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contrarianna

North Star wrote:

 Secondly the NYT need not support Assad but I wouldn't be surprised if it's being fed questionable info  so that the US can slowly avoid getting sucked into the conflict.

Your revised version is not much more convincing.

Is that what the NYT "is being fed"?
The subtlety of the dish seems to have escaped both me and Executive Editor of the NYT Bill "Iraq-has-WMD" Keller who came out just 3 days ago with a series of arguments for the need to attack Syria.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/opinion/keller-syria-is-not-iraq.html?...

North Star

Well Bill Keller has his BS R2P views, but the reality on the ground is a little different. Looks like Obama's policies are going to help Assad:

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"I am worried about Islamic extremism, but I think we need to be smart in how we handle it. Otherwise we'll make matters worse, not better," he said. "In the end this should be a matter for Syrians to resolve, it's not for the West to tell us who are terrorists and who are not."

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/americas-hidden-agenda-in-syrias-war#ixzz2SrTJz3hj 

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The Roadmap to the Destruction of Syria  -  by Pepe Escobar

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/09/the-roadmap-to-the-destruction-of...

"...Let's cut to the chase. Israel's bombing of Syrian army installations at Jamraya near Damascus is a provocation and and act of war. Israel acted as a Washington proxy - which may have even provided the list of targets. And Washington - not to mention those Western puppets in Brussels - won't condemn the bombing, which for the upteenth time makes a mockery of international law.

And Damascus, of course, is just a stop towards Tehran..."

contrarianna

North Star wrote:

Well Bill Keller has his BS R2P views, but the reality on the ground is a little different. Looks like Obama's policies are going to help Assad:

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"I am worried about Islamic extremism, but I think we need to be smart in how we handle it. Otherwise we'll make matters worse, not better," he said. "In the end this should be a matter for Syrians to resolve, it's not for the West to tell us who are terrorists and who are not."

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/americas-hidden-agenda-in-syrias-war#ixzz2SrTJz3hj 

If you read the whole article, the author of your UAE government-owned newspaper is at pains to downplay the Al Nusra/Al Qaeda fear-factor (in this and other articles) since the funding for such jihadis comes from Sunni-Salifist supporting (US military allies) countries such as Turkey Qatar and Saudi Arabia or the UAE,

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/05/22/wikileaks-saudi-arabia-uae-funded-...

And when your author speaks of "moderate religion" you might want to look up the role of Sharia law in UAE when it comes to the the freedom of women and homosexuals.

In turn, the arming of the better equipped and motivated Al Nusra/Al Qaeda and foreign jihadists by these countries is largely, at the very least, tacitly sanctioned  by the CIA.

However, despite the claims of some conspiracy theorists, elements in US government would indeed prefer to keep the radical jihadist factor to a confined function ( present enough to justify to the home populace the obscene massive military spending and generate sufficient fear to accept ever greater homeland repression) but the cat cannot be put back in the bag.
The US use of jihadists is largely a blinkered, fragmented  one--focused on the job at hand: destroying the Soviet Union, destroying Libya, causing chaos in Iran, Syria etc, with little concern for the very real long term consequences.

Additionally, continued direct assaults on Muslim populations by the US/allies generates ever more radicalized anti-western fighters which, in the larger picture, becomes a threat to future imperial control of target countries.

NDPP

It's Dishonest to Talk About Benghazi Without Talking About the Syrian War

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/05/its-dishonest-to-talk-about-bengh...

"...Both parties are avoiding the bigger picture...The fact that Democrats and Republicans alike have been using Benghazi as the center of US efforts to arm the Al Qaeda-affiliated Syrian rebels..."

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Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (HA) - Full Speech - May 9, 2013: 25th Anniversary al-Nour Radio- Full English Voice-Over of the speech of the security general of Hizbullah (and vid)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34882.htm

"We are people of honesty and credibility"

North Star

contrarianna wrote:

 

 

And when your author speaks of "moderate religion" you might want to look up the role of Sharia law in UAE when it comes to the the freedom of women and homosexuals.

In turn, the arming of the better equipped and motivated Al Nusra/Al Qaeda and foreign jihadists by these countries is largely, at the very least, tacitly sanctioned  by the CIA.

