The Dirty War on Syria & Iraq
One-hour interview re: Hands Off Syria, guest JP Leonard of Progressive Press with host Mel Fabregas of Veritas Radio, Sept. 4. 2013
Listen here http://www.veritasradio.com/guests/2013/09sep/VSR-130904-jleonard-non-members.php or here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi4OuvlsNUM
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"my younger boy, age 6, asks me every morning, “Mum, we are not going to die today, are we?” " www.voicesofgaza.com/#!Ghadeer-36-My-son-asks-if-we-are-going-to-die-today/cu6k/
Israeli soldier posts Instagram image of Palestinian child in crosshairs of rifle http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/feb/18/israeli-soldier-posts-instagram-palestinian
mycatbirdseat.com/2014/04/a-century-of-deceit-iraq-the-world-wars-holocaust-and-zionist-militarism/ Essential background history to understand the problems of the world wars, zionism, Palestine, Bush, Blair, neocons, and Iraq's modern-day holocaust.
"Groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain down on people in a hellish warzone a few miles away." www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/20/israelis-cheer-gaza-bombing
Zionist storm troopers kill 100 more Palestinians today english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/07/20/Israel-expands-ground-offensive-in-Gaza-.html
Latest toll: 506 dead and 3150 wounded Palestinians, 7 zionist invaders killed. twitter.com/mohamed/lists/journalists-in-gaza-2014
43% of Gaza is an evacuation or no-go zone, with nowhere to go. www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_sitrep_21_07_2014.pdf Many stay put, feeling they may be killed even if they flee. Coincidentally, 43% of the population is also under age 15. http://edition.cnn.com/video/standard.html?/video/world/2014/07/19/dnt-wedeman-death-comes-early-in-gaza.cnn Death comes early and often in Gaza.
Erdogan on Israelis: "They curse Hitler morning and night. However, now their barbarism has surpassed even Hitler’s." www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-20/turkey-s-erdogan-compares-israel-gaza-offensive-to-hitler.html
July 19. Just a COG in the ZOG: US Congress and Media in Lockstep with Netanyahu's Stormtroops. "Die Amis können nur marschieren."
US Senate *Unanimously* Passes Resolution Supporting Israeli Assault on Gaza. Following a similar resolution passed last week by the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday night to support Israel’s ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip.
No dissenting vote was cast, and no mention was made of the hundreds of Palestinian civilians, most of whom are women and children, that have been killed by Israel in the past ten days. vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/
Little Rand Paul reveals himself as another Zionist asset begging for AIPAC funds. "Paul is urging the Senate to pass his own bill, S. 2265, which would end all U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority until Hamas is barred from the new Palestinian unity government." Goal. That is exactly what the kidnapping of the 3 youths and the onslaught on Gaza is about- the zionist divide and conquer trick wasn't working right.
CBS Host Feels for Frightened Israelis–But Not Dead Palestinians www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/15/cbs-host-feels-for-israeli-victims/
The French government of Zionist Jew François Hollande becomes the first to ban pro-Palestinian demonstrations. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2697194/Outrage-France-country-world-ban-pro-Palestine-demos.html Can't blame the French people though. They had only two choices in their Ziocratic election - both zionist jews.
Here in San Diego, the media totally blacked out a protest against the genocide in Gaza: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk-PS8iWdgI Interspersed with excerpts of speeches in British parliament denouncing the onslaught on Gaza. Curiously the House of Commons is not as bought up by the filthy money of zionist lobbyists as is US Congress. One speaker considers a threat of EU sanctions against "Israel."
mycatbirdseat.com/2014/07/the-unfolding-of-yinons-zionist-plan-for-the-middle-east-the-crisis-in-iraq-and-the-centrality-of-the-national-interest-of-israel/ by Dr. Stephen J. Sniegoski, Ph.D., author of The Transparent Cabal, and The War on Iraq: Conceived in Israel.
Zionist brutes give medics 10 minutes to evacuate Gaza hospital, then blow it up.
July 18. Death on the roof
another airstrike killed four children playing on a Gaza City rooftop — an echo of the previous day’s bombing that left four young children, all cousins, dead on a beach. www.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/world/middleeast/israel-gaza-strip.html
July 17. Death is a beach
Zionist occupation forces launch ground invasion of Gaza instead of prolonging ceasefire, claiming three mortars were fired from Gaza, although Hamas denies any of their people did it. www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/17/gaza-crisis-humanitarian-truce-due-to-start-live-updates english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/07/17/Israel-agrees-to-humanitarian-pause-in-Gaza.html Communication lines with Gaza are cut.
www.timesofisrael.com/as-conflict-with-hamas-goes-into-day-11-israel-launches-gaza-ground-offensive Large numbers of troops tackling Hamas tunnels, infrastructure
A day at the beach: as four children fled for safety from israeli gunboat shelling, the inhuman zionist killers targeted the little figures and blew them to bits, right in front of the hotel where foreign journalists were staying and watching. www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/17/gaza-crisis-humanitarian-truce-due-to-start-live-updates
Corrective measures: Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. He is replaced by Jewish reporter Richard Engel. firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/07/17/nbc-removes-ayman-mohyeldin-gaza-coverage-witnesses-israeli-beach-killing-four-boys/
A tiny figure lies crumpled in the sand, as a man runs past carrying a wounded man https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=514578332005453
Israeli artist creates a touching memorial image to the four boys www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/18/boys-killed-gaza-amir-schiby_n_5599630.html
How US and Blair plotted ‘ceasefire’ scam - We now have confirmation from the Israeli daily Haaretz of what we should have suspected: that the idea for the so-called Egyptian “ceasefire proposal” was actually hatched in Washington, the messenger boy was arch-war criminal Tony Blair, and the terms were drafted by Israel www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2014-07-16/how-us-and-blair-plotted-ceasefire-scam
July 16. Fascist Zionist America: Police Brutality Trumps Freedom of Speech for Supporting Palestine.
Young American Jew wearing yarmulka and keffiya peacefully declaiming in a kind of counter-protest that Israel must give Palestinians their rights, is set upon, roughed up and bundled into a van by police to the cheers of zionist, israeli-flag-waving demonstrators. 3-min video. www.iinclude.com/young-american-jew-stands-palestine-wont-believe-happens-next/
Israeli woman Member of Parliament: Palestinian mothers "have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists." www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/16/371556/israel-must-kill-all-palestinian-mothers/
The frightening hatred and racism of young Israelis as shown in their tweets. storify.com/davidsheen/israeli-army-the-next-generation
Via legitgov.org: According to Haaretz, the IDF has an 87% success rate shooting down Hamas 180 rockets coursing towards urban areas, which were only a fraction of the 900 total. Tel Aviv accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal but some in Hamas are still arguing about it, so Netanyahu is now warning 100,000 civilians to get out of the way of a bigger, badder strike The Gaza death toll is now 202. www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.605161 Gaza's water system is near collapse. www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/.premium-1.605332
"Thousands flee northern Gaza after Israel warnings." www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28282291 BBC report on Gaza refers to elected Hamas government as "militants" and speaks of civilians fleeing to a UN facility without saying where it might be. It must be within the Gaza strip, because to my knowledge, there is no way Gaza's residents can flee the zone, it is walled in and there is no way out.
"The UN says 17,000 people have sought refuge in its facilities." That happens to be just 1% of Gaza's 1.7 million population - who are already refugees, many of them since 1948. Netanyahu is quoted a saying he wants to give his people "permanent quiet" which sounds an awful lot like making a graveyard out of the original inhabitants so the usurpers can reside in peace.
The zionist excuse for the latest excess of ethnic cleansing has now switched from the alleged kidnapping to the rockets fired by Hamas. Granted Hamas are foolish to shoot off their idiotic firecrackers and provoke a million-fold retaliation by the sadistic zionists. Of course Hamas are also infiltrated and financed partly by the israelis so their judgment may be impaired by moles or other means of encouraging suicidal ideas. The whole Middle East has been so twisted and contaminated by imperialism for centuries now.
The zionist project itself is of course an infinitely greater and more dangerous folly. www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/doomed-to-fight-1.360698
But there is a method to the madness, the usual one, divide and conquer.
On the other hand, you can understand the Palestinian need to at least try and strike back symbolically, even if it's only with useless rocks or rockets. According to some reports, the Kassem rockets have at least shown what a joke the "Iron Dome" anti-missile defense system is.
Via legitgov.org: But according to Haaretz, the IDF has an 87% success rate shooting down 180 rockets coursing towards urban areas, which was only a fraction of the 900 total. Tel Aviv accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal but some in Hamas are still arguing about it, so Netanyahu is now warning 100,000 civilians to get out of the way of a bigger, badder strike The Gaza death toll is now 202. www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.605161 Gaza's water system is near collapse. www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/.premium-1.605332
Must watch. The Truth About ISIS, With Syrian Girl Partisan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ2KzjNtDTc Who is backing ISIS? What is the agenda behind the group's takeover of Iraq and the Middle East?
The Western hyperbole over ISIS the invincible is helping it to attract naive young recruits who think it's the sword of God, when in fact it could only thrive so well thanks to support by states.
CIA Shifting Its Chechen Terrorist Assets to Bolster ISIS in Iraq tarpley.net/cia-shifting-its-chechen-terrorist-assets-to-bolster-isis-in-iraq says Progressive Press author Webster Tarpley. en.ria.ru/world/20140704/190804863/ANALYSIS-Chechen-Fighters-Joining-Iraqi-Jihad-is-Western-Plot.html
The Islamic Khalifate was the most progressive state of its time, harboring scientists, philosophers and literati, and pioneering the statecraft of religious tolerance. A new Khalifate would not be a bad idea. If the Europeans can form a Union, why not the Muslims?
That of course would be anathema to zionist imperialism. Thus the ISIS Frankenstein has been hatched to give the idea of a Khalifate a bad name - the most regressive, unenlightened regime imaginable.
Similarly, if you believe historians like Antony Sutton that Nazism was an artificial creation of the banksters, then it served perfectly to discredit the idea of a system combining nationalism and socialism, such as the Baathist party. "National socialism" would be the antithesis of globalist austerity. But we can't use the term because it has been made into an epithet! OK, how about Social Nationalism!
What all these countries need is a clean, progressive government that stands for national development, national interests and social justice. What they get is exactly the opposite -- corrupt, reactionary, neocolonialist and oligarchical.
Government forces execute 255 Sunni prisoners in revenge for Isis atrocities, says report www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iraq-crisis-government-forces-execute-255-sunni-prisoners-in-revenge-for-isis-atrocities-9601952.html
Kurds seize two Iraqi oilfields and pull out of country’s unity government rt.com/news/172132-iraq-oilfields-kurds-seize/
US using Kurdish breakaway as weapon against Iraq: Analyst www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/12/370992/kurdish-breakaway-us-tool-against-iraq/ Independence for Iraqi Kurdistan is looking inevitable, www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2014/0711/As-Kurds-seize-Iraq-oil-fields-independence-push-exposes-divisions
Expansion of ‘secret’ facility in Iraq suggests closer U.S.-Kurd ties www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/07/11/233126/expansion-of-secret-facility-in.html
US rushes 75 Hellfire missiles to Iraq.
Iran cautious on involvement in Iraq, blocks website recruiting volunteers to protect shrines. www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2014/0713/As-Iraq-s-politicians-fumble-Iran-fears-its-own-quagmire
Iraqi parliament struggling towards forming new government eventually without Maliki, as Iraqi army struggles on the ground. reliefweb.int/report/iraq/iraqs-sunnis-pick-parliament-speaker-battles-rage
Iraq’s crisis won’t be resolved by fighting, Sunni leader says. Interview with Osama al-Nujaifi, the most recent speaker of Iraq's parliament, very informative and insightful. www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/07/12/iraqs-crisis-wont-be-resolved-by-fighting-sunni-leader-says/
GAZA - False Flag op in "Kidnapping"?
I attended a showing of Occupation 101, an excellent film about the usurpation and suppression of Palestine, presented by sd911truth.org/ After the showing a Palestinian couple answered questions and spoke about the situation in Gaza. They confirmed suspicions about the story of the kidnapped settlers, as they related some information that is being talked about in Palestine.
First of all, the three were not kids, they were in the "IDF" army. Second, they may actually have died in a car accident a couple weeks earlier. Their deaths were kept secret to be used at the right time. The timing involves the unity agreement between the PLO and Hamas a month ago, which threatens the zionist divide and conquer strategy, and could force Israel to settle for peace with Palestine.
They referred me to sott.net for more details. www.sott.net/article/281194-Abducted-Israeli-teenagers-found-dead-A-convenient-development-for-Israel and The Truth Behind the Kidnapping and Murder of 3 Israeli Teens www.sott.net/article/281706-Psychopathic-Morality-The-Truth-Behind-the-Kidnapping-and-Murder-of-3-Israeli-Teens
"The official narrative around the kidnapping of the Israeli boys has them being 'missing' for 18 days before their bodies were discovered on July 1st. During this time, in a supposed desperate attempt to find them alive and "bring them home", the Israeli government had the (very willing) Israeli military rampage through the West Bank destroying homes and arresting and interrogating hundreds of Palestinians... blood, the boys' DNA and spent bullet casings were discovered in the burned-out car found shortly after the kidnapping." This fits well enough with the car accident theory.
If it were really a kidnapping, why was it necessary to set the car on fire? To attract attention? That smells a lot more like destroying the evidence of a car crash. Why has no group come forward to claim the act? No demands for ransom or anything else? Typical false flag profile.
Joe Quinn of sott.net says the suspects fingered in the kidnapping are from an anti-Hamas clan with "a tendency to attack (or try to attack) Israeli targets specifically during ceasefires." "Each time Hamas had reached an understanding with Israel about a cease-fire or period of calm, at least one member of the family has been responsible for planning or initiating a suicide attack, and any understandings with Israel, achieved after considerable effort, were suddenly laid waste. If there is a single family throughout the PA territories whose actions can be blamed for Israel's assassination of the political leadership of Hamas, it is the Qawasmeh family of Hebron."
Our Palestinian hosts mentioned another possibility: the homes of the suspects are strategically located for seizure to expand Jewish settlements.
They also told us about the death of young Muhammad Abu Khudair. Settlers seized him and burned him alive with gasoline. They beat up his cousin, a US citizen, who awoke in jail. We would never have heard of the murder if the cousin were not a US citizen. The murderers are expected to be plead temporary insanity and receive short sentences.
"Israel" may repeat ground invasion of Gaza. Israelis claim mosques are used to hide weapons and connect tunnels. A center for the disabled is bombed too. Victims didn't have time to escape through tunnels in their wheelchairs.
Israel's defence minister has confirmed that military plans to 'uproot Hamas' are about dominating Gaza's gas reserves. www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jul/09/israel-war-gaza-palestine-natural-gas-energy-crisis
Op-ed in Haaretz questions wisdom and effectiveness of repeated assaults on Gaza every couple years. www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.604351
Gaza: world's largest open-air prison, home to 1.7 million refugees under intolerable living conditions. "Israel" limits their exports to one truckload per day. www.youtube.com/watch
Robert Fisk with the "backstory" on Gaza www.independent.co.uk/voices/the-true-gaza-backstory-that-the-israelis-arent-telling-this-week-9596120.html
Death toll now 180, Palestinians only. Israeli jets destroying Gaza water and sewerage systems. www.middleeasteye.net/news/israeli-jets-destroying-gaza-water-and-sewerage-systems-284613778 After a lull to watch the World cup, heavy bombing resumed today. It has been going on for weeks.
ISIS role in destruction of Iraq by transnational elite rt.com/op-edge/172084-isis-iraq-destruction-elite/
"In fact, what is happening today in Iraq is neither a religious war between Sunnis and Shias, nor an anti-terrorism war against jihadists (ISIS). On the contrary, the transnational elite has now entered the final phase of its plan to either destroy the Middle East regimes that were based on national liberation movements (Baathist regimes in Iraq and Syria, Gaddafi’s regime in Libya), or at least to secure their submission to the new world order of neoliberal globalization (Iran). The main aim has always been to integrate them completely into the new world order, which emerged with the rise of transnational corporations and the parallel collapse of the Soviet bloc. The instruments used for this aim have ranged from all out military invasion, to brutal NATO bombings, and "coups from below." The latter is also the method used to integrate Ukraine."
Thus, "the goal was the elimination of any Ba’athist trace from the new client regime."
The point is that the Middle East has many largely stand-alone economies that are not integrated into the bankster-controlled WTO and world trade generally. That's the reason for the "Arab Spring" and the color revolutions of Eastern Europe.
Author Takis Fotopoulos is preparing three books on the subject for Progressive Press.
The full version of this article will be published at www.inclusivedemocracy.org/fotopoulos/
www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/gazaisrael-conflict-the-terrible-price-children-are-paying-for-israels-war-with-hamas-9601391.html Up to 70% of the casualties in Gaza are women and children.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10963427/Israel-air-strike-hits-charitable-association-for-disabled-in-Gaza.html Death toll reaches 120, all Palestinian.
Over 400 homes in Gaza destroyed or damaged by airstrikes as of July 11 http://www.mezan.org/en/details.php?id=19215 "At least 409 houses were destroyed or damaged during this period; of which 128 were destroyed completely as the IOF directly and deliberately attacked 122 of them. IOF attacks also damaged or destroyed 19 schools, 8 mosques, an ambulance center and a hospital."
Fourth day of innocent bloodshed as the bloodthirsty criminal Netanyahu unleashes savage bombing of the densely crowded Gaza Strip, destroying schools, hospitals, killing over 100 civilians. Zionist-controlled US gov't and media frame the mayhem as Israel's "responsible" self-defense. Ad nauseam.
Abby Martin speaks out angrily on RT: it's a struggle against colonialist oppression https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5suQjx4em8 Not one single person in the usurper state of "Israel" has been killed by Hamas rockets. And since Hamas is the democratically elected government of Gaza, "Hamas targets" can include schools, social services, anything.
Down with Israel for good and forever! Down with zionist occupation and ethnic cleansing, down with racist supremacy and genocide!
"Israel’s message to the Palestinians: Submit, leave or die." http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/israels-message-palestinians.html by Jeff Halper. The onslaught is not in retaliation for Hamas rockets or the kidnapping of the three Jewish boys, it has been waiting for a pretext. The message: Palestinians will have no state, they are non-persons in the Jewish state, they have no right to exist. Only Jews have a right to exist.
Smoking gun proof of “Israeli teen kidnapping” false flag pretext - Mossad Chief predicted “three teens will be kidnapped” one week before it happened. www.veteranstoday.com/2014/06/16/israeli-teens/ By Kevin Barrett (Progressive Press author of the book Truth Jihad )
Iraq: "US Military Intervention is the Problem, not the Solution." www.flickr.com/photos/punkpatriot/14337153709
July 10. How the US destroyed Iraq
ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op. rt.com/op-edge/168064-isis-terrorism-usa-cia-war/ Engdahl notes that the US trained ISIS militants at a secret camp in Jordan. The stand-down in Mosul is suspect, and there are links to anti-Russian militants from Chechnya and Georgia, which is placed to smuggle fighters into Syria through Turkey. Some ISIS fighters even have US passports.
See also July 5th entry pointing to US involvement in inciting sectarian conflict and ethnic cleansing.
Iranian political cartoon.
Scare reports that ISIS have seized chemical weapons stores are mostly for propaganda, as the materials have degraded and been decontaminated, making them useless for weapons. bigstory.ap.org/article/iraq-says-terrorists-seize-chemical-weapons-site Similarly with reports that ISIS has obtained low-grade nuclear material "40 kg of uranium" from scientific labs at Mosul University. www.cnn.com/2014/07/10/world/meast/iraq-crisis/index.html
These stories of course have big propaganda value for The War on [of] Terror, not least in shoring up the idea that Saddam had WMD all the time, of course. In fact the chemical stuff goes back to the 1980's. Sarin has a pretty short shelf life, likely already useless before the elder Bush's war. Thereafter it was expressly decontaminated.
Iraq VP to U.S.: Stay Out of Our Civil War www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/08/iraq-s-vice-president-this-is-a-full-on-sunni-revolt.html Ex-VP of Iraq says ISIS role is exaggerated, what's really going on is a Sunni rebellion.
'Water war' threatens Syria lifeline syrianfreedomls.tumblr.com/post/90964597973/water-war-threatens-syria-lifeline FSA source blames excessive hydropower generation rather than terrorist activity for draining of reservoirs. Earlier report blamed ISIS for trying to flood Iraqi positions.
How Obama SET FREE the merciless terrorist warlord now leading the ISIS horde blazing a trail of destruction through Iraq www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2657231/Revealed-Obama-RELEASED-warlord-head-ISIS-extremist-army-five-years-ago.html "The U.S. had Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in custody at a detention facility in Iraq, but released him in 2009." Evidently he was well enough trained by then.
www.npr.org/2014/07/09/330183809/amid-bloodshed-brotherhood-links-forged-from-iraqs-game-of-rings Another more light-hearted testimony that sectarian violence was not the norm in Iraq.
Three Iranian Sukhoi jet fighters now flying in Iraq. www.mojahedin.org/newsen/29467
Little history lesson from Hitlary Klinton: "The people we are fighting now, we funded them 20 years ago." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqn0bm4E9yw Yeah and 20 months, days, weeks and minutes ago, too.
www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/06/why-the-white-house-ignored-all-those-warnings-about-isis.html Go figure. The CIA knew for months that ISIS was a threat, and Maliki asked for help against them last year.
“It’s simply not true that nobody saw a disaster like the fall of Mosul coming,” Ali Khedery, who served as a senior adviser at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, told The Daily Beast. “I can’t speak for anyone else, but I literally predicted this in verbal warnings and in writing in 2010 that Iraq would fall apart.”
ISIS busy provoking ethnic conflict by blowing up "Shiite" mosques and shrines. english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/07/05/ISIS-destroys-Shiite-mosques-shrines-in-Iraq.html
Iraqi army and air force in bid to retake Tikrit, heavy damage to city center. Population evacuated. Iraqi victory reported.
Even NBC questions the sectarian nature of the conflict, with some parallels to religious wars in history. Today’s conflict is "driven more by a power struggle than a religious war" www.nbcnews.com/storyline/iraq-turmoil/analysis-iraqs-sunni-shiite-conflict-really-about-religion-n148341
A wooden house can stand for centuries if no one sets fire to it. Blaming war on religion is like blaming arson on wood.
For now, Maliki's critics are rallying to his side in face of the ISIS threat. www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/9ac78df0-0372-11e4-817f-00144feab7de.html
Interesting analysis from Cockburn but with no hint that ISIS is a US proxy www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/iraq-crisis-as-shia-shrines-are-targeted-and-tikrit-is-strangled-the-fiercest-of-wars-lies-ahead-9587043.html
This guy knows but people won't listen because he's Iranian. Assistant Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Massoud Jazaeri said it is the US which is running the command center of the terrorist war against Syria and Iraq. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=700706319965153
Jazaeri: the terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and other countries in the region are part of “the strategy of world hegemony against the peoples of the region.”
This strategy, he added, has been used against countries which reject the American domination, as proved by the facts and events in the region.
Iran's Surveillance Drones Over Iraq Make U.S. Military Wary (Audio, 3 min) www.opb.org/news/article/npr-irans-surveillance-drones-over-iraq-make-us-military-wary/
July 5. How the US fomented sectarianism and ethnically cleansed Iraq to prepare it for breakup into three mini-states
MUST READ: U.S. Backing “Both Sides of Same Conflict” www.accuracy.org/release/in-iraq-and-syria-u-s-backing-both-sides-of-same-conflict/ “An Iraqi Perspective: How America’s Destruction of Iraqi Society Led to Today’s Chaos,” billmoyers.com/2014/06/20/an-iraqi-perspective-how-americas-destruction-of-iraqi-society-led-to-todays-chaos/ Khedery: "I was born in Iraq and I’d never in my life been asked if I was a Sunni or a Shiite... The US destroyed that Iraqi national identity and replaced it with sectarian and ethnic identities after 2003... there were entire cities that were completely cleansed of one ethnicity or the other... Many people accuse the militias affiliated with the ruling parties that were supported by and funded by the US of being involved with this program of cleansing...
Before 2003, Iraq was not a very happy place to live, but it was home for millions of people. They went to work, and they had their basic needs satisfied. They could not express themselves politically. But after 2003, people still could not – and cannot – express themselves politically and they also lost all of the security that they used to have and all of the basic services."
Now it's painfully clear what was behind those SAS special forces dressed in mufti driving around blowing up mosques in Basra -- remember? www.globalresearch.ca/were-british-special-forces-soldiers-planting-bombs-in-basra/994 "These accusations by Iraqi officials echo insistent but unsubstantiated claims, going back at least to the spring of 2004, to the effect that many of the terror bombings carried out against civilian targets in Iraq have actually been perpetrated by U.S. and British forces rather than by Iraqi insurgents... Writers in the English-language corporate media have repeatedly noted that recent terror-bomb attacks which have caused massive casualties among civilians appear to be pushing Iraq towards a civil war of Sunnis against Shiites, and of Kurds against both... the ethnic cleansing of Shiites in predominantly Sunni Baghdad neighbourhoods “is proceeding at an alarming and potentially destabilizing pace” ... the U.S. army has been deploying Kurdish peshmerga troops and Shiite militias in a manner that seems designed to inflame ethnic hatreds...
A partitioning of Iraq into sections defined by ethnicity and by Sunni-Shia differences would entail, obviously enough, both civil war and ethnic cleansing on a massive scale. But these considerations did not deter Leslie H. Gelb from advocating in the New York Times, on November 25, 2003, what he called “The Three-State Solution”. www.nytimes.com/2003/11/25/opinion/the-three-state-solution.html Gelb, a former senior State Department and Pentagon official, a former editor and columnist for the New York Times, and president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, is an insider’s insider." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_H._Gelb
Now that the three-state solution is apparently assured, Gelb has come out with some blinking psycho-babble of a cover story that he is for a one-state solution after all and he didn't really mean it that way back in 2003. His new recipe is even more mayhem: "Only the hell of civil war can bring them back, in time, to political solutions." www.nytimes.com/2014/07/02/opinion/leslie-gelb-iraq-must-not-come-apart.html Smash what's left, and to hell with them.
Author Michael Keefer then calls Gelb's scheme a war crime and compares it unfavorably to "the essays of Yinon and Schiff... nasty stuff" -- see www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-middle-east/5324815 and www.globalresearch.ca/preparing-the-chessboard-for-the-clash-of-civilizations-divide-conquer-and-rule-the-new-middle-east/27786
The pattern is the same in Syria, of course. Many people have said that before this "revolution" Syrians never thought in terms of sect or religion. Yet western "experts" are touting the idea of dividing Syria along ethnic lines. The French did this during their occupation in the 1920's when they split it up into six states along ethnic lines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Mandate_for_Syria_and_the_Lebanon "However, nearly all the Syrian sects were hostile to the French mandate and to the division it created."
Ethnic cleansing has enormously accelerated under the Saudi-funded, US-trained ISIS takfiri terror bands. MI-6 mouthpiece Al-Jazeera posted photos of mosques being demolished along with a map of Iraqi regions by ethnic majorities. www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/07/islamic-state-claims-shia-mosque-destruction-20147414533266331.html
Pentagon says growing US forces in Iraq need 'flexibility' for mission www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/01/iraq-us-forces-involvement-mission-obama-isis
In other words, they need special forces to ensure the chaos they've snowballed now follows the right track -- and gives them the desired outcome of three shell-shocked, subservient statelets run by their satraps.
Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager there issued a threat: “that he could kill” the government’s chief investigator and “no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq,” according to department reports.
American Embassy officials in Baghdad sided with Blackwater rather than the State Department investigators as a dispute over the probe escalated in August 2007, the previously undisclosed documents show. The officials told the investigators that they had disrupted the embassy’s relationship with the security contractor and ordered them to leave the country, according to the reports. www.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/us/before-shooting-in-iraq-warning-on-blackwater.html
www.nytimes.com/2014/07/05/world/middleeast/poised-to-gain-in-iraq-crisis-kurds-face-new-barriers-to-autonomy.html The only country in the Middle East that has rallied to the Kurdish cause has been Israel, which historically has had close, albeit covert, ties to the Kurds
Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq www.mojahedin.org/newsen/29366
Widespread attacks staged by Syrian rebels in Aleppo www.mojahedin.org/newsen/29363
Retired Syrian Pilots Flying Sukhois Aircrafts For Iraq https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=728093910581976 The Syrian government has already warned Mr. Al-Maliki that US drones will be used to improve the military position of ISIS before any useful information will be forwarded to Iraqi Army HQ.
Nazemroaya: US pushing for ISIL Caliphate state www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/01/369425/us-behind-push-for-isil-caliphate/ ... Categorically, "ISIL (the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) is not the manifestation of the failure of US policy that the United States is trying to present; it is actually the manifestation of US policy."
But this should come as no surprise. The British were already at this game when they set up the warlord Saud and the fundie freak Sheikh Wahhab in business back in the 18th century. Fundamentalists and feudal oligarchs won't let populism sprout where it gets underfoot of the empire.
That worked so well they'd like to crush the states with a long history of tending to secular nationalism and socialism like Syria, Iraq and Egypt (remember Nasser) and set up another group of grotesque medieval gargoyles to run the fiefdom.
m.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-we-stuck-with-maliki--and-lost-iraq/2014/07/03/0dd6a8a4-f7ec-11e3-a606-946fd632f9f1_story.html A political biography of Iraq's flawed leader Maliki by insider Khedery.
Poll: 63% of Americans are against renewed involvement in Iraq. www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/03/obama-iraq-poll_n_5554715.html "The 2003 decision to go to war in Iraq is, in retrospect, quite unpopular, with a record-low 32 percent of U.S. voters saying it was the right thing to do."
NYT infographic follows ISIS campaign down the Euphrates valley from Syria deep into Iraq www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/03/world/middleeast/syria-iraq-isis-rogue-state-along-two-rivers.html
Kurds push for independence vote amid Iraq chaos www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/03/kurds-independence-referendum-iraq-massoud-barzani
Obama Admin Debates Whether Assad Really Must Go - Now that the U.S. government and the Syrian regime are both fighting ISIS in Iraq, the faltering U.S. drive to topple Assad is in even more peril. www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/03/iraq-crisis-pushes-u-s-closer-to-assad-the-dictator-it-said-must-go.html
JCS Chairman Dempsey: we won't attack ISIS if they don't attack US. Isn't that peace-loving. Why don't they say that to Syria, Donetsk and all the other places they attack every other minute? 'Coz ISIS is special.
July 1. A Neocon plan to dismantle Iraq, running right on schedule?
Is it all a Zionist plot? Yes, No -- it's the Yinon Plan!
Intro: "The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states. Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel's satellites."
Et voilà! Une bonne recette de ratatouille. Simple instructions for a smashing omelette. www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/The%20Zionist%20Plan%20for%20the%20Middle%20East.pdf cited in Justin Raimondo: original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/06/17/iraq-will-the-neocons-get-away-with-it-again/
Raimondo is not buying the "bungling Yankees" excuse. He writes:
So what were their intentions, and just how "good" were they? As I put it years ago:
"[T]he actual purpose was to blow the country to smithereens: to atomize it, and crush it, so that it would never rise again.
"When we invaded and occupied Iraq, we didn’t just militarily defeat Iraq’s armed forces – we dismantled their army, and their police force, along with all the other institutions that held the country together. The educational system was destroyed, and not reconstituted. The infrastructure was pulverized, and never restored. Even the physical hallmarks of a civilized society – roads, bridges, electrical plants, water facilities, museums, schools – were bombed out of existence or else left to fall into disrepair. Along with that, the spiritual and psychological infrastructure that enables a society to function – the bonds of trust, allegiance, and custom – was dissolved, leaving Iraqis to fend for themselves in a war of all against all."
The Yanks, of course, know how to do this. They are the experts, they have won lots of wars, and they know how to calibrate defeat. They showed that with the Indians, the Confederacy, the domains of the empires smashed in World War I, with Germany and Japan. Working on the Yinon plan, they knew exactly how to smash Iraq so it would fall apart into "small ethnic or sectarian states."
5,456 Killed Across Iraq in June - Death Tolls Soaring as Iraq Falls Apart news.antiwar.com/2014/06/30/5456-killed-across-iraq-in-june/
Foreign Policy mag: if ISIS attacks Jordan (hope, hope) then the US will have to go in (Yay USA!) www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/06/30/the_real_red_line_in_the_middle_east_jordan_isis_islamic_state_iraq_syria
Iraq receives Russian Sukhoi jets in fight against militants www.itv.com/news/update/2014-06-29/iraq-receives-russian-jets-in-fight-against-militants/ Iraqi forces in push to retake Tikrit.
Claim that Iraqi withdrawal from Mosul was a trap laid for ISIS? Seems far-fetched, letting them get all those weapons and territory. And money. Clumsy sort of trap. www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2014/06/29/ecxlusive-the-why-of-withdrawal-of-iraqi-army-from-mousul-and-secret-deal-of-syria-iraq/ Also claims that Kurdish leader Barzani is crypto-Jewish collaborator with Israel.
Disastrous Iraq Policies From a State Department Hostile to Truth-Telling www.opednews.com/articles/Disastrous-Iraq-Policies-F-by-Press-Release-Iraq-War_Media_State-Department_Whistleblowers-140627-324.html A story of three whistleblowers against the wars, Ann Wright, Matthew Hoh and author Peter Van Buren, who endorsed our new book by a Congressman who tells the story of "The Iraq Lie".
Understatement of the month: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/27/iraq-war-critics-tv-bookers_n_5534549.html
Instead, the corrupt media are busily scrambling to invite war ciminals from the Bush team to whip up war hysteria anew. "According to liberal watchdog Media Matters, Cheney, Wolfowitz, former presidential envoy to Iraq Paul Bremer and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol have made 16 TV appearances in less than two weeks."
White House requests $500 million to aid Syrian rebels rt.com/usa/168720-obama-syrian-rebel-fund/ Half a billion to stoke civil war, destruction and suffering. Big Lie about "moderate rebels" still has legs (after Kerry already admitted they don't exist). How many billion US and Saudis spent on extremist rebels ISIS?
June 26. The Chaos In Iraq Is By DESIGN... Israeli-neocon design
The Real History of the American Strategy for Iraq and the Middle East www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/06/mess-iraq-design.html
Neoconservatives like Paul Wolfowitz planned regime change in Iraq more than 20 years ago … in 1991.
But the goal wasn’t just regime change (or oil). The goal was to break up the country, and to do away with the sovereignty of Iraq as a separate nation.
everything is going according to plan. The “skittles theory” of the Middle East – that one ball aimed at Iraq can knock down several regimes...
a paper published in 1996 by an Israeli thinktank, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies. Entitled “A clean break: a new strategy for securing the realm”, it was intended as a political blueprint for the incoming government of Binyamin Netanyahu. "an entirely new intellectual foundation, one that restores strategic initiative and provides the nation the room to engage every possible energy on rebuilding Zionism …"
several of the “Clean Break” paper’s authors now holding key positions in Washington.
many of the same people – including Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, John Bolton and others – advocated their imperial views during the Clinton administration via their American think tank, the “Project for a New American Century”.
"One of the prime goals of every empire is to foment ongoing internecine conflict in the territories whose resources and/or strategic outposts they covet.
The most efficient way of sparking such open-ended internecine conflict is to brutally smash the target country’s social matrix and physical infrastructure.
Ongoing unrest has the additional perk of justifying the maintenance and expansion of the military machine that feeds the financial and political fortunes of the metropolitan elite.
In short … divide and rule"
So what's the end game - have everyone else on earth kill each other, so just they survive?
Thanks to Cottrell for the link.
If you follow the theory in The Money Power and in Antony Sutton's work, that the empire set up the Bolshevik and fascist extremists as countergangs to get Russia and Germany to destroy each other, then you may agree with me that the appearance of ISIS is a very bad omen indeed for the Middle East (as if the Wahhabi extremists sitting on all that oil for almost a century were not enough).
June 25. Kerry to Umma: Hands off our terrorists!
Syrian warplanes attack ISIS positions in Iraq, as Iran is sending two planeloads of military supplies daily to Baghdad. www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/25/flashpoint-us-officials-concerned-about-iran-syria-intervention-in-iraq/
Kerry tells Syria "How dare you fight ISIS! Hands off our GLADJIHADIO gang! We spent a lot of money on them dammit!" Officially, "It's important that nothing take place that contributes to the extremism." He means, that annihilates the extremists we have so carefully nurtured. news.yahoo.com/kerry-issues-warning-syria-bombs-iraq-163554655.html The empire's crypto-Jewish spokesman Kerry says, "We've made it clear to everyone in the region that we don't need anything to take place that might exacerbate the sectarian divisions." Partisangirl ripostes, "ISIS is as sectarian as it gets, you imbecile!" and cites a WSJ interview with a White House neocon who advises, "Attacking ISIS is inconvenient, they are useful against Syria."
Sunni tribal leader tells CNN: “ISIS is trying to ride the wave of the Sunni revolution. It’s trying to exploit it and we won’t accept this.” “America needs to not look at Iraq through a single lens. There is a real revolution, real opposition. Maliki is polishing his image. American needs to listen to us. We don’t have an issue with anyone. We just want our rights. We have a right to live here.” “ISIS is going to open a door in Iraq that can’t be closed and we are aware of this. You can’t stop ISIS without the tribes. America shouldn’t think that the Maliki government can stop ISIS. Maliki is the real danger to us. We can get rid of ISIS whenever we want, and rest assured we will fight them.” www.mojahedin.org/newsen/29195
The sectarian illusion of Iraq as purported by the media http://www.commdiginews.com/world-news/the-sectarian-illusion-of-iraq-as-purported-by-the-media-20311 The media’s first mistake is making ISIS synonymous with “Sunni”... The head of the Sunni Awakening Council in Iraq openly supports the Iraqi government in their fight against ISIS. He was killed in a suicide bombing.... numerous horrific videos that have flooded social media showing random drive-by shootings by ISIS members on Sunnis, Fox News has reported that ISIS is also responsible for the killings of 12 Sunni Imams who refused to give their allegiance to ISIS. This struggle is not Sunni versus Shiite, it is Iraq versus ISIS.
Latest poll figures on the Iraq war http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/iraq-turmoil/not-worth-it-huge-majority-regret-iraq-war-exclusive-poll-n139686
They can't fool all the people all the time... just long enough to get what they want.
January 2003: Approximately two-thirds of respondents wanted the government to wait for the UN inspections to end, and only 31% supported using military force immediately. Then Powell told his lies at the UN and Bush told his on CNN.
March 2003 - A poll taken after the beginning of the war showed a 62% support for the war.
And now only 22% still think it was right.
Nevertheless, in the latest NBC poll above, "Half of respondents also said that the United States does not have a responsibility to help the Iraqi government as the country descends into sectarian violence, while 43 percent said that America should intervene."
Very interesting also to read about Iraqi opinion: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_opinion_on_the_Iraq_War#Iraqi_opinion Even with strong western influence on the polling methods to be assumed, a strong majority want to keep the oil industry in state hands.
By the way, ISIS finally took over the Baiji refinery, and supposedly gave control to local tribes.
Confirmed over 2000 dead in Iraq in last couple weeks since ISIS invasion.
Israel pounds Syrian military targets in "retaliation" for an attack on a vehicle in the occupied Golan Heights. www.todayszaman.com/news-351067-israeli-military-carries-out-airstrikes-in-syria.html "Israel has repeatedly said it holds the Syrian government responsible for any attacks emanating from its territory, regardless of who actually carries them out.
I added Iraq to the name of this blog.
Nobody's fool. rt.com/op-edge/167344-us-regime-change-iraq-again/ ISIS victories are not a failure, but a success of US policies. ISIS was created, funded and trained by US and its Saudi puppets. The supposed cooperation with Iran and the false label on the Iraq government as "Shiite" are camouflage. Many if not most ISIS victims are Sunni, and "the vast majority of Muslims refuse to even recognize the ISIL as being Muslim, let alone as being Sunnis."
June 22. Why does Iraq keep getting destroyed? "It is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel."
ISIS reported planning to attack government positions from areas they hold in Syria's oil town of Deir Azzour. Syrian air force attacked them from Deir Azzour airport. www.facebook.com/syria24english/posts/693581710677614
Impressions of the devastation in Homs by shell-shocked NYT journo. www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/world/middleeast/homs-syria-civil-war-bashar-assad.html
ISIS using US Humvees stolen from Iraq in clash with Syrian Kurds. They seized strategic Syrian towns near the Iraqi border from rivals last week. syrianfreedomls.tumblr.com/post/89588027678/equipped-with-humvees-isil-clashes-with-rivals-in
Cheney wants US troops back in Iraq. American people against. Only 10% of those polled agree. today.yougov.com/news/2014/06/18/poll-results-iraq/
Militants seize more Iraq towns as US presses unity now.mmedia.me/lb/en/mena/552756-militants-seize-more-iraq-towns-as-us-presses-unity seized the towns of Rawa and Ana after taking the Al-Qaim border crossing yesterday
The alliance of Islamist militants, Sunni tribesmen and loyalists of Iraq’s former Baathist regime that seized large areas of the country in the past two weeks is under serious strain over ideological differences www.thenational.ae/world/iraq/signs-of-strain-in-militant-ranks-as-isil-alienates-allies I hope their allies turn against ISIS and make WASWAS out of them!
The prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdish region says he warned Baghdad and the United States months ago about the threat that a Sunni militant group posed to Iraq, but “nothing happened.” www.nbcnews.com/storyline/iraq-turmoil/kurdistans-prime-minister-we-warned-u-s-about-isis-iraq-n137686
Maliki is under attack because USA is running a protection racket and he didn't pay his dues. The agenda is to partition Iraq as dictated by the Yinon plan. www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/20/its-all-for-israel/ Mike Whitney again in Counterpunch. Why does Iraq keep getting destroyed? "It is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel." -- Oded Yinon in "A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties." Yinon’s prescription of “breaking up Iraq …along ethnic/religious lines …so, three (or more) states will exist around the three major cities: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul.”
english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2014/06/21/ISIS-path-of-destruction-drains-Iraq-and-Syria-s-water-supplies.html Crazy terrorists trying to divert waters to drown Iraqi army, causing severe drought.
www.ibtimes.co.in/iraq-crisis-isis-terrorists-were-trained-by-us-2012-syria-conflict-602594 hundreds of ISIS militia were indeed trained by US instructors for covert operations to destabilize Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government
June 21. I've not been able to update the blog much lately. With the blowup of a very uncivil war in Iraq, we're rushing to get The Iraq Lie into print over the next few days.
How did it come to this? The crisis in Iraq has roots going far back in history. But recently the folly of interfering outsiders and sectarian leaders within has made matters a lot worse www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21604627-crisis-iraq-has-roots-going-far-back-history-recently-folly
This can't be real. US thinking of substituting shyster Chalabi for corrupt Maliki? www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/19/how-nouri-al-maliki-fell-out-favour-with-us-iraq
How the neocons succeeded in destabilizing the Middle East www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/24469-who-won-iraq
www.landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2014/06/natos-terror-hordes-in-iraq-pretext-for.html ISIS is a creation of NATO and the GCC (Gulf states). The story about looting the central bank of Mosul for $430 million is a camouflage for their real source of funding.
"ISIS is the product of a joint NATO-GCC conspiracy stretching back as far as 2007 where US-Saudi policymakers sought to ignite a region-wide sectarian war to purge the Middle East of Iran's arc of influence stretching from its borders, across Syria and Iraq, and as far west as Lebanon and the coast of the Mediterranean. ISIS has been harbored, trained, armed, and extensively funded by a coalition of NATO and Persian Gulf states within Turkey's (NATO territory) borders and has launched invasions into northern Syria with, at times, both Turkish artillery and air cover. The most recent example of this was the cross-border invasion by Al Qaeda into Kasab village, Latikia province in northwest Syria."
ISIS takes hostages at Turkish embassy in Mosul giving Turkey the pretext it has sought to invade Syria.
Government forces struggle to hold Iraq's largest refinery in face of militant attacks. The sprawling Baiji refinery, 200 km north of Baghdad near Tikrit, was a battlefield as troops loyal to the Shi'ite-led government sought to hold off ISIS. www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/19/us-iraq-security-idUSKBN0EU0MS20140619
Latest: Iraqi forces say they have control of the country's biggest oil refinery, but rebels still hold surrounding town. www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/06/iraqi-forces-hold-off-rebels-at-oil-refinery-201462012551499307.html
Obama, Pelosi claim Bush's authorization for the Iraq war is still valid - even though that war already ended. edition.cnn.com/2014/06/18/politics/us-iraq/index.html
www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/19/obama-iraq-war-approval-air-strikes Obama needs new congressional authorization for war in Iraq because ISIS is not the same as Al-Qaeda.
www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/18/the-isis-fiasco-its-really-an-attack-on-iran/ Once again, the Iraq army didn't melt away, it was a stand-down organized by Sunni military chiefs. The US is behind this as a way of getting revenge on Maliki for kicking them out, and on Iran for coming out ahead in Bush's war. ISIS and US agree on some major points: "The strategic objectives of Isis and those of the United States coincide. Both entities seek greater political representation for Sunnis, both want to minimize Iranian influence in Iraq, and both support a soft partition plan." They hope that they can break up Iraq into three smaller oil fiefdoms that will be loyal vassals like the Gulf emirates. “ISIS is the creation of the one man who played Alqaeda like a yo-yo. Bandar bin Sultan.” (Thanks to Richard Cottrell for the link.)
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10908559/Isis-annual-report-breaks-down-its-bloody-record.html ISIS cheerfully brags to its stakeholders of carrying out 1,083 assassinations and 4,465 car bombings in Iraq for the year 2013, evidently a good return on investment.
RT profile of ISIS rt.com/news/166836-isis-isil-al-qaeda-iraq
US wants to oust Maliki, while he refuses to resign in exchange for airstrikes rt.com/usa/167100-us-wants-oust-maliki-iraq/
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10913275/Isis-storms-Saddam-era-chemical-weapons-complex-in-Iraq.html ISIS gets its hands on 100's of tons of old sarin and mustard gas.
Association of Muslim Scholars: Four Groups Lead Revolution in Iraq - of which ISIS only contributed 500 fighters. The media have a dishonest agenda in portraying ISIS as the main force. http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=31681
Daily Mail op-ed: Impeach Tony Blair: As Iraq burns, Parliament should put this deluded liar on trial www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2659649/Impeach-Tony-Blair-As-Iraq-burns-Parliament-deluded-liar-trial-writes-SIMON-HEFFER.html
au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/24260207/iraq-sacks-top-officers-as-un-warns-of-break-up/ Iraq update from AFP
The zionists and their evil empire were so thrilled by the Iran-Iraq war they wanted it to go on forever. Now they have finally got a sequel with this Iraqi civil war.
