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North Star

Palestinian refugees in Syria aren't particularly enthused by receiving aid from the Assad supporting Hezbollah.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2013/Jun-06/219614-for-second-time-palestinians-from-syria-torch-hezbollah-aid.ashx#ixzz2VSajVZuR

NDPP

US Threatens Iran, Hezbollah For Backing Syria

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/06/07/syri-j07.html

"There is in addition, many concerns that the conflict is rapidly spreading out of control, dragging in neighboring Lebanon and Iraq and even Israel. There are divisions on how to respond.."

 

Russia Slams US for Distorting Results of Trilateral Talks on Syria

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/07/307605/russia-slams-us-peculiar...

"During a Thursday press conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, ' I have heard that officials from the US Department of State have given a very peculiar comment on the results of yesterday's meeting in Geneva between Russia, United States and United Nations...'

'...If the reports that I have received are true, the State Department went on to add that this should be a transitional government to which the current authorities in Damascus would hand over all their powers. If this was really said by the State Department, this is a very strong distortion of what the talks were about,' the Russian foreign minister added."

 

Syria Militants Must Change Mindset: George Jabour (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/07/307673/syria-militants-must-cha...

"Press TV has conducted an interview with George Jabour, political commentator, about the Syrian army establishing control over a key crossing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights."

North Star

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Syria or elsewhere, there are no pure revolutions, just revolutions…

More than two years after the beginning of the revolutionary processes, western medias have not ceased to repeat the same credo: after the dream, the nightmare for the populations of the Middle East and North Africa ; after the « Arab Spring »,  the Islamist Winter », (both terms that we refuse). Where are gone the « beautiful » and « pure » revolutions from the beginning, as we don’t stop repeating?

The situation is presented as catastrophic: Tunisia and Egypt are governed by Islamists, while the Syrian revolution would have become a civil war between Islamists and the Assad bloody regime. The propagation of such a discourse, underpinned of defeatism, advocates the withdrawal of activists fighting for democracy and social justice.

After being celebrated for their courage and determination in the struggle against their dictators, the people of the region are now described – in an elitist and misleading way – as unable or not ready for radical change. The thesis of “Arab-Muslim” exceptionalism, which supports that these areas are inherently unable to reach a democratic ideal, has returned very fast.

According to various situations, proposals have emerged to limit the revolutionary processes. In Syria, many attempts have been submitted to reach these objectives.

 

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The opportunism of the National Coalition

This is why we should not stay silent in front the failure of the opportunist and bourgeois National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, ready to betray the Syrian revolution to serve their political interests and of foreign countries.

Many demonstrations and criticisms have also been made inside the popular movement against the National Coallition, including very recently on June 4, 2013 a demonstration condemning their corruption in the Sukkari neighborhood in Aleppo.

Different popular forces have been also very critical of the National Coallition, including the Statement Issued by the Revolutionary Movement in Syria signed by the Syrian Revolution General Commission, Local Coordination Committees in Syria, Syrian Revolution Coordinators’ Union, Supreme Council for the Leadership of the Syrian Revolution (http://www.lccsyria.org/11445). It is notably said that “The revolutionary forces that have signed this statement will no longer bestow legitimacy upon any political body that subverts the revolution or fails to take into account the sacrifices of the Syrian people or adequately represent them. We consider this statement to be a final warning to the SC, for the Syrian people have spoken.

The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary is right to criticize and condemn the criminal role played by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah in the killing of the Syrian people. Hezbollah criminal involvement has shown that no resistance program can be based on a sectarian identity and linked to authoritarian regimes such as Syria and Iran.

This said, the National Coalition should also criticize countries and groups playing a dangerous role in the Syrian Revolution. For example because of the support of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to the coalition, they have not condemned the objectives of these reactionary regimes. These latter want to transform the revolution into a sectarian war, out of fear that an extension of it would threaten their power and their interests. They are financing extremist Islamist groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra, which have a sectarian and reactionary ideology, and often try to reduce the role of the people’s committees, sometimes through violence.

 

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It should be said as well that Jabhat al Nusra has not hesitated to strike deals with the Assad regime, for example this latter is paying more than 150m Syrian lire [£1.4m] monthly to Jabhat al-Nusra to guarantee oil is kept pumping through two major oil pipelines in Banias and Latakia. Jabhat al Nusra fighters have also been involved other buisnesses such as wheat, archaeological relics, factory equipment, oil drilling and imaging machines, cars, spare parts and crude oil.

Is this the model of liberation the syrian revolutionary masses need ?

http://syriafreedomforever.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/syriaor-elsewhere-th...

 



NDPP

Hezbollah's Role in Syria - Telephone Interview (and vid)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3-K3WMJDtA

 

US and Israel Lobby Reel From Hezbollah al-Qusayr Victory  -  by Franklin Lamb

http://intifada-palestine.com/2013/06/us-and-israel-lobby-reel-from-hezb...

"With the 6/5/13 National Lebanese Resistance victory at al-Qusayr, coming as it does 97 years to the month after the Triple Entente's (UK, France and Russia) May 1916 secret Asia Minor Agreement, generally known as Sykes-Picot, the scheme to control the Middle East following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, has further crumbled.

Its 'Rosemary's baby' progeny, the colonialist Zionist occupation of Palestine, is condemned increasingly to an identical fate."

 

Did Someone Say Genocide?: Syria's Fake Sectarian War  -  by Shamus Cooke

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/07/syrias-fake-sectarian-war/

"The Sunnis have no love for Assad, but the great majority of the community is withdrawing from the revolt. What is left is the foreign fighters who are sponsored by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They are seen by Sunnis as far worse than Assad."

 

NDPP

'We Won't Attend Geneva Talks Unless New Arms are Sent: Free Syrian Army

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/09/307909/we-wont-attend-talks-fsa...

"The so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) says they will not attend an upcoming conference on the crisis in Syria unless they receive new supplies of arms, a top militant commander says..."

