Major salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra

by Aron Lund for Syria Comment

The Islamic Ahrar al-Sham Movement, which is the leading faction of the Syrian Islamic Front (SIF) and probably the biggest salafi group in Syria, has issued a statement about Jabhat al-Nosra’s recent declaration of allegiance to al-Qaida’s Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Ahrar al-Sham statement is available in Arabic on Aaron Zelin’s Jihadology, always the go-to place for source material on jihadi groups. It has been translated into English by Misr Panorama, here (added May 6).

The background is as follows. In early April, Zawahiri issued a statement in support of the revolution in Syria and called for an Islamic state there. This was followed by a message from the emir of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI, i.e. al-Qaida in Iraq), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who finally acknowledged the long-known fact that Jabhat al-Nosra was an ISI offshoot and that they would henceforth work under a common name and flag as “the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”. The day after, Jabhat al-Nosra’s leader Abu Mohammed al-Joulani issued a surprisingly sharp rejoinder. He admitted that Jabhat al-Nosra had indeed been supported by the ISI from the very beginning, and was thankful for it, but he also said he hadn’t been consulted on Abu Bakr’s announcement and denied that the groups would merge. On the other hand, Abu Mohammed took the occasion to formally “renew” his pledge of allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahiri, the top emir of al-Qaida.

This procedure, “al-bayaa” in Arabic, is not mere rhetoric; rather it is loaded with religious and political significance for hardcore Islamists like these. It essentially means that Abu Mohammed, and by extention Jabhat al-Nosra, promises to follow every order from Zawahiri as long as this does not contravene sharia law. It is a step in the same process that al-Qaida in Iraq went through, when Abu Moussaab al-Zarqawi first declared his allegiance to Osama bin Laden. His group, al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, was then renamed al-Qaida in Mesopotamia, after Bin Laden responded by formally blessing their union, to signify that it was now a bona fide al-Qaida wing (it then folded into the ISI in 2006, but that’s another matter). Later, the GSPC of Algeria and Shabab al-Mujahedin of Somalia went through the same steps to become formal al-Qaida branches, and now Jabhat al-Nosra is doing it.

The new Ahrar al-Sham statement, signed May 4, 2013, criticizes both Abu Mohammed el-Joulani and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. According to Ahrar al-Sham, their statements were divisive, lacking in realism and “put the interest of the group before the interest of the Umma”, i.e. the Islamic nation as a whole.

Ahrar al-Sham warns that Jabhat al-Nosra’s open affiliation to al-Qaida will help the regime and that it will “regionalize” the crisis by bringing other parties into the conflict, presumably in reference to US and European hostility to al-Qaida.

While frank and critical, the Ahrar al-Sham statement is not really hostile to Jabhat al-Nosra or al-Qaida. Rather it is written in the tone of honest advise for an ally who has committed a damaging mistake. In fact, the statement expresses disappointment in Jabhat al-Nosra, since Ahrar al-Sham says it had previously only seen good deeds from the group and had expected better. Ahrar al-Sham also takes care to point out that they agree in principle with the al-Qaida goal of establishing an transnational Islamic state, but asks for a bit of realism and patience given the current situation. They also say that none of today’s Islamist factions is strong enough to assume religious leadership over the Muslim community, thereby obliquely criticizing al-Qaida, ISI and Jabhat al-Nosra while also denying that they have rival leadership ambitions.

Previously, the Jabhat al-Nosra and ISI declarations had been criticized in similarly nuanced statements by the FSA-aligned SILF Islamist alliance and several other opposition factions, including the mainstream pro-Western and pro-GCC leaderships.

But it took Ahrar al-Sham almost a month to respond. The group has recently grown a lot, incorporating smaller SIF factions, so they probably had to go through some internal consultations before producing a statement on a sensitive matter like this. The SIF as an alliance has still not taken a public position on the Jabhat al-Nosra/al-Qaida affair, but I expect it will follow. And Ahrar al-Sham is by now so dominant within the SIF that their word could almost be taken to represent the SIF.

This dispute illustrates the subtle but real distinction between al-Qaida’s radically internationalist salafi-jihadism and the more locally rooted, Syria-focused and somewhat pragmatic salafi program of Ahrar al-Sham and the SIF. For more on that, see my recent report on the SIF and its member factions.

– Aron Lund

Comments (908)


Akbar Palace said:

Does anyone have a list of all the “fronts”, organizations, gangs, etc operating in Syria?

It must be difficult to decide which to join. Like choosing colleges.

May 4th, 2013, 4:59 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Not a Perfect World Yet

Today’s Question:

Which Syrian opposition “faction” will congratulate Israel for knocking off Iranian missiles at Damascus Airport?

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4375921,00.html

May 4th, 2013, 5:19 pm

 

mjabali said:

Mr. Lund:

I read your article and read the press release of Ahrar al-Sham that you linked to. I do not agree with most of what you wrote for the following reasons:

– The release never mentions al-Qa’ida. You are reading too much into it. you write:

“Ahrar al-Sham warns that Jabhat al-Nosra’s open affiliation to al-Qaida will help the regime and that it will “regionalize” the crisis by bringing other parties into the conflict, presumably in reference to US and European hostility to al-Qaida.”

I did not see anything of what you wrote in this paragraph. Yes, there is a little mention that al-Assad may use this cross border affiliation for his end.

– What the press release included was telling al-Nusra in Syria and the Nusra guys in Iraq that they are not allowed to declare anything by themselves.

– The press release does include the sameness between al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham. They are not really critiquing them: they are telling them : listen guys we are here and you should come through us to declare anything regarding Syria. This release includes a praise of al-Nusra and their role in the battle.

– The press release was very wordy regarding one issue only: How to be involved to make decisions regarding Syria.

– Again: the press release did not show Ahrar al-Sham as a distinct group. No, on the other hand, it stressed the similarities with al-Nusra while telling al-Nusra to not declare anything on their own.

May 4th, 2013, 6:00 pm

 

revenire said:

Hamster et al. here is your ‘massacre’ exposed. A fraud from start to finish.

THIS IS A PICTURE THAT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AND CIRCULATED AS BEING FROM “BAYDA” IN RURAL TARTOUS, AND ACCUSES THE SYRIAN ARAB ARMY OF KILLING THESE CHILDREN ..

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/p480x480/216227_450435415047980_71560065_n.jpg

THIS PICTURE IS IN FACT FROM “GHAZA” IN PALESTINE, AND THE CRIME AGAINST THESE CHILDREN, BELONGS TO THE “PEACEFUL” ISRAELIS,,

PLEASE SEE ATTACHED LINKS AS PROOF OF MORE OF THEIR LIES AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND ARMY OF SYRIA !!! …

PLEASE SHARE EVERYONE AND HELP US GET THE TRUTH OUT

Many thanks to John for passing this article on from the news page attached … – J

يرجى المشاركة على أوسع نطاق ….

تم نشر هذا الصورة على أنها في البيضا بريف طرطوس

على حين هذه الصورة من غزة
الرابط الأساسي للصورة http://www.pic.khabarsaz.net/?ctl=photos&act=view&id=111

رابط الصفحة المصرية المعارضة التي نشرت الصورة
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=455640581189340&set=a.160925073994227.42632.14400592901947 .

الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير لواء اسكندرون-المقاومة السورية_المكتب الإعلام

May 4th, 2013, 6:04 pm

 

ann said:

“The Coast’s Volcano” – I posted about it two threads ago – May 2, 2013

[…]

Pro-opposition web pages, at the same time, reportedly declared the commencement of the rebels’ battle in the Syrian coast, which is hometown of the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, to whom the ruling elite in Syria belongs.

The battle, titled “the coast’s volcano,” aims to “liberate the coast of the Alawite colonies,” according to rebels’ claim.

The al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front has started its attacks on government troops from the coastal city of Banyas, the sole coastal city of Sunni majority, and pledged to carry on with more.

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/02/c_132355313.htm

May 4th, 2013, 6:08 pm

 

zoo said:

The project these various Islamist groups have for Syria is extremely appealing to many moslems: finally living united under the pure Sharia sent by God.
I am sure many expats on SC are delighted to read that post.
Their dream is about to come true: Just like Saudi Arabia, Syria will bloom under a Salafi rule…
Death to the Moslem Brotherhood, long live to the Syrian Salafi emirate!

May 4th, 2013, 6:08 pm

 

revenire said:

The Coast Volcano didn’t work out so well for the rats did it Ann?

May 4th, 2013, 6:55 pm

 

zoo said:

Selim Idriss bizarre promises. Naivety or stupidity? Does he hope someone would believe him?

Syrian Rebel Leader: We Won’t Share U.S. Arms With Extremists

http://www.npr.org/2013/05/04/181158423/syrian-rebel-leader-we-wont-share-u-s-arms-with-extremists?ft=1&f=1009

“I don’t like to say that we are working just like a regular army because the majority of the forces are civilians,” Idris tells NPR’s Kelly McEvers.
….
He says the rebel army will works hard to keep track of the weapons should the U.S. provides them.

“We are ready to make lists of the weapons and write down the serial numbers,” he says. “The Free Syrian Army is very well organized and when we distribute weapons and ammunition we know exactly to which hands they are going.”

Idris says that when the regime falls, they will be ready to give back all of the weapons. It remains to be seen whether he could hold his men and commanders on the ground to that plan.

May 4th, 2013, 7:01 pm

 

ann said:

Syria inspecting alleged Israeli air strike: minister – 2013-05-05

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/05/c_132359647.htm

DAMASCUS, May 4 (Xinhua) — Syria’s Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said Saturday that a serious Syrian inspection is currently underway to verify reports about an Israeli airstrike that allegedly hit Syria overnight Thursday.

During an interview with the state-TV, al-Zoubi said results are yet to come out, but stressed that whoever thinks that Syria is vulnerable or weak, is “delusional.”

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/05/c_132359647.htm

May 4th, 2013, 7:06 pm

 

Visitor said:

Fabrications and lies from the enemies of the holy warriors is very much expected, for Allah The Al-Mighty told us it will be so. Allah, All Praise be to Him also told us to deal with it through patience and taqwa,

قال تعالى

((وَإِن يَكَادُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَيُزْلِقُونَكَ بِأَبْصَارِهِمْ لَمَّا سَمِعُوا الذِّكْرَ وَيَقُولُونَ إِنَّهُ لَمَجْنُونٌ))

لَتُبْلَوُنَّ فِي أَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنفُسِكُمْ وَلَتَسْمَعُنَّ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَمِنَ الَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُواْ أَذًى كَثِيراً وَإِن تَصْبِرُواْ وَتَتَّقُواْ فَإِنَّ ذَلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الأُمُورِ

In addition, Allah Loves those who fight on His Way to do so as One Body,

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الَّذِينَ يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِهِ صَفًّا كَأَنَّهُمْ بُنْيَانٌ مَرْصُوصٌ

Lund is irrelevant. He knows zilch.

May 4th, 2013, 7:06 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

sewer-pipe could not challenge any of the photos from Banyas i have posted. So it and its buffoonish incompetent cyber-terrorist pathetic try to sneak in a photo that was never posted on any reputable site from the revolution. This has been happening for a while now and it has become a laughable pathetic strategy that keeps failing.

Once a sewer-pipe always a sewer-pipe. How pathetic and idiotic.

Laughable if it wasn’t disgustingly stupid. But what could one expect from Iranian propaganda experts and “celebrating-the-rain” prostitute-media. Yes, Morsi was talking about Bahrain. And athad and its athma are really popular.

Next time, idiots, use an image that is not posted on an Iranian site. Then try to sneak it into a legitimate Syrian Revolution site. Buffoons

May 4th, 2013, 7:11 pm

 

ann said:

8. zoo said:

Naivety or stupidity?

What did you expect from “NPR” (“National Propaganda Radio”) ZOO?!

😀 😀

May 4th, 2013, 7:16 pm

 

Visitor said:

All Praise be to Allah.

If you attempt to count the Blessings of Allah you will never be able to do so.
وان تعدوا نعمة الله لا تحصوها
Alhamdulillah!

Our holy warriors have, with the Blessings of Allah, succeeded in making three evil hizbistani thugs lifeless and with Allah’s facilitation sent them straight to their final destination in the lowest depth of Jahannam:

Ali Hassan Mourtada (Lower Tamnin, Baalbek)
Wafiq Ali Hamiyye (Tarayya, Baalbek)
Hassan Naser Edeen (Jabsheet, Nabatiyyeh)

May 4th, 2013, 7:26 pm

 

Syrian said:

A huge explosion just happened on top of Quasyon mountain
http://youtu.be/e84pVGsP6YU

May 4th, 2013, 7:27 pm

 

ann said:

Damascus is under cruise missiles attack!

May 4th, 2013, 7:41 pm

 

revenire said:

Israeli attack on Jamaraya Research Center. State TV said missiles, others claim Israeli jets were heard breaking the sound barrier. Unconfirmed reports of one Israeli jet down.

May 4th, 2013, 8:05 pm

 

revenire said:

“@SyrianperNews attack was not in Jabal Qaysoon. It was in Jamariah, on the border of Lebanon. It was an attack by an Israeli aircraft.”

“@SyrianperNews To clarify, it was not Jabal Qaysoon. It was Jamariah, a rural town on the border of Lebanon. Yes, it was an Israeli aircraft.”

May 4th, 2013, 8:15 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

The Assadists are selling weapons to Hezbollah for more support from them.

Israel said no.

In the meantime, the Assadists are massacring women and children, because they can’t beat the men.

May 4th, 2013, 8:23 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

That explosion was pretty awesome. I wonder what blew up. There’s nothing the Assadists can do about it except massacre women and children in frustration. The war continues.

May 4th, 2013, 8:24 pm

 

revenire said:

The Israelis hit Jamariah a month or so ago, maybe two months. They are desperate to help their rats.

May 4th, 2013, 8:26 pm

 

Tara said:

The Alawi militia are celebrating the ethnic cleansing in Bayda and Banias and do not care to hide it or deny it. It is a a message to inflict fear in order to force the Sunnis out to establish an Alawi state in case the regime loses Damascus. It is by far the largest massacre committed within the last 2 years

The regime is daydreaming. It will not get a foot hold in Syria. And Syrians will fight until the last man. The coast belong to us.

May 4th, 2013, 8:30 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

Not particularly. But the rebels aren’t channeling weapons to Hezbollah. So that’s why they hit the Assadists.

The Assadists have grown weaker and weaker. The Israelites can hit them with impunity, and the best the Assadists can do is say, “hur hur, we’ll hit you back in the future.”

Which, as Israel knows, isn’t going going to happen because the Assadists don’t have a future.

May 4th, 2013, 8:30 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

The Alawites have pretty much given up on trying to hold the country. They’ve evacuated from the majority of the provinces. It’s not even clear if they can hold Damascus, Homs, or Hamas.

The war continues.

May 4th, 2013, 8:32 pm

 

zoo said:

#21 Tara

“The coast belong to us”

Who is us?

May 4th, 2013, 8:33 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

EDIT: Syria belongs to the Sunnis. If the Alawites wish to live in the country, they’ll have to respect that. Their days of rule are over.

What comes around, goes around. And if the theocratic and highly religious Shiite Iranians try to stop that, they’ll have to pay and pay and pay.

May 4th, 2013, 8:35 pm

 

Tara said:

It belongs to the Syrian people minus the mafia family and its militia.

May 4th, 2013, 8:42 pm

 

zoo said:

Egypt and Iran working on a blue print for a peace plan without forcing Bashar Al Assad to step down. They are both firmly opposed to a US military intervention in Syria.

Saturday 4 May 2013

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/70698/Egypt/Politics-/Close-but-not-together-Egypt-and-Iran-seek-Syria-p.aspx

Regional and Western diplomats in Cairo have told Ahram Online that Cairo and Tehran are both working on a blueprint for a peace plan for Syria that could be “swallowed” by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

The plan that is being discussed is essentially inspired by the Geneva parameters that were drafted by Lakhdar Brahimi, former UN-Arab League envoy, which allow for a gradual transformation of power “under Al-Assad” and would not force Al-Assad to step down.

What brings Cairo, where resides the highest Sunni entity Al-Azhar, and Tehran, the capital of Middle Eastern Shiism, together is one basic fear: foreign military action against Syria.

Egyptian and Iranian diplomats are terse in their remarks, even off the record. However, both agree there is this “growing pressure in Washington to get [US President Barack] Obama to give the go ahead,” for limited but forceful military intervention to end the intransigence of the Al-Assad regime after two years of civil war with the opposition.

“There is a growing pressure on Obama. One could say that yes it somehow started in Israel, but there are other players in the region that could benefit from a quick end to the Al-Assad regime,” commented an Egyptian diplomat.

He added: “From our point of view, this is not something that we could agree to — no matter what disagreements we have with Al-Assad’s regime. We are firmly opposed to any military intervention against Syria.”

May 4th, 2013, 8:43 pm

 

Visitor said:

Shiism is a virus that must be eliminated once and for all in light of recent developments in Syria. Human body’s normal reaction to an intruding virus would be to marshal all its defenses to expel the virus in order to keep the body sound and healthy. The virus of Shiism must be eliminated from our Arab and Muslim worlds. It must be declared illegal creed of satanic origins.

May 4th, 2013, 8:45 pm

 

Tara said:

Waheed Saqr calling on Alawis: either be Syrians or be with basher al Assad. The coast belong to Syrians. And I call on Sunnis and to Christians: Either be Syrians or be with Bashar. And Syria, all of it belongs to Syrians.

May 4th, 2013, 8:46 pm

 

revenire said:

LOL

Visitor have a martini and try to forget about your crazy nonsense for once.

May 4th, 2013, 8:47 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

Your news source is what: Ahram news? Is that Iranian for “fake?”

How many peace proposals have Iran floated over the last two years? Has anyone of importance or anyone who is on the ground fighting paid any attention to them?

The war continues. The Assadists are politically dead. No one who is fighting is going to talk to them. They’ve committed too many atrocities. They’re going to get what they deserve.

May 4th, 2013, 8:47 pm

 

Marigoldran said:

Stop being retarded, retard.

But then again, I guess you can’t help it. After all you’re a loser.

May 4th, 2013, 8:49 pm

 

revenire said:

It is now confirmed that Syria downed an Israeli jet.

May 4th, 2013, 8:56 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

The Assadists built SCUD missiles and chemical weapons so that they could use it against Syrians. Apparently they DON’T use it when an avowed enemy and foreign power like Israel bombs them.

How ironic.

EDIT: Show us a picture, retard. Confirmed by what? Iranian news?

May 4th, 2013, 8:58 pm

 

ann said:

`israel is overtly supporting NATOs Al-Qaeda Islamist Terrorists in Syria

Syria accuses Israel of attacking military research center in Damascus – 2013-05-05

“The Israeli entity has used its missiles to support the terrorism through targeting the research center,” the state media said.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/05/c_132359760.htm

DAMASCUS, May 5 (Xinhua) — The explosions that rocked a military research center in a suburb of the capital before dawn Sunday were caused by an Israeli attack, the state TV said.

“The state terrorism practiced by Israel in shelling the scientific research center is nothing but a desperate attempt to ease the pressure on the armed groups that are being squashed under the heavy blows of the Syrian army,” it said.

Explosions rocked the suburb of Jamraya northwest of Damascus early Sunday, the TV said, adding that casualties were feared.

According to a Xinhua reporter, four powerful explosions were heard in Damascus before daybreak Sunday. The blasts happened in swift succession and were heard across the capital.

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/05/c_132359760.htm

May 4th, 2013, 8:58 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

What’s the point of saying you’re “against Israel” if you spend all your time trying to kill Sunnis?

May 4th, 2013, 8:59 pm

 

revenire said:

Unconfirmed reports of the Israeli pilot of downed jet being captured alive by SAA.

May 4th, 2013, 9:02 pm

 

revenire said:

Make that Israeli pilots – as in more than one – captured near the Archery Club in Damascus.

May 4th, 2013, 9:05 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

That’s nice. In the meantime, I’ve got some real estate in the Bahamas that I’d like to sell you.

May 4th, 2013, 9:12 pm

 

zoo said:

Having gone to bed with Al Qaeda and islamists extremists with no definite results except more destruction and killings, now the rebels are getting a helping hand from Israel.
To which level of treason and shame will the opposition descend?

May 4th, 2013, 9:16 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

Hahahaha, is that the best that you can do, Zoo?

Israel just SHAT on the Assadists. They got DUMPED on. And their only response is to complain and say “we’ll get you back later?”

Better the Islamists than the Assadists. At least the Islamists don’t massacre women and children or prepare chemical-tipped SCUD missiles.

Not only were the Assadists planning to use chemical weapons, they got CAUGHT red-handed AND got their weapons bombed. That’s sad. Real sad.

May 4th, 2013, 9:18 pm

 

revenire said:

Multiple reports – from Israeli sources – that there has been a declaration of war by Syria on Israel. No independent confirmation yet.

https://twitter.com/IsraelHatzolah

May 4th, 2013, 9:28 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

Hahaha, that’s nice, if true.

So what the heck are the Assadists going to do? Everything they try will only bring more Israeli retaliation.

Let’s see: they lost two-thirds of the country to the rebels. Now they plan to take on Israel? Basically, Israel just SHAT on the Assadists when they were down. And EVERYONE knows it.

The Israelites have basically just said: “you Assadists are weak and puny. We can kick you around however we want, and there’s nothing you can do about it except to make your situation worse.”

Kind of like you, retard. I guess losers support losers, huh?

May 4th, 2013, 9:30 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

This is a day Assad forces in northwest Damascus has suffered huge losses,Assad thugs in Qassioun mountain they left their places and ran away, many many soldiers of Assad thugs died today,Assad himself he lives in this area, This is huge bombing this is a messge to Assad,I think Assad is stubborn but his advisors must tell him to run away,FSA are busy hunting Assad thugs,in this message they are telling him use chemical weapons and you will be dead, Hassan nasrallah must be getting a fit,Iran may interfere if they are stupid enough.

Mr. Landis needs to tell us something about this big event.

May 4th, 2013, 9:40 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

Israel bombs the Assadists, and most Syrians cheer!

Not that Israel or the Islamists are wonderful, but they’re better than the Assadists. At least they don’t massacre women and children with knives!

The war continues.

May 4th, 2013, 9:43 pm

 

revenire said:

Israel Channel 10 reporting loss of two Israeli fighters over Syria.

May 4th, 2013, 9:49 pm

 

Observer said:

Well here is Arabic RT with the videos of the explosions on top of Damascus

http://arabic.rt.com/news/614769-انفجارات_كبيرة_تهز_العاصمة_دمشق/

May 4th, 2013, 9:59 pm

 

Visitor said:

The Israeli raid is nothing but a side shaw which is designed to give Assad a lifeline. Assad has been the most loyal Israeli ally over the last 50 years and it is natural for Israel to come to the aid of is faithful stooge in times of need.

The real action however, was undertaken by our holy warriors of the Nusra Front and associates. The action took pace in and around Damascus. Huge explosions rocked the city like it never saw anything like it before. Brigade 104 is totally destroyed. Not a single Assadist criminal of the so-called brigade survived the unrelenting fire of our holy warriors. In addition Brigade 105 had its share of destruction and decimation.. Top of Qassioun mountain was bombed and it is possible the target was Bashar himself. Huge areas of the Fourth Division headquarters came under attack and it is reported that many of its members fled or were killed leaving weapons and amunitions behind them strewn over large areas. They fled like cowardly rabbits. They turned the lights off and fired haphazardly and blindly in the air for they had no clue whasovere as to where the fire was coming from. It is reported that over fifty huge explosions took pace the likes of which have never been heard of before.

We must congratulate our holy warriors for a great job well done, and thank the Al-Mighty for the unseen help He provided for His servants on this earth of His.

May 4th, 2013, 10:03 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

Those are some really large explosions that happened on that mountain.

I guess the Assadists were stockpiling a lot of weapons there. Thereby teaching all of us an important lesson: don’t put lots of chemical weapons on the mountain that you live on.

But then again, I guess the Assadists didn’t have a choice. If they hadn’t put their chemical weapons and explosives there, the rebels might capture them.

Ah well, what comes around goes around.

May 4th, 2013, 10:08 pm

 

revenire said:

Looking like the Israeli attack was coordinated with the terrorists – directly after many checkpoints were attacked.

May 4th, 2013, 10:12 pm

 

ann said:

Israeli Airstrikes Signal Western Desperation in Syria – May 4, 2013

Alleged airstrikes hope to expand conflict, undermine Syrian advances, & provoke Syria and Iran to give US justification for military intervention

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/israeli-airstrikes-signal-western.html

May 4, 2013 (LD) – Once again, Israel is “leaking” information about alleged airstrikes it claims it has conducted against Syria along the Lebanese-Syrian border. According to CNN’s “Sources: U.S. believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria,” it was stated that:

The United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, two U.S. officials tell CNN.

And:

The Israelis have long said they would strike at any targets that prove to be the transfer of any kinds of weapons to Hezbollah or other terrorist groups, as well as at any effort to smuggle Syrian weapons into Lebanon that could threaten Israel.

This was the same flimsy pretext used in another alleged Israeli attack on Syrian territory earlier this year.

In reality, the “other terrorists groups” Israel claims to worry about, are indeed funded and directed by the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia as part of a long-standing, documented conspiracy to overthrow the nations of Iran and Syria.

Reported by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection,” it was stated (emphasis added):

“To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”

Of Israel it specifically stated:

“The policy shift has brought Saudi Arabia and Israel into a new strategic embrace, largely because both countries see Iran as an existential threat. They have been involved in direct talks, and the Saudis, who believe that greater stability in Israel and Palestine will give Iran less leverage in the region, have become more involved in Arab-Israeli negotiations.”

Additionally, Saudi Arabian officials mentioned the careful balancing act their nation must play in order to conceal its role in supporting US-Israeli ambitions across the region:

“The Saudi said that, in his country’s view, it was taking a political risk by joining the U.S. in challenging Iran: Bandar is already seen in the Arab world as being too close to the Bush Administration. “We have two nightmares,” the former diplomat told me. “For Iran to acquire the bomb and for the United States to attack Iran. I’d rather the Israelis bomb the Iranians, so we can blame them. If America does it, we will be blamed.””

This, in fact, reveals the true nature of the attacks, a result of US, Saudi, and Israeli proxies failing inside of Syria and the desperate need to carryout military intervention to save them, while leaving intact whatever remaining legitimacy and plausible deniability the US holds globally, and Saudi Arabia holds across the Muslim World.

What Israel’s Strike May Really Mean

Indeed, Israel’s explanation as to why it struck neighboring Syria is tenuous at best considering its long, documented relationship with actually funding and arming the very “terrorist groups” it fears weapons may fall into the hands of.

In reality, the pressure placed on Syria’s borders by both Israel and its partner, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey in the north, is part of a documented plan to relieve pressure on the Western, Israeli, Saudi-Qatari armed and funded terrorists currently collapsing inside Syria.

The Fortune 500-funded (page 19), US foreign-policy think-tank, Brookings Institution – which has blueprinted designs for regime change in Libya as well as both Syria and Iran – stated this specifically in their report titled, “Assessing Options for Regime Change.”

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A1LKdrB4W0U/UGyjBIsof8I/AAAAAAAAD6Q/XYN3YOxIPU4/s1600/BrookingsSyriaRegimeChange.tif

Image: The Brookings Institution, Middle East Memo #21 “Assessing Options for Regime Change (.pdf),” makes no secret that the humanitarian “responsibility to protect” is but a pretext for long-planned regime change.

Brookings describes how Israeli efforts in the south of Syria, combined with Turkey’s aligning of vast amounts of weapons and troops along its border to the north, could help effect violent regime change in Syria:

“In addition, Israel’s intelligence services have a strong knowledge of Syria, as well as assets within the Syrian regime that could be used to subvert the regime’s power base and press for Asad’s removal. Israel could posture forces on or near the Golan Heights and, in so doing, might divert regime forces from suppressing the opposition. This posture may conjure fears in the Asad regime of a multi-front war, particularly if Turkey is willing to do the same on its border and if the Syrian opposition is being fed a steady diet of arms and training. Such a mobilization could perhaps persuade Syria’s military leadership to oust Asad in order to preserve itself. Advocates argue this additional pressure could tip the balance against Asad inside Syria, if other forces were aligned properly.” -page 6, Assessing Options for Regime Change, Brookings Institution.

Of course, airstrikes inside Syria go beyond “posturing,” and indicate perhaps a level of desperation in the West who appear to have elected their chief villain, Israel, to incrementally “intervene” just as they had planned in regards to attacking Iran – also documented by Brookings in a report titled, “Which Path to Persia?”

In regards to Iran, in Brookings’ “Which Path to Persia?” report, it states specifically (emphasis added):

“Israel appears to have done extensive planning and practice for such a strike already, and its aircraft are probably already based as close to Iran as possible. as such, Israel might be able to launch the strike in a matter of weeks or even days, depending on what weather and intelligence conditions it felt it needed. Moreover, since Israel would have much less of a need (or even interest) in securing regional support for the operation, Jerusalem probably would feel less motivated to wait for an Iranian provocation before attacking. In short, Israel could move very fast to implement this option if both Israeli and American leaders wanted it to happen.

However, as noted in the previous chapter, the airstrikes themselves are really just the start of this policy. Again, the Iranians would doubtless rebuild their nuclear sites. They would probably retaliate against Israel, and they might retaliate against the United States, too (which might create a pretext for American airstrikes or even an invasion).” -page 91, Which Path to Perisa?, Brookings Institution.

And in this statement we can gather insight behind both Israel’s otherwise irrational belligerent posture throughout its brief history, as well as its more recent acts of unprovoked aggression against Syria. Israel’s role is to play the “bad guy.” As a regional beachhead for Western corporate-financier interests, it provides a “foot in the door” to any of the West’s many desired conflicts. By bombing Syria, it hopes to provoke a wider conflict – an intervention the West has desired and planned for since it tipped off Syria’s violent conflict in 2011.

For Syria and its allies – the goal now must be to deter further Israeli aggression and avoid wider conflict at all costs. If NATO’s proxy terrorist forces are as weak as they appear – incapable of tactical or strategic gains, and tapering off into desperate terrorist attacks, it is only a matter of time before NATO’s campaign grinds to a halt. As mentioned before, such a failure on NATO’s part will be the beginning of the end for it, and the Western interests that have been using it as a tool to achieve geopolitical hegemony.

Israel should be expected to commit to increasingly desperate acts to provoke Syria and Iran.

[…]

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/israeli-airstrikes-signal-western.html

May 4th, 2013, 10:12 pm

 

Observer said:

This is according to SANA

http://sana.sy/ara/2/2013/05/05/480615.htm

The site bombed is the one in Jermaya and is the same one bombed a few months back.

Now if you were bombed once, genius dictates that you
1. Rebuild and defend to the teeth the site
2. Move the site
3. Defend all of the airspace even more.

Clearly the boy is no genius.
bombed twice and got caught with pants down twice and the video posted by the RT arabic site is actually an indication that a huge stockpile of weapons just blew up.

I wonder what is the RIchter scale of such an explosion? Is it linked to the “fire” that engulfed the Kerosene depot at the International Airport that was quickly extinguished.

I would like to see how some are going to eat their words and become a pretzel’s pretzel in justifying their continued lies.

In the meantime, the inferiority complexed nouveau riche just arrived from the cow dung heating village mobbed by adoring fans with white socks and pistols in their waists and listening buds in their ears. They drove in black cars and never stopped at a red light.

I must confess that some will actually go drunk as if they are just listening to Oum Kalthoum

Some got a taste of what they have been feeding others recently.

body armor? diapers? Valium or Dormicum? eats with a spoon or a fork? apps on an iPad?

Solitaire I bet.

This riddle is of course for my friends Syrian Hamster and TARA with an wink to Mjabali

May 4th, 2013, 10:19 pm

 

revenire said:

Israel and the FSA together against Syria.

May 4th, 2013, 10:19 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

It was Assad channels who said Israel attacked, the truth is not known yet,
many Assad thugs are dead today, Assad may run away to Qurd-town

May 4th, 2013, 10:20 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

OBSERVER

Pajama?

May 4th, 2013, 10:23 pm

 

Observer said:

On a different note: this raid clearly shows that there are many an intervention scenario and with very good and precise outcomes.

Cruise missiles as ANN says, downed Israeli jets as Reverse says. Desperation from the performance of the heroic sneaker soldier army is clearly on the mind of the Israeli intelligence establishment tonight.

SCUDS away now my boy.

May 4th, 2013, 10:25 pm

 

Mick said:

So the so-called ‘FSA’ constantly attacks the Syrian Air Defense sites.

Then Israeli aircraft attack.

It really doesn’t take much to realize who the ‘FSA’ is fighting for.

It isn’t for Syria.

May 4th, 2013, 10:26 pm

 

Observer said:

Yes Hamster in a pyjama and thucking his thumb to fall athlep

May 4th, 2013, 10:26 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

Hahahahahahahahahaha.

No one except a couple of deluded Alawites believe that. What a retard.

The war continues.

May 4th, 2013, 10:29 pm

 

revenire said:

On their Facebook pages this week they claimed to attack a Damascus air defense site.

May 4th, 2013, 10:35 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

OBSERVER
You gotta check this out… much like sewer-pipe photo fraud attempt earlier today. This is the competence level of the cyber-terrorists lauded by d-p athad.

Never thought that athad has vulcan death-ray, are you sure it is solitaire and not angry birds.

And the retards want us to believe their fraud with such superior quality work or wreck.

May 4th, 2013, 10:36 pm

 

Observer said:

Angry Birds requires a minimum of physics understanding. No I am sure it is Solitaire and the simple version only.

There is no one to play with me tonight!!! I cannot go to thleep for there is too much noith outsthide my room. All this firework ith jutht too much for me tonight.

Good night Syrian Hamster.

SCUDS away my boy, show me you are a man.

Let us what the day brings tomorrow. Death ray from cloaked birds of pray of the Klingon empire I bet

May 4th, 2013, 10:44 pm

 

Mick said:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k8zKkrOv6A

Here are the valiant FSA zionist fighters helping to open the southern airspace by taking out the southern SAM brigade (not a ‘regime suppression’ force, but an air defence force) so the zionist entity has control of Syrian airspace again.

May 4th, 2013, 10:49 pm

 

revenire said:

I pray the army kills every last rat in Syria.

May 4th, 2013, 10:52 pm

 

Ameera said:

يا ربي دخيلك يا رب الشام عم تحترئ
الله لا يوفقكم خربتو البلد

May 4th, 2013, 11:05 pm

 

revenire said:

You animals were laughing last week about opening a front on the coast are crying this week about ethnic cleansing.

You are traitors to Syria.

May 4th, 2013, 11:05 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

To prevent the big Qurd from fleeing ,FSA attacked Jableh airport,
Many many Assad thugs soldiers(Quroods) are dead today,several thousands,some by the attack, and several by FSA as they flee they got hunted by FSA

May 4th, 2013, 11:07 pm

 

Ameera said:

لك انتو ما عنكم احساس لك هاي الشام يلي اليهود نازلين قصف فيها و حضرتكم مشغولين بئتل بعض لك فيئو لك حاجه بئه ارحمونا و حلو عنا

May 4th, 2013, 11:13 pm

 

revenire said:

You’re dreaming again Brother Majed – go back to your bed. Older men need more rest.

May 4th, 2013, 11:18 pm

 

Mick said:

Speaking of Air Defense and stupid ass Sunni fundamentalists….

Who is stopping Lebanon from getting an air defense that is capable of makting sure Israel doesn’t use its airspace whenever it wants?

A. Nasrallah
B. Hariri

If you picked B, you win!

That’s right! For all his rhetoric, he has not once done a damn thing to protect Lebanese airpace. In fact, he made sure that if anyone tried to bring something in, it would be seen as a threat to Lebanon. Because by some inane logic, defending Lebanon by actually being able prevent Israel from doing whatever the hell they feel like is like ‘bad for Lebanon’.

May 4th, 2013, 11:21 pm

 

Ameera said:

القصف على الشام و ريحة نتنة عم تهف من قاسيون

May 4th, 2013, 11:22 pm

 

Mick said:

Speaking of Air Defense and stupid Sunni fundamentalists….

Who is stopping Lebanon from getting an air defense that is capable of making sure Israel doesn’t use its airspace whenever it wants?

A. Nasrallah
B. Hariri

If you picked B, you win!

That’s right! For all his rhetoric, he has not once done a damn thing to protect Lebanese airspace. In fact, he made sure that if anyone tried to bring something in, it would be seen as a threat to Lebanon. Because by some inane logic, defending Lebanon by actually being able prevent Israel from doing whatever they feel like is like ‘bad for Lebanon’.

May 4th, 2013, 11:24 pm

 

revenire said:

Hariri is a dog.

May 4th, 2013, 11:46 pm

 

ann said:

72. Mick

This is what they bombed Damascus with:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGM-154_Joint_Standoff_Weapon

The AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) is the product of a joint venture between the United States Navy and Air Force to deploy a standardized medium range precision guided weapon, especially for engagement of defended targets from outside the range of standard anti-aircraft defenses, thereby increasing aircraft survivability and minimizing friendly losses.

The JSOW family of air-to-surface glide weapons are 1,000 lb (450 kg) class weapons that provide standoff capabilities from 15 nmi (28 km) low altitude launch and up to 60 nmi (110 km) [citation needed] high altitude launch. The JSOW can be used against a variety of land targets and operates from ranges outside enemy point defenses.

May 4th, 2013, 11:51 pm

 

Mick said:

What? There is a confusion about Hariri’s role in Lebanon in regard to Israel?

I’m shocked?

Maybe I’ve not been told of his great plans to defend the air/ground/political influence of Israel against Lebanon.

Please enlighten me!

He is bringing Western SAMs in to defend the airspace from the U.S., France or Saudi?

I’d love to know his plans to make Lebanon independent.

Just what are his plans to make sure Lebanon isn’t overflown by Zionists every day?

The world would LOVE to hear this.

May 4th, 2013, 11:58 pm

 

Visitor said:

The highway from Damascus to Suweida is now completely liberated thanks to the efforts of the holy warriors of Nusra and associates. The highway is now free from Assad filth.

May 5th, 2013, 12:00 am

 

Mick said:

Maybe there is a reason Hariri lives in Paris and Nasrallah lives in Lebanon.

May 5th, 2013, 12:01 am

 

ghufran said:

The Israeli attack on Damascus is the second one within less than 4 months and it will not be the last, go back to previous posts and you will see that I talked about why Israel will attack and how is that will not help the rebels or topple the regime, in reality those attacks strengthen regime propaganda that Israel and the rebels are on the same page. Israel was and still is Syria’s strategic enemy and the main obstacle to peace in the Middle East,Israel will try to attack any country or power that may pose a threat to its military dominance in the region, and this apartheid state has the most to gain from Syria’s war and the shia-sunni divide.
Not enough information is available about the attack but at least 3 sites were bombed, I find the cheering by some that military installations were hit by Israel to be disgusting but predictable, I also look at claims that the attacks were conducted by rebels to be humorous and somewhat stupid.

Here is what Jonathan Mann at CNN wrote about a possible US intervention:

Americans have no appetite for more overseas campaigns. A new New York Times/CBS News poll found that 62 percent of respondents say Washington has no responsibility for the fighting in Syria. Only 24 percent feel Washington does have an obligation to intervene. It’s hardly a fringe group but not enough to make any leader confident about intervening in a distant conflict.
There is no obvious reason to doubt that the president, like many Americans, is appalled by the bloodshed in Syria. There is also no obvious reason to expect that he will do anything more, any time soon.
(Obama will not start another war but he will let Israel and the rebels do the dirty work, after all, why to intervene if bad and crazy people who do not like America, as seen by many Americans, are killing each others?)

May 5th, 2013, 12:14 am

 

revenire said:

Ghufran: “those attacks strengthen regime propaganda that Israel and the rebels are on the same page”

It isn’t regime propaganda. The Zionists and the “FSA” are allies in every way possible.

May 5th, 2013, 12:34 am

 

ghufran said:

nobody in the CIA or the Pentagon believes that Sarin was used in Syria, claims otherwise are promoted by people who want another invasion of an arab country in the name of bringing democracy and freedom.

Here is what a former senior official in the US said:
(JPost.com)
A former senior official in the Bush administration said on Thursday the use of chemical weapons in Syria might have been a “false flag operation” of Israel, meant to implicate Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“We don’t know what the chain of custody is. This could’ve been an Israeli false flag operation, it could’ve been an opposition in Syria… or it could’ve been an actual use by Bashar Assad. But we certainly don’t know with the evidence we’ve been given. And what I’m hearing from the intelligence community is that that evidence is really flakey,” retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, told Cenk Uygur in an interview with Current TV.
(current TV is being bought by aljazeera)
Given this “flimsy evidence,” Wilkerson doesn’t believe a red line has been crossed in Syria, and that the US should not base its intervention in the war-torn country based on such evidence.
Wilkerson criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu harshly, saying there is a “geostratigically, geopolitical inept regime in Tel Aviv right now.”
“We saw really startling evidence of that in the fact that [US] President [Barack] Obama had to tell Bibi Netanyahu, ‘pick up the phone, you idiot, and call Ankara and get yourself out of this strategic isolation you’re in right now, do a reconciliation with Turkey, the most powerful country in the region,’ otherwise Bibi probably wouldn’t have done it,” he said.
He also said the prime minister was “clueless” as to the grave security situation Israel is in.

May 5th, 2013, 12:39 am

 

Syrialover said:

In its vicious frenzy to do God-knows-what against the people of Syria, the Assad regime has wilfully constructed a situation where Syrians are now unprotected by their state and at the mercy of Iran, Russia, islamic extremists and Israel.

Unbelievable.

May 5th, 2013, 12:40 am

 

ghufran said:

more on public opinion regarding a military intervention in Syria

in a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March 2013, before news emerged of the alleged use of chemical agents, nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans were against even arming the rebels.
At the time (March 2013) there was even less stomach for military assistance to the rebels. Eight out of 10 Germans (82%) opposed the idea, as did more than two-thirds of the French (69%) and a majority of the British (57%).
Public opinion in the region is even less supportive of Western involvement. In five of the six countries in the region that were surveyed in March – Lebanon (80%), Turkey (68%), Tunisia (60%), Egypt (59%) and the Palestinian territories (63%) – publics opposed Americans or Europeans supplying the Syrian rebels with weapons. Only in Jordan (53%) did people back Western intervention and then only barely.
People in the region do not even want their own government to get involved. Even the Turks (66%) and the Lebanese (60%), both of whom share a border with Syria and now house hundreds of thousands of refugees from the civil war, oppose Arab military aid to the rebels. And only the Jordanians (65%) back Arab countries sending arms and military supplies to anti-government groups in Syria.

May 5th, 2013, 12:53 am

 

Syrialover said:

MICK #71 asked:

“Who is stopping Lebanon from getting an air defense that is capable of making sure Israel doesn’t use its airspace whenever it wants?”

Er, lack of state funds and political stability?

May 5th, 2013, 12:56 am

 

Syrialover said:

All the Assad regime’s fake public games and actual private understandings with Islamic extremists and the government of Israel have now exploded in their face.

They are way, way out of their depth.

May 5th, 2013, 1:03 am

 

Syrialover said:

Mick in #70 thunders with this question:

“Who is stopping Lebanon from getting an air defense that is capable of making sure Israel doesn’t use its airspace whenever it wants”

Er, lack of funds, capability and organized stable government?

Sorry to disillusion you Mick.

(We know Hezbollah liked to boast that role, but that was silly street kid fantasies.)

May 5th, 2013, 1:14 am

 

ghufran said:

There is panic in Banyas after what the city has witnessed in the last few days, hundreds of people are fleeing the area expecting more fighting and more blood shed, but not everybody seems to be afraid of that scenario, some still believe that the new troubles in Banyas are related to what is going on in Qsair Homs.
The longer this war continues, the harder it will be to keep Syria in one piece, the regime may let Idleb and aljazeera go but there is no sign that a retreat is on anybody’s mind when it comes to coastal areas.
Those of you,pro and anti, who think that violence and force will end this war are wrong and have been wrong for 2 years,The right thing to do is to impose a cease-fire, let a third-party monitor it, and allow Syrians to choose what type of country and government they want,sadly enough that third-party does not exist yet.

May 5th, 2013, 1:53 am

 

revenire said:

Syrialover = Zionist

May 5th, 2013, 2:58 am

 

MarigoldRan said:

Retard = retard.

EDIT: This is too easy.

May 5th, 2013, 3:07 am

 

ann said:

Unprovoked Attack on Syria: US-backed Israel Commits Egregious International Crime – May 5, 2013

The US feigns disassociation with Hitlerian act of Israeli aggression – as was planned since 2007

The West has carefully cultivated Israel into “regional bully.” Immune from international condemnation, it is now being used to commit egregious war crimes against neighboring Syria, in hopes of provoking a retaliation and giving the US and its regional axis the justification it has long sought to militarily intervene

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2013/05/unprovoked-attack-on-syria-us-backed.html#more

May 5, 2013 (LD) – Unprovoked, Israel has attacked Syria numerous times over the past 2 days, including attacks on the Syrian capital of Damascus, in what appears to be a series of intentional provocations designed to drag the region into a wider conflict its US sponsors can then enter militarily. Neither attacked directly by Syria, nor able to cite credible evidence in regards to perceived threats Israel claims to be reacting to, the assault on Syria represents a Chapter VII breach of the United Nations Charter.

What’s more, is that while the US feigns disassociation with Israel’s breach of international peace, after jointly fueling a genocidal sectarian conflict within Syria’s borders for the past two years, it is documented fact that the US and Saudi Arabia planned to use Israel to conduct military attacks against Iran and Syria, they themselves could not justify politically, legally, or strategically.

What is now hoped is that Syria and Iran retaliate militarily, allowing the “other shoe to drop,” and for the US, UK, France, and their regional axis to directly intervene in Syria, and with any luck, Iran.

Insidious Ploy Engineered and Documented in 2007-2009

As early as 2007, it was reported that a US-Saudi-Israeli conspiracy to overthrow the governments of Iran and Syria by arming sectarian terrorists, many linked directly to Al Qaeda, was already set in motion. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection,” stated (emphasis added):

“To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”

Of Israel and Saudi Arabia’s partnership it specifically stated:

“The policy shift has brought Saudi Arabia and Israel into a new strategic embrace, largely because both countries see Iran as an existential threat. They have been involved in direct talks, and the Saudis, who believe that greater stability in Israel and Palestine will give Iran less leverage in the region, have become more involved in Arab-Israeli negotiations.”

Additionally, Saudi Arabian officials mentioned the careful balancing act their nation must play in order to conceal its role in supporting US-Israeli ambitions across the region. It was stated even then, that using Israel to publicly carry out attacks on Iran would be preferable to the US, which would ultimately implicate the Saudis. It was stated:

“The Saudi said that, in his country’s view, it was taking a political risk by joining the U.S. in challenging Iran: Bandar is already seen in the Arab world as being too close to the Bush Administration. “We have two nightmares,” the former diplomat told me. “For Iran to acquire the bomb and for the United States to attack Iran. I’d rather the Israelis bomb the Iranians, so we can blame them. If America does it, we will be blamed.””

This ploy was further developed in 2009 by the Fortune 500-funded (page 19) Brookings Institution in their document, “Which Path to Persia?” In regards to Iran, and now clearly being utilized against Syria, the gambit was described as follows (emphasis added):

“…it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (One method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.) ” -page 84-85, Which Path to Perisa?, Brookings Institution.

And:

“Israel appears to have done extensive planning and practice for such a strike already, and its aircraft are probably already based as close to Iran as possible. as such, Israel might be able to launch the strike in a matter of weeks or even days, depending on what weather and intelligence conditions it felt it needed. Moreover, since Israel would have much less of a need (or even interest) in securing regional support for the operation, Jerusalem probably would feel less motivated to wait for an Iranian provocation before attacking. In short, Israel could move very fast to implement this option if both Israeli and American leaders wanted it to happen.

However, as noted in the previous chapter, the airstrikes themselves are really just the start of this policy. Again, the Iranians would doubtless rebuild their nuclear sites. They would probably retaliate against Israel, and they might retaliate against the United States, too (which might create a pretext for American airstrikes or even an invasion).” -page 91, Which Path to Perisa?, Brookings Institution.

And Israel not waiting for a plausible justification to attack Syria is exactly what has just happened. It should also be noted in particular, the last paragraph which gives insight into what the US-led axis plans to do after this egregious international crime – that is – to incrementally engulf the region into a conflict it finally can justify its own entry into open military aggression.

What Should Syria and its Allies Do?

Syria, Iran, Russia and other nations that support the besieged nation most certainly were aware of the Brookings document “Which Path to Persia?” and familiar with this strategy. It would be hoped that anything of value that the Israelis would seek to attack in order to provoke a much desired retaliation and subsequent war, would have been provided additional protection, or moved entirely out of range of potential Israeli attacks.

A media campaign to illustrate the hypocritical and very revealing convergence between Al Qaeda (the so-called Free Syrian Army or FSA) and Israeli interests would undermine whatever remaining support the battered and failing Western-backed terror campaign inside Syria may still have.

Additionally, Israel’s selection by the US to carry out this attack was done specifically because Israel has long-ago exhausted its international legitimacy. What it is doing in Syria is a blatant international crime, in direct violation of international law. Currently, Syria and its allies hold the moral high ground against an enemy who is no longer fooling the world. If it is calculated that Syria can survive Israel’s unprovoked brutality, it would be best to do little or nothing, and incur internationally the same outrage that accompanies Israel’s brutality against the Palestinians.

In light of the US using Israel as its proxy against Syria, should Syria and its allies retaliate, it would be best to do so through any proxies they themselves have at their disposal. Just as Hezbollah and the Palestinians now routinely defeat Israel both strategically and politically, Syria now faces an opportunity to do so again, only on a much bigger scale.

The outrageous actions of Israel, the despicable double-game the US attempts to play by feigning disassociation with its regional beachhead in Tel Aviv, and the silent complicity of the UN, has people around the world desperately seeking retaliation from Syria, or Iran, or both. In reality, this is precisely what the West hopes to achieve – a wider conventional war in which they hold the advantage. By refusing to retaliate directly, Syria cripples the West politically, highlighting the unprovoked nature of their attacks on a nation they claim is a threat, yet fails to strike back even when its capital is under bombardment. By responding through its own plausibly deniable proxies, tactical and political pressure can be put on Israel to end its aggression.

It appears that the Western-backed terrorist front in Syria has been dealt a fatal blow and is in the process of complete collapse. The attack by Israel is a sign of desperation, seeking to expand a conflict that is about to end.

[…]

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2013/05/unprovoked-attack-on-syria-us-backed.html#more

May 5th, 2013, 3:16 am

 

Citizen said:

Eyewitnesses: Israel Drops ‘Nuclear-Type’ Bomb On Damascus, 2 Israeli Jets Shot Down, Assad To Declare War On Israel
Check out the pic of the big blast!

http://beforeitsnews.com/israel/2013/05/eyewitnesses-israel-drops-nuclear-type-bomb-on-damascus-2442046.html

Chief conductor of the Symphony Maestro of democracy!
what type of original Bunker Buster bombs notes here you gave us!
Kasiun already glows at night? amazing Mr Obama! your lines is not red
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BJdt2FKCEAEOge-.jpg:large

May 5th, 2013, 3:35 am

 

Citizen said:

Damascus: Strange odors throughout the capital city are causing runny eyes and coughing

May 5th, 2013, 3:44 am

 

Citizen said:

Thousands of Damascenes are taking refugee in shelters with more than 40 explosions heard throughout the city

May 5th, 2013, 3:46 am

 

MarigoldRan said:

The Assadists’ stockpile of mustard gas got blown up.

The mountain will be unlivable for a while. The Assadists wanted to use chemical weapons, and instead it blew up in their faces, literally.

They just lost one of the biggest ammunition depots in the country. Who knows how many Iranians and Assadists died in that explosion.

May 5th, 2013, 3:55 am

 

Citizen said:

Defense Ministry strategist Amos Gilad said:
“Syria has large amounts of chemical weaponry and missiles. Everything there is under [Assad government] control,”
http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_05_04/Assad-in-full-control-of-chemical-arsenal-Israeli-official/

May 5th, 2013, 4:27 am

 
 

apple_mini said:

I admit if Israel is about to launch a full-fledged war against Syria. The regime will not survive.

Syrians are facing two wars now: one is against the aggression by Israel and the other one is against the radicals.

Yes, Syria is at the mercy of the west, the BRICS and all other ME countries.

But the decisive fighting is still within Syrians. Have we seen through what this so-called revolution is about now?

Syrians must be united and show their will. Not a single Islamist has ever declared Jihad against Israel.

Israeli will only understand peace and humanity after they get hurt and suffered. They must pay for what they have done to Syria.

May 5th, 2013, 4:48 am

 

Altair said:

Just in case anyone needed a reminder who the real enemy is, the Zionist entity is always ready to provide one.

Any Syrian who shoots or bombs or orders to kill another Syrian out of political reasons is not only an idiot, but a traitor.

May 5th, 2013, 4:55 am

 

Citizen said:

ما كل مرة راح تسلم هال جرة !
إسرائيل تنصب بطاريتي قبة حديدية في صفد وحيفا خشية الرد السوري !

May 5th, 2013, 5:40 am

 

Visitor said:

We must set our priorities straight.

Syria has two enemies. One enemy is within and the other is without.

The enemy within is Assad, Hizbistan and thugs.

The enemy without is Israel.

Our priority as Syrians is to fight the enemy within first until it is defeated and Shjism is eliminated. This fight must take the form of holy war.

May 5th, 2013, 6:01 am

 

MarigoldRan said:

Actually, most Syrians have decided that the Assadists are the worse enemy.

The war continues.

May 5th, 2013, 6:20 am

 

Citizen said:

Obama, like his predecessors, is not a good political awareness!
He plays with Russia (in the attack Israeli planes) in an attempt to tug of war! But the Russian could also go for a potentially painful answer! The interactions of the two states are shown in the comments about being deceived surreal stories! The United States is in fact repeated Israeli aggression on purpose, the Pentagon and the Department of Defense is the command center.

May 5th, 2013, 6:36 am

 

Citizen said:

Mr The war continues.
when reading your regular comments created impression that you suffer a heavy reliance on blood thirsty!

May 5th, 2013, 6:46 am

 

Badr said:

“The Assadists’ stockpile of mustard gas got blown up.”

