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Syrian opposition make impossible demands to try and collapse peace talks

The Syrian ‘opposition’, a bunch of terrorist jihadis funded by Saudi, Qatar, the US and the UK have refused to negotiate with the Syrian government unless the Syrian government agrees, in advance, that it will not be any part of the future government of Syria. This is despite the fact that the Assad government has widespread popular support and the jihadis have little or none and no claim to be the government of Syria.

The fact that the Syrian ‘opposition’ wants complete surrender from the Syrian government, before they begin talks, shows that they are not at all serious about this attempt to reach a peaceful solution at this conference, to which they have been dragged kicking and screaming. Clearly they wish the talks to fail so that they can resume their terror campaign against the Syrian people.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/24/uk-syria-crisis-idUKBREA0J0SX20140124

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Long standing plan for Chemical Weapons false flag attack in Syria

https://notinourname.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/chemical-weapons-false-flag-against-syria-update/

Chemical Weapons False Flag Against Syria Update

Syrian ‘Rebels’ wearing uniforms supplied by France, execute unarmed prisoner in cold blood

EU to allow Syrian ‘rebels’ to sell oil to fund their violence, in contravention of international law

EU to allow Syrian ‘rebels’ to sell oil to fund their violence, in contravention of international law

Gearoid O’Colmain tells the truth about the western plan for control of Syrian oil

John Mc Cain admits the real reason for US supporting regime change in Syria

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/john-mccain-u-s-must-arm-syria-rebels-to-deter-iran-from-nuclear-ambitions-1.533132

.S. Senator John McCain said in an interview published Monday that arming Syrian rebels is an important step in deterring Iran from its nuclear ambitions.

Speaking to Army Radio on a visit to Israel, the Republican senator deflected concerns that weapons provided to rebels could fall into the hands of terrorists, who might use them against the United States and Israel.

“There’s [sic] no good options,” said McCain, “Would you rather have these weapons – perhaps some of them – in the hands of the wrong people, or would you rather have [Syrian President] Bashar Assad prevail and then encourage Iran to further their ambitions on nuclear weapons?”

Joining McCain in the interview was fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who criticized the Obama administration’s hesitation in acting on threats to Assad over his use of chemical weapons.

“When you say to a leader of another country, ‘You can’t cross this line,’ and that person does and nothing happens, it’s not good. The Iranians need to believe that America’s serious about stopping their nuclear program. I think our policies in Syria are sending a mixed message,” Graham told Army Radio.

With Russia and Iran arming Assad’s forces, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah fighters joining the war on his behalf, Western powers have agreed to step up aid to the mainly Sunni rebels.

U.S. President Barack Obama, citing the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons, announced June 13 his decision to provide military aid to rebels fighting to overthrow Assad.

Obama organised shipment of 3,500 tons of weapons to Syrian rebels

President Obama will have no talk of peace. He has chosen war since the very start and he’s sticking to it. A recent New York Times article revealed that President Obama has been lying through his teeth about the level of U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict since the beginning.

The President recently said that the U.S. government continues to give only “non-lethal” military aid to the rebels, but The New York Times revealed that the CIA has been actively funneling and distributing massive shipments of weapons to the rebels over the borders of Jordan and Turkey.

This “arms pipeline” of illegal gun trafficking has been overseen by the U.S. government since January 2012. It has literally been the lifeblood of the Syrian “rebels,” and thus the cause of the immense bloodshed in Syria.

The New York Times reports:

“The C.I.A. role in facilitating the [weapons] shipments… gave the United States a degree of influence over the process [of weapon distribution]…American officials have confirmed that senior White House officials were regularly briefed on the [weapons] shipments.”

The article also explains that a “conservative estimate” of the weapons shipment to date is “3,500 tons.”

So while Obama has repeatedly lied about “non-lethal” military aid, he has been personally involved in overseeing a multi-country flood of weapons into Syria, many of which are given to terrorist organizations. The only effective fighting force for the Syrian rebels has been the terrorist grouping the Al Nusra Front, and now we know exactly where they got their guns.

