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‘US, NATO seek repeat of Qaddafi end for Assad’

11 Responses to ‘US, NATO seek repeat of Qaddafi end for Assad’

  1. Roy Bard August 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Syrian National Council Spokesperson Radwan Ziadeh says Assad’s regime is “genocidal” and will do whatever it deems necessary to remain in power. As for the U.S., Ziadeh said it has “failed in the Syrian crisis.”

    Pressure Intensifies for Assad To Flee Syria

    Radwan Ziadeh – director of foreign relations at the Syrian National Council. Ziadeh has an impressive CV: he’s a senior fellow at the federally funded Washington thinktank, the US Institute of Peace (the USIP Board of Directors is packed with alumni of the defence department and the national security council; its president is Richard Solomon, former adviser to Kissinger at the NSC).

    In February this year, Ziadeh joined an elite bunch of Washington hawks to sign a letter calling upon Obama to intervene in Syria: his fellow signatories include James Woolsey (former CIA chief), Karl Rove (Bush Jr’s handler), Clifford May (Committee on the Present Danger) and Elizabeth Cheney, former head of the Pentagon’s Iran-Syria Operations Group.

    The Syrian opposition: who’s doing the talking?

  2. Roy Bard August 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    “I think the regime has entered the process of collapse,” Kodmani said in an interview with The Associated Press. “The vacuum of power at the political level should not happen, and the opposition is currently discussing very seriously and very intensively the shape a transition government should take. The objective here is to produce a Syrian plan, not anybody else’s … that produces a legitimate government.”

    The “two major pillars” of a transitional authority in a post-Assad era must include both political and military components, Kodmani said, and the roadmap is being prepared “in full coordination with the Free Syrian Army” battling Assad’s forces. But “all sectors of society” would have a role, she said.

    Syria opposition plans for post-Assad era

    Should surely read “Syria opposition” plans for Post-Assad era!

    Kodmani is not some random “pro-democracy activist” who happens to have found herself in front of a microphone. She has impeccable international diplomacy credentials: she holds the position of research director at the Académie Diplomatique Internationale – “an independent and neutral institution dedicated to promoting modern diplomacy”. The Académie is headed by Jean-Claude Cousseran, a former head of the DGSE – the French foreign intelligence service.

    A picture is emerging of Kodmani as a trusted lieutenant of the Anglo-American democracy-promotion industry. Her “province of origin” (according to the SNC website) is Damascus, but she has close and long-standing professional relationships with precisely those powers she’s calling upon to intervene in Syria.

    The Syrian opposition: who’s doing the talking?

  3. who_me August 6, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    “For the people of Aleppo, their only hope is Syria’s security forces restoring order. In the pockets of Syria’s largest city the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) has dug into, a campaign of systematic detention, torture, and mass murder has been carried out against “enemies of the revolution.” Demonized as either “Shabiha” or “government supporters,” men have been rounded up, lined up against walls, and gunned down en mass. Others await barbaric “drumhead trials” where FSA warlords deal out arbitrary justice under the guise of “Sharia law.”

    Worst of all, all of this is being reported by the Western media, but carefully downplayed, excused, spun, and otherwise sneaked through news cycles and headlines.

    The London Guardian likewise spins and downplays what are overt, ghoulish atrocities committed right on camera for the entire world to see. Russia Today covered one such massacre providing a graphic video depicting several bloodied men lined up against a wall and machine gunned to death, their bodies left in a tattered pile by FSA terrorists. RT leaves no doubt in the reader’s mind that what they just witnessed was a war crime.

    The Guardian however, begins downplaying the brutal massacre with the headline, “Syria crisis: rebels ‘execute shabiha’ in Aleppo.” Already Guardian plays a role in shaping the potential reader’s perception, convicting the massacred victims as “Shabiha.” Scrolling down through a list of unverified accusations leveled against the Syrian government, one finds not an objective journalistic report of the massacre, but the justification provided by the FSA themselves, in a quote by Guardian’s FSA “contact” that includes the somber warning:

    “Regarding the video of the shabiha killed by the FSA, as far as I know these shabiha are from the “Berri” clan in Aleppo. They have a long history of being pro-regime shabiha and they have been involved in a lot of killing in Aleppo.

