA.

Basically the A.L. and Turkey support us, but they do not want to lose their business in Syria and their whore-houses in Lebanon.

Let me elaborate. For the last 20 years, the regime has been very successful in selling the “exotic Shaami culture” to the Arabs. Since 1990, the regime has been successful in carving out a place in the hearts of the Arab public, by its vulgar peddling of wine and women to rich Gulf Arabs. And to non-Gulf Arabs, i.e ppl from Egypt, North Africa, etc. the regime has been successful in selling its image as “beating heart of Arab resistance”.

The regime is all about IMAGE, the only reason Bashar does not get isolated like Saddam or Gaddafi is because he appears as a charming, suave, urbane, normal guy, he has been careful not to appear as a psychopath weirdo like other dictators ( Saddam, Gaddafi, Kim Yong Il, Tukrmenbashi, etc), to the point that to someone who meets him for the first time, its almost impossible to see the blood on his hands.

Also the regime has always been careful in keeping the bloodthirsty butchers like Maher, Rifaat, Ali Aslan, in the background.

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December 29th, 2011, 5:58 am

 

467. Mina said:

Jürgen,

There is no terrorism except for state-sponsored terrorism. The “regime(s)” in Syria is afraid since six months now and Buthayna Shaaban said to Fisk she could not travel to Homs on her mother’s grave out of fear. Same for the rest of the people who are known to be close to the Baath. Not to say that the different security apparatuses are not chasing and intimidating people, but nothing new here and many should be cleaning their own doorsteps (Turkey, KSA, Qatar, Bahrein, etc).
Again, Syria has been used to distract people from what was going on in KSA territories: Yemen and Bahrein. And Syria is punished for its support to Iran, HA and Hamas.

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December 29th, 2011, 6:25 am

 

468. Juergen said:

Khalid

I would say the worst in your list would be Romania,Albania, Bulgaria, Poland, GDR, Czechoslovakia,Bulgaria and Yugoslavia.

Repression has many sides, see in my country they could make your live a living hell, no work, no university no money. If you belong to the church and are active in it fe. you could face all three of the above. If you decided not to go to the army you ended up in prison for 2 years,if you made a joke about the party or its members. Torture was always present, and interrogation techniques were really fancy. But compared to Romania and Albania you could really face death for little things, the food supplies were scarce at the end of the 80s in Romania, it was a word of that time in my country the people always said, think of Romania, we are much better off here.
Titos Jugoslavia was quite unique, they had a good economy8 probably the ebst of all), and the regime was more mild than others. A friend of mine from Sarajevo was an exchange student in NYC in 1982, such a thing was unthinkable in all the other communist regimes.

I dont think people really wanted Honecker to die, but imprisonment was seen as adequate, and he got it though his illness prevented him a death in prison. His wife nonevertheless gets until now retirement from our government to her exile in Santiago de Chile. She was not just the first lady,she was education minister and she was the one who decided if children got seperated from their parents if the parents were against the government or tried to flee the country and were cought doing so.

I dont think that the Syrian embassy here at Rauchstrasse has any german at all working for them, i think germans are too expensive for them. Whenever i was there there were just Syrians working. But its an open secret that syrian muhabarat is working from there as well, any military attache post in any embassy is highly to be working for an secret agency, at least part time. Some of the Stasi geniuses are hired and work now for western secret services.

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December 29th, 2011, 6:45 am

 

469. Syrialover said:

CORRECTION #453 should have read as being posted from Syrialover not from Syriacomment.

Apologies for the error and any confusion.

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December 29th, 2011, 8:07 am

 
 

471. Ales said:

Peaceful opposition? Show me one video of Army shooting on civilians like these people do on vehicles.

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December 29th, 2011, 8:32 am

 

472. defender said:

http://www.voltairenet.org/NATO-suspends-military-plans-to

NATO suspends military plans to wage all-out economic war against Syria
by Thierry Meyssan
Having applied, until now, the humanitarian military intervention model already tested in Yugoslavia and more recently in Libya, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is forced to rewrite its script for Syria. It will now adopt the same strategy that was used in Iraq: To besiege the country, in defiance of the population, and weaken it sufficiently for the next assault.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Saban Forum in Washington, 3 December 2011.
NATO is currently reviewing its strategy for Syria. After eight months of low intensity war and despite the infiltration of many Arab and Pashtun fighters, Syrian society has not fractured. To be sure, some religious clashes took place in Deraa, Homs and Banias, but they were not widespread and were short lived. For the Alliance, it is no longer realistic to think that it can rapidly foment a civil war to justify an “international humanitarian operation.”

