Posts Tagged Syria
The famous lines shouted by Paul Revere warning the Colonial militia of the advancing British forces before the Battle of Lexington.
But this time it’s a case of…
Reports of the British down voting Cameron in supporting the Americans in any military strike against Syria.
The Red Line
“We will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, or the transfer of those weapons to terrorists.”
Failure to heed the warning would result in “consequences”.
What’s going to happen? Bashar al-Bastard has used chemical weapons; the belief held by intelligence agencies in US and Britain gets stronger as evidence is gathered.
Heavily supported by the denial by Syria to allow UN teams to verify, or not. If al-Bastard has nothing to hide, then he should welcome the UN involvement.
POTUS is backpeddling soooo fast.
Another conflict would truly show the financial position of the USA. Literally, it can’t afford another conflict.
And then there are the ramifications of the Russian reaction.
Obama was full of bluster, and al-Bastard has called his bluff.
Todays posting isn’t going to be about some wishy-washy subject. I’m going to write about something important and something which is killing thousands of people every month, the civil uprising and war in Syria. I’m writing because it is important and we CAN do something. Up to 5000 people a month visit this blog, that is a lot of people who can do something. It is also the same number of people who are dying each month in Syria.
Peaceful Civilian marches and demonstrations for democracy and free elections in Syria.
For over 2 years now, the brave people of Syria have been rebelling against their dictator. At first the protests were peaceful and to a degree they were tolerated. The Syrians were enthused by the democratic changes taking place in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya as well as protests throughout the Middle-East as part of the Arab Spring. Their target was the overthrow of the Assad regime who have ruled over Syria for decades. The President, Bashar Assad, was never brought up to be a President (read Dictator), he spent much time in London working to become a specialist optician but his elder brother was killed in a car crash and he was quickly and badly groomed to succeed his father. He was destined to become an eye doctor but now Bashar Al-Assad is simply Dr Death, the first great war criminal of the 21st Century.
via Stephen Liddell Blog – Read more. Warning some photos on this post are not for people with a weak disposition.
Mitt Romney: arm the Syrian rebels
Republican presidential candidate is to call for an escalation of the conflict in Syria in a major foreign policy address
The Republican presidential candidate has made several attempts at establishing his credentials to be commander-in-chief but those speeches made little impact. Against the background of his win over Obama in last week’s debate, the Romney campaign team is hoping this speech will be better received.
The speech is aimed at countering critics who say he has not had much to say so far about foreign policy and given little indication of the lines he would pursue as president.
The guy is an idiot. There is only one motive for this idea… the American arms industry needs to manufacture arms; and at the moment, they don’t have a war going on, just withdrawals.
Romney doesn’t give a shit about the Syrians, but he has to look after his moneyed cronies.
It must be obvious to even the blind that Bashar al-Bastard has no intention, nor did he ever contemplate, abiding by the peace plan.
Now that the UN Peacekeeping Force has decided to end their mission because of the dangers al-Bastard is free to continue as before or indeed worsen the attacks on the phantoms in his head.
The bombings, destruction, slaughter of innocents has only worsened since the date of the ceasefire. al-Bastard is thumbing his nose at the world.
The veto by Russia on western intervention and then to be caught with its pants down sending a ship load of arms and the supply of attack helicopters to the regime needs to be looked at very very closely by the UN. Such duplicity, is treason. They need to be removed from the Security Council because obviously they cannot be trusted… security implies trust, after all.
“all military-technical cooperation with Syria is limited to defensive weapons”. “As regards helicopters, there were planned overhauls of equipment supplied many years ago,” the ministry said.
The ministry statement follows a denial by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “We are not delivering to Syria, or anywhere else, items that could be used against peaceful demonstrators,” he said.
The ministry’s statement follows claims by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Russia was supplying helicopters to Syria that were being used against civilians.
Clinton later clarified her statements, acknowledging that Russia was returning used equipment to Syria.
“Whether they are new or they are refurbished, the concern remains that they will be used for the exact same purpose that the current helicopters in Syria are being used, and that is to kill civilians,” Source: Can-India Read more
That statement itself proves that the Russians are updating contracts signed years ago, thus sidetracking the supply of ‘new’ weapons.Returning, or sending… it doesn’t matter, they are supplying arms to al-Bastard.
Look at that machine of destruction above!
What hope have the opposition forces against such technology? How can a mother protect her children from the hellfire sent from above?
“limited to defensive” WTF is Lavrov trying to kid? Defense of whom?
A responsible attitude by the Russians would have been to withhold the arms and helicopters until the situation was resolved…
The ball game has been changed by the Russians. They arm the regime, then it is only just that the world arm the opposition so they can defend themselves and the Syrian people…
“Oh but that’s creating a civil war!” You all cry in unison.
The civil war was declared when al-Bastard killed his first civilian! Any idea that the situation in Syria has been anything but a civil war is pure naïvete.
