How We Know Daesh [ISIS] Was Made in the U.S.A.
Syrian Free Press / syrianpatriots
Judicial Watch proved it. Under a Freedom of Information Act request, Judicial Watch was able to obtain a (heavily redacted) copy of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) directive that initiated the creation of ISIS in 2012. The DIA report states, “THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHO] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION . . . [SUPPORT] ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA . . . IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME . . .”. Not even Judicial Watch seems to have appreciated the significance of this document, where its press release focused on the Benghazi attack. Recent releases of Hillary’s emails, moreover, confirm that taking out Assad has nothing to do with his alleged abuse of the Syrian people but because it will help Israel. Just in case it has slipped anyone’s mind, Hillary was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. Barack was inaugurated in 2008 and steps down in 2016. It happened on their watch. It could not have happened without their approval. They really did create ISIS! The chemical attacks on Syrian citizens on 21 August 2013 was meant to justify lobbing cruise missiles into Syria. Obama was ready, but Americans were not. And when the ploy was debunked by a 50-page dossier the Russians provided to the UN, they resorted to “Plan B”, which was the creation of ISIS by the DIA. … … … For those who may have missed the memo, 9/11 was brought to us by the CIA, the Neo-Cons in the Department of Defense (most of whom were dual US-Israel citizens) and the Mossad. Its objective was to transform US foreign policy from one in which we (at least, officially) never attacked any nation that had not attacked us first to one in which we would become the greatest aggressor nation in the world. Wesley Clark, upon his return from serving as Supreme Commander, Allied Forces Europe (the military chief of NATO), learned the plan was to take out the governments of seven nations in the next five years, beginning with Iraq and Libya and ending with Syria and Iran…
Original Article: https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/usa-made-isis/
Insanity Rules – Pentagon Personnel Illegally in Syria Accuse Syrian Air Force of being “Foreign Military Aircraft.”
globalresearch / Felicity Arbuthnot
And if I laugh at any mortal thing, ‘Tis that I may not weep.” (Lord Byron, 1788-1824.) Back in “I cannot believe what I am reading” land, the Daily Telegraph reports (1) that the US has warned Syrian Air Force…
Why am I so anxious?
Most of us suffer from anxiety.
This is how I am dealing with mine.
by Henry Makow Ph.D
My life is good, so I asked myself, “why am I not happier?” I meditated and traced the problem to a generalized anxiety. Addressing this problem has calmed me.
I literally had no reason to be anxious. No money worries. Good marriage. Job that is a hobby. Live in a stable, peaceful country. Things are really awfully good yet my anxiety level prevented me from enjoying life. I analyzed possible causes.
1. I’m Jewish. Many Jews are driven, anxious people by nature.
2. We live in a society that is satanically possessed. Public schools groom children for pedophiles. Occult concepts of gender are rammed down our throats by our so-called leaders. There are very few genuine constructive influences in society. The ruling elite consists of criminals and psychopaths. The ship of humanity broken free of its moorings and is heading for the rocks.
But none of this affects me personally yet. It’s true I write and tweet about it but none of it has hit home. So why fret over something I can’t change? Jonathan Swift said, if you can’t stumble over a stone, you’ll trip over a straw. Was I a victim of a generalized anxiety that would fix on any excuse?
3. Almost everything we see on the the Internet seems calculated to make us anxious. Fear mongering sells. “We’re all going to be chipped and put into FEMA concentration camps etc.” This drumbeat of fear seems calculated to paralyze and prevent action. Then, there is the mainstream TV news which is a litany of conflict, sickness and disaster. Turn the channel and you have the dramatic shows, an orgy of sex, violence and greed also calculated to make you anxious. Then there are the commercials parading beautiful women and products you might want. It seems our society is dedicated to perpetuating a collective anxiety. It’s a social malaise.
THE FOURTH DIMENSION
I believe there are four dimensions to reality. We all know about width, length and height. The fourth dimension is morality i.e. God.
In this dimension, Truth, Goodness, Love, Beauty and Justice are self evident. Occasionally I glimpse this dimension and am reminded to identify with it instead of the human race or the world.
I am reminded to “let go” of the world. Even if the world is completely destroyed, which is unlikely, God will be unchanged. I have to worship God and not mankind.
The earth can be placed on a postage stamp in the universe. How we parade and posture as human beings but we are less than ants. Yes we have the potential to be much more, but, you can’t win them all.
We’re all going to die anyway. Best for me to die to the world now and spend my remaining years doing something positive instead of being paralyzed by negativity and fear.
We’re all anxiously searching but we don’t know what we’re looking for. It is God.
Anxiety is due to fear. It is cowardice.
The cure for anxiety is to live fearlessly.
Die now and live joyously.
Since having this realization, my anxiety has diminished. Now the challenge is to execute. Instead of being so
self centred, make an effort to bring something positive to every situation.
Original Article: http://henrymakow.com/2016/08/why-am-I-so-anxious.html
Graham E. Fuller Where Were You on the Night of July 15?
New Eastern Outlook / Вильям Энгдаль
Much has been written on the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey. The Erdogan government has pointed to the exiled Fethullah Gülen sitting in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, and formally requested his extradition to face charges in Turkish courts. Washington so far refuses. As a massive nationwide investigation by police and security forces continues inside Turkey, new damning details emerge almost daily that point to the key role of the CIA behind their Fethullah Gülen Movement (termed FETÖ for Fethullah Terrorist Organization in Turkish) and the US military. Now the Turkish media reports that none other than Gülen mentor, “former” CIA man Graham E. Fuller, along with another “former” CIA person and close Fuller associate, Henri J. Barkey, were at a luxury hotel on one of the Princes’ Islands in the Sea of Marmara, some twenty minutes from Istanbul, on the night of July 15.
While Washington adamantly continues do deny any and all involvement in the failed July 15 Turkish coup attempt, Turkish media is revealing detailed information of the involvement of key US figures as alleged coup organizers. They include the former NATO International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan) Commander, Army General John F. Campbell. And now new revelations name Henri J. Barkey, a former CIA man, now based as Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, conveniently, a mere 26 miles or 30 minute drive via PA-33 from Saylorsburg, home of the exiled Fethullah Gülen.
According to the Istanbul Yeni Safak paper, on the July 15 night of the coup Henri Barkey and a group of seventeen others, mostly foreigners, met for hours in a locked room in the Splendid Palas hotel on the tourist Princes’ Island outside Istanbul and reportedly followed coup developments on TV amid their closed-door talks, according to testimony of hotel personnel. The paper cites a source from Istanbul Police’s Intelligence, Counter Terror, Cyber Crime and Criminal Units, who reported that Barkey was holding a meeting at the hotel with 17 top figures, most of them foreign nationals, on July 15, the day of the failed coup attempt in Turkey.
According to the hotel management, Barkey had held a “meeting that lasted hours until the morning on July 16 in a special room. They have been following the coup attempt over TV channels,” the hotel personnel told police.
Graham E. Fuller too?
Other reports from well-informed Turkish independent journalists say that among the members present with Barkey the night of the coup was former CIA senior officer and mentor of Fethullah Gülen, Graham E. Fuller, former CIA Station Chief in Turkey. That would be no surprise. Fuller and Barkey are both old Langley CIA associates. Both have long involvement with affairs Turkish. They even co-authored a book, Turkey’s Kurdish Question.
Indeed, it would seem something recently has stung the 78-year old wily CIA veteran, Fuller. He claims to have retired from the agency years ago, when he went over to the CIA-tied RAND Corporation. Yet he re-emerged from the shadows during the Boston Marathon bombing to try, feeling obviously on the spot, to deny links to the two Chechyn brothers accused of that event. Fuller had then to admit that the Tsarnaev brothers had an Uncle, ‘Uncle Ruslan’, aka Ruslan Tsarnaev, a former employee of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton in Central Asia, who had lived in Fuller’s home for a stint when Uncle Ruslan was married to Fuller’s daughter. Bizarre enough, just ‘coincidence’ for sure… Yet if Fuller had not wanted to draw the spotlight on himself, he would have done better had he just shut up and let it blow over. Not very professional for a veteran CIA spook.
Now Fuller again in his personal blog rushes to deny being behind Fethullah Gülen and the Turkish coup. His blog post is a rambling paean of praise for his protégé, Gülen, writing that “Gülen comes out of an apolitical, more Sufi, mystical and social tradition. Gülen is interested in slow, deep social change including secular higher education…looking at the dramatically failed coup attempt against Erdogan last week, I believe it is unlikely that Gülen was the mastermind behind it.” Erdogan, never to my knowledge, called Gülen “mastermind behind the coup.” He said the Gülen networks played the key roles carrying it out. Masterminds, charitably using the word, were elsewhere, sitting in Tampa, Florida Centcom headquarters and in Langley, Virginia.
Despite Fuller’s clumsy attempt to sheep-dip Gülen, it’s been documented that the same CIA-backed Gülen organization, after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990’s, rushed to establish Gülen schools across former Soviet Central Asia republics from Turkey into Chechnya and Dagestan in Russia, into Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and on into Xingiang, China.
In 1999, while at RAND, Fuller advocated using Muslim forces to further US interests in Central Asia against both China and Russia. He stated, “The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvelously well in Afghanistan against the Russians. The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize what remains of Russian power, and especially to counter the Chinese influence in Central Asia.”
Fuller’s book, Turkey’s New Geopolitics: From the Balkans to Western China, was published in 1993, just as Gülen’s organization was establishing a string of Gülen schools targeting the local children of the elites in Central Asia all the way to Xinjiang Province in Western China, home of many Muslim Turkic Uyghurs. By the mid-1990s, more than seventy-five Gülen schools had spread to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and even to Dagestan and Tatarstan in Russia, amid the chaos of the post-Soviet Boris Yeltsin era.
In 2011, Osman Nuri Gündeş, former head of Foreign Intelligence for the Turkish MIT, the “Turkish CIA,” and chief intelligence adviser in the mid-1990s to Prime Minister Tansu Çiller, published a bombshell book that was only released in Turkish. In the book, Gündeş, then 85 and retired, revealed that, during the 1990s, the Gülen schools then popping up across Central Asia were providing a base for hundreds of CIA agents under cover of being “native-speaking English teachers.” According to Gündeş, the Gülen movement “sheltered 130 CIA agents” at its schools in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan alone.
Then Fuller admits something that suggests, “Methinks thou doth protest too much.” He writes: “Full disclosure: It is on public record that I wrote a letter as a private citizen in connection with Gülen’s US green card application in 2006 stating that I did not believe that Gülen constituted a security threat to the US…”
Of course, Langley spooks by nature never make “full disclosure.” He omits that his letter was co-signed by a second senior CIA veteran of 31 years, George Fidas, and by an alleged CIA man, then US Ambassador to Turkey, Morton Abramowitz, himself a board member of George Soros International Crisis Group. Sibel Edmonds, former FBI Turkish translator and “whistleblower,” named Abramowitz, along with Graham E. Fuller, as part of a dark cabal within the US Government that she discovered were using networks out of Turkey to advance a criminal, “deep state” agenda across the Turkic world, from Istanbul across the Russian Federation into China. The network that she documented included significant involvement in heroin trafficking out of Afghanistan, perhaps one of the sources of Gülen’s great wealth.
Fuller also omits to say that Fuller’s successful CIA intervention to secure Gülen’s permanent Green Card special status was opposed by the US State Department whose attorneys stated, “Because of the large amount of money that Gülen’s movement uses to finance his projects, there are claims that he has secret agreements with Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkic governments. There are suspicions that the CIA is a co-payer in financing these projects.”
The idea that Graham E. Fuller would be involved in the present CIA-Gülen Turkish coup attempt is given added credence from another statement by Fuller who, while at CIA played a key role in their 1980s Afghanistan Mujidideen war against the Soviet Union, a guerilla war where the CIA recruited a young Saudi named Osama bin Laden to oversee terror training of Islamic Jihadists in Pakistan.
