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Kurds and Christians in Syria should fear the FSA, Islamists, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Kurds and Christians in Syria should fear the FSA, Islamists, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

In recent days the intensity of mistrust between the Kurds and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is clearly boiling over after the FSA entered Kurdish areas. The FSA Islamists are being openly supported by Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. France is probably the most dangerous equation within the triangle of America, the United Kingdom and ruling elites in Paris. Therefore, the Kurds have every right to fear the brutal FSA and the various different Islamist terrorist organizations in Syria.

After all, the Kurds have been struggling for decades in Turkey and vast numbers have been killed. At no time did Saudi Arabia and Qatar concern themselves about this. More importantly, the Kurds are much more secular and given the Islamist nature of the FSA and many different Islamist organizations; then clearly the Kurds will become a future “lamb to be slaughtered” under the “watch” of Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Christians also have much to fear from the FSA terrorists who have sacked countless number of Christian churches and killed Christians. This isn’t surprising, after all in Saudi Arabia not one single Christian church is allowed and Muslim apostates to Christianity face being beheaded. Likewise, many videos have been circulated by the FSA and various Islamist terrorist organizations whereby they are beheading Alawites, Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims who are loyal to the government of Syria.

Given the nature of Saudi Arabia and that beheading is enshrined in the legal system of this nation, then this is another clear link to the barbarity of the FSA and Islamist terrorist networks. In the last 24 hours it is known that a Christian Armenian church was ransacked by the FSA Islamists. This isn’t anything new because in many Christian strongholds they have been forced to flee persecution and murder at the hands of the FSA and Islamist terrorist organizations.

Bishop Antoine Audo commented that “In the city of Homs, home to what was the country’s second-largest Christian community, all but a few of the faithful were forced to leave after a wave of persecution — all the churches desecrated.”

The Kurds will face the same Christian fate if the FSA and Islamists grow in strength because these movements care nothing about the mosaic of Syria. On the contrary, Islamists which are being funded by Qatar and Saudi Arabia desire a Sharia Islamic state based on the draconian Salafi branch of Islam. Therefore, not only are Christians and Kurds threatened by this new dynamic within Syria – but mainstream Sunni Islam will also face the wrath of Salafists – if they grow in power. Likewise, for Alawites, the Shia and Druze, then they also must understand that Saudi Arabia isn’t funding the FSA and Islamist groups for democracy, religious liberty and female emancipation.

After all, it is the government of Syria which supports religious freedom and female emancipation. Indeed, the secular nature of Syria is an affront to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In the past, this also would apply to Turkey but not under the Erdogan government which desires to scratch away at secularism within the body politic of Turkey. Therefore, during the last week you have not only witnessed Kurdish demonstrations in Turkey but also a mass demonstration by secularists in this nation because they don’t trust the Erdogan government.

In Aleppo the FSA and Kurds have been fighting after the FSA became interested in showing their power mechanisms alongside appeasing the government of Erdogan which is playing a very dangerous game. Sadly, for Syria, this outside meddling by Turkey which is the main conduit for international terrorists, covert operatives and military arms; then the result is tragic. This applies to vast numbers of Syrians being killed because of the collective policies of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. France is also involved in many areas while America and the United Kingdom are useful allies from a distance even if differences exist about the methodology.

During the recent fighting between the Kurds and FSA it is known that over 20 people were killed and it is also reported that over one hundred people have been taken by opposing forces. The FSA admits that at least 16 individuals from this mercenary and terrorist organization were killed. However, it is clear that the FSA is only interested in a truce in the short-term until they are powerful enough to crush the Kurdish Democratic Union Party. Likewise, the various Islamist organizations are not interested in democracy and secularism. Therefore, for Christians, Kurds and the Syria people collectively, it is apparent that under the FSA and various Islamist organizations that this country will enter a new period of oppression, wanton destruction and whereby religious liberty and female emancipation will be crushed.

The recent clash emerged after Kurds from all political persuasions demanded that the FSA leave their area. This isn’t surprising given the cleansing of Christians in many places by the FSA. When the FSA witnessed this then it is reported that they fired on innocent Kurds. Luckily, the Kurds, unlike Christian areas under FSA control, can’t be pushed around by the FSA and terrorized. Yet, the Kurds should know that if the FSA isn’t crushed in Kurdish areas and the military arms keep on flowing to the FSA; then one day this balance will tip against the Kurdish community. Once this happens, then Kurds will share the fate of Christians in places like Homs.

Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are not interested in religious liberty, the future of Kurds within Syria and secularism. The dynamics within Turkey could change because many Turkish nationals don’t support the foreign policy objectives of Erdogan. However, for Saudi Arabia and Qatar then their goal will not change under the current monarchy based politics of both nations.

Christians and Kurds have much to fear given the ongoing persecution under the FSA and various Islamist terrorist factions in parts of Syria. Likewise, the Alawites, Shia and Druze know full well that Saudi Arabia isn’t interested in religious pluralism. Similarly, the Alevi suffer institutional discrimination in Turkey. Therefore, the dark forces being unleashed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar threatens the mosaic of Syria alongside destroying the independence of Syria which will please America, France and the United Kingdom.

 

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Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria: US and Islamist policies creating daily instability

Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria: US and Islamist policies creating daily instability

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

In the 1980s the United States, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and some other nations began to fund Sunni Islamic terrorism in Afghanistan. This meddling came hot on the heels of the Siege of Mecca in Saudi Arabia in 1979. Therefore, funding Sunni Islamism in Afghanistan came at a very opportunistic time for the rulers based in Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan became the central base in training international jihadists and spreading Islamism in Afghanistan. Irrespective of the motives in Afghanistan and the rights and wrongs, it is clear that the convulsions from intervening in this nation are still being felt in many nations today. The United States and Pakistan unleashed the CIA and ISI respectively, in order to create an Islamist fighting force which could take on the Soviet Union. British special intelligence played its part in this covert war but turning the clock to 2012 and it is clear that a stream of failed states and terrorism “filled this vacuum” created by outside meddling.

In the case of Pakistan then the ISI and central government have created their own Sunni Islamist nightmare because this nation can no longer contain the forces it unleashed. This means that the Islamist agenda now deems the government of Pakistan to be anti-Islamic and the knock-on-effect is increasing hatred towards all minorities and moderates within Sunni Islam. Therefore, all minorities irrespective if Muslim or non-Muslim are facing the wrath of Sunni Islamism and this can be seen by attacks against Ahmadiyya Muslims, Shia Muslims, Hindus, Christians and against Sufi Islam.

When brave Sunni Muslim voices in Pakistan speak out like Salman Taseer, the former Governor of Punjab, then death follows. At the same time Christians have been burnt alive and an alleged Muslim blasphemer was also burnt alive recently. The most worrying aspect is that these crimes against humanity are not happening only in areas of chaos because of the power of several Islamist organizations – but it is happening within mainstream society.

This means that all the past funding of Sunni Islamism by nations who supported the war in Afghanistan, have collectively created a nightmare which was filled by the dreams of Saudi Arabia. It is clear that while the United States and United Kingdom were focusing on the sole issue of Afghanistan.  At no point did either nation appear to understand the dynamics of Sunni Islamism which were altering the religious and political landscape. Decades earlier in Afghanistan prior to outside meddling it was clear that women had much greater freedom and likewise indigenous Islam varied from region to region. However, the oppressive nature of chaos and hatred was alien and major cities like Kabul were places whereby individuals had ample choices.

Yet dangerous past political leaders in Pakistan like General Zia ul-Haq along with Saudi Arabia and its petro-dollars, would alter the dynamics within the Muslim world in this part of Asia. The repercussions continue today with various Sunni Islamist movements causing mayhem in Afghanistan and Pakistan respectively. At the same time the roles of women have suffered greatly in areas where Islamists have strong powerbases. Likewise, sectarianism, terrorism and weakened central states in Afghanistan and Pakistan, have followed the vacuum which was unleashed by powers which supported the international Sunni Islamist agenda in Afghanistan during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Therefore, in the last few days you have seen more Islamist attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. On top of this, the US led invasion of Iraq which led to the exodus of vast numbers of Christians and other minorities, was also filled by Sunni Islamism. Iraq despite the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein was staunchly secular and internal terrorism was not a threat to the government based in Baghdad. However, once the US entered the equation then the vacuum once more was filled by various Islamist organizations including al-Qaeda. Also, just like September 11 was done by mainly Saudi Arabian nationals, this nation also witnessed the majority of foreign Islamists who went to Iraq in order to kill US soldiers and other allied forces, alongside killing the Shia.

The angle from Saudi Arabia was that the control mechanisms of the new Iraq had installed a Shia led government. For Sunni Islamists who follow the Wahhabi faith in Saudi Arabia this was tantamount to treachery. Once more, just like American citizens had been killed on September 11 because of mainly Saudi nationals, this time it was American soldiers who would die in the thousands because of Saudi Islamists and the funding that came from this nation irrespective if from organizations or because of wealthy individuals. The irony now, and a sad irony for American soldiers, was that the majority of American deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq were because of the policies of their so-called friends in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia respectively. Once more, however, the United States and elites within Washington appeared to allow this confused policy to stand by ignoring the ratlines that were killing their own soldiers.

Today Iraq falls into the “failed state domino system” that often follows outside meddling by other nations. Therefore, terrorism is a daily reality in Iraq, vast numbers of minorities have fled, women have suffered in parts of the country, the north is de-facto under Kurdish rule and sectarianism blights the nation state. However, political leaders once more in Washington have now unleashed another brutal vacuum in Syria despite the ongoing problems in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

At no point during the leadership of Bashar al-Assad did religious minorities have to worry about their future prior to outside meddling. Likewise, women had freedoms that could only be dreamt about in Afghanistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other nations within the US orbit in the Middle East.  Indeed, unlike in France which infringes on the way Muslim females must dress or in Switzerland which puts restrictions on Muslim places of worship – in Syria women decide how they want to dress and all religious faiths have places to worship.

However, the so-called “Arab Spring” was usurped by powerful forces and for Saudi Arabia and Qatar it was a time to fill the vacuum with Sunni Islamism. The Libya crisis once more is unleashing forces which are still ongoing and this applies to chaos and no central control. Alongside this is the destabilization of northern Mali because of forces unleashed by Libya. It is still too early to say which way the future will go in Libya but clearly Islamic terrorist groups and Islamist religious organizations are intent on filling the vacuum. In northern Mali they have already altered the landscape and clearly this area will be a base for further chaos throughout the region.

Syria therefore remained the most powerful and independent Arabic speaking nation which was staunchly secular and free from outside control. Neither America nor Saudi Arabia could pull the strings of this nation but once demonstrations began in Syria then outside forces soon entered. The emergence of “a ghost Free Syrian Army (FSA)” soon emerged rapidly just like the rise of the Kosovo Liberation Army and rebels in Libya. Clearly, all these forces rose far too quickly for them to be spontaneous therefore long-term policy objectives had been waiting in the wings to fill any vacuum that may emerge – or, to create a vacuum by unleashing powerful forces quickly.

From very early on in the Syrian crisis many soldiers were killed and clearly they were not killed by peaceful demonstrators. Bashar al-Assad admitted himself that mistakes were made in the early period but if it wasn’t for outside forces then the situation would have been contained. The crisis in Bahrain remains because the Shia feel neglected and forces within the Sunni population also have many misgivings. Despite the brutal crackdown in Bahrain it is clear that the death rate is much lower than Syria because no outside nation gave military arms to the demonstrators. On the contrary, Saudi Arabia was allowed to get involved in order to crush the uprising which was spontaneous.

In the case of Syria the nations of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funding international terrorists and mercenaries. Also, Turkey is another aggressor to Syria because this nation is allowing the FSA and various Islamist organizations to have bases near the border with Syria. The CIA and Islamist agenda, unlike in Iraq and Afghanistan after September 11 (before this both were allies), have once more converged in order to destabilize Syria. Just like in Afghanistan it is clear that America’s only interest is to reduce the power of the Russian Federation and Iran respectively, with regards to geopolitics. However, just like in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan; the Saudi Arabia objective is Sunni Islamism and spreading the Wahhabi/Salafist version of Islam.

The upshot of all this is that Syria is being destabilized by many forces which are supporting sedition, sectarianism and terrorism. Once more, this policy is impacting on the region and Lebanon remains very delicate and terrorist attacks have also started to increase in Iraq. Now in modern day Syria both the FSA and Islamists are beheading people, killing minorities, killing Iraqi refugees who fled to Syria, killing individuals who support Bashar al-Assad, killing journalists and TV reporters. Recent videos taken by the FSA show dead people being thrown from rooftops and captured individuals being photographed before being murdered.

Collectively, the deaths that people are currently reading about in the news or seeing on television in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and now Syria; all relate to the policies based in Washington and whereby other allies like Saudi Arabia have funded the carnage. Pakistan also continues to be blighted by Islamism because of dangerous policies which were enacted by past leaders. Other nations like Mali and Lebanon are feeling these shockwaves while closer to home Islamists are also spreading radicalism in major cities throughout Europe. Therefore, the powerful tremors of the Siege of Mecca in 1979 when Juhayman al-Otaibi and his followers stormed Mecca continues to reverberate around the Islamic world within the religious arena.

This single event galvanized America and Saudi Arabia to further bankroll Sunni Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and bordering regions of Pakistan from 1979 onwards and up until the demise of the Soviet Union. After all, the elites in Saudi Arabia needed a distraction and America was worried about the repercussions of this extremely important event. It could well be that internal convulsions in Saudi Arabia are also behind events in Syria just like what happened after the Siege of Mecca with Afghanistan. After all, it is clear that the Shia community and elements within the Sunni population are unhappy with the current leaders of Saudi Arabia. Likewise, Saudi Arabia is supporting sectarianism in Bahrain and Yemen respectively and this helps to fill the “restive Islamist void in Saudi Arabia.”

Irrespective of all the factors of why America, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, Turkey and the United Kingdom are destabilizing Syria; it is clear that the forces that they unleash and the vacuums that they create will not be able to be contained if central forces in Syria collapse. America is worried about this because of what happened in Iraq but clearly this nation allowed Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey to destabilize Syria. After all, these nations by themselves would have worried about the repercussions of supporting such a policy of destabilization. Yet clearly just like in Iraq it is Saudi Arabia and the spread of the dangerous Islamist ideology which will have the long-term influence if Syria succumbs to powerful forces being unleashed against this secular state.

One thing is for sure, the current carnage and daily terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria are all linked with the policies of Washington and the money emanating from Saudi Arabia. All the above nations were once mainly free from international terrorism (some happened from time to time) but once the United States and Saudi Arabia entered the equation then this all changed. The destabilization of Syria is following an all too familiar pattern and the same applies to the spread of terrorism and sectarianism once political elites in Washington and Riyadh get involved.

http://www.rt.com/news/syria-aleppo-post-video-476/ 

http://www.rt.com/news/syria-rebel-massacre-aleppo-627/

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Why no US sanctions against France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UK for supporting FSA terrorism?

Why no US sanctions against France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UK for supporting FSA terrorism?

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The United States after the barbaric attack by mainly Saudi citizens on September 11 stated that they would adopt a policy aimed at crushing terrorism. If so, will France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UK face American sanctions for supporting the brutal terrorist policies of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)? This is a fair question because the FSA is behind countless terrorist attacks including killing politicians, targeting journalists, using car bombs to slaughter innocents and other vile deeds.

Individuals may or may not support the government of Syria; however, this isn’t the point. At no time in recent history was a terrorist organization like the FSA supported openly by so many governments. The United States is clearly involved in CIA covert acts against Syria and this is notable in Turkey because of the geopolitical reality. However, despite this the Obama administration is at pains to distance itself from al-Qaeda and other Islamist networks which are also causing carnage in Syria. This doesn’t mean that members in the Obama administration don’t welcome the Islamist angle at the moment but given the sensitivity over September 11, then actions must be based on being cunning and manipulating the media.

VIDEO EVIDENCE AGAINST THE FSA AND ISLAMIST NETWORKS – (WARNING – VERY GRAPHIC)

http://rt.com/news/syria-aleppo-post-video-476/

http://rt.com/news/syria-rebel-massacre-aleppo-627/

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Saudi Arabia and Qatar are clearly supporting sedition and the knock on effect of this is sectarianism and terrorism. Likewise, the former leader of France and the new leader have openly sided with the FSA against the government of Syria. This is despite the vile acts of the patchwork of terrorists and mercenaries within the FSA. After all, the FSA have killed religious minorities, done car bombs, killed journalists, assassinated political ministers, beheaded individuals, killed Iraqi refugees in Damascus – and a whole array of evil deeds.

The United Kingdom appears to be following the path chosen by the Obama administration. This applies to condemning the Syria government and armed forces while remaining muted when the FSA is blamed for killing people. Also, just like America, it is clear that British covert operatives are utilizing the many links with regional nations. However, political leaders in London and Paris appear to want to intervene militarily on the side of terrorism but both nations want the full support of America before stepping over the direct interventionist line.

Media outlets continue to shame themselves by adopting a constant policy of incitement against Syria. Likewise, Human Rights Watch (HRW) appears to be the “political wing” of the FSA by constantly condemning the Syrian government while remaining muted about the vile deeds of the FSA. Indeed, by mentioning massacres from time to time by the FSA some media outlets and HRW are trying to cover their tracks but clearly media corporations and many human rights organizations are playing their part in inciting hatred.

Tony Cartalucci (Land Destroyer Report) comments that It was recently pointed out that the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) currently arming, funding, and commanding entire brigades of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) is designated an Al Qaeda affiliate by the United Nations pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011), in addition to being listed by both the US State Department and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf) as a foreign terrorist organization and a proscribed terrorist organization respectively.”

“This means that the United States, the UK, NATO, and the Gulf State despots of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are knowingly and willfully funding designated affiliates of Al Qaeda contrary not only to US and British anti-terror legislation, but contrary to UN resolutions as well. Western and Gulf State support of the FSA constitutes state sponsorship of terrorism. Should the UN fail to enforce its own resolutions, while playing host to further sanctions and considerations for military intervention against the Syrian government, it will have entirely resigned its legitimacy and authority as nothing more than a tool of Western corporate-financier interests.”

The above comment raises the already known fact that American ratlines to FSA terrorism is in “a very dark and deep danger zone.” It is difficult to image after September 11 that any American administration would side openly with international terrorism. However, the role of Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and many others in covering up the crimes of the FSA while bridging international support for this vile terrorist organization, is not only sickening but it raises deeply disturbing issues.

After all, what is the point in offering “American soldiers to Islamists” in Afghanistan and Iraq respectively, if the same evil forces are then supported to topple a secular government in Syria? Are the deaths of thousands of American soldiers so cheap?  It should be raising serious questions in America because now the same Islamists who were fighting American troops in Iraq are now being allowed to enter Syria courtesy of the friends of America in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Clearly the recent terrorist attack which killed many people during a funeral procession means little to political circles in Ankara, Doha, London, Paris, Riyadh and Washington. Therefore, the FSA is showing the world that democratic nations are openly siding with feudal monarchies in Qatar and Saudi Arabia in funding and supporting this brutal terrorist organization. It means that to the above political elites that killing minorities, beheading people who support the Syrian government, hanging individuals, car bombs, destroying Christian areas, inciting massacres against the Alawites, political assassination, killing journalists who support the Syrian government and a whole array of barbaric acts is not only being tolerated but it is being supported.

If the United States is serious about defeating the forces of terrorism then firstly this nation should be putting sanctions on France, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. After this, then political elites in Washington involved in ratlines should be charged with spreading terrorism in Syria. Of course, this isn’t going to happen and clearly September 11 this year is an event which is going to be politicized by the same forces supporting terrorism, sectarianism and sedition against Syria.

The mainly Christian Karen forces in Myanmar have been fighting for decades against various governments of this nation. However, this organization isn’t supported openly because the “wrong religion” to elites in Riyadh and Washington. Also, they don’t go around beheading people and video-taping their crimes. This rebel movement isn’t brutal enough to be supported despite their cause being based on ethnic and religious persecution.

The madness of the FSA is that political elites in Washington, Paris, London, Ankara, Riyadh and Doha have all sunk to new lows and this says a lot given the past history of these respective nations. Therefore, it is currently open season against secular Syria and the various minorities of this nation whereby a rich civilization faces Talibanization and utter brutality. Media agencies and HRW have all jumped on the bandwagon and now they resemble the “FSA party machinery.” Moscow is disgusted that nations are supporting sectarianism, terrorism and sedition but while their words of rebuke can be heard the same terrorist ratlines keep on increasing.

In a world based on international law and “the genuine fight against terrorism” then America would firstly put its allies in the “political dock” and then enter elites within America in “the same dock.” However, in the world of reality it is clear that the FSA can behead people, hang loyalists, do car bombs, kill government politicians, invade major cities to spread more carnage, attack people at funerals, kill refugees, kill journalist, torture people, cleanse Christians and target anyone deemed to be an enemy. If this is the new world order then God help the next country which will be targeted by evil forces in Washington, London, Paris, Ankara, Doha and Riyadh.

 

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.jp/2012/08/uk-sends-5-million-to-listed-terrorists.html

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Libya and Mali: Salafi Islamists destroying shrines courtesy of Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Libya and Mali: Salafi Islamists destroying shrines courtesy of Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The “bomb democracy” Western and Gulf policy in Libya brought on the massacres of black Africans, killing of Gaddafi loyalists and creating a “new society” based on disorder which is currently ongoing. Indeed, the chaos which is engulfing Libya is now destabilizing Northern Mali and creating problems for Tunisia. This destabilization is based on vast quantities of military hardware being available and more dangerously the Salafi ideology is spreading because of money from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Salafi ideology is now intent on destroying Sufi shrines in Libya, Northern Mali, Somalia, and in other parts of the world, where this dangerous ideology fused within a faith is growing in power. In their worldview all other Muslim places of worship and Muslim shrines are deemed to be un-Islamic. This blind hatred can be seen in places like Somalia where all converts to Christianity face death by Islamists in this country.

This isn’t surprising because Saudi Arabia supports killing all apostates to Christianity and not one single Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Christian place of worship is allowed. However, just like old men marrying little children in Saudi Arabia and both Qatar and Saudi Arabia supporting terrorism against Syria. Nothing appears to raise the heckles when it comes to the policies of London, Paris, Washington and other governments which throw human rights out of the window when dealing with Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The appeasement of institutional religious discrimination in Saudi Arabia and trampling down on the rights of women is a policy which is “cheapening” democracy. Likewise, this appeasement shames the United Nations and the various bodies connected with this major international institution.

Turning back to Libya and Northern Mali then currently Salafists are intent on destroying all Islamic thought patterns outside of their “blinkered monoculture” which thrives on hatred and fear. Indeed, in Syria some video evidence survives which makes it clear that the Western and Islamist “marriage of convenience” is now spreading this dangerous ideology within Syria. Therefore, mainstream Islam and religious minorities have much to fear in Syria but like usual political leaders in London, Paris and Washington will support any form of barbarity providing it meets their geopolitical ambitions.

Ongoing attacks against Sufi shrines which venerate Sufi Muslim saints in Libya are now under attack. The same Islamists destroyed a Christian graveyard in this country. These blatant crimes of destroying culture and attacking the diversity within Islam are now in full flow in the capital of Libya just like they reached Northern Mali.

The shrine of al-Shaab al-Dahmani in Tripoli follows on from the attack which took place in Ziltan against the tomb of a notable scholar who enriched the Sufi faith. In Ziltan the rich history of the tomb dedicated to Abdel Salam al-Asmar was attacked. Therefore, just like Northern Mali the history of the past is being eradicated by Islamists who obtain funding and indoctrination from their Salafi brethren in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Attacking “infidel” mosques and shrines is now part of the new “Islamist holy war” being funded and supported by organizations and wealthy individuals in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. One can only imagine what will happen to Alawites, Christians, the Druze and mainstream Sunni Islam in Syria if the same Islamists grow in power. If Saudi Arabia and Qatar remain unchecked then the richness of religious diversity within Islam will end up in some nations like Buddhism in Afghanistan in past history. This applies to being decapitated and destroyed by an ideology which seeks only a world based on monoculture.

In the BBC article about the attack against Sufi shrines in Libya one student commented that “There’s a large group of Salafists – they are the one with the bulldozers, and some military police are also present…They seem to be overseeing the process, rather than preventing it… There are some bystanders who seem to approve.”

Similar acts and much worse are now common in Northern Mali because Salafists are intent on destroying the beauty and wisdom of African Islam in Mali. Therefore, historical monuments, shrines and mosques which have been the envy of nations throughout the world, are now on the frontline of Islamism. Sadly, it currently appears that the liberal version of Islam in Mali is being torn apart by outside forces emanating from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

In a past article by Modern Tokyo Times it was stated that The same foreign Islamists in Mali are akin to the Islamists in Syria. It is a direct mirror looking into another mirror and the Saudi Arabia angle can be seen along the way. In Syria it is much more open while in Mali it is more covert and through channels outside of the government. However, the same violence is the main theme and the same applies to the desire for a monoculture to oppress all alternative thought patterns.”

In other nations like Tunisia the confusion of recent events is enabling massive funding from wealthy individuals and organizations in Saudi Arabia and Qatar to spread their “Islamist Year Zero” policies. It is abundantly clear that an internal ideological war is being funded and supported to spread Salafi Islam. Therefore, the frequent attacks against Shia Muslims and other branches of Islam by Islamists is part of the same conflict which is destroying Muslim shrines in many parts of the world.

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Armed forces of Syria to launch counter attack after FSA enters Aleppo: Erdogan rattled

Armed forces of Syria to launch counter attack after FSA enters Aleppo: Erdogan rattled 

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The government of Syria is fighting for its survival because of outside forces destabilizing this nation.  Therefore, the armed forces of Syria are bracing themselves for an important counter attack against Islamists who have entered Aleppo in vast numbers. This reality shouldn’t be ignored but politicians in Washington, London, Ankara and Paris are maintaining their pro-Saudi Arabia and Qatar agenda.

President Bashar al-Assad fully understands that when journalists are deliberately killed by FSA terrorists and when refugees are also killed in Damascus by the same forces; that this doesn’t even enter the radar in Washington. Likewise, when political ministers were killed by terrorists the anti-Syria nations didn’t even bat an eyelid. On the contrary many international politicians and journalists gloated that the days of President Assad were numbered.

However, the Syrian armed forces have fought back against FSA terrorists, Islamists, covert operatives and other sinister forces which are aimed at weakening Syria on the bequest of Washington and Riyadh. Thousands of Syrian soldiers from all faith groups have sacrificed themselves in order that Syria can remain independent and free from foreign control. Therefore, despite the mounting months, outside meddling, media wars, economic blockade, terrorism, and outside forces supporting sectarianism – the Syrian army on the whole remains loyal to President Assad.

Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom met Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey but clearly he missed a golden opportunity to plead with Erdogan to stop violating the sovereignty of Cyprus. Instead both political leaders maintained their anti-Syria rhetoric. Cameron stated that “the very real concerns we have that the regime is about to carry out some truly appalling acts in and around the city of Aleppo.” He negated to mention that the crisis in Aleppo is based on the FSA moving into this city. Also, the brutal murders of refugees by the FSA skipped the mind of Cameron, just like the massacres of black Africans by rebel forces in Libya “on the watch” of the United Kingdom and other nations.

The leader of Turkey once more reminded the world how immature this politician really is. Erdogan stated that“In Aleppo itself the regime is preparing for an attack with its tanks and helicopters ….my hope is that they’ll get the necessary answer from the real sons of Syria.”  It is worth noting that not only is Turkey still violating international law by its illegal occupation of Northern Cyprus – but tens of thousands of Kurds and their villages have also been destroyed by countless different governments of this country. Indeed it is reported that several thousand Kurdish villages have been wiped from the map over the last few decades. However, this and the invasion of Cyprus are tolerated because Turkey is in NATO.

Similar leaders from nations which have been responsible for the deaths of countless numbers in many nations followed the Erdogan line. In other words, Western politicians want the Syrian government to accept that the FSA can kill them in terrorist attacks and that the same terrorists can control major cities. It is not only absurd but it is credulous that major international media agencies are spreading this propaganda on behalf of nations supporting international terrorism and sectarianism.

Recently the Russian Foreign Minister, Lavrov, was visibly riled by the US State Department which implied that terror acts were only natural given the prevailing conditions in Syria. Lavrov responded by commenting that“This is direct endorsement of terrorism. How are we supposed to understand that?

Lavrov continued by stating that This is a sinister position – I cannot find words to express our attitude towards that….In other words this means ‘We are going to support such acts of terrorism until the UNSC does when we want.” 

However, given the reality that America forgave the Bosnia and Saudi Arabia ratlines with regards to the fact that the majority of Islamists who did September 11 emanating from Saudi Arabia. Alongside the fact that many of these very same Islamists had been on the same side of America in Bosnia, then anything is possible from political leaders in Washington. The same applies to the allies of America assisting in the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan respectively. This applies to Islamists utilizing vast areas of Pakistan alongside the deaths of many American soldiers in Iraq because of the Saudi Arabian angle. Despite this, the US and Saudi Arabia have a strong relationship but Pakistan is disillusioned because of the endless drone attacks which have killed many innocent people in Pakistan.

Hillary Clinton made it clear that once the FSA stays in control of parts of Syria then ratlines can be poured into these areas in order to crush the armed forces of Syria. Turkey, the nation which “ran to NATO” after a plane was shot down by Syria, is hiding behind NATO and its friendship with America by allowing the FSA to obtain military arms and training. Therefore, it is essential for the government of President Assad to retake Aleppo from FSA terrorists.

If the armed forces of Syria can crush the FSA in Aleppo and a real agreement is made whereby the FSA is forced out of major cities – then a political solution can be found whereby the violence ceases. However, if the FSA stays in control of important parts of Syria then clearly outside nations will use these areas in order to attack Damascus in the future.

In the last few weeks the FSA launched attacks against the cities of Damascus and Aleppo but this is being manipulated and turned on its head. After all, how can you blame the government based in Damascus for defending their country from an organization which keeps on spreading its carnage throughout major cities in Syria?

 

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Islamists in Libya now targeting Westerners

Islamists in Libya now targeting Westerners

Murad Makhmudov, Joachim de Villiers and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

In the last few weeks increasing uneasiness in Libya is gripping elites who worked closely with America, France, and the United Kingdom, in toppling Gaddafi. This uneasiness is based on attacks against Westerners in Libya. The attacks have been limited in scope and don’t have the hallmarks of major sophistication at this stage. Despite this, these warning signs are triggering alarm bells within Libya and in nations which supported the uprising against Gaddafi.

Libya is still blighted by the reality of vast numbers of different militias whereby some have political aims, while others are based on special interests, regionalism, monetary factors, and so forth. In truth, you don’t really have a centralized state which is functioning throughout the country but clearly the situation doesn’t resemble Iraq after the demise of Saddam Hussein. This isn’t surprising because the various different Islamist movements have different thought patterns and links.

Unlike in Iraq part of the opposition in the Libyan uprising came from Islamist networks which had fought against America and its allies in Iraq.  Therefore, you clearly have a pragmatic angle within the patchwork of different movements. This is a “safety cushion” for leading Western nations which supported the uprising because radical Sunni Islamic networks and Western forces worked together in Libya.

Also, unlike in Iraq you don’t have a sectarian angle and the same applies to nationalism. After all, the Kurds currently control northern Iraq despite various different ethnic groups residing within the Kurdish heartland. More important, the sectarian angle doesn’t exist in Libya and this in itself reduces the flashpoint factor based on different sects within Islam.

In saying this, radical Sunni Islamists may turn against moderate Sunni Islam in Libya just like what happened in Iraq. However, even if this happens it doesn’t compare to the sectarian angle in Iraq. Another important feature is that the American government is clearly open to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria. Therefore, regional outside meddling is less potent than the geopolitical and religious angle which applies to Iraq.

The real “vacuum” which will enable Islamists to grow in power which are anti-Western and anti-moderate Sunni Islam, is the failed state scenario. Following on from the failed state factor will be poverty, indoctrination, bitterness, and other negative forces which will play into the hands of radical Islamists who want to turn Libya into a fundamentalist Islamic state.

Tara Bahrampour stated in The Washington Post that “The attacks included a bombing last week outside the U.S. Consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi and a rocket-propelled grenade attack there on a convoy carrying the British ambassador, which injured two bodyguards.”

“Explosions have also targeted offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross and a U.N. vehicle, as well as British Embassy cars visiting the southern city of Sabha last week.”

Further down in the article it is stated that “Libyan authorities are investigating the attacks, said Othman Bensasi, director of administration for the Transitional National Council, which has run Libya for the past year. He said there was no evidence that foreigners were involved.”

“We think it is fundamentalist Islamic groups,” he said. “They don’t want stability. They don’t want democracy.”

The ousting of Gaddafi led to many massacres against Gaddafi loyalists and black Africans. Even today you have untold numbers of people being held in deplorable conditions and this “taints” the opposition movement and Western nations which supported the uprising. However, irrespective of the rights and wrongs of what happened in Libya it is now essential to rebuild the infrastructure and to increase the power of the central state.

It is clear that the various Islamic groups in Libya are extremely divided because the majority favor positive ties with Western nations and support the political process. However, a militant fringe remains and given the prowess of radical Sunni Islamic movements to enter “failed states” and to exploit political vacuums then the situation remains dangerous. Therefore, it is essential that measures are taken which favor the political system and the rule of law.

Yet the history of Libya, vastness of this nation, the reality of various different militias, powerful regionalism, and other factors, means that a political vacuum currently exists. If Libya is to prosper from the brutal war which took place, then central forces and institutions need to grow quickly. Also, it is pivotal that educational institutions are supported and that economic investment is put into Libya which reduces poverty.

Libya deserves peace after so many individuals on both sides were killed and this nation also needs an independent judicial system which prevents the abuse of power. However, currently Libya is still in transition and the future remains in the balance.

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Saudi Arabia and US proxies in Syria: Does Sept 11 and the cleansing of Christians in Iraq mean nothing?

Saudi Arabia and US proxies in Syria: Does Sept 11 and the cleansing of Christians in Iraq mean nothing?

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

September 11 should have been a wake-up call to the people of America about the reality of their so-called friends in Saudi Arabia. This applies to the overwhelming majority of Sunni Islamic terrorists who did September 11 being nationals of Saudi Arabia. Of course, the Saudi Arabian feudal monarchy could claim innocence but with so many ratlines in the past emanating from this nation, then this would be stretching the imagination to beyond what is feasible.

James Philips, the Heritage Foundation, commented that “The Saudis were in denial for a long time that they even had a terrorism problem…As long as Osama bin Laden was killing Americans instead of Saudis they weren’t that concerned.” This was stated in 2005 but surely Iraq proves that America cares little about defending the armed forces of America from the Saudi Arabian threat.

After all, it is factual that the majority of international terrorists who went to Iraq came from Saudi Arabia. Yet despite many American soldiers dying with “Saudi Arabian blood on their hands” and killing untold numbers of Iraqi citizens, still America plays the compliant nation state. Therefore, why aren’t American nationals demanding the “heads” of their own policy makers who favor “special interests,” over the safety of American nationals and military personnel?

In the Tehran Times, they published WikiLeaks cables which comment on statements made by the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki. He states according to WikiLeaks that “If they (the Persian Gulf Arab states) want to talk about violence, maybe we should have a conference about Saudi Arabia. Most terrorists here are Saudis… The Saudi people have a culture that supports terrorism. The Saudi government cannot control it, and they cannot get rid of the terrorist institutions that are creating and funding terrorism.”

Also, in the same article it is stated that Statistics also seem to confirm that during the past eight years, majority of suicide bombers captured or killed in Iraq were either Saudi nationals or natives of countries that are closely allied with Saudi Arabia such as Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.”  However, despite this, the United States was unwilling to clampdown on Saudi Arabia and so-called friendly governments. This implies that American soldiers “are expendable” just like American citizens were “expendable” after September 11.  However, for secular Iraq, this nation wasn’t expendable despite having nothing to do with September 11.

More alarming, the same “Saudi Sunni Islamic terrorism” which unleashed September 11 would replicate their killing of Americans, but this time they would target American military soldiers in Iraq. Of course the main target for Sunni Islamic jihadists was to kill and slaughter innocent Shia Muslims but given the nature of terrorism, they also killed vast numbers of Sunni Muslims who opposed their fanaticism. Yet why didn’t America take action?

Turning to modern day Syria then once more the United States is following the Saudi Arabian agenda of destabilizing the secular nation of Syria. Not just America, but also the usual culprits like the United Kingdom and France will play their hand. Turkey along with Qatar are also doing their best to make sure that secular Syria falls in the hope of a Sunni Islamic state being formed.

Therefore, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the bastion of “secularism,” France, are all supporting the Saudi Arabian foreign policy goal of destabilizing Syria. Of course, for America this isn’t such a bad thing because the “people of Syria are expendable.” The main American concern is reducing the influence of Iran. Therefore, while the United States is involved in “geopolitics” and “special interests,” the nation of Saudi Arabia is dreaming of a Salafi Islamic Sharia state.

Also, the Christian angle is lamentable and appears to have never even hit the radar. Ironically, it was Syria which opened the door to fleeing Christians, not Saudi Arabia, during the Iraq war. After all, apostates face death in Saudi Arabia and not one single Christian church is allowed in this land of “institutional hatred.” The treatment of Shia Muslims is also based on discrimination just like women in this nation who face being whipped for not dressing properly.

Aamer Madhani, USA Today, comments that “Before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 there were about 1.4 million Christians in Iraq, a Muslim-dominated nation of nearly 30 million. Since then, about 50% of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, taking refuge in neighboring Jordan, SyriaEurope and the USA, according to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).”

“Here in northern Nineveh province, life for Iraq’s diminishing Christian community is particularly bleak. At least 5,000 Christians from the provincial capital of Mosul fled the city after targeted attacks in late 2009 and early this year left at least 12 Christians dead, according to a UNHRC report.”

It must be remembered that the leading Sunni Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia stated that Christian churches should be banned in Arabia. Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah, commented that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches in the region. There are not to be two religions in the [Arabian] Peninsula.”

With 50% of Christians fleeing Iraq since the American led invasion and now with America siding with Saudi Arabia against secular and multi-religious Syria, it could well be that American elites are taking this message to heart. After all, if the central government of Syria collapses because of outside meddling and then an invasion of Syria, it is clear what the end result will be. This applies to the systematic persecution of Alawites, Christians, and the Druze – and in time the doctrine of Saudi Arabia will impose an inquisition against moderate Sunni Muslim leaders.

In modern day Syria it is abundantly clear that in areas under the control of the Syrian government, then all communities reside together. For example, a visit to Damascus will witness Alawite Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Christians, the Druze, and minority sects within the mainstream faiths, all living and sharing the same environment alongside atheists and secularists. However, in areas under the control of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA), which really stands for mercenaries and terrorists, it is clear that minorities have fled their indoctrination and hatred because of their sectarian nature.

John Pontifex, Catholic Herald, states that The Syrian Orthodox Church has told Fides that 90 per cent of Christians have been expelled amid what it fears is “an ongoing ethnic cleansing”.

“Until now, Homs has been home to one of Syria’s largest Christian populations, and Church sources have said the faithful have borne the brunt of the violence, escaping to villages in mountains 30 miles outside the city.”

“Islamists have reportedly gone from house to house in the Homs’ neighborhoods of Hamidiya and Bustan al-Diwan, forcing Christians to leave without giving them a chance to take their belongings.”

Therefore, if Christians and other minorities like the Shabaks, Yazidis, and Mandaeans, were expendable in Iraq after the American led invasion, then clearly minorities have much to fear if central forces in Syria are defeated. Not only this, the four above named communities couldn’t flee to Saudi Arabia because of institutional discrimination in this country. This applies to their respective places of worship being illegal in this land of religious bigotry.

The Christians still have Lebanon to flee to but for how long is debatable given the destabilization of Syria by Saudi Arabia and America. Alawites and the Druze also have much to fear and the same applies to Sunni Muslims. After all, Saudi Arabia is intent on destroying the diversity of Islam irrespective if Shia or moderate Sunni Islam. One only needs to look at Northern Nigeria, Somalia, Mali, and other nations, where traditional versions of Islam in these nations also face the wrath of Saudi Sunni Islamic fanaticism.

Syria is a war of “civilizations” alongside the self-interests of all the enemies of this nation. Either the central government will remain intact thereby protecting the rich mosaic of this nation. This applies to protecting the rights of women and all faith groups. Or alternatively, the “dark forces” of the FSA/terrorists/Muslim Brotherhood/Salafists will turn the clock back and turn Syria into a Sharia Islamic state.

If American elites don’t care about September 11 and the role of Saudi Arabian nationals in killing American soldiers in Iraq. Similarly, another ally, Pakistan, still gets military aid from America despite radical Sunni Islamists using northern Pakistan to launch attacks against American soldiers. Then clearly the fact that the FSA/terrorist ratlines are persecuting minorities isn’t going to cause alarm bells in Washington. The cleansing of Christians, Shabaks, Mandaeans, and Yazidis, in Iraq is testimony to this and the same applies to Saudi nationals killing American soldiers in Iraq along with butchering Iraqi nationals.

Foreign Policy in Focus in commented that “…according to official U.S. military figures reported in the Los Angeles Times on July 15 (2007), about 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia. Fighters from the kingdom are believed to have carried out the majority of suicide bombings in Iraq.”

Therefore, the rich mosaic of Syria is under great threat from the Saudi Arabian and American axis with the United Kingdom, France, Qatar, and Turkey, wagging their tails in compliance. The future of the last bastion of secularism in the Arabic speaking Middle East is being threatened by sinister forces which care little about human rights. If the worse comes to the worse then one of the richest civilizations on the earth faces the final nail in the coffin because Salafists, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda will see to that. Of course, the money will be supplied by Saudi Arabia openly and by America covertly but the “strange alliance” will do its best to crush the most powerful independent nation in the Arabic speaking Middle East.

Given this, you have various forces targeting the independence and diversity of Syria. These forces include America, Saudi Arabia, Al Qaeda, and a host of other nations and terrorist movements which are spreading hatred towards the people of Syria. After all, the current crisis in Syria belongs to outside meddling which is supporting terrorism and sectarianism. This is a crime against humanity and violating all principles of international law. Therefore, it is essential that major powers which don’t support this remain firm in order to prevent yet another bloody intervention. It is also imperative to stop the funding of terrorism and to force the FSA/terrorists out of all parts of Syria in order for political dialogue to take place.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-08-01-us-saudi_x.htm

http://www.tehrantimes.com/middle-east/2479-maliki-believes-saudis-are-main-sponsors-of-terrorism-in-iraq-wikileaks-

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2010-06-01-iraq-christians_N.htm

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2012/03/26/orthodox-church-says-90-per-cent-of-christians-have-been-expelled-from-homs/

 

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Russia in the vanguard against America and NATO: Missile Defense System and Japan

Russia in the vanguard against America and NATO: Missile Defense System and Japan

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The two-party system in America which maintains the endless power mechanisms century after century, finds it difficult to support a world based on special interests. Instead, irrespective if a Democratic government or Republican government, it is one endless system based on the containment of perceived threats. Therefore, President Obama is following on from George W. Bush with regards to the missile defense system. It is once more apparent that politicians in Washington care little about a world based on mutual respect, special interests, understanding the geopolitics of other major powers, and so forth.

According to America and NATO the missile defense system is aimed at protecting nations from Iran and North Korea. This is clearly manipulating reality because how is North Korea a threat to mainland America and NATO members?  After all, which nation and military alliance invades other nations and controls vast military resources? Yes, of course this applies to America and NATO. However, in the world of “reality” and “unreality,” political leaders in Washington just have to keep on pressing ahead with their power mechanisms along with NATO.

Iran could not even defeat Iraq during the brutal war between both nations (1980-1988). Also, which nations did Iran and North Korea invade in the last 50 years? Of course, the situation on the Korean peninsula is delicate but the status quo is maintained because of many factors. Indeed, if North Korea collapsed then this would highlight the “sham” of the real objectives of America in northeast Asia. After all, the bigger picture for America is containing China and the Russian Federation.

Therefore, ironically, the status quo on the Korean peninsula isn’t such a bad thing for America. If North Korea did collapse, then what would be the reasons behind the continuing presence of American forces in Japan and South Korea? Japan, on the other hand, is concerned about nuclear weapons in the hands of North Korea and the ongoing militarization of the armed forces of China.

Japan also is beset with territorial disputes with China, the Russian Federation, South Korea, and Taiwan. However, Japan and Taiwan have very good relations and the economic angle between China and Japan is continuing to strengthen. Despite this, Japan is rightly concerned about the militarization of China. Also, many other regional nations which share territorial disputes with China feel the same. Therefore, it is essential for Japan to build-up stronger relations with India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and other nations. At the same time, Japan also needs to develop stronger ties with China providing this is reciprocal.

Turning back to the proposed missile defense system by America and NATO, it is clear that this is raising tensions with Moscow. However, political leaders in Moscow are not interested in “a new Cold War” because the Russian Federation wants to see a world based on greater understanding. This applies to respecting the changing nature of the power dynamics of the twenty-first century and respecting international law.

The economic power of nations who belong to the BRICS group (Brazil, China, India, the Russian Federation, and South Africa) is extremely high. President Hu Jintao of China commented about the BRICS group thatThese countries form an important part of common development of the world, which is conducive to a more balanced world economy, more reasonable international relations, more effective global governance and more durable world peace…..It is consistent with the trend of times characterized by peace, development and co-operation, and fully conducive to building a harmonious world of durable peace and common prosperity.”

Nations which comprise of the BRICS group don’t have a military angle like NATO but these countries want to see a world whereby greater international transparency emerges. The United States have invaded or supported proxies since World War Two in Afghanistan, Angola, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, East Timor, El Salvador, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Libya, North Korea/South Korea (Korean War), Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan/Bangladesh (West Pakistan/East Pakistan war), Panama, Philippines, Syria, Vietnam, and Yugoslavia. The list could have included others but clearly the point is that tens of millions of people have been killed by America’s direct involvement in these conflicts or because of America supporting proxy armies to do its bidding.

Clearly, the world was complex during the Cold War because America and the Soviet Union had no qualms about abusing power mechanisms. Also, in some conflicts America may have had good intentions where the political angle wasn’t the real motive but these are few and far. It also must be stated that other powers have been involved in supporting bloodshed and brutal dictators have also killed untold numbers. However, for political leaders in Washington it is clear that no continent is beyond their meddling and so-called special interests.

NATO for its part is firmly based on the northern hemisphere and of special interests are the Russian Federation, China, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Balkans. Central Asia is an area where America and NATO can reach into the underbelly of China and the Russian Federation therefore this area is of major strategic importance. However, the Russian Federation doesn’t desire to have such hostilities with political leaders in Washington but the encroachment of NATO, despite the demise of the Cold War, is clear evidence that Moscow is deemed with suspicion.

Therefore, Obama’s support of the missile defense system may be “the final nail in the coffin” for Moscow because clearly North Korea and Iran isn’t the issue. Anatoly Serdyukov, Russian Defense Minister, stated that talks with Washington and NATO over the defense missile system were close to a dead end.”

Gen Nikolai Makarov, the Russian defense staff, stated that “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens.” Therefore, once more political leaders in Washington are creating tensions rather than understanding the genuine concerns of other nations. Gen Nikolai Makarov also made it clear that if a European shield came into fruition then Moscow would increase its warheads to be even more destructive. However, this crisis shouldn’t even be on the map and the same applies to NATO expansion despite the demise of the Soviet Union.

Turning back to Japan, a nation which is helping the international community greatly by its economic support of major institutions, for example the United Nations and International Monetary Fund; it is vital that political leaders in Tokyo don’t become embroiled in America’s containment policies of the Russian Federation. After all, Japan and the Russian Federation have much to offer each other. This applies to high technology and major investments from Japan – and from the side of the Russian Federation, it applies to energy pipelines and other natural resources. Therefore, it is essential that both Moscow and Tokyo move closer together because leaders in the Russian Federation don’t have any ill will towards Northeast Asia.

Indeed, if relations began to blossom between Japan and the Russian Federation, then this would strengthen both nations throughout this very strategic region. Japan’s main concerns internationally are China and North Korea. Domestically it applies to energy related issues and implementing a diverse energy policy. Therefore, political leaders in Moscow could wield their influence on China in order to strengthen ties between Japan and China. At the same time, the special relationship between America and Japan should co-exist but within a framework of greater parity for Japan. This would be a win-win situation for Japan because it would create greater stability for the people of Northeast Asia.

It is essential that political leaders in Moscow remain firm and seek to create greater international mechanisms which prevent the ongoing containment policies of Washington and NATO. China, the Russian Federation, Iran, and other nations, within the containment policies of Washington, have American forces within a close proximity of their respective nations. How would Americans feel if these nations did the same and developed bases in Canada and Mexico – and then developed a new defense missile system in the backyard of America – would Americans welcome this?

Political leaders in Moscow and Beijing want more honesty and neither nation is interested in creating tensions with Washington. On the contrary, both nations are seeking greater economic, political, and cultural ties with nations internationally. It is time for political leaders in Washington to escape their ongoing “Cold War mentality” and interventionist policies, which often backfire and cause even more chaos.

Meanwhile for Japan it is essential to maintain its special relationship with America but based on greater parity. At the same time, Japan must develop a greater strategy to overcome territorial disputes with regional nations and to strengthen relations with the Russian Federation. This will help Japan greatly to develop a more diverse energy policy and increase its dealings with China.

The American people for decades have given vast sums to charity projects throughout the world and done so much to help in the area of greater cultural understanding. It is about time that political leaders in Washington followed suit, in order to strengthen international systems which can respond to major events. If change doesn’t occur then more American soldiers will die based on policies which are not related to protecting America. Also, “a new Cold War” will emerge based on the geopolitics of nations which feel threatened by the expansion of America and NATO.

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Syria: terrorist bomb factory blows up and Christian churches destroyed

Syria: terrorist bomb factory blows up and Christian churches destroyed

Murad Makhmudov, Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The people of Syria have become the target of “a geopolitical game” by powerful nations in the West and by “Sunni Islamic Wahhabi/Salafi” power games emanating in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and with Turkey taking the position of both forces. This means that the chances of reaching an internal political solution in Syria, is being reduced by the day because of outside meddling which is fermenting sectarianism. Also, the recent terrorist bomb factory which blew up and killed many individuals in Hama highlights the duplicity of the international community.

After all, just like the military insurrection in Libya, the military arming of terrorists in Syria also happened “overnight” and within a ridiculously short period of time. Therefore, it is abundantly clear that outside meddling; geopolitical games to enter the “vacuum” that opened-up in the Middle East and North Africa; promised deals with military personnel to turn them into mercenaries; the movement of international terrorists via the usual ratlines; and a host of other factors related to “a geopolitical game” and “Sunni Islamic Wahhabi/Salafi” opportunism, have all entered the fray. The upshot of all this is that innocent civilians are being killed and sectarianism is being used in order to weaken Syria because of political and geopolitical factors.

If individuals http://www.sana.sy/eng/337/2012/04/26/414867.htm check this link by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) then clearly the photos are harrowing. It is important to note that the so-called “Free Syrian Army (FSA)” and terrorists within the FSA, and other terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda, have no qualms in setting up terrorist houses in the middle of housing and heavily built-up areas. They also have no qualms about attacking religious minorities, killing individuals who don’t support their objectives, firing on the armed forces of Syria, and then melting back into built-up areas knowing full well that the armed forces will fire back in order to defend themselves.

The weakness in the Kofi Annan plan, despite good intentions, is that it means that terrorist bases of various Sunni Islamic terrorist organizations and the FSA, have a free rein to maintain and develop their power bases. This is because outside nations are continuing to send military and economic support to a variety of terrorist and mercenary organizations. Therefore, unless these “forces of darkness” are forced out to a special buffer zone inside Turkey and the ratlines of funding terrorism is stopped – then how can political dialogue and the Kofi Annan plan work?

Clearly, nations which are meddling into the internal affairs of Syria desire to see the Kofi Annan plan fail. After all, the deaths of Syrians killing Syrians doesn’t concern them because Western powers have political objectives to pursue and Saudi Arabia and Qatar have religious objectives to implement by stealth – with Turkey being sat in the middle and happy with both situations. This means more violence and the death of innocent civilians who are caught-up in all of this because the FSA and various other terrorists organizations, have built up their forces within major cities.

Therefore, while many international media outlets mention the ongoing crisis in many parts of Syria, not enough are focusing on what it is like under the control of the FSA/terrorist organizations which are spreading their hatred. This is where the picture breaks down because in areas controlled by the government of Syria all individuals, irrespective if Alawite Muslim, Sunni Muslim, Orthodox Christian, Roman Catholic, Druze, or irrespective of having no faith – all reside in peace and based on the mosaic of Syria. In contrast, areas under the control of the so-called opposition are based on sectarianism and destroying the mosaic of Syria.

The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom published an interesting article written by Constanze Letsch (link below this article). This writer comments that A few streets down, Ferit’s schoolfriend Ahmet was sitting in his garden, chatting with his parents-in-law, Ibrahim and Meryem, who are from Homs. At the end of February they fled their house in Hamidiyeh, a predominantly Christian neighbourhood, to live with relatives in Tartous, and two weeks ago, they joined their daughter Rana, their three granddaughters and their son-in-law Ahmet in Samandagi.”

“Armed men of the opposition have destroyed all 12 churches in the neighbourhood of Hamidiyeh,” said Ahmet, a master tailor. He added that many houses had been severely damaged, while others had been vacated by people fleeing from the violent conflict in the city.”

“In some cases, opposition members allowed people to take their possessions,” Rana said. “But the insurgents live in the houses now, fighting against the army.”

“Asked if he had recognised any of the armed men, Ibrahim shook his head.”Their faces were covered. Some of them wore bandanas that said: ‘There is no God except Allah.’”

“Meryem said she has been threatened for not wearing a headscarf.”They told us: ‘We will cover you up, too’ and ‘It will be your turn [after the Alevis].’ We are very scared.”

In another article about Syria published by Modern Tokyo Times it was stated that If democrats in the West believe that their version of history is winning, then not only do these people have blinkers on, but more alarming they are supporting forces which are hostile to democracy, religious pluralism, the rights of women, and all progressive forces. The Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi Arabian, and Western alliance, is a “strange bedfellow” if looked at rationally. Therefore, is the alliance based on Western governments supporting Islamism or is it based on naivety, a picture unseen, or other factors?”

“Either way, for Alawites, Christians, the Druze, Sunni Muslims, secularists, women, and so forth; the growing menace of radical Sunni Islam threatens the civilization of Syria and the multi-religious nature of this society. The so-called forces of “democracy” have killed over 2,000 soldiers and police officers in Syria; attacked Christians; threaten the rights of women; and are spreading their terrorism throughout Syria.”

It is essential that the FSA/terrorist organizations are forced out of major cities because until this happens then the bloodshed will just continue. The government of Syria can’t be forced to sit and watch, while terrorists continue to enter the country and internal mercenaries persecute religious minorities and women.

Turning back to the article by Constanze Letsch it was also stated that Mehmet, the owner of a textile shop across the street, said he had had to fire all of his four employees.”Business dropped by 95%. There used to be many Syrians who came for a day or two to shop here, but that has stopped.” He paused. “Many of us want Bashar [al-Assad] to stay, and stability to return to Syria. We were better off before.”

“They are not the only Turks who quietly express support for the regime in Damascus. Religious minorities including Christians, Alevis (a Turkish Muslim sect) and Alawites (their Arabic-speaking counterparts) are increasingly anxious that the government’s active support for Syria’s armed opposition could have a distinctly negative upshot.”

“Cemil Mityasoglu, a Christian wholesale market trader from Antakya, summed it up: “For many Alevis and Christians, Syria seemed like a safe haven. For them it was reassuring to live so close to the Syrian border, knowing that they could always go there if things became ugly in Turkey.”

Whatever the real truth is about the situation in Syria and why so many Syrians have been killed. It clearly can’t be separated by the funding of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to spread radical Sunni Islam in Syria – and the political agreement with certain Western powers and Turkey to enter the “political vacuum,” which was opened by the so-called Arab Spring. The current situation in Syria began because of outside meddling and the ongoing chaos suits their agenda. After all, many outside nations desire direct military intervention in order to not only weaken Syria but to alter the political and religious landscape based on religious fundamentalism.

The religious mosaic of Syria is being threatened and the same applies to the rights of women. It is essential that political reforms come from within the government of Syria and with other political organizations which are opposed to outside meddling and terrorism. If the center in Syria collapses then a future nightmare awaits Syria because over 100,000 people in Iraq were killed and even today terrorism is a daily threat. Similarly, in Afghanistan you have had over 30 years of chaos and untold numbers of people have been killed because of outside meddling. This applies to firstly supporting radical Sunni Islamic terrorism and organizations – and then, after September 11, fighting former allies. Either way, both periods just engulfed the people of Afghanistan and after 30 years the country is worse off than before.

http://www.sana.sy/eng/337/2012/04/26/414867.htm 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/25/tough-times-turks-border-syria

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Syria: outsiders support terrorism and US & Saudi Arabian jigsaw under Obama

Syria: outsiders support terrorism and US & Saudi Arabian jigsaw under Obama

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The so-called “Friends of Syria People” held a meeting in Turkey, a nation which invaded Cyprus and where the Kurds have been brutally suppressed for decades, with the end result being to increase terrorist forces and to ignite sectarianism. Issues related to preventing further bloodshed, crushing terrorism, genuine dialogue, and so forth; were clearly not on the agenda. Instead the most hostile forces showed their hand by supporting mutiny, arming the terrorist opposition, and seeking to weaken the position of Syria in the Middle East.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, expressed her dismay at the Istanbul meeting which stipulated supporting the military option by providing greater logistical support. She commented that this will “run counter to the goal of a peaceful settlement of the Syrian problem.”

In an article published by RIA Novosti (Russian Federation) it is stated that “Calls by some of the countries in the Friends of Syria People group to supply arms and render logistical support to the Syrian opposition are at odds with the Syrian peace plan outlined in the UN-backed Annan Plan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.”

However, “the Syrian problem” is clearly not an internal issue which can be solved by all interested parties. On the contrary, the Istanbul meeting highlights the role of outside meddling and that certain nations not only ignited the crisis but they desire to enforce their diktat on the Syrian people. This applies to supporting sectarianism, terrorism, and an agenda which will destroy the last major bastion of secularism in the Arabic speaking Middle East. Therefore, the war mongering reality of the “Friends of Syria People” was made clear by Hillary Clinton who is intent on doing the bidding of Saudi Arabia and other nations which have ulterior motives.

America, not content with the deadly carnage of over 100,000 people being killed in Iraq, and knowing that sectarianism haunts this nation, is still intent on spreading disinformation and more chaos to the Middle East. Obviously, issues related to 90% of Christians fleeing Homs in Syria means nothing to the American administration. This isn’t surprising because 60% of all Christians have fled the carnage of Iraq after the American led invasion and at no time did this concern the political hierarchy in Washington.

Syria under the leadership of Bashar al-Assad supports the unity of the Syrian people irrespective of religion. Secularism is the binding theme which enables different sects within Islam and Christianity to co-exist and the same applies to the Druze community. However, the “radical Sunni Islamic agenda” of Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, and other “dark forces,” care little about religious pluralism and the rights of women. Instead, they all want to crush “progressive forces” which support modernization and a strong unitary state based on religious pluralism. After all, “the reality of Syria” shames the gender and religious apartheid of Saudi Arabia.

Sunni Muslim clerics in Syria who support a unified Syria also have much to fear from “radical Sunni Islamic forces.” They know full well that in nations like Pakistan that firstly the Sunni Islamists attacked the role of women; then they persecuted non-Muslims; this was followed by attacking Ahmadiyya Muslims; then sectarian attacks killed thousands of Shia; and now moderate Sunni Muslim leaders face death and persecution if they support religious co-existence and speak out against Sunni Islamists. Equally alarming, is that the “ray of sunshine” within the Sunni Islamic community is then “strangled” by Sunni Islamic indoctrination emanating from Saudi Arabia – with the upshot being the crushing of natural diverse thought patterns because of “the rule of fear.”

In Indonesia, a nation where secularism is enshrined it is clear that “traditional Sunni Islam” in this land is also facing the “wrath of the Sunni Islamic inquisition.” In Somalia the same is happening because Sufi Muslims are now deemed to be infidels and clearly the hands of Saudi Arabia and international terrorism are behind the rise of such backwardness and hatred. Therefore, the rich civilization of Syria, which is nurtured by all the communities of this nation, faces an uphill struggle to preserve their richness from the encroachment of Talibanization and outside meddling.

Homs, the media distortion, is a precursor of what the opposition would do to the people of Syria. This applies to sectarianism and the religious cleansing of minorities based on the reality that the vast majority of Christians have been forced to flee to areas under the control of the Syrian army. Indeed, the Syrian army is a unified military whereby all religious communities serve the people of Syria by fighting to protect the “rich mosaic of this nation” from hostile forces which seek chaos and sectarianism.

It is abundantly clear that Sunni Islamic terrorism is spreading its hatred against all moderate forces in Syria. Terrorists and their ideology of hate seek to rule by fear and the victims of their hatred are all moderates within Syria irrespective of religious affiliation or having no religion. Therefore, the government of Syria and the armed forces are inclusive and central mechanisms are fighting to protect the “rich mosaic of Syria” from the “dark forces” of “monoculture.”

In an article by Anne Barnard, New York Times, called Syrian Rebels Continue Assassination Campaign, Killing 2 Military Officials, it is stated that “It was hard to tell whether the assassinations represented a coincidence or a new degree of organization on the part of rebels who recently announced the formation of military councils in various cities to coordinate the loosely knit armed groups.”

“Either way, the tactics — along with roadside bombings of military vehicles and buses carrying pro-government fighters — are similar to those of insurgents in places like Iraq, where the American military characterized them as “terrorist” attacks, as Mr. Assad does.”

“Mr. Assad and his supporters say that they have the right to use force against an unpredictable armed movement that is attacking institutions of the state — and that Western critics of his military response are hypocrites.”

It would appear that Iraq means nothing to the American administration and this applies to the one hundred thousand plus individuals who died; the dire reality of sectarianism; the negative impact of the “new Iraq” for women; the 60% reduction of the Christian community; and other negatives which means that Iraq is still suffering from a war based on “the manipulation of language” and “fabrication.” The Obama administration appears not to even care for innocent American soldiers who were forced into the “Iraqi quagmire” by political leaders who had an agenda. After all, the Obama administration knows full well that the same Sunni Islamic terrorist networks which killed innocent civilians and thousands of American soldiers in Iraq – is now, astonishingly, the same network which is being used by the so-called opposition in order to spread carnage in Syria (following the Libya model). This means that the Obama administration and individuals like Hillary Clinton are in the same anti-Bashar al-Assad alliance, which includes terrorist networks that killed American soldiers. For it is abundantly clear that Sunni Islamists based in Iraq are now moving to Syria and killing innocents.

Hillary Clinton during an interview with the BBC comments that “We have a very dangerous set of actors in the region, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, and those who are on our terrorist list, to be sure, supporting – claiming to support the opposition [in Syria].” If you watch the video by the BBC (link provided at the end of the article) then right at the end Hillary Clinton comments that “many parts of Syria are unaffected” but what she doesn’t say is that this is because these areas are firmly under the control of the government of Syria.

In the interview with the BBC it is clear that Hillary Clinton isn’t giving information about the bigger picture. However, in The Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom paper) in an article called Libya’s new rulers offer weapons to Syrian rebels which was written by Ruth Sherlock, it is stated that “”There is something being planned to send weapons and even Libyan fighters to Syria,” said a Libyan source, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There is a military intervention on the way. Within a few weeks you will see.”

“The Telegraph has also learned that preliminary discussions about arms supplies took place when members of the Syrian National Council [SNC] – the country’s main opposition movement – visited Libya earlier this month.”

“The Libyans are offering money, training and weapons to the Syrian National Council,” added Wisam Taris, a human rights campaigner with links to the SNC.”

“The disclosure came as rebels raided an air force base outside the city of Homs and killed six pilots, according to a statement by the country’s military.”

Webster Griffin Tarpley, author of George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography (1992) states in his article called The CIA’s Libya Rebels: The Same Terrorists who Killed US, NATO Troops in Iraq, that“According to West Point authors Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman, Saudi Arabia took first place as regards absolute numbers of jihadis sent to combat the United States and other coalition members in Iraq during the time frame in question. Libya, a country less than one fourth as populous, took second place. Saudi Arabia sent 41% of the fighters. According to Felter and Fishman, “Libya was the next most common country of origin, with 18.8% (112) of the fighters listing their nationality stating they hailed from Libya.”

This means that almost one fifth of the foreign fighters entering Iraq across the Syrian border came from Libya, a country of just over 6 million people. A higher proportion of Libyans were interested in fighting in Iraq than any other country contributing mujahedin. Felter and Fishman point out: “Almost 19 percent of the fighters in the Sinjar Records came from Libya alone. Furthermore, Libya contributed far more fighters per capita than any other nationality in the Sinjar Records, including Saudi Arabia.” (See the chart from the West Point report, page 9).”

Therefore, note how America supports Saudi Arabia and the forces of Libya who defