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FM Spokeswoman Stresses Iran’s Strong Opposition to Possible Attack on Syria

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham underlined that Tehran is against any form of military attack on Syria, and warned the international community of the dire consequences of a possible war on Damascus by the US and its western allies.

 “Militarism and adventurism will have no result in the Middle East and a political solution should be considered for the crisis in Syria,” Afkham told reporters.

The Iranian diplomat described preparing the ground for negotiations among different Syrian parties as a political solution and urged all regional countries to move in that direction.

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Lavrov: Evidence Provided by US of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria not Concrete, has not Convinced Russia

 

US strike on Syria to Put off Geneva Conference on Syria for Long Time

 

 

MOSCOW- A planned international conference in Geneva to end the conflict in Syria will be put off for a long time "if not forever" if the US goes ahead with military action against Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Monday, according to the Voice of Russia.

"If the action announced by the US President Barack Obama - to the great regret of all of us - does in fact take place, it will put off the chances of holding this conference for a long time, if not forever", Lavrov said at a news conference with his South African counterpart.

Earlier, Lavrov described as odd the statements of his US colleague John Kerry that Washington produced irrefutable evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but that Russia denies this evidence.

"It is very strange to hear, when we recently discussed the issue, my good colleague, US Secretary of State John Kerry say that the American side had produced irrefutable evidence for Russia of the Syrian government using chemical weapons and then claiming that Russians deliberately refused to recognize the fact," Lavrov told students of the Moscow Foreign Relations University (MGIMO) on Monday.

Evidence Provided by US of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria has not Convinced Russia

The evidence produced by Washington for Moscow of the Syrian government allegedly using chemical weapons is not concrete and has not convinced Russia, Lavrov has said. He added that "secrecy" by the West is unacceptable with regard to Syria and the use of chemical weapons there. Information sharing is a must.

"If there truly is top secret information available, the veil should be lifted. This is a question of war and peace. To continue this game of secrecy is simply inappropriate."

 US Secretary of State John Kerry told US media as he sought building support for a military strike, that samples collected by first responders after the claimed Aug. 21 chemical attack in a Damascus suburb have allegedly tested positive for the Sarin nerve agent. No knowledge of who was behind it has yet come to light.

"Yes, we were shown certain pieces of evidence that did not contain anything concrete - neither geographical locations, nor names, nor evidence that samples had been taken by professionals. Nor did they comment on the fact that numerous experts have serious doubts regarding the video footage circulating on the Internet," Lavrov said.

"There are plenty of contradictions and oddities, if we are speaking of footage of chemical weapons use and the condition of the victims," he said. "What we were shown before and recently by our American partners, as well as by the British and French, does not convince us at all," he said.

"There are no facts, there is simply talk about what we definitely know. But when you ask for more detailed evidence, they say that it is all classified, therefore it cannot be shown to us. This means there are no such facts to encourage international cooperation," the minister added.

Minister Lavrov has called the information provided to Russia by the US 'inconclusive'.

"We were shown some sketches, but there was nothing concrete, no geographical coordinates or details and no proof the test was done by professionals. There were no comments anywhere regarding the experts' doubt about the footage circulating all over the internet," Lavrov said.

He added that "what our American, British and French partners have shown us before - as well as now - does not convince us at all. There are no supporting facts. There is only repetitive talk in the vein of "we know for sure". And when we ask for further clarification, we receive the following response: 'You are aware that this is classified information, therefore we cannot show it to you.' So, there are still no facts".

H. Mustafa

Just withdraw from Middle East

"War is the greatest plague that can affect humanity; it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it." Martin Luther

What would a strike against Syria achieve? It'll give Al-Qaeda a new base of operations as they'll be able to take over Syria. Where are Obamas' advisers? Are all the military advisers in the US that dumb? Haven't they learned from past experiences? What did half-assed military strikes against Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Mali, Libya and Somalia achieve? A failed state for Al-Qaeda to easily take over and an influx of innocent refugees that the US and the European Union refuse to take and leave to starve in the desert.

Oh I have no doubt that this attack was orchestrated by the Jihadists. Those people live to achieve only one thing, martyrdom. And they would do absolutely anything to achieve that.
“sacrifice” according to them, extends beyond the fighters themselves and includes anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in the middle of their struggle.
When asked about the indiscriminate innocent victims of their suicide bombings or shelling, your typical Islamist will generally shrug and say, "If they were true Muslims, they are now in heaven," as if they’re performing an actual favor for the victims. And from that thought, I have no doubt that the attack was by a Jihadist group.

