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Chemical Attack Was Rebel Provocation, Former Captives Say


"Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin and Italian journalist Domenico Quiric, both of whom were abducted and held hostage for several months in Syria, said they overheard in an exchange between their captors that rebels were behind the recent chemical attacks.

'It is a moral duty to say this. The government of Bashar al Assad did not use Sarin gas or other types of gas in the outskirts of Damascus,' Piccinin said during an interview with Belgian RTL radio station.

'In this conversation, they said that the gas attack on two neighborhoods of Damascus was launched by the rebels as a provocation to lead the West to intervene militarily,' Quirico told Italy's La Stampa..."


Military Attack Would Worsen Syria Situation: UN Official (and vid)


"I can't see a military intervention working,' said Carla Del Ponte, who is a leading UN investigator, on Monday, stressing that 'a political solution is the only possible solution.'

She stated that instead of preparing for military strikes, the international community should enable a proper probe of the August 21 chemical attack on a Damascus suburb.


FSA Calls for Foreign Military Intervention in Syria (and vid)


"We call for strikes...' said Selim Idriss in a Monday interview with Al Jazeera, adding that the Damascus government 'tells lies' about accepting a Russian proposal to hand over its chemical weapons..."


US Has to Attack Syria Now Before UN Evidence Revealed: E Michael Jones of Culture Wars Magazine (and vid)


"The people here don't want an attack. The response of the American people to their legislators is running 300: 1 against an attack. Even our local legislator here who just spent three weeks in Israel is against the attack. So nobody wants it and that's why they're trying to force it as quickly as possible.

'The Israel lobby wants a war, they don't want a negotiated settlement."




'Flooding The Zone' With Bullshit on Syria  -  by Musa al Gharbi, St Mcneil


"In recent weeks the Obama Administration has been embarked on a massive propaganda campaign they call 'flooding the zone'.

We hope to provide the most direct and systematic refutation of the Administration's case for war in Syria. The following is a deconstructing of their justification one by one in a series of three in-depth articles that will be appearing in CounterPunch this week.

God willing the information can be a wrench in the gears of the war machine. Print this essay and send it as a letter...disperse these links across your social networks, deploy these arguments in debates one-on-one.

Resist. For the sake of the world, resist."


Assad Tells PBS' Charlie Rose Syria Prepared to Retaliate if Hit (and vid)


"Syrian President Bashar al Assad told Charlie Rose on Sunday that he is preparing for a US strike, and that Syria and some of their allies would retaliate if one occurs.

Assad denies he had anything to do with the alleged chemical attack on Aug 21...Assad also said that he finds chemical weapons abhorrent and equates them to nuclear arms as weapons of mass destruction."

Full Rose-Assad interview


International Export Have Strong Proof Images of Chemical Victims Fabricated - Moscow


"Footage and photos of the alleged chemical attack in Syria, which the US cites as the reason for a planned military intervention, had been fabricated in advance, speakers told a UN human rights conference in Geneva..."


Russian Chess Move Stalls US Action as Al Qaeda's Air Force   -  by Pepe Escobar


"The frantic spin of the millisecond is that the White House is taking a 'hard look' at the Russian proposal for Bashar Assad to place Syria's chemical weapon arsenal under UN control, thus at least postponing another US war in the Middle East.

Oh the joys of the geopolitical chessboard, Russia throwing a lifeline to save US President Barack Obama from his self-spun 'red line'..."


President Bashar Assad's government on Tuesday accepted a Russian plan to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile as momentum mounted for a proposal that could avert American strikes against the regime. The U.S. and France turned to the United Nations for a resolution to ensure Damascus complies. With domestic support for a strike uncertain in the United States and little international appetite to join forces against Assad, the developments had the potential to blunt a thorny diplomatic problem and allow the Obama administration to back away from military action.


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As Assad Regime Accepts Russian Plan on Chemical Weapons, A Debate on Syria’s Path Forward

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As President Obama prepares to address the nation on his push for congressional backing of a military strike on Syria, the Assad regime has accepted a Russian initiative to put its chemical weapons under international control. Could the move stop a U.S. strike and bring the Syrian crisis closer to a diplomatic resolution? We host a debate on how to resolve the Syrian conflict between Rafif Jouejati of the Syrian Local Coordination Committees, a network of activists throughout Syria, and Rania Masri, Lebanese-based human rights activist and professor at the University of Balamand in Lebanon.



RANIA MASRI: Well, I mean, I take issue with the term "international," because we do have very different state parties here. I think it is one of the objectives of the U.S. government, yes, and of course its allies, be they in Israel or be they in the Gulf, that, yes, one of the objectives is to continue to have them, quote, "kill each other," as was the objective of the U.S. government during the Iraq-Iran War. Yes, I do see that as being one of the objectives, the continuous destruction of Syria as a country and of its people, on all sides, yes


The (Farcical) Emperor is Naked  -  by Pepe Escobar


"Once again, helpless Barack is just a paperboy The plutocrats in charge are getting extremely nervous. The system is melting - and they have to act fast.

