"What will happen in Aleppo? Probably what happened in Damascus – the rebels will lose!"

Via FLC

Via MoonOfAlabama; ‘Alex Thomson is in Syria for the British Channel 4. He put up a Q&A at his blog. Some excerpts:’

What will happen in Aleppo?

Probably what happened in Damascus – the rebels will lose. But the rebels look to be doing well on TV? 

That’s because they are winning the propaganda war better than the real war. But why is the Syrian army shelling its own people? 

You could just as easily ask why are the rebels using the Syrian people as human shields? It’s a dirty civil war and the rebels sometimes choose to fight in residential areas.  

So what do Syrians want? 

Hard to tell. But for sure this is not Egypt – there are no Tahrir Squares or vast protests against the regime.There is no discernible sign in any of the big cities – Homs, Aleppo and Damascus for example,that the people even wish to rise up against the regime …”

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Torturing Children: Official Israeli Policy


My PhotoIsrael treats children like adults. Only two countries impose life without parole (LWOP) sentences on minors – America and Israel.

Israel is a signatory to the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It’s explicit and binding provisions state:

  • “every human being” below 18 is a child;
  • their economic, social and cultural rights, safety and welfare must be protected “without discrimination of any kind” with regard to “race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status,” including their “right to life….survival (and) development;”
  • all measures shall be taken to protect children from physical and mental violence, exploitation or ill treatment; and
  • children deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and not subjected to torture or other abusive or degrading treatment.

International human rights and humanitarian law demand it.
Israel spurns CRC and other international law with impunity. Studies document it. A new one conducted by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) titled “Children in Military Custody” discussed horrendous abuses.

From September 10 – 17, a delegation comprised of nine lawyers visited Israel and the West Bank. They included a former attorney general, a former appeals court judge, and several lawyers known as QCs. They evaluated how Palestinian children are treated under Israeli military law.

On July 29, 2009, Israeli General Gadi Shamni signed Military Order No. 1644. It established the “first-instance military court for youth, presided over by a single juvenile-court judge or by a panel led by a juvenile-court judge.”

It states:

“The head of the military Court of Appeal must appoint judges from the first instance court in the military court.”

“The judges must be prepared to be competent for the post of juvenile judges after the approval of the head of the Court of Appeal to be appointed as juvenile judges for a certain period, which has been identified.”

It also requested court sessions be “as separate as possible” from regular ones for adults. In addition, a Civil Administration welfare report on the defendant’s family should be issued “if the court believes this necessary to determine the minor’s verdict.”
Under Military Order No. 132, minors are categorized as follows:

  • children are under age 12;
  • youths are from 12 – 14;
  • young adults are between 14 and 16; and
  • at age 16, minors become adults.

According to CRC, adulthood begins at age 18.

In practice, children are treated like adults. According to Defence for Children International (DCI) representative Khaled Quzmar:

“After reading the order I can say that there is nothing new.”

“They are just playing with words and trying to make useless cosmetic changes to hide the realities of the military system itself.”

“This military order also gives incredible authority to the military prosecutor who can give permission to override a series of clauses in the order itself.”

“Military Order 1644 exempts all hearings to determine whether a child should be kept in pre-trial detention until the end of the legal proceedings from the requirement of having to be heard before a ‘juvenile judge.”

In September 2011, Israel issued Military Order 1676. It raised the age for children to 18. It states parents should be told and legal counsel provided.

Language lacked specifics. The order circulated only in Hebrew. Doing so violates international law. Moreover, youths of any age are denied basic rights.

They’re abusively treated. They’re prosecuted in military courts. In practice, they don’t differentiate defendants by age.

Children 12 and under may be imprisoned. Parents and legal counsel aren’t permitted with them during interrogations. Offenses most often allege stone throwing. Many youths are falsely charged.

They can be held for weeks without access to lawyers. They can be imprisoned up to two years. Complaints filed are ignored. FCO said:

“a significant number of allegations of physical and emotional abuse of child detainees by the military which neither the complaints system nor the justice system is addressing satisfactorily.”

Prosecuted Israeli and Palestinian children for similar alleged offenses face vastly different treatment.

Israel doesn’t dispute that “major differentials (exist) between the (military) law governing the treatment of Palestinian children and” how civil law treats Israeli youths.

Separate and unequal defines Israeli policy. It stems from the belief that “every Palestinian child is a potential terrorist.”

FCO determined “undisputed facts.” At least six CRC provisions were violated.

Most Palestinian minors are arrested pre-dawn at home. Heavily armed soldiers accost them. They’re painfully tied or shackled. They’re brutalized and intimidated during arrest, transfer and interrogation procedures.

Offenses amount to torture. Legal rights are entirely denied. So is bail most often. Nearly all charged receive custodial sentences inside Israel. From arrest until release, treatment is brutal.

