Syrian Rebels Set Trap for British Journalists

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    June 9, 2012 - While the New York Times publishes Goebbels-esque war propaganda pieces titled, "Assad, the Butcher," presuming to know the details about an unconfirmed "massacre" the UN is just now in the beginning stages of investigating - a disturbing and very telling incident unfolded that is very much confirmed. British Channel 4's Alex Thomson, one of the few Western journalists not only in Syria legally, but attempting to cover both sides of the conflict, was purposefully led by rebels into a trap designed to have him and his team killed by government troops.

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    "Set up to be shot in Syria's no man's land?" featured on Thomson's personal Channel 4 blog describes a tale of violence on both sides - very uncharacteristic of Western and particularly British media coverage. While BBC was busy posting fake pictures for their one-sided Houla Massacre coverage, Thomson was busy trying to interview belligerents on both sides of the Syrian conflict.

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    Alex Thomson concluded his account by saying, "in a war where they slit the throats of toddlers back to the spine, what's the big deal in sending a van full of journalists into the killing zone? It was nothing personal."

    The obvious question that comes to mind upon reading Thomson's account, along with emerging evidence that the Western press willfully lied about the Houla Massacre and is attempting to do so again regarding killings in Hama, is that "if rebels are willing to try and kill foreign journalists for propaganda value - men and women merely trying to do their job, to share with the world the truth about unfolding events in Syria - just to blame the deaths on the Syrian government, why wouldn't they kill men, women and children to blame on the Syrian government as well?"

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    These are the rebels John McCain wants us to support. Why?
     
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    Implosion of The Houla Massacre Story — Is Anyone Paying Attention?

    A respected mainstream publication, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung(FAZ), has reported that the infamous Houla massacre in Syria, which the US and NATO hoped would be the casus belli for their planned invasion, was in fact carried out by rebel forces.

    Highlighted in the National Review, of all places, the FAZ investigation was exhaustive and convincing.
    NRO reports on the original FAZ story:
    According to the article’s sources, the massacre occurred after rebel forces attacked three army-controlled roadblocks outside of Houla. The roadblocks had been set up to protect nearby Alawi majority villages from attacks by Sunni militias. The rebel attacks provoked a call for reinforcements by the besieged army units. Syrian army and rebel forces are reported to have engaged in battle for some 90 minutes, during which time “dozens of soldiers and rebels” were killed.
    “According to eyewitness accounts,” the FAZ report continues,
    "the massacre occurred during this time. Those killed were almost exclusively from families belonging to Houla’s Alawi and Shia minorities. Over 90% of Houla’s population are Sunnis. Several dozen members of a family were slaughtered, which had converted from Sunni to Shia Islam. Members of the Shomaliya, an Alawi family, were also killed, as was the family of a Sunni member of the Syrian parliament who is regarded as a collaborator. Immediately following the massacre, the perpetrators are supposed to have filmed their victims and then presented them as Sunni victims in videos posted on the internet.
    For weeks, alternative media analysts and even eyewitnesses had been poking enormous holes in the suspiciously convenient Western narrative that Assad's forces slaughtered the villagers, cutting and killing at close range. No one paid attention, as usual.

    The NRO piece continues with a fascinating story from a Christian monastery in the vicinity:


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    Syrian government responsibility for Houla was a lie; it was in fact a provocation by the rebels to get the Libya-style foreign intervention they need to overthrow the government. Will anyone listen now that a major mainstream outlet has reported it?


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    "When the rebels seized the lower checkpoint in the center of town and located next to the local police department, they began to sweep all the families loyal to the authorities in neighboring houses, including the elderly, women and children.

    Several families of the Al-Sayed were killed, including 20 young children and the family of Abdul Razak. The people were killed with knives and shot at point blank range.

    Then they presented the murdered [corpses] to the UN and the international community as victims of bombings by the Syrian army, something that was not verified by any marks on their bodies."


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    June 10, 2012 - RT has warned of a possible plot being fomented by Syrian rebels inside NATO member Turkey. The plot involves Syrian rebels deploying chemical weapons obtained in Libya against Syrian civilians, then blaming the Syrian government for the mass casualty event. This of course would provide the West the "casus belli" it has been searching for to circumvent the UN Security Council and implement its long-planned campaign of regime change.

    The Means

    Libya's arsenal had fallen into the hands of sectarian extremists with NATO assistance last year in the culmination of efforts to overthrow the government there. Since then, Libya's militants led by commanders of Al Qaeda's Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) have armed sectarian extremists across the Arab World, from as far West as Mali, to as far East as Syria.

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    FDD's Clifford May admits Syria is a proxy war with Iran and Russia, Neo-Cons in bed with Al Qaeda. Human rights merely a pretense.

