War on Syria was not caused by domestic unrest, US Senator Richard Black

 H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad received on November 17, 2015, a letter from U.S. Senator for the State of Virginia Richard Black a letter in which he said “I was pleased by the Russians’ intervention against the armies invading Syria. With their support, the Syrian Army has made dramatic strides against the terrorists.”

“I was delighted by Syria’s resounding victory over ISIS at the Kuwairis Airfield. My compliments to those who heroically rescued 1,000 brave Syrian soldiers from certain death. I am convinced that many such victories lie ahead,” Black added.

The Senator asserted that the war on Syria was not caused by domestic unrest, saying “It was an unlawful war of aggression by foreign powers determined to force a puppet regime on Syria. General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, revealed that by 2001, Western powers had developed plans to overthrow Syria. Yet after fifteen years, of military subversion, NATO, Saudi Arabia and Qatar still cannot identify a single leader who enjoys popular support among the Syrian people.”

“Foreign powers have no right to overturn legitimate elections and impose their will on the Syrian people. Syrians alone must determine their destiny, free of foreign intervention. I am disappointed that the UN has turned a blind eye to the unlawful interference in Syria’s internal affairs,” he added.

"Assad wasn't targeted to create stability in Syria"

Part 2: Someone recently asked me again, "Why is the world against Assad (President of Syria)?" The question really should be, "Why is the United States at war against Assad?" Well, it's not a sound bite answer - in fact it is an intricate and complex perfect storm of geo-political intrigue. The bottom line is, Assad wasn't targeted to create stability in Syria - but to destroy the stability that was growing there (this is just the tip of the iceberg):

1) The Syrian war IS NOT a civil war or organic, popular uprising against a 'brutal dictator' that started in March 2011 when Assad 'brutally' put down 'peaceful protests'.

2) The Syrian war IS a US organized coup against the legitimate, popular, and quite positive leader of a sovereign nation - done to great extent for and with the help of malignant - and sometimes just plain jealous - regional 'allies'.

3) After 9/11, Bush - prompted by the neo-cons like Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Don Rumsfeld, etc decided to attack not the root of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, but un-involved Iraq. The War on Terror began.

4) Colin Powell went to Syria to make demands of Assad which he refused, among those was to aid us in our overthrow of Saddam. Assad said it would end in a quagmire with the region worse off. He also refused to end ties with Iran (who also had no part in 9/11) and other items. After those refusals, Assad was added to the ridiculous "axis of evil" since Bush was in full "you are either with us or against us" mode.

5) The 7 countries in 5 years plan was created by the neo-cons (Cheney, Abrams, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld etc) to take out Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finally, Iran. Former NATO Commander, General Wesley Clark revealed this plan in 2007.

6) In 2006, a government document revealed how the US was working to foment sectarian hatred and unrest in stable and secular Syria in order to bring about an Islamist revolution there.

7) In 2007, George Bush and Elliot Abrams met with the Muslim Brotherhood to discuss and plan the ousting of Assad and replacing his government with a 'free and democratic' one which the Bros would have significant influence in. The Bros definition of 'freedom and democracy' is strict sharia law btw. The Bros are NOT allowed to have any part in Syrian politics and for good reason.

8) Meanwhile, President Assad was named most popular Arab leader in 2008 and 2009 by a regional poll. Charlie Rose said then that Damascus was the place to be in the ME for business. Sophie Shevradnaze said when people heard the name, "Assad" they'd straighten their ties in respect. Diane Sawyer visited in 2007 and raved about Syria. The BBC's John Simpson hailed Assad as impressive.

9) Saudi Arabia, the US's most powerful Arab ally was getting freaked out about Assad's popularity and the secular, tolerant nature of Syrian society. The radical Wahhabis started sectarian-driven propaganda to turn the Sunni majority against Assad using their Al Arabiya media and radical clerics etc.

10) Qatar started using al Jazeera Arabic to do the same thing for the Muslim Bros. Assad had opened Syria up to the internet and his enemies used it against him.

11) Qatar was angry at Assad mostly because of a gas pipeline deal. Qatar and Iran share the massive natural gas field in the Persian Gulf. Both countries had submitted pipeline deals thru Syria (this field holds enough natural gas to meet Europe's needs for 100 years). Assad took Iran's deal and then Qatar started helping with the overthrow.

12) Israel wanted Assad out for several reasons. He is a unifying force. Secular, popular and gaining to much influence in the region. This influence was starting to be felt in negotiations for return of the Golan Heights and pressure to negotiate for the Palestinians. Also he has good relations with Iran. Together, Syria and Hezbollah had defeated Israel's long held goal of taking control of Lebanon.

