Arkiv för december, 2012

31 dec

nz.week.com – Syrian troops arrest 4 Turkish fighter pilots in Aleppo – english.ruvr.ru – 4 Turkish jet-fighter pilots arrested in Syria

Syrian troops arrested four Turkish fighter pilots near a military airport in the northern province of Aleppo, a pro-government daily said Monday.
The guarding troops of the Koerc military airport arrested four Turkish officers who were trying to sneak into the airport with an armed group, al-Watan said, giving no further details about the fate of the Turkish pilots but saying that the incident came to explicitly implicate Turkey.

english.ruvr.ru – Syria’s govt troops repel attack near Jordan

Syria’s forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have repelled a rebel invasion attempt near the border with Jordan eliminating several militants.
Border police also managed to seize a large pile of weapons, some of them Israeli-made, designated for the Free Syrian Army in the southern Syrian city of Daraa.

Press TV – Syria will respond to any initiative to solve crisis through talks: PM

Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi says Damascus will respond to any initiative meant to resolve the turmoil in Syria through dialogue.
“The government is working to support the national reconciliation project and will respond to any regional or international initiative that would solve the current crisis through dialogue and peaceful means and prevent foreign intervention in Syria’s internal affairs,” Halqi said on Monday.

Press TV – Militants blow up gas pipeline in eastern Syria

Militants fighting against the Syrian government have reportedly blown up a section of a gas pipeline in eastern Syria.
The Monday explosion, which was carried out near the city of Deir el-Zour in the oil-rich eastern region of Syria, resulted in the loss of some 1.5 million cubic meters of natural gas.
Syrian officials say the targeted oil field fed electricity plants and a fertilizer factory in the region.
The militants in Syria have repeatedly attacked the country’s oil infrastructure. Last week, the militants said they had seized the al-Tanak oil field also located in eastern Syria.

Ismail Salami – Syria swings between hell and dialogue

What roles Turkey play in Syria’s insurgency?
The US and its allies have been campaigning against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in their new outlets since the unrest began in the country. The United States and Israel have tried to use Turkish Prime Minister Recep Teyyeb Erdogan as a tool to keep the Syrian government away from Hezbollah and Iran. Refugee camps in Turkey have turned into training centers by groups such as al-Qaeda and people who are not Syrian refugees by no means.
In this edition of INFocus we set out an investigative mission in Turkey to uncover its pivotal role in Syria’s insurgency. We will also describe how foreign countries such as America, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Libya are sending weapons into the country.

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30 dec

Webster Tarpley

english.ruvr.ru – Brahimi says has Syria plan that world powers may adopt – almanar.com.lb – Brahimi: Situation in Syria Getting Worse, Plan to be Adopted

International peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said on Sunday he has a proposal to end the deadly 21-month conflict there ”that could be adopted by the international community.”
”I have discussed this plan with Russia and Syria… I think this proposal could be adopted by the international community,” the UN and Arab League envoy said in Egypt after meeting League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

almanar.com.lb – Behind the Scenes: Qatari PM Says Syria Proved ‘Unbreakable’

During a meeting between UN-Arab league envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad this week, Assad was resilient on basics but showed some flexibility to form committees to discuss the constitution, form an expanded government, and follow up with the process of government’s reforms and achievements to pave the way for national reconciliation.

Är det så att Thierry Meyssan vet mer än någon annan om vad som pågår bakom kulisserna vad gäller Syriensituationen? I en ny artikel håller han självsäkert fast vid den bild han givit sen ett par månader tillbaka, att Obama är inställd på en överenskommelse som ska få slut på striderna i Syrien.
Tänk om han matas med falsk information av någon. Redan i februari-mars 2012 menade han att USA slutat ge stöd åt ”rebellerna”, efter Rysslands och Kinas veto i FN mot en resolution som skulle kunna bana väg för ett militärt Nato-ingripande.
Men det finns en del som tyder på att det kan vara som han säger, t.ex. att man i västmedierna pratar om en möjlig fredsöverenskommelse, och att man i lite högre grad nu lyfter fram de väpnade gruppernas brutala illdåd.
Thierry Meyssan – The FSA continues to shine like a dead star

While the French press persists in announcing the ”imminent fall” of Syria and the ”flight of Bashar al-Assad,” the reality on the ground has turned around completely. Even though chaos is plaguing most of the territory, the ”liberated zones” have melted like snow in the sun. Deprived of its anchor points, the FSA has been left with no prospects in sight, while Washington and Moscow are poised to blow the whistle to end the game.

