Assad calls Hezbollah a model for Syria

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assad, nasrallahBEIRUT, Lebanon – Syria will “give Hezbollah everything” in recognition of its support and will follow the militant group’s model of “resistance” against Israel, a Lebanese newspaper on Thursday, May 9, quoted President Bashar al-Assad as saying.

His comments, published by the pro-Syrian neswspaper Al-Akhbar, reportedly came during meetings with Lebanese visitors in Damascus and appeared intended to refute any suggestion that Israeli raids on Syrian targets would halt assistance to the Shiite group Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The newspaper said visitors quoted Assad as expressing “confidence, satisfaction and great gratitude towards Hezbollah.”

The organization is a long-time ally of the Syrian regime and has sent fighters to battle alongside Assad’s troops, particularly in the Qusayr district of the central province of Homs.

Damascus has long served as a supply conduit for Iran-backed Hezbollah, and Assad said they would reward the group for their loyalty.

“We have decided to give them everything,” the newspaper quoted him as saying, without elaborating.

“For the first time we feel that we and they are living in the same situation and they are not just an ally we help with resistance,” he said.

“We have decided that we must move forward towards them and turn into a nation of resistance like Hezbollah, for the sake of Syria and future generations.”

Assad was quoted as saying Syria could “easily” respond to Israeli air strikes by “firing a few rockets at Israel.”

“But we want strategic revenge, by opening the door of resistance and turning all of Syria into a country of resistance.”

“After the strike, we are convinced that we are fighting the enemy now, we are pursuing its soldiers deployed throughout our country,” he said, in apparent reference to rebel forces, which the regime has accused of being allied with Israel.

The Jewish state reportedly carried out two raids last week against military targets inside Syria, killing dozens of military personnel.

Israeli sources said the strikes targeted weapons bound for Hezbollah.

Israel has warned repeatedly that it will not allow Syria to transfer advanced weaponry to the Lebanese group, with which it fought a devastating war in 2006.

Israeli warplanes hit targets inside Syria early on Friday and Sunday mornings (May 3 and 5), raising new fears that the Syrian conflict, which is now in its third year, could draw in the rest of the region.

AFP

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68 responses to “Assad calls Hezbollah a model for Syria”

  1. Reasonableman Avatar
    Reasonableman

    Talk about sucking up, why hasnt a stone been thrown at israel you coward!!!

    1. AntiFSA Avatar
      AntiFSA

      So let me get this straight, while his country is going through a civil war with The likes of Turkey, The Us, the Brits, and gulf countries supplying money, training and Shelter, you expect him to enter into war with Israel. Yep, that’s great idea. I think you missed your calling in life. You should have been a general in an army. He is an idea for you, seeing though you love for your FSA Salifi terrorist brothers so much, why don’t you go to Syria and assist them by lending your expertise in war. I hear that they are offering 72 virgins in heaven.

      1. Reasonableman Avatar
        Reasonableman

        I would start by finding you if i wanted to start with anyone ya bayekh, this whole war is because of him he can easily step down and join the ranks of the resistance and go up israels ass but what for when he is already doing it on his chair.
        He had the chance to resolve this war politically too many times and focus on israel even after the first strike against syrian territory. You have a lust for power anti no matter how many innocent he kills you think this will benifit you all the way in australia? Coming to give me advice to go to syria please brother your delusional to go to that extent because i called him a coward bwhahahahahaha COWARRRDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!

        1. patriotss Avatar
          patriotss

          go fu##k ur self

          1. Reasonableman Avatar
            Reasonableman

            Typical reply like asif you have fallen to victom because of my opinion? Thats what a delusion does makes you so paranoid and emotional. You are a victom of your self. you aim for self defence, by telling me to $&$&$&?? Lek who are you? Bud if this is how bashar and nasrlshayton teach you to act like a women the la3nat allah 3allayk.

        2. AntiFSA Avatar
          AntiFSA

          Why the hell should he have stepped down, because you allies the Jews or the US say so. The majority of his people want him and love him. Seems to me you have a short memory. Remember when this crap revolution started, and the Millions of Syrians that hit the streets in support of Assad. And they hit the streets on more than on occasion. Remember. ? Why would they protest in support.? Assad is going no where. These FSA salifi pigs are exposed. The war is coming to an end and they are being destroyed by the thousands. The support is shifting and these pigs will soon be left all alone. Like pigs who are ripe for slaughtering. Now if you really want to find me, don’t let fear stop you.