However, despite the claims of some conspiracy theorists, elements in US government would indeed prefer to keep the radical jihadist factor to a confined function ( present enough to justify to the home populace the obscene massive military spending and generate sufficient fear to accept ever greater homeland repression) but the cat cannot be put back in the bag.
The US use of jihadists is largely a blinkered, fragmented  one--focused on the job at hand: destroying the Soviet Union, destroying Libya, causing chaos in Iran, Syria etc, with little concern for the very real long term consequences.

Additionally, continued direct assaults on Muslim populations by the US/allies generates ever more radicalized anti-western fighters which, in the larger picture, becomes a threat to future imperial control of target countries.

Kinda hard to complain about how odious the UAE is when Assad is receiving aid from an Islamic Theocracy whose President is on record as saying homosexuals don't exist. That such undemocratic countries can be found supporting both sides in this conflict is hardling surprising. If you stress about what country is supporting what side in a revolution than you're bascially saying revolutions are wrong and illegitimate. All revolutions have had some sort of foreign intervention/support/intrigue or whatever. In such a scenario, outside countries are going to try to approach the conflict in a way that will maximize their interests. This is nothing new. Nor does it make the the struggle of the Syrian people to overthrow the Baath Party any less legitimate.

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42 Killed, Over 100 Injured as Explosions Rock Turkish Town on Syrian Border (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/turkey-explosions-syria-border-146/

"...No one has claimed responsibility for Saturday's bomb attack; an investigation has been launched. Five people, three of whom are Syrians have been arrested in connection to the blasts, local Channel NTV reported. In a comment on the attacks, Turkish Foreign Minister Davoglu called the attacks a 'provocation'..."

 

Turkey Sends More Troops to Syria Border After Deadly Blasts

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/11/302985/turkey-sends-troops-to-s...

"Turkey has sent more troops to Syria border after car bomb explosions hit the Turkish town of Reyhanli, near the border with Syria."

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The Syrian people do not support any group that sets off car bombs in Damascus anymore that the Turkish people support their towns and cites being subjected to attacks against innocent civilians.

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Anti-Assad Rhetoric Intensifies  -  by Stephen Lendman

http://warisacrime.org/content/anti-assad-rhetoric-intensifies

"...Washington's clear aim hasn't changed. Assad must go. All means will be used against him. Full-scale intervention appears a likely option..."

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Trading Blame Over Bombings: Turkey Calls Syria 'Usual Suspect', Damascus Accuses Erdogan

http://rt.com/news/turkey-bomb-blasts-syria-162/

"Turkey was quick to blame the Assad regime for two massive car bombs that killed 46 people in a town on the Syrian border. The Syrian Information Minister dismissed Turkey's accusations, claiming 'thisis not the behaviour of the Syrian government.'

 

Large Numbers of FSA Rebels Join Al Nusra (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/11/303014/fsa-reveals-true-color-o...

"...an interview with Webster Griffin Tarpley, author and historian from Washington, about al Nusra Front."

 

Tearing Syria Apart  -  by Jeremy Salt

http://www.arena.org.au/2013/04/tearing-syria-apart-by-jeremy-salt/

"A war is being waged in Syria. Protecting the people from the dictator is no more than the usual pretext for attacks on Middle Eastern countries. The real target is not Bashar but Syria itself..."

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Turkish Protesters Blame Government For Blasts

http://www.presstv.com/detail/303177.html

"On Sunday the protesters held banners calling on the US to stop its intervention and meddling in Syria. The protesters are blaming the Turkish government for the incident and because of its support for armed groups inside Syria.

 

Damascus Slams Ankara (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/12/303185/damascus-slams-ankara-fo...

"According to Syria's minister of information, Erdogan's accusation aims only to undermine chances of a political solution to the unrest in Syria and justify foreign intervention there. All this just days prior to his meeting with the US president.

 

FSA: Eat Your Hearts Out Syria!  (and vid)

http://youtu.be/Z9IRn5b0aik

Don't worry, he's on our side...

 

Eastern Syria Oil Smugglers Benefit From Chaos

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-315096-in-eastern-syria-oil-smugglers-be...?

"The hijacking of the oil industry by tribes complicates Western efforts to help the Syrian opposition fund itself and will make any future reconstruction ever more difficult. 'Each tribe is now in control of at least part of an oil field, it depends how big it is and how many fighters it can deploy,' said the state oil firm employee who gave his name as Abu Ramzi.

As well production facilities, tribal fighters had seized control of pipelines, often drilling into them to extract oil. Western-backed rebel commanders who the European Union hoped would benefit from last month's EU decision to allow the purchase of oil from the Syrian opposition, concedes they have little immediate prospect of winning a share of the trade."