Israel and Saudi Arabia haven't given up in Syria. notthemsmdotcom.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/israel-and-saudi-arabias-priorities-in-syria/ They are opting for Lebanonization - the breaking up of Syria and Iraq into ethnic enclaves.
harpers.org/blog/2014/06/the-long-shadow-of-a-neocon/ How neo-con Bush puppet Zalmay Khalilzad helped create the catastrophes in Afghanistan and Iraq by selecting leaders for these occupied countries. Iraq's Maliki was an obscure nobody who was foreseeably incapable of doing anything but foster corruption and increase sectarian division. harpers.org/blog/2014/06/the-long-shadow-of-a-neocon/ Karzai in Afghanistan likewise presides over a mass of corruption, fueled by opium. Khalilzad, like Karzai, was a consultant for oil firm Unocal. (See "Zalmay Khalilzad -- Bush's Theorist" in the book Enemies by Design, published by Progressive Press.)
"Tony Blair Bears 'Total Responsibility' For Isis, Says Academic Who Advised Him On Iraq" - Expert advisers relate how Blair turned deaf ears to advice against war on Iraq. www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/06/17/iraq-tony-blair_n_5503110.html The bored zionist puppet wasn't interested, he already had his orders and his rewards from his masters.
Obama Sends Troops to Protect Baghdad Embassy, Special Forces Considered www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/iraq-troops-obama/2014/06/16/id/577428/
U.S. Is Exploring Talks With Iran on Crisis in Iraq www.nytimes.com/2014/06/17/world/middleeast/us-and-iran-signaling-new-joint-effort-in-iraq-crisis.html
Iran Offers Iraq ‘Everything it Needs’ to Fight ISIS www.dinargururv.com/2014/06/iran-offers-iraq-everything-it-needs-to-fight-isis-2/
news.yahoo.com/over-5-000-iranians-sign-defend-iraq-holy-142259684.html Over 5,000 Iranians 'sign up to defend Iraq holy sites'
Map of cities taken by ISIS, and of Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish areas. edition.cnn.com/interactive/2014/06/world/maps-iraq-unrest/
edition.cnn.com/2014/06/17/tech/social-media/iraq-crisis-isis-social-media/index.html ISIS has a very slick social media presence, with Hollywood-quality propaganda films. "This is funded," said Nadia Oweidat, a Middle East analyst. "This is geopolitics. There is money behind it. It's not just idiots; these idiots have somebody controlling them and providing them with equipment that is very expensive. You can't just get it in a cave." Hmm -- maybe in bin Laden's cave?
Iraq's central government suffers mortal blow www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27883157 "The best-case scenario for Iraq is devolution of power from the centre in Baghdad to local Shia, Sunni Arabs and Sunni Kurdish communities; the worst is splintering of the country to three separate entities. ISIS's swift advance has exposed the state's structural and institutional weaknesses, as well as a deep ideological and sectarian rift in society," says the BBC. The British should know.
"It is misleading to exaggerate ISIS military prowess and exploits... it is a manifestation of a bigger revolt by (tribal) Sunni Arabs against what they view as Mr Maliki's sectarian authoritarianism."
Sunni soldier tell how commanders disappeared, leaving them to fight without support. They believe military leaders were bribed to stand down. www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/iraq/140616/iraqi-deserters-ISIL-ISIS-mosul
Why America Should Let Iraq Resolve its Own Crisis by Graham E. Fuller Former vice chairman, CIA’s National Intelligence Council www.huffingtonpost.com/graham-e-fuller/america-iraq-resolve-crisis_b_5500900.html "The single most destructive regional power at this point is Saudi Arabia and its satellites who bankroll the extremist Sunni jihadis in both Syria and Iraq. Its blatantly sectarian stance has everything to do with Gulf geopolitics and little to do with Shi'ism as such: Iran would be a rival to Saudi Arabia even were it Sunni to the core."
The sectarian myth of Iraq: We coexisted peacefully for centuries, and need neither brutal dictators nor western intervention www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/16/sectarian-myth-of-iraq Every tribe in Iraq has Sunnis and Shia in its ranks. Iraq had never been home to violence between sects until the divide-and-rule policies of the US occupation.
The ISIS Crisis and the stuff of miracle tales: from zero to billions in nothing flat, thanks to pure genius. Their own, or from a CIA think tank?
The Guardian: "The group's leaders had been meticulously chosen... The strategic acumen of Isis was impressive – so too its attention to detail... Isis secured massive cashflows from the oilfields of eastern Syria, which it had commandeered in late 2012... in less than three years, Isis had grown from a ragtag band of extremists to perhaps the most cash-rich and capable terror group in the world... They had done this all themselves. There was no state actor at all behind them... Social media postings throughout last week revealed the group's shock at its successes."
Imagine looting $450 million dollars from the central bank - isn't that an all time record for bank robberies? No preventive measures were taken? Was it a set-up? Funding ISIS to be the final hammer blow to Assad's Syria, of course. It's already clear the army was ordered to melt away in a stand-down.
Washington Post: On the ISIS founder: "a tattooed ex-convict and high school dropout had few followers and scant ties to the local population. Yet, the Stranger — soon to be known widely as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — quickly rallied thousands of Iraqis and foreign fighters to his cause." "ISIS’s astonishing recent gains were mostly due to skillfully forged alliances with Sunni tribal leaders."
Stranger than fiction. The story makes no sense, it looks like a prime-time action film to fool the people.
Back in Zarqawi's heyday, on the day of the London Tube bombings, 7/7/2005, I wrote:
"Today, the fiction was a “secret” group affiliated – oh how wonderfully convenient – with Al Qaeda and Al Zarqawi. Yet the BBC itself has established that Al Qaeda does not even exist, in its documentary “The Terror Myth.” And just yesterday Dahr Jamail <www.dahrjamailiraq.com> wrote of his trip to the town of Zarqa, on the trail of the fabled Zarqawi. The man’s family believe he died years ago - no recent photos exist. Certain is only that the mythical Zarqawi always has his base of operations wherever the Americans want to attack – Fallujah, Mosul, wherever." usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/16539
Wherever a Gladio-type operation is needed.
I'm not the only skeptic. Here's an article posted yesterday, "The ISIS Crisis: The Mythology of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: Everything Old is New Again."
Author Scott Creighton notes,
"Zarqawi and his organization the ISIS have a long history of being used by U.S. administration officials and others as the justification for military action, especially in Iraq. After all, Zarqawi was the poster-child for the 2003 invasion...
"As a young man, Zarqawi was troubled. Drinking, getting into trouble, being arrested multiple times. He was a thug who ended up being sentenced to many years in a Jordanian prison...
"But then suddenly, he’s released and finds himself on a personal quest of Jihad against the Muslim government of Afghanistan because it aligned itself with the communist Soviet Union. He rushed over and joined the CIA backed destabilization campaign in that country then run by another CIA op, a guy by the name of Osama bin Laden.
"Then he goes back to Jordan and helps their local FBI type institution set-up some locals for a “homegrown terrorist” plot and only gets 5 years for his role in that? ...
"If you’re going to put together a band of roving thugs who will do just about anything for your cause, including risking their lives, what better place to recruit? Young street thugs, criminals, murderers, rapists, drug dealers… facing 10, 20, 30 years to life in some Jordanian (Egyptian, Saudi…) prison hell-hole, or facing death… that’s not a bad lot to pick from is it considering what they want them to do."
Indeed, Syria has been plagued by "Jihadis" who are really just convicts from Saudi jails.
It's also well known that petty criminals and sex offenders like Zarqawi usually have quite low IQ's. They are anything but organizational geniuses. They are in jail because they are stupid.
Sorry, if I want to read fairy tales, the classic literature is a lot better.
In real life, can any ordinary kid defy gravity to become US President? Sure -- if the powers-that-be want him to.
Ne'er-do-wells and nobodies can make their meteoric mark too -- with powerful sponsors and handlers to set them up.
ISIS has made in USA written all over it.
It's another Gladio countergang, being pumped up to smash Syria for good.
www.legitgov.org/Iraqi-Sunni-scholars-Iraqi-rebels-not-ISIS-who-face-Iraqi-army Iraqi Sunni scholars protest that Iraqi rebels, not ISIS, are the main force who face the Iraqi army. Rebelling tribes have grievances against Maliki's sectarian rule.
Is the West distorting the reality, and what is the agenda? Presumably to get their forces back into Iraq to be arbiters of the situation. Remember, the US did not withdraw its army of its own accord, Iraq demanded it.
"The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) said on Friday that describing the rebels who drove the Iraqi army from several cities as operatives of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is incorrect. They decried the designations as an attempt to abort the uprising in the country. In the statement reported by the Jordanian Assabeel newspaper, AMSI said that the ISIS label is a clear distortion which does not change the reality that Iraqi rebels are the main component of this uprising...Despite claims that it was the ISIS which took over the cities and towns, several Iraqi sources have pointed out that tribal rebels as well as other Iraqi fighters constitute the main force currently fighting the Iraqi army, in addition to some affiliated to ISIS."
Note that Iraq's borders were drawn arbitrarily by Sykes-Picot. On the one hand, splitting up the country would fit the Zionist plan of balkanization, but autonomy for Sunnis and Kurds could resolve tensions too.
What Iraq does not need is more US airstrikes, but not to worry. rt.com/news/166068-us-uk-iraq-joint-force/ USUK are sending a team to prepare the ground for airstrikes. "The team is understood to include MI6 operatives as well as high-ranking special forces officers." Good boys. The Gladio Air Cavalry is on the wing. Great tradition. UK has been aerially bombing Iraq since the 1920's.
Unconfirmed reports of ISIS rocket or mortar attacks on Baghdad airport already, as it overflows with families trying to fly away.
Two days before the fall of Mosul, Iraq cracked ISIS security and obtained detailed information on its leaders and sources of funding-- allegedly from looting antiquities, not from the KSA or Qatar. www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/15/iraq-isis-arrest-jihadists-wealth-power After recent looting in Iraq, its assets in money and weapons estimated at $2.5 billion - for a force of only about 5,000 fighters. Captured ISIS courier also forewarned CIA and Iraqi interrogators of the attack on Mosul.
Syria, Iraq team up, strike ISIS bases english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/06/15/Syria-Iraq-coordinate-against-ISIS.html Syrian air force pounding ISIS positions in response to a huge inflow of their stolen Iraqi heavy weapons, including tanks.
After $4 trillion wasted and a million dead in Iraq, war hawks still hanker for more "Bring 'em on!" www.alternet.org/media/war-iraq-cost-4-trillion-and-enormous-loss-life-here-are-8-warmongers-who-would-take-us-right
Breaking news on ISIS offensive www.middleeasteye.net/news/obama-vetoes-troops-and-shiite-cleric-calls-arms-iraq-battle-rages/1120891183
www.businessinsider.com/isis-mass-execution-2014-6 ISIS committing mass executions, bragging of brutally slaying 1,700 Iraqi Shiite officers. twitter.com/jenanmoussa/status/477917861130690560/photo/1
www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/14/america-s-allies-are-funding-isis.html Plus ISIS robbed Mosul's banks of $430 million, as well as scooping up huge quantities of weapons in northern Iraq.
Iraqi government forces, reinforced by volunteers, regained some territory in counter-attacks www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/15/us-iraq-security-idUSKBN0EP0KJ20140615
news.yahoo.com/defense-baghdad-iraq-turns-shiite-militias-153926648.html Iranian-trained Shiite militias shore up the defense of Baghdad.
english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/06/14/Iraqi-army-claims-control-over-small-town-in-Samarra.html Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/14/iran-iraq-isis-fight-militants-nouri-maliki
english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/06/13/Syria-Islamist-militants-pause-and-reinforce-from-Iraq.html How long before ISIS turn their captured weapons to try and engulf Syria again.
Syrian Air Force destroyed an ISIL convoy near the Iraqi borders, US-made Humvee vehicles, tanks and APCs stolen from the Iraqi Army. www.facebook.com/syria24english/posts/690215464347572
www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/an-audience-with-the-tiger--bashar-alassads-favourite-soldier-9508736.html Poet and fighter who took the battle to Aleppo.
ww.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2014/0612/Sunni-militant-success-in-Iraq-brings-Islamic-caliphate-into-focus-video ISIS is gaining territory, but enemies too through their brutality. How much will they destroy before they in turn are destroyed?
More on the Zionist divide and conquer plan for the Middle East. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33220.htm Herzl's dream of conquest from the Nile to the Euphrates.
"Even as Iraq falls to al Qaeda, Washington is supplying the al Qaeda forces attacking Syria with heavy weapons. It is demonized Iran that has sent troops to defend the Washington-installed regime in Baghdad!" www.opednews.com/articles/2/Washington-s-Iraq-Victory-by-Paul-Craig-Roberts-Iraq-Army-Troops_Iraq-Occupation-Strategy_Iraq_War_Obscenity_Continues_Military-140614-673.html
Tony BLIAR, the incorrigible whore, is touting the line that "No, it's not our fault in Iraq. Would be worse if we hadn't gone in there. And Saddam did have WMD potential."
But Ron Paul predicted the Iraq catastrophe in 2002 www.youtube.com/watch
www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/13/two-occupations-ending-in-hopeless-disasters Iraq and Afghanistan: in both countries, the US-trained armies crumble in battle with rebels. Is there something about the globalist empire that people don't want to fight for?
"The lid that the secular Baathists had kept on the simmering historical conflicts between Shiite and Sunni, Arab and Kurd, religious and irreligious, was blown off by the occupier, who presided over the de facto division of the country."
The large minority of Sunnis were treated like second-class citizens, and the Baathist party was outlawed.
ISIS was smart enough to ally with old Baathist elites and top Sunni officers who gave the order to their troops to stand down.
A sort of family tree of ISIS (leaving out its CIA handlers and KSA funders of course) - Zarqawi, Zawahiri, bin Laden, Baghdadi. Why ISIS is able to get support from Sunnis in Iraq. www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/isiss-gains-in-iraq-fulfill-founders-violent-vision/2014/06/14/921ff6d2-f3b5-11e3-914c-1fbd0614e2d4_story.html
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10899901/Iraq-crisis-the-bare-faced-ISIS-executioner-who-spreads-terror-with-his-open-killing.html Shakir Wahayib is a top sadistic killer for ISIS who doesn't wear a mask.
Maliki blamed for repression of Sunnis, leading to ISIS victories. www.todayszaman.com/news-350340-hashemi-mosuls-capture-a-revolution-of-oppressed-not-of-al-qaeda.html
US Senator Black: "US has funneled weapons from Libya into Turkey, and then Turkey funnels them into Syria"
Syrian army routed terrorists from two villages in Latakia province near Turkish border, including the Kessab border crossing. www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/06/15/syria-army-crushes-rebel-advance-in-assads-home-province/
Background piece on ups and downs of ISIS from January therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/132-more-blog-posts-from-vijay-prashad/1927-road-to-raqqa
www.onenewspage.com/n/World/750hnyjgx/ISIS-By-The-Numbers-How-The-Group-Funds.htm short video, 1:44 min.
www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27858692 ISIS posts photos documenting its massacre of about 1000 soldiers who surrendered at Tikrit.
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2656779/Humanitarian-crisis-looms-carnage-Iraq-sends-half-million-refugees-areas-overflowing-fleeing-Syria.html Reign of terror in Mosul. Refugee camps already full from Syria war. It is estimated that a quarter of the 2 million inhabitants of Mosul have already left, crossing the desert on foot.
Iran will intervene to defend Baghdad, the Shiite majority in the south, the shrine of Ali at Najaf - and will be on the same side as the US, says Juan Cole in a very interesting piece combining breaking news and insightful background. www.juancole.com/2014/06/second-american-switch.html Now the US is perfectly placed in the balance of power position. They can calibrate the Takfiri threat to apply leverage against all parties, using the strength of the Muslims themselves, as they fight each other.
US weighs airstrikes on Iraqi insurgents - from carrier USS Bush.... www.businessinsider.com/50-aircraft-ready-strike-iraq-2014-6
So now there is a huge mass of cannons on deck in the Middle East that the Zionist empire can use to destroy or hobble all the states in the region. Mission accomplished!
As for this business of restoring the Caliphate. Certainly that is the last thing the empire wants; that is why they are supporting a mad caricature of such a project.
Our author Webster Tarpley has written and spoken on this on a number of occasions. In August last year, at the time of the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood and M. Morsi, Tarpley addressed this in his broadcast: "Moslem Brotherhood Bid to Restore Caliphate Under CIA Auspices Blocked by Assad, Sisi, Shiite Powers." tarpley.net/2013/08/03/bid-to-restore-caliphate-under-cia-auspices-blocked-by-assad/ One small excerpt: "to use the 500,000 people of the Egyptian armed forces to attack Syria. That was the plan of Morsi and company."
His major work 9/11 Synthetic Terror has two chapters dealing directly with this theme: Ch. IV, "Al Qaeda: The CIA's Arab Legion," and Ch. XVI, "Islamic Fundamentalism: Fostered by US Foreign Policy." On p. 172 he discusses the role of Osama bin Laden.
"If Arabs and Muslims can be convinced that bin Laden is really their leader, and not a creature of the CIA, then they will never accomplish the modernizing reforms which the progressive nationalists promised. They will spend their time fighting among themselves in the name of re-creating the caliphate. They will be unable to make alliances against the Anglo-Americans with Europe, with the Orthodox, the Hindus, the Buddhists, the Confucians, the atheists, or anybody else; they will self-isolate themselves in endless backwardness. Bin Laden’s mass line is, after, all, that it is the duty of every Muslim to kill infidels wherever they are found. If applied literally, this would even cut off all scientific and commercial exchanges in a kind of murderous self-embargo. All these factors will make the Muslim ummah ever so much easier to divide and defeat. No wonder the CIA is so proud of having made bin Laden a folk hero of the Muslim world, with the help of the 9/11 attacks which the unstable dreamer could never have carried out by himself: literally billions of dollars of publicity for the Saudi misfit have paid off in one of the greatest psychological warfare operations of all time. Any cause that chooses bin Laden or some similar figure as its leader, we may be certain, is damning itself to a lonely and ignominious defeat at the hands of the laughing CIA kuffar (infidels)."
Historically, the Caliphate was not a backward entity within Islam. It was the glory of Baghdad's arts and sciences, and the administrative acumen of the Ottoman Empire. Britain destroyed the real, Ottoman Caliphate through the usual means of trickery and violence. Now the called-for Caliphate is supposed to take the Middle East back to some kind of primitive bedouin Islam.
In Ch. XVI, On p. 454 ff:
"Again and again, terrorist groups with US-UK backing have intervened against progressive nationalists in the Arab world, and in favor of their Islamic fundamentalist competition... During these years [around 1840] the British Arab Bureau and the British Indian Office carefully profiled the Arab psychology and ideology. Their starting point was that the Arabs would inevitably become hostile to British colonialism, and that nothing could be done to prevent this. However, these British orientalists also concluded that it might well be possible to provide synthetic ideologies for the inevitable Arab revolt which would help to make it self-isolating, abortive, and impotent. An obvious way to do this was to make the revolt not specifically anti-British, but anti-western and anti-European in general, lest the Arabs be able to ally with Russia or Germany to eject the UK. The Islamic tradition offered the raw material for the fabrication of a synthetic ideology of Arab rejection of the west to which today’s more fantastic ideologues of the Arab and Islamic worlds are much indebted."
In historical terms, a major line of this attack was the British sponsoring of Sheikh al Wahhab, the ideological extremist, and Ibn al Saud, the feudal warlord.
Two related concepts are counter-gangs and color revolutions. In a limited sense, counter-gangs are provocateurs: "If you want to discredit a clandestine organization [e.g. the Mau-Mau], then set up your own false-flag group under the same name, and have them commit unspeakable atrocities in the name of the target group." Thus we have suicide bombers and all sorts of extremists trained and funded by the empire through indirect channels -- like the Saudi conduit -- to give Muslims generally a bad name. We have Gladio, strategy of tension, Red Brigades, extremist organization defeating the cause they allegedly espouse.
In a more enlarged sense, a rival power's government can be taken over by a counter-gang, in order to create the pretext to target and destroy that country and neutralize it as a rival power. The history of the 20th century was dominated by warfare between the anglo empire and the straw men it cultivated: the Nazis, Bolsheviks and Japanese militarists.
Such movements share characteristics with color revolutions, in that they are fuelled by idealism that is designed to defeat itself. The crazed fanatics of ISIS are pathetic patsies, in the end. But before they fall, they bring down nations with them. Historically, synthetic religion has been one of the cheapest, most easily manipulated and explosive ideological fuels for the purpose.
More on divide and conquer: Israel's Yinon plan to balkanize the Ummah; Soros and the left-libs have their recipe. www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/iraq-isis-militants-syria-explainer And remember the Bernard Lewis plan for the Balkanization of the Middle East. Tarpley notes how Lewis strove to shore up Osama bin Laden's Islamic credentials right after 9/11: "Lewis argued that bin Laden’s brand of Islamic terrorism was completely consistent with classical Islam... Lewis’ gloating provides a candid glimpse of the intent behind western fostering of Islamism."
online.wsj.com/articles/iraqs-shiite-leaders-issue-call-to-arms-1402665085 Ayatollah Sistani calls for Shiites in Iraq's south to take up arms against ISIS, as the army flees. Will Iraq break up into Sunni and Shiite states? Another defeat for secular government and victory for factional division. With the resources of Northern Iraq at their disposal, ISIS may become a violent wave that overwhelms Syria, too.
ISIS takes Tikrit, surrounds Samarra. Little resistance. Takfiri Sunni caliphate being born? www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2014/0612/Sunni-militant-success-in-Iraq-brings-Islamic-caliphate-into-focus
NYT map: Where ISIS Is Gaining Control in Iraq and Syria www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/11/world/middleeast/isis-control-map.html But it's not being won by ISIS military prowess so much as the Iraqi military standing down and turning against the Maliki government, partly reflecting a Sunni-Shia split. www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/world/middleeast/iraq.html
ISIS taking captured Humvees from Iraq to Syria. But Iran is also a target of the turmoil.
Blitzkrieg in Iraq: What Zionists and imperialists have long dreamt of is coming to pass: a total war of the Muslims against each other.
Blitzkrieg: from its sanctuary in Syria, a gift of the US, ISIS quickly captures Mosul, the second biggest city in Iraq. Tell me the US didn't want this to happen. www.moonofalabama.org/2014/06/a-syrian-war-spillover-isis-attacks-mosul.html ISIS is set to finish the job of destroying Iraq, which war criminals Bush father and son made such a promising start on. english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2014/06/11/Will-ISIS-also-seize-Baghdad-.html
Syria's future: Somodia, or, rule by moderate warlords. rt.com/news/165200-syria-arms-warlords-rebels/
After his re-election this week with 88% of votes, Assad declares an amnesty. www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/09/us-syria-crisis-amnesty-idUSKBN0EK15L20140609
Turkey finally labels its proxy Al Nusra a terrorist group. www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/06/idiz-turkey-syria-opposition-nusra-terrorist-unsc-erdogan.html
The Independent starts to worry about Takfiristan, the monster that USUK created. www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/a-nation-for-terrorists-9508391.html 5 minute video by Mintpress tells how US, Turkey, Saudis and Qatar funded the chaos and killing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NND2kacY2TY
As expected, the West tries to delegitimize Assad's re-election. mideastshuffle.com/2014/06/11/delegitimizing-syrias-election/ Meanwhile Assad has kind words for the US (go figure) eaworldview.com/2014/06/syria-interview-assad-praises-rational-us-celebrates-victory/ Assad's campaign slogan: "Together" (sawa)
Kerry, who works for a great big Nero, calls election a great big zero, english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/06/04/Assad-readies-for-Syria-vote-count-victory-.html
Rehab program for misguided militants in Homs. rt.com/news/165452-homs-syria-militant-reconciliation/ City's smashed buildings in need of massive rehabilitation too.
Water War? Turkey Cuts Water Supply to Syria - Euphrates Shut Down http://www.opednews.com/articles/Turkey-Cuts-Water-Supply-t-by-Michael-Collins-Euphrates_NATO_Syrian-Situation_Turkey-140602-17.html
Syrian Rebels Describe U.S.-Backed Training in Qatar. PBS Frontline interviews with the rebels are the latest evidence that after more than three years of warfare, the United States has stepped up the provision of lethal aid to the rebels. www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/foreign-affairs-defense/syria-arming-the-rebels/syrian-rebels-describe-u-s-backed-training-in-qatar/ US has been training terrorists in Syria "how to finish off soldiers still alive” - similar war crime as seen last week in Ukraine as junta forces killed off two truckloads of the wounded. www.progressivepress.com/blog-entry/dirty-war-ukraine Killing the wounded is a war crime, isn't that clear? Or is it just accepted the USA has its hands deep in blood and war crimes already.
Syriangirl Partisan Joins Debate on Syria's Elections on UK's Islam TV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjV4kyIUlVc
Massive pro-government demonstrations in Syria. www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/05/22/363763/syrians-stage-progovernment-rallies/
Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution to refer allegations of war crimes in Syria’s civil war to the International Criminal Court. Referring the Syrian crisis to the international court wouldn’t have helped end the violence and would have laid the ground for military intervention, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said.linkis.com/www.bloomberg.com/ne/ObgjI Russia and China have learned from the Libya atrocity how institutions like the UN and the ICC are abused by the evil empire, which controls them under the guise of the "international community."
No drinking water in Aleppo for 10 days now. So called Islamist rebels. To provide water to the thirsty is a sacred duty in Islam! english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/16-05-2014/127585-aleppo_water-0/ After carrying out chemical warfare attacks and trying to blame them on Assad, now they are carrying out biological warfare.
Terrorists dig 850-meter-long tunnel packed with 60 tons of explosives under Syrian army base, explosion kills 20 soldiers. english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/05/15/syria-tunnel-bomb-story.html
US is no longer interested in terrorist victory in Syria, because of the predominance of Takfiri elements. The empire will only support them enough to harass Assad's government, reports Lebanon Al-Manar newspaper. Infighting between terrorist armed factions continues while government forces continue to advance, and are set to control all the main cities.
May 13. Government forces finally took Homs last week, once Syria's third largest city and always a hot spot of the rebellion. Much of the city is damaged. Assad's forces encircled the terrorists in their Old City stronghold, then offered the 2,000 Al-Qaeda fighters a chance to evacuate from the ruined neighborhood. Refugees are returning to salvage what they can and rebuild. www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-homs-residents-return-20140511-story.html
Analysis of the significance of the Homs truce. www.cnn.com/2014/05/07/world/meast/syria-truce-explain/index.html
Terrorist cut Aleppo water supply again last week.
Information now surfacing that dozens of Syrian soldiers were killed by terrorists already in April 2011, before the war was known to start. rt.com/op-edge/157412-syria-hidden-massacre-2011
Dutch TV news crew film Turkish agent in Turkish border city helping Al Qaeda load weapons on truck to take to Syria. See comments for translation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21-bxj7hi88
OCPW: 92% of Syria's CW destroyed. Too bad for Al-Qaeda. Will be tougher to run false flags now. voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_27/Syria-chemical-deadline-over-8-of-arsenal-remains-OPCW-5879/
journal-neo.org/2014/04/19/how-the-west-gassed-thousands-to-death-in-damascus/ re: Seymour Hersh on Western hand behind Ghouta CW attacks
Apr. 18. A Dirty War on Orange County's Mosques. Tawdry tale of an FBI agent recruited to infiltrate Muslim communities. They were so harrassed by his extremist suggestions they got a restraining order to keep him away, and reported him to the FBI! As the situation soured, he went public with the whole stinking sting operation. www.theguardian.com/world/2012/mar/20/fbi-informant Who are the terrorists................
The US has started a pilot program to send advanced weapons to the Takfiri terrorists, such as anti-tank missiles, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Battles for Aleppo, Homs continue. Terrorists bombard west Aleppo neighborhoods.
Apr. 13. False Flags and Imperial Facades: Tales of 'Progressives' in Power by Chris Floyd
Apr. 7 Seymour Hersh on Democracy Now on the Turkish connection behind last year's sarin attacks. www.democracynow.org/2014/4/7/sy_hersh_reveals_potential_turkish_role
Excellent, in-depth review of Hersh's book, The Red Line and the Rat Line from the London Review of Books. www.lrb.co.uk/2014/04/06/seymour-m-hersh/the-red-line-and-the-rat-line
On Aug. 31, 2013, the Obomber regime was preparing to launch devastating airstrikes on Syria in just 48 hours, on Sept. 2. Then they suddenly threw the ball to Congress. Information had leaked through to Pentagon top brass, casting doubt that the sarin in the Aug. 21 attacks was used by Syria. An analysis from a Russian source delivered through a British intel channel played the key role. It came that close to "Oh, bomb first, ask questions later."
Apr. 6. New video from Syrian Girl Partisan. Second half of leaked Turkey false flag phone call clearly implicates Kerry and the US government! (So this was not leaked by NATO after all, the logic there was a bit too convoluted. More likely Russia or Syrian Electronic Army)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfpo2rX0waY Apparently Turkish special forces are in Syria for a year, waiting for the order to carry out the false flag plan, with the US frequently urging them on to take the step.
FM Davutoglu: Most of the time Kerry would ask me exactly this: "All right, have you made up your mind about hitting (Syria) and so forth?" ...
Sinirlogliu: The Americans handed out No Fly Zone plans. For the first time in that meeting.
The US is pushing Turkey to pull a false flag stunt so they can impose a No Fly Zone and bomb Syria to a bloody carnage like Libya. They've been planning this long before I predicted it in my own YouTube video, over a year and a half ago. The Big Lie & Dirty War on Syria: the Foreign Subversive Army Massacres its Human Shields in Daraya http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6YAOJ35yMk
Turkey's Hatay province, historical Antioch, stolen from Syria, voted out Erdogan's party on its support for "Syrian" rebels that are making havoc there. www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Apr-01/251874-border-province-punishes-erdogan-on-syria-in-polls.ashx
On further consideration, was Turkey's false flag discussion on the phone leaked by NATO intelligence? Today's elections in Turkey are being seen as a referendum on Erdogan's AK government. Will the US try and replace it with another party that will be even more aggressive against Syria, and more pro-Israel? The false flag side of the story was very effectively suppressed by the Western media, so it won't cost the imperialists much. In the Turkish media it was a major scandal, involving social media as well, thus right along the pattern of soft power regime change tactis. Richard Cottrell, our Gladio author, hinted at "the usual suspects" in the case (NSA eavesdropping). US intel is in a position both to push Turks to consider a false flag attack and to eavesdrop on them.
The US is desperate to retrieve its lost position in the war on Syria, as seen by the recent shooting down of a Syrian jet that was strafing terrorists entering from Turkey (the jet crashed on Syrian territory).
Yesterday, the Israeli disinformation outlet "Debka file" issued quite an "exclusive" report on Turkey running Al-Qaeda attacks in Latakia. The sensational-sounding report was not confirmed by any other source and contained little we don't already know about Turkey's support for Takfiri terrorists. Thus it may have been timed for the Turkish elections, with an obligatory swipe at Tehran allegedly threatening to use its oil weapon (get it? so Turkey needs a pipeline from the Gulf through Israel, Jordan and a NWO-Israeli-subjugated Syria). "DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29" www.debka.com/article/23808/Syrian-rebels-allowed-to-attack-Latakia-from-Turkish-soil-under-Turkish-air-cover-Iran-raises-Cain-in-Ankara
Installing a militant NATO puppet government in Ankara would also serve US geopolitical goals in the Black Sea, in context of the Ukraine and Crimea crises.
So keep tuned to see how today's election turns out. First indications are that the AK is holding on, but there are reports on Twitter of irregularities and intimidation, ballots being destroyed, and news reports of violence resulting in 8 deaths. www.hurriyetdailynews.com/at-least-eight-killed-in-local-polls.aspx These were municipal elections but they are a bellwether for the national scene. All in all, pretty rough going.
If USA/NATO are the source of what Ankara is calling a "criminal leak," consequently, Erdogan should withdraw Turkey from NATO and stop being their dirty doormat.
Informative article on Turkish politics. english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2014/03/29/What-s-next-for-Erdogan-amid-Turkey-s-elections-.html
NWO losing the cyberwar? Leaked phone call of high Turkish officials planning false flag pretext for war on Syria hits YouTube. www.ibtimes.co.uk/turkey-youtube-ban-full-transcript-leaked-syria-war-conversation-between-erdogan-officials-1442161 The call goes into great detail. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Turkish foreign minister and his government left with cratefuls of egg on their faces. Turkey responds by blocking Youtube and calling the leak immoral. Remember Turkey and Gladio are both parts of NATO. www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/03/turkish-political-military-leaders-admit-planning-false-flag-terror-justify-war-syria.html
The government couldn't block these Turkish front-page newspaper headlines, though: " I can send 4 men and order 8 missile attacks."
But the minders at the oh-so discreet BBC (not to say orwellian censors) managed to twist the story without mentioning it was all about planning a false flag provocation. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26773702
So the next time you see something like this, you know how to read between the lines:
"It relates to a discussion of possible military operations in Syria... it was potentially the most damaging purported leak so far as it appeared to have originated from the bugging of a highly confidential and sensitive conversation." As in... you wouldn't believe how dirty NATO is!
The NYT's whitewashing was even more blatant. They called it "discussing the security situation in Syria." LOL. The rest of the article consists of distractions and excuses to defuse and downplay the story, to immunize readers against the explosive substance of the "discussion". thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/turkey-follows-twitter-ban-with-block-on-youtube-as-audio-of-high-level-meeting-on-syria-leaks
Davutoğlu calls the leak a "declaration of war." What do you know, heads or tails, they get a declaration of war. Could it just be that this NATO puppet's script says "We want war" ?
How can NATO lose the cyberwar when their surveillance is scooping up practically every phone call on the planet? They've just had two awful embarrassments in Ukraine - the notorious F the EU phone call by Nuland and the Estonian FM reporting the snipers on Maidan were from the junta coalition. The reason would seem to be that the NATO side is the one with the dirty laundry to hide.
Last year a Syrian intercept of NATO communications may have been decisive in the outcome of the war, by crippling the FSA. On Oct. 4, 2013 I posted to this blog:
SyrianPerspective.com claims Syrian Air Force decimated FSA officer corps, and also took out a group of ISIS officers, thanks to an intercept of communications from German spy ship in Mediterranean. http://www.syrianperspective.com/2013/10/october-3-2013-first-post-32-fsa.html
Just before this story broke, Tony Cartalucci was looking at the Turkish government's desperate attempt to keep the war on Syria going in journal-neo.org/2014/03/26/turkey-vs-syria-nato-s-last-gasp/ See also NATO Turkey supports Al Qaeda insurgents pillaging village in northern Syria which is home to an Armenian minority. landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2014/03/natos-proxy-offensive-continues-in.html
Recent successes by the SAA in Qalamoun and Yabroud augur victory for Syria, but the enemy won't give up so easily. The US suddenly broke off diplomatic relations with Syria, indicating the Evil Empire may have another attack up their sleeve. Perhaps NATO puppet Turkey is being forced to march in? www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/03/28/decisive-turnaround-syrian-war-al-assad-victory-qalamoun-valley.html
Report: Syrian opposition willing to trade Golan claims for Israeli military support www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.580169
Syrian military retakes Yabroud, a rebel stronghold and key logistics base for opposition supplies and insurgents entering Syria from Lebanon www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-town-20140317,0,3713796.story
Guardian interactive guide to three years of Syria war www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2014/mar/14/syria-conflict-three-years-on-interactive
West admitting defeat in Syria? finance.yahoo.com/news/latest-victory-assad-won-war-111500116.html
(Since Feb 22 I've been putting in long hours on my Ukraine blog and haven't had time to follow Syria.)
Color revolution tactic of photo fakery we saw in Syria repeated now in Venezuela http://www.globalresearch.ca/these-photos-being-shared-from-venezuela-are-fake/5370091 The charismatic and hugely popular Hugo Chavez couldn't be defeated by these means despite numerous attempts, so they murdered him with their cancer weapon, and his successor Maduro is now their target.
truth-out.org/news/item/22121-venezuelas-deep-political-education-means-venezuelans-will-withstand-right-wing-protests 85% of Venezuelans see through the right wing color revolution tactics and support their Bolivarian revolution which has given them real grass-roots democracy at many levels.
Our Ukraine coverage now going forward on a new blog, www.progressivepress.com/blog-entry/dirty-war-ukraine
The Syria syndrome hits Ukraine in full force as "demonstrations" turn into a shooting war.
The Los Angeles Times headlined, "Snipers Fuel Ukraine's Fire." www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-ukraine-snipers-20140221,0,3577985.story This blog earlier investigated the use of sniper fire to turn "peaceful demonstrations" into a shooting war in Syria, suggesting that the provocateurs were Gladio-type NATO-hired commandos. The Daily Mail www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2564289/Bodies-litter-streets-Kiev-plunges-new-savagery.html posted images of snipers in police uniform who made no effort to hide from cameras, almost as if advertising their presence to incriminate Yanukovich's government and security forces. The Dragunov Sniper Rifles used in this ïnstance have been in circulation since 1963 and are widely used. In this case they used 7.62 mm bullets, which are standard NATO issue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7.62x51mm_NATO
Could Gladio Commandos be at work again in a verbatim repeat and re-recording of the beginning of the Syrian ''uprising''? Moreover, the sniping offensive was surgically targeted, taking place a short time after a lull in the violence had been achieved by a truce between Yanukovich and the Opposition. The result was a huge counterattack by the armed opposition, forcing Yanukovich to agree to a coalition, essentially toppling the government. www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/02/21/ukraine_president_promises_early_elections_coalition_government.html
The sniping attacks appear to be intended precisely to further destabilize the country, the last thing the Ukrainian government wanted. Thus the prime suspects would be NATO commandos, or Resistance members trained by NATO in false flag methods, to turn the public against Yanukovich. The latter seems less likely considering the truce forged just before the sniping, but wherever and whenever US interests are involved abroad, two faces may be found on one body. Observers reported that the snipers were "professionals" who aimed to kill with a single bullet - but they did not target those protesters who were shooting at police. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10652821/Ukraine-crisis-Deadly-snipers-extinguish-lives-of-Kievs-protesters.html
www.globalresearch.ca/is-ukraine-drifting-toward-civil-war-and-great-power-confrontation/5369900 NuYorkJu Nuland boasts that US injected $5 billion to provoke Ukraine crisis. Author Paul Craig Roberts notes that large parts of what is now Ukraine are traditional Russian territory. Meanwhile a leading Kiev rabbi warns Jews of danger from US-supported Nazi thugs. www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.575732
In conversations with a Ukrainian citizen living in the US, I learned some interesting background. Most people in Ukraine believe the protests are instigated from abroad. Western Ukraine historically has a strong nationalist party with fascist leanings, which ran the country as a Nazi collaborationist regime during WW2. It is from this layer that today's radical provocateurs and dissidents are drawn. Many in the Western areas are still bitter against Russia because Stalin starved millions of them during the 1930's. Corruption in the Yanukovich government is a real grievance, too. Of course, NWO divide and conquer tactics always seize on any imaginable differences, in order to provoke internecine warfare and gain control. Ukrainians are not as suspicious of foreign conspiracy as Syrians and thus may be easier to induce into the EU/NATO orbit, or to allow their country to be broken up.
rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/deposed-ukrainian-president-calls-a-coup-a-coup/ Yanukovych calls opposition thugs and gangsters who are beating up and intimidating members of parliament.
www.infowars.com/exposed-ukrainian-protesters-backed-by-kony-2012-style-scam/ Viral video about "freedom" for Ukraine was not home-made, it was produced by an NGO specialized on instigating color revolutions.
Parliament impeaches Yanukovych who unsuccessfully tries to flee Ukraine. www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/22/us-ukraine-idUSBREA1G0OU20140222
Eastern Ukraine moves to restore order. rt.com/news/thousands-gather-eastern-ukraine-252/
Neo-Nazi partisans and thugs rule Kiev and Parliament, appoint Justice Minister. Eastern Ukraine and Crimea could secede. www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/22/ukra-f22.html
New video by Syrian Girl Partisan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMrhCC3bnJI&feature=youtu.be Ukraine and Venezuela Coloured Revolutions
Western color revolution architecture activated in Bosnia-Herzegovina – Stephan Karganovic www.newsxs.com/en/go/15580406/Voice_of_Russia/
The curious tale of Eric Harroun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Harroun
Young US Army vet, says he converted to Islam. Went to Cairo's Tahrir Sq. to protest against Mubarak gov't in 2011. Then on to Turkey and to Syria, where he joined the FSA and fought with an Al Nusra battalion. On his return to the US he was arrested and jailed for being Al Qaeda. Wikipedia says he was "charged with various offenses, before being released under a secret plea deal." Hmm. Why not. His trial helped the US pose as being anti-terrorist to camouflage their leading role in sponsoring terrorism.
"Harroun's father Darryl claims that his son is "100 percent American" and alleged that his son was working with the CIA during his time in Syia... Harroun's federal public defender Geremy Kamens said Harroun's case is "unique in American law" in that, “Never, to my knowledge, has the U.S. government charged a U.S. citizen for fighting with a group aligned with U.S. interests." ... the New York Times also shares the belief that Harroun was "fighting on the U.S. side, but with the wrong people."" Ahah, it has to be politically correct humanitarian terrorism, which is just what the world needs. So America at least has something to export.
Israel providing medical treatment for wounded terrorists and sundry military assistance in Syria war, with funding by oil sheikdoms. breakingnews.sy/en/article/34223.html
Kerry returns to threats against Syria on specious pretext of missed deadline for destruction of CW. US-controlled rebels are preventing removal of Syria's CW, reinstating the casus belli desired by the aggressors. www.activistpost.com/2014/02/the-us-takes-step-back-towards-its.html Meanwhile USA has had over a decade to destroy its CW and has not complied.
news.yahoo.com/protesters-clash-police-near-ukraine-39-parliament-085623297.html Bloodiest day of protests as police clear the Maidan, Kiev's central square. Reuters concedes that Putin has won the war for Ukrainian public opinion.
news.yahoo.com/syria-rockets-hit-golan-shortly-israel-pm-visit-164605390.html Two rockets fired from war-torn Syria struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Tuesday shortly after a secret visit to the area by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli army said.
Washington Orchestrated Protests Are Destabilizing Ukraine, by Paul Craig Roberts. Get Russia is what it's all about, as always. Europe depends on Russian energy, willing to go slow, while Yanks damn the torpedoes. www.opednews.com/populum/pagem.php
www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/394361/iran-sets-red-lines-ahead-of-fresh-nuclear-talks Rouhani will hold the line on 20 percent uranium enrichment.
rt.com/usa/drone-strike-possible-citizen-401/ Obomber aides dream up test-case pretext for drone strike on unidentified US citizen who is supposedly directly attacking American citizens abroad while remaining in an area so remote as to be unreachable by all US military cogs, save drones. Somewhere in Unicornia, trial balloon last seen floating that direction.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iraq-militants-set-off-car-bomb-21-dead-22440659 Al-Qaeda carbombing instructor and students arrive unfashionably early to Valhalla.
Scandal as hackers post embarrassing phone conversations of US and EU diplomats concerning Ukraine. uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/06/us-ukraine-idUKBREA151QL20140206
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said rebels in Syria have between 75,000 and 110,000 fighters from about 1500 different groups. www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/04/top-intelligence-chiefs-warn-syria-could-become-base-for-attacks-against-us/
Bury Kerry admits Syria policy failure. www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/03/senators-kerry-admits-obama-s-syria-policy-is-failing.html
Syrian gov't sources deny FSA claim to have taken Aleppo Central prison (again) www.al-monitor.com/pulse/security/2014/02/syria-aleppo-prison-attack-armed-opposition.html and www.facebook.com/note.php
www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/a-tale-of-two-cities-fallujah-and-aleppo/ Kerry promises US will do all it can to help Iraq defeat Al Qaeda and to help Al Qaeda defeat Syria. Commit Hairy Kerry to the madhouse.
Water wars. Turkey has been building dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers since the 1960's. That combined with recent years of drought has destroyed Syria's aquifer and much of its agriculture. www.voanews.com/content/drought-called-factor-in-syria-uprising/1733068.html See also www.academia.edu/278072/Dams_and_Politics_in_Turkey_Utilizing_Water_Developing_Conflict and www.futuredirections.org.au/publications/food-and-water-crises/678-water-shortage-crisis-escalating-in-the-tigris-euphrates-basin.html "Turkey’s extensive dam and hydropower construction has reportedly reduced water flows into Iraq and Syria by approximately 80 per cent and 40 per cent respectively. Approximately 90 per cent of the water flow in the Euphrates and 50 per cent in the Tigris originate in Turkey."
Curious how the rationale that the "uprising" in Syria was caused by drought is being peddled only now, three years after it started. Before that it wasn't about water, it was about "freedom", remember?
rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/ukraine-crisis-trashy-play-that-has-been-written-outside-ukraine/ "Riots in Ukraine are supported and financed from abroad" says Ron Paul spokesman. EU head and NATO stooge Rompuy pours fuel on flames with defiant remarks that Ukraine belongs to EU.
On this map showing the country split on party lines, Ukraine looks ready to break in half: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ukr_elections_2012_multimandate_okruhs.png
www.presstv.com/detail/2014/02/01/348778/us-to-step-up-war-on-syria-after-geneva/default.html Latest propaganda offensive by controlled media accuses Assad of punishing civilians by demolishing cities.
