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February 28, 2013

U.S. Confirms Training The Terrorists

Just for the record. Three days ago I">wrote:
There are U.S. special forces on the Jordan boarder with Syria. They will likely have trained the insurgents on their new weapons.
Today the New York Times writes:
On Wednesday, senior administration officials said that a training mission for the rebels at a base in the region, which is already under way, represented the deepest American involvement yet in the Syrian conflict, though the size and scope of the mission is not clear, nor is its host country.
That training mission has been underway since the U.S. sent special forces to the Syrian border in Jordan more than five month ago. We can be sure that Jordan special forces and the Turkish army have also trained some of the insurgents since quite early in the conflict. The "color revolution" media training for the insurgency propaganda was started even before the insurgency and was done, like in other countries, by U.S. financed groups.

I do not believe that such training has much value. The U.S. mindset on which such training is based does not translate well into other societies. Just look at "U.S. trained" troops in Iraq or Afghanistan. If the going gets tough they always resort to their own ways of fighting. Less elegant and less wasteful but effective against U.S. style troops. It is more difficult for them to fight against troops from their own society.

Posted by b on February 28, 2013 at 10:58 AM | Permalink


A bit of humour:

One of the Israeli-American propaganda outfits posted up a video showing what they thought was a Russian passport "found", by some of the terrorists, I presume, in a building in Aleppo. After somebody noted the passport was in Armenian, the video was quickly removed.

Posted by: вот так | Feb 28, 2013 11:14:03 AM | 1

"The "color revolution" media training for the insurgency propaganda was started even before the insurgency and was done, like in other countries, by U.S. financed groups."

Some aspects of that corruption:

Dead French Photographer was State Department-Funded - Embedded With Al Qaeda

"Further indication of the depraved nature of the West's campaign against Syria, and the depraved nature of its institutions, methods, and faux-NGOs, vindicating a growing trend of ejecting Western "journalists" and NGO's from an ever increasing number of nations, it is revealed that a French photographer recently killed in Syria was embedded with terrorist militants in Idlib, northern Syria, and was working on behalf of the US State Department's National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded "Reporters Without Borders."

Voisin's organization, Reporters Without Borders, is a notorious faux-NGO that plays a pivotal role globally, undermining nations targeted by Western corporate-financier interests, working in tandem with US State Department-backed proxies in Iran, China, Russia, Sudan, and everywhere else Wall Street and London seek to plant their flag. In 2008, Reporters Without Borders received cash from the State Department-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) whose board of directors is a who's who of warmongering Neo-Conservatives and corporate special interests.

And as Syria's government and people fight against Al Qaeda militants coddled, armed, and funded by NATO, admittedly based in Turkey side-by-side US-provided Patriot missile batteries, CIA agents, as well as French and British special forces, the Western corporate-media seems only able to condemn Voisin's death along with unconfirmed, most likely fabricated accounts made by militants that Syria is firing "Scud missiles" into Aleppo. This, while confirmed, deadly car bombings bearing all of Al Qaeda's hallmarks killed scores of civilians in Damascus, and was promptly excused, dismissed, and buried by the West. In fact, the US is blocking a UN resolution that would condemn the most recent Al Qaeda bombing in Damascus which claimed over 50 lives including school children.

The runaway depravity of the West, its governments, institutions, media, and faux-NGO's are permanently disfiguring any potential concept of "international law" and has left the people of the West with a floundering legitimacy that will inevitably impact all other aspects of their life, not merely foreign policy. Criminal foreign policy is just one of many symptoms of a corrupt, corporate-financier dominated ruling oligarchy that has hijacked the institutions, charters, and social contracts that bind together a functional society. The solution is to boycott and ultimately replace these corporate-financier monopolies, by creating and cultivating local institutions that directly serve the interests of the people."

Posted by: вот так | Feb 28, 2013 11:26:07 AM | 2

The USA has been doing this ever since it's inception look at the wax job done on the native Americans. We're all Injuns to the neocons. Sign treaty's break 'em and force us onto the res.

