Foreign interference hindering peaceful solution to crisis

One of the main factors that have complicated the crisis in Syria is the foreign intervention in Syria’s internal affairs by the US and its regional allies. Such flagrant interference is considered the main stumbling block that hinders reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis.

The US, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been interfering in Syria’s internal affairs targeting Syria’s pivotal role in supporting resistance to Israeli occupation and confronting the sinister plans drawn for the Arab region such as the Grand Middle East or the New Middle East announced by the former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when Israel launched its aggression against Lebanon in 2006.

The Western intervention in Syria’s internal affairs has been taking various forms, especially through launching fierce instigative media campaign against Syria to distort facts and mislead the world public opinion concerning what is going on in Syria.

These states have been employing instigative media channels which, in turn, have been working on fabricating lies about the situation in Syria with the aim of misleading the world public opinion and depicting the ugly atrocities and criminal acts of terrorists in Syria as a revolution for freedom. These channels have been claiming that the Syrian Arab army committed massacres against Syrians, but in fact, the Syrian Arab army has been performing its national duty in protecting Syrian people against the criminal and sabotage acts committed by these terrorist groups who terrified Syrians, drove them out of their houses and destroyed public and private properties.

Another more dangerous form of intervention in Syria’s internal affairs is represented by hosting, training and sending terrorists to Syria to commit crimes against Syrians and their public and private properties.

Throughout the past two years, there were many media and political releases about the unlimited support offered by these states to the terrorist groups in Syria. Various kinds of weapons, highly-developed communication devices and huge funds were smuggled via Turkey and other border outlets to reach terrorist groups and the so-called Jihaddists who came from Libya, Afghanistan, Chechnya  and other countries to carry out savage crimes against Syrian people and their properties. The British, the Times newspaper unveiled news about a large shipment of weapons which arrived in Turkey to be delivered to the armed terrorist groups in Syria a few months ago.

Some members of the so-called “Free Army” militia recently confessed that more than 1, 500 foreign “Jihaddists” entered Syria during the past few days via Turkey that facilitated their entry.

New media releases said that the number of foreign fighters in Syria amounted to 17 thousand, most of them are of Saudi nationalities. The Chechens make up the majority of non-Arab fighters.

The current  Turkish government, the US administration and their Arab allies, who claim their support for Syrian people and show themselves as defenders of democracy in the world, have been ignoring the legitimate demands of their people who are asking them not to interfere in Syria’s internal affairs.

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Moves in the Right Direction

The US Congress has recently taken a right step in the right direction by blocking Obama military aid to al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria.

 Members of both the House and Senate intelligence committees have moved to enact stringent restrictions on funding the terrorists fighting the Syrians, a move that would derail  the White House from delivering on arms shipments.

The US Congress move, of course not out of love to the Syrians rather than of fear of terrorism, is however not sufficient as to curb the hawks inside the US Administration who are keen on the total surrender and destruction of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Another encouraging US step in the right direction is the recent statement by "Come Home America" Committee. The Committee condemned in a communiqué on July 11th, 2013, the US "government’s war on Syria, prosecuted first with sanctions, then with covert support through “allies” like the dictatorial petro-monarchies of the Gulf and now with overt provision of arms for the anti-government forces and perhaps even a bombing campaign.

"We demand an immediate cessation of this bellicose policy by our government. Sanctions and military intervention in Syria are not in the interests of the American people; nor are they in the interests of the Syrian people," added the communiqué, asserting that  70% of Americans are opposed to armed intervention in Syria – a number that has only increased over the months according to Pew polls. And yet the President and a majority in Congress favor intervention, revealing a crisis of our political institutions, which are far removed from the will of the people on this and many other issues.

