"Upon suggestion that the UN might have to actually intervene in Syria, government officials moaned, “Do we really have to? I’m not sure there’s much in it for us apart from helping millions of people escape an oppressive and deadly regime.” "
"The revolutionaries, who chanted against Assad, are those who condemn any violations from the side of the opposition forces, political, military and civilian. We also support the Syrian people’s resistance, in the means that they find appropriate, whether peaceful or non-peaceful."
Lifting the Syria arms embargo is another step towards full scale war Another shitty anti-revolutionary article from Lindsey German. No criticism of the Russian arms, only talking of the opposition or of Assad stepping down as bad things. I found it via a site associated with the pro-Israel AWL* (who themselves have switched on Syria, as their fear of Muslims outweighs their desire to bash the left), which had this: "An attempt at a major public meeting on the issue, held in London on 21 May, attracted only 50 people. This was a meeting organised by leftists (Counterfire and Socialist Action) to oppose Western intervention in Syria at which no platform speaker was willing to criticise the disgusting Syrian regime." Nice to see they got so few for a pro-Assad meeting. *[http://shirazsocialist.wordpress.com/…/stop-the-war-degene…/]
Al-Qusayr should have a hyphen rather than a question mark, I think. While most of the warnings about the perils of Western influence may be timely, the suggestion seems to be that no military aid would be best. I don't think the FSA is in a position to be quite so snooty. "Europe’s weapons would be funnelled through select Free Syrian Army (FSA) channels. The aim is to bolster the pro-Western section of the opposition leadership and reduce the influence of Islamist and revolutionary brigades." Anyone who actually provides support to the Syrian people is likely to increase their influence, but I don't see that receiving Western arms would change the character of the FSA. And what is making anyone stay 'pro-Western' if they don't want to, once victory is achieved?
"On both sides of the Atlantic, the intelligence and security establishments tend to take a more cautious line than the politicians and diplomats." None of them have provided any weapons yet, so how cautious do they need to get? "Worries about jihadists continue to rank higher than the desire to topple the Assad regime." Indeed. The proxy war theorists are talking nonsense.
Ian Pannell's editor is still calling it a 'massacre'.
And his report was "Can't be sure what happened", "Country soaked in blood." Rather than it being obvious that it is the government militias that do sectarian massacres, and that government needs to be overthrown to stop the bloodshed. Nothing will ever be normal again while Assad or his power structure remains.
Just before I got in the bath, Martin Butcher, arms policy adviser for Oxfam, was on the BBC talking about Syria. I missed most of the interview, but he made three points at the end, to discourage support for the Syrian rebels, with all of which I disagree. 1. If the West arms the rebels, Russia and Iran will increase their deliveries. Not arming the rebels hasn't discouraged them. They deliver tonnes of weaponry every week, it's probably reached saturation point. It was estimated a while ago that the régime is paying the Russians a billion dollars a month, and would run out of money by June. I could go on. 2. The FSA has no proper command and control structure. Leaving aside how much truth there is in this (like many statements about the opposition, it has been widely retailed , while the actual statistics point in the opposite direction), when you are trying to overthrow the government, it is those with weapon supplies that can command allegiance. 3. The FSA collaborates with the Islamist of Jabhat-al-Nusra on a daily basis. They're trying to overthrow the same dictator. What's the FSA supposed to do, say they'll have a war against al-Nusra first, or stoke up a peace pipe and hope all the bad people go away? Kevin Maguire and Faye Adams were similarly anti supporting the rebels on Sky's press preview last night.
Fawaz Gerges has added:
1. There is no military solution to the conflict.
The rebels have beaten back the régime without much isolated support, so I think this is a hypothesis designed to support a conclusion.
2. This has mutated into a proxy war, no longer a fight between the opposition and the government.
It's a fight between the same Syrians who asked for justice in 2011, against a government bolstered by thousands of soldiers from Hezbollah, a lot of Russian and Iranian munitions, and diplomatic cover from Russia and China.
“As a Leftist activist, one would have thought you would mention – at least once, in passing – the popular uprising or the revolution, what Syrians think and want, or anything remotely related to people. Instead, all you obsess about is big politics from a statist perspective: regime change, foreign intervention, regional war, Israel, Iran, blah blah blah.”
