Thursday, June 7, 2012

Syria: Annan's facade crumbles. China and Russia "No Intervention"

A news round up.

Let’s open this post with Kofi Annan’s statement at the UN. Where he drops all pretence of being impartial. And shows his true face, the  imperialist NATO regime change face.
Thanks Freethinker!

Kofi Annan: “President Assad believed the main obstacle was the actions of militants.  Clearly, all parties must cease violence.  But equally clearly, the first responsibility lies with the Government.”

As if that is possible while under attack? Wouldn’t the Syrian government be remiss in their duties if they failed to defend the nation? Most certainly they would. Annan’s words are absurd. But, telling.

The state heads of Russia, China and four other nations signed a statement calling for non-intervention in Syria and Iran.
The heads of state of Russia, China and four Central Asian partner nations signed a statement Thursday opposing outside intervention in Syria and Iran.

"We believe any attempts to resolve the Iranian issue by force are unacceptable," the statement from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization read. "Such attempts could lead to unpredictably serious consequences, which would threaten stability and security in the region and the entire world."

The heads of state of the other member nations, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, who attended the meeting hosted in Beijing, also signed the statement.

On Syria, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization statement was less blunt, calling for "dialogues that respect Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity."

Russia, China and other nations have received a request from Syria to investigate the Houla killings

I will highlight an especially logical  train of thought, obviously, not emanating from the West.

Russia, China and other countries received a request from the Syrian government to investigate last month’s massacre in Houla, according to a senior lawmaker in the Russian ruling party.

The timing of the Houla massacre, as well reports yesterday by opposition activists of the killing of 78 people, more than half of them women and children, in a village in Hama province, point to the involvement of rebel fighters, said Pushkov. The first massacre happened a day before United Nations envoy Kofi Annan visited Syria and the latest on the eve of UN Security Council discussions on Syria, he said.

“To carry out such acts on the eve of such events is absolutely counterproductive for the Syrian government,” Pushkov said. “To the contrary, I can see that for rebel fighters, especially Islamist rebel fighters for whom blood is cheap, as shown by experience in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places, there is a direct political benefit.”
Yup, that about sums it up. For the NATO/GCC backed fighters there is direct political benefit.

Russia Urges Saudi Arabia, Qatar to Halt Help for Syria Rebels

“Boats carrying weapons are being dispatched and they are getting financing too because Saudi Arabia and Qatar are paying salaries to members of the Syrian Free Army,” Alexei Pushkov, the head of the foreign-affairs committee in the lower house of parliament, said in a telephone interview today. “Instead of supporting the armed actions of the opposition, we want them to exert a restraining influence.”

“Weapons are entering Syria through its borders with Lebanon and Turkey,” Riad Haddad said in a June 1 interview. “And these are heavy weapons.”

As for suggestions of a “Yemen style” plan for Syria

"Application of the so-called Yemen scenario to resolve the conflict in Syria is possible only if the Syrians themselves agree to it," Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said, Interfax reported. "The Yemen scenario was discussed by the Yemenis themselves. If this scenario is discussed by Syrians themselves and is adopted by them, we are not against it."

Russia say’s “ok” if the Syrian people like it. This goes right along with the line Russia has been touting all along. Respecting the territory. Respecting the people's wishes.
It is not likely the Syrian people will like that idea. Russia is using diplospeak here. They are certain there is no appetite amongst the Syrian people for Assad to go.

If Annan declares the 6 point plan dead, look for the NATO “ allies” to launch an attack, without a UN mandate.As of right now, a UN mandate seems pretty much a no go.


  1. If i'm not mistaken Annan has indeed declared the plan dead. But this is to be expected, the plan was only for the consumption of the public and was never intended to be serious. It just allows them to say that every diplomatic avenue has been exhausted but we must now send in the troops.

    1. Ragnorak

      Yes, all the "diplomatic" avenues

      Like arming terrorists
      Creating deaths squads
      Terrorizing civilians

      What passes these days for "diplomacy"
      Makes one sick

  2. June 7th and the 'game' is hotting up (sorry to be so corny)! I want to know what will happen if there is military intervention by Clinton and friends - what will Russian and the Central Asian Partners do? I think its a question worth asking.

    IS this not a very worrying situation all round?

    1. Yes things are hotting up, however the tsunami first will start in Greece on the 18 June, be prepared for maybe a coup or massive election fraud. Date to watch is June 19.

    2. Marie/Marty:
      I was thinking of you today..
      Thinking about where you live and how you may be affected by all this??
      It makes me worried for you.
      For LB?

      Hans: The 19th of June, I shall keep that in mind
      Greece certainly seems a mess.

