Your homeland is by the same token your present and future

 

The worker who seriously works every day loves his home, yet expressing his love by his own way. When we find various kinds of vegetables and fruits in our markets we should remember that our farmer is fond of his home, however he might find an outstanding manner to express this love. We have virtuous teachers, as unknown soldiers, those teaching and educating our children how to cherish their motherland, reading the tome of love in their eyes, drawing, and songs.

We all have strong emotion towards our home, yet each would express those sentiments of love and respect through various ways and means. Nevertheless, some of us believe that there is no need to express this love as  it is profound and can be felt everywhere. We want to breathe and stay on this land, since we consider it as the most lavish pearl in the world, in which we hear the agreeable echoes of our past, and see magnificent imageries of our future.

We are proud that it was the land of civilization and the heavens messages cradle. Although Syria incorporates several religions, sects, beliefs; yet all citizens live peacefully.

Some people ask why do Syrians revere their home so much. We will give them a big affirmative answer: we like this home because our bread is made from its wheat, our clothes from its fabrics, and our fresh water from its springs. Our grandfathers had lived on this land , and we will continue living on this land, as will do our children after us, they will also grow on the love Syria. Our grandmothers had recounted us many tales about this land, but the most memorable one is:

Your homeland  is your present as well as your future, so cherish and preserve it forever.

Dr. Jihad Ttaher Bakfalouni

Edited by: Lama Al-hassanieh

Out of The Equation

 The Turkish president has now recognized the danger of al-Qa'eda organization and the branches affiliated to it. He wants to collect the falling papers by forgetting what his government did and how it  opened the borders to the terrorists to infiltrate into Syria, and how he also concluded a devilish contract with them including al-saud, the salafist Wahhabi thoughts  and al-Doha rulers. He tries to catch up the Salafist project represented by Bandar al-Saud who represents the armed terrorist groups affiliated to the foreigners in all aspects of the scene.

The concerted efforts of the Syrian Arab Army and the achieved victories made the terrorists retreat, not only the terrorists but also those who support them to change their opinions towards the Syrian crisis.

Politically, though the United States insists on exerting pressure in a bid to issue a UN Security Council resolution by imposing force or military intervention in Syria, deliberations between the Russian foreign minister and his American counterpart continue to accelerate in order to convene' Geneva 2' next month. Hence shelving  chapter seven of the Russian-American project as long as  Syria honors its decision to remove the chemical weapons.

The Organization for the protection of chemical weapons (OPCW) announced that Syria had handed over the detailed files about its chemical weapons to the organization, Pointing out to the compliance of the Syrians side to its obligations under the items of  the Russian-American agreement.

Subsequent steps need an agreement on the conditions  and procedures to destroy the chemical weapons as there will be no hindrance from the Syrian side about the materialization of this agreement.

Syria is ready to attend the International Conference of Geneva 2 without any conditions, which will embarrass the foreign opposition which is void of  any patriotism calling for  a foreign military intervention against Syria. They were annoyed by the  Russian-American agreement which broke the back of their financiers, especially after it was refused by the terrorist organizations  in an attempt to confound the whole scene.

The Western contradictory attitudes put these groups into a shameful position, who do not know where  the events are heading to recognize on which ground they shall stand, awaiting  what the Russian -American talks will unfold, and what the international stance will produce, to find a political solution to the current situation in Syria. It is sooner than expected any time but shortly the terrorists groups will be out of the equation.

Ahmad OrabiBa'aj

E & T : H. Shammout

Reaping Fiasco

 The political scene regarding the Syrian crisis is clearly different now especially after the US'  played down threats about  launching an aggression against Syria despite the fact that   these threats are still on the table.

 Therefore, the US found in the Russian initiative concerning the Syrian chemical weapon  a means to escape the  embarrassment which is  caused  by its  decision to launch an aggression against  Syria. For the US has faced externally, an international and popular  protests  about its  aggression, internally, this aggressive work has been described as a departure from the international legitimacy.

 Following  the agreement between the two ministers Lavrov and Kerry, the  disappointment of Istanbul opposition  and the countries which supported the  US aggression against  Syria, became conspicuous. Actually, the Russian-American agreement is far from  the issue of chemical weapons in Syria to be  put  under the  international supervision only.

 Hence  the  two ministers Lavrov and Kerry  stressed that the solution in Syria  will be realized but  only through political means. They  also agreed on  paving the way for  an international conference onpeace in Syria  which aims at obliterating  terrorism that struck Syria for more than two  years and a half.

 Much to the chagrin of the supporters of  terrorism in Syria , those who  rejected strongly the Russian-American agreement as if they were the arbiters of such decisions, forgot that  they were mere tools no more. Their  hatred for  the Syrians made them prepare  a fertile environment for takfiri and  Wahhabi terrorists  groups by breeding  them and facilitating their infiltration  into Syria  to destroy the country.

Regarding the French position, it  is but to implement the orders of  its  master, the  US. The   French  government's role  will finish when the US gives orders to stop.