This realization comes at a time when the ad hoc military coalition is in the throes of a crisis. During the war against Libya, the initiative had been spearheaded by France and the UK. However, the two European heavyweights proved they were incapable of mobilizing the necessary resources. In fact, three quarters of the war effort was provided or funded by the Pentagon. Above all, the deployment of inadequate devices could have wrought disaster had Libya decided to attack NATO’s ships and helicopters [1]. The problem is much worse in the case of Syria, which boasts a population four times larger than that of Libya, and an army seasoned by previous regional conflicts.

It was therefore decided to strengthen the Franco-British duo by bringing in Germany. A tripartite agreement was to be negotiated on December 2 to mark, albeit belatedly, the anniversary of the Lancaster House Treaty [2] which laid down the organizational framework for the joint British and French expeditionary forces and sealed the fate of Libya [3]. However, the event was canceled. In the middle of the Western economic crisis, Berlin is loath to underwrite war expenses without a guaranteed return on its investment.

Germany’s budgetary rationality has shattered the epic dreams of the US-Israeli military-industrial complex. The departure of Robert Gates and the rise of Hillary Clinton have signaled the revival of the project for the “remodeling of the Greater Middle East” and its extension to North Africa. However, this doctrine – which stems from the imperial ideology of Leo Strauss – reeks of a perpetual headlong rush, the war having no other aim than itself. It may be ideal for the war economy of the United States, but it hardly suits Germany’s peace-based economy.

The plan of a conventional war against Syria raises many economic issues. No European nation would have anything to gain either in the short or medium term, while many are likely to lose a few feathers. In the case of Libya, whereas British and French businessmen were swift to cash in on their dividends by renegotiating the oil concessions to their advantage, the Turks and the Italians were left holding the bag, losing nearly all their markets in the former colony.

Pending the creation of an ad hoc military coalition, NATO has temporarily turned to the economic war scenario. It intends to besiege Syria by cutting it off from all import-export trade, and sabotaging its means of production. Behind the moralistic label of “sanctions,” the Alliance member states and their Arab League vassals have already imposed a bank freeze that prohibits commodity trading. They are currently concentrating on shutting down lines of communication, including airlines, and the pull out of multinational companies, mainly oil companies. Thus, following in the footsteps of Shell and Total, Petro-Canada is on its way out, closing behind it the plant that supplies electricity to the city of Homs.

In particular, the first major act of sabotage was perpetrated against the pipeline supplying the same power plant, to make sure it could not operate once the Canadian engineers had gone. This terrorist act was claimed by the Syrian Free Army, although it is not possible to verify who was really behind it: military felons, Al Qaeda mercenaries or NATO commandos.

With the exception of fuel and electricity, no shortage has so far been reported in Syria. To mitigate the impact of the siege, Damascus is busy establishing new exchanges with Beijing. Because of the bank embargo, they have to be conducted on a barter basis, as China is already doing with Iran. This system should allow Syria to save its economy, apart from the tourist industry which has already been severely affected over the long term.

At any rate, the siege of Syria has already claimed many economic victims in Turkey, whose cancellation of the free trade agreement with Syria and the introduction of prohibitive tariffs have devastated the border regions. And although the Syrians are prepared to endure deprivations to save their country, the Turks are not willing to suffer the same fate on behalf of NATO’s ambitions.

In addition, this strategic reorientation has placed the Syrian National Council in an awkward position. Those political figures who endorsed a form of nonviolent action inspired by Gene Sharp’s orange revolutions [4] are now forced to subscribe to acts which have been claimed by members of the Syrian Free Army. The conflict is all the more acute considering that both groups are based in Istanbul and expected to work side by side.

The suspension of the international military intervention plan was confirmed by the return to Damascus of the US, French and German Ambassadors. It imposes a change in the media campaign. Already, the Anglo-American media have dropped references to the most outrageous and less credible accusations leveled against Bashar al-Assad, such as the allegation concerning the torture of children. The State Department itself no longer describes the Syrian President as a monster, but as a man “out of touch with reality” (sic) ” [5]. His case, therefore, no longer requires an urgent treatment. Moreover, the revelations made by several journalists about the situation in Syrian, belying the image conveyed by Western propaganda for the past eight months [6], calls for an indispensable lull.