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NATO Directs Turkey Into Syria Unrest (and vid)

http://presstv.com/detail/2013/05/14/303395/nato-directs-turkey-into-syr...

"Press TV has conducted an interview with Sukant Chandan, a political commentator from London..."

 

Syria Endgame Approaching Fast

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/13/syria-endgame-approaching-fast/

"US foreign policy is now completely dependent on using the threat of annihilation. As US economic power has declined in relation to China and other countries, the economic carrot has been tossed aside in favor of the military stick. Plenty of US foreign policy 'experts' are demanding that Obama unsheathe the stick again, lest this foundation of US foreign policy be proven to be just talk and no action.

This is the essence of US involvement in Syria, which is risking regional war that could include Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Israel, Iran, Jordan and Saudi Arabia with the potential to drag in the bigger powers..."

NDPP

Cannibalizing Syria: The West to Blame  -  by Finian Cunningham

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/15/303681/west-guilty-of-cannibali...

"...The fact cannot be concealed by the Western media propaganda machine that Abu Sakkar, the videoed butcher is commander of the Farouq Brigade, which is one of the FSA's mainstay fighting units based in Homs City. Just like the Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front, the West similarly also tries to pretend that this outfit is somehow fringe to the state-sponsored sabotage of Syria.

The grotesque video depicting the cannibalism by one man is really a vignette of the bigger picture of cannibalism that the Western regimes have unleashed on the entire Syrian people - a monstrosity of state terrorism that Western media are guilty of covering up."

Canada, one of the 'Friends of Syria', is with the cannibals

NDPP

No Moves to Shake Up Situation in Syria - Putin

http://rt.com/news/israel-syria-netanyahu-putin-243/

"Moves that could destabilize the situation in Syria must be avoided, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with the Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu in Sochi. Putin and Netanyahu have agreed that the Syrian armed conflict, if continued, could pose 'disastrous consequences' for the whole region.

'The only way to prevent a negative scenario in Syria is the soonest end of the armed conflict and the beginning of political settlement,' Putin said..

 

Syria Counterattacks Israel

http://www.roitov.com/articles/mortar.htm

In the early hours of May 15, 2013, two mortar shells fell within the Herman Upper Ski site. The shells were shot from Syria...the region is on the verge of a major war."

NDPP

Terrorists Kill Syrian Troops Summary Style, Video Shows (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/16/303810/rebels-kill-syria-troops...

"A new video clip shows the al-Qaeda Nusra Front terrorists in Syria executing a group of eleven Syrian soldiers. The terrorst executing the soldiers is speaking with a Saudi accent..."

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Video Shows Israeli Special Forces in Syria

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/18/304101/video-shows-israeli-comm...

"Fox News has published a video allegedly showing Israeli special forces on a mission inside Syrian soil. There have been no comments from Israeli officials on the report."

 

Syria To Get Rid of Absolute Terrorism: Franklin Lamb (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/17/304039/syria-to-get-rid-of-abso...

"... an interview with Franklin Lamb, human rights and international lawyer about a new video clip showing the al - Nusra Front terrorists in Syria executing a group of eleven Syrian soldiers."

In our name this is supported and made possible Canada, O 'Friend of Syria' (and Israel...)

So what is to be done...?

contrarianna

North Star wrote:

contrarianna wrote:

If you read the whole article, the author of your UAE government-owned newspaper is at pains to downplay the Al Nusra/Al Qaeda fear-factor (in this and other articles) since the funding for such jihadis comes from Sunni-Salifist supporting (US military allies) countries such as Turkey Qatar and Saudi Arabia or the UAE,

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/05/22/wikileaks-saudi-arabia-uae-funded-jihad-pakistan-children/

And when your author speaks of "moderate religion" you might want to look up the role of Sharia law in UAE when it comes to the the freedom of women and homosexuals.

In turn, the arming of the better equipped and motivated Al Nusra/Al Qaeda and foreign jihadists by these countries is largely, at the very least, tacitly sanctioned  by the CIA.

However, despite the claims of some conspiracy theorists, elements in US government would indeed prefer to keep the radical jihadist factor to a confined function ( present enough to justify to the home populace the obscene massive military spending and generate sufficient fear to accept ever greater homeland repression) but the cat cannot be put back in the bag.
The US use of jihadists is largely a blinkered, fragmented  one--focused on the job at hand: destroying the Soviet Union, destroying Libya, causing chaos in Iran, Syria etc, with little concern for the very real long term consequences.

