There is such a human rights organization - the Syrian Center for Monitoring the Observance of Human Rights. At the BBC, this center called otherwise: "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights." The discrepancy is due to the literal translation into Russian of the word “Observatory” in the title “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights”. Comrades from this office do not count the stars. Their job is to count corpses.
Despite the fact that the organization, which employs in the staff of accountants, is based in London, its employees are engaged in calculations in Syria. In the well-thought-out information strategy and tactics, “astronomers” cannot be denied. If in England, in which sometimes, despite the crisis (or perhaps because of it), half-dead democracy comes to life, and hapless accountants can be exposed and put up in the press in an unattractive way, then in Syria they are bribed smoothly: after all, representatives of the foreign press a tyrant, a strangler of liberties and a murderer of his own people, Bashar Assad does not let go.
26 May employees of the "observatory", referring to the nameless, but dedicated assistants from among the opposition activists who work in Syria here and there with video cameras and iPhones, told the democratic public of the West that the army of Assad had shelled the city of Hula, and not just from " Kalash ", and from large-caliber machine guns. The activists also noticed heavy military equipment. Neither the local oppositionists, nor the workers of the “observatory” for some reason could count the number of units of equipment. However, it was not their responsibility. Their work, again, count the corpses. Quote from "BBC":
"... According to the BBC correspondent in Beirut, Jim Muir, a video was published on the Internet in which the bloodied and mutilated bodies of children lay on the floor in a dark room, and the voice-over says that there are so many bodies that their impossible.
Human rights activists say that on the outskirts of the city security forces shot and killed several families. The rest, according to their data, either died during the shelling or were caught by the military and executed. ”
The BBC correspondent immediately adds: “It is currently not possible to verify the accuracy of all these messages, because the Syrian authorities have restricted access of foreign journalists to their territory.”
It is impossible to calculate ... It is impossible to verify ...
The bodies, however, were considered by the activists and observators. The terrible words that “there are so many bodies that it is impossible to count them,” were said to starter a nightmarish plot. The ordinary chernushno-journalistic method, which gives the opportunity in the next report to write the second chapter - already with the casting of specific numbers. First, the numbers are called roughly, with the addition of frightening readers "no less" or "above" and "more", and then comes the "updated information", where the round numbers of accountants are "specified". So it was this time.
В messages, then received from the Syrian Center for Monitoring the Observance of Human Rights, the first number appeared - 50 tel. Then we talked about more than 90 killed, among them 25 children. Appeared and third refined numbers: 110 dead, including 13 children. Finally, the opposition and the "observatory" have been named non-circular numbers: the person's 92, including the child's 32 (Yes version and with 38 children). The government army of Syria was named guilty of the killings in Hula. It was she who organized the shelling of Hula, as a result of which the 92 man died.
In a British newspaper The Guardian (article by Damien Pierce and Conal Urquhart, publ. 26 in May) provides other data obtained via Skype from "local activist" Abu Yazan: 12 people died during the shelling, and 106 was killed by "pro-government gangsters."
Ben Hubbard (The Associated Press) in a report from Beirut (published on May 26 The Washington Times) specifies the age of all killed children: up to 10 years.
RIA News" notes: “Western media regularly publish data provided by OSDH. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that the level of competence of this organization makes it doubtful of the accuracy of the information provided by it. According to the Russian diplomatic department, there are only two people working in the department (head and secretary-translator), and Rami Abdurahman, who heads him, does not even have a full secondary education. In an interview with the media, Abdurakhman reported that he resides in London, where he holds a snack bar. ”
And the secretary-translator must be a part-time salesman and cleaner at the diner.
However, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, apparently after reading the diner’s host’s and translator’s report, said angry filipiku about a "serious international response", which contained the words: "We demand the urgent convocation of the UN Security Council in the coming days."
What a gullible person this British foreign secretary. Or is it customary in the West to believe the first comer? .. Here we, the wild Russians, are used to not trusting anyone. Even activists from the London observatories counting the Syrian dead - and so do not believe.
