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Can Washington and Its Allies Stop Syria’s Reconciliation Efforts?

This observer lost count more than a year ago of the sheer number of predictions by analysts and lobbyists that the “tipping point” signaling the Syrian government’s collapse was a sure thing and would happen any time now. “It’s just a matter of days, not weeks” President Obama declared back in 2011.

Based on personal observations and interviews with a fair number of informed people who actually live in Syria, as opposed to the Zionist think tank armchair “expert” variety, this observer concedes that prognosticators are finally right. In point of fact, I have concluded over the past few months that the long elusive “tipping point” in Syria has indeed been reached and the momentum has shifted decisively in this embattled.

But not the tipping point that the opposition groups promoters were hoping for, including the NATO countries.

Rather, the momentum here has tipped in favor of the current government due to its capacity to maintain a slowly rising level of popular support, and good relations with key foreign supporters during the current run up to next year’s Presidential election. Then, it will be up to the Syrian voters to decide who stays, goes, and/or joins in their next government.

I base my tentative conclusions, on among others, the following factors.

The Syrian population here is so tired, so exhausted and beaten down, the killing has gone on for so long, and the Syrian people, like Iranians and others I have observed, appear to exhibit a distinctly noticeable, profound and almost moral and religious bond with their countrymen and they personally feel acutely their country’s suffering. Such that people on the streets are very shocked and incredulous at what is going on and many in fact feel less strongly about either side in the conflict and just want the slaughter to end and for life to return to 'normal' .

 About a week ago mortars hit the campus of Damascus University. By the grace of God there were no casualties-this time. But students report that on average about six mortars or explosive devices hit Damascus every week. While unreported in the media, the attack on Damascus University where the student body has pretty much stayed on the sidelines during the current crisis, is an example of the nerve shattering recognition here that terrorists can more or less fire mortars or rockets at will into Damascus, from miles away. And these terrorist attacks are very difficult to stop and constitute an ever present danger for Damascenes. The relatively frequently used small US M252 81mm mortar that can be carried in a deep pocket or under a shirt when strapped, has a bit more than a one mile range (1609 meters). Larger ones can travel several miles when set at between 45 and 85 degrees to the ground according to military sources.

Also, according to students, about five days ago the Tishereen War Panorama Museum was hit with four or five terrorists projectiles. The military museum was built to celebrate the October 1973 War (“Tishreen” means “October” in Arabic), and this main tourist attraction is only two miles northeast of the Old City in Damascus.

One also experiences here an attitude that the government is showing signs of learning some serious lessons about the direction that Syria must move in. While number estimates are difficult, increasing number of Syrians appears to believe that the current regime is the best solution, until next year’s election.

One also notices in Syria these days that people appear (maybe influenced a bit by the recent spring weather) somewhat more optimistic that things are getting "better" -- warmer weather means less need for mazot (heating oil), people are car-pooling more to decrease dependence on limited benzene, some flour, still often difficult to find due to terrorists burning fields, theft from supply warehouses and Turkish-condoned destruction of a majority of manufacturing enterprises in Aleppo, is appearing to a degree, brought in from bordering countries. Many of the shortages -- partly caused by the US-led sanctions -- are for now somehow less severe due to the ingenuity of the Syrian people and the government too has been employing some shrewd countermeasures.

This observer along with others has been critical of the Lebanese government for not doing more for the Syrian and Palestinian refugees forced into their country by the current crisis. While still a serious problem, there has finally developed a life-line of sorts operating from Lebanon into Syria. More consumer goods now move officially from the Masnaa Syrian-Lebanese border crossing where vehicles are checked, and much more food stuffs and essential goods arrive into Syria via many other routes -- smuggling routes established between the two countries when the French created Lebanon back in 1943.

From Chtaura to Majdal Anjar, one comes across lines of massive fuel tankers as well as trucks loaded with Bekaa valley vegetables like onions, potatoes, carrots, squash, radishes, wheat, barley, lentil, beets, zucchini, cabbage, cauliflower and beans of different varieties. According to my favorite driver, Ahmad, government’s regulations require that these large vehicles line up until 4 p.m. so as not to jam the narrow, potholed and frankly dangerous cliff-hanging roads.

Even Ahmad has become involved in the import business. No longer does he transport up to five passengers. Only me who rides “shotgun.” This is because he fills the trunk of his taxi and the back seat with about a dozen tanks of pressurized cooking gas. Ahmad pays $16 per filled tank in Lebanon and sells them in Syria for $50 each. I am not sure why he needs me to ride with him and why he gives me such a great price, but having an American on board seems to help in some way with some of the checkpoints.

For about a decade, starting at about age seven, this observer would almost never miss a Saturday matinee at the Victory theater in Milwaukie, Oregon. I have known since that time that riding shotgun, whether on a stage coach or covered wagon, was not the best seat because you might catch an arrow from “wild Injuns on the warpath” or a bullet from road bandits.

