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J. Abizeid

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الجيش السوري في معامل الجزيرة بين الانشقاق والانشطار والانفطار .. بقلم : نارام سرجون




ينهمك حدادو الربيع العربي هذه الأيام بدق حديد اللغة المحمى ضربات متوالية لتصبح الكلمات ذات منحنيات جديدة في العقل والوعي .. المفردات والمصطلحات تدخل الأفران اللغوية اللاهبة ثم تهوي عليها المطارق بعنف لتتغير مواصفاتها وأشكالها واستعمالاتها .. الحرب النفسية هي في الحقيقة فن تدوير الكلمات والمصطلحات لتصبح مفاتيح للأقفال القوية .. حيث مخازن الفطرة والعقل النظيف والخشب العتيق والتراث الشعبي .. وهذه المخازن هي التي يستهدفها الربيع العربي
اللغة العربية تتعرض هذه الأيام للتعذيب .. والمفردات مصابة بالهلع لأنها تفقد ذاكرتها وعذريتها من شدة الضرب على رؤوسها ..وتتعرض أناملها للكسر تحت المطارق الثورية .. وتقص ضفائرها الطويلة لتناسب قيم الحرية والديمقراطية القطرية ..

ولكن لأنني أقدس معاني الكلمات العربية فانني أرشها بالبخور كل يوم .. وأغسل لها بالصابون المعطر وجهها الذي اتسخ بعد كل رحلة عذاب على شفاه مذيعات الجزيرة والعربية حيث الطين والمستنقعات .. كما أنني أحممها كل مساء بعد نشرات الأخبار بماء الورد والآس .. وبعد كل طواف على مقالات كتاب الناتو الكثيرة فانني أحمل كل الكلمات العربية الحزينة التي اقتيدت قسرا للدفاع عن الناتو الى فسحة تحت الشمس والى استحمام في برك العطور لما أصابها من نتانة وقذارة واكتئاب .. لأن لغة الصحراء لم تخلق لتذل الصحراء ولتمسح نعال الجنود الغزاة .. ولم تخلق لتتفرج على مسرحية (الفصل السابع).
كم أشفق على اللغة العربية هذه الأيام .. وكم أحس أنني محتاج لضمها الى صدري بحنان بعد هذه القسوة والعنف والكذب فلم يبق في اللغة شيء لم يتغير معناه الا حروف الجر وحرف الواو والعطف وحيثما !!.. ومع هذا فان الكلمة التي أتعاطف معها أكثر من غيرها وأتعاطف معها بكل جوارحي وأراها ملوية الذراع ومعلقة في الهواء تتأرجح على اشجار الربيع العربي هي كلمة (انشقاق)..

