Sunni Deputy Minister Defects; Panetta Pushes back against US Involvement

Syrian deputy oil minister Abdo Hussameddin announced his resignation from the Syrian government in a YouTube video, becoming the highest-ranking civilian official to join the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Hussameddin had worked for the Syrian government for 33 years, and had served as deputy oil minister since August 2009.

“I am joining the revolution of the people who reject injustice and the brutal campaign of the regime,” Hussameddin said in his filmed statement. “I tell the regime, which claims to own the country, you have nothing but the footprint of the tank driven by your barbarism to kill innocent people.”

I presume this is only the beginning of high level defections. So far upper-level Sunnis have stood by the regime, whether out of self interest, conviction, or fear. But that is not likely to remain the case for ever. The brutality of this war will drive them out of the regime as Syria’s sectarian divide widens. Syria’s sectarian communities have the habit of living together peacefully.

It will take time for Syrians to put hate in their hearts and become fully sectarian, as the Iraqis and Lebanese did. It took Iraq three years before the sectarian, civil-war began in earnest — that was in 2006 with the bombing of the al-Askari Mosque bombing in Samarra. The process of sectarian alienation is likely to happen more rapidly in Syria. High level defections will become more frequent as the regime weakens.

Leon Panetta pushes back on calls for military intervention in Syria
Defence secretary cautions call by Senator John McCain and others to launch airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime
Associated Press,Wednesday 7 March 2012

US secretary of defence Leon Panetta, left, and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E Dempsey testify at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

The US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, has pushed back against fresh demands for US military involvement in Syria to end President Bashar al-Assad’s deadly crackdown on his people.

“What doesn’t make sense is to take unilateral action right now,” Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee Wednesday about advising President Barack Obama to dispatch US forces. “I’ve got to make very sure we know what the mission is … achieving that mission at what price.”

The panel’s top Republican, Senator John McCain, said the estimated 7,500 dead and the bloodshed calls for US leadership that a Democratic president, Bill Clinton, displayed during the Bosnian war in the 1990s and that Obama eventually showed on Libya last year.

“In past situations, America has led. We’re not leading, Mr Secretary,” McCain told Panetta.

The Pentagon chief later added that the United States is not holding back and is leading in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and fighting terrorism.

Testifying before the committee, Army General Martin Dempsey and Panetta offered a cautionary note to the call by McCain to launch US airstrikes against Assad’s regime.

“This terrible situation has no simple answers,” Panetta told the panel.

Obama has resisted calls to step into the turmoil in Syria to stop Assad’s crackdown on protesters. He told a news conference Tuesday that the international community has not been able to muster a campaign against Syria like the one in Libya that ousted Muammar Gaddafi last year.

“For us to take military action unilaterally, as some have suggested, or to think that somehow there is some simple solution, I think is a mistake,” Obama said. “What happened in Libya was we mobilised the international community, had a UN Security Council mandate, had the full cooperation of the region, Arab states, and we knew that we could execute very effectively in a relatively short period of time. This is a much more complicated situation.”

Obama’s strategy has been to use sanctions and international diplomatic isolation to pressure Assad into handing over power.

The Pentagon chief said the United States is currently focused on isolating the Assad regime diplomatically and politically, arguing that it has lost all legitimacy for killing its own people. He left open the possibility of military action, saying the Obama administration continues to assess the situation and would adjust its strategy as necessary.

Dempsey said among the military options are enforcement of a no-fly zone and humanitarian relief. He said a long-term, sustained air campaign would pose a challenge because Syria’s air defences are five times more sophisticated than Libya’s. He said Syria’s chemical and biological weapons stockpile is 100 times larger than Libya’s.

He said suppressing the Syrian air defences would take an extended period of time and a significant number of aircrafts, an effort that would have to be led by the United States. One complication, Panetta and Dempsey pointed out, is the location of the sophisticated air defences: populous neighborhoods. If the US unleashed its military power, that could mean scores of unintended deaths.

“We also need to be alert to extremists, who may return to well-trod ratlines running through Damascus, and other hostile actors, including Iran, which has been exploiting the situation and expanding its support to the regime,” Dempsey said. “And we need to be especially alert to the fate of Syria’s chemical and biological weapons. They need to stay exactly where they are.”

IRIBWorldService: Wikileaks reveals: US-led NATO troops operate inside Syria
2012-03-07

A document released by the WikiLeaks website has revealed that undercover US-led NATO forces are operating inside Syria against the Syrian government. According to Press TV, WikiLeaks released a confidential email from an analyst working for the US …

The following email is from the Stratfor emails posted on wiki leaks:

Re: [alpha] INSIGHT – IRAN/US/SYRIA – Iran reaching out to US on post-Assad set-up? – ME1 and ME1386
Email-ID 102355
Date 2011-12-13 17:09:09
From nick.grinstead@stratfor.com
To alpha@stratfor.com
List-Name alpha@stratfor.com

What does the source think about the possibility of a palace coup that isn’t accepted by the SNC, FSA, people in the street or some combination thereof? Also does source know what the Iranians think about such ascenario (assuming they have considered it)

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From: “Reva Bhalla”
To: “Alpha List”
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 6:07:16 PM
Subject: Re: [alpha] INSIGHT – IRAN/US/SYRIA – Iran reaching out to US on
post-Assad set-up? – ME1 and ME1386
my bad, that should read HZ politburo

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From: “Michael Wilson”
To: “Alpha List”
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 10:00:59 AM
Subject: Re: [alpha] INSIGHT – IRAN/US/SYRIA – Iran reaching out to US on
post-Assad set-up? – ME1 and ME1386

You say HZ source but notes say member of Hamas politburo

On 12/13/11 9:29 AM, Marc Lanthemann wrote:

Reva’s note – this is extremely interesting, especially the bolded part below. DOes Iran really think it can convince the US to collaborate with them on regime change in SYria in such a way that will end up in Iran’s favor? the whole point of the US focusing in on Syria is to contain Iran in the first place. This sounds like the Iranians are getting to be in

an increasingly desperate position. Always be wary of source bias, but why would a HZ source want to spread info on the weakness of the Syrian regime and the lack of options for Iran? I do believe the part about Iran preferring a palace coup over the Turkish strategy of building up an opposition via FSA.

SOURCE: ME1 and ME1386
ATTRIBUTION: STRATFOR source
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: ME1 and member of Hamas politburo
PUBLICATION: Yes – worth a tactical analysis
SOURCE RELIABILITY: B-C
ITEM CREDIBILITY: B-C
SPECIAL HANDLING: Alpha
SOURCE HANDLER: Reva

Marhaba Reva,

I strongly believe that Asad’s regime will fall in 2012. The conventional wisdom that Asad will survive, because both Iran and Israel view him with favor, is a thing of the past. The situation in Syria has reached the point of no return. It is true than nine months of demonstrations have not brought down the regime but, by the same token, regime brutality and heavy handedness have not quelled the uprising. If anything, the level of hostilities and army defections is on the rise.

