Is a Turkey-Syria conflict inevitable? – Inside Syria: Aljazeera

– Haldun Solmazturk, a retired brigadier-general

“…it looks as if … the Turkish government, they do want to go to war.”

– Joshua Landis, the director of the Center for Middle East Studies

“Turkey is trapped between national honour and national interest, the national honour required that Erdogan responded in some way that shows toughness and resolve and would intimidate the Syrians from further action across the border. On the other hand, the national interest is to stay out of Syria. Syria is a potential Vietnam for Turkey, it’s a swamp. It could suck Turkey in and cost Erdogan a great deal.”

Inside Syria, with presenter Mike Hanna, discusses the situation with guests: Yasar Yakis, a former foreign minister of Turkey; Haldun Solmazturk, a retired brigadier-general; and Joshua Landis, the director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an associate professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

“This one-sided policy, aiming to remove Bashar al-Assad by intervention in the domestic affairs of our neighbour, really intensified the conflict, sharpened the conflict, and probably resulted in more deaths than would have [occurred] otherwise.”

Faruk Logoglu,  the head of Foreign Relations of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP)

Comments (82)

Aldendeshe said:

Assad needs to make a deal with SNP and go on the offensive against Turkey, Qatar and Saudi, even Egypt, Jordan and Libya.

We can beat the hell out of these mutt’s -STOP SERVING THE ZIONIST PLAN- Relying on Iran only going to be a disappointment and let down for Syria in the end, they are serving the Zionist plan.


October 15th, 2012, 11:38 am


Warren said:

Egyptian Islamist against Prevention of Sex Trafficking in Women and Children in Constitution

October 15th, 2012, 11:44 am


Warren said:

Sheik Qaradhawi: Russia Is the Number One Enemy of Arabs and Muslims

October 15th, 2012, 11:47 am


Aldendeshe said:

We really don’t want anything to do with Arabs or Moslems, bouble filth on our nation, عارين حقيرين على امتنا السورية So tell the sheikh to go bend over, WE LOVE RUSSIA, AND RUSSIANS.

October 15th, 2012, 11:52 am


Warren said:

Russia fights claim that Syria is using Russian-made cluster bombs

(CNN) — The war in Syria has led to another war of words internationally, with Russia slamming a report that accuses the Syrian air force of using Russian-made cluster bombs.

“There is no confirmation to this. … There are loads of weapons in this region, including in Syria and other countries of the region, and arms are supplied there in large quantities and illegally,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, according to Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency.

Citing witnesses and videos, Human Rights Watch released a report Sunday saying Syrian government forces were using cluster bombs — explosives that can kill or disfigure anyone who touches its fragments.

The report says the cluster bombs are Soviet-made, but says it’s unclear how or when Syria allegedly acquired them.

October 15th, 2012, 12:02 pm


Warren said:

Burma blocks opening of office for Islamic body OIC

Burma’s president has blocked a global Islamic body from opening an office to help Muslims involved in recent communal violence in the west of Burma.

A statement on the president’s website said such an office was not in accordance with the people’s wishes.

Thousands of monks have joined protests against the Organisation of Islamic Conference’s plans to open an office.

Tensions in western Rakhine state have been high after deadly clashes between Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists.

But the issue remains a highly sensitive one with many across the Buddhist-majority nation.

“We cannot accept any OIC office here,” Oattamathara, a monk leading the Mandalay protest, told the AFP news agency.

A statement posted on the presidential website reflected this: “The government will not allow the opening of an OIC office as it is not in accordance with the desire of people.”

The OIC told the BBC it had not yet been notified of the president’s decision.

October 15th, 2012, 12:24 pm


Aldendeshe said:

Burma’s president has blocked a global Islamic body from opening an office to help Muslims involved in recent communal violence in the west of Burma.

Great Leader, respect his people wishes not needing filth bucket in Burma.

October 15th, 2012, 12:30 pm


Aldendeshe said:

2. Warrensaid:
Egyptian Islamist against Prevention of Sex Trafficking in Women and Children in Constitution

That will be sacrilegious, violation of Sharia and Quran, The word of Allah as he ordered in the genocide, rape, kidnapping and pilferage sourat AL ANFAL- سورة الآنفال , The spoil of War.

October 15th, 2012, 12:38 pm


Warren said:

IAF strikes Gaza Strip 3 times in 24 hours; 5 killed

The IAF struck a rocket-launching cell in the central Gaza Strip on Sunday evening soon after it fired projectiles at an Israeli farming district, the IDF said.

Palestinian medical sources said the air strike killed two men and wounded two others.

Israeli strikes killed a total of five global jihad members over the past 24 hours.

“The terrorist cell which fired rockets into Israel a short while ago was targeted,” the IDF Spokesman’s Office said, confirming the strike. “An accurate strike was identified.”

Following the attack, the Popular Resistance Committees confirmed that the dead belonged to their organization, and vowed retaliation against Israel, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.

October 15th, 2012, 12:54 pm


zoo said:

If Turkey invade Syria with the help of NATO, Iran may come to rescue Syria and will certainly use this opportunity to destroy some of the US bases in Turkey and regain the upper hand against the USA.

Erdogan is on for more miscalculations and gamble he may pay dearly. If he breaks the trading partnership with Iran, his economy will suffer and he can say goodbye to his bid as a next president of Turkey.

He is frustrated and hysterical enough to start a war.

October 15th, 2012, 12:58 pm


Warren said:

West blinks at Wahhabism’s dark side

By Zubair Khan

In Saudi Arabia there is no church, synagogue, Buddhist nor Hindu temple allowed. Wahhabism (pseudo Salafism) is not a religion of tolerance. Wahhabism provides the fundamental base for jihadism which causes unending strife and misery.

It is not Iran that should be bombed. In Iran there are still Jews living there and praying in their synagogues. Muammar al-Gaddafi respected Christian and Jewish religions and their churches, synagogues in Libya but American, English, French, Saudi and Qatari-financed terrorists have destroyed churches and synagogues recently. Buddhist temples including Bamiyan Buddha statues have survived in Islamic countries for centuries, but they would not survive under the Wahhabism.

Washington and London are protecting Wahhabi extremists. In Syria, Christians and their churches were safe before the Westerners began sending their Wahhabi fanatics to kill innocent Syrian civilians.

October 15th, 2012, 1:08 pm


Warren said:

New Threats to Free Speech

The truth regarding that low-budget video, however, is that all the stories in it were taken from the Islamic books on Mohammed’s life, “Sirat Rasul Allah” [“The Life of the Messenger of Allah”], the earliest biography of Muhammad, as well as from quotes in the “Hadiths,” acts or sayings ascribed to Muhammad. The stories were not the invention of the producer of the film; they were tasteless and unholy, but they are all found in Muslim scriptures. The problem with Islam is that Muslims riot and burn and kill those who repeat what already exists in their scriptures.