لم تنتهك كلمة في العربية كما انتهك عرض هذه الكلمة .. فهي يؤتى بها كما الاماء الى كل المناسبات لترقص وتدق على الدف .. وهذا الاختراع في تصميم معنى الانشقاق لن تروه الا في لغة الربيع العربي.. اللغة التي تحتقر كل العقول وكأنها طبول..
بالرغم من تخويفنا بحكايا الانشقاق منذ عام ونصف فان كل ماسمي انشقاقا عن الجيش السوري لايعدو كونه من الناحية العسكرية بلامعنى ..ومن نافلة القول ان اللجوء والفرار للأفراد لايمكن تسميته انشقاقا .. لأن الانشقاق هو انفصال جزء مهم عن الجسم الأصلي .. وفرار جندي أو ضابط أو طيار يشبه سقوط ورقة من شجرة كثيفة الأوراق ..ولايشبه سقوط غصن أو فرع كبير ..وسقوط الأوراق لايعني أنه سقوط للشجرة .. قد يعني أنه خريف ..لكن الخريف لايهزم الجذوع والفروع القوية السامقة.. وبالطبع لايهزم الجذور العميقة التي لاتسمع بيانات السقوط الحر للأوراق الصفراء ..ولايعنيها ماتعانيه من وجع تحت "عربات أيلول" .. بل من تحت كل ورقة هوت يتدفق ورق كثير أخضر وبراعم ..تأتي من الجذر الراسخ..
في المعاني العسكرية للانشقاق لايكون هناك انشقاق مالم يتمكن المنشق من استعمال سلاحه ..والانشقاق في المعاني العسكرية الرسمية هو أن يعلن قائد عسكري خروجه مع قواته على طاعة النظام وهو لايزال مسيطرا على جزء من الجغرافيا .. الانشقاق يعني بقاء القائد والضابط في قطعته العسكرية يوجه فوهات المدافع والدبابات تجاه خصومه .. أما أن يترك قطعته العسكرية ويلوذ بالفرار فمن السخف تسميته انشقاقا .. فماذا يساوي قائئد فيلق هارب من غير فيلقه ومحاربيه؟؟ ان أصغر جندي تمسك أصابعه بمفاتيح النار في دبابة يساوي في مكانه على مقعده في دبابته جيشا من الجنرالات الفارين الذين ينضمون للمتصارعين في قاعات الفنادق الفخمة حيث الثرثرة ..تتعب من الثرثرة..وفناجين القهوة تتعب من فناجين القهوة ..والميكروفونات تتعب من الأصوات ..
كم تثير سخريتي هذه الاحتفالات بما يحاول كتاب الناتو تسميته انشقاقات .. وأنا في كل قراءاتي التاريخية للصراعات والمعارك العسكرية تعلمت أن انشقاق القادة والضباط يتم فيما هم محاطون بجنودهم .. وينامون على سلاسل الدبابات كما ينامون على الأرائك .. وحدهم ثوار العرب في ربيعهم ينشقون الى العواصم الغربية حيث العطور والأزياء والفنادق الفخمة..أو الى أي ملجأ للأيتام والمعاقين.. فيما التسمية الصحيحة لفعلهم هو (الفرار) .. والفرار عمل ليس عسكريا ..بل من صفات اللصوص ..
في اللغة التي تعلمتها على اصولها كانت كلمة الانشقاق تعني شيئا عظيما وفي زمن الجزيرة صارت الكلمة من أتفه الكلمات .. كنت سمعت أول مرة في حياتي بكلمة انشقاق في سورة الانشقاق (السورة 84 من القرآن الكريم): "اذا السماء انشقت.. واذنت لربها وحقت ..واذا الأرض مدت .. وألقت مافيها وتخلت.."
وفي سورة القمر ورد الانشقاق معطيا معنى عظيما: واقتربت الساعة وانشق القمر ..ويقال انها عنت معجزة شق القمر
وفي سورة مريم ورد الانشقاق كما يلي: تَكَادُ السَّمَوَاتُ يَتَفَطَّرْنَ مِنْهُ وَتَنْشَقُّ الأَرْضُ
الربيع العربي جعل معنى الانشقاق تافها وعملا صبيانيا ضئيلا .. فالانشقاق هو تعرض بنية عظيمة للتصدع والفوالق التي تهشمها ..فالسماء تنشق والقمر والأرض ..أما الجزيرة فوجدت معنى آخر للانشقاق مثل: انشقاق الملازم عبد الرزاق طلاس .. وانشقاق مدير عام شركة الزيوت في دوما .. وانشقاق حارس مكتب المساعد جميل
كم انشقاق عبد الرزاق طلاس يشبه انشقاق السماء أو القمر برأيكم من حيث القوة المعنوية والتأتير؟؟؟ وكم اهتز الجيش العربي السوري (وهو أشبه بعظمته بالسماء أو القمر) بانشقاق عبد الرزاق طلاس؟؟ أما كان من الأفضل القول: ان ورقة صغيرة سقطت من شجرة الجيش السوري الضخمة بفعل الرياح العاتية ..وكان هذا هو المعنى الدقيق دون مبالغة؟؟ لأن التهويل يجعلنا نحس أن العميد ماهر الأسد هو الذي انشق ..

ومن جديد يسيل لعاب كتاب الناتو لما يقال انه خروج مناف طلاس من سورية ..وبالرغم انني لم اسمع تصريحا للرجل يعلن فيه تمرده على الجيش فان الاقلام والسيوف امتشقت ورحبت بما سمته انشقاقا .. ولاأدري أين هو انشقاق ضابط خرج من دون رصاصة واحدة ومن دون بزته العسكرية .. بل ومن دون حذائه وحزامه .. انه انشقاق السماء والقمر في مصطلحات الربيع العربي ..انه لايعني شيئا مهما قيل انه خزان معلومات عسكرية ..لأن المعارضة تحتاج من يحارب على الأرض عن الناتو .. والناتو ليس بحاجة لمعلومات عسكرية لسبب بسيط أن لديه كما هائلا من المعلومات العسكرية عن التسلح السوري وهذا هو السبب الذي يجعله مترددا جدا في التدخل ..وهو يعلم التنسيق الكامل بين ثلاثة جيوش هي السوري والايراني والروسي ..اضافة الى جيش حزب الله ..والجيش الخامس ..الذي لايعرفه الكثيرون ..!!الناتو بحاجة لضابط كبير يخرج بدباباته ومدافعه ليحارب نيابة عن الناتو ضد هذ الجيوش ..وهذا الضابط لم يوجد بعد ..
ومع هذا فاننا محظوظون جدا أن الجزيرة وكتاب الناتو اكتفوا بسرقة معنى الانشقاق وتحويله عن مساره من انشقاق السماء والأرض واقمر الى انشقاقات الربيع العربي .. ولنحمد الله أنهم لم يستعملوا مصطلحات "نووية" مثل مصطلح "الانشطار" الذي سيسرقوه من قول الله (اذا السماء انشطرت) والقول بأن العميد فلان الفلاني انشطر عن الجيش السوري .. مثلما تنشطر الذرة والالكترون..ويحدث الاتفتت والانفجار النووي..
ولاأملك الا أن أشكر الله على أن هنالك كلمة أكثر رهبة أفلتت من أفران لغة عرب الناتو ألا وهي "الانفطار" التي نجت من السرقة وبقيت دون انتباه الثوار المؤمنين وهي أمام عيونهم في سورة "الانفطار" (واذا السماء انفطرت..واذا الكواكب انتثرت .. واذا البحار فجرت..واذا القبور بعثرت علمت نفس ماقدمت وأخّرت..)
ونجزل الشكر لله على أنه نجّانا من سماع مصطلح "انفلاق" وسرقته من سورة الفلق حيث الصبح ينفلق من الليل ..والا لكان الثوار قالوا ان الضابط الفلاني انفلق عن الجيش السوري ..ولاحول ولاقوة الا بالله ..

