Fisk: Assad’s war is moving perilously close to Lebanon

Robert Fisk wrote in his feature article in the the Independent newspaper that “President Bashar al-Assad’s war with his own Syrian people is moving perilously close to Lebanon. Indeed, over the past few days, Lebanese opposition leaders have been voicing their suspicions that the Baathist regime in Damascus – in an attempt to distract attention away from the Syrian popular uprising – is deliberately stirring sectarian tensions in a country which has only just commemorated the 36th anniversary of its own terrifying 15-year civil war, which cost 150,000 lives.”

Commenting on Hezbollah’s reaction to Syria’s accusations Fisk wrote:

“Rather more disturbing was that the Shia Hezbollah in Lebanon – the only serious militia in the country and Israel’s principal enemy here – accepted Syria’s claim that the opposition Lebanese Future Movement MP Jamal Jarrah was involved in what the Assad regime calls the “armed insurgency” in the Syrian cities of Deraa, Latakia, Banias and Aleppo. Syrian television has shown interviews with two extremely frightened men it said had been caught with weapons and one of whom had, it said, confessed to bringing money and guns into Syria on the instructions of Jarrah. The MP and his party have indignantly denied the claim, but a Hezbollah official now says that Jarrah should be brought before Lebanese justice.”

Commenting on the reaction by Syrian envoy to Lebanon Fisk said:

“So, too, has the Syrian ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdul Karim Ali, who visited the Lebanese foreign ministry – obviously on orders from Damascus – to demand that Jarrah be brought to justice. The Future Movement, whose leader, Saad Hariri, remains the caretaker Lebanese Prime Minister in the continued absence of a government in the country, indignantly protested that Ali’s move was Syrian interference in the internal affairs of Lebanon. Hezbollah has been busily praising – like its Iranian sponsors – the Egyptian revolution while condemning the demonstrations inside Syria.”

Commenting on Jumblatt’s reaction Fisk wrote

“So far, most Lebanese have been very careful to distance themselves from the Syrian imbroglio. The Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, wrote in his weekly editorial in Al-Anba last week that because of his “attachment to Syria and its people and its stability”, he believed that the authorities in Damascus should “undertake an internal restructuring of their security forces” as other Arab states have already done. He has a point, of course. For it is now all too clear that the enormous hatred of the brutal mukhabarat secret police in Syria lies at the heart of the protests. On Friday, the security police opened live fire at protesters in 14 separate towns and cities across Syria – clearly a decision taken at the highest level of the regime.”

Fisk added: “It is an odd phenomenon of all the Middle East revolutions that security police gun down protesters – and then gun down mourners at the funerals, and then shoot dead mourners at the funerals of those mourners shot dead the previous day.”

Fisk concluded: The language of the regimes – of foreign plots – is falling apart; people don’t buy it any more.”

  • C S

    US Senator John McCain is calling for the “taking out” of Qaddafi and Assad. I support him, 1,000%…..We need to aim a few Tomahawks directly at those two clowns, and put the Libyan and Syrian people, out of their misery, once and for all….No more messing around. If we had had that option in World War Two, would we not have taken out Hitler to stop the genocide? Of course….

    We have the option to stop all these massacres and as the leader of the Free World, we should do it….who would complain? No one…..not even Qaddafi or Assad’s “supporters”…..If you think about it, they are waiting for someone else to do their dirty work, as they are incapable of doing it, so let’s do it for them, and for the innocent and good people of Libya and Syria……finish them off….a few missiles will do the trick, and our government knows exactly where those two idiots are, 24 x 7, so it won’t be hard to locate them to minimize the collateral damage…..One poor soul in the town of Daraa, which is being besieged by tanks, mortars, snipers and the “proud and brave” Syrian Army, even said he would welcome Obama and even the Israeli’s as either would be better then Bashar Assad and his shelling and killing of these people….

