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June 2012 Reference List

June 5, 2012

Not all the articles or videos referenced on this post are from June 2012; however, they are all considered essential reading for an in-depth understanding of the current crisis in Syria. It is possible that some links which were on the May Reference List are repeated here. That may encourage readers to refer to the May page for more information.

The images on this page will include pictures of Syrians taken before the crisis so they may be acknowledged as a people with dignity, deserving as anyone of peace and the freedom to choose the destiny for their country themselves.  Syrians will not be the victims of others.

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31712.htm#.T-q4ISyb67Y.email

The Evil of Humanitarian Wars

Iraq, Libya, Syria: We have no right to play God

By Jonathan Cook 


Few can doubt that Syria is next on the West’s hit list. And this time, the script-writers in Washington seem to believe that the task of turning a functioning, if highly repressive, state into a basket case can be achieved without the West’s hand being visible at all. This time the white hat has been assigned to our allies, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, who, according to the latest reports, are stoking an incipient civil war not only by arming some among the rebels but also by preparing to pay them salaries too, in petro-dollars.

The importance to Western governments of developing more “complex” narratives about intervention has been driven by the need to weaken domestic opposition to continuing Middle East wars. The impression that these wars are being inspired and directed exclusively from “inside”, even if by a heterogeneous opposition whose composition remains murky to outsiders, adds a degree of extra legitimacy; and additionally, it suggests to Western publics that that the cost in treasure and casualties will not be born by us.


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COUNTERPUNCH

JUNE 27 2012

What Did Turkey Think Syria Would Do?

Syria and the Phantom

by CONN HALLINAN

What was that Turkish F-4 Phantom II up to when the Syrians shot it down?

Ankara said the plane strayed into Syrian airspace, but quickly left and was over international waters when it was attacked, a simple case of carelessness on the part of the Turkish pilot that Syrian paranoia turned deadly.

But the Phantom—eyewitnesses told Turkish television that there were two aircraft, but there is no official confirmation of that observation—was hardly on a Sunday outing. According to the Financial Times, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, told the newspaper “the jet was on a test and training mission focused on Turkey’s radar defense, rather than Syria.”

Translation: the F-4 was “lighting up” a radar net. It is a common—if dangerous and illegal—tactic that allows one to probe an opponent’s radar system. Most combat radar is kept in a passive mode to prevent a potential enemy from mapping out weaknesses or blind spots that can be useful in the advent of an attack. The probes also give you valuable information on how to neutralize anti-aircraft guns and ground to air missiles.

“Lighting up” radar was what the US Navy EP-3E Aries II was doing near China’s Hainan Island when it collided with a Chinese interceptor in 2001. Nations normally take a very dim view of warplanes entering their air space, particularly if there is tension between the countries involved….

 

Even if Syria identified the plane as a Phantom, they could have taken it for an Israeli craft. Israel was the number one foreign user of F-4s, although they retired them in 2004. Indeed, the Turkish Phantom might even have begun life as an Israeli warplane.

If the Syrians are on hair-trigger alert, one can hardly blame them. The US, the European Union (EU), and NATO openly admit they are gunning to bring down the Assad regime.  Turkey is actively aiding the Free Syrian Army organize cross-border raids into Syria, and it is helping Saudi Arabia and Qatar….

