The US Looks for a More Muscular Response to Syria; Damascus Sells Gold in a Sign of Poverty

Syria seems to be trying to sell Gold from its reserves in Dubai. A sign that it’s money is running low due to sanctions and revolt.

The Obama administration insists that it is about to make some important changes to its Syria policy. Everyone expects that it will assume greater leadership by helping to arm the opposition. So far Washington has raised the rhetorical bar while refusing action. Sanctions have been the most it is willing to offer. The other countries — Turkey, Saudi and France – have refused to take the lead. They want to see an American commitment before taking their hands out of the pockets.  On the NSC, Steve Simon, who has not been keen on military involvement, seems to be making way for Derek Chollet, whose old boss was Anne-Marie Slaughter. She is for military intervention in Syria, as she made clear on the Charlie Rose Show that I appeared on with her, Fouad Ajami and Thomas Friedman. Ajami makes the most compelling argument for a more active US role in embracing the “future” in Syria. Here is what Josh Rogin has to say about Chollet’s appointment in Obama searches for a ‘Plan B’ in Syria:

The new push includes adjustments in personnel handling the portfolio. Before March, National Security Council Director Steve Simon headed up the internal interagency process. Now, multiple officials confirm that NSC Senior Director for Strategy Derek Chollet has been added to the leadership of the Syria policy team and has been coordinating the interagency process for several weeks. Simon, Assistant Secretary of State Jeff Feltman, and State Dept. Special Advisor Fred Hof are still active on the Syria portfolio.

Clinton says Syria is at a “crucial turning point”. She will be in Paris tomorrow to try to figure out what the Western states can do that won’t suck them into another Iraq, but that will show some teeth. Right now, Russia is calling the shots in Syria. Ironically, the last country we pushed Russia out of,  because we demanded greater control over its affairs, was Afghanistan. Most American policy makers today would probably agree that Russian controlled Afghanistan was much better than what came after. Ammar Abdulhamid suggests that Syria is more liberal and less Islamist than Afghanistan or even Egypt and Tunisia. He believes that US caution about the rise of Islamists in Syria is ill-founded. Amal al-Hanano hares Abdulhamid’s determination to promote secular and pacifist Syrian interests.  She is calling on secular Syrians to organize and counter-balance the Islamists.

News Round Up

Syria Said to be Seeking Gold Sales From Reserves: Reuters Link
By John Irish and Amena Bakr

PARIS/DUBAI, April 18 (Reuters) – Syria is trying to sell gold reserves to raise revenue as Western and Arab sanctions targeting its central bank and oil exports begin to bite, diplomats and traders said.

Western sanctions have halved Syria’s foreign exchange reserves from about $17 billion, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday after a meeting with about 60 nations aimed at coordinating measures against President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

“Syria is selling its gold at rock bottom prices,” said a Western diplomatic source, declining to say where it was being sold.

A second diplomatic source confirmed the information, adding that Damascus was looking to offload everything it could to raise cash, including currency reserves.

On Feb. 27, the European Union agreed more sanctions including prohibiting trade in gold and other precious metals with Syrian state institutions, including the central bank.

Two gold traders in the United Arab Emirates said the Syrian government had been offering gold at a discount, with one saying it was making offers at about 15 percent below the market price.

The trader said Damascus was selling small volumes of around 20-30 kilos which were easier to offload, with offers being made through private accounts set up with free email providers……

The World Gold Council estimates Syria had about 25.8 metric tonnes of gold as of February 2012, representing about 7.1 percent of its total reserves….The Syrian pound hit a record low on the black market in March of around 100 to the dollar, compared to 47 before the protests erupted, sharply raising the cost of imports…

At Wednesday’s spot prices, Syria’s total gold reserves are worth around $1.36 billion. …

“The most stunning, unsettling conclusion I drew from the leaders of the Free Syrian Army was that they have essentially got no help from anyone. They are literally running out of ammunition while Assad’s forces are being resupplied by Iran and Russia,” Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) told The Cable in an interview.

Lieberman and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spent their Senate recess on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Syria border, meeting with Turkish officials, FSA leaders, and refugees.

“What they want us to do is to lead. They want us to lead the Friends of Syria, who have given them increasingly sympathetic rhetoric but not the wherewithal to defend themselves,” he said

The Syrian internal opposition is buying weapons and ammunition on the black market at exorbitant prices and claims that large parts of the Syrian military are demoralized but are unwilling to break with the government until they see the opposition has real international support.

“They are all waiting for the U.S. to say ‘We’re in this,’” Lieberman said.

There was at least one State Department official inside the McCain-Lieberman meeting with leaders of the FSA, Gen. Mustafa al-Sheikh and Col. Riad al-Asaad, two U.S. officials confirmed. The FSA leaders asked the United States to provide RPGs, anti-aircraft guns, and ammunition. The FSA leaders also said they have proof that the Assad regime is using helicopter gunships to attack civilians in the city of Idlib, as apparently shown in this YouTube video.

Turkish officials told McCain and Lieberman that they were willing to let weapons flow over their borders and consider other more aggressive steps to help the internal Syrian opposition, but that they won’t do so unless Washington leads the way…..

Obama administration searches for a ‘Plan B’ in Syria
Posted By Josh Rogin Wednesday, April 18, 2012 -Foreign Policy

The White House is unhappy with the options it’s been given on Syria and is searching for a new strategy for removing President Bashar al-Assad, The Cable has learned.

“There was a fundamental decision made at the highest level that we need a real Syria policy with more options for the president,” one administration official with knowledge of the internal deliberations said. “Our allies were coming back to us and saying ‘What’s your next move?,’ and we were forced to admit we didn’t have one.”

The new push includes adjustments in personnel handling the portfolio. Before March, National Security Council Director Steve Simon headed up the internal interagency process. Now, multiple officials confirm that NSC Senior Director for Strategy Derek Chollet has been added to the leadership of the Syria policy team and has been coordinating the interagency process for several weeks. Simon, Assistant Secretary of State Jeff Feltman, and State Dept. Special Advisor Fred Hof are still active on the Syria portfolio.

Chollet, the former deputy to Anne-Marie Slaughter at the State Department’s Policy Planning shop, has also been nominated to be the next assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, replacing Sandy Vershbow, who is now deputy secretary general of NATO. Chollet has taken on the day-to-day management of the interagency process while he awaits confirmation.

New options are now being considered internally, including another discussion of setting up buffer zones inside Syria, one administration official confirmed. The administration has also authorized direct contact with the internal Syrian opposition, including the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and at least one State Department official has met with the FSA’s nominal leaders in Turkey.

The rethink comes eight months after Obama explicitly demanded the Syrian leader’s removal, saying, “The time has come for President Assad to step aside.”

His administration is still struggling to come up with a way to make that call a reality…..

