“Let ‘Lawfare’ Shape the Conflict, Not the Flow of Arms” – By David Falt

Let ‘Lawfare’ Shape the Conflict, Not the Flow of Arms

David FaltBy David Falt for Syria Comment

If we fail to act swiftly, the decision to lift the arms embargo will most likely backfire and serve only to fuel the opposition’s existing frustration with the international community.

 

The European Union put a lot at stake last week when they decided to lift the weapons embargo following desperate pleas from both the armed opposition in Syria and the Cairo-based political opposition. The big question remains: what practical difference will this make? It’s easy to argue that this move has come too late and with too many strings attached to impact events on the ground. At this point, it seems likely that the only sentiment the disparate opposition groups share is the sense of being left alone with empty promises.

However, the decision to arm the opposition is but one of several pivotal steps the international community can take in order to help the opposition topple the existing regime. A natural and prudent course of action now would be to help the interested parties engage in the process of implementing a transitional justice platform as a tool for conflict resolution: a strategy we call ‘lawfare’.

Traditional Transitional Justice vs. ‘Lawfare’

What do we mean by transitional justice? The International Center for Transitional Justice (a New York-based non-profit specializing in the field) defines transitional justice simply: ‘an approach to achieving justice in times of transition from conflict and/or state repression.’ The traditional concept of transitional justice refers to a variety of judicial and non-judicial measures such as war crimes tribunals, truth and reconciliation commissions, lustration, and reparations. Such measures are combined to form a larger effort to promote the reconstruction of fractured societies by establishing the rule of law and encouraging access to truth.

That said: you can now forget the traditional concept of transitional justice. Rather than a set of post-conflict tools aimed at cementing lasting peace and national reconciliation, our vision of transitional justice utilizes ‘lawfare’ as a tool in a carrot-and-stick approach to resolve the conflict. While ‘lawfare’ has its roots in transitional justice and adopts many of the same concepts, there is a crucial distinction: whereas transitional justice mechanisms typically take root in a post-conflict setting, ‘lawfare’ focuses on pragmatic immediacies such as targeted prosecutions and the encouragement of regime defections in order to facilitate conflict resolution itself.

We have been working with opposition leaders for months securing buy-in for this approach. Back in the fall of 2012, Dr. Jason McCue introduced a ‘lawfare’ plan that was very well received in both government circles and among opposition groups. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius also came out strongly in favour of the initiative.

One critical factor that has slowed the process of going live with a comprehensive ‘lawfare’ plan is the lack of international coordination. Right now, several disparate projects which approach the conflict from the wider prism of traditional transitional justice are floating around, but they lack the necessary focus to get sovereign donors’ attention. We have spent most part of the last year carefully selecting participants to form a consortium of experts, led by Dr Jason McCue and Toby Cadman from UK based Omnia Strategy, which can be recognized by the international community and Syrian opposition leaders as the appropriate platform to consolidate and implement the various aspects of a transitional justice programme.

Unity Will Lead to Recognition

There is also an urgent need to unify the fragmented opposition into a cohesive and effective representative group that is widely acknowledged as the de facto transitional government with both domestic and international capability and capacity. Progress has been made recently in Aleppo, where the technocrat Yahia Nanaa has been elected chairman of “the Local Council of Aleppo and is working hard to prop up civil service institutions. So far, however, this has been the exception and not the rule. It remains to be seen whether the Syrian National Coalition can develop into a cohesive transitional government that can attract the full recognition and support of the international community.

The opposition is united in victimhood and their universal will to seek justice for the actions of the Assad regime.  To curtail further bloodshed, the opposition knows it must now find a way to unify Syrians on more than the sole dynamic of anti-Assad sentiment; it must garner international support and entice more members of the regime to defect from it. Opposition unity extending beyond the anti-Assad dynamic is sadly lacking—understandable during a revolution—but now is the time to build unity through other dynamics, and justice is a universal concept that unites any and all opposition.

To this end, further war crimes and crimes against humanity must be deterred through fear that the sword of justice will be used and, in fact, is being used against transgressors. One cannot simply talk about justice; it must be done. On the other side of the sword, those who have not committed war crimes will find assurance in the strength and protection of the ‘lawfare’ system, which will impart the needed confidence to break with the regime. The sword of justice must be unsheathed to prevent the conflict from escalating any further by enabling the assimilation of the regime—top to bottom—into the opposition.

The Question of Arms

It is unlikely that we will see an instant flow of weapons to the Syrian National Coalition, and even less likely that we’ll see it land in the hands of the Free Syrian Army. The Cairo-based opposition is under tremendous pressure to help fighters inside the country (in part to buy themselves political capital for the future), but to date they have struggled to meet basic expectations. If the external opposition is going to play any role in shaping Syria’s future, they need to prove that they are doing more than holding meetings in Doha’s expensive hotels. However, without a solid transitional justice plan in place, simply facilitating arms transfers is a deficient approach that poses serious risks.

In a meeting I hosted in January between top Syrian National Coalition representatives and key EU diplomats, I was shocked by the laissez faire attitude the parties displayed concerning the legal issues surrounding arming the FSA. It was not at all evident from that meeting that the parties agreed on the need to arm only the vetted FSA commanders operating under General Idris; all that was clear was that ‘all avenues should be explored.’ Alarmingly, what was also apparent from various parallel meetings was that the Coalition representatives were prepared to sidestep any existing boundaries or legal implications that such arms would involve. The international community is thus faced with very good reasons to tread carefully in the arming of the opposition, and all such efforts ought to be linked to the implementation of a credible and pragmatic framework of transitional justice.

The simple argument for providing weapons to the opposition is that it will serve as a carrot and a stick: a carrot for the opposition to participate in negotiating with the regime, and a stick for the regime to do the same. We believe that ‘lawfare’ works according to the same dynamics, but with distinct advantages: 1) it is neutral, and 2) it visibly targets key regime figures and supporters, speeding up the regime’s inevitable fall.

Additional Advantages of Establishing a ‘Lawfare’ Programme

In addition to facilitating an end to the conflict, establishing a ‘lawfare’ programme would deter future crimes as well as avert vengeful retaliation for crimes already committed. Establishing a system of tribunals to hear cases and punish criminals provides an alternative method of dealing with miscreants and discourages vigilantism. It strikes a statesmanlike blow to Assad by providing a legitimate alternative to ‘Assad’s justice’, which by its very nature demonstrates how his regime has failed.

A ‘lawfare’ programme will deliver an all-inclusive Syrian process designed to protect all Syrians, including minorities, through justice and the rule of law. By demonstrating a basis for the rule of law going forward, it appeals to potential defectors by building the courage of regime members to switch sides.

In addition, transitional justice provides a buffer against counter-revolution and post-conflict insurgency because its founding purpose is to facilitate and empower peace and reconciliation. Its implementation is thus a bold statement by the Syrian opposition that it intends to create a unified, lasting peace for Syria.

Support Justice to Bring an End to the Conflict

The international community has an obligation to help the opposition, but sending arms is not enough. At this stage of the conflict there is a great need to support fledgling civil structures in Syria. These can be bolstered by establishing a transitional justice system allowing innocent individuals to seek refuge from the current regime. Through conflict resolution, impartial tribunals, and techniques like lustration and truth commissions, the implementation of a ‘lawfare’ programme will lay the foundations for the re-establishment of the rule of law in Syria and develop an all-inclusive process that protects all Syrians.

 

David Falt has worked with numerous governments as a transitional justice activist and is part of the consortium of experts advocating for “lawfare” as a conflict resolution tool. The former Director of Government Relations for Europe at the Syrian Support Group, he currently serves as a volunteer adviser to a number of opposition NGOs and individuals focusing on justice and accountability in Syria.  Twitter: @davidfalt

Comments (758)


don said:

What arms embargo?! Syria is flooded with arms and mercenaries from all over the world! Academics make me laugh.

June 8th, 2013, 2:22 pm

 

habib said:

“The international community has an obligation to help the opposition”

Uh, why? For moral reasons? How about Bahrain and Turkey then?

June 8th, 2013, 2:36 pm

 

revenire said:

I agree Don. What arms embargo?

The terrorists have been armed by the West since the very beginning of the war on Syria. Tons of Western weapons have flowed in to the jihadis. They’re still losing.

The idea of vetting and arming the “good” terrorists vs. “bad” terrorists is laughable.

Falt is advocating illegal acts of war. His pumping of Ignatius is obscene.

What a ridiculous post this is.

June 8th, 2013, 2:43 pm

 

majoos said:

Are you guys reallly buying the story that Western media ans Soros-like media agencies conspired against their old buddy Erdogan?
Seriously talking why on earth has the West f orsaken their most-loyal buddy Erdogan after investing billions of dollars into Turkey the past decade?
Will Erdogan after blaming the left and Alevites for the current uprising be the new Yavuz Selim his childhood idol.
Is this all orchestered to incite a larger Turkish involvement in Syria or maybe soon in Lebanon?

June 8th, 2013, 2:53 pm

 

Tara said:

Mr. Falt,

What does the transitional lawfare say about the head of the regime who ordered or the crimes against humanity?

June 8th, 2013, 2:59 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Thank you Mr. Falt, and thanks to Matthew
I have always advocated civil law, which is lawfare, to be applied equally democratically,respecting freedom of all sects, I support a council to protect the minorities, the problem is how do we go from current situtation to the desired situation,, Assad is arrogant and continue to use brutal violent military solution, and lately he is going all the way for sectarian war using HA the persian puppet.
I advocated in the past a northern state, where the west who call for freedom and democracy to observe the new state and help democracy. as a step toward taking over all of Syria

June 8th, 2013, 3:15 pm

 

revenire said:

Tara this post is an academic exercise that ignore the Principles of Westphalia:

1. The principle of the sovereignty of states and the fundamental right of political self determination
2. The principle of legal equality between states
3. The principle of non-intervention of one state in the internal affairs of another state

Falt, or anyone else, can’t supersede Westphalian sovereignty based on his master’s wishes. Doing so would violate the rule of international law. Just because Falt, or others, see Assad as a “bad boy” who must be punished doesn’t mean they can act to do so.

Syria is a sovereign nation and no one has a right to arm people in an attempt to overthrow this sovereign government.

That is illegal under international law. It would be an act of war for any European nation to do so.

Yes, they have armed the terrorists but “under the table” so to speak.

June 8th, 2013, 3:52 pm

 

revenire said:

“I have always advocated civil law, which is lawfare, to be applied equally democratically…”

Are you kidding? You are advocating the overthrow of a sovereign government by force. If you did that in Colorado, but advocated the violent overthrow of the US government, you’d be arrested and cooling your heels in ADX Florence – the supermax prison about 100 miles from Denver – for a few years.

Just because you don’t like Assad doesn’t give you the legal right to support his violent overthrow.

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It would be an act of war for any European nation to arm the terrorists. Yes, they have armed them “under the table” and arming them is illegal and an act of war.

I’d love to see either Falt, or Barber, answer about the sovereignty of nation-states – and its inviolability.

Why shouldn’t nations who have armed the terrorists be prosecuted under international law? Haven’t they violated the UN Charter?

The answer is yes they should be prosecuted and of course they’ve violated the UN Charter.

June 8th, 2013, 3:59 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir
It is funny when you talk about international law and sovereignty of a state, you need to learn a lot, UN does not consider revolution as aggression against sovereignty of state.
what is going on in Syria is a revolution, your ideas are worthless when you deny that what is going on in Syria is not a revolution, UN declared the coalition as a legitimate Syrian representative , whether you like it or not, again your idea is worthless.
UN support the right of any state to revolt against the dictator who is killing his people
Un is against using force, and support peaceful resolutions, Assad using force, in that he lost his legitimacy, infact he was never considered legitimate,the day he unleashed his shabbiha to kill peaceful demonstration

June 8th, 2013, 4:40 pm

 

revenire said:

On the contrary, it is you who have a lot to learn. You don’t understand 1.) international law 2.) sovereignty.

It doesn’t matter what you think about Assad. Your temper tantrums and spin on events are meaningless. You speak for yourself. If this nonsense is really what you believe it holds no weight. If someone in the US sends weapons to Nusra they’d be going to prison because it is illegal to do so.

If Country X decides Country Z is led by an illegitimate rule that is all well and nice but the UN Charter does not allow Country X to arm rebels for a violent overthrow of Country Z.

The UN Charter Article 2.4 states this:

“All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.”

Arming the rebels is illegal under international law.

It violates the UN Charter and agreements all UN members have signed. It violates the EU Charter as well. This is precisely the argument the Austrians used against the British and the French:

“Austria says UK push to arm Syrian rebels would violate international law
Forceful Austrian position signals deep EU divisions on Syria ahead of this month’s embargo decision

“The Austrian paper argues that lifting the embargo would ‘constitute a breach of international and EU law’ and be contrary to the ‘principle of non-intervention and non-use of force’ laid down in the UN Charter. If the weapons ended up in the hands of the al-Nusra Front, it would also violate UN Security Council resolutions on al-Qaida, given al-Nusra’s stated affiliation.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/julian-borger-global-security-blog/2013/may/14/austria-eu-syria-arms-embargo

Both Falt, and Barber, know this – as any literate person does.

I don’t care what you say about Assad killing peaceful demonstrators. If you have evidence of that please share it.

I say he never did.

We have all been down this road before.

June 8th, 2013, 5:00 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir,
revolutions are legitimate, you are denying and ignoring facts,that is why I said your opinion is worthless, and you don’t seem to comprehend reality.
Further you said Naively
“I don’t care what you say about Assad killing peaceful demonstrators. If you have evidence of that please share it.

I say he never did. ”
You care or not is nonsense, Scud missles Jets bombardment, artillary and chemical weapons are proof, whether you accept or not , again your opinion is worthless
HA involvement is against international laws, and the Syrian has full right to defend themselves

June 8th, 2013, 5:11 pm

 

jo6pac said:

The international community has an obligation to help the opposition, but sending arms is not enough. At this stage of the conflict there is a great need to support fledgling civil structures in Syria.

WOW you really believe my country Amerika is going to help keep the peace when it all done, what color is the cool-aid that you are drinking. They only want to take down Assad then go on to Tehran nothing else. It has nothing to do with helping the Syrian people. I see your a part of the NGO network, you are part of the problem.

June 8th, 2013, 5:16 pm

 

revenire said:

And, Majed, can you please cite the UN resolution/vote recognizing the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Force as the “sole” representative of the Syrian people.

I don’t believe you.

It should be very easy to link the actual UN resolution and vote.

I sure hope you don’t mean the vote in May because the resolution doesn’t say that Brother Majed.

I will apologize if you can prove this simple matter for me.

Thank you.

June 8th, 2013, 5:16 pm

 

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi said:

Mr. Fault,
Excellent article on a most needed project for the Syrian people now as you highlighted and before the collapse of the regime. From my position as a Muslim Syrian cleric supporting the uprising, I fully agree with your approach; especially when the focus is on “targeted prosecutions and the encouragement of regime defections in order to facilitate conflict resolution itself”.
We support this initiative; as most ordinary Syrians will do. I personally have been working to prevent such illegal actions committed by some opposition groups and have opposed such prosecutions due to the lack of full system of justice.
Nonetheless, we have now around 100,000 martyrs; many of them were massacred in brutal ways which are beyond imagination. To help these people heel their wounds and recover from their psychological state of anger and revenge, we use two elements. First is a compensation program parallel to the Geneva 2 negotiations. Second, serious measures to bring the criminals to justice. In this regards, we do not discriminate and favour any criminal on any side.
All of that, among several other issues, depends, as you clearly explained, on the opposition being united.
I can see that Assad supporters here are worried about lifting the arm embargo and discovered that it is illegal in international law to overthrow a government by force as it is against the sovereignty of a country. It is wrong to think so due to several reasons: most important is the denunciations by the international community such as the UN of the Assad regime and the crimes it is committing against its own people which have reached the level of genocides and war crimes. Second, the legal representative of the Syrian people according to the Arab League now is not the Assad government but the National Coalition of the Opposition; which started receiving Syria’s embassies (it already did in Qatar). Furthermore, the Coalition’s temporary Chairman has officially asked the Arab League to militarily intervene to stop the invasion of the Lebanese forces of Hezbollah, as per the Charter of the Arab League.
The ones who should be prosecuted according to international law are the countries which are supporting Assad in his savagery and providing him with arms and fighters; such as Russia and Iran.
Last but not least, whatever direction the international community follow and whatever the measures the Syrian regime takes; People will win this battle and Assad has no place in a new Syria. The question we should ask ourselves is, at what price this is going to happen and how many more innocent people should die under scud missiles and under torture in Syrian prisons!
I thank you David for your sincere support to our people and congratulate you for an brilliant ideas on “Lawfare”.

June 8th, 2013, 5:16 pm

 

revenire said:

Hezbollah’s involvement is not against any law at all. What are you talking about? Cite the law for me.

Hezbollah has been invited by the legitimate government. You can’t snap your fingers and claim Syria is now run from Texas.

You guys can’t argue your way out of a paper bag to save your life.

No wonder you get so flummoxed.

Prove to me one civilian was targeted by Scuds. This is just more silly nonsense from you.

June 8th, 2013, 5:19 pm

 

Dawoud said:

5. TARA said:

“Mr. Falt,

What does the transitional lawfare say about the head of the regime who ordered or the crimes against humanity?”

Yes, TARA, and this fellow-like most “Syria Comment” folks-is employing international “law” and “justice” to give a new lifeline to the murderous Syrian regime. While this guy, Flat, is discussing the legality and wisdom of sending arms to the Syrian people to defend themselves against the ongoing genocide, Iran and Russian are shipping the most deadly arms to the murderous Bashar al-Assad and his Shia Lebanse terrorist ally. Mr. Flat has the luxury of discussing international “justice” and “wisdom,” while the the Syrian people (like those in al-Qasir and Daria) are facing genocide and ethnic-cleansing.

Helping the opposition, Mr. Flat, means either sending multinational troops to topple the regime or giving the Syrian people the means to defend themselves. Bashar al-Assad, Iran, and the Shia Lebanese terrorist party will NOT stop their genocidal/ethnic-cleansing war until they are stopped by a superior force. I value international law, and I definitely support a legal framework to protect minority rights, but what about the right of the Syrian (Sunni) majority that has been oppressed and terrorized for over 40 years? BOTH the tyranny of the majority AND the tyranny of the minority (which is now the case in Syria) are EVIL!!!!!

Again, Mr. Joshua Landis, we need balance on this blog! Why can’t the Syrian people get a break even here on SC?

June 8th, 2013, 5:24 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

An iranian occupation agent talking about sovereignty is both appalling and repulsive.

June 8th, 2013, 5:30 pm

 

revenire said:

Hamster do you have any evidence there is an illegal Iranian occupation? We both know you don’t.

Majed I am waiting for that UN resolution you talked about.

I have all day.

June 8th, 2013, 5:40 pm

 

zoo said:

When the Syrian army was invited by the Lebanese government to stop the warring factions of the civil war in Lebanon that destroyed Beirut and many other towns, the USA applauded.
The Syrian army fought against all the parties to prevent the bloodshed, many Syrian soldiers were killed but ultimately they stopped the civil war and brought the parties to negotiate the Taef accord.

Now that the Syrian government asks Hezbollah to intervene and help stop the civil war, the USA says there are invaders.

The thesis that David Falt proposed is very interesting with grand and “noble” ideas but it remains purely theoretical. It may make the West feel that they are doing their useful job despite the mess done by The Friends of Syria that cost thousands of lives, but practically on the ground, it is worth zero.

June 8th, 2013, 5:41 pm

 

zoo said:

18 Revenire

You’ll wait a long time. Aren’t yet used to pro-rebels inventing resolutions, numbers, stories to fit their imagined scenarios?

June 8th, 2013, 5:47 pm

 

Dawoud said:

I believe that the following are the pillars of Justice in a Future Free Syria:

1) Bashar al-Assad and his Shia Lebanese terrorist ally, Hasan Nasr, are arrested and sent to the Hague to be tried for their crimes against humanity.

2) Iran will have to apologize for the Syrian people and pay reparations. Iranian weapons and support prolonged the dictator’s life and, regrettably, turned Syria into a war arena for Sunni-Shia sectarian war.

3) Yes, some groups in the opposition (particularly the terrorist leader of al-Nusra who pledged allegiance to al-Qaida) must face justice and tried either in Syria or in the Hague. Although the Syrian Revolution started peacefully and violence was one sided (the regime’s violence) for six months, atrocities are now being committed on both sides. However, most crimes-including the use of heavy weapons-are committed by the regime and its Shia Lebanese/Iraqi/Iranian allies.

4) Syria will definitely need something resembling South Africa’s post-Apartheid TRUTH AND JUSTICE Commission. Syrians of all sects and backgrounds need to confess their “sins” and pledge a new start for their country.

June 8th, 2013, 5:47 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Still waiting for the evidence that I supported Erdoghan’s suppression of protests….

June 8th, 2013, 5:50 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir
You twisted my word ,to obfuscate the discussion, you will not win this way, and only proves that what you said is pure nonsense, The UN recognized that the SNC is true representative of the opposition, I never said the word SOLE, so stop your nonsense, .
As for Iran and HA helping the Syrian goverment, it has to be approved by UN this did not happen so Persia ans HA are aggressors,and in violation to UN chapter.
Now you stop making nonsense statement , (HA and Parsia help is legitimate, or revolution does not exist),because I don’t have time for your nonsense

June 8th, 2013, 5:51 pm

 

zoo said:

The opposition is asking for David Falt’s “Lawfare”

Syrian Opposition Says No Talks Unless They Get Arms – Paper

http://en.rian.ru/world/20130609/181580383/Syrian-Opposition-Says-No-Talks-Unless-They-Get-Arms—Paper.html

MOSCOW, June 9 (RIA Novosti) – The Syrian opposition will not agree to take part in the proposed peace conference unless its forces get new weapons, a top opposition military commander told New York Times on Saturday.

“If we don’t receive ammunition and weapons to change the position on the ground, to change the balance on the ground, very frankly I can say we will not go to Geneva,” Free Syrian Army commander Gen. Salim Idris told the paper in a phone interview. “There will be no Geneva.”

June 8th, 2013, 5:52 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

This is not animal farm, so making up realities does not work here. Cite the case where I cited an international law or a resolution that did not exist, or like the other insignificant propagandist with worthless opinion, shut up.

Furthermore, let it be noted that the insignificant propagandist with worthless opinion protested the word occupation but not the word agent.

June 8th, 2013, 5:54 pm

 

zoo said:

MajedalKhaldoon

“The UN recognized that the SNC is true representative of the opposition,”

This is totally false.

The SNC has never been recognized by the UN, only a few countries have recognize it.

“As of 27 February 2012, the Syrian National Council is currently recognised or supported in some capacity by 17 UN member states, with three of those being permanent members of the Security Council, France,[6] the United States,[7] the United Kingdom,[8] Spain, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Egypt, and also Libya’s National Transitional Council,[9] who announced that it had been in talks with the Syrian National Council and is considering to give weapons, volunteer fighters, and training via National Liberation Army to the Free Syrian Army

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_recognition_of_the_Syrian_National_Council

June 8th, 2013, 5:59 pm

 

revenire said:

Majed no one but the government of Syria has to approve Hezbollah’s entry into the war on the side of Syria. No one has to approve Iran’s help except the government. Syria can ask anyone they want to help them. You can’t cite one law to go along with your argument.

You said legitimate representative didn’t you? There never was a resolution like that. Put it here if you have one. Write one now and claim it happened because that will be as good as anything else you can come up with.

You can use words like “true” but there is no UN resolution using that language. You just are grasping at straws now. You have no understanding of law.

June 8th, 2013, 5:59 pm

 

revenire said:

Thanks Zoo.

These people just make up wild stories – like civilians being attacked with Scuds, etc. – without a shred of proof.

Brother Majed can say Assad should be hanging from his toes on the Moon for all it matters.

It is illegal to arm the rebels – violates the UN Charter, violates the EU Charter, violates treaties, violates the Peace of Westphalia.

Etc.

June 8th, 2013, 6:02 pm

 

zoo said:

MajedalKhadoon

The Syria’s government is internationally recognized and represented at the UN. It has embassy all over the world.

It is the Syrian government who decide who is an ‘invader’ and who is ‘guest’. It’s neither the prerogative of a group of opposition that has not been recognized officially by the UN, or of any foreign countries to decide.

June 8th, 2013, 6:08 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir
Please stop your nonsense
http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=2&cid=68&frid=56&seccatid=68&eid=93669
UN General Assembly votes on Wednesday on a draft resolution that “denounces Syrian Authorities” and acknowledges the Syrian National Coalition as effective representative interlocutors needed for a political transition.

June 8th, 2013, 6:14 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Mr. Mohammad Yaqoubi
I attended your Khutbeh in Anas ibn Malik mosque 2 1/2 year ago, and I was impressed by your presentation, please stay with us, you are great asset

June 8th, 2013, 6:17 pm

 

zoo said:

The opposition is changing its conditions for Geneva 2 by the day.
This is the evolution over time of the conditions to accept its participation

– Bashar al Assad must resign before the conference
– Bashar al Assad must resign during the conference
– Bashar al Assad must resign after the conference
– Hezbollah must stop the attack on Al Qusayr
– Hezbollah must leave Syria
– The West must deliver us weapons before the conference

next?

June 8th, 2013, 6:18 pm

 

zoo said:

Will Morsi be kicked out?

Egypt unrest escalates amid calls for nation-wide protests

http://www.aawsat.net/2013/06/article55304941

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—Opposition groups in Egypt are calling for a nation-wide demonstration to begin on June 30. The call was issued by Tamarod (Rebellion), a youth group campaigning to withdraw confidence from Mursi in order to hold early presidential elections. The campaign headquarters in Cairo was torched by unknown assailants yesterday, following escalating clashes between factions for and against Mursi.

June 8th, 2013, 6:26 pm

 

jmu said:

Too little too late to arm rebels? Too little too late for this article. I can’t belive we’re still talking about this crap when facts on the ground are obviously on Assad’s side. This blog has seriously gone down hill in recent months. Why are we not talking about Quysar or all the other things going on at the moment. Listen the rebels aren’t democrats their not feminists they are filled with salafist who want nothing more bit to create an Islamic state. Don’t wast our time.

June 8th, 2013, 6:29 pm

 

zoo said:

General Selim Idriss is in a state of panic

McCain received an “urgent phone call” from the chief of staff of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, General Salem Idriss, during which Idriss said he was “gravely concerned” about the conflict and described conditions as “deteriorating severely.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/john-mccain-syria-crisis-92447.html#ixzz2VfOVDQz9

June 8th, 2013, 6:31 pm

 

ghufran said:

I do not care where you stand politically but one has to admit that the capturing of fighters from Hamas, many were trained by Hizbullah and the IRG, has to be somewhat shocking, the friends of yesterday are killing each others today. Hamas experts helped rebels build and develop an extensive network of tunnels in Homs and Reef Dimashq according to a number of reports, it is now easier to understand why Hamas was asked to leave southern district of Beirut, the whole business of dirty and not so dirty old and new alliances is too much to swallow, it is a testimony to how backward and confused arabs are today when they get busy invading each other while most nations are racing to invade space.
it is funny that anybody here really believe that the international community give a dam… about Syrians, every decision that was made by foreign nations, including those Bedouins in the GCC, on Syria since the war started was motivated by the desire to remove Assad and keep this war raging, that is why only a small fraction of the money spent on Syria is going to help refugees, the naivety of some people here is depressing.

June 8th, 2013, 6:35 pm

 

dawoud said:

33. ZOO

So, you want the democratically-elected president of Egypt-who only assumed power last year- to go, but you support the selected hereditary dictator of Syria (Bashar War Criminal Al-Assad), who-along with his bloody father-have been ruling Syria for over 43 years 🙂 🙂

June 8th, 2013, 6:38 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

UNGA Draft Resolution on the Situation in the Syrian Arab Republic*(Document A/67/L.63) was adopted by a recorded vote of 107 in favour to 12 against, with 59 abstentions. The draft resolution, as adopted is available in full text here

The resolution is one of the long-er resolutions adopted by the UNGA. Despite the protestation of russia and its lackies, the UNGA referred, on several occasion to the wide recognition by many states of the Coalition as legitimate representative of the Syrian People. These paragraphs are presented below:

The General Assembly

In the Introduction

Recalling all meetings of the Group of Friends of the Syrian people, in particular the fourth Ministerial Meeting, held in Marrakech, Morocco, on 12 December 2012, where the participants acknowledged the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people

in the part on Political Transition

26. Welcomes the establishment of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces on 11 November 2012 in Doha as effective representative interlocutors needed for a political transition, as well as its commitment, expressed in its communiqués dated 15 and 23 February and 20 April 2013, to the principle of a political transition leading to a civil, democratic and pluralistic Syrian Arab Republic, where all citizens are equal regardless of gender, religion or ethnicity, and notes the wide international acknowledgement, notably at the fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian people, of the Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people;

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So insignificant propagandists with worthless opinion, time to eat your underwear, brown side first.

June 8th, 2013, 6:39 pm

 

dawoud said:

31. MAJEDKHALDOUN

Where is Anas Ibn-Malik Mosque? In Halab?

June 8th, 2013, 6:40 pm

 

Ilya said:

At least 11 people were killed and 31 wounded Saturday in clashes between protesters and members of a Libyan government-affiliated militia operating in the coastal city of Benghazi, the Libyan state news agency reported.
This is democratic AL Qaeda government that was installed by NATO/CIA in Libya,thugs now killing its innocents civilians.
Remember NATO removed Qaddafi and boomed that country to stone ages, killing at least 10.000 civilians.
Lets see what USA and others will say about this

June 8th, 2013, 6:45 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

I gave an example of a resolution cited by pro-revolution side and it does exist

However, I am still waiting for an example where I cited a resolution that did not exist

Also, any luck finding the statement where I supported Erdoghan’s suppression of protests.

Guess not. Fine, insignificant propagandists with worthless opinion may proceed to eat the next clothing item, how about a shoe.

June 8th, 2013, 6:46 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Dear Dawoud
No in Damascus.Malki, Abdul munem Ryad street

June 8th, 2013, 6:50 pm

 

zoo said:

#14 Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

Mr Ayoubi, your arguments are understandable coming from a religious Sunni opposed to the secular government and frustrated by the powerful help the Syrian government is getting from its allies, some of them you consider as ‘heretics’.

Yet they are very weak.

The opposition ‘government’ has only a PM and three homeless ambassadors. It has been unable to elect more members because it is polluted by the Moslem Brotherhood, foreign agents and conflicting agendas.
The Arab League represents a tiny number of the world countries and is totally controlled and manipulated by Qatar.

The FSA is divided, equally polluted by Islamists extremists. It is actually drowning and using its last breath to call the USA ( Mc Cain) in despair.

The opposition officially rejects a peace conference that the whole international community wants in order to stop the bloodshed. By doing so they bear the responsibility of all the deaths and destruction incurred by their refusal.

Therefore in view of the way the conflict is developing on the ground and on the political arena, you “predictions” seem like wishful thinking.

June 8th, 2013, 6:51 pm

 

zoo said:

#38 Hamster

The UN GA resolutions have no legal value and are non-binding. There are hundreds of them asking Israel to withdraw from occupied lands with zero result. They usually end up in the dustbin.
Just a little band-aid for the crumbling opposition amputated last week of the third of its members…
Qatar will never dare to propose a new draft, they’ll get zero votes.

June 8th, 2013, 7:00 pm

 

Ilya said:

Arab League is useless organization,only purpose i see is to oppress its own people in Gulf Monarchies.
Does Syria really want to participate in such clown,joke useless league?
This league looks like paper tiger,just waste of time and money, cant do nothing just issuing fake resolutions.
Yes i remember how they send tanks and soldiers even from SA, Pakistan!!! to crush brutally peaceful revolution in Bahrain ,even denied medical help to injured people,don’t remember anyone calling to stop foreign intervention back then hypocrisy?
This AL has no Morals as i see, they wont let anyone inside their countries to protest or even critic Emir or Kings (punishable by death penalty) yet,they want democracy in Syria?

June 8th, 2013, 7:01 pm

 

revenire said:

Hamster everyone knew of the May resolution but it doesn’t state “sole” in it anywhere. Nice try.

June 8th, 2013, 7:02 pm

 

zoo said:

Saudi preachers banned from entry in Tunisia

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/tunisia/tunisia-turns-away-eight-gulf-preachers-1.1194236

Tunis: Tunisia turned away on Friday eight Muslim preachers who had come from the Gulf to deliver sermons across the country, the interior ministry said on its Facebook page.

“The ministry… has banned the entry of eight people who had come from the Gulf to carry out religious activities,” the statement read, without giving any further details.

News websites suggested the eight men were Saudi preachers who intended to travel to several mosques across Tunisia to deliver sermons.

June 8th, 2013, 7:05 pm

 

revenire said:

I don’t believe Morsi was elected democratically. He was “elected” by fraud and Muslim Brotherhood money.

June 8th, 2013, 7:06 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Regimists shouldn’t get too excited about possible prospects of the Regime capturing Qusair, Aleppo and wherever. Opposition shouldn’t be too fazed by it either. The opposition will just revert to it’s previous massive underdog status once again and return to guerilla warfare in which it once came into it’s own and had it’s greatest successes harrassing/stretching regime forces and consequentially taking much territory. Holding territory isn’t the strength of the opposition.

Of course there is worry for the local populations if the regime was to capture areas. My point is even if the regime did gain a series of successes it’s not the end of the world. The regime cannot conquer the determination in our hearts.

The rebels will once again come into their own against, by then, a presumably tiring regime force. So the cycle will begin again…

June 8th, 2013, 7:09 pm

 

revenire said:

Brother Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi in order to partake in any meaningful discourse one must be honest. It is not honest to suggest that President Assad is not legitimate. His government is the one sitting at the UN. His embassies are the ones in the world’s capitals. The Arab League is in the grip of Qatari money and as you well know money can buy men.

If you have evidence that the SAA targeted civilians with Scuds I will have a look at it. Please don’t let that evidence be from Western governments antagonistic to Syria or YouTube videos.

The same holds true for alleged chemical weapons use.

Russia is arming the legal government of Syria. They’re not violating any laws.

Thank you.

June 8th, 2013, 7:13 pm

 

zoo said:

Israel allowed the SAA to crush the rebels in the Golan Heights without intervening after having been asked by the SAA not to.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Syria-asked-IDF-to-hold-fire-as-it-battled-rebels-315882

The report states that the IDF warned UNDOF that it would “take action” if Syrian army tanks continued to operate in the buffer zone.

After receiving the message, the Syria regime asked that Israel refrain from firing on its vehicles as “the presence of the tanks was solely for the purpose of fighting the armed members of the opposition.” Israel acceded to the request, but did confirm that it had given medical treatment to members of the Syria opposition wounded in the fighting.

June 8th, 2013, 7:13 pm

 

Ilya said:

I would ban all these Shaitan SA preachers from preaching anywhere in the world all they do is spreading extremism ,sectarianism,teaching ,how to hate shia etc..how to become suicide bombers!!!
Glad Tunisia refused them an entry!!! 🙂
BTW in Chechnya Wahhabism is banned by president Kadyrov who is Sunni Sufi, said those Salafi/Wahhabi will never preach there or they will be exterminated!!!
I hope rest of the world follows next!!!

June 8th, 2013, 7:13 pm

 

zoo said:

Russia Enlists Syrian Kurds For Geneva II

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/06/syrian-kurds-participate-geneva-ii-conference.html

At a press conference in Moscow, Ismail Hama said that the Syrian Kurds would form an independent delegation, reported the Russian news agency Interfax. “As Kurds, we have been suppressed by the regime, and this went as far as ethnic cleansing 50 years ago. Hence, we really expect our national problem to be resolved or proposals for resolving our problem to be made. We have decided to form a separate and independent delegation at the conference,” he reportedly said.

Lavrov emphasized that the Kurds should be included. “We believe all opposition structures in Syria should be given an opportunity to communicate their viewpoint and participate in the achievement of a compromise, which will ensure peace, stability and equal rights for all ethnic and religious groups in the country,” he said.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/06/syrian-kurds-participate-geneva-ii-conference.html#ixzz2VfbhDm1t

June 8th, 2013, 7:25 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

diversions… diversions, and more diversions.

I can wait… but as I wait I will keep asking for

1. A demonstration that I cited resolutions that did not exist
2. A demonstration that I supported Erdoghan’s suppression of Turkish protesters

until then… anything else said by the insignificant propagandists, self professed agents, is a lie, diversion, or as always worthless opinion.

With gratitude to Majed for bringing up the worthlessness characteristic of the regime insignificant propagandists’ opinion.

June 8th, 2013, 7:25 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

The regime is probably banking on some settlement or peace conference in the hope it can save itself in some form. The successes providing it with a position of strength and (as they hope) forcing the opposition, in desperation, into giving in (compromise).

It can think again.

June 8th, 2013, 7:26 pm

 

Sam said:

LAWFARE!!!

Who are you kidding!!!??? Lets start with western and gulf states that violate international law for arming and paying these terror mercs in the 1st place. The Arab spring is and was a fallacy, the so called “Syrian revolution” was a handful of people, not the majority. The only thing, that his excellancy, president Assad is guilty of, was not cracking down on low level govt workers that demand bribes for public service. That’s it!! Other than that he has brought Syria to the 21st century.

June 8th, 2013, 7:31 pm

 

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi said:

Religious arguments are used in classes of theology or in sermons; none has been used here as we are talking politics. So, twisting the subject in any discussion is a sign of lacking arguments.

It is shocking when people try to protect Assad regime and cover up its crimes by digging out references in international law, instead of working to stop the massacres and prevent human tragedies and point out to what has caused the trouble. Someone must ask, what made the Syrians take it out to the streets in hundreds of thousands other than injustice and oppression accumulating for several decades?

The political and the military opposition may be full of diseases; no one can deny this, but the Syrian people are right in their pursuit of freedom from tyranny; and whoever represents or misrepresents them will not change this fact.

Stopping the bloodshed does not need conferences; all it takes is a good will from the Syrian regime which he never showed not even when protests were peaceful in the early months of the uprising, as the President himself acknowledged and all they wanted was setting free from prison few innocent boys.

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

June 8th, 2013, 7:31 pm

 

zoo said:

The USA catches Erdogan lying

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/us-embassy-deletes-twitter-response-to-turkish-pm-but-maintains-stance.aspx?pageID=238&nID=48452&NewsCatID=338

“Those who try to lecture us [about the crackdown in Taksim Gezi Park], what did they do about the Wall Street incidents? Tear gas, the death of 17 people happened there. What was the reaction?” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had said during at a European Union Ministry conference in Istanbul on June 7.

The U.S. embassy released a statement in English and Turkish via Twitter only an hour later, saying: “Reports related to the U.S. Occupy Wall Street movement are inaccurate. No U.S. deaths resulted from police actions in #OWS.”

June 8th, 2013, 7:37 pm

 

zoo said:

#57 Al Ayoubi

“Stopping the bloodshed does not need conferences; all it takes is a good will from the Syrian regime”

Do you mean that you are against the peace conference?

June 8th, 2013, 7:42 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Zoo

Please at least get the name of the honourable Shaykh right. It’s very lazy. You’re more intelligent than that.

June 8th, 2013, 7:45 pm

 

revenire said:

Brother Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi didn’t you call for NATO to come in and “do the job” on President Assad? I wonder just how smart do you believe NATO’s smart bombs are? How many innocent Syrians would die if that happened? I find that shocking.

I support the legitimate government of Syria against the Takfiri hordes sent by the West to destroy the homeland.

The Syrian government had every right to defend itself.

I do not share your beliefs on the war or the beginnings of it and neither do millions of other Syrians.

June 8th, 2013, 7:45 pm

 

dawoud said:

42. MAJEDKHALDOUN

I have never visited Damascus. My parents spent their honeymoon in 1965 in Damascus. My mother, who recently passed away الله يرحمها ويرحم كك شهداء سوريا, always told me that Damascus was her favorite city.

Maybe one day, in a free Syria, we can meet in Damascus and perform Friday prayers in this mosque and eat Damascus’ best food/sweets!

June 8th, 2013, 7:54 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

This idea of fighters being ‘sent’ by so-and-so needs addressing. People want to give the impression that if it wasn’t for this ‘sending’ there wouldn’t be much resistance for the regime to face. They wish to conceal the motivation.

The reality is, regardless of whether any were ‘sent’ or not, there was no need for ‘sending’ anyone. Seeing what was happening to the Syrian people I can imagine thousands if not millions of fellow (regional) arabs and muslims chomping at the bit to answer their calls.

June 8th, 2013, 7:57 pm

 

revenire said:

Uzair that’s odd because NATO recently said 70% of Syrians support the president. I reject any notion of an indigenous revolution. I realize you want to argue there is one but a man from Texas – Hitto – is not going to cut selling this conspiracy as Syrian-born.

Everyone admits without Nusra/Al-Qaeda the “FSA” is not capable of fighting its way out of a paper bag. Maybe you think they are but I would not agree.

June 8th, 2013, 8:03 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Dear Brother Dawoud

Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’un

I’m sorry to hear about you mother passing away recently. I pray Allah Almighty grants your dear mother a high Maqam (Station) in Jannat ul Firdaus in nearness to the Blessed Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam, and grants yourself and the nearest and dearest ones Sabr-e-Jameel.

June 8th, 2013, 8:04 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Dear Dawoud
I am looking forward for that, thanks in advance

June 8th, 2013, 8:16 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

64. Revenire said:

Recently on Deenport (a muslim forum) I read one response to this statistic (Nato -70%), which was unfortunately deleted by presumably (enough) negative votes (thumbs down) from other users (presumable skeptics of the revolution).

The response went along the lines of (I’m going by memory):

Some european countries/Nato members (a sizeable number) who don’t wish to get involved, lift the arms embargo, or are concerned about Islamist/Jihadists etc have come up with this ‘poll’, with questionable* samples, in order to justify their positions.

* Who was polled? How can a reliable poll be taken in this situation. Etc etc.

*********************

In the ‘Messages’ section check out the thread ‘NATO: Syria stats’. The first response was by user ‘Mirza Ahmed’ which was deleted by ‘DP’ers’ (see MAMA stats at the end of the thread). Thread appears on the right column when selected:

http://www.deenport.com/#Rise&Shine

June 8th, 2013, 8:19 pm

 

Dawoud said:

66. MAJEDKHALDOUN
65. UZAIR8

Thanks brothers. She passed away last October ان لله وانا اليه راجعون. Insha’allah we meet in a free Damascus. My mother showed me the shelter where she was hiding as a child with her family in 1948 to escape the Zionists’ Czech planes’ attacks in Jerusalem. She missed the 1967 War because she was living in the United States. But, a few years later she went back to occupied Jerusalem, and she lived for many years under Israeli occupation. She had a great resentment toward this occupation, but she had believed before her death that what Bashar al-Assad was doing to the Syrians was worse than what Israel was doing the Palestinians! She prayed for Syrians in the same way that she prayed for Palestinians. Hopefully, one day both will be free!

June 8th, 2013, 8:29 pm

 

Ilya said:

During an interview with President of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, on Sky News Arabia, he expresses his views on Salafis of today as he views them as devils who give Islam a bad image. He also pledges to kill any Salafi terrorists who left to fight in Syria upon their return to Chechnya or to Russia.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Oe_hYEJIDg
Tough choice for Russian Salafis be killed in Syria, or come back to Russia be killed and tortured bu brutal Kadyrov

June 8th, 2013, 8:54 pm

 

revenire said:

Kadyrov is doing the right thing. If this cancer that has infected Syria spreads we’re all in it. I can see cannibals in every country if we don’t stop them in Syria. Assad is doing the world a huge favor.

I salute Kadyrov.

June 8th, 2013, 10:51 pm

 

Ziad said:

Any person who begs the arch enemies of Islam, the Arab world, and the Syrian nation to attack his own country because he dislikes its president does not deserve the honorific title “honorable”. In my view he is dishonorable traitor.

June 8th, 2013, 10:59 pm

 

sf94123 said:

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June 8th, 2013, 11:36 pm

 

Ghufran said:

I am old enough to know that many Damascenes carry a deep resentment against rural Syrians and alawites who moved to Damascus by the hundred of thousands, probably as high as 2 million, and changed Damascus in radical ways that led to insane real estate prices and made life in the capital very difficult for many, however, most big cities in the middle east changed in a similar way, and the vast majority of Damascenes remain peaceful and did not participate in the violence we see today, my relatives insist that most rebel fighters came from rural areas and provinces outside Damascus. What many in security forces and people loyal to Assad did was that they did not appreciate the hospitality and they went too far in their non stop campaign to abuse their power and make money using willing partners in the business community who enjoyed a corrupt climate that reduced their taxes to an almost non existing level and inflated their profit. The hypocrisy many Syrians display today when they speak against a corrupt regime they were part of is really annoying. What made Syria such a huge mess is the use of violence, primarily by the regime, and foreign interference. For Syria to move forward violence needs to stop or be kept at a low level and foreigners need to take their hands off Syria , that include Iran and Russia among others, any realistic person will tell you that the odds of Geneva 2 succeeding are small but the alternative is simply unacceptable, people had enough and are sick of both sides but they are now more willing to return to those days where they have to deal with one known thug instead of accommodating 400 militias, do not kid yourself, rebels failed to win enough support among Syrians to make this war a real popular uprising that is big enough to unite Syrians aginst the regime, a return to a less violent method is not in the regime’s favor, rebels are playing in the hands of the regime by attacking cities and occupying villages especially when they allowed Islamists and foreigners to join the fight, before you talk about Shia fighters you need to examine foreign and nusra fighters on the rebels side and accept the fact that Syria will be better off without both.

June 9th, 2013, 1:17 am

 

Ghufran said:

Israel according to UN sources ignored an incursion of Syrian tanks inside a DMZ in the Golan but continued to accept and treat injured rebels:

نيويورك :كشفت وثيقة رسمية في الأمم المتحدة وجود تنسيق ميداني بين القوات الحكومية السورية والجيش الإسرائيلي في الجولان عبر قوة مراقبة فك الاشتباك – (أندوف)، إذ لبت إسرائيل طلب الجيش السوري بأن لا يقوم الجيش الإسرائيلي «بأي تحرك» ضد الدبابات السورية التي دخلت منطقة فك الاشتباك الخميس الماضي «لأنها مخصصة حصراً لمحاربة العناصر المسلحة في المعارضة». وفي الوثيقة التي تضمنت تقريراً قدم الى مجلس الأمن مساء اول من امس (الجمعة) قال مساعد الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة لعمليات حفظ السلام إيرفيه لادسوس إن «ضابط الاتصال الرفيع في الجيش السوري، المحاور الرئيسي مع أندوف في الجانب السوري من منطقة فك الاشتباك، أبلغ الخميس قائد أندوف أن وجود الدبابات (السورية) مخصص حصراً لغرض محاربة الأعضاء المسلحين في المعارضة وطلب أن لا يقوم جيش الدفاع الإسرائيلي بأي عمل» ضدها. وأضاف لادسوس، وفق الوثيقة نفسها، أن «الجيش السوري لا يزال يبقي أربع دبابات وثلاث ناقلات جند مدرعة في منطقة فك الاشتباك، في انتهاك لاتفاقية فك الاشتباك» مع إسرائيل.