Things have not changed so much. Riding shotgun from Beirut to Damascus with a dozen tanks of pressurized gas invites instant immolation from a snipers bullet fired from some hill overlooking the main highway. Trying to make a joke, my driver reminds me from time to time that the US M24 specially adapted Remington Model 700 sniper rifle, some of which are in the hands of terrorists around here, has a supposed range of more than two miles, and one bullet into one tank and it’s all over for the both of us.

More seriously, regular views are expressed in Syria about the support levels for the current government vs. support for the opposition groups. Admittedly based on nothing very scientific, this observer tends to agree with what he has been hearing from a cross section of the local population that the regime has the fairly strong backing of around 50% of the population. Less than half of that for the opposition groups, among others, cast with the regime because they are afraid of the Wahabist/Salafist jihadi types and the breaking up of their country.

One teenager who I asked why she supports the current regime explained that the Syrian regime is doing their best and despite the rising prices that her parents chronically complain about she is grateful that, "despite all the rising prices the government has not allowed the cost of telephone service to increase so I can chat with my friends just like before!” The kid has a point because during this crisis and all the rumors ricocheting around people are

staying in contact with loved ones more than ever it seems.

A bit more than 50% do not seem to express firm support for either side and just want the killing to stop and for some sort of normalcy to return, while at the same time expressing an opinion something like, “how did our country get into this mess. Let the foreigners go home and we can deal with our problems ourselves.” Tragically, this plea does not appear to be acted on anytime soon in Washington DC, Paris, London or Brussels, given the new pledges this week of more “non-lethal” aid to the terrorists factions.

If ever there were meaning- and logic-destroying non-sequiturs as in the past few days it is hard to remember when. Faced with the tipping point moving away from the foreign forces and toward the Syrian government and majority population, the “Friends of Syria” has stretched beyond recognition the meaning of ordinary phrases like “defensive APC’s," "non-lethal devices to help pinpoint the locations of the Syrian Arab Army troops,” “weapons to protect the civilian population,” as well as “humanitarian sanctions” that supposedly but don't exempt food and medicines. In fact all of the new Friends of Syria “breakthrough assistance” targets Syria’s civilian population and all are lethal given the uses to which they are put.

History instructs us that as a result of American wars, from Vietnam to the Middle East -- that it is the civilian population who will pay the price of the Obama administration’s just announced “humanitarian assistance” to selected groups in Syria. This history is well known here by Syrians who understand well the strange paradox of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement this week of Washington's desire to speed up the political process aimed at ending the crisis in Syria by backing the armed Wahabist/Salafist jihadi groups in the country.

This week’s US and European decisions to back Syria's opposition groups with direct aid will only lead to more bloodshed and encourage "terrorism" in Syria, according to two Sheiks from Syria’s largest tribe who held court recently during tea in the lobby of the Dama Rose Hotel here.

What Washington fears, according to the same interlocutor from the Russian embassy who spoke with this observer for nearly two hours, is the confirmation that the Syrian opposition is ready to immediately enter into negotiations with the Syrian government without preconditions and that the government’s departure or even his future status will not be part of the process. The Russians' belief that the opposition groups are finally coming around to a more realistic approach is gaining support from the population here as well as military and political players. This is more than anathema to Washington and its allies.

For them it is not less than catastrophic and will not be allowed despite NATO’s rhetoric to the contrary. Thus the new fake proposals. The new “Non-lethal aid” has been designed to somehow reverse the “tipping point” that seems to be taking place. These aggressive actions rather than, for example, genuine humanitarian aid given to the 11 neutral international NGO’s operating across Syria, or serious pressure on all sides to show up at the dialogue table, is certain to prolong the conflict and condemn countless more Syrians to death.

Source:Al-Manar-By Franklin Lamb

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Washington’s “Expanded Battlefield Aid” to Syria Al Qaeda Terrorists

The US State Department, and to a greater extent, US foreign policy itself, having exhausted completely their collective credibility, has attempted yet another “reset.” By bringing in John Kerry to pose as the next US Secretary of State, it is hoped global opinion will see US foreign policy in a new, more tolerant light. Kerry, however, has wasted no time attempting to simply resell verbatim the same failed, absurd policy US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton destroyed her career peddling, spinning, and covering up – as finalized in the case of Benghazi, Libya.

The Washington Post’s piece, “U.S. announces expanded battlefield aid to Syrian terrorists, but not arms,” rehashes the same tired, patently false narrative that has been used throughout the duration of the US-fueled Syrian conflict. The Washington Post reports:

The Obama administration will provide food and medicine to Syrian opposition fighters, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Thursday, announcing a cautious U.S. foray into front-line battlefield support that falls far short of the heavy weapons or high-tech gear the rebels seek.

