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April 01, 2012

The Enemies Of Syria Double Down

With regards to the violence in Syria Kofi Annan's six-point plan, endorsed by the UN Security Council, asks Syria to:

commit to stop the fighting and achieve urgently an effective United Nations supervised cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties to protect civilians and stabilize the country.

It then says the Syrian government should "cease troop movements" and "begin pullback of military concentrations". It adds:

Similar commitments would be sought by the Envoy from the opposition and all relevant elements to stop the fighting and work with him to bring about a sustained cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties [...]

The Syrian government accepted the plan while the rebels and the exiles of the Syrian National Council rejected it. The Syrian government rightly sees the Annan plan as a. a commitment both sides have to make and b. not as an immediate demand to pull back all its troops.

So when the U.S. Secretary of State Clinton claims that Assad has ignored the plan she is trying to give that plan a different meaning than it has and outright lying. She also wants Kofi Annan to set out a timeline for the steps in his plan which would then of course be used to create and set ultimatums.

But no government can pull back its troops when the security situation does not allow for that. It would be irresponsible to leave the population without protection from rebels and foreign fighters which have dedicated brigades for torturing and beheading and are massively using indiscriminate IEDs. As long as the rebels are fighting and killing Syrian people the Syrian government will have to fight back.

As a not funny April joke the U.S. led "Friends of Syria" countries met today in Turkey. Despite the military defeat of the rebels and further splintering in the alleged representatives of the opposition they are doubling down towards their aim of destroying the current Syrian state. In their final statement they are creating several working groups within the exile Muslim Brotherhood controlled SNC to make plans for setting up a new one. Does anyone remember one Ahmed Chalabi who once was also engaged with such planing?

As far as we know there is no shortage of food or medicine in Syrian. But the U.S. announced that it will give more money for thus unneeded "humanitarian relief" in Syria. The Syrian SNC opposition promptly announced that it will now start to pay its rebels. That will certainly be some "humanitarian relief" for those terrorists. But was there ever a real revolution which needed to pay its revolutionaries?

The democracy hating absolute monarchies from the Gulf also announced more money to bribe soldiers and officers of the Syrian army into giving up their duty.

One delegate described the fund as a "pot of gold" to undermine Assad's army.

Additionally the U.S. said it will give the rebels military communication equipment and we can be sure that someone will take care to get them more weapons. That together will create a full fledged mercenary army paid for by foreign powers to overthrow the Syrian government.

Will that be successful? I don't think so. But it will guarantee more bad times for the Syrian people.

Posted by b on April 1, 2012 at 17:01 UTC | Permalink

Comments

They're really mad. How can we take these countries seriously and trust them with our security and livelihood? They are willingly making everything possible to plunge Syria and surrounding countries in a civil war, with the active participation of Syrian expats and Gulf countries. Shame!

Posted by: Sophia | Apr 1 2012 18:54 utc | 1

Turkey's playing a very dubious role here..Apparently they've now decided to select people they think should be ruling Syria..This is Turkish democracy, No?? What they forget is that, two or more can also play that game. Turkey has 11 million Kurds fighting for their independence. This position taken by Turkey on the Syrian issue isn't lost on many key players in the region and there will be a heavy price to pay.What if, say tomorrow, Syria decides to recognize the PKK as the legitimate representatives of all Kurds in Turkey? How will Turkey react to this?

And here we have the US promoting Turkey as a model for the Arab world to follow??? FAT CHANCE..Erdogan is playing with fire and will pay the price. The Syrian conflict is dangerously turning into a sectarian one that will set the whole region ablaze. Turkey has a massive Alawi community.They won't sit back while Saudi/Qatari backed Salafi Wahhabi are killing their fellow Alawis in Syria..

If the medicine's side effect is worse than the disease itself, don't use it....

Posted by: Zico | Apr 1 2012 18:59 utc | 2

Syria cannot continue to play defense. Eventually, with enough money, weapons and time, it can be worn down. Syria, along with Iran, needs to start thinking about gaining leverage over their opponents. This means Turkey, as Zico mentioned above. It also means ensuring some of the spillover from the insurgents reaches Jordan. Most of all, Saudi Arabia has to be made to start worrying about their own domestic situation.