The breaking point will come when the military establishment realizes that Asad must go. There are signs that the military establishment is beginning to disintegrate. I talked to [ME1386] and he told me that Alawite officers and enlisted men are beginning to join the ranks of the FSA. This represents a major development. Alawite officers are divided since many of them are unhappy about the use of excessive force against Sunni protesters. Alawite officers are aware that Asad is trying to find an asylum for himself and his family should his regime become unslavageable. This is upsetting many Alawites who are coming to realize that Asad will abandon them. If so, they reason that it would be suicidal to continue to win the wrath of the Sunnis. Walid al-Muallim offered to resign but Asad turned down his request. This is a clear indicator that many of Asad’s men are realizing that they are putting a vain fight against the burgeoning uprising.

The Iranians are weighing in the situation in Syria very carefully. One must read beyond the public statements of the Iranians, especially ayatollah Khamenei. Both Khamenei and Ahmadinejad have concluded that Asad’s regime cannot be rescued. It is perfectly understood that the regime in Damascus will fall along lines similar to the  Libyan model.

There will have to be a coup in Damascus, be it a military or political one.

One must not dismiss the pragmatism of Khamenei. Iran appears to be willing to use its influence in Syria to stage a coup, provided that it is able to ensure that the new leadership will continue to pursue excellent relations with Tehran. The Iranians have approached the Americans on this. In the past, Iran collaborated with the U.S. on the ouster of Saddam Hussein and Iran won big in Iraq. The Iranians would not mind working again on ousting Asad if they can secure good results in Syria. Syria’s contiguity to Iraq allows Iran to play a direct role in the affairs of Damascus.

The Iranians feel they need to act on Syria soon because the Turks have their own plans for Syria and are not coordinating with the Iranians. He says the Turks are moving slowly but systematically. Iran does not want to allow Turkey to take over Syria. Whereas the Turks are coordinating with the Brotherhood and the FSA, the Iranians prefer a palace coup in damascus in order to maintain their ties with Asad’s successors. What is delaying action in Syria is the fact that the U.S. has not yet decided on the shape of the post-Asad political system. Nevertheless, he insists that Asad’s regime will fall, although the future of Syria after the regime change remains nebulous.


Michael Wilson, Director of Watch Officer Group
STRATFOR, 221 W. 6th Street, Suite 400, Austin, TX 78701,T: +1 512 744 4300 ex 4112, www.STRATFOR.com

Nick Grinstead, Regional Monitor, STRATFOR, Beirut, Lebanon, +96171969463

See more of these emails, here (Thanks Mina)
“The Turkish plan is centered on civil war in Syria”
http://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/60428_-alpha-insight-turkey-syria-az-us-vz-russia-taiwan-erdogan-s.html
SOURCE: TR325 and his business partner
ATTRIBUTION: STRATFOR source
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Former NSC official in Turkey, adviser to Erdogan, energy expert negotiator
2011-12-10 20:04:53

On Syria – the conversation centered on how far Turkey is actually going to go. TR325 explained that the Turkish plan is centered on civil war in Syria. Officially, it’s Turkey providing the main training,a rms and support to FSA. Unofficially, US and TUrkey are doing this together in deploying SOF for this mission. Notice all the talk in the press now about civil war breaking out in Syria. This is the narrative Turkey and US want to build. I pointed out that creating the conditions for civil war – actual neighborhood to neighborhood fighting – is still pretty difficult considering that the Alawite forces are still holding together, but he seemed to think that this can escalate within 2 months time. He also said without saying that they’re working on making that happen. He acknowledges it’ll be messy and it will take a lot of blood and time for a Sunni power to emerge in syria, but that this is the Turkish obligation.

The Turkish plan to preempt the instability that would result from civil war conditions is to implement the buffer zone 5-40km into Syrian territory and set up refugee camps. I asked what levers Iran and Syria have to get Turkey to back off in relation to PKK. He said (half-jokingly) that Karilan is Turkey’s man (ie. turkey can actually negotiate with him.) But he said PKK third-in-command (still need to get this guy’s name) answers to Syria and Iran. Turkey knows this very well and he says Syria and Iran are already making moves to threaten attacks via this faction.

I’m left with a lot of questions –

Given the instability that is likely to result within AKP over Erdogan’s health, would Turkey really be making bold foreign policy moves, such as helping to create a civil war in Syria? Turkey appears very confident that Syria/Iran have the means to play the PKK card. Why risk that?

Turkey knows they’ll be dealing with a massive refugee crisis in Syria – why propel that situation?….

http://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/185945_re-alpha-s3-g3-israel-iran-barak-hails-munitions-blast-in.html

From: “Emre Dogru”
To: “Alpha List”
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 4:35:07 PM
Subject: Re: [alpha] INSIGHT – TURKEY/SYRIA -Turkey mobilizing forces for Syria? – ME1461

Here is what I talked with Faruk:

He says he just got back from an official meeting in Ankara. He didn’t hear of such a deployment. He says Turkey has no plan to intervene in Syria in a specific time-frame or before a deadline. But Turkey has a very-well developed contingency plan that may be implemented should the need arise according to the events that take place in Syria. The plan was elaborated back in March 2011, and revised in June 2011. Turkey’s allies, including the US, are aware of this plan. The plan includes creating a buffer-zone in northern Syria (I sent specifics of this plan in another insight before – pasted below) only if the unrest or civil war in Syria 1) Creates a massive refugee crisis 2) Threatens the border security 3) Provides PKK with an opportunity to attack on Turkey more easily. But Turkey does not have any intention to take an action on Syria unless these conditions occur. Turkey will not act without US/NATO involvement anyway….
http://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/204627_re-insight-military-intervention-in-syria-post-withdrawal.html

Syria’s Armed Opposition an Irritation Not a Threat to Assad, Says IISS
By Francis Harris – Mar 7, 2012

Syria’s armed opposition is an irritation rather than a threat to the survival of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, according to the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

The lightly armed rebels of the Free Syrian Army cannot control the country’s largest centers of population, and assisting them from abroad would be very difficult, according to the 54 year-old London-based research institute.

The rebels are “no direct threat to the regime,” Toby Dodge, IISS senior fellow for the Middle East, said at a press conference in London today. Meanwhile “there clearly is not the momentum needed” to break the deadlock over international action at the United Nations Security Council, he said. Fighting inside the country continues as a form of “bloody attrition.” ….