      They should just leave the EU
      Just walk away

  3. Smash the disease, Dr. Assad. The autistic west needs an unforgettable lesson for forsaking civil behavior and simple courtesy.

    1. Hey Anonymous
      watched the video.

      so many have died
      so many will die
      Tears one up just thinking about it
      Syria has to defend itself from attack and defend the people, the West will not stop arming the fighters.

  4. russian journalist Anha Kochneva in syria: 'There are a lot of soldiers of fortune among the bandits. They are Chechens, Romanians, French, Libyans, and Afghans. Moreover, there was a very funny accident with Afghan soldiers. A few Afghans were caught and asked, ‘What are you doing here?’ They replied, ‘We were told that we came to Israel, and at night we are shooting at Israeli buses. We are fighting with the enemy to liberate Palestine.’ It might be funny, but it is true. The guys were really surprised, ‘Are we in Syria? We thought we were in Israel!’

    1. I'm gob-smacked! "The guys were really surprised, ‘Are we in Syria? We thought we were in Israel!’"

      Excellent find Brian.


    2. I've spent time in Syria, when you're driving in the country side, on the outskirts of the cities even, you could be almost anywhere really so I am not surprised they were tricked into thinking they were in Israel. Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Cyprus, Jordan, are all very similar landscapes.

  5. Hey Pen',...Have you seen this?


    1. I went and read it
      it's a good post and I am glad you pointed it out to me

      So far, I think China and Russia understand what is at stake
      They have the men and China has the manufacturing
      Chuckyman, where ever you are... Chuckyman thought this was going to go nuclear.. because it had to
      Scares the shit out of me

  6. A propagandist gets a lesson from the 'rebels': Set up to be shot in Syria's no-man's land but will it sink in?

    "We decide to ask for an escort out the safe way we came in. Both sides, both checkpoints will remember our vehicle.

    (picture titled 'Set up to be shot in Syrias no mans land?')

    Suddenly four men in a black car beckon us to follow. We move out behind.
    We are led another route. Led in fact, straight into a free-fire zone. Told by the Free Syrian Army to follow a road that was blocked off in the middle of no-man’s-land.
    At that point there was the crack of a bullet and one of the slower three-point turns I’ve experienced. We screamed off into the nearest side-street for cover.
    Another dead-end.
    There was no option but to drive back out onto the sniping ground and floor it back to the road we’d been led in on.
    Predictably the black car was there which had led us to the trap. They roared off as soon as we re-appeared.

    I’m quite clear the rebels deliberately set us up to be shot by the Syrian Army. Dead journos are bad for Damascus.

    That conviction only strengthened half an hour later when our four friends in the same beaten-up black car suddenly pulled out of a side-street, blocking us from the UN vehicles ahead.
    The UN duly drove back past us, witnessed us surrounded by shouting militia, and left town.
    Eventually we got out too and on the right route, back to Damascus.

    In a war where they slit the throats of toddlers back to the spine, what’s the big deal in sending a van full of journalists into the killing zone?
    It was nothing personal.


    Please leave a message of sympathy for Alex.

    1. Freethinker
      I am behind the time today, in a big way
      But, I read it

      So much stuff to read and not enough dam time
      And comments galore, even in the way backs
      Natural Chruch is back
      Kaspi left stuff that...well I don't know what to say
      I have to take more time with it
      Magnotta has been still getting comments

  7. I don't think Annan's plan was made to succeed from start.
    It was made to be used for another push toward another UNSC resolution against Syria.
    It's laughable when these so called rebels say they will not comply anymore with Kofi Annab's peace plan.!
    They never did anyway from day one.

    1. "I don't think Annan's plan was made to succeed from start."

      I think your right!

  8. Syrian rebels tried to get me killed, says Channel 4 correspondent
    a brush with murder does help shake up ones perceptions!reality is now a bit clearer for this journalist....and they arent 'rebels' they are terrorist insurgents

    1. Brian you might like to leave a suitable message on his blog - address in my comment above. If there was ever a time to get the truth into his dense skull it is now, after his little frightener. That's assuming he is not totally corrupt, and I think with him there is still some hope.

    2. free thinker..well i went to the site and left some comments....i also saw this:
      8 June 2012
      at 10:41 am
      Thank you for your on the spot reports.
      I’ve long believed the rebels weren’t these peace loving unarmed protesters as usually portrayed by most of the UK and US media.

      al-Assad is a monster but the alternative is possibly worse. We are seeing rebels funded armed and given logistical support by the Sunni salafis of Saudi and Qatar with NATO special forces close in neighbouring countries.

      now yes to the salafists,...but why does this charater say Assad is a monster? where does he get that idea?...most likely the western media feeding out of the SOHR trough...will my comments get posted? or will they be censored?

