Jabhat al-Nusra, Ghassan Hitto Divide Syrian Opposition

          Syrians mourn  the body of an opposition  fighter killed during clashes with Syrian army soldiers in Maarat al-Numan, in  the northwestern province of Idlib, March 20, 2013. (photo by AFP/GETTY  IMAGES/Bulent Kilic)
By:  Mohammad Ballout Translated  from          As-Safir (Lebanon).  
    اقرا  المقال الأصلي باللغة العربية
Even before the “conqueror” Abu Mohammad al-Joulani, commander of Jabhat al-Nusra, held up his hand to pledge allegiance and  obedience to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, the Nusra Front had already  completed its integration into the Aleppo and Idlib countrysides, where it began  making changes to the political process and people’s perception of Syrian  jihadist Islamists.
The timing of this pledge seemed neither random nor hurried, and in giving  it, the “conqueror” did not take into consideration the opinions of any other  factions of the opposition. The political and military facts on the ground  giving credence to Jabhat al-Nusra’s role in the revolution long preceded  Joulani’s pledge to obey … Zawahri.
It all began with the dispute that erupted during the Marrakech Friends of Syria conference a few months ago,  when the Americans decided to put Jabhat al-Nusra on the list of terrorist  organizations. Joulani saw then how the Syrian National Council (SNC) and the  Syrian National Coalition rushed to unequivocally defend Jabhat al-Nusra, with  the SNC’s president, Georges Sabra, saying, “The rifles of all revolutionaries  are sacred.” For his part, the head of the Syrian National Coalition, Moaz  al-Khatib, attacked the Americans and demanded that they go back on their  decision, while the Free Syrian Army’s chief of staff, Salim Idriss,  characterized Jabhat al-Nusra’s fighters as being some of the bravest ever. All  this came to confirm and reflect the popular opinion that “Jabhat al-Nusra has  proved to be the most effective in fighting the Syrian army.”
In any case, Joulani’s planned [Islamist] state seems closer to becoming a  reality than Ghassan Hitto’s interim government. Toward that end, Jabhat  al-Nusra has adopted a different Levantine approach to al-Qaeda’s doctrine,  whereby it has departed from the nihilistic jihadist approach whose sole aim is  to establish a new caliphate, shun and oppose all forms of politics, forsake all  who don’t pledge allegiance and obedience to the emir, and blindly polarize and  mobilize the downtrodden populace.
Its re-evaluation of al-Qaeda’s traditional ideology and mechanisms led to  the successes that made Jabhat al-Nusra a popular organization. Its moves  include the establishment of institutions and departments tasked with managing  Idlib and Aleppo’s affairs, offering aid to thousands of Syrian families, and  supporting an army estimated to be 12,000 strong. In the Levantine experiment,  Joulani found in Syria the conditions necessary to transform al-Qaeda from a  global organization with no land or base out of which to fight the United  States, into one possessing land, permanent bases, with supply lines, names and  institutions.
A Western sociologist who just returned from the countryside around Aleppo  and Idlib said that Jabhat al-Nusra, along with other Salafist and Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated fighting brigades, has  succeeded in building a need-based relationship with the peasant inhabitants of  Idlib and Aleppo as a result of the penurious conditions, the unrelenting war  and the destruction of the inhabitants’ main sources of livelihoods. Jabhat  al-Nusra thus went into competition with other fighting groups, taking advantage  of its abundant and constant funding by Gulf Arab states, as well as its  fighting power, which is greater than that of other groups.