ولاأملك الا أن اقول قل أعوذ برب الفلق .. والا لكنا سمعنا بحركات الانشطار والانفلاق والانفطار والانفتاق .. وهلل الكتاب المجانين لانشطار هذا وانفتاق ذاك ..ولانفلاق هذا وانفطار ذاك .. لافطر الله لكم قلبا ولا وطنا .
Such a visionary observation...
There was a time during Lebanon’s civil war and destruction while hiding from Syrian shelling and bombardment when I painfully said to myself, why Lebanon not Syria?
After all the suffering we went through in Lebanon, some of us who are psychopathic, naïve and intolerant are happy to see Syria’s turn of destruction coming through. But those among us with a shred of humanity should understand and know better about pain and despair forced upon people from above. (All we have to do is stay way from the Western logic of human values.)

Syria always had a government, an army AND PEACE!
Its war and destruction started with the introduction of a new element called foreign mercenaries.
It is a war now between Syria’s legitimate army and mercenaries supported by foreign powers.
The innocent victims we see on daily basis in Syria are identical to the innocent victims that died in Lebanon’s civil war. They are the victims that got caught in the middle of an international struggle and sufferer and died in their own land by mercenaries and their arms financed by Western petrodollar accounts in London and New York.
Just ask yourself. Where all the money is coming from and what kind of results the criminal inventors are expecting in return???
This war is not happening by accident rather by design.
It will stop as soon as the foreign interference and financial support stop.
In other words: Dear Hilary, we beg you to leave Syria alone…
 
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  • J. Abizeid

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    Assad: U.S. trying to destabilize Syria - CNN.com

    Assad: U.S. trying to destabilize Syria - CNN.com
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    updated 10:09 PM EDT, Sun July 8, 2012
    CNN.com

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    A member of the Free Syria Army walks past a destroyed Syrian forces tank in the town Atareb in northern Aleppo province.


    (CNN) -- Syria's president on Sunday accused the United States of trying to destabilize Syria by providing political support to rebels fighting the regime.
    Bashar al-Assad also said a months-old peace plan aimed at ending the violence has not failed, but it has yet to be implemented because countries are supporting the "terrorists" in Syria.
    Al-Assad's interview with German broadcaster ARD aired as the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria reported another 60 people killed in the country Sunday.
    It also came the same day U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Syrian regime's days are numbered. Noting a number of recent defections from the regime, Clinton said, "the sand is running out of the hourglass."
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon added Sunday that the situation in Syria has deteriorated significantly and become more militarized. "Appalling" human rights violations continue, he said, and the killings and violence have turned even more sectarian.
    "President Assad must understand that things cannot continue as they are. Fundamental change is needed," he said.
    Al-Assad said in the interview it should not be those outside Syria who get to decide his future, telling ARD it should be up to the Syrian people.
    "The people will decide who should be our representative, the people's representative, through the ballot box," he told ARD.
    Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, now the United Nations and Arab League joint special envoy to Syria, brokered a six-point peace plan in March. The Syrian government accepted the plan, which proposed an end to the violence, access to humanitarian groups, and an inclusive political dialogue.
    "Kofi Annan is doing, so far, difficult but good work," al-Assad said. "There are many obstacles, but it shouldn't be a failed plan."
    Annan arrived in Damascus on Sunday for talks with al-Assad, Annan's spokesman said.
    Asked about Annan's plan for a unity government in Syria, al-Assad said one already exists, pointing to local elections in December in which opposition members won a small number of seats. That they didn't win more, he said, was down to the voters.
    Al-Assad said the United States is "of course" implicated in the deaths of Syrian civilians as long as it provides political support to terrorists in the country.
    The United States "is part of the conflict," he said. "They offered an umbrella -- political support -- to those gangs to create instability, to destabilize Syria."
    The regime has long blamed the violence in Syria on terrorists, armed gangs, and foreign fighters bent on creating unrest. Al-Assad said Sunday that some of the captured terrorists hail from Tunisia and Libya.
    The president said he welcomes a visit by Clinton or any other U.S. official to hold "serious and honest" discussions about its role in the country.
    "We never closed the door," he said. "They closed the door."
    While he said the United States is offering political support to the rebels, other countries are arming them. He named Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and said he doesn't have concrete evidence but goes by their foreign ministers' official announcements that they want to support the rebels with arms.
    Al-Assad also said Turkey is "offering logistical support for smuggling" weapons. The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported Sunday that two "terrorists" had confessed to smuggling gunmen and various types of weapons from Turkey, and that one of them received weapons training from Turkish security forces.
    SANA also reported Sunday that authorities foiled an attempt by an armed terrorist group to enter Syria from Turkey. Security forces killed and wounded a number of terrorists while the rest fled back to Turkey, it said.
    Another group tried to cross the Turkish border into Syria on Friday, the news agency reported.
    Al-Assad said it was "gangs" who carried out the massacre in May of more than 100 children, nearly half of them children, in the town of Houla. About reports that the perpetrators wore Syrian army uniforms, al-Assad said the gangs wore them to make the government look guilty.
    That has been a strategy of the rebels "from the very beginning," he said.
    The president said he has a two-pronged solution to ending the fighting, beginning with combating the terrorists.
    "The other axis is to make dialogue with the different political components, and at the same time, we have reform," he said.
    Asked whether this reform should be sped up, al-Assad said a timetable would be subjective. It's happening as quickly as possible, he said, but it must be based on circumstances inside the country.
    The United Nations has said more than 10,000 people have been killed since the Syrian crisis began in March 2011. What started as peaceful protests against the regime spiraled into a bloody government crackdown and armed uprising.
    One opposition group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said last week that more than 16,700 have been killed, including more than 11,000 civilians.
    CNN cannot independently verify government and opposition claims of casualties because access to Syria by international journalists has been severely restricted.
     