They need a Syria as docile as the Arab petro-monarchies. They want to hit Russia bad - and then discuss missile defence and Russian influence in Eastern Europe from a position of force. They want to hit Iran bad - and then continue to issue ultimatums from a position of force.

They want to facilitate another Israeli attempt to capture South Lebanon (It's the water stupid). They want a monster gas pipeline from Qatar for European customers bypassing Iran adn Syria as well as Gazprom.

Most of all this is about control of natural resources and channels of distribution.

It's as if Dick Cheney had never left the building. Barack as Dick Cheney with a 'human face'.."


George Monbiot: Obama's Rogue State Tramples Over Every Law It Demands Others Uphold


"...In 1997 the US agreed to decomission the 31,000 tonnes of Sarin, VX, Mustard gas and other weapons it possessed within 10 years. In 2007 it requested the maximum extension of the deadline permitted by the Chemical Weapons Convention - five years.

Again it failed to keep its promise and in 2012 it claimed they would be gone by 2021.

Russia yesterday (Monday) urged Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control. Perhaps it should press the US [and Israel] to do the same..."



Canada and Syria   -   by Yves Engler


"...At the same time as they are calling for war the Conservatives are telling a skeptical public that Canada won't be significantly involved in any military action. 'We have no plans of our own to have a Canadian military mission,' Harper told the press.

Yet, ten days ago the head of the Canadian military met generals from some of the main countries backing Syria's rebels to discuss the prospects of building an international coalition force.

Chief of the Defense Staff, Gen Tom Lawson traveled to Amman alongside the top generals from the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, the UK, Italy, France and Germany. The three-day meeting was co-hosted by the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Martin Dempsey and Jordan's chief of staff Lt Gen Mishaal Zabens.

Notwithstanding their support for the rebels and involvement with its military planning, Harper's Conservatives have been relatively restrained with their public comments on the violence in Syria.

Despite recognizing the extremist nature of the Syrian rebels, the Conservatives have yet to add any Syrian group to Canada's list of banned terrorist organizations.

Unlike the US, UK and UN, Canada has not designated Jabhat-al Nusra (Nusra Front) as a terrorist group..."


Western Rationality   -   by Thierry Meyssan


"In international law, war propaganda is the most serious crime because it makes all other crimes possible."


Identification of the Dead Children in Ghouta


"They are in fact children who were abducted by Jihadists two weeks before in Alawite villages in the surroundings of Latakia, 200 km away from Ghouta.

Contrary to the sayings of the Free Syrian Army and the Western services, the only identified victims of the Ghouta massacre are those belonging to families that support the Syrian government.

In the videos, the individuals that show outrage against 'the crimes of Bahar al Assad' are in reality their killers."


US Military Intervention Against Syria Considered 'War Crime' (and vid)


"A political commentator says that any potential military intervention by the US against Syria would be a 'war crime', Press TV reports."


Russia Gives UNSC Proof of Chemical Weapon use by Militants (and vid)


"Russia has passed proof of the use of chemical weapons by the militants inside Syria to the United Nations Security Council. 'We are suspicious that the militants have used these [chemical] weapons repeatedly,' said the Head of the Duma international affairs committee Alexei Pushikov on Wednesday, adding 'Russia has just passed existing proof to the UN Security Council."


Breaking: Syria Cleans Ma'loula of Militants


"The Syrian army has taken almost full control of the Christian town of Mal'loula..."


'US Still Interested in Installing Puppet Regime in Syria'


"Having failed to secure domestic and international support for missile strikes on Syria, President Obama has retreated on military action only to win time for a better war pitch, according to Sarah Sloan of the ANSWER Coalition, who spoke to RT..."

I agree.


The Biggest Lie  - by John Pilger


"...John Kerry's farce and Barack Obama's pirouettes are temporary. Russia's peace deal over chemical weapons will, in time, be treated with the contempt that all militarists reserve for diplomacy.

With Al-Qaeda now among its allies, and US-armed coupmasters secure in Cairo, the US intends to crush the last independent states in the Middle East.

Syria first, then Iran.

'This operation [in Syria]. 'said the former French Foreign minister Roland Dumas in June, 'goes way back. It was prepared, pre-conceived and planned.'

Under the 'weak' Obama, militarism has risen perhaps as never before...

The historian Norman Pollack calls this 'liberal fascism'.

We have it here too...


The Problem with the Anti-War Movement & “Hands Off Syria”

The Myth of “Non-Intervention”

On one hand, as someone who opposes military strikes on Syria, it is heartening to see the American public strongly adopt this position.

There is considerable reason to believe that military strikes will only exacerbate the bloodshed in the country. It is clear those pondering strikes do so with an eye toward their own geopolitical interests and not the well-being of ordinary Syrians.