The countdown has begun. As soon as the new Obama administration will be confirmed by the Senate, it will present a peace plan for Syria to the Security Council.

Meanwhile back at the UN, things have moved on. The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) signed a Memorandum with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in September. In October, it monitored CSTO maneuvers in Kazakhstan simulating a deployment of ”blue chapkas” in Syria. In December, the DPKO convened the military representatives of the permanent Security Council members to brief them on the manner in which the deployment could be carried out. Despite their opposition to this solution, the French and the British bowed to the wishes of the United States.

The truth is that on the ground the upper hand is held by the Syrian government. The military situation has been reversed. The French themselves have ceased to mention the ”liberated zones” they yearned to govern through a United Nations mandate. These areas have been steadily shrinking, and those that are still holding out are in the hands of the disreputable Salafists.

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29 dec

Press TV – Russia once again calls for political solution to end crisis in Syria english.al-akhbar.com – Russia: opposition stance on Assad a ”dead-end” – english.ruvr.ru – 2013: crunch in Syria?

Russian foreign minister has highlighted that there is still a chance of coming up with a political solution to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria.
”The confrontation is escalating. But we agree the chance for a political solution remains,” Sergei Lavrov said after talks with UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi on Saturday.
The top diplomat further noted that he was ”surprised” when the opposition’s National Coalition rejected Moscow’s offer for talks.
Lavrov went on to say that nothing can be done to convince Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Real Syria Updates – Jaafari: Syria reserves the right to claim compensation for the damage left by the gunmen in Aleppo

The UN Syrian ambassador Bashar Jaafari said in a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations that the Syrian Federation of Chambers of Industry as the representative of economic activities in Aleppo ‘reserves the right to use all international bodies for compensation material and moral of countries that support the armed opposition to the transfer of such compensation for all employees in the city of Aleppo who have been affected. He added that ‘because of the terrorist operations carried out by armed groups in Syria, the significant damage caused to the city of Aleppo at all levels including the humanitarian, economic and cultural exceeded all expectations’. He stated that ‘this is especially true with regard to the cultural and heritage aspects of the city, which was the repository of human cultural heritage for more than seven thousand years.’

Real Syria Updates – Weapons Shipment Seized in Wadi Khaled Area in Lebanon

news.antiwar.com –Syrian Army: Rebels Massacred Civilians in Hama Province

Amin Hoteit, Lebanese political analyst, expert in military strategy and brigadier general in the reservesSyria: What are the true intentions of the United States?

Press TV has conducted an interview with Randy Short, member of the Dignity, Human Rights and Peace Organizationsom text

Christof Lehmann – The Dynamics of the Crisis in Syria. Conflict Versus Conflict Resolution. (Part 5)

With 2013 approaching, the crisis in Syria is about to enter its second year. Feasible solutions to the crisis seem more far removed than ever after a recent Russia – E.U. Summit in Bruxelles failed to enter into a constructive dialog about the primary causes. The influx of fundamentalist Salafist or Wahabist fighters which have been streaming to Syria since the failure of two major Free Syrian Army assaults on Aleppo in June and July 2012 made it increasingly difficult to build a coherent and credible Syrian political and military opposition among the proponents of regime-change. The international anti Syrian alliance has difficulties in identifying a political or military opposition that could be used as an argument for regime change.

After the discovery of the Pars gas-field in 2007, Iran, Russia, Iraq, Syria formed a cartel to build the 10 billion USD Pars pipeline which traverses all of the above mentioned countries and which is planned to end at the Syrian Mediterranean Coast. The Pars pipeline is currently completed to the outskirts of Damascus, Syria.
Notice also that 2007 was the year when the global economic crisis set in. 2007 was the year when Saudi Arabia declared that the investment of the future is an investment in gas, not oil.
2007 was the year when Qatar sent 10 billion USD to the Freedom and Justice Party of Turkey´s Prime Minister R. Tayyip Erdogan. The money was earmarked for boosting the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood in preparation of a war on Syria.
Never before has the value of the Petro Dollar been as critically challenged as it is today and the USA, together with the UK, literally fighting for the survival of the Dollar and their Dollar based economies.