    modesty

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    #23
    Turkey and its neighbours

    Delicate balance

    Turks fret about Syria, but few of them really want a fight

    Jul 7th 2012 | ANKARA AND ISTANBUL | from the print edition

    HOW to strike a balance between morality and strategic interest? The question has long vexed Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister and architect of a newly muscular foreign policy. Never more so than over Syria’s president, Bashar Assad. No country has gone as far as Turkey in trying to topple Mr Assad. It has opened its doors to over 35,000 Syrian refugees, spearheaded the establishment of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC), provided a haven (and maybe arms) for the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and quietly lobbied America for military intervention.
    The Turks feel they cannot stand by and watch the bloodletting of innocents in a former Ottoman domain. The civil war in Syria is threatening to spill over and destabilise the region, including Turkey. The downing of a Turkish fighter jet by the Syrians might have led to intervention. Yet an emergency NATO meeting urged restraint. NATO’s secretary-general says intervention is not under discussion.
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, has hinted that Turkey might take matters into its own hands. He told parliament that “any military element from Syria moving too close to the Turkish border that is deemed a security risk will be seen as a threat and will be a military target.” Turkey’s wrath could be “devastating”, he roared, to thunderous applause from members of his mildly Islamist Justice and Development (AK) party. This week Turkey continued to mass troops along the border.
    Is Turkey preparing to attack? Few believe it could do so alone. Polls find most Turks opposed to war. Many argue that since Turkey is bogged down in a 28-year-old war against rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), it cannot afford military adventures elsewhere. Although millions of Turks protest against Israeli behaviour in Gaza, there has yet to be a mass rally in support of the Syrian opposition. The Muslim right believes Turkey is being used by America and Israel against Syria, and that the real target is Iran. “Their plan is to have Sunni Muslims fight Shia Muslims, and Turkey has become the chief pawn in this dirty game,” says one commentator.
    It hardly seems to matter that America is opposed to Turkish intervention. Unnamed Pentagon officials quoted by the Wall Street Journal suggested that the Turkish fighter may have been shot down in Syrian airspace while it was testing Syrian air defences. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has jumped in to offer “objective information” on the incident.
    Another option is a buffer zone to offer safety for civilians fleeing the violence and a base for the FSA. This is not being encouraged by Western allies, either. Loud objections also come from the Kurds, who believe that Turkey is bent on suppressing the Syrian Kurds (many of whom support the PKK). There are reports that Mr Assad has allowed PKK fighters to cross into Syria from Iraq so as to fend off the FSA in the north, where it is gaining ground.
    The appointment of a Kurd, Abdulbasit Sida, who has called for constitutional guarantees for Syria’s Kurds, as the SNC’s new head, has been shrugged off as a Turkish ploy. Syria’s ethnic Armenians, descendants from survivors of the Ottoman massacres in 1915, are also queasy. Mr Erdogan’s secular critics echo Mr Assad’s claims that he is playing a sectarian card by propping up Islamists across the Middle East.
    Turkey’s Syrian policy is failing to win public support. Mr Erdogan has labelled his media critics “sell-outs”. Gurcan Balik, an adviser to Mr Davutoglu, chose to vent over Twitter. “I read almost every thing that is written about Syria carefully. I feel like jumping in forcefully but then I tell myself the best response to a fool is silence,” he tweeted. “That would be you,” shot back Ihsan Yilmaz, a columnist for Zaman newspaper. In truth, most Turks prefer the war with Syria to stay one of words.
     

