The Atrocities of US Backed "moderate rebel" Terrorists

Fascinating and infuriating evening last Virginia State Senator Richard Black took on a leading Syrian "opposition" proponent in a public event.

Senator Black gave a great, solid and precise talk on Syria including the US orchestration of the regime change coup that is using terrorist groups to do our dirty work. He described the timeline leading up to violence in 2011; the atrocities of US backed "moderate rebel" terrorists; the US support and nurturing of both ISIS and al Qaeda; how it was the "rebels" who have used gas attacks in Syria and not Assad; and the current battle of Aleppo. He also described his impressions of President Assad and his wife Asma, the Syrian armed forces; and his recent trip to Syria. The senator used only the highest level of resources to back up his claims including public statements by Gen. Wes Clark (former NATO Supreme Commander in Europe) and Gen. Michael Flynn (former head of US Defense Intelligence Agency).

The "opposition" spokesman was Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a well known guest on many FOX "news" programs and friend of John McCain and Marco Rubio. Dr. Jasser claims to be the voice of devout Muslims against extremism and violence and describes himself as a passionately patriotic American.

He started his spurious talk by accusing Senator Black of being un-American and "spouting conspiracy theory propaganda."

Dr. Jasser's main argument for wanting to topple President Assad and leaving Syria to be taken over by the violent extremists he claims to be against was simply this..his father was imprisoned for two whole weeks in Syria in the 1960's for supposedly speaking out against the al Baath party and his family has apparently despised the Baath party and the Assads ever since - though of course Hafez al Assad didn't even come to power until 1971.

Then he went on to vehemently defend the neo-con, neo-lib narratives and policies in the Middle East. No problem what has happened to Iraq and Libya...he wants the same for Syria because he hates the Assads. No plan for the future...chaos and violence are just a part of the birthing of a "new day of democracy".

Of course, the man has never lived in Syria...his family came over in the 1960's and I doubt he's ever even visited. And this is Fox News great "expert" on Syria...if he'd been there in person I might have thrown my shoe at him!


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President Assad: Defender of Syrians and All Humans Worldwide


When I cross the borders to Syria, I feel a shift in mood and relax, said Prof. Tim Anderson, the Senior Australian Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Sydney and the author of a 4-languages translated to masterpiece ''the Dirty War On Syria''.

In a cordial visit to the Syria Times headquarters, organized by the Damascus-based (DCRS), Damascus Center for Researches and Studies, Prof. Anderson has  exchanged with some of Syria Times staff: Maher, Maysa, Hamsa, Marawan and Mahfouz ideas and thoughts about the ongoing, especially in Syria.

Prof. Anderson vehemently criticized the propaganda war by Washington which misleads and blurs public opinion regarding the reality on the ground in Syria and western media stereotypes used against Syria which demonstrates western cultures' weakness and the colonial mentality, which does not understand Syrian culture.

Wonderful Meeting


Wonderful meeting today with Syria's Grand Mufti, Dr. Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, who generously gave me over an hour of his time. This is a man whose immense wisdom and compassion needs to be heard throughout the world, and whose committed ideology of love and peace reflects the fabric of Syria and Syrians themselves, says Eva Bartlett,  Co-founder, and Steering Committee member of the Syria Solidarity Movement International.

**Something I wrote after a Feb 2015 delegation meeting with the honourable Mufti Hassoun:

"Mufti Hassoun calls his Greek Orthodox counterpart, Bishop Luca al-Khoury, his cousin and brother. “Our grandfathers, 1,400 years ago, were one family. My grandfather embraced Islam and his remained Christian.” He maintains that he, as Grand Mufti, serves the Syrian people, period. “In Syria, there are 23 million Christians, and 23 million Muslims. My title is Grand Mufti of the Syrian Arab Republic, not the Mufti of a particular denomination.”

In the media war on Syria, which insists sectarianism—which the Syrian people reject—this declaration is significant: in Syria, the ancient cultural fabric is rich and secular.

Toxic Legacy of the Cold War


Toxic Legacy of the Cold War

US - Saudi Relationship: Toxic Legacy of the Cold War

Iran Review’s Exclusive Interview with Tim Anderson
By: Kourosh Ziabari

As the international powers struggle to keep alive the diminutive chances of a lasting ceasefire in Syria and push the warring parties to refrain from getting involved in further aggression and deepening the hostilities, it’s still a valid, looming question whether the crisis in Syria can be resolved peacefully and within a reasonable timeframe five years after its eruption.

Syria has turned into a battlefield where several proxies with conflicting interests are pitted against each other. The two major global superpowers, the United States and Russia, have approached Syria with an eye on shifting the geopolitical makeup of the Middle East in their own favor and finding foothold in a highly sensitive, strategically imperative region. They certainly prioritize Syria because of its crucial borders with the oil-producing giant Iraq, Turkey – the most immediate EU neighbor to the Middle East and the country’s invaluable energy resources. However, they also have wider implications to take into consideration, and share a common concern: to conquer the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Daesh).

