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Putin, NATO and the Turkish Banana Peel

November 26, 2015 12:41 pm
Interestingly the said 3-way conspiracy was hatched in 2012 whereas the actual uprising that started as a simple disorder until the Syrian regime turned it into a full production dates back to 2011. There was though a conspiring of sorts in July 2011 when BHL convened a meeting in Paris of outlawed Syrian Brotherhood leaders and French and Israeli Zionists to discuss a full blown rebellion. What I'm saying is that Saudi, Turkey and Qatar came into the picture after the rebellion had started. What's not discussed in the leak is the reason behind it all, which is the proposed trans-Syria pipeline to Turkey that the Syrian regime was refusing because it was not in Russia's favour..
November 25, 2015 6:24 pm
More important than the billions being talked about in trade between Russia and Turkey and that a good percentage of Turkey's tourism is from Russia's half of Turkey's gas supplies are from Russia.
November 26, 2015 6:12 pm
"... Arabia, Turkey & Qatar Secret Anti-Syria Plot" (Taxi) According to Qatar's past and current Prime Ministers, Qatar is also into the fight with Isis. It's obvious that Qatar is backing the Muslim Brotherhood against the Syrian regime but this doesn't mean that it's backing Isis. From the Prime Ministers' declarations Qatar isn't. From Doha News: "Qatar PM: Fight ‘mistaken ideologies’ and terrorism with faith By: Peter Kovessy Arguing that the battle against militant groups such as ISIS cannot be fought by security forces alone, Qatar’s interior minister has called on the country’s spiritual leaders to “immunize” youth against “ideological extremism.” Speaking during a meeting of GCC interior ministers in Doha yesterday, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani called an escalation in terrorist attacks the region’s “foremost” security challenge. Also this week, the country’s outspoken former prime minister said Arab states should send ground troops into Syria amid accusations that Qatar is “sitting on the sidelines” in the fight against ISIS. This month’s high-profile attacks in Lebanon and France have brought renewed attention to the threat posed by ISIS, which claimed responsibility for both incidents. However, Qatar appears to have been on high alert since the bombings over the summer of two Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia and another in Kuwait City. In his opening remarks yesterday, Sheikh Abdullah – who also serves as Qatar’s prime minister – said it was the responsibility of everyone to protect Gulf residents, according to QNA: He said ideology and faith should be used to fight “ideological extremism and dry up its sources in order to immunize our people, especially the youth, against misleading and mistaken ideologies being spread by terrorist groups in the name of Islam and which have no relation to our Islamic religion.” Qatar, like many governments across the region, already wields considerable control over the messages and sermons delivered in mosques across the country. That leaves the country vulnerable to criticism when high-profile guest clerics such as Saudi preacher Saad bin Ateeq al-Ateeq visit Qatar and advocate violence against Shias, Christians and Jews. While calling for unspecified “joint action” among GCC security forces, Sheikh Abdullah said fighting terrorism must include tackling its “root causes, whether political, social, religious, sectarian or others.” Qatar’s Emir has made similar comments in the past. In a New York Times op-ed earlier this year, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani argued “bullets and bombs” were not enough to win the war on extremism and that understanding the root cause of terrorism was a prerequisite to tackling its prevalence. However, the country has joined a Saudi-led bombing campaign and sent ground troops to Yemen – one of the countries singled out by the Emir in his op-ed where “hopelessness” must be tackled to “stem the tide of terrorism.” Qatar has also participated in the aerial bombing campaign in Syria. Nevertheless, the public statements of the Emir and Sheikh Abdullah are a departure from remarks made by the prime minister’s predecessor, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al Thani. Sheikh Hamad, also known by “HBJ,” left office in 2013 following the abdication of former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Speaking recently to an audience at Chatham House, a think tank, he said the world must respond with force to the threat posed by ISIS: Full article:

The Unmagnificent Seven: Naming ISIS Allies

November 18, 2015 8:09 pm
"I am personally impressed by Nasrallah, among Arab leaders." (Danaa) I'm also very impressed by the man. There was time when he'd be on TV once every 12 or 18 months and his words then were very precious. But lately, he's on TV every 10 days or so and the mystique that was there for me in waiting months to hear him talk is slowly waning. Nonetheless, people still listen religiously to him (as I do but not as religiously) for some spectacular announcement or other he may make in one of his speeches. He's surely the most trusted Lebanese political leader because he doesn't ever lie about anything. He's actually more than just a leader, these days he's the savior of the country. It's thanks to him and his fighters in Syria that the takfiris haven't overran Lebanon yet. Hundreds of heroic Hizbullah fighters have given their life fighting the bad guys in Syria and his political opponents that were criticizing Hizbullah's involvement in Syria are just beginning to appreciate this fact..
November 19, 2015 10:08 am
"... there goes my attempt at generating some disagreement!.." (Danaa) What do you think I'm trying to do with my rubbing together of my little sticks to light a fire? To disagree with your disagreement is to stop the discussion? You don't have to sell me about Bashar Assad, I'm already convinced and have said so a few times here but you keep coming back to him. The million Iraqi refugees and the half million Shia during the Lebanon war that were welcomed says it all. On top of it you have the arming of Hizbullah that wouldn't have been possible without Syria's help. There is no doubt about the false flags when it started in 2011 with the snipers, the Thuraya satellite phones provided to the so-called rebels by the Arab TV network or the special props village squares built in the desert to film supposed uprisings all over and so on. But this does not erase some of the bad committed by the regime. Even Obama is starting to come around in recognizing that Bashar is the best person to remain leader in Syria and to fight the takfiri guys.
November 20, 2015 5:50 am
Slothy, that billion is a completely different animal. It wasn't actually given to Lebanon but pledged during a Paris fundraiser for Lebanon named Paris II. Most of the 12 billion pledged by the various countries were not picked up by Lebanon because they came with strings attached involving the usual IMF-inspired privatization of several sectors that were not in the best interest of Lebanon. But some of the pledged money made it indirectly to Lebanon in the form I described above of several hundred Dodge Chargers for the internal security forces and the discontinued Humvees for the Lebanese army. The beneficiaries in those deals were really and mostly the Chrysler Corp and GM. that manufactured these 2 vehicles. There was also the $400 million spent on the Lebanese elections of 2009 to short-circuit Hizbullah political campaign that were discussed by Undersecretary of State Feltman in a Senate hearing that's on record, that you can Google...
November 18, 2015 7:27 pm
Danaa, from the start whether on MoA or elsewhere, I made no mention of Assad other than to shower him with compliments. My criticism whether concerning Syria or Lebanon were about the regime that's comprised of Alawites and powerful Sunni businessmen that are calling the shots in Syria that are the actual regime, and not Assad himself. As to other Arab countries with or without slave labour, powerful or impotent armies and the rest, this is a completely different topic. Can you point me to one thread in which Syria is criticized by Bernard?
November 19, 2015 3:21 pm
SANA reported (and very few agencies picked it up) that Virginia State Senator Richard Black sent a second letter to Bashar Assad backing him, the first was last year thanking him for helping the Christians of Syria. The first letter was reported at the time by CNBC. This second letter is critical of the US involvement in supplying the bad guys with arms that one day could be used against the US and against planes taking off and landing at US airports. Black's letter makes it sound more of a 1 nation enterprise against Syria than of 7 nations. Syrian TV interview with Senator Black in September:
November 19, 2015 10:17 am
"Remember sime place that was supposed to have had a whole heap of nukes piled up so they went in and bombed the crap out of them and stayed for awhile realising they had mistaken heaps of oil for nukes !!!! " (Joseph D.) Joseph, I think the Americans were actually looking for something but it was not the nukes. All the pros had declared that there were no nukes but the US was adamant to find something. I believe they were looking for the chemicals that they had supplied to Saddam years earlier to be used on the Iranians and which he subsequently used on his Kurds. There was also talk that he may have transferred his remaining stockpile to Syria. BTW, where did Syria get its chemicals from?
November 19, 2015 1:44 pm
Unlike the US, it's looking like Russia is not worried about losing friends in Syria. Today it announced that it destroyed a good part of the 500 tanker trucks used to transport oil to Turkey. Film footage supplied by Russia also showed several Isis-held oil reservoirs going up in flames.. Russia is very serious in destroying Isis.
November 18, 2015 8:17 pm
Dublinsmick, democracy like Israel? No thanks. The banking system is already controlled by Roth; haven't you heard of Arab Zionists? They're just beginning to surface
November 19, 2015 12:15 pm
The very informative article explains why the US hasn't shut down the flow of oil, something I've always wondered about. To do so, would shut down the lives of about 10 million people that rely on the oil being provided to them by Isis and the US doesn't want any more enemies than it already has..
November 18, 2015 7:39 pm
"I second Danaa’s praise of the valor of the Syrian Arab Army" (Taxi) Who's knocking the Syrian Army, Taxi? Of course it's doing a great job kicking takfiri ass, there's no doubt. The average monthly salary of a Syrian soldier is between $53 and $111. In June this year they got a $37/month salary raise. That's little money for so much soldiering.
November 19, 2015 10:59 am
Danaa, you and I are the same in wanting to shake the tree all the time to see what falls out of it. Controversy and disagreement are so exciting otherwise we're reduced into making monologues. I'm hoping to see opinions posted by Sean, I'm sure he's got lots to say..
November 18, 2015 5:35 pm
I have no beef with Bashar, Taxi, I think he's actually a nice guy, a London-trained ophthalmologist, which is a far cry from a military man. He was practically drafted into this role of leader when his father died in 2000 2 years before the father died, Bashar was recalled from London to join the military academy. The one that had been trained to replace the father was the oldest and very militaristic brother of Bashar, Bassel al-Assad who died in a car accident in 1994 at age 31. His other older brother Maher, commander of the Republican Guard was passed in favour of Bashar because of his hot temper.. The unpleasant side of Syria is due to the regime that controls everything and it's comprised of Alawites and Sunni powerful people unwilling to relinquish any power to the people. Although the new constitution permitted non-Baathists to join the race for parliamentary seats, the opposition had been so browbeaten over the years that they didn't know where to start in organizing a political campaign, and this resulted with the Baathist taking mostly all seats anyway, as if nothing had changed. .