“The stakes are really high, and we can’t risk letting this country — in the heart of the Middle East — be destroyed by vicious autocrats or hijacked by the extremists,” Kerry said following discussions among a group of Western and Arab nations that are funding, and in some cases arming, the fighters.

The United States will, for the first time, send supplies through the opposition groups’ central military headquarters, with U.S. advisers supervising the distribution of food rations and medical supplies, U.S. officials said. The shift is intended to give the U.S.-backed Syrian Opposition Coalition greater say over the aid, but it is also a test of the opposition’ ability to keep donated supplies out of the hands of extremists in their midst.

The Washington Post report is a verified lie. US assistance, cash, weapons, and covert military support had been ongoing in Syria since 2007 – in other words – before the current conflict even began. And the US has been providing this support not for moderates, but specifically and intentionally for the ideological foundation of Al Qaeda itself, the sectarian extremist Muslim Brotherhood, since the Bush administration.

Outright admissions by administration officials, Saudi and Lebanese officials working in tandem with the US, and US intelligence agents have outlined a criminal conspiracy that has now transcended two presidencies and provided the clearest example yet of  the corporate-financier driven “continuity of agenda” that truly guides Western foreign policy. This criminal conspiracy has also incurred a staggering list of egregious crimes against humanity, crimes we are reminded of daily by the very interests responsible for them, including the 70,000 alleged dead in the Syrian conflict so far.

Secretary John Kerry’s Narrative is a Verified Lie

Secretary Kerry’s “desire” to keep weapons out of the hands of extremists is willfully disingenuous misdirection. It has been extremists the US has been, on record, purposefully propping up in Syria years before the conflict even began in 2011.

Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, in his 2007 New Yorker report titled, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?“stated explicitly that:

“To undermine Iran, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”

Hersh’s report would also include:

“the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria. The Israelis believe that putting such pressure on the Assad government will make it more conciliatory and open to negotiations.”

Hersh also reported that a supporter of the Lebanese pro-US-Saudi Hariri faction had met Dick Cheney in Washington and relayed personally the importance of using the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria in any move against the ruling government:

“[Walid] Jumblatt then told me that he had met with Vice-President Cheney in Washington last fall to discuss, among other issues, the possibility of undermining Assad. He and his colleagues advised Cheney that, if the United States does try to move against Syria, members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood would be “the ones to talk to,” Jumblatt said.”

The article would continue by explaining how already in 2007 US and Saudi backing had begun benefiting the Brotherhood:

“There is evidence that the Administration’s redirection strategy has already benefitted the Brotherhood. The Syrian National Salvation Front is a coalition of opposition groups whose principal members are a faction led by Abdul Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian Vice-President who defected in 2005, and the Brotherhood. A former high-ranking C.I.A. officer told me, “The Americans have provided both political and financial support. The Saudis are taking the lead with financial support, but there is American involvement.” He said that Khaddam, who now lives in Paris, was getting money from Saudi Arabia, with the knowledge of the White House. (In 2005, a delegation of the Front’s members met with officials from the National Security Council, according to press reports.) A former White House official told me that the Saudis had provided members of the Front with travel documents.”

At one point in Hersh’s report, it is even admitted that officials from US ally Saudi Arabia admitted to “controlling” the “religious fundamentalists.” The report states specifically:

“…[Saudi Arabia's] Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that “they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran.”

While Kerry, as did Clinton before him, and others throughout the Western establishment attempt to portray the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and its armed front, Al Qaeda, in Syria as an unforeseeable, unfortunate consequence of an equally unforeseeable, unfortunate conflict – it is clear that in 2007, such “consequences” were essential elements of a premeditated conflict the West had poured cash, weapons, and logistics into the creation of, along with its partners in the Middle East, including Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

Also in 2007, the Wall Street Journal would publish a report titled, “To Check Syria, U.S. Explores Bond With Muslim Brothers.” In this report, it was revealed that even in 2007, Syrian opposition groups were being created from whole-cloth by the US State Department and paraded around in front of Syria’s embassies in the West. The article begins with one such protest, stating:

On a humid afternoon in late May, about 100 supporters of Syria’s largest exile opposition group, the National Salvation Front, gathered outside Damascus’s embassy here to protest Syrian President Bashar Assad’s rule. The participants shouted anti-Assad slogans and raised banners proclaiming: “Change the Regime Now.”

Later in the article, it would be revealed that the National Salvation Front (NSF) was in contact with the US State Department and that a Washington-based consulting firm in fact assisted the NSF in organizing the rally:

In the weeks before the presidential election, the State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative, which promotes regional democracy, and NSF members met to talk about publicizing Syria’s lack of democracy and low voter turnout, participants say. A Washington-based consulting firm, C&O Resources Inc., assisted the NSF in its planning for the May 26 anti-Assad rally at the Syrian embassy, providing media and political contacts. State Department officials stress they provided no financial or technical support to the protestors.