Thierry Meyssan

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December 29th, 2011, 8:43 am

 

473. defender said:

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December 29th, 2011, 8:46 am

 

474. Revlon said:

Rules and bylaws of the Syrian national Council have been published.
The following are select, saliant clauses.

النظام الأساسي للمجلس الوطني السوري
by Syrian National Council المجلس الوطني السوري on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 4:34am

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المادة (6):
هدف المجلس هو إسقاط النظام بكل رموزه وأركانه وقيادة المرحلة الانتقالية والعمل على بناء دولةٍ ديمقراطيةٍ مدنيةٍ تداوليةٍ تعدّدية، وذلك باستخدام الوسائل المشروعة الممكنة

الفصل الثاني: العضوية

المادة (16):
يتكون المجلس من (250) عضواً على الأقل ويعمل المجلس على أن لا يقل تمثيل المرأة السورية فيه عن 30% من عدد الأعضاء ، كما يعمل على ألا تقل نسبة تمثيل الداخل عن 50% من العدد الكلي للأعضاء

الفصل الثالث: الهيئة العامة

المادة (22):

التعريف:
الهيئة العامة هي أعلى سلطةٍ في المجلس، وهي التي تقرِّر السياسة العامة للمجلس، وخطّطه العامة، وبرنامجه السياسيّ، ورؤيته العامة المستقبلية

المادة (27):

التعريف:

أ- الأمانة العامة هي الجهة التنفيذية الموسَّعة في المجلس، التي تتابع تنفيذ الخطط وبرامج العمل للمكاتب التخصّصية التابعة ، وذلك لتحقيق أهداف المجلس. وتعمل على تقويم الأداء العام للمكتب التنفيذي، حسب تقارير الأداء المقدَّمَة إليها في اجتماعاتها الدورية

المادة (15):
لا يحق لأعضاء الأمانة العامة والمكتب التنفيذي وأعضاء الحكومة المؤقتة تقلد أي منصب سياسي بدرجة وزير أو معاون وزير كما لا يحق الترشح لانتخابات الدورة النيابية لأولى ، التالية مباشرةً للفترة الانتقالية للمجلس

الفصل الخامس: المكتب التنفيذي

المادة (32):

التعريف:

أ- المكتب التنفيذي هو الهيئة التنفيذية العليا للمجلس، ينبثق عن الأمانة العامة،
ب- يتكوّن المكتب التنفيذي من سبعة (7) أعضاء على الأقل، تتم تسميتهم بالتوافق من بين أعضاء الأمانة العامة. من بينهم: الرئيس، ونائب الرئيس، الذي يحل محله في حال غيابه

المادة (36):
رئاسة المكتب التنفيذي تداولية، مدتها ثلاثة أشهر، قابلة للتجديد

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December 29th, 2011, 8:57 am

 

475. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Learn how evil and malign this junta is, regarding the Internet traffic.

From the developers of Tor, the online anonymity project.
From the minute 0:40:23

Try to watch it all. It’s quite interesting.
.

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December 29th, 2011, 9:11 am

 

476. defender said:

Pentagon provides military grade weapons to local police

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December 29th, 2011, 9:16 am

 

477. defender said:

From America to Amerika: The End Game
http://www.voltairenet.org/From-America-to-Amerika-The-End

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December 29th, 2011, 9:24 am

 

478. defender said:

Burhan Ghalioun and Colin Powell’s program
http://www.voltairenet.org/Burhan-Ghalioun-and-Colin-Powell-s

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December 29th, 2011, 9:30 am

 

479. Khalid Tlass said:

TARA,

Precisely !!! It is because of these pro-regime anti-Sunni fanatics that I have become sectarian. I fight sectariansim with sectarianism.

Now the SNC should throw out the line that when it comes to power, it will alow the Iraqi Baath Party and the Iraqi Sunni Resistance to have a safe haven in Syria so that they can attack Iraqi securty forces and overthrow the puppet Maliki regime, that would serve them right for working against the Syrian Uprising, those bloody majousiye.

Long live Sunni Arab Solidarity.

Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, all Sunnis One !!

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December 29th, 2011, 10:43 am

 

480. Khalid Tlass said:

JUERGEN,

In that German video you posted about Baba Amr, what was being said when they interveiwed the FSA guy holding the PKM machine gun behind the sandbags ?

