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Many Syria Solutions But Little Agreement In Out-Of-Sync UN (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/syria-un-lavrov-annan-411/

"UN Secretary General Ban Ki - moon has pleaded for a divided Security Council to 'pull back from the brink of a deeper catastrophe' over Syria. But as war continues to tear apart the Middle Eastern country, diplomatic unity is nowhere to be found.."


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The Bloody Road to Damascus; The Triple Alliance's War on a Sovereign State  -  by James Petras

http://www.voltairenet.org/The-Bloody-Road-to-Damascus-The

"From this inside look into the destabilization process of Syria, Professor James Petras, adduces that 'there is a clear and overwhelming evidence that the uprising to overthrow President Assad is a violent power-grab led by foreign-supported fighters who have killed and wounded thousands of Syrian soldiers, police and civilians, partisans of the government and its peaceful opposition..

The imperial policy of ruin and rule in Libya serves as 'the model' for Syria. According to the State Department, 'The road to Tehran passes through Damascus': The strategic goal of NATO is to destroy Iran's principal ally in the Middle East. And for Israel a blood-drenched, divided Syria will further ensure its regional hegemony.."


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Al Jazeera Exodus: Channel Losing Staff Over 'Bias' (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/al-jazeera-loses-staff-335

"A source told the Lebanese paper Al Akhbar that AJ's Beirut correspondent Ali Hashem had quit over the chennel's stance on covering events in Syria..

'The channel I think was largely set up to please the West and its coverage showed that very clearly. There were few critical programs compared to Arabic AJ, but it seems now both are working in tandem.' Jouranalist and anti-war activist Dan Debar, who has also had Al Jazeera experience, confirmed that the station has been heavily guided by the Qatari government in its policies.."

No wonder ex CBC types like Tony Burman fit in so well there..


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Three Key Members Quit Syria's SNC Opposition Bloc

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/231718.html

"Three prominent members of the main Syrian opposition group have broken away, accusing the group of serving the interests of foreign countries. Al Labwani however, said they resigned because they did not want to be 'accomplices to the massacre of the Syrian people.' He also accused the head of the SNC Burhan Ghalioun of running the organization autocratically.

The SNC is 'linked to foreign agendas which aim to prolong the battle while waiting...for the country to be dragged into a civil war,' said al-Labwani, adding that 'There is no council, it's an illusion.' He also said many more will quit the council in the coming days."

 

Six Ways The Media Has Misrepresented Syria  -  by Afshin Mehrpouya

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/03/14/six-ways-the-media-has-misreporte...

"As in the case of Libya, from NY Times to Fox News, from Guardian to National Post and from Le Monde to Le Figaro, the Western mainstream media's coverage of the Syrian conflict has been mostly simplistic and black & white with a Hollywoodian good (opposition) and evil (Syrian govenrment) story.

As in the case of Libya, this one-sided coverage of the Syrian conflict is facilitating the escalation of the conflict toward a civil war and foreign military intervention which might serve the short-term interests of mainstream countries and forces but would be disastrous for the people of Syria.

The Western media has a significant and grave moral responsibility to move from the current one-sided and biased lynching of the Syrian government to a more balanced, nuanced and comprehensive approach."


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Canada Should Lobby For Bombing Of Syria  - by Haroun Siddiqui

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1146337--canada-...

"Is it time to do a Kosovo in Syria? Yes.

Canada did the right thing by joining NATO to save Libyans from Moammar Gadhafi. We should be doing the same in Syria.."

Obviously the imperial takeover plan for Syria isn't working. All their dogs begin to howl...

hsiddiqui@thestar.ca

 

Pro-Assad Rally in Damascus Decries 'One Year Conspiracy' (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/syria-pro-assad-rally-damascus-643/

"...There are many circumstances to increase Assad's popularity while weakening the opposition, says ME expert Ali Rizek. He believes there is no choice for Assad's international opponents but to resort to some kind of political solution to the crisis. 'Because of the procedures, because of the practices which some of the opposition resorted to, they have lost a lot of their supporters,' Rizk said.

'When you see Syrian opposition figures speaking about for example cutting off ties, or decreasing your ties with Iran, cutting Syria off from what we refer to as 'a resistance axis', I think all that does is give more popularity to the Syrian regime."