An Australian political scientist believes some regional actors have played a destructive role in the Syrian crisis and fanned the flames of sectarianism in the Arab country already shattered into pieces by the ISIS terrorists and their subsidiaries.

“In 2007, the U.S. military discovered documents showing that around half the Al-Qaeda in Iraq fighters were from Saudi Arabia, with the second largest group from North Africa,” said Prof. Tim Anderson in an interview with Iran Review.

“In 2012, just before ISI moved from Iraq into Syria to become ISIS (Daesh), U.S. intelligence – [mostly] the DIA – reported that the creation of a Salafist state by Al-Qaeda in Iraq and allied Salafist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, was exactly what the U.S. and its regional allies wanted, in order to isolate the Syrian regime,” he added.

Prof. Anderson is skeptical of the U.S.-Saudi collaboration in Syria and considers it a “toxic legacy” of the Cold War days: “The relationship between the Al Saud family and Washington is a toxic legacy of the Cold War, passed on by the British, who had learned “divide and rule” from the Romans. The Saudis are a family, not a nation, and it is surprising that their family business is recognized as a state in today’s world.”

Tim Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He studies and writes on development, rights and self-determination in Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He has published several chapters and articles in a range of academic books and journals. His most recent books are “Land and Livelihoods in Papua New Guinea” (Australia Scholarly Press, 2015) and “The Dirty War on Syria” (Global Research, 2016). He has visited Syria three times since 2013, initially as a member of Australian delegations in solidarity with Syria.

In the following interview with Iran Review, Prof. Anderson discussed his views on the troubling growth of ISIS, the role of foreign actors in the fomentation of war and unrest in Syria and the possible scenarios for the future of the crisis-stricken Arab nation.

Q: You’ve suggested that the U.S. military intervention in the region was one of the factors leading to the emergence and rise of ISIS. Do you believe the United States intentionally paved the way for the ISIS to grow and become so strong, or was it an inadvertent by-product of the U.S. Mideast policy? Washington is now investing heavily on the diplomatic and military fronts to defeat this militant group. How do you explain that?

A: The evidence is quite clear that the United States created Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which became ISI, then ISIS, over 2005-2006 to generate political violence in Iraq, in a failed attempt to stop Baghdad becoming close to Tehran. Al-Qaeda had not existed in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. In 2007, Seymour Hersh described a “redirection” of the Bush regime, which wanted to use “moderate Sunni states” to contain the influence of Iran. Subsequently, Al Saud began to finance anti-Shiite terrorism in Iraq, helping in what U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called the use of “creative destruction” to reshape the region into a U.S.-led New Middle East. In 2007, the U.S. military discovered documents showing that around half of the Al-Qaeda in Iraq fighters were from Saudi Arabia, with the second largest group from North Africa. In 2012, just before ISI moved from Iraq into Syria to become ISIS (Daesh), U.S. intelligence – [mostly] the DIA – reported that the creation of a Salafist state by Al-Qaeda in Iraq and allied Salafist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, was exactly what the U.S. and its regional allies wanted, “in order to isolate the Syrian regime.” Chapters 2 and 12 of my book “The Dirty War on Syria” document this.

Q: During an October 2014 question and answer session at Harvard University, the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden bluntly accused the major Washington allies in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey of pouring “hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad” including the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda and “extremist” elements coming from other parts of the world. Biden later on apologized to the three countries for his scathing comments, but partly echoed the private understanding shared by the U.S. leaders that Syria’s neighbors have significantly contributed to the empowerment of ISIS. With such an awareness, couldn’t the Obama administration take effective steps to preclude the growth of ISIS at least through stopping its regional partners from funding and arming this terror gang?

Concerts at Palmyra represent liberation, resilience, revival


The momentous Syrian-Russian liberation of world heritage site Palmyra on March 27, 2016, came and went with zero congratulations from world leaders who are supposedly fighting terrorism. Palmyra is an area that was subject to ten months of Da’esh (ISIS) occupation, slaughters, and destruction.

When a delegation of foreign journalists went to Palmyra post-liberation, although scheduled to join the delegation, the four US media outlets are reported to have cancelled the night before. When a delegation of independent visitors went to Palmyra still not long after, the information in accounts they shared until now remain glaringly-absent from corporate newspapers and channels.

On May 5, the ancient site was newsworthy once again. Just over a month after its liberation by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed by the Russian Air Force, Palmyra's Roman Amphitheatre was host to a concert of exceptional musicality and tremendous significance for both Syria and Russia.

Sputnik News reported:

“According to Syrian Culture Minister Issam Khalil, the concert of the Russian world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra in the Syrian city of Palmyra is dedicated to the upcoming Victory Day.”