UN monitors flee Syrian protest after gunfire
By BEN HUBBARD,

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces opened fire Wednesday on anti-regime demonstrators surrounding the cars of a U.N. team meant to monitor a shaky cease-fire, sending the observers speeding off and protesters dashing for cover, according to activists and amateur videos.

The fresh violence in a suburb of Damascus, the Syrian capital, provided the first public glimpse of the work of the small team struggling to reinforce the international community’s stumbling efforts to end 13 months of deadly conflict in Syria.

The shooting, which wounded at least eight people, could also complicate the deployment of a larger U.N. mission to help a cease-fire take hold between President Bashar Assad’s forces and opposition fighters.

The difficulties of the team’s mission was clear Wednesday during its visit to the suburb of Arbeen, just northeast of Damascus.

The team did not announce its plans to visit the area, but a local activist said residents guessed they were coming when tanks posted throughout the area withdrew early Wednesday.

People quickly drew up signs as well as a list of the 34 residents killed since the start of the uprising and information on the scores who have been detained, an Arbeen activist named Ahmed said via Skype. He declined to give his last name for fear of retribution.

Amateur videos posted online showed hundreds of demonstrators crowding around at least three U.N. Land Cruisers, waving Syrian flags and chanting against the regime. In one video, a man with a microphone and huge speakers on the back of a pickup truck led the crowd in singing “Bashar, Bashar, we will not kneel!”

A handwritten sign apparently taped by a demonstrator on one of the cars read, “The murderer keeps killing, the observers keep observing and the people keep up the revolution.”

In another video, the protesters were walking down a boulevard surrounding the cars when a boom rang out, sending demonstrators scattering. Smoke rose in front of the crowd and the cars sped off, sirens blaring. In yet another video, protesters sprinted down side streets while gunfire is heard nearby.

Ahmed, the local activist, said the group was marching toward a square where the government had posted plain clothes security offices called shabiha and government supporters holding a counter demonstration.

“We started walking with the observers thinking that they’d protect us, but then the shabiha started shooting at us, even when the observers’ cars were at the front of the march,” he said.

After the observers left, security cars drove through the area firing, injuring about 20 people, he said.

“Once the committee was gone, there was no one else to see what they were doing,” he said.

The team’s head, Col. Ahmed Himiche, declined to comment on the incident, saying the team would report only to the U.N.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said eight protesters were wounded in Arbeen.

The group, which relies on an activist network in Syria, also said government forces shelled opposition areas in the provinces of Homs in central Syria and Idlib in the north.

For its part, Syria’s state news agency said roadside bomb attacks in Idlib and Aleppo killed 10 security officers and one civilian. The incidents could not be independently verified. The Syrian government bars most media from working in the country…..

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused Syrian opposition forces of provoking the government’s backlash in order to thwart the cease-fire. He urged nations that have leverage with the opposition to force it to abide by cease-fire….

“There must be a tough demand not to allow any provocations and respect the cease-fire,” Lavrov said….

Clinton Says Syria Measures to Be Discussed Tomorrow in Paris
2012-04-18 By Roxana Tiron

April 18 (Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she will attend a meeting in Paris tomorrow to dicuss with allies what further measures may be taken against the Syrian government and in support of the opposition movement. The “ad hoc group” meeting will be led by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, Clinton said, speaking to reporters today in Brussels.

Syria is at a “crucial turning point” at which the government either will abide by the UN-backed peace plan or face further sanctions, she said.

Foreign Policy

The ceasefire appears to have broken down, as levels of violence remain high in several regions in Syria. Up to 70 people have been killed by heavy shelling in the Jourat al-Shayah, Qarabis, Bayada, and Khaldiya districts of Homs, areas that have remained out of government control. According to the Local Coordination Committees, clashes continued in Deraa and Aleppo, as well as in the Idlib province where government troops were accompanied by tanks and helicopters. The Syrian government has said it is willing to comply with Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan. However, the regime has only agreed to a small United Nations’ observer mission of 250 monitors, and it refuses independent air support despite recommendations of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said, “I think this is not enough, considering the current situation and considering the vastness of the country.” Meanwhile, the advance team of monitors has not yet been permitted to operate throughout the country as negotiations on a memorandum of understanding between the Syrian government and the U.N. team have stalled.

The leading voice of the opposition talks to PJ Media about the state of the conflict.: Syria’s Revolution: An Interview with Ammar Abdulhamid
by Barry Rubin, April 17, 2012

(Ammar Abdulhamid has been the most articulate and credible voice of the Syrian opposition and the movement to overthrow the current regime. Barry Rubin interviewed him to get a clearer view on what’s going on in Syria and on what the future prospects are for the bloody conflict.)

What should we know about the Syrian regime that we don’t already know?

That it is not reformable and that its key leaders can never be part of the solution.

What are the causes of the uprising?

Lack of developments when it comes to basic services and infrastructure along with increasing poverty, absence of any accountability on part of the leadership, the sense of impunity that corrupt officials on the local and national levels exhibit on a daily basis, the failure of President Bashar al-Assad to show himself as a true reformer, and his increasing involvement with the corrupt practices of his family and friends.

Can you describe for us the Syrian opposition, both within the country and outside?

We have two types of opposition: the traditional and the new. The traditional opposition is made of old parties and figures who have been around for decades, and the new one is made up of the activists who started and continue to lead the revolution.

The arrogance of the traditional opposition and their inability to provide effective representation and guidance to the revolutionaries created a problem of mistrust between the two, and does not augur well for the ability of such coalitions as the Syrian National Council (SNC) to provide effective leadership either now or during the transitional period. The new opposition is pragmatic, goal-oriented, and open to new possibilities as far as relations with the outside are concerned, or how the state should be administered in the future. The traditional remains ideological, dominated mostly by Leftist and Islamist elements, and unable to be proactive or to come up with actual strategies and programs for effective communication and representation.

So, the real dichotomy is between these two types of opposition groups, not between those inside the country and those outside.

You have often been critical about the organization and strategy of the leading opposition groups. Can you tell us more about your view, and also provide a description of the main opposition organizations?

Traditional opposition groups keep thinking along ideological lines, and they fail to listen to the protesters and their demands. They keep seeing leadership as a right rather than a responsibility. They keep confusing making policy with making pronouncements and confusing coming up with strategies with academic research. This is why they can never be effective leaders.

For this, the international community needs to conduct outreach efforts to identify leaders and forces on the ground. They need to work with existing traditional opposition in order to make them better at the task of communicating with grassroots protesters and enablers of the new emerging leadership. Many believe that the regime will never negotiate its way out of power, but it seems the same applies for traditional opposition figures and parties. They will never accept giving their positions to the new emerging figures; they seem incapable of coming to terms with the failure of their ideologies at inspiring this mass moment.

