Syrian Pound at 90 per Dollar as Government Intervenes

The Central Bank has managed to bring the Syrian pound back down into a manageable trading range. It had plunged to an exchange rate over 100 pounds to a dollar. It is now below 100 to a dollar. How did it do this?

Reports are that the central bank sold only 2 million dollars. Yes, only 2 million dollars in order to calm the market. One friend reported paying 113 pounds for a dollar in Aleppo on Wednesday 7 March. On Thursday morning, the pound had risen to a range between 89 and 91 per pound. Six hours later it hit 103. The rate was bouncing all over the place between 85 to 113 per dollar; there was no real price.

If the Central Bank can hold the price of the pound below 90 per dollar, it will be doing very well. That is where it really belonged before the revolution. Syria had been pursuing a suicidal strong-pound policy for years. The artificially high rate of 47 pounds to a dollar ignored imbalances in the economy. It undercut Syrian exports and inflated the cost of doing business in Syria, which has too many impediments and too few attractions for foreign investment.

Most important, however, was that the strong currency encouraged Syrians to buy foreign goods well beyond their means. In effect, the government was giving Syrians free foreign currency to buy cars and other goods that the country could ill afford. This made Syrians feel good, but it ignored the real costs. The strong currency ignored the decline of oil revenues. The government was ignoring its costs which were rising. The government needed to down size and let go of workers, but it refused to do so, preserving the bloated and inefficient public sector industries.

Government costs of expanding subsidies were also draining the treasury. Fuel and food subsidies were sky-rocketing with the growing population and rising commodity prices.

The government has cut its expenses by half in allowing the currency to fall to 89 pounds to a dollar.

Traditionally economic bubbles are followed by a fall of asset prices by roughly 45%.  The Syria currency has fallen by 45%, should it stay at 89 pounds to a dollar. Of course, Syria is not going through a tradition economic bubble because it has a broad-based social revolution on its hands, but one should not ignore the economic causes of the Arab Spring. Economic failure underpinned this revolution.

If the Syrian revolution succeeds, it will be important for the revolutionary government not to repeat the bad economic choices of the Assad regime. Of course opposition parties have been almost silent on their economic prescriptions and plans, if they in fact have any. The cause of this silence is because most Syrians know precious little about economics, but more importantly opposition parities do not want to tell Syrians the bad news. They will have to cut government jobs and expenses.

If the Assad regime is forced to cut government jobs, stop subsidies, and allow the currency to trade at a more manageable rate, it will be blamed for the collapse. The new government will escape much of the blame for the terrible shape of the Syrian economy and will escape the necessity of imposing an austerity plan, which must be done by someone.

The new Egyptian parliament faces a gargantuan task in dealing with the economic troubles bequeathed it by Husni Mubarak. Few believe that it will be able to swiftly guide Egypt down the road of significant belt tightening and the rationalization of a public sector and monopoly industries that are not competitive.

The Syrian uprising is being driven largely by political factors, but one should not ignore the numbers. Ehasani, who has been writing for Syria Comment for over five years, has consistently warned us that Syria’s economic numbers do not add up. Eventually, reality would mug Syrians.

News Round Up below

Private sector’s hands tied as Syria sinks to its knees,  by Michael Karam, Mar 8, 2012

Syria Opposition Leader Rejects Dialogue
By AP / ZEINA KARAM Friday, Mar. 09, 2012

(BEIRUT) — The leader of Syria’s main opposition group rejected calls Friday by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan for dialogue with President Bashar Assad’s government, saying they were pointless and unrealistic as the regime massacres its own people.

As the prospects for diplomacy faltered, Turkey’s state-run television TRT said two Syrian generals and a colonel defected to Turkey on Thursday.

If confirmed, the military defections would be significant as most army defectors so far have been low-level conscripts. On Thursday, Syria’s deputy oil minister announced his defection, making him the highest-ranking civilian official to join the opposition.

In a telephone interview from Paris, Burhan Ghalioun, who heads the opposition Syrian National Council, told The Associated Press that Annan already has disappointed the Syrian people…..

Burhan Ghalioun of the Syrian National Council dismissed such talk as naive. “My fear is that, like other international envoys before him, the aim is to waste a month or two of pointless mediation efforts,” he said. He added: “Any political solution will not succeed if it is not accompanied by military pressure on the regime.” Ghalioun also criticized Annan for not putting the blame for the violence squarely on the regime.

Following yesterday’s defection of a senior oil ministry official, Turkish television today reported that two Syrian generals and a colonel had defected to Turkey.

Islamism and the Syrian uprising
Posted By Nir Rosen
Thursday, March 8, 2012

James Clapper, the United States Director of National Intelligence, warned last month of al Qaeda taking advantage of the growing conflict in Syria. The Syrian regime and its supporters frequently claim that the opposition is dominated by al Qaeda-linked extremists. Opposition supporters often counter that the uprising is completely secular. But months of reporting on the ground in Syria revealed that the truth is more complex.

Syria’s uprising is not a secular one. Most participants are devout Muslims inspired by Islam. By virtue of Syria’s demography most of the opposition is Sunni Muslim and often come from conservative areas. The death of the Arab left means religion has assumed a greater role in daily life throughout the Middle East. A minority is secular and another minority is comprised of ideological Islamists. The majority is made of religious-minded people with little ideology, like most Syrians. They are not fighting to defend secularism (nor is the regime) but they are also not fighting to establish a theocracy. But as the conflict grinds on, Islam is playing an increasing role in the uprising.

Mosques became central to Syria’s demonstrations as early as March 2011 and influenced the uprising’s trajectory, with religion becoming increasingly more important. Often activists described how they had “corrected themselves” after the uprising started. Martyrs became important to a generation that had only seen martyrs on television from Iraq, Palestine, and Lebanon. “People got more religious,” one activist in Damascus’s Barzeh neighborhood explained, “they got closer to death, you could be a martyr so people who drank or went out at night corrected themselves.” Some Arab satellite news stations have also contributed to the dominance of Islamists by interviewing more of them and focusing on them as opposed to more secular opposition figures or intellectuals. In Daraa activists complained that satellite networks were marginalizing prominent leftists….

Rosen’s other articles can be found found here:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/spotlight/insidesyria/

Syria’s Alawite activists stuck in the middle – By Nir Rosen
Despite fears of sectarianism if the regime falls, some in the Alawite minority are speaking out against Assad.

Journalist Nir Rosen recently spent two months in Syria. As well as meeting members of various communities across the country – supporters of the country’s rulers and of the opposition alike – he spent time with armed resistance groups in Homs, Idlib, Deraa, and Damascus suburbs. He also travelled extensively around the country last year, documenting his experiences for Al Jazeera – including articles about the Alawite community.

