Increasingly war looks
likely. Earlier Obama said "the Assad regime must come to an end."
In early June, White House press secretary Jay Carney said "bloody sectarian
war will be diminished if Assad removes himself from power or is no
longer in power."
"It is essential that the world community come together and unify to
pressure Assad and isolate Assad and help precipitate a situation where
that political transition can take place."
Hillary Clinton accused Russia of keeping Assad in power. Putin faces
heavy pressure to bow to Western demands. Will he yield or hold firm?
Moscow signed a Security Council statement condemning the Houla massacre.
Unlike Washington, Western partners, and regional allies, it points
fingers both ways.
Along with China and Cuba, it rejected the Human Rights Council's (HRC)
decision to condemn Syria for Houla killings. It called doing it "imbalanced
and biased." More on that below.
Moscow also repudiates regime change. Putin believes national sovereignty
is inviolable. He opposes intervention and war. He rejects Libya 2.0.
He supports ending conflict and restoring peace. Succeeding is another
On June 5, Putin arrived in Beijing for an official state visit. Discussions
will focus on mutual economic and geopolitical interests and concerns.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said both nations oppose
intervention in Syria or plans for regime change by force. They support
dialogue for conflict resolution.
On June 4, Assad addressed the People's Assembly. He minced no words
for good reason. Since last year, he's been wrongly blamed for Western-instigated
violence. It continues daily.
Pro-Assad loyalists, other civilians, and security forces are targeted
and killed in cold blood. Houla was the most extreme incident.
An Islamist group called Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front) claimed responsibility
for May Damascus bombings. Dozens were killed, many others wounded.
The group also said it killed 13 civilians in Deir Ezzor province last
week. They were shot at close range in the head. Their hands were tied
behind their backs.
Many other incidents claimed smaller tolls. Body counts mount. Syrians
are terrorized. Most blame outside forces, not their government.
Washington, key NATO partners, and regional allies bear full responsibility.
Out-of-control violence won't stop. They won't let it. Death and destruction
Fabricated reports and lies blame Assad. On June 4, he responded, saying:
"Since the early days of this crisis, we announced a number of clear
political steps to enhance the development process through popular participation
in order to undercut all those who tried to hide under slogans of reform
and make use of the events for unpatriotic and dishonourable objectives."
"Despite the denials of these achievements in the political sphere on
the part of foreign and domestic powers....we have never stopped carrying
out what we announced and what we started."
"Laws have been passed, local administration elections have been held,
and later on there was a referendum on the constitution in response
to those attempts."
"The international role in what is happening is already well-known not
only for decades, but for centuries past. And I don't think it's going
to change in the foreseeable future. Colonialism is still colonialism.
It only changed in terms of methods and ways of attack."
"The political process is moving forward, but terrorism is growing and
hasn't subsided. The laws which have been passed since the beginning
of the crisis haven't made an impact on terrorism and made it subside."
"Terrorists are concerned neither with reform nor with dialogue. They
are criminals who have set themselves a task....They will never stop
unless we stop them."
"What we are facing is a project of internal sedition aiming at the
destruction of the homeland. The instrument of this sedition is terrorism."
"We are now facing a real war waged from outside. And dealing with a
war is different from dealing with an internal conflict or dealing with
Syrian parties. This point should be very clear."
"Terrorism is not related to the political process. It targets all the
homeland, its institutions and its parties."
"Today we are defending a cause and a homeland. We are not doing what
we are doing because we love blood. A battle has been forced on us,
and the result was the blood which has been spilled. "
"Last week, after the atrocious al-Houla massacre, they accused the
armed forces of committing it. In the beginning they said that it is
the result of artillery and tank shelling, but later they retreated
(and accused) pro-government militias...."
"What happened in al-Houla, al-Qazzaz, al-Midan, Deir Ezzour, Aleppo,
and many other places in Syria, and which we described as brutal, heinous
and ugly massacres, is in real fact very difficult to describe. Even
beasts do not do such things, particularly what happened in al-Houla."
"With our will we shall overcome this crisis, with our unity we shall
vanquish our enemies, and all the noise will not be able to suppress
the voice of right."
In January, Assad spoke at Damascus University, saying:
"External conspiring is no longer a secret because what is being plotted
in the pal talk rooms has started to be clearly revealed before the
eyes of the people."
"It is not possible anymore to deceive others except for those who do
not want to listen or see; as the tears shed by the dealers of freedom
and democracy for our own victims can no longer conceal the role they
played in the bloodshed which they tried to use for their own purposes."
"Here comes the foreign role after they failed in all attempts....What
is taking place in Syria is part of what has been planned for the region
for tens of years, as the dream of partition is still haunting the grandchildren
of Sykes≠Picot. But today their dream turns into a nightmare...."
"This is not a revolution. Can a revolutionary work for the enemy ≠
a revolutionary and a traitor at the same time? This is impossible."
"The question is a race between the terrorists and reform. Terrorism
and those standing behind it donít want reform and want to reach a stage
where we say there is no time for reform. Letís deal with terrorism."