June 9th, 2013, 1:49 am

 

annie said:

Every time I hear people here talking about a peaceful uprising being hijacked by militant Islamists or great Western powers or whatever, I cannot help thinking that it is not just their ignorant arrogance that is making them so blind to what is actually happening on the ground; it is, rather, an ideologically driven habit of twisting facts so that they conveniently fit into a pre-constructed narrative about ‘those people’ and how they do things. It is, in other words, Orientalism.

from http://pulsemedia.org/2013/06/08/a-leftist-response-to-leftist-delusions-on-syria/

June 9th, 2013, 2:27 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

The pathetic insignificant athad propagandist with worthless opinion insists on lying. Neither Majed, nor myself said anything about anyone being the sole representative of the Syrian people. We presented a resolution that exists that states what we state. And it could not argue so it goes around arguing about a claim neither one of us made.

Then comes yet another insignificant propagandist for the regime, also insisting on demonstrating worthlessness and shouts UNGA resolutions are not legal documents citing Israel’s refusal to abide by them. Does that mean that all the propagandist supports israel’s interpretation?. I think it owes Palestinians and explanation. This is probably why Palestinians in the Aqsa Mosque “crossed out” a portrait of nus-lira.

Fig leaf fallen, regime propagandists, all 12 of them on SC, including those too cowardly to write on their own, stand as naked as hassan nus-lira; pathetic sectarian advocates of murder.

June 9th, 2013, 2:31 am

 

ghufran said:

وجهت “تنسيقية القصير” تهديدا لأبناء “حي الإنشاءات” في مدينة حمص من “أهل السنة” ، حسب تعبيرها ، بالقتل . وخصت نساء الحي بإشارة خاصة ، بعد أن اتهمتهم بالولاء للسلطة .
وقال بيان صادر عن “التنسيقية” وضعتها أمس على صفحتها في موقع فيسبوك ، إن هؤلاء “يعملون مع الأمن علانية” . ودعا البيان أهالي الحي إلى ما أسماه “العودة إلى الحق وأهله” ، مشيرا إلى أن أهالي الحي ، وإذا كانوا يستطيعون حماية أنفسهم اليوم ، فإنهم سيكونون “في خطر” غدا ، ولن يستطيعوا حماية أنفسهم . وهدد البيان أهالي الحي “بالقضاء عليهم” إن هم لم يتوقفوا عن موالاة السلطة .
وختم البيان بتحذير أهالي الحي من أنهم ، وفي حال عدم النظر بجدية إلى الأمر ، سيتم اختطافهم والتحقيق معهم والقصاص منهم “بحسب أصول والدين والشريعة” .
translation: even in Homs, rebels are having difficulty winning support, you have to be pretty bad to lose a PR campaign against a regime like the one in Syria.

June 9th, 2013, 2:32 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Annie
You can’t blame them much, it is primarily the fault of blue eyed anthropologists who insist on focusing all their cameras on a tiny slice of the community and on amplifying it because it is “sexy” and grant generating topic.

I call it violation of academic and ethical trust, at best. There are other words to describe it, but I will refrain from using them herein.

Ghufran What you presented is not translation, it is interpretation. This is dishonest…but expecting such would be a stretch.

June 9th, 2013, 2:34 am

 

apple_mini said:

Syrian opposition will be in history book for its failure. And I believe its failure was bounded to happen, in other words, inevitable.

Name one positive thing from the opposition. I can only think of their noble and splendor slogans. Some of them might bear their best intentions for the welfare of the country and her people. But in reality, there has been nothing noble or honorable.

They never cease to promote violence. They court sectarian and Islamic extremism. They once announced “today we are all Nusra”. They have sold the country to GCC and the west, knowing too well what the price Syria would have to pay to be a puppet state of those. But they never really care except their gain of power and interest. They cannot even agree on electing a leader of their own while never stop infighting. They have to choose George Sabre as their figure.

They are corrupted with foreign backing. They never shy from lying or twisting facts. They team with MSM to propaganda their ideology and their puppet masters’ agenda. They still lose that PR war.

Yet, we still welcome them to sit down with the regime to get a political solution for the sake of the country. Further more, to play a constructive role in the future democratic progress of this country.

June 9th, 2013, 5:04 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Apple mini
All what you accused the rebels ,is actually apply to your kind of people,
1-There is nothing positive about Assad thugs
2-never cease to promote violence, it is Assad thugs who is doing that.
3-Sectarianism is promoted by your kind of people
4- Your thugs sold Syria to Persia , our enemy.
5- Your thugs wanted power in their hands only
6- your type of people never elected Assad he was forced on them,by inheritance.
7- Corruption is clearly describe your type of people
8-Your head thug Assad refused to sit down with the rebels, always put condition , while lying.

June 9th, 2013, 6:30 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Once again, agents of foreign occupation complaining about home-grown revolution. Impudence never ceases. Funny that advocate for murderous regime complain about calls for violence from the revolution that started peaceful and was confronted with murderous “security-option” bullets.

Such vulgarity of thought, and the insulting lectures from those who blind themselves and try to blind everyone to missiles, chemical weapons, and systematic bombardment of bakeries, hospitals, and civilians, will only become harmless when its source, the ugly murderous regime is obliterated from its roots. For now it is as sleazy and criminal as the regime it attempts to defend.

June 9th, 2013, 6:51 am

 

majoos said:

@ salafi majed
“4- Your thugs sold Syria to Persia , our enemy.”

How on earth you came to the conclusion that persians are the enemies of the syrians?
After Imam Huessyin married the daughter of King Yazdegerd, Sharbanu, this persian woman became the mother of all believers. The deep friendship of the persians benefited all arabs afterwards. With their profund knowledge in sciences, philosophy and maths, low-life arab beduin culture was seduced with knowledge leading to the golden age of islam.
The enemies of the syrians and the entire civilized world are the wahabis/salafis.

June 9th, 2013, 7:13 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

So in the eyes of the “Muslim” so-called persian, the muslims’ prophet is merely the product of a low-life arab beduin culture as are his cousines and children. Only after marrying a persian, the family became worthy…….

What an effing racist chauvinist attitude towards those one claims to revere.

June 9th, 2013, 7:37 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

True Majoos
the wife of Husayn was not the mother of believer, this title is only for the prophet Muhammad wives, so don’t give us this garbage
second you said
“low-life arab beduin culture was seduced with knowledge leading to the golden age of islam.”
You are saying the opposite of what truly happened, Persians destroyed Islam brought to it lies distorsions and evil interpretations,which far from Islam, it was a major mistake when Ali married persian, it was a major mistake when Husein married persian, it was a major mistake when Harun Rashid married persian, Persians always tried to occupy Arabic land, and conspired against Arab, with the Mongols, with the British, and now with Israel, the day we get rid of Persia is the day we in the middle East will be much better
You call me what you want, Salafi wahhabi, these are your terms , I am only true Musslem unlike you who follow distorted Islam, I am not extremist,but you support murderer,evil criminal,we in the middle East are inflicted with the worst Evil, it is called Majoosi persia.

June 9th, 2013, 7:48 am

 

Tara said:

Syrian Hamster @83

This seems to be an overwhelming sentiment of Persisns and wannabes

Isn”t that an example of feeling inferio ie inferiority complex?

This is more of a war about people with profound mental complexes it seems to me

June 9th, 2013, 7:49 am

 

Tara said:

We will never forget how you forgot us.

Syria is bleeding to death and the west stands by
Apart from William Hague’s Foreign Office, the western leadership is shamefully indifferent to the abuses committed by Assad

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/09/william-hague-syria-policy

The only proper response to “where do you stop?’ is “when do you start?” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is meant to protect against “barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind”. The conscience of mankind, however, has become remarkably forgiving of late.
..
What can outrage it? Not the 80,000 dead, according to the UN (a minimum of 94,000, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights). Not the 1.5 million the war has driven into exile in poverty-stricken camps, where families sell their daughters to dirty old men to pay for food. Not the United Nations, which last week talked of soldiers forcing children to watch the torture and murder of their parents and concluded that, while all sides were guilty of war crimes, rebel actions did not “reach the intensity and scale” of the massacres committed by government forces
..
Although you will never get British or French foreign ministers to say so in public, they also know that there has been a calamitous failure of American leadership. Russia, Iran and Assad have taken every opportunity available. The Nixonian Obama, as indifferent to abuses of human rights abroad as he is to abuses of civil liberties at home, has shrugged and looked the other way.
..
There is an alternative future. Faint though it may seem, there remains the possibility that the rebels will win without western aid. If so, they will be more jihadist, sectarian, brutal and anti-western when they take Damascus.

The words of my Syrian friends will then sound prophetic: “We will never forget how you forgot us.”

June 9th, 2013, 8:23 am

 

zoo said:

Uzair8

The ‘honorable’ sheikh did not present himself as such.
In any case I have no respect for war mongering sheikhs who ignore the killing of other sheikhs who call for dialog and instead put a blind eyes on the horrors his own “innocent’ followers did to this country. More than 30,000 of the dead Syrians are from the heroic Syrian army fighting his criminal ‘friends’ and he dares to preach the Syrian government for ‘good will’. I do not condone arrogance even more when it is displayed with “soft’ words.
The ‘honorable’ sheikh prefers more deaths to a dialog. There is no way I could respect such a man.

Tunisia has just banned the entry of 7 such ‘soft voice’ ‘honorable’ preachers, they did well and other countries should follow.

June 9th, 2013, 8:49 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Today is important day in Lebanon, a demonstration against Persian embassy
,HA sent people and killed one of the demonstrators against Persian HA,
another major demonstration in Saida against HA
Zoo said
I have no respect for war mongering sheikhs
You mean for the evil wicked war mongoring Hassan Nasrallah

June 9th, 2013, 8:54 am

 

zoo said:

Syria army preparing for Aleppo battle
by AFP

http://www.timesofoman.com/News/Article-17472.aspx

Damascus: Syria’s army is preparing to launch an assault on Aleppo aimed at driving rebels out of the northern city and surrounding province, a Syrian security source told AFP on Sunday.

The announcement comes five days after the army and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah seized Qusayr in central-west Syria, a year after the strategic region had fallen into rebel hands.

“It is likely the battle for Aleppo will start in the coming hours or days, and its aim is to reclaim the towns and villages (under rebel control) in the province,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

“The Syrian Arab army is ready to carry out its mission in this province,” the source said, without giving further details.

June 9th, 2013, 9:01 am

 

zoo said:

88 MajedAlkhaldoon

Lacking an audience Al Ayoubi comes on SC to spread his war mongering preaching.

Hassan Nasrallah does not need to do that.

June 9th, 2013, 9:04 am

 

zoo said:

88 Majedalkhaldoon

The sunnis in Lebanon are answering al Qaradawi who called them ‘weak’ and asked them to come out of their “coma” to show their strength.
I wonder if we will see such demonstrations of the ‘sunni’ power in other countries. It seems that in Egypt and Turkey, it is exactly the opposite that is happening.
Don’t rejoice, they’ll go back to their “coma” very soon.
As long as they receive money and orders from KSA and Qatar, they will remain weak.

June 9th, 2013, 9:13 am

 

revenire said:

We hope they get this done with as little loss of life as possible. Pray for out soldiers.

Syrian Army Initiates “Storm of North” in Aleppo

A military source told Al-Manar website that the Syrian Arab Army initiated Sunday morning a wide military operation dubbed “Storm of the North”, which is aimed at regaining Aleppo and its countryside.

The source added that the Syrian Army started advancing early morning and had several achievements in the following regions: Kafar Hamra, Haryatan, Andan, Hayyan, Sheikh Maqsood Syria, Bustan Al-Basha, Bustan Al-Qasr, and Al-Ameriya.

Terrorists are widely present in these regions, as large numbers are located in Haryatan, Kafar Hamra, and Al-Atrab.

June 9th, 2013, 9:17 am

 

revenire said:

I don’t respect him either. He wants Syria to be attacked. He supports murder. He lied and said al-Bouti was killed by the government. There is no place in Syria for such a man. We reject him. Let him live in exile with other traitors.

June 9th, 2013, 9:21 am

 

zoo said:

The desperate rebels are trying to expand the fights and make diversion from their acute defeats. They attacked Lebanon, then Israel, then Iraq after having attacked Turkey. When will they attack Jordan and accuse the Syrian government?

Syrian rebels fire on Iraqi border posts, one killed

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Syrian-rebels-fire-on-Iraqi-border-posts-one-killed/Article1-1073562.aspx

Syrian rebels on Sunday opened fire on two Iraqi border posts along the southern edge of the two countries’ frontier, killing one guard and wounding two others, officials said.
Iraqi border guard Colonel Nayif Zaili said Syrian rebels fired on two posts which lay two kilometres (1.25 miles) from the Al-Waleed border crossing linking the two countries

June 9th, 2013, 9:21 am

 

zoo said:

Turkish newspaper reports FSA’s “victories” and the Syrian Army uses of “Scuds” and “phosphorus bombs” . No other media seems to have reported that

Free Syrian Army seized control in Syria’s Inhil district along Jordanian border

http://www.aa.com.tr/en/rss/191244–free-syrian-army-seizes-control-in-syrias-inhil

Free Syrian Army (FSA) seized control in Syria’s Inhil district along Jordanian border on Sunday.
….
Earlier, several scud missiles were launched to the northern part of the country and phosphorus bomb was blasted in residential area around Aleppo’s military airport.

June 9th, 2013, 9:32 am

 

Tara said:

Syrian Opposition to Sit Out Any Talks Unless Arms Are Sent, General Says
By MICHAEL R. GORDON

General Idris said that he supported the idea of a Geneva meeting in principle, but was worried that it would backfire if it occurred before the rebel position was strengthened with new supplies of arms and ammunition.

Going to the “Geneva conference is a Western idea, but we have to be powerful on the ground as F.S.A., as opposition,” he said, using the initials for the rebels’ Free Syrian Army.

“What can we ask for when we go very weak to Geneva?” he said. “The Russians and the Iranians and the representatives of the regime will say: ‘You don’t have any power. We are controlling everything. What you are coming to ask for?’ ”

General Idris leads the Supreme Military Council, the military wing of the opposition that the United States is backing. Rebel fighters also include extremists from the Nusra Front, which is allied with Al Qaeda and is not part of the council.

The political wing of the Syrian opposition, though still fragmented and struggling to pick new leaders, also dismissed the possibility of peace talks and lashed out at Western and Arab countries for failing to arm the rebels.

Speaking at a news conference in Istanbul, George Sabra, the acting head of the Syrian Coalition, said that despite Mr. Assad’s “continued violations of red lines that have been extended repeatedly,” the Western and Arab countries had refused to let Syrians “protect their children.”

“We say in such circumstances it is very hard to talk about any international conferences or political initiatives,” he said.

The remarks reflected a growing frustration, if not desperation, among the opposition.

“There is agreement on one point within opposition circles: the regime, Iran and Hezbollah, supported by Russia, aim to win; the U.S. aims for talks,” said Frederic C. Hof, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a former senior State Department official. “This helps to explain the opposition’s reluctance to attend a Geneva conference and the difficulties it’s having organizing itself around a coherent goal.”

At the State Department, Mr. Kerry and his aides have long said that it is vital to change Mr. Assad’s “calculation” about his ability to maintain his grip on power in order to facilitate a political transition.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/world/middleeast/syria-opposition-wont-attend-talks-unless-rebels-get-arms-commander-says.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

June 9th, 2013, 9:40 am

 

habib said:

4. majoos

West forsaken Erdogan? Until they directly start supporting the Turkish opposition, all they do is just empty posturing to hide their hypocrisy.

June 9th, 2013, 9:44 am

 

majoos said:

The Shiite revival is fully underway ! The HA, the mahdi Army, Assad´s Allawites with his moderate Sunni allies or better crypto-Sunnis whose majority are members of Sunni-Orders and therefore much closer to Shiitism as they officially admit and their brethern the Iranians will end the rule of the descendants of Yazeed and Muawija!
The only hope for the Salafis is Erdogan, now after the uprising of the Alevis and leftists in Turkey he will not assume his former “Anti-Israeli” role, he will also enter directly into Iraq, Syria and maybe Lebanon assuming the role of “Yavuz Selim”.

June 9th, 2013, 9:45 am

 

revenire said:

Zawahri worried that his takfiri Lions serve the US-Israeli scheme

There can be little room for doubt about the myth of a secular mainstream rebel force, aka the “FSA”, when the head of al-Qaeda himself addresses the Syrian rebels as “Lions of the Levant”, and devotes over a third of his 22 minute recording to urging them to close ranks and unite. Nor when he dismisses the US’ branding of these “Lions” as “terrorist”, “takfiri” and “extremist” (this can be heard in the video not contained in the link below).

Even more interesting is the fact that Zawahri felt compelled to warn his takfiri Lions not to succumb to US-Zionist designs, which effectively confirms Hizbullah’s and the Syrian government’s view of the rebels as the [unwitting] tools of the US-Israeli project in the region:

“Lions of the Levant, unite around this honorable goal and rise above party affiliations, America, its agents and allies, want you to shed your blood and the blood of your children and women to bring down the criminal Baathist regime, and then set up a government loyal to them and to safeguard Israel’s security.”

http://resistance-episteme.tumblr.com/post/52301558034/zawahri-worried-that-his-takfiri-lions-serve-the

June 9th, 2013, 9:47 am

 

majoos said:

@Habib

The west is neither supporting the Turkish opposition nor anyone in in the Middle East, not even the Israelis.
All they do is buy their political leaders to the disadvantage of the populations and inciting more and more warfare.
Out of their perspective it s even legitimate, considering the fact that a united muslim world was always to their disadvantage.

June 9th, 2013, 9:52 am

 

majoos said:

@salafi majed

Medieval Arab genealogists divided Arabs into three groups:
“Ancient Arabs”, tribes that had vanished or been destroyed, such as ʿĀd and Thamud, often mentioned in the Qur’an as examples of God’s power to destroy those who did not believe and follow their prophets and messengers.
“Pure Arabs” of South Arabia, descending from Qahtan. The Qahtanites (Qahtanis) are said to have migrated from the land of Yemen following the destruction of the Ma’rib Dam (sadd Ma’rib).
The “Arabized Arabs” (musta`ribah) of center and North Arabia, descending from Ishmael the elder son of Abraham. The Book of Genesis narrates that God promised Hagar to beget from Ishmael twelve princes and turn him to a great nation.(Genesis 17:20) The Book of Jubilees, in the other hand, claims that the sons of Ishmael intermingled with the 6 sons of Keturah, from Abraham, and their descendants were called Arabs and Ishmaelites:

The prophets family belong to the group of “arabized Arabs”, that and his speeches show that he was different than his low-life neigbors.

June 9th, 2013, 9:58 am

 

majoos said:

After centuries the Shiites were persecuted in the ME isn t it more than fair that their former oppressors are getting now cured by their own medicine?
A bit of oppression can always help a people to calm down and focus of the essentiel sides of life. Maybe one wife per husband and less financing of international terrorism?

June 9th, 2013, 10:05 am

 

majoos said:

A people which treats it s women like the Saudis are nothing more than animals in my eyes.
To the contrast in Syria or Iran:
“Despite the current restrictions, Iran’s 35 million women have greater freedoms and political rights than women in most neighboring Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia. There are numerous women in parliament and other political offices, though they are barred from the presidency and the more powerful, clerical post of supreme leader.”

June 9th, 2013, 10:08 am

 

zoo said:

Habib

The West has proven that it is hypocritical and opportunistic.

Secretly they always hated successful and independent moslem countries, they much prefer to see them weak and dependent on the West.
This is why they hate Iran, Syria and now Turkey.

June 9th, 2013, 10:17 am

 

Dawoud said:

My first video post in a long time!

A very educational episode/series on Syria’s modern history from an objective/non-Wilayet al-Faqih Shia theocracy perspective:

June 9th, 2013, 10:33 am

 

majoos said:

The pre-islam Arabs were polytheists but not of the more civilized kind as Romans or Greeks but the kind who killed their kids simmilar to the Inkas.
Therefore we can probbably all agree on their “low-lifeness”
Whereas the Iranians have been followers of Zoraster, which is a monothestic religion, maybe not perfect as Mohammeds teachings but entire civilisation lvels beyond the pre-islam Arabs.
But most Arabs behaved like most Jews and killed the prophet, respectively his progeny, God sent to them.

June 9th, 2013, 10:35 am

 

majoos said:

@Dawood

What are you trying to effect with your anti-Assad propaganda?

The positons are rigid and clear you won t convince a single Assad-supporter with your work.

June 9th, 2013, 10:40 am

 

Tara said:

Majoos

No wonder you called yourself Majoos. It did not take long.

The only low life I see are the anti Arab who harbored hate and desire for revenge for more than 15 centuries and who hold extreme inferiority complex against the Arab who you adopted threir culture, religion, way of life, and even their Arabi letters. Iranian civilization my souk al Harmieh shoes it is. Civilization was born in our land, the old Mesopotamia. All divine prophets came from our land. The Islamic conquest born in our land and lead by our people. You just followed.

Low life are those who live 15 hundred centuries not to live and to enjoy rather to blot hate and revenge. Enjoy it.

June 9th, 2013, 10:46 am

 

majoos said:

The path of the Mahdi is getting cleared.

Hezbollah also announced the news of Eastern Bweida’s fall on its own television channel, Al-Manar.

As the regime consolidated its grip on Qusayr, amateur video distributed by pro-Hezbollah activists showed unidentified men raising a black flag with the Shi’ite cry “Ya Hussein” inscribed on it, in a new sign of escalating sectarianism.

June 9th, 2013, 10:46 am

 

majoos said:

@Tara
” All divine prophets came from our land ”
Right from your hood right Tara, your holiness.
Is that how we should address you now, your holiness?
All the mesopotamian cultures, the sumerians, the asyrians, the neo-assyrians, the babylonians, the parthian, the seleukids, the sassanides, were not Arabs.
Some were semites but none!!!! was Arab.
With the arrival of the Arabs their steady decline began wich turned the cradle of civilization into the cradle of barbarianism, hated and takfiri terrorism.

June 9th, 2013, 10:52 am

 

majoos said:

A key element which shows the culturel degree of a society is the way they treat their women.
Iran:
“Despite the current restrictions, Iran’s 35 million women have greater freedoms and political rights than women in most neighboring Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia. There are numerous women in parliament and other political offices…Under Iran’s Islamic laws a man is allowed four wives, but polygamy is generally frowned upon in the Islamic republic and is rare compared with some Muslim countries”

Compared to the “latin-lover” society of Saudi-Arabia, where women are not even allowed to fart without the explicit allowance of their master and every 10th cousin of the king has a haram with a size of the larger whore-houses in Eastern-Europe…
It s not really to hard to tell which sides belong to the forces of light and which to the forces of darkness. Unless you have a black-white deficiency.

June 9th, 2013, 11:00 am

 

zoo said:

Now that Erdogan is embroiled in his own problems, the Syrian opposition is loosing one of its fiercest vocal ally and the only democratic country of the region that hosted and supported them.

The longer the opposition continues to reject the participation to the UN conference by invoking each day new conditions without dropping the precedent ones, the weaker and more irrelevant they become.
In addition the armed rebels are about to loose all the areas they gained because of their internal fights, their alliance with Al Qaeda and the consequent lack of interest from the international community to rescue them from total annihilation.

Qatar after spending billions in rebels salaries and Croatian weapons, has exhausted his UN General Assembly resolution drafts tricks and KSA is terrified by the fallout of their Islamists citizens coming back to terrorize them.

It looks that the stage is set for the peace conference in July with or without what is left of the coalition.

June 9th, 2013, 11:07 am

 

dawoud said:

The Sectarian Iranian Wilayet al-Faqih invasion of Syria:

http://www.almustaqbal.com/storiesv4.aspx?storyid=574392

المعارضة: سوريا تتعرض لغزو طائفي من إيران و”حزب الله”

بشار الأسد ضد شعبه، محذراً من “نتائج هذا الغزو الطائفي الكارثية على سوريا والمنطقة” بحسب رئيس الائتلاف بالوكالة جورج صبرة، الذي عقد مؤتمراً صحافياً مشتركاً مع رئيس أركان الجيش السوري الحر اللواء سليم إدريس الذي قال إنه “يجب على جميع الدول تسليح الشعب السوري ليستطيع صدّ عدوان حزب الله”.
ميدانياً، وصلت عدة صواريخ أطلقها مقاتلو المعارضة إلى قصر الشعب وتجمعات للشبيحة في محيطه، في حين تعرضت القرى الواقعة في الريف الشمالي لحلب لقصف عنيف من المقاتلات الجوية والمدفعية الأرضية لقوات الأسد “حزب الله” التي نقلت معركتها بعد القصير إلى حمص وريف دمشق.
فقد حذر رئيس الائتلاف الوطني السوري المعارض بالوكالة جورج صبرة المجتمع الدولي و”أصدقاء سوريا” أمس، من انعكاسات “الغزو الخارجي” الذي يقوم به “حزب الله” وإيران في سوريا
[…]

June 9th, 2013, 11:15 am

 

Ilya said:

Lets be honest here Islam destroyed Great Persian civilization,culture.
Arabs have never been as advanced as Persians are in science,technology,culture,etc..never will be this is a fact!!!
Is this Reason Arabs hate Persians?
Most Iranians i believe hate Islam,thanks to it being forced upon them by Mullahs.
I wish Iranian would go back to Zoroastrianism their identity from the past.They need to rediscovered themselves and find their real identity.

June 9th, 2013, 11:15 am

 

Tara said:

Majoos,

What you don’t understand, while probably lots of Middle Easterner are not Arab in their genetic lineage, they adopted the Arab culture, religion, and language and any accomplishments thereafter is owed to that culture. Their civilized roots fed into it. They flourished by it and they contributed to it. Nevertheless, the credit goes to that culture.

Not very much different than any accomplishment that occur in the US is American even if Arab American, Jewish, Italian American, or Irish American contributed to it.

Nasrallah ideology is not different at all from the Takfiri’s one. Both call for Jihad to spread their ideology. The takfiri jihad is just more notorious because of 9/11 but the shiaa jihad is getting their.

June 9th, 2013, 11:24 am

 

Citizen said:

Freedom to engineer Mr. Abu Sisi!!!!
shame on Israel !!!
When 44 years old Dirar Abu Sisi, the operation manger of Gaza’s only power plant made a family trip on February, 2011 to visit the Ukraine with his wife and six children, he traveled via Egypt then to Jordan, where he was to check on his ill father. While there, he was detained and interrogated for five days by the Jordanian intelligence service. He was then allowed to fly to Ukraine where he was planning to file for his citizenship papers and meet his brother Yousef who was coming in from in the Netherlands, and whom he has not seen for 15 years.
Ever since Abu Sisi’s kidnapping by Israeli agents, every world leaders turn a blind eye and mainstream media denies him coverage, Dirar Abu Sisi is on day 948 in captivity as of this June 6th. His Ukrainian wife and their six children await a miracle (and our support) to secure his freedom from an Israeli jail and for his return home to his family in Gaza. That is a sharp contrast of what happened to one Israeli soldiers who was captured by Hamas while in uniform inside his tank near Gaza seven years ago. His name became a house hold name over night and every Western leader who visited the Middle East during his captivity has called for his immediate and unconditional release.
During Dirar Abu Sisi train ride to Kiev, he was snatched, blindfolded and handcuffed by several intelligence services including those of Ukrainian and Jordanian inelegance officers and was taken to undisclosed location. This story was confirmed by Ukrainian government officials. Later on, five of his captors identified themselves as Israeli Intelligence Service agents, better know as Mossad. Abu Sisi was then smuggled out of the Ukraine on the airplane and was taken to Israel.
For nearly 33 days, no one know where Mr. Abu Sisi was or how he was vanished on train in the Ukraine. When he brother Yousef pressed Ukrainian officials about his brother where about, he was given beat around the bushed and later he was threatened, that he would vanish if he will continue with his inquiry. Finally, Smadar Ben Nathan, one of his Israeli lawyers revealed for the first time that Abu Sisi was kidnapped by Israeli agents and that Israeli court has issued a gag order on information about his case. What that means is: Israel has admitted of committing a criminal act on a European soil without any justification.
So, why did Israel kidnapped rather than asked to extradite Abu Sisi? According to Journalist Jonathan Cook, who argued eloquently in his March 25, 2011 article in defense of Abu Sisi by stating, ” Israel had broken several human rights laws in seizing him rather than invoking treaty agreements between Ukraine and and Israel and requesting his extradition.”
Abu Sisi family as well as his Ukrainian wife Veronica Abu Sisi argued that he was not a high value target because he was a Hamas activist or politically active, but rather because he developed a method to reduce the dependence on high grade diesel that comes from Israel to operate the only power plant in Gaza. He also managed to modify the station turbine to operate on a cheap regular diesel smuggled through tunnel from Egypt. In the past, Israel totally destroyed the plant in 2006 and 2008 where it left 700,000 in dark for several months.
When it comes to kidnapping of Palestinians by “IOF” Israeli Occupation Forces , this criminal behavior is not limited to adults only . According to news source:
http://www.darkmoon.me/2013/free-dirar-abu-sisi-end-israeli-human-rights-violations-by-mahmoud-el-yousseph/comment-page-1/
8 thousands Palestinian children have been imprisoned by Israeli since 2000. They are tortured, imprisoned without access to an attorney, or their parents and tried under military court.
The International community always acts as deaf, dumb and blind When it comes to the issue of Palestinian prisoners, where as it would stand over its head and goes to the end of the world to help free one Israeli prisoner.
Kidnapping symbolizes criminal activity and punishment for it in the United States is 20 years jail sentence or more. That is one reason why other nations impose a sufficient penalty to discourage the offender from this criminal behavior. Israel should be held accountable for her crimes. Israel thinks that rules and laws are for everyone else , but not for her.

June 9th, 2013, 11:26 am

 

revenire said:

The people of Aleppo have been oppressed by the “revolution” and welcome the SAA and Hezbollah.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
al-Nusra take down revolution flag and raise their own in Aleppo

Aleppo province: Islamist activists in the Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo have taken down the Syrian revolution flags and threw them to the ground, putting in their place the flag of Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. Local civil activists have voiced much anger as a result.

June 9th, 2013, 11:26 am

 

Tara said:

Iranians treat women better? My Haramieh shoes again. They force them to cover and they do not allow them to get into certain field in the universities. They are even covered in cinema. How odd!

I was struck once landing in the Syrian airport to see. About 150 women all in black niqab sitting on the floor like herd of some kind waiting to be bused to Zainab. The image was so demeaning.

A house buuilt from a vey fragile glass that you do not even need to blow on it

Yet it is the inferiority complex in action. I hope they are never cured..

June 9th, 2013, 11:42 am

 

Laila said:

The wahabi terrorists in Syria who are the puppets of Saudi should be terminated. Syria should not be allowed to become a wahabi land. Dr Assad should know that if wahabis take over the country, then Syria will become worse than Afghanistan during Taliban rule. The FSA cannibal terrorists must be dealt with exactly as hollywood deals with zombies in its movies. These wahabi/salafi terrorists do not understand the language of words. They only understand the language of force.

The vast majority of Syrian population supports Assad and hate the wahabi terrorists who go around raping Syrian people’s daughters and killing their sons not only in Syria but also in refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan. Such is the sorry state of affairs. It is really pathetic that the Western governments are siding with the same terrorists they are fighting in Afghanistan.

The latest causality figures in Syria released by a western human rights organization, clearly shows that the vast majority of the nearly 100,000 people killed in Syria are the Syrian Arab Army soldiers and pro-Assad militias, while the terrorists constitute just a few thousands of those killed. The fight should go on, until every last terrorist has been cleaned from Syria or has fled to Jordan and Turkey. There is no other way.

June 9th, 2013, 11:48 am

 

Citizen said:

Syrian army launches offensive to retake rebel-held Aleppo
http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_06_09/221075747/
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Syrian rebels open fire on convoy carrying Russian journalists (VIDEO)
http://rt.com/news/syrian-rebels-attack-journalists-433/

June 9th, 2013, 11:48 am

 

revenire said:

Tara you know me – I don’t mind healthy debate but let’s be honest about something. There have been multiple reports from opposition activists – not the regime – of rebels stopping uni buses in Aleppo and forcing women off and making them cover themselves – at gunpoint.

June 9th, 2013, 11:50 am

 
 

Tara said:

Reve

One of the difference between us the revolution supporters and the regime worshipers is just that. We do not condone everything the rebels do whereas you blindly submit yourself to anything the regime does no matter what it is.

Therefore I just can’t see how a dialogue can happen. The regime and its supporters must be forced into submission as they can’t see anything except Syria as it was before and a dialogue with them is an exercise in futility.

June 9th, 2013, 11:58 am

 

Laila said:

@ TARA,

You do not know what you are talking about. 65% of Iranian university students are female. Citing western propaganda to whitewash your wahabism is not going to work here. Every one knows the status of women in wahabi ideology of yours. In Iran, women become vice presidents and member of parliament.

In Saudi Arabia and Qatar, women are regarded as sex toys. In fact, reports are coming out (BBC and others) that your wahabi brothers from Saudi Arabia and Qatar are hunting on Syrian girls some as small as 6 years old in refugee camps in Jordan and Turkey, raping them for two months for a very low price of 200 dollars (100 dollars per month). This is the status of girls in the ideology you are defending here. In Iran, the females have much much better and secured life than you can ever imagine. So do under Dr Assad.

June 9th, 2013, 12:00 pm

 

majoos said:

@Tara

In Iran and also abroad you ve plenty of Iranian women with degrees in medicine, science, mathematics e.t.c
Why is it so hard for you to condem Saudi-treatments of women?
If you d criticize the takfiri/Saudi agenda with the same fervour as you criticize Sadr/Chamenei/Nasrrallah you would be taken more seriously by us.
But the very fact that all your lavish condemnation of Shiite protagonists shows what a hypocrite you are.

June 9th, 2013, 12:06 pm

 

revenire said:

Tara I don’t condone criminal acts of anyone. If a soldier commits a crime he/she should be punished.

It is just when we are talking about beheaders and cannibals and you bring up the plight of Iranian women it sort of comes off “funny” to me. How do the two compare? Do you feel Sunni, Shia, Alawi or Christian women in Syria feel protected when they see their husbands, sons and grandsons being butchered by Libyan terrorists? How about the young women who can’t go to uni because they are afraid of Nusra or another similar criminals? How many female reporters have the terrorists killed or kidnapped? Yara Saleh was kidnapped and Yara Abbas was murdered. Those are the two famous ones.

“Its supporters must be forced into submission.”

I’d like you to force me into submission Tara. LOL joking – sorry but I could not resist.

June 9th, 2013, 12:12 pm

 

majoos said:

“Majoos

No wonder you called yourself Majoos. It did not take long.”

Are your hate-driven, sectarian “nazi-like” assumptions approved?

June 9th, 2013, 12:14 pm

 
 

Tara said:

Majoos,

I never condoned the Saudi treatment of women. And in the same breath I do not condone the Iranian treatment of women either. Just spare me the usual exercise in futility and stop telling me Iranian women are treated better because they are not. Check the web. Women in Iran are prohibited from pursuing certain education. They both get stoned and flagged for adultery. They are both forced to cover.

Again the house is made of fragile glass . You do not even need to huff or puff.

June 9th, 2013, 12:18 pm

 

zoo said:

Reve

It seems to me that it is the ‘opposition’ that is being forced to submission by their western “friends” while Qatar and KSA are still telling them to resist.
Yet, they have already renounced to the long hammered condition that Bashar al Assad should resign before the conference, they now argue that he should resign during or after the conference.

We will see soon if they be forced to renounce to that too.

June 9th, 2013, 12:21 pm

 

majoos said:

The West is already paying with the blood of their mercenaries.
Considering how long it took the West to engage them, setting up covered agents as Salafi preachers in bring their propoganda into prissons.
The cost for each mercenary to radicalize him, transport him, equipping him and organise him cost more than 50.000$.
If the SAA Army is smart, they d make them all “organ donors” to make at least some use of the human garbage.

June 9th, 2013, 12:22 pm

 
 

majoos said:

@self-hating Salafi Tara
wiki: Women in Iran

First Iranian women who attended University. circa 1935
Women make up more than 60 percent of Iranian university students with some fields in science and engineering having more than 70 percent of their alumni be women.[18] The opportunities for women education and their involvement in higher education has grown exponentially after the Iranian Revolution.[18] According to UNESCO world survey, Iran has the highest female to male ratio at primary level of enrollment in the world among sovereign nations, with a girl to boy ratio of 1.22 : 1.00

June 9th, 2013, 12:24 pm

 

Tara said:

Majoos

Again, please spare us refuting an argument I did not make. I did not say Iranian women do not have access to universities. I said Iranian women do not have access to certain fields of education. The link was posted on SC few months ago. I am sure you can easily find it. The other link of the two high profile man and woman. one is a minister and one is a a museum director may be sentenced to stoning because they were kissing in the elevator was linked here too.

A house of glass..

June 9th, 2013, 12:31 pm

 

mjabali said:

– Who is writing the English texts for al-Yaqubi?

– There is nothing that is called an “Arabic Culture.”

– There is an “Arabic Speaking Culture” that was possible because of the many non Arabs who produced it using the Arabic Language as a medium.

– The Arabs destroyed the Middle East.

– Islam destroyed the Middle East.

_ The type of Islam we have today is a JOKE. To see why it is a JOKE: one should look at the Muslim Sheikhs today. They are a JOKE. A bad joke indeed.

June 9th, 2013, 12:32 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Majoos
You clearly don’t know anything about history.
You said Saudi are nothing but animal.This is stupid.
Also you said Women are treated better in Persia, I want to pick on this point.is Mutaa marriage where women are paid some money for few minutes sex, thus treating women like prostitutes is this respectful of women?
Now think about what I will say, since Islam was introduced By the Prophet Muhammad, Arabs defeated Persia, we Arabs are proud of this achievement.
You know I have a lot of things I can say about Persians, but I respect SC,but since you came and made comments here ,the comment sections has deteriorated, both because of not saying the truth and low level of intelligence, you are competing with Reverin ,both of you denying facts,and your analysis, is devoluted

June 9th, 2013, 12:41 pm

 

ghufran said:

Hamster,
I used this format for over 18 months now, I am not interested in translating anything, what you see is my own take on the news, I accept the fact that many will disagree with me.
These are the thugs all Syrians should fight:
(Source: SOHR)
Islamists executed a 15 year old boy in public because he “insulted” the prophet:
محافظة حلب – المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان::اقدم عناصر من كتيبة اسلامية مقاتلة على اعدام طفل يبلغ من العمر 15 عاما رميا بالرصاص في حي الشعار بمدينة حلب .
وفي التفاصيل التي وثقت من قبل نشطاء المرصد في مدينة حلب ان عناصر من كتيبة اسلامية مقاتلة يتحدثون اللغة العربية الفصحى اعتقلوا الساعة العاشرة من ليل امس طفل يبلغ من العمر 15 عاما يعمل بائعا للقهوة في منطقة سد االوز بحي الشعار وذلك بعد ان تجادل مع شخص اخر وقال له (اذا بينزل محمد ماراح ادين)فاتهموه بالكفر واخذوه معهم وعادوا به بعد ذلك الى مكان عمله وقميصه الى وجهه وعلى جسدة اثار الجلد الواضح وتجمع الناس حوله فقال احد عناصر الكتيبة المقاتلة باللغة العربية الفصحى (ياأهالي حلب الكرام الكفر بالله شرك وسب النبي شرك ومن سب مرة سيعاقب مثل هذا ) واطلق النار عليه امام الحضور وامه وابيه من بارودة الية طلقة بالراس وطلقة بالعنق وركبوا السيارة وغادروا المكان
ان المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان في الوقت الذي يتوجه بالعزاء الى ذوي الطفل الشهيد يطالب بالقاء القبض على قتلة الطفل ومحاكتهم
يشار الى ان مركزا امنيا تابع للهيئة الشرعية متواجد في المنطقة وقال الاهالي انهم لم يتحركوا من اجل وقف عملية القتل
I guess no translation is needed here !!

June 9th, 2013, 12:42 pm

 

majoos said:

@Tara
Saudi-Arabia is known for stoning philippini women to death after they were raped by their arab supremacist.

But Tara don t you think it s wrong that sunni arabs who oppressed all the people in the ME and forced theit “culture” on everybody are now treated with their own medicine. A bit by the Jews in Palestine, a bit by the shiites and kurds in Falluja, a bit by the Christans and Allawites in Sham. Looks quite fair to me!
After all also the Germans had to pay for their supremacist ideology, the remnaints of Germans were persecuted in Chesoslovakia, Poland Hungary Holland.

June 9th, 2013, 12:46 pm

 

mjabali said:

Shia are strong these days.

They are getting stronger also. There is no doubt about this. This is the new reality of the Middle East. If Sunnis can not digest this and want to fight: let it be. The Shia are more ready than what all of you think. This is the truth. The thousand years of persecution is not going to go away this easy.

You need peace in the Middle East: Sunnis have to respect Shia. They have no choice.

Peace between Shia and Sunnis is possible if you establish respect.

If the Sunnis are going to keep on being led by the current clowns: The Middle East is going to burn for a long time.

June 9th, 2013, 12:47 pm

 

Ilya said:

History tells us that the old Persian Salmaan Maayaa was the leader and commander of the Arab army in this bloody war (Ghaadeseyeh). Two and half years after the Persian army was defeated at the battle of Ghadesseyyeh the old Persian Prince “Maayaa” died. His barbaraous followers misused the opportunity and put the country under the rule of blood and swords. They burned libraries and books, they killed bookmen and all open minded people, they destroyed all castles and signs of culture and civilization and finally they forced the Iranian nation to believe nothing but Islam as a religion. Their aim was to force the Persian People to abandon their brilliant and magnificent civilization. Nobody was allowed to say: this is my land and I am an Iranian in my country, but one only could say: I am a Moslem, and I am a slave of my Arab masters. The great nation of culture and civilization was captured by the cruel evil of wildness and barbarity. Nobody was able to help the Persian People. For more than 12 centuries the city of Tisfoon with its huge castles and magnificent buildings was the capital city of Persian Emperors when the Arabs occupied this great city, they burned and destroyed all the castles and buildings but for one, which was not easy to destroy: this castle is named Ivaan-E Kasraa or Tisfoon (Arabs named it Madaaen). If you make a tour to Iraq you will find the remains of the castle of Tisfoon 38 km from Baghdad. It is still alive and talking about the great and magnificent Persian civilization and culture. Baghdad and its suburbs were just a part of Iranian capital city of Tisfoon. Yes, Barbarian Arabs tried to get rid and demolish all the signs of that huge Persian Art and Culture but the Persian Civilization was stronger than their wildness and bloody swords of Islam.

June 9th, 2013, 12:58 pm

 

majoos said:

@revenire

Since you mentioned the treaty of westphalia the other day.

Something similar like the treaty of westphalia which ended the 30-years war in Europe fought between Protestants and Catholics will also be settled in the ME between the Shias, Jews, Christians and takfiris.
In order to do this a long battle has to be fought between the parties without interference from non-ME countries so real borders can emerge.
Borders not set up by the French/Britain or Russians/Americans but real borders which mirror the balance of power in the ME.

Only this way a lasting peace can be established in the new ME.
I d propose a Kurdish state in the Areas they live including Kirkuk, a greater Lebanon enlarged by Damascus, Allepo the Golan heights, Homs a Shiite East (Saudi-Arabia) and a Shiite greater Jemen. The rest can be divided among the takfiris.

June 9th, 2013, 1:00 pm

 

ghufran said:

Lina Sinjab-BBC:

We were making jokes of the war, of our fears, criticising the government and the opposition.
Not a single day passes without a social gathering with friends. It is bizarre how the war makes you appreciate every person in your life: you get closer to people, you learn to speak about fears and weakness and laugh about them – probably this keeps us going.
We cannot afford to be sad and weak, the only way is to stand up and move on.
After a year of being prevented from leaving the country, I got my passport back and it was time to leave. I said goodbye to the last friend.
The situation in Damascus is getting worse by the day. Something deep inside everyone is saying goodbye, and we don’t know if we will see each other again.
I don’t know what will happen to my city and those who remain in Syria. I left Damascus with a broken heart and soul, left my memories, my life, every single detail is there, every friendship and every story.
I am not sure when I will be back and if I am ever back, I worry it will never be the same city I grew up in.
(You can hear Lina Sinjab’s intimate feelings on leaving Damascus in the Assignment programme Damascus Diary)

June 9th, 2013, 1:02 pm

 

majoos said:

@ ILYA

well said, like a real majoos!

Is all the anti-iranian bias due to their inferior or superior complex. Maybe we should consult Tara on this one?

June 9th, 2013, 1:04 pm

 

majoos said:

Shiites should stop accepting converts from the Sunni fold, like the Druze, Ismailis and Allawites. They had enough time to decide for the right side.

June 9th, 2013, 1:09 pm

 

Tara said:

Majoos,

“But Tara don t you think it s wrong that sunni arabs who oppressed all the people in the ME and forced theit “culture” on everybody are now treated with their own medicine. A bit by the Jews in Palestine, a bit by the shiites and kurds in Falluja, a bit by the Christans and Allawites in Sham. Looks quite fair to me!”

Share with us please how did the Sunni Arab oppressed all the people in The Middle East? No one tolerated and coexisted with minorities like Sunni Arabs. History Books have been written about the tolerance of Islam as an ideology in the past. While Spaniards butchered all Muslims and Jews in Spain, all minorities flourish during the Umayyad rules.

And regardless, do you realize what you are calling for? You are finding it fair for The minorities to oppress the majority forgetting that what comes around goes around. And the future generation of the oppressors will become the victims? If this is not hate, revenge, and inferiority complex then what is?