Although the loyalties of fighters in the Idlib countryside change and  vacillate, Jabhat al-Nusra has succeeded in maintaining an important reserve of  full-time combatants. Other fighting groups do not possess exclusive rights to  particular areas, towns or cities in the Idlib countryside, and their members  are able to leave and join other groups as they wish, which is an indication of  the lack of ideological conviction among those fighters and the predominance of  mercenary and locally driven motivations. As a result, enlistment in Jabhat  al-Nusra’s ranks has risen, which opponents have attributed to the conservative  nature of Idlib and the religiosity of the people as opposed to their desire to  join a global movement for jihad. Syria’s al-Qaeda understands this well and has  accepted this shunning of its elitist isolation as a precondition for the group  remaining on the battlefield. Whole brigades have thus undergone reallocation to  other factions. Such is the case for the Ahrar al-Sham faction (the Free Men of  Greater Syria), which has recently seen complete fighting brigades choosing to  leave it and join Jabhat al-Nusra’s ranks.
Military control of land areas is nonexistent, and combatants lacking fixed  encampments or barracks are mostly compelled to take refuge in their own  villages in the countryside around Idlib and Aleppo, where they are welcomed and  helped by a largely sympathetic populace. Clashes between different fighting  brigades have subsided, as has the level of competition and fighting over  captured loot, particularly when compared to the quarrels that erupted between  some brigades of the Free Syrian Army and local fighting forces in other  regions of the country.
It would seem that Jabhat al-Nusra and various other Salafist factions have  achieved much in the area of coexisting and accepting the influence of local  elders, chieftains and forces that rose to prominence when the area was  abandoned by the state’s security forces and Baath party. Radicalism, in its  present incarnation, is thus forced to live with these people and groups, while  it awaits a new change in the balance of power. Furthermore, the temptation that  compels Jabhat al-Nusra’s leaders, or some of them, to try to impose a  comprehensive Salafist agenda on the Aleppo and Idlib countryside is thwarted by  an inherent inability to instill radical Islam in an already conservative  society endowed with an effective local religious body that strongly resists  such changes.
Jabhat al-Nusra does not want to enter into a confrontation with the local  communities and try to impose Shariah law, following the lessons that were  learned in Iraq, where the Americans exploited al-Qaeda’s excessive zealotry and  organized a clan-led coup spearheaded by the Sahwa (Awakening) army against the  organization. The fighting brigades thus managed to create mechanisms by which  disagreements would be kept in check in the areas under their control, when  their military gave civilians complete control over the Shariah councils.
Through these Shariah councils, Jabhat al-Nusra has infiltrated Idlib and  Aleppo’s societies in order to normalize its relationship with Syrian society at  large. As a result, any future authority will find it difficult to wrest power  from these Shariah councils that the fighting brigades established, for they  have become the nucleus of a real government. The nine councils overseeing  Idlib’s countryside have expanded the scope of their authority beyond the  judiciary, to include the police force, supervision of security-related issues  and the administration of prisons.
Idlib’s councils are also leaning toward uniting into a supreme Shariah  council that would supervise the work of all other branches.  These courts,  however, are predominantly composed of clerics and not civilians; each of them  is presided over by two imams, in addition to a judge specializing in civil  affairs. These Shariah councils are governed by the Arab Unified Penal Code,  which the Arab League penned, and which includes articles that were inspired by  Shariah law, though Shariah punishment is not imposed.
Jabhat al-Nusra’s ascension is limited by the continued control exercised by  a conservative religious body, divided between members of the pro-regime  Association of Islamic Scholars of Syria, most of whom apprenticed with the late  Sheikh Mohamed Said Ramadan Al-Bouti, and followers of Saria and Osama al-Rifai,  as well as the Association of Syrian Scholars, which includes clerics with close  ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Aleppo constitutes a huge arena for competition between the Muslim  Brotherhood and Jabhat al-Nusra, whereby the Brotherhood administers the western  neighborhoods of the opposition-controlled areas under the supervision of a  Shariah council led by a group aligned with the Syrian National Coalition,   while Jabhat al-Nusra and its own Shariah council administers the eastern  part, in alliance with the Tawhid Brigade, Ahrar al-Sham and the Ahfad al-Rasul  (Descendants of the Prophet) Brigade.