    June 8, 2012 - Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Clifford May in an article titled, "The Battle of Syria: Assad’s survival would be a victory for Iran — and a defeat for the US," openly dispels the commonly held notion among the West's remaining public support, that their meddling in Syria's ongoing strife has anything to do with humanitarian concerns. In fact, May openly states that defeating Syria as a proxy of Iran is far more important than "the dearth of sincere Muslim freedom fighters" or "humanitarian concerns."

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    Aligning with Al Qaeda indeed, something that, while May claims is a spontaneous convergence of interests, was actually being planned as early as 2007, as stated in Seymour Hersh's article, "The Redirection" in the New Yorker. And just like May concedes now, Hersh painted a picture of US-Israeli-Saudi machinations to destroy Lebanon and Syria as a means of undermining and toppling Iran - and using sectarian extremists to do so. Hersh specifically mentioned that many of the militant groups the West was arming and staging for this operation now unfolding in Syria today, were affiliated with Al Qaeda. The 2007 article specifically states:

    "To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda."
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    Let's not assign any altruistic motives to the zero.

    In violation of American law, he authorized military action in Libya because he had U.N. permission, and didn't mind aligning us with Al Qaeda in the process.

    He has no such permission in Syria, and won't get it.

    The real difference is Russia.
     
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    US predicts another Houla-style massacre in Syria

    The United States has predicted that another Houla-style massacre will occur in Syria and has even mentioned exact locations.

    US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Monday that the Syrian government “may be organizing another massacre, this time in the village of al-Haffa, in Latakia province, as well as in the towns Deir el-Zour, in Daraa, in Homs, in Hama, and in suburbs of Damascus.”

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    More as the story develops . . .
     
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    U.S. Bolsters Ties to Fighters in Syria

    WASHINGTON—U.S. intelligence operatives and diplomats have stepped up their contacts with Syrian rebels in part to help organize their burgeoning military operations against President Bashar al-Assad's forces, according to senior U.S. officials.

    As part of the efforts, the Central Intelligence Agency and State Department—working with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other allies—are helping the opposition Free Syrian Army develop logistical routes for moving supplies into Syria and providing communications training.


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    "When the rebels seized the lower checkpoint in the center of town and located next to the local police department, they began to sweep all the families loyal to the authorities in neighboring houses, including the elderly, women and children.

    Several families of the Al-Sayed were killed, including 20 young children and the family of Abdul Razak. The people were killed with knives and shot at point blank range.

    Then they presented the murdered [corpses] to the UN and the international community as victims of bombings by the Syrian army, something that was not verified by any marks on their bodies."


    SOURCE

    The U.S. military has completed its own planning for how American troops would conduct a variety of operations against Syria, or to assist neighboring countries in the event action was ordered, officials tell CNN.

    In recent weeks, the Pentagon has finalized its assessment of what types of units would be needed, how many troops, and even the cost of certain potential operations, officials tell CNN.

    Multiple military officials say initial planning is complete with a full understanding of what types of troops and units would be needed. This has been done so that if President Obama were to ask for options the military would be ready to present them. But officials say additional detailed work would have to be done before forces could be deployed.

    The planning comes as the U.S. has become increasingly concerned that the violence in Syria is verging on civil war. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the recent series of bombings have heightened the worry.


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    Libya's arsenal had fallen into the hands of sectarian extremists with NATO assistance last year in the culmination of efforts to overthrow the government there. Since then, Libya's militants led by commanders of Al Qaeda's Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) have armed sectarian extremists across the Arab World, from as far West as Mali, to as far East as Syria.

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    Looks like another false flag attack is brewing. Don't it? We're being "primed" for it now.

    The Syrians are being "primed" too.

    NATO preparing vast disinformation campaign

    In a few days, perhaps as early as Friday, June 15, at noon, the Syrians wanting to watch their national TV stations will see them replaced on their screens by TV programs created by the CIA. Studio-shot images will show massacres that are blamed on the Syrian Government, people demonstrating, ministers and generals resigning from their posts, President Al-Assad fleeing, the rebels gathering in the big city centers, and a new government installing itself in the presidential palace.


    This operation of disinformation, directly managed from Washington by Ben Rhodes, the US deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, aims at demoralizing the Syrians in order to pave the way for a coup d’etat. NATO, discontent about the double veto of Russia and China, will thus succeed in conquering Syria without attacking the country illegally. Whichever judgment you might have formed on the actual events in Syria, a coup d’etat will end all hopes of democratization.


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    US military intervention in Syria – “Not if but when”

    As the violence in Syria continued to go from bad to worse in scope and intensity, US official sources had this to say Saturday, June 16, about planned US military operations in the war-torn country:

    “The intervention will happen. It is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when.’”


