woensdag 17 augustus 2011

Wereldreacties op bloedbad in Syrië


Als commentaar onder een blog van Elder of Ziyon stond onderstaande verzameling van reacties op het gigantische bloedbad dat Assads leger aanricht in Syrië. Het is duidelijk dat dit internationale veroordelingen oproept, maar ook dat veel landen liever aan hun eigen hachje denken en strengere sancties tegen Syrië tegenhouden.






Given that the US government claims to be still waiting for
a global consensus (what's that, you say? A stunning display 
of non-leadership?) I thought that I would enumerate the 
positions that various government, NGOs and others have 
expressed regarding the ongoing bloodbath in Syria. Sorry
about the length; this is meant to be a fairly broad overview.
You're welcome to post it, or a modified version. I have tried
to specify sources for most of these comments.

Syrian people (broad consensus):

* Assad must go.

* Islamists: "No Iran, no Hezbollah, we want Muslim rulers who fear Allah"

(While Iran may, for political reasons, say that Alawites are Muslims, 
most Sunnis disagree. Syrian Alawites will truly be screwed if the Syrian 
regime falls)

* "One and all in the opposition to Bashar's rule are 
convinced that Hezbollah fighters and cadres of the 
Iranian Revolutionary Guard have made their way 
to Syria to aid in the grim work of repression. There 
are even local reports that Iran has offered a large 
subsidy to bail out Damascus from the economic fallout 
of the rebellion." [wsj]

(These reports are NOT unfounded rumors. [tel])

Arab League:

* zzz


* Recalled ambassador


* Protects Syrian regime in UN as it continues to massacre its 
own people.


* Protects Syrian regime in UN as it continues to massacre its 
own people.

* China is a strong opponent of "humanitarian" intervention in 
any country by world powers.


* Grand imam of Al Azhar called on the Syrian rulers to stop facing 
unarmed protesters with "live bullets and iron and fire." [wsj]

* Demonstrators in Cairo: Assad must go.


* attacked Syrian regime's brutal repression (last week)


* Leaders remain in Damascus (probably very frustrated)

* But Gazan columnists, even in pro-Hamas papers, are writing things 
like: “is extremely hostile to the aspirations and rights of its 
people” [bloom]

Human Rights Watch:

* "It's a continuation of a deliberate policy of the military 
crushing the protest movement," said Nadim Houry, Human Rights 
Watch's senior researcher for the Middle East and North Africa. 
"We've seen it now in so many cities." [1]

* Urged the Arab League to hold an emergency meeting on the 
bloodbath in Syria. [2]


* Protects Syrian regime in UN as it continues to massacre its 
own people.


* PM Al-Maliki (historical ties to Assad regime) is allied with the 
al-Assad regime, an arranged wedding brokered by Iran last 
year. [kurd]

* Iraqi Kurds and the majority Sunni Iraqiya Party have vehemently 
criticized the Syrian regime. [kurd]

* Iraq is once again engaged in a heated dispute with Kuwait and
is increasingly leaning on Iran.


* PM: “World anger and rejection of the bloodshed in Syria are growing.” [cnn]

* PM: urged "immediate halt to military operations", adoption of 
meaningful reforms

* A Jordanian citizen was killed by sniper in Homs on Sunday. [jord]
A member of the regime's secret police, who fled to Turkey, claims that
Syria is using Iranian snipers [scot]


* Recalled ambassador

* Mulling cutting off aid, loans [kuwait]

* Huge investor in Syria, and Kuwaiti companies hold over 10% of Syrian
insurance market [boyc]


* Government, dominated by Hezbollah, humiliatingly defending Assad 
regime in UN

* Future Movement: accusing Syrian regime of crimes against humanity

* Walid Jumblatt (Druze): abandoning Syria and aligning with Turkey. 
As a Druze leader, Jumblatt tends to align with the "strong horse."
Given that the Assads killed his father, Jumblatt will never love them.
But he complies with their wishes as long as he FEARS them.

* Lebanese Druze: worried by Syrian accusations that Leb Druze 
are arming the Syrian Druze. I would be worried too.

* Syrian-backed PFLP has stationed rocket launchers on Mt. Lebanon,
near Aley. Jumblatt is furious. "According to Jumhouriaya sources 
Jumblatt understood that from his Syrian visit that the developments 
on 888 hill were a message to him in response to his calls on Syrian 
president Bashar al Assad to immediately implement the reforms he 

* Hezbollah: continued support for Syrian regime, but trying to 
lower the profile. Support for HA in Arab street is mostly gone.


* Maldives calls for end to state-sponsored violence against civilians 
in Syria [mald]

* Foreign minister urges UNHRC to refer the issue in its upcoming session

* (Maldives is one of the freest of the "Muslim countries", though still
rated only "partly free"; its Freedom House scores are close to those of 


* "The kingdom of Morocco, which has traditionally refrained from 
interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, expresses today 
its strong worries and deep concern over the sad events rocking 
Syria," [asiaone]


* Accused Syria on Saturday of using "excessive armed force" and called 
on Damascus to stop the bloodshed. [reut]


* Abed Rabo: accused regime of crimes against humanity [latimes]

* Abu Rudaineh: called on Syria to protect Palestinians in Syria [jpost]

* Permitted 100s of demonstrators in Ramallah to call for Syrian 
regime's overthrow [jpost2]


* Pakistan's Bhutto family has historical ties to the al-Assad 
regime. [tribpk]

* Silent on regime atrocities. [tribpk]

* Supported Syrian regime at UN [tribpk]

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (and other BDS groups):

* - silence - 


* Recalled ambassador (a month ago) [boyc]

* A huge investor in Syria. One large electrical project has 
been frozen after Syria retaliated for Al Jazeera coverage 
of the slaughter by refusing a permit. [boyc]


* Maintains naval presence in Latakia and Tarsus. Were the Russian 
sailors sitting idly by, watching Syrian gunboats pound Latakia?

* Protects Syrian regime in UN as it continues to massacre its own 

Saudi Arabia: 

* Recalled ambassador (last Sunday)

* King Abdullah called on Assad to stop the "killing machine."


* Offered Assad asylum in July [haaretz]


* Increasingly strident "ultimatum" language. Today, FM Davutoglu 
issued what it called its "final words" to the Syrian regime.

* FM in Saudi yesterday. Guess what they talked about? [arabiya]

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a vocal attacker of Israel:

* - silence -


* Dictators R Us!


* Latakia: "The situation is very bad. There are more than 10,000 
residents of the camp, and half of them left out of fear of 
incoming fire from the land and sea. We don't know where they 
are, and we're the ones responsible for them. We're just 
desperately trying to find out where everyone is." 

(Try looking in the stadium, where 1000s have been rounded up,
stripped of cell phones and IDs and are being held indefinitely.
Which should worry people.)


* Let's see how little we can accomplish, as slowly as possible.

UN Secretary General:

* Multiple futile condemnations of Syrian atrocities.

Misc. media:

* Jakarta Post editorial: "So much for the UN principles of 
Responsibility to Protect... . How many deaths will it take 
for the world to know that too many people have died?" [jakp]

* TIME: "Syria's City of Graves: Hama and its History of Massacres" [time]


[arabiya] http://english.alarabiya.net/a... 

[asiaone] http://news.asiaone.com/News/A...

[bloom] http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

[boyc] http://www.haaretz.com/print-e...

[haaretz] http://www.haaretz.com/news/mi...

[iloub] http://www.iloubnan.info/polit...

[jakp] http://www.thejakartapost.com/...

[jpost] http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEas...

[jpost2] http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEas...

[jumblatt] http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Ne...

[kurd] http://www.atimes.com/atimes/M...

[kuwait] http://www.kuwaittimes.net/rea...

[latimes] http://www.latimes.com/news/na...

[mald] http://minivannews.com/politic...

[pflp] http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/0...

[reut] http://www.reuters.com/article... 

[scot] http://www.scotsman.com/news/S... 

[tel] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

[time] http://www.time.com/time/world...

[tribpk] http://tribune.com.pk/story/22...

[wsj] http://online.wsj.com/article/...



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