It is also encouraging to see Americans come out in such force against the prospect of another war, something which it appears even Barack Obama was unable to account for.

However, there is a problem with this nascent anti-war movement.

By falsely conflating “war” with “intervention” in Syria and mobilizing fiercely in opposition to the former, these new anti-hawks are dooming innocent Syrians to a humanitarian nightmare by helping to maintain the popular illusion of American non-involvement in the conflict.

The simple fact is that America is hugely involved in the Syrian civil war as a proxy combatant, since the conflict’s very outset. In the United States’ ongoing regional conflict with Iran and Hezbollah, Syria has become a key battleground. It is often said that the goal of U.S. policy should be to turn Syria into ‘Iran’s Vietnam’, and in many ways this goal is today being accomplished –though with little regard for the tragic consequences to ordinary Syrians.

Add to this the craven role played by U.S. allies, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and its clear that the ‘Hands Off’ policy demanded by the American people is far from a reality today. Hijacking the Syrian people’s democratic aspirations and using it as a tool to strike a blow against political adversaries in Iran and Russia does not meet any definition of ‘non-intervention.’ It seems those singularly focused on opposing a military strike largely miss these realities.

another thoughtful article by this author. To end:

Conclusion: Contrasting Anti-War and Pro-Peace

Instead of merely focusing on slogans such as “Hands-Off Syria,” a movement that is against war must grapple with the fact that a conflict is going in Syria whether U.S. forces are actively engaged or not.

The American government is deeply involved as a proxy combatant in this conflict; it is disingenuous to pretend that this will change even if it does not conduct overt military strikes.

Syrians, many of whom still look to the United States as a beacon of moral leadership, are understandably aggrieved at anti-war progressives who seem to have only woken to their plight over the past few weeks. The reality is that since it began two years ago the Syrian revolution has been horrifically repressed by the Assad regime, while also manipulated by foreign actors, including the United States and its regional allies.

Being ‘anti-war’ does not mean simply ignoring this state of affairs as long as military troops are not involved; and it certainly does not mean rushing to aid Assad as some members of the fringe left have ignominiously chosen to do.

Instead, anti-war activists should abandon shallow, emotional sloganeering and propose legitimate policy alternatives to end this humanitarian crisis, while still eschewing military force. Demanding a goal as narrow as the non-intervention of the U.S. military may be a position which is nominally ‘anti-war’, but it is not necessarily ‘pro-peace’ – especially not from the perspective of the long-suffering people of Syria.

While stopping another American military intervention in the Middle East is a commendable and worthwhile goal, when confronted with grievous tragedies such as the Syrian civil war it is important to avoid creating a simple binary between ‘going to war’ and ‘doing nothing’.

The American government has the ability to diplomatically resolve this terrible conflict, and an anti-war movement that is also pro-peace should recognize the power it has to compel such an outcome.



America has no right to break international law. Its flooding of the country with weapons is a war crime. It has no moral authority. It has the authority of a bully with the biggest stick and its thuggish partners in NATO.  I would prefer advocating for peace and that means getting rid of weapons. The US promised to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal over a decade ago and it still hasn't but some how they have the moral authority to tell other people what to do.  People like Martin Luther King called for the end of the military industrial complex but than pragmatically I guess we all know where that kind of radical talk got him. Unfortunately people like Kerry are in charge.

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I'm a little confused by the writer's last paragraph(in Jan's post on the previous page). Why does she think that the US is uniquely qualified to "diplomatically resolve" the crisis in Syria?

If, as she argues, "US hands are all over the conflict", via proxy armies and whatnot, isn't the solution to have the US just stop supporting those armies(and whatever else they're doing)? It's not clear to me why she thinks US diplomats need to stick around to help negotiate an end to the crisis. Even assuming, for the sake of argument, that the crisis requires outside mediation, why does it have to be the US doing that?

My guess is the writer has some desired outcome that she's not quite letting on, but which goes somewhat beyond simply bringing peace to the Syrian people, and that she's hoping for Uncle Sam to throw his weight behind whatever side she's backing.  



voice of the damned wrote:

My guess is the writer has some desired outcome that she's not quite letting on, but which goes somewhat beyond simply bringing peace to the Syrian people, and that she's hoping for Uncle Sam to throw his weight behind whatever side she's backing.  


I had the same impression, but would want to read more by this writer (who, incidentally, is male) before drawing firm conclusions.

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Oopa! I was gonna double check that, but thought going back to the link would mess up the screen somehow. Thanks for the heads-up.

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"Funny Things" on the Way to the War on Syria

Funny things on the way to the War on Syria have been happening ever since the war IN Syria began two and a half years ago, and they just keep piling on.

A recent one was US President Barack Obama’s announcement that he will hit Syria unilaterally, without a UN mandate and without waiting for the conclusions of UN inspectors on the issue of poison gas – but with a yes vote from Congress.

Then, as the debate opened in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he made it known that he would strike Syria “even if Congress votes No” to his war!