Posted by: Fernando | Feb 28, 2013 11:41:46 AM | 3

LD provides more info about of the various Israeli-American fronts which provide propaganda and material support for the various Israeli-American war criminal "enterprises" going on in the ME and Africa. It should be pointed out that this is just a small sampling of the world wide corruption and terrorist operations by Israel-America and that this mix of propaganda, PR and terrorist actions victimise dozens of countries to a varying extent.

US State Department's "Syriasly" Campaign Reaches New Level of Absurdity

"While the West and its Arab partners, the brutally autocratic regimes of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are now admittedly funneling heavy weapons to Al Qaeda's stronghold in Daraa, southern Syria, the US State Department and its extensive network of faux NGO's funded by the same corporate-financier interests that write its policy, have rolled-out a front organization they call "Syriasly."

However, "Syriasly," which claims to be a campaign of STAND, is merely a carbon-copy of other US State Department, corporate special interest fronts masquerading as human rights crusaders to manufacture consent for long-planned wars of profit and domination. Syria's destruction was admittedly conspired by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel as far back as 2007. And if "Syriasly" sounds as hammy as the now disgraced "Invisible Children" front, which was promptly exposed as a Wall Street, AFRICOM propaganda campaign after is "viral" Kony 2012 film, but before its front man Jason Russell melted down in public while performing lewd acts, stark naked, that's because STAND's Syriasly campaign and Invisible Children both fall under yet another corporate special interest-run shell organization, "Resolve."

Resolve's partners include convicted criminal George Soros' Open Society-funded Human Rights Watch, the US State Department's "Enough" Sudan propaganda front, the Soros Open Society, Time Warner, Unilever, Chevron, Deutsche Bank, Marathon Oil, Unilever, UN-funded "Refugees International (.pfd), and "Humanity United."

Humanity United in turn boast partnerships with the BBC World Service Trust, the National Endowment for Democracy/Open Society/US State Department-funded Benetech, criminal financier George Soros' Open Society Institute, and the NED-funded Solidarity Center which mobilized Egypt's labor unions in 2011 just as the US-stoked unrest began to falter."

Posted by: вот так | Feb 28, 2013 11:46:58 AM | 4

More war criminal sleight of hand Israeli-American tactics, done at the expense of innocent civilians:

Lebanon minister says Syrian rebels posing as refugees

"Lebanon's interior minister said on Thursday that Syrian rebels have set up training camps in Lebanon, accusing the fighters of posing as refugees in order to cross the border.

He added that, because of this, refugees have become a threat to Lebanon's security.

Residents in northern Lebanon say that rebels-in-disguise are arming members of the refugee community in Lebanon to fight in Syria, according to Interior Minister Marwan Charbel.

In addition, members of the rebel Free Syrian Army have used Lebanon's mountainous terrain to regroup before staging attacks on the Syrian army across the poorly demarcated border.

"What is concerning me is the security situation," Charbel said at a joint news conference with the United Nations Development Program. "Who is exploiting (the Syrian refugees)? Who is arming them? We are not controlling them."

Posted by: вот так | Feb 28, 2013 11:53:23 AM | 5

Syria to UN: Israel's Licensing US Company to Drill for Oil in Occupied Syrian Golan Violates SC Resolution

"The Ministry of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs on Thursday addressed two identical letters to the Security Council President and the United Nations Secretary-General on the Israeli Authorities' intention to drill for oil in the occupied Syrian Golan..."

The USA will veto any SC action on this, but it adds another necessary nail in the zionist coffin, none the less.

Posted by: вот так | Feb 28, 2013 12:05:08 PM | 6

This announcement that we would be arming the rebels directly represents some change does it not? I believe we've been doing it covertly for some time. But, I would imagine that doing so openly comes with added benefits. Any ideas what new toys the rebels might gain? Air support perhaps? Or, does Turkey have that covered? Man, if I were cynical, I might suspect this is also a great way to drum up more arms sales.

