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Assad's military and pro-government militias are said to be regularly using sexual violence against men, women and children with impunity during the current Syrian conflict.Assad's military and pro-government militias are said to be regularly using... more
Member States of NATO and the GCC are preparing a coup d’état and a sectarian genocide in Syria. If you want to prevent these crimes, you should act now: circulate this article on the Internet and alert your elected officials. In a few days, perhaps as early as Friday, June 15, at noon, the Syrians wanting to watch their national TV stations will see them replaced on their screens by TV programs created by the CIA. Studio-shot images will show massacres that are blamed on the Syrian Government, people demonstrating, ministers and generals resigning from their posts, President Al-Assad fleeing, the rebels gathering in the big city centers, and a new government installing itself in the presidential palace. This operation of disinformation, directly managed from Washington by Ben Rhodes, the US deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, aims at demoralizing the Syrians in order to pave the way for a coup d’etat. NATO, discontent about the double veto of Russia and China, will thus succeed in conquering Syria without attacking the country illegally. Whichever judgment you might have formed on the actual events in Syria, a coup d’etat will end all hopes of democratization. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43072-urgent-nato-preparing-vast-disinformation-campaign-in-syriaMember States of NATO and the GCC are preparing a coup d’état and a... more
From the Guardian: The bodies of children killed in al-Qubair, Syria, in what locals say was a massacre by militia loyal to Assad’s regime. Photograph: AP
The Syrian regime has "lost its fundamental humanity" and no longer has any legitimacy, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, said on Thursday as he described a massacre of around 90 villagers as "shocking and sickening" and demanded that the killers be brought to account.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/07/assad-regime-unFrom the Guardian: The bodies of children killed in al-Qubair, Syria, in what locals... more
"Forty-five years ago, the USS Liberty was attacked in international waters by Israeli jet fighters and torpedo boats."
at which time israel was involved in a war with egypt,syria,and jordan
"The attack killed 34 members of the crew, and wounded 174 more on board. Both U.S. and Israeli governments conducted inquiries about the incident, and decided the attack was a result of Israeli confusion about who the USS Liberty was."
Other wise known as a classic case of friendly fire.
"Many veterans don't agree."
While the majority do agree
"This Friday, a USS Liberty memorial service will be held at the graves of the Liberty victims at Arlington Cemetery, in part to remember, but also to accuse.
A Facebook page for the event asks supporters to sign a petition calling for a renewed investigation of the attack. The petition suggests a U.S. government cover up, noting that the U.S. initially dispatched aircraft to aid the wounded USS Liberty, but say they were later recalled."
As this is a case of mistaken identity a great deal of confusion surrounded the events as they unfolded.
From the U.S. being concerned the Liberty was attacked by soviets to Israel offering to rescue survivors upon learning it was an American ship not an Egyptian one.just a few points that explain the delay in action that are habitualy left out of the account on the part of some.
"The page also points supporters to reports on the incident from USS Liberty veterans, including a draft letter to Congress asking for a better investigation."
An investigation that will never come as it has already taken place and concluded the Liberty had no basis to be where it was, and Israel attacked it by accident when lead to believe the Liberty had left the area as the United States military had ordered it to.
this is a thoroughtly investigated event from almost a half century ago, that only matters more than any other event to those who are so cravenly bent on attacking israel they are willing to go as far back in history as needed to find anything that can be spun to sell their hatred.
always left out is:
The CIA as well as the joint chiefs held independant investigations, which both concluded what had happened was a case of friendly fire.
Israel offered to rescue the survivors, and did pay reperations for the damages within 24 hrs.
(hardly the actions of any enemy nation ever in war)
Most of all, Israel intelligence had discovered that Egyptian ships had planned to shell Israeli towns from the sea.An explosion had taken place where the Israelis expected the Egyptians to attack, leading them (and anyone else in their position) to believe an Egyptian ship was present.Which the liberty appeared to be.
On every front their is a very simple reasonable explanation for the events that transpired, that require no suspension of reality.As this incident is no different than any of the other bazillions of incidents of friendly fire, with the exception that it was Israel."Forty-five years ago, the USS Liberty was attacked in international waters by... more
War drums are beating again in Washington. This time Syria is in the crosshairs after a massacre there last week left more than 100 dead. As might be expected from an administration with an announced policy of "regime change" in Syria, the reaction was to blame only the Syrian government for the tragedy, expel Syrian diplomats from Washington, and announce that the US may attack Syria even without UN approval. Of course, the idea that the administration should follow the Constitution and seek a Declaration of War from Congress is considered even more anachronistic now than under the previous administration.