Many observers are concerned that the Syrian opposition might be dominated by Islamists who would institute an even worse government for Syria, at least in international terms. How would you respond to that view?

There are Islamists, that’s for sure. But Syria’s ethnic makeup is simply too diverse to allow for the kind of dominance we saw in Egypt or Tunisia. However, since winning elections is about organization and not just demographics, and since Islamists are better organized and funded, there is definitely a need for domestic and international players concerned about Islamist influence to begin preparing themselves with all seriousness for the transitional period ahead.

What is the strategy of the Assad regime in trying to survive?

Transforming the crisis into a sectarian conflict; play on minority fears about the Sunni Arab majority in order to bring these minorities to the side of the regime or at least to neutralize them. Use overwhelming force and foster the expansion of pro-Assad militias and death squads to terrorize and punish the population of restive communities. Play on the fears of Western powers toward Islamists by trying to cast the revolutionaries as Salafist. Rely on support from Iran, Hezbollah, the Maliki government in Iraq, and Russia to keep the international community at bay and incapable of adopting strong policies toward the situation….

Why should the world support the Syrian opposition’s struggle?

Besides the geopolitical gain of weakening Iran’s grip over the Middle East and containing its rise as a major source of instability there, there is the added humanitarian advantage of preventing a rapid balkanization of our troubled region. The Assads are driving the country and the region to the brink of implosion into warring ethnic enclaves. The world needs to stop them and to help the Syrians in their search for alternatives.

What do you think is likely to happen in Syria?

Irrespective of my wishes, the inability of the Obama administration to move quickly on this matter has allowed for the situation to turn into a proxy war involving all major regional players as well as Russia and China. This is going to be a longer-term struggle and the humanitarian cost will be too high. I will keep up my activities meant to support the local resistance and empower the more pragmatic and representative elements to emerge as the true leaders of Syria down the road, but this will not be an easy task.

We were let down by the leaders of the international community and the leaders of the traditional opposition, not to mention our intellectual elite, and it’s clear by now that we have no true friends. Still, we have no choice but to soldier on, as we transform from a protest movement into a more complex resistance and liberation movement.

(For more on Ammar Abdulhamid: he is a liberal Syrian pro-democracy activist whose anti-regime activities led to his exile in September 2005. He currently lives in the United States. He is the founder of the Tharwa Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to democracy promotion, and is a fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He writes Syrian Revolution Digest, a blog dedicated to following events and monitoring trends related to the Syrian Revolution.)

Any Given Friday
How a battle over a Facebook page became a war for the soul of the Syrian revolution.
BY AMAL HANANO | APRIL 18, 2012

….Last week, before the Facebook polling closed for the name of the April 13 protests — the day after the U.N. ceasefire deadline, the day in which solidarity was key — one name was in the lead: the Friday of the Armies of Islam. Yet another divisive (and completely off message) choice. This time, however, peaceful activists were ready to take action and fight back in a battle for the Friday name.

On Wednesday, April 11, media activists on Facebook and Twitter began a campaign to “rock the vote” for Friday’s name. They advocated the secular, inclusive choice, “A Revolution for all Syrians.” It was an intense campaign. Usually around 8,000 votes are cast each week, but last week there were more than 30,000. It was as much a battle between Islamic sentiment and secular inclusiveness as it was a struggle between those dedicated to solely an armed resistance, and those who still valued the power of nonviolent activism. ….
The gap between the two names slowly narrowed, and eventually the message of unity won by almost 2,000 votes. This small but significant victory unleashed palpable excitement among Syria’s online activists: There was a sense that they had been heard and gained control of the revolution’s message, at least for the moment. It was a needed boost of energy to a group of worn-out activists and, more importantly, it proved that a revolution within the revolution was not only possible but necessary.

ASSAD MUST BE FORCED TO ALLOW PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY
By Andrew J. Tabler
April 18, 2012

…Syrians are afraid to express their demands as part of the “Syrian-led political transition to a democratic, pluralist system” and have demonstrated in lesser numbers than expected over the past week. Even if a viable ceasefire can eventually be brokered, protests and other forms of civil resistance will be the key means to judge what the people want going forward….  severely limiting the people’s ability to use civil resistance to make Assad “step aside” — the stated goal of President Obama. The regime has had a far harder time dealing with civil resistance over the past year than armed resistance. Assad’s actions thus far indicate that he wants to use the Annan plan to grind down not only the armed opposition, but the overall protest movement as a whole….

WSJ RT Brussels: EU Goes Silent On Assad Departure
2012-04-18 By Laurence Norman

….Last August, to considerable fanfare, Washington and Brussels made a joint declaration on Syria. Enough was enough, they said. The rising death toll, continued repression and broken reform promises of President Bashar al-Assad …Officials note that Mr. Annan’s six-point plan is not just about stemming the violence. It also demands the Assad regime allows peaceful protests and accepts a Syrian-led political process to address what it calls “the aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people.”

The hope in Brussels is that once the violence has ebbed, Mr. Annan will unleash a political reform and democratization process whose momentum will sweep away Mr. Assad, like Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, Tunisia’s Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh before him.

Syria must be held to the law of war
By Laurie R. Blank and Geoffrey S. Corn, Special to CNN
April 4, 2012

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351. Tara said:

Halabi

“No weapons, no sectarian chants, which was at the time when we-love-you crowds were all chanting يا بشار لا تهتم نحن رجالك نشرب دم

This revolution wasn’t good enough for Assad supporters back then, and it isn’t now. Peaceful protest was denied from day one and self-defense isn’t allowed either. The Syrian people should suffer, in silence, …”

Exactly! The revolution wasn’t good then and isn’t good now. It will never be good no matter what shape or form it aquires as long as it asks for people to claim ownership of their own country..Assad or we will scorch the country.

“send her a Pulitzer”. I like that!

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April 21st, 2012, 8:07 pm

 

352. DAWOUD said:

351. TARA

Tara,

I had decided to stop posting on this pro-dictator blog, whose editors (I don’t include Professor Landis) are pro-dictator and biased against Sunni Syrians, BEFORE reading your comments. It’s commentators like you, Tara, who motivate me to keep coming back!

My peace plan for Syria is for the Arab League (without the Sectarian Nuri al-Maliki’s attendance) to meet and agree to supply anti-tank/anti-MIG missiles in order to destroy’s Bashar’s T72/62 tanks and jets that are terrorizing civilians.

Free Syria, Free Palestine! Down with Bashar, Iran, Israel, and Hizballah!