          1. Reasonableman Avatar
            Reasonableman

            Your questions all have answers depending on what you choose to accept. Why are there over 100 defections a day? Why does he need hezzies and irans help now doesnt that that raise questions like is he losing syria and majority is against him? Nobody else left in syria wants to do his dirty work and ‘resist’ Now after he knows he needs help he is brown nosing and using his publicity powers showing acceptance of hezballah and iran( who should have nothing to do with syrian politics) so he can attract foreign fighters and indirectly tell people iran and hezballah will train you. Now why would he want to turn a country who wouldnt want to fight for him into a resistance country? Does he really think the syrians a cowards like himself to let someone else fight there wars? Since the majority of fighters now are hezzies and majoosi where is his power to tell iran to blast israel? Why doesnt iran blast israel? Weve been hearing for the last 30 yrs were gonna blow you up no were gonna blow you up? COWARDS!! Unlike you anti your the last thing on my mind. bahyetak man go to work and put food on the table for your family your a charming man dont destroy yourself for your spiritual and families sake this isnt your turf.

          2. Patience2 Avatar
            Patience2

            And now they’re hitting the streets as he machine guns them.

    2. dateam Avatar

      Israel hit because it’s taking advantage of the situation..nows not the time to hit because that’s what Israel wants so it can drag the Americans in ( even though I believe he should of retaliated if for anything to show that he has strength still if any…even 1 rocket as a response)….let’s just wait and see…..at the moment everyone is trying o save face and look cool to their own.

      1. Reasonableman Avatar
        Reasonableman

        Even a rock? I mean for the past 30 yrs dateam over and over israel and iran want to blast eachother and israel has given them the best excuse. Only time will tell ive never brought conclusions to suit anybody just raising the questions. Nobody knows whats going on behind closed doors

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Well Reasonably, after that mountain-raising last week, we could say: ‘Wow! That was a blast!’ :-)) A lot of rock thrown there.
          Some guys in a machine-gun nest shot across the border from Syria to Golan last week … and THEY had a blast too. 😉 You can’t say Israel doesn’t provide entertainment – even for the usual rock-throwers. 😉 Of course the funny guys in black old hats bonking heads on an old wall are not so happy being dragged into the ‘modern’ age by their women either. I’m sure they ‘commiserate’ with certain Muslims on that point, even if the two ‘entities’ don’t want to admit it from behind the closed doors – or the closed minds.

          1. Reasonableman Avatar
            Reasonableman

            Ive read reports america are training a group of soldiers in jordan but wont supply with weapons unless they (fsa) wipe out JAN, in the report it says if you dont do it we can.

  2. Reasonableman Avatar
    Reasonableman

    Talk about sucking up, why hasnt a stone been thrown at israel you coward!!!

    1. So let me get this straight, while his country is going through a civil war with The likes of Turkey, The Us, the Brits, and gulf countries supplying money, training and Shelter, you expect him to enter into war with Israel. Yep, that’s great idea. I think you missed you calling in life. You should have been a general in an army. He is an idea for you, seeing though you love your FSA Salifi terrorist brothers so much, why don’t you go to Syria and assist them by lending your expertise in war. I hear that they are offering 72 virgins in heaven.

      1. Reasonableman Avatar
        Reasonableman

        I would start by finding you if i wanted to start with anyone ya bayekh, this whole war is because of him he can easily step down and join the ranks of the resistance and go up israels ass but what for when he is already doing it on his chair.
        He had the chance to resolve this war politically too many times and focus on israel even after the first strike against syrian territory. You have a lust for power anti no matter how many innocent he kills you think this will benifit you all the way in australia? Coming to give me advice to go to syria please brother your delusional to go to that extent because i called him a coward bwhahahahahaha COWARRRDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!

        1. patriotss Avatar
          patriotss

          go fu##k ur self

          1. Reasonableman Avatar
            Reasonableman

            Typical reply like asif you have fallen to victom because of my opinion? Thats what a delusion does makes you so paranoid and emotional. You are a victom of your self. you aim for self defence, by telling me to $&$&$&?? Lek who are you? Bud if this is how bashar and nasrlshayton teach you to act like a women the la3nat allah 3allayk.

