The peaceful movement for reform in Syria has been hijacked by extremists and the violence of a ‘third force’. Massacres have been organized by this force and blamed on the government before critical meetings in the UN.
Qatar, which hosts a US naval base, wants to undercut the price of Russian natural gas in Europe (which is facing an economic crisis); to do this, it must be able to pipe it across Syria very cheaply.
The Annan Peace Plan and Geneva Statement which detail pathways for a political solution have been agreed to in writing but not in practice by countries which include the U.S., the UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.
Extremist clerics have issued fatwas against Syria. Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi, a cleric based in Qatar with a Muslim Brotherhood background, declared on Al-Jazeera last year, “It is OK to kill 1/3 of the Syrian population if it leads to the toppling of the heretical regime”. Sheik Adnan Arour has said on a Saudi satellite channel that those who support the ‘regime’ can be killed and their bodies chopped up and fed to the dogs.
Numerous Moratorium size rallies supporting peaceful reform have been held across Syria, but rarely reported in the west. Terror bombs keep people away from such rallies today.
Historic reforms have been instituted in Syria. Various political parties are represented in the government. The constitution forbids parties to be based on religion or tribe. The president can only serve two terms.
Christian and Muslim festivals are public holidays in Syria. The Islam practiced in Syria has roots in the Sufi tradition.
Saudi Arabia, where Wahhabism dominates, and Qatar, which supports the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafism, have aggressive stands on secular politics in the ME. Most ‘rebels’ in Syria are Wahhabi, Salafi, and/or MB extremists. They earn salaries, with funds coming from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the Turkish PM’s party, and through Saad Hariri in Lebanon.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Homs, Aleppo and Idlib, cities close to the border, have been forced from their homes by ‘rebels’, many of them foreign fighters from Libya, Lebanon, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Britain, France, even Australia (as reported in the media). Imams and priests who publicly support peace, professors, teachers, specialists, doctors, journalists, relatives of politicians, public servants, and children have been brutally killed.
Hospitals, ambulances, churches, mosques, schools, souqs, factories, pipe lines and utilities, and ancient sites are being destroyed; communities impoverished, and men are being forced into joining the FSA (on a salary) or are killed.
The war against Syria is an ‘information and humanitarian’ war, well-illustrated by the story of Sari Souad. Sari was shot in the street in Homs in 2011. His mother relates how men rushed to pick up the critically wounded boy. She chased them. They took Sari into a house and laid him on the floor, then took video footage of Sari’s mother screaming over the body and promptly sent it to Al-Jazeera; the AJ report claimed Sari had been shot by soldiers. In fact, Sari’s mother explained there had been no soldiers in the area; that was the problem. AL and the “Syrian Observatory of Human Rights”, an unregistered body run by a Syrian expatriate in the UK, are widely quoted in the western media.
Syrian Australians have reported the killings of innocent civilians by ‘rebels’ to Amnesty, but AI refused to report the cases. The director of Amnesty US is Suzanne Nossel, a former US State Department official. Robert Ford, ex-US ambassador to Syria who has been accused of organizing death squads, was a guest at an Amnesty conference.
Syrian satellite channels have been censored by the U.S. and the Arab League (dominated by Saudi Arabia and Qatar).
Amnesty, the UN and western media have relied very much on the claims of ‘rebels’ or refugees who support the armed opposition. Yet, western reporters have been granted Syrian visas.
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