Guardian (GB): Can the Syrian regime crush the uprising? Yes, suggests history
2012-03-05

There is an assumption that Bashar al-Assad’s military solution to the current crisis in Syria is hopeless – that no matter how many centres of resistance like Baba Amr he brutally crushes, the opposition won’t be quelled and the fall of his …

Zbigniew Brzezinski on Syria: The US must allow Turkey and Saudi to decide what the right policy is and support them.

Smuggling Weapons Into Syria: On The Job With Iraq’s Gun Runners – Niqash
Guns are being smuggled across the Iraqi-Syrian border to arm Syrian rebels. To find out how and why the Iraqi smugglers are doing it, NIQASH went to Rabia and joined a group of gun runners on their trading route. By Special Correspodent / Mosul

….He tells me that he first smuggled guns into Syria in April last year. Then there were only 20 guns. But since then things have changed. “Since then,” Hamid says, “a huge amount of weapons has gone across the border. That first time we smuggled the guns and we didn’t tell anyone what we were doing. But when the revolution got bigger and changed [it has become more violent], almost everyone in our village – and the villages nearby – have become involved.”

I ask Hamid if I can accompany him on a smuggling trip and he agrees, as long as I don’t tell anybody who I am. Two days later, at sun rise, we begin our journey. We drive a dusty Toyota pickup through arid agricultural land for ten minutes until we sight a blue saloon car. The driver of this car motions to us, to park beside him. Some tools are taken out of the vehicle and the two men begin to act as if they are fixing the blue car, stretching out on the ground and fiddling with various pieces of equipment.

While they are doing this they ask me, to my chagrin, to keep watch. This was hardly dangerous; it was easy to do as all the land around us was completely flat. However I definitely felt conflicted, as all of a sudden, I had become complicit in the weapons smuggling business.

By now, the men are removing weapons, wrapped in plastic, from the blue vehicle. By the time they are done, Hamid had hidden 40 Kalashnikovs and 50 containers of ammunition in his own vehicle. He asks me to help cover the guns with a tarpaulin and together we fasten ropes around them.

We then began to drive back to the village. “So where do all these guns come from?,” I ask Hamid. “And how do they get them through all those military checkpoints?” Because often, security personnel at the checkpoints will not just check IDs, they’ll also search the vehicles.

“They come from Baghdad and from Erbil,” Hamid replied. But he said he didn’t really know much more than that. The driver of the other car was Kurdish – when I tried to ask him the same question, he didn’t answer. Back in the village the rest of the day was relatively peaceful. However at sunset, things started getting busy again, as the smugglers headed toward the border crossing points by the dirt barrier and barbed wire. Mobile phones are used to fix times for crossing the barrier and Hamid and I, along with six other men carrying burlap bags filled with guns and ammunition, head for the same area.

When we can’t drive any further, we park next to the border zone. It’s a chaotic scene as large groups of people, carrying cartons of cigarettes and bigger bags, rush around. There are also gunmen who fire their weapons into the air. “That’s to warn the border guards not to interfere,” another smuggler told me.

After less than half an hour, we see the first of the smugglers returning from the border. He is herding cattle! As he came closer, Hamid was exuberant: “Tonight we’re winning,” he exclaims.

Then together with the group of young men, we run across the dirt barrier in the dark. The bags are handed over to Syrians on the other side and they leave as quickly as we came. Not far from us, another delivery is being made. I believe there were many others but because it was so dark, I couldn’t really see what was going on.

Later, I asked Hamid what he had meant when he had spoken about “winning”. “Tonight we felt really safe,” he said. “Because there were so many of us, and because people were firing warning shots, the border guards didn’t dare interfere. A few days ago the soldiers tried to stop us and one of them was shot and injured. After that, they’ve been avoiding us.”

Interestingly, like many weapons dealers around the world, Hamid and his fellow smugglers were not particularly well informed about what was going on in Syria. While discussing this with them, it was hard to tell where their sympathies lay – or if they even had any sympathies for either the Syrian revolutionaries or the current Syrian regime.

However when it came to weapons and money, they could tell me anything I wanted to know. “When the conflict in Syria changed, the prices increased,” one of the other smugglers, Saeed, told me. “A year ago we were selling a machine gun for US$450. Today they pay us US$800. We also smuggle medium sized weapons from here. The price of an RPG-7 [rocket propelled grenade launcher] is US$1,100. We also sell hand grenades, sniper guns, silencers and ammunition and prices vary.”

Saeed estimates that during the past year, his group of smugglers has traded around 1,500 Kalashnikovs, 1,000 boxes of ammunition and hundreds of other weapons.

ادلب جبل الزاوية تشكيل سرية الطائفة العلوية الاحرار بقيادة النقيب صالح الصالح 2012 3 5 This is an group of Alawi soldiers declaring that they have defected and joined the opposition against Bashar al Assad. They are from the Jabal al-Zawiya reagion 40km (25 miles) south-west of the provincial capital Idlib. There was a reported massacre there in January.

Syria Censorship at AOL-Huffington Post?
By Sharmine Narwani – Tue, 2012-03-06

Let me be clear that this blogpost is not about sour grapes.

But the media cacophony on Syria has just become too shrill – reporters, too reluctant to raise obvious questions – to just sit back and let this one slide.

Especially when it is taking place under my nose at the place I have blogged for two and a half years. There’s no other way to look at this: by refusing to publish all but one of my seven Syria articles, AOL-Huffington Post is censoring a viewpoint that challenges the dominant narratives on Syria in the mainstream media.

Op-Ed: The Obama Domino Doctrine: Pro-Iran/Anti-Saudi
Mark Langfan: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Obama has his own Domino Doctrine for the Muslim world. As a consequence of this doctrine, Obama’s Iranian Nuclear policy can be summed up as “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” and Saudi Arabia is in even more danger than Israel.

ARM THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY NOW
By David Schenker
Weekly Standard
March 8, 2012

…Rather than leading from behind and delegating the task of equipping of the FSA to less-discriminating states, like Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Obama administration should take a lead role in supplying the FSA and mitigate potential leakage of weapons to nihilistic Islamists. At the same time, by providing materiel to these forces in a systematic manner, Washington can help transform these disparate franchise opposition units into a more disciplined and united force tied to a centralized command. Moreover, working closely with the FSA now will establish relationships that can help avoid a Libya scenario — where independent militias continue to run amok — and potentially enable Washington to better shape the post-Assad environment….

This is not going to be a quick fix, but the longer the status quo persists, the higher the risk that Syria will degenerate to a failed state ripe for al Qaeda inroads and sectarian conflict….

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51. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS said:

49. brian, the conspriacy theorist

This is the last time I reply to you because you seem to be so isolated from reality. However, PLEASE KEEP WRITING COMMENTS HERE BECAUSE MY FRIEND, WHO IS WRITING A BOOK ON CONSPIRACY THEORIES, HAS BEEN FOLLOWING YOUR COMMENTS AND ANN’S SINCE LAST NIGHT!

