One needs to have a head for numbers to be able to count accurately the number of political parties and the number of terrorists groups major, the number of terrorists group minor, the number of ethnic groups, the number of the ethnic groups’ political parties, the number of ethnic groups political parties pro-Assad, the number of ethnic groups’ political parties anti-Assad, the number of goats pro-Assad, the number of goats anti-Assad, the number of dogs pro-Assad, the number of dogs anti-Assad …. yeah you’re getting it.
And, into this most terrible mess of messes the arrogant USA actually thinks they can wade into and … presto …everything will come up smelling roses?
Cale Salih writing at WorldCrunch:
Syrian Kurds And The Divisions That Plague Damascus’ Enemies The mainstream Syrian political opposition failed for nearly two years to draw in the Kurdish National Council (KNC), a muddled coalition of 16 Syrian Kurdish political parties. In what was hailed as a breakthrough, the KNC finally decided to join the Syrian National Coalition (NC) last month.
Yet the decision will have little practical impact on Arab-Kurdish relations in Syria. Its impact will primarily play out abroad, giving both the KNC and the NC a boost in international credibility, rather than inside Syria. The NC was eager for the Kurdish bloc to join its ranks in order to address a common criticism that it has not sufficiently reached out to minorities. The KNC, desperately looking for a way to stay relevant as a rival Kurdish party establishes dominance inside Syria, hopes to use the NC as a platform to boost its international credentials….
Guillaume Perrier at WorldCrunch:
….Instantly, spoons stop stirring in teacups and conversations freeze mid-sentence. A mortar has just been heard a few hundred meters from the main street of Ceylanpinar, a small Turkish town on the border with Syria. Through the window, everybody can see a cloud of black smoke rising up from Ras al-Ayn, the Syrian town that lies just across the nearby railway tracks.
“It’s become too dangerous. Sometimes, bullets and mortars are hitting our houses. The al-Nusra fighters fire blindly,” scowled Kurdish farmer Mehmet Demir.
He was speaking about the al Nusra Front, a Syrian Islamist rebel group with ties to al Qaeda that is fighting the Damascus regime. And here, we find out, al-Nusra is also coming up against another armed group: the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the rebel group that has fought its own decades-long battle with Ankara, until a negotiated ceasefire was signed earlier this year.
Some 70% of Ceylanpinar’s inhabitants are Kurdish, the other 30% Arabs. For more than a year, the town has been living in the face of flare-ups of violence between Kurdish militants loyal to jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and jihadists from al-Nusra.
Four Turkish civilians have been killed since July, hit by stray bullets or shells that had missed their targets. “They put old train wagons in front of the official buildings to protect them but that’s about all they can do,” says Demir, a sympathiser of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), the legal Kurdish party affiliated with the long outlawed PKK…….
Here’s a short list of journalists, bloggers and activists rotting in our ally’s dungeons while our Canadian politicians party with the oil-rich sheikhs in Geneva and at other world meetings.
Don’t miss seeing the vid of an imam weeping like the fuck he is, asking for Hamza Kashgari, a blogger, to be brought to “justice” (read that as “beheaded”). This is the mad kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is the ally Canadian politicians and businessmen waltz with endlessly, all in the hope of getting extra oil barrels and inroads into Saudi Arabia for making more blood money. Are we proud yet?!
….A Jeddah criminal court judge has sentenced Saudi Arabian journalist Raif Badawi to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for the crime of “insulting Islam.”
It could have gone worse for Badawi: Had the judge not thrown out the charge of apostasy, he would have received a death sentence.
He’ll probably survive the whipping only because it comes in four sessions with planned hospitalizations in between. He has until Sept. 6 to file an appeal.
Badawi, 30, is the co-founder and editor of the website saudiliberalnetwork.com, which encouraged people to post their thoughts about the role of religion and politics, among other things, in their lives. (No longer, however: The site has been shut down.)
He was arrested on June 17, 2012, and sent to Jeddah’s Buraiman prison. The conviction and sentence were announced two weeks ago.
Since being jailed, Badawi hasn’t seen his wife and three children, who are living in exile in Lebanon…..
Women human rights defenders sentenced to imprisonment and receive travel bans. On 15 June 2013, human rights defenders Ms Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Ms Fawzia Al-Oyouni were sentenced to ten months imprisonment to be followed by a two year travel ban by the District Court in Al-Khobar.
The human rights defenders were arrested on 7 June 2011 and briefly held on charges of trying to sabotage the marital relationship between a Canadian woman and her Saudi husband. Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Fawzia Al-Oyouni have long campaigned for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and supported women victims of domestic abuse. They were active participants in the women’s rights campaign and have also demanded that women be granted the right to drive a car.
On 7 June 2011, the human rights defenders received a text message saying that a woman and her three children were being imprisoned against their will, deprived of food and subjected to violence by the woman’s husband. The human rights defenders brought some food to the house but discovered that the husband had sent the message in order to trap them.
The police arrived and arrested the human rights defenders on charges of attempting to smuggle the woman and her children to the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh. The human rights defenders were acquitted of these charges, but were sentenced under the Sharia law offence of takhbib, or incitement of a wife to defy the authority of her husband. The sentencing comes in a difficult context for women and women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia. Women are heavily dependent on male guardians, and are required to have a male relative with them in order to enter government buildings and courts. …..
Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari jailed, may face execution after tweets about Muhammad. Hamza Kashgari, the young Saudi blogger whose foolhardy tweets about Prophet Muhammad left conservative clerics baying for his blood, is a poet and a dreamer, says a former colleague.
“Hamza always liked being alone, he wasn’t a social person,” said a senior editor at Al Bilad, the newspaper Mr. Kashgari used to work for.
“He had a broken look in his eyes and I think that was a sign of sadness or depression. He’s a poet and had a lot of philosophical ideas.”
Now, the 23-year-old is Saudi Arabia’s most reviled man and could even face execution for blasphemy.
It’s all because of three tweets of an imagined conversation with the Prophet Muhammad.
Writing on the Prophet’s birthday, he said he “loved the rebel in you” and he “loved some aspects of you, hated others.”
The reaction on the Internet was swift and vitriolic.
First, there was a flurry of angry comments on Twitter — estimated at more than 30,000 in 24 hours. A Facebook page, “Saudi people want punishment for Hamza Kashgari,” has quickly grown to more than 20,000 members.
“The only choice is for Kashgari to be killed and crucified in order to be a lesson to other secularists,” commented Abu Abdulrahman, an online reader of al-Madina newspaper.
A YouTube video of a tearful Nasser al-Omar, a Saudi cleric, calling for Mr. Kashgari to be arrested and tried went viral.
….Al Ghazzali ended his speech by addressing the Saudi King Abdullah saying “Last year in Vienna, King Abdullah opened the International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue ” a center supposedly aimed at promoting comity and respect between religions–May I ask His Majesty, via this Council, how can he conceivably equate a possible 600 lashes and 7 year jail term for a free thinker with promoting tolerance and respect between religions?”
I couldn’t find anything specific from Google nor from other search engines like Yahoo and Bing.
Besides this one tiny item from an obscure online news outlet, there is nothing, nada online.
Ambassadors of Arab countries in Kenya have condemned the terrorists’ attack at the Westgate Mall.
Envoys from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, among other Arab nations, said the attack was an affront to all religions in the world….
Stands to reason doesn’t it? The countries of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain are the main funders and protectors of terrorist groups … so why would they condemn the terrorist acts done on their behalf by their employees?
and other news all on Syria.
There goes another country to the more rabid dogs of the cult and it’s all happening because those we have elected to power, used that power to make it happen. All indications point to Syria becoming another stronghold, along with Libya, for Muslim extremism.
The most important news today is what’s coming from the hundreds of terrorists groups in Syria. The strongest groups, and all of them are “top grade” terrorists have given the West a big fat finger. This tells me like nothing else does that Saudi Arabia has taken matters in its own hands and now the jihadi army in Syria is being controlled by SA with advisers from Turkey and other interested regions around Syria.
….Thousands of Syrian rebels have broken with the Western-backed coalition and called for a new Islamist front, undermining international efforts to build up a pro-Western military force to replace President Bashar al-Assad.
Ever more divided on a battlefield where Assad’s better armed troops have been gaining ground, allies of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were among 13 disparate rebel factions to disown the exile leadership and build an Islamic alliance that includes the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, commanders said on Tuesday……..
Eleven Islamist rebel groups in Syria have announced they do not recognise the authority of the main opposition alliance, the National Coalition.
A joint statement says: “All groups formed abroad without having returned to the country do not represent us.”
They also call for the opposition to unite under an “Islamic framework”. …………
….The Syrian children stood at the side of the road just after first light, just as they were told.
At this ragged cluster of tents in the Bekaa Valley, they weren’t waiting for a school bus in the early morning cold.
An open back truck arrives just after 06:00 to take them to the fields to help bring in the harvest.
Across this fertile land of eastern Lebanon, Syria’s refugee children are increasingly doing the jobs of adult manual labourers.
“It’s a worrying phenomenon we see increasing by the day.” Unicef’s regional director Maria Calivis told me. “The numbers of refugees are growing larger, and the people arriving are more destitute than ever.”….
From Syria, On Spec: Wary of Staff in Harm’s Way, Editors Leave War Coverage to $70 Stringers…….
………“There are like 50 young freelancers who went from Egypt to Libya to Bahrain and then to Syria, and we all did this loop covering the revolutions, and it was probably the best career move for all of us,” Ms. Day said. “Because how many people get to get out of college now and become foreign correspondents?”….
This is my third visit to Aleppo in the last year, but the first time that I saw fear in the eyes of my Syrian activist friends accompanying me. They are not afraid of Bashar al-Assad’s regime or of bombs or of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Rather, what scares them are the checkpoints manned by fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS — also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), the main al-Qaeda force in Syria. Kidnappings and executions have been steadily increasing…..
