Tag Archives: Syria

Russia to tie chemical attack to Syrian rebels at UN

Russia will give the Security Council evidence implicating Syrian rebels in a chemical attack on 21 August, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24140475    Syrian officials supplied the evidence.  A UN report released on Monday concluded the nerve agent sarin was used in the attack in Damascus, which the US blames on the Syrian […]

UN chemical report inconclusive in assigning blame

A United Nations report’s authors did not assign blame for the attack on the outskirts of Damascus, the details it documented included the large size and particular shape of the munitions and the precise direction from which two of them had been fired. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/world/europe/syria-united-nations.html?hpw The main point of the report was to establish whether chemical […]

Erdogan shows true globalist colors as US Syria strike fades

On Thursday, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong advocate for military intervention in the Syrian war, reacted angrily to the United States’ decision to delay a military strike there — a decision analysts said had left Mr. Erdogan more politically vulnerable at home.   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/world/middleeast/for-turkeys-leader-syrias-war-worsens-his-problems-at-home.html?ref=world   In a speech to a trade group, […]

Putin tries to warn americans of war pretext pitfalls

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?pagewanted=all  A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could […]

Zionists unleash powerful lobby on US congress in bid for war

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington, plans to dispatch 300 of its members to Capitol Hill on Tuesday as part of a broad campaign to press Congress to back President Obama’s proposed strike on Syria, the group said Monday.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/world/middleeast/lobbying-group-for-israel-to-press-congress-on-syria.html?ref=world  The push by the group, known as Aipac, which […]

Study shows most americans against war with Syria

A broad majority of Americans, exhausted by nearly a dozen years of war and fearful of tripping into another one, are opposed to a military strike on Syria.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/world/middleeast/poll-majority-of-americans-oppose-military-strike.html?ref=world   Those findings illustrate the depth of the challenge facing President Obama as he tries to win support for a limited strike from a deeply reluctant […]

Assad warns US aggression will lead to larger conflict

Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned there will be “repercussions” against any U. S. military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack in his country. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/09/09/us/politics/ap-us-syria-assad-interview.html?hp&_r=0   “You should expect everything,” Assad said in an interview with CBS taped in Damascus. “Not necessarily from the government. It’s not only the government … in this […]

Russia joins chorus doubting chemical weapons evidence

In an interview published on Wednesday, President Vladimir V. Putin said it seemed “completely ridiculous” for the government of President Bashar al-Assad to have used chemical weapons and that there was still not sufficient proof to justify the military strike that President Obama has asked Congress to authorize.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/world/europe/putin-says-proof-of-chemical-arms-attack-not-enough-to-justify-us-attack.html?ref=world   Mr. Putin, speaking to The […]

FBI increases domestic surveillance while war with Syria looms

The F.B.I. has increased its surveillance inside the United States in response to concerns that a military strike against the government of President Bashar al-Assad could lead to terrorist attacks here or against American allies and interests abroad. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/us/fbi-sharpens-scrutiny-of-syrians-in-us-for-signs-of-retaliation.html?ref=us    The authorities are particularly concerned because Iran — one of Mr. Assad’s closest allies — […]

UN tries to forestall US aggression in Syria

Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, cut short a European trip and rushed home on Thursday to prepare for a weekend briefing by his team of chemical weapons inspectors on the ground in Syria. He implored President Obama to refrain from a threatened military strike and to allow the procedures enshrined in […]

Congress begs for consultation before war begins in Syria

“We strongly urge you to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria,” read a letter, signed by 98 Republicans and 18 Democrats in the House. “Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior Congressional authorization would violate […]

China asks for evidence in West pretext for war with Syria

China, clinging to a longstanding policy of noninterference, said on Wednesday that it opposed military action against Syria and insisted that the truth about the chemical weapons attack against civilians last week remained unclear. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/29/world/asia/culprit-in-syrian-chemical-attack-is-unclear-china-insists.html?ref=world   As momentum built for Western military strikes against Syria, China was unmoved by the conclusions of Western governments that […]

Americans draw parallel to Iraq WMD lie in Syria

A grim-faced secretary of state reading a bill of charges against a rogue Arab leader. The White House promising intelligence that will provide proof about weapons of mass destruction. Frenetic efforts to piece together a coalition of the willing. Breathless news reports about imminent bombing raids. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/29/world/middleeast/on-syria-a-drumbeat-with-some-echoes-of-iraq.html?ref=world   The days since the deadly chemical weapons […]

Brits, Iran call for evidence in Syrian attack as war looms

In London, government enthusiasm for a rapid retaliatory strike against Syrian government targets seemed to evaporate late Wednesday when British leaders, facing dissent among lawmakers, signaled that they would await the inspectors’ findings. Prime Minister David Cameron’s government, aware of the sensitivities created by the Iraq war, said unexpectedly that a separate vote would be […]

Middle East questions validity of US pretext for war

Why would Syria’s Bashar Hafez al-Assad launch a deadly chemical attack on a scale not yet seen in his country’s civil war — as American and allied officials assert his loyalists did last week — when he seemed to be holding his own in the stalemated conflict, and just as international weapons inspectors arrived in the […]

Islamist prison breaks may be connected to Syrian conflict

Interpol cited prison escapes in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan, and asked its members to examine if they were connected. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23560889  In the most recent escape, 248 prisoners were sprung from a jail in north-west Pakistan. Militants used automatic weapons and bombs to break down the walls of the jail in Dera Ismail Khan on 30 […]

Responsibility to Protect (R2P) creeps into lexicon on Syria

Senate Foreign Relations Committee is captured in the awkward place that “responsibility to protect” occupies in the Obama administration. A 2005 United Nations initiative that calls on countries to intervene to prevent genocide and other mass atrocities, R2P, as it is known, has been endorsed by the United States and many other countries.   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/24/us/politics/us-urged-to-adopt-policy-justifying-intervention.html?emc=eta1   […]

NWO looks for win-win again with sustained conflict in Syria

A senior American intelligence official on Saturday said that the Syrian conflict could last “many, many months to multiple years,” and described a situation that would most likely worsen regardless of whether the Syrian leader, President Bashar al-Assad, fell. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/world/middleeast/us-intelligence-official-says-syrian-war-could-last-for-years.html  “If Bashar Assad were to succeed, he will be a more ruthless leader who will […]

UN: In Syria crimes against humanity are the rule

The conflict in Syria has caused the world’s worst refugee crisis for 20 years, with an average of 6,000 people fleeing every day in 2013.  5,000 people are being killed each month. 6.8 million Syrians needed urgent help.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23332527  Nearly 1.8 million refugees registered with the UN had fled Syria since the beginning of the […]

Divide and conquer working to cull Syrian populace

Syria’s widening civil war has killed more than 100,000 people in the 27-month-old conflict, with pro-government forces taking far more casualties than rebels seeking the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, while civilians accounted for more than one-third of the overall fatalities, the biggest single category.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/27/world/middleeast/syria.html?hp&_r=0   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based […]