And while the Wall Street Journal then, just as the US State Department and the Western media houses are now portraying the Syrian opposition as representing a wide range of interests across Syrian society, it was admitted then, just as it is plainly obvious now, that the sectarian extremist Muslim Brotherhood was in fact at the very center of the “uprising:”

One of the NSF’s most influential members is the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood — the decades-old political movement active across the Middle East whose leaders have inspired the terrorist groups Hamas and al Qaeda. Its Syrian offshoot says it has renounced armed struggle in favor of democratic reform.

It was evidently clear, even in 2007, that extremists would play a leading role in any future armed conflict to overthrow the Syrian government, and now, years later, that engineered conflict has been executed verbatim and to horrific consequence – consequences the West not only refuses to take responsibility for, but seeks to further compound with increased aid to the forces of armed sedition it itself created.

Absurdity of Kerry’s Narrative Only Outdone by Proposed Solution

The solution Kerry proposes is to flood Syria with more cash, equipment, training, weapons, and other aid, either directly, or laundered through proxies such as Al Qaeda’s chief financiers and arms providers, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Washington Post’s report states:

The goal of the new money is to counter the increasingly effective network of services provided by militants.

Unfortunately, the so-called “Syrian Opposition Coalition” handcrafted by the US, and founded in Doha, Qatar, is led by an extremist, Mouaz al-Khatib, who openly embraces Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra front in Syria, credited with some of the most heinous atrocities committed during the 2 year conflict, as well as systematic abuse, oppression, and subjugation in all areas along Syria’s border with NATO-member Turkey it controls.

In late 2012, al-Khatib demanded that the US reverse its decision to list al-Nusra as a foreign terrorist organization. Reuters quoted al-Khatib as saying:

“The decision to consider a party that is fighting the regime as a terrorist party needs to be reviewed. We might disagree with some parties and their ideas and their political and ideological vision. But we affirm that all the guns of the rebels are aimed at overthrowing the tyrannical criminal regime.”

The more recent Washington Post article, in fact, reaffirms al-Khatib’s support for extremists groups, stating:

Coalition chairman Mouaz al-Khatib angrily appealed for a humanitarian corridor to the besieged city of Homs and said the opposition groups are tired of Western complaints about extremists in their ranks. He argued that the real enemy is the Syrian regime but said too many outsiders are worried only about “the length of a beard of a fighter.”

The Syrian opposition leader’s finger-jabbing anger was in marked contrast to Kerry’s clipped and measured tone. Kerry looked at Khatib without expression as the Syrian spoke.

And yet this US-created “opposition” movement, run by a leader openly embracing and defending Al Qaeda, will be the recipient of some $60 million in “non-lethal aid” and “training” to allegedly “undermine” Al Qaeda. The Washington Post indicated that France and the UK were even considering sending armored vehicles to the openly pro-Al Qaeda front.

The face-value absurdity of current Western foreign policy in the wake of a decade-long “War on Terror” that has left it bankrupt, thousands of its soldiers dead, tens of thousands more maimed or mentally ill, is perhaps so profoundly acute, it is hoped it is easier to instead believe US Secretary of State John Kerry’s repeated lies.

And astonishingly, even as French soldiers die fighting militants in Mali – armed, trained, and funded by NATO’s similar intervention in Libya in 2011, and allegedly still funded and armed by US, UK, and French ally Qatar – the Washington Post article indicates France will be eagerly making the same “mistake” in Syria, and will be further assisting terrorists there, including the training of militant forces “outside Syria.”

The exhausted legitimacy of the West, punctuated by unhinged hypocrisy, and rapidly unraveling financial and military might, would seem a perfect opportunity for the United Nations to prove its relevance or legitimacy by condemning the purposeful expansion of an already intolerable proxy war initiated by Western interests. Instead, it remains silent, or worse yet, complicit in the premeditated, documented assault on Syria under the increasingly tenuous guise of “democracy promotion,” “revolution,” and “humanitarian concern.”

Nations existing outside the West’s unraveling international enterprise would do best to continue resisting, and increasingly condemning the overt state-sponsorship of terrorism that is destroying Syria. For the rest of us, we must identify the corporate-financier interests driving this agenda – interests we most likely patronize on a daily basis, and both boycott and permanently replace them to erode the unwarranted influence they have used to both plan and execute this assault on Syria’s people.

Source: global research-By Tony Cartalucci

 

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Fact and Fiction: Looting of Syrian Ruins

Damascus and Aleppo – There is a daily traffic jam at noon outside the Damascus National Museum. The building and its nine main exhibition halls are undamaged, there having been no armed clashes nearby. But the large and distinctive garden outside is unusually deserted. There is barely any movement inside what used to be one of the region’s most visited museums.

International media have reported on the looting of Syrian museums, supposedly burgled or destroyed by armed groups. A thriving market is said to have developed for stolen antiquities and artifacts in neighboring countries, especially Iraq and Jordan.

