The Syrians Determine Future

Without any doubt , the way to Geneva is still fraught with difficulties because there  is no agreement yet about a specific date to hold  the conference. The main problem lies in the oppositions 'participation in the conference. Actually  Russia exerts great efforts   to make the Geneva conference succeed , but these efforts  are hampered by negative interference of  the  US tools in the region.

The US- Russian agreement represents an important international opportunity in finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria. But nobody can deny the absence of the serious stances of the parties sponsoring the foreign opposition,  especially the US.

Moreover, the US is foiling all international efforts to hold the Geneva conference as soon as possible. This seems clearly
 through the latest White House statement which fabricated accusations towards the Syrian government , the thing which put the conference in a dangerous circle.

Then , serious and positive stances are required from the US being the pivotal international player in the Syrian crisis. US must urge the foreign opposition to nominate the members who will represent them in Geneva conference.


On the other hand, the Russian stance is very clear in holding  the opponents liable for delaying the conference, and warning of the repercussions of the White House statement, confirming that the charges contained therein are doctored.

The Syrian government is legitimate and it represents all Syrians. Besides, the Syrian Army is the only one who enforces the rules of the game on the ground and achieves victories in cleansing all the Syrian territories from the terrorist groups.

However, the Syrian government agrees to attend the Geneva conference without any conditions aiming to cease the Syrian bloodshed and to stop the pyramiding attempts to destroy the infrastructure by causing more vandalism .

Regarding the Europeans countries, most of them began to take retreating stances towards the crisis in Syria. It seems obviously in the European officials' statements (Austria , Germany and others). They all stressed that the solution of the crisis in Syria is but through political negotiation and not through external intervention and arming terrorists.

In all cases, the US is joining the chorus of mercenaries and its direct involvement in supporting terrorism will not change anything on the ground, because the Syrians will determine the future of their country. Ultimately, the Syrians are the decision-makers and masters of the situation, and the Syrian army will call the tune when needed.

 

Ahmad Orabi Ba'aj

E&T: M.Wassouf

Death By Democracy

He never thought , as he was taking part in ‘’ pro- democracy ‘’ demonstrations in Aleppo that  he was in a way signing his own death warrant , not because the government would crack down and arrest him- oh no – but because those who he hoped would come and save him from the regime – those he called upon to bring him democracy did come in the end- bringing him not democracy but death- his own. At the end of the day he was just another poor boy .

His name was Mohammad Qatta and he was only fifteen years old . He sold coffee on the corner of the street and on that fateful Saturday he had the bad luck of running into one of the religious fundamentalists who wanted to buy his coffee but not pay for it ! Apparently , the story goes that the man asked Mohammad(the coffee vendor) to consider the price of the coffee as a loan and Mohammad replied that he doesn’t lend money “ even if Mohammad(the prophet) were to come back to life. “ This of course is a common phrase used by many Syrians and doesn’t in any way signify blasphemy or  a lack of respect to God or prophet Mohammad ( Peace be upon him )

They came for him- the members of a rebel group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria- and they took him. They brought him back sometime later with signs of torture on him and in the middle of the square they assembled the people of Aleppo, including his mother and father and issued their warning- “ this is the fate of he who takes the name of the prophet in vain. “ They were speaking a classical Arabic dialect and not a local Syrian one signifying that they were foreigners- and so they turned their machine guns on him and shot him down once in the neck and once in the head. So died Mohammad named after prophet Mohammad!

And indeed it is ironic that a Syrian should die at the hands of a Chechen or a Turk or some foreigner in his own country!!But the irony doesn’t stop here. In Deir Al Zor in the village of Hatleh  (a Shiite village)where at least thirty people were massacred and then dissected and then videoed by religious extremists one cannot help but wonder at the video of a dead woman-her body cut into pieces as is shown by the video yet when the camera moves to show her face one of her killers shouts ”haram-don’t show the face of a woman.”Haram meaning it is sinful. For in this man’s warped vision of Islam it is sinful to show the face of a woman because of her gender, but it is right to dissect her because of her sect!!

Democracy died a long time ago in this “revolution” of Syria! It died when the demonstrations became armed-it died when foreign money and arms flooded the border and it died when those calling for democracy thought that democracy would come in the shape of foreign fighters and terrorists. It died when Mohamad Al Qatta the anti government demonstrator died at the hands of those he thought of as his saviors and when a woman’s gender and sex became more important than the crime of her murder and mutilation!

Reem Haddad

"Dwarf with an ogre's appetite"[1]

It is well known that Media, journalists and other experts in Paris, are key players in the French democratic process; thus contribute to the construction of the Qatari partner image introduced to the French public. The aggressiveness of Qatar, not only in France, seems to have aroused in them a "national" notion, and increased their vigilance against Franco-Qatari relations, which they begin to suspiciously judge. Opinion Experts, newspaper articles, and reports on the "Qatari risk" are abundantly multiplying in France.

