10/31/2012

Through Nato, the US can exercise its imperial power

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Through Nato, the US is able to exercise influence over the domestic affairs of other countries and to exercise its imperial power

American and NATO forces are training Syrian terrorist groups in southeastern Turkish city of Hakkari.

The US is also involved in smuggling arms into Syria from Incirlik military base in Turkey in addition to providing financial support for Syrian terrorist groups.

Through NATO, working with various Western European intelligence agencies, the CIA set up a network of stay behind “secret armies” which were responsible for dozens of terrorist atrocities across Western Europe over decades.

In Turkey in 1960, the stay behind army, working with the army, staged a coup d’état and killed Prime Minister Adnan Menderes; in Algeria in 1961, the French stay-behind army staged a coup with the CIA against the French government of Algiers, which ultimately failed; in 1967, the Greek stay-behind army staged a coup and imposed a military dictatorship; in 1971 in Turkey, after a military coup, the stay-behind army engaged in “domestic terror” and killed hundreds; in 1977 in Spain, the stay behind army carried out a massacre in Madrid; in 1980 in Turkey, the head of the stay behind army staged a coup and took power; in 1985 in Belgium, the stay behind attacked and shot shoppers randomly in supermarkets, killing 28; in Switzerland in 1990, the former head of the Swiss stay behind wrote the US Defense Department he would reveal “the whole truth,” and was found the next day stabbed to death with his own bayonet; and in 1995, England revealed that the MI6 and SAS helped set up stay behind armies across Western Europe.

NATO claims that the idea behind the NATO’s missile defense plans, is to secure Europe from attack by Iran or some other hostile power.  But in reality, through Nato, the US is able to exercise influence over the domestic affairs of other countries and to exercise its imperial power. 

Foto: NATO Summit in Chicago on 1 June 2012

Syria: Erdoğan misleads Turkish people

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J-600T Yıldırım

The J-600T Yıldırım (eng: Thunderbolt) is a conventional battlefield ballistic missile system providing high mobility, designed to attack high value targets such as enemy air defence installations, C3I centers, logistics and infrastructure facilities as well as providing fire support to friendly artillery by expanding the area of effect.

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Turkey's cooperation with China and Pakistan for the joint development of ballistic missiles began in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The story of Project J, as well as Project Kasırga which preceded it, goes back to the first half of the 1990s, when negotiations for the technology transfer and production under license in Turkey of the American M-270 MLRS artillery rocket system failed. Turkey decided to seek for other alternatives, mainly focusing on full sovereignty over critical technologies in order to establish a self-sufficient national infrastructure for the design and development of guided missiles. After signing a contract for the licensed production of the Chinese WS-1A and WS-1B rockets under the name of Kasırga in 1997, a similar contract was signed with CPMIEC (Chinese Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation) for the Chinese B-611 SRBM system in 1998, covering the licensed production of a battery of B-611 with more than 200 missiles, at a reported cost of USD 300,000,000.

The J-600T design is based on the B-611 SRBM developed by CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation) as a low cost tactical missile system, with a range of up to 250 km in improved versions such as the B-611M, and as a replacement for the M-11 (CSS-7 and DF-11) missiles in Chinese inventory. CPMIEC officials have confirmed at the IDEF 2007 military fair in Ankara that B-611M, the improved version of B-611, was not a part of the Sino-Turkish cooperation program.

Turkey's Roketsan has been assigned with the task of improving the range, performance and design of the J-600T, and is conducting studies on alternatives such as a sealed pod launcher box design, improved propellant, improved GCU and different types of warhead configurations.

Roketsan is reportedly working on an improved version of J-600T, details of which are highly speculative for the moment. Given that the system was first revealed to the public more than 7 years of its introduction to service, it can be expected that information about the improved version, if there is any, is going to remain secret for some time.

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The Yıldırım system is composed of two units: The J-600T SRBM and the F-600T launcher vehicle, which is based on the MAN 26.372 6x6 truck, manufactured in Turkey. The same vehicle is also used for the Turkish-built T-122 Sakarya and T-300 Kasırga MBRL (Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher, or MLRS) systems, providing advantage in logistics. Each F-600T carries one J-600T on an open rail-type launcher and can be prepared for launch in less than 25 minutes, with the vehicle ready to move again in less than 5 minutes. The missile is loaded on to the F-600T vehicle by a crane from a reloading vehicle, again a MAN 26.372 6x6 truck.

The missile's flight is controlled by an INS (Inertial Navigation System) which feeds trajectory correction command inputs to the four moving wings at the nozzle section. The trajectory data is loaded onto the missile's Guidance & Control Unit (GCU) (FCS) on board the F-600T vehicle before the launch. The FCS in F-600T is also supported by BAIKS (Batarya Atış İdare Kompüter Sistemi, eng: Battery Fire Control Computer System) and TOMES (Topçu Meteoroloji Sistemi, eng: Artillery Meteorology System). It is reported that the missile can also be upgraded with a GPS/INS GCU.

Each J-600T Yıldırım battery consists of:

    1 x Battery Command & Control Vehicle
    2 x Firing Team Command and Control Vehicles
    6 x F-600T Launcher Vehicles
    7 x F-600T Reload - Resupply Vehicles
    1 x Maintenance Vehicle

The J-600T has been operational with the Turkish Army since 2001, but it was first revealed to the public six years later, during the Victory Day (Zafer Bayramı) parade in Ankara, on August 30, 2007. The TRT (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation) commentator announced the system as the "Yıldırım missile system." During this parade and the following two parades in the same year, both the launchers and the reloading vehicles were displayed to the public. The Yıldırım system was also reported to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms by Turkey in March 2007.

The J-600T Yıldırım, developed and manufactured by Roketsan, has two versions that are currently in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces:

    J-600T Yıldırım I SRBM (150 km range)
    J-600T Yıldırım II SRBM (300 km range)
    J-600T Yıldırım III SRBM (900 km range in development)

Manufacturer: Roketsan (Turkey)
Launcher vehicle: F-600T (Based on MAN 26.372 6x6)
Warhead type: TNT+RDX
Fuze: Proximity
Guidance: INS
Range: 150 km (J-600T Yıldırım I); 300 km (J-600T Yıldırım II)
Diameter: 600 mm
Length: 6.10 m
Weight, total: 2,100 kg
Weight, warhead: 480 kg
Propellant type: HTPB (Composite)
CEP: < 150 m (for J-600T Yıldırım I)

Photo: A Turkish military truck transports a mobile missile launcher to the Syrian border, in Iskenderun, Turkey, on in July 24, 2012

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Erdoğan misleads Turkish people

Turkey is one of five European nations that continue to house U.S. tactical nuclear weapons allocated for NATO.

Some months ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists and C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and 'medical' working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. It proved once again that the Turkish government is not only arming Syrian terrorists but organizes with its NATO allies (with Israel in the background) also a real war against Syria.

10/30/2012

War on Syria - War on Egypt in 1956…

British MP George Galloway.jpgGalloway: Global War on Syria Similar to War on Egypt in 1956… Syrian Leadership Will Not Be Defeated

 

Oct 30, 2012

BEIRUT, (SANA) – British MP George Galloway affirmed that the global war currently being waged on Syria is similar to the one waged against Egypt in 1956, voicing confidence that Syria will be victorious over this war under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad similar to the victory of the late Jamal Abdelnasser.

During a meeting with former Lebanese President Emil Lahhoud in Beirut on Tuesday, Galloway stressed that the Syrian leadership will not be defeated, underlining the need for the plan launched by former UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan to bear fruit and for countries to stop providing military support to the Syrian opposition.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/10/30/449875.htm

Western powers invest in military interventions

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Oct 29, 2012

France and the United States have put more pressure on Algeria to support a military intervention in crisis-hit African country of Mali.

"An intervention in northern Mali is possible without the military backing of Algeria but not without its green light," said the head of the Centre of African Studies, a French think-tank, Pierre Boilley on Sunday.

The military officials of the US and France reportedly held a secret meeting in Paris earlier this month in a bid to draw a plan for military action in Mali to help the Bamako government fight the so-called al-Qaeda-affiliated radicals in the country’s north.

France, the former colonial master of Algeria and Mali, discussed the crisis that has split Mali in two since March during a visit by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in July.

American Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last week that the Pentagon is working with allies on a plan to deal with 'al-Qaida-linked militants in Mali and elsewhere in the North Africa region', with American assistance likely to center on intelligence and logistical support.

Since 2007, the U.S. has spent more than $550 million to help train and supply an African proxy force of about 18,000 soldiers in Somalia.

Many Western powers fear the Sahara desert nation could become like Afghanistan and, like everywhere, they invest on the first place in military interventions.

Currently the Horn of Africa is experiencing the highest rate of malnutrition. Some 30 per cent of children are suffering from Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM).

Photo: Refugees in Dadaab (Kenya)

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10/29/2012

War with Syria would be great mistake for Turkey

Erdogan.petit.caniche.de.Hillary.Clinton.jpgISTANBUL, Oct. 9 2012 (Xinhua) - Turkey and Syria move closer than ever to the verge of war after Syria's latest mortar shelling killed five Turkish civilians.

The Turkey Parliament has authorized a war mandate last week, enabling further cross-border military action against Syria.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about the war twice within a week, saying that Turkey was not far away from war and called on his people to be prepared.

Turkey and Syria have been exchanging cross-border artillery fire for almost a week. In this sense, Turkey has already started fighting.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last Saturday that conflict between Turkey and Syria may escalate and spread to neighboring countries.

However, many Turkish analysts worry that it would be great mistake for Turkey to get involved in a war with Syria, which could bring serious consequences to this country.

"If Turkey starts war with Syria, it would be detrimental for both countries. Turkey's social stability, economic development and democratization process would all be badly affected," Aykan Erdemir, a Turkish MP from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), told Xinhua.

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the favorite poodle of Hillary Clinton.

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U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Turkey

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Turkey is one of five European nations that continue to house U.S. tactical nuclear weapons allocated for NATO.

Some months ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists and C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and 'medical' working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. It proved once again that the Turkish government is not only arming Syrian terrorists but organizes with its NATO allies (with Israel in the background) also a real war against Syria.

Photo: In May 1997, Israel and Turkey signed an agreement valued in excess of US $500 million for the establishment of a joint-venture between Israel's Rafael and Turkey's Turkish Aerospace Industries for the co-production of Popeye I and Popeye II missiles in Turkey

 


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American poor and Syrian people are victims of the American war industry

American.poor.jpgOctober 29, 2012 - For the fourth consecutive day, the armed terrorist groups in Deir Ezzor continued violating the declaration on suspending military operations which the Armed Forces have committed to.

An official source told SANA that terrorist groups on Monday committed acts of aggression and sabotage in al-Shheil area in the countryside of the province.

The source said the Armed Forces repelled the terrorists inflicting heavy losses upon them and destroying their cars.

Armed Forces Respond to Armed Terrorist Groups' Violations of Ceasefire in Damascus Countryside

In Harasta city in Damascus Countryside, a unit of the Armed Forces confronted a terrorist group which was perpetrating acts of sabotage near al-Hassan Mosque and al-Thanawiya Square, leading to eliminating a number of terrorists and seizing their weapons.

An official source told SANA reporter that a field hospital was found near the mosque with a huge quantity of medical drugs and equipment.

The source added that a unit of the Armed Forces responded to an armed terrorist group that attacked citizens and law-enforcement forces in Irbeen town in Damascus countryside and eliminated a number of terrorists.

Another unit of the Armed Forces eliminated a group of armed terrorists who attacked law-enforcement forces and sabotaged public and private properties in Zamalka town.

Terrorist Groups Attack Army and Security Checkpoints in Homs

In similar violations, an armed terrorist group opened fire at a number of army and law-enforcement checkpoints in al-Za'faraneh district in the countryside of Homs.

The Armed Forces repelled the attack inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorist group's members.

Another terrorist group opened fire at army checkpoints in Bab Hood neighborhood in the city of Homs. The group was confronted by the army units and had a number of its members killed while others were injured.

H. Said/F.Allafi/H.Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/10/29/449621.htm

Photo: American poor desperately waiting for a regime change in the U.S.
On June 29, 2011, an American study has revealed that the cost of U.S. military action in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan will run to at least $3.7trillion.
In human terms, at least 224,000 to 258,000 people have died directly from American warfare. Many more have died indirectly, from the loss of clean drinking water, health care and nutrition. Another 365,000 have been wounded and at least 7.8 million have been displaced.

10/22/2012

UN envoy to Syria will visit Moscow

Families Back Home.jpgLavrov: President al-Assad Enjoys the Support of the Majority of Syrian People

 

 

Oct 22, 2012

MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov said that President Bashar al-Assad enjoys the support of the majority of the Syrian people, and constitutes a guarantee of security and stability in Syria.

The Russian Russkaya Gazeta newspaper quoted Lavrov as saying that "the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is supported by the majority of the Syrian people, and he is the guarantee of the safety of minorities in Syria who have been living there for hundreds of years.'' 

He added that the Europeans admit that more than a third of the Syrian people back President al-Assad ''because he won't allow Syria to become a place where minorities cannot live side by side with their fellow Syrian citizens.''

Lavrov considered the accusations leveled at Syria and President al-Assad as a cover-up of a big geopolitical game that seeks to redraw the Middle East map, through which various players are trying to secure their geopolitical positions, with Iran more in mind than Syria.

He reiterated necessity of commitment to Geneva communiqué, saying ''The principles of Geneva communiqué include a simple agreement that has no alternative,'' reminding that Syria has announced its agreement to the communiqué, and the ball now is in the opposition's court.

Lavrov said that the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi will visit Moscow next week for consultations with the Russian leadership, hoping that Brahimi will ''endow the principles of Geneva communiqué with an effectual meaning in his current mission.''

Lavrov expressed Russia's understanding of and support to the rights of the Middle East peoples to a better life and that the citizens enjoy respect in their countries , which has been Russia's stance since the outset of developments in the Middle East.

Lavrov: Russia Supports Ending Violence in Syria, Reaching Peaceful Solution without Foreign Interference

Lavrov expressed Moscow's total support to ending violence in Syria and reaching a peaceful solution for the crisis without foreign interference.

In a statement released Monday, Lavrov described the initiative of the UN envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, on ceasing violence as "important", adding that Russia always supports stopping violence and reaching peaceful solution without foreign interference.

Lavrov called upon all the sides to respond to Brahimi's suggestion as it is a very important step to stop violence and launch the political process that contributes to creating renewable Syria and serving the interests of its people.

Pushkov: What is Happening in Syria Similar to US Misdirection in Iraq

Chairman of the Russian Duma's International Affairs Committee, Alexei Pushkov, said that what is happening currently in Syria is similar to the misdirection carried out by the United States regarding Iraq, and that the US Administration is assuming the same unilateral position and all its media acts as an ideological tool for the administration.

Russia and Iran Call for Unifying Efforts to Solve Crisis in Syria based on Respecting Sovereignty and Independence

Russia and Iran on Monday called on the international community to unify efforts exerted to solve the crisis in Syria based on respecting Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and according to Geneva meeting statement and the principal stances of the Non-Aligned Movement which stipulate for ending bloodshed and launching comprehensive Syrian political dialogue.

In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russian President's Special Envoy to Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, exchanged views in Tehran on the urgent issues listed on the international and regional agendas focusing on the situation in the Middle East and southern Africa.

The statement said that the two sides expressed deep concerns over the continuation of violence in Syria which has caused victims among the civilians.

The statement added that the participants in the talks held in Tehran supported UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi on announcing a truce in Syria during al-Adha Eid.

Earlier, Bogdanov started a visit to Tehran to discuss the latest developments in the region, particularly the crisis in Syria.

 

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/10/22/448499.htm

10/19/2012

Turquie: Erdogan prône une réforme de l'ONU...

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En Février 2011, plus de 100 pays ont voté pour une résolution de l'ONU qui aurait condamné les colonies israéliennes illégales et interrompu toute nouvelle construction. Mais Les Etats-Unis, ont mis leur veto.

Les Etats-Unis ont aussi mis leur veto au Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU dans les affaires suivantes: Dans une résolution sur les Territoires palestiniens occupés (1995); La demande à Israël d'arrêt les construction à Jérusalem-Est (1997); La demande de la fin de la construction israélienne à Jabal Abu Ghneim à Jérusalem-Est (1997); L'établissement d'une mission d'observation de l'ONU sur la protection des civils palestiniens (2001); Le départ d'Israël du territoire palestinien et condamnation de la violence contre les civils (2001); La condamnation de la mort d'employés de l'ONU par Israël et de la destruction du bâtiment du PMA (2002); La décision israélienne de déplacer Yasser Arafat (2003); La condamnation de la construction de la Barrière de séparation israélienne en Cisjordanie (2003); La condamnation de l'assassinat d'Ahmed Yassin leader du Hamas par l'armée israélienne (2004); La demande d'arrêt des tirs israéliens sur le nord de Gaza (2004); Sur la libérations de prisonniers palestiniens par Israël(2006); La condamnation des opérations israéliennes à Gaza (2006); La condamnation des opérations israéliennes à Gaza (2011); à un projet de résolution condamnant la construction par Israël d'un mur en Cisjordanie (2012).

Le 25 mai, 2012, en marge du Sommet de Chicago, les présidents américain et turc, Barack Obama et Abdullah Gül, ont discuté, lors d'un tête-à-tête, des relations Turquie/Israël. Les Etats-Unis tiennent à ce que leurs alliés régionaux, à savoir, la Turquie et Israël, entretiennent de bonnes relations. C'est pourquoi, ils cherchent à rendre le terrain propice à la normalisation des relations entre Ankara et Tel-Aviv.

Le 13 Octobre, 2012, le premier ministre turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan a condamné 'l'inertie des Nations Unies sur le dossier Syrien'. et a proposé de 'réformer l'Organisation des Nations unies en raison de son incapacité à régler la crise syrienne'...

Photo: Erdogan, le petit caniche bien-aimée de la secrétaire d'Etat américaine Hillary Clinton.

Palestiniens: victimes de l'occupation israélienne et de l'intolérance religieuse

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'Là où la liberté religieuse est respectée, les autres droits fondamentaux de l’homme le sont aussi' (Présentation du 9e Rapport de l’AED sur la liberté religieuse dans le monde à Lucerne)

Lucerne, 18 octobre 2012 (Apic) L’œuvre d’entraide catholique internationale "Aide à l’Eglise en détresse" (AED) a présenté, le 17 octobre 2012, son 9e Rapport 2012 sur la liberté religieuse dans le monde, à l’Université de Lucerne. Les intervenants étaient le professeur de droit international à l’Université de Genève, Nicolas Michel, et du responsable d’AED en Suisse romande et italienne, Roberto Simona.

Publié en six langues et dans 17 pays, le rapport sur la liberté religieuse de 582 pages rend compte, à l’aide d’exemples concrets et de témoignages, de la situation sur tous les continents. Le constat est alarmant. Les principales victimes de l’absence de liberté religieuse dans le monde sont des chrétiens. 75% des cas d’atteinte les concernent, affirme l’œuvre d’entraide catholique internationale.

http://www.kipa-apic.ch/index.php?pw=&na=0,0,0,0,f&am...

Photo: Des israéliens de la colonie de Bracha jettent des pierres sur des agriculteurs palestiniens.

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10/18/2012

Nobel Peace Prize is a 'call to action'

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Nobel Peace Prize 2009

Obama in The Rose Garden: “To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by this prize, men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.”

Obama about Afghanistan on CNN: 'The Nobel Peace Prize is a call to action.  I am the commander in chief of a country that is responsible for ending a war and working in another theater to confront a ruthless adversary that directly threatens the American people.'

Obama in his acceptance speech: "War is sometimes necessary, and war is at some level an expression of human feelings"

Angela Merkel of Germany: 'It was an incentive to the president and to us all to do more for peace.'

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy of France: 'The award marked America’s return to the hearts of the world’s peoples.'

The Nobel Peace Prize committee "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future." "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."

Nobel committee chairman, Thorbjorn Jagland: “The question we have to ask is who has done the most in the previous year to enhance peace in the world. And who has done more than Barack Obama?”

Photo: A little girl, victim of an American Drone Attack in Pakistan

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Syria

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Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

Photo: terrorist act in Syria

10/16/2012

'Russian-made cluster bombs' in Syria...

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'Syrian government forces have used Russian-made cluster bombs on populated areas in their effort to push back rebel advances along the country's main north-south highway', according to Human Rights Watch. The Syrian Army denied using cluster bombs in its fights against terrorists and by US. armed groups in Syria.

Western human rights organizations as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have very good relations with the US State Department.
Suzanne Nossel previously of the US State Department, is now executive director of Amnesty International USA.

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U.S. angry that Afghans banned cluster bombs

December 6, 2010

A secret cable describes how the Bush-era State Department labored to keep the controversial weapons in Afghanistan...

The 2,000-pound "smart" bomb that killed two U.S. special forces troops and injured 20 others in Afghanistan on December 5, 2001 is one of the most modern and precise weapons in America's military arsenal. Such "JDAMs" (joint direct attack munitions) bombs, which are dropped in both 1,000-pound and 2,000-pound versions, were developed after the 1991 Gulf War for more precise day and night use against ground targets through fog, clouds or other bad weather. A JDAM cluster is shown in this undated Air Force photograph. REUTERS/USAF/Handout RC/SV(Credit: © Reuters Photographer / Reuters)

Here’s another WikiLeaked cable that offers an unfiltered look at a little-discussed aspect of American foreign policy: the Bush-era State Department panicked in 2008 after Afghanistan unexpectedly signed an international treaty banning cluster bombs, with the U.S. fearing that the military could no longer store and use the controversial weapons in Afghanistan.

The December 2008 cable followed an international summit at which Afghanistan and over 90 other countries — not including the U.S. — signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), which ban the use of bombs that scatter so-called bomblets over a wide area. Some of the bomblets typically do not explode, creating a deadly hazard for civilians that can last for many years.

Because the treaty prohibits not only the use of cluster bombs, but also the storage of the munitions, the State Department was worried about the fate of the American store of the bombs in Afghanistan. So Washington sent a note to the embassy in Kabul to pressure the Afghan government on this point:

The U.S. Government believes Article 21 of the Convention provides the flexibility for signatories to continue to cooperate and conduct operations with U.S. forces, and in turn for U.S. forces to store, transfer, and use U.S. cluster munitions in the territory of a State Party. The Department requests that Post approach appropriate interlocutors at the Afghan Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense to urge Kabul to interpret Article 21 in a similar manner, minimizing any potential impact of Afghanistan,s signature of the Convention on U.S. operations and military cooperation. Given the political sensitivities in Afghanistan surrounding cluster munitions as well as air and artillery strikes in general, the Department believes that a low-profile approach will be the best way to ensure a common understanding that the CCM does not impede military planning and operations between our two governments.

Remarkably, one of the U.S. talking points argued that the use of cluster bombs would actually reduce civilian casualties (emphasis added).

Not allowing the use of cluster munitions will increases risk to Coalition forces engaged in combat from enemy counter-fire, reduce responsiveness, decrease the number of different targets that can be attacked within a specified timeframe, and will substantially increase risks of collateral damage by requiring usage of a greater number of large, unitary warheads to accomplish the same mission.

The Guardian has more on how the U.S. also labored to keep cluster munitions in Britain, which, like Afghanistan, signed the treaty.

http://www.salon.com/2010/12/06/wikileaks_afghanistan_clu...

War against Syria: American Congress

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'We preach freedom around the world.  Our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all.'

 

John F. Kennedy 

Civil Rights Address

11 June 1963

 

Good evening, my fellow citizens:

This afternoon, following a series of threats and defiant statements, the presence of Alabama National Guardsmen was required on the University of Alabama to carry out the final and unequivocal order of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. That order called for the admission of two clearly qualified young Alabama residents who happened to have been born Negro. That they were admitted peacefully on the campus is due in good measure to the conduct of the students of the University of Alabama, who met their responsibilities in a constructive way.

I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

Today, we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. And when Americans are sent to Vietnam or West Berlin, we do not ask for whites only. It ought to be possible, therefore, for American students of any color to attend any public institution they select without having to be backed up by troops. It ought to to be possible for American consumers of any color to receive equal service in places of public accommodation, such as hotels and restaurants and theaters and retail stores, without being forced to resort to demonstrations in the street, and it ought to be possible for American citizens of any color to register and to vote in a free election without interference or fear of reprisal. It ought to to be possible, in short, for every American to enjoy the privileges of being American without regard to his race or his color. In short, every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated. But this is not the case.