"Warning: This video contains horrifying scenes and we don't recommend it for weak hearted people.This scene is just to document the crimes that are being committed by Bashar al-Assad and his regime. It is not to shock our viewers or to encourage violence; we just want to document what is happening in Syria."
"The rebels will cut the regime’s supply routes from the south and east. This will allow them to advance in Damascus more quickly and let the grip on Assad tighten. In contrast, this strategy has a down side in which the Damascus residents will have to flee their homes to the countryside or to Lebanon due to the intensive shelling technique, which the regime will use to delay the rebels marching towards downtown Damascus. The complete capturing of Damascus is inevitable, but it is a way yet too far to accomplish, contrary to what is broadcasted in the media about the beginning of the battle in summer 2013. It would be accelerated if the west increase the aid for the Syrian rebels, supply them with sophisticated weapons and establish a buffer zone in Daraa’, but Mr.Obama is busy, right now, with the American middle class rather than the middle east issues. He does not want to be involved in a war that may damage the U.S economy."
"What is happening in Syria is a real popular revolution that the Brotherhood had not planned for or expected; this is why the clumsiness of the Brotherhood all over the world is now understandable."
Note 4/4/15, the following video is now unavailable.Just another man being beaten and humiliated. Whoever compares the systematic crimes of the régime with the occasional offences of rebels (largely condemned by other rebels), is comparing two things of very different scale. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzwLoznpixc]
Not only human beings suffer in Syria, not only human beings are being targeted by snipers..This cute kitten was hit with a sniper's bullet in Bustan al Qasir, residents took her to the field hospital for treatment, where she had her right paw amputated. Assad is an enemy of life itself not only human beings!!! And now she is in good health ...
"The Syrian revolution has few friends. Western powers want to tame it, Russia wants it crushed, and none of them want it to succeed. But despite recent defeats, it remains resilient. There are few illusions left in Syria. The revolution is learning the bitter lesson that it can only rely on itself."
Coallition UK, or shame on you ! "The Stop The War Coalition’s position on Syria has not changed. It is really a shame and in many aspects a treason of the principle of internationalism, while ignoring the sacrifices of the Syrian people in their struggle for freedom and dignity."
' “The rebels on the ground have stopped paying any attention to any investigation, meetings or statement by any Western countries regarding the Syrian revolution,” Mohamed Nahal, an activist based in Damascus who was reached by Skype, said Friday. The world has watched Assad batter Syria’s cities and towns with airstrikes, rockets, tank shells and Scud missiles for more than two years “without doing anything for the rebels so far,” he said.'
William Hague:"There is no purely military victory available." At the end of a speech in which he lamented that the Syrian people didn't have the arms to defend themselves against the guns and aircraft of the régime. Whose fault is that? And Douglas Alexander is wanting some serious pause for thought, because weapons might fall into the hands of extremists. Gung-ho is not the word.
"Peace in Syria is desirable, but not at any price. American miscalculations will further damage the Syrian opposition and give Assad the means to use negotiations to impose his will on his depleted rivals and remain in office. Neither Russia nor Iran will challenge this. And with a short-sighted, risk-averse, amoral administration in Washington, they know they can get their way." [http://www.dailystar.com.lb/…/217252-washington-blunders-ye…]
" “Better the devil we know than the demons we can only imagine if Syria falls into chaos and the extremists from across the Arab world gain a foothold there,” one senior Israeli intelligence officer in the north of the country said."
More of the truth about the powers that want Assad to remain in place. 'The source confirmed that the king seemed keen during his meeting with Salehi to express his understanding of Ahmadinejad's message and its contents, especially since the fall of the Syrian regime would not serve his interests or those of the stability of Jordan. The source revealed that the Jordanian king directly charged Salehi, who was soon to depart Jordan for Syria, with a "friendly message to President Assad that also included his hopes that [Assad] … come to a more realistic vision." '
"Let's imagine that the British government decided to attack a county with scud missiles to stamp out a peaceful rebellion. Europeans would be watching entire families being slaughtered day in day out. What would the young do? They would flock in droves to England to protect the oppressed." The reporting by Ahmed Maher is spun to the extreme to present those fighting in Syria with the rebels as evil sectarian jihadists. But to his credit, the truth shines through his spin.