    Stormie

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    من يظن أن حرب فييتنام أقسى من حرب سوريا لا يعرف شيئا بقوانين الحرب والسياسة فالقارق الوحيد ان واشنطن تخوض بذات العزم والشراسة والقوة حربا تتحمل صمودا اطول فيها لانها وجدت من يموت بدلا من جنودها وتمكنت من تصنيع عنوان لا يحملها اخلاقيا تبعات صفة المحتل والمعتدي بل تلبس ثوب الدفاع عن حقوق الانسان اما الاهداف فاخطر واكبر بكثير واشد اهمية بما لا يقاس في فييتنام كانت حرب الصعود وفي سوريا حرب الوجود وفي المرتين مستقبل الامبراطورية.

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    J. Abizeid

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    Between Washington and Paris: Western Hypocrisy exposed complimented by Saudi Hypocrisy…

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    Syria 'friends' fuel murder with promises of weapons for rebels


    Syria's President says countries like the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are hindering peace in his country by supporting those he calls 'terrorists'. Bashar al-Assad accused Washington of being partially responsible for the deaths of innocent civilians by partnering with the rebels. The Syrian army have started large-scale drills simulating defense against outside attacks. Some opposition leaders previously appealed to the West for foreign intervention against the regime. But as Maria Finoshina reports from Syria, many in the country are fearing for their lives if the rebel forces get what they want.

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    'Shielded by petro-dollars, Saudis worse than Syria'

    Saudi Arabia may be one of the loudest voices when it comes to criticism of Syria, over what it calls the repression of the people. But it seems it using similar tactics at home - 2 people have reportedly been killed when police opened fire on anti-regime demonstrators. It's not the first time there's been deaths at protests, while many have also found themselves behind bars. For more - I'm joined by political analyst, professor Ibrahim Alloush.

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    J. Abizeid

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    Reuel Marc Gerecht: To Topple Assad, Unleash the CIA - WSJ.com

    Does President Barack Obama want Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to fall? He's said he does, but fear of an interventionist slippery slope, re-election concerns, and anxiety about America's prominence in the Middle East have severely limited U.S. efforts to topple the Damascus regime. Shaming Russia into forsaking its Syrian ally appears to be the coup de grâce that Mr. Obama and his indignant secretary of state are still counting on.
    This approach may not differ much from that of Mitt Romney, who has studiously avoided revealing what he would do in Syria. Even on the more hawkish right, there isn't a lot of appetite for committing U.S. military power to the conflict, except perhaps via the air in conjunction with Turkey. Tempers in Ankara are rising against the Assad regime, but Turkish civilian and military leaders still don't want to send tanks to establish Syrian "safe havens" for rebels and refugees whom Turkey is supporting on its side of the border.
    Yet there is an alternative that could crack the Assad regime: a muscular CIA operation launched from Turkey, Jordan and even Iraqi Kurdistan. The trick for Washington is to go in big, deploying enough case officers and delivering paralyzing weaponry to the rebels as rapidly as possible.
    Press reports already suggest that a rudimentary, small-scale CIA covert action is under way against Assad. But these reports, probably produced by officially sanctioned White House leaks, reveal an administration trying not to commit itself. According to Syrian rebels I've heard from, the much-mentioned Saudi and Qatari military aid—reportedly chaperoned by the CIA—hasn't arrived in any meaningful quantity.
    Odds are that it won't, as the Saudis and Qataris are incapable of running arms on the scale required. Institutionally, intellectually and culturally, it's not their cup of tea. And intelligence officers tell me that the White House hasn't ordered Langley to move the weaponry. To the extent Syria's rebels have recently improved their performance, the reason is better coordination among the Free Syrian Army's units, more defections from regime forces, and raids on regular army depots.
    But Langley can move weapons and rapidly develop complementary intelligence networks inside Syria. It may not do these feats brilliantly, but it can certainly do them better than anyone in the region.
    The White House is well aware of how strained Assad's security services are. It has been extremely difficult, often impossible, for the regime to clear rebels from more than one area at time. Instead, it has relied on selective savagery.
    Syria is predominantly Sunni Arab, with substantial rebellious Sunni communities throughout the country. Assad, who depends upon his Shiite Alawite minority (roughly 10%-15% of the population) for his military muscle, does not have the manpower for a multiple-front counterinsurgency.
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    A coordinated, CIA-led effort to pour anti-tank, antiaircraft, and anti-personnel weaponry through gaping holes in the regime's border security wouldn't be hard. The regime's lack of manpower and Syria's geography—low-rising mountains, arid steppes and forbidding deserts—would likely make it vulnerable to the opposition, if the opposition had enough firepower.
    The Assad regime encouraged suicide bombers and other lethal cross-border trade against the U.S. in Iraq. It would be just deserts for CIA case officers to use the same topography against those who took so many American lives.
    Even with a determined president behind it, the CIA is always hesitant to engage in covert action because of the possible adverse political repercussions in Washington. And the operations directorate isn't fond of this president, who may be the most disliked commander in chief among case officers since Jimmy Carter.
    But the CIA follows orders, however fitfully. And it helps to have as CIA director retired Gen. David Petraeus, a first-rate military mind with well-honed political and diplomatic instincts. Force-fed on the Middle East since 2003, Mr. Petraeus knows all the players in the region.
    This Syrian action would not be a massive undertaking. Even when the CIA ramped up its aid to Afghan anti-Soviet forces in 1986–87, the numbers involved (overseas and in Washington) were small, at roughly two dozen. An aggressive operation in Syria would probably require more CIA manpower than that, but likely still fewer than 50 U.S. officers working with allied services.
    Most importantly, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has irreversibly broken with Assad. He has allowed the Syrian opposition increasing freedom of maneuver over the border, including the shipment of small amounts of weaponry. Mr. Erdogan may not require much White House suasion to support a larger, American-led paramilitary program, but he'll want to know whether Mr. Obama is "all in." In Jordan, where the CIA has its most intimate Arab liaison relationship and King Abdullah (with Saudi backing) has turned against Damascus, the U.S. would find a helpful partner.
    And Iraqi Kurdistan, always eager for more U.S. officials on its soil, would likely give the CIA considerable leeway provided Washington promised to stand by the Kurds in any dispute with Baghdad and Tehran. Given the Kurds' concern about American staying power, this is a significant hurdle. Iraqi Kurds don't want their Syrian brothers, who have so far been hammered less than Syria's rebelling Sunni Arabs, to invite the wrath of Damascus if they lack the weaponry to defend themselves.
    Still, Iraqi Kurdistan wouldn't be essential for a U.S.-led Syrian operation to work—only Turkey is indispensable. But Turkey is likely the most crucial factor for the Iraqi Kurds, who increasingly see Ankara as a strategic ally. With a muscular Turkish-American paramilitary alliance against Assad, an unstoppable three-front operation could be within reach.
    If the administration doesn't let Langley loose, we will likely be looking at a protracted bloodbath in Syria rivaling the destruction that occurred in Lebanon during its all-consuming civil war from 1975 to 2000. A low figure could be 200,000 dead. The extirpation of the Alawites and their Christian allies, who together number roughly 4.5 million, is imaginable.
    The Obama administration lives in fear of an illusion. Numerous times the CIA practiced the dark arts during the Cold War, and not once did America slide into war. The CIA certainly didn't have an unblemished record of triumph, but it often made our enemies bleed.
    Syria offers a more promising battlefield than Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, and certainly a better post-conflict chance of success. Odds are that Mr. Obama (or his successor) and Mr. Erdogan will be dragged into this war eventually, but too late. For all concerned, it would be better to pre-empt that fate.
     