Not all these reports should be treated as reliable, according to Maamoun Abdel-Karim, director of Syria’s Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM).

“There has been politically motivated hype in the international media about the condition of Syria’s antiquities,“ he told Al-Akhbar. “Its main aim is to discredit official Syrian government institutions and portray them as incapable of protecting the country’s antiquities and heritage.”

There are more than 10,000 archaeological sites and excavations throughout Syria,” Abdul-Karim explained. “It is impossible to safeguard them without the cooperation and participation of local people. He singled out reports issued by a France-based organization, the Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology, which claimed that 12 of Syria’s 36 national museums had been plundered.

“There is no inkling of truth in that information,” he said. “All the collections of Syria’s museums are safe. Many rare pieces have been secured in places far from any likely attacks. All of Syria’s museums have been completely emptied of antiquities, other than fixed objects that are difficult to move, and are tightly guarded.”

Abdel-Karim conceded that there had been past thefts from museums since the start of the troubles. To the best of his knowledge, the most significant pieces stolen were a gold-covered bronze statue from the Aramean period taken from a Homs museum, and a marble item from the Afamia museum.

“I don’t know where [the French organization] got its misleading reports and information from,” he said. “There is no way that damage to or theft from Syrian museums can be covered up. Anything that is covered up or concealed will be exposed tomorrow. Syrian law and courts are very firm with regard to the issue of antiquities.”

He charged that the group’s claims were anti-regime propaganda. “Everyone now knows about this group. It is run by someone called Sheikh Mous Ali. He and his friends were sent by the DGAM to study in France, but ignored their debt to the Syrian state and refused to return to the country.”

Illicit Trade

The theft and smuggling of antiquities from Syria has attracted the attention of UNESCO, which held an international workshop in Amman last week on the protection of Syrian cultural sites.

The participants, including the Swiss government and a DGAM delegation, issued a statement calling on the UN Security Council to ensure that all antiquities stolen during the course of the current conflict are returned to Syria.

Previously, the DGAM launched a public campaign aimed at safeguarding the country’s antiquities and ancient sites. The “Syria is My Homeland” campaign sought to involve local citizens throughout the country in protecting heritage sites from theft.

“There are more than 10,000 archaeological sites and excavations throughout Syria,” Abdul-Karim explained. “It is impossible to safeguard them without the cooperation and participation of local people.”

The DGAM has also assessed the physical damage sustained by many sites during recent fighting.

Of the museums, the Aleppo National Museum has suffered the most damage, followed by the museum in Deir Ezzour.

Among the most badly damaged heritage sites is the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo, which was almost completely gutted by fire. With the exception of the mosque, Abdel-Karim maintained that other ancient buildings and sites damaged in the ongoing war are capable of being repaired.

Plundered Archaeology

The illegal excavation and smuggling of artifacts, which used to take place discreetly, now takes place in broad daylight.This leaves the country’s archaeological sites. Those near the country’s borders, where the fighting is fiercest, have been particularly vulnerable. The illegal excavation and smuggling of artifacts, which used to take place discreetly, now takes place in broad daylight.

With the escalation of violence, foreign archaeological teams left their sites and illegal digging thrived. In some cases, groups of foreign antiquities traders – many posing as journalists or analysts, according to an Aleppo-based researcher who asked not to be named – took advantage of the vacuum.

The researcher said many statues and other artifacts, including Byzantine mosaics, had been dug up and removed by these groups from Maarat al-Noman and other sites in Idlib province.

While Aleppo has become a conduit for smuggled antiquities, the DGAM’s four museums in the city – the Aleppo National Museum, the Citadel Museum, the Museum of Arab Science, and the Folkloric Arts Museum – were spared from looting.

The National Museum was damaged in a suicide bombing in nearby Saadallah al-Jaberi Square, and is guarded by members of the Popular Committees and army personnel. The Citadel Museum occupies a building within the Aleppo Citadel compound, which has been damaged by shelling.

The Folkloric Arts Museum is located in the Old City, which is mostly under the control of gunmen, but its contents – including thousands of items of vintage clothing and mother-of-pearl encrusted Aleppine furniture – have been placed in secure storage.

The Education Heritage Museum in Aleppo was robbed of its contents, including antique scientific instruments.

In contrast to the DGAM’s museums, dozens of archaeological sites in Aleppo province have been plundered, as elsewhere in the country.

Source: Al-Akhbar

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US confess it's support to the terrorists in Syria

McClatchy Newspaper, run by the US army, stressed that Israel coordinates with the USA in the domain of supplying the armed opposition in Syria with weapons.

In a report published on its website, the newspaper quoted Israeli officials as saying “Israel is consulting with the American officials over the weapons sent to the armed groups in Syria, and it closely watches all types of the most complicated weapons that can be sent to these groups.”