There was a tragedy. There are dead. But the fact that the killers are “security forces” we do not believe. For the sake of objectivity, it should be noted that General R. Mood, the commander of the observation mission from the UN in Syria, Mr. West, did not make hasty statements about someone else's guilt. AT report from 27 May The BBC correspondent bashfully admits: "Earlier, the head of the UN mission of observers in Syria, General Robert Mood, called the incident a" cruel tragedy, "noting that the observers personally visited the site of the tragedy, but did not specify who the organization believes is guilty of the incident." Mood still сообщилwhat observers who visited the scene of the tragedy saw in the battle area tank shells.
Meanwhile, the broadcast has already filled the accusatory statements from Monsieur, Sirs and Misters. Numerous western prosecutors of Bashar al-Assad understood everything without additional explanations: on Friday in Hula, after prayer, thousands and thousands of people dissatisfied with Assad’s tyranny went to the square with protests. The city was fired from tanks and machine guns, there were casualties, and in addition several Assad security forces shot several families on the outskirts. "BBC" says: "It is impossible to confirm this information from independent sources." AND сообщает: “Syrian authorities blamed what happened on“ armed terrorist groups ... ”
The first was stirred up by France. Her Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius condemned the shelling of Hula and said: “I will immediately contact the member countries of the“ Friends of Syria ”group to arrange a meeting in Paris.”
After Paris, London strongly condemned the bloody affairs in Syria. The words of the head of the British Foreign Office, see above.
The choir of the EU joined the voices of Paris and London, in which Catherine Ashton was a soloist. how handed 27 May from Brussels corr. RIA "News"A. Shilo, she" strongly condemned the special operation of Syrian government troops in the city of Hula (Homs province), during which dozens of civilians, including children, were killed. " Ashton also said: "The international community must continue to speak in unison, demanding an end to the bloodshed and urging Assad to give up power and allow the transition to democracy."
In unison, Mrs. Ashton, they do not sing in the choir. Otherwise, it is no longer a chorus, but a bunch of fake drop-outs with solfeggio threes.
As we can see, the head of the EU diplomacy did not doubt that the dirty work of killing children and adults was the result of a special operation of the Syrian government forces. Evidence of the head of diplomacy is not required. It is enough for her to pick up what started the start-up from France and Britain. After all, they sing in unison.
Syrian opposition groovy western song picked up:
“In response to the massacre in Hula, thousands of Syrians staged protests in different cities of the country. Opposition representatives appealed to the international community to create a united front against Bashar Assad and attack the positions of regular troops from the air.
The Syrian Free Army, consisting of soldiers and officers who deserted from the country's armed forces, announced it was withdrawing from the peace agreement imposed by the UN and United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan: the rebels claim that neither the UN nor the observers interfere in what is happening does not force Asad to abide by the terms of the agreement, making the document absolutely useless. ”
Here is a quote from statements "Free Syrian Army": "We declare that until the UN Security Council takes urgent decisions to protect civilians, let the Annan plan fly to hell."
Such a “cool” statement was made after General Mustafa Ahmed Al-Sheikh, head of the military council of the SSA, called on the international community to arrange military intervention in the Syrian conflict. after the massacre of citizens by the military in the city of Hula. In addition to the international attack, which the oppositionists, nurtured and fed by the West, as well as Western satellites from the east, and various "friends" of the Syrian people, are just waiting, the general called on all armed oppositionists to launch full-scale military operations against the Assad regime.
At the UN, having heard the fiery speeches of the SSA fighters, they became alarmed - and stood up, if not in the first row in the choir, then in the second. On Saturday, Ban Ki-moon and his associate Kofi Annan issued a statement. Quote: “This monstrous and brutal crime due to indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force is a blatant violation of international law and the obligations of the Syrian government to stop the use of heavy weapons in populated centers, not to resort to violence in any form.”
The League of Arab States (LAS), which is temporarily chaired by Kuwait, a great friend of the West, decided to meet emergency meeting - In order to immediately discuss the situation in Syria, in which the dictator Asad still reigns.