They can start by attacking KSA in their media. Its not much but they have to start somewhere.

Posted by: Lysander | Apr 1 2012 19:27 utc | 3

I spent some time today doing some research on the so-called "Friends of Syria" group of countries.

With friends like these, who needs enemies!

Of the 54 countries listed as "Friends of Syria," 31 are Nato or Nato Affiliated (mostly western european powerhouses such as Albania, Latvia, and Slovenia).

Another 15 are Arab countries, more than half of which are monarchies, and the remaining are well known for their affiliations such as Algeria, Djibouti, Mauritania and others are recently "new and improved" such as Tunis, Libya, Egypt and Iraq.

Also, we have another 6 countries known for their independence of action in the foreign policy area, such as S. Korea, Japan, Nigeria, Malaysia, Indonesia (of Obama fame).... and...oh yeah and Cyprus - but they can't go because the Turks didn't invite them?!

Finally we have half of the BRIC, Brazil and India, but I am not sure what you can build with half a brick....

Seems more like Friends of the US, any other description would be unwarranted.

PS At least on facebook, you get the opportunity to accept friend requests!!

Posted by: oab | Apr 1 2012 19:50 utc | 4

Not sure that Zico is correct is saying Turkey has a "massive" Alawi community. Some are confusing Alevis with Alawis, Erdogan seems like he might be purposely doing so.

Posted by: amspirnational | Apr 1 2012 20:06 utc | 5

Lysander is right: there are no regimes in the region with less legitimacy than those ruling Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan and the Gulf states.
Some of them are roiling with rebellion, Yemen for example and Bahrain. All of them are ruled by English speaking (often English educated) playboys on the US payroll. The recent attempts to attack the Assad family on the basis of their personal extravagance is quite breathtaking: the Gulf tyrants sustain half of the luxury trades and two thirds of the brothels and casinos of London, Paris and Rome.
As to freedom: the practice of chattel slavery is barely disguised in most of these countries where millions of imported, indentured and completely disenfranchised workers do as they are told on pain of violent punishment.
Bad as the Baathist regime in Syria is it, is in a different and better world than that of NATO's allies and agents: ask a Bahraini. And ask a Yemeni about GCC Political reforms.

Posted by: bevin | Apr 1 2012 21:03 utc | 6

you got to feel sorry for assad... i mean, as if it wasnt bad enough being a dentist

then he gets thrust into this position

Posted by: retreatingbladestall | Apr 1 2012 21:22 utc | 7

"well, i wanted to be a doctor, but i had to settle for being a dentist... i intended to heal and relieve pain.. now i got to kill people... where's the sense in that?"

Posted by: retreatingbladestall | Apr 1 2012 21:29 utc | 8

I dig how you now totally conflate "Syria" with baath totalitarianism.

Posted by: slothrop | Apr 1 2012 21:43 utc | 9

'As far as we know there is no shortage of food or medicine in Syrian. But the U.S. announced that it will give more money for thus unneeded "humanitarian relief" in Syria.'

US regime is doing what it always claimed the palestinian aid groups were doing: sending money to terrorist groups disguised as aid.

Posted by: brian | Apr 1 2012 21:44 utc | 10

'I dig how you now totally conflate "Syria" with baath totalitarianism.'

slops the genocidal maniac now engages in more rhetorical fraud...there is no 'baath totalitarianism'.... or the syrian people would not support it

Posted by: brian | Apr 1 2012 21:46 utc | 11

bevin @ 10 -- US government hypocrisy knows no bounds. Actions have little relationship to reality except as those words can be used for control and more imposition of US power.

Posted by: jawbone | Apr 1 2012 21:48 utc | 12

'The democracy hating absolute monarchies from the Gulf also announced more money to bribe soldiers and officers of the Syrian army into giving up their duty.'

notice that many of these crimes from bribing to murder are carried out by bona fide muslims..as if they want to confirm zionist notions that islam is a deceitful reactionary and brutal institution

Posted by: brian | Apr 1 2012 21:48 utc | 13

'Bad as the Baathist regime in Syria is it'

the baathist govt (not 'regime)in syria was the first arab govt to give free education to iraqi children,.,,Its time people stopped reading the MSM and its 24/7 demonisation of state enemies. the syrian govt is far better than the US or any EU regime.