….According to Wassim, however, the real problem is not al-Qaeda, but the ever-widening rift with the FSA. An activist living in Aleppo, Wassim explained, “When the revolution started, we used to sing ‘One, one, one. The Syrian people are one.’ Nowadays, the most popular song goes like this: ‘Alawites wait for us! We are coming to slaughter you! We will cut your throats.’ The activists abroad will tell you that it is not true, that we are a moderate people and sectarianism will not prevail. But this is true only of us civilians, not for those who fight.
“Well half of the fighters in the FSA believe they are fighting a war against the Alawites, and more generally against the Shiites, as a result of Bashar’s alliances with Iran and Hezbollah. They are simple young men, from the poorer classes. They have no education, and the weapons have gone to their heads. They have become cruel. Killing has become ordinary. They only want their enemy’s blood. We took to the streets for freedom and dignity, not to substitute the regime with another regime just as bloodthirsty.”……….
…Gas missiles ‘were not sold to Syria’ Export papers seem to back Assad’s denial over sarin attack – but Russians won’t go into detail. While the Assad regime in Damascus has denied responsibility for the sarin gas missiles that killed around 1,400 Syrians in the suburb of Ghouta on 21 August, information is now circulating in the city that Russia’s new “evidence” about the attack includes the dates of export of the specific rockets used and – more importantly – the countries to which they were originally sold. They were apparently manufactured in the Soviet Union in 1967 and sold by Moscow to three Arab countries, Yemen, Egypt and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya. These details cannot be verified in documents, and Vladimir Putin has not revealed the reasons why he told Barack Obama that he knows Assad’s army did not fire the sarin missiles; but if the information is correct – and it is believed to have come from Moscow – Russia did not sell this particular batch of chemical munitions to Syria.
Since Gaddafi’s fall in 2011, vast quantities of his abandoned Soviet-made arms have fallen into the hands of rebel groups and al-Qa’ida-affiliated insurgents. Many were later found in Mali, some in Algeria and a vast amount in Sinai. The Syrians have long claimed that a substantial amount of Soviet-made weaponry has made its way from Libya into the hands of rebels in the country’s civil war with the help of Qatar – which supported the Libyan rebels against Gaddafi and now pays for arms shipments to Syrian insurgents……….
…NATO expects Turkey to exercise greater restraint on Syria.
…..A Turkish F-16 jet fighter shot down the Syrian Mi-17 helicopter on Sept. 16 after it ventured up to 2 kilometers (1 mile) into Turkey near the border town of Yayladağı. The Turkish military said in a statement that the Syrian helicopter was repeatedly warned by Turkish air defense elements about air space violation before it was shut down…..
….UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday pressed the major powers to overcome differences on the Syria war amid troubled talks on a UN Security Council resolution on Syria’s chemical arms.
Ban hosted a lunch with the foreign ministers of the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France — the permanent Security Council members — to put across his message, UN officials said.
Ban has said the Security Council — divided into opponents and backers of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad — has been gripped by an “embarrassing paralysis” over the 30-month-old conflict……..
…A French Muslim convert has been killed fighting the Syrian army in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.
“Abu Mohammad al-Faransi, a Frenchman who converted to Islam, was killed while fighting against regime forces on Sunday in the south of Aleppo province,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Thousands of foreigners, mostly Arabs, have joined rebels seeking to bring down President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
France’s interior minister revealed on Thursday that hundreds of homegrown Islamist militants were signing up to fight in Syria and warned that they could pose a security threat when they return home.
More than 300 French nationals or residents are currently fighting in Syria’s civil war, planning to go or have recently returned, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said last week…..
End of Christians and Christianity in Syria … all thanks to the Judeo-Christian Judas nations of the USA, UK, EU and others.
…..Nearly 40 nuns and orphans are trapped inside a convent in the Syrian Christian tow…
Saudi Arabia wants to cleanse Pakistan of non-Sunnis. The Saudis have been flooding Pakistan with money to build mosques and open madrasas and for almost two decades now they have been giving all sort of incentives to the Muslim students, including scholarships to Wahhabi schools in Saudi Arabia from whence they come back to Pakistan as imams and preach more Wahhabism. All this has been going on under the noses of the West. The West has been fully aware of the heavy influence of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan and has not lifted even a pinkie to stop it.
You know why the USA will never attack Pakistan even if the Pakistani Taliban or Al Qaeda groups from there rampage in the USA a la 9/11 mode? Because, attacking Pakistan will be like attacking Saudi Arabia and they will never go against the Saudis. NEVER! Not one single prez of the USA has ever had the guts to do that and none ever will.
If Canada needs more immigrants, the Pakistani Christians are the ones who should be ushered into Canada as refugees are these poor people deserve to experience some peace and security which they will never have in Pakistan.
….Blood, body parts and pages from the Bible could be seen at the church after the attack, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper said, calling it “the deadliest ever (attack) targeting Christians in Pakistan.”
About 400 worshippers were exchanging greetings after the service at the 130-year-old All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar when the two bombers, each carrying about 6kg (13 pounds) of explosives, launched the attack. The walls were pockmarked with ball bearings that had been packed into the bombs to cause maximum carnage in the busy church, the newspaper said.
“I saw myself in the air and then on the ground inside a huge fire of ball,” Sabir John, a church member who lost one of his arms in the blast, told The Guardian.
“I’ve never seen such piles of human bodies,” Arshad Javed, chief executive of Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital, told Wall Street Journal…….
….On Monday the bodies had all been removed from the area where hundreds of worshippers milled around in the moments before the blasts, but dark, blood-soaked patches remained. The walls of the church and surrounding buildings were pockmarked by shrapnel, the windows blown in.
“It’s not safe for Christians in this country,” said Mano Rumalshah, the bishop emeritus of Peshawar, who was standing in the courtyard, comforting sobbing parishioners who clasped his white robes.
“Everyone is ignoring the growing danger to Christians in Muslim-majority countries. The European countries don’t give a damn about us.”
Others echoed the bishop’s warning, saying that Christians would only be safe if they left Pakistan. But others vowed to remain and show they were not afraid…….
….While Pakistan’s Christian community has suffered many attacks in recent years, such attacks have usually been in private homes following allegations of blasphemy. In 2009, a church and 40 houses were set ablaze by a mob of 1,000 Muslims in the town of Gojra.
Sunday’s bomb attack stunned many with the scale of its devastation and was widely condemned by political and community leaders. Christian communities in several parts of the country launched protests. On a visit to Sardinia, Pope Francis led several thousand people in a special prayer for the victims of the attack.
….Christians are a minority in Pakistan, where roughly 96 per cent of the country’s 180 million people are Muslim. The rest belong to other religions, including Christianity. Christians have often been attacked by Sunni Muslim militants, who view them as enemies of Islam because of their faith.
From Voice of the Persecuted:
….Eyewitness Nazir John said: “There were blasts and there was hell for all of us. “When I got my
senses back, I found nothing but smoke, dust, blood and screaming people. I saw severed body parts and blood all around.”
John Tariq, who was wounded in the attack, lost his father in the terrorist attack this morning.
He said: “What have we done wrong to these people? Why are we being killed?”……
….Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries for minorities and Christians tend to keep a low profile in the area.
Islamist militants frequently bomb targets they see as heretical which includes Christians and Shi’ites….
….“I heard two explosions. People started to run. Human remains were strewn all over the church,” said one parishioner, who gave only her first name, Margrette.
Her voice breaking with emotion, she said she had not seen her sister since the explosions ripped through the area around the gate of the church enclosure…..
….Attacks on Christian areas occur sporadically around the country but Sunday’s assault, in a densely populated Christian residential area in the old walled city in Peshawar, was the most violent in recent history.
In 2009, 40 houses and a church were set ablaze by a mob of 1,000 Muslims in the town of Gojra in Punjab province. At least seven Christians were burnt to death. Seventeen Christians were killed in an attack on a church in Bahawalpur in 2001………
….Pakistan’s long-suffering Christian community is among the country’s most vulnerable minorities. In Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province, many Christians are converts and formerly low-caste Hindus branded as “unclean” by bigots. Many are able to find jobs only as sanitation workers or performing other menial tasks.
Sunday’s attack is the second major bombing of a Christian church in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. A church was bombed in Mardan last year. In the past four years, there have also been repeated attacks on Christians in which unsubstantiated charges of blasphemy are hurled at a member of the community before a mob torches Christian homes, forcing residents to flee. In 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian member of the Cabinet at the time, was brutally gunned down outside his mother’s home in Islamabad for his opposition to Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws….
…. I do not consider it overstepping the mark to say that a war is being waged against Christians and Christianity in Pakistan, and what concerns me immensely is reports from eyewitnesses and survivors of the Peshawar attack who say that the security forces were slow to respond and that they felt abandoned in their moment of crisis.
Grieving relatives also complained that there were not enough medical facilities or enough staff to look after the injured. One person complained to the media that his uncle died because there was no oxygen available to him. I think one reason for the high death toll is the delay in medical treatment reaching the injured but I don’t understand the reason for this as Lady Reading hospital has long experience of the volatile situation of the area and deals with similar emergencies regularly…..
“We have many areas in Pakistan where the government has lost its control and various both criminal as well as militant organizations are virtually in control,” he said.
Analysts agree Islamabad has little it can concede to the Pakistan Taliban. The militants have demanded the military move out of the tribal northwest, an end to drone strikes in the region, the release of more than 4,000 Taliban prisoners, and Sharia law, options neither the government nor the military will likely agree to.
…Shaloom Nazir, 14, was getting ready for Bible study at the 100-year-old church when the bombers struck just before noon.
In an instant he lost his mother, father, sister, brother and uncle.
“I was going to sit down in the church for a Bible class when I heard the explosion, so I ran out,” Shaloom Nazir told AFP, his voice choked with grief, his eyes fixed lifelessly on some distant point.
“There were about 300 people lying on the ground. I recognised my mother, I took her in my arms.”
It was to no avail — she later died of her injuries…..