June 9th, 2013, 1:10 pm

 

Ilya said:

Majoos
I Have great respect for Persian people and their culture,history
Not my words took it from website !!! 🙂
i agree with it 100%
I think Tara is jealous these people try to diminish,or paint in dark colors everything that Persians do,or even claim Persian achievements as Arabic one ,this just silly denying truth,twisting facts.
Besides religion i don’t know what Arabs really gave the world with all due respect…
If it was not for gas, oil it scary to imagine in what Conditions would they live today (Afghanistan,)…

June 9th, 2013, 1:14 pm

 

majoos said:

Shiites, Allawite, Druzes, Kurds, Persians, Black-Africans, were marginalized and oppressed by the Sunni-Arab worls and are still treated as second class citezins. The Ummayad tyrany lasted aonly until 1036 in Spain the golden age in Spain is referring to the time-span from 11th-13th century.

And I think it s more than right to take revenge for injustes of the past. I would salute if the Iranian and the Shiites would destroy Saudi-Arabia, Qatar and all other takfiri regimes.
Noone in the world would shed more than half a tear for them!
The entire worls hates Saudi-financed Al-Quaida, and that s a fact!

June 9th, 2013, 1:20 pm

 

revenire said:

Syrian Brigadier General Yahya Suleiman: “Whoever controls Qusair controls the center of the country, and whoever controls the center of the country controls all of Syria.”

June 9th, 2013, 1:34 pm

 

revenire said:

Both Saudi Arabia and Qatar must pay Syria war reparations.

June 9th, 2013, 1:36 pm

 

majoos said:

A better propostion:

The future ME should be ruled by a khalifa kind figure maybe the supreme leader of Iran, and Jews, Christians, Sunni-Arab, -Kurds, -Turks can have their respective semi-autonomous territories.

June 9th, 2013, 1:43 pm

 

ghufran said:

I have known Persians for decades, most of them left before Khumaini and the Mullahs took over and most of them are opposed to the rule of Mullahs, that is still the case for Iranian shias, however I yet have to meet an Iranian who advocates violence against the regime in Tehran or any Iranian who supports the bombing of Iran. sunni Iranians in the US are mostly secular and they have excellent relations with their shia brothers, intermarriages are common among Iranians from different sects, I attended a number of weddings where the bride was Shia and the groom was sunni or the other way around.
The attacks on Iranians, or Persians, are politically motivated, there is no substance behind the argument that Arabs are better, Iranians in almost every aspect do better than Arabs who are not one nation but a number of nations with each nation being a collection of competing tribes, Iranians are less divided and more loyal to their culture and mother country.

June 9th, 2013, 1:55 pm

 

Tara said:

Ghufran

The attack on Iran did not come out of of the blue. It was provoked when Majoos and Co attacked the Arabs and claim they are low life when the same Persians are followers of the Arab culture, religion, and even language.

People need to understand that when one lives in a house of glass…, one can not throw stone on the others. They will throw stones back at him.

In the same token, jihadi Shiaa on this site do not have any credibility when they talk about jihadi Sunnis. They are all the same. It was funny watching them kidding the black flag of death with the names oh Hussain written on it. What a bunch of idiots…

June 9th, 2013, 2:25 pm

 

ghufran said:

it is the same story over and over again:
فور إعلان الجيش الحر في الساعة الواحدة من بعد ظهر اليوم الأحد عن تحرير مدينة إنخل، شكك الكثير من الناشطين المعارضين في درعا بصحة هذا الخبر خاصة وأن مصادر الجيش الحر ظلت تتحدث عن قصف يطال المدينة ودبابات للنظام تجوب بعض شوارعها، وقال الناشط (محمد الحوراني) ساخراً “تحرير ماذا؟ أهكذا يكون التحرير؟ عندما تستطيعون حماية المدينة من جيش النظام وقذائفه تعالوا وحدثوني عن التحرير”. وأشار (عمر هيسم) إلى أنه لا يمكن الإعلان عن تحرير مدينة بينما يقوم النظام بتعزيز قواته – كما قال الجيش الحر نفسه- على أطراف إنخل لإعادة اقتحامها” ويتساءل “لماذا الإسراع في الإعلان عن هذه الأمور التي من شأنها إحباط الشارع المعارض وإصابته باليأس؟”.
أما محمد بن علي فقد كان له رأي خاص تعليقاً على خبر تحرير إنخل حيث قال: “النظام يلعب لعبة قذرة حيث انه يعد لعملية واسعة النطاق في درعا بالايام المقبلة لذلك الان يسمح للجيش الحر بالسيطرة على بعض المناطق هنا وهناك ثم تاخذ هذه الانجازات صداها بالاعلام حتى يكون لعمليات النظام اللاحقة قيمة وصدى اعلامي اكبر وهدم اقوى لمعنويات الثوار” إنه درس القصير يتجلى واضحاً فيما قاله بن علي إذ طالما عاش ثوار القصير تحت نشوة أنهم يتمتعون بتحصينات قوية عملوا على إشادتها شهوراً طويلة وأنه لا يمكن لجيش النظام اختراقها، فإذا بها تتهاوى خلال ساعتين فقط.
وهذا ما أكد عليه الناشطة (أسيل الخطيب) حيث قالت: “أنا أخاف بعد إعلان تحرير إنخل أن يستفرد بنا جيش النظام ويحدث فينا كما حدث مع مدينة القصير” وحذرت الخطيب الأهالي من الاستماع إلى إعلان التحرير والفرح به، وطلبت منهم عدم العودة إلى مدينة إنخل لأنها بانتظار مفاجأة كبيرة عما قريب كما قالت.
هذه المخاوف من مفاجئات قريبة دفعت الدكتور إحسان الحاج علي إلى التحذير من أن تشهد مدينة إنخل نفس مصير “خربة غزالة” و”القصير” وأكد الحاج علي على “أننا لا نريد ان نعلن للإعلام عن تحرير أي منطقة بل ان مهمة الجيش الحر هو الكر والفر وضرب وحدات الجيش النظامي وقوات حزب الشيطان (كما يسمون حزب الله) وليس التمسك بمنطقة معينة ثم نعول عليها ونقول معركتنا هذه هي الفيصل ثم ننسحب منها مخلفين إحباط لدى الجميع” واضاف “لست عسكرياً لكي اتكلم عن امور عسكرية لكن هذه الثورة علمتنا الكثير أي ما الفائدة التي سنجنيها من اعلان تحرير قرية من قرى حوران مليئة بالسكان سوى جلب البلاء والدمار على هذه البلدة”
وفي ختام حديثه وجّه الدكتور إحسان الحاج علي اتهاماً واضحاً إلى المجلس العسكري بحوران بأنه يبحث عن نصر إعلامي “عقب هزيمته في خربة غزالة والغاربة الغربية” وقال مخاطباً مواطني حوران: إفهموها بالله عليكم”.
The practice of attacking towns and villages then declare them “liberated” without being able to protect them from future attacks has led to nothing but destruction and loss of civilian lives. Those who are in charge of military planning and the amateur politicians behind them are incompetent and unworthy of trust as they repeatedly showed clear signs of poor judgment over the last 2 years.

June 9th, 2013, 2:28 pm

 

syrian said:

Majoos,
Thanks for the entertainment,
Tara,
don’t waste your Sunday on this guy,

June 9th, 2013, 2:33 pm

 

Citizen said:

Putin Bravo!Go ahead !
http://youtu.be/aafrcFMSeaU?t=5s

June 9th, 2013, 2:53 pm

 

ghufran said:

this is a follow up on a story I posted few days ago:
دمشق ـ “القدس العربي” ـ من كامل صقر: قالت مصادر مقربة من حزب الله اللبناني، الذي شارك المئات من عناصره في حرب القصير ان وحدة الهندسة التابعة للحزب التي قامت مع وحدات هندسية تابعة للجيش السوري بتعقّب وإزالة ألغام أرضية كان مقاتلو المعارضة قد زرعوها داخل مدينة القصير، عثرت على عشرات الألغام التي كان حزب الله قد زود حركة حماس بها في الأعوام 2007 و2008.
وقالت تلك المصادر ان طريقة زرع هذه الألغام وتمويهها هي ذات الطريقة التي ينصب فيها عناصر حزب الله ألغامهم في المناطق المتقدمة من جنوب لبنان، وهي الطريقة التي جرى تدريب عناصر من كوادر حماس عليها من قبل خبراء حزب الله.
المصادر لمحت إلى أن كوادر من حماس ربما تكون قد أشرفت على تعليم كتائب الوليد وكتيبة الفاروق، أكبر ذراعين تابعتين للمعارضة السورية المسلحة بريف حمص على زراعة الألغام في مدينة القصير وعدد من قراها.
تنقل ذات المصادر عن عنصر من حزب الله قوله: “كان بإمكاني أن أنزع الألغام في مناطق القصير وأنا مغمض العينين، لأنني كنت أشعر وكأنني أنا من زرع تلك الألغام”، في إشارة منه إلى أن طريقة زرع هذه الألغام هي طريقة حزب الله التي تدربت عليها عناصر حماس فقط.
I understand why Hamas has changed course but I think that their leadership has now left them under the mercy of the GCC which will eventually lead to their slow but steady demise.

June 9th, 2013, 3:02 pm

 

Citizen said:

Jihadists Executed a Child for Using the Prophet’s Name in Vain
http://www.syrianews.cc/jihadists-executed-child-using-prophets-vain/
135- GHUFRAN: sorry!

June 9th, 2013, 3:11 pm

 
 

majoos said:

@Ghufran

The Hamas has lost their last allies they had by betraying them on their harest hour.
We ll see if Erdogan jumps in to replace Iran and Syria?

June 9th, 2013, 3:36 pm

 

majoos said:

Next time Iran should assist Israel by the bombing of Gaza!

HEZBOLLAH ORDERS HAMAS TO LEAVE THE SOUTH AFTER THE ARREST OF THEIR FIGHTERS IN AL-QASEIR !!!

A source has said that Hezbollah was shocked and stunned when it was discovered that most of the Terrorists arrested in the City of Al-Qaseir had originally trained in their camps and camps of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to be part of the Al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of the movement) in the Gaza Strip.”

According to the source, these armed men are behind the astonishing creation of the network of tunnels which have been discovered in Al-Qaseir and the surrounding villages, which had been trained by Hezbollah in the techniques for use in the Gaza Strip on the borders with Israel, and not for fighting the Syrian Arab Army ..

The source added that Hezbollah Command gave the order for Hamas to leave, as a new serious security dimension and not only politically, and instructed “Hajj Wafic Safa the security official in Hezbollah, to inform the Hamas elements the decision of the party, which means that Hezbollah became seriously concerned with their presence, in which security has become seriously threatened by Israeli or semi- Israeli penetrations (from Israel’s allies in the region, such as Jordan and Qatar), especially since the party’s bitter experience in the past, when Investigations proved the involvement of elements of the security apparatus, Khaled Meshaal, in the assassination of Hezbollah’s Military Commander Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus on February 12, 2008 after a breakthrough by Jordanian, Israeli and Saudi Arabia Intelligence ..

June 9th, 2013, 3:55 pm

 

ghufran said:

I find it odd that a piece like this will be posted on NC website
(origin: Al-Dastour-Jordan):
ما الذي حصل في سوريا حتى انخفضت أعداد اللاجئين السوريين إلى الخارج (بالمناسبة أعداد اللاجئين إلى لبنان تراجعت كذلك)؟..أحسب أن تراجع شبح «معركة دمشق» ونجاح النظام في استعادة السيطرة على الغوطتين الشرقية والغربية كان سبباً حاسماً لتراجع أعداد اللاجئين..وأضيف إلى ذلك، أن نجاح الجيش السوري في السيطرة على طريق دمشق – عمان، وفي استعادة سيطرته على درعا وريفها، هو السبب الرئيس في تقليص أعداد اللاجئين والنازحين السوريين.
هي مناسبة إذن، لتتبع الموقف عن كثب، وتسهيل عودة اللاجئين استناداً إلى هذه التطورات الميدانية الجديدة، بل وفتح حوار مع كل أطراف الأزمة السورية من أجل إعادة هؤلاء إلى بيوتهم وديارهم، وتوفير ملاذات إنسانية آمنة توافقيه لهم فوق ترابهم الوطني، وأقول توافقيه، أي بالتنسيق مع النظام أساسا (والمعارضات بدرجة أقل لأنها الأضعف حضوراً في هذه المناطق)، وليس بأسلوب الفرض والإملاء.

June 9th, 2013, 3:59 pm

 

Citizen said:

At the request of Syria
“Russia can place their units in Syria without request of the UN mandate similar to the premise of the U.S. Marines in Jordan”
Putin ! go ahead !

June 9th, 2013, 4:09 pm

 

majoos said:

@Ghufran

I don t it s really necessary that all refugees return, the ones who allowed to instrumentealised by the Qatari propaganda machine, like ministers or army officials who were paid large sums to defect. It s also proven that a lot of people got paid money by the “FSA” to leave.
Also the family members of syrian-born takfiris should be punished. The israeli had a good method of razing the houses of the family members of “suicide-takfiris”.

Let s see if Sunni-Arabs will than still make up the 58 % they constitute presently.

June 9th, 2013, 4:15 pm

 

habib said:

155. Citizen

The army is moving towards Aleppo. Soon the perpetrators and their ilk will be mere land-fill.

Salafism will soon be eradicated from Syria. Next, Lebanon and Iraq. And the fun thing is, they brought it on themselves. Unintended consequences of the Islamic uprising, but good for the world.

June 9th, 2013, 4:25 pm

 

revenire said:

ALEPPO: OPERATION NORTHERN TEMPEST

It started four days ago as we told you and it’s in full swing. Syrian state media claim that it started at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Damascus time. Our relatives in Aleppo tell us by telephone that they can hear “massive” artillery bombing to the north. We have actual reports from Wael that over 250 T-72 battle tanks are massed near Hanano along with hundreds of T-62s as fixed artillery. The number of soldiers in combat mode are over 18,000 which means that the force now looking at the trapped ____* is in excess of 55,000. We have confirmed the presence of the 4th mechanized armored division commanded by Maj. Gen. Maher Al-Assad along with over 10 regiments of Hizbollah fighters and hundreds of militiamen from Ba’ath Youth Organizations (Al-Shabeeba) and the NDF. Syrian Perspective predicts that thousands of ____* will be exterminated as the army pulverizes their positions. This is what the people of Aleppo want. That is a fact.

http://syrianperspective.blogspot.com/2013/06/first-post-may-9-2013-operation.html

*per Matt’s request

June 9th, 2013, 4:39 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Majoosi said
“Also the family members of syrian-born takfiris should be punished”
Would anyone who thinks normally say things like that?
I think we have criminals on SC

June 9th, 2013, 4:46 pm

 

majoos said:

@majeed

In the ME that is a traditionally and legal way of punishment. It s called Diyya, very popular in your hero-state Saudi arabia. also the Israelis punished that way the families of the sucide-takfiri terrorists in the 90´s by razing their houses. Different countries different customs!

My views can be regarded “criminal” in the West but not by some proud sunni arab you supposedly are.

June 9th, 2013, 4:51 pm

 

Citizen said:

/The israeli had a good method of razing the houses of the family members of “suicide-takfiris”/

Is Israel represents a model for you?

June 9th, 2013, 4:58 pm

 

Citizen said:

162.
Glory for SYRIAN ARAB ARMY !!!!
LONG LIVE FOR SYRIA !!!!

June 9th, 2013, 5:01 pm

 

majoos said:

@ Citizen

Israel in its entirety does not represent a model for me bur there are certainly some aspects which can be regarded advanced especially in comparioson to some neighboring states.
I don t think it unlawful to punish members of religious groups and especially of religious zelots like takfiris according to the laws they propagate.
So if a takfiri commitits adultry in a Western state I think it s right to stone him to death.
Don t you agree?

June 9th, 2013, 5:04 pm

 

Ghufran said:

It is good for Syria to have one body that is in charge of defending the country and another body that protects citizens inside the border, this mess of having hundreds of militias can only lead to chaos , crimes and disintegration of the country, look at Libya for example.
The dilemma in Syria is that security forces and the army are fiercely loyal to one man, Assad , and a regime that ruled Syria for 43 years and did not allow opposition or elections.
Defeating Islamists and armed militias is one thing but keeping Syria under the rule of Baathists and Assad is another thing, Syrians , even those who support the army today, should not accept a return to the pre 2011 era.
Zwahiri has dismissed baghdadi and kept jolani, he also dissolved دولة العراق و الشام الاسلاميه and kept Nusra !!

June 9th, 2013, 5:12 pm

 

Ilya said:

Is that possible that Persians hated Islam so much ,that they decided to destroy it from within by creating Shia Islam?
Since it came there after conquest they could not get rid of oppressors,they decided to destroy islam.

June 9th, 2013, 5:17 pm

 

majoos said:

What a coincidence!

The Americans had so far deposed two Arab leaders, Ghadaffi and Saddam.
Guess what the two have in common?

Both killed prominent members of the As-Sadr family. Muhammad Baqir Sadr by Saddam and Musa Sadr by Ghaddafi.
The ways of God are mysterious and justice will prevail.

June 9th, 2013, 5:17 pm

 

Jasmine said:

Majous @ 168
I don t think it unlawful to punish members of religious groups and especially of religious zelots like takfiris according to the laws they propagate.
So if a takfiri commitits adultry in a Western state I think it s right to stone him to death.

Brilliant idea and it should be done in the Hydepark or bois de boulogne ,so everyone will be watching.

June 9th, 2013, 5:22 pm

 

revenire said:

All Syrians owe the Assad family a debt. Just take a look at the economic numbers during their rule. Hafez took Syria into the modern world and brought millions out of poverty.

June 9th, 2013, 5:33 pm

 
 

zoo said:

Majoos

Iran made a big mistake to train Hamas. They were naive. They did not realize that you can’t trust the Moslem Brotherhood who are opportunists and whose ideology is anti-Shia before being anti-Israel. Hamas fighters trained by Iran have now turned against Syria and Hezbollah.

Iran now took the lesson: They stopped all fundings, training and weapons to Hamas.
Hamas will have to rely on its new sponsors: Turkey, Qatar and Egypt. In this new hands Hamas resistance movement is probably finished.

Hezbollah and Iran having been betrayed by their supposedly allies Palestinians from Hamas will have to make a serious re-evaluation of their politic toward the resistance and Israel. They will probably consider a separate peace agreement for Syria and Lebanon, leaving the new “friends” of the Hamas find another deal for the Palestinians.

June 9th, 2013, 6:15 pm

 

ghufran said:

“All Syrians owe the Assad family a debt”
No they do not, it is the Assads and the Makhloufs who owe Syrians billions of dollars and a pile of legal claims after they treated Syria, with the help of their rich sunni friends, like a private farm and sent thousands of Syrians to torture chambers and jails for speaking out against corruption and family rule. There were a number of positives during the rule of Assad,I including free education and almost free healthcare, the man was also an able politician and stood up to the GCC and the West when he had to, I certainly disagree with those who call his rule as a totally dark period in Syria’s history, if you want to judge a leader you need to bring everything to the table not just the negative attributes like brutal security services and corruption. However, when it comes to Assad,II I think the negatives far out weight the positives especially after 2011.
Syrians who want Assad to stay beyond 2014 are only thinking about themselves not the whole country.

June 9th, 2013, 6:20 pm

 

majoos said:

Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria should unite and become some sort of a federal state.
The kurds could have a united Kurdish province stretching from Syria to Iran. And the chtistians could have different cantons in lebanon, Syria and Iraq were they are the majority or were they used to be the majority.

June 9th, 2013, 6:20 pm

 

AMEERA said:

مبارح شفت بالحلئة الاخيرة من مسلسل
The Following
النهاية كانت غليظة و ما عرفنا شو صار بهاردي و كلير

اليوم بدي شوف بالحلئة الاخيرة من
Game of Thrones
بس لهلأ مو مستوعبة شو صار بالحلئة الماضية لما الملك روب و امو انئتلوا بعد حفلة العرس. مسكينة آريا أطعتلي ألبي يلا لنشوف شو بدو يصير

June 9th, 2013, 6:31 pm

 

ghufran said:

sounds familiar?

In the southern city of Adana, where violence broke out on Saturday night, Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a fiery speech from the top of a bus.
He told supporters: “We won’t do what a handful of looters have done. They burn and destroy. That’s what looter means. They destroy the shops of civilians. They destroy the cars of civilians.
“They are low enough to insult the prime minister of this country.
“As long as there is life in my body, your prime minister and your party chairman, God willing, will not be deterred by anything
(ameera, I am glad you are having a good time)

June 9th, 2013, 6:33 pm

 

zoo said:

#176 Ghufran

Bashar Al Assad will be another kind of president after what he realized was one of the main source of the uprising: social injustice, economic neglect of the rural areas and ramping corruption.
If he stayed in power all this time and did not flee away like Ben Ali and Mobarak, it is because he puts Syria before himself.
He showed he is a much smarter leader than anyone expected and I guess he will use this terrible experience as a lesson for the future.

I doubt anyone coming after him would be able to make the necessary reforms. Look at what is happening in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya where amateur politicians are making the same mistakes the dictator they kicked out did. Two years after a peaceful revolution, their country is in a mess. Libya and Yemen are in an even worse situation

Bashar Al Assad will not do the same mistakes, he is no amateur, quite the opposite .

June 9th, 2013, 6:38 pm

 

ghufran said:

This is significant:
HBJ and the Emir of Qatar are about to step down:

Senior figures in Qatar have briefed foreign counterparts that the time has come for Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, the 33-year-old crown prince to take over the leadership of the gas-rich Gulf state, the Daily Telegraph has learned.
The succession plan, which is due to be launched by the end of the month, will see Hamad bin Jassim, the prime minister and one of the biggest investors in Britain, give up his post.

June 9th, 2013, 6:43 pm

 

zoo said:

Is Al Jazeera now reporting the horrors perpetrated by the ‘good’ rebels in Aleppo?

Syrian rebels ‘execute teenager’ in Aleppo

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/06/201369175918244221.html

Fighters reportedly shot dead a boy (15yo) they accused of committing blasphemy in the northern city of Aleppo.
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2013 18:45

Rebels fighting the Syrian regime have shot dead a 15-year-old boy in front of his father, mother and siblings after accusing him of blasphemy, an activist group said.
..
Al Jazeera was told that the boy, a street vendor selling coffee, was from the Shaar neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo. He has been named locally as Mohammad Kattaa.

Reports indicated that he was arguing with another boy on Saturday and used the name of Prophet Muhammad in a common phrase used by Syrians at which point he was picked up by fighters, beaten, and then shot.

“An unidentified Islamist rebel group shot dead a 15-year-old child who worked as a coffee seller in Aleppo, after they accused him of blasphemy,” said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

Abdel Rahman said the rebel group likely comprised foreigners.

“They spoke classical Arabic, not Syrian dialect,” he said.

“They shot the boy twice, once in the mouth, another in his neck, in front of his mother, his father and his siblings,” he added.

June 9th, 2013, 6:49 pm

 

AMEERA said:

شكرا غفران يعني مشان ننسى و نضيع وئت ومنو بحسن اللغة تبعي
انت بتابع المسلسلات كمان؟
انا عندي مواعيد كل المسلسلات

على فكرة غفران بيجي اسم شب و بنت فشو انت بس م وضروري تجاوب

June 9th, 2013, 6:50 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

House of Commons to vote on arming Syrian resistance.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/cameron-promises-mps-vote-on-whether-to-arm-syrian-rebels-8647995.html

We want top of the range, state of the art, regime-busting tools….

We’ll pay for ’em. [Please pass the bill to the address below]

Gulf Cooperation Council Building
King Khaled Road
Diplomatic Area
7153
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

June 9th, 2013, 6:51 pm

 

zoo said:

#181 Ghufran

I hope that is true.
Tamam Al Thani is the son of Sheikha Moza and according to the book written by Malbrunot on Qatar, she hates HBJ. That’s why he will be asked to leave.

After Erdogan too busy to care about Syria, the opposition may loose its most manipulative and vicious ally.

It is now left with KSA who hates the Moslem Brotherhood and who prefers to see the Sunni Islamists warriors dead instead of seeing them returning home.

The Friends of Syria are crumbling, so is the coalition.

June 9th, 2013, 6:58 pm

 

AMEERA said:

١٨٤
انت سوري او باكستاني؟ بتعرف عربي؟

اسمك عزير؟ يعني تبع الآية الكريمة (قالت اليهود عزير ابن الله)؟

June 9th, 2013, 6:58 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

The opposition shouldn’t be too fazed by the odd apparent ‘successes’ of the regime which, by the way, follow a long period of almost uninterupted regime setbacks and loss of territory.

In fact the opposition should take inspiration from the way the regime has apparently regrouped and gone on a concerted offensive. The rebels/opposition can take this opportunity to unite and start afresh. Get back on track and secure it’s grip on the revolution, and adhering to it’s values as it was in the early days.

For the rebels to regroup and unite at this stage would be timely as the regimes current intense activity will run out of steam soon as it is likely unsustainable. Then the tide will turn in the revolutions favour.

June 9th, 2013, 7:07 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

١٨٦

الأخت العزيزة أميرة

أنا مواليد بريطانيا ونشأت. كان والداي من باكستان.

.(عزير هو اسم نبي الله (صلى الله عليه وسلم

June 9th, 2013, 7:18 pm

 

zoo said:

“Over the next six or seven months, it will be the beginning of the end”


– The regime will consolidate its gain
– The Sunnis in the army now prefer to stay on the side of the winner.
– A total divorce between the opposition and the armed rebellion is expected by the end of the year
– The opposition will fragment further
– The Moslem Nrotherhood may withdraw from the coalition
– and re-establish itself inside Syria

http://www.lorientlejour.com/article/818432/-au-cours-des-six-a-sept-mois-a-venir-ce-sera-le-debut-de-la-fin-.html


With the fall of Qousseir a new phase of the crucial conflict begins. This is a videoconference to discuss this issue with Yezid Sayigh (expert and associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center), Paul Salem (director of Carnegie MEC), Raphael Lefevre (author and specialist in Syrian issue) and Dmitri Trenin (researcher director of the Carnegie Moscow Center)

Resilience
“Over six to seven months, says Yezid Sayigh, it will be the beginning of the end. Of course, violence will not stop suddenly and miraculously, but short of the past four months, the regime of Bashar al-Assad has had many successes and can see the dynamic / strategic balance lean in his favor. “The public and the experts must still ask how the government has managed to survive so far, and it also continues to survive, be it at the level of institutions, especially as the opposition has failed to adapt to events and create new strategies.
In addition, the regime has faced a severe shortage of staff, which has somewhat complicated his task, forcing it to find improvised and temporary solutions. It has been using on the ground, more coercive means “cheap”, like chabbiha or armed civilians. Lately, however, the defections in the army gradually ceased. The military, specifically the Sunnis, have decided to stay in the Army, not out of fear or ignorance of what happens as was probably the case at the beginning of the war, but because the balance is tipping in favor of the regime. “The moral is raised, and now, Loyalist soldiers, who thought perhaps to flee, do not and can really fight,” said Yezid.
Similarly, the resilience and adaptability of the system will change the game while the People’s Committees of the opposition are on the brink of collapse. “If the Syrian pound has dropped, it is nothing compared to the monetary situation in Iraq in 1989/1990 or Lebanon to the end of the civil war,” says the specialist. Despite the violence, the Syrian government has actually managed to stay on, without forgetting that he has received advice and assistance from friendly countries. This situation will therefore not continue indefinitely, and “a total divorce between the opposition and the armed rebellion is expected by the end of the year,” says the researcher.

The Muslim Brotherhood
As for the Arab countries, it is certain that Saudi Arabia took over from Qatar the management of the opposition. This is essential with regard to the political solution which will probably be found to end the violence, despite the fact that recent and brutal repression deeply affect the behavior of some rebel groups (armed or not) on the ground. An obvious change is taking place in recent weeks in relations between the Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabi kingdom, making the role of the latter essential. “There is a common awareness on the part of both sides that the maintenance of good relations is inevitable, especially since Saudi Arabia has realized that the Brotherhood is and will remain anchored in Syria. All this logically affect the Lebanese branch of the movement, Jamaa Islamiyya, and its links with the kingdom ” say Raphael Lefevre.

The opposition also find themselves affected by the political, since there is the possibility that the Muslim Brotherhood withdraws from the opposition coalition.
We must not forget that the image of the latter is dire in Syria, as the rebellion keeps in mind the images of beautiful hotels abroad where sterile discussions of the coalition lead to nothing concrete for two years. So there is a feeling that is becoming more common and that is that the Muslim Brotherhood could come up with something on the ground. They are not influenced by any camp whatsoever, and if, in the past, this movement was rather fragmented, it is in the process of consolidation and search more anonymity, this is an advantage for certain groups of opposition. “However, the fact to withdraw from the coalition of Syrian opposition represents a high risk to the brotherhood,” cautions the author, who adds that “several scenarios to consider, but the most likely is that the movement” freeze “its participation in the coalition, without abandoning completely.” Meanwhile real decisions at the diplomatic level, the international peace conference called “Geneva 2” will give a clearer idea of ​​the situation. The international community should also expect that, by then, the opposition will be increasingly fragmented, necessitating an agreement between the United States and Russia.

June 9th, 2013, 7:21 pm

 

revenire said:

Uzair the values of cannibals, beheaders, thieves and religious zealots right? Yeah they will go over big in secular Syria.

Forget it. You’re dreaming.

June 9th, 2013, 7:23 pm

 
 

AMEERA said:

ما شالله برزر عزير بتحكي عربي منيح

انا شاء الله ازا الله كتبلي و تزوزت بدي سمي الولد الياس

ممكن اسألك كيف اخدت المذهب الصوفي؟ لانو معظم مسلمين بريطانيا يا تبليغي جماعات او سلفيين؟

وكمان كيف صوفي و بتآمن بالجهاد؟ لانو معظم المدارس الصوفية بتألك عليك بنفسك و روحك و متل ما بتعرف المشايخ الصوفية السوريين بعدون على الحياد و ما حدا اخد موئف سياسي لانو هاي فتنة بنظرون و النبي عليه الف الصلاة و السلام آل ازا في فتنة لازم تضلك ببيتك.

June 9th, 2013, 7:32 pm

 

zoo said:

Expected reaction to the humiliating blow of Al Qusayr: Rumors flowing about Obama ready to sign off lethal weapons delivery to the ‘good’ rebels in order to save them from total annihilation. The UK will put the issue to a vote in the Commons

AP sources: US leaning toward OK on lethal aid to Syrian rebels this week; no-fly zone unclear
http://www.canada.com/news/sources+leaning+toward+lethal+Syrian+rebels+this+week+nofly+zone/8501239/story.html

Opposition leaders are warning Washington their rebellion could face devastating losses without greater support. The warnings are prompting the United States to consider drastic action.

Officials say President Barack Obama is leaning closer toward signing off on sending weapons to rebel units.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

June 9th, 2013, 7:35 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

آن

كنت لا تزال إعطاء الابهام إلى أعلى وأسفل ليست لك؟

ههههههه

😎

June 9th, 2013, 7:35 pm

 

zoo said:

UK promises seem to falter…

UK “very reluctant” to arm Syria rebels, gloomy on peace prospects
Reuters – 2 hours 12 minutes ago

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/uk-very-reluctant-arm-syria-rebels-gloomy-peace-151507126.html#zknbNth

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Sunday it and other countries were “very reluctant” to arm rebels in Syria even as it warned that success on the battlefield by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad was undermining chances of a Geneva peace conference.

Britain and France worked together last month to lift a European Union embargo on arms shipments to Syrian rebels, giving them the flexibility to send weapons to forces who complain they are dramatically outgunned.

But Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday that no such decision had yet been taken and promised for the first time to give MPs a vote in parliament if and when it was.

“There would be a vote one way or the other,” he told BBC TV, saying Britain and the world were faced with an agonising foreign policy and ethical dilemma.

“People have understandable concerns about the idea of sending arms to anybody in Syria and we’d all be very reluctant to do that,” he said.

June 9th, 2013, 7:40 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

191. AMEERA

أدعو الله سبحانه وتعالى تمنحك رغبتكم. ماشاء الله. الياس هو أأ اسم جميل وأيضا اسم شائع بين الناس الباكستانية.

وأعتقد أن غالبية المسلمين في المملكة المتحدة هي من (الصوفية) الخلفية السنة. حوالي 70٪ + المسلمين في شبه القارة الهندية (الهند وباكستان وبنغلاديش – 0.5 مليار مسلم) ويقال ان من الصوفية (Barelvi) الخلفية.

نشرت لي إحصاء في سوريا تعليق منذ بعض الوقت.

آسف، حاولت أن أفهم تعليقك على أفضل ما يمكن أن أقوله عن طريق جوجل ترجمة وأجاب كل ما يمكن أن أقوله.

إنه متأخر. حصلت على الذهاب للعمل في الصباح.

السلام

June 9th, 2013, 7:56 pm

 

AMEERA said:

لك يبعتلك النئرزان على هيك عربي

ارباب انت واحد ما يعرف يحكي شامي

June 9th, 2013, 8:19 pm

 

Dawoud said:

ATTN: MATHEW BARBER

RE: ANN Banned?

Although ANN and I are on the opposite side of the Syrian question, I am against the dictator and she supports him, I don’t believe in censorship. As you know, I do have something with you banning her because I repeatedly complained about her long posts and language, but I still don’t believe that any opinion should be permanently silenced. If it’s her personal choice not to post comments her, I apologize to you! I am writing to you now because I know that you had banned her, and I think this is the reason she doesn’t post. I don’t want to have any role in censoring and silencing any peaceful thought or opinion, regardless of how much I disagree with it!

Thanks

June 9th, 2013, 8:34 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

http://news.yahoo.com/ap-sources-us-close-ok-arming-syrian-rebels-225528415.html
The likelihood to arm the rebels increased when HA entered the sedition

June 9th, 2013, 8:44 pm

 

dawoud said:

199. MAJEDKHALDOUN

I haven’t heard Israel asking the West to arm the rebels in order to defeat Lebanon’s terrorist HA, which means that Israel is quietly comfortable with BOTH Basahr al-Assad and Hasan Nasr-Satan حسن نصر الشيطان

June 9th, 2013, 8:48 pm

 

revenire said:

They’re already arming them.

June 9th, 2013, 9:02 pm

 

don said:

The criminal Turkish islamist regime is history finished kaput.
Poor poor war criminal islamist dictator Erdogan is toast.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/350069/turkish-spring-kathryn-jean-lopez

June 9th, 2013, 9:16 pm

 

revenire said:

That’s good news Don. Erdogan is a war criminal. He belongs in the dock.

June 9th, 2013, 9:22 pm

 

Ghufran said:

So, Qaddafi is long gone but the new thugs have made Libya a worse place, what was the point of invading Qaddafi with a stick?
قدم رئيس الاركان الليبي يوسف المنقوش استقالته يوم الاحد 9 يونيو/حزيران، وذلك بعد يوم من سقوط 31 قتيلا على الأقل وأكثر من 100 جريح في الاشتباكات بين عناصر كتيبة “درع ليبيا” من الثوار السابقين وبين المتظاهرين المطالبين بحل المليشيات المسلحة. ونقلت وكالة “رويترز” عن مصدر في المؤتمر الوطني الليبي العام ان المؤتمر قبل استقالة المنقوش. واشارت “رويترز” الى ان مصدرين آخرين اكدا نبأ الاستقالة. وكانت الاشتباكات قد اندلعت يوم السبت امام مقر كتيبة “درع ليبيا” للثوار السابقين في بنغازي، خلال تظاهرة للسكان ضد المليشيات المسلحة . ورمى المتظاهرون المقر بالحجارة، واطلق عناصر الكتيبة النار عليهم. وعاد الهدوء إلى المدينة بعد ان فرضت القوات الليبية الخاصة السيطرة على مجمع المليشيا التي قالت إنها تعمل بموافقة من وزارة الدفاع.

June 9th, 2013, 9:30 pm

 

AMEERA said:

يلي ما عم افهمو انو كيف اردوغان ضد المظاهرات و الحرية بتركيا بس عامل الاب الروحي لاخواتن بسوريا

في مجال حدا يشرحلي؟ يعني هو عندو مؤمارة كونية كمان

June 9th, 2013, 9:30 pm

 
 

zoo said:

#203 Reve

Erdogan’s arrogance and megalomania will loose him.

Despite his religious beliefs, there is one he hasn’t learn: the humility to recognize his mistakes and listen to peaceful people who disagree with him.

June 9th, 2013, 9:34 pm

 

don said:

Turkey stands in the forefront with Erdogan singing his version of O Sole Mio as angry crowds rampage in a chapter easily titled Poetic Justice.
http://www.topnewsreports.com/1234/june13/report001.html

June 9th, 2013, 9:59 pm

 

Ghufran said:

سعود قبيلات Jordan
( after a trip to Damascus )
عندما وصلنا الفندق، أخذنا قسطاً قليلاً من الراحة، ثمَّ خرجنا إلى الشارع، ورحنا نتجوَّل، سيراً على الأقدام، في منطقة وسط المدينة؛ تجوّلنا، في البداية، في شارعي الحمرا والصالحيَّة؛ كانت محالّهما التجاريَّة مفتوحة، وقد انتشر الباعة الجوَّالون على الأرصفة، وراح كثيرٌ من الناس يتجوَّلون هناك. بعضهم يتسوَّقون، وبعضهم يسيرون فحسب. وفي الحديقة الواقعة في نهاية الصالحيَّة، امتلأت المقاهي الصيفيَّة المنتشرة هناك بالمرتادين؛ رجالاً ونساءً، شُبّاناً وفتياتٍ، وأطفالاً. ومن حين إلى حين، كانت تُسمع أصوات انفجارات القذائف في بعض المناطق المحاذية لدمشق، لكن لا أحد يلتفت لها أو يقطع ما هو بصدده بسببها. قلتُ لنفسي: لو تحدَّثتُ عن هذا المشهد، في الأردن، للناس الذين يعتمدون في معرفتهم بما يجري في سوريا على الفضائيات النفطية والغربية، لما صدَّقني أحد منهم. ومن هناك، مضيناً، سيراً على الأقدام أيضاً، باتجاه ساحة المرجة، وتجوَّلنا فيها بعض الوقت، فوجدنا حالها كحال الصالحيَّة والحمرا. وبعد ذلك، عدنا أدراجنا إلى الفندق. وفي غرفتي، تصفَّحتُ بعض المواقع الإلكترونية الأردنية، ففوجئتُ بأحدها يعرض صوراً لتظاهرة حاشدة لسوريّين معارضين في الصالحيَّة (قبل قليل، كما أوضح الموقع؛ أي في الوقت، نفسه، الذي كنّا نتجوَّل خلاله في المنطقة)، لكنَّنا، لسببٍ أجهله، لم نرَ تلك التظاهرة.

June 9th, 2013, 10:04 pm

 

Observer said:

A few points

1. The ultimate war crimes established in Nuremberg stipulated that a war of aggression is the ultimate war crime for in its wake all other atrocities follow.

2. UN resolutions if they do not carry enforcement provisions remain morally damning. It is not because Israel does not care about them that it makes it or the Syrian regime less despicable. The US vetoes likewise at the SC and in their numerous occasions attest to the fact that might makes right in this world and that is what the regime is trying to do. It can hide behind propaganda but it is an illegitimate regime with fake elections, single party rule, emergency decrees, total concentration of all the branches of government in one man, absent free press, and on top of it dismal failure on all fronts: security, economics, agriculture, tourism, industry, banking, finances, water and soil, and even education the only card we have with our only resource the youth of the country.

3. It took this inept regime more than 3 weeks to take Qusayr and with the help of veteran HA fighters and with massive firepower and even at that it was a “deal” to allow the resistance to take the wounded and the civilians out.

4. The review of the pro regime press there is no talk from Mayaddeen or Alalam or Manar or Press TV and there is a repression in Dahieh of any “celebrations” and therefore it is a pyrrhic victory exactly like that of the US Marines in Fallujah.

5. Any pro regime troll that talks or rights or pontificates about anything related to the “rule of law” is the ultimate oxymoron. At least some are clearcut about their respect for brute force and that “winning” is the last man standing even if it is in the midst of complete ruins.

6. It was not Lebanon that asked for the Syrians to come in. It was the Arab League, that same Arab League that is being dismissed today as irrelevant. The smart father in contrast to the dumb brood insisted on International cover and in making sure that money came in.

7. The intervention in Lebanon was meant to prevent one side from winning outright, a side that was the majority of the population with their Palestinian allies and to preserve minority privilege. However, the father decimated the Christian political landscape and they are now left a shadow of themselves and that was after the so called SAA rained death on Ashrafieh and Ain Al Heloue and Tripoli.

8. As in Qusayr the Syrian army in Lebanon went on a looting spree and one can look at the SAA trucks leaving Lebanon with loads of toilet seats and furniture from looted homes. Even the sewer pipes were dismantled and stolen.

9. How is it that people denigrate Morsi’s arrival to power or Erdogan’s three consecutive landslides to the so called pseudo election of the retard iPad inferiority complexed lousy optometry Prethident is beyond me.

10. No matter how divided and fractured the opposition is, I would say that Moaz Alkhatib’s honesty puts the rest to shame and his sole is worth all of the regime’s men combined

11. The very fact that people protested then demonstrated then revolted then liberated and then had the regime require massive aid from Iran and HA and Maliki is a tremendous tribute to the courage, resilience, resourcefulness, and determination against this murderous dictator.

Last but not least JO6PAC claiming to be an AmeriKan when he cannot spell his nationality correctly reminds of his Prethident who was a lousy opthalmology resident in Britain.

Shame on this regime and shame on its supporters.

Death to Sykes Picot

Death to Dictatorship

Death to Oppression

Justice for Hamza

June 9th, 2013, 10:16 pm

 

mjabali said:

I said this from the beginning: Violence is not the solution. Only political mature talk could lead somewhere.

The Syrian people should organize themselves in parties. It is not late for that. This is the only way for a real change in Syria. Things has to be done with care.

Political action is the only way out of this cycle. Religion has poisoned Syria. Today some foreigners under the guise of Islam killed a boy in Allepo claiming he insulted the name of the Prophet. The video of the Belgian Jihadis cutting the head of an old man is still fresh too. Of course, there is also the normal dose of air raids, suicide attacks etc…

Syrians have to start taking care of their country fast.

June 9th, 2013, 10:41 pm

 

revenire said:

Dave, old pal, I like how your side executed a 15 year old boy. Way to go! That is bringing the Syrian people freedom.

June 9th, 2013, 11:04 pm

 

observer said:

It is too late.

It will take three generations for the wounds to heal and even at that. Look at the Armenian memories and the eternal hatred they have for Turks, look at the Greek hatred of the Turks likewise, look at the hatred that some of the Shia community have for the Sunnis.

As the atrocities have happened there were reports that HA fighters were killing rebels in the same “fashion that Omar Ibn Al Khatab was killed ” as this is in their mind the ideal way of killing a tyrant.

Pictures of the pro HA thugs using batons to break up the demonstration at the Iranian embassy also speak volumes about this sectarian hatred that seem to have hidden for years now.

Videos of rallies for “Ali” in my mind are as hideous as the ones of the worst of the Salafis and their abhorrent preachers.

If the regime had any sense whatsoever it would have declared a ceasefire after Qusayr unilaterally for one week to allow for the opening being mentioned.

I think Syria is dead and is dead for good and is going to break up into failed states.

Strife and death will be with us for a decade at least.

Death to Sykes Picot

Death to Dictatorships

Death to Oppression

Justice for Hamza and all the innocents on both sides and

Death to Sectarianism and Blind hatred and Prejudice and Racism in all its forms from Arab Nationalism to Persian Chauvinism to Islamic Exclusivism to all dehumanizing ideologies.

Let Freedom reign

June 9th, 2013, 11:07 pm

 

Dawoud said:

212. REVENIRE

Please explain, I don’t know what’s you talking about. In any case, if “my side” executed any POW-not just a 15-year old-, I would like to see the war criminals doing it brought to justice. However, I would still want the Revolution to win because: 1) there is no place in the 21 Century for a 4-decade hereditary dictatorship, 2) Although any conflict corrupts BOTH sides, the blame is mostly on the dictatorial regime; and with the people’s victory a more hopeful future could be possible. If criminal Palestinians execute a 15-year old boy, do you think that I should start rooting for the Israeli occupation?

June 9th, 2013, 11:23 pm

 

Dawoud said:

P.S., Why did HA, the Shia Lebanese Terrorist party, kill a peaceful protester today in front of the Iranian embassy in Beirut?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/09/us-syria-crisis-lebanon-idUSBRE95805H20130609

Protester killed outside Iran’s Beirut embassy

(Reuters) – A Lebanese protester was killed outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut on Sunday after gunmen from the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia Hezbollah opened fire when anti-Hezbollah Shi’ite demonstrators approached, witnesses and officials said.

The Lebanese army deployed tanks and erected roadblocks across Beirut following the shooting, fearing a flare-up in sectarian and factional hostility. Protesters had condemned Iranian and Hezbollah backing for the Syrian president in a civil war that has been spreading across Lebanon’s border.

A Reuters journalist outside the Iranian embassy saw men with handguns and dressed in black with the yellow arm-bands of Hezbollah scuffle with a group who drew up in a bus. The gunmen drew their weapons and fired. Several protesters were hit.
[…]

June 9th, 2013, 11:30 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Reality check: the real Bashar Assad. Inside observations from a British MP who got invited to tea and chat several times with the Syrian dictator.

EXCERPT:

Over a period of about five years, I met Assad several times, always one on one.

Assad’s answers to my questions were instructive and at times shocking in their directness. When I asked him what was his most important objective, he replied in two words: ‘Regime survival.’

This was quite different from his public utterances at the time about seeking political reform. I told him there is a complete contradiction between reform and regime survival, but he could not answer this question.

As events have now shown, he is willing to destroy Syria completely and kill its people in vast numbers to protect his family.

In effect, Syria is a mafia state. This is reflected in the bipolar posturings of Assad. When he told Western leaders he wanted political reform, I believe part of him meant it. But when the door closed and he was surrounded by his cronies, regime survival at all costs was all that mattered.

I also asked him why he supported the Lebanese-based Shia terrorist group Hezbollah. As we saw last week, Hezbollah’s military support for Assad played a key part in his forces winning back al-Qusayr, one of the Syrian towns captured from Syria’s rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA).

In a reply of astonishing and brutal candour, he made no attempt to deny his support for Hezbollah and admitted he had used them as a proxy to attack Israeli forces.

He said: ‘I am weak both economically and militarily. I cannot take on Israel directly. They are much stronger than me. It makes more sense to use Hezbollah to put pressure on Israel.’

He was just as unapologetic when I asked him why he had allowed insurgents to pass through Syria freely during the Iraq War in order to attack British and American soldiers.