"On 9 May 2013 Stop the War delivered an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron to Downing Street, urging the government to end its interventionist policy." Next week they will demand the government put an end to creeping communism, and the week after that they stop the takeover of the civil service by leprechauns.
"Every Friday, the Syrian people make it known what they think of the so-called friends who talk about their concern but fail to deliver on their promises, whether it involves weapons or humanitarian assistance. People who are being assaulted by guns, tanks, planes and missiles – not to speak of imprisonment, torture and worse – are supposed to take heart when David Cameron talks about better night-vision goggles, while Barack Obama scratches his head about the use of chemical weapons."
"The Syrian people engaged in their own peaceful uprising against a regime that was far more brutal than Hosni Mubarak’s, and Bashar Al-Assad’s regime responded with overwhelming force. If Hezbollah was truly a "resistance" movement for the autonomy of Arabs, Muslims and oppressed peoples everywhere, it would have supported the Syrian uprising." Ditto for those in the West who claim to support the opposition, but consider opposing any support for the rebels their prime political task.
"The regime also said to the Syrian people for years that the army is there to fight the Zionist enemy," he said. "But in reality, the military capabilities were neglected and they focused on making the army an organization of internal repression. Most of the units have very old and faulty equipment and those that did get relatively new tanks and armored cars are loyal Alawite units, which are responsible foremostly with protecting the regime."
Syrian Rebel Victory a Matter of When, Not If, Odierno Says -------------------------------------------------------------------- "From what I've seen, they have made some significant gains," Odierno said of the rebel fighters. "Their controlling the territory makes you think it's going to be difficult for the regime over time to survive." [http://www.usnews.com/…/syrian-rebel-victory-a-matter-of-wh…]
"That has coincided with talk of creating an Israeli buffer zone inside Syria," that's about as much into the fantastic as Seumas Milne goes this time, though everything he says is questionable in objectivity. The crux of his argument, they are all as bad as each other, is a lie. This was a peaceful revolution, which became an armed rebellion when the government starting shooting demonstrators a lot, and while Assad receives tonnes of Russian weaponry each week, the rebels get a little from the Gulf and nothing from the US. It is only the combination of naked brutality and the staying power of an inherently sectarian state that has got Assad this far, some rebalancing of the military struggle in favour of the Syrian people is the way to end the conflict. "The consequences for Syria have been multiple massacres, ethnic cleansing, torture, a humanitarian crisis and the risk of the country's breakup. The longer the war, the greater the danger of a Yugoslavian-style fragmentation into sectarian and ethnic enclaves. The Assad regime bears responsibility for that, of course. But so do those who have funded and fuelled the war, bleeding Syria and weakening the Arab world in the process."
The current suggestion that Syrian rebels might have used chemical weapons (why on Earth would they want to, when did these attacks take place, why haven't they been reported except to Carla del Ponte, etc.?) remind me of the propaganda the Chinese government uses to distort reporting of its oppression in Xinjiang. 'Hou Hanmin, director of the Xinjiang government's propaganda department, said Tuesday's clashes began as officials described as community workers searched homes for weapons. She told the BBC's Chinese service that three of the workers were killed as they were investigating reports of suspicious individuals at the home of a local resident. Unarmed police then arrived to investigate the workers' earlier reports and were attacked, said Ms Hou. Three "thugs" died and nine police officers were cornered in a house which was then set on fire, she said, calling the incident a "planned terrorist attack" on innocent victims.'
"The idea that the US wants to support these Islamists but is pretending not to is nothing but a fantasy indulged in by parts of the left who have decided to throw their lot in with the reactionary dictatorship of Assad."
1. It’s best to be suspicious of what the US and Israelis say. 2. We do seem to be getting every report of Israeli strikes in Syria. Understandable, given the circumstances, but unlike Israeli attacks in Gaza, or drone attacks in Pakistan; which only get fully reported in the left-wing media. 3. So it’s probably best to think that this is what it seems, a series of one-off attacks to stop heavy weaponry getting into the hands of Hezbollah. Given that those weapons are more likely to be used against Syrians, even civilians, than against Israel at the moment, I don’t think many Syrians will be too worried about it. 4. If Israel had wanted to support the opposition, there is all sorts of weaponry they could have provided. They aren’t about to intervene in favour of the opposition.