Additionally, continued direct assaults on Muslim populations by the US/allies generates ever more radicalized anti-western fighters which, in the larger picture, becomes a threat to future imperial control of target countries.

Kinda hard to complain about how odious the UAE is when Assad is receiving aid from an Islamic Theocracy whose President is on record as saying homosexuals don't exist. That such undemocratic countries can be found supporting both sides in this conflict is hardling surprising. If you stress about what country is supporting what side in a revolution than you're bascially saying revolutions are wrong and illegitimate. All revolutions have had some sort of foreign intervention/support/intrigue or whatever. In such a scenario, outside countries are going to try to approach the conflict in a way that will maximize their interests. This is nothing new. Nor does it make the the struggle of the Syrian people to overthrow the Baath Party any less legitimate.

I'm not a fan of the theocracy in Iran, but unlike you I don't support the measures of foreign interventionists to bring about regime change. Nor, like the UAE and other states and do I support the funding and arming of foreign and domestic fighters.

North Star wrote:
If you stress about what country is supporting what side in a revolution than you're bascially saying revolutions are wrong and illegitimate. All revolutions have had some sort of foreign intervention/support/intrigue or whatever.

Untrue.
Your reductionism of being for or against revolution is similar to your reductionist reference to "the Syrian people" as if they all wanted this slaughter (with deaths currently at 90,000, half of which are civilians,  with more than a million displaced). Torture and atrocites are commonplace with both sides.

You may quibble over whether this is a proxy war rather than a revolution, but several factors point to it as substantially a proxy war:
Without  collective support by "the people of Syria" for the overthrow of the Assad thugocracy, this conflict is, as the UN called it, "overtly sectarian in nature" --which does not support your simplistic notion of a glorious revolution where an idealized unity of a democratic  "the people" rise up against this obviously oppressive regime.

Without foreign intervention, arms, and foreign directed fighters, the conflict would have ended long ago-- that is not a good omen for a successful "Peoples Revolution" which will result in a consensus government, nor or a cessation of oppression.

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 May 13, 2013
Ominous Similarities Between Syria and Iraq
History Lessons the West Refuses to Learn
by PATRICK COCKBURN
....
If President Bashar al-Assad did fall in Syria, who would replace him? Does anybody really think that peace would automatically follow? Is it not far more likely that there would be continued and even intensified war, as happened in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003? The Syrian rebels and their supporters downplay the similarities between the crises in Iraq and Syria, but they have ominous similarities. Saddam may have been unpopular in Iraq, but those who supported him or worked for him could not be excluded from power and turned into second-class citizens without a fight.

US, British and French recipes for Syria’s future seem as fraught with potential for disaster as their plans in 1916 or 2003. In saying that Assad can play no role in a future Syrian government, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, speaks of the leader of a government that has still only lost one provincial capital to the rebels. Such terms can only be imposed on the defeated or those near defeat. This will only happen in Syria if Western powers intervene militarily on behalf of the insurgents, as they did in Libya, but the long-term results might be equally dismal.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/13/history-lessons-the-west-refuses-to-learn/

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By Mariam Karouny

BEIRUT | Fri May 17, 2013 12:19pm EDT

(Reuters) - The most feared and effective rebel group battling President Bashar al-Assad, the Islamist Nusra Front, is being eclipsed by a more radical jihadi force whose aims go far beyond overthrowing the Syrian leader....

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/17/us-syria-crisis-nusra-idUSBRE94G0FY20130517

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'Turkey Bogged Down in Terror Quagmire'  - by Finian Cunningham

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/18/304108/turkey-bogged-down-in-te...

"Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Erdogan went to Washington this week with a shopping list for more direct American intervention in the NATO regime-change operation in Syria..."

 

UN General Assembly Resolution on Syria Demonstrates Why the UN Should Be Abandoned  - by Christof Lehman

http://nsnbc.me/2013/05/17/non-binding-un-general-assembly-resolution-on...

"The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a highly politicized, non-binding draft resolution on Syria. The resolution contradicts the reality on the ground and the political reality pertaining to Syria, contradicts the purpose and Charter of the United Nations, endorses international state-sponsored terrorism and obstructs a political solution to end the war on Syria.

The success of the resolution lies in the fact that it is one of the clearest yet demonstrations of the depth of the systemic crisis of the United Nations, for the fact that the UN has turned into an instrument of neo-colonialism and imperialism.."

