and more..... all of it ugly
Syria; The Eid cease fire failed.
It ended with a massive car bombing in Damascus & the Syrian air force responding
A car bomb has ripped through the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad district of southern Damascus following heaviest military airstrikes since fighter jets were first deployed to crash the uprising. Lavrov said that there will never be a resolution of the Syrian crisis without a dialogue with the Syrian government.
Russia has blamed the rebels for the failure to contain the violence, with deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov charging that “the opposition foiled the ceasefire,” making clear its “intent to continue violence.”
There is a new peace bid coming in November... Two reports
Brahimi is looking ahead to new efforts to tackle the crisis.
He is to go to the UN Security Council in November with new proposals aimed at pushing for political talks between President Bashar Al-Assad and the opposition, UN diplomats said, and will head this week for Russia and China to discuss the crisis.It’s been mentioned here previously. On numerous occasions. Is the time coming for a contingent of peacekeepers from Russia and other interested nations? In my mind that move is over due.
Rehashing an article previously posted on peacekeepers
15 February 2012-Russia and China, the two countries that vetoed a UN Security Council resolution addressing ongoing violence in Syria, are now weighing an Arab League proposal to station peacekeepers there.In June there was another article contemplating this scenario with a dash of scorn for good measure
If the CSTO has 20,000 well trained peacekeepers, 19,000 of them are Russian. The remaining CSTO member states -- Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan -- have shown only occasional enthusiasm for Russia's ambitious plans for the alliance, and it's hard, if not impossible, to imagine any of those countries sending their soldiers to Syria.
So, the chances of anything coming to pass with this proposal are zero. But it's an interesting idea for a group that is still working to develop a reason for existing.
Mr Brahimi is heading to Russia and China this week. November is just days away. The US election is just over a week away. We will just have to wait and see. Wait and see....
Shocked to see this report in the Montreal Gazette of all places? Well the truth does leak out of the main stream media, in dribs and drabs.
Beijing report says Turkic Chinese Muslim separatists fighting with radical groups in Syria
Chinese Muslim separatists from the northwest region of Xinjiang are battling Syrian government forces alongside al-Qaida and other extremist groups, an official Chinese newspaper reported Monday.
Radicals among China's ethnic Turkic Uighur minority have been travelling to Syria since May to join the fighting on trips organized by groups opposed to Beijing's rule over Xinjiang, the Global Times reported Monday.
Citing unidentified Chinese anti-terrorism authorities, it said the groups were funding their activities through drug and gun trafficking, kidnapping and robbery, and providing training for "separatists, criminals and terrorists" who had fled Xinjiang.
Uighur boy: Image borrowed from here
Chinese Muslim separatists- ethnically Turkic (Am I having a 13th Tribe flashback?) Same ones that have been agitating in China for sometime now.... Fighting alongside NATO’s Al Qaida mercs in Syria
Activities funded through gun and drug trafficking?
Sounds like standard NATO operations. Likely some human organ trafficking mixed in for good measure. Maybe some child brides for sale?
The Global Times report singled out two groups as funneling fighters to Syria; the East Turkistan Islamic Movement and the East Turkestan Education and Solidarity Association based in Turkey. East Turkistan was the name given to two short-lived independent Uighur republics in Xinjiang, a vast Central Asian region of mountains and deserts that has been flooded with ethnic Chinese settlers in recent decades.
Turkey, quite a busy terror state. Quite busy indeed. Turkey, right up there with Saudi Arabia.
By the way. Turkey has American nukes parked in it’s territory. Which is not really new or even startling news... Rehashing
For more than 40 years, Turkey has been a quiet custodian of U.S. tactical nuclear weaponsOr
Turkey has hosted U.S. nuclear weapons since 1961, and currently at the Incirlik air base the U.S. has an unknown, but small, number of tactical B-61 nuclear bombs and fighter-bomber jets that can drop them.
How do the Turkish people feel about that?
NATO’s brutality in Libya bodes badly for Syria-
How much blood do the populace in each of the NATO nations wish to swim in?
Keeping in mind that the governments of the so called “free world” allegedly act on behalf of their populations.
Carnage in Libya Continues- The West is silent because they are complicit
Scott Taylor is a bit to apologetic, but, he gets paid for his opinion. I don't.
When the Libyan air force did not take to the skies as predicted, (lied about) NATO liberally interpreted its UN mandate to “protect Libyan civilians.”
For propaganda purposes, the various Libyan rebel factions were described as “armed civilians,” (sound familiar?) thus NATO could use their full aerial arsenal to “protect”(slaughter Libyans who did not wish to be destroyed by NATO’s arsenal) anti-Gadhafi forces. NATO’s targets included all Gadhafi loyalist forces, weapons and equipment.
Most of the bitter fighting took place at close quarters in urban centres and, despite NATO’s best efforts, innocent civilians were killed by errant bombings.( I take a great deal of exception to that entire sentence. Scott Taylor knows as well as anyone that terrorizing the populace is a standard war practice. Conventional and otherwise)
In a complete inversion of its original mandate, NATO was now killing Libyans with airstrikes in order to protect them from airstrikes. (Yes, NATO was and is presently killing Libyans to “save them”)
Despite the overwhelming might of the allied air force, the provision of weapons, training and advisers to the “armed civilian” rebels and a restrictive arms embargo against 'Gadhafi loyalists',( spin, correct term is Libyan military) the conflict still bogged down into a bloody stalemate.That means there is war in Libya. The people do not like the occupiers. Outside forces participated in the slaughter that has surely taken place at Bani Wallid
Canada's special role in the slaughter in Libya
This is when Canada once again took a lead role in the Libyan conflict. Sensing the rebel factions were losing their will to continue, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird flew into Benghazi on June 27, 2011, to bolster the rebels’ morale.Scott Taylor uses "our" to refer to all Canadians being complicit. Scott do not lump all Canadian's into this bloodbath. Many of us wanted no part of the act of destroying Libya and many of us in Canada and other nations the world over want no part in destroying Syria.
As a result of Baird’s bloodthirsty rhetoric and promises of a brighter future in a post-Gadhafi Libya, the “armed civilians” charged once more into the breach.
Last week, Human Rights Watch released a detailed report on this incident, revealing that Gadhafi had likely died of hemorrhaging after being sodomized with a bayonet.
Gadhafi’s son, Mutassim, was also captured alive that day, along with an estimated 150 loyalist fighters. (Libyan Army) According to Human Rights Watch, all of them were tortured prior to being executed.
Our complicity in such brutal war crimes would clearly taint NATO’s victory in Libya. However, despite the staging of a glorious parade on Parliament Hill last November and the awarding of the Order of Canada to Bouchard, those wacky “armed civilians” keep demonstrating to the world that such victory celebrations were premature at best.
Almost unreported in the Western media is the fact that 'Gadhafi loyalists' (Libyan Army true to an unoccupied Libya) are still battling “armed civilian” militias in the city of Bani Walid. The current bloodshed and civilian casualties in that city are on a par with the current carnage in Syria, but Baird is no longer challenging the international community to protect Libyans.