Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

Fascist Baathist butcher Assad ties Arabism with Islamism

April 16, 2012

The ideology behind the Butcher

Assad’s Baathist fascist, racist regime is backed by the supremacist for ‘Greater Syria,’ the infamous SSNP. The latest crackdown has claimed over 10,000 people, scores were tortured to death, especially children.

Straight from the horse’s mouth about Arabism and Islamism:

President al-Assad meets Levant Scholars\’ Union delegation …
Last Update: 11-04-2012 11:59PM
Syrian Radio & TV Online
As for extremism, the President said that there is nothing called extremism in Islam, adding “Islam is extremist in good and amity and in regards to organizing societies, promoting and developing them.”

On Islam and Arabism, President al-Assad went on to say that a lot of Arab Muslims have separated Arabism form Islam while the non-Arab Muslim is still linking the two notions.. wondering how we separate the Arabism of the Prophet Mohammad from Islam, and how we separate the holy Quran from Arabism and its Arab and Islamic context while the Prophet had boasted of his Arabism and belonging to Quraish.

Source, official Syrian government’s monitored site: syriaonline.sy/?f=det&catid=12&pageid=2006

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Highlighted mass casualties by (radical) Islam in four decades – 1971-2011 (updated Feb. 2012

February 19, 2012

Some of highlighted mass casualties by (radical) Islam in four decades – 1971-2011 (updated Feb. 2012)

PS
Most Israeli casualties are innocent non-combatants. Most Arab “Palestinian” casualties are combatants and/or involved in violent attacks. Not to mention Arab-Islamic intentional routine in causing deaths on their side via human shields. Same goes to Hezbollah tactics.
In fact: IDF’s unparalleled record of sparing civilians in counter-terrorism operations.

Of course, that’s besides the last bloody decade of over 18,000 Islamic terror attacks since 9/11/2001.

Note: Baathist racist Arab tyrants like Saddam Hussein, used Islam and ‘anti-infidel’ ideology as well.

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A lesson in Arab/Muslim fascism: My ‘Arabism’ is “purer” than yours…

February 8, 2012

Don’t you love it when the Islamic lobby like CAIR keeps preaching about “islamophobia,” ignoring the bastion of intolerance today, which is, in fact the Arab world. One such exmpale is Syria, where the Alawite “supremacists” rule all the other. [This is not to say that other Arab nations are tolerant. Take for example the plight of Chrisrians under Arab-Palestine, Copts in Egypt, indigenous Berbers in Morocco/Algeria/Tunisia/Libya; blacks all over the Arab world, Asians [practically slaves] in rich Arab countries, etc. Or the genocide in Sudan by Arab racists].



A lesson in Arab/Muslim fascism: My ‘Arabism’ is “purer” than yours…


Syria: the fascist “heart” of Arabism


This is from the official fascist Syrian Arab Republic, bragging to be the “heart” of Arabism, purifying syria from the ‘others’ [justifying it by calling the non-Alawites, the outlaws.]



Syrian Interior Minister: Security Forces to purify the Syrian land from all Outlaws
Day Press News – Jan 29, 2012
… such a great honor to offer sacrifices for Syria to remain strong and unbowed, ” adding that Damascus will always remain the beating heart of Arabism, …
http://www.dp-news.com/en/detail.aspx?articleid=109977


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FASCIST SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC



Yemeni opposition calls govt. to expel Syrian ambassador
Februeary 5, 2012
[…]
The people in Syria are being subjected to genocide by the Al-Asad fascist Syrian regime and the world has to take immediate responsibility for the …
http://yemenonline.info/news-2851.html



Continue reading on Examiner.com Syria’s Bashar al-Assad’s National Massacre – Los Angeles City Buzz | Examiner.com
Massacring regime protesters around the country, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad walks a fine line between fascism and genocide.
http://www.examiner.com/city-buzz-in-los-angeles/syria-s-bashar-al-assad-s-national-massacre



As Iraq crumbles, Washington turns its sights on Syria – News – Stripes
Apr 11, 2003
In a recent speech, former CIA director James Woolsey called Syria’s “fascist” regime an enemy of the United States. American Enterprise Institute scholar Michael Ledeen wrote that “It’s time to bring down the other terror masters,” a reference to Syria and Iran.
http://www.stripes.com/news/as-iraq-crumbles-washington-turns-its-sights-on-syria-1.4098


Since Iran/Hezbollah are actively incvloved in the crimes against humanity in Syria…

Lebanese and Syrian protesters burn a Hezbollah flag during a protest in solidarity with Syria’s anti-government protesters, in the port city of Tripoli, northern Lebanon January 27, 2012.
http://news.daylife.com/photo/08oKdxJ9Fx2FA


Last but not least, asides from the other totaltiarian regime in the area, Islamic Iran and its Hezbollah of Lebanon, the main backer of Syrian dictatorship is the SSNP:

SSNP adopted the styles of Fascism: Saada was known as al-za’im (the Führer) and the party anthem was “Syria, Syria, über alles” sung to the same tune as the German national anthem.
http://books.google.com/books?&id=BextAAAAMAAJ&dq=ssnp

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The dark clouds of Islamic-fascistic “democracy” (‘non-Muslims’ Winter’)

November 29, 2011

The dark clouds of Islamic-fascistic “democracy” (‘non-Muslims’ Winter’)