För några dagar sen gick regimkontrollerade västmedier ut med stora rubriker om att syriskt flyg skulle ha bombat en brödkö utanför ett bageri i Halfaya med ca 60 människor dödade som följd, se inläggen 23 dec och 24 dec nedan. Och igår igen upprepade Nato’s propagandaminister Cecilia Uddén detta som en händelse som självklart ägt rum. Förutom videon från platsen som jag länkat till tidigare, som knappast övertygar som bevis, har inte mycket framkommit. Det är så det brukar gå till, man går ut stort med rubriker som de flesta sväljer som en bekräftelse på den bild man fått sig påtvingad sen länge, att det senare framkommer uppgifter som motsäger bilden ”råkar” man glömma att meddela. Det är definitivt inte journalistik såna som Uddén sysslar med, det är krigspropaganda. Det minsta man kunde begära är ju att de tillåter kommentarer så att man kunde kräva att de försvarar och förklarar sina påståenden, när de nu har fräckheten att missbruka det som är menat att ska vara fri, skattefinansierad media!
Den bild som ges i citatet nedan om händelsen låter sannolik, strider mellan väpnade grupper och syriska armén ägde rum i staden, med ca 50 dödade varav 7 civila som kommit i vägen för striderna. Detta har sedan använts för att skapa en föreställning om att dessa människor dödats av flyg i en brödkö. Se t.ex. videon med en man som lägger ett bröd i en blodpöl!

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Halfaya Massacre: Big Terrorist Ruse
Dec 28, 2012 |Nidal Hmedeh – Paris
The Salafist armed militiamen had once again played a huge ruse on the massacre committed in Halfaya, Hama’s Countryside, accentuating that it was nothing but a fabrication. Similar events occurred when ”al-Jazeera” Channel’s reporter in Homs Palestinian Khaled Abu Salah used techniques to fabricate artillery sound effects and massacres. Several areas witnessed massacres committed by the militiamen on the evening of every Arab League and UN Security Council meeting on Syria or the UN envoy visit to Damascus.
Moreover, in Halfaya, the same policy was adopted by these militiamen and their regional and international advocators, since the fake massacre occurred on the evening of UN envoy al-Akhdar al-Ibrahimi’s visit to Damascus.
In this context, sources in the Syrian opposition abroad iterated to ”al-Ahed” news website what ”al-Haqiqa” website – managed by Syrian opposer Nizar Nayouf – had mentioned about the huge ruse the armed terrorists plotted in Halfaya, indicating that, ”the area does not even have a bakery.”
The sources explained what had happened, stating that the battle took place between the Arab Syrian Army and the Salafist militiamen,” adding, ”The Syrian Army was able to annihilate 43 armed gunmen, while 7 civilians who happened to be in the area were killed.”
”13 corpses were not identified, indicating that they are foreign militiamen, since corpses that could not be identified in a small village strikes as an odd matter,” the sources further elaborated, adding that, ”An Aleppo militiaman was identified because he was Syrian, while other names were blackened out because they are non-Syrian.”
Al-Ahed News website was able to acquire the names of the 50 killed men from the Syrian opposition sources, excluding the 13 foreigners killed. All corpses were males, raising questions on why there were not any children or women around the ”bakery” during a bread crisis.
Source: al-Ahed News, translated and edited by moqawama.org

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28 dec

Press TV – Russia urges Damascus to open dialogue with Syria opposition

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, “We actively encouraged… the Syrian leadership to maximally put into action its declared readiness for dialogue with the opposition.”
He made the remarks in response to questions about his meeting with the Syrian deputy foreign minister in Moscow on Thursday.
Lavrov added that Russia had urged the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to “underscore that they are open to discussing the widest range of items in line with the agreements reached in Geneva on June 30.”

Press TV – Blast in northwestern Syria kills several civilians

Several Syrian civilians have been killed in an explosion in the northwestern province of Idlib, as militant groups continue their attacks on the Syrian government.