Where that beheading habit comes from: KSA. They beheaded 78 people last year. english.al-akhbar.com/content/saudi-arabia-carries-out-fourth-beheading-2014
US National Intel Director: Syria is Huge Magnet for Extremists, Some Aim to Attack US. Clapper says "75,000 to 110,000 rebels overall battling the Syrian government, some 26,000 are extremists, and about 7,000 of them foreigners from some 50 countries." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l80m6zeiP_E
Journalist blames outbreak of war in Syria on Drought. No doubt from the Dep't of Drought, the DOD. (AKA the Pentagon.) Anyway it's an interesting read, as well as the whitewash to be expected from an establishment organ. www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/12/understanding-syria-from-pre-civil-war-to-post-assad/281989/
Syrian anchor Elissar Moualla affronts opposition at Geneva talks with hard questions, tells of risks she takes in presenting the Syrian case of a government defending against terrorism. en.alalam.ir/news/1561037
Captured ISIS terrorist tells Al-Arabiya that ISIS follows Saudi orders. www.facebook.com/syria24english/posts/648557615186189 as if we didn't know that already
mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/world/middleeast/rebels-in-syria-claim-control-of-resources.html ISIS controls Syria's oilfields. Echoes of other US-backed wars where oil fields were overrun - Iran-Iraq war, Libya, aiming to break up the country. Report on makeshift oil production from Syria's oil town Deir Ez-Zor syrianfreedomls.tumblr.com/post/74935281406/black-gold-blues-the-hazards-and-horrors-of-syrias
Israel Welcomes Sunni-Shia Conflict english.al-akhbar.com/node/18438
U.S. spy chiefs say number of foreign militants in Syria rises www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/29/us-usa-security-syria-idUSBREA0S1XL20140129
www.nknews.org/2014/01/n-korea-assisting-syria-in-improving-missile-capabilities-report/ Jane's Defence Weekly claims North Koreans helping Syria upgrade Scud missile.
www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/29/ukraine-fascists-oligarchs-eu-nato-expansion "any doubt that the EU's effort to woo Ukraine is closely connected with western military strategy was dispelled today by Nato's secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who declared that the abortive pact with Ukraine would have been 'a major boost to Euro-Atlantic security'."
www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/the-kremlin-miscalculates-again-in-ukraine/493566.html British commentator blames Putin and Yanukovich for Ukraine meltdown. Opposing view from Patrick Hennigsen: 21stcenturywire.com/2014/01/28/ukraine-being-torn-apart-by-western-backed-colour-mobs-on-an-eu-jihad/ West jockeyed Ukraine into an impossible position, then sprang mob warfare on the government.
Steve Gowans tries for a balanced view: "The uprising in Ukraine represents a struggle between the West and Russia to integrate Ukraine economically, and, ultimately, militarily, into their respective orbits." He notes that Ukraine is divided between ethnic Ukrainians in the West, and Russians in the East, especially in the Crimean peninsula, home to the Russian Black Sea fleet. Russian gas bound for Europe transits Ukraine, and Russia does not want Ukraine to join NATO, the anti-Russian military alliance. gowans.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/ukraine-and-how-the-west-treats-comparable-events-in-satellite-and-non-satellite-countries-differently/ He also points out that the protesters would be condemned by the West if they were rioting against a regime supported by the NWO.
Twitter is running at approx. 2000 tweets a day on #Ukraine, 3000 on #Syria.
Lamestream media finally acknowledge worst starvation in Syria due to a terrorist siege of innocent civilians, without any military involvement. www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/the-politics-of-starvation-syrias-civilians-go-hungry-after-months-of-sieges-9094281.html
www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/27/us-usa-syria-rebels-idUSBREA0Q1S320140127 Congress secretly approves U.S. weapons flow to 'moderate' Syrian rebels. The weapons deliveries have been funded by the U.S. Congress, in votes behind closed doors, through the end of government fiscal year 2014, which ends on September 30.
www.foxnews.com/world/2014/01/27/evidence-points-to-secret-israeli-strike-on-syrian-missile-launchers/ Israeli Air Force reportedly carried out a secret mission in Syria Sunday night, targeting Russian-made S-300 missile launchers. Russian Sources Deny Claim english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx Israeli media sourced story from "opposition" - little credibility.
syrianobserver.com/News/News/President+of+Coalition+Slaps+FSA+Spokesman+Publicly Scum of the earth Jarba punches FSA representative in meeting.
Pundits blowing smoke about sectarian Sunni-Shia divide. Assad's Non-sectarian government: President Bashar al Assad, Alawite. Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, Interior Minister - all Sunnis. (Sunnis, not Salafis)
The opposition of the Nothings is opposed against Everything. syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/coalition-delegation-of-so-called-opposition-rejects-basic-elements-for-a-political-communique-containing-principles-respecting-syrias-sovereignty/ The Sockpuppet Nobodies Council (SNC) rejects principles of Syrian territorial integrity, independence, democracy, combating terrorism and extremism, preserving infrastructure, and protecting private property. "“We didn’t even look at it,” SNC spokesman said.
Ceasefire in Barzeh district of Damascus after live-and-let-live agreement between SAA, FSA commanders. www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syrians-return-to-their-badly-damaged-homes-as-ceasefire-makes-streets-safe-again-9086459.html
Relaxing of siege in Homs reportedly agreed in Geneva but Homs governor says it's result of local work for months. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=607580675981639
It's also reported the agreement failed. www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrian-government-backs-away-from-un-plan-on-humanitarian-relief-for-homs/2014/01/27/00b7d8f6-8761-11e3-916e-e01534b1e132_story.html
creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/89-of-americans-polled-oppose-obama-helping-syrian-rebels/ Aug. 2013. 89% of Americans polled said Obama should not help the rebels. "The emotionally wrenching pictures from an alleged chemical attack in a Damascus suburb this week, may actually be hardening many Americans’ resolve not to get involved in another conflict in the Middle East."
CNN has cried "Wolf" Blitzer once too often. It's the same fallacy over and over. Because a crime is committed and reported by the opposition, Assad must be guilty (as @SarcasticSyrian would say before being silenced by Twitter again).
But each time it's a false flag. The massacres of Houla, Tremseh and Daraya were all committed by the same side that filmed them and uploaded them to the world media, as I took such pains to prove in the only video I ever made, "The Foreign Subversive Army Massacres its Human Shields in Daraya".
As I noted on Jan. 21, the latest Big Lie involves a "defector" who is married to an opposition figure. She left Syria 5 days into the revolution to start networking with Western human rights groups. The perfect profile of a typical FSA propaganda artist. And the feared Mukhabarat, the Ba'athist secret police, had no clue who their "Official Corpse Photographer" was?
Does this little "Caesar" have any papers to prove he worked in Assad's prisons? Why would the Ba'athist secret police give a job photographing starved and tortured corpses to a known dissident and foreign agent??
How many people have disappeared in the thousands of square miles of Syria under the thumb of the brutal terrorist gangs, how many have died gruesome deaths at the hands of these sadistic madmen, for whom beheadings and cannibalism are just "all's fair in love and war"? Haven't we noticed by now what a sophisticated degree of know-how the terrorist death squads and their PR people have in false flag propaganda? The bandits themselves love cameras, they are always the first to post videos of their own crimes.
“I know there are a lot of victims, and that’s very sad, but that does not mean that the existence of victims or victims in a particular place is the proof that those are the victims of the regime and not the bandits who were doing something or any other force,” Mr. Medvedev said. www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/world/middleeast/photo-archive-linked-to-torture-seems-unlikely-to-alter-us-policy-on-syria.html
Strange, the Western newspapers are sprinkling their stories with clues that it's fake, as if they were testing how dumb we are. Could be useful to know how hard you have to try to be a plausible liar.
voiceofrussia.com/2014_01_23/Report-on-Assads-tortures-in-Syria-full-of-inconstistencies-expert-5602/ Photos that were shown appear to be doctored to hide identities of the dead - if they were opposition dissidents who died in prison, it would be the opposite, they'd try to identify them. It's like the Ghouta photos, none of the victims have names. I believe this is because they are victims of the terrorists themselves who are, in Moallem's words, the "blood soaked finger pointing at the Syrian Army."
www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2014/01/22/exclusive-islamic-invitation-turkey-refuted-the-news-torture-photos-by-assad If the photos were taken in a prison or hospital morgue, why do the interiors of such buildings not show in the photos? The pictures accompanying the article show corpses stretched out on the bare ground, could be anywhere, in terrorist-held villages. Why are there no photos showing employees of the prison or morgue? Because they look like takfiri terrorists?
Reminder that Qatar sent $22 billion to pay Hollywood to fashion props to "simulate Assad's collapse." counterpsyops.com/2012/07/25/qatar-spends-22bln-to-simulate-assads-collapse/ (Via Igor Rasputin / @Mario__Savio)
The simple reason Iran was UNinvited was so the Syrians would be all alone, for Skull&Bones bully Kerry and his gang of thugs to beat up on them. prayersforsyria.com/geneva-ii-the-u-s-agenda-is-laid-bare/ Not a word of thanks for dismantling the CW, minions of the evil empire are indeed monsters, utterly without faith or honor. As for the Saudi sods, the only thing to do is topple those topheavy turtles.
voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_01_24/Syrian-opposition-head-Jarba-leavs-Geneba-2-talks-Sec-Gen-Badr-Jamus-replaces-him-media-2508/ Jarba walks out, Syrian Nobodies Council (SNC) wants to meet with nobody from Syrian Gov't side. Syrian delegation however says they'll leave if there nobody to talk to and nothing to do.
Jarba is not just any nobody, he has the criminal record to qualify as the perfect slimeball, pliable patsy and kleptocrat. "His father also disowned him for setting up brothels, one in Damascus apparently. They put a weapons runner, pimp, brothel owner, drug smuggler and common street criminal into a suit and tie and in front of our eyes - magically transformed this degenerate into a diplomat and statesman." www.liveleak.com/view , main article english.al-akhbar.com/node/16463 Put such a reprobate in power in Syria and there may be no stone left upon another there. The Zionist bankster agenda could not be clearer. It might also indicate Saudi incompetence. Al-Akhbar reports he is the point man for Saudis trying to take over the SNC.
Putting criminal elements in power is an old trick of the imperialists. They installed the Mafia in Italy after WWII, and kleptocrats all throughout Eastern Europe after the fall of communism. They want corrupt, impoverished colonies, ruled by greedy, incompetent puppets, who gladly acquiesce in funneling the wealth of the country to the international banks for a pathetic reward.
www.globalresearch.ca/the-secret-war-in-libya/5365906 Alliance between black Libyan ethnic groups and pro-Gaddafi forces intent upon liberating their country of a neocolonial NATO-installed government.
Syrian gov't opens Aleppo airport, flies in nervous planeload of journalists. edition.cnn.com/2014/01/23/world/meast/syria-aleppo-pleitgen/
Saudi King Angry at Bandar’s Incompetency in Controlling Situation in Syria english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx
www.mediaite.com/tv/assad-advisor-goes-on-fiery-rant-you-think-the-u-s-is-any-more-democratic-than-syria/ Syrian woman advisor gives CNN viewers an earful, asking where Kerry gets the right to tell the Syrian people who can and cannot be their leader. “Do you think there’s real democracy in the United States when they deal with countries like this?” www.youtube.com/watch
Syrian delegation hitting hard in opening statements in Geneva. www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/22/347078/some-states-guilty-of-syrians-death/ Bury Kerry!
tarpley.net/the-landmark-address-of-walid-moallem-to-geneva-2-conference/ Ouch, the truth hurts - who let these guys in here? Oops, we forgot to UNinvite Syria too!
Moallem: It is regrettable that seated amongst us are representatives of countries that have the blood of Syrians on their hands... Countries that shamelessly lecture us in democracy, in development and in progress whilst drowning in their own ignorance and medieval norms....their masks fell from their quivering faces, to reveal their perverse ambitions. A desire to destabilize and destroy Syria by exporting their national product: terrorism... how can so-called revolutionaries cannibalize a man’s heart and claim to promote freedom, democracy and a better life? ...
This is what happened in Adra, a place that most of you have not heard of but where the same alien monsters attacked: killing, looting, beheading, slaughtering, raping and burning people alive. You have heard nothing of this brutality for sure, yet you have heard of other places where the same heinous crimes were committed and where the same blood soaked finger was pointed at the Syrian Army and government...
This is what their masters ordered them to do, these countries that spearheaded the war against Syria, trying to increase their influence in the region with bribes and money, exporting human monsters fully soaked in abhorrent Wahabi ideology... this misery and destruction, which has engulfed Syria, has been made possible by the decision of Erdogan’s government to invite and host these criminal terrorists before they entered into Syria...
When all of this failed, America threatened to strike Syria, fabricating with her allies, Western and Arab, the story about the use of chemical weapons, which failed to convince even their own public, let alone ours... Democracy is imposed with fire, freedom with warplanes and human rights by human killing, because they have become accustomed to the world doing their bidding...
Syrians amongst us here, having been legitimized by foreign agendas, have played a contributing role as facilitators and implementers...Our people were being slaughtered while they were living in five star hotels; they opposed from abroad, met abroad betraying Syria and selling themselves to the highest foreign bidder...Where is your vision for this great country? ... I am certain that you have nothing and this is only too apparent in the areas that your mercenaries have occupied... Have you demonstrated your commitment to justice and human rights? No, you have enforced public executions and beheadings...
The West publicly claims to be fighting terrorism, whilst in fact it is covertly nourishing it... the Syrian people, like other people of the region, aspire to more freedom, justice and human rights... We have come to protect tolerant Islam that has been distorted, and to protect the Christians of the Levant... We have come to stop terrorism...
Nobody has the authority to grant or withdraw legitimacy from a president, a government, a constitution, a law or anything else in Syria except Syrians themselves... Today, in this gathering of Arab and Western powers, we are presented with a simple choice: we can choose to fight terrorism and extremism together and to start a new political process, or you can continue to support terrorism in Syria. Let us reject and isolate the black hands and the false faces, which publicly smile but covertly feed terrorist ideology, striking Syria today, but ultimately spreading to infect us all. This is the moment of truth and destiny; let us rise to the challenge."
Speaking truth to power. A real gem of a speech, every bit worth reading in its entirety.
Videos of first day's speeches: syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/video-speeches-at-the-geneva-2-conference-on-syria-by-walid-al-muallem-bashar-al-jaafari-sergey-lavrov-john-kerry-ban-ki-moon-ahmad-jarba-eng-fra-arab-esp/
Webster Tarpley Analyzes First Day of Geneva 2 Talks on Syrian Crisis www.youtube.com/watch
5 Reasons to Reject Syria Torture Report as Untrue english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx The report fits the pattern of previous video and photo fakery by the opposition. Terrorists control large swathes of Syria and are perfectly capable of imprisoning and starving people, then using their photos as war propaganda. In fact, this is precisely what they have been doing since NATO death squads instigated the "revolution." It's exactly how they started this war, with fake reportage, and how they keep stoking it. Foreign Minister Moallem: "Heinous crimes were committed, and the blood soaked finger was pointed at the Syrian Army."
rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/clairvoyance-former-top-nato-military-commander-foresees-new-thirty-years-war-in-middle-east/ Divide and conquer: the new 30 Years' War in the making over sectarianism.
www.todayszaman.com/news-337246-kurds-declare-autonomy-in-northern-syria-ahead-of-geneva-ii.html Balkanization proceeding in line with Bernard Lewis plan.
Yarmouk agreement fails as terrorist factions refuse to leave; Palestine sends officials to negotiate. Terrorists took the camp in December 2012, government besieging it since July 2013.www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/17/us-syria-russia-arms-idUSBREA0G0MN20140117 Russia steps up military lifeline to Syria's Assad
www.maxkeiser.com/2014/01/huge-news-iran-russia-negotiating-big-oil-for-goods-deal/ Moscow to buy up to 500,000 barrels a day of Iranian oil in exchange for Russian equipment and goods.
Nationalist insurrection in Libya. Gaddafi's green flag is again floating over cities in Southern Libya as nationalists fight back against NATO puppet regime, which is carrying out airstrikes against the insurgents. http://www.voltairenet.org/article181846.html
Nobody wants to go to Geneva, cont'd.
The story now is that nobody is going unless Iran agrees on the result of the conference beforehand, the same result as Geneva I. That would safely ensure that nobody will have any say about anything, so nobody will mind coming. But Iran says "we weren't invited to Geneva I, we weren't consulted about that." So now the great Nobodies are following the lead of the itsy-bitsy nobodies of yesterday and fuming that there won't be any conference at all with Iran or without Iran. So nobody needs to come after all.
As consolation prizes for missing out on Geneva's posh comforts, conference absentees get T-shirts sporting the Geneva II motto: "I ran from Iran." And then Yankee Moon got the motto and saved the day by UNinviting Iran.
What it all means: Only puppets allowed, Assad must go.
Assad interview with AFP on Geneva http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/20/syria-summit-brink-iran-refusal "Do any of these people represent the Syrian people, or even a portion of the Syrian people? Do they even represent themselves, or are they just representatives of the states that created them?"
http://mideastshuffle.com/2011/08/31/in-lebanon-the-plot-thickens/ Sharmine Narwani on the dubious evidence against Hezbollah in the Hariri murder
Death Squads in Iraq and Syria. The Historical Roots of US-NATO's Covert War on Syria http://www.globalresearch.ca/terrorism-with-a-human-face-the-history-of-americas-death-squads/5317564
www.cnn.com/2014/01/20/world/syria-torture-photos-amanpour/index.html Defector allegedly photographed thousands of dead bodies of victims of torture in Syrian prisons. Release of report by CNN perfectly timed for Geneva talks.
The CS Monitor is cautious pointing to the obvious agenda of the report, which was produced in just one week and may be highly exaggerated.
"This is a single source report, from an unidentified man, who is related by marriage ... to a similarly unidentified member of the "Syrian National Movement" who "left Syria five days after the civil war against the current Syrian regime had begun and established contact with international human rights groups." How interesting. Such plausible credentials for your typical opposition photo faking operation.
Paul Joseph Watson at infowars was quick to call it a PR stunt and asked why the "defector" was "happy to take photos of dead bodies for years before releasing them to be made public just 24 hours before the start of Geneva II." The judge and jury include such suspects as the BBC, C. Amanpour, and "the prosecutors of ex-Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic." The report was admittedly financed by the terrorist financier and imperial puppet state Qatar. www.infowars.com/cynical-new-pr-stunt-greases-skids-for-humanitarian-invasion-of-syria/
Tony Cartalucci reminds us that video-faked massacres have previously been strategically timed just before high-level international meetings on Syria. landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2014/01/us-feigns-horror-over-cooked-up-report.html
Time will tell if this is just another outrageous instance of fake photos. If we ever get a chance to see them, that is.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/world/middleeast/un-invites-iran-to-peace-conference-on-syria-surprising-us-officials.html UN invites Iran to Geneva, Kerry goes ballistic. Since Geneva is going to be all talk and no action anyway, and the US is making such a big deal about this, doesn't that show how little the US counts for? Are they competing with their own Syrian Nobodies Committee for the Nobody Prize? Or is it just the habit of bossing puppets around that makes them think it's normal to have the result of negotiations settled before they start? Are they afraid of real people? Of course, the Nobody's nobody SNC is offended that Somebody like Iran is invited and so they will be going Nowhere after all. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/20/346602/snc-wont-attend-geneva-ii-with-iran/ Anyway Geneva is a drag this time of year.
The Islamic Front is not going either, but for a much better reason: they say Syria’s future will be “formulated here on the ground of heroism, and signed with blood on the front lines, not in hollow conferences attended by those who don’t even represent themselves.” http://rt.com/news/syrian-rebels-reject-talks-861/ Funny to hear teetotalers sounding like they're drunk, though, isn't it?
Imperialists insist the conference is about removing Assad, while Assad says the goal should be to fight terrorism. No wonder he's got to go!
ISIS leader calls for reconciliation with rival terrorists. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25802121 The story includes a map of government vs. terrorist-held areas. Internecine warfare has taken the lives of 1,000 terrorists in recent fighting.
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2014/01/20/Extending-hands-of-allegiance-to-ISIS.html ISIS delusion of being a state aggravates their extremism and ignorance.
Phil Greaves on Twitter:
Brown Moses is busy creating narratives to frame Hezbollah for the Ghouta attacks: his entire line of inquiry is built on false-premise.
Why don’t Moses & his pro-Imperialist chums answer these fundamental questions:
Where are the victims bodies/burial site?
Why does the "YouTube evidence" show NO symptoms of Sarin?
Why would the SAA deploy CW days after a UN team arrived?
Who would have benefited via western "intervention"?
Why would an army already winning its chosen battles use CW?
Moderate FSA terrorists reduce carbon footprint by throwing rivals off roofs to execute them. https://www.facebook.com/syria24english/posts/622945537741232
What's the real story on starvation in Yarmouk camp? Opposition sources say different factions have the upper hand in different areas inside Yarmouk.
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Yarmouk-Camp-In-the-Throe-by-Ahmad-Barqawi-Children_Children_Crime_Crime-140118-231.html The Palestinian refugee camp at Yarmouk in Damascus has been in the crossfire since takfiri terrorist troops invaded it in 2012, according to this narrative which also gives the Syrian Army a share of the blame for refugees' plight. "According to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunnes, the latest PLO/UNRWA joint relief convoy could not make its way through to the camp after a bulldozer, provided by Syrian authorities to clear the road for the convoy, was targeted with direct gunfire followed by a mortar shell landing close to the UNRWA trucks, forcing them to retreat."
Palestinian Labor Minister Ahmad Majdalani said that the act of preventing relief from reaching Yarmouk Camp in Damascus by armed groups constitutes a war crime and use of Palestinians as hostages and human shields. http://sana.sy/eng/21/2014/01/14/522256.htm
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/5160/19/Kneel-or-starve-.aspx Egypt's newspaper of record printed a report blaming the Syrian government for the situation in Yarmouk, claiming it is blockaded as collective punishment against Palestinians who sympathized with the opposition or even with ordinary refugees. The camp's population has now dwindled to 30,000 from 500,000 at one time. The "camp" is actually an urban neighborhood of narrow streets and tall apartment buildings.
According to this report, http://rosealhomsi.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/the-siege-of-yarmouk-a-siege-within-a-siege-a-difficult-one-syria/ , a pro-Assad faction of Palestinians on the inside is denying food to opposition sympathizers in the camp, so there is a kind of civil war within the camp itself.
If Western media reports are to be believed, it is the Syrian government that is blockading the camp. Reading the conflicting reports, it sounds like the terrorist forces are also denying food supplies to Yarmouk now, because they say the pro-Assad faction within has got the upper hand and is denying food to opposition sympathizers. If that were true, the logical thing might seem for the pro-government faction to let the others leave, but then the terrorist blockade could become even worse. Being in Damascus, the camp occupies a militarily strategic location.
http://www.syrianews.cc/yarmouk-camp-palestine-damascus-suffering/ This pro-Assad site blames Hamas which being an Islamist movement has sided with the takfiris. It reports that in August, terrorists fleeing the army's advance on Ghouta and East Damascus entered Yarmouk neighborhood, while most of the original residents fled. The terrorists prevented the rest of them from leaving, keeping them as human shields. Meanwhile the government sealed the exits of the neighborhood. "Since then all attempts to lift the siege of the Camp from inside failed and all attempts to enter food and medicine to the besieged were shot at by the heavily armed terrorists inside... On Saturday, January 18, 2013, the first batch of humanitarian aid was delivered to the besieged Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees with the help of the UNRWA."
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/01/14/syria-militants-attack-aid-convoy-to-yarmouk.html Large numbers of armed groups are reportedly fortified in the camp, some affiliated to al-Qaeda and others to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The opposition narrative is that pro-Assed forces control the camp both from the inside and the outside. This makes no sense. As usual, on inspection, their stories collapse from internal contradictions. Could the starvation be a result of disagreements between different rebel factions?
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=666174 Relief convoy reaches besieged Yarmouk following landmark agreement. Palestinian Authority Minister of Labor Ahmed Majdalani said that non-Palestinian armed factions are leaving the camp. Their departure will be followed by more aid convoys, while the evacuation of the sick, injured, and the elderly would begin today in collaboration with the Syrian Ministry of Social Affairs, which will provide shelters for the evacuees. Maan News is a major Palestinian media outlet.
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/01/islamic-front-isis-rebel-clashes-syria.html Excellent overview of the fratricidal power struggle between terrorist groups, by Edward Dark.
http://news.yahoo.com/syrian-opposition-meets-decide-peace-talks-023353762.html Regarding Geneva II, the absurdity of the imperialist position is so pathetic and degenerate it boggles the mind. Their puppets have shown themselves to be barbarians, cannibals and criminal escapees from Saudi death row cages. These animals are now destroying each other in a power struggle, and refusing to come to talks. And Kerry keeps up with the same ridiculous mantra about a palaver that will remove Assad for a transition government. Truly, we are ruled by apes and parrots of the lowest sort. Their proposal is to install a vacuum, because vacuum is all they own between their ears.
This is how Ikhras on Twitter put it:
SNC to attend "peace talks" which means they check out of 5-star hotels in Doha, London & Paris & check-in to 5-star hotel in Geneva.
It's not the SNC that decided to attend Geneva 2, it was their paymasters that instructed them to do so.
SNC totally irrelevant in Syria & their presence, or lack thereof, in Geneva is also totally irrelevant.
Its not that the SNC has little influence or impact in Syria. It has absolutely no influence or impact in Syria. None whatsoever.
Kerry is on hands and knees begging the Syrian Nobody Committee to come to Geneva, yet major power Iran is not welcome. Let alone the Kurds, of course.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/18/346269/syria-opposition-leader-posts-fake-photo/ Photo fakery again. Opposition clowns up to their same old tricks.
http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2014/01/18/turkish-pm-erdogan-the-speedy-transformation-of-an-imperial-puppet/ Doggone Erdogan. Thrown to the dogs for trying to be a puppet with a mind of his own? Or for being too faithful a puppet to the failed Syria war scheme? Could Turkey now present Iran's point of view in Geneva?? http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/01/turkey-iran-reset-syria.html
https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/nowsyrialatestnews/529882-syria-activists-freed-from-isis-dungeons-breathe-new-life Harrowing tale of a survivor of an ISIS jail.
Peace breaks out between army, rebels in Damascus neighborhood of Madamieyeh. http://www.islamistgate.com/277
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/middle-east/268912/emergency-declared-in-libya-as-clashes-erupt Uprising against the NATO terrorist regime gains strength in south of Libya. Background story: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Security-Watch/2014/0109/Libya-yanks-salaries-for-militiamen-in-bid-to-gain-control
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Weapons_Inspectors%3A_Syrian_Chemical_Weapons_Fired_from_REBEL-HELD_Territory/32085/0/38/38/Y/M.html The range of the rockets in East Ghouta was too short to come from government positions, they could only have been launched by terrorists themselves, UN weapons inspectors are now forced to admit. MIT published a report with the calculations. http://rt.com/news/study-challenges-syria-chemical-attack-681/ see also http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/01/15/5488779/new-analysis-of-rocket-used-in.html?rh=1
http://www.raialyoum.com/?p=42159 7 reasons why Turkey may be about to make a U-turn on Syria.
Informative analysis of political formations in and around Lebanon, from Sharmine Narwani. http://middle-east.we-magazine.net/ionadmin/site/showArticle/1899080b-791c-4053-8e52-34e3fd856817
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/16/346027/pakistan-rejects-pressure-on-ip-project/ Pakistan rejects US pressure to drop Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline.
http://geneva.usmission.gov/2014/01/15/secretary-john-kerry-meets-the-press-at-the-syria-donors-conference/ Kerry claims US has given 1.7 bn in humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37384.htm They Don’t Mean Well: Our Government’s Hideous Conduct Abroad. A writer states the obvious: the destruction of Iraq and the killing of millions there was intentional and not accidental.
http://tarpley.net/crocker-hayden-signal-faction-of-us-and-nato-spook-world-is-willing-to-dump-syria-death-squads-join-with-assad-against-al-qaeda/ Video debate, 22 min. Tarpley smashes opposition figurine. Video, 22 min,
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/15/345650/syrian-militants-taking-stimulants/ Tweakers for Terror LOL. It's the return of the Hashish-Assassins.
European intel agencies meet with Assad government to exchange info on terrorists from Western Europe, the Wall Street Journal reported
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/15/345660/egyptians-to-fight-syrian-militants/ Egypt’s Arab Democratic Nasserist Party and other nationalist movements have announced their readiness to join the Syrian army in the fight against foreign-backed militants there, having seen through the so-called revolutions in both countries as an imperialist plot.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/13/345467/militants-attack-aid-convoy-to-yarmouk/ Foreign-backed militants in Syria attacked a UN convoy bringing relief to the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus. http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Jan-14/244035-palestinian-minister-says-syria-rebels-blocking-yarmuk-aid.ashx At the same time the Assad government is also criticized for blocking aid to rebel-held areas. http://syrianfreedomls.tumblr.com/post/73346905614/syrias-humanitarian-disaster-how-aid-has-become-a
Syria is unique in the Arab world in the role given to women as teachers of religion, as hailed by President Assad in a meeting with Syrian women religious leaders. https://www.facebook.com/syria24english/posts/620799764622476
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ4p84Xd3EA&noredirect=1 Who are ISIS? Truthloader on Youtube. Isis formed from merger of Al Qaida in Iraq and Jabhat al Nusra in Syria. Said to be strongest force in Northern Syria. But last week hostile rebel groups captured ISIS HQ in Aleppo. SAA is making gains as ISIS and its enemies lock in battle. Today it's reported ISIS has retaken Raqqa from rival Al-Qaida group Al Nusra. http://syrianfreedomls.tumblr.com/post/73326776823/jihadists-retake-syrias-raqqa-from-rival-rebels-ngo
http://syrianfreedomls.tumblr.com/post/73310975279/what-syrian-rebel-infighting-means-for-assad By unifying rebel groups, the fight against ISIS could make them a more formidable opponent for the Syrian Army.
http://nsnbc.me/2014/01/14/syria-asserts-position-strength-geneva-ii "Friends of Syria," better known as Fiends Against Syria, 11 nations trying to destroy Syria by terrorism, are still trying to create an Assad-free, Iran-free Syria in vitro, but the lifeless embryo won't hatch. The phantom "Syrian National Council" is still boycotting Geneva. http://www.aawsat.net/2014/01/article55327139 The pathetic posturing puppets will only go if what they want is agreed on beforehand! http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syrian-opposition-divided-over-joining-geneva-meet.aspx?pageID=238&nID=61049&NewsCatID=352 "SNC has no say outside of press conferences, like a child's game in a dollhouse" - Tweeted by @Navsteva
Tawhid Terrorist Brigade destroys 1000-year old tilework in Aleppo Grand Mosque courtyard to leave their graffiti. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=576090202475383&set=a.350760551675017.85735.350722748345464&type=1
http://www.salon.com/2014/01/08/the_rise_of_the_militarys_secret_military_partner/ New study on US Death Squad Department
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/113984 Turkish president admits failure of Syria policy.
Witty commentator skewers mainstream media fantasies about Syria. https://twitter.com/SarcasticSyria
Euphoria in Egypt with massive turn out in referendum for new constitution and to replace toppled Moslem Brotherhood, as Western media snipe. A somewhat more balanced view here: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/egyptians-chart-future-with-election/article_db609888-f3bc-54bb-a285-e83bc54ef0dc.html New constitution guarantees rights of women and Christians, with separation of mosque and state. Meanwhile Congress may unblock aid to Egypt.
http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2013/12/syria-uns-aid-appeal-is-bid-to-relieve.html?m=1 MSM using starvation claims against Syrian government. It didn't bother them to bombard the people of the city of Sirte, besieged by terrorists in NATO's war on Libya. The Syrian government does allow trapped citizens to leave cities held by terrorists, who are keeping them as human shields.
Fighting continues between ISIL/ISIS and other rebel groups. ISIS reported to take losses in Raqqa, but Edwark Dark in Aleppo reports, "ISIS is making gains & wreaking havoc across north Syria. Seems the opposition rebels can no longer contain the Frankenstein they created."
Meanwhile opposition figures and their western puppet-masters are making it a condition of Geneva 2 that Assad shall have no role in a transition government.
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/al-qaida-fallujah-iraq/2014/01/03/id/545134 ISIL takes Fallujah.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/world/middleeast/rebel-infighting-expands-to-eastern-Syrian-city.html?_r=1 An array of rebel groups gang up on ISIL (ISIS) in a major battle for Raqqa as well as other cities, reportedly routing this most far-out extremist terrorist group. This could lead to a rehabilitation of less extreme Al Qaida factions like Al Nusra or the Islamic Front as a lesser evil. http://notthemsmdotcom.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/the-reactionary-essence-of-the-syrian-insurgency/ ISIS was bad PR for USA, but is not all that different from other Islamist groups, who might now absorb ISIS membership and carry on the same game.
http://syrianfreedomls.tumblr.com/post/72551964579/islamist-militants-secret-role-in-syrian-rebels Al Nusra in secret cooperation with FSA.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/new-york-times-report-cia-backed-militias-linked-to-benghazi-libya-attack/5362963 Libyan terrorists who attacked US Embassy in Benghazi were trained by CIA to infiltrate Syria.
http://m.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Jan-08/243379-stl-primer-how-the-court-came-to-be.ashx Background to the 2005 Hariri car-bombing trial starting Jan 16th
Jan 1, 2014
http://rt.com/news/syrian-electronic-army-skype-072/ Syrian Electronic Army hacks Skype, Twitter, with message "Don't use Microsoft emails (hotmail, outlook) they are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the government" in protest against US global spying.
Putin Orders Saudi Arabia “Destroyed” after Volgograd Terror Strikes http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921011000510
A Saudi terrorist who launched recent deadly attack on Iranian embassy in Lebanon took orders from Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan http://en.alalam.ir/news/1550682
Saudi Arabia's Bandar Bin Sultan Forming Terrorist Groups in Lebanon cooperation with Lebanese politicians, including Saad al-Hariri http://www.irdc.ir/en/content/31916/print.aspx
Beirut blast targets Hezbollah neighborhood, kills 5 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25577642
WSJ: Syria war could last another decade or more. http://www.middleeasttransparent.com/spip.php?page=article&id_article=24025&lang=en
"In private meetings with U.S. officials Mr. Kerry singled out Prince Bandar as 'the problem' in Syria" http://inagist.com/all/418817719203422208/ and https://www.facebook.com/syria24english/posts/615530765149376
Out of 22,000 schools in Syria, 5,000 are being used by terrorists as military fortifications. https://twitter.com/ProSyriana/status/418477399605391360/photo/1
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2013/1230/Saudi-Arabia-promises-record-3-billion-in-military-aid-to-Lebanon Saudi Arabia is flexing its muscles in Lebanon, where the army is overshadowed by the powerful militant group Hezbollah, a key ally of Saudi rival Iran. Hollande hopes to get a big piece of the pie for French arms exports.
Saudis send convicted murderers and rapists to fight in Syria http://www.aina.org/news/20130120160624.htm
http://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-un-mission-report-confirms-that-opposition-rebels-used-chemical-weapons-against-civilians-and-government-forces/5363139 UN's Sellstrom admits that terrorists used CW against soldiers on 19 March and on 24 and 25 August 2013, but still not coming clean about Ghouta attacks of August 21.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/01/343056/lebanon-nabs-iran-embassy-attack-suspect/ Lebanese security forces have reportedly arrested Majed al-Majed, the Saudi commander of the al-Qaeda affiliated group Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which claimed responsibility for an attack on Iran’s Embassy in Beirut in November.
Egypt has accused detained journalists from the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera television network of belonging to a "terrorist" group, saying they had ties with the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, the prosecution said Tuesday. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=614922195210233
https://www.facebook.com/syria24english/posts/614523108583475 Saudi Arms Shipments Waiting behind #Iraq's Borders with #Syria
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/syria-evacuates-5000-town-damascus-21362354 Redacted? Story at this link now headlined "Lebanese Army Fires on Syrian Planes." Not a word about Adra in it. ABC had to redact it for zionist controllers but forgot to change the URL tag? The original story is still here. http://www.abcfoxmontana.com/story/24322175/syria-evacuates-5000-from-town-near-damascus Here's what the mind-controllers didn't want people reading, not even with the sectarian twist they put on it:
BEIRUT (AP) - The Syrian government evacuated some 5,000 people Sunday from an embattled industrial town near Damascus where al-Qaida-linked rebels have been battling government troops for more than two weeks, the state news agency said.
Opposition fighters from Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front, swept into Adra northeast of the capital in mid-December, reportedly killing civilians, many of whom are members of the Alawite and Druse sects. Both minority communities largely support President Bashar Assad, who himself is an Alawite, against the primarily Sunni-led rebellion.
Shortly after the rebels pushed into Adra, Syrian soldiers surrounded the area and there has been heavy fighting there since.
On Sunday, Minister for Social Affair Kinda al-Shammat said more than 5,000 people were evacuated from the town. In a statement carried by the SANA state news agency, Shammat said the people have been moved to a safe place, and the ministry has established operation rescue rooms to offer aid and support.
Are the Saud and Wahhab families secret Jews? Wayne Madsen reports: another view casts a very different light on Erdogan, Turkey, Saudis and Zionists: the history of the Dönmeh.
http://syrianfreedomls.tumblr.com/post/71433974802/syrian-rebels-get-arms-and-advice-through-secret FSA gets intel and weapons via secret command center in Amman, Jordan, staffed by high-ranking military advisors from 14 countries.
http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/dec/27/how-al-qaeda-changed-syrian-war/ How al-Qaeda Changed the Syrian War. Informative piece about ISIS AKA ISIL AKA Daash - which incredibly manages to point finger at Assad rather than Saudis as the power behind the extremists.
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/12/28/mossad-bush-planned-executed-911/ Reports that 28 pages redacted from the 9/11 commission report revealed 9/11 to be the work of a foreign intelligence agency and "protected entities," not Afghanistan or Iraq - Murdoch and AIPAC now trying to spin this onto Saudis.
http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_08_27/Russia-and-China-can-save-Syria-via-economic-means-Koenig-5522/ Four months ago, at the peak of the war drumming over the Ghouta false flag CW attacks, a former World Bank economist warned that the world could easily stop the USA just by taking action against its achilles heel -- its weak, deeply indebted economy.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-26/an-egypt-brotherhood/5174956 Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood a 'terrorist' group after an extremist bombing on police station, although MB decries the attack.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/20/what-really-happened-in-ukraine/ Putin crushes US-EU ploy to subvert and colonize the Ukraine.
Iraqi air force destroys big ISIL convoy heading into Syria. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=612511508784635 . Syria also destroys a convoy coming from Turkey. https://www.facebook.com/syria24english/posts/612483935454059 . Saudi escalation? with a wink from Obama of course. Looks to me like the usual countergang strategy - finance extremists to blow up the place so the US army can come in as heroes to make it safe for colonialist "democracy."
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/26/341990/syria-signs-oil-gas-deal-with-russia/ Russia to explore for oil in Syrian waters.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The number of Al-Qaeda-linked foreign militants killed in Syria since the onset of the Syrian crisis in early 2011 has exceeded 9,900, a Salafi movement announced. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921004000325
http://english.al-akhbar.com/blogs/sandbox/security-arc-forms-amidst-mideast-terror-0 Sharmine Narwani on the alliance against the new Assassins: Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran form a security belt against Takfiri terrorism; Egypt, Turkey and Jordan likely to join them - and schizophrenic US policymakers too? Jaysh al-Islam (Islamic Front) now claims 50,000 troops - the real War on Terror is on. Thanks Mssrs. Bush and Bandar for "bringing 'em on!" Could this topple the crazy house of Saud?
One hopes she's right. But I think the US is trying to have it both ways, playing fireman and arsonist at once, grandstanding by sending aid to fight the terrorists while letting its Saudi puppets arm them. Also you have the different approaches in the US power structure between the Brzezinski-Obama clique vs the Zio-cons. That's how Obama can make a deal with Iran and then the Congress can veto it, another way of having it both ways.
Erdogan reaps harvest of his mad policies as his government is engulfed in corruption scandal. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE9BN0D720131226?irpc=932 A taste of his own medicine as mass protests demand his resignation https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=613256678710118
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-in-crisis-countrys-healthcare-system-is-going-backwards-in-time-at-a-rate-of-a-decadea-month-9025319.html Hospitals are in tatters; doctors and nurses are fleeing the country; treatable diseases have become death sentences. Three years ago, Syria’s hospitals were the envy of the Middle East.
http://nsnbc.me/2013/12/25/saudi-high-level-intelligence-behind-liwa-al-islam-attack-on-syrian-chemical-weapons-transport/ Syrian military forces have repelled an attack on a chemical weapons site near Damascus. The attack, carried out by Liwa-al-Islam and Jabhat al-Nusrah, occurred as chemical weapons experts from the OPCW, UN, and the Syrian government, were preparing the weapons to be transported for destruction outside Syria. Supreme Commander of Liwa-al-Islam has been working for Saudi Arabia’s Intelligence Service since the 1980s.
http://friendsofsyria.co/2013/12/25/terrorists-for-human-rights-watch/ "Human-rights activist" who worked closely with "Human Rights Watch" is tabbed as financier of Al-Qaeda by US Treasury Dept.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/26/world/middleeast/us-sends-arms-to-aid-iraq-fight-with-extremists.html?_r=0 "The United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaeda-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western Iraq and neighboring Syria."
Hah, how quietly is that when it's the top story in the NYT and Wash Post? Create a need and fill it. Instigate terror and sell the war on terror. Will people catch on? Obviously, nobody would need the Evil Empire's God-damned weapons if it weren't for their accursed terror legions.
"There will be a time when Iran will stand with us when all the Arabs will be conspiring against us."- Hafez Al Assad https://twitter.com/maria_engstrom/status/416709297557360640/photo/1
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3cf_1388148062 Al-Jaafari: The Game of Chemical Weapons Is Over, no more secret who is behind it!
http://syrianfreedomls.tumblr.com/post/71338044220/syrias-civil-war-tests-whether-borders-drawn-less-than So-called "Syrian Freedom" website touts breakup of Syria "civil war tests whether borders drawn less than a century ago will last." This article by opposition activist Liz Sly was carried by the Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrias-civil-war-tests-whether-borders-drawn-less-than-a-century-ago-will-last/2013/12/26/6718111c-68e2-11e3-997b-9213b17dac97_story.html
http://20committee.com/2013/12/27/how-many-europeans-are-waging-jihad-in-syria/ Belgian intel reports 5000 terrorists with EU passports fighting in Syria.
"Saudi Hariri." Saudi-financed, half-Saudi Lebanese ex-PM Saad Hariri instigates terrorism against Syria and Hezbollah. His ex-minister just blown up in a car bombing in Beirut. I've wondered before if Saad Hariri was complicit in the car-bombing murder of his own father Rafik Hariri, whereby he inherited leadership of the Future Movement. More on Saudi-Saadi link here: http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/4155 and http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2012/05/saad-hariri-aides-western-syria.html "Saudi" Hariri was born and raised in Saudi Arabia and the Saudis always bail out his bankrupt billionaire business empire. Hezbollah's statement on today's bombing is that it's part of the recent wave of bombings -- that would be part of the Saudi terrorist offensive that is now being rolled out by ISIL in Syria, too.
Syria was immediately blamed for the car-bombing murder of PM Rafik Hariri in 2005, which forced the abrupt withdrawal of the Syrian Army from Lebanon. Rafik was sympathetic to Syria and an opponent of Israel, whom Hezbollah (and I) then blamed for Rafik's killing. Today's bombing could be another false flag by the bankrupt Saad Hariri aimed at blaming Hezbollah and Syria, and perhaps eliminating the slain ex-minister and economic adviser Shatah in some settling of accounts. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2013/Dec-27/242412-profile-of-former-minister-mohammad-shatah.ashx As a moderate within the Future Movement who worked with Rafik Hariri, Shatah would have opposed Saad Hariri's fomenting of sectarian extremism.
Western media are hastening to point the finger for the latest bombing at Assad and Hezbollah, and Hezbollah is being tried for Rafik Hariri's murder in The Hague. None of these entities are interested in the Cui Bono question, unsurprisingly, as they themselves were also beneficiaries of the removal of the great figure of Rafik Hariri.
As in most false-flag ops, the perpetrators are the first ones to point the finger with their ready-made accusations.
As a US-trained member of the Future Movement, Shatah was critical of Iran, Hezbollah, and Assad, but they had nothing to gain from his removal, and much to lose from heightened sectarian violence. Unlike S. Hariri, Shatah spoke against the terrorist war on Syria and against sectarian bloodshed in Lebanon. Why is it always the moderates who are killed? You know the answer.
Saad Hariri is saying those those who carbombed his father are also behind the latest blast. He should know.
Historically, patricide and fratricide have been fairly frequent occurrences in power struggles within dynasties.
https://www.facebook.com/syria24english/posts/612972278738558 Lebanese TV reported that the bomber dropped papers on the way to the bombing which indicate he belongs to the March 14 - Anti Hezbollah alliance.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/24/341702/ksa-us-team-up-to-invent-takfirism/ The United States teamed up with Saudi Arabia in the 1990s to conceive Takfirism, says former CIA officer Robert Baer in his 2003 book, Sleeping with the Devil.
http://eaworldview.com/2013/12/week-past-week-ahead-syria-regimes-deadly-bombing-insurgent-victories/ SSG progpaganda organ: Insurgents claim victories in Damascus and Aleppo in major Takfiri offensive. "Rebels" claim they "captured the Kindi headquarters and barracks in Aleppo, after a protracted siege of the former hospital," and show a video blowing it up with a truck bomb. Government and Syrian patriot sources say terrorists did not take the site but lost 400 fighters, and that Kindi was built by Syrian government to provide free cancer treatment, was 4th largest cancer treatment center in Middle East until it was blown up in yesterday's suicide bombing. Government estimates damage at 1.5 billion SYP (US$13 million).
Meanwhile, US vetoes Iran participation in Geneva 2.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=611560688879717 Hezbollah ambushes and kills 32 al-Nusra terrorists in Lebanon near Syrian border. Hezbollah reinforcements were instrumental in SAA victory in Qusayr
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=590334384372935 Anti-terrorist fighters sporting Santa Claus costumes and machine guns underscore determination of Syrian Christians to fight back against Takfiris.
http://m.state.gov/md219062.htm US State Dep't condemns attacks by ISIS (ISIL) in Iraq and claims to be allied with Iraq against the terrorists. "We further call on regional leaders to take active measures to police the funding and recruitment for these groups, including ISIL and the al-Nusrah front, and deter the flow of foreign fighters into Syria, many of whom later conduct suicide bombings against innocent civilians in Iraq." Send State a copy of the Unconventional Warfare manual from the "Defense" Dep't.
http://consortiumnews.com/2013/12/23/un-investigator-undercuts-nyt-on-syria/ UN's Sellstrom abandons claim that Ghouta missile trajectories pointed back to SAA base.
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/syrian-rebels-have-taken-iconoclasm-to-new-depths-with-shrines-statues-and-even-a-tree-destroyed--but-to-what-end-9021017.html Takfiris now decapitating statues of ancient poets in their birthplaces.
http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-syria-human-rights-report-20131219,0,2851436.story "Syria rebel group accused of kidnapping, torture and executions" - LA Times cites ISIS kidnapping of FSA journalist. "On Thursday, Amnesty International issued an 18-page report accusing ISIS of a range of abuses, including kidnappings, torture and summary executions, that may rise to the level of war crimes. Electric shocks and frequent beatings are some of the methods mentioned in the report." AI however also accused the Syrian government, claiming that "enforced disappearances were systematically employed to silence the opposition".