Marigoldran,

How do you know for sure, that was the target, rather than advanced weapons destined for Hizbullah?

May 5th, 2013, 6:46 am

 

Hanzala said:

Meng military airport in Aleppo finally taken after a year long siege! Hamdullilah.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NYPxkhf3Ns8

May 5th, 2013, 6:49 am

 

Citizen said:

Filming from a cameras belonging to customers of Israel!
Just shows how desperate the West is in the war their proxies has been losing in Syria.
http://youtu.be/f_j8ID-m1pU?t=39s
http://youtu.be/kkEoR-7D4jk?t=1m3s
http://youtu.be/e84pVGsP6YU?t=6s
An Israeli warplane was shot down by Syrian air-defense units during a raid near Damascus early Sunday, Hezbollah’s Manar television station reported, citing security sources in the Syrian capital.

May 5th, 2013, 7:08 am

 

Visitor said:

Meng liberation is a resounding victory.

May 5th, 2013, 7:08 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Several questions
there were over 40 explosions,then there was a huge explosion from which a mountain of billowing smoke ,was that because of a missile or a store of weapons has exploded.?
aeroplanes appeared in the sky,this will be very unusual at the time of missile are launched,it is not reasonable.
over 40 explosions is not from one missle, most likely from planes.
Israel usually attack one place this attack involved several places,that is not usual for Israel
Would Russia do something if it was really Israel who did it?

Citizen said Syria should declare war against Israel, Do you believe what you say?
With huge attack like this,if Israel has done it,then Israel must admit that,why are they so quiet?

May 5th, 2013, 7:51 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Congratulation to the FSA for Mennegh airport takeover, it is great victory

May 5th, 2013, 7:53 am

 

Citizen said:

Israel is clearly playing with fire, trying to provoke Syria missile strikes on the response. After all, once the real war begins with Syria, Al Qaeda will have to make a difficult choice: to publicly acknowledge its tacit strategic alliance with Israel and the U.S. (which is unlikely) or to turn against Israel and the Americans (most likely). Then no U.S. aid will not save the aggressor state.
In the meantime, the Wahhabis are happy bombing of military research center at Mount Kasioun. Explosions were unusually large force of detonation and missile gaps at 2 am local time, even on the other side of the Syrian capital opened doors and windows.
—–
Majed ! /Citizen said Syria should declare war against Israel/ be accurate! please give the source!

May 5th, 2013, 8:05 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

89. Citizen said:

Eyewitnesses: Israel Drops ‘Nuclear-Type’ Bomb On Damascus, 2 Israeli Jets Shot Down, Assad To Declare War On Israel

another question
it was stupid of HA to say they are fighting inside Syria, now Israel will justify attack in Syria

May 5th, 2013, 8:14 am

 

Observer said:

Well once again a real military Marshal of the Syrian Forces would
1. Strengthen the defenses of the research facility

2. Move it to a secure location.

But apparently Takrar la youlam al himar in this situation.

Why would the regime continue to use the same research facility and why would they continue not to defend it.

Iran is now offering to train the Syrian Army. I thought that we had been paying billions of dollars and 60 years of emergency laws and a military service of 2 and half years for every male so that we can be prepared for a war against Israel.

So now we need Iranians to help us with training our forces right?

Mikdad says that Israel has declared war on Syria. I guess this is a prelude to activate the mutual defense treaties and bring in officially any troops from Iran.

Then this would be great news for those that wish to exhaust Iran in Syrian quagmire.

Now I am sure Iran is going to send troops and more weapons. The question is to which airport will it do so? Aleppo or Damascus?

The message is clear. Red lines can be enforced if need be as Israel demonstrated.

Let us see if Iran has red lines and whether it will enforce them.

A glimpse to the mind set of protagonists on this comment section is priceless.

Two Israeli pilots will be shown on Klingon TV soon. They will be cloaked though as the empire has mastered the art of dissimulation and obfuscation.

May 5th, 2013, 8:14 am

 

sandro loewe said:

Assad and Nasrallah are respectable mafia cappos. This is a proven fact. But when it comes to real-politiks they are a pair of idiot clowns. Kulu hara khayawanat!!!

May 5th, 2013, 8:19 am

 

Citizen said:

Majed!
In the comment №:89 I pointed to the source! Open the link and read the text!
http://beforeitsnews.com/israel/2013/05/eyewitnesses-israel-drops-nuclear-type-bomb-on-damascus-2442046.html

that’s what I said
(Chief conductor of the Symphony Maestro of democracy!
what type of original Bunker Buster bombs notes here you gave us!
Kasiun already glows at night? amazing Mr Obama! your lines is not red)
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BJdt2FKCEAEOge-.jpg:large

May 5th, 2013, 8:23 am

 

Visitor said:

Is Bashar dead?

May 5th, 2013, 8:28 am

 

Citizen said:

109- Majed
I wish all the Syrians, the opposition and pro-government line-up against American aggression carried out on Damascus by Israeli aircraft !!!

May 5th, 2013, 8:29 am

 

Tara said:

What is the rabbit going to do? Lay low and lick his wounds? Any declaration? How about we “reserve our right to respond later”? Not even that! Come on now.

Where is the other rabbit with a head piece and a beard? Any declaration from him yet? Play more song, thumb your chest, celebrate Ashura and kill more children in the name of zainab and company. They are good at it.

The FSA is reported to have fire mortars on HA in Zainab shrine.

May 5th, 2013, 8:44 am

 

zoo said:

No one could imagine that any Syrian would cheer an Israeli attack on his/her cherished capital.
I don’t know how to call that, treason, shame, mental degradation?

Israel has been trying to destroy Hezbollah and neutralize Syria for years. Now that Syria has been weaken by some of its own people who allied with Islamists and criminals to call for ‘freedom’, and now that Hezbollah intervened to protect shia minority threatened by the Sunnis extremist, Israel decided it was a good time to weaken even more the legitimate Syrian forces, humiliate and provoke Hezbolla under an alleged attack on weapon delivery. Of course the USA, France and the UK are jubilating

The anti-Bashar have succeeded in that: Destroy the national sense of the citizens, force their exodus, divide the county and weaken it to offer on a golden plate to Islamists who will transform into an Afghanistan. They should be really be proud of themselves.
I congratulate the blind and infantile revolutionists with their narrow and petty view of what they were wishing their country to become after toppling the man they hate.
Now it is clear that it is their country they hate because they are doing little to save it from destruction and desintegration.

May 5th, 2013, 8:56 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

The Asshead should say something on TV at least

Russian news said over 300 soldier has died, we can assume there are wounded, probably over thousand.

May 5th, 2013, 9:01 am

 

Visitor said:

“116. ZOO said:

No one could imagine that any Syrian would cheer an Israeli attack on his/her cherished capital.
I don’t know how to call that, treason, shame, mental degradation?”

Idiot, you can’t be for real!

You have been cheering massacres day in day out.

F*ck off!

May 5th, 2013, 9:06 am

 

zoo said:

The response of the Syrian government to the Israeli-rebels collusion is obvious even if it will not be stated openly.

Now that the evidence that some of the rebels are the proxies of Israel in a war to destroy Syria and Hezbollah, they will treated as such.

Note that no reports of human casualties have been reported in the numerous Israeli attacks: it is true that there are no women and children in these centers to call it a ‘massacre’, and anyways these centers are managed by robots.

May 5th, 2013, 9:09 am

 

Visitor said:

What are the Mullah idiots saying?

http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/2013/05/05/إيران-تعلن-استعدادها-تدريب-الجيش-السوري-عقب-غارات-إسرائيلية.html

1) They will train more thugs for Bashar.
2) they want the Arabs to fight Israel so Bashar and Nus-lira can go on a a killing rampage in Syria.

Are these guys idiots? They just declared war upon Sunnis?

Are they expecting help from Sunni states?

Idiocy has no limits with these thugs.

There should be a holy war declared against Shiism. This creed must be declared illegal throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds. Shiism must be eliminated once and for all. This is a creed originating from satanism. It should be treated as such.

May 5th, 2013, 9:13 am

 

Tara said:

Iran has repeatedly said it will defend Syria if Israel attacked. This was supposedly a redline.

The line is now pink!

Iran’s response was declaring its readiness to train the Assad’s army.

Can’t possibly get any weaker. Can it?

May 5th, 2013, 9:13 am

 

zoo said:

#117 Majed

300 soldiers dead? does it qualify for a ‘massacre’?

May 5th, 2013, 9:15 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo
What you are suggesting is that Asshead take revenge ,not against Israel,but against Syrians

May 5th, 2013, 9:19 am

 

zoo said:

#121 Tara

Any tears for the 300+ soldiers killed by Israel? I doubt.. you seem so glad to see Syrian national’s army killed and weakened, I am sure you are one of the cheerers of the attack on Damascus.

Don’t worry, the heroic Syrian Army will stand because the Syrians who live in Syria and are loyal to their country will support it even more now.
The credibility of the opposition is going down the drain among Syrians living in Syria.

May 5th, 2013, 9:21 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Meanwhile, the murder rampage continues in Banyas, I wounder if the regime loyalists will now be rewarded with homes in Banyas. Not only murderers, but also high-way robbers, thieves, and scum of the earth. I guess some of the posters here may already have gone on exploratory trips to Banyas for property selection.

Mustafa Aljarf
“كما وصلني من أهلنا المحاصرون في بانياس
بدأ جيش الأسد الممانع بالسماح لأهالي بانياس بالخروج منها بشرطين : توقيع عقود تنازل عن الأملاك + ترك الهوية عند الشبيحة.
بالطبع الهوية لتثبيت التنازل عن الملكية في المحكمة. الجماعة يخافون أكل الحرام والإلتفاف على القانون. روح قلبهم تطبيق القانون.
انشرها كما تشاء وبطريقتك
شكرا لك العزيز مصطفى”
……………………………………………
هذه هي الرسالة كما وصلتني .. هل يذكركم هذا بشيء من التاريخ؟
تاريخ استيلاء اليهود على أملاك الفلسطينيين و تأسيس دولة إسرائيل مثلا؟!

May 5th, 2013, 9:22 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

No Zoo
Those dead are soldiers and not peaceful civilians, it is not a civilian massacre
Those weapons that has been destroyed Asshead was using them against Syrians, it was good they were destroyed

May 5th, 2013, 9:23 am

 

Visitor said:

The number of killed must be over 3000 thugs. We should not call them soldiers.

Brigade 104 is completely obliterated, in addition to many dead from brigade 105 and the Fourth Division. A brigade is usually 3000 to 5000.

In any case good riddance!!

May 5th, 2013, 9:24 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Thieves

May 5th, 2013, 9:26 am

 

zoo said:

#123 Majed

Ask him… or ask your insider friends who gave you the predictions of the 3 falls of Damascus, they know better.

May 5th, 2013, 9:27 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Meanwhile, the murder rampage continues in Banyas, I wounder if the regime loyalists will now be rewarded with homes in Banyas. Not only murderers, but also high-way robbers, thieves, and sc..m of the earth. I guess some of the posters here may already have gone on exploratory trips to Banyas for property selection.

Mustafa Aljarf
“كما وصلني من أهلنا المحاصرون في بانياس
بدأ جيش الأسد الممانع بالسماح لأهالي بانياس بالخروج منها بشرطين : توقيع عقود تنازل عن الأملاك + ترك الهوية عند الشبيحة.
بالطبع الهوية لتثبيت التنازل عن الملكية في المحكمة. الجماعة يخافون أكل الحرام والإلتفاف على القانون. روح قلبهم تطبيق القانون.
انشرها كما تشاء وبطريقتك
شكرا لك العزيز مصطفى”
……………………………………………
هذه هي الرسالة كما وصلتني .. هل يذكركم هذا بشيء من التاريخ؟
تاريخ استيلاء اليهود على أملاك الفلسطينيين و تأسيس دولة إسرائيل مثلا؟!

May 5th, 2013, 9:27 am

 

Tara said:

Zoo,

I am sure I can learn lots and lots from you but you certainly can’t teach me humanity or morality. You have lost all yours yesterday.

I begged from you to condemn the massacre of children yesterday. Did you do it?

May 5th, 2013, 9:27 am

 

zoo said:

Majed

I see, these people are not Syrians like you, they have no wife and children.

Like most of the hysterical Syria expats, you are cheering their death, I am not surprised.

May 5th, 2013, 9:41 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

The question is to which airport will it do so? Aleppo or Damascus?

Mennegh (منغ)!

May 5th, 2013, 9:43 am

 

zoo said:

#130 Tara

Thanks…

May 5th, 2013, 9:43 am

 

Altair said:

So the response of the Syrian regime to the Zionist entity’s attack should be to get tougher with the rebels. Great. How heroic.

How about going after the source? I mean, if Hizbullah can hit back at the Zionists, why can’t an actual state with greater firepower than Hizbullah do it?

I’d also like to add that I’m dismayed and saddened by all the sectarian talk on this board. I hope it doesn’t reflect in any way the reality in Syria. I believe there are some who have manipulated this conflict into making it a Sunni-Shii one, others who are just unwise or downright stupid into thinking in sectarian terms.

Sectarianism is the fuel of Zionism, its very foundation. After all, the “Jewish” state is based on sectarianism. There is nothing better for Zionists to support than sectarianism. It divides everyone into smaller groups that can be easily dominated and keeps them busy fighting each other and not the original sectarian state that masquerades as a “democracy”.

The Syrian Uprising began not as a sectarian conflict, nor should it turn out that way. It began as a rebellion against the humiliation that the regime inflicts upon its people. Let’s stay focused!

The fact is, Hizbullah is the only organization, non-state actor or otherwise, that has successfully confronted the Zionist entity. When’s the last time you heard of Saudis or any other so-called “Sunni” regime doing that?

May 5th, 2013, 9:49 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo
Their wives and children are NOT dead.

Visitor
We don’t know the exact number,you may be right, or it may be over 10,000 wounded,this is a setback to Asshead,who may be now Assdead,we don’t know,and I doubt we will know the exact figure
The Mennegh airport news are significant and no one from SC thugs are talking about it, we know Asshead ability to defend his hiding place in Damascus is weaker.
Would there be another attack against the fourth division in the near future? that will be important to save Damascus from this criminal thugs.
I expect Asshead is reconsidering his options now,things are getting worse not better for him

May 5th, 2013, 9:58 am

 

Hopeful said:

#131 Zoo

I, for one, never cheer the death of any Syrian. I do blame, however, the leader of the county for his inability to defend his people. Any leader who fails to defend his people should step down.

You ask how it has become that Syrians would cheer for an Israeli attack on Syria? Ask that question to the incompetent leader of the country who led his nation to this fate.

The information minister gives a speech? Are you kidding me? Where is the leader?

Assad is an incompetent big-head failure.

May 5th, 2013, 10:04 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo said # 119
it is true that there are no women and children in these centers to call it a ‘massacre’,

then Zoo said #122
300 soldiers dead? does it qualify for a ‘massacre’?

can you make up your mind? You seem to forget what you say from one comment to the other ,and within few minutes,Are you mentally O.K.

May 5th, 2013, 10:11 am

 

Mina said:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/70711/World/Region/You-cant-fight-alone-The-Middle-East’s-coming-prox.aspx

many interesting elements here. it was the end for the “window of opportunity” for some certainly.

May 5th, 2013, 10:12 am

 

Hopeful said:

#134 Altair

I agree with you. The sectarian talk on this board is very troublesome. However, can we for once stop blaming Zionists, Americans, Jews, etc. for problems WE created ourselves?

This Sunni-Shiia divide has been going on for over a thousand years. Long before Israel and the US ever existed. Both sects teach their children that they are the right path to Islam. Many teach their children hatred to the other.

The Syrian revolution is turning into a sectarian war not because of Israel but because of 1) regime’s policies and 2) the rotten religious education embedded in our society.

May 5th, 2013, 10:14 am

 

Hopeful said:

Syrian TV is talking about conspiracy and cooperation between Israel and Al Qaeda.

What are these people smoking? They cannot be serious! Have they lost all sanity?

I think Israel is sensing that the war in Syria will escalate, and they want to take no chance that Assad will pass along weapons to Hizbullah to fire at Israel. Nasrallah was clear last week that he would come to Assad’s aid. Israel just sent its response.

May 5th, 2013, 10:23 am

 

zoo said:

Israel may join defense pact with Saudi Arabia, UAE

Jordan and Turkey to also play role in US-brokered plan to contain, rather than thwart, Iran, London’s Sunday Times reports

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-reportedly-may-join-defense-pact-with-saudi-arabia-uae/

Israel is working on joining an anti-Iran defense alliance with a number of moderate Arab states that would involve sharing Jerusalem’s newly developed anti-missile technologies, a British newspaper reported Sunday.

The plan would see Israel join with Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to create a Middle Eastern “moderate crescent,” according to the Sunday Times, which cited an unnamed Israeli official. Israel does not currently maintain formal ties with Riyadh or Abu Dhabi, and relations with Ankara have been strained since 2009.

May 5th, 2013, 10:24 am

 

Dolly Buster said:

Jews have suffered tremendously in World War 2. We must stop the new Hitler Bashar al Assad before he uses chemical weapons on a larger scale.

May 5th, 2013, 10:31 am

 

Visitor said:

Nus-lira said last week, from Tehran, that he will not allow Assad to fall.

Israel told him yesteraday, I have the final say.

Nus-lira understood the lesson and never fired a single shot skyward or southward to make good on his words. We know Nus-lira used to brag about having anti-aircraft systems. Where are these systems? As far as we know the Israeli planes came from ‘his’ Shebaa farms that he is so adamant and eager to ”liberate’!!

It looks like the axis of ‘resistance’ and ‘reluctance’ is nothing but empty talk. You guys be careful of getting electrified by resistance or magnetized by reluctance.

May 5th, 2013, 10:33 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

I agree with you. The sectarian talk on this board is very troublesome. However, can we for once stop blaming Zionists, Americans, Jews, etc. for problems WE created ourselves?

Hopeful,

Thanks. Maybe you are one of the 2 green thumbs I received in my first 2 posts on this thread!

So basically, after two years 80000+ dead, a million refugees, ruined towns and cities, the Syrian Poster God has no other card to play than the Hezbo one.

We all knew that card would be played at some juncture and now it has. Surprise!

Interestingly, the GOI could work in collaboration with the opposition (since they both understand the dangers of Syrian Baathism), but, I guess, that would be “beneath” them.

Pride can cost a lot of lives.

The enemy without is Israel.

Our priority as Syrians is to fight the enemy within first until it is defeated and Shjism is eliminated. This fight must take the form of holy war.

Visitor,

So after you defeat Assad and Shiism, you’re going to defeat “Israel”?

Sounds like a steady job. I wonder if this is what Syrians want or just something you want.

May 5th, 2013, 10:34 am

 

zoo said:

#140 Hopeful

The CIA is openly present among the opposition and it is known to cooperate with Israel’s Mossad.
The idea that there is a collusion between the opposition and Israel via the CIA is not far fetched, it is highly probable.

May 5th, 2013, 10:36 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

It is conspicuous Akbar Palace is not making any comment

May 5th, 2013, 10:37 am

 

Dolly Buster said:

Btw Some fools & knuckleheads were saying that Syria has been armed by Russia and therefore has nothing to fear from Nato attack because of these state-of-the-art Ruskie defenses.

Result: The kikеs freely fly in and destroy everything and come back.

So, we have proven that Russia is no match for sophisticated Western weapons.

May 5th, 2013, 10:40 am

 

Altair said:

#139 Hopeful

I agree that the regime is to blame for sectarianism (and it’s Alawi v. Sunni, not Shi’i v. Sunni, but that’s another matter in the complex Middle East).

But I didn’t blame Zionism for creating the Sunni-Shii divide, rather of fueling it and benefiting from it. And anyone else who falls into the sectarian trap serves the Zionist entity.

I’m also making the point that the greatest sectarian force in the region is the Zionist entity itself. It is a sectarian state, the first state created SOLELY on the basis of religion, and on a twisting and manipulation of a great religion for that matter.

I’m also appealing to everyone to remain focused on principles, the principles of justice, the right to self determination, government by consent and not by force, the right not to be tortured and humiliated by your government, etc. Remember the tortured boys in Dar’a or Hamza Khatib?

Many have a very hard time staying focused because of emotional responses to this conflict. It is unwise, and unproductive and eventually very harmful to everyone.

May 5th, 2013, 10:46 am

 

Visitor said:

MajedK,

Akbar Palace just made a comment.

He is upset that we, Syrians, do not show appreciations and express thanks to Israel.

It is hard to explain to people like Akbar, who live in denial particularly about the evil nature of the US admins, that Syrians will NEVER thank the likewise evil Israeli entity for anything they do, even when they kill Assad thugs.

Akbar,

Fool not yourself. Israel is the enemy of all Syrians and not just Visitor. Whether we, Syrians, will seek to defeat Israel after we defeat the criminal thug is yet to be determined.

Israel must abandon is current policies and seek to be accepted by its neighbors. Otherwise, we cannot predict the future.

Syrians are anti-EVIL. The US admin is Evil and the Israeli entity is Evil.

May 5th, 2013, 10:46 am

 

Hopeful said:

#145 Zoo

Of course what YOU say is probable – the US is assisting the rebels (that’s not a secret, and not enough as many would claim) and the US always assists and supports Israel. But that is not what THEY are saying on Syrian TV. They are talking about conspiracy and collaboration between Israel and Al Qaeda.

May 5th, 2013, 10:48 am

 

Syrialover said:

Well whoever it is doing the precision hits against military targets in Damascus is proving competent. In powerful contrast to the regime’s forces and its Farsi-speaking advisers.

As one commentator said, the Israelis (or whoever) know Assad is a weak puddle of piss which is why they aren’t bothering to target his hideout though they easily could. Better to let him end up cowering in a sewer pipe.

Ordering Nusrallah to send in his boys seemed like a brilliant idea in Teheran, just like every other stupidity they cook up there.

Hasn’t anyone else here read what the analysts say about Iran not having what’s needed to take on a proper military engagement? It never recovered from the Gulf war with Iraq, and instead the Mullahs are forced to rely on exporting terrorism, threat and bluff to push their cause.

May 5th, 2013, 10:51 am

 

Hopeful said:

# 148 Altair

Ok I agree that Israel benefits from the sectarian divide, and I agree that Israel defined as a “Jewish” state is by definition sectarian. But I believe the focus on that is a distraction. The Sunni-Shiia divide is something we need to address independently from Israel and the west. Bringing them into the conversation invites rhetorical discussions and distracts from the main issues. Just my 2 cents.

May 5th, 2013, 10:55 am

 

revenire said:

A rat meets his end in Syria at the hands of the army.

May 5th, 2013, 10:59 am

 

revenire said:


A rat shot in his read end running away from the army. LOL

May 5th, 2013, 11:00 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Dr. Evil

Syrians are anti-EVIL. The US admin is Evil and the Israeli entity is Evil.

Visitor,

I’m not convinced. I’m not convinced that your “Evil List” is just made up of these 2 actors, countries, and/or “imposter” nations.

Can you think of some more people that are Evil than these 3? What about Shiites? Didn’t you say THEY were evil too?

Our priority as Syrians is to fight the enemy within first until it is defeated and Shjism is eliminated. This fight must take the form of holy war.

So perhaps you (or someone else) can take a few minutes (or hours) to compile the full list of opposition parties in Syria (List 1) and another for all the countries and people of the world you consider “EVIL” (List 2).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Evil
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The number of killed must be over 3000 thugs. We should not call them soldiers.

Brigade 104 is completely obliterated, in addition to many dead from brigade 105 and the Fourth Division. A brigade is usually 3000 to 5000.

In any case good riddance!!

Visitor,

Al-Nusra did not “oblterate” these “3000 thugs”. Israel did.

I, myself, do not celebrate when people are killed. They all have family. But Israel, like all countries, has the right of self-defense. I know that is something some of us have difficulty wrapping our brains around.

BTW – I am still amazed at some very good posters here. I want to thank Observer, Hopeful, Dolly Buster, Marigoldran, Syrialover and Majedkhaldoun (and others).

May 5th, 2013, 11:12 am

 

Syrialover said:

# 139. HOPEFUL

I was talking to someone who has just returned from several months working in Iran, spending time in several areas.

Her observations bring home how little the Mullahs represent the nation they are controlling:

– Iranians are a decent, good people

– they have little idea what their “government” is doing in Syria and are shocked and disbelieving if told. But they are nervous about discussing anything the mullahs are doing – it’s a police state run on terror and informants.

– mosque attendance is astonishingly low and displays of piety rare putside the enforced dress code for women. Religion seems to be now associated with the State and less important to Iranians than it is in other parts of the ME.

May 5th, 2013, 11:13 am

 

Pas Cool said:

” It is a sectarian state, the first state created SOLELY on the basis of religion”

You might wanna rethink that one. Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932 and is all about islam. None other than a muslim is even allowed to enter Mecca, which is but one of their pervert ways.

May 5th, 2013, 11:25 am

 

Visitor said:

Akbar,

You should know why I consider the US admin as evil. Because, as I mentioned repeatedly and proved to you with compelling evidence, it staged the 9/11 events and caused the death of 3000 of its own people. You continue to live in denial. Well, that is up to you. But the facts are not going to change.

Israel is evil because it was born as a bastard state and caused the misery of millions of Palestinians. Israel must be dismantled. But I am not saying that the Jews who live in Palestine must leave or be killed. They should be content to live under Palestinian rule, because the land belongs to the Palestinians and not to these immigrants who came from all corners of this earth. They have no right to take over the land. If the Jews agree to live by our rules, then I see no problem of them getting integrated. We must defeat the evil inherent in the process in which this abomination (Israel) came into being. Because evil will only beget evil.

You ask if there are other evil entities. yes, of course there is. But you should only concern yourself with the US admins and Israel. That’s what you care about and you made it clear on more than one occasion.

Now, I never celebrated the killing of the 3000 thugs. But at the same time I made it clear that I will not shed a tear on any of them. They chose to serve EVIL and they met their EVIL end by their own choice. Interestingly, they may have perished at the hands of Evil (Israel) as you claim. In which case there is nothing to worry about as Evil consumes Evil.

But I would say it was Nusra who did it through its holy war. Israel will NOT seek to kill the thugs of its most loyal ally (Assad). Every Syrian knows that.

May 5th, 2013, 11:27 am

 
 

revenire said:

Seems the Zionists killed a lot of chickens at a poultry farm. Maybe this was Chicken Brigade 104?

May 5th, 2013, 11:38 am

 

Tara said:

Reve,

Ha Ha Ha. As long as they mount no response, the name chicken brigade is well deserved. Thank you.

May 5th, 2013, 11:41 am

 

revenire said:

Tara Israel didn’t bomb Assad – Israel bombed Syria.

May 5th, 2013, 11:42 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Akbar Palace
We finally heared from you
Al-Nusra did not “oblterate” these “3000 thugs”. Israel did.

So you admit that Israel did it. as most analysts said, my question, why did Israel attacked the whole Liwaa 104, and 105 and the fourth division, and not only the place where those missiles that were intended to HA?
Was it that Israel intended to weaken Assad(asshead)? could that be that USA has asked Israel to do it?they sure want to send a message to Assad that using chemical weapons will not be tolerated.

I want to say Israel has nothing to do with Arab spring,so why Israel wants to weaken Assad?Israel could attack HA in Lebanon.
Another point is future Syria is not in a way in the next 30 years able to fight Israel, why to do it? Iran and HA and Assad pose more threat to the peace in the middle East, Israel must have recognized that.

If Iran is smart they should know that to work with the opposition,and quit spreading Shiaism is more important to Iran interest than protecting Assad, if opposing Israel is a priority, cooperation with rebels will keep this Iran Syria alliance strong and HA will be safe ,but they chose to spread Shiaism is more important to them,and wants to fight Sunni, they are misguided.

May 5th, 2013, 11:48 am

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed didn’t get enough rest again: Israel acted in concert with their Al-Qaeda/FSA/Nusra Front allies to attack Syria, just as they have been all along.

Brother Majed has a hard time understanding world politics and strategies.

Brother Majed is a Zionist lover and a traitor. That is why he lives in Colorado not in Syria.

May 5th, 2013, 11:55 am

 

Dolly Buster said:

Visitor, 9/11 was definitely not false flag. Imagine what kind of team is needed for 9/11. It’s definitely not 2 guys pulling this off — it would be more like 200 guys. So what are the odds that 200 Americans were willing to kill 3000 Americans, and then successfully stayed quiet about it for 11 years? Basically zero.

Of course, it can nonetheless be shown that America is in fact Evil. One example is when people like Bush, Palin, Coulter wanted to kill innocent people for Christianity. So they went into Iraq and cooperated with the Shiite Nouri al Maliki to achieve this murderous goal.

May 5th, 2013, 11:56 am

 

Hopeful said:

#156 SL

This is very encouraging. Thank you for your post. Every Iranian/Persian I met in my life (and I met many in the West) is a kind, smart, open-minded person. Iran is a great nation with great potential. I hope one day they will get rid of the tyranny that rules them, and unlock their potential as a civilization.

I have often dreamed of the “United States of the Middle East” – one that includes all the human potential of Arabs, Kurds, Turks, Jews, Persians, etc. With all the diversity, history, resources, and human capital of this region, there is no reason to remain oppressed and poor.

May 5th, 2013, 11:58 am

 

Tara said:

Reve

Syria is not chemical weapons and the 4th brigade. Both used by the regime to kill children. As a poster here said, I do not celebrate death but I have not a single tear to spend on children killers.

Celebrating death is regime supporters’ speciality and they are good at it.

May 5th, 2013, 12:03 pm

 

ghufran said:

There is no reason for Nusra and Israel Ghilmans to argue here, they are both fighting the same enemy: the Syrian army, and they are both defending terrorists: group (Nusra) or a state (Israel).
I agree that if Syria does not respond, nobody will believe anything that comes out of the Syrian government even that it is clear that Israel did what it did to start a war that gives her (Israel) an excuse to hit Lebanon and occupy southern Syria.
This is a perfect time to identify Syrian patriots who understand that opposing the regime does not mean supporting Israel’s actions,and traitors who are cheering the death and destruction in Damascus on the hands of Syria’s natural enemy.
Expat opposition is becoming like Cuban opposition in the US, they have been barking for 50 years but were only able to make life harder for their cuban “brothers” while the regime in Cuba remained largely intact since 1959.
While I understand why GCC, Turkey and many Muslim groups and individuals oppose the regime in Syria, I have to confess that the lack of condemnation of Israel’s actions from the “defenders” of Islam is very distressing, it tells a lot about who those leaders are and where this Umma (Islam) is going.

May 5th, 2013, 12:08 pm

 

Visitor said:

Dolly Buster @165,

You are an idiot of the highest rank. STFU because you don’t know what you are talking about.

Next time when you mention the name of al-Hussein, make sure you are respectful. Otherwise, there is no need for idiots like you to make bombastic nonsense.

May 5th, 2013, 12:08 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Celebrating death is regime supporters’ speciality and they are good at it.

Well said TARA and supported by all the posts from exactly the same hypocrite you were addressing.

May 5th, 2013, 12:11 pm

 
 

revenire said:

The Syrian soldiers – most of whom are Sunni – killed children? No, no they didn’t. They don’t kill children – that is Zionist propaganda repeated by expat traitors.

Israel attacked Syria and murdered Syrians.

May 5th, 2013, 12:14 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

So you admit that Israel did it.

Majedkhaldoun,

I am privy to the same internet info you are. The GOI admitted it and I believe them.

as most analysts said, my question, why did Israel attacked the whole Liwaa 104, and 105 and the fourth division, and not only the place where those missiles that were intended to HA?

To be honest, I don’t know what the IDF hit or how many perished in the bombing. The GOI doesn’t give a lot of detail, obviously, so we can begin the conspiracy theories as usual!

I imagine, from the little they’ve said, that they hit more modern, long-range Iranian missiles possibly capable of handling WMD headed toward the Hezbo “heroes” who are also helping Assad stay in power.

Was it that Israel intended to weaken Assad(asshead)?

Israel, like the US, would prefer to stay out of the Syrian civil war. Really, Israel doesn’t care about Assad, they only care about the safety of their own Jewish, Arab and Christian citizens. Whatever keeps Israel safe is what they care about.

could that be that USA has asked Israel to do it?

No. Basically the understanding is that the US was made to understand the danger of these weapons in the hands of Hezbo and that Israel had the right to disrupt this.

they sure want to send a message to Assad that using chemical weapons will not be tolerated.

Yes, the message (from Israel at least) is now clear.

I want to say Israel has nothing to do with Arab spring,so why Israel wants to weaken Assad?

I repeat. Israel only cares about their own security. The rest is insignificant.

Israel could attack HA in Lebanon.

And vice-versa. Israel is not in Lebanon, and so Israel doesn’t want to give the Hezbos and excuse to escalate.

Another point is future Syria is not in a way in the next 30 years able to fight Israel, why to do it?

Israel doesn’t think 30 years in the future. They think in the present.

Iran and HA and Assad pose more threat to the peace in the middle East, Israel must have recognized that.

Now you’re talking like a Zionist. Please stop!

If Iran is smart they should know that to work with the opposition,and quit spreading Shiaism is more important to Iran interest than protecting Assad, if opposing Israel is a priority, cooperation with rebels will keep this Iran Syria alliance strong and HA will be safe ,but they chose to spread Shiaism is more important to them,and wants to fight Sunni, they are misguided.

More than smart, Iran is a suicidal theocracy. They’re allowing Iran to fall like Syria, all in the name of bringing on the 12th imam or whatever their religion dictates. They, like so many in the ME, are rigid and intolerant.

Which is why I am encouraged to engage with you Majedkhaldoun! I’ve learned over many years that not all muslims are terrorists.

May 5th, 2013, 12:16 pm

 

Altair said:

#152 Hopeful

Then we disagree on very little. It’s only a matter of emphasis.

I’m absolutely convinced that the setting up of a “Jewish” state was a very bad precedent to the region and the world (not to mention to Judaism itself). It’s the same or like-minded proponents of Zionism who propose Sunni and Shi’i states in Iraq for example, and will do the same for Syria in the form of Druze and Alawi states, as the French unsuccessfully did in the past (they succeeded with Lebanon unfortunately). And whoever shouts “Christians to Beirut or Lebanon” is also complicit in this crime.

But I totally agree that Sunnis and Shi’is need to resolve their differences once and for all. I mean, the caliphate doesn’t even exist anymore, and it was an argument over caliphal succession that started this silly problem 13 centuries ago.

Better yet, keep religion at home and faith in one’s heart and agree on basic principles like torturing or humiliating your neighbors, whatever faith they follow, is not moral nor acceptable. I don’t know why that’s so difficult for many to get.

May 5th, 2013, 12:20 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Wonderful news. To see what a fake insincere jokester REVENIRE is, you can now compare his efforts with the real deal.

The infamous regime booster SYRIANCOMMANDO has rushed back online after 4 months of silence, after quitting in disgust at Assad’s weak response to the January attack by Israel.

The return of Israel has him roaring out of his cave again. A true believer with eyes blazing and fists raised. Very different from the clown here who makes feeble automated bleats about rats and zionists.

I’ll post some SYRIANCOMMANDO tweets below.

It’s an insight into the thinking of a genuine pro-regimist who is new feeling betrayed by Russia and Iran and Assad himself

May 5th, 2013, 12:27 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

HOPEFUL and SL

Generalization can go both ways when one is talking about such a large group as Iranians. No group is all good, nor all bad.

Iranians are like all others, a peoples with potential. But also like all others, the range of behavior among them ranges from neurotic to wonderful with decent being the largest majority. The description of the Iranian’s Hopeful met in the west is rather similar to what I would say, but without using the word every but most. Same thing I could say about Russians, Swedes, Germans, and so on.

I am always reminded of George Washington’s farewell speech:

In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence, frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations, has been the victim.

So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils. Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.

May 5th, 2013, 12:31 pm

 

ghufran said:

This is the true face of the GCC:

Millions of Syrian refugees face food rationing and cutbacks to critical medical programmes because oil-rich Gulf states have failed to deliver the funding they promised for emergency humanitarian aid, an investigation by The Independent on Sunday has found.
Arab states and aid groups, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain, have failed to deliver $650m (£420m) in pledges they made at an emergency United Nations conference in Kuwait four months ago.
Saudi Arabia pledged $78m. As of 1 May, the kingdom was recorded as contributing $21.6m. The United Arab Emirates pledged $300m. It has given $18.4m. Qatar, which will spend tens of billions hosting the 2022 football World Cup, pledged $100m to the UN effort. It is recorded as delivering $2.7m. Bahrain, which last month hosted a Formula One grand prix at a recently built $2bn circuit, pledged $20m. There has been no recorded aid given since

May 5th, 2013, 12:34 pm

 

Sami said:

I went to sleep last night and I remembered what I loved about my Damascus, the City that I am so proud to be a son of.

I remembered my days at Andalous Pool watching Khalou and his friends play volleyball and eating the best french fries from Abu Fayez, sneaking my first cigarette and then my first kiss in the changing rooms below.

I remembered the first day of Eid Al-Kibeer when my Grand Mother bought me a special set of clothing for Eid, I wore it and went to Jahiz Park with her. I rode my first horse then, and in later years had my first accident there renting a scooter for a fatleh around the park.

I remembered the time I convinced my teacher to take me and my classmates to bumper cars at the Ma3rad. Abu Shafe3 taught me tennis and basketball in the back of there, on cold days his son Shafe3 would teach me riddles.

I remembered the day my Dad and I walked through Old Damascus. We spent the day exploring and him pointing out the different houses to me. We went to the Al-Seddiq for lunch had a bowl of lentil soup and a triple decker plate of shawarma 3al fa7im.

I remembered the Fridays we sat around the sufrah with all of our extended family and ate fool from booz aljedi. In the summer we would go to Mora eat a wonderful feast and watch the stream go by, the fortune tellers coming by and telling the mothers their children will be either doctors or engineers. Spring time we would go to Ghouta and have a picnic under the trees my mother and her siblings planted with my Grand Father when they were children.

I remembered the Janarek, Fousto2 Halabi, and the Sabarah. The Mousa7ab Sandwich from UNO, the Brosted from Al-Sufarah, and the greasy pizza from Pizza New

I remember going to the store with my friends renting time to play Need For Speed and Winning Eleven on the first Playstation and the countless hours we spent playing Counter Strike trying to khouref each other.

I remember the school bus and how we would sing songs like Suf Al-3askar, and Ya chauffeur Na7na ewlad Philistine.

I remembered the sliver of light that would sneak in through the abajour, the tap the gas cylinder salesmen would tap on his cylinders from atop of the Suzuki to inform you he is in the neighbourhood. The Kaakeh bil Dibs, the corn that was always baydah baydah baydah.

I remember the first time I visited my family’s chocolate factory in my excitement and haste to emulate Charlie I ruined an entire batch of chocolate which they had to throw out. From then on no matter how old or responsible I got I am still known as the mi2zi one in the family.

I remember in the summer I would go up to Qassuon and friends and I would smoke an argileh while watching the city go by underneath us. I can see her right now, with all her green lit minarets and church bells, cars honking and micros clogging up the roads.

My Damascus won’t ever die because it survives through us and our memories. There is nothing inherently special about Dimashq other than its inhabitants that keep the city eternal who will never allow it to die.

I am pro-revolution with every inch of my body and soul, damn Israel and its aggression on my country, damn Assad and his cronies for burning my country.

May 5th, 2013, 12:35 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

174. Altair said:

I’m absolutely convinced that the setting up of a “Jewish” state was a very bad precedent to the region and the world (not to mention to Judaism itself).

Altair,

You are free to express your feelings. So am I. A jewish state is not a bad precedent, especially if the jewish state is free and provides equality for all her citizens. As a jew, Israel is totally consistent with Judaism.

IMHO, the problems in the ME have nothing to do with the “setting up” of any nation. It is how these nations are governed.

May 5th, 2013, 12:39 pm

 

revenire said:

Sami the traitor isn’t ashamed about supporting Israeli aggression on his homeland. He might write a long, boring love letter to Damascus but his people are being murdered by the Zionists.

May 5th, 2013, 12:42 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Murderers shouting “Murder!” NewZ

…but his people are being murdered by the Zionists.

Reverse,

Coming from a regime supporter, who applauds the SAA for firing deadly bullets indiscriminately into peaceful Syrian demonstrations as well as the indiscriminate bombing of Syrian towns and mosques, I hope you realize your comment rings “somewhat” hollow.

May 5th, 2013, 12:48 pm

 

annie said:

I agree with Robin Yassin-Kassab when he says and yes, it is possible

“isn’t it possible to absolutely oppose israel and its self-interested interference and at the same time to absolutely oppose the fascist assad regime and its deliberate sparking of regional sectarian war, its endless massacres, its destruction of syria’s heritage and infrastructure?

isn’t it possible to support the syrian resistance, despite the presence of salafist extremists and plain traumatised people who do unwise things?

so many so-called anti-imperialists are unable to do these things at the same time. why? the minority regime in syria is, like israel, also the result of the sykes-picot carve up and divide and rule machinations of 1916 to 1948” and also on fb

“assad responds to the israeli attack by escalating his sectarian massacres on the coast and his bombardment of syrian cities, including the palestinian refugee camp at Yarmouk. Infantile so-called ‘anti-imperialists’ everywhere cheer on assad’s heroic resistance”.

May 5th, 2013, 12:52 pm

 

apple_mini said:

Lets cool down and do a little analysis.

Israeli air strikes are sneaky maneuver in military sense. They took advantage of weakened Syria and took the targets they had been hoping to get on even before the Syrian crisis.

As far as for the response from the regime, it is a delicate issue. If the attacks from Israel push the regime to the corner, they have no choice but to go out and take a big risk to retaliate. I do not believe it is there yet. Israel did what they had calculated. They did not want to provoke too intolerable.

HB might be helpful to do something to put pressure on Israel.

Cheerleading for Israeli attacks by the opposition no longer infuriates us. The opposition is nothing without seeking political solution with the regime. The opposition does not have influence over the rebels. So it carries no weight in current situation.

The opposition are depressed when the regime is gaining military momentum. If the rebels are making more ground, the opposition hail the victory. But in reality, the opposition cannot even make a single town held by the rebels to be “democratic” as they have been trying to convince everyone they are fighting for “freedom” and “hope” for new Syria. Let alone the whole country.

The opposition are using every means to bring down the regime, even the whole country is going down with it.

Syrians have seen enough and heard enough of them. And Syrians say No to the opposition.

The regime has a tough propaganda war to work on facing the new aggression by bastard Israel.

May 5th, 2013, 12:58 pm

 

revenire said:

Terrorist rat meets his end in Kherbet Ghazalah.

TO HELL

May 5th, 2013, 12:58 pm

 

Observer said:

There is no such thing as a Syrian Army it is a group of thugs militia to do the mafia work and to use conscripts as drivers and gardeners for the officers that are going to invade the Golan with their Mercedes Benz and BMW stolen from Lebanon.

There is no constitutional basis for the use of the so called armed forces in civilian areas according to the new constitution and to the fact that the state emergency has been abolished.

So thousands were killed and injured and some propaganda dumb ass minister says all options are on the table.

I am holding my breath.

May 5th, 2013, 1:01 pm

 

revenire said:

Apple_Mini Israel and the West want a direct Syrian response so they can accelerate their attacks on Syria. It is a trap.

It is also an attempt to prop up their rats but that won’t work. The army’s operations have increased nationwide and we can expect them crying about new “massacres” soon.

May 5th, 2013, 1:02 pm

 

Altair said:

#182 Akbar Palace

This kind of takes us off-topic, since I was relating sectarianism of the Zionist entity to Syria and the proponents of dividing Syria (and Iraq) on sectarian grounds, but:

Tell me where in the Israeli Constitution is equality for all guaranteed for its citizens. Can’t find it? Not surprising since there is no Israeli constitution.

Is there anywhere in Israeli law that equality is guaranteed to all? Quote it for me. I’m not sure about that one.

And if equality is guaranteed somewhere, why isn’t it practiced? That it is not practiced you can be sure. You have to look no further than housing policy to figure that one out, a housing policy that started with dispossessing as many Palestinians of their homes as possible that continues to this day.

Ask yourself also, is there civil marriage in the “Jewish” state?

Yes, you are free to assert that there is equality in the “Jewish” state. But that doesn’t make it true.

(Also, off the subject, do you mind me asking why you call yourself Akbar Palace? It sounds vaguely like a Muslim reference, and you just posted that you are Jewish. Just curious).

May 5th, 2013, 1:03 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Forget ZOO, REVENIRE, APPLE_MINI and the usual regime spinners and posters of video nasties

Here’s what Assad’s supporters are now REALLY thinking.

SYRIANCOMMANDO, notorious pro-Assadist, is furious, bewildered and in despair at the current strikes on Damascus and lack of response. He’s not hiding his pain.

His friends like Sharmine Narwani are tweeting efforts to soothe and strengthen him, but he’s not having it.

Here are some of his honest responses.

Tweets by SYRIANCOMMANDO:

– The Syrian government just gave israel the green light to destroy it. F**** morons.

– We have the power to annihilate israel, but it has the same power over us. I think its time for an exchange, yes.

– ZioPutin was on the phone with Assad for more than an hour begging him not to respond to his darling israel.

– Syrian deputy FM says Syria will retaliate …. In its own way and time. LOL BULLSH** YOU COWADS

– So much for Syria’s alliances with Iran, Egypt, Russia. Assad must be feeling betrayed at this point

– Iran chief of staff just vowed retaliation. Taking bets on whether it is a bluff or not

– This attack by Israel changed everything. If Syria does not retaliate, the war is already lost.

– Wait a few hours for retaliation or the fall of Syria

– They (the rebels) are an infinite army you can’t kill them

– (In response to comment Russia will do nothing) I’m with you, neither will Iran. Both have cowered away.

– Unfortunately our leader is still being potty trained. He got nuked and didn’t have an immediate response prepared beforehand.

– In retaliation for nuking Damascus, Iran offers to train Syrian soldiers. Oh and they condemned it and made some empty threats too!

– It destroyed a missile research facility and killed our scientists it’s not just morale, they are draining our power away

– Assad just lost his negotiating tool, the weapon he never intended to fire

– This attack changes everything from a military perspective, there’s nothing preventing further attacks now

– I hate to say it publicly but it’s either treachery from the top or a break in the chain of command. Syria had a plan for this scenario

– We can still win, we have four more missile complexes. Clear opposition areas with chemical weapons and start the war NOW.

– Thousands of Syrian soldiers have perished. Communication with jabal qasyoon HQ was lost.

– Russian defense minister must have given israel the green light to start war in Syria

From: https://twitter.com/syriancommando

May 5th, 2013, 1:06 pm

 

Syrialover said:

SAMI,

Thank you for #181.

That is beautiful.

You remind us of the true spirit and nature of Syria. And that Syrians will rebuild their country.

May 5th, 2013, 1:15 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

The next attack will be against the fourth division, then Assad will be very weak, today he is still attacking Ghouta area, his revenge should be against Israel not against Syrian, Asshead has no decency

The news from Mennegh airport, is that there was a general who killed the head of the airport and seven others and defected, the airport is not freed completely yet.

May 5th, 2013, 1:17 pm

 

Syrialover said:

# 179. SYRIAN HAMSTER

Good points. But I wasn’t just over-generalizing about Iranians. My point was that their autocratic and stupid theocracy does not reflect or represent their culture and society.

Many outsiders made the same remarks about Syrians and the contrast between the nature and behaviour of the Assad regime and the nature and behaviour of the Syrian people.

It also makes you wonder how far the Shia-Sunni thing would run if left up to the Iranian population.

May 5th, 2013, 1:25 pm

 

Syrialover said:

ANNIE #185

I agree, agree. Well put.

Here’s more good thoughts on the issue by Maysaloon:

Blog article: Might does not make right.

Again and again the Syrian revolution is condemned as some kind of foreign “conspiracy” that is aimed against the self-described bastion of Arab resistance to Israel. Last night’s Israeli attack against an Assad regime research facility in Damascus has brought out of the wood work all sorts of individuals who, silent in the face of the massacre in the coastal city of Banyas for the past three days, have suddenly found their voices. The similarity in the pictures we saw coming out of Banyas this past few days were truly horrific, and reminiscent of the images we saw from the Sabra and Chatilla massacres during the Lebanese civil war. Yet these self-styled anti-imperialists did not retweet and angrily condemn these murders. They chose silence and wilful ignorance instead.

Today they are trying to portray the Israeli air raids last night as an attack on Syrian sovereignty, as if that is not what Assad has been doing to Syrians for the past two and a half years. Apart from the evident hypocrisy of this position, there are also two fallacies underlying their argument. Firstly that the Syrian regime represents Syria, and that an attack on it is an attack on the country and its people, and the second is that Israel did this in support of the Syrian revolution.

With regards to the second point most Syrians, including those who support the revolution, are missing the fact that Israel hasn’t got the slightest concern about the Syrian revolution or the Syrians who are dying. It is focused first and foremost in its battle with Iran and Hezbullah, and has consistently stated that it will not let the more advanced weaponry in Syria’s arsenal falling into Hezbullah’s arms. When it attacks Assad’s bases and arsenals, it is doing so with a clear strategy.

Syrians supporting the revolution should neither cheer nor lament the involvement of Israel’s attacks on Assad’s arsenal. From a practical point of view it is very much an advantage to the revolution (armed as well as peaceful), as it is far better for the regime’s arsenal and advanced divisions to be obliterated than that they be used against Syrian towns and villages. We have seen the piles of bodies in Banyas and countless Syrian villages and cities, on a week so close to the anniversary of the Houla massacre perpetrated by Assad regime thugs, and these images will forever be engraved in the collective memory of Syrians. Never again must we allow ourselves to be in such a position, that Syrians be slaughtered like sheep in an abattoir.

To cheer for Israel’s attack on Assad, apart from being misguided, makes the mistake of siding with one oppressor against another. How different is it, then, that people would side with Iran simply because it claims to be fighting for the Palestinians? This is a fallacy, and more importantly the answer is not to wag the finger at Israel and claim that once we finish with Assad we will drive over and liberate Jerusalem in a Golgotha of blood. International law, human rights, and morality are with us as they are with the Palestinian people, and it is through this path that we can then achieve true justice for all and make good cause with good people across the world.

True Syrian sovereignty begins with us as people and not as a regime. It is when we realise this simple political fact that we can decide how best to champion the cause of oppressed people the world over. We as Syrians, and the Syrian transitional government should take note, have a unique opportunity to right the wrongs of the past, and to be a shining beacon of human rights and democracy not just to the Middle East but to the world. We can and should create a national self-belief that we are a unique mix of people who will never accept might as right.

A Syria committed to human rights and the rule of law will protect itself from Israeli missiles and warplanes far better than expensive, and largely ineffective, Russian S-300 air defence systems. When we become the change that we have fought for so fervently, we will become far better champions for the downtrodden than all the divisions of Hezbullah and Iran put together.

http://www.maysaloon.org/

May 5th, 2013, 1:35 pm

 

Citizen said:

AP
3 Russian-Chinese вето do not meant for Israel admin. ?
stock up on tablets for diarrhea from fear!

May 5th, 2013, 1:45 pm

 

revenire said:

“193. MAJEDKHALDOUN said:

“The next attack will be against the fourth division, then Assad will be very weak, today he is still attacking Ghouta area, his revenge should be against Israel not against Syrian, Asshead has no decency

“The news from Mennegh airport, is that there was a general who killed the head of the airport and seven others and defected, the airport is not freed completely yet.”

When the army attacks the rats it IS attacking the Zionists. Each dead rat is a dead Zionist mercenary.

Yesterday, and a few months ago and a year ago, you reported Mennegh had fallen.

Brother Majed Colorado has fine rest homes where you could “get your head together” – any chance a friend could drive you to one today? A few of us are concerned.

May 5th, 2013, 1:49 pm

 

revenire said:

FIRST POST – MAY 5, 2013 – NATO TERRORISTS ANNIHILATED IN TARTOUS, HOMS, ALEPPO AND DAMASCUS; RAT STATS; NEWS ABOUT JAMRAAYAA; PROPAGANDA AND NEWS

TARTOUS:

RA’S AL-NABI’: (راس النبع) near Banyaas. We can confirm the deaths of 51 rodents at this battle which followed yesterday’s SAA triumph over Salafist vermin at Al-Baydhaa. Because we have relatives there on the scene and have direct contact with Wael who is in Tartous now, we have an excellent picture of what transpired and how the SAA and militia wiped out an entire Takfeeri presence in this beautiful governorate.

With Al-Qusayr being cleaned out as we write and Lebanese traitors pleading their case with the SAA for mercy, and with Al-‘Utayba undergoing spring renewal, and with Der’ah experiencing much-needed respite from the cockroaches who had previously infested it, it seems only right that the rats would try to move into the coastal areas to make their last stand. Not so lucky!!

Yesterday, a unit of rodents attacked a military checkpoint and killed 4 of our troops. News of the outrage reached Central Command and the SAA responded immediately by surrounding the area into which these FSA rats converged: a little town called Ra’s Al-Nabi’.

Ra’s Al-Nabi’ lies at a crossroads east of Tartous giving the town easy access to the lovely mountainous resorts that dot this lush area of Syria. Unfortunately for the rats, the mountains east of Tartous are overwhelmingly ‘Alawi and Christian which means they can find no succour anywhere. They had to remain on the flatter coastal plain where they were enveloped by the darkness of our Syrian Army.

Wael says that the anger which filled every soldier after the news of the attack on the army checkpoint was visible on each face. This was vengeance, pure and simple. The commander of the Syrian Army there, a branch of the Second Army Corps, had command also of the 3rd Special Forces Regiment and over 300 militia members champing at the bit for action.

With snipers in place and mortars firing at will, the rats were decimated within a half-hour after which time SF and militia charged their positions and exterminated them. Here are the verifiable names:

‘Umar Fakhkhoor
Muhammad Al-Rubay’i
Muhammad Shamseddeen
Daawood Ghabar
Ibraaheem Abu-Saaliha
Zhaafer Khulayfaawi
Adham Zaydaan
‘Aaref Al-Saaqi
Burhanuddeen Jubayli
Sameer Muhammadaani
Mahmoud Hutayt
Jaaber Abu-Khaleel
Ahmad Bujayji
Anees ‘Ammaar
Saadeq Shaafi’iy

I am tired of orthographically rendering all the names. If you insist on a complete list in one of your communications, I will add the rest. Otherwise, there are 17 who cannot be identified or who have “code names”.

