Posts Tagged ‘Assad’

The bloody: Hezbollah – Iran – Syria/Alawite – Hamas axis

July 3, 2011

Syria Crisis Offers U.S. Opportunity to Break Axis with Iran …www.cnsnews.com › News – 24 Jun 2011 – Satloff was referring to the longstanding alliance between Shi’ite Iran and Alawite-ruled, Sunni-majority Syria, the Hezbollah and Hamas …

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/syria-crisis-offers-us-opportunity-break

More of: Alawites-Hezbollah-Iran-Syria bloodshed in Lebanon

At least 6 people are killed in sectarian clashes in Lebanon – Panorama.am
14:37 18/06/2011
Gunmen from Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh district and Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, Tripoli, Lebanon have clashed on Friday, “Radio Liberty” reports.
According to the source, at least 6 people are recorded to be killed in the aftermath of severe clashes.
Residents from the two districts have clashed intermittently in recent years, but Friday’s incident came amid heightened tension over the widening popular uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Jabal Mohsen is the stronghold of the pro-Syria Arab Democratic Party, led by Ali Eid.

http://www.panorama.am/en/society/2011/06/18/libanan/

Sectarian Clashes Erupt in North Lebanon – Al-Arabiya

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/06/18/153829.html

Child killed in renewed clashes in north Lebanon – Ya Libnan

http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/06/17/child-killed-in-renewed-clashes-in-north-lebanon/

Kabbara says Assad’s “thugs” targeted Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabbaneh
NOW LEBANON – Jun 22, 2011
Future Bloc MP Mohammad Kabbara said on Wednesday that Friday’s Tripoli clashes are directly linked to current Syrian events. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s “Shabeeha” (thugs) attacked the rally held in Bab al-Tabbaneh in support of anti-regime …

http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=284546

Seven people charged in northern Lebanon clashes Ya Libnan

http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/06/21/seven-people-charged-in-northern-lebanon-clashes/

Hezbollah weapons used in north Lebanon clashes, report Ya Libnan
June 20, 2011
March 14 MP Hadi Hobeich said on Monday that weapons backed by Hezbollah were used in the clashes that broke out on Friday in the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon
“The data points toward Hezbollah-backed arms that were distributed in Tripoli,” the MP told the Voice of Lebanon
In a reference to Hezbollah, Hobeich said that “there is a party that is armed and that is distributing weapons to everyone.”
“We only benefit by having security across the country,” he added, voicing hope that the newly formed Lebanese cabinet will work on “disarming all Lebanese, including Hezbollah.”
He said that only the Lebanese government should have the authority to use weapons.
Armed clashes erupted in Tripoli on Friday following a rally in support of Syrian protesters. The military official of the Hezbollah and Syrian backed Arab Democratic Party, Ali Fares was killed and 6 others including one army soldier and a seven year old child. At least 59 others were reportedly injured and some are in serious condition .
Many analysts questioned why the Alawite party should have a military official.
Jabal Mohsen ( home of the Arab Democratic Party) and Bab al-Tabbaneh areas have been in recent years the scene of intense clashes between Sunni supporters of Lebanon’s former PM Saad Hariri and Alawites who are loyal to the Hezbollah-led coalition backed by Iran and Syria.

http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/06/20/hezbollah-weapons-used-in-north-lebanon-clashes-report/

Why Hezbollah Had a Really Bad Week David Schenker July 1, 2011 | 12:00 am Why America Should Be Hoping Bashar Assad Gets Overthrown Meet the Women of Hezbollah Back in 2006, the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah was riding high. Having fought the Israeli army to a standstill, the organization’s leader Hassan Nasrallah declared "divine victory." The war was a public relations coup for the militia, which emerged from the campaign as the most favorable personification of Shiism in the largely Sunni Muslim world. So impressive was the alleged victory that the campaign sparked a widely reported trend of conversion to Shiite Islam in the region. But if 2006 was a divine victory, this week’s Special Tribunal on Lebanon (STL) indictments of four Hezbollah officials and affiliates in connection to the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri, may prove a divine defeat.

While the first reports of a Hezbollah role in the assassination of Hariri surfaced some two years ago, the formal announcement of the indictments will likely serve as an exclamation point to a longer process of depreciation in the group’s reputation that started in 2008, when the organization invaded and occupied Beirut, turning the weapons of "the resistance" on the Lebanese people. That depreciation continued through 2009, when the organization’s chief financier was arrested in a Bernie Madoff-like Ponzi scheme. More recently, in an ironic twist, Hezbollah—which at one time was known as the "Party of the Oppressed"—has emerged as the strongest regional backer of Syria’s murderous Assad regime. Straining credulity, Nasrallah himself has now given two speeches vouching for Assad’s pro-reform bona fides.

Now, for an organization that has long described itself as "the Resistance" to Israel, the revelation that it also specializes in killing Sunni Muslims will, at a minimum, be problematic. Although Nasrallah has spent the better part of the past two years trying to discredit the tribunal, few in the largely Sunni Muslim Middle East will question the court’s accusation that the militia played a central role in the murder of Hariri, the leader of Lebanon’s Sunni community. Indeed, the Arab Spring has contributed to a spike in Sunni-Shiite tensions. Pro-democracy demonstrations in Bahrain, for example, were largely seen by Gulf Arabs as an attempt by the Shiite theocracy in Iran to subvert the Sunni monarchy. In Syria, meanwhile, the rallying cry of the largely Sunni Muslim opposition to the Alawite Assad regime has been "No to Iran, No to Hezbollah!" Given these sentiments—and despite the residual respect for the accomplishments of the organization—the indictment will likely be seen through a largely sectarian prism.

Moreover, the accusations are bound to foment discontent within Nasrallah’s organization, and potentially result in some diminished support for the militia in Lebanon. While they will not come as a shock to anyone, of course, they will reopen old wounds, enraging Lebanon’s Sunni Muslims and, perhaps, disillusioning a few of Hezbollah’s Christian allies. At the same time, some Shiites—Hezbollahis and the organization’s constituents—will likely view the indictments as a liability and may seek to provoke another conflict with Israel, a la 2006, to distract attention from the tribunal. But regardless of Nasrallah’s bravado, Shiites in south Lebanon do not crave another costly war with Israel or a return to civil war at home.

To be sure, notwithstanding the indictment of four of its lieutenants, Hezbollah will remain firmly in control of Lebanon, both politically and militarily. But the organization’s stature in the wider Muslim world will be irrevocably diminished and the change in status of this once seemingly holy Shiite organization will likewise further undermine the position of Iran and Syria in the region. It could also undermine Hezbollah in the eyes of Europe, where the militia has long benefitted from the Continent’s inexplicably tolerant view of the group’s "political" wing. Indeed, given the European Union’s expressed disgust with the ongoing atrocities perpetrated by the Assad regime and its growing frustration with the clerical regime in Tehran, the EU might be inclined to shift its views and finally lump Hezbollah in with these irredeemable regimes.

Until then, despite United Nations Resolutions calling for Lebanon to render the indicted individuals, it is all but certain Hezbollah won’t cooperate with the Special Tribunal. But while the trigger men themselves may slip the noose and be tried by the STL in absentia, the Shiite militia and its sponsors that ordered the Hariri hit will pay a steep price. Indeed, there may or may not ultimately be a conviction in The Hague, but in the Middle East court of public opinion, the verdict on Hezbollah will be guilty.

David Schenker is Aufzien Fellow and director of the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
http://www.tnr.com/article/world/91167/lebanon-tribunal-hariri-hezbollah

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Face the facts – Syria is an apartheid state / Arab-Islamic apartheid

June 23, 2011

Face the facts – Syria is an apartheid state

The west is conniving in Bashar Assad’s brutal suppression of opposition

Nick Cohen The Observer, Sunday 19 June 2011

The UN will never tell you this, but Syria is an apartheid-style state. Members of Assad’s Alawite sect make up only 14% of the population, but they control government, much of business and all the forces of coercion. Even the underworld is segregated on confessional lines. The shabbiha crime gangs that run the prostitution and smuggling rackets, and whose members the Assads are letting loose on the civilian population, are Alawite mafias.

I hope that liberals of my generation who beat their chests as they protested against racial apartheid in southern Africa will soon feel as outraged by religious apartheid in the Middle East. The Syrian opposition has as much right to our support as the African National Congress did because it has not targeted Alawites because of their religion. Indeed, it places its hopes on the Alawite-led army mutinying.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/19/syria-bashar-assad-opposition-suppression

Monstrous Syria

October 28, 2008

Syria, Iran harboring terrorists – Jul. 21, 2003 http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/07/21/bush.terror

A NATION AT WAR: INTELLIGENCE REPORTS; Syria Harbors Iraqis and Grants Transit to Hezbollah, U.S. Asserts… a major terrorist threat to American and Israeli interests around the world. … [Published: April 15, 2003]
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F02EEDD113BF936A25757C0A9659C8B63

Syria: A 101 Course in Mideast Dictatorships – SPIEGEL ONLINE …When his powerful father died in 2000, Bashar al-Assad promised the end of political repression in Syria. But … [2005]http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,343242,00.html

Cleric’s Slaying a Rallying Cry for Kurds in Syria – Los Angeles Times The death of the mild-mannered sheik robbed Syria’s Kurds of a … He called for rights; he spoke out against the imprisonment and torture of Kurds. …
http://articles.latimes.com/2005/aug/14/world/fg-kurds14

The ascent of radical Islam is, perhaps, the natural culmination of a century’s worth of failed political systems in Muslim countries that were driven by morally bankrupt ideologies, led by cruel dictators, or both.In the 1930s, German-style fascism appealed to Arabs in Palestine and Egypt. Soviet-style communism had sympathetic governments in Afghanistan, Algeria and Yemen. Baathism took hold in Syria and Iraq. The secular Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser promised a new pan-Arabism that would do away with colonial borders that divided the “the Arab nation.” Then there is the more pragmatic authoritarianism that survives in Muammar el-Qaddafi’s Libya or in the petrol-monarchies in the Gulf.Radical Islam may be as totalitarian and as morally bankrupt as any of these past or mostly defunct “isms,” but its current appeal isn’t hard to figure out. Unlike fascism or communism, radical Islam is locally grown, and not plagued by charges of foreign contamination. Indeed, Islamists claim to wage jihad against the modernism and globlization of the outside, mostly Westernized world. Such a message resonates in stagnant, impoverished Muslim countries….
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2006/12/why_radical_islam_and_why_now.html

Nuclear Weapons Programs – Syria It appears that the Syrian nuclear program came as a surprise to both the … The United States was concerned about Syria’s nuclear R&D [research and …
http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/syria/nuke.htm

‘USAF struck Syrian nuclear site’ Middle East Jerusalem Post Nov 2, 2007 … By JPOST.COM STAFF … The September 6 raid over Syria was carried out by the US Air Force, …
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull&cid=1192380718519

Report: IDF raid seized nuclear material before Syria air strike http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/906334.html

BBC NEWS Americas Bush expands sanctions on Syria Feb 14, 2008 … Syria continues to undermine Lebanon’s sovereignty and democracy… and sponsor and harbour terrorists… http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7244088.stm

Source: Intel shows N. Korea-Syria nuclear link – CNN.com US intelligence officials will tell members of Congress on Thursday that North Korea was helping Syria build a nuclear facility http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/04/23/syria.nuclear/index.html

Reports: CIA to brief Congress on nuke ties between Syria, North …Apr 23, 2008 … [they] also will say that though U.S. officials have had concerns for years about ties between North Korea and Syria…
http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2008/04/reports-cia-to.html

U.S. offers evidence of North Korea-Syria nuclear plant – Los …US intelligence officials showed satellite images, classified photos and other evidence …
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/apr/25/world/fg-ussyria25

Syria planned to supply Iran with nuclear fuel, Israel says …Jun 25, 2008 … Strategic expert says idea was to share plutonium from site bombed by Israel last September.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/25/syria.iran

Barbara Walters: Syrian Dictator ‘Charming,’ ‘Intelligent …Jul 7, 2008 http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/justin-mccarthy/2008/07/07/barbara-walters-syrian-dicator-charming-intelligent

As the president of Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, an umbrella organization of Syrian Kurds, I admire your efforts on behalf of human rights globally. I must however express my concerns with your views on having dialogues with Syria’s dictator Bashar Assad.
Dear Senator, the Middle East Conflict extends beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict. I would like to bring to your attention the Plight of Kurds in Syria. Senator, we seek your support in resolving the Kurdish question in Syria peacefully and through dialogue. You should know however that President Assad or Assad Regime has consistently and gravely violated the human and the national rights of the Kurdish people of Syria for the last five decades.
The Assad regimes of Hafez and Bashar deliberately Arabized the Kurdish region of Syria as a national policy. The result of Arabization rendered 300,000 Kurds “stateless foreigners” (ajanibin Arabic) and subject to oppression…
http://www.kurdishaspect.com/doc042508SA.html

September 28, 2008 No. 466 Mass Killings and Human Rights Violations in Syria… policy of oppression, physical aggression, and killing. …
http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA46608

Officials try to deport man with link to Syrian terror groupNational Post, Canada – Sep 30, 2008… officials are trying to deport a London, Ont., adult education teacher because he was once a member of a Syrian political party involved in terrorism. …
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=851308

Mass Killings and Human Rights Violations in Syria: Report By O …Sep 29, 2008 … Syrian human rights activist George Salim recounts the torture he endured … Kurds in Syria often speak Kurdish in public, unless all those …
http://ekurd.net/mismas/articles/misc2008/9/syriakurdistan151.htm

OPEC Regimes: The “Change They Need” in US Foreign PolicyHuman Events, DC – [Oct 26, 2008]In the ranking of Human Rights abuses around the world, Angola’s MPLA-controlled government ranks only 157 ahead of Syria, Venezuela, Iran, Libya and Cuba…
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29192

Lebanese prime minister alerts US to Syrian terror plot as pretext …DEBKA file, Israel – Oct 6, 2008The prime minister said the tip-off he received uncovered a Syrian conspiracy to stage a major terrorist operation or assassinate a Lebanese figure…
http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=5633

Syria Created It’s Own Terror Problem CBS News [0ct 17, 2008]http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/10/17/opinion/main4528930.shtml

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