Russia Today – Russia hopes ‘reasonable’ Syrian opposition will seek dialogue

Moscow hopes that the Syrian opposition will substantially size up the situation in the country and search for ways to begin a political dialogue with President Bashar Assad’s government, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Russia pushes for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis that has been going on for almost two years and urges the conflicting sides to get to the negotiating table

english.ruvr.ru – Syria ready to see peacekeepers

The Syrian government and the opposition are ready to see international peacekeepers deployed in the war-torn country.
Briefing reporters in Damascus on Thursday UN and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi underscored the need for the quickest possible end to violence, which he said is something international peacekeepers can do.
He added, however, that a final decision on the matter was still pending and required a special resolution by the UN Security Council agreed by Russia, China on the one side, and the US, France and Britain on the other.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Tahsin al-Halabi, political commentator from the Syrian capital city of Damascus

Tony Cartalucci – UN Syria ”Peace Plan” a Fraud

Michel Chossudovsky – Hidden US-Israeli Military Agenda: “Break Syria into Pieces”

A timely article in the Jerusalem Post in June brings to the forefront the unspoken objective of US foreign policy, namely the breaking up of Syria as a sovereign nation state –along ethnic and religious lines– into several separate and “independent” political entities.

US-NATO-Israeli Agenda: Syria to be Subdivided into “Three Weaker States”

Egyptian media pundit Tawfik Okasha, owner of the Egyptian opposition TV channel al-Fara’een, blamed the Mainstream Media of being complicit with the Muslim Brotherhood in feeding the Egyptian people lies about the Syrian crisis.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey – Syrian Opposition uses chemical weapons, backed by US and NATO

The commander of the Syrian Presidential Guard confirmed to PressTV that seven Syrian soldiers were murdered by the Free Syrian Army terrorist forces on Saturday using a chemical weapon which produced a yellow toxic gas.

guardian.co.uk – Syrian rebels sidetracked by scramble for spoils of war, Looting, feuds and divided loyalties threaten to destroy unity of fighters as war enters new phase

”It is extremely sad. There is not one government institution or warehouse left standing in Aleppo. Everything has been looted. Everything is gone.”
Captured government vehicles and weapons have been crucial to the rebels since the start of the conflict, but according to Hussam and other commanders, and fighters interviewed by the Guardian over a fortnight in northern Syria, a new phase has been reached in the war. Looting has become a way of life.
”Spoils” have now become the main drive for many units as battalion commanders seek to increase their power.

friendsofsyria.wordpress.com – Al Qaeda FSA Terrorists Shoot at a Civilian Airplane Mid Air

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27 dec

Tydligen pågår intensifierade förhandlingar mellan olika parter med Brahimi som mellanhand. Ska man tolka den ryske utrikesministerns uttalande om att möjligheterna för en diplomatisk lösning håller på att ta slut, som att USA/väst insisterar på att det i överenskommelsen ska ingå att president Al-Assad ska avgå?

english.ruvr.ru – Lavrov reaffirms Russia’s stance on Syria

Chances are running out for a diplomatic solution of the Syrian problem, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after his talks with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad in Moscow on Thursday.

Och att sen sånt här är en del i förhandlingsspelet? Press TV- US preparing for military invasion in Syria: Israel

english.ruvr.ru – Moscow hosts Syria talks

This Thursday, December 27, President Assad’s envoys, headed by the Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad, came to Moscow for talks at the Russian Foreign Ministry. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr is also arriving to Moscow for talks with the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on Friday.
On Saturday, December 29, the UN and Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is also coming to Moscow to discuss the Syrian stabilization plan.
Speaking at a press conference in Damascus on Thursday, Brahimi said, ”The situation in Syria poses a great danger not only on the Syrian people, but also to the neighboring countries and the world… The crisis in Syria should be solved by the Syrians with a great help of the world and I think that the world is ready to provide help”. Earlier, Mr. Brahimi met President Assad and representatives of three Syrian opposition groups.
According to a SANA report, Mr. Brahimi also pointed out, that ”there are organizations and some foreigners involved, in one way or another, in the clashes on the Syrian territories. …No one supports actions of the extremist groups in Syria,” Brahimi said, adding, ”Violence and the flow of arms into the Syrian territories must be stopped.”

almanar.com.lb – Russian Ships to Stage Anti-Terror Drills off Syria Coast

Russian Marines stationed off Russian fleetthe Syrian coast are to stage anti-terror drills, the Defense Ministry announced.
The ministry said the war games will involve anti-submarine, anti-ship and air defense exercises in the Mediterranean, where a group of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet vessels are being deployed.

