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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Syrian rebels reject Kofi Annan's call for a ceasefire

The Irish Times reports: 

THE CHAIRMAN of the Syrian National Council, the western- backed group of exiled opponents of the Damascus regime, yesterday rejected a call by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan for the Syrian crisis to be resolved peacefully through dialogue......

By adopting a combative line, the council clearly seeks to torpedo Mr Annan’s effort before he arrives in Damascus. He has rejected both “militarisation” by arming rebels and foreign military intervention.

So there you have it. If the rebels were really concerned with a more democratic Syria, they would not only be agreeing to a ceasefire, they’d be getting organised to take part in the Syrian elections. But of course, as I explained on RT here, a genuinely democratic Syria is the very last thing many of the rebels- and their western sponsors - want.

As to what is motivating the west, CENTCOM chief Gen. James Mattis let the cat out of the bag when he said that the ousting of President Assad would be the "the biggest strategic setback for Iran in 25 years." 

The west and its Middle East allies are keen to topple Assad not for ‘humanitarian’ reasons, but because ‘regime change’ in Damascus is essential before an attack on Iran is launched. That’s why it’s the neocons- the people most keen for war with Iran, who are also pushing for military action to be taken against Syria.

1 comment:

brian said...

Mother Agnes Merriam al-Saleeb, head of the Catholic Media Center team which visited Syria and witnessed the reality of the situation on the ground, said on Friday that there’s an environment that is nurturing and is in charge of nameless gunmen possessing advanced firearms and ammo, instructing them to vandalize and terrorize citizens and security forces in Syria.
In a press conference attended by Italian, Belgian, French, Spanish and US journalists who visited Syria, Mother Agnes pointed out that the Catholic Media Center was the first media delegation that visited openly the hotspots and hospitals and witnessed what was being inflicted upon the security forces and the army.
She pointed out that the Center has a list of the names of the actual victims who were murdered, butchered and dismembered for no discernible reason, adding that the images of those victims were used later in media setup claiming that security forces killed them.
Mother Agnes said that the Center has more than 800 names of murder victims, 372 of them murdered in October alone, all of them security forces, pointing out to the “prophetic” observatory called the Syrian Human Rights Observatory that posts daily numbers of deceased people without giving a single name, adding that the Center called the Observatory and requested the names of the deceased, which it failed to deliver to this moment.