    A Syrian Free Army rebel delegation is now in Washington to talk about their requests for heavy weapons from the Obama administration. In their meetings with US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford and the State Department’s expert on Syria Fred Hof, the rebel leaders handed in two lists for approval: types of heavy weapons capable of challenging Bashar Assad’s armed forces and selected targets of attack to destabilize his regime.

    debka
    file’s Washington sources disclose that the administration is very near a decision on the types of weapons to be shipped to the Syrian rebels and when. Most of the items Washington is ready to send have been purchased by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and are ready for shipment.

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    Friday, June 15, debkafile reported:

    A contingent of Russian special forces is on its way to Syria to guard the Russian navy’s deep-water port at the Syria’s Mediterranean coastal town of Tartus, Pentagon officials informed US NBC TV Friday, June 15. They are coming by ship. According to debkafile’s sources, the contingent is made up of naval marines and is due to land in Syria in the coming hours.

    In a separate and earlier announcement, US Defense Department sources in Washington reported that the US military had completed its own planning for a variety of US operations against Syria, or for assisting neighboring countries in the event action was ordered – a reference, according to our sources, to Turkey, Jordan and Israel.

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    "When the rebels seized the lower checkpoint in the center of town and located next to the local police department, they began to sweep all the families loyal to the authorities in neighboring houses, including the elderly, women and children.

    Several families of the Al-Sayed were killed, including 20 young children and the family of Abdul Razak. The people were killed with knives and shot at point blank range.

    Then they presented the murdered [corpses] to the UN and the international community as victims of bombings by the Syrian army, something that was not verified by any marks on their bodies."


    SOURCE

    U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, is a psychotic, bloodthirsty monster who deserves to be jailed as a war criminal. When the Syrian government denied responsibility for the Houla massacre, Rice with no evidence immediately dismissed the denial as a "blatant lie." Rice and her evil partners Samantha Power and Hillary Clinton are hell-bent on ensuring that left-wing interventionism is as bloody and destructive as its right-wing counterpart, even if they call it "humanitarian." Alawi and Shia minorities do not count as human to the likes of Rice, Hillary, and Power, so they are not entitled to the same human rights protections. They are standing in the way of progress by continuing to live, so their destruction is all for the greater good.

    Syrian government responsibility for Houla was a lie; it was in fact a provocation by the rebels to get the Libya-style foreign intervention they need to overthrow the government. Will anyone listen now that a major mainstream outlet has reported it?


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    And now these same "FSA rebels" are in Washington DC being handed weapons and communications equipment.

    Wonderful policy this military intervention stuff. Training and arming murderers and using them as proxy armies to oust "bad" regimes. And it all started with Iran way back in 1953 with "Operation TPAJAX"!

    Seems to be a tested and proven formula for regime change.

    Starting to look as though something big is about to go down in Syria. Doesn't it? Every good ole fashion regime change needs a big ole bloody pretext to sell a pre-planned military intervention to the public.

    More on this story as it develops . . .
     
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    US Attempting to Trigger Full Proxy War in Syria

    Torrent of propaganda, foreign arms, and political sabotage seek to fulfill broader plans for destabilization.

    June 17, 2012 - Over the last week, the US has been outright caught lying - admittedly by Pentagon officials, regarding Russian gunships being shipped to Syria. In New York Times' "Copters in Syria May Not Be New, U.S. Officials Say," a senior defense department official admitted when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her fraudulent claim regarding Russian weapon shipments, she "put a little spin on it to put the Russians in a difficult position."

    The New York Times continued by stating, "Mrs. Clinton’s claim about the helicopters, administration officials said, is part of a calculated effort to raise the pressure on Russia to abandon President Bashar al-Assad, its main ally in the Middle East," indicative of the campaign of propaganda and lies orchestrated by the US State Department, the British Foreign Office, and Western and Gulf State news outlets around the world to demonize both the Syrian government and its extensive allies around the world, contrary to the facts on the ground.

    Also adding to the torrent of propaganda was Human Rights Watch (HRW) and US State Department-run Amnesty International, both of which are funded by convicted criminal, Wall Street speculator George Soros, which attempted to level charges of "abuses" by Syrian forces, as always based solely on the "witness accounts" of admitted members of the opposition. The United Nations as well attempted to frame Syrian forces for using "children" as human shields. Despite having 300 monitors on the ground in Syria, again, the report was compiled solely using opposition "witness accounts," reminiscent of a late 2011 UN human rights report also compiled from opposition hearsay, in Geneva - not even Syria - and compiled by Karen Koning AbuZayd.