13) Iran, Iran, Iran. Israel and the Saudis HATE Iran with a passion. For as many times as Iran has said 'death to Israel' believe me, the Israelis have said it about Iran with every bit as much vehemence. From what I can see, Iran is the only country strong enough to stop Israel's plans to take control over Lebanon, if not the whole Levant from Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. The Saud's problem seems to be their crazed radical Sunnis want the Shiites all converted or dead but I'm sure there is more to that as well. Keep in mind, the Syrian army and government are mostly Sunni - they are stopping the radicals from taking over secular Syria.

14) Turkey is ruled by a Muslim Brotherhood godfather/thug, Erdogan. Erdogan is set on being a new sultan over a great empire of influence and power.

15) Virtually all of the 'rebels' supported by the US are either Islamist fundamentalists representing the Muslim Bros/al Qaeda/ISIS etc or mercenary gangs/criminals. There are some Syrian militias that don't behead all non-Sunnis etc but they have no real power or backing.

16) While Syria under Bashar is far from perfect - quite far - the premise that the US is somehow helping Syrians gain freedom and democracy could not be farther from reality. In fact, under Bashar, with his steadfast commitment to free, quality, secular education; women's rights; protection for all religious groups; tolerance; blocking of extremism, health care, new constitution, elections, etc - more was being done in Syria to grow a lasting and maintainable democracy than in any other Arab country.

17) The United States has been working with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey - three countries dedicated to promoting fundamentalism and extremism and terrorism - in order to supposedly promote 'freedom and democracy' in Syria?

18) The Christians in Syria support the government and many groups of Christian leaders have begged the US - even traveled here to meet with Congress to ask us to stop supporting this Islamist revolution in Syria. The Christians fight in the Syrian Army and National Defense Force - NOT the 'moderate rebel groups'.

Starting to get a clue how complicated - and WRONG - this all is?

Janice Kortkamp

Leesburg, VA, United States

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 "What I learned about activism from President Bashar al-Assad"

Although I had tried to be an informed and participatory citizen of my country, I was never an activist until I 'met' Syria. My first glimpse through the cracks in the wall of western narratives about the Middle East came from Assad. Since then, almost all of my words have been modeled on his approach that won me over in a matter of minutes to at least wanting to know more. I just thought this might be interesting to share in this group.

Here's what he taught me (which i have failed at often enough but keep trying anyway):

1. Stay calm. The truth gives a confidence that does not require screaming and ranting.

2. Turn the other cheek. Assad has a brilliant way of just letting insults and accusations deflect off him. He listens and then gives his side - but he doesn't take it all personally.

3. Speak clearly and openly. It wasn't 2 minutes into the first interview I saw with him that I was struck by how he was explaining things in a way I could understand.

4. Be accurate - don't exaggerate. When Assad knows a number, he gives a number that he can back up - they don't end up getting exaggerated beyond credibility. If he doesn't know a number, he just says he doesn't have a number.

5. Give facts that can be backed up by the reality on the ground and solid sources. When I listened to the SNC's Moaz al Khatib trying to give an interview the contrast could not have been more stark. Assad consistently gave facts that could be checked and verified. His 'opposition', Khatib, spoke in generalizations and platitudes and spent an hour saying nothing of substance.

6. Be genuine. Assad's love of Syrians and Syria shows in everything he says and does. He walks the walk instead of just talking the talk.

7. Don't just preach to the choir. I think this is what really limits the effectiveness of activism. While we all need to learn from and support each other, it is critical to be able to relate to people who don't understand in a way that is not offensive or insulting. Most people just plain to do not know about these situations. They work long hours, they have families, what little news they get comes from MSM. It's a part time/full time job trying to stay on top of ONE issue for me. Assad has given so many interviews with belligerent media and nations - it is a great example.

8. Engage with people. I went to a demonstration against the proposed bombing of Syria in Washington. The protesters walked around in a circle and just kept repeating slogans some woman kept shouting in a megaphone creating a wall of noise. I quickly left the group and just walked among the people and tried to answer questions and engage in conversation. I ended up on Iraqi TV wink emoticon.

9. Unfortunately, photos of dead children are not effective. Anyone with a heart should be moved by the plight of the most innocent victims but the sad truth is, it doesn't really work.

10. Be an ambassador. The most effective activism is person to person. When I got to know Syrians my intellectual curiosity changed to genuine compassion and a hunger for the truth. Assad is a very personal and gracious man. When I showed his interview to my husband, Syd said "I want to have that man over for dinner." In so many interviews I've seen of his, often you can watch the interviewer coming around to Assad's point of view because he is really present WITH the person, listening carefully to them, then he responds to them and to the question. He's not just taking an opportunity to spout an agenda. Whoever he's with, whether children or foreign dignitaries, he is always gives the people he is with his full attention.

