Syria: The stirring continues with a couple of interesting twists

President Bashar al-Assad (R) had sold out the Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi (L) in an act of self-preservation. (Reuters)

President Bashar al-Assad (R) had sold out the Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi (L) in an act of self-preservation. Reuters, Al Arabiya, 10-1-12)

The stirring of the Syrian pot is widening, spreading outside the borders of Syria.  Today Al Arabiya can reveal – I love that phrase – that Assad reached outside of Syria in his attempt to discredit the opposite and to limit intentional support for the rebels.  In this episode Assad is said to have planned an attack in Qatar.  Syria’s goal was to export the crisis by using its embassies in the region to launch covert attacks meant to undermine local security.  Today’s guest is also from the opposition, a different face, but the same voice and the same informatory language.  When asked what the reaction of the government of Qatar was to the release of this dramatic news, Dr. Hassan Al Shalabi said may be it had not reached them yet – that would imply no reaction, right?  When asked if he had any further specific information about such incidents, he hesitated and talked around the question.  When he finally gave his no-answer, he said, “I can say that all Syrian embassies are being used by the thugs to export the Syrian crisis.”

There was a related story from another source (meaning not from the recently released secret documents) today and it is really juicy.  Assad sold out Gaddafi; it was (also by Al Arabiya, but they claim to have gotten the story from the Daily Telegraph) reported that Assad gave the French Gaddafi’s cell number so they could track him.  In exchange Assad asked for a lessening of the press for him to resign by the French.  Yesterday, there was another story claiming Gaddafi was killed by a French secret service agent; according to the report, the purpose of the assignation was to keep Gaddafi from talking about the assistance he was reported to have received from then-president Nicholas Sarkozy.

Again, I have no idea where the truth lies in this mess, except to say it is a complicated mess.  Both sides are doing everything they can to demonize the opposite.  But that is the nature of war, isn’t it?  Before killing another human being it is best to make a monster, a demon of them and then the killing becomes the right moral thing to do.  Thou shalt not kill only applies to one of us, those others, those monsters, animals, they deserve to be killed.  In case someone misunderstands, I do not think Assad is innocent or right – he is not, at this point I don’t think either is innocent or right.  Neither is thinking about the good of citizens of Syria, only justifying and rationalizing their attempts to win.

In May, a shopping mall blaze in Qatar killed 19 people, most of them children at an unlicensed Doha nursery. The fire which began in a sporting goods store in Doha’s Villagio Mall had started, according to official statements, “due to faulty electrical wiring in a fluorescent light.”  All 19 people killed in the inferno on May 28 were foreigners, including two fire fighters, 13 children and four teachers. Officially, the fire was not premeditated. However, leaked files reveal that the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad might have planned the Villagio blaze.  The leaked documents are highly-classified Syrian security files obtained by Al Arabiya from opposition sources.  The channel said that it has verified and authenticated hundreds of these documents and that it has decided to disclose ones with substantial news value and political relevance. Al Arabiya, 10-1-12


4 Responses to “Syria: The stirring continues with a couple of interesting twists”

  1. 1 givehopeonline10 October 1, 2012 at 11:43 am


  2. 2 Bill Hanigan October 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Conspiracies abound in the ME, I wouldn’t give much credence to these stories. Similar stories circulated when Princess Diana was killed, “it was the Royal Family to stop Diana marrying a muslim” All the product of imaginative and creative minds.

  3. 3 Ken Adams October 2, 2012 at 11:39 am

    No credence, but it is also difficult to ignore them completely

  4. 4 Ken Adams October 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    So, I was in a restaurant in Las Vegas and a member of the casino’s marketing staff was introduced to me; he had an Arabic first and last name and I asked him which country his family came from – he was born here. They are from Syria – I asked him about the Al Assad stories and Al Arabiya. He advised me not believe Al Arabiya or Al Jazeera and compared them to the National Inquirer. His family does not support or even like Assad, but they don’t trust any of the regional news sources. He said they all of agenda, but then asked rhetorically, “don’t all newspapers?”

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