Also, there was a shot of 3 dead bodes with bullet injuries lying on the pavement, who were they ? Were they Shabbiha/government solduers or innoccent civilians ?

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December 29th, 2011, 10:47 am

 

481. Revlon said:

Syrian National Council المجلس الوطني السوري
http://www.facebook.com/TheSyrianNationalCouncil

حسابات اللجنة السورية للاغاثة الانسانية و التنمية التابعة للمجلس الوطني السوري – المكتب الإغاثي كمنظمة وحيدة و مراقبة لاعمال الاغاثة في سوريا
Account numbers of the Syrian committee for Humanitarian Relief in USD, EU, and Turkish Lira

الدولار
Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası Bağcılar şubesi
Bağcılar 1666474 101
SURİYE İNSANİ YARDIMLASMA
30103
رمز IBAN
TR 31 0020 6000 6001 6664 7401 01

اليورو
Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası Bağcılar şubesi
Bağcılar 1666474 102
SURİYE İNSANİ YARDIMLASMA
30103
رمز IBAN
TR 04 0020 6000 6001 6664 7401 02

الليرة التركية

Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası Bağcılar şubesi
Bağcılar 1666474 1
SURİYE İNSANİ YARDIMLASMA
30440
رمز IBAN
TR 15 0020 6000 6001 6664 7400 01

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December 29th, 2011, 11:15 am

 

482. Revlon said:

حركة سوريا شباب من أجل الحرية Youth Syria For Freedom

The identity of the officer who commanded the massacre at Kafr 3wayyed in Jabal AlZawiyeh has been ascertained.
He is officer, Hassan Dayyoub.

http://www.facebook.com/Youth.Syria.Freedom

أموي سوريا •◄ كلنا شهداء حوران :: عاجل :تم التعرف على الضابط المسؤول عن مجزرة كفرعويد في جبل الزاوية، والذي تعمّد قصف ٧٠ قذيفة بي ام بي على المدنيين العزّل الهاربين من بطش النظام..
وهو النقيب المـْـْجرم (حسن ديوب) من مرتبات الفرقة العاشرة، لواء ٨٥، كتيبة ٣٤ مشاة
يرجى التعميم والنشر

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December 29th, 2011, 11:22 am

 

483. Tara said:

Syrialover

Thx for you reply. I agree with you. The sight of desperate Syrians begging for help from the Sudanese war crime general is painful. This was his second of fame and he looks quite pathetic. Among all Arabs, the “reputable” Sudanese general is heading the delegate! Wasn’t Sudan that killed Christians in Darfur? Where are the pathetic islamophobes on SC crying foul? I am more and more convinced that the FSA is our only hope. Unfortunately, legitimacy belongs to the powerful.

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December 29th, 2011, 11:24 am

 

484. Juergen said:

here is an interview with the journalist who was able to report from Homs for german tv.

here is the link of the cnn interview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6CvG_EU-D2g#!

Khalid, they said that the dead were hijacked people and who got tortured and killed by security forces and then laid as a warning to others on the ground.

The talk of the soldier behind the machine gun:
We arr guarding the area here. We are constantly targeted by snipers from other buildings in the neighborhood.Like this one over there.(he points out the direction)

I find the interview with Abdelrazaq Tlass quite stunning, I heard that a relative of the brutal Tlass general has joined the opposition, but this was the first time i saw him organizing the revolt against the regime.

Two other things really are scary to see, they show an emergency hospital in an apartment, where they treat an coma patient with no proper equipment, they do so because if they send him in an hospital he might get detained or worst will hapen to him.

The other scene was a man cutting wood from the trees, they said in the report that no more mazoot for heating is available so the people in Bab Amr are taking down the trees.

What was remarkable was at the end the reporter said: We dont know what will come after Assad, but being here for 5 days secretly in Homs we are sure that this revolution can not be defeated anymore.

here is the original now 14 min long report which was aired last night in german tv

http://www.ardmediathek.de/ard/servlet/content/3517136?documentId=9135936

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December 29th, 2011, 11:37 am

 

485. Majed97 said:

So the strategy of the opposition now is to discredit any investigation that doesn’t validate their cries of “peaceful revolution” and condemn the regime. They are now attacking the AL mission, which they lobbied hard for, because it is not saying what they want to hear. Even the head of the mission is now being targeted for reporting what he’s seeing. I can just imagine how they will react to a free election that doesn’t give them control of the country. This may all turn out to be a waste of time; nothing will please those guys, short of complete destruction of the country.