So that's it. Thank you President Assad and many members of this page who helped me begin to understand about Syria and the ME.

 

Janice Kortkamp, a US Peace Activist.

November, 2015.

 

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Anti-Assad Narrative Falls Apart at Seams

 

The Western media narrative about brutal "dictator" Bashar al-Assad is falling apart at the seams, Australian academic Tim Anderson underscores, adding that the leader still enjoys high public support in Syria.

There is a huge gap between the Western ugly "caricature" of the Syrian President and the real political figure of Bashar al-Assad, Syria's popular secular leader, Tim Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Sydney, notes, according to the Russian Sputnik News.

"When I met President Assad, with a group of Australians, his manner was entirely consistent with the pre-2011 image of the mild-mannered eye doctor. He expressed deep concern with the impact on children of witnessing terrorist atrocities while fanatics shout 'God is Great.' The man is certainly no brute, in the manner of Saddam Hussein or George W. Bush," Anderson underscored in his article for Global Research.

If Bashar al-Assad were indeed a brutal tyrant, he and his army would have been abandoned by Syrians and defeated long ago. According to Western media reports, President Assad ' has launched repeated bombings of civilian areas, gassed children and cracked down on the freedom-loving "moderate" opposition.

"Central to the Bashar myth are two closely related stories: that of the 'moderate "rebel"' and the story that conjures 'Assad loyalists' or 'regime forces' in place of a large, dedicated national army, with broad popular support," Anderson elaborated.

Contrary to the Western media narrative, the Syrian Arab Army has much popular support. Furthermore, most of Syrians displaced by the conflict have not fled the country but moved to other parts of it under army protection, the Australian academic stressed, adding that numerous stories of the atrocities allegedly committed by the Syrian Arab Army turned out to be false.

Even so-called "moderate" Syrian "rebels" recognized that the Syrian President and the government forces have about '70 percent' support, as quoted by Western media outlets.

On the other hand, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and other sectarian Islamist groups do hate him, according to the academic.

"Quite a number of Syrians have criticized President Assad, but not in the manner of the Western media. Many in Syria regard him as too soft, leading to the name 'Mr. Soft Heart'," the academic remarked.

Meanwhile, the so-called Free Syrian Army brigades, particularly that of Farouk, were spotted blowing up hospitals, conducting ethnic cleansing, killing civilians and suppressing peaceful civilians. Needless to say, much of these atrocities were ignored by major Western media outlets or the blame was simply shifted onto Assad and the Syrian Arab Army.

"The most highly politicized atrocity was the chemical attack of August 2013, in the Eastern Ghouta region, just outside Damascus," Anderson proceeded with his narrative.

While many Western mainstream media journalists, which relied on FSA sources, jumped to conclusions that Bashar al-Assad was behind the notorious chemical attack, a series of independent reports demolished those claims.

Veteran US journalist Seymour Hersh later revealed that the US intelligence evidence had been fabricated and "cherry picked… to justify a strike against Assad," Anderson remarked, adding that "the Saudi backed FSA group Liwa al-Islam was most likely responsible for the chemical attack on Ghouta."

The Australian academic underscored that during the Syrian presidential elections, held in June 2014, Assad received almost 88 percent of votes, despite the war. The high participation rate — 73 percent — also dealt a severe blow to the positions of Assad's antagonists.

"The size of Bashar's win underlines a stark reality: there never was a popular uprising against this man; and his popularity has grown," the academic stressed.

 

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Le Figaro poll: Over 70% want Syria’s Assad to remain in power

 

A recent poll carried out by France’s Le Figaro newspaper has indicated that at least 72 percent of respondents want Syrian President Bashar Assad to remain in power.

The survey, published on Thursday, asked: “Should world powers demand Bashar Assad to leave?” At least 28 percent from 21,314 respondents have voted “Yes” so far, while the majority – 72 percent – have said “No”.

The poll was conducted ahead of the Vienna talks, where 19 global powers gathered to find a solution for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria. The fate of Assad remained the stumbling block during discussions, the Russian RT reported.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the Syrian people “should define the future of their country... including Assad's fate.”

Earlier in October, a member of Moscow's parliamentary delegation told TASS that Assad had agreed to hold preliminary elections in the country, provided the move has the people’s backing.

Syria has been caught up in a terrorist war since 2011,. During the turmoil, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) militants managed to capture large amounts of territory in Syria and Iraq.

On September 30, Moscow launched a military operation targeting IS positions following a formal request from H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad.

 

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