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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:40 PM (#141) User is offline   Fekay 

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according to sources; Isreal did a mock flyby over Lebnoon 2 or so weeks back, F15 planes flew over lebanon airspace illegly, except to fly and test out if their presence was `detected`and yes the presence was plastered all over newspapers in 20 minutes

So radars are doing their job.
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:31 AM (#142) User is offline   Fekay 

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Voltaire Network has learned from reliable source that a French officer was taken prisoner by the Syrian National Army on Monday, 27 February 2012, at Azouz (Idlib district, near the Turkish border).

The arrest brings to 19 (nineteen) the number of French prisoners held by Damascus.

Negotiations for their release are underway via the Russian Federation, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman.

During this period, the UAE distanced itself from from the common position of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and decided to adopt a neutral stance. Hence, they have banned all demonstrations, pro- or anti-Syrian, on their territory.

19th French agent arrested in Syria [Voltaire Network]

http://www.voltairen...ent-arrested-in

On 13 February 2012, Thierry Meyssan revealed on the first Russian television channel that Syria had captured a dozen French soldiers. Voltaire Network is now in a position to confirm that as of 26 February the number of French prisoners is 18 (eighteen).

If Paris admits that they were on a mission, they will be entitled to prisoner-of-war status and protected by the relative Geneva Convention; but if Paris denies having sent them, they will be considered as foreign civilians and judged in Syria for their crimes, which are punishable by the death penalty.

France has opened three negotiation channels via the Russian Federation, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman.
The ambassador of France, Eric Chevallier, returned urgently to Damascus on 23 February.
Kofi Annan has been appointed as the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy on the Syrian crisis.

Aware of the potential use it can make of the captives in the midst of the French electoral campaign, Damascus called on Syrian state media not to raise the matter at this time. It thus reserves the possibility of dealing with it under the radar if this option proves to be more advantageous. While acknowledging the uniqueness of this situation, the Syrian journalists, who were quick to adapted to the freedom of expression guaranteed by the new media law, growled that limits are again being imposed for reasons of national security.

If negotiations are kept secret, France will have to quietly pay very heavy war indemnities, either in cash or by way of economic privileges. If they are made public, France can hope to reduce the bill, but Nicolas Sarkozy and Alain Juppe will have some explaining to do to their fellow citizens. Their political camp would compromise its chances of winning the presidential election, with the president even risking to be brought before the High Court (Articles 35 and 68 of the Constitution).

In the Rainbow Warrior affair (1985), where there was a sunken ship and one person killed, France had formally apologized and had paid a compensation of $ 7 million to New Zealand and $ 8.16 million to Greenpeace. Above all, Paris had to consent to the importation of sheep of New Zealand partially destroying its own sheep industry. In exchange, the two detained French agents were released. Ironically, Laurent Fabius, the Prime Minister whose government had ordered the attack on the Rainbow Warrior, is tipped to become foreign minister if the Socialist candidate, François Hollande, becomes the next president of France. The latter happens to be former brother-in-law of Lt. Col. Gerard Royal, who commanded the operation.

In the secret war against Syria, France and its allies are responsible for a conflict that caused the death of at least 3,000 Syrian soldiers and 1,500 civilians, plus economic losses and the sabotage of infrastructure estimated at least $ 3 billion.
France opens negotiations with Syria to recover its 18 agents [Voltaire Network]
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:33 AM (#143) User is offline   Fekay 

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Calls for tougher economic sanctions against Syria are getting louder at the 'Friends of Syria' meeting in Tunisia, with the EU already preparing to freeze the Syrian Central Bank assets next week. It's among the new measures to cripple the Assad regime being proposed by the U.S. and its allies, as they gather to hammer out the Syrian crisis. German government consultant Christoph Horstel thinks that the West is trying to transplant its regime-change strategy from Libya to Syria.
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:46 PM (#144) User is offline   FSA 

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Prof Joshua Landis was on Al Jazeera's Inside Syria programme yesterday along with 2 other guests. He is the owner of the very influential Syria Comment blog and is married to an Alawi, the daughter of a high ranking military official in Syria. He was known for his past sympathies with the Assad regime.