Not in unison choir and without the United States. Interfax reports that, according to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN observers confirmed the deaths of dozens of men, women and children - as a result of the shelling involving artillery and tanks of the Syrian army. Clinton said: “Those who committed this atrocity must be discovered and punished. The United States and the world community will work to increase the pressure on Bashar Assad and his associates, whose power based on murder and fear must come to an end. ”
H. Clinton was afraid to blame directly the army of Assad. The American habit of fearing any lawsuits, including for libel, probably has an effect. Therefore, the Secretary of State's expressions are so cautious: then she will say about “they confirmed the death”, then she will hint at “those who committed this atrocity”. Not being sure that the Syrian military is responsible for the murder of children and adults, Clinton nevertheless plans to "work to increase the pressure on Bashar al-Assad." His "power, based on murder and fear, must come to an end." Typical method of manipulation of consciousness. The listener of the Secretary of State’s speech, yawning in the middle, will add a beginning to the end and will get a short conclusion: Assad is to blame for everything. Down with Assad, freedom to the tortured people of Syria!
Hillary Clinton singing along Erin Pelton is the official representative of the National Security Council at the White House. She called the shelling of the Syrian city of Hula a meanness. She also saidthat the events in the Hula "serve as a living confirmation of the illegitimacy of the current regime." As a result, the US administration placed responsibility for the killing of civilians on Syrian President Assad.
“Responsibility for the murder” is another matter. Subtly played in the West in political games. Assad is difficult to argue with experienced propagandists-choristers. Responsibility for the murder is not the same as murder. After all, you can always say that the president is responsible for everything that happens in his country. This is how the denigration of a political figure, against which terrorism has rallied everything, is happening - the language does not turn to say: civilized, - the world, from the States to Kuwait, from Kuwait to Paris.
Since Russia is considered a friend of Syria, the British Foreign Secretary went on a visit to Moscow on Sunday. Before you fly out, William Hague wrote on Twitter that he is going to discuss the Syrian situation with his colleague Sergey Lavrov.
While the West blames President Assad for the troubles of the Syrian people, “in unison” evading the direct accusation of the government army of mass killings, terrorists are rampant in Syria - alas, not without the support of the West: financial, technical and informational. This "inside out" of the Syrian war, the Western media cover very reluctantly. The soldiers and officers of the government army will instantly turn into the country's liberators from international terrorism, start Western politicians calling Bashar al-Assad’s opponents not extremists, but insurgents.
Ii. Shoulder to shoulder with al-Qaeda fighters
As the SANAAl-Qaeda armed terrorist group members burned down several houses in the villages of Ash-Shumariya and Tel-Doo (Homs province), brutally killing members of two families, including children.
On May 26, in the village of Mu Hassan, militants kidnapped employees of the Al-Furat oil company, who were driving to a minibus, to work in a minibus, then hiding in an unknown direction. Syrian intelligence agencies are doing everything possible to find and save the abductees.
On the same day, terrorists robbed a branch of an agricultural bank in the city of Abu Kamal, kidnapping 12 million Syrian pounds and several bank stamps.
Syrian secret services discovered a warehouse with a large number of explosives and gas cylinders, as well as a workshop for the manufacture of explosive devices on a plantation in the suburbs of Homs.
Finally, in the village of Tel-Doo in the province of Homs, an armed group burned down and blew up several houses. As reported, the militants were pursuing the goal of placing the responsibility for these crimes on the Syrian army. The criminals burned the National Hospital, the police station and the entire crop of crops obtained by local farmers.
Let's repeat the words of Hillary Clinton: "Those who committed this atrocity must be discovered and punished." Isn't it true, now they are getting another color?
"Vesti" note that Syrian official sources, including SANA, have not yet responded to the tragic events near Homs. However, commentators in Damascus described the latest campaign raised by the Western media as “hysterical,” full of “lies and slander”, harassing the Syrian government, launched to discredit it.