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The UN and Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi: ”There are organizations and some foreigners involved, in one way or another, in the clashes on the Syrian territories. …No one supports actions of the extremist groups in Syria,” Brahimi said, adding, ”Violence and the flow of arms into the Syrian territories must be stopped.”
”The situation in Syria poses a great danger not only on the Syrian people, but also to the neighboring countries and the world… The crisis in Syria should be solved by the Syrians with a great help of the world and I think that the world is ready to provide help”.

Syria TV news in English, December 27, 2012
* Tunisian-Algerian borders: camps to train terrorists to be sent to Syria
* Russian Foreign Ministry : No Russian-US Plan to Settle the Situation in Syria
* 4 Martyred, 10 Injured in Explosion of Booby-Trapped Car in Damascus Countryside, Terrorists Killed in Idleb
* Brahimi: Geneva Agreement Includes Enough Ideas to Resolve Crisis in Syria, Not Need to Add Any New Points
* Authorities intercept truck loaded with 3 tonnes of explosives

Christof Lehmann – Saudi Smuggling Route to Syria Disclosed

The smuggling route, used for transporting various types of weapons, ammunitions, bombs,military equipment and not least drugs to Iraq begins in Al-Nakhib in the western Al-Anbar province, near the Ar´ar border crossing. From there, the deadly contraband is shipped to the variety of terrorist organizations in Syria who are euphemistically described as “Free Syrian Army” as well as to terrorist organizations who are destabilizing Iraq.
Many of the Saudi weapons and equipment which have been used in military operations as well as in several suicide bombings and attacks in Iraq for years are now being re-routed to boost the foreign led mercenary troops in Syria.

So far, however, both Saudi Arabia and Qatar have failed in their attempt to add a sectarian dimension to the crisis in Syria. In fact, the deployment of Salafist extremists to Syria has united the entire political spectrum within the genuine Syrian political discourse behind the Syrian military and the government.

Syria Half of Homs Destroyed – Homs Professor

Press TV has conducted an interview with Ken Stone with the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War from Hamilton

jinge.se – På besök i Syrien

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26 dec

Nya rubriker idag i regimkontrollerade medier om 8 barn som ska ha dödats, av granater från regeringsstyrkor vill man som vanligt få det att låta som. Och källan är den gamla vanliga tröttsamma mannen i Storbritannien. Medierna kan inte få lov att hålla på så här längre! Jag har ingen aning om vad som hänt idag, men det finns ingen anledning att tro annat än att det på sin höjd finns ett korn av sanning i mediapropagandan.
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Syria, ”massacre in al-Qahtanieh” / UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has extended his visit to Syria until December 30 and FSA gangs and their propaganda prepared next ”massacre” for media (after ”air strike” in Halfaya). Every visit of UN representative to Syria is accompanied by hysteria in the media about another ”massacre” to create a public opinion. This time FSA gangs killed several civilians in al-Qahtanieh town, western al-Raqaa province, including women and children, and published video with their dead bodies. Several terrorists, who participated in this massacre, were killed by Syrian army units after the receiving information from locals.

New Syria massacre?

Press TV – Syrian officials leave for Moscow to discuss proposals to end unrest

Syrian officials have headed to Moscow to discuss with Russian officials the latest proposals to end the country’s months-long unrest.
On Wednesday, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad together with another foreign ministry official headed to Moscow to discuss proposals reportedly made in Damascus earlier this week by the UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, Reuters quoted a Syrian source as saying.

english.ruvr.ru – Brahimi to visit Moscow

After discussing ways to resolve the Syrian crisis in Damascus on Monday, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is to take his mission to Moscow Saturday.
The announcement came from Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.
In Damascus, Brahimi and Bashar Assad pored over a compromise roadmap plan based on the Geneva resolutions on Syria.

