Observers predict Syria is headed for civil war

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As the situation in Syria gets bloodier and Syrian leader Bashar Assad becomes increasingly isolated internationally, some observers say the country is on the verge of a civil war instigated by the regime.

“I think we’ve now reached the stage where we are getting a militarization of the uprising,” said Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Doha Center, a think tank in Qatar. “I think shutting down the violence will become progressively more difficult, and I don’t see it ending any time soon. I believe this regime will fight to the end.”

On Thursday, rebels attacked the offices of Assad’s ruling party near the Turkish border. That followed attacks Wednesday on Syrian intelligence bases and checkpoints just outside Damascus – where rebel activity has been very limited during the eight-month uprising – as well as a deadly raid on a checkpoint near Hama in which eight Syrian soldiers were killed.

That raid was led by the so-called Free Syrian Army, made up of army defectors, which has attacked the military in recent months. Although the group issued a statement, the attacks could not be independently confirmed.

More than 3,500 Syrians have been killed since the uprising began eight months ago, according to the United Nations.

On Wednesday, the 22-member Arab League confirmed its suspension of Syria over its crackdown on protesters and for violating a peace plan agreed to Nov. 2. In Istanbul, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the world must urgently “hear screams” from Syria and do something to stop the bloodshed.

“The lack of reaction to massacres in Syria was causing irreparable wounds in the conscience of humanity,” said Erdogan, whose country has imposed an arms embargo on Damascus and shelters 7,700 Syrian refugees.

Activists say the increasing international isolation of Assad has led to the growing violence.

“It is unbelievable how violent it has been” since the Arab League became involved, said Hozan Ibrahim of the Local Coordination Committee of Syria based in Germany. “The killings started escalating, the violence and the sieges of cities and towns. People can’t accept the regime anymore and are looking for some way to protect themselves now.”

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33 responses to “Observers predict Syria is headed for civil war”

  1. Civil War being financed and armed by imperialist powers. The Arab league has been for long time an irrelevant instution that only caters the needs and aspirations of the great powers who are dominating them

    Now look what the so called Arab league had demanded.

    Wednesday’s three-day deadline by the Arab League for Syria to meet its terms is a political provocation. It presents terms that the Syrian government cannot possibly accept, to allow other Middle Eastern regimes to continue an imperialist-backed intervention against Damascus.
    The Arab League plan calls on Syria to withdraw its tanks from restive cities, cease attacks on protesters, release prisoners and engage in dialogue with the opposition. Under present conditions, this would require the Baathist regime of President Bashar al-Assad to commit political suicide. It would mean agreeing to abandon military action, while armed insurgents are operating under the protection of Turkey, the Gulf States, Lebanon and, behind the scenes, the United States and France.

    1. Patience2 Avatar

      Sounds like a healthy program — only thing missing is how it is intended to clean the ‘filth’ out of Iran.

    2. LEBANON101 Avatar

      you live in a world of your own. its sad trying to argue with you the brain washing and ignorance is too imbedded in whatever little brain cells you have left

      1. You know the reason I comment in this site every now and then just in order to give this website more credibility. In a democratic forum in order to function one needs to have an opposing view. Otherwise, we would endup being very much similar to those sites who promote only one single viewpoint.
        Sir, I have been commenting at Ya Libnan for almost two years now and through out this period I have never disrespected or insulted any of the viewers eventhough I disagree with then on a number of outstanding issues.
        The moment a person attacks another person because of his views   that would be the moment that person has lost the argument.

        Have a good day sir.

        1. LEBANON101 Avatar

          it helps when your arguments makes sense . that american general is just trying ti sell books and is a known liar. 2nd . except for al assad all the presidents who have fallen were backed by america. bel ali, mubarak, gaddafi was in america camp the last few years , and saleh all backed by america so that disproves anything you have to say about this all beeing an american plot. or is it only an american plot in syria but the other 4 arab countries that was the will of the people right ? in egypt and tunis the poeple hated america so they got rid of there leaders. but in syria the people trying to get rid of your master al assad they are all zionist according to yo

    3. MeYosemite Avatar

      If Baathists stop right now, they can survive the change and still exit, otherwise the revolution will wipe them out which is the political suicide, this modality of suicide has been observed in all similar uprisings.

    4. Congratulations on regurgitating SANA’s official line, especially so soon after key regime stooges in Lebanon (Berri and Aoun) called for Saudi Help. A few points:

      1. It is well documented that all Lebanese Institutions are infiltrated by Assad regime loyalists, this is especially true of Military Intel. #Occupation? #Imperialism?

      2. 8 months after the regime began its massacres we still don’t have evidence of these “alqaida” or “zionist agents”, however there is no shortage of admissions by senior Israeli Officials including Generals, that have described the downfall of Assad as a great blow to their interests. #Human_ Rights? #Hypocracy? #Resistance?