P.S., I used to work for UNRWA and I dealt with Middle Eastern officials, many of whom were as outrageous and conspiratorial as you are. So, I am used to interactions with delusional people.

Good night Mr. Brian!

FREE SYRIA, FREE PALESTINE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWcfng9e0QM&feature=youtu.be

لجزيرة || إنشقاق 3عمداء و 4 عقداء و ضباط آخرين

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March 8th, 2012, 6:21 pm

 

52. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS said:

ISRAEL IS ROOTING FOR BASHAR M.D.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/30/world/la-fg-israel-syria-20110331
Israel fears the alternative if Syria’s Assad falls
Syria is one of Israel’s strongest enemies, but it has been predictable and relatively stable.
March 30, 2011|By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Jerusalem — As popular unrest threatens to topple another Arab neighbor, Israel finds itself again quietly rooting for the survival of an autocratic yet predictable regime, rather than face an untested new government in its place.

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s race to tamp down public unrest is stirring anxiety in Israel that is even higher than its hand-wringing over Egypt’s recent regime change. Unlike Israel and Egypt, Israel and Syria have no peace agreement, and Syria, with a large arsenal of sophisticated weapons, is one of Israel’s strongest enemies.
Though Israel has frequently criticized Assad for cozying up to Iran, arming Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and sheltering leaders of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, many in Israel think their country might be better off if Assad keeps the reins of power.

“You want to work with the devil you know,” said Moshe Maoz, a former government advisor and Syria expert at Hebrew University’s Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace.

Several Israeli government and military officials declined to speak in depth about Assad, fearing any comments could backfire given the strong anti-Israel sentiments in the Arab world. That’s what happened when some Israeli officials attempted to bolster Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak before he resigned Feb. 11.

“Officially it’s better to avoid any reaction and watch the situation,” said Maj. Gen. Amos Gilad, the Defense Ministry’s policy director. He predicted Assad’s regime would survive the unrest.

Privately, Israeli officials confirmed that although Assad is no friend, he’s probably better than the immediate alternatives, which could include civil war, an Iraq-style insurgency or an Islamist takeover by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Israel is worried about what might happen to Syria’s arsenal, including Scud missiles, thousands of rockets capable of reaching all of Israel, chemical warheads, advanced surface-to-air systems and an aging air force.

After spending billions of dollars in recent years to bolster its army in a bid to catch up to Israel’s military capability, Syria was reportedly pursuing a nuclear program until Israel bombed its suspected reactor facility in 2007.

Despite Syria’s ambitions, Assad has been a predictable foe and something of a paper tiger, analysts say. He did not retaliate for the 2007 airstrike and, like his predecessor and father, Hafez Assad, has been careful to avoid direct confrontation with Israel, preferring instead to arm anti-Israel militias such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

Assad has even flirted with peace talks with Israel, though he insists that Israel return the Golan Heights, which Israel seized during the 1967 Middle East War.

“Despite problematic aspects, Bashar maintains a stability,” said Eyal Zisser, head of Mideast studies at Tel Aviv University. “The border is quiet. You know where you stand with him. On the other hand, when you go toward the unknown, it is really unknown.”
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March 8th, 2012, 6:28 pm

 

53. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS said:

P.S., please notice that in my post above Israeli officials are describing Bashar al-Assad as “a paper tiger” :-) That’s why they are secretly rooting for him!

He is “half-man,” unless he is shooting innocent unarmed Syrias!

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March 8th, 2012, 6:46 pm

 

54. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Dawoud,

You can be a great source of database for your writer friend. Israel is not “ROOTING FOR BASHAR”. Israel and Israeli officials have a full right to be concerned about what is going on on our northern border, and the outcome of all of this. From concern to (the conspiratorial) “secretly ROOTING”, it’s a long way.
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March 8th, 2012, 6:56 pm

 

55. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS said:

56. Amir in the colony of Tel Aviv

Please read what your Israeli officials told the LA Times. Free Syrians will seek to free Palestine; whether you admit it or not! Your PM told Zionists and lobbyists that the Arab Spring has been an Israeli nightmare (http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/02/20/3091760/israels-defense-costs-rose-due-to-arab-spring-bibi-tells-us-jewish-leaders)!!!!!!!!!!!
You will like free Syria as much as you now like free Egypt!

Free Syria! Free Palestine!

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56. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Dawoud,

I very much like and support the new Egypt. I never supported Mubarak, You’re a new comer to SC, so you can’t remember.

I prefer the new (even if MB and Salafi) Egypt, 1000 times over Mubarak’s.

Yes, I don’t like the Islamists, but If this is the free and democratic choice of the Egyptian people, then I feel I have to accept their choosing. Same goes for Syria.
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March 8th, 2012, 7:08 pm

 

57. brian said:

why ever quote the LA times and israel>? masters of deception

‘Despite problematic aspects, Bashar maintains a stability,” said Eyal Zisser, head of Mideast studies at Tel Aviv University.’

stability is not something israel is known to maintain or tolerate among its arab neighbors

Free palestine! Syria is already Free! Free Dave from his support for the salafists and USrael

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March 8th, 2012, 7:13 pm

 

58. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS said:

58. Amir in Tel Aviv

Dear Mr. Amir:

I commend you for not supporting Mubarak’s dictatorship. Please keep in mind that from now on, your foreign minister or PM will NOT be able to declare war on Gaza and the Palestinians from Cairo. DIDN’T Zipi Livni do that with Mubarak?

Please see the following:

http://mondoweiss.net/2010/11/wikileaks-docs-expose-egyptian-complicity-with-israeli-war-crimes-again.html

WikiLeaks docs expose Egyptian complicity with Israeli war crimes (again)

by Alex Kane on November 29, 2010 47

One of the most striking things that I took away from my time in Egypt last winter was the extent to which the U.S.-backed Mubarak dictatorship goes to squash public dissent on their government’s Gaza policy. Swarms of riot police encircled countless peaceful protests calling on the Egyptian government to let activists part of the Gaza Freedom March into Gaza, and Egyptian police beat and injured activists part of the march. During the marchers’ standoff with the Mubarak regime, the Egyptian government was exposed as being collaborators in the Israeli blockade of Gaza, something that deeply upsets ordinary Egyptians and led to Mubarak getting hammered in the Arab press.

