Saturday, April 14, 2012

UN team ready for Syria deployment as Protests turn deadly and UN delays vote on observers

With over 10,000 dead  and tanks and snipers hidden in cities protesters will never give up

UN team ready for Syria deployment: A United Nations team of 30 unarmed military observers is ready to deploy to Syria to begin a monitoring mission as soon as the Security Council approves its mission, which may be as soon as Friday, a spokesman for special envoy Kofi Annan has said.
The team is "standing by" to begin overseeing a tenuous but apparently stable ceasefire, said Ahmad Fawzi, a spokesman for the joint UN-Arab League envoy.Protests in the wake of that ceasefire have broken out across the country, and government forces have responded by firing into the air, reportedly killing several protesters, activists claimed.

SYRIA: Protests turn deadly as UN delays vote on observers: Thousands of Syrians marched on Friday to test the regime's commitment to a UN-backed peace plan, and the fragile two-day old ceasefire was again shaken when security forces killed eight civilians.

The hard-won truce to end a 13-month crackdown on dissent that has cost an estimated more than 10,000 lives appeared to be holding, but French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he did not expect it to last. He questioned President Bashar al-Assad's sincerity and appealed for observers to monitor his compliance.

Activists said on Saturday that two neighborhoods in the Syrian city of Homs were shelled overnight, as the United Nations struggled to iron out the details about the rapid deployment of international observers. There were scattered reports of deaths and arrests linked to the demonstrations, which had been dubbed “A Revolution for All Syrians” by local organizers nationwide.

Participants admitted to feeling somewhat tentative, sticking to back streets to avoid the security forces, snipers and tanks that were used to suppress the peaceful protest movement and that remained deployed around many central squares and major crossroads. But the marches were big and exuberant enough to remind demonstrators of the mass rallies that started in March 2011 to demand the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.

We are going to get dragged into this rest assured and you can't really think at least Russia and Iran will not come out in the open: I remember saying from day one that it would take almost the whole military to defect before they would have a chance and now that we know how involved Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are in the slaughtering that is going on around the country that is beginning to look like the beginning of their fight.

You have to be very concerned about what is happening in Syria especially. Russia, China, and Iran are not going to allow Syria to fall to Democracy. What we saw after the voter fraud in Iran was mild compared to what the IRG will do if this movement spreads to Iran. I really wish Bashar would step down but Iran is the elephant in the room any way you look at it. The total middle east breakdown we have written about numerous times is well under way. We can only hope we keep it from erupting into WW3.

In closing: You know Putin just got himself reelected as President, he did this so he could be at the helm of Russia as he like me knows 100% that world war is our future. He plans on marshaling China who is rapidly building a more formidable military and whoever he can to take on US hegemony.Russia watched helplessly as we had our way in Libya. Putin blames what is happening in Syria on our interference and Libya for training the protesters to fight against Bashar Al-Assad.Russia and Iran will not let this be another Libya but?

Putin is going to do everything possible to keep us from helping the Syrian people and I really feel for them. I do not see this going down the way Libya did and Iran and Russia are going to make sure it does not. I am afraid the Syrian people are going to be sacrificed, sacrificed in what is merely an opening salvo in this the wars for future dominance. God help us!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Demeur said...

Once again you're missing the economics involved here Jim. The Syrian pound has taken a beating over the last year. The UN has imposed economic sanctions that are starting to hurt but the real issue is whether Assads' regime can hold out financially to be able to pay the army and supporters most of whom are paid mercenaries.
From an article I just read:
"Despite the pressure on the currency, the Syrian regime remains healthy financially by employing a variety of tactics to circumvent sanctions and maintain a reasonable pound rate. The Syrian authorities are rumored to have deposited billions of dollars in banks in other countries under the names of third parties."

Those billions are now only worth millions with the devaluation. So the question remains would Russia or China come to Assads' aid financially? I kind of doubt it as they just sold him over a billion dollars worth of military hardware. And neither country is looking good on the world stage.
What surprises me is that Turkey and Lebanon haven't sent in troops as Syria has violated their borders.

But as you can see the real power to ending this conflict lies with the banks. If those assets could be frozen Mr. Assad would be out of office tomorrow.

an average patriot said...

I know all that but you and others are missing the most important thing and you didn't mention it. Russia and Iran are not going to let Syria go down. Iran has been supplementing them financially for a while now. The question to me is how long Iran and Russia are willing to hold their current lines.