The aim of Fuller’s unusual blog admission is clearly to make a case that neither he, Fuller, nor his protégé, Gülen had anything to do with the coup. We must then ask, “Graham E. Fuller, where were you on the night of July 15?”
The General with $2 billion
Details have also emerged alleging the role as the key military figure orchestrating the Turkish military in the failed coup. According to Yeni Safak, a paper close to Erdogan, just-retired head of the US Afghanistan Command, ISAF, General John F. Campbell, had not retired as announced this March to cultivate his rose garden and play golf. He was given a covert assignment some eight months before to recruit the Turkish military leadership of the coup. Already then Erdogan had been evidently slated for elimination in favor of a Gülen takeover of the country and its key institutions. They report that Campbell had made at least two secret visits to Turkey for top secret meetings in Erzurum military base and the Adana İnicrlik NATO Airbase since May, until the day of the coup attempt.
Equally interesting, the paper reports, in detail, how Campbell reportedly oversaw a bankroll of $2 billion to grease the skids of the Turkish officer corps for the planned coup. They wrote that the Nigeria branch of the United Bank of Africa (UBA) was the main base for the money transactions for the coup plotters: “Millions of dollars of money has been transferred from Nigeria to Turkey by a group of CIA personnel. The money, which has been distributed to an 80-person special team of the CIA, was used to convince pro-coup generals.”
For $2 billion presumably you can buy a lot of generals. The same report stated that according to sources, the CIA used the strong presence of Gülen Cemaat networks for the planned coup in central and eastern Turkey. The Yeni Safak report described testimony from those captured as to how coup military were recruited from Turkish officers at Incirlik airbase: “The supporters, who also were categorized as ‘those who will move with us,’ were provided a huge amount of money. All soldiers and officers in this category were considered as the devoted members of the FETO terror group (Gülen Organization.w.e.)
Turkish independent journalist sources have told me that the CIA infiltration of the Turkish military had taken place over decades, as part of the process of eliminating any nationalist Kemalist generals that might oppose a Gülen-led Islamist Turkey. According to these reports, Gülen recruits from lower ranks in the military were secretly given the answers to all military entrance exams to insure their admission into officer ranks. These sources estimate that perhaps over 50% of the senior ranks of the Turkish army was occupied by Gülenist generals before July 15.
The picture emerging of Gülen and his organization is hardly what Graham E. Fuller describes as “an a-political, more Sufi, mystical and social tradition.” In fact Gülen was forced to flee to the USA at the end of the 1990’s when Turkish secret police taped a closed-door sermon by Gülen to his closest followers in which he reportedly said, “You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers…You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it…You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power…in Turkey…” Sounds a bit like Lenin with a Koran.
Dunford’s rush trip
There must be some real fire behind all the smoke coming out of Turkey and the Erdogan government since the failed coup of July 15. The US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph ‘Fightin Joe’ Dunford, is rushing to Turkey on an unexpected visit on July 31.
For the first time since the coup, on July 29, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan publicly accused General Joseph Votel, Commander of United States Central Command of, “siding with the coup plotters.” At a July 28 seminar in Washington of the Aspen Institute think-tank, Votel had declared, “We’ve certainly had relationships with a lot of Turkish leaders, military leaders in particular. And so I’m concerned about what the impact is on those relationships as we continue to move forward,” referring to the arrested military prisoners in Turkey, to which Erdogan replied, “It’s not up to you to make that decision. Who are you? Know your place!”
Depending on what Erdogan does now going forward and with which countries, whether he formally withdraws Turkey from NATO, whether after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he acts to change Turkey’s support for toppling the Assad regime in Syria and draw closer to Russia and away from the West, the entire US geopolitical position across the Middle East into Eurasia as far as Russia and even China could become a catastrophe for the once-arrogant plotters, the old boring patriarchs of the CIA and their Gülen protégé. The next months will clearly be critical in the most unimaginable ways.