 

 

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Militants From 29 Countries Fighting in Syria: Assad

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/19/304375/militants-from-29-states...

"We do not believe that many Western countries really want a solution in Syria. And we don't think that the forces that support the terrorists want a solution to the crisis,' he noted..."

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Report: Syria Prepared to Fire Missiles at Tel Aviv

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4381218.html

"Syria has put its most advanced missiles on standby with orders to hit Tel Aviv, if Israel launches another strike on its territory, The Sunday Times reported overnight Sunday.."

 

Russian Med Fleet Returns - An Unintended Consequence

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/20/304416/russian-med-fleet-warnin...

"The record of Israeli attacks on Syria, particularly the use of a nuclear bunker buster gave the Russians a gift from heaven, opening the door to make a defensive deployment to protect their longtime ally in Syria.

The Russians are back in the Med to stay, and this might be a good lesson to tlhe folly of the Western slow-motion aggression policy in the region, which has put a match to the whole place.."

NDPP

UN General Assembly Vote Reflects Shift in Syrian Public Opinion   -  by Franklin Lamb

http://www.4thmedia.org/2013/05/19/un-general-assembly-vote-reflects-shi...

 

'Moderate' FSA's Osama Bin Laden Brigade - Syria (and vid)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=vd-AN3YtQuI

 

Covert Israeli Forces Inside Syria With Rebel Forces?

http://www.globalresearch.ca/covert-israeli-forces-inside-syria-within-r...

"Media sources confirm the seizure of an Israeli military vehicle in Al Qseir, inside Syrian territory..."

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

NDPP wrote:

 

"The record of Israeli attacks on Syria, particularly the use of a nuclear bunker buster gave the Russians a gift from heaven, opening the door to make a defensive deployment to protect their longtime ally in Syria.

Is PressTV saying Israel used nuclear weapons on Syria?

NDPP

Bec.De.Corbin wrote:

NDPP wrote:

 

"The record of Israeli attacks on Syria, particularly the use of a nuclear bunker buster gave the Russians a gift from heaven, opening the door to make a defensive deployment to protect their longtime ally in Syria.

Is PressTV saying Israel used nuclear weapons on Syria?

I believe it is referring to the bunker-buster's usual usage against nuclear bunkers...

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

They well may have used depleted uranium tipped warheads because of the bigger bang and penetration. Who cares what Press TV is calling a warhead that caused one hell of a big bang in Damascus killing Syrian troops in uniform at a military base. That is an act of war not just provocation.  Israel conducted an air strike against a sovereign nation and Canada says nothing at the UN. It used to be that sovereign nations only had to contend with the economic terrorism of the IMF and World Bank now they get to face crippling sanctions that profoundly affect the average person, the arming of insurgents by foreign secret services from multiple countries involved in NATO led coalitions. If a sovereign nation can withstand that then it is time for the air strikes by other countries.

How many countries are our military forces going to destroy to ensure that US, UK, French, Israeli and Canadian corporations can exploit other peoples resources.

NDPP

@K;

As many as necessary. Especially in the absence of any effective concerted efforts by anti-war activists at home

Assad Talks, Russia Walks  -  by Pepe Escobar

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-01-200513.html

"...Regime change, yes. But by peaceful means. Will NATO-GCC-Israel let it happen? No."

contrarianna

NDPP wrote:

Bec.De.Corbin wrote:

NDPP wrote:

 

"The record of Israeli attacks on Syria, particularly the use of a nuclear bunker buster gave the Russians a gift from heaven, opening the door to make a defensive deployment to protect their longtime ally in Syria.

Is PressTV saying Israel used nuclear weapons on Syria?

I believe it is referring to the bunker-buster's usual usage against nuclear bunkers...

Press TV did in fact did make that nuclear attack claim in this frequently illogical article:

Quote:
Striking evidence of the use of American EPW (Earth Penetrating Weapons) nuclear weapons in Syria has come to light. Experts say the proof is irrefutable.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/10/302772/was-syria-nuked/

Press TV is the English propaganda mouthpiece of Iran. It certainly has no more credibility than Fox News, which doesn't mean that everything it says is false--just take everything it says without confirmation with a heart-stopping dose of salt.

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

That's just plain nuts; the article claims they were afraid to use a conventional bunker-buster bomb so they used a nuke one instead.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

What is plain nuts is Israel bombing Syria from the air.  I don't give a fuck which bomb they used the act itself is the problem.