I have to go and will discuss the Zionist missile attack tomorrow.

May 5th, 2013, 2:04 pm

 

Visitor said:

We are told in this Manar report, that Hizbistan will now use Maggi soup to compensate for lost chicken. We are also told that ‘his excellency the supreme commander of thuggocracy’ has just decided to wear military uniforms,

http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/syria/2013/05/05/قناة-المنار-الغارة-الاسرائيلية-استهدفت-الدجاج-والشاي-.html

I am impressed and……breathless!!

May 5th, 2013, 2:09 pm

 

Tara said:

Zoo

You asked me a question and Maysaloon writing that SL linked @195 best summarizes my position and yours.

I am grateful to Maysaloon for his eloquent ability to put many of out thoughts on paper

May 5th, 2013, 2:09 pm

 

ann said:

Syria Warns Israel of ‘All Possibilities’ After Strikes – May 5, 2013

“There is a feeling of tension when we hear about what is happening in the area,” the mayor of the northern town of Kiryat Shmona, Mayor Rabbi Nissim Malka, told the Haaretz newspaper. “Residents are calling the municipal hotline and asking questions like ‘are the shelters open?’ or ‘are classes being held as usual?'”

http://abcnews.go.com/International/syria-warns-israel-possibilities-strikes/story?id=19113228

Syria responded angrily to the overnight air strikes on military targets that it accused Israel of carrying out, warning that the attack “opens the door to all possibilities.”

“We will not accept to be humiliated,” Syrian information minister Omran al-Zoubi said at an afternoon press conference. “We are all in a state of anger. We are abused by this attack.”

Syria accused Israel of “coordination” with the extremist rebel groups it is fighting, including Jabhat al-Nusra, which has pledged allegiance to al Qaeda’s leadership.

The chief of staff of the armed forces in Iran — which is allied with Syria and Hezbollah — warned that “[Hezbollah] forces will respond to the Israeli aggression. … Iran will not allow Israel to destabilize the region.”

Syrian state media said the Syria cabinet convened an emergency session to “discuss the Israeli aggression.”

The Arab League, which largely backs the rebels in the Syrian conflict, blamed the strikes on Israel and called them a “dangerous violation of an Arab state’s sovereignty.”

[…]

http://abcnews.go.com/International/syria-warns-israel-possibilities-strikes/story?id=19113228

May 5th, 2013, 2:24 pm

 

ghufran said:

Israeli attacks pose a new challenge for the Syrian government, it is a reminder that Israel is emerging as a big winner from the Syrian war, one major problem today is that the Syrian army is fighting rebels inside Syria and is now under attack by Israel.
Things would have been different if the regime chose a different path on March 18th 2011 and did not use the army to defend the regime instead of defending the country, now the army is supposed to do both !!
initial information from hospitals in Damascus are in sharp contrast with the alleged 3,000 fatalities,some sources suggested that cruise-type missiles were used and not just ASMs, at the end of the day Israel is likely to keep doing this type of attacks as long as they go unpunished.
Look at this resonse coming from an opposition figure:
سورية: المعارض كمال اللبواني: الشعب السوري سعيد بضرب إسرائيل للمنشآت العسكرية السورية
this is from Egypt:
مصر: حزب الحرية والعدالة: مصر ترفض الإعتداء على المقدرات السورية أو المساس بسيادة سورية واستغلال أزمتها الداخلية تحت اي ذريعة
this is from Israel:
عاموس يادلين للقناة الثانية: حزب الله وسورية لا يريدان تصادماً واسعاً مع إسرائيل ولا أستبعد وقوع رد رمزي دقيق ومحسوب ضدنا ولن يؤدي إلى تصادم واسع
..and this is how one opposition group sees the attacks:
سورية: هيئة التنسيق السورية: العدوان على سورية رسالة للضغط على النظام قبل القمة الروسية الأمريكية

May 5th, 2013, 2:44 pm

 
 

revenire said:

Ghufran I don’t agree and feel you often show sympathy for the enemy.

The “revolution” goal, from the start, was to destroy Syria. Assad could have fled to the Moon but if the puppets the West backs were not installed the result – war – would have been the same. It has nothing to do with demonstrations or any other silly things in the minds of expat traitors. It is now admitted that in Daraa, from the very start, Al-Qaeda had weapons and men planted, in order to shoot demonstrators and blame the government. In other areas of Syria weapons were buried, tunnels were dug – the conspiracy started long before 2011.

The unholy alliance of Israel/the West and the Muslim Brotherhood, and other Zionist-lovers (Al-Qaeda never attacks Israel – ever), is well documented. All you have to do is look at Twitter to see them cheering the death of Sunni soldiers today.

Incidentally, the army is on a rampage on the coast, and elsewhere, today. If the reports of massacres are true the rats living there had better run to Tel Aviv soon.

Israel is a week, paranoid state. Their attacks display their fear. Their intent is to provoke an attack so the West can bomb Syria. The best, and only, response for Syria is to destroy the West’s mercenary army – as they have been doing with great success.

May 5th, 2013, 2:54 pm

 

ann said:

UN chief voices “grave concern” at reported Israeli air strikes on Syria – 2013-05-06

“The secretary-general urges respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries in the region, and adherence to all relevant Security Council resolutions”

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/06/c_124665179.htm

UNITED NATIONS, May 5 (Xinhua) — UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon on Sunday voiced his “grave concern” at reported Israeli airstrikes on Syria, calling on all sides to “exercise maximum calm and restraint.”

“The secretary-general expresses grave concern over reports of airstrikes in Syria by the Israeli Air Force,” said a statement issued here by Ban’s spokesman.

“At this time, the United Nations does not have details of the reported incidents,” the statement said. “Nor is the United Nations in a position to independently verify what has occurred.”

Syria has deployed missile defense batteries toward Israel in response to the Israeli attack that targeted a Syrian army facility in the capital city of Damascus earlier on Sunday, media reports said.

Syria’s state media accused Israel of trying to give a boost to the Syrian rebels after their recent frustrations. The Israeli government has so far made no official comments on the reported attack.

“The secretary-general calls on all sides to exercise maximum calm and restraint, and to act with a sense of responsibility to prevent an escalation of what is already a devastating and highly dangerous conflict,” the statement said.

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/06/c_124665179.htm

May 5th, 2013, 3:10 pm

 

ann said:

Yeah Right! 😀 😀

Egypt condemns Israeli attacks on Syria – 2013-05-06

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/06/c_124665162.htm

CAIRO, May 5 (Xinhua) — Egypt condemned on Sunday the recent Israeli attacks on Syria as “violation of international principles and laws.”

“The attacks would increase complication to the situation in Syria, in addition to posting a threat to the security and stability of the region,” read a presidential statement.

Egypt rejects the aggression on Syria’s sovereignty and the use of its domestic crisis under any pretext, “although Egypt strongly objects to what is happening in Syria,” it said.

The statement described the recent Israeli attacks on Syria as “a test” for the international community, particularly the UN, over Israel’s commitment to the rules of the international law.

“Egypt invites all states to bear their responsibilities in facing the recurrent Israeli violations and preserve international peace and security,” it said.

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/06/c_124665162.htm

May 5th, 2013, 3:19 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

More of Minnigh airbase fell.

As I’ve said before: the Assadists have no political legitimacy. They get attacked by Israel and they get no sympathy.

The war continues.

May 5th, 2013, 3:19 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

The Assadists are too cowardly to declare war on Israel. Instead they say Israel declared war on them!

Well, yes, Israel has most definitely “declared war” on them. We all know this. Israel just shat on them big-time.

So what are they going to do about it? Vandalize Israel’s twitter sites?

The Assadists have become the perfect target. Israel can attack them, and the Assadists will still get no sympathy!

May 5th, 2013, 3:26 pm

 

ann said:

Regional countries slam Israeli attack on Syria – 2013-05-06

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/06/c_124665177.htm

CAIRO, May 5 (Xinhua) — A number of countries in the Middle East are pointing their fingers at Israel on Sunday after the latter attacked Syrian military facilities near Damascus earlier in the day.

The Syrian state TV said Israel launched an airstrike on a military research center in a suburb of Damascus before dawn of Sunday. The facility has been hit by an Israeli air raid back in January.

FLAGRANT AGGRESSION

Syria’s Foreign Ministry said in a letter to the UN that “the flagrant Israeli aggression against positions of the Syrian army underlines the coordination between Israel and the terrorist groups affiliated with the al-Nusra Front.”

“The blatant Israeli aggression aims to render a direct military support to the terrorist groups after their faltered attempts to make gains on ground,” the letter read.

Meanwhile, in a government statement read out by Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi, Damascus said Israel’s attack “opens the door widely before all eventualities.”

“Syria is a state that does not waver and does not accept humiliation and will not accept its sovereignty to be infringed upon either at home or abroad,” al-Zoubi said, warning that those who mess with Syria’s sovereignty must carefully study their options and shoulder the responsibility.

“Syria is committed to the option of resistance and whoever thinks that Syria can be breakable is wrong and mistaken and must repeat his calculations,” he added.

According to latest report of the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV, Syria has deployed missile defense batteries toward Israel in response to the Israeli attack.

REGIONAL CONDEMNATION

On Sunday, Egypt called the Israeli moves “violation of international principles and laws.”

Before the Sunday attack, U.S. media said a couple of days ago Israel attacked a convoy carrying missiles from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon in the early hours of Friday. This was confirmed by an unnamed Israeli source, although the Israeli Foreign Ministry and Israeli Defense Forces remained silent on that.

“The attacks would increase complication to the situation in Syria, in addition to posting a threat to the security and stability of the region,” according to an Egyptian presidential statement, which described the attacks on Syria as “a test” for the international community, particularly the UN, over Israel’s commitment to the rules of international law.

“Egypt invites all states to bear their responsibilities in facing the recurrent Israeli violations and preserve international peace and security,” it said.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called for unity among regional countries and their solidarity against Israeli threats, as Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces, Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan, said Iran is ready to train the Syrian army should Damascus require assistance.

“As a Muslim and friendly country, we stand by Syria and if there is a need for training (the Syrian army), we will provide them with necessary training,” Pourdastan said, while stressing that Iran will not have any “active involvement in their (the Syrians) operations,” against the conflicts that they are engaged in.

Also, Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Sunday that “the Zionist regime (of Israel)’s attack on Syria, which was done with the green light from the United States, unveiled the connection of mercenary terrorists and the Zionist regime supporters,” semi-official Meher news agency reported.

Algeria also slammed the Israeli attacks as seriously violating the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of an Arab state.

The country’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Amar Belani, said ” Algeria urges the UN Security Council to assume its responsibility through putting an end to these blatant attacks that worsen the already degraded situation in the region.”

Meanwhile, the Jordanian Professional Associations also condemned the Israeli aggression against Syria, saying “it is a continuation of Israel’s violation of the rights of the Arabs.”

“All should support the Syrians in light of this aggression,” Mohammad Ababneh, head of the associations, said, adding that the Arabs should unify their efforts in light of this aggression which seeks to deepen the crisis and differences among the Arabs.

The associations urged the Arab League (AL) not to remain silent over the Israeli actions.

The call was echoed by Lebanese caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, who asked on Sunday the AL to take a “decisive stance” toward the Israeli hostility against Syria.

Mansour accused Israel of pushing the region to “a destructive confrontation,” and urged the AL to be decisive to “avoid further escalation.”

MOUNTING TENSIONS

In the early hours of Sunday, the Israeli army raised the degree of mobilization along the Lebanese border, with warplanes, helicopters and reconnaissance planes intensively flying over Shebaa farms, Arqoub, the Bekaa valley and many other Lebanese regions.

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon and truce monitors also intensified their patrols along the Blue Line, drawn in 2000 following the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Forces said Sunday it will shut down civil air traffic in northern Israel until Thursday due to the tensions with Syria and Lebanon.

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/06/c_124665177.htm

May 5th, 2013, 3:30 pm

 

Hanzala said:

‘The civil war in Iraq has already begun’: Politician claims conflict has started and warns it will be ‘worse than Syria’

Iraqi leaders fear that the country is sliding rapidly into a new civil war which “will be worse than Syria”. Baghdad residents are stocking up on rice, vegetables and other foodstuffs in case they are prevented from getting to the shops by fighting or curfews. “It is wrong to say we are getting close to a civil war,” said a senior Iraqi politician. “The civil war has already started.”

Its members are now able to roam freely in Anbar province where a year ago they were a secretive underground movement. In neighbouring Kirkuk, al-Qa’ida last week seized the town of Sulaiman Bec, shot the chief of police, stormed the police station and departed with their weapons after agreeing a truce with the Iraqi army.

Mahmoud Othman, a veteran Kurdish leader and MP, believes that the government in Baghdad has an exaggerated idea of its own strength and underestimates the degree to which the international environment is hostile to it. He says: “I remind them that of 56 Islamic states in the world, only two are fully Shia.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/the-civil-war-in-iraq-has-already-begun-politician-claims-conflict-has-started-and-warns-it-will-be-worse-than-syria-8601732.html

———————-

Islamic State of Iraq has emerged and in plain view.

http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/c0.0.399.399/p403x403/734657_418601274882584_1050353494_n.jpg

May 5th, 2013, 3:32 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

If Israel sneezes, the Arab governments will slam Israel.

Notice how no one on the Sunni street or in Syria has said a word about it, except possibly jubilation that the Assadists got SHAT on. The Assadists get no sympathy.

May 5th, 2013, 3:37 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

If Israel sneezes, the Arab governments will slam Israel. This is just a pro forma thing.

Notice how no one on the Sunni street or in Syria has said a word about it, except possibly jubilation that the Assadists got SHAT on. The Assadists get no sympathy.

May 5th, 2013, 3:38 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

@ Hanzala

Shrug. Better than the Iranians or the Assadists. At the least the Islamists don’t massacre women and children with knives.

May 5th, 2013, 3:45 pm

 

Visitor said:

Hanzala @210,

The current situation in Iraq is the direct result of the EVIL behaviour of US admin(s), particularly the admin of GWB II. As it is well known EVIL only begets EVIL. So EVIL Bush went into Iraq and begot the current EVIL in Iraq.

It is the duty and the responsibility of our Iraqi brothers, supported by their Syrian brothers, to undo the EVIL created by the EVIL US admin(s).

The Syrian and Iraqi people are fighting one and the same war. They both have common destiny.

May 5th, 2013, 4:09 pm

 

revenire said:


Rat in Abil makes his final journey to Hell courtesy of the Syrian Arab Army.

May 5th, 2013, 4:11 pm

 

Citizen said:

Why the Israeli PM barks all the time about the safety and the threat from Iran and sits as an inflated frog waits for a command equ from the U.S. to attack Syria??

The West has carefully cultivated Israel into “regional bully.” Immune from international condemnation, it is now being used to commit egregious war crimes against neighboring Syria, in hopes of provoking a retaliation and giving the US and its regional axis the justification it has long sought to militarily intervene.

Unprovoked, Israel has attacked Syria numerous times over the past 2 days, including attacks on the Syrian capital of Damascus, in what appears to be a series of intentional provocations designed to drag the region into a wider conflict its US sponsors can then enter militarily. Neither attacked directly by Syria, nor able to cite credible evidence in regards to perceived threats Israel claims to be reacting to, the assault on Syria represents a Chapter VII breach of the United Nations Charter.

What’s more, is that while the US feigns disassociation with Israel’s breach of international peace, after jointly fueling a genocidal sectarian conflict within Syria’s borders for the past two years, it is documented fact that the US and Saudi Arabia planned to use Israel to conduct military attacks against Iran and Syria, they themselves could not justify politically, legally, or strategically.

What is now hoped is that Syria and Iran retaliate militarily, allowing the “other shoe to drop,” and for the US, UK, France, and their regional axis to directly intervene in Syria, and with any luck, Iran.

what about Russia and China?

My comment befor
https://www.joshualandis.com/blog/should-the-us-intervene/?cp=all#comment-364497
318. CITIZEN said:
314. BADR
The war can end by opening a larger war = Bernard Lewis + John McCain + Benjamin Netanyahu!

May 5th, 2013, 4:33 pm

 

Dolly Buster said:

revenire said:

You live under a Wall St. dictatorship that invades and attacks other nations.

 
How is Wall Street a dictatorship, when everyone gets to participate?

If you have cash, you can open a trading account. This is what I call democracy & equal rights.

May 5th, 2013, 4:46 pm

 

revenire said:

More information from the Israeli attack. Apparently, the aircraft was seen flying over Beirut. The reason it took this route, specifically, was Israel’s protection of the pilot. If the plane was shot down, the Israeli Government needed to protect its pilot by landing in a safe-zone. The pilot is believed to have made it safely back to Israel. There is no truth to the plane being shot down.

-Leith
Syrian Perspective

May 5th, 2013, 4:48 pm

 

revenire said:

“How is Wall Street a dictatorship, when everyone gets to participate?”

You do know what a financial oligarchy is right? I don’t believe you’re that naive.

May 5th, 2013, 4:49 pm

 

revenire said:

‘Israel used depleted uranium shells in air strike’ – Syrian source

Israel used “a new type of weapon”, a senior official at the Syrian military facility that came under attack from the Israeli Air Force told RT.

“When the explosion happened it felt like an earthquake,” said the source, who was present near the attack site on the outskirts of Damascus on Sunday morning.

“Then a giant golden mushroom of fire appeared. This tells us that Israel used depleted uranium shells.”

Depleted uranium is a by-product of the uranium enrichment process that creates nuclear weapons, and was first used by the US in the Gulf conflict of 1991. Unlike the radioactive materials used in nuclear weapons, depleted uranium is not valued for its explosiveness, but for its toughness – it is 2.5 times as dense as steel – which allows it to penetrate heavy protection.

Countries using depleted uranium weapons insist that the material is toxic, but not dangerously radioactive, as long as it remains outside the body.

The source also claims the attack – if it managed to hit the objects it targeted – served more of a political than a military purpose.

“Several civilian factories and buildings were destroyed. The target was just an ordinary weapons warehouse. The bombing is an ultimatum to us – it had no strategic motivation.”

Western intelligence sources told the media that the strikes targeted transfers of weapons from the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, which is sympathetic to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The official who spoke to RT denies this.

“There was no valuable equipment at the site. It was all removed after a previous attack on the facility. The military losses from this are negligible.”

http://rt.com/news/syria-israel-uranium-air-strike-847/

May 5th, 2013, 4:54 pm

 

Dolly Buster said:

Visitor said:

Dolly Buster,

You are an idiot of the highest rank. STFU because you don’t know what you are talking about.

Next time when you mention the name of al-Hussein, make sure you are respectful. Otherwise, there is no need for idiots like you to make bombastic nonsense.

 
Hey rаghead, I will curse Al-Husayn whenever I please. If you don’t like it, you can always self-flagellate.

May 5th, 2013, 4:56 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Idiots are also those who have no credibility whatsoever and still believe that issuing a fraudulent retraction of fraudulent news is going to fool anyone into thinking that they have integrity.

Fill in the space:

Defending d-sh athad whose money launderer is d-sh makhlouf, and then criticizing financial oligarchy is ……

1. delusional
2. logorrhea
3. both

May 5th, 2013, 4:57 pm

 

Visitor said:

Dolly wacko dimwit bonehead @221,

Now that you know that you know you are an idiot of the highest rank, you are free try to kiss my butt.

Get lost idiot.

May 5th, 2013, 5:03 pm

 

revenire said:

The Angry Arabs Will No Longer Fight Against Syria

It took As’ad AbuKhalil, the Angry Arab, two years to come to his senses and to acknowledge his errors:

“This was never a ‘revolution’. I among other leftists in Lebanon signed a petition early on after the events in Deraa in which we denounced the regime and mocked and dismissed its narrative of armed groups roaming the country and shooting at people. I now figure that I was dead wrong: I do believe that armed groups were pre-prepared and armed to strike when orders (from Israel and GCC countries) arrive. They had a mission and it had nothing to do with the cause of liberation of Syria from a tyrannical regime.”

It was quite obvious that the insurgency in Syria was preplanned and manage from professional outside forces. Why did it take so long to recognize that?

It seems that the Israeli air attacks yesterday were many and severe. They hit several Syrian army installations and units and are obvious outright acts of a war of aggression. The attacks Thursday or Friday on alleged “weapon transports to Hizbullah” were only a diversion to set a propaganda picture for today’s air campaign. The U.S. will at least have known of this plan. It is likely that it helped to develop the target list.

A response will come, either through Lebanon or at sea, but not immediately. Five days ago Israel called up reservists for a surprise live fire training maneuver in the north. This supposedly to hold of an immediate retaliation for the long planned attack. But it can not keep reservist in the field for long. The economic impact is too big.

This air attack happened after the Syrian army’s offense against the foreign sponsored insurgents showed some serious progress. Israel and the U.S. want to prolong the fighting. To achieve that they hit the Syrian army to “level the playing field”. As even As’ad AbuKhalil finally acknowledges their aim is to destroy Syria. Not Bashar Assad, not the government but Syria the country. Their aim has not yet been achieved.

The Israeli attack and its now obvious cooperation with the so called Free Syrian Army will have a significant negative impact on the insurgency. In the early phase many Jihadist from other countries came to Syria because they believed in the propagandized cause of overthrowing an, in their view, un-islamic regime. That early flood has already changed to a trickle. It will now run dry. Likewise many Syrian patriots who had joined the insurgency will now change their mind. Defections from the army to the insurgency had already stopped. We will now see defectors from the insurgents who will be willing to (re-)join the army. They will have valuable intelligence.

In my estimate, gained from hundreds of videos and reports, the total number of insurgents has never been above 30,000. Early on casualties were compensated for by new recruitment. But the recent gains of the Syrian army already had me guessing that the number of insurgents was in decline. Either through defections, people being just tired of it and going home or due to weapon impacts. This process will now accelerate.

This hemorrhage of personal is something neither the U.S. nor Israel can compensate for without putting boots on the ground. Something neither wants to do. A dwindling number of insurgents and the drying up of their recruitment pools, while the Syrian army can still replenish its ranks (if needed from outside the country) makes it certain that the insurgency will lose. The larger formations that currently hold territory will diminish in strength and melt away into a underground terror campaign that will be more of a nuisance than a real national danger. The Angry Arabs now more and more understand what this war is really about. They will no longer fight against Syria. Israel’s attack accelerated that process.

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2013/05/the-angry-arabs-will-no-longer-fight-syria.html

May 5th, 2013, 5:11 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

It ain’t nothing, deal with it and pretend it hasn’t happen. rt says, and parrots –repeat.

May 5th, 2013, 5:14 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

what a disturbing image…. angry arab becoming angry arabs.
equally disturbing, but perhaps less graphic is the dedication of 650 to describe the guy’s mental state today.

May 5th, 2013, 5:28 pm

 

Altair said:

Why isn’t there condemnation of this unprovoked attack on Syria by the United Nations? Why isn’t there a special convening of the Security Council? At least an investigation into the causes and consequences, like how many died in this attack.

I mean, this is an act of war, a fairly big one.

It’s proof that the Middle East is not the only place that is a political mess. The whole world is.

Also, it’s proof that the UN is nearly as useless an organization as the Arab League is in solving political problems.

May 5th, 2013, 6:05 pm

 

zoo said:

Syrialover

A special news for you to enjoy.

Muslim Brotherhood opens direct link to rebels in Damascus

Phil Sands May 6, 2013
http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/muslim-brotherhood-opens-direct-link-to-rebels-in-damascus

GAZIANTEP, Turkey // The Muslim Brotherhood recently opened direct contacts with opposition groups in Damascus, providing them with cash for the first time and promising political influence in an effort to gain their support, according to Syrians organising clandestine relief efforts in rebel-held areas of the capital.
The infusion of cash and offer of political collaboration last week came just days after the Muslim Brotherhood’s secretary general, Raid Al Shaqfa, announced the organisation would reopen offices inside Syria, after years of exile.

The Brotherhood’s largesse followed a cutback of relief assistance to some groups in the capital by the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the officially recognised opposition alliance.

Although a member of the SNC, the Muslim Brotherhood is not solely channelling its aid through the formal opposition framework. Instead, it is independently dispensing cash and supplies in it own name, the Syrian aid organisers in Damascus said.

The move by the Brotherhood into Damascus is likely to become yet another bone of contention between groups attempting to overthrow the regime of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad. Deep mistrust, infighting that includes violent clashes between armed rebel groups and a failure to properly coordinate aid and military efforts have severely hamstrung Syria’s opposition.

The SNC has struggled to gain credibility and influence on the ground, a problem it is trying to address by appointing an interim government and providing it with resources to undertake relief efforts to needy civilians and induce rebel military factions to unite under the same leadership.

Critics of the Muslim Brotherhood, including the Free Syrian Army’s ruling joint command, have charged that it is trying to dominate the opposition and impose an Islamist agenda at the expense of efforts to oust the Assad regime

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/muslim-brotherhood-opens-direct-link-to-rebels-in-damascus#ixzz2SSW8zxAH
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May 5th, 2013, 6:15 pm

 

revenire said:

Huge demonstrations by Syrians in Damascus now against Israeli aggression. These are REAL Syrians not expat traitors cheering as the Zionists murder Syrian soldiers (most of whom are Sunni).

The Israelis are so scared they’re arresting female jorunalists:

Palestinian journalist Sabreen Diab is sleeping in Israeli cells tonight, arrested while protesting for Syria.

May 5th, 2013, 6:15 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

1. They should first investigate the massacres in Banyas and Baida! first come first served. Then, they should investigate the Israeli attack. Otherwise, it would be double standards. I personally would like to get double condemnations. provided that the Syrian people and not the thugs of the regime be those representing the case for Syria.

2. What consequences? the regime loyalists have been saying it was a chicken coop. At least one or two ambassadors could give Jafari fifty bucks in compensation and shut him up.

May 5th, 2013, 6:19 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

Israel bombs the Assadists. Huge explosion in Damascus.

Everyone else except the Assadists are like: “eh, they deserved it.”

A couple of Arab governments might put up some pro forma protests, but that’s about it. The Assadists are considered by many Syrians to be EVEN WORSE than Israel. That says a lot.

The war continues.

May 5th, 2013, 6:19 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo, Revenir, Citizen, Ghufran
We understand your anger, but what we don’t understand
1- what are you doing here in the USA why don’t you go back and fight Israel over there?
2- why Asshead does not respond appropriately, didn’t he said he represent resistance?
3- Why did he withdrew from the border with Israel and used his army to kill Syrians
If you have a good answers to these questions you will understand why we call that idiot asshead

The fact is Asshead army is so weak he can not fight FSA and certainly he is no match now against Israel, Assad army never intended to fight Israel only to fight Syrians to keep his throne Assad weakened his army in the last two years, Assad lost the support of Syrians so there is no way he can defend against Israel
It is time that you all realize he is stupid and only a tyrant and he is not fit to lead Syria,it is time to admit the truth, shame on you.
And remember Hasan Nasrallah is another lier, and Iran is not a counytry you can depend on either, and Russia will not spend a penny to defend Assad, infact Russian weapons are inferior to American weapons,they are trembling of fear now.

Egypt AL and all the Arab countries has no choice but to criticise Israel, Israel understans that.
Let Assad fight Israel and we will support him,here his chance.but I know he does not dare to do that, so shut up and accept defeat

May 5th, 2013, 6:32 pm

 

revenire said:

Daraa rat that has accepted defeat at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army.

May 5th, 2013, 6:36 pm

 

zoo said:

Erdogan in another of his hysterical declaration.
If he is do adamant, why doesn’t he attack Syria to free his brothers the Sunnis who are been ‘butchered’? What is he waiting for? Is he a coward or a mad man?

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID=46299&NewsCatID=338&op=sent

“Hear me, Bashar al-Assad. You will give an account for this. You will pay a very, very heavy price for [only] showing the courage you cannot show others to the babies in the cradle with soothers in their mouths. God willing, the lamentations of these children will fall upon you as blessed revenge,” he said during a gathering of his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) consultation gathering in Kızılcahamam, near Ankara.

Erdoğan’s harsh words came a day after a new massacre was reported by activists in a Sunni town near Banias in Syria’s western Alawite enclave.

May 5th, 2013, 6:38 pm

 

zoo said:

#232 Majed

Yawn….everybody is a “liar” except you, we know, we know..

May 5th, 2013, 6:44 pm

 

zoo said:

A chicken survived the chicken farm Israeli bombing. He is telling the Israelis and the traitors who are cheering this attack: up yours!

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/05/05/article-2319645-19A30E77000005DC-929_634x407.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/05/05/article-2319645-19A31DA4000005DC-94_634x501.jpg

May 5th, 2013, 6:49 pm

 

annie said:

Josh, comment peux-tu tolérer cette ordure de Rev qui publie les photos de nos morts en se moquant d’eux ? Tu es d’accord avec ça. C’est dégueulasse.

Since Angry Arab(s) was mentioned above, here is his interview (preceded by an assessment by Robin Yassin-Kassab), with Thomas Pierret on the Syrian Revolution

“I hate to link to the Angry Arab for various reasons. This is the man who, on the one hand, was only able to mention Juliano Mer Khamis, the martyred Palestinian founder of Balata refugee camp’s Freedom Theatre, in the context of slandering his mother’s ethnicity (yes, she was an Israeli Jew, but one who chose to marry a Palestinian – and Juliano was a man who could have used his mother’s identity to live between the bars and beaches of Tel Aviv, but chose to live and work in occupied Nablus instead). On the other hand he slanders serious scholars like Mearsheimer and Walt, men who have done such important work on exposing the machinations of the Israel Lobby in the US, by accusing them of anti-semitism. (I wonder why he, an American-based academic, has had so much less trouble with people like Campus Watch than real intellectuals like Edward Said and Norman Finkelstein, who made much less dramatic anti-Israel statements). His coverage of the Syrian Revolution has been appalling. He has relied on informants such as ‘an American friend’ to inform his readership that the revolutionary suburbs of Damascus are ‘like Kandahar’ (usually he is overquick to accuse Western commentators of Islamophobia). He has consistently exaggerated the barbarism and sectarianism of elements of the Syrian resistance while consistently underestimating or ignoring the sectarianism and barbarism of the Syrian regime.

The questions he poses in this interview with Syria expert Thomas Pierret expose his sectarian bias, but Pierret’s responses are so clear and well-informed that the post deserves reposting here.

“1) You and I have disagreed on Syria, do you think that Syria experts have been wrong in the last years especially with the regular and constant predictions of the imminent fall of the regime?

The generalisation is problematic. Such predictions were rather made by journalists, who have the good excuse of not being Syria experts, and Western officials, who often did so for a bad reason, i.e. in order to justify their inaction: if Asad is about to fall, then there is no need to do anything to stop him.

“Experts” did not collectively agree upon the imminent fall of the regime. In early April 2011, I published an op-ed in the French newspaper Le Monde. The last sentence said this: “Nothing guarantees the success of the Syrian revolution, and if it happens at all, it will certainly be long, and painful” . I was not the only one to think that way. I clearly remember a conversation I had at the same time with Steven Heydemann, who was even more pessimistic than I was: he predicted that the regime would use its full military might against the opposition, and that none would act to stop it.

I must admit that later developments made me over-optimistic at times, but overall, I do not think I have seriously under-estimated the solidity of the regime.” full article here :http://pulsemedia.org/2013/05/04/thomas-pierret-on-the-syrian-revolution/

May 5th, 2013, 6:51 pm

 

zoo said:

Western Media Justifies Israel Terror Attacks on Syria Exposing Propaganda Hypocrisy
May 06, 2013 – 12:26 AM GMT By: Danny_Schechter
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article40296.html

An Israeli plane bombs a target in Syria. The news is passed along first to Fox News, (huh?) by someone in the Administration.. It happened on a Thursday, but we find out about it late on Friday. The New York Times assigns three reporter to cover the story that goes up on the website in the middle of the morning on Saturday.

Earlier that day, President Obama, speaking in Costa Rica, said there will be no US ground troops on the ground in Syria. Now, the Administration says it is considering “military options.”

Saturday’s New York Times chose this story for the first page: “ISRAEL TIGHTENS BORDER DEFENSE AS SYRIA ERUPTS.”

And so, the story is reframed with Israel the defender, not the aggressor. The bombing makes it into the third paragraph on page 1 but refers only to the bombing of “a target.”

“American officials did not provide details on the target but, instead, referenced an earlier attack attacking a Syrian military supply effort to Hezbollah.” Unmentioned is that the original report understated the extent of the damage caused by the bombing.

Reuters was better informed, “Israel has carried out an air strike targeting a shipment of missiles in Syria bound for Hezbollah in neighboring Lebanon.”

The New York Times does not mention the reaction by Lebanon which issued a statement carried by BBC denouncing the attack as illegal and a violation of their air space.

CNN reported,

” U.S. and Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data showing Israel most likely conducted (emphasis mine) a strike in the Thursday-Friday time frame, according to both officials. This is the same time frame that the U.S. collected additional data showing Israel was flying a high number of warplanes over Lebanon.

One official said the United States had limited information so far and could not yet confirm those are the specific warplanes that conducted a strike. Based on initial indications, the U.S. does not believe Israeli warplanes entered Syrian airspace to conduct the strikes.

…The Lebanese army website listed 16 flights by Israeli warplanes penetrating Lebanon’s airspace from Thursday evening through Friday afternoon local time.”

May 5th, 2013, 6:55 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

sewer-pipe is now making up news on its own. Not a single دومري showed up for a demonstration in Damascus. More interesting than the fraudulent crap it makes up is its recent tendency to tell us the sectarian affiliations of its imaginary heroes. It is abvious that sewer-pipe has is placing itself in a defensive position after it was exposed as murder advocate and potential “defender” in a real court. The stupidity of its position, and its hysteria lies in thinking that others have a sick mind like itself.

We don’t give a damn, shabee7 is shabee7, no matter what its color, creed, religion, gender, or social status.

As for the HA shape-shifter agent, who now informs us that chicken survived (i saw the photo on SANA’s site). We must thank it (not the chicken but the agent) for finally informing the world of the reason for the miserable readiness of “جيش أبو شحاطة ” or d-sh athad militia. You see readers, it is well known that generals use conscripts as workers in their chicken farms. It seems that d-sh and athma have extended the license to renting some military building within military installations to these generals. See what was keeping them from defending Syria.

May 5th, 2013, 6:56 pm

 

ann said:

You Asked For IT 😉 AL-HAM-DOOLI-LA 😀

Syria pinpoints targets in Israel to hit in case of further attacks – 2013-05-06

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/06/c_124665218.htm

DAMASCUS, May 5 (Xinhua) — The Syrian army has pinpointed targets inside Israel to strike in case of further Israeli attacks against Syria, the state TV said Sunday.

The marked targets would be hit if Israel attacked Syria again, the TV quoted some officials as saying, adding that the Syrian troops have been told to respond to any attack without waiting orders from the supreme command.

“The Syrian missiles are ready to hit specific targets in case of any new breaches,” the TV said.

Meanwhile, the TV said Syria has given the green light for the Palestinians to “act against Israel” from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/06/c_124665218.htm

May 5th, 2013, 7:01 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

This is a very embarassing situation to Assad,if he does nothing Israel will do it again, if He open his mouth US will shut him up, Assad is a disgrace, that what happens when a tyrant kill his people, his people will not support him,it is humilliation,disgrace, Russia refused to help him,he can not raise his head again, such a despicable president

May 5th, 2013, 7:09 pm

 

AJ said:

241. ANN said:

“The Syrian army has pinpointed targets inside Israel to strike in case of further Israeli attacks against Syria, the state TV said Sunday.”

In case of further Israeli attacks???? Are you kidding me? How many more times does Israel need to attack before Assad fires a bullet back to Israel?? Just one bullet, show some balls for God’s sake.

May 5th, 2013, 7:16 pm

 

ann said:

`israel lives in a very very very expensive glass house 😉

Israel cancels civil flights in north amid tensions with Syria, Lebanon – 2013-05-06

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/06/c_124665224.htm

JERUSALEM, May 5 (Xinhua) — The Israeli Defense Forces announced Sunday that it would shut down civil air traffic in northern Israel until Thursday.

The decision came amid escalating tensions between Israel and its northern neighbors, Syria and Lebanon, over the alleged Israeli airstrikes against missile caches near the Syrian capital Damascus on early Friday and Sunday.

Israel’s airline Arkia on Sunday canceled nearly ten flights between the northern city of Haifa and the Red Sea port city of Eilat.

Israel did not release any official statement regarding the attacks on Syrian military facilities. But officials speaking on condition of anonymity with foreign media outlets, confirmed early Saturday that Israeli jets struck a shipment of missiles destined for Hezbollah in the early time of Friday.

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/06/c_124665224.htm

May 5th, 2013, 7:17 pm

 

Visitor said:

“232. majedkhaldoun said:
………………..

Let Assad fight Israel and we will support him,here his chance…..”

Nuh Majed!!! We will not support Asshead even if he fights Israel.

I stand by what I said earlier: Syrians have an enemy within which is Asshead and Nus-lira, and an enemy without which is Israel.

Our priority is to defeat the enemy within, i.e. Asshead and Nus-lira.

If Asshead or Nus-lira fight Israel, then it is EVIL fighting EVIL, and we, Syrians, have no interest in such fight.

May 5th, 2013, 7:18 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

I was wrong, sewer-pipe is acting within a group-think level of stupidity, it still is not acting alone and is being fed stupid news that appeals to its intelligence.

Here is the type of news-feed sewer-pipe gets to propagate here (add that to the one i posted earlier of the death-ray)

By the way, sewer-pipe will remain the entity’s name-adjective-function until it refrains from celebrating death, issuing calls for mass murder, or gets in jail for doing so.

AJ
1. See above for explanation of the group-think. Same source of news.

2. How many times:
We are informed today that d-sh athad has decided to allow Palestinians to conduct operations against Israel from the Jolan. Like master like surf, as iran uses HA, d-sh athad now wants to use Palestinians to fight, while it settles for rhetoric. This is d-sh athat rethithanth for you.

Oops before i forgets. Find an elegant solution to Fermat’s Last Theorem and you may find out.

May 5th, 2013, 7:19 pm

 

ann said:

Ottomans live in very very very expensive glass houses also 😉

Turkey denies report of defense cooperation against Iran – 2013-05-06

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/06/c_124665205.htm

ANKARA, May 5(Xinhua) — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed a report from British Sunday Times that Turkey was trying to make an anti-Iran defense cooperation agreement with Israel and three Arab states.

“These are manipulative reports which have nothing to do with the reality,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Gumrukcu told reporters on Sunday.

British daily the Sunday Times reported that Israel was preparing a joint effort with Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan to establish a warning system to defend against Iranian ballistic missiles.

Under the plan, the five countries would build joint command-and- control centers to share data in anti-missile radar defense systems, according to the Sunday Times.

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/06/c_124665205.htm

May 5th, 2013, 7:23 pm

 

Syrialover said:

I see REVENIRE in #204 is still splashing around in the shallows of silly conspiracy theories and posting video nasties.

The REAL CONSPIRACY that is now outraging more sophisticated and seasoned Assad loyalists is that between Russia and Israel!

Read what SYRIANCOMMANDO is saying about this in #191. His tweets provide an authentic insight into how angry and desperate many anti-revolutionists are now feeline.

They feel badly betrayed by Assad who is “still being potty trained” and has been caught with his pants down by Israel. They are also now suspicious of the non-reactions by Iran and Russia.

REVENIRE is an amateur online funster way out of his league. He’d be viewed as a fool by SYRIANCOMMANDO and his pro-regime associates.

May 5th, 2013, 7:27 pm

 

revenire said:

Syrian militants used chemical weapons: UN investigators

United Nations investigators say they have found testimony from victims and medical staff that shows militants have used the nerve agent sarin in Syria, which has been classified as a weapon of mass destruction in UN Resolution 687.

The UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria could not find any evidence that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons against militants, commission member Carla Del Ponte said on Sunday, Reuters reported.

“Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Del Ponte said in television interview.

“This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” said Del Ponte, a former Swiss attorney-general who also served as prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

The Syrian government and the foreign-sponsored militants accuse each other of using chemical weapons three times — in March once near Aleppo and second time near Damascus, and another time in Homs in December last year.

On December 17, Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari said in letters to the UN Security Council and the UN secretary general that the foreign-sponsored militants could use chemical weapons against Syrians and try to shift the blame to the government.

Damascus is “genuinely worried” that Syria’s enemies could provide chemical weapons to armed groups “and then claim they had been used by the Syrian government,” Ja’afari stated.

The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

In an interview recently broadcast on Turkish television, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that if the militants take power in Syria, they could destabilize the entire Middle East region for decades.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/05/302013/syrian-militants-used-sarin-gas-un/

May 5th, 2013, 7:29 pm

 

revenire said:

Daraa not a very friendly place for rats these days. Hear their cries as they realize they died for nothing at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army.

Israel could not save these insects. Perhaps a bit more begging to the Zionists and they can bomb more chicken farms next week?

May 5th, 2013, 7:40 pm

 

ann said:

Early fallout of `israel stupidity! More to come 😉

John Baird clarifies Canada’s position against military campaign in Syria – May. 05 2013

Ottawa — The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-open-to-military-campaign-against-syria-john-baird-says/article11720785/

After comments that left some with the impression that Canada was open to discussing a military campaign against the Syrian regime, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird clarified the government’s position.

“Canada is not contemplating a military mission in Syria,”

Mr. Baird’s press secretary, Rick Roth, said a few hours after CTV’s Question Period aired an interview with the minister.

Mr. Baird left no ambiguity, however, about the question of arming Syrian rebels trying to overthrow the government. He said the Canadian government, unlike many of its allies, remains opposed to arming the Syrian opposition over fears that the weapons will fall into the hands of “radical jihadists making [their] way into Syria and infesting part of the opposition. This causes us great concern.

“It’s no longer just a few hundred al-Qaeda affiliated people, it’s a substantial number of radical extremists that have come from all over the world,” Mr. Baird said.

[…]

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-open-to-military-campaign-against-syria-john-baird-says/article11720785/

May 5th, 2013, 7:42 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

SL
Please remember that the fearsome (LOL) Syrian Commando was dispatched from this blog with its tail wagging between its legs.

However, sewer-pipe displays the behavior of a tic not a scorpion, which seems to be a common denominator among the remaining loyalists, especially the non-syrian cutting and pasting tics.

May 5th, 2013, 7:44 pm

 

zoo said:

Erdogan invites “selected” Sunnis Arab leaders for breakfast. They will talk about “tourism” and “halal kebab”. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iraq are not invited, only successful ‘Arab Spring’ countries .

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-to-host-arab-leaders-on-us-trip-eve.aspx?pageID=238&nID=46292&NewsCatID=338

Erdoğan will host prime ministers and other senior political leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco and Yemen at a breakfast on May 10 on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) that will take place in Istanbul on May 10-11.

“The meeting of the prime minister with visiting leaders is aiming at reviewing the developments in the Middle East and in the North Africa. It’s going to create a good opportunity for these leaders to exchange views,” diplomatic sources told the Hürriyet Daily News.

May 5th, 2013, 7:45 pm

 

AJ said:

Oh REVENIRE..We get, another dead Syrian civilian you refer to as Rat… Wow, very impressive .. yawn…

When will your mighty Assad army show us the mighty strength of the LION and start attacking IDF soldiers once and for all and prove to the entire world that ASSAD is the king of the jungle. You have the scuds, just point them south. It’s very easy.

“warijna marajlak la shouf!!” lol

May 5th, 2013, 7:52 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Dear Visitor
I am 100% sure Asshead will not dare fight Israel, He is so coward, a disgrace,he is just like those who support him here on SC, Asshead is Asshead
Listen to what Ann said
“Syria pinpoints targets in Israel to hit in case of further attacks”
Israel attacked more today did Asshead do anything? No. look what Revenir said,” Militant used chemical weapons”, revenir should be our ambassador to the underground,they all embarassed , they know neither Iran no Russia will come to their help

May 5th, 2013, 7:59 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:


Rancorous Jealousy over what? fried eggs?

Great job Erdoghan. The more economic ties Egypt has with Turkey and other regional states, the more regionally neutered the Islamist terrorists of Iran are. Probably why the buffoons are so jealous as this preempts the mullas attempt to co-opt and corrupt the Egyptian revolution by establishing ties that would increase the radicalism of the MB in Egypt. MB are opportunists, and they will end up realizing the Turkey is the better partner.

The insertion of “halal-kebab” in the jealous comment is just simple hateful sectarian style. The readers can ignore it for it tells more about the entity posting than about the news it posts. .

In the end, a good fine Turkish breakfast would be a priceless ice-breaker. Good choice of a meal. My own experience shows it to be the most productive work meal of the three. Would be nice to know if other sane people (blue-jealous are not invited) share this experience.

May 5th, 2013, 8:00 pm

 

Syrialover said:

# 242. MAJEDKHALDOUN

Be prepared when Bashar is gone for the revelations about the Assad regime’s under-the-table deals and understandings with Israel over all these years.

Bashar and co thought they knew the deal and script, believing that Israel would prefer to deal with a dictatorship than face the Arab people. That was his father Hafez’s strategy and legacy. The current inept Team Assad wrongly assumed that if they brought Hezbollah in to help “control” the people of Syria Israel would play along.

The Assad regime always saw the Syrian people as its main threat, using propaganda about Israel to manipulate them, while never actually seeing Israel as a serious threat at all.

Now the curtain is pulled back and shock, but no surprise, we see the truth – the regime is only prepared to kill Syrians and destroy Syria, but not to defend Syrians against Israel.

And we are now seeing the limitations of Iran’s capabilities and Russia’s faded interest in helping a loser.

If the Assad loyalists are right (see #191), with the start of Israel’s precision attacks Iran has made vague noises and stepped back to the far end of the room and Putin has chosen to do a backroom deal with Israel.

May 5th, 2013, 8:06 pm

 

revenire said:

Story now on Reuters. Nusra Front used chemical weapons.

U.N. has testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas: investigator

(Reuters) – U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.

The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.

“Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Del Ponte said in an interview with Swiss-Italian television.

“This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” she added, speaking in Italian.

Del Ponte, a former Swiss attorney-general who also served as prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, gave no details as to when or where sarin may have been used.

The Geneva-based inquiry into war crimes and other human rights violations is separate from an investigation of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria instigated by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, which has since stalled.

President Bashar al-Assad’s government and the rebels accuse each another of carrying out three chemical weapon attacks, one near Aleppo and another near Damascus, both in March, and another in Homs in December.

The civil war began with anti-government protests in March 2011. The conflict has now claimed an estimated 70,000 lives and forced 1.2 million Syrian refugees to flee.

The United States has said it has “varying degrees of confidence” that sarin has been used by Syria’s government on its people.

President Barack Obama last year declared that the use or deployment of chemical weapons by Assad would cross a “red line”.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Tom Pfeiffer)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/05/us-syria-crisis-un-idUSBRE94409Z20130505

May 5th, 2013, 8:16 pm

 

revenire said:

AJ no, not civilians – terrorists.

“When will your mighty Assad army show us the mighty strength of the LION and start attacking IDF soldiers once and for all and prove to the entire world that ASSAD is the king of the jungle. You have the scuds, just point them south. It’s very easy.”

Every dead terrorist is a blow against the Zionists.

Perhaps when you go fishing you need bigger bait?

Yawn? Tired? Take a nap. I will be here when you wake up.

🙂

May 5th, 2013, 8:17 pm

 

revenire said:

Hmm there will have to be some very fancy footwork to deflect Carla Del Ponte’s assertion Israel’s terrorist friends and allies used chemical weapons against Syria.

That isn’t part of the Western script. It was supposed to be “Assad used them”.

Pretty funny.

May 5th, 2013, 8:21 pm

 

Visitor said:

Dear MajedK,

I know full well Asshead is a coward. But we should put our interests first. You know what they say: لا يُلدغ المؤمن من جحر مرتين٠

If Asshead, by some miracle, wants to fight Israel, then let him do so on his own. Syrians must never support him.

Again our first priority is the enemy within. Asshead would love to reverse our priorities to his advantage, so he can stay in power after killing 12000+.

If Asshead goes to war with Israel, then you should be certain that he is repeating his father’s treacherous game of 67 just to cling to power. If that happens also be certain that Israel would be colluding with him for the same purpose.

That should never happen again. Asshead is enemy #1. Israel is enemy #2.

It is as simple as that. Asshead needs to know that the Syrian people consider him enemy #1 no matter what he does.

May 5th, 2013, 8:24 pm

 

AJ said:

“259. REVENIRE said:

AJ no, not civilians – terrorists. Yawn? Tired? Take a nap. I will be here when you wake up”

I know you will.. When are you not on this blog? Do you sleep?

May 5th, 2013, 8:26 pm

 

Ghufran said:

I agree that Assad’s image among his loyalists and supporters will be damaged if he does not respond to israel’s attacks but his options are indeed limited and that is why Israel did what it did. A war by proxy has been syria’s choice since 1982 after realizing that Syria cannot count on Arab support or Russia’s backing if it chooses to launch any significant military attack on Israel, I still think Assad will respond but his response will be limited and that response has to be approved by Russia. Keep in mind that the army is stretched thin and is unable to fight an external war while it fights rebels and jihadists. The regime is more likely to intensify its campaign against its internal enemies rather than open another front, I do not expect a vigorous response to israel’s attacks unless Israel chooses to intensify its bombing campaign which is unlikely for now, none of that should come as a surprise to any of you except those who are dishonest or ignorant.

May 5th, 2013, 8:35 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

أصبحتم محور المماوعة .. ماع ماع ..

Shabbih admits the massacre in Banyass

May 5th, 2013, 8:35 pm

 

Syrialover said:

#252. SYRIAN HAMSTER

Yes, I remember that about SYRIANCOMMANDO quitting here on SC.

But as an authentic loyalist and true believer, he struggled with the task of properly defending the Assad regime, handicapped by reality.

Unlike the clowns and distraction faction here who don’t seriously believe a word they are writing and cut-pasting to promote Bashar and co.

Look at how SYRIANCOMMANDO is now in despair and desperation at the regime’s cowardly non-response to Israeli attacks and the lack of loyalty by Assad’s Iranian and Russian sponsors.

Meanwhile ZOO and REVENIRE and co are merrily claiming that Israel’s actions are actually helpful for Bashar! We’ll see how long they they can scrape together nonsense points from a weak and frantically-prepared script from Damascus.

May 5th, 2013, 8:35 pm

 

revenire said:

Not often. It gets in the way of watching all those nice Syria Video videos. There are so many and so many “civilians” dying.

🙂

May 5th, 2013, 8:36 pm

 

revenire said:


سبت النور في كنيسة القيامة في القدس هتافات لسورية وللرئيس بشار الأسد وللمسيحيين في الشرق وحمل صورة للمطرانين بولس يازجي ويوحنا ابراهيم المخطوفين في سورية … المسيح قام حقاً قام

May 5th, 2013, 8:39 pm

 

ghufran said:

Just in case that you still have doubts about where the rebels stand when it comes to Israel:
المعارض السوري حسن رستناوي يتحدث من حمص مع القناة الثانية الإسرائيلية ويقول إن الضربة الإسرائيلية أفرحت قلوب المقاتلين المعارضين على الأرض وأعطت الجيش الحر معنويات بعد ما وصل لدرجة اليأس
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=361_1367786125
وصف وزير المصالحة الوطنية السوري علي حيدر بيان الحكومة السورية بشأن الغارات الإسرائيلية على مواقع للجيش السوري في ريف دمشق بـ « البشع»، معتبراً أنه «بيان ضعيف لا يرقى إلى حجم الحدث مقارنة بالخسائر الجسيمة التي أحدثها العدوان».
قال الوزير حيدر: «أنا جزء من الحكومة التي تقوم سياستها على الحد الأدنى من التوافقات، لكن البيان الصادر غير كافي» ، مؤكداً أن « موقفي كرئيس للحزب السوري القومي الاجتماعي يختلف عن موقف الحكومة». وأضاف حيدر قائلاً: « الحزب السوري القومي الاجتماعي له مطلق الحرية ليقوم بما يريد في هذه المعركة وصولاً إلى استهداف مصالح العدو الإسرائيلي في كل العالم». واعتبر حيدر أن «القوميين في حلّ من أي هدنة أو اتفاق، وإن كان للأنظمة ضروراتها، فللشعب خياراته ».
ورأى حيدر أن « بشاعة بيان الحكومة لا تفوقها بشاعة سوى مواقف قيادات المعارضة المخزية »، مشدداً على «إدانة تصريحاتهم التي أوجدت مبرراً للعدوان على الوطن، لا بل هروباً من المواجهة أيضاً». ورأى حيدر أن «كل من هلل للاعتداء الاسرائيلي برر العدوان واختار مكانا له بين صفوف أعداء الوطن ليهرب من المواجهة المقدّسة مع الكيان الغاصب».

May 5th, 2013, 8:47 pm

 

Observer said:

Mayaddeen claims that he donned a military uniform during the emergency cabinet meeting and he put on his Rya Ban shades I presume.

Manar says it is a chicken factory that was destroyed across the street from the research center.

The syrian media claim Israel used depleted uranium to explain the attack.

Well retards they are. I watched this morning Bin Jeddo go into a Pretzel about his support for freedom everywhere but when it came to Israel he is biased against it and always against it.

Depleted uranium is used as 25 mm shells to destroy tanks

If it is used as a missile it must be then a bunker buster. The bunker buster must have penetrated all the way into the bottom of the depot where the missiles were located hence the earthquake scale explosion.

Continued ammunition exploding for hours afterwards is also reported by Syrian media.

Now how is it that no SCUDS were fired at the air base in Israel where the airplanes came from? How come that the Syrian Air Force did not scramble up to confront and chase the Israelis? How come the 300 SA missile system and the Pantzir missile system and the SA 17 missile systems did not go on line and fire to destroy the attacking air planes?

How come HA did not retaliate for the death of supposedly hundreds of its fighters in this raid? How come not a single demonstration in many an Arab capital did not happen to condemn the attack?

How come the retards on this blog do not eat their words that no aircraft was shot down and no pilots were captured?

Why shouldn’t Erdogan plan to have a political and economic summit with his partners after all the Turkish economy is considered among the top 10 in the world and after the BRICS the new tigers include Indonesia Malaysia and Turkey as the place to invest.

I guess calling the spade a spade and calling a butcher a butcher must have hurt dearly.

I heard that the military uniform is both bullet proof and diaper supplied. The depleted uranium must have penetrated all the way to the Prethidential Palathe

Where is my iPad I need to post on it. Ath-a where is my iPad I cannot thleep without it.