F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”
Stefan Molyneux’s newly released video ‘What Pisses Me Off About Political Correctness’ deconstructs the concept of political correctness and delivers an epic rebuking of the idea of “white male privilege.”
“The cure for hypocrisy is exposure – and lo, there cometh particular times in human history when a hidden hypocrisy overreaches itself, and becomes at last so blindingly obvious that even idiots cannot stay blind to it — and then, it falls — or will, at least, if there are a few people with courage enough to push over its rotten and rotting structure.
Here and now is where I step forward to do just that.”
English Lady is Steering Up Trouble
New Eastern Outlook / Валерий Куликов
In many countries, the expressions “English lady is steering up trouble ” and “English lady plays it dirty” have long being very popular. And it is not only because Pushkin and many classical writers from Russia and other countries used this proverbial phrase in their literary works. It is rather because, for some centuries now, it has been a distinguishing feature of English policy to play off one country or politician against another. They brainwash the local population by feeding misinformation and use propaganda to subordinate peoples for London’s benefit and achievement of its imperial goals.
In the past, this policy was used to aid the military might of the old British Empire. It would bring certain dividends as far as the country’s colonial policy was concerned. The method of playing off countries and politicians against one another was also successfully used in the curtailing of competitors rivaling for new lands. Naturally, it is much easier to achieve one’s goals (often not very noble), including provoking countries toward armed conflict, by creating a nontransparent atmosphere contaminated by lies.
Though today Great Britain is not as capable and powerful as it used to be (with the exception of the City of London’s financial levers), London continues to use its core political tool of feeding unverified and in many cases outright false information.
Today the British monarchy practices this policy in respect of Argentina, threatening to repeat the Falklands War, despite the fact that the British, as well as everybody else, are well aware that Argentina cannot afford such a military campaign because of a weak army and lack of adequate financial resources.
British politicians also employ this tool to tame the EU, openly threatening Brussels with its withdrawal from the union, as we all have been witnessing recently.
As for the British mass media, it most eagerly plunges into any anti-Russian rhetoric and, by the way, gets paid well by Washington for doing so. Sometimes things get absolutely out of hand when the British media begins promoting clearly fabricated “sensational material,” plucked out of thin air, accusing the Russian submarine fleet of something as ludicrous as the mass death of whales. In the meantime, the highly topical social problems of the British society are deliberately neglected. For example, the issues concerning slavery in Great Britain, drug abuse, human rights violation, racism, social inequality, etc.
The British media does not hesitate to censor and clip materials ready for publication, which correctly reflect specific events involving Russia, to achieve the maximum anti-Russian effect. For example, a story on the investigation of the crash of the Malaysian MH-17 airplane prepared by anchor Olga Ivshina was deleted from the BBC’s Russian service website.
After a meeting in Munich, where the situation in Syria had been discussed, some western mass media accused Russia of the alleged slaughter of civilians and delays in the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrian cities. They also blamed the stream of refugees from Syria to Europe on the actions of the Russian aerospace forces. And (no surprise here) it was precisely British media that was demonizing (clearly under Washington’s orders) the actions of the Russian aerospace forces in Syria with the greatest zeal. Examination of publications by British authors, however, reveals that they base they articles on assumptions and speculations rather than on facts and arguments.
Perhaps the British media “muddying the waters” should be reminded that their international counterparts have been (for some years now), on the contrary, blaming western air raids for the mass murder of civilians in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other countries. It would suffice to give just one example: recently USA Today publicly accused Obama of the murder of thousands of civilians. Some time ago The Intercept published a series of classified documents proving that 90% of the casualties caused by US strikes are civilians that have no connection to terrorist acts. The US, however, classifies the victims as the “destroyed enemies” and the British media, eating out of Washington’s hand, eagerly spreads this twisted truth.