"And glory to our proud people who reject defeat in the age of collapse
and who say to their enemies, 'never will we be defeated!' "
Assad implemented important reforms. More remains to be done. Justifiable
criticisms are warranted. Blaming him for Western-instigated violence
Fingers pointing the right way name Washington. Long-planned regime
change plans were implemented. Thousands of Syrians died. Multiple rounds
of sanctions harm ordinary people most. Western-generated terror bears
full responsibility for crimes of war and against humanity.
On June 1, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) concluded its special session
on Syria. Focus was on Houla killings. Truth and full disclosure were
suppressed. Fingers pointed the wrong way. Doing so mocked human rights,
justice, and peace.
A final resolution was adopted. Forty-one voted yes. Russia, China and
Cuba rejected one-way responsibility. Two nations abstained.
Harsh language blamed Assad. Perhaps Washington speech writers wrote
it. Killer gangs weren't mentioned. It condemned the Houla massacre,
"ongoing arbitrary detentions, hindered access for the media, and restrictions
of the right to peaceful assembly."
It accused Assad of failing "to protect and promote the rights of all
Syrians, including through systematic and repeated violations of human
It called for holding those responsible accountable. It ignored foreign
mercenaries terrorizing people for months, external funding and heavy
weapons they're supplied, and covert Western special forces choosing
targets and directing them.
It said nothing about Turkish safe zones. It implied self-defense is
criminal. As head of state, Assad is obligated to confront killer gangs
responsibly. Leaders everywhere would do the same thing.
It deplored the "deteriorating situation of human rights." It shamelessly
assigned blame. It condemned "the wanton killing of civilians...."
It said Houla deaths involved "shooting at close range (and) severe
physical abuse by pro-regime elements and a series of Government artillery
and tank shellings of a residential neighborhood...."
Independent eye witness and survivor testimonies refuted HRC accusations.
Pro-Assad loyalists were targeted. External death squads were responsible.
Journalist Marat Musin called them "bandits and mercenaries." He provided
credible firsthand information.
He called artillery and tank fire "a bad joke." Evidence was absent.
Buildings weren't damaged. Craters weren't found. Assad's forces were
The Human Rights Council mocked its mandate. It blamed victims, not
perpetrators. Conflict resolution remains distant. War looms likely.
Nations blaming Assad and HRC officials bear responsibility if it's
A Final Comment
On June 2, DebkaFile (DF) headlined "Turkey ditches Syrian rebels. Will
Israel attack Hizballah's Scuds?" saying:
"In an astonishing about face, Turkey has just turned away from its
14-month support for the anti-Assad revolt alongside the West and made
common cause with Russia, i.e. Bashar Assad."
DF accuracy is mixed. It's connected to Israel's Mossad. Turkey just
indicted four ex-senior Israeli commanders for Mavi Marmara killings.
Maybe DFís report is retribution. Separating facts from propaganda is
challenging. The above headline is astonishing. Credible evidence wasn't
DF also said Hezbollah scuds are being transferred from Syria to Lebanon.
At issue is doing it safely, it said.
"One plan is to enlist the Palestinian Jihad Islami in the Gaza Strip
and exploit a clash over the Scudsí transfer as a trigger for an all
round military offensive against Israel."
"It would be timed for the moment the Western-Arab intervention in Syria
against President Assad crosses the line between covert and overt military
action and begins an operation to establish safe zones as bases for
"Washington, London and Paris began rushing forward contingency plans
for this eventuality upon discovering that Ankara had secretly notified
leaders of the rebel Free Syrian Army Thursday, May 31, that it had
withdrawn permission for them to launch operations against the Assad
regime from Turkish soil."
DF accused Turkey of "prop(ping up) Assad at the very moment his regime"
might be close to buckling.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted on Turkish NTV, saying:
"We have never advised either the Syrian National Council or the Syrian
administration to conduct an armed fight, and we will never do so."
"The Syrian people will be the driving force that eventually topples
the Syrian regime. Assad will leave as a result of the peopleís will."
"For the time being," said DF, "the pro-Assad Moscow-Tehran front, bolstered
now by Ankara, has got the better of Western and Arab polices for Syria."
DF also accused Hezbollah of targeting Israel with scuds. If Obama's
reluctant to respond, Assad, Hezbollah and Tehran "will be awarded a
winning hand - and not only in Syria."
DF's report promotes war. Britain's Daily Star cited unnamed Whitehall
sources saying "SAS troops and MI6 are in the country ready to help
rebels if civil war breaks out as expected this weekend."
UK and US special forces, as well as CIA and MI6 operatives have operated
covertly in Syria for months. They actively supplied insurgents with
weapons, munitions, equipment, funding, training, and direction. Whether
something more aggressive is imminent isn't known.
America wants Assad replaced with a pro-Western puppet. Israel wants
a regional rival removed. DF is a complicit attack dog. With or without
it, war looks likely.
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