I said to him: ‘You must know the people you let through your border are only going there to try to kill our soldiers?’

He replied in a totally matter-of-fact way: ‘If they want to get themselves killed by your soldiers that’s up to them. If I don’t let them go through they may turn on me and start a revolution to get rid of me. Remember what I said earlier: regime survival is the most important thing for me.’

In other words, he feared if he didn’t let them through, they would turn their guns and bombs on his own vulnerable government. For Assad, it always comes back to regime survival.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2338170/Brooks-Newmark-I-know-Assad–I-know-time-arm-Syrian-rebels-bring-says-Tory-MP-visited-dictators-house-tea.html#ixzz2VmJoHUUx

COMMENT: This is “leader” worth fighting for, huh?

Russia and Iran have exploited this paranoid weakling and idiot to the max.

June 9th, 2013, 11:34 pm

 

revenire said:

Dave I didn’t ask you for another propaganda sermon from an American (you). I congratulated you on the execution of a 15 year old boy by your friends.

I know you will take anything I say and reply back “What about Assad?” but that won’t do for me.

Dave you talk about justice and freedom – mere slogans coming from you. Your rebels bring murder and death to Syria.

They are the ones who murdered 100,000.

June 9th, 2013, 11:37 pm

 

Syrialover said:

OBSERVER #213

You know I respect you and always read your comments, but the way you have talked all along talk about Syrians losing their country as sorry, too bad, too late, give up, is pessimistic and counterproductive.

I understand that is your view and interpretation, but that is all it is. Not foregone fact.

To me, you are asserting in effect that sectarianism, hatred and chaos will win and everyone in the region is inevitably sentenced to live the next few generations in poverty-stricken, insecure, uncivilized enclaves, divorced from the world.

If everyone was to think like that are there will be nobody caring about being Syrian any more, or thinking about a post-Assad government, recovery or reconstruction.

The wounds can heal if there is concerted effort to rebuild and reconcile. That’s what’s happened in Rwanda, and it’s what happened on a massive scale after WWII.

When you talk like you do, it seems you feel Syrians are different, there is no hope of them achieving that.

I draw inspiration from the many Syrians who believe the opposite, and are making huge efforts and sacrifices to keep this hope going forward.

I am also able to imagine a post-Putin and post-Ayatollah world and refuse to accept their transient agendas should permanently destroy Syria.

June 9th, 2013, 11:58 pm

 

Dawoud said:

217. REVENIRE

….Yah, Syrians should just apologized to the murderous dictator after his security forces tortured Hamza al-Khateeb and killed peaceful protesters in Dear’ah. They should continued to sing for Bashar and look forward to the day when Hafez #2 succeeds his dad, who also succeeded his dad 🙂 🙂 Bashr, Hasan Nasr-Satan حسن نصر الشيطان, and Iran have killed the overwhelming majority of the 100,000 Syrians killed so far! Sad! The dictator, his Shia Lebanese terrorist ally, and Ali Khameini will one day face a trial for their crimes against the Syrian people and humanity!

June 10th, 2013, 12:10 am

 

Ilya said:

Can anyone name 1 Country that was invaded by USA/NATO to achieve so called democracy a success?
I can not remember 1 case where armed invasion led to democracy peaceful coexistion ever after …
I have seen so far countries left in rubble’s set back like for 50 years,infrastructure gone,all the government institutions demolished,just chaos left,once regime removed USA lose interest just leaves.

June 10th, 2013, 12:11 am

 

Dawoud said:

220. ILYA

Iran and the Shia Lebanese terrorist party HA quietly cheered the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Now, thanks to GW Bush, they are in control of Iraq through their puppet Nuri al-Maliki. But, yes, no democracy in recent history after invasion, although the United States did in fact bring democracy to Japan and Germany after WWII. In any case, the U.S. will not invade Syria. Syria’s opposition only need arms to level the playing field with the regime and Iran. Syrians will free their country without an outside invasion.

June 10th, 2013, 12:17 am

 

Ilya said:

Dawoud
Can you guarantee that after Assad regime is gone,there wont be civil war in Syria., like in Afghanistan between 400 different groups in Syria?
After Assad is toppled everyone will fight for power, will not give up arms look @ Libya.

June 10th, 2013, 12:22 am

 

Syrialover said:

When the Hezbollah fantasy turns to dust and they face the reality of being just an unskilled marginalized group in Lebanon with no security, financial support or economic prospects, they will also have some other new realities hitting them daily in the face.

One will be the hatred, suspicion and contempt of the Arab world.

Another will be the refusal of western nations to accept them as refugees or immigrants.

Good luck if they try to make new lives in Iran. The locals there won’t want to know them either.

June 10th, 2013, 12:28 am

 

Dawoud said:

222. ILYA

Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee-but the country is already in a civil war because the dictator has managed to rally the minorities and foreigners (Iran) against the Syrian rebellious Sunni majority. what I am saying here is what I have always said: There is no reason on earth to support a murderous dictatorship.

June 10th, 2013, 12:32 am

 

dawoud said:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/robert-fisk-ahmadinejads-successor-is-supposed-to-be-chosen-by-the-people-not-guardians-8651026.html

ROBERT FISK
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Sunday 9 June 2013

Robert Fisk: Ahmadinejad’s successor is supposed to be chosen by the people, not guardians

This is not a real election for Iran but a competition between clerical favourites
[…]

June 10th, 2013, 1:39 am

 

apple_mini said:

Looks like the sheep skin is finally coming off the wolf, US administration is getting ready to arm the rebels. For the obvious reason, “The United States will continue to look for ways to strengthen the capabilities of the Syrian opposition”, so Syria will stay in conflict and the regime will be pulled back into weak position and the national interests of US and its allies will be preserved. As far as more killing, more death, more destruction, no problem. Since when those are problems of US, as long as they are not inflicted on US soil or its people.

We believe US government certainly has capacity to arm the rebels and level the playing field. But they do face overwhelming public objection against arming the rebels inside US and internationally. It is too late to hide their bogus claim as humanitarian intervention. That might pose a severe problem to convince or stop other countries from taking countermeasures. I’m sure the opposition will cheer and hail the new development. And then there will be more Syrians who reject them and their causes.

Either way, we will see more Syrian blood get wasted.

June 10th, 2013, 1:39 am

 

revenire said:

Jihadists Executed a Child for Using the Prophet’s Name in Vain

The members of an Islamic FSA battalion executed a 15 years old boy for using the prophet’s name in vain, while cannibals walk freely and respected among FSA’s ranks.

The Jihadists who spoke formal Arabic arrested 15 years old Mohamad Qataa last night in AlShaar – Aleppo.
Mohamad used to sell coffee in Sad Al-Louz area in AlShaar district. The boy had a fight with a man and he told him

“Even if Prophet Mohamad descends, I won’t give you a loan.” The group accused the boy with blasphemy and they took him away on 10 pm last night.

Later they broughtMohamad back, his shirt raised over his head and his body had visible signs of flagging. When people gathered, a member of the battalion announced in a loud voice “Esteemed people of Aleppo, using God’s or the prophet’s names in vain or abusing them is blasphemy and any who does will be punished like this” and the “rebel” shot he boy with a gun in front of his mother and father, one shot to the head and another shot on the neck. Then the Jihadists drove away in their car.

There is a security center for the FSA’s Sharia Committee in the area; the committee didn’t act to stop the murder.

June 10th, 2013, 1:53 am

 

revenire said:

Al Alam: 1,500 al-Nusra militants killed in Qusayr

A Syrian journalist says at least 1,500 militants of the notorious al-Nusra Front have been killed during the government forces’ recent operation to retake Qusayr.

Mohammed Nassour told Al Alam Television Network on Sunday that the Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters also dealt heavy blows to other insurgent groups in Qusayr clashes.

Latest reports indicate that the Syrian army has also pushed foreign-backed militants out of the central villages of Salhiyeh and Masoudiyeh, just north of Qusayr. It is now in control of several villages near Qusayr in Homs province.

The al-Nusra Front has been behind many of the deadly bombings targeting both civilians and government institutions across Syria since the outbreak of violence in March 2011.

On May 10, Syria’s Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Ja’afari said the al-Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for carrying out at least 600 acts of terror in the past year. Ja’afari also slammed the group for attacking hospitals and schools, desecrating holy places, assassinating religious figures, and abducting UN personnel in Syria.

The West has been widely criticized for its double standard when it comes to dealing with terrorist groups.

Over two years of foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria has taken its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel.

June 10th, 2013, 1:55 am

 

ghufran said:

قتل سبعة أشخاص بينهم عائلة كاملة في قصف صاروخي استهدف بلدتي نبل و الزهراء بريف حلب .
وقال مصدر في جيش الدفاع الوطني ” إن عائلة مكونة من خمسة أفراد هم أب و أم وثلاثة بنات استشهدوا إثر سقوط صاروخ غراد على منزلهم “.
و أدى القصف الذي استخدمت فيه دبابة و مدافع هاون وصواريخ غراد إلى استشهاد إمراة حامل تمكن الأطباء من استخراج الجنين من بطنها إلا أنه فارق الحياة بعد نحو 10 ساعات بسبب عدم وجود حواضن .
و الضحايا هم “احمد ابراهيم حمشة وزوجته فاطمة هاشم الحايك وبناته زينب،و جميلة،و زهراء ، و الأم الحامل وتدعى “هلا هادي طالب
These two towns are under siege, locals say that army troops are about to start an attack on Nusra forces that surround Nubul and Zahraa.

June 10th, 2013, 2:06 am

 

Syrialover said:

#102. MAJOOS said: “After centuries the Shiites were persecuted in the ME isn’t it more than fair that their former oppressors are getting now cured by their own medicine?”

Oh grow up! Go on, time to get a life, an education or whatever it takes to help you cope with the reality of the modern world.

June 10th, 2013, 2:15 am

 

Juergen said:

I know Assad – and I know it’s time to arm the Syrian rebels and bring him down, says Tory MP who visited dictator’s house for tea

“Over a period of about five years, I met Assad several times, always one on one. (I also had a remarkable private meeting with his English-born wife, Asma, which I shall return to later.)
Assad’s answers to my questions were instructive and at times shocking in their directness. When I asked him what was his most important objective, he replied in two words: ‘Regime survival.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2338170/Brooks-Newmark-I-know-Assad–I-know-time-arm-Syrian-rebels-bring-says-Tory-MP-visited-dictators-house-tea.html

June 10th, 2013, 2:16 am

 

Syrialover said:

OBSERVER #213 – How does the idea of “Lawfare” that heads this post sit with your views?

MJABALI How does your comment in #211 sit with the reality of Bashar Assad in #216?

June 10th, 2013, 2:21 am

 

Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:

LawFare, or what ever you want to call it, is useless without Enforcement. Who is going to deliver the promised justice and enforce what Mr Falt is proposing?

Hoping for more regime insiders to defect? After 26 months and dozens of massacres, you are telling me there are people who will contemplate switching sides after seeing with their own eyes the evil that the regime is capable of and willing to actually practice to stay in power? Please!

And lest you guys forget what the regime and its ‘Heroes’ do after ‘victory’, here is a reminder.

WARNING-WARNING-WARNING-WARNING-WARNING-WARNING
Hideous acts that will make you sick, sick of belonging to the same species as these…creatures

utube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ByG3TtpJ7zI#!

Note that the victim is still alive and moving, in contrast to the stiff that was cut up and allegedly eaten.

Moderator: I dont want the video to embed I just want the link to appear.

June 10th, 2013, 2:26 am

 

Syrialover said:

JUERGEN #231

I posted that article in more detail in #216 above.

It’s a sharp shot of reality and wake-up call for anyone who thought the Assad regime would ever negotiate.

June 10th, 2013, 4:31 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Some gains of Iranian Women under the Mulla’s Wahabi’s Rule No link provided*

A few examples illustrate the nature of the reversal:
– Enforcement of compulsory hejab (or veil) or the Islamic code of dress, which deprived women of the right to choose their own attire;

– Repeal of reforms in family laws;

– A ban on appointment of women as judges and expulsion or change of the employment status of female judges;

– Forbidding women employed by the armed forces from receiving military ranks and reducing their employment status to that of office employees;

– Stoppage of the family planning and population control policy;

– Legislation of the Islamic Penal Code according to which women’s right to live is not protected as the right of a full human being and in which young girls of nine years of age (but not boys) are considered of age of criminal responsibility, and the decision that testimony of women is not the equivalent of the testimony of men;

– Emphasis on the absolute right of custody for the father or the paternal grandfather in the matter of matrimony of female children to the extent that the father or the grandfather can marry a child of nine years of age to any man he intends.

The list is longer than stated above. What happened was the implementation of severe measures against women with the pretext of preserving the religious or revolutionary values of society.

*Find the source yourself. May be you will be exposed to realities of the Wahabi Mullas of Iran.

June 10th, 2013, 4:37 am

 

apple_mini said:

Time is truly running out for the “revolutionists”. Check out this excellent assessment of current situation:

http://m.ceip.org/beirut/publications/?fa=52038&lang=ar

No wonder US administration is so hastily consider arming the rebels.

June 10th, 2013, 5:15 am

 

habib said:

Now that the government is winning, I guess Landis regrets his “bomb Syria” posturing some time back.

His family might never be able to return to Syria, but that’s how it goes when you root for one camp in a civil war where no side has morals, instead of staying neutral.

June 10th, 2013, 5:18 am

 

Syrialover said:

#233. SYRIAN ATHEIST AGAINST DICTATORSHIPS

Without something like “Lawfare” seen as possible and necessary, Syrians will be stuck in a black hole with no way out. Humans in history throughout the world have shown it can be done.

We know that people who are such “big men” and cruel psychopaths in conflicts become weak and displaced with the emergence of order, community unity and a legal system. In the case of Syria, the evidence against them is going to be more powerful and accessible than in most previous conflicts.

As for defections, people at the centre of this type of conflict usually jump ship when they perceive the end to be near and themselves at risk. This happened with some of Gaddafi’s henchmen.

I think at this advanced stage of the conflict most in Syrian regime circles would find it hard to make a safe and clean getaway and won’t expect to find a guaranteed welcome awaiting them. And others would be fantasizing and gambling on a chance to gain more personal power from the inner circle chaos.

The biggest hope is that someone close to Assad and his team will for some reason become afraid of them and take action to get in first to avoid being killed or imprisoned.

June 10th, 2013, 5:48 am

 

majoos said:

The official side of the story:

Six Turkish policemen commit suicide during Gezi protests, union head says!

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/six-turkish-policemen-commit-suicide-during-gezi-protests-union-head-says.aspx?PageID=238&NID=48471&NewsCatID=341

June 10th, 2013, 6:40 am

 

majoos said:

“The interest rate lobby believes it can threaten Turkey with stock market speculation,” Erdoğan said. He did not specify who the members of this lobby were, so I had to resort to pro-government newspapers. According to articles in a daily owned by the conglomerate where the PM’s son-in-law is CEO, the lobby is a coalition of Jewish financiers associated with both Opus Dei and Illuminati. It seems the two sworn enemies have put aside their differences to ruin Turkey.”

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/the-chapull-jew-capulcu-interest-rate-lobby.aspx?PageID=238&NID=48497&NewsCatID=430

June 10th, 2013, 6:41 am

 

Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:

@Syrialover #238

Must admit that I am starting to doubt my ability to understand English, because even after reading Mr Falt’s piece for a second time I come away scratching my head. What is this Lawfare program or plan that he is talking about? I looked hard but found little detail, not even an outline. The only bit I could glean from the post and which offers anything concrete is this here :

‘lawfare’ focuses on pragmatic immediacies such as targeted prosecutions and the encouragement of regime defections in order to facilitate conflict resolution itself.

OK. But, who is going to do the prosecuting and by what authority (the enforcement bit I was talking about in previous comment), and in what venue? And assuming Russia and China allow processes to run their course (I doubt that), who is going to put together a posse to storm into Syria and arrest those targeted individuals? Let me see, wasn’t there a group of HA men wanted by some tribunal or another for Hariri’s assassination? What happened there?

I won’t say anymore about the other point in the quoted sentence –encouragement of defections, because frankly no matter how many you get to defect at this stage it will not affect the regime because it is clear that the guys that matter will not defect and are deriving their strength from Russian and Iranian (includes HA, btw) unlimited and unrestrained backing.

We are also told that we must have unity and descipline among the opposition. Well, we’ve known that for a long time and I can’t see it happening because people have been sent by the regime specifically to undermine that very goal. Yes, you heard me right, the opposition has been infiltrated from the very first days of the revolution, as have many of the groups fighting on the ground, including the so-called Takfiri ones. Those opportunistic criminals who are stealing and selling the oil in DeireZor, who do you thinlk let them out of prison and gave them arms and cars to run amok?

Then the learned gentleman tells us that the problem has been “the lack of international coordination… not enough focus (of many disarate projects) to get sovereign donors’ attention”. So it is down to funds for Western experts now, huh? Oh, dear. That reminds me, I wonder how much Mr Brahimi is pocketing every month for all his photo opportunities. On an hourly rate I bet he has been doing better than S.I. models, all without having to bare any skin.

June 10th, 2013, 7:36 am

 

Tara said:

I wish I believe that the US is close to arm the rebels. I just don’t.

June 10th, 2013, 8:31 am

 

habib said:

242. Tara

Even if they did, nothing would change on the ground. These “rebels” are too incompetent.

Apart from blowing themselves and others up, they’re good for nothing.

June 10th, 2013, 9:33 am

 

revenire said:

Tara they’ve been arming them the entire time. The place is flooded with weapons. More weapons = more dead you profess to care about.

June 10th, 2013, 9:34 am

 

revenire said:

Let freedom ring.

Syrian rebels execute teenage boy for ‘heresy’ – report (GRAPHIC PHOTO)
http://rt.com/news/syrian-rebels-execute-teenage-boy-460/

An al-Qaeda-affiliated opposition group has allegedly executed a teenage boy in Syria in front of his family, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports. The boy was shot by the group for supposedly blaspheming.

15-year-old Mohammad Qataa was taken hostage by the extremist group and was then summarily executed in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday night. Pro-opposition group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) released a photo of the boy with bullet wounds in both his face and neck.

June 10th, 2013, 9:41 am

 

majoos said:

Tara is waking up from her illusions! The West will arm the rebels but only to a scale which allows the Shiite resistance to errase them. Somehow the arms industry has to be nourished and since they found fools like the SAudi and Qatari emirs paying for them they don t even have to ask the Congress for approval.
The Sunnis can only help themselves and no one will bother to lift a finger for them.

Thats s the reality!

June 10th, 2013, 9:43 am

 

revenire said:

Syrialover why would anyone in the Syrian government be plotting to run away from Syria? You mean defections?

June 10th, 2013, 9:49 am

 

Tara said:

No Habib,

If they were to be armed, your president will be history in no time. It took 2 armies, airisl bombardment, IRG expertise, tank powers to take over Qusayr from few rebels equipped only with AK 47 and improvised explosive devices. A task that should have been accomplished in 1/2 hour literally.

When the rebels were better equipped, they see having one military victory after the other.

June 10th, 2013, 10:05 am

 

revenire said:

Tara what sort of weapons would you like? Let’s say the West gave anything on the shopping list of Idris. You name it they send it. What would happen other than more death and destruction?

Do you believe the SAA has used 10% of its arsenal? They have heavy weapons that are not used in this war because it is largely a guerrilla war in cities.

Any move by the West to increase the firepower of its mercenaries will be met by an equal move by Syria’s allies.

That isn’t what happened in Qusayr either. Qusayr was a complete rout for the enemy. They found a lot more than AK-47s too. Where are you reading this stuff Tara?

June 10th, 2013, 10:07 am

 

Tara said:

Reve

“244. REVENIRE said:

“More weapons = more dead you profess to care about.”

Reve, your president left us no choice when he mowed down peaceful protesters. And continued to leave us no choice when accepted no compromise. The stud is even planning another fake election in 2014 so his behind remain stuck to the chair on top of a pile of dead women and children.

June 10th, 2013, 10:17 am

 

revenire said:

Zionists not happy Europe didn’t designate Hezbollah as a terror organization

Liberman: Europe has capitulated to terrorism
In letter to EU foreign policy chief, ex-FM asks whether Israel can trust the union after it left Hezbollah off terror list
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liberman-europe-has-capitulated-to-terrorism/

June 10th, 2013, 10:18 am

 

Mina said:

Karzai in Doha: “The US are to blame for the turmoil in Muslim countries”

(who’s speaking !!?)

http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_06_10/Karzai-Did-War-on-Terror-encourage-radical-Islam-6199/

June 10th, 2013, 10:19 am

 

Tara said:

Majoos@ 246

I agree with your assessment.

Except that I doubt that the Shiaa will be successful erasing them.

June 10th, 2013, 10:22 am

 

revenire said:

Tara you can just talk and skip the speech with me. I don’t accept that the army mowed down any peaceful protesters. I say it didn’t happen. If you can prove it did I will take a look at your proof – just be sure it doesn’t come from an anti-Syrian source. I want a neutral news source – not the BBC, CNN, the Saudis etc.

And no YouTube videos uploaded by terrorists.

Thx.

June 10th, 2013, 10:22 am

 

dawoud said:

It looks like the world is now paying attention to the humanitarian dangers that the dictator’s, Hizb al-Shytan’s, and Iran’s “victory” in Syria could mean! An American decision to arm the rebels will be made in the NEXT FEW DAYS!

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/10/us-usa-syria-idUSBRE9590HY20130610

U.S. to weigh arming Syrian rebels, official says
[…]

June 10th, 2013, 10:46 am

 

Dawoud said:

This WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!
U.S. to weigh arming Syrian rebels, official says

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/10/us-usa-syria-idUSBRE9590HY20130610

June 10th, 2013, 10:51 am

 

Tara said:

Reve@ 254

No. Futile.

June 10th, 2013, 10:53 am

 

Dawoud said:

256. TARA

The likely U.S. decision this week to arm the rebels is a realization of the dangers posed by Iran, the dictator, and the Shia Lebanese terrorist party of Hasan Nasr-Satan حسن نصر الشيطان!

June 10th, 2013, 10:57 am

 

revenire said:

Dave nah, they see their mercenaries being badly beaten and are desperate to try to save them. That’s all.

Tara if this evidence exists outside of the fantasy world of the Western press I’d love to see it. Humor me.

Did someone post an expose from the Daily Mail? The Daily Mail? LOL getting desperate now. Isn’t that a tabloid found at grocery store checkouts? Sensational stories? Women in their underwear?

June 10th, 2013, 11:06 am

 

Alan said:

Engineer of accessories creation of international interventions Mother”s son B.Levy
Listening to Bernard Levy and his overly repeated human rights credentials, it is very disturbing to see how he glossed over the hard questions that came from Mehdi Hassan and the audience. For example the fate of a town of black Libyans called Tuareg which has been ethnically cleansed by these so called Libyan revolutionaries. He also could give no intellectual or moral answer as to why he never calls for military intervention on behalf of the Palestinians.

June 10th, 2013, 11:13 am

 

Dawoud said:

259. REVENIRE

Although I wouldn’t call them “mercenaries” because most of them are rebellious against a dictatorial order, I actually agree with you that the regime and its MERCENARY (it gets paid to do Iran’s dirty work) Shia Lebanese terrorist party will likely win after re-conquering Aleppo. Yes, the regime will like win Aleppo (Halab) in a few weeks, which would be the beginning of defeat for the Revolution. It will be ugly and thousands will die and millions will be dispossessed. It will be a setback for U.S. policy because it will show that the U.S. is an unreliable ally compared to Russia and Iran. It will be a bad precedent for the US, and that’s why the Obama administration will lift the embargo this week.

Speaking of mercenaries, an Iranian mercenary terrorist killed in Syria was buried in Iran:

http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/iran/2013/06/10/%D8%AA%D8%B4%D9%8A%D9%8A%D8%B9-%D8%AC%D8%AB%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B9%D8%B3%D9%83%D8%B1%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A-%D9%84%D9%82%D9%8A-%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1%D8%B9%D9%87-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A7.html

الرئيسية
آخر تحديث: الاثنين 1 شعبان 1434هـ – 10 يونيو 2013م KSA 14:53 – GMT 11:53
تشييع جثمان ضابط إيراني لقي مصرعه في سوريا
طهران نفت مراراً قتال قواتها العسكرية إلى جانب نظام بشار الأسد

كشفت مواقع إلكترونية محلية في إقليم جيلان (شمالي إيران) عن تشييع جثمان ضابط برتبة رائد في قوات الحرس الثوري الإيراني، في مدينة “رشت” عاصمة الإقليم، وأكدت أن الضابط الإيراني لقي مصرعه في سوريا.
وكان موقع “8 دي” ذكر يوم السبت الماضي أن “جثمان الحارس الثوري محمد حسين عطري سيتم تشييعه اليوم من مقابل مقرّ الحرس الثوري بمدينة رشت”.
[…]

June 10th, 2013, 11:20 am

 
 

revenire said:

Dave do you have any proof of that? Reports say that most are foreign mercenaries. The Syrian government says it. The Israelis say this as well. They reported last week that the local part of the revolution is dead. In Aleppo the FSA is hated by the population and that information comes from opposition activists.

When our soldiers check the dead bodies of terrorists their foreign origin is found out. They have papers on them proving it.

The government found dozens of dead Saudis in Qusayr Dave – Saudi flags. Qusayr has a Christian population of several thousand and every single one of them cheered the army retaking it – as did the Sunnis there. They had a huge celebration this weekend.

This is true liberation and freedom – liberation from Takfiri monsters.

Dave if 500,000 have to die to keep Syria free that’s the price.

June 10th, 2013, 11:34 am

 

zoo said:

The USA is not posturing to answer the desperate calls from Selim Idriss nor to please the senile Mc Cain and his war mongering friends.
The USA does not wish to weaken Bashar al Assad to force him to face the opposition musical chairs , it wants to weaken Bashar al Assad to force him to make a peace deal with… Israel.
Bashar may not have agreed to all the conditions yet and needs to be pressured more.
That’s what is cooking in the kitchen that Susan Rice and Kerry took over.

The rest is just theatre for the public and the media

June 10th, 2013, 12:35 pm

 
 

zoo said:

One Turkish soldier seriously injured at Syria border
by 150 Syrians refugees? rebels? trying to force their way into the country.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/one-turkish-soldier-seriously-injured-at-syria-border.aspx?pageID=238&nID=48571&NewsCatID=341

June 10th, 2013, 12:39 pm

 

Alan said:

260 – cont-ing!
Arab-spring Godfather
Levy is working to implement the doctrine of the “Greater Middle East” propagated by former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. It’s a “plan to provide Israel with a suitable climate to assert complete hegemony over the region.” Levy belongs to the Israeli lobby that openly and fiercely defends Israel’s interests in France and Europe, and his past positions testify to that. “Levy contradicts himself in his support for the rights of the Libyan people to freedom and democracy, while opposing the Palestinian struggle for the same ends

http://youtu.be/iZ_aq-gfr6E?t=2m6s

June 10th, 2013, 12:41 pm

 

zoo said:

A Syrian Terrorist remodeled by a Gulf Arab doctor or engineer

http://www.abna.co/a/uploads//325/9/325959.jpg

June 10th, 2013, 12:42 pm

 

zoo said:

Selim Idriss presides a welcome committee

Balkan Militants Join Syria’s Rebel Cause

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/06/balkan-militants-join-syrias-rebel-cause/276701/
Several hundred Bosnian Muslims might have the joined the fight against Assad’s regime.


In most cases, Balkan militants in Syria first embraced Salafism — the Islamic fundamentalist movement that includes Al-Qaeda jihadists.

Salafist leaders in the Balkans deny recruiting or transporting Balkan militants to Syria. They say those who join Syrian rebels do so as individuals.

But Resad Plojovic, deputy leader of Sandzak’s Muftiate, said he thinks “some organizations and individuals” are recruiting Balkan Muslims.

“There are centers or individuals who probably have connections with certain organizations, and they are motivating people,” he says. “They also may know ways to transport them to the warzone. Let’s be frank. Many here do not even know where Syria is. They cannot know how to go there and get involved in all that is happening there.”

June 10th, 2013, 12:46 pm

 

Alan said:

cont-ing 260.
Arab-spring Godfather
http://youtu.be/iZ_aq-gfr6E?t=2m6s
Levy is working to implement the doctrine of the “Greater Middle East” propagated by former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. It’s a “plan to provide Israel with a suitable climate to assert complete hegemony over the region.” Levy belongs to the Israeli lobby that openly and fiercely defends Israel’s interests in France and Europe, and his past positions testify to that. “Levy contradicts himself in his support for the rights of the Libyan people to freedom and democracy, while opposing the Palestinian struggle for the same ends

June 10th, 2013, 12:46 pm

 

habib said:

248. Tara

Uh, are we talking about the same Qusayr? There were thousands of “rebels”, equipped with RPGs, mortars, and weaponised vehicles.

The army could had crushed Qusayr faster, yes, but that would had lead to even more deaths on both sides. Better go slow and thoroughly.

And Assad isn’t my president, by the way. I couldn’t care less about him, he’s not what this is about.

June 10th, 2013, 1:06 pm

 

Tara said:

Habib,

The so called army never cared about life. It took them 3 wks because they are cowards and impotent.

In any case, Habib, I am happy that Assad is not your president and you do not care about him. It is the you(generically) who makes me sad in a way that the mistakes of some in the revolution did not win them over.

June 10th, 2013, 1:31 pm

 

Majed97 said:

Not to be outdone by their Syrian brothers in Aleppo (a.k.a. FSA), Taliban beheads two boys in southern Afghanistan.

Taliban fighters beheaded two boys aged 10 and 16 as a warning to villagers not to cooperate with the Afghan government.

The boys, named Khan and Hameedullah, had travelled to Afghan army and police checkpoints near their home in the southern province of Kandahar, scrounging for leftover food to bring to their families, the officials said.

http://news.yahoo.com/taliban-beheads-two-boys-southern-afghanistan-150548483.html

June 10th, 2013, 1:43 pm

 

revenire said:

God was with our soldiers in Qusayr – God and the Party of God.

June 10th, 2013, 2:10 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

The killing of the child by extremist has to be condemned by all means, they are criminals and has to to be arrested and killed themslves, this kind of crime should never be tolerated, and it is against all human rights.
Even if he was a man and not a child we should never ignore or tolerate such crime,and the criminals whoever they are must pay for their crime

June 10th, 2013, 2:20 pm

 

Alan said:

Russian Airborne Troops had already formed a separate brigade especially designed to serve at the divided Golan as part of the UN force policing the Israeli-Syrian separation sector. Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan contribute special units.

Jordan wargames: Patriot batteries, F-16s and 4,500 US troops near Syrian border
/These weapons, aircraft, and their operators, have been brought to this location to be used against Syria well after these war games are over./
http://rt.com/news/jordan-multinational-military-exercises-459/
/With Syrian Arab forces, in terms of kicking out the mercs, the timeframe for such an attack may well be sooner, rather than later; particularly in light of the multitude of scandals in which the Obama administration finds itself enmeshed./

June 10th, 2013, 2:36 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

It’s on. High tech weaponry is hopefully on it’s way. Also, the disparate factions amongst the rebels (secular, religious, Sufi, Salafi etc etc – not al Qaeda) will be forced to unite or face more regime ‘successes’.

About 6 hrs ago on AJE Syria blog:

The United States could make a decision as early as this week on whether to arm Syrian rebels, a US official said on Monday.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the question of whether to arm rebels is on the agenda of White House meetings during the early part of this week.

[Reuters]

June 10th, 2013, 2:42 pm

 

Citizen said:

what is causing President Obama to consider “drastic action” is the floodgate of scandals which have rocked his administration over recent weeks: Benghazigate, APGate, IRSGate, and most recently, the NSAGate.

He desperately needs a huge distraction from these scandals with which to attempt to diffuse the anger thinking Americans have at the gall of this President, to believe that he could run roughshod over the Constitution and Bill of Rights without public outcry.

http://www.chron.com/news/article/AP-sources-US-close-to-OK-on-arming-Syrian-rebels-4590170.php

June 10th, 2013, 2:46 pm

 

revenire said:

Tara do you have any idea how Hafez Assad brought Syria into the modern world? Literacy rates, promotion of women, the economy all exploded under Assad. I could go down figures for you proving my case. University enrollment skyrocketed under Assad. Was it perfect? Of course not but Assad brought water and electricity to the nation. You can’t deny that.

June 10th, 2013, 2:50 pm

 

revenire said:

Quite impressive, quite impressive indeed:

Ministry of Defense figures for Qusayr

2,745 _______* killed in Al-Qusayr fighting
344 wounded
1,000 arrested (note that SyrPer told its readers that 800 had surrendered on the first day of the attack)
600 estimated escapees

*censored

http://syrianperspective.blogspot.com/2013/06/first-post-june-10-2013-syrian-army.html

June 10th, 2013, 3:40 pm

 

Citizen said:

Army attack helicopter Mi 28 for mission in the Golan

http://youtu.be/JzQ99jGoy_U?t=1m31s

June 10th, 2013, 3:41 pm

 
 

Tara said:

Aron Lund,

This is for you.

Ah Ya Zainab! The Shiaa jihad.

The article identifies two brigades: Asaib Ahl al Haq and the (Iraqi) Hezbollah brigades. Abu al -Fadhil al-Abbas is a Syrian one.

Iraqi Shiite fighters’ Syria role raises tensions
Associated Press –
http://news.yahoo.com/iraqi-shiite-fighters-syria-role-raises-tensions-184010593.html

The 33-year-old father from southern Baghdad, who wears a ring inscribed with a Quranic verse, is preparing for his fourth mission later this month. He says he’ll be issued an AK-47 from Syrian military caches once he gets there.

“We are defending our religion,” he told The Associated Press in a Baghdad cafe, insisting on a nom de guerre out of concern for his safety. “It’s in our blood. It is a religious duty that we not keep silent when we see the Shiite holy shrines being attacked.”
..
“The participation of Shiite militias in Syria under the pretext of protecting holy shrines is a sectarian project that is endangering the whole region,” said Iraqi Sunni lawmaker Hamid al-Mutlaq. “The Iraqi government is turning a blind eye toward this.”

In Iraq’s southern Shiite heartland, mourners are increasingly gathering at public funerals for fighters who died fighting in Syria. At one held in Maysan province, along the border with Iran, for seven fallen militants, Iraqi soldiers provided protection as camouflage-clad militants carried flower-topped caskets through the streets.

Two Iraqi militias — Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Hezbollah Brigades, an Iranian-backed group that is independent of the better-known Lebanese Shiite militant group — are organizing much of the transfer of Iraqi fighters to Syria, according to Shiite politicians, clerics and militia members.
..
Militia leaders send some recruits for training by members of Iran’s Quds Force, which oversees external operations of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, to a military camp in the Iranian town of Varamin before they are deployed to Syria, according to a senior official in the political bureau of the National Alliance — an Iraqi coalition of Shiite Islamist parties that includes al-Maliki’s political bloc. He said others receive training in Lebanon. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publically.

Jassim al-Jazairi, a member in the political bureau of Iraq’s Hezbollah Brigades, said the fight in Syria was ultimately for the sake of Iraq’s Shiites as well.

“We feel that Iraq will be the next target after Syria. The Shiite groups, including our Brigades, are not fighting to defend the shrines only, but also against this Takfiri project in other places in Syria,” he said, using a term for extremist Sunnis.
..
It is difficult to determine how many Shiite militants have gone to Syria. A senior Iraqi intelligence official estimated the number at a few hundred, though he said that figure does not include Iraqis living in Syria before the conflict there erupted. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
..
Once in Syria, fighters are told to sever communications with family back home and to avoid carrying documents indicating they are from Iraq, the National Alliance official said. They are primarily fed into the Abu al-Fadhil al-Abbas Brigade, a Shiite militia led by Syrian Alawite commanders that has been promoting itself in YouTube videos and other postings online, he said.

Iraq’s Shiite clerical establishment has not publically released any edicts forbidding the militants’ activities, which officials say have the backing of Iranian ayatollahs.

Read more,,

June 10th, 2013, 3:53 pm

 

don said:

Aleppo and it’s suburbs are falling very very fast! Foreign Islamist mercenaries are either surrendering or fleeing to Turkey! Congrats to the Syrian people and their army.

June 10th, 2013, 4:48 pm

 

Dawoud said:

283. TARA

Excellent TARA! I hope Mr. Lund takes it seriously!

June 10th, 2013, 4:51 pm

 

AMEERA said:

الله مع مين؟

لسى بدنا شي مليون شهيد و دمار البلد عفوا أصدي يلا بائي من البلد ليبين معنا الله مع مين

يا جماعة الخير الشيعة عم يئتلو باسم الله و المجاهدين عم يدبحو باسم الله طيب ازا هالادة بحبو الله بعدي اسمو يروحو لعندو و يحلو عنا يعني انا بطلب من الله عزوجل انو هيك يئصف عمر كل واحد فيهون و ياخدون لعندو ويضلوا يئتلو بعض ليوم الدين. حلوا عنا و الله أرفتونا انتو دينكم

يلا كفرونا هلأ وابعتولي صاصة اونلاين بين عيوني

June 10th, 2013, 4:52 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

I was reading, yesterday, Free Halab’s excellent response to the so-called ‘Nato poll statistic’.

The ending prayer stood out for me which I wanted to share. A wonderful prayer. Don’t think anyone (believing in God Almighty) would disagree with it.

‘May God grant victory to the Syrian people through ways that please Him most.’

Ameen.

June 10th, 2013, 4:52 pm

 

Syrialover said:

#241. SYRIAN ATHEIST AGAINST DICTATORSHIPS

Thanks for your answer.

You are right, extremely right. There are deep complications and endless layers of twisted problems and barriers, and the more you look the more you’ll see.

BUT somebody, somewhere, at some stage has to focus on solutions, not just problems. Otherwise civilization would have crashed over a cliff centuries ago, destroyed by violent conflict, hatred and chaos.

This is where things like “Lawfare” come in. The modern world has a huge body of research and experimentation out there on aiding and managing post-conflict recovery, along with observations on human behaviour and systems. It’s agreed solutions need to happen at both the macro and micro level, but usually led by central systems and actions.*

David Falt and what he’s talking about is just one current strand of this. A mark on the page entitled “solutions”, flowing from what is known of the problems. Falt is presenting it in dry academic and theoretical terms, but that’s how these things are transmitted for analysis, and offered as a possible framework for planning and action.

It’s very complicated, uncertain, and there’s no off-the-shelf formula for Syria but these things urgently need to be thought about, explored, debated, proposed and maybe implemented – otherwise we’re all dead forever.

(* I’m certainly no expert, but you’ll find there’s been things tried, observed and built on after WWII with Europe and Japan, more recently Rwanda, Cambodia, South Africa, Argentina, Bosnia. Even, in its own shaky little way, Lebanon. And so on and so on.)

On a personal note: Focussing only on the immediate problems in Syria leads me to being overwhelmed with distress, fury, fear, depression and anxiety.

If I want to fell less helpless, breathe and see light I look at what is being thought about, planned and starting to be built for post-conflict Syria. Because that’s also very real, hugely important and one day soon it’s what will really matter most.

June 10th, 2013, 5:03 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

It’s a little quite today.

Perhaps Regimists are commemorating the death anniversary of Hafez Assad?

Hafez al-Assad:
6 October 1930 – 10 June 2000

June 10th, 2013, 5:05 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

I am fed up of watching garbage and poor propaganda from regime supporters. Everything is over. Machaveli and the criminal state has justified itself even if it need to make disappear the last inhabitant of the country.

I hope when I come back these ingorant thugs of the Baath party are all in jail or buried under ground.

They have silented all voices by torturing, shooting and bombing.

We´ll see what´s next. As long as we can we will not let Syria rest until justice have been done.

June 10th, 2013, 5:12 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Everything seems in place for military intervention and/or a surprise attack.

America’s Eager Lion Readies Itself for Syria
Abdelbari Atwan
10 June, 2013

June 10th, 2013, 5:18 pm

 

Hopeful said:

#279 Rev

Since you claim to be a person of facts, do me a favor. Do the following:

1. Go to Google public data
2. Select World Development Indicators
3. Choose GDP per capita
4. Click on Syria, and limit your timeline to years 1970-2000, when your hero ruled Syria
5. Now compare it to another country, say Singapore, in the same time period

Can you still talk with a straight face about Syria’s economic “explosion” under Assad? It looks like it did “explode” alright! It in fact collapsed!

Those of us who are old enough remember the humiliation of smuggling “Kleenex tissues” across the borders from Lebanon in the 80’s and paying “taxes” at all checkpoints for the luxury of having tissues at home!

What a joke!

June 10th, 2013, 5:19 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

289. Sandro Loewe:

‘As long as we can we will not let Syria rest until justice have been done.’

‘Let Justice Be Done Though The Heavens Fall.’

Nothing will satisfy the Syrian people except for justice. Those who are offering solutions, can you give them this justice?

June 10th, 2013, 5:22 pm

 

revenire said:

Hopeful tell me how many people had water and electricity before Assad came to power and after? How many university students? How many roads? Other infrastructure?

Aleppo University 1980 5000 students
Aleppo University 1985 35,000 students

I can go on and on pointing out hard facts of progress under Assad.

As I said it is not perfect but there is no perfect nation. Syria under Assad rose the fastest of any Arab nation except those awash in oil money.

June 10th, 2013, 5:27 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

Revenire

You are really naif. Almost as naif as those childish supporters of Bashar who supoort torture and killing without knowing it. Appalling.

June 10th, 2013, 5:32 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

REVENIRE,

Why don´t you give us the figures of people in prison, tortures and mass graves during civil wars in Lebanon and Syria under the age of Assads Gods? Simply because there are no registers and no stadistics. Also please inform about the terrible redistribution of a state economically collapsed by corruption. There is only one thing worse than being blind and it is being ignorant and retarded.

June 10th, 2013, 5:36 pm

 

revenire said:

Hopeful today the literacy rate is 90.7% for males and 82.2% for females. Tell me the literacy rate pre- and post-Assad. Do you even know?

This is something the Ba’ath Party did under the leadership of Hafez Assad – the father of modern Syria. Before Assad came to power Syria was corrupt and minorities were persecuted by the majority Sunni. Assad changed all that.

You don’t have to like Hafez but the numbers speak for themselves.

June 10th, 2013, 5:37 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

Revenire,

Thanks to Assad in the last 40 years the number of personal computers and mobile phones have rised from zero to hundreds thousands. Incredible and magnificient. Also the number of arms in the hands of criminals rised a lot.

June 10th, 2013, 5:39 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

I do not think numbers speak for themselves. I think criminals speak for themselves.

June 10th, 2013, 5:40 pm

 

revenire said:

Sandro and check this out: all the progress the average Syrian made during the Golden Years of Hafez al-Assad were done while fighting wars against the Zionists.

Clearly Assad was no ordinary man.

June 10th, 2013, 5:42 pm

 

revenire said:

Health care was a miracle under the Ba’ath.

According to UNDP data, by the late 1980s 99% of the Syrian rural population had access to health care services compared to 80% in Tunisia and 30% in Morocco.

Electrification:

Before the 1970s only 2% of Syrian villages were supplied with electric power but by the late 1980s less than 2% of the rural population was without electricity. This is an achievement!

While not a paradise under Assad it was progress of the likes the Syrian people never saw before and this is why they supported Assad.

June 10th, 2013, 5:48 pm

 

Hopeful said:

#294 Rev

Do you also want to give credit to Assad for increasing the country’s population?

Nations measure their progress by comparing the rate of that progress to other nations. Syria rose the fastest among other Arab countries? So who cares if he is a better dictator than Ghadafi or Saddam. Can you show me comparisons to other emerging countries? Turkey perhaps? Malaysia? Indonesia? How about Israel?

Did you do the comparison to Singapore? Care to explain the huge difference?

June 10th, 2013, 5:49 pm

 

revenire said:

Hopeful the point is under Assad Syria grew and grew fast. People’s lives were made BETTER not worse and this despite wars.

More women were educated.

More people had access to health care.

June 10th, 2013, 5:55 pm

 

hopeful said:

#300 Rev

While you are at it, check out the progress Israel made (and is still making) during the same period. They did that while being surrounded by “enemies”, fighting wars, and changing governments and rulers every few years.

You see what people free of dictatorships and corruption can accomplish?

June 10th, 2013, 5:56 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

The levels of criminality among members of the moukhabaraat services (thugs) was skyrocketing during the last years of Assad before the end of fear. They tended to steal and crime to met the higher costs of life in a wild capitalist Syria (that left last of the socialist principles by dismantling all helps to the primary sector.

Last success of Assad was having all cities revolted against him because the level of corruption and the economic mess led lots of people to poverty.

Great Assad Great Indeed !!!

June 10th, 2013, 6:05 pm

 

zoo said:

275. majedkhaldoun

The gunmen who tortured and shot the young boy in front of his mother, father and siblings is representative of Al Nusra an its vicious takfiri ideology that you admire and defend.
Nobody will prosecute him as they are all like him.
As you and many like you including Al Khatib defend al Nusra, you are a direct accomplice to his sin.
I hope you realize that.

“The gunmen, who belong to al-Nusra Front, took Qatta on June 8 and brought him back alive in the early hours of June 9 to his wooden stand, with whiplash marks visible on his body and fired two bullets from an automatic rifle in view of the crowd and in front of the boy’s mother and father, the report said.”

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/islamic-body-chief-warns-on-sectarian-rift-in-syria.aspx?pageID=238&nid=48574&NewsCatID=352

June 10th, 2013, 6:06 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

Zoo,

There is no difference between unlegal thugs torturing peacefull activists until death and alleged Nusra mmebers killing people withoput trial for senseless reasons. All of them are excrements of the Assad decaying and collapsed regime.

June 10th, 2013, 6:11 pm

 

zoo said:

Disaster after disaster, the UK still trying to stay afloat in Syria

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Commentary/2013/Jun-11/219979-the-uk-leads-on-bashar-assads-exit.ashx#axzz2VlZCrgCR

Michael Glackin, a former managing editor of THE DAILY STAR, is a writer in London.

It is worth pointing out that 25 out of 27 EU governments opposed the lifting of the arms embargo. Last month’s vote simply meant that the U.K. and France are now free to send arms if they wish, since the embargo needed unanimity among all 27 governments to continue.

“But attempts by London to build up the capability of the opposition, to unify it and help it rise to the task of governing Syria have so far been a disaster. Which is why the British desire to end the arms embargo and place so much hope in Geneva II has a rather desperate feel about it. In the absence of a coherent strategy toward the Assad regime, the West has allowed itself to sleepwalk into a situation where it is now suddenly betting on long shots to topple Syria’s president.

If, and it’s still a big if, the U.K. does send weapons, Hague insists it would ensure that the arms go to so-called moderate rebels, and not extremists such as the Nusra Front. But how exactly will France and the U.K. vet those to whom they sell arms?

Much of the fighting on the ground is being led by Nusra. It is inconceivable that rebel groups, given arms by the U.K. or France, would not send them on to Nusra if they were in need of them to achieve a critical victory. This is war after all, and an ugly one at that, not a game of cricket.

Moreover, less than a year ago, in an interview with Ash-Sharq al-Awsat, Wilkes insisted the U.K. would not provide funding to groups inside Syria because the government could not be certain of where the money would end up. If the government couldn’t verify where money was going eight months ago, how on earth will it verify where arms are going to today? What has changed?

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Commentary/2013/Jun-11/219979-the-uk-leads-on-bashar-assads-exit.ashx#ixzz2Vr0JysuS
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

June 10th, 2013, 6:14 pm

 

zoo said:

Syria: Who is the west supporting?

….
The west supports the terrorist filth infesting Aleppo, around which the heroic Syrian Armed Forces gather to cleanse the area of al-Qaeda murderers, torturers, rapists, arsonists, thieves and child molesters.

The west must be held accountable for its crimes in supporting armed insurgents in internal conflicts, wholly against international law.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/11-06-2013/124802-syria_west_terrorists-0/

June 10th, 2013, 6:20 pm

 

zoo said:

EU Refuses to Name Hezbollah “Terrorist”

British attempts to blacklist Lebanese resistance movement end in failure

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/06/05/eu-refuses-to-name-hezbollah-terrorist/

The UK government has failed in its desperate attempt at the European Union to blacklist the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah as a “terrorist group”, local media reported.

The failure came after Britain was unable to convince its European allies that Hezbollah was behind an attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year, according to British media outlets.

The bombing happened last July in the Black Sea resort of Burgas, where five Israeli tourists, a Bulgarian driver and the bomber were killed.

This was considered as a crucial part of the UK government’s rationale to convince the EU to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

However, several EU countries voiced doubt over the evidence linking the resistance movement to the bombing.

June 10th, 2013, 6:25 pm

 

Tara said:

Is the fate of Batta going to be written on Wednesday June 12, 2013?   

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration began discussing Monday whether the Assad regime’s rapid military advance across the heart of Syria necessitates a drastic U.S. response, with officials saying a decision on arming beleaguered rebels could happen later this week.
Top aides from the State and Defense Departments, the CIA and other agencies were gathering for a “deputies meeting” at the White House on Monday afternoon. There, they’ll seek to lay the groundwork for a meeting that President Barack Obama will hold with his senior national security staff, planned for Wednesday, said U.S. officials, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the closed-doors talks and demanded anonymity.
Moved by the Syrian regime’s rapid advance, officials say the administration could approve lethal aid for the rebels in the coming days. The president and his advisers also will weigh the merits of a less likely move to send in U.S. airpower to enforce a no-fly zone over the civil war-wracked nation, officials said.
…..
Secretary of State John Kerry postponed a planned trip Monday to Israel and three other Mideast countries to participate in White House discussions, officials said. He may travel to the region later in the week.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that internal administration discussions were focused on “helping the Syrian opposition serve the essential needs of the Syrian people and hasten a political transition.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama’s Syria policy was under constant review to find “what policy tools will help achieve our goal, which is a transition in Syria to a post-Assad government that respects the rights of the Syrian people and that gives that country a chance for a better future, a democratic future and an economically prosperous future.”
While nothing has been concretely decided, U.S. officials said Obama was leaning closer toward signing off on sending weapons to vetted, moderate rebel units. The U.S. has spoken of possibly arming the opposition in recent months but has hesitated because it doesn’t want groups that are linked to al-Qaida and other extremists fighting alongside the anti-Assad militias to end up with the weapons.

Obama already has ruled out any intervention that would require U.S. military troops on the ground. Other options such as deploying American air power to ground the regime’s jets, gunships and other aerial assets are being more seriously debated, officials said, but they cautioned that a no-fly zone or any other action involving U.S. military deployments in Syria were far less likely right now. The U.S. can provide weapons without sending soldiers into Syria, either by sending materiel to rebels in neighboring Turkey and Jordan or working with regional allies.

http://news.yahoo.com/us-officials-start-talks-arming-syrias-rebels-172201856.html

June 10th, 2013, 6:26 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

The regimes recent spike in activity is (seemingly) akin to the Iraq Surge which may have brought some (temporary) results, however, ultimately the US still had to leave Iraq not long after.

June 10th, 2013, 6:32 pm

 

majoos said:

In Islam[edit]
Main articles: Qisas and Diyya
In Islamic terms, Qisas can in some cases result in blood money being paid out to the family of victims. The amount varies from country to country and from case to case.

Obviously the remnant which is left from the families and clans of the culprits won t have the means to dispense justice. Some of them are already in Jordan and Turkey the rest has to follow cause there can t be any basis for a later coexistence.
This consideration holds either way of the outcome!
But history is always written by the Victors, and unless Obama and Erdogan get seriously determined to jump in, certainly beyond mere millitary equipments, this episode in history will be remembered as the great battle of revenge for Hueseyin, referring to the Iman and not the current US-President.

June 10th, 2013, 6:40 pm

 

zoo said:

Obama’s Syria “game-changer” decision: The USA may not provide arms, but will distribute whatever weapons Arab Gulf will buy from the black market to the rebels to make sure they don’t fall in the hands of the ‘bad’ rebels.

Do they seriously expect the ‘bad’ Al Nusra fighters to allow that without trying to get these weapons by fighting against the ‘good’ rebels.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/world/view/u-s-holds-high-level-meetings-on-syria-including-on-arming-rebels

A consensus on whether or not to arm the rebels remains elusive, with U.S. policymakers still wrestling with concerns that any American weapons could fall into the wrong hands.

Hof, an analyst at the Atlantic Council think tank, said the White House might decide to take charge of the distribution of weapons to the rebels but not necessarily to provide U.S. arms.

June 10th, 2013, 6:41 pm

 

Ziad said:

Interview with the brother of Muhammad Qatta, the kid executed by Islamist rebels in Aleppo for blasphemy.

خاص بالمرصد مقابلة مع شقيق الشهيد محمد قطاع

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj4ZUDj3FuM

June 10th, 2013, 6:44 pm

 

zoo said:

Great news: Al Nusra fighters can now easily go to Hajj… and hopefully never come back

Saudi Arabia gives Syria opposition right to process hajj visa applications
June 11, 2013 12:47 AM

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jun-11/219987-saudi-arabia-gives-syria-opposition-right-to-process-hajj-visa-applications.ashx#ixzz2VrADPSX6

June 10th, 2013, 6:51 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo
Stop this nonsense and stupidity, I have nothing to do with the two Evils Qa-eda, and the stupid Hezbollah

June 10th, 2013, 6:53 pm

 

Tara said:

Majoos,

“The great battle for revenge of Hussain”

Killing Syrian children and woman to avenge Hussain 15 centuries ago? And you claim you don’t follow any religion but you call yourself Majoos..

Any mental problem we should be aware of?

You are either damn honest, a mole, suffering a mental disturbance, or a sinister person aiming to saw hatred. Which one?

June 10th, 2013, 6:56 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

I’m surprised Assad hasn’t, under the current circumstances, reverted to the original, more war-like, family name.

I’m sure the hardliners amongst the al-Wahshists will have been pushing for it. I wonder why he has, for this long, resisted the pressure and impulse to do so?

June 10th, 2013, 7:02 pm

 

Sam said:

On a different note…….who remembers the metaphor “low hanging fruit”…… To describe his excellancy President Assad….not only was he never low hanging fruit, he’s on the top of the tree, getting the most sunshine!!!!! In 20 years from now, when Islamo terror will be the main threat to global security, (because now it’s just neo cons and Zionist) but in the future leaders will take a page from Bashars play book , on how to deal with this scourge!!

June 10th, 2013, 7:03 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

MAJOOS,

Calling for the revenge of Hussein or any other historic figure is a mental sickness. A medical disease. It is grave and dangerous.

I hope all those who claim revenge against innocents for historical revenges get killed and buried soon.

June 10th, 2013, 7:03 pm

 

zoo said:

“Happy post revolution days” continue in Libya

Protesters Are Killed in Libya in Fight With Militia
By SULIMAN ALI ZWAY and KAREEM FAHIM
Published: June 8, 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/world/africa/militia-members-fire-on-demonstrators-in-benghazi.html?ref=global-home&_r=0

BENGHAZI, Libya — At least a dozen people were killed here Saturday and dozens wounded after members of a powerful militia fired on protesters surrounding the group’s headquarters in an outpouring of public anger at the armed bands that have been blamed for fueling political violence and undermining a fledgling state.

For several hours on Saturday afternoon, fighting raged at the militia’s compound on the edge of Benghazi, as residents in nearby apartment blocks fled their houses and ambulances carried away wounded protesters. By nightfall, the protesters had evicted the militia and set parts of the compound on fire.

June 10th, 2013, 7:04 pm

 

Ziad said:

Hezbollah and the New Levant

A great number of Hezbollah’s opponents have transformed into sworn enemies bent on the group’s destruction. This could signal a confrontation, whose theater will be my small country or my bigger one.

Many victims could fall. And since the situation is extremely dangerous, I find myself, once again, compelled to attempt an explanation of Hezbollah’s current reality.

Those who want to act rationally will hopefully understand and listen to what I say, even if they decide to go ahead with the final confrontation.

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/hezbollah-and-new-levant?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AlAkhbarEnglish+%28Al+Akhbar+English%29

June 10th, 2013, 7:05 pm

 

zoo said:

#317 Majed

It is very convenient to deny your staunch support of Al Nusra now…

June 10th, 2013, 7:06 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

320. Sam

Do you mean the courage of shooting at peacufull demonstrators
(activists, intellectuals, communists, liberals, women, children, etc) while detaining and torturing out of control?

Bashar is the model to be followed by future Stalins and Hitlers.

There are tens of thousands of people ready to kill Assad with their own hands even if this is the last thing they can do. In this scenario Assad is not really a héroe. He is really a piece of sheet.

June 10th, 2013, 7:08 pm

 

zoo said:

Desperate rebels beg the USA for help before Aleppo falls back into the hands of the Syrian army. Do they still have some pride and dignity?

Syria’s rebel leadership makes new pleas to Washington

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/syrias-rebel-leadership-makes-new-pleas-to-washington/2013/06/10/d743ebf0-d201-11e2-8cbe-1bcbee06f8f8_story.html

Following its loss of the key border town of Qusair last week, Syria’s rebel leadership has made impassioned new pleas to the Obama administration for U.S. weapons shipments and described its situation as dire, according to senior administration officials.

The appeal came in telephone calls and meetings over the weekend, after rebel forces were routed by what they said was a combined force of pro-government Hezbollah, Iranian and Iraqi Shiite militias and Syrian air power. Those same forces are now said to be massing, along with government forces, for an attack on rebel-held areas in the strategic city of Aleppo.

June 10th, 2013, 7:11 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

Criminals support the killing of masses under russian bombs paid by Iran and launched by lebanese HA mercenaries. You are proud of it. Right?

Assad wiull have to die sooner or later and although it is not nice he will die in a violent way. He has no future in this world. Hatred is growing day after day. Maybe even HA will be eroded in Lebanon and pulled out to Damascus.

June 10th, 2013, 7:12 pm

 

Sami said:

A 20 minute video showing the FSA escorting 4000 civilians many of them injured from Qusair.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n224GevYRNQ&feature=player_embedded

Now compare these folks that have endured hell to the folks bused in from Baath university to celebrate the “cleansing” of Qusair:

http://sana.sy/ara/346/2013/06/10/486604.htm

What is really perverse about this is how quickly they put up Batta’s posters all over the place. As if that is the most important thing to do first…

June 10th, 2013, 7:16 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

I get the feeling something significant, some very good news for the revolution, is going to occur out of the blue. I got the feeling earlier today at work as I reached for my portable radio to hear the headlines on the half-hour.

I won’t say what crossed my mind…

Allah Knows best.

June 10th, 2013, 7:21 pm

 

Ziad said:

فتوي الجهاد في سوريا تفجر اشتباكات داخل الأقصي

في الوقت الذي نظمت فيه العديد من عواصم ومدن العالمين العربي والإسلامي مسيرات وفعاليات ومهرجانات حاشدة يوم الجمعة الماضي‏,‏ بمناسبة مرور‏46‏ عاما علي الاحتلال الإسرائيلي للقدس

فقد شهدت المدينة المقدسة وتحديدا المسجد الأقصي المبارك أولي القبلتين وثالث الحرمين الشريفين أحداثا مؤسفة حيث وقعت اشتباكات بالأيدي وملاسنات لفظية بين أنصار حزب التحرير الإسلامي المطالب بعودة الخلافة الإسلامية والمؤيد للثورة ضد نظام بشار الأسد في سوريا والشيخ صلاح الدين أبوعرفة امام وخطيب المسجد ومؤيديه بعد ما جاهر أبوعرفه برفضه لفتوي الشيخ يوسف القرضاوي بالجهاد ضد الشيعة والعلويين في سوريا معتبرا أن هذه الفتوي تضرب وحدة المسلمين في مقتل ولاتساعد إلا الإسرائيليين في عدوانهم علي الأقصي.

http://www.ahram.org.eg/NewsQ/214742.aspx

June 10th, 2013, 7:34 pm

 

Ilya said:

Tara,Sandro
How come you don’t condemn killing of innocent civilians by Al Qaeda/Al Nusra
So its ok for Sunni Al Qaeda to kill Syrian,and you only condemn Hezbollah,Shias for all crimes
BTW in your favorite role mode country of SA is against the law to have demonstrations …

June 10th, 2013, 7:34 pm

 

Ziad said:

Is Qatar guilty of sectarianism in Syria?

Let’s be clear here, Qatar lost in Qusair. It is embarrassing and undermines two years and $3bn of financial support to the rebel movement. And it is time that Qatar began to take some responsibility for things Qaradawi has said, and is saying with regards to Syria.

Much has been made of the increasing sectarian dynamic in the Syrian conflict. The entry of Hezbollah to defend Shia in Syria and the use of Shia fighters to aid the Army of Bashar al Assad in taking the town of Qusair has brought this particular angle under the spotlight. Increasingly we are beginning to think of this conflict as an all-out sectarian death match in which Islam’s two sects fight a zero sum game.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/michael-stephens/is-qatar-guilty-of-sectarianism-in-syria

June 10th, 2013, 7:40 pm

 

Ilya said:

Israeli Officials: We’d Prefer Al-Qaeda-Run Syria to an Assad Victory
Israeli officials are voicing their concern over Bashar al-Assad’s recent advances in his country’s civil war, Israeli Army Radio reported.

According to Israel Hayom, senior Israeli officials were quoted as saying that “al-Qaeda control over Syria would be preferable to a victory by Assad over the rebels.”

Officials believe that an Assad victory would strengthen Iran, as a weakened Syrian regime would become more reliant on the Islamic Republic. The Iran-Hezbollah-Syria axis would thus become an even greater threat to Israel, the officials said.

“Assad is now Iran,” the officials said, according to Israel Hayom. “Any of these groups would be less problematic for Israel than an Assad regime that is a puppet of Iran,” the officials were quoted as saying.
http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/06/04/israeli-officials-wed-prefer-al-qaeda-run-syria-to-an-assad-victory/

June 10th, 2013, 7:43 pm

 

Ziad said:

English Transcripts Of Witnesses Describing The Execution Of A 14-Year-Old For Blasphemy In Aleppo

Today there’s been a number of reports on the execution of Mohammad Katta, a young coffee seller in Aleppo, by men described in some reports as foreign Islamist rebels for blasphemy after telling another boy that “even if Muhammad comes down, I will not give it as debt” when asked to give coffee on credit. An extremely graphic photograph of the boy has been posted online, showing him shot through the mouth and neck, and videos have now been posted online of the boy’s parents and a witness to the execution, which I’ve had translated into English, with notes from my translator in italics:

http://brown-moses.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/english-transcripts-of-witnesses.html

June 10th, 2013, 7:49 pm

 

revenire said:

“A 20 minute video showing the FSA escorting 4000 civilians many of them injured from Qusair.”

Is that what you saw in this video? It isn’t what I saw.

How strange.

Everyone in the video has a gun. All men.

Looks like retreating terrorists to me.

Little kid at the end with a gun is a terrorist too?

June 10th, 2013, 7:54 pm

 

Ilya said:

1 thing i noticed these people Islamists ,that want Shariah law installed ,don’t even have a clue about Shariah
Who gave them right to carry out these punishments without courts orders?
was there another case where women was killed for adultery,Moaz AL Khattib said that Shariah could not be applied because in war rules are different.I am sure there many more cases like that.
These lunatics don’t even know Shariah jurisprudence,aren’t you supposed to study to get degree or something.
They just give shariah bad name worldwide.

June 10th, 2013, 8:02 pm

 

revenire said:

Hopeful if Syria had gotten a big FAT WELFARE CHECK to the tune of HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS (maybe a trillion by now) of dollars like Israel did we’d all be eating caviar. You’re just being silly.

June 10th, 2013, 8:05 pm

 

majoos said:

@Tara

“You are either damn honest, a mole, suffering a mental disturbance, or a sinister person aiming to saw hatred”
you can t be really serious of charging others to saw hatred.

June 10th, 2013, 8:09 pm

 

majoos said:

@Tara
Listen to the wise words of this fellow!
– Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday, June 10 that his country was dealing with “a new Middle East
http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/161619/Netanyahu_says_Israel_dealing_with_‘new_Middle_East

It s a new Middle East on the horizon !

June 10th, 2013, 8:18 pm

 

revenire said:

Sami the best part of that video of retreating terrorists is the guy crying saying “they beat us.”

June 10th, 2013, 8:42 pm

 

Sam said:

Obviously Sandro, you are just a typical sheep following the mainstream tune. You say they were shooting at peaceful protesters?? First of all, there is zero proof that even took place. 2nd, that is all based on opposition claims, and faked you tube videos. For all you know, you were watching Egyptions getting mowed down, and conviently called Syrians, and now that I think of it, Libyans before the illegal western invasion…..staving off a so called massacre!! It would have been a massacre, but the dead would have been the conspirators evil Islamo foot soldiers, not innocent civilian protesters. You also mentioned in an earlier post, comparing Syria to Simgapore??? The west places sanctions on whatever country won’t dance to their tune, Syrians have been enduring sanctions for 3 decades!! You talk about per capita, before this plot to weaken Syria happened, it was self sufficient, and didn’t have fake debt, like the balloon called the U.S. economy, or the petro dollars that are keeping America’s head above water. It’s going on over 40+ years of a growing bubble waiting to explode, not pop. I’m more worried about America’s future than Syrians, only because we don’t have a president like Bashar!!!

June 10th, 2013, 8:45 pm

 

zoo said:

Egypt may need the “brilliant” Arab league to help solve the conflict with Ethiopia on the threatening dam planned on the Nile that will deprive Egypt from 20% of its water.
I wish Morsy Good luck!

Military response to Ethiopia dam requires ‘Egyptian people’s support’: FJP head

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/73285/Egypt/Politics-/Military-response-to-Ethiopia-dam-requires-Egyptia.aspx

Head of Muslim Brotherhood’s political party stresses Egypt’s right to defend its ‘historical right’ to Nile water ‘by any means necessary’

…Egypt, he added, had “several options” available to it to respond to recent moves by Ethiopia.

“The first option is the diplomatic approach. If this doesn’t succeed we can resort to international arbitration,” El-Katatni said.

“And if this doesn’t succeed, we can ask regional and international organisations – such as the Arab League and the United Nations – to intervene,” he added.

June 10th, 2013, 9:03 pm

 

Ziad said:

الشهيد الطفل محمد قطاع خلال مظاهرة معارضة للنظام السوري في حلب وهذه الصورة ينشرها المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان ردا على الشبيحة المتسلقين على الثورة السورية وتجار الدماء في المعارضة السورية الذين قالوا عن الشهيد الطفل انه شبيح ومخبر لصرف النظر عن الجريمة والتقليل من قيمتها والاساءة لمصداقية المرصد والانتهاكات التي يقوم بفضحها

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151696627438115&set=a.10150329947968115.393926.326766683114&type=1&theater

June 10th, 2013, 9:10 pm

 

Tara said:

Sorry.

We accept no condolences from the regime supporters in regard to Mouhammad Qatta. Hyenas never cared for Syrian children lives. They are just using his tragic death to promote their heinous cause. Please save your crocodile tears. It disgusts us.

The killer of Mouhammad will be haunted down and tried just like any of Shabeehat al Assad. No difference.

June 10th, 2013, 9:19 pm

 

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi said:

Sh. Al-Yaqoubi calls upon foreign fighters to leave Syria

Denunciation of the execution of a boy in Aleppo, Sh. Al-Yaqoubi calls upon foreign fighters to leave Syria

By H. Eminence Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

A group of Muslim fighters in Aleppo executed yesterday a fourteen-year-old boy in after accusing him of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad PBUH.

We denounce this inhuman unIslamic crime; and we demand that the murderers be captured and brought to justice. They are but a gang of criminals who use religion to cover their thirst for power.

What these criminals just committed is one of the most cruel crimes ever perpetrated by the name of Islam. They murdered an innocent life and executed a child who happened to be a good Muslim from a righteous family who observes Islam; and we confirm that what the child said is not balsphemy against the Prophet of Islam in any form.

In response to the crime, we have issued a detailed fatwa on the impossibility of the implementation of Islamic penalties in today’s Syria. We explained with valid proofs all the errors and fallacies in this crime which was wrongly done in the name of Islamic Shari’a.

On this painful occasion, we call upon all foreign fighters to leave Syria and go back to their homelands. We know our country better and we confirm that we do not need fighters and we thank everyone who sincerely want to help our people. Yet, we announce that what our people need most is food and medicine and what the Free Syrian Army needs most is ammunition.

Last but not least, we offer our sincere condolences to the family of the boy, praying that Allah grant them patience and forbearance and that their child precede them to the Heavens. We pray that Allah bestow His Infinite Mercy to the martyrs of our country and that He grant our people victory and relieve them from their agony.

June 10th, 2013, 9:38 pm

 

revenire said:

Where was Yaqoubi when tens of thousands of foreign jihadis came to rape Syria?

Too late for this “call” – our Hezbollah brothers will remain with us until victory.

June 10th, 2013, 9:57 pm

 

Mick said:

#344

Sorry.

I accept no condolences from the opposition in regard to Hamza Al Khateeb. Hyenas never cared for Syrian children lives. They just used his tragic death to promote their heinous cause. Please save your crocodile tears. It disgusts us.

The people that led the young Hamza Al Khateeb into a shooting battle will be hunted down and tried just like any of the Salafist extremists that use children as soldiers and pawns in their games. No difference.

June 10th, 2013, 9:58 pm

 

revenire said:

Yaqoubi wants Hezbollah out and NATO bombers in.

June 10th, 2013, 10:07 pm

 

Syrialover said:

HOPEFUL #292

If REVENIRE is a Syrian, he and his family and friends would have been the type to enjoy access to generous supplies Kleenex tissues and other goods flown in for exclusive use and comfort for the Syrian “thugocracy”.

The realities of life for 99% of Syrians and facts on the country’s economy are a casual joke to him.

Every hoax-like comment REVENIRE writes here underlines the fact he has something invested in the Assad regime he doesn’t want to lose.

June 10th, 2013, 10:07 pm

 

Tara said:

Mick

Sorry. Your post could not be stupider.

Hamza is our kid. He was captured by the regime at a checkpoint trying to bring food and medicine into a besieged neighbor village. He was tortured. He sustained multiple fractures. He was inflicted with cigarette burns. He died of bilateral symmetrical gunshot wounds to the chest with entry points in both arms. Two bullets entered his chest after they went through his arms in a symmetrical fashion. His genitalia was cut pre or post mortem then delivered to his family.

That was the story of Hamza al Kateeb. Then… The poor father was forced to meet al Assad and thank him.

June 10th, 2013, 10:08 pm

 

don said:

Sami, do you have similar links to YouTube footage of retreating FSA terrorists from the city of Aleppo to share with us please? Thanks

328. Sami said:
A 20 minute video showing the FSA escorting 4000 civilians many of them injured from Qusair.

June 10th, 2013, 10:11 pm

 

revenire said:

Tara Hamza’s father thanked and praised Assad willingly. He isn’t “your” kid.

June 10th, 2013, 10:16 pm

 

Ziad said:

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi #345 said:

“we call upon all foreign fighters to leave Syria and go back to their homelands.”

I am surprised how naive you can get. When did foreign fighters ever willingly quit a place they occupy, threw down their arms, and went back to their home countries?

Those fighters were trained, armed, sent to fight in Syria and paid monthly salaries by the same actors you are currently begging to send ammunition to the free Syrian army.

June 10th, 2013, 10:23 pm

 

Tara said:

Reve,

Sure honey…

Hamza is not different than Yara. Hamza is a generic Yara.

June 10th, 2013, 10:24 pm

 

Observer said:

SL

It is going to be necessary for me to explain my pessimism as an observer of the incredible deterioration of the civil society and of the destruction of the real values of the people of the region due to dictatorship.

Let me explain:

In the early 1920 period the people of the greater Syria chose the US as the mandate power because
1. Woodrow Wilson spoke of the right of people for self determination and
2. The US was not an empire or a colonial power.

France and Britain got away with it and stayed sowing the seeds of instability as the book by Fromkin ” A Peace to end all Peace” clearly shows.

In Syria, the elites formed by France were of two kinds: the urban elite educated in the French schooling system and the military that allowed less fortunate and rural young men to improve their lot.

The first coup d’etat by Housni Zaim was clearly aimed to allow the establishment of the pipeline of oil from KSA to the coast so that the Marshall plan can be fueled.

At that time Lebanon benefited from the gift of an international airport in Beirut, the transformation of the Syrian Protestant College to the AUB and the creation of the AUB medical center with the aim of having a base for the sixth fleet in case of a war with the Soviets.

The cold war brought the US into an empire and into using might makes right in helping any dictator decimate the communist party.

The urban elite concentrated all the efforts in urban centers and neglected the rural areas and continued a renter’s economy owning the land and never really allowing equal opportunities.

All of this got a significant boost when all and I repeat all of the Baath projects were laid down by non other than Khaled Azem the so called ” red prime minister in the early sixties. He for example wanted to organize the owners of the buses in Damascus into a holding company so that their resources can be combined and the city benefit from a true transportation system that is private with government oversight and help.

He for example went on to lay the ground work for the electrical grid for the port of Tartus for the Euphrates dam and others.

The Baath although bringing a dictatorship brought with it in my opinion an Arab nationalism that was subverted by authoritarian regime to its ends. Nevertheless and despite the fact that it had many a stupid economic decisions it went on to create a middle class that would allow for an employee to own his house within 15 years of work and savings and to insure that his children went to school and got a shot at university.

However, like all authoritarian regimes it was filled with inefficiencies and corruption and worst of all brutality. It had the seeds of its own destruction.

When the current regime fell under the control of the father, all bets were off as he transformed the Baath party to his engine of total control and went about dismantling the structures of any civil society and with a vengeance. Not only it was corrupt and brutal to the core, it was corrupting and diabolical in inducing a culture of impunity, of slave owner mentality and of a hatred for his enemies and his prejudiced populations to the very apparatus of governance,

Hence, and with the brood and the family mafia gone wild and with their complete incompetence and stupidity, they have left the country deeply scared and fractured and with sectarian final divisions.

So I would say that when the people of the ME revolted rightly against Ottoman tyranny and bought the idea of Arab Nationalism they actually killed the very idea and dream of their ideals the moment they agreed to remain divided in these artificial states and in these petty family and clan affairs.

For example I am against the Palestinians asking for their rights outside of the rights of the Arab people of the region to ask for their rights to both Palestine and to full unity without borders. Jordan should be dismantled and Lebanon should not exist. Greater Syria is much more natural than the current structures.

As Arab Nationalism got its mortal wound in 67 and its death in 91 with defeats and invasions, there remained a culture that has never been defeated for it is engrained to the core into the very genes of the people: their Islamic heritage. Case in point the Eternal Message of the Arab Nation of the Baath party slogan as formulated by none other than the Christian Michel Aflaq is based on Islam as the eternal message. It is perversion of the message for Islam is not for Arabs and not for Arabs to have as their own it is a universal religion with a universal message.

Forget my lack of belief and my views on religion itself. I am honest enough to recognize that it is the glue that is keeping the society from descending into complete anarchy and this is despite the second perversion of the faith with fundamentalist fanatics that are using it for hatred and sectarianism.

Now, what ideas do we have today that are battling on the ground. You have a regime that has used the so called national resistance to continue to exact unbelievable exactions and war crimes and continued incompetence and brutality and sectarian destruction and on the other hand an outside opposition that is fully wedded to the idea of a secular and democratic country yet without any connection to the thinking of the average Syrian who is deeply religious and conservative without being fanatic and fundamentalist.

The very idea of what kind of Syria is going to come out of this mess is not clear at all to me.

Already on this blog you have those of the Christian faith forget about Syrian nationality and revert to their religious identity and with their insistence that whatever new regime comes it preserves their rights and values and culture. All good and worthy except that they do not want coming from the majority Sunni population. They want to remain Christian first while the Sunnis should be Syrian first. The majority should not crush any minority to the contrary it should preserve the right of the minority but not favor one group over another. Under the law there is no difference, in culture and equal opportunity there is no difference and the opinion of the majority should not deprive anyone of their diversity.

Read our Alawi colleagues who have an inconceivable view of a Syria where the majority Sunnis can organize as a religious political party. They want no political Islam at all. Being a member of the MB is a death sentence. How can they fit into a new secular Syria if they want to keep their Alawi fear of the Sunni majority.

How is it that we find it acceptable that Maliki declares he is a Shia first and a Muslim second and an Iraqi third in a country that has Kurds and Christians and Sunnis and Jews in its midst?

So it is clear the rallying ideas of Arab nationalism are dead and buried. The rallying ideas of political Islam today would exclude many non Muslims and many moderate Muslims and many non religious people.

Syrian nationalism has not seen the day of light.

So we are going to go on fighting for one side to prevail over the other. The minority regime in Syria cannot hope to continue to rule over the majority and they are betting on all or nothing strategy. I do not know how they think that they will continue to rule if they prevail: how are you going to rebuild, on what basis, on what justice system, on what elections system; on what constitution. If they think that they can continue to rule like before they are either incredibly stupid or incredibly brutal or both.

If the Sunnis are going to prevail what will they do with Christians? Exclude them, what will they do to Alawis? Declare them apostates? Kill them all?

So I would say that if we cannot live together let us separate peacefully. If we do it by force, many will die and all remaining entities will not be viable. If we do it as a federation then perhaps we can survive.

So in summary I see a completely bankrupt ideological desert today in the ME. All of the intellectuals have been killed and exiled and I will give you two examples: one Baker Sadr in Iraq a real thinker of Islam is dead under Saddam and in Syria people like Haitham Maleh who always brought the rule of law as his protest was imprisoned and exiled.

So what we have are nothing more than criminals committing crimes against humanity on a large scale and on numerous small scale having created a complete desert of ideas. Like the Ghouta that shrank from 130 000 acres to 28 000 acres and the huge desertification of Syria and the huge destruction of the educational and justice system you have now complete destruction of the country by force of arms.

So I have seen how Syrian society was destroyed under the rule of the Assads: corrupt justice, brutal security services, sectarian hatred, incredible divisions of groups, economic extraction of people’s wealth, educational disaster, and defeats against outside enemies from 67 to 73 to 82 to 91 to 03 to 05 to 2011.

My writing is to actually challenge the pro regime to actually admit to the failures. Yet all they brag about is the incompetence of the regime forces that keep getting beat up day in and day out. They will never admit that fear is gone, that the emperor has no clothes, that the regime forces cannot do anything without Iranian and HA help and even at that are having a very hard time doing it.

Now this tells you that I am optimistic to the hilt about the revolution. For the people to revolt against such a combination of terrible regime is a miracle.

So take my writings as challenges and think out the box exercises. Deep inside there is no doubt in my mind that this is the bravest and most intelligent and most resourceful people on the planet that can continue to make a living in such brutal destructive conditions.

Let them eat their heart out, if not this time the next generation will see their utter and complete demise.

Justice for Hamza

June 10th, 2013, 10:24 pm

 

Syrialover said:

#320. SAM said:”… who remembers the metaphor “low hanging fruit”…… To describe his excellancy President Assad”

He sure was to Iran!

Did you read the account of Assad’s comments in private in #216?

That explains Bashar’s world view, and why he lifted his skirts and said “quick, going cheap” to Russia and Iran.

June 10th, 2013, 10:27 pm

 

revenire said:

I think it is really, really sick how these terrorist supporters wave the body of Hamza around like they do.

I find it depraved.

June 10th, 2013, 10:31 pm

 

revenire said:

Hmm, hiding in tunnels just like other creatures do…

After the dramatic fall of Qusair and the rebels’ retreat, there were expectations that a fierce battle would be fought for two towns around Qusair — Dabaa and Eastern Bouaida — but later on, the Syrian army entered them with no remarkable resistance. Everyone was asking: Where did the fighters go? The answer didn’t take much time to appear.

In the open field between Dabaa and Eastern Bouaida, hundreds of vehicles were found, including motorcycles, cars and four-wheel-drive trucks with 23mm machine guns mounted on them — even a 57mm artillery gun. It was clear that the rebel fighters and their families had arrived at a point where they had to take only light weapons and sacrifice the rest. Al-Monitor was one of the first to arrive after the battle, and we had the chance to go around and try to understand how the fighters and accompanying civilians fled. Once again, the answer was tunnels.

Just meters away from the cars, several openings became visible in the ground. They were all at least four or five meters deep and connected to a huge network of water pipes built years ago by the government.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/06/syria-tunnels-qusair.html#ixzz2Vs8NrdX6

June 10th, 2013, 10:49 pm

 

Ilya said:

Kuwait to jail woman for tweets against emir
Teacher sentenced to 11 years in prison for insulting Gulf state’s ruler and inciting regime change.
n April, a Kuwaiti court gave an opposition politician five years in jail for insulting the emir, but an appeals court overturned the sentence.
In February, US-based Human Rights Watch said prosecutors had charged nearly 25 people with offending the emir, sentencing at least six to jail terms, since October.
The United States has called on Kuwait to respect freedom of expression.
These Arab Gulf states are a joke,why don’t these freedom fighters leave Syria and go fight for fight for freedom and democracy in SA,Qatar,Kuwait,Bahrain.
There is less democracy combined in these states,than in Syria before revolution …

June 10th, 2013, 10:55 pm

 

Ziad said:

Political Humor

John McCain: If We Don’t Invade Syria, They’ll Hate Us For Not Invading Them (Seriously) (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/04/28/john-mccain-if-we-dont-invade-syria-theyll-hate-us-for-not-invading-them-seriously-video/

June 10th, 2013, 11:14 pm

 
 

Mick said:

#350

Tara,

Yes, I have read all the pre or post torture reports. He was killed, then mutilated, no he was mutilated, then killed, he was tortured then killed. He was killed right away then the body was mutilated.

In other words, all anyone know is he was killed.

And as Bashar was trying to calm things down, the ‘story’ of him being tortured/killed/then tortured again/then killed again came out.

Sorry if I don’t believe your description of the account. But it would be nice if there was actually one. Having half a dozen doesn’t really help.

June 10th, 2013, 11:46 pm

 
 
 

Syria no Kandahar said:

Sh Alyacoubi stated:
Our people needs medicine and FSA needs weapons.

FSA destroyed every medicine making factory in Syria ,you want to give
Them more weapons? You are genius .

June 11th, 2013, 12:22 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

Hamza Alkateeb deserves to destroy Syria for his alleged crime,محمد قطاع and
ساري ساعود don’t deserve any justice ,they were hamsters .Any way FSA is doing
A good and detailed investigation of the incident,in an interview with Mohammad
Dad they asked: شو كان لون السياره عمو and شو كانو لابسين عمو.
SAA is coming to you rats,double your diapers.

June 11th, 2013, 12:47 am

 

Syria no kandahar said:

محمد قطاع will be forgotten in 3 days,Hamza is more important.It is
ثورة تجار الدم

June 11th, 2013, 12:57 am

 
 

Syria no kandahar said:

The godfather of the Wahabi revolution in Syria:

June 11th, 2013, 1:21 am

 
 

apple_mini said:

We have some Palestinian SC members here vehemently defending freedom and human rights for Syrians and non-Shia Muslims.

Check out this video shot by Sky news team:

http://news.sky.com/story/1091428/syria-civilians-come-under-fire-from-rebels

Can we start with Free Yarmouk first then move on to Free Palestine?

Thanks!

June 11th, 2013, 2:14 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

The difference between the people of Syria who revolted against the excrement called athad and those buffoons who cheerlead its crimes is that the Syrian people who revolted against the excrement athad have been very vocal in their condemnation of the torture and murder of Muhammad Qataa with the same vigor if not more than the vigor with which they have condemned the torture and murder of Hamza Al=Khatib, while the excrement loving hyenas have been rather selective and ugly even to the point of badmouthing the child Hamza Al-Khateeb.

So SNK’s and others’ indignation will remain, as always, hollow sectarian fuss that smells like the excrement they try to defend.

June 11th, 2013, 3:37 am

 

Mina said:

The parents of the boy unjustly killed in Aleppo for “blasphemy” by foreign djihadists say they would have accepted the torture and killing if indeed he had uttered a blasphemy.
(Read here: http://brown-moses.blogspot.de/2013/06/english-transcripts-of-witnesses.html )
Since we’ve read in this blog’s comments more than once that communism is the best idea we can get of an absolute evil, the fact is that i cannot see any parallel but with communism…
Religion is the opium of the masses, not only as a drug taking them to outer dimensions, but also as a slow poison. When is Shaykh al Ya’qubi going to condemn dijhad as an anachronic concept?

June 11th, 2013, 4:08 am

 

Hopeful said:

#337 Rev

This again shows how good and careful you are with stating the facts.

Google this:

Israel GDP 2011 = $242.9B
Israel aid from the USA = $3B

It looks like that US aid was really what helped them eat Caviar and smoke cigars!

Until we put these myths behind us and start raising free educated public (not the BS that Assad taught us in schools), we will never catch up!

June 11th, 2013, 6:55 am

 

Hopeful said:

#349 SL

Yes I agree. I only counter his argument as to not allow him to continue to spread his misinformation and lies as facts.

Unfortunately, I cannot keep up – I have work to do. He, on the other hand, seems to be able to devote his full-time on spreading lies.

June 11th, 2013, 7:00 am

 
 

zoo said:

#349 SL

Your usual hit the messenger, because you are incapable of hitting the message.
I only reveals who you are

June 11th, 2013, 8:09 am

 

zoo said:

Maliki’s coalition calls to prove Qatari Amir’s support for gunmen in Iraq, Syria

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Mohamed al-Sayhoud of the State of Law Coalition headed by the Premier Nouri al-Maliki called to gather the evidences which prove the involvement of Qatar Amir in supporting the armed groups in Iraq and Syria.

Some politicians accuse foreign countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey of interfering in Iraq’s affairs and support the demonstrations in western provinces of Iraq.

Sayhoud told IraqiNews.com “The region, today, witness cold-blooded crimes against the innocent people where the terrorism in Iraq is financed and supplied with weapons by sides which are responsible for the chaos in the region including Qatar Emir who is one of the most powerful figures which support terrorism in the region and a tool to support the peoples.”

He called to gather evidences that prove “Qatar Emir’s involvement in the terrorism, so all the terrorism-supporting sides should be brought to the international courts to be served the due punishment.”

Read more: http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/maliki-s-coalition-calls-to-prove-qatari-amir-s-support-for-gunmen-in-iraq-syria/#ixzz2VuQ8WaMz
Follow us: @IraqiNews_com on Twitter | IraqNews on Facebook

June 11th, 2013, 8:13 am

 

zoo said:

Warning to the opposition: Arrange your overdue ‘election’ of your
president and the rest of the ‘ transitional government’ in Doha or Ryadh or even better in Aazaaz..

Turkish riot police clash with protesters in Taksim Square
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2013/06/11/20890306.html?cid=rssnews

Protesters throw stones, fireworks and petrol bombs at riot police during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 11, 2013. (REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

ISTANBUL – Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to take back control of a central Istanbul square at the heart of fierce anti-government demonstrations.

Hundreds of riot police backed by armoured vehicles surrounded Taksim Square as bulldozers began removing barricades of paving stones and corrugated iron built by the protesters. What began as a protest at redevelopment plans for the square has grown into an unprecedented challenge to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted government and divided Turks.

June 11th, 2013, 8:18 am

 

zoo said:

Erdogan: Evil financial and media groups are “conspiring” against my Turkey’s successful economy.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/378221

He insisted the protests were part of a conspiracy against the government.

The protesters, he said, ” are being used by some financial institutions, the interest rate lobby and media groups to (harm) Turkey’s economy and (scare away) investments.”

He added: “I want everyone there to see the big picture, to understand the game that is being played and I especially invite them to evacuate (Taksim and Gezi Park). I expect that of them as their prime minister.

June 11th, 2013, 8:25 am

 

zoo said:

Armenia Builds a New Aleppo
June 11, 2013 – 8:16am, by Giorgi Lomsadze

To make sure exiles from Syria feel at home in Armenia, the government has commissioned the construction of an entire settlement called New Aleppo.

Located 20 kilometers shy of the capital, Yerevan, the residential project will accommodate some of the thousands of Syrians of Armenian descent, who escaped the war in Syria.
New Aleppo, named in honor of the wartorn northern Syrian city that houses most of Syria’s ethnic Armenian population, will sit on 4.8 hectares (some 11 acres) of land in the industrial town of Ashtarak.

June 11th, 2013, 8:28 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Tara
“That was the story of Hamza al Kateeb. Then… The poor father was forced to meet al Assad and thank him.”
What would Assad himsel do if his kids are threatened to die and he was threatedned to be tortured and will be killed,and a lie would save both lives, Assad himself will lie.
This happened to the Imam of Deraa mosque ,he said later that they put his other children infront of him with guns directed at their heads, so he was forced to condemn the revolution.

Would anyone believes that any man would thank the murderer who killed innocent son of innocent man?it is clear he was threatened

June 11th, 2013, 8:28 am

 

Hopeful said:

#380 Zoo

See how ridiculous this sounds?

Now imagine it coming from an illegitimate leader (as opposed to one who won elections fair and square), and you may start to have some empathy for the Syrians who went to the streets and demanded freedom.

June 11th, 2013, 8:36 am

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed please stop with the stories about Hamza.

Do you have any proof at all? You don’t.

The father thanked Assad.

Stop abusing this poor dead boy by waving his dead body around for the cause of TERROR. You dishonor the dead.

Shame on you.

June 11th, 2013, 8:43 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

I will be surprised if Obama agrees to arm the opposition, ,and if he approves that, it will be limited to antitank weapons, and probably would be in one front, like the Deraa front, I doubt Obama will provide anti aircraft weapons.
Three and half years till Obama leaves office, and I am sure a republican will be our president as Obama brought many mistakes,the question ,would the revolution last 3 1/2 year?
Obama will not attack Persia,even if Persia developed nuclear bomb, I would not be surprised if Obama gives more concessions to Russia in regard to Georgia. US is in a retreat under Obama, hopefully next time we will get a republican president

June 11th, 2013, 8:44 am

 

revenire said:

Hopeful everyone knows the Israelis are an American welfare case. I am not even sure why you’d compare Syria and Israel except your true Zionist colors are showing.

At each step in her history the Zionist occupier was supported by the Americans with money and weapons to plunder the Middle East.

Syria’s patron was who? That’s right – no one. Syria did it all on its own. It is a miracle thanks to Hafez al-Assad.

I don’t believe you’re Syrian for one moment and your love of Israel gives it away.

My guess is you’re an American Zionist.

June 11th, 2013, 8:49 am

 

annie said:

A Child digging the Grave of Her Brother Real Stories from the Syrian Revolution – Syria War

June 11th, 2013, 8:50 am

 

revenire said:

Annie this terrorist propaganda you posted is disgusting. How can you use children like this?

June 11th, 2013, 9:09 am

 

ghufran said:

This is what is left of the “revolution” :
وقع في وسط دمشق صباح اليوم الثلاثاء تفجيرين إنتحاريين بالقرب من مركز للشرطة وأديا إلى مقتل 14 شخصاً وإصابة 31 آخرين بجروح، بحسب ما ذكر التلفزيون السوري الرسمي، نقلاً عن مصدر في الشرطة، موضحاً أن “التفجيرين وقعا بالقرب من قسم شرطة الإنضباط في المرجة”.
وأفاد المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان، عن مقتل 15 شخصاً”، موضحاً أن “أحدهما ناجم عن تفجير إنتحاري بنفسه داخل قسم شرطة الانضباط، وانفجار آخر خارج قسم الشرطة”، من دون أن يحدد كيفية حدوثه. مضيفاً أن “غالبية الخسائر البشرية هم من عناصر الشرطة السورية”.
this is a copy of what terrorists are doing in Iraq, I do not know how anybody can still talk about a “revolution” !!

June 11th, 2013, 9:26 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Baathist Rule #666: If you’re anti-Assad, you’re pro-Israel

Reverse,

Stating facts like 1 + 1 = 2 doesn’t make someone a Zionist.

But in the world of arab despotism, you can call anyone a Zionist if their facts don’t meet your approval.

100,000 dead under Assad’s leadership? You’re a dirty Zionist.

Israel’s GDP is $243 billion? You’re a Zionist.

Israel treats her arab citizens better than Assad? You’re a Zionist.

Israel has free speech? You’re a Zionist.

Reverse,

Now that the Syrian hero Assad has won the little terrorist war/disturbance, when do you suppose he’ll call for free multiparty elections to prove his favorability to the world?

Or do we still have to rely on Baathist “Hasbara” like you?

June 11th, 2013, 9:28 am

 

revenire said:

Terrorist supporters,

Congratulations on the suicide bombings in Damascus today.

Over 14 people are now free.

June 11th, 2013, 9:29 am

 

revenire said:

Here is the Israeli “economy” – the benefactor of welfare from the US taxpayer. Israel is a charity case. They lie about the threat to their security. Outside of Syria-Hezbollah-Iran there is no threat to Israel.