Yet at the same time, veteran Middle East reporter Dale Gaviak was posting, on Minnesota-based Mint Press, the results of his own investigations with Syrian rebels and their families in the chemical-weapons-hit Damascus suburb of Ghouta.

His findings: Saudi-paid rebels and their parents told him they received “tubes and bottles” from the Saudis “without knowing they contained poison gas”, and “an accident happened” as a result of “mishandling”, killing scores of civilians and fighters.

This is not the first time Syrian “rebels” have pleaded “accidents” in the face of evidence that they killed civilians....



US Military Knew Syria Militants Had Sarin Gas: Document


"A newly leaked classified document has revealed the US military knew that foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government had Sarin gas..."


US Starts Delivering Weapons to Syrian Rebels


"Flow of material in the last two weeks marks a major escalation of the US role in Syria's civil war.  The CIA shipments are to flow through a network of clandestine bases in Turkey and Jordan. The CIA declined to comment.."


Assad: Syria Ceding Chemical Weapons Due to Russia Plan, Not US Threats


"Syria's decision to place its chemical weapons arsenal under international control was the result of Russia's proposal rather than the threat of a US military strike, President Bashar Assad told a Russian TV channel..."


CrossTalk: Disarming Obama (and vid)


"The President's position on Syria has turned into one of the biggest American foreign policy blunders in decades..."


BTS: Obama's Syria Doublespeak (and vid)


"President Obama's speech regarding the Syrian intervention dissected - we call out the doublespeak


So far we've got the Laurel & Hardy Presidency 



After writing in the London Telegraph that Monday was "the worst day for U.S. and wider Western diplomacy since records began," former British ambassador Charles Crawford asked simply: "How has this happened?"

On the answer, opinions might differ. Or maybe not. A consensus assessment of the past week's events could easily form around Oliver Hardy's famous lament to the compulsive bumbler Stan Laurel: "Here's another nice mess you've gotten us into!"

In the interplay between Barack Obama and John Kerry, it's not obvious which one is Laurel and which one is Hardy. But diplomatic slapstick is not funny. No one wants to live in a Laurel and Hardy presidency. In a Laurel and Hardy presidency, red lines vanish, shots across the bow are word balloons, and a display of U.S. power with the whole world watching is going to be "unbelievably small."

The past week was a perfect storm of American malfunction. Colliding at the center of a serious foreign-policy crisis was Barack Obama's manifest skills deficit, conservative animosity toward Mr. Obama, Republican distrust of his leadership, and the reflexive opportunism of politicians from Washington to Moscow.

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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy reporting for duty.

It is Barack Obama's impulse to make himself and whatever is in his head the center of attention. By now, we are used to it. But this week he turned himself, the presidency and the United States into a spectacle. We were alternately shocked and agog at these events. Now the sobering-up has to begin.

The world has effectively lost its nominal leader, the U.S. president.

etc ...

But we have this

Naive about the levers of power: Where to start? Obama reversed course on congressional authorization at the last minute, after a private chat with his chief of staff, and to the surprise of his national security team--all in violation of presidential best practices. He then left the country on a quixotic trip to Russia, allowing misgivings to grow in Congress and the public before he could build a case for striking Syria. Boxed in, Obama seized upon a Russian proposal to put Syria's weapons in the hands of the international community. It's an impractical solution, a fig leaf. Either Obama trusts Russian President Vladimir Putin (a mistake) or he is a partner in deceit (an outrage). A Democratic strategist who works closely with the White House, and who requested anonymity to avoid political retribution, told me, "This has been one of the most humiliating episodes in presidential history." ... As he faced an international and constitutional crisis, Obama and his team were in a familiar state: isolated, insular, and alone.






So apparently Henninger thinks Obama should bomb the fuck out of the Syria to save face for the emperor.  Of course he is right that if too many countries start calling the US on its outrageous protection racket it will all fall apart and that would be bad for American business.


Assad: Syria To Hand Over Chemical Arms in 1 Month, Only if US Drops Strike Plans


"Syria will start handing over information on its chemical weapons to international groups a month after it signs the Chemical Weapons Convention, President Bashar Assad has told a Russian TV channel.

'I believe the agreement will come into force a month after the signing and Syria will start submitting data on its chemical weapons storckpile to international organizations. These are standard procedures and we are going to stick to them,' he said.

'If we want stability in the Middle East, all the countries in the region should stick to [international] agreements,' Assad said. 'And Israel is the first state that should do so, since Israel possesses nuclear, chemical, biological and all other kinds of weapons of mass destruction.'

'Syria is makng efforts so that our country and other states in the region will not be involved in a new crazy war that some proponents of the war in the US are trying to unleash in the Middle East,' he said."


Syria 'Chemical Weapons' Crisis: LIVE UPDATES


"1750 GMT: The US says there is no change in its position that Bashar al Assad absolutely must not be part of Syria's political future, despite Washington's willingness to work with Assad on chemical weapons removal..."