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/17/us-syria-crisis-assad-idUSBRE9BG18E20131217 West tells opposition that "Assad cannot be allowed to go now because they think chaos and an Islamist militant takeover would ensue."
Meanwhile the KSA dog pack is off the leash to keep mauling Syria: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/12/19/340857/saudis-fret-threaten-to-torch-region/ .
Al-Jaafari says the Saudi regime is "the main funder and supporter to terrorism hotbeds around the world" https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=500840133364685
http://rt.com/news/line/2013-12-20/#53374 For the second consecutive year Turkey has been ranked the number one jailer of journalists in the world by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists
https://twitter.com/PhilGreaves01 "Attack on Adra is identical to "rebels" strategy of over 2 years: attack urban civilian zones, militarise & encamp to stretch Syrian army.Al Qaeda is not a specific group with a strict hierarchy, but is more of a extremist ideology, which majority of rebels share to varying degrees.
The whole purpose of false distinctions between "rebels" is to enable support of some while blaming others for crimes.
"Rebels" employed strategy of encampment in civilian zones with the strategic aim of hindering SAA counterattacks & dispersing SAA's forces.
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/syrian-salafi-militants-more-united-divided-future Analysis of differences between ISIL, Al Nusra, Army of Islam concludes they all agree on a Salafist theocracy to replace Baathist government.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/the-near-future-of-iraq-is-dark-warning-from-muqtada-alsadr--the-shia-cleric-whose-word-is-law-to-millions-of-his-countrymen-8970909.html Illuminating interview on situation in Iraq with Shia leader Muqtada al Sadr
For a selection of Matt Van Dyke tweets exposing the Syrian Support Group see https://twitter.com/Partisangirl . The SSG "charity" raises tax-deductible donations allegedly for humanitarian purposes, but in fact is a US-gov't operated conduit to buy arms for Al-Qaeda units to carry out humanitarian atrocities in Syria.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/13/339768/russia-concerned-of-syria-arms-capture/ After Al-Qaeda terrorists seized FSA HQ and weapons caches, USUK announce suspension of "non-lethal aid." But we always knew it wasn't so non-lethal.
http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2013/12/14/1268061/film-taking-aim-saudi-monarchy-opens-syria Syrians produce film assailing the founder of the Saudi dynasty. Finally someone has the guts to show up the Kingdom of the Creeps. See also Saudi Joke of the Week https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=497443213704377&l=17bd03c2de
http://www.businessinsider.com/michael-hayden-syria-assad-2013-12 Ex-CIA chief sees win by Assad as least of possible evils for Syria.
http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131214/185542617/US-Senator-McCain-Heading-for-Ukraine--Report.html High-ranking US terrorist commando departs on mission to wreak Libyan scenario on Ukraine.
Takfiri gangs terrorize city of Adra, massacre civilians especially minorities and government supporters; Syrian army moving to liberate the city. Estimated casualties run from 15 dead (Reuters/SOHR) to over 100. Families were mostly butchered with knives (according to twitter.com/edwardedark) or even thrown into bread ovens.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adra_massacre On 11 December, the rebel Islamic Front and Al-Nusra Front groups infiltrated the industrial area of the town of Adra, northeast of Damascus, attacking buildings housing workers and their families. The rebels targeted Alawites, Druze, Christians and Shiites, killing them on a sectarian basis. Some people were shot while others were beheaded. Families butchered with knives or even thrown into bread ovens. The killings lasted into the next day. In all some 19 to 40 minority civilians were massacred.
http://www.salon.com/2013/07/10/only_1_percent_of_terrorists_caught_by_fbi_are_real_partner/ Only 1 percent of “terrorists” caught by the FBI are real --
"The Terror Factory" author Trevor Aaronson exposes the Bureau's undercover sting operations for the farce they are
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syrian-rebels-consider-joining-forces-with-regime-troops-to-fight-alqaida-8981081.html "Syrian rebels consider joining forces with regime troops to fight al-Qa’ida."
A year ago I proposed in this blog that this would be the only hope for the FSA to regain legitimacy and a chance to share power, after their debacle in Aleppo.
Brown Moses has attracted at least one imitator, but wasn't flattered by the attention.
The latest from Brown Noser (@Eliot_Higgins). A house-husband & a Southampton University drop out. Find time to tweet, run a blog & work as a ... Account suspended. The profile you are trying to view has been suspended
http://www.globalresearch.ca/syrias-war-the-next-phase/5361499 Excellent analysis of next step in US strategy. "Moderate" FSA was always a mere fig leaf for support for extremist terrorists and for eventual direct military aggression. US now charading a rift with Saudis while selling them 15,000 anti-tank missiles that could be used to keep pushing the Takfiri guerrilla war as leverage for change to a puppet regime.
https://twitter.com/Official_SEA16 Syrian Electronic Army reveals incriminating messages from their hack of accounts of CIA terrorist "revo film-maker" Matt Van Dyke, such as "According to @Matt_VanDyke using CWs on children would be acceptable to the rebels if it would trigger intervention. pic.twitter.com/jxje4fthAw ". Great stuff.
http://www.lrb.co.uk/2013/12/08/seymour-m-hersh/whose-sarin Three months after, Seymour Hersh weighs in with his investigation of US intel views on the Ghouta sarin incident. The evidence is clear that Obama lied, it was done by terrorist "rebels," probably Al Nusra Front. Charles Shoebridge came to the same conclusion -- two months before the the attack: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/charles-shoebridge/syria-chemical-weapons-us_b_3443185.html
http://rt.com/news/afghanistan-iran-security-pact-916/ Rouhani of Iran and Karzai of Afghanistan in move towards regional security pact, call foreign troops destabilizing.
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920917000781 Syria Arrests Horde of Arab Spies in Eastern Ghouta. Saudis, Emirates, Israel involved in stoking violence.
http://mobile.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/12/05/world/middleeast/05reuters-syria-crisis-qaeda-raqqa.html?ref=middleeast Dream of liberation in Raqqa turns to nightmare reign of terror.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/05/338439/kiev-blames-berlin-for-backing-protesters/ Is NATO trying to export Syrian model to Ukraine? West supporting the violent protests erupting after government decided not to sign association agreement with EU. But Eastern Europe got little from joining the EU, other than selling off its industries and banning its local products. Paul Craig Roberts says protests are organized by the CIA and the target is Russia. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/12/04/19038/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2518813/Jihadists-battle-hardened-war-Syria-returning-live-increasing-numbers-warns-EU-anti-terror-chief.html EU fears blowback from terrorists returning from Syria.
http://www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp?pg=5&id=464820 Drug production in Afghanistan grows 40 times since US invasion
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/04/338243/syria-militants-to-use-nuns-as-shields/ Fanatical terrorists invade Maloula, take nuns hostage, destroy the town, which is the last stronghold of the Aramaic language.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/05/world/middleeast/hezbollah-leader-is-assassinated-in-beirut.html Hezbollah blames Israel for murder of leader.
http://counterpsyops.com/2013/12/05/the-debate-the-saudi-sedition-with-webster-tarpley/ Why do Saudis support the terrorist war to overthrow Assad? Enormously backward, repressive oligarchy uses the most fanatical extremist elements to shore up their instable regime. Co-sponsors of terrorism with the CIA. FSA General Idris says he may have to join SAA against Jaysh al-Islam.
Saudi and Israeli military officials are running a ‘military operation center’ in Jordan in which they mastermind plots to destroy Syria, Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Muqdad has said. http://en.alalam.ir/news/1540170
http://rt.com/op-edge/mother-agnes-liberal-interventionists-026/ So called leftist anti-war figures try to muzzle Mother Agnes, but her North America tour is a success.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24963241 "I have a Nightmare." Albania shuns Syria chemical weapons destruction. Albanian Prime Minister -- a function that is an ex officio US puppet since the fall of the communist government -- tried to accept US request to destroy CW in Albania, but was unable to due to a violent public outcry. Albania is a US covert operations base, so bringing the CW there would have made it very easy to funnel the toxins to US-backed terrorists and Gladio-type operations worldwide. Belgium and France are also named as possible venues. Belgium of course is the seat of NATO so that would be about as bad. France also has ample deep state capabilities.
The proper course is to allow the Syrian government itself to dispose of the materials -- which are mostly precursors or unweaponized ingredients -- once the war winds down. Syria has already shown itself to extraordinarily serious and trustworthy in the matter.
http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2013-11-15/israel-to-return-palestinian-body-parts/ How MI6 organ The Guardian covered up Israeli theft of Palestinian body parts.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-ghouta-chemical-attacks-us-backed-false-flag-killing-children-to-justify-a-humanitarian-military-intervention/5351363 Mother Agnes: Why UN's Ghouta report coordinator Sellstrom was selling such a dubious story: he's part of the NATO-Israel military intelligence combine.
http://transitions.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/11/15/a_bloodbath_in_the_streets_of_tripoli#.UobZcqr9Ck2.twitter Peaceful protesters shot down by US-armed Libyan gangs who now rule the crippled nation.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36872.htm The French government of Zionist Jew Hollande acted as stooge to Israel in sabotaging US-Iran agreement. Not only America has this petit problème des citoyens doubles.
http://news.yahoo.com/assads-forces-advance-northern-syria-towards-aleppo-185443955.html SAA retake three strategic towns close to Aleppo, and kill the commander of the Qatari-financed "Tawhid Brigade."
http://tarpley.net/france-britain-saudis-launch-syrian-puppet-provisional-government-against-us-opposition/ while puppets lose on the ground. France and Britain, "wrecked imperialisms," subsidizing phony government of SNC "lounge lizards" living a life of luxury in fine hotels.
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/11/12/Western-backed-Syrian-opposition-names-cabinet-for-rebel-areas.html SNC attempt to partition Syria as a condition for attending Geneva.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24926584 Syrian activists flee abuse in al-Qaeda-run Raqqa
Takfiri blowback against Turkey underscores madness of Erdogan's Syria policy. http://www.eurasiareview.com/08112013-collapse-turkeys-syria-policy-oped/
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/13/334583/israel-against-iran-ndeal-nasrallah/ Speech by Hezbollah leader Nasrallah: "this is Israel's project, to have all nations in the region weak and divided on a sectarian or ethnic basis."
Syrian Arab Army continues advances on terrorist strongholds in Aleppo and Damascus countryside. Claim 5,000 terrorists killed in recent operations. Terrorists in Aleppo said to be panicking and retreating, also abandoning Yarmouk camp, where they have held 60,000 Palestinian refugees hostage. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=593812060654580&id=298382103530912
http://www.countercurrents.org/nasser131113.htm Libya is imploding.
ISIS beheads Syrian man for being Shia, then find out he was one of their own. "We thought he was Shia, so we cut off his head. Then we found out he's not. Our bad." youtu.be/mQ6NxoLdNQE
http://www.moonofalabama.org/2013/11/syria-us-starts-seeing-the-real-alternatives.html "Ford, the United States ambassador to Syria, told the activists on the sidelines that the emerging reality presented them with unpalatable options: accept that the current government could continue in power longer than they would like, or face the continued rise of extremist jihadist groups that have terrified residents, clashed with rival insurgents and undermined Western support."
http://eaworldview.com/2013/11/syria-spotlight-source-superior-funding-resources-helping-isis-pose-threat-moderates-near-turkey-border/ “Superior Funding, Resources Helping ISIS Pose Threat To ‘Moderates’ Near Turkey Border”
http://www.zamanalwsl.net/en/news/2425.html SNC leader Jarba slaps FSA rep in meeting. Slapocracy now!
Syrian Electronic Army have hijacked accounts of CIA stooge "film-maker" Matt van Dyke.
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=593809383988181&id=298382103530912 UNICEF expresses outrage at the terrorist attacks on schools in Damascus, which claimed the lives of several students and citizens.
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/quitting-over-syria/ After US intelligence staff threatened to resign in protest at the Big Lie about Ghouta, forcing CIA heads to back down from supporting the Obama-Kerry line.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-nato-intel-op-release-of-wikileaks-syrian-files-intended-to-set-up-assad/31814 Wikileaks, the notorious CIA-run disinformation circus, takes aim at Syrian government, in its series of attacks on select targets of US imperialism.
http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2013/11/02/mother-agnes-mariam-attacked-by-human-rights-watch/ HRW attacks Mother Agnes -- and Russian diplomatic initiative to defuse war and destroy CW.
http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/02-11-2013/126055-syria_uprising_us_polio-0/ Syria: From Fermenting Uprising to Delivering Polio. Genocidalists pouncing on polio outbreak to justify intervention. Polio virus was brought to Syria by Takfiri fighters from Pakistan or Afghanistan, two of only three countries in the world with a polio problem -- thanks to -- you guessed it, military intervention.
http://susandirgham.wordpress.com/ "Sheik Qaradawi, apparently said on Al-Jazeera in 2011 that it is ok to kill 1/3 of the population of Syria if it leads to the overthrow of the ‘heretical regime’." Qaradawi has a regular program on the Qatari MI6 puppet channel Al Jazeera, according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qaradawi
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-furious-with-white-house-for-leak-on-syria-strike/ Israel is fuming with the White House for confirming that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia on Wednesday.
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/10/qatar-doesnt-want-you-film-its-alleged-modern-day-slavery/70542/ Scandal around deaths of 44 Nepalese migrant workers who were on construction projects related to Qatar's World Cup preparations under conditions resembling slavery. Critics say FIFA should change venue of 2022 games.
http://rt.com/news/rebels-chemical-weapons-syria-927/ Rebels conduct new chemical weapons attack in Syria near Turkish border
http://www.syriasolidaritymovement.org/2013/11/01/m-agnes-mariam-begins-north-america-tour-with-kpfa-radio-interview/ M. Agnes-Mariam begins North America Tour with KPFA radio interview
http://www.syrianews.cc/price-release-two-kidnapped-bishops-syria/ Syria overpays to release two bishops in prisoner exchange. A bishop is worth only three pawns, they ought to know.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/15_10_13_fo4_syria.pdf "Charities to help Syria" are generally fronts for financing terrorists and their weapons.
http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/syrian-electronic-army-hacks-obama-campaign-staff-emails Syrian Electronic Army hacked Obama's website (Oct. 27)
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=471367422978623 FBI sting operation entraps would-be Vietnamese-American Al Qaeda "trainer." Can anyone explain why freelancers wanting to train Al Qaeda go to jail while the CIA gets taxpayers' money to do it?
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=471361172979248 PKK threatens to restart war inside Turkey in retaliation for support of Islamist groups against Syrian Kurds.
http://syrianfreedomls.tumblr.com/post/64791090899/syria-talks-in-london-agree-no-future-role-for-assad Gathering of foreign vulture "leaders" agrees there is no credible opposition in Syria but anyway there should be no Assad in Syria's future.
Orwellian - how the BBC article on the aforementioned gathering of vultures shifted shape over 12 incarnations http://www.newssniffer.co.uk/articles/697286/diff/1/2 The gathering of Syria's enemies gives itself an aptly Orwellian name: "Friends of Syria."
http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_22/Syria-opposition-chief-to-attend-Geneva-talks-if-Assad-leaves-power-8085/ The SNC pretend to the title "head of the opposition" -- but have been rejected by almost all the rebel groups. They say they won't go to Geneva unless Assad's removal is a precondition, or they would "lose credibility." What credibility? The posture is even more incredible. Assad could only be removed by force now -- and the SNC doesn't have any. No doubt the wags are having a lot of fun with this preposterous stance in Damascus cafés. It's beyond absurd. But then, they are just hand-fed parrots at the feast of the vultures.
When a head has no support and retreats to the rear, it can only be called a tail.
Syria24English - Assad interview with al-Mayadeen:
Saudi Arabia is implementing the policies of USA faithfully. We negotiate with the operation chief, not the implementers.
Carrying weapons converts any opposition to insurgency or terrorism.
Who is looking for sincerity from the American administrations, is deluded. The United States did not do anything for the success of the peace process.
Syria has stopped chemical weapons production since 1997.
The failure of projects planned against us is in itself a victory.
The reason of Erdogan’s positions on Syria is his affiliation to Muslim Brotherhood.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24619329 Champion of democracy Skull&Bones Kerry says his terrorists won't stand for any nonsense about Syrians voting for the candidate of their choice.
http://www.cbrneworld.com/_uploads/download_magazines/Managing_the_deficit.pdf Dan Kaszeta runs out of gas while scratching his head trying to make Ghouta numbers add up.
http://politicalviolenceataglance.org/2013/10/18/the-four-things-we-know-about-how-civil-wars-end-and-what-this-tells-us-about-syria/ Outlook for Syria civil war: long, bloody, and a battle to the death. That's the bad news. Good news - the author forgot that it's not a civil war but a foreign incursion. It could end very quickly if outside powers withdraw support for their proxies. More bad news - that's a big if.
http://rt.com/op-edge/syria-military-rebels-army-316/ Lebanese general says ‘Now it is impossible to defeat Syria’. Rebels lost because they had no tactics.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Whole-families-from-Kazakhstan-travelling-to-Syria-for-jihad-29315.html ISIS importing whole families to fight in Syria. As families they don't arouse suspicion as much as fighters alone. Could rebel families have supplied child actors for the Ghouta videos?
http://20committee.com/2013/10/18/french-intelligence-sees-steep-rise-in-mujahidin-in-syria/ "the specter of veteran mujahidin returning from Syria has caused alarm in Paris". PartisanGirl: "it's alright when they send them to Syria, but not ok if they don't come back in body bags right?"
Nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims that were kidnapped near the Turkish border by terrorists 17 months ago were finally released in an exchange for two Turkish pilots - who had been kidnapped in Lebanon to increase pressure on Turkey to secure the pilgrims' release. http://www.syrianews.cc/kidnapped-lebanese-pilgrims-released/ http://rt.com/news/kidnapped-lebanese-hostages-freed-398/ http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/10/18/Lebanese-official-in-Syria-for-deal-on-kidnapped-pilgrims-.html
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/10/19/washington-casts-blame-expansion-al-qaeda-on-turkey.html Turkey has been appointed official scapegoat for the now all too obvious rise of Al Qaeda militancy.
http://zeroanthropology.net/2013/10/20/the-great-nothingness-of-libya-two-years-after-muammar-gaddafi/ The destruction of Libya.
http://news.sky.com/story/1142499/syrias-civilians-paying-the-price-of-war The loss of livelihood suffered by common people like artisans and shopkeepers
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36578.htm Wily but misconceived US plan to topple Assad with terrorist mercenaries crumbles, leaving a mess that Washington has no clue how to fix, according to this op-ed. However, isn't making a mess of Syria just what Israel wanted?
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/editorial-hell-beyond-hell-the-situation-in-syria-is-actually-getting-worse-8891654.html Stock British war propaganda from offshoot of zionist NGO Doctors Without Borders, spreading tale of Syrian army using pregnant women for target practice. How much you want to bet Dr Nott is NOTT telling the truth. The alleged Xray showing a foetus with a bullet in its head looks photoshopped. Even if it is a real sniper bullet, it's a safe bet this NGO will accuse the SAA and not the terrorists. Syrian Information Ministry called the report "totally baseless" and part of a media war against Syria http://english.cri.cn/6966/2013/10/21/2743s793336.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24039309 Quirico described captors - "They follow whoever promises them a future, gives them weapons, gives them money to buy cell phones, computers, clothes." Treated prisoners like animals. They "take no interest in anything other money and weapons - spending entire days lounging on mattresses" watching old movies and wrestling shows on TV. Such groups, he said, were trusted by the West but were in truth profiting from the revolution to "take over territory, hold the population to ransom, kidnap people and fill their pockets".
http://www.globalresearch.ca/syrian-chambers-of-industry-turkey-has-been-stealing-from-aleppos-factories/5319465 Aleppo Chamber of Commerce says it has "decisive evidence on the involvement of the Turkish government in stealing production lines and machines" and smuggling them into Turkey. Syria is a competitor to Turkey in manufactures. "The terrorists robbed around 1,000 factories with all their equipment and machines in Aleppo city."
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/17/us-syria-crisis-turkey-qaeda-idUSBRE99G06C20131017 Turkey left holding the blame bag for Al Qaeda terrorists. Officials admit they allowed terrorists free rein, while wistfully wondering why the West is pointing the finger at them now, and voicing concern over terrorist threat to Turkish state.
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/10/15/205431/israelis-earn-good-will-by-treating.html Israeli hospitals treating wounded terrorists.
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/10/free_syrian_army_con.php#ixzz2i1o2vn3E 66 FSA brigades secede from SNC to raise Islamist banner.
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/10/18/Kerry-wants-chemical-arms-shipped-out-of-Syria.html Kerry urges to move CW out of Syria quickly before destroying them -- wonder why, in a hurry to betray Syria again and get back to those airstrikes?
http://www.timesofisrael.com/?p=715322 ‘Turkey deliberately blows cover of up to 10 Iranians working for Mossad’
http://www.syrianews.cc/isis-damascus-people-leave-city-head-desert/ Delusional ISIS Wahhabi cleric on TV telling the 6 million people of Damascus to evacuate so Takfiri forces can liberate it from the secular infidel regime. Where should they all go? Uh, Turkey, the desert...
It is reported that Imran "The Libyan", Commander of the Armed Groups attempting to storm the Central Prison of Aleppo, has now gained entry as a long-term guest, and is showing off a complimentary pair of hand and leg shackles ...
http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21588121-difficulty-reporting-rebel-areas-has-let-regime-tell-its-own Takfiris who take journalists as hostages lost the media war for the terrorists.
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/10/jihadist-syria-border-turkey-radical-groups.html More details spilling out about the smuggling of terrorists through Turkey
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24011595 More incredible mendacity from the BBC - reporting on release of Belgian hostage without mentioning he was held by terrorists, merely calling Syria the most deadly country for reporters in 2012 -- by implication, blaming "the regime". Other sources report that the journalist, Pierre Piccinin da Prata, was sold to brutal Takfiri terrorists by his FSA "protectors." http://moneyjihad.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/freed-belgian-tells-how-he-was-sold-by-the-free-syrian-army-to-a-jihadist-group/
http://www.globalresearch.ca/bbc-media-fabrications-on-alleged-incendiary-bomb-attack-in-aleppo-syria/5353099 Is the BBC doing the same kind of video forgery we saw in the Ghouta incident?
http://www.syriasolidaritymovement.org/mother-agnes-mariam/ Mother Agnes will be touring the U.S. and Canada from October 24, to December 4, 2013
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/assad-hamas-has-betrayed-us-repeatedly-but%E2%80%A6 Assad gives reasons for giving up CW at press conference. Expresses bitterness about Arab lackeys.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/oct/13/world-health-organisation-iraq-war-depleted-uranium Another UN report faked under pressure from USUK paymasters - WHO whitewashes effects of DU on birth defects in Iraq.
http://eaworldview.com/2013/10/syria-video-analysis-us-steps-back-france-saudi-arabia-step-support-insurgency/ As the US Steps Back, France and Saudi Arabia Step Up in Support of Insurgency
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/10/11/how-syria-unlocked-americas-dark-closet/ According to Gordon Duff, the CW inspectors in Syria have noted that the government's stockpiles obviously haven't been touched for years, that the rebels do have stockpiles, and the only way to protect Syria against CW attacks is a victory by the SAA over the rebels. All of this is being hushed up in the media while CNN's Amanpour is trying to accuse Assad of hiding CW.
Interesting example of video fakery - rebel unit entered a factory through tunnel, took videos of themselves "occupying" the factory, for propaganda purposes - then scuttled. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=579674808734972&id=298382103530912.
SAA says it has liberated 110 villages in the last 72 hours. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=579674248735028&id=298382103530912 The late August surge in weapons shipments to the rebels must be exhausted, plus the terrorists are fighting each other now. The trend justifies FM Moallem's remark that the war would end in weeks if foreign powers stopped supplying fuel to the fire.
The FSA warned ISIL they would hand over a strategic region to the Syrian army if the ISIL does not halt its attacks on the FSA. Syrian people now calling anti-government forces anti-Syrian. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=579671172068669&id=298382103530912
The granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW can be variously interpreted, as a slap at the US, as a warning to Syria, or a bow to Russia. Yet the great weakness of this choice is that the OPCW is only doing what the great powers tell it to do. It hasn't pushed the US or Israel to liquidate their CW. If it did that it would deserve a medal. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/12/329030/2013-nobel-winner-fails-to-defy-us-power/ Meanwhile Snowden receives the Sam Adams award for Integrity in Intelligence http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/12/329036/snowden-receives-sam-adams-award/
Syria rescues 2,000 hostages. Story: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=579662498736203&id=298382103530912 , video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcK1YHY5XAI
The West created Al Qaeda and the Taliban, now they can grandstand a rescue of Taliban victim Malala Yousafzai. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/assed-baig/malala-yousafzai-white-saviour_b_3592165.html
Oksana Boyko of Russia Today challenges UN spokeswoman on Ghouta report. UN failed to follow procedure and collect samples from dead bodies. http://humanrightsinvestigations.org/2013/10/06/angela-kane-on-syria-chemical-attack-victims-and-autopsies/ Challenge by Susan Dirgham: "bias toward interviewees who support the ‘anti-government armed forces’ discredits" freport. https://www.transcend.org/tms/2013/10/criticism-of-the-6th-un-report-presented-by-the-commission-of-inquiry-on-syria/ . Forcing falsehoods by appealing to feelings over facts, as usual.
The scapegoating starts... Only 36% believe the Syrian government used CW in Ghouta. HRW changes its tack and writes up a traffic ticket on the rebels for once. HRW and WSJ are cashing the blank check given them by Erdogan and shifting blame onto Turkey -- after mercilessly using that country. http://www.moonofalabama.org/2013/10/syria-turkey-blamed-for-regime-change-failure.html Did the Turks see they might get jilted and try to point the finger at the rebels, by indicting some of them recently for trying to obtain chemicals for making sarin? But now Bloomberg publishes Kaszeta saying sarin isn't at all easy to make, so it had to come from military sources, like NATO... or Libya via Turkey... The Turks are caught out in the cold again, meanwhile Saudis invite Israel into their tent to keep warm. One European diplomat even blames "Assad regime hardliners" for "turning the opposition into Al Qaeda." Or maybe it was the Russians or Martians. Any excuse, just don't let the cat out of the bag that it was another Gladio-style perverted covert operation by the US.
Moon of Alabama is optimistic that the US attitude to Syria is gradually changing, but how can it when it's dictated by Israel? I posted there,
The West is embarrassed to be caught with its pants down while cross dressing as Al Qaeda, but that won't change its perverted habits. The British started up Saud and Wahhab in business over 200 years ago, to debilitate and isolate the Muslim world by infecting it with a troglodyte ideology -- like a kind of bio-psychological warfare, using humans as viruses. After a discreet pause, after Syria's CW are destroyed, they'll be back. How can they resist. Look what a smashing success the destruction of Libya was.
Israel has been able to stay in the background while its puppets do the dirty work and get mud on their faces, so it can continue on its merry way plotting the next trap for Syria.
HRW tries to regain some credibility by reporting war crimes by terrorist rebels in Syria http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/11/human-rights-watchsyrianrebelgroupsguiltyofwarcrimes.html ditto Al Jazeera
Syrian Takfiri groups reported to have spy drones provided by US, France and KSA to monitor government troop movements http://friendsofsyria.co/2013/10/11/al-qaeda-reported-to-have-drones-funded-by-the-usa/
Who attacked Ghouta? The most detailed analysis I've seen of the Ghouta attacks is here: http://whoghouta.blogspot.com/2013/10/suggesting-scenarios.html . The author(s) collected and analyzed a lot of evidence. It's now at the stage of suggesting scenarios, whereby the blogger notes that "the rebel attack theory seems far more likely than the regime attack theory." Contributor Charles Wood has supplied a coherent false-flag scenario in the comments.
"An analysis of all evidence relating to the chemical attack in Ghouta on August 21st 2013 - An online collaborative effort. Twitter: @WhoGhouta "
How Ben Rhodes and the Obama regime prepared a fake video report in June 2012 that Assad was toppled in Damascus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMCWVQ3avWg
So-called "rebels" have targeted schools and teachers -- reminds one how America's zionist-powered death squads killed off Iraq's top scientists. Damage to Syrian education sector - 100 billion Syrian liras. In US$, about 750 million, equal to $30,000 per person - and that's only the education sector. Dirty war is asymmetrical war, costing US little, Saudi and Qatar a bit more but they don't know what to do with their petrodollars anyway. http://www.syrianews.cc/100-billion-syrian-liras-damage-education-sector/
Nearly two dozen of the commentators who appeared on major media outlets to discuss a possible US military strike on Syria had relationships with contractors and other organizations with a vested interest in the conflict http://rt.com/usa/media-failed-pundits-defense-syria-011/
An element in dissuading the US from striking Syria may have been a show of force by China. Reportedly a Chinese landing ship with 1000 marines headed for the Syrian coast in September. http://beforeitsnews.com/middle-east/2013/09/china-sends-1000-marines-to-syrian-coast-russia-sends-more-warships-video-2454142.html See also http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/chinese-russian-and-nato-warships-maneuver-syria
So the sarin or whatever it was didn't come out of a rebel field kitchen after all? Kind of makes sense. They didn't build most of their weapons either, they were given them... http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-10/no-you-can-t-make-sarin-in-your-kitchen.html Article by CW expert Dan Kaszeta, who is also sceptical of the UN report, see entry for Sept. 23. However, his estimate that tons of sarin may have been used on Aug. 21 is way off, in my opinion.
We already know Saudi princes are part of the Zionist world order, in spite of their obligatory gestures of sympathy for the Palestinians. Now they are thinking of coming out of the closet http://rt.com/news/israel-saudi-alliance-us-950/ See also blog entry here for Sept. 1, 2013.
The real force behind the overthrow of Mursi and the MB in Egypt was not the army, but the police http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE99908D20131010?irpc=932
CW Expert Opinion on the UN Report on Syria http://mideastshuffle.com/2013/10/01/cw-expert-opinion-on-the-un-report-on-syria/
Arms inspectors plan to destroy Syria's chemical arms by June 30th http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10362626/Syria-arms-inspectors-face-unprecedented-danger.html
The Leaning Tower of Propaganda: Chemical Weapons Attacks In Ghouta, Syria - a review of biased media vs. dissenting views http://www.medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/alerts-2013/744-structural-inclinations-the-chemical-weapons-attacks-in-ghouta-syria.html
Vietnam - US defeated by Russian-supported guerrillas
Afghanistan - Russia defeated by US-supported guerrillas
Syria - US-supported guerrillas defeated by Russian-supported government
Egypt - US-supported extremists defeated by popular groundswell
Next Afghanistan - US defeated by US-supported guerrillas?
Libya now has the largest unsecured stockpile of weapons in the world, with millions of tons of arms unaccounted for. They include 3,000-8,000 so-called Manpads - Man Portable Air Defence Systems - portable missile systems which are a threat to all types of aircraft, including civilian passenger planes. These surface-to-air missiles, which are easy to use and easy to hide, are the weapon of choice for groups like al-Qaeda. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24451180
Former French minister for foreign affairs Roland Dumas reveals plan to overthrow Syria was cooked up by USUK years before the uprising began. Motive: Syrian resistance to Israel. http://www.globalresearch.ca/former-french-foreign-minister-the-war-against-syria-was-planned-two-years-before-the-arab-spring/5339112
On Aug. 13, a Liwa al-Islam commander promised a "big surprise" for the Syrian government https://www.facebook.com/syriareport?directed_target_id=0
BBC caught inserting the word "Chemical weapons" into voiceover of Syrian eyewitness report http://counterpsyops.com/2013/10/08/bbc-caught-staging-syria-chemical-weapons-propaganda/
Blog analyzes evidence on who did the Ghouta attack. Comment: "All of the anti-Assad actors took the outdated, decommissioned 140mm shell to be a “smoking gun”. In fact, it is a “smoking gun” of an increasingly obvious false flag operation." http://whoghouta.blogspot.com/2013/10/prior-alleged-chemical-attacks.html
How one big fat lie about Gaddafi was signed off by 70 like-minded NGO's and used to trigger the Libyan genocide aka "Humanitarian Intervention under the Right To Protect" http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36429.htm
Interview with Der Spiegel, two horrible hacks with nasty questions, Assad gives them a thorough drubbing https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=577091932326593&l=5dee00e5bd Schlagfertigkeit!
A friend in Damascus witnessed this attack and helped survivors, he said 5 women and 4 girls were killed by takfiri terrorist rockets while praying in a Catholic church https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=462459347202764&l=be82cc7d84
Afraid of rabbit holes? UN investigators STILL making excuses not to go to Khan al Assal - site of a rebel CW attack, which UN was scheduled to visit at Syrian government request, when they were diverted to Ghouta on Aug. 21 http://www.innercitypress.com/syria1bankhan100513.html
Blame for Ghouta false flag comes back to Saudis again: "Saudi black op team behind Damascus chem weapons attack – diplomatic sources" according to Russia Today http://rt.com/news/syria-sarin-saudi-provocation-736/ So now can Gavlak have her job back.
Al Qaeda - ISIL in brutal push for a tight grip on Turkish border area, aim to monopolize supplies of weapons and recruits coming in to Syria from Turkey http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_05/Qaeda-in-Syria-fights-to-drive-rivals-out-of-Turkey-Iraq-border-zone-8366/
Charity donations for Syrian refugees are going to fund terrorists http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10357537/Charity-millions-going-to-Syrian-terror-groups.html
Assad warns Turkey: “It is not possible to put terrorism in your pocket and use it as a card because it is like a scorpion which won’t hesitate to sting you at the first opportunity” http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/10/04/Assad-warns-Turkey-will-pay-have-price-for-backing-rebels.html
@Partisangirl: the UN didn't exhume any of the bodies in the chemical weapons attack. This is made clear in Oksana Boyko's interview with a UN spokeswoman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOKF-PQB7Ys&feature=youtu.be
The Economist's outline of the Frenzied Sectarian Assassins (FSA) - almost all the fighting groups are Islamist http://cdn.static-economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full-width/images/2013/05/blogs/graphic-detail/20130518_gdc631.png
On Sept 11, Press TV reported, "Russia says the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has confirmed that the videos and photos purporting to show the victims of a chemical attack near the Syrian capital, Damascus, were fabricated." http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/10/323066/un-says-syria-attack-videos-fake-russia/
SyrianPerspective.com claims Syrian Air Force decimated FSA officer corps, and also took out a group of ISIS officers, thanks to an intercept of communications from German spy ship in Mediterranean. http://www.syrianperspective.com/2013/10/october-3-2013-first-post-32-fsa.html
FSA absorbed by Al Qaeda / Al Nusra http://www.syrianews.cc/fsa-joins-al-qaeda-zionist-terrorist-leaders-stumped/ End of the secular armed opposition. Three-way conflict now between Al Nusra, ISIS and SAA. Both government and Al Nusra reject the SNC so it's also the end for the secular exile opposition.
The Moderate Miniscule Army: "CIA ramping up covert training program for moderate Syrian rebels" http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-ramping-up-covert-training-program-for-moderate-syrian-rebels/2013/10/02/a0bba084-2af6-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html
Human Rights Watch unmasked as a warmonger front organization http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2013/october/02/mother-agnes-mariam-attackedby-human-rights-watch!.aspx
Syria: The Flood - 57 minute documentary Published on Oct 3, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMCWVQ3avWg
Warning +18: A Documentary Film about the real events of what is going on in Syria since 2011 until 2013, #Syria, #Documentary Film,Real Story,Terrorism Atrocities Al-Qaeda Real News Massacre Humanitarian Crisis Syrian territory Inside Syria Killing Kidnapping Slaughtering ISIS Islamic State, Jihadi, Mercenaries, Armed Group, #USA Israel Crimes Against #Humanity +18, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, Chemical Weapons, Arab Spring, 2011-2013 Syrian Uprising, Destruction, burning, protesters, conspiracy, war on Syria #Video #Youtube
The first few minutes of The Flood are an absolute must-watch. The film opens with interviews from participants in the early stages of protest, telling how the poor and desperate were paid to go to demonstrations, how the numbers were greatly exaggerated, how snipers shot people and police to provoke an explosion. To create the impression of a general strike, they forced shopkeepers to close their shops at gunpoint. Later testimony covers the funding by Saudis, Qataris and others, and some of the criminal acts of the brigands such as kidnapping, rape, car bombs, smuggling weapons, killing prisoners, stealing cars at gunpoint to sell them. They advance to destroying infrastructure, hospitals, plundering storehouses, homes and shops, until the inhabitants fled as refugees. Dismantling factories and selling the machines to Turkey to buy arms, which they smuggled into Syria over back roads. Some of the weapons received were from Saudi Arabia or Israel. Gangsters taking Islamic names to get funds from Saudis, who come and lecture them on Jihad, the houris, and pay them princely wages. Mossad instructors trained brigades on how to take out Syrian air defenses. Now the goal was to destroy the Syrian Arab Army, to allow Israel and the USA to invade Syria without resistance. Saudi emirs gave them orders to attack military bases, airports and missile sites and plunder the weapons and missiles. They were given complete details of the targets and instructions how to attack. The missiles were taken to a hiding place where Turkish and Libyan experts were there to advise. While dismantling one missile to get the explosive, it and 2 other missiles exploded, causing great damage, which the rebels blamed on a Syrian Army helicopter barrel bomb. Their work helped Israel target the research center near Damascus, an unprovoked act of aggression. But the rebels couldn't succeed on their own so the Zionist axis had to intervene directly to destroy Syria, the last citadel of Arab resistance. In the final minutes the witnesses express immense regret, "We received money from abroad to destroy our homeland with our own hands." "We thought we were doing the best for our homeland, but it turns out we were destroying it." "They deceived us in the name of religion."
OPCW chemical experts begin Syria disarmament mission http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_02/OPCW-experts-to-begin-work-on-Oct-7-Russian-UN-envoy-3020/
Rx for America's body politic: E-democracy
It's getting more and more obvious that what We the People need is Electronic Direct Democracy, where the citizens vote directly on major issues via the Internet.
Last month up to 90% of emails to Congress were against a war on Syria, in spite of the massive war propaganda, but the President and probably the Senate were still ready to go into that mad excursion. Practically Putin and Assad saved the US from itself.
This month 100% of the country does not want the government shut down, but that's what happens anyway.
This regime is utterly dysfunctional. I love the Constitution, but our "representative democracy" is only representing special interests. (Like Big Pharma and Big Insurance, AKA Obamacare.)
We the People need the vote. The jerks in Washington obviously don't know how to do it for us.
Check out E-democracy on Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-democracy
Businesses are already making us do everything for ourselves. Wipe your own windshield at the gas station, scan your own groceries, get your own medical advice on the Internet, make cash withdrawals from an ATM, and push buttons on the phone until you get a recorded message.
They are outsourcing everything to the customer. Washington can do the same.
Congress had an approval rating of just 17%. Get the message, boys. It's not working. (That 17% has dropped to 10% with the shutdown.)
As for Obamacare, one poll shows only 17% believe it will help them. It sure won't help our family. We'll have to pay way more for insurance and on top of that, supposedly we are getting a big helping hand or subsidy to "save" us a lot of bucks on the deal and give us a big "discount". So the medical industry must be double-dipping, taking a chunk out of our hide and another bite from the government -- which is really us, too!
They want taxpayers to pay 10% of their income for this insurance, and the government is going to collect another 10% for the "subsidy." 20% of income for "health care"? Is getting sick what this country is all about? Like a parking lot with all disabled parking spaces.
In other more egalitarian countries, health insurance only costs a couple percent of your paycheck.
Do the math. Where is the money going? This will bankrupt the middle class to subsidize the super rich to enlarge their yachts.
Western medicine started out centuries ago bleeding patients to death. Now they are going to bleed this nation to death.
The problem that Obamacare was supposed to solve is that a lot of people don't have health insurance. No mystery why. They just can't afford it. The solution is to make health care affordable, not to force people to buy insurance they can't afford. Of course, that's why it's called the Affordable Care Act, these names go by contraries. The way the Patriot Act was really the Traitors Act. Orwell and all that.
People often ask me, what can we do about all these evils your books expose? I answer there is very little we can do, except spread the word until we get a critical mass of concerned citizens. And that's what we're starting to get now. The so-called silent majority is fed up and getting pretty mad, and they want to be heard.
So the time is come when there is something we can do. We should push for E-democracy, and enfranchise the people so they CAN do something.
Now the US government has shut down, I wonder how Obama would really have carried out airstrikes that neither Congress nor the military wanted?
I am working on a short and hopefully quick e-book to incorporate the findings of Mother Agnes on the faked videos of the Ghouta attacks, along with other indications of a false flag, and some background on the war. I am uploading a slightly later version of the ISTEAMS report (Sept. 18) here http://www.progressivepress.com/dox/AgnesVids/
Russia's Lavrov hints at Turkish hands behind Ghouta attacks, cites VIPS who cite Bodansky. Finally! http://syria360.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/russia-turkey-might-be-behind-the-chemical-attack/
Webster Tarpley on his World Crisis Radio Show, Sept. 21: World Public Opinion Turning Against Kerry-Hague-Fabius Big Lie on Syrian Poison Gas Atrocity; State Department Apoplectic as Rebels Emerge as Perpetrators http://tarpley.net/2013/09/22/world-public-opinion-turning-against-kerry-hague-fabius-big-lie-on-syrian-poison-gas-atrocity/
Robert Fisk reports that some FSA commanders are considering a peace agreement with the Assad government to work together on a democratic, Syrian solution, joining forces against Al-Qaeda. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/a-syrian-solution-to-civil-conflict-the-free-syrian-army-is-holding-talks-with-assads-senior-staff-8847615.html He also picks up on some suspicious notes in the UN report that point to possible rebel manipulation of the evidence.
Le Nouvel Observateur reports that France's (Zionist president) Hollande was poised to launch Rafale fighter-bombers against Syrian targets on Aug. 31, but Obama changed his mind at the last minute and called off the attack. http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/guerre-en-syrie/20130927.OBS8824/exclusif-comment-hollande-avait-prevu-de-frapper-la-syrie.html
Syrian FM Moallem comes out swinging at the UNGA meeting. As quoted by CBS News: U.S., Britain and France blocked the naming of the real perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks; "terrorists" are being supplied with chemical weapons; the SNC is not an acceptable participant in any peace conference because it supported US airstrikes on Syria; some of the terrorists eat human hearts and send the limbs to the victims' families; terrorists from 83 countries in the attack on Syria. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57605274/syrian-fm-claims-some-rebels-eat-human-hearts/
Partial and full transcripts here: http://syria360.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/h-e-mr-walid-almoulem-deputy-prime-minister-of-the-syrian-arab-republic-at-the-unga/
Hegemony, hypocrisy and aggression also come in for pointed criticism. No wonder the Obama regime didn't want to give him a visa to attend.
Victim of gang rape sentenced to 200 lashes by Saudi judge. http://www.examiner.com/article/victim-sentenced-200-lashes-by-saudi-court
Color revolution ("Arab Spring") now coming to Sudan http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2013/09/30/Has-the-Arab-Spring-finally-stretched-to-Sudan-.html
Syria's CW deterrent makes the world safer by reducing the risk of a nuclear first strike by Israel.
A team of UN chemical weapons experts has launched a probe into seven sites across Syria, where chemical weapons were allegedly used. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/29/326712/un-probing-chemical-attacks-in-syria/
Good timeline of Syria crisis http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/08/28/2539341/syria-chemical-weapons-saga/
Agency in the Hague, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, heads to Damascus on mission to destroy Syria's CW. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/inspectors-from-obscure-agency-ready-to-destroy-syrian-chemical-weapons/2013/09/28/a6c26454-2867-11e3-8ab3-b5aacc9e1165_story.html
Susan Dirgham -- Nicaragua v. United States: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaragua_v._United_States Nicaragua won its case at Intl. Court against US aggression. Waiting for "Syria v. United States" +"Iraq v United States"...
Partisan Girl: "If you want an end to totalitarian regimes, then end the reason for their existence, which is a reaction to imperialism/occupation." "The US govt and MSM concentrated on Sarin, never mentioned VX. Perhaps because Sarin is far more simple to produce chemically than VX." "The FSA accuses SAA of targeting them before ISIS , Weren't they the ones that said "we'll use Nusra now against SAA and target them later?"
ArabiSouri: Hypocrisy of USNC resolution which simply addresses the way to rid the Syrian state from its deterrent chemical weapons arsenal against the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons threat possessed by Zionist Israel. http://www.syrianews.cc/new-unsc-resolution-syria-hypocrisy/
Hypocrisy is certainly the word for it. CW are not nice, but nuclear weapons are clearly worse. So why does the "international community" concentrate on eradicating CW while leaving nukes alone? Could the reason just be that chemical weapons are technically feasible for smaller nations that want to be independent, much moreso than nuclear? Adding to the hypocrisy, the US and Russia still keep large stocks of CW. The whole charade smacks of rape. Lavrov insists the USNC resolution has no loophole for the use of force. But if it disarms Syria, that is more than a loophole, it is a highway to aggression in the future.
MadJack re Obama's support of Al-Qaeda: "U.S. Constitution - Article 3 Section 3: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."
Moallem: Syrian Civil War Could End in Weeks- if West stops arming terrorists. http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=113056&frid=23&seccatid=20&cid=23&fromval=1
Russia and US, Security Council reach agreement on UN draft resolution re Syria CW http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24292989 or http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/27/Deal-reached-on-U-N-resolution-on-Syria-weapons.htmlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/uns-five-big-powers-agree-on-syrian-resolution-wording/2013/09/26/8546476c-26fc-11e3-b3e9-d97fb087acd6_story.html If the Syrian government or the rebels fail to comply with their obligations to rid the country of chemical weapons, the Security Council “will impose measures under Chapter 7" - meaning use of force, altho Russia can still veto that.