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Majority of Americans oppose intervening in Syria, new poll finds

 

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Almost two-thirds of Americans oppose any form of U.S. military intervention in Syria, according to a new poll released Thursday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

 

The findings may reflect the public's wariness about wading into what it perceives as a protracted civil war between the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian rebels. The year-old Syrian uprising and crackdown has killed an estimated 8,000 people.  The results also appear to reflect Americans' war-weariness more than a decade after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

 

 


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@ Bec - experience teaches...

Letter To A French Journalist: Opposing War in France - by Jean Bricmont

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/03/15/opposing-war-in-france/

"Nowhere in NATOland is public opposition to 'humanitarian wars more muted than in France. Only a few prominent voices were raised against last year's war on Libya. Today the few who attempt to arouse opposition to Western military intervention in Syria are the targets of a strangely obscure yet effective campaign of slander designed to stigmatize and silence them..."

Excellent I would only disagree with the first sentence.


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Not to sidetrack this thread, but rather to tie it in with the leadership thread --one that was CFL right after a quote from  Mulcair expressing a desire for military intervention in Syria.

Why are so few people expressing alarm that most NDP leader-types are so gung-ho on military solutions?


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@ Hoodeet: team-players

Canadian MPs Unanimously Condemn Syria On First Anniversary of Uprising

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/03/15/canadian-mps-unanimously-_n_1349...

"Canada marked the first anniversary of the blood-soaked Syrian uprising with Parliament unanimously condemning the regime of President Bashar Assad. Foreign Minister John Baird said he was pleased by the non-partisan show of support by his fellow MPs..."


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Hoodeet wrote:

Not to sidetrack this thread, but rather to tie it in with the leadership thread --one that was CFL right after a quote from  Mulcair expressing a desire for military intervention in Syria.

Why are so few people expressing alarm that most NDP leader-types are so gung-ho on military solutions?

This is a very good question.  When the ramp up to the attack on Libya was happening in 2011 Canada was also ramping up to a federal election.  Though disappointed in the NDP voting with the government in favour of Canadian military intervention, I put it down to the NDP not wanting to fight the election on foreign policy issues.  Now, with Syria in question, we are years before an election and the NDP is still unwilling to take a coherent stand for peace.  It is beyond disappointing and may eventually be a deal-breaker for me.


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1springgarden wrote:

Hoodeet wrote:

 

Why are so few people expressing alarm that most NDP leader-types are so gung-ho on military solutions?

 Now, with Syria in question, we are years before an election and the NDP is still unwilling to take a coherent stand for peace.  It is beyond disappointing and may eventually be a deal-breaker for me.

Hoodeet (JW)

In what sense, a deal-breaker?

 


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Hoodeet wrote:

1springgarden wrote:

Hoodeet wrote:

 

Why are so few people expressing alarm that most NDP leader-types are so gung-ho on military solutions?

 Now, with Syria in question, we are years before an election and the NDP is still unwilling to take a coherent stand for peace.  It is beyond disappointing and may eventually be a deal-breaker for me.

Hoodeet (JW)

In what sense, a deal-breaker?

If the federal NDP does not orient its policies to the promotion of peace and instead continues to embrace military solutions to foreign policy issues and the use of NATO as an imperialist tool, then I'm done supporting the federal NDP.  For the past decade there has been weasel words on Afghanistan, complicity on Libya and now leadership candidates gung ho for a military mission to Syria.  At a certain point I recognize the values clash, will stop making excuses for pro-war NDP policies and will look to political alternatives.  Jack Layton had an ability to make people suspend disbelief, I'm not sure the next NDP leader will be able to pull off the same trick.


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At Least 27 Killed As Twin Bombings Strike Damascus Security Structures (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/blasts-damascus-strike-bomb-799/

"Twin explosions have shaken the Syrian capital, killing at least 27 people and injuring up to 100, Syrian TV says, quoting the country's health minister. Syrian media has dubbed the blasts 'terrorist attacks'. Both civilians and security forces are reportedly among the victims.."