Egypt’s Coptic Christians Fear Fewer Rights After Elections | News …
With Islamist groups expected to do well in Egypt’s parliamentary elections, many Coptic Christians are concerned that their limited rights will ..
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Egypts-Coptic-Christians-Fear-Fewer-Rights-After-Ele ctions-134663563.html


Egyptian elections stir disquiet in Israel
(CSmonitor 29, Nov, 2011)
The Arab Spring could open the door for Islamists – as seen in Egypt elections – and threaten Israel,…
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/1129/Egyptian-elections-stir-disquiet-in-Israel


Democracy Question Remains Amid Arab Revolution ‎ Christian Broadcasting Network – Gary Lane – Tuesday, November 29, 2011
But with uprisings in places like Egypt, Yemen and Syria, the question remains of whether the revolution result in democracy or radical Islamic rule.
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2011/November/Democracy-Question-Remains-Amid-Arab-Revolution-/


Moroccan wolf in sheep’s clothing
Jerusalem Post – Jonathan D. Halevi (11/28/2011)
The writer is a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) and a former advisor to the Policy …
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=247340


Lebanon Maronite Church patriarch fears Arab Spring … –
2 Nov 2011 – The head of Lebanon’s Maronite church said he feared for the fate of Christians in the Middle East if the Arab Spring brought “radical groups” to …
http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2011/11/02/lebanon-maronite-church-patriarch-fears-arab-spring-e xtremism/


Christian minorities fear Arab Spring may threaten their existence
11 Oct 2011 – The rapid transformation in the Arab region – the result of popular rejection of authoritarian regimes – has raised fears among Christian …
http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/504107


Arab Minorities in Fear of Arab Spring | Spirituality Ireland Blogs
http://spiritualityireland.org/blog/index.php/2011/10/arab-minorities-in-fear-of-arab-spring


Arab Minorities in Fear of Arab Spring. Posted on October 28, 2011 by Danny Pio . Last week saw Coptic orthodox Christians in Ireland rallying outside the Dáil …
In the Arab Spring, Christians Fear Religious Freeze – Christian
http://www.christianity.com/11647581/

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Arab Fascists Inc. SSNP / HEZBOLLAH / BAATH Axis

October 18, 2011

Arab Fascists Inc.:

* SSNP

* BAATH

* HEZBOLLAH

And the SSNP / Hezbollah / Syria axis


 

SSNP supports Baathist tyrant: Assad (2011)

LEBANON: Pro-Assad enforcers attack protesters in Beirut [Video]
Syrian Baath and SSNP thugs attack protestors supporting the syrian revolution in Beirut‏
Aug 3, 2011 – The Lebanese daily English-language newspaper Daily Star cited a Lebanese security source saying that many members of the SSNP continued to chase two cars belonging to anti-regime demonstrators to Beirut’s Khaled Alwan Square, where they beat their passengers with sticks and belts.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2011/08/syria-human-rights-lebanon-violence-protests.html

Assad Thugs attack Protest in Lebanon ! Baath and SSNP spread Terror to Beirut 8 -2-11.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgN88Dgt-ZA
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=233188726725698&id=2356512413

Lebanon’s left splits over Syria 
The proximity and political relationship with Syria has left demonstrators at odds over Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown.
Matthew Cassel Last Modified: 26 Jun 2011 14:05
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The blows became real for some outspoken critics in Beirut. Ali Haidar, who describes himself as a “humanitarian activist”, returned home to Lebanon recently on a break from work in Sudan. Weeks before, Haidar had posted a short statement on Facebook condemning the attack against three of his friends attending a vigil in Hamra in support of Syrian protesters. Haidar said his friends were beaten by the Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party (SSNP), a secular organisation that is staunchly supportive of the Syrian administration. In his post he called the SSNP a “fascist militia” and demanded they cease beating people in the streets.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/201162695034941634.html

Syrian Embassy, SSNP intimidate Syrian activists, As-Sharq al-Awsat reports
NOW LEBANON – Oct 5, 2011
As-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper quoted an unnamed Syrian activist residing in Beirut as saying that “the Syrian Embassy in Beirut and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party cooperated to [intimidate] a Syrian activists.”
http://www.nowlebanon.com/Sub.aspx?ID=125478

Ominous signs in Syria: torching party HQ and destroying Assad’s statue
Add a comment Aimée Kligman, Foreign Policy Examiner
March 21, 2011
[…]
This morning, al-Arabiya news reported that a statue of Hafez al-Assad (Bashir al-Assad’s father and predecessor) raising his arm in a Nazi salute has been destroyed in Deraa, as part of retaliation of Sunday’s massacre of civilians by Syrian army tanks. Deraa’s governor’s house was also torched. There was a giant sit-in taking place in the central square of the city of Jassem earlier today. Jassem lies west of Deraa in Southern Syria.

http://www.examiner.com/foreign-policy-in-national/ominous-signs-syria-torching-party-hq-and-destroying-assad-s-statue

Baathist Asad – Incorporating SSNP

Radical Politics and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party :: Daniel Pipes
August 1988
There is reason for this disparaging treatment. From its founding in 1932 until the present time, the party has fallen short in virtually everything it attempted. Quixotic conspiracies, foiled coup attempts, and unpopular ideological efforts won it a reputation for ludicrous impracticality, and for not being serious. It always remained numerically very small and never got even close to power. In the SSNP record, frustration far outweighs achievement.