The Negro baby born in America today, regardless of the section of the State in which he is born, has about one-half as much chance of completing a high school as a white baby born in the same place on the same day, one-third as much chance of completing college, one-third as much chance of becoming a professional man, twice as much chance of becoming unemployed, about one-seventh as much chance of earning $10,000 a year, a life expectancy which is 7 years shorter, and the prospects of earning only half as much.

This is not a sectional issue. Difficulties over segregation and discrimination exist in every city, in every State of the Union, producing in many cities a rising tide of discontent that threatens the public safety. Nor is this a partisan issue. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. This is not even a legal or legislative issue alone. It is better to settle these matters in the courts than on the streets, and new laws are needed at every level, but law alone cannot make men see right. We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the Scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution.

The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated. If an American, because his skin is dark, cannot eat lunch in a restaurant open to the public, if he cannot send his children to the best public school available, if he cannot vote for the public officials who will represent him, if, in short, he cannot enjoy the full and free life which all of us want, then who among us would be content to have the color of his skin changed and stand in his place? Who among us would then be content with the counsels of patience and delay?

One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice. They are not yet freed from social and economic oppression. And this Nation, for all its hopes and all its boasts, will not be fully free until all its citizens are free.

We preach freedom around the world, and we mean it, and we cherish our freedom here at home, but are we to say to the world, and much more importantly, to each other that this is the land of the free except for the Negroes; that we have no second-class citizens except Negroes; that we have no class or caste system, no ghettoes, no master race except with respect to Negroes?

Now the time has come for this Nation to fulfill its promise. The events in Birmingham and elsewhere have so increased the cries for equality that no city or State or legislative body can prudently choose to ignore them. The fires of frustration and discord are burning in every city, North and South, where legal remedies are not at hand. Redress is sought in the streets, in demonstrations, parades, and protests which create tensions and threaten violence and threaten lives.

We face, therefore, a moral crisis as a country and a people. It cannot be met by repressive police action. It cannot be left to increased demonstrations in the streets. It cannot be quieted by token moves or talk. It is a time to act in the Congress, in your State and local legislative body and, above all, in all of our daily lives. It is not enough to pin the blame on others, to say this a problem of one section of the country or another, or deplore the facts that we face. A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all. Those who do nothing are inviting shame, as well as violence. Those who act boldly are recognizing right, as well as reality.

Next week I shall ask the Congress of the United States to act, to make a commitment it has not fully made in this century to the proposition that race has no place in American life or law. The Federal judiciary has upheld that proposition in a series of forthright cases. The Executive Branch has adopted that proposition in the conduct of its affairs, including the employment of Federal personnel, the use of Federal facilities, and the sale of federally financed housing. But there are other necessary measures which only the Congress can provide, and they must be provided at this session. The old code of equity law under which we live commands for every wrong a remedy, but in too many communities, in too many parts of the country, wrongs are inflicted on Negro citizens and there are no remedies at law. Unless the Congress acts, their only remedy is the street.

I am, therefore, asking the Congress to enact legislation giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public -- hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments. This seems to me to be an elementary right. Its denial is an arbitrary indignity that no American in 1963 should have to endure, but many do.

I have recently met with scores of business leaders urging them to take voluntary action to end this discrimination, and I have been encouraged by their response, and in the last two weeks over 75 cities have seen progress made in desegregating these kinds of facilities. But many are unwilling to act alone, and for this reason, nationwide legislation is needed if we are to move this problem from the streets to the courts.

I'm also asking the Congress to authorize the Federal Government to participate more fully in lawsuits designed to end segregation in public education. We have succeeded in persuading many districts to desegregate voluntarily. Dozens have admitted Negroes without violence. Today, a Negro is attending a State-supported institution in every one of our 50 States, but the pace is very slow.

Too many Negro children entering segregated grade schools at the time of the Supreme Court's decision nine years ago will enter segregated high schools this fall, having suffered a loss which can never be restored. The lack of an adequate education denies the Negro a chance to get a decent job.

The orderly implementation of the Supreme Court decision, therefore, cannot be left solely to those who may not have the economic resources to carry the legal action or who may be subject to harassment.

Other features will be also requested, including greater protection for the right to vote. But legislation, I repeat, cannot solve this problem alone. It must be solved in the homes of every American in every community across our country. In this respect I wanna pay tribute to those citizens North and South who've been working in their communities to make life better for all. They are acting not out of sense of legal duty but out of a sense of human decency. Like our soldiers and sailors in all parts of the world they are meeting freedom's challenge on the firing line, and I salute them for their honor and their courage.

My fellow Americans, this is a problem which faces us all -- in every city of the North as well as the South. Today, there are Negroes unemployed, two or three times as many compared to whites, inadequate education, moving into the large cities, unable to find work, young people particularly out of work without hope, denied equal rights, denied the opportunity to eat at a restaurant or a lunch counter or go to a movie theater, denied the right to a decent education, denied almost today the right to attend a State university even though qualified. It seems to me that these are matters which concern us all, not merely Presidents or Congressmen or Governors, but every citizen of the United States.

This is one country. It has become one country because all of us and all the people who came here had an equal chance to develop their talents. We cannot say to ten percent of the population that you can't have that right; that your children cannot have the chance to develop whatever talents they have; that the only way that they are going to get their rights is to go in the street and demonstrate. I think we owe them and we owe ourselves a better country than that.

Therefore, I'm asking for your help in making it easier for us to move ahead and to provide the kind of equality of treatment which we would want ourselves; to give a chance for every child to be educated to the limit of his talents.

As I've said before, not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.

We have a right to expect that the Negro community will be responsible, will uphold the law, but they have a right to expect that the law will be fair, that the Constitution will be color blind, as Justice Harlan said at the turn of the century.

This is what we're talking about and this is a matter which concerns this country and what it stands for, and in meeting it I ask the support of all our citizens.

Thank you very much.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jfkcivilrights.htm

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Washington is responsible for terrorist acts and death of Syrian civilians

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

Photo: Vietnam

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Human rights organizations: 'Syrian Army using cluster bombs'

Amnesty.Nossel.DifferentPodium.SameLies.jpg'Syrian government forces have used Russian-made cluster bombs on populated areas in their effort to push back rebel advances along the country's main north-south highway', according to Human Rights Watch.