The Shortest Path to Peace in Syria  -  by Nicola Nasser


"To end the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights and other Arab Israeli-occupied lands is the shortest US-Israeli path to dismantling the Syria-Iran alliance and to peace in Syria and the region.

Peace and injustice cannot coexist.'


'US Empire's Strategic Focus is Iran' (and vid)


"The 'American empire' is struggling to 'destroy the Syrian army' because it wants to 'destroy the resistance camp' and then 'move to Iran' says Belfast-based author and Middle Eastern affairs expert Saeb Shaath."


A Day of US 'Credibility'  -  by William Boardman


"What would it look like if a government really knew what it was doing? We offer here a fragmentary highlight reel of one day in the life of an American government spinning in all directions toward no known goal in Syria..."


CrossTalk - Syria: Putin's Pitch (and vid)


"Is Obama serious about a diplomatic solution for Syria?"



John Baird to Talk Syria on Visit to Turkey


Baird will hold talks Saturday with his counterpart Ahmet Davutolu in Istanbul and will also meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gul. A senior Canadian official, who was not authorized to speak for attribution, said discussions would include the implications of the August 21 chemical weapons attack in Damascus as well as the recent Russian proposal to secure Syria's stockpile of them.

Canada and Turkey have both called for a strong international response to the attack..."


A Plea For Caution From Russia  -  by Vladimir V Putin


"Recent events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies..."


Noam Chomsky: Russian Plan Godsend For Obama (and vid)


"So what he [ Obama] said is I'm going to lie like a trooper about history; I'm going to suppress the US role; the actual US role, for the last seven decades; I'm going to maintain the threat of force, which is of course illegal, and I'm going to ensure that the chemical weapons convention is not imposed on the region, because our ally, Israel, would be subjected to it.  And I think those are some of the main points of his address.

The idea that the US has introduced and imposed principles of international law, that's hardly even a joke.

It's kind of astonishing. I mean by now it's hard to be astonished, but it should be astonishing that a president of the United States, who is furthermore a constitutional lawyer and a graduate of Harvard Law School, can say things like this, in the full knowledge that the facts are exactly the opposite, radically the opposite..."


President al-Assad's Speech to Rossiya 24 TV Channel


Damascus (SANA) September 13, 2013 - President Bashar al Assad gave a speech to Rossiya 24 TV Channel. Following is the full text..."


US-Russia Reach Landmark Deal on Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons Arsenal (and vid)


"Russia and the US reached a deal on a framework that will see the destruction or removal of Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014. Under the plan, the Assad government has one week to hand over an inventory of its chemical weapons arsenal..."


Canada's FM: Syria Should Not Be Given Time


"Canada's foreign minister John Baird is calling Syria's offer to begin providing information  on its chemical arsenal 30 days after it signs an international convention barring such weapons 'ridiculous and absurd.'.."


The People Against the 800 Pound Gorilla  -   by Jean Bricmont and Diana Johnstone


"An American friend who knows Washington well recently told us that 'everybody' there knows that, as far as the drive to war with Syria is concerned, it is Israel that directs US policy..."

Canada's as well - hence, 'ridiculous and absurd' John Baird's reaction above...


Roitov: Kerry Mumbles, Netanyahu is Mute


"...Uncle Sam lost the battle, the war and the Western Barbarossa Operation known as Arab Spring."


Chris Hedges on Obama's Intent with Syria (and vid)


"...but I think there is a deep current of cynicism at work here, in which outside forces, led by Israel and probably Saudi Arabia, and probably the United States as well, would like to keep this conflict going as long as possible to essentially  destroy both factions within the war and render Syria a ruin.

Much of Syria of course has already become a ruin. But I think that's clearly the Israeli policy, and I think that that's probably at the deepest level, something that's been embraced by the US as well."


Most Americans in Favor of Putin's Initiative: James Petras (and vid)


"Press TV has conducted and interview with Middle East expert James Petras about Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's warnings against Takfiri and militant groups in Syria with chemical weapons..."


as usual, NDPPs frenetic posting yields zero insight into real world events


Preempting The Next Round of Lies Against Syria


"What the UN report on Syria will say and what the liars in the West will claim it says..."


Syria Crisis: Baird Calls Assd's Timeline for Handing Over Weapons 'Ridiculous' (and vid)


"Canada's foreign minister John Baird is calling Syria's offer to begin providing information on its chemical arsenal 30 days after it signs an international convention banning such weapons 'ridiculous and absurd.'


Turkish FM Condemns Murder Tactics Used in Syria (and vid)


"Turkish FM Ahmad Davoudoglu has met with his Canadian counterpart John Baird. During a press conference he claimed he and his Canadian counterpart shared the same viewpoints on the Syrian crisis."


A Right to Chemical Weapons? (and vid)


BTS's Abby Martin speaks to Mimi al Laham 'Syria Girl Partisan' about Obama's recent speech on Syria and the dangers of arming rebels linked to A/Q..."