But the SSNP’s failures should not obscure the fact that the party has had profound political importance in the twentieth-century history of Lebanon and Syria, the two states where it has been most active. It provided the minorities, especially the Greek Orthodox Christians, with a vehicle for political action. As the first party fully to embrace extreme ideals of the inter-war period, the SSNP incubated virtually every radical group on those two countries; it had, in particular, great impact on the Ba’th Party. Finally – and this may mark the apogee of its power-the government of Hafez al-Asad has allied with the SSNP and incorporated some of its ideas into Syrian state policy.
http://www.danielpipes.org/5788/radical-politics-and-the-syrian-social-nationalist-party

Fascist Baath

Encyclopedia of the Developing World: Index – Thomas M. Leonard – 2006 – Social Science – 1759 pages
… Pan-Arabism with an emphasis on socialism incorporating ideas from Italian fascism. Ba’ath ideology..
http://books.google.com/books?id=3mE04D9PMpAC&pg=PA71

Fascism: Past, Present, Future, p. 162, Walter Laqueur – Oxford University Press, 1997 (272 pages)
Since then, conditions have changed, and fascism outside Europe has become a possibility and, in some cases, a reality. The Iraqi and the Syrian regimes have pronounced fascist features, even though they are secular rather than clerical in inspiration, and are ruled by politically ambitious officers rather than religious dignitaries… Both the Iraqi and the Syrian leadership belongs to the Ba’th Party, an elitist, pan-Arabist group that arose in the 1930s partly as a result of the rise of fascism in Europe.
http://books.google.com/books?id=fWggQTqioXcC&pg=PA162

America at war since 1945: politics and diplomacy in Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War, Gary Donaldson, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996, p. 144
The Baath party had its origins in European fascism and Arab nationalism..
http://books.google.com/books?id=1wOv3enW1ccC&pg=PA144

The Nazi Fascist supremacist SSNP

The SSNP, founded by Antun Saada in 1932 and modeled after the Nazi and Fascist parties of Germany and Italy, is the most vicious and sinister of all Lebanon’s parties, more so even than Hezbollah. Last week seven members were arrested by Lebanese police and several truckloads of weapons and explosives were captured. Ali Qanso, the party leader, defensively said “we are a resistance force, and we use different methods of resisting, among which is using explosives.” If the Syrians use Lebanese proxies to carry out bombings and assassinations, the SSNP are most likely the culprits.

(Johns Hopkins Professor Fouad Ajami, who grew up as a Shia in South Lebanon, wrote about Saada and the SSNP at length in his masterful Dream Palace of the Arabs.)
http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/001350.html

Shofar FTP Archives: people/s/stav.arie/Arabs-and-Mazism
As soon as Hitler rose to power, parties that imitated National Socialism were founded in Arab countries, like the Social-Nationalist Party in Syria led by Anton Sa’ada, who openly and enthusiastically copied the Nazis. Sa’ada, who styled himself as the Fuhrer of the Syrian nation, stated in the party platform that the Syrians were the superior race by their very nature. Hitler
was “Islamicized” and known by his new name Abu Ali (in Egypt, for some
reason, it was Muhammed Haidar). Egyptian followers even “found” the house in
which Hitler’s mother wasborn in Tanta, Egypt and the place became a pilgrimage site…
http://www.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi/ftp.py?people/s/stav.arie/Arabs-and-Nazism

The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism: Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin Al-Husseini  – Page 29
 books.google.com
Chuck Morse – 2003 – 186 pages – Preview
Anton Saada, referred to as the Fuhrer of the Syrian Nation by his followers, was head of the “Hisb-el-qaumi-el-suri,” the Social Nationalist Party (PPS) of Syria established in Damascus. A Lebanese branch of the PPS would later give rise to various fascist style Muslim militias and organizations, which would clash in the 1975 Lebanon Civil War as Lebanon disintegrated into warring Muslim and Christian Phalangist militias which also maintained fascist bona fides.

A PPS branch, directed from Syria, had been previously implicated in the assassination of the Christian Lebanese President Pierre Gamayel in 1958. The PPS of Anton Saada proclaimed in its party platform “Syrians were the superior race by their very nature.”
http://books.google.com/books?id=HGkthBwbNg8C&pg=PA29

THE GRAND MUFTI OF JERUSALEM AND THE NAZIFICATION OF THE ARAB WORLD
[…] The Social Nationalist Party would be established in Damascus around this time as well and would be headed by Anton Saada, known as the Syrian Fuhrer.
http://www.shalomjerusalem.com/mohammedism/mohammedism21.html

Lebanon: current issues and background – Page 192
 books.google.com
John C. Rolland – Nova Publishers, 2003 – 235 pages – Google eBook – Preview
The Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party (SSNP) The SSNP was established in Lebanon in the 1930s by Antun Saadah who hoped to unite the Levantine nations and form a “Greater Syria.” […] its red hurricane symbol was modeled after the Nazi swastika. The SSNP has a long history of terrorism and subversion in Lebanon
http://books.google.com/books?id=-JVOKeNkllgC&pg=PA192