An Israeli military spokesman told the newspaper that “Israel will not interfere in stopping weapons’ shipments to the armed groups in this stage, yet it is completely informed about all the inflows and outflows of weapons in Syria.”

The newspaper quoted an American intelligence source as saying “There are anonymous sides also that support those armed groups, and we don’t know the type of weapons they have…Israel must be cautious.”

We must add that many of the weapons used by the terrorists have their origins in Israel.

Now that 2years have passed of the US arming  Al Qaeda and Al Nusra, they have only just realised that this is a dangerous game and it can come back to bite them. We have been saying this for 2 years now but still the USA have created the biggest army of terrorists which is made up of crazy criminals from over 28 countries.

It is interesting to point out that the USA also call Al Nusra a terrorist organisation but not Al Qaeda. So why did they murder Osama Bin Laden? The USA change their position on terrorists with the wind.

In the following story you will see that Israel is now concerned that if they send highly sophisticated weapons to the Rebels (Al Qaeda and Al Nusra) they may fall into the hands of the terrorists, who may then attack Israel.

What they are really worried about, is that the arms they are sending to the terrorists, get into the hands of the Syrian Government. We are seeing how the the Syrian Arab Army have captured warehouses full of  weapons sent to the terrorists. The more arms sent to the rebels will be captured by the government, which has an upper hand over the terrorists now, though you will not see this on western media who still insist on showing terrorist propaganda films of destruction.

JERUSALEM — Israel is closely monitoring the kinds of weapons that are being sent to Syrian opposition groups, and it’s consulted with U.S. officials about which weapons they consider too sophisticated to be passed to the groups that are battling to topple the Syrian regime, according to Israeli officials with knowledge of the situation.

“Israel isn’t going to interfere and stop weapons shipments to the militants at this point, but it wants to make sure it knows what they have,” said an Israeli military official who agreed to discuss the matter with McClatchy only on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly.

Another military official who also asked not to be identified, for the same reason, acknowledged that Israel is concerned that the pressure to assist the opposition groups will result in weapons going to al Qaida-linked militants .“On the one hand, there is a great deal of pressure on the Western world to bolster arms to moderate, what we call friendly, opposition groups so that they are on a level playing field with the groups that might be getting support from Islamist movements,” this official told McClatchy. “On the other hand, once you send a weapon somewhere, you can’t control where it goes. The fear is that the same gun used to shoot a Syrian soldier will one day be used to shoot an Israeli soldier.”

It’s long been known that Israel was monitoring the Syrian regime’s internal movements of chemical and other sophisticated weapons out of concern that they might fall into the hands of al Qaida-linked groups such as the Nusra Front .

Until now, however, Israeli officials have been silent on their concerns about what weapons other nations might pass to the opposition groups. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who’s stressed that Israel won’t allow advanced weapons systems to move from Syria to groups in Lebanon, has stopped short of commenting on the flow of weapons into Syria.

The White House raised the possibility that weapons passed to the opposition groups might pose a threat to Israel two weeks ago in comments explaining why President Barack Obama had vetoed a plan, put forward sometime last year, to send military equipment to the militants. The plan had the backing of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-CIA director David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Panetta told a Senate committee Feb. 7.

Source: McClatchy Newspaper

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The Times: US and Allies Are Training Rebels in Fight against Assad

The Times published on Friday a report under the headline “US and Allies Are Training terrorists in Fight against Syrian regime”.

The British paper said that “the US and several of its European allies are overseeing training bases for the Syrian opposition in Jordan in an effort to bolster moderate groups fighting to overthrow the regime.”

The paper indicated that “the move is the most far-reaching US involvement yet in the Syrian crisis and reflects broader Western concerns that Islamic militants such as Jabhat Al-Nusra (Front) are making the running in the battle against the regime.”

It further quoted intelligence officers and diplomats in the region as saying that “terrorist fighters are being offered training ranging from the use of light arms to more complicated maneuvers, such as how to secure chemical-weapons facilities.”

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French Diplomat: West Doesn’t Want an Extreme Regime in Damascus

Didier Destremau is considered a cornerstone of French diplomacy for 40 years. He worked as a consulate in Saudi Arabia twice, as a consulate in the US, and then returned to France to handle the file of the French hostages in Lebanon.

Later, he worked on a political settlement in this matter, according to former official in the French Intelligence Yves Bonnet.

He also told the Iranian diplomat Wahid Gorgeh about the release of an arrest warrant for him by the French Intelligence, which allowed the latter to resort to the Iranian Embassy in Paris. Al-Ahed Website visited the French diplomat in his house, a few meters away from the Syrian Embassy in Paris.

Is there a specific French strategy in Syria?

I am sure that the offensive speech of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the current President Francois Hollande, and the Foreign Minister Roland Fabius, who demanded the Syrian regime to step down, is over and was unrealistic.