      3. The Assad regime occupation of Lebanon in particular the North was just as destructive as the Israeli occupation of the South, yet we are considered zionist agents should we dare ever mention it. #Imperialism? #Occupation? #Freedom_Of_Speech? #Democracy?

      4. There are settlements established by the Assad regime in the North in Akkar in Particular that were not there before the regime invaded. #Colonialism? #Occupation?

      When any crimes are committed by socialist or communist states, most socialist and “independent people with a right to express their views and give credibility to a world news webstite” conveniently ignore the above or outright reject it. #Hypocrisy #Double_Standard

      29 years of direct occupation and another 6 of proxy control is more than enough!
      Tuz 3alla Bashar wa Tuz 3alla Abu”Bashar! wa 3allah kool 3omala2 al assad!

  2. Civil War being financed and armed by imperialist powers. The Arab league has been for long time an irrelevant instution that only caters the needs and aspirations of the great powers who are dominating them

    Now look what the so called Arab league had demanded.

    Wednesday’s three-day deadline by the Arab League for Syria to meet its terms is a political provocation. It presents terms that the Syrian government cannot possibly accept, to allow other Middle Eastern regimes to continue an imperialist-backed intervention against Damascus.
    The Arab League plan calls on Syria to withdraw its tanks from restive cities, cease attacks on protesters, release prisoners and engage in dialogue with the opposition. Under present conditions, this would require the Baathist regime of President Bashar al-Assad to commit political suicide. It would mean agreeing to abandon military action, while armed insurgents are operating under the protection of Turkey, the Gulf States, Lebanon and, behind the scenes, the United States and France.

  3.  Avatar

    Civil War being financed and armed by imperialist powers. The Arab league has been for long time an irrelevant instution that only caters the needs and aspirations of the great powers who are dominating them

    Now look what the so called Arab league had demanded.

    Wednesday’s three-day deadline by the Arab League for Syria to meet its terms is a political provocation. It presents terms that the Syrian government cannot possibly accept, to allow other Middle Eastern regimes to continue an imperialist-backed intervention against Damascus.
    The Arab League plan calls on Syria to withdraw its tanks from restive cities, cease attacks on protesters, release prisoners and engage in dialogue with the opposition. Under present conditions, this would require the Baathist regime of President Bashar al-Assad to commit political suicide. It would mean agreeing to abandon military action, while armed insurgents are operating under the protection of Turkey, the Gulf States, Lebanon and, behind the scenes, the United States and France.

    1.  Avatar

      Sounds like a healthy program — only thing missing is how it is intended to clean the ‘filth’ out of Iran.

    2.  Avatar

      you live in a world of your own. its sad trying to argue with you the brain washing and ignorance is too imbedded in whatever little brain cells you have left

      1.  Avatar

        You know the reason I comment in this site every now and then just in order to give this website more credibility. In a democratic forum in order to function one needs to have an opposing view. Otherwise, we would endup being very much similar to those sites who promote only one single viewpoint.
        Sir, I have been commenting at Ya Libnan for almost two years now and through out this period I have never disrespected or insulted any of the viewers eventhough I disagree with then on a number of outstanding issues.
        The moment a person attacks another person because of his views   that would be the moment that person has lost the argument.

        Have a good day sir.

        1.  Avatar

          it helps when your arguments makes sense . that american general is just trying ti sell books and is a known liar. 2nd . except for al assad all the presidents who have fallen were backed by america. bel ali, mubarak, gaddafi was in america camp the last few years , and saleh all backed by america so that disproves anything you have to say about this all beeing an american plot. or is it only an american plot in syria but the other 4 arab countries that was the will of the people right ? in egypt and tunis the poeple hated america so they got rid of there leaders. but in syria the people trying to get rid of your master al assad they are all zionist according to yo

    3.  Avatar

      If Baathists stop right now, they can survive the change and still exit, otherwise the revolution will wipe them out which is the political suicide, this modality of suicide has been observed in all similar uprisings.

    4.  Avatar

      Congratulations on regurgitating SANA’s official line, especially so soon after key regime stooges in Lebanon (Berri and Aoun) called for Saudi Help. A few points:

      1. It is well documented that all Lebanese Institutions are infiltrated by Assad regime loyalists, this is especially true of Military Intel. #Occupation? #Imperialism?

      2. 8 months after the regime began its massacres we still don’t have evidence of these “alqaida” or “zionist agents”, however there is no shortage of admissions by senior Israeli Officials including Generals, that have described the downfall of Assad as a great blow to their interests. #Human_ Rights?

      3. The Assad regime occupation of Lebanon in particular the North was just as destructive as the Israeli occupation of the South, yet we are considered zionist agents should we dare ever mention it. #Imperialism? #Occupation? #Freedom_Of_Speech? #Democracy?

      4. There are settlements established by the Assad regime in the North in Akkar in Particular that were not there before the regime invaded. #Colonialism? #Occupation?