Posted by: scottindallas | Feb 28, 2013 12:35:25 PM | 7

I'm curious...............

Why doesn't the Lebanese government do something about the "rebels" re-grouping to atatck Syria from their territory? the Lebanese military has to be the most useless military on earth. When Israel bombed the hell out of their country in 2006, they stayed in their barracks while Hezbollah fought off the Israeli's. Why does Lebanon even have an army if they don't ever do anything?

Posted by: RC | Feb 28, 2013 1:43:36 PM | 8

@ BOT TAK [#1]

They also found a 'manual' advising 'turrorists' how to evade being bombed by 'justice-from-the sky-missiles' sent in by 'overlord Obomber.' We do not have the ability to use infrared or heat seeking cameras that can see a beetle get a hard-on, so keep those bushels of whatever out there to camouflage your actual movements and celebrate marriages out in the open. We honestly can't see it.

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 28, 2013 4:53:17 PM | 9

scottindallas - 7

"This announcement that we would be arming the rebels directly represents some change does it not?"

Good point. It's the next step to openly send them arms and give them intelligence and spec ops support. They are already doing all this, and more, covertly. The fascists are slowly weaseling "news" of their increasing of the support for their terrorists. Going from covert to overt aggression. This is the road to a Libya or Afghan ops, or so they are planning it to be.

RC - 8

"Why doesn't the Lebanese government do something about the "rebels" re-grouping to atatck Syria from their territory?"

"Color revolution" - the Lebanese government are now owned by Israel - and have the sore bums to prove it.

Daniel Rich - 9

Back in the 80's I had this college professor who was always talking about his friend who worked for the CIA. One of the things the friend told him was that the U.S. spy satellites had telescopes capable of reading the dates off coins. A common myth at the time. But as anyone who has ever used an astronomy telescope would tell them, the distortion in the atmosphere would make such details impossible to see due to atmospheric distortion, from dust and other small particulate matter. The lower the altitude above sea level, the higher the density and the more "junk" blocking the view. About the best they could actually do was about a 6" resolution, IE: they could discern a 6 pack. The professor was a pleasant character, and good at teaching his subject. He just had a sweet tooth for kool-aid.

Posted by: вот так | Feb 28, 2013 5:57:46 PM | 10

@ BOT TAK [#10]

Some birds catch fish, despite the distortion/refraction of water :o)

You talk about nostalgic days, when profs encouraged you to think differently. Fortunately today, there's much more 'uniformity' and we've got all these campuses 'watchdog' groups to ensure we all 'see the light' that's beamed at us from 'trusted news sources.'

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 28, 2013 6:25:49 PM | 11

Daniel Rich - 11

Yup. Ward Churchill - out. Dershowitz - in.

I posted some fairly good articles in the corruption thread about the corruption of higher education in the USA.

Posted by: вот так | Feb 28, 2013 6:59:32 PM | 12

The Croatian connection - (Reuters) - Croatia will pull its soldiers out of the U.N. peace force in the Golan Heights as a precautionary step, the government said on Thursday, after media reports that Croatian arms were being sent to Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

UN again has egg on it's face;

Founded by Hillary Clinton (Ahno longer be the Secretary of State) and John Ford, using Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, a designer FSA and Israel, with the one and only objective to replace Bashar Al Assad
Two faced (Money talks) Khatib who stanchly refused to attend, attended! He boycotted the Rome conference but persuaded to go by Kerry and Joe Biden, the US vice-president (Ah VP is willing to bribe?). Colleagues from the Syrian National Congress, the older opposition formation, stayed away (Ah, a crack) . From the 130 nations who attended the first conference, only 11 were present, (Ah, less support).