 

Britain, France Prodding Obama into Attacking Syria 

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/08/307786/uk-france-goading-us-int...

"On the eve of this year's Bilderberg meeting, the Anglo-French intelligence bosses have clearly shown their hand with two high-profile attacks on Obama. Wednesday, June 5 marked the liberation of Qusayr, the great Stalingrad of the Syrian death squads deployed by NATO against Assad. With the rout of these terrorists, the main units of the self-styled Free Syrian Army, along with the Nusra branch of al Qaeda, are likely to face annihilation in the short to medium term..."

NDPP

Western-Backed Insurgents Suffer 'Stalingrad-like Defeat' in Qusair. Syrian Army Wins Decisive Victories Throughout Syria

http://nsnbc.me/2013/06/09/western-backed-insurgents-suffer-stalingrad-l...

"...In Qusair, NATO's low-budget, discount army under the banner of al-Qaeda, Jabhat al Nusrah, Believe Battalion, and other bearded cutthroats and useful idiots have met their Stalingrad. Short of a direct military intervention, which would be a mistake of historic proportion, we must presume that Syria has won a decisive military victory.

The risk of sporadic battles and massacres, roadside and car bombs and other serious terrorist acts however, remains imminent. So does the threat of a western military intervention on the grounds of fabricated and falsified chemical weapons 'evidence'.

 

Hezbollah: A Game Changer in Syria

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/08/307752/hezbollah-a-game-changer...

"...Syria has entered a new phase that is not in 'Israel's and US's favor."

 

After Qusayr Victory, Syrian Army Launches Aleppo Operation

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/09/307972/syrian-army-launches-ale...

"The Syrian army has launched a major operation to clear the northwestern city of Aleppo of the foreign-backed militants in the country, Press TV reports."

 

NDPP

Hezbollah Don't Take No Mess  -  by Pepe Escobar

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-060613.html

"Spin out, facts in. This is a massive strategic defeat for the NATO-Gulf Cooperation Council-Israel axis.

So, once again - don't mess with Hezbollah. One can imagine the ear-splitting wrath levels in Washington, London, Paris, [Ottawa], Tel Aviv, Riyadh and Doha. Their 'response' or revenge - may include setting Lebanon on fire.

The usual imperial courtiers, Brookings Institution-style are already mourning a Middle East prey to an 'aggressive Russian-Iranian axis'. What about the aggressive NATO-GCC-Israel axis bent on totally destroying Syria to install an Islamist pro-Western puppet state?"

 

The Syrian Example  -  by Darren Mackoff, Director Pacific Region, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)

http://www.cija.ca/middle-east/syria/the-syrian-example/

"...The bloody conflict in Syria has nothing to do with Israel, however it does illustrate two less than obvious but critically important points which do include Israel; territorial compromise - even when necessary - is risky and Israel truly is a nation that seeks peace."

yeah sure right...

NDPP

Syrian Battlefield and Regressive PG Despots and Progressive Arabs: Makki (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/10/308180/syria-scene-of-geopoliti...

"Danny Makki, co-founder of the Syrian Youth in Britain, has joined Press TV's 'The Debate' program to share his thoughts on the recent victories of the Syrian Army in liberating numerous rebel-held cities across the country.

'To your guest who states that what is happening in Syria is a civil war, this narrative is completely destroyed as it is very clear for the whole world to see what is happening in Syria is a geopolitical proxy war which has been fought by numerous Arab countries and the international community on the Syrian territory.'

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When the United States deemed the powerful Nusra Front a terrorist organization in December of last year, the Islamist presence among the rebels took many outsiders by surprise. But it was the Syrian regime itself that played a major role in their genesis.

After the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Assad’s regime recruited around 3,000 religious Sunnis to organize jihadi militias and take their fight to the embattled country. When they returned, many were imprisoned in the suburban Damascus Sednaya Prison.

It was in these jail cells, where the regime violently put down a summer 2008 rebellion, that five groups combined under the name of the Syrian Liberation Front.

The front included: Fajr al-Islam, led by a doctor who fought in Iraq; Kataeb al-Haq, headed by a blind fighter named Abu al-Farouq; Suqour al-Sham, commanded by a man known as Abu Issa; Ahrar al-Sham, whose leadership is unknown; and Al-Tawhid Battalion, the military arm of the Muslim Brotherhood led by Abdel-Qader Saleh.

Assad ordered the release of the Islamist prisoners some two years ago, shortly after the uprising in Deraa, and the Syrian Liberation Front took to the battlefield, believing peaceful demonstrations would not be enough.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Mar-19/210649-rival-islamists-loom-large-over-syria.ashx#ixzz2VrtFcl37 

 

NDPP

Lighting the Blowback Fuse: Will the West Pay a High Price for Targeting Syria Regime?   -  by Franklin Lamb

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/11/will-the-west-pay-a-high-price-fo...

"...'It is understandable that the authorities in the US and Europe are deliberately exploting the Syrian revolution to punish President Bashar Al Assad for his policies of siding with Iran and supporting organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, that pose threats on Israeli security.

However, the real strangeness lies in the fact that these nations are continuing to provide support, weaponry, military training and funding to the Syrian opposition and the media, with the knowledge that the class dominating the Syrian opposition is that of Al-Nusra terrorists who are closely affiliated with Al Qaeda.'..."

NDPP

"Fastforward": US War Criminal Condoleezza Rice 'Sold Out' Tonight For Zionist FOSWC  Toronto Gala

http://www.friendsofsimonwiesenthalcenter.com

"...It's clear from this video, as well as from numerous other articles and news sources, that Dr Rice remains an important figure wose opinions continue to be sought, particularly in the foreign affairs area,' noted Co-Chair Jeremy Freedman.

'I am really looking forward to having her speak and to better understand her unique perspective on current events, including her suggestion in this video that the US should intervene in Syria, he added."

Protests maybe?

