Tremseh: Lopsided Battle with Rebels; Rebel Commanders Angry; Fares Says Assad Ordered Al-Qaida Bombings;

I will be traveling for the next month and spending time in Vermont on vacation. Syria Comment will be published only intermittently.  Best, Joshua

Details of a Battle Challenge Reports of a Syrian Massacre – New York Times

The United Nations observers still on the ground in Syria sent a team in 11 vehicles to the village of Tremseh on Saturday to investigate what had happened, …

Their initial report said the attack appeared to target “specific groups and houses, mainly of army defectors and activists,” Ms. Ghosheh said in a statement. It said a range of weapons had been used, including artillery, mortars and small arms.

The report seemed to indicate that some people had been killed at close range — it said there were pools of blood and blood spatters in several houses along with bullet cases. The team also found a burned school and damaged houses.

The picture emerging is that there was a large group of fighters from the town and the local area bivouacked in Tremseh. The Syrian Army moved in early Thursday, blocking all exits and blasting away with machine guns, tank shells and rockets fired from helicopters, laying waste to the town.

“Whenever the Syrian Army knows there are fighters concentrated in an area, they attack,” said the leader of the Observatory, who goes by the pseudonym Rami Abdul-Rahman for safety reasons. “The majority of people killed in Tremseh were either rebel fighters from the village or from surrounding villages.”…

Syrian state television paraded several captured fighters on air on Saturday who said Tremseh had been a regional center of operations for the past 20 days. The captives said that 200 to 300 fighters had gathered there to plot attacks on checkpoints and other military targets.

“We clashed for hours in Tremseh, and even the leader of the local division was killed,” said a man identified as Mohammed Satouf, who said his role had been to produce YouTube videos from the area. He said the rebel fighters used mostly small and light weapons…..

U.N. says Syria killings targeted opposition | Reuters, July 14, 2012

Abdo writes from Aleppo

Yesterday a crowd of villagers and their relatives in Aleppo occupied apartments in the Youth Housing Project in Inzarat region, north of Aleppo city. Eyewitnesses say that refugees from Izaz broke into the buildings and started occupying apartments and calling relatives in Aleppo for assistance and sharing. The Youth Housing Project in Inzarat region has 1800 apartments ready to be handed over to their owners. The governor of Aleppo reportedly gave those occupants 6 days ultimatum to evacuate the apartments. Some occupants said they will leave as soon as the situation in Izaz calms down, but others insisted they will remain.

Exclusive interview: why I defected from Bashar al-Assad’s regime, by former diplomat Nawaf Fares

….Yesterday, in a wide-ranging interview conducted by telephone from Qatar, where he has now sought refuge, Mr Fares made a series of devastating claims against the Assad regime, which he said was determined to be “victorious” whatever the cost.

* Jihadi units that Mr Fares himself had helped Damascus send to fight US troops in neighbouring Iraq were involved in the string of deadly suicide bomb attacks in Syria

* The attacks were carried on the direct orders of the Assad regime, in the hope that it could blame them on the rebel movement

* President Assad, who had a “violent streak” inherited from his father, was now living “in a world of his own”

Mr Fares spoke out as the violence in Syria continued unabated, with at least 28 people killed across the country yesterday. The town of Khirbet Ghazaleh in southern Syria was attacked by hundreds of troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Meanwhile, United Nations observers visited the village of Treimsa, in central Hama province, in which up to 200 people are feared to have died on Thursday.

It was precisely such atrocities as these that forced Mr Fares to gradually question his own allegiance to the regime, ending 35 years of loyal service in which he worked as a policeman, regional governor and political security chief, becoming entrusted with some of its most sensitive tasks.

“At the beginning of the revolution, the state tried to convince people that reforms would be enacted very soon,” he said. “We lived on that hope for a while. We gave them the benefit of the doubt, but after many months it became clear to me that the promises of reform were lies. That was when I made my decision. I was seeing the massacres perpetrated – no man would be able to live with himself, seeing what I saw and knowing what I know, to stay in the position.”

Mr Fares’s most damaging allegation is that the Syrian government itself has a hand in the nationwide wave of suicide bombings on government buildings, which have killed hundreds of people and maimed thousands more. By way of example, he cited the twin blasts outside a military intelligence building in the al-Qazzaz suburb of Damascus in May, which killed 55 people and injured another 370.

“I know for certain that not a single serving intelligence official was harmed during that explosion, as the whole office had been evacuated 15 minutes beforehand,” he said. “All the victims were passers by instead. All these major explosions have been have been perpetrated by al-Qaeda through cooperation with the security forces.”

Such allegations have been aired in general terms by the Syrian opposition before, and Mr Fares would not be drawn on what exact proof he had. He is, however, better placed than many to make such claims. One of the reasons for his rise in President Assad’s regime was that he is a senior member of the Oqaydat tribe, a highly powerful clan whose population straddles the Syrian-Iraq border. Following the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, their territory became part of the conduit used by Syria to smuggle jihadi volunteers into Iraq, with Mr Fares playing an important role.

“After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the regime in Syria began to feel danger, and began planning to disrupt the US forces inside Iraq, so it formed an alliance with al-Qaeda,” he said. “All Arabs and other foreigners were encouraged to go to Iraq via Syria, and their movements were facilitated by the Syrian government. As a governor at the time, I was given verbal commandments that any civil servant that wanted to go would have his trip facilitated, and that his absence would not be noted. I believe the Syrian regime has blood on its hands, it should bare responsibility for many of the deaths in Iraq.”

He himself, he added, knew personally of several Syrian government “liaison officers” who still dealt with al-Qaeda. “Al-Qaeda would not carry out activities without knowledge of the regime,” he said. “The Syrian government would like to use al-Qaeda as a bargaining chip with the West – to say: ‘it is either them or us’.”

Mr Fares, who has six grown-up children, said he made his decision to quit five months ago, after a particularly bloody Friday, which has become the regular day for opposition protests. “The number of killings was unusually high that day, especially in my area, and that was the final straw – there was no hope any more,” he said.

Mindful that such a display of disloyalty could lead to reprisals against his family, he slowly began getting his relatives out of the country. He himself was then smuggled out of Baghdad last week by the Syrian opposition. He declines to give details of the operation, but says he made a point of continuing his normal duties up to the last minute so as not to alert the authorities, who he suspected would have been monitoring his phone calls as a diplomat anyway.

Since his defection, he regretted, many cousins within his extended family had been questioned by Syrian intelligence, with some forced into hiding. However, any doubts he had harboured prior to jumping ship had gone after a final visit he made a month ago to his home city of Deir al-Zour, near the Iraqi-Syrian border.

“There was tremendous destruction there and thousands of people had been killed, many of them from my tribe,” he said. “Life in the city was almost non-existent. What I saw there broke my heart, it was tragic and unbelievable, and if people there have not joined the uprising already, they will now. The majority of the tribe, I think, are already on the side of revolution.”