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UN Webcast 15 June Major-General Robert Mood (Head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria) – (part 2 & 3) Questions and Answers from the Press on Syria 
Major-General Mood says it is important to have reporters on the ground in Syria so there is reporting  which can take note of the complexity and nuances.  He speaks of the many agendas involved in the Syrian crisis, which makes it very complicated.  He makes it clear that which parts of his reports are disclosed to the public is up to the UN offices in NY and Geneva.  He explains that the mission is solidly committed to the welfare of the Syrian people, and he urges “those with weapons to prove that they have that agenda as well ,and to take their fingers off the triggers”.   He states that from the sophistication of the bombings in Damascus etc it is possible to conclude that a ‘third  party’ is involved.  Syrians make it clear to him it is a Syrian problem that has to be solved by Syrians. Those feeding the violence with more arms must stop.  He continues that “We shouldn’t focus too much all the time on weapons.” The issue to address is the attitude of the human beings using the weapons.
UN Webcast 19 June 2012 Dr Bashar Jaafari, Syrian Ambassador to the UN responds to Major – General Mood’s report to the UN on Syria (General Mood is the head of the UN observers in Syria)
UN Webcast 22 June 2012 Briefing by the Joint Special Envoy for Syria (Kofi Annan) and the head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (Major-General Robert Mood)
UN Webcast 30 May 2012 Dr Bashar Jaafari, Syrian Ambassador to the UN  presents some of the results of the  preliminary investigation into the Houla massacre.
UN Webcast 30 May 2012 SUSAN RICE U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N. SPEAKS AT UN ABOUT SYRIA  – The scenarios for Syria 
UN Webcast 7 June Susan Rice at the UN on Syria and the Annan Plan
UN Webcast 7 June Vitaly I. Churkin (Russian Federation) on Syria – Security Council Media Stakeout 

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THE DAILY BEAST

SYRIA’S PROPAGANDA CLOUD: HOW THE WEST IS FALLING FOR MISINFORMATION

by Riad al-Khouri 22 JUNE 2012

Having just returned from Syria a few days ago, I can confirm that the situation on the ground there is very disturbing, though perhaps not in the way that many might assume. As it stands, the government remains in control over most of the country—including the economy—despite the best efforts of propagandists to say otherwise. Yet if the Syrian economy worsens, and if the crisis there comes to involve more and more groups—both inside and outside the country—there is a growing possibility that what started as a conflict between the Syrian government and a ragtag group of rebels will become a powder keg that could escalate into a regional war and possibly even an international confrontation………These days, unfortunately, this oversimplification is all that seems to make it into the newspapers or on the airwaves. The fatuity of 21st-century media and the blinkered ignorance of audiences, especially Western viewers and readers who are under the illusion that they are well-informed, mean that this circus of disinformation will likely continue. My message in this tawdry mess is for people in the West to be wary of propaganda (especially that coming out of their own countries), which is helping to escalate the Syrian crisis into this season’s geo-strategic summer blockbuster.

Riad al Khouri, a Jordanian political economist who lives and works in the Middle East, is a strategic adviser to the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/22/syria-s-propaganda-cloud-how-the-west-is-falling-for-misinformation.html

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“Floor Speech, Syria 19 June 2012”  US Republican Congressman Ron Paul speaks in Congress against military intervention in Syria.
Foreign Policy Journal “Ron Paul Speaks in Opposition to Intervention in Syria on House Floor”
 “We are already too much involved in supporting the forces within Syria anxious to overthrow the current government. Without outside interference, the strife—now characterized as a civil war—would likely be non-existent …… It’s time the United States tried a policy of diplomacy, seeking peace, trade, and friendship. We must abandon our military effort to promote and secure an American empire…..Falsely blaming the Assad government for a so-called massacre perpetrated by a violent warring rebel faction is nothing more than war propaganda. Most knowledgeable people now recognize that the planned war against Syria is merely the next step to take on the Iranian government, something the neo-cons openly admit”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsjAoJfmkuA&feature=related “War with Syria? Not in our Name”  Audio: Ron Paul speech in US Congress on 19 June 2012 Visuals: images of US soldiers.
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http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2012/martinez210612.html  Carlos Martinez, “Interview with Ammar Waqqaf Regarding the Crisis in Syria”   21 June 2012

Ammar Waqqaf is an independent Syrian political analyst based in England.

Q: Why do you think the western powers are so keen to see regime change in Syria?

A: Western powers would be fools not to exploit such an opportunity to turn a key regional player from an opposing side into an allied one.  Achieving such a target would seriously upset the current balance in the Middle East and lead to the total isolation and subsequent fall of Iran.  This would mean a long-term total grip on the region for these countries.