Russia says sarin used on Aug. 21 same rebel home-made brew as at Khan al Assal - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10335869/Russia-claims-it-has-evidence-sarin-gas-was-home-made.html
Deputy FM Ryabkov: NATO trying to repeat Libyan debacle in Syria. http://www.syrianews.cc/russia-libyan-scenario-syria/
Assad said militants had confessed to bringing chemical weapons into Syria and that the Syrian army had discovered chemical weapons caches and labs belonging to the terrorists. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=572992386069881&id=298382103530912
Rockets Used in Damascus CW Attack Fired from Makeshift Flatbeds, Not Military Vehicles http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2013/09/video-rockets-used-in-damacus-cw-attack.html
Mother Agnes: CW videos "staged and scripted. http://rt.com/op-edge/chemical-weapons-videos-staged-354/ (The usual for opposition vids)
US denied visa to Syrian foreign minister to attend UN meeting - the bully is always afraid of the truth. http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2013/09/uae-brokers-us-visa-deal-syrian-foreign-minister/
Saudis demand more support for Syrian opposition to allay threat of extremism and also more aid to refugees. How's that for a compound non sequitur. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/27/Saudi-FM-demands-enhanced-military-support-for-Syrian-opposition.html
Pakistan going ahead with gas pipeline from Iran, assails US drone strikes as counter productive. http://dawn.com/news/1045757/iran-gas-pipeline-project-to-continue-nawaz
ISIS or ISIL? Take your pick. It's Islamic State of Iraq and "Shams." Shams means the sun, or land where the sun rises (the Levant, or Syria.)
Russia, West at odds over plan to rid Syria of chemical arms. Main sticking point is West wants failure to meet deadlines to be grounds for intervention under Chapter 7. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2013/09/24/Q-A-Russia-West-at-odds-over-plan-to-rid-Syria-of-chemical-arm.html
Pure schizophrenia: British Muslims arrested as terrorists for planning to go to Syria to help Al Qaeda there. Leave it to George, chappies! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24207609
Warhack, er warhawk weighs options for punishing Iran whilst admitting, "A bugbear raised by some is the notion that if Iran acquired nuclear weapons it would use them unprovoked or give them to terrorists. This is extremely unlikely." Does America really have nothing better to do than go broke tilting at windmills on the far side of the globe? Ask Israel first. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/opinion/short-of-a-deal-containing-iran-is-the-best-option.html
Washington Post in PR cover-up efforts claiming moneybags Wahhabi-Zionist Axis only funds "moderate rebels," while extremists outgrew them on Twitter feed? http://www.globalresearch.ca/west-attempts-syria-cover-up-claims-twitter-donations-behind-rise-of-al-qaeda/5350923
Twitter blogger Marcus Papadopoulos: "The Islamist terrorist attacks carried out in Kenya and Pakistan over the weekend are experienced in Syria on a daily basis."
Sharmine Narwani weighs in on CW false flag. Her analysis of UN data shows zero sarin found in environmental samples in an area where people were allegedly gassed -- a scientific impossibility. We already noted hair samples all tested negative. The ghoulish conclusion: victims were injected with sarin by provocateurs, or at least, were moved around like theatre props. http://english.al-akhbar.com/blogs/sandbox/questions-plague-un-report-syria Further, the doctors and others the UN team depended on were biased members of the opposition. "The UN team found no traces of Sarin on the 140mm rocket identified as the source of the alleged CW attack - or in its immediate environment." The report itself notes, "Fragments and other evidence have clearly been handled/moved prior to the arrival of the investigation team... During the time spent at these locations, individuals arrived carrying other suspected munitions indicating that such potential evidence is being moved and possibly manipulated.”
The conclusions based on missile trajectories by "Human Rights Watch" are completely debunked. Casualty figures are all over the map, and the UN team did not see a single dead body, they only tested survivors -- who were pre-selected by the local FSA command.
"A senior United Nations official who deals directly with Syrian affairs has told Al-Akhbar that the Syrian government had no involvement in the alleged Ghouta chemical weapons attack: "Of course not, he (President Bashar al-Assad) would be committing suicide.” "
American CW expert Dan Kaszeta is cited. "Generally, loss of consciousness is considered to be a very grave sign in nerve agent poisoning, happening shortly before death. How is it 78% of the patients had lost consciousness?" http://strongpointsecurity.co.uk/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/D-Kaszeta-Comments-on-UN-Report.pdf Eerily enough, one hypothesis arising from Mother Agnes' observations is that victims may have been sedated to appear dead, and to move them between locations. That would also explain why in one video, an allegedly dead man is receiving an injection (possibly a dose of sarin).
Destroying chemical weapons is expensive, and Syria doesn't have the funds to destroy its stocks. Solution -- Israel pays Syria to destroy its own CW as well. Israeli citizens can't complain about toxic incinerators in their backyard. Everybody happy. Now how to get rid of the 3,000 tons of CW the US has been dawdling over for 20 years?
Terrorist mortar attack on Russian embassy in Damascus http://tarpley.net/2013/09/23/bonesman-kerry-blackmailing-russia-and-china-to-impose-regime-change-on-syria/
Russia to build second nuclear reactor in Iran http://rt.com/news/iran-russia-nulear-plant-242/
Russian analyst avers that US held back from attacking because Syrian anti-ship missiles could inflict "unacceptable damage." http://english.pravda.ru/world/americas/20-09-2013/125717-america_syria-0/
An earlier report in Pravda from a military journal alleged that Syria has special forces, trained in sabotage and residing in the USA, ready to retaliate in the case of a strike against Syria. http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/conflicts/13-09-2013/125650-syrian_special_forces_usa-0/
More on the story that the Russian missiles found in Ghouta were of a type sold in 1967 to Libya, a known source for rebel munitions. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/gas-missiles-were-not-sold-to-syria-8831792.html "Since Gaddafi's fall in 2011, vast quantities of his abandoned Soviet-made arms have fallen into the hands of rebel groups and al-Qa'ida-affiliated insurgents."
Excellent summary of Mother Agnes' evidence about the apparent kidnapping of the children to be used in the chemical weapons videos from Ghouta. http://www.globalresearch.ca/5350600/5350600
ISIL and FSA rebels killed fighting over share of spoils looted from homes and shops https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=571799269522526&id=298382103530912
CIA Libya mercenary death squad turned panhandler videographer Matthew Van Dyke has released the flick he went to Syria to make. What a waste of time, not worth watching even to criticize it.
Staging the Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, 12 minute video from Jim Corbett / Global Research http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzLVfdrQRsY Good overview of Mother Agnes' evidence of fabrication.
Most of the videos referenced in the report by ISTEAM / Mother Agnes were suppressed by Youtube, whether due to graphic content or because Youtube is just another piece of the military-industrial-media complex, we don't know. In any case, 40 of the videos have been saved and have now been uploaded to this site at this link. http://www.progressivepress.com/dox/AgnesVids/ They are in FLV format and can only be downloaded, no streaming video software is yet available.
This video identifies several "actors" who are haranguing the camera about the CW victims are known leaders of extremist FSA factions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT77xkGcNqM It then goes on to expose other FSA or SNC leaders as American political operatives.
Pentagon proposes plan to equip and train ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels http://rt.com/usa/pentagon-train-syrian-rebels-048/ This is good PR and will ensure the fullest possible destruction of Syria by resuscitating the secular FSA, the weakest of the three armies (the SAA and the Takfiris are stronger). Thanks to this fair-minded initiative, the war can go on until no brick is left upon another one. Analysis by Syria News: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=455549341227098&l=1ac85caafc
Syria completes handover of chemical weapons inventory on time http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/21/-U-N-chemical-weapons-watchdog-begins-assessment-of-Syria-file-.html
Former British Ambassador: Israel deceived US with fabricated evidence on chemical weapons use in Ghouta. “Troodos did not pick up the intercepts because they do not exist. Mossad fabricated them. John Kerry’s ‘evidence’ is the shabbiest of tricks” http://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/former-british-ambassador-israel-deceived-us-with-fabricated-evidence-on-chemical-weapons-use-in-ghouta/
Dale Gavlak Suspended by AP for helping Y. Ababneh write article on Syrian rebels claiming they accidentally set off CW. Don't mess with the mass murder media! http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/21/reporter-denies-writing-article-that-linked-syrian-rebels-to-chemical-attack/ Mint Press says Saudis are threatening to end Ababneh's career as well, and that Gavlak confirmed Saudis supplying CW to rebels. http://www.mintpressnews.com/official-statement-on-dale-gavlaks-involvement-in-syria-exclusive/169507/
The Wahhabi-Saudi regime is the lynchpin blocking the development of the Arab world. They funnel the oil money into effete lifestyles for tens of thousands of princes, into terrorism and ideological subversion, into F-16's, into everything that is bad for the Arab world and the rest of the world too. The Syria conflict is letting that show more than ever.
How are Wahhabis made? See this shocking simple trick. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=188741587975643&l=98b519f0d7
Washington Spectator finds Mint Press more credible than John Kerry, questions 90 minutes between alleged detection of rocket launches and first social media reaction to CW attack. http://www.washingtonspectator.org/index.php/Yahya-Ababneh.html
The not-so-neutral Swedish military-industrial-media complex. Japanese expert: UN's Syria Inspector Sellstrom a Shill for NATO and Israel http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-sellstrom-report-the-united-nations-syria-inspector-shills-for-nato-and-israel/5350287
Churkin: why so few rebel casualties - how did CW attack on rebels manage to miss them all? https://www.facebook.com/SyrianTruthEnglish/posts/541697235903317
Jihadi extremists gain further sway over rebel battalions http://news.msn.com/world/hundreds-of-syria-rebels-pledge-loyalty-to-al-qaida-groups?stay=1
FSA leaders in Raqqa claim ISIS and al-Nusra collaborating with Assad against them. http://www.kentucky.com/2013/09/19/2831379/us-backed-syrian-rebels-being.html Syria 24 English: War in the streets of Raqqa between ISIS and Al-Nusra. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=571067669595686&id=298382103530912
Russian missile shown in Ghouta was 1967 model, but Syria only started making CW in 1990's http://www.voltairenet.org/article180331.html "The Ghouta chemical attack: Where are the missing children?"
JFK: "Ich bin ein Berliner." Crazy man McCain: "I'm more pro-Russian than the Russian regime." http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/19-09-2013/125705-McCain_for_pravda_ru-0/ Russian reaction: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/21-09-2013/125723-mice_men-0/
UN Report (page 18): Around 90% of blood and urine samples tested positive for sarin. Only 3 hair samples were taken, all tested negative. So how did the gas get inside their bodies but not on their bodies? Another indication of fabrication?
Anyway who believes the UN, they are paid players in the US monkey show.
The report's strongest feature for assigning blame is the claim that two rockets were found, supposedly of a government type, fired from government-held areas. They are improving their fakery technique. At Khal al Assal the rockets were clearly of rebel manufacture.
Excellent summary of some of the evidence implicating the Takfiris in the Ghouta CW attacks, on a flyer from the International Action Center http://www.iacenter.org/pdf/Syrialeaflet-factsheet083113.pdf
Fisk: "After Libya there are so many Russian weapons and artillery pieces smuggled into Syria that you don’t know what anybody’s got any more." - The rocket evidence crowed by warmongering neo-colonial powers is worthless. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/robert-fisk-in-damascus-in-syrias-capital-assads-troops-may-be-winning-this-war--untouched-by-obamas-threats-8825005.html
Here is a video of jihadi terrorists using Russian Grad rocket launchers (and of course howling Allah Akbar like jackals at the moon). http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/09/19/503275.htm As far as the direction of the rockets, the evidence is tenuous, and absolutely nothing is known about the distance they were fired from. If indeed this was a provocation then it would be arranged to make them seem to come from a government-controlled area.
Assad-Kucinich interview on Fox News Sept. 19 Syrian time, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bajWYPvBiE&feature=youtu.be
Transcript http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/09/19/503275.htm The essence is that Syria has joined the CW convention and will comply with the mechanisms, i.e. to destroy its CW, but carrying this out is an expensive process, costing about $1 billion, it could take more than a year. Also Syria has suggested this step before, it is not a new idea coming from the threat of airstrikes. The biggest problem facing Syria will not only be the reconstruction, but the threat of contamination by the alien Takfiri ideology, which would destroy the fabric of Syria's pluralistic society.
London Times Sept 19 front page "Face to Face with the New Enemy in Syria" (i.e. the Takfiri jihadi fanatics)
Battle erupts between ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, an extremist terrorist group) and other FSA brigades in town of Azaz near Turkish border. ISIS is getting the most arms lately http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/al-qaeda-linked-fighters-seize-syrian-town-of-azaz-from-more-moderate-rebels/2013/09/18/113e0954-20ad-11e3-966c-9c4293c47ebe_story.html
Jaafari tells UN that the report has nothing in it that Syria has not already been warning the world about since December 2012 in regards to the danger of CW attacks by the rebels. - Syria 24 English https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=570142293021557&id=298382103530912
The unsung hero who saved the day for Syria: Labour leader Ed Miliband who stood up for due process against the war fever in Parliament. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ed-miliband/10318072/Ed-Miliband-is-proving-himself-to-be-a-brave-and-adroit-leader.html
Mother Agnes' story gets the NYT debunkers out of bed http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/russias-foreign-minister-cites-questions-raised-by-nun-in-syria-on-chemical-attacks/?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimesworld
Russian Expose of Syrian Chemical Attack: Riyadh and Doha Paid, White House Approved, British Organized, Libyans Helped, Ukrainian Mercenaries Executed it http://tarpley.net/2013/09/18/russian-expose-of-syrian-chemical-attack-riyadh-and-doha-paid-white-house-approved-british-organized-libyans-helped-ukrainian-mercenaries-executed/
Report from Raqaa, a provincial capital in rebel hands since March. Tensions between ISIS, Al Nusra and FSA. ISIS under foreign command and gaining the upper hand. Kidnapping of Father Paolo. Occasional random and pointless bombings by SAA helicopters. http://therepublicgs.net/2013/09/16/al-raqqa-the-reality-of-the-military-brigades-the-administration-of-the-liberated-city-and-the-revolutions-to-come/
Russia has criticized a UN report for ignoring the evidence provided by the Syrian government about last month’s poison gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/18/324736/russia-upset-by-un-report-on-syria/
Mother Agnes in World Net Daily on Maaloula massacre http://mobile.wnd.com/2013/09/nun-reveals-rebel-atrocities-in-syria/
Activists ask public to pressure Congress to stop arms shipments to "rebels" http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8572
Five Lies Invented to Spin UN Report on Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack - 1. Chemical weapons were delivered with munitions not used by rebels, 2. The sarin was fired from a regime-controlled area, 3. Chemical analysis suggests sarin likely came from controlled supply. 4. Cyrillic characters on the sides of the shells 5. The UN Secretary General’s comments on the report http://www.globalresearch.ca/five-lies-invented-to-spin-un-report-on-syrian-chemical-weapons-attack/5350111
New suspect in the Aug. 21 false flag: "Israel." The Israelis probably had both types of rockets plus the military-grade sarin that the UN investigation found. http://www.syrianews.cc/syria-saudi-israel-chemical-weapons-attack/
UN report on Ghouta criticized by Susan Dirgham. "Its bias toward interviewees who support the ‘anti-government armed forces’ discredits it." https://www.transcend.org/tms/2013/10/criticism-of-the-6th-un-report-presented-by-the-commission-of-inquiry-on-syria/
Youtube is taking down video evidence of the FSA-Al Qaeda false flag chemical attacks in Ghouta. I suggest saving any good vids you find. I will try and find a way to have them archived online.
Thierry Meyssan on the contradictions in the false flag narrative http://www.voltairenet.org/article180149.html
US and Saudis sign military cooperation contract with Al Qaeda Al Nusra beardheads at meeting on US base in Jordan. http://en.alalam.ir/news/1511636
UN releases report on Aug. 21 CW attacks. Report is not supposed to say who did it but it spins the evidence so warmongering powers (US, UK, France) can claim it proves Syrian Arab Army guilty.http://www.un.org/disarmament/content/slideshow/Secretary_General_Report_of_CW_Investigation.pdf
Military.com interviews Yahya Ababneh, the local correspondent who produced the Mint Press story with Dale Gavlak on the rebels who said they released the CW on Aug. 21 by accident. http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/09/10/white-house-mum-on-rebel-chem-weapons-use.html
Russian-proposed deal with US: no strike if Syria disarms and destroys its chemical weapons.
Comment I posted to Reuters,
"Putin knew the CW attack was by the US-backed rebels. So why is he agreeing to disarm the victim, Syria? How about disarming the aggressor, the US? Would Obama do that without consulting Congress?
Assad should put the Russian deal to his parliament or to his people on a referendum. Remember, Iraq and Libya were destroyed not because they had WMD, but because they had none, no deterrent. Same game plan for Syria."
In fact the deal only has teeth if Syria swallows the bait. The only sanctions on Syria for not agreeing are action through the UN, which would probably involve a Russian veto, and a unilateral strike by Obama.
Congress did approve the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997 after a 5-year debate, but 16 years on, neither the US nor Russia have actually destroyed all their CW. http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-chemical-weapons-20130915,0,4296597.story
Syria is supposed to disarm in less than a year, because the banksters can't wait to plunder their next colony, they need the money bad.
Hoping to pressure Assad into a hasty error, the agreement gives Syria just one week to provide details of its CW stocks.
Trending on Youtube, 3 min. video with 2.2 million hits, "Help Kickstart World War III" parodies fundraising $1.6 trillion for Obama's war, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-sdO6pwVHQ
Newsmax poll: 86% against military strike, only 72% support Putin's plan. A difference of 14% - how many of them agree with me against disarming Syria? http://www.newsmax.com/surveys/results/id/90 Or do they just not like Putin? Newsmax itself seems to be opposing the war on Syria as a way of getting at Obama.
Video showing some known rebels play-acting as gassed victims, also known kidnapped Assad supporters in photos with gassed children, and other evidence proving FSA carried out Aug. 21 attacks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdF6aSnxhDs Syria Undeniable PROOF SNC & Al Farok did Chemical Weapon
http://www.handsoffsyria.org/ The war in Syria is not a “civil war.” It is a battle between the sovereign people and government of Syria and rented armies of foreign-sponsored terrorists. These so-called “rebels,” many of whom are directly connected to al-Qaeda, are backed by Western and Gulf Arab governments who seek to replace Syria’s secular, nationalist government with a brutal theocracy serving the needs of the international oil cartel.
Webster Tarpley has suggested we rush to publicize Mother Agnes's report on the children who the "rebels" kidnapped in Latakia and then showed as gassed in Ghouta. http://againstausterity.org/sites/default/files/ISTeams-ghouta-report-130915.pdf
Some more good sites on the Aug. 21 rebel false flag https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/staged-video-of-chemical-weapons-used-in-syria-nothing-but-propaganda/
More links on Latakia / Ghouta
We really could use footage or witness statements identifying specific Latakia children in the "Ghouta " videos....
Turkish prosecutor indicts Syrian rebels on chemical weapons charges http://thekurdishcause.blogspot.com/2013/09/turkish-prosecutor-indicts-six.html or http://rt.com/news/turkey-syria-chemical-weapons-850/
Toddler Forced To Watch Execution Of Parents While Chained By Obama-Backed Syrian Rebels http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/06/toddler-forced-to-watch-execution-of-parents-while-chained-by-syrian-rebels/#mXLtkuuZakiqTX1T.01
Zawahiri, now Leader of Syrian Al-Qaeda, Calls For Attacks Inside US http://www.infowars.com/leader-of-syrian-rebel-group-calls-for-attacks-inside-us/.
Sept. 1st to 11th, 2013.
Getting the Truth Outta Ghouta.
Plus, A Review of the Best Stories on the Syrian Crisis
"Syrians in Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack!" http://original.antiwar.com/dale-gavlak/2013/08/30/syrians-in-ghouta-cla... It was an amazing break as the story relayed by two AP stringers, Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh, made it at least into the alternative media. The Nobel committee should take away Obama's peace prize and give it to these two reporters!
There are interesting aspects to the story. One that will be widely ignored is the Saudi role in financing terrorism. It points up very clearly how the Saudis really are the fourth leg of the imperial throne, along with the US, UK, and Israel. They are key players -- The Rockefeller-Rothschild rule is built as much on oil as on banks.
Yet the ethnic fallacy fools us into thinking they are, after all, Arabs and Muslims of a sort, and to count them on that "side" of the chessboard. Blunder! In fact, since ibn Saud and Sheikh Wahhab were recruited and set up in business by the British empire in the 18th century, their descendants have been its staunch pillars. They helped overthrow the Turks in WWI, saved Britain in WWII, and play along with the Zionist occupation of Palestine. They provided the patsies for the 9/11 hijacking myth. They fund the subversion of Islam into a fanatical ideology repellent to the civilized world, they supply funds, arms and fanatical foot soldiers for the destruction of Syria, Egypt and the rest of the Muslim world. It is a very big role they play.
It's time to stop giving the Saudi oligarchy a free pass and to start giving them a fair 50/50 share of the abuse rendered unto Israel. The same goes for the British puppet Qatar, of course, and all their ilk throughout the world. Blaming only Israel and "the Jews" is falling into the divide-and-conquer trap that has been set for us by the Zionists themselves, as explained in the recent Progressive Press release, The Money Power.
LIHOP, meet MIHOP
Another intriguing detail is how the rebel sources claim the sarin explosion was an accident that happened because they didn't even know what sort of weapons they were. How plausible is that?
One possibility is that this is a damage control excuse. We don't know what questions Yahya Ababneh put to them, what they thought he already knew. But if the local people were already accusing the rebels of setting off the attack, certainly the best they could do was to point the finger elsewhere and try to count themselves among the unwitting victims.
Yet we can't rule out that some of the rank and file might indeed have been in the dark. With any false flag operation, there is a need to limit the number of people in the know. For 9/11, the controllers had tight-lipped professionals install the explosives, but in Syria it's field conditions with rag-tag amateurs. So perhaps only a few politically reliable commanders were in the know. The low-ranking soldiers who allegedly blew themselves up might very well have been patsies. One mole within the ranks could fix the weapons to go off in the patsy rebel hands.
At all events, all the rebels would be at pains to disperse any suspicions of a planned false flag. So the accident story could be the line they were to give out.
This was far from the first rebel use of CW in Syria, and each time they've tried to pin it on Assad. Blaming the government for their own killings is something the FSA does on Youtube every day, and it doesn't seem to bother them or their supporters at all.
Of course, most of the rebels are not professional weapons experts, and there have already been a number of reports of FSA irregulars blowing themselves up making car bombs and the like.
Perhaps it WAS planned to happen accidentally on purpose, providing plausible deniability for those directly involved. A new meaning of LIHOP? Could there have been so much effort to hide US and Saudi provenance through the back channels that it was not possible to deliver detailed instructions? After all, if the instructions came to light that would be very damning for the USA. So here you have an alternate design -- maximum plausible deniability and low profile, and be ready to jump on it and pull the trigger the moment an accident happens.
The key thing is the MSM, the mass murder media, have completely buried this story, and the war party were fully primed to get their attack going before there could be an investigation. Syrian Girl Partisan has been warning that the US imperialists are planning a chemical weapons false flag for at least a year or two. For instance, in Aug. 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbMdll58lis and June 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45VClCVAzmw . In March 2013 she reported on an earlier rebel CW attack. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nac9zdGTOOo that resulted in 25 fatalities. On Aug. 25 she appeared on the Alex Jones show to report on the latest attack http://www.infowars.com/syrian-girl-reports-on-the-orchestrated-syrian-conflict/
The purpose of these incidents, as Takis Fotopoulos points out, is to overcome the overwhelming opposition to the new war in the USA and UK. I'm overjoyed to see that it has not worked, with 91% of Americans polled opposing the war, although only a minority of them would give a false flag operation as a reason.
It is most interesting, though, that the false flag explanation has infiltrated even the MSM. Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul called the attack a false flag on Newsmax and Fox News, notes Mikael Thalen at Storyleak.com http://www.storyleak.com/pat-buchanan-chemical-attack-false-flag-operation/
Vladimir Putin stated baldly that the attack was designed to provoke a reaction by the US that would come to the aid of the rebels. Oddly, RT.com didn't seem to pick up the Gavlak-Ababneh exposé, but Voice of Russia did, and Iran's Press TV covered it more than once. (Russia Today did post an early op-ed by our friend Wm. Engdahl debunking the accusations against Assad, http://rt.com/op-edge/syria-gas-attack-chemical-propaganda-796/ .) Even the Daily Kos, historically fiercely opposed to the 9/11 false flag narrative, carried the story.
Referring to Syria, Zbig Brzezinski noted that it's getting harder for the empire to control public opinion. http://www.storyleak.com/brzezinski-global-political-awakening-making-sy... Zbig to the CFR powwow in 2010, "To put it bluntly: in earlier times, it was easier to control one million people than to physically kill one million people; today, it is infinitely easier to kill one million people than to control one million people."
So, everybody, let's keep on resisting the brainwashing! It's a lot more fun than getting killed!
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Saudi Envoy Meets Zionist Lobby Officials in Geneva over War on Syria
and Actual Video Footage of Syrian REBELS Launching Chemical Weapons
It certainly doesn't look accidental!
One comment is made that Assad's forces could have faked the footage. But Syrian army had no motive to carry out such an attack, absolutely on the contrary, and we have seen the US preparing this scenario for over a year. Anyway FSA rebels regularly film and post videos of their own barbarities, that is the kind of madmen they are.
PressTV also carried a story by a survivor of chemical weapons attacks in the Iran-Iraq war, Prof. Marandi, who notes the parallel - the US promoted the use of chemical weapons and blamed it on the victims.
On Twitter, Webster Tarpley reminded us that Turkish police arrested FSA members in the possession of sarin gas back in May, 2013. According to Reuters, "Turkish newspapers had reported that 12 people from Syria's al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front who allegedly had been planning an attack inside Turkey and were in possession of 2 kg (4.5 pounds) of sarin, had been detained in Adana."
UN investigator concluded that rebels were guilty of the May 2013 CW attacks in Syria
Former President Carter on Friday came out strongly against military action in Syria without the United Nations's blessing.
Smoking Gun: Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack? by Yossef Bodansky
Bodansky pieces together the plan. The chemical weapons attack would be the provocation for a US-led bombing campaign which would take out Syrian Army assets, paving the way for a rebel attack on Damascus. Tell-tale detail: A week before Aug. 21 preparations started in Turkey to mobilize massive arms shipments for the rebels:
"On August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a major and irregular military surge....an imminent escalation in the fighting due to “a war-changing development” which would, in turn, lead to a US-led bombing of Syria... The opposition forces had to quickly prepare their forces for exploiting the US-led bombing in order to march on Damascus and topple the Bashar al-Assad Government, the senior commanders explained... Indeed, unprecedented weapons distribution started in all opposition camps in Hatay Province on August 21-23, 2013...
"Opposition reports that there was distinct stench during the attack suggest that it could have come from the “kitchen sarin” used by jihadist groups (as distinct from the odorless military-type sarin)."
Bodansky ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yossef_Bodansky ) already had good insights on Aug. 22, at
FSA units began an offensive on Aug. 17 which fizzled.
"By August 19 and 20, 2013, the FSA units were surrounded in three villages not far from the Israeli border.
"An attempt to use an Indian UNDOF patrol as human shield failed. The FSA commanders were now (ie: as of late August 21, 2013) pleading for massive reinforcements and an air campaign to prevent their decimation.
"Meanwhile, on August 19, 2013, in Ghouta, more than 50 local opposition fighters and their commanders laid down their arms and switched sides.
"Hence, the last thing the Assad Administration would do is commit atrocities against the Ghouta area and the local population which had just changed sides so dramatically. For the opposition, fiercely avenging such a betrayal and petrifying other would-be traitors is a must."
So it's not just about bombing Syria but paving the way for the rebels. Now that momentum has been lost, with Congress not voting until Sep. 9th, the rebel victory in this harebrained scheme seems terribly remote. Some Congressmen may vote Nay for this reason alone, not out of sympathy for Syria.
Over at the freerepublic, which a decade ago was a hornet's nest for any 9/11 Truther venturing to post there, skepticism about the Obomber regime's fairy tale abounds. One Nick Carraway has posted the Gavlak article here. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3060741/posts . He comments, "The rebels are al quaeda terrorists. Is it possible that these terrorists used weapons of terror? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I guess it’s possible."
Chess-player Putin: Check to your Queen. An amazing story in the EU Times reports that Russia will attack Saudi Arabia if the US attacks Syria. Tit for tat and Russia will win the exchange.
How credible is the threat? Saudis are worried. The US and Russia never attack each other directly, only through proxies. The US has never lifted a finger when Russia attacked a smaller country, and Saudi Arabia doesn't have many friends. The sheikhs are more useful to the empire than Israel, but they don't enjoy the same status.
Reports on the attempts by the bandit Bandar to blackmail Pres. Putin.
Also reminds of the Britam case in Jan. '13 where a hacked email revealed a false-flag plan to spirit a CW shell into Homs, Syria to be blamed on Assad. The CW plot has been cooking for a while!
There is also a link to a story about the "real reason" for the war on Syria: Qatar wants to build a gas pipeline to Turkey and Europe through Jordan and Syria; Assad stands in the way. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-16/mystery-sponsor-weapons-and-money-syrian-rebels-revealed The Qatari pipeline would threaten Russia's commanding position in the supply of gas to Europe.
The article ends with a reference to the posting of a video of the CW massacre a day before it happened...
Mahwish ZK @MahwishKD Don't remember a red line in #Vietnam. I think it was ORANGE! #HandsOffSyria
Syria’s permanent representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said that US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron “climbed to the top of the tree and don’t know how to get down,” which is why they needed a vote by Parliament and Congress to get them down again.
And then of course there is Syria's neighbor who is keeping so mum all this time - little Israel, working away at their Greater Israel Project. Don't let them GIP US!
Land Destroyer @LandDestroyer: "US plans to spin UN conclusions re: #Syria - focus on whether sarin was used or not to green light attack - NOT who actually used it."
The UN will do the same. Will sound effects carry the day, or are people catching on? It will be a Big Lie either way. Some say they'll go ahead even if nobody buys the story.
Excellent from the BBC Syria: Full interview with Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad
Members of US armed services protesting by posting their photos hidden by a handwritten poster "I didn't join to fight for Al Qaeda in Syria". Twitter hashtag #Ididntjoin, e.g. here or http://covertress.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/i-didnt-join-for-this-ididntjoin.html or here http://www.infowars.com/military-revolt-against-obamas-attack-on-syria/ Some of the photos were used to hack the US Marine recruiting website by the Syrian Electronic Army. http://thedesk.matthewkeys.net/2013/09/02/syrian-electronic-army-compromises-u-s-marines-recruitment-website/
The Twitter hashtag against the war on Syria is #HandsOffSyria
Russian parliament proposes exchange of delegations with US Congress to share views on avoiding war. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=564001043635682&id=298382103530912
Britain gave export licences for nerve gas precursors to unidentified groups in Syria https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=531546903585017
Kerry passed off old photo of dead victims of US war on Iraq as -- victims of Assad. Proves he is definitely FSA material! http://www.infowars.com/bombshell-kerry-caught-using-fake-photos-to-fuel-syrian-wa/
CBS News published complete report proving the March 2013 attack in Syria was committed by rebels. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57592880/russia-syrian-rebels-made-used-sarin-nerve-gas/ Russian laboratory found it was home-made sarin, and the rockets also came from an FSA factory.
Kucinich: Syria strike would turn US into 'al Qaeda's air force' http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/319037-kucinich-syria-strike-will-turn-us-into-al-qaedas-air-force
14 minute video interview with Mother Agnes on the big lie, from Aug. 28
or see article here https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=566081106761009
Israeli intercept from Syria showing SAA innocence was doctored by US and Israel to show the reverse
Critique dismantles Kerry's pack of lies http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-on-brink-of-launching-war-against-syria-based-on-lies/5347550
Report that Syria shot down an F-22 Raptor with 4 Tomahawk missiles last week appears to be a hoax. .
Syrian opposition divided regarding US air strikes http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/09/syria-rebels-us-strike.html
Corbett Report 279. http://www.corbettreport.com/episode-279-who-is-really-behind-the-syrian-war/
Corbett identifies two long-standing plans to disrupt the Middle East - Wesley Clark's revelation of the Pentagon plan to attack 7 Muslim nations in 5 years; and the old Israeli or Bernard Lewis plan to balkanize the Middle East. He and Engdahl then discuss pipeline politics: Iran, Iraq, and Syria plan a gas line from Iran via Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the Med to Greece and Europe. Meanwhile Qatar wants to build a pipeline through Jordan, Syria, Turkey to Europe. So you have Qatar and Turkey who want regime change in Syria so THEIR pipeline goes through, and not Iran's. Pepe Escobar then relates how Bandar Bush foolishly overplayed his hand with Putin while boasting that the Saudis control Middle East terrorism. And of course there's the military industry, as related by Sibel Edmonds.
Note that Iraq is not behaving like a vassal of the United States in spite of being occupied and punished militarily for 10 years. This fact is not lost on Americans who ask what will a "limited airstrike" on Syria bring us?
Iraq arrests Al Qaeda unit planning CW attacks, June 2013 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22742201
Conservative MP says intervention could be nightmare scenario http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf84Xdx2zr4
It's being reported that a hacker named €Wagn3r has intercepted emails of US military personnel, wives and friends implicating the US military in the attacks of Aug. 21. One officer compliments another on a job well done, with a link to a story about the gas attack. But this could be disinformation. In one bizarre line, the colonel's wife, who otherwise writes perfect English, says this: "I saw it either and got afraid very much. [sic] But Tony comforted me. He said the kids weren't hurt, it was done for cameras. So you don't worry, my dear."
I saw it either? Trouble is, the hacker also writes perfect English.
Could this be a stunt intended to influence opinion outside of the English-speaking world, to get them thinking that even if it was a false flag op, the kindly Americans didn't actually hurt anyone. Or some kind of private joke about using broken English. Perhaps for plausible deniability when writing something that would be damning if it got out? Strange.
There is one bit of corroborating circumstantial evidence - there have been comments on the unusually large number of child victims in the photos, as if they were collected for the purpose. Also, there is a very wide variance between the number dead reported by say, France, in the hundreds, and the USA, over 1400. So maybe the 1100 were Hollywood extras?
Excellent interview by Bashar al-Assad with Le Figaro (text, in English)
800-lb. Gorilla in the Closet. AIPAC (the Gorilla) says it needs the attack on Syria lest Iran be emboldened to attack Israel. NYT prints this, then scrubs it from the story. Gorilla didn't like it. http://mondoweiss.net/2013/09/nyt-deletes-references-to-aipacs-role-in-pushing-strike-on-syria.html.
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) says Obama's evidence is pretty thin http://www.syrianews.cc/republican-evidence-syria-pretty/
Congressional leaders support Obama's war crime plan. One proposal gives Obama 90 days to run amok, the other gives him 60 days to present a well-founded case. Unfortunately the latter seems to be getting pushed under the rug. Panel may vote tomorrow, full vote will be on Sept. 9th. http://rt.com/news/syria-crisis-live-updates-047/
In one of her most popular videos, Syrian Girl Partisan has given 8 good reasons "Why the NWO Hates Syria": No Rothschild central bank, NO IMF debt, No Genetically modified food, Oil and pipelines, Anti-secret societies -- belief in an international conspiracy against their nation, Anti-Zionism and non-recognition of Israel, Secularism and non-sectarianism, Nationalism and protecting local industry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP3mXVRd89Y An excellent version is here: http://rt.com/op-edge/syria-world-hate-message-604/
Unfortunately, Assad had begun to gradually liberalize the economy; of course the opening was used to try to topple him.
In the same vein: Ten Facts about Syria https://twitter.com/AzulayRomond/status/375740640937926657/photo/1
Obama is now OPENLY sending CIA-trained terrorists into Syria, http://www.legitgov.org/ , citing The Telegraph
Of course, the US was behind the uprising and terror from the start 3 years ago, as detailed in the Progressive Press publication Subverting Syria.
It's unconstitutional for Congress to authorize the President to decide whether to start a war. The Framers meant to limit executive power to repelling war and operations of war, not to initiating war.
House Speaker Boehner has jumped on to Obama's war wagon. Unfortunately, Republicans usually vote with him.
Excellent overview of the isses here http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/09/03/targeting-iraq-and-syria-2003-and-2013/ Syria has Russia's most advanced Yakhont anti-ship missile.
However, the Yakhont's range is less than 200 miles. US destroyers carry Tomahawk missiles with a range of 1350 miles or more. (China has built the world's first anti-ship ballistic missile, the Dong Feng 21, with a maximum range of almost 2,000 miles.)
Syria's navy is small, its notable vessels include only 2 frigates, 2 submarines and 30 missile boats. On the other hand, all it takes to sink a ship is to put a good-sized hole in it.
Remember the Exocet in the Falklands war. Missiles vs. ships make an asymmetrical match. Ships are a lot easier to hit than missiles and a lot more expensive. Also, the Yakhont is estimated to cost about $1-2 million apiece, while the Raytheon RIM-161, the anti-missile-missile at the heart of the US Navy AEGIS ship defense system, costs $9-$24 million apiece. So far no one is daring to take on the US Navy, but as I see it, US carriers are sitting ducks, and the USA can't indefinitely project power by bluffing and bullying with their floating coffins. Maybe that's one more reason for their rush to crush Syria while they still have the upper hand.
In today's interview on Veritas Radio, Mel Fabregas asked how can the government go ahead when 90% of the people are against a war on Syria? How can we make it a government by, for and of the people? Our republic is supposed to work as a representative democracy, but it clearly doesn't. Time and again the people do not want war. Time and again candidates lie to us. No matter how many letters we write to Congress they don't listen to us.
Here is a proposal. Let's bring our Constitution up to date. Let's pass a law that on important issues, Congress may not defy the opinion polls. Instead, we'll set up a system of direct democracy with voting by Internet, on any issue that enough people want to put to a vote.
If the Internet had existed when our nation was founded, this is what the Founding Fathers would have gone for, direct democracy, not rule by irresponsible "representatives."
The idea is not a new one, it has been around almost as long as the Internet. There is even a wikipedia article on E-democracy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-democracy
It is seen as a way forward of reform by evolution rather than violent revolution. It can also offer a forum to reclaim the discussion space for the authentic voices of the people away from the controlled corporate media.
It would be brilliant if Syria would become the first country to institute Electronic Direct Democracy (EDD). It would certainly shut up Mssrs. Obama and McCain who are defying the will of 90% of their people.
Sharmine Narwani on the loose use of casualty numbers for propaganda ignoring that the majority of fatalaties may well be combatants, not women and children.
China and Russia sending ships to the Eastern Med http://www.infowars.com/report-china-sends-warships-to-coast-of-syria/
A councilman from a Turkish border town reports that says that the chemical weapons used in last month’s attack in Syria were transported from Turkey
"Chemical Attack" in Syria was FAKE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kji74CZEiXI
World leaders pressure Obama over Syria at G20 summit http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/05/us-russia-g-idUSBRE98315S20130905
I thought there was a note in this article that more countries are starting to openly agree with Putin that it could have been the rebels, but that sentence is not there now. False flags are a major taboo of course.
World Net Daily was hostile to 9/11 truth and the Palestinian cause a decade ago, but now it's out in front hitting hard for Hands Off Syria and giving play to the false flag aspect too. http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/bombshell-evidence-rebels-carried-out-syria-gas-attack/ WND reports Congressmen's mailbag nearly unanimous in opposing Syria strike. http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/calls-to-congress-244-to-1-against-syria-war/
Lawmakers Warn That Obama Is Fumbling Syria Strike Messaging. “The calls have been overwhelmingly against. We should have been called back immediately, there should have been a national address,” said New Jersey Republican Frank LoBiondo. http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/lawmakers-warn-obama-fumbling-syria-strike-messaging
Boots on the ground could be Turkeys http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/05/322272/turkey-deploys-military-units-near-syria/ in the militarists' 3 step plan: CW false flag, airstrikes, ground assault on Damascus.
Video of Al Nusra terrorist rationalizing the use of chemical weapons on Syria women and children http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n24kJPz6cWc
Donald Trump on Twitter "The terrorists in Syria are calling themselves REBELS and getting away with it because our leaders are so completely stupid!" I guess he means Kerry. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump
Putin called Kerry a liar for claiming rebels are becoming more moderate. In fact the moderate secular opposition has either given up, had a change of heart or been put out of action. What's left is "Al Qaeda" foreign fanatics funded by Qatar and Saudis. http://rt.com/usa/kerry-syria-rebel-nusra-472/
Breaking: Francois Hollande (zionist prez of France) abandoned by European Union at G20 summit
Anglo-American Media: Putin Isolated!? Continent cut off by fog....
On calmer reflection I return to my usual position that this is not going to be a regional or world conflagration. Putin was incensed at Bandar's blackmail, but attacking Saudi Arabia could drive it into the arms of NATO, the last thing Russia needs.
Also relativizing the opening statement above about the 4th leg of the stool. An article published today relates how the Saudis tried to break free of the empire's grip in 2001. The 9/11 false flag drove them back into the fold. Remember the patsies or alleged hijacker actors were supposedly Saudis. Why did the controllers script it with Saudis and not Iraqis if they were looking for a war on Iraq? To blackmail the Saudis, evidently. The Saudis then got the job of running Al Qaeda on a broader scale, same job they had in Afghanistan in the '80s. The neo-cons - i.e. Israelis - had put them back in their box. Richer than the average puppet, but still, just the usual bunch of corrupt kleptocrat puppets, sucking their country dry for the empire.
US military advisers were already training rebels in the use of CW last year, in a prophetic report by M Chossudovsky
http://www.globalresearch.ca/breathtaking-u-s-hypocrisy-on-chemical-weapons/5348147 What Red Line? US Crossed the Orange Line - complicit in CW deaths of 25,000 in Iran Iraq war and 400,000 from Agent Orange in Vietnam. More along that line:
Just out - Excellent timeline of the chemical weapons crisis by Syrian Girl Partisan, 9 min. Chemical Attack on Syria - Who Did It And Why
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer
Lies and liars work just in reverse -
First they are believed, then opposed, and finally -- ridiculed.
ROTFL Kerry Obama!
RIP "JK" -- John "Just Kidding" Kerry
Good news for a change - Newsmax reports it's looking 3 to 1 against Obama in Congress. "Obama on Verge of Historic Rebuke Over Syria." Obama, Boehner and many others stand to lose a lot of political capital, as well.
"Rebel Brutality in Syria Posing Dilemma for West," the NYT headlined, with a prominent photo of rebels executing soldiers with a shot to the head. Syria News asks, will this photo make Americans realize they are on the side of the brutes, as did the photo of the gun to the head of a Vietnamese prisoner in 1968?
http://www.syrianews.cc/photo-prevent-attack-syria/ The raw video was so grisly, and so barbaric, that the New York Times staffers who watched and edited it for online publication were made “physically ill,” according to the newspaper’s spokeswoman http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/06/syria-video-turns-the-debate-on-u-s-intervention.html
Pentagon claims missile strike will cost only in the low tens of millions. One Tomahawk sea-launched cruise missile costs 1 to 1.5 million. If anything happens to the destroyers that launch them, they cost a billion each.
Senators are MUCH cheaper. The 10 on the panel who voted for the war received 83% more in donations than the 7 who voted against. John McCain got the most at $176,000, and that's only about one eighth of the cost of a Tomahawk. You can't get cheaper than that. Syria 24 reported https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=565411383494648&id=298382103530912
16 of 26 dead in the March CW attack at Khan al Assal were Syrian soldiers, the SOHR told the BBC. The village was held by the SAA and under attack by Al Nusra Front at the time of the CW massacre in March. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21841217
Putin saved his knock-out punch for the G20 meeting, where he finally came out and announced on Thursday evening in no uncertain terms, "The alleged chemical weapons use in Syria is a provocation carried out by the rebels to attract a foreign-led strike." http://counterpsyops.com/2013/09/06/putin-syria-chemical-attack-is-rebels-provocation-in-hope-of-intervention/ He has broken through a great taboo against governments ever talking openly about false flags. On Wednesday the Russian Foreign Ministry delivered evidence to the UN that the Khan al Assal CW attack (which the UN came to Syria to investigate in August, see Syrian Girl timeline above) was of rebel origin, http://rt.com/news/chemical-aleppo-findings-russia-417/ and also questioned why videos of the victims of Aug. 21 were already posted to Youtube on Aug. 20. http://counterpsyops.com/2013/08/24/proof-that-materials-implicating-syrian-govt-in-chemical-attack-prepared-before-incident/
"Russia “will help Syria” in the event of a military strike, Putin stressed as he responded to a reporter’s question at the summit."
Washington Post publishes list of "10 things that could go very wrong if we attack Syria." http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/05/10-things-that-could-go-very-wrong-if-we-attack-syria/ They left off some big ones.
Fox News Pundit Judge Napolitano: US Strike on Syria Would Be War Crime
What will the banksters and war party do to regroup after a defeat on Syria?
As well as voting down the war strike, Congress needs to pass a Resolution that the CIA and Pentagon must not support terrorists such as the rebels in Syria or anywhere else in any way .
Land Destroyer blog: http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/search/label/Syria
Doctors without Borders, who reported on the victims of the Aug. 21 strike, are funded by the likes of Goldman Sachs.
The destruction of Syria was planned by the US since 2007
Cartalucci cites the New York Times saying "Nowhere in Rebel-Controlled Syria is There a Secular Fighting Force to Speak Of"
But a mysterious blogger named Karl Remarks claims he may have found some
Looking for something on the Saudi oil interest motive in the Syria crisis, I found this piece in in the Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/aug/30/syria-chemical-attack-war-intervention-oil-gas-energy-pipelines. Pointing to pipeline politics as the real story behind the Syria crisis, it offers a pretty good timeline, starting in 2009 when Assad rejected Qatar's pipeline proposal.
I passed over the irritating stock-in-trade propaganda line about "a death toll over 100,000 people, the vast majority of whom have been killed by Assad's troops." But I was shocked when I saw the byline. Nafeez Ahmed, our own "9/11 truth" author, has penned this. (Unless it was his editor at the Guardian, a paper that has done some pretty dirty propaganda tricks against Syria.)
To give him credit, he does insert the possibility that the Aug. 21 attack could have been carried out by the rebels.
However, even the hopelessly pro-FSA SOHR doesn't claim that the death count is so one-sided.
Citing the SOHR, McClatchy news headlined that Assad backers reportedly make up 43 percent of dead in Syria http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/06/03/192881/assad-backers-reportedly-make.html , with anti-Assad fighters losing 17,000 lives.