Benefits to Israel of U.S. Aid Since 1949 (As of November 1, 1997)

Foreign Aid Grants and Loans
$74,157,600,000

Other U.S. Aid (12.2% of Foreign Aid)
$9,047,227,200

Interest to Israel from Advanced Payments
$1,650,000,000

Grand Total
$84,854,827,200

Total Benefits per Israeli
$14,630

Cost to U.S. Taxpayers of U.S. Aid to Israel

Grand Total
$84,854,827,200

Interest Costs Borne by U.S.
$49,936,680,000

Total Cost to U.S. Taxpayers
$134,791,507,200

Total Taxpayer Cost per Israeli
$23,240

Since 1992, the U.S. has offered Israel an additional $2 billion annually in loan guarantees. Congressional researchers have disclosed that between 1974 and 1989, $16.4 billion in U.S. military loans were converted to grants and that this was the understanding from the beginning. Indeed, all past U.S. loans to Israel have eventually been forgiven by Congress, which has undoubtedly helped Israel’s often-touted claim that they have never defaulted on a U.S. government loan. U.S. policy since 1984 has been that economic assistance to Israel must equal or exceed Israel’s annual debt repayment to the United States. Unlike other countries, which receive aid in quarterly installments, aid to Israel since 1982 has been given in a lump sum at the beginning of the fiscal year, leaving the U.S. government to borrow from future revenues. Israel even lends some of this money back through U.S. treasury bills and collects the additional interest.

In addition, there is the more than $1.5 billion in private U.S. funds that go to Israel annually in the form of $1 billion in private tax-deductible donations and $500 million in Israeli bonds. The ability of Americans to make what amounts to tax-deductible contributions to a foreign government, made possible through a number of Jewish charities, does not exist with any other country. Nor do these figures include short- and long-term commercial loans from U.S. banks, which have been as high as $1 billion annually in recent years.

Total U.S. aid to Israel is approximately one-third of the American foreign-aid budget, even though Israel comprises just .001 percent of the world’s population and already has one of the world’s higher per capita incomes. Indeed, Israel’s GNP is higher than the combined GNP of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza. With a per capita income of about $14,000, Israel ranks as the sixteenth wealthiest country in the world; Israelis enjoy a higher per capita income than oil-rich Saudi Arabia and are only slightly less well-off than most Western European countries.

AID does not term economic aid to Israel as development assistance, but instead uses the term “economic support funding.” Given Israel’s relative prosperity, U.S. aid to Israel is becoming increasingly controversial. In 1994, Yossi Beilen, deputy foreign minister of Israel and a Knesset member, told the Women’s International Zionist organization, “If our economic situation is better than in many of your countries, how can we go on asking for your charity?”

http://www.wrmea.org/special-topics/483-uncategorised/5696-us-aid-to-israel-1948-present.html

June 11th, 2013, 9:38 am

 

Ilya said:

AL is a joke a sectarian organization to suppress Shia rights.
They have balls to call for designation of Hezbollah as terrorist organisation because they Shia group ,they scared the heck out of them.
How come we did not hear them demanding Al Qaeda Terrorists and Jabnat AL Nusra,some other Groups to leave Syria,or condemn their actions such as suicide bombing.
Moaz Al Khattib went on condemning USA for designating AL Nusra as terrorists these people are delusional 🙂

June 11th, 2013, 9:39 am

 

Mina said:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/73728/World/Region/UN-talks-to-Germany-about-resettling-,-Syrian-refu.aspx

Don’t forget to read the last sentence: it says it all.
“The vast majority of refugees wanted to return to Syria, Edwards added.”

June 11th, 2013, 9:52 am

 

revenire said:

Also, these terrorist supporters crying about Hezbollah have nothing to say. They said NOTHING about 10s of 1000s of foreign terrorists killing Syrians for two years.

If I had my way I’d invite Iranian troops in by the 1000s and station them on the Golan.

June 11th, 2013, 9:54 am

 

Ziad said:

“Just visited site of rebel suicide bomb attack this a.m. Smelt like abattoir. Vile. Hague wants your taxes to arm these terrorists!”

Nick Griffin

June 11th, 2013, 9:59 am

 
 

Ziad said:

BNP leader Nick Griffin visits Syria

MEP says he is on fact-finding mission to Damascus and wants to highlight risk of UK supporting opposition fighters

Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National party, has waded into controversy by paying an officially sponsored visit to Damascus as part of a delegation of far-right and nationalist European politicians.

Griffin, an MEP for north-west England, used his Twitter account to publicise selected details of his “fact-finding” trip, calling the Syrian capital a “modern, bustling city”. Aside from “occasional explosions” in the distance, life in Damascus was normal, he tweeted.

Syrian state media reported that suicide bombings in Marja Square in the centre of the city had killed 14 people and injured 31. Griffin later visited the site and commented: “Vile … smells like an abbatoir. Hague wants your taxes to arm these terrorists!”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/jun/11/bnp-nick-griffin-syria-assad

June 11th, 2013, 10:09 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

it is announced today that Egypt Mubarak, and algyria bought weapons from Israel

June 11th, 2013, 10:53 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

On june 14 Persia will have election
Rouhani said

I do not approve of the current foreign policy.

We will see who will win ,Rouhani or Jalili

June 11th, 2013, 11:07 am

 

ghufran said:

علنت السعودية، يوم الاثنين، أن الائتلاف الوطني السوري هو المخول بإصدار تصاريح الحج للسوريين.
وأعلن المتحدث الرسمي باسم وزارة الحج السعودية حاتم قاضي أن “الائتلاف الوطني السوري هو المخول بإصدار تصاريح الحج للسوريين ومتابعة إجراءاتهم”.
وقال المتحدث إن “المعارضة السورية طالبت بذلك”، مبينا أن “وفدا من الائتلاف جاء وقابل مسؤولي وزارة الحج السعودية وتم الترتيب بأن يكون حجاج سورية عن طريقهم”.
will those Hajj permits be signed by George Sabra?

In Turkey, police is now using rubber bullets:
‘No one will get away with it’: Turkish PM issues protest threat as riot police storm Taksim Square
Officers fire tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters just hours after the government said it would meet with protest leaders

More Syrians might be coming to the USA:

WASHINGTON — Two years into a civil war that shows no signs of ending, the Obama administration is considering resettling refugees who have fled Syria, part of an international effort that could bring thousands of Syrians to American cities and towns.
A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families.
The State Department is “ready to consider the idea,” an official from the department said, if the administration receives a formal request from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the usual procedure.

June 11th, 2013, 11:41 am

 

Hopeful said:

#392 Rev

It is good that you are now starting to discuss facts instead of just name-calling. I did state that Israel gets ~$3B/year from the US, which over 50 years or so will amount to a lot of money as you state in your post. Point taken.

My question is, if they only get $3B/year, how do they generate the remaining $240B/year? Considering that they are only a nation of 7M people, have no oil/gas, surrounded by enemies, constantly engaged in wars, and with a government that is constantly changing?

Do you ever ask yourself that question?

I do not believe it is because Jews are superior to Arabs. After all, many of these 7M people are Arabs.

I believe it is because Israel is a free democratic country. It is as simple as that. Show me a country on the way to become a free democratic nation, and I will show you economic growth and prosperity trends. Look at Poland, Vietnam, Columbia, etc.

Trying to understand the facts does not make one an American Zionist. But I admit, by living in the US for 20+ years, I did learn how to be objective and use facts (as opposed to emotions, myths, leader-worshiping cults, and ideologies) to drive my thinking and decision-making.

One can be anti-Assad, anti-Alqaeda, and anti-occupation at the same time. And I am not the only one.

June 11th, 2013, 11:44 am

 

don said:

Tunisia will reopen it’s embassy in Syria very soon. You heard it here first. Congrats to the people of Syria.

June 11th, 2013, 11:52 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

But I admit, by living in the US for 20+ years…

Hopeful,

Reverse lives in the US also. I suppose he’s lost his way.

June 11th, 2013, 11:57 am

 

Citizen said:

Muslim brotherhood in Obama adminstration

Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser.

Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference

Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser, founder of Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director.

Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar, Islamic Society of North America.

Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/06/11/israeli-big-brother-is-watching-you/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=israeli-big-brother-is-watching-you

June 11th, 2013, 12:14 pm

 

don said:

What’s the Turkish lira’s worth in the black market today?

June 11th, 2013, 12:27 pm

 

Citizen said:

Al Qaeda gunmen kidnap over 20 people north of Baghdad, 7 people executed
http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c32/767867.html
The Al Qaeda gunmen kidnapped 22 people north of Baghdad. The armed group took several hostages overnight to Tuesday near Hamrin, which is situated 75 kilometres northeast of the city Baaquba, an administrative centre of the province Diyala, Iraqi media reported on Tuesday.
The extremists planted a false checkpoint on the road, stopping for an alleged check the vehicles, where their victims were going. Later the kidnappers took the hostages, which are the natives of the local tribe zarkush, in the unknown direction.
Seven hostages were executed. The law enforcers found them dead. The fate of other hostages is unclear.
A warlord of the local Al Qaeda unit was killed in a raid of the Iraqi law enforcement agencies at dawn in En-Nahiya, another district of Diyala. According to available reports, the warlord was behind the kidnappings and murders of local residents and law enforcers.

June 11th, 2013, 12:32 pm

 

Ilya said:

Hopeful
Under President Barack Obama:
The President of “Hope and Change”, the man who promised to fight “special interests’, has turned out to be a huge disappointment and hypocrite, not only breaking all of his promises but adopting Bush’s domestic and foreign “war on terror”, unleashing Drone Massacres, curtailing civil liberties, and implementing the largest most intrusive surveillance in American history of all communications monitored by the NSA.
Not to be outdone Obama proposed an even greater defense aid package to Israel than Bush: $40 Billion after Bush’s $30 Billion expires thereby continuing this package till 2027 thus locking his successors to the commitment.
Plus, Obama plans to increase the annual aid package from $3.1 Billion to $4 Billion annually beginning 2017; the year after he leaves office, again locking his successor to such a commitment. (Defense News March 24, 2013)
In addition to Bush and Obama’s $70 Billion , Israel continues to receive its usual aid of between $4 – $5 Billion annually since 2007, plus the U.S. totally funds Israel’s Iron Dome Anti-Missile Defense system which cost the U.S. tax payer an additional $1.5 Billion.
Such enormous aid packages to a foreign nation at a time Obama and Congress cut $83 Billion from health care, education, food stamps, meals on wheels for the elderly, housing subsidies, heating assistance program for the elderly, and so many other life saving programs for American families who are struggling with home foreclosures, high unemployment, debts and bills, and much more.
The $100 Billion Israel receives can more than pay for the budget sequester cuts to domestic program of $83 Billion. But Israel says; “Let Them Eat Cake”.
It’s like taking government subsidies for infant formula and giving it to Bill Gates.
With Priority Funding going to Israel, the U.S. Government can’t help is own people.

46.2 Million Americans below Poverty Level: 15% of U.S. Population
More than 1, in 5 American children live in Poverty: 16.4 Million
16.7 Million American children are Food Insecure
50 Million Americans Without Health Insurance: (17,1% :In 2000 13.1%)
1.5 Million Americans are Homeless
76,329 Homeless Veterans in January 2010.
U.S. students ranked 25th out of 34 nations in Math and Science (2009)
Given the cowardice to speak against Israel in this country and our doormat subservient government to the “Jewish Lobby”, it takes a Britisher, Tom Dalyell, a man intimately familiar with the history of colonialism and enslavement, to speak the truth n 2003:
“A Jewish cabal have taken over the government in the United States and formed an unholy alliance with fundamentalist Christians … There is far too much Jewish influence in the United States.”
Yes, America, you have surrendered your democracy and liberty to the Government and special interests, but none more powerful and dominant than AIPAC, a true foreign agent that spies on the U.S. and funnels your tax dollars to a foreign nation, Israel, whose interests have damaged America’s own national interests around the world, none more so than in the 57 Muslim nations with a population of 1.7 Billion people.
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/06/09/100-billion-gift-to-israel-83-billion-cut-to-american-families/
Who are you Kidding Israel owns America they get all they want.

June 11th, 2013, 12:44 pm

 

Tara said:

Top Egypt cleric condemns ‘sectarian’ foes in Syria
Reuters –

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s most senior Muslim cleric, a leading voice of mainstream Sunni Islam across the Middle East, has condemned Shi’ites for engaging in “hateful sectarian strife” in Syria.

“Syria is nothing but a theatre of the absurd in this battle which has become a Shi’ite-Sunni struggle,” Tayeb, who heads Cairo’s 1,000-year-old al-Azhar academy, said in comments made on Monday.

“We would have wished that the Shi’ites would reject this bait, but the last few days have led one to believe that they have fallen into the trap of hateful sectarian strife.”

“Liberating Jerusalem does not pass through Qusair or Homs; al-Azhar can do nothing but condemn this intervention, which contributes to yet more bloodshed and the tearing apart of the national fabric of Syria and the region.”

http://news.yahoo.com/top-egypt-cleric-condemns-sectarian-foes-syria-151654244.html

June 11th, 2013, 12:55 pm

 

revenire said:

Tara doesn’t that strike you as odd he is condemning Shi’ite fighters?

His condemnation is sectarian.

I guess you missed the irony.

Have a nice day Tara.

June 11th, 2013, 1:13 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Assad Wins the 2 Year Terrorist War, Promises Reforms Next Century

Liberating Jerusalem does not pass through Qusair or Homs

Unless, “Liberating Jerusalem” is just an excuse to kill your own people because you refuse to meet their simplest of demands like. er, fweedom of speech?

More links from the “highly informative” (LOL) anti-semitic “Veterans Today” begins in 3…2…1…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Today

June 11th, 2013, 1:17 pm

 

Hopeful said:

#410 Ilya

USA GDP 2012 = $15 trillions (google it)
Israel GDP 2011 = $243 billion

You think the $3B/year that the US government gives to Israel is the cause of all the problems the US has with poverty, health, etc.? Are you serious? Even if they give them $10B/year, it would still not make a dent!

Still did not answer my question, how does Israel generate the rest of its annual GDP?

June 11th, 2013, 1:26 pm

 

Citizen said:

AP!
We can take the correct information even from the moon!
are that info about some members of Muslim brotherhood in Obama adminstration correct or not?
Any other information demagoguery – is not related to the content of a comment!

June 11th, 2013, 1:34 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Hopeful,

Here’s the answer to your simple question:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Israel

Reverse, Citizen, Ziad, and all the other Zionist-challenged participants, for some reason, can’t seem to find these answers on hate-sites like “Veterans Today”. There is probably more written on the World Wide Web about Israel than any other subject known to man-kind!

Next, ask Reverse when Assad will allow Syrians to say what they want.

June 11th, 2013, 1:38 pm

 

zoo said:

#385 Hopeful

I am sure you have a lot of empathy for the Syrians who went on the street to enjoy the freedom of eating hearts and cutting heads…

June 11th, 2013, 1:46 pm

 

zoo said:

Reve

This is part of the campaign by sunni clerics to dissuade the Egptians from converting to shiism

June 11th, 2013, 1:50 pm

 

zoo said:

#403 Ghufran

“will those Hajj permits be signed by George Sabra?”

I love it!

June 11th, 2013, 1:51 pm

 

Dawoud said:

411. TARA

Unless Egyptians and other Arabs are as determined in helping the Free Syrian Army as Iran is helping the dictator, the war is lost. I hate to say, but the Syrian people will face one of the worst genocides in history. Yes, shame on Arabs and those who claim to care about the Syrian people. The Syrian people don’t need food because they may not be alive to eat it! Aleppo (Halab) will be conquered by the dictator and Iran’s Shia Lebanese/Iraqi terrorist puppets in a few weeks, unless anti-tank/anti-MIG rockets are supplied to the FSA NOW!

June 11th, 2013, 2:11 pm

 

Hopeful said:

#417 Zoo

No I do not. Not even a bit.

Is that a clear enough position for you?

June 11th, 2013, 2:12 pm

 

Tara said:

Zoo @418

No worries. There is nothing attractive in Shiaa Islam to have people convert to it. People worshiping is just not a Sunni thing. They have direct relationship to their God.

Given the secret admiration, I am afraid that Christian Preists need to worry more..

June 11th, 2013, 2:17 pm

 

Tara said:

Dawoud,

I am not worried. Not a bit.

We will prevail.

June 11th, 2013, 2:22 pm

 

Dawoud said:

423. TARA

Honestly, I am worried. A terrorist from Iran’s al-Quds force, as reported in Alarabiya, is the general commander coordinator of Bashar’s/Hizbalshytan’s planned attack on Syria’s largest city, Aleppo. They have MiGs, tanks, missiles, and chemical weapons to criminally use against the poorly-armed rebels in a heavily-populated city. KSA and Qatar, if they really care about the Syrian people, should NOW be sending anti-tank/anti-MiG rockets WITH their crews to help the Syrian people. Unfortunately, they will not! I heard that thousands of defected Syrian soldiers were being trained in Jordan. They should be armed with these rockets and sent to Aleppo and Idlib through Turkey NOW. Otherwise, you and I will be commenting here in one month about the fall Aleppo!

Free Syria, Free Palestine!

June 11th, 2013, 2:43 pm

 

Ilya said:

Dawoud,Tara
Egyptians are a lost nation i don’t have hope for them
How can you forget your native Coptic Language,culture ,tradition,identity??? this is really sad.
They had such rich history, now they want to destroy the greatest achievement of ancient civilization the Pyramids.
Who are Egyptians? ancestors of greatest civilization,Pharaohs,Arabs?
They seems to lost their identity just blindly following arabism this is sad,no self respect to their identity and history,greatest nation has been hijacked by Salafism, no wonder they live in such dark conditions.
why would anyone care what Egyptians cleric would say?What did they achieve recently to be proud of.
Can anyone name any Noble prize winners among Arabs?
compare with achievements wit Jews and Russians such a stark difference.

June 11th, 2013, 2:51 pm

 

apple_mini said:

Couple personal observations:

Nowadays, you will find only Sunni taxi drivers in town (Damascus). It is a simple reality: Sunni drivers can go anywhere if they need to, rebels held areas (diminishing) and government controlled areas. On the other hand, all Alawite cab drivers have quit since it would be life-risking mission to go to rebel held areas or areas still threatened by rebels.

If you walk around areas with high foot traffic in Damascus, you will see many displaced people from countryside. Most of them are mothers with children, sometimes even toddlers or infants. You cannot find the fathers. And you probably already know why, those are military-age men from countryside.

When you see young mothers holding infants and begging for money, it strikes you with the thought that the mother might have already been a widow. How will they survive while raising those children regardless of the outcome of this conflict? How could they raise their children while providing opportunities for them to advance to higher social ladder?

When those fathers decided to join this “revolution”, have they thought about their responsibilities for their own families?

Syria is carrying too many burdens to move ahead. We wish the best to the country.

June 11th, 2013, 3:11 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Apple_Mini,

Let’s give a great big round of applause to Assad and his willing executioners for sending Syria back to the Stone Age.

June 11th, 2013, 3:15 pm

 

Hopeful said:

“President Bashar al-Assad could have avoided the bloody civil war in Syria by responding more quickly to demands for change” Russian President Vladimir Putin has said on Russian television.

The America Russian deal is in motion…

June 11th, 2013, 3:15 pm

 

don said:

Erdogan Islamist regime is finished. Obama must recognize the Turkish Spring.
Turkey protests test Obama’s ties with Erdogan
http://www.ldnews.com/national/ci_23433055/turkey-protests-test-obamas-ties-pm-erdogan

June 11th, 2013, 3:59 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Syrians has to fight
1-Weak Assad army
2- then came HA fighters,40,000
3-Add to them Iraqi militia and persian soldiers
4_Russia new weapons
2+3+4 changed the balance,but now it is clear that the war is sectarian ,due to Assad.
Sectarian war is bound to get worse,and to spread to neighbouring countries,but always ends in massive death toll, and massive refugee,and takes long time,however always the majority wins,
We may lose some battles, but the end will be for us.
In Lebanon the war took 15 years, The Syrian army ended the war,with permission from USA for Assad to intervene,and KSA, he did it at that time claiming to protect christians,which was a lie, Hafiz was friend with KSA, now KSA is enemy of Bashar.
Probably the most important factor is the money, Financially Assad is bankrupt,and depends on Persian money,Persia is no match to KSA, Persian economy is deteriorating,Assad airforce is getting weaker,and HA can not fight more than 3-4 months

June 11th, 2013, 4:12 pm

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed last year you said Assad would fall within weeks. Are you okay?

June 11th, 2013, 4:33 pm

 

Syria no Kandahar said:

Any one knows who is the ambassador of Jabhat Alnusra in Colorado?

June 11th, 2013, 4:49 pm

 

ghufran said:

I think it will be up to Syrians to decide if they want to continue to kill each other or reach a peaceful settlement that will not be perfect for everybody but is better for the country as a whole.
War mongers on this site do not look at events from all angles and they are unable to understand how Western governments operate, we have a number of people here who are driven by hate and anger that their judgement is impaired, that is why I am not taking the time to respond to their rants.
An extended war is not on anybody’s mind now except certain rouge groups that can only live in a climate of violence and conflict, what the big players want is a dignified exit that does not humiliate them and leave their allies totally exposed, but no settlement is possible without involving Turkey and Iran and making concessions to the other side, that is true for both Assad and his enemies, people are ready to accept a monkey in Al-Muhajiyreen palace if that means ending the war, Assad is not the only hurdle but his fate is at the center of how this war will end, Putin hinted today that he may be willing to let him go, I think Assad as a polarizing figure and his stubborn handling of this crisis disqualify him from taking part in any negotiations, the ABC of negotiating with people you do not like is being ready to make concessions, that is not in Assad’s dictionary and I see that many of his opponents are of the same type.

June 11th, 2013, 4:56 pm

 

Syria no kandahar said:

If you are from around Colorado and need to go to Haj this year you must contact Jabhat
Alnusra Ambassador MK,MD.If you are Sunni you get a free check up if you are Shia he will only do rectal exam.

June 11th, 2013, 5:00 pm

 

HAYDAR said:

To all our Sunni stepbrother out here

if you put all your hopes on the Americans/Brits to save you in the last sec you re forsaken.
Your only potential messiah is Erdogan, who is currently kept busy by the “interst and media” lobby.
I can warmly recommend to all the families who have breed the FSA/NUSRA to leave bc the HA won t comply with European Agreements such as the Geneva Convention. Their allegiance is solely to the Allmighty and his laws. (Blood Money)

June 11th, 2013, 5:05 pm

 

revenire said:

LOL

June 11th, 2013, 5:06 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Some talk about Aleppo falling.

The Syrian people’s revolution doesn’t depend on territory. They have a cause and a willingness to sacrifice. The fire rages in their hearts, stronger than ever. A determination you will not find anywhere on earth at this time.

The Syrian people are an inspiration. Many times the future of the revolution has been questioned and doubts raised. The brave Syrian people will make you eat your words oh skeptics. No, they will stuff them down your throats.

Who can dare to question the staying power of the Syrian people?

Be prepared to be surprised.

Allahu Akbar!
Allahu Akbar!

God is Great!
God is Great!

June 11th, 2013, 5:16 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

The previous comment may seem nothing but passionate rhetoric. Time will tell how things unfold. However, that comment reflects the spirit the regime is up against. Has the regime any idea what it’s up against?

Very early on in the Arab Spring, Shaykh Nazim (Cyprus), described the people as having gone mad. He described them as wasps. Bees sting once and die whereas wasps can return to sting again and again. Gone were the days tyrants could scare the people into submission by a show of brutality.

Assad, can you hear the increasing intense humming approaching?

June 11th, 2013, 5:54 pm

 

revenire said:

Yawn.

June 11th, 2013, 6:04 pm

 

apple_mini said:

The world is changing fast and we are having hard time to catch on.

We thought activists have a common denominator being engaging peaceful and non-violent acts. That includes promoting non-violent acts.

Since liberal interventionism has become an euphemism and disguised tool for neo-imperilism and non-colonism, we started to see activists standing side by side with armed “revolutionists” in Libya ans Syria.

Recently, I learned from Journo SARAH EL DEEB about a new role for activists:

“An activist in Homs who coordinates with fighters in its old city called for a greater use of suicide bombings in regime strongholds. He pointed to a suicide bomber who detonated his vehicle three days after the fall of Qusair in a Homs neighborhood inhabited largely by supporters of Assad from his Alawite sect. Seven civilians were killed.

“We should take the battles to the heart of Alawite neighborhoods,” said the activist, who spoke on condition he be identified by his nom de guerre, Abu Bilal al-Homsi, for fear of retaliation.”

It seems to me, mission planners for suicide bombing against civilians are also called activists nowadays by the MSM.

June 11th, 2013, 6:21 pm

 

Ziad said:

Must see video

تركـيا عشية اليوم قمع بوليسي شديد و مروع

http://safeshare.tv/w/GWrJiyDNKJ

June 11th, 2013, 6:26 pm

 

zoo said:

#421 Hopeful

With you, I have learned that nothing is ever clear…
I have seen some like you praising Al Nusra as holy warriors ‘heroic’ actions and now as the wind has changed they prefer to discreetly distance from them.

June 11th, 2013, 6:40 pm

 

zoo said:

Apple_mini

I guess that as part as the weapons the USA and UK will provide there will be detonators that can be easily wrapped around the waist and a booklet “Martyrdom for the dummies”

June 11th, 2013, 6:43 pm

 

zoo said:

$434 SNK

The final approval of the visas is left to George Sabra

June 11th, 2013, 6:45 pm

 

zoo said:

Syrian troops kill 35 rebels near Damascus

By IANS – DAMASCUS

11th June 2013 10:58 AM
http://newindianexpress.com/world/Syrian-troops-kill-35-rebels-near-Damascus/2013/06/11/article1630011.ece

As many as 35 rebels were killed by the Syrian troops’ ambush Monday in a suburb of the capital Damascus.

The rebels were ambushed at the Baharieh orchards in eastern Ghouta suburb, the report said, adding that various weapons were also seized, reported Xinhua citing state media.

The army also clashed with rebels in the Damascus’ suburbs of Douma, Hajjira and Jeroud.

In the northern province of Aleppo, the state media said the army repelled an attack on the Minnegh airbase and the central prison.

June 11th, 2013, 6:59 pm

 

zoo said:

While Al Raqqah and large areas of Syria are now ruled ruthlessly by the Sharia law, that a teenager is shot down in front of his family for ‘blasplemy’ , Hassan Hassan is telling us that the Sharia law has always been applied in Syria while starting to change gear on external intervention

Outside powers must not impose solutions on Syrians

Hassan Hassan
Jun 12, 2013

The claims that the regime is secular and the rebels are fanatics can confuse people. The Sharia law that some rebel groups call for has always been part of the country’s legal code. Indeed, Sharia law is implemented in Syria as in most Arab countries but this is deliberately shunned by both Arab regimes and their Islamist opponents to suit each side’s agenda. Groups that want to apply rigid Sharia laws in Syria are in the minority.

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/outside-powers-must-not-impose-solutions-on-syrians#ixzz2Vx4B6n00
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June 11th, 2013, 7:13 pm

 

zoo said:

Funny, the closest and richest Moslem rebels allies, Qatar and KSA are not an option for the resettlement of Syrian refugees.
Instead they will be resettled in Christian countries, like Germany. That’s Arab Moslem solidarity at its best.

UN to resettle 10,000 Syrians in Germany

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=209577

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 – Geneva—The United Nations refugee agency is talking to Germany about resettling up to 10,000 Syrian refugees, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said on Tuesday. UNHCR was also working with other European governments to find ways to resettle some of the 1.6 million Syrians who have fled the country, a number the United Nations expects to reach 3.45 million by the end of 2013, Edwards said.

The U.N. agency plans to hold a meeting on the subject with governments around the end of June in Geneva, but details and the participants were not yet known, he said.

Specific numbers had not yet been discussed with other countries. However, resettlement is only an option for the most vulnerable cases and the bulk of the refugee burden will still fall on four of Syria’s neighbors: Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. “The priority right now is to maintain asylum in that region,” he said.

June 11th, 2013, 7:19 pm

 

Ziad said:

Family of Hezbollah fighter ‘refuse to mourn’

After his death in Syria, relatives say Mohammad Ali Janbin died to protect “all Lebanese people”.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/06/201361019129313515.html

June 11th, 2013, 7:19 pm

 

zoo said:

Happy post-revolution days in Libya continue…

Libya’s porous borders worries its neighbours

Alice Fordham
Jun 12, 2013

TUNIS // Southern Libya is rapidly becoming an ungoverned space, home to extremist groups and international smugglers, as a weak government struggles to assert control and overlapping security structures jostle violently for dominance.

Regional politicians, diplomats and analysts have raised concerns in recent months after a series of attacks inside and outside the country pointed to an increased presence of armed Islamist groups, some closely linked with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/libyas-porous-borders-worries-its-neighbours#ixzz2Vx9BHyxp
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June 11th, 2013, 7:24 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

438. Revenire

Gee, thanks. I’m glad you liked it.

The last sentence was (partly) borrowed from Welsh band Manic Street Preachers song title from the album ‘The Holy Bible’. A song inspired by visits to a couple of concentration camps, Dachau and Belsen.

“The Intense Humming Of Evil”

The court has come.
The court of the Nations and into the courtroom will come
the martyrs of Majdanek and Oswiecim.
From the ditch of Kerch the dead will rise,
they will arise from the graves,
they will arise from flames bringing with them the acrid smoke
and the deathly odour of scorched and martyred Europe.
And the children they too will come, stern and merciless.
The butchers had no pity on them.
Now the victims will judge the butchers.
Today the tear of the child is the judge.
The grief of the mother is the prosecutor.

You were what you were
Clean cut, unbecoming
Recreation for the masses
You always mistook fists for flowers

Welcome welcome soldier smiling
Funeral march for agony’s last edge
6 Million screaming souls
Maybe misery – maybe nothing at all
Lives that wouldn’t have changed a thing
Never counted – never mattered – never be

Arbeit macht frei
Transports of invalids
Hartheim Castle breathes us in
In block 5 we worship malaria
Lagerstrasse, poplar trees
Beauty lost, dignity gone
Rascher surveys us butcher bacteria

Welcome welcome soldier smiling
Soon infected, nails broken, hunger’s a word
6 Million screaming souls
Maybe misery – maybe nothing at all
Lives that wouldn’t have changed a thing
Never counted – never mattered – never be

Drink it away, every tear is false
Churchill no different
Wished the workers bled to a machine

June 11th, 2013, 7:27 pm

 

zoo said:

Happy post-revolution days in Egypt continue

Egypt opposition rejects president’s call for ‘national reconciliation’

Leading opposition figures dismiss President Morsi’s appeal on Monday for ‘national reconciliation,’ saying invitation is too little, too late
Egypt’s NSF: No negotiations with Morsi; will join the street 30 June

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/73778/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-opposition-rejects-presidents-call-for-natio.aspx

June 11th, 2013, 7:28 pm

 

Tara said:

Analysis: Hezbollah tips Syria power balance, polarizes Lebanon
Reuters –

Lebanese columnist Sarkis Naoum said: “The (Hezbollah) state-within-a state already exists … This shows that if they (Hezbollah) are challenged, they will go to the streets.”

“They (crushed) the protest so it won’t be repeated elsewhere.”

Angry comments dominated social media, showing a bloodied picture of the slain protester, Hashem Salman, a young Shi’ite from a bloc opposed to Hezbollah.

Displayed alongside were pictures of Hezbollah militiamen charging at the crowd with the caption: “The fascist assault and the peaceful protests.”

“Hezbollah has already lost a great deal of ground, not militarily, but if you lose popular support among independents and among the silent majority, you lose. This will haunt them eventually because there was no security threat,” Gerges said.

No matter how this unfolds, Nasrallah’s prestige in the region is shattered. Long revered as the Arab hero who stood up to Israel, and among his own as the man who elevated Shi’ites to the top of Lebanese politics, he is now being portrayed as the protector of Syrian autocracy and a proxy of Iranian theocracy.

Arab public opinion has become hostile, seeing the group as an offshoot of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, more responsive to Iranian interests than Lebanese concerns.

Hezbollah’s adversaries are neither willing nor able to engage it on the streets of Beirut. The danger could come from al Qaeda groups in north and south Lebanon, who may retaliate against Hezbollah with suicide attacks, security sources say.

http://news.yahoo.com/analysis-hezbollah-tips-syria-power-balance-polarizes-lebanon-193932677.html

June 11th, 2013, 7:35 pm

 

don said:

Does anyone here know what are the benefits and advantages of embedding YouTube videos instead of just posting the link?

June 11th, 2013, 7:49 pm

 

ghufran said:

the fact that FOS did not move a muscle last week, and may do the same when Aleppo falls, tells a lot about those friends:
(Abdul Bari Atwan)
رجب طيب اردوغان رئيس وزراء تركيا لن يكون هو نفسه الاكثر حماسا للاطاحة بالنظام السوري بعد انتفاضة ميدان تقسيم التي اندلعت مثل النار في الهشيم في مختلف انحاء تركيا، او بعد تفجيرات الريحانية الدموية، فقد ادرك ان حماسه هذا بات ينعكس ثورة على بلاده، وخطرا على امنها واستقرارها.
حملة الانتقادات الشرسة التي استهدفت حزب الله اللبناني بسبب تدخله في معركة القصير مفهومة، ولكن القضية الاساسية التي لم يتناولها هؤلاء النقاد واجهزة اعلامهم هي ان هذا الحزب لم يتردد لحظة في التدخل لنصرة حليفه السوري ومنع سقوط نظامه، بينما لم يحرك انصار المعارضة السورية العرب والاجانب، وما اكثرهم، ساكنا، ولم يرسلوا جنديا واحدا لنصرتها، اي المعارضة، واكتفوا فقط بفتح شاشات قنواتهم للبكاء على اطلال القصير، وتوجيه الشتائم لحزب الله.
معركة القصير لم تكن نقطة تحول استراتيجي رفعت من معنويات النظام وجعلته يحقق ابرز انتصاراته فقط، وانما ايضا لانها ازالت الكثير من الاقنعة عن وجوه الكثيرين في المنطقة، واصدقاء الشعب السوري المزعومين على وجه الخصوص.
لا بديل عن الحل السياسي لإنقاذ سورية، او ما تبقى منها، وحقن الدماء، والتخطيط لإعادة الاعمار، ونأمل ان يصحو الشعب السوري في الجانبين، النظام والمعارضة معا، ويفتح عيونه على ما يحاك ضده من مؤامرات عربية وغربية في الغرف السوداء، ويعود بالتالي الى رشده، فسورية كانت وستظل اكبر من النظام والمعارضة واعمق جذورا من اصدقائها واعدائها معا.

June 11th, 2013, 7:58 pm

 

ghufran said:

محافظة حلب – المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان ::انسحبت كتائب المهاجرين والانصار التي يقودها ابو عمر الشيشاني من مطار منغ العسكري

June 11th, 2013, 8:32 pm

 

zoo said:

Killing of Syrian youth for ‘blasphemy’ fuels tension in Aleppo

http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-syrian-youth-killing-20130611,0,3029645.story

Protesters in the embattled city of Aleppo called for justice in the killing of a 14-year-old boy accused of blasphemy, blaming armed opposition groups for the youth’s death.

The killers have not been identified, but some in the city are pointing a finger at armed Islamist groups, an accusation that could ignite tensions among residents, activists and Islamic rebels in the city, about half of which is under opposition control.
The killing is being investigated by two opposition legal authorities, the Unified Judicial Council and the Sharia Authority.

June 11th, 2013, 8:46 pm

 

Ziad said:

Rebels in Shiekh Maksud, Aleppo have been randomly shelling surrounding residential areas with mortar shells, over 2 dozen so far.

edward dark 1 hr

June 11th, 2013, 8:48 pm

 

zoo said:

$453 Ghufran

The international community is extatic:
Al Qaeda foreign fighters are being exterminated by the Syrian army and the Hezbollah at a much higher rate than what they have been trying for 10 years in Afghanistan.
No wonder they don’t move…

June 11th, 2013, 8:50 pm

 

Tara said:

Alqardawi and all others Sunni clerics across the Arab countries should stop anti-shiaa rants. There are many shiaa who are against Iran hegemony and against its Lebanese puppet HA. Those Sunni clerics fell in the trap the Iranians drew for them. With their anti-shiaa rhetorics, they are recruiting more Iranian loyalists.

May Hashem Salman, a Shia youth gunned down in front of the Iranian embassy in Beirut by HA rests in peace.

Iran and its proxy are the enemy. The shiaa aren’t.

June 11th, 2013, 8:55 pm

 

zoo said:

422. Tara

Sunnis religious leaders in Egypt do not share your opinion: They have violently objected to iranian tourists visiting Egypt for fear Egyptians may be lured to Shiism.
In view of the depressing image Al Qaeda, Salafists and Moslem brotherhood are projecting of Sunnism, I think I would be worried too.
In addition, while converting to Christianity is a death sentence, converting to Shiism carries no penalty, just some lighter needs of praying ( 3 times instead of 5) and a better deal for women in inheritance law. There are other bonuses too I guess.

June 11th, 2013, 8:59 pm

 

zoo said:

60 Syrian Shia villagers massacred in Hatlah.

That would justify Hezbollah and Iran intervention to protect the Syrian Shias exposed to the violence of the Sunni Islamist terrorists.

June 11th, 2013, 9:09 pm

 

zoo said:

Salim Idriss about eventual weapons delivery in August:
“It is a joke”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/world/middleeast/as-rebels-lose-ground-in-syria-us-mulls-options.html?ref=global-home&_r=0

The British and French, who pushed successfully for a repeal of the European Union arms embargo, have said they might provide arms in August, which would presumably be after a Geneva conference, if it is held. But in his interview on Friday, General Salim said those weapons would come too late.

“We can’t wait until August,” General Salim said. “It is a joke.”

June 11th, 2013, 9:17 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Ghufran
who reported #454?,this news are not true, another fabrication
I wish people respect themselves and only report the truth

June 11th, 2013, 9:26 pm

 

revenire said:

Brother you have reported many falsehoods in your time here. Let’s not be hasty with others.

Thank you.

June 11th, 2013, 9:29 pm

 

zoo said:

The virus is spreading..
Intelligence Report: Number of Islamists in Germany Grows

In its annual report on extremist activity in Germany, the country’s domestic intelligence agency has identified a surge in support for Islamists and growth in the number of influential neo-Nazi music groups.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/intelligence-report-number-of-islamists-in-germany-increases-a-904742.html

June 11th, 2013, 9:31 pm

 

zoo said:

$462 MajedAlKhaldoon

Yes, just like you do.

June 11th, 2013, 9:33 pm

 

ilya said:

Tara
Lets imagine that salafi/wahhabi/Sunni are successful in eliminating all shia from the map.
Who will be next to be blamed Christians,Jews,Buddhists?
Then you gonna realize still have same problems,that problem was not Shia,Christian or Jew…
time too look inside,not blame others with this victims attitude you will never achieve peace in ME.

June 11th, 2013, 9:35 pm

 

Ilya said:

These African Egyptian clerics should their head check out.
yes Iranians tourists will have nothing better to do than convert Sunni Muslims to Shia Muslim… haha.
They apparently have low faith in Egyptian Sunni Muslims since they could be easily converted?How strong is their faith if they could be converted in 1-2 weeks by tourists?
Does not Egypt has bigger problem to worry about like educations system.deficit of budget,lack of water,food …?

June 11th, 2013, 9:46 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Turkey was and still is the key to end this war , ironically , Erdogan is more likely to change his position if he faces challenges to his rule internally, Turks were uncomfortable with his policies but remained relatively silent because Erdogan government provided them with something most of turkey’s neighbors do not have: stability and economic growth, Erdogan will harden his position until the unrest in turkey reaches a level that threatens to mobilize more Turks against him, so watch taskim square( and other squares) and watch the Kurds.

June 11th, 2013, 9:51 pm

 

Ziad said:

Watch Israeli soldiers violently beat Palestinian women of all ages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwRLyxvPC7Y&feature=youtu.be

June 11th, 2013, 10:26 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo and revenir
You are so excited about Qusair ,that blind you from seeing the truth, and started to talk in bombastic way
the rebels in Qusair were less than 2000, HA attacked with 7000 soldier,Qusair is isolated,The war will take long time,and in hard time people become more religious,but those who depend on devil,will lose
The news from Mennegh airport are in favor of FSA

June 11th, 2013, 10:27 pm

 

don said:

Erdogan Islamist regime is firing bullets at demonstrators. Obama must act now.
Violence flares as Turkey PM cracks down on protests
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Violence-flares-as-Turkey-PM-cracks-down-on-protests/articleshow/20541965.cms

June 11th, 2013, 10:47 pm

 

Dawoud said:

470. MAJEDKHALDOUN

Hizb, the Shia Lebanese terrorist party and Iran’s puppet, has prepared its own coffin by invading Syria and implanting sectarian signs on Sunni mosque in occupied al-Qasir! In the above article that TARA posted, you see a picture of Hizb terrorists in Beirut wearing black and killing innocent demonstrators in front of the Iranian High Commissioner’s office (embassy)in Lebanon.

Free Syria, Free Palestine, Free Lebanon!

June 11th, 2013, 10:48 pm

 

don said:

Turkish people demanding freedom and dignity. No more fear.
Turkey protests in pictures: Fourth day of violence against ‘authoritarian’ government
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/turkey-protests-pictures-fourth-day-1929626

June 11th, 2013, 10:59 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Prof Amr Al-Azm- Ohio ( opposition):
“Politically we’re screwed, and militarily we’re taking a pounding,” Azm said. “America talked the talk while Iran walked the walk.”

June 11th, 2013, 11:00 pm

 

don said:

As images of clashes in central Istanbul were broadcast live across the world, Turkey’s currency sank to 2013 lows, prompting the central bank to repeatedly intervene to stabilize the lira. Security forces detained more than 70 lawyers protesting in solidarity with the Taksim Square demonstrators after skirmishes at Istanbul’s High Court.

But attempts to secure the square failed to end clashes between demonstrators and police, sparking running battles that intensified into the night, leaving scores of people hospitalized, the Turkish Medical Association said. As evening fell, security forces sought to launch a more definitive strike, blanketing the area in tear gas and detonating sound grenades, which sent thousands of protesters, and some commuters en route home from work, fleeing for cover. Istanbul Gov. Huseyin Avni Mutlu gave a news conference pledging that police action would continue until authorities had cleared the area of “marginal groups.”

June 11th, 2013, 11:09 pm

 

don said:

makeshift field hospital

The White House on Tuesday called for dialogue between the government and protesters.

“We continue to follow events in Turkey with concern, and our interest remains supporting freedom of expression and assembly, including the right to peaceful protest,” White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said on Tuesday.

As Wednesday arrived in Ankara, which has witnessed more violent clashes than Istanbul in recent days, some 1,000 people marched on the capital’s Kizilay Square and smaller groups gathered in other neighborhoods, sparking clashes and drawing tear-gas fire from police.

Inside the park, volunteers ferried injured people to a makeshift field hospital, handing out masks to protect against tear gas, distributing water and writing blood types on people’s arms. Tear-gas canisters occasionally landed inside the park, sending protesters scattering.

June 11th, 2013, 11:18 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Fareed Zakaria on Syria:

June 11th, 2013, 11:31 pm

 

don said:

No-fly zone over Turkey now.
How the War in Syria Has Helped to Inspire Turkey’s Protests
The anti-Erdogan protesters in Turkey have many grievances – but the prime minister’s record of support for the Syrian rebels may turn out to be the most explosive.
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/06/11/how_the_war_in_syria_has_helped_to_inspire_turkeys_protests

June 11th, 2013, 11:35 pm

 

ghufran said:

political reform, Assad style:
ذكر المركز السوري للإعلام وحرية التعبير أنّ السلطات السورية أحالت بلال أحمد بلال الصحفي السوري والمخرج في قناة “فلسطين اليوم” إلى المحكمة الميدانية العسكرية التي أصدرت حكماً عليه بالسجن لمدة 15 عاماً.
no lawyer, no charges, no explanation.
Freedom, opposition style:
قالت وحدة تنسيق الدعم الإغاثي والإنساني ان 2,4 مليون حلبي بحاجة ماسة للمساعدات.
و بينت الوحدة في تقييمٍ سريعٍ للأوضاع الإنسانية أجرته في حلب : أن 2,4 مليون مواطن بحاجة ماسة للمساعدات الإنسانية، وأن 2,4 مليون مواطن لا يستطيعون الحصول على الخدمات الصحية، وأن 2,2 مليون مواطن مهدّدون بفقدان القدرة على تأمين الغذاء.
وكشف التقييم أيضاً أن 510 آلاف مواطن أُجبروا على ترك منازلهم، وأن 240 ألف مواطن يعانون من نقص مياه الشرب
wisdom, Russian-style (enhanced by a new girlfriend):
قال الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين يوم الثلاثاء إنه كان بوسع الرئيس السوري بشار الاسد تفادي نشوب حرب أهلية دامية من خلال تلبية مطالب التغيير بقدر أكبر من السرعة.
وفي تصريحات أدلى بها بوتين لشبكة آر.تي التلفزيونية الرسمية الروسية الناطقة بالانجليزية قال مجددا إن روسيا لا تدافع عن الاسد إلا انه ألقى باللوم على الغرب بسبب الاضطرابات العنيفة في منطقة الشرق الاوسط.
وتشير تصريحات بوتين الى عدم تغير موقف روسيا بشأن سوريا. وتقول موسكو انها لا تحاول دعم الأسد لكن تنحيه يجب الا يكون شرطا مسبقا لتسوية عبر التفاوض للصراع الذي قتل فيه أكثر من 80 ألف شخص حتى الآن.
وقال بوتين “الدولة كانت مستعدة لتغيير جاد وكان يتعين ان تستشعر القيادة ذلك في حينه وتبدأ في إجراء التغيير. عندها ما كان سيجري ما جرى.”
وقال بوتين مشيرا الى العنف في العراق وليبيا وسوريا ودول أخرى “لماذا يحدث هذا؟. لأن أناسا بعينهم من الخارج يتصورون انه اذا شكلت المنطقة كلها بأسلوب واحد ..يحبذه البعض ويسميه آخرون ديمقراطية.. فعندها سيعم السلام والنظام. الأمر ليس كذلك على الاطلاق.”
charity, GCC style:
لندن ـ أثارت تغريدة كتبها مدون يدعى عبد الله العبيوي، ضجة بين مستخدمي موقع التواصل الاجتماعي “تويتر”، عندما أعلن “حملة لجمع النقابات لحرائر الشام”، قائلاً في تغريدة له “يالله لم أكن أتوقع يوماً ما أن أسمع مثل هذا الخبر: 125 اخت في جبل الزاوية تريد ان تنتقب ولا يوجد نقاب ولا مال أين من يريد الأجر والثواب”، وأتبعها بتغريدة أخرى ” إني أعلنها من الآن ولمدة اسبوع حملة لجمع النقابات والعبايات لإرسالها لحرائر الشام … من أراد المساهمة في ستر امرأة مسلمة تريد العفاف”.