Egypt is being exposed once again as complicit in Israeli crimes, thanks to the over 250,000 documents the whistle blowing website WikiLeaks released yesterday. This revelation–that Israel consulted with Egypt and Fatah in the run up to the brutal Israeli assault on Gaza in 2008-09–is decidedly more explosive than the very public complicity of the Egyptian government in the siege of Gaza.
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March 8th, 2012, 7:16 pm

 

59. brian said:

‘Israel and Israeli officials have a full right to be concerned about what is going on on our northern border’

israel has no such right..since its theft of palestine and its waging war against Lebanon 1982 and 2006.

also its strange to see dave get 3 thumbs u and and me three thumbs down.. when usualy its the reverse

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March 8th, 2012, 7:17 pm

 

60. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Brian, the American from the fringe self hateful left, who hates his country Amrica and Israel, more than he loves the Arabs.
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March 8th, 2012, 7:18 pm

 

61. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Dawoud,

Aren’t we obsessed with conspiracies like most Arabs? UNRWA didn’t make you immune, I guess.
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March 8th, 2012, 7:20 pm

 

62. jad said:

Where is SC inspector ‘Ma-adget’, he needs to write something to Dave because he linked a one year old article!
‘March 30, 2011|By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times’

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March 8th, 2012, 7:22 pm

 

63. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS said:

63. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

“Dawoud,

Aren’t we obsessed with conspiracies like most Arabs? UNRWA didn’t make you immune, I guess.”

Dear Mr. Amir:

Working for UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East http://www.unrwa.org/) WAS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE! I didn’t do it for money because I bypassed jobs paying 10 more in order to work for it. Why? Because Palestinian refugees are the bravest people on the face of earth. Their story is passed from one generation to another, and they will NOT rest until they return to their STOLEN homeland:

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March 8th, 2012, 7:26 pm

 

64. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

They will rest, believe me.
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March 8th, 2012, 7:29 pm

 

65. jad said:

Ref: ‘Sunni Deputy Minister Defects’
What a catchy and innocent title!

موظف في وزارة النفط يفـرّ قبل ملاحقته بملايين الدولارات و “ينتحل” صفة معاون وزير، و قناة” أورينت” تتصل بحاكم المصرف المركزي لترتيب هربه!؟
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ولكن هل هو فعلا معاون وزير النفط ، وإذا كان كذلك ، فبأي معنى؟

بالعودة إلى تواريخ القرارات الصادرة عن رئاسة حكومة السلطة ، نكتشف أن حسام الدين عين معاونا لوزير النفط في آب / أغسطس 2009 ، فضلا عن كونه رئيسا للجنة الإدارية لتوزيع الغاز. وما ليس يعلمه الذين هللوا لهربه والترحيب به هو أن وظيفة ” معاون وزير”في سوريا ليست منصبا سياسيا ، بل منصب ” تقني”. فالنظام الإداري في سوريا أوجد منصبين أحدهما ” نائب وزير” والآخر “معاون وزير”. الأول منصب سياسي يرتب على صاحبه أداء اليمين الدستورية مثله في ذلك مثل الوزير تماما ، أما “معاون الوزير” فليس مطلوبا منه إداء اليمين ، لأنه مجرد موظف تقني بمرتبة “مدير عام”. علما بأن لوزير النفط معاونين آخرين لعل أبرزهم الدكتور حسن زينب.
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مصادر”الحقيقة” في وزارة النفط كشفت أن الهيئة المركزية للرقابة والتفتيش كانت على وشك إصدار مذكرة بإلقاء الحجز الاحتياطي على أمواله المنقولة وغير المنقوله على خلفية اكتشاف حصوله على ملايين الدولارات بطرق غير مشروعة من خلال استغلال مناصبه الوظيفية ، خصوصا وظيفته كرئيس للجنة الإدارية لتوزيع الغاز في وزارة النفط ، وقبلها في المؤسسة العامة للجيولوجيا. فمن خلال الوظيفة الأولى، وعبر شبكة مافيا في طول البلاد وعرضها ، تمكن حسام الدين كما يؤكد موظفو الوزارة من ” إدارة عملية احتكار كبرى لتوزيع الغاز ، لاسيما بعد انفجار الأزمة في سوريا ، الأمر الذي مكنه من وضع الملايين في جيبه الخاص”. ويكشف مهندس رفيع المستوى في شركة الفرات للنفط أن حسام الدين ، ومن خلال عضويته في ” مجلس إدارة المؤسسة العامة للجيولوجيا” منذ العام 2006 ، “باع أسرارا ضخمة من الخارطة الجيولوجية السورية للشركات الأجنبية المنقبة عن النفط والغاز ، وهي تعتبر من أسرار الدولة الشبيهة بالأسرار العسكرية”.
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على صعيد آخر، كشف مصدر واسع الاطلاع أن قناة”أورينت” السورية تجري اتصالات مع حاكم مصرف سوريا المركزي المافيوزي أديب ميالة من أجل أن يفر إلى الخارج. وبحسب مصدر من داخل القناة اتصل مع”الحقيقة” ، فإن أحد الصحفيين في القناة اتصل بميالة بناء على طلب من إحدى الجهات الرسمية القطرية ، وعرض عليه الانشقاق “مقابل مبلغ مالي كبير و تبرئته مستقبلا ، بعد انتصار الثورة ، من تهمة العلاقة بماهر الأسد ومن تبييض أمواله” . وكانت قطر ، وفق ما أكدته مصادر فرنسية قبل أشهر ، عرضت على وزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم مبلغ 150 مليون دولار خلال زيارته الأخيرة لقطر في تشرين الأول / أكتوبر الماضي مقابل ” انشقاقه وتعيينه رئيسا انتقاليا لسوريا”!!

هذه الوقائع ترتب علينا إعادة طرح السؤال القديم : لماذا لا يلتحق بالمعارضة من موظفي السلطة والدولة سوى اللصوص والفاسدين والقتلة ، منذ رفعت الأسد وحتى حسام الدين ، مرورا بخدام وبسام جعارة وغيرهما الكثير؟ هل لأنها أصبحت أكبر مكب لنفايات السلطة ، وأصبحت مزبلتها أكبر من مزبلة السلطة نفسها!؟

http://www.syriatruth.org/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1/%D8%A3%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A3%D8%AE%D8%B1%D9%89/tabid/94/Article/6890/Default.aspx

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March 8th, 2012, 7:32 pm

 

66. jad said:

An Israeli ex security agent supporting the Syrian uprising…Ya salaaam, kimlet!