Precision targets indeed. I am holding my breath. But wait Thouria will not be drawn into a trap. We will choothe the time and plathe of retaliation. It will be in ……. Daraya? Abou Rumaneh? Or perhapth Jobar? What do you thay brother?

May 5th, 2013, 8:47 pm

 

Major Syrian salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra — War in Context said:

[…] At Syria Comment, Aron Lund writes: The Islamic Ahrar al-Sham Movement, which is the leading faction of the Syrian Islamic Front (SIF) and probably the biggest salafi group in Syria, has issued a statement about Jabhat al-Nosra’s recent declaration of allegiance to al-Qaida’s Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Ahrar al-Sham statement is available in Arabic on Aaron Zelin’s Jihadology, always the go-to place for source material on jihadi groups. […]

May 5th, 2013, 8:48 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Israel attacked because they knew Assad is losing, Israel did not want the rebels to have weapons that could give her trouble in the future, Israel more likely will attack the fourth division to empty all weapons future Syria could have

Asshead lost the respect of every Syrian, even his wife knows he is a loser

May 5th, 2013, 8:49 pm

 

revenire said:

“Sharmine Narwani ‏@snarwani
Arab League peace plan: If Israel can finish the job, Qatar has promised it Jerusalem. #LandSwap”

Ha ha funny and true.

May 5th, 2013, 8:50 pm

 

zoo said:

Syria Lover

Keep the uppercase hysteria to Visitor. It looks that you are shouting as no one is listening to you.
I hope you enjoyed the news about the Moslem Brotherhood financing directly the rebels that are running out of weapons and cash since Saudi Arabia has cut the salaries of the rebels. The MBees are humming on Syria.

May 5th, 2013, 8:56 pm

 

Tara said:

*Halal* kabab is a fine Turkish cuisine.

Unless one hates halal or hates Kabab.

May 5th, 2013, 8:57 pm

 

Dolly Buster said:

I wish there was a way to put this Sewage Pipe zoo on ignore, I keep reading his posts by error because it only takes me a split second.

May 5th, 2013, 9:08 pm

 

ghufran said:

يجب ان تدرك الجماعات الجهادية الاسلامية ان اسرائيل تريد اسقاط النظام السوري ليس من اجل تسليم الحكم في سورية لها، وانما لبدء معركة اخرى، تشارك فيها الولايات المتحدة ودول عربية واقليمية اخرى للقضاء عليها، وتجربة صحوات العراق هي درس لا بدّ من الاستفادة منه.
السلطة في سورية في حال سقوط النظام ستسلم الى جهة مستعدة لـ’تنظيف’ البلاد من الجماعات الجهادية، حسب توصيف المسؤولين الغربيين، والعاهل الاردني تحدث عن ذلك صراحة عندما قال ان واشنطن تتوقع انتهاء هذه المهـــمة في غضون سنتين او ثلاث بعد اسقاط النظام.
لا بدّ ان القيادة السورية تدرك جيدا، او هكذا نأمل، انه اذا كان نظامها سيسقط، فمن الاكرم له ان يسقط في حرب ضد المحتل الاسرائيلي، وبعد تكبيده خسائر كبرى، خاصة انه البادئ في العدوان، فالأشجار تموت واقفة.
النظام السوري يجب ان يعلن وقفا شاملا للعمليات العسكرية ضد معارضيه، في اطار الدعوة لمصالحة وطنية من اجل التركيز على مواجهة العدوان الاسرائيلي، وكم سيكون موقف المعارضة بطوليا ومسؤولا لو قابلت هذا الاعلان بما هو افضل منه.
الحرب في اعتقادنا بدأت، والمنطقة على شفير هاوية بلا قاع، وينتابنا احساس بأنها ستكون حربا مختلفة في ادواتها ونتائجها، حربا ستغير خريطة المنطقة، ولا نرى انتصارا اسرائيليا فيها، فإذا كانت اسرائيل لم تحسم حربا استمرت 34 يوما مع حزب الله اللبناني لصالحها، فهل ستنتصر في هذه الحرب التي اشعلت فتيلها، خاصة اذا تحولت الى حرب اقليمية او دولية؟ لا نعتقد ذلك.
Twitter:@abdelbariatwan

May 5th, 2013, 9:09 pm

 

zoo said:

#279 Majed

Your informed analysis are a bit childish but cute.
Keep on, it’s entertaining.

May 5th, 2013, 9:10 pm

 

revenire said:

HNN Homs News Network shared a link.
LEBANESE NEWS REPORTING DEATH OF FADEL SHAKER !! ..

Lebanese news is reporting that Artist turned Armed Terrorist “Fadel Shaker” has been killed in Deir Azzour Syria, after he decided to form a battalion to fight the Syrian Arab Army, which is how he reportedly met his fate …

WITH A SYRIAN ARMY BOOT STAMP VISA TO THE FACE … – J

http://shamna.net/أنباء-عن-مقتل-فضل-شاكر-في-دير-الزور-تحت.html

May 5th, 2013, 9:11 pm

 

ann said:

Israeli Bombs Over Syria, Part Two – Daniel McAdams – May 4, 2013

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/137160.html

For the second day in a row, the Israeli government is reported to have bombed Syria — this time near Damascus — according to reporting by the Washington Post.

As the Washington Post — itself deeply in the ideological pockets of the left-neocons — concludes, this is Israel’s response to American skepticism over its lurid tales, without evidence, of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government:

“The attack Friday coincided with mounting pressure on the Obama administration to formulate a response to the growing risk of weapons proliferation in the Syrian war, notably the possibility that chemical weapons are being used in the conflict and could fall into the hands of extremists.”

Translation: “We told you a red-line violating story and you did not believe us. Time for Plan B. We’re going in.”

The Washington Post piece also confirms that the Israeli military clearly backs up the Islamist insurgency fighting the Syrian government, made up primarily of al-Qaeda in Syria (AIS):

“There were reports Friday that an overnight rebel mortar attack had caused a huge blaze at the Damascus airport, with a video posted online showing at least two locations on fire. But the Lebanese security official said the blasts, which woke him up, were bigger than those caused by mortar shells and that his Syrian counterparts had confirmed to him that the source was an Israeli strike.”

It’s not rocket science — the Israeli military and the insurgents share the same targets. Does the Washington Post realize the implications of its reporting?

The passive-aggressive US State Department, which is curiously — or not — silent every time its beloved insurgents commit an atrocity of a Boston-on-steroids scale against Christians and others who do not support al-Qaeda in Syria, has nevertheless suddenly found its voice to condemn Syrian government for a “massacre” in Baida, where seven bodies have been found killed in possible retaliation for the killing of seven members of the Syrian Army.

The US is suddenly “appalled by horrific reports” with no evidence, while silent on the truly horrific atrocities committed by its allies, the insurgents — including documented evidence of their forcing children to behead enemies of the insurgency.

Here is what the corporate media will not tell you: the Syrian government has engaged in a highly successful counter-offensive over the past three weeks that has left the foreign based insurgency on the verge of total defeat. This is the impetus for the manic Israeli bombing campaigns against the Syrian government. The silly claims of the Israeli general falling flat on the still-professional US intelligence analytical community, things just became very grave for the regime-changers in the US and Tel Aviv. The only incoming Israel has received from Syria has been insurgent fire in the Golan intended to establish the illusion of an instability so grave it requires an Israeli military response. Israeli warhawks obliged.

The cost of the Bibi-ista tactical alliance with al-Qaeda will sadly likely be high for the average Israeli who wants no part of this fight.

[…]

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/137160.html

May 5th, 2013, 9:12 pm

 

zoo said:

263. Ghufran

Quite the contrary. Bashar al Assad has a very valid justification not to retaliate militarily: He is fighting Al Qaeda and the Islamists terrorists Sunnis rebels.
Everybody would agree that the Syrian Army can’t fight on two fronts. Therefore the whole blame of the impossibility of immediate retaliation is falling on the rebels who have invited in the country Sunnis terrorists to help them in their failing revolution. By doing so, they have exposed the country to the whims of Israel and as such they are traitors to their country.

Bashar al Assad and the Syrian Army are Arab heroes.

May 5th, 2013, 9:24 pm

 

ann said:

Israel Helps Its Al-Qaeda Ally With Attack on Syria – Paul Joseph Watson – May 5, 2013

Tel Aviv emboldens western-backed jihadists

http://www.infowars.com/israel-helps-its-al-qaeda-ally-with-attack-on-syria/

At the end of a week when the Obama administration signaled its intention to send heavy weaponry to Al-Qaeda-led Syrian rebels, Israel launched air strikes inside Syrian territory that will only serve to embolden jihadist militants who have openly espoused their desire to destroy both Israel and the United States.

Israeli rockets bombarded areas on the outskirts of Damascus early this morning in an apparent raid on Iranian missiles bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah. This followed a separate Israeli attack a few days previously, making it three Israeli assaults on Syria so far this year.

Syria’s Information Minister Omran Zoabi responded by warning that the attacks “open the door to all possibilities,” although it is not expected that Bashar Al-Assad will order any military response. Just as it has been demonized for the last two years for responding to an insurgent insurrection, any attempt by Syria to defend itself would provide the US and Israel with the green light to launch a full scale military assault.

Imagine if Syrian warplanes fired rockets into Tel Aviv destroying Israeli military facilities. Israel would instantly treat such a move as a declaration of war and the United States would hop on board to completely raze Syrian cities to the ground within days. Yet Israel bombards Syria over the course of two days and Syria is expected to sit back and do nothing.

Israel has taken the opportunity to attack Syria safe in the knowledge that Damascus’ commitment to fighting FSA insurgents means they won’t be able to retaliate, illustrating once again the symbiotic relationship between Israel and Al-Qaeda terrorists.

“The new Israeli attack is an attempt to raise the morale of the terrorist groups which have been reeling from strikes by our noble army,” said Syrian TV in response to the attack, adding that the assault was “coordinated with terrorists.”

By launching attacks that weaken and distract Damascus from its focus on defeating western-backed insurgents, Israel is aiding the very same rebels who have burned Israeli flags in public and vowed to crush the Zionist regime once they are finished toppling Bashar Al-Assad.

Israel’s attack on Syria again highlights the fact that Al-Qaeda is an organization under the control of the United States and Israel which is used to destabilize Israel’s enemies in the region. Not only has Israel supported Al-Qaeda-led rebels in Syria, even setting up field hospitals for injured fighters, but back in 2002 Israel was caught actually creating an Al-Qaeda group in order to justify attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

As we have exhaustively documented, opposition fighters in Syria are now dominated by sectarian extremists and jihadists who have repeatedly emphasized their hatred for America and their allegiance to Al-Qaeda.

Multiple reports now confirm that the individuals responsible for a plethora of atrocities, many of them part of the Al-Qaeda group Jabhat al-Nusra which “killed numerous American troops in Iraq,” are leading western-backed rebel forces in Syria. After the organization was declared a terrorist group by the US State Department, 29 different US-backed Syrian opposition groups pledged their allegiance to al-Nusra.

The timing of the Israeli attacks also speaks volumes given that the Syrian Army has begun to win the war against the Free Syrian Army, taking back key areas of cities such as Homs in recent weeks.

[…]

http://www.infowars.com/israel-helps-its-al-qaeda-ally-with-attack-on-syria/

May 5th, 2013, 9:28 pm

 

Sami said:

Bashar al Assad and the Syrian Army Assadi Militia are Arab heroes cowards.

Fixed!

Here are two real heroes that put Syria in front of everything else including their own lives:

http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/02/22/syria-activist-dies-jail-second-feared-dead

May 5th, 2013, 9:29 pm

 

revenire said:

Ghufran I think you should search your soul and decide if you are with Syria or against Syria. This is no time to be an observer. Your nation needs you. Can you afford not to be a patriot? Many here have and look what happened to them. They’ve degraded themselves and betrayed their nation to side with Israel.

They cheered the death of Syrian soldiers Ghufran and called them baby killers. You know the army is made up of average Syrian citizens.

May 5th, 2013, 9:31 pm

 

zoo said:

Tara

In case you missed it… What did you say you’ll do?
For Obama, it’s certainly a ‘game-changer’

Syrian rebels used nerve gas, UN investigator says

http://www.timesofisrael.com/syrian-rebels-used-nerve-gas-un-investigator-says/

Carla Del Ponte tells Swiss news outlet that her commission has testimony that Bashar Assad’s opponents used chemical weapons
By Times of Israel staff May 6, 2013, 3:49 am 1

A UN investigator on Sunday indicated that Syrian rebels, not the Assad regime, used chemical weapons during the fight against the government, the inverse of previous assessments by American and Western authorities.

Carla Del Ponte, head of the independent UN commission investigating reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, told a Swiss-Italian television station that UN investigators gleaned testimony from victims of Syria’s civil war and medical staff which indicated that rebel forces used sarin gas — a deadly nerve agent.

May 5th, 2013, 9:33 pm

 

zoo said:

#282 sami

Even if you use an “ex-moderator” trick to censure it, here it is again:

Bashar al Assad and the Syrian Army are Arab heroes.

May 5th, 2013, 9:38 pm

 

Visitor said:

Asshead’s plan now is to use the Palestinians by allowing them to attack Israel from the Golan. This will be the first time he will do so in fourty years. Of course, some stupid Palestinians will go along. However, Asshead will eventually make a deal with the Israelis, selling the Palestinians who will do his bidding, by offering his services once and if the Palestinians prove to be a real nuissance to Israel.

It is unfortunate that the Palestnians do not have another Abu Ammar who was the only Palestinian to stand squarely against Asshead senior.

In any case, this will only accentuate the fact that Asshead is a coward. It is also not a guarantee that his plan will work, judging by all the plans/misplans Asshead has undertaken so far.

May 5th, 2013, 9:39 pm

 

Visitor said:

285. ZOO said:

#282 sami

Even if you use an “ex-moderator” trick to censure it, here it is again:

Bashar al Assad and the Syrian Army are Arab heroes.”

To idiots like you that’s very much true and understood as part of the chronique delusion syndrome. Have you heard of the saying

الحمار بعين امو غزال
??

May 5th, 2013, 9:43 pm

 

Tara said:

Zoo,

I thought you told me when the UN implicated the regime in Houla massacre, that one should not believe a UN report based on testimony. Did you forget? Medium-term memory problem or selection bias?

The regime itself does not believe that report in case it does exist. Otherwise why would it not let the same UN investigators come in and investigate?

Chicken Brigades can never be anyone’s heroes.

May 5th, 2013, 9:46 pm

 

Sami said:

Using HTML code is no moderator trick, just basic knowledge of how to use a computer…

And only sectarian thugs that cheer for genocide and love cowardice would find Bashar Al-Assad and the Assadi Militia heroic…

Bashar al Assad and the Syrian Army Assadi Militia are Arab heroes cowards.

Btw how did I censure you exactly? What I write on my own posts have absolutely no bearing on yours. Your post is still left there untouched albeit it is glaringly incorrect…

May 5th, 2013, 9:49 pm

 

revenire said:

If the terrorists gassed Tara’s own family she’d blame Assad. Instead of blood in her veins she has hatred.

Ha ha Sami the ex-moderator playing Jedi mind tricks.

May 5th, 2013, 9:51 pm

 

zoo said:

Qatari delegation survives Somalia car bomb

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/70737/World/International/UPDATE-Qatari-delegation-survives-Somalia-car-bomb.aspx

Security officials in Mogadishu say that the Qatari delegation survives the car bomb attack which targeted their convoy
Reuters , Sunday 5 May 2013

A car bomb hit a convoy of cars carrying Qatari officials through the centre of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday, killing at least eight Somalis, officials said.

The visiting delegation of Qataris, who were travelling in the Somali interior minister’s bullet-proof vehicle, were “safe”, a security officer said, without going into further detail. The minister was not in the car at the time.

May 5th, 2013, 9:54 pm

 

Sami said:

Tara,

The sectarian thug picks and chooses what he copy and pastes, he thinks you won’t open the link and read the rest of what the investigator said:

“there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated … Del Ponte was commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate claims by Syrian opposition groups and the Assad government that either side used chemical weapons in clashes between the two sides. Syria also has asked the UN to investigate a chemical weapons attack in March on the village of Khan al-Assal outside of Aleppo, which the regime blames on rebels and the rebels blame on regime forces. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commissioned a separate investigation into the claims, but inspectors have not been allowed into the country”

May 5th, 2013, 9:57 pm

 

Tara said:

Reve

Are you Mick?

I had a feeling that you were incarnated yesterday into a Mick. You couldn’t post much under Reve yesterday? Why a chicken? Are you blood related to the chicken brigade and to Chicken One?

May 5th, 2013, 9:57 pm

 

zoo said:

#289 Sami

Your excuses are accepted.

Let me restore the sentence what you copy/paste from my post and polluted with your own smart html scribbling:

Bashar Al Assad and the Syrian Army are Arab heroes.

May 5th, 2013, 9:58 pm

 
 

revenire said:

Mick? A bit paranoid today Tara?

You can call me anything you like Tara.

May 5th, 2013, 10:10 pm

 

zoo said:

@288 Tara

You better exchange with Sami, he has much more in common with you, I am sure.

May 5th, 2013, 10:11 pm

 

Sami said:

Pointing out your idiocy is not an excuse, knowing basic HTML code is not scribbling as you say.

Do you even know what scribble means? I am neither writing nor drawing anything here.

Bashar Al Assad and the Syrian Army Assadi Militia are arab heroes to sectarian thugs that cheer for genocide and find heroism in cowardice.

May 5th, 2013, 10:12 pm

 

zoo said:

Visitor

Did your father called you the “idiot” of the family, so you can’t refrain from using it in every post you write?
Your father was surely a good man, he did what he could, but he did not deserve to have a son like you. Nobody deserves such a curse.

May 5th, 2013, 10:19 pm

 

Tara said:

Reve

Sorry Reve. My sixth sens… We both know that you are Mick. Can’t prove it though but doesn’t really matter. Find an interesting name next time an airport get liberated but please, do not choose a girl name. We treat girls equally in this site.

When is Iran starting to train the Assad’s militia? Iran condemned the Israeli attack and responded to it in the most decisive and deterrent manner: proclaiming loud and clear its readiness to train them.

May 5th, 2013, 10:22 pm

 

zoo said:

#297 Sami

Watch it, you are catching Visitor’s disease: arrogance and the obsessive use of the qualifier ‘idiots’

I don’t care if you are a computer nerd or a garbage collector, your private life does not interest me at all.
Again I restore my sentence that you keep wanting to disfigure:

Bashar al Assad and the Syrian army are Arab heroes

May 5th, 2013, 10:26 pm

 

revenire said:

Ha ha Visitor the American holy warrior.

Tara sorry to burst your bubble but I am just “reve” and not Mick. I don’t play name games here.

Iran? No idea. I am sure if they’re needed they’re ready. Time will tell won’t it? I very much doubt that the Nusra holy warriors can win without Israel.

It is sort of funny to watch videos of Al-Qaeda cheering Israeli attacks on Syria isn’t it? Strange world sometimes.

May 5th, 2013, 10:27 pm

 

Visitor said:

“298. ZOO said:

Visitor

Did your father called you the “idiot” of the family, so you can’t refrain from using it in every post you write?
Your father was surely a good man, he did what he could, but he did not deserve to have a son like you. Nobody deserves such a curse.”

Hey idiot, my dad is none of your concerns. But he did raise me well and taught me how to recognize idiots like you.

Here it is again, that which threw you off balance:

“Bashar al Assad and the Syrian Army are Arab heroes.”

To idiots like you that’s very much true and understood as part of the chronique delusion syndrome. Have you heard of the saying

الحمار بعين امو غزال
??

May 5th, 2013, 10:33 pm

 

zoo said:

A crisis for Iraq — and the Middle East

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-crisis-for-iraq–and-the-middle-east/2013/05/05/f197bcbe-b363-11e2-bbf2-a6f9e9d79e19_story.html

As former ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker wrote on the opposite page last Wednesday, these events “are reminiscent of those that led to a virtual civil war in 2006.” But there are two differences: There are no U.S. troops available to tamp down the violence, as happened during the Iraq “surge”; and the fighting could easily merge with that in Syria and spread to Lebanon.

Yet Mr. Maliki’s behavior has been driven in large part by Syria.
The Shiite leader fears that a victory by the mostly Sunni opposition in Syria, with support from the Sunni regimes of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, would lead to an attempt to restore Sunni dominance in Iraq, as during the era of Saddam Hussein.
Iraqi officials point out that groups preparing for war in Iraq’s Sunni areas include not just al-Qaeda but also an organization of former militants of Hussein’s secular Baathist party.

The resumption of sectarian war in Iraq alongside that of Syria would be devastating for the Middle East — and for the interests of the United States.
The fragile gains of the Iraq war — a nation at peace with its neighbors and a partner of the United States — would be wiped out, and committed U.S. enemies such as al-Qaeda and Hezbollah would surge.
The situation demands, as Mr. Crocker put it, “a sustained, high-level diplomatic effort by the United States” in Iraq. But it also makes intervention aimed at ending the war in Syria that much more urgent.

May 5th, 2013, 10:36 pm

 

revenire said:

Tara a few of the guys and I were wondering if you ever sit in the dark and scream “Allahu Akbar” over and over watching one of Bashar’s recent speeches? Someone we both know mentioned it to me on the telephone the other day. I don’t believe you do but had to ask.

May 5th, 2013, 10:36 pm

 

Sami said:

Knowing basic HTML code makes me no nerd, you can use the mysterious and magical machine called Google to look it up:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=HTML+Code

Bashar al Assad and the Syrian army Assadi Militia are Arab heroes to child killers and rapists.

May 5th, 2013, 10:37 pm

 

zoo said:

#303 Visitor

Then it must have been your teacher telling you that you were the ‘idiot’ of the class and since then, you suffered from inferiority and persecution complexes apparent in the tone of all your posts.

Get a good shrink, there are some good ones in Guantanamo.

May 5th, 2013, 10:42 pm

 

zoo said:

#306 Sami

The opposition leaders are inept morons.

You have a minute to show how you master html.

May 5th, 2013, 10:47 pm

 

Tara said:

Reve

Sorry for being dull. I did not really understand the question but I will answer it. I do not watch Batta at all. Honestly.

And please send my regards to the friend that “we both know”.

Ah…I feel soo special. Not only been discussed with your psychiatrist but also “few of the guys” wonder about me.

I am sure it is my sapphire blue manicure.

May 5th, 2013, 10:49 pm

 

Visitor said:

Zoo the ultimate idiot,

You are the one who needs a shrink more than any one else.

You look more and more idiotic when you try to sound analytical.

How can you be so while delusional?

It simply doesn’t work.

I heard Guantamo will be reassigned to house idiots like you. It wil be equiped with the right kinds of shrinks for your kind!

Idiot, enjoy the company of world-cass idiots in a zoo on the shores across from Florida. It is definitely warmer than Toronto Irritated/Warren…..zoo

May 5th, 2013, 10:50 pm

 

Syrialover said:

# 272 ZOO

So you are uncomfortable with mention of the conspiracy between Russia and Israel prior to Israel’s latest actions?

I quite understand. Reality makes your job much harder.

And it’s going to get harder by the day.

May 5th, 2013, 10:51 pm

 

zoo said:

#310 Visitor

I touched a sensitive nerve. I was right about the teacher then.
No, you are not angry, just idiotically disdainful, I know…

May 5th, 2013, 10:53 pm

 

zoo said:

SL

You lost me, a conspiracy between Russia and Israel? Where did I mentioned that?

May 5th, 2013, 10:55 pm

 

Visitor said:

“312. ZOO said:

#310 Visitor

I touched a sensitive nerve. I was right about the teacher then.
No, you are not angry, just idiotically disdainful, I know…”

You touched a nreve?
You are the most foolish idiot I ever came across.
You should have understood what I meant by you look more and more idiotic when you try to be analytical.

Hey idiot (now you deserve it more than any other time), FYI, I never cam second in my class right through post grad.

You see now that you only touched the nerve of your own stupid idiocy. You should never attempt to look hgher than your brows. Here is another sayng for you,

العين ما بتعلى فوق الحاجب.

You have no way with Visitor, you IDIOT.

But this is again what touched your sensitive nerve:

الحمار بعين امو غزال

Well,
الحمار in the above is you know who, Bashar. And ام الحمار is none bu the likewise حمار Zoo.

May 5th, 2013, 11:01 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo thinks asshead is hero, while Asshead by all criterias is coward incompetent idiot, that speaks a volume about Zoo

Zoo do you know that Israel attacked Asshead forces again today?
Do you know that Netanyaho after Israel attack left Israel to China, which tells he is not worried about Asshead response.
Do you know that Your Asshead now busy trying to find out how he can rearrange his troops so as to keep his hold on Damascus?

May 5th, 2013, 11:07 pm

 

ghufran said:

I refused to call Syrians “triators” just because they oppose Assad and almukhabarat thugs, however, Syrians must not cheer when Syria is attacked by Israel. This uprising is now a civil war due to Assad’s brutality and failed leadership, GCC and Turkey evil actions and the infusion of Islamist terrorists. I do not support attacks on the Syrian army, most Syrian soldiers are people who are poor, worried about their families and unable to say NO to their generals, the real thugs are safe and many of them have sent their families and money outside Syria. Many of you allowed hatred and the urge for vengance to control their mind, that is why a lot of what you see on this forum is pure garbage and emotional stuff and not real posting.
Assad should have resigned or made plans to resign on March,19,2011 but he can not do it today and his resignation without a transitional plan supported by Russia and the US will not change anything. The country you knew,Syria, will never be the same, the real victims are most Syrians and the real thugs may never face justice, keep posting garbage and hoping for a miracle that will help your side win, the truth is that there will be no winners in Syria,we all have lost. Ironically, the militarization of the conflict helped Assad more than anti regime rebels who are now being blamed by most Syrians for taking part in the destruction of Syria, I think most Syrians, secretly or publically, are hoping that the army does not lose this battle because they will be under the mercy of hundreds of militias that do not have a unified leadership or political program, in that sense I do not see any benefit of supporting the FSA and certainly not the Nusra thugs. Syrians will not accept this regime even it wins over the rebels, Assad and his supporters know that very well, most are more worried about their families, their jobs and their towns-villages than Assad and his thieves.

May 5th, 2013, 11:11 pm

 

revenire said:

Ha ha. The vanguard of the revolution.

May 5th, 2013, 11:12 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo
Go to sleep,you begin to talk nonsense

May 5th, 2013, 11:16 pm

 

revenire said:

It’s even in the Jerusalem Post.

UN strongly suspects Syrian rebels used sarin gas
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/UN-strongly-suspects-Syrian-rebels-used-sarin-gas-312178

“This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” UN commissioner Carla Del Ponte said.

May 5th, 2013, 11:17 pm

 

Visitor said:

“316. GHUFRAN said:

I refused to call Syrians “triators” just because they oppose Assad and almukhabarat thugs…….”

Hey, empty boastful bonehead Ghufran,

No Syrian cares the least about what you call him/her.

Senile, you are abundantly irrelevant.

May 5th, 2013, 11:18 pm

 

revenire said:

Ghufran what would one call Syrians who cheer Israeli attacks on Syria if not traitors?

May 5th, 2013, 11:30 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Best of FB

In bombing a chicken coop, it seems that Israel was sending the following message:

He who bombs chickens… can easily take out the duck.

الذي يقصف دجاجة يستطيع ان يقضي على البطة

On a more serious note:

حازم نهار
ابصقوا على أنفسكم

في عام 2001 استدعيت من قبل الأمن السياسي لكوني كنت أعمل في منظمة لحقوق الإنسان، ووجه لي رئيس الفرع التهمة التالية: منظمتكم تسيء لسمعة سورية لأنكم تنشرون عن وجود انتهاكات وفساد في سورية، وهذا يضر بسمعة البلد وبعلاقاتها مع الخارج.

قلت له: لا أدري من يسيء لسمعة سورية فعلاً، هل هو البيان الذي نكتبه عن الفاسد أم ذلك الفاسد الذي لا يجد من يحاسبه؟ اذهبوا وحاكموا الفاسدين فلا يعود هناك حاجة للكتابة.

واليوم أقول للمطبلين والمزمرين لـ “الممانعين” و”المقاومين” اذهبوا وحاسبوا من ترك أجواءنا مفتوحة للعدو يضربها متى يشاء، اذهبوا وحاسبوا من امتلك البلد والسلطة والجيش والاعلام والجامعات والاقتصاد واسألوه (إن كان لديكم الجرأة والصدقية) عن مسؤولياته طوال 40 عاماً في حماية البلد، بدلاً من مزاوداتكم الفارغة على السوريين في الوطنية.

في البلدان الطبيعية عندما يتعرض البلد للعدوان يجتمع مجلس الشعب ويستجوب الحكومة والجيش والأمن بصفتهم المسؤولين عن التقصير وعن تسهيل العدوان، ويقيل من يستحق الإقالة ويسجن من يستحق السجن ويعيد تشكيل ما هو موجود.

أيها المطبلون والمزمرون والمزاودون الفارغون أما آن لكم النظر في المرآة وتبصقوا على أنفسكم؟!!


For impostors who don’t know Arabic

isn’t it time for you to look in the mirror and spit on yourselves?

May 6th, 2013, 12:23 am

 

ann said:

Syria Writes to UNSC On Israel, No Meeting Request, In Jordan, UK & Reuters One?

By Matthew Russell Lee

http://www.innercitypress.com/syria1isjordanukr050513.html

UNITED NATIONS, May 5 — While Syria wrote to the UN Security Council on Sunday morning about Israel’s air attacks, it did not request a Council meeting, only that the Council “shoulder its responsibility.”

Meanwhile, both US Ambassador Susan Rice and UK Ambassador to Jordan Peter Millett have expressed disappointment at the lack of agreement in the Security Council to visit Jordan, or to visit only Jordan.

Russia is said to have agreed in principle to a visit to Jordan — IF the long requested visit to Palestine also takes place.

The visit has been dangled several times; once after it was pulled back Inner City Press asked Ambassador Rice why it had been an acceptable idea in the morning, then not some hours later. She called it a package deal — that is, not put a resolution to the vote and “make” the US veto. And so it goes.

Yesterday Inner City Press reported, without quoting Millett, on the UK Embassy in Jordan partnering in full with the ostensibly independent Reuters, to train Jordanians on investigative journalism (while Reuters tries repeatedly to get the investigative Press thrown out of the UN).

Now with Millett tweeting of the Security Council’s failure to agree to visit Jordan, and that the UK supported the proposal, it seems apt to look back at Millett’s quote in what was in essence a Reuters press release on its Thomson Reuters / Trust.org site.

It begins, “Coinciding with World Press Freedom Day, the British Embassy in Amman and Thomson Reuters Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of a one-year project.”

Then, “The British Ambassador Peter Millett said: ‘A responsible and professional media is the backbone of any democracy, and journalists have a key role to play in tackling corruption. We are happy to support this project through our Arab Partnership Program and to share the UK’s experience and expertise in this field.'”

Does this mean that Reuters “expertise” is the UK’s? Voice of America, for example, is run by the US State Department.

[…]

http://www.innercitypress.com/syria1isjordanukr050513.html

May 6th, 2013, 12:29 am

 

ann said:

UN has testimony that Syrian “rebels” used sarin gas – May.06, 2013

United Nations human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin; no evidence yet of government use of chemical weapons

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/un-has-testimony-that-syrian-rebels-used-sarin-gas-1.519405/un-has-testimony-that-syrian-rebels-used-sarin-gas-1.519405

United Nations human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.

The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.

“Our investigators have been in neighbouring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Del Ponte said in an interview with Swiss-Italian television.

“This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” she added, speaking in Italian.

[…]

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/un-has-testimony-that-syrian-rebels-used-sarin-gas-1.519405/un-has-testimony-that-syrian-rebels-used-sarin-gas-1.519405

May 6th, 2013, 12:37 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

From FB

الموقف من الوريث المجرم لا تحدده فقط مصداقية ممانعته وموقفه من إسرائيل/رغم أهمية ذلك.. أعتقد أنه لو يستعيد الجولان واسكندرون والأندلس ويكتشف أمريكا من جديد، لا يمكنها أن تغفر له جرائم القتل والتدمير.. يجب القبض عليه وتقديمه إلى محكمة دولية مستقلة على أرض سورية الحرة، وبحضور قرابة مائة وخمسين ألف إضبارة شهيد، ومئات آلاف الأفلام التوثيقية عن جرائمه، وبحضور عظام والده الطاغية أيضاً….

May 6th, 2013, 1:00 am

 

Sami said:

“The opposition leaders are inept morons.”

By in large yes they are. However no matter their blatant ineptitude there is no match to the buffoon you keep calling a hero, his natural aptitude at ineptitude has no rival…

“You have a minute to show how you master html.”

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=HTML+code+in+a+minute

I promise you the Google “machine” is not a conspiracy generating machine, it has magical powers that can help you. All you need to do is ask…

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Google

Call it a gift from a nerd….

Bashar al Assad and the Syrian army Sectarian Militia that murders children and rapes little boys, that targets Syrian cities with ballistic missiles, that drops barrel bombs on bakery lines, that punishes civilian populations in hopes of turning them away from the revolution, that tortures to death little boys and then mutilate their bodies, that blow the head off a little girl with a bomb dropped cowardly from a jet, that massacres Syrians in cold blood are heroes to people that have absolutely no moral compass and are blinded by their deep-seated hate for their fellow Syrians.

May 6th, 2013, 1:02 am

 

Sami said:

Syrian Hamster,

في البلدان الطبيعية عندما يتعرض البلد للعدوان يجتمع مجلس الشعب ويستجوب الحكومة والجيش والأمن بصفتهم المسؤولين عن التقصير وعن تسهيل العدوان، ويقيل من يستحق الإقالة ويسجن من يستحق السجن ويعيد تشكيل ما هو موجود.

This is something your typical minhibakja7shi will never comprehend, no matter what language it is written in. Their blind adoration of a mass murderer makes them blind to the most obvious of things. Its what turns them into minhibekja7shi, a Ja7ish that adores a Wa7ish.

May 6th, 2013, 1:14 am

 

annie said:

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2013/05/201355155749551891.html
You would think they change tactics towards Israel, not so !

“Syrian army changes tactics to regain ground
Government forces adopt new strategy and go on the offensive in areas such as Idlib province where they had lost.”

May 6th, 2013, 2:17 am

 
 

ann said:

Former Bush administration official: Israel may be behind use of chemical arms in Syria – 04.05.13

Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, says Israel may have conducted ‘false flag’ operation. Describes its government as inept and Netanyahu as ‘clueless’

http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/former-bush-administration-official-israel-may-be-behind-use-of-chemical-arms-in-syria.premium-1.519172

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who once served as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff, believes that the chemical weapons used in Syria an Israeli “false flag”

[…]

http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/former-bush-administration-official-israel-may-be-behind-use-of-chemical-arms-in-syria.premium-1.519172

May 6th, 2013, 2:42 am

 

Citizen said:

Israel Violates the Sovereignty of Syria: US, Gulf States, Jordan, Turkey and Al-Qaeda
Modern Tokyo Times
http://global-security-news.com/2013/05/05/israel-violates-the-sovereignty-of-syria-us-gulf-states-jordan-turkey-and-al-qaeda/
The government of Syria continues to remain steadfast despite open intimidation from Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Other enemies of Syria including America, France, Jordan, and the United Kingdom, all prefer a more underhanded approach. This isn’t surprising given the many joint military alliances between al-Qaeda linked terrorist groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) despite all the words of denial coming out of Washington. After all, various FSA units work side by side with al-Qaeda linked groups and it is difficult to split them given the reality on the ground. Of course, the Islamists are “useful tools” just like they were in Bosnia when Bill Clinton gave them the green light. However, in time the United States would squeeze them out of the picture in Bosnia once their evil deeds had served the purpose of Washington.
Last year it was the turn of NATO Turkey to try and entrap Syria by not only allowing the FSA and various Islamist groups to reequip and manipulate the border areas; but also because Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey had hoped to ensnare the Syrian armed forces into open hostilities in the border areas between both nations. The Syrian government is fully aware about the real motives of Erdogan therefore they have no intent on assisting his plans. After all, it is not in the interest of Syria to become involved in a conflict on another front. Therefore, with internal discontent increasing in Turkey because of the policies of Erdogan towards Syria, then now it is the time of Israel to play the devil’s advocate for Washington.
President Obama pulled American forces out of Iraq and then supported a policy of the destabilization of Syria in the full knowledge that al-Qaeda and other sectarian forces would be reinvigorated in Iraq. Obama knows that it is a very hard sell to openly fight on the same side of al-Qaeda. Therefore, the CIA is being “pimped out” just like MI6 in the United Kingdom in order to do the dirty work from a distance. Prudently, it is wise for Obama to do this because the FSA Islamists have committed horrendous atrocities and currently two Christian bishops are being held by forces which are allied to the causes of Ankara, Doha, London, Paris, Riyadh and Washington……………

May 6th, 2013, 2:46 am

 

Citizen said:

A lie! What you are saying is a lie!

No early warning for U.S. on Israeli strikes in Syria
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/05/us-syria-crisis-usa-strikes-idUSBRE9440E920130505

May 6th, 2013, 2:51 am

 

annie said:

An interesting documentary on the Syrian Revolution and the Assads
in Arabic, subtitled in French

May 6th, 2013, 3:01 am

 

ann said:

AAAH AAAH AAAH, EEEY EEEY EEEY, AAAH AAAH AAAH, EEEY EEEY EEEY …

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=70a_1367789917

Allah Be Praised, Al-Ham-Dooli-La!

May 6th, 2013, 3:08 am

 

Hanzala said:

Assadist: We are not a sectarian army, we are all Syrians.

Enough with the lies.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/601895_599593513386392_189812470_n.jpg

May 6th, 2013, 3:40 am

 

ann said:

Syria – NATOs Al-Qaeda Islamist Terrorists Getting Owned by the SAA in Daraa

Allah Be Praised, Al-Ham-Dooli-La!
.
.

May 6th, 2013, 3:56 am

 

apple_mini said:

It is important for the regime to set their own red line on Israel. Even it seems weak and desperate. WMD is not off the table against Israel.

The regime needs to pump more patriotism and ask citizens to prepare for sacrifice.

A war against Israel will be ugly and tragic. But when you are facing a vicious enemy with much superior power, you can only stop their aggression if you are demonstrating you are willing to fight to death. At least die with dignity.

Meanwhile, since the rebels and the opposition have been calling for fighting for Syrians and showing their tenacious and brutal tactics against SAA, they are welcome to fight against Israel.

Many rebel fighters are already in Golan Heights, they can be deployed on the front line facing Israeli army.

The regime needs to call on all Syrians who are ready to fight for the country, including those in rebels.

For those Sunni whose priority is fighting against Shia, we have nothing to say about them.

May 6th, 2013, 4:57 am

 

apple_mini said:

Forget about those hypocrites and haters on this site about the alleged chemical weapon attacks by the regime.

What will become interesting is what the US administration is prepared to do after the UN inspectors fingering strong evidences against the rebels being behind those CW.

What kind of red-line crossing would that be? Earlier days, we raised the questions that what if the conclusion turned out against the rebels.

The events are taking their logic evolution. The irony is that the rebels do not even dare to launch a false flag chemical weapon attack against Israel. Of course the effect would be more forceful and beneficial for the rebels to achieve their goal to defeat SAA and the regime. But the rebels are simply coward and cunning when they are not fighting their “holy war”.

May 6th, 2013, 5:07 am

 

MarigoldRan said:

Pffft. The Assadists are only capable of killing women and children. They’re like the fat bully in the playground. When they’re up against anyone who is capable of fighting back, the Assadists lose.

The rebels already control two-thirds of the country. And Israel can attack the Assadists with impunity. What are they going to do? Hack twitter accounts?

The Israelites blew up their biggest chemical and arms depots in the country located a couple of miles from Assad’s palace. And yet they’re too afraid to even declare war against Israel or retaliate. 50 years of anti-Israel propaganda, and this is all the Assadists are capable of?

Totally, totally pathetic. What a loser regime.

May 6th, 2013, 5:36 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

I can’t believe it, Apple Mini is saying that the opposition should fight back against Israel but not Asshead army,the opposition who does not have airforce,Has no radar, does not have a mean to use missiles,their weapons are rifles and guns,should fight Israel , and Asshead army that Syrians has been paying for ,and for 43 years of Assad rule,to buy all the sofistication weapons do nothing against Israel,it should continue to fight the rebels.
In other word Both Israel and Asshead army they fight the rebels, How low Asshead and his loyalist such as Apple-Mini can go?
Asshead does not have a feeling of patriotism,Apple-Mini has twisted mind,has no patriotism either, and yet they rule Syria,and call themselves resistance,they should never be able to rule Syria again.

May 6th, 2013, 5:43 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

The number of Syrian soldiers death was not as high as we expected,between death and wounded the number is about 300, the weapons loss is large as the attack involved weapons that can penetrate tunnels and stores deep inside the mountain

May 6th, 2013, 6:47 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Peace will Come

321. revenire said:

Ghufran what would one call Syrians who cheer Israeli attacks on Syria if not traitors?

Reverse,

IMHO, I would call Assad a traitor. The definition of a traitor is:

One who betrays one’s country, a cause, or a trust, especially one who commits treason.

He stole from the people, he is supposed to protect the people, and he subjugated them without any basic human rights.

If you had the guts to admit it, you can’t get any worse than that.

My hope is that democracy and freedom takes hold in Syria, and peace arises with all of Syria’s neighbors. It is possible if one is open-minded. The days of perpetual war I hope soon come to an end.

May 6th, 2013, 6:58 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Certainly Assad is traitor,he is Jahsh too,he is incompetent,his respnse to Israeli attack is to bomb Syrians in Saqba and Darayya.
Can anyone imagine how Israel would respond if Syria attacked Tel Aviv?we have in Syria a stupid coward jahsh as president,and he is using an army against Syrians not against Israel, tfeh,and thousand tfeh on a president like this,he should shoot himself,this is a hero for Zoo and revenir,they should shut up and stop their nonsense.

May 6th, 2013, 7:16 am

 

Hanzala said:

Huge al Nusra march in Daraa

May 6th, 2013, 7:40 am

 

Citizen said:

the same picture on Kasioun !!!! Deflate patience!we are wiating for the fast equivalent response!!
http://youtu.be/NbcxaLcHpyo?t=33s

May 6th, 2013, 7:47 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Lest we forget the real issue, and what the criminals want to distract us from children of Banyas , who were murdered slaughter-style by the hateful hand of regime loyalists in what a criminally minded high-way robber called “hardly a massacre”, which was called for by one sewer-pipe. Let be on record that all of the regime loyalists on this blog, with no exception have advocated the murder of these children. And let it be on record that the Syrian people have the full right to prosecute each and everyone of these coward. Calling for mass-murder is a crime, even if the murder itself did not happen, let alone when the call for mass-murder is acted upon.

May 6th, 2013, 7:48 am

 

revenire said:

Rats were killed in Banyas and more rats will die today. Our army will eradicate the rodents wherever they find them.

Let it be on record that our army will kill every terrorist in Syria. We will prosecute every stinking rat we catch in our traps.

May 6th, 2013, 7:57 am

 

Citizen said:

ضربت دمشق باليورانيوم المستفذ ! هل سيستمر السوريون في أكل الخرا؟

May 6th, 2013, 7:58 am

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed you reported 1000s of dead Syrian soldiers but it is less than 100 but many more chickens. Israeli intelligence is the best in the world. They were able to zero in on a chicken farm and destroy it.

May 6th, 2013, 8:00 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

The sewer-pipe insists on providing further documents of its crime. Let it be on records.This impostor will be an easy case for local and international law enforcement. Clearly, sewer-pipe is taking personal responsibility for all of the murder victims in Banyas, in the past, today, and in the future.

May 6th, 2013, 8:01 am

 
 

Akbar Palace said:

Spammy Ann Sbeaks!

Ann,

“Zios” aren’t big “talkers” like the regime idiots™.

We tend to rely more on actions (or inaction, in Athad’s case).

Meanwhile, I’m guessing the over 1 million Syrian refugees are more afraid of Athad than the Zios are.

(™licensed by AIG, Inc)

May 6th, 2013, 8:30 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

From Inside the massacre called for by regime loyalists on Joshua Landis’s Blog.

والآن الى تفاصيل مجزرة رأس النبع ….. هنا بانياس …هنا المجزرة

اليوم ولاد الكلب فتحو الطرق يلي بتودّي لراس النبع ..وياريتا الناس ماطلعت

روائح الجثث لنص البلد واصلة . ومتل ماشفنا بالصور فوق بعضن . حتى الرجال عم يضربو روسن بالحيط ويبكو

. كانو سامعين لهجة الشباب يلي داخلة تدبح .. لبنانيين واطيين سفاحين ومن الضيع كمان

مافي اماكن للدفن..بدن يحفروا جورة كبيرة يحطون فوق بعض فيها ..وكل البيوت لما تنفتح بتكون مكومة جثث فوق بعضا

فتحوا باب بيت من البيوت المكومة فيها جثث وكان في بنت عمرا 4 سنين بس صرلا مدري قديش بين الجثث وتحت الانقاض . بس شافوها اليوم وشالوها .. سبحان الله مكتبلا عمر ..

يلي مكتبلو عمر نفد .. سبحان الله

May 6th, 2013, 8:33 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

More victims of regime loyalists calls, publicly, on Joshua Landis’s Blog, for mass murder in the (hardly a massacre) of Banyas.

I leave it to the reader to determine, for their own
1. What kind of creatures would do such a (hardly a massacre)
2. What kind of creatures would publicly advocate such massacres
3. What kind of so called intellectual who minimizes the gravity of such event by calling it (hardly a massacre)

There are other questions the readers may ask. as for me, I will not stop giving the loyalists the opportunity to look in the mirror i will keep placing in front of their faces and to spit on themselves.

May 6th, 2013, 8:52 am

 

revenire said:

Hamster I am not sure, other than other terrorist supporters, who would believe your lies.

There was no massacre in Banyas.

The dead in Banyas are terrorists. They backed Nusra and now they’re dead. Let it be a lesson. If you want more “massacres” keep backing Nusra and I am sure the army will be more than happy to oblige.

I am THRILLED they destroyed the vermin.

May 6th, 2013, 9:00 am

 

Jonny said:

عجل: الجيش السوري يرد فعلا على هجوم إسرائيل على سوريا
Breaking news! Syria miltitary response on Israel attack!

May 6th, 2013, 9:03 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Sewer-pipe keeps digging its hole deeper as it now tells the readers that it is thrilled at cleansing Banyas, and yet in the same comment calls the massacre a lie.

May 6th, 2013, 9:04 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Look in the mirror, regime loyalists. This is one of the results of your handy work over two years. I guess some of you are thrilled. How sickening?

We will not rest until every one responsible for
1. Committing
2. Calling for
3. Justifying
4. Equivocating, and
5. Rationalizing
these massacres is brought to justice in front of a fair, impartial court. We will not rest until those who are thrilled for the massacre of children, women, and elderly are also brought to justice and exposed for who they are. Cowards deserving that their children spit on them and that their grand-children spit on their ugly graves. The communities these criminals are hiding within should, and will one day find the type of monsters living among them.

May 6th, 2013, 9:18 am

 

revenire said:

The army eradicated terrorists in Banyas (and they’re not done yet). People fled to safe cities like Tartus where the army could protect them from Nusra.

About two weeks ago the rats announced a front on the coast. They nested in Banyas. The army won’t allow a front on the coast. They have cleansed it and are in the process of making sure no one hides in homes, or in sewers, who could threaten the civilians.

It is going splendidly too.

Maybe you should beg Israel to help you again. Without Israel your odds of victory are zero.

May 6th, 2013, 9:21 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Arrogant behind its keyboard. When exposed, it will whimper in fear, or will it run like a cockroach? on that day, it will not go splendid for it as humanity will find out during court proceedings how far can an entity like that dig into the abyss of savagery behind the monitor.

It thinks that its cheap talk of “begging Israel” and its ability to through in the code-words of hate will save it. How deluded and sick can it get? seemingly its reservoir of ugliness matches that of its master.

May 6th, 2013, 9:25 am

 

revenire said:

The people of Banyas thanked the army. They wanted them to eliminate the cockroaches.

There will be no front on the coast. None. Zero.

May 6th, 2013, 9:34 am

 

zoo said:

Visitor said

“FYI, I never cam second in my class right through post grad.”

Was Ben Laden just after you at the Wahhabi University of Ryad?
You must have been the best candidate for “words only Jihadism”. Ben Laden made it in Afghanistan and you are desperately trying to make it on SyriaComment.

No wonder you ended up totally brainwashed and mentally obsessive.

May 6th, 2013, 9:34 am

 

revenire said:

Now the BBC is reporting the rebels used sarin gas:

Syria crisis: UN’s Del Ponte says evidence rebels ‘used sarin’
Testimony from victims of the conflict in Syria suggests rebels have used the nerve gas agent, sarin, according to a leading United Nations investigator.

Maybe someone can beg Israel to attack the UN? 🙂

May 6th, 2013, 9:40 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

As the so called REVENIRE asked for repeatedly, unstopped, on Joshua Landis’s blog, the savages it was addressing and has identified with, spared bullets in murdering these innocent children , no wonder it is going splendid for such a sick mind. And (hardly a massacre) for similarly sick minds.

May 6th, 2013, 9:40 am

 

revenire said:

Hamster you keep putting those funny photos up and I will keep on laughing at you. I am sure the audience is entertained.

You rats have lied about EVERYTHING from the very start of your fake revolution (when Al-Qaeda shot demonstrators and soldiers in Daraa).

May 6th, 2013, 9:41 am

 

zoo said:

Thirian Hamthter

Your literary prose is becoming kind of dull, repetitive and boring. Switch to flowery poetry or better to propaganda songs, I am sure it will be appreciated by your avid sewers fans.

May 6th, 2013, 9:44 am

 

Tara said:

Zoo,

Look at the link in # 354 by the Hamster. Every time you call the militia that committed this heroic, you are losing part of your soul. Don’t you think? I am afraid a day will come when you are completely empty..

May 6th, 2013, 9:46 am

 

zoo said:

#382 Rev

As long as Abdel Rahman, Al Jazeera or al Arabya will not confirm it, these are just rumors planted by the Syrian government to discredit the ‘noble’ rebels.

he he… a “game-changer”, he said?

May 6th, 2013, 9:48 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Massacres are naturally a dull daily process for entities with sick minds like the so called ZOO and REVNIRE. There is no further need use adjectives describing their ugliness, for their titles, along with a few others, are now synonymous with the ugly face of sectarianism in savagery.

May 6th, 2013, 9:50 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Massacres are naturally a dull daily process for entities with sick minds like the so called ZOO and REVNIRE. There is no further need use adjectives describing their ugliness, for their titles, along with a few others, are now synonymous with the ugly face of sectarianism in savagery.

For normal humans, on the other hands, massacres are horrific and not splendid or dull. It is very clear that these two are doing the murderous regime’s bidding in wanting humanity to get used to its savagery and hate as a natural occurrence. We will not. And we will do our best to hold every single one who participated, by carrying the weapons of murders, including keyboards, accountable for their participation in these heinous crimes against our humanity .

May 6th, 2013, 9:54 am

 

revenire said:

Oh Tara get off your high horse. You wanted war or wanted Assad to bring you some new shoes from Asma’s closet and didn’t get it and now people are dying.

Tough luck.

You cheered when Israel attacked Syria.

You cheer when Syrian soldiers are murdered by terrorists.

I am happy at what happened in Banyas. I am THRILLED about it. You know why? Two weeks ago your so-called FSA said they were opening a new front on the coast. Guess what?

BANYAS.

May 6th, 2013, 9:54 am

 

zoo said:

#366 Tara

You said that “I lost all my humanity”. So that’s it. What are you expecting, a redemption? Forget it!
You better share your hatred and bitterness with your ‘humane’ friends and forget about the ‘inhumane’ ones.

May 6th, 2013, 9:58 am

 

revenire said:

I know that if the rebels used sarin it won’t make one bit of difference to Obama – he will keep arming them. Just watch. Even though the UN has now confirmed it was the terrorists the US will not condemn it. They lack the morality.

The US used white phosphorus in Iraq. Israel used it in Palestine.

Only idiots believed the Syrian government would use chemical weapons. It was a game that Israel, and the US, used to justify an attack on Syria – just like “Hezbollah weapons” (as if weapons are being transferred via convoys during a war).

May 6th, 2013, 9:59 am

 

revenire said:

And what is with all the stupid TH in place of S from Hamster and a few others? Is that supposed to be a lisp? Who are you making fun of? Homosexuals? I don’t get it but it looks really stupid.

Grow up.

If you expat nuts sitting in America ranting and raving about fake massacres feel so strongly about the war go fight for your cause -the rats are running out of volunteers.

Put your money where your mouth is and go to Banyas and do something. Posting fake photos of dead kids is pathetic.

May 6th, 2013, 10:06 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:


عاجل . محققو الأمم المتحدة: لا دليل قاطعًا على استخدام أسلحة كيميائية في سوريا

قالت لجنة التحقيق الدولية المستقلة حول انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان في سوريا الاثنين إنها لم تتوصل إلى نتائج قاطعة تثبت استخدام أي من طرفي النزاع في سوريا أسلحة كيميائية.

وقالت اللجنة في بيان “تُوضّح لجنة التحقيق الدولية المستقلة بشأن سورية أنها لم تتوصل إلى نتائج قاطعة تتعلق باستخدام الأسلحة الكيميائية في سوريا من قبل أي طرف من أطراف النزاع. ووفقًا لذلك فإن اللجنة ليست في وضع يمكنها في الوقت الراهن من مواصلة التعليق على هذه الادعاءات”…

We asked for investigation. When it is completed, including inside Syria, then we will address the issue. Unlike regime loyalists, we are not about “slap on back” and giggling when it is related to such serious accusations. If it turned out the AL-NUSRA is implicated, those who participated will be held to account. No equivocation, and no ifs and butts like the regime mouthpieces RVENIRE, ANN,ZOO, and others treat the issue with their sub-teenage giggles indicating how callous they are with such a serious issue.

May 6th, 2013, 10:07 am

 

zoo said:

Rev

The intellectual Syrian rodent and his sewer fans have been making fun of Bashar’s slight lisp.
That’s the reason I throw it back to them.