      When any crimes are committed by socialist or communist states, most socialist and “independent people with a right to express their views and give credibility to a world news webstite” conveniently ignore the above or outright reject it. #Hypocrisy #Double_Standard

      29 years of direct occupation and another 6 of proxy control is more than enough!
      Tuz 3alla Bashar wa Tuz 3alla Abu”Bashar!

  4. For those of the viewers who would like to listen to this short video clip made by Wesley Clark former US 4 star general.

    It exposes the dark side of the American imperialism.

    Have a look and Enjoy. Because everything that we are seeing in the Middle East today is already planned years ago.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha1rEhovONU

    If you have further trouble go to youtube type Wesley Clark (US 4 star General) US will attack 7 countries in 5 years. Although the video was shot back in late 2007, but the nature of the story remains true.

    1. prophettt Avatar

      Sebouh,
      All of these plans were designed at the Center for security policy headed by Frank Gaffney,with the behind the seen leadership, participation and contribution of Ronald Rumsfeld.When G.W.Bush was elected president, his administration was  saturated with active members and contributors of this center. If one to read their press releases and their research papers, you would recognize  the source of Bush’s foreign policy. I’m not a big believer of conspiracy theories,but I’m  basing my conclusions on papers and speeches I read and heard myself back when Clinton was still the president. At the time,my nativity led me to believe that these people were just fantasizing and dreaming. I was so wrong,and Many of the plans they talked about in the nineties, they were able to  execute and put to work when they took over the Bush administration.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        It’s ‘Imperialism’ of Big Business these days … and the few who run it in this world.

        1. prophettt Avatar

          5TH, Are you trying to get on Sebouh’s good side?lol.Sorry Sebouh, I could not resist.lol

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Hehe Prophet … he can stand a shot once in a while 😉  And Mikati is ‘big business’ too … right? 🙂

    2. LEBANON101 Avatar

      this guy is a proven liar who is just trying to sell books. your and his theory is proven wrong. american backed ben ali done . american back mubarak gone. since 2003 gaddafi was american best friend and guess what hes freaking dead. aemrican back saleh soon to be gone. this is not an american or israeli plot as much as you would like to believe. hoe come when it happened in egypt, libya and tunis it was a great arab rebellion but now that your mater al assad is threatened all of a sudden its an american plot. pleae go to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep you are the definition of a brain washed idiot. allah is with the syrian people! fuck bashar , fuck irans government, fuck hassan el kelb

  5.  Avatar

    For those of the viewers who would like to listen to this short video clip made by Wesley Clark former US 4 star general.

    It exposes the dark side of the American imperialism.

    Have a look and Enjoy. Because everything that we are seeing in the Middle East today is already planned years ago.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha1rEhovONU

    If you have further trouble go to youtube type Wesley Clark (US 4 star General) US will attack 7 countries in 5 years. Although the video was shot back in late 2007, but the nature of the story remains true.

    1.  Avatar

      Sebouh,
      All of these plans were designed at the Center for security policy headed by Frank Gaffney,with the behind the seen leadership, participation and contribution of Ronald Rumsfeld.When G.W.Bush was elected president, his administration was  saturated with active members and contributors of this center. If one to read their press releases and their research papers, you would recognize  the source of Bush’s foreign policy. I’m not a big believer of conspiracy theories,but I’m  basing my conclusions on papers and speeches I read and heard myself back when Clinton was still the president. At the time,my nativity led me to believe that these people were just fantasizing and dreaming. I was so wrong,and Many of the plans they talked about in the nineties, they were able to  execute and put to work.  

      1.  Avatar

        It’s ‘Imperrialism’ of Big Business these days … and the few who run it in this world.

        1.  Avatar

          5TH, Are you trying to get on Sebouh’s good side?lol.Sorry Sebouh, I could not resist.lol

        2.  Avatar

          Hehe Prophet … he can stand a shot once in a while 😉  And Mikati is ‘big business’ too … right? 🙂

  6. 5thDrawer Avatar

    ” … irreparable wounds in the conscience of humanity, … ”
    Truth in that line …

  7.  Avatar

    ” … irreparable wounds in the conscience of humanity, … ”
    Truth in that line …

  8. Charlieladd Avatar
    Charlieladd

    May I mention a simple observation. There are currently two states trying to have control over our Arab nation, neither of which is Arab. Namely Iran and Turkey. I am afraid we are a long way off maturity as a nation.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      And the Lebanese (who are not exactly all Arab) are noticing, Charlie.

  9.  Avatar

    May I mention a simple observation. There are currently two states trying to have control over our Arab nation, neither of which is Arab. Namely Iran and Turkey. I am afraid we are a long way off maturity as a nation.

    1.  Avatar

      And the Lebanese (who are not exactly all Arab) are noticing, Charlie.

  10.  Avatar

    May I mention a simple observation. There are currently two states trying to have control over our Arab nation, neither of which is Arab. Namely Iran and Turkey. I am afraid we are a long way off maturity as a nation.

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