Indeed, the last time he had spoken to President Assad, in a face-to-face meeting six months ago, the Syrian leader had asked him to use his influence in Deir al-Zour, promising him promotion if he did.

“He was saying that we should insist that this is a conspiracy from the West aimed at Syria,” Mr Fares said. “I spoke with the local sheikhs and leaders, but the people’s response was that you cannot trust Assad.

“I think he does believe it is a conspiracy against him, but he is now living in a world of his own.”

However, on the question of whether Mr Assad was directing the violence personally, Mr Fares was equivocal. On the one hand, he claimed the Syrian leader was being “led” by powerful members within his own family, and also his Russian backers. On the other, he pointed out that President Assad’s late father, Hafez, had been equally ruthless during his rule, which included the massacre of more than 10,000 people during a Muslim Brotherhood uprising in the city of Hama in 1982.

“Bashar doesn’t strike you as being extremely intelligent, he seems to be someone who is led rather than who leads. But nobody has the ability to carry out these decisions except him, and he definitely has the genes of his father, who was a criminal by all accounts. This is what he grew up with, this is the hallmark of the family.”

Like President Assad, Mr Fares now faces an uncertain future. To the regime, which formally sacked him from his job last week, he is now a traitor and a marked man. To the opposition, meanwhile, he is a boost to morale but not necessarily someone who can be entirely trusted.

In his message announcing his defection last week, he urged other diplomats to follow in his wake. Yet his own familiarity with the workings of Syria’s police state means he knows that they will most likely keep their plans to themselves. “These things are extremely sensitive so I don’t know of others planning to defect. Sometimes you are frightened someone will hear if you think it yourself.”

Firas Tlass: 45 officers of Tlass family defect from regime

Speaking exclusively to Asharq Al-Awsat during a telephone interview from Paris, Syrian business tycoon Firas Tlass strongly denied reports that the al-Farouq Brigade commander had been killed. He also revealed that he is personally providing humanitarian relief and assistance to the brigade, but stressed that he is not arming the FSA. The Syrian businessman also refused to discuss his younger brother’s defection from the al-Assad regime, saying that he is waiting for the dust to settle following this shocking news.

[...]

As for the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Tlass said that al-Assad remains part of the solution, despite the fact that he is the major reason behind the crisis. He said that the best solution for Syria would be for Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to a national council, adding this can be viewed as a mixture of the Yemeni and Egyptian solutions.

However the Syrian tycoon told Asharq Al-Awsat this the most likely solution would see the “rise of a strong internal current that unites an important part of the revolutionary trend, and which possess a strong and clear political program to govern the next stage” adding “this current would impose itself on the scene and would be capable of negotiating with the regime.” He nominated his cousin Abdul Razzaq Tlass as a figure who can represent the Syrian revolution.

Fresh From Syria, Rebel Commanders Unite in Frustration
By C. J. CHIVERS, July 13, 2012, New York Times

ANTAKYA, Turkey — Abu Moayed, a commander in an armed Syrian opposition brigade, stood and waved his arms emphatically at the fellow rebel commanders who filled the sweltering room.

His fighters, he said, needed money and weapons. But they were not getting the support promised from the donors and opposition leaders outside Syria.

“We are borrowing money to feed our wounded!” Abu Moayed shouted. “There is no distribution of the weapons,” he added. “All of our weapons, we are paying for them ourselves.”

The meeting of the rebel commanders, held after Friday Prayer in this Turkish city near Syria’s northern border, said much about the priorities of the Syrian opposition fighting groups at this stage of the conflict, now 17 months old. There was limited discussion of the mass killings in the village of Tremseh the day before — even though the commanders had heard about it and at least one had lost relatives. There was no talk about United Nations cease-fire monitors, the peace envoy Kofi Annan, or endless Security Council debates to halt the conflict. These commanders were focused on the basics of waging war against President Bashar al-Assad.

Abu Moayed, from Idlib, was one of dozens of commanders who converged on the meeting, called by the Idlib Revolutionary Command Council. Held high above the street in a pair of large rooms in an apartment building, the gathering framed both a degree of expanding coordination among anti-Assad fighting groups inside Syria and their frustrations with the opposition’s political leadership outside.

One complaint throughout was that the Syrian National Council, the coalition of exile opposition groups based in Istanbul, was disconnected from the battles fought on the ground. Another was contained in the field commanders’ suspicion that unnamed members of the Syrian political opposition in Turkey were either diverting funds or playing favorites in funneling weapons and money across the border.

“Yesterday we were supposed to receive mortars and cartridges,” said another commander, Issam Afara, addressing his peers. “But we didn’t receive them. I called and demanded: Where are they? Where?”

Since late this spring, the war in parts of Syria has entered a bloody stalemate punctuated by days of intense violence, like the mass killing on Thursday in Tremseh, the Sunni village in western Syria where by some opposition groups’ estimates more than 200 people were killed by Syrian armed forces and pro-Assad militia members using tanks, artillery and helicopters.

International outrage over those killings, which the Syrian government said were carried out by rebels, has injected new urgency into diplomatic efforts to settle the Syria conflict at the Security Council. There, diplomats were negotiating privately on Friday over a new resolution to force the antagonists to honor a cease-fire and peace plan engineered by Mr. Annan, the special envoy from the United Nations and the Arab League. A vote on that resolution is likely next Wednesday.

The diplomacy seemed a world away, and possibly too late, when viewed through the prism of the anti-Assad fighters, who have driven much of the Syrian military forces from certain rural zones in the northern mountains, carving out small but mostly stable areas now under their de facto control, though these areas still face shelling and attack from the air by Mr. Assad’s military.

As they have realized tactical success, the anti-Assad fighting groups, once underground, now face a problem common to armed uprisings.

At least 80 different fighting groups operate in Idlib alone, the fighters said, most of which began as small personal networks or groups of army defectors, and have since grown.

The groups sometimes share names and often operate in the same areas. And as they have added members and sought more weapons and external support, some of them have found themselves competing for resources and frustrated with Syrians who claim leadership positions in the opposition and do not fight, but disburse funds that many fighting groups say they do not receive.

Mr. Afara, for example, said money funneled through the Muslim Brotherhood was not shared with fighting groups seen as secular, which angered fighters who had turned back the Assad military at great cost, and now are told they do not match a foreign donor’s ideal.

“We tell them, ‘We are not brothers?’ ” said Mr. Afara, who leads a unit in a larger group called the Idlib Martyrs’ Brigade. “How? We are Muslims, and we want a full popular revolution, with Muslims and Christians and Druze.”

Another commander, Abdul Ghafour, echoed the fighters’ anger. “Don’t think we are blind, as we have 600 martyrs,” he said, referring to those who have died. The Syrian National Council, he said, “does not represent us. The revolution is the people who are here, who fought from slavery.”

Mr. Ghafour said soliciting funds or weapons risked becoming as frustrating as dealing with private aid groups and nongovernment organizations, which sometimes offer assistance in exchange for sharing their point of view. “The whole revolution could be transferred into an N.G.O. project,” he said. “This is what I object to.”