    Also, I am impressed by those “brave” Syrian soldiers, killing their unarmed countrymen…..Are these the same “brave” Syrian soldiers who have done nothing to liberate the Golan Heights all these years? Wow….great bunch of guys…..cowards…

    • Mosetsfire

      again my friend, you are setting a dangerous precedent. Just because you agree with the McCain on this matter doesn’t mean this won’t lay precedent down to take out leaders that you might agree with.

      The Syrians need to fight their own battle.

      • C S

        My friend, the precedent needs to be set….Vicious dictators, who are using their “private army” to kill innocent and unarmed men, women and children, in addition to Army personnel who disagree with them, can absolutely not be tolerated. I suspect you would feel differently, if a member of your family was killed by this regime, during this uprising….

        • antar2011

          before we ask the west to help the syrians we should ask other arab countries, especially those that are just being liberated from tyrants to al least demonstrate for the freedom of the syrian poeple..we are not asking to send their armies and fight Bashaar.
          the support bashaar is getting from arab nations is nto only shameful but humiliating.
          this is not the zionist laying seige on gaza. this is bashaar’s security forces massacring their own poeple.

          el 3ama bi albou, he is killing his poeple as if there is no tomorrow and not one single arab country is objecting.
          ma el 3atab 3ala isarel ba2a.

      • Hannibal

        Dangerous? They interfered in our affairs for 32 years… I say we interfere in their affairs for the next 32 years.

        • Leborigine

          Golden. The most logical and simple comment about this situation. No ifs and no buts, they screwed us and now its our turn to screw them with the help of the free syrians.

  • C S

    US Senator John McCain is calling for the “taking out” of Qaddafi and Assad. I support him, 1,000%…..We need to aim a few Tomahawks directly at those two clowns, and put the Libyan and Syrian people, out of their misery, once and for all….No more messing around. If we had had that option in World War Two, would we not have taken out Hitler to stop the genocide? Of course….

    We have the option to stop all these massacres and as the leader of the Free World, we should do it….who would complain? No one…..not even Qaddafi or Assad’s “supporters”…..If you think about it, they are waiting for someone else to do their dirty work, as they are incapable of doing it, so let’s do it for them, and for the innocent and good people of Libya and Syria……finish them off….a few missiles will do the trick, and our government knows exactly where those two idiots are, 24 x 7, so it won’t be hard to locate them to minimize the collateral damage…..One poor soul in the town of Daraa, which is being besieged by tanks, mortars, snipers and the “proud and brave” Syrian Army, even said he would welcome Obama and even the Israeli’s as either would be better then Bashar Assad and his shelling and killing of these people….

    Also, I am impressed by those “brave” Syrian soldiers, killing their unarmed countrymen…..Are these the same “brave” Syrian soldiers who have done nothing to liberate the Golan Heights all these years? Wow….great bunch of guys…..cowards…

    • Mosetsfire

      again my friend, you are setting a dangerous precedent. Just because you agree with the McCain on this matter doesn’t mean this won’t lay precedent down to take out leaders that you might agree with.

      The Syrians need to fight their own battle.

      • C S

        My friend, the precedent needs to be set….Vicious dictators, who are using their “private army” to kill innocent and unarmed men, women and children, in addition to Army personnel who disagree with them, can absolutely not be tolerated. I suspect you would feel differently, if a member of your family was killed by this regime, during this uprising….

  • C S

    US Senator John McCain is calling for the “taking out” of Qaddafi and Assad. I support him, 1,000%…..We need to aim a few Tomahawks directly at those two clowns, and put the Libyan and Syrian people, out of their misery, once and for all….No more messing around. If we had had that option in World War Two, would we not have taken out Hitler to stop the genocide? Of course….