…….”We have been treated like sinners. We have no lands, we have no factories, we have no business,” said Saleem Haroon, who came to see two wounded cousins at Peshawar’s main Lady Reading hospital.
“It is a new war. Before, the Shias were the target, but now we are the target. They want to create a new battle, a new battleground.”
In a corner of a room at the hospital, the blood of some of the victims mingled on the tiled floor with rubbish and dirty water.
“We are just sweepers and still we have been treated like this. Look over there in the washroom,” he said, gesturing angrily at the mess.
“If all the Christians die, who will clean it? All the sweepers died yesterday.”……..
Canada’s ally in trade and NATO…. and God knows what else. Pakistan … nothing but a failed state of islamic hell with politicians more corrupt than in any other country!!
From The ExpressTribune:
….Christian residents of Iqbal Town were allegedly beaten up by unidentified men on Monday evening for participating in protests against Sunday’s carnage in a Peshawar church.
An Iqbal Town resident, who requested anonymity, said he was an eyewitness to the episode. The resident, said several men thrashed seven or eight Christian youths with batons outside the Unitarian Church in the neighbourhood. The men had their faces covered, the resident said. Some of the victims, including Pastor Safir, were missing, the resident claimed.
Another Christian resident of the neighbourhood alleged police complicity in the incident. The second resident claimed police were trying to ‘teach’ the Christian community a lesson for two consecutive days of protests on the Islamabad Highway. The resident alleged police had stationed a mobile van near the area’s taxi stand and were nabbing any Christians that went nearby.
Iqbal Town has a significant Christian population and the community has led some of the strongest protest rallies in the capital over the past couple of days.
Officers at the Shehzad Town police station said they had not received any reports about the thrashing incident. They denied detaining Christians but said police personnel have been deployed at Iqbal Town because of the recent protests.
Be careful what you wish for! The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.
Fair piece of reporting below from Vice. Pics at link. The vid is not from Vice.
….”Watch out—there are snipers on this street,” warned the ISIS fighter as my driver stopped next to him and eight other heavily armed men who were preparing to head into battle. ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, is an offshoot of al Qaeda currently operating on the battlegrounds of Syria.
He wouldn’t have guessed it, but we were all trying to reach the same place—the front line outside the headquarters of yet another of the militant groups fighting in Syria, Ahfad al-Rasul. This organization is affiliated with the Free Syrian Army and had declared war on ISIS just a few hours earlier, for control of the provincial capital of Raqqa.
This was my third visit to the city in the four months since it had been “liberated,” as Syrians tend to refer to areas where rebels have managed to expel government troops. The battle against Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Raqqa had only lasted for about a week—a sharp contrast to the fighting in Aleppo, where gunfights and shelling have continued for over a year since the conflict began.
Once rebels take control of an area, it is now standard procedure for the regime to respond by bombarding it with indiscriminate air strikes in the hope of killing swathes of anti-Assad fighters. But back in April, just weeks after the liberation, cheerful residents seemed to greet the inevitable trail of destruction as a good thing—a sign of the progress the rebels were making.
Recently, however, the tension has risen considerably in Raqqa and the atmosphere has completely changed, as the rebel resistance continues to splinter, pitting many groups who once fought side by side against Assad against each other. The original celebration of freedom has given way to fear and uncertainty.
A number of civil movements—both religious and secular—have also been trying to establish themselves in a bid to influence the future of the city and eventually the country. A group named Haqna, Arabic for “Our Right”, is one of the organizations leading the charge. Its logo, a hand making a V sign, the index finger marked with election ink, is spray-painted all over the city. Mostly made up of young local activists, Haqna is aiming to educate the population about their civil rights and the importance of elections.
Haqna has already met opposition from ISIS, however, and some of their members have been arrested recently for organizing protests against the militant Islamist group. After a demonstration outside their headquarters, one activist claimed to have seen someone filming them from inside the building. “They’re worse than the mukhabarat [the secret police]—they have eyes everywhere,” he said…………..
……….A local resident, Abu Mazin said the main reason that he declared war against ISIS is to fight for the release of a reported 1,500 prisoners currently being held by the group, about 500 of them FSA members. He also said that he had the support of Raqqa’s residents: “The people don’t want to be under the rule of ISIS,” he explained………
Women in Saudi Arabia ( read that as “slaves in Saudi Arabia”) are planning on defying the ban on slaves driving cars in that hellhole. The day they have chosen to defy the ban is October 26, 2013.
The Saudi slave owners should invite their allies in the West, good friends like Obama, Cameron, Hollande, Harper and the rest of the brainless buffoons to watch the spectacle of a mere 20 slaves trying to put foot to pedal.
….Saudi women plan to defy driving ban again. More than 5,800 people have signed a petition for women to drive on October 26. Saudi women activists have called for a new day of defiance next month of the longstanding ban on women driving in the kingdom.
An online petition entitled “October 26, driving for women” had on Sunday gathered more than 5,800 signatories, as activists try again to push authorities to end the unique ban.
“I will drive on October 26,” activist Nasima Al Sada said on Sunday, saying that some 20 women are going to take part in the campaign in the kingdom’s Eastern Province.
“Many women are enthusiastic about learning to drive, or to teach other” women how to drive, she said, as many Saudi women have obtained abroad the driving licences they are denied in their homeland….
an ape to their Senior Associate Members roster.
Disgusting traitors. Britishers will sell even their mothers for money. Furthermore, they are ever willing to dig up their dead great-grandmothers for a few pennies. Disgusting!! The mo…
What are best friends for anyway!
The Anti-Defamation League has protested an “offensive and outrageous” Saudi TV ad which depicts Adolf Hitler singing praises to promote MBC channel’s September film line-up.
“This offensive and outrageous campaign trivializes the Holocaust by turning Hitler into a cartoonish poster child,” Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said during a press conference.
ADL is calling for the immediate removal of the ad, which is being aired by the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), a Dubai-based and Saudi-owned television network.
The ad shows extracts from the fictional Quentin Tarantino movie “Inglourious Basterds,” which tells of several plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s political leadership. Arabic subtitles show Hitler’s character from the film promoting MBC’s “September to Remember” slogan, saying “they will control the entire region.” The slogan is referring to the channel’s selection of films airing in September.
“Why would a Saudi media outlet want to associate itself with one of history’s most demonic mass murderers?” Foxman asked.
“Perhaps someone thought all of this was funny, but one wonders how it will play across the Arab World, where there is scant education about the murder of six million Jews and millions of others by Hitler and the Nazis and where Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism are rampant,” the ADL Director noted.
This is not the first time the Nazi leader has been depicted in an advertising campaign. In 2012, a Turkish shampoo company featured an ad showing Hitler calling on men to purchase the product. The commercial was met with public discontent and removed from air.
Saudi Arabia our ally and the ally of the USA, France, Israel, UK and all the slave countries dependent on it either for its oil or petro dollars.
Dan Zak writing at WashingtonPost:
… She misses being in the van, she says, then clarifies herself. It’s not that she misses being in the van. She misses her mind-set when she was in the van.
The van was a Hyundai. From inside it, through a two-way radio, she directed what is being called the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. If she had stepped out of the van into the streets of Riyadh, if she had given direction like a director does, blocking her actors’ movements out in the open, men following her orders — “people would’ve stopped the shooting, because they don’t like it,” Haifaa Al Mansour says. “In Saudi, it’s not against the law, because there’s no law, but it’s against the social conduct. People don’t do that.”
“That” being directing a film in public in the conservative Muslim kingdom, if you’re a woman. And yet here is Al Mansour in a hotel suite in the District’s West End, a silver tray of noontime tea in front of her, across from an easel holding a poster pocked with praise for her film “Wadjda” (pronounced “WA-je-da”). The van was both a necessary capitulation to Saudi codes and a way around them, and the film’s title character employs a similar strategy in Al Mansour’s story: By competing for a cash prize in a Koran memorization contest, feisty 10-year-old Wadjda hopes to buy a bicycle for herself, even though bicycles are off limits to girls.
The first Saudi feature film is directed by a woman and features a female character who subverts the religious patriarchy for her own betterment — is it one small step for a woman, one giant leap for womankind?
Maybe to outside observers. Al Mansour, 39, will lay claim only to small steps, and her film career has proceeded that way until now, as the film rolls out in the United States over the next two months (it opens Friday in the District). In the year since the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, she has been labeled both pioneer and pariah, though she insists that all she has done is film a slice of everyday Saudi life…….
All deaths at the hands of jihadis, thanks to the billions of dollars flowing from Saudi Arabia to the terrorists, whether they be Al Qaeda, Taliban, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, what-have-you. Without tonnes of money from the oil rich sheikhdoms, &n…
Our Muslim allies are very generously arming, funding and giving full support to terrorists who prove themselves able to rid infidels from places that our oil rich allies want them to be ridden from.
Islamist Boko Haram militants killed 159 peo…
The new Syria looks wonderful. All thanks to the Judeo-Christian Judas countries we now have another Saudi Arabia.
Suicide bombers and jihadis are the fruit of the rotten tree that’s been planted in Pakistan with Saudi Arabia billions of dollars spent in building madrasas and mosques. Isn’t it wonderful, we have so many allies who love nothing b…
Shiites can’t even bury their dead in peace….leave alone mourn for them. The mourners are cut down by Sunni suicide car bombers even before they can place the dead in their graves. America, the world’s policeman has made a total mess of Iraq &…
Israel’s Netanyahu, hopefully, will learn a lesson from this. It’s a bitter lesson but it has to be learnt. He should have known that the two main denominations of Islam, Sunni and Shiite, would reconcile …. sooner or later. From the overtures that the Iranian guy is making of late, it’s now becoming clear that that’s gonna happen sooner than later. Netanyahu is gonna be left out in the cold …. and he and his lobbyists and supporters in Washington and his advisers at home, should have known that would happen, and Israel should have never made an alliance with the hell-on-earth Saudi Arabia. That’s a stigma that won’t wash off ever.