Nazism in Syria and Lebanon: the ambivalence of the German option, 1933-1945  – Page 45 – Götz Nordbruch – Taylor & Francis, 2009 – 209 pages – Google eBook – Preview
Sa’ada’s stance mirrored the ambivalences of nationalist approaches to Nazism during these early years of Nazi rule.
http://books.google.com/books?id=jGnR2iubYsAC&pg=PA45
 
Greater Syria: The History of an Ambition – Page 101 – Daniel Pipes – 1992 – 256 pages – Google eBook – Preview
Party rituals imitated the Fascists in many details, from the Hitler-like salute and the anthem set to “Deutschland, Deutschland iiber alles,” to the party symbol, a curved swastika called the red hurricane [zawba’a).
http://books.google.com/books?id=J3PsAb1uV94C&pg=PA101
 
origine du conflit
En Syrie:
Le Parti Social Nationaliste mené par Anton Saada, mieux connu comme le führer Syrien.
Le Drapeau de SAADA 
http://aval31.free.fr/texteracines/1937.htm

Fascist SSNP backed by both: Syrian Baath regime and Islamic terrorist Hezbollah

Beirut Gossip (Quotes excerpted from miscellaneous press reports on the demonstrations in Downtown Beirut): – Updated Dec. 24, 2006
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SEIZURE OF WEAPONS IN LEBANON: [Note from the editor: In Lebanon, you can invoke the right to owning bomb-making materials and missiles by simply saying “We are a Resistance”. In the US, the claim is based on a constitutional “Right to Bear Arms”]. To wit: Lebanese security forces arrested members of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) on Thursday after confiscating large quantities of explosives, detonators and timers [i.e. bomb-making equipment] during raids on the members’ homes in North Lebanon, as far away as one can be in Lebanon from any lines of confrontation with the “Zionist enemy”. Party leader Ali Qanso responded hours after the raids on his home, saying “…The party did indeed own the stash of weapons…that it had kept ‘just in case’…We are not a militia and we are not a party of murderers. We are a resistance force…” Qanso’s SSNP is allied with Hassan Nasrallah’s Hizbullah and Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement that have been staging an open-ended demonstration to force the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to resign. Qanso added, “The Social Nationalists’ patience has limits…We are a resistance force, and we use different methods of resisting, among which is using explosives.” The SSNP, created in 1932 along the models of the German Nazi Party and the Italian and Spanish Fascist parties of that era, is a Fascist Syrian nationalist party advocating a “Greater Syria” encompassing Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Kuwait and Cyprus, and proclaiming the racial supremacy of the Northern Arabs (“the Syrians”) over the Southern Arabs of the peninsula. (All quotes are from the Daily Star, December 22, 2006).
http://www.10452lccc.com/documents/gossip11.12.06.htm

Troubling Partnerships: Extremists Left and Right :: Hudson New York Oct 9, 2009 – The SSNP is backed both by Syria and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. It was, moreover, molded directly on the European fascist movements of the 1930s, and still retains a swastika (called the “red hurricane”) as its flag, uniforms for its “martyrs,” and an anthem sung to the tune Deutschland, Uber Alles.
http://www.hudson-ny.org/855/troubling-partnerships-extremists-left-and-right

More about the infamous Islamic-fascist HEZBOLLAH

Threat closer to home: Hugo Chavez and the war against America Douglas E. Schoen, Michael Rowan – Simon and Schuster, 2009 – 220 pages – Google eBook – Preview
First and foremost, Hezbollah seems to be using the area as a base of operations , a foothold in the western hemisphere. In prelude to what? … in particular to Hezbollah’s radical vision of Islamic fascism fueled by terrorist violence.
http://books.google.com/books?id=ndgoy_h3taIC&pg=PT142

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The bloody: Hezbollah / Iran / Syria-Alawite / Hamas axis

July 3, 2011

Syria Crisis Offers U.S. Opportunity to Break Axis with Iran …
http://www.cnsnews.com › News – 24 Jun 2011 – Satloff was referring to the longstanding alliance between Shi’ite Iran and Alawite-ruled, Sunni-majority Syria, the Hezbollah and Hamas …

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/syria-crisis-offers-us-opportunity-break

More of: Alawites-Hezbollah-Iran-Syria bloodshed in Lebanon

At least 6 people are killed in sectarian clashes in Lebanon – Panorama.am
14:37 18/06/2011
Gunmen from Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh district and Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, Tripoli, Lebanon have clashed on Friday, “Radio Liberty” reports.
According to the source, at least 6 people are recorded to be killed in the aftermath of severe clashes.
Residents from the two districts have clashed intermittently in recent years, but Friday’s incident came amid heightened tension over the widening popular uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Jabal Mohsen is the stronghold of the pro-Syria Arab Democratic Party, led by Ali Eid.

http://www.panorama.am/en/society/2011/06/18/libanan/

Sectarian Clashes Erupt in North Lebanon – Al-Arabiya

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/06/18/153829.html

Child killed in renewed clashes in north Lebanon – Ya Libnan

http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/06/17/child-killed-in-renewed-clashes-in-north-lebanon/

Kabbara says Assad’s “thugs” targeted Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabbaneh
NOW LEBANON – Jun 22, 2011
Future Bloc MP Mohammad Kabbara said on Wednesday that Friday’s Tripoli clashes are directly linked to current Syrian events. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s “Shabeeha” (thugs) attacked the rally held in Bab al-Tabbaneh in support of anti-regime …

http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=284546

Seven people charged in northern Lebanon clashes Ya Libnan

http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/06/21/seven-people-charged-in-northern-lebanon-clashes/