A spokesman for the Syrian National Council, Mohamed Sarmeeni, disputed the complaints of financial favoritism from the commanders. “There is no discrimination,” the spokesman said in a telephone interview from Istanbul. The council, Mr. Sarmeeni said, had also started to devote more attention to financing the opposition fighters and “we are about to pay salaries for all officers.”

Small-arms prices have climbed sharply during the war, with machine guns costing several thousand dollars each, and assault rifles costing as much as $2,000 each when new, the commanders said.

To underwrite their weapons purchases to date, the fighters and commanders present said, they raised money themselves. Sometimes they gathered donations from their villages and neighborhoods. Other times, they said, they sold their cars and their land. One young commander, who called himself Captain Bilal and had a partly healed bullet wound to his lower right leg, said he needed weapons so badly a few months ago that he asked his fiancée to return the jewelry he had given her.

“She said ‘No,’ ” he said. “So I broke up with her and took it back and bought the weapons I needed.”

The weapons, the commanders said, were obtained through corrupt Syrian officials or through what they called a “Turkish and Russian mafia” in Turkey.

At times the meeting of the commanders descended into shouting. At one point, several commanders vented their fury at a commander who said he had in fact been given arms. But as the hours passed, the mood calmed, and the commanders said they intended to work together and called for the meeting to make things better.

One commander, who uses the name Abu Hamza, said though it did not look “correct” to see commanders argue so intensely, it was ordinary to a revolution as its ranks and prospects grow. The meeting, he said, showed a willingness by many groups to become more coordinated and for the rank and file, which is suffering and risking the most, to gain a greater voice in the politics of the war.

Abu Moayed agreed, as the meeting gave way to a shared meal. “We want to be like one hand,” he said, “one front.”

Terrified villagers tell of the horror of Tremseh
Chilling evidence of Syria’s worst atrocity as bodies are packed into mass graves
Loveday Morris, Beirut, 14 July 2012

….According to activists, the attack began at dawn on Thursday, when a convoy of 25 military trucks carrying troops, accompanied by three armoured vehicles and flatbeds with heavy artillery, were spotted trundling through the nearby town of Murhada, taking the road west towards the village. Tremseh was surrounded, its electricity cut off and mobile networks jammed to be sure residents had no way of broadcasting news of the massacre that was about to take place.

The army has been engaged in a fierce offensive in the Hama countryside for weeks and many villagers are said to have fled to Tremseh, a Sunni community staunchly against the regime. Colonel Qassim Saadeddine, of the Joint Command of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), said those families included those of FSA fighters – perhaps one of the reasons the village was targeted so brutally. Others said around 30 defected soldiers lived in the village

When the shelling began, activists say it was precise. The home of the village’s only two doctors were targeted, as were those of defected soldiers. Helicopters picked off those trying to flee. “Some of the wounded gathered in the school, but then that was attacked too,” said local activist Manhal.

A team of observers stationed about five kilometres away confirmed the use of heavy weaponry and helicopters in the area by regime troops. After the initial assault, pro-government militias, known as Shabiha, backed by the army, were said to have moved in, terrorising residents as they detained some men and executed others with knives or at gunpoint.

Around 35 FSA fighters tried to fend them off, according to Col Saadeddine, but, outnumbered and outgunned, soon stood down. Abu Adnan, another activist in the area, said the FSA attacked a checkpoint in an attempt to allow civilians an escape route, but failed. “It’s unimaginable what’s happened there,” said one Hama resident whose sister fled from the village with her three children.

“When she arrived for the first few hours she was so afraid and traumatised,” he said. “Her children still can barely speak and her husband was arrested by soldiers during the attack.

The stories she reported back were brutal. Yesterday morning, when she visited a neighbour’s house destroyed by fire, the air was thick with the smell of burning flesh and inside were two charred corpses. She believes they were locked in and burnt alive.

A local doctor Munsef al-Naji who was found treating two wounded men was dragged outside and shot in the head. “The villagers are still worried that the Shabiha will return,” the woman’s brother continued. “At the moment we are still desperately trying to get people out. The situation is dire.”

Syria cooperating, but lack of money hurting humantarian aid – CNN
By Jill Dougherty

Facing a “serious escalation” of violence in Syria, the chief United Nations organization that coordinates emergency aid is warning that more Syrian civilians will die if contributing nations do not follow through and fund its relief operation.

“We have used the terminology ‘appalling,’ ‘desperate’ and ‘deplorable,’ says John Ging, operations director and chair of the Syria Humanitarian Forum for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“We have run out of language to describe how it is for the civilian population. It is physical and it is psychological.”

Humanitarian agencies such as the World Food Program, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization, Ging says, have launched a major operation in Syria but are facing “an incredibly complex and dangerous situation to develop networks to be able to deliver to the areas that have been affected by the conflict.”

The main challenge remains lack of security, which prevents the agencies from reaching all the people in Syria who need food, medicine and blankets.

But there has been progress, he says. In April food assistance was reaching 200,000 people; through June this increased to 500,000 people and into July they expect delivery to 850,000.

A senior U.N. humanitarian officer who briefed reporters Friday on the situation in Syria said there has been a “breakthrough” in dealing with the Syrian government. “Bureaucratic delay and obstructions, the officer said, “have been largely removed.”

The Syrian government is following through on what it has agreed to do, but some difficulties still remain.

One of the biggest obstacles right now, OCHA’s John Ging says in a statement, is lack of international funding. OCHA’s appeals are only 20% funded at the moment, he says, and “that means they are 80% short.”

Al-Qaeda tries to carve out a war for itself in Syria
By Ruth Sherlock, Idlib Province,  12 Jul 2012, Telegraph

Al-Qaeda has infiltrated into Syria and is working to establish footholds in the war-torn northern provinces.

Whilst the militant Islamic organisation’s influence remains small, home-grown jihadist groups that are linked with, or sympathetic to the ideals of movement are growing.

The Daily Telegraph has seen al-Qaeda’s flag flying openly in some areas of Idlib and Aleppo provinces that straddle the borders with Turkey and Iraq and fighters in the rebel Free Syrian Army have told how representatives of the militant group have tried in past months to win control of towns and villages.

“An al Qaeda group led by a man who called himself Abu Saddiq took control in Der Tezzeh,” said one FSA rebel speaking on condition of anonymity. “I was a member of the Revolution Council there. Suddenly there was a new way of thinking. Abu Saddiq was installed as the ‘Emir’, or ‘Prince’ of the area for three months. I was told to put my hand on the Koran and to obey him.

“He wanted to build a religious country. He did not want democracy but a religious leader in power. He wanted to use suicide bombers as a way of fighting government troops in the area.”

Opposition activists have also told of a similar events inside Idlib, a city that continues to see fierce fighting between government soldiers and rebel groups.
“Al Qaeda tried to set up an Emir there and ran bombing operations against the Syrian military. The members were all Syrian,” said a medic working with the opposition.