These brigades have also entered the relief arena, for Jabhat al-Nusra has  succeeded in organizing aid-distribution operations in the areas under its  control. In this context, the aforementioned sociologist said that Jabhat  al-Nusra now has among its ranks dozens of relief workers who have daily contact  with hundreds of thousands of inhabitants who primarily live on the aid given to  them by Jabhat al-Nusra and other such groups.
Jabhat al-Nusra’s pledge of allegiance only garnered one single line of  objection, when Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib wrote on his Facebook page: “Al-Qaeda’s  ideology does not suit us, and the revolutionaries must now take a stand.” The  Coalition, on the other hand, had nothing to say about al-Qaeda’s official  entrance into the Levant, busying itself with preparations for the formation of  an interim government that would rule the whole of Syria. However, Hitto should  prepare himself to share that land with the Islamic state that Joulani strives  to establish. [It was reported this week that the Islamic State in Iraq and  Jabhat al-Nusra had joined together to form the Islamic State in Iraq and  Syria.] For its part, Syrian opposition abroad is afraid of being marginalized if it  were to fully espouse the West’s views and proclaim its animosity toward  Joulani. For the overwhelmed head of the interim Syrian government cannot afford  to antagonize Jabhat al-Nusra and be caught between a rock and a hard place  afforded him by the Free Syrian Army, which refused to even nominate him, and  still refuses to accept the post of defense minister, which it was offered.  Hitto needs both of these factions to gain the legitimacy he requires to return  to Syria and spread his administration’s authority.
In all probability, the problem of coexisting with al-Qaeda is only raised  inside small circles of people belonging to internal opposition factions such as  the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change, the Building the  Syrian State Movement  and some other secular movements. It is also raised,  on another level, by Western powers that do not fear the transformation of Syria  into an Islamic state as much as they fear chaos reigning over the country and  its conversion into a rear base for global jihad that would threaten Syria’s  neighborhood, as well as Israel, European interests, and nearby dependent  economies.
The National Coalition and National Council, which are controlled by a  liberal Islamic alliance, have managed, on the other hand, to avoid until now  any discussion about the true nature of Jabhat al-Nusra and other Jihadist  brigades, equally as Salafist and jihadist as Jabhat al-Nusra. The time now is  not for the discussion of any trespasses, but for toppling the regime. Only  afterward is the opposition expected to discuss the conduct of Jabhat al-Nusra  and other Jihadist factions, their monopoly over the administration of cities,  especially in al-Raqqah, and the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib which, in some  parts, has been transformed into Islamic emirates.
Behind the scenes, conflict is currently underway between the Unified  Military Council and Jabhat al-Nusra. This threatens to escalate into full blown  assassinations and killings, such as those that involved the Farouq Brigades in  Homs and Tal Abyad; it is nonetheless hard to imagine that units of the Free  Syrian Army would become involved in an open confrontation with Jabhat al-Nusra  and al-Qaeda any time soon, as the West planned months ago when the Unified  Military Council was formed to isolate and curtail the growth of Jabhat al-Nusra  and other jihadist factions.
It is also unlikely that Jabhat al-Nusra’s relationship with the Syrian  opposition will be affected by France calling for Jabhat al-Nusra to be  classified as a terrorist organization by the United Nations Security Council,  regardless of the opposition’s stance vis-à-vis Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Qaeda,  because the French priority now remains the toppling of the Syrian regime at any  cost. Only then will other matters be tackled.