War Criminals Not Welcome Here!

http://rabble.ca/news/2009/05/dear-prime-minister-bar-bush-or-prosecute-...

 

 

NDPP

Bill Clinton: Barack Obama Making 'Mistake' Staying Out of Syria

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10119023/Bill...

"The former Democrat US president, who intervened in Kosovo and Bosnia having failed to stop the Rwanda genocide, said that Mr Obama should back rebel fighters just as Ronald Reagan had backed the Mujahideen against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

'Some people say, 'OK, see what a big mess it is? Stay out.' I think that's a big mistake,' Mr Clinton said at a private event in New York with Republican Senator John McCain who has repeatedly called for the US to intervene, including putting up a no-fly zone..."

 

Kerry Vows US Commitment to Aid Syria Rebels After 'Disastrous' Losses

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/13/308764/us-committed-to-aid-syri...

"We are determined to do everything that we can in order to help the opposition to be able to...save Syria, and that stands,' Kerry said Wednesday. The remarks came following 'crisis talks' held this week by the Obama administration on whether to officially begin sending weapons to the 'increasingly desperate' anti-Damascus militants.."

 

'US Decides To Give Military Support to Militants Fighting Syrian Government'

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/14/308883/us-to-give-military-supp...

"US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes says the president of the United States has decided to provide militants fighting the Syrian government with military support.."

 

Hatlah Massacre : Terrorists Celebrate (and vid)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=87e_1371027252

Terrorists celebrate killing of 60 people in Shiite village

NDPP

Putin Talks Syria, NSA, Iran, Drones in RT Interview (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/putin-rt-interview-full-577/

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has spoken at length with RT about the world's burning issues, including war-torn Syria..

"...First of all, you mentioned I once said that Bashar al Assad was no angel. I said no such thing, as I try to be very careful about the way I put things. What I did say, however, is that the country was obviously ripe for some kind of change, drastic change. The country's leadership should have realized this and started implementing the necessary reforms.

It's obvious that had they done that, what we see in Syria wouldn't have happened...

So I will tell you what we are concerned about and why we assumed our current stance.

There's a question our Western counterparts fail to answer. One of the main armed opposition groups - specialists in Arab countries will correct me if I'm wrong - is called the Al Nusra Front. The US State Department dubbed it a terrorist organization connected with Al Qaeda.

The Al Nusra itself doesn't make a secret out of it. So these are people that will make up Syria's future government? Our Western counterparts say that it will not happen. 'How will you get rid of them, then? Chase them away like flies?' I ask. 'No', they say.

So what is going to happen? They say they don't know. This is no joke, though, this is very serious.

I'll give you another example. On the one hand, some Western countries support some organizations that are at war with Bashar al Assad's regime in Syria, but these same Western countries fight these same organizations in Mali.

They're not even [just] the same organisations - they are the same people. Some have left Syria and come to Mali. The West is fighting them in Mali, but once they cross the border into Syria, they get support from the West.

What is the logic in all of this? Where will it take us? You need to understand, this is not just rhetoric."

 

Syria Awaits US Intervention   -   by William Boardman

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/289-134/17918-syria-awaits-us-in...

"When a president in his second term is suddenly revealed to be snooping into everyone's business by every electronic means available, the natural reaction might be to try to change the subject.

Tired of spying on Americans?

Why not go bomb Syria?"

NDPP

US To Give Military Support to Syria Rebels on 'Red Line' Crossed (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/us-claims-assad-chemical-weapons-671/

"President Obama has authorized to release at least some US arms for Syria's rebels as part of new military and political aid measures.

According to officials who spoke with the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, the US military is currently considering a proposal for arming factions of the Syrian insurgency - as well as establishing a limited no-fly zone over the country to be enforced from nearby Jordanian territory.

That no-fly zone could stretch for up to 25 miles into Syria territory and would be set up in a bid to train and equip rebel forces and protect refugees, officials said."

NDPP

Obama's Monica Moment  -  by MK Bhadrakumar

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-140613.html

"All in all, Obama's momentus decision on military intervention in Syria, which could well launch a new Cold War, is a desperate diversionary move when his administration is caught up deep in the cesspool over the Snowden controversy.

The entire moral edifice on which Obama built his presidency and the values he espoused at the core of his 'audacity of hope' when he began his long march to the White House five years ago - transparency, accountability, legitimacy, multilateralism, consensus - lie exposed today as a pack of lies..."

 

US Decides to Keep Fighters in Jordan

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/14/308886/us-decides-to-keep-fighte...

"The United States has decided to keep F-16 fighter jets and Patriot anti-missile weapons in Jordan after ending a joint military drill there this month. On Thursday, a US defense official said Washington will also keep a unit of marines on amphibian ships off the coast in the region after consultations with Jordanian leaders.

The US officials decided to keep the troops and weapons upon the request of Jordan amid concerns over the conflict in neighboring Syria..."

 

Egyptians Free to Join Militants in Syria: Advisor to President Morsi

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/14/308917/egyptians-free-to-join-sy...

"An adviser to Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi says Egyptians are free to join the foreign-backed Takfiri militants fighting against the government of Syria. Khaled al-Qazzaz said on Thursday that Cairo was not adopting any measures against those who sought to fight against the Syrian government along with the extremist militants..."

 

 

NDPP

Canada's Role in Syria (and vid)

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Politics/ID/2391476044/

"MPs Bob Dechert and Bob Rae discuss Canada's role in the ongoing crisis in Syria."

NDPP

Washington, London and Paris Pushing for Middle East War on Fabricated WMD Claims  -  by Christof Lehman

http://nsnbc.me/2013/06/14/washington-pushing-for-middle-east-war-on-fab...

"...A victory of the Syrian armed forces over the main body of western-paid and armed terrorists in Syria has become all but unavoidable. The last major battle before a decisive victory can be declared is the planned battle to clear out terrorist brigades from Aleppo.  Increased weapons deliveries cannot change the outcome.