But why all the logistic or medical Aid? Well - Planeloads of weapons have left Croatia since December, Yugoslav weapons - We remember that conflict, these are the supposed surplus in Croatia remaining from the 1990s Balkan wars. Washington received a senior Croatian official last summer summer last year offering Washington weapons and moving them to Syria’s armed groups.
Ukrainian-made rifle cartridges that had been purchased by Saudi Arabia and Swiss-made hand grenades that had been provided to the United Arab Emirates.
It has been noted that there had been an unusually high number of sightings of Jordanian cargo planes at Pleso Airport in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital in recent months - I guess many more to come now the funding has been stamped. One thing is for sure, a Hague and Kerry Duo is guaranteed to backfire!

Posted by: Kev | Feb 28, 2013 7:31:09 PM | 13

Others are speculation also that the Israeli-American plan is to escalate the American/NATO direct and overt involvement in the war crimes.

U.S. Policy Shift on Syria: Edging Closer to Direct Military Intervention

"In the same interview Kerry went on to voice support – under the right conditions – for “U.S.- or NATO-led airstrikes on the Syrian military.”

This should come as no surprise given Kerry’s previous support for U.S. bombing campaigns in Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. Some dove! Of course, the American foreign policy establishment as a whole has steadily veered toward a greater affinity for missile and bomb diplomacy.

Cajoling Russia to Pave the Road to Tehran

Writing in Foreign Policy, Christopher Chivvis of the RAND Corporation and Edward Joseph, a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, argue that the threat of Western military intervention is what is needed to bring Russia around to supporting the “regime change” line.

“Changing the Russian position means changing Moscow’s calculus on Syria,” Chivvis and Joseph write. “And that means presenting the Kremlin with an alternative that it finds more unpalatable than the status quo: a NATO-backed, Turkey-led military coalition invited by the Arab League to intervene in the Syria conflict.”

And here we have the bankruptcy and hubris of the American foreign policy elite. It’s all rather transparent: capitulate to our demands, or face the brunt of military force. Only war is serious.

Of course, Chivvis and Joseph go on to tout the “blow to Iran and a boon to the United States and its regional partners and allies” a toppled Assad would present. “Israel would be a primary beneficiary, with its antagonist, Hezbollah, having been dealt a serious setback,” they continue."

And that goes to the crux of the matter. Without Syria and Hezbollah blocking their way, the Jewish supremacist dream of "greater" Israel becomes a real possibility.

Posted by: вот так | Mar 1, 2013 1:39:57 AM | 14

meet the FSA:

chechens males with nothing better to do that wage war on syria...howd they enter syria? and what for? to build democracy?

Posted by: brian | Mar 1, 2013 3:18:26 AM | 15

It seems that a major section of one of the Turkish commando units has been destroyed in Syria.

The initial report, from 27 Feb.:

Судя по всему, в Сирии разгромлен элитный "спецназ спецназа" ГШ Турции (CSR)

"По информации из авторитетных источников сегодня на территории Сирии понес невосполнимые потери так называемый «спецназ спецназа» Турции – элитный офицерский отряд Combat Search and Rescue" (CSR) департамента ГШ Турции. По некоторым данным подразделение так называемых кельбети (призраков, туманников) было практически полностью уничтожено. Ждем подтверждения."

(Apparently, in Syria defeated elite "special forces commandos" Turkish General Staff (CSR)

"According to authoritative sources in Syria today has suffered irreparable losses so-called "special forces special forces" of Turkey - an elite squad officer Combat Search and Rescue "(CSR) department of the General Staff of Turkey. According to some so-called division kelbeti (ghosts tumannikov) was almost completely destroyed. waiting for confirmation.")

From 28 Feb.:

Наши поздравления ВВС Сирии в связи с уничтожением четверти состава турецкого спецназа CSR

"Пришло подтверждение. В результате точного удара ВВС Сирии уничтожено 24 элитных турецких спецназовцев из отряда "спецназа в спецназе" ГШ Турции CRS. Турецкие интервенты числились в Сирии инструкторами. Всего офицерский элитный отряд Генерального Штаба Турции насчитывал 100 особо отобранных офицеров. Мир вашему праху, борзые османы. Наши неискренние соболезнования Эрдогану и наши искренние поздравления армии и ВВС Сирийской Арабской Республики."