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April 21st, 2012, 8:25 pm

 

353. Tara said:

This in my opinion the best piece I read in regard to the media handling Asma since the Vogue’s infamous article up until the “desparate housewives” petition.  Asma was not declared the “Rose of the Desert” back then because she is educated, beautiful, and chic Syrian women, rather because she was considered a “product” of the western culture.  The German and British housewives plea to Asma asking her to instill some sense in her dictator husband was nothing but a covert racism in my opinion.  Asma, to them, is a product of the western culture, albeit misguided, remains a hope for peace by virtue of her being “one of them”.  I, for one, despite my great appreciation of the western culture refuse this way of thinking.  It is covert racism and nothing but…    

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/20/asma-al-assad-syria-petitio

Asma al-Assad as a hope for peace because she wears Louis Vuitton? Pah

In addition to this laughable angle, the piece was packed with declarations of Asma’s “enigmatic” existence: she was, as the piece’s title proclaimed, a “rose in a desert”. The title implied more than simply a painful cliche. Roses are unable to grow in the desert for obvious botanical reasons that hopefully need no further explanation. Thus, Asma was not a “product” of the Muslim or Arab world. Heavens no. She was, with all her class, elegance, education and wardrobe successes, a product of the ever-constant “western culture”. She was, as both the title and feature announced, a sight of beauty in a barren, deadly land. She was not a rarity in the desert, but an edaphological miracle. Yeah. Gag.

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The sad truth is that when Asma al-Assad is clad in Louboutins and Louis Vuitton, speaking flawless British-accented English, she is the slightly tan-skinned enigmatic persona of “western civilisation”. We applaud her. When she’s a propagandist for tyranny, however, she is simply “misguided” but remains a hope for peace. And we must guide her back to her proper senses.
(….)

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April 21st, 2012, 8:31 pm

 

354. DAWOUD said:

I am in the process of sending an email to Professor Landis with my previous messages to make him see why his moderators and editors (who are undoubtedly pro-dictator and pro-Hizballah/Iran) are unfairly blocking my comments because I am both a SUNNI Syrian and anti-dictator!

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April 21st, 2012, 8:33 pm

 

355. ann said:

Russia Draft to Deploy 300 to Syria Wins 15-0, France Dropped Human Rights

By Matthew Russell Lee

UN System, April 21 — After Russia on circulated a draft resolution to deploy 300 military observers to Syria, and France then followed with its own draft speaking of human rights — which it opposes in the pending Western Sahara resolution — the US State Department told Inner City Press it believed there was only one draft.

And soon that became true: France dropped human rights, and the call for “independent” air asset the the threat of action under Article 41 of the UN Charter if the Assad government does not comply.

And so on Saturday morning, after the surreal read out of a statement on the coup d’etat in Guinea Bissau, the Security Council adopted the Russian introduced draft, now with further co-sponsors, by a vote of 15 – 0.

Russia’s Ambassador Vitaly Churkin spoke first after the vote, saying that the Libya model is a thing of the past. Indeed. France’s Gerard Araud spoke next, bloviating about things dropped from the resolution, such as the possibility of sanctions.

Ironically, the Guinea Bissau Presidential Statement explicitly mentioned the possibility of targeted sanctions. But it came out of the Syria resolution.

[...]

http://www.innercitypress.com/syria1hrus042112.html

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April 21st, 2012, 8:44 pm

 

356. Jad said:

Thawra Zbaleh!

The mission just started and the terrorists armed gangs are shooting and hiding between the UN observers side

مسلحون في حمص يتخذون من المراقبين “دروعا بشرية”

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April 21st, 2012, 10:35 pm

 

357. Syria no Kandahar said:

Jad

الامم المتحدة محايده

I hope so

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April 21st, 2012, 11:45 pm

 

358. Syria no Kandahar said:

Islamic revolution in Syria
Our leader forever is our master Mohammad!
George Sabra and Abdulahad Stepho should join this:

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April 22nd, 2012, 12:02 am

 

359. Ghufran said:

When all Syrians are leaders there will be no voters.

No disrespect but how can a “plan” that includes supplying anti tank and anti aircraft be a peace plan? This is like killing poor people to end their misery and calling that “merciful “.

Almaliki is sectarian but he is not much worse than most GCC leaders, expecting the AL to promote freedom and democracy is not different from asking a prostitute to support an abstinence campaign.

Arab leaders, including Bashar,have a lot in common, however, the level of blood shed in Syria and the conflict with iran is what brought the Syrian regime to the front line. How do you think the Saudi regime will respond to a similar challenge to the royal family especially if people take arms?

Call things by their name instead of hiding behind the used -to -death Sunni and Shia cover, the disease is the same and the cure is the same. Violence is a disease and is never a cure.

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April 22nd, 2012, 12:08 am

 

360. Syria no kandahar said:

Revolution of friends of Alaaroor, Alzoahri, HBJ, Sarkozi, Stepho and George Sabra:

Mohammad religion all glory
Jesus religion all dancing!!

دين محمد كلو عز
دين عيسا كلو هز

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April 22nd, 2012, 12:55 am

 

361. Syria no Kandahar said:

The crapiest (revolution )in history
We want to say it clearly,we don’t want to see Alawis
بدنا نحكي علمكشوف
علويه ما بدنا نشوف

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April 22nd, 2012, 1:00 am

 

362. Halabi said:

From the Bloomberg article that Tara linked to in #350.

““They’re frightened that a victory for the opposition means a decade of instability” if rural-based anti-Assad forces lacking economic competence take power, said Joshua Landis, director of the Middle East Studies program at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, who once lived in Syria.

The commercial elite see the opposition as “a disorganized bunch of country bumpkins” who will take over and “stuff the ministries full of their friends,” Landis said.”

To rephrase, businessmen are worried that economically unsophisticated “country bumpkins” will pack the government with friends leading to a decade of instability if the revolution wins, so they decided to back a ruling family (of country bumpkins) who have presided over terrible governments and doled out jobs and agency contracts to cronies for four decades.

Some of the commercial elite Landis is thinking about owe their fortunes to something other than market forces, be it sweetheart deals, exclusive import licenses and plain theft of public money. They know that they can’t operate in a fair economy, and the most unsavory of the bunch who financed Shabiha will probably have to flee, and that’s why they are afraid. Because with or without Assad, Syria will have a lost decade.

Many businessmen I know, wealthy players from different backgrounds in Aleppo and Damascus, are worried about their prospects if Assad stays because this regime will lead to more sanctions and instability. They haven’t joined the revolution for a more basic fear: people who protest or speak their mind tend to get shot in Syria. They just have more to lose than the poor.

Also, there is no comparing the intellectual capacity of the revolution and the pro-Assad crowd. I have many friends who support the regime, but very few of them scored above 190 in the baccalaureate. Those that did tend to support the regime for sectarian reasons. Unless the revolution is literally hijacked by an invading Taliban army, the economy will be better managed in the future by the repressed talent that has always existed in Syria.