Nya strider i närheten av den palestinska stadsdelen – Clashes erupt near Palestinian refugee camp in Syrian capital

Fresh clashes have broken out between Syrian Army forces and foreign-backed militants outside the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp near the capital Damascus, Press TV reports.
The clashes erupted on Wednesday after militants attacked the municipality building near the camp, which is home to Palestinian refugees and is located in the southern outskirts of Damascus.

Press TV – Displaced Syrians return home in Aleppo

Från den 22 dec, Franklin Lamb i den palestinska stadsdelen Yarmouk i Damaskus – Is Yarmouk Headed for the Same Fate as Nahr al Bared? – då var läget lugnt där, han t.o.m. drack te med Al-Qaeda-män som lagt ner vapnen.

Danny Makki, the co-founder of the Syrian Youth in Britain (SYB), from London, Talib Ibrahim, political analyst, Damascus, Osman Bakash, with director of the Central Office of al-Tahrir party from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut

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25 dec

Angående den påstådda flygattacken mot ett bageri i Halfaya i Hama med många dödade, så är Scott Creighton övertygad om att det hela är en iscensatt föreställning, producerad åt västmedierna. Och visst är det svårt att tro att den plats man ser på videon (se gårdagens inlägg) har utsatts för ett flyganfall! De döda kropparna då? Enligt uppgift hade de väpnade gängen gått till offensiv mot Hama för några dagar sen, men de hade slagits tillbaka av armén, med många ”rebeller” dödade. Kanske kommer många av de döda kropparna därifrån, och kanske dödades några på plats av en bilbomb eller liknande – Syrian Crisis Actors Bring You “Bakery Airstrike Show” – Biggest Wag the Dog Production Yet

In comparison to the bullshit they have produced in the past, this is definitely a step up. But, as you can see, there are certainly production value issues. You can’t really blame them they are doing the best with the talent they have. After all, which really talented artist wants to use their gifts and hard earned skills to bring about another NATO bombing of civilians for the sake of international bankers and multinational corporations?

West unleashing terrorism against Syria: Mark Glennvideo

Press TV: Do you think that the United States and their allies in the region miscalculated? Do you think they expected things to change a lot more rapidly inside of Syria and now basically they’re reaching a point of no return that anything goes in order to try to bring down the Syrian government?
Glenn: Yes I think that is precisely what we see taking place here. The United States, Israel and these other Western countries that have been behind all of this unrest from the beginning figure that this is going to be another Egypt or another Tunisia or at the very least it’s going to be another Libya.
If the diplomatic pressure and the social pressures were not enough to bring these governments down then a relatively short bombing campaign on the part of NATO would be enough to drive President Assad from power.
The fact of the matter is however that we have other players involved namely Iran, Russia, China and other players who recognize that what is at stake here is not just about Syria, but really for all intents and purposes it’s about the rest of the world.
And this is the reason why the West has miscalculated, you are correct in that analysis, and they have gotten themselves into something much bigger than I think they possibly had imagined.
For the rest of us it is just a big question mark as to whether or not the West and Israel are going to back down or whether they’re going to go the full distance in all this and actually initiate some type of military conflict in Syria that could very easily wind up involving Russia, China, Iran and other major players.

english.ruvr.ru – UN-Arab League peace envoy extends visit to Syria

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has extended his visit to Syria until December 30 in order to hold additional talks with the representatives of the authorities and the opposition, Xinhua news agency reports.

Syria peacekeeping ‘must respect national sovereignty’ – Assad

Syria cannot accept an international peace-keeping mission that violates its national sovereignty.
President Bashar Assad spoke about this in Damascus Monday after discussing the Syrian crisis with the visiting international envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.
He said a roadmap peace plan was on the table.

Russian Military Denies Sending Commandos to Syria

Tony Cartalucci – Syrian Military: Militants Using Chemical Weapons

PressTV has reported (more details via Fars News) that chemical weapons have been used by militants fighting Syrian government forces in Daraya, near Damascus. PressTV also reported that threats have been made against Syria’s ethnic minorities that their water supplies will be poisoned by militants – this on the heels of the UN itself warning of (and preemptively spinning) impending sectarian-driven genocide.

‘US forms alliance with violent terrorists’, Press TV has interviewed Mr. James Jatras, former US Senate foreign policy analyst, Washington

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