رئيس الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية يتضامن مع الشعب السوري!!؟

Another version with some background

http://www.syriatruth.org/news/tabid/93/Article/6891/Default.aspx

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March 8th, 2012, 7:36 pm

 

67. abbas said:

Our friend Turkey planning for civil war in Syria, how surprised should I be that there are Syrians helping them toward that goal?\
I think special care should be taken to protect religious sites and symbols to prevent attacks like the one happened in Iraq, security should be tripled around mosques and churches and religious figures to prevent another mosque bombing or church massacre, I am very worried about sheikh Bouti
God help us all

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March 8th, 2012, 7:42 pm

 

68. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

[Edited] Ya tribal,

He was the head of Shabak (Shin Beit) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi_Dichter . He knows one or two things about the Arabs.
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March 8th, 2012, 7:45 pm

 

69. jad said:

Amir,
Ya salam marra tanyeh!

No Brian,
He didn’t defect because of that, he defected for other reasons, one of them is stealing money.

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March 8th, 2012, 7:51 pm

 

70. sheila said:

I would like to think that Ms. Narwani has an ulterior motive in her views on Syria. I would have to believe that she has a good reason to defend a brutal dictator killing his own people in droves and bombing his own cities with impunity, otherwise, her writing can be called nothing but mediocre whether in intellectual analysis or basic common sense. I am referring here to her article titled: Questioning the Syrian “casualty list”. In it she is refuting the methods and authenticity of collecting the data on the number of casualties in the Syrian uprising.

The main premise of her article is suspect. What is the value of questioning the number of killed? Wouldn’t any decent human being take one person killed as too many? Is there a magical number that we are trying to seek to give credence to the brutality of the Syrian regime? Does the fact that some of the counted are from the Syrian army change the fact that members of the Syrian army are also Syrians killed because the regime is unleashing them to kill their own brethren? And finally, whose fault is it that we can not count our dead properly? Had she bothered to look, she would have found out that the only reason is that the Syrian regime will not let any independent journalist into the country unless they are “accompanied” by Mukhabarat.

Sorry to break it to you Ms. Narwani, The only reason why your articles are not published is their lack of intellectual depth and moral integrity that comes hand in hand with your desperate attempts to defend the indefensible.

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March 8th, 2012, 8:30 pm

 

71. majedkhaldoun said:

Brian
Syria is Syrian Arabic Republic, Arabism is part of Syria,Syria is part of the Arabic world, All Arabic States are brothers,as one family, brothers help brothers,and it is not invasion if they interfere with their brothers,
I am proud that I am Arabic,and I hope that you are too.

Dawoud:I am honored to call you brother

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March 8th, 2012, 8:58 pm

 

72. Ghufran said:

The same countries that imposed brutal sanctions on Syria and helped increase violence are now pledging to provide food assistance to 1.5 million Syrians . I definitely welcome any effort to feed the hungry and help the needy but what did those sanctioning countries have in mind when they imposed punitive measures that mostly hurt poor Syrians?
Look at who is getting rich in Syria today and you will find the answer.
The defection of hussameldin is symbolic and is not received with neither celebration nor grief,he and many others are discovering that they have little to lose by defecting and more to gain monetarily and politically,I suspect that mr hussameldin’s family is already outside Syria,and those who were unlucky enough to be left behind will come out denouncing his defection,welcome to Syria’s hodgepodge.

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March 8th, 2012, 9:01 pm

 

73. Hans said:

I am surprised that Josh didn’t report the frenchies who were captured in BA and Zabedani, in addition to all other mercenaries from foreign countries.
It is already being reported in France the capture of these frenchies and hopefully this is the reason why Charcoalizy shut up his mouth recently.
I am not hearing him recently.

as well the Turkish have shut up after the secret deals to return their officers, we should be able to capture Saudis, Libyan and others and hold them responsible for all the killing in syria as well the french.

Hillary need to see their faces and be warned if this doesn’t stop then more will be hanged for attacking Syrians and for being illegally on the Syrian soul.
I think the regime media has been pathetic given the poor campaign they are running.

btw the head of the journalists conference in Syria is well known to be very pathetic person to begin with therefore I am not surprised for the failed regime media.

The KSA and the GCC are financing the terrorists, the Presumed FSA is an army where the fact it is thugs ran militia, sponsored by killers.

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March 8th, 2012, 9:06 pm

 

74. brian said:

‘majedkhaldoun said:

Brian
Syria is Syrian Arabic Republic, Arabism is part of Syria,Syria is part of the Arabic world, All Arabic States are brothers,as one family, brothers help brothers,and it is not invasion if they interfere with their brothers,
I am proud that I am Arabic,and I hope that you are too.

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so its ok if Syria decides to invade..say lebanon or iraq or palestine and install a govt that suits syrias interests , since syrians are arabs and syrias interest become arab interests….

its this sort of dodgy thinking that makes the zionist position on arabs tenable.
Notice how arabs also went to work in Libya committing genocide of black africans…

‘it is not invasion if they interfere with their brothers,’
and its not murder or rape if an invading lebanese muslim arab decides to kill a syrian christian arab and rape and murder his wife…right

thanks for the enlightening commment Mr Majed…

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March 8th, 2012, 9:15 pm

 

75. Ghufran said:

Call me when any of the following Sunni officials defect:
رئيس الأركان العامة فهد جاسم الفريج، ورئيس المخابرات العامة علي المملوك، ورئيس الأمن السياسي ديب زيتوني، ورئيس الفرع العسكري لريف دمشق رستم غزالة، ورئيس فرع فلسطين محمد مخلوف، ورئيس مكتب الأمن القومي هشام الإختيار، ووزير الداخلية محمد الشعار، ورئيس خلية الأزمة في القيادة القطرية لحزب البعث حسن توركماني (حامل الملف التركي)، إلى الأركان السياسيين السنّة كنائب الرئيس فاروق الشرع ووزير الخارجية وليد المعلم.
Yes,this uprising inflamed sectarian feelings,but most Syrians understand that the sacrifices given by Syrians from both sides must lead to a better
government,more freedom and less corruption,the title of the article about the defection of hussameldin is an unfortunate choice to say the least,this is Syria,not Afghanistan despite the attempts of many “friends” to shape Syria into another branch of a mullah-Taliban fighting field.

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March 8th, 2012, 9:17 pm

 

76. Hans said:

I am noticing that the chatter of the radicals on SC has increased recently, is that an indication of an Alqaida operation in the near future or it is an indication of the desperation of this radicals where nothing has worked for them after one year of killing innocent Syrians.
I think the more this civil war continues the more Syria and Russia are winning given both USA and France are getting busier with days with their internal election which both have issues to fear for.
I understand that Putin is again the new czar of Russia therefore it is a time for him to see the terrorists wrestling with the angry animals and die one after another on the rink.
It is sad that the USA is pissed at Assad because of Iran issue, not because USA ever cares about the Syria people, but we have some retards who don’t want to admit this concept.
Although many of the USA politicians clearly stated that.

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March 8th, 2012, 9:21 pm

 

77. brian said:

[Edited] If Putin is the new czar of russia…what does that make Hans? the new reporter for Weekly Standard?