In both cases local activists and rebel fighters reported that the groups had failed to win hearts and minds. “The local people didn’t like their way of thinking. They did not like their methods,” said the opposition doctor. “Now he has a small group of only around 25 people with him and they have moved to live in the surrounding mountains {…}

“We killed thirteen men,” said a fighter proudly. At a headquarters in Saraqeb bearded men sat squatting on the floor counting piles of bullets. One man in his early twenties proudly revealed a powerful home made bomb; nuts and bolts embedded in a powerful and deadly wedge of TNT.

“Our brothers, mujahideen from Iraq and Afghanistan have taught us how to make these,” he said. “Tell Nato we can make them some if they need.”

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651. Syrialover said:

SYR EXPAT

And don’t forget the glorious chapter in Assad family history when Maher Assad shot Asef Shawkat in the stomach, and Shawkat had to be rushed to Paris for repairs.

http://www.meforum.org/meib/articles/0007_sd1.htm

“In October 2000, a scandal took place that rocked the Assad family from within. During Rifaat’s propaganda campaign against the regime on the Arab News Network (ANN), Shawkat criticized Rifaat for his actions. Maher, Assad’s other son, was present in the room and instructed him to be quiet, claiming that this was a family feud and he had nothing to do with it. When Shawkat responded that he was part of the family, Maher insisted that he was not, and remarked how well Basil had acted in containing his influence while alive. Shawkat lost control and spoke in a tone that Maher considered unacceptable. Being an ill-tempered officer, Maher took out his revolver and shot Shawkat in the stomach. Word of the feud spread all over Damascus and eventually reached the French newspaper Liberation, which released a report claiming that Shawkat was in a Paris-based hospital being treated for his wounds.1 He eventually returned to Damascus, and under President Assad’s mediation, made his peace with Maher.”

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July 19th, 2012, 2:33 am

 

652. Juergen said:

filmportrait of one of the women portrayed by Stephanie Saldana, the video will be on from tonight until August 9th.

The Light in Her Eyes
Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus, Syria, 30 years ago. Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in a rigorous study of Islam. A surprising cultural shift is underway — women are claiming space within the mosque. Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, The Light in Her Eyes offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams.

http://www.pbs.org/pov/thelightinhereyes/trailer.php

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July 19th, 2012, 2:44 am

 

653. Uzair8 said:

Yes, where is Assad?

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Ud6E1GO9LGY/0.jpg

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July 19th, 2012, 2:47 am

 

654. Juergen said:

Uzair
I would say bunkertime!

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July 19th, 2012, 2:56 am

 

655. Atheist Syrian Salafist Against Dictatorships said:

Well said Halabi @ 434&438 you are right on the mark and beat me to it (though you always express the ideas much better than I can). All the wafflers and “centrists” repeatedly, conveniently forget to mention that the Syrian revolution wanted and strove to stay peaceful for months and the regime was doing its damnedest to push the people to violence because it would allow the regime to play on its strengths in that department. Every single death shall be on the conscience of the regime forever. Those who pushed for dialog as the Mafiosi defined it were and are only interested in weakening the uprising and sowing discord among the revolutionaries.

One thing that still bothers me is this: why did the regime so quickly admit to and announce the explosion and deaths while they kept a lengthy silence after the poisoning attempt?

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July 19th, 2012, 3:01 am

 

656. Amjad said:

As things increasingly turn more dismal for the regime, the Qurdahans on this forum have time and against expressed their longing for a separate “state” all along the coast. Apparently, they have realized that their days of lording it over Lebanon and Syria and threatening everyone else with a thousand Afghanistans, are all but over.

Of course, just like the big “ma3raka el hasima” that was supposed to finish off the revolution, this will remain one of many unrealistic pipe dreams that the menhebakjis cling on to, to help themselves make it through the day. First, the Alawites are not a majority anywhere on the coast. Implied in this dream would be the genocidal removal of millions of Sunnis from these areas.

Second, such a state will be forever at war with its neighbors. Israel only survived as long as it did due to its superb relations with the USA, and the incredible resourcefulness of the Jewish immigrants. The Qurdahans have nowhere near that level of resourcefulness, as has been proven over the last year and a half. The Gulf nations will happily pump billions into a Sunni state to stabilize what will be an ally government, but needless to say neither Iran or Russia have the resources for such a luxury to squander on the Assadan Republic of Qurdaha (ARQ).

The ARQ will be forever isolated diplomatically, with its only friends other failed states like Cuba and North Korea. Passports issued by the ARQ will be near worthless, as it is doubtful that any significant number of countries would even recognize it. Its currency will be forever fighting inflation as there will be no demand for it whatsoever abroad. The bulk of Syria’s income comes from telecommunications and oil, so it’s a wonder where the menhebakjis think that the loss of those two sources of revenues will be made up from.

The Iraqi Kurdistan only managed to remain autonomous because of its oil reserves, and because the rest of Iraq was too busy fighting itself to assert any real control. In Syria, the very people who were the cause of so much strife and mayhem will have very conveniently relocated themselves to the coast, leaving the rest of the nation free to focus on reclaiming those coastal areas. The ARQ will become the target and magnet of every Jihadist-wannabe who was previously fighting Americans in Iraq. Unfortunate, but to be expected when one sets up a sectarian state based exclusively on the worship of one family.

the ARQ is a hopeless dream, but everytime the menhebakjis dream it, they inadvertently admit that they have no hope that the regime will be able to reverse its horrendous slide into oblivion. It also shows how weak and feeble the Syrian national identity is with these people. Shocking that someone should hold their own national identity in such low regard. And you wonder why the Sunni members of the army and security forces are so reluctant and do their jobs in such a half assed manner? What exactly are they supposed to be fighting for if the foremost obsession the Alawites have these days is abandoning Damascus and heading for the hills.

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July 19th, 2012, 3:12 am

 

657. Amjad said:

Moderator, a long comment of mine ended up in the Black-Hole of Posts.

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July 19th, 2012, 3:14 am

 

658. Juergen said:

LOL a friend of mine got this email today:

From: asmaalassad@aol.com

Greetings,

I will like to formally introduce myself, I am Mrs. Asma al-Assad, First Lady of Syria which is the wife of Syria President Bashar al Assad.

I have a Profitable business transaction for you which involves transfer of funds,Please if interested do contact me via email for more details on this transaction but if this does not suit your business ethics, kindly delete this e-mail as I will gladly appreciate.

I await your swift response, to my email.

Regards
Mrs. Asma al-Assad

looks like the Lagos mafia has a new character to trick people with

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July 19th, 2012, 3:14 am

 

659. Juergen said:

BILD Zeitung posted this morning that Assad has flown out his family to Quardaha. Hischam Bachtijar is suppose to have lost both his legs in the bomb attack.