The Syrian Army denied using cluster bombs in its fights against terrorists and by US. armed groups in Syria.

Western human rights organizations as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have very good relations with the US State Department and are part of the daily American war propaganda and western media...

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Photo: Same lies, different podium.
Suzanne Nossel previously of the US State Department, is now executive director of Amnesty International USA. 
Nossel was drawn directly from the US State Department - again, utterly contradicting Amnesty's claims of being "independent" of governments and corporate interests. She continued promoting US foreign policy, but simply behind a podium with a new logo, Amnesty International's logo, attached to it. Amnesty International's website specifically mentions Nossel's role behind US State Department-backed UN resolutions regarding Iran, Syria, Libya, and Cote d'Ivoire.

America's unjust laws

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Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a major part of many nonviolent protests as he helped lead the fight for desegregation and equal rights. He was arrested numerous times. In 1963, numerous "sit-ins" were staged in Birmingham, Alabama to protest segregation in restaurants and eating facilities. King was arrested during one of these and while he was imprisoned wrote his famous "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." In this letter he argued that only through visible protests would progress be made. He argued that it was an individual's duty to protest and in fact disobey unjusts laws.

Photo: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, March 26, 1964

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10/11/2012

'Turkey is a terrorist State...'

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As a reminder:

Israeli official to Clinton: 'Declare Turkey a terror-supporting state'

2 September 2011

A hawkish Israeli politician reportedly wrote a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday, asking the US to declare Turkey a terror-supporting state, the Jerusalem Post reported early on Friday.

Danny Danon, who is also deputy Knesset speaker, wrote a letter to Clinton after Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu warned Israel to apologize until the UN releases its report in which he called on Washington to impose sanctions on Turkey and call it a terror-supporting state.

"Turkey has gotten closer to Iran and constitutes a direct continuation of the axis of evil. The government in Washington must answer the Turkish problem before it is too late," Danon wrote, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The Israeli official called for economic and diplomatic sanctions against Turkey until Ankara changes its ways and abandons what he said “the way of terror.”

"The Turks have crossed the line. They supported the flotilla, they support terror and they dare to ask Israel to apologize to them," Danon said.

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-255526-israeli-official-t...

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Note: US. president Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for terrorist attacks in Syria. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an "intelligence finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust the Syrian government. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan. On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. It proves once again that the Turkish government is not only arming Syrian terrorists but organizes with its NATO allies (with Israel in the background) also a real war against Syria.


Photo: Turkish fighter jets forced a Syrian passenger plane that was so called 'suspected of carrying weapons' to land at Ankara airport, what can be seen as a new military provocation and terrorist act of the Turkish government.

10/10/2012

Conflict Turkey-Syria: a strategy of the US. and Israel...

 

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'Syria-Turkey Fighting Continues'

'Syrian mortar fire again strikes a Turkish border village, prompting artillery retaliation for the fourth day'

10/7/2012 - Syrian mortar fire again struck a Turkish border village on Sunday, prompting artillery retaliation for the fourth day, AFP reported.

The Syrian mortar round hit Akcakale, the site of a similar strike on Wednesday, as Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said President Bashar al-Assad should be replaced by Vice President Faruq al-Shara.

The mortar round hit the grounds of a public building without causing casualties, Turkey's NTV news channel reported, adding that the building had been evacuated beforehand.

That incident caused a spike in tensions between the former allies and renewed fears of a broader conflict.

Turkey's parliament on Thursday gave the government the green light to use military force against Syria if necessary.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/160620#....

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Note: Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan. On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting tooking place at General Staff headquarters was only announced a few days later to the public in a statement released by the General Staff. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. It is clear that the US. and its allies wants to provoke a war between Turkey and Syria...

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, who is a good friend of the US. and Israel.  He was also used for the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

10/02/2012

Cuba: U.S., European Countries Support Armed Terrorist Groups in Syria

 

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Cuba: U.S., European Countries Support Armed Terrorist Groups in Syria

Oct 02, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, (SANA) – Cuba's Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, stressed that the US and some European countries are seeking to change the Syrian government through providing limitless support to the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

Delivering a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, which was quoted by the Associated Press news agency, Rodriguez said that the U.S. and its European allies are financing, arming and training the armed terrorist groups and working on recruiting mercenaries to send them to Syria.

R. Raslan/ H. Said 

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/10/02/444887.htm

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Syria: China's non-violent role

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China, Firm Power, Accelerated Stances to Consolidate International Balance 

Oct 02, 2012
 
DAMASCUS, (SANA) - Day after day, China goes ahead in playing an important role in the international circles on the basis of the international law and the UN Charter in parallel with its continued efforts to defend the right of sovereign countries in the face of all attempts to interfere in their internal affairs and to maintain the political security and international economy.

China's economic strength, which is constantly growing, and its political stability led it, with steady and accelerated steps, towards progress.

The 63rd anniversary of China's National Day for this year is different in terms of the increased role of China at the political level, despite of all pressures, as it firmly confronts the attempts of some countries to dominate the world through interfering in other countries affairs and breaching their sovereignty.

China has always been emphasizing that states have the right to self-determination away from any external influences, such a stance is based on that the role of international powers and the UN bodies, is represented only in providing the appropriate atmosphere to resolve the crisis and not to legitimize intervention and formulation of sanctions and attacks on countries.

China, in cooperation with Russia, worked together at the UN Security Council during the last period to foil all the West's attempts to interfere in Syria's internal affairs as they vetoed all the draft resolutions allowing the foreign interference in Syria.

It seeks to end the crisis in Syria through ensuring the atmospheres for a political solution based on dialogue and the right of the Syrian people to determine their destiny and future.

China also exerted all efforts to restore the international balance and end exploiting the UN Security Council to topple the countries which are undesirable for U.S.A.

Statements of senior Chinese officials always stress that dialogue is the only way to reach an objective solution for the crises in the world, mainly the crisis in Syria and the Iranian nuclear issue.

On the economic level, China played a key role in rescuing the global economy from collapse through tackling the global financial crisis in Europe and the United States and its efforts to reform the international monetary system.