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April 22nd, 2012, 1:18 am

 

363. Alan said:

344. DALEANDERSEN SAID:
Memo To: ALAN
RE: “…Sorry, moderator…”
You are forgiven, Alan. Now go and sin no more…

you addressed with the indication of my name earlier. and now repeat it! I ask you not address to me! I hope for understanding.

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April 22nd, 2012, 1:54 am

 

364. daleandersen said:

DAWOUD

RE: “…moderators are undoubtedly pro-dictator and Iranian stooges…”

I’ve no doubt your email to Dr Landis will blow the doors off the SC terror campaign of censorship and fascist tyranny. Go get ‘em, Dawoud! Hold nothing back…

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April 22nd, 2012, 2:54 am

 

365. Alan said:

Any comments about american freedum of informations ?

“Human Rights Has Become the New Face of Modern Imperialism”

04/01/2012

A human rights activist takes a swipe at the United States for its refusal to criticize human rights violations in its client states such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) said that the United States uses human rights issues as a pretext to attack independent states which refuse to listen to its dictates.

[ ... ]

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April 22nd, 2012, 3:37 am

 

366. Mina said:

No freedom of speech in new Tunisia, the director of a TV channel which screened “Persepolis” last year is now on trial!

http://www.lemonde.fr/tunisie/article/2012/04/20/le-proces-persepolis-interroge-la-liberte-d-expression-en-tunisie_1688451_1466522.html

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April 22nd, 2012, 3:54 am

 

367. Alan said:

Tempering Iron Dome: US may spend $680 million on Israeli missile shield
http://rt.com/news/us-israel-military-aid-iron-dome-637/

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April 22nd, 2012, 4:07 am

 

368. Alan said:

Such comments can be undoubtedly immediately resolved! whether not so?
Options for U.S. Policy in Syria
http://www.brookings.edu/testimony/2012/0419_syria_wittes.aspx

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April 22nd, 2012, 5:01 am

 

369. Shami said:

People who are suffering of minority paranoia should be better outside Syria and the arab world.

This minority paranoid mindset has massacred more than 50 000 innocent syrian cilivians under false pretexts.

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April 22nd, 2012, 5:07 am

 

370. Mina said:

Shami, are you trying to say that “There is no such thing as a tolerance problem in the Middle East” ?

While in Bahrain… money is on parade! No comment!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17803310

“Bahrain ‘confident’ Grand Prix will not be disrupted” (Say it loud, some may believe you)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17796833

“Bahrain: Activist found dead ahead of Grand Prix” (Found dead… the police may conclude he died in an accident…)

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April 22nd, 2012, 5:16 am

 

371. Shami said:

Mina ,from the begining of Islam with the Umayyad empire and untill the take over by these dictatorial secular military dictatorships ,the islamic civilization has generally proved to be the most religiously tolerant place compared to what was known in other places in the world and in other civilziations ,more tolerant than post-renaissance Europe.

Mina ,the mass murderers that you are trying to defend day and night are the worse killers why are you going to the little Bahrain and forget the huge assadist massacres ?

Because you feel good when assad kills 50 000 syrians who do not share your views.Tolerance you said ? hypocrisy ?

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April 22nd, 2012, 5:25 am

 

372. mjabali said:

Shami:

Before you call for religious cleansing and kicking people out Syria, would you care to discuss these points?

The legacy of the Ummayyads is foreign to Syria. The Ummayyads are invaders and nothing else to the Syrians. They treated Syria and Syrians like their own slaves and property.

The number of religious squabbles during the era of the Ummayyads is big. The Ummayyads established their rule over the Syrians with the sword, and Islam came with the sword too. There was no tolerance here, I am not fooled. There was never tolerance between the “majority” of “muslims” and the “muslims” from minority group. There was and is hatred and history of violence. Syria is a prime example.

What came after the Ummayyads till the 20th C. for Syria is nothing but foreign occupations and foreigners fighting on the land of Syria.

From the Ummayyads till today and tomorrow, the history of Muslims is immersed in violence and the word tolerance does not exist in their dictionary as facts speak.

The historical events say that there is always one group of “muslims” butchering another group of “muslims.”

Islam became a rubbery term with time. Every group claimed that they are the ones who hold the keys to paradise and the rest are infidels going to hell. Violence between “muslims” against each other is called for everyday. The internet can show you what is written everyday. None can hide this fact.

The majority of “muslims” are from a certain group, but, does this make them right and “true muslims” or more “muslim” than any other minority group?

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April 22nd, 2012, 5:58 am

 

373. Mina said:

What tolerance? The Umeyyads one that people remember during Ashura?

The Christians supported the Muslims at the beginning in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, because they had enough of Byzantine colonization, but you can’t really say that the Islamic empire was ever ‘tolerant’, or if it was it was just an accident, because if any ruler decided to apply fiqh and shari’a, bye bye tolerance. Having said that, of course the standards of the Middle Ages were not today’s, but I suspect that if “heretics” as the Zaydis have survived, it is mainly because the rule of the centralized empires and kingdoms never extended too far outside in the countryside and moutain regions.

But what imports more is to be intolerant towards other minorities and religions in the 21th century…

The kind of Islam that the Gulf rulers are showing as an example is to their religion what Nazism was to German culture.

Is it okay for you that Gulf citizens are too rich to assume their own municipal maintenance duties, including the police, for which they have to hire Syrians, Pakistanis, Yemenis, etc ?

You claim that the Asad father and son have killed 50,000 people. Could you come with some evidence?

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April 22nd, 2012, 6:15 am

 

374. Shami said:

Could you come with some evidence?

What is the number you agree with ?

Ok go back to you lament for Bahrain.

Mjabali, your approach is not different from that of the zionist, heteredox sects, christian and ideological islamophobs, whereas there is a solid consensus of renowned western scholars on Islam that agree with my statement.

Your views are theirs : (Bat Ye’or and co)

http://www.srpska-mreza.com/History/pre-wwOne/Ye_Or.html

I challenged you to give me an exemple of comparable tolerance in other places in the world within the same historical eras.

Anybody who do not feel part of this civiliziation is the facto marginalized and this has nothing to do with tolerance, this is auto-marginalization, it’s your choice.

It’s normal that we are proud of our cultural heritage as muslims, regarding our wonderful civilizational achievements for centuries.

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April 22nd, 2012, 7:19 am

 

375. mjabali said:

Mina:

Tolerance= kick you out of your historical land into the unknown instead of killing you…

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April 22nd, 2012, 7:21 am

 

376. mjabali said:

Shami:

Cliche after cliche: please come up with something new.

“Islam” or the majority of “muslims” did not treat many “muslim” sects well at all. There was and is no tolerance from the majority of “mislims” to the minority sects. There is contempt and intolerance. So do you want me Mr. Shami to lie and shove the violence and intolerance exhibited by “muslims” throughout history under the rug?

Call me whatever you want anytime anywhere it won’t change the truth about the connection between intolerance and “muslims.”