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December 29th, 2011, 11:56 am

 

486. Syria no kandahar said:

Revlon the scorpion
Did you identify who killed the 2000 Syrian soldiers?
Did you identify who killed 8 of family الشيخ in Hama yesterday?
What do other countries in the world do for Armed
Resistance : send them to spa?give them a party?
Above your beard,in front of terrorists brain,you have blind eyes.

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December 29th, 2011, 12:12 pm

 

487. Syria no kandahar said:

Tara Bernard levy
If the دابه statements were to your interest your mouth would have been shut.
Any way :
دابه is دابه
الجامعه العربيه دابه
معارضتك دابه
وانت دابه

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December 29th, 2011, 12:19 pm

 

488. jad said:

The answer of Mohammad Al Abdallah on Syriatruth article through his reply he exposed 3ahd Alhndi, and through the site he put calling 3ahd, an agent working for the Israelis, Khadam and Ma2moun Alhomsi, we read the name of Rami Nakhlet (aka Malath Oumran) as one of the advisors and a member of that team…

Mohammad Al Abdallah
مقابلة مع صحيفة إسرائيلية:

نشر الكذاب نزار نيوف مادة يتهمني فيها أني أجريت مقابلة مع صحيفة “يديعوت أحرنوت” الإسرائيلية. ورغم تعارض كل الوقائع مع شخصيتي (لست في الثلاثينات، ولست مدخناً كي أدخن مع الصحافي الإسرائيلي، لم أعتقل لعدة أسابيع فقط ومن مقهى إنترنت ولم يكن لإعتقالي أي علاقة بأنشطة على الإنترنت مع طلاب جامعة دمشق كوني درست في الجامعة اللبنانية ولم أدرس في أي جامعة في سوريا) إلا أن الكذاب نيوف مصّر على إلصاق قذارته بي فقط كوني أحد الشخصين الذين قابلا وزيرة الخارجية هيلاري كلينتون وهو ما أشار له من أجرى اللقاء مع الصحيفة.

من أجرى المقابلة مع الصحيفة الإسرائيلية هو عهد الهندي، السوري المقيم في واشنطن والذي يعمل لصالح مؤسسة “سايبر دسدنتس”

http://cyberdissidents.org/

التي تتلقى تمويلاً من وزارة الخارجية الإسرائيلية وتراقب نشطاء الإنترنت في إيران والعالم العربي.

عهد، المدخن، الذي اعتقل من مقهى إنترنت من وسط دمشق (تكاد تكون الحالة الوحيدة في سوريا) والذي اعتقل لبضعة أسابيع فقط وقتها، كان مشاركاً في لقائنا الشهير مع وزيرة الخارجية الأميركية هيلاري كلينتون ولم يكشف عن اسمه وقتها قلقاً على سلامة عائلته (آسف عهد لكني مضطر لكشف هذه المعلومة اليوم لتوضيح ما حصل).

الشيء بالشيء يذكر، سكن عهد في منزلي في زحلة في لبنان لمدة ثلاثة أشهر، في نهاية الشهر الثالث طلبت من الرجل المغادة والبحث عن سكن آخر بعد أن تأكدت أنه يعمل وفي ذات الوقت لصالح مأمون الحمصي وجهاد خدام وآخرين من ذات الطينة!!

صديقي (أو صديقي السابق بالأحرى) عهد، آسف لكتابة كل هذه التفاصيل، لكن لن أسمح لتصرفاتك التافهة أن تنال من سمعتي وإن كان ذلك دون قصد منك!!