The Syrian opposition has been stepping up efforts to get religious minorities involved in the year-old uprising. The exiled opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) recently issued a statement announcing that it “extends [a] hand to the Alawite community”, the sect which President Bashar al-Assad belongs to.

Although a minority, Alawites dominate Syria’s various security agencies, its army’s officer corps and key positions in the government. Western backers of the SNC and opponents of the regime often say the Damascus leadership will only fall when the Alawite community is persuaded to abandon it.

An older Sunni opposition intellectual who spent time in prison before and during the current uprising agreed with this analysis when I spoke to him in Damascus. “The system will fall only when Alawites believe they are headed in the wrong direction,” he said, adding that “Alawite intellectuals must realise that if they want to live in this country, they must be against the regime and with the revolution.”

Historically, Alawites have played a prominent role in the opposition. But in the ongoing uprising, there are few prominent Alawite voices. Many members of the community fear they will be marginalised if the Sunni majority gains power. Given their experiences of oppression before the Baath party took over in 1963, some statements by the opposition have only encouraged their fears.

When Maamun Homsi, a prominent exiled opposition figure, gave a rant threatening to exterminate all Alawites, he was not condemned by the SNC. Homsi urged the “despicable Alawites” to either renounce Assad, “or Syria will become your graveyard”. Shortly after his remarks, I spoke to a senior Western diplomat with influence over the SNC. He was outraged and urged SNC President Burhan Ghalioun to condemn the statement.

A recent SNC statement, urging communal tolerance, seems to be a response to pressure from American and European backers of the SNC.

“The regime has tried, since the beginning of the revolution, to fragment Syrian society and drive a wedge within mixed communities by dividing cities along military and security lines,” the February 26 statement said. “The Alawites remain an important component of Syria, and will continue to enjoy the same rights as other citizens as we build one nation of Christians, Muslims, and other sects. The regime will not be successful in pitting us against one another.”….

OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR: The Perils of Piecemeal Intervention
The New York Times: By JONATHAN TEPPERMAN, March 8, 2012

In Syria, we should go in big or stay home….

let’s not pretend that half-measures are preferable. Choosing policies just because they are cheap, gratifying and politically palatable is rarely a good idea, especially when they could well make matters worse. Those of us unwilling to tolerate more slaughter in Syria must confront the true nature of the military choices facing us.

We must now accept the hard facts and make an honest decision about what standing up for our interests and values will entail. If that means a major armed intervention, we should do it, but with no illusions.

Jonathan Tepperman is the managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine.

Out of Syria’s Carnage: A Survivor’s Testimony of Bab Amr’s Last Stand
Time.comBy VIVIENNE WALT | Time.com

….At that instant, a rocket exploded at the front of the building, killing Colvin and Ochlik instantly. The space was filled with dust. In the chaos, Daniels heard Bouvier scream, “William, William! I can’t move!” Her left leg was crooked. He pulled her out by the shoulders. She was bleeding heavily. Carrying his colleague, Daniels staggered to the doorway. As he glanced down, he saw his friend Ochlik, just 28, lifeless on the floor. “Edith,” he gasped to Bouvier, “Rémi is not with us anymore.”

6 civilians killed by armed groups in Syria’s Hama – 2012-03-08

DAMASCUS, March 8 (Xinhua) — Armed groups fired Rocket- Propelled grenades (RPGs) at a civilian bus in central Hama province Wednesday, killing six people instantly, state-run SANA news agency reported Thursday….

Opposition to the Syrian Opposition: Against the Syrian National Council
As`ad Abukhalil

The opposition to the Syrian National Council (SNC) can be predicated on several factors, primarily relating to matters of credibility, consistency, and honesty.

The Syrian National Council has already lied to the Syrian people repeatedly. There are many examples that can be summarized below.

a. It started as a movement that strictly adhered to non-violent struggle and now it has a military council to coordinate the violent overthrow of the regime by force (and this without in any way detracting from the right of the Syrian people—and all other Arab people—to overthrow by any means necessary the regime under which they live and suffer). Worse, the SNC now wants violence to be done by Syrians and by whoever else (Israelis too?) interested in overthrowing the regime.

b. The SNC first categorically rejected any political preferences in the Lebanese political conflict. Burhan Ghalyun famously said: keep us out of your conflicts in Lebanon. Now, the SNC is a close ally of the March 14 movement and it has issued political statements in support of this Hariri movement.

c. The SNC said it strictly opposed foreign intervention while it now begs for foreign intervention from any side—preferably allies of the US and Israel.

d. The SNC leadership said on a few occasions that the percentage of the Ikhwan in the SNC is no more than twenty percent. Yet, Ghalyun in several private meetings (including an off-the-record session with an Arab journalist) complained about Ikhwan domination of the SNC and said that he would not agree to serve as another Mahmud Jibril…..

Head of Israeli intelligence has a message for Syrians – see video

The NeoCon Propaganda Machine Pushing “Regime Change” in Syria – Counterpunch – by AISLING BYRNE

“War with Iran is already here,” wrote a leading Israeli commentator recently, describing “the combination of covert warfare and international pressure” being applied to Iran.

Although not mentioned, the “strategic prize” of the first stage of this war on Iran is Syria; the first campaign in a much wider sectarian power-bid. “Other than the collapse of the Islamic Republic itself,” Saudi King Abdullah was reported to have said last summer, “nothing would weaken Iran more than losing Syria.”

By December, senior United States officials were explicit about their regime change agenda for Syria: Tom Donilon, the US National Security Adviser, explained that the “end of the [President Bashar al-] Assad regime would constitute Iran’s greatest setback in the region yet – a strategic blow that will further shift the balance of power in the region against Iran.”

Shortly before, a key official in terms of operationalizing this policy, Under Secretary of State for the Near East Jeffrey Feltman, had stated at a congressional hearing that the US would “relentlessly pursue our two-track strategy of supporting the opposition and diplomatically and financially strangling the [Syrian] regime until that outcome is achieved”.

What we are seeing in Syria is a deliberate and calculated campaign to bring down the Assad government so as to replace it with a regime “more compatible” with US interests in the region…..

Syrian Kurds Flee Into Iraqi Refugee Limbo – By: Jack Healy | The New York Times

Syria’s Armed Opposition by Institute for the Study of War
Download the PDF

Executive Summary

  • This report provides detailed information on Syria’s armed opposition movement, highlighting where structure exists within the movement and where Syria’s rebels lack organization.  This report does not advocate for or against the policy of arming the Syrian opposition.
  • Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 7, 2012 about issues that were restraining the United States from supporting the armed opposition in Syria.  “It is not clear what constitutes the Syrian armed opposition – there has been no single unifying military alternative that can be recognized, appointed, or contacted,” he said.
  • The armed Syrian opposition is identifiable, organized, and capable, even if it is not unified.  The Free Syrian Army (FSA), nominally headquartered in Turkey, thus functions more as an umbrella organization than a traditional military chain of command.
  • Three of Syria’s most effective militias maintain direct ties to the Free Syrian Army.  They include The Khalid bin Walid Brigade near Homs; the Harmoush Battalion in the northern Jebel al-Zawiya mountains; and the Omari Battalion in the southern Hawran plain, the name used by locals for the agricultural plateau that comprises Syria’s Dera’a province. Appendix 1 lists biographical details of the insurgent leaders affiliated with many effective fighting units. Appendix 2 provides an order of battle for the armed opposition groups by province.
  • Other large and capable rebel groups do not maintain such a close relationship with the FSA headquarters in Turkey, but nevertheless refer to themselves as members of the Free Syrian Army.
  • Despite the regime’s assault on Homs in February 2012, the insurgency remains capable. The rebels who withdrew from the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs at the beginning of March 2012 have demonstrated the tactical wherewithal to retreat in order to preserve combat power.
  • The Assad regime escalated attacks against the rebels after they defended Zabadani against the Army’s offensive.   The affront was probably significant in itself, and the Assad regime could not allow the rebels to hold terrain against the Army.  But Zabadani is also vitally important to the regime and to Iran because the city serves as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force logistical hub for supplying Lebanese Hezbollah.
  • The Assad regime is likely to continue its strategy of disproportionate force in an attempt to end the uprising as quickly as possible. Indiscriminate artillery fire allows the regime to raise cost of dissent while preserving its increasingly stretched maneuver force.
  • The rebels’ resiliency will make the Assad regime’s endurance difficult, but the external support to his regime makes predictions of his imminent fall premature.  The Syrian regime has not yet demonstrated the capacity to conduct enough large, simultaneous, or successive operations in multiple urban areas to suppress the insurgency.   But it is possible that the technical and material support that Iran and Russia are providing will enable the regime to increase its span of control and its ability to fight insurgents in multiple locales without culminating.
  • The rebels will have to rely on external lines of supply to replenish their arms and ammunition if they are to continue eroding the regime’s control.
  • The emergence of al-Qaeda-linked terrorist cells working against the regime poses risks to the United States and a challenge to those calling for material support of the armed opposition.
  • As the militias continue to face overwhelming regime firepower the likelihood of their radicalization may increase.  Moreover, the indigenous rebels may turn to al-Qaeda for high-end weaponry and spectacular tactics as the regime’s escalation leaves the rebels with no proportionate response, as occurred in Iraq in 2005-2006.  Developing relations with armed opposition leaders and recognizing specific rebel organizations may help to deter this dangerous trend.
  • It is imperative that the United States distinguish between the expatriate political opposition and the armed opposition against the Assad regime on the ground in Syria.
  • American objectives in Syria are to hasten the fall of the Assad regime; to contain the regional spillover generated by the ongoing conflict; and to gain influence over the state and armed forces that emerge in Assad’s wake.
  • Therefore, the United States must consider developing relations with critical elements of Syria’s armed opposition movement in order to achieve shared objectives, and to manage the consequences should the Assad regime fall or the conflict protract.

Read The Struggle for Syria in 2011.

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501. irritated said:

#497 Ann

WE WANT NATO!

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March 12th, 2012, 12:14 am

 

502. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS said:

498. SYRIALOVER

Brother Syria Lover, what do you expect from the person who claims that the Der’ah marty Hamza al-Khateeb was killed by “Saudi terrorists?” Give this person a break! Hasan Nasrallah’s speeches bind the eyes and darken the souls!!!!!!!!!!!

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March 12th, 2012, 12:15 am

 

503. William Scott Scherk said:

At 6:06 pm (by some clock) TARA said:

Where are you? I am itching for a psychoanalysis from you.

I can’t presume to psychoanalyze you (anyone, let alone a Syrian) in the Freudian sense; I am an anti-Freudian/anti-psycholanalytic theory/practice/fraud.

If you mean to offer understanding of motives, we can examine actions and statements.

From the government of Syria, we have news of ‘cleansing,’ from SANA we have news of ‘armed terrorist gangs’ and from other sources, often Russian, Iranian, Chinese or ‘alternative’ we learn that French SOF and Turkish SOF have been captured. A shelling of a neighbourhood in the city of Homs was perpetrated as politicians postured and moved on. The government of Syria receives the special envoy the the UN for two days talks, and at the end the armed terrorist groups understand that the government intends to crush military opposition to its security forces.

If this includes atrocities against civilian populations as alleged in Bab Amr … then sometime after operations end another UN aid envoy will be bused in to have a ‘preliminary, controlled pilot visit.

The Syrian government does not seem persuaded by Russia or China or neighbours, friends, or enemies that a ceasefire is in order. They seem to believe that a cease fire will come when they have stilled every last gun from the terrorist side, captured every ‘salafist’ brigade and executed them for desertion, mutiny and terror attacks, allowed execution-raids on women and children in ‘terrorist’-occupied villages by irregular forces.

The government of Syria refers to its possible future interlocutors in the SNC without reference to a single name. Assad will not pick up a phone to Ghalioun, nor to Erdogan, nor to the UK, nor Canada, Qatar, Riyadh, not to repeated pleas for access from the UN, not to anyone but his allies in Minsk, Moscow and Beijing, Teheran and Pyongyang.

It is a grotesque situation, so tragic, so fraught with deception, pain and grief, frustration and fear … what can I say? How can I divine the motives of a government that can inflict, in 2012, a punishment like that delivered upon the ‘terrorists’ in Homs — after four decades of Soviet-style one-party state, what can you say about the psychological motives and probable mental health of someone who commands, suborns or supports such atrocities by a state? When a state has gone this mad with one-eyed Cold War fury … on its own citizens …

In the pictures and videos today from the new ‘cleansing’ of children at near point-blank, this awful slaughter of unquestionably innocent little ones, what more can be told that is not in the images themselves? Can anyone say that the killers will be caught and punished? In Syria?

What if, gods aside, the facts were that the government of Syria was ultimately responsible for this horrifying slaughter? What if it was irregular forces under a security control and command? What if it were a group of the so-called Shabeeha? What if the irregulars who committed this atrocity are otherwise civilian except for their employ by the Mukhabarat/security/intelligence?

We know by virtue of the Syrian Penal Code that irregulars have impunity under current law and constitution. If the killers were Shabeeha, the families and grieving community have no recourse. This is an Assad state in law and practice.

My heart is heavy, Tara, with what I see, and with what little I can say, and with hostility to reason and empathy. The commenters at SC have — or used to have — a lot of bite. Maybe I deserve those bites. Maybe I overrate the value in my observations and questions. It is too horrible even from ten thousand miles away.