Such dominance is not only vital in securing long-term stability in the energy resources markets, but it is also important in beating competitor powers to such resources.

Q: Do you think that Syria needs political changes, and do you feel that such changes can occur under Ba’athist leadership?

A: I do believe that Syria needs significant political changes, or reforms so to speak.  As for whether they can be achieved under the Ba’ath rule, I can assure you that many would prefer this happening under a progressive secular party than under an Islamic or ethnic one.

The Ba’ath party needs much reform itself, as well, and it is its ability to carry out such reform in a meaningful way that would determine whether people would eventually entrust it with the much-needed overhaul of the political system in Syria.

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“Sergei Lavrov: On the right side of history”  HUFFPOST IMPACT 15 June 2012, / Russian Foreign Minister:   “Only by acting in this way we can keep the Middle East from sliding into the abyss of wars and anarchy and thus stay, as it has become fashionable to say, on the right side of history. We are sure that other formulas that involve external intervention in Syria – ranging from blocking TV channels that do not satisfy someone, to increasing arms supplies to opposition groups, to airstrikes – will not bring peace either to that country or to the region as a whole. And that means that those formulas will not be justified by history.”
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http://www.rt.com/news/lavrov-syria-exclusive-394/  21 June 2012  Interview with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovabout Russia’s policy not changing and the helicopters shipped to Syria.  He confirmed that a Russian ship bound for Syria was carrying 3 Syrian helicopters that had been repaired in Russia.RTThe Western media this week has been frenzied about Russia sending warships and helicopters to Syria. How do you react to that?Sergey Lavrov: It was part of a campaign and not a very decent campaign, I would say.Brother and Sister*********************************************************************************************************************************************
http://www.rt.com/news/cia-officers-turkey-syria-378/Revealed: CIA secretly operates on Syrian border, supplies arms to rebels”   21 June 2012American secret service operatives are distributing illegal assault rifles, anti-tank rocket launchers and other ammunition to Syrian opposition, the New York Times reports. But due to some rebels’ links to Al Qaeda, the CIA’s task is precarious.The paper reports that for weeks now, officers based in southeast Turkey have supervised the flow of illegal arms to numerous opposition factions ready to fight the regime of President Bashar Assad. The only problem is some of the rebel groups have links with terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda, so the CIA mission must be careful not to arm proven terrorists by mistake.

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http://www.rt.com/news/syria-rebels-us-arms-028/

“Not ‘if’ but ‘when”: US intervention in Syria on countdown”  17 June 2012

“A delegation from Syrian opposition is reportedly in talks with US officials over the targets they want to attack to weaken the Syrian government and the arms they want America to provide to do it. A “Libya lite” operation in Syria may be imminent.

The unnamed US official reportedly said that “the intervention will happen. It is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’.”

The delegation from the Syrian Free Army is meeting with US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford and the State Department’s expert on Syria, Fred Hof, according to a report by debkafile, an Israeli news website, which is considered to have strong ties with the intelligence community.

The Syrian rebels have brought with them two lists for American approval. One is that of targets in Syria they want to attack to hurt President Assad’s government. The second is a list of heavy weapons they need to carry out the attacks, which they want to get from the US, the report says.”

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The Independent “Tensions between UK and Russia soared over Syria – bound helicopters” by David Usborne 21 June 2012 “Britain came alarmingly close to a dangerous clash with Moscow when David Cameron was asked to consider giving an order to forcibly board a ship headed towards the English Channel carrying three Russian-made helicopters for delivery to the regime in Syria, it emerged today.

Any seizure would have been carried out by members of the Special Boat Service, SBS, the only military unit authorised to performing opposed embarkations at sea. The helicopters are believed to be the same ones that prompted US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, recently to berate Russia for sending military hardware to Syria.”