(Our congratulations to Syrian Air Force in connection with the destruction of a quarter of Turkish Special Forces CSR

"It's confirmed. As a result, accurate strike Syrian Air Force killed 24 Turkish commandos from the elite group "Special Forces Special Forces' General Staff of Turkish CRS. Turkish invaders including Syria instructors. Only an elite squad officers of the General Staff of Turkey with 100 specially selected officers. Peace to your ashes, greyhounds Ottomans. Our insincere sympathy Erdogan and our sincere congratulations Army and Air Force Syrian Arab Republic.")

Posted by: вот так | Mar 1, 2013 9:57:32 AM | 16

Lendman adds this entry:

Kerry Supports Anti-Syrian Government Terrorists

Posted by: вот так | Mar 1, 2013 3:56:24 PM | 17


Posted by: k_w | Mar 1, 2013 5:42:38 PM | 18

US and EU Openly Allow Military Aid to Terrorist Groups

"Media reports have indicated that most of the money offered by the US and other countries involved in the conspiracy against Syria is used for buying arms to supply the terrorist groups in Syria.

A further evidence on this appeared few days ago when Kerry announced that his country will provide "non-lethal" weapons and equipment to the Syrian opposition, including "body armor and armored vehicles", in an implicit message to the terrorist groups to continue violence against the Syrian people.

EU Permits Supply of Military Aid to Opposition

In a similar move, the European Union amended arms embargo on Syria, thus officially legitimizing the supplying of weapons and military equipment to the armed opposition in Syria.

The amendment came in the framework of extending for three months the immoral unilateral sanctions imposed on Syria in violation of the UN Charter and the international law.

The sanctions ban export of oil derivatives and food and medical materials and equipment to Syria.

The new sanctions however permit the supply of armored vehicles, unspecified "non-lethal" military equipment and technical aid to the Syrian opposition.

This new open European move, which came in continuation of what the EU has been doing covertly, is considered a direct involvement in fueling the crisis in Syria by further inciting the opposition to reject political solution and go on with violence."

Posted by: вот так | Mar 1, 2013 7:07:02 PM | 19

Moscow: Statements of 'Friends of Syria' Meeting Encourage Extremists... Putin, Obama Discuss Situation in Syria

"The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the Rome meeting of the so-called 'Friends of Syria' group and the statements issued by it, saying it further encourages the extremists to usurp power in Syria by force.

The Ministry's spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said despite the fact that "the international community has come to understand that there cannot be a military solution to the crisis in Syria," yet the statements issued in Rome "encourage, in spirit and text, the extremists to usurp power by force notwithstanding the inevitable suffering of the ordinary Syrians due to this."

n a statement published in Moscow on Friday, Churkin said that sending weapons to the armed opposition hinders the start of the political dialogue for solving the crisis.

"There is a clear division of roles…the US does not want to get its hands dirty by sending weapons directly to the gunmen as they have terrorists in their ranks, nor does it want to tarnish its reputation by making contacts with them,'' Churkin said, adding ''but at the same time the US encourages those who are providing military support to the armed groups in Syria."

Posted by: вот так | Mar 1, 2013 7:11:47 PM | 20

Western countries block delivery of Russian weapons to Syria’s legitimate government

"Western countries, while arming the Syrian opposition, are trying to block the delivery of Russian military equipment to the legitimate government in Damascus.

This was announced on Friday by the director of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Alexander Fomin.

"A war has been declared against us. Our transport is arrested. Our ships are lured into ports and subsequently arrested there under various devised pretexts. When the ships are at sea, any insurance is canceled – thus, all attempts to deliver the contracted goods are obstructed" - said the official.