Hezbollah weapons used in north Lebanon clashes, report Ya Libnan
June 20, 2011
March 14 MP Hadi Hobeich said on Monday that weapons backed by Hezbollah were used in the clashes that broke out on Friday in the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon
“The data points toward Hezbollah-backed arms that were distributed in Tripoli,” the MP told the Voice of Lebanon
In a reference to Hezbollah, Hobeich said that “there is a party that is armed and that is distributing weapons to everyone.”
“We only benefit by having security across the country,” he added, voicing hope that the newly formed Lebanese cabinet will work on “disarming all Lebanese, including Hezbollah.”
He said that only the Lebanese government should have the authority to use weapons.
Armed clashes erupted in Tripoli on Friday following a rally in support of Syrian protesters. The military official of the Hezbollah and Syrian backed Arab Democratic Party, Ali Fares was killed and 6 others including one army soldier and a seven year old child. At least 59 others were reportedly injured and some are in serious condition .
Many analysts questioned why the Alawite party should have a military official.
Jabal Mohsen ( home of the Arab Democratic Party) and Bab al-Tabbaneh areas have been in recent years the scene of intense clashes between Sunni supporters of Lebanon’s former PM Saad Hariri and Alawites who are loyal to the Hezbollah-led coalition backed by Iran and Syria.

http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/06/20/hezbollah-weapons-used-in-north-lebanon-clashes-report/

Why Hezbollah Had a Really Bad Week David Schenker July 1, 2011 | 12:00 am Why America Should Be Hoping Bashar Assad Gets Overthrown Meet the Women of Hezbollah Back in 2006, the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah was riding high. Having fought the Israeli army to a standstill, the organization’s leader Hassan Nasrallah declared "divine victory." The war was a public relations coup for the militia, which emerged from the campaign as the most favorable personification of Shiism in the largely Sunni Muslim world. So impressive was the alleged victory that the campaign sparked a widely reported trend of conversion to Shiite Islam in the region. But if 2006 was a divine victory, this week’s Special Tribunal on Lebanon (STL) indictments of four Hezbollah officials and affiliates in connection to the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri, may prove a divine defeat.

While the first reports of a Hezbollah role in the assassination of Hariri surfaced some two years ago, the formal announcement of the indictments will likely serve as an exclamation point to a longer process of depreciation in the group’s reputation that started in 2008, when the organization invaded and occupied Beirut, turning the weapons of "the resistance" on the Lebanese people. That depreciation continued through 2009, when the organization’s chief financier was arrested in a Bernie Madoff-like Ponzi scheme. More recently, in an ironic twist, Hezbollah—which at one time was known as the "Party of the Oppressed"—has emerged as the strongest regional backer of Syria’s murderous Assad regime. Straining credulity, Nasrallah himself has now given two speeches vouching for Assad’s pro-reform bona fides.

Now, for an organization that has long described itself as "the Resistance" to Israel, the revelation that it also specializes in killing Sunni Muslims will, at a minimum, be problematic. Although Nasrallah has spent the better part of the past two years trying to discredit the tribunal, few in the largely Sunni Muslim Middle East will question the court’s accusation that the militia played a central role in the murder of Hariri, the leader of Lebanon’s Sunni community. Indeed, the Arab Spring has contributed to a spike in Sunni-Shiite tensions. Pro-democracy demonstrations in Bahrain, for example, were largely seen by Gulf Arabs as an attempt by the Shiite theocracy in Iran to subvert the Sunni monarchy. In Syria, meanwhile, the rallying cry of the largely Sunni Muslim opposition to the Alawite Assad regime has been "No to Iran, No to Hezbollah!" Given these sentiments—and despite the residual respect for the accomplishments of the organization—the indictment will likely be seen through a largely sectarian prism.

Moreover, the accusations are bound to foment discontent within Nasrallah’s organization, and potentially result in some diminished support for the militia in Lebanon. While they will not come as a shock to anyone, of course, they will reopen old wounds, enraging Lebanon’s Sunni Muslims and, perhaps, disillusioning a few of Hezbollah’s Christian allies. At the same time, some Shiites—Hezbollahis and the organization’s constituents—will likely view the indictments as a liability and may seek to provoke another conflict with Israel, a la 2006, to distract attention from the tribunal. But regardless of Nasrallah’s bravado, Shiites in south Lebanon do not crave another costly war with Israel or a return to civil war at home.

To be sure, notwithstanding the indictment of four of its lieutenants, Hezbollah will remain firmly in control of Lebanon, both politically and militarily. But the organization’s stature in the wider Muslim world will be irrevocably diminished and the change in status of this once seemingly holy Shiite organization will likewise further undermine the position of Iran and Syria in the region. It could also undermine Hezbollah in the eyes of Europe, where the militia has long benefitted from the Continent’s inexplicably tolerant view of the group’s "political" wing. Indeed, given the European Union’s expressed disgust with the ongoing atrocities perpetrated by the Assad regime and its growing frustration with the clerical regime in Tehran, the EU might be inclined to shift its views and finally lump Hezbollah in with these irredeemable regimes.