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“U.S. Implementing Afghanistan, Kosovo Models for Syria”  June 19, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — In a feature entitled The ‘Kosovo Road’ to Syria in The Gulf Today, a website based in the United Arab Emirates, author Hichem Karoui succeeded in identifying the template being employed by the U.S. to effect the overthrow of the Syrian government through the time-tested combination of supporting armed insurgents on the ground while plotting a concomitant air war.

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Rare footage from inside Syria of the ‘rebel’ fighters  Footage shot by David Enders May 2012 (14:36 mins)
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A letter written by 5 members of the US Congress dated 13 June 2012. The Congressmen express their concern that the US government is cooperating with individuals within the Muslim Brotherhood, an organisation which – they say the US government has established in a federal court – is set on destroying  “Western civilisation from within”.
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“Penny for your Thoughts”, a blog which asks the penetrating questions regarding news reports on Syria, the questions you would expect the best of investigative journalists to ask.
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Washington Times, “Christians feel vulnerable in besieged  Homs neighbourhoods”
Mother Mariam reports from Syria.  Link to Mother Mariam’s interview on an Irish radio station. “On June 8, 2012, Irish Radio interviewed a Melkite Catholic nun, Mother Agnes Miriam of the Cross, live from the Monastery of St. James at Qara in the Diocese of Homs, Syria.”  She refers to the expulsion of Christian Syrians by the ‘rebels’, or terrorists, as she prefers to call them.
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This ABC  BTN report for a primary school audience is very disturbing as it encourages a very simplistic view of events in Syria, denying the terror faced by the people of Syria.  It seems to encourage a people’s  ‘revolution’ and military intervention.  Unfortunately it is a reflection of the level of reporting and commentary in the mainstream media of Australia.
http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3525259.htm  The Behind the News report on SYRIA CRISIS  19 June 2012
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RT report, 31st May “UN Commissioner report on Houla? But they only talk to Syrian opposition – by phone’   “The Houla Massacre is to be brought before a rare gathering of the UN Human Rights Council. But what kind of findings will be presented? Anti-war campaigner Marinella Corregia worries the HR commissioner talks only to its sources: the opposition. “
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“Set up to be shot in Syria’s No-Man’s Land”, UK Channel 4’s Alex Thomson June 8, 2012 “I’m quite clear the rebels deliberately set us up to be shot by the Syrian Army. Dead journos are bad for Damascus.”
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“FROM MISURATA WE CAME TO FREE SYRIA!” “Homs in the hell of armed groups” by Silvia Cattori , “Homs, now, is nothing but a sinister battlefield where government soldiers face armed groups which, according to independent witnesses about the true nature of the rebellion, are blindly firing cannon shots to sow terror and death, then pretending that only government forces are bombarding the city.” (an older article that has slipped into the June list. Still relevant.)
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“Wars kill people ….as do lies by U.S. and Western Interventionists”
by Michael Scheuer, June 2, 2012  “Washington’s threat mongering about Syria for a long time had to do with both parties’ readiness to earn campaign donations by towing the anti-Syria propaganda line put forth by Israel and its AIPAC-led fifth column of U.S. citizens….As the Syrian civil war lengthens and deepens as the result of the support of U.S.-Western interventionists for the Saudis’ funding and arming of the mujahedin already in Syria and those on the way there form other battle fronts, we will no doubt here more lies about the Syrian threat to the United States.”
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“New FAZ piece on Houla Massacre: “The Extermination” June 2012 . Analysis of Houla massacre with reference to investigation by a German newspaper’s investigation. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ..”reported that the civilians killed were Alawites and Shiites. They were deliberately killed by armed Sunnis in Taldou, a town in the plains of Houla, while fierce fighting between the regular army and Free Syrian Army was taking place at checkpoints around the village. Our report was taken up by many media outlets worldwide and was rejected by many as implausible. We have therefore to ask four questions: Why did the world opinion so far followed a different version? Why does the context of the civil war makes the doubted version plausible? Why are the witnesses credible? What other facts support the report?”
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“Death Squad Coordinator Robert Ford Keynotes Amnesty International Annual Meeting” 31 May 2012,  “Between 2004 and 2006 Ford worked closely under US Ambassador John Negroponte at the US embassy in Baghdad. During his previous tenure as ambassador to Honduras, Negroponte devised and implemented the policy of funding and training death squads to combat leftist insurgencies in the region. In Iraq, Negroponte charged Ford with a similar task: funding and training militias to carry out sectarian violence aimed at a largely Sunni resistance. In late January of 2011, during the same time that the first protests in the country occurred, Ford arrived in Syria to serve as the newly-appointed ambassador. Since, violence has racked the country and Ford has been accused of recruiting and arming foreign fighters from the region to destabilize and possibly overthrow the Syrian government.”
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“Amnesty’s Shilling for US Wars” by By Ann Wright and Coleen Rowley 19 June 2012   The new Executive Director of Amnesty International USA – Suzanne Nossel – is a recent U.S. government insider. So it’s a safe bet that AI’s decision to seize upon a topic that dovetailed with American foreign policy interests, “women’s rights in Afghanistan,” at the NATO Conference last month in Chicago came directly from her.