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Syrian Oil Sector Suffers Disastrous Losses

 

          A man working at a makeshift oil refinery  site watches an improvised burner in Aleppo’s countryside on April 2, 2013.  Residents are refining crude oil to extract gasoline and kerosene due to supply  shortages. (photo by REUTERS/Giath Taha )
By:  Ziad Haydar Translated from           As-Safir (Lebanon).  
    اقرا  المقال الأصلي باللغة العربية
The Syrian oil minister’s interview  with Al-Thawra newspaper yesterday [April 3] was quietly  received, just as his predecessor’s was two years ago. Suleiman al-Abbas talked  about fuel prices, import policies, and petroleum processing. The minister also  alluded to additional catastrophes that could exacerbate the ongoing Syrian  tragedy, the consequences of which no one can predict.
Abbas explained that at least nine oil wells in the eastern sector had been set on fire as  a result of the state’s total absence. He also said that other wells in the same  sector were being plundered and their oil sold on the Turkish market, which has  become an outlet for stolen Syrian goods. This migration to Turkey started with  factories that were dismantled, transported in their entirety, and sold in bulk  or retail, and has gone all the way to grain storage depots emptied of their  strategic reserves. In addition, cotton crops, and now raw petroleum, have been  sold.
Abbas said that, in normal times, one well catching on fire was considered  “a national disaster.  What then would we say about nine wells being on fire, especially considering  that three of them are still burning, namely the al-Yamkan-105 well set ablaze  last March, and the Jazieh-115 and North East Omar-114 wells torched March  29.”
According to the oil minister, the vandalized wells are the “Tel Marmar  fields 1 and 3, Thuhban 134, Tayyaneh 107, Ghalban 105, Qahhar 109, Ghalban,  al-Yamkan, Jazieh, and North Omar. Control over five of them was restored, but  Qahhar 109, the most dangerous of these wells, was set ablaze Nov. 23, following  which a plan was put in place to bring the fire under control and secure the  well on Nov. 26, in preparation for it being capped. But its petroleum was  stolen and it was set on fire again on Dec. 24.”
Abbas pointed out that the wells burning out of control were not only an  economic disaster, but an environmental one. He said one negative implication of  the fires was the formation of water cones within the oil strata that would  negatively affect future exploitation and diminish output.
Abbas said estimating the amount of economic damage would be pure conjecture  because the wells can’t be physically inspected. But he alluded to a  catastrophic “initial loss to date equaling approximately 750,000 barrels, based  on previous tests conducted before the attacks, as well as on some assumptions  built upon field operations reports.” He added that losses would only multiply  as “indiscriminate attacks” continue.
Abbas said the amount of oil that was being taken out of the aforementioned  wells had been carefully calibrated “to guarantee the highest output and most  effective exploitation. This is completely contrary to the saboteurs’ tactic of  keeping the wells’ output valves wide open, resulting in double or triple the  output, in violation of the wells’ proper exploitation scheme.”
Media reports indicated that stolen oil was sold for a tenth of its  international market value to smugglers and Turkish dealers, who were operating  in cooperation with the region’s inhabitants and armed factions controlling the  wells. Two main oil fields fell victim to sabotage in the northeastern region,  while information was not accurate enough to judge the condition of a third  field situated in the wasteland outside Tadmur (Palmyra).
The Syrian Ministry of Petroleum had talked about losses in the sector exceeding $3 billion in the past  two years, despite independent estimates putting the losses at $4 billion,  especially considering that Syria was forced to import from the black market as  a result of the European embargo. The country also has been unable to export its  oil. In addition, many oil wells have been out of commission, while others have  been looted. The concern is that, as time passes, the intensifying damage  suffered by the petroleum sector might become an economic “black hole” as this  source of a quarter of the Syrian treasury’s income mutates into an  environmental and economic burden as a result of looting and the possible total  collapse of the sector’s infrastructure.

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FLC

“… Zawahiri  lauds the success of al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq in contrast. In Syria, al Qaeda’s  franchise, Jabhat al Nusra, has become the fastest-growing Qaeda movement in the  world after Zawahiri called upon jihadists from across Islam to go and fight in  Syria a year ago.  Since then the Qaeda core headquarters in Pakistan  has been in close  communication with the Nusra front in Syria. Zawahiri also praises the  Qaeda organization in Iraq for outlasting the American occupation and for its  constant attacks on the Shia government in Baghdad.In both Syria and  Iraq, Zawahiri blames Iran and its ally Hezbollah for  supporting the Assad and Maliki governments. He accuses Tehran of secretly  colluding with Washington in the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.  …

Zawahiri pays tribute to the Qaeda franchise in Iraq, the self-styled  Islamic State of Iraq, for helping the al Nusra front in Syria get organized.  Shortly after Zawahiri’s statement the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, who uses the  nom de guerre Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, publicly claimed credit for helping set up  the Qaeda franchise in Syria and announced the two groups had merged into an  Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria. Al Baghdadi’s statement confirmed what  the United States had been saying for months: the al Nusra front is an offshoot  of al Qaeda in Iraq.

Next the  leader of al Nusra, who calls himself Abu Muhammad al Golani, walked it back a  bit. He said he had not been “consulted” on any merger with the Iraqi group,  although he was careful not to criticize al Baghdadi and stressed his loyalty to  Zawahiri and al Qaeda. The exchange has brought al Nusra out of the closet; it  is clearly now part of the Qaeda global jihadist campaign. Al Golani admitted  that he had earlier been a fighter in Iraq and was a supporter of the Iraqi  franchise but he went out of his way to declare al Nusra’s loyalty is to  Zawahiri and the Qaeda core group

The tempest over al Baghdadi’s comments is likely to  pass, and the two Qaeda groups will continue to collaborate closely.  Both in Syria and Iraq  al Qaeda is growing in numbers and power at a dangerous pace. And with Zawahiri’s  encouragement, al Qaeda’s support base  across the Islamic world is funneling sympathizers to go to Syria and Iraq to  join the fight. In his statement Zawahiri makes clear the end state is  creation of a new caliphate across Islam …”

Posted by G, M, Z, or B at 10:41 AM

Nusra pledge to Qaeda boosts Syria regime

Via FLC

“… “It’s  a point in the regime’s favour because it reinforces the official narrative that  claims (the army faces) terrorist groups backed by foreign forces,” said  Damascus Centre for Strategic Studies head Bassam Abu Abdallah.

“The  opposition’s stance is weakened before Syrian and international public opinion,”  he said.
Al-Nusra  Front’s chief Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani pledged allegiance on Wednesday to  Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is calling for an Islamic state in Syria  and the “restoration of an Islamic caliphate”.

“The opposition’s  stance is weakened before Syrian and international public opinion,” he  said. Al-Nusra Front’s chief Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani pledged allegiance on  Wednesday to Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is calling for an Islamic  state in Syria and the “restoration of an Islamic caliphate”. “The Syrian  opposition cannot justify to the Europeans the jihadist presence in Syria. What  will it do after this announcement? It’s embarrassing for the West which is  calling for democratic change in Syria,” said Abu  Abdallah…”

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Syria, just like Iraq, Libya & Iran, all about oil, gas & pipelines

Oil and Pipeline Geopolitics: The US-NATO Race for Syria’s Black Gold

Syria’s proven oil reserves, amounting to 2.5 billion barrels

Syria’s proven oil reserves, amounting to 2.5 billion barrels, are greater than those of all neighboring countries except Iraq: according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s estimation of its oil reserves. This makes Syria one of the largest producers and exporters of crude oil in the Middle East.

The country also has large reserves of natural gas, hitherto used for domestic consumption, especially for conversion to gas-fired power plants. But there is a problem, the U.S agency reported that since 1964 the license for the exploration and exploitation of mineral deposits has been reserved for Syrian government agencies. Until 201O an annual income of more than $ 4 billion was procured from the export of oil, particularly to Europe. But things are changing with the war.

The ‘”Free Syrian Army” has taken control of important oil fields in Deir Ezzor. Other fields, in the Rumeilan, are controlled by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, who are also hostile to the “rebels” with whom they have repeatedly clashed.

The U.S. / NATO strategy focuses on helping rebels to seize the oil fields with a twofold purpose: to deprive the Syrian state of revenue from exports, already strongly decreased as a result of the EU embargo, and to ensure that the largest deposits pass in the future, through the “rebels” under the control of the big Western oil companies.

Fundamental to this end, is the control of the internal pipelines. This has been sabotaged by the “rebels” in several places, especially near Homs where there is one of two refineries in the country, to stop the supply of petroleum products. But there is something strategically more important at stake: Syria’s role as a hub of alternative energy corridors, through Turkey and other pathways, controlled by the U.S. and the European Union.

The “war of pipelines” has begun: during its invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States destroyed the Kirkuk-Banias pipeline carrying Iraqi oil to Syria. It remained in use, however, between Ain Zalah and Suweidiva.

Subsequently, in defiance of the prohibitions of Washington, Damascus and Baghdad have undertaken the project for two pipelines and a gas pipeline through Syria, connecting Iraqi fields to the Mediterranean and then to international markets.

Even more dangerous for Western interests is the agreement signed in May 2011 between Damascus, Baghdad and Tehran: it involves the construction of a gas pipeline through Iraq, which will transport Iranian natural gas to Syria and from there to foreign markets. These and other already funded projects, have been blocked by what the U.S. agency defines as “the uncertain security situation in Syria»

First published in Il Manifesto. Translated from the Italian by Gearóid Ó Colmáin

 

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Fraudulent Syrian human rights group is UK-based “one-man band” funded by EU

Fraudulent Syrian human rights group is UK-based “one-man band” funded by EU

“Pro-Democracy Terrorism”: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a Propaganda Front funded by the EU

Posted by: S. April 13, 2013
 
The NYT admits fraudulent Syrian human rights group is UK-based “one-man band” funded by EU and one other “European country.”

In reality, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has long ago been exposed as an absurd propaganda front operated by Rami Abdul Rahman out of his house in England’s countryside. According to a December 2011 Reuters article titled, “Coventry – an unlikely home to prominent Syria activist,” Abdul Rahman admits he is a member of the so-called “Syrian opposition” and seeks the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad:

After three short spells in prison in Syria for pro-democracy activism, Abdulrahman came to Britain in 2000 fearing a longer, fourth jail term. “I came to Britain the day Hafez al-Assad died, and I’ll return when Bashar al-Assad goes,” Abdulrahman said, referring to Bashar’s father and predecessor Hafez, also an autocrat.

One could not fathom a more unreliable, compromised, biased source of information, yet for the past two years, his “Observatory” has served as the sole source of information for the endless torrent of propaganda emanating from the Western media. Perhaps worst of all, is that the United Nations uses this compromised, absurdly overt source of propaganda as the basis for its various reports – at least, that is what the New York Times now claims in their recent article, “A Very Busy Man Behind the Syrian Civil War’s Casualty Count.”
The NYT piece admits:

Military analysts in Washington follow its body counts of Syrian and rebel soldiers to gauge the course of the war. The United Nations and human rights organizations scour its descriptions of civilian killings for evidence in possible war crimes trials. Major news organizations, including this one, cite its casualty figures. Yet, despite its central role in the savage civil war, the grandly named Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is virtually a one-man band. Its founder, Rami Abdul Rahman, 42, who fled Syria 13 years ago, operates out of a semidetached red-brick house on an ordinary residential street in this drab industrial city [Coventry, England].

The New York Times also for the first time reveals that Abdul Rahman’s operation is indeed funded by the European Union and a “European country” he refuses to identify:SyrianShillRami “Pro Democracy Terrorism”: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a Propaganda Front funded by the EU

Money from two dress shops covers his minimal needs for reporting on the conflict, along with small subsidies from the European Union and one European country that he declines to identify.

Photo: “Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (Reuters)
Abdelrahman leaves the Foreign and Commonwealth Office after meeting Britain’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in central London November 21, 2011.
Abdelrahman is not the “head” of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, he is the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, run out of his UK-based house as a one-man operation.
And while Abdul Rahman refuses to identify that “European country,” it is beyond doubt that it is the United Kingdom itself – as Abdul Rahman has direct access to the Foreign Secretary William Hague, who he has been documented meeting in person on multiple occasions at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. The NYT in fact reveals that it was the British government that first relocated Abdul Rahman to Coventry, England after he fled Syria over a decade ago because of his anti-government activities:

When two associates were arrested in 2000, he fled the country, paying a human trafficker to smuggle him into England. The government resettled him in Coventry, where he decided he liked the slow pace.

Abdul Rahman is not a “human rights activist.” He is a paid propagandist. He is no different than the troupe of unsavory, willful liars and traitors provided refuge in Washington and London during the Iraq war and the West’s more recent debauchery in Libya, for the sole purpose of supplying Western governments with a constant din of propaganda and intentionally falsified intelligence reports designed specifically to justify the West’s hegemonic designs.
Abdul Rahman’s contemporaries include the notorious Iraqi defector Rafid al-Janabi, codename “Curveball,” who now gloats publicly that he invented accusations of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the West’s casus belli for a 10 year war that ultimately cost over a million lives, including thousands of Western troops, and has left Iraq still to this day in shambles. There’s also the lesser known Dr. Sliman Bouchuiguir of Libya, who formed the foundation of the pro-West human rights racket in Benghazi and now openly brags in retrospect that tales of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s atrocities against the Libyan people were likewise invented to give NATO its sought-after impetus to intervene militarily.
Unlike in Iraq and Libya, the West has failed categorically to sell military intervention in Syria, and even its covert war has begun to unravel as the public becomes increasingly aware that the so-called “pro-democracy rebels” the West has been arming for years are in fact sectarian extremists fighting under the banner of Al Qaeda. The charade that is the “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” is also unraveling. It is unlikely that the New York Times’ limited hangout will convince readers that Rami Abdul Rahman is anything other than another “Curveball” helping the corporate-financier elite of Wall Street and London sell another unnecessary war to the public.