NDPP

Israeli Army Says His Troops Fired at Targets Inside Syria

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/21/304588/israel-army-forces-fired...

"THe Israeli army has said its troops in Golan Heights have fired at targets inside Syria."

 

US Angling to Conduct Air War on Syria (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/21/304609/us-angling-to-conduct-ai...

"Press TV has conducted an interview with Don DeBar, an activist and political commentator from New York.."

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Syrian Army Advances on Qusayr City (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/21/304655/syria-army-advances-on-q...

"Fierce fighting continues in the strategic Syrian town of Qusayr."

 

Western, Saudi Terror Hits Syria, Iraq  -  by Finian Cunningham

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/21/304623/western-saudi-terror-hit...

"You could hardly make this up: two countries sitting side-by-side, sharing the sanme border and sharing the same kind of horrific violence against their civilian populations."

 

Main al-Nusra Front Commander Killed in Qusayr Clashes

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/21/304656/alnusra-front-cmdr-kille...

"The main commander of al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front, Abu Omar, has been killed in clashes with the Syrian army in the Western city of al-Qusayr.."

contrarianna

kropotkin1951 wrote:

What is plain nuts is Israel bombing Syria from the air.  I don't give a fuck which bomb they used the act itself is the problem.

Not nuts--just more of Israel's unending criminal aggression unopposed or endorsed by its supporters in the west.

The weapons used obviously makes a difference to Press TV in their clumsy propaganda attempt, which serves only to undermine their own credibility and distract from the basic criminality of Israel's attack.

If true, which is unlikely, the use of nuclear weapons in war for the first time since Nagasaki would be news.

NDPP

Syrian Militant Eats Soldier's Heart (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/Program/303973.html

George Galloway's weekly call-in show, on Syria

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The First Syrian Casualty  -  by Paul Larudee

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/21/the-first-casualty/

"...The narrative that we heard, however, is one that is largely absent in the West. To read the Western press, there are no regime supporters, but only subjects cowering in fear of Assad goons. This is nonsense. A very substantial proportion of the population clearly supports the regime, which would not likely have survived for two years otherwise.

In fact one of the chief complaints was that the regime had abandoned many of its supporters and failed to restore order in their communities, thus forcing them to become refugees when armed rebels and 'foreigners' drove them out.

Whatever the faults of the Assad regime, therefore, it is the only thing preventing the utter destruction of Syria."

 

NDPP

Syrian Troops Advance in al-Qusayr Clearing More Areas of Insurgents (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/22/304782/syrian-troops-advance-in...

"The fight for Al-Qusayr goes on and the momentum is building. The Syrian army's strategy to enter the city from several directions is paying off as the foreign-backed insurgents have been caught in the middle between advancing units.."

 

Syria Calls on UN Security Council to End Israeli Violations

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/22/304807/syria-calls-on-un-to-end...

"The Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has called on the UN Security Council to terminate the violations made by Israel, restating Syria's right to respond to any breach of its sovereignty..."

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Syrian Opposition Talks in Stalemate as Geneva Peace Conference Looms

http://rt.com/news/syria-opposition-talks-stalemate-792/

"Syrian opposition talks in Istanbul have so far failed to unite liberal leaders and Islamists of the Syrian National Council. The opposition risks being unable to present a coherent front at the Geneva conference, rendering it irrelevant..."

 

At Least 28 Dead, 250 Wounded in Sunni-Alawaite Clashes in Tripoli (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/lebanon-sunnis-alawites-clashes-793/

"The violence is another sign of the Syrian conflict spilling over to Lebanon.."

 

Lebanonizing Syria

http://www.roitov.com/articles/lubnan.htm

"...The Cantonization of Syria is on; the coming international encounter in Geneva may push this forward..."

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Hezbollah and the Syrian Pit  -  by Franklin Lamb

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/24/hezbollah-and-the-syrian-pit/

"...the Whitehouse agrees with Israel that al-Qusayr may become Hezbollah's Dien Ben Phu and the Syrian conflict could well turn into Iran's 'Vietnam'...

Why Washington and Tel Aviv want Hezbollah to keep fighting in al-Qusayr."

 

Seyyed Nasrallah Defends Hezbollah Fighting Extremists in Syrian Town of Qusayr (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/25/305392/nasrallah-backs-fighting...