If US, French and British strategy aims at controlling the region's resources or denying Iran, Syria and Russia to develop them, a direct military engagement is unavoidable. The current situation in which Russia is attempting to create a regional strategic balance could easily turn into a regional war and the risk is growing by the day."

 

The Forbidden Truth: The US is Channeling Chemical Weapons to Al Qaeda in Syria  -  by Prof Michel Chossudovsky

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-forbidden-truth-the-u-s-is-channelling-...

"Is President Obama setting the stage for a 'humanitarian intervention' by casually accusing the Syrian president of killing his own people?  A WMD saga modeled on Iraq based on fabricated evidence is unfolding.

The forbidden truth which the Western media has failed to reveal, is that the US-NATO-Israel military alliance is not only supplying the Al Nusrah Front, it is also making chemical weapons available to its proxy 'opposition' rebel forces."

NDPP

Why Obama Is Declaring War on Syria   -   by Franklin Lamb

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/14/why-obama-is-declaring-war-on-syria/

"The short answer is Iran and Hezbollah according to Congressional sources. 'The Syrian  army's victory at al-Qusayr was more than the administration could accept given Iran's strategic position in the region. Its capture by the Assad forces has essentially added Syria to Iran's list of victories starting with Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, as well as its growing influence in the Gulf.

A Pentagon source reported that the USA, France and Britain are considering a decisive decision to reverse the current Assad momentum and quickly construct one in favor of the rebels with a time period not exceeding the end of the summer.

What happens between now and the end of summer is likely to be catastrophic for the Syrian public and perhaps Lebanon.

'We are going to see a rapid escalation of the conflict,' a staffer on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee emailed this observer. 'The president has made a decision to give whatever humanitarian aid, as well as political and diplomatic support to the opposition that is neceessary. Additionally, direct support to the (Syrian Military Council), will be provided and that includes military support.'

As part of this 'humanitarian assistance', the US is going to establish in the coming weeks a 'limited humanitarian no-fly zone'...

Libya's no-fly zones made plain that there is no such thing as a 'limited zone'. Put briefly, a 'no-fly zone' means essentially a declaration of all out war.

'It's breath-taking to contemplate how this is going to end and how Iran and Russia will respond,' one source concluded. In response to a question from this observer about how he thought events might unfold in this region over the coming months, a very insightful long-term Congressional Aide replied:

'Well Franklin, maybe someone will pull a rabbit out of the hat to stop the push for war. But frankly I doubt it. From where I sit I'd wager that Syria as we have known it may soon be no more. And perhaps some other countries in the region also."

And once again, Canada will be with the monsters...

NDPP

Harper Agrees Syrian Regime Used Chemical Weapons (and vid)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/06/14/syria-civil-war.html

"We share the view of our allies. I think based on the evidence before us that there have been uses of chemical weapons in Syria by the regime,' Harper said at a news conference in Paris on Friday.

The position of Canada on the regime is clear. We want to see Assad depart power and we want to see a regime that's representative of the entire population of Syria, which the Assad regime in its present form can never be."

On Friday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the US announcement on chemical weapons, issuing a statement calling for 'a strong, determined and co-ordinated response from the international community' on the Syrian civil war..."

 

Obama's Lies About Chemical Weapons in Syria  - by Syrian Girl Partisan (and vid)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45VClCVAzmw

"We heard all these lies before during the Iraq war..."

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Harper wrote:

The position of Canada on the regime is clear. We want to see Assad depart power and we want to see a regime that's representative of the entire population of Syria, which the Assad regime in its present form can never be.

This from a man whose party received under 40% of the votes in 2011. I think that the majority of Canadians would say that Harper's regime is not representative of them. The Orwellian double speak in this new age is mind boggling.

NDPP

Former French Foreign Minister, The War Against Syria Was Planned Two Years Before the 'Arab Spring'  -  by Gearold O Colmain

http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/06/former-french-foreign-minister-war-aga...

"In  an interview with the French TV station LCP, former French minister for Foreign Affairs Roland Dumas said:

'I'm going to tell you something. I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria. This was in Britain not in America. Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, ( although I was no longer minister for foreign affairs) if I would like to participate. Naturally I refused. I said I'm French, that does not interest me.'

Dumas went on to give the audience a quick lesson on the real reason for the war that has now claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.

'This operation goes way back. It was prepared, preconceived and planned. In the region it is important to know that this Syrian regime has a very anti-Israeli stance. Consequently, everything that moves in the region - and I have this from the former Israeli prime minister who told me, 'we'll try to get on with our neighbours but those who don't agree with us will be destroyed.'

'It's a type of politics, a view of history. Why not after all? But one should know about it..."

 

Wesley Clark: '7 Countries in 5 Years'

http://youtu.be/nUkbbS3Xgcw

NDPP

Morsi Says Egypt Cuts All Ties with Damascus, Calls for Syria No-Fly Zone

http://rt.com/news/egypt-ties-morsi-syria-764/

"Egypt has decided to cut all ties with Syria, close the embassy in Cairo and withdraw the Egyptian envoy from Damascus, said Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

He also urged the international powers to impose a no-fly zone over Syria. The President added that [regarding] Hezbollah, the Shiite Islamic militant group based in Lebanon. 'We stand against Hezbollah in its aggression against the Syrian people,' Morsi said. 'There is no space or place for Hezbollah in Syria."

 

 

Hezbollah's Secretary General Nasrallah Vows to Support Syrian Government (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/15/309109/hezbollahs-secretary-gen...

"On the occasion of the Wounded Resistance Fighter Day, head of Hezbollah Sayyed Hassen Nasrallah declared that the entire world is fighting in Syria by sending weapons, money and media..."

 

Sayyed Nasrallah Speech: Injured Fighter Day - English 1 of 2 (and vid)

http://youtu.be/O6YXCLbS2Yk  1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMFzsSvMNYo   2

NDPP

'Syria Gov't Not Driven to Wall' To Use Chemical Weapons - Lavrov

http://rt.com/news/lavrov-syria-chemical-weapons-753/

"Lavrov pointed out it would be wrong for the US administration 'to be sending wrong signals' to the opposition and 'focus them on escalating the fight instead of starting a dialogue.'