    AbuZayd is concurrently a member of the Washington D.C. based Middle East Policy Council, along side current and former associates of Exxon, the US military, the CIA, the Saudi Binladin Group, the US-Qatari Business Council and both former and current members of the US government - illustrating an immense conflict of interests and devaluing the UN's credibility to unprecedented lows.

    However, as evidence continues to point the finger at opposition sectarian extremists for the massacre at Houla, Syria, and at NATO-armed foreign fighters filtering into Syria to repeat atrocities now fully documented in Libya, organizations like Amnesty, HRW, and even the UN itself are increasingly losing credibility to convince all but the weakest of minds.


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    Syrian rebels get influx of arms with gulf neighbors’ money, U.S. coordination

    Syrian rebels battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad have begun receiving significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, an effort paid for by Persian Gulf nations and coordinated in part by the United States, according to opposition activists and U.S. and foreign officials.

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    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — At least 30,000 people were killed and 50,000 wounded in Libya's six-month civil war, the interim health minister said, offering a first detailed estimate of the high cost in lives of bringing down (murdering) Moammar Gadhafi.

    There have been rough estimates in the past, but Naji Barakat, the health minister in the new Libyan leadership, said his figures are based, in part, on reporting from hospitals, local officials and former rebel commanders.

    Barakat said he'll only have a complete count in several weeks, but that he expects the final figure for dead and wounded to be higher than his current estimates. Libya has a population of just over 6 million.


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    80,000 casualties just to murder one man.

    This is what a successful regime change looks like? Too bad for the people of Syria as this is what Washington and Wall Street has in store for them.


    More as the saga continues . . .



     
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    Russia: West Purposefully Sabotaging Peace in Syria

    June 10, 2012 - In his most recent statement, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov repeated that Russia opposes any attempt to intervene or level sanctions against Syria. He also exposed the West's role in purposefully perpetrating violence in order to sabotage peace efforts and create a pretense for NATO-enforced regime change. He warned, "the way the Syrian crisis is resolved will play an important role in the world tomorrow; whether the world will be based on the UN charter, or a place where might makes right." This after US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice declared the West was prepared to "take actions outside of the Annan plan and the authority of this [UN security] council," to implement regime change in Syria.

    Lavrov's sentiments were echoed by China, Iran, and South America's ALBA nations, whose collective populations equate to over 1.5 billion people.

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    Conversely, and more accurately, RT reported, "Annan plan 'only chance for peace' but stalled by intervention supporters - Lavrov." For those who actually watched Lavrov's conference live, this was the overall message - with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stepping down if, and only if, unconditional negotiations began, and both sides could come to an agreement independent of foreign influence. But as Lavrov illustrated, the Syrian "opposition" is entirely propped up by the West and its Gulf State allies.

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    Already, Western press has backpedaled and been caught outright fabricating evidence in regards to the Houla Massacre, with the BBC even being caught using pictures taken from Iraq years ago for their Syrian coverage. This latest account from FAZ further indicates that indeed the West is engaged in a vast campaign of war propaganda to do exactly what Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov has warned they are doing, attempting to fill the international community with indignation, and "start a full-blown intervention in Syria."

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    But will it work? I imagine so it always has in the past because people will not or cannot believe "our government" would do such a thing. Even though the the mountain of evidence that proves it has grown so high the snow never melts! Go figure.
     
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    SYRIA: British Special Forces, CIA and MI6 Supporting Armed Insurgency.

    Several articles in the British media confirm that British Special Forces are training Syrian rebels.

    The underlying pattern is similar to that of Libya where British SAS were on the ground prior to the launching of NATO's military intervention.

    A Responsibility to Protect (R2P) NATO intervention modelled on Libya is contemplated. The Free Syrian Army is a de facto paramilitary creation of NATO.

    The reports confirm that British military and intelligence operatives are already on the ground inside Syria:

    "There has been growing chatter indicating that British Special Forces are in some way assisting forces aligned against the Syrian regime.
    Reports from late November last year state that British Special forces have met up with members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the armed wing of the Syrian National Council. The apparent goal of this initial contact was to establish the rebel forces' strength and to pave the way for any future training operations.


    More recent reports have stated that British and French Special Forces have been actively training members of the FSA, from a base in Turkey. Some reports indicate that training is also taking place in locations in Libya and Northern Lebanon. British MI6 operatives and UKSF (SAS/SBS) personnel have reportedly been training the rebels in urban warfare as well as supplying them with arms and equipment. US CIA operatives and special forces are believed to be providing communications assistance to the rebels." http://www.eliteukforces.info/uk-military-news/0501012-british-special-forces-syria.php (emphasis added)

    These reports confirm unequivocally foreign interference in the affairs of a sovereign state.

    This is not a popular uprising.

    The insurrection as well as the killings of civilians were sponsored by the Western powers from the outset.

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    NATO vs. Syria

    Americans should be concerned about what is happening in Syria, if only because it threatens to become another undeclared war like Libya but much, much worse. Calls for regime change have come from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who several weeks ago predicted a civil war. That is indeed likely if the largely secular and nationalist regime of Bashar al-Assad falls, pitting Sunni against Shia against Alawite. Indigenous Christians will be caught in the meat grinder. Ironically, many of the Christians in Damascus are Iraqis who experienced the last round of liberation in their own country and had to flee for their lives.

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    CIA analysts are skeptical regarding the march to war. The frequently cited United Nations report that more than 3,500 civilians have been killed by Assad’s soldiers is based largely on rebel sources and is uncorroborated. The Agency has refused to sign off on the claims. Likewise, accounts of mass defections from the Syrian Army and pitched battles between deserters and loyal soldiers appear to be a fabrication, with few defections being confirmed independently. Syrian government claims that it is being assaulted by rebels who are armed, trained, and financed by foreign governments are more true than false.

    In the United States, many friends of Israel are on the Assad regime-change bandwagon, believing that a weakened Syria, divided by civil war, will present no threat to Tel Aviv. But they should think again, as these developments have a way of turning on their head. The best organized and funded opposition political movement in Syria is the Muslim Brotherhood.

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    Will Russian And Chinese Military Forces On Syrian Soil Prevent Obama From Bombing Sy

    Everyone knows that the Obama administration has been steadily gearing up for a military campaign against Syria. Everyone also knows that Russia and China do not want to see this happen. Now Russia and China are sending military forces to Syria. It is being reported that Russia, China, Iran and Syria will be conducting the "Middle East's largest ever military exercise" next month. Apparently tens of thousands of troops will be involved. This will be the first time that the Russians and the Chinese have jointly deployed large numbers of troops in Syria. Will this show of military power be enough to prevent Barack Obama from bombing Syria? Or will Obama go ahead anyway and risk ruining relations with the Russians and the Chinese? Tensions are rising in the Middle East and the region is a powder keg that could erupt at any time. If someone makes the wrong move we could end up with World War III.

    A number of sources have reported that the Obama administration has been contemplating a military campaign in Syria similar to what happened in Libya. The U.S. would institute a no-fly zone, bomb the Syrian government and the Syrian military, and provide heavy military hardware for the rebel forces on the ground.


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    What the Obama administration fails to grasp is that Syria is not Libya.
    Syria has a lot more friends, and any attack on Syria would almost certainly cause a wider Middle East war to erupt.

    For Russia and China, Syria is a red line that must not be crossed.

    Now Russia and China are sending substantial military forces to Syria for "war games". Obviously this is just an excuse to get troops into Syria. The following description of these upcoming "war games" is from a recent article in the Jerusalem Post....


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    CONFIRMED: US CIA Arming Terrorists in Syria

    As West berates Syria for "killing civilians" Western weapons flow into terrorist hands from NATO.

    June 22, 2012 - The New York Times in their article, "C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition," confirms what many have already long known - that the West, led by the US and its Gulf State proxies, have been arming terrorists, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, while berating the Syrian government for "violating" a UN mandated ceasefire and for "failing to protect" its population.


    The Muslim Brotherhood has been combated by nations across the Arab World to stem the tide of their sectarian extremism, violence, and their targeted erosion of secular nation-states. Ironically, the US which has claimed to have been fighting the forces of sectarian extremism and "terrorism" for over a decade now, have been revealed as the primary enabler of the most violent and extreme terrorist organizations in the world. These include, in addition to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) in Libya, Baluch terrorists in Pakistan, and the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) currently based in Iraq and being used as proxies against Iran.

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    Setting the Stage for R2P in Syria

    Years before unrest unfolded in Syria, the West had determined it would overthrow its government and replace it with a suitable client regime. In 2002, Syria was officially added to America's "Axis of Evil," and according to US Army General Wesley Clark during a 2007 speech, was one of many Arab regimes targeted for regime change.

    As early as 2001 - R2P "doctrine" was being devised (.pdf) to use conditions of violent unrest as a pretext to intervene militarily in a any given nation, destroy it politically as well as literally, then rebuild a neo-liberal, globalist client state upon the rubble. As early as 2008, the US State Department began training armies of "activists" to then be sent back to their respective nations across the Arab World and induce violent unrest.

    In an April 2011 AFP report, Michael Posner, the assistant US Secretary of State for Human Rights and Labor, stated that the "US government has budgeted $50 million in the last two years to develop new technologies to help activists protect themselves from arrest and prosecution by authoritarian governments."