Uzair

I kind of like this hideout for “batta”.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=442014159171686&set=a.318836178156152.78917.318826531490450&type=1&theater

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July 19th, 2012, 3:21 am

 

660. Uzair8 said:

Isn’t it about this time in the Godfather 2 movie that Michael Corleone, facing mounting problems (attack on his family, informer (defector) senate committee hearing etc), visits his mother for a fireside chat wanting to know what his father would do?

Lol Jeurgen.

Asma may have to cancel that quality furniture order.

EDIT: I hadn’t read #658 while writing this comment but they are very much connected.

Anyway. Lol. Assad better be able to ‘quack’ like a Swan.

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July 19th, 2012, 3:25 am

 

661. Atheist Syrian Salafist Against Dictatorships said:

OK folks, time to place your bets:

Should plan B actually proceed and a coastal Assadist princedom is attempted, how many are willing to bet that it will get covert support from the US? And if and when it ever comes to a UN vote after years of conflict, the US and Russia will be the very first to recognize the new princedom a la Israel and Kosovo because “the ethnic and religious minorities can’t reasonably be expected to continue to live in a hostile environment”?

I hope I am wrong and would gladly accept losing this bet, but my point here is BEWARE OF THE YANKS…of all outside powers, in fact. Depend on no one but yourselves.

SYRIANS OF ALL BELIEFS AND TRIBES, UNITE!

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July 19th, 2012, 3:29 am

 

662. Amjad said:

ASSAD

“why did the regime so quickly admit to and announce the explosion and deaths while they kept a lengthy silence after the poisoning attempt?”

The very people who set such policies are now dead, so I guess the new guy never brushed up on the Assadan Best Practices on Running a Hereditary Dictatorship.

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July 19th, 2012, 3:33 am

 

663. Juergen said:

Noone has said it here yet, the bomb attack on israeli tourists yesterday is seen as an possible hisbollah lead operation.A friend told me yesterday, if we can get rid of Nasrallah through the downfall of Assad, that alone is worth the fight.

SYRIANS OF ALL BELIEFS AND TRIBES, UNITE!

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July 19th, 2012, 3:36 am

 

664. ann said:

After Ban Speaks on Bulgaria Bomb, SC Wonders, Why Yet Not Syria? And Then It Came

By Matthew Russell Lee

http://www.innercitypress.com/syria1bulgaria071812.html

UNITED NATIONS, July 18, updated twice — Amid the Syria resolution standoff on Wednesday afternoon, a Security Council member came out and asked Inner City Press, rhetorically it seemed, why it was that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hadn’t yet issued any kind of statement about the deadly bomb in Damascus.

The Council member, decidedly non-Western, said that Ban routinely comments on killings or even attempted killings of government officials, as well as other matters. Why not here?

While one can imagine answers — the Red Cross has called it a civil war, the Defense Minister was killed — Inner City Press put in the question to Ban’s top three spokespeople, as well as one about another bombing, in Bulgaria, explicitly “without analogy”

A question has arisen here at (even, in) the Security Council, so I’m asking you:

is the Secretary General going to be issuing a statement on the bombing in Damascus killing government officials? If so, when? If not, why not? And, without making any analogy, same questions on the bombing in Bulgaria. On deadline on the above. Separately and not yet on deadline [2 other questions.]

While no Syria statement has been issued, nor the question answered, this was then put out, before 6 pm –

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General: Attack in Bulgaria

The Secretary–General condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s deadly bombing attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists outside of the Burgas airport in Bulgaria. The explosion reportedly killed at least seven and injured more than 30 people, some critically. The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the victims and their families, to the Governments and people of Bulgaria and Israel. New York, 18 July 2012

[...]

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July 19th, 2012, 3:47 am

 

665. Uzair8 said:

#662 Jeurgen

I’ll take this opportunity to share a comment I was reluctant to make earlier.

Due to the Syrian situation I didn’t really look into this incident in Bulgaria. Only briefly. A cynical thought did cross my mind.

There are 2 objectives IF Iran was behind this:

1. A continuation of the Iran-Isreal tit for tat actions (targeting scientists, attacks on Isreali targets in India etc).

2. Alongside ’1′ timed to take some of the media coverage away from the Syrian situation on a day which was a huge blow for it’s ally. It didn’t work anyway.

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July 19th, 2012, 3:58 am

 

666. Stick to the truth said:

#657 Jürgen

looks like the Lagos mafia has a new character to trick people with

I would ask myself why it was sent to this friend of mine and where did they pick up his email account.

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July 19th, 2012, 4:02 am

 

667. habib said:

SOHR reports 200 killed in one day, and since they never report government losses, it appears that my prediction was true; the FSA is getting utterly pounded.

635. majedkhaldoun

Of course such a state would be recognised, the world wants this conflict to end by any means, and we know how the West loves Balkanisation.

And yes, the state would be quite viable, larger than Lebanon, with a huge coastline and free-minded Alawis and Christians gathered in one place.

The rest of Syria will be a landlocked, braindrained, sharia infested desert, with Bedouin tribes and Kurds slugging it out for eternity.

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July 19th, 2012, 4:08 am

 

668. Stick to the Truth said:

665. STICK TO THE TRUTH said:

#657 Jürgen

“looks like the Lagos mafia has a new character to trick people with”

I would ask myself why it was sent to this friend of mine and where did they pick up his email account.

I will never trust a tabloid newspaper similar to these you use as a source of news, and I use IF AT ALL a fake account related to this specific newspaper in order to identify where they picked up the emai account.

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July 19th, 2012, 4:17 am

 

669. Stick to the Truth said:

657. JUERGEN said:

LOL a friend of mine got this email today:

From: asmaalassad@aol.com

Greetings,

I will like to formally introduce myself, I am Mrs. Asma al-Assad, First Lady of Syria which is the wife of Syria President Bashar al Assad.

I have a Profitable business transaction for you which involves transfer of funds,Please if interested do contact me via email for more details on this transaction but if this does not suit your business ethics, kindly delete this e-mail as I will gladly appreciate.

I await your swift response, to my email.

Regards
Mrs. Asma al-Assad

looks like the Lagos mafia has a new character to trick people with

—————————————
Jürgen,

I guess you are aware of the difference between spamers and those who distrubute spams INCLUDING the emaiaccount of the Spamers.

In fact there is no difference.

I would like to ask SC moderator to delete at least the email account of the SPAMER

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July 19th, 2012, 4:27 am

 

670. Albo said:

I don’t think western nato powers were pleased with the attack of yesterday. They don’t want the country to descend into chaos as in Iraq. However they probably got the help of an intelligence agency, probably from a Gulf country.

Now if they find the remains of a suicide bomber that would be difficult for the opposition to claim they aren’t permeated by islamists.

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July 19th, 2012, 4:45 am

 

671. ann said:

On Eve of Syria Vote

By Matthew Russell Lee, News Muse

http://www.innercitypress.com/syria1dry071812.html

[...]