Listen from 5 min 40 sec.

“I do think it {the regime} will fall…”

“I think this is a grassroots revolution”

Also listen to the Prof Landis’ comments on Syria's second largest city and economic heartland Aleppo.

AJE Inside Syria: Can Syria's opposition unite?
04 March 2012



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Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:31 PM (#145) User is offline   FSA 

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Wow. This is dynamite. I came across the following in the comment section of AJE Syria blog a couple of hours ago but ignored it thinking it was those propaganda rumours or whatever (I didn’t see the Sunday Express mentioned).

Just popped over to the AJE blog and so it posted as a blog update and I have to say I am stunned. From what I know of Mr Akhras I didn’t expect this:

The British newspaper Sunday Express has reportedly tracked down Bashar al-Assad’s father-in-law in London. Below an excerpt from the article that was published today:

The London-based father-in-law of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last night begged him to make democratic changes to his strife-torn country “before it’s too late”.

Harley Street cardiologist Dr Fawaz Akhras, says he is “horrified” by his son-in-law’s savage suppression of the uprising in Syria which has cost the lives of at least 7,000 ordinary civilians.

As Syrian troops renewed their ferocious bombardment of the city of Homs he revealed for the first time that he has been quietly pushing for reform since before the revolution began last March.

Dr Akhras, admits he is also fearful for the safety of his British-born daughter Asma, 36, who married Assad 12 years ago.


http://blogs.aljazee...mar-5-2012-0046

‘HORRIFIED’ BY SON-IN-LAW BASHAR AL ASSAD

http://www.express.c...Bashar-al-Assad

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 05:52 PM (#146) User is offline   FSA 

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A new post up on Syria Comment. The economy looks like it is may be in big trouble. The Syrian currency has broken the 100 syrian pounds to the dollar psychological barrier today.

“Syria’s Currency Plunges, Raising Fears of Economic Chaos and Poverty,” by Joshua Landis

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The exchange rate of the Syrian Pound has reportedly plunged to the 103 range against the dollar at mid-day Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 in Damascus. This is a loss of over 100% since the beginning of the uprising. Over the last month, the pound has begun to weaken significantly which has received little attention. The 100 mark is an important psychological barrier.

Syrian businessmen are taking large losses. Most rely on account receivables when they sell their goods. This means that traders who have sold goods over the last half year in Syrian pounds are taking heavy losses when they are paid back.

One businessman I spoke to this morning reports that he sold three-hundred thousand dollars of car parts several months ago in Syrian pounds. He is to be paid at the end of this month. Due to the decline of the pound over this time period from 57 to 100 pounds per dollar, he will lose close to $150,000 dollars. This is a crushing blow to business.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:05 PM (#147) User is offline   FSA 

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'Syrian regime bound to collapse,' says former Revolutionary Guards Commander
created 01/13/2012 - 03:46, updated 01/13/2012 - 12:05


GVF — The Syrian regime is nearing its demise and Iran needs to look for new alternatives to the Assad regime as its partner, says a former high-ranking commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps.

In a piece that appeared on Iranian Diplomacy, a website run by former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations and France Seyed Mohammad Sadegh Kharazi, former IRGC Navy chief Hossein Alaei said the current trend in Syria would eventually lead to the Assad regime’s downfall.

According the United Nations, since the outbreak of anti-government demonstrations in March, the Syrian regime’s heavy-handed crackdown on protesters has claimed at least 5,000 lives while thousands more are said to have been wounded or imprisoned.

“The structure of the Syrian state has two problems. One is that they are very old and worn out. In the current system, even regime officials, with the exception of Bashar Assad, are fed up. Many of these people do not have the required enthusiasm for the regime to continue,” Alaei argued. “Syria’s form of government is from the time of the Cold War. They belong to a world when the two superpowers, the former Soviet Union and the [United States of] America, ran the world. At that time, many countries of the Eastern Bloc were under single party rule reliant on the security and military apparatus. The age of such structures has come to an end and, in fact, the time of dictatorships in the Middle East in general has come to an end too.”