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Newz Media Accuses Syrian Government of Collaborating with Al Qaeda. How the Media Refutes its own Lies and Fabrications

Michel Chossudovsky wrote:
The latest terrorist attack in Damascus is described by the media as yet another government sponsored initiative geared towards killing Syrian civilians.

The CTV-AP report of this tragic event resulting in 27 deaths and some 140 wounded is riddled with contradictions. First it acknowledges that the target of the attacks was government buildings including Air Force Intelligence and National Security buildings in Damascus:

Two explosions rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus Saturday ... The twin suicide car bombs were aimed at intelligence and security buildings in the capital. (CTV, March 17, 2012, emphasis added)

Obviously, it follows, says the report, that the Syrian regime is responsible for targeting its own government buildings.

Now why on earth would it do that? The answer: "The attacks occurred in areas where government security is typically high, raising opposition suspicions that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible." (Ibid, emphasis added)

Lapdog Newz Media Inc. scraping barrel, fomenting conspiracy theories again.

 


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 Jack Layton had an ability to make people suspend disbelief, I'm not sure the next NDP leader will be able to pull off the same trick.

Hoodeet (JW)

Layton never made me suspend disbelief.  He and the majority of the leadership angered me with their catering to militarism.  I remained a member of the provincial NDP but refused to give the federal NDP another dime last year, finally, over Afghanistan and then the Libyan lapdog dance for NATO.

Will the NDP soon establish some process of accountability for its leader and the policy-makers within the party, that will allow genuine consultation with the general membership and the right of the general membership to force the leadership to change course on specific issues?

I re-joined for the leadership vote and I donated to candidates I would like to see able to pull significant weight in the near future, but I'm not long for this party either, 1springgarden.

 


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Hoodeet, the only party in Ottawa to have consistently voted against the mission extensions in Afghanistan is the NDP. This fact can be checked against the Parliamentary record on House votes.

And the only party to have consistently demanded withrawing Canadian troops from the U.S.-led combat mission in Afghanistan is, once again, the NDP.

Jack Layton said to Iggy that he was Harper's best friend. That, too, is historical fact and can be verified by the Parliamentary record.

 


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Syrian Rebels Are Foreign-Backed Terrorists  - by Tony Cartalucci

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ca/2012/03/syrian-rebels-are-foreign-backe...

"...From the beginning the US has been directly behind the unrest in Syria. In fact, America's involvement in destabilizing Syria began years before the admittedly US-engineered Arab Spring even unfolded, in a premeditated plot to upturn the entire Arab World and reorder it according to their own corporate-financier and hegemonic geopolitical interests.."


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Russians accuse U.S.-backed Al-Qa'eda Government in Tripoli of supporting Al-Qa'eda terrorists in Syria Hillary denies everything the naughty Russians are saying about their best friends forever, Al-CIA'duh WSJ


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US Media Manipulate Syria Unrest (and vid)

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/232181.html

"Press TV has conducted an interview with Lizzie Phelan, freelance journalist to further discuss the role of the West and the Western-backed  Persian Gulf kingdoms and Sheikdoms in arming the terrorists and fueling the violence in Syria."


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UN Team Begins Monitoring Mission (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/un-team-syria-mission-976/

"A five member UN team, mandated by Kofi Annan, the special envoy to Syria for the UN and Arab League, is in Syria attempting to launch a monitoring operation to help end the country's crisis and establish a ceasefire.."

HRW: Syrian Opposition Kidnapped, Tortured, Executed Loyalists

http://rt.com/news/hrw-syria-opposition-atrocities-977/

"Syria's armed opposition is involved in abductions, both for ransom and for political reasons, and the torture and execution of prisoners, Human Rights Watch said in a statement. The group calls on the opposition to stop such atrocities.."


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Saudi Arabia announced it is providing weapons to the "Syrian free army".

Russia denies reports one of its counter-terrorism special forces unit has disembarked in Syria; however, it has pledged continued support for the gov't in accordance with their treaties.

 


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Saudi Arabia announced it is providing weapons to the "Syrian free army".

But the superwealthy Saud and bin Laden families were our cold war partners for decades against the Russians before they were allies against a Marxist government in Afghanistan. What happened? Did something change?

Or are Saudi imperialists still our good friends and allies on the sly?