Lavrov stressed that any attempt to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria using the F-16s and Patriots from neighboring Jordan would break international law..."

howeird beale

Thanks, Noth Star. Interesting to see an article with names, dates, timelines, actions and repurcussions that cohere in a sensible fashion. Certainly more informative than the drivel posted from mommy's basement or the Interior Ministry.

 

Nice "beard" slur in your quoted article at #456, NDPP. Shows your level of brains when discussing the mid-east.

 

Classy!

 

Why don't you weigh in on the Quebec soccer fiasco. Perhaps you could find an equally asinine and derogatory reference to religious headgear.

contrarianna

howeird beale wrote:

Thanks, Noth Star. Interesting to see an article with names, dates, timelines, actions and repurcussions that cohere in a sensible fashion. Certainly more informative than the drivel posted from mommy's basement or the Interior Ministry.

 

Nice "beard" slur in your quoted article at #456, NDPP. Shows your level of brains when discussing the mid-east.

 

Classy!

 

Why don't you weigh in on the Quebec soccer fiasco. Perhaps you could find an equally asinine and derogatory reference to religious headgear.

So far, I haven't seen anything that amounts to "discussion" from you on Syria --only slimy ad hominems by a concern troll,--supposedly outraged that one of hundreds of articles NDPP links to refers to Al Qaeda fighters as "bearded cuthroats".
"Classy" indeed.

howeird beale

Don't try and intimidate me. Reposting dim witted racist shit like this isn't excused because you belong to the right revolutionary clique. If it did, you would have argued as much, but you didn't, so there you have it.

contrarianna

howeird beale wrote:

Don't try and intimidate me. Reposting dim witted racist shit like this isn't excused because you belong to the right revolutionary clique. If it did, you would have argued as much, but you didn't, so there you have it.

After dishing out mindless accusations of racism you now pose as a victim of intimidation. Pathetic.

Since the author Christof Lehman, is a "racist" by virtue of his beard attributions, he is obviously blind as well since he apparently failed to notice Yassar Arafat had a beard.

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Christof Lehmann, born 1958 in West Germany, was Advisor for Research in Psycho-traumatology to Yasser Arafat and survivors of the Sabra Shatila massacre in 1982, secured a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 1986.

NDPP

Sarin Gas is as Volatile as Washington's Promises

http://www.voltairenet.org/article178902.html

"Did Syria or did she not use Sarin gas against its armed opposition? After haunting newspaper columns, the question found a positive answer in Paris, London (Ottawa] and Washington. The redline has apparently been crossed. War may therefore be imminent.

In reality, this media game comes too late. In terms of international law, Syria is not a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention and may use them freely. Moreover, inventing that Damascus has used weapons of mass destruction is a perfectly futile ploy, considering that the war is nearing an end.

Once accepted that Sarin gas was used by the regular army, the White House has a legal argument for doing what it has done illegally since the beginning of the conflict: supplying arms to the 'Contras'.

Those who believed in Washington's promises will pay the costs.

The moment of the new division of the Middle East between Russia and America is nearing."

 

 

Chemical Weapons Experts Doubt US Claims that Syria Used Sarin

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=002_1371269929#IR1fEOBlchWK6CQj.99

"Chemical weapons experts voiced skepticism Friday about US claims that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad had used the nerve agent sarin against rebels on at least four occasions this spring, saying that while the use of such a weapon is always possible, they've yet to see the tell tale signs of a sarin gas attack, despite months of scrutiny.

'It's not unlike Sherlock Holmes and the dog that didn't bark,' said Jean Pascal Zanders, a leading expert on chemical weapons who until recently was a senior research fellow at the European Union's Institute for Security Studies. 'It's not just that we can't prove a sarin attack; it's that we're not seeing what we would expect to see from a sarin attack.'

Even a proponent of the US providing military assistance to the rebels raised doubts about the possible motive for announcing the chemical weapons conclusion. In a passionate argument for US involvement in Syria, Anthony Cordesman, a security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington wrote Friday that "the 'discovery' that Syria used chemical weapons might be a political ploy..."

 

 

North Star

The Assadroids assume that the SNC is some sort of CIA front. Nevermind that its's current President is George Sabra (a Christian, who are supposedly, we are told by Western "anti-imperialists" are supportive of Assad because "al-Qaeda" are going to kill them all). It's previous President Moaz al-Khatib, promoted such Pentagon talking points as these:

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We should identify our own shortcomings and weaknesses that allowed Western powers to inject sectarian hatred in our societies in order to know why the talk about taking military action against Iran has become very normal.

The bitterness in the hearts of Sunnis caused by the alleged Iranian-sponsored Shiite invasion of the Arab World is not a sufficient reason to be silent in the face of a possible military strike on Iran. If we suppose that we have 50% doctrinal differences and 20% juristical differences with Iran, we all know that we have 90% doctrinal differences with the wicked West.

Iran’s possession of nuclear capabilities poses no threat to any Sunni but it will be a formidable deterrent to the evil powers that are rushing madly upon the Muslim World.

The aggression against Iran is an upsurge of Western domination to snap at the riches of this region and deepen the cultural and social invasion of our Muslim World. In all honesty, it is genuinely logical and Islamic to refuse any action against Iran and to consider such action an aggression against the whole Muslim World.

Our refusal to take military action against Iran is a rejection of aggression itself as a mean to implement hidden agendas.

http://humanrightsinvestigations.org/2012/11/12/ahmed-mouaz-al-khatib-pr...

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

The people of Syria want a negotiated peace not sabre rattling and a refusal to talk about anything until the other side hands them the keys to the treasury and armory. I am sure that if the Syrian opposition agreed to send all its foreign fighters home the Syrian government would be quite happy to reciprocate. In the meantime there is only one side refusing to talk about peace.