I respect those voices who are consistent and reasonable, and I spend more time reading and thinking about posts to SC and its commenters; since my last post got 24 thumbs down, I think I see the writing on the walls … what the heck can a peaceable Canucki offer in an argument? Millions of dollars of damage from Stanley Cup riots, teargas and baton in Montreal, the distress of poverty, Stephen Harper, friend of Israel, NATO commander over Libya last year, killer squad in Somalia, in Cyprus for another fifty years in our blue helmets, what?

I do support all those who have volunteered time now or in the new Syria for reconstruction. I hope for a ceasefire from whichever side is not afraid to blink first, and then a Syria-led (however-brokered) ramshackle coalition of reformers and revolutionaries and functionaries and civil rights honchos and clean judges and open public inquiries … to guide Syria in the coming restructuring of security, justice, media, expatriate, military service, command structure, and other dictatorial remnants.

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How, Tara, how can there be consensus and dialogue when even this bland and unremarkable comment of mine will likely attract far more red than green? How can Syrians get through the hostilities and make peace with each other?

I had better stay on the fence, on the porch, on the margins looking in — quietly doing my best to help, to aid, to bring on grace and peace back to one of its heartlands.

Syrians will eventually stand together again. There does not seem to be much way of standing together now (with the obvious exception of stand-outs like Abughassan,Ghufran and other doctors and professionals in service and support).

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March 12th, 2012, 12:16 am

 

504. Son of Damascus said:

Irritated,

“Thank God there is a moderator otherwise it would have gotten very low.”

How about your cleansing comment, did you see Bashar’s cleansing process. You still approve of that criminal?

Or are you still immune to Syrian blood being spilled as long as it is for Bashar?

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March 12th, 2012, 12:16 am

 

505. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS said:

503. WILLIAM SCOTT SCHERK

How do you have a rational dialogue with people who claim that Hamza al-Khateeb (http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2011/05/201153185927813389.html) was killed by “Saudi terrorists?” Any psycho analysis? Any advice, Mr. William-the voice of reason? Any advice on why anybody in 2012 would still support a 42-year-old murderous Syrian dictatorship? If supporting serial killers require psycho-analysis, what about supporting a dictator whose murders are a million times more horrific than serial killers.
Help, please, Mr. wise man!

P.S., the red thumbs I receive here from the pro-Basharists are my badge of honor!

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March 12th, 2012, 12:22 am

 

506. ann said:

501. irritated said:

NATO are their allies

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March 12th, 2012, 12:25 am

 

507. Syrialover said:

#WSS 503

“…since my last post got 24 thumbs down”

Yes, but from an automated mass voting setup. You obviously caused annoyance to those behind it – so your score was a badge of honour, which you’ll see if you go back and review how it is being used here.

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March 12th, 2012, 12:25 am

 

508. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS said:

497. ANN

My grandparents moved their house temporarily for “shelter” in Hasan Nasrallah’s basement!

Hasan Nasrallah’s speeches blind the eyes and darken the souls!

P.S., you are also invited to my grandparents’ Damascus party. Please don’t bring Hasan with you because he will be facing an arrest warrant for his role in the ongoing Syrian repression!

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March 12th, 2012, 12:32 am

 

509. Syrialover said:

# 502. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS

I am worried about that person you refer to. I fear their playing with cut-paste on Syriacomment 20 hours a day has led to them dropping out of high school.

Another (albeit micro-tiny) tragedy stemming from the crisis in Syria.

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March 12th, 2012, 12:33 am

 

510. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS said:

509. SYRIALOVER

الله يرشدهم الى طريق الصواب

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March 12th, 2012, 12:34 am

 

511. ann said:

China willing to work together with GCC on Syria: envoy – 2012-03-12

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-03/12/c_131461742.htm

RIYADH, March 12 (Xinhua) — China is ready to step up communication and cooperation on Syria with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), visiting Chinese special envoy Zhang Ming said.

China is willing to play a constructive role in pushing for a political solution to the Syrian issue, Zhang told GCC Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani on Sunday.

Noting that China has attached great importance to the significant role that the GCC has played in regional affairs, Zhang said his country is willing to work hard together with the organization for a fair, peaceful and proper solution to the year-long political crisis in Syria.

Zhang reaffirmed China’s six-point statement on Syria, stressing that China and GCC nations have all appealed for an immediate end to violence, effective protection of civilians, implementation of humanitarian relief as well as respect for Syria’s independence, sovereignty, unification and territory integrity.

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March 12th, 2012, 12:43 am

 

512. Son of Damascus said:

Even when the regime tries its best to silence Homs, Homsi’s still come out in numbers.

You are truly brave, and honourable. I only wish I was Son of Homs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQPeP6ipYV4&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdWZJ1pEREk&feature=player_embedded

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March 12th, 2012, 12:55 am

 

513. zoo said:

The Syrian crisis and the next summit in Baghdad
(Translated from french)
by Scarlett HADDAD | 12/03/2012 l’Orient Le Jour

The early political solution that some think they see in the mission of UN envoy in Syria, Kofi Annan, and the meeting of Arab foreign ministers with their Russian counterpart in Cairo did not really convince specialists following the situation.

One should therefore not believe in miracles and to the fact that in two interviews, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would have succeeded in convincing Mr. Annan of his vision of the situation. The same apply to the Minister Sergei Lavrov who would have after the close meeting with the Arab ministers succeeded in imposing a 5-point solution providing, among others, the cessation of violence by both sides and the beginning of a dialogue between the opposition and the regime.
Experts believe instead that these two missions have mainly resulted in a sort of truce, that both sides are going to use to strengthen their positions, just as happened in Lebanon: between bloody rounds, there was agreement on pause, a ceasefire with the support of political document, that allowed players to catch their breath to start new fresh rounds.
In fact, the Syrian crisis becomes each day a little more complicated and each side needs a break to see a little clearer. At first glance, the regime seems to have scored points with the military operation carried out to Baba Amr. Now, calls are no longer for its departure, but for the establishment of safe passages to send humanitarian aid to the affected population.

According to official statements, the mission of Kofi Annan in Damascus would have been so focused on the humanitarian and the development of a political solution. Mr. Annan has even met during his mission in Syria representatives of the opposition from within, which, unlike the opponents from the outside, could accept a dialogue with the regime, like Hassan Abdel Azim, Louay Hussein, Haidar Ali and Jamil Kadri, as he met with representatives of different communities, including the Mufti and Christian clerics.

Similarly, repeated calls to arm the opposition have not had the desired effect. Instead, they showed that this idea is not unanimous in what is commonly called the international community and its Arab allies and regional. In addition to the United States who have made reservations through the voice of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman are clearly hostile, while the Egyptian FM and the representative from Egypt to the United Nations adopted a more nuanced position, calling for a compromise solution. Egypt has brought in its wake Algeria, Sudan and Yemen. It is obvious that there is no certainty on this plan, despite clear statements on the need to arm the Syrian opposition made by the Saudi and Qatari ministry of foreign Affairs.