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December 29th, 2011, 4:22 pm

 

489. jad said:

Both of Jurgen’s links are very much worth to watch, the CNN and the original ARD report, they have lots of information about the armed militias, how they work and how they attack the Syrian army, they even use the Syrian flag on their checkpoint not the independence flag, that must be for a reason, maybe to fool the AL observers to think that those armed militia men are the Syrian army (some one told use the other day that the Syrian army checkpoints are doing this trick of using the independence flag to fool the observers, it seems that the story is the other way around, no worries, it’s so trendy to spread outlandish stories these days)
What strike me the most is the way the presenter telling the story (if you speak German, you would understand my point) he is portraying the story as if the Syrian government is the armed militia and the armed militia are innocent from any killing, even when they are shooting, he tried to justify their actions, never the less the report is very professional, what it misses in my opinion to make this report even better is telling the story of other neighborhood that are affected by the militia attacks so it wont be as on sided as it is right now.
I also noticed that throughout all the report, except the beginning in his way to get to Homs, we see no Syrian army at all, only one guy pointing toward somewhere that the camera don’t even show, my question is, aren’t those armed militia allover that neighborhood, how can we know that those snipers on the roof they are talking about are not the armed militia themselves who are targeting other neighborhood?
One more thing, this time unlike the Skynews report, there are no shooting during the filming time against any civilian.
They showed the funeral of a 19 years old man they say he was killed while crossing the street, not in a demonstration, and when they asked who killed him, they claim it was the army, why the army killed him if he have no threat to them? For fun? Nobody can explain that.
The other sad story is the mother who was shot while opening her door, again not in a demonstration, who shot her and why? we don’t know. the only answer for every killing is one, the Army.
The two bodies on the street we don’t even know for sure who killed them, he just said what they told him it was, as usual, the army.
I think the victims in the hospital are most likely members of the armed militia.
One worth mentioning point is that there were lots of kids and fewer adults during the whole report and in the festive demonstration Sarot made especially for the filming, which is truly sad to see so many kids have been put in the front line of danger like that.

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December 29th, 2011, 6:00 pm

 

490. AMMAL HOPE said:

I am a Lebanese Alowhet with relatives in Syria and they have expressed to me that they have been threatened to be killed by the secret service if they don’t show their loyalty to the Asad’s including picture in their home and on their face book. The Assad’s and their benefactors are the suppressors of every fresh breath, of any scrap of human rights that come in touch with the Syrian or the Lebanese. Whether they are Alowhe, Sunni, Durzi, Christians alike they are willing to kidnap, and murder in order to push down any opposition to their control. Now they seem to be using their last weapon and that is the propaganda that if the Alowhet loses power in Syria the majority Sunni will kill Allowhet and other minority groups indiscriminately. I believe that we can reduce the effectiveness of their propaganda by promoting tolerance and by identifying that our suppressors are those who hate for us to be more able.

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January 2nd, 2012, 2:44 am

 

491. ann said:

Fresh gas pipeline blast in central Syria – 2012-01-03

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-01/03/c_131340536.htm

DAMASCUS, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) — An armed “terrorist” group on Tuesday targeted a gas pipeline near al-Rastan town in central Syria that feeds two power stations, the official SANA news agency reported.

At least five pipelines have been targeted since the eruption of unrest in Syria in mid March. Syria held what it called ” saboteurs” responsible for the attacks.

In July, fire damaged a natural gas pipeline in Deir el-Zour and Another oil pipeline was blasted in Talkhalakh area in Homs.

On Dec. 13, Some gunmen blew up a gas pipeline in Homs, causing minor damages. A week earlier, another oil pipeline in Homs was targeted.

On Dec. 27, a gas pipeline was targeted by an explosive device planted by “terrorist groups” north of al-Ashrafiya village.

No injuries were reported in the three attacks that occurred in December.

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January 3rd, 2012, 3:40 pm

 

492. WorldNews2GO » Blog Archive » Syria: Damascus ‘suicide attack’ – live updates said:

[...] At the time, Syria watcher Joshua Landis scoffed at the conspiracy theories of opposition activists. [...]

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January 6th, 2012, 8:31 am

 

493. Syria: Damascus ‘suicide attack’ - World Bad News : World Bad News said:

[...] At a time, Syria viewer Joshua Landis scoffed during a swindling theories of antithesis activists. [...]

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January 6th, 2012, 8:52 am

 

494. WorldNews2GO » Blog Archive » Syria: Damascus ‘suicide attack’ – Friday 6 January said:

[...] At the time, Syria watcher Joshua Landis scoffed at the conspiracy theories of opposition activists. [...]

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January 6th, 2012, 1:51 pm

 

495. Η Λιβύη και η Συρία στο Έτος Μηδέν « antisystemic said:

[...] [xxv] Suicide Bombing Changes the Nature of the Syrian Revolution, http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=13029. [...]

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January 7th, 2012, 7:54 am

 
 

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