If not for this U.S.-sponsored flood of guns, the Syrian rebels — many of them from Saudi Arabia and other countries — would have been militarily defeated long ago. Tens of thousands of lives would thus have been spared and a million refugees could have remained in their homes in Syria. The large scale ethnic-religious cleansing initiated by the rebels would have been preventable.

But Obama is so intent on war that he will not even discuss peace with the Syrian government. He has repeatedly stated that there are “preconditions” for peace negotiations, the most important one being the downfall of the Syrian government, i.e., regime change. If a toppling of a nation’s government is Obama’s precondition for peace, then Obama is by definition choosing war.

Never mind that Syria is a sovereign nation that should not have to worry about a foreign country making demands as to who is in power. Obama doesn’t seem to think this relevant. In fact, his administration has been very busy determining who the “legitimate” government of Syria is, by hand picking the “National Coalition of Syrian Revolution,” the prime minister of which is a U.S. citizen.

One of the preconditions for being on Obama’s National Coalition of Syrian Revolution is that there be no peace negotiations with the Syrian government. Of course most Syrians want to immediately end the conflict in Syria, since it threatens an Iraq-like destruction of the country.

The most popular leader of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution, Moaz al-Khatib, recently quit in protest because he was prohibited from pursuing peace negotiations by the U.S.-appointed opposition Prime Minister, Ghassan Hitto, a U.S. citizen who had lived in the U.S. for the previous 30 years.”

“Obama also recently pressured the Arab League — composed of regimes loyal to the United States — to install as a member the hand-picked National Coalition of Syrian Revolution as the official government of Syria. The appointment didn’t give as much credibility to the opposition as much as it degraded the Arab League’s legitimacy.

The rebel’s seat in the Arab league implies, again, that the U.S. and its allies are fully intent on “regime change,” no matter how many people die, no matter the existing political alternatives. They will not reverse course.

The Russian government called the Arab League membership decision “… an open encouragement of the [rebel] forces which, unfortunately, continue to bet on a military solution in Syria, not looking at multiplying day by day the pain and suffering of the Syrians…. Moscow is convinced that only a political settlement and not encouraging destructive military scenarios, can stop the bloodshed and bring peace and security to all Syrians in their country.”

Obama has rejected both Russian and Syrian calls for peace negotiations in recent months, as he has greatly increased the frequency of the weapons trafficking plan.”

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“In Syria, there is mounting evidence that Al Qaeda and its allies are actively deploying terror tactics and suicide bombers to overthrow the Assad regime.

Syrian citizens who prefer the secular and stable state to the prospect of an Iraqi-style sectarian state may well be turning this same question around to the US government: are you with us, or with the terrorists?

This week, head of the Salafi jihad and close ally of al Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf, pledged ”deadly attacks” against Syria as ”our fighters are coming to get you” because ”crimes” by the regime ”prompts us to jihad”.

Bush referred to al Qaeda as the enemies of freedom: ”the terrorists’ directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews”. But Sheikh Muhammad al Zughbey proclaimed that ”your jihad against this infidel criminal and his people is a religious duty … Alawites are more infidel than the Jews and Christians”. Because the new jihad targets Alawites rather than Jews and Christians, does this render them better bed fellows?

By his own admission, Bush stated that al Qaeda was ”linked to many other organisations in different countries … They are recruited from their own nations … where they are trained in the tactics of terror … They are sent back to their homes or sent to hide in countries around the world to plot evil and destruction”.

Yet this is precisely how the foreign jihadists in Syria have been described by reporters. They are funded and armed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. And they collaborate with the Free Syrian Army which is aided and abetted by the US.”

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“Despite a narrative of Syria’s rebellion being an extension of pro-democracy protests in 2011, UN human rights investigators say that the rebel forces are increasingly made up of foreign fighters with a sectarian agenda.

A report by the UN says that rebel fighters have come from 29 countries, and are overwhelmingly Sunnis flocking to the nation to fight against the Alawite President Bashar Assad.”