October 15th, 2012, 1:24 pm


Tara said:

• Iraq and Turkey are illegally preventing thousands of Syrians from fleeing the country at border points, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. Gerry Simpson, HRW’s refugee researcher, suggested Turkey was deliberately blocking refugees to put more pressure on the international community to help. Meanwhile, Jordan is planning to set up a second refugee camp.

In an interview with the Guardian to mark the release of a report on the issue, Simpson said: “….

[Turkey] is sending a message with this border closure to the international community that says: ‘Either you help us look after these increasing numbers, or we will make life more difficult for these people.’

Simpson pointed out that although some border areas were porous, they were highly volatile and unsafe for refugees.

It is very hard to walk the length of the border to find a place to cross, because sooner or later you will find a pocket of insecurity where fighting is going on, or worse, where the Syrian military is present and will prevent people from crossing or potentially worse.

What Turkey and Iraq should do is make sure that any Syrian taking a straight line from their home to the border should be allowed to cross the border where they reach it, and not be required to travel along the border until they find a way cross.

October 15th, 2012, 1:27 pm


Warren said:

Israel Preparing for Flood of Syrian Refugees

The IDF is preparing to absorb a potential flood of Syrian refugees and prevent a spillover of violence into Israel.

The IDF has drawn lines around land that will be used to absorb a potential flood of Syrian refugees fleeing from the civil war, and prevent a spillover of violence into Israel, Voice of Israel government radio reported.

Military sources said the areas were designated “in cooperation with the United Nations and according to human rights standards,” adding Israel’s intention is to “prevent any spillover of the crisis in Syria into Israel’s internal arena.”

Stray mortar shells recently have fallen in the northern Golan Heights as a result of clashes between soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and opposition forces.

The IDF also has widened the security zone along the border with Syria, especially near the town of Majdal Shams, situated on the road to the Hermon and a potential trouble spot because of its Druze population, most of whom have relatives in Syria.

Turkey is trying to cope with more than 100,000 refugees and has asked European countries to help the plight of the refugees, instead of focusing only on the spreading debt crisis in the continent.

October 15th, 2012, 1:28 pm


Warren said:

Op-Ed: The Golan Heights: History and Biblical Significance

The British gave the Golan to France’s Syrian colony in 1923. Syria attacked Israel in 1967 and lost the Golan. Syria had occupied it for 44 years. Israel’s liberation of the Golan has lasted 45 years. Who has possessed the Golan the longest?

Even as modern day Syria is convulsed in a murderous and bloody civil war with untold thousands dead and maimed; even as its tyrant, Bashir al-Assad, fights for his political and physical life; even with all this, he nevertheless spews forth his hatred of Israel and his call to take away the Golan Heights from the Jewish state.

But so do those “rebels” who are fighting him and thus remind us of the famous aphorism: “better the devil you know.”

October 15th, 2012, 1:32 pm


Warren said:

Lieberman: I Believe Netanyahu on Golan

Foreign Minister says he trusts there was no negotiation on handing over Golan Heights to Syria.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that his party, Yisrael Beytenu, would not lend its hand to concessions in the Golan Heights, even if it meant that the coalition had to be dismantled and the party would wind up in the opposition.

Lieberman said, at a party meeting, that he believes Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s denial of the report that Israel had offered to withdraw from the Golan in secret negotiations with Syria. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has also said he believes Netanyahu and Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely said it was part of a smear campaign against Netanyahu by newspaper Yediot Aharonot.

Lieberman said that there were also no negotiations about the Golan Heights in the government of Kadima under Ehud Olmert, in which he was a partner.

He said that Yisrael Beytenu was a central partner in the present coalition and would continue to be a partner in a nationalist-led coalition after the elections.

October 15th, 2012, 1:41 pm


Visitor said:

All Praise be to Allah the One, Allah the Eternal, neither does He beget, nor is He begotten, nor is there to Him any equivalent.

The FSA heroes of the Tawheed Brigade downed another criminal terrorist fighter jet which was in the process of committing crimes against humanity in the Aleppo region and captured its two criminal pilots.

October 15th, 2012, 1:42 pm


Citizen said:

“Turkey is trapped between national honour and national interest, the national honour required that Erdogan responded in some way that shows toughness and resolve and would intimidate the Syrians from further action across the border.

Mr. Landis!
Сan explain in detail how Erdogan can scare the Syrians? what you had in mind ?
Tell me please how can scare a potential Vietnam? We have a saying: Do not play with fire. burn your fingers.

October 15th, 2012, 1:43 pm


Warren said:

Al-Arabiya’s Fabrications: Methods of Bandar

It was amusing to see Giselle Khoury (a pro-Hariri TV presenter who works for the news station of King Fahd’s brother-in-law, al-Arabiya) on MTV (a right-wing station with a history of racism, sectarianism, and misogyny) the other day. She was defending the authenticity of the Syria-related “documents” that were being released by al-Arabiya over the last few weeks.

She said that she contacted “some people” to make sure that the documents were authentic and received assurances. It was not clear if she called the brother-in-law of King Fahd or the son of King Fahd who now runs the station or if she called the propagandist for Prince Salman’s son, Abdul-Rahman al-Rashed, who is the functional director of the station. Hilariously, Khoury also claimed that the station is “privately-owned” and that it is not “state-owned.” She must have meant that King Fahd himself does not own the station through his children and that his brother-in-law represents private ownership.

October 15th, 2012, 1:52 pm


Citizen said:

Erdogan going to open the gates of hell on Turkey from all directions?

Turkey Continues Grounding Syria Bound Flights
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey grounded a Syria bound Armenian passenger flight to inspect its cargo after a similar move last Wednesday angered Damascus officials who retaliated the forced landing of the Moscow-Syria flight in Ankara with closing their airspace to all Turkish airliners.

October 15th, 2012, 1:56 pm


Warren said:

Syrians Queueing to Escape

Damascus – “There is no safe place anywhere in Syria.” People of all persuasions repeat this phrase, whether they are loyalists or opponents of the regime that has not spared a single neighborhood.

Syrian towns and villages are witnessing a scenario of round the clock urban warfare and street fighting, between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and armed groups, on one side, and regular Syrian army battalions and security forces on the other.

A few days into each confrontation, official Syrian news media announced that “authorized forces have cleansed the military confrontations areas from the remnants of the terrorist gangs and crushed all their members, leaders, and masterminds behind them.”

October 15th, 2012, 2:03 pm


Tara said:

A loyalist relative from Damascus told me that Batta, the first lady from hell, and their offsprings feel very secure and invulnerable.. They have a plan in place that once they are notified of the fall of Damascus, they can be aboard a plane in 5 min to take them to their final destination. There is a crew on standby around the clock and there is a plane runway accessible to them where they currently stay.