    J. Abizeid

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    #27
    'Syrian rebels' aim dictatorship, not democracy '
    ­Washington's double standard approach is evident in the Syrian crisis. It supports the armed opposition, which wants to turn the country into a dictatorship, claiming that their war against the Assad government has democracy as the goal, Aleksey Pushkov, the chair of the Russian parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, told RT.

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    Ataraxia

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    #32
    Takfeeris wanting revenge from a "little shabeeh"

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    UN says Syria are using children as human shields (without proof), but doesn't say the opposition takfeeris are (although the proof is more than obvious as you can see below and through many clips). Remember how they said the same thing concerning hezbollah to demonize hezbollah ? Regardless if its true or not, they refuse to blame the sides that america supports of any violation of human rights even if they are takfeeris making them not only collaborators of the crimes but even the first people responsible for what is going on in syria.

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    J. Abizeid

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    #33
    Media War Casualty: Gulf states ditch Syrian TV dramas

    TV soap operas are something Syria has been famous for all around the Arab world. They're considered original, emotional and funny. But during the conflict in Syria its trademark dramas have become yet another dividing factor. Gulf countries, which had traditionally helped fund them, withdrew from production - leaving a huge financial gap. And matters were made worse when the Arab League called for a boycott of Syrian satellite channels - including drama ones. RT's Maria Finoshina has more.

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    Ataraxia

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    #34
    the protestors at the time of "peaceful protests" fueled with arms to impose a deadly confrontation with the army. Once it starts, there is no way back, and the west get what they want.

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    J. Abizeid

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    #35
    'Syrian rebels create mayhem to blame it on Assad regime'
    Moscow says those behind the latest massacre in Syria want to unleash sectarian violence and ignite full civil war. Over two hundred people are believed to have been killed in the central province of Hama. Both government and rebel forces blame each other for the slaughter - while the UN remains paralysed on whether to extend its observer mission, or impose sanctions. RT talks to author and Middle East expert Tariq Ali who joins me now from London.
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    J. Abizeid

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    #36
    Syrian rebels studies terror tactics in Kosovo

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    A delegation of Syrian rebels has made a deal with Pristina authorities to exchange experience of partisan warfare. Syrian opposition is sending militants to Kosovo for adopting tactics and being trained to oust President Bashar Assad's regime.

    On April 26, a delegation of Syrian opposition members made a stop in Pristina on their way from the US to hold talks on how to make use of the experience of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in Syria, reports Associated Press.Liberation Army (KLA) in Syria, reports Associated Press.

    So far, a poorly-organized Syrian opposition has proven unable to self-organize and form a steady front against the forces of President Assad. Terror tactics used by militants allow them to kill military and governmental officials, but do not help to hold positions against a regular army.