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“Confrontation with Iran has been the goal of U.S. foreign policy for decades and Syria is one more strategic stepping stone in the process. Syria is one of Iran’s strongest allies in the region and getting rid of Assad will further isolate Iran.

While visiting Iran in 2010, Assad said: “We have stood beside Iran in a brotherly way from the very beginning of the (Iranian Islamic) revolution.”

During the visit, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad awarded Assad Iran’s highest medal of honor in recognition of his support for Palestinians and Lebanon and his resistance to “global arrogance” — a term which usually refers to the United States and its allies.

Assad also rejected an offer by the U.S. to have sanctions dropped against his country if Syria ditched Iran as an ally.”

“In 2008, Syria agreed to allow Russian missile defense systems into their country as a counterweight to plans for a United States missile deployment to Poland.

That same year, according to UPI: “Syria is adding the latest Russian MiG-29SMT fighter to 36 Pantsir S1E air-defense systems purchased from Russia, RIA Novosti reported, noting Syria also hopes to buy Strelets short-range air defense systems, Iskander tactical missile systems, Yak-130 aircraft and two Amur-1650 submarines — all Russian-made.”

In terms of the China-Syria relationship: “China has become Syria’s number one supplier. While figures from Syria’s Bureau of Statistics put the value of Syrian imports from China at $691 million, Syrian officials have said the real figure is more likely to be close to double that at around $1.2 billion. What is not in doubt is that China easily outstrips Syria’s other major suppliers Egypt ($553 million), South Korea ($441 million), Italy ($356 million), Turkey ($338 million), Japan ($317 million) and Germany ($308 million). Bilateral trade surged to a record high of $1.4 billion in 2006. […] China was the second largest non-Arab investor in Syria in 2006, accounting for $100 million out of the $800 million in non-Arab investment funds which flowed into the country. By the end of 2006, Chinese companies had signed project contracts worth $819 million and this amount is virtually guaranteed to be superseded this year with a billion dollar oil refinery deal near completion.””

“Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein ditched the dollar back in 2000.

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi talked about dropping the dollar in 2009.

During the same year, Iranian leader Muammar Ahmadinejad switched Iran’s reserve currency off the dollar.

In 2006, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, Syria “switched the primary hard currency it uses for foreign goods and services from the U.S. dollar to the euro in a bid to make it less vulnerable to pressure from Washington.””

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“Back in April, Thanassis Cambanis argued that one reason that the Obama administration hasn’t directly intervened militarily in Syria is that the long, drawn-out conflict hurts America’s geopolitical competitors:

[The war is also becoming a sinkhole for America’s enemies. Iran and Hezbollah, the region’s most persistent irritants to the United States and Israel, have tied up considerable resources and manpower propping up Assad’s regime and establishing new militias. Russia remains a key guarantor of the government, costing Russia support throughout the rest of the Arab world. Gulf monarchies, which tend to be troublesome American allies, have invested small fortunes on the rebel side, sending weapons and establishing exile political organizations. The more the Syrian war sucks up the attention and resources of its entire neighborhood, the greater America’s relative influence in the Middle East.]

The ongoing conflict in Syria isn’t perceived in Washington as harming U.S. interests, but — according to Cambanis — it is seen as draining the resources and influence of Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia. This is valuable to U.S. strategists at a time when the relative balance of U.S. power is seen as waning.

Not only is the Syrian war draining the resources and hampering the reputations of America’s geopolitical rivals, but it provides the U.S. with an opportunity to have a proxy war with Iran, ever the spoiler of U.S. imperial designs in the Middle East.

According to Foreign Policy’s Dan Drezner, “this is simply the next iteration of the unspoken, brutally realpolitik policy towards Syria that’s been going on for the past two years. To recap, the goal of that policy is to ensnare Iran and Hezbollah into a protracted, resource-draining civil war, with as minimal costs as possible.”

The Syrian people have been suffering immensely from this policy for two years. And the Obama administration risks endangering the American people in this scheme as well: It won’t be long before arming the Syrian rebels, most of whom have ties to al-Qaeda groups, blows back in our proverbial face.”

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Is there a civil war in Syria?

http://www.workers.org/2013/02/17/is-there-a-civil-war-in-syria/

After almost two years of fighting in Syria, it is incorrect to call the struggle a “civil war.” True, large numbers of Syrians took to the streets in March 2011 to demand changes in their government, similar to the crowds that were seen in Tunisia, Egypt and other nations during the “Arab Spring,” and this quickly moved to armed confrontation. What keeps this from being a real civil war, however, is the complete takeover of the opposition movement by foreign imperialist powers.

It is no secret that U.S. imperialism has been hostile for decades to numerous governments around the world. Countries that established socialism have been targeted for destruction ever since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Nations that established some measure of independence, economic and political, under bourgeois nationalist regimes also have been in the crosshairs.

Since the destruction of the Soviet Union in 1991, the U.S. and its NATO allies have aggressively sought to install compliant governments in one country after another with the goal of controlling the resources and working classes of the entire world in pursuit of ever greater profit. Syria fits into this pattern.

U.S.’s long history of regime change

The imperialists first dismembered Yugoslavia piece by piece, turning one nationality against another with bribes, diplomatic support, weapons and military advisors. They even used fascist elements in Croatia and Albania. A vicious 78 days of U.S.-NATO bombing in 1999 finally broke the back of this formerly peaceful, prosperous and ethnically diverse socialist state. What remain now are weak, fragmented ministates, under the thumb of the Western powers and Wall Street exploitation.

It took two invasions and years of violent U.S. occupation to shatter Iraq, the most economically advanced, secular, majority-Arab nation. Iraq’s oil wealth, formerly nationalized to benefit Iraqis, has been opened up to imperialist control. The occupation regime provoked the various ethnic and religious groups to battle each other. The widespread destruction of the country goes unrepaired and there is still no stable government.

More recently, the imperialists targeted Libya, another stable country with a high standard of living financed by nationalized oil. The U.S. and NATO armed any and every reactionary group opposed to the Moammar Gadhafi government.

These groups had no common economic or political program, and their militias were incapable of leading a serious struggle inside Libya. Only the massive imperialist air assault in 2011 allowed the ragtag “rebels” to march into Tripoli and seize power.

The results? Libya has no real government. Much of the country is in ruins. Some of the groups Washington armed are now U.S. targets. And the oil resources are now in the hands of private foreign interests.

Afghanistan suffered the same fate. As early as 1979, the U.S. started covertly supplying “rebels” against a pro-socialist government established in a revolution the year before. The Soviet Union then sent military troops to support that government.

Fighting continued until 1992, when the contra rebels overthrew the progressive government. As many as 1 million Afghan people were killed and millions more made refugees. Estimates of U.S. financing of this “civil war” run as high as $40 billion.

From 1992 on, fighting continued in Afghanistan among various “rebel” groups until the Taliban, with Pakistan’s backing, came out ahead. Following the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, the U.S. with NATO help invaded and occupied Afghanistan, installing an oil executive as their puppet.

The occupation of Afghanistan continues to this day, yet Washington has been unable to create an effective government, end corruption or establish peace. The U.S. announced the withdrawal of troops by 2014, but now is openly talking about keeping troops beyond that date as the military situation deteriorates. Meanwhile, foreign firms are busy buying up large tracts of Afghanistan rich in mineral deposits originally identified by U.S. Geological Survey crews escorted around the country by U.S. troops.

What about Syria?

The situation in Syria for the past two years parallels the course of events in the struggles recounted above. However the internal struggle in Syria began, U.S. imperialism and its allies were quick to step in and transform it from a civil conflict into an imperialist-directed war for “regime change.”

The motley assortment of Syrian opposition forces include Islamist fundamentalists, Syrian exiles and secular local groups inside Syria. Many are eager to grab up some of the billions of U.S. dollars being funneled to this “opposition.” But they have never constituted a united force, and even before Washington took over the political direction and funds, they could never put forward a unified program for Syria.