    The regime used to provide them with light weapons and knives and gather them in schools to go and launch their attacks against civilians. Just before they left one of the schools they were caught by the FSA and killed.

    In this war in which we left alone to fight such a vicious regime, everything is possible and legitimate and as long as the international community keeps looking at Syria in such carelessness, you will see more of that and even worse.”

    The Guardian not only excuses what was a massacre of civilians, but sows the ground for excusing war crimes that eclipse even this episode of barbarism. Unfortunately, the Guardian is not alone – this is a pattern that repeats itself throughout the Western media and signifies that as the military campaign winds down, the terror campaign is just beginning. US special interests’ promise to “bleed” Syria is manifesting itself before our eyes.”

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos August 6, 2012 at 6:20 am #

      You seem to imply that liberating Libya from that tyrant was a bad thing. In reality at least one thing is evident: peace finally prevails there now and the rule of law. I am not saying this only because I have Libyan friends who tell me so but also because reports to that effect confirm it:

      GENEVA (Reuters) – Unknown assailants attacked a compound ofthe International Committee of the Red Cross in the Libyan port ofMisrata on Sunday with grenades and rockets, forcing it to suspend its work there and in the eastern city of Benghazi, the agency said.
      The ICRC said seven of its aid workers were inside their residence when it came under attack. No one was hurt, but damage to the building was extensive.
      It was the fifth time in less than three months that violence was directed against the independent aid agency in Libya, the ICRC said in a statement, which stressed its neutrality.
      “Given the circumstances, we are forced to announce, with considerable regret, that we will be suspending all our activities in Misrata and Benghazi and that our delegates in those cities will be temporarily relocated,” said Ishfaq Muhamed Khan, the head of the ICRC’s delegation in Libya.
      Several violent incidents have rocked Libya in recent days and included the kidnapping on Tuesday in Benghazi of seven Iranians relief workers who were official guests of the Libyan Red Crescent Association.

      • who_me August 6, 2012 at 6:48 am #

        well, at, what do you expect? there were iranians among those icrc people and israel, through their “muslim truth dispensers”, said iranians are satanists corrupting the muslim faith. it’s the icrc’s fault, they shouldn’t offend israel by allowing iranians in their organisation.

        • Ariadna Theokopoulos August 6, 2012 at 7:14 am #

          I suspected that too. Thanks for confirming it.

  4. who_me August 6, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    Why Are Americans Supporting a “Humanitarian” War Where Minorities Are Being Targeted by Terrorists?

    “Everyone from the Vatican to priests on the ground in Syria have reported that the Syrian opposition is persecuting Christians.

    Now even the New York Times is starting to report the truth….”

    though no mention by the nyt of their support of these war criminals.

    “The fact that so many Americans – including progressive liberals – still support a “humanitarian war” where minorities are being targeted and Al Qaeda has somehow become our closest ally shows the power of modern propaganda.”

  5. who_me August 6, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    “Reports are surfacing of a US-Israeli plan to attack Iran’s ballistic missile batteries, giving Israel extra space to tackle Syria and Hezbollah. While no talks have been confirmed, anonymous sources claim that war plans have been put to paper.

    ­While it’s unclear how far-reaching the US and Israeli plans are, some say the allies have detailed intentions to destroy the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missiles – and let Israel launch an assault on Syria and Hezbollah to boot.”

    real, or psyops?

    “An anonymous US military source told DEBKAfile, a website covering Israel-related security issues”

    debka is hebrew for bs…

    and another israeli terrorist bomb:

    Bomb blast rocks Syrian TV station, three people reported injured

  6. who_me August 7, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    ron paul speaks against american actions against syria and iran and warns the u.s. is headed towards war:

    “Last week, the House passed yet another bill placing sanctions on Iran and Syria, bringing us closer to another war in the Middle East. We are told that ever harsher sanctions finally will force the targeted nations to bend to our will. Yet the ineffectiveness of previous sanctions teaches us nothing; in truth sanctions lead to war more than they prevent.

    Until last year, Libyan sanctions were touted as a great success story. The regime would change its behavior. Yet NATO bombed the country anyway.

    Last week, we learned that President Obama signed an intelligence “finding” directing the CIA to covertly assist rebels in Syria. The administration seems determined to fight yet another war in Syria that has nothing to do with American national interests.

    We already know that a similar “finding” was signed under the latest Bush administration directing U.S. intelligence to undermine the Iranian government and promote regime change there. Neoconservatives have long demanded that we overthrow the Syrian government before moving on to war against Iran. This bellicosity continues regardless of which party is in the White House.

    In Syria we see once again we see how our interventionist policies backfire and make us less secure. Recent news reports point to ties between the Syrian opposition and al-Qaeda (and other extremist groups). A recent article in the Guardian, a British newspaper, exclaimed, “Al-Qaeda turns tide for rebels in battle for eastern Syria.” The article quotes an al-Qaeda leader in Syria saying that he meets with the main U.S.-backed Syrian rebel organization, the Free Syrian Army, “almost every day.” So by promoting civil war in Syria we end up fueling al-Qaeda….”

  7. who_me August 8, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    blunt interview:

    Gennady Yevstafyev, retired Lieutenant General of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.

    “First of all, it was quite evident right from the beginning that behind the so called revolutionaries in Syria who are trying to overthrow Bashar Assad and bring the changes into the composure of Syrian political elite we would see American hands. These hands are covered with blood, there is no doubt. And an admission by Obama that he allows the supply of American military equipment to the fighters against Bashar Assad is really politically motivated admission, forced admission, that they are behind this. But people in the area which is suffering from American intervention didn’t have any doubts about this.

    And if they are succeeding in Syria, then next year, I think in spring, we will see the growing tension around Iran because the next target would be Iran. And it is a preparation for Iranian attack. Of course we have Israel which is demanding actions but Israel is playing with fire. I’m looking at Israel with a disbelief because Jews are very clever people and it is very strange to see them playing with fire and not trying to find some sort of a negotiated solution.

    And this is a challenge, this is an open outburst against the influence of China in the area. This is really an attempt to try to undermine Russian influence in the area. And moreover, after quite a short time we will see very serious events happening in the Central Asia. If they succeed now here, then we will see not only Iran, but after Iran we will have the enhanced action in the Central Asia. As they call it – the domino will shatter and then will come down.”

  8. who_me August 8, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    an interesting take, with some interesting connections described:

    “Who knows what priceless artefacts have been ransacked in Aleppo…Palmyra…the Dead Cities? Aleppo’s Baron Hotel, where spies drank under the Ottomans and which hosted Lawrence of Arabia, Charles de Gaulle, Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser and, of course, Syria’s former president, Hafez Al Assad is now rocked by the sounds of a lethal proxy war that may have already taken the lives of up to 20,000 people. NATO powers have shown themselves every bit as eager to prolong the conflict as they did in Yugoslavia or Palestine. At the UN Security Council, U.S., French and UK leaders would not even countenance peace talks between the warring parties as suggested by China and Russia.

    Will U.S.-taxpayers even be told their dollars are going into the hands of ‘Al Qaeda’? Will the U.S. Southern Bible Belt be told that a French Catholic Bishop on the ground is reporting tens of thousands of Christians driven out of Homs by de facto NATO policy?

    Meanwhile, for Syria, there is propaganda masked as journalism in the service of Islamist rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad. As recounted in Counterpunch, Zionists in Tel Aviv name-check the Islamists to visiting Russian leaders as if they were just another branch of the Israeli army.

    Maybe one shouldn’t be surprised. Syria since the post-Bashar rapprochement of the West seemed a jelly-like place where the rich and liberal elites educated their children abroad only to return and seek havoc with the best intentions. In off-the-record conversations in Damascus with senior politicians, one got the impression they weren’t aware that liberal economic reform was a Trojan horse. Those educated abroad were coming back thinking that privatisation was a universal panacea which Bashar al-Assad was holding back. Well, now they know what the real agenda is and that everyone is a stranger. The Western economic crisis is lesson enough as to what economic liberalisation would have done to Syria. Gadaffi made that mistake and look what happened to him. The Syrian leadership had more sense of history in curbing neoliberal economic programs but then they felt in their bones that their cities were once the wonders of the world.”