الإرهابي المنادي بالديمقراطية: القصة الكاملة لرامي عبد الرحمن

‏الثلاثاء‏، 16‏ نيسان‏، 2013
أوقات الشام
رامي عبد الرحمن ليس “رئيس”  “المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان”؛ إنه هو “المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان”. فقد  اعترفت صحيفة “نيويورك تايمز” أن مجموعة حقوق الإنسان السورية المزيفة ليست سوى  “فرقة من رجل واحد” موجودة في بريطانيا و ممولة من الإتحاد الأوروبي و “بلد أوروبي”  آخر.
وفي حقيقة الأمر, تمت تعرية “المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان”, منذ زمن طويل,  بصفته جبهة دعائية عبثية يديرها رامي عبد الرحمن من منزله الواقع في الريف  الإنكليزي. فتبعاً لمقالة نشرتها “رويترز” في شهر كانون الأول من سنة 2011 بعنوان  “كوڤنتري – موطن غير مناسب لناشط سوري بارز”, يعترف عبد الرحمن بأنه عضو فيما يسمى  “المعارضة السورية” ويسعى إلى إسقاط الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد:
“بعد ثلاث فترات  قصيرة في السجن في سوريا بسبب أنشطته المطالبة بالديمقراطية, جاء عبد الرحمن إلى  بريطانيا في سنة 2000 خوفاً من حكم رابع بالسجن أطول زمنياً.
‘جئت إلى بريطانيا  في اليوم الذي توفي فيه حافظ الأسد, وسوف أعود عندما يرحل بشار الأسد,’ قال عبد  الرحمن, مشيراً إلى والد بشار الأسد وسلفه حافظ الأسد, الذي كان حاكم
اً أوتوقراطياً  أيضاً.”
ليس بمقدور المرء أن يتصورَ مصدراً للمعلومات أكثرَ تحيزاً وأقلَ  مصداقية, ومع ذلك فقد شكلَ “مرصدُه”, خلال السنتين الماضيتين, مصدرَ المعلومات  الوحيد للدعاية الجارفة التي يبثها الإعلام الغربي بلا توقف. والأسوأ من ذلك, ربما,  هو أن الأمم المتحدة تستخدم هذا المصدر الدعائي السري والعبثي بمثابة أساس  لتقاريرها المختلفة – على الأقل, هذا ما تزعمه “نيويورك تايمز” الآن في مقالتها  الجديدة بعنوان “رجل مشغول جداً وراء إحصائيات ضحايا الحرب الأهلية  السورية”.
تعترف الصحيفة في مقالتها:
“يتابع المحللون العسكريون في واشنطن  أعدادَ القتلى من السوريين والمتمردين المسلحين التي يقدمها المرصد لتوجيه دفة  الحرب. كما أن الأمم المتحدة ومنظمات حقوق الإنسان تتبنى توصيفاته لعمليات قتل  المدنيين لاستخدامها كأدلة في محاكمات جرائم الحرب المحتملة. كما أن المؤسسات  الإخبارية الرئيسية, مثل هذه الصحيفة, تقوم بنشر أعداد الضحايا التي يقدمها هذا  المرصد.
ولكن, وعلى الرغم من دوره المركزي في هذه الحرب الأهلية الوحشية, فإن  ‘المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان’, الذي يحمل اسماً مفخماً, ليس سوى فرقة مكونة من رجل  واحد. ويعمل مؤسسه, رامي عبد الرحمن البالغ من العمر 42 عاماً والذي هرب من سوريا  منذ 13 سنة, من منزل شبه منفصل يغطيه القرميد الأحمر ويقع في شارع سكني عادي في هذه  المدينة الصناعية البائسة [كوڤنتري/إنكلترا].”
كما أن “نيويورك تايمز” تكشف  للمرة الأولى أن نشاط عبد الرحمن مموَل من قبَل الاتحاد الأوروبي و “بلد أوروبي”  يرفض
 تسميته: “إن المال الذي يجنيه من محلين لبيع الثياب يكفي احتياجاته  الرئيسية اللازمة لتغطية النزاع, بالإضافة إلى مساعدات قليلة من الاتحاد الأوروبي  وبلد أوروبي يرفض تسميته.”