    3. I was surprised by how 'non-MSM' many of the comments are considering how orthodox ultra-liberal Channel-4 is. I got a comment published (pseudonym Derek) which although rather mild might make AT think a little; however having read in his tweets the pathetic way he is now covering up for the FSA I suspect he's a lost cause. I've a more robust comment awaiting moderation.

      The Ch4 blogs are normally very quiet genteel affairs where controversy is a stranger and a lefty/liberal mindset is de rigueur. It will be interesting to see how they handle a doze of truth.

      If you ever watched Channel-4 (I used to, haven't for many months) then you'd probably think Assad was a monster too. Its right up there with the Guardian in the mind-fuckery stakes.

  9. Instead of everyone putting sanctions against syria and kicking out all syrian diplomats out of our countries this isnt gonna end all this crap over there they should be invoking artice 5 of NATO and all countries apart of nato start a military attack just like they did when they invoked it on iraq war for 9/11 and we should stop showing so much fear to russia and china because when it comes down to it is 2 countries willing to take on 28 plus countries at one time i doubt it overthrow the regime we all have highly trained special forces send in a small group and take em out like they did with osama bin laden and end this before they end up killing all there own people

  10. webcam of HOMS

  11. US using drones in philippines

  12. According to blogger Syrian.. Apparently something is afoot with blackouts and fighting in the capital. Powerplant blown up Mercs cornered Brits losing it and activating all sleeper cells.
    Salute, Syrian, Godspeed.

  13. on Shabiha:
    Now, the Western media has near universally used the word “Shabiya” to describe militias loyal to the Assad regime, but the BBC has an insightful report on the origins of the word and how it is used by the locals:

    It is not clear exactly who they are and to whom they are loyal, but the term “shabiha” has repeatedly been used to describe them. Possibly derived from the Arabic word for “ghost” (“shabh”), it has come to mean “thugs” in modern day Syria.
    The term is believed to have first appeared in relation to the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad after a crackdown was launched in the port city of Latakia, where a notorious, mafia-like organised crime syndicate called the Shabiha has existed since the 1970s.
    In towns along the Mediterranean coast, local shabiha gangs are said to run protection rackets, weapons- and drug-smuggling rings, and other criminal enterprises. Residents reportedly dare not mention the name.
    So the word is used by locals to refer to armed “thugs” involved in organized crime. The BBC, of course, goes on to assert, in line with the standard media line, that

    Membership of the shabiha gangs is drawn largely from President Assad’s minority Alawite sect, which dominates the government, security services and military. Many are members of the Assad family itself, and the related Deeb and Makhlouf families.
    Western media invariably equate any eyewitness account of “shabiha” with pro-regime militias. But it seems clear that the word could be used by locals to refer to any unidentified armed thug. Notice the BBC itself acknowledges that it’s “not clear exactly who they are and to whom they are loyal” as the word is used by locals to describe these “ghosts” of whom they dare not speak. As I questioned in my previous report, “Could witnesses be describing the murderers as ‘shabiha’ simply because they were ‘heavily armed men dressed in black’?”

  14. Syria 24 English
    2 hours ago
    #Syria #RealSyria - DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Syrian TV is set to broadcast a documentary shedding light on the Damascus terrorist bombings and those behind it on Saturday after the 8:30 PM news.

    The documentary includes interviews with families of victims and relatives of the terrorists who carried out the terrorist attacks.



  16. Something is definitely going down - something weird.

    The Russian 'show of strength' the other night with the missile, seen from Azerbaijan, over Turkey and on through to Jordan. Does anyone realise just HOW FAR that distance is? It cannot have been ONE missile - I can't believe that.

    Here, at the same time we had something VERY strange happen, which got linked to the news report about the Russian Missile launch 'over Syria' and I cannot understand why...

    The "bio-hazard" people closed off an area near the coastal town of Larnaca, just up the road from the International Airport, because smoke was coming from something 'metal' in the ground. The residents then started to panic in the evening because they were not allowed to leave their homes and then when they heard about the 'spiral' they thought the smoking metal 'fell out of the sky' and was from a UFO! (seriously) The news reported that ater investigation by police and fire brigade it turns out it was a metal container with phosphorus which had ignited and was extremely dangerous - it was unearthed by roadworks and apparently was left over from before 1974...The 1974 reference doesn't make any sense to me at all either...

    ...Very weird news report which they tagged onto the missile news...what does it mean I wonder?

  17. Here is the local news report with no mention of the phosphorus, but it was reported by the state broadcaster last nights live television - So it makes you wonder what was really found on the ground!