Saudi Arabia Sued by Lloyd's for Financing 9/11 2011

Palestinian Intelligence Source: Saudi Arabia ships weapons to NATO-led Insurgents in Jordan and Syria 2012

Saudi Royals, Pakistani and Anglo-American elite are all bff. The clique needs to re-invent themselves with a totally fabulous makeover. Charade they are.


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Dialogue: China's Stance on Syria: 'A Matter of Principle'

http://www.voltairenet.org/en

"Moscow and Beijing have been firmly opposing intervention in Syria, stressing the need for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Middle East expert He Wenping says this is a matter of principle. 'Any regime change should be undertaken by the people in that country,' she told RT. He says it is hard to believe US President Barack Obama when he says that there will be no military intervention in Syria. 'At the beginning of the Libya war, we heard the same sayings coming from the White House, from NATO..."


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'West To Launch Package War in Middle East' (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/west-war-syria-iran-065/

"The West will launch a package war against Iran, Syria and Hezbollah as soon as they decide what to do with the Iranian nuclear program, Abdel Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of a London-based Arabic newspaper told RT in an interview. Atwan also believes the West is not intervening in Syria because they are waiting  to decide whether they are going to bomb Iran or not.

The editor of Al Quds al Arabi newspaper noted: 'If they have decided to bomb Iran, I think they will bomb Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. I think they will launch a package war. 'I believe the war will take place, the question is when? The Israelis and the Americans do agree there will be a war. But the difference is about the timing of the war. It could be either before the American presidential election or after it.

The Israelis want it before the election, the Americans will like to wait unti lthey finish their election,' he said..."

 

WikiLeaked: Ex Blackwater 'Helps Regime Change in Syria'

http://rt.com/news/stratfor-syria-regime-change-063/

"A US government-contracted private security firm is helping the Syrian opposition to overthrow the Bashar al Assad regime, leaked Stratfor emails indicate. The same firm operated extensively in Libya.."


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Christians Expelled from Homs by "Opposition" Al Qaeda Gunmen March 18

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Armed men from the Faruq Brigade have succeeded in expelling most of the Christians of Homs and have seized their homes by force.

Al-Haqiqa has learned from church sources in Homs that the city has been emptied of almost 90% of its Christians. It is expected that a complete "cleansing" of buildings owned by Christians will occur within a matter of days or weeks by armed men from the Wahhabi "Faruq Brigade."

It's Al-Qa'eda and their NATO pals versus Syrians.

 


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Christians Expelled from Homs by "Opposition" Al Qaeda Gunmen March 18

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Armed men from the Faruq Brigade have succeeded in expelling most of the Christians of Homs and have seized their homes by force.

Al-Haqiqa has learned from church sources in Homs that the city has been emptied of almost 90% of its Christians. It is expected that a complete "cleansing" of buildings owned by Christians will occur within a matter of days or weeks by armed men from the Wahhabi "Faruq Brigade."

It's Al-Qa'eda and their NATO pals versus Syrians

/quote] Hoodeet (JW)
Didn't Sarkozy pledge in a well-publicized speech a couple of weeks ago that he would defend the minority Christians of Syria come hell or high water?

What a revolting piece of human trash, sending signals via the "we will once more be crusaders to protect Christianity in muslim lands" message, that France really wants to restore its claims in Syria-Lebanon while fanning the flames of sectarian war, another Iraq or worse.
 Meanwhile, allowing islamist killers fresh from Libya and Afghanistan to be armed and act against Christians and other minorities.
Way to go, Sarkoma!

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US To Give 'Non Lethal' Aid to Syria Opposition  -  by Niall Green

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/mar2012/syri-m26.shtml

"The clear purpose of this type of 'non-lethal' material is to allow the Syrian opposition to more effectively coordinate its attacks on government forces and institutions. High tech communications equipment will also enable insurgents operating inside Syria to receive orders from their headquarters in neighboring Turkey and Jordan.

In the event of an international military intervention against Syria, such communications devices will provide the link between fighters on the ground and the warplanes and missiles of foreign armed forces. This would allow a replay of the tactics used during the NATO-led war against Libya last year, when local fighters called in Western air-strikes to incinerate the Gadhafi regime's army.."

see also;

Pentagon Prepares War Plans for Syria

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/mar2012/syri-m09.shtml


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 Why don't they just have socialism in one country and side-step spending on military defence against Gladio terror?

