25-08-13

Use of chemical weapons: Israel

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Israel used White Phosphorous rounds against Southern Lebanon in 2006.

On January 3, 2009, the Israel artillery was shelling the people of Northern Gaza with White Phosphorous rounds.

They are indiscriminate killers, as that the gas released from the explosion, burns exposed flesh, and the lungs of the victims, whichever way the wind blows.

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23-08-13

Chemical weapons: US

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There are images from the U.S. War against Vietnam that have been indelibly imprinted on the minds of Americans who lived through it. One is the naked napalm-burned girl running from her village with flesh hanging off her body. Another is a photo of the piles of bodies from the My Lai massacre, where U.S. troops executed 504 civilians in a small village. Then there is the photograph of the silent scream of a woman student leaning over the body of her dead friend at Kent State University whose only crime was protesting the bombing of Cambodia in 1970. Finally, there is the memory of decorated members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War testifying at the Winter Soldier Hearings, often in tears, to atrocities in which they had participated during the war.

These pictures are heartbreaking. They expose the horrors of war. The U.S. War against Vietnam was televised, while images of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have intentionally been hidden from us. But what was not televised was the relentless ten years (1961-1971) of spraying millions of gallons of toxic herbicides over vast areas of South Vietnam. These chemicals exposed almost 5 million people, mostly civilians, to deadly consequences. The toxic herbicides, most notably Agent Orange, contained dioxin, one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man. It has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a carcinogen (causes cancer) and by the American Academy of Medicine as a teratogen (causes birth defects).

From the beginning of the spraying 51 years ago, until today, millions of Vietnamese have died from, or been completely incapacitated by, diseases which the U. S. government recognizes are related to Agent Orange for purposes of granting compensation to Vietnam Veterans in the United States. The Vietnamese, who were the intended victims of this spraying, experienced the most intense, horrible impact on human health and environmental devastation. Second and third generations of children, born to parents exposed during the war and in areas of heavy spraying — un-remediated “hot spots” of dioxin contamination, — suffer unspeakable deformities that medical authorities attribute to the dioxin in Agent Orange.

http://www.vn-agentorange.org/ 

http://jakking.typepad.com/daily/2004/08/chemical_war_cr.html

Use of chemical weapons: Israel

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Israel used White Phosphorous rounds against Southern Lebanon in 2006.

On January 3, 2009, the Israel artillery was shelling the people of Northern Gaza with White Phosphorous rounds.

They are indiscriminate killers, as that the gas released from the explosion, burns exposed flesh, and the lungs of the victims, whichever way the wind blows.

Syria: UN media war chemical weapons

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Aug 23, 2013

Moscow, (SANA) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry stressed the importance of conducting an objective investigation into reports on possible use of chemical weapons in Damascus Countryside in Syria two days ago.

A statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry said Lavrov made phone calls with Kerry, highlighting the need that the armed opposition's groups ensure a safe entry for the UN investigators to the region where reports said the possible chemical attack took place.

The statement pointed out that Russia has called upon Syria to cooperate with the UN experts.

It added that Moscow expects the "Syrian opposition" to make constructive steps towards getting the international conference on Syria held so as to find a solution to the crisis as soon as possible.

Russia: Syrian 'opposition' hinders chemical weapons use investigation

The Syrian opposition hinders conducting an objective investigation into an allege use of chemical weapons in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement on Friday that Moscow got no signal that the Syrian opposition is ready to ensure the safety of the international experts in Syria.

Lukashevich urged all influential sides to take the necessary measures to see to that the UN experts' missions are carried out.

Moscow is in constant communication with the Syrian leadership and encourages constructive cooperation with the UN investigators, the Russian diplomat said, indicating that Moscow ''views with appreciation'' Damascus' approval to the visit of the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs which it sees ''very important.''

In the same context, Lukashevich described as ''unacceptable'' the calls to pressure the UN Security Council into passing a resolution that authorizes the use of force against Syria.

''It is strange that these statements come from those who obstructed last March the Syrian government's call for a prompt and impartial investigation into the Syrian opposition's use of chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal residential area,'' he added.

Syria has demanded that the UN conducts an objective probe into a chemical weapons use by the armed terrorist groups against civilians in Khan al-Assal area last March, but London and Paris had brought pressure to bear on the UN Secretary-General in a bid to obstruct the investigation.

The US: We are unable to conclusively determine chemical weapons use

Earlier, the US announced that it is unable to confirm reports that spoke of an alleged gas attack in Damascus Countryside last Wednesday.

"At this time we are unable to conclusively determine chemical weapon use," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Thursday afternoon.

"We are focused on doing everything possible within our power to nail down the facts," she added. 

The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces earlier stressed in a statement that there was no truth whatsoever to the false allegations made by the tendentious media channels on the Syrian army's use of chemical weapons in areas in Damascus Countryside.

The Command affirmed that such allegations are part of the dirty media war led by some countries against Syria.

H. Said/M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/08/23/498754.htm

UN: Alleged Syria chemical attacks 'serious escalation'

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BBC News - 22 August 2013

UN officials say alleged chemical weapons attacks which Syria's opposition says killed hundreds near Damascus were a "serious escalation".