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April 22nd, 2012, 8:08 am

 

377. Mina said:

Shami,

You are mentioning a new figure, 50,000, while we read in most reports some 9,000 including one third from the army, so I ask you, where do you get your figure from?

Could you apply your discourse to what is going on in Tunisia? A trial because of screening Oscar-selected Persepolis (sooooo blasphemous: attacking the veil and showing even a picture of God, in the shape of a bearded guy, as the young girl figures out).

How are the Muslims ever going to live normally with Christians who think normal to depict God and the prophets, and who may even bow and kiss icons? Either they go through a reform, and accept other people’s beliefs, either they will continue to be ostracized. Tolerant Islam has died with the Seljuqs, the Ghaznavids, the Ottomans, the Safavids, the Wahhabites, the Khomeinists.

People and believers are pawns in the hands of sick-minded people. Don’t ask why they don’t produce art anymore.

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April 22nd, 2012, 8:08 am

 

378. Shami said:

Mina:You claim that the Asad father and son have killed 50,000 people. Could you come with some evidence?

why did you erase the father’s death tool in your answer to your own question and btw ,the son is alive and still killing and has all your support.

The number of civilians killed by bashar is already over 10 000 plus thousands of missing people.

Bahrain you said, Mina?

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April 22nd, 2012, 8:40 am

 

379. Syria no Kandahar said:

Attacking Aleppo-Alrakka highway is a new milestone for the terrorists, what kind of ceasefire is this? Highways in the northeast have been safe so far, not any more.

The scorpions are all over now:

قالت وكالة الانباء الارسمية سانا إن ” مجموعة إرهابية مسلحة استهدفت بعبوة ناسفة حافلة على طريق الرقة-حلب تقل عددا من الضباط وصف الضباط من إحدى الوحدات العسكرية ما أدى إلى استشهاد أحد العناصر واصابة 42 آخرين من الضباط وصف الضباط”.

وذكر مصدر رسمي لمراسل سانا في حلب أن “الرقيب محمد عبد الحميد استشهد متأثرا بإصابته فيما أصيب 42 آخرون بجروح بينهم 13 برتبة ضابط والباقي من صف الضباط حالة ثلاثة منهم خطيرة”.

ولفت المصدر إلى أن وحدات الهندسة قدرت زنة العبوة بـ 50 كليو غراما مشيرا إلى تفكيك عبوتين ناسفتين زنة كل منهما50 كيلو غراما بالقرب من مكان استهداف الحافلة معدتين للتفجير عن بعد.

من جهة اخرى استهدف مسلحون بعبوة ناسفة اليوم قطارا محملاً بالقمح المستخدم لتصنيع مادة الخبز في المنطقة الواقعة بين محمبل وبشمارون بريف المحافظة ما أدى إلى إصابة طاقم القطار وأضرار مادية كبيرة.

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http://www.aksalser.com/?page=view_articles&id=5e0d62e40a3a4c024545b4c66bda8b5b&ar=706489147

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April 22nd, 2012, 8:46 am

 

380. Shami said:

Mina, as i said that most of renowned scholars of Islam (almost all of them non muslims, arab christians included) agree with my statement on Islam’s empires tolerance (the Ottomans included of course).

Why would you agree with the islamophobs amongst the zionist, christian, paranoid minority mindset, ideoligical anti-islam people and not with the renowned scholars of islam from the best universities in the world? (almost all of them non muslims but christians, jews, atheists, arab christians included)

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April 22nd, 2012, 8:46 am

 

381. zoo said:

Who is breaching the ceasefire?

As Syria cease-fire wavers, rebels head back to battle in battered sedan, pickups

A Western journalist who made a rare visit inside Syria confirmed a breach in the UN cease-fire yesterday, as rebels engaged a military convoy.

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers / April 19, 2012

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2012/0419/As-Syria-cease-fire-wavers-rebels-head-back-to-battle-in-battered-sedan-pickups

Rebels here fought the Syrian military yesterday in a breach of a United Nations-sponsored cease-fire that was rare primarily because it was witnessed by an independent journalist who had entered the country surreptitiously earlier this week.
Related stories

The fighting began in this city near the Lebanese border in the early afternoon after a group from the Free Syrian Army, the name claimed by most of the rebels who have taken up arms against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, attacked a military convoy near the city.

Fighters here had said earlier this week that they were respecting the cease-fire brokered by UN Syria envoy Kofi Annan at the behest of Riad al-Assad, a Syrian army colonel who defected and is now the nominal leader of the rebels in Turkey.

The fighting in Qusayr took place as a UN monitoring team visited Douma, a site of frequent clashes between the rebels and the military on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria’s capital.

In Hama, another site of frequent violence north of Homs, antigovernment activists reported two deaths yesterday and a number of demonstrations against the government. They also reported that the military was increasing the number of checkpoints between Hama and Idlib, a city in the country’s north that rebels had held until March and that’s part of the rebel supply line from Syria’s border with Turkey.
The Farouq Brigade

The fighters in Qusayr, most of whom belong to the Farouq Brigade, the Free Syrian Army’s largest group, accused the government of violating the terms of the cease-fire by increasing the number of troops in the area during the past week. They said that shelling, which has been heard and seen in nearby villages frequently since Sunday, was intended to protect the government forces as they set up checkpoints along main roads here in hopes of disrupting rebel movements.

As tanks began shelling Qusayr, rebels here grabbed their weapons and headed in the direction of the fighting. They were obviously mismatched, as they loaded nothing heavier than rocket-propelled grenades into a pair of pickups and a sedan whose windows had been shot out in a previous battle.

“We are still respecting the cease-fire,” said Mohammed Idris, a commander in the Farouq Brigade here. “What is going on now is defense.”
(..)

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April 22nd, 2012, 9:41 am

 

382. Syria no Kandahar said:

Mina just agree with this renowned scholar:


Shami can you tell us who did these:

9/11
Safar balak(1.5 Armenians and 250000 Assyrians killed)
Who killed and displaced hundred of thousands of Iraq Christians
Who kicked out,killed,robbed and tortured Alhamedia Christians in Homs.

These are just few…

If you really care about Islam you should be the first one to fight Wahabism which is infiltrating Syria rapidly and turn Many Syrian Moslems into Wahabis.

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April 22nd, 2012, 9:49 am

 

383. zoo said:

UN visit to Homs

Photo of Abderrazzak Mohammad Tlass, still alive and well, with UN observers.

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/294974_397939233559475_279535285399871_1283190_1432499684_n.jpg

It is another Tlass, Abdel Aziz Tlass who was reported killed a few months ago.

http://www.syriatruth.org/news/tabid/93/Article/7084/Default.aspx

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April 22nd, 2012, 10:04 am

 

384. Shami said:

SNK,

The massacre of armenians of Anatolia happened in the last years of the empire ,when the political authority was taken by secular nationalist officers inspired by western nationalist ideologies(same kind of baath,ssnp…),btw they were helped by extremist armenian nationalists when they toppled the sultan.(tashnaq).

