A new video has appeared purporting to show rebels being shot at by...... make your assumptions.
Problem being, there are no rebels being shot at from what I can see in that video?
And the people filming seem pretty calm.
Coincidentally or not. And you know it is not. The news today is mentioning that Turkey is drawing up plans for a buffer zone in Syria
As if this is something new? As if this is a new development? It isn’t!
The Turkish buffer zone was mentioned as far back as July 2011 here, in this post.
With a link back to this article War for Peace and Killing to Save Lives
Some additional happenings-
The Red Crescent building was torched in Homs. It was set to deliver aid today. Who would have done this? Who has been dead set against any diplomacy? Who has terrorized the area by laying seige to entire towns, ensuring a military response. Who wants regime change?
"Somebody set fire to that building. People knew what that building was, and what was in it," the source said. "Sadly, the Red Crescent was supposed to do an aid distribution today."
The NATO rebels are continuing guerrilla tactics to terrify the populace.
IAF F-16 -pic from article below
What is going on in the Mediterranean area? Quite a bit.
“Israeli, Greek and U.S. militaries are in an exercise in preparation for a possible war over Israel’s huge off-shore gas discoveries.”
Except these are not Israeli discoveries- These are Lebanese discoveries.
I had covered the discovery of Gas resources in Lebanese waters some time back.
Resources to spark war attack by Israel on Lebanon July 28/2010
Quoting from above article;
Russia is keeping a wary eye on the American-Israeli exercises and is staging its own war drill in a Syrian port, according to DEBKAfile. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned this week against a pre-emptive strike, which he said would violate international law.
A Russian guided missile destroyer reportedly sailed to the Syrian port of Tartus for an exercise with what DEBKAfile said is three-fold message for the United States that Moscow is supplying Syrian President Bashar Assad with defense systems, that the Russian and Iranian support of Assad will continue and that the deployment of the warship illustrates Moscow’s ability for a rapid response to foreign maneuvers.
Speaking of Russian ships- expanding on what is going on at Tartus:
This piece is worth reading entirely. If you like to rack the brains, that is?
How many old, belching Russian destroyers does it take to establish an international veto in Syria? Take note the USS Enterprise gets a mention. The counterpoint with the current deployment of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) could hardly be starker. As the Bosphorus Naval News piece observes, Smetlivy was commissioned in 1969. Enterprise was commissioned in 1961. This is her last deployment (a sad occasion indeed for Cold War sailors). She is on the way from Norfolk to the Persian Gulf It’s only fair to note that Russia has an intelligence collection ship operating in the Eastern Mediterranean, and has been keeping one on station. The Black Sea Fleet ship Kildin took up the patrol in March, relieving the intelligence collection ship Ekvator (which, yes, means “equator”). So that makes at least two Russian navy ships in the Med at the moment.
It is equally fair to note that while the Enterprise Strike Group is just passing through, USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) and USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) are deployed to the Med separately, for ballistic missile defense patrols. They are currently participating in joint exercise Noble Dina with the navies of Israel and Greece. (See Elder of Ziyon’s takedown of the carefully edited Hezbollah – Al Manar – reporting on Noble Dina.)
Capability versus will
Why is it so important to go over these naval details? To emphasize that merely showing up and tooling around in force doesn’t get the job done politically. The US Navy has so much more force than Russia has in the Med right now that the comparison could be considered surreal. But that force isn’t making a difference to developments in the Syria problem, because it is not being used in the service of any focused policy to settle the Syrian conflict favorably. NATO has an overwhelming preponderance of force in the Med, but it is Russia that wields the effective veto over what the international community is going to do about Syria.
One last piece before this post get’s put to bed.
Russia’s position on Syria- Myths and Realities
Another article that is worth reading entirely. I did.
First, I would like to make clear Russia categorically condemns any violence. The actions of President Bashar al-Assad’s government in the crisis can hardly be called exemplary and the perception Russia is ‘‘blindly supporting’’ the Syrian authorities is mistaken.
However, it is worth remembering that 25-30pc of those who have been killed in Syria were members of the security forces. It is wrong to say government tanks and artillery are confronting poorly armed civilians. Several dozen law enforcement personnel die in Syria every week in terrorist attacks.
Seeking to stoke tensions, opposition fighters disrupt power and water supplies and the work of shops. In the recent showdown in Homs, civilians were in effect hostages to the irreconcilable positions of the two sides.
So we believe it is crucial that the international community condemns not only the violence on the part of government forces, but also the armed actions of the opposition; that it demands the political opposition dissociate itself from extremists and that armed opposition groups leave population centres in conjunction with the withdrawal of government forces.
This was the aim of the Russian amendments to the draft resolutions of the UN Security Council and the General Assembly. Sadly, these ideas were not backed by many of our UN partners.
Just one more- and then this post get's tucked in!
Additionally diplomacy on Capital Hill -Russia makes its Syria case on Capitol Hill
The briefing was led by Russian embassy officials Anton Vushkarnik and Sergey Kuznetsov, according to the invitation, but several other embassy officials also spoke at the meeting. About half a dozen Senate staffers attended the briefing, which got pretty heated, according to congressional sources briefed on the meeting. The Russian embassy officials refused to acknowledge basic facts about the burgeoning conflict in Syria, including that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues to kill his own people. The Russia officials also claimed that an equal number of Syrian civilians have died at the hands of the Syrian opposition.
Senate staffers? Is that a signal? No one in Washington cares what the Russians have to say?
It would seem to be.