May 6th, 2013, 10:22 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

What a painful task for the people of Banyas to do. Let these images be permanently painted in humanity’s record to show how dangerous it is to allow a mafia family to rule a country aided by people like REVENIRE, ANN, ZOO, CITIZEN and those who succumb to sectarian, totalitarian, or simply fascist mind-set the above named have constantly expressed, shamelessly over the past two years.

It is easy to claim that these are fake photos. It will not be easy to live with the knowledge that such hateful being, not only exist among us, but are also thrilled with the results of their handy work of defending the mafia regime of the assads and their savagery.

To call someone who commits such massacres a national hero is a level no other savages have sunk to in the past. The regime loyalist band on this blog are unique in that regard.

The worst thing about it is that these agitators for murder have proven time an again that many of them are not even Syrians.

May 6th, 2013, 10:26 am

 

zoo said:

Syrian PHD

“If it turned out the AL-NUSRA is implicated, those who participated will be held to account”

That’s such a noble gesture. I am moved to tears by your naivety. In time of war, your promises mean absolutely nothing.
Who was held accountable for the Iraqis killed by the USA invasion?
Who was held accountable for the killings of Lebanese in south of Lebanon, or the Palestinians in Gaza?
Keep dreaming in international justice and accountability. The “justice” belongs to the more powerful..

May 6th, 2013, 10:30 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Since when he had humanity, bunch of criminals,Asshead worshipers.

So Asshead will not respond,,and Israel is free to strike inside Syria again and again,what a very sad situation,he and his worshipers call him resistants, they are the filth Syria produced, they are coward criminals,they are pigs.

Gone those days when Syria was a our pride,when patriotism is something we were proud of,when we had dignity,now Syria is stolen by criminals corrupt gang,now Israel planes fly over Damascus and strike anywhere they want,unafraid of nothing.

May 6th, 2013, 10:37 am

 

zoo said:

Majed

“The number of Syrian soldiers death was not as high as we expected,”

Disappointed? Ask Israel to kill more next time and avoid killing chickens. The USA Protection of Animal league will send a protest to the UN.

May 6th, 2013, 10:40 am

 

Visitor said:

Zoo,

It is about time to shut up. You’ve become a scandal. You need to find the nearest pothole and dump yourself into it.

You are an idiot of immeasurable proportions. You are a big shame on this world which keeps you breathing.

So, here ii is again for your ultimate pleasure, ultimate idiot,

الحمار (i.e. Bashar) بعين امو (i.e. likewise Zoo the حمار)
غزال

Idiot bonehead, dimwit, slob, wacko

روح كول خرا ولا كلب

May 6th, 2013, 10:46 am

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed said there were 1000s of dead Syrian soldiers. Brother Majed lied. Brother Majed is a traitor who supports Israel. Brother Majed is eating crow (not chicken) today. 🙂

PS – Zoo I never noticed Assad’s lisp before. I guess I am one of the more stupid followers of Bashar. LOL

PPS – Hamster I printed out those nice photos of Banyas and pasted them on my wall. Please keep posting them. 🙂

May 6th, 2013, 10:46 am

 

zoo said:

Syrian PHD

What about the “Holy Al Nusra warriors’ so much praised by your friends and who slit throats, put car bombs and use sarin.
Do you condone them because they shout Allah U Akbar before murdering or raping people?
Oh no!…they will be “held accountable” in the future Sharia justice in the country!
Do you think they’ll get medals?

May 6th, 2013, 10:48 am

 

revenire said:

Why does Israel hate chickens so much? Were the birds anti-Semitic? Ha ha.

May 6th, 2013, 10:48 am

 

revenire said:

Hamster I think the army was rather gentle in Banyas. Just saying.

May 6th, 2013, 10:50 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Seems like regime loyalists are counting on escaping judgement by exercising like all thugs, brute force. Our job will be to try to bring them and the mafia gang they have been defending to judgement. History may have a mixed result on that, but that should not cause us to lose our determination. We will go after every one who advocated, participated in, or supported the perpetrators of these massacres. We will do so legally, and in the light.

Throughout history, mass murderers never believed in justice. And they continuously try to spread rationalization of massacres, exactly as ZOO is trying. Our task as civilized people is to resist such infection and to insist on being who we are, civilized people who are paying a heavy price for attempting to remove the savagery ZOO, REVENIRE, ANN, CITIZEN, and other regime loyalists on this blog have been defending from our lives. And to start building our country and to re-join civilization after the regime they have been defending has delivered on its promises to burn Syria. These, mostly non Syrian agitators and provocateurs of massacre have done enough damage and it is time to take them to task.

May 6th, 2013, 10:53 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo
I am disappointed of you and other Syrians who don’t complain about Asshead cowardice,lack of response,why is he so incompetent?when is he going to show us he is a man?,he is not even half man,he is rabbit, why do you praise him, and say he is your hero, for what? what did he do to deserve such word,who could perform worse?

May 6th, 2013, 10:53 am

 

zoo said:

#380 Visitor

You are not angry… You are just contemptfully and disdainfully ridiculing yourself further by throwing orders, insults and threats.

I know you reject free speech in your ‘future’ Syria, but here you don’t makes rules, you abide to them.

May 6th, 2013, 10:59 am

 

zoo said:

#386 Majed

The only cowards are the beggars, and you know well who they are.

May 6th, 2013, 11:01 am

 

zoo said:

#385 Syrian PHD

You sound now like a self-righteous preacher, a new prose, good, keep on.
I hope you keep your posts to publish them later, they are literary jewels.

May 6th, 2013, 11:04 am

 

Visitor said:

Zoo,

انتا واحد حمار والتكرار بعلم الحمار

So, here it is again for your benefit as a certified حمار

Idiot bonehead, dimwit, slob, wacko

روح كول خرا ولا كلب

May 6th, 2013, 11:06 am

 

revenire said:

The biggest excitement I’ve seen here is when Israel attacked Syria. The traitors were euphoric. Now, a few days later, they’ve sobered up and started to moan about “massacres” but we know whenever they speak of massacres it means the terrorists are being obliterated.

I am surprised Brother Majed didn’t have a coronary when Israel bombed Syria. He is too old for that kind of excitement.

May 6th, 2013, 11:11 am

 

zoo said:

#390 Visitor

I know, I know, you’re not angry…

May 6th, 2013, 11:14 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

It is natural for provocateurs and agitators on behalf of totalitarianism, sectarianism, and fascist ideology to easily dismiss the plurality of thought that exist among Syrians. For decades, they and their likes have abused concepts such as social justice, arab unity, Palestinian cause, as well as countless other issues related to human rights, civility, and enlightenment. Through manipulative “Media-brothels”, combined with brute force all of their regimes have fostered throughout the Arab world, these cowards have monopolized political and cultural discourse, not to mention education, economy, and a wide range of thuggish security infrastructure that is responsible for the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of our best. Stamping every enlightened person and idea and treason, these bullies worked so hard to enforce a tunnel vision of atrophied ideas, which quickly degenerated into fascist ideologies.

It is no wonder that these “left-over” and their fans among agitators will be as anxious at enlightenment and that they will always resort to the monsters in their closet to scare us of taking charge of our own affairs after they have ruined our countries and our first shot at joining civilization after independence. These vultures stole our independence, caused many of us to leave our places of birth seeking freedom. And now want to deny us the chance of making our future by scaring us, and others, while at the same time perpetuating some of the most heinous crimes in our modern history.

It is natural that ZOO will be offended by any intellectual comment. These type of people thrive in the blackholes of ignorance they have made of our countries. ANN and CITIZEN frequently come to rescue with cuts and pasts from some of the most vile conspiracy theory sites propagating an eternal mentality of victimization and anxiety about the wonderfully challenging world that could be a waiting us if we are brave enough to throw the bums and their agitators out.

May 6th, 2013, 11:17 am

 

Sami said:

Here is a clarification about the alleged use of Sarin by rebels by the commission (something your deceitful propagandists wishes would not see day light)

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry onthe Syrian Arab Republic wishes to clarify that it has not reached conclusive findingsas to the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any parties to the conflict. As a result,the Commission is not in a position to further comment on the allegations at thistime.

The Chair of the Commission of Inquiry, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, reminds all parties tothe conflict that the use of chemical weapons is prohibited in all circumstances undercustomary international humanitarian law.In line with its mandate, the Commission is currently investigating all allegations of violations of international law in the Syrian Arab Republic and will issue its findings tothe Human Rights Council on 3 June 2013, as mandated by resolution 22/24.

For more information about the Commission of Inquiry, please visit – http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternational

Commission.aspx

Communiqué de Presse-

La Commission d’enquête Internationale Indépendante sur la

République Arabe Syrienne

Genève, 6 mai 2013
— La Commission d’enquête Internationale Indépendante surla République Arabe Syrienne tient à clarifier qu’elle n’a pas atteint les résultatspermettant de conclure que des armes chimiques ont été utilisées par les parties auconflit en Syrie. En conséquence et à jour, la Commission n’est pas en mesure decommenter ces allégations davantage.

Le Président de la Commission d’enquête, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, rappelle à toutes lesparties au conflit que l’utilisation d’armes chimiques est prohibée en toutescirconstances par le droit international humanitaire coutumier.Conformément à
son mandat, la Commission est chargée d’enquêter et d’enregistrer
toutes les allégations de violations du droit international relatif aux droits de
l’homme commises sur le territoire de la République Arabe Syrienne et présentera
ses conclusions au Conseil des droits de l’homme le 3 Juin 2013, conformément à larésolution 22/24.
Pour plus d’information sur la Commission d’enquête
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternational

I wonder if the sectarian thug that denies massacres will throw doubt over this or will he pretend that it does not exist?

Either way he will show his true sectarian thuggery by being the usual deceitful propagandists that makes him the perfect baathi dirt…

May 6th, 2013, 11:20 am

 

revenire said:

“An eternal mentality of victimization” LOL coming from a guy who moans about fake massacres.

May 6th, 2013, 11:25 am

 

zoo said:

Reve

They sobered up because they realized that Israel’s spectacular attack actually stole the headlines in all medias from the Banyas alleged massacre. The dramatic propaganda to force foreign intervention based on that event fell apart.
Now they are scrambling to find something else to put pressure on the USA and their allies to arm them.
Unfortunately they are out of luck as the UN is now publicly hinting that the rebels used sarin against Syrians.

May 6th, 2013, 11:26 am

 

revenire said:

Ha ha Sami the story is out the rats used sarin. No putting the genie back in the bottle because the Anglo-Americans pressured the UN into issuing a statement.

Pathetic.

Go back to BEGGING the Zionists again traitor.

May 6th, 2013, 11:27 am

 

Citizen said:

Turkish soldiers began maneuvers in the ten-day NATO air base “Incirlik” near the border with Syria, the statement said Turkey’s General Staff of the Army
The exercises will be checked by the willingness of the Turkish troops for combat operations and to coordinate with the ministries.
“There will be worked out joint activities of ministries, government agencies and the armed forces in the event of mobilization and war,” – said in a statement.
On the basis of “Incirlik” also has the U.S. military. Representatives of the Turkish General Staff did not report whether they will participate in the exercises, reports “Interfax”.

American! come on and die for Israeli interests !!! Ry Dawson

http://youtu.be/P7lDFpnyGmw?t=43s

May 6th, 2013, 11:33 am

 

revenire said:

Sami is so flippin’ desperate he cuts and pastes any useless garbage.

The rats used sarin. Ha ha.

Just like Assad said.

BANYAS.

PS – Sami fix your links – both say “NOT FOUND”. Do you need Netanyahu to help you post a LINK?

May 6th, 2013, 11:33 am

 

zoo said:

Carla del Ponte: ““no indication at all” that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons.”
Carla del Ponte: “there were signs that rebels, not government forces, had used sarin gas”

UN Fails to Clear Up Conflicting Claims on Sarin Use in Syria

By Flavia Krause-Jackson – May 6, 2013 11:02 AM ET
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-06/un-fails-to-clear-up-conflicting-claims-on-sarin-use-in-syria.html

The United Nations today failed to clear up conflicting claims about chemical weapons in Syria, after a former war-crimes prosecutor said there were signs that rebels, not government forces, had used sarin gas.

“I was a little bit stupefied by the first indications we got, they were about the use of nerve gas by the opposition,” Carla Del Ponte, a member of a UN commission investigating human-rights violations and war crimes in Syria, told Swiss- Italian public television yesterday.
In Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council didn’t knock down the claim. The four-member panel “has not reached conclusive findings as to the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any parties to the conflict,” according to an e-mailed statement. The findings of the commission, set up in 2011 to probe alleged violations in the Syrian conflict, will be released June 3.

Del Ponte, who in the past took on the Italian Mafia and prosecuted former Serb President Slobodan Milosevic in The Hague, said investigations so far have yielded “no indication at all” that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons.

“According to their report of last week, which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions — but not yet incontrovertible proof — of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” she said.

A State Department official today said the U.S. takes all allegations of chemical weapons use seriously, including Del Ponte’s statement. The U.S. has no information suggesting that rebel forces opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime have either the capability or the intent of using chemical weapons, said the official, who briefed reporters on condition of not being named.

May 6th, 2013, 11:37 am

 

zoo said:

Is Kerry as cut from reality as Miss Piggy or it’s just the media’s eternal wishful thinking?

“Russia has supported Assad’s claims that “terrorists,” the regime’s standard term for the rebels, have used poison gas.

Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Moscow this week to try and persuade Russia to back away from its support for Assad. The U.S. and its European allies have supported the rebels, who accuse Assad’s forces of using sarin on civilians. “

May 6th, 2013, 11:43 am

 

revenire said:

Sami, like all traitors and beggars, has to rely on lies to bolster his song of death.

May 6th, 2013, 11:47 am

 

zoo said:

Turkey’s foreign policy in Syria has only achieved one goal, divide the country on ethnical and religious lines. It may soon pay the price

Afghanization of Syria; Pakistanization of the ME, Central Asia and EU
http://www.todayszaman.com/columnist-314689-afghanization-of-syria-pakistanization-of-the-me-central-asia-and-eu.html

Syria is becoming a new Iraq because the country is being partitioned along religious, sectarian and ethnic lines. The central administration has been weakened, unable to control the entire country. Even if the war ends, there is a great chance that we will have a de facto partitioned Syria. Like Iraq, the central government is weak; a new Syria where ethnic, religious and sectarian clashes will claim 10-100 lives every day is being created. The balance is based on the idea that Assad should stay but should not win a victory and that the opposition stays but should not defeat Assad.

What distinguishes Syria from Iraq is the process of Afghanization in the Sunni Arab areas. Jihadist youths from all around the world, including the EU, the US, China, the Russian Federation, the Caucasus and Central Asia, have flown to Syria to join the war.

Turkey cannot remain a bystander to the Syrian conflict anymore. Helping the refugees is not enough. We have to learn lessons from Pakistan’s experiences. In other words, effort must be made to ensure that the Free Syrian Army turns into a regular army.

May 6th, 2013, 11:51 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Readers must be stunned at the low intellectual capacity and content of the regime loyalists. The disparity between thoughtful comments and bullies barf-like snaps and humorless jokes that start with (ha ha) coming from ZOO and RVENIRE only show the depravity of the mentality required to support the criminal and murderous assad mafia regime.

These characters believe that merely proclaiming a photo of murdered children “fake” is sufficient to say that the massacre never happened. For anyone with modest intellect, dealing with such level of low intelligence is not easy, because it is both inexplicable and incomprehensible for someone to take pleasure at the images of the savagely burned bodies of children. A mentality underlying detachment from reality and sinking in an ocean of self made gory illusions and should not be allowed to spread its filth.

This could have been laughable, if children in Banyas, as well as throughout Syria have were not murdered by the savagery being defended and supported by these characters.

May 6th, 2013, 12:06 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:


من سميح شقير

لا بأس أيها القتلة
لا بأس ايتها الكائنات المتحولة مصاصة الدماء
وصلتنا رسائلكم في أطفال بانياس
ايتها المخلوقات المنحطة
يأبى اي مكون سوري ان تنتموا اليه
تمثلون دبق السلطة وأرجل الصراصير فحسب
تمثلون أنفسكم
لوثة مارقة وجذام مقيت
لا بأس أيها القتلة
سنعرفكم واحداً واحداً
سنأتي بكم معفرين بذل وخوف
سنواجهكم بوجوه أطفال بانياس المذبوحين
سنضع المرايا بمواجهتكم كي ترو الدود بين اسنانكم القذرة
سنسمعكم في الغرف المعتمة صرخات النزع الاخير لضحاياكم طوال الوقت
ستطلبون بسرعة القصاص ولن تأخذوه
ببطئ شديد ستلعقون الذل من تحت أظافر الندم
أيها المارقون
فانتظروا

May 6th, 2013, 12:12 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Glorifying Failure is Odd but True NewZ

Syrian Hamster,

Here is a link (I don’t cut & paste like some) to some arab cartoons which pretty much sum up the situation.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4376836,00.html

It’s pretty sad that there are people who support such failure. And I thought Obama was bad…

May 6th, 2013, 12:13 pm

 

Tara said:

Ghufran

Thanks for your gracious response from the previous thread. We may disagree on things but always good to know that you do not deny massacres when they happen.

I am glad you have kept your humanity.

May 6th, 2013, 12:23 pm

 
 

Visitor said:

According to this Jazeera report which quotes Israeli sources, Israel sent a secret message to Asshead before the raid reassuring the Asshead about its intentions.

http://www.aljazeera.net/news/pages/63e2ba2c-42a1-4df7-a7f1-e951f5ae00e9

Therefore, Syrians have an enemy within, Asshead, which is enemy #1. Syria’s enemy without, Israel, is enemy #2. Both enemies are EVIL and have a long history of sinister EVIL collusion going back to 1967.

On the other hand, Asshead decided today to lob few mortars across the Golan.

Let EVIL consume EVIL. Syrian people have no interest whatsoever in such fight among EVILS.

May 6th, 2013, 12:24 pm

 
 

apple_mini said:

The new wave of awakening on what the Syria conflict is about takes momentum on UN’s report on the rebels being behind the sarin attacks. Also the Israeli brazen and vile air strikes.

If there had been an iota of moral high ground from the opposition to support their rebel fighters, now it is quickly evaporating into thin air.

It is an awakening not only to Syrians who have not realized what will be facing them if the regime falls. Also to many Arabs in ME, westerners who have been lied to by their governments and MSM.

The rebels have used sarin to attack Syrians, including civilians. What other atrocities the rebels are capable of committing could be spared by the rebels?

The opposition are facing the biggest PR disasters since the beginning of their beloved revolution. Moral bankruptcy is a gentle word to describe them. Total failure might be forthcoming.

Of course, their puppet masters will continue to twist events and stir up more commotion in Syria. After all, their agenda is really not about supporting the rebels or the opposition. If those are getting too ugly to be put on stage, they will try something else. The rebels and the opposition are very much disposable.

The opposition’s collaborator Israel will be also facing some challenge. I think the chemical attack by the rebels should send the Israeli a warning and chilling reflection. If Israel tries to send more bombs inside Syria, it might push the regime to the point that they have to retaliate. Will be disastrous for Syria but Israel will not stay unharmed either.

May 6th, 2013, 12:41 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

The low number of casualties, Natanyaho continued his trip to china, and lack of response by Asshead all point to the truth that Asshead knew about it beforehand, Israel as a friend to Asshead will inform him in advance of such action,
The massacre by Asshead shabbiha was done two days earlier so the Israeli attack will cover it.

May 6th, 2013, 12:50 pm

 

annie said:

Pour les yeux du trouduc maison qui se régaleront de cette photo

http://bandannie.com/2013/05/06/help-sos-syria-its-children-its-people/

May 6th, 2013, 12:51 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

How insolent and ugly for APPLE-MINI, the owner of the (Hardly a massacre) phrase to lecture us on moral bankruptcy and to talk about PR disasters.

Regime loyalists still refuse to recognize that this is a real revolution and it is not a public relationship stunt like the pathetic appearances of their beloved criminal master and its wife or like the stupidly concocted appearance of someone who never showed up as a spokesman of any opposition side on the Israeli TV. Typical arrogance of those used for forty years to treat the people around them like animals and to barf meaningless sophistry.

May 6th, 2013, 12:54 pm

 

Tara said:

Hamster@ 414

Let him. Nothing wrong with writing for a my dear diary.

May 6th, 2013, 1:03 pm

 

revenire said:

Turkey Fears Russia Too Much to Intervene in Syria
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/05/turkey-fears-russia-too-much-to-intervene-in-syria/275571/

“The Russians can make life miserable for us, they are good at this.”

May 6th, 2013, 1:07 pm

 

Citizen said:

نسف موكب الوفد القطري في مقديشو والقتلى والجرحى بالمئات وحالة رئيس المخابرات القطرية غير معروفة

قتل ثمانية أشخاص على الأقل وجرح المئات عندما صدم مهاجم انتحاري بسيارة ملغومة موكب الوفد القطري الذي جاء الى الصومال للتدخل في الشأن الصومالي عند تقاطع مزدحم في العاصمة الصومالية مقديشو.وقال مسؤول أمني لوكالة رويترز إن الوفد القطري الزائر الذي كان يستقل سيارات مصفحة تابعة لوزارة الداخلية لكن المسؤول لم يعط تفاصيل إضافية وتكتمت قطر عن الامر ولم يعرف بعد اسماء المشاركين في الوفد ولكن مصادر صومالية ذكرت ان الوفد كان برئاسة مدير المخابرات القطرية
وقال شاهد عيان يدعى علي يوسف “رأيت ثماني جثث بما في ذلك جثة امرأة، بعضها احترقت بشدة جراء النيران الناجمة عن الانفجار. لقد كان منظرا بشعا”.وذكر مراسل بي بي سي في الصومال، محمد إبراهيم، إن الانفجار أدى إلى جرح 10 أشخاص.وأفادت تقارير بأن السيارة المصفحة التي استهدفها الهجوم تضررت بحيث تهشمت نوافذها الخلفية وانفجرت السيارة المفخخة قرب مركز شرطة في حي “الكيلومتر 4″، وهو حي مزدحم من مقديشو حيث يقصده سكان العاصمة لاحتساء الشاي في الأكشاك المنتشرة فيه.وأفاد مراسلنا بأن القوات الحكومية كانت قد أعادت فتح الطرق الرئيسية في مقديشو السبت أمام حركة السير

May 6th, 2013, 1:08 pm

 

ziad said:

May 6 – President Assad with 1st Lady Visiting Martyrs Children School

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2vBRcxw1kg

May 6th, 2013, 1:16 pm

 

revenire said:

Hamster what you need to do is get down on your knees and beg Netanyahu do it again. He is used to your begging and promised if you crawl on your stomach to Tel Aviv he might bomb another chicken farm.

May 6th, 2013, 1:17 pm

 

revenire said:

Ziad that video is so good I just had to post it again. I love President Assad and his beautiful First Lady.

May 6th, 2013, 1:21 pm

 

revenire said:

Tunisian demonstration for Syria (and Bashar and Hezbollah) today:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/945965_329175353874691_2140510101_n.jpg

May 6th, 2013, 1:47 pm

 

revenire said:

Unemployed? Looking for full-time work? The Free Syrian Army is looking for brave Jihadists like you. The prerequisites are the following:

1) You do not shower or shave.
2) You’re able to say “Allah wu Akbar” every time you fire a bullet.
3) You haven’t washed your underwear in three months.
4) You’re illiterate. We need to make sure you cannot read the truth.
5) You’re willing to behead anyone non-compliant.

If you meet these prerequisites, we have a job for you! Your compensation will be a lifetime pass to the Arabian Desert and possibly entrance to Paradise.

Barack Obama

https://www.facebook.com/SyrianPerspective
Syrian Perspective

May 6th, 2013, 1:49 pm

 

Sami said:

Rat,

Press release from the Commission of Inquiry on Syria (chemical weapons)

Geneva, 6 May 2013 — The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic wishes to clarify that it has not reached conclusive findings as to the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any parties to the conflict. As a result, the Commission is not in a position to further comment on the allegations at this time.

The Chair of the Commission of Inquiry, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, reminds all parties to the conflict that the use of chemical weapons is prohibited in all circumstances under customary international humanitarian law.

In line with its mandate, the Commission is currently investigating all allegations of violations of international law in the Syrian Arab Republic and will issue its findings to the Human Rights Council on 3 June 2013, as mandated by resolution 22/24.

http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=13298&LangID=E

I do not lie, the clarification came straight from the office of the UN…

Btw speaking of lying how are those two Israeli Pilots that were shot down doing?

May 6th, 2013, 2:00 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

What loyalists need is to get down on their knees and lick the bum of the murderous assad and its female so that they are allowed a place in the luggage compartment of the iranian airplane when the thug and its female try to escape punishment.

So called REVENIRE, displaying sick pedophilia behavior of taking pleasure at images of the child-murder and burning massacres it supported is now trying to lecture on head-chopping. Of course this is natural for a sick mind like its is only thinking of death and gory images.

assad will fall, rush to your safe houses before you are flushed.

May 6th, 2013, 2:04 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Suddenly, and without Warning, the Commies are Alarmed NewZ

I like the title of this Reuters article:

Russia, China express alarm after Israel hits Syria

Which begs the question:

– are they alarmed over 80000 Syrian deaths?

– are they alarmed that Athad is still wearing designer suits?

– are they alarmed that Syria is arming a terror organization sophisticated weapons?

http://news.yahoo.com/israel-assad-air-strikes-did-not-aim-help-125410452.html

May 6th, 2013, 2:10 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

The servility of regime loyalists and their lack of honor is clear for the world to see.

The media-brothels of their regime called their dead militia-thugs chickens, and even in its lack of respect to its own, dumps a truck-load of chickens where assad and its female lost tens of their loyal mindless, castrated surfs in an Israeli attack the two buffoons have not intention of responding do and had never intended to be prepared for

The next, having insulted the memory of their surfs, the two liars continue their scandalous prostitution of reality by appearing to care for the children of dead soldiers. Those children probably looked the buffoon in face and wished if they can tell it and its female, you are the chicken not our fathers.

Now, if the buffoon and his female have no problem claiming that their surfs are chicken, their mentally castrated loyalist surfs on this blog for them would mostly likely qualify to be chicken-shxt. Congratulation for earning such an honor less medallion. Well deserved.

May 6th, 2013, 2:23 pm

 

ann said:

423. Sami said:

“”” Btw speaking of lying how are those two Israeli Pilots that were shot down doing? “””

Your ‘israeli heroes are doing much better than your family, and fellow Syrians (man, woman and child) after enduring multiple depleted Uranium bombings!

Your beautiful city Damascus is a depleted uranium disaster zone now!

Go out celebrate with your `israeli friends, and take a deep breath while you’re at it!

May 6th, 2013, 2:23 pm

 

ziad said:

Guys don’t get excited prematurely about the leaked news from Commission of Inquiry that rebels used CW in Syria. This is only the foreplay to convince people that they are impartial. Mark my word, at the end they will come up with an iron clad fabricated proof that the Syrian government used sarin at multiple places.

Few questions to ask:

They blame AN and not FSA. Earlier reports mention that the projectiles were fired from areas that are under the control of FSA.

They say it was sarin. Where would AN get sarin from? More credible reports indicate that it was clorine, which can be obtained from some factories in Aleppo.

May 6th, 2013, 2:28 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

The clear reality is that the chicken-shxt loyalists including REVENIRE,ANN, ZOO, and CITIZEN (having earned this medallion) seem to be the only ones elated for the Israeli attack on Syria. Thinking that it has provided them with PR stunt, and using such stunt in the most crud, stupid and insulting manner, they first rushed to issue 6 hours threats for annihilation of Israel, the US, NATO and everyone they didn’t like, promises of fatalistic armageddon inflicted by Iran, Nus-lira, and the buffoon assad and its female. Only to be smacked, as always, on their snouts by their master’s masters in Moscow and Tehran who told them to shut-the f up and mind their own bum-licking, and massacre advocacy tasks.

Euphoria gave way to confusion despite of the fraud of having a fellow of their lap-dog-media-whore nizar nayouf pretend that it is a spoke-person for the opposition to the Israeli TV to score yet one more dumb media-brothel stunt.

Incompetent even at being incompetent. This is the defining mark of the buffoon assad, its whole mafia, as well as its female. The only competence they have is murdering children, as instructed by REVENIRE, on Joshua Landis’s site, without using bullets.

May 6th, 2013, 2:40 pm

 

zoo said:

@416. Rev

“Turkey Fears Russia Too Much to Intervene in Syria”

That’s why Erdogan is more hysterical then ever as his hands are tied by fear of Russia and the prospect of a war that would ruin his ambition to become Turkey’s president in 2014.
He’s going to shout a lot out of frustration.

May 6th, 2013, 2:51 pm

 

Sami said:

Ann the blind twerp that celebrates bombings and levelling of Syrian cities as long as it happens only by the callous hands of her master Batta the Buffoon is all of a sudden crying over an Israeli bombing.

Read this you hypocritical twerp, I will never support any bombing of any Syrian City no matter whom it is done by. Unlike you and your likes I do not find pleasure in death and destruction, I do not place emoticons after linking video showing people dying, I do not fabricate news, I do not use old news footage and try to pass it off as new.

Now run along and do what you do best you little twerp, I think liveleaks has a new video you can find your sadistic pleasure in.

May 6th, 2013, 2:52 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

The Assadists got shat on again. The war continues.

May 6th, 2013, 2:58 pm

 

zoo said:

409. Visitor

A diet of Press TV may do you a lot of good after too much reading and believing the fantasy tales carried by Al Jazeera and Al Arabya…

May 6th, 2013, 3:03 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

ZOO now advertises the members of the assadist media-brothel. It claims that Press TV is one of the best.

May 6th, 2013, 3:08 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Sami,

I was going to say the same thing as your post 431. I’ll give you a green thumb.

May 6th, 2013, 3:08 pm

 

revenire said:

Bad news for the rats…

HNN Homs News Network
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN RURAL AL-QASEIR – HOMS !! ..

• Syrian Army Troops have advanced from the “Al-Salumiyah” axis, and have now entered the villages “Al-Rahmoniyah” and “Ish Al-Woro” in the northern countryside of the City of Al-Qaseir, following fierce clashes which resulted in the deaths of a number of Terrorists ..
• Syrian Army forces are now deployed at the “old train station” south of the City which coincided with several Air Force strikes that targeted Terrorist gatherings in the City’s northern district, inflicting casualties among the Mercenaries …
• Within the City, Gunmen clashed with each other as a result of disagreements over whether to surrender or not ..
• Gunmen launched an attack on a group of civilians who were attempting to flee out of the City, with reports of casualties, including women and children ..
• Armed groups attempted an attack on the Border Military checkpoint at “Naa’imat” which was confronted by Syrian Army Troops who forced the Terrorists to flee …

GREAT NEWS AGAIN, THANK YOU GOD AND HEROES … – J

PLEASE REMEMBER TO LIKE, SHARE PARTICIPATE IN POSTS

Haider Razouk Media

May 6th, 2013, 3:10 pm

 

zoo said:

In Israel, “daily demand for gas masks had quadrupled this week”


The Syrian president, Bashar Al Assad, according to the Kuwaiti paper Al Rai, had notified the United States via Russian diplomats that he gave orders to allow deployed ground-to-ground and ground-to-air missile batteries to be used against Israel without advance notice should Israel embark on another strike.

Israelis, however, expressed some alarm at the possibility of retribution against the Israeli strikes, with the newspaper Haaretz reporting that daily demand for gas masks had quadrupled this week.

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/israel-plays-it-cool-in-face-of-rage-against-syria-strikes#ixzz2SXd80sRB
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May 6th, 2013, 3:13 pm

 

Visitor said:

433. zoo said:

409. Visitor

A diet of Press TV may do you a lot of good after too much reading and believing the fantasy tales carried by Al Jazeera and Al Arabya…

Delusional Zoo sees virtue in delusional news.

In order to become the ultimate delusional Zoo you have to be able to see the virtue of delusion like Zoo sees it. Never mind Zoo is a certified حمار. Ask Hussein Mourtada for the latest in delusional news.

I fail to see a virtue in delusion.

May 6th, 2013, 3:14 pm

 

zoo said:

#434 Thyrian PHD

Press TV is certainly an antidote to Al Jazeera’s poison….

May 6th, 2013, 3:18 pm

 

zoo said:

Visitor

Now you are switching from “idiot” to the obsessive use of ‘delusion’?
As the tiny hamster for advices of how to put some variety in your boring and predictable posts.
He is the next Pulitzer prize.

May 6th, 2013, 3:21 pm

 

revenire said:

“I fail to see a virtue in delusion.”

Ha ha coming from a guy who believes there is a holy war.

May 6th, 2013, 3:31 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

I don’t cheat on my brain. Therefore, media-brothels war is of no concern to me. ZOO can advertise what it wants and frequent whichever brothel it finds joy at since it seems to treat its brain like its bum.

May 6th, 2013, 3:32 pm

 

Visitor said:

Reverse idiot retard,

Go jerk off on Asshead.

May 6th, 2013, 3:37 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Look at this.

Israel has attacked Syria 8 times since that pinheaded puddle of piss Bashar Assad was taken out of his playpen and put in his daddy’s chair.

And he never once retaliated!

https://twitter.com/Racanarchy/status/331487611283726337/photo/1

COMMENT Why no response? Because it’s simply not Assad’s priority – keeping the Syrian people under control is what mattered to the regime.

And as we now see, attacking Syrians is all the Syrian military forces and equipment were there for.

And the Israelis have obligingly played their part in the game to feed the regime’s propaganda machine that kept the Syrian people sucked in about the threat.

May 6th, 2013, 3:47 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Remember the faces of hate and murder

These are some of the the savage animals responsible for answering RVENIRE calls for mass-murder, issued publicly, repeatedly, and with no recourse, on Josnua Landis’s blog by committing the massacres of Banyas, for which REVENIRE announced, also on Joshua Landis’s blog, that it was thrilled for. On the same Joshua Lanids’s blog, another loyalist, with the name of APPLE-MINI called the massacre “hardly a massacre”.

May 6th, 2013, 3:52 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

The Assadists are like the fat bully in the playground. They can murder women and children, but they lose against anyone who puts up a real fight.

May 6th, 2013, 3:55 pm

 

Sami said:

SyriaLover,

But in their haste to spoon feed us this pile of dog poop propaganda that the Israeli attack just reinforces their narrative of a Zionist conspiracy, they fails to point out that the whole we support Assad because of the resistance pile of dog poop has become nullified by their own foolish and hasty propaganda.

Really the motto Aboud/Amjad used to describe their idiocy stands true today as it did two years ago:

غبائكم ينصرنا 

May 6th, 2013, 3:57 pm

 

Syrialover said:

SYRIAN HAMSTER

You know what? If you met the person posting as REVENIRE in real life he would conceal his online identity and nod agreement to any condemnation of the regime and its enablers.

That’s because he doesn’t care or believe in what he is posting here – he enjoys playing his sick game like a cyber character.

He’s also an insincere coward who would never have the guts to put himself in the way of open controversy or criticism.

He’s exposing his sinister and sordid inner workings by delighting in killing, torture and video images of dead people, and throwing out over-the-top inane lies and insults.

Compare him with SYRIANCOMMANDO. The Commando is badly on the wrong side, but he at least is thinking and saying things a real person would. Including admitting that he no longer has faith in Assad and voicing his despair about what is happening in Syria.

May 6th, 2013, 4:10 pm

 

revenire said:

Don’t forget to beg Netanyahu for some help destroying Syria – tell him a few rats hid in closets because they were afraid of the army.

How come the men in Banyas ran away?

Why are you using children?

Fake photos?

Cowards and traitors.

Ghufran what do you call Syrians who cheer Israel killing soldiers if not traitors?

May 6th, 2013, 4:15 pm

 

Syrialover said:

SAMI #447

Exactly!

Their game is that crude, primitively stupid and clumsy.

May 6th, 2013, 4:16 pm

 

annie said:

352. Akbar Palace said:

AP you did not see the sarcasm ?

May 6th, 2013, 4:20 pm

 

Tara said:

Reve,

Printing out a picture of slaughtered children to hang on your wall?

Honest question. Not trying to score a point and politics aside:

What makes you that ugly?

Are you pretending ugliness to incite a reaction or is this genuine you?

May 6th, 2013, 4:25 pm

 
 

zoo said:

http://theweek.com/article/index/243757/why-liberal-hawks-are-pushing-to-strike-syria

Thomas Friedman wrote in the Times on Sunday:

“I believe if you want to end the Syrian civil war and tilt Syria onto a democratic path, you need an international force to occupy the entire country, secure the borders, disarm all the militias and midwife a transition to democracy,” Thomas Friedman wrote in the Times on Sunday. After facilitating that act of democratic midwifery, the thinking goes, the U.S. would stand aside and let “a homegrown Syrian leader who can be a healer, not a divider” step in and rebuild the country from the bottom up, Friedman explains.

Liberals of the non-hawk variety aren’t too keen on the Grey Lady’s new interventionist streak. Michael Moore was blunt as always on Twitter:

Michael Moore ✔ @MMFlint

Bill Keller of the NYTimes was wrong about Iraq but now wants 2 bomb Syria. Will some adult pls take his laptop away? http://mmflint.me/13kdnw6

May 6th, 2013, 4:28 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

شريف شحادة(حقير تاسومة) : سوريا لن ترد على الهجوم الاسرائيلي لأن اسرائيل غير مستعدة لتلقي ضربة قاصمة من سوريا

A regime mouthpiece (one of the most stupid ones, so reader can imagine the level of stupidity) just pronounced

Syria will not respond to the Israeli attack because Israel is not ready to receive a fatal blow from Syria.

Now this is the type of propaganda permeating regime loyalists discourse. Dear readers, do you understand why Syrians want to and must throw these bums out. Just read the loyalist surfs’ writings here and consider the potential Syria can have without these buffoons and their agitating provocateur friends holding the beautiful country back, destroying it one city and village at a time, and murdering its children, a whole family at a time.

May 6th, 2013, 4:39 pm

 

zoo said:

The USA is getting ready for a new style of Sunni Islamists jihadists

A Homemade Style of Terror: Jihadists Push New Tactics

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/us/terrorists-find-online-education-for-attacks.html

WASHINGTON — Aware that intensified American counterterrorism efforts have made an ambitious Sept. 11-style plot a long shot, Al Qaeda propagandists for several years have called on their devotees in the United States to carry out smaller-scale solo attacks and provided the online education to teach them how.

“I strongly recommend all of the brothers and sisters coming from the West to consider attacking America in its own backyard,” wrote Samir Khan, an American who joined Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch and emerged as a fervent advocate of homegrown, do-it-yourself terrorism before he was killed in an American drone strike in September 2011.

“The effect is much greater, it always embarrasses the enemy, and these types of individual decision-making attacks are nearly impossible for them to contain,” Mr. Khan wrote in a Web publication.

May 6th, 2013, 4:41 pm

 

revenire said:

Tara have you condemned the bombings in Damascus? The ones all over Syria? Have you stopped calling for soldiers to die? Have you stopped hating Alawi? Does the coast belong to you? Should Bashar and his family die? Have you condemned the kidnapping of the two bishops? Have you admitted the terrorists used sarin and tried to blame the government? Have you condemned the beheadings?

You want to talk about ugliness get out a mirror.

You’re not going to move me, or anyone else, with fake photographs of dead children.

THAT, and more, is why I printed their photos out and adorned my wall with them. I bet they are Alawi kids the rats murdered.

You traitors to Syria have no shame. None at all.

May 6th, 2013, 4:55 pm

 

revenire said:

“You can already see the beginnings of demonstrations in support of Syria. People identify with Syria now. They see it as a victim in some enormous plot to take down its government.

The ‘holy warriors’ are surrendering. We knew they were cowards hiding behind civilians the entire time.

Israel didn’t get much from their attack on Syria – less than 50 dead soldiers and the Zionists have turned Assad into an even bigger hero than he already was in the eyes of the Arab world.

====

Is the Syrian government’s interpretation for the timing of the attack — that Israel is trying to shift the balance of power — in Assad’s favor?

“Of course. The Syrian army had some major operational successes recently, so it is only natural that they would connect their victories against the rebel forces with Israel’s alleged attacks. Take, for example, the al-Qusayr region, which connects Homs with Lebanon. The Syrian army destroyed almost all the rebel forces there. It forced them out of all the villages. There are a few villages left in the Orientis region, but in my opinion it will all be over in two or three days. Fighters from outside the country have gathered in this region, including fighters from Jabhat al-Nusra [which identifies with al-Qaeda, and which has already been covered extensively by Al-Monitor] and other rebel forces. We have even begun hearing about negotiations under way with Jabhat al-Nusra fighters, who are prepared to surrender now that they are being defeated. The same is true in the east, where the Syrian army has scored some major victories and managed to force the rebels out. There are also battles under way in the Daraa Horan region and near the Israeli border. The Syrians are quite explicit in their claims that because of the rebels’ failures in these battles, Israel attempted to boost morale by attacking Syria directly. And of course, this has an enormous impact on public opinion. Note that even Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah has been recruited for the propaganda war, and not just for military operations. Just a few days ago, Nasrallah said, ‘We will not let Syria fall into the hands of Israel, America and the heretics.'”

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/05/the-damascus-bombings-play-into-assads-hands.html

May 6th, 2013, 5:10 pm

 

Tara said:

Reve,

Please do not answer my question with questions. I am willing to answe later. So it is you? You are not pretending? You are enjoying the image of slaughtered piled up children cadavers? You meant what you said? You are not trying to incite a shock and awe reaction?
I by the way, do not think you are a retard but I really want to know who are we dealing with and why?

And I am not really trying to move you or anyone else for that matter. I just express my thoughts the way I feel them. I am pretty sure that the war in Syria is not going to be lost or won on SC.

May 6th, 2013, 5:25 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

al-monitor needs some factual checking help. What the heck, I have always been a generous person.

Israel didn’t get much from their attack on Syria – less than 50 dead soldiers and the Zionists have turned Aassad into an even bigger hero jackass than he it already was in the eyes of the Arab entire world.

May 6th, 2013, 5:37 pm

 

revenire said:

Tara again – have you condemned ONE atrocity committed by Nusra or the FSA or the rest of the filth that has invaded Syria? How can a Syrian woman cheer Israel killing Syrian soldiers like you did? Do you have any self-respect left?

May 6th, 2013, 5:46 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Annie,

No:-(

May 6th, 2013, 5:53 pm

 

Tara said:

Reve,

Your perception of my stand should not affect your stand. I just take your answer as confirmation of this is the real you. It is not like you being a little kid playing a gamev of shock and awe. This is a real pity. I am not going to dwell on this anymore. But I want to know why? Where does all this evilness ( for lack of a different word) come from? Wherre does it originate from? Not trying to move you but imagining the look on a child face witness the slaughter of his parents and siblings waiting for his turn, I fail to find another word for it..

May 6th, 2013, 5:58 pm

 

zoo said:

The media are busy debating at infinite about you who used sarin, who used chlorine, is Carl de Ponte senile, is Israel safe, is Obama changing his game.

In the meantime the heroic Syrian Army, despite having lost 42 young martyrs in an Israeli cowardly attack, is continuing its national task of cleaning up and desinfecting the country from the Islamist virus that has infested some naive Syrians and turn them into ruthless and bloodthirsty zombies.
Long live to the heroes of the Syrian army.

May 6th, 2013, 6:05 pm

 

Visitor said:

Asshead is half man.

Hassan Nasr Al-Shaytan is no man.

SAA is a terrorist organization of half-men.

May 6th, 2013, 6:19 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

It is Asshead who is killing Syrians now,it is not Israel.anything bad happen to Asshead is good

May 6th, 2013, 6:21 pm

 

zoo said:

The opposition SNC: “most of the Syrian people are gladdened by the alleged Israeli attack”

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4376836,00.html

In an interview for the Lebanese Almayadeen TV channel, affiliated with Hezbollah and Assad’s regime, prominent opposition member Kamal al-Labwani said that most of the Syrian people are gladdened by the alleged Israeli attack.

“The Israeli aggression hit ammunition dumps, long range missiles and the headquarters of the army’s fourth division, which hurt the people,” he said.

“I’m for the resistance (the Arab name for the armed struggle against Israel) and want it to win, but I’m confused,” he admitted.

The London-based Asharq Alawsat newspaper published a similar opinion piece by Alarabiya network’s director Abd a-Rahman a-Rashid who voiced his support for any action which denies Assad’s forces weapons used to kill citizens.

He added: “Only Iran loyalists object to the Israeli attack and condemn it, since they’re afraid for Iran’s allies such as Hezbollah and Assad, not because they hate Israel.”

May 6th, 2013, 6:23 pm

 

revenire said:

Another “massacre”??

TARTOUS:

RA’S AL-NABI’: (راس النبع) near Banyaas. We can confirm the deaths of 51 rodents at this battle which followed yesterday’s SAA triumph over Salafist vermin at Al-Baydhaa. Because we have relatives there on the scene and have direct contact with Wael who is in Tartous now, we have an excellent picture of what transpired and how the SAA and militia wiped out an entire Takfeeri presence in this beautiful governorate.

With Al-Qusayr being cleaned out as we write and Lebanese traitors pleading their case with the SAA for mercy, and with Al-‘Utayba undergoing spring renewal, and with Der’ah experiencing much-needed respite from the cockroaches who had previously infested it, it seems only right that the rats would try to move into the coastal areas to make their last stand. Not so lucky!!

Yesterday, a unit of rodents attacked a military checkpoint and killed 4 of our troops. News of the outrage reached Central Command and the SAA responded immediately by surrounding the area into which these FSA rats converged: a little town called Ra’s Al-Nabi’.

F`

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May 6th, 2013, 6:26 pm

 

revenire said:

Background in the Zionist attack:

Jamraayaa is a town to the northwest of the capital which is home to a civilian/military research complex. The Special Forces training center show in the map is Al-Qutayfa. Evidence indicates that the Zionists either used ground-to-ground missiles (cruise missiles, least likely) or fired missiles from F-16 fighter-bombers at the complex killing scores of civilians (most likely). SyrPer can confirm to its readers that Syria does not establish important military production centers so close to the borders of Palestine. The important centers for research and development are found in Al-Sufayra (near Aleppo) and Homs. The reasons for this should be obvious to anyone.

The timing of the attack coincided with what the Zionist Settler State claimed was a Syrian convoy hauling new, “game-changing” equipment to Hizbollah in Lebanon. Some have surmised that the equipment was the Faateh 110, a refurbished and highly-accurate strategic missile capable of striking Zionist infrastructure.

Given the Zionist Abomination’s past conduct; its indifference to international law and custom, the Syrian government is fully aware of the danger of transporting such equipment via the route suggested by the Zionist media. In fact, the Syrian government is fully aware that American spy satellites regularly “surveil” this area and share Intel with the Zionist Terrorist State on a regular basis. We know, at SyrPer, that Damascus does not deliver weapons to Hizbollah in this way. We can confirm that such weapons systems are delivered through other routes, with the loads almost always in an “unassembled” state.

We do not believe the story being bandied about by Western propagandists. The attack on Jamraayaa could not have been for the purposes proclaimed. Instead, we believe that the Zionist regime was deliberately provoking the Syrian Air Defense Command to fire an S-300 at an F-16 in an effort to discover guidance data that would enable the U.S. to “break” Syria’s formidable air defense network. We note that the Zionist jets flew in a pattern that would allow their pilots to land in Occupied Palestine if they were struck by an S-300 missile. But the Syrian Air Defense Command did not fall for the ruse.

With this in mind, we recommend that President Putin begin sending Russian military units to Syria to make it clear to that buffoon, Obama, and his clown associates, that this is a run-up to WWIII if the stinking West doesn’t learn to accept the fact that Syria and Bashar Al-Assad go hand in hand. The Russians have been too meek. It should be obvious from Sunday’s attack that someone is trying to bate the bear but should so only at his own peril.

I don’t think Syria will respond any more than it responded to previous outrages such as the attack on Al-Kibar south of Dayr El-Zor where the lying Zionist Settlers claimed Syria was developing some nuclear components for a bomb! Other outrages took place at Jamraayaa in 2012, Latakia and southwestern Damascus.

Obama, the sleazy weasel, thinks he’s going to get Turkey and the Zionist Settler State to do his bidding pursuant to what we wrote some time ago about the “Obama Proxy Doctrine”. Believe us when we say that this miserable mongrel is only going to take the U.S.A. down the path to its own destruction as he pursues policies not originating in Washington D.C. but in the noisome cesspool of the Zionist mind.

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May 6th, 2013, 6:37 pm

 

ghufran said:

Glenn Greenwald
guardian.co.uk, Monday 6 May 2013 11.56 EDT

The ultimate irony is that those who advocate for the universal application of principles to all nations are usually tarred with the trite accusatory slogan of “moral relativism”. But the real moral relativists are those who believe that the morality of an act is determined not by its content but by the identity of those who commit them: namely, whether it’s themselves or someone else doing it. As Rudy Giuliani put it when asked if waterboarding is torture: “It depends on who does it.” Today’s version of that is: Israel and the US (and its dictatorial allies in Riyadh and Doha) have the absolute right to bomb other countries or arm rebels in those countries if they perceive doing so is necessary to stop a threat but Iran and Syria (and other countries disobedient to US dictates) do not. This whole debate would be much more tolerable if it were at least honestly acknowledged that what is driving the discussion are tribalistic notions of entitlement and nothing more noble.
( the failure to respond to Israel’s terrorism is not just a regime and an Assad failure, it is a Syrian, Arab and Muslim failure, do not pretend that the cowardness of the regime is the only issue here, many of you want the army to respond not because they are angry at Israel but because they want to enjoy seeing more Syrians soldiers dead, what a shame)

May 6th, 2013, 6:43 pm

 

revenire said:

Frankly Ghufran, it would be foolish for Syria to respond to the Israeli attack by attacking Israel. I think you know that without being an expect in military affairs.

There is nothing cowardly about the SAA.

May 6th, 2013, 6:56 pm

 

ghufran said:

The reported strikes killed 42 Syrian soldiers, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday, citing medical sources. It said 100 people remained missing.
(do not blame anybody who calls the regime and Assad cowards for not responding, the lives of those soldiers and the loss their families have to endure have a price that Israel should pay, allowing Israel to get away with this inexcusable crime is an invitation to do more of the same, it is terrible how Syrian lives got this cheap)

May 6th, 2013, 6:58 pm

 

revenire said:

Greenwald is a very smart guy – always enjoyed his insights.

May 6th, 2013, 7:06 pm

 

Tara said:

Thank you Senator!

Influential senator offers bill to arm Syria rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Robert Menendez, the chairman of the influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a bill on Monday that would provide weapons to some vetted groups of Syrian rebels.
Menendez, a Democrat, was one of a few senators pushing the White House to provide for lethal aid to some of the rebels fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad even before reports that chemical weapons had been used in the conflict.

http://news.yahoo.com/influential-senator-offers-bill-arm-syria-rebels-193139259.html

May 6th, 2013, 7:09 pm

 

ziad said:

Above the Law: What’s Behind Israel’s Latest Military Rampage Over Syria?

If any other country did what Israel has done, it would spark an emergency meeting of the UN and result in an international outcry against the aggressor nation – branding them as a ‘rogue state’. But not with Israel – there exists a double standard of hypocrisy when it comes to holding Israel accountable for anything. Internationally, it is above the law, and does what it pleases in the full knowledge that no one would dare tell it not to. Do not expect either the UN, the US, or NATO to say a word against Israel, who have all but declared war on Syria.

http://21stcenturywire.com/2013/05/05/above-the-law-israels-latest-military-rampage-over-syria/

May 6th, 2013, 7:11 pm

 

Tara said:

Is Carla suffering from dementia?  If she has evidence, she should come forward.  Otherwise the SNC must demand an apology and an investigation of why she gave a falsified impression.

US casts doubt on claim Syrian rebels may have used sarin gas

Carla del Ponte said testimonies gathered by the UN said rebels in Syria had used chemical weeapons.

“We are highly sceptical of any suggestions that the opposition used chemical weapons,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney. “We think it highly likely that Assad regime was responsible but we have to be sure about the facts before we make any decisions about a response.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/06/syria-us-no-evidence-rebels-sarin

May 6th, 2013, 7:14 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Listen to this twisted derranged idiotic thinking
” many of you want the army to respond not because they are angry at Israel but because they want to enjoy seeing more Syrians soldiers dead, ”
If Syria does not respond then nothing will deter Israel from doing the same again and again,and actually more soldiers and more civilian will die in repeated attacks, The soldiers job is to fight the enemy and defend Syrians,your asshead and your criminal soldiers that you want to save are killing innocent Civilian syrians,so you want to kill more Syrians, this is stupid?

May 6th, 2013, 7:23 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

* قيادة «الحر» تطالب بتمثيلها مناصفة في الائتلاف
I said it before the FSA should be the main members of the coalition, I have no problem with 50%.

As for the election of the head of the coalition
هناك ثلاثة مرشحين لملء مكان الخطيب؛ وهم: جورج صبرا، نائب الخطيب والمكلف حاليا تسيير أعمال الائتلاف، وبرهان غليون عضو «المجلس الوطني»، والثالث هو رياض سيف نائب الخطيب.
They all members of the SNC, but I think after adding members of the FSA then they can choose the head, and whether Hito or Tomeh becme prime minister it would be fine

May 6th, 2013, 7:45 pm

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed a few of the boys and I have noticed how grumpy you sound when nap time approaches in Colorado. Perhaps your testosterone is low?

May 6th, 2013, 7:51 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

REvenir
For low testosterone there is medicine, but for Dumpness and stupidity that you have there is no medicine, It is inherited from your mother and father,and your filthy attitude and criminality it stinks so bad,the police should arrest you and throw you back to Iran

May 6th, 2013, 8:07 pm

 

Dolly Buster said:

I think Rev doesn’t care much for religion. He is probably an atheist from an originally Christian background.

That is fine, I think atheism is a pretty sound belief system, though not completely.

Anyway Israel shouldn’t be thrifty with jet fuel, they should fly daily sorties and bomb Asshat’s installations. Good ideas have no national boundaries.

May 6th, 2013, 8:21 pm

 

Syrian said:

ZOO said
“In the meantime the heroic Syrian Army, despite having lost 42 young martyrs in an Israeli cowardly attack”
So Zoo now quoting the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights numbers,
Because the Mafia regime did not even say one word about their numbers or their names let alone a proper funerals for the “42 heroic Syrian Army martyrs”
The Mafia foot soldiers deserve a mafia style ending, uncounted for,unrecognized and for sure not missed by the Mafia family.