So tell me North Star is now the time to start calling for sanctions against Turkey for its brutal repression of peaceful protestors. I am sure there are lots of Turkish people who would love to be given arms and logistic support to overthrow the repressive regime.  Doesn't NATO have a responsibility to protect all citizens in the world?

Frustrated Mess Frustrated Mess's picture

Syria is a tennis ball tossed to the dogs of war and their friends in among the Great Arab Democracies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Jordan, et al. Many dollars will be made and many hands will be wrung to the chorus of "Ain't it awful! Ain't it awful!" backgrounded by KA-CHING!

NDPP

Harper Blasts Russia's Support For Assad's 'Thugs'

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/06/16/harper-g8-syria-russia-com...

"We in the West have a very different perspective on this situation. Mr Putin and his government are supporting the thugs of the Assad regime for their own reasons that I do not think are justifiable and Mr Putin knows my views on that. But we will not, unless there's a big shift of position on his part, we're not going to get a common position with him at the G8.'

Earlier Sunday, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told CTV and Global News that he is loath to criticize United States for arming the rebels, and he expressed confidence the Americans will be careful about who they give weapons to. But Harper ruled out - for now - arming the rebels..."

 

Putin Warns  Cameron Against Arming Syrian Rebels as UK Weighs Options

http://rt.com/news/putin-cameron-syria-summit-786/

"I think that you will not deny that one does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies but open up their bodies, eat their intestines in front of the public and cameras. Is it them who you want to supply with weapons?"

North Star

kropotkin1951 wrote:

The people of Syria want a negotiated peace not sabre rattling and a refusal to talk about anything until the other side hands them the keys to the treasury and armory. I am sure that if the Syrian opposition agreed to send all its foreign fighters home the Syrian government would be quite happy to reciprocate. In the meantime there is only one side refusing to talk about peace.

So tell me North Star is now the time to start calling for sanctions against Turkey for its brutal repression of peaceful protestors. I am sure there are lots of Turkish people who would love to be given arms and logistic support to overthrow the repressive regime.  Doesn't NATO have a responsibility to protect all citizens in the world?

You're trying to lecture the opposition while Assad has enjoyed support from Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah? It was also the Assad government that decided to fire on peaceful protesters at the beginning of this. Do I think that the opposition should hold out negotiations as a tactic? Yes I do, but I seriously doubt the Assad regime's willingness pull out its foreign fighters in good faith.

Not sure what Turkey has to do with any of this? I don't think sanctions is going to solve anything in Turkey right now... Are you trying to say I'm some sort of NATO apologist? Why don't you look at what I've written more closely. Some people on this board seem incapable of detecting nuance. NATO's role in Turkey has been poisonous. Turkey's membership in NATO has allowed it to slaughter Kurds during the 1990's with impunity. Any left wing party in a NATO member country should be calling for withdrawl from the alliance. I support Canada's withdrawl from NATO. It's possible to support the democratic aspiriations of those in the Middle East without being a Pentagon cheerleader. Seriously people...

NDPP

North Star wrote:
Any left wing party in a NATO member country should be calling for withdrawl from the alliance. I support Canada's withdrawl from NATO. It's possible to support the democratic aspiriations of those in the Middle East without being a Pentagon cheerleader. Seriously people...

Agreed. . The NDP is NOT a left wing party nor are its members calling for withdrawal from the alliance. Even after the indelible stain of Libya and their support/approval of what transpired. I predict they will do the same with Syria. The NDP will never oppose the interests of empire. Or Israel...

 

Israel Wants Sunni-Shia War (and vid)

http://youtu.be/TPMOdXAHNvE

 

Syria: The Mother of All Battles (and vid)

http://uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/syria-the-mother-of...

"The Syrian army is successfully expanding its most important operation since the beginning of the civil war, launched on June 9 of this year. This operation, 'Northern Storm', is aimed at liberating the opposition's main stronghold - the city of Aleppo, the country's largest city and most important economic center, located near the Turkish border - from rebel forces.

It is possible that this will be the deciding battle of the entire war. It is no wonder that president Bashar al Assad calls it 'the mother of all battles.' An attempt to change the objective development of events by pumping money and weapons to the losing opposition is unlikely to save them and can only cause innumerable new calamities for the Syrian people. "

Frustrated Mess Frustrated Mess's picture

You know, it is entirely possible to both oppose Western and other foreign intervention in Syria and support the legitimate political aspirations its people. Just sayin'.

NDPP

 

Obama Crossed Red Line on Syria (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/16/309303/obama-has-crossed-red-li...

"Press TV has conducted an interview with Michel Chossudovsky, Center for Research and Globalization, Montreal.

'The US president is accusing Syria, namely the government of Bashar al Assad of having crossed the red line. But we have to ask ourselves, who has crossed the red line? Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are supporting a terrorist organization which is on the US State Department list of terrorist organizations..."

 

US No-Fly Zone to Justify Direct Intervention in Syria: Ralph Schoenman (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/16/309365/us-using-nofly-zone-to-j...

"A no-fly zone is an actual indication for the United States to repeat the model they used in Libya, namely it would attack the forces of Syria and it would use any attempt on the part of the Syrian government to defend itself or to use its air force, as a provocation to the United States and a justification for direct intervention.."

NDPP

 

Obama Moves to Escalate Syria Slaughter  -  by Bill Van Auken

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/06/15/pers-j15.html

"In the aftermath of the 2011 US-NATO war against Libya, Washington believed it could easily pursue a similar strategy of hijacking popular protests and fomenting a sectarian civil war to topple Assad and impose a US puppet government. What it thought two years ago would be a cakewalk, however, has gone to hell.

The fundamental reason for this debacle is not a lack of weapons - which Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have poured into the country under the CIA's supervision - or the brutality of the Assad regime, but the fact that the majority of the population, however much they might dislike Assad, hate the Islamist 'rebels' even more..."