At the same time the European Union on Thursday gave the go-ahead to delivery of non-lethal military equipment to militants of the Syrian opposition."

Posted by: вот так | Mar 1, 2013 7:14:22 PM | 21

Humanitarian Groups Warn Against Direct Aid to Syrian Rebels

The US is strongly considering providing direct humanitarian assistance to favored opposition groups in Syria. Humanitarian aid organizations are expressing deep concerns about this strategy because their ability to be granted access to conflict situations relies heavily on their political neutrality and strict agenda of responding to humanitarian needs alone. If the US plans go ahead, the Assad government may not only restrict access, but perceive aid agencies as a front for a US military agenda. This has multiple consequences. Humanitarian aid agencies could be blocked from entry, or even become military targets themselves. Also, if aid is selectively given to some groups over others, the aid itself can become a source of conflict, thus fostering more violence. Regardless of political affiliation, children in need of food should be given assistance. This is the principle of humanitarian aid, which can be damaged beyond repair in a situation like Syria, if its apolitical reputation is tarnished by intervening powers."

Remember that CIA "vacination" program in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and how well that turned out?

Posted by: вот так | Mar 1, 2013 7:25:17 PM | 22

Great discussion by Pirouz & Bot Tak. There is a useful book worth mentioning 'A peace to end all peace' which covers the ME after declassification of docs by all parties. There were many villians and no heroes. And today it isn't much different. In my opinion the dynamics today have changed because of the huge population growth which makes it difficult for anyone to control.

Also love the way you guys ignore trolls rather than trying to muzzle them. It is a much more positive approach and encourages everyone to freely speak their mind rather than only have those who fawn at the blog owners.

Posted by: Khalid Shah | Mar 1, 2013 7:30:42 PM | 23

Thanks Khalid Shah.


This article is about a joint French-Turkish action to try and murder the President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Syria. The Syrian intelligence services discovered the plot, monitored the operatives in Syria, and arrested them once the action was all set up and about to happen.

Сирийские власти раскрыли французско – турецкий план физического устранения президента Сирии

(Syrian authorities uncovered the French - Turkish plan of physical removal of Syrian President)

Google translation link:

There have probably been other, similar plans by other players, such as israel and the USA. Some of the bombings the terrorists have done specifically targeted Syrian government high level officials. One of the reasons I posted this is due to the operation being a joint French-Turkish one. Was the recent assassination of the 3 Kurdish women in France another joint French-Turkish operation. Many have speculated about that. The blog Syrian Perception wrote a detailed piece about that possibility a while back. This plot by France and Turkey working together to assassinate Assad and Walid al-Muallem shows the French and Turkish intelligence assassination units have operated together.

Posted by: вот так | Mar 1, 2013 8:27:18 PM | 24

Besides all the bad is some good news: Syria gets help from unexpected corner

Posted by: Gehenna | Mar 1, 2013 8:40:58 PM | 25

AIPAC To Hill: Don't Touch Israel Aid.

Posted by: Daniel RIch | Mar 1, 2013 8:59:41 PM | 26

The Americans are now claiming Cuba is a sponsor of terrorism:

US: Cuba is a State Sponsor of Terrorism
Washington refuses to lift the harsh economic embargo on Cuba

All those medical teams Cuba sends around the world are really secret terrorist brigades of al Qaida...the current Israeli-American regime sitting in Washington is essentially a government of Charles Mansons and Son of Sams.

Posted by: вот так | Mar 2, 2013 10:17:01 AM | 27

From the article in Gehenna's #25 comment:

“Neither the opposition nor the regime can finish each other off,” he said in an interview with the Associated Press. “If the opposition is victorious, there will be a civil war in Lebanon, divisions in Jordan and a sectarian war in Iraq.”

I'm no fan of Nouri al-Maliki, but he is one of the few talking sense in the region, even if it is mainly in his own interests. The Israelis want that sort of chaos in the region. This is the reason Iraq was set on fire after the Israeli-American invasion became an occupation. With the region in chaos, Israel will be able to do as it likes and ethnic cleanse and grab whatever territory it wants.