ومع أن عبد الرحمن يرفض تسمية ذلك “البلد الأوروبي”,  إلا أنه بلا أدنى شك المملكة المتحدة نفسها – بما أن عبد الرحمن يستطيع الوصول إلى  وزير الخارجية وليام هيغ في أي وقت يشاء, والذي تم توثيق لقاءاته معه شخصياً في  مناسبات عديدة في “مكتب الخارجية والكومونويلث” في لندن. وتكشف “نيويورك تايمز”, في  الحقيقة, أن الحكومة البريطانية هي التي قامت بنقل عبد الرحمن إلى كوڤنتري في  إنكلترة بعد هروبه من سوريا منذ أكثر من 10 سنوات بسبب نشاطاته المناوئة للحكومة  السورية:
“عندما تم اعتقال اثنين من زملائه في سنة 2000, هرب من البلد, حيث دفع  لأحد المهربين المالَ لإدخاله إلى إنكلترة. ثم قامت الحكومة بنقله إلى كوڤنتري, حيث  عبرَ عن ارتياحه في هذا المكان الهادىء.” إن عبد الرحمن ليس “ناشطاً في مجال  حقوق الإنسان”. إنه دعائي مأجور. ولا يختلف عن مجموعة الكذبة والخوَنة الذين قدمت  لهم واشنطن ولندن الملجأ والحماية خلال الحرب على العراق والفسوق الذي مارسه الغرب  مؤخراً في ليبيا, بهدف تزويد الحكومات الغربية بسيل متدفق من الدعاية والمعلومات  المزيفة المصممة لتبرير مخططات الغرب في الهيمنة.
ويشمل رفاق عبد الرحمن  المعاصرون المنشق العراقي المعروف رافد الجنابي الملقب باسم “كيرڤبول” الذي يتبجح  الآن علناً أنه اخترع الاتهامات المتعلقة بأسلحة الدمار الشامل العراقية, والتي  شكلت ذريعة الغرب في شن حرب دامت 10 سنوات وكلفت أكثر من مليون قتيل, بما في ذلك  آلاف من القوات الأجنبية, وتركت العراق في فوضى قاتلة حتى يومنا هذا. وهناك أيضاً  الدكتور سليمان بوشويقر الليبي الأقل شهرة, الذي شكلَ أساسَ المزاعم الغربية  المتعلقة بحقوق الإنسان في بنغازي, والذي يتبجح علانية الآن باختراع وتلفيق القصص  حول الجرائم الوحشية للزعيم الليبي معمر القذافي ضد الشعب الليبي بهدف إعطاء الناتو  الذريعة التي كان يبحث عنها للتدخل العسكري.
لكن على العكس من العراق وليبيا,  فشل الغرب بشكل كامل في تمرير التدخل العسكري في سوريا, كما أن حربَه السرية بدأت  تتكشف مع تزايد الوعي الشعبي بأن “الثوار المطالبين بالديمقراطية” الذين يسلحهم  الغرب منذ سنوات ليسوا سوى متطرفين طائفيين يقاتلون تحت راية القاعدة. كما أن  المهزلة المسماة “المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان” بدأت تتكشف أيضاً. ومن غير المرجح  أن تتمكن “نيويورك تايمز” من إقناع القراء بأن عبد الرحمن أكثر من “كيرڤبول” آخر  يساعد النخب الرأسمالية في “وول ستريت” ولندن في بيع الرأي العام حرباً أخرى غير  ضرورية.
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Syrian Muslim Brotherhood capo: “There is no extremism in Syria!”

 

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“… “It  is not true that extremists are in charge of liberated lands,” SMB  leader al   Shakfa said in Istanbul. “The land … belongs to a united front of the  opposition.” …  he  added: “As far as I know,  there is no extremism in Syria.” His  comments came days after the jihadist Al-Nusra Front, one of the fiercest forces  battling the Syrian regime, pledged fealty to Al-Qaeda, sounding alarm bells in  the West and triggering concerns among the main opposition group, the Syrian  National Coalition (SNC)….”

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