A significant Syrian achievement in Idlib province is reported, falsely, as the commission of a War Crime. A few days ago the Syrian Arab Army recovered a pivotal military base from Al Qaeda (Al Nusra . . . Hayat Tahir, from now on I’m going to call them Al Qaeda in Syria). This is important because, among other things, the […]Read more
All the news today is about Turkey attacking Afrin, a Kurdish governed city in northern Syria and threatening another Kurdish run city named Manbj. This is a very dangerous situation and another devastating assault on the Syrian people who have already suffered so much from a war that that was started by foreign manipulation and fed by foreign fighters, foreign […]Read more
Behind the Headlines: Turkish F-16s attack the Kurdish held city of Afrin in Syria ~photo from Ruptley by Judith Bello All the news today is about Turkey attacking Afrin, a Kurdish governed city in northern Syria and threatening another Kurdish run city named Manbj. This is a very dangerous situation and another devastating assault on the Syrian people who […]Read more
Bashar Assad speaking on August 20, 2017 on the corruption of the West and looking East for Syria’s future. The video is subtitled, and there is transcript included in the original post by Sayed Hasan. As he came to power, Bashar Assad was somewhat impressed by Western culture and the possibilities opened by attempting to rejoin the ‘International Community’ led […]Read more
I just watched this press conference on “The US Military Role in Syria” with Norman Solomon, David Swanson, John Kiriakou, Mathew Hoh and Christy Edwards, a legal authority on International Law as it pertains to war. The Press Conference, hosted by Normon Solomon on behalf of RootsAction.org, grows out of a campaign called “No US Warplanes Over Syria“, co-sponsored by RootsAction.org, Veterans for Peace, The Nation Magazine, The Daily Kos, World Beyond War and Watchdog.net. They speakers have different slants on the issue but all agree that the US needs to get out of Syria AND the Middle East, and stop threatening North Korea.Read more
Brett H. McGurk is an American lawyer and diplomat who was appointed by President Barack Obama on 23 October 2015 as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.
Here’s an excerpt of McGurk’s statement at a recent press conference,
Unanimously, nobody wants the Syrian regime to come back. Regime symbols, regime military forces. In terms of administrative services, teachers, hospitals, who pays those salaries, that is something where the Syrians are going to have to work that out. We are not in the business of, as I said, nation building operations. ~ RT, May 21: 10:14Read more
States had a hand in that decision as well. Meanwhile, the time has passed and circumstances are changed. The countries that currently exist in the Middle East may or may not survive but for us here to decide their fates is a continuation of a gross imperial violation of the rights of the people of that region.
We can’t decide which force in these war torn regions is really the one that will be best for the people there based on our assumptions about their reality. That is why we have to withdraw from the field rather than attempt to determine what is best for the people and manage events so it will happen. We can’t control the empire. We can only resist it’s drive. For us to decide what is best for the people there is like religious people who think they can apprehend God and God’s will in a particular way. Our imaginations aren’t big enough to encompass God. We can’t play god and make decisions for these regions where imperial decision makers have bee wreaking havoc for two centuries.
Rojava is and interesting example of this phenomenon.Read more
I’m not sure that the Syrian War was ever a civil war. The inflammatory incident in Dara’a very early in 2011 was documented by false flag videos on Al Jazeera and was augmented by a huge weapons stash in the central Mosque, brought in through Jordan from Libya by foreign fighters. The FSA were payed and trained by the Turkish and Qatari governments. Syria is a multi-ethnic, religiously diverse country. The Grand Mufti’s youngest son, a college student in Aleppo, was assassinated by a couple of Saudi hit men in mid 2011. But, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, the most revered Sunni scholar in Syria did not quit. He joined forces with the Orthodox Bishops to promote peace. Both claim all Syrians as their children.
Foreign TV and print news framed the violence as a religious war, a sectarian war. And it’s true that there has been considerable ‘Sunni’ fundamentalist violence directed at others. However, the Grand Mufti’s story tell us it isn’t a ‘religious civil’ war as the highest Sunni stands with the minorities who are the victims. The perception of a civil war confused many people, including Syrians, off the jump. People had to adapt all over Syria to militias taking over their communities and propaganda from English language sources and Saudi Arabian and Qatari news outlets told them over and over that a civil war had begun and they would have to choose a side. Massacres occurred, and local press descriptions of events and government attempts to stabilize the situation were countered by the same international media, claiming that their own government and army were attacking citizens around the country. This propaganda has been a very effective part of the war on Syria.Read more
Statement by United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
Stop the U.S. Bombing of Syria!
U.S. Out of Syria and the Middle East Now!
(See list of actions at the bottom of this statement. Join an action or organize your own and let us know about your action by emailing: *protected email*)
On Thursday, April 6, the Trump administration launched 60 Cruise Tomahawk missiles from its offshore Mediterranean warships at Syria’s al-Sshayrat military airfield near Homs, Syria’s third largest city. The U.S. strikes obliterated substantial portions of Syria’s military capacity there. Trump’s action came a day after Democrat Hillary Clinton urged the U.S. bombing of Syria.
Neither Trump nor any other U.S. government agency presented a shed of proof that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used sarin nerve gas in its bombing of ISIS, Al Qaida or any other “rebel” groups in Syria’s Idlib province. President Assad denied using sarin gas while “Russia’s defense ministry” according to the UK-based Guardian, has stated that the chemicals were release when a Syria bombed a “rebel” arm storage facility.Read more
Donald Trump moved ahead last night to bomb Syrian government facilities in retribution for an unproven claim, and event not yet investigated, with no grounded information, no warning and no discussion. He has taken his place on the tip of the spear of the war machine. But make no mistake, Mr. Trump pulled the trigger but he didn’t aim the gun.
Hillary Clinton ran on a bigger version of this same scenario. The war machine has been geared up on invading Syria for years. It is so frustrating to watch the proxies muck around. And please be aware that, whatever you may read, the Russians and Chinese are taking this action very seriously. However, unlike our own government, they don’t act without intelligence, consideration and a plan.
If you think this is about a chemical gas attack, then please read Ray McGovern’s prescient article, The Sarin ‘False Flag’ Lesson, from last December. Apparently, we didn’t get it.
So what can we do?Read more