On the eve of the re-scheduled vote on the Syria resolution, there were few optimists in or around the UN. Many predicted a double veto on Thursday at 10 am. Others suggested that the vote might be further delayed, to late Friday when the UNSMIS mission’s mandate will run out.

Analogies were made to Rwanda, where a UN mission under Chapter Six of the Charter cut and ran before the genocide began.

Another, asking to not be credited, suggested a solution was still possible, a la John Bolton, invoking Article 41 but not Chapter Seven. But P3 Permanent Representatives emerging Wednesday at 6 did not recognize the gambit. So might Russia play it?

To recap with (a bit) more substance: the issue as several non-Western Security Council members put it to Inner City Press is that the bomb-killing of Syria’s Defense Minister changes things. One cynic asked, “So this bombing was done by defenseless people?”

Li Baodong of China told the Press the bombing was terrorist. Another Council source opined to Inner City Press, until now the Obama administration was just trying to fend off the Republicans until the election in November. Now it might not last until then. Then the Free Syrian Army won’t own anything to the US, only to Saudi and Qatar.

Still another, referring to Inner City Press’ story about plans to split Syria into three with Alawites taking the coast and Kurds another zone, said that scenario is getting closer.

[...]

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July 19th, 2012, 4:47 am

 

672. Bruno said:

@Juergen

(Bruno

I dont know in what spirit you were raised, but seriously your rascism towards Amir gets on my nerves. A wise US proverb: It takes all kind of folks to make a world, apparently also racists.

And btw what makes you believe that Assad could stay in power? After the heinous crimes committed i see no survival of the regime nor Assads physical survival. But may be thats the only way tyrans fade away from this earth, at least there are more violent departures than peaceful transitions.)

After the heinous crimes committed by whom? the mainstream news outlets claimed that Assad was behind the massacre in houla.

Yet there was no proof that it was either Assad forces or the Shadowy death squad.

From this comment section i can see how killing an Christan orthodox is pretty much justified there was no excuse in killing an christian whatever or not he was with Assad or not.

And from a news report.

(“This is my urgent message to all Mujahideen from all brigades to join their brothers the Mujahideen of Damascus who are defending the revolution. Those willing to join have to go … through safe routes to Damascus. It is the moment of truth. It is the Damascus fight for salvation. It is either life, dignity and freedom or martyrdom and paradise.”

Commander of Al-Emary Brigades, Captian Quais Quatana’s statement for all Syrian Mujahideen)

The FSA basically are the Mujahideen.

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July 19th, 2012, 5:17 am

 

673. Bruno said:

I can just imagine Sen John McCain and his war mongering face smiling the moment that Russia if it loses Sryia would say.

Russia’s Assad.

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July 19th, 2012, 5:19 am

 

674. Bruno said:

@habib
Sadly habib i agree with you.

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July 19th, 2012, 5:20 am

 

675. ann said:

On Syria, Russian Draft Called Inadequate or Enriched, SNC Money Claims

By Matthew Russell Lee

http://www.innercitypress.com/syria1enriched071712.html

UNITED NATIONS, July 17, updated — On the eve of the scheduled vote on Syria resolution(s), Security Council deputies met for nearly two hours about the Russian draft. Afterward Russian Deputy Alexander Pankin called his draft “enriched.”

UK Deputy Philip Parham, on the other hand, called the Russian draft “inadequate.” Another Council source told Inner City Press that in the meeting on the Russian draft, Chapter Seven was pushed as an amendment, as something lacking from the draft.

Pankin was asked if his enrichments included Chapter Seven or Article 41. He scoffed and said, why would we put one of our red lines in. My minister has been very clear.

And so a showdown is set up, for July 18 at 3 pm. Parham said actually voting at that time will depend on what happens in the “next twelve to twenty four hours.”

There was pressure from across First Avenue as well. On the 28th floor of the Millennium Plaza Hotel, representatives of the Syrian National Council held a press conference, featuring Najib Ghadbian, Bassma Kodmani and Khalid Saleh of the SNC Executive Office

They said that if the Security Council doesn’t include Chapter Seven, they will go in another direction, to regional organizations.

They said that the Syrian National Council has received $15 million, and has spend 94% of it on aid inside Syria.

That would leave $900,000 for all the SNC’s expenses. One wondered, how much is this hotel meeting room, and rooms for five representatives, flights, and other meetings? But this question was not taken. Yet.

One wag mused maybe these are the ones enriched, using Pankin’s word for his draft.

[...]

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July 19th, 2012, 5:21 am

 

676. ann said:

UN observers’ chief says Syria is not on track for peace – 2012-07-19

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-07/19/c_131726042.htm

[...]

In a statement to reporters, Mood said there is no lasting hope in military option in Syria, hinting at the escalation of military operation over the past four days, especially in the capital Damascus, which has been witnessing what the rebels regarded as ” the big battle of Damascus.”

Mood said the government and opposition must make concession, otherwise the there will be days of suffering for Syrians.

He also condemned the killing of top Syrian officials a day earlier.

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July 19th, 2012, 5:32 am

 

677. ann said:

Calls for Assad to quit ‘rooted in hopelessness’ – Lavrov – 18 July, 2012

http://rt.com/politics/syria-russia-lavrov-putin-crisis-479/

[...]

“If the policy based on support for the opposition continues – a policy leading to an impasse, since Assad will not go on his own – and all of these mantra calls that he must step down are rooted in hopelessness,”Lavrov told reporters in Moscow.

[...]

Operation Damascus Volcano – as the rebels have dubbed their assault – has been announced, Lavrov conceded. However, it would amount to “direct support for the revolutionary movement” if the international community passes a resolution that “unilaterally forbids the government from responding [to the increasing violence].”

[...]

“Moscow strongly condemns all forms and manifestations of terrorism,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Wednesday. “We hope the masterminds of the terrorist attack in Damascus will be found and brought to justice.”

“We see what happened as another attempt to further destabilize the situation in Syria,” he added

[...]

“If it is a revolution, the United Nations should have nothing to do with that,” Lavrov emphasized. “We will see as the discussions continue,” but Russia cannot approve the beginning of sanctions under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, he added.

[...]

“A dangerous trend: while the UN SC is discussing the settlement of the Syrian crisis, militants are intensifying terror attacks, disrupting all attempts,” Gatilov wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

[...]

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July 19th, 2012, 5:40 am

 

678. Antoine said:

656. Amjad said:

“Moderator, a long comment of mine ended up in the Black-Hole of Posts.”

Amjad, it is better policy to copy a post before pressing the submit button. Bcz if it gets lost, you can always re-post it.

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July 19th, 2012, 5:54 am

 

679. Amjad said:

Antoine, thanks, I considered that, and I actually always do hit the ctrl+a+c buttons before posting, but I thought I’d wait until the moderator had some time to dig up the post from the Backhole.

The USA, EU and Canada had Daoud Rajha on their list of sanctioned individuals. The notion that he should have been allowed to continue to head an army of war crimes, without any repercussions, just because he was a Christian, is just one in a long list of absurd and ridiculous menhebakji concepts. Do these people even realize how they sound when they say such things?

