Cynicism on Syria

Fri, Sep 20, 2013 - 7:02am

I may have mentioned on a few occasions my now-ingrained, deep distrust of mainstream media outlets, even (ESPECIALLY) the more venerable, influential ones. Thus I am somewhat puzzled by the current sudden, all-encompassing push to build olive-branch stacks all OVER the place around Syria – after a grueling, 2+ year conflict. While I am very happy to welcome any REAL signs pointing to an end to the bloodshed, the perfect unison and timing with which all of these puzzle pieces are suddenly falling into place is truly astounding to me.

Syrian truce offer?

The Syrian conflict has reached a stalemate and President Bashar al-Assad's government will call for a ceasefire at a long-delayed conference in Geneva on the state's future, the country's deputy prime minister has said in an interview with the Guardian. […]

If accepted by the armed opposition, a ceasefire would have to be kept "under international observation", which could be provided by monitors or UN peace-keepers – as long as they came from neutral or friendly countries, he said.” -- Guardian

Perhaps as a response to this:

Iranian President Offers to Broker Talks Between Assad, Syrian Rebels” -- TIME

And/or this:

A major Kurdish alliance has joined the opposition Syrian National Coalition after more than a year of fraught negotiations, in what may prove a significant breakthrough for the rebels. […] Kurds account for 10 per cent of Syria’s population – more than 2 million people - and both the opposition and President Bashar Al Assad have tried to win their support, each believing it could be crucial in tipping the balance of power on the ground in their favour.” – The National (UAE)

Overtures toward Iran from US and others?

The White House hinted on Thursday about a possible meeting between President Barack Obama and the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani when the two leaders are at the UN in New York next week. […] François Hollande, the French president, said on Thursday that he would meet Mr Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, which would be the first time the leaders of the two countries have met since 2005.” -- FT

Or merely MSM blitz to insinuate that this is the case?

Put another way:

"Iran’s leaders, seizing on perceived flexibility in a private letter from President Obama, have decided to gamble on forging a swift agreement over their nuclear program with the goal of ending crippling sanctions, a prominent adviser to the Iranian leadership said Thursday.

The adviser, who participated in top-level discussions of the country’s diplomatic strategy, said that Obama’s letter, delivered to Iran’s new president, Hasan Rouhani, about three weeks ago, promised relief from sanctions if Tehran demonstrated a willingness to “cooperate with the international community, keep your commitments, and remove ambiguities.” The text of the letter has not been made public, but the adviser described its contents in an interview.”Boston Globe

Are we seeing the POTUS being ‘more flexible’?

Is this really a set of sober steps back from the brink of outright military conflict? Are we about to see the Laureate earn the metal?

Perhaps the Administration has decided that it needs to deal with one crisis at a time, and pushed Syria on the back burner to focus more attention on the upcoming budget/debt ‘talks’ on the domestic front.

Perhaps some other pending ‘October surprise’ will required full attention (both theirs and ours). Dramatic, soap-opera-like twist(s) from the MENA participants and/or paid agents in the theater, now that warm, fuzzy, good-will feelings have been built up?

Perhaps this is a well-considered move to lull opponents into complacency before a decisive offensive push.

Perhaps BOTH sides have finally seen the light, and realized that they can put aside past animosities and work together for mutual benefit.

Perhaps some pipeline deal compromise has been hammered out under wraps that is to Putin's approval.

Incidentally, what, if anything does this have to do with the no-taper announcement? 'The FedRes will continue to print and export inflation. We’d appreciate it if sharply rising oil prices did not further exacerbate the erosion of the purchasing power of the USD, so there are now a few dozen (hundred?) thousand MORE men and women riding in very efficient killing machinery now here next door to make sure everyone remembers what currency oil should be denominated in.'

Or the other way around -- some version of the 'we will dump treasuries en masse NOW if you don't back off from war, and agree to buy them back from us at least at the current pace or faster' cards were subtly lifted and shown to the US negotiating team.

Perhaps we are all being TOO cynical, and government’s long-awaited efforts to secure peace in the Middle East are finally bearing fruit, and we are about to see some major group hugs. The expertise, dedication, sincere good will to make the world a better place, and long-term foresight to make this happen has been there all along – it just needed the firm but precise-to-the-extreme ‘strong hand’ of the CIC to persuade the parties involved through show of force. Former Senator Kerry is a statesman and strategist of the utmost caliber, and will soon secure a disarmed Syria, to be followed shortly by a ne-nuclearizing Iran.

The next Peace Nobel could now be in the bag.