Two books recently published in Paris, will help fuel the controversy surrounding Franco-Qatari relations over future stage: journalist Nicolas Beau's book, entitled "The Ugly Qatar", Editions Fayard, 2013; and great reporters Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot's  book, entitled 'Qatar: les secrets du coffre-fort' (Qatar: the secrets of the Vault), Michel Lafon Editions, 2013.Qatar, according to Michel Lafon publishing house is: “a dwarf perpetually hungry,only slightly larger than Corsica, thanks to its huge gas reserves, can afford all on the planet: sports clubs, large parts of European industry, palaces, and the 2022 World Cup... What are the real causes of this "bulimia"?”

After a long investigation in “Al-Jazeera country” to discover the reasons behind their liberation from Iraq where they were held hostage in 2004, Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, remove the veil from this confusing country coulisses.In their booktheyexplore thepower gamein Doha,the emirate's external policies, and Franco-Qatari relations, showinghow thispowergets tocreate anunarmedempire by purchasingthe world as refers a banker working with Doha "The True

Story of Qatar… is that of a nouveau riche ... I would say nouvelle richness, where power is concerted in three or four people. This is certainly a unique case in the world. What to do with 40 or 50 billion? This is the question the magic trio (Emir- HBJ[2]-Moza) is posing every year."[3]

From oil and gas reserves (estimated to sustain200 to 300 years) to sumptuous palaces of the Emir Sheikh Hamad;  passing by AlJazeera influential Information resources through Qatar weight in secret negotiations with “Western Islamic states” −power articulations are revealed. We learn that "Qatar, failing to expand its borders to consolidate its power, has chosen to create an empire, without weapons (only Al Udeid Air Base),a war by purchasingthe world!"But who saidWorld is for sale!

The book also discloses how Qatar tried to buy a Russian veto in the UN[4], and the mysteries  of its investment in France, and how it controversially went from the "book checks diplomacy" to arming Libyan and Syrian terroristic groups. This book is a journey into the surreal world of an empire of pocket; making us wonder why it is seeking to infiltrate international institutions such as UNESCO and the Arab League. Is Qatar rolling for Islamists or does it, by its frantic infiltration, ensure its safety as its reputation?

Regarding their political investments,Qataris have supported the Muslim Brotherhood, the overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya " 6 of the 12  Qatari 2000 Mirage are engaged by the side of NATO's operations in Libya, throwing bombs, accomplishing combat missions. Qatari pilots are having their first War overseas.'They were the sole to land without countermeasures in response to the commands of their two C-17 American Globe-masters' a French soldier declares.[5]" They have also backed up armed opposition in Syria “In fact, Americans have never known exactly the weapons recipients’  identity, that Qatar was  delivering on behalf of the Occidentals  in Libya. Since then, some of the weapons went to north Mali... other were sent to Syria in favor of rebels.” They have also played a role in Tunisia and Egypt uprisings. Nothing can stop Qatar's ambitions towards influence, according to Chesnot and Malbrunot,"Qatar: les secrets du coffre-fort".

In his interview with ‘Ouest France’ about the book[6], French writer and journalist, Christian Chesnot, indicates how Qataris bought ‘Centre Kléber’, the largest conference center in Paris, which Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thany has (coup de foudre) fell in love with. Paying 400 million euros while its price in the real estate market is estimated at 350 million euros. An economic strategy followed by Qatar, based on higher prices proposals of about 30% to 40% than the market prices, and funded from its financial strength that allows it to take over everything.

Chesnot adds that the book is devoting an important part for the Qatari's role in the ongoing events in Syria. As the French journalists reveal the Qatar's Emir obsession with this file, considering the matter a personal battle, meaning if President Al-Assad survives Shaykh Hamad will pay the price, so he is employing all his treasury energy to gain the game[7]. The authors are literally recapulating one of Qatar's Emir cousins' words "If the Syrian crisis prolongs, it will shake the internal balance in Doha."Therefore, Qatar is arming and financing opposition groups, but not necessarily the most democratic or moderate ones. Moreover, some of those groups are supported by organizations recorded under U.S. list of terrorist organizations.

The French journalist goes on to say: Qatari officials declare when asked about their role in supporting Islamic groups, "We want to be up to date with historical changes.  Today, wind is blowing with Muslim Brotherhood, who has achieved victory in the elections", in reference to the rise of Islamists in Tunisia and Egypt.

The outstanding reporter in Radio France, Christian Chesnot, reveals that a large number of American, Russian, and French diplomats have been interviewed to obtain details incorporated in " Qatar: les secrets du coffre-fort."