Accusations that Russian air force strikes force the population out of Syria do not stand up to critical examination either. And it is well known today that the vast majority of refugees, driven by the fear of Daesh and danger of chaos caused by the poor judgement of the West and its military interventions in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Libya, have already fled from Syria to Europe (and it had happened well before the Russian aerospace forces set foot in Syria). As for the Syrian citizens, they mostly stay in the territories controlled by the Syrian government. The majority of refugees fleeing to Europe originate not from Syria, but from Turkey, Iraq and Libya. In many cases, they possess forged Syrian passports acquired from Turkish criminal groups or even from Turkish authorities and special services.
As for the British journalists fanning the flames of the story where Russia is blamed for the calamities of the residents of the blocked Syrian cities, they should review UN statistics reflecting the humanitarian aftermath of the western anti-Syrian sanctions: thousands of Syrians went jobless, the pharmaceutical industry and health sector are basically destroyed. And, actually, it was with the support of Russian aerospace forces that the air forces of Syria liberated Nubul and Al-Zazra after a two-year terrorist blockade, and soon thereafter the first humanitarian aid reached these and other Syrian cities and towns.
Western journalists, first of all British, should launch an investigation to answer the questions of where the humanitarian aid sent to the devastated Syrian regions via Turkey was really delivered to, and why it was ending up in the camps of Daesh, Jabhat al-Nusra and of other terrorist groups (if, of course, they really want to understand the true state of affairs in Syria, instead of participating in the distasteful anti-Russian propaganda spread by London and Washington).
As for the readers of the British “news,” we wish they would wise up, take off their blinders to finally discern why London puts so much effort into the demonization of Russia, stigmatizing it as the chief global troublemaker, while devoting very little attention to the social situation in its own country and hardly discussing any current problems with its citizens.
Valeriy Kulikov, expert politologist, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”
Original Article: http://journal-neo.org/2016/02/28/english-lady-is-steering-up-trouble/
Ceasefire Roulette in Syria – Who Will Win?
New Eastern Outlook / Джим Дин
“The sense of common danger, threatening all alike, will prove the most persuasive factor in swerving us from the perilous route which we are now following.” – Francesco Nitti, Prime Minister of Italy (1919-20), who saw WWII coming on very early
We have been waiting on pins and needles to see if the somewhat surprising US-Russian Syrian truce agreement would be stillborn like the last Geneva meeting. But the angels may have finally showed up on the battlefront as major parties announced their support today.
The biggest boost came from the video conference with Obama, Britain, France and Germany — the core of NATO weighing in to confirm they were onboard, and sending a strong message to Turkey who seemed to be listening. Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus said that Turkey welcomed the ceasefire plans, and then switched tones to say that the Turks were very pessimistic about any political settlement.
That came as a surprise as no political discussions will really get started without a generally accepted ceasefire, and much of that will depend on Turkey. As a member of the US coalition, confirmed by its Parliament in August of 2015, Turkey is technically bound by the US partnership with Russia, which I suspect produced their quick positive response.
But it is not what one says that produces results, but what they do. As all parties have to officially give thumbs up or down by noon on Friday if they are in or out, we have a showdown at the OK Corral scenario in play here. Those that say no, or don’t reply, could find themselves outside their coalition.
Others like Turkey who then continue to shell Syrian areas and infiltrate combatants and supplies would be in violation of the truce. Would Turkey feel it can still maintain a buffer zone by force inside Syria with its troops there, but still remain a US coalition member? Would Saudi Arabia follow through with its crazy statement to arm its terror proxies with MANPADS? Will they still demand that Assad must go? What would the US do in such a situation with a key ally breaking the truce?
Damascus was quick to jump aboard with the caveat that the fight would continue against all terrorist groups. And Assad has been adamant that no military supplies can be flowing into areas under truce, a tall order in itself, but a critically practical one. Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia had clarified last week that their sending ground forces into Syria would only be done under the US coalition banner — Special Ops troops at first, and for the purpose of fighting ISIL.
Since Syria, Russia and the US have waived the green flag on continuing the ISIL fight, would that allow the Turks and Saudis to bring in outside troops to do it? Would Syrian have no say so? And who would police their compliance to make sure they were not rearming their proxies?