Wikipedia repeats this figure of losses by government forces of 44,000 dead, a lot for a small country, and also counts 41,000 Alawites, a lot for a minority in a small country. We can presume the Alawite civilians are victims of the jihadist mercenaries. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Syrian_civil_war
At town hall meeting, constituent accuses John McCain of treason to his face and the rest of the criminals in government in absentia. McCain sidesteps the accusation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZOapBU5eZHA
On August 28th, Syria asked the UN to investigate three more terrorist chemical attacks on the Syrian army which took place on Aug. 22, 24 and 25. Complete media blackout on these 3 attacks. http://rt.com/news/syria-investigate-un-chemical-116/
Aug. 30th at the UN, remarks by Syrian envoy Jaafari. He notes that Syria informed the UN in December, 2012 that the terrorist side had obtained chemical weapons, that they could use them against armed forces and civilians, and then blame the Syrian government. In Khan al Assal, the day the UN announced it would investigate the CW attack, the terrorists attacked the village and killed over 300 people, because they were all eyewitnesses to those events. Many more great remarks, 11 min. video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VRKQMmLewVQ
From Jaafari's remarks it's possible the CW projectile fired by poorly trained terrorists on Aug. 21 may have been aimed at Syrian army positions, but was not fired correctly and fell short onto a residential neighborhood.
Israelis finally have to show their hand to save their war on Syria. AIPAC ready to blitz Congress for war. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/06/322396/aipac-set-to-drag-us-into-war-on-syria/ Up to now they've let proxies do the heavy lifting - Obama, Turkey, KSA, Qatar, and Zionist Jewish asset Francois Hollande.
"CNN Exclusive: Videos show glimpse into evidence for Syria intervention" - against whom? Footage of victims, without a shred of evidence it was the SAA. Yes US really does need to intervene against its terrorist puppets, no doubt about it! http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/07/politics/us-syria-chemical-attack-videos/index.html
Remember the doctrine of pre-emptive attack in self-defense that Bush invoked for his genocidal war on Iraq? If war gets much closer, Syria would be justified in sinking US destroyers in the Med pre-emptively, before they get their missiles off. Of course, Syria is already justified to retaliate in return for the terrible destruction the US has already wreaked on Syria at the hands of its death squads and proxies. But as Thucydides said, Matters of right are only in question between equals. The strong do what they can, the weak suffer what they must. Translation: You can't trust strong nations.
Friendly Fire. FSA faction Al-Aqsa Islamic Brigades post a stirring image on their Facebook page - the Jihadis marching off as the US Capitol burns and explodes in the background. http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/09/obama-backed-syrian-jihad-rebels-post-image-of-burning-us-capitol.html
Obama's secret monitoring evidence is actually a conversation between Damascus and the commander in charge of Syria's CW. The Defense Ministry in a panicked call asking if this was our CW and the commander denying it, that he has everything still intact. Mossad edited this to say the opposite, that it was an SAA attack. They are lying through their teeth. http://www.globalresearch.ca/high-level-u-s-intelligence-officers-syrian-government-didnt-launch-chemical-weapons/5348643
The doctored report was mentioned in an op-ed by Rep. Alan Grayson in the NYT today. He won't vote for an operation where not even Congress is allowed to see the evidence for it. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/opinion/on-syria-vote-trust-but-verify.html
Saudis are bribing Congress to vote for Syria war crime and offering to pay US cost of the war, says Webster Tarpley. http://exopermaculture.com/2013/09/07/press-tv-are-saudi-arabia-and-qatar-bribing-u-s-congress-to-vote-yes-to-war-on-syria/
Syrian Girl Partisan concludes Syria has only one option if attacked: to retaliate against Israel. She points out that in a war, Israeli populace could go back to Brooklyn or wherever, and zionists don' t want that. Plus Tel Aviv is in easy range of Syrian missiles, while the US Navy may not be. Finally, Israel is pulling the US strings. Why not retaliate against the puppet master, instead of the puppet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk4FFcpquJw
Exactly a year ago today I posted the final version of my popular 13-minute video, showing how the FSA commits massacres and then the MSM blames them on Assad. After watching this you can immediately understand this chemical weapons false flag is right in character for these terrorists and the MMM - the Mass Murdering Media - that peddle their Big Lies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6YAOJ35yMk&feature=youtu.be
By spewing out a ceaseless stream of such lies, the Mass Murdering Media create a composite fictitious picture of Assad the monster, the mass murderer, when in fact they themselves, the military-industrial-media complex, have all the Syrian blood on their own hands.
Once Assad has been demonized, we are supposed to automatically assume that the latest atrocity with chemical weapons is to be blamed on him, without even checking the facts.
Tarpley's World Crisis Radio on Syria Crisis today: Putin Labels Goutha Chemical Incident a Rebel Provocation Created to Induce Western Interference, Pledges Russian Help to Syria; Obama Isolated at St. Petersburg, Facing Defeat in Congress; Kerry a Serial Liar, Hillary Clinton Bribed by Saudis
Mother Agnes of St. James Monastery concludes that the video evidence of the attack was prefabricated, as it was posted to Reuters at 6 a.m. on Aug. 21, only one to three hours after the attack occurred. She also asks why the "international community" and media completely ignore the massacre of 500 civilians in Latakia by FSA-jihadist terrorists on Aug. 5. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=566081106761009
Truth Leaking Out? Nerve Gas Points to Rebels, former U.S. intelligence analysts claim. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) compare Syria "intel" to the 2003 Iraq yellowcake scandal and assess CIA Director John Brennan as a zero-credibility liar. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/09/12-u-s-intelligence-officials-tell-obama-it-wasnt-assad.html
Haaretz: Jihadists, not Assad, apparently behind reported chemical attack in Syria http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/03/24/1196627/-Haaretz-Jihadists-not-Assad-apparently-behind-reported-chemical-attack-in-Syria# Meanwhile, The Times of Israel reported, “Israeli intelligence seen as central to US case against Syria”, and confirmed the Guardian’s report that “a large delegation of senior Israeli security officials is currently in Washington holding talks with top administration officials led by US National Security Adviser Susan Rice.” http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2013/09/really-used-chemical-weapons/ "The BBC World News had reported that “Just like Iraq: US arms butchers who use chemical weapons on civilians, and then tries to frame someone else”. In its video report the UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte confirmed that Syrian militants had used the deadly nerve agent sarin." "Israel, too, has a long record, since its inception, of using biological, chemical and nuclear weapons against Palestinians and against its Arab neighbors."
Israel's motive is to keep the civil war going to neutralize Syria, and likewise in the rest of the Middle East to foment religious and sectarian strife -- divide and conquer. It has worked so far, but the long-term outlook is not good in view of Zbig's notes on increasing public sophistication. In the short term, the reaction against fake Islam in Egypt looks almost like a civil war now, but in the long term, it shows the Arab street is not going to buy the dope the CIA and Wahhabis are pushing. "Israel" too may be past its sell-by date, and may meet the same fate as the Crusader states.
Kerry's lie about "moderate rebels" - the one got him called a liar by Putin - originates with an op-ed by a 26-year old student FSA activist named Elizabeth O'Bagy, who makes a living drumming up contributions for the FSA war chest. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/06/wall-street-journal-syria-elizabeth-obagy_n_3881477.html and http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/obama-relying-on-students-spin-on-syria/ Kerry's real family name is Kohn, his grandparents changed it and converted from Judaism to Catholicism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kerry
Why is the US the most hated country in the world? "This is why they hate us – meddling, bombing, invading, droning, telling them how to run their countries." http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=50855 And maybe that is why no nation has ever been able to take over the whole world. When a nation gets too powerful, too arrogant, the world pushes back.
"Israel" grants first gas and oil exploration rights in illegally occupied Syrian Golan Heights to a company that includes Dick Cheney, Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch on board. http://www.businessinsider.com.au/israel-grants-golan-heights-oil-license-2013-2
Wedding cortege in Chicago with "No War on Syria" signs https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=448973268551372
Syrian refugees no longer welcomed by Egyptians after their experience with Moslem Brotherhood http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrian-refugees-find-hostility-in-egypt/2013/09/07/fc54b832-17cc-11e3-961c-f22d3aaf19ab_story.html
Parents in Latakia say their children were kidnapped two weeks before the Ghouta atrocity and are the dead children shown in "activist video evidence" of the Aug. 21 CW attack. http://www.voltairenet.org/article180130.html This follow perfectly the usual cooperation between the terrorists on the ground and in the mass media, as noted in earlier FSA massacres used for psychological warfare in my video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6YAOJ35yMk&feature=youtu.be
BND tries to feint a limited hangout that SAA may have used CW without Assad's approval http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/9/8/german-intelligenceassaddidntapprovechemicalweaponattacks.html Slur is conduited by MI-6 organ Al-Jazeera.
72% of Turkish people oppose intervention in Syria. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/majority-of-turks-against-syria-intervention-survey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=53995&NewsCatID=341
Former Turkish deputy PM criticizes Erdogan's arming of Al Nusra, article corroborates Bodansky on surge of weapons to rebels timed with gas attack. Turkish military delegation visiting "Israel" for consultations. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=566196533416133&id=298382103530912
Assad on CBS Face the Nation denies use of CW and says it's not even conclusive that CW were used at all. Will air on Monday. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/09/08/uk-syria-crisis-assad-idUKBRE98709N20130908
http://english.al-akhbar.com/blogs/sandbox/yes-syria-and-hezbollah-will-hit-israel-if-us-strikes Israel has attacked Syria and Lebanon recently, and is running the war provocation behind the scenes, and is in striking range. Syria and Iran may have no other option than to strike "Israel" in retaliation. By Sharmine Narwani. An Iranian general stated, “Those countries, which as US allies are proving militants with money, [military] equipment and bases, are within Syria’s reach and predictions indicate that nothing can stop a Syrian counterattack. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/08/322781/if-attacked-syria-will-hit-us-interests/
Obama at G-20: "I put it before Congress because I could not honestly claim that the threat posed by Assad's use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians and women and children posed an imminent, direct threat to the United States." (Obama taught constitutional law at U of Chicago.) http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/G20-summit-Syria-conflict/2013/09/06/id/524211
Cameron's defeat was the first time a British prime minister lost a vote on war since 1782, when parliament voted against further fighting in the American colonies. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/30/us-syria-crisis-britain-idUSBRE97R1BD20130830
A survey by the Associated Press shows the House voting 6 to 1 against a strike, but with nearly half still undecided. In the Senate it's 34 to 32 in favor of the strike so far. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Congress-Against-Syria-Strike/2013/09/07/id/524364 Legally, the power to declare or wage war rests with Congress, not with the House or Senate alone.
White House Chief of Staff Admits: U.S. Has No Military Allies for Syria Strike. Yay! http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/denis-mcdonough-syria-chemical/2013/09/08/id/524403 Trying to recover, the spokesman then put both feet in mouth. "Nobody now debates the intelligence, which makes clear … that in August, the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people," he said. "The entire world believes that." Yeah right. You mean the whole world knows you're lying.
Check the comments, too. Folks out there are hopping mad.
Shady PR Operatives, Pro-Israel Ties, Anti-Castro Money: Inside the Syrian Opposition’s DC Spin Machine http://www.alternet.org/world/shady-pr-operatives-pro-israel-ties-anti-castro-money-inside-syrian-oppositions-dc-spin
Senate is undecided on Obomber motion. I was thinking of tweeting the Senate from this list https://twitter.com/gov/us-senate/members No War on Syria! http://southweb.org/blog/did-the-white-house-help-plan-the-syrian-chemical-attack/ "Our" Rebels use CW, not Assad ! But it is not so easy. I created a new Twitter account - a fair amount of work, you have to follow 15 people - so as not to clutter my followers' accounts with 100 messages to the Senate. But after 10 messages my account was suspended.
My message was No War on Syria! http://southweb.org/blog/did-the-white-house-help-plan-the-syrian-chemical-attack/ Don't be war criminals - "Our" Rebels using CW, not Assad! http://original.antiwar.com/dale-gavlak/2013/08/30/syrians-in-ghouta-claim-saudi-supplied-rebels-behind-chemical-attack/ @Senator...
Instead of Twitter, here is a list of contact webmails for the Senate. http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm .
Latest whip count shows Senate almost evenly divided with 42 undecided. http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2013/09/09/congressional-vote-on-syria-whip-count-sept-9-launching-our-new-senate-whip-count-page/ Senate could vote as early as Wednesday, House not until next week. House count: 249 against, 60 for, 124 undecided out of total 433.
Russia says Syrian rebels plan chem attack on Israel from Assad-controlled territories as a "major provocation." http://rt.com/news/syria-rebels-chemical-attack-israel-618/
Giving up control of its CW would mean Syria losing its only deterrent against Israel, says PartisanGirl http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LxHvShIkMw Will Israelis now hand over their nukes to international control?
Assad said something like this on PBS today. "In 2001, we proposed to the United Nations to get rid of every W.M.D. in the Middle East and the United States stood against that proposal... Because Israel has W.M.D. and it has to sign. And Israel occupying our land. So that’s why we talked about Middle East, not Syria, not Israel. It should be comprehensive."
Stick to your guns!
Aired today - Charlie Rose interviews Bashar al Assad on PBS (1:40) http://video.pbs.org/video/2365076095/ Trailer (8 min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_hhpGSZi84 Transcript of excerpts http://projects.nytimes.com/live-dashboard/syria#sha=ff9b2037b
Is the bipolar power bloc system being reborn? The US keeps trying to bully and swagger as if it represents the entire world. But during the Cold War, the US had no say at all about what happened in the Russian sphere of influence. There is evidently no reason that can't happen again.
Putin: Syria chem arms handover will work only if US calls off strike. "You can’t really ask Syria, or any other country, to disarm unilaterally while military action against it is being contemplated," President Putin said on Tuesday. http://rt.com/news/putin-syria-chemical-weapons-669/
Have Putin and Assad outsmarted Obama and Kerry? Will the US and its allies agree to renounce the US of force against Syria? Hmmm. One wonders. Even if they do and Syria does give up chemical weapons, it should be possible for Syria to produce them again on fairly short notice, if the US and its allies renege on their end of the bargain. Renouncing force means pulling back their terrorists, too. Will the evil empire admit to and agree to that? This discussion could lead to exposing the US as intent on aggression, justifying Syria's CW deterrent.
Full text of the Assad-Charlie Rose int/erview. Assad gives a lot more reasons why one has to believe that any CW attack that occurred was done by the rebels. Of course this was omitted from the excerpts that the Mass Murdering Media showed yesterday. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=574673462597574&set=a.166386986759559.44853.166379316760326&type=1&theater Thanks SANA English for the link, you guys are doing a great job.
Associated Press chimes in with Assad and Putin saying Obama hasn't presented any factual evidence http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fact-check-obamas-syria-case-still-lacks-proof Full transcript of Obama's speech https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=567337133302073&id=298382103530912 Everything he has is past its sell-by date, like the reference to the Nazi Holocaust. "The day after any military action, we would redouble our efforts to achieve a political solution." Huh? He must be thinking about Alex Jones' Love Bombs. And how about a political solution for America's own problems? Obomber could learn from Mr. Assad, who insists his job is to look after Syria.
What happened to the Open Society? Moscow regrets US Congressmen not meeting with Russia MPs over Syria http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/06/322387/russia-regrets-us-snub-of-syria-talks/ Remember when the Soviet Union was concerned about keeping out foreign ideological viruses? The shoe is on the other foot now.
Paul Craig Roberts - We're ruled by zombies (who are ruled by zionists) http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/09/08/the-rule-of-zombies-why-are-obama-and-kerry-so-desperate-to-start-a-new-war-paul-craig-roberts/ US has destroyed 7 nations in last 12 years, you want us to sign on to bomb Syria too? Roberts is so mad lately he has stopped capitalizing the names of world "leaders."
Obama's Rogue State Tramples Over Every Law It Demands Others Uphold http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/10-3
Auto-goal as Syria False Flag finally forces Russia to play 9/11 Truth card http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vka7Da6e9LY "The Truthseeker: 9/11 & Operation Gladio." It has seemed to be a taboo for governments to speak of false flags, perhaps because they might want to do one themselves sometime. But the Americans and Brits have been overdoing it so outrageously that they have to be stopped.
The American people really just want to join the rest of the world and be accepted as ordinary people. They are tired of being the world's policeman. They want to get on with their own lives. The same goes for Egyptians, they don't want to be inducted into a campaign for Sharia law. The Russian people don't want to build a Soviet empire. A great many Jews just want to be regular folks and not any kind of chosen people either. That's what it's all about in our global village. At one time the world thought that was what America was about, putting the common man foremost, until these madmen took over.
Sept. 11, 2013
Iran regrets that US ignored its warnings about terrorist rebels getting chemical weapons (CW). No surprises there. Today is of course Sept. 11 and we remember how the US ignored warnings from many countries of an impending strike on 9/11, quite naturally, since they already knew they were going to carry out this false flag themselves. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/11/323359/us-must-stop-shock-awe-policy-zarif/
Israel hasn't ratified the CW convention because it feels threatened by its neighbors. Ditto Syria. Same story as US and Russia with their Mutually Assured Destruction. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.546613
No surprise here either http://news.sky.com/story/1139496/syria-rebels-give-us-targets-to-defeat-regime
Russia rescued Obama, not Assad, from defeat, with the diplomatic initiative about handing over Syrian CW, Russian envoy to EU V. Chizhov tells CNN. http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/11/russia-to-americas-rescue/
Letter from Syrian Parliament to House Speaker Boehner
"A Plea for Caution" -- Excellent op-ed by Pres. Putin in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html Putin hits the nail on the head in contrasting "American exceptionalism" with our credo that God created all men equal. Indeed, imperialism is a kind of racism, where the "natives" (Syrians) can't be trusted because they are of a lower order.
Is this logical?
- The US supplies CW to Al Qaeda.
- AQ death squads use their CW on Syrian army and civilians.
- Syrian government has never used CW.
- Therefore: Syria must give up its CW deterrent.
Skynews is trotting out the old "ghost" story saying the "Shabiha" are behind recent CW attacks in Syria. (Not worth linking to this propaganda fabrication, we've seen thru the shabiha myth last year on this blog.) The FSA/Al Qaeda method is to blame their own massacres on the "Shabiha" (ghosts, in Arabic) who are supposed to be Alawite paramilitary irregulars and terrorists. The mass murdering media then eagerly peddle these fabrications.
Gal whose lie about "moderate rebels" got Kerry called a liar by Putin suddenly fired by warmaking think tank for lying about having a PhD. Dozvidania devochka. http://rt.com/usa/elizabeth-obagy-syria-commentator-fired-736/ Why they fired her, isn't lying what FSA, media and politics is all about? Puzzled.
Students chase Patraeus off campus with taunts of "war criminal". http://www.businessinsider.com/cuny-students-harass-david-petraeus-2013-9
See how individual congressmen and senators are standing on Syria http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/where-lawmakers-stand-on-syria/
Here's how I'd like to see the chemical weapons deal work out.
US, Turkey and the lot renounce the use of force against Syria and withdraw support for terrorists.
Syria then has to open up their chemical weapons depot.
"Surprise, we never had any!"
Seriously, this is all very rotten. US has no right to attack Syria, so this is not a bargaining chip. Meanwhile Syria does have the right to maintain deterrents.
It's just a stick-up. Structurally, it's the same as the robber who goes into a bank, points a gun and says, Give me all the money and I won't shoot you.
Private UN negotiations begin on Syria chemical arms SANA reports. Western countries will make impossible and outrageous demands, hopefully Russia and Syria will refuse and not be so foolish as to agree to unilateral disarmament. Diplomacy is war by other means. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=567651476603972&id=298382103530912
Putin and Assad want to open lines of communication, so it's good to have negotiations. But to barter away your deterrent to stop a single strike would be insane. They fabricate false flags on the assembly line, this won't be the last one, they'll be back. They've been working hard on CW false flags because, as Syrian Girl Partisan emphasizes, the CW is the only thing keeping them from coming in and destroying Syria like Libya and Iraq. But the whole demonization of Assad has been accomplished with a series of false flag massacres and myriad other lies. They must renounce the use of force. But how can you trust them even if they do? They created the UN for this and they trample on it, too. Might makes right.
Putin has gained a forum to persuade the barbarians to embrace reason, and he has gained time. At present neither Syria nor Russia have anything that can hit back at the 5 Tomahawk-toting destroyers in the Med. Next week, though, the Moskva missile cruiser arrives, armed with lethal, long-range, supersonic anti-ship missiles, swaying the balance of terror.
Belgian hostage Piccinin, captured by FSA together with Italian war correspondent Quirico, both of them ironically anti-Assad and pro-FSA, overheard a conversation between an FSA general and two other rebelss, indicating they knew the Ghouta attacks were not done by the Assad side, but by the rebel side. The three rebels were also very concerned about US airstrikes. Almost complete blackout of this story in the media outside of Italy. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/504735/20130909/syria-chemical-attack-assad-rebels-blame-hostage.htm
Oct. 29th, 2012.
In an important entry to his Landdestroyer blog on Oct. 24th, Tony Cartalucci underscores a point that is often overlooked. The present crisis in nothing new under the sun -- the Baathist government is a hereditary enemy of Islamist extremism. Hafez Assad's reputation as a brutal dictator is attributable in large part to the bloody suppression of the Moslem Brotherhood in the city of Hama in 1982. Constant Islamist pressure to overthrow the secular state forced Syrian government to adopt authoritarian controls. "Hafez Assad's 'brutality' was aimed at sectarian extremists - fanatics that would later form the foundation of Al Qaeda and serve as a force of violence and destabilization throughout the world."
British and American imperialists have been fostering Islamist extremism for over two centuries, since the founding of the Wahhabi-Saudi partnership, as has been documented by David Livingstone in Terrorism and the Illuminati and by Webster G. Tarpley in 9/11 Synthetic Terror. It is a potent mixture, with Arabia's oil wealth financing reactionary propaganda and ignorance. These dragon's seeds have raised a potentially immense new Mongol horde of ruthless, fanatical jihadis that might overwhelm any progressive or secular state in the region.
But why would the neo-liberal, materialist-atheist USUK foster "religious" extremist Al-Qaeda? For the very same reason the banksters financed the Nazis, the Bolsheviks and the Japanese militarists: the Countergang strategy. Before seeking a war pretext with a powerful rival nation, first infiltrate it with a countergang who hijack it and poison it with an extremist ideology. Then, when your alliance is victorious in your great war with your mad stooges, their moral defeat will be so great that the once proud rival nations become vassals who can never raise their heads from mortal shame again.
As a footnote to the blog entry from Oct. 4th, a US general now blithely entertains the possibility that mortar shells on the Turkish border village, that were supposed to invoke the NATO self-defense warmaking clause, might have been -- a false flag. "We are not sure if these shells are from the Syrian army, from rebels who want to get Turkey involved in the issue or from the PKK [Kurdish Workers’ Party]," the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet quoted commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling. Other reports have noted that the shells were of NATO manufacture.
Oct. 4th - False Flag Suspected as Turkey Vows Revenge for Mortar Shell on Border Village
Transcript of two-minute speech by Syria's representative to the UN Bashar Jafari via Youtube makes clear that Syria is still investigating the source of the shelling, and that FSA mortars are active in the area shelling border posts -- thus the likelihood that the mortars came from the FSA.
"The Syrian authorities are conducting a detailed investigation to find the source of the firing of the shell that fell inside Turkey and the led to casualties.
Until now, the official investigation is NOT over, and the Syrian government, through its Minister of Information, has expressed its condolences to the victims, to the family of the lady who was martyred by the shelling, and to the Turkish people.
However, this was NOT an apology, this as an expression of solidarity with the civilians, of solidarity with this woman and her children, and of sympathy for this family who suffered this tragedy.
This is all based on facts. There are armed groups that are attacking border posts along the Syrian-Turkish border. And this is all happening under the watch of the Turkish border patrol and the Turkish army.
So the story is very clear to the Turkish side, and they very well know what is going on at the border crossings. They also know how these armed groups attack, every now and then, these Syrian border posts on the Syrian-Turkish border."
They certainly know better than anyone else what goes on at the border, as was attested when a Lebanese woman journalist was arrested by the Turkish army on the Syrian side of the border, after she witnessed the Turkish army distributing weapons to insurgent groups. Posted by SyrianGirlPartisan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvujjlIJdek
The other day Morris108 put up an interview on Youtube with an eyewitness saying that the FSA controls all the border crossings with Turkey but one. That reminded me of the suggestion made here on Aug. 8th
"Secure the international borders, not only to keep new fighters out, but to deny those in country the chance to regroup and re-arm. Ask friendly nations to form a coalition and assist with troops for border guard duty. This will also enormously increase the cost for the US should it be tempted to go over to direct combat support."
What really needs to happen is for Russia and any other willing friendly countries to send peacekeepers to secure Syria's borders.
The incident today where NATO wants to make a casus belli over Syria firing a warning mortar blank shell into Turkey underlines this. The border problem is too critical and explosive to let it continue.
An Opening to Reconciliation - Is a whiff of peace in the air floating over Damascus?
At the same time Minister of Reconciliation Ali Haidar stated his hope that "the political process in Syria started to crystallize and the results will be shown in the next few days."
Haidar himself is an opposition politician, leader of the Syrian Socialist Party. He got the new portfolio after he won a parliamentary seat in the May 2012 elections, which the global media blacked out. Reconciliation is the agreed centerpiece of the current government platform, he says. In an http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2012/07/interview-of-syrian-national.html ">interview, Haidar says his solution is for all sides to recognize each other, and to isolate the extremists. The second opposition minister is Qadri Jamil Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs.
Hard to tell if there is much new in these statements? And how do you dialogue with armed Salafi fanatics? You can't talk about "both sides" when there is a third side, a NATO proxy force, attempting to take the country by force.
Can the Opposition Save Syria? An Audacious Proposal
The thinking of at least one opposition activist has evolved in a way that signals a readiness for compromise by some in the opposition. Edward E Dark in Aleppo has piqued my curiosity with his tweets of disillusionment with the FSA: He's a top gun among opposition tweeters, with 6,900 followers and 23,000 tweets.
The turning point for Ed was seeing the horror of war in the massive battle for Aleppo in late July-early August. At heart he is a revo and anti-Assad to the core, yet his perceptions are acutely realistic, and he has taken a load of flak for it from his fellow twitter revos on Twitter.
Before the Syrian Arab Army retook Aleppo, Ed was pretty gung ho about the FSA, with no discernable difference from the opposition line.
Selected Tweets by @edwardedark
July 21 I bought a shotgun & a pistol for home protection, but if Assad's bastards assault Aleppo, I'm getting rifles & fighting them
July 23 In a BBC interview Ed Dark was optimistic that Aleppo was "gradually slipping away from the regime" and accepted the fighting as "part of the price people have to pay for getting their freedom back."
All that was before the big SAA reinforcements arrived and all hell broke loose over Aleppo.
By July 28 he realized,
consensus in Aleppo is FSA is making a mistake by holding neighborhoods. just causes death, destruction & suffering for no discernible gain.
the FSA in Aleppo is in no shape to hold the city. it's outnumbered and outgunned by regime forces. just Self destruction & needless killing
the Syrian crisis can only be solved by a military intervention or a power-sharing compromise, and neither is happening
if regime falls what will take its place? competing armed battalions? chaos? a break up of the country?
honestly, Syrians are stuck between a brutal repressive regime, and an incompetent divided opposition. The rest of the world doesn't care
what use is toppling the regime after you've destroyed and fractured the country?
FSA mostly impoverished youths with anger & revenge on their minds, or ideological Islamists. not nation building material
the FSA has taken the revolution hostage, if it f***s up, which its doing, the revolution fails
Aug 10 there is always room for compromise, because the alternative to it is too grim to think about. we basically have no choice anymore
Sept 10 ppl suppose that because I dare criticize & expose the crimes of armed rebels I must be a regime goon. where were u when I was protesting???
that's because I'm now seeing FSA crimes and the misinformation about them first hand. would u prefer I shut up about them?
yes, the only resolution to the Syrian conflict is through dialogue and diplomacy, everyone and his dog has already said so
FSA rebels are executing prisoners which is a war crime. today they executed 20 soldiers. of course "activists" keep quiet about it #Syria
Sept 12 our incapacity to debate and express different opinions without fighting is what brought Syrians into this mess
I was there 8 p.m tonight in Forqan. they detest FSA which has destroyed their homes, its called a backlash
as an armored convoy passed by the Uni dorms inhabited by the displaced in Aleppo, they started cheering for the regime & against the rebels
You know how much I hate Gaddafi & Bashar? That's how much I hate the extremists now. They are not Islam. They are the enemies of Islam.
They claim to be protectors of Islam when in fact they rear their heads as the worst catastrophe that can ever befall Islam & Muslims.
Sept 17 if we knew when we started our peaceful revolution for change, that it'd be hijacked by Islamist militants we wouldn't have started #Syria
the same s**t head backward fundamentalist Islamists who attacked western embassies across the Arab world r now being armed & sent to #Syria
FSA f*****s blew up the historic 700 year old gates with explosives to "liberate" it
rebels attacked checkpoint just down the road from my house. the f*****s rained mortars all over our neighborhood, that's a WAR CRIME #Syria
Sept. 19 we want our freedoms and rights back, we want to change the regime, but we don't want to replace it with extremists and Al Qaeda
Islamist radicals & clerics are very adept at hijacking revolutions, as u saw ( remember Iran?)
civil guard has been distributing water via trucks to most areas in Aleppo, people filling up via containers
been home without water for 3 days because some rebel commander ass***e thought it would be fun to sabotage the water supply Aleppo #Syria
Sept 20 if you fight Assad with force, he wins, you lose. the country gets destroyed.
we vote Assad out in UN monitored elections, it has happened in other countries before.
we should learn from the other non-violent movements from the last century ...time, will & patience will get us our freedom
both sides stop violence, and negotiate a power sharing transitional period leading to UN monitored elections, that's the plan
FSA in #Syria must renounce the foreign Islamic Jihadists fighting in the country & distance themselves from them in order not to be tainted
Syrians of all political persuasions must renounce violence, put the past behind them & work together to build a new, free democratic #Syria
Thank you Ed.
A free and democratic society is no easy goal. We don't have one in the US, really. True, the police state is not intrusive, the democratic façade still doesn't look that shabby. But greed and corruption make real democracy almost unattainable.
Ed is an idealist. And like so many Syrians, he blames Syrians themselves for the course of events: "our incapacity to debate and express different opinions without fighting is what brought Syrians into this mess." Almost everyone has been fooled into believing the fighting broke out spontaneously. Much more likely it was instigated by NATO special forces provocateurs. Why?
If a real democratic revolution does start to develop anywhere in the world, it is a threat the evil empire cannot afford to leave unpunished. Steps are taken to divert it onto a path acceptable to the Anglo-American money power.
In the pincer between the Syrian Army and the jihadist insurgents, how can the opposition bring democracy to Syria now? They have lost an incalculable amount of goodwill among the population, due to the atrocities and stupidities of the FSA. How are they going to win an election? Aside from a kind of blackmail -- listen to us or Big Brother NATO will intervene -- what bargaining chips do they have to exchange for a share of power? At the moment, power in Syria is primarily military power, anyhow.
There is a great deal that most people in the opposition and the Baath party can agree on. Most Syrians do seem to be OK with the Syrian political philosophy of Arab socialism and nationalism, resistance to Zionism, and secular pluralism. They only want more reforms, and whether one believes him or not, Bashar al Assad has insisted that he wants to give them that. And, Syrians of all stripes really hate Salafis and jihadis.
The impotence of the opposition is a real problem for Syria. It puts all the pressure on the Assad government. This is a terrible burden, fighting on several fronts against NATO, which has a military budget 500 times larger than Syria's. Fighting the terrorists in the cities and on the borders, trying to fight the information war against the world corporate media, struggling with economic sanctions. NATO has devised a cheap means of asymmetrical warfare using Salafi money and proxy fighters. The damage they inflict on Syria is on the order of five to ten times as great as the cost to the aggressors.
Now all this is a real problem for the honest opposition, because if the government cracks under the load, the odds are Syria will be stuck with a jihadist Islamist colonialist regime. That will be far more repugnant and intrusive to the democratic opposition than the Assad dynasty ever was, with Shariah law, no schools or careers for women, an unimaginable great leap backward.
Internal opposition groups are planning a conference in Damascus on Sunday "to save the country", but "the regime" is not invited. Guess they'll have nobody to fight with but each other.
But I'm leading up to an answer here. It seems unorthodox, but in fact it's logical from the fundamental principles of political science: authority rests on power and legitimacy. It's a classic strategy, if a leader can be found to try it.
The opposition must pick up arms, and form a fighting brigade -- like in the Spanish Civil War, where a variety of units joined the fray. By agreement, tacit or express, this opposition force will fight neither against nor alongside the Syrian Army. They won't fight Syrian units of the FSA either, rather they will aim to recruit them. They will create their own power base. The transition which Ed is talking about can take this physical form, of a militia.
The chosen target for the wrath of the weapons of the armed democratic opposition will be the foreign mercenaries and Jihadists (if perhaps inevitably including some Syrians slow enough to still be carrying Al Qaeda banners.) This patriotic stance will help repair the image of the opposition as bunglers who only brought destruction on Syria.
As things stand now, neither side can win militarily in Syria, only more and more of the country is destroyed. This balance of terror means that a new force can swing the outcome in disproportion to its own size. By this means the anti-jihadist opposition fighters can profile as heroes saving Syria (and Ed's revolution), gaining enormous legitimacy, while other opposition groups who stand by merely harping at fate, fade into insignificance.
If the policy is successful, more Syrians will join the bandwagon. The result will be a military victory over the proxies of the evil empire and a political victory for Syrian democracy, where two strong parties that can respect each other's hard-won victory can compete at the polls. The revo military arm can be a guarantee of democracy against a slide back to a Baathist police state.
So no, that's not a whiff of peace in the air. It's gunpowder, if any opposition party prefers winning over whining. The stage is set for patriotic heroes to rise to the hour and defeat the bloody fascist empire.
It's really very simple. If you want to share the power, you need to share the effort, too.
Edward Dark himself recently changed his Twitter icon from a clenched fist to a logo reading, Save Syria. That's exactly what the opposition needs to do to save their revolution.
Be Skeptical of a Spectacle: Illusions and Delusions of the Attack Video
I think it would be better for Muslims to ignore stupid provocations. Now France is reacting by expressly publishing nasty caricatures of the Prophet. They are enjoying the protests with Schadenfreude.
If people would ignore the film, the Zionists would have nothing to show for their dirty $5 million. As it is, they are getting a huge bang for the bunk. Their media can go all out in caricaturing Muslims as excitable terrorists. They timed the killing of the US ambassador by CIA death squads to make it look like he was killed in reaction to this stupid film.
What does the Koran say about this question? I believe that to ignore such provocations is correct in Islam. There is a hadith where a Beduin swore at the Prophet and called him names. Mohamed in return blessed the man and offered him food. The heckler broke down and said, now I admit you are the quality of man they say you are.
Of course the parallel is not perfect, Zionist provocateurs are perverse souls, distant strangers from grace and repentance. But why give them the sadistic pleasure of manipulating you into a crushing psychological warfare defeat? A good old American expression says it very well: Don't get mad - get even.
Progressive Press specializes in studies of false flag operations and other sophisticated forms of provocation. But this stupid flick was the most common and primitive trick of all -- the playground bully who teases the smaller child to get him to over-react, so he has an excuse to beat him.
Some have rushed to the defense of the Muslim world saying, the protests are not really about the film, they are about the genocidal wars of the evil empire against Muslims. That may well be true. But the way the protests are presented, by making Muslims out to be ignorant savages, only helps set up the Muslim world to be targeted for yet more brutal and bloody aggression. Not a smart way of striking back.
There is generally someone in the background inciting a mob, though. It could be a respected figure, an imam or a sheikh. This is where the plot thickens again. The Muslim world is riddled with these witting and unwitting tools of imperialism. This is why the violence has occurred in Muslim states now being targeted by the evil empire, such as Pakistan and the "Arab Spring" states of North Africa, but not in the empire's vassal regimes in the Arabian peninsula.
The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack, by James Petras
Started reading this on-topic up-to-date volume.
"When popular upheavals challenged these US-backed dictatorships, and a social as well as political revolution appeared likely to succeed, Washington responded with a three-track policy: publicly criticizing the human rights violations and advocating democratic reforms; privately signaling continued support to the ruler; and thirdly, seeking an elite alternative which could substitute for the incumbent and preserve the state apparatus, the economic system and support US strategic imperial interests.
"In Latin America in the 1980's, Washington promoted negotiated electoral transitions which replaced dictators with pliable neoliberal electoral politicians, who pledged to ... defend the privileged foreign and domestic elites and back US policies." Just the same sort of "democracy" Americans get at home.
Tet Petras has one blind spot. He ignores the massive body of knowledge about US State and Offense Department funding of Color and Other revolutions, democracy NGO's, and protest movements. Perhaps he is a revolutionary romantic. Or he fears to offend his left-wing readership with conspiracy thinking, which is relegated to the political "right" in the artificial categories maintained by the powers that be.
Revolutionary romantics like to think of the empire as run by intellectual dinosaurs. It is an unacceptable affront to their self-esteem to conceive that the think tankers of the empire, players of the game from every angle on the board, may be more sophisticated than their fist-clenching opponents. Like Smithers in the Simpsons series, the wonks are clever, amoral, highly-paid servants, the brains that money can buy.
The evidence? I have a bunch of it here somewhere. Let's just put a few terms into a search engine: NGO DOD State Department color revolutions. Up comes this: Destabilizing Russia – Clinton State Department Dusts off Color Revolution Model and Threatens Us All
My favorite quote on the subject is the observation by Tarpley in 9/11 Synthetic Terror:
"Secret intelligence agencies are fatalist or realist in that they regard all large-scale sociological and political changes as inevitable. As soon as they identify a budding phenomenon which they have not yet penetrated, their only thought is how to infiltrate their agents and assets into it, so they can steer or influence it as it ripens. Whenever the leaders of intelligence agencies see a train leaving the station, their only thought is to climb on board, quite irrespective of the destination, as Gen. Paul Albert Scherer, the former head of West Germany’s Military Counter-Intelligence (Militärischer Abschirmdienst) and one of the greatest experts in this field, assured me some years back. This applies to terrorist groups most emphatically. Here the attention of the secret intelligence agencies is so strongly focused that their task is most often that of founding, and much more seldom that of infiltrating and taking over some group which already exists."
Now this is quite logical. If they did not do this, they would not be doing their job. Take revolution. 99% of the people are cheated and downtrodden. Sooner or later they are going to revolt. Look at the history of China. It is pocked with literally thousands of peasant rebellions. So it is a known fact that revolutions happen. Should the caretakers of society, for those who think they own it, just wait for a spontaneous revolution, and then improvise countermeasures? Or, faced with such a predictable phenomenon, should they tunnel away like moles to be the ones who pop to the surface when it's time for the revolution to come out and be defeated once again? They are not being paid $35 billion a year to just let events take their natural course, are they.
Prof. Tarpley interprets the video attack on Prophet Mohammed and the ensuing unrest and slaying of US Embassy personnel as planned provocation and response, to duplicate the effects of the Iran hostage crisis that toppled President Carter, remembered as the October Surprise. Netanyahu and Romney are "joined at the hip since they worked together at Boston Consulting Group." It's the revenge of the neo-cons for Obama's own Color Revolution of 2008. That with a little help from the manufacturers of voting machines could turn the trick. Read the article.on PressTV. Hear the whole story on World Crisis Radio.
Once again, 9 times out of 10, revolt and revolution are artificially instigated movements serving imperialism.
Embassy personnel believe the actual killing was carefully planned. Stephens was not in the embassy but in a secret safe house, which was compromised. Heavily armed death squads attacked it with RPG's, according to the Independent . "Inside story of US envoy's assassination: America 'was warned of embassy attack but did nothing'."
Update, Sep. 16th.
SyrianGirlPartisan presenting on Youtube her hypothesis that the aim of the video was to create sectarian strife between Muslims and Christians, especially in Egypt, as the alleged producer of the clip is a Copt. The film failed badly in this specific aim, although it might advance the imperialist agenda in other ways. Killing of ambassador probably not intended. She agrees it won't help Obama. Perhaps neo-cons in the CIA turned the plot to their own ends?
Richard Cottrell notes the very close parallels with the 1974 assassination of US Ambassador Davies in Cyprus, as documented in his book, Gladio: NATO's Dagger at the Heart of Europe. Cottrell:
Rodger Davies, the leading State Department apologist in the face of rising congressional sentiment against the Greek regime, was an acutely insensitive choice as the new ambassador to Cyprus. He arrived to prepare the ground about a month before the enforced partition. Not long after that he was dead, killed in a remarkable fashion as the embassy came under a sudden and violent siege. A sniper with a deadly aim, and a very accurate picture of the ground plan of the building, fired a single bullet. This travelled through the open doors of several rooms and the full length of a connecting corridor, before finding its target sitting at his desk directing the defence of the embassy. As his Cypriot secretary Antoinette Varnava bent over the stricken diplomat, her head was expertly lopped off by a repeat shot. Marksmen of that expertise were to be found by the score in the ranks of the stay-behind armies.
The death of Rodger Davies indicated a distinct swing of the pendulum. Despite pleadings from officials, Cypriot police made no attempt to quell the riot, or aid the besieged diplomats, thus allowing the gunmen free range. The shot that killed Davies came from a high velocity rifle fitted with uncommonly powerful sights, standard NATO kit. It was precisely the weaponry issued to Gladio Sheepskin commandos recently ordered to the island to assassinate Makarios. Davies’s death was part revenge by bitter men who believed themselves thrown to the wolves by the Americans, and part the beginning of a process which would lead to the appearance of the November 17 death squad, together with its many clones, as guns for hire on the streets of Athens for decades to come.
The assassination attempt on Archbishop Makarios failed. Interestingly, Syrian Girl also mentions a plot against the pope in her new clip.
The book Subverting Syria from Progressive Press appears in print next week, priced at $10. The final edition of the e-book is now available for #3.99 here
Progressive Press author Richard Cottrell has just written a great new blog LIHOP in Libya -- Useful Idiots and Media Bloodlust as US Consul Sacrificed to Stoke Islamophobia. It's about the killing of the US ambassador in Libya, and the wave of protests shaking the Middle East. His thesis is that this uproar is quasi-planned by the CIA in order to stoke Islamophobia in the West. The technique used is "let it happen," including security stripping. Cottrell is the author of Gladio: NATO's Dagger at the Heart of Europe, wherein he shows how these tactics were used to foster the Strategy of Tension and prop up right-wing regimes in Europe, from 1945 or even earlier, up to the present.
The fate of ambassador Stephen is oddly reminiscent of the killing of CIA station boss Richard Welch in Athens in 1975, as recounted in Gladio. I understand Stephens was a point man for the US invasion of Libya, sort of poetic justice if he was hoist by his own petard, but of course, such people are still expendable and for once, I agree with LIHOP.
Stoking Arab rage not only reinforces stereotypes about Muslims, but it also gives psychological cover for the mad jihad against Syria. It has been observed that the rage is breaking out mostly in the countries targeted in the so-called Arab Spring -- rather than in the regimes of the usual suspects like KSA / Saudia Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain.
Today author F. Wm. Engdahl posted Salafism and the CIA: Destabilizing the Russian Federation on the Global Research website.
The final version of our first video clip was posted today. Thanks to suggestions by Syrian Girl Partisan, it has a new title, "The Foreign Subversive Army Massacres its Human Shields in Daraya," and a reference to Robert Fisk's Daraya findings.
How gratifying that Fisk, as the first Western reporter in Daraya after the tragedy, agreed that the evidence points to a massacre by the FSA. Does this invalidate the video's thesis that the mainstream media are Big Lying cogs in the military-industrial complex?
Fisk is an illustrious journalist who has reported on the Middle East for 20 years. It is doubtless presumptuous for an unknown like me to find fault with a writer of his stature. But look at what I posted and what he posted on Aug. 27, the day the MSM hysteria reached a fever pitch blaming the "Assad regime" for the massacre.
Progressive Press: "MSM Close Ranks around Daraya False Flag Coverup"
Robert Fisk: "The Syrian army would like to appear squeaky clean. It isn't... The Syrian military... work with the shabiha, who are a murderous, largely Alawite rabble who have slaughtered hundreds of Sunni civilians."
So how did I get it right two days before Fisk, when I was on the other side of the world and he was in Damascus?
I'm a conspiracy realist, well read in the wiles of deception. Fisk is not allowed to go there. Even if he works for the "Independent" 40 years, they won't give him that long a leash.
Fisk's "shabiha" stance mimics the propaganda churned out by the war machine. He is not allowed to believe in false flags, so he defaults to the distorted MSM version of reality. Here's my long-distance view on the mysterious shabbies:
The word "shabiha" means ghosts, and that is what they are - the ghosts of killed or vanished FSA fighters. These "shabiha" are mythical beings, whose sole role is to propagate the myth of Assad murdering his own people, by shifting the blame for murders of civilians by "thugs" not in uniform. That's why they vanish and turn into anti-government snipers at the approach of the Syrian army or even a journalist. Fisk saw them in his mind's eye on the 27th, but not on the 29th. In the harsh light of day, he saw only anti-government snipers -- indeed he had to dodge their fire.
Sometimes deduction beats induction. You can come to conclusions instantly, and without getting shot at.
Fisk comes so close without getting there. On Aug. 26, he wrote a piece headlined "The bloody truth about Syria's uncivil war. Those trying to topple Assad have surprised the army with their firepower and brutal tactics." In it he notes, "Despite the narrative now peddled in the West, armed men were present on the streets of Syrian cities and villages since the very early days of the Syrian awakening 18 months ago." But he doesn't see the conspiracy, or isn't allowed to.
Fisk let show his stubborn immunity to conspiracy analysis in his interview with the Syrian foreign minister Muallem, posted on Aug. 28, 'We believe that the USA is the major player against Syria and the rest are its instruments.'
"When Muallem referred to the Brookings Institution, I groaned, " says Fisk. The Brookings memo is one of the major smoking guns showing how the entire atrocity against Syria was planned by the Evil Empire. He knows about it and can only groan.
Fisk dismisses 9/11 Truth with a groan, too. In "Even I question the 'truth' about 9/11" he questions the truthers, whom he calls "ravers." He says, "I am the Middle East correspondent of The Independent, not the conspiracy correspondent; I have quite enough real plots on my hands in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Iran, the Gulf, etc, to worry about imaginary ones in Manhattan." So who is the conspiracy correspondent? There is none for the Homeland because there are no conspiracies there. Then, with his famous even-handedness, he goes on to list some of the arguments for controlled demolition. Finally, his wooden conclusion: "Let me repeat. I am not a conspiracy theorist." Much like the mantra of a candidate for office, perhaps the office of Middle East Correspondent?
Fisk seems to be signalling, "Please, this is as far as I can go."
9/11 is the litmus test between free thinkers and those embedded in the MSM world view. The Independent is not independent, it too is corporate controlled mainstream media.