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has defended the Lebanese resistance movement's decision to fight foreign-backed militants in the Syrian town of al-Qusayr. The Hezbollah leader said if foreign-backed militants win the war on Syria, they will turn their weapons on Lebanon..

Nasrallah Speech on Resistance and Liberation Day - May 25, 2013 (and vid)

http://youtu.be/qogU9PDV2H4

NDPP

Breaking: Syrian 'Rebels' have fired rockets into a Hezbollah neighbourhood in South Beirut.

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Rocket Fired at Israel From South Lebanon

http://rt.com/news/lebanon-rocket-fired-israel-826/

"A rocket has been fired from the Lebanese town of Majayoun in the direction of a northern Israeli settlement. An Israeli drone is hovering over the area from which the rocket was allegedly fired, Lebanese media reports. Earlier on Sunday, two rockets were fired at the Hezbollah-controlled district of the Lebanese capital, injuring at least five people. It is still unclear who was behind that shelling..."

 

Jordan, Israel Working As One Over Syria

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/27/305655/jordan-lets-israel-again...

"A high-ranking Jordanian official, close to king Abdullah II, told the London-based newspaper Jewish Chronicle that Amman and Tel Aviv were 'working as one over Syria'..."

 

Canada Strengthening Relations with Jordan

http://www.international.gc.ca/wet30-1/aff/news-communiques/2013/03/31a....

"...Jordan has consistently demonstrated a leadership role in the pursuit of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, and it continues to lead in the face of the ongoing crisis in Syria...And so Canada is pleased to assist Jordan in meeting this challenge."

 

West Trying to Re-Colonize, Seize Control of Syria (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/26/305593/west-trying-to-recoloniz...

"Press TV has conducted an interview with Caleb Maupin, IAC, New York, about the 200 French nationals who traveled to Syria in the past year to fight alongside al-Qaeda-linked militant groups.

'All progressive minded people should be concerned about stopping what's happening in Syria right now. This is about the West trying to re-colonize and seize control of Syria...'

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 Nobel Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire: Report on Syria

http://www.globalresearch.ca/report-on-syria-nobel-peace-laureate-mairea...

"The Syrian state is under a proxy war led by foreign countries..."

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EU Lifts Syria Arms Ban (and vid)

http://youtu.be/P1iQyTiyZ88

"US does not really want a peaceful solution.."

 

Israel Threatens to Strike Russia's Shipments of Missiles to Syria

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/05/28/israel_threatens_to_strike_...

"Israel's defence minister on Tuesday signalled that his military is prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons to Syria, in a rare implied threat to Moscow..."

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US Backs EU Step to Arm Syria Rebels, Russia Cites International Law Against

http://rt.com/news/usa-welcomes-syria-embargo-909/

"...Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov lambasted the EU's latest move as 'an unlawful' decision. 'This is an unlawful decision, in principle, to discuss seriously on an official level the issue of supplying or not supplying arms to non-state actors is contrary to all norms of international law, Lavrov said.

The Syrian government has slammed the easing of the EU's embargo as an 'obstruction of efforts to resolve conflict in the country peacefully. The country's Foreign Ministry has accused the Union of giving 'support and encouraagement to terrorists by providing them with weapons in clear violation of international law and the UN Charter.."

 

West Dishonest Over Syria Unrest, Supplying Terrorists - Chossudovsky (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/29/306026/west-insincere-in-its-sy...

"...So, in effect, we have to ask ourselves who are the main military actors in the Syrian war theater. The al-Nusra rebels, which allegedly represent the opposition, are supported by the Western military alliance and Israel. These are the foot soldiers of the Western military alliance and they are waging a war against the Syrian people..."

 

John Baird Cautions Against Sending Weapons to Syria But Won't Press Issue with European Allies

http://www.canada.com/John+Baird+cautions+against+sending+weapons+Syria+...

"Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird warned Tuesday that flooding Syria with weapons will lead to 'more violence, more death and more destruction.' But he said he has no plans to press the issue with European allies after they took the first steps towards arming the Syrian opposition.

Instead, Baird indicated Canada will stand ready to provide whatever aid it can to those caught in the crossfire."

 

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RT: Cross Talk - Syrian Spillover (and vid)

http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/syrian-spillover-arbell-oliver-950/

"Now with Hezbollah's greater involvement, how will the dynamics of the Syrian Civil War change? Will Israel jump at an opportunity to take on its old enemy? Could Lebanon descend back into sectarian strife? And what is the role of Iran in all of this? Cross Talking with Dan Arbell, Martyn Oliver and Franklin Lamb."