However this attack is draconian,   please anyone tell me who killed 85 children in Hawla in Homs ?? or who rapped women and girls in front of their parents in Homs , in Baba Amro , or Karm El Zeyton ??? who shelled Scud missiles against Aleppo and Idlib and other cities , and killed thousands of innocent people in Damascus ????

Why is the International community concentrating on the "Chemical" and not the massacre itself? People are dying in hundreds every day. Those who commit those massacres need to be stopped, west is not waiting the result of chemical attack, because they know who did it, but they are looking for an excuse to kill us, why?

Aren't we human, Haven't we human eyes? Haven't we human hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as any Human is? If you shell us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?

The people in Syria, in one mouth, saying to you:"hands off Syria" in what world does bombing a country, on the pretext of bringing peace make sense? We have seen what had happened in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, they have more and more terrorists, more explosions, more killing of civilians, ongoing tragedies are obvious, it is the result of America's wars, Foreign military intervention in Syria is unacceptable, If you did, we all will become soldiers to defend our country, the bloodshed will not solve any problem, soon our army will declare victory against Western-backed terrorists, if you want to help us, just take off  your terrorists, try to educate them, help them to behave as human beings, and withdraw from  Middle East, otherwise wars will go forever.

At last I say as Noam Chmsky said “The number of people killed by the sanctions in Iraq is greater than the total number of people killed by all weapons of mass destruction in all of history.” So who is the terrorist?

 

Butheina Al-Nounou

'Obomba, don't drone Syria': anti-war protests held around the world

People across the world have protested against possible US  military intervention in Syria. Demonstrators with anti-war and pro-Syria placards marched in the US, Jordan and Venezuela.

Anti-war protests have been held across the United States in response to President Barack Obama’s plans to use military force against Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons.

Dozens of people took to the streets in Houston to voice their opposition to possible US strikes against Damascus. The protesters carried placards reading “We Don’t Want Obama’s War” and “Hands off Syria”.

In Washington, anti-war demonstrators rallied outside the White House as Obama made his statement on Syria.

In Los Angeles, about 200 protesters waived “No More War” signs at street intersections, blocking traffic in some areas. Two arrests were reported.

 

In Boston, some 200 people came to the Boston Commons to protest against possible intervention, chanting “Don’t Bomb Syria”.

An anti-war rally in the Arkansas Capitol drew more than two dozen protesters, some of whom wore T-shirts with the legend, “No US Intervention in Syria”.

In Chicago, about 40 people defied rain to express their disagreement with Obama by circling a sculpture in Daley Plaza, bearing signs reading “No War in Syria”.

Across the Atlantic, more than 1,000 protesters marched to Downing Street and Trafalgar Square in London, carrying Syrian flags and anti-war posters, hailing as a victory Parliament’s rejection of the use of military force against Syria.

In Frankfurt, about 700 people joined an anti-war rally in support of a sovereign and independent Syria free of foreign interference.

In Amman, Jordan, protesters set fire to American and Israeli flags during an anti-intervention rally outside the US embassy.

Activists march through London to protest against plans for US military strikes on Syria

The protesters carrying banners and Syrian flags marched along Whitehall, past Downing Street and Parliament chanting “Hands off Syria” and “USA shame on you”. Organisers claimed any attack on President Assad’s forces, which are being considered in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people, would only fuel the conflict in Syria.

 

The Stop the War Coalition said opposition to any military involvement in Syria had been boosted by a vote by MPs that rejected the Prime Minister’s attempts to secure parliamentary backing for military strikes.

They insisted there was a groundswell of public anger that was similar to those which preceded the 2003 invasion of Iraq, although the numbers that turned out to take part in the protest were far lower.

Tony Benn, the former Labour MP addressed the crowd during the march. He said: “Today is a victory of British public opinion over those who want war and the vote in Parliament last week was a result of all the demonstrations, like the one we had today, against war and in favour of peace.

 “Speakers addressed the crowd from below Nelson’s Column as tourists visiting central London looked on. Lindsey German, convener of the Stop The War coalition, described the vote in parliament as a “victory”.

She said: “Never let them say demonstrations don’t work - our demonstration has worked”.

Sources:Voice of Russia, The Telegraph, Fox News, RT

R.Sawas

Pope announces day of fasting, prayer for Syria

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is asking people to join him next weekend in a day of fasting for peace in Syria, according,according to AP.

Francis invited people of all faiths to join him in  St. Peter's Square to invoke the "gift" of peace for Syria, the rest of the Middle East and worldwide where there is conflict.

Declaring "no more war," Francis spoke to tens of thousands of people gathered in the square on Sunday.

He says the "world needs to see gestures of peace and hear words of peace." He says that only dialogue, and not armed intervention, can end crisis in Syria.

The five-hour-long prayer vigil in the square Saturday will last until midnight.

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