        2. Why the hell should he have stepped down, because you allies the Jews or the US say so. The majority of his people want him and love him. Seems to me you have a short memory. Remember when this crap revolution started, and the Millions of Syrians that hit the streets in support of Assad. And they hit the streets on more than on occasion. Remember. ? Why would they protest in support.? Assad is going no where. These FSA salifi pigs are exposed. The war is coming to an end and they are being destroyed by the thousands. The support is shifting and these pigs will soon be left all alone. Like pigs who are ripe for slaughtering. Now if you really want to find me, don’t let fear stop you.

          1. Reasonableman Avatar
            Reasonableman

            Your questions all have answers depending on what you choose to accept. Why are there over 100 defections a day? Why does he need hezzies and irans help now doesnt that that raise questions like is he losing syria and majority is against him? Nobody else left in syria wants to do his dirty work and ‘resist’ Now after he knows he needs help he is brown nosing and using his publicity powers showing acceptance of hezballah and iran( who should have nothing to do with syrian politics) so he can attract foreign fighters and indirectly tell people iran and hezballah will train you. Now why would he want to turn a country who wouldnt want to fight for him into a resistance country? Does he really think the syrians a cowards like himself to let someone else fight there wars? Since the majority of fighters now are hezzies and majoosi where is his power to tell iran to blast israel? Why doesnt iran blast israel? Weve been hearing for the last 30 yrs were gonna blow you up no were gonna blow you up? COWARDS!! Unlike you anti your the last thing on my mind. bahyetak man go to work and put food on the table for your family your a charming man dont destroy yourself for your spiritual and families sake this isnt your turf.

          2. Patience2 Avatar
            Patience2

            And now they’re hitting the streets as he machine guns them.

    2. dateam Avatar

      Israel hit because it’s taking advantage of the situation..nows not the time to hit because that’s what Israel wants so it can drag the Americans in ( even though I believe he should of retaliated if for anything to show that he has strength still if any…even 1 rocket as a response)….let’s just wait and see…..at the moment everyone is trying o save face and look cool to their own.

      1. Reasonableman Avatar
        Reasonableman

        Even a rock? I mean for the past 30 yrs dateam over and over israel and iran want to blast eachother and israel has given them the best excuse. Only time will tell ive never brought conclusions to suit anybody just raising the questions. Nobody knows whats going on behind closed doors

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Well Reasonably, after that mountain-raising last week, we could say: ‘Wow! That was a blast!’ :-)) A lot of rock thrown there.
          Some guys in a machine-gun nest shot across the border from Syria to Golan last week … and THEY had a blast too. 😉 You can’t say Israel doesn’t provide entertainment – even for the usual rock-throwers. 😉

          1. Reasonableman Avatar
            Reasonableman

            Ive read reports america are training a group of soldiers in jordan but wont supply with weapons unless they (fsa) wipe out JAN, in the report it says if you dont do it we can.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Don’t know how anyone got this ‘story’ … all communications were cut off, were they not?
    I guess Nastyrallah ran it out himself, in the ancient Roman way.
    But I WOULD believe that the Hezzy’s are taking over, like they did in Lebanon, since Assad became too weak to defend himself and needs all the ‘help’ from the ‘buddies’.
    Assad becomes another mouthpiece for continuing stupidity, and Supremes run the ‘show’.

    1. Reasonableman Avatar
      Reasonableman

      Thats the nice way to say it lol

    2. AntiFSA Avatar
      AntiFSA

      Like I said 5th, the scotch is really starting to get to you. Slow down, the scotch is distorting the way you think.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Well, Anti … what is your conclusion of the line: “give Hezbollah everything” ??
        Sure sounds like neat propaganda to me …
        Imagine, however, that if they can’t get electricity into a small place like Lebanon, the problems they will have in a much bigger place filled with rubble.

        1. Patience2 Avatar
          Patience2

          You’re asking a ‘fruit-fly’ for a serious answer??

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Don’t know how anyone got this ‘story’ … all communications were cut off, were they not?
    I guess Nastyrallah ran it out himself, in the ancient Roman way.
    But I WOULD believe that the Hezzy’s are taking over, like they did in Lebanon, since Assad became too weak to defend himself and needs all the ‘help’ from the ‘buddies’.