 On the other hand, with the advent  of the  political process, all those who were calling for aggression against Syria  will turn to look for a place at the table of the  political dialogue. They will not find this place and will only reap the shame and curse of the Syrian people.

 Syria will steadfastly overcome the conspiracy through its honorable people and  brave  army. Syria will remain the  impregnable fortress in the face of the Zionist conspiracies and  all its lackey  allies from the Gulf states and western countries who will be relegated into the ash heap of history. 

 Ahmed Orabi Ba'aj

 E&T: Maysa Wassouf

What Happened to John Kerry? From Anti-War Vietnam to Bellicose Rhetoric on Syria

 As he has demonstrated by his bellicose rhetoric on Syria, John Kerry has made complete his 180-degree transition from an anti-war Vietnam veteran who in 1971 threw his navy medals back onto the White House lawn and who testified to Congress on the immorality of war, to a belligerent warrior without a cause.

Tracing the causes of this shift is perhaps pointless, but a comparison between the 1971-Kerry and the 2013-Kerry will reveal the corrupting influence of the combination of money and power with its necessary consequence of surrendering what Kerry himself calls one’s “moral compass.” This article does not intend to attack John Kerry as a person. I respect and even like John Kerry. But Kerry is a significant and interesting example of how one operates when they surrender their moral compass and take instead the path to power over principle. Let us look at three facts that correlate with this shift.

First, his change of mind regarding the morality of war correlates with his investment in war machinery. Here is Kerry in 1971 congressional testimony: “We fought using weapons against “oriental human beings.” We fought using weapons against those people which I do not believe this country would dream of using were we fighting in the European theater.” Here he is in 2013: Among lawmakers on Capitol Hill, John Kerry has the most money invested in defense contractors, up to $38,209,020. This includes the significant investments in Raytheon and in General Electric, both of whom are major players in the U.S. war machine. Kerry decided in January to set aside his stock in these companies as a prerequisite to becoming secretary of state. Additionally, Kerry’s support for chemical companies such as Dow Chemicals and Monsanto (who manufactured the Agent Orange Kerry said he knew was being used while he was in Vietnam) is now well known (see Humanrightsinvestigations.org for more).

Second, the process of his functioning as a small cog in the war machine in Vietnam to functioning as a big cog in the Empire correlates with Kerry changing the direction of his moral compass from moral principles and the value of individual civilian lives and interests, to the interests of empire’s power. In 1971, what Kerry said is worth quoting at length:

We feel [that] what threatens this country, [is] not the reds, but the crimes which we are committing that threaten it, that we have to speak out….We saw Vietnam ravaged equally by American bombs and search and destroy missions, as well as by Viet Cong terrorism – and yet we listened while this country tried to blame all of the havoc on the Viet Cong.

We rationalized destroying villages in order to save them. We saw America lose her sense of morality as she accepted very coolly a My Lai and refused to give up the image of American soldiers who hand out chocolate bars and chewing gum. We watched pride allow the most unimportant battles to be blown into extravaganzas, because we couldn’t lose, and we couldn’t retreat...

We are here in Washington to say that the problem of this war is not just a question of war and diplomacy. It is part and parcel of everything that we are trying as human beings to communicate to people in this country – the question of racism which is rampant in the military, and so many other questions such as the use of weapons; the hypocrisy in our taking umbrage at the Geneva Conventions and using that as justification for a continuation of this war when we are more guilty than any other body of violations of those Geneva Conventions; in the use of free fire zones, harassment interdiction fire, search and destroy missions, the bombings, the torture of prisoners, all accepted policy by many units in South Vietnam.

Now, here is Kerry on the morality of war in 2013:

There is a reason why President Obama has made clear to the Assad regime that this international norm cannot be violated without consequences.

Never mind that the discrepancy between Kerry’s words, Obama’s words, and the ongoing use of chemical weapons by the U.S. in Iraq and in other countries, along with the supreme crime of aggression in violation of international law, has been well-documented by now. The only consequences that matter to the “Kerry of the Empire” are those to be suffered by nations who are in the sites of the empire’s war machine:

I spoke on Thursday with Syrian Foreign Minister Muallem, and I made it very clear to him that if the regime, as he argued, had nothing to hide, then their response should be immediate, immediate transparency, immediate access, not shelling. Their response needed to be unrestricted and immediate access.

The Empire makes demands. It does not justify its demands. As if to underscore this observation, in a speech on May 23, Kerry stated:

In the event that we can’t find that way forward, in the event that the Assad regime is unwilling to negotiate Geneva I in good faith, we will also talk about our continued support and growing support for the opposition in order to permit them to continue to be able to fight for the freedom of their country.

Yet, the same Geneva Convention requires countries to engage in responsible behavior, including not arming those who engage in “willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, and extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.”

Further, Kerry stated in a recent speech:

Anyone who could claim that an attack of this staggering scale could be contrived or fabricated needs to check their conscience and their own moral compass. What is before us today is real, and it is compelling.