Fisk (or his editor) also refers to the Syrian government as "the regime," a pejorative term that gave even the BBC a soul-searching moment. He dignifies NATO terrorists with the label, "rebel opponents of the regime," when they are not rebels, but mercenaries. He just can't see or say this is a US conspiracy, even after the Syrian FM tells him.
I had a little fun with Shabiha ghost stories in an interchange with a certain Huff Post Super User Nazir Qaib (resident troll) here:
Troll: Typically the regime sends in Shabiha before the official Army arrives.
Progressive Press: The word Shabiha means ghosts. They are the ghosts of the FSA who are killed by the Army after it arrives. The surviving FSA (or their civilian accomplices) then take photos of the dead the FSA have killed plus their own dead, and advertise them as civilian victims of the army. This is why they are always first with the photo evidence. So the FSA are a kind of Fake Shabiha Army or Fake Supernatural Army. The real Shabiha were a fairly small gang of smugglers who were disbanded over 20 years ago. Their continued existence is, like that of ghosts, a myth. A very convenient one for media and destabilization operations by the FSA/USA.
Troll: The Shabiha are rarely killed [one of the plusses of being a ghost]. Assad is paying them. Assad and his family have been taking their bribes for 20 years...Your entire argument holds no water...
Progressive Press: You're so right. Ghosts and ghost arguments don't hold water well. That's why it's so easy to take the piss out of them. That's why they vanish and turn into anti-government snipers at the approach of a camera or journalist not in bed with the FSA.
The first ever video clip from Progressive Press, "How the FSA Massacred Citizens of Daraya," was posted on Youtube yesterday, and has received quite a few views and positive comments, for which we are exceedingly grateful, as the 12-minute production was a big effort. The final version will be posted in a few more days.
Daraya Massacre Timeline
Aug. 25. Massacre in Daraya.
Aug. 25. Activists post video on Youtube of dead bodies in mosque, without evidence regarding perpetrators
Aug. 25. Syrian TV Adunya broadcasts a report with eyewitness interviews, giving a complete account of the massacre by FSA snipers.
Aug. 26. Adunya report with English captions is posted on Youtube
Aug. 26. Mainstream Media release a gushing torrent of hysterical reports blaming “Assad regime” for “biggest massacre yet.”
Aug. 27. “MSM Close Ranks around Daraya False Flag Coverup” posted here.
Aug. 28. Based on the overwhelming majority of news stories blaming “the regime,” a NATO teleconference decides in principle to strike Syria.
Non sequitur, casus belli.
Aug. 29. First Western journalist in Daraya is Robert Fisk of the Independent. He dodges FSA snipers to speak to resident eyewitnesses, who tell that the killings were carried out by armed gangs BEFORE the Army arrived.
Conclusion: we need to see through mainstream lies on their face in real time. It's too late if we wait for someone to debunk them.
Fisk's Aug. 29 article is entitled "Inside Daraya - how a failed prisoner swap turned into a massacre." He believes there were negotiations between the Army and the FSA about an exchange of hostages. When that failed, the Army moved in.
I was skeptical about Fisk's hostage exchange story, because an earlier hostage-taking in Khalidiya resulted only in the FSA dynamiting the building where the victims were held.
Yet Fisk's theory has an interesting aspect. The army has been criticized a lot (including by me) for shelling FSA-held neighborhoods to soften up sniper positions before going in. It was reported that the SAA are making efforts to approach these areas more cautiously.
So now they did that, and what happens? The people are tormented for four days -- as documented in our videoclip excerpts from Adunya -- and then they suffer the biggest massacre yet at the hands of the FSA !
Loyalist Syrians are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Maybe that's because their antagonist is the Great Satan?
MSM Close Ranks around Daraya False Flag Coverup
Wall to wall, the mass media are toeing the official warmonger line on Daraya, citing "opposition activist" reports blaming "Assad's troops" -- usually with the hypocritical disclaimer that it's "as yet unconfirmed." Yet those reports were thoroughly debunked by Syrian TV. Let me ask you which account is more coherent:
- The "Activist" (CIActivist!) version. A couple hundred dead bodies are found, nobody really knows who shot them but we ASSUME it was ASSAD. That's the whole short story, folks.
- Syrian survivors version from Addounia TV.
For three or four days, armed gangs roamed the streets, trying to get into houses and sniping at people on the streets. Multiple witnesses agree they were not able to leave their homes. Some of them were in shelters.
Then, on the 25th, the gangs suddenly start to force people out of their houses, saying the Army is coming and is going to kill you. The gangs take groups of people to shelters. There one witness tells how some of the civilians were rounded up and shot.
The Army then arrives and a battle ensues in which the terrorists are driven off.
This more complete narrative agrees with all the witness statements and evidence. Even the quoted statements of the terrorists agree with it. The Army arrived when they said it would.
So here is a logical explanation for the sequence of events.
The insurgency has been suffering military and diplomatic defeats since the ill-fated attack on Aleppo. The little terrorists on the ground need help from the big terrorists in Washington. That means Hitlery Clinton and Barack Obomber need a pretext for a "no-fly zone" (euphemism for carpet bombing an independent nation back to the Ice Age.)
Remember the Houla massacre, blamed on "Assad forces." We soon proved it was to a false flag operation by the terrorist FSA. These facts were ignored, and sanctions were imposed on Syria. They want to repeat this now.
Accordingly, the FSA has been shooting civilians on the streets of Daraya for days, building up a death toll for the time the Army must come in to take the blame. As the Army arrives, they stampede some civilians to add to the death toll, and to use as human shields. As the battle rages, they burn many of the bodies of their dead to hide their foreign identities. As noted by the LandDestroyer blog, the FSA is the successor to the LIFG, the Al-CIAda run Libyan death squads, who destroyed many cities in Libya -- so the FSA should certainly be the prime suspects.
The actions of the CIA-trained FSA insurgents certainly appear to be choreographed by CIA psychological warfare controllers.
In other words, the whole operation was tailor-made for the MEDIA -- the warmongerers of yellow journalism.
The time has come to rename the MSM, or Mainstream Media, as the MMM -- the Mass Murdering Media.
All hits on the first page of a Yahoo search on Daraya today propound the "opposition activist" version. Yesterday the #5 google hit on Daraya was infowars.com, with an excerpt of the Addounia TV report blaming terrorists for the massacre. Now it dropped to #9. All other results are "activist reports." A coherent narrative is put out by Syria, and it's buried.
I could find no major online media outlet that allows reader comments on the Daraya story. My comments to Huffington Post never showed up, but I'll try again. When I tried to post a comment to the "activist" youtube video, it said I have been blocked by the owner.
Clearly, the Mass Murdering Media really, really, really want the Daraya false flag to go unchallenged.
On Russia Today, UK analyst Neil Clark also reminded us that such massacres seem always to occur just before a UN Security Council meeting.
Another Syrian TV report notes that the dead bodies in the mosque shown by the "activist" video are all males of fighting age. Reason: the FSA burned their foreign dead and dragged their Syrian dead into the mosque for the false flag photo op. The FSA narrator claims the bodies have "throats slit by shabiha" but no slit throats are visible. The Syrian TV commentator also asks, if the FSA allegedly control great much of the country, then when the SAA enters a town held by the FSA, why the dead are supposedly all civilians and no FSA fighters?
The commentator goes on to cite Al-Arabiya TV, an Arabic-language globalist traitors channel, which showed these words on the screen: "The Free Army takes cover in a populated neighborhood... its members take cover among residents while awaiting what they call 'Zero Hour.'" (This maneuver corroborates the testimony above about the FSA shouting "the Army is coming.") The eommentator continues, "hiding among civilians in military terminology is taking them as human shields. [A war crime under the Geneva conventions.] This is the idea the Al-Arabiya program concludes with, that the so-called Free Army is taking cover behind civilians and not protecting them [lies will out]. He who takes a civilian as a human shield knows that the other party cares for that civilian and cares for his safety." Yet the MMM channels ignore all these facts and blame all killings on the SAA, who protect the civilians and do not hide behind them.
An article "Why Syria Will not Fall," translated from Arabic to English at an Indian website, reveals that the Syrian authorities are already doing one thing I had thought of before I could put it in writing: "especially in the rural areas where the people have become sick and tired, the Syrian state has put in place discreet communication means allowing the population to inform the army about the presence of terrorists, which would explain how and why during these last few weeks, the special units and the air force were able to successfully carry out well designed strikes against the bases of the armed gangs."
Daraya Massacre by FSA
Syria is learning. The latest of a series of large false-flag massacres was cut short by the FSA. About 200 civilians were killed in the town of Daraya by FSA terrorists the other day. I would assume this was a false flag planned in coordination with psy-war controllers in the US Dep't of Offense and MSM. However, the Syrian Army arrived in time to rescue most of the people who had been driven from their homes, and Syrian TV broadcast moving interviews with survivors and soldiers. Worth watching here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPzKIkNepyo, click on CC for English captions. The terrorists drove people from homes into a "shelter" shouting get out, the army is coming. After many civilians were shot in the streets and inside the shelter, the Syrian army appeared and rescued most of them, also driving off and killing many of the terrorists.
Top media hits on Daraya - Comments were disabled on the Guardian, NY Daily News and VOA narratives of the latest big war propaganda lie. I tried posting to Huffingpost, no dice. Infowars is already up among the first 5 google hits with the real story. I tried posting this message below on the youtube video of the massacre uploaded by "activists" but I "have been blocked by the owner of this video". Somebody obviously wants this lie to stick.
Daraya is another in the series of big false flag massacres carried out by US trained mercenaries and blamed on the Syrian Army by the media, which are a key part of the psychological warfare effort. It's timed to push through a "no-fly zone," the code word NATO liars use for bombing an independent nation back to the stone age. The massacre is a lot like Houla last year where a jihadi terror unit slit the throats of families who supported Assad, then claimed they were killed by Syrian Army shelling. Based on these lies the USUK rushed to impose sanctions on Syria. In Daraya, terrorists gangs stormed the town, forcing people from homes, shouting the army is coming, corralled them into a shelter and then started shooting people. The Army arrived in time to save most of the people and drive off the terrorists, killing many of them. See the real time interviews with survivors and soldiers here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPzKIkNepyo (click on CC for captions) or the report by Alex Jones http://www.infowars.com/daraya-residents-dispute-claim-massacre-carried-... .
Here a transcript of the English captions from Addounia.
The Not so Independent Independent?
Robert Fisk has been starting to doubt the official line a little in the pieces he's writing from Damascus for the Independent. I submitted two comments to his latest article, "The bloody truth about Syria's uncivil war - Those trying to topple Assad have surprised the army with their firepower and brutal tactics."
1. I hope this comment somehow reaches the Syrian Arab Army leadership. Fisk's reports often give indications that the Syrian army needs a well-thought-out counter-insurgency doctrine on how to deal with terrorists, who take over urban districts and use civilians as human shields. That is a war crime, and the FSA are a criminal gang. Nonetheless, tanks and artillery are not really suitable for taking out snipers. Why not empower more civilians and army veterans to defend their own neighborhoods? For more details see the blog "The Dirty War on Syria".
2. Dear Mr Fisk,
I'd like to ask if in repeating that "the revolt began after secret police officers tortured to death a 13-year-old boy," have you checked into this or are you trusting the media -- the corrupt warmongering mainstream media? There are 2 sides to every story and every time I dig out the Syrian side, I find that the tale put out everywhere by the CIA-trained FSA is a Big Lie.
In the case of Hamza al Khateeb, he was 17, not 13, and he was not arrested and tortured for writing graffiti. He joined in an armed mob that was firing at a police station, and was killed by three bullets -- whether fired by the police or perhaps even by provocateurs, commandos tasked with stoking violence. The cause of death -- gunshot wounds, and not torture -- was established by the coroner before it was known who Hamza was. His body was taken from the scene of the shootings directly to the hospital.
The Syrian government narrative "True Story of Hamza al-Khateeb's Death Belies Media Fabrications" can be found online as well as a youtube video "Medical Examiner Interview about Hamza Al-Khateeb."
I think you too, the more you dig into the Syria story, the more you will find it is a dirty war based on a Big Lie against a small, proud, nation that dares to be INDEPENDENT.
(Note - On Aug. 12, Robert Fisk wrote that it was an 11-year old boy. Today it was a 13-year old. Give him another month and he might make it to 17, and tell the other side of the story, too?)
Give Us Each Day Our Fill of Lies
A top story on Yahoo yesterday blared the headline, "Assad's War on Syria's Children." The casual viewer will assume that Assad is massacring 1000's of kids. Read it and come to find out all they have is two kids who exhibit violent behavior, after their rebel father and uncle fought back against the army instead of evacuating. Moral: terrorists make terrible parents.
Typical, twisted, Goebbelsian MSM war propaganda, from the aptly named "Daily Beast."
For that false flag the US is planning in order to get their war on Syria, I bet you their proxy insurgents the FSA Fanatic Saudi Assassins wipe out a school full of kids with chemical weapons and blame it on Assad. No war propaganda more potent than the killing of babies.
They have already recycled the phony Kuwait / Iraq incubator babies deaths tale from 1990 against Syria now. The FSA massacre at Houla was blamed on the Syrian government and used to justify sanctions against Syria -- even after the truth had come out that it was done by US-sponsored death squads and not the Syrian Army.
They make up their own truth - and it's the Big Lie every time.
By now I've seen innumerable reports and videos of the gratitude of Syrians for the protection of their Army against the depredations of FSA terrorist gangs. The latest one appeared in The Telegraph, Aug. 21, Robert Fisk reporting:
At least a dozen civilians emerged from their homes, retirees in their 70s, shopkeepers and local businessmen with their families and, unaware that a foreign journalist was watching, put their arms round Syrian troops.
I also just came across a report from June in Global Research on how the largesse of the oil emirates Qatar and KSA trickles down to the smallest pawns in the game
The young people no longer want to work in the field. You can earn every day 5000, 8000, 1000 pounds, if they kill policemen. A man from Qusseir (Qusair), who has recently reported himself to the authorities, has confessed, that he has 150 000 Syrian pounds for committing the kidnapping and murder of six soldiers.
Syrian soldiers have said that they have received about 180 000 Syrian pounds [about $3000 US], to desert (from the Army), what is a fortune here in Syria.
Fisk also quotes an Army general on the terrorists:
They snipe at us and then they run and hide and in the sewers. Foreigners, Turks, Chechens, Afghans, Libyans, Sudanese." And Syrians, I said. "Yes, Syrians too, but smugglers and criminals," he said.
Juxtaposing these three facts, a tactic occurred to me that could help Syria win the counter-insurgency. Rather than making civilians wait for the army to save them, why not recruit trustworthy veterans or reservists for a neighborhood militia in civilian dress? Some neighborhoods and clans have already done this on their own, Christians in particular, setting up checkpoints with armed guards to protect themselves. Most Syrian men serve two years in the army, so they know how to fire a gun.
As an incentive, declare a bounty for the killing or capture of foreign terrorists. Of course, such a program needs to be well-planned to avoid abuses. Candidates for neighborhood counter-insurgency commando service would need to be vetted and trained to avoid chaos and killings of ordinary civilians, or infiltration by FSA sympathizers. But we already have those problems with the FSA. So with judicious application, such a program could be a game-changer.
Bounties should either be higher, or paid exclusively for, foreign combatants. For their protection, foreign journalists should wear Press jackets, carry a visa, and make themselves known to authorities in the areas where they are working. Reservists might need special training in stalking snipers, and their identities might need to be kept secret, to avoid being singled out by terrorists.
Chairman Mao said, "The guerrilla must swim among the people as the fish swims." The same holds true for counter-insurgents. Well-targeted, hand-in-glove methods will also greatly reduce the physical and moral damage from the use of heavy weapons, which are at any rate poorly suited to hit-and-run guerrilla tactics.
It is understandable if the Syrian authorities may experience anxiety about loss of direct control over each weapon and soldier under such a policy, but adequate control can be maintained. The fact remains that the heroic Syrian Arab Army was built for a conventional war with Israel. Today's war waged by the US and proxies is an insidious, unconventional model, requiring innovation and cunning to combat it.
Update Aug. 24. When i see a single FSA sniper terrorizing a whole neighborhood, or one terrorist blowing up a tank with an RPG, i really have to ask if the SAA are using the best mix of weapons. True, they keep killing terrorists, but can they afford the cost? NATO can send more insurgents and wear Syria down in a war of attrition.
Nowadays is the age of open source -- you can't concentrate all tasks and do everything yourself -- got to harness the power of the people. The Evil Empire got to be as big as it is because it learned this long ago. Syria is under attack by a CIA People Power Coup, among other things. The Syrian people are so thankful to their army, I'm sure they would be glad to help.
A comment on Twitter today by @FadiSalem, quoting an Aleppo activist about the FSA: "They have no regards what so ever for civilian life. They hide among them, leave them when shelling starts."
Sell also Update Aug. 26.
It seems the real situation in Syria is never as bad as the hysteria pushed by the Western media. Of course, no news is always bad news for the media, but with Syria, there is an added motive -- catastrophic reports raise the pressure for intervention.
That's why I liked the concluding words of this unusually low-key, level-headed "Despatch from Damascus" by a German journalist, posted on Aug. 4th:
Damascus itself was placid, and normal life went on.... I walked through the city, speaking to shop owners, taxi drivers, people on the streets, policemen, women in headscarves and in Western outfits. The answer was always the same – the international media completely distort what is happening. They singled out the Qatar-based TV station Al-Jazeera for particular criticism....
A final surprise came at the Lebanese side of the border. There I saw the first time the black-white-green rebel flag waving in the wind. Immediately beyond the Lebanese border station were a dozen Western TV teams, waiting for the ‘refugees’. Some of them were paying interviewees in dollars for short interviews; and the wilder the story, the better they seemed to like it. It seems that reality doesn’t mean all that much when the Western media talk about Syria.
From this account we not only learn of the exaggeration of violence, but also that the people overwhelmingly support the government.
In a recent interview, Alex Jones agreed with guest Syrian Girl Partisan that short of a chemical weapons false flag attack, the empire has few options open to intervene. The latest attempt to drum up such a pretext was aimed as much at Iran as Syria. The claim by Dep't of Offense Secretary Panetta that Iran is training militias in Syria was a masterpiece of duplicity
- the US itself has already invaded both Iran and Syria with commandos, death squads and proxies,
- the allegation of a military intervention by Iran in Syria could be a pretext for an overt attack on either country.
- claims of a loyalist militia are constantly used to shift blame for killings by US proxy death squads onto the Syrian government, and to cover up the fact that Syrian civilians themselves are rejecting and even opposing the US-backed militants
Perhaps the US will be content just do as much damage to Syria as it can using the jihadist cannon fodder available, and let the conflict splutter on. They have been trying to crack Syria for 65 years now. Syria's electoral reform will make it easier to buy influence in the country. Already in 2014, they can try to create a scandal over the question whether the constitution allows Assad to run for president again or not. While one school of thought was that Syria needed to be taken out before tackling Iran, tying up Syria with low-intensity warfare may be enough.
Facts vs. Acts -- Analyzing Activist Assumptions
Let us look at some of the reasons given by opposition activists for supporting armed violence against the Syrian state.
- 42 years of rule by the Assad family
- Security forces allegedly firing on unarmed demonstrators
- Shelling in civilian areas
Like Father Like Son?
When you ask Syria opposition activists, "Why not give the new reforms a chance?" they often answer, "Too little, too late. We suffered 42 years under the Assad dictatorship." When you then ask why they are not supporting the protests against the Al Khalifa family of Bahrain, who have ruled there for over 200 years, you get no answer.
The opposition likes to conflate Hafez Assad the strongman with his son. Bashar Assad was chosen to be president by the Baath party, and does not appear to wield absolute, personal power. Yet the opposition blames him for everything from the houseflies to the weather.
My impression is that Bashar is on the soft side for a leader, rather than the strongman dictator type. In interviews, he conscientiously rejects any notion of his own personal power, speaking always of the constitution, the party, the office.
When Bashar was first elected, he announced plans for reforms. Unfortunately, they were too long in coming, true enough. Perhaps he couldn't push them through over the old guard in the Baath party.
Another point of softness was B. Assad's attempt to win Western favor by making concessions. A few years back, he let in the IMF austerity shamans -- an entering wedge for destabilization. This spring, he tried to respect the UN ceasefire, which only let terrorists get more deeply entrenched.
If the US and the activists they support wanted reform, they could have pushed for reform and got it. Instead, the protests immediately turned to violence. Nevertheless, as soon as the protests started in Spring 2011, the Baathists saw the writing on the wall and started the political reform process.
[Update Aug. 26]
Under this head we may also include the complaints about corruption, which doubtless exists. Corruption is an endemic world-wide problem, difficult to eradicate. Do the SNC or FSA have a solution? On the contrary. Most likely it will be far more devastating under a gaggle of imperialists puppets.
The SNC have promised a pie-in-the-sky idyll of a rosy-hued economic paradise, what Webster Tarpley calls "singing tomorrows," watered by the generous spigot of "international donors." (See "SNC Presents its Vision for the Reconstruction of the Syrian Economy" at Stephen Lendman's blog). Their "vision" scrupulously avoids any mention of the P-word privatization. Yet this has always been the first, fastest and most furious thing post-color-revolution puppet governments have done. On this score I am an eyewitness for once, having lived in Czecho-Slovakia and Albania from 1990 to 2001, playing a bit part in the privatization process. The vaunted hopes of prosperity it would bring were dashed utterly. In most post-socialist countries, privatization greatly aggravated poverty and corruption.
The R-word of Reconstruction is far worse. It means, Destroy the country in order to bring in corrupt Allied corporations to rebuild it -- or more likely run it into a hell-hole like Somalia, Libya or Afghanistan. The ploy should be clear to any reader of the best-seller, Economic Hit Man, with its lesson that America's foreign policy is foreign plunder. It's no fount of donations, to pay public sector employees, of all things, as in the SNC fairyland fantasy, which targets the juveniles and "revtards" (retarded revolutionaries) who make up the FSA supporter base worldwide. In Libya, as we documented in Subverting Syria,
The United Kingdom would budget $500 million on NATO’s intervention in Libya, while according to the UK Department of Trade and Investment, contracts to rebuild the nation would be valued at upwards of $300 billion over a 10-year period: a 600-fold return on investment.
The evil of corruption on this planet has got to be most putrid at the apex of empire, the USA, where vulture capital rules the roost, and divvies up an enormous pot of carrion from all the wars and other scams like the wealth-care system, more often known by the misnomer of health care. The official corruption indices put out by the OECD and their ilk are not to be trusted. In "less-developed countries," at least corruption gives something to the little guy -- corruption is more democratic in a place where you can get out of a traffic ticket for a couple bucks. And everybody knows perfectly well the government is on the take. In some ways this is better. It creates an atmosphere of skepticism towards politics as a game, rather than the crushing, almost criminal naïveté of the average American, which allows the US government to get away with mass murder.
Under a well-settled authoritarian government, you will find way more political free speech than in a dumbed-down democracy. The people understand a lot more, and have more to say about it, than in some passive communities with a fake two-party system. What use is freedom of speech if no one is even thinking about anything? On these lines my sentiments are echoed by Syrian Girl Partisan in one of her most popular videos, DeMockracy is a Farce.
As I was searching for some mention of privatization plans for Syria (they are keeping it very quiet, loose lips sink partnerships) I chanced on a Jerusalem Post piece about Syrian businessman Rami Makhlouf. He made a fortune in Syrian mobile telephony, had a good word to say about his cousin Bashar Al-Assad, and had his assets frozen for his freedom of speech. I was reminded that recently an FSA supporter on twitter, one of the Frenzied Stooge Activists, or more likely a neo-con fellow-travelling troll, claimed that the Assad and Makhlouf family own 60% of the Syrian economy, which sounds fantastic, but then the FSA lie every time.
Compared to the "democracy" gifted by the US-instigated color revolution to Albania, Assad and Makhlouf have been a lot better for Syria. The first thing "freedom" and "revolution" brought to Albania were the wreckers, hooligans who went about smashing factories and greenhouses because they were "state" property. The desired result (for certain countries desirous of "new markets") -- once-autarkic Albania no longer manufactures anything, so the people must try to survive by selling each other imported things. One FSA-sympathizing journo had a brief moment of lucidity when she interviewed a family who told her how one such youth wrecked the only cash machine in their small Syrian town, because it "belonged to the state" -- although it was the only way the town's workers had of getting paid.
In Albania you now have a grotesque farce of a two-party system, "Democratic" and "Socialist," who take turns robbing the country mercilessly. The party heads are two improbably greedy thieves, Sali Berisha and Fatos Nano. The latter's arrogant young wife is said to have "privatized" (stolen) a big part of the economy. The ill-gotten proceeds are not spent within Albania. The government is practically bankrupt, public school is on half-day sessions with 40 kids to a classroom, there is no water or light most of the time in most districts -- the fount of international largesse sung by the SNC was somehow never connected to the mains. The Albanian state's only major money-maker was the phone company, which was sold off to Turkish "investors." The new mobile phone companies busily sucking up excess cash are foreign, too (owned by British, Greek, and German telecoms).
At least Syria has its own phones, and phone bills go to pay Syrian workers. If Syria is defeated, it will become just another kleptocratic colony, run by "democratic" puppets who sell out their country for a slice of the spoils.
An old corrupt bunch are usually better than a new one. They are satiated, and as they feel they own the place, over time they may see their interests converge with those of the country itself. A new lot of arrivistes are greedy to outdo their predecessors before their term is up. Worst of all, in a Western-leaning clique, the "in thing" is to have everything imported from London. The new kleptocrats will rush to spend every pound outside the country, sucking their own economy dry.
Who pulled the trigger first? Who had the motive and the plan?
Another favorite opposition argument is that peaceful protesters restrained themselves for a long time, until the "brutal crack-down by the Assad regime" stoked their rage and they started to fight back. However, the facts show that violence began almost from the start, so quickly that it is very hard to figure out who fired first. Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research analysed the evidence in a May 2011 article, "Syria: Who is Behind The Protest Movement? Fabricating a Pretext for a US-NATO 'Humanitarian Intervention.'" He writes,
The Western media has presented the events in Syria as part of the broader Arab pro-democracy protest movement, spreading spontaneously from Tunisia, to Egypt, and from Libya to Syria.
Media coverage has focussed on the Syrian police and armed forces, which are accused of indiscriminately shooting and killing unarmed "pro-democracy" demonstrators. While these police shootings did indeed occur, what the media failed to mention is that among the demonstrators there were armed gunmen as well as snipers who were shooting at both the security forces and the protesters.
Chossudovsky notes that the protests started not in Damascus, where the authentic internal opposition is based, but in Daraa (or Deraa), a small town of 75,000 souls on the border with Jordan. The pattern has held throughout -- the FSA always concentrates on targets near borders, as they must be supplied from foreign countries.
The first fatalities in Daraa were seven policemen and four armed protesters. Some or all of the dead may have been shot by mysterious snipers on rooftops, who were shooting at BOTH police and protesters. In Syrian state TV footage used by the BBC, it says on the screen, "You are seeing gunmen shooting at unarmed civilians and security forces."
Why shoot at both sides? To stoke enmity and violence between the two sides. What would be the motive? For violent elements to take over the protest movement and overthrow the state.
In other words, as the BBC put it in their emotion-charged video "Inside the Secret Revolution," the snipers were "agents provocateur." But the BBC claims these provocateurs were plainclothes government thugs -- the "Shabiha." The word means "spooks," and refers to a gang of Latakia port smugglers, among them a nephew of Hafez Assad, during the 70's and '80s. Hafez Assad suppressed them in the 90s, and they were disbanded in 2000.
Up until the stage of open warfare this summer made it impossible, drumbeaters for war on Syria have blamed all killings by terrorists on the Shabiha. Yet there is very little evidence for their "ghostly" existence (other than the usual "unconfirmed activist reports" and dubious videos).
Of course, the last thing a government wants to do is stoke internal violence, and even less, to kill its own security forces. The Syrian authorities were doing what any state does, to try and restore law and order, not to pour oil on flames and engulf itself.
Rather than "cracking down," the authorities immediately tried to calm the situation by offering to release the students who had been arrested, but the mobs went ahead and set fire to government buildings. Were they paid or incited to do this?
The BBC don't try to explain why the government would want to provoke violence. We know, however, from the US Unconventional Warfare manual TC 18-01, that the US does use this kind of violent destabilization tactic. The BBC then present a "witness" (with face dramatically hidden from the camera), allegedly a Syrian army defector. His wild story would have fetched a good price on the Lebanese border. Officers allegedly ordered their men at gunpoint to shoot, saying, "Don't shoot the 'armed groups,' they are with us. There are no rebels, no conspirators, just the people. Shoot the people." According to this Hollywood-cartoon-villain self-indictment, the officers shot dead seven men because they had refused to shoot the protesters! A shocking but inherently absurd script with a slick presentation that still makes a strong impression.
A month later, as the army occupies Daraa to try to restore order, Al-Jazeera reports this hellish scenario: people don't dare to go in the streets because "plain clothes thugs and secret police" snipers on rooftops are shooting both civilians and soldiers. Based on "unconfirmed activist reports" of course. But we have a report from Webster Tarpley on the same situation in Homs in November. Tarpley told that the people of Homs begged for the Army to come restore order. Meanwhile the Big Lie Media pinned blame on Assad for the havoc wreaked by the FSA there, always claiming the rooftop snipers were Assad's -- one form of their video lies.
Tarpley on Russia Today, Nov. 2011--
I've just completed about one week of fact-finding tour of the country and I've been in Homs, I've been in Tartus, Banias, I've been in the military hospital here in Baghdad, and I can tell you what average everyday Syrians of all ethnic groups -- Christian, Sunni, Shiite, Alawite, Druze -- what they say about this, is that they are being shot at by snipers. In Homs in particular they are saying that there are terrorist snipers shooting at civilians, men women and children. Blind terrorism, random killing, simply for the purpose of destabilizing the country. I would not call this a civil war by any stretch of the imagination. I think that's a very, very misleading term in the following sense. What you're dealing with here are death squads. You're dealing here with terror commandos, the kind of thing that everybody remembers from Argentina and Central America. This is a typical CIA method. In this case it's a joint production of the CIA, MI-6, Mossad, DGSE of the French. It's got money coming from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
All throughout 2011 and up until the surge on Damascus and Aleppo, the MSM try to pretend that all killings have been carried out either by the army or the Shabiha, never by the FSA. FSA terrorists sometimes even dress in Syrian Army uniforms, to reflect blame for their terror acts on army. Total casualty figures are inflated, packaged as civilian deaths and laid at the government's door in full, without detailing how many were combatants.
It takes careful analysis, but when the effort is made, it never seems to fail: the MSM narrative is always a Big Lie, where atrocities are groundlessly blamed on government forces. One is tempted to simply ignore the MSM.
When a government carries out a false flag, they are always quick to point the blame at their target. Thus the BBC was quick to blame "government death squads," but the Syrians were puzzled. They did not leap to tell the story that would work for them and say, these are CIA death squads -- they just called them "protesters." A similar time lapse was seen after the Houla massacre, where the media accused the Syrian army of shelling civilians. The government was non-plussed and could only protest innocence. It took a while for the truth to come out -- that the massacre was carried out by FSA jihadists, who had cut the throats of Assad supporters with knives. No traces of government shelling were to be seen, and the photo they had shown of bodies strewn everywhere was from a scene in Baghdad... But the media had scored their points, and the USUK had used the massacre to tighten sanctions on Syria, with no looking back. This is full-blooded war propaganda, creating facts on the ground, and the Anglo-Americans have always been the top specialists at it.
I have seen innumerable cases where photos of civilians killed by "shabiha" were debunked as fakes, and not one confirmed one yet. If real photos were available, "activists" would not resort to faking them, with the risk of being found out. This leads to the conclusion that there are no real photos, and I have been assured by an anti-FSA activist who checked into this in the first few months and found that all photos of government atrocities were fakes.
It's logical that the intentional civilian killings are carried out by the FSA, as they have the motive -- it destabilizes Syria. One, they can blame the killings on "Shabiha." Two, they hope to terrorize the populace into supporting them. Three, it weakens the country and may weaken the people's will to resist takeover by the US proxies. Some grief-stricken families may turn against the government for not stopping the FSA from killing their loved ones. This is all tried and true insurrectionary tactics.
Meanwhile the government has every motive and makes every effort not to kill civilians, but it must defeat armed insurrection.
Another reason given for opposition to Assad is torture.
Torture is a bad thing, no question about it.
It causes psychological damage to victims, and even to its practitioners. And to no purpose - it doesn't even work nearly as well as soft indoctrination.
Torture should be eliminated. However, it is not the reason the US wants to topple Assad.
A few years ago, under the practice of "extraordinary rendition," the US even sent "terrorist suspects" to Syria to be tortured. The US also tortures inmates in Guantanamo. Torture is a worldwide problem.
If activists want to end torture, is making war on Syria the best way to go about it? No. Allowing reforms to take root, allowing a multiparty democracy to develop, is the best hope to end the practice.
War on Syria will lead to more, not less terror. Government officials lack experts in soft indoctrination methods, yet feel the need to find out if detainees are just "peaceful protesters" or armed militants. And the torture of civilians by the FSA is much more brutal than that by the state. The Al Berri clan were beaten and bloodied before being shredded in a machine gun fusillade.
Shelling Residential Areas
This is an issue that has worried me, as seen in earlier blog entries below.
The media like to call this "Assad using the army to attack his own people," as they are fishing for a UN resolution under the R2P "responsibility to protect" theory.
Let's ask opposition activists why the FSA is using residential areas as human shields? The activists will probably say it's OK for revolutionaries.
Do they know this is a war crime, as security expert Charles Shoebridge pointed out the other day, in a tweet to Human Rights Watch reminding them of their own position -- "all sides must avoid deploying military targets such as fighters or weapons in or near densely populated areas, and they must try to remove civilians from areas of military operations."
In other words, endangering civilians by mounting a guerrilla warfare operation in cities and towns is a war crime in itself, not to mention the acts of terror against non-combatants by the invading mercenaries.
While sharing my sentiment that we'd like it if a more limited type of response could eradicate the insurgents' occupation of urban areas, Shoebridge also noted, "A person who knows about military matters knows this is what happens in urban war. Rebels condemned by UN for exactly this."
Sometimes the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shells areas where FSA snipers have occupied the rooftops. Under cover of artillery fire, SAA is able to take back the high ground. It's a question of tactics.
The army has made statements that they are striving to minimize civilian casualties, by advancing slowly on terrorist nests, giving civilians a chance to flee.
The FSA also do have some heavy weapons and mortars, which they are known to lob unprovoked into peaceful civilian areas.
We've seen now that the motivation for violence rests squarely with the Evil Empire, not with the Syrian state. As for the Empire's evil plan, an updated version of it was published by Michel Chossudovsky on Aug. 3 in "Towards A 'Soft Invasion'? The Launching of a 'Humanitarian War' against Syria". He writes,
Rather than carrying out an all out Blitzkrieg, the US-NATO-Israel military alliance has chosen to intervene under the diabolical R2P frame of "humanitarian warfare". Modelled on Libya, the following broad stages are envisaged:
1) A US-NATO backed insurgency [involving] by death squads is launched under the disguise of a "protest movement" (mid-March 2011 in Daraa)
2) British, French, Qatari and Turkish Special Forces are on the ground in Syria, advising and training the rebels as well as overseeing special operations. Mercenaries hired by private security companies are also involved in supporting rebels forces
3) The killings of innocent civilians by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are deliberately carried out as part of a covert intelligence operation. (See SYRIA: Killing Innocent Civilians as part of a US Covert Op. Mobilizing Public Support for a R2P War against Syria, Global Research, May 2012 )
4) The Syrian government is then blamed for the resulting atrocities. Media disinformation is geared towards demonizing the Syrian government. Public opinion is led into endorsing a military intervention on humanitarian grounds.
5) Responding to public outrage, US-NATO is then "forced to step in" under a Humanitarian "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) mandate. Media propaganda goes into high gear. "The International Community" comes to the rescue of the Syrian people."
6) Warships and fighter jets are then deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean. These actions are coordinated with logistical support to the rebels and Special forces on the ground.
7) The final objective is "regime change" leading to the "break-up of the country" along sectarian lines and/or the installation of an "Islamist-dominated or influenced regime" modelled on Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
8) War plans in relation to Syria are integrated with those pertaining to Iran. The road to Tehran goes through Damascus. The broader implications of US-NATO intervention are military escalation and the possible unleashing of a regional war extending from the Eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia, in which China and Russia could be directly or indirectly involved.
Stages 1 through 4 have already been implemented.
Stage 5 has been announced.
If you ask progressive pro- and anti-government activists what is their vision for Syria, it probably comes down to the same shopping list:
- secular, pluralist, parliamentary democracy
- freedom of speech and political association
- security and safety, human rights, women's rights, no police brutality
- continuation of the policy of resistance to zionism, no peace without the Golan Heights
- national unity, economic independence and development
For some progressives like me, it was clear before the fiasco of Aleppo and Damascus that the best chance for Syria to reach these goals was to give the reform constitution a chance. After Aleppo, it became clear to many more people that the armed militants would deliver just the opposite. They represent the worst of all possible worlds - a descent into the kind of hell the Ugly American Empire has left behind in Somalia or Afghanistan. A shattered landscape of feuding warlords, a human rights catastrophe that makes feudalism look like Utopia, Syria as a pariah and an appendage of Israel, carved up like the map under the French mandate, and ironically under the same flag.
Why do Revolutions Backfire?
Like begets like. Due process leads to democracy. Violence leads to tyranny.
It's not clear though how many "opposition activists" really are inspired by revolutionary or democratic sentiment, and how many are trolls. Neo-con wolves in lefty clothing reflect perfectly the duplicitous essence of Color Revolution Technology.
To celebrate Syria's victory in Aleppo, let's relax for a moment and muse on some ancient lore of Syria and Iran.
Yesterday’s conference of 30 nations in Tehran reminded me of the famous masterpiece of the Iranian mystical poet Attar, The Conference of the Birds, also translated as The Parliament of the Birds. In this tale, all kinds of birds of the world, thirty in number, convene to elect a King. The wisest of them, the hoopoe bird, proposes they set out in search of the mythical bird Simurgh, a sort of phoenix. When they reach the Simurgh's home, what they find is a pond. As they see themselves reflected in it, they realize that they themselves are their own King. They are the Simurgh, which in a Persian play on words sounds like “thirty birds.”
The thirty nations assembled in Tehran need no superpower to lord it over them. They only need recognize their own potential, and they can be their own King.
The Thirty nations do not need to subject themselves to the evil king of Wall Street. The real Free World consists of those striving for freedom from the yoke of the Ugly American empire, with its lies, threats, depravity, plunder, genocide, its think tanks and spy banks endlessly churning out malevolent machinations.
The SCO, BRICS, non-aligned movement, the Simurgh of Tehran -- these are the new Free World.
It was in Syria in September of the year 1260 that the Mongol hordes reached the high-water mark of their sweep to world empire, and were turned back at the celebrated Battle of Ain Jalut. The Mongols had sacked Baghdad and many other cities, so that one city after another surrendered in terror without a fight.
But Qutuz, the Mamluk sultan of Cairo, had the temerity to execute the Mongol emissaries who brought him the demand to surrender. Marching north, he joined forces with a Syrian Mamluk commander. Together they outmaneuvered and routed a Mongol army.
The myth of Mongol invincibilty was broken, and the civilizations of the Middle East and Europe were saved from destruction by the barbaric, ruthless and cunning Mongol armies. The Muslims had carefully studied the Mongol tactics and found their weak point.
Today's Mongol horde has been defeated in Syria once again. For the nations yearning to break free from superpower blackmail, there is nothing to fear but fear itself. As long as Syria listened to the demands of the UN, the emissary of the US reign of terror, she was doomed. Taking their destiny in their own hands, the Syrian army have freed their country from the hordes of terror.
Update. Aug. 13, apropos Iran's mythical Simurgh phoenix bird, Press TV announced, "Iran to launch indigenous Simorgh satellite carrier"
The MSM are MUM about their twin defeats in Damascus and Aleppo, but reviewing media reports on the margins, it looks like the Evil Empire has taken a pretty bad fall. Excellent analysis here of the predicament Turkey now finds itself in: "Davutoglu: Betting on the Fall of Assad." I particularly liked this pungent comment by one reader:
As EMERGING ECONOMIC GIANT, the game plan to DESTROY TURKEY has Emerged from The West,Russia and China!
The west did NOT want Turkey to dominate and lead Arabs nor any Middle Eastern countries as they already had their ZIONIST Baby!
Russians DID NOT WANT TURKEY as it would threaten Southern Russia,TARTaRISTaN etc etc
And Their STANS who are basically Turkish Origins! Then China was fearful of East Turkistan
Yes,Turkey fell into the CAREFULLY LAID TRAP and it is NOW ON THE PATH OF BALKANISATION!
HOW STUPID THE TURKS ARE ! they thought of themselves as EUROPEANS but EU showed them the door STILL THEY DID NOT GET THE MESSAGE!
By getting INVOLVED IN SYRIA TURKS HAVE LOST A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
BY FOLLOWING THE WEST WHO CANNOT BE TRUSTED!
As I wrote to a friend 10 days ago, "The Turks are not even Arabs. The Anglos are letting the Turkish New Ottoman card be played precisely because it can not work."
Here, another interesting piece on the blowback in Turkey. An apoplectic Erdogan raves that Assad is not even a Muslim!
But Turkey's overconfident leaders have only themselves to blame. They did not keep an eye on their backside - their Kurdish nemesis.
Regarding the summit in Tehran, the theme was as billed, "a political solution by Syrians themselves." Communiquè here, with list of attendees. It supports the right of Syrians to take their path to reform without outside intervention, and calls for humanitarian assistance. Some observers counted it historic that 30 countries even dared to attend to talk about belling the cat, at the invitation of blackballed Iran, at that. The only concrete proposal was the formation of a "Contact Group on Syria."
We know the Evil Empire is not going to give up easily and that Unconventional Warfare is a long-term war of attrition. Their first new twist may be the old French Foreign Legion. Press TV reports the French are sending soldiers to the Syria-Jordan border to "help the refugees." My French dictionary says this is an idiomatic expression for "re-arm the bandits." Interesting thing in the abbreviations, too. FSA stands for "Force Sioniste Auxiliare."
The small nation of Syria is under attack by the most powerful nation on earth, the USA, with a crew of vassals who are themselves among the most powerful nations in the region: Turkey, Saudi Arabia and hiding in the background, Israel. These powerful enemies are also using one of the most powerful and sophisticated forms of warfare ever devised: the synthetic insurgency.
The doctrine for this advanced type of war is set out by the US Department of "Defense" (occupied almost exclusively with offense) in their confidential "Unconventional Warfare" (UW) manual (pdf) . This leaked document makes it crystal clear how each step of Syria's destabilization was carefully planned. Online defenders of Syria have typed volumes about the psychological warfare tactics of disinformation, the Big Lies, the video fakery and media bias, that are prescribed there.
So far, however, I have not seen any attempts to use this manual to help devise a winning strategy to defeat a synthetic insurgency, or invasion in disguisen. Of course, once you know how something works, you also see many points where you can stop it from working. That will be the goal of this essay.
LEVELS OF INVOLVEMENT
The UW manual (txt) begins with three possible stages of UW (Unconventional Warfare): Indirect, direct, and combat support. Indirect support is chosen when "overt US support is undesirable." The US "may indirectly render support though a coalition partner or a third country."
This "indirect" support already goes quite far, as when we see a nerve center for the "rebels" set up at a US base in Turkey. Yet thanks to proxies such as Libyan jihadists, the US has already escalated to the most advanced phase of combat support, while pretending not to be involved.
Application: Point to this US UW manual (and other documents like the Path to Persia memo) to break down the naïveté of those who refuse to admit the US is the moving force behind the unrest.
"1-13. There are specific physical and environmental conditions that allow for a successful resistance or insurgency. The three main conditions are a weakened or unconsolidated government or occupying power, a segmented population, and favorable terrain from which an element can organize and wage subversion and armed resistance."
These conditions did not exist in Syria, but the US has worked to generate them artificially.
1. "It is extremely difficult to organize successful resistance under a fully consolidated government or occupying power with a strong internal security apparatus."
Under Hafez Assad, the "Arab Spring" would not have been possible, but his British-trained son Bashar al Assad has been solicitous to open up Syrian society to reforms. As commentators like Tarpley, Meyssan, Chossudovsky or Cartalucci have ably documented, "pro-democracy" and "human rights" NGO's have created a ferment in recent years, which has markedly weakened the government's hold on raw power -- even though Bashar al Assad's reforms have probably improved its popularity and legitimacy. The "Arab Spring" was always really an Arab Sting.
Application: Authority can be based on respect rather than fear, on delivering basic needs, and using the media well to reinforce positive attitudes, as we see in stable "democracies." A police state is not what Syria wants, but nor is it the only way to consolidate power.
2. A segmented population. While there are different religious affiliations in Syria, most Syrians are Syrian first. They would be about as likely to start a sectarian war as Catholics vs. Protestants in the US today. Foreign observers love to emphasize religious differences. Did US planners think "Sunni" Wahhabite jihadist fighters would strike a chord with the Sunni majority in Syria? More likely they just figured such people are handy cannon fodder to inflict damage cheaply. If they do win, it will be easy to pick leaders to make Syria another emirate -- or a failed state like Afghanistan, to the infinite joy of perennial enemy Israel.
Remedy: In media messages, underline that We Syrians are all together. Lampoon the cartoon-like jihadists and their Wall Street backers as alien and repellent to Syrian values.
3. The "favorable terrain" or safe haven for terrorists is located on Syria's borders, especially with NATO client Turkey. This is why all the unrest has been in cities close to the borders, never in the center of the country.
Remedy: Secure the international borders, not only to keep new fighters out, but to deny those in country the chance to regroup and re-arm. Ask friendly nations to form a coalition and assist with troops for border guard duty. This will also enormously increase the cost for the US should it be tempted to go over to direct combat support. Taking into account the diplomatic necessities of friendly or neutral nations, the border guards might function as replacements for UN monitors. Where acceptable, it may be desirable for them to be under Syrian command.
"1-16. Information activities that increase dissatisfaction with the hostile regime or occupier and portray the resistance as a viable alternative are important components of the resistance effort. These activities can increase support for the resistance through persuasive messages that generate sympathy among populations."
They employ a two-edged policy of damning the government and glorifying the "insurgents."