    1. Reasonableman Avatar
      Reasonableman

      Thats the nice way to say it lol

    2. Like I said 5th, the scotch is really starting to get to you. Slow down, the scotch is distorting the way you think.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Well, Anti … what is your conclusion of the line: “give Hezbollah everything” ??
        Sure sounds like neat propaganda to me …
        Imagine, however, that if they can’t get electricity into a small place like Lebanon, the problems they will have in a much bigger place filled with rubble.

        1. Patience2 Avatar
          Patience2

          You’re asking a ‘fruit-fly’ for a serious answer??

  5. dateam Avatar

    Its heading to a close….the fact that Israel took a pot shot right at the end and at the same time the USA and Russia have sat down to finally work it out proves it. Now where is the uma? in israel they have arrested the grand mufti of al Alaqsa? In Tunisia jihadists have sprung up and started attacking the army? In Egypt cabinet has been reshuffled and more mb’s are coming in. To the naive out there this was never about democracy it was about breaking Syria away from Iran and hzb and it looks like it hasn’t worked….Now what to do with the remnants of the so called rebels? As the previous article to this shows Fsa are leaving and joining the nuSRA. Good escape clause…..the FSA and government will work something out with USA and Russia sponsoring and then attention will be turned to alnusra to be finished off making a good political exit strategy for all….of cause no one will claim ownership of nuSRA but it’s always one to ponder how the FRIG these so called alqaida affiliates gain their weapons and financing when their living in caves and mountains?? If the world is financing the FSA then who is financing alnusra who has been designated terrorists from the start by the USA? It must surely be one of the USA allies? And so the circus rolls on

    1. Reasonableman Avatar
      Reasonableman

      So flip the script and see the conclusion

      1. dateam Avatar

        As i said the circus rolls on,and on and on.

    2. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      I like your thinking dateam … there are many who don’t want you to have answers.

    3. ……..Soon 10 countries will form a 10 nation confederacy
      out of which the anti-christ will arise……….their common denominator will
      be their hatred of Israel….and persecution of Christians…..Will they hold
      the world at ransom for their oil?? Ahmadinejad of Iran has proposed forming a
      new group of 10 or 11 countries to work to end the 2 year old Syrian civil war.
      The Bible says the leader of a 10 nation confederacy will be the
      anti-christ……….

      Revelation 17:12-14………. 12 “The ten horns which you
      saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive
      authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and
      they will give their power and authority to the beast……….

      …..Revelation 16:13………..And I saw three unclean
      spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of
      the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet…….

      ……Revelation 13:11……..[ The Beast from the Earth ]
      Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like
      a lamb and spoke like a dragon……..

      Revelation 13:2-3…….2 Now the beast which I saw was like
      a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth
      of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3
      And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly
      wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.

      Revelation 13:4……. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who
      gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like
      the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        And verily, there was no good answer, so they decided to out-vote the 10, share all the world’s oil with all the people, have peace, health and education for all, and make solar-collectors; looking to the time of no more beastly oil being in the crust of the planet, and not enough food to feed the masses, and finally going off to find another planet to waste.
        So it was written confusedly by the ancients, so it shall be attempted just as confusedly.

        1. God Bless You 5th Drawer……Hope your day is going well.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            As Well as can be expected, Cross. Bless you for trying ‘enlightenment’ when the Winds have changed. 🙂 I don’t happen to feel the languages and the thoughts of such a distant past quite fit the realities of the present – even if some of the ancient observations of ‘the humanities’ were fairly valid, and the translations have been accurate. Keep looking for what you can relate to, I guess. You have that freedom, always.
            I have friends who REALLY WANT to believe there’s a God too, because their lives here – even having been led in the purest of ways – are so precarious or miserable – constantly; and they follow those scripts as best they can; and may even feel they have been ‘picked’ to suffer because of something they are not aware of in the Godly universe. I won’t dissuade them that it’s a ‘grand plan’. Goodness knows they need something to cling to, and they don’t attack others for being in it … the shitty plan they seem to be in, that is.
            Pray if you must, for the right things. It can help the soul. I wouldn’t dump on you for that … but you could find some newer scripts I think. I still like these two newer observations of humanity …
            “The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief” -Jacques Ellui
            “Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.” – Dalai Lama

          2. To be under the law is a debt we can never pay. To be In Christ, is Rest for our souls…..we are covered by His Righteousness, which is perfect…….

            ……Romans 8:2-4…..