And of course I can’t verify what is said.

October 15th, 2012, 2:14 pm


Citizen said:

Despite the 330-long km common border, Armenia and Turkey have not established diplomatic relations yet. Ankara demands Yerevan give up its position on the genocide of Armenians in 1915 and on support for Nagorno-Karabakh in the conflict with Azerbaijan.

October 15th, 2012, 2:15 pm


Visitor said:

All Praise be to Allah the One, Allah the Eternal, neither does He beget, nor is He begotten, nor is there to Him any equivalent.

Mouthpieces of the heretic agents of mullahstan exposed on the air,

October 15th, 2012, 2:16 pm


Aldendeshe said:

Atatturk was a great leader. Turkey was a great nation under his rule, now, it is going to kaka in the moslem filth bin. A MILITARY COUP ANYONE IN TURKEY, NEED HELP, ASSURED WIN, CONTACT SNP.

October 15th, 2012, 2:17 pm


zoo said:

#14 Tara

Erdogan internationaly isolated even on the refugees issues. He better call his friends HBJ for some help, like taking on some refugees in Doha.

No more visits of Angelina Jolie in the children playground with computers and dance classes?
Turkey’s “humanitarian” emotions are starting to cost too much?

October 15th, 2012, 2:17 pm


Citizen said:

Stop the lie !
Russia: No confirmation Soviet cluster bombs used in Syria
Russia maintains it’s not supplying cluster bombs to Syria – which are allegedly being used by the government in its fight against the rebels there. Human Rights Watch earlier claimed that Soviet-era munitions are being dropped on residential areas.

October 15th, 2012, 2:22 pm


Aldendeshe said:

Shame on you Bashar, you decree rebuilding a filth bin in Aleppo, a symbol of occupation by primitive, backward hordes of Moslems, rather than decreeing the rebuilding of the Syriac or Jesuit Churches in Homs. SHAME ON YOU

October 15th, 2012, 2:23 pm


zoo said:

#23 Tara

Do you seriously expect Asma and her children to stand in front of the horde of hysterical bearded men shouting Allah U Akabar and to wait to be slaughtered with knives?

Of course they have a plan B to leave but until that happens, many winters would have passed.

October 15th, 2012, 2:23 pm


zoo said:


Giselle Khoury is the widow of the journalist Samir Kassir who was killed in Lebanon a few years ago.
She and all the 14 March group are anti-Syria and have accused Syria for that murder but there has never been any proof.
They would try anything they can kind to hurt Syria.

October 15th, 2012, 2:30 pm


Tara said:


Of course they have a plan B. What I find astonishing is their sense of being immune to what could happen. It is complete detachment of reality that approaches a mental illness.. What if plan B did not work? I would be terrified ..

October 15th, 2012, 2:34 pm


zoo said:

Matt Gurney: NATO should stand (near) Turkey

Matt Gurney | Oct 15, 2012 10:41 AM ET

Over the weekend, Turkey declared its airspace closed to all Syrian aircraft, military and civilian.
Such incidents present the risk of a rapid escalation into open war. Should that occur, Turkey would have reasonable grounds to call for military assistance from its NATO allies, including Canada and the U.S. There is clearly no appetite among the Western nations for military intervention in Syria’s sectarian conflict, yet if an ally calls for help and NATO refuses, the credibility of the entire alliance is called into question. Should fighting erupt, and if Turkey calls for help, NATO will probably therefore mount the most impressive token effort the world has ever seen.

NATO could play a role in such an effort by sending early warning and command-and-control planes, search and rescue assets, naval patrol vessels and providing Turkey with additional munitions, should it run low. NATO could provide electronic and satellite intelligence to Turkish military officials. And if Turkey needed help with its air campaign, perhaps NATO (read: American) warships and aircraft could knock out some Syrian air defence batteries with long-range missile attacks.

This would satisfy NATO’s obligations to a treaty ally without committing Western soldiers to die in Syrian fields, and wouldn’t rise to the level of irrevocably committing the West to the Syrian insurgents, whose composition and ultimate goals remain murky.

Walking the fine line between honour treaty commitments and staying out of the Syrian civil war won’t be easy. There are no perfect, risk-free solutions. But if NATO must get

October 15th, 2012, 2:38 pm


zoo said:

Doha’s Four Seasons Hotel Tea Lounge a painful exile for Syrians in Qatar

Elizabeth Dickinson
Oct 16, 2012

Last year, the opponents of Muammar Qaddafi were said to have plotted and planned in the Tea Lounge and nearby lobby. These days, many of the people on its stiff, Victorian-style chairs and couches are Syrian.

An assortment of opposition leaders and businessmen are passing through Doha, hoping to attract Qatar’s arsenal of quickly-deployed cash and considerable diplomatic clout to their cause.

The stakes are higher than ever. Qatar’s prime minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, has denied reports that his country is providing weapons to the opposition in Syria – but few here doubt that his country is providing financial backing and non-lethal aid.

Security sources in Doha say that could mean everything from cash and military trainers to incentives for leading Syrian officials thought to be considering whether to defect. Another highly sought prize for any aspiring opposition leader is an appearance on Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite television station.

To Ammar Abdulhamid – a prominent opposition member in the United States who is adjunct fellow at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies – exile is the wrong place to look for Syrians around whose charisma, political ingenuity and force of intellect an opposition will somehow coalesce.

“Syria’s future leaders are in Syria,” he says. “The political process will be determined by Syrian actors, despite all the dabblers and the dabbling taking place.”

Also pervading the frenetic attempts at political brokering is a gathering sense of impotence in the face of the killing. Rebels live a hand-to-mouth existence, fighting however they can. Individual backers in the Gulf who have the connections to channel money or supplies into Syria can be as powerful as official opposition coalitions.

“The SNC is struggling for relevance, and that declining relevance is muted by what’s happening on the ground,” said Salman Shaikh, the director of the Brookings Institution in Doha.

For now, tea at the Four Seasons tastes bitter, and despite the cheery music and sweets, smiles are rare.

October 15th, 2012, 2:46 pm


Uzair8 said:

#Breaking: Clashes in Qurdaha (#Assad home town) are taking place right now, Louay Almokdad spokesperson for #FSA

October 15th, 2012, 2:48 pm


zoo said:

#32 Tara

In Damascus life is going normally, schools are open, Universities too, traffic jams and crowded souks getting ready for the Eid…
Why should they dramatize?

October 15th, 2012, 2:49 pm


Citizen said:

31. ZOO
Striking that Ms. Khoury was after the assassination of her husband graduated television is elegant, and her husband did not seem to lose
Do you think that her husband is alive reside in another state?

October 15th, 2012, 2:51 pm


zoo said:

That’s a much better idea than to close Hormuz with boats and soldiers.
Let the oil do the job…

Iran’s Secret Plan to Contaminate the Strait of Hormuz

By Erich Follath

Iran could be planning to create a vast oil spill in the Strait of Hormuz, according to a top secret report obtained by Western intelligence officials. The aim of the operation is to both temporarily block the vital shipping channel and to force a suspension of Western sanctions.

October 15th, 2012, 2:55 pm


Tara said:


I don’t know about that. The same relative tells of impending sense of doom among loyalists where he expected the ” fall of Damascus” very soon.

Now I found that a bit difficult to believe but that what is being felt in Damascus.

October 15th, 2012, 2:59 pm


Citizen said:

Erich Follath, “der Spiegel´s”secret chief and a very good friend of the Mossad

October 15th, 2012, 3:08 pm


William Scott Scherk said:

From Russia Today (translated from Arabic):

UN peace envoy to Syria denies plans to deploy 3,000 peacekeeping troops

Reports on an alleged plan to deploy 3,000 peacekeeping troops to war-torn Syria are “false,” said Lakhdar Brahimi, the new UN-Arab League peace envoy to Syria, denying mass media speculations.

“You’ve read that I have asked for peacekeeping,” Brahimi told reporters at a joint news conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. “I haven’t.”

“I don’t know where this news came [from]. It certainly did not come from me,” Brahimi said.

It was earlier reported that Brahimi had mentioned a plan to deploy a 3,000-strong force of international peacekeepers to Syria on Saturday, during his visit to Istanbul, in a bid to calm rising tensions between Syria and Turkey ahead of his trip to Damascus to broker a ceasefire.

A Telegraph report suggested that Brahimi was looking for countries to participate in the mission. He particularly considered the states that currently contribute to Unifil, the 15,000-strong mission policing the Lebanese-Israeli border.

“He [Brahimi] is looking at all options, and not putting all his eggs in the peacekeeping basket, but all information points to him exploring the peacekeeping option in a very serious manner,” the newspaper quoted a source as saying.

The article specified that America and Great Britain will not be involved “because of their past involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

However, Brahimi’s spokesman Ahmad Fawzi denied the report, saying that “he has done none of the above,” describing the Telegraph piece as “false.”

Fawzi, on behalf of Brahimi, denied allegations that the envoy “has spent recent weeks quietly sounding out which countries would be willing to contribute soldiers.”

In a personal letter to Al Arabiya’s correspondent in New York, Fawzi suggested that the media who published the reports probably had a “wrong source.”

Fawzi explained that the Department of Peace Keeping Operations at the United Nations (DPKO) “came to Lakhdar Brahimi with their contingency planning ideas with several options,” adding that Brahimi “narrowed down DPKO’s options [and] during the course of DPKO’s research they must have sounded out TCCs [Troops-Contributing Countries.] ”

October 15th, 2012, 3:55 pm


Citizen said:

Matt Gurney @mattgurney
he still young for geopolitics!
recommend him to read more and write less and not turn!

October 15th, 2012, 4:06 pm


Aldendeshe said:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Monday that the cargo Ankara confiscated from an intercepted Syrian plane contained weapons, shrugging off Russian claims that the plane carried legal radar equipment.

It is a lie. Russians can in 3 days deliver a boat, or 20 boats load of weapons to Syria by ships. But rather than keeps on barking lies, why not show the actual cargo, manifesto, etc… or even photos of these that can be validated, not photoshoped.

October 15th, 2012, 4:08 pm


Citizen said:

UN peace envoy to Syria denies plans to deploy 3,000 peacekeeping troops
no translation need

October 15th, 2012, 4:11 pm


Citizen said:

Security shambles as Hezbollah drone spies on Israeli army
باح بعض الامنيين الاسرائيليين لصحيفة الصنداي تايمز البريطانية بمعلومات، تكرس اخفاقاً امنياً اسرائيلياً، اميركياً مشتركاً.

October 15th, 2012, 4:26 pm


Warren said:

How rent-a-mob jihadis are tormenting a benighted Christian minority in Bashar al-Assad’s Syria

A Tory MP says the West has failed its Christian friends under a brutal regime

In January 1945, my mother, too young even for school, joined millions of other ethnic Germans fleeing westwards from Breslau as the Red Army advanced. My forefathers had lived in this region of Silesia (German since 1242) for at least nine generations that I know of. The forced repatriation – a process that might now be called ethnic cleansing – of my mother’s family and millions of other civilians from groups whose nationality would in future be inextricably linked to their ethnicity, was largely overlooked in the euphoria that swept the world at the end of World War II.

They never returned.

Now we are witnessing another wave of civilian displacement in the Middle East with hundreds of thousands of Christians being forced to flee as they are banished from their 2,000 year old homelands in today’s remarkable surge in Arabian people power.

Their fate has been largely forgotten as the global media attention has moved on from Egypt and Libya and encamped in Syria to watch the terrible bloodshed in Damascus, Houla, Aleppo and Homs. Innocent people on all sides are enduring awful hardship, death and torture; civil war does not discriminate between young and old, rich or poor. In the ghastly bloodletting we are now seeing, no one seems safe from the prospect of sudden death and destruction of property.

October 15th, 2012, 4:29 pm


ghufran said:

قال “مالك الكردي” نائب قائد ميليشيا “الجيش الحر” اليوم “إن المعارضة المسلحة لن تلتزم بدعوة الابراهيمي الى وقف إطلاق النار بمناسبة عيد الأضحى”، واصفا الدعوة “بأنها “لا قيمة لها”
on another front:
اعلن وزير الخارجية الفرنسي لوران فابيوس أنّ وزير الخارجية الروسي سيرغي لافروف ابلغ فرنسا ان الرئيس السوري بشار الاسد لن يرحل أبداً.
ولفت الى أنّ موقف روسيا الداعم لنظام الاسد يزداد تصلباً
Allawi of Iraq (a secular Shia) is not happy with mailiki’s position on Syria (I agree with alawi’s statement):
انتقد زعيم القائمة العراقية إياد علاوي تعامل الحكومة في بلاده مع الأزمة السورية، مشيرا إلى أن الموقف العراقي “مرتبك وغير واضح” بخصوص تلك الأزمة المشتعلة منذ أكثر من عام ونصف.
كما شن علاوي في مقابلة مع “سكاي نيوز عربية” هجوما على إيران واصفا “تدخلها في شؤون دول المنطقة” بأنه “غير مقبول”، وأكد علاوي تأييده لـ”قرارات الشرعية الدولية” لإنهاء الحرب في سوريا.
وأكد علاوي أنه يؤيد فرض عقوبات على إيران، رافضا توجية ضربة عسكرية لها، وأشار إلى أنه “يتعين على الحكومة الإيرانية إعادة تقويم علاقتها بدول الجوار، إذا كانت تريد أن تصبح لاعبا إيجابيا في المنطقة”، لافتا الى ان الوضع الأمني في العراق “يتراجع بشكل خطير”، محملا مسؤولية ذلك للحكومة التي “فشلت في إدارة الملف الأمني
Last but not least is Suhair Al-Thawrajiyyeh:
نشر ناشطون معارضون صوراً للمعارضة الديمقراطية العلمانية سهير أتاسي وهي تلبس بدلة عسكرية ” مارينز ” وسط عدد من مسلحي تنظيم القاعدة في منطقة تل أبيض على الحدود السورية التركية .
وقالت سهير الأتاسي على صفحتها في موقع فيسبوك ” وأنا معهم.. بدأ الاشتباك على بُعد 15 كم من تلّ أبيض المحرَّرة.. كالمسحورة كنت.. وهم كانوا يتسابقون للمعركة.. يذهبون إلى الموت بروح من ينطلق إلى الحياة… 6 إصابات.. إصابتان بليغتان.. والحرّ الثالث لا يأبه لإصاباته المتعددة الموجعة ولا الكسور.. ولا الدم الذي ينزف منه.. فقط يكرر بفخر: “بإيدي أنا فجّرت الدبابة”.
يشار الى ان سهير اتاسي كانت اول من اطلق شعار ” خاين يللي بيقتل شعبه ” ، داعية الى ثقافة السلمية و العمل السياسي الحضاري ، قبل ان تغادر سورية بعد عفو عام شملتها احكامه اصدره الرئيس السوري كبادرة حسن نية تجاه المعارضة، حيث طالبت بشن حرب على سورية لاجتثاث نظام البعث السوري اسوة بنظيره العراقي .
صورة الجنرال أتاسي أثارت أحد مسلحي لواء التوحيد في حلب فكتب أنهم ينتظرونها في لواء التوحيد “” عم ننتظرك …..خلينا نكسب هالطلة الحلوة . الله لا يحرمنا منك “

October 15th, 2012, 4:38 pm


Warren said:

Syria’s Christians face uncertain future

But Mr Kalach, who left Damascus in 1991, is now reluctant to return.

“I am concerned if the regime is toppled, Syria will fall in to the hands of extremists. Nobody will protect the rights of the Christians. Look at what happened to the Christians in Egypt and Iraq. Christians keep losing,” he said, as he drank white tea during an interview at crowded shopping mall in Miami.

October 15th, 2012, 4:38 pm


Warren said:

The CIA’s main man in Baghdad

Dr Haifa al-Azzawi knew Allawi well in his youth: “No one who studied medicine in Baghdad in the 60s could have forgotten that Ba’athist bully boy. He walked around the campus with a pistol in his belt and chased women students. His medical degree is bogus. The Ba’ath party gave it to him before sending him off to London, with a World Health Organisation scholarship grant, in theory to complete his studies, but in fact to spy on Iraqi students abroad.”

At the end of the 60s, Allawi was European president of the Association of Iraqi Students Abroad. It was a job that allowed him to travel, get to know other young Arab nationalists and track down “traitors” who, according to alAzzawi, were “denounced and punished”, sometimes summarily.

Allawi broke officially with Saddam in 1971. Like most young people in the Middle East at that time, he was an Arab socialist and nationalist. Ideological “deviations” and the take-over of the party by Saddam and his Tikrit clan were not to his liking. He went into exile, first in Lebanon and then in London. What he did thereafter is a mystery. He has declined to be interviewed by Le Monde. None of the interviews he has given throws light on that period.

October 15th, 2012, 4:43 pm


William Scott Scherk said:

From the source of all Syrian official news, SANA:

[Now we know why Zoo was evading all questions on cluster munitions — he was waiting for The Truth]

General Command of Army and Armed Forces: Media Reports on Using Cluster Bombs by Syrian Army Untrue

The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces stressed on Monday that the misleading media outlets have recently published untrue news claiming the Syrian Arab Army has been using cluster bombs against terrorists.

In a statement, the General Command said the Syrian Army does not possess such bombs, stressing that those news are untrue and come in the framework of misleading media which is aimed at diverting the public opinion from the practices of the armed terrorist groups against civilians.

But, oh but (from the HRW report):

At least 18 videos have been posted on YouTube by Syrian activists showing the aftermath of the cluster munition strikes in recent days. They are the latest in a continuous stream of videos showing ongoing fighting, and the Human Rights Watch interviews with residents of two of the affected towns corroborate the use of cluster munitions. Eliot Higgins, who blogs on military hardware and tactics used in Syria under the pseudonym “Brown Moses,” compiled a list of the videos showing cluster munition remnants in Syria’s various governorates. Human Rights Watch reached residents in Taftanaz and Tamane`a who confirmed the strikes on their town, but has not been able to reach residents in the other towns featured in the online videos.

Human Rights Watch has confirmed that the remnants shown in the videos are RBK-250 series cluster bomb canisters and AO-1SCh fragmentation bomblets. Jane’s Information Group, a publishing company specializing in military topics, lists Syria as possessing RBK-250/275 and RBK-500 cluster bombs. These cluster bombs and explosive submunitions are Soviet-made, but there is no information available on how or when Syria acquired them.

A note on Ann’s posting in the preceding thread:

EU backs new UN Syria envoy’s plan to deploy 3,000 intl peacekeepers – 15 October, 2012

The EU has approved a new plan to deploy 3,000 peacekeeping troops in Syria, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said. The plan was first introduced by Lakhdar Brahimi, the new UN-Arab League peace envoy to Syria.

Now, oddly, the link above re-directs. Click Ann’s link and you will see that the story has been replaced, by this:

UN peace envoy to Syria denies plans to deploy 3,000 peacekeeping troops

Isn’t that a giggle, Ann?

October 15th, 2012, 5:38 pm


Aldendeshe said:

Guess who is the President of Syria today? It is Bashar Hafez Assad.

October 15th, 2012, 5:53 pm


ghufran said:

أعلن مسؤول إيراني كبير في تصريح بثه اليوم الاثنين تلفزيون العالم الناطق باللغة العربية، أن إيران اقترحت على الوسيط الدولي الأخضر الابراهيمي “فترة انتقالية” في سورية تحت اشراف الرئيس بشار الأسد.
وقال نائب وزير الخارجية حسين أمير عبداللهيان “نقترح وقف العنف ووقف اطلاق النار ووقف ارسال الأسلحة ودعم المجموعات الإرهابية وإجراء حوار وطني بين المعارضة والحكومة”.
وأضاف أن طهران تقترح “فترة انتقالية تفضي إلى إجراء انتخابات رئاسية ونيابية … وكل ذلك تحت اشراف الرئيس الأسد”
I agree in principle that elections not guns should determine who wins and who loses,but Assad was never elected in a clean and free process,he ran unopposed, trusting him and his thugs again is a major mistake, there is a definite need for a third party to monitor any future elections and verify votes count,that requires a heavy investment by the UN and the unambiguous support of all powers involved in this mess. It is obvious that Assad and his allies see this battle in different eyes than many Syrians who simply want peace and dignity with the opportunity to raise their kids in a safe and healthy environment, most Syrians either want Assad to go or they just do not care who becomes president, insisting that Assad “supervises” the transitional period will not go well,the guy needs to resign within a well defined period of time in my humble opinion.