The overtures of friendship from Iran are also towards the USA. Iran has just released 11 prominent political prisoners, maybe as a gesture showing how “good” they can be if given a chance and before the Iranian honcho’s visit to the USA next week.
Having said that, I wouldn’t put it past either the two heads of both Saudi Arabia and Israel to cook up more manipulation trickery to hoodwink the USA and the West.
From Al Arabiya (Saudi Arabia’s mouthpiece)
….Iranian president: Saudi Arabia is a ‘friend and brother’ Iranian President Hassan Rowhani called on Thursday for closer ties with Saudi Arabia, hailing the kingdom as a “friend and brother” of Iran, state-sponsored Tasnim News Agency reported.
Rowhani was addressing a meeting of Hajj officials in Tehran saying that his government is “willing to remove trivial tensions from the path (of bilateral ties with Saudi Arabia) in order to fulfill bilateral and the Islamic world’s interests.”
“This issue (expansion of ties) has been emphasized both in the Saudi king’s congratulatory letter to me and in my letter to thank him,” Rouhani added.
Rowhani had said on Tuesday that improving relations with neighboring countries is a top priority in his foreign policy agenda.
He also pledged to adopt an approach of openness with Western powers over Iran’s disputed nuclear program.
The relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been tense during the administration of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Both countries have conflicting approaches to regional issues in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt….
Saudi and Israel in their unholy alliance are joined at the hips these days. They both want to do away with Assad so Syria can fall into the hands of terrorist elements. After that they want to bomb the hell out of Iran. Why do most people refrain from mentioning Israel as being one with Saudi Arabia now? Just like the word “Racist” …. anything said or written about Israel that even has the hint of something said against it, becomes immediately “anti-Semitic” …. why???
If these two countries want to do away with Assad and Iran .. why can’t they do it themselves instead of manipulating the West to do it on their behalf? Israel has all the scientists and inventors they can hold and Saudi has all the money. Marriage made in heaven…. so go bomb away to your hearts’ content without involving us.
Every time I think of how Israel, a country I used to be a fan of … has joined up with Saudi Arabia, the most despicable country in the world, I throw up, copiously.
David Andrew Weinberg writing at CNN
How Saudi Arabia is pushing for war. When Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal in Paris this week, he likely got an earful of complaints over Syria. There was no public news conference after their meeting, which makes sense given that the Saudis often prefer that their sensitive consultations with the United States remain hidden behind closed doors. However, Kerry’s announcement earlier in the day of a conference to boost the Syrian opposition was probably intended in part as a sop to the Saudis.
Barely one week earlier, Kerry came out of another meeting with Saud al-Faisal trumpeting that the United States had Saudi Arabia’s support for military action against Syria. This was an understatement. Riyadh was downright aggressive in its push for an American-led intervention after the alleged August 21 chemical weapons attack that U.S. officials say killed more than 1,400 people in Ghouta, Syria.
The Saudis badly wanted to see a strike on Syria, and they have grown frustrated with America’s fitful diplomacy since then. Recently, they have seemed less willing than usual to submerge their disagreements with Washington from public view. And there is undoubtedly a real sense of urgency to their efforts.
Late last month, the Saudis were the guiding hand behind an Arab League statement hammering the al-Assad regime. However, because that statement deferred to the U.N. Security Council, the Saudis then produced a second Arab League statement on September 1 calling on “the international community” to “take the necessary measures.” Both times, Riyadh sought stronger language, but was stymied by Algeria, Lebanon, and even Egypt………
That was the goal from day one of the conflict, wasn’t it? Saudi Arabia has already won, in part, what they set out to do. Very soon, they will be able to grab the rest of Syria. All laws have been changed. All captured areas (the terrorists call them “liberated areas” … hahahhhahaha) have new government structures based either on wahhabism or salafism.
Allahu Akbar !! Glory be to the USA, UK, France and Canada for giving the world another Saudi Arabia and another Pakistan and another Nigeria. If you don’t believe the truth of my statement, just watch the video. It’s in French with English translation.
Aaron Lund at Joshua Landis’ blog tries to answer a very important question put to the blog … tries, yes he tries. Nothing is logical or can be anticipated when dealing with islam and the mad followers of it. The best of Middle East scholars can try to explain the events unfolding without making even an ounce of sense … because everything these days is nothing but madness.
Aaron Lund writing at Joshua Landis’ SyriaComment:
…..Are the Islamic Courts of Aleppo run by al-Nusra? The Question: Is the new Sharia Council of Aleppo that administers the sharia courts run by Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida affiliated militia?
Why do we ask?
This French documentary (with English subtitles) by Solomon Cane on the practices of Islamic courts in Aleppo examines the Sharia Council of Aleppo or Hayaa al Shariaa. The head of Hayaa al Shariaa is identified as a member of Jabhat al-Nusra, appointed by Abu Sulayman, who is also identified as a Nusra member…….
………..The Question again
So did the documentary get their affiliations wrong or is Nusra part of the SILF? We ask because the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front is the coalition of militias that largely makes up the Free Syrian Army and populates the Supreme Military Council, the FSA body that receives Washington’s military and non-military aid. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) met with General Idriss, the head of the Supreme Military Council during a brief foray into Syria recently and said: “General Idriss and his fighters share many of our interests and values.” President Obama announced that, “The U.S.’s ultimate vision for Syria is a ‘stable, non-sectarian representative Syrian government that is addressing the needs of its people through peaceful processes.’ All have stressed that they are establishing a fire wall between the moderates and extremists………
Answer by Aron Lund
Aleppo’s Hayaa Sharia (Legal Commission) is, as far as I know, the biggest experiment in local governance and rebel rule in northern Syria, although still just one of many mostly local attempts. It is essentially a court system which serves as a rudimentary governance apparatus and mediation tool, set up in collaboration between many groups.
It was started by, I think, three or four armed factions: Jabhat al-Nusra (AQ), Ahrar al-Sham (SIF), Liwa al-Tawhid (which became part of SILF later, also SMC) and maybe Suqour al-Sham (SMC & SILF charter member). All are Islamist to some degree, but Suqour and especially Tawhid seem to be more pragmatic/opportunistic and populist big-tent movements, more focused on the war than on ideology. They include some strict Islamist figures and factions, and deploy a bit of that rhetoric when it suits the audience, but are also basically fine with Western support and say they want elections, etc (unlike Qaida & Ahrar al-Sham).
Later, many other factions have given their backing to the Haya as well, and the composition probably changed. For example, Suqour is now very marginal in Aleppo, as far as I can tell. Ahrar al-Sham has absorbed a big local faction called Harakat al-Fajr al-Islamiya; and Nusra split with ISIS, and so on. People still say the Hayaa is dominated by al-Qaeda types, and maybe that’s the case. But it might also just be shorthand for saying it is strictly Islamist – which, by itself, is not so surprising for a sharia tribunal. In addition, Tawhid also seems to have been backing the embryonic Civil Court system which is a semi-rival of Hayaa Sharia, but I’m not clear on how or if that works. All of this seems to be evolving constantly………….
The abovenamed are the same rotten people we voted to power …. so, in a way, we too should share in their sins. If we had not been mesmerized by their hypnotic powers on us the Christian voters, we might have not lived to see these terrible days when those we voted to high office turned around and started a genocide, on not only the Christians in the Middle East, but on all peoples of the Middle East … be they Sunni, Shiite, Alawi or Martians. And, they are doing it because their oil-rich masters command them to.
Have you noticed how the Christian religious heads have stepped up, all together with one voice and one message, and are trying to tell the supposedly “Christian” heads of the Judeo-Christian nations not to add fuel to the fire in the Middle East? Along with the Christians, the Shiites, Ahmadis, Druze and other minorities are also in hot water being boiled like frogs by the Sunni Muslim terrorists.
While we see and read about the different denominations of the Christian faith having put aside their petty differences and joined together as one voice to beseech on behalf of people of all faiths….one has to wonder why there are no similar actions from the rabbis or imans from the other two main faiths.
Two vids below are from about a year ago. The one of Pope Francis is from last week.
From ProTerraSancta Holy Land:
….The dramatic deterioration of events in Syria is showing no sign of letting up. Each day increasingly grave news is being received from the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land who have remained there to take care of the population. “Last night more mortar bombs fell on the monastery causing considerable damage”, report the religious of Knayeh (a village along the border with Lebanon), “there is no longer any glass in the windows, the roofs have all been damaged, water is leaking everywhere, people are living in terror of the bombs which continue to fall.”
The attacks, increasingly frequent and seemingly at random, are also crippling the more remote areas of the country. The gravity of the situation is reflected in the words of the Custos of the Holy Land, Father Pizzaballa, interviewed by the Franciscan Media Center: “In the Christian villages along the Orontes [River]”, Father Pizzaballa noted, “there is not much left, of the four thousand inhabitants of the village of Ghassanieh the parish priest has informed me that there is no longer anyone, only about ten people, and the empty houses have been occupied by the families of the rebels who are following along with them.” From Jerusalem the Custos is continuously, and with apprehension, following the evolution of the events as recounted to him by the Syrian brothers: “The picture that emerges is a very distressing one: everyone is shooting at everyone, no one is safe any longer, it’s difficult to say if they are aiming at churches or not…what we know is that they are firing, and that these bombs fall all around……
A Syrian Chaldean Catholic bishop on Monday warned that an armed intervention in Syria could unleash a “world war”, while the Vatican’s official newspaper called for more “prudence” from Western powers.
“If there is an armed intervention, that would mean, I believe, a world war. That risk has returned,” Monsignor Antoine Audo of Aleppo told Vatican radio.
“We hope that the pope’s call for real dialogue between the warring parties to find a solution can be a first step to stop the fighting,” he said….
….The Vatican daily, L’Osservatore Romano, meanwhile criticized Western powers in an editorial.
“The drumbeat of an armed intervention by Western powers is becoming ever more insistent and ever less restrained by prudence,” it said…..