For its part, Iraq, which is preparing to host the next Arab summit on March 29, wishes to make a spectacular comeback on the political scene with a proposed solution on Syria, which would amount to mainly prevent the breakup of that country, to stop the violence and engage in constructive dialogue between the regime and the opposition. This project is very important for Iraq, primarily because Syria is on its borders and that the outbreak of sectarian Syria would lead to serious unrest in Iraq, where the specter of sectarian war is not totally excluded, second, because the Syrian dossier is now the largest for the Arabs and there is a need for Iraq to present an initiative to address it during the summit to be held on its soil. Moreover, to succeed the summit, Iraq had to make major concessions to other Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, by releasing Saudi detainees in Iraq that have been involved in sectarian explosions.
For Iraq, this summit is vital after the withdrawal of U.S. troops to mark that it he has turned a page in its history, and the Syrian issue is timely for it to register a diplomatic victory taking into account its own interests.
These interests rely on the stabilization of the situation in Syria and rejection of the coming to power of an Islamist Sunni regime that could threaten the fragile political balance in Iraq.

If the Iraqi prime minister had to cede to pressure and avoided inviting the Syrian regime to attend the summit, facing the open opposition of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, it still counts on proposing a solution sufficiently vague so as not to create waves, while preserving the Iraqi interests. At the same time, the summit comes at a particular moment when the American administration is immersed in the presidential campaign and it has informed his interlocutors in the region, including Israel, it would not now have new problems to solve.
Faced with this complex situation, we understand a little better why the current trend for all parties involved in the case of Syria is a breather, just to see how to reorganize the opposition and make it more effective, while seeking loopholes in Assad’s system that, for now, according to U.S. reports, still holds the power structure and does not really seem weakened neither by economic sanctions nor by repeated pressure on its military and administrative apparatus. Especially since the Security Council is blocked by the positions of Russia and China.
The international community therefore focuses its efforts on the sending of humanitarian aid in the hope that through this, it can have secure access inside Syria that could, to some analysts, change the game.
http://www.lorientlejour.com/category/%C3%80+La+Une/article/749440/La_crise_syrienne_et_le__prochain_sommet_de_Bagdad.html

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March 12th, 2012, 1:10 am

 

514. irritated said:

#504 SOD said

“How about your cleansing comment”

Put on your glasses, you are adding as “S” where there wasn’t one.

‘cleaning’ is not ‘cleansing’

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March 12th, 2012, 1:17 am

 

515. ann said:

Military Points to Risks of a Syrian Intervention – March 11, 2012

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/world/middleeast/us-syria-intervention-would-be-risky-pentagon-officials-say.html

WASHINGTON — Despite growing calls for the United States to help stop the bloodshed in Syria, senior Pentagon officials are stepping up their warnings that military intervention would be a daunting and protracted operation, requiring at least weeks of exclusively American airstrikes, with the potential for killing vast numbers of civilians and plunging the country closer to civil war.

The officials say that Syria presents a far larger problem than did Libya, which required a seven-month NATO air campaign last year in which hundreds of aircraft dropped and fired 7,700 bombs and missiles.

Although the United States has the military capability to launch sustained airstrikes in Syria — “We can do anything,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told the Senate last week — defense officials say they are concerned about four tough challenges: the risks in attacking Syria’s plentiful and sophisticated Russian-made air defenses, which are located close to major population centers; arming a deeply splintered Syrian opposition; the potential for starting a proxy war with Iran or Russia, two crucial allies of Syria; and the lack, at least so far, of an international coalition willing to take action against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

One senior defense official said over the weekend that even creating “safe havens,” or protected areas inside Syria for civilians, would be such a complex operation that military planners were “looking at a serious contingent of U.S. ground troops” to help establish and maintain them, should the United States take such a course of action.

The planning is in response to a request by President Obama for preliminary military options from the Pentagon, even though the administration still believes that diplomatic and economic pressure is the best way to stop the violent repression of Mr. Assad’s government. The options under review include humanitarian airlifts, naval monitoring of Syria and the establishment of a no-fly zone, among other possibilities.

“We’ve been sucked into this open-ended arrangement before, and we’re not going there again,” a senior military official said, speaking of Libya, which required extensive American air power — as well as hundreds of cruise missiles fired from American ships and submarines — to take out Libya’s air defenses so that European warplanes could operate freely. Even then, the United States continued to supply ammunition and refueling planes and fly combat missions.

Defense and intelligence officials say that Syria’s integrated air defenses — a combination of thousands of surface-to-air missiles, radars and antiaircraft guns — are not only more advanced than those in Libya, they are also arrayed in densely populated areas on the country’s western border, meaning that even with precision bombing, civilians nearby would probably be killed.

“There would be some severe collateral damage going after those areas,” Mr. Panetta said last week.

As in Libya, the early stages of an air campaign over Syria would be almost entirely American because of the United States’ arsenal and electronic warfare capabilities and would probably take, General Dempsey said, “an extended period of time and a great number of aircraft.”

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March 12th, 2012, 1:23 am

 

516. irritated said:

#512 SOD

My favorite : “Kofi Annan you are NOT welcom”

You can be a son of Homs, move there or change your nick name.

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March 12th, 2012, 1:27 am

 

517. Son of Damascus said:

Irritated,

“There were plenty of them in Bab Amr, but it’s been cleanup and disinfected.”

So it wasn’t your “cleansing” then it was your “cleanup and disinfected”.

You still promote Bashar’s cleanup and disinfection?
Or are you still immune to Syrian blood being spilled as long as it is for Bashar?

http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=13874&cp=all#comment-299324

Your lack of any outrage over these killings, and making a quip on the dead Syrian souls shows a lot.

“You can be a son of Homs, move there or change your nick name”

Again your lack of any human empathy towards a city savagely hounded by the Assadist dogs shows a lot.

I hope you stay Irritated for the rest of your life.

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March 12th, 2012, 1:38 am

 

518. irritated said:

#508 Dawood HH

“My grandparents moved their house temporarily for “shelter” in Hasan Nasrallah’s basement!”

Maybe after all, I’ll accept your invitation.

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March 12th, 2012, 1:38 am

 

519. irritated said:

#517 SOD

I don’t differentiate between “good” and “bad” blood.
Any human being blood spilled by hatred and greed is a shame for the humanity.