FCO’s report documents grievous international law breaches. Cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment is policy. So is institutionalized racism.

Council for Arab-British Understanding Director Chris Doyle called Palestinian youth and adult prosecutions “nothing less than a kangaroo court that does nothing to improve Israel’s security while criminalizing an entire generation of Palestinian children.”

Occupation harshness continues. Rogue state oppression inflicts enormous harm. Palestinians suffer grievously. Children feel it most. Many are severely traumatized.

Israel gets away with appalling crimes because world leaders don’t intervene. Public outrage has the best chance of pressuring them. Studies alone change nothing.
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In Syria, U.S. should arm rebels, shape future political agenda, says Wolfowitz

 
WAR CRIMINAL WOLFOWITZ, IS RAHELLS PITBULL WHO URGES US ATTACK SYRIA, SAYS SYRIA IS NOT IRAQ AND FORGET WORRIES IT MIGHT TURN INTO ANOTHER IRAQ

In Syria, U.S. should arm rebels, shape future political agenda, says Wolfowitz

 

Appearing on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) scholar Paul Wolfowitz, who has been a proponent of taking military action against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime, reiterated his stance that Syria is not Iraq.“I think Iraq and Syria are almost completely different situations,” said Wolfowitz in response to a question about the mistakes from Iraq’s post-war period.Wolfowitz, who was one of the chief architects of the Iraq invasion and post-war planning as Deputy Secretary of Defense under Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said, for one, there would be no American ground troops necessary in Syria.
Syria is going to be governed by Syrians, and I don’t see why people are so comfortable saying we shouldn’t be arming them, but it’s okay for Islamic, Islamist governments in the Persian Gulf that don’t share our objectives — it’s okay for them to be arming them,” said Wolfowitz, alluding to reports that Iran continues to send arms to Syria.“I think trying to shape the political agenda of that future Syrian government is very important,” he said.
[ED NOTES:OF COURSE,BEARING IN MIND THAT THE IRAQ WAR WAS ONE OF WOLFOWITZ MAIN PROJECTS,AN ILLEGAL WAR WICH HAS KILLED MILLIONS,ALL FOR ISRAHELL (ACCORDING TO JEWISH AMERICAN, ISRAELI AUTHORS),
 
ONE CAN ONLY SHOVE THIS IN THE FACE OF THE MINDLESS DRONES, (FAKE LEFTISTS) WHICH STILL CLAIM U.S. AND ISRAHELL WANT ASSAD IN POWER (A RIDICULLOUS ASSERTION REFUTED BY OVERWHELMING EVIDENCED TO CONTRARY)
 

[ED NOTES: THEN JUST LAST WEEK HANNITY ON FOX INTRODUCES LIZ CHENEY WHO RAN PENTAGONS SPECIAL PROGRAM IRAN-SYRIA WORKING GROUP Iran-Syria Operations Group – SourceWatch FOR YEARS (VERY LIKELY EVEN UNTIL TODAY) TO RAMP UP LIES THAT IRAQS WMDS ARE IN SYRIA AGAIN, BEATING WAR DRUMS FOR ANOTHER OCCUPATIONAL WAR.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zeKn6dGTv4

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‘Syria’s ‘rebels’ have miscalculated: "They will pay heavily for this error!"

Via FLC

‘Syrian troops after regaining Damascus’

“… IMO, the rebels have miscalculated. Their force has not “evolved” enough to confront significant conventional forces in an urban environment or anywhere else that the conventional forces can “pin” them in place against terrain or some other obstacle.
They will pay heavily for this error. They will lose a lot of men, and be driven from the city. Following that defeat IMO the Syrian millitary will move further north and northwest to regain control og the “sanctuaries” on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey. They will succeed in doing this unless Turkey intervenes directly in the fighting.
 


This would not mean the end of the war. Following such a defeat the rebels are likely to spend an extended period re-building their force in Turkey.…”

 

أحلام الطفلة جنى تلاحق الجنود الإسرائيليين

Iran Warns Turkey of “Changing Game Rules” in Syria

A pro-Syrian Arab diplomatic source confirmed that Turkey has received, during the past couple of hours, a strict Iranian letter warning it of “changing the game rules” in Syria.

In an interview with Syrian daily al-Watan, the Arab source said that this warning comes as a clear response to the latest threats posed by Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyeb Erdogan, claiming that his country will target Kurdish combatants inside the Syrian territories.

Also, the Ankara-based Arab diplomat, whose country’s government supports the Syrian al-Assad regime, said that Ankara had been preparing, in agreement with Washington, for a military interference in the Syrian crisis; under the pretext of Kurdish population.

However, Iran drew a line for the Turkish dreams, and informed it that any attack on the Syrian territories will witness a harsh attack; as Iran might put into force the mutual defense agreement signed with Syria, the source iterated.