Posted by: brian | Apr 1 2012 21:51 utc | 14

@Lysander (3) & Bevin (9),

I agree. Syria should go on the offensive and it should be given the means to do so.

Syria's official casualty list as of March 15 as presented by Jaa'fari to UN:
http://ow.ly/1JCDx3

Posted by: Sophia | Apr 1 2012 22:20 utc | 15

Jesus Murphy slurpy! Before you go using Big Important Words in your sentences, could you at least look up their meanings?

Posted by: yes_but | Apr 1 2012 23:24 utc | 16

Thierry Meyssan's take on Kofi ... chapter & verse, as they say.
http://www.voltairenet.org/Kofi-Annan-black-skin-white-masks

Shrillary's handlers are clearly in panic mode. Judging by the bluster, they've thrown caution (and "Assad the Evil") to the wind and are now griping about Assad the Disobedient. I wonder at the wisdom of insinuating that the repressive Saudi absolute monarchy wants Assad chucked out so that Syrians can revel in the delights of a Saudi-approved form of democracy.

I'm also curious to know why Shrillary hasn't mentioned that Russia was at the head of the queue to say it would happily sign up to the Kofi plan. I suspect she was, and is, painfully aware of what Lavrov really meant when he said, a week or two ago, that "the Syrian Govt made several mistakes."

The fact that the Coalition of Liars plans to send a new batch of hi-tech communications equipment to its new batch of 'rebels' tells us what happened to the old batch(es). Anyway, they're too late. No-one is going to give the 'rebels' better electronic equipment than the detection stuff the Russians are deploying in Syria (to 'help' Kofi).

Turkey has only ever talked about Syria. And NATO are the only folks who think the talk isn't cheap. This escapade is OVER, except for the part where NATO abandons its stooges and shuffles back to the drawing board.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 2 2012 2:31 utc | 17

@ oab | Apr 1, 2012 3:50:12 PM | 4.

...powerhouses such as Albania, Latvia, and Slovenia

Nicely put.

NATO is little more than a Coalition of Cowards.

The symptoms are there for all to see.
Bullying.
Lying.
Self-deception.
Panic.
Resort to the Safety in Numbers dictum usually found only in the immature denizens of the schoolyard.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 2 2012 3:51 utc | 18

people may be interested in this 2011 story on bogus videos of aleged syrian security atrocities, provided thru reuters ;

http://sydwalker.info/blog/2011/05/12/abc-using-bogus-video-to-attack-image-of-syrian-government/
http://sydwalker.info/blog/2011/05/18/mediawatch-syria-libya-accident-theory-bias/

http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s3218415.htm

how many videos that we see circulating are like this one

Posted by: brian | Apr 2 2012 4:57 utc | 19

well considering that they have to finance a new Syrian expat community and life in Western countries and the Gulf is expensive, if they wish to keep face with the Syrian opposition the 100 Million Dollar mentioned will not go very far.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Army#Current_structure_and_organization
"In 2010 army regulars were estimated at 220,000, with an additional 300,000 in reserve."

Posted by: somebody | Apr 2 2012 7:02 utc | 20

Off Topic...The British government is seeking ways to monitor all electronic communications and are using the upcoming Olympic games as cover..Just a few weeks ago, Obama was the resident software salesman to his freedom fighting clients in Iran on Iran's decision to monitor online internet activities after they were actually attacked by Stuxnet and the fact that the US and her tag-alongs use this very internet to communicate with their clients in Iran. The British foreign secretary was on TV spewing out his utter disgust at the Iranian government's plans to monitor the internet..

This is also the same government who's part of the friends of Syria pulling at every stop in their quest to bring freedom to those poor Syrians..Yet at home, they keep tightening their grip on freedom of speech by using bogus excuse as the Olympics.The British public won't complain because like the American cousins, they've been dumbed down to believe the government... George Orwell was right and saw this coming..