And the Berlin Wall? Yes of course, that was to keep East Germans from escaping to Disneyland when the evol empire wasn't looking!! 

Syria, International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions(ICATU), and Students Condemn Gladio Terror

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DAMASCUS, (SANA) - The International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions (ICATU) on Sunday strongly condemned the two terrorist attacks which hit Damascus yesterday morning, stressing that they are part of targeting the Syrian people and their security, stability and national unity.

In a statement of which SANA got a copy, the Union added that the two terrorist attacks would not have happened without the foreign, Western, Arab and Gulf support.

The statement stressed that "targeting civilians, the Syrian state institutions and the stable neighborhoods is a serious terrorist escalation."

Hasaka intellectuals condemned the terrorist blasts, stressing that these criminal acts reflect the failure of the conspirators.

Comments on Gladio terror from NATO, Al-CIA'duh conspicuously absent.

The Glasnost is half full.

 


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Syria Was Not Libya After All
by Patrick Cockburn

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What went wrong for the advocates of regime change? In general, they overplayed their hand and believed too much of their own propaganda. By this January, everything they did was predicated on international military intervention, or a convincing threat of it. But this ceased to be an option on February 4 when Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution, backed by the Arab League, calling on Assad to step down. The experience of the US, EU, NATO and the Arab Gulf states in overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi turned out to be misleading when it came to Syria.

This has been the experience of revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries throughout the ages. What succeeds in one country proves a recipe for disaster in another. There was also a misreading of what had happened in Libya. Watching al-Jazeera television, it might appear that heroic rebel militiamen - and at times they were heroic - had overthrown a tyrant but, in reality, military victory was almost wholly due to the NATO air assault. The militiamen were a mopping-up force who occupied territory after air strikes had cleared the way (this was also the pattern in Afghanistan in 2001 and in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2003).


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THE "SYRIAN SCENARIO": What Is Really Going On In Syria: An Insider Report

Dr. Boris Dolgov wrote:
At present there are three main trends in the Syrian patriotic opposition - democratic, liberal and left, which is mainly a communist one. The Syrian Social Nationalist Party is the most influential party among the democratic forces. It is also the oldest party which was established in 1932. As Iliah Saman, a member of the political bureau of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party said, the party's program is more conservative in comparison with the Baath's program. Nevertheless there are no differences of principle between the two parties. According to him, the policy of the US, France and England is the main destabilizing factor in Syria. He said that those countries were acting in the interests of Israel and had the goal to divide Syria into five state formations on the basis of religious and ethnical differences.

The liberal trend of the opposition is represented by the recently registered secular democratic social movement led by Nabil Feysal, one of the Syrian intellectuals, a writer and a translator. He is an outright opponent of the Islamic fundamentalism, supporter of the liberal democracy. His goal is to turn Syria into "Middle Eastern Denmark" ...

There is a dearth of political lackeys willing to go along with forcing neoliberal ideology on Syrians. And unlike the former Yugoslavia and Libya, this is a problem for the western banking cabal and corporatocracy looking to expand into the Middle East and Brzezinski's arch of chaos or whatever countries.

And there are a lack of right wing religious fundamentalists for the west to hand-pick for democratization neoliberal style. This goes against the Gladios formula for propping-up militant Islam as they have in so many other countries.

Russians say no repetition of the Libyan scenario. And I might add that my previous comparison to the dirty war in Nicaragua is not quite accurate. Although the U.S. was feeding weapons and aid to hired mercenaries in Honduras and Costa Rica to attack the Sandinistas, women and children, and destroying villages similarly, I think that some large contingent of Contra terrorists were actual Nicaraguans. It appears that in Syria's case, a larger percentage of the mercenaries are non-Syrian and even Al-Qa'eda and Qa'eda-affiliated right wing fundamentalists from other countries. And I tend to think Qa'eda is sometimes just another word for hired mercenaries and those without any religious motivation except for worship of mammon and spoils of dirty war.


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