But hey, I guess the EU, USA and Canada all sanctioned him due to a desire to persecute Christians on behalf of the Global Jihadist-Salafi-Zionists.

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July 19th, 2012, 6:52 am

 

680. Amjad said:

“From this comment section i can see how killing an Christan orthodox is pretty much justified there was no excuse in killing an christian whatever or not he was with Assad or not.”

OK, we’ve heard time and again how you set yourself up as the spokesperson for the “sceptical white-man-westener-menhebakji”, and you don’t believe anything that comes out of the Main Stream Media, but could you at least start to believe in Main Stream Grammar? Seriously dude your assault on the English language should be classified as crimes against humanity, culture, ethics and human decency.

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July 19th, 2012, 7:05 am

 

681. Juergen said:

Stick to the Truth

So you never got those emails?

What you call Tishren and al Thawra? Quality journalism? Btw der Spiegel has reported the same.

Bruno

See i meant much more than Al Houla. How would you call the massarrest of thousands, the killing of detainees, the mass executions and rape of detained of both sexes.

Arrest of family members of wanted “terrorists”.

The legal freedom of those representing the regime if they commit crimes or can you name me any case that the regime has punished anyone of their regular henchman for their crimes?

By the way, who blocked access for the UN to enter Al Houla? ( I still dont think the UN is capable of exercising an overall investigantion, but they would at least try, so far the regime seems uncable or unwilling to exsercise those after the Damascus bombings f.e.)

Now let me put that straight for you. I believe every human life is sanctious and feelings of joy are not the first emotion one should have. When I was drafted they asked me what would you do if you have a gun and see a guy rape your mother. Well I assume most of us would come to same terms. Its a sad fact that the longer military action is taking place the more people get used to violence and the feeling of remorse when someone of the enemy side dies gets lesser by the day. Is there a moral right to kill people who opress others? Well i may had different ideas 17 months ago, but certainly those who have lost love ones, those who have seen what no one of us should see or endure will have an easy answer.

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July 19th, 2012, 7:48 am

 

682. omen said:

609. ANDERSEN COMMA DALE said: Memo To: OMEN How do you know it was a man, dipstick? It might have been the cleaning woman….or the tea lady

welcome back, dale. good point.

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July 19th, 2012, 7:53 am

 

683. omen said:

thanks, ann, for finding that khaddam piece earlier.

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July 19th, 2012, 8:02 am

 

684. habib said:

Something really fishy about that Bulgaria bombing.

Israel conveniently accuses Iran and Hezbollah before anything is even known, and the bomber doesn’t exactly look either Arab or Iranian. Iran has condemned the bombing.

Who benefits? The Salafists.

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July 19th, 2012, 8:08 am

 

685. zoo said:

Turkey would not bomb ‘fraternal’ Syrians, PM says

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-would-not-bomb-fraternal-syrians-pm-says.aspx?pageID=238&nID=25853&NewsCatID=338

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has dismissed accusations from Syria’s information minister that Turkey was involved in July 18’s deadly bombing in Damascus, saying Ankara would never do such things to the “fraternal” people of Syria.

Turkey aborted attack on Syria at last minute over downed jet, report says
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-aborted-attack-on-syria-at-last-minute-over-downed-jet-report-says.aspx?pageID=238&nID=25860&NewsCatID=338

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July 19th, 2012, 8:09 am

 

686. Dawoud said:

Is Nasillat, the Hizbistan cult of personality propagandist, now the Leader/spokesman for the al-Assad murderous regime? Bashar has not been seen since his murderous/rapist tools were assassinated whereas Hasan was delivering one of his arrogant speeches and calling the murderous men “martyrs!”

Free Syria and Palestine!

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July 19th, 2012, 8:12 am

 

687. irritated said:

If the Israeli tourists are bombed in Bulgaria and they are no more welcomed anymore in Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, these Israeli tourists should try Sudan.

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July 19th, 2012, 8:15 am

 

688. zoo said:

News Analysis: Syria witnesses sharp deterioration in security
English.news.cn 2012-07-19 19:03:33

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-07/19/c_131726275.htm
….
Al-Freij’s strong words suggest that rather than put the blast to rest, the government will take more forceful measures to battle the rebels in an effort to boost the morale of the army and minimize the negative effects of the blast, analysts say.

On the other hand, the bombing will boost the morale of the opposition, adding to the recent severity of their clashes with the government. The opposition will probably push its advantage and engage in larger-scale conflicts with the government, the analyst added.
..
If the UN Security Council no longer extends the UN Syrian Supervision Mission and withdraws military observers, Syria would plunge into more chaos, observers say.

They also point out that if the international community could not unite in one voice on Syria at the key moment, the already deteriorated situation would further evolve in unpredictable ways.

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July 19th, 2012, 8:19 am

 

689. zoo said:

The Battle for Syria: A Fight Against Assad and Against History
(El Salvador and Algeria examples)
By Max Fisher (
Jul 18 2012, 12:32 PM ET 9
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/07/the-battle-for-syria-a-fight-against-assad-and-against-history/259984/

Rebels struck their hardest blow yet today, but to succeed they will have to overcome not just Bashar al-Assad but a global history of uprisings that made it this far or farther and still failed.

It’s not hard to understand why even Assad’s staunchest defender now recognizes that the rebels could win, and maybe soon. Still, the military dictatorships of the world have faced rebellion before, and suffered defeats like today’s, and have still held on to power. While anything is possible, and Assad could well be gone within the year or even the week, Syria would fit neatly within the dark and rarely remembered history of failed uprisings and successful crackdowns.

Many things are plausible, including the imminent downfall of the dictatorship that has ruled Syria for 40 years.

Still, there is a long history of rebel groups breaching a capital city, or even killing top regime officials, and ultimately losing. Three of the bloodiest, nastiest civil wars of the 1990s saw days like today, and all three ended with the government staying in power and the rebels, for all their bombings and advances, defeated. Though is none identical to Syria’s, of course, just as all wars are unique in their own unhappy way, the conflicts of Algeria, Sri Lanka, and El Salvador show that Assad would have precedent for hanging on.

In the spring of 1989, El Salvadorian leftist rebels, furious over failed peace talks, moved on the capital city, shattering the government’s control. Their campaign captured parts of the city and killed swathes of regime officials: the minister of the presidency, the inspector general, even the director of the national fire department. They even spread into residential neighborhoods, targeting the homes of officials and military leaders. They continued attacking central government buildings through the next year, yet the war ended in 1992 a stalemate, with a peace accord that granted the rebels some amnesty but kept the government in power.