Syria and the US Imperial Project  -  by Rob Urie


"So to the point chemical weapons are present in Syria, yes we know they are because 'we' sold them to Syria.

As the evidence suggests, the goal of the US is not now, nor has it ever been, to produce 'good' outcomes - it is to dominate and control.

This is the history into which Mr Obama's plans to bomb Syria fit..."


Comment with George Galloway MP: US Forced to Put Off Attack on Syria (and vid)


"On Tuesday, the Syrian government said it would accept a proposal offered a day earlier by Russia to put its chemical weapons under international control."


* What John Baird didn't say in Ankara about our NATO ally Turkey, that they have established a Kurdish Jihadist Brigade to fight against Syria. Canada supports Turkey and Al CIA-duh terrorism. *

Ankara Established a Kurdish Jihadist Brigade


"To fight the troops of the Syrian Kurdish movement PYD, which is [along] part of the border between Syria and Turkey, Ankara has encouraged the formation of a jihadist brigade composed almost exclusively of Kurds and called Katibat-al-Taliban (KaT).

The fighters of the movement, mostly young Kurdish penniless, received nearly $1000 when they engage. They are then sent to fight the PYD on the Turkish-Syrian border alongside the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and Jabhat al Nosra.

The magazine points out that Turkey openly supports Jihadist groups..."


Libyan FM Admits Troops and Arms to Syria a Source of Pride


"Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdul Aziz admitted that a lot of Libyans are fighting within the ranks of the armed terrorist groups in Syria and that Libya remains a hub for weapons shipments to the insurgents. The post-coup Libyan Foreign Minister states, that 'helping our brothers in Syria' is a source of pride'..."

As it is with Canada and Mr Baird, who played such a significant R2P part in bombing Libya into what it is now..

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Half of Syrian rebels are hardline Islamists: British study



Jihadists and members of hardline Islamist groups make up almost half of forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to extracts from a British defence study published in Monday's Daily Telegraph.

The analysis by defence consultancy IHS Jane's, due to be published in full later this week, puts the number of rebel forces at around 100,000, the Telegraph reported.

But these fighters have split into as many as 1,000 bands since violence flared two years ago, the study concluded.

Of the rebel forces, IHS Jane's estimates that around 10,000 are jihadists fighting for groups linked to Al-Qaeda and another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists, who differ from jihadists in that they are concentrated only on the Syrian conflict, and not on the global Islamist fight.

"The insurgency is now dominated by groups which have at least an Islamist viewpoint on the conflict," Charles Lister, author of the analysis, told the British newspaper.

"The idea that it is mostly secular groups leading the opposition is just not borne out.

 IHS Jane's is pretty good at getting good information on defence and military issues.



Hey Bec,

Janes is of course an excellent source and concurs with others in this.  (and they told me it was all about bringing democracy and freedom from an evil dictator...'Arab Spring!')

Looks like we've been played. Again. Good to see Americans respond so strongly to moves for a new Syrian war for pipelines and Israel. But this is only a temporary setback for the war-party.

Sure hope more people get it soon.

Mercenaries and monsters.

Ours and theirs...


Extremists in Syria Admit Killing 30 Alawites (and vid)


"On Sunday, terrorist group Al-Nusra Front claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attacks in which at least 30 Alawites, including seven women, children and elderly men, were shot dead.

Al Nusra said in an internet statement that its militants entered the villages of Massudiyeh, Maksar al Hissan and Jab al Jerah in Homs province and carried out the massacre.

The group said one of its jurists asked them to slay Alawites whom he called 'enemies of god'...


At 1.30pm the killing began. Men and women were separated in the houses. The "men" - which included teenage boys - were either executed immediately, or marched to the village square to be killed en masse. Most were shot. Some were hacked to death with long knives or cleavers. At least one young boy, Luqman al-Hiris, was beheaded - in front of his mother. In the house of Mustafa Biyasi, 30 women and children were herded into one room and then executed - shot at point blank. Saffa Biyasi cuddled her baby boy, Hamza Biyasi. They lay dead next to each other, serene despite their injuries. Afnan Biyasi and another small child spooned each other on the bed they were shot on, perhaps holding each other for comfort in the last moments before the bullets ripped through their tiny bodies. By 5pm the massacre was over. The Syrian army had killed at least 169 civilians in four hours. The verified final death toll is likely to reach beyond 250.





Israel Agenda Fell Flat in Middle East After US-Russia Deal: Ex CIA Analyst (and vid)


"Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern says a US-Russian agreement on Syria, dealt a 'major blow' to Israel which was 'the only one to profit from continued turmoil in Syria and the introduction of US military involvement."


Disarming Syria Brings Isrel's Suspected WMD Arsenals Into Focus


"One way to reduce the tensions surrounding the Syrian crisis would be for Israel to also give up its alleged stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons. Both Russia and the US are likely to ask Israel to dismantle its stocks.."