What do YOU think?

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Sep 20, 2013 - 7:12am


Syria, the ME, all a tinder box. All will burn eventually. My money is on Israel, as I read it in the Good Book. Damascus, it is prophesied, will be turned into a wasteland, and never occupied by man again. It is quite something to state this so absolutely but if you don't believe in anything, you fall for everything. The big hands of time are turning, turning, turning,

Gold Dog
Sep 20, 2013 - 7:26am


Alright- Go you 2nd amendment!

Your friend,

Wild Bill Dog

Sep 20, 2013 - 7:58am

Bolivia plans legal action against Obama over ‘crimes against hu

Bolivia plans legal action against Obama over ‘crimes against humanity’

Press TV – September 20, 2013

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales plans to file legal action against the US president for crimes against humanity, condemning Washington’s intimidation tactics after it denied Venezuelan presidential jet entry into US airspace.

“I would like to announce that we are preparing a lawsuit against [US President] Barack Obama to condemn him for crimes against humanity,” President Morales announced at a Thursday press conference in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz, RT reports.

He further described the American president as a “criminal” who willingly violates international law.

“The US cannot be allowed to continue with its policy of intimidation and blockading presidential flights,” Morales stated.

He added that Bolivia intends to prepare legal action against the US president and file the lawsuit at the International Court.

President Morales has called for an emergency meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to confer about the US action, which has been slammed by Venezuela as “an act of intimidation by North American imperialism.”

3rd Amendment

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.[3

Sep 20, 2013 - 8:03am

Indian gold imports to start immediately

NEW DELHI: Gold imports will resume immediately after a two-month gap as the government and banks sorted out how new rules on overseas purchases should work at a high-level meeting on Friday, a trade ministry source told reporters. Monthly shipments by the world's top importer are however unlikely to be even a quarter of the record volumes in May and total annual imports will be sharply down, helping the government cut a bulging current account deficit and support the weak rupee. At least 20 percent of the gold imports must be turned around for exports, the source said, clarifying a July 22 rule that said a fifth of the shipments must be used for exports. Banks and other importers had halted imports as there was no clarity on how the rule would be implemented. The resulting impasse over imports crimped supply and pushed up domestic prices. India's current account deficit hit an all-time high in 2012/13 and the rupee hit a record low last month. Gold is the most expensive non-essential item in India's import bill.

Sep 20, 2013 - 8:15am

Al-Qaeda group and FSA declare truce as Turkey keeps Syria borde

Turkey has temporarily closed its Öncüpınar border gate in the southeastern province of Kilis, after fighting between Syrian rebels and an al-Qaeda front group in the northern town of Azaz. Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) declared a truce Sept.20 after two days of clashes near the Turkish frontier. The agreement called for an immediate ceasefire, the release of prisoners and for a dispute over control of the border post with Turkey to be referred to a rebel court. Azaz, on the Turkish border, was one of the first towns to be overrun, in July 2012, by FSA rebels, who set up their own administration there. The Öncüpınar crossing in Turkey’s Kilis province sits opposite the Syrian Bab al-Salameh gate, around five kilometers from Azaz. “It is a temporary measure,” a Turkish diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity told the Hürriyet Daily News, confirming that the Öncüpınar gate had been closed. “At this stage, it has been closed as a precaution because of the mobility on the other side of the border.” Kilis Gov. Süleyman Tapsız, meanwhile, said the border gate had been closed to everything apart from vehicles carrying humanitarian aid. Earlier in the day, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Levent Gümrükçü told reporters at a press conference that there was no clash near the border area close to Turkey. The same Turkish diplomat confirmed that no clash near the Turkish side of the border had yet been reported as of late afternoon on Sept. 19. “However, there is an ongoing clash on the other side,” he added, indicating the possibility of an expansion of clashes. The fighting in Azaz began when ISIS fighters tried to kidnap a German doctor working there, according to the Syrian Observatory, which also said he is now in a safe location. “There are attempts to mediate between the factions. Azaz is home to many people who fled [the nearby city of] Aleppo,” observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence France-Presse. “They want to live in a safe place, not one where anything that moves gets sniped.” Tensions between some opposition groups and ISIS have spiraled in recent months, especially in northern Syria, where opposition forces control vast swathes of territory. Several local groups resent ISIS’ growing territorial control, its steady supply of arms, as well as its brutality, which opponents often compare to that of the regime. ISIS, on the other hand, accuses some rebels affiliated with the FSA’s Supreme Military Command of collaborating with the West, and of being “heretics.” “By taking Azaz, the Islamic State is a step closer to controlling the crossing. Its objective seems to be taking over the whole countryside north of Aleppo,” activist Abu Louay al-Halabi said. Another activist, Abdallah Tareq, said the violence had undermined efforts to capitalize on the relative weakness of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the north of the country. “Every rebel group is suspicious of each other and the regime has been good at exploiting this. Not only we have been seeing fighting between the Free Syrian army and al-Qaeda, but also among the Free Syrian Army itself and jihadists against jihadists,” he said. Al-Assad, in an interview with U.S. network Fox News, insisted Syria was not gripped by civil war, but was the victim of infiltration by foreign-backed al-Qaeda fighters. “What we have is not civil war. What we have is war. It’s a new kind of war,” he said, alleging that Islamist guerrillas from more than 80 countries had joined the fight. “We know that we have tens of thousands of jihadists ... we are on the ground, we live in this country,” he said, after an expert report that suggested between 40 and 45 percent out of around 100,000 rebels were jihadists or hardline Islamists. “What I can tell you is that ... 80 to 90 percent of the underground terrorists are al-Qaeda and their offshoots,” the president said.

Sep 20, 2013 - 8:21am

Jihadi Blitzkrieg in Syria

Jihadi Blitzkrieg in Syria: Islamist militants are wiping out the moderate rebels September 19, 2013 By 21wire Leave a Comment

21st Century Wire says…

John Kerry and John McCain should be pleased to know that following their humiliating gaff of pinning their policy statements on the fake PhD Middle East “expert” Elizabeth O’Bagy, the truth is literally bleeding out in Syria, as jihadists are over-running the remaining “moderate rebels” in Syria.

Below is just the latest in a long string of reports now pouring out from media outlets across the globe – all unanimously reporting that the moderate opposition in Syria is a marginal one at best. Soon the US will have to answer for their present air strike contingency policy of arming al Qaeda’s army in Syria. Heads should roll, but it’s a question of whether the American political, justice and media system actually has the wherewithal to prosecute this rancid and highly illegal US policy.

RT reports…

Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria have begun an offensive against former allies, wrestling moderate FSA rebels out of the controlled areas. With the US assault on Syria postponed, radical Islamists are seeking ultimate authority to fight Assad.

6th Amendment

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Sep 20, 2013 - 8:22am

Tunisian women waging 'sex jihad' in Syria

Tunisian women have travelled to Syria to wage "sex jihad" by comforting Islamist fighters battling the regime there, Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou has told MPs. "They have sexual relations with 20, 30, 100" militants, the minister told members of the National Constituent Assembly on Thursday. "After the sexual liaisons they have there in the name of 'jihad al-nikah' - (sexual holy war, in Arabic) - they come home pregnant," Ben Jeddou told the MPs. He did not elaborate on how many Tunisian women had returned to the country pregnant with the children of jihadist fighters. Jihad al-nikah, permitting extramarital sexual relations with multiple partners, is considered by some hardline Sunni Muslim Salafists as a legitimate form of holy war. The minister also did not say how many Tunisian women were thought to have gone to Syria for such a purpose, although media reports have said hundreds have done so. Hundreds of Tunisian men have also gone to join the ranks of the jihadists fighting to bring down the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. However, Ben Jeddou also said that since he assumed office in March, "six thousand of our young people have been prevented from going there" to Syria. He has said in the past that border controls have been boosted to intercept young Tunisians seeking to travel to Syria. Media reports say thousands of Tunisians have, over the past 15 years, joined jihadists across the world in Afghanistan Iraq and Syria, mainly travelling via Turkey or Libya. Abu Iyadh, who leads the country's main Salafist movement Ansar al-Sharia, is the suspected organiser of a deadly attack last year on the US embassy in Tunis and an Afghanistan veteran. He was joint leader of a group responsible for the September 9, 2001 assassination in Afghanistan of anti-Taliban Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud by suicide bombers. That attack came just two days before the deadly Al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and Pentagon in Washington.

Sep 20, 2013 - 8:24am

5000 years of hatred

to be solved by John Kerry?

not even in the totally unforseeable future of eons.

bullion onlyboatman
Sep 20, 2013 - 8:28am

Who said this? “We must face

Who said this?

“We must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent nor omniscient, that we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind, that we cannot right every wrong or reverse every adversity, and that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem.”

bullion onlybullion only
Sep 20, 2013 - 8:30am

JFK No wonder he was


No wonder he was eliminated by the powers that be.

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