H. Zain / Ghossoun

 

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Syria: No 'humanitarian corridors' as pretext for foreign intervention

 

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Russia Reiterates Rejection of Establishing Humanitarian Zones in Syria, Stresses on Political Solution

Oct 02, 2012

MOSCOW, (SANA) – The Russian Foreign Ministry urged the NATO Alliance and the countries in the region to stop seeking any pretexts for armed foreign intervention in Syria or establish humanitarian corridors or buffer zones.

The Ministry reiterated its stance which calls for reaching a political diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria.

The Russian Interfax news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov in a statement on Tuesday as saying that there are known examples for foreign intervention in the region which revealed that the diplomacy of bombs did not achieve the desired results rather it destabilized the security in those countries and the whole region.

He stressed that it is now very important to spare no effort to convince all Syrian sides to halt violence, launch a national dialogue and implement Geneva statement.

Gatilov reiterated Russia's concern over the situation in Syria, adding that his country calls upon Damascus and Ankara for self-restraint.

He said that there are growing numbers of extremists among the ranks of the Syrian opposition who could commit provocative acts and stoke conflicts on the borders, expressing concern over the crisis crossing geographic frontiers and leading to destabilize the security situation in the neighboring countries.

R. Raslan/ H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/10/02/444863.htm

UN mission in Hands of Countries which Arm Terrorists in Syria

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Al-Moallem: Key to Make Brahimi's Mission a Success is in the Hands of Countries which Fund and Arm Terrorists in Syria

Oct 02, 2012

NEW YORK, (SANA) – Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem affirmed that the key to make the mission of UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi a success lies having Syria's neighboring countries, other countries and the west cease their support and harboring of terrorists, warning that the US and all those who support terrorism are bound to get a taste of its poison.

In an interview on al-Mayadine TV broadcast in full on Monday, October 01, 2012 al-Moallem voiced confidence that the tolerant and patriotic Syrian people will overcome the crisis by engaging in a comprehensive national reconciliation that would reconstruct the Syrian social fabric and build a better future for Syria and its children.

The Minister pointed out that the positions of countries that Syria considers sides in the conspiracy against it haven't changed based on what he witnessed during the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, noting that there were other grey positions that have now shifted to supporting Syria, demanding ending violence and finding a polticial, peaceful solution to the situation in Syria through comprehensive national dialogue.

On the calls of the Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi for implementing Chapter VII of the UN Security Council against Syria, al-Moallem said "the reason for his obsession with Chapter VII could be his jealousy from his predecessor and his work in Libya."

Al-Moallem said that al-Arabi should remember that more than 100 resolutions were issued by the UN and the Security Council against Israel and none of them were under Chapter VII. adding "I don't know why he insists on chapter VII when he knows that it will be exploited to wage a military action against Syria."‬

Responding to a question on "loss of legitimacy," al-Moallem said that those who talk about this are either ignorant and need to cement their own legitimacy, or members of the conspiracy against Syria who infringe upon the Syrian people's right to determine their own future, adding that even Security Council resolutions affirmed that the people alone have the right to decide their own future.

"No-one in the world can decide who leads Syria other than the Syrian people… this is a delusion they need to abandon unless their goal is to extend the crisis, which I believe to be the most likely," he added.

On his meeting with Ibrahimi, al-Moallem said that Syria supported the Envoy's mission and was optimistic due to his considerable diplomatic experience, stressing that there are guidelines which constitutes rights for Syria; first of them is maintaining sovereignty and territorial integrity and preventing foreign interference, and second is acknowledging the Syrian people's right to deice their own present and future.

"No-one can overcome this truth… other than that, we cooperate with Ibrahimi in any way that can lead to the success of his mission," he said.

Al-Moallem said that one of the keys to the success of Brahimi's mission  is in Damascus while another is abroad; specifically in the hands of Syria's neighboring countries which are harboring, arming and supporting the armed terrorist groups in Syria with funds and media, adding "if Brahimi didn't get real commitments from neighboring countries, and before that from the USA which is running the entire game, then he will face the same problems that faced Kofi Annan… I am confident that Ibrahimi has good intentions and determination to succeed in his mission, and we in Syria will provide all that could lead to its success."

Answering a question about Brahimi's next visit to Syria, al-Moallem said "It came to my knowledge that it will be in the next few days, and it will be a regional visit.''

On the initiatives launched for solving the crisis in Syria, including the so-called 'Quartet' that the Egyptian president spoke about and his assessment of these initiatives, al-Moallem said that Syria welcomes in principle all well-intentioned initiatives that seek to put an end to the current situation, ''But first, it is no longer a 'quartet', for as I understood, Saudi Arabia did not attend Cairo nor New York meeting, but let me ask, does Turkey have well intentions? This needs to be substantiated on the ground as the bulk of the raging violence in Syria comes from Turkey.''

''In Syria, we are looking forward to the best of relations with the Turkish people, and in our approach to Turkey, we tend to differentiate between the Turkish people and Erdogan's government…It's Erdogan's government who is antagonistic to us not the Turkish people with whom we share deep-rooted historical friendship and broad economic interests that were undermined by Erdogan government,'' al-Moallem said.

Al-Moallem added ''Concerning the situation in Turkey, we are informed that that there is dissatisfaction with Erdogan's policies towards Syria, which is real, as they persist in denying hosting, training and arming armed terrorist groups. In Syria, they have brought terrorist organizations from Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Afghanistan to fight in Syria, some of which were misled into believing that they were sent to fight in Palestine.''

Asked about the Syrian Arab army's right to pursue armed groups infiltrating into Syria from neighboring countries, and whether this might lead to a volatile regional situation, al-Moallem said ''It was Turkey who introduced this precedent in international relations through pursuing PKK members in northern Iraq. As for Syria, we are committed to good neighborliness with our neighbors, namely Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, and we say that border control must happen through mutual cooperation,'' warning that exporting terrorism will backfire on those exporting it, which makes cooperation in border control through diplomatic the best way to fix the problem.

Replying to a question on Qatar's gas and oil aspirations and whether the Qatari interference is predicated on its intention to provide a pipeline passing through Saudi Arabia, Akaba, Syria, Turkey and Bulgaria with the aim to vie with the Russian gas and oil, al-Moallem said ''I haven't heard about this before, and Qatar has not asked for Syria's agreement…this is journalistic analysis…Second, we have an interest in pipelines passing through Syria as we are receiving fees, and I don't know of the reasons behind Qatar's transformation from close relations between the two leaderships to enmity that permits killing Syrians.''