Posted by: Zico | Apr 2 2012 7:09 utc | 21

other news the Merah case is exploding in Sarkozy's face
http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/societe/20120401.OBS5186/mohamed-merah-l-avocate-du-pere-agite-la-these-du-complot.html

Posted by: somebody | Apr 2 2012 7:44 utc | 22

the salafi equation
http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/the-salafist-equation-1.996976#.T2kHmAZAmFw.twitter

Posted by: somebody | Apr 2 2012 11:00 utc | 23

"But was there ever a real revolution which needed to pay its revolutionaries?"

you should look at what Geo. Washington was paid for leading the revolutionary army of the US colonies against Britain.

Posted by: scottindallas | Apr 2 2012 13:24 utc | 24

Two Syrian opposition groups to arrive in Moscow soon. says Lavrov.
http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c32/381058.html

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 2 2012 13:27 utc | 25

Everyone brainwashed by the western media should read this piece. You really summed it up and painted a clear picture b. Good to see your back on the ball. Nice work, the rest of you guys on this thread too.
Hopfully Saudi-Arabia, Quatar and Hillary will have egg on their face when this ordeal is over. Now everyone should facilitate the election on May 7, rather than funding terrorists and sabotaging Annans peace-plan.

Posted by: Alexander | Apr 2 2012 13:32 utc | 26

Brian 14 "notice that many of these crimes from bribing to murder are carried out by bona fide muslims..as if they want to confirm zionist notions that islam is a deceitful reactionary and brutal institution"

At least they do this against the tenets and teaching of Muhammad, the Quran and the Islamic tradition. The Zionists are simply following Joshua, murdering, raping and pillaging wantonly all to secure the promised land.

Posted by: scottindallas | Apr 2 2012 13:34 utc | 27

This is not so much about the promised land, and more about maintaining and expanding the occupied colony of westerners in the middle east. Too bad though that the colony has long since emancipated themselves and look out for number one, and are exploiting the FRUKUS support on overtime.
Just frukus, we'll support ya still, as long as you let us have our military bases and oil.

This is colonialism and imperialism gone wild, with the excuse of bringing democracy, and not the arab spring type, no, it must be the US type democracy. That's why they go all in to disrupt and avoid the may 7 election in Syria, they can't let real democracy be established, then Syria might not be the puppetshow Hillary want to pay and arm soldiers to introduce.

For a while I let Hillary have the benefit of the doubt, and I believed she only was stupid, but this is so blatantly undemocratic and cynical, there is no way she isn't part of a raw conspiracy.

The zionist ocuppation force fortunately met real resistance on their expansion campaign, for now, they are only taking the Palestine territories, the other territories, the Arab Spring territories will be harder to take. For now the Iranians and Syrian people will have to rally around their government. Later they can work for reforms.

Posted by: Alexander | Apr 2 2012 14:43 utc | 28

Hillary is not stupid....only her critics are. The 'Hillary is stupid' belongs to the 'Bush is stupid' meme categopry of those who have no power and use insults as substitutes:

here is Hillary,. complete with media sterntographers and only lacking the 'Hillary is stupid' rabble

http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/obama-administration-takes-a-page-from-reagan-free-syrian-army-are-now-his-contras/

Posted by: brian | Apr 2 2012 22:11 utc | 29

Hillary was on the ABC Evening News tonight saying that Assad has broken his promise to abide by the Annan agreement.

Question: If only side in a dispute has agreed to an agreement, but the other side completely refuses to accept it, is said agreement considered to be in force?

How does something like this work in international law, diplomacy?

Posted by: jawbone | Apr 2 2012 23:20 utc | 30

@ brian | Apr 2, 2012 6:11:59 PM | 29

Hillary is not stupid....only her critics are. The 'Hillary is stupid' belongs to the 'Bush is stupid' meme categopry of those who have no power and use insults as substitutes:

That's a timely wake up call.
Saying one's enemy is stupid can provide temporary comfort.
Believing it can lead to sleeping at the wheel, miscalculation and disaster.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 3 2012 1:40 utc | 31

'Hillary was on the ABC Evening News tonight saying that Assad has broken his promise to abide by the Annan agreement.'

funny thing about Hillary is how she gets people to believe whatever she says. Hilary has no interests in agreements by Annan or anyone..She wants Assad removed a pliable dupe in his place. if she cant to it by force, she will get Annan to make agreements that she has no intention of abiding by.