 

S-300 Missiles For Syria: Stabilizing Factor: Daoud Khairallah (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/29/306121/S300s-stabilizing-factor...

"Press TV has conducted an interview with Daoud Khairallah, Professor at Georgetown University, about Russia sending S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria."

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Regime-Change Case for Poirot: Syria Conflict as 'Whodunnit?'  by Neil Clark

http://rt.com/op-edge/regime-change-syria-plot-018/

"The ABC Murders' comes to my minmd every time I think of Libya and Syria and the 'Arab Spring'. When do you notice an individual 'regime change' least? Answer: When it is in a series of 'regime changes'..."

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Turkey Finds Sarin Gas in Homes of Suspected Syrian Islamists - Reports (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/sarin-gas-turkey-al-nusra-021/

"Turkish security forces found a 2kg cylinder with Sarin gas after searching the homes of Syrian militants from Al-Qaeda linked Al Nusra Front who were previously detained, Turkish media reports..."

 

Syrian Army Kills US Woman Fighting Alongside Militants

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/31/306365/american-female-militant...

"Syrian Army troops have killed an American woman and two Britons fighting alongside the foreign-backed militants in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib..."

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Syria: Outside Patronage and a New Offensive For the Regime

http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/syria-outside-patronage-and-new-offensi...

"The regime's renewed offensive against Al Qusayr was made possible by support from Iran, Russia and Hezbollah. However, geography will determine which side holds the advantage. In northern and eastern Syria, the regime remains on the defensive; in the core, the advantage clearly belongs to the loyalists..."

 

No-Fly Zone Over Syria An Act of War That Would Carry Risks: US General

http://www.presstv.com/usdetail/306611.html

"NATO's top military chief, General Philip Breedlove has warned that imposing a no-fly zone over Syria would be an 'act of war' and carry grave risks..."

 

 

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Syria: Outside Patronage and a New Offensive For the Regime

http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/syria-outside-patronage-and-new-offensive-regime

I've been following this for a while... one of the things the Syrian army was lacking on the battlefield was good infantry support for its armor; esspesally in built up areas. They just didn't have enough to go around. 

For months now Syria has been quietly sending personnel to Iran for infantry training and its starting to show on the battlefield.  That’s a good thing since you really can’t use armor in cities without good infantry support and that was some of the reason the “rebels” were doing so well in the past. The addition of Hezbollah fighters helps as well but adds to the danger of the Sunni/Shiite civil war spilling over into Lebanon.   

 

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So-Called Syrian National Council Concludes Meeting in Istanbul

http://presstv.com/detail/2013/06/02/306746/socalled-syrian-national-cou...

"Syria's main Western-backed opposition group was supposed to appoint new representatives and pick out a new leader but was not able to reach a consensus as many believe there is a power struggle between Qatar and Saudi Arabia which has put the group in a deadlock. Reports are also emerging that the US defense department is contemplating a no fly zone."

 

Al Manar: President Bashar Al Assad: Full Interview (and vid)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35138.htm

May 31, Video and Transcript

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Syria and the Sham of Humanitarian Intervention  -  by Ajamu Baraka

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/04/syria-and-the-sham-of-humanitaria...

"I continue to be amazed at the ease with which the dividing line is blurred between what is real and what is fiction in the reporting on Syria in the Western media..."

 

US Missile Defense System May Remain on Jordan-Syria Border After Drills

http://rt.com/news/us-jordan-patriot-f16-189

"The US will deploy Patriot missile batteries and F-16 fighter jets in Jordan for military exercises, and the weapons may remain there indefinitely. AfP quoted US Central Command spokesperson Lt Col. TG Taylor as saying, 'In order to enhance the defensive posture and capacity of Jordan, some of these assets may remain beyond the exercise at the request of the government of Jordan,' he added."

...count on it

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Meet The 'Friends of Jihad'  -  by Pepe Escobar

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-03-050613.html

"Western politicos love to shed swamps of crocodile tears about 'the Syrian people', and congratulate themselves within the 'Friends of Syria' framework for defending them for 'tyranny'. Well the 'Syrian people' have spoken.

Roughly 70% support the government of Bashar al Assad. Another 20% are neutral. And only 10% are aligned with the Western-supported 'rebels', including those of the kidnapping, lung-eating, beheading jihadi kind..."

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