Harper and Baird Showed Skill in Complex Syria Crisis


"...This was not Harper and Baird's first rodeo and it showed. Their rhetoric was as bellicose as Kerry's at times even more so..."

No wonder Canucklheads are such know-nothings with such a media...



Syria is Not Alone on the Battlefield


"Vladimir Putin has indeed clearly stated that the accession of Syria to the convention on chemical weapons requires three things in return from the United States:

a clear announcement that Washington abandon its project of aggression against Syria; the withdrawal of its fleet and military capabilities gathered to carry out the operation; and finally, take immediate steps to stop supporting terrorist groups, which requires a clear US commitment against countries that arm and finance the extremists and send terrorists to Syria to stop their actions..."


How the Western Services Fabricated the 'Chemical Attack' of Ghouta (and vid)


"Thierry Meyssan analyses the contradictions and incoherencies made by the US, British and French secret services about the so called chemical massacre of Ghouta..."



CBC's little helpers.


Canada has given $5.3-million to the Syrian opposition to support the rebels in anti-government propaganda since April 2012, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAIT).

Canadian funding has helped Syrian rebels establish a pirate radio network and training for journalists and bloggers "in an effort to rapidly increase international credibility of the Syrian opposition and visibility of humanitarian news reporting from Syria," the government says.

Canada contributed $650,000 toward helping the Syrian Justice and Accountability Centre establish a secure database as part of a program to help support "research and collect evidence of human rights violations for use in future Syria-led transitional justice processes."


 Rather quiet sarin busts.


One al-Nusra group was caught in Adana, Turkey.  May 30 or 29.  Only in Zaman, sarin for sure.


And then there was the June 2 discovery in Hama, just north of Homs.


Adana revisited:  now there are multiple, longer, announcements that after a lengthy investigation and a thick report, it wasn't sarin after all, just a quest for the appropriate chemicals.  Interesting timing, perhaps.  Nahhh.


The Syrian national arrested as the leader, Hytham Qassap, seems to have spent the last 14 years in Saudi Arabia.  Bets are on tea with Bandar.  I suppose there could be two 35 year old Syrians with the same name, but this does seem to fit.

Hytham Qassap's Experience (14 Years, 11 Months)IT Infrastructure Manager
at Jadwa Investment
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia , King Fahad Road, Sky Towers
Company Industry: Finance/Economics 
Job Role: Technology/IT
April 2009 - Present
Enterprise Infrastructure, Project management, IT Systems Management, change management, team building, mentoring and coaching managing high-end projects and providing high tech infrastructure solution

(bold mine)



With Jessica Hume piece, linked below.  Shoots gas missiles?

Free Syrian Army fighters drive a military tank that belonged to forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad after they seized it, in Aleppo's town of Khanasir August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat




Here is the corrected url for Margot's second (June 2) posting:


and also this interesting revelation as well..


Syria CW Attack Scene May Have Been Manipulated, UN Report Says (and vid)


"UN inspectors who investigated the August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria say that suspicious individuals had traveled to the attack sites before the UN team..."


UN Report Regarding Chemical Attack at Ghouta



Russia: UN Chemical Attack Report Doesn't Show Whodunit


"Russia's UN representative says the newly unveiled report on the chemical attack of August 21 in Syria offers 'no bulletproof data or conclusions' on who ordered it.  The US and UK say the study confirms the regime was behind the attacks..."


Released Italian Journalist Recounts Crimes of US-Backed Syrian Opposition  -  by Alex Lantier


"Above all, Quirico paints a devastating portrait of the criminal activities of the different Islamist militias in whose custody he and Piccinin were kept. He writes,

'The West trusts them, but I learned to my cost that we are talking about a new and disturbing phenomenon in the revolt: The emergence of a group of Somali-style bandits who use an Islamist veneer and the context of the revolution to control pieces of territory, extort money from the population, kidnap people, and generally fill their boots.'


Canada: Hypocrites 'R US  -  by Yves Engler


"...Canada has repeatedly been complicit with the use of chemical weapons.."


UNSC Resolution on Syria Won't Be Under Chapter 7


"The Russian and French ministers said they agreed that the goal of the international community now is to gather an international conference in Geneva, which would find a political solution of the crisis and establish a transitional government in Syria.

Lavrov said Moscow is prepared to set a date for such a conference anytime, because the Assad government had agreed to it and presented its delegation. It is the opposition which is dragging its feet and refuses to participate, he stressed.

He asked the Western backers of the Syria opposition [like 'Friends of Syria' - Canada] who have leverage on them, to use it and force those forces to participate in the peace conference..."


Russia's Initiative Hindered Western War Machine Plans Against Syria: Chandan (and vid)


"Press TV has talked with Sukant Chandan, a political analyst from London to discuss Rusia's plan regarding the chemical weapons in Syria.

