Thursday, May 17, 2012
Disaster in Syria
Bashar al-Assad's slaughter has officialy spread to Lebanon as Sunni-Alawite fighting erupts in Lebanese port city, also Syrian violence claims eight lives and UN mission grows, Syrian clashes 'kill 23 soldiers' in city of Rastan, China Dispatches Six Military Observers to Join the UN Observers Mission in Syria, Russia Will Foil Any UNSC Resolution on Military Intervention in Syria, US helps Syrian rebels to get advanced weapons,UN team in Syria stayed with rebels after attack after Roadside Blast Hits UN Convoy; 20 Killed at Syrian Funeral, Confidential report finds Iran shipping arms to Syria: ...
Syrian conflict spreads to Lebanon: Clashes were continuing Sunday in Tripoli, the largest city in northern Lebanon between supporters and opponents of the neighboring Syrian regime. At least three people were killed, said a source within the security services. In Bab el-Tebbaneh, a man died in clashes between residents of this predominantly Sunni neighborhood, opposing the Syrian regime, and in Jabal Mohsen neighborhood a supporter of Alawite regime of Bashar al-Assad was also killed.
Meanwhile, a local resident of the Sunni Kobbe district had been killed Saturday night during clashes that left so ten wounded. In a separate incident, an army officer was killed, according to another source within the security services, by a sniper after a gunfight Saturday night between the army and Islamist demonstrators demanding the release of one of their men detained by the Lebanese authorities.
Sunni-Alawite fighting erupts in Lebanese port city:BEIRUT: Two people were killed when fighting erupted overnight in the Lebanese city of Tripoli between members of the Alawite minority loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and members of the Sunni majority, witnesses and security officials said on Sunday.
Rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles were used in the fighting in an Alawite enclave and surrounding Sunni neighborhoods in the port city, 70 km (44 miles) north of Beirut. “The clashes peaked at dawn. The sound of gunfire is still echoing in the city,” a Lebanese security official said. The fighting underlines how sectarian tensions in Syria could spill over to neighboring Lebanon.
China Dispatches Six Military Observers to Join the UN Observers Mission in Syria:
Gatilov: Russia Will Foil Any UNSC Resolution on Military Intervention in Syria: In a statement to journalists in Moscow, Gatilov said " We will not allow the passage of any blurry resolution, particularly if related to using force…we generally hope that the military scenario would not be taken; we do prefer reaching a political solution." He added, " I think there is no danger of a serious interference by force for the time being," pointing out that the west has become more self-restraint.
Gatilov stressed that the Security Council is not considering any resolutions concerning Syria and there is no need for that, noting that the international community increasingly tends for the implementation of the plan of UN Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan. Gatilov added that al-Qaeda and other allies stand behind the attacks which hit Syria in the past few days, considering that the conflict in Syria is being long-termed if compared to the former period.
US helps Syrian rebels to get advanced weapons: Syrian rebels begin to get more weapons, and much advanced, thanks to an effort funded by the Gulf countries and coordinated in part by the U.S., reported the Washington Post on Wednesday. The report is based on information gathered from Syrian activists, sources in the United States and other countries.Publicly, the Obama administration has been maintaining that the United States does not provide or fund the supply of this lethal equipment, including anti-tank weapons.
UN team in Syria stayed with rebels after attack: The U.N. says an observer team that came under fire in northern Syria stayed overnight with rebel forces and United Nations officials hope to evacuate them within hours. A roadside bomb struck the team's vehicle during a mission in the northern town of Khan Sheikhoun, but none of the observers was wounded. Rebel forces then apparently gave the observers shelter.
Diplomat: Confidential report finds Iran shipping arms to Syria: A confidential U.N. report reveals Iran is exporting arms to the Syrian government in violation of a ban on weapons sales, the same day President Bashar al-Assad blamed the violence in his country on the work of foreign-backed fighters.
The draft report describes three seizures of Iranian weapons shipments, including two bound for Syria, within the last year, a Western diplomat told CNN on Wednesday on condition of anonymity. The official was not authorized to release details to the media.
We now have UN observers up to 300, so called Russian and Chinese, enough to gum up the works amnd confuse the issue so Syria can continue the slaughter. "This observers thing is a big joke," slaughter in their midst, "Shelling stops and tanks are hidden when they visit somewhere, and when they leave, shelling resumes." Douma-based activist Mohammed Saeed said two people were killed by indiscriminate firing in the sprawling district, the scene of intense clashes between rebels and security forces before a cease-fire went into effect more than a week ago.
Good question, why are more worthless monitors needed? Russia, China, the UN, they are all going to see the same things 3 different ways. There is no way the Chinese and the Russians are not going to aid Syria at least by turning the other cheek. UN, Russia, and China have competing horses in this race.
Russia said they would send observers almost 2 weeks ago And I have not heard a word from them. Their job must be to observe the slaughter and make sure no one gets in Assad's way. China's job must be to say they saw things a different way so none of the awful truth will get out. They will get away with saying it is all being perpetrated by terrorists and a grey area is once again created to hide the truth by someone who supposedly wants to do the right thing. Yeah the right thing for their agenda and that of Assad their ally. This is not a good development. What is going to happen once the observers start getting killed?
Assad calls the protesters and peace workers terrorists and promises to stamp them out. what does he call all the mercenaries helping him along with those sending him arms and ammunition? This has barely begun!
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.