Until then, despite United Nations Resolutions calling for Lebanon to render the indicted individuals, it is all but certain Hezbollah won’t cooperate with the Special Tribunal. But while the trigger men themselves may slip the noose and be tried by the STL in absentia, the Shiite militia and its sponsors that ordered the Hariri hit will pay a steep price. Indeed, there may or may not ultimately be a conviction in The Hague, but in the Middle East court of public opinion, the verdict on Hezbollah will be guilty.

David Schenker is Aufzien Fellow and director of the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
http://www.tnr.com/article/world/91167/lebanon-tribunal-hariri-hezbollah

Arab spring – The Arab apartheid system is exposing itself

June 29, 2011

Arab Spring Gusher‎
Northumberland Today – Wally Keeler – [June 28, 2011]

Arabs take to the streets in the hundreds of thousands. They have suffered suppression, oppression, repression, for generations of family dictatorships. Security forces machine-gun the ‘flowering popular movement.’ Tanks and howitzers shell the residences of the ‘flowering popular movement.’ Mourners are gunned down, children are tortured and murdered, dissidents decapitated or mutilated. Women are gang raped. Refugees by the thousands flee. Tens of thousands are homeless. Islamist buzzards circle over the political chaos. The Arab apartheid system is exposing itself.

http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3191144

Face the facts – Syria is an apartheid state (Arab Islamic Apartheid)

June 23, 2011

Face the facts – Syria is an apartheid state

The west is conniving in Bashar Assad’s brutal suppression of opposition

Nick Cohen The Observer, Sunday 19 June 2011

The UN will never tell you this, but Syria is an apartheid-style state. Members of Assad’s Alawite sect make up only 14% of the population, but they control government, much of business and all the forces of coercion. Even the underworld is segregated on confessional lines. The shabbiha crime gangs that run the prostitution and smuggling rackets, and whose members the Assads are letting loose on the civilian population, are Alawite mafias.

I hope that liberals of my generation who beat their chests as they protested against racial apartheid in southern Africa will soon feel as outraged by religious apartheid in the Middle East. The Syrian opposition has as much right to our support as the African National Congress did because it has not targeted Alawites because of their religion. Indeed, it places its hopes on the Alawite-led army mutinying.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/19/syria-bashar-assad-opposition-suppression

Recent on Iran / Syria / hezbollah Crimes against Humanity

June 15, 2011

This Syrian tinderbox could set fire to the region‎
The Guardian – Jun 7, 2011
Assad’s regime threatens dire consequences for the bloodshed in Jisr al-Shughour. … security men – Syria’s equivalent of Iran’s notorious basij militia. …
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/07/syria-jisr-al-shughour-assad-regime


Syria remains dangerous regime
Posted on Friday, 06.10.11
BY FRIDA GHITIS
The Syrian people have good reason to feel let down by those around the world who claim to believe passionately in human rights and democracy. The international community has shown misguided restraint in condemning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s slaughter of his own people. In trying to prove he should be allowed to stay in power, Assad has shown exactly the opposite.
[…]
This is not just about Assad. Syrian demonstrators have been chanting “No to Assad,” but also “No to Iran, No to Hezbollah!” The protests threaten the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah-Hamas bloc. There is much at stake here not just for the regime in Damascus but for the entire region. Syria and Iran have kept Hamas and Hezbollah stockpiled with weapons. Without Damascus, the structure would wobble; perhaps fall.


The lesson from the border protests is that Assad leads an exceedingly dangerous regime. If his brutality against the Syrian people was not enough, his willingness to trigger another regional war — with the support of his allies in Tehran, Beirut and Gaza — should convince the international community to impose stern sanctions, and work for his removal.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/09/2260477/syria-remains-dangerous-regime.html


The West’s helplessness in Syria‎
The Week Magazine – Daniel Larison – 4 days ago


The world’s response to the bloodshed in Syria, or rather, … will be empowered, and a reliable ally of Iran and patron of Hezbollah will be overthrown.
http://theweek.com/article/index/216200/the-wests-helplessness-in-syria


Syria Update: “The regime is prepared to massacre everyone …Jun 12, 2011 … Syria Update: “The regime is prepared to massacre everyone” … reports are emerging that Iranians and Hezbollah members are assisting them. …
http://www.judithlevy.com/?p=519


Syria: Where Massacre Is a Family Tradition
[June 13, 2011]
The mask of the Assad regime finally falls, and the world is forced to confront its illusions about Iran’s ally and Hezbollah’s patron.
By FOUAD AJAMI
Pity the Syrians as they face the Assad regime’s tanks and artillery and snipers. Unlike in Libya, there is no Arab or international “mandate” to protect them. Grant Syria’s rulers their due: Their country rides with the Iranian theocracy and provides it access to the Mediterranean. It is a patron of Hamas and Hezbollah. And still they managed to sell the outside world on the legend of their moderation.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304259304576375943962621206.html?mod=googlenews_ws


A new Hama on the Turkish border Asia Times Online
By Victor Kotsev
June 15, 2011
TEL AVIV – In 1982, on orders by current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s father, Hafez, the Syrian army destroyed much of the city of Hama and killed somewhere between 10,000 and 40,000 people. The memory of that Muslim Brotherhood uprising and the government massacre is so strong in Syria that arguably it was a crucial factor in rekindling the current unrest after some 70 demonstrators were killed in Hama 10 days ago.