October 15th, 2012, 5:59 pm


Tara said:

… وكل ذلك تحت اشراف الرئيس الأسد

A testament of the Mullah’s brilliance. One can’t help wondering how come no one came up with a similar solution before?

Ibrahimi is wasting his time, the best thing he should do is to tell the Mullahs to shut up.

October 15th, 2012, 6:14 pm


Warren said:

Civilian Brigades Are Helping Syrian Army To Control Territory

The Syrian regime was late in developing a counterstrategy against the revolutionary war to crush the spirit of the peace movement and to force a wide segment of this movement’s supporters to pick up arms. The “security option” dominated the regime’s strategy from the start, with the regime preferring to use security forces and military intelligence agencies instead of the army.

This strategy was relatively successful, and in Douma — which had previously been subjected to two large army operations carried out by Brigade 105 from the Republican Guard, and paid a high price in terms of destruction and death from shelling — the residents came out to demonstrate, preventing the FSA from returning to the city, which has a population of 500,000.

“Every time the armed groups entered a city, the army would tell [the residents] either you remove them from the city, or we will shell the city with aircraft and artillery,” said Hussein.

During a battle in the Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood south of the capital, the residents were standing behind the tanks as they progressed under heavy fire — after the army had succeeded in clearing the slum neighborhood of [FSA militants].

The residents begged the officers and those in charge of the shelling to not target their houses and to try to save whatever could be saved. The army succeeded in isolating the combatants from the residents, after the army destroyed the neighborhood’s main street and succeeded in arresting dozens of FSA members who had taken refuge in the nearby Yarmouk [Palestinian refugee] camp.

The new strategy achieved its goals — both in terms of psychological goals and those relating to propaganda — it convinced a large proportion of residents that the FSA is gambling with their lives and that the regime is the only one capable of providing security.

Read more:

October 15th, 2012, 6:22 pm


Aldendeshe said:

@ #53 Shia Zionists Offer:

SNP is 100% behind this plan, on condition that current party law on the books scrubbed off and restored back to 1958 party law. So the Baathists or Islamists do not dictate who is to set up shop and field candidates for election. Additional relating condition is that, a Six months preparatory period needs to be established before election is held. This will be a major of fairness to new comers to get known in Syria and be at par with Islamists and Baathists.

Whatever is agreed on, no person, or party, nor group or organization may establish office or field candidates if it has taken any action in the Syrian violence, and no member of any group that advocated, promoted, financed or received financing may have any civil rights in Syria and should be held financially responsible for damages, including, but not lmited to, theft of artifacts. Some consideration, may be granted for those that come forward and point finger at criminals or murderes involved, or submit evidences to the war crimes Tribunals.

October 15th, 2012, 6:23 pm


Citizen said:

Reporter Anhar Kochneva missing in Syria
The Syrian police, Russian and Ukrainian diplomats are looking for reporter Anhar Kochneva who may have been kidnapped near the city of Homs. Kochneva is the Ukrainian journalist who covered the war in Syria for several Russian news outlets. She is known for supporting the Syrian leader Bashar Assad.
Kochneva disappeared on October 10. On October 14, she sent a text message to her former husband. She wrote “Hope everything will be OK soon. Don’t write me”

According to her friends and colleagues on October 9, one day before disappearing, Kochneva traveled to Tartus with a colleague where the two gave speeches to the city’s residents. Next day Kocheva went to Homs to work together with a Russian TV team. Her friend Darya Mitina, deputy chairman of the Committee of Solidarity with people of Libya and Syria says Kochneva received threats from rebels many times because of her pro-governmental position…..

October 15th, 2012, 6:34 pm


Warren said:

Israel denies report Hezbollah CFO defects with funds


LAST UPDATED: 10/14/2012 02:20

Israeli officials have denied reports from Al Arabiya that Hezbollah’s CFO Hassein Fahs fled to Israel with large sums of embezzled funds, classified documents and maps, Israel Radio reported Saturday.

According to the report, the 29-year old somehow managed to cross into Israel with $5 million in stolen Hezbollah funds as well as various documents after being arrested along with four other members of the terror group on suspicion of theft and collaborating with Israel.

Israel Radio quoted Israeli officials as saying that the report, which was originally published in Lebanese media, was false. The Israeli denial was followed by similar a denial by Hezbollah, according to Israel Radio.

October 15th, 2012, 6:35 pm


Aldendeshe said:

Did you read that above ERDOGAN, someone in the end is going to point you out as war criminal (which you are indeed-ALLAH is going to judge you for killing 40,000+ Syrian Moslem), evidences will be submitted. Turkey, will have to hand you over soon, you may replace PKK leader in the box.

October 15th, 2012, 6:37 pm


Tara said:

“Some Islamist groups, like Jabhat al-Nusra [or the al-Nusra Front] are helping the FSA. But we are trying to distance ourselves from them. Jabhat al-Nusra are fighting to be martyrs but we are fighting to topple Assad’s regime. They are linked to al-Qaida and we are not.  They have lots of foreign fighters from Libya, Iraq, Yemen and other Islamic countries. We are all Syrian fighters within the FSA.”

Rebels urge civilians to leave north-west Aleppo
Rebels in the north-west of Aleppo have urged civilians to leave the area as they prepare to battle with the Syrian army, a rebel spokesman told the Guardian.
Speaking to Mona Mahmood he conceded that rebels were losing the support of local residents. He also admitted that rebels were working with jihadi fighters but were trying to distance themselves from such groups. He said:

The FSA have informed families to leave the district within 10 days before they launch an assault on army positions. The FSA do not want civilians to be shelled by the regime when fighting breaks out.

During a demonstration on Friday people were told to be aware of the coming attack.

Every day here the Syrian army launches a campaign to round up civilians. They are detained at the security compound of the Air Force intelligence.

The bodies of 200 people detained there have been discovered in the last few months, including my cousin Adel Dhibou. My uncle is still inside – we do not know what will happen to him. All the detainees are accused of being members of the FSA or helping the FSA. The army want them to give information about FSA fighters, but some of them have no connection with the FSA.