            2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

  6. dateam Avatar

    Its heading to a close….the fact that Israel took a pot shot right at the end and at the same time the USA and Russia have sat down to finally work it out proves it. Now where is the uma? in israel they have arrested the grand mufti of al Alaqsa? In Tunisia jihadists have sprung up and started attacking the army? In Egypt cabinet has been reshuffled and more mb’s are coming in. To the naive out there this was never about democracy it was about breaking Syria away from Iran and hzb and it looks like it hasn’t worked….Now what to do with the remnants of the so called rebels? As the previous article to this shows Fsa are leaving and joining the nuSRA. Good escape clause…..the FSA and government will work something out with USA and Russia sponsoring and then attention will be turned to alnusra to be finished off making a good political exit strategy for all….of cause no one will claim ownership of nuSRA but it’s always one to ponder how the FRIG these so called alqaida affiliates gain their weapons and financing when their living in caves and mountains?? If the world is financing the FSA then who is financing alnusra who has been designated terrorists from the start by the USA? It must surely be one of the USA allies? And so the circus rolls on

    1. Reasonableman Avatar
      Reasonableman

      So flip the script and see the conclusion

      1. dateam Avatar

        As i said the circus rolls on,and on and on.

    2. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      I like your thinking dateam … there are many who don’t want you to have answers.

    3. CrossWinds Avatar
      CrossWinds

      ……..Soon 10 countries will form a 10 nation confederacy
      out of which the anti-christ will arise……….their common denominator will
      be their hatred of Israel….and persecution of Christians…..Will they hold
      the world at ransom for their oil?? Ahmadinejad of Iran has proposed forming a
      new group of 10 or 11 countries to work to end the 2 year old Syrian civil war.
      The Bible says the leader of a 10 nation confederacy will be the
      anti-christ……….

      Revelation 17:12-14………. 12 “The ten horns which you
      saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive
      authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and
      they will give their power and authority to the beast……….

      …..Revelation 16:13………..And I saw three unclean
      spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of
      the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet…….

      ……Revelation 13:11……..[ The Beast from the Earth ]
      Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like
      a lamb and spoke like a dragon……..

      Revelation 13:2-3…….2 Now the beast which I saw was like
      a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth
      of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3
      And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly
      wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.

      Revelation 13:4……. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who
      gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like
      the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        And verily, there was no good answer, so they decided to out-vote the 10, share all the world’s oil with all the people, have peace, health and education for all, and make solar-collectors; looking to the time of no more beastly oil being in the crust of the planet, and not enough food to feed the masses, and finally going off to find another planet to waste.
        So it was written confusedly by the ancients, so it shall be attempted just as confusedly.

        1. CrossWinds Avatar
          CrossWinds

          God Bless You 5th Drawer……Hope your day is going well.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            As Well as can be expected, Cross. Bless you for trying ‘enlightenment’ when the Winds have changed. 🙂 I don’t happen to feel the languages and the thoughts of such a distant past quite fit the realities of the present – even if some of the ancient observations of ‘the humanities’ were fairly valid, and the translations have been accurate. Keep looking for what you can relate to, I guess. You have that freedom, always.
            I have friends who REALLY WANT to believe there’s a God too, because their lives here – even having been led in the purest of ways – are so precarious or miserable – constantly; and they follow those scripts as best they can; and may even feel they have been ‘picked’ to suffer because of something they are not aware of in the Godly universe. I won’t dissuade them that it’s a ‘grand plan’. Goodness knows they need something to cling to, and they don’t attack others for being in it … the shitty plan they seem to be in, that is.
            Pray if you must, for the right things. It can help the soul. I wouldn’t dump on you for that … but you could find some newer scripts I think. I still like these two newer observations of humanity …
            “The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief” -Jacques Ellui
            “Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.” – Dalai Lama

          2. CrossWinds Avatar
            CrossWinds

            To be under the law is a debt we can never pay. To be In Christ, is Rest for our souls…..we are covered by His Righteousness, which is perfect…….

            ……Romans 8:2-4…..

            2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

  7. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Oh … and yes … gotta love the piece of tape in the picture of the picture, where Nasty had Supremey’s picture taped on, but they decided to remove it for this story. :-)))

  8. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Oh … and yes … gotta love the piece of tape in the picture, where Nasty had Supremey’s picture taped on, but they decided to remove it for this story. :-)))

  9. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    If HA is a model for Syria, mabrouk alaykon, tethanno bi baad. Both of you are coming to an end sooner or later. This is the destiny of all despots and tyrants. Always the people wins.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Win? Not in Lebanon yet, Constantin.

  10. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    If HA is a model for Syria, mabrouk alaykon, tethanno bi baad. Both of you are coming to an end sooner or later. This is the destiny of all despots and tyrants. Always the people wins.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Win? Not in Lebanon yet, Constantin.

  11. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    From BBC – Part of A Report by Paul Danahar. VERY Believable. (Memories of Lebanon?)
    ———————
    The situation in Syria is complicated. If you are not confused by what is going on there, then you do not understand it.
    However, to try to make the crisis less confusing to the outside world, policymakers, politicians and journalists have tried to boil it down to good versus evil: the FSA versus President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
    Firstly, the FSA – that you have been hearing so much about – does not exist.
    A better title would be MWG, or men with guns, because having guns and firing them in the same direction is the only thing that unites them. The word “army” suggests a cohesive force with a command structure. Almost two years after the FSA was created, that remains illusive. The situation has been further complicated by the introduction into the arena of al-Qaeda-linked jihadists and armed criminal gangs.
    Secondly, the Syrian opposition’s political leadership – which wanders around international capitals attending conferences and making grand speeches – is not leading anyone. It barely has control of the delegates in the room with it, let alone the fighters in the field.
    These two things can help explain why this crisis has so far shown no sign of being resolved politically.

    America is not acting because it does not know what to do or whom to do it with.
    Neither do the European countries.
    Having spent the last few days in Beirut and Damascus, talking to the international community, Western diplomats, FSA activists and Syrian regime supporters, it is clear that nobody knows how to end this crisis.
    That’s just about the only thing all sides agree on.
    The vacuum created by Western inaction has been filled by two of the Gulf states – Saudi Arabia and Qatar. These are both sorely undemocratic states, they are not champions of democracy either at home or abroad.
    So, why in Syria did we have a “free world” standing by and watching the democratic uprising being brutally crushed, when suddenly from over the horizon came the cavalry from the very un-free Gulf world to arm and support the aspirations of the people?
    This bit is simple – they did not.

    Saudi Arabia and Qatar are meddling in Syria for thoroughly selfish reasons. Freedom, democracy and human rights have absolutely nothing to do with why they are arming the rebels.
    President Assad’s Alawite community is a splinter from the Shia faith – its closest allies are in Shia Iran.
    Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia hates Shia Iran, so it is using the war in Syria to try and weaken it.
    The Saudi interest in the conflict dates back 1,300 years to the split within Islam. That is where its ambitions over the outcome of the civil war begin and end.
    Qatar is more complicated. Nobody really understands the minutiae of the Qatari foreign policy – perhaps not even the Qataris. Small nations like to feel important and they like to have bigger friends.
    The Qataris are a tiny nation with lots of money. They are looking at the post-Arab Spring Middle East as a giant tombola; they are using their vast wealth to buy up as many of the lottery tickets on offer as possible because they just want to win something, somewhere.
    They might end up with a prize that is nowhere near what they paid for it – but it will be theirs. It is the winning – not necessarily the quality of the prize – that counts.
    Qatar wants to have lots of grateful friends once the turmoil in the region is over who will hopefully look after them in the future.

    The only thing that is certain in Syria is who is losing: The Syrian people are losing. They are losing their lives, their homes, their wealth. Their children are losing their childhoods. The Syrians are also losing Syria, because the longer this goes on the more society is losing what little sense of identity it has.
    “The country is moving from a political crisis to a societal crisis,” is how one of the few genuinely knowledgeable people trying to manage this crisis explained events here to me.
    This societal crisis is manifesting itself in steadily increasing small acts of sectarian violence.
    All across the country, every day, there are brutal events, none of which in itself is big enough to warrant the attention of international or local media, but each of which breaks another strand of this country’s fragile weave of sects and religions.
    Each one is an act of revenge for an offence committed by another member of the victim’s religious community.
    Women are being raped because they are Sunni or Alawite and their men are assumed to be involved in the fighting.
    Christian women are being hauled off buses and attacked by Salafist fighters for not covering their hair.
    Murders lead to revenge massacres.
    When will the Syria crisis end? God knows.
    God knows because this crisis is increasingly not about freedom but about religion.
    The Syrian war is turning into a sectarian conflict whose influence will spill beyond the country’s borders.
    There was the chance at the beginning to stop that being the case. That chance has been lost.
    ——————–
    (Lost, Thanks to Assad. The trick for Lebanon is keeping the assholes from repeating history inside Lebanon, as the religionists would enjoy doing so much.)