May 6th, 2013, 8:26 pm

 

Syrian said:

Reve. Is not an atheist, he is like some on this site, an Assad toe worshiper.

May 6th, 2013, 8:30 pm

 

Tara said:

Syrian

“The Mafia foot soldiers deserve a mafia style ending, uncounted for,unrecognized and for sure not missed by the Mafia family.”

Hehe. A fate that fits their scope of heroism.

Syrian, I so much like your wit!

May 6th, 2013, 8:37 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

israeli attack weakens the argument that Syria’s air defense system would be a major challenge.

“The Israelis seem to be able to penetrate it fairly easily,” Mr. McCain said on “Fox News Sunday.” He went on to say that the United States would be capable of disabling the Syrian air defenses on the ground “with cruise missiles, cratering their runways, where all of these supplies, by the way, from Iran and Russia are coming in by air.” Patriot missile batteries already installed in Turkey, he argued, could defend a safe zone to protect rebels and refugees

May 6th, 2013, 8:42 pm

 

ziad said:

قادة “الجيش الحر” يشاركون ليفني بحث مستقبل سورية

معهد واشنطن لسياسات الشرق الأدنى يستضيف ندوة سنوية حول المنطقة العربية، وأبرز المشاركين قادة الجيش السوري الحر ووزيرة العدل الإسرائيلية تسيبي ليفني.

http://almayadeen.net/ar/news/americas-xtNc2dxTtESosaG0AV8IGQ/قادة-الجيش-الحر-يشاركون-ليفني-بحث-مستقبل-سورية

May 6th, 2013, 8:55 pm

 

Observer said:

Great work from Syrian Hamster in keeping our eyes and focus on the massacres on the coast.

Great work in also accurately describing the pro regime troll’s position on the revolution.

As I posted before, the demonization of the other is the first step towards its massacre. That is exactly the whole message of the pro regime trolls. At least Ghufran accepts at the very least the incompetence and at times the criminality of the regime.

What I would add to Syrian Hamster’s thread is that the regime supporters in their defense of the methods of the regime are actually admitting that it is no longer a legitimate entity. No legitimate entity would use MRL and Cluster bombs and Massive Artillery and Wholesale displacement of entire populations in its so called war against enemies of the state.

The regime will not retaliate for its only aim it to remain in power at the expense of every Syrian of all sects and the regime has not an ounce of pride and has no shame in lying through its teeth and in eating its words and in calling non response a smart move.

There is no heroism in fighting unarmed civilians but there is heroism in responding to the Israeli attack for its role in defending the honor of the country; for its deterrent effect for future adventures; and for avenging the honor of those killed in the attack.

I have read the two editorials by Atwan in Alquds Alarabi and both times he is actually wishing for a response from Syria as he utterly humiliated. He even writes in the editorial that Hamas has more backbone in tiny Gaza than the so called heroic and mighty army of the Syrian regime.

I would also say that Rev likes to elicit the responses he expects. Do not fall into his bait. He is not there to make any points or to bring anything of value. He is there to provoke and distract.

This war will end up in putting his master into the dustbin of history and hopefully after a full showing in a court of law.

May 6th, 2013, 9:03 pm

 

Syrian said:

Ziad@8:55
Here you go Ziad in your face

أعلن العقيد عبد الجبار عكيدي أنه رفض الذهاب لالقاء كلمة في معهد واشنطن لدراسات الشرق الأدنى المقرر انعقاده
من 8 ـ 10 أيار.
وذكر على صفحته على الفيس بوك (( بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم :السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته اليوم اعتذرت عن الذهاب لحضور الندوة المنعقدة في معهد واشنطن لدراسات الشرق الادنى من تاريخ 8-10 ايار حيث وجهت لي دعوة لحضور هذه الندوة والقاء كلمة يوم 9 ايار ضمن حلقة نقاش حول الصراع في سوريا وكنت قد عزمت على الذهاب بعد استشارة العديد من الاصدقاء ولكنني تفاجئت اليوم ان من بين الحضور وزيرة العدل الاسرائيلية تسيبي ليفني وهذا هو سبب عدم حضوري الندوة))
والمضحك ان المعهد المذكور كان قد نشر تفاصيل تلك الجلسات على الانترنت ومنها دعوة عقيدين من الجيش الحر ولكنه ذكر امامها ان الجلسات لن تكون مسجلة او متاحة للعامة .

http://all4syria.info/Archive/80852

May 6th, 2013, 9:26 pm

 

zoo said:

Sunnis rebels destroy and exhume a revered Shiite figure, trying to provoke Iran’s intervention

Iran Warns Syrian Rebels After Report of Shrine Desecration
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/world/middleeast/iran-warns-syrian-rebels-after-report-of-shrine-desecration.html?_r=0
Published: May 6, 2013

TEHRAN — Iran’s Shiite leaders warned of regional sectarian conflict after reports that Syrian rebels raided a Shiite shrine in a suburb of Damascus last week, destroying the site and making off with the remains of the revered Shiite figure buried there.

The Qaeda-inspired Al Nusra Front claimed responsibility for the abduction of the remains of Mr. Oday. Their attack was followed by a stern warning from Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militia, who on April 30 told Sunni rebels not to target the largest Shiite sanctuary in Syria, the golden-domed shrine of Sayida Zeinab, Muhammad’s granddaughter.

Mr. Nasrallah warned of “very serious repercussions” if Syrian rebels attacked the shrine, long a main pilgrimage destination for Shiites worldwide.

Such an attack would unleash an uncontrollable conflict, Mr. Nasrallah said, invoking a fearsome precedent: the destruction of a Shiite shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra in 2006 that contributed to years of sectarian bloodletting between Shiites and Sunni Muslims there.

Fighting has engulfed areas around the Syrian shrine, which is outside Damascus, and many Shiite fighters — Syrian as well as Iraqi and Lebanese — have rushed to defend it, according to fighters interviewed in Syria.

Sunnis in the Jordan town of Southern Mazar on Friday burned down a Shiite gathering center, close to the shrine of another revered Shiite figure, Jafar Ibn Abi Talib, Iranian news media reported.

“This Syrian so-called front, Al Nusra, is the symbol of Saudi Arabia and Qatar,” said Mojtaba Bigdeli, a former leader of a Shiite pressure group. “We respect Sunni shrines. We do not desecrate them. We may form self-sacrifice battalions to react to the Wahhabis and Salafists in Syria. For sure we will not remain silent.”

May 6th, 2013, 9:46 pm

 

Syrian said:

Tara and Syrian Hamster, thank you for shutting the propagandists down the last 2 days,
I can picture you both kinda holding your noses while replying to some of the most foul immoral comments coming out of them to date.
Thanks again

May 6th, 2013, 9:47 pm

 

ghufran said:

The last time 2 arab armies fought together against Israel was in 1973, after that Israel managed to create a new situation where no single arab country can stand up to its aggression in a classical army vs army war, and that is why Israel fought nail and tooth to destroy Hamas and Hizbullah, what israel fears is populist non state military groups, in that sense a war with Syria will be a dream come true for Israel as long as Syria is weakened and isolated and not likely to receive any support from its Arab “brothers”. The GCC spends money on hookers and sport clubs and now on sending arms to terrorists but can not help build a strong army that can fight Israel, it can not even honor its promises for Syrian refugees. Since 1979 the GCC decided that Iran is the enemy and everything those Bedouins did after that was dictated by that belief, do not expect any major response from Syria against Israel,a symbolic response is possible only with the blessing of Russia who does not seem to be interested in escalation and is quite happy with the fact that Assad survived two years of warfare and seems to be making advances against the rebels, these advances will be used by Putin to convince Obama that a radical regime change is not possible. Out of two dozen posters who shower this board with mostly garbage, only few seem to get it.

May 6th, 2013, 10:29 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

That, Ghufran, is rubbish.

The Assadists have given up two-thirds of the country to try to consolidate one-third of the country. Even with that strategy they still haven’t managed to take control of Homs or Damascus. The rebels have made tremendous gains over the last 6 months. Look at Raqqa, Daraa, and Deir El Ezzor for confirmation.

The Assadists are evil. They’re politically dead. Neither the West nor the rebels nor the GCC will talk to them. The war continues.

May 6th, 2013, 11:03 pm

 

ziad said:

SYRIAN #488

Thank you for the clarification.

May 6th, 2013, 11:12 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

The rebels have a simple strategy: keep on fighting. Every day that passes is another 10 million dollars or so lost by Iran.

May 6th, 2013, 11:12 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Ariel Kastro kidnaped three teen age girls and kept them in his house ten years and no one in the neighbourhood knew something about.
Asshead kidnapped the whole Syrian people for fourty three years and no one talked about,
We are living in the world of kidnaping

May 6th, 2013, 11:26 pm

 

ghufran said:

What Happens When the Enemy of Our Enemy Is a Terrorist?
A Chicago teen is facing terrorism charges after trying to join an al-Qaeda-affiliated group to fight President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.
Another teenager,in Jail now ,and his name is Daoud, for trying to blow up a bar in the same city, the FBI penetrated that cell and supplied the would-be-terrorist with a car and a fake bomb.
(full story is published in The Atlantic)
That what happens when in the name of free speech, visas are given to takfiri sheikhs,many received “training” in KSA, those sheikhs are plentiful in the US today thanks to an immigration service that denied visas to educated Syrians while granted them to illiterate sheikhs who are in effect a national security concern.
(marigold: That, Ghufran, is rubbish. Join the list I talked about,my friend, you have nothing to add to this board but nobody has the right to ask you to stop,I do not believe anything you said about your background,you know what I mean)

May 6th, 2013, 11:45 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

That list of yours, Ghufran, consists of 60% of the Syrian population.
I.e. the majority. What you’ve basically just said was “screw the majority, my opinion is always right.”

On the GCC I might agree with you. They are corrupt. BUT (and this is important) they’re better than the Assadists. The Assadists are WORSE. They’re worse than the GCC: many at this point consider them even worse than Israel.

So… the war continues. It’s because of cowards like you 30 years ago that the Assadists are doing what they are doing today. They thought, “oh we can get away with Hama. I’m sure we can get away with this now.”

It’s time to teach them otherwise.

P.S. There can never be peace with Assadists. They have proven it. A false peace today means an even worse war tomorrow. Best to finish it now.

P.S.S. You can believe whatever you want, but I don’t come from anywhere near the Middle East, though I understand their mindsets reasonably well. After all, we think the same way. An eye for an eye. What comes around, goes around. Right?

May 6th, 2013, 11:54 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

This civil war is the consequence of the cowardice of 30 years ago. When the Assadists did not pay for Hama, they thought they can get away with this.

No talk. The war continues. This war is no longer about Syria of today, but about the Syria of the future. Syrians today are paying the price of the cowardice of their parents 30 years ago.

May 7th, 2013, 12:07 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv32kcPdx38
Future channel comment on Israel attack, good to watch

May 7th, 2013, 12:25 am

 

Darryl said:

496. GHUFRAN said:

“(marigold: That, Ghufran, is rubbish. Join the list I talked about,my friend, you have nothing to add to this board but nobody has the right to ask you to stop,I do not believe anything you said about your background,you know what I mean)”

Ghufran, BamBam BOORAAN showed up on the scene about the same time Antoine dis-appeared and he, Kahlid Tlass and Visitor are the same person but different personalities. You have been fighting a trench battle with Visitor as he is the combatant version (Khalid Tlass) but now discovered how to give himself thumps up.

May 7th, 2013, 12:56 am

 

revenire said:

Visitor is Marigoldran? Ha ha maybe that explains why Visitor’s breath smells like he just ate a dog.

Priceless.

May 7th, 2013, 2:24 am

 

MarigoldRan said:

I am?

Didn’t know that. What I do know is that you’re a total loser and a retard.

May 7th, 2013, 3:27 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Ghufran asks

What Happens When the Enemy of Our Enemy Is a Terrorist?

Check Nus-lira… Logic flow:
Enemy of Israel: ✓ with many ??? and !
Terrorist: ✓ ✓ ✓
Sectarian: ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Murderer of Syrians: ✓ ✓ ✓✓
Friend: F–ing hell not

May 7th, 2013, 4:58 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Dolly Buster said:

Anyway Israel shouldn’t be thrifty with jet fuel, they should fly daily sorties and bomb Asshat’s installations. Good ideas have no national boundaries.

I hope the GOI and the opposition can start to talk to each other about their vision of a post-Assad government. That would be good.

I also noticed Majedkhaldoun’s post about John McCain, and his words criticizing the Obama administration. If the Israelis can fly around Syrian airspace without a problem, er, perhaps the US military can too?? How embarrassing for the US military.

Ziad said:

If any other country did what Israel has done, it would spark an emergency meeting of the UN and result in an international outcry against the aggressor nation – branding them as a ‘rogue state’.

Are you kidding? The US and other nations are flying into Yememi, Pakistani, Afghan, etc airspace and firing missiles hundreds of times at enemies half-way around the world.

Ghufran said:

allowing Israel to get away with this inexcusable crime is an invitation to do more of the same, it is terrible how Syrian lives got this cheap)

Ghufran,

I’m trying to understand your “math”. If Assad is responsible for a civil war where over 80000 Syrians died, and Israel is responsible for 42 deaths (hitting the same targets the opposition is hitting), then why are you pro-regime?

Resistance professionals like Assad and Nasrallah just want perpetual war, and they won’t take no for an answer.

May 7th, 2013, 7:10 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Akbar Palace
There is no other choice.
The future is a chance for peace

May 7th, 2013, 7:33 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Majedkhaldoun,

Sounds like a good idea.

May 7th, 2013, 7:37 am

 

Citizen said:

Putin! dirty war has stirred up! What are you waiting for?

SAS ON SYRIA ALERT
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/304073/?

UK special forces are being pulled out of Afghanistan ahead of a planned mission to help Syrian rebels.

SAS and SBS commanders are drawing up top secret plans to give the fighters much-needed weapons.

A Whitehall source revealed SAS and SBS veterans are being “quietly” withdrawn from Afghanistan to prepare for their new mission.

They will be working with guidance from MI6 and their French counterparts, the Directorate-General for External Security, to get a £20million Brit-funded arsenal stockpiled in neighbouring countries into rebel hands.

May 7th, 2013, 7:56 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

assad regime responds forcefully to Israeli attack. Five new songs have been produced within 24 hours to glorify the leader and its militia. I am sure Akbar is very intimidated now. Am I right Akbar?

May 7th, 2013, 7:56 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

2013 is a year of foreign involvement,
Asshead is so weak now,his forces are negotiating surrender in the north,Asshead needs to bring forces south to around Damascus to protect him there, after he lost 1 1/2 liuaa and now further threat to the fourth division,US can easily wipe it off, as proven by the ease Israeli attack was carried out.
If Asshead has any brain,he should resign and leave

May 7th, 2013, 8:04 am

 

Tara said:

The Israeli attack just proved that Assad air defense system is almost non- exist. He is almost like a sitting duck. Take his chemical weapons out. His air power can then be neutralized in few hours by bombing all military airports. His life line from Iran can be cut by neutralizing the civilian airports. A bomb or two targeting Nasrallah to keep him busy. Bomb the 4 th brigade and the republican guard. And all without foreign boots.

When is the world going to wake up? Civilians need to be protected.

May 7th, 2013, 8:16 am

 
 

Visitor said:

The latest Israeli attack was orchestrated with Asshead in order to cover up the horrible massacres on the coast.

The Israelis hurried to the aid of their most faithful ally and provided him with the necessary diversion in order to continue with the massacres while attention of the world shifts to a side show.

There is a long history of collusion between the Assheads and the Israelis going back to 1967 when Asshead head collaborated with the Israelis for the specific purpose of taking control of Syria while selling the Golan completely furnished to the Israelis. This collaboration resulted in the rule of Syria for almost half a century by Assheads.

Syria faces an enemy within, the Assheads, which is enemy # 1. It also faces an enemy without, Israel. And this is enemy # 2. Both enemies are EVIL.

May 7th, 2013, 8:28 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

The importance of Israeli attack is not by the destruction it produced, it is by the EASE it has been accomplished, US now should be encouraged to wipe out the fourth division,knowing that there is NO RISK at all.
Asshead must think about that,that should change his calculation, and must think of leaving, his defence capability,and Russian weapons are useless.
Israel lost nothing,no soldier,no pilot, no plane,it is all done in one hour,and Asshead can not and would not retaliate

May 7th, 2013, 8:30 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

I am sure Akbar is very intimidated now. Am I right Akbar?

Hamster,

Put it this way. The Israelis wouldn’t wait until 80000 Israelis died and Israeli towns and cities were reduced to rubble.

I think Israel has some fairly lethal enemies and it is nothing to take lightly, but Assad will go down as one of the worst leaders ever known to mankind.

Thank G-d Israel can protect herself. Syria cannot protect herself because Syria is simply held hostage to their Poster Child Prethident and the Iranian nut-cases.

Tara,

A coordinated attack by westerner powers could have brought down Assad just as fast as they brought down Saddam Hussein. Cynically, I think they’re letting this “stew” to expend the money and energy of the Iranians, the jihadists and the Baathists.

It is the innocent people in between who are paying this high price and I am sorry about that. They don’t deserve it.

Keep up the good work,

AP

There is a long history of collusion between the Assheads and the Israelis going back to 1967 when Asshead head collaborated with the Israelis…

Visitor,

Do you have proof of this or some reliable links showing this? I’m not aware of any talks between the Syrian Gov’t and the GOI other than the Sheppardtown talks.

May 7th, 2013, 8:38 am

 

GEORGES said:

ZOO what do you think of this interview?
http://www.lavie.fr/actualite/monde/paolo-dall-oglio-un-pretre-engage-pour-la-revolution-en-syrie-07-05-2013-39963_5.php

He’s a sheikh in disguise isn’t he?

May 7th, 2013, 8:41 am

 

zoo said:

That was short..

Syrian Opposition to Discuss Replacing Hitto as Interim PM–Source

http://www.aawsat.net/2013/05/article55300936

Syrian opposition source claims Dr. Ahmad Tohme is frontrunner to replace Hitto as interim PM

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—A Syrian opposition source claims that the Syrian National Coalition is set to discuss replacing interim prime minister Ghassan Hitto with an alternative consensus figure at a general meeting to be held later this week.

The Syrian opposition source, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity, noted that Dr. Ahmad Tohme is the leading candidates to succeed Hitto. Tohme was the secretary-general of the National Council of the 2005 Damascus Declarations and is well-respected among the Syrian opposition.

A second Syrian opposition source, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat from Turkey, revealed that “the Syrian National Coalition will discuss appointing a new interim government head, to replace Ghassan Hitto.”

“There is no consensus on Hitto,” he added.

The source, who also spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity, noted, “The position of interim prime minister is a sensitive one, and this figure must be agreed on by all forces.”

Despite Hitto’s actions and effectiveness, there was a kind of disagreement on his appointment since the beginning, and the best solution would be to find a compromise figure that satisfies all parties, to heal the rift between the political and revolutionary forces,” he added.

The opposition source said that the Syrian National Coalition is facing two choices, either for Hitto to remain in his position as interim prime minister, despite the division that continues to surround his appointment, or for the Syrian opposition to look for an alternative candidate that enjoys wider support and can therefore form an interim government without any delay.

He added that the latter option “is precisely what the Syrian opposition needs

May 7th, 2013, 8:51 am

 

Visitor said:

Akbar Palace,

You want a proof?

There are lots of proofs.

May 7th, 2013, 8:54 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

وزير الداخلية: الاعتداء الإسرائيلي على سوريا فاضح وخرق للقانون الدولي.. ونمتلك كل وسائل القوة لردع أي عدوان
الحلقي : لا مجال للتخاذل أو الصمت أو النأي بالنفس بعد الاعتداءات الإسرائيلية على سورية
It seems that Asshead own goverment officials are complaining now

May 7th, 2013, 8:57 am

 

zoo said:

Georges

“J’ai travaillé pendant quinze ans pour l’émergence d’une société civile en Syrie et pour une mutation démocratique mûre et pacifique. Mais j’ai échoué”

This is not his job according to the Gospel. He should go an read it again. The guy wants to be a politician and a writer, he should leave priesthood.

May 7th, 2013, 8:59 am

 

ann said:

Democrat Bob Menendez wants to arm Al-Qaeda Terrorists in Syria!

Democrat Bob Menendez introduces bill in Senate to arm Syria opposition – May 06, 2013

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/06/senate-chairman-pushed-for-arming-syrian-rebels/

A top Senate Democrat nudged the Obama administration to provide weapons to the Syrian opposition, introducing a bill Monday that would explicitly allow the U.S. to provide arms, military training and non-lethal aid to the rebels.

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the legislation.

[…]

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/06/senate-chairman-pushed-for-arming-syrian-rebels/

May 7th, 2013, 9:09 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Akbar
Thank you for honest, self respecting answer. I only wish the loyalists recognize the difference between a state and a family farm of a mafia gang half as much as a third grader in the US or most other countries does.

MAJED
both the sheep PM and criminal interior minister are bs’ing nothing more nothing less. Stating that “we have all the tools to deter any aggression” is not only laughable, it is the same traditional hyperbolic nonsensical statement indicating a continuing belief that people are stupid. Where were these tools to deter aggression for more than 20 years now. The only thing this thuggish buffoonish criminal regime cares for is to create a force to protect the privileges of the mafia gang by murdering those who challenge its historic, ethical and economic criminal mismanagement and murder of 100,000+ wonderful Syrians, each of whom worth the entire shixxy assad clan and its extended family. Both will face trial and will have no excuse for deciding to assist the assad mafia family, the buffoon and its female in continuing to murder the Syrian people.

May 7th, 2013, 9:19 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

I would suggest to the regime buffoons to wait for the full nine minutes of editing time before they push their impotent-rage button. Their dislike of my comments will be more powerful as it is becoming a habit of me to re-insert more well-deserved insults to their buffoon athad and its female and the entire athad clan. I am sure their rage for insulting their d-p-god would be far bigger.

Here is an example
Someone is really kidding around here. Are there really people who would use a boxing match to show the superiority of russia… wow. how backward.

May 7th, 2013, 9:34 am

 

Visitor said:

Akbar Palace,

You talk so much about peace, but all I see is actions that lead to war.

Pray tell me, why are these Jewish terrorists seeking to desecrate Muslim Holy Sites?

http://www.aljazeera.net/news/pages/af5cc04e-61af-4cef-adf7-d3a647cb145b

May 7th, 2013, 9:46 am

 

revenire said:

Menendez has been ranting and raving for a long time about arming the rebels.

May 7th, 2013, 9:55 am

 

ziad said:

AP #504 said:

“Are you kidding? The US and other nations are flying into Yememi, Pakistani, Afghan, etc airspace and firing missiles hundreds of times at enemies half-way around the world.”

I stand corrected, there are two rogue evil states not just one. Those are Israel and the U.S.

May 7th, 2013, 10:06 am

 
 

ghufran said:

is there an end to this theater?
أعلنت مصادر في المعارضة السورية أنها ستبحث تغيير رئيس الحكومة الموقتة الحالي غسان هيتو، وتعيين بديل له تتوافق عليه جميع القوى المعارضة وذلك في اجتماعات الهيئة العامة للائتلاف السوري، التي ستعقد في إسطنبول يومي 11 و12 أيار الحالي. ورجحت ، في حديث الى صحيفة “الشرق الاوسط”، أن يكون الأوفر حظا في خلافة هيتو هو الدكتور أحمد طعمة, الذي يشغل منصب أمين سر المجلس الوطني في إعلان دمشق.
it looks like what Israel hit was medium and long range missiles with fuel depots, I still do not know why some in the opposition are happy about the raid, what will follow is likely to be an intensifying campaign to change the balance on the ground further and tilt it in regime’s favor especially that Qsair Homs is now surrounded and there is no real chance of a foreign intervention, the above two factors ,the israeli raid and the advances in Homs, along with new accusations by the UN that rebels may have used chemical agents are not helpful for the opposition or anybody who wants to send arms to the rebels, what the FSA needs, assuming that you still believe there is such a thing as the FSA, is to join political opposition inside and outside Syria and speak with one voice against both Assad and Nusra, then results may come, until then it is mostly media garbage.

May 7th, 2013, 10:15 am

 

Tara said:

• Israel sought to avoid a direct confrontation with the Syrian regime on Monday by stressing that air strikes across its northern border at the weekend were intended to prevent weapons reaching Hezbollah in Lebanon rather than to further destabilise the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Amid a cautious consensus that the bombing raids were unlikely to provoke an immediate response from Syria, or its allies Hezbollah and Iran, an Israeli politician close to the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said the action was “against Hezbollah and not against the Syrian regime”,,

May 7th, 2013, 10:31 am

 

revenire said:

Just reverse it:

Syria bombs Istanbul because Erdogan is arming the rebels. Or bombs London. Or Washington DC. Or Paris. Or Qatar. Or Saudi Arabia. Or Tel Aviv.

May 7th, 2013, 10:42 am

 

ann said:

Al-Qaeda Loyalists Holding UN Peacekeepers Hostage in Syria!

Syria “rebels” say holding UN peacekeepers ‘for their safety’ – May 7, 2013

Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade [Al-Qaeda Loyalists] says it’s holding peacekeepers after clashes in the separation zone between Syria and Golan; picture accompanying statement shows 4 peacekeepers wearing light-blue UN jackets marked “Philippines”

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Syria-rebels-say-holding-UN-peacekeepers-for-their-safety-312376

BEIRUT – Syrian “rebels” said on Tuesday they were holding a group of Filipino UN peacekeepers on the ceasefire line between Syria and the Golan Heights after clashes in the area had put them in danger.

The “Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade” made the announcement in a statement on its Facebook page, accompanied by a picture of four peacekeepers wearing light-blue UN flak jackets marked “Philippines.”

[…]

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Syria-rebels-say-holding-UN-peacekeepers-for-their-safety-312376

May 7th, 2013, 10:59 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

ANN now knows a new word… Loyalists*
give it a hand… clap clap clap

________
* still not good about the word’s application and uses.

May 7th, 2013, 11:23 am

 

revenire said:

Believe me if Syria had attacked Israel we’d have a new Middle East war right now.

The CIA says that Al-Qaeda (the Syrian “rebels”) has the mean to make sarin: “Analysis of an al-Qa’ida document recovered in Afghanistan in summer 2002 indicates the group has crude procedures for making mustard agent, sarin, and VX.”

There is a detailed report on it here:
https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/terrorist_cbrn/terrorist_CBRN.htm

I feel as if Al-Qaeda in Syria used a small amount of sarin in order to try to get the West to intervene. Asserting the government used it is ridiculous. If Syria used chemical weapons she would lose the support of Iran, Russia and China. It would risk losing international support – her most powerful allies – to use a small amount of sarin gas? That is ludicrous and borders on insane. On the other hand, the rebels have every reason to use it in an attempt to get Israel and the US more deeply involved. They know they could count on the West to run cover for them at the UN etc.

May 7th, 2013, 11:24 am

 

revenire said:

The West really came down on Carla Del Ponte after she asserted the rebels had used sarin.

May 7th, 2013, 11:27 am

 

zoo said:

#532 Rev

It was so obvious from the beginning…
Qatar thought that hardliner Western countries hate so much the Syrian government for standing defiant for two years and ridiculing their prediction, that they would buy these absurd allegation that angry Qatar is advising the opposition to make to get Western intervention.
The West can be blind and stupid, but not to that degree.
Qataris are maybe successful businessmen, but they dangerously infantile policians. They better get out of that game, it’s for adults

May 7th, 2013, 11:35 am

 

zoo said:

#533 Rev

They hate her for having uncovered the fabricated scenario.
Sheikha Mosa will not invite her to her candle light dinners.
The armed rebels are doubly publicly stained; their Al Qaeda’s allegiance and their chemical weapons.
Their chance to get western weapons is almost zero.

May 7th, 2013, 11:38 am

 

zoo said:

Why is Hitto leaving after less than 3 months as a PM?

Is he leaving because he is depressed of being the sole member of the ‘interim’ government, or because Mrs Hitto has refused to live in Aazzaz or Al Raqqah?.

May 7th, 2013, 11:49 am

 

revenire said:

I think this chemical weapons fiasco probably has put to bed the “Syrian government used chemical weapons” story for the time being. Not that it matters to the West their assets used sarin – the West would tell any lie to justify their illegal actions.

I am not sure what kind of businessmen Qataris are but they have oceans of oil and have had protection from the British Empire for a long, long time. If you or I had that much petroleum and British and US guards we’d be looked at as financial wizards too.

It is pretty funny to hear governments saying Syria used sarin. No one ever asks Obama et al. why Syria would risk alienating and embarrassing Iran and China. As one Syrian soldier was quoted as saying: “Why would we use chemical weapons when we can kill so many more terrorists with conventional weapons?”

May 7th, 2013, 11:53 am

 

revenire said:

Hitto. What a joke. The real leaders of the opposition are in London and Washington and are not Syrian – they’re not even expat Syrians.

I am in favor of making Majedkhaldoun and Akbar Palace the new heads of the government in exile. They can’t do any worse than Ghalioun, Khatib and Hitto did.

Heck I’d even nominate Visitor for Minister of Religious Affairs. Why not?

May 7th, 2013, 11:57 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

فقد النظام السوري اي اداء له بالشرعية منذ الأشهر الأولى للثورة عندما استخدم هذا الكم من العنف ضد الشعب من أجل البقاء لكنه تجاوز ذلك منذ فترة طويلة ليستحق بإثم لقب نظام المجازر وعصابات القتل، نظام الجرائم والموبقات، نظام الكذب والتخلف والهمجية، نظام إدارة الفوضى والعصابات الإرهابية.
مقاومة ضد من؟ ومن هو هذا العدو الذي كان يمكن ان يرتكب في سورية هذا القدر من المجازر، من هو العدو الذي كان سوف يهدم حواضر، مدنا وأحياء، بهذا القدر.

المفكر العربي الدكتور عزمي بشارة

On another note:
Those who don’t understand what is a governance, and how it is distinguished from running a mafia gang farm they belong to, are incapable of asking the right, and real tough questions. As such their questions remain pathetic snide shots, and at best, uninformed mendacity and malice. Evidence, the question from ZOO about Hitto.

As for REVENIRE cocky proclamation that the chemical weapon issue is now put to rest, well, ignoramus can say what it wants to make it feel that its dog-poop god has scored one despite of all evidence to the contrary. Typical assadian neutered-mind. It starts with the mentally castrated dog-poop and it female believing their PR specialists and the products of their own media-brothels.

fool, i told you to wait, your impotent rage-meter would have been more powerful. You just wasted you impotent-rage without defending dog-poop athad

May 7th, 2013, 11:57 am

 

zoo said:

Increasingly worried about loosing his chances of election as president if the Syria situation drags on to 2014, Erdodan goes into a tantrum and blame the whole world!

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID=46377&NewsCatID=338&op=sent

Both Israel and its arch-foe Iran received their share of blunt criticism from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday for their policies regarding Syria, as he broke his silence over Israeli strikes in Syria.

“I wonder how long you will turn a blind eye to this massacre,” Erdoğan said. “Damn your international policies!” he yelled, while urging the U.N. Security Council to “urgently convene” over the Banias killings, which have sent residents fleeing. Over the weekend, Erdoğan had called the Syrian president a “butcher,” in his harshest attack in recent months.

May 7th, 2013, 12:05 pm

 

revenire said:

Hamster you’re really weird. Half the time I can’t even understand what you’re trying to say.

May 7th, 2013, 12:20 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Today’s Key Word: “Evil”

You talk so much about peace, but all I see is actions that lead to war.

Pray tell me, why are these Jewish terrorists seeking to desecrate Muslim Holy Sites?

Visitor,

I’ve been to the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall several times. I translated your article, and I didn’t see any “terrorist” activity except for a small group of Israelis who congregated there. What was desecrated? It seemed as though the article was a little sensationalist.

Meanwhile, there have been many times that stones have been thrown from the temple mount down at jewish worshippers below. So there have been problems coming from both sides.

FYI, Israeli arabs and jews are free to worship at these locations any time they want. This wasn’t so prior to 1967.

I like to talk about peace because I like peace and I know how the ME does not do a very good job at promoting peace. You would think peace would be a popular goal for Syrians to think about, especially after these past 2 years.

I think it is time to get the freedoms every human being has a right to. It is time to be tolerant and forgiving. Israel is not “evil”. It is time to unlearn decades of hate, promoted, in large part, by the governments that are killing their own people.

Ziad said:

I stand corrected, there are two rogue evil states not just one. Those are Israel and the U.S.

Of course. Who else?

May 7th, 2013, 12:20 pm

 

revenire said:

Putin has Erdogan on a leash and this barking is what dogs do when you walk by and they’re chained up at their master’s homes.

May 7th, 2013, 12:22 pm

 

revenire said:

Now I wonder about this strike of Israel. It is a prelude to a larger attack? Did Israel try to gauge Syrian air defenses? Does Syria have the S-300s or not? Some say yes, others say no. I have heard no official word on the S-300s from either Syria or Russia.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on May 5: “We are seriously concerned by the signs of preparation of global public opinion for possible armed intervention in the long-running internal conflict in Syria.”

Is he correct?

May 7th, 2013, 12:25 pm

 

revenire said:

Does Akbar believe because Jews are God’s chosen people they’re never wrong and Israel is always right? Does might makes right? Israel has nuclear weapons so the Samson Option is always there. I don’t know of any other Middle East nation with nuclear weapons but I feel if Iran had them the world would be safer (after all, when was the last time Iran attacked anyone? Israel does it all the time) – even though the Iranians claim not to want nuclear weapons. Hezbollah should have them too. It is probably just a matter of time before both Iran and Hezbollah get nuclear weapons.

Arabs are always wrong unless, of course, they side with Israel? Arabs are always at fault and never Israelis?

I guess this is all Assad’s fault. When he was a little boy I guess he was already plotting to murder 100,000 Syrians and make a secret alliance with Netanyahu like hold warrior Vistor said.

May 7th, 2013, 12:33 pm

 

ziad said:

“The show of outrage over the Shalit kidnapping was cynical fraud. They reveal that by Western moral standards, kidnapping of civilians is just fine if it is done by “our side,” but capture of a soldier on “our side” a day later is a despicable crime that requires severe punishment of the population.”

Noam Chomsky

May 7th, 2013, 12:41 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Lest we forget, among the distraction of regime-loyalists on this blog, the massacre of Banyas, and the images of murdered children, which aroused spineless sadist* REVENIRE into printing those images so that it can find pleasure after having requested from the assad mafia gangs to kill these and othert children repeatedly on the pages of this blog. This “hardly a massacre” as described by another loyalist called APPLE-MINI, was committed by a group of regime supporters led by a turkish terrorist living in Lattakia, an assad general, and a local religious leader.

* Spineless Sadist: This sort of sadist is completely opposite of the other three types, because they are deeply insecure and act like cowards.[12] They anticipate real danger, projecting their hostile fantasies, and they strike first, hoping thereby to forestall their antagonist and ask questions later.[11] While these sadists are fearful of many things, when they experience panic they will counteract their enemies by doing the things that they fear. Spineless sadists use aggressive hostility to send the message to others that they aren’t intimidated or fearful. This allows them to control their inner feelings and help display the exact opposite of how they actually feel. Their behavior can be described as counterphobic, which allows them to master their personal fears, but it serves to divert and impress the public by a false sense of confidence and self-assurance. Spineless sadists also seek out scapegoats to gang up on, which allows them to assault the exact things that exist within themselves that they want to deny.

May 7th, 2013, 12:42 pm

 

zoo said:

A roadmap for peace in Syria

The UN Security Council’s permanent five should stop the blame game and get on with their real responsibility — bringing the conflict to an end
By David Owen
Published: 20:00 May 7, 2013
…..
As always in these conflicts, people believe that morality favours one side, while both sides try to incriminate the other and indulge in agent provocateuring. The UN Security Council’s permanent five should stop the blame game and get on with their real responsibility — bringing the conflict to an end and hammering out a regional security involving far more than just Syria.

May 7th, 2013, 12:43 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Lest we forget, with all the distraction of regime-loyalists on this blog, as they tray to cover-up for the massacre of Banyas, and the images of murdered children, which excited REVENIRE into printing those images so that it can find pleasure after having requested from the assad mafia gangs to kill these and other children repeatedly on the pages of this blog. This “hardly a massacre” as described by another loyalist called APPLE-MINI, was committed by a group of regime supporters led by a Turkish terrorist living in Lattakia, an assad general, and a local religious leader.

While assad regime (including its crime family headed by assad and its female) are the perpetrator of this crime against humanity, It is natural to consider REVENIRE as a direct participant in the massacre (causal) and others, who attempted minimize it as participants in the cover-up to such a horrific crime against humanity.

Confirmed number of murdered civilians: 600
Missing*: 400
Number of young children: more than 100

The missing could be either detained, but more likely murdered and their bodies stolen by the murderers who were seen putting bodies in bags and then loading them on some of their waiting trucks.

May 7th, 2013, 12:46 pm

 

zoo said:

Syrian Rebels Seize 4 U.N. Peacekeepers

By RICK GLADSTONE
Published: May 7, 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/world/middleeast/syria-golan-heights-united-nations.html?_r=0

A Syrian insurgent group that calls itself the Martyrs of Yarmouk, responsible for the last abduction, asserted that it had taken custody of the four soldiers for their own safety and posted a photograph of the detainees on Facebook. All are Filipinos and did not appear to be harmed.

May 7th, 2013, 12:48 pm

 

revenire said:

Hamster I have printed out your posts about Banyas for when I have insomnia.

May 7th, 2013, 12:49 pm

 

Visitor said:

“542. Akbar Palace said:

Today’s Key Word: “Evil”

You talk so much about peace, but all I see is actions that lead to war.

Pray tell me, why are these Jewish terrorists seeking to desecrate Muslim Holy Sites?

Visitor,

I’ve been to the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall several times. I translated your article, and I didn’t see any “terrorist” activity except for a small group of Israelis who congregated there. What was desecrated? It seemed as though the article was a little sensationalist.

Meanwhile, there have been many times that stones have been thrown from the temple mount down at jewish worshippers below. So there have been problems coming from both sides.

FYI, Israeli arabs and jews are free to worship at these locations any time they want. This wasn’t so prior to 1967.”

Akbar,

You probably missed something during the translation. But they were involved in terrorist activity inside the holy place. And the so-called police behaved in a terroristic manner.

But the question arises: Why do Jews have to congregate in a MUSLIM holy site in the first place?

Muslims do not congregate in churches, synagogues…

Jews have no business to gather in a Muslim place of worship. Do you not think so?

May 7th, 2013, 12:50 pm

 

ann said:

Syrian Forces Eradicating Al-Qaeda Mercenary Terrorists in Aleppo

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3f3_1367922198

May 7th, 2013, 12:56 pm

 

zoo said:

The Changing Map of Middle East Power

By Volker Perthes

The eruption of the Arab revolts in late 2010 and early 2011 put power relations among Middle Eastern countries in a state of flux, and both winners and losers have emerged. But, given that the strengths and weaknesses of most of the actors are highly contingent, the regional balance of power remains highly fluid.
As that balance currently stands, Egypt continues to be one of the region’s most influential actors, with the success or failure of its political and economic transition affecting how other Arab countries develop. But Egypt is weighed down by domestic concerns, including a plummeting economy and a security situation in which the military is used for police tasks.

Read more at http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/the-changing-map-of-middle-east-power-by-volker-perthes#Vv5tbhSAJ14ZPxzt.99

May 7th, 2013, 12:59 pm

 

AIG said:

What a bunch of whiners the regime supporters are. Just a bunch of little children. They have no shred of dignity left. You guys support Assad. He is an incompetent idiot who among other things wasted billions on air defense systems that don’t work. As for his “genius” foreign policy, nothing is left of it. Neither Iran nor Hezbollah are attacking Israel after the beating the republican guard received. In short, the “resistance” now is really only code for an organization fighting the Syrian people. How pathetic.

The Assad regime is finished. It has been totally humiliated and shown to be a paper tiger except against Syrian civilians and cities. Yes, Assad can murder more Syrians, but he will never have a shred of legitimacy. Have fun being under sanctions and fighting the jihadis.

May 7th, 2013, 1:03 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Does Akbar believe because Jews are God’s chosen people they’re never wrong and Israel is always right?

Reverse,

I don’t consider myself to be better than anyone else. BTW – the term “Chosen People” is always used out of context by Israel and Jew-haters. It relates to why G-d picked “Abraham” to give up false idols (like Assad) and to follow the only 1 real G-d. G-d “chose” the jewish people to follow his laws (aka the torah). That is our duty. It doesn’t make us better or worse than anyone else.

To answer your (silly) question, Jews make just as many mistakes as others. Fortunately we have a democracy. You should try it.

Israel has nuclear weapons so the Samson Option is always there.

Israel is not the only country in the world with nukes. So we’re not so different. Nukes in the hands of autocracies are not a good idea.

I don’t know of any other Middle East nation with nuclear weapons but I feel if Iran had them the world would be safer (after all, when was the last time Iran attacked anyone?

Does Pakistan count? Iran is a leader in exporting terrorism as well as breaking it agreement with the UN and the IAEA. Iran is supporting a non-democratic nation who is killing his own people.

Israel does it all the time) – even though the Iranians claim not to want nuclear weapons.

Does what all the time?

Hezbollah should have them too.

Not if they promote terrorism and interfere with the right of all states to live in security.

It is probably just a matter of time before both Iran and Hezbollah get nuclear weapons.

I hope not.

Arabs are always wrong unless, of course, they side with Israel?

You don’t have to side with Israel. But if you declare a state of war with her, Israel has a right to defend herself. You can’t have your cake and eat it.

Arabs are always at fault and never Israelis?

No. Jordan isn’t at fault, Egypt isn’t at fault.

I guess this is all Assad’s fault.

President’s are usually responsible for the direction their country is heading. Arab Presidents seem to be less responsible than other presidents.

When he was a little boy I guess he was already plotting to murder 100,000 Syrians and make a secret alliance with Netanyahu like hold warrior Vistor said.

You’re still a little boy. Grow up a;ready.

May 7th, 2013, 1:03 pm

 

ann said:

Syria: Media War of Words | Weapons of Mass Distraction | Red Line, Red Line, Red Line, Red Line, Red Line, Red Line …

Abby Martin takes with a look at the conflicting reports about chemical weapons being used in Syria, news of Israeli air invasion in Damascus, and the importance of taking information from the corporate media on this issue with a grain of salt.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=704_1367941820

May 7th, 2013, 1:13 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

So far, there are three regime-loyalists who considered themselves as (anonymous) defendants in the crime-against humanity case by declaring their impotent rage against the comment describing the massacre in Banyas.

Akbar
Arab presidents are far more responsible for the abysmal directions their countries take; they are absolute rulers. The issue is not responsibility, but accountability. They are fully responsible, especially the abominable dictators like athad, but they were, until recently, never accountable due to their control of murderous security systems. The Arab spring is changing that, and given the crimes committed by d-p athad, it will face far worse fate than even joker Qaddafi ended with.

May 7th, 2013, 1:14 pm

 

revenire said:

Gee, a Jew that supports Israel. I am shocked, shocked I tell you.

May 7th, 2013, 1:25 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Ann said
Syrian Forces Eradicating Al-Qaeda Mercenary Terrorists in Aleppo

So Ann is Asshead forces control Aleppo now?

May 7th, 2013, 1:26 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

So one is now to understand that REVENIR not only likes killing children for pleasure, but also killing trees unnecessarily.

May 7th, 2013, 1:29 pm

 

AIG said:

The Israeli attack is going to have long term demoralizing effects on the Syrian army. One of the most defended sites was easily hit and demolished by Israel. No site is safe from Israeli air power inside Syria. It is also clear from the videos that the air defenses were so compromised, they didn’t even shot back. There are no signs of anti air artillery or rockets, nothing. In short, the Assad air detection systems and defense systems are just a piece of junk. All the soldiers in the Syrian army cannot but know now that Assad is a delusional liar promising them that air-defense systems can protect them. They will start figuring out, that Assad is lying about many other things also.

Also, this attack has put to rest the naive notion that Iran or Russia would lift a finger to protect Assad. The results are in and are very clear. Assad is alone against Israel and the West.

May 7th, 2013, 1:43 pm

 

Visitor said:

Courtesy of 7Hazem Saghieh,

ذاك أنّ الوطنيّة والقوميّة في أشكالهما الأكثر احتقاناً، البعثيّ منها وغير البعثيّ، ليستا سوى وصفة لإذلال الشعوب العربيّة والحؤول بينها وبين السير على طريق التقدّم. هذا ما كان معمولاً به في 1967، وما هو معمول به اليوم على نطاق أوسع. وما يصحّ في تلك الوطنيّات اللفظيّة المهتاجة، آنذاك واليوم، يصحّ في الأدوات التنفيذيّة التي تمتلكها تلك الوطنيّات جيوشاً ومخابرات وأجهزة أمن.

ولا يخلو من دلالة، فعليّة ورمزيّة في آن، أنّ “الفرقة الرابعة” التي استُهدفت إحدى وحداتها بالقصف، تحتلّ موقعاً متقدّماً جدّاً في البطش بالسوريّين وإذاقتهم الموت والهوان. لكنّ ذلك لم يحل دون ظهور الأصوات التي تطالب السوريّين بالتعبير عن الحزن والمرارة بسبب ما أصاب تلك «الفرقة الرابعة» لمجرّد أنّ إسرائيل، ولأغراض تخصّها وحدها، هي من نفّذ هذه العمليّة!

هكذا تصل المتاجرة بالأكاذيب والأوهام، أو إيديولوجيا الأكاذيب والأوهام عند الصادقين، إلى حدّ المطالبة بالتعامل مع الموت الآتي من “الفرقة الرابعة” كمجرّد محطّة لذيذة بين كذبتين.

May 7th, 2013, 1:44 pm

 

revenire said:

Akbar Palace was Israel in violation of international law and the UN charter by attacking Syria?

May 7th, 2013, 1:45 pm

 

Visitor said:

A suspicious visit by a Mullah thug to Jordan. Apparently, the Mullah thug was on a mission to deliver a threat to Jordan. The thug was treated accordingly by the Jordanians who simply told him to f*ck off,

http://www.aljazeera.net/news/pages/d3032880-352a-4af9-93ce-1c767ab20c34

May 7th, 2013, 1:54 pm

 

apple_mini said:

Looks like SAA is not rushing into Al-Qaseir. I believe it is a good move. Besieging it is already exerting tremendous psychological stress on those rebels inside. Also it saves lives for SAA considering how many sniper positions they will be facing. Civilians are allowed to leave and rebels are allowed to surrender. Stress level of those rebels needs to be monitored carefully.

SAA has secured all the routs that those rebels can use for supply or backup. It is like shooting fish in the barrel.

Even US military analysts agree that SAA are still capable of making sensible plans when and where to deploy its forces.

If you have to fight the war, do it right.

May 7th, 2013, 2:01 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Akbar Palace was Israel in violation of international law and the UN charter by attacking Syria?

Reverse,

No. I’m thinking if the US can bomb targets for self-defense halfway around the world, Israel can 30 miles away.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-defence_in_international_law

May 7th, 2013, 2:01 pm

 

AIG said:

Regime supporters who favor carpet bombing their own cities are talking about international law. Stick with the only law you understand, the law of the jungle. If you think Israel has violated international law, go whine to the UN or anyone else who wants to hear your pathetic complaints. How about asking your “friends”, the Iranians and Russians why they did not lift a finger to help you?

May 7th, 2013, 2:04 pm

 

zoo said:

Wasn’t Kerry supposed to push Putin to distance Russia from Bashar al Assad? Has the western media announced it?. Well, it hasn’t started well for Kerry, he was kept waiting 3 hours before meeting Putin and more…

Seeking Syria accord, Kerry tells Putin of common ground

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/17060529/seeking-syria-accord-kerry-tells-putin-of-common-ground/

Putin, however, kept John Kerry waiting three hours before their meeting at the Kremlin, fiddled with a pen while his guest spoke and made no mention in his own public remarks of the conflict in Syria, which has generated some of the frostiest exchanges between Washington and Moscow since the Cold War.

Kerry struck a positive tone as he set about trying to narrow differences sufficiently to agree a plan for a settlement that proved out of reach at talks in Geneva almost a year ago:

“The United States believes that we share some very significant common interests with respect to Syria – stability in the region, not having extremists creating problems throughout the region and elsewhere,” Kerry told Putin.

“We have both embraced in the Geneva communique a common approach, so it’s my hope that today we’ll be able to dig in to that a little bit and see if we can find common ground.”

The United States and Russia endorsed a plan in Geneva last June that called for the creation of a transitional government in Syria, where at least 70,000 people have now been killed since March 2011, but which left open the question of what would happen to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

May 7th, 2013, 2:17 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

We Don’t Call him Reverse for Nothing

Reverse,

Do you think Assad should call Customer Service about his air-defense problems? It still could be under warranty.

Also, please give a rating on a scale of 1 – 10 (10 being excellent), of how good a leader Bashar Assad is.

May 7th, 2013, 2:18 pm

 

zoo said:

#538 Rev

I support Hamster as the speech writer for the next PM: Perfect english grammar and deep sleep guaranteed.

May 7th, 2013, 2:34 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

One of the interesting observation an outsider may get on this blog is that most of the whining regime loyalists talk about sovereignty and non-interference, while sizable majority of their cut-paste hack jobs have focused on what they hoped would be Russia and Iran coming to the rescue of the failing, dead-man-walking regime. Their delusional behavior is highlighted by continuing to do the same thing even after both Russia and Iran told the foolish thug of Damascus that it has to face its fate on its own when it comes to any adversary other then civilian Syrians.

May 7th, 2013, 2:44 pm

 

Citizen said:

545. REVENIRE
there is no need for arms of the last century like nuclear weapons.! we should have the last party and special High Tech technology!Laser, plazma, vacume http://youtu.be/c7UPU8nP_p0?t=30s Nano, etc…

May 7th, 2013, 2:45 pm

 

revenire said:

No one attacked Israel. What is the justification? That someone *might* attack Israel in the future?

“Israel is not the only country in the world with nukes. So we’re not so different.”

We’re? I thought you were an American?

May 7th, 2013, 2:51 pm

 

AIG said:

What do you mean “might”? You have been claiming all along that the “axis of resistance” is going to annihilate or defeat Israel. There are a multitude of posts of yours of that nature. So are you admitting you are a liar? Really, there is no need admitting the obvious. It also shows you do not remember what you post and are a dimwit. I would not expect more of someone who supports Assad.

May 7th, 2013, 2:56 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

I was told that Putin was busy on the phone talking to Natanyaho, he threatened him that if he does it again,Russia will supply Asshead with S300 and Experts and expedite Russian arms to Syria, He was not able to scare Natanyaho,who told him Israel did it in self defence,Kerry told Putin you arm Asshead US will arm the rebels.This is from Debka file
Basically Putin is frustrated, Asshead got the message.

We all know Asshead can not respond the same way

May 7th, 2013, 2:57 pm

 

Citizen said:

574. the state of Israel- аrtificially creating on the principles that will drive to extinction and without us! the time will show!

May 7th, 2013, 3:00 pm

 

revenire said:

By that logic Lebanon could attack Israel. Israel violates Lebanese airspace every day.

May 7th, 2013, 3:03 pm

 

zoo said:

Majed

I guess it’s Kerry who should be frustrated as he waited for 3 hours to see Putin.
Now he is is going back with nothing but the old Geneva tune: Dialog between the opposition and Bashar al Assad.
Maybe that’s why the USA had requested the removal of Hitto who declared that he will never negotiate with Bashar al Assad. For the same reason, Selim Idriss will be replaced soon.

May 7th, 2013, 3:05 pm

 

Citizen said:

576. MAJEDKHALDOUN
The Israelis know very well the mentality of Russians! They are being punished mercilessly, even if after twenty years! As Israelis know that they can ask for security not frome Americans but from Russians! Yes,they can ask USA for kits of war! This is reinforced concrete base!

May 7th, 2013, 3:08 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir said
Lebanon could attack Israel. Israel violates Lebanese airspace every day.

Is this person a mature one or just a kid dreaming.
Go play with your rats

May 7th, 2013, 3:10 pm

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed Israel doesn’t violate Lebanese airspace? Or is that self-defense too? Israel is protecting itself against future attacks?

May 7th, 2013, 3:15 pm

 

Tara said:

Barack Obama is running out of time to end Middle East dithering
Unease about a perceived US policy vacuum over Syria, Egypt, Iran and the Israel-Palestinian impasse is growing

……

This and similar recent broadsides from normally pro-Obama liberals led American Interest blogger Walter Russell Mead to conclude the president was out of time on Syria. Until now Obama had enjoyed a relatively easy ride on foreign policy, he said, mainly because he wasn’t George W Bush. But this was changing.

“As Syria burns and Egypt seethes, the biggest foreign policy story is unfolding right here at home. The establishment is rapidly losing patience with President Obama’s Middle East policy.”

This evolution, fuelled by the enormity of Syria’s suffering and concomitant regional destabilisation, could be powerful enough finally to exorcise the ghosts of Iraq and revive, in practice, the old 1990s doctrine of humanitarian intervention.

Read more at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/07/barack-obama-middle-east-dithering

May 7th, 2013, 3:18 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Bombino Revenir
Go play with your rats

May 7th, 2013, 3:20 pm

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed how many times last week did Israeli jets fly into Lebanon’s air space? Were the Israelis just preventing future attacks? I suppose Israel could kill every Arab in Lebanon because all of them are potential enemies.

May 7th, 2013, 3:23 pm

 

Citizen said:

576. MAJEDKHALDOUN
The Israelis have committed a grave mistake!They broke the Chinese- Russian veto !Then they used US made bomb massive ordnance air blast for a stupid reason!!!Russian and Chinese response not by Dedicate flowers!!!

May 7th, 2013, 3:25 pm

 

AIG said:

“By that logic Lebanon could attack Israel. Israel violates Lebanese airspace every day.”

Yes, it could. Why doesn’t it? Just attack instead of whining like a little child. So pathetic. If you feel you have a good reason to attack Israel, just do it instead of whimpering like a baby. Why is Hezbollah not attacking Israel for our flights in Lebanon? Yes, I know, you will do it at the “right place and time” which means never.

May 7th, 2013, 3:27 pm

 

AIG said:

“Russian and Chinese response not by Dedicate flowers!!!”

You are really a prize idiot writing that when a few hours after bombing Damascus Netanyahu left for a state visit to China.