Patriarch Sako Archbishop of Baghdad:
….“Tensions are running high and the people are scared. The southern part of the country used to be calm but things changed yesterday when a Shiite area was hit. Sometimes the tension is between Shiites, other times it’s between Sunnis, Mgr. Sako added. More than four thousand people have died in Iraq since the start of April and 800 in August alone.
According to the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, curbing this amount of violence “is a very complicated task because there are countries that don’t want the so-called “Arab Spring”, democracy or freedom. They perceive it as a danger. So it’s in their interests to perpetuate such conflicts. There may be a strategy to carve Middle Eastern countries up according to “confession”. Fear is rife among the Christian community and faithful don’t know where to go. Neither Christians nor faithful of other religions seem to be safe.”….
Moscow Patriarch Hilarion:
As a Western military intervention against the regime of Bashar al-Assad appears increasingly likely, the Russian Orthodox Church expresses “strong concern” about possible developments of the crisis, this following US charges that the regime used chemical weapons against civilians.
“Once again, as was the case in Iraq, the United States is acting as an international executioner”, said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Speaking to AsiaNews, the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church strongly criticised the US position, which is “completely one-sided.”
“Without the endorsement of the United Nations, they want to decide the fate of a whole country of millions of inhabitants.”
“Once again,” Hilarion warned, “thousands of lives will be sacrificed on the altar of an imaginary democracy;” among them, according to the Metropolitan, there are, first of all, “Christians, about whose fate no one cares.”
They are at “risk of becoming hostages to the situation and the main victims of radical extremist forces, who, with the help of the United States, will come to power.”
“The international community,” he concluded, “must do everything to avoid that events develop in this direction.” (M.A.)
Read the article below if you want to glimpse into how extremely complicated the situation is …. not only on the Syrian front but also in the regions of Turkey and Kurdistan. The increased involvement of Kurds, now deeply involved fighting the Turkey funded and armed Al Qaeda fighters, who have been sent by Erdogan, Saudi Arabia and France to fight Kurds on the Turkish bordering regions, is beginning to only become known of late although its been going on for months.
Turkey and some of the Kurd leaders were supposed to have negotiated a kind of peace treaty last week but there’s no indication that there was a successful outcome of that meet….. so the fighting continues and might intensify.
And …. this is the mess the West wants to wade into?
Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse
….CEYLANPINAR, Turkey — Last week, I traveled to Turkey’s border with Syria. I was planning to cross into the Kurdish-controlled northeast to find out how the country’s most influential Kurdish group, the Democratic Unity Party (PYD), was running the string of towns and villages that fell under its control last summer.
I would have to cross into Syria illegally because Turkey’s formal border crossings with the Kurdish region remain sealed. My destination was the PYD-controlled town of Ras al-Ain, or Serekaniye in Kurdish, that stands opposite Ceylanpinar on the Turkish side. Colleagues who had used smuggler routes to get in assured me that I would sail through. But when I arrived in Ceylanpinar, I learned that the trip across included wiggling my way through barbed-wire fencing and risking being spotted by trigger-happy Turkish border guards. I dropped the idea, deciding instead to investigate widespread claims that Turkey is propping up Syrian rebels in a little-reported proxy war against the PYD.
The PYD is the Syrian franchise of the Kurdistan Workers Party, the rebel group known as the PKK that has been fighting on and off since 1984 for Kurdish autonomy inside Turkey. It is, therefore, not surprising that Turkey is nervous about the PYD’s gains.
I started off in Ceylanpinar, a shabby, nondescript town with a mixed population of Arabs and Kurds. Before Syria’s civil war erupted, Ceylanpinar was best known for a gigantic farming complex called TIGEM and its free-roaming herds of gazelles. These days, Ceylanpinar is making headlines with horror stories of locals being wounded by stray bullets and shells fired from Syria. At least four residents have died since fighting broke out in November between Syrian rebel forces and the PYD’s armed wing, known as the People’s Defense Units, or YPG.
In July, YPG forces expelled the rebels from Serekaniye. But clashes continue over the neighboring hilltop village of Tel Halef, which is controlled by the rebels. Tel Halef is a strategic prize because it cuts off the mainly Kurdish towns of Afrin and Kobani from the long stretch of Kurdish-controlled territory lying east of Serekaniye.
My first stop was a government-run hostel that offers one of the clearest views of Syria. YPG fighters could be easily spotted along the rusting railroad tracks that demarcate the border. A small flag emblazoned with the insignia of the Kurdish Supreme Council, which notionally unites Syria’s rival Kurdish parties, fluttered above a wheat silo where a huge YPG banner used to stand. In July, the YPG flag vanished. PYD leader Saleh Muslim, who was invited to Turkey last month, said it was removed to appease his Turkish hosts.
In Ceylanpinar, the word around town was that a fresh batch of wounded rebels had been secretly ferried from the TIGEM compound to the nearest state-run hospitals. A security guard who works at a sprawling refugee camp housed within the TIGEM grounds claimed that the camp doubled up as a “base for the rebels.” He said he had “witnessed with my own eyes” a group of 40 rebel fighters cross over from the camp to Tel Halef.
“It was around a month ago, I was told by the gendarmerie to shut up about it.” He had also seen wounded fighters being brought in. He reckoned they were taken to the provincial capital Urfa. The Turkish government dismisses all such claims.
Before leaving Ceylanpinar, I stopped by the local mayor’s office. A balding former lawyer with a weary smile, Ismail Arslan was elected on the ticket of Turkey’s biggest pro-Kurdish party, Peace and Democracy.
“Our nerves are shattered,” he said. “The entire town lives in fear of death.” Arslan’s other worry is simmering tensions between the Kurds and Arabs……….
………..Was the Turkish government helping them? “Not enough,” he snapped. “These poor boys get bounced around like footballs from one hospital to the other.” “Still,” he added quietly, “Turkey is doing what it can.”
Did this include providing weapons? “Turkey gives us weapons like serum, on a drip,” said Mohammed. “France and Saudi Arabia, they give us the best stuff,” he added………..
Kurdish PKK rebels ‘halt Turkey pull-out’. The rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) says it has halted its withdrawal from Turkey, a website linked to the armed militant group reports.
The PKK accused the Turkish government of failing to move towards “democratisation and the resolution of the Kurdish problem”, the Firat news agency reported.
The PKK had started the withdrawal earlier this year, under a peace plan.
The 30-year Kurdish conflict has left more than 40,000 people dead.
The PKK said the ceasefire it announced in March would remain in force. But it urged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government to “take action in line with the project of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan”, the jailed PKK commander who negotiated the peace deal.
Ankara insists on a full PKK withdrawal for peace talks to progress.
Under the deal, Turkey is expected to improve Kurdish rights, such as by scrapping a controversial anti-terrorism law and allowing Kurdish children to be educated in their own language. ….
U.S. Senator John McCain will submit an opinion piece to the Russian newspaper Pravda in response to an op-ed on Syria in The New York Times by Russian President Vladimir Putin that infuriated many members of Congress, a spokesman said on Friday.
”I almost wanted to vomit,” Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on CNN.
McCain and Menendez were among 10 members of the foreign relations panel who voted last week to approve a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria……
Final tally: 10 to 7, with one senator voting present.
Who voted yes?: Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) (by proxy — was absent due to the Jewish holiday), Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.). Ranking member Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Who voted no?: Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Among senators facing reelection in 2014: Six senators on the committee — Shaheen, Coons, Durbin, Udall, Markey and Risch — face the voters next year. Shaheen, Coons and Durbin voted yes. Udall and Risch voted no, while Markey voted present………….
Daniel Greenfield writing at FrontPageMag:
….The Myth of the Moderate Syrian Rebels.The moderate Syrian rebels, like the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, are a myth; an imaginary character used to tell soothing stories to children. Unfortunately the storytellers think that we’re the children.
The Syrian Civil War is a religious war. It’s not a war over democracy or freedom. It’s a conflict between two totalitarian systems, one loosely based on a mixture of Islam and Socialism, and the other more rigidly based on Islam. Both are brutal and merciless to anyone who doesn’t belong. Both have their death squads and extensive corruption on the inside.
Both are evil.
Witness to a Syrian Execution: “I Saw a Scene of Utter Cruelty” All wars are vicious, but the civil war in Syria seems every day to set new standards for brutality. As the fighting rages in its third year, increasing numbers of atrocities are committed by soldiers and fighters from forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar Assad, as well as armed rebels and Islamic militants from the numerous, loosely aligned groups opposing Assad. The violence is frequently sectarian in nature, with fighters claiming they act in defense of their faith, be it Sunni, Alawite, Shiite or any of the other sects that contribute to Syria’s religious landscape.
The perpetrators of atrocities themselves often use digital cameras or smartphones to photograph or film their acts of torture and murder, uploading the images to the Internet. These images and videos are used for propaganda, and their authenticity is often impossible to verify. It is very rare that a group of fighters from either side gives a professional photojournalist from a country outside Syria full and unfettered access to chronicle an atrocity as it unfolds. The images above are products of that access……….
….”Instead of being tucked safely in their beds at home, we saw rows of children lying side by side sprawled on a hospital floor, all of them dead from Assad’s gas and surrounded by parents and grandparents who had suffered the same fate. The United States Government now knows that at least 1,429 Syrians were killed in this attack, including at least 426 children,” he said.
Some U.S. congressional sources are now casting doubt on those figures.
Three congressional sources told Reuters that administration officials had indicated in private that some deaths might have been caused by the conventional bombing that followed the release of sarin gas in suburban Damascus neighborhoods. This disclosure undermined support for President Barack Obama’s plan to strike Syria, they said.
Elizabeth O’Bagy, Syria Researcher Cited By Kerry And McCain In Hearings, Fired For Ph.D Claim…..
…..But the Journal came under scrutiny for publishing the op-ed without disclosing O’Bagy’s role as political director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a Washington-based advocacy group that has lobbied the White House and Congress to support the Syrian rebels……
Assad tells Obama to stop arming rebels, or no deal. President Obama must promise not to arm rebel forces or Syrian dictator Bashar Assad will not hand over his chemical weapons, the embattled leader told a Russian state media outlet today while demanding that Israel also surrender its nuclear arsenal.