Nossel was hired by AI in January 2012. In her early career, Nossel worked for Ambassador Richard Holbrooke under the Clinton Administration at the United Nations. Most recently, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organizations at the U.S. Department of State, where she was responsible for multilateral human rights, humanitarian affairs, women’s issues, public diplomacy, press and congressional relations.

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Russia and India Report “Syria: The price of Russia’s Support” February 14, 2012  Yevgeny Satanovsky
There is an Arab saying: “It is dangerous to be America’s enemy, but it is twice as dangerous to be its friend.” Flirting with Islamists will not bring anything but another 9/11, although their sponsors in the Gulf monarchies are demonstrating how “the Arab tail wags the American dog.”
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“Russia’s Diplomatic Solution in Syria – Defending Peace” 13 June 2012 By Thierry Meyssan  “ The nature of the Syrian crisis has changed. The process of destabilization that was to open the path for legal military intervention by the Atlantic Alliance has failed. Removing its mask, the United States has publicly announced the possibility of attacking Syria without the approval of the Security Council, as it also did in Kosovo. Washington must be pretending not to have noticed that the Russia of Vladimir Putin is not that of Boris Yeltsin. After being assured of Chinese support, Moscow literally fired two warning shots in the direction of Washington. The continuing violations of international law by NATO and the GCC threaten to unleash a global conflict.”
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http://www.just-international.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5548:the-next-revolution-islamists-in-tunisia-take-their-jihad-to-syria&catid=45:recent-articles&Itemid=123

“The Next Revolution: Islamists in Tunisia take their Jihad to Syria”  by

DOMENICO QUIRICO   18 June 2012  ”

Yusef is set to leave for Syria to fight Bashir al-Assad’s unholy regime. Other young Tunisians have already joined the jihad, recruited in the city’s most radical mosques, and given a ticket to Turkey, along with directions on how to reach the army of rebels. “There are many other brothers: Egyptian, Libyan, Algerian,” says Yusef. Similar international Muslim brigades fought in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia.

Yusef doesn’t look at us as he lays out his life story: poverty, the school, petty crimes to survive — and finally the revolution.

He is one among many other “ street thugs” from the slums who have kept the revolution alive in the streets, under the blows and tear gas. When asked if he is scared of a war which, at the end of the day is not his own, the boy suddenly comes to life: “ You don’t know anything,” he says. “Fear, courage… My strength is not in weapons. It is inside. I am an instrument. Muslims had become dependent on the things that you gave and taught us. This is our rebirth. How can we be afraid of a tyrant’s army? Don’t you see that God is helping us? God moved the Americans’ minds. The Americans are helping, arming and funding us. They are an instrument of the holy cause.”