"The objective of writing is not to attack, propaganda, or show this country's miracle", according to Chesnot, "but to explain aspects related to Qatar issue, since the financial capacity and over wealth of this country, led to questioning  its purchase of companies, and weapons."
From Al-Jazeera podium, Chesnot declared that this channel, as authorities sponsoring it, has lost its neutrality and its motto "AL-Raii& Al-Raii Al-Akhar" (Pro & Counter opinion) in favor of unilateral promotion.

For his part, writer and political analyst specialized in Arab affairs, Georges Malbrunot- a French intelligence services close contact - mentioned the growing criticism of the ruler of Qatar and his wife, particularly his policies contrasting with tribal customs and traditions prevailing in Qatar culture. He also pointed out that there is turmoil and fear in Qatar, accusing Prince Hamad of wasting the country's wealth for the benefit of U.S. companies.

 

Lama Alhassanieh

 
[1]Michel Lafon editions

[2]HBJ: Hamad Bin Jasem

[3]"Qatar: les secrets du coffre-fort" page 243

[4]"Qatar: les secrets du coffre-fort" page 51

[5]"Qatar: les secrets du coffre-fort" page 184

[6]' Le Qatar, quelle stratégie?’  Entretien avec Christian Chesnot, Ouest France, 04 mars 2013

[7]"Qatar: les secrets du coffre-fort" page 207

 

Democracy of Relegation

Protests which have recently broken out in "Taksim" square in Istanbul have dropped the mulberry leaf behind which the Neo-Ottomans shelter. Those claiming to spread Democracy over the Turks as they tend to believe that the own Turkey and not only winning the elections they once had.

They forgot or have relegated into oblivion that Turkey had an intellectual, ideological and multi-ethnic diversity.

Mention should be focused on the fact that the other half of the Turkish people have other opinions and views no matter what Erdogan brags about achievements and successes. These things could have been done by other governments too. All achievements made so far are already attributable to the Turkish people.

What happened in Taksim square, the freedom square was an expression of public wrath not to hinder the construction of a mall or a public garden, it was merely the straw that broke Erdogan's back.

The demonstrations exposed him and his party's political malpractices right before the eyes of the Turkish people. These demonstrations aimed at preventing Erdogan from tampering with the public freedom which he and his partner Uglu pursued since the so-called Ergenekon case where Erdogan prosecuted his antagonists the thing that culminated in the resignation of many officers denying the authoritarian policy.

The demonstration in Taksimsquare was not the only incident but there were hundreds of others in several Turkish towns. It was preceded by massive revolts, the most prominent of which compiled over 1000 Turks cascading from different walks of life on Dec. 13, 2012.It hinged on Silivri court where hundreds of military personnel, party leaders , parliamentarians, journalistsand ex-judges were charged with plotting a coup d'état against justice and development party under the name of Ergenekon conspiracy.

Is There a better relegation than what Erdogan and his party claim ?!

 

Ahmad Orabi Baaj

E & T by: H. Shamout

The People

President Bashar Al-Assad determined several significant and strategic points, in his Al-Manar TV interview. Therefore, shedding light on those important factors either at the current or forthcoming stage of the Syrian political status− is a necessity.

     Those points are focusing on a range of concepts in their forehead: putting populace as a supreme reference   regarding any political variable like state structure, sovereign institutions, and future of generations. Secondly, no authority, hand, or power whatsoever should prospect the country's future, or confiscate popular free will. Since State -People concept is characterized by continuity ; whereas Authority - Government concept is provisional.

   The People according to Mr. President own conception–which is also a stable regulation in International Law and Constitutional Jurisprudence- should determine by its free will  the political structure nature, and its sovereign institutions. This right is the People's exclusive right, where no power or authority whatsoever can confiscate it. Since, it is linked to the concepts of Popular Sovereignty and Separation of Powers-which have been constitutional and legislative regulation for about two-odd centuries- in addition to wise governance and guidance. Therefore, People is not only a source of authority; but is also the determinant of national, political, and struggle choices that will define friends as well as enemies

     Mr. President has stated another central point whenassociating power balance shift for the benefit of the Syrian Army advancement; side by side with the people'sembrace and conversion for the advantage of the  national vision. Furthermore, his highness has linked the growing public awareness towards the reality of what is happening on the Syrian arena, with the exposure of the misleading processplayed by misinformingmedia machine andits impact on power balance in the ongoing conflict to change Syria's geopolitical feature.

Finally, Mr. President strongest message via al-Manar TV is that we are all part of the people and are dedicated to it.People is the source of power and legitimacy, having the exclusive right to determine present and future Syria, not any other power. Besides, Geneva Conference and othersare not points of reference, but the only reference isthe Syrian people free and independent willing. Here lies the essence in understanding what is happening on the Syrian arena under failing attempts of deviating and repositioning the Syrian National Authority.

 

 

Dr. Kalaf Ali Al-Meftah

Translated & Edited by: L. Al-Hassanieh

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