During Iran’s eight-year war with Iraq in the eighties, Brigadier General Hossein Alaei, the first commander of the IRGC navy at the time of its formation in 1985, turned into an important figure among Guard commanders.

“In Syria, the population does not want the current establishment. Even the minorities are putting up with the situation only because they’re anxious about the future. Not even they can accept the situation,” he added. “The majority of Syrians want the system to change.”

“Even individuals within the [Syrian] regime prefer a democratic system over a dictatorial one. So even if you ask people living under dictatorial regimes about the topic, you will see that they prefer a democracy too … Usually, people who live under dictatorships compare their conditions with people who live under more democratic systems and always prefer the [more democratic] systems. In those systems, people have more freedom; there are more opportunities for economic activity; people have access to more comfort, etc. … Dictatorial regimes not only deprive people of liberty, but also have no regard for the people’s well-being.”

Alaei argued that the Syrian regime had become increasingly isolated as a result of its brutal crackdown on dissenters, adding that the decision by Russia and China to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution against Syria was temporary. “Their objection to regime change in Syria is not based on principle … They’re after settling scores with the US and have no interest in keeping Bashar Assad [in power]. For Russia and China, the important issue is the scores they wish to settle with the US and the West.”

The retired IRGC commander projected that Russia would eventually abandon its support for the Syrian regime on the international stage, just as it voted in favour of UN resolutions against Iran over of its nuclear programme.

Alaei predicted that the international sanctions on Syria would put a stranglehold on the country’s economy, making it even more difficult for the government to pay the salaries of its employees.

He also questioned the importance of Syria in the struggle against Israeli aggression in the region. “Does Syria really play an important role in the issue of resistance?” he asked. “Or does the Syrian government use the issue of resistance as a raison d’être? … Another question is whether our national interest is [best] served by supporting governments like Syria? Are there other ways for developing and strengthening the country’s national security?”

He dismissed the notion that Assad’s downfall would weaken the front against Israel. “If elections are held in Syria, the majority will rise to power. Will this majority accommodate to Israel? This is not possible. If the majority rises [to power], the Golan [Hheights] will be liberated from Israeli occupation sooner than if Bashar Assad’s regime stays.”

“In my opinion, the probability of Bashar Assad remaining [in power] is decreasing,” Alaei maintained. “I believe that we’ve got to assume that this dictatorship is nearing its end. Therefore Iran must not place its eggs in Bashar Assad’s basket. Iran must help democratisation in the Islamic World. Islam is against dictatorship and injustice. Islam does not accept dictatorship and oppression anywhere. Islam is against the murder of innocent people. Just as we are against the killing of Shiites at the hand of Sunnis and communalists in Homs, Aleppo and Iraq, we’re also against the killing of Sunnis at the hands of dictators. We are on the side of the oppressed and oppose oppression.”

“I recommend that Iran rethink its policy of supporting dictatorships no matter where, including Bashar Assad … Iran must actively plan to replace the depleted dictatorship in Syria with an Islamic and democratic system.”

The brigadier general also slammed the Arab League’s double standards in dealing with pro-democracy movements in the Middle East, describing its actions as “dangerous.” “Why shouldn’t there [also] be democracy in Saudi Arabia and Qatar?”

In another article published by the conservative Ettelaat newspaper on Monday, the Iran-Iraq war veteran compared Iran’s Supreme Leader with the late Shah who was ousted from power following the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

“The wrongful behaviour of the Shah’s security forces had amplified the people’s dissatisfaction with the monarchy and helped maintain it,” Alaei wrote. “As the number of people killed on the streets, imprisonments and political prisoners rose, the Shah’s regime essentially lost its grandeur too.”

Just hours after the article’s publication, the former admiral came under fire from a number of pro-regime websites. One such site called him a “hyena” who had attempted to discredit the Islamic Revolution by comparing it to the Pahlavi Dynasty.