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http://wrongkindofgreen.org/2012/03/12/argentinian-journalist-stella-calloni-denounces-avaaz-latin-american-unions-follow-her-lead/“ARGENTINE JOURNALIST STELLA COLLONI DENOUNCES AVAAZ; LATIN AMERICAN UNIONS FOLLOW HER LEAD” March 12, 2012  “You lie. You know that hundreds of mercenaries have entered Syria, and special operations troops (the worst and dirtiest within the armies of United States, United Kingdom, France, Israel), and what they have in mind with this story about repression is to do the same as they did in Libya, first sending in these groups and mercenaries to create ‘focus’, so as to later say, when the government under attack defends itself, this it is attacking a rebellious people. You lie, as did Goebbles, who now looks small next to you. …..”

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http://carnegie-mec.org/publications/?fa=48503 “Saudi Arabia Reins in its Clerics on Syria”, Frederic Wehrey, 13 June 2012.   “A column in the daily newspaper al-Jazirah obliquely condemns senior clerics who use their prestige and reputation to extract money from their constituents for uncertain purposes. It goes on to warn that “history will repeat itself,” citing parallels between the Syrian crisis and the Saudi experience in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Iraq. There, ostensibly charitable donations proved a slippery slope for the recruitment of Saudi youth to fight in these conflicts and also ended up in the hands of al-Qaeda militants who later attacked the Kingdom.” …On June 7, (the regime) followed up on its ban on donations with an edict from the Senior Ulema Council that expressly prohibited calls for jihad in Syria outside of official channels. A clerical member of the Supreme Judicial Council asserted that support to the Syrian people had to be “consistent with state policy” and that unauthorized calls for jihad were an “embarrassment to the state.”

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http://news.sky.com/home/video/world-news/video/16246685  SkyNews “SYRIAN NUN TALKS OF PERSECUTION”  14 June 2012, Mother Agnes Mariam tells Sky why she thinks armed rebels were responsible for the Houla massacre. 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2vRa-HkuXk  Youtube video: “Priest Basilias Nassar Killed by an Armed Terrorist Group in Hama” January 2012 The priest was killed while he was giving first aid to a man. 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDUF72f0w2s  “Interview with the Mother of Sari Saoud” Uploaded Monday 11 June 2012. (Sourced from Syrian TV) Sari Saoud was killed in late November 2011. His mother was with him in a street near their home in Homs when he was shot. In this interview, she relates what happened. She explains that the people she believes were responsible for his death were intent on videoing her grieving over his body so they could send the video to Al-Jazeera. Al-Jazeera was very quick to broadcast the footage and claim Sari had been killed by soldiers.
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http://www.rt.com/news/syria-chemical-weapons-plot-532/  10 June 2012 “Syrian rebels aim to use chemical weapons, blame Damascus- report”. “The armed Syrian opposition has got their hands on chemical weapons, which they acquired from Libya, a media report claims. They allegedly plan to use it against civilians and pin the atrocity on the Bashar al-Assad regime.  The report by DamPress claims the opposition group in possession of the weapons is being trained in its use inside Turkey. No further detail on the alleged conspiracy is given. “
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Editor’s note: The following two articles are included to indicate the level of debate in the U.S.
http://theweek.com/article/index/229107/should-the-us-assassinate-syrias-assad  “Should the U.S. Assassinate Syria’s Assad” 12 June 2012  “Last month, President Obama vetoed a proposal by France and Saudi Arabia to wipe out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle with a massive airstrike on Syria’s presidential palace, the Israeli intelligence siteDebka File recently reported. While leaving military intervention on the table, Obama reportedly said that targeting Assad would only “increase the carnage.” But the United Nations says thousands of Syrians have been killed since Assad’s military began trying to forcefully put down a pro-democracy uprising last year, and now observers say government forces are attacking opposition strongholds using helicopter gun ships. Is a surgical strike against Assad and Co. needed to end the violence?”
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http://www.inquisitr.com/252775/solving-the-syria-conflict-we-should-assassinate-president-bashar-al-assad-op-ed/ “Solving the Syrian Crisis: We should Assassinate President Bashar Al-Assad” 11 June 2012  “The best way to solve the Syrian conflict would be to assassinate President Bashar al-Assad. Harsh, yes, but consider this: in the last 15 months, more than 13,000 people have died in Syria in a bloody attempt to overthrow him, and any uprising by the Free Syrian Army has resulted in the deaths of innocent women and children.”
Students on an Excursion at the Castle
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31586.htm#.T9rFyCwqLLg.email  “Syria: NATO Plans New Sykes – Picot, Middle East Chaos” by M.D. Nalapat   June 14, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — On May 16, 1916, in the middle of World War I, Paris and London approved a secret agreement to dismember the Ottoman Empire and divide the Middle East between themselves.