The tactic of "Bashar-bashing" is rife in the mainstream media. Even sympathetic commentators like Robert Fisk or George Galloway in the West seem compelled to cross themselves and ritually slam Bashar al Assad. Due to media bias, a blackout of the Syrian viewpoint and perhaps unfamiliarity with modern public relations principles by the Syrian government itself, the smear campaign is being contested in English largely by online activists. They are themselves greatly outnumbered by the "Free Syria" variety, especially in English but also in Arabic.
One of the most sinister psywar tactics is the "color revolution" technique appealing to leftists and young people. Thierry Meyssan summed it up thus in his article, "Perfecting The Method of Color Revolutions."
The principle is simple: exacerbate all underlying frustrations, blame the political apparatus for all the problems, manipulate the youth according to the Freudian "patricidal" scenario, organize a coup, and then propagandize that the government was brought down by the “street.”
Some talking points to emphasize in the Syrian narrative.
- the genuine democratic opposition are welcome, responsible adults. They ran in elections and won some seats and two ministerial posts
- protesters are spoiled children who, once they saw they weren't going to win the voting game, want to dash the pieces from the board
- the US escalated hostilities when they saw the election pre-empting their claims of trying to support democracy. They used foreign fighters because real Syrians want a political solution, not to kill other Syrians and destroy Syria.
- Expose the technology of color revolutions, Soros, NED and how it fits into the synthetic insurgency strategy.
- Expose the Big Lie about the "brutal regime attacking its own people" and how it is prescribed in the UW plan. Syrian witnesses note how some protesters (hotheads or agents provocateurs) were violent "from the first day," attacking police first, who were then forced to act in self-defence. A planned provocation was for snipers to shoot both demonstrators and police, to instigate mutual hostility; the Syrian Army reported capturing one such provocateur.
- in such cases, the Syrian state media should be active in supplying footage of high propaganda value. A recent example was the capture by the SAA of Turkish and Saudi officers on the ground directing the terrorists. Televised statements by the invaders, perhaps?
With the Ramadan escalation, the carefully prepared disguise of idealistic, defenseless protesters has taken a beating. The foreign jihadists and death squads have shown their ugly face.
REIGN OF TERROR
The jihadist resistance is not a viable alternative because of:
- random killing of civilians, ethnic cleansing of minorities, ransacking and shelling of homes. These foreign elements have no understanding of Syria's tolerant, pluralist secular state. They are paid by the enemies of Syria, and they are a plague.
"1-17. In almost every scenario, resistance movements face a population with an active minority supporting the government and an equally small militant faction supporting the resistance movement (Figure 1-2). For the resistance to succeed, it must convince the uncommitted middle population, which includes passive supporters of both sides, to accept it as a legitimate entity."
At this stage it would appear the "FSA" has lost credibility in their Ramadan surge. Highly publicized defections may be presumed to be bought and don't necessarily reflect the attitudes of the street.
However, the danger is that the US is using the jihadists to cause damage, as a pretext for responsibility to protect, or to play the broker who will sponsor another stripe of "rebels." They may do this by recruiting mercenaries and activists within Syria, and taking more care to keep the militants on message with the alleged political program.
The broad majority want security, and if terrorists are allowed to institute a reign of terror, people will be forced to surrender to them. Therefore Syria is doing the necessary thing by taking vigorous military action to restore order.
WE ARE THE REVOLUTION
"A genuine revolution entails an upheaval in social structures that takes place over several years, while a 'color revolution' is a regime change that occurs within weeks. The other term for a forced change of leadership without social transformation is a "coup d’état'".
In other words, Assad's new constitution, which ends the one-party state and bars him from serving again after his term expires in 2014, and the new elections -- these reforms ARE the Syrian revolution. The crowds of over one million cheering for Assad are the revolution. The handfuls of fools protesting violently are part of the counter-revolution, as they provide a useful mask for the provocateurs hired by the US and proxies. They are only a fraction of a thousandth of the population, yet they receive 99% of mainstream media (MSM) attention, while the huge pro-government rallies are ignored or dismissed. This is because the MSM are part of the UW arsenal.
Distinguish Bashar al-Assad from Hafez al-Assad. Hark back to early reports of his intentions for reform. The Syrian old guard probably resisted these notions, knowing (even without reading the UW manual, of course) that this would open the country to subversion by the US. As Joe Quinn noted in Syria's Bloody CIA Revolution - A Distraction?
"Some Arab governments that refuse to submit to Western and Israeli dominance are continually harassed and destabilized to the point that they are forced, in order to survive, to develop a security infrastructure that is, to one extent or another, totalitarian. Western powers and the Israelis can then, when it suits them best, decry the lack of ‘freedom’ within the targeted nation and begin overthrowing the government."
The road to reform is very risky because it opens society to subversion. Friendly media and commentators should not fall into the trap of being politically correct and making ritual references disparaging Assad or the "brutal regime" (allowing that in many cases the pill may be poison-coated by editors.) The old trick of "giving a dog a bad name to hang it" is being used by the US to try and escalate, from the stage of proxies to a full-fledged aerial and ground NATO attack on Syria, under the insidious "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) theory.
UW is military aggression, facilitated by the diplomatic and media sides of the enemy offensive. It is not about diplomacy per se. Enemy rhetoric to the contrary, their aim is not any kind of political compromise or accommodation, no matter how nice a target nation tries to be. The aim is to destroy Syria sheer and simple, for long-held and sufficient strategic reasons of the US and Israel.
Hoping to curry favor by obeisances to themes of the "international community" is self-defeating. One example was Assad's attempt to abide by the UN-sponsored cease-fire, which only allowed the invaders to entrench their position. The Syrian army held back too long from a counter-attack in Homs, which allowed jihadists to paralyze and destroy much of the city, and ethnically cleanse the Christian community. In past years, Syria attempted to play along with the IMF, which led to the creation of a nouveau riche élite with a motive to overthrow the socially-oriented Syrian state.
WHO IS KILLING CIVILIANS?
Syrian voices must hammer away at the counter-theme that the civilians are being killed by the invaders; thus the UN has a responsibility to protect Syria from the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and their hired death squads. Popular support is the Syrian government's chief asset, which it would be suicidal to squander. The invaders, on the contrary, are motivated to apply a satanic win-win rule.
- in the early phase the insurgent military action is mainly for show. It is more in the nature of a prop for psychological warfare, than a serious bid for military victory. Their killings will be blamed on the government by the media the US controls.
- even though terrorist killings may alienate the population, this will not be reported. The people soon become too terrorized to even dare to voice their views. Invader-held areas experience a reign of terror, which, of course, was the modus operandi of the great historical revolutions in France and Russia.
A hint of this kind of thinking is contained in the UW manual.
"1-43. If retaliation occurs, the resistance can exploit the negative consequences to garner more sympathy and support from the population by emphasizing the sacrifices and hardship the resistance is enduring on behalf of “the people.” If retaliation is ineffective or does not occur, the resistance can use this as proof of its ability to wage effect combat against the enemy. In addition, the resistance can portray the inability or reluctance of the enemy to retaliate as a weakness, which will demoralize enemy forces and instill a belief in their eventual defeat."
The manual sets out seven phases through which a UW operation may develop:
PHASE I: Preparation. Resistance and external sponsors conduct psychological preparation to unify population against established government or occupying power and prepare population to accept U.S. support.
PHASE II: Initial Contact. USG [United States Government] agencies coordinate with allied government-in-exile or resistance leadership for desired U.S. support.
PHASE III: Infiltration. Special Forces team infiltrates operational area, establishes communications with its base, and contacts resistance organization.
PHASE IV: Organization. Special Forces team organizes, trains, and equips resistance cadre. Emphasis is on developing infrastructure.
PHASE V: Buildup. Special Forces team assist cadre with expansion into an effective resistance organization. Limited combat operations may be conducted, but emphasis remains on development.
PHASE VI: Employment. UW [Unconventional Warfare] forces conduct combat operations until linkup with conventional forces or end of hostilities.
PHASE VII: Transition. UW forces revert to national control, shifting to regular forces or demobilizing.
Phase VI was definitely reached with the surge after the May elections and the recent attempts to seize Damascus and Aleppo.
A U.S. PROXY INVASION, NOT AN INSURGENCY
In Ch. 2, "Fundamentals of Resistance and Insurgency," the UW Manual states,
"Insurgents are inherently indigenous... Even when the U.S. forces or foreign fighters support an insurgency or resistance movement, planners should not categorize them as part of the insurgency."
This is more than semantics -- there is quite a revealing insight here. It means that in fact, THERE IS NO INSURGENCY IN SYRIA. Any Syrians in the "Free Syrian Army" were hired or influenced and swept up by the foreign-led hysteria. This fact bears thinking about.
First of all, names are important. We should not refer to the conflict as an insurgency. This would lend it a mythic legitimacy it never had. I recommend to use instead the term U.S. PROXY INVASION.
I have also coined several names for the FSA, the not free and not Syrian army, that don't require one to constantly remember to put them in quotation marks:
Fanatical Sectarian Assassins, the jihadists.
Foolish Stooge Activists, for the Syrians camp followers and their leftish fellow travelers in the West.
Filthy Swine Army, who commit the atrocities.
Foreign Subversive Army, the umbrella group. I recommend using this term regularly and establishing it as the new definition of the FSA.
Once we are talking about a U.S. proxy invasion we can think more clearly about the problem, and communicate the issue clearly to others.
The first thing that becomes immediately clear is the utter depravity and hypocrisy of U.S. calls for intervention to protect the Syrian people.
The second thing is the hollowness of calls for a political solution by the Syrians themselves, without offering Syria material or military assistance or protection. If the US proxy invasion is not blocked, "leaving it to the Syrians" amounts to leaving foreign bullies a free hand to smash Syria. As we have seen, the problem is military, not political, and it did not arise from Syria, but from the Pentagon.
With the invasion paradigm, we can now begin to think about a coalition of friendly nations to supply monitors, border guards or troops secure Syria's borders against further incursions. This would be the best guarantee of Syrian independence, as set out in this blog on Aug. 6th, "A Call To Syria's Friends To Help Secure Her Borders."
Presenting the conflict as a foreign invasion will help people reject aggression against Syria, both in the West and within the Syrian opposition. Similarly the fighters should not be termed rebels; the Syrian government already calls them terrorists.
Being clear on this basic concept of a U.S. proxy invasion should lead to many fruitful ideas on how to conduct the media and military campaigns against the invasion.
What the Pentagon has done is to generate very small, artificial elements of a resistance organization, only a few thousand activists. These are greatly magnified by the MSM. Onto this wispy chimera they have grafted hard-bitten, heavily-armed foreign and foreign-led guerrilla bands..
They were following the classic steps for creating a color revolution followed by an insurgency, but the effort was pre-empted by the government's reforms, and frustrated by the refusal of over 99% of the population to participate. They then had to resort to a video-edited fake insurgency under the banner of clueless activists.
STRUCTURE OF AN INSURGENCY
Here are the steps they prescribe and follow in promoting an insurgency. Arranged in an obelisk form, with the final step at the top, it is presented in reverse chronological order.
Figure 2-2. Structure of an insurgency or resistance movement
17. Large Scale Guerrilla Actions
16. Minor Guerrilla Actions
15. Increased Political Violence and Sabotage
14. Intense Sapping of Morale (Government, Administration, Police, Military)
13. Increased Underground Activities to Demonstrate Strength of Resistance Organization and Weakness of Government
12. Overt and Covert Pressures Against Government (Strikes, Riots, and Disorder)
11. Intensification of Propaganda; Psychological Perpetration of Population for Rebellion
10. Expansion of Front Organizations
9. Establishment of National Front Organizations and Liberation Movements; Appeal to Foreign Sympathizers
8. Spreading of Subversive Organizations into All Sectors of Life of a Country
7. Penetration into Labor Unions, Student and National Organizations and all Parts of Society
6. Recruitment and Training of Resistance Cadres
5. Infiltration of Foreign Organizers and Advisors and Foreign Propaganda, Material, Money, Weapons, and Equipment
4. Increased Agitation, Unrest, and Disaffection; Infiltration of Administration, Police, Military, and National Organizations, Boycotts, Slowdowns, and Strikes
3. Agitation; Creation of Favorable Public Opinion (Advocating National Cause); Creation of Distrust of Established Institutions
2. Creating of Atmosphere of Wider Discontent Through Propaganda and Political and Psychological Effects to Discredit the Government
1. Dissatisfaction with Political, Economic, Social, Administrative, and Other Conditions; National Aspiration (Independence) or Desire for Ideological and Other Changes
This entire process could take a long time, and we can see that they have mostly skipped over steps 6 through 14. The development has gone from
5. Infiltration of Foreign Organizers and Advisors and Foreign Propaganda, Material, Money, Weapons, and Equipment
15. Increased Political Violence and Sabotage
16. Minor Guerrilla Actions
17. Large Scale Guerrilla Actions
This could indicate that the Proxy Invasion has short legs. If Syria can score a victory over the major guerrilla actions and deny entry to further fighters, it should have a chance to consolidate support and frustrate the building of the resistance envisioned in the skipped steps six to fourteen. It may also indicate that even in the case of a short-term Syrian victory, the Pentagon goes back to the drawing board to keep working on a longer term plan.
"2-12. In general, the strategic objective is to gain concessions or remove the regime in power."
Assad has already made the concessions noted - a multi-party system in which he will not run for re-election. Any real insurgency would have a problem in offering an objective.
Talking point: the opposition has no realistic objectives beyond the reforms already set in motion.
DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN SUPPORT
"2-16. Historically, insurgencies do not succeed without some form of external support. This support can be in the form of—
• Moral or political support in the international forum.
• Resources, such as money, weapons, food, advisors, and training.
• Sanctuary, such as secure training sites, operational bases over a border, or protection from extradition."
Syria should work to cut off the proxy invasion from all three support channels. Friendly nations can drum on the proxy invasion message at the UN. Borders must be secured.
Phase II—Guerrilla Warfare
2-24. A campaign of guerrilla attacks and sabotage degrade the government’s military and police forces...
Phase III—War of Movement
2-27. The goal of the insurgency in Phase III is to bring about the collapse of the established government... This tactic can only succeed if the insurgency effectively removes the military first.
2-28. As the insurgency gains control over the country, the insurgent leadership becomes responsible for the population, resources, and territory under its control. If the insurgency fails to plan and execute posthostility activities, the population may lose confidence in the insurgency and turn to the old government, a breakaway faction, or a splinter group of the insurgency.
The fighters are not prepared to run the country. The proxy invasion campaign appears to have been launched opportunistically in hopes the Damascus government might collapse, or create opportunities for a direct NATO intervention. The fighters grossly mistreated people in areas they held.
Talking points: savage, fanatical bandits have no program for Syrian people.
For our current purposes we may pass over the rest of the discussion in Ch. 2 concerning organization of the terrorist bands. Ch. 3, Concept of Employment, is operational in nature. One important point here is that guerrilla or unconventional warfare is a long-term affair.
Given the long-term enmity of the Great Zionist Entity USA against Syria, this means the US will probably not give up if their Aleppo offensive fails. They can easily keep up a war of attrition to continue to weaken Syria, which makes it a paramount necessity to secure the borders. As I wrote here on Aug. 4th,
"Just as it is easier and cheaper to pull down a house than to raise one, the cost of war damage to Syria, already in the billions, is a large multiple of what it is costing the aggressors. Moreover, the US empire and its vassals have virtually unlimited resources. To win, it is necessary for Syria to apply an efficient strategy to maximize gains and minimize losses."
One more point relating to problems of maintaining public support for the anti-terrorist war. In my blog from Aug. 4th, "Syria Needs New Counter-Insurgency Tactics," I expressed concern that shelling buildings held by urban guerrillas could be self-defeating. I noted the cost in damage to Syria is much higher than to the invaders and questioned whether other tactics need to be found to deal with low-grade, hit-and-run guerrilla warfare. One tactic is to occupy the high ground, or roofs in the city. The SAA often uses shelling as cover for their sharpshooters to get into rooftop positions. Normally shelling occurs after residents have evacuated. The FSA also use RPG's and mortars to shell buildings, even occupied ones. Notwithstanding, I believe it may be useful in future to develop slower but less costly siege tactics to smoke out terrorists.
Two phrases from Vietnam stick in my mind: "Destroy the village in order to save it," and "The battle for hearts and minds."
And here a new quote, from a soldier in Homs: "A house, street and store may have been ruined, those can be rebuilt. If our country goes, we can't replace it." Well said.
Suggestion: A smaller cordon sanitaire around each terrorist stronghold, cutting them off from supplies and ammunition. A great big cordon sanitaire securing the nation's borders to likewise deny the terrorists entry or escape. The SAA knows this; In Aleppo-Salaheddin this week, they nearly encircled the FSA, causing them to flee with great losses.
OFFENSE IS THE BEST DEFENSE
Although Syria is badly outgunned in the media battlefield, she has a powerful message. The Syrian model offers Arab dignity, resistance to zionism, religious tolerance, a pluralist democracy, and a progressive system providing social justice - values that attract the Arab masses.
When I first heard of Color Revolutions for the Arab world, the Arab Spring, I thought someone in Washington had made a huge blunder. Give the Arabs real democracy, and they will join the Axis of Resistance, send the IMF packing, put the oil fields into a trust for the Ummah, strip the effete, backward emirs of their ill-deserved titles and property, and withdraw support for the US dollar fiat scrip.
A majority of the Turkish people oppose Erdogan's criminally insane venture against Syria. Syria knows it can play the Kurdish card by offering autonomy within its pluralistic democracy, as Iraq has already done for their piece of Kurdistan. Turkey, with its own history of dirty wars against the Kurds, will then be the odd man out.
The recent uprisings in the grotesquely feudal dictatorship of Bahrain and in the Eastern, Shiite part of Saudi Arabia may also be harbingers. The Sunni majority in Saudia is still quiescent as yet, but the oil is concentrated in the eastern part of the country.
Talking points for the Offensive: Syria should appeal to the Arab world to rise up against those false leaders who are so corrupt they write a blank check for the US rape of Syria. Call on their people to follow the Syrian way.
Efforts should be made to reason with prisoners of war to convert them to this view. This will give experience in dealing with the psychology of these people. They can then be sent as experienced operatives to organize opposition against the ilk of Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and even the "democratic" United States, where two out of three people oppose involvement against Syria.
Well, I know I'm dreaming, but if anyone can get this to the meeting of foreign ministers in Tehran tomorrow, Aug. 9th, that would be wonderful.
A CALL TO SYRIA'S FRIENDS TO HELP SECURE HER BORDERS.
On Aug. 9, Tehran is hosting a meeting of foreign ministers "for consultations on the Syrian crisis in order to find political ways out of the current situation," as announced here. http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/100331-tehran-to-host-foreign-ministers-meeting-on-syria-on-aug-9-
I posted the following comment at this page (comments are moderated and so far none have been published).
How can there be any political solution possible so long as the instigator of the troubles, the USA and its proxies, are seeking a solution by force, invading Syria with their special forces - fanatics, mercenaries and death squads, attempting to spark a civil war and tear the country apart.
The only solution possible for Syria against this military attack is to defeat the insurgency militarily.
Countries who wish to preserve the peace in Syria, and give the Syrian army a chance to defeat terrorism within its borders, would be most helpful by sending defensive troops to secure Syria's borders, preventing further incursions.
It is easier to carry out a guerrilla war than a counter-insurgency operation. Even a few thousand insurgents create enormous problems for the Syrian army. If Iran, Russia and other friends of Syria offer only words, that is not enough to stop the bullets and bombs of further thousands of trained insurgents. Concrete action to defend Syria is called for. Securing the borders against foreign invaders would be the appropriate step, leaving the internal fight to the Syrian Army.
The US redoubled its campaign of terror in June, after the elections held by the Syrian government in May, which had opened the way to a multi-party system, and in which a number of sincere opposition candidates were elected. Thus the US showed it had zero interest in a political solution.
The fake "opposition" which has been carefully fostered by the US, as part of its Unconventional Warfare practices, heaped scorn on the elections, knowing they had far too little popular support to gain power through the ballot.
Mr. Assad has taken great pains to open Syria to a democratic transition, but this is not what the US and its proxies want. They know that a freely elected government in Syria, or in any Arab state, would not agree to be a US puppet.
The fight is about imperialism and neo-colonialism, and not about democracy. If Iran, Russia, China etc. do not defend Syria, it will not be long before they, too, are targeted by this most sinister form of attack.
In other words, a friend in need is a friend in deed. When our friend is assailed by a band of murderers, to offer mere words is to consign him to his fate.
Words alone never put out a fire, saved a drowning man, or put one brick on top of another. If Syria's friends value the Syrian Arab Republic, it is time they showed their true colors, took their courage in their hands and helped Syria face down the enemy.
It might be a lot to ask of any one country to bell the USUK-NATO cat on its own. Much more impressive, too, would be a multinational force. Call it a coalition... call it a cordon sanitaire, call it standing fast against terrorism. There is no better topic and time for the ministers to discuss on Thursday.
Update (Aug. 9) We have it from a highly reliable source that this is exactly what needs to be done. On Aug. 7, Hillary (Aka Hitlery Aka Killery) Clinton threatened anyone “attempting to exploit the misery of the Syrian people, either by sending in proxies or sending in terrorist fighters.” Such an exact description she could only have found from looking in the mirror. So thanks for the hot tip, little Hitlery. U R a textbook psychiatric case.
If that wasn't enough, today it was reported that France is sending troops to the "Syria-Jordan border to aid refugees." As PartisanGirl said on Twitter, "probably training terrorists."
Following early reports on the battle for Aleppo, I see a danger that Syria may become entrapped in a strategy that appears to bring victories over Foreign Subversive Army units, while actually achieving a US objective: massive collateral damage and destruction in Syria's own cities. A further problem arises from the fact that such damage will be distorted by the heavily biased global controlled media to underline calls for "humanitarian" military intervention à la Libya.
Just as it is easier and cheaper to pull down a house than to raise one, the cost of war damage to Syria, already in the billions, is a large multiple of what it is costing the aggressors. Moreover, the US empire and its vassals have virtually unlimited resources. To win, it is necessary for Syria to apply an efficient strategy to maximize gains and minimize losses.
Syria's army is a conventional force suitable for engaging another army such as Israel's in a conventional conflict. However, Syria now faces a different type of foe, an armed insurrection. Looking for more information about counterinsurgency tactics, I found this article, written from the American viewpoint with regard to insurgency in Iraq: "Military Doctrine, Guerrilla Warfare and Counterinsurgency" http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/military_doctrine_guerrilla_warfare_and_counterinsurgency
The authors note that conventional armed forces are "not particularly effective against guerrilla forces."
"The essential problem is that the basic unit of guerrilla warfare is the individual and the squad. They are frequently unarmed -- having hidden their weapons -- and when armed, they carry man-portable weapons such as rifles, rocket-propelled grenades or mortars. When unarmed, they cannot be easily distinguished from the surrounding population. And they arm themselves at a time and place of their choosing -- selected to minimize the probability of detection and interception.
"Guerrilla war, particularly in its early stages, is extremely resistant to conventional military force because the massed systems that dominate mainstream operations cannot engage the guerrilla force. Indeed, even if collateral damage were not an issue -- and it almost always is -- the mass annihilation or deportation of a population does not, in itself, guarantee the elimination of the guerilla force. So long as a single survivor knows the location of the weapons caches, the guerrilla movement can readily revive itself.
"Therefore, in modern military thinking, a second, parallel military structure has emerged: counter-insurgency forces. Operating under various names, counter-insurgency troops try to overcome the lack of surgical precision of conventional forces. They carry out a number of functions:
"1. Engage guerrilla forces on a symmetrical level, while having access to technologically superior force as needed.
2. Collect intelligence on guerrilla concentrations for use by larger formations.
3. Recruit and train indigenous forces to engage guerrilla forces.
4. Organize operations designed to drive a wedge between the guerrillas and population.
"The basic units carrying out these counter-insurgency missions have two components. First, there are Special Forces -- highly trained and motivated light infantry -- intended to carry out the primary missions. Second, there are more conventional forces, either directly attached to the primary group or available on request, designed to multiply the force when it becomes engaged."
The article goes into the problems of a foreign power carrying out a counter insurgency, and from its dependence on indigenous forces. This is the reverse of the Syrian case, where it is the insurgents who are dependent on foreign mercenaries. It then notes,
"The paradox of guerrilla war is that it is easier to defeat militarily once the guerrilla force has matured into a more advanced, and therefore more vulnerable, entity. However, by the time it has evolved, the likelihood is that the political situation has deteriorated sufficiently that even heavy attrition will be overcome through massive recruitment within the disaffected population."
The key to victory for Syria then is to engage the invader militarily without alienating the population through excessive collateral damage. Being an indigenous entity, the Syrian government has more possibilities, such as using pretended defectors to infiltrate insurgent units.
In terms of military tactics, there should be alternatives to shelling one's own buildings. The counterinsurgents should try to hold the high ground, stationing sharpshooters on roofs. I believe the government does try to use this tactic, as well as to organize local defense militias. It should also be possible to lay siege to terrorist nests. Cordon them, starve them or smoke them out, or storm them during their hours of sleep. In other words, commando or SWAT operations -- Special Weapons and Tactics. Terrorist nests should be surrounded, with no possibility of escape, rendering the "run" in hit and run inoperative. Then, when they run out of ammunition, they can be easily mopped up.
Organizing militias carries its own problems of reliability, plus the Goebbelsian global media is sure to employ their Big Lie about brutal killings by "shabiha" brigades. However, when they have no facts to distort, they simply fabricate them from whole cloth, so Syria can't be deterred in its choice of tactics by that.
What if some SAA units were to start wearing civilian clothes and pretending to be rebels? With the necessary precautions to avoid friendly fire, of course. Some rebels dressed up in army uniforms were arrested recently for planning to carry out false-flag atrocities, http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=564561&l=a4329f3fe6&id=110113882437314 . The government is doing the right thing by setting up check points.
Another American viewpoint on the Iraq war: "Mao set out the guerrilla's viewpoint 80 years ago: 'The enemy wants to fight a short war, but we simply will not let him.'" I do get the impression that the Syrian government is striving for a quick, decisive victory. That might well be the right thing to do, but I hope they are also building a long-term strategy. When I see buildings collapse, I wonder.
Allowing for a certain amount of boasting for propaganda, this account from Damascus does sound like a classic example of the advantages that guerrillas have over standing armies: "Rebels give inside account of Damascus fighting, saying holding neighborhoods was never plan." http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/08/02/159561/rebels-give-inside-account-of.html Basically, they can hit and run.
It might seem the US got tired of losing wars against guerrillas, and decided to synthesize their own guerrillas to pit against target countries instead (of course, the USA itself was founded by winning a guerrilla war). To this end, US strategists prepared the infamous Unconventional Warfare Manual, described here, http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/7688; full report here http://www.al-akhbar.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/Special_Forces_Report.pdf .
This report notes that guerrillas ordinarily lack level-headedness and tenacity, and require professional organizers to make them combat-ready. From this viewpoint, Syria's tactic to inflict heavy casualties quickly may help crush their morale. However, the report (Ch. 3) goes on to note that UW involves long-term planning and coordination.
This report should be studied in developing counter-insurgency tactics. For example, it notes that guerrillas need safe havens, such as international borders. It is imperative for Syria to secure its borders to deny supplies and reinforcements from getting in.
The report sets out seven phases for a UW operation: Preparation, Initial Contact, Infiltration, Organization, Buildup, Employment, Transition.
The operation against Syria is now in the sixth phase of launching the attack on the state. It involves attacks on high-value targets and seizing "critical national infrastructure, for very limited periods of time." Recent examples were attacks on radio stations, and assassination of top security leaders.
The literature on counter-insurgency discusses the problems of suppression of an indigenous resistance by a foreign occupying power. The book on how a nation state can defeat a synthetic insurgency created by that foreign power has probably not yet been written. The important thing is that Syria should recognize this is a new and unique situation, and search for innovative approaches to exploit its own strengths and the terrorists' weaknesses.
Note (Aug 5): I'm grateful to Oksana Boyko of Russia Today for supplying information about SAA shelling practices from an eyewitness perspective. The SAA is taking care to avoid injury to civilians, shelling buildings held by insurgents after ordinary residents have fled. In one infamous example, an Austrian newspaper photoshopped a picture of a refugee family over a background of damaged buildings, to make it appear people were leaving after their homes were destroyed.
I have uploaded a plain text version of the Unconventional Warfare Manual here for the convenience of researchers wishing to quote passages.
The war on Syria is being waged on the cheap by USUK, and a false-flag at the megabucks Olympics carnival would be a blow to the British and US economies.
The tracks are leading in a different direction - a false flag by the Foreign Subversive Army in Syria itself. The US has supplied both chemical weapons and gas masks to their death squads, as reported today by Syrian Girl Partisan in a short video . She shows a photo of FSA unpacking gas masks, which are the US type, not Russian, and thus not from Syria. The plot is for the FSA to use poison gas in neighborhoods and then claim the Syrian government used the gas offensively. The US would thus cook up an intervention pretext with another Weapons of Mass Deception recipe like the "Let them eat yellow-cake" lies against Iraq.
Syrian Girl cites a Russia Today story from June 10, "Syrian Rebels aim to use chemical weapons, blame Damascus." For some weeks top Western officials have been scripting the background music, sanctimoniously feigning concern that Syria might lose control of its chemical weapons stocks. Just today at the UN, the "Israeli am-bastard-or" spewed the venom that "a regime that cuts the throats of children today will be prepared to gas them tomorrow" -- hyping the Big Lie of the brutal Syrian regime. Israel's Debka file and the Telegraph reported that "free Libya" is sharing chemical weapons with the Libyan "insurgents" in Syria. Syrian Girl reports here that the US gave chemical weapons to one of their client tribes during the invasion of Libya to use against another tribe that supported Qaddafi.
She emphasizes that if Syria does have chemical weapons, they will never be used on its own people. They would only be used against foreign attack, or as a deterrent against Israel's nuke stockpile
Paul Joseph Watson wrote on July 31, "We are now clearly entering a new phase in the propaganda war with regard to Syria, heralded by the NATO-aligned establishment now using the presence of Al-Qaeda fighters in the country, many of whom were airlifted into Syria by NATO powers, as a justification to launch a wider military assault." How do they keep track of which side they are on?
At the same time, videos of repulsive madmen and murderers screeching Allahu Akbar are a great bonus for Zionism, as they put Islam to shame even among Muslims. Especially blasphemous were the cries of "God is Great" after lining up bloody, beaten middle-aged prisoners against a wall in Aleppo and shredding them with a torrent of bullets. Pro-Syrian bloggers on Twitter reported that the clan has since got revenge and wiped out a contingent of Fanatical Sectarian Assassins. The media will of course label the clan as "shabiha."
Watson also relayed reports that an Israeli attack on Iran may be imminent. The fight for Syria could be a prelude to taking out Iran.
One of the Global Goebbels Media Big Lies of the Day today was that the Filthy Swine Anarchists had seized the Aleppo Citadel, but pro-Syrian bloggers produced clips of a quiet day in the city, and reports that FSA vermin have been routed from many positions. FSA propaganda relayed by the McClatchy report claimed these were tactical retreats after inflicting disproportionate damage. The term "tactical retreat" was greeted by a rash of jokes on Twitter.
A video rogues gallery of foreign fighters, mainly Libyan NATO mercenaries, has now been supplied with English subtitles by Syrian Truth, which has an excellent facebook page . A recent photo there is labeled "Repentant Qabbani: Armed Terrorists Shoot Demonstrators to Accuse Syrian Army," from SANA, the Syrian Arab News Agency. This story was one of several posted to a Reuters blog today but later taken down by the agency, claiming they were hacked.
"Mohamad Salim Qabbani, a former collaborator with Mass Media means of lies and fabrications against Syria, narrated last night to Syrian Satellite TV Channel his personal involvement in fabricating news about the ongoing in Syria. Qabbani disclosed the presence of scores of specialized so-called news rooms to invent, edit and fabricate news items and stories to be aired by scores of media outlets like B.B.C., al-Jazeera, France 24, al-Arabyia and others."
His account confirms much of what we already know about FSA-MSM false flag video fakery. The allegedly "brutal" Syrian regime did not punish him, but let him go free. A far cry from the "justice" meted out by the FSA.
It wasn't a hack, though, when the New York Times printed an Op-ed on Aug. 3 noting, "Many who once saw Prez Assad's regime as a kleptocracy now view it as best guarantor of Syria endangered pluralism." The occasion is the ethnic cleansing of Christian communities by fanatical jihadists -- 80,000 are now homeless in Homs. In June, the Vatican voiced concern over the expulsion of Christians from Qusayr. "Christian" Zionists in the US power structure take no notice, and blithely continue to worship their devil or their dollar, of course.
Some other pundits voiced mild protests over the alliance with the Al-Ciada destabilization death squads. Security analyst Charles Shoebridge's "The West Should Not Support Syrian Rebels" appeared in the Huffington Post, while the pro-Palestinian commentator Robert Fisk asked, "Has there ever been a Middle Eastern war of such hypocrisy?" in the Independent. Neither of these half-brave souls rose completely above hypocrisy, though, as they shielded themselves behind the mantra of the brutal dicatatorship. Fisk also made an obeisance to the 9/11 myth. How much risk is enough, Mr. Fisk?
With the defeat on the ground in Aleppo, are these timid demurrals any indication the USUK may take a tactical retreat, once a fallback objective of wreaking tens of billions in damage on Syria is achieved? We'll see.
Today in Syria we had our "SAS in Basra moment," when British death squads were identified among the terrorists of the Foreign Subversive Army. Two Western journalists were captured by a platoon of rebel-rabble, and there was not one single Syrian in the troop of fanatical jihadists. Some spoke with a Birmingham accent. As anyone who knows England knows, foreigners do not acquire a regional accent. These had to be Brits.
We can now state the equation:
FSA = (F)SAS.
(The New York Times muffled the accent issue by noting, "their captors apparently included no Syrian fighters, but instead jihadists from Bangladesh, Britain, Chechnya and Pakistan," so one would assume they were Pakistani Brits.)
IMPORTANT -- TACTICAL ERROR
Oksana Boyko of RT, an independent observer sympathetic to the government, confirmed that the SAA (Syrian Arab Army) do shell their own cities. Although civilians have usually fled by this time, this is still an awful strategic blunder. Innocent civilians are hurt, killed, or lose their homes. Not only will you have to rebuild the destroyed buildings, but it is a huge propaganda gift to the FSA and MSM who are out to bring Syria down. In short, a suicidal mistake.
There have to be more innovative ways to clear terrorists from the neighborhoods. Use tear gas, SWAT team tactics. Occupy the rooftops with sharpshooters. Cordon off areas and starve them out. Any males of fighting age leaving the area as "refugees" could be held for questioning. If foreign then POW, if Syrian, then do background checks to try and found out if FSA or innocent civilian.
Not that this will be all easy. Tony Cartalucci reported on his Landdestroyer blog on July 27 that the mercenaries have smuggled in chemical weapons and gas masks. Probably for double use -- military, and in creating propaganda fakery. It's understandable that troops with tanks and mortars would rather use them than risking their lives at close range.
Still, it is a top priority to stop the shelling. Own-goal attacks give the likes of US Dep't of Offense Secretary Panetta cause to crow , "if they continue this kind of tragic attack on their own people in Aleppo, I think it ultimately will be a nail in Assad's own coffin." I'd sure hate for the doo from the DOO to be true.
Anybody got any ideas how to get the message to the Syrian defense?
July 28, 2012.
DEADLY STRAWS IN THE WIND
The Evil Empire has been quieter about Syria the last couple days, even putting out the line "World to Syrians -- fight it out among yourselves." Are they pretending the Empire is giving up, after doing all it can for Syria, but being blocked by three UN vetoes, poor dears?
This act of lying down and playing dead smells very suspicious. Yesterday, on the opening day of the Olympic Games, they chose to hammer on the keynote of alleged Syrian chemical weapons, with a Really Big Lie of Hitlerian Proportions, in a Reuters hit piece, "Analyst: Assad may attack Turkey, Saudi Arabia with chemical weapons." Thanks to Richard Cottrell who provided the link, and the tip that "Reuters political risk analyst Peter Apps" is a Pentagon mole.
Suddenly, somehow, I saw an opening on the chessboard for the Evil Ones, to lunge at their longed-for chance to bomb Syria into dust. A bit as if they have been thinking out loud, or like the moment when you hear your chess opponent swallow hard, to hold back the urge to shout "Eureka, I got you."
And what a smashing breakthrough they have laid the groundwork for. In brief, this is how I tweeted it around.
Warning! Evil Empire can do 1.False Flag chem atak on London + 2.Cyberhijack Syria TV + 3.Fake Syria claiming it attacked. Please go viral!
That's all it would take!
1. Their plans for a major false flag bombing on the Olympics have been rumbling in their casus belli for over two years. In May 2010, NWO flagship Rockefeller.org published "Scenarios for the Future," envisioning 13,000 killed by a terrorist bombing at the 2012 London Olympics...
2. In Libya last year, US psy-war experts accelerated the government's downfall by taking over the state TV frequency and broadcasting fake footage depicting rebels taking central Tripoli -- an event that did not occur until days later. Thierry Meyssan, Webster Tarpley and soon the Syrian government and pro-government activists have been telling anyone who will listen that such cyber-hijack plans are in place. According to pro-Syrian activists on twitter, an actual takedown of the Syrian News Agency SANA did occur in recent days. That could be a drill for the big one...
Note in context that there is almost no evidence of a spontaneous Syrian "uprising" over the last 15 months. It has been one big phony videomontage purveyed by the MSM, the empire's mainstream media, the great Bakery of Fakery. The Counter-Revolution IS being televised.
3. As for a precedent for blowing things up and then supplying a video of the chosen culprit allegedly taking blame, that already exists in regard to 9/11. Spurious audio and video tapes were distributed by Al Jazeera, purporting to reveal Osama bin Laden taking credit for 9/11 -- the most enormous -- and the most obvious -- false-flag terror act of all time. Qatar-based Al Jazeera is a CIA-MI6 channel...
Last week's bombing attempt to decapitate Syria's top security officials could also fit into the scenario. When the fake Syrian TV report comes up, it might defiantly declare that the Olympics bombing is in revenge for the assassination of top Syrian leaders.
Other pieces on the board that can be brought into play are the bought and paid-for "defectors," real or fake, who for a price will corroborate any lies needed. FSA members, given to feeble-mindedness and fanaticism, could make perfect patsies. Constantly whooping Allah Akbar, they are ripe for martyrdom. It ought to be easy to recruit a few of these pathetic pawns to sacrifice themselves in an attack on the Olympic Games -- they are ready to do anything to get NATO to overthrow Assad.
Thus, the chess pieces are all in place for a blitz strike, a checkmate combination. So I'm asking everyone to pass on this message. If this is their hellish plan, the way to stop it is to blow the whistle beforehand. Spread the word about this combination for catastrophe, to unnerve them -- or even shame them, if sociopaths and psychopaths are capable of knowing shame.
I hope nothing happens after all, and I will be the red-faced one instead. I also hope I haven't given the Devil any ideas, but that's not likely. They have think tanks working full-time dreaming up such dirty deeds. And that seems to be just what they're doing -- creating the conditions to enable such a plan, if that's what the final decision is going to be.
Update, July 30. Richard Cottrell wrote: http://www.todayszaman.com/news-288087-israels-barak-plays-down-syrian-c... .
Good to know that Mr Barak is reading this blog attentively and issuing denials! ;-)
July 28. It's clear the Foreign Subversive Army (FSA) have no intentions of winning in a fair fight. Symbolic actions are only props for war propaganda to pave the way for aerial bombardment to smash Syria.
By FSA we also mean the Fascist Subversive Axis of USA, Al Qaeda, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and MSM the corporatist mainstream media.
July 26. I've been following Aleppo last few days on twitter, and it appears that small bands of FSA (the Foreign Subversive Army) are taking a beating from the SAA (Syrian Arab Army).
BIG LIE FROM THE BBC
The BBC makes it sound like the FSA is in control of the city and the SAA is going to encircle and invade it with heavy weapons, causing a bloodbath, so the citizenry are fleeing in alarm.
This is absurd, as the government is largely in control, so why would they invade their own city? Maybe the West thinks in terms of invasion because that is what they are doing to Syria.
As evidence for their crackpot theory, the BBC show a photo of a pickup truck carrying a mattress. This is supposed to prove people are fleeing the city in fear of the offensive. You’d think refugees would have smaller and more valuable things to take with them than just a mattress!
It is true some have been forced to leave by firefights. Which means, to avoid the FSA who have been killing civilians, according to twitter reports from Aleppo. FSA "activists" on twitter report "big protests" but their videos show quite small ones, biggest a few 100 - remember the pro government rally in October 2011 attracted 1.5 million - about 5,000 times as many. So much for democracy and objective reporting.
If the Syrian army is encircling Aleppo, it would be to keep the FSA from going in and out.
The BBC manage to twist the facts against the government and still pretend to be a little bit objective by putting the ridiculous part about FSA control and government encirclement first. Later they cite two sources who say "the rebels were moving around the city to avoid attacks." In other words the "Free" "Syrian" Army (Foreign Subversive Army) have no control over the city. They are making hit and run attacks, with some of them terrorising civilians, when they are not impersonating civilans to escape the army. This urban guerrilla tactic has obviously been thought out.
Alongside the CIA veterans from Libya and elsewhere, it appears Syrian FSA elements are mostly young hoodlums (petty criminals and dope dealers) who have been recruited by foreign mercenary leaders with lots of money (e.g. $100 - $200 a day) - see excerpts below from Voice of Russia.
What is going on in Aleppo? Aleppo resident Fatima Banauwi, an Aleppo University employee, has agreed to an interview with the Voice of Russia. According to her, the rumors about the battles in the city have been grossly exaggerated. But all the same, it is not safe in Aleppo.
We try not to go out into the streets because it’s unsafe there right now. Some kind of rallies are being held all the time organized by the so-called Free Syrian Army. But there are no locals at those rallies.
Who comes to the rallies then?
Some from Idlib, some from Hama.
Have you seen them yourself?
Yes, they are young, around 15-16. They look very strange, walk with weapons, curse and shoot in the air. Seems like they’re not themselves, either drunk or drugged...
And how do the Syrian defense units operate in the city?
The soldiers probably try to make it so that the local residents don’t get hurt. But the militants shoot wherever, they don’t care who they kill. They even kill children! And then they put horrible pictures of those killed children on the internet and write that they are victims of the regime.
In other cities, including Damascus, the rebels forced citizens out of their homes and occupied their houses…
We’re not leaving our homes! The militants would ransack them. Those people have no education, no faith - they’re savages!
How CIA Contra Gangs and NGO's Manufacture, Mislabel and Market Mass Murder,
by Tony Cartalucci
An E-book to beat the bombing - Expose the Big Lie in time to stop the war. The Syrian "uprising" is actually a cynical US-engineered plot using provocateurs, mercenaries, wahhabi fanatics and corrupt NGO's. The US, UK and Israel are determined to smash this independent Arab socialist state where oil wealth is spent on human welfare, like Libya before it was torn apart in the same way. Neighboring nations move in for the kill, like jackals and hyenas fawning at the feet of the US lion.
The US and Saudi-financed plot turns on the tactic of "Countergangs." Terrorists -- mercenaries and irregulars, the "CIA foreign legion" -- they shoot both demonstrators and police, blow up buildings, massacre innocent villagers -- and then blame the carnage on the targeted government!
NGO's like the "National Endowment for Democracy" (NED) promote "activists," whose leaders are ambitious sociopaths, eagerly carving out a piece of the carcass for the moment the state is brought down. The media eagerly lap up and magnify the Big Lie, creating a fake "reality" that the average person has little chance of seeing through.
Subverting Syria is a warning of the horror that the "Empire of the Almighty Dollar" is preparing to bring down upon Syria, the same horror of last year's obscene war on Libya, in which an egalitarian state was trampled into mud, blood and chaos under the banner of human rights and a pack of vicious lies.
Subverting Syria reveals how the crusade to destroy Syria follows tactics explicitly set out in the Pentagon's Unconventional Warfare Manual, the same maneuvers so recently used to lay waste to Libya.
- fund NGO's to create a climate of protest in the target country
- provocateurs organize demonstrations, then fire on protesters and security forces alike to stoke violence
- staged and mislabeled video footage creates the illusion of repression by the regime
- mass media endlessly repeat the Big Lie that the nation's leader is a brutal dictator. Give a dog a bad name and hang him.
- invade border towns with special forces death squads, the CIA Foreign Legion of Al Qaeda psychopaths, fanatics and guns for hire
- foment a civil war and fabricate pretexts for military intervention by the UN, or NATO
- bomb the country into the stone age, to be conquered by NATO’s Islamic terrorist puppets
- eradicate Arab socialism and government for the people, replacing it with a corrupt clique beholden to Wall Street and London bankers
- isolate Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Iran, giving free rein for Greater Israel to dominate the Middle East
- US corporations write multi-billion-dollar contracts for "reconstruction" and "security"
Subverting Syria shows how these wars are engineered by manipulation of the kinder instincts of mankind, the hoodwinking and harnessing of elements that normally oppose "interventions", especially pacifist and leftist forces -- entrapping them in the service of mass murder and the global dictatorship of the money power.
Syria’s situation is truly serious, under ruthless attack by enemies within and without. Please help pass on the word about Subverting Syria. Free copies available on request to book reviewers and social media activists, who will publicize this urgent effort to defeat lies and genocide with an appeal to the facts.
Because of the urgency, a key feature of this book is that it is presented as a work in progress. It will be continually updated until it is a full-length, fully-edited book. Thanks to E-book technology, readers will be able to continually retrieve updates as this work goes forward as quickly as it can -- racing with the work of the warmongers, as they call for NATO aggression unleashing their WMD against the innocent Syrian people.
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For a sampling of the evidence in the book please see the author's blog http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com.au/
Edited, adapted and amplified by Nile Bowie.
Table of Contents
Prelude: The Arab Spring (completed)
- The Timeline - 2008-2010: Preparing the Battlefield
- Year of the Dupe: 2011
Chapter 1, complete. Mystery Gunmen, Armed Militants, and Foreign Intrigue (The covert arming and support given to Syrian rebels and the atrocities they commit. Complete version.)
Chapter 2, Media Propaganda (distortion by western media, video fakery - largely complete). Perception Management in Psychological Warfare, via Lies, Disinformation, Fabrications and Misrepresentations.
Chapter 3: Geopolitical Implications (Analysis, who benefits if Assad falls, prospects for regional war, etc)
67,000 words, final edition as of 9/11/12. See also Print Edition.
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