In an apparent reference to the illegal house arrest of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, Alaei wrote that after being forced into exile in January 1979, the Shah probably asked himself, “If instead of placing prominent [political leaders] under house arrest and exiling them to remote cities and imprisoning political activists I had paved the way for a dialogue, would I have been forced to flee the country?”
Prior to Iran’s widely disputed 2009 presidential election, Alaei had been cited as saying that during the Iran-Iraq war, then prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi had “created a war economy that helped us fight Saddam Hussein.” “The country was stable, inflation was low . . . there was war, but nobody was hungry. We all respect him for his management.”

In mid-February 2011, Karroubi and Mousavi, were placed under an illegal and arbitrary house arrest after calling for protests in solidarity with the Arab Spring. Thus far, no formal charges have been put forth against them. Human rights groups say their continued captivity and maltreatment is inconsistent not only with human rights provisions, but also with Iran’s own constitution.




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http://en.irangreenv...012/jan/13/3457

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:16 AM (#148) User is offline   FSA 

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[Request to mods: In the previous post (#147) the article has been posted twice. Could you please delete the repeat from 'GVF'. On the first please delete the final 2 paragraphs starting from: 'In an apparant....' Please leave after this 'Read more:' followed by the link. Sorry for the inconvenience. JazakAllah in advance.]

Al Arabiya opinion piece. Gets interesting from the third paragraph.
[Note: the article in previous post is from a 'Green movement' associated site. I don't think this affects its significance much.]

Staging a coup in Syria?!
By Hassan A. Barari

Friday, 09 March 2012

The fact that the Syrian people are being killed on a daily basis by a brutal regime is an understatement. The hurtful truth is that the whole world has been watching this crime while doing nothing to deter the butcher of Damascus. While Iran and Russia has been cheerleading the outrageous and heartbreaking deeds of President Bashar Assad, President Barack Obama has been ineffective in putting a price tag for the deeds of Russia, Iran, and most importantly the Syrian regime.

A few days ago, President Obama said that an American military intervention in Syria, a measure proposed by Sen. John McCain, would be a “mistake.” In his words: “The notion that the way to solve every one of these problems is to deploy our military, you know, that hasn’t been true in the past and it won’t be true now.” The American administration thinks of further isolating Assad’s regime by working with allies to support the opposition. But how can the United States isolate President Assad when there is a little prospect of a United Nations mandate for any practical step, thanks to the Russian and Chinese veto?! The Gulf countries do not see eye to eye with President Obama. Qatar and indeed Saudi Arabia have argued for arming the rebels. Obviously, the Gulf countries, which have different calculations, do not condone Obama’s policy of economic sanction as the only way to cut off Assad and his regime.

That said, however, the situation is very complicated and observers may see only the obvious part of the iceberg. According to The Week, “WikiLeaks document suggests Iran has approached the US about the removal of President Assad.”

The Iranian calculations are based on reality. Tehran believes that the days of President Bashar Assad are numbered and that he will not survive the current year. The document leaked from “privatized CIA” organization Stratfor (Strategic Forecasting, Inc) talks about Iranian willingness to work closely with the United State in staging a coup against Assad. Interestingly, Stratfor challenges the conventional wisdom that says that President Assad’s regime will survive because both Iran and Israel want that. This wisdom no longer holds truth according to Stratfor.

Many of the information included in the document came from a source in Hezbollah. It talks about the growing concerns on the part of Assad clan — the Alawites — that President Assad will abandon them at a certain point. Therefore, many of them, especially those who defected and joined the opposition, argue that it will be in their best interest not to get the wrath of the Sunni majority. Against this background, the Hezbollah source stressed that Iran was approaching the United States to help stage a coup as long as the new regime would be an ally to Iran.

Undoubtedly, a successful coup in Damascus can change the dynamics of the conflict and will relieve the West and the Arab countries whose efforts to oust Assad were thwarted by the Russians and the Chinese in the United Nations. It seems that the United States is betting on this scenario. According to the LA Times, Secretary of States Hilary Rodham Clinton said that “we also know from many sources that there are people around Assad who are beginning to hedge their bets... they didn’t sign up to slaughter people. We saw this happen in other settings last year. I think it is going to happen in Syria.”