It should be noted here that the Syrian opposition, by the way, are doing one thing - that is, fighting against the people of Syria - shoulder to shoulder with the al-Qaeda fighters, are unhappy that the West does not support them enough and gives little money. Some of the opposition fighters have already agreed that the West ... supports Assad, and calls them fighters extremists. Quote from "BBC":
“People are tired of journalists,” says Myledin Zane, Lieutenant Colonel of the Free Army of Syria. “We are not extremists, although you are trying to portray us in this light.”
He adds bitterly: “In my opinion, the West still supports the regime. The United States could expel the authorities from the country in a week, but they do not want democracy for us, I don’t even know why. They want the country to collapse. ”
Myledin Zane is cunning. The United States does not support the "regime", but is cautious with funding and supply. Who knows about American funding and equipment directed to Syria?
Now is not the time for the US to openly finance and arm al-Qaeda, as it was in the eighties. These times ended after bin Laden disassociated himself from America, declaring her an enemy. But now the current leader of al-Qaida, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is achieving the same goal as America: overthrowing Bashar al-Assad. This identical goal is expressed, however, it is different: the United States is fighting for democracy, and the lover of the “Arab spring” Zawahiri declared Assad jihad. Words are words, and the interests of the White House and Al-Qaida, as in the distant Afghan past, have brilliantly merged.
Three months ago, Hillary Clinton warned: “In Libya, the opposition controlled the (defined) territory, kept Benghazi. She had a face - people who went to diplomatic interaction (with the outside world) and fighters. We could actually meet with them, consider them, ask them sharp questions. And when (Ayman), al-Zawahiri from Al-Qaida, stands in support of the Syrian opposition, you should ask yourself who we are arming if we decide to supply weaponshow we will transfer these weapons, what benefit automatic (small) weapons will give against artillery and tanks. ”
After less than a month and a half, the official representative of the US State Department Victoria Nuland saidthat in a few months America sent various telecommunications equipment to Syria — with the goal of “helping the opposition to communicate with each other and with the outside world, help better organize and possess information about the situation in order to avoid attacks from the (ruling) regime”. Mrs. Nuland, without flinching a single muscle of the face, noted: “We will not publicly talk about ... what kind of equipment means where it is being transferred ... We did not designate the issue in dollars publicly. There are a number of reasons for this. ”
So, the USA has been helping the oppositionists with communication equipment for several months, not to mention millions of dollars. Arms openly help fear: after all, accused of "double standards." They will say, they will surely say, especially in Russia and Syria, that the United States and Al-Qaeda are one. And do not want to give a trump card in the hands of "enemies."
В April article about Syria I wrote: “... to the plan of Kofi Annan, which was a convenient reason for provocations, a sequel was invented long ago. It seems that we are talking only about the details of the joint operation: the scenario in the rough is already ready, and you need to make a casting and figure out who will play what role. After all, all the opponents of Assad have already realized that the Syrian army is strong enough to withstand weak and divided opposition - therefore, we need stronger or more exhausting means. ”
The name of this sequel is terror. Rebels and Al-Qaeda, supported by the monarchies of the Persian Gulf and the West, fighting side by side for one thing in common with the “choir members” from Washington, Paris and London. They are fighting for Syria to become Libya.
And Hillary Clinton was not in vain afraid of the fact that the United States might seem alike Qaeda to someone. 25 May "BBC" sadly remarked: "One of the paradoxes of the Syrian uprising is that both the United States and Al-Qaeda take the same position with regard to the Syrian uprising: both parties want the regime to be overthrown."
Of course, the correspondent of "BBC" softened his thought, saying about the "paradox". But with the same success, the paradox may seem that the USA has been stubbornly turning to the “cold war” in recent years, trying to regain the almost lost status of the world hegemon. To strengthen their shaky hegemony, they are willing to cooperate with anyone. And with Al-Qaeda, a product of the CIA, there is more. It takes only two or three months to brainwash the world democratic population so that it can learn: when al-Qaeda ran the freaking bin Laden, it was bad; when az-Zawahiri arrived there, over time, he managed to make it happen that this powerful liberation organization, stimulating the “Arab spring”, began to serve in the name of the bright goal of building a democracy of the Jefferson model in all countries of the Middle East and Africa.
Already even on "Radio Liberty", the famous mouthpiece of democracy, cites opinions on the hand of al-Qaeda:
“The fact that the main responsibility for the bloodshed lies with the government in Damascus, since it initiated attacks on opponents, has been noted repeatedly. At the same time, Assad and his supporters in Moscow justify the attacks as anti-terrorist actions. Is it fair? Hudson’s Institute Expert Richard Weitz believes:
“We know that among those who are fighting the Assad regime are Sunni extremists associated with al-Qaeda.” The explosions that took place in the cities with a large number of victims are, apparently, their handiwork. These are real terrorists attacking unarmed civilians ... ”
Other observers in the West are already seriously afraid that after the overthrow of Assad (in Europe and the United States, it is customary to believe in his overthrow), al-Qaeda will come to power in Syria. For example, thinks so the correspondent of the French "Le Figaro" Georges Malbruneau.
Jihadist militants, according to a French journalist, consider Syria a “laboratory” for their terrorist experiments. “For them, there can be no question of observance of the Annan plan, on the contrary, with their attacks they want to show the population tired of the impotence of the international community that they are the sworn enemies of the regime. Undermining cars filled with explosives, they increase the influx of recruits from abroad and guarantee the flow of new funds. ”
“There is already an established network of financing for the Syrian jihad, the center of which is Tripoli. The network exists thanks to charitable associations of the Gulf countries, in particular, Charity Eid, controlled by Saudi Safr al-Hawali, Kuwaiti Walid Tabatabai and Qatari Abdel Rahman Nuaimi. There is no shortage of money. <…> Sometimes Lebanese envoys from the Persian Gulf countries transfer money to the Syrian Salafists directly to Tripoli, sometimes local intermediaries provide logistics.
“Concerned by these trends, some opposition allies are beginning to weigh the jihadist risk. For several months, US officials have warned of the dangers of the emergence of a “jihadist axis,” connecting Tripoli with the Iraqi region of Al-Anbar and passing through Syria, the publication states. “The revolution is taking a bad turn,” stresses a Western diplomat working in Damascus. - We can not pretend that we do not know. At first there was a statement by al-Zawahiri urging jihadists to go to Syria. Then there are the heads of American intelligence, James Clapper, who attributed to Al-Qaeda the majority of the terrorist acts committed in Syria since December. ” Now, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convinced that Al-Qaeda is behind the most sophisticated and deadly actions of the Syrian uprising, the newspaper writes. ”
But how does the Russian expert see this situation? D. Sedov:
“The plan for overthrowing the regime of Bashar Assad was finalized. It all started with information aggression. Then from the territory of Turkey, gangs of militants began to penetrate into Syria, sowing death in settlements, whose population was supported by the government. However, militants ’raids did not detonate popular indignation, and the mythical“ Free Army of Syria ”appeared on someone’s considerable money, currently counting 15 thousands of trained deserters and operating throughout the country. At the same time, as if on cue, in the cities of Homs and Hama, which were traditionally hostile to Damascus, well-armed detachments of local citizens, led by professional terrorists, appeared. An anti-government front has been formed, which the Syrian National Council, which consists of immigrants who do not hide their ties with ideological centers and NATO intelligence services, formally leads from abroad. In addition to Turkey and other NATO countries, the Gulf states play a special role in the financial and military-technical support of this motley army.
Then came Al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda Syrian subsidiary, which, by dramatically increasing the scale of violence, would make life unbearable for the population. Finally, the contours of the next act of the Syrian tragedy were outlined: a campaign of intimidation of the international community began, the goal of which is to identify the regime of Bashar al-Assad with the threat of the use of chemical weapons of mass destruction. ”
Thus, the al-Qaida jihad against Syria is completely identical in its first goal - the overthrow of Assad - the policy of the United States, which has repeatedly stated that Bashar Assad should leave. The objectives of the opposition at this stage also do not contradict the aspirations of az-Zavahiri. And it is very doubtful that the activities of Al-Qaeda would not be beneficial to world democrats, who are immediately attributed to the attack by the Assad army and gain points in this geopolitical game.