    The report went on to explain that the US "organized training sessions for 5,000 activists in different parts of the world. A session held in the Middle East about six weeks ago gathered activists from Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon who returned to their countries with the aim of training their colleagues there," (emphasis added). Posner would add, "They went back and there's a ripple effect." That ripple effect of course is the "Arab Spring," and in Syria's case, the impetus for the current unrest threatening to unhinge the nation and invite in foreign intervention" using the R2P model.

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    Are you begining to understand how this "regime change" policy works yet?

    Are you begining to understand that the "war on terror" is a huge murderous scam and the "international community" actually works hand in hand with the terrorists yet?

    Are you begining to understand that the "international community" has been commiting mass murder on a global scale while pretending to be the champions of world peace and democracy?

    If not, then why not? The evidence is overwhelming!
     
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    Syria Update Saturday 6/23/12

    Whose Spring? The CIA’s Hand In The Rise of Islamists And International Terrorist Groups.
    “The pattern of Washington working in unison with multinational, cross-border armed extremists – with, if the word has any meaning, terrorists – has now been revealed as a global phenomenon.” - Rick Rozoff, “U.S. Implementing Afghanistan And Kosovo Models For Syria.”

    “The New York Times in their article, “C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition,” confirms what many have already long known – that the West, led by the US and its Gulf State proxies, have been arming terrorists, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, while berating the Syrian government for “violating” a UN mandated ceasefire and for “failing to protect” its population.

    The Muslim Brotherhood has been combated by nations across the Arab World to stem the tide of their sectarian extremism, violence, and their targeted erosion of secular nation-states. Ironically, the US which has claimed to have been fighting the forces of sectarian extremism and “terrorism” for over a decade now, have been revealed as the primary enabler of the most violent and extreme terrorist organizations in the world. These include, in addition to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) in Libya, Baluch terrorists in Pakistan, and the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) currently based in Iraq and being used as proxies against Iran.” - Tony Cartalucci,“CONFIRMED: US CIA Arming Terrorists in Syria.”

    “Apparently, the CIA, Mossad and the Muslim Brotherhood are all close friends.” - Aangirfan, “Who Loves The Muslim Brotherhood?”
    It is curious that the people who opposed U.S. imperialism in Iraq and criticized the Bush administration for manipulating world public opinion to legitimize the U.S. invasion are now supporting U.S. imperialism in Syria and defend the Obama administration’s policy of regime change in that country.

    What changed?

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    Direct support of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the CIA, MI6, Mossad and the U.S. and British millitary is apparently having the desired result – the mass murder of civilian supporters of the government in Syria.

    On Friday, the Syrian news agency SANA reported that at least 25 people were killed and their bodies mutilated by the FSA or an associated terrorist group in northern Syria. The victims were abducted Darat Izza in the Aleppo province. “The terrorist groups in Daret Azzeh committed a brutal massacre against the citizens, whom they had kidnapped earlier in the day,” SANA said.

    The story was virtually ignored by the establishment media in the United States.

    On Wednesday, a diplomat at the United Nations, Major General Robert Mood, praised the FSA for its “efficacy.” Mood is a Norwegian major general and heads up the United Nations “peacekeeping” Supervision Mission in Syria. He suspended operations because Syria insisted on maintaining its sovereignty.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Charlie Rose earlier in the week that the United States is working with the FSA and other opposition groups and attempting to turn them into a force capable of overthrowing the al-Assad regime. “We’re also working very hard to try to prop up and better organize the opposition. We’ve spent a lot of time on that. It’s still a work in progress,” she said.

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    From Egypt to Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood does the West's bidding - now joined by overt State Department fronts.

    June 23, 2012 - Were anyone to still believe the rhetoric of the so-called "Arab Spring," one would be admittedly confused over the emerging political landscape in Egypt where the military establishment and the Muslim Brotherhood have emerged from what was supposedly a "pro-democracy" "popular uprising."

    However, if anyone understood that the "pro-democracy" protesters were in fact US State Department-funded, trained, and equipped mobs providing cover for the attempted installation of the Muslim Brotherhood amongst many other potential Western proxies, the current political battle would make perfect sense.