A ceasefire monitoring group was built into the initial process which must start with a careful mapping out of where all the factional groups are located to establish what will not only be one big jigsaw puzzle, but one where some of the pieces will try to move around. Will the various groups in those areas be required to submit rosters as to whom the members of their group are? Will some kind of official IDs have to be created so al-Nusra fighters don’t miraculously become members of non-terrorist groups before Friday, or after?
It seems that all ceasefire violations and actions taken on them will require the joint decision of both Russia and the US, but Syria’s roll is still hazy at this point because there were still ongoing disputes between the two coalitions on the designation of who is a terrorist group. The UN did step up to the plate to announce war crimes investigations would begin with the ceasefire. We hope this was not blustering as that will be a very big job for Syria, and a dangerous one.
The division of responsibilities has the Russians handling the coordination center to monitor violations at its Khmeimin airbase near Latakia. It has not only the necessary facilities but the command staff there knows where all the various conflict lines are. The US gets to manage the hot line, the easy job, but then has a much more fractured coalition, and one that has been supporting the terrorists it claims to oppose.
The services of the coordination center will be available to ceasefire members only, to request air strikes on the named terrorist positions or to request humanitarian aid. This is critical work, because it can stem the outflow of refugees, which will take pressure off the EU. That was all due to Merkel’s throwing open the doors of Europe, and then NATO doing nothing to police the water routes to stem the orchestrated flow of refugees that Erdogan unleashed upon it longtime adversary Greece as a ploy to get Turkey’s EU membership fast-tracked.
Expect the outlawed terrorist groups to unleash their revenge on the peace process. That has already started with major bombings in Damascus and Homs. On my first trip to Syria in June of 2014 as one of the ten American election monitors, the shelling on the outskirts of the city could easily be heard through the open ventilation windows of the Dama Rose hotel. Two nights later, I almost jumped out of my skin when, on election night with my second floor sliding door open, a few shots were fired and then followed by heavy automatic weapons fire. I immediately thought it was a major attack to take the large number of foreign guests hostage to mar the elections.
Fortunately it turned out to be the soldiers in the army barracks across the street celebrating the official news of Assad’s reelection with their traditional gunfire. I grabbed my video camera and ran down to the street to get some of my most memorable footage of that trip. They were not just celebrating Assad’s winning, but the country not having been beaten by the Western terrorist backers.
I had the pleasure of having met the Governor of Homs Province earlier that morning, as the city of Homs was my monitoring assignment. Two car loads of our election-monitoring group went up with our twelve security guards, and we began the day there with a briefing and Q&A with Mr.Tala al-Barazi where he gave us a review of the battle for Homs and the current tactical situation.
This week I was saddened to learn that the crowds at the recent bombings in Homs chased him away when he came to pay his respects; they were angry citizens who wanted to hold anyone they could responsible for their torment, as they had no jihadis to strangle.
During the day, we whipped around the city to five polling stations to watch the voting process and talk to a wide array of people. I was surprised to see how happy people were amongst all the destruction. Fortunately, the whole city had not been destroyed, but where the main battle lines had been it was utter devastation.
As with the soldiers I would walk the streets with later that evening, the citizens of Homs who had suffered so much were celebrating their survival. And I knew what I was watching was the army and Assad being viewed as the saviors of Syria. The attempt of the Western propagandists to smear the election failed miserably.
I must say it is one hell of an irony to see the US and Russia together playing the lion tamers to the wild forces still loose in Syria. I never saw that coming. But when VT was in Damascus in early October, the Syrians did share the ISIL order of battle with us. It showed the Syrians still had an extensive ground network operating throughout the country. They had mapped out who and where all the commanders were, and their daily routines. We knew something was about to happen, but could never have imagined how successful it would be.
We hope that the beginning of the end of the Syrian people’s suffering is upon them. They have earned it with blood, bullets and tears, and we should help them all we can.
Jim W. Dean, managing editor for Veterans Today, producer/host of Heritage TV Atlanta, specially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.