Furthermore, the Arab diplomat went on to say that Turkey agreed with the US that a limited military interference in North Syria, especially in Aleppo, might introduce a buffer zone to be protected by the gangs funded and armed by Turkey, in cooperation with Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The said scenario however would be implemented only if the Syrian refugees in that area were evacuated, especially as they have become a burden on Erdogan’s government; although they were supposed to be exploited to lead a UN resolution, imposing international sanctions on Syria.

 
  • From Iran, Moallem: Syria Facing Global Conspiracy, Rebels Will Be Defeated
 

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Libyan Fighter: I Left the battle field in Syria because of burning Bodies and selling Organs

They told me that they burn non-Syrian bodies, to hide the presence of non-syrian fighters… When Kuwaiti Abu Mohamad died, they kept his body and called his family and asked for money to get the body from regime thugs.
مقاتل ليبي: غادرت أرض المعركة في سوريا بسبب حرق الجثث وبيعها

محرر الموقع
في لقاء اجرته وكالة ليبيا الآن للأنباء مع احد المقاتلين العائدين الى ليبيا من سوريا، فقد صرح .حازم.م. المسؤول الاختصاصي في المتفجرات لواء طرابلس، عن مشاركته في المعارك في سوريا الى جانب الثوار في الجيش السوري الحر.
الجيش السوري الحر وقال “دخلت سوريا منذ شهرين للجهاد ضد نظام بشار الاسد الى جانب الاخوة في الجيش الحر،عن طريق تركيا وعند وصولي اخد جواز سفري ضابط تركي وادخلني بعض الشرفاء الى داخل سوريا (تسلل) والتقيت العديد من المجموعات التى تقاتل وكلها إيمان بالنصر، وعملت ضمن قطاعي التفجير والتدريب وتجهيز العبوات الناسفة التي كنا نزرعها لقتل كتائب الاسد”.
وأضاف حازم “كان مقرنا الرئيسي مدينة حمص، وبعد ان اشتدت المعارك هناك انتقلت انا وبعض المجموعات الى مدينة حماة، للعمل الى جانب كتيبة عمار ابن ياسر، وتفاجئة بما شاهدته هناك حيث كانت الكتيبة من جميع الجنيسات العربية، والافريقيه، وصنعنا اكبر الانتصارات، ولكن ما جعلني اترك ساحة المعركة هي طريقة التفكير التي بدأ يعمل بها الثوار هناك، فعندما يسقط شهيد في صفوفنا، يحرق او تباع أعضائه أيضا حسب الجنسية، فاذا كان من المقاتلين الافارقة يقومون بحرق جثة الشهيد، وعندما سألت عن السبب قال لي ابو حمذه وهو القائد العسكري لمدينة حماة هذا احتياط لكي لا يستغل النظام وجود جنسيات مختلفة ويقول أننا نحارب بمقاتلين غير سوريين”.
مسلحون في سوريا وأكمل “بداية الامر لم اعلق لانني اعلم ان الشهداء يدفنون في الجنة، ولكن عندما استشهد معنا ابا محمد، وهو كويتي الجنسية لم يقوموا بحرق جثته بل وضعوها في مكان معزز ليتصلوا بعدها باهله ويطلبون مبلغ من المال ويقولون لأهله ان قوات نظام الأسد امسكت بجثة إبنهم وتطالب بفدية مالية، وهذا ما جعلني اعترض وبكل قوة على هذا النهج والأسلوب، وعندما كان يستشهد احد من المجاهدين السوررين يقومون بدفنه دون الحرق، لذالك غادرت الاراضي السورية الى تركيا ومن هناك استلمت جواز سفري من شعبة العلاقات لمجاهدي سورية انا وبعض الاخوة من ليبيا وجنسيات عربية اخرى، وادعو جميع المجاهدين في ليبيا والدول العربية، عدم الدخول الى سوريا، لان ما يجرى ليس بثورة شعبية عندما دخلنا الى سوريا لبينا نداء الجهاد وكنا نعتقد أن الجيش السوري يغتصب النساء ويقتل الأطفال، ولكن ما رأيناه يختلف تماما عن الأخبار التي وصلتنا، والدين الاسلامي يحرم علينا قتل المسلمين، ومن يدير الثورة المسلحة هم في نظري مجرد عصابات لقد طلبوا مني عدة مرات تفجير مستشفى مدني وانا رفضت ذالك بعد ان استخرت الله سبحانه وتعالى وإكتشفنا فيما بعد أنها كانت تضم اطفال ومصابين في السرطان وهي مستشفى تهتم في مجال مرضى السرطان من الاطفال، اشكر الله على نعمة العودة الى اراضي ليبيا كما ادعوه ان تعود سوريا في امن وامان وان يعود الرشد والدين والعقل الى هذه المجموعات”.

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