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09:32 PM on 12/11/2012
Russia has no intention of walking away from a weapons customer. They are so typical. Untrusting and backstabbing. But the US has not been far behind in it's short history.
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blutopie
no longer 'chosen'
08:40 PM on 12/11/2012
The 'deep suspicions about Western intentions' translates into this is part of the desperate Neocon/Israeli Lobby 'Clean Break Plan' to 'do' Syria and then use that as a stepping stone to 'do' Iran and the Russians aren't playing along with it

Dismantling Israeli Apartheid is the fundamental foreign policy imperative in the Middle East - precisely because that will be the end of desperate Israeli PMs trying to ignite regional wars (and drag the US into then, such as the recently FAILED Netanyahu hoaxing of the US into Iran) in order to provide a cover for Israeli Apartheid

Yes, it is precisely this cynical

Dismantling Israeli Apartheid is critical to stabilizing the Middle East precisely because of the desperate means Israeli leaders are reduced to in order to try to protect and sustain Apartheid
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07:45 PM on 12/11/2012
Well, of COURSE their position isn't going to change.

Getting Putin to change his mind is like asking a mountain to move out of your way.
07:39 PM on 12/11/2012
I hope Putin declares that any US attack on Syria is an act of war against Russia.
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07:16 AM on 12/12/2012
Due to the fact that Putin is smart this will never happen...this would be more an acting what the USA would do.....
07:27 PM on 12/11/2012
I respect Russia for sticking to its principles by not throwing its ally under the bus.
07:05 PM on 12/11/2012
Expectations that this thug will ever do the right thing is plain crazy.
06:58 PM on 12/11/2012
JFK famously said, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." As Israel is presently learning.

Why doesn't the world learn this? The Russian Revolution wasn't that long ago.
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09:46 PM on 12/11/2012
JFK also said "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" Now everyone expects the govt to support them.
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05:30 PM on 12/11/2012
Last June, Sergey Lavrov brokered a peace plan in Geneva. It was postponed unilaterally by the United States, but should ultimately be implemented by Barack Obama during his second term. It provides for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force, mainly composed of CSTO troops. In addition, it allows the continuation in power of Bashar al-Assad if the Syrian people decide through the ballot box.....
I have no advice to give to anyone. For my part I regret that some states have recognized the conquest of Kosovo by NATO. Since then, Kosovo has mostly become the hub for the distribution of drugs in Europe cultivated in Afghanistan under the vigilant protection of U.S. troops. No people have won anything from this independence and certainly not the Kosovars who are now enslaved by a mafia....
These are the same people who led the U.S. Congress to rearm in 1995, and who organized the dismemberment of Yugoslavia. We must remember, for example, that Alija Itzetbegovic had as policy advisor Richard Perle, as military adviser Osama bin Laden, and as media advisor Bernard-Henri Lévy....
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05:27 PM on 12/11/2012
The jihadists pick on those who are closest to them: first the progressive Sunni and Shia (including Alawites) and only then followed by Christians. Generally, they torture and kill only a few Christians. On the other hand, they systematically expell them and steal their possessions. In the region near the border with northern Lebanon, the Free Syrian Army gave the Christians a week to flee. We witnessed a brutal exodus of 80,000 people. Those who did not flee in time were massacred.
Christianity was founded by Saint Paul in Damascus. Syrian communities predate those of the West. They have retained their ancient rites and their extremely strong faith. Most are Orthodox. Those who are attached to Rome have retained their ancestral rites. During the Crusades, the Christians of the East fought with other Arabs against the soldiers sent by the Pope. Today, they are fighting with their countrymen against jihadists sent by NATO.
http://www.voltairenet.org/article176914.html
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05:26 PM on 12/11/2012
I am not a direct witness to what happened in Houla. However, I’ve served as a trusted third party in negotiations between the Syrian and French authorities during the siege of the Islamic Emirate of Baba Amr. Jihadists were entrenched in this area of ​​Homs from which they had expelled infidels (Christians) and heretics (Shiites). In fact, only forty Sunni families were left behind amongst about 3,000 fighters. The latter had introduced sharia, and a "revolutionary court" sentenced more than 150 to have their throats publicly slit.
This self-proclaimed Emirate was secretly managed by French officers. Syrian authorities wanted to avoid a direct assault and so they negotiated with the French authorities for the insurgents to surrender. Ultimately, the French were able to leave the city by night and fled to Lebanon, while loyalist forces entered the Emirate and the fighters surrendered. A bloodbath was avoided, there were less than 50 killed during the operation.
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05:24 PM on 12/11/2012
t turns out that in recent years, Libyans have become the majority in Al-Qaeda. NATO naturally used them to overthrow the regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi. Once this was done, they named the number two organization, Abdelhakim Belhaj, military governor of Tripoli, although he is wanted by Spanish justice for his alleged responsibility for the Madrid bombings. Subsequently, they transferred his men to fight in Syria. For their transport, the CIA used the resources of the High Commissioner for Refugees thanks to Ian Martin, Special Representative of Ban Ki-Moon in Libya. The so-called refugees were taken to Turkey to camps which served as a rear base from which to attack Syria. Access to these camps was forbidden to Turkish parliamentarians and the press.
Ian Martin is also known to your readers: he was Secretary General of Amnesty International, and representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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05:23 PM on 12/11/2012
Al-Qaeda was originally nothing but the name of a database, a computer file, listing the names of the Arab mujahideen sent to fight in Afghanistan against the Soviets. By extension, Al-Qaeda refers to the jihadist milieu in which these mercenaries were recruited. Then Al-Qaeda designated fighters around bin Laden and by extension, all groups in the world who claim bin Laden’s ideology.
According to times and needs, this movement has been more or less populated. During the first war in Afghanistan, the war in Bosnia and Chechnya wars, these mercenaries were "freedom fighters" as they fought against the Slavs. Then, during the second war in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq, they were "terrorists" because they were attacking the GI’s. After the official death of bin Laden, they have again become "freedom fighters" during the wars in Libya and Syria because they are fighting alongside NATO.
In reality, these mercenaries have always been controlled by the Sudeiris’ clan, the pro-US and arch-reactionary faction of the Saudi Royal Family, and more specifically by Prince Bandar bin Sultan. The latter, whom Bush Sr. has always presented as his "adopted son" (that is to say, as an intelligent boy he would have liked to have fathered) has ceased to act on behalf of the CIA. Even when Al-Qaida GIs fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, it was still in the best interest of the US because it could justify their military presence.
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05:20 PM on 12/11/2012
"Each member state of the coalition has its own interest in this war and believes it can be satisfied, even though these interests are sometimes contradictory.
At the political level, there is the desire to break the "Axis of Resistance to Zionism" (Iran-Iraq-Syria-Hezbollah-Palestine). There is also the desire to continue the "remodeling of the broader Middle East."
But the most important issues are economic: huge reserves of natural gas have been discovered in the south-eastern Mediterranean. The center of this deposit is near Homs in Syria (more precisely, à Qara)."
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05:18 PM on 12/11/2012
"Of the 23 million Syrians about two to two and a half million support armed groups trying to destabilize the country and weaken his army. They took control of several cities and vast rural areas. In no case will these armed groups be able to overthrow the regime.
The plan provided that the initial Western terrorist actions would create a cycle of provocation / repression justifying international intervention on the model of the KLA terrorism and repression by Slobodan Milosevic, followed by the NATO intervention. By the way it has been attested to that fighting groups in Syria were trained in terrorism by members of the KLA on Kosovo.
This plan failed because Vladimir Putin’s Russia is not that of Boris Yeltsin. Moscow and Beijing have interdicted NATO intervention and since then the situation has stagnated."
http://www.voltairenet.org/article176914.html
05:12 PM on 12/11/2012
Reminder: The Revolution in Egypt did NOT end the violence or bring peace to Egypt___instead their Revolution just created ongoing total chaos. Constant ongoing Chaos, just as we have now in Iraq because of our ouster of Saddam. Thanks to Bush the Islamic extremists are now ruling Iraq under Sharia Law. Is that what we want for Syria also???? The new official name of Iraq today is "The Islamic Republic of Iraq"__their old name under Saddam was The Republic of Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled Iraq since Saddam was ousted and if Assad is ousted from Syria the Christians will flee Syria also as it becomes another Islamic State ruled under Sharia Law without Assad around..