Now, the town of Jisr al-Shoughour seems set on becoming the new Hama – “a” new Hama, if we believe much of what is being written and said about the situation in Syria, with other cities to follow. It does not mean that the comparison is realistic – all other discrepancies aside, the town with its approximately 50,000 inhabitants is no comparison to Hama, the fourth-largest city in Syria – but then again, leading Western ethicists of the past few decades have taught us not to compare numbers of victims.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MF15Ak03.html


Sky News: Clinton accuses Iran of backing Syria
Updated: 03:32, Wednesday June 15, 2011
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday accused Iran of backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ‘vicious assaults’ on pro-democracy protesters after crushing its own 2009 uprising.
‘Iran is supporting the Assad regime’s vicious assaults on peaceful protesters and military actions against its own cities,’ Clinton said, comparing its response to Iran’s crackdown on pro-reform demonstrations.
‘Two years ago this week, Iranian citizens went to the polls in the hopes of expressing their democratic rights,’ she said.
‘When the people reached for their aspirations, the government responded with brutal repression. Two years later, that repression continues.’
Syria’s uprising was triggered in mid-March by the arrest and torture of 15 children and adolescents accused of spraying anti-regime graffiti in the southern town of Daraa, which then became the epicentre of the revolt.
The UN children’s agency UNICEF has since said that at least 30 children have been shot dead in the revolt against the Assad family’s 40-year rule…
http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=625543&vId=


Clinton: Iran Helps Syrian Brutality; Tehran Warns US
[Published: 06/14/11]
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday accused Iran of physically aiding Syrian forces using brutal violence to put down the country’s protest movement. Hours earlier, Iran warned the United States, “Americans are not allowed to launch a military intervention in any country of the region, including Syria.”
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/144930

Kurds (also) victims of Arab racism – Apartheid in Syria

April 27, 2011

Kurds under racist apartheid Syrian Arab Republic

..Like Gaddafi today, seven years ago Assad deployed his air force against the Kurds.

Scores were killed and thousands were arrested. Many of those arrested were tortured by Assad’s forces.

The discrimination that Kurds have faced under Assad and his father is appalling. Since the 1970s, more than 300,000 Kurds have been stripped of their Syrian citizenship. They have been forcibly ejected from their homes and villages in the north and resettled in squalid refugee camps in the south. The expressed purpose of these racist policies has been to prevent territorial contiguity between Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish Kurds and to “Arabize” Syrian Kurdistan where most of Syria’s oil deposits are located.

The Kurds make up around 10 percent of Syria’s population. They oppose not only the Baathist regime, but also the Muslim Brotherhood. Represented in exile by the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, since 2004 they have sought the overthrow of the Assad regime and its replacement by democratic, decentralized federal government. Decentralizing authority, they believe, is the best way to check tyranny of both the Baathist and the Muslim Brotherhood variety. The Kurdish demand for a federal government has been endorsed by the Sunni-led exile Syrian Reform Party.

This week the KNA released a statement to the world community. Speaking for Syria’s Kurds and for their Arab, Druse, Alevi and Christian allies in Syria, it asked for the “US, France, UK and international organizations to seek [a] UN resolution condemning [the] Syrian regime for using violence against [the Syrian] people.”

The KNA’s statement requested that the US and its allies “ask for UN-sponsored committees to investigate the recent violence in Syria, including the violence used against the Kurds in 2004.”

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=214197

What is Mr Blair’s Mission? KurdishMedia.com – By Dr Kamal Mirawdeli 01/11/2001 00:00:00 …
It seems that Mr Blair has not even known or even discreetly mentioned to his hosts that Syria is occupying a part of Kurdistan in which one million Kurds are living who are subject to the most appalling racist apartheid policies of oppression and assimilation. 150,000 of them are even deprived of having passports, being considered as ‘foreigners’ with no right, legally, to enter into employment or marriage. Syria does not allow the Kurds or to call their children Kurdish names.

Syria does not allow the Kurds to use their language for education and promote their art and culture, or to have their own legal political organisations. That is despite the fact that the Kurds are Muslims! But being Muslim for Arab racist regimes that use Islam as an Arabising racist ideology, is equivalent to being an Arab – full stop.

http://www.kurdmedia.com/article.aspx?id=8259

What happens when your oppressors are next-door neighbors … 14 Jun 2006… I raise my palm for Turkey, Syria, Iran and even Iraq…. and that Apartheid didn’t just melt away on its own, …

http://www.kurdmedia.com/article.aspx?id=12624
Western Kurdistan which is occupied by Syria, by – File Format: PDF/Adobe

Acrobat
Dr. Jawad Mella – Western Kurdistan which is occupied by Syria racist,

bloody and despotic regimes of the world. It is the same now for the

Syrian regime …
http://www.kncsite.com/kiteb/WK.pdf

West Kurdistan and the “Arab Awakening” ‎ 3.2.2011
By Minhaj Akreyi

February 3, 2011
Following the mass protests throughout Tunisia that was caused by an act

of self-immolation by a frustrated young man due to high unemployment,

food inflation, corruption, lack of freedom of speech, poor living conditions, among others, which brought down an authoritarian government of 23 years, the Arab people are finally becoming courageous and brave enough to stand up to injustice and oppression against their government; and this new phenomenon among the Arab people is starting to spread hroughout the Arabic countries. Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s incumbent president, or more like dictator, of 30 years who is feeling the high frustration and anger of its 80 million population protesting vigorously in the streets of many of its large cities, including Cairo, is greatly on the verge of collapse and may soon be joining his Tunisian colleague Ben Ali in Jeddah. Algerian, Jordanian, and Yemeni frustrated, oppressed, and angry people have also joined their Tunisian and Egyptian brethren protesting in their homeland against their highly corrupted governments.