Iii. Russia: Three Views on the Syrian Crisis
First opinion: Russia has little to do with Syria, Russia is more important than relations with the West.
Last week стало известно: the Moscow missile cruiser will not go to the coast of Syria to patrol. The output of this Black Sea cruiser fleet in the Mediterranean was scheduled for June 1. At the headquarters of the Navy, they said that the decision to cancel is explained by "the peculiarities of the political situation."
Gumer Isaev, head of the St. Petersburg Center for the Study of the Middle East, recently told "Moskovsky Komsomol" (Irina Kuksenkova):
“Initially, it was clear that Russia on the Syrian issue would not use the full range of pressure methods (meaning including the military) and conduct offensive movements to defend Syria. And a vote in the UN Security Council and the imposition of the right of veto - this means only to passively reflexively passively. Sending our military contingent to defend the Assad regime is extremely unlikely, because no matter what, we are not going to spoil relations with the West because of Syria. Even despite the appropriate rhetoric of the authorities and anti-Americanism in society, for us, relations with America and the West are more important. And if they decide that Syria is doomed, it will. In general, Russia has seen a full failure in the Middle East strategy. And this is natural, it’s not a matter of specific personalities, but of a tendency. We have not done anything over the past 20 years, which at least seriously marked Russia in the region. ”
Opinion two: Russia will limit political support; Syria will not wait for economic aid from it.
The Syrian delegation headed by Finance Minister Mohammed al-Dzhlaylyati, as Alexander Reutov writes (Kommersant), proposed the Russian Federation to implement a number of large joint projects - from the export of agricultural products to the construction of a thermal power station in Syria and even a nuclear power plant. To participate in projects, Syria needs loans: after all, it is “sanctioned” by the West. But Russia is not in a hurry to conclude an agreement with Syria, bearing in mind the failed agreements with Libya, which resulted in financial losses due to the overthrow and death of Gaddafi. And many experts believe that Assad is left to rule Syria for no more than a year.
“Now we can achieve very favorable conditions for the signing of new contracts or the renewal of existing ones,” Vladimir Isaev, a professor at the Institute of Asian and African Countries, explained to Kommersant. - Perhaps you should not now subscribe to huge projects. And pull a little bit before embarking on their implementation. ” However, other experts urge caution. "In the current environment, the risk of investment in Syria is critically high, if you don’t have the goal, of course, to write off any budget expenditures for the war," Elena Suponina, head of the Center for Asia and the Middle East at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, told Kommersant. She recalled that Damascus, even before the crisis, was not particularly solvent and faithful to its obligations. In 2005, the Russian Federation wrote off more than $ 10 billion of debt to Syria. In exchange, Damascus, among other things, promised on a tender-free basis to transfer a contract for the construction of the Tishrin CHP plant to Russian companies, but later it was received by the Indian company BHEL.
Third opinion: Syria will come out of the crisis itself, it does not need help.
RIA News" cites the words of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Russian part of the permanent Russian-Syrian commission for trade, economic and scientific and technical cooperation Alexander Khloponin. He believes that the Syrian authorities will be able to find a way out of the situation in the country without outside interference.
Khloponin said at the 8 meeting of the permanent Russian-Syrian commission for trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation: from the outside. We are absolutely convinced that the Syrian authorities are able to take all the necessary measures to quickly stabilize the situation on the basis of a course of reform and a broad dialogue with those forces in the opposition that reject the path of violence. ” RIA "Novosti" cites other words of A. Khloponin: "We are told that any recovery takes place through aggravation. We hope and are confident that Syria will emerge from this difficult situation with a renewed democratic state, and our bilateral cooperation will become even stronger. ”
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Bashar Assad has no doubt that Syria will come out of the crisis on its own. 24 May, taking Iran’s Minister of Communications Reza Takipur, he сказал: “Syria has managed to overcome the pressure and threats faced over the years, and it can emerge from this crisis thanks to the resilience of the people, their commitment to the idea of unity and independence.”
Observed and translated by Oleg Chuvakin
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