After then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cobbled many of these groups together last November, this opposition still fell flat. The capitalist news services have despaired at the weakness of the Syrian opposition even as fighting inside Syria gets bloodier and more widespread.

The opposition represents no major sections of the population, they represent no alternative economic vision, and they don’t agree on the basics of what a new Syrian government might look like.

In an op-ed New York Times piece on Feb. 4 former State Department official Ramzy Mardini wrote that the opposition is not “remotely prepared to assume power. It is facing the prospects of defections and, worse, disintegration. Narrow interests are taking precedence; Islamists are overpowering secularists; exiles are eclipsing insiders; and very few members seem to have credibility on the ground back home.” This is from an anti-Assad specialist who has no major disagreements with imperialist intervention.

The opposition’s weakness does not in itself guarantee that the Syrian government will be able to defeat its military operations. The BBC stresses that “U.S. allies like Qatar and Turkey are arming the rebels with Washington’s tacit approval.” (bbc.com, Feb. 7) How many billions of dollars of U.S. weaponry have already flowed into Syrian contra rebel hands may not be known for years.

In Senate testimony, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testified that he supported a plan to directly arm the contras that was pushed earlier by Clinton and then CIA Director David Patraeus, with backing by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (bbc.com, Feb. 7) If rebel military attacks continue to fail, direct U.S. arms shipments will likely be started.

U.S. and NATO troops and anti-aircraft missile batteries already are in Turkey just outside the Syrian border. With bottomless pockets and with foreign mercenaries flooding into Syria to bolster the Syrian contras, fighting may continue and even escalate. Direct bombing attacks and even U.S. troop involvement are not precluded.

What is certain is that the Syrian people, their cities and the modern infrastructure of the country are systematically being destroyed. “The idea of the nation is disappearing amid cycles of sectarian bloodshed. … The fighting has left major cities in ruins and has gutted the nation’s industries. Power failures are common. … Syria’s civil war has settled into a bloody stalemate.” (NYTimes.com, Feb. 9)

The ability of Syria’s government, led by Bashar Assad, to survive this debilitating struggle will depend on the determination of the sectors of the population that oppose imperialism and foreign intervention. This includes broad sections of the nationalist forces, the many and sizeable minorities who are being targeted by right-wing fundamentalist groups, Syrian communist groups, and the Palestinian people settled in Syrian camps, whose cause has been upheld by the Syrian government in its confrontations with Zionist Israel.

Important also is the continued support of Russia and China, which have, so far, refused to isolate Syria’s government. The people of Turkey have repeatedly weighed in with demonstrations against their government’s complicity in the war against Syria.

Is Iran the next target?

It is no secret that the next target for U.S. imperialism is Iran. In 1979, the Iranian people overthrew the CIA-installed dictator, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In retaliation, Washington imposed economic sanctions against Iran and tightened them over the decades.

Now the U.S. and Israel threaten direct military attack. The pretext is unsubstantiated charges that Iran is making weapons-grade nuclear material. Iran insists it is only making lower grade uranium for reactors or research. What the U.S. is really after, of course, is the vast oil wealth that was nationalized after 1979, and to destroy Iran’s ability to oppose imperialism within the region.

Without resistance, the U.S. military, in service to Wall Street’s corporate and banking bosses, will continue to threaten, undermine and attack any and all independent or semi-independent nations around the world. Only a worldwide revolutionary movement can challenge and ultimately end this never ending cycle of bloodshed and destruction. A strong anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist movement here inside the U.S. must be a vital component of this movement. The task at hand is to demand an end to the U.S.-led war against Syria.

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Syria ‘friends’ agree urgent support for rebels

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23012637

Can there ever have been a greater misnomer for a group? These jackals are no friends to the Syrian people, 90% of whom (according to NATO research) do not support the western supported Al Qaida cannibals that are the Syrian ‘rebels’.

It makes me sick that my government is sending arms to these maniacs – it will certainly mean more innocent people getting killed. The British people have had no say in this decision and there has been no vote in parliament on it.

Former French Foreign Minister: The War against Syria was Planned Two years before “The Arab Spring”

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