The Sykes-Picot agreement set new boundaries for many countries in the region, and began a period of direct control of the Middle East that the West has sought to perpetuate to the present.

Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the US and Iraq’s former colonial master, the UK, NATO has been transparent in its desire to once again exercise direct control over the countries in the region. The few regimes that are opposed to NATO hegemony are being faced with a concerted effort by NATO and its regional backers to overthrow them.”

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This link is to a blog of Aussie ‘revolutionaries’

http://strangetimes.lastsuperpower.net/?page_id=2  Local Aussie ‘left’ blog includes contributions by Arthur Dent (formerly Albert Langer) and supports US intervention in the ME: “the war in Iraq: the left has always fought against fascism. We therefore supported the overthrow of the fascist Baath Party in Iraq. The United States currently has no choice but to drain the swamps and support the democratisation of the Middle East. We are glad about that!” 

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This report on the Houla massacre by Addounia TV in Syria should be examined by people interested in assessing the truth in Syria. It should be compared with the witness accounts presented by the ‘opposition’. (The Australian media and government could have done well to employ forensic scientists and experienced magistrates and judges  to examine what accounts are available before they rushed to accuse the Syrian government and its ‘militias’.  A lynch mob mentality can lead to greater tragedies. Is it ever too late to consider reassessing a situation? Egg on one’s face is better than more tragedy for Syrian families, surely?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2_owegdPms&feature=related  Houla Massacre an Inside Job by FSA (Addounia report)
http://sabinachiaburu.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/hulahoms/  30 May Interview by Russian reporter with female witness from Taldao re massacre there and in Houla
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Ron Paul responses to the recent events in Syria with the wisdom of a statesman, something which appears to be a rare commodity in the Western world today. If he can talk peace and sense, why can’t Australian politicians?  Is it because they don’t have the same resources to do the research? No time for Peace?
War Drums for Syria
Getting Served in the Souq
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West Desperately Attempts to Spin Syrian Crisis

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/west-desperately-attempts-to-spin.html

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The Houla Hoaxsters
Another “Benghazi moment” – This Time in Syria

By Justin Raimondo  June 4, 2012

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31502.htm#.T822VPqVjWI.email

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It is extraordinary that Australia, a predominantly Christian country, is ignoring the plight of Christians in Syria.  The Gareth Evans’ Responsibility to Protect apparently doesn’t extend to them, i.e. over two million people. The current crisis could potentially drive Christians out of the Middle East, or at least out of Syria and away from Straight Street, the Street spoken of in the Bible, where Christians have lived for nearly 2,000 years.
http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=31658&lan=eng   4 June 2012 ASIA/SYRIA – “The desolation of Homs and the war of information “: the words of a greek-catholic Bishop
Below is a reference to Mother Agnes Mariam, an activist nun in Syria and Lebanon, who has travelled around Syria with foreign journalists and spoken out against the terrorists.