Meanwhile, thumbs are twiddled and Syrian women and children die!
Syria UN team ‘shot at’ near Qubair ‘massacre site’
The head of the UN has said monitors trying to reach the Syrian village of Qubair, where 78 people are said to have been killed, were fired upon.
None were hurt in the shooting but they have pulled back for the night.
Addressing the UN General Assembly, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the “killing of innocents” at Qubair as “shocking and sickening”.
Envoy Kofi Annan told the UN Security Council the crisis could soon “spiral out of control”, diplomats said.
Mr Annan earlier told the General Assembly his six-point peace plan was not being implemented despite having been accepted by Damascus.
Opposition activists blame the killings at Qubair on pro-government forces but the government accuses “terrorists”.
The White House said it strongly condemned “the outrageous targeted killings of civilians including women and children” in Qubair.
But both China and Russia repeated their opposition to outside intervention in Syria.
The UN has 297 unarmed observers in Syria to verify the implementation of a peace plan negotiated by Mr Annan. It includes a ceasefire, meant to have taken effect in mid-April.
‘Killing of innocents’
“I just learned a few minutes ago that while trying to [enter Qubair], the UN monitors were shot at with small arms,” Mr Ban told the 193-state assembly in New York.
Addressing a special closed meeting of the Security Council, Mr Annan urged world powers to warn President Bashar al-Assad of “clear consequences” if he did not comply with the six-point peace plan, diplomats said.
Sausan Ghosheh, spokesperson for the UN observer mission in Syria, told the BBC the monitors had been sent home for the night.
“We’re here serving the flag of the United Nations… until now we’re lucky no-one has been injured,” she said.
Speaking earlier in Syria, UN mission chief Gen Robert Mood said Syrian troops had blocked access to Qubair, which is near the western city of Hama.
In a statement, the White House said the killings, coupled with the “Syrian regime’s refusal to let UN observers into the area”, were “an affront to human dignity and justice”.
Source: BBC News Read more
The world pussy foots around while cowering to Russia and China.
What’s al-Bastard hiding in Qubair?
My guess is proof that his forces were responsible for the latest massacre, in which a whole village was as good as wiped out, men, women, children, all extinguished.
The six point plan for the Syrian ceasefire was, as I predicted, simply an excuse for al-Bastard to continue his bloody slaughter with impunity.
The UN observers have nothing to oversee. There was never and there won’t be a ceasefire as long as al-Bastard is at the helm. The best they can do is act as gathers of evidence for future prosecutions.
Now that UN observers have been met with hostile action; Russia and China MUST come to terms that their Syrian pet is out of control and totally beyond reason. He has fired on friendly forces. The world must now act.
Russia’s response should be to abandon its naval base in Syria and set sail and let the UN do its work.
Because after this mess is over both Russia and China should be held responsible and accountable.
Another Massacre in Syria: Qubair, Hama
It seems that Houla’s effect wasn’t “grand” enough for whatever force killing people in Syria to stop doing so. We all know who that force is but for the sake of keeping this about the people, I won’t throw names.
In the town of Qubair, near Hama in Northern Syria, 78 people have been killed including 35 from the same family. Half of those killed so far are women and children. The death toll is still rising. Did I mention the town counts only a 100 or so resident? They literally killed everyone there.
In the nearby town of Kfarzeita, 6 bodies were found burned till they became charcoal. There’s even a video for that.
In total, the death toll is at 130, more than Houla, and rising.
Source: A separate Sate of Mind Read more and see videos and pictures of the slaughter.
Warning: The content is horribly graphic
Syria unrest: Who are the shabiha?
Syria’s government has blamed “armed criminal gangs and terrorists” for much of the unrest since March 2011, but activists accuse state-sponsored militia of assisting in the crackdown that has left more than 9,000 people dead. Here is what is known about these armed regime supporters, known locally as the “shabiha”.
Throughout the uprising, many Syrians have said they have seen heavily-armed men dressed in black fighting alongside the security forces.
The men are accused not only of killing and beating people who attend demonstrations, but also of carrying out a campaign of intimidation that has included executions, drive-by shootings and sectarian attacks.
Activists say their presence has allowed the government to deny any involvement in the most brutal actions against protesters.
“They’re not afraid to use force, violence, weapons, racketeering and blackmail,” Ammar Qurabi of Syria’s National Organization for Human Rights told the Associated Press.
“That way, the regime will remain clean and will say: ‘Look these are gangs doing this, not us’.”
It is not clear exactly who they are and to whom they are loyal, but the term “shabiha” has repeatedly been used to describe them. Possibly derived from the Arabic word for “ghost” (“shabh”), it has come to mean “thugs” in modern day Syria.
Source: BBC News Read more
While it is not officially clear who the shabiha are loyal to, the answer must be al-Bastard if they are fighting alongside his troops and doing their dirty business.