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson made the comments after briefing an emergency UN Security Council meeting about Wednesday's incident.

The Security Council also said that clarity was needed over the attacks.

Some 35 member states called for UN weapons inspectors already in Syria to be dispatched immediately to the scene.

Opposition activists said that more than 1,000 people were killed after government forces launched rockets with toxic agents into the Damascus suburbs in the Ghouta region early on Wednesday.

The Syrian government has denied the allegations, describing them as "illogical and fabricated". The Syrian army said the opposition made up the claims to divert attention from the huge losses its forces had suffered recently.

The BBC has been unable to independently confirm the death toll.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Obama. It is a public secret that Ban Ki-moon, who has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. and served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992, is a very good personal friend of president Obama.

21-08-13

Israel became player in the war against Syria

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August 21, 2013

Deputy Premier, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem considered that the Israeli interest in the events in Syria and the region became clear as the statements of the Israeli officials that they would not allow the resistance to win lead to this fact.

"Israel is satisfied over the escalation of terrorism in the region, destruction of infrastructure, exhausting the economies, Arab armies, particularly in Syria, Iraq and Egypt… it is happy over the destruction in the region," the Minister said at a political review at the Foreign Ministry, in the presence of Syrian journalists, political analysts and Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi.

He referred to a clear relation between the events in the Arab region in the nature of conflict, the identity of the conflicting powers among national, pan-Arab powers which work through an independent national decision and those terrorist extremist powers who move through the support of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, the US and Israel.

"The scale of field and political accounts tends to the interest of national powers and the resistance with a change in the political overview in Egypt and the severe blow that the extremist Islamist movement, led by Turkey, received by the collapse of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt." Minister al-Moallem said.

He added that the Saudi regime seeks to inflame the situation and obstructs the convening of Geneva conference as it is the case with the US stance which renounces its understanding with the Russian side.

"Any political analysis to the ongoing events in Syria should start from observing the Israeli stance which intervened, as a main player, in the field when it raided and attacked three Syrian sites and received wounded terrorist in its hospitals," the Minister went on to say.

He referred to the harmony between the Israeli stance and that of the opposition abroad who welcomed the Israeli decision to allow arming the terrorist groups in Syria.

"The basis of the Syrian national stance is the independent decision… what distinguishes the Syrian policy is that it is independent and stems from the national interest," Deputy Prime Minister said.

On the US stance, the Minister underlined that the US wants the continuation of terrorism and violence in Syria as long as this comes in the interest of the Israeli interest, so it postpones the Russian efforts to hold Geneva conference and this stance meets with the Gulf stance, particularly the Saudi one.

Al-Moallem considered the U.S.-Saudi stance as "directly influencing the opposition abroad which is presenting preconditions and does not adopt a clear  stance on the participation in Geneva conference."

Al-Moallem said that what is happening in Egypt is an important factor in the Syrian developments as Egyptians are protesting against the Muslim Brotherhood movement  after they considered it as a terrorist movement, adding that the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt embarrasses the Turkish government of Erdogan.

Concerning the situation in Iraq, al-Moallem said that the Iraqis are facing what the Syrians have been facing and they are exerting all efforts to combat terrorism on their territories.

Regarding the situation in Lebanon, the Foreign Minister said that there is a movement that offers weapons and support to the armed terrorist groups and another movement that did not hesitate to courageously support the stance of the Syrian state.

He pointed out that the enemies of Syria are now preparing the Jordanian front as an alternative to Turkey through the flow of gunmen and weapons across the Jordanian borders, in addition to the entry of the head of the "Doha Coalition" to the Syrian territories from Jordan.

Al-Moallem pointed out that EU countries are exerting attempts to communicate with Syria and there are also attempts to come back to Syria by some European countries through humanitarian organizations; however, Syria rejects these attempts.

F.Allafi/Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/08/21/498492.htm

20-08-13

Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight

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Combat the murder that is war:
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/ernest-hemingway-combat-the-murder-that-is-war/

There are people who would make war, there are other people who would not make war:
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/ernest-hemingway-there-are-people-who-would-make-war-there-are-other-people-who-would-not-make-war/

19-08-13

Syria condemns terrorist massacre against members of Egyptian Police

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August 19, 2013

Syria condemns the terrorist massacre perpetrated against members of the Egyptian Police near Rafah, north of Sinai and considers this act as a terrorist heinous act, Information Ministry said on Monday.

The Ministry added in a statement "We, by the name of Syrian people, offer condolences to the people of Egypt and the families of the martyrs and affirm our confidence in the Egyptian people's ability to confront the systemized terrorism."

25 Egyptian soldiers of the central security were killed and two others were wounded by a terrorist attack of armed groups on two buses near Rafah.  

Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/08/19/498085.htm

17-08-13

15,000 Troops Should Stay In Afghanistan After 2014

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Agence France-Presse
August 14, 2013

Ex-NATO Chief: 15,000 Troops Should Stay In Afghanistan After 2014

The United States and its allies should immediately announce how many troops will stay on in Afghanistan after 2014, former NATO supreme commander Admiral James Stavridis argued on Wednesday.

Stavridis, who recently finished a four-year stint as the alliance’s top military leader, said it was vital to unveil the troop plans quickly to counter Taliban propaganda claiming foreign troops are abandoning the country.

In a commentary, Stavridis wrote that he supported keeping 15,000 US and allied forces in the country after the bulk of coalition troops withdraw as planned in 2014.

“I believe the correct number is about 9,000 US and 6,000 allied troops, for a total of about 15,000 allied trainers who would focus on mentoring, training, and advising the 350,000 strong Afghan National Security Forces,” Stavridis wrote in Foreign Policy.

“Instead of waiting for months, we should move now to decide and publicly reveal the commitment,” the admiral said.

There are now roughly 100,000 troops in Afghanistan in the NATO-led coalition, with the Americans making up about two-thirds of the force.

US officials have long suggested they expected to retain a smaller force of about 8,000 to 12,000 troops after 2014.

But, amid difficult negotiations on a long-term security accord with Kabul, White House officials have spoken of a possible “zero option” with no US boots on the ground after next year.

The former top commander of US and alliance forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen, has called for keeping 13,600 American troops in the country, as well as a number of NATO forces. He too has urged President Barack Obama to announce the troop decision as soon as possible.

By announcing troop plans now, Stavridis said the allies “would break the Taliban narrative decisively, making a lie of their oft-repeated trope that ‘the foreigners are leaving,’” the admiral wrote.

“It would also encourage the conclusion of the strategic agreement between the United States and Afghanistan, ” he added.

The current head of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, General Joe Dunford, has indicated he would provide recommendations on troop numbers after this year’s “fighting season” ends in October.

While acknowledging serious difficulties in the war effort, Stavridis defined “success” in Afghanistan as a “democratic (if somewhat corrupt) nation that has reasonable control over its borders” and dominance over an insurgency that does not pose a dire threat to the state.

If 15,000 allied troops stay in Afghanistan, there was cause to be “cautiously optimistic” the country would meet the criteria of success, he wrote.

But if no foreign troops remain after 2014, that would mean “probable mission failure,” according to Stavridis.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/

16-08-13

Cuban missile crisis

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“My fellow Americans, with a heavy heart, and in necessary fulfillment of my oath of office, I have ordered – and the United States Air Force has now carried out – military operations with conventional weapons only, to remove a major nuclear weapons build-up from the soil of Cuba.”

These are the words President Kennedy almost delivered in October 1962 announcing what could have been World War III.

Photo: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and President John F. Kennedy talk in the residence of the US ambassador in a suburb of Vienna, June 3, 1961.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_missile_crisis

Respect the national sovereignty !

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'Those who attack Egypt will never leave Egypt alive. We shall fight a regular war, a total war, a guerrilla war. Those who attack Egypt will soon realize they brought disaster upon themselves. He who attacks Egypt attacks tile whole Arab world.'

President Gamal Abdel Nasser - 15 September 1956

Latest News Syria: uncensored

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Augustus 16, 2013

Units of the armed forces on Friday seized full control of al-Qarieh al-Shamiyeh in the Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Countryside.

Heavy weapons, including rocket launch pads, destroyed in Aleppo

In the meantime, units of the armed forces eliminate a number of armed terrorist groups with all their members in the neighborhoods of Bustan al-Qasr and al-Rashdin and in al-Kallaseh Square in the city of Aleppo.

An official source told SANA reporter that all the terrorists' weapons were destroyed, including heavy and medium machine guns.

The source added that an army unit destroyed terrorists dens and weapons, including rocket launch pads, to the east of Kweiris village, while numbers of terrorists were killed on al-Maslamiyeh road and in Khan al-Assal and Atareb areas in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo.

The source mentioned that weapons and ammunition loaded in a care were destroyed to the north of al-Nairab camp.

Members of armed terrorist groups who had been committing acts of looting and blocking roads on al-Kastillo-al-Jandoul road and al-Daneh road were killed.

Units of the armed forces also killed and injured members of terrorist groups on al-Atareb-Aleppo road and in al-Zurbeh area in the southwestern countryside.

The army targets terrorists' gatherings in Idleb

Meanwhile, units of the armed forces inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists' gatherings in several areas in Idleb countryside.

SANA reporter quoted a military source as saying that army units carried out a series of operations targeting terrorists' gatherings in Barzeh, Ein al-Ghazal, al-Maraneh, al-Qanieh and al-Janoudiye in the countryside of Jisr al-Shughour.

Other army units, the source added, targeted dens for terrorist groups in the areas of Maaret al-Numan, Kfarrouma, Armanaia, Maartamsarin, Binnesh, Tall al-Daman, al-Halouiyeh, al-Baraghithi, Tall Salmo and Abo al-Dhuhour.

Many terrorists were killed and scores of others were injured in the operations, in addition to the destruction of their weapons.

Terrorists killed in Lattakia

In Lattakia, the source an army unit targeted several terrorists' dens in Kinsaba in the countryside and killed many terrorists.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/08/16/497539.htm