Monday, June 11, 2012

Assad's Response to Syria Unrest Leaves His Own Sect Divided as allies falter and devolution worsens

Assad's Response to Syria Unrest Leaves His Own Sect Divided, China condemned the ongoing violence in Syria on Friday call for punishment of the murderers, Russia insists on Iran role over Syria, rebels gain ground near Deraa as bombardment continues across the country, Syria violence kills 12; revolt toll tops 14100

Assad's Response to Syria Unrest Leaves His Own Sect Divided: As the Syrian conflict escalates to new levels of sectarian strife, Mr. Assad is leaning ever more heavily on his religious base for support. The Alawite core of the elite security forces is still with him, as are many Syrians from minority groups. But interviews with a dozen Alawites indicated a complex split even within their ranks.

Some Alawites are frustrated that security forces have not yet managed to crush the opposition, while others say that Mr. Assad is risking the future of the Alawites by pushing them to the brink of civil war with Sunni Muslims. Mr. Assad’s ruling Baath Party professes a secular, pan-Arab socialism, but Sunnis, who make up about 74 percent of the population, have long bridled at what they see as sectarian rule by the Alawites, who are nominally Shiite Muslims and make up only 13 percent of the population.

Syria violence kills 12; revolt toll tops 14100: Violence in Syria killed at least 12 people on Sunday bringing the death toll since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime to more than 14,100, a monitoring group said. Those killed since March last year comprised 9,862 civilians, 3,470 soldiers and 783 army deserters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britain-based watchdog counts rebel fighters who are not deserters from the army as civilians. The violence has intensified in Syria despite the presence of 300 United Nations observers charged with monitoring a truce that was supposed to take effect from April 12. On Saturday, at least 111 people -- 83 civilians and 28 soldiers -- were killed, according to revised figures from the Observatory, representing one of the heaviest single-day death tolls since the nominal start of the ceasefire.

China condemned the ongoing violence in Syria on Friday: Using some of the strongest language to emerge to date from Beijing on the violence in Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin called for an immediate end to the violence. "We strongly condemn the recent brutality on women and children," he said. "We call for a punishment of the murderer."

International reactions to the 2011–2012 Syrian uprising

Russia insists on Iran role over Syria: A conference, which some have likened to the Dayton accords that put an end to the three year long civil war in Bosnia in 1995, may be held later this month. “We want this event to be effective. In order to be effective all the sides with any influence on the sides in the Syrian conflicts should be represented there. Iran is one such country,” Mr Lavrov said.

Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, appeared to reject a role for Iran earlier this week, when she said: “It's a little hard to imagine inviting a country that is stage-managing Assad regime’s assault on its people.” Iran is a key Russian ally in the Mideast and is one of the principal backers of Bashar al Assad, Syrian president.

I agree with Hilary! Iran and the IRG have been doing much of the slaughtering since the beginning. They openly admitted a month ago that they were going to take the lead role in slaughtering as many as they had to in order to quell the uprising and keep Russia and Iran's interest in control. I no loonger believe that will be the case regardless of what Iran and Russia do. They have kept the misery perpertrator in power too long and allowed the people to be slaughtered. The people now will not rest until they see to their demise!

Rebels' rise a threat to Syrian army: AN INCREASINGLY effective Syrian rebel force has been gaining ground in recent weeks, stepping up its attacks on government troops and expanding the area under its control even as world attention has been focused on pressuring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to comply with a UN ceasefire.

The rebels say they are acquiring access to ammunition and funding that had been in short supply a few months ago, streamlining their structures to improve co-ordination while steadily eroding the government's capacity to control large swaths of the country.

rebels gain ground near Deraa as bombardment continues across the country: Amateur video purports to show Free Syrian Army rebels taking control of some areas near the southern city of Deraa while heavy shelling and gun fights continue in Homs and Idlib. The fighters, said to be from the al-Farouq Brigade, said that they launched a series of attacks on Friday on the Syrian government army and gained control of some areas there.

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 all!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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