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April 22nd, 2012, 10:11 am

 

385. Afram said:

The False History of Muslim Intolerance

“destroy all the churches”

1-Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches in arab muslim land.

2-Governor of Iraq al-Ḥajjāj bin yousef,murdered a million plus his jails were full with prisoners.

3-The Orthodox Church says that the al-Qaeda-linked Brigade Faruq is responsible for the “ongoing ethnic cleansing of Christians.” About 90% of Christians in Homs are believed to have been forced out by the Sunni Islamic militia, who are going door to door and forcing Christians to flee

http://vladtepesblog.com/?p=47091

muslims invaded India sub-continent at the orders of Al-Hajjaj bin Yousef, from year 700-1850,muslims killed 8 million indians plus burned down 6600 hundu temples:faithfreedom.org

The Arabian Peninsula:Omar bin alkhatab ethnically cleansed all the christians and jews,then omar was killed by a slave-abu loua’louah,I wonder why!?

muslims began to destroy the Sepulchre church where Jesus was buried..the pope called for a crusade

Omro bin al-as/ burned down Ancient Library of Alexandria,in Alexandria,Egypt on the orders of Omar bin alkhatab
Islam ruined civilazations.. never did build one..show me where?

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April 22nd, 2012, 10:11 am

 

386. Shami said:

Afram,the alexandria library had been already burned before Islam.

Your sources are of very low(and old) islamophobic level.
Your orhodox church source is a mukhabarati shoe.
If you can not live within your muslim environment ,and thus only wishing death and humiliation to the syrian muslims ,how shall we consider you?

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April 22nd, 2012, 10:15 am

 

387. Syria no Kandahar said:

Brilliant response from Shami woo..you are islamophobic level..that is all ..Afram turn into christianophobic..

So when you have nothing to say, just turn into the islamophobic song.

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April 22nd, 2012, 10:23 am

 

388. Shami said:

SNK,it’s obvious ,check your and his sources.

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April 22nd, 2012, 10:35 am

 

389. Mina said:

Shami,

I am Muslim, just like you, or precisely, UNLIKE you.

Mali, hostages, Niger, hostages, Nigeria, mass killings, Libya, tribal interfight, Iraq, sectarian interfight, Syria, sectarian tribal fight, Pakistan, sectarian killings… a reform is needed and it won’t come from those idiots on qanat al nas or wesal tv.

When are you going to understand that no matter how heretic your neighbour is, he is a Bani Adam just like you, and your human brother?

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April 22nd, 2012, 10:40 am

 

390. Tara said:

I would like to have another term to describe Islamophobes. Islamohate may be? The term Islamophobia appears to be an underestimation of the ugliness of those who hate. Phobia is a psychological disorder characterized by illogical fear. It does not indicate *hate*. People who hate are ugly and the term shoud point to their ugliness. I just like to call things by ots name. I like to *Oversimplify* things. Any suggestion?

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April 22nd, 2012, 10:57 am

 

391. Halabi said:

Syria Truth cites the Institute for Study of War as confirming the death of Abdel Razzak Tlass. It also labels the study as a “field report.” Both claims are false.

The study mentions Abdel Razzak’s reported death with a footnote: “after days of unrelenting artillery barrages in Baba Amr, Syrian and Iranian state media reported Tlass’ death on February 9.”

Here’s the Press TV story. http://presstv.com/detail/225813.html

Shabiha media celebrated Tlass’s death at the time, called his group the “katakeet brigade” and mocked the “strategic withdrawal.”

This is but a small example of the lengths that the delusional pro-Assad side will go to alter history. Why not admit that the reporting of Tlass’s death and the destruction of his brigade was false? It’s tough to know what’s really happening in the fog of war…

But they can’t do it. Their power is based on feeding Syrians a constant stream of lies, and then killing those who refuse to believe them. And the truth has become clear for others. After months of the indiscriminate shelling of Homs, Assad’s soldiers were able to kill some journalists and hundred of innocent civilians, but couldn’t defeat the so-called armed terrorist groups they were after.

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April 22nd, 2012, 11:07 am

 

392. Son of Damascus said:

Tara,

Islamohaters is good but I prefer one of these:

Bigots, dogmatist, sectarian, hidebound, and prejudice.

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April 22nd, 2012, 11:20 am

 

393. Afram said:

386. Shami said:

SNK,it’s obvious ,check your and his sources.
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Islamaphobia–is a manufactured crisis by muslims to crush dissent

my sources:in America pre-9/11,The number of Islamic places of worship in the United States:1,209 in 2000 then soared 74%!! the overall number of mosques quietly rose from 1,209 in 2000 to 2,106 in 2010.from 1,209 to 2,106 ,folks,is this Islamaphobia?KSA HAS ZERO CHURCHES???

No churches or synagogues have been destroyed in Saudi Arabia since it was established in 1932 —because none are allowed.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/story/2012-02-29/islamic-worship-growth-us/53298792/1

40 Pakistani Christians including men, women and children were arrested for holding prayers in a private home in Riyadh. Needless to say,their prayer-books were confiscated.

Moreover, in the 1990′s, Christian religious services in the American Embassy were terminated at the Saudi government’s request. And even websites devoted to other religions and to religious freedom and tolerance are blocked by the Saudi government.

Freedom House documented how the Saudi government is involved in propagating internationally a “religious ideology that explicitly promotes hate, intolerance, and other human rights violations, and in some cases violence, toward members of other religious groups, both Muslims and non-Muslims.”

In Indonesia, especially in the Moluccan islands, thousands of Christians were massacred and tens of thousands driven from their homes in the last decade alone by Islamist mobs.

In Egypt, Christians face persecution in the form of rapes, kidnappings and forced conversions as well as economic discrimination and restriction on their property and on what they can build.

However, radical Islamists adhere to medieval traditions and laws mandating the Jihad. According to the Dictionary of Islam: conquered by jihad, subjugated people are given three choices:

1) convert,
2) pay a head tax Jizya,or
3) die.

Thirteenth Century jurist Ibn Taymiya, often was quoted by Osama bin Laden, wrote that spoils of war “received the name of fay since Allah had taken them away from the infidels in order to restore them to the Muslims…. [The] infidels forfeit their persons and their belongings which they do not use in Allah’s service to the faithful believers who serve Allah and unto whom Allah restitutes what is theirs….”

This creed dictated that in conquered regions, ancient religious sites be confiscated and infidels banned from using them. Thus, the Dome of the Rock was constructed on the ruins of the Temple Mount in 691 AD., Al-Aqsa Mosque over the Basilica of St. Mary in 712, AD, and the Grand Mosque of Damascus, was built over the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in 715 AD.