Schools here are already packed with refugees. The FSA are losing popularity among the people of Aleppo because the regime tells them they are being forced out of their homes because of the FSA attacks.

We are trying to help refugees with all that they need. Our plan is to compensate civilians after the liberation of Aleppo and let everything go back to normal. But we need to settle the battle as soon as possible.

October 15th, 2012, 6:39 pm


ghufran said:

نفت القيادة العامة للجيش و القوات المسلحة السورية الأنباء التي تحدثت عن قصفها للمدن و الأحياء بالقنابل العنقودية .
و كانت منظمة هيومان ريتس ووتش قالت في تقرير لها إن القوات النظامية تقصف المدن و الأحياء السورية بالقنابل العنقودية .
و قالت في بيان نشرته وكالة الأنباء السورية إن “هذا النوع من القنابل لا يمتلكه الجيش العربي السوري “.
I am not sure how much difference it makes whether cluster bombs were used or not, what will be remembered by tens of thousands of Syrian children is that their own army was making air raids on cities and neighborhoods and that armed men with beards were shooting on Syrian soldiers and using religious chants to prove their manhood, for that reason, Syrians children will not be able to be part of a functioning nation for another generation.

October 15th, 2012, 6:41 pm


Citizen said:

In the Armed Forces of Ukraine plans to form a separate branch of service – Special Operations Forces. They will be used in particular to combat overseas, the chief of the General Staff – Commander Colonel General APU Gregory Pedchenko. About what the actions in question – the protection of the citizens of Ukraine!

‘Do Everything Possible’ to Free Reporter – Ukraine’s President
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych instructed the government on Monday to take urgent measures to free a Ukrainian reporter allegedly kidnapped three days ago in Syria.
Relatives and friends believe that Anhar Kochneva, 40, was abducted by Syrian rebels as she traveled to the city of Homs.
“I have issued an order to clarify all the details of the incident and to defend the rights and interests of this Ukrainian citizen,” Yanukovich said……

October 15th, 2012, 6:53 pm


Syrian Natonalist Party said:

The people of Syria will simply not accept genocidal war criminals who murdered scientists and doctors, women and children, kidnapped for ransom, deliberately targeted markets, especially jewelers market, stole its contents, raped women, stolen Syrian historic artifacts, pure thieves and war criminals as their next future leaders. These belong in war crime tribunal seats, not the new Syrian Congress, and for sure not official government office. If they did all that before, what are they going to do when they are given powers of state? Any Religious person, who advocated violence, must be brought to trial via Interpol as part of the settlement.

October 15th, 2012, 7:13 pm


Roland said:

None of the news articles bother to point out that Syria is not signatory to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Nor are Turkey, the USA, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, or Israel.

October 15th, 2012, 7:31 pm


Ghufran said:

Almutaqbal, an ironic name, is probably behind the organized release of terrorists from that prison to use them in Syria and against Hizbullah, a sad detour for a party that is pretending to be protecting Lebanon and the Sunni population.
لا تزال عمليات الفرار من سجن روميه مستمرة وبدأت تاخذ طابع “الظاهرة” أو “العادة” اذا صح التعبير فلا ينشف الحلق من الكلام عن عملية فرار لعدد من السجناء حتى تعود الحكاية ذاتها على اللسان ولكن مع مجموعة أخرى وبطريقة ان لم تكن ذاتها فهي شبيهة إلى حد ما. وربما عملية الفرار الأخيرة بدت مختلفة من كل النواحي, وهذا ما MTV كشفته مصادر أمنية وقضائية للـ
وفي التفاصيل, فقد كشفت مصادر امنية وقضائية انّ تعداد السجناء شبه مستحيل في سجن زنزاناته بلا ابواب، وأنّ التعداد اذا حصل لا يتولاّه عناصر الامن بل المساجين بانفسهم.
كما أكّدَت المصادر اياها انّ المبنى ب في السجن يسيطر عليه عناصر فتح الاسلام سيطرة تامة، وان هؤلاء يملكون كل الادوات التي يحتاجونها ليكوّنوا خلية ارهابية بدءا بوسائل الاتصال  والانترنت  وصولا الى الاسلحة . وهذا يعني ان  الدولة سجينة سجناء  فتح الاسلام في سجن رومية.
إلى ذلك وفي الإطار عينه فقد أفادت معلومات لـ”الوكالة الوطنية للإعلام” أن مفوض الحكومة لدى المحكمة العسكرية القاضي صقر صقر، أوقف أحد عشر شخصا موزعين بين مؤهلين أولين وحراس ومراقبين عامين في سجن رومية، بنتيجة التحقيقات التي أجراها ومفوض الحكومة المعاون لدى المحكمة العسكرية القاضي داني زعني، منذ الخامسة من عصر أمس وحتى مساء اليوم، في قضية فرار ثلاثة سجناء من سجن رومية.
وسيتابع القاضيان صقر وزعني، التحقيقات غدا، مع الضباط.
Lebanon is becoming a big whore house for the GCC and the Harirites, that is what being cooked for Syria too.

October 15th, 2012, 8:25 pm


Syrain said:

The capture and interrogation of the 2nd pilot

October 15th, 2012, 8:27 pm


Ghufran said:

قالت منظمة الصحة العالمية ،يوم الاثنين، إن “67% من المنشآت الصحية في سوريا تضررت بدرجات متفاوتة نتيجة أعمال العنف هناك”، مشيرة إلى أن ” 29% من بين تلك المنشآت تعطلت تماما”.
Two factions using similar slogans are destroying Syria:
الاسد او نحرق البلد
راس الاسد او نحرق البلد

October 15th, 2012, 8:30 pm


Ghufran said:

عرب معيزه بلكنه فرنسيه
Qatar is now a member of the Feancophone organization to the dismay of most French and many members of that group of countries. France skipped the required steps for membership منشان عيون موزه و كرش حمد

October 15th, 2012, 8:38 pm


Ghufran said:


The number of Syrians taking shelter in Turkey climbs over 100,000 ‘psychological limit’ as Ankara tries to keep its open door policy. However, the EU says it will make no offer to shelter them.
Turkey is struggling to stay committed to its open-door policy on Syrian refugees as the number of Syrians taking shelter in Turkey climbs to 100,363, passing the maximum number Turkey had earlier claimed it would physically be able to handle, according to information from the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).
Ankara will keep its open door policy for Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country, a Turkish official said, but added the 100,000 refugee limit number Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had stated previously was a physical barrier as the country had logistic difficulties with hosting that many refugees.
Yet Turkey is making an effort to attend to additional Syrian refugees by setting up four more refugee camps in Gaziantep. Turkish officials estimate nearly 130,000 Syrians have fled into Turkey with nearly 30,000 of them unregistered and staying in hotels or apartments in the country. AFAD said they had set up five tent cities in Hatay, two in Şanlıurfa, three in Gaziantep and one each in Osmaniye, Kahramanmaraş and Adıyaman along with a container city in Kilis.