We in ComeHomeAmerica are a very diverse group. We are traditional conservatives, progressive activists, libertarians of the Ron Paul type, old-fashioned Leftists, religious people appalled by war and non-religious who also harbor disgust over our numerous wars for over a century now. We are not pacifists, although there are pacifists in our ranks. But we do believe that any war must be defensive and a last resort, not a constant option to further the perceived interests of our elite. We protest our government’s actions not simply because of the specific conditions in Syria but based on general principles, added the communiqué, enumerating the Committee principles:

Our first principle is that war inflicts enormous damage on human beings and we are repulsed by it, a revulsion that is found in most human beings. Hence the war-makers try to keep their deeds hidden or covered in fantasies of glory. Secrecy in turn leads to suborning the press, a mainstay of our democracy.

Our second principle, the easiest one, is that we do not want to pay for these wars and the belligerent imperial colossus. A third principle is that the sovereignty of other nations is to be respected. Sovereignty is a concept introduced into international law to protect weak nations from powerful ones. The U.S. is presently the most powerful, and hence we have a special obligation to respect that principle and the Nuremberg principle that prohibits wars of aggression, which includes “wars of choice” or “pre-emptive wars.” A fourth principle is that an Empire is incompatible with liberty and democracy. The US has now become a worldwide Empire with more than 1200 military bases and outposts overseas. Every Empire must perforce be a military one, because it seeks to dominate others, which elicits resistance, and that in turn calls forth military oppression.

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim 

The Biggest Hurdle Before Ending the Crisis

Senior intelligence officials from US-NATO and allied countries including the US, Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar met on June 7, behind closed door at the residence of the British Ambassador in Ankara, According to a Fars News Agency report.

The topic for discussion was the defeat of the US-NATO sponsored Al Nusrah rebels following the battle of Al Qusseir which led to the victory of Syrian forces. The planning of a renewed "rebel"  offensive was envisaged:

“Top intelligence officials of the US, Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan convened in an urgent meeting at the British ambassador’s residence in Ankara on June 7 to discuss an immediate rebel attack on the Syrian government and army positions in reprisal for the Syrian army’s recent victory in Al-Qusseir,” a liaison officer coordinating the meeting told FNA.

According to the report, cited by global research, the participants of this Ankara secret meeting included (with the exception of Jordan) the regional intelligence directors of the seven countries directly involved in supporting the terrorist attacks against Syrians. The source added that  “All the aforesaid countries sent their regional directors to the meeting, except for Jordan which was represented at a lower level.”

The meeting acknowledged the lack of morale among "rebel" forces and the need “to assess the psychological impacts of the Syrian army’s victory in Al-Qusseir on "rebel" groups and work out a morale-boost response to Damascus.”

The formulation of a renewed and coordinated "rebel" offensive was outlined, including the channeling of additional sources of financing, the delivery of weapons to the Al Qaeda affiliated “opposition” rebels (in defiance of international law and US anti-terrorist legislation):

“Given the defeat and withdrawal of the "rebel" groups from Al-Qusseir, the meeting studied possible geopolitical replacements for delivering arms shipments to the rebels,” the source added and continued, “Also participants discussed the focal points and methods that need to be dealt with by the western and Arab media to boost the morale of the rebels.”

The source said participants also “decided to increase financial aids to the "rebels" through Saudi Arabia and Qatar”.

”They also discussed several plans to retaliate the "rebels’" crushing defeat in Al-Qusseir,” he concluded.

Two weeks following the Ankara intelligence meeting on June 7, The "Friends of Syria" gathered in Qatar (June 22, 2013). France’s President Francois Hollande and US Secretary of State John Kerry were present.

The representatives from the “11 core members” of the "Friends of Syria" group agreed in a final statement “to provide urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment to the opposition on the ground”. The aid to the "rebels" was to be channeled through the Syrian opposition’s Supreme Military Council.

In addition to the funds channeled by the 11 core member states of the "Friends of Syria", large and undisclosed amounts of financial aid is also being channeled through private foundations based in the Gulf States.

Thus, those countries which have been shedding crocodile tears for the Syrians are themselves responsible to the shedding of the Syrian blood. Such countries have missed no occasion to speak about Geneva 2 and political solution to the crisis. Actually, the meddling of such countries, not to mention their relentless support to Al-Qaeda affiliates, is the biggest hurdle before the ending of the ongoing crisis.