Now, fortunately, there is a change in the French tone of speech. We now say the regime must leave and we must beware, because we do not know what will happen after that.

Therefore, the speech in France has become more reasonable. We also say that we must find a solution and we must not crush followers of the regime. As you may have noticed, we won't be arming opposition groups, and we also say that we are with them, but not all of them! We are not with al-Nusra Front that carries the mentality of the global extreme movement, which is similar to those we fight in Mali and the groups that kidnapped French nationals in Niger.

Among the opposition groups there are Syrians and we want them, but there are global extremists that want to impose their vision on the West, and declare holy Jihad because they are armed and can only prove themselves through arms. France is against these people, and is irritated with these groups that are supported by extreme countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia. These countries do not want the president in Damascus, while we, in France, do not want to see Damascus a hub of the Eastern strategic region. We do not want it to become an extremist regime.

Does the US have a strategy in Syria?

I believe that there are deliberations backstage. I am sure that the Russians and Americans deliberate under the table, since the two countries have some duties to the international community. Russia wants to be an important country again, and the US, even if it doesn't admit it, but is also an important country.

Russians do not want to lose their strategic position with the Syrian government, and Americans want to remain key players in this region, especially regarding "Israel", and also do not want to witness an extreme regime in Damascus. We unfortunately, due to the stances we took with Sarkozy and Hollande, lost mediation methods when we blamed Damascus! I believe we attacked Damascus, and if we do not arm the opposition, then we are out of the game!

I hope we enter the crisis with a solution thanks to our presence in Lebanon and our history in Syria. We would like to play an international role, and we delude ourselves that we are still a powerful country. I am trying to urge France with some French MPs and members of government to hold a dialogue table in Paris between the Syrian opposition and the government, and this stance will strengthen France's place.

Who would want Syria to stay in war?

I do not want to say Turkey, but this crisis has made Turkey a key player in the crisis. Maybe Turkey had secret interests before the crisis to play a role in the Middle and Lower East; an Ottoman role, but maybe not the old-fashioned one, however Turkey has such interests.

Which countries want the war in Syria to continue?

Saudi Arabia wants the phenomena of reverting to the Muqawama sect to fall from the international scale in order for the Wahhabists to control. We can say that Saudi Arabia wants mayhem in Syria to continue just for the sake of mayhem and not to impose political control. Saudi Arabia is happy with the war in Syria.

 

Source: al-Ahed News- By: Nidal Hmedeh - Paris

 

 

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West Pours Arms into Syria as Al Qaeda Mass Slaughters Civilians

Repeat a lie often enough, and hopefully people will begin to believe it. That is what a concerted effort by Western media houses hopes to achieve as they claim the recent flow of heavy weapons  from Western nations and their Arab-Israeli partners is boosting “moderate rebels” and “tilting” the balance of Syria’s conflict against the Syrian government.

The Washington Post in particular, sets the tempo for this coordinated propaganda campaign, claiming in their report, “In Syria, new influx of weapons to rebels tilts the battle against Syrian regime,” that:

A surge of "rebel"- terrorists-  advances in Syria is being fueled at least in part by an influx of heavy weaponry in a renewed effort by outside powers to arm moderates in the Free Syrian Army, according to Arab and opposition officials.

The report also states:

The officials declined to identify the source of the newly provided weapons, but they noted that the countries most closely involved in supporting the rebels’ campaign to oust the regime have grown increasingly alarmed at the soaring influence of Islamists over the fragmented rebel movement. They include the United States and its major European allies, along with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the two countries most directly involved in supplying the rebels.

The Washington Post refuses to use the term, “Al Qaeda,” and instead labels the international, Persian Gulf financed, armed, and harbored terror organization as, “radical Islamists.” It quotes an unnamed Arab official as saying,:

“If you want to weaken al-Nusra, you do it not by withholding [weapons] but by boosting the other groups.”

Al Qaeda and the “Moderates” are One in the Same

Al-Nusra, of course, is Al Qaeda in Syria and is linked directly to the openly Western-created and backed “moderate” opposition. Moaz al-Khatib, leader of the so-called National Coalition, demanded the US take al-Nusra in particular off their list of sanctioned terrorist organizations. In December of 2012, Reuters quoted al-Khatib as saying:

“The decision to consider a party that is fighting the regime as a terrorist party needs to be reviewed. We might disagree with some parties and their ideas and their political and ideological vision. But we affirm that all the guns of the rebels are aimed at overthrowing the tyrannical criminal regime.”

In the same article, Reuters would admit:

The United States designated the Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) as a foreign terrorist organization and said it was trying to hijack the revolt on behalf of al Qaeda in Iraq.

While the Washington Post tries to claim Al Qaeda is somehow a separate entity from the “Syrian opposition,” the West’s own opposition front openly defends and supports Al Qaeda’s ongoing violence, which most recently manifested itself in a car bomb targeting scores of civilians, including school children.