Posted by: brian | Apr 3 2012 2:40 utc | 32

@ 32.
How true.

But, back-tracking for a moment, it's not hard to see why Shrillary attracts the label "stupid."
She whines about Assad not respecting Kofi's ceasefire plan while her cohorts and partners-in-crime call for arming and financing the 'rebels' who are making it impossible for Assad to declare a ceasefire.
Stupid like a fox?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 3 2012 3:24 utc | 33

How could anyone remotely sensible, presented with the Legacy of Hilary Clinton, not think she was stupid, Hoarsewhisperer?

Posted by: arthurdecco | Apr 3 2012 3:36 utc | 34

...or, if not stupid, certainly traitorously self-serving. Which is almost the same thing really...

Posted by: arthurdecco | Apr 3 2012 3:53 utc | 35

funny thing about Hillary is how she gets people to believe whatever she says.

One could say this about Dubya and many other "leaders."

I've wondered whether potential leaders are chosen for certain vocal qualities - as revealed in an oscilliscope printout. For example, Shrillary and Dubya's voices have a similar rasp-like resonance. But that theory falls apart when one reflects on the vocal timbre of such people as Tony Bliar, Sarko, Haig, Cameron and other 'persuaders'.

Imo, the only common factor is deeply flawed, superficial and childish presumptions delivered with conviction and a self-righteous demeanor. In psychology, this type of communication is referred to as 'motherhood statements'.

Somewhere along the line in our culture, too many of us have been imbued with a sub-conscious notion that it's naughty to question the authority of one's Mummy or Daddy or Teacher or ...

I detected this flaw in myself when I was quite young. One of the things I tried to teach my children was that they should never be afraid to question their 'elders' or 'betters' - even me (adults can occasionally learn valuable lessons from the naiive insights of children).

They all absorbed the lesson - tempered with a little 'strategic discretion' - which they discovered for themselves.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 3 2012 4:16 utc | 36

@ arthurdecco (x 2)

Whether she's stupid or 'stupid' will be conclusively settled, or not, when she ends up suspended (and briefly jiggling) on the end of a rope, or not.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 3 2012 5:12 utc | 37

what the people of HOMS think of the syrian military:

http://lizzie-phelan.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/students-from-homs-thank-syrian.html

Posted by: brian | Apr 3 2012 12:49 utc | 38

lizzie phelan links AND "no shortage of medicine" in one handy blog stop! you people are uninformed.

Posted by: mcfnord | Apr 3 2012 23:15 utc | 39

Syria, along with Iran, needs to start thinking about gaining leverage over their opponents. -lysander

So true. They should have gone on the offensive YEARS ago, especially Syria. Jaafari at UN is not sharp and smart enough for the job. Plus they need someone with a touch of Dershowitz aggression. Their country is on the line! They allow IDF alumni to run around as reporters while keeping genuine Arab advocates out, like Shadid. No small amount of the quandary Syrians face now is of their own making.

Posted by: kylee | Apr 4 2012 8:31 utc | 40

kylee @ 40
Indeed, they have been focusing only on the domestic opinion by making their argument on national TV, and more or less disregarded the international influence. They haven't taken the threat of western intervention seriously. Syrian authorities should get some media advisors and public relations people. They could get a long way simply by facilitating for foreign media journalists to visit.

Posted by: Alexander | Apr 4 2012 10:02 utc | 41

They could get a long way simply by facilitating for foreign media journalists to visit.

I doubt it.
No matter which country was squelching an armed uprising such as Syria's, the things the govt did wouldn't look or sound dainty or pretty.

Bahrain wasn't exactly awash with Western media corps(e) stenographers while the Saudi Military was exterminating protesters there.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 7 2012 17:23 utc | 42

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