June 12th, 2013, 12:12 am

 

Sami said:

Damascus: Behind the battle lines

Tens of thousands of Syrians have lost their lives in the country’s escalating conflict and the bloody internal battle has forced hundreds of thousands more to flee their country of birth.

Yet many have remained and are trying to carry on with their daily lives. Here, six residents of Damascus speak of how they go about living amid the violence.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22847540

June 12th, 2013, 12:55 am

 

revenire said:

Oh my, the BBC – ever reliable.

Is there a photo to go along with their propaganda? I have fond memories of the Houla massacre photo the BBC faked.

I am too tired to look.

June 12th, 2013, 1:17 am

 

Ilya said:

This is terrible news …
At least 60 Shia villagers have been massacred by foreign-backed terrorists in eastern Syria.
The Tuesday killings that occurred in the village of Hatlah in Deir Ezzor Province came as Syrian troops have gained the upper hand against the militant groups across the country.
“Today (Tuesday) rebels attacked the village and took control of it, killing 60 Shia residents,” Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP news agency.

June 12th, 2013, 1:26 am

 

Badr said:

Realistically speaking, why isn’t protracting the strife the best option for Western leaders?

How Geneva II could be worsening chances of Syria peace

Mark Urban
BBC


“We cannot allow Iran and Hezbollah to win this one,” a one-time Downing Street staffer has told me. Others have suggestions about using Syria as an arena to do to Iran what the Islamic Republic did to the US and UK in Iraq.

It seems then that there are many who now believe the supply of weapons is necessary to prevent the resistance to Mr Assad going under. In other words a measure once advertised as a means of getting people around the negotiating table has become a way of prolonging the conflict.

June 12th, 2013, 1:39 am

 

Citizen said:

482. ILYA said:
This is terrible news …
At least 60 Shia villagers have been massacred by foreign-backed terrorists in eastern Syria.
http://youtu.be/W_PLctjCXHY?t=1m35s
ذبح على المذهب !!! برنارد يالها من وصفة سحرية؟ يخسر المسلمون و تربح أنت !!!

June 12th, 2013, 2:26 am

 

Uzair8 said:

About 6 hrs ago on AJE blog:

At least 60 Shia residents of a village in eastern Syria were killed on Tuesday in clashes with rebel forces, a day after they attacked an opposition post, a watchdog group said.

“Armed Shiite villagers attacked a nearby rebel post yesterday and killed two. Today rebels attacked the village and took control of it, killing 60 Shia residents, most of them fighters,”

Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.

The clashes came in the majority Sunni village of Hatlah, in eastern Deir Ezzor province.

At least 10 rebels were also killed in the fighting on Tuesday.

http://blogs.aljazeera.com/topic/syria/shia-fighters-killed-syria-after-attacking-rebel-post

June 12th, 2013, 3:51 am

 

Tara said:

Lying is not good.

Most of the Shiaa killed in Hatla are fighters.  The regime propagandists lied to us and told us they were villagers. So Syria is now 60 less shabeehas. I regret the death of the 2 villagers died as collateral. May they rest in peace.  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22870776

The SOHR reported that pro-government Shia fighters had attacked a rebel position near Hatla – a village just to the east of the city of Deir al-Zour in Deir al-Zour province – on Monday, killing at least two people.

The following day, “rebels attacked the village and took control of it, killing 60 Shia residents, most of them fighters”, the UK-based activist group said.

June 12th, 2013, 6:56 am

 

Mina said:

“Cancelation of the merger”
(When they don’t behead people, they are busy with economy)
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/73626/World/Region/Qaeda-chief-strikes-down-merger-of-Iraq,-Syria-win.aspx

June 12th, 2013, 7:31 am

 

Tara said:

Zoo,

If people want to convert to shiaa to  believe thatمن درعا قدح شرر و بحرستا المهدي ظهر
Then please by all mean, let them convert.  People should pursue their passion.

What about you?  You should also pursue your passion.

  

June 12th, 2013, 7:34 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Turkey is a democratic country, so Erdogan is going nowhere, the house of representative is practically controled by Erdogan.
The demonstrations is for building a mall,there is no need to go for violence,Erdogan used water to disperse the demonstrators.
I think Erdogan will control the situation, and the opposition is provoked by people controlled by Syrian regime, and Assad will fail.

June 12th, 2013, 8:12 am

 

Dawoud said:

In addition to its first job in terrorism and the killing of innocent Lebanese and Syrian civilians, the Shia Lebanese/Iranian terrorist party (Hizb@@@) is active in drug-trafficking and the diamond-smuggling trade. So, it’s a terrorist, drug-smuggling, and diamond-sucking party!! Also, it is in charge of the most sophisticated car-jacking/theft operation in Lebanon. Wow., too much work for a “resistance” party! 🙂

http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/2013/06/12/%D8%AA%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AE%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D9%84%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B3-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%AF%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D9%87%D9%85-%D9%84%D8%A3%D9%85%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%AD%D8%B2%D8%A8-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D9%87-.html

الرئيسية
آخر تحديث: الأربعاء 3 شعبان 1434هـ – 12 يونيو 2013م KSA 06:46 – GMT 03:46
تجارة المخدرات والألماس المصدر الأهم لأموال حزب الله
ينشط على مستوى العالم وتعد طهران أكبر داعم وحاضن لمؤسساته ونشاطاته

نجح حزب الله اللبناني في تكوين شبكة معقدة من العملاء حول العالم، تخصصت في غسل أموال المخدرات وذلك عبر تجارة السيارات، بالإضافة لجمع التبرعات وتجارة الألماس والمعادن والعقارات والمضاربة في سوق الأسهم.
وبعد أن دعت دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي لاتخاذ إجراءات ضد منتسبي حزب الله في دول المجلس، يبقى التساؤل القائم: أين وكيف يتشكل ثقل حزب الله الاقتصادي في دول الخليج.
[…]

June 12th, 2013, 8:27 am

 

Hopeful said:

#441 Zoo

The nice thing about a site like SC is tha you can search all comments sections at once to see all comments that are being posted by a person.

So, please point out to me what comment exactly that I ever posted indicated anything other than contempt for criminals and murders on both sides? Go ahead please.

And BTW, what do you mean when you say “people like me”? What have you learned about me to be able to generalize?

June 12th, 2013, 8:48 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Unfortunate for Shiaa,in the Arabic world, they will suffer from revenge as HA became severely sectarian party, and a puppet of Persia, HA hurt the Shiaa, because of its stupid behaviour,HA became the bad guy in the Arab world,a terrorist organization,,Nasrallah is not trusted anymore, he is considered the enemy,and he will face the same fate as Assad

June 12th, 2013, 8:55 am

 

revenire said:

Tara you don’t know what happened with this massacre. If you have credible links to an explanation I would love to read them.

My guess is you saw something on Twitter, or pro-terror media, and it fit in with what you wanted to be true and just blabbed it out.

I’ve seen you do it before.

Please, provide links for me to enjoy.

Thank you.

June 12th, 2013, 8:56 am

 

revenire said:

You’re going to do all that sitting in Colorado brother? It seems a bit ambitious.

🙂

June 12th, 2013, 8:57 am

 

zoo said:

I am sure some commenters are secretly joining the celebration.

Syria Islamists celebrate Shi’ite deaths
12 Jun 2013, 10:29 pm – Source: AAP

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1777551/Syria-Islamists-celebrate-Shiite-deaths

Videos showing Sunni rebels celebrating the killing of 60 Shi’ites are a fresh sign that the Syrian conflict is becoming increasingly sectarian.

Sunni Islamist rebels celebrated the killing of some 60 Shi’ites, mostly pro-regime fighters, and burned their homes in eastern Syria, according to video distributed by a group monitoring the civil war.

The videos emerged on Wednesday, a day after a major clash in a village in Deir Ezzor province that pitted Shi’ites against Sunnis, a fresh sign that the conflict is becoming increasingly sectarian.

“The Sadeq al-Amin (rebel) brigade is getting ready to assault the houses of Shi’ites who support the regime of (President Bashar al-) Assad in the village of Hatlah,” an unidentified cameraman who filmed one of the videos says.

A dozen men can be seen in the courtyard of a house, showing off a man’s disfigured corpse.

“Look Shi’ites, this is how you will end up, you dogs,” cries one man.

June 12th, 2013, 9:00 am

 

zoo said:

Hopeful

I wouldn’t do that exercise, it is not worth it. You know better what you wrote and what you chose not to.

June 12th, 2013, 9:12 am

 

zoo said:

Majed

A new prediction:

“I think Erdogan will control the situation, and the opposition is provoked by people controlled by Syrian regime, and Assad will fail.”

As all of you predictions failed… we can guess who will still be there in 2014.

June 12th, 2013, 9:16 am

 

zoo said:

#488 Tara

That’ a generous and humble thought… No surprise.

June 12th, 2013, 9:19 am

 

revenire said:

Assad: Winning Hearts, Minds and Battles in Syria
by Stephen Lendman

Most Syrians support Assad. They do so for good reason. Mass crowds turn out in liberated areas. Syria’s military is cheered.

Polls show over two-thirds of Syrians back their government. The longer conflict continues, the greater Assad backing grows.

It’s not surprising. Syrians want no part of living under a Washington-imposed dictatorship. They’re willing to sacrifice, fight and die to prevent it. They’ve come this far and won’t quit.

Read the rest > http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2013/06/assad-winning-hearts-minds-and-battles.html

June 12th, 2013, 9:21 am

 

zoo said:

#486 Tara

Transforming the massacre of 60 shia villagers in a village dominated by Sunnis into a well deserved punishment is certainly a “noble” feeling of justice. Nothing new.

“A dozen men can be seen in the courtyard of a house, showing off a man’s disfigured corpse.

“Look Shi’ites, this is how you will end up, you dogs,” cries one man. “

June 12th, 2013, 9:27 am

 

zoo said:

The UK is backtracking as the only consequence of their ‘carrot’ announcement that they will send weapons to the rebels has been to compromise the conference and make the opposition more determined to boycott it.
It was a carrot for the opposition, now it’s time to use the stick and force them to the conference with no pre-conditions

UK to use G8 summit to push for Syria talks, Cameron says
June 12, 2013 – 16:50 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Britain will use its role as host of a summit of the G8 group of nations next week to try to get both sides in the Syrian conflict to attend a peace conference, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday, June 12, according to Reuters.

“We should use the G8 to try and bring pressure on all sides to bring about … a peace conference, a peace process, and a move towards a transitional government in Syria,” Cameron told parliament.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will fly to London on Sunday for advance talks about Syria before the summit in Northern Ireland, he added.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday he was worried and depressed by the lack of progress on convening the peace conference in Geneva.

Pressed repeatedly on the subject, Cameron stressed that Britain had not taken any decision to supply arms to Syrian opposition forces fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

“We are not supplying the opposition with weapons. We are supplying them with technical assistance and non-lethal equipment,” he said. “We have made no decision to supply the opposition with weapons.”

June 12th, 2013, 9:35 am

 

zoo said:

Another sign of the UK backtracking… to the despair of the opposition

Ed Miliband: government is too focused on arming Syrian rebels

Labour leader says government should put energy into Geneva peace conference

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/jun/12/ed-miliband-arming-syrian-rebels

June 12th, 2013, 9:38 am

 

annie said:

http://youtu.be/xh_iIlN7KHI

The crowd demanding justice for the executioners of the unfortunate kid. Don’t know whom to believe mais on ne prête qu’aux riches et le régime retors fait tout pour discréditer les rebelles

June 12th, 2013, 9:44 am

 

zoo said:

As long as the violence in Syria didn’t hurt Europe, the E.,U was pushing for their political agenda indifferent to death, violence and horrors affecting the Syrians. Now that it may blow back on Europe, they are having second thoughts.

Seduced by War, Europeans Join the Fight in Syria
by Nadette De Visser Jun 11, 2013 12:27 PM EDT

Men from The Netherlands and other European countries are taking up arms in Syria. But are they even more dangerous than the local fighters? Nadette De Visser reports.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/11/seduced-by-war-europeans-join-the-fight-in-syria.html?

The gruesome video of a beheading in Syria that surfaced on the Internet recently was shocking by any measure. But when people in Belgium and The Netherlands listened to the voices in the background, the terror hit home.
The men brutally sawing through their victim’s throat were speaking Dutch, or perhaps the Belgian variant, Flemish, and sometimes switching to French. Suddenly, both Brussels and The Hague, while trying to gauge the authenticity of the footage, are starting to rethink the impact of the Syrian war on Europe.

June 12th, 2013, 9:45 am

 

Tara said:

Zoo@ 498

“That’ a generous and humble thought… No surprise.”

I love you too..

Now on a different subject, this song keeps playing in my ears constantly. I really like the rhythm and the music and the sound of the followers slapping their chest. No kidding. A half glass of wine preceding the ceremony, then performing the ritual or even moving your head to the right and left ( like the Sufis) while listening to this music can really make one intoxicated… It becomes an out of body experience. How easy to get people intoxicated then brainwashed.

June 12th, 2013, 9:56 am

 

zoo said:

#505 Tara

It is certainly healthier to be “intoxicated” by music, cry and hit one’s chest in unison than to be intoxicated by cursing, cutting heads, making other people cry and spilling other people blood.

Maybe you should try to visit a Hosseinieh sometime. It is open to non-shia, you know.

June 12th, 2013, 10:18 am

 

zoo said:

Syrian rebels kill dozens of Shiites in village raid

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/06/12/syrian-rebels-kill-dozens-of-shiites-in-village-raid-as-assad-troops-launch-missiles-into-lebanon/

by Bassem Mroue

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels have attacked a village in the country’s east, killing dozens of local Shiites, activists said Wednesday, highlighting the increasingly sectarian nature of Syria’s more than two-year-old conflict. A Syrian government official denounced the attack, saying it was a “massacre” of civilians.

June 12th, 2013, 10:22 am

 

zoo said:

Meanwhile, 1,354 Palestinians have died in the provinces in Syria since the beginning of clashes, a study group for Palestinians in Syria announced on Wednesday.

http://www.aa.com.tr/en/rss/192405–s

June 12th, 2013, 10:30 am

 

zoo said:

Should Turkey consider an exit strategy for Erdogan?

A European Spirit

In the streets of Istanbul, a new democratic spirit is taking root. But the violent repression of dissent shows that it cannot flourish as long as Erdogan remains in charge.

http://www.theeuropean-magazine.com/kerem-oektem–2/7016-turkeys-democratic-resurgence

Whether the Prime Minister will be able to return to a politics of balance, which also takes into consideration the concerns and hopes for the future of the 50 per cent that did not vote for him, and of the many members and sympathizers of the AKP, who disagree with his current despotic turn, is anybody’s guess.

But the day has come to analyze the protests in a sober manner, and the possibility of an exit strategy is real. The Turkish protests may yet come to symbolize the promise for a more deliberate democracy and a more European way of doing politics. Yet, if this turn was to happen, it is very likely to be without the Prime Minister.

June 12th, 2013, 10:36 am

 

Hopeful said:

#496 Zoo

Yes I do know very well where I stand and what I write. This is why I am challenging your comment, and that’s why I can say that you are either misinformed, purposefully manipulating my statements, or simply lying. Not surprisingly – all common practices of regime’s supporters.

June 12th, 2013, 10:37 am

 

zoo said:

#512 Hopeful

Thanks for confirming my impressions.

June 12th, 2013, 10:44 am

 

Ziad said:

HOPEFUL

Since you know best what you wrote, why don’t you prove your point to ZOO (and to us) by showing two or three comments you made where you condemned attrocities by the opposition?

June 12th, 2013, 10:51 am

 

zoo said:

Syria conflict: the view from Damascus
How does one live life in the middle of a civil war? We meet the residents of Damascus.

Video

http://www.france24.com/en/20130611-week-middle-east-syria-damascus-daily-life-conflict-iran-women-vote-presidential-election-egypt-ethiopia-dam

June 12th, 2013, 10:55 am

 

mjabali said:

The Massacre of the Syrian Shia in Hatla by the Kuwaitis and the other Jihadis shows a lot and says a lot.

Watch the video of the Kuwaiti Jihadi and see his face you know what I am talking about. Where are the International lawyers when you need them?

The other video with the Syrian Jihadi happy to slaughter some Syrian Shia civilians, shows why Syria is going to hell.

The whole Middle East is going, again, on a visit to hell because of Islam.

June 12th, 2013, 11:06 am

 

mjabali said:

Islam made the people in Syria unfit to be in this modern world.

Since the moment Islam came to Syria and the Middle East, dictatorship flourished and the blood bath began, and the people were asked to worship and never ask, or think.

June 12th, 2013, 11:09 am

 

Tara said:

Zoo@506

Yes. I want to. I am waiting for my friend to take me there in Iran. I’d like to see it through his/her eyes.

I will have to behave though. One can’t be playful there… Would I be allowed to smile in an elevator?

June 12th, 2013, 11:17 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Silly and nonsence comments does not require response,99% of what those two say is garbage
In SC we need truth and good opinion,not garbage.
بَلَغَ السَّيْلُ الزُّبَى

June 12th, 2013, 11:26 am

 

zoo said:

#516 Tara

Don’t worry the Iranians not only have a good sense of humor but they don’t feel threatened by assertive women . You can smile as much as you want.

June 12th, 2013, 11:31 am

 

zoo said:

#517 Majed

Maybe you should make an effort.

June 12th, 2013, 11:33 am

 

zoo said:

Syrian art still alive and kicking
Syrian soap opera recreates Damascus in UAE

“Hammam Shami” (Damascus Bath) is being produced in Abu Dhabi for release during the holy month of Ramadan in July

http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/syrian-soap-opera-recreates-damascus-in-uae-2013-06-12-1.510160

Published Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A traditional Damascene bath comes to life in the UAE, as a team of Syrian actors bustle around in wooden clogs on a film set built far away from war-torn Syria.

The preparations for the daily show took around four months and all the accessories were shipped in from Damascus.

UAE-based Issam Al Awwa, the production manager, said the costs had doubled because of having to film outside Syria.

Around 45 technicians, all brought in from Syria, and some 70 actors and actresses took part in the project. Secondary characters were mostly Syrians living in the UAE.

Raheb acknowledges that the series has no bearing on current events but says “no producers are financing anything linked to the Syrian revolt.”

“Most producers are linked to regimes which have no interest in seeing the Syrian revolt achieve victory and become a model for the rest of the world,” said Raheb, a filmmaker herself.

“But the time will come when this legendary revolt will be written about.”

June 12th, 2013, 11:40 am

 

Ziad said:

MAJEDKHALDOUN

“Silly and nonsence comments does not require response”

Majed has the only optical fiber connection to THE TRUTH. Whatever he utters is THE TRUTH. He is above giving any references. Whoever says something that contradicts his TRUTH is an abject liar propagating fabricated news.

June 12th, 2013, 11:40 am

 

zoo said:

No veil, no tchador, no niqab for Dubai’s Princess Haya delivering stirring Expo 2020 speech in Paris

http://www.thenational.ae/deployedfiles/Assets/Richmedia/File/WEBna12ju-haya1.jpg

The message was presented in Paris by Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed, who is on a three-day visit to the French capital, was in the audience to hear her speak.

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/dubais-princess-haya-delivers-stirring-expo-2020-speech-in-paris#ixzz2W1AmFuoC
Follow us: @TheNationalUAE on Twitter | thenational.ae on Facebook

June 12th, 2013, 11:55 am

 

zoo said:

Art “flourishes” in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia smashes ‘sinful’ horse statues on cleric’s orders

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/73846/World/Region/Saudi-Arabia-smashes-sinful-horse-statues-on-cleri.aspx

Saudi Arabia municipality orders smashing of horse statues because they are “a great sin”
AFP , Wednesday 12 Jun 2013

Statues of people and animals are prohibited under Islam as they represent a form of idolatry. However, the religion does allow artworks depicting plants and landscapes.

June 12th, 2013, 11:58 am

 

zoo said:

12 june, today is the last day announced by the SNC coalition to elect a ‘president’ and a ‘transitional government’.

One minute of silence.

June 12th, 2013, 12:00 pm

 

zoo said:

The Moslem Brotherhood meet to boost desperate Syrian Islamists rebels with legendary Al Qaradawi as the guest star. An attempt to counteract Saudi Arabia fresh take over

Morsi to participate in ‘(Islamist) Syria solidarity week’, says Brotherhood

Egyptian president will attend conference organized by Muslim Brotherhood which aims to support (Islamist) Syrians in their current crisis

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/73839/Egypt/Politics-/Morsi-to-participate-in-Syria-solidarity-week,-say.aspx
Ahram Online, Wednesday 12 Jun 2013

President Mohamed Morsi will attend a conference on Syria next Saturday at the Cairo International Conference Centre in Nasr City.

The conference is part of a Syria solidarity week organized by the Muslim Brotherhood and will include other influential figures such as Muslim cleric Yusuf El-Qaradawi and Saudi Shaykh Mohamed Al-Arifi. The conference is scheduled to start on Thursday

June 12th, 2013, 12:07 pm

 

Tara said:

Zoo @ 522

Asma dresses better. The princess should hire Asma’s stylist.

June 12th, 2013, 12:15 pm

 

zoo said:

Serge Lavrov’ s interview with CBS full transcript

http://rt.com/politics/syria-lavrov-stop-violence-588/
…..
SL: I don’t think so. I never saw anything coming from the coalition which would say “this is Syria which we would like to build with all ethnic minorities, with all religious groups feeling comfortable, with all citizens being equal” and so on and so forth.

This never came from the coalition which is busy, as I said, trying to decide who is in charge. And we certainly believe that the entire spectrum of the Syrian society must be present. The supreme Kurdish council of Syria absolutely insists that it must be there.

I believe that it is in the interest of all of us to make sure that this is the case. Because we want Syria to stay united, one piece, sovereign territorial integrity respected. And for this you need to have Kurds among other at the negotiating table.

CBS: Do you believe that President Assad should step down?

SL: This is not for me to decide, this is for the Syrian people to decide.

June 12th, 2013, 12:15 pm

 

zoo said:

#526 Tara

OMG, the first positive thing you’ve said about Asma in 2 years@!

June 12th, 2013, 12:17 pm

 

zoo said:

For once, opposition and government agree, it was a massacre.
Syrian Shiites Reported Massacred in Reprisal Raid

By HANIA MOURTADA and ANNE BARNARD
Published: June 12, 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/world/middleeast/syria.html?_r=0

BEIRUT, Lebanon — At least 60 Shiite Muslim residents of a village in eastern Syria were killed in a reprisal raid by rebels, the government and opposition figures said Wednesday, the latest in a string of massacres underscoring the sectarian nature of the Syrian conflict

June 12th, 2013, 12:18 pm

 

zoo said:

Diplomacy still the best option in Syria

Rather than pursuing uncertain and dangerous military solutions, Obama should use his influence to continue to press for a negotiated settlement

By David Cortright CSM
Published: 20:00 June 12, 2013

http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/diplomacy-still-the-best-option-in-syria-1.1196251

Sending weapons and military aid may help the rebels, but they are already receiving assistance from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. US support will not solve the problem of rebel disunity and the lack of effective command. Many of the fighting groups are more loyal to local militia leaders than to the Free Syrian Army.

June 12th, 2013, 12:23 pm

 
 

Akbar Palace said:

Looks like Syrian doctors did a good job…

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4391532,00.html

(two thumbs down? what did I do this time?;)

June 12th, 2013, 1:03 pm

 

dawoud said:

531. Ziad

Do you have any amazing pictures about Syrian women resisting the ongoing genocide of al-Assad’s dictatorship and Iran’s Shia Lebanese terrorist puppet?

P.S., if you are Sunni, Bashar al-Assad and Hasan Nasr are Scientologists! Sorry, Scientologists would NOT allow murderous Bashar and Hasan to joing their religion 🙂

June 12th, 2013, 1:24 pm

 

ghufran said:

طالب ” تيار بناء الدولة” بتشكيل حكومة إئتلافية تقوم على أساس الثلث، بحيث تنال السلطة ثلثاً والمعارضة مثلها على أن يُعطى الثلث الأخير لأطراف أخرى.
و بحسب صحيفة “القدس العربي “، طالب خلال مؤتمر صحافي عقده قادته بأن تُعطى حقيبة وزارة الداخلية للمعارضة، وأن تكون الأجهزة الأمنية تحت سيطرة وزارة الداخلية على أن تكون القرارات الرئيسية بخصوص الأجهزة الأمنية من صلاحيات مجلس الوزراء مجتمعا، بما في ذلك تغيير قادة الأجهزة الأمنية، فيما تُعطى وزارتا الدفاع والخارجية للسلطة، ووزير الاقتصاد من المعارضة، أما وزارة المالية فلشخصية من الأطراف الأخرى.
فيما يبقى رئيس الجمهورية هو القائد العام للجيش والقوات المسلحة (عدا الأجهزة الأمنية)، على أن تُحكم القرارات الرئيسية للجيش باللجنة الأمنية الوزارية المكونة من رئيس الحكومة ووزيري الدفاع والداخلية ضمن آلية واضحة، وفق ما طالب به تيار بناء الدولة.
وبخصوص موقع رئيس الجمهورية طالب التيار المعارض بعدم وضع أية شروط مسبقة لتنحي بشار الأسد عن رئاسة الجمهورية، مقابل ذلك طالب التيار بعدم وضع شرط بقاء الأسد من قبل السلطة، أو الاشتراط على قبول ترشيحه مرة جديدة.
واعتبر التيار انه لا يجوز أن يترشح بشار الأسد لأول دورة انتخابية لرئاسة الجمهورية بعد حصول الاتفاق.
On another front, it looks like the attack on Hatla in Dayr Azzour was headed by Nusra and foreign jihadists, many civilians there were killed in cold blood but some tried to fight to defend their families (the same slogan used by the FSA).
At the end of the day, this uprising lost its compass and any chance of owning the higher moral grounds after engaging in car bombs, assassinations, destruction of civilian targets, looting, summary executions and random violence, and a lot of that carried a sectarian color making it difficult for the common observer to tell the difference between the regime and its opposition, I have no doubt that the rebels would have used military jets if they had access to them, those of you who think that rebels are more ethical are naïve or in denial.
This reality is in the regime’s favor, foreign nations take a back step when they are asked to support for rebels, NATO is abandoning the old demands of a radical regime change and an immediate departure of Assad, etc.
No western nation, and Turkey also, will risk losing soldiers and domestic support just to help Syrian rebels, GCC countries will continue to send money and allow jihadists to go and fight but none of that is enough to end the war. It is either a long and bloody war with unpredictable results that nobody wants or difficult and bitter negotiations that nobody likes but Syrians need.

June 12th, 2013, 1:25 pm

 

Ziad said:

Dawoud

I swear by my mother, if I find a Syrian lady using a slingshot against the Syrian forces, I would respect her. I do not respect the head cutting, and single shot in the mouth form of resistance. I said it before, while resisting we should not forget our humanity and the humanity of our adversaries.

June 12th, 2013, 1:36 pm

 
 

revenire said:

The Sunni cultists murdered many women and children today.

June 12th, 2013, 2:12 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Dawoud
Ziad is Shiaa , shiaa shiaa.Extreme (bad) type
I don’t believe him when he said he is Sunni,and no one should, and I don’t believe a word he or the other menhebbekjieh say

As for the massacre of Shiaa, they were fighters, and every day the regime kill several young men ,execution murder without trying them first.
Further they want it civil sectarian war , and that is what they will get

June 12th, 2013, 2:15 pm

 

revenire said:

Brother how exactly would you know they were fighters? Two year old fighters?

You issue about 40 proclamations a day – wild ultimatums to Assad. Your threats of sectarian warfare mean little in Colorado brother. Are you okay? This is a message forum.

Thank you.

June 12th, 2013, 2:28 pm

 

Ziad said:

Majed

When you say that I am Shia, your pants are on fire. And an arrogant one, judging by the way you look down on Shia. Ittaqi llah

June 12th, 2013, 2:30 pm

 

revenire said:

In a video posted Tuesday on YouTube, a man shows the dead bodies of several Shiite Syrians in Hatla, and angrily calls on his fellow Sunnis to “massacre” their Shiite compatriots. The man speaking is not Syrian, he is Kuwaiti, and very few of the armed “rebels” seen with him in the video sound Syrian — the accents are largely Kuwaiti and Iraqi. There were other, similar videos posted of the alleged massacre in Hatla.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57588904/syria-rebels-behind-alleged-massacre-of-shiites/

June 12th, 2013, 2:37 pm

 

revenire said:

My feeling today is that Obama is moving to attack Syria. Recently I doubted he would do so but the recent Assad victories are pushing the West to intervene or lose. Losing means Syria, and her allies Iran and Hezbollah (and Russia), win. That is something the Anglo-Americans don’t want.

I fear we could see hundreds of thousands of deaths in a large war.

June 12th, 2013, 2:40 pm

 

revenire said:

Let’s not forget the TERRORISTS murdered one of the most respected Sunni figures in Syria: Sheikh Ramadan al-Bouti.

Al-Bouti was one of the BIGGEST supporters of President Assad.

June 12th, 2013, 2:58 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir
Sheikh Bouti was murdered by Assad mukhabarat as he was planing to leave Syria.
What you say,as usual,is not true

June 12th, 2013, 3:36 pm

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed that is crazy to say. It is bizarre.

June 12th, 2013, 3:37 pm

 

Hopeful said:

#512 Ziad

I will definitely take you up on your challenge, but the “comments search” feature on SC disappeared for some reason. Anyone one knows why it is gone?

I condemned the killing of Buti, I condemned the car bombings, but I also condemned the bombing of cities by Assad’s forces and airplanes, and I condemned torturing people in security service prisons.

I also stated many times that while I did hear several opposition figures and supporters condemn crimes committed by the opposition, I have never ever heard a single regime supporter criticize any criminal act (and there are lots of them) committed by Assad gangs.

June 12th, 2013, 3:44 pm

 

revenire said:

Only a crazy man would suggest al-Bouti was murdered by the government.

Do you have proof of this absurdity Brother Majed? We know you have a fondness for making things up.

It is bizarre. His family remains in Syria and supports the government.

June 12th, 2013, 4:04 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir
First you call me animal, then you delete that and you call me crazy, and you call me brother, If I am animal and your brother what would that make you?

June 12th, 2013, 4:19 pm

 

revenire said:

Do you have any proof for your wild claim about al-Bouti?

I am a hyena Brother Majed – ask Tara. LOL

But let’s get to the point: I said a man would have to be crazy to imagine al-Bouti was murdered by the government. You are so full of hatred your eyes are blinded.

We’ve heard this before about Bouti. Like today you claimed two year old children were Shia terrorists.

June 12th, 2013, 4:33 pm

 

ghufran said:

I do not believe a large scale foreign attack on Syria is coming but there are efforts by NATO and Israel, rebels best friends and Iran’s official enemies, to stop the advances of the Syrian army, they are afraid that if they lose Aleppo they may not have much to talk about in Geneva.
أعلن مسؤول إيراني أمس الثلاثاء أن تغيير الحكومة أو الرئيس في إيران لن يمس العلاقات الإستراتيجية مع سوريا، وقال أن طهران تلقّت قبل أكثر من أسبوع دعوة للمشاركة في المؤتمر الدولي حول سوريا (جنيف 2).
ونقلت وسائل إعلام روسية عن نائب وزير الخارجية الإيراني حسين أمير عبد اللهيان الذي يزور موسكو قوله، إن “علاقاتنا مع سوريا إستراتيجية ولذلك فإن تغيير الحكومات أو الرؤساء في إيران لن يغير نظرتنا الاستراتيجية تجاه سوريا”.
ويشار إلى أن الانتخابات الرئاسية الايرانية ستجري يوم الجمعة المقبل.
وقال المسؤول الايراني أن طهران تدعم التسوية السلمية للأزمة السورية، مشيرا إلى أن “إيران تدعم في الوقت نفسه الشعب السوري والمعارضة السورية التي تعتبر أنه يجب تسوية القضية بطريقة سياسية”. وأوضح عبد اللهيان أن طهران تقدم عونا اقتصاديا لسوريا.
وحول ما إذا كانت إيران ستحمي سوريا في حال تعرضها لتدخل خارجي، قال المسؤول الإيراني “لا توجد أية مؤشرات لحدوث عدوان عسكري على سوريا. إذا حدث ذلك، فإن الجيش السوري وإمكانياته تسمح لسوريا بالدفاع عن وحدة أراضيها”.
Kerry decided to wait until July because he does not want to go to Geneva to defend a losing side, but if the army takes Aleppo or most of it, Geneva may not take place at all, Turkey is another factor, a political settlement is more likely if Erdogan’s problems at home , and problems with Kurds,become a major issue, as you can see we will have a hot summer this year.

June 12th, 2013, 4:42 pm

 

revenire said:

Zaid Benjamin @ Zaidbenjamin 3h
# BREAKING : Over 60 people most of them Shia killed by Kuwaiti backed brigades in Hatla east of # Syria half of them under 18 years old

===

Zaid is hardly a friend of Assad.

Half of the dead under 18 – these are your “terrorists” Majed.

Brother you are backing murder and terror. God watches.

June 12th, 2013, 4:47 pm

 

dawoud said:

538. majedkhaldoun

I agree with you. Maybe you, Majed, should disguise yourself as Shia and write here on SC anti-Dictator comments 🙂

Free Syria, Free Palestine!

While Ziad, Rev, Majoos, et al. are busy defending demonstrators’ rights in Turkey and denying them to Syrians in Syria, President Obama is debating arming the rebels:

http://news.yahoo.com/officials-obama-aides-split-arming-rebels-174543006.html

Officials: Obama aides split on arming rebels
By BRADLEY KLAPPER and JULIE PACE | Associated Press – 27 mins ago
[…]

June 12th, 2013, 4:59 pm

 

revenire said:

Dave Syrians have demonstrated their LOVE for President Assad over the past two years. What more could you want?

June 12th, 2013, 5:06 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Foreign intervention has already occured (occuring as we speak). That line has been crossed. Any subsequent foreign intervention, of a different variety, won’t be such a big deal.

June 12th, 2013, 5:07 pm

 

Matthew Barber said:

Syria No Kandahar, Ilya, and Sam: the use of “rat” or any term that dehumanizes others (including your political rivals) is not permitted here. Please consider this a warning.

Majoos (previously warned to refrain from insults) is banned for calling a user “scum.” Majoos also recently referred to political opponents as “human garbage,” which I consider dehumanizing.

June 12th, 2013, 5:12 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

US and Britten exclude the opposition from all sanctions,this is a step toward arming the opposition.
I agree with Ghufran that Geneva 2 has very little chance to convene in the next month, Geneva 2 has one goal and that to implement real reform in Syria, that Assad is against 100%, Ghufran is supporter of Assad Regime and anti revolution, I am against Assad regime and supportive of the revolution.
Assad will lose at the end and all the garbbages we read from Revenir Zoo,Majoos citizen Don and Ziad(Jad),is worthless talk,SC would be more respectful without them

Dawoud
Not all Shiaa are bad, HA and Hassan Nasrallah who said it clearly that he belong to the evil Mullah in Tehran is bad,and they will lose, because victory is on the side who has higher morality

June 12th, 2013, 5:12 pm

 

Ilya said:

To some delusional people here there will never be a country called Palestine keep dreaming on,you will be wanderers just like tsigane,without land all over.
I see killing innocent children and elderly people is higher morality ground than defending country from invading terrorists.

June 12th, 2013, 5:19 pm

 

revenire said:

The West has already been arming the terrorists. Benghazi was a shipment point for illegal arms transfers, Croatia as well.

(Matt I’ve refrained from using the term “rat” but I don’t mind being called a “hyena” by my friend Tara. It is a sort of flirting thing men and women sometimes do. I don’t mind these gentle terms of endearment and I’ve been called far worse – just a heads-up. Have a lovely day. Thanks.)

June 12th, 2013, 5:26 pm

 

dawoud said:

557. MAJEDKHALDOUN

I agree with you. I respect Shia, but I resent Iran’s Wilayet al-Faqih theology and those Shia who accept its “fatwa” to support Syria’s murderous dictator. I resent and oppose terrorists: http://jihadology.net/hizballah-cavalcade/

June 12th, 2013, 5:34 pm

 

revenire said:

Europe didn’t add Hezbollah to the list of terrorists. I like that. Vive la France! LOL

June 12th, 2013, 5:46 pm

 

Citizen said:

558. ILYA
http://youtu.be/n-BY_3XLHAo?t=4m13s
A meeting of the Islamic party Hizb-ut-Tahrir in support of the Caliphate “One Ummah – one flag.” Crimea, Simferopol 06.06.2013
some tricks heat the simple Muslims of Crimea ( Ukrainian) to push them to perform further work of customers!
not in the mosque but in the squares! Takbir- Allah Akbar: the resonance of crowds psychology increases in N multiplicity!

June 12th, 2013, 6:05 pm

 

Citizen said:

Syria was a trap, jointly organized by the Russian Federation and the United States. Putin and Obama does not want to see the charismatic Erdogan at the head of the empire.

June 12th, 2013, 6:06 pm

 
 

Citizen said:

Had it not been for the cooperation the Syrians provided to Western security services, “terrorist organizations” would have succeeded in many attacks on European capitals. Syrian intelligence is still considered the most effective party facing Salafist movements in the Middle East, and the Syrian army is fighting “terrorist/jihadists” on a daily basis.
The Syrian intelligence never lost the penetrations it had into Al-Qaeda and other Syria-based Salafist movements as part of its work of planning to neutralize future terrorist attacks. Syrian intelligence committed substantial resources and senior officers in pursuit of international terrorists currently based in Syria who are planning terrorist attacks in European capitals.

Now the West is backing the terrorists in Syria and killing and sanctioning many of those who provided it with help. Placing sanctions on Syrian Generals and senior security officers by the U.S. and Europe is self-destructive.
by Franklin Lamb

June 12th, 2013, 6:15 pm

 

revenire said:

This Turkish fellow Erdogan said he would leave if 500 protested against him didn’t he?

June 12th, 2013, 6:22 pm

 

Citizen said:

June 10 and 11 at the City of Sydnaya terrorists have been issued at least 10 mortar shells. Sydnaya is located in the province of Damascus. It’s – the oldest known place of Christian churches. There is a monastery of the Virgin Mary, who, according to some, also injured in the shelling.
Yesterday, a radical militant group “Liwa Al-Islam” from the city Duma has claimed responsibility for the commission of fire, which has become, in the words of its representatives, “an act of revenge for the people of Sydnaya that they expelled a group of refugees” from the Duma, which,, According to local residents, behaved inappropriately, disturbing the tranquility of citizens.
Does the Vatican still silent?

It should be noted that the Duma more about the events has been known as one of the places where the woman is better not to appear without hijab. It can therefore be assumed to behave as so-called refugees, especially males, hitting a free Christian neighborhood, and why they caused outrage locals.

June 12th, 2013, 6:40 pm

 

ghufran said:

دعا رئيس هيئة التنسيق الوطنية للتغيير الديمقراطي في المهجر هيثم مناع قوى المعارضة إلى اجتماع عاجل لتوحيد الموقف والذهاب إلى جنيف 2 ممثلين بموقف سياسي واحد وشخص تجمع حوله كل قوى المعارضة، وفق رؤية سياسية متكاملة تعبر عن الثورة السورية.
وقال في تصريح حان الوقت لفتح صفحة جديدة بين قوى المعارضة، بعيداً عن الأنانيات والتحزّبات الضيقة والإملاءات الخارجية، وأن نتفق على برنامج عمل موحد ينقذ سوريا مما تعيشه الآن.
وأضاف إنه يمكننا التخلص من نظام بشار الأسد. معتبراً أن حضور المعارضة في وجه النظام مقدمة أولى لتآكل النظام باعتبار المعارضة تحظى بالشرعية الشعبية.
واقترح مناع أن تكون القاهرة الدولة المستضيفة لاجتماع المعارضة، كونها الدولة الأكثر حيادية في الأزمة السورية، وبقيت طوال الأزمة على مسافة واحدة من كافة أطراف المعارضة السورية.
وحول رؤيته للشخصية الأكثر توافقية، التي ستمثل المعارضة السورية في مؤتمر جنيف2، أوضح مناع أن هناك الكثير من الشخصيات التوافقية، معتبراً أن شخصية رياض سيف أحد هذه الشخصيات، كونها تحظى بتأييد الائتلاف وهيئة التنسيق الوطني لقوى التغيير الديمقراطي والمنبر الديمقراطي، وكذلك الأحزاب الكردية.
I have no doubt that Manaa’ means well, he has been consistent from day one and lost his brother on the hands of security forces, his rejection of violence and his secular views earned him the animosity of many in the opposition and a number of people on this site, it is people like Manaa who provide hope that there is a way to change the regime without installing a puppet Islamist government controlled by the GCC, Turkey and NATO. My concern is that fighters on the ground do not seem to be interested in a political solution because most of them may lose their jobs and prestige if the war ends, Assad hard core supporters do not want Geneva 2 or Geneva 3, they would rather see a divided Syria than seeing their guy removed from power, another problem will be many top generals and most officers in the RG and special forces who are fiercely loyal to Assad and will resist any new leadership unless they are certain the new guy in charge will not deliver the army on a silver plate to what they consider as untrustworthy group of politicians.

June 12th, 2013, 6:41 pm

 

Citizen said:

Britain and Russia in Syria ‘Cold War’
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/4965069/Russia-sends-tens-of-thousands-of-troops-to-Syria.html

Scaring David Cameron’s new “cold war” SUN newspaper, citing its sources in the Ministry of Defence scares cabinet mythical tens of thousands of Russian military personnel in Syria, which, to put it mildly, is not true. In the same context and referred to “Hezbollah”.

June 12th, 2013, 6:50 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

A brilliant and fair move by PM Erdogan. Let the people decide. Whether they accept or reject, so be it.

AJE Live blog – 38 minutes ago

A spokesman for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party has said the government is open to holding a referendum over an Istanbul development plan that has underpinned nearly two weeks of mass protests.

The announcement from AK party spokesman Huseyin Celik came after talks between Erdogan and a group of activists on Wednesday.

It amounts to the first big gesture by his government to end a standoff with protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square and beyond.

June 12th, 2013, 6:52 pm

 

zoo said:

#545 Majed

Your garbage is stinking, throw it in another forum.

June 12th, 2013, 7:03 pm

 

Darryl said:

Mr Barber,

I believe at the rate your are eliminating commentators on this site, soon it might be more interesting and entertaining to watch paint dry.

What you have now is Revenire comments, Dawouds rants, Zoo’s comments about anything here and there and pretty much not a whole lot of interesting points of view. Good discussions need controversial characters and you have eliminated them.

June 12th, 2013, 7:04 pm

 

Tara said:

Yes. Brilliant move by Erdo. Let them go to the ballot box. If the country voted yes, then the Mall should be built and if people continue to want to protest despise the popular vote, they should apply for a permit.

June 12th, 2013, 7:08 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Citizen
you wrote
There is a monastery of the Virgin Mary
No citizen, it is not virgin Mary, it is Mar Thecla, completely different persons, this Mar Theckla was 16 year old, greeck orthodox believe,she ran away from her father,the romans followed her they were calvary on horses, the story says the mountain split and she was able to go through the narrow space between the two sides of the divided mountain, while the horses could not, so she escaped, and later she lived in the cave.
We sunni adore her and believe she was a saint, infact me and my mother slept in her cave, she and sheikh Mohyeddin had great influence on me, but both are good persons they have no connection to God

June 12th, 2013, 7:10 pm

 

zoo said:

Erdogan has no clue on how to get out of the crisis. It’s the first he has to face such an uprising

Erdogan offers teargas and talks in Turkey

http://www.dw.de/erdogan-offers-teargas-and-talks-in-turkey/a-16877293?maca=en-rss-en-eu-2092-rdf

The Turkish prime minister’s inconsistency is confusing protesters – on one hand police brutality, on the other, the offer of a referendum. Some experts say it’s because the government doesn’t have a clue.

Politicians, he said, are finding it very hard to understand the reasons for the protests: “If you don’t understand the reasons, then naturally you can’t find an appropriate solution.”

The only hope is for Erdogan to change his mind, says Aktar, but he’s not that type of man. But if he doesn’t, Turkey could face an even bigger crisis and even bigger protests.

Bagdat also sees Erdogan’s tough line as the main problem: he says it’s clear that a climbdown by the government wouldn’t be a step backward; on the contrary, it would be a move forward.

June 12th, 2013, 7:12 pm

 

Tara said:

Darryl,

CC: Matt

Calling people “rats” entertains you? . They were eliminated for the right reasons. Matt’s rule is simple. Do not dehumanize group of people and do not relish death. Reading SC was painful. It is much more civilized now, thanks to Matt. It is not a horror show anymore .

June 12th, 2013, 7:15 pm

 
 

Ziad said:

Why Washington Fears Iran

While the Iranian economy struggles to adjust to periodic US sanctions “upgrades,” a significantly devalued currency and restrictions in global financial transactions have suddenly challenged even Iran’s famed adaptability to these kinds of externally-imposed pressures.

But something is awry. There is no implosion in Iran. How is that possible with off-the-chart hikes in the price of basic goods, unaffordable housing in congested urban areas, increased youth unemployment? Instead, Iranians who love nothing better than to complain about government and economy, have grumpily rallied against these foreign efforts to pit population against state.

According to results of a Gallup poll in February, 85 percent of Iranians claim sanctions have hurt their livelihood either “a great deal” or “somewhat.” But 70 percent of those polled blame external parties (the US, western European countries, Israel, and the UN) for this suffering; remarkably, only 10 percent blame their government and their leaders. Instead of sanctions forcing a change in Iran’s calculation about pursuing nuclear enrichment – which is a stated US goal – 65 percent of Iranians favor a continuation of the country’s nuclear power capabilities.

http://english.al-akhbar.com/blogs/sandbox/why-washington-fears-iran

June 12th, 2013, 7:19 pm

 

Tara said:

Zoo,

What else other than calling a referendum would you have liked Erdogan to do handling the demonstrations?

June 12th, 2013, 7:20 pm

 

Citizen said:

574. MAJEDKHALDOUN
Thank you for the correction!
But I remember the video from Maaloula when was Muslim shepherd speaks Aramaic, more stronger than the Sisters of the convent !

June 12th, 2013, 7:21 pm

 

revenire said:

“Matt’s rule is simple. Do not dehumanize group of people and do not relish death.”