It may be the case that the Syrian military was responsible for the events last week, but recent bombings and attacks have been carried out by armed rebels with reported al-Qaeda ties. With the stakes so high, it would make sense to wait for a full investigation -- unless the truth is less important than stirring up emotions in favor of a US attack.
There is ample reason to be skeptical about US government claims amplified in mainstream media reports. How many times recently have lies and exaggerations been used to push for the use of force overseas? It was not long ago that we were told Gaddafi was planning genocide for the people of Libya, and the only way to stop it was a US attack. Those claims turned out to be false, but by then the US and NATO had already bombed Libya, destroying its infrastructure, killing untold numbers of civilians, and leaving a gang of violent thugs in charge.
Full Story: http://paul.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1980:war-drums-for-syria&catid=62:texas-straight-talk&Itemid=69War drums are beating again in Washington. This time Syria is in the crosshairs after... more
Take the poll: Should the U.S declare war against Syria to stop the genocide?
http://thepoliticus.com/content/should-us-declare-war-against-syria-stop-genocideTake the poll: Should the U.S declare war against Syria to stop the genocide?... more
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The Republicans are at it again through their favorite mouthpiece, Fox News, wanting to invade Syria supposedly to protect human rights, but also to protect their "black gold---oil."
Read more here:
http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2012/05/no-surprise-here-republicans-put-oil.htmlThe Republicans are at it again through their favorite mouthpiece, Fox News, wanting... more
Same as Iran 1979, same Libya 2011, same as it ever was
Sat, 27 Sep 2003 14:49 CDT
Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secretive "regime change" in another Arab country they accused of spreading terror and threatening the west's oil supplies, by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures.
Newly discovered documents show how in 1957 Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria's pro-western neighbours, and then to "eliminate" the most influential triumvirate in Damascus.
The plans, frighteningly frank in their discussion, were discovered in the private papers of Duncan Sandys, Mr Macmillan's defence secretary, by Matthew Jones, a reader in international history at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Although historians know that intelligence services had sought to topple the Syrian regime in the autumn of 1957, this is the first time any document has been found showing that the assassination of three leading figures was at the heart of the scheme. In the document drawn up by a top secret and high-level working group that met in Washington in September 1957, Mr Macmillan and President Eisenhower were left in no doubt about the need to assassinate the top men in Damascus.Same as Iran 1979, same Libya 2011, same as it ever was ******* Ben Fenton The... more
The United Nations security council has unanimously condemned the Syrian government for using heavy weapons in Houla where more than 100 civilians, including dozens of children, died last week.
An emergency council meeting in New York on Sunday accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of unleashing havoc in the town, calling the bombardment of residential areas "an outrageous use of force" which violated international law.
"The security council condemned in the strongest possible terms the killings, confirmed by United Nations observers, of dozens of men, women and children and the wounding of hundreds more … in attacks that involved a series of government artillery and tank shellings on a residential neighbourhood," the non-binding statement said.
Russia, which has resisted previous western-led condemnations of its Damascus ally, signed up to the declaration, signalling the extent of revulsion over images of infant corpses lined side by side after Friday's slaughter, one of the worst incidents in the 14-month conflict.
Britain and France had pushed for immediate condemnation but Moscow requested a briefing by General Robert Mood, the head of the unarmed UN observer mission in Syria, which took place behind closed doors at Sunday's meeting.
Moscow was prepared to chastise its Syrian ally for using heavy weapons but resisted attempts to blame pro-regime forces for point-blank shootings and stabbings which appear to have caused many of the deaths.
"It still remains unclear what happened and what triggered what," said Russia's deputy UN ambassador, Alexander Pankin. "We understand that the village … was not under the control of the government forces. We understood that there was a lot of demonstration in one of the districts of this village and allegedly firing and shelling started afterwards."
He said it was unlikely government forces would have killed civilians at point-blank range and suggested there was a third force – terrorists or external agents – seeking to trigger outside intervention.
Syria's envoy repeated official denials of responsibility and said terrorists were attempting to sow confusion.
Opposition activists said army troops shelled Houla after a protest and members of Assad's Shabbiha militia slashed, hacked and shot victims at close range during an ensuing clash with rebels.
European envoys, speaking after the council statement, insisted the evidence incriminated pro-regime forces.
Britain's UN ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, told reporters that the council statement was "important" but not sufficient and that the council would meet again in the coming days to discuss Syria. Germany's envoy said Berlin wanted the massacre referred to the international criminal court.
The Houla bloodshed has shredded confidence in a six-week-old international peace plan. The UN put the death toll weeks ago at more than 9,000. Hundreds have been killed since.