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    Hersh reports the Lebanese Hariri faction had met Dick Cheney in Washington and relayed personally the importance of using the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria in any move against the ruling government:
    "[Walid] Jumblatt then told me that he had met with Vice-President Cheney in Washington last fall to discuss, among other issues, the possibility of undermining Assad. He and his colleagues advised Cheney that, if the United States does try to move against Syria, members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood would be “the ones to talk to,” Jumblatt said." -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh
    The article would continue by explaining how already in 2007, US and Saudi backing had begun benefiting the Brotherhood:

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    UN Mute Over NATO's Syrian Death Squads

    UN's silence over Syrian opposition terrorism lays bare "international law's" illegitimacy.
    by Tony Cartalucci

    May 2, 2012 - Since 2011, reports of arsonists and gunmen amongst Syria's opposition have been included in reports regarding the unrest in Syria, albeit buried under sensational headlines of the Syrian government's "brutality." More recently, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has conceded that indeed the Syrian opposition "Free Syrian Army" is conducting widespread, systematic abuses including the kidnapping, torture, and murder of both security forces and civilians.

    The HRW report titled, "Syria: Armed Opposition Groups Committing Abuses," is broken into three parts; kidnapping, torture, and executions. And while the report attempts to focus mainly on atrocities carried out against security forces and government supporters, the mention of civilian victims is made as well. The report states:

    "Abuses include kidnapping, detention, and torture of security force members, government supporters, and people identified as members of pro-government militias, called shabeeha. Human Rights Watch has also received reports of executions by armed opposition groups of security force members and civilians."​
    Now, almost daily, the Syrian opposition is carrying out vicious attacks not only on security forces, but a terrorist bombing campaign across Syria that has already killed and maimed scores of civilians. While the Syrian opposition claims it lacks the ability to carry out such attacks, the opposition is exposed as very well armed, their fighters sheltered in NATO member Turkey, its leadership sheltered in Washington and London, and their fighters wielding not only an endless supply of small arms, but rocket propelled grenades, mortars, missiles, and even tanks.

    Video: Hardly unarmed civilians, or "lightly armed freedom fighters," meet Syria's tank-driving, rocket-firing, Kalashnikov-waving foreign-funded rebels, many of whom are not even Syrian.

    <snip>

    Now however, all pretenses have been dropped and it is admitted that the Syrian rebels are manufacturing and deploying indiscriminate bomb devices nationwide. The Syrian rebels have been noted as terrorists, both foreign and domestic since nearly the beginning of the fighting last year by the alternative media. The Western press has attempted to obfuscate this fact for as long as possible, already irreparably undermining their own legitimacy in the process.

    The UN, NATO, and complicit media outlets across the West, by contradicting a growing awareness of the reality of both the terroristic nature of the Syrian rebels, and the depth of deceit directed against the global public in regards to the conflict in Syria since the beginning, undermines entirely the legitimacy they and the "international law" they claim to uphold, have. In regards to Libya, US think-tank the Brookings Institution openly stated that it was about asserting the "primacy of international law" over the nation-state.

    When such gross injustices, deceit, and hypocrisy exist under "international law" in both Libya and now Syria, it is clear that such "international law" is but a system of control exercised by a minority against others on a global scale. "International law" is revealed as merely the neo-imperial edicts of the global corporate-financier oligarchs, dressed up as "humanitarian concerns" even as they prop up terrorists from Libya to Syria, and beyond. Even as the UN begins to admit that indeed the Syrian rebels are in violation of the ceasefire, they only do so as the violence runs demonstratively rampant and out of control.


    CONTINUE . . .

    While a parade of politicians and pundits cite the "international community," the UN, and the "Arab street" as giving them the justification to not only wage illegal war on Libya, but to threaten illegal war against Syria as well, it should be remembered that it was neither the UN nor the "international community" that laid the ground work for this campaign.

    What started out, supposedly, as spontaneous, simultaneous uprisings across the Middle East, has transformed clearly into an aggressive Western-backed blitzkrieg of destabilization and regime change. This was a plan that was years in the making, talked about in 2007 by then, presidential hopeful, CFR member, and International Crisis Group trustee Wesley Clark.

    Continue . . .
     
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    Turkey Mobilizing: Media Manipulation, Provocation Or Reality?

    In the aftermath of the recent escalation in tensions between Turkey and Syria, whereby Syria was accused of hostile behavior for firing and taking down a Turkish fighter jet that supposedly spent at least 5 minutes in its airspace, today was a quiet day. At least until recently we saw the following footage in a clip uploaded to YouTube. Supposedly, Turkey has sent troop reinforcement to the Syrian border, after Erdogan's warning that soldiers approaching the border will be treated as targets, the clip explains, citing Turkish daily Zaman reported citing the Cihan news agency. This is unverified, nor is the statement that 15 military vehicles, including tanks and cannons, were dispatched to the border from Diyarbakir.

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    “Our military sources estimate that the British military drive into Syria, if confirmed, is designed to establish the first safe zone along the Syrian-Turkish border, to be followed by more Western military incursions to establish additional zones of safe asylum in other parts of Syria.” reports the Israeli intelligence website.

    Debkafile.

    On June 11, debkafile ran a video report on President Barack Obama’s decision to speed up limited action against Bashar Assad.

    If launched, US air strikes on Syria will be undertaken without Congressional approval, just as Obama green lighted the attack on Libya with a churlish disregard for the constitutional process. US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has repeatedly stated that Congressional authorization for a military assault on Syria will not be sought by the Obama administration, which considers NATO and the UN to be the supreme authority.

    SOURCE

    Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has threatened to attack Syria if it approaches the border between the two countries.

    “The rules of engagement of the Turkish Armed Forces have changed,” he said on Tuesday. “Any military element that approaches the Turkish border from Syria by posing a security risk and danger will be regarded as a threat and treated as a military target.”

    <snip>

    The Free Syrian Army is headquartered in Turkey and the Turkish government has established “safe havens” for defecting Syrian soldiers who have joined the FSA and other opposition groups.


    According to The Guardian, Turkey has allowed the establishment of a command center in Istanbul co-coordinating the supply of weapons to rebel fighters in Syria, staffed by more than 20 primarily Syrian nationals. In Early June reporters from The Guardian said they witnessed weapons being transferred across border from Turkey into Syria.


    On June 21, the New York Times confirmed that the CIA is operating inside Turkey and ferreting automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and antitank weapons across the border to the FSA and other groups. The arms transfers are conducted by the British intelligence asset the Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.


    “Imagine a similar scenario happening, say, at a Mexican-US border in Arizona or Texas,” Asian Times journalist Pepe Escobar said in April.


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    Last Friday saw a Turkish combat jet downed in the Mediterranean Sea by Syrian antiaircraft batteries. Syria insists that Turkey’s F-4 Phantom was shot down inside Syrian airspace.

    It appears to be a Neo-Ottoman baiting exercise by NATO, and for all intents and purposes, it has worked - so far.

    Regardless of the facts surrounding this event, the western media machine and political operators will seek to quickly leverage this event in their efforts to move their inevitable Syrian bombardment project forward.

    To date, NATO’s role for Turkey has been to remain in the shadows, hosting the Syrian National Council, coordinating arms shipments in Syria for foreign fighters, and giving refuge to al-Qaeda rebels across Turkey’s border with Syria. But this latest jet incident is likely to change all that.

    As was predicted within hours of the initial event last week, Infowars.com – whose analysis was once again days ahead of the mainstream media, accurately predicted that this incident would be used to pull the Turkey further into a central position in NATO’s plan to engage Syria:
    If the West and NATO is to enforce a Libya-style ‘no fly-zone’ in Syria, then Turkey would be the tool of choice to run such an operation.
    In case you missed it last Friday, here is the interview hours after the incident – another example of how this website sits much further ahead of the geopolitical analytical curve than the whole of the multi billion dollar-capitalized mainstream media:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PfmRxOQ9Dq0


    The corporate mainstream media is of course already positioned to spin this story into a pretext for a war between NATO and the Syria’s Assad government. The world must not forget that this is the very same corporate media who aggressively sold a collection of lies, including a White House concocted fantasy of 500 tons of yellow cake uranium sold to Iraq via Niger, and the same corporate media who attempted to slander Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame as they exposed the Vice Presidential office’s lies of an Iraqi nuclear program – lies which were ultimately successful in getting the United States public to back a full-scale war and permanent military presence in the Middle East.


    CONTINUE . . .

    Remember this?

    The US is losing the global information war, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared while appearing before a congressional committee to ask for extra funds to spread US propaganda through new media.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBsALgjLK0U

    Yes Hillary you are losing the INFOWAR! Not here though so don't worry too much we absolutely eat up your mass corporate propaganda like it's chocolate covered doughnuts and spit out what little truth there is in like watermelon seeds.
     
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    NATO Proxies Turkey and Saudi Arabia Move to War Footing The NATO-backed covert aggre

    The NATO-backed covert aggression against Syria could be reaching a tipping point for all-out war involving state forces. That should be no surprise. For the past 16 months, NATO and its regional proxies have been steadily increasing the violence and turmoil inside and outside Syria, while the Western corporate-controlled media maintain the ridiculous fiction that the bloody chaos is largely due to the government forces of President Bashar Al Assad cracking down on “peaceful protesters”.

    Ironically, the crisis is culminating at the same time that the United Nations convenes an emergency summit on Syria in Geneva this weekend. The meeting, which is ostensibly aimed at “reviving the Kofi Annan peace plan”, will be attended by the five permanent members of the UN security council and other “invited” regional states. The irony is that leading NATO members, the US, Britain and France, as well as their Turkish and Arab allies who will also be attending the crisis conference, are the very parties that have deliberately created the precipice for all-out war in the Middle East.

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