Posts Tagged ‘Syria’
Pres. Assad said the [flotilla] raid had destroyed any chance for peace in the near future
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Israel’s attack on the Gaza aid flotilla has increased the chances of war in the Middle East.
In an interview with BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, he said Syria was working to prevent a regional war.
But he added that there was no chance of a peace deal with the current Israeli administration, which he called a “pyromaniac government”.
We know we don’t know what is going on behind the scenes, all we see are press conferences, spokesmen and photo ops.
April 28, 2009
Barack Obama’s plans […] formally asking Tehran to permit the passage to Afghanistan of fresh US troops, weapons and supplies across Iranian territory.
April 28, 2009
Washington to cut Iran in on Nabucco pipeline
Washington is ceding Tehran the chance to feed its natural gas into the 3,000 kilometer-long Nabucco pipeline project (from the Caspian to the EU via Turkey).
April 26, 2009
Washington’s approval underscores its new policy of boosting the strength of the Syrian army as a partner in a strong three-way military coalition with Turkey and Lebanon
April 22, 2009
Our sources note that neither Washington nor Ankara bothered to inform Israel of the transaction or its scope
April 18, 2009
Barack Obama has set his sights and heart on friendship with the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran and their…
April 4, 2009
Israel’s chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi, then visiting Washington, was denied interviews with US defense secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the US chiefs of staff Adm. Mike Mullen.
Our Lords and Masters must have told the Guardian to print nothing of consequeunce …
The flavour suggests a comfortable confident President who feels time is on his side
In recent months Damascus has become the Middle Eastern capital to visit: Nicolas Sarkozy, with characteristic panache, blazed the way for France and Europe; David Miliband and other EU foreign ministers followed. Turkey is also playing a key role. …
“Bush failed in everything,” says the president. “They [the Bush administration] worked hard to achieve regime change. But it didn’t work. It didn’t work because I am not an American puppet and have good relations with my people.” …
Next month’s Arab summit in the Qatar’s capital Doha could be the opportunity for a collective Arab response to recent events: a key issue, says Assad, is to restore Palestinian unity after the debilitating split between the PLO in the West Bank and the Islamists of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas is a sensitive issue in Syria. Its exiled leader, Khaled Meshal – once the target of a Mossad hit team – is based in Damascus and enjoys the protection of the authorities. But Assad is quick to defend its right of resistance to Israel – widely supported by ordinary citizens – and to minimise his own influence over the Palestinian movement. …
In the light of comments such as these, suggestions he may downgrade his relationship with Hamas or Hezbollah seem wide of the mark. …
Overall, his view is that violence is a symptom, not the cause of the Middle East’s problems.
Nor is Syria’s strategic relationship with Iran, its ally since the 1979 revolution, up for grabs. Dialogue with Tehran should begin at once, he says, and westerners should not “waste their time” on imagining that June’s presidential election will change anything fundamental. …
“We don’t allow anyone to make o[u]r internal issues a matter for relations. Europeans and Americans supported the occupation of Iraq. Talking about values has no credibility any more. And after what happened in Gaza they have no right (to criticize us) at all.” –more–
‘Peace without Syria Is Unthinkable’
In an interview with SPIEGEL, Syrian President Bashar Assad discusses the war between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the threat of an Iranian nuclear bomb and his expectations for incoming United States President Barack Obama.
Editor’s note: The following interview was conducted on Thursday with Syrian President Assad prior to the announcement of unilateral cease-fires by Israel and Hamas.DPA
Syrian President Bashar Assad: “Just this morning, I saw the picture of a three-year-old girl who was killed. Where is the West’s outcry?”
SPIEGEL: Mr. President, the world community is protesting Israel’s aggression in Gaza, but they have also called upon Hamas to relent. No one in the Arab world has as much influence on Hamas as you do. Couldn’t you have tempered the fighters?
Assad: It always depends on how one uses one’s influence. Our most urgent objective is to stop the attack. The fighting must come to an end, and this applies to both sides. In addition, the Israeli embargo against Gaza must end, because sealing the borders is strangling the population. The blockade is a slow death. People don’t just die as a result of bombs, but also because their supplies of medications and food are cut off.SPIEGEL: Israel will only lift the blockade once the rockets are no longer being fired at its cities.
Assad: If the people in Gaza have only the choice between a slow death caused by the blockade or death in battle, they will choose to fight. This is why lifting the embargo is an indispensable part of an agreement. We agree with Hamas on this point. Basically, Hamas is not the problem in this conflict, but Israel.
SPIEGEL: Much of the world considers Israel’s military action to be disproportionate. But Hamas provoked it by shelling southern Israel. Each additional rocket results in more violent retribution and increases human suffering.
Assad: That sounds logical. But politics is about realities, not logic. The fact is that for six months Hamas complied with the cease-fire that had been agreed upon. The Israeli government, on the other hand, continued to constrict the Gaza Strip during that time. One has to be aware of this background information.
SPIEGEL: The United States and the European Union see this background differently. They consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization that wants to destroy Israel.
Assad: Oh, here we go with the same old labels and cliches. That’s the American way. Whether you call it terrorism or resistance, and whether you like Hamas or not, it is a political entity that no one can ignore. There is no truth to the notion that Hamas is holding the people hostage, as some people claim. Hamas captured an absolute majority of votes in the internationally recognized parliamentary election three years ago, a landslide victory. You cannot declare an entire people to be terrorists.
SPIEGEL: Do you believe that all of the tools of resistance Hamas is using, which make it a terrorist organization in our view, are justified?
Assad: Definitely. There is no doubt about it. How can you accuse Hamas of terrorism without defining Israel’s actions as terror? During the most recent six-month ceasefire, Israel targeted and killed more than a dozen Palestinians, but no Israeli died. And yet Europe remained silent. More than 1,000 people have already died as a result of the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip. Just this morning, I saw the picture of a three-year-old girl who was killed. Where is the West’s outcry?
SPIEGEL: We can understand the argument of justified resistance against a military power. But Hamas has acquired its reputation as a terrorist organization primarily through suicide bombings against Israeli civilians. Do you intend to excuse that, as well?
Assad: I don’t want to talk about methods of killing. But what is the difference between a bomb worn on the body and one dropped from an airplane? Both of them kill people. Personally, I do not support the concept of suicide bombings. This is not part of our culture. But whether you condemn them or not, suicide bombings are a reality.
SPIEGEL: No Western politician wants to sit at the same table with Hamas.
Assad: That’s not true at all. Many European officials have sought a dialogue with Hamas, especially recently.
The warmongering by Israel towards Lebanon and Syria suggests it might be serious about attacking Gaza.
After all Hamas may be brave but it cannot defeat the Israelis. The real threat of invading Gaza is a sympathy attack by Hizbollah or its allies (Syria and or Iran). Which is what happened in 06.
Middeno in Beirut makes Israel’s stance clear in the title of his post:
More warmongering by the eternally deluded
Israel has reiterated its threats against Lebanon amid talk about practical scenarios where the Israeli army would occupy the area south of the Litani and end its war with Hizbullah in a “quick and decisive victory. ” The Jerusalem Post, quoting Israeli military sources, said the elite Golani Brigade has only recently concluded a one-week maneuver on the Golan Heights amid talk about the possibility that Israel could wage war both on Syria and Hizbullah.
Israel cannot cope with Hamas, it cannot cope with the fact that it was popularly elected, and that that was also in the West Bank. Nor can Israel cope with Hamas saying it will not recognise Israel. Nor can Israel cope with Hamas not breaking under the Israeli siege, I could go on …..
The global economic meltdown (and drought) created such anguish amongst populations, that our short sighted leaders, wanting to hold on to their positions, allowed a war to develop.
In the year 2009, a war broke out, the combatants were the usual: Lebanon, Gaza and this time Syria, Israel found itself under a rain of missiles. The USA had its hands full with an Iran that was far more powerful than anyone expected.
None of the NATO countries came to Israels aid or to the USAs.
The leadership in America was in open civil war. The Generals were totally against military action for political reasons, and that their troops were already exhausted . Both Israel and the USA fired nuclear weapons, however they were shot down before getting to their destination. Still they caused nuclear fallout, one affected northern Israel, the other the entire Gulf region.
Iran announced it had vacuum bombs and was prepared to use them. Once the war had proceeded for three days China and Russia came out in open support for Syria and Iran.
Israelis were bunkered down in cellars and air raid shelters, and everyone agreed that they had always said it is not possible to rely on others.
That the Arabs were able to fight so hard was not as big a surprise as their propaganda machine. The airwaves in English and Hebrew were denouncing the Zionist conspiracies. Accusing the Jewish elite of masterminding 9/11, of creating the holocaust out of thin air, and generally performing terrorist acts as false flags.
They not only undermined the christian support for Israel, but also the Jewish support. The Israelis fought hard, but they were outnumbered and out gunned, in the end they settled for an enclave that resembled the 1948 borders.
Americas Gulf presence suffered devastation, and a coup took place in the USA. All the remaining American troops came back to America.
That ends part 1 of this fairy tale.
Part 2 of this fairy tale, is about a Jewish revolt: The Jews said: take your money, take your hierarchy and your Zionism and stick it up your jumpa.
The Neocon Jews of America were able to go to Israel, but they were not very welcome, they were seen as the culprits for conflict. Iran offered them sanctuary, and ironically many of them accepted.
This precipitated the collapse of the Jewish financiers in Europe, Russia and the USA. Globalisation died, there was no more IMF or World Bank, lending and borrowing went out of favour. Self reliance became fashionable. And Governments regained their authority and started bartering with each other.