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

Double Standards: Good and Bad Terrorism

Since the very beginning of the crisis in Syria, the West has been adopting double standards that contributed to more bloodshed of the Syrian people and prolonging the crisis in the country. The West, which rejected to condemn the terrorist acts in Syria at the UN Security Council, is adopting a double-standard approach in evaluating terrorist acts. This approach means that there are bad terrorists that should be condemned and other terrorists that the US and its allies can ignore their acts.

The Western stand led to thwarting the international community's efforts to condemn the terrorist acts in Syria, because the US and its allies accept terrorist acts and refrain from condemning them when they go in line with their political considerations and plans in the region.

 It is also categorically unacceptable to be indifferent towards the humanitarian tragedy in Syria caused by the heinous crimes and savage atrocities committed by al-Nusra Front and other al-Qa’eda affiliated organizations. The general principles of the UN Security Council are based on showing immediate reaction against any acts of terrorism and strongly condemning them, but the West has been turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the terrorist bombings carried out by al-Nusra Front in various Syrian cities claiming the lives of thousands of innocent people. The Western pretexts used to justify the non-condemnation of these terrorist acts are futile reflecting their sinister role in concocting the conspiracy against Syria and its people.

When it comes to political considerations and interests from the West's point of view, then the terrorist acts are acceptable for them.

These countries have remained silent over the crimes of the terrorist groups who terrorized civilians in various cities, displaced them out of their homes and used them as human shields under the watching eye of the world, including the hypocrite states that pretend care for the lives of Syrian civilians, but at the same time they offer military and logistic support for the armed groups to prolong violence and terrorism and hinder any truthful efforts being exerted to resolve the crisis in the country peacefully.

Moreover, the US and its allies have been providing a political cover to the armed terrorist groups in Syria. These countries have launched distortion campaigns against the military operations being carried out by the Syrian Arab Army to restore security and stability to the country and combat the terrorism of the armed groups in Syria.

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Khan al-Assal Terrorist Crime

Following the much of fuss and groundless accusations by some Western countries about chemicals use in Syria, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, declared yesterday that samples taken at the Syrian town where chemical weapons were allegedly used indicate that it was "rebels" - NOT the Syrian army - behind the attack.

 Evidence studied by Russian scientists indicates that a projectile carrying the deadly nerve agent sarin was most likely fired at Khan al-Assal by the "rebels", Churkin pointed out, adding that it was determined that on March 19 the "rebels" fired an unguided missile Bashair-3 at the town of Khan al-Assal, which has been under government control. The results of the analysis clearly show that the shell used in Khan al-Assal was not factory made and that it contained sarin,”.

Churkin added that the contents of the shell “didn’t contain chemical stabilizers in the toxic substance,” and therefore “is not a standard chemical charge.” The RDX - an explosive nitroamine commonly used for industrial and military applications - found in the warhead was not consistent with what the armed forces use.

Earlier, the Syrian veteran Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Bashar Ja’afari, announced that Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, the UN official to investigate the claims, and UN High Representative for Disarmament Angela Kane had been invited for "constructive negotiations with the Syrian officials in order to reach an agreement, a mutual agreement on the terms of reference, mechanism and time frame of the mission.”

Dr. Ja’afari disclosed too that the Syrian authorities have seized in the city of Banias 281 barrels filled with dangerous, hazardous chemical materials capable of destroying a whole city, if not the whole country.”

The stockpile of chemicals belonging to “armed terrorist groups” included, 79 barrels of polyethylene glycol, 67 barrels of monoethylene glycol, 25 barrels of monoethanol [amine], and 68 barrels of the diethanolamine, and 42 barrels of [triethanolamine].”

A United Nations independent commission of inquiry confirmed in May 2013 that the opposition rather than the government has chemical weapons in their possession and are using sarin nerve against the civilian population. "The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law," said commission member Carla Del Ponte.  Earlier, Turkey’s state media agency Zaman, disclosed that the Turkish General Directorate of Security ceased 2 kg of sarin gas in the city of Adana in the possession of Al Nusra terrorists believed to have been heading for Syria.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim