For nearly a year, externally
generated violence wracked Syria. Dirty Western hands planned and implemented
it. Rogue regional despots were enlisted for support.
Replacing an independent regime with a pro-Western one and isolating
Iran are planned. Russia and China thwarted two Security Council resolutions
designed to facilitate intervention.
On February 16, a non-binding Arab League General Assembly resolution
passed with similar language. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states backed
Pressure's building for escalated anti-Assad measures. Sooner or later
expect intervention, perhaps war. At issue is isolating Iran, then targeting
the Islamic Republic. Replicating 1953 in some form's coming, perhaps
more war that may involve Russia and China defending their interests.
On February 24, a Friends of Syria coalition of the willing will meet
in Tunisia. The State Department organized them outside the UN system.
Hillary Clinton and key NATO counterparts will attend.
On February 13, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich
said "Moscow does not consider the US-backed 'Friends of Syria' legitimate."
It's similar to last year's orchestrated one against Gaddafi. France
said it might supply weapons. In fact, heavy ones were provided since
violence erupted last March. They're coming from Turkey, Jordan, Iraq,
Lebanon's opposition March 14 alliance, Gulf states and perhaps Washington,
rogue NATO partners and Israel.
Last November, Russia accused Western countries of illicitly arming
Syria's opposition. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was blunt, saying:
"Noboby is commenting on it and no one is admitting it, but the facts
are impossible to contradict: weapons are being smuggled into Syria
from Turkey and Iraq. Armed extremists are using peaceful demonstrations
to provoke Syrian government violence."
Lavrov specifically named America and France for their anti-Assad agenda
to remove him. Saudi Arabia and Qatar agreed to fund opposition forces.
Western funding's also likely involved. Covert UK, Qatari, and perhaps
other special forces, as well as CIA, MI6 and likely other Western intelligence
operatives actively aid insurgent killers.
Pentagon war plans are ready to implement. Alleged humanitarian intervention's
again involved. The same scheme ravaged Libya. Perhaps Syria's next,
Agitprop reports smooth the way. On February 16, Veterans Today
contributor Sharmine Narwanti headlined, "High-Tech Trickery in Homs?"
US Facebook posted satellite images of Homs violence was blamed on Assad.
America's Syrian ambassador Robert Ford called them evidence of:
"A terrible and tragic development in Syria (showing) the use of heavy
weaponry by the Assad regime against residential neighborhoods."
His claims, in fact, are baseless. The "blog Moon of Alabama" discredited
them. "A detailed examination of satellite imagery....revealed numerous
discrepancies in Washington's allegation. (They showed) guns training
within military barracks of well known training areas and not in active
Ford also lied saying "There is no evidence that the opposition - even
those opposition members who have defected from the military - has access
to or has employed such heavy weapons." He referred to artillery used
in civilian areas.
CNN reported satellite images came from "pro-regime area(s) consisting
mainly of Alawis, who belong to the same" sect as Assad. They've complained
of opposition group attacks, kidnappings, and killings. Major media
scoundrels ignore them.
State Department Homs satellite images "do not actually show the Syrian
army engaged in battle," as Ford claims. Washington and major media
scoundrels are complicit "in the dissemination of false information."
At issue is escalating pressure for intervention.
Assad's cooperating to ease tensions. On February 17, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev said he plans implementing reforms. A Foreign Ministry
statement said Russia want measures accepted by all sides, provided
the interests of the Syrian people and peace and security are prioritized.
Lavrov stressed the importance of non-intervention. Deputy Foreign Minister
Mikhail Bogdanov called the Friends of Syria alliance a group of amateurs
aimed at interfering in Syria's internal affairs, including militarily.
"The level of violence in Syria has notably risen over the past period,
but this didn't happen at all because of the behavior of the Syrian
authorities, which rather did their best, particularly during the presence
of the Arab monitors....to reduce the level of violence."
"They withdrew military vehicles and forces from the streets and cities,
released thousands of detainees and didn't prevent peaceful protests."
Nonetheless, Washington, Britain, France, other allies, and major media
scoundrels accuse him of violence, in fact, caused by heavily armed
Western-backed killer gangs.
At a February 17 press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman
Liu Weimin said Beijing's position on the Syrian crisis will stand the
test of time. "China doesn't back one party over another, and its voting
against the UN General Assembly resolution was based on China's firm
stance concerning the Syrian crisis."
China very much opposes Western intervention similar to what ravaged
Syria's Draft Constitution
On February 26, Syrians will vote up or down by national referendum,
though perhaps escalated violence will disrupt things.
Article 2 of its 157 articles calls Syria a sovereign republican system
"based on the principle of the rule of the people by the people and
for the people."
Article 7's constitutional oath says:
“I swear by the Almighty God to respect the country's constitution,
laws and Republican system, to look after the interests and freedoms
of the people, to safeguard the homeland’s sovereignty, independence,
freedom and to defend its territorial integrity and to act in order
to achieve social justice and the unity of the Arab Nation”.
Article 8 calls Syria's political system "based on the principle of
political pluralism, and exercising power democratically through the
"Carrying out any political activity or forming any political parties
or groupings on the basis of religious, sectarian, tribal, regional,
class-based, professional, or on discrimination based on gender, origin,
race or color may not be undertaken."
Article 10 states:
"Public organizations, professional unions and associations shall be
bodies that group citizens in order to develop society and attain the
interests of its members. The State shall guarantee the independence
of these bodies and the right to exercise public control and participation
in various sectors and councils defined in laws; in areas which achieve
their objectives, and in accordance with the terms and conditions prescribed
Under Article 12, "(d)emocratically elected councils at the national
or local level shall be institutions through which citizens exercise
their role in sovereignty, state-building and leading society."
Article 13 promotes "developing public and private economic activity
through economic and social plans aiming at increasing the national
income, developing production, raising the individual’s living standards
and creating jobs."
Article 18 says taxes "shall be based on a fair basis; and taxes shall
be progressive in a way that achieves the principles of equality and
Article 19 promises a Syrian Arab Republic "based on the basis of solidarity,
symbiosis and respect for the principles of social justice, freedom,
equality and maintenance of human dignity of every individual."
Article 22 " guarantee(s) every citizen and his family in cases of emergency,
sickness, disability, orphan-hood and old age."
"The state shall protect the health of citizens and provide them with
the means of prevention, treatment and medication."
Article 23 guarantees women have "all opportunities enabling them to
effectively and fully contribute to the political, economic, social
and cultural life, and the state shall work on removing the restrictions
that prevent their development and participation in building society."
Under Article 25, "(e)ducation, health and social services shall be
the basic pillars for building society, and the state shall work on
achieving balanced development among all regions of the Syrian Arab
Article 29 guarantees education "free at all levels. The law shall regulate
the cases where education could not be free at universities and government
Article 33 calls freedom "a sacred right and the state shall guarantee
the personal freedom of citizens and preserve their dignity and security."
"Citizens shall be equal in rights and duties without discrimination
among them on grounds of sex, origin, language, religion or creed.
"The state shall guarantee the principle of equal opportunities among
Article 34 guarantees the right of all citizens "to participate in the
political, economic, social and cultural life and the law shall regulate
Under Article 40, "(w)ork shall be a right and a duty for every citizen,
and the state shall endeavor to provide for all citizens, and the law
shall organize work, its conditions and the workers' rights."
"Each worker shall have a fair wage according to the quality and output
of the work; this wage shall be no less than the minimum wage that ensures
the requirements of living and changes in living conditions."
"The state shall guarantee social and health security of workers."
Article 42 guarantees every citizen the "right to freely and openly
express his views whether in writing or orally or by all other means
Under Article 43, "freedom of the press, printing and publishing, the
media and its independence in accordance with the law" are guaranteed.
Articles 44 and 45 guarantee citizens "the right to assemble, peacefully
demonstrate and to strike from work within the framework of the Constitution
principles, and the law shall regulate the exercise of these rights."
They also have the right to form national associations and unions.
Other articles affirm rule of law governance, including judicial fairness
and freedom from torture and humiliating treatment.
Legislative authority will be assumed by a popularly elected People's
Assembly by citizens at least age 18. Half its members will be reserved
for workers and farmers.
Many other democratic principles are affirmed in 157 articles. A big
leap remains from affirmed rights to their implementation and enforcement.
If Syrians adopt this document, they'll benefit if its principles end
up more than words. Only the fullness of time will tell, and, of course,
whether or not Western intervention succeeds.
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