    We have the option to stop all these massacres and as the leader of the Free World, we should do it….who would complain? No one…..not even Qaddafi or Assad’s “supporters”…..If you think about it, they are waiting for someone else to do their dirty work, as they are incapable of doing it, so let’s do it for them, and for the innocent and good people of Libya and Syria……finish them off….a few missiles will do the trick, and our government knows exactly where those two idiots are, 24 x 7, so it won’t be hard to locate them to minimize the collateral damage…..One poor soul in the town of Daraa, which is being besieged by tanks, mortars, snipers and the “proud and brave” Syrian Army, even said he would welcome Obama and even the Israeli’s as either would be better then Bashar Assad and his shelling and killing of these people….

    Also, I am impressed by those “brave” Syrian soldiers, killing their unarmed countrymen…..Are these the same “brave” Syrian soldiers who have done nothing to liberate the Golan Heights all these years? Wow….great bunch of guys…..cowards…

    • again my friend, you are setting a dangerous precedent. Just because you agree with the McCain on this matter doesn’t mean this won’t lay precedent down to take out leaders that you might agree with.

      The Syrians need to fight their own battle.

      • C S

        My friend, the precedent needs to be set….Vicious dictators, who are using their “private army” to kill innocent and unarmed men, women and children, in addition to Army personnel who disagree with them, can absolutely not be tolerated. I suspect you would feel differently, if a member of your family was killed by this regime, during this uprising….

        • Anonymous

          before we ask the west to help the syrians we should ask other arab countries, especially those that are just being liberated from tyrants to al least demonstrate for the freedom of the syrian poeple..we are not asking to send their armies and fight Bashaar.
          the support bashaar is getting from arab nations is nto only shameful but humiliating.
          this is not the zionist laying seige on gaza. this is bashaar’s security forces massacring their own poeple.

          el 3ama bi albou, he is killing his poeple as if there is no tomorrow and not one single arab country is objecting.
          ma el 3atab 3ala isarel ba2a.

      • Dangerous? They interfered in our affairs for 32 years… I say we interfere in their affairs for the next 32 years.

        • Anonymous

          Golden. The most logical and simple comment about this situation. No ifs and no buts, they screwed us and now its our turn to screw them with the help of the free syrians.

  • Amine123

    The Lebanese people need to wake up and arm themselves, these murderers will not leave Lebanon alone, they got HA their puppet and they will do anything to save their regime.

  • Amine123

    The Lebanese people need to wake up and arm themselves, these murderers will not leave Lebanon alone, they got HA their puppet and they will do anything to save their regime.

  • Anonymous

    The Lebanese people need to wake up and arm themselves, these murderers will not leave Lebanon alone, they got HA their puppet and they will do anything to save their regime.

  • lebnaneh

    whats goes round will comes rounds we are feeling so sorry about what bashar lehmar doing for the syrian people and those people where most of them solideres in lebanon and killing the lebaneses people without mercy now is there turn let them have some of the cup the force us to drink for the last 30 years iam all with that bastered bashar kill and kill and lets have no mercy and god will have no mercy on your soul neither your bastered father family of craps

  • Anonymous

    whats goes round will comes rounds we are feeling so sorry about what bashar lehmar doing for the syrian people and those people where most of them solideres in lebanon and killing the lebaneses people without mercy now is there turn let them have some of the cup the force us to drink for the last 30 years iam all with that bastered bashar kill and kill and lets have no mercy and god will have no mercy on your soul neither your bastered father family of craps

  • guss043

    Assad and Hezbollah enjoy the support of Israel,that’s why nobody is doing anything, Assad is the 100% agent of the Israelis

  • guss043

    Assad and Hezbollah enjoy the support of Israel,that’s why nobody is doing anything, Assad is the 100% agent of the Israelis

  • guss043

    dont worry R Fisk,we are or we got smarter not to play the Syrian game, if Hizb al chayatin want a civil war he can go f themselves !!!!!

  • guss043

    dont worry R Fisk,we are or we got smarter not to play the Syrian game, if Hizb al chayatin want a civil war he can go f themselves !!!!!