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March 8th, 2012, 9:28 pm

 

78. Son of Damascus said:

News Flash: Syrian politician is corrupt.

Who would have guessed!!!!!

I love how Abdo Hussameddine’s corruption comes as a surprise to anyone, as if the wasta business never existed in Syria.

If the deputy minister ran away with millions, I wonder how much the Minister has stolen, let alone the boy king himself.

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March 8th, 2012, 9:29 pm

 

79. Ghufran said:

انباء عن استقالات جماعية بهيئة التدريس.. ومطالب على ‘فيسبوك’ وتويتر’ باقالة المدير ومحاسبة المسؤولين
http://www.alquds.co.uk/index.asp?fname=today%5C08z498.htm&arc=data%5C2012%5C03%5C03-08%5C08z498.htm
اصابة 53 طالبة خلال تفريق الامن لاحتجاج بجامعة الملك خالد بمدينة ابها السعودية

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March 8th, 2012, 9:31 pm

 

80. omen said:

how is the regime going to cede to diplomatic pressure when the administration keeps undermining negotiation efforts by taking the stick (in the carrot/stick approach) off the table? you don’t show up to a potential fight by unilaterally declaring you’re disarming. that places one in such a weakened position. this makes me wonder if president obama is being sincere. this stance makes it appear he really doesn’t want assad to step down. i don’t expect obama to recklessly jump into another conflict, but declarations that take the potential threat of military intervention off the table – doesn’t make sense to me.

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March 8th, 2012, 9:40 pm

 

81. majedkhaldoun said:

Tara
As you said, now they will blame Hussam eldin ,since he defected, now they say he stole money ,or he defected for money, and some call him he is sunni, that means he is terrorist, what kind of logic is this? don’t they have a shame to say that?

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March 8th, 2012, 9:48 pm

 

82. Ghufran said:

Air France:
For security reasons, we have suspended our flights to/from Damascus until 24 March 2012.
If you hold a ticket to travel to/from Damascus issued before 06 March 2012, we offer you the following commercial options:
- you may postpone your departure date until March 31 2012 and travel via Cairo on Egyptair between Cairo and Damascus. or via Amman on Royal Jordanian between Amman and Damascus.

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March 8th, 2012, 9:52 pm

 

83. majedkhaldoun said:

Brian said
“so its ok if Syria decides to invade..say lebanon or iraq or palestine and install a govt that suits syrias interests , since syrians are arabs and syrias interest become arab interests”….

Brian ;Do i need to remind you that Syria invaded Lebanon, during the lebanese Civil war?Do I need to remind you that Syria paricipate in invading Iraq, along with US troops, Or did you forget all that?

Brian said
” Notice how arabs also went to work in Libya committing genocide of black africans…”

Brian
Are you calling Libyans Black african? the majority are more white like you, and whether they are black or white they are Arab and they call for freedom, why to deny them freedom.
Brian said
‘”it is not invasion if they interfere with their brothers,’
and its not murder or rape if an invading lebanese muslim arab decides to kill a syrian christian arab and rape and murder his wife…right”
No one said that , please do not accuse me of things I never said.show that I said that, or you must appologize to me.

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March 8th, 2012, 10:00 pm

 

84. brian said:

‘its like being Sunni is all of a sudden a crime against humanity.’

so why are sunnis attacking syria? be they muslim brotherhood salafists or saudi funders.

‘That event was the culmination of a pattern of movements from Afghanistan and across the region into, and from, Iraq. Most of these radicalized Sunnis coming to fight the United States occupation had gravitated towards groups loosely associated with Zarqawi. Zarqawi’s al-Qaeda affiliation is not of particular significance to Syria today, but the Zarqawi “Syria” doctrine that evolved in Iraq, is crucial.

Zarqawi, like other Salafists, rejected the artificial frontiers and national divisions inherited from colonialism. Instead, he insisted on calling the aggregate of Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan, and parts of Turkey and Iraq by its old name: “Bilad a-Sham”. Zarqawi and his followers were virulently anti-Shi’ite – much more so than early al-Qaeda – and asserted that a-Sham was a core Sunni patrimony that had been overtaken by the Shi’ites. ‘
http://atimes.com/atimes/middle_east/mg15ak02.html

NOTE this sort of fanaticism allows the US to use those the regime fought in Iraq to serve as their unpaid shock troops in Syria

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March 8th, 2012, 10:02 pm

 

85. omen said:

brian @9:25

you know it’s not in israel’s interest to support arab democracies.

to quote a former cia chief:

Far better [for israel] to deal with leaders relatively immune from popular pressures, with whom cynical deals could be cut, rather than with genuine politicians who are constrained to be responsive to their constituencies.

http://www.transcend.org/tms/2011/03/livnis-guidance-on-arab-democracy/

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March 8th, 2012, 10:07 pm

 

86. Son of Damascus said:

brian,

First:

If you read on article about Syria, that does not equate you to be an expert on Syria.

Second:

I choose not to partake in conversations with bigots and racists, so in short روح بلط البحر.

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March 8th, 2012, 10:10 pm

 

87. Hans said:

It is clear like the sky or the sun shine in July.
It is clear that the support of the regime on the ground is way more than anyone of the western media reporting.
it is clear that air raids by the Americans will do only one thing which is uniting the people with the regime.
if you don’t believe this you can call people and ask them inside Syria.
It is clear as well that Iraq is willing to support Syria more than what the US Administration admits to or would like to.
The economy is the problem in Syria but given there are many of the Syrians who live outside and they will continue to send money to their families and other this will continue to help people to live.
the Syrian reserve is there and i am sure if it is not wasted it will keep the regime on his feet for a while

http://www.alquds.co.uk/index.asp?fname=today8qpt958.htm&arc=data\201233-088qpt958.htm

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March 8th, 2012, 10:21 pm

 

88. omen said:

brian

wait, what? you are citing cartoons exhibiting antipathy against gaddafi as proof of arab racism?

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March 8th, 2012, 10:32 pm

 

89. Tara said:

Lithium is a good medication for manic attacks. It is a mood stabilizer. Ask your doctor about Lithium. There is no other explanation for this kind of behavior. Incessant successive over the top posting is a sign of manic attack. Interested people should totally ignore responding and not feeding into the frenzy. It is a matter of time and mania becomes severe perhaps psychotic depression.

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March 8th, 2012, 10:34 pm

 

90. brian said:

[Edited] Unholy dave:

‘P.S., NO, I am Syrian (not a brainwashed idealist) and I don’t want Syria occupied. I wanted freed from both internal tyranny AND foreign occupation.’

this is the NNNA (Not-NATO-NOT-ASSAD) position..the sort of position guaranteed to benefit the salafists…

so why does Unlhoy dave support the attacks on Syria? and his NNNA position most certainly will create what he seems to reject.