Many American analysts talk about coups as the only realistic scenario to put an end to the conflict that has been ripping the country apart. In Egypt, last year, the military moved in the last minute to force Hosni Mubarak to go. For this reason, the military has been able to be a player to contribute in the stability of the country in the immediate aftermath of the removal of Mubarak. This can happen again in Syria, American analysts said. Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council is considering a new resolution on Syria. Given the well known Russian and Chinese stand, any agreed upon resolution is not expected to be decisive in expediting the ouster of the Syrian regime. Nonetheless, any failure of the United Nations to deal effectively with the Syrian crisis in such a way that protects the people from the bloody crackdown will send the wrong message to the Syrian regime which is being emboldened recently given what happened in Homs city. Therefore, a coup in Syria can spare the whole region a catastrophe with grave consequences.

(The writer is a prominent columnist. The article was published in Arab News on Mar. 8, 2012)


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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:37 PM (#149) User is offline   FSA 

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Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern politics at the LSE, is always worth listening to.

Fawaz Gerges on Annan's "impossible mission" in Syria:



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Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:26 PM (#150) User is offline   FSA 

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An interesting comment from 'The Walls' blog. It is in reply to the comment in quotes:

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The revolution will only fail when we have a divide between the supporting population and the armed resistance (like in Algeria). Once the population gets tired of demonstrating and fear comes back then you can say that Bashar is getting the upper hand


The situation between Syria and Algeria is not comparable. In Algeria, you had Islamist parties, some moderate, some extremist, with the support of half the population, on one side ; and the regime, with all its security apparatuses, collabortaors, and radical secular/atheist “intellectuals” on the other. Their aim was to establish an Islamic State and to do away with the existing system, with violence if necessary. The people whop voted for the FIS did not come out in large rallies to protests when the Military cancelled the elections. You had very stupid radical leaders like Ali Benhadj who overshadowed moderate leaders like Abbassi Madani and Abdelkader Hachani.

Lastly, the armed resistance in Algria failed to create a good relationship, an organic relationship with the civilan population where they operated. As long as an insurgency has an organic relationship with the civilian populace, it will continue to flourish. the Algerian militants alienated the civilians ( similar to what the PLO did by their stupid actions in Lebanon).

Finally, the machiavellian Generals were able to do all sorts of false-flag operations. Read about the Bentalha massacre or Rais massacre. Entire villages were massacred by Alegrian Secial Forces wearing fake beards and shouting religious slogans so as to give the villagers the impression that it was the islamists who were doing it. Such a situation is impossible in Syria. The regime already has tried to di it in Homs several times, but each time their plan failed. Why do you think the shabbiha are beheading people ? To give the impression that Islamists are doing it. Fortunatly, the people are not buying even 1 % of the story.


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A story from today's Guardian:

Exclusive: secret Assad emails lift lid on life of leader's inner circle

• Messages show Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran
• Leader made light of promised reforms
• Wife spent thousands on jewellery and furniture


Wednesday 14 March 2012

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Bashar al-Assad apparently made light of reforms he had promised in an attempt to defuse the Syrian crisis. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images


Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran on how to handle the uprising against his rule, according to a cache of what appear to be several thousand emails received and sent by the Syrian leader and his wife.

The Syrian leader was also briefed in detail about the presence of western journalists in the Baba Amr district of Homs and urged to "tighten the security grip" on the opposition-held city in November.

The revelations are contained in more than 3,000 documents that activists say are emails downloaded from private accounts belonging to Assad and his wife, Asma.

The messages, which have been obtained by the Guardian, are said to have been intercepted by members of the opposition Supreme Council of the Revolution group between June and early February.

The documents, which emerge on the first anniversary of the rebellion that has seen more than 8,000 Syrians killed, paint a portrait of a first family remarkably insulated from the mounting crisis and continuing to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle.

They appear to show the president's wife spending thousands of dollars over the internet for designer goods while he swaps entertaining internet links on his iPad and downloads music from iTunes.

As the world watched in horror at the brutal suppression of protests across the country and many Syrians faced food shortages and other hardships, Mrs Assad spent more than £10,000 on candlesticks, tables and chandeliers from Paris and instructed an aide to order a fondue set from Amazon.