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March 12th, 2012, 1:45 am

 

520. Equus said:

It’s a shame that Ghiath turned to be a Shabeeh in exchange of what ?
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Exactly in exchange for what? For simply nothing, it’s a conviction, he believed in his cause. He probably didn’t believe in NATO Syria or annexed Syria/Israel. Bradley Manning believed in his cause, telling the truth and he’s being thrown in jail. Like suicide bomber in exchange for what they bomb others? It’s a conviction, money is a not a motivator. Ben Laden was a terrorist but didn’t need money.

Question: How would you know someone is Shabeeh? Does he have to be circumcised? Like during Hitler era. How about women? Are there women Shabeeh too? Are they bound to a test like in Egypt (on headlines since this morning)?

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March 12th, 2012, 1:50 am

 

521. ann said:

Clash Over Syria Emerge at UN Council – Monday, 12 March 2012

http://www.brecorder.com/top-news/1-front-top-news/49158-clash-over-syria-emerge-at-un-council.html

UNITED NATIONS: A new diplomatic clash over Syria is looming as foreign ministers from key UN Security Council nations meet on Monday.

British organizers of the event meant for it to be a review of the Arab Spring uprisings; the event however will be shaped by stark differences over how to stop President Bashar al-Assad’s deadly assault on opponents.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov of Russia, William Hague of Britain, Alain Juppe of France and Guido Westerwelle of Germany will be among top officials at the event.

Russia and China say the Western nations only want a resolution to back regime change. Lavrov said Russia opposes “crude interference” in Syria’s internal affairs, his ministry said after a meeting between Lavrov and UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan in Cairo.

Russia wants any resolution to call equally on the government and opposition groups to halt the violence. The Western members say the security force assault and attacks by opposition groups cannot be put on the same level.

But Lavrov insists he is defending “international law”, while the United States and European members of the council say Russia is blocking international action to prop up its main Middle East ally. Russia, the second biggest arms supplier to Assad’s government, faces growing criticism from some Arab countries.

China has meanwhile proposed its own plan for talks between Assad and the opposition, which an envoy will press in the Arab world and Europe this week.

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March 12th, 2012, 2:03 am

 

522. Syria no Kandahar said:

In the (new democratic Syria)you can be killed like
A bug,if Shiek gives fatwa.wacth the criminals in عصابة عماره killing Syria’s boxing champion:

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March 12th, 2012, 2:04 am

 

523. Jerusalem said:

talk about the defection of the Tlas brothers high ranking officers in the RG of the regime.
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On Al-jazeera blog this Balkis said they left for Paris. The question is where is the brutal regime to beat them and throw them in jail?
I can assure you no loss for the Official Syrian Army. Only one of them is in the military and was criticized by Michel Kilo for hardly knowing Syria’s geography when he went to meet with him.All what he does is smoking cigar. You can’t really drive a tank and smoke cigar at the same time. The second brother is busy chasing women but it’s not my issue. The reason I brought it up is because he owned a factory of canned meat. One huge batch was spoiled yet he released it. People got really sick. The ministry of Health closed the factory for short period of time and pulled what’s on the shelves. Mr. very Humanitarian (like Mrs. Clinton) offered it to besieged Gazans …(this is about 6 years ago or so ). Hence, it’s not a loss for the army.

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March 12th, 2012, 2:18 am

 

524. Jad said:

With respect to every innocent victim, I have to say that I found the timing of the killing in Homs today and for the liar Omar Tillawi to go live prepared to star his usual show just hours befor the UN meeting is very suspicious.

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March 12th, 2012, 2:27 am

 

525. ann said:

I got this video from a friend of mine:

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March 12th, 2012, 2:34 am

 

526. Syria no Kandahar said:

Jad
I agree with you.just like a day before the last SC meeting when Terrorists killed many of their hostages in Alkaledia.Omer Altalawi,Khaled Abo Salah and Abo jafer are all terrorists and liars.The old Egyptians had a habit of giving قرابين to the Nile befor the flood season so it does not get angry,Syrians have to be given same way prior to SC meetings so HBJ does not get angree from his payee to
Terrorists:
أكد مصدر إعلامي أن الصور التي تعرضها بعض الفضائيات هي من جرائم المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة بحق الأهالي الذين اختطفتهم وقتلتهم في حمص.

وقال المصدر إن المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة تختطف الأهالي في بعض أحياء حمص وتقتلهم وتمثل بجثامينهم وتصورهم لوسائل إعلام بهدف استدعاء مواقف دولية ضد سورية.

وأضاف المصدر: اعتدنا على تصعيد المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة لجرائمها قبيل جلسات مجلس الأمن بهدف استدعاء مواقف ضد سورية.

وأكد المصدر أن القنوات الإعلامية الدموية بما فيها الجزيرة والعربية تشارك المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة جرائمها وتعتمد المسلحين مراسلين لها في المناطق التي ترتكب فيها هذه الجرائم.

عدد من الأهالي يتعرفون على جثث لذويهم

وروى أهالي عدد من الأحياء في حمص لأخبار التلفزيون العربي السوري فظائع الإجرام والقتل والخطف التي مارستها المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة بحق المواطنين وقالوا إن الصور التي عرضتها القنوات الإعلامية الدموية هي لأقارب لهم وأنهم تعرفوا على بعض جثث ذويهم الذين خطفتهم المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة وقتلتهم.

وقال المواطن أحمد شهاب: أنا من حي باب السباع وأؤكد أني تعرفت على جثتين على الأقل من الجثث التي عرضتها القنوات الدموية وهي تعود لمخطوفين منذ أكثر من شهر على يد المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة.

وأضاف شهاب أن المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة تروع الأهالي حيث لا نستطيع الخروج من منازلنا لأنها تخطف الناس وتقتل وتقطع الجثث.

من جهته قال المواطن خالد النجار من حي النازحين إنني أعرف اثنين ممن ظهرت جثثهم على قناة الجزيرة وهما من حارتنا وقد خطفتهم المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة منذ شهر.

وأضاف النجار أن المجموعات الإرهابية عاثت فسادا في حيه وبعض الأحياء المجاورة وهي تخطف المواطنين وتقتلهم.

ومن جانبه قال المواطن فؤاد سليمان من حي النزهة: إن إحدى الجثث التي ظهرت على قناة الجزيرة تعود لابن خالته جهاد الذي خطفته المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة منذ أكثر من شهر ونصف.

كما قال المواطن أبو خالد العبد الله من حي النازحين: إن الأوضاع في الحي سيئة جدا نتيجة اعتداءات المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة على أهالي الحي حيث تجبرهم على البقاء في المنازل وتحرمهم من الحصول على الغذاء والماء وتستخدم بعض البيوت التي استولت عليها كسجون لمن تختطفهم إضافة إلى قيامها بالقاء جثث من تقتلهم في شارع الستين.
From Syria now.