In India, the Vikramasli temple was razed to the ground in the 13th Century, and its foundation- stones thrown into the Ganges. According to scholar K.S. Lal, thousands of Hindu temples were destroyed and their stones used to build mosques.

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http://www.faithfreedom.org/articles/persecution-by-islam/islam%e2%80%99s-religious-intolerance/

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April 22nd, 2012, 11:26 am

 

394. Son of Damascus said:

Halabi,

“After months of the indiscriminate shelling of Homs, Assad’s soldiers were able to kill some journalists and hundred of innocent civilians, but couldn’t defeat the so-called armed terrorist groups they were after.”

Regimists would have us believe that the FSA destroyed Homs and Syria. All the heavy weaponry that was and still being used by the Assadi Army are filled with fun balls, not deadly explosives.

For example the Homs hospital that some here are blaming the FSA for its destruction. Notice how all of them failed to mention that there was a snipers nest on the roof of the hospital, and that snipers nests are used to kill and not defend. Or the fact that Syrian State Hospitals have been turned into torture chambers by the Moukhabarat, and people have been killed by the security service at hospitals.

History to them is what the Assadi’s tell them it is, common sense be damned.

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April 22nd, 2012, 11:32 am

 

395. Alan said:

http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c32/399480.html

Russia plays key role in swinging events in Syria from confrontation to political result

UNITED NATIONS, April 22 (Itar-Tass) — Russia played “the decisive role in reversing the series of events in Syria from confrontation and violence to the political result.

This idea was expressed to reporters on Saturday by Russian chief delegate to the UN Vitaly Churkin after a meeting of the Security Council that unanimously adopted resolution 2043, based on the Russian draft; the resolution sets up a Mission on monitoring in Syria.

According to the Russian ambassador, Moscow “worked very assiduously so that the Security Council should take the correct road in a Syrian settlement”. “Nevertheless, we are not so na·ve to disregard the fact that there are influential forces which, apart from putting this strategy into doubt, want it to end in a flop,” Churkin said.

He had in mind statements by some countries made at the Security Council that “they have excellent plans concerning the situation in Syria”. In the ambassador’s opinion, all this is detrimental to the Kofi Annan’s plan and peaceful political evolution in Syria, will be pernicious for them and lead astray.

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April 22nd, 2012, 11:54 am

 

396. Halabi said:

Ma fi shi, Bahrain-style

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/22/us-motor-racing-prix-atmosphere-idUSBRE83K0H720120422

This kind of reporting is why Bahrain is reluctant to allow foreign media in and why the Assad regime kills journalists. Both governments want to escape from truth and reality, but in all fairness the Bahrain monarchy has used a fraction of the violence unleashed in Syria.

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April 22nd, 2012, 12:03 pm

 

397. Jad said:

Is it even possible that terrorists attack and destroy buildings in Home?
NO, they dont use by olive branches, they never ever destroy any building، school or hospital, they are incapable od doing nothing wrong.

الجيش الحر يقصف مدرسة محتلة من قبل الامن والشبيحة

كتيبة عبد الله ابن مسعود تصيب مبنى في داخله جنود من جيش نظام الاسد

عملية نوعية للجيش الحر اكتساح شعبة الحزب في حمص وقتل 60 شبيح وتحرير المعتقلين 26 2

Snipers? terrorists in Homs don’t do that at all not from civilian houses nor from the streets or roofs.
NO, they don’t even have snipers, it’s all lies:

أبو حمزه قناص حمص عزرائيل الخالديه

لمن يريد مشاهدة القناصات التابعة للجيش الارهابي الكر

Do they ever fabricate and circulate any clips of burning people?
NO, they never do that, it’s all the regime propaganda :)

https://www.facebook.com/homs.lccs/posts/380981841924951
Sunday at 16:53 ·

لجان التنسيق المحلية في سوريا – تنسيقية حمص

لاحظنا اليوم انتشار فيدو بأسم جنود الاسد يحرقون جثةناشط في حي بابا عمرو وعلى انه مسرب
بعد التدقيق والسؤال عن الفيدو وخاصة ناشطين حي بابا عمرو اكتشفنا ان الفيدو هوا مفبرك ومزور ومن انتاج النظام السوري وحرصاً على نقل الاخبار الواقعية وحفاظاً على المصداقية اللتي نمتلكها نقول ان الفيدو اللذي نشر مفبرك ومن صنع النظام السوري وهدفه

تاجييج الطائفية والاحتقان الطائفي لدى الشباب الثائر لمحاولة في لأفتعال حرب اهلي
وأيضاً لضرب مصداقية التنسيقيات والشباب الثائر في الداخل والخارج بحجة ان هذا الفيدو مفبرك
وهنا نأتي بالأيضاحات أن الفيدو مفبرك

1. في مدينة تلبيسة لا يوجد شيئ أسمه مجلس قيادة الثورة في تلبيسة

2 ثم عند حرق الشخص فإنه لا يتحرك مع أن قيوده غير محكمة – وحتى لو كانت محكمة فلايوجد ردة فعل قوية

3.نلاحظ ان هناك شيئ يضرب به وعند التدقيق في الفيدو نرى ان الصوت متأخر عن الصورة وحركة اليد وأيضاً لم تعرف الألة اللتي ضرب بها

لجان التنسيق المحلية في سورية تنسيقية حمص

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April 22nd, 2012, 12:12 pm

 

398. jna said:

391. Son of Damascus said:

For example the Homs hospital that some here are blaming the FSA for its destruction. Notice how all of them failed to mention that there was a snipers nest on the roof of the hospital, and that snipers nests are used to kill and not defend.

I’m afraid this makes no sense to me. Use of snipers is deployed defensively as well as offensively. For example see:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/fm/71-1/711apxnf.htm#tasks

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April 22nd, 2012, 12:20 pm

 

399. Syria no Kandahar said:

Another achievement in this wahabophilic Syrian nightmare killing of Dr Issa Mossa at Albaath university,Embryology attending .The only brains which will remain in Syria will be Alaaroor and Alarefi civilizationhaters brains.

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April 22nd, 2012, 12:30 pm

 

400. Jad said:

‘but in all fairness the Bahrain monarchy has used a fraction of the violence unleashed in Syria.’

Let’s see their reaction when the truly peaceful Bahraini protesters become militarized and the revolution get hijacked by Alqaeda and when they start the killing mission of other Bahrainis and using mortars, RPG, putting bombs in their cities, bombing schools, hospitals, gas pipelines, trains, food trucks, roads, sectarian killing, getting weapons, getting money and support from every media and devil In the world with ‘Friends of Bahrain’ meetings.

Then will talk of ‘fairness’

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April 22nd, 2012, 12:32 pm

 

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