    1. Reasonableman Avatar
      Reasonableman

      To my knowledge america really has nothing to do with this war more than the brits and the french, although america has given much in aid(which half hasnt been recieved yet) the religious tensions go wayy back to “T.E lawrence of arabi’.
      The americans dont really care enough to involve itself on ground obviously simply because its failed attempts to crush what they call “terrorists” and by matter of fact heightened the chances of “terrorist” attacks back home, on the troops in iraq, afghanistan and basically the security issues in algeria and nigeria and so forth. Americans are business minded but in this war very stupid for involving itself there aim is to “try” to persuade the fsa to take arms againsts its own. Why? This will be the safe mode operation i call it so it doesnt backfire and the “terrorists” have an excuse as they had in previous times to blame america. If all else fails there position will be nutrel as to say “we tried to help”. Infact giving israel the upperhand in both situations. Israel doesnt want no alquada or nasrallah basically it only cares about all the money its invested with these world powers for immunity from the arabs. Including the money it has invested with the assad family with the golan. The saudis and iranians obviously both worry about these poor syrians and mujahadines waking up and throwing them out of there seat after gaining traction in syria hence they must show them yeah look heres some weapons to keep them quiet as treaties are made already and cannot be broken ;). So while israel teases hezballah the outcome of the hole issue will be will hezballah be stupid enough to respond and cause strife between the sunnis and shias worldwide while the real war is with iran and the saudis? The only way this war can be fixed actually is for saudi and iran stop using syria as a warzone broke the treaties theyve both made with the west and kill eachother. Syrian people will find there way eventually they always have. They know what they want and its not bashar. America in my opinion is not a superpower just a puppet to the superpowers a country who has been invested into to dilut us from whats happening behind the scenes, all the money hungry governments the cut throats and i must admit is well spoken enough to present the world a rationlised theory of the world today.while the russians are making money selling these rockets to assads thuggish clan trying to take this oppertunity to get ahead of the world leaders”super powers” as it knows rainy days are coming. Eat drink and be merry they say here in the west….. hehe think any further than what your programmed to find yourself in trouble.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        All I can say …

  12. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    From BBC – Part of A Report by Paul Danahar. VERY Believable. (Memories of Lebanon?)
    ———————
    The situation in Syria is complicated. If you are not confused by what is going on there, then you do not understand it.
    However, to try to make the crisis less confusing to the outside world, policymakers, politicians and journalists have tried to boil it down to good versus evil: the FSA versus President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
    Firstly, the FSA – that you have been hearing so much about – does not exist.
    A better title would be MWG, or men with guns, because having guns and firing them in the same direction is the only thing that unites them. The word “army” suggests a cohesive force with a command structure. Almost two years after the FSA was created, that remains illusive. The situation has been further complicated by the introduction into the arena of al-Qaeda-linked jihadists and armed criminal gangs.
    Secondly, the Syrian opposition’s political leadership – which wanders around international capitals attending conferences and making grand speeches – is not leading anyone. It barely has control of the delegates in the room with it, let alone the fighters in the field.
    These two things can help explain why this crisis has so far shown no sign of being resolved politically.

    America is not acting because it does not know what to do or whom to do it with.
    Neither do the European countries.
    Having spent the last few days in Beirut and Damascus, talking to the international community, Western diplomats, FSA activists and Syrian regime supporters, it is clear that nobody knows how to end this crisis.
    That’s just about the only thing all sides agree on.
    The vacuum created by Western inaction has been filled by two of the Gulf states – Saudi Arabia and Qatar. These are both sorely undemocratic states, they are not champions of democracy either at home or abroad.
    So, why in Syria did we have a “free world” standing by and watching the democratic uprising being brutally crushed, when suddenly from over the horizon came the cavalry from the very un-free Gulf world to arm and support the aspirations of the people?
    This bit is simple – they did not.

