Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Syria Crisis: cutting through the propaganda

By Elizabeth Kendal

In addition to this week's Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin on Syria --

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 167 | Wed 11 Jul 2012
SYRIA: Christians' plight lost under mountain of propaganda

-- I am providing a short reading list of recently published, freely-available articles for those who would like some help in cutting through the propaganda.

A Jihadist, Anti-Western Agenda is Being Forced on Syria
By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs.
Analysis, April 2012 (via oilprice.com)
Quotes: "The international community has been blindly following a jihadist-driven agenda for Syria; a solution the majority of Syrians reject, but which Turkey and Qatar have been driving. It begs the question: why are analysts in Washington — or Paris or London — not digging more deeply into what is really happening, given that the solution they have endorsed is so profoundly anti-Western?"

". . . the West, led by the US, Turkey, and Qatar, is striving to repeat in Syria the legacy of the interventions in Bosnia and Libya, irrespective of the realities on the ground or the desires of the local population. To justify such an intervention, the US leads a media campaign to portray the Syrian National Council (SNC) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) as westernized and democratic when Arab governments and the Arab media know that this is simply untrue.

"The Syrian National Council has always been a front of the more militant- jihadist wing of the Muslim Brothers [MB: the Ikhwan]."

"At the core is the confrontation between resurgent Sunni Arab Islam-ism and the region’s aspirant non-Arab Islamist hegemonic powers: Mahdivist Iran and neo-Ottoman Turkey."

"The Fertile Crescent of Minorities — from east to west counter-clockwise: Ahwazi Arabs, Kurds, ‘Alawites, Druze, Maronites, Jews and Circassians — serves as the buffer, preventing a cataclysmic eruption."

"Only a viable Fertile Crescent of Minorities — of which the ‘Alawites and Druze of Syria are presently the most beleaguered elements — can thus prevent the simmering Arab Middle East from conjoining with the Islamist ascent of Turkey and Iran and jointly creating an explosive critical mass. . . . The marginalization and destruction of the Syrian section of the Fertile Crescent of Minorities, even if in the name of democracy, not only would not elevate the Sunni majority but would cause cataclysmic upheaval throughout the greater Middle East."

Influx of foreign fighters add to Syria's carnage
By Hala Jaber, The Sunday Times, 17 June 2012
Quote: "Another fatwa, by a fellow Sunni cleric, Adnan Arour, was even more direct, threatening not only Syria's Alawite rulers, but Christians and other minorities who side with them. 'We will chop you up and feed you to the dogs,' Arour said."
(If the link takes you to a subscription page - trying cutting the pasting the title into a google search -- that usually seem to get around it)  Alternatively - here is film footage.

Duplicity drives West's Syria policy
By Bob Rigg, Asia Times Online, 4 July 2012
Quotes: "The West falsely claims that its interest in Syria is purely humanitarian, while it is covertly pouring political and logistical fuel onto the flames of civil war in Syria, escalating the conflict and ensuring ever greater losses of human life."

". . . when the West speaks of human rights, this may well be a front for self-interested geopolitical power plays."

Regime change in Syria: A true story  
By Francois-Alexandre Roy, Asia Times Online, 6 July 2012
This article covers subheadings:
* US and al-Qaeda: same goal this time around
* Turkey's game
* Western media (which includes a reference to the Houla massacre false flag operation).
Houla massacre

For more on the Houla massacre, now exposed as a false flag operation wherein Free Syrian Army forces disguised as pro-Assad 'thugs' massacred unsympathetic mostly non-Sunni families and blamed the regime, see:

Reconsidering The Houla Massacre – OpEd
By: Paul Woodward
Euraisia Review, 11 June 2012

The UN and the Houla Massacre: The Information Battlefield
By Ronda Hauben, 18 June 2012.

THE HOULA MASSACRE: Opposition Terrorists "Killed Families Loyal to the Government"
Detailed Investigation by Marat Musin
Global Research, 1 June 2012

Halting Syrian chaos 
By Robert D Kaplan and Kamran Bokhari
STRATFOR via Asia Times Online, 7 july2012
Quotes: "But [Assad's] removal might well hasten the slide into chaos within Syria and in adjacent Lebanon, rather than slow it.

"Assad's departure could even ignite a disintegration of the Syrian power structure into various gangs and militias."

"One can also argue that from a human-rights perspective, chaos can be worse than authoritarianism."

Kaplan and Bokhari recommend that the US hand "Iran (and maybe Russia) a total strategic defeat in Syria" on the grounds that "fighting a proxy war with Iran and Russia there is less desirable for the United States than reaching out to them."

There will be hell to pay for NATO's Holy War
By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times Online, 10 July 2012
Quote: "In the event of a post-Assad Syria dominated by hardcore Sunnis infiltrated by Wahhabis and Salafi-jihadists, guaranteed blowback will leave Afghanistan after the 1980s anti-Soviet jihad looking like a ride on Disneyland Hong Kong."


Vatican's Fides News Agency - U.S. Backed Syrian Rebels Killing Christians.
 14 June 2012 (YouTube 3:49mins)

'Attack on Iran after Syria falls major goal of the West'
 8 July 2012 (YouTube 5:18mins)

For further background - see this blog, label: Syria