 

UN Chief Opposes Arming Either Side in Syria Conflict

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/14/309026/un-chief-opposes-arming-...

"UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says arming either side in the Syria conflict will not be helpful and will only lead to the disintegration of the Arab country. 'Providing arms to either side would not address this current situation. There is no military solution to this conflict. The military path points directly towards the further disintegration of the country,' Ban said on Friday."

 

George Galloway MP on Syria (and vid)

http://youtu.be/44Jk-i2fvOk

"If Woolwich murderer had gone to Damascus Hague would have paid him money..."

 

NDPP

World Exclusive: Iran to Send 4,000 Troops to Aid President Assad Forces in Syria  -  by Robert Fisk

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-to-send-4000-tr...

"Washington's decision to arm Syria's Sunni Muslim rebels have plunged America into the great Sunni-Shia conflict of the Islamic Middle East...

For the first time, all of America's friends in the region are Sunni Muslims and all of its enemies are Shiites. Breaking all of President Barack Obama's rules of disengagement, the US is now fully engaged on the side of armed groups which include the most extreme Sunni Islamist movements in the Middle East.

The Independent on Sunday has learned that a military decision has been taken in Iran - even before last week's presidential election - to send a first contingent of 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support president Bashar Assad's forces against the largely Sunni rebellion that has cost almost 100,000 lives in just over two years...

Iran is now fully committed to preserving Assad's regime, according to pro-Iranian sources which have been deeply involved in the Islamic Republic's security, even to the extent of proposing to open up a new 'Syrian' front on the Golan Heights against Israel..."

 

US House Passes Bill to Ensure Israel Can 'Remove Existential Threats'

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-house-passes-bill-to-e...

"The US House of Representatives passed a defense authorization bill that would make it US policy to take 'all necessary steps' to ensure Israel is able to 'remove existential threats', among them nuclear facilities in Iran.

'It is the policy of the United States to take all necessary steps to ensure that Israel possesses and maintains an independent capability to remove existential threats to its security and defend its vital national interests,' said the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA] passed Friday.

The House version of the defense authorization act already included a number of Israel-related measures, including tripling Obama's request for missile defense cooperation funding from $96 million to $284 million. The whole act passed Friday 315-108 and Roskan's amendment passed by voice vote."

NDPP

TAYLOR: Canada Right Not to Arm Syrian Rebel Factions

http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/1135982-taylor-canada-right-not-to-...

"Has anyone really thought this through?"

But as with Iraq, watch for the Canadian 'hidden help' for any/all USRAELI efforts...

NDPP

US, UK, France, Israel seeking to Overthrow Syrian Government: Lendman (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/17/309445/4-countries-seeking-to-t...

"Press TV has talked with Stephen Lendman, an author and radio host from Chicago, to discuss the allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria and the US' decision to arm terrorist groups inside the country..."

NDPP

After Harper's Comments Putin Cast as Pariah at G8 Summit (and vid)

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/after-harper-s-comments-putin-cast-as-par...

"...A chasm has emerged between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the rest of the Group of Eight leaders over the deepening crisis in Syria. That division was laid bare on Sunday night when Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Putin, who hosts the G20 summit in St Petersburg in September, the outlier of the G8.

How to persuade Putin to drop his seemingly unshakeable support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is the main challenge facing the other leaders at this meeting at the lakeside Lough Erne resort in Northern Ireland..."

 

 

NDPP

 

The Syrian Target: Why Only An All Out War Can Depose Assad

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/17/the-syrian-target/

"Syria is close to following Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya as the target of a major Western military intervention. It certainly looks that way after the American decision last week to send weapons to the rebels in a move that can only deepen the conflict.

The message of these three wars is that if the US and its Western allies do intervene in Syria it is they who will be the main players while the rebels will have only bit parts or be there to give a Syrian gloss to foreign intervention. There are already signs of this happening.

Brigadier Salim Idris, the Chief of Staff of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), appears to spend more of his time giving interviews to foreign journalists than commanding his troops.

Not that these are numerous since even his own aides admit privately that he can give orders TO A MAXIMUM OF 10 PER CENT OF THE INSURGENT BRIGADES IN SYRIA.

There is a disconnect between the rebels as they really are and as presented by Western politicians..."

NDPP

RT: Breaking The Set (and vid)

http://rt.com/shows/breaking-set-summary/obama-syria-drones-defense-851/

"On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin goes over the latest on Obama's plan to aid Syrian rebels in light of Assad crossing 'the red line'..."

North Star

Interview with Dr. Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm: The Syrian Revolution and the Role of the Intellectual

This describes the views of a few people I've encountered on this issue:

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Whereas the smaller bloc of the left has hardened its old positions, as if nothing happened after the end of the Cold War, and with time its attitudes and methods became of the same nature as that of the Taliban-Jihadis or dogmatic closed-minded sectarians, or even that of terrorist “Bin Ladenites,” in its blind defiance of the West, global capitalism (a global capitalism that Russia and China are now a part of) and imperialism. This bloc from the left, in the Arab world and internationally, is today the most hostile to the Syrian revolution and the closest to defending the tyrannical military-security-familial regime using several arguments, not least of which is that the entire world plotted, apparently, against this regime that is peace-loving and stable.

This type of leftist emphasizes “the game of nations” and “geopolitical analysis,” with stories of collision of interests and plans of the great powers and their dominance in our region, and does not want to view the revolution in Syria through anything other than through this lens, and neglects all that happens inside Syria and to Syria’s revolutionaries today, as well as ignoring all the reasons that led its people to a peaceful revolution, and later to taking up arms in the face of a “nationalist” tyranny that is allied with this kind of leftist. In other words, this leftist has no problem with sacrificing Syria if it leads to a victory being handed to their international camp and “geopolitics” that wants a global victory in the “game of nations.” Their first priority is not Syria or its people in revolt to restore the republic, their freedom, and their dignity, but the game of nations at the global level of analysis and the side that they want to win.