    Saudi Arabia and Qatar are meddling in Syria for thoroughly selfish reasons. Freedom, democracy and human rights have absolutely nothing to do with why they are arming the rebels.
    President Assad’s Alawite community is a splinter from the Shia faith – its closest allies are in Shia Iran.
    Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia hates Shia Iran, so it is using the war in Syria to try and weaken it.
    The Saudi interest in the conflict dates back 1,300 years to the split within Islam. That is where its ambitions over the outcome of the civil war begin and end.
    Qatar is more complicated. Nobody really understands the minutiae of the Qatari foreign policy – perhaps not even the Qataris. Small nations like to feel important and they like to have bigger friends.
    The Qataris are a tiny nation with lots of money. They are looking at the post-Arab Spring Middle East as a giant tombola; they are using their vast wealth to buy up as many of the lottery tickets on offer as possible because they just want to win something, somewhere.
    They might end up with a prize that is nowhere near what they paid for it – but it will be theirs. It is the winning – not necessarily the quality of the prize – that counts.
    Qatar wants to have lots of grateful friends once the turmoil in the region is over who will hopefully look after them in the future.

    The only thing that is certain in Syria is who is losing: The Syrian people are losing. They are losing their lives, their homes, their wealth. Their children are losing their childhoods. The Syrians are also losing Syria, because the longer this goes on the more society is losing what little sense of identity it has.
    “The country is moving from a political crisis to a societal crisis,” is how one of the few genuinely knowledgeable people trying to manage this crisis explained events here to me.
    This societal crisis is manifesting itself in steadily increasing small acts of sectarian violence.
    All across the country, every day, there are brutal events, none of which in itself is big enough to warrant the attention of international or local media, but each of which breaks another strand of this country’s fragile weave of sects and religions.
    Each one is an act of revenge for an offence committed by another member of the victim’s religious community.
    Women are being raped because they are Sunni or Alawite and their men are assumed to be involved in the fighting.
    Christian women are being hauled off buses and attacked by Salafist fighters for not covering their hair.
    Murders lead to revenge massacres.
    When will the Syria crisis end? God knows.
    God knows because this crisis is increasingly not about freedom but about religion.
    The Syrian war is turning into a sectarian conflict whose influence will spill beyond the country’s borders.
    There was the chance at the beginning to stop that being the case. That chance has been lost.
    ——————–
    (Lost, Thanks to Assad. The trick for Lebanon is keeping the assholes from repeating history inside Lebanon, as the religionists would enjoy doing so much.)

    1. Reasonableman Avatar
      Reasonableman

      To my knowledge america really has nothing to do with this war more than the brits and the french, although america has given much in aid(which half hasnt been recieved yet) the religious tensions go wayy back to “T.E lawrence of arabi’.
      The americans dont really care enough to involve itself on ground obviously simply because its failed attempts to crush what they call “terrorists” and by matter of fact heightened the chances of “terrorist” attacks back home, on the troops in iraq, afghanistan and basically the security issues in algeria and nigeria and so forth. Americans are business minded but in this war very stupid for involving itself there aim is to “try” to persuade the fsa to take arms againsts its own. Why? This will be the safe mode operation i call it so it doesnt backfire and the “terrorists” have an excuse as they had in previous times to blame america. If all else fails there position will be nutrel as to say “we tried to help”. Infact giving israel the upperhand in both situations. Israel doesnt want no alquada or nasrallah basically it only cares about all the money its invested with these world powers for immunity from the arabs. Including the money it has invested with the assad family with the golan. The saudis and iranians obviously both worry about these poor syrians and mujahadines waking up and throwing them out of there seat after gaining traction in syria hence they must show them yeah look heres some weapons to keep them quiet as treaties are made already and cannot be broken ;). So while israel teases hezballah the outcome of the hole issue will be will hezballah be stupid enough to respond and cause strife between the sunnis and shias worldwide while the real war is with iran and the saudis? The only way this war can be fixed actually is for saudi and iran stop using syria as a warzone broke the treaties theyve both made with the west and kill eachother. Syrian people will find there way eventually they always have.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        All I can say …

  13. Hannibal Avatar
    Hannibal

    Assad has to grow a beard now…

  14. Hannibal Avatar
    Hannibal

    Assad has to grow a beard now…

  15. Wow, nice! [/sarcasm]…

  16. Wow, nice! [/sarcasm]…

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