The trend, as it seems, will most likely hit Syria as well. The Syrian regime, which is controlled by the Assad family since 1963, is as corrupted as Hosni Mubarak and his party. Unemployment in Syria is as high as of Egypt; the police and secret forces are as brutal and oppressive; freedom of speech or press does not exist; and the living conditions are no better. It is only natural, and the right of the people, that the people stand up against this tyrannical and dictatorial regime and replace it with one who values human life; who values human dignity; who values education and employment for its people; who values its people; for no government should be allowed to exist if it fails to provide the basic demands of its people. And among all this, one that would give equal rights to its minorities, such as the Kurds, whom for the last 90 years have been systematically oppressed and having their
Kurdish language banned by the Syrian government.

Syria since its creation of modern state has done whatever it could to oppress the Kurdish people in its hope to eradicate and assimilate them.

The Kurdish language is banned; there are over 200,000 Kurds whom are
labeled as foreigners because the Syrian government has stripped them off
of their citizenship and thus these people are not allowed to get a job,
buy a property, open a business, and they are not even allowed to repair
their houses; in 1965 the Syrian government created an “Arabic belt” in
an attempt to change demographic features of the Kurdish populated areas
in which over 150,000 people were displaced out of their homes and today
it is as relevant as it is effecting the Kurdish people greatly; the
burial of over 500,000 Kurdish people alive; including the many other
atrocious acts such as the burning of a movie theater burning 300 students; mass disappearances of critics; various discriminatory and racist laws, among many other horrendous acts.

That is why in order to bring an end to this oppression, the Kurds of Syrian-occupied Kurdistan, or West Kurdistan, must carefully examine the waves of protests that seem to be spreading throughout the Middle East; they must monitor the protests very closely. The already-too many and divided political parties of over 15-20 of West Kurdistan must urgently
communicate with each other in order to lay out a map and plans on what ought to be done should the Syrian population mass protests and should the Assad regime fell. It is of most crucial that all the parties unite at this critical time and opportunity that may prove fruitful and may define a moment in West Kurdistan’s history; and I won’t be too surprised
if something like South Kurdistan is achieved. But of course, in order to reach the level of South Kurdistan,www.ekurd.netfor West Kurdistan it will not be as easy for if the Assad regime fell, there will still be standing Syrian army,the racist Ba’ath party, and other chauvinistic and racist Arab nationalists who would oppose any autonomy or even human rights for the Kurds and so they will do just about everything the Assad regime has been doing since 1963 to make sure the Kurds do not control their faith and to have the Kurds remain as oppressed.

Something that should have been done long time ago, it is still not too late that the more prominent and bigger parties of West Kurdistan should
reach the lesser known and smaller parties to create the same plans and methods in reaching their same goals. The political and religious figures there should gather along with the tribal leaders and youth and have their understanding and trust within each other; envision a coherent and practical plan on what ought to be done given different scenarios; must
have clear demands and goals to present it to a next government should it be needed; decided whether they will fight for autonomy or independence given the position they might be in. They should, if not already done so, contact Kurds outside of West Kurdistan and seek advises, not just with
Kurds from West Kurdistan but in all parts of Kurdistan. They should know their ways of communication and have plan B ready in case the Syrian regime shut off internet and phone lines, which is very likely; the Kurdish population should be made aware and be ready to mass protest.

However, if not most importantly, than equally importantly, there should be Peshmergas ready to fight and defend should there be the need, which most likely there be the need. Because with Assad in power or not, the Syrian army will most definitely fight and without Peshmergas there stands no chance for West Kurdistan to have its demands respected and goals achieved. But the question remains, where will Peshmergas come from
considering the fact that West Kurdistan does not have any? Should the veterans Peshmergas of South Kurdistan join their brothers and sisters for the fight? Should the PKK send some (in 1,000’s) of their freedom fighters there? Or should PJAK, for time being, leave the fight against the Iranian army and fight the Syrian army?

There are serious and absolutely important questions and considerations that needs to be done by Kurds of West Kurdistan and Kurds of all parts of Kurdistan including the Kurds in Diaspora to start right away weighing options and creating plans if the Syrian population rise to fight their
oppressive regime for their long overdue honor, dignity, freedom, human rights, employment rights, education freedom. There could be protests and there could be no protests in Syria; similarly, Assad regime could fell or it may not fell, but that is for future to see. What the Kurds cannot
afford to lose however is if the chance come and they are not prepared for it, and once that chance leaves, there won’t be another chance for a
very long time.

http://www.ekurd.net/mismas/articles/misc2011/2/state4601.htm

Take A Look in the Mirror / Ben Dror Yemini | Rivka Shpak Lissak First, it should be stated that all Arab countries conduct an official apartheid regime. The Kurds in Syria are under a violent military regime.

http://www.rslissak.com/content/take-look-mirror-ben-dror-yemini