“When we see that the U.S. genuinely stands for stability in our region, stops threatening us with military intervention and stops supplying terrorists with weapons, then we will consider it possible to finalize all necessary procedures and they will become legitimate and acceptable for Syria,” Assad told RIA News……….
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington, plans to dispatch 300 of its members to Capitol Hill on Tuesday as part of a broad campaign to press Congress to back President Obama’s proposed strike on Syria, the group said Monday.
The push by the group, known as Aipac, which included asking its supporters to call members of Congress, came as Israeli newspapers reported Monday that President Obama urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get personally involved in lobbying Congress. The reports said that Mr. Netanyahu had called several members himself……
Saudi Arabia, quietly cooperating with American and British intelligence and other Arab governments, has modestly increased deliveries of weapons to rebels fighting in southern Syria, the rebels say…………
Washington’s last-minute decision to call off military strikes against Syria deals a blow to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but the states that arm rebels battling President Bashar Assad will not soon give up on a war that has already cost them billions.
With Assad now looking unlikely to crumble soon and the West showing no desire to bomb him from power, the Gulf princes face few options beyond continuing to fund one side in a perpetual military stalemate that has already killed 100,000 people.
“If the U.S. doesn’t launch an attack there’s really no plan B drawn up yet by the GCC states,” said an Arab diplomat, referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council of six rich Arab countries. “What I’m telling you is simple: They have no plan.”
The Sunni Arab monarchs see defeating Assad as fundamental in their confrontation with the Syrian leader’s main regional patron, Shiite Iran.
Since 2011, Western leaders appeared to be on the same page, repeatedly demanding Assad be removed from power and insisting that no solution was possible unless he goes.
But the West’s latest diplomatic efforts have been focused on dismantling Assad’s chemical weapons stockpiles, not on removing him from power, leaving the Arab states alone……
The frantic yet fragile diplomacy over Syrian chemical weapons veered toward an ominous impasse Thursday as President Bashar Assad added a new demand that the United States stop arming rebel forces in exchange for his regime’s compliance.
Assad’s new condition loomed as a deal-breaker in a day full of fresh twists in the diplomatic dance to avert American airstrikes.
Mere hours after Damascus filed formal paperwork with the United Nations, setting in motion the process for the surrender of toxic weaponry it has previously denied possessing, Assad told Russia’s state broadcaster more was needed to complete the transaction.
“When we see that the U.S. genuinely stands for stability in our region, stops threatening us with military intervention and stops supplying terrorists with weapons, then we will consider it possible to finalize all necessary procedures and they will become legitimate and acceptable for Syria,” Assad told RIA News.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that a report on last month’s deadly attack in Syria would be “overwhelming” in showing that chemical weapons were used.In unusual candor, the secretary-general said that Syrian President Bashar Assad “has committed many crimes against humanity.”
The U.N. chief’s deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq, said that Ban was not referring to the chemical weapons attack but to reports from the Human Rights Council and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay………
I am sorry that I thought ill of you in the past. However, along with Obama, the warmongers in and around the White House should share the blame equally. Peer pressure can be killing and the presidents of the USA have all been…
Let all Christians give thanks to those who are aiding, funding and arming the terrorists. Western Christian nations are helping kill Christians in the Middle East. Glorious … isn’t it ?!
Ethnic cleansing is what is desired by the Muslim Bastardhood groups and the USA and other powers are going out of their way to help them achieve that objective. The RT vid starts off trying to say that the rebels have been defeated but midway it almost costs the crew their lives.
….Jihadists who overran Syria’s Christian town of Maalula last week forced at least one person to convert to Islam at gunpoint and executed another.
“They arrived in our town at dawn on Wednesday and shouted ‘We are from the Al-Nusra Front and have come to make lives miserable for the Crusaders,” an Islamist term for Christians, said a still frightened woman who identified herself as Marie.
She spoke in Damascus, where she was attending the burial with hundreds of others of three Christians from Maalula killed in last week’s fighting, the long line of mourners led by a brass band playing dirges.
“Maalula is the wound of Christ,” mourners chanted as they marched through the narrow streets of the capital’s ancient Christian quarter, their voices nearly drowned out by the rattle of automatic gunfire in honour of the dead.
Recalling the events last Wednesday, 62-year-old Adnan Nasrallah said an explosion destroyed an archway just across from his house that leads into the town.
“I saw people wearing Al-Nusra headbands who started shooting at crosses,” said Mr Nasrallah.
One of them “put a pistol to the head of my neighbour and forced him to convert to Islam by obliging him to repeat ‘there is no God but God.”’
“Afterwards they joked, ‘he’s one of ours now.”’
Mr Nasrallah, who spent 42 years running a restaurant in the US state of Washington named after his hometown, said he was devastated by what happened in Maalula.
“I had a great dream. I came back to my country to promote tourism. I built a guesthouse and spent $2000 installing a windmill to provide electricity in the town.
“My dream has gone up in smoke. Forty-two years of work for nothing,” he lamented.
But worse, for him, was what he said was the reaction of his Muslim neighbours when the town was seized by the rebels.
“Women came out on their balconies shouting with joy, and children … did the same. I discovered that our friendship was superficial.”
But Mr Nasrallah’s sister, Antoinette, refused to condemn everyone.
“There are refugees from Harasta and Douma (in the suburbs of Damascus) that we have taken in, and they are spreading the poison of hatred, especially among the younger generation,” she said.
The most tragic story was that of Rasha, who recounted how the jihadists had seized her fiance Atef, who belonged to the town’s militia, and brutally murdered him.
“I rang his mobile phone and one of them answered,” she said.
“Good morning, Rash rush,” the voice said, using her nickname. “We are from the Free Syrian Army. Do you know your fiance was a member of the shabiha (pro-regime militia) who was carrying weapons, and we have slit his throat.”
The man told her Atef had been given the option of converting to Islam, but had refused.
“Jesus didn’t come to save him,” he taunted.
M. Klostermayr writing at SyriaNews
The new reports about the current situation in and around the ancient Syrian village of Maaloula say that the units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were able to retake the control about 60 percent of the Christian village, which is located in the north of the capital, Damascus.
It is also mentioned that the operating units of the Syrian Army in and around the mountainous Christian village of Maaloula (Ma’loula) have resumed the mop-up operations against the foreign-backed terrorist groups and the armed jihadist forces of the so-called Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Nusra Front)…………
Jenny McCartney at TelegraphUK:
…..The 3,300 occupants of Maaloula have mostly fled, save for about 50 people. Rebel fighters, a sizeable proportion of whom are said to be from the jihadist Al-Nusra front, are battling with Syrian Army troops for control of the village and its surrounding areas. It was rumoured that a church had been burnt, and Christian families compelled to leave town by Islamist gunmen. …..
Naturally! When you have more takers than givers, that’s the natural outcome. However, I don’t think the analysis has taken into account the number of fresh refugees from the Syrian crisis who are already flooding into the EU and wil…
Poor Dr. Sowell has not received the memo that Israel has launched a full-scale lobbying war to get the USA to bomb Syria, otherwise his opening sentence in the article below would have been different. Being an admirer of the Jewish homeland, &n…
Buchanan lashes out at the gang of the warmongering lot who rightly deserve it all.
Last week, hell came to the tiny Christian village of Maaloula where they still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus.
“Rebels of the Free Syrian Army launched an assault aided by a suicide bomber from Jabhat al-Nusra,” the al-Qaida-linked Islamic terrorist group, writes the Washington Post.
The AP picked up the story:
One resident said bearded rebels shouting “God is great!” attacked Christian homes and churches. “They shot and killed people. … I saw three bodies lying in the middle of a street.”
Maaloula is now a “ghost town.” Christians left behind were told, “Either you convert to Islam or you will be beheaded.”
“Where is President Obama?” wailed a refugee. And, indeed, where is Obama?
He is out lobbying Congress for authority to attack the Syrian army that defended Maaloula as John McCain beats the drums for a Senate resolution to have the U.S. military “change the momentum” of the war to the rebels who terrorized the convent nuns of Maaloula.
If we strike Syria and break its army, what happens to 2 million Syrian Christians? Does anyone care?
Do the Saudis who have signed on to Obama’s war — but decline to fight — care? Conversion to Christianity is a capital offense in Riyadh.
Do the Turks, who look the other way as jihadist killers cross their frontier to set up al-Qaida sanctuaries in northern Syria, care?
Do the Israelis, who have instructed AIPAC to get Congress back in line behind a war Americans do not want to fight, care about those 100,000 dead Syrians and 400 gassed children?
Here is Alon Pinkas, Israel’s former general consul in New York, giving Israel’s view of the Syrian bloodletting: “Let them both bleed, hemorrhage to death. That’s the strategic thinking here.”
According to two polls reported this weekend by the Jerusalem Post, Israelis by 7-1 do not want Israel to go to war with Syria. But two-thirds of Israelis favor the United States going to war with Syria.
Peggy Noonan writes that the debate on war on Syria “looks like a fight between the country and Washington.”………
Under the desert in eastern Saudi Arabia lies Ghawar, the largest oil field in the world. It has been famously productive, with a per-well flow rate of thousands of barrels per day, owing to a combination of efficient water injection, good rock permeab…
I absolutely love it when terrorist lovers get their comeuppance. The journalist Piccinin used to be pro-terrorists until he got kidnapped and found out what’s what.
…..Freed Belgian, Italian faced ‘mock executions’ in Syria. Pierre Piccinin, the Belgian freed in Syria with Italian journalist Domenico Quirico, said Monday they faced “real violence” and mock executions after being captured by rebel forces in April.
Scant detail has emerged of their release on Sunday but Quirico’s newspaper said Italy’s secret services had stepped up efforts to secure their release ahead of feared US military strikes.