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March 12th, 2012, 2:34 am

 

527. Jerusalem said:

I will find you more neutral when you begin to edit Irritated and Ann. The latter’s comments are full of hate against Sunni Muslims!

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Beauty is in the eye of beholder. Everything is about perception and intuitive recognition.
I’m Sunni Muslim and don’t perceive Irritated or Ann’s comments disperse hate toward Sunni Muslims or any religion at that matter as much as I find yours very sect & religion oriented. In fact, I find certain of your comments (those that I read, I don’t read all) rather very disturbing. And I hope that people reading this blog don’t conceive this idea about Sunnis in the world.

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March 12th, 2012, 3:04 am

 

528. Jerusalem said:

I found this particular interesting comment on 360 Anderson Cooper last Thursday:
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Sandra Melon On the occasion of women’s day, a small cultural center nearby played Syrian movie “Bab Al-Maqam” about a true incident took place in Aleppo in 2002 when a young killed his sister, mother of three, because she loved to sing the songs of Umm Kulthum (Famous Arabic Singer) at home. Her husband (cab driver) was buying these tapes for her. According to her father and family, if she loved those songs, she must have taken on a lover and she had committed a shameful act. Thus, they…… We laughed with my friends although nothing is funny about it that how come no one blamed the regime for the killing yet?
Also it seems as if Al Jazeera was harboring ill feeling toward the government since 2006.
The Qatari-based Al Jazeera channel has reported that the film has not been screened in Syria because the authorities have prevented it. The director of the movie Malas replied that he had
never applied for permission to screen it in the first place. He said: “The film has got the approval of the texts reading committee at the Ministry of Culture and that means it has got the approval on production and shooting in Syria,”
Thursday at 5:10pm

http://www.facebook.com/people/Sandra-Melon/100003477397940

I saw the movie two years ago it’s very deep. The children played beautifully.

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March 12th, 2012, 3:19 am

 

529. Mina said:

As usual, since one year, every time there is a positive move (this time by “optimist” Annan), there is an awful massacre relayed immediately by the Arab satellite channels.
Sorry, but how are we supposed to believe that the shabeehas commited a massacre and simply abandoned the evidence? Right at the perfect timing, as usual?
And how are we supposed to believe that the “rebels” can walk around freely, get a phonecall from karm al zeytoun and go there to film the video and send it right away from the first wifi spot they find????
The people who did that are animals, of the same kind as the dijhadists who slaughtered people in Algeria, Afghanistan and Iraq.They are the target and Iran and Syria are now enroled, with the US, against them to let a free Iraq (and a free Syria) emerge.

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March 12th, 2012, 3:47 am

 

530. Uzair8 said:

A comment from AJE Live Syria Blog user comment section – 2 hrs ago:

“What we are (literrally) witnessing in Syria at the hands of the Assadists, is the undoing of every principle ever created by man to establish justice, and mercy, and order. It rips at the fabric of who we are as human beings. It is a gross obscenity, it degrades every human on the planet.

The irony suffocates me, when I look at Annan and the Pharisees, and their smirky little grins.

Assadists have invented something new: Horrorism. It is terrorism without reason, without limit, without honor or shame.

I don’t know whether I am so proud of our race, we humans, that men and women and children, even, stand as the guardians of our freedom and dignity, or whether I am so ashamed that a whole world of power is shackled by protocol, and will not intercede to fight beside them.

(Forgive my rantle, but then, you understand.)”

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March 12th, 2012, 4:08 am

 

531. Uzair8 said:

Having just read a ‘report’ of the alleged defection of the 2 sons of Mustafa Tlass followed by a statement to the Syrian regular Army Officers:

‘..statement to the Syrian regular army officers and urged them to split before it is too late because the Bashar al-Assad has reached the extent of criminal madness will not stop until the shed blood of all the Syrian opposition to him and his regime..’

I agree with Prof Landis that we will begin to see a trickle of defections from the higher echelons of the regime. This will be reflected in the activity of regime supporters on SC as their role increasingly becomes one of damage limitation.

If anyone is interested in the ‘report’ from the AJE syria blog user comment section then see next comment. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem possible to directly link to individual comments.

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March 12th, 2012, 4:18 am

 

532. Uzair8 said:

8 hrs ago. AJE Live Syria Blog user comment section:

“defection of Brigadier General Manaf Tlass Brigade Commander 105 in the Republican Guard and his brother Firas:

security sources disclosed Syria informed the Beirut Observer that the two sons of General Mustafa Talas, Syrian Defense Minister, former, Munaf and Firas, dissented from the Syrian regime and joined the ranks of the revolution, the Syrian
sources confirmed that Brigadier General Manaf Talas, Brigade Commander, 105 in the Syrian Republican Guard announced its secession from Army-Asadi, accompanied by 23 officers which is now in the safe destination is not known to the Syrian territory, pointing out that his brother Firas left his wife Rania have illegally occupied Syrian and arrived in Paris while reaching his wife to Dubai to join the family contrary that are out there , the sources said that Firas Talas will meet in Paris with Michel Kilo shows the Stockade a statement to the Syrian regular army officers and urged them to split before it is too late because the Bashar al-Assad has reached the extent of criminal madness will not stop until the shed blood of all the Syrian opposition to him and his regime”

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March 12th, 2012, 4:20 am

 

533. Mina said:

Welcome to Qardawi’s new Egypt
http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/707296

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March 12th, 2012, 5:15 am

 
 

535. Uzair8 said:

@348 Son of Damascus

About the Sheikh’s quotes and the religious references. It did cross my mind while posting and I tried to leave out the religious references. A couple remained. The parts relevent to everyone are those about hounour, dignity and protection of women and children.

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March 12th, 2012, 5:40 am

 

536. SANDRO LOEWE said:

I hope Assad gets killed soon. And also I hope many officials and high ranks of secret services get assassinated too. This is the only way there could be some diallogue. This is the only hope we have for a new Syria that Assad becomes a martyr. The people of Syria deserves much more that what he has had, after the brave popular rising.

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March 12th, 2012, 5:47 am

 
 

538. 873 said:

142. omen said:
via nir rosen interview:
The Salafi ideology just hasn’t been as important in Syria.

Rosen is Mossad, a former Staff Sargeant in military intel for IDF. Why Syria allows such as these to infiltrate, surveill and freely roam their country at any time- much less during a foreign backed coup campaign sponsored by Rosen’s country- is absolutely bewildering.

Rosen’s rubbish about no Salafi influence? The terrorists inported from Libya by NATO are SALAFIS- WAHABI jihadis.
Would we expect the truth from Mossad??

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March 12th, 2012, 6:47 am

 

539. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS said:

518. IRRITATED

You have revealed a lot about yourself with this response. No wonder you are biased in favor of a murderous dictator and you seem anti-Sunni!