May 7th, 2013, 3:29 pm

 

Visitor said:

The attempt of the Asshead thugs to negotiate their way out of Menegh Airbase has failed. The thugs made a feeble attempt to get a free passage out in return for surrendering the airbase. Our holy warriors, who have the base completely surrounded with only one building left in the hands of the thugs, rejected the offer and insisted on the unconditional surrender of the thugs.

May 7th, 2013, 3:31 pm

 

Citizen said:

587. AIG
holiday season began on the beaches of Haifa and the people there cool rest! what’s your problem?

May 7th, 2013, 3:33 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

1. PR stunt amateurishness does not offend an experienced statesman whose job is to navigate the foolish eccentricities of mid-size to powers like Russia and dwarfs like some of the other nasty regimes remaining around today.

2. Protocol-wise, a President or a Prime minister outranks a foreign minister (Secretary of State), some foolish presidents and prime ministers abuse this protocol and try to make a political statement, mostly out of vanity. Any good diplomat will brush it aside recognizing that it is part of the job considering also what is at stake.

3. However, some carry the foolishness very far as the deputy foreign minister of Israel once did with the Turkish Ambassador, and caused at least two years delay in reproach between Israel and Turkey.

4. One of those who really abused the diplomatic privilege was حافر, who thought that it made it victorious, but it turned out to only cement his its image as a crass bully, with more intelligence than its puppy. Time however, proved that the father was not much more intelligent, as it chose to force on Syrians such a buffoon of a dog-poop offspring.

May 7th, 2013, 3:37 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Citizen
Somehow I believe that you think Russia is a superpower equal or better than USA,
Do you believe Russia is going to major war to defend Asshead?Russia is not going to do that, already Russia lost a lots of friends because of its support to Asshead

May 7th, 2013, 3:39 pm

 

ann said:

Looks like the bigger the thread gets the harder it gets for the forces of EVIL and HATE AL-QAEDA LOYALISTS to give themselves unlimited number of thumbs up!

😀 😀

May 7th, 2013, 3:45 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Hunan Beef w/Pork Fried Rice NewZ

You are really a prize idiot writing that when a few hours after bombing Damascus Netanyahu left for a state visit to China.

AIG,

Do the Chinese have kosher restaurants? We have a kosher chinese restaurant in my neck of the woods. :op

May 7th, 2013, 3:51 pm

 

Visitor said:

Mark the guy in this video for eventual elimination at the hands of the holy warriors of the Syrian Revolution,

http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/syria/2013/05/07/فيديو-مسرب-يكشف-هوية-جزّار-بانياس-السورية.html#

May 7th, 2013, 4:10 pm

 

Citizen said:

592. MAJEDKHALDOUN
Russia significant world power! Certainly not stronger than US! but it has to be reckoned with! Syria is a special Arab friend for Russia! so it is why do not give it to hurt! if the opposition would be able to get understanding in Russia, then Russia would have protected it from the regime! Syria remains a political ally! opposition not proved to do good understanding of global balance! Russia will not allow the capture of Syria by the Western ! even if it would require to take part in combat operations? confident that Syria would be more potential Vietnam!

May 7th, 2013, 4:10 pm

 

revenire said:

I am not so sure Russia isn’t stronger than the US.

May 7th, 2013, 4:15 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

A Shaykh Yaqoubi statement regarding the Isreali attack. Posted on facebook 16 hrs ago:

>بيان استنكار لهجوم إسرائيل على سورية

الشيخ محمد أبو الهدى اليعقوبي

قامت قوات العدو الإسرائيلي بتعد صارخ على سيادة الدولة السورية وقصفت مقار ألوية ومخازن أسلحة تابعة للجيش العربي السوري ، وأيا ما كانت طبيعة علاقتنا بالنظام السوري فإننا لابد أن نستنكر تعدي إسرائيل على سيادة بلدنا وأرضنا وجيشنا ، فنحن لا نبوء بدمنا ولا نبيع تراب بلدنا ، ونتمثل بقول الشاعر العربي:

بلادي وإن جارت علي عزيزة
وأهلي وإن ضنوا علي كرام

لقد كان النظام طوال أربعة عقود حارسا أمينا للحدود مع إسرائيل ، يسهر على أمن العدو مضحيا بالبلد والشعب والقضية ، وها هو اليوم يعجز عن الرد سوى بالخطب والبيانات كما عجز من قبل ، إنه ثمن البقاء في السلطة ، وهو لا يدري أنهم سيضحون به عما قريب كما ضحوا بالقذافي ومبارك وبن علي وأنه لن يفلت من غضب الله وعقابه ولا من انتقام الشعب ، وأن الغرب عند انتصار المعارضة سيفضل التعامل مع عدو قوي على صديق ضعيف كما فعل في مصر.

لم يترك هذا النظام المجرم أسلوبا في القتل والقمع والإرهاب لشعبنا الأبي إلا ارتكبه وآخر ذلك مجازر الجديدة ومجازر بانياس التي تقشعر لسماع أخبارها الأبدان ، وهو إنما يفعل ذلك بسبب تأييد إيران وروسية له وعجز دول العالم عن ردعه ، ولم يعد خافيا أن مرد هذا العجز إنما هو إلى عدم رغبة إسرائيل في تغيير هذا النظام.

ونحن إذ نتألم حين نرى جيشنا يدمر وقواعده تقصف وأمن بلادنا يتعرض للخطر ، فإننا نضع اللائمة في ذلك كله على هذا النظام ، وندعوه إلى وقف جميع العمليات العسكرية ضد شعبنا وتحويل فوهات المدافع نحو الجبهة ليدرأ عن سورية ما يحيق بها من أخطار .

إنني أدعو جميع قوى المعارضة والثورة إلى الأخذ بعين الاعتبار أن بين سورية وإسرائيل حالة حرب لم تبدأ بوصول نظام البعث للحكم وإنما ترجع إلى سنة ١٩٤٨ ، من أجل ذلك فإن الواجب الوطني يملي علينا أن نستنكر اعتداءات إسرائيل على بلدنا ، ولا يجوز بحال من الأحوال مهما ضاقت بنا السبل وانقطعت الحيل أن تضطرنا معاداة النظام إلى موالاة إسرائيل وبيع قضايانا وقضايا العرب والمسلمين.

وننبه إلى أننا نحتسب من مات من جنودنا تحت القصف ممن لم تتلوث أيديهم بدماء شعبنا الأبي في ثورته شهداء عند الله تعالى قتلوا وهم في رباط بيد عدو يحتل أرضنا وينكل بإخواننا في فلسطين والجولان، هذا إن صدقت النيات منهم في الجهاد ضد عدونا لا ضد شعبنا.

لكنا نشير إلى أنه لا خيار لنا وأبناء شعبنا يذبحون على أيدي هذا الجلاد ومن معه من المرتزقة إلا أن نواصل الثورة حتى النصر وإسقاط النظام وبناء دولة الحق والعدل ، ونحن على يقين أن الله تعالى معنا مهما خذلتنا الدول ، لأن الله مع الضعيف المظلوم على القوي الظالم ، ولا نشك في أن النصر قريب مهما تأخر ، لتحقق وعد الله تعالى به ، وأنه على الباغي تدور الدوائر
{وَسَيَـعْـلَـمُ الـذِيـن ظَـلَـمُـوا أيَّ مُـنْـقَـلَـبٍ يَـنْـقَـلِـبُـون}.

Google Translation:

Statement of condemnation of Israel’s attack on Syria

Sheikh Mohammed Abul Huda al-Yacoubi

Israeli enemy forces infringement blatantly on the sovereignty of the Syrian state and bombed the headquarters of brigades and weapons caches belonging to the army of the Syrian Arab Whatever the nature of our relationship with the Syrian regime, we must denounce the encroachment of Israel on the sovereignty of our country, our land and our army, we do not Nbu Bdinma not sell the dust of our country, and Ntmthel Bean Arab poet:

My dear and that Jarret
My family and ضنوا on Crum

I’ve had the system for four decades guard Secretary of the border with Israel, ensures the security of the enemy مضحيا the country and its people, and the case, and here he is today unable to respond only speeches and statements as deficit before, it is the price of staying in power, he does not know that they سيضحون him soon as sacrificed Gaddafi and Mubarak and Ben Ali and that he would not escape the wrath of God and punishment and reprisals from the people, and that the West when the opposition victory would prefer to deal with a powerful enemy to a friend weak as he did in Egypt.

Did not leave the system the criminal method of murder, repression and terrorism to our people, but committed and another that massacres new and massacres of Banias that chilling to hear the news chilling, which does so because of the support of Iran and the Russian him and deficit countries in the world for Deter, is no longer secret that the reason for this deficit but it is to Israel’s unwillingness to change this system.

As we suffer when we see our army destroys and rules pounding and security of our country is at stake, we put the blame at all on this system, and invite him to halt all military operations against our people and transform nozzles defender towards the front to stave off about Syria what afflicts them of the dangers.

I call on all opposition forces and the revolution to take into account the fact that between Syria and Israel, a state of war did not start the arrival of the Baath regime to govern, but due to the year 1948, in order that the national duty dictates we must condemn attacks Israel on our country, and may not be in any way whatever narrowed our ways and cut off tricks that compel us anti-Israel to the loyalty system and sale of our issues and the issues of Arabs and Muslims.

We should point out that we نحتسب who died of soldiers under fire who have not become contaminated their hands with the blood of our people in the revolution martyrs when God killed while in the bond, however, the enemy occupies our land and Winkle our brothers in Palestine and the Golan Heights, that if ratified intentions of them in the holy war against our enemy, not against our people.

We would point out that we have no choice and our people being slaughtered at the hands of the executioner and his mercenaries, but to continue the revolution until victory and the overthrow of the regime and building a state of right and justice, and we are sure that God with us no matter how failed us states, because God is with the poor oppressed the strong oppressor , There is no doubt that an important victory recently delayed, to realize the promise of God, and it is unjust spin circles
{And will teach those who wronged any turning}.

May 7th, 2013, 4:25 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Breaking news – traffic from Syria disappears from the internet. Charted by umbrella security labs

http://labs.umbrella.com/2013/05/07/breaking-news-traffic-from-syria-disappears-from-internet/

May 7th, 2013, 4:25 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

I am not so sure Russia isn’t stronger than the US.

And the professor turned to her students and said:

here is a typical phrase that might be uttered by an incertus-deleramentum-morbus afflict.

May 7th, 2013, 4:28 pm

 

ann said:

Syria Rebels Used Sarin, UN’s Del Ponte Strongly Suspects, Of UK’s Trolls & Russia’s Popova

By Matthew Russell Lee

http://www.innercitypress.com/syria1delponte050613.html

UNITED NATIONS, May 6 — Amid disputes of the scope of a UN chemical weapons probe in Syria, UN Human Rights Council appointee Carla Del Ponte has said this:

“Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas… on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities.”

Now the question is, how fast can the UN Human Rights Council, or Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, or in the Security Council the Permanent Three (France, UK and US) walk back from this?

Del Ponte previously caused a stir when she reported on the extraction and sell of organs from Serbian prisoners of war.

But her work on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia before that had been such that she was put on the HRC’s Syria panel.

NOW THIS.

Last week at the Russian mission, a Russian state media reporter Anastasia Popova showed some of her footage from eight months inside Syria.

Inner City Press asked her about chemical weapons. She replied she had been in Khan al Assal, and had eye witness testimony that chemical weapons use was by the opposition.

At the next UN noon briefing, Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson if his prober, Ake Sellstrom, would take a look at the information Popova assembled inside Syria. (Popova said the HRC’s Paulo Pinheiro panel, which includes Del Ponte, had been unwilling to.)

The answer was yes.

NOW THIS.

Again, how fast can Ban, the HRC or really the P3 walk back from this?

Footnotes: When Inner City Press reported on the session at the Russian mission, anonymous social media accounts associated with Reuters and others of the UN Correspondents Association board quickly made the false allegation that Inner City Press must be funded by the Assad government, then asked the UN’s Stephane Dujarric to dis-accredit Inner City Press — just after “World Press Freedom Day.”

We’ve noted that the UK Mission, also on social media but at least like Permanent Representative Mark Lyall Grant under its own name, produced its own World Press Freedom Day video, with four short interviews at least two of which we’ll review in another post.

The UK “quartet” included Tim Witcher of Agence France Presse, who on March 8, 2013 filed a false complaint with UN Security saying Inner City Press “abused” French head of Peacekeeping Herve Ladsous.

It also included, from Reuters, not Louis Charbonneau but Michelle Nichols, who did the same. Higher tech than Witcher, Nichols is associated with UNCA’s trolling social media accounts which falsely and anonymously accuses others of being funded by Assad or Sri Lanka’s defunct Tamil Tigers, leading to death threats.

World Press Freedom Day, indeed.

[…]

http://www.innercitypress.com/syria1delponte050613.html

May 7th, 2013, 4:29 pm

 

ann said:

In first comments since alleged strikes, Assad says Syria is capable of facing Israel – May.07, 2013

Syria’s President Bashar Assad said the recent raids reveal the extent of Israel’s involvement in the crisis tearing his country apart

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/in-first-comments-since-alleged-strikes-assad-says-syria-is-capable-of-facing-israel-1.519818

“The Syrian people and its army who have made important achievements by fighting terrorist and Takfiri groups are capable of confronting Israel’s ventures that represent one of the many faces of terrorism targeting Syria today,” Assad was quoted as saying during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

Assad further claimed that the strikes reveal how involved Israel is in the civil war tearing his country apart, according to the report.

“The Israeli aggression on Syria reveals the extent of Israel and other regional and Western states’ involvement in ongoing events in Syria,” he said.

Tuesday, a spokesman for a Palestinian militant group in Syria said that it had received a nod from Assad’s regime to attack Israel.

Anwar Raja of the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command said the regime has given “a green light” for the group “to attack Israeli targets” from the Syrian-controlled part of the Golan Heights.

[…]

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/in-first-comments-since-alleged-strikes-assad-says-syria-is-capable-of-facing-israel-1.519818

May 7th, 2013, 4:37 pm

 

zoo said:

An updated Russian reply to a confidential message from Obama to Putin? Kerry wants to force the Syrian government to negotiate? What about forcing the opposition to negotiate? It is high time some pressure is put on these puppets and their arrogant arab supporters

John Kerry Arrives for Talks With Putin
http://www.sptimesrussia.com/index.php?action_id=2&story_id=37283

Lavrov, speaking last Friday, said the visit should help the Russian government prepare “a most specific” reply to a confidential message that U.S. President Barack Obama sent to Putin last month. The message was passed to the Kremlin by Obama’s national security adviser, who visited in late April.

The U.S., which has supplied rebels with non-military equipment in Syria, has urged Russia, which has sold weapons to the government of President Bashar Assad for years, to stop supporting Assad.

In Moscow, officials said Kerry would attempt to persuade Putin to support, or at least not veto, a fresh effort to impose UN penalties on Syria if Assad doesn’t begin political transition talks with the opposition.

Washington wants a peaceful resolution and sees UN-imposed sanctions against Syria as an effective tool for pressuring Assad into negotiations. With Assad’s government unwilling to talk with the opposition, and Russia providing military and diplomatic backing, hopes of a negotiated transition are all but dead for now.

May 7th, 2013, 4:40 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Let us see some other symptoms
Disclaimer: the following is not an exhaustive list of regime successes today.

1. regime mafia militia had to withdraw from a key village near Qunaitra

2. regime airplane mafia still has to bomb Qaseer, which we were told yesterday by REVENIRE that it was then under full control of the thugs of athad militia. Nice act fool, bomb your own thugs (the last sentence was addressed to d-p athad)

3. regime thugs bombed Quanaitra, which makes one wonder when the new pope visits, how will they distinguish the damage Israel left from the devastation athad did. Good thing they won’t be around in power for that visit.

4. in an important attempts to “negotiate” with rebels a safe passage for thugs, who were bombing civilians, regime loses the ability to get its thugs out without full and unconditional surrender. This is not a good omen for dog-poop athad and its female, even if the US and Russia forced everyone to negotiation table.

Too bad for loyalists, dog-poop will be out, most likely flat on its back, which means that they will have to find some new athad thuggish buffoon to worship.

ZOO obviously didn’t see the press conference and is very busy with cutting and pasting old analyses. Do the loyalists do anything on their own without having to lean on someone else’s intellectual, or most of the time, intellectless work.

May 7th, 2013, 4:44 pm

 

Citizen said:

597. REVENIRE

I am too not so sure Russia isn’t stronger than the US ! 🙂

May 7th, 2013, 4:44 pm

 

revenire said:

Maybe this is the massacre Annie was warning about.

🙂

May 7th, 2013, 4:48 pm

 

revenire said:

The US has been declining as a power for decades (since the 1960s-1970s). Sure they have a nuclear arsenal and a lot of firepower but they’ve never taken on a nation capable of fighting back. Libya sure wasn’t. With Syria they have a different animal. Could they overwhelm Syrian air defenses? They probably could but at a great cost. I think Dempsey has been saying this.

The US failed in Iraq and failed in Afghanistan and was beaten in Vietnam. it took one bomb in Lebanon to send them fleeing. They were able to overpower Grenada.

Israel violates Lebanon because it can not because she’s strong. Lebanon has no air force to compete. Make it a fair fight then see what happens.

May 7th, 2013, 4:53 pm

 
 

revenire said:

After the fall of communism the West tried to rape Russia. It took a decade for Russia to come back but they’re back and the unipolar world the West dreamed of is over. Now the West has to deal with the BRICS nations and a resurgent Russia. Without Russia the bombs would be flying in Syria now.

Will Russia risk WW III over Syria? I doubt it but things can get out of hand. We’ve stumbled into world wars before. A large regional war is close.

May 7th, 2013, 5:00 pm

 

revenire said:

Syria will not stop eradicating the enemy inside no matter what any other nation does. It just won’t happen.

This is the principle of sovereignty.

May 7th, 2013, 5:02 pm

 

zoo said:

#608 revenire

…and Lebanon does not receive 3 billions dollars per year of military aid from the USA.

May 7th, 2013, 5:02 pm

 

revenire said:

The only reason Israel has “security” is US weapons. If the playing field were level Israel would have been leveled. They’re a nation of victims always playing the Holocaust card. It is a sign of insecurity.

May 7th, 2013, 5:05 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

USA doomed..doomed……..doomed
Thus spoketh incertus-deleramentum-morbus (and whoever runs ANN)

May 7th, 2013, 5:06 pm

 

zoo said:

Russia gets what it always asked for: Negotiations. The ball in the opposition camp. How will the USA pressure them?

“Lavrov praised the Assad regime for expressing its willingness to work on a political transition and its decision to establish a dialogue with all Syrians. He said the opposition, by contrast, “hasn’t said a single word yet which would show their commitment.”

– Kerry also appeared to back down from the outright U.S. demand that Assad step down in the transition,

– Kerry suggested the Obama administration would consider holding off on any possible plan to provide weapons to vetted units of the Syrian opposition

US, Russia seek to revive peace plan for Syria

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/US-Russia-seek-to-revive-peace-plan-for-Syria-4493658.php

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States and Russia pledged Tuesday to set aside more than two years of differences over Syria’s civil war, saying they’d convene an international conference later this month to try to corral President Bashar Assad’s regime and the rebels into talks on a political transition.

The outcome of more than five hours of meetings in Moscow involving Secretary of State John Kerry of the United States and President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia essentially bring diplomatic efforts to halt Syria’s violence to a point they were about a year ago. The former Cold War foes, who’ve split bitterly over how to halt the conflict, said they’d work to revive a transition plan they laid out in June 2012, yet never gained momentum with Syria’s government or the opposition. They said this time they were committed to bringing the Syrian government and rebels to the negotiating table.

Speaking about the U.S. strategy, Kerry suggested the Obama administration would consider holding off on any possible plan to provide weapons to vetted units of the Syrian opposition if a peace strategy takes hold in the coming weeks.

That appeared to be a minor concession to Russia, which has argued vehemently against any foreign governments providing military assistance for fear it would aid extremists.
while maintaining that he, personally, couldn’t see how a leader responsible for such widespread abuses could remain in power as part of a peace deal. More than 70,000 people have died in the conflict since March 2011, according to the United Nations.

Kerry said the international plan for a transition agreed to last year in Geneva must not be a “piece of paper,” but rather “the roadmap” for peace.

The Geneva plan allowed each side to veto candidates it found unacceptable for an interim government. The plan never got off the ground, though Washington and Moscow differ over the reasons.

Speaking to reporters at a government guesthouse in Moscow, Lavrov praised the Assad regime for expressing its willingness to work on a political transition and its decision to establish a dialogue with all Syrians. He said the opposition, by contrast, “hasn’t said a single word yet which would show their commitment.”

“When we hear the right words from the opposition, given the fact that the regime has already voiced the right words, then we will try to convert such words into actions,” Lavrov said.

May 7th, 2013, 5:13 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

A conference before the end of may, Opposition and Asshead members to end violence( I doubt very much Asshead will abide by),and run an election , monitored by international ,U.N., supervision.Goverment that exclude Muallem and Sha33ar and Fahd Jassem, UN will send thousands of troops.media will be allowed to monitor

May 7th, 2013, 5:16 pm

 

ann said:

On Syria Sarin, UN Spox Won’t Say If Sellstrom Has Got or Wants Del Ponte Info

By Matthew Russell Lee

http://www.innercitypress.com/syria4delponte050713.html

UNITED NATIONS, May 7 — Why is the UN so defensive about its probe(s) into chemical weapons in Syria? Video here from Minute 15:12.

On Tuesday, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson Martin Nesirky did not answer Inner City Press’ questions on whether Ban’s prober Ake Sellstrom had received the information cited by Geneva-based rights prober Carla Del Ponte.

Instead, Nesirky pulled out of a file a print out, and criticized Inner City Press’ blog of the night before, which ran in full a response from his office, minutes after it was received, and noted

“it sure doesn’t say that Sellstrom will consider the evidence his fellow UN system prober Del Ponte has and cited to. Last week, Nesirky told Inner City Press that Sellstrom would be willing to look at video footage collected by Russian state TV reporter Anastasia Popova. Why consider that, and not information from another UN system body? SHOULD these two inquiries be UNrelated?”

These might seem like fair questions: should two UN system inquiries be consider “unrelated”? Getting more concrete, should Sellstrom simply wait and see what information is submitted to him? Or, at least in the case of information publicly cited by another UN system official, should he reach out and request the information?

Nesirky after reading from Inner City Press blog not only would not answer if Sellstrom has received the information to which Del Ponte cited — he would not answer if Sellstrom or Ban Ki-moon will EVER say if this information was received and considered. Video here from Minute 15:12.

That goes or will go directly to the credibility of Sellstrom’s report to Ban, and Ban’s report to member states. So why get so angry that the question is asked? Nesirky ended the briefing and left, not allow other questions Inner City Press (and others, we assume) had prepared to ask.

These included questions refused by UN Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, whose spokesman Kieran Dwyer on “World Press Freedom Day” cited Inner City Press’ “blog posts” as the reason Ladsous won’t answer. Video here. What next? Watch this site.t

Footnote: Regarding the information or video footage of Russian state media reporter Anastasia Popova, after Inner City Press reported on her offer of proof, anonymous social media accounts associated by the UN Correspondents Association and Reuters immediately falsely accused Inner City Press of being in the pay of the Assad government of Syria.

[…]

http://www.innercitypress.com/syria4delponte050713.html

May 7th, 2013, 5:19 pm

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed do you have a source for the news that the UN will be sending 1000s of troops?

I kind of doubt the West would abide by any peace plan. They want Assad gone and won’t give up without being beaten.

May 7th, 2013, 5:21 pm

 

revenire said:

شرطة حماس تقمع تظاهرة في غزة تندد بالغارات الاسرائيلية على سورية

غزة ـ (ا ف ب) – فرقت شرطة حماس مساء الثلاثاء تظاهرة نظمتها الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين في مدينة خان يونس جنوب قطاع غزة لادانة الغارات الاسرائيلية على سوريا، واعتدت بالضرب على عدد من المشاركين فيها ما اسفر عن اصابة ثلاثة منهم بجروح وفقا لمسؤول في الجبهة ومصور وكالة فراس برس.

وقال المسؤول نصر الله جرهون لوكالة فرانس برس ان الجبهة الشعبية “نظمت فعالية تضامنيه مع اهلنا في سوريا اليوم ولادانة القصف الاسرائيلي على سوريا”.

واضاف “الا اننا تفاجأنا بعناصر الامن الداخلي يطلبون منا انهاء الفعالية خلال دقيقتين، ثم هاجمت عناصر شرطة حماس وقوات حفظ النظام المشاركين بالعصي والهروات”.

واكد جرهون “وقوع ثلاث اصابات على الاقل ونقلهم الى مستشفى ناصر” جنوب القطاع.

وقال مصور وكالة فرانس برس الذي كان متواجدا في مكان الحادثة ان عناصر الامن الداخلي التابعين لحماس فرقوا نحو خمسين مشاركا في الفعالية واعتدوا بالضرب على بعضهم، كما طلبوا من المصورين مغادرة المكان.

ولم يتسن حتى اللحظة الحصول على تعقيب من حكومة حماس حول الحادثة.

وقصف الطيران الحربي الاسرائيلي فجر الجمعة والاحد مواقع عسكرية قرب دمشق، في ما قال مسؤولون اسرائيليون انها هجمات استهدفت صواريخ ايرانية مرسلة الى حزب الله.

وادت الغارة الاسرائيلية الاخيرة على سوريا فجر الاحد الى مقتل 42 جنديا سوريا على الاقل حسب منظمة غير حكومية.

من جانبها اعلنت دمشق انها ستختار توقيت الرد على الهجمات الاسرائيلية.

May 7th, 2013, 5:25 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

You know, it is not really fair to always hit only at nus-lira. While one laughs at insects like the flood of clowns appearing on TV in defense of dog-poop athad, one can not ignore a Lebanese donkey-poop joker, the clown general Michel Aoun. More to come on this clown so that no on can say Hamster was not a fair rat rodent .

and BTW, russia will get nothing, stupid russia puts what little political capital it has behind dog-poop athad, a rascal fool known for harming its friends before its enemies. Russia will only get what it wants if it takes the d-p athad out. Russian agents on this site should know that, but like all dictatorial regimes, the underling lows can’t speak their minds to their superiors. Clown Aoun (see i remain respectful ans capitalize the joker’s name) and nus-lira agents, don’t matter. They’ll be thrown under the bus in Lebanon. It will be their job to whisk their survival.

May 7th, 2013, 5:39 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Geneva agreement of june 2012

GENEVA, June 30 (Xinhua) — Ministers attending the Action Group meeting on Syria that concluded in Geneva on Saturday have agreed upon a set of principles and guide-lines that ushered the way for a Syrian-led transition.

Ministers of the Action Group, representing both global and regional powers, jointly issued a Communique after the meeting that embodies crucial agreement over the future of the conflict-laden country.

“Action Group members are committed to the sovereignty, independence, national unity and territorial integrity of Syria,” said the Communique.

“They are determined to work urgently and intensively to bring about an end to the violence and human rights abuses and the launch of a Syrian-led political process leading to a transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people and enables them independently and democratically to determine their own future,” it said.

To secure these common objectives, the Action Group members identified steps and measures by the parties to secure full implementation of the six-point plan and Security Council resolutions 2042 and 2043, including an immediate cessation of violence in all its forms.

More importantly, they also agreed on guidelines and principles for a political transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people; and agreed on actions to implement the above in support of the UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s efforts to facilitate a Syrian-led political process.

Regarding the principles and guide-lines for the transition, the Action Group agreed that any political settlement must deliver to the people of Syria a transition and offers a perspective for the future that can be shared by all in Syrians.

They also pledged to establish clear steps according to a firm time-table towards the realization of that perspective, and to implement the guide-lines in a climate of safety for all, stability and calm.

As most have agreed, the Communique said, the future of Syria will be de genuinely democratic and pluralistic, giving space to established and newly emerging political actors to compete fairly and equally in elections.

“This also means that the commitment to multi-party democracy must be a lasting one, going beyond an initial round of elections,”it said.

The Communique also identified the key steps for the transition, which include the establishment of a transitional governing body which could include members of the present government and the opposition, an inclusive National Dialogue process, and a review of the constitutional order and the legal system.

Once the new constitutional order is established, the Communique said, free and fair multi-party elections for the new institutions and offices will follow.

May 7th, 2013, 6:09 pm

 

revenire said:

It must be hard to be you Hamster – every day these sweeping announcements that Russia will get this, Assad will get that, etc.

It is funny. I would not call it hubris.

You sound ridiculous.

May 7th, 2013, 6:10 pm

 

revenire said:

Think the facts are the SAA is winning against an array of nations.

May 7th, 2013, 6:16 pm

 

revenire said:

Zionists not helping FSA? Sure, sure thing.

http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com/2013/05/usrussia-meeting-israel-bombings-and.html
Hagel To Meet Free Syrian Army – Israel/AIPAC Hosting Free Syrian Army in Washington DC on 9 May — New War for USA?

This Thursday, Tzipi Livni, the “Free Syrian Army” and Chuck Hagel will confer here at the Ritz-Carlton. What are they planning? As an activist for Peace and Non-violence, are you comfortable with their secret negotiations?
*******************************
Why would the AIPAC funded and staffed, WINEP, at their upcoming 2013 Soref Symposium, scheduled for May 9, host members of the Free Syrian Army…?
Schedule:
— Noon: Israeli Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni delivers remarks on “Israel’s New Government and the Challenge of Peacemaking with the Palestinians”
— 2:30 p.m.: Anwar Esmat El Sadat, founder and chairman of the El Sadat Association for Social Development and Welfare; and Dennis Ross, former senior Middle East adviser to four presidents and counselor at WINEP, participate in a discussion on “Egypt’s Revolution, Two Years On: Transition in Distress?”
— 4 p.m.: Col. Abdul Hamid Zakaria, commander and spokesman for the Free Syrian Army; and Col. Abdul Jabbar Akidi, Free Syrian Army commander and head of the Revolutionary Military Council in Aleppo, participate in a breakout discussion on “Inside Syria: The Battle Against Assad’s Regime.” (The session is off the record)
— 7 p.m.: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel deliver remarks on “U.S. Defense Policy in the Middle East”
LOCATION: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd Street NW, Washington, D.C.CONTACT: Brittany Parker, 202-452-0650 ext. 244; press@washingtoninstitute.org [Note: Speeches by Tzipi Livni, Anwwar El Sadat and Chuck Hagel will be available via live-stream at https://www.washingtoninstitute.org. RSVP to Brittany Parker at press@washingtoninstitute.org for media credentials]

May 7th, 2013, 6:23 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

The above agreement was not agreed upon by Asshead, in 2012,because it required establishing a transitional goverment with complete executive authority, Russia then did not push Asshead to comply

1-How is Russia going to force Asshead to stop violence?
2- What is full executive power means.
3- how will the safety of the transitional goverment will be guaranteed?
4- How is an election will be fair and transparent?
5- what will be the fate of Hizballah(hizb Iran ) and Persian soldiers currently in Syria, and foreign Jihadis?
6- Failure to reach settlements to these questions, the whole agreement today is nonsense.and war will continue

May 7th, 2013, 6:25 pm

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed no one, let me repeat, no one is going to negotiate with terrorists like Nusra. The army will kill them without mercy.

All this diplomacy is a lot of talk.

Who would the government negotiate with? A guy from Texas? This is why Brother Majed must be the new leader of the opposition.

May 7th, 2013, 6:40 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Expert analysis linked below on the Assad regime’s military ability to respond to the attack by Israel.

Bottom line: Israel knows it doesn’t have to worry. Apart from the fact that Syrian capability is depleted and obsolete, since 1973 the Assads have never once responded to numerous Israeli violations of Syrian airspace, only with empty barking.

That’s because the regime’s military preparedness and priorities has always been focused first on the control of the Syrian people. To the Assads, Israel’s role has been mainly useful to crank up the propaganda game.

“Syria’s uncertain air defence capabilities”

http://csis.org/publication/syrias-uncertain-air-defense-capabilities

May 7th, 2013, 6:46 pm

 

ziad said:

Russia, US to push for global Syria conference to bring conflicting sides to table

Russia and the US reiterated their commitment to bringing the sides of the Syrian conflict to the negotiating table, and have announced an international conference to be called by the end of May which will serve as a follow-up to the Geneva communiqué.

The Geneva communiqué should be a roadmap to a new Syria, not a forgotten piece of paper, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters after their Tuesday Moscow meeting.

Moscow and Washington confirmed their commitment to the implementation of the principles set in the Syria peace plan – the Geneva Communiqué – including the territorial integrity of the conflict-torn country, Lavrov told journalists.

http://rt.com/news/kerry-lavrov-putin-syria-958/

May 7th, 2013, 6:47 pm

 

revenire said:

SL if that is the case what is Obama waiting for? The stars to align?

May 7th, 2013, 6:50 pm

 

revenire said:

My feeling is Syria will have to rely on Iranian help and Iran will have to rely on itself.

May 7th, 2013, 6:52 pm

 

revenire said:

I will say this on the Russian-US talks. Russia has managed to change the US view. The US used to insist that Assad leave. This is no longer the case. So that seems to be a victory for the good guys.

May 7th, 2013, 6:58 pm

 

Tara said:

A massacre in the make? 

Syria Internet Access Cut Off From World
By Brian Womack – May 7, 2013 6:06 PM ET

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-07/syria-internet-access-cut-off-from-world.html

May 7th, 2013, 7:01 pm

 

ann said:

It’s JIHAD Time For Mullah Francois Hollande The Godfather Of Al-Qaeda Terrorists in Syria 😀

Al-Qaeda urges attacks on French interests – 07 May 2013

http://www.thelocal.fr/page/view/al-qaeda-leader-urges-muslims-to-attack-french-interests

“It is your duty, all Muslims… to attack French interests everywhere,” Abu Obaida al-Annabi said in the recording dated April 25.

French President Francois Hollande reacted swiftly by saying that Paris takes the Al-Qaeda threat “seriously”.

Annabi, presented as the head of the council of dignitaries of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, called for “full mobilisation” to combat the “new crusade of France”.

“Jihad (holy war) is now the duty of every capable among you,” he said.

“If the French president wants his crusade to be quick, short and limited, to spare his country descending into a swamp like that faced by Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is your duty to foil his plan and drag him into an open war,” said Annabi.

He said such a war should “drain France’s economy, exhaust its capabilities, and push it into a recession and contraction.”

Annabi’s call came days after Mohammed al-Zawahiri, the brother of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, issued a similar threat

“France is playing with fire… By attacking Mali, France lit the fuse and will suffer the consequences,” Mohammed told French weekly Le Point last month.

“The reaction of jihadi fighters is likely to be strong, be it in Mali or on French territory.

“France kills our children, we must respond. We have neither bombs nor planes, but our resources allow us to take hostages to defend ourselves,” said the Egyptian Islamist.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden as Al-Qaeda chief in 2011, had already warned France at the beginning of April that it would meet in Mali “the same fate as America in Iraq and Afghanistan”

[…]

http://www.thelocal.fr/page/view/al-qaeda-leader-urges-muslims-to-attack-french-interests

May 7th, 2013, 7:25 pm

 
 

ann said:

Record levels of unemployment in France – 25/04/2013

http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/25/record-levels-of-unemployment-in-france/

The French jobless total has hit an all-time high with 3.22 million people seeking work.

Following a wave of industrial lay-offs, the figure is the highest since 1997.

The number of days spent out of work has also beaten records at 485 days on average.

The news puts the government’s pledge to reduce unemployment by 2013 in question.

[…]

http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/25/record-levels-of-unemployment-in-france/

May 7th, 2013, 7:39 pm

 
 

revenire said:

Panicked rats.

May 7th, 2013, 7:49 pm

 

ann said:

In Wake of US-Israeli Attack on Syria, UN Reveals Terrorists Not Government Used Sarin Gas – May 6, 2013

So-called “red line” both drawn and then crossed by US-Saudi-Israeli axis and their terrorist proxies

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2013/05/in-wake-of-us-israeli-attack-on-syria.html#more

May 6, 2013 (LD) – The reasoning behind recent US-Israeli attacks on Syria has been undermined further as the UN reveals Western-backed terrorists, not the Syrian government, deployed sarin gas during the 2 year conflict. Reuters reported in their article, “U.N. has testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas: investigator,” that:

U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.

The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.

“Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Del Ponte said in an interview with Swiss-Italian television.

Why the Small Amounts of Sarin Cited by Washington, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv are a Set Up

The small amounts of sarin gas reportedly used would defy any tactical or strategic sense had they been deployed by the Syrian government to tip the balance in the destructive 2-year conflict. According to the US military’s own assessments of chemical weapon use during the 1980’s Iran-Iraq War, only under ideal conditions and with massive amounts of chemical agents can tactical and strategic outcomes be achieved – and that conventional weapons were still, by far, superior to chemical weapons of any kind.

A document produced by the US Marine Corps, titled, “Lessons Learned: The Iran-Iraq War” under “Appendix B: Chemical Weapons,” provides a comprehensive look at the all-out chemical warfare that took place during the devastating 8 year Iranian-Iraqi conflict. Several engagements are studied in detail, revealing large amounts of chemical agents deployed mainly to create areas of denial, not mass casualties.

The effectiveness and lethality of chemical weapons is summarized in the document as follows (emphasis added):

Chemical weapons require quite particular weather and geographic conditions for optimum effectiveness. Given the relative nonpersistence of all agents employed during this war, including mustard, there was only a brief window of employment opportunity both daily and seasonally, when the agents could be used. Even though the Iraqis employed mustard agent in the rainy season and also in the marshes, its effectiveness was significantly reduced under those conditions. As the Iraqis learned to their chagrin, mustard is not a good agent to employ in the mountains, unless you own the high ground and your enemy is in the valleys.

We are uncertain as to the relative effectiveness of nerve agents since those which were employed are by nature much less persistent than mustard. In order to gain killing concentrations of these agents, predawn attacks are best, conducted in areas where the morning breezes are likely to blow away from friendly positions.

Chemical weapons have a low kill ratio. Just as in WWl, during which the ratio of deaths to injured from chemicals was 2-3 percent, that figure appears to be borne out again in this war although reliable data on casualties are very difficult to obtain. We deem it remarkable that the death rate should hold at such a low level even with the introduction of nerve agents. If those rates are correct, as they well may be, this further reinforces the position that we must not think of chemical weapons as “a poor man’s nuclear weapon.” While such weapons have great psychological potential, they are not killers or destroyers on a scale with nuclear or biological weapons.

Clearly, the minute amounts of sarin the West has accused the Syrian government of using, makes no tactical, political, or strategic sense. However, these small amounts of sarin gas, now suspected to be the work of Western-backed terrorists, would have been perfect for establishing a pretext for Western military intervention, and in fact, have been in part cited by the US and Israel in their latest, unprovoked aerial assault on Damascus.

The terrorists operating in Syria possess the means and motivation to carry out such an operation, as do their Western sponsors.

Where Did Western-backed Terrorists Obtain Sarin?

A number of methods could have lent sarin gas to terrorists operating in Syria – from Turkey, Israel, and the US simply handing select units the chemical agent in a clandestine operation, to Libyan terrorists confirmed to have been flooding into Syria for the past 2 years.

[…]

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2013/05/in-wake-of-us-israeli-attack-on-syria.html#more

May 7th, 2013, 7:52 pm

 

ziad said:

عودة ٣٠ فلسطينياً من مناصري الأسير

وفقدان ١٦ آخرين خلال معارك ريف القصير

08 أيار , 2013 00:39:15

تسود أوساط مناصري الأسير حالة من التذمر والبلبلة، بعدما تواترت الأنباء القادمة من سوريا عن فقدان ١٦ عنصراً من أنصار الأسير في ريف القصير، الأسير الذي بات أسير “جدران منزله” بات يخشى التنقل واجراء اللقاءات خارج المسجد بعدما تناهى إليه صدى الإستياء الكبير السائد في صفوف الأهالي القلقين على مصير أبنائهم وعدم قدرتهم على الحصول على أي مصدر معلومات يفيدهم بحقيقة ما حصل معهم هناك.
وما زاد الطين بلة أن الأسير نفسه كان قد دعا في خطبة له مؤخراً للدعاء بالشفاء لخمسة من أنصاره الجرحى الذين أصيبوا خلال مشاركتهم في المعارك إلى جانب مسلحي المعارضة السورية في ريف القصير.

وزاد الاستياء لدى الأهالي وتفاقم، خاصة بعد عودة ٣٠ مسلحاً من مناصري الأسير الفلسطينيين إلى مخيم عين الحلوة ومنطقة عبرا، دون أن يحملوا معهم أية أخبار أو معلومات عن مصير أبناء صيدا الـ ١٦.

http://www.slabnews.com/article/20433

May 7th, 2013, 7:52 pm

 

Tara said:

I have always called for justice to be served to shabeehas yet when I open links showing the final minute of a scared Shabeeh, It saddens and pains me tremendously to see the look on their face just before they face their fate.

May Allah curse Bashar and Nasralls and burn them in an eternal physicsl and psychological hell for what they have done to all Syrians.,,

May 7th, 2013, 7:58 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

……

May 7th, 2013, 8:10 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

TARA
And Aoun as well, don’t forget the general who sold itself and its country to d-p athad. His its gangs are no less participating in the ugly campaign against the Syrian people.

Also, note please that again, REVENIRE insists on exposing itself as a liar and dumb at that. The post from Col. Akidi widthrawing from the conference was posted for all of us. But the liar, thinking that it can sneek a lie ignored the truth, as usual.

The post is available on Akidi’s own facebook page. And i will not post the page’s address since ANN is lurking around.

عبد الجبار عكيدي

Monday

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم :السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته اليوم اعتذرت عن الذهاب لحضور الندوة المنعقدة في معهد واشنطن لدراسات الشرق الادنى من تاريخ 8-10 ايار حيث وجهت لي دعوة لحضور هذه الندوة والقاء كلمة يوم 9 ايار ضمن حلقة نقاش حول الصراع في سوريا وكنت قد عزمت على الذهاب بعد استشارة العديد من الاصدقاء ولكنني تفاجئت اليوم ان من بين الحضور وزيرة العدل الاسرائيلية تسيبي ليفني وهذا هو سبب عدم حضوري الندوة

—-
Frantically, the roaches are now trying to find Akidi’s face-book page. (It is public- you fools)

May 7th, 2013, 8:13 pm

 

Visitor said:

The several stories that were circulated about the Israeli attack,

https://now.mmedia.me/lb/ar/nowspecialar/هذا-ما-حصل-في-الغارات-الإسرائيلية-على-دمشق

All the stories agree on only ONE thing. The attack was designed to help Israel’s most trusted and loyal ally, the Asshead.

It has become clear now that Syria has an enemy within, Asshead, which is enemy # 1. It also has an enemy without, Israel, which is enemy # 2. Both enemies are EVIL.

May 7th, 2013, 8:14 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Let Aseer learn a lesson. FSA told him he is not welcomed. It is not a war for flimsy Lebanese militia and the FSA will be capable, even with arms embargo of making nus-lira’s sectarian thugs pay the price for interfering. If Aseer wants to settle a Lebanese issue, let him do it in Lebanon not on Syrian soil. Time for Nus-lira to learn that as well. If it (nus-lira) wants to sell a country to iran, let it keep selling Lebanon like most lebanese politicians and Militia lords do. Syria is not for sale.

By the way, this message also apply to various representatives of Lebanese factions on this blog, who have no business telling Syrians what to do and/or pretending, fraudulently, to represent Syrians. Time to buzz off. You have done that for so long and gave a very bad image of what Syrians are. If dog-poop athad bought your loyalty, go settle that account with it. We are not renewing your contracts. We don’t need surfs, we need real brothers, partners, and friends, and we know they exist a plenty among lebanese people, but not among those who sold themselves to their former occupier.

May 7th, 2013, 8:28 pm

 

Tara said:

Hamster,

Simple question I have . So what if Colonel Akidi went to the same conference and lectured side to side with the Israeli minister of justice? Why would that make him a “traitor”? He can express his own opinion which I am sure not supportive of Zionism and she can too? It is nonsense trying to boycott the conference to look nationalistic.

The Ba’ath have conditioned us into being afraid of labelled “traitor ” when it comes to any thing related to Israel as it claimed the monopoly and the advantages of rallying the masses around the Fake resistance yet attempting to fire no bullet to liberate the Golan . heights. This is simply an exploitation of the Arab-Israeli conflict in my opinion.

Time for freedom, dignity, and mental liberation of what we have always been boxed into.

May 7th, 2013, 8:33 pm

 

revenire said:

US has apparently backed down to Russia.

May 7th, 2013, 9:30 pm

 

revenire said:

Hamster who are you talking to? There are only a few regular posters here. You know all of them.

May 7th, 2013, 9:32 pm

 

revenire said:

Rats in Nigeria go on rampage.

May 7th, 2013, 9:40 pm

 

Hopeful said:

#638 Tara

I felt very saddened as well watching how scared the kid was. In fact, I won’t be surprised if he was forced to confess to things he did not do. He sounded like he was reading from a script. He was raping women and killing men because Hasan Nassrallah told him to do so? Nasrallah is definitely on the wrong side of history because he is supporting the Assad regime, but the idea that he instructs field soldiers to rape and kill women is very far fetched.

Things like this hurt not help the revolution. I wish they stop.

May 7th, 2013, 9:43 pm

 

ann said:

646. revenire said:

Rats in Nigeria go on rampage.

Maybe they’re searching for French nationals 😉

May 7th, 2013, 9:46 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

TARA
Outstanding, and one thoughtful well-posed question that should have been asked a while ago. First, please note that my ojective was merely to expose REVENIRE as a liar, and not to posture about the issue itself or agreeing with the regime’s deceitful posturing.

I fully agree with and support your comment. But Akidi can not take action to reverse the status-quo on normalization, especially being a military leader and precisely to avoid a new monopolization of Syrian Foreign policy. We must consider the following conditions:

1. Given that there remains a Syrian Land occupied by Israel.
2. Livni is not merely an Israeli academic, she is a cabinet Minister
3. Akidi is not a private citizen either, he is a public military leader

The brave thing to do would be to do exactly what you have suggested. But Akidi, must also abide by policy drawn by the Syrian people through a legitimate (non baathist) forum and institutions. Such policy, sadly, has not been proposed or discussed to-date, among the various bodies comprising the political and military wings of the revolution (probably for reasons of posturing) and as such, the policy is at best ambiguous or non-existent, and at worst, dictated by the regime’s own prostitution of the resistance fraud and the long years of indoctrination and posturing.

The politically sound decision, even though it will deprive FSA from participating in an important forum, would then be to withdraw and not violate what Syrian people have not yet informed their legitimate political and military leadership on how they want to change. I am not very happy about that.

I honestly believe it was not a very wise decision on the part of the conference organizers to have such a high profile Israeli public figure be invited, knowing well the type of situation it will put the Syrians, who are the primary stakeholder in the conference issue. The US and other countries seem to need this “assurance” that things will be OK for Israel, but the funny thing is that I have not seen AIG and/or AP as a supporter of Israel, asking for these assurances and pushing for fast action on normalization. I see more realistic approach from both of them towards this issue, which I do very much appreciate.

Again, I fully agree that we need to break the prostituting assadist approach to the issue, damn fully agree, which makes me sad that the regime and the few defunct leftists and cause-traders, have such power in blackmailing the actions on the ground. It will take time to get rid of that.

May 7th, 2013, 9:51 pm

 

ann said:

VATTY gave himself 11 thumbs up so far!

Maybe he’s the one padding the NO vote in the upper left hand corner Poll!

May 7th, 2013, 9:51 pm

 

ziad said:

Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel

Physicist pulls out of conference hosted by president Shimon Peres in protest at treatment of Palestinians

http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/08/stephen-hawking-israel-academic-boycott

May 7th, 2013, 9:54 pm

 

ann said:

Hamas represses pro-Syria rally in Gaza – 2013-05-08

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/08/c_124677374.htm

GAZA, May 7 (Xinhua) — The Hamas police on Tuesday repressed a rally held in southern Gaza in protest of recent Israeli airstrikes against Syria, witnesses said.

The protest was organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Khanyounis city, the witnesses said, adding several participants were beaten and four journalists were detained by Hamas’ forces on the grounds of holding unlicensed rally.

The demonstrators waved Palestinian and Syrian flags as well as banners slamming the Israeli bombing in Damascus, and chanted slogans rejecting “any Israeli aggression against any Arab capital. ”

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/08/c_124677374.htm

May 7th, 2013, 9:55 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

يلي علي راسو ريشة … بتحكو

May 7th, 2013, 9:57 pm

 

ghufran said:

Seumas Milne
The Guardian, Tuesday 7 May 2013 15.38 EDT

The reality is that what began in Syria more than two years ago as a brutally repressed popular uprising has long since morphed into a vicious sectarian war, manipulated by outside forces to change the regional balance of power and already dangerously spilling over into neighbouring Lebanon and Iraq.
The consequences for Syria have been multiple massacres, ethnic cleansing, torture, a humanitarian crisis and the risk of the country’s breakup. The longer the war, the greater the danger of a Yugoslavian-style fragmentation into sectarian and ethnic enclaves.
The Assad regime bears responsibility for that, of course. But so do those who have funded and fuelled the war, bleeding Syria and weakening the Arab world in the process. The demand by Cameron and other western politicians to increase the flow of arms is reckless and cynical.
The result will certainly be to ratchet up the death toll and spread the war. If they were genuinely interested in saving lives – instead of neutralising Syria to undermine Iran – western leaders would be using their leverage with the rebels’ regional sponsors to negotiate a political settlement that would allow Syrians to determine their own future.
(at the end of the day it was the syrians who died and it was Syria that got destroyed, enjoy your new flag, your eternal leader
and your new false sense of pride)

May 7th, 2013, 9:59 pm

 

ann said:

OOPS! It’s A Game Changer Alright 😀

Obama defends handling of Syrian conflict – 2013-05-08

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/08/c_124677461.htm

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his handling of the ongoing conflict in Syria, saying he will not make decisions about deeper involvement based on what he called “perceived” crossing of a red line he has set.

“But I don’t make decisions based on ‘perceived,’ and I can’t organize international coalitions around ‘perceived,'” he stressed.

“We want to make sure that, you know, we have the best analysis possible,” Obama explained. “We want to make sure that we are acting deliberately.”

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/08/c_124677461.htm

May 7th, 2013, 10:03 pm

 

revenire said:

“While Kerry told Putin that common interests in a stable Middle East could bridge divisions among the big powers, Putin kept Kerry waiting three hours before the meeting, fiddled with a pen while his guest spoke and made no mention in his own public remarks on the conflict.”

Ha ha love that Putin.

May 7th, 2013, 10:06 pm

 

revenire said:

I love this snip of news. The part about being haunted and crying is especially touching for me:

Recalling the 2006 War, Shami, a resident of the southern village of Kfar Kila, said he believed that the memory of the losses suffered by the Israeli army on the battlefield still haunt the Jewish state:

“I didn’t leave my town during the 2006 war; I used to hear the cries of the Israeli soldiers when rockets fell on them. They are the losers, we [Lebanese] are stronger.”

May 7th, 2013, 10:08 pm

 

Observer said:

Well to each his own.

I must confess that Qatar plays a role that is larger than its actual real power and influence in the world. This is of course due to the sclerotic and inept Saudi royal family leaving a void and paralyzed by fear.

Likewise, Russia is playing a role that is larger than its actual real power. It exports oil and gas, second rate weapons as we see in Libya Iraq and Syria; and most unfortunately orphans and young women for the slave sex trade.

The US did not concede anything to Putin. The Geneva accords were agreed upon by all. The interpretation is where differences have happened.

So the US and Russia have to bring the protagonists to the table.

The US has a more difficult task as the opposition is fractured on the outside and on the inside. One way to bring them to the table is by stopping any aid. If the US does that it loses all influence with them and it opens the door wide open for the extremists to say: ” I told you so” you have to rely on yourselves. It will push their supporters to give more and it will weaken any elements that may be moderate enough to be acceptable to the US.

Russia has to convince the retard to sit down and give up power and accept at a minimum exile in Tehran or Moscow. The card is now in Iran’s hand. It can choose to play the spoiler and to continue to support the regime. Salehi in Jordan offered money to help with Syria’s refugees and is pressuring Jordan to remain at least neutral. I say it is an act of desperation as it finds itself now stuck with the regime and incapable of of having an alternative ally.

I would say that Russia has already announced that it has no power to bring the boy prethident to talk. Reverse here tells us that there will no negotiations. Only death.

I would say, this is the last chance for a diplomatic solution and Russia is embracing it as a face saving measure. It also can say we tried a last ditch effort and thereafter if things do not work then no one can blame us.

Options are on the table. The Israeli attack did multiple things intended or not.

It called Obama’s bluff. It called on Iran’s dirty tricks. It slapped HA in the face. It showed the regime troops that they are nothing more than bullies firing against those that cannot fire back. It showed the emperor has no clothes.

Iran rushed in to stiffen the backbone of the demoralized boy.

Let us see if it will derail the last diplomatic effort.

Remember any true and meaningful reforms spell the end the regime. It is a mafia and on the short run we may have a worse Syria but on the long run it will be great to be free.

For those that think Russia is a superpower please read the following article from the WSJ on the “Shrinking Russia”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323628004578458820046994876.html?KEYWORDS=The+Russians+are+shrinking

May 7th, 2013, 10:11 pm

 

Tara said:

Dear Hamster,

Outstanding response! Akidi did the right thing given the reason you explained. I am not even saying that time has come for normalization with Israel. I just wanted to highlight what you eloquently called the resistance “prostitution” and the blackmailing practiced on the masses by the fake resistance.

On a lighter note, In my eyes…you are a true Pulitzer candidate. I have been awed many times.

May 7th, 2013, 10:12 pm

 
 

Observer said:

This is especially for my friend Syrian Hamster and for all those that know what oppression means to lift their spirits

May 7th, 2013, 10:16 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Kerry Putin agreement today is not a breakthrough,for any political solution Asshead has to give major concessions
1-halt violence,with verifications,Asshead is not willing to do that ,from day 1 he used violence against peaceful demonstraors.
2-Relinquish executive power to transitional goverment,
3- Allow UN force to verify progress
4- release prisoners.
5- Allow media to enter Syria freely,and expose his crimes.abd destructions

Probably the worst is he is realising that time,from now on, will work against him,and any concession will anger his generals who fear justice

May 7th, 2013, 10:18 pm

 

ann said:

UN mission protests Israel over increased violation of Lebanese air space – 2013-05-08

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/08/c_124677408.htm

UNITED NATIONS, May 7 (Xinhua) — The UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon has lodged “firm protests” to Israel about its increased violation of Lebanese air space, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here Tuesday.