Posted by: вот так | Mar 2, 2013 10:47:49 AM | 28

Were Kerry's words last week a declaration of WW3?

Kerry after Friends of Syria Meeting clarifies, US determined to initiate World War III in Syria

"...A Thinly Veiled Declaration of War; Implicit and Explicit Signals

The results of the “Friends of Syria” meeting in Rome and the subsequent statements, are sending both implicit and explicit signals to the international community; all of which imply an aggravation of the illegal aggression, a continuation of the explosion of international law at its very foundations, and ultimately, the signal that the US/NATO, together with its Gulf-Arab allies, Israel, and other, are determined to set the region ablaze as stage no. one of the attempt to wage world war three in manageable stages of low-intensity conflicts.

Even though the Kerry has chosen his words wisely, and even though the Obama administration is doing its utmost to keep up the appearance, that it is not directly waging a war on Syria, the statements of US Secretary of State Kerry are nothing but a thinly veiled declaration of World War III..."

Posted by: вот так | Mar 2, 2013 7:26:23 PM | 29

Obama Wades Deeper Into Syria’s Morass

Why does Obama choose war instead of peace? Because presently Obama cannot dictate his terms; the majority of Syria is still controlled by the Syrian government, which remains in a much more powerful bargaining position, a painfully stubborn fact.

Obama will thus sponsor large-scale mass murder and ethnic-religious cleansing until his handpicked rebels gain enough power on the ground to negotiate a peace favorable to U.S. interests.

Posted by: john francis lee | Mar 2, 2013 8:08:21 PM | 30

Ah, how time and circumstances change people:

1970, as Viet Nam war protester:

“How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” ~ John F. Kerry

1970, as candidate for Congress:

I'm an internationalist. I'd like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations. ~ John Kerry

2004, as Democratic presidential primary candidate:

I will never conduct a war or start a war because we want to; the United States of America should only go to war because we have to. And if you live by that guidance, you'll never have veterans throwing away their medals or standing up in protest. ~ John Kerry

2004, As a presidential candidate:

I will be a Commander-in-Chief who will never mislead us into war. ~ John Kerry

And, now as Obama's Secretary of State....see 29-30. Who is misleading whom? And why is Syria worth people dying when it was so bad to have men dying in Viet Nam "for a mistake"? Hegemonic control of remaining oil reserves? Is that the difference?

Posted by: jawbone | Mar 3, 2013 2:15:44 PM | 31

Daniel Rich @ 9: Re: secret manual--Do you have a link for info on it? Thnx.

Posted by: jawbone | Mar 3, 2013 2:48:27 PM | 32

Busted again...

Official Source: Israeli Espionage System Detected on Syrian Coast Spied on Sensitive Target

"An official source said that the Israeli spying system discovered last Friday on the Syrian coast was spying on a sensitive target for transmitting instant images to the Zionist entity via special cameras through satellites dishes.

The source said in a statement to journalists on Thursday that the system's components were camouflaged so as to blend with the geographic nature of the area, indicating that the system included a camera, antennas, six batteries and an electrical regulator, in addition to cables connecting basic parts.

The source added that discovering this spying system at this time is an indication of Israel's involvement in the current events in Syria, "especially that the information transmitted benefit the Israeli enemy and the armed terrorist groups inside the country."

Earlier, competent authorities had discovered Israeli spying devices at a certain point in the coastal region which were designed for tapping, imaging, recording and transmitting data."

At the link are photos of the equipment and the "rocks".

Posted by: вот так | Mar 7, 2013 8:11:35 PM | 33

And again...