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If Im right Assad could be in very big trouble due to the breaking story in previous post.
I came across the Guardian story elsewhere and then other versions on the Syria Comment blog. Prof Landis quickly posted the story as a main post.

Checkout the comments as the story broke on Syria Comment:

http://www.joshualan...#comment-301114

Then a new main post was put up and checkout the comments that follow:

http://www.joshualan...m/blog/?p=13992

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View PostFSA, on 14 March 2012 - 07:32 PM, said:

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A story from today's Guardian:

Exclusive: secret Assad emails lift lid on life of leader's inner circle

• Messages show Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran
• Leader made light of promised reforms
• Wife spent thousands on jewellery and furniture


Wednesday 14 March 2012


So what?

- Saudi's take advice from US and UK
- They Spend billions on their palaces that you cannot even imagine
- Give millions dollar gifts to 'Kuffar'


Shouldn't Ale-Saud be removed from KSA?

Being dictator is Asad's biggest crime, Dictatorship is HARAM in Islam but no scholar ever talked about it. What stops them condemning dictatorships? How can they speak against it when they always have been taking 'FUNDS' from dictators........

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View PostDesert-Sheikh, on 14 March 2012 - 11:08 PM, said:


So what?

- Saudi's take advice from US and UK
- They Spend billions on their palaces that you cannot even imagine
- Give millions dollar gifts to 'Kuffar'


Shouldn't Ale-Saud be removed from KSA?

Being dictator is Asad's biggest crime, Dictatorship is HARAM in Islam but no scholar ever talked about it. What stops them condemning dictatorships? How can they speak against it when they always have been taking 'FUNDS' from dictators........



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Firstly I should say that I am signed up to the dream of 'all regimes will collapse' prediction (Sheikh Nazim). Including Saudi.

I should have given some context to my comments regarding the significance of this story.

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- They {Saudi} Spend billions on their palaces that you cannot even imagine


The regime propagandists online attack the Gulf Arabs who have turned against the regime. They go on about 'those Khaleeji so-and-so's ', those 'goat princes' and they point out similar finacial scandals etc. They see themselves as more sophisticated and modern.

Here we have this story which pulls the rug from under their feet. We have their leader and his wife involved in the same things they accuse the Gulf Arabs of.

Here are some comments from Syria Comment blog that point out the significance of this story:

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The news is not that she {Asma Assad} spent the money, it is the fact she spent it while her family’s city was getting pummelled, and Syrians are starving.

Also her email exchanges with Qatari Princess shows that the Qatari were not ‘conspiring’ against Assad, and that this revolution is an organic one created by the missteps and deadly actions that Bashar has undertaken from day one.

It as well sheds light on the fact Bashar thinks nothing of his own “reform” packages, and is preoccupied playing real racing 2 on his iPad than dealing in the mess he put our country in.

Add to that his refusal to accept Kofi Annan’s proposals shows you all he is interested in is trying to ‘save’ his image, not his country.



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How about his reform package that he called a joke, or that the Qatari’s are advising him and were not ‘conspiring’ against him, or that he knew of western journalist in Homs and he called for better measures to intercepts them?

None of those things are important to you?

The smoke screen to this story is that they spent the money, the real story is their disdain and complete irrationality towards the very people they are supposed to protect and care for.


http://www.joshualan...m/blog/?p=13992


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View PostFSA, on 14 March 2012 - 11:47 PM, said:

Here are some comments from Syria Comment blog that point out the significance of this story:
http://www.joshualan...m/blog/?p=13992
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View PostDesert-Sheikh, on 14 March 2012 - 11:56 PM, said:


Joshua Landis's Blog?

Director: Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma ??



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Yes. Him. Those quotes (comments) are from the user comment section. They are not the words of Prof Landis.

I posted about the reaction to the story (on Syria Comment) after the post containing the article.

I gave a little background on him in post a few days ago:

http://www.yanabi.co...post__p__443550

Btw I've been meaning to post some thoughts I have pondered regarding the validity of taking different positions on this issue and will do so tomorrow InshaAllah. And some other questions.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:08 AM (#157) User is offline   Desert-Sheikh 

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View PostFSA, on 15 March 2012 - 12:01 AM, said:

Salaam

Yes. Him.

I posted about the reaction to the story (on Syria Comment) after the post containing the article.

I gave a little background on him in post a few days ago:

http://www.yanabi.co...post__p__443550

Salaam




To hell with him and his blog.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:52 AM (#158) User is offline   Fatema-the-resplendent 

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View PostFSA, on 15 March 2012 - 12:01 AM, said:

Salaam

Yes. Him. Those quotes (comments) are from the user comment section. They are not the words of Prof Landis.

I posted about the reaction to the story (on Syria Comment) after the post containing the article.

I gave a little background on him in post a few days ago:

http://www.yanabi.co...post__p__443550

Btw I've been meaning to post some thoughts I have pondered regarding the validity of taking different positions on this issue and will do so tomorrow InshaAllah. And some other questions.

Salaam


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Posted 15 March 2012 - 04:04 AM (#159) User is offline   Azeem011 

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View PostFSA, on 11 June 2011 - 04:58 PM, said:

Salam

There was a good analysis of the Syrian situation on this mornings 'weekend breakfast' show on Radio 5 live even though it was by a member of the Henry Jackson Society.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onsole/b011scrc

Listen from 1:10:40. Its about 7 minutes long.

Salam


Brother do you really the BBC will provide you with a balanced analysis ? they call white black , and black white.

The Country which supports Israel , decimated Iraq,Libya and Afghanistan will never have the interests of the muslim nation at heart .

What is Libya now ? its a country falling apart along tribal and racial lines, a weak central government held hostage by powerful mafia run by exiles. this is the fate of Syria if Assad falls.

Some brothers fall for this allawite sectarian issue. Did you also bring up sects when Gaddafi was fighting to protect his country ? or when Mubarak was carrying out virginity tests against Sunni Women ?
Hypocrisy is full in the muslim world. Mullahs funded by Saudi Charities are spreading lies in the community.

Their are many sunnis who support Assad in Syria, the current troubles are limited only to extremists and some youth who have been told Syria will transform into a prospeous First world country over night . Just as in Libya where senior officials where black mailed/bribed into leaving Gaddafi.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 04:07 AM (#160) User is offline   Azeem011 

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View PostFSA, on 14 March 2012 - 07:32 PM, said:

Salaam

A story from today's Guardian:

Exclusive: secret Assad emails lift lid on life of leader's inner circle

• Messages show Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran
• Leader made light of promised reforms
• Wife spent thousands on jewellery and furniture


Wednesday 14 March 2012

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Bashar al-Assad apparently made light of reforms he had promised in an attempt to defuse the Syrian crisis. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images


Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran on how to handle the uprising against his rule, according to a cache of what appear to be several thousand emails received and sent by the Syrian leader and his wife.

The Syrian leader was also briefed in detail about the presence of western journalists in the Baba Amr district of Homs and urged to "tighten the security grip" on the opposition-held city in November.

The revelations are contained in more than 3,000 documents that activists say are emails downloaded from private accounts belonging to Assad and his wife, Asma.

The messages, which have been obtained by the Guardian, are said to have been intercepted by members of the opposition Supreme Council of the Revolution group between June and early February.

The documents, which emerge on the first anniversary of the rebellion that has seen more than 8,000 Syrians killed, paint a portrait of a first family remarkably insulated from the mounting crisis and continuing to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle.

They appear to show the president's wife spending thousands of dollars over the internet for designer goods while he swaps entertaining internet links on his iPad and downloads music from iTunes.

As the world watched in horror at the brutal suppression of protests across the country and many Syrians faced food shortages and other hardships, Mrs Assad spent more than £10,000 on candlesticks, tables and chandeliers from Paris and instructed an aide to order a fondue set from Amazon.


Read more:

http://www.guardian....id-inner-circle

Salaam


the comments on that page sum up the hypocrisy of the Guardian . £10,000 on candlesticks , how often does she buy candle sticks ? Saudi Princes drink alcohol of twice that value in one night in Riyadh .
Homs is the Helmand Province of Syria.Protestors dont carry guns
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