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http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2012/salt140112.html  Who Is Killing Whom in Syria? Interview with Jeremy Salt

by Maria Finoshina 14 Jan 2012

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 A reminder of the nationalities of the majority of the 9/11 hijackers.
An article missed on previous posts refers to two ex-US Senators wanting to take the case against Saudi Arabia in regard to its alleged role in 9/11 to court.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/us/graham-and-kerrey-see-possible-saudi-9-11-link.html Saudi Arabia may be tied to 9/11 former US senators say 

There is evidence that suicide bombers from Saudi Arabia are now destined for Syria. Why? Has the misinformation on Syria in our media created a ‘cancer’?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMkpa9guxSM RT report on suicide bombers ‘for sale’ in Saudi Arabia 
Sheik Qaradawi is most prominent cleric who inspires fighters in Syria. Those same fighters justify their killings with their cry for ‘freedom’, a call repeated by Western commentators as if it is a call for freedom from a foreign invader. Again, the media is seriously remiss in its duties to inform by not writing about Qaradawi. Will he and his followers bring ‘freedom’ to the women of Syria?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPXmNXLbuxY  Sheik Qaradawi speaking about the dangers of female masturbation   2009
Qaradawi, who issued his first fatwa against the Syrian government in March 2011, has said on Al-Jazeera that if it is necessary to kill 1/3 of the population of Syria in order to topple the  ‘heretical’ government, then that is OK.  When are the UN, the mainstream media, Western governments and going to face up to their responsibility to protect those 7 million plus people?  Presumably they are ‘heretics’ in Qaradawi’s eyes as well as peace-loving people who bravely stand up to such a blood-curdling ideology.
There is no sign of the US challenging the ideology of Qaradawi; presumably the ideology of neo-cons, hawks, the Pentagon and extremist clerics are feeding each other.
‘Military Option’ for Syria: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 
By MACKENZIE WEINGER 29 May
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Patrick Seale is a Middle East expert who has written extensively on the ME ,including Syria.  This article in The Guardian challenges most of the hysterical response to the Houla massacre in the Australian mainstream media. Will people be nodding their heads in agreement with Seale in some months time after hundreds or thousands more Syrians have been killed by mercenaries hired by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and trained, perhaps, by the CIA?
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Australian Foreign Minister, Mr Bob Carr, writes on his blog about his decision to expel the Syrian Charge D’Affaires.
http://bobcarrblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/expulsion-of-syrian-charge-daffaires/  Bob Carr’s blog: expulsion of Syrian Charge D’affaires
An introduction to the President of Syria who has been demonised in the Australian media and by our politicians since March 2012.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBxdUyX9yCk&feature=fvwp  President Bashar’s interview with Sunday Times Nov 2011
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War Kills People … As Do Lies By U.S. And Western Interventionists
2012-06-04  By Michael Scheuer
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 Responses to the #Houla massacre by people in the diaspora.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngUJsfr5rrA&feature=related  Syrian Girl responds to al-Houla massacre 

http://newmatilda.com/2012/06/04/australias-naivety-syria  Joseph Wakim on naivety in Australia re Syria 
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A reminder of the bigger picture from an interview with John R. Bradley, ME expert rarely consulted by local Australian media.
http://www.rt.com/news/syria-nato-iran-russia-149/  Syria on its knees; prelude to invading Iran  RT interview with John R. Bradley  (31 Jan 2012) Bradley points out that two Arab states play a particularly important role in NATO’s plans for Syria. These are Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

“Saudi Arabia is financially and politically backing the civilian opposition [in Syria], and Qatar has been widely reported to be funding and arming the jihad rebels who were leading this insurrection,” he said. “We can be absolutely sure that this is nothing to do with human rights when it comes to the West’s concern, and even more sure when it comes to the concern of Saudi Arabia. This is how preposterous the Western media coverage is, of this uprising.”


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ABC Australia reports on Syria, 3 June 2012.  Does this report show an understanding of the complex nature of the crisis in Syria?
  ABC News 4 June UN rules out amnesty for Syria’s Assad
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Two excellent webcasts from the UN. They were referenced on the previous post. But they are highly recommended for an understanding of the ‘other side’: the Russian and the Syrian.

http://unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2012/05/russian-federation-on-syria-security-council-media-stakeout.html  UN webcast with Alexander Pankin, Russian rep in UN speaking post Houla massacre

Bashar Ja’afari (Syria) on Syria – Security Council Media Stakeout

30 May 2012
 





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