US-British Al Qaeda Airlift: 3,000 Tons of Weapons Fuel Syria's Destruction

"With so much admitted involvement in the violence aimed at overthrowing Syria's government by the West, it is inconceivable that Al Qaeda could be "overrunning moderate forces" in Syria, unless of course, no such moderate forces exist, and the West had planned from the beginning to use Al Qaeda as a mercenary force. And indeed, that is precisely what is happening. It has been established with documented evidence since at least 2007, and reaffirmed with this latest report."

Posted by: вот так | Mar 9, 2013 4:03:46 PM | 34

@ jawbone [#32],

Al-Qaida tipsheet on avoiding drones found in Mali. Hope this helps.

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Mar 9, 2013 9:26:54 PM | 35

@ BOT TAK [#12],


Posted by: Daniel Rich | Mar 9, 2013 9:30:11 PM | 36

Daniel Rich - 36


That's how it works. They use co-option and corruption to make sure their view is the only view. Failing that, they use methods such as smears and censorship to falsely discredit or prevent others having access to opposing views.

Posted by: вот так | Mar 10, 2013 8:48:54 PM | 37

@ BOT TAK [#37],

Q: Failing that, they use methods such as smears and censorship to falsely discredit or prevent others having access to opposing views.

R: Which makes it that more difficult to point at the gorilla raping the elephant in the back of the room...

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Mar 10, 2013 9:10:09 PM | 38

SyrianGirl commenting on the stupidity of the fsa terrorists who kidnapped the UN peacekeepers, and the hypocrisy of the western media who tried to "sugar coat" this action of terrorism.

Media Sugar Coat UN Monitors kidnapped by Rebels - Syria

Starting around 4:05:

"Going back to the definition of stupid (I love the way she pronounces "stupid"), in the first case you have to be stupid to take U.S. funding and support from zionists like Joe Lieberman and Henry Levy and still believe yourself to be fighting Israel."

This kidnapping does appear a stupid move by the terrorists, as SyrianGirl describes, but take a look at this:

Israel is seeking Security Zone in Syria

(Turn on the CC for the translation captions)

While the UN kidnap shows the terrorists as terrorists, and their western supporters as supporting terrorists, it did have one beneficiary. Israel. Countries have begun pulling their peacekeepers out of Golan because of the kidnap. It's unlikely any new countries will take their place. Removing the peacekeepers leaves Israel free to steal more Syrian land as a "buffer zone", while the Syrians are still busy fighting the terrorist incursion in their country. It is possible the terrorists who kidnapped the UN peacekeepers were under Israeli control (either knowingly or duped), and this kidnap was planned to get the UN peacekeepers out of Israel's way so they can steal more Syrian land. Something to keep an eye on. The Israelis don't care if their western allies look craven supporting these terrorists now, this doesn't really affect Israel, or its image, they care about "greater Israel" and using every opportunity to expand. Israel's allies are always expendable in that sense.

Posted by: вот так | Mar 10, 2013 9:18:42 PM | 39

Right on cue:

Israel's military increases its forces on the northern border with Syria following advances by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights

Posted by: вот так | Mar 11, 2013 2:08:21 AM | 41

European Lawyers: Syria Targeted by Foreign Armed aggression Covered by Misinformation Campaign

A number of European lawyers stressed on Sunday that Syria is targeted by an armed foreign aggression covered by a systematic misinformation campaign carried out by western countries and their allies in the region.

In a statement titled "Call for Peace in Syria," the lawyers said, "two years have passed on the western governments' attempts to promote false accusations agaisnt Syria's government, army and legitimate president to present the victim as a torturer as they did in many other free and independent countries."

The lawyers voiced their support to the Syrian government in its struggle against the foreign and internal aggression, condemning all forms of foreign support to those in Syria who are presented by the West as "the Free Army."

Child Martyred, Nine Injured after Targeting Kindergarten Microbus by Terrorists

"Terrorists on Sunday targeted a kindergarten microbus near Dahiat al-Assad Roundabout in Harasta in Damascus Countryside as a child was martyred and nine children were injured, some of them are in a critical situation."

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