“Physically, we are okay despite the torture we suffered,” Piccinin told Bel RTL radio station shortly after returning to Belgium.
“There was sometimes real violence … humilation, bullying, mock executions … Domenico faced two mock executions, with a revolver,” he said.
Piccinin, a history teacher in a southern Belgian town, and Quericio, a correspondent for Italy’s La Stampa daily, entered Syria via Lebanon in April.
Shortly afterwards, the Western-backed Free Syrian Army picked them up and handed them over to the Abu Ammar brigade, a rebel group “more bandit than Islamist,” Piccinin told Le Soir daily.
The five months they were held proved to be “a terrifying odyssey across Syria,” he told Bel RTL. “We were moved around a lot… it was ……
….Many Syrian Alawites are escaping the violence in Turkey’s neighbor and have come to Istanbul, where they are living in the parks and streets. Some say their children were kidnapped by jihadists. In increasing number of Syrian Alawites, who fled from Aleppo to Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep two months ago, have come to Istanbul in search of a safe haven.
Hundreds are now living in the parks and streets, mainly in the Kumkapı, Fatih and Şirinevler districts of the city. In the last week alone, Alevi associations, led by the Haci Bektas Veli Foundation in Istanbul, have taken more than 200 Syrians from the parks and streets and brought them to cemevis (Alevi worship houses) in order to provide them with shelter. …..
…The chemical attack on August 21 allegedly was orchestrated – Lavrov. ”The chemical attack on August 21 allegedly was orchestrated,” Russian Foreign Ministed Sergei Lavrov said during the meeting with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem. …..
…There’s “no doubt about it,” though, that the bulk of Americans oppose U.S. involvement in Syria, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said later on the program; Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., in the same segment, agreed.
Amash said in town halls across his state he has gauged “not just disapproval of the war – overwhelming disapproval – from Republicans, from Democrats. And when you’re dealing with an issue like war, you must take into consideration what the public thinks. You’re asking people to possibly send their loved ones into harm’s way.
“…Based on the objectives that the administration has laid out, based on the strategy they’ve laid out,” Amash continued, “I can’t come up with a reason right now why the United States should support this action.” ….
On my last tour of rebel-held areas in northern Syria, the streets looked very different.
The black-and-white banners representing Islamist factions are now prevalent in most areas, instead of the green flag of the revolution.
Nusra Front in Saraqeb, checking its fighters at the entrance of the town………
Patrick Buchanan at LewRockwell:
“Catastrophic!” said Sen. John McCain.
Consider what the senator is saying here.
Because Barack Obama, two years ago, said “Assad must go,” and, one year ago, said any use of chemical weapons crosses his “red line,” Congress has no choice but to plunge America into yet another Mideast war.
Can this be? Are we really, as a nation, required to go to war to make good the simple-minded statements of an untutored president who had no constitutional authority to issue his impulsive ultimata?……..
Russia’s proposal for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control was a “potentially positive development,” but could be a stall tactic, President Barack Obama told CNN on Monday.
“We’re going to run this to ground,” Obama said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, adding that the United States will work with Syrian ally Russia and the international community “to see if we can arrive at something that is enforceable and serious.”….
Secret memo says more than 1,200 prisoners fought Assad regime to avoid beheading. Saudi Arabia has sent death-row inmates from several nations to fight against the Syrian government in exchange for commuting their sentences, the Assyrian International News Agency reports.
Citing what it calls a “top secret memo” in April from the Ministry of Interior, AINA says the Saudi offered 1,239 inmates a pardon and a monthly stipend for their families, which were were allowed to stay in the Sunni Arab kingdom. Syrian President Bashar Assad is an Alawite, a minority Shiite sect…..
This really says a lot about how the ruling class looks at their dimwitted subjects, doesn’t it? You won’t understand what a chemical weapons attack really means until you’ve seen pictures of it. The rational public response is, “Don’t drag us into another Middle Eastern civil war,” and that attitude grows stronger the longer Obama talks, as polls show public resistance to Syrian intervention is increasing. But evidently the Administration hopes that showing some horrible video will provoke a visceral reaction, transcending thought, and they can have their “unbelievably small” war after all.
When do we get to see video of the 100,000 people Assad killed by other means? ………
have you ever heard a pip out of him against Saudi Arabia and other dictators and how they use tear gas and bullets on peaceful protesters or the deplorable treatment of women and minorities in the sheikhdoms?
I would take the word of the Catholic nun Mother Agenes … than give credence to any of the propaganda that comes out of the mouth of Kenneth Roth who has compromised himself to the gills and thus has been rendered useless on the credibility front.
In the pro-rebel camps, and that includes Kenneth Roth and by extension the entire Human Rights Organization, they are of the opinion that the Assad regime carried out the CWs because the attacks came from areas that were not in rebel hands and the CWs were aimed at rebel-held areas. If one wanted to create a “false flag” wouldn’t that be exactly how it would be done? Would it be too difficult for “rebels” in the guise of non-combatant Syrians or even donning uniforms of the Assad regime’s soldiers to fire the CWs from non-rebel held areas? The CWs were fired from different locations and I suspect that only one CW was fired from each location, thus giving the culprits firing the CWs enough time to get away from the areas.
The honcho from HR also seem to think that 50 litres of sarin gas would be an impossibility for the rebels to possess. Geez !!! By that statement alone he shows the level of his hypocrisy and his deception.
The interview with Mother Agnes is a must read. There’s much more that she talks about at the link. The videos below are from the Latakia massacre of Alawites and Christians by the armies of the West. You gotta wonder why those hundreds of men, women and children were less important than those killed by CWs eh? You gotta wonder why the MSM didn’t bat an eyelash when that happened, eh?
There is proof the footage of the alleged chemical attack in Syria was fabricated, Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St. James Monastery in Qara, Syria, told RT. She says she is about to submit her findings to the UN.
Mother Agnes, a catholic nun, who has been living in Syria for 20 years and has been reporting actively on what has been going on in the war-ravaged country, says she carefully studied the video featuring allegedly victims of the chemical weapons attack in the Syrian village of Guta in August and now questions its authenticity.
In her interview with RT, Mother Agnes doubts so much footage could have been taken in so little time, and asks where parents of the supposedly dead children are. She promises to send her report to the UN.
The nun is indignant with the world media for apparently turning a blind eye to the Latakia massacre by rebel extremists, which left 500 civilians including women and children dead.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has called on the international community to pay attention to revelations made by Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib.
RT: The United States has used internet photos and video footage of the supposed chemical weapons attack in Eastern Guta to build a case against the Syrian government. Have you been able to look at these files? What do you have to say about them?
Mother Agnes: I have carefully studied the footage, and I will present a written analysis on it a bit later. I maintain that the whole affair was a frame-up. It had been staged and prepared in advance with the goal of framing the Syrian government as the perpetrator.
The key evidence is that Reuters made these files public at 6.05 in the morning. The chemical attack is said to have been launched between 3 and 5 o’clock in the morning in Guta. How is it even possible to collect a dozen different pieces of footage, get more than 200 kids and 300 young people together in one place, give them first aid and interview them on camera, and all that in less than three hours? Is that realistic at all? As someone who works in the news industry, you know how long all of it would take.
The bodies of children and teenagers we see in that footage – who were they? What happened to them? Were they killed for real? And how could that happen ahead of the gas attack? Or, if they were not killed, where did they come from? Where are their parents? How come we don’t see any female bodies among all those supposedly dead children?
I am not saying that no chemical agent was used in the area – it certainly was. But I insist that the footage that is now being peddled as evidence had been fabricated in advance. I have studied it meticulously, and I will submit my report to the UN Human Rights Commission based in Geneva.
RT: Recently you’ve visited Latakia and the adjacent areas, you’ve talked to the eyewitnesses to the massacre of civilians carried out in Latakia by Jabhat al-Nusra. What can you tell us about it?
MA: What I want to ask first of all is how the international community can ignore the brutal killing spree in Latakia on Laylat al-Qadr early in the morning of August 5, an attack that affected more than 500 people, including children, women and the elderly. They were all slaughtered. The atrocities committed exceed any scale. But there was close to nothing about it in the international mass media. There was only one small article in “The Independent”, I believe.
We sent our delegation to these villages, and our people had a look at the situation on-site, talked to the locals, and most importantly – talked to the survivors of the massacre.
I don’t understand why the Western media apply double standards in this case – they talk about mass murder that the use of chemical weapons resulted in non-stop, but they keep quiet about the Latakia massacre.
RT: Do you know anything about the fate of hostages captured in Latakia?
MA: In the village of Estreba they massacred all the residents and burnt down their houses. In the village of al-Khratta almost all the 37 locals were killed. Only ten people were able to escape.
A total of twelve Alawite villages were subjected to this horrendous attack. That was a true slaughterhouse. People were mutilated and beheaded. There is even a video that shows a girl being dismembered alive – alive! – by a frame saw. The final death toll exceeded 400, with 150 to 200 people taken hostage. Later some of the hostages were killed, their deaths filmed.
At the moment we are looking for the hostages and negotiating their release with the militants, but so far we haven’t managed to achieve that.
RT: We often hear reports of Christians being persecuted by the militants. Just the day before yesterday there was an attack in the village of Maaloula, where the majority of population is Christian. Are Christians in Syria facing grave danger?
MA: Everyone in Syria is facing grave danger. There was a case of Muslim religious leaders being kidnapped and beheaded. They were humiliated and tortured. Ismailis, the druze, Christians – people from all parts of Syrian society – are being mass murdered. I would like to say that if these butchers didn’t have international support, no one would have dared to cross the line. But today, unfortunately, the violation of human rights and genocide in Syria is covered up on the international level. I demand the international community stops assessing the situation in Syria in accordance with the interests of a certain group of great powers. The Syrian people are being killed. They fall victim to contractors, who are provided with weapons and sent to Syria to kill as many people as possible. The truth is, everywhere in Syria people are being kidnapped, tortured, raped and robbed. These crimes remain unpunished, because the key powers chose international terrorism as a way to destroy sovereign states. They’ve done it to other countries. And they will just keep doing it if the international community doesn’t say “Enough!”