    "We come here to learn. Kosovo has walked this path and has an experience that would be very useful for us," says the head of the Syrian delegation Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syrian-born human rights activist and dissident. "In particular, we'd like to know how scattered armed groups were finally organized into KLA."

    Syrian opposition leaders have promised to immediately recognize Kosovo once they seize power in the country.

    "We're in vital need of joint actions as a coalition opposition," stressed Ammar Abdulhamid, a long-time opponent of the Syria's President Bashar Assad. In 2005, he left Syria to settle in the US.

    The training camp on the Albanian-Kosovo border that has welcomed Syrian attendees was originally organized by the US to help the KLA train its fighters.

    The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was considered a terrorist organization by the US, the UK and France for years until, in 1998, it was taken off the list of terrorists with no explanation given. The KLA used to have up to 10 per cent of underage fighters in its ranks.

    There were numerous reports of the KLA having contacts with Al-Qaeda, getting arms from that terrorist organization, getting its militants trained in Al-Qaeda camps in Pakistan and even having members of Al-Qaeda in its ranks fighting against Serbs.

    The same horrors that were witnessed during the war in Kosovo are now apparently being prepared for the multi-confessional Syrian population by Islamist Syrian Liberation Army trained in Muslim Kosovo in the middle of Europe.

    The Syrian Liberation Army group that actually formed the delegation to Kosovo has been fighting with the Syrian government for over a year now. This stand-off has claimed well over 9,000 lives, about half of them Syrian servicemen, law enforcers and officials.

    Lately, the militants have been squeezed out of the Syrian cities and their positions along the Syrian-Turkish border. Being unable to turn the tide independently, the Syrian Liberation Army has been addressing to its foreign sponsors to start a military intervention into Syria to topple President Bashar Assad.

    However, Global Research Dot CA Contributor Benjamin Schett told RT the Syrian rebels would not learn much in terms of military tactics from the KLA.

    "The so-called Kosovo Liberation Army -- this terrorist group -- had in fact already been defeated by the Serbian army in 1998."

    Schett says that once Serbia agreed on a ceasefire, pulled back troops, and let in OSCE observers, the KLA used this situation to intensify their attacks so as to provoke a military reaction.

    He continued that by presenting themselves as freedom fighters and victims to the Western media, the KLA secured a Western intervention in March 1999 after they staged a fake massacre in Račak.

    Schett believes the Syrian rebels would go to Kosovo for knowledge in public relations techniques. He says despite their lack of military prowess, they were adept at making the Western public believe they were fighting for a justified cause amid reports they had committed a slew of war crimes and human rights abuses.
     

    J. Abizeid

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    #37
    the protestors at the time of "peaceful protests" fueled with arms to impose a deadly confrontation with the army. Once it starts, there is no way back, and the west get what they want.

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    What’s so disturbing is the full and open support of the United States of America to such thugs and savages.
    That makes you wonder; is it really that hard to believe the terrorists of 9/11 are nothing but the products of the US itself? Yet the US goes out and destroys the world for committing its own terrorism…
    What is the Arab Spring other than the racist revenge of the Nerds?
    Not a single Arab society has improved its social situation following their so called “democratic revolutions” supported by Hillary Clinton’s Zionist administration…
    What a disgrace...
     

    J. Abizeid

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    #38
    Red Cross: Syrian conflict now a civil war ? USATODAY.com

    I wish I was wrong but I suggested once before that the war in Syria might last for years based on our own experience with Lebanon’s civil war that lasted for 15 years although most of us kept on hoping every week that it will end the following week.
    In both cases those countries don’t have the resources to finance such wars. Lebanon’s total GDP could not pay for six months of its war.
    This should give a definite answer to the title of this thread: It is an International War financed by rich countries. It is an investment war with a specific agenda.

    Declaring the Syrian conflict as a civil war is an embarrassment to Hillary Clinton’s administration. A civil war is fought between two masses of populous. In Syria’s case it’s a faction armed and financed by foreign powers/investors and another faction that supports and wants to protect its government. It is not a conflict between the people and one person or ruling family as Clinton wants us to believe but her intentions were made clear that she wants a regime change regardless of the regime’s popularity that could very well be more than 50%.
    The US is taking sides in this civil war and that is dangerous for the US itself.
    Obama need to learn from Reagan’s involvement in Lebanon’s civil war and what happened when he openly took sides…
    Hopefully the upcoming November elections will allow Obama to change course for the sake of innocent people dying in Syria and the rest of the Middle East…
    Nader is right by saying the Clintons are setting up Obama for Hillary’s 2016 presidential candidacy. Obama must wake up…