October 15th, 2012, 9:01 pm


Syrian said:

جنود حاجز “الليرمون” في حلب يفتحون النار على إمرأة و رضيعها مساء .. ليتحولوا إلى أشلاء بهجوم للجيش الحر صباحا

October 15th, 2012, 9:09 pm


Tara said:

HA is part of Assad’s killing machine

UNITED NATIONS — The United States said Monday that Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia is stepping up support for the Syrian government and has become part of President Bashar Assad’s “killing machine.”

The U.S. ambassador accused Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, of being two-faced about his claims that he is promoting Lebanon’s interests.

“Hezbollah’s active and growing support for Assad’s war exposes Hassan Nasrallah’s claims of promoting Lebanon’s national interest as nothing more than a deadly form of deception,” Rice said.

“The group’s leaders may try to change the subject by invoking hollow rhetoric about so-called resistance, but the truth is plain to see: Nasrallah’s fighters are now part of Assad’s killing machine and Hezbollah’s leaders continue to plot with Iran new measures to prop up a murderous and desperate dictator,” she said.

Rice said the United States is encouraging the international community “to counter Hezbollah’s terrorist activity and do more to expose Hezbollah’s deepening involvement in Assad’s war.”

Israel’s ambassador Prosor said Nasrallah claims he needs a private army with advanced missiles to defend Lebanon against the Jewish state.

“Today we see that Hezbollah’s army is far more preoccupied with butchering their Arab brothers and sisters in Syria,” Prosor said.

He said Nasrallah and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad form a “trio of terror” with Assad, “offering the tyrant of Damascus guidance on how to butcher the Syrian people more efficiently.”


October 15th, 2012, 10:04 pm


Ghufran said:

Here we go:
كتب الإعلامي موسى العمر وهو معارض، إن: “سقوط الأسد يمُرُّ حتماً عبر تدمير وحرق البلد لا مناص ولا مفر، والذي يريد طريقاً آخر ويتوقع طريقةً أخرى للتغيير، فليقعد كالطاعمِ الكاسي .. وليبكي كالنساء ..!””.

October 15th, 2012, 10:11 pm


Syrain said:

The comment from 73 is from this supporter site
And here the link to the article

October 15th, 2012, 11:13 pm


Ghufran said:

اعتبر الملك الأردني عبد الله الثاني أن هناك “دخلاء ” يختطفون الحراكات الشعبية بهدف اختطاف الشارع لتنفيذ أجندات خاصة
I heard that before from King Assad,II

October 15th, 2012, 11:18 pm


Syrain said:

The rest of king Abdullah quote from comment 75
10-15-2012 10:32

اعتبر الملك الأردني عبد الله الثاني أن هناك “دخلاء ” يختطفون الحراكات الشعبية بهدف اختطاف الشارع لتنفيذ أجندات خاصة. ورأى إلى الحراكات الشعبية التي تشهدها بلاده ساعدت على تسريع وتيرة الإصلاحات السياسي.

وقال إن “عدداً من أبناء الوطن ومن ضمنهم الحراكات الشعبية على اختلاف أنواعها يعبرون عن رأيهم من خلال المسيرات وأشكال التظاهر الأخرى اليوم بطريقة سلمية وحضارية وبأسلوب نموذجي هادف وبناء، “ما ساعدنا على تسريع وتيرة الإصلاح”.

October 15th, 2012, 11:33 pm


Visitor said:

All Praise be to Allah the One, Allah the Eternal, neither does He beget, nor is He begotten, nor is there to Him any equivalent.

What struck me most after having the time to watch the embedded video in the current post was that the Brigadier General, obviously a military expert, was talking almost exclusively like a politician. He offered no insight whatsoever into what military contingency plans he may undertake in order to safeguard the well being of Turkey. He talked about internal Turkish politics, about so-called regional divisions, about Iraq politics and yet he offered not a shred of a military plan, a subject he is supposed to be well suited to converse about. So why in the hell was he invited to the show, in the first place?

Well, Mr. General, if you do not have a plan yet then here it is. When you are confronted with a snake you do not go and fight the tail. Common sense requires you go directly to the head and swiftly cut it off. Mr. General if you do not know already, the head is not in Kurdish inhabited regions of Iraq and eastern Syria, nor is it in the so-called regional divisions. Those are all tails. The head is on the Syrian coast. so, Mr. General you know what to do now? You stop dallying around with an area you have no knowledge of, i.e. politics, and send few divisions to the Syrian coast and cut the snake’s head off once and for all. The tail will simply wither away and die of natural causes.

While at it, do not forget to get rid of this hole of Russian mafia whore house that is polluting the landscape on the coast. Send them back to the outer reaches of the Siberian desert back to their habitat to drink vodka over ice so in due time they may sink drunk into the cold once the polar ice melts away, expected in the very near future, and rid us and the whole world of them.

October 15th, 2012, 11:39 pm


Johannes de Silentio said:

77 VAT

“What struck me most was that the Brigadier General was talking like a politician. He offered no insight whatsoever into what military contingency plans he may undertake. He talked about internal Turkish politics, about so-called regional divisions, about Iraq politics and yet he offered not a shred of a military plan. Why?”

Jesus, VATTY, you are such a dummy. Of course he has a plan. He probably has 50 plans. But why would he broadcast his plans on radio or TV for the benefit of the enemy? Use your brain, VATTY, the brain your false god, Allah the Bumbler, gave you.

October 16th, 2012, 12:02 am


Visitor said:

Dumbass 78

The question was,
why in the hell was he invited to the show, in the first place?

Do you need reading lessons?

October 16th, 2012, 12:12 am


Adam Neira said:

Syria envoy warns conflict could consume Mideast (Jpost)

The efforts of Lakhdar Brahimi should be commended and his counsel respected. He must be given total support in his mediation and peacemaking efforts. The Eid al Adha ceasefire proposal is a meritorious one. All the parties in Syria must take a deep breath and step back from the brink. A longer term perspective and plan is required for the ancient land. Outside military intervention and/or a no fly zone are not options. The Turkey/Syria border spat must not escalate. The internal violence must be mitigated and the country stabilized. If peace prevails Syria’s GDP will grow by more than 5% p.a. from 2013 onwards. A commensurate rise in the general welfare will occur which will be of benefit to all the citizens. Cool heads are required now to navigate the choppy waters. Syria is a crucial piece of the Middle East jigsaw puzzle.

Prayers for Syria.

October 17th, 2012, 8:47 am


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samer said:

its all weapons , it aims to kill , it does not make any difference if we change the names

March 19th, 2013, 8:11 am


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