If he is syrian ..then he must be sunni…and if hes sunni he must hate the shia and other groups…right?

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March 8th, 2012, 10:40 pm

 

91. omen said:

hans @10:21

the same thing was said about libya. people kept citing lack of unrest in tripoli as proof of strong libyan support for gaddafi. and yet when the rebels finally rolled into town, tripoli celebrated.

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March 8th, 2012, 10:40 pm

 

92. brian said:

[Edited]‘He advised his colleagues to abandon “this sinking ship”.’

sinking? you mean after the USrael and salafist efforts at bombing terrorism sanctions…

if you did the same to US or israel…they too would sink

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March 8th, 2012, 10:41 pm

 

93. brian said:

[Edited] ’49. brian, the conspriacy theorist

This is the last time I reply to you because you seem to be so isolated from reality. However, Please keep writing comments here because my friend, who is writing a book on conspiracy theories, has bee following your comments and ann’s since last night!

P.S., I used to work for UNRWA and I dealt with Middle Eastern officials, many of whom were as outrageous and conspiratorial as you are. So, I am used to interactions with delusional people.

Good night Mr. Brian!

FREE SYRIA, FREE PALESTINE!
==================================

how ironic:as israel is also seeking to ‘free’ Syria…but Dave seems oblivious to ME politics

as a former UNRWA you must be looking for work! hence the destruction of Syria will suit your objective.

Conspiracies happen..to deny them is the task of any conspirator.

and sure enough Unholy dave admits he and a friend are plotting in secret: monitoring this thread …to take action against us?

Conspiracy: 2 or more people plotting in secret to commit a crime

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March 8th, 2012, 10:41 pm

 

94. brian said:

[Edited] dave:
‘ I am against any foreign invasion of Syria. An Arab invasion is not foreign. It’s ARAB’

LOL, well dave, thats why the USrael is using your arabs to attack a soveeign state..your arabs dont seem worried about killing fellow arabs in syria:

‘‘Sunni clerical voices are touting the Arab “awakening” as the “Sunni revolution” in riposte to the Shi’ite revolution of Iran. In March, al-Jazeera broadcast a sermon by Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, which raised the banner of the restoration of Sunni ascendency in Syria. Qaradawi, who is based in Qatar, was joined by Saudi cleric Saleh Al-Luhaidan who urged, “Kill a third of Syrians so the other two-thirds may live.” ‘

http://atimes.com/atimes/middle_east/mg15ak02.html

And of course…the sunni arabs believe that the whole region belongs to them

and NO syria belongs to syrians…not arabs elsewhere like saudi arabia…if they attack..and they are…. thats an aggressive invasion..the supreme war crime

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March 8th, 2012, 10:41 pm

 

95. brian said:

[Edited] ‘The same countries that imposed brutal sanctions on Syria and helped increase violence are now pledging to provide food assistance to 1.5 million Syrians ‘

right…the real thugs of the 1st world are saying : trust us!
they use their offices provided by a dodgy electoral politics to make pledges they have no intention of keeping….think post invasion Iraq…
the regimes of US(under anybody) France(under sarcozy) canada UK australia and the whole corrupt edifice of modern democatic politics make promises they have no intention of keeping.

and NO JAD..he defected because Sunni…

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March 8th, 2012, 10:42 pm

 

96. Hans said:

If this is true then we should thanks the thugs of the regime because the saved the money till needed and now sending it back to support Syria.
obviously i am being sarcastic but what is important is that if this is true then millions of dollars are being transferred back to syria.
the drop of the Syrian Pound could be more of psychpath moves.
Time will tell, maybe Ehsani or others have better ideas where this money is coming from unless Rami returning all his hidden treasures.

http://www.assafir.com/Article.aspx?EditionId=2096&ChannelId=49951&ArticleId=908&Author=

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March 8th, 2012, 10:42 pm

 

97. brian said:

‘Brian ;Do i need to remind you that Syria invaded Lebanon, during the lebanese Civil war?Do I need to remind you that Syria paricipate in invading Iraq, along with US troops, Or did you forget all that?’

syrias occupation of lebanon was all that kept Israel from reinvading Lebanon…which they did after Syrias army left…you left that bit out…

but your biggest blunder is the following:

‘Are you calling Libyans Black african? the majority are more white like you, and whether they are black or white they are Arab and they call for freedom, why to deny them freedom’

Libya is or was 1/3 black african (NOT arab) … and your white arabs from east libya are vehement racists, who have been conducting a campign of genocide:
http://humanrightsinvestigations.org/2011/09/26/libya-ethnic-cleansing-tawargha-genocide/
http://humanrightsinvestigations.org/2011/07/07/libya-ethnic-cleansing/

signs of arab racism
http://mikeybowers.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/cartooning-in-benghazi.html
youve got your nerve talking about ‘freedom’..when that ‘freedom’ is the freedom to commit genocide…’Freedom’ has become a scoundrel word used by the american regime to jusify aggressive invasion and mass murder in the middle east…now i see its being used by arabs with the same intent [mass murder]

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98. brian said:

[Edited] Ghufran writes: ‘Yes,this uprising inflamed sectarian feelings,but most Syrians understand that the sacrifices given by Syrians from both sides must lead to a better
government,more freedom and less corruption’

Hm..youve put the cart before the horse..sunni hatred and regional ambitions precede the uprising,…and caused it.

most syrians DONT see that the war on them by salafists will make for a better state! Why make a riduclous statement like that?!
as for ‘more freedom’ ./..what does that mean? how free will women be if the sunni salafists win? what becomes of non-sunni muslims? more free?

as for corruption..!LOL the lies used to justify this war on Syria will intensify corruption as will the thugs wielding power behind the scenes..is see much more not less corruption

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March 8th, 2012, 10:44 pm

 

99. omen said:

re kofi annan,

remember, rwanda happened under his watch.

the man is loath to lift a finger to prevent genocide.

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March 8th, 2012, 10:44 pm

 

100. brian said:

[Edited]
another familiar meme we saw in Libya, is that israel supports Assad(as we are told they did Gadaffi)..and vice versa…the effect is to arouse the hate of arabs a few bulbs short of a chandelier.

Now, That was a big lie..and this new one is an attempt to turn deluded and bored arabs to invading Syria and killing syrians and turning syria into another sharia wielding thug state.

Israel does NOT support Assad or syria ..it sees syria as a threat to its hegemony of the region(syria is an ally of Iran..iran is sh’ia..so its no surprise sunni(not arabs) want to end the Assad government,..and put in place something like the hello hole of the saudis
..SO its ironic that sunnis are actually aiding Israels rise to regional power… but then jews are clever

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