In any case, the invitation stands. You are invited, but my grandparents’ house has been, and will always remain, in a well-known Damascus’ neighborhood!

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March 12th, 2012, 7:03 am

 

540. Juergen said:

50 intellectuals call upon the security council to act upon Syria

Given the bloody suppression of the opposition in Syria, intellectuals and politicians from around the world,have signed a letter calling the UN Security Council to stop the killings in Syria. The divisions in the international community had “given a false sense of security to the government of President Bashar al-Assad, that violent suppression is a viable option,”it is said in the letter of approximately 50 internationally known figures. Which was quoted in the “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”. “The responsibility for the bloodshed in Syria lie ultimately with those who allow or commit those terrible crimes ,” it said in the statement.

Among the signatories to the newspaper, are the former president of Germany and South Africa, Richard von Weizsäcker and Frederik Willem de Klerk, the philosopher Juergen Habermas, the writer
Umberto Eco and David Grossman, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams and the Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alekseeva .

The appeal is directed particularly to Russia, which opposes so far, together with China any condemnation of the Assad regime through the UN Security Council. “We appeal to the new Russian government to join the common effort to end the conflict and restore peace and stability in Syria and the region,” says the letter to the 15 members of the Panel. The UN Security Council in New York on Monday debated for over a year Arab spring.

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March 12th, 2012, 7:16 am

 

541. DAWOUD HOLY HOMS said:

P.S.,

I will not reveal NOW the true location of my grandparents’ Damascus home because I don’t want Hasan Nasrallah’s and Bashar’s murderous Shabiha to burn it!

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March 12th, 2012, 8:02 am

 

542. Dawoud holy homs said:

AS we post here now, Israel is attacking Gaza and committing war crimes & Bashar al-Assad is attacking Idlib and Hama and committing war crimes.
Fee Syria, Free Palestine!

P.s., Amir in colonial Tel Aviv hasn’t been posting. Is he participating in the attacks on Gaza?

http://www.aljazeera.net/news/pages/1d8bafd1-d8f6-44c1-bd12-fcf22f7dcffe?GoogleStatID=1

http://www.aljazeera.net/news/pages/8ec6ffbc-f777-4d4c-9f4c-4841d716a7ca?GoogleStatID=1

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March 12th, 2012, 8:10 am

 

543. Mina said:

Israel attacks Gaza because it wants (with its new Gulf friends) to force the US/EU into a war with Iran.

This was spotted by an Angry Arab correspondent

Ahmad Zaydan was the correspondent for AlJazeera in Pakistan and has not in any way disguised his sympathy for Taliban and Al-Qa`idah. He is a member of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood (and member of the Syrian National Council) and is thus now qualified to be correspondent on Syrian uprising, here he cites a “very high ranking source” in the Free Syrian Army and say that Israeli drones are monitoring the activities of the Free Syrian Army on behalf of the Syrian regime. Wla: can you report on cooperation between Qatar and Israel using “a very high ranking source” in the Qatar royal family?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSKnusKi6gQ&feature=youtu.be

And please read and circulate:
http://www.syrianews.cc/dr-omar-thaher-defend-syria-iraq-403.html

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March 12th, 2012, 8:16 am

 

544. Syrialover said:

# 536. SANDRO LOEWE

Your assassination fantasy is shared by millions.

Not just as revenge and pest control, but as a way of turning off the source of orders to kill, and, as you say, removing the obstacles to any negotiation and resolution.

But as others here have said, who is there in the regime to hold any effective dialogue with? Who is now really running things, and who is controlling what? Bashar, his brother, his brother in law?

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March 12th, 2012, 8:16 am

 

545. Syrialover said:

By the way, that’s an interesting outburst in response to Sandro Loewe from “873″ (comment #539). The spluttering outrage does not extend to the mass killings of ordinary Syrians. Here’s some insight into “873′s” world view: http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=13937&cp=all#comment-300432 (warning: contains extreme conspiracy theories)

Here’s a taster: “NATO, using its proxies like Al Qaeda, MEK and their paid “terrorist’ mercs are responsible for starting this mess to provoke a crackdown by Syrian govt” and “The thousands killed by the mercs/ and or Syria defense is just collateral damage to the NATO New World Order chiefs and we all know it. Spare us the sanctimonious ‘dead martyr for freedom’ act.”

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March 12th, 2012, 8:21 am

 

546. jna said:

541. Juergensaid:
50 intellectuals call upon the security council to act upon Syria
(…)
“We appeal to the new Russian government to join the common effort to end the conflict and restore peace and stability in Syria and the region”

The majority effort at the UN has been a one sided attempt to depose the government of Syria. Russia has insisted that peace and stability in Syria will best come with steps which take into account the wishes and interests of all Syrians, not just the wishes of revolutionaries and 50 intellectuals.

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March 12th, 2012, 8:46 am

 

547. SANDRO LOEWE said:

Dear 873,

Regarding your comment 539, I suposse it will be cancelled by the moderator if there is any.

As per your accusations please notice I have never killed, raped or tortured anyone. Do not expect the Karma Law to work for thoughts, desires and illusions like mine while you ignore the original facts. And the original facts are the permanent sins and violations of all syrians rights.

I do expect the Karma law to justice the syrian regime officials. But if Karma law does not ecexute them, the we, the people of Syria whould do.

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March 12th, 2012, 8:49 am

 

548. SANDRO LOEWE said:

Someone said I am an animal for considering the death of the president a necessary step for the resolution of this conflict. Well, mine is just an analytical consideration. The attitude of 873 defines what the syrian regime is:

1) Citizens of syrian state are not humans but numbers like 873

2) Thoughts and opinions are crimes and deserve death penalty

3) State crimes and abuses are ignored and unknown. No one is responsible for them.

For this reason I think President Bashar Al Assad should executed (one bullet is enough, two bullets would be a wasting amunition could be needed for others) as well as Maher, Assef and many others in order to have a commun basis to begin a rational diallogue between opposition and army to reduce security services influence.

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March 12th, 2012, 9:04 am

 

549. Syrialover said:

My thoughts are with the brave people of Idlib. I feel numb,in shock. And after Babr Amr and Idlib there will be more come.

““After shelling the city, security forces began a house-to-house search for activists and protesters,” said Abu Hani, a resident of Idlib in a phone interview with Al Jazeera. “And soldiers have been granted complete freedom to loot everything from homes and shops.”

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2012/0312/Activists-With-UN-gone-Syrian-forces-kill-nearly-50-women-children

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March 12th, 2012, 9:10 am

 

550. Syrialover said:

#549. SANDRO LOEWE

Brilliant analysis of the “873″ issue.

And you are right about the need for removing Maher, Assef and their offsiders operating the security services before any rational dialogue can be possible with the army.

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March 12th, 2012, 9:22 am

 

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