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Yes, there is a dimension of class struggle in the Syrian Revolution which does not exclude its religious-sectarian dimension, however, we should not take the issue of class struggle in its classical European-Marxist meaning whereby, on the one hand, the industrial proletariat and the working class in general face, on the other hand, a bourgeois class that owns the means of production and monopolizes surplus value. The closest to our reality is the class struggle as identified and explained by Frantz Fanon in his well-known book The Wretched of The Earth, and it is useful to return to it today for any attempt at diagnosing the Syrian revolution and understanding its nature, especially given that Fanon was a real pioneer in describing the mechanisms and the stages of transformation of political powers, parties, and organizations that start as parties and national liberation movements in oppressed third world societies but change into a clique of rulers completely separated from their beginnings, their popular foundations, and their liberal programs that they had adopted which formed the purpose for their coming to power, only for them to oppress and step on the neck of the wretched of their population; they then, inevitably, move towards glorifying the sole leader who rises from their ranks and raise his personhood above the level of humanity, earth and country leading to his deification.

This is conducted in the name of safeguarding against the monopolization of wealth and power along with what accompanies them from privileges, gains and narrow class and factional interests at the expense of the rest of the population of the country. The class struggle present in Syria is of this nature whereby Syria’s “Wretched of the Earth” are participating in a revolution against a government, a party, and an authoritarian financial-military junta, and against a “nationalist” leadership of divine eternality.

The striking irony in this situation is that the workers, peasants, craftsmen, students and small-earners of Syria (and they are part and parcel of the Free Syrian Army) are the ones who form the base structure for a revolution against a party which, once upon a time, used to present itself as the party of the workers and peasants, as a “national” leadership that used to claim that it is truly part and parcel of the workers and peasants, and that it has come to save them from the feudal, bourgeois and colonial oppression. This cluster of the Syrian wretched of the earth doesn’t only act through a unified class-consciousness, but also by virtue of its religious belongings and sectarian affiliations and doctrinal loyalties, and through its impulse to avenge its squandered dignity and stolen liberties, as well as the harsh reality of extreme subjugation that it lived and is still living, in addition to its constant marginalization and accumulated and continuous disappointments.

http://therepublicgs.net/2013/04/27/interview-with-dr-sadiq/

 

contrarianna

Frustrated Mess wrote:

You know, it is entirely possible to both oppose Western and other foreign intervention in Syria and support the legitimate political aspirations its people. Just sayin'.

That is certainly the best position to take, FM.

Unfortunately, that is the last thing the identifiably  bloodthirsty on Babble would want.

A leaked NATO report, largely provided through relief agencies, found:
70% support Assad
20% neutral
10% support "the rebels"

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“The people are sick of the war and hate the jihadists more than Assad,” a Western source familiar with the data said.

“Assad is winning the war mostly because the people are cooperating with him against the rebels.”

The American newspaper said that a report to NATO said that Syrians have undergone a change of heart over the last six months.

“The change was seen most in the majority Sunni community, which was long thought to have supported the revolt,” World Tribune said.


http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/05/31/nato-data-assad-winning-the-war-f...
Make no mistake, the fact that 70%  "support Assad" doesn't mean they all "like" the thug, it just means that unlike the bloodthirsty typing from foreign safety, know what comes during and after this continued armed conflict and violent removal of Assad will mean for the lives of themselves and their families.

But western and salafist arms now pouring in for the destruction of  Syrian in this proxy war will make sure that country will follow Iraq, Afghanistan and Lybia as a "failed state"  chewed up by marauding militias, slaughter and homelessness.

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The U.S. and other Western governments that are backing the FSA have acknowledged the presence of jihadists but insist that they're only a small part of the rebel movement. However, al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremist groups have been at the front of the rebel movement since day one of the Syrian war that began two years ago. According to German intelligence, 95 percent of the rebels aren't even Syrian.

http://www.examiner.com/article/u-s-backed-syrian-rebels-reportedly-mass...

howeird beale

Frustrated Mess wrote:

You know, it is entirely possible to both oppose Western and other foreign intervention in Syria and support the legitimate political aspirations its people. Just sayin'.

 

It's not that the Leninists dont get it. It's that their patheticly quaint 19th century theorems of revolutions don't allow "the masses" to get it. They sell a binary view of the world not because they believe it, but because they view their fellow human beings as a herd incapable of grasping ambiguity or complexity or nuance.

Which is a nice labour saving device for a psued of any stripe. If you assume your audience are idiots, you eliminate the time consuming bother of fact checking, coherent arguments or compelling prose.

You can retire, to comfort, in sloth.

4th International, meet FOX news, you make a beautiful couple.

1springgarden

Liberal hawks, meet the FSA "contras", you make a beautiful couple.

howeird beale

QED

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

Iran to Send Troops to Support Syria’s Assad - Paper

Quote:

Iran is preparing to send 4,000 troops in to  Syria to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of America's  announcement it will be providing 'military aid' to the country's Muslim  rebels.

I hope this is incorrect... we'll see.

 

 

contrarianna

howeird beale wrote:

Frustrated Mess wrote:

You know, it is entirely possible to both oppose Western and other foreign intervention in Syria and support the legitimate political aspirations its people. Just sayin'.

 

It's not that the Leninists dont get it. It's that their patheticly quaint 19th century theorems of revolutions don't allow "the masses" to get it. They sell a binary view of the world not because they believe it, but because they view their fellow human beings as a herd incapable of grasping ambiguity or complexity or nuance.

Which is a nice labour saving device for a psued of any stripe. If you assume your audience are idiots, you eliminate the time consuming bother of fact checking, coherent arguments or compelling prose.

You can retire, to comfort, in sloth.

4th International, meet FOX news, you make a beautiful couple.

No argument? No problem!
Syria, smearia, there's always redbaiting.
(Better look under the bed, they aren't always where you imagine 'em.)

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