'I think that we have to understand that in the great scheme of things, the 'West', i.e. the new colonial imperialist powers, are on the precipice of falling off the pages of history altogether. They are in a deep crisis economically, culturally and morally they are, basically bankrupt - and so, really, they have about 10 to 20 years which is the remaining time that they maintain their military monopoly and terror across the world...'


Israel Wanted Assad Gone Since Start of Syria Civil War


"Tehran-Damascus-Beirut arc is the greatest danger,' says outgoing Israeli envoy to US Michael Oren.

This was the case, he said, even if the other 'bad guys' were affiliated to al-Qaeda.'

On other issues, Oren, who has contacts in Washington with some ambassadors from Persian Gulf countries - said that 'in the last 64 years there has probably never been a greater confluence of interest between us and several Gulf States. With these Gulf States we have agreements on Syria, on Egypt, on the Palestinian issue. We certainly have agreements on Iran. This is one of the opportunities presented by the Arab Spring.'..."


Syria's Enemies Won't Give Up on War: Pepe Escobar (and vid)


"Investigative journalist Pepe Escobar says Syria's enemies will not stop pushing for a war, warning that the CIA-trained militants have already entered into the country."


The Dead Rhetoric of War  -  by Chris Hedges


"The intoxication of war, fueled by the euphoric nationalism that swept through the country like a plague following the effects of 9/11 is a spent force in the United States."


5 Lies Invented to Spin UN Report on Syria Chemical Weapons Attack


"A barrage of suspiciously worded headlines attempt to link in the minds of unobservent readers the UN's 'confirmation' of chemical weapons use in Syria and Western claims that it was the Syrian government who used them."


Sleeping with the enemy:


Death under torture in Syria: the horrors ignored by pacifists:


Many who regarded Khaled Bakrawi as a hero following his injury by the Israeli occupation uttered not one word of condolence after his death under torture in the regime’s dungeons. Neither the Palestinian Liberation Organisation nor any other Palestinian political faction has condemned the killing of one of Yarmouk’s most prominent, likeable, and hard-working activists. Neither have they protested the killing of three other Palestinian prisoners under torture within five days. It seems that for them, a Palestinian is only worthy of the title «martyr» if s/he is killed by the Zionist occupation. Having the misfortune of being slain by the «anti-imperialist and «pro-resistance» Assad regime renders the killing acceptable, and the killed undeserving of sympathy.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as well, failed to issue any tribute to martyred Palestinian refugee Anas Amara, a 23-year-old law student, Yarmouk resident, and PFLP activist since the age of nine. Anas, a revolutionary communist who distanced himself from the reformist bourgeois left and participated in the Syrian revolution from its very inception, was killed in a regime ambush near the besieged Yarmouk camp in April this year. He was killed, we can put it, by the «wrong bullet,» for his killing warranted no outrage from those who claim to champion the Palestinian cause.


The inspectors, instructed to investigate the attack but not to assign blame, nonetheless listed the precise compass directions of flight for two rocket strikes that appeared to lead back toward the government’s elite redoubt in Damascus, Mount Qasioun, which overlooks and protects neighborhoods and Mr. Assad’s presidential palace and where his Republican Guard and the army’s powerful Fourth Division are entrenched.



Russia Demands 'Immediate Return' of UN Inspectors to Syria


"Russia's permanent UN representative has called for the 'immediate return' of the world body's inspectors to Syria to conduct additional investigations into last month's use of chemical weapons in the country."


Russia To Provide UNSC with the Data on Chemical Weapons' Use by Syrian Rebels


"Russia will provide the UN Security Council with data proving that the chemical weapons near Damascus were used by the opposition, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said..."


George Galloway vs Neville Jones


"George Galloway and Conservative peer Barones Neville Jones debated the role of the Russians, and claims about who used chemical weapons in Syria."


Israel Still Angling For Attacks on Syria and Iran  -  by Jonathan Cook


"President Barack Obama may have drawn his seemingly regretted 'red line' around Syria's chemical weapons, but it was neither he nor the international community that turned the spotlight on their use. That task fell to Israel.

It looks as though Israel, while remaining largely mute about its interests in the civil war raging there, has been doing a great deal to pressure the White House into direct involvement in Syria.."


Israel Attacks Russian Plan for Syria's Chemical Weapons


"Syria is but the means to remove Hezbollah as a political and military force in Lebanon, further undermine Palestinian Islamic forces that are supported by Iran, and isolate and promote regime change in Iran.

The chemical attack on August 21 was a provocation staged by Washington's proxies, the armed islamist militias led by Al Qaeda, to this end."


Ramsey Clark & Cynthia McKenney Lead IAC Anti-War Delegation to Syria (podcast)


"The antiwar movement is in a race with the Pentagon to stop the US from its goal - pushed back momentarily - of-going to war with Syria. 'People in Syria know they face what happened in Iraq, in Afghanistan and in Libya..."


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