RT: You’ve managed to get hold of some sensitive information. Does this make you fear for your life as someone who keeps documents that may compromise the militants? Has anyone threatened you?
MA: You are right. I do get threatened. They are trying to discredit me. I know there is a book coming out soon in France that labels me as a criminal who kills people. But any believer should first and foremost trust their conscience, their belief in God, and that will help them save innocent lives. I don’t care much about my own life. My life is no more precious than that of any Syrian child, whose body could be used as evidence to justify wrongdoing. This is the biggest crime ever perpetrated in history.
RT: What should the Syrians do to stop the tragedy they are going through? ………..
It’s a safe bet that Nigeria’s plague the Boko Haram scum, who are cutting people to pieces and burning them alive, are in the pay of the two most evil nations in the Middle East. Fat cows, made fat by money from the West…. which same mo…
Yup … I believe this guy. This is no conspiracy theory. The arabs are very much into bribing and buying politicians of every stripe and color in every nook and corner of the world. The bribes can be made to look like contributions and there are ways and means to launder money via stocks and shares and there are other ways of receiving bribes …. by expensive jewellery gifted to members of the family instead of the politician himself/herself.
America is ripe for a fall because it has become a modern day Babylon.
Viktor Titov writing at NewEasternOutlook:
….The time is running out, the S day is scheduled on September 9, when the Congress is almost sure to give President Obama a carte blanche on Syria. The closer the date, the more dirty secrets become known by the World…
It’s now clear that in the second half of August, as soon as the political situation in Egypt became less explosion-prone, the Qatar and Saudi Arabia Wahabiite monarchies have applied an unprecedented amount of pressure on the White House, especially on President Obama himself. The unnamed sources of the certain Persian Gulf countries have confined to the international press that Riyadh and Doha have resorted to the most vulgar of all means – bribery. The high profile officials were not simply provided with handsome sums for the green old age, they were promised to receive extensive investments in the US economy. Should one doubt the fact that the countries that most Americans are unable to find on the map are bribing their officials, he can remember the FIFA 2022 story, when Doha competing for the honor to host this event against the world’s best football grands has somehow managed to come first. Bribery and corruption – are the common day practices for the Wahabiite monarchies that they use on the regular basis in order to gain certain advantages over their rivals. After paying Obama these “powers” are now busy trying to sweeten the pill up for the US senators and congressmen after having the deal signed and sealed with both the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. So it’s pretty sure that Obama will get his permission to strike Syria…………..
This is a good vid to spread around. Most people don’t know what’s really going on because the MSM keeps them in the dark.
More at Storm Clouds Gathering
13 pretty good opinions and questions after ABC News did a bit of research on what the White House claims to be the truth and what simple internet searches can tell you. Below some of them.
….13 Surprising Things We Learned …
Amazing that Jewish America is so blind that it can’t see what will happen to their brothers in Israel if the entire region rises up against Israel as is bound to happen …. because the one thing that truly binds the Muslims together after their book of lies is their fervent hatred of Jews. Only the stupid ignore that fact.
Patrick J. Buchanan at his blog:
...Wednesday, John Kerry told the Senate not to worry about the cost of an American war on Syria.
The Saudis and Gulf Arabs, cash-fat on the $110-a-barrel oil they sell U.S. consumers, will pick up the tab for the Tomahawk missiles.
Has it come to this — U.S. soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen as the mercenaries of sheiks, sultans and emirs, Hessians of the New World Order, hired out to do the big-time killing for Saudi and Sunni royals?
Yesterday, too, came a stunning report in the Washington Post.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has joined the Israeli lobby AIPAC in an all-out public campaign for a U.S. war on Syria
Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League have invoked the Holocaust, with Hier charging the U.S. and Britain failed to rescue the Jews in 1942.
Yet, if memory serves, in ’42 the Brits were battling Rommel in the desert and the Americans were still collecting their dead at Pearl Harbor and dying on Bataan and Corregidor.
The Republican Jewish Coalition, too, bankrolled by Sheldon Adelson, the Macau casino mogul whose solicitude for the suffering children of Syria is the stuff of legend, is also backing Obama’s war.
Adelson, who shelled out $70 million to bring down Barack, wants his pay-off — war on Syria. And he is getting it. Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have saluted and enlisted. Sheldon, fattest of all fat cats, is buying himself a war.
Yet, is it really wise for Jewish organizations to put a Jewish stamp on a campaign to drag America into another war that a majority of their countrymen do not want to fight?
Moreover, this war has debacle written all over it. Should it come, a divided nation will be led by a diffident and dithering commander in chief who makes Adlai Stevenson look like Stonewall Jackson.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey is having trouble even defining the mission. While Obama says it will be an in-and-out strike of hours, a “shot across the bow,” John McCain says the Senate resolution authorizes robust strikes, lethal aid to the rebels and a campaign to bring down Bashar Assad.
If the Republican Party backs this war, it will own this war.
And U.S. involvement will last not for days, but for the duration.
And if our power is unleashed, our prestige and superpower status go on the line.
If the rebels then lose, we lose. And if the rebels win, who wins?
Is it the same jihadists who just shelled that Christian village and terrorized that convent of Christian nuns?
Is it the same rebels seen on the front page of Thursday’s New York Times about to execute, Einsatzgruppen-style, captive Syrian soldiers, forgetting only to have the victims of their war crime dig their own graves first? …
Hope it is propaganda and not true. Very, very hard to believe…. but a hacker seems to have hacked into the email accounts of several Pentagon officials to prove it to be so. If these are genuine documents and not something faked by the hacker, then it stands to reason why the Russians are so adamant that the Assad regime is not the culprit in the August 21 CWs attack. Talk about false flags !! If true, one has to be terribly saddened to see how down in the gutter a once great nation has descended and how evil incarnate can bring on Armageddon.
Hacked documents reveal Syria chemical attack was staged, sponsored by US. A hacker by the name of €Wagn3r claims to have hacked approximately 20 members of the Pentagon and some of their spouses. In their emails US Colonels utilize a high number of military acronyms which, when looked, up point to a conversation about intelligence budgets and how to fund operations. The correspondence indicates the US government was the most probable sponsor of the latest chemical attack in Syrian Ghouta. …..
Pentagon staged chemical attack in Syria. I’ve hacked colonel Anthony Jamie MacDonald mail he is intelligence US Army Staff boss. First I hacked his Link3dIn account and got access to his mail through it then.
Among mail Mayhem like Amazon mails I’ve found his correspondence with his colleague Eugene Furst. He congratulates Col. with success and gives a link to the Washington Post publication about chemical attack in Syria on August 21. Furst also mentions it was “well staged”. Holy shit. I was shocked my eyes refused to believe it. Bloody bastards they “staged” a chemical attack.
Then a friend of Anthony MacDonald’s wife Jennifer writes she was shocked seeing on TV the children died after chemical attack in Syria. Jennifer answers she saw the story but Tony calm her down saying children were alive and the scene was staged.
Two best mails I uploaded here
Here you can download MacDonald’s mail
Here is his wife’s correspondence
I also hacked other Pentagon officers’ mail boxes:
Evans, Anthony O COL USARMY HQDA ASA ALT (US)
Sims, John D COL USARMY HQDA OCPA (US)
Griffith, David M COL USARMY (US)
Bell, Craig A COL USARMY (US)
Parramore, David J (Dave) COL USARMY MEDCOM HQ (US)
Morris, Daniel L COL USARMY (US)
Ellison, Brenda K COL USARMY (US)
Jennings, Wesley J COL USARMY HQDA DCS G-8 (US)
Eberle, Brian K COL USARMY HQDA DCS G-3-5-7 (US)
Bradsher, John M COL USARMY (US)
Fish, Charles A COL USARMY JS J8 (US)
Roquemore, Darlene M COL USAF (US)
Mott, Robert L Jr COL USARMY HQDA OTSG (US)
Parramore, David J (Dave) COL USARMY MEDCOM HQ (US)
Weeks, Colin A LTC USARMY (US)
Reynolds, M Bridget LTC USARMY HQDA DCS G-2 (US)
Grahek, Christopher J LTC USARMY HQDA OTSG (US)
Henderson, Valerie D LTC USARMY HQDA OCPA (US)
I’ve no time to look through all their mails. A lot of shit to be sure there.
I will upload their correspondence later.
Le Figaro: French Parliamentarians will meet on Wednesday.
There is a big debate in France now, with some believing that Hollande has gone too far on this issue. What is your message to the French Parliamentarians before they convene and vote on the strike?
President al-Assad: A few days ago the French Interior Minister was quoted as saying that “France’s participation is dependent on the US congress,” with no mention to the French Parliament. Allow me then to pose this question to you: To whom does the French government answer to – the French parliament or the US congress? Since 2003, on the back of the invasion of Iraq and its earlier position before the war, France has relinquished its independence and has become a part of American foreign policy. This applies to Chirac after the war on Iraq, to Sarkozy, and today to Hollande.
So the question really is: will the meeting of the French parliamentarians return the independence of France’s decisions back to the French? We hope that this would be the case. Since they will be working in the interests of France, will the representatives of the French people take the side of extremism and terrorism? Will they support those who perpetrated the September 11 attacks in New York, or those who bombed the Metro in Spain? Will the representatives of the French people support those who killed the innocents in France?
How is it possible for them to stand against individuals like Mohammed Merah in France and yet support others like him in Syria? How can France fight terrorism in Mali and support it in Syria? Will France adopt the American model of double standards? How can the parliamentarians convince the French public that their country is secular, yet at the same time it supports extremism and sectarianism in other parts of the world? How can France advocate for democracy but yet one of its closest allies – Saudi Arabia – is still living in medieval times?
My message to the French Parliamentarians is: go back to the principles of the French Revolution that the whole world is proud of: Liberty, Justice, Equality.