“The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) says that, in the course of the past week, it has observed a higher number of Israeli air violations over Lebanese airspace,” Nesirky said at a daily news briefing here.

“The UN Interim Force has lodged firm protests with the Israeli Defence Force on this matter, asking them to cease the overflights, ” the spokesman said.

“Israeli overflights are in violation of Lebanese sovereignty and of Security Council resolution 1701,” he said. “The UN mission is aware of the concerns raised by the Lebanese government in this regard.”

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/08/c_124677408.htm

May 7th, 2013, 10:38 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Today’s award

comment 636, by the ANN character, is one more example of deceitfulness and misinformation. Take a statement, declined by the same UN Team, and never mention the anger the UN team expressed at its rogue member for talking both prematurely and unethically (and it is unprofessional to do so), but still overload the reader with technical description، multiple fraudulent assertions and lies.
The lie, in which the report is fraudulently presented as conclusive (UN Report)is completely lost to the reader, who is inundated with crap information, and much irrelevant stuff. Goebbels would be proud of the writer.

landdestroyer.blogspot.fr/ earns Today’s award of being the smelliest cesspool. And reversed sewer-pipe would thus be a title well earned by those who transport such crap anywhere.

May 7th, 2013, 10:41 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

OBSERVER,
Outstanding, well crafted analysis. And also loved the dance. Will load on my mobile.

TARA
Thank you for your kind words. You are a wonderful human being.

May 7th, 2013, 10:53 pm

 

ghufran said:

رأى ممثل هيئة التنسيق الوطنية لقوى التغيير الديمقراطي السورية هيثم مناع أن “الغارة الاسرائيلية على دمشق “هي جريمة عدوان وإعلان حرب من جانب واحد وفق القانون الدولي وهي احتقار لنظام الأمم المتحدة ولكل الاتفاقات الموقّعة بين البلدين”، مؤكداً “اننا لا نقبل أن يكون هناك اعتداء على الاراضي السورية بأي شكل من الأشكال”، ومضيفا:”لو كانت هناك حكومة وطنية لكانت تردّ ولا تنتظر وتتعامل مع هذا الاعتداء باعتباره اعتداء على السيادة الوطنية والشعب السوري”.
ولفت مناع الى أن “الاسرائيلي يفكر دائماً في مصالحه ولا يهمه شأن أي انسان في المنطقة، عربياً كان أو كردياً، مسلماً كان أو مسيحياً”، مستبعداً حدوث “حرب إسرائيلية – سورية لأسباب عدة فالاسرائيليون يريدون إنهاك المؤسسة العسكرية السورية بشكل تدريجي دون الدخول في حرب مباشرة”، مبدياً تخوفه “من حرب اقليمية ذات طابع مذهبي تدمر كل الأطراف”، وموضحاً “أن المواجهة السورية – الاسرائيلية إذا وقعت يمكن أن تُعيد الناس الى صوابهم فيعرفون أين البوصلة “.
وأكد أن الضربة التي تعرضت لها مواقع عسكرية سورية في دمشق “أكبر بكثير مما تتحدث عنه وسائل الاعلام”، وقال:”أخشى من أنصار حزب فليأتِ الشيطان الذين يمكن أن يتعاونوا مع أي طرف بغية التخلص من النظام”، غامزاً من قناة “بعض المعارضين في الخارج”، واصفاً “إياهم بالمرتزقة الذين لا يمثلون الشعب السوري الذي لا يقبل ان يُمس أي بيت أو مصنع أو دبابة من اسرائيل”.
وأضاف “السوريون اليوم يُقتلون على يد أكثر من 40 جنسية أجنبية ونقول الى كل طرف مقاتل يدّعي أنه يريد حمايتنا ارحلوا عنا”، موجهاً رسالة الى رئيس هيئة أركان “الجيش السوري الحر” اللواء سليم إدريس “هل تجرؤ على القول عن مجموعة من المقاتلين الاجانب أنهم ليسوا من الجيش الحر ولا علاقة لنا بها؟”.
ورأى أن “الائتلاف الوطني السوري لا يملك القرار ولو كان القرار بيده لما صمت على هؤلاء التكفيريين”، مشيراً الى أن “الذين حاولوا الخروج على تبعية الائتلاف تمت محاصرتهم ولا أدري كيف تحمل الشيخ أحمد معاذ الخطيب البقاء لفترة 6 أشهر على رأس هذا الائتلاف”، ولافتاً الى أن “برهان غليون تخلى عن القضية الوطنية وعن مبادئه مقابل الحصول على 25 ألف دولار شهرياً وعلى مكافأة مالية وصلت الى نصف مليون دولار”.
واستبعد سيناريو التقسيم في سوريا، مؤكداً أن “الخط العسكري الذي يسير عليه النظام السوري لن يؤدي الى أي شيء إلا الى هزيمة جماعية للانسان السوري”، مضيفاً “إذا ظن النظام أنه سينتصر فهو واهم”.

May 7th, 2013, 11:28 pm

 

revenire said:

Brother Majed I guess UNIFIL answered my questions about Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace. Seems many want to hurt Israel?

May 7th, 2013, 11:33 pm

 

ziad said:

Interesting Demcracy Now interview with Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk: The Syrian Government Is Winning

Video

Fisk discusses his reaction to what he calls President Obama’s “pitiful” backing of the recent Israeli missile strikes.
Posted May 08, 2013

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34854.htm

May 7th, 2013, 11:34 pm

 

ann said:

France’s Hollande: Taking Al Qaeda in North Africa Threat Seriously – May 7, 2013

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20130507-705884.html

Hollande says France taking AQIM threat seriously after video
Source: Reuters – Tue, 7 May 2013 12:03 PM
Author: Reuters

http://www.trust.org/item/20130507120314-9cgrp/

Qaeda in North Africa urges attacks on French interests – 07 May 2013

http://www.france24.com/en/20130507-qaeda-north-africa-urges-attacks-french-interests

Hollande : la France prend “au sérieux” les menaces d’AQMI
Le Monde | 07.05.2013 à 15h20 • Mis à jour le 07.05.2013 à 15h22

http://www.lemonde.fr/international/video/2013/05/07/hollande-la-france-prend-au-serieux-les-menaces-d-aqmi_3172897_3210.html

[…]

May 8th, 2013, 1:16 am

 

revenire said:

Rats have been cleansed from Kherbet Ghazalah per http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/08/Assad-s-forces-recapture-strategic-town-in-southern-Syria.html and Syrian government sources.

A very good development. I paid special attention to this town myself. I want to thank out boys for ridding the place of the rodent infestation.

“The town of Khirbet Ghazaleh, situated in the Hauran Plain on the highway to Jordan, was captured after a Jordanian-backed Syrian opposition military council failed to supply weapons to the town’s defenders, according to the report.”

The great Jordan weapons fiascso. LOL

Idiots.

May 8th, 2013, 1:40 am

 

ann said:

The price you pay for trusting the Jordanians 😉

Syria – Army recaptures key town from “rebels” – 30 mins ago

“Tomorrow, the big tragedy will happen, the regime’s supply route to Deraa will reopen and the officers will go back and ammunition will be resupplied and the bombardment will resume”

http://www.firstpost.com/world/syria-violence-army-recaptures-key-town-from-rebels-762001.html

Amman: The Syrian army captured a strategic southern town from rebel fighters on Wednesday after a ferocious two-month bombardment, in an advance likely to result in President Bashar al-Assad’s forces regaining control of an international transit route, opposition sources said.

The fall of Khirbet Ghazaleh, situated in the Hauran Plain on the highway to Jordan, came after a Jordanian-backed Syrian opposition military council failed to supply weapons to the town’s defenders.

This raised resentment among opposition fighters over what they saw as a lack of Jordanian support for their efforts to defeat Assad’s forces in the region, according to rebel commanders and activists in the area.

About 1,000 rebel fighters withdrew from Khirbet Ghazaleh on Wednesday after losing hope that reinforcements would come from Jordan, which has been cautious about provoking a military response from Assad, activists and opposition fighters said.

“Assad’s forces started advancing from the north and west and I can still go back to Khirbet Ghazaleh but I cannot do anything,” Abu Yacoub, commander of the Martyrs of Khirbet Ghazaleh brigade, told Reuters by telephone from Hauran.

“I can get a thousand fighters back but it is useless because I don’t have ammunition in my hands.”

Abu Yacoub said he had contacted Ahmad Nemaah, head of the Jordanian backed military council, before ordering the rebel fighters to withdraw, but Nemaah told him he could not do anything.

‘Big tragedy’ 😀

“Tomorrow, the big tragedy will happen, the regime’s supply route to Deraa will reopen and the officers will go back and ammunition will be resupplied and the bombardment will resume,” said Abu Yacoub. “For 61 days we had choked them by controlling Khirbet Ghazaleh.”

Al Mutasem Billah, an activist with the Sham News Network opposition monitoring group, said most of the rebel brigades in the south blame Jordan and the military council for the defeat.

“The council follows Jordanian Intelligence, which is more concerned about setting up a proxy unit than an effective force on the ground to take on Assad,” he said.

“The people of the area are now fleeing because they fear the army will sweep across the region,” he said. “The Free Syrian Army will continue to withdraw and won’t face the army along the highway because they no longer have ammunition.”

[…]

http://www.firstpost.com/world/syria-violence-army-recaptures-key-town-from-rebels-762001.html

May 8th, 2013, 1:40 am

 

ann said:

Establishment Media Spins al-Qaeda’s Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria – Kurt Nimmo – May 7, 2013

Evidence pointing at al-Qaeda will not derail globalist effort to take down Syria

http://www.infowars.com/establishment-media-spins-al-qaedas-use-of-chemical-weapons-in-syria/

Time is calling the prospect of al-Qaeda in Syria getting chemical weapons “a nightmare scenario” and warns that the terrorist group may end up using them in the United States.

“The prospect of Assad’s weapons falling into anti-American hands is real enough for the U.S. to be watching very, very closely,” writes Michael Crowley for the magazine. “But it’s probably not threatening enough – at least not yet – to justify the kind of full-scale ground invasion that might be required to secure Syria’s chemical arsenal.”

If we are to believe the United Nations, however, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, the al-Nusra Front, has already used chemical weapons.

On Sunday, Carla Del Ponte, a leading UN human rights investigator, told Al Jazeera that a UN commission of inquiry has evidence that the “rebels” in Syria used sarin nerve gas.

“Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Del Ponte told Swiss-Italian television.

“This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” she said.

Saleem Edris, FSA chief of staff, rejected the accusation. The CIA’s FSA, however, is more or less irrelevant – even the establishment fount The New York Times reports that al-Qaeda controls the manufactured opposition to the al-Assad regime.

“Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of,” the newspaper reported on April 27.

Back in November, the Pentagon floated the idea of using Syrian chemical weapons as a pretext to send 75,000 troops into Syria.

“The Pentagon has told the Obama administration that any military effort to seize Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons would require upward of 75,000 troops, amid increasing concern that the militant group Hezbollah has set up small training camps close to some of the chemical weapons depots, according to senior American officials,” the New York Times reported.

The Washsington Post tried its best to spin the latest evidence that al-Nusra is responsible for using chemical weapons, not the al-Assad regime.

“If the chemical taboo is broken in Syria, does that make the regime more likely to use those weapons itself?” Max Fisher wrote on May 6. “At what point does the United States or Jordan activate its nearby troops, which are on standby to secure loose chemical weapons in a worst-case scenario?”

In other words, despite the evidence al-Nusra (and by extension Saudi Arabia and Qatar) are responsible for using chemical weapons, the response – more likely with each passing day – will be to attack the government of Syria, not al-Qaeda.

The end game in Syria is the same as the one imposed on Libya – “creative destruction” designed to reduce the country to a failed state and ensure that rivals to the power of the United States, Israel and the international bankers do not establish a foothold. Radical Muslim groups controlled by the CIA and British intelligence asset the Muslim Brotherhood will be installed. The result will be, as it is currently in Iraq, endless religious (Sunni vs. Shia) strife and sectarian conflict that will effectively prevent the vassals from coming together.

“NEOCONS and their affinity for violent Arab and Muslim-hating Israeli settlers is only a sideshow for the central dynamic – the clash of civilizations as defined by the elite and the plan to take out anybody who challenges their drive for global domination,” we noted in 2011 after the successful destruction of Libya and the engineered mass murder of more than 30,000 people.

[…]

http://www.infowars.com/establishment-media-spins-al-qaedas-use-of-chemical-weapons-in-syria/

May 8th, 2013, 1:55 am

 

ann said:

ARAB SPRING 😉

Egypt Investment Is Collapsing as Citizens Turn Into Vigilantes – May 7, 2013

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-07/egypt-investment-collapses-as-violence-sparks-lawless-vigilantes.html

Artisans who make machine parts by day are turning into bootleg gunmakers at night, says Hussein, 54, who asked not to be identified by his full name for fear of prosecution. He only sells to a middleman because “trust the wrong person and you’re going to jail.” He can make as much as 3,000 pounds ($435) per gun — about 20 percent of what a legally licensed one costs.

“Fear is big business nowadays,” Hussein said. “People buy the guns because they’re afraid. People buy the guns because they want to scare others. We’re in a jungle now.”

Egyptians who had expressed hope for food and jobs during the uprising, are instead confronted with unemployment and rising prices. Lines for subsidized fuel have triggered protests and strikes, as well as brawls.

Hardship heightens the sense of breakdown, and the woes confronting the $257 billion economy add to the potential for violence. That, in turn, has a “massive and very serious chilling effect” on investors, said Michael Hanna, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation research group in New York.

Net foreign direct investment was negative for the first time in 2011, according to the World Bank. Investment will be 15.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2013, the lowest since records began in 1980, according to the International Monetary Fund.

“The emerging security deterioration is going to dissuade potential investors,” Hanna said. Egypt’s political, economic and security crises are “all interlinked,” he said.

‘Create a Bubble’

The economic slump has eroded optimism that the uprising would mark a new beginning. In the months after the revolution, officials saw an increase in treatment being sought by Cairo’s drug users, said Amr Othman, head of Egypt’s Fund for Drug Control and Addiction Treatment.

“They used to say they believed there’s hope and the country is changing,” Othman said.

Now, the number of addicts is growing and Othman said he’s seeing a decrease in the age of users, with some as young as nine. “Everyone is trying to create a bubble” to escape reality, he said.

The decay is clear in Tahrir Square, the center of the 2011 revolt. It morphed into a tent-camp and finally an area of ill- repute with reports of theft, assault and drug use, which Mursi’s backers blame on the opposition.

On Jan. 25, the second anniversary of the uprising, 29 women were reported to have been sexually assaulted during rallies there, including one vaginally raped with a knife.

Interior Ministry figures back up anecdotal accounts of rising crime. Murders rose to 1,885 in 2012, a 130 percent increase, while robbery cases jumped 350 percent and kidnappings 145 percent, according to a report by the ministry’s public security and anti-narcotics departments.

Vigilante Justice

In one case in March, residents of the village of Ezbat el- Gendaya, in Mursi’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile Delta, strung a man from his feet on suspicion he was a car-thief. The suspect was cut down, starting a fatal hours-long marathon in which he was beaten, escaped into a canal, was recaptured and beaten again. In a video shown to Bloomberg News by a villager, the man, his face and torso covered in blood, is dragged by one leg along a road.

Questions about his guilt have since arisen, with the man’s father saying he suffered from a psychological illness, Major General Mohamed Kamal, the province’s security chief, said in a phone interview.

The villager who showed the video said he didn’t take part. He said he felt sorry as the man may have been innocent. Even so, he said residents won’t hesitate to do the same if they catch someone breaking the law. The film’s authenticity couldn’t be independently verified.

Kamal, the Sharqiya security chief, said the police are in a difficult position, facing a population that’s “letting off steam.” He recalled an incident a few months earlier when thousands of villagers snatched suspected criminals away from police custody. The mob later killed them to exact revenge.

“What can a force of 10 or 15 do against 10,000 people?” he said.

[…]

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-07/egypt-investment-collapses-as-violence-sparks-lawless-vigilantes.html

May 8th, 2013, 2:23 am

 

Citizen said:

587. AIG, a prize idiot writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Russia Not to Tolerate Further Israeli Attacks on Damascus

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, while in Shanghai, was given a sharp dressing-down by Russian President Vladimir Putin, a warning that Russia would not tolerate further Israeli attacks on Damascus and would respond.

Putin did not say how, but he did announce he had ordered the acceleration of highly advanced Russian weapons supplies to Syria.

Israeli Debkafile’s military sources disclosed that the Russian leader was referring to S-300 anti-air systems and the nuclear-capable 9K720 Iskander (NATO named SS-26 Stone) surface missiles, which are precise enough to hit a target within a 5-7 meter radius at a distance of 280 kilometers.

In his phone call to Netanyahu, the Russian leader advised the prime minister to make sure to keep this in mind.

Since Syrian air defense teams have already trained in Russia on the handling of the S-300 interceptor batteries, they can go into service as soon as they are landed by one of Russia’s daily airlifts to Syria. Russian air defense officials will supervise their deployment and prepare them for operation.

Moscow is retaliating not just for Israel’s air operations against Syria but in anticipation of the Obama administration’s impending decision to send the first US arms shipments to the Syrian rebels.

Intelligence agencies in Moscow and the Middle-East take it for granted that by the time Washington goes public on this decision, some of the Syrian rebel factions will already be armed with American weapons.

That the measure was in the works was signified by the introduction Monday by chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez of legislation allowing the US to provide arms and military training to the Syrian rebels.

US military instructors have been working with Syrian rebels at training camps in Jordan and Turkey for some months. So putting the arms in their hands only awaited a decision in Washington, the Israeli website alleged.

Putin’s message to Netanyahu was intended to reach a wider audience than Jerusalem, such as Barack Obama in Washington and President Xi Jinping in Beijing ahead of Netanyahu’s talks there Tuesday.

May 8th, 2013, 3:13 am

 

Dolly Buster said:

Yeah but Israel is stronger than Russia, so Russians are in no position to threaten Jews.

I am looking forward to the next airstrike by Moshe Yaalon.

May 8th, 2013, 4:10 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Let putin know, when dog-poop athad meets its fate, no one will pay a penny for any of the arm shipments putin, or the fools in iran, are sending to dog-poop. In fact, an international law suit will be prepared to even sue these bastards for every single martyred Syrian.

May 8th, 2013, 4:44 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Day barely started and the site infowars.com already inching closer to get the award for being the cesspool of the day. However, no changes are expected in sewer-pipe award, which is likely to be received by ANN

May 8th, 2013, 4:49 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

From Facebook

إسرائيل بتطلع بتغير جو فوق الشام كل يومين ، إيران ماسكة وزارة الدفاع وبتمشي الأركان ، روسيا ماسكة الخارجية والحقيبة الدبلوماسية .. هي دولة يا إبن الحرام ولا كباريه ؟؟؟ هيدا رئيس دولة ولا قواد تمنه قرشين وصفعة ؟؟؟
تفوووووووووو !!!!

A pimp it is. Smaller pimps such as Aoun and Nus-lira are its partners.

May 8th, 2013, 5:44 am

 

Citizen said:

Moshe Yaalon Shvili?? ask him how he would feel if Russia put him in focus?

May 8th, 2013, 6:23 am

 
 

Akbar Palace said:

Stick with Math NewZ

675. Dolly Buster said:

Yeah but Israel is stronger than Russia, so Russians are in no position to threaten Jews.

I am looking forward to the next airstrike by Moshe Yaalon.

Dolly Buster,

Israel isn’t stronger than Russia. Pul-leeeeze!

But Russia and China backed the wrong horse. The world is moving forward, not backward. Despots are slowly on the way out.

Hamster,

Enjoying your posts, keep up the good work.

Also, I’m wondering if Stephen Hawking is boycotting Syrian academics, since orders of magnitude more Syrian have been killed by Syrians than Palestinians by Israel. The resistance professionals seem to only focus on 1 country and forget the rest of humanity.

The great “humanitarians” of the world, Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein and Jonathan Cook (The 3 Stooges) have absolutely nothing to say about the carnage surrounding the Zionist Entity and the 80000+ that have died there these past 2 years.

Do they say, “Hey, maybe we should intervene and kick out this self-appointed murdering bastard?” Nope, not a peep from these biased resistance A-holes…

May 8th, 2013, 7:09 am

 

Citizen said:

Israel carries out act of war on Syria using Weapons of Mass Destruction

Don’t you find it not only ironic but also hypocritical that Obama, Cameron, Israel and its military allies all put such a great emphasis on opposing the development and use of WMD’s and Chemical and Biological Warfare and yet so openly use them on such a vast scale when they go to war?

What gives the US, UK, France Germany, NATO and Israel the exclusive right to fight non existent terrorism in far away countries when they are the instigators of those militia/terrorist that they fund and arm?

What gives them the right to carry out air strikes “At will” in any country which is clearly in breach of that countries sovereignty?

Why are these aggressors not taken to the International Court of Justice on charges of using Weapons of Mass Destruction on at least five breaches of the Geneva Convention?

Why are they not charges with mass genocide and in particular Israel itself who so profoundly ram the holocaust down our throats?

The answer is quite simply because this bastard (Uncle Netty) really does not give a crap!!!

This is Netty’s gift to his own people

He’s the true axis of evil and even allows his own people to get nuked by his own weapons when they spread radioactive nano- particles around Israel which has been down wind of most of their past and current conflicts ie Lebanon, Gaza and now Syria……Israel now clearly shows a massive hike in many forms of cancer and infertility in its own Jewish population!!!!

As I have previously reported it is the west that is inciting unrest in Syria by openly arming and funding undisciplined militia with the added fact that the US, UK, Israel and France have their own special forces operating within Syria who are backed up by Intel Operatives from the CIA, MI5/6 and Mossad etc…..not forgetting security companies such as Blackwater.

What we are likely to see here is yet another western testing ground for advanced illegal weaponry which will include extensive use of Depleted Uranium weaponry and Neutron Bombs etc with the same ability of destroying the genetics of not only Syria but neighboring Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi and the entire Middle East.

When the Israelis attacked Lebanon in 2006 they also nuked themselves and again in 2008/9 when they hit Gaza………when will these maniacs understand that when they use the same weapons as were used in Libya the entire region becomes consumed in millions of radioactive nano particles that directly attack the human DNA.

What is so interesting about this current NATO push into taking action against Syria is the fact that Turkey is one of the member states and should they comply or assist in such an operation they will in actual fact be carrying out an act of genocide against their own people!!

It is imperative for all the Islamic nations in the Middle East to fully understand that should they yet again take sides with the west, as they did in the case of Libya, they will all become victim to these highly illegal weapons that are clearly “Weapons of Mass Destruction” that violate at least 4 chapters of the Geneva Convention.

What the world does not understand is that these so called humanitarian wars are not saving lives of Syrians but are in fact slowly killing the genetics of not only Syria but also adjacent countries and the world beyond by its over excessive use of depleted uranium weapons.

Depleted uranium weapons are recognized as radioactive poison gas weapons developed illegally under the Manhattan Project in World War II by the United States Government. Already illegal and in violation of the 1925 Geneva Poison Gas Protocol, in 1943 depleted uranium weapons were described as a “highly mobile indiscriminate killer and permanent terrain contaminant,” recommended for development in the declassified Manhattan Project memo dated October 30, 1943.

All weapons that contain DU are considered to be radioactive poison gas weapons and as such are permanent terrain contaminant with a half life of 4.5 billion years. DU causes damage to the DNA of life, as well as cancers, leukemia, tragic birth defects and also targets both the kidney and liver. It is a neuro toxin and the main contributory factor in Gulf War Syndrome.

May 8th, 2013, 7:23 am

 

zoo said:

Bleak prospects for the opposition.
It is losing its momentum. The weapons are not coming anymore, the Syrian army is regaining lost grounds, the West rejects the FSA dominated by Al Qaeda, the SNC is unable to announce the promised “interim government”, the USA and Russia are coming closer to imposing their political solution. All the doors are closing on the opposition expectations.
The only path left to them if they want to survive is to drink the bitter poison of negotiating with Bashar al Assad, as it should have been done a year ago and saved thousands of lives

Syrian opposition sees bleak prospects for U.S.-Russia led talks

http://www.courant.com/news/nation-world/sns-rt-us-syria-crisis-opposition-talksbre9470dm-20130508,0,6063164.story

They worry that a peace conference would be cover for a diplomatic initiative to press them to accept Assad or his inner circle as leaders in a future transitional government.

“Before making any decisions we need to know what Assad’s role would be. That point has been left vague, we believe intentionally so, in order to try to drag the opposition into talks before a decision on that is made,” said Samir Nashar, a member of the opposition’s umbrella National Coalition body.

“No official position has been decided but I believe the opposition would find it impossible to hold talks over a government that still had Assad at its head,” he told Reuters by telephone from Istanbul.

May 8th, 2013, 7:28 am

 

Tara said:

Complete Internet cut off. How many massacres are being committed?

May 8th, 2013, 7:28 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Citizens normally vote in Democratic countries NewZ

Why are these aggressors not taken to the International Court of Justice on charges of using Weapons of Mass Destruction on at least five breaches of the Geneva Convention?

Citizen,

Because everyone (except a few nitwits like you) know that Assad is a despot who has carpet-bombed his own cities, created more refugees than the Palestinian Nakba, and has murdered tens of thousands of innocent civilians.

People (sane people) are applauding the Israeli attack on the Iranian weapons bound for Hezbostan just like they applauded Israelis attack on the nuclear reactors in Iraq and Syria.

I hope that answers your question. Please use a link next time, since you were cutting & pasting someone else’s ideas.

May 8th, 2013, 7:30 am

 

Citizen said:

681. AKBAR PALACE
offers own candidacy as an adviser to China’s 1.5 mld and 360 millions Russia! they’ll definitely helpful!!

May 8th, 2013, 7:31 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

AKBAR

Also, I’m wondering if Stephen Hawking is boycotting Syrian academics, since orders of magnitude more Syrian have been killed by Syrians than Palestinians by Israel. The resistance professionals seem to only focus on 1 country and forget the rest of humanity.

I have no problem with academics boycotting a specific institution or a faculty member for unethical (from academic point of view) behavior. That is a matter for the specific academic community to address, but I think that blanket boycotting puts at risk the academic mission of promoting knowledge creation and transfer

The great “humanitarians” of the world, Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein and Jonathan Cook (The 3 Stooges) have absolutely nothing to say about the carnage surrounding the Zionist Entity and the 80000+ that have died there these past 2 years.

I don’t think they are stooges. But their silence on the issue of Syria is deafening and it tells of a very narrow tunnel vision that as a non-academic, i find problematic. As a Syrian-American, i find disappointing. I need to check more to see because I believe Chomsky may have spoken on the issue. So judgement delayed until further investigation.

Do they say, “Hey, maybe we should intervene and kick out this self-appointed murdering bastard?” Nope, not a peep from these biased resistance A-holes…

That is definitely a problem, but there is also an equally dangerous problem, which is misrepresenting and/or fully ignoring the moderate factions in the revolution and their daily struggle and the reality of the huge amount of civil-society work that is being done, under bombardment, in liberated areas and despite of major concerns about corruption in criminal behavior from some of those riding the “revolution” wave. This would be extremely disappointing, especially when such omission is committed by so-called Syrian Experts , in favor of continuing to scare policy makers in the US and elsewhere from supporting the rebels, perpetuating fraud such as “athad is popular and bouncing-back”, and distracting from the regime’s crimes by excessive over analyses of the “color code” of the “Islamist rebels” genealogy, while the regime thugs and sectarian hoards murder innocent women and children with SCUD, carpet bombing, as well as by burning them alive and slaughtering them en-mass, as happened in Baida and Banyas at the request of regime thugs on this blog. I think this is probably a worse ethical problem for academics and an equally damaging loss of ethical compass.

May 8th, 2013, 7:43 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Akbar Palace
It is clear that you are not happy about what Israel did, I think Israel did it because USA told them to do it,I believe Israel committed agression,Israel started the hostility,No one should deny that Israel should be condemned ,
Israel did not do that because HA weapons,Israel destroyed Jamraya stores in January,and recently in the airport in Damascus.
Israel did not do that because they love the opposition,or Nusra front.
Israel did not do that to tip the balance.
Simply USA wanted to send Asshead a message,he should sit for dialogue with the opposition, the timing before Kerry visit was not a coincidence.
Asshead is wounded now,he is angry,he is powerless,but I doubt he will sit for dialogue, Lavrov is not telling the truth that Asshead accepted Geneva agreement.

It probably take more to subdue Asshead

May 8th, 2013, 7:46 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Hamster,

You’re too kind. When the “resistance professionals” can only limit themselves to Israel, I simply ignore them. HRW doesn’t only report on Israel, they understand the whole world has problems.

Citizen,

When the Chinese allow multi-party elections and stop aiding and abetting despots in Syria and North Korea, I’ll respect them. Meanshile, I’ll stick with the wonton soup and orange chicken.

May 8th, 2013, 7:49 am

 

zoo said:

Brahimi Calls Russia-US Deal on Syria ‘Significant Step’

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130508/181031790.html

MOSCOW, May 8 (RIA Novosti) – The UN and Arab League’s special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, “warmly welcomed” on Wednesday an agreement between Russia and the United States to convene international talks on Syria that will include both representatives of the Syrian government and opposition.

The conference, expected to be arranged by the end of this month, will be aimed at facilitating a solution to the Syrian crisis through political dialog, US Secretary of State John Kerry said at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday.

“The statements made in Moscow constitute a very significant first step forward,” a statement from Brahimi’s office said.

The Syrian government has assured Russia it is ready to participate in the conference, Lavrov said. “But, of course, so far these are just words that have yet to be transformed into actions.”

The Syrian opposition has not commented on the proposal, Lavrov said. Opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have refused to sit down for talks with the regime in the past, saying that Assad’s removal is a non-negotiable issue.

May 8th, 2013, 7:53 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

“Asshead” the Hamour isn’t a Typo NewZ

Akbar Palace
It is clear that you are not happy about what Israel did, I think Israel did it because USA told them to do it,I believe Israel committed agression,Israel started the hostility,No one should deny that Israel should be condemned

Majedkhaldoun,

Did I put in too many typos? Where did I say I was “not happy about what Israel did”? Any time Israel does something to rightly defend herself, I’m a happy camper. If you read the comment on a lot of these websites, Israel gets a boost in terms of self-respect.

Israel did not do that because HA weapons,Israel destroyed Jamraya stores in January,and recently in the airport in Damascus.
Israel did not do that because they love the opposition,or Nusra front.

Like I mentioned before, Israel is not choosing sides. Israel has virtually no contact with the opposition, and certainly not with the millions of jihadist groups. It’s very simple: protect Israel.

Please keep the conspiracy theories for regime idiots.

Israel did not do that to tip the balance.

MK – Israel did it to protect herself. It’s NOT complicated.

Simply USA wanted to send Asshead a message,he should sit for dialogue with the opposition, the timing before Kerry visit was not a coincidence.

The USA isn’t sending any “messages”. That would be too sophisticated for Obama.

Asshead is wounded now,he is angry,he is powerless,but I doubt he will sit for dialogue, Lavrov is not telling the truth that Asshead accepted Geneva agreement.

If Asshead is powerless that’s good. I wish him a quick impeachment.

It probably take more to subdue Asshead

If the opposition asks for Israel’s help, maybe we can end this faster! What do you think??

May 8th, 2013, 7:59 am

 

zoo said:

#658 Observer

What’s happening to you? A change of tone.. Are you coming to your senses after months of confusion?
Contrary to what you wrote, Russia repeatedly said that the delegation of the Syrian government is formed and ready for negotiations. Lavrow also said that he saw no such signs from the opposition.

France and the UK will follow USA and Russia as their own interventions has turned out to be fiascos.
The nut to crack is Qatar, but I believe the USA can force them to stop providing money and weapons to the rebels now that they are under Al Qaeda flag. Without France, UK and Qatar, the opposition will have to bow to any demand or become irrelevant.

I think negotiations will happen after the international peace conference imposed by the UNSC is held and Bashar al Assad will stay until elections in 2014 decide of his fate.
Welcome on board.

May 8th, 2013, 8:07 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

AKBAR
If you are ever in the Anaheim area of SOCAL, check out Mas’ Chinese Islamic Restaurant. Best Chinese/Mongolian style food in town. Naturally, that depends on how you define Kosher. Most of my “Islamist” friends consider Jewish Kosher an acceptable alternative when Islamic Halal is not easily available. Beauty of being in a real plural society like the US.

May 8th, 2013, 8:08 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Akbar Palace
HA is getting weapons through northern Lebanon,Israel did not do a thing there,
HA is getting weapons from Iran by ships Israel did not do a thing there.
Israel could destroy those weapons as they get to Lebanon.
Israel risk response by Asshead or HA or IRan,to say there is no chance to respond 100% that is not a reasonable expectation.
Why to strike Damascus? they intended to humilliate Asshead
I like to see your face to see your lips to believe you are happy

May 8th, 2013, 8:17 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

I don’t know, it’s run by shabihah;)

http://www.zabihah.com/d/Anaheim+5853+Mas-Islamic-Chinese/

Hamster,

Thanks. SOCAL is a nice place.

BTW – I don’t keep kosher, but I sometimes joke about it.

As you know, the different laws and customs can be pretty strict.

May 8th, 2013, 8:19 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

HA is getting weapons through northern Lebanon,Israel did not do a thing there,
HA is getting weapons from Iran by ships Israel did not do a thing there.
Israel could destroy those weapons as they get to Lebanon.
Israel risk response by Asshead or HA or IRan,to say there is no chance to respond 100% that is not a reasonable expectation.
Why to strike Damascus? they intended to humilliate Asshead

Majedkhaldoun,

We know nothing about the decision to bomb these targets this past week. I am assuming they were more sophisticated and lethal than anything we’ve seen before. That is what the GOI is saying. I tend not to look for special motives. Like “humiliate” Asshead.

I didn’t agree that the GOI was apologizing to Asshead AFTER the bombing. I thought that was WEIRD.

I like to see your face to see your lips to believe you are happy

I’m happy we’re all safe a far away from Asshead.

May 8th, 2013, 8:24 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

AKBAR
You mean conservatives don’t have to be religious?
Food for thought

May 8th, 2013, 8:25 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Hamster,

Everyone is different. Many conservatives are not religious.

But those who ARE religious, are -usually- more conservative.

There aren’t any hard, fast rules.

May 8th, 2013, 8:34 am

 

Visitor said:

Israel attacked Damascus for one reason only. It came to the aid of its most trusted ally, Asshead.

Israel is an EVIL terrorist entity which will do anything to support the terrorist Asshead with which it continues to collaborate. This collaboration goes back to at least the year 1967.

Asshead and Israel are the two faces of the same coin. They are both EVIL enemies of the Syrian people.

As we speak Israel is conducting terrorist activities in Jerusalem.

May 8th, 2013, 8:34 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Visitor Knows All (including who is EVIL) NewZ

Israel attacked Damascus for one reason only.

Visitor,

I wish I knew everything like you do. What were they saying at the cabinet meeting?

It came to the aid of its most trusted ally, Asshead.

Yes, destroying sophisticated missiles in Syria “aids” Asshead. I get it (huh?).
_______________________
Israeli pizza may be impoving…

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4376659,00.html

May 8th, 2013, 8:46 am

 

Visitor said:

“700. Akbar Palace said:

Visitor Knows All (including who is EVIL) NewZ

Israel attacked Damascus for one reason only.

Visitor,

I wish I knew everything like you do. What were they saying at the cabinet meeting?

It came to the aid of its most trusted ally, Asshead.

Yes, destroying sophisticated missiles in Syria “aids” Asshead. I get it (huh?).”

Akbar,

If you read the link(s) which I provided earlier, you would realize that Visitor is NOT the one who knows everything. It is what others seem to know better than you and I.

The fact that Israel is EVIL is indisputable. Since it was created as an act of EVIL on some other people’s land, it continues to be the tool for EVIL. It should be no surprise to anyone if it comes to the aid of a likewise EVIl, Asshead: like EVIL in this world we flock together.

I am still waiting for your answer as to why Jewish terrorists have to congregate in a Mulsim prayer holy site.

May 8th, 2013, 9:40 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

More EVIL, Less Filling

The fact that Israel is EVIL is indisputable.

I dispute this “fact”.

Most Jews dispute this “fact”.

Many, many other non-Jews dispute this “fact”.

Israel is a sovereign nation and a member of the UN just like any other nation like Uruguay, Egypt or Nepal.

Build a bridge, and get over it.

Since it was created as an act of EVIL on some other people’s land, it continues to be the tool for EVIL.

Visitor,

Israel was created by Jews who immigrated to the region for a multitude of reasons. This is not EVIL.

The USA was created by Christians who immigrated to the USA for a multitude of reasons. This is not EVIL.

Migrations of people throughout history have occurred for many different reasons, this is not EVIL.

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

I am still waiting for your answer as to why Jewish terrorists have to congregate in a Mulsim prayer holy site.

I answered your question yesterday. A group of demonstrators is NOT terrorism. Were they insensitive? Yes. Were they terrorists, no.

IMHO, Jewish terrorism is a small affair. It exists rarely. I would be more concerned with Islamic terrorism as it effects people’s lives every day.

May 8th, 2013, 9:56 am

 

Tara said:

This is a good read.  Fouad Ajami has it right on Obama and Syria. 

THE THIN RED LINE
Inside the White House debate over Syria.
by Dexter Filkins
MAY 13, 2013


Joseph Holliday, a former Army intelligence officer who has studied the conflict for the Institute for the Study of War, in Washington, suggested that the regime was attempting to use the weapons in a way that would frighten the rebels but wouldn’t cross the red line. “Assad has been extremely calculating with the use of force, increasing the levels of violence gradually, so as not to set off alarm bells,” he said. “First it was artillery. Then it was bombing. Then it was Scuds. A year ago, he wasn’t killing a hundred people a day. He’s introducing chemical weapons gradually, so we get used to them.” The attacks in March and April took place in areas that were either contested or held by the regime, and they killed relatively few people, at a time when, elsewhere in the country, a hundred people were dying every day. “If it’s not a big attack, it’s not easy to determine whether chemical weapons have been used,” a Senate aide told me. “The cloud disperses—there’s no mushroom cloud. Maybe Assad bombards the area afterward to cover up the evidence.” Indeed, some experts said that the regime was using the attacks specifically to gauge the resolve of Obama and the West. “Assad appears to be testing the tactical value of his chemical arsenal,” Gary Samore, who until February was President Obama’s chief adviser on weapons of mass destruction, said. “But he’s testing the political limits, too.”

A White House aide told me, “There is no question in our minds that the regime would be willing to use these weapons, is able to use these weapons, and is increasingly likely to use these weapons as things continue to go badly for them.” But, at a recent meeting at the State Department, according to a person who attended, “No one wanted to say that Assad had crossed the line, because no one wants to deal with it.”

With the rebels mounting attacks throughout the country, the President’s professed objective has been unchanged: a negotiated settlement that removes Assad from office 

Part of what seems to rankle Obama’s critics is the sense that he is reducing the country’s commitments to suit what he regards as its reduced stature. “I think he believes that America’s touch sullies other lands, and particularly lands in the Third World,” Fouad Ajami, a Middle East scholar who has written bitterly about Obama’s reticence in Syria, told me. “There is a mistaken impression of Obama among many people that he is an idealist; they miss the realism at the core of his foreign policy.’’ He added, “Bush believed that freedom is a human calling. Obama doesn’t believe that.”

Much more:
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/05/13/130513fa_fact_filkins?printable=true&currentPage=all#ixzz2Sc2FYES3

May 8th, 2013, 10:02 am

 

Visitor said:

Akbar Palace,

No you did not answer my question yesterday. You just ignored the question. Even today you are fudging an answer. Those Jewish terrorists were NOT demonstrating inside the Muslim Holy Site. People do not demonstrate in holy sites. These terrorists were there to commit terrorism and were aided by a bunch of rag-tag entity which they call police but are no less terrorists than the terrorists themselves.

In my opinion, Jewish terrorism is the main problem in the Middle East and the rest of the world. There is NO such thing as Islamic terrorism. All the Mujahedeen that are fighting in Syria are freedom fighters, and that is how we look at them. Of course, Hizbistani thugs are terrorists but we do NOT consider them Muslims anyway. So the term Islamic terrorism is a misnomer.

May 8th, 2013, 10:11 am

 

Citizen said:

AP!
What is the feeling of Israelis now after Damascus strike?Do they feel safe?

May 8th, 2013, 10:26 am

 

Citizen said:

Diplomatic signals don’t get more obvious than that, short of Putin physically kicking Kerry out of the office.

Putin keeps John Kerry waiting for THREE HOURS during his visit to Russia for meetings over Syria as relationship between the U.S. and Russia remains frosty
Secretary of State’s visit to Moscow comes as U.S. tries to gather international support for action against Assad regime in Syria
Russia has been reluctant to commit to taking action
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2321001/Vladimir-Putin-keeps-John-Kerry-waiting-THREE-HOURS-visit-Russia-Syria-talks.html

May 8th, 2013, 10:32 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

What is the feeling of Israelis now after Damascus strike?Do they feel safe?

Citizen,

That’s probably a better question for AIG since he is Israeli.

I suppose I’m not going out on a limb by saying they probably feel safer than Syrians, Lebanese, Egyptians, etc.

Good question though. Keep up the good work. Assad will get through this, and then he can host the UN Human Rights committee…

May 8th, 2013, 10:47 am

 

Citizen said:

Israel rescues Mujahid Obama
By Pepe Escobar
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-070513.html

The next bombings may target airfields, concentrations of aircraft, more weapons depots, tanks and artillery. Collateral damage, inevitably, will soar, proportionately to the level of provocation.

Former US ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson, very close to the Clinton clan, has already gamed on ABC News that Obama is “leaning towards aerial strikes”. Yes; this is just the beginning. Mini-Shock and Awes await.

And Damascus, of course, is just a stop towards Tehran. The proverbial anonymous sources have leaked to the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sunday Times in London that a “Defense Crescent” is becoming a reality.

It’s the same GCC-Israel element in the coalition of the willing in Syria, in this case ganging up to “counter Iran’s nuclear ambitions”. Turkey, the House of Saud, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Israel merrily partying in joint command-and-control centers to detect evil Iranian ballistic missiles.

Don’t know much about history. But what a wonderful world this would be. Presided by Obama The Mujahid.

May 8th, 2013, 10:48 am

 

zoo said:

The UK wants to jump on the “chemical weapon threat” wagon to force the EU to cancel the arms embargo. Doesn’t Cameron realize that this is silly and obsolete suggestion since the rebels are the ones threatening the loyalists with chemical weapons?

Britain lays out plan for arming Syrian rebels amid fears of ‘likely’ chemical weapons attack

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10044231/Britain-lays-out-plan-for-arming-Syrian-rebels-amid-fears-of-likely-chemical-weapons-attack.html

Exclusive: Britain has proposed “fully exempting” Syria’s National Coalition from a European Union arms embargo allowing rebels to be armed in order to protect Syrian civilians from a “likely” chemical weapons attack.

May 8th, 2013, 10:58 am

 

zoo said:

Bitterness and loss of illusions among the naive ‘revolutionists’

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/08/the-vulnerabilities-of-the-syria-people/

Marwa is a Muslim Sunni, as is her husband Amer. Like many other Muslim Sunnis in Syria, she is liberal. “When the rebels set the checkpoint close to our home I kept a scarf in my handbag. I would wear it when I leave the house in the morning then take it off once outside the neighborhood. It was a strange experience for I never wore a veil before.”
….
“Our revolution has been stolen from us right under our watch. All is left is an outburst of hatred from all involved in the bloodshed. If we are truly serious about the revolution we will have to acknowledge the atrocities committed by groups fighting under the revolution flag. Pointing fingers only at the state’s brutality against civilians will take us nowhere. If we don’t exercise self-criticism effectively we will replace one dictatorship with another. Let me rephrase, we will be moved from under one dictator to another.”

As the revolution marches into its third year, the optimism of Syrians fades away. Hope seems a luxury in the face of bloodshed, displacement, hunger, fear, and all other vulnerabilities experienced by millions of Syrians on a daily basis. For Syrians, the future is as gloomy as the recent past has been.

May 8th, 2013, 11:02 am

 

zoo said:

Citizen

It was reported that demands for gas masks have quadrupled in the last weeks in Israel.
Israeli media will never admit that Israelis are frightened and worried becaus that may contribute to a potential panic. So they either ignore it or minimize it.

May 8th, 2013, 11:06 am

 

zoo said:

As expected, following the USA-Russia called for negotiations the opposition is in total disarray, feeling the squeeze coming

Syrian rebels react coolly to Russian-US proposal for peace conference

Former opposition coalition leader warns Syrians: ‘Be careful of squandering your revolution in conference halls’

Ian Black, Middle East editor
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 8 May 2013 14.07 BST

Syrian opposition leaders have reacted sceptically to a joint call by the US and Russia for an international conference to discuss the creation of a transitional government in Damascus to end the country’s escalating 25-month crisis.

Moaz al-Khatib, who resigned last month as head of the National Opposition Coalition (NOC), the main western- and Arab-backed grouping, warned: “Syrians: be careful of squandering your revolution in international conference halls.”

Walid Saffour, the NOC’s London representative, said he was sceptical, though a formal decision had yet to be taken. Previous calls for negotiations with President Bashar al-Assad have caused bitter divisions in opposition ranks and been flatly rejected by armed groups.

The vaguely worded proposal for new talks raises questions over calls in the US to arm the Syrian rebels – a position that is opposed vigorously by the Syrian government and by Russia. Kerry said that if negotiations were held, “then hopefully that would not be necessary”.

It also creates a dilemma for Britain and France, which have proposed lifting or amending the EU arms embargo on Syria to help the anti-Assad rebels but have met opposition from other member states.

May 8th, 2013, 11:10 am

 

revenire said:

Israel is the most hated nation on Earth.

May 8th, 2013, 11:14 am

 

zoo said:

Kerry retreats from U.S. stance that Assad must go

Posted By David Kenner Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 10:20 AM
http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/08/kerry_retreats_from_us_stance_that_assad_must_go

“But … I’m not going to decide that today, and I’m not going to decide that in the end.”

Kerry’s remarks came on the same day that President Barack Obama repeated his administration’s stance that Assad must leave power. In a White House statement, Obama called on the Syrian leader to end his “violent war” and “step aside to allow a political transition in Syria.” Obama first called on Assad to resign in August 2011, saying that it should be done “[f]or the sake of the Syrian people.”

The U.S. insistence on Assad’s exit has long been a sticking point in its attempts to find common ground with Russia on the Syrian issue. The two sides now seem to be trying to bridge this gap: Lavrov said that he was “not interested in the fate of certain persons” when it comes time to determine who sits in a transitional government.
Kerry framed his refusal to say that Assad should step down as in line with the June 2011 Geneva communiqué, which was supposed to provide a roadmap for a negotiated settlement in Syria.
The communiqué, which was agreed to by both Russia and the United States, ducked the issue of Assad’s future by saying that each side — the Syrian opposition and the regime — would be able to veto candidates for an interim government who they found unacceptable.
Presumably, the opposition would veto Assad while the regime would veto radical Islamist groups like the al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra.

Washington and Moscow seem prepared to move quickly to get both sides to the negotiating table. Kerry said that Russia would try to arrange a conference as early as this month.

May 8th, 2013, 11:18 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

FRom Syria news
تجددت الاشتباكات في بلدة خربة غزالة الواقعة على الطريق الدولي بين دمشق وعمان ، وذلك بعدما اعلنت القوات النظامية السيطرة عليها ، ليؤكد معارضون مسلحون بانهم عادوا ودخلوا البلدة وتواجدوا في اجزاء واسعة منها
It is true that the opposition they don’t trust both Russia and USA and refuse to let them decide Syria fate,decisions by the opposition has been hampered by forming different councils and by choosing different leaders,SNC has to get the FSA to choose 50% of its members and soon,and they must choose prime minister

AS for Ghufran lie that Burhan ghalioun receives 25000 dollar a month and received 1/2 million bonus, it is pure lie,it is another example of Ghufran fabrications

May 8th, 2013, 11:43 am

 

Observer said:

Well well. Here is a nice piece about the every increasing close relations between Israel and Russia with a Russian ship visiting for the first time:
Global Insider: Russia-Israel Relations Continue Steady Improvement
By The Editors, on 07 May 2013, Global InsiderA Russian warship docked at the port of Haifa on May 1, making it the first Russian warship ever to visit Israel. In an email interview,Mark N. Katz, a professor of government and politics at George Mason University who focuses on Russian foreign policy, explained the recent evolution of the Russia-Israel relationship.

WPR: What is the immediate context of Russia’s decision to send a warship to Israel for the first time?

Mark Katz: The visit of the first Russian warship to Israel is one more sign of how Russian-Israeli relations have steadily improved ever since Vladimir Putin first came to power in Moscow. While there has been tension between Russia and Israel over Moscow’s close ties to anti-Israeli governments in Tehran and Damascus, Russia and Israel both perceive Sunni radicals as a common threat. This common perception has only intensified since the outbreak of the “Arab Spring,” which both Russia and Israel see as more likely to strengthen Sunni radical forces than moderate democratic ones. In addition, Russian-Israeli cooperation has been steadily growing not just in the economic and cultural realms, but also in the military sphere.

WPR: How has the military cooperation agreement concluded between Russia and Israel in 2010 been implemented to date?

Katz: Neither the Russian nor the Israeli government is prone to talk about this in much detail. It appears that the main outcome of the agreement was the Russian purchase of unmanned aerial vehicles from Israel. As a result, Israel has become one of the few sources of advanced Western military technology for Russia. The agreement also appears to have led to an increase in information sharing between the Russian and Israeli military and security services. Their cooperation in this sphere seems likely to expand.

WPR: How has Russia’s support for the Assad regime in Syria affected the Israel-Russia relationship?

Katz: Although Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been no friend to Israel, Russian support for him since opposition against his regime erupted in 2011 has not had a negative impact on Russian-Israeli relations. For like the Russians, the Israeli government—and Israeli conservatives generally—fear that the downfall of Assad will lead to something much worse in Syria. Both Russia and Israel fear the rise of a Sunni radical regime in Damascus, and that such a regime will actively target Israel, Russia and the West. Indeed, the Russian and the Israeli governments are bewildered as to why America and the West are, in the Russian and Israeli view, acting to bring about this scenario through their increasing efforts to help Assad’s opponents.

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem, Israel, June 25, 2012 (photo from the Office of the President of the Russian Federation

On a different note, ZOO thinks that the pressure is going to be on the opposition to accept the regime as is.

Another delusional stupidity if I ever saw one.

First there are the hardliners that want an Alawi state within a state and if not then a separate viable state on the coast and then there are the fighters on the ground that may not listen to anyone. Denying them weapons is not an option as this will inevitabley strengthen the jihadi elements. Finally there is the Iranian conundrum as the mullahs have put all of their eggs in the retard’s basket. They are stuck.
Now it is possible and likely that Russia is not going to be able to deliver and likewise the US may not be able to either. Then the place will disintegrate.

Good riddance I say to an artificial inherently unstable entity. Start fresh with a new slate and rebuild the region in a more coherent way. The attachment to Sykes Picot is a mirage of stability.

Now go and read both the NYT and the WSJ today. There is a nice set of articles that clearly spell the end of the regime without a doubt.

Remember Gorbachev. Once reforms started the edificie collapsed of its own archaic structure.

Cheers the end is near and repentance will not do you any good.

What a bunch of retards indeed.

By the way start the day like me by visiting the Iranian and Manar and Mayaddeen stations.

It is an eye opener to the mind set of the rethithtance

May 8th, 2013, 11:58 am

 
 

apple_mini said:

Even after the heinous and diabolic attacks from Israel, situation in Syria is not getting worse. On the contrary, the recent military gains by SAA including the strategic victory near Deraa seem to give people a little hope that the situation is at least stabilized.

The joint announcement from Russia and US signals a wind of change for a real political solution in spite of the opposition’s dismay and denial.

Are we feeling optimistic about a marching towards peace? I personally stay on pessimistic side.

It is likely with all those efforts combined, some rebels will lay down their weapons. SAA will take a more defensive approach when it is dealing with areas held by the rebels.

Maybe soon we will label those rebels and extremists who reject peace as insurgents. Those will stay as ferocious armed gangs. After more than 10 years of fighting, US with its superior power still cannot fully contain those insurgents in Afghanistan. How could Syria see a real peace and security coming back?

If there is no national reconciliation, how could fighting parties be willing to give up fighting and renounce violence?

How could a national reconciliation to be established when atrocities and mistrust are still so vivid in memories and minds?

The regime has so far not presented a truly progressive and democratic blueprint for what the country is headed. When situation gets better, the regime actually is facing more the responsibilities they have caused to the country as well as answers to justices. If those are not to be solved, there will be rift in the heart of Syrians that won’t be healed.

Another core issue and demon raging in Syria is the Sunni-Shia conflict. If Sunni are so prone to follow those influential calls to guide their view towards Shia, where are those influential figures to lead a constructive progress to unite Muslim?

May 8th, 2013, 12:48 pm

 

Visitor said:

Even though the so-called NC/SNC do not represent the Syrian people, in my opinion, yet they have made it clear that any so-called political solution begins by Asshead getting removed from power,

http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/syria/2013/05/08/الإبراهيمي-إتفاق-روسيا-وأميركا-بشأن-سوريا-خطوة-مهمة-.html

Of course, all Syrians would welcome such a declaration even though, in my opinion, it falls far too short from what the Syrian people want, which is prosecuting Asshead and his cohorts for war crimes against humanity.

I am certain that our holy warriors will not settle for anything less. Asshead must be prosecuted, convicted and hanged in the Marjeh square, along with every other criminal who works for him.

Therefore, neither Russia nor the US admin will dictate the outcome of the Syrian Revolution.

May 8th, 2013, 12:52 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

MAJED
the story about Burhan Ghalyoun is a Mannaa fabrication. There are people here who keep putting themselves in “مواقف بايخة” as they keep drinking, with all gullibility, the crap that Mannaa gets from the same cess-pools the regime loyalists here get their sewage. Shameful.

May 8th, 2013, 1:18 pm

 

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