As the West simultaneously accuses Saudi Arabia and Qatar (and here) of being the primary financiers of Al Qaeda, it itself has admitted years before the so-called “Syrian uprising” began that it was itself funding and arming extremist groups with direct ties to Al Qaeda with the goal of fostering the very violence now taking place in Syria and along its peripheries. The purpose of now repeatedly lying about arming only “moderate” militants in Syria, is to cover up both past admissions that the West planned to overthrow both Syria and neighboring Iran by arming and funding Al Qaeda since at least 2007, as well as obvious evidence that they are in fact doing just that in Syria now.

 The US Army West Point Combating Terrorism Center’s 2007 report, “Al-Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq” indicated which areas in Syria Al Qaeda fighters filtering into Iraq came from. The overwhelming majority of them came from Dayr Al-Zawr in Syria’s southeast, Idlib in the north near the Turkish-Syrian border, and Dar’a (Daraa) in the south near the Jordanian-Syrian border. (

US Admissions to Arming Al Qaeda in Syria as Early as 2007

In 2007, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled, “To Check Syria, U.S. Explores Bond With Muslim Brothers” which stated:

On a humid afternoon in late May, about 100 supporters of Syria’s largest exile opposition group, the National Salvation Front, gathered outside Damascus’s embassy here to protest to change the rule in Syria. The participants shouted anti-regime slogans and raised banners proclaiming: “Change the Regime Now.”

Later in the article, it would be revealed that the National Salvation Front (NSF) was in contact with the US State Department and that a Washington-based consulting firm in fact assisted the NSF in organizing the rally:

In the weeks before the presidential election, the State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative, which promotes regional democracy, and NSF members met to talk about publicizing Syria’s lack of democracy and low voter turnout, participants say. A Washington-based consulting firm, C&O Resources Inc., assisted the NSF in its planning for the May 26 anti-Assad rally at the Syrian embassy, providing media and political contacts. State Department officials stress they provided no financial or technical support to the protestors.

The article then admits:

One of the NSF’s most influential members is the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood — the decades-old political movement active across the Middle East whose leaders have inspired the terrorist group al Qaeda. Its Syrian offshoot says it has renounced armed struggle in favor of democratic reform.

Also in 2007, reported by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker article, “The Redirection,” it was stated (emphasis added):

“To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”

Hersh’s report would continue by stating:

“the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government, of Syria. The Israelis believe that putting such pressure on the Syrian government will make it more conciliatory and open to negotiations.” -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)

Further admissions of a joint US-Israeli-Saudi conspiracy against Syria included:

“…[Saudi Arabia's] Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that “they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran.” -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)

In regards to sectarian extremism in particular it was forewarned that:

“Robert Baer, a former longtime C.I.A. agent in Lebanon, has been a severe critic of Hezbollah and has warned of its links to Iranian-sponsored terrorism. But now, he told me, “we’ve got Sunni Arabs preparing for cataclysmic conflict, and we will need somebody to protect the Christians in Lebanon. It used to be the French and the United States who would do it, and now it’s going to be Nasrallah and the Moqawama” -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)

While the Western media now concedes that Al Qaeda is playing a primary role in Syria’s violence, it not only is pretending as if open, and repeated admissions by US, Saudi, and Lebanese officials as far back as 2007 to organize and arm Al Qaeda in the first place never happened, it continuously attempts to frame Al Qaeda as being somehow separate, even opposed to “moderate oppositions” – despite these “moderates” defending and embracing Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra front by name.

However, the West most certainly did organize, arm, and fund Al Qaeda ahead of the so-called “uprising,” and for each time the Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, or any other corporate-financier propaganda organization attempts to repeat lies regarding the West’s role in fomenting Syria’s current crisis, the truth must likewise be repeated.

The West with its Israeli, Saudi, and Qatari partners, created and have since fueled Al Qaeda for over 3 decades using them both as the ultimate casus belli and as an inexhaustible mercenary force from Mali, Algeria, and Libya, to Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan. Al Qaeda linked extremists are finding themselves a lynchpin in the West’s geopolitical agenda even as far as Southeast Asia where so-called “fundamentalist” groups are linking up with Wall Street’s proxy Anwar Ibrahim in Malaysia.

Ultimately, the Washington Post concedes that terrorists are failing in Syria, and that even with the influx of heavy weapons, regime change may still be a far fetched goal. By matching the West’s repeated lies, with the repeated truth, we can prevent the attempted rewriting of the West’s admitted and shameful role in creating this 2-year long bloodbath as far back as 2007. Similarly, we must identify the corporate-financier interests driving this agenda – interests we most likely patronize on a daily basis, and both boycott and permanently replace them to erode the unwarranted influence they have used to both plan and execute this assault on Syria’s people.

Infowars.com By:Tony Cartalucci

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