    Red Cross: Syrian conflict now a civil war
    GENEVA (AP) – The International Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday it now considers the conflict in Syria to be a full-blown civil war, meaning international humanitarian law applies throughout the country.
    Also known as the rules of war, international humanitarian law grants parties to a conflict the right to use appropriate force to achieve their aims, and the Geneva-based group's assessment is an important reference for those parties to determine how much and what type of force they can use. The assessment also can form the basis for war crimes prosecutions, especially if civilians are attacked or detained enemies are abused or killed.
    "We are now talking about a non-international armed conflict in the country," ICRC spokesman Hicham Hassan said.
    Previously, the ICRC had restricted its assessment of the scope of the conflict to the hotspots of Idlib, Homs and Hama, but Hassan said the organization had determined the violence has spread beyond those areas.
    "Hostilities have spread to other areas of the country," Hassan told the Associated Press. "International humanitarian law applies to all areas where hostilities are taking place."
    Also on Sunday, Syria denied U.N. claims that government forces used heavy weapons during a military operation that has brought widespread international condemnation against President Bashar Assad's regime.
    Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said the violence Thursday was not a massacre, but a military operation targeting armed fighters who had taken control of the village of Tremseh.
    "What happened wasn't an attack on civilians," Makdissi told reporters in Damascus. "What has been said about the use of heavy weapons is baseless."
    But the United Nations has already implicated Assad's forces in the assault. The head of the U.N. observer mission said Friday that monitors stationed near Tremseh saw the army using heavy weaponry and attack helicopters.
    On Saturday, U.N. observers investigating the killings found pools of blood in homes and spent bullets, mortars and artillery shells, adding details to the emerging picture of what anti-regime activists have called one of the deadliest events of Syria's uprising. The observers were expected to return to Tremseh on Sunday.
    Dozens of people have already been buried in a mass grave, and activists are still struggling to determine the total number of people killed in what they say was a bombardment by government tanks and helicopters on Thursday.
    Some of the emerging details suggested that, rather than the outright shelling of civilians that the opposition has depicted, the violence in Tremseh may have been a lopsided fight between the army pursuing the opposition and activists and locals trying to defend the village. Nearly all of the dead are men, including dozens of armed rebels. The U.N. observers said the assault appeared to target specific homes of army defectors or opposition figures.
    Running tolls ranged from around 100 to 152, including dozens of bodies buried in neighboring villages or burned beyond recognition. The activists expected the number to rise since hundreds of residents remain unaccounted for, and locals believe bodies remained in nearby fields or were dumped into the Orontes River.
    Independent verification of the events is nearly impossible in Syria, one of the Middle East's strictest police states, which bars most media from working in the country. The observers are in the country as part of an all but mordant peace plan by U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan, who has been trying for months to negotiate a solution to Syria's crisis.
    The Tremseh violence was the latest in a string of bloody attacks in the now 16-month-old uprising against Assad, in which activists say more than 17,000 people have been killed. The new deaths brought intensified international condemnation of his regime, and the Turkish prime minister added his voice to the chorus Saturday.
    "These vicious massacres, these attempts at genocide, these inhuman savageries are nothing but the footsteps of a regime that is on its way out," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. "Sooner or later, these tyrants with blood on their hands will go and the people of Syria will in the end make them pay."
    On Saturday, an 11-vehicle team of U.N. observers entered Tremseh, home to between 6,000-10,000 residents and one of a string of small farming villages along the Orontes River northwest of the city of Hama.
    Based on its investigation, the team said in a statement that "an attack" took place on July 12. It said the violence seemed to target the homes of army defectors and activists, some of which were burned or damaged and had pooled or splattered blood and bullet casings inside.
     

    J. Abizeid

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    #39
    Dignity VS. dignitaries…

    Dignity VS. dignitaries…


    Hillary Clinton is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers …
    Only in Syria, she is, in the business of choosing winners and losers …
    I bet she was surprised to find out that the Egyptians knew about Monica Lewinsky because people outside Arkansas are supposed to be dumb… Such a sad situation…


    Egyptians pelt Clinton motorcade with tomatoes - Yahoo! News

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade on Sunday during her first visit to Egypt since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
    A tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, and shoes and a water bottle landed near the armoured cars carrying Clinton's delegation in the port city of Alexandria.
    A senior state department official said that neither Clinton nor her vehicle, which were around the corner from the incident, were struck by any of the projectiles.
    Protesters chanted: "Monica, Monica", a reference to Former President Bill Clinton's extra-marital affair. Some chanted: "leave, Clinton", Egyptian security officials said.
    It was not clear who the protesters were or what political affiliations they had. Protesters outside Clinton's hotel on Saturday night chanted anti-Islamist slogans, accusing the United States of backing the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power.
    The assault on her motorcade came on a day Clinton spoke at the newly re-opened U.S. consulate in Alexandria, addressing accusations the United States, which had long supported former President Hosni Mubarak, of backing one faction or another in Egypt following his ouster last year.
    "I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which of course we cannot," Clinton said.
     

    Lemon

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    #40
    First they blamed Clinton for backing Mubarak against the Muslim Brotherhood.

    They now blame Clinton for backing Muslim Brotherhood against ... whoever.

    The Monica Lewinsky refernce shows the depth of the protestors understanding of American foreign policy. Being misogynists, Egyptians probably loathe to have a woman in position of power and feel insulted that Americans didn't send a man to butter them up.

    And no... she is not going to run for president in 2016. She'll be almost 70 years old by then.
     

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