''Qatar is allocating millions of dollars for killing the Syrian people and destroying the infrastructure in Syria,'' al-Moallem said.

Al-Moallem observed that when asking Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos on the funds that the GCC countries donated to help the Syrian people, Amos replied ''Not one dollar.''

The Minister said, "They are paying billions of dollars to kill the Syrian people and destroy the infrastructure, but they do not pay one dollar to help the Syrian people…. I believe that they are suffering from a problem in their mentalities because any one who sees the destruction in Syria would say that it is crazy."

Concerning the opposition's conferences in Syria and the talk about an international conference to discuss the Syrian issue, al-Moallem said, "Two national opposition's conferences were held in Damascus, and as a government, we facilitated these conferences… several months ago the Russian friends offered a preparatory dialogue with the opposition in Moscow and we welcomed the idea as we did with the Iranian friends. Again we call on all national opposition factions to meet in Damascus in the framework of a comprehensive national dialogue with an open agenda and with no preconditions, but it should be based on rejecting foreign interference."

Minister al-Moallem added, "The security solution was imposed on us. The Government has a duty to defend its people and infrastructure; it is not my favorite as I am still committed to a peaceful national comprehensive political solution in which all Syrian people take part to plan the present and the future of Syria".

Answering a question on the readiness of the government in Syria for early elections under international supervision on the presidential term as a part of the comprehensive solution, Al-Moallem said, "First, there is a constitution that was adopted recently and parliamentary elections were held according to it. This constitution remains in effect until a dialogue is held and produces ideas and agreement on constitutional amendments that are put to public referendum. The current constitution stipulates for presidential elections in 2014".

As for the international supervision, al-Moallem said, "this issue is still too early, and we will leave it for the national dialogue as proposing this issue would affect the honesty of elections."

I reply to a question on whether there would be flexibility if an internal consensus is reached through a comprehensive national conference regarding any proposals, including an amendment of the presidential term and allowing candidates for presidency, al-Moallem said ''Of course, this will be possible for everyone according to parliamentary rules, and each parliamentary block will be able to name a candidate, and we haven't said that president al-Assad will be the sole candidate.''

Concerning the citizens who were forced to leave their homes, al-Moallem said, "We know those people were forced by the armed terrorist groups to leave their houses. Some of them stayed inside Syria, others went across the borders. Unfortunately, camps in remote areas were built for them… on behalf of the Syrian government, I call on those citizens to go back to their houses and village, and the state would guarantee their security and would offer them help."

Al-Moallem pointed out that everyone in Syria could suffer a bad security condition, but "That doesn't mean that we should leave the country."

He said that the parties behind the crisis in Syria planned for two options; military and economic, adding that when they failed in repeating the Libyan scenario in Syria, they opted for a policy of imposing sanctions and wanted to substitute the military option with the economic through economic sanctions and vandalism of infrastructure to topple the Syrian regime, "But the Syrians are aware of all of that. Syria is a rich country as it possesses a strategic stockpile of wheat, food, medicine and the basic needs of citizens that enable us to withstand sanctions," al-Moallem added.

Answering a question on alleged US-Syrian communications on the WMDs, Minister al-Moallem said that former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell made perjurious statements at the UN Security Council on WMDs in Iraq in the aftermath of the US war under the pretext of WMDs which proved baseless, adding that "Allegations of chemical weapons in Syria are fabricated by the US administration. Assuming that such weapons exist in Syria, is it believable that we could use them against our own people? That's nonsense."

"We said that we are ready to sign the Chemical Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty if Israel signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. That doesn't mean that Syria possesses a chemical arsenal or plans to use such weapons against its people. These nonsensical allegations were made to launch a campaign against Syria similar to the campaign against Iraq."

Al-Moallem stressed that there has never been dialogue between Syria and the US on chemical weapons, adding that there have not been attempts to discuss this topic on the sidelines of the New York meetings or the issues that could make the US reconsider its policies toward Syria.

Al-Moallem said "I don't want to be irrational like the US officials in answering this question. First of all, the US elections is the choice of the US people, no  one abroad has the right to decide whether Obama or Romney is better. Unlike the USA, We don't make mistakes against the USA."

Al-Moallem wondered what could make the USA change its stances toward Syria, adding "From my experience, the Americans don't ask specialists in the region's affairs about the interests of the USA…They ask the Israelis about their interests…The Israeli interests are top priority for the USA."

He stressed that the interests of Israel are being achieved today as the Syrian blood is being shed and the Syrian infrastructure institutions sabotaged.

"The last terrorist act targeting the Military Staff building in Damascus wasn't condemned by the UN Security Council because the West, especially the USA, UK and France encourage such acts," he added.

Al-Moallem said he wasn't surprised that the West didn't condemn this terrorist attack, adding that "The USA will get a taste of the terrorism's poison which it is supporting. "Apparently they didn't learn from Afghanistan, when in the 1980s they were calling Ben Laden and his group freedom fighters, then they became terrorists. USA got a taste of their poison in 11 September."

He stressed that the Israelis are embroiling the USA in the region and are harming Washington interests in order for them to achieve theirs, adding that it is a common knowledge that the so-called "Arab Spring" serves Israel.

On the possibility of healing the wounds inflicted upon the Syrian society after 18 months of sectarian and racist incitement, al-Moallem said that "We didn't reach a stage of sectarian or civil war..There is a struggle between the Syrian army and armed terrorist groups. I believe the Syrians are tolerant people. The Syrians don't ask anyone about his religion or sect..This was brought to Syria by the USA after invading Iraq."

He said that restoring national unity is possible through a comprehensive national reconciliation, adding that the Ministry of National Reconciliation was established because without reconciliation it is hard to restore this unity, adding that the Ministry will have enormous tasks in the future.

Al-Moallem underscored that the reconciliation efforts started in Homs, which was a center of terrorist acts and destruction, adding that "We are looking forward for similar efforts in the future…An amnesty decree was issued for the persons who surrendered their weapons."

''It is possible in the foreseeable future, when a mutual vision in reached and violence is stopped, that there would be a comprehensive amnesty decree that paves the way for national reconciliation,'' al-Moallem said.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/10/02/444704.htm

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