Algeria’s decade-long war claimed over a hundred thousand lives, but no matter how hard the rebels fought or how brutal the military government became, the generals never lost power. The capital of Algiers was rarely at peace in 1992. One day after the defense minister pledged “implacable war” against the Islamist insurgency, in June of that year, rebels killed President Mohamed Boudiaf in a shocking, elaborate operation. The next year, they killed the prime minister. Yet the generals reorganized, coalescing their power and continuing the fight until, several years later, they had exhausted the rebel movement and won. Today, they are still in power.
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July 19th, 2012, 8:29 am

 

690. zoo said:

Removing Turkey from scene would help Syrian opposition
http://www.todayszaman.com/columnist-286924-removing-turkey-from-scene-would-help-syrian-opposition.html

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, Turkey has taken an active role in moves to topple the regime in its neighboring country. Turkey is not only actively engaged in the Syrian crisis, but it has also become one of the most vocal critics of the Syrian regime. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was the first leader who called on Bashar al-Assad to step down.

It is no secret that Turkey was expecting that the Assad regime would not stay much longer and hoped that Turkey would be on the side of the winners when the Syrian regime was gone.
..
If the Assad regime holds on to power for two or more years, at least until the 2014 elections in Turkey, no doubt it will affect election results in Turkey, perhaps diminishing Erdoğan’s image as a leader who stands by his word.
..
It is likely that Russian President Vladimir Putin will show his distrust toward Erdoğan during Erdoğan’s visit to Moscow this week. To take his revenge for the NATO radar decision, Putin is likely to “teach a diplomatic lesson” to Erdoğan during his visit to Moscow.

For the sake of Turkish interests and the Syrian opposition, I think it would be a good decision to remove Turkey from the scene and find alternative methods of supporting the Syrian opposition by not making Turkey a clear target for Russia and Iran.

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July 19th, 2012, 8:33 am

 

691. bronco said:

The killing of the Syrian officials will make any withdrawal of heavy weapons requested by the UN resolution within 10 days a total fallacy and an insult to the ones who died in the terrorist attacks.
The Syrian government will never bow to such request, when no request is made to the armed rebels whose arms serve terrorist acts and cold blood murders. If the FSA fighters call themselves liberators, then Al Qaeeda fighters are also liberators.
Having claimed the terrorist act, the FSA is no more a protector of the civilians, it is an aggressive terrorist entity that needs to be stopped by international condemnation and a UNSC resolution.

If the UNSC is unable to act upon that and condemn such acts of terrorism, then it will give bear the responsibility of all the killings of civilians that would result from the Syrian government legitimately defending itself. If France, the UK, Qatar, US etc.. appear to condone terrorist acts against governments, then they will encourage more acts not only in Syria but on their own grounds. It’s their choice.

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July 19th, 2012, 9:33 am

 

692. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Irritated,

The Israelis who were targeted in Bulgaria were targeted not because they were Israeli, but because they’re Jewish.

Remember the March 2012, Toulouse event
http://israelinsider.net/profiles/blogs/cowardly-terror-attack-in-toulouse-rabbi-and-three-children-murde

The Rabbi and his 3 little kids weren’t Israeli. They were French citizens. But they were Jews.
.

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July 19th, 2012, 9:53 am

 

693. irritated said:

Amir

All the dead were dual French-Israeli nationals and will be buried in Israel, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17437795

The behavior of Israel has been a curse for the Jews worldwide

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July 19th, 2012, 10:01 am

 

694. bronco said:

The attacks by the FSA on the power station in Qabun has stopped electricity in large parts of Damascus, affecting hospitals, water supplies and the civilian population. Many may die because of these terrorists acts.

According to the rules of war during civil war, this is considered a a war crime.
The FSA should be warned that sooner or later they will be condemned for these acts.

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July 19th, 2012, 10:15 am

 

695. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Irritated,

OK, they were duals. But the son of a sharmouta who killed them didn’t know that, did he. For him, they were Jews.

This has nothing to do with Israel. This has to do with religion, not nationality. The killer too was a French man, but he was, more importantly, a Muslim.
.

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July 19th, 2012, 10:23 am

 

696. habib said:

691. Amir in Tel Aviv

Why are the Israelis pointing at Iran and Hezbollah now, when Sunni Muslims have historically been the sole killers of Israelis in Europe?

Will they exploit this attack against Iran at any cost?

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July 19th, 2012, 10:27 am

 

697. Mina said:

A bunch of “peaceful demonstrators” attempting to storm the Syrian embassy yesterday. They do not quite look Syrian at all, but do look Salafis to me.
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/17-arrested-attempting-storm-syrian-embassy-ministry-says
A few hours later, the same attacking the poor Egyptian guards around the embassy
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/48120/Egypt/Politics-/-soldiers-injured-in-front-of-Syrian-embassy-in-Ca.aspx

Maybe a wise shaykh should make a fatwa to orient them towards soccer stadiums?

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July 19th, 2012, 10:29 am

 

698. Juergen said:

Habib

well who would blame the Israelis for ponting their fingers toward Tehran and Beirut? And one should not forget the attacks carried out by he Hisbollah in Buenos Aires with over 80 people killed.

Here is what happened this year alone:

“In January, the authorities arrested two locals in Azerbaijan who helped an iranian agent, which are said to have planned an assassination against the Israeli ambassador in Baku and the local chief rabbi of the Jewish community.
In February, the wife of an employee of the Israeli embassy in New Delhi was injured when a bomb exploded at her car attached. On the same day in the Georgian capital Tbilisi a similar attack was prevented . The double attack occurred on the fourth anniversary of the killing of Hezbollah commander Imad Mughnija. He was killed in February 2008 in the Syrian capital Damascus with a bomb. Hezbollah accused Israel was behind this attack.

Just two days after New Delhi and Tbilisi a plot against the israeli embassy in the Thai capital Bangkok was unveiled. Several explosions occurred just 4 blocks away from the embassy. The first – probably inadvertently – hit the hiding place of the terrorists. In the destroyed building Iranian documents and money were found: Of the three offenders who turned out to be Iranian nationals had escaped, one, two, were taken in custody.
On 2 July it was announced that the Kenyan intelligence had arrested two Iranians. The two men allegedly plotting attacks on Israelis frequented tourist resorts. Their explosives could have destroyed a medium sized hotel.

On 14 July, the Cypriot police arrested a 24-year-old Lebanese, with a probably fake Swedish passport. Evidence clearly indicated that the man had planned an attack with a missile on an aircraft of the Israeli airline Arkia.”

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/anschlag-auf-israelis-mutmasslicher-attentaeter-tarnte-sich-als-tourist-a-845329.html

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July 19th, 2012, 10:31 am

 

699. habib said:

697. Juergen

Yet no one has been killed, and it’s all just allegations.

Sunnis on the other hand have killed civilian Jews and Israelis (not to mention Christians) in many countries all over Europe the last many years.

Shias have killed Israeli soldiers in Lebanon, yes, but that has been when provoked. Everything else is allegations.

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July 19th, 2012, 10:35 am

 

700. ann said:

FLASH: RUSSIA, CHINA VETO WESTERN-PROPOSED DRAFT RESOLUTION ON SYRIA

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July 19th, 2012, 10:38 am

 

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