Friday, December 23, 2011

Was Gene Sharp an explosives' expert? On the two car bombs in Damascus

The trend was going in that direction.  Elements in the Syrian opposition were openly calling for NATO military intervention and the Turkish-run Fee Syrian Army have been targeting soldiers and government buildings as well.  Remember that Ikhwan revolt in the 1970s and 1980s was violent as well: just as the regime has been violent from day one: ever since Hafidh Al-Asad took over power.  But the insistence by Western media that this is some non-violent protest movement in Syria is produced by the propaganda agencies of Saudi/Qatari/US governments.  Now I have called and will call for the overthrow of the Syrian regime, but the notion (by the anti-regime propagandists in the Ikhwan and their liberal affiliates in the Syrian National Council and peddled by Nada Bakri in the New York Times or in Saudi/Qatari/Hariri media) that every bullet in Syria and every bomb has to be blamed on the regime is what it is: propaganda.  I mean, you have an army for the opposition (the Free Syrian Army) operating and taking responsibility for bombings and shelling, and you have the Nada Barkri and other voices of the Syrian National Council in the anti-regime media insisting that this is a non-violent movement.  I mean, for how long will this continue? After how many car bombs directed at regime symbols of power, will this claim be held in the Western press. But Kareem Fahim of the New York Times found evidence today that the car bombs AGAINST GOVERNMENT's centers of power is the work of government itself: "Just as quickly, government opponents questioned the government’s claims, noting that the buildings, in the capital’s upscale Kafar Sousah district, were heavily guarded. “How can Qaeda launch such an operation in a very tight security place?” said an antigovernment activist named Moaz, who lives in Damascus. “It’s really a play.”"  I mean, most Arabs and certainly most Iraqis blame car bombs in Iraq on the US.  Yet, the New York Times would never ever dare cite those people who believe in such conspiracy theory.  But all is possible and all is permitted in propaganda against Syria and Iran.  If Bashshar Al-Asad is assassinated, Nada Bakri or Kareem Fahim would find an "activist" or "opponent of the regime" to say that Bashshar killed himself to save the regime or to get sympathy for the regime.  The tone of the New York Times is getting sectarian by the day: its article yesterday had a clear anti-`Alawite tone when the regime is still being served (in the political and economic and military and intelligence sectors) by `Alawites and non-`Alawites alike, just as there are those in Iraq who want us to forget that Saddam's regime had many Shi`ites in senior position (and Christians as well).   Innocent Syrians have  been killed by the regime and now innocent Syrians are being killed by anti-regime forces supported by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, US, and Israel.  Just as in Libya: civilians in Libya were killed primarily by the regime but also by NATO and its fanatical militias on the ground.  Remember that when Israel and the Phalanges were using car bombs in Beirut back in the 1970s and 1980s, they also blamed their enemies for car bombs that they have been placing.  One final note on why those car bombs will only increase: of all the opposition movements in the Arab world, the Syrian Muslim Brothers and their religious nuts affiliates are the closest ideological allies of Al-Qa`diah and they share together a doctrine of anti-Shi`ite fanaticism.  Not a single mention was made in the press about the Youtube statement by a senior Syrian opposition figure (who is quoted widely in the Western and Saudi press), Ma'mun Humsi, when he threatened all `Alawites in Syria with extermination.  The show in Syria is turning uglier and more grotesque and I detest the actions and violence of both sides (although regime bears more responsibility) and wish for a progressive movement to emerge and lead the uprising against the regime in a different direction (i.e. not according to the dictates of Qatar and Saudi Arabia).