The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, has said the perpetrators of the Houla massacre must be held to account, and she vowed greater international pressure would hound Assad from power.
Speaking before the UN council statement, Clinton accused Assad's government of ruling by "murder and fear", adding that the regime must "come to an end".
The comments came amid reports that President Barack Obama is preparing to push Russia to back the departure of Assad under a scheme modelled on the transition of power in Yemen.
According to an article in the New York Times, Obama hopes to enlist President Vladimir Putin's support over a transition of power in Syria during a meeting next month, the first between the pair since Putin's return to the Kremlin.
Under the reported plan, the international community would broker a settlement in which Assad would leave, but remnants of the political structure would remain intact.
It is seen as a variant of the scheme under which President Ali Abdullah Saleh handed over power in Yemen following widespread unrest last year.
White House officials have indicated that Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev was receptive to the scheme when he met Obama at Camp David on the sidelines of the G8 summit.
More at the linkThe United Nations security council has unanimously condemned the Syrian government... more
UN Observer Taking Cover From Syrian Army Gun Fire
In this new programme, a group of volunteers reflect on the conflict in Syria. Focussing on the arguments for and against Western intervention, blogger and commentator on the Middle East Karl Sharro answers critical questions with great insight. As the demand that ‘something must be done’ intensifies, Karl provides us with the understanding and principles needed to keep a cool head and examine what’s really going on.In this new programme, a group of volunteers reflect on the conflict in Syria.... more
it seems like the cockerel crowing is a warning of the blast
He calls her "Sister Nanique" and her name, like his, is changed to protect their safety.
Fadi, an activist doctor, says Sister Nanique has a stash of clean syringes, tetanus injections, surgical tools, serums, bags for collecting blood donations and lots of other medical supplies that have become almost impossible to obtain since the eruption of the Syrian revolution.
More than 12,000 lives have been lost in the bloodshed, according to the watchdog Syrian Network for Human Rights.
There are no hard and fast figures but an estimated 2,000 people have died due to inadequate medical care. Many have died on the perilous road to hospitals in bordering Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
The leaderships of Christian sects in Syria--from the Catholics, to the Orthodox, to the Syriac Orthodox--have all shied away from endorsing the popular uprising or have shown signs of sympathizing with the regime.
But many individual Christians in Syria, such as Sister Nanique, oppose their church's stance and support the revolution.
Full story at Women's eNews: http://womensenews.org/story/war/120416/syrian-nun-plays-key-role-in-medical-undergroundHe calls her "Sister Nanique" and her name, like his, is changed to protect... more
hillary, people killed, syria Hillary is working on getting more people killed in Syria
Turkey just better be ready to take the “appropriate action,” if Assad does not comply with Turkey’s demands.. For I won’t be supporting any USA military intervention in Syria ever, but I will gladly support a Turkish one.. I think Turkey made this mess, I think it only fair they clean it up..Turkey just better be ready to take the “appropriate action,” if Assad... more
The Sound of Shooting on the Turkish Syrian Border
Apparently the words Cease Fire no longer have the meaning they once had. Much like a "Civil War" is anything but Civil the whole concept of a Cease Fire has become like wise a contradiction in terms. Rather than an opportunity to resolve a conflict through less violent means it has become an opportunity to re-load. Perhaps the only thing that it is good for is the opportunity it gives civilians to flea the war zone if they can or dig deeper holes to hide in. Perhaps if we started calling it what it really is people might have a stronger reaction to the mindless slaughter that is going on.Apparently the words Cease Fire no longer have the meaning they once had. Much like a... more
War mongers: Senators McCain, Graham and Lieberman want to give weapons to Syrian rebels because it worked out so well when we armed Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein...These people sure do piss the fu*k out of me...
WASHINGTON — Senior US lawmakers filed a resolution Wednesday in the Senate condemning deadly violence ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and urging the arming of the country’s opposition.
Republican Senator John McCain presented the text, co-sponsored by four other senators including Lindsey Graham and independent Joe Lieberman, “condemning the mass atrocities committed by the government of Syria and supporting the right of the people of Syria to be safe and to defend themselves.”
The non-binding resolution “supports calls by Arab leaders to provide the people of Syria with the means to defend themselves against Bashar al-Assad and his forces, including through the provision of weapons and other material support.”
The senators urged President Barack Obama to implement such efforts, and also called on his administration to take “all necessary precautions” to ensure such support for the opposition does not fall into the hands of individuals aligned with Al-Qaeda or other terror groups.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/28/senators-file-resolution-to-arm-syria-opposition/War mongers: Senators McCain, Graham and Lieberman want to give weapons to Syrian... more