If only Kerry hadn’t thrown his moral compass onto the White House lawn along with his metals, he might have been a moral brake on Obama’s aggressiveness toward Syria. If the U.N. can conclude that the chemical attacks that occurred in Syria back in April were done by the rebels, thus demonstrating the lies engaged in by the U.S. (including Kerry) to be try to pin it on the Assad government, then there is no reason that the current evidence is more “compelling” and “moral” now than it was then. Yet Kerry said nothing back in May when U.S. accusations turned out to be a lie. Further, false flags for war are obviously not unheard of in U.S. history, whether it is the Gulf of Tonkin or the use 9/11 to rev up the U.S. Empire’s war machine.

Third, Kerry’s shift from morality to Empire correlates with a shift from factually-founded moral arguments to purely emotional appeal. Here is Kerry in 1971:

In our opinion and from our experience, there is nothing in South Vietnam which could happen that realistically threatens the United States of America. And to attempt to justify the loss of one American life in Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos by linking such loss to the preservation of freedom, which those misfits supposedly abuse, is to us the height of criminal hypocrisy, and it is that kind of hypocrisy which we feel has torn this country apart.

We found that not only was it a civil war, an effort by a people who had for years been seeking their liberation from any colonial influence whatsoever, but also we found that the Vietnamese whom we had enthusiastically molded after our own image were hard put to take up the fight against the threat we were supposedly saving them from.

And here is Kerry from 2013:

Let me be clear: The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard, it is inexcusable.

Last night...I went back and I watched the videos, the videos that anybody can watch in the social media, and I watched them one more gut-wrenching time. It is really hard to express in words the human suffering that they lay out before us.

As a father, I can’t get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing, while chaos swirled around him, the images of entire families dead in their beds without a drop of blood or even a visible wound, bodies contorting in spasms, human suffering that we can never ignore or forget.

This is the way power is consolidated and used: not by rational and morally-principled arguments that allow the people to discuss such issues, but by propaganda tricks and appeals to emotion.

Let me reiterate that none of this makes John Kerry a bad man. But it does show us something about the trading of individual conscience for functioning in a high position of great power and in the service of a small number of elites. But if only Kerry would listen to his own words from 1971, the moral voices of the nation might well have the upper hand in the future to stop any further drive to war on the part of the Obama administration:

But all that they have done and all that they can do by this denial [of the “mistake” it was to invade Vietnam] is to make more clear than ever our own determination to undertake one last mission – to search out and destroy the last vestige of this barbaric war, to pacify our own hearts, to conquer the hate and fear that have driven this country these last ten years and more.

Short of doing just that, Mr. Kerry will go down in history as so many in our government leaders are doing: as a functionary of the Empire. If Secretary of State Kerry truly wants to be a world leader, he can unite people to further this goal of “conquering hate and fear” and helping us to live peaceably with other peoples.

By Dr. Robert P. Abele

Global Research, September 20, 2013

H.M.

Russian Initiative path to end Syrian crisis

No doubt, the reactions  about  the latest stance of the  Syrian government which welcomed the Russian initiative concerning chemical weapons are  still continuing .Then through days, the  dimensions of the strategy in the current political juncture began to reveal clearly.

We all  as Syrians  appreciate and respect  the  Russian  endeavors to prevent the aggression on  our homeland . Thanks to its great  efforts, Russia has proved that it is committed to  the principles of the  international law. Within this framework and through  his joint press conference in Moscow few days ago, the Russian Foreign Minister stressed that  there are no deals  without Syrian awareness.

No one can deny that  Syria  did not hesitate giving  a quick and decisive  response, which confirms that Syria is not seeking  the expansion of the crisis or causing  a regional and  international war. 

Hence, Syria has been  frustrating all  the conspiracies  of  its  new enemies, who did their best to destroy the country by all  dirty  means.  Also Syrian government   is trying  not to expose its  people to risks of a foreign  intervention . 

It clearly seems that the Syrian crisis had  revealed the hatred  of the Wahhabi of Saudi Arabia, which had  devoted millions of dollars to destroy the Syrian state and  to eliminate the co-existence that has characterized the Syrian society. 

Moreover, Syria is a self-sufficient country which had never depended  on  any aid or subsidies or loans. Thus, the Syrian  people has never been  vulnerable to the political and financial  blackmail .

 

For this reason, the malevolent States (Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey)   did not  hesitate in supporting and financing  terrorism  in Syria , of course, with  the continuous  sponsorship of the US and Israel.

 

Although Syria has been able to avoid  its people all risks that could increase the crisis, but at the same time it should not forget the sponsors and supporters  of terrorism. 

On the other  hand , Syria  has actually  accepted  the Russian initiative   to end  the crisis and  to stop the US-backed organized  terrorism. Besides,  Syrian government  has  expressed its desire to attend  the conference to be held to end the crisis without preconditions.

 

Thus, Syria  has proved  to the whole world  that it is seeking peace to  restore  the  security of  the homeland. The Syrian government  is  fully convinced  that the solution in Syria is a political one,  but this  must be accompanied  with  the elimination  of  all kinds of  terrorism in all Syrian territories. 

Ahmed Orabi Ba'aj

E&T: Maysa Wassouf

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