Tara you, and others, still cheer when SAA soldiers – or their Hezbollah allies get it. It happens every single day.

There is also Shia-hatred.

People call for NATO to attack Syria daily. How many would die? They beg for weapons to murder Syrians.

Who are you kidding?

Let’s not be ridiculous.

Frankly, I don’t consider people that behead human beings anything other than animals. I don’t consider cannibals human. If saying that is something that needs to be censored that’s not my problem.

It is almost as if someone decided “terrorists have rights too” and that makes me laugh.

June 12th, 2013, 7:27 pm

 

Ziad said:

FSA warned if Qusair fell they’d wipe out Shiite/Alawite villages

Syria Rebels Threaten to Wipe Out Shiite, Alawite Towns

“Communities inhabited by Shiite Muslims and President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite minority will be “wiped off the map” if the strategic city of Al-Qusair in central Syria falls to government troops,…”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-21/syria-rebels-threaten-to-wipe-out-shiite-alawite-towns.html

June 12th, 2013, 7:28 pm

 

Tara said:

Reve,

Matt is not asking people not to take side. He is asking not to dehumanize people and not to relish their death. If you do not understand the difference then I am sorry, I can’t help you.

June 12th, 2013, 7:35 pm

 

revenire said:

That’s not what I said. I said it is okay to call for MASS DEATH in the form of a NATO attack and that is a contradiction. I am just pointing it out – no need to get upset.

I don’t care who takes what side. I am pointing out the contradictions and said I think it is funny that calling for an entire NATION to be bombed into the Stone Age is fine but labeling a terrorist a “rat” is forbidden.

That is for Matt to wrestle with.

I didn’t ask you to translate the rules for me Tara. The ones who have dehumanized themselves are those who back the terrorists.

For example, today we heard that children – because they are Shia – were fighters and it was okay to murder them. You said it yourself. So who has dehumanized you? Me for pointing it out or you for saying it?

As a matter of fact, you’re one of the people who cheers the death of Syrian soldiers.

June 12th, 2013, 7:41 pm

 

dawoud said:

571. DARRYL

Don’t mention me and respect yourself لك احترم نفسك
Speaking of rants, do you remember why I always refer to you as “1400 years of colonization?” It’s because of your hateful and bigoted rants against Arabs and Muslims. You claim that for “1400 years” Arabs (Muslim Syrians” are “invaders” and occupiers!” Shame on your hateful rants! Again, لك احترم نفسك 🙂 , Mr. “1400 years of colonization!” I post so many useful links to articles from global media outlets in English and Arabic. I also provide my own analyses with my own words. What do you post/comment other than anti-Muslim, particularly Sunni, HATE?!

June 12th, 2013, 8:29 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

The war in Syria is no longer limited to Syrians, Lebanese HA entrance into this war changed this war to war of fate and destiny, war of bad Shiaa and Sunni, some articles expected the sunni from other countries to flock to Syria with huge number may exceed the the number of current FSA, some will go to Lebanon and fight there, majority will fight inside Syria, Persia and HA did not calculate this jihadis, and it is hard to stop it now, within months tens of thousands will travel to Syria and Lebanon and Iraq, it is religious fight, those will not comeback to their countries infact they will stay in Syria and will be hard to control,Their number will swell fast and multiply several time,Persia itself may suffer from them,the result of such war ,only God knows how it will end.
Obama doctrine,wait till it get worse,it could mean till it becomes unmanageable.

June 12th, 2013, 8:35 pm

 

dawoud said:

P.S., Mr, Darryl “1400 years of colonization:” you are lucky because had Mathew Barber been the moderator last year, you would have been banned FOREVER for your anti-Sunni/Arab rant! Why don’t you tell us that all Syrian Arabs should leave, if they are in your view “invaders?” Who do you think should replace them?

June 12th, 2013, 8:37 pm

 

zoo said:

It’s not so ‘close’ as the media put it
Obama aides split on arming rebels: US officials

US officials close to Obama are divided on whether to provide lethal aide or use U.S. airpower to ground the regime’s gunships and jets
AP , Wednesday 12 Jun 2013

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/73871/World/Region/Obama-aides-split-on-arming-rebels-US-officials-.aspx

President Barack Obama’s top advisers will meet to air reservations about arming Syria’s rebels, with officials saying the U.S. is unlikely to take any immediate action to arrest the Assad regime’s military advance.

The administration’s caution persists despite its nearly two-year-old demand that President Bashar Assad step down, vows to help the besieged Syrian rebels on the ground and threats to respond forcefully to any chemical weapons use.

US officials acknowledge that they must do something to change the course of the war, but they don’t know what. Officials say those closest to the president are split on whether to offer lethal aide or use U.S. airpower to ground the regime’s gunships and jets.

June 12th, 2013, 8:52 pm

 

Ilya said:

Dawoud
Do you remember times when there was a piece in ME if i not mistaken it was 1400 ago or so before Muhammad came started spreading Islam and Arabization like a disease all over the ME.
Remember even in Koran it says in Mecca Jews,Christians,Arabs lived in peace side by side,then all changed it become violent place
there were no Sunni,Shia,Alawite nonsense…
Syria,Egypt,Irak were Christianity countries not Arabic before their invasions,so currents inhabitants are indeed mostly ancestors of invaders!!!

June 12th, 2013, 8:52 pm

 

revenire said:

“The war in Syria is no longer limited to Syrians.”

The war ON Syria was never limited to Syrians. Most of the fighters against Syria are foreigners and always were foreigners.

The SAA is a 70-80% Sunni army and always will be.

June 12th, 2013, 8:58 pm

 

zoo said:

578. Tara

I doubt this ‘referendum’ will work. He just wants to save his 2014 presidency bid that is now seriously compromised.
His mask has fallen and he will have hard time putting it back.

June 12th, 2013, 9:05 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Ilya
Go back and read history, Persian invasions of Syria greek, romans ,for over 4500 year there were wars in that area, and several empires changed hands, so please don’t tell us it was peace ,it is just not true, and your statement tells that you did not study history.
Syria is important strategic country

June 12th, 2013, 9:10 pm

 

zoo said:

Egyptian Salafists panic and call for ‘dialog’ to prevent 30 june demonstration aiming at toppling Morsy

Egypt’s Nour Party calls on Islamists and opposition to hold talks
Salafist Nour Party is urging national dialogue between supporters of President Morsi and opponents, with both planning mass rallies this month

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/73870/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Nour-Party-calls-on-Islamists-and-oppositio.aspx

The ‘Rebel’ (‘Tamarod’) campaign, a signature drive launched in May with the intention of “withdrawing confidence” from Morsi by collecting 15 million citizens’ endorsements, has called for mass protests on 30 June to demand Morsi’s ouster.

Late in May, the campaign announced it had collected seven million signatures.

Most Egyptian opposition parties and groups have endorsed the planned protests, including the main opposition umbrella group, the National Salvation Front, which is led by Mohamed ElBaradei, Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Mouss

June 12th, 2013, 9:15 pm

 

zoo said:

“Good” news for the FOS: The FSA is now in the UN ‘list of shame’ of child recruiters. Obviously they don’t need weapons, they’re running out of fighters

Syrian rebels, Mali groups added to UN ‘list of shame’ of child recruiters

The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, June 12, 2013
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/syrian-rebels-mali-groups-added-to-un-list-of-shame-of-child-recruiters-1.1323475

The United Nations has added three Malian militias and Syria’s main rebel force for the first time to an annual “list of shame” of armed groups that recruit children.

Ban said there were a growing number of reports of the Free Syrian Army, the main rebel umbrella group, recruiting children, mostly between 15 and 17.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/syrian-rebels-mali-groups-added-to-un-list-of-shame-of-child-recruiters-1.1323475#ixzz2W3SFIjnC

June 12th, 2013, 9:19 pm

 

Darryl said:

586. DAWOUD said:

Dear Dawoud, thanks for taking the time to read my post, truly you do not know how much I appreciate it. It is a pity you remember the statement but do not see the truth in it. One day the Syrian nation will come back to its senses and rightful owners and its people will have had enough.

The Syrian people have always been patient due to all the successive invasions and still have some way in tolerating pain and punishment. However Dawoud, there is now smoke and where there is smoke you can be sure a fire is starting. Take care Dawoud!

June 12th, 2013, 9:24 pm

 

zoo said:

Despite western media repetition that the USA was “close” to send weapons ot the rebels, that’s the outcome of the Wednesday White House meeting of Obama with his top aides.

Top Obama aides split on arming Syrian rebels: officials

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/top-obama-aides-split-on-arming-syrian-rebels-officials-1.1323503

White House press secretary Jay Carney would only say Wednesday that the U.S. was “constantly evaluating the situation in Syria and the options available.”

Nothing, however, seems to be happening in Washington — or in London or Paris — fast enough to help Syria’s rebels.

Desperate for weapons, even more so with an estimated 5,000 Hezbollah guerrillas propping up Assad’s forces, the opposition is warning that Western inaction will mean that al-Qaida-linked and other militants will increasingly take over the rebellion.

June 12th, 2013, 9:39 pm

 

zoo said:

‘Erdogan should quit while he’s ahead’

http://rt.com/op-edge/erdogan-protest-turkey-slavin-390/

He wants to change the constitution to create a sort of imperial presidency, and then run for two terms as president. This kind of behavior is alienating people who are religious as well as those who are secular.

I think most people around the world understand that there is a limit to how long you can stay in power. When you go beyond two terms, and in Erdogans case, more than a decade, people begin to get tired of you no matter what country, whether it’s an authoritarian country or a democracy. He really should quit while he’s ahead, because obviously, the longer he’s there, even people who were predisposed to like him in the beginning begin to tire of his manner of governing.

He’s somebody who lectures, who sermonizes, he doesn’t listen very well in my experience. And I think this is really not a good model for a country to purports to be a modern, Islamic democracy.

June 12th, 2013, 9:47 pm

 

zoo said:

Americans want the USA only to have a humanitarian role in Syria: No to weapons for rebels, no to intervention..

The Neocons Are Losing: Advocates for Syria Intervention Run Into Wall of American Opposition
The latest polling shows that Americans don’t want to get involved in another Middle Eastern war.

http://www.alternet.org/world/americans-oppose-syria-intervention

Indeed, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll released Friday, only 28 percent of respondents said they believe that Washington has a “responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria”, while 61 percent rejected that notion.

Similarly, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday found that only 15 percent of respondents said they favoured taking military action, or providing arms directly to the rebels (11 percent) – the latter, an option the administration has said it has been actively considering for two months.

Another 42 percent said they preferred to confine U.S. involvement to humanitarian assistance (of which the U.S. has been made the main financier), while 24 percent favoured no action at all.

June 12th, 2013, 9:52 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Friday is a day of rage against HA which is now called Hizb al Taghoot, or Hizb al satan, and there will be call for Jihad,
The Shiaa in the Gulf area will suffer , as they will be blamed, .there will be call for HA to withdraw from Syria, in the UN.,Russia may not veto.

June 12th, 2013, 9:57 pm

 

zoo said:

The replacement of Qatar by Saudi Arabia in controlling the opposition opens a new phase with many unknowns. In addition if KSA is able to make a deal with Iran after the presidential election, the whole picture may change drastically

Syria’s war, a new phase
Paul Rogers 13 June 2013
http://www.opendemocracy.net/paul-rogers/syrias-war-new-phase

The monarchy in Riyadh, with its longstanding mistrust of Iran, deplores Iran’s advantage and sees it as a warning of further threats. It is conceivable that as a result, the Saudis will be far more aggressive in procuring sophisticated weapons for the rebels, including the Islamists to whom they are ideologically close.

That will alarm Washington even more than Qatar’s aid to the rebels. It is a real possibility that Riyadh – more than London, Paris, Washington or Moscow – will dictate what happens in Syria in coming months. A high level of committed diplomacy and good sense involving Russia and the United States might be the only way to avert this. Meanwhile, the pain and ruin in Syria continue.

June 12th, 2013, 10:04 pm

 

zoo said:

Sunni clerics have launched fund-raising campaigns on the Internet and through mosques to aid the Syrian people as well as the rebellion.
Around a dozen well-known Kuwaiti Sunni clerics have launched an online campaign to raise funds enough to arm 12,000 fighters and send them to Syria. Each fighter is estimated to cost $2,500.

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/13-Jun-2013/kuwaitis-boycott-iran-goods-for-supporting-syrian-regime

June 12th, 2013, 10:08 pm

 

zoo said:

Three reasons why you can’t trust the Western media on Syria

Wednesday 12 June 2013 9:38AM
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/misunderstood-syria/4746936

Many of us feel a stake in the Syrian civil war, and are appalled by the daily violence reported through our domestic news channels. But is our media really explaining the conflict to us, or are we as ill-informed and misguided as before the war started? Rodger Shanahan from the Lowy Institute investigates

False assumption 1: The Syrian regime was a narrowly-based sectarian autocracy that lacked popular support.

False assumption 2: The US simply needs to intervene to stop the killing.

False assumption 3: The opposition forces are champions of democracy and should be supported.

For all their talk of supporting the wishes of the Syrian people, regional states have once again demonstrated that they have only one interest; self interest.

June 12th, 2013, 10:12 pm

 

Ziad said:

بالصورة: فضيحة جديدة تهز قناة «العربية» السعودية

جريــا على عادتها، دأبت قناة ” العربية ” الفضائية على استعمال اخبار وصور مضللة لاحداث مآساوية وقعت في السابق، و اعتمادها على انها وقعت في سوريا بفعل ممارسات النظام هناك.

المواطن عباس ابراهيم وهبي من بلدة حاروف تفاجأ بعرض قناة العربية لصورة له ألتقطت اثناء تشييع ابنة شقيقه علي البالغة حينها 12 يوما ، والذي قضى واياها في المجزرة الاسرئيلية التي نفذتها مقاتلات حربية معادية في حرب تموز 2006 على منطقة الشياح في ضاحية بيروت الجنوبية، وما اثار دهشة وهبي ان المحطة المذكورة ذكرت في خبر الصورة ان النظام السوري ارتكب مجزرة في احدة المناطق السورية وأظهرت صورته في تشييع ابنة شقيقه.

ودان وهبي هذه التصرف الذي لا ينم عن اي مسؤولية اخلاقية ولا اعلامية، وهذه عادة درجت عليها العديد من الفضائيات العربية ومنها “العربية “، والهدف معروف ولكن التضليل والحقد الاعلامي الدفين تجاوز كل الحدود- كما قال وهبي.

http://www.mjhar.com/ar-sy/NewsView/9252/60000/%d8%a8%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b5%d9%88%d8%b1%d8%a9_%d9%81%d8%b6%d9%8a%d8%ad%d8%a9_%d8%ac%d8%af%d9%8a%d8%af%d8%a9_%d8%aa%d9%87%d8%b2_%d9%82%d9%86%d8%a7%d8%a9_%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b9%d8%b1%d8%a8%d9%8a%d8%a9_%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b3%d8%b9%d9%88%d8%af%d9%8a%d8%a9.aspx

June 12th, 2013, 10:18 pm

 

zoo said:

Instead of sending them weapons, the USA allows US companies to sell the rebels potatoes and turnips…

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/world/middleeast/syrian-forces-seen-stepping-up-air-attacks-on-rebels.html?_r=0

With the Obama administration still reviewing options, the State Department announced a modest measure on Wednesday to help the opposition.

It will lift sanctions on American exports to areas of Syria under the control of opposition forces, easing a sweeping ban on all trade with the country that was imposed after the war began.

The move will grant corporations — with a special license from the Treasury Department — to sell products related to water supply, agriculture and food processing, power generation, schools, and oil and natural gas production, though only in areas firmly out of Mr. Assad’s control.

The easing will not allow the sales of weaponry or other military matériel, which remained the focus of the administration’s internal debates this week.

June 12th, 2013, 10:26 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

The Shiaa sunnis fight may cause Jordan to change position of dis association, and join the fight against HA

June 12th, 2013, 10:27 pm

 

zoo said:

#598 Majed

“there will be call for HA to withdraw from Syria, in the UN.,Russia may not veto.”

Another prediction?

June 12th, 2013, 10:30 pm

 

Syria no Kandahar said:

Matt
Why are you upset if if I call Alnusra members Rats?Are they (political opponents)?What should we call the killers of 15 years old in front of his family?
Freedom fighters?honorables?hollines?
You have the most hatefull Islamist Jabhat Alnusra supporters here do ever get
To read the filth coming from Syrian Hamster?or Tara?Isnt Binladen a rat?or Alzoahri?how much value you give your block and yourself by standing up to
A group of people designated by the US and the west as terrorists?Should we
Respect terrorists and call them political opponents to be able to express our views in your block?Did you see what our (political opponents )in eastern Syria today?did you read Tara’s comments blessing the killing in your site?

June 12th, 2013, 10:33 pm

 
 

Ghufran said:

I do not think that it is possible to keep Syria in one piece if the Assads, Makhloufs and top security officers continue to dominate the army, security services and the economy, that does not mean the hypocrites in the business class are innocent, but when you speak about oppression and torture people do not include corrupt merchants and business figures in the discussion, that is the price people at the top pay when the time comes to change the regime, I disagree with those who think that Syria’s problems will disappear as soon as the old guards leave but it is not natural for one family to rule a republic for 43 years. People in the opposition must insist on a regime change through elections and consensus but they need to understand that they can not send every officer who worked for the government to jail ( or worse), that will simply end any hope of keeping Syria in one piece, what exclusionary policies will do is create a counter insurgency and promote partition of Syria.

June 12th, 2013, 11:25 pm

 

dawoud said:

594. DARRYL

“1400 Years of Colonization!” I read your bigoted anti-Muslim, particularly Sunni, HATE last year. At the time, I called you on it and alerted the moderator about your bigoted remarks. At that time last year, pro-regime hate was very much tolerated! If you want to ethnically-cleanse Syria from its Arab/Muslim 1400-year invaders, who has the right to live in this country?

I read your reply in # 594 and, although you are trying to be philosophical and “polite” while wishing fire would burn something or somebody, I JUST COULD UNDERSTAND YOU. I feel like saying the following:

Uh, What?!

June 13th, 2013, 12:17 am

 

Darryl said:

609. DAWOUD said:

Listen kid, go find a game of marbles to play with. I have given you more bandwidth than you deserve.

June 13th, 2013, 12:44 am

 

revenire said:

“606. SYRIA NO KANDAHAR said:
Matt
Why are you upset if if I call Alnusra members Rats?Are they (political opponents)?What should we call the killers of 15 years old in front of his family?
Freedom fighters?honorables?hollines?
You have the most hatefull Islamist Jabhat Alnusra supporters here do ever get
To read the filth coming from Syrian Hamster?or Tara?Isnt Binladen a rat?or Alzoahri?how much value you give your block and yourself by standing up to
A group of people designated by the US and the west as terrorists?Should we
Respect terrorists and call them political opponents to be able to express our views in your block?Did you see what our (political opponents )in eastern Syria today?did you read Tara’s comments blessing the killing in your site?”

Of course, everything you’ve said is correct.

The worst glorification of death I have seen here are the repeated calls for NATO to bomb Syria. Almost every government opponent here has called for that.

When they call for NATO, or Israel, to bomb Syria they’re really calling for the mass murder of 100s of 1000s of Syrians.

Such an attack, and the call for it, is a call for mass murder – for war. That is allowed but calling someone who has tasted human flesh – one of the “freedom fighters” – a rat isn’t. It actually reminds me of someone ordering you to be polite to a Nazi.

Same thing in my book.

June 13th, 2013, 12:57 am

 

revenire said:

Even an anti-Syrian man like Hassan Hassan admits what happened”

A rebel armed group calling itself “As-Sadiq Al Ameen” has committed what appears to be a massacre against Shia civilians in Deir Ezzor.

http://www.hhassan.com/2013/06/rebels-carry-out-setarian-cleansing-in.html?spref=tw

June 13th, 2013, 1:06 am

 

Mina said:

Zoo #593
About http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/syrian-rebels-mali-groups-added-to-un-list-of-shame-of-child-recruiters-1.1323475
you bet it didn’t make it to Le Monde’s headlines or the BBC’s.
Neither did the Belgian djihadist boasting on the phone that he has decapitated a soldier and circulated a video of it.

June 13th, 2013, 3:04 am

 

Badr said:

You bet it did make it.

Thousands of children killed in Syria, UN study says

However, children in Syria were suffering “maybe the heaviest toll” in the world, said UN special representative Leila Zerrougui, who presented the findings.

“They are killed, they are maimed, they are recruited, they are detained, they are tortured”, she told journalists in New York.

The report accused Syrian troops of torturing children suspected of having links to rebel groups.

But it said armed opposition groups, including the Free Syrian Army, were also using children, both in combat and in support roles such as transporting supplies and loading cartridges.

June 13th, 2013, 3:39 am

 

annie said:

This very angry and eloquent lady sums up the situation rather well; shame on all of us to allow this to continue

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201016144580922
Majid Freeman

Only the residents of Alqusayr can fully understand their suffering. Assad forces and Hezbollah forces bombard them on a daily basis with all types of shells, snipers shoot them wherever they go, and they are hungry, thirsty and sorely lacking any supplies that will even begin to address their needs. To make matters even worse, the city is completely surrounded, and residents who try to leave with their children are either shot to death or killed by regime shells. In this footage filmed May 23, 2013, the residents speak for themselves and wonder what videos and photographs are going to do to change the world’s inaction.

PLEASE DONATE NOW TOWARDS THE EID CONVOY 2 SYRIA WHICH LEAVES MID-RAMADAN (approx 6 weeks) > http://www.charitygiving.co.uk/EidConvoy2Syria

June 13th, 2013, 5:16 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

By HA joining Assad troops ,fighting the Rebels in Syria,HA Persia,and Assad should have known that they are causing severe destruction and raising the death toll in the middle East to the highest level ever, It is equivalent to throwing nuclear bomb in the ME. they opened the gate of hell,HA is the most criminal group ever ,the Shiaa-Sunni war will destroy the region, Lebanon will suffer the most, the economy in Lebanon will collapse,but sectarian war will sure spread the war to Lebanon and Iraq and Persia.
The risk of HA action will cause thousands of Mujahedin will join the rebels from all over the Islamic world

June 13th, 2013, 5:25 am

 
 

Tara said:

American policy towards Syria:  more of the same.  Rhetorical support and lip service.  Obama did not even attend the meeting.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/12/us-syria-policy-john-kerry

But the US secretary of state, John Kerry, who discussed Syrian options at a bilateral meeting with Hague in Washington, said the White House had not yet made a decision on greater intervention. President Barack Obama was not present at the national security meeting, as he was travelling on Democratic party business.

“People are talking about what further options might be exercised here,” said Kerry in a press conference following the meeting with Hague. “We obviously had some discussions about that too but we have no announcements to make today.”

US officials told the Associated Press that growing alarm over the Assad regime’s rapid military advance is still unlikely to translate into any US policy shift toward deeper involvement in the conflict. The AP reported that officials at the White House, the Pentagon and in the intelligence community remain hesitant about providing weapons, ammunition or other lethal support. Instead, they are focused on non-lethal support, such as Wednesday’s decision by the Treasury Department to ease restrictions on Syrian telecommunications, agricultural and petroleum transactions that benefit the opposition.

Earlier, there were subtle increases in rhetoric from the State Department, but no change of policy.

June 13th, 2013, 7:22 am

 

Dawoud said:

Yes, it’s a militarily lopsided war!

[…]
“Across northern Syria, rebel workshops like these are part of a clandestine network of primitive arms-making plants, a signature element of a militarily lopsided war.”
[…]

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/world/middleeast/starved-for-arms-syria-rebels-make-their-own.html?ref=world&_r=0

June 13th, 2013, 8:04 am

 

Dawoud said:

610. DARRYL

“1400 years of colonization!”

Thanks Mr. “1400 hundred years of colonization!” This is your bigoted statement, by which you meant that ALL Arab Muslim Syrians are invaders/conlonizers and should go somewhere else!!!! This is a bigoted hatred, and a call for ethnically-cleansing Syria of its 95% of population. Even Bashar, the murderous dictator, still has enough decency NOT to publicly state his real goal of sectarian-cleansing of Syria of most of its Sunnis (who are 85% of Syria’s population)!!! Shame on you and your hateful racist bigotry! Anytime you mention me, I will remind you and all SC readers of it.

Why did “Syria Comment” allow you last year to make such a hateful call for ethnic-cleansing is beyond me!

June 13th, 2013, 8:09 am

 

zoo said:

#616 Majed

“The risk of HA action will cause thousands of Mujahedin will join the rebels from all over the Islamic world”

That’s great! These Islamists can be annihilated all at once.

June 13th, 2013, 8:10 am

 

zoo said:

#614 Badr

The UN singled out the SNC and Mali for recruiting children soldiers.

UN adds Syria, Mali groups to child recruiters list
8:28 p.m. EDT June 12, 2013

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/06/12/un-child-groups/2417461/

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has added three Malian militias and Syria’s main rebel force for the first time to an annual “list of shame” of armed groups that recruit children.

The list was part of report released Wednesday that also harshly criticized the Syrian regime over accounts that it has detained and tortured minors to extract information on rebel groups.

June 13th, 2013, 8:14 am

 

Sami said:

Zoo,

“The UN singled out the SNC and Mali for recruiting kids as fighters.

Don’t dilute the information with kids been killed.”

Are you lying to us or deceiving us? You know we can ALL open the same link right?

Here is what the link said (without a propagandists blinders of course):

The UN report also accused the Syrian armed forces and intelligence services of torturing minors, mostly boys, with electric shock, beatings and sexual assault. Some minors, related to opposition fighters, were held for ransom to force parents or other relatives to surrender, the report said. One 16-year-old boy from Idlib reported witnessing a 14-year-old friend sexually assaulted and killed while in government detention, the report said.
“The toll on children of the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic is unacceptable and unbearable,” Ban said in the report. He called on Assad’s government “to put an end to the detention and any form of ill-treatment, including torture, of children for alleged association with the opposition.”
Ban said there were a growing number of reports of the Free Syrian Army, the main rebel umbrella group, recruiting children, mostly between 15 and 17.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/syrian-rebels-mali-groups-added-to-un-list-of-shame-of-child-recruiters-1.1323475#ixzz2W68N9Ei8

June 13th, 2013, 8:23 am

 

zoo said:

Is the witch Hillary using her submissive husband to hit back at Obama?

Bill Clinton Breaks With Obama On Syria, Warns He Risks Looking Like ‘Total Fool,’ ‘Wuss’

http://www.mediaite.com/online/bill-clinton-breaks-with-obama-on-syria-warns-he-could-look-like-total-fool-wuss/

June 13th, 2013, 8:24 am

 

zoo said:

#623 SAMI

OMG, what a bold reply! It bothers you a lot to see exposed the FSA’s total lack of the ‘humanity’ and ‘dignity’ you claim they have, huh?
The fact is simple:
The FSA is recruiting children soldiers as spies and the Syrian army is dealing with them as they would deal with any spies during a war.

Whether you agree or not, it is the SNC that made it the UN list of ‘shame’ together with Mali , not the Syrian army.

June 13th, 2013, 8:32 am

 

zoo said:

A joke or what? Who needs to be pressured?

German official says G-8 summit of leaders will pressure Russia to shift position on Syria

By Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press June 13, 2013 7:06 AM
http://www.canada.com/news/German+official+says+summit+leaders+will+pressure+Russia+shift/8519551/story.html

BERLIN – A senior German official says the leaders of some of the world’s largest economies will press Russia’s president to use his leverage as Syria’s weapons’ supplier to ease the fighting there.

June 13th, 2013, 8:36 am

 

Tara said:

Zoo,

Read Bill Clinton’s interview in Politicco. He made a good argument for Obama to intervene in Syria and not listen to opinion polls rather to the senate and congress, the 2 elected bodies that are supposed to see through and guide the constituents.

And where did you get the “submissive” description ? He cheated her! Misogyny?

June 13th, 2013, 8:41 am

 

omen said:

The opposition is united in victimhood and their universal will to seek justice for the actions of the Assad regime. To curtail further bloodshed, the opposition knows it must now find a way to unify Syrians on more than the sole dynamic of anti-Assad sentiment; it must garner international support and entice more members of the regime to defect from it.

the onus is, once again, put solely on the opposition. zoo once asked why did so many diplomats resign in libya yet not in syria? the answer is because the US removed their hand of protection sending a signal it no longer sanctioned the gaddafi regime. libyan diplomats knew the jig was up and resigned accordingly. obviously, the US has failed to send that same signal for syria.

June 13th, 2013, 9:18 am

 

revenire said:

Sami the fact is the people you support use child soldiers. Tell me Sami if a child is aiming a gun at your head what would you do? Lecture him on democracy or blow his head off? The report didn’t say the government was recruiting child soldiers. It accused the government of torturing children and where did those reports come from? The same people who recruit children to fight.

What is the spin? Seems pretty straightforward to me.

June 13th, 2013, 9:24 am

 

omen said:

this pundit highlighted on the blog bent over backwards to avoid labeling “lawfare” a political solution. yet this is what this mirage is. anyone who argues against arming the rebels is in effect arguing for the regime to stay.

earlier i caught a bit of a discussion back when north korea was in the headlines. there, a pundit noted the US wasn’t going to engage north korea because it didn’t want to reward the regime’s bad behavior. i thought omg, of course, why didn’t i see that before? why doesn’t this logic apply to syria?

everytime the US or europe insists on a nonsensical “political solution,” it is rewarding the regime and sending a green light for it to continue killing civilians.

June 13th, 2013, 9:37 am

 

zoo said:

#627 Tara

After his heart surgery and his failing health, Bill has become Hillary’s poodle on a leash.
Only the obedient poodle of a vindicative witch would tell Obama that he is a total fool..

June 13th, 2013, 9:42 am

 

dawoud said:

627. TARA

Yes, Clinton is in favor of intervention. He was speaking to Sen. McCain, who is known as the leading U.S. voice in favor of arming the Syrian opposition and supporting them with a no-fly zone. Therefore, Clinton-by supporting McCain-was also favoring Obama’s intervention on the opposition side!

Why would a regime/pro-dictator commentator, Zoo, even post this comment and think that Clinton was on his side? It’s beyond me! Maybe his lack of attention is what’s causing him to be a pro-dictator commentator 🙂

June 13th, 2013, 9:49 am

 

dawoud said:

The Arabic click option in the bottom of “Syria Comment’s” page العربيه leads to funny translation. I think that SC should delete it an provide its own translation. For example, SC Arabic posts
631. zoo comment as the following:

631. قال حديقة الحيوان:

# 627 تارا

بعد له عملية جراحية في القلب وحالته الصحية، وأصبح بيل بتابع هيلاري على المقود.
فإن كلب مطيع من ساحرة انتقامي فقط اقول أوباما أنه هو خداع المجموع ..

1 0

13 يونيو 2013، 09:42

June 13th, 2013, 10:06 am

 
 

revenire said:

It is no secret the terrorist mercenaries behead, eat human flesh, use child soldiers and commit massacres. Even people, like Hassan Hassan and Ed Dark, that support/supported the “revolution” admit that.

June 13th, 2013, 10:31 am

 

omen said:

please, hillary doesn’t give a damn about syrians. she has more of a history backing the regime.

clinton failed to act on rwanda. if anyone knows the pitfalls that come from ignoring genocide, it’s bill. clinton not only failed to act but actively worked to block any aid from reaching rwanda. samantha power made a name for herself from brilliantly exposing his hypocrisy. before she was appointed to the UN, i wondered why she was so quiet about obama failing to address the slaughter in syria. did she really sell out for a government appointment? she’s become what she once faulted.

June 13th, 2013, 10:44 am

 

Tara said:

Zoo,

I find yours to be very harsh assessment of a former brilliant president of the US. Medicine is now advanced. I think lots of people remain pretty functional after a heart surgery. He is also still smart and attractive.

June 13th, 2013, 10:45 am

 

zoo said:

Happy post-revolution days in Libya continue.
The Salafist and the Moslem Brotherhood are back in force

http://www.aawsat.net/2013/06/article55305558

Other Islamists, however, want to nominate their own candidate for this position and want the Brotherhood to settle for the premiership and other ministerial positions.

(The Moslem Brotherhood) called for a “national charter which rejects interference from Qatar, the UAE and the West in Libya’s affairs,” calling for relations with those states to be based on mutual interest.
….
Meanwhile, Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Monday that the Libyan government announced it will end armed militia presence in Libya, through force if necessary, following Saturday’s protests in Benghazi. The report also said the Libyan army chief, Yousuf Al-Mangoush, had resigned as a result.

In another development, the Libyan oil company announced its regret for the drop in production to less than one million barrels per day due to the closure of a number of oil fields and ports. The Libyan News Agency said the drop in production would result in losses in income reaching hundreds of millions of dollars.

June 13th, 2013, 10:45 am

 

zoo said:

#637 Tara

She is no more worried about another Levinski.
Poor guy… he just obeys her.

June 13th, 2013, 10:52 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Matthew Barber
Look at Zoo way of commenting
“Only the obedient poodle of a vindicative witch” , refering to Mrs Hillary Clinton.

“That’s great! These Islamists can be annihilated all at once.” refering to Sunni

Matthew: these are examples of comments that should never appear on SC, they do not represent intelligent person, but rather evil vindictive person, these are not political opinion or analysis, I am going to E-mail his comment to Mrs. clinton

June 13th, 2013, 10:54 am

 

zoo said:

#640 Majed

I won’t waste my time uncovering your manipulation of my message #631″ in changing “islamists’ to ‘sunnis’.

I’ll love Hillary to get that message. Please do it!
If she replies, I’ll prepare some more.

June 13th, 2013, 11:03 am

 

Tara said:

I think people should feel free to say anything they want about politicians .

I personally think Hillary was quite ineffective in her post.

June 13th, 2013, 11:31 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Tara
I was raised in enviroment where women should never be insulted, I never insulted Assma Assad, do you think I should?

June 13th, 2013, 11:38 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Hot Air Alert

Yesterday some were discussing US foreign aid to Israel (don’t ask me why, it’s the best bang for the buck out there). A true ally.

Conversely, here’s what America gets for their money in Egypt:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/12/im-very-fond-of-battles-egyptian-cabinet-minister-caught-on-hot-mic-discussing-war-with-enemies-israel-and-america/

June 13th, 2013, 11:40 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Also, Zoo refering to President Clinton as poodle, a subhuman, an animal which is obnoxious way of talk

June 13th, 2013, 11:43 am

 

revenire said:

Sen.McCain standing with terrorists: an update
Lebanese station New TV found another picture from McCain’s visit to A’zaz. In it he is standing with the terrorists who kidnapped Lebanese pilgrims and with him is Gen Idris, the Antoine Lahd of Syria. Please enjoy your revolution.

http://angryarab.blogspot.com/

June 13th, 2013, 11:45 am

 

ghufran said:

This is Idris list of officers to join the NC:
ضمت لائحة إدريس كل من: سليمان العبيد (درعا)، لؤي المقداد (درعا)، ممدوح راكان الطحان (القنيطرة)، عبد السلام نجيب (حمص)، ابراهيم الحمود (حمص)، يامن وليد الجواهري (السويداء)، عمار الكلوت (دير الزور)، فؤاد علوش (ادلب)، مهند عيسى (ادلب)، أحمد جقال (حلب)، مصطفى سخطة (اللاذقية)، مصطفى أحمد شلش (دمشق)، محمد الشعار (دمشق)، خالد علي (حماة).
notice the absence of: Riyad al-as’aad (a big name in FSA), Aqidi (called the real leader of FSA), Zakaria (supposed to be leading the next battle in Aleppo), and a number of known personalities.
As far as we know, Idris made a list, ran it by “friends” on the US and Saudi side then sent it to the NC, no elections and no consensus.
The list includes unknown figures which raised the questions of whether those people were “spies” or being imposed by western and Saudi intelligence.

June 13th, 2013, 11:45 am

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed many have described Hillary as a witch. What is wrong with it? You call Assad a dictator and a murderer. Which is worse? Assad has never hurt anyone.

June 13th, 2013, 11:47 am

 

omen said:

634: Here is great example of rebel child forces disgusting, these people have no morals Is this future of Syria?

alawites & other loyalists continue to defend the regime. they fear a genocide if sunni opposition were to prevail.

what of the majority being slaughtered? should sunnis be exterminated just so the minority can feel comfortable and remain in power?

speaking of morals, ilya, wouldn’t the moral thing to do is to recognize that continuing support for a genocidal regime is helping to prop it up, loyalty that is aiding it to remain in power?

wouldn’t the moral thing to do is to leave the country not only to safeguard one’s own life but as statement that declares a refusal to be used as an excuse when the regime unleashing this bloodbath is only for the interests of a corrupt few? you really think the regime cares about you?

June 13th, 2013, 11:49 am

 

Tara said:

Majed,

I think Asma should be exposed for what she is, a hungry greedy female. No shoes or chandelier or jewelry or power or any punt of money is in my opinion worth even the sad look of a child. She has demonstrated during this last 2 years that humanity can be sold for a Christian Louboutini’ shoes.

June 13th, 2013, 11:51 am

 

revenire said:

Omen the terrorists that employ children in war have killed more Sunni than anyone else.

Our army is majority Sunni.

These tired lies about the “poor, oppressed Sunni civilians” being slaughtered are disgusting.

It simply isn’t true.

June 13th, 2013, 11:57 am

 

Ilya said:

dawoud

http://islamicdangerhistory.blogspot.com/

I recommend everyone to check this website quite informative

here i found good site about Islam its history you can look by topic of Islam or by country of Islam there,whatever you like your searching option to be .etc…
Here is what Syrian men, talks about Syria and himself, I trust Syrian more about Syria, than Palestinian talking about history of Syria.
Look, im not an SSNPer, but the truth is, the middle east is one entity when it comes to ancient civilizations and culture (Canaanites, Phoenicians, Arameans, Syriacs, etc…)

i hate to be called an Arab only because i speak Arabic… i don’t look like an Arab, i don’t think like an Arab, i don’t dress like an Arab, i don’t live like an Arab… AND i don’t have the same heritage as an Arab… i want to be called Syrian, or middle eastern, and i want people of the middle east to be called the same… i don’t care about the political borders, all i care about is our heritage which defines our identity…

the Arabs came here less than 1400 years ago, but that doesn’t make me one… this is the land of Canaan and aram, this is where trade and sciences flourished… this land hosts the most ancient cities of the world, why should we erase all that glory by adopting a foreign identity – the Arabic identity??

Arabs have their land… their civilization and culture are so different… they never had science, but superstition instead… they never had cities, but tribal gatherings…

we speak Arabic, so what? Brazil speaks Portuguese because of the occupation, but Brazilians are not called Portuguese…

June 13th, 2013, 12:26 pm

 

omen said:

normally, i don’t engage sociopaths so don’t expect future dialogue.

poser, you’re not syrian. there is no “our” there.

any regime that bars media, the un & ngos from entering the country in order to prevent investigation of atrocities – isn’t on the side of truth.

June 13th, 2013, 12:31 pm

 

revenire said:

Omen hasn’t Brother Majed informed you of the new rules? No name-calling. I allow Tara to call me a “regime hyena” but you don’t have those privileges.

Question for you Capt. Omen: when you did become the person who decides who is Syrian and who isn’t?

As I said, our army is majority Sunni. The Minister of Defense is Sunni. Stop trying to make this into a sectarian war because it never was. It is just the West trying to overthrow our government and I’d be willing to bet you’re a Westerner.

Thx.

June 13th, 2013, 12:35 pm

 

Ilya said:

Omen
what are you drinking or smoking Brother,or pills? I want try it, must be on something high…
I never ever said I am Syrian period!!!
I come from Slavic Tribes,but it never cross my mind to call myself Slavic.
To clarify i am was born in Latvia.Russian,with Polish blood mix.
I was minority in my country i know what it feels to be oppressed when some of your rights violated you are not treated same, like other people, because of ethnic or some other reason.

June 13th, 2013, 12:52 pm

 

omen said:

at least you’re honest in not denying your nature.

if the west wanted to overthrow the regime, it wouldn’t have sent the cia to block the opposition from obtaining crucial weapons needed. rebels awash in ak-47s isn’t going to do the job.

if the west wanted to overthrow the regime, it would have instituted a no-fly zone.

if the west wanted to overthrow the regime, it wouldn’t continue to throw up roadblocks to initiatives that would actually work to topple the bastards.

if the west wanted to overthrow the regime, it wouldn’t continue to buy the regime time by insisting on fantasy that this can be resolved via political solution.

even regime favorite robert fisk acknowledges that despite its lip service, the west wants the regime to remain in power in order to facilitate oil deals that relies on syria as a transit route. a new regime would complicate pipeline deals already in the works. the west has a history of covertly supporting tyrannical regimes while feigning opposition.

June 13th, 2013, 1:09 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Ilya
Please go learn history before coming here and teach us wrong history, this is absurd and specialy you said you are not Syrian, Have you ever heared about Zenoubia? an Arabic queen, from Arabic ancestor , Have you ever heared about Ghassaseneh and Manazera?
What do you know about Aramic people?
Ilya you are wrong wrong wrong

Revenir
you keep saying the army is mostly Sunni now, that is absolutly not true, back it with evidence, just because of Freij was Sunni, but he is a puppet does not prove your point

June 13th, 2013, 1:12 pm

 

zoo said:

One more reason to be on the side of Bashar Al Assad and a non-sectarian government

Sunni clerics call for jihad against Assad, allies

Reuters

1:01 p.m. EDT, June 13, 2013

CAIRO (Reuters) – Leading Sunni Muslim clerics issued a call to jihad in Syria on Thursday at a meeting in Cairo which condemned the conflict as a “war on Islam” and said believers should use all means to ensure victory.

June 13th, 2013, 1:16 pm

 

zoo said:

@657 Majed

The only puppets in this game are the SNC and the FSA.

They are fed, washed, armed, protected by foreign countries that follow their own geopolitical agenda. These puppets credibility is limited to extremist expats, some idealists, jealous and revengeful people and many others who are benefiting from the largesse of Qatar and KSA.

This pathetic opposition is been pushed around, promised, betrayed, divided and finally despised by the Syrian.
When will they elect a new president? any prediction?

June 13th, 2013, 1:23 pm

 

Tara said:

Ilya,

So you are not Syrian. That explains it. Your posts did reflect lack of understanding of the facts on the ground. I am sorry I thought you were pretending ignorance. May be you should familiarize yourself with the ME before cheering murderous regimes and condoning slaughters ? I think you are morally responsible regardless your unfamiliarity with the topic.

June 13th, 2013, 1:26 pm

 

revenire said:

I am hearing Obama has decided to send more arms to the Syrian rebels and that it has already been decided.

====

Brother Majed al-Freij was not Sunni – he IS Sunni.

Anyone knows the army is 70% Sunni.

Most Sunni in Syria back Assad. Sunni love Assad and see him as the great protector of Syria.

Sunni are willing to die for Assad.

June 13th, 2013, 1:30 pm

 

Citizen said:

نائب وزير الجيش الاسرائيلي: مستقبل سكان الضفة مع الاردن
بيت لحم- تقرير معا – على شاشة التلفزيون الاسرائيلي القناة الاولى، شعرت المذيعة جيئولا بالصدمة والذهول حين قال لها نائب وزير الدفاع عضو الكنيست داني دنون لن تقوم دولة فلسطينية وكفى تضليلا للجمهور، لن تقوم ولن نسمح بذلك سواء جاء وزير الخارجية الامريكي كيري بمبادرة او لم يأت.

المذيعة التي لم تتوقع هذه الاجابة حين سألته عن مبادرة جون كيري للسلام، فسألته عن الحل البديل واذا كانت اسرائيل ستضم الضفة الغربية اليها . فأجاب بالنفي موضحا ان اسرائيل ستأخذ الاراضي الفارغة في الضفة الغربية وتعمل على تحويل التجمعات السكانية الفلسطينية الى مستوطنات.

واردف يقول “اليهود لم يعودوا مستوطنين في الضفة. بل ان اسرائيل ستجعل من الفلسطينيين مستوطنين، وتجمعهم في تجمعات ” غوش ” وتمنح ادراتهم للاردن وانتهى الامر . على حد قوله .
http://www.maannews.net/arb/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=604501

June 13th, 2013, 1:35 pm

 
 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir
Are you Sunni? no
is Zoo Sunni? no
your informations are biased, ,and frankly your opinion is worthless, when I read yours and Zoo’s, they are pure nonsense, based on your assumption only

June 13th, 2013, 1:41 pm

 

omen said:

a good visual that explains why the west supports brutal dictators that oppress the masses.

http://youtu.be/DJtOhfpGlZ8

June 13th, 2013, 1:45 pm

 

Citizen said:

Assad seen winning back territory; U.S. intel ‘on Syria was totally wrong’
http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/06/12/assad-seen-winning-back-territory-u-s-intel-on-syria-was-totally-wrong/
TEL AVIV — Israel has begun preparing for the prospect of a victory
by Syrian President Bashar Assad over Sunni rebels.
Officials said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has
been briefed of the likelihood of an Assad victory that would end the more
than two-year revolt in Syria.

June 13th, 2013, 1:47 pm

 
 

Citizen said:

Mossad’s chief meets with MIT(Turkish Intelligence) head amid Gezi protests and Syria. IAF Pilots Training for Syria Threats

Tamir Pardo, director of Israeli national intelligence agency Mossad, has covertly met with Turkish National Intelligence Organization head Hakan Fidan in Turkey to discuss the situation in Syria and the ongoing anti-government protests in Turkey, Turkish media reported on Wednesday.

According to reports, Pardo, who is of Turkish and Serbian origin, traveled to Turkey in a private airplane to see Fidan. They reportedly discussed the latest situation in Syria, which has been in turmoil for more than two years, and the impact of Iran on the situation. The two parties shared intelligence ahead of a planned US-Russia-led peace conference in Geneva, which is expected to bring together the Syrian regime and opposition in July for a solution to the conflict in Syria.

June 13th, 2013, 1:49 pm

 

zoo said:

White House: Obama understands grave situation in Syria\

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4392157,00.html

Is the situation “grave” for Israel and the USA because the Syrian Army seems to succeed in to restoring order in the country and in killing Islamists coming from Kosovo, Tchechen and Afghanistan?

June 13th, 2013, 1:50 pm

 

Badr said:

Making US humanitarian aid to Syria a political tool is ineffective – and dangerous

The CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
By a contributor who works with an international aid organization in northern Syria

Aid workers are, in fact, working extensively across Syria, and have established significant humanitarian aid pipelines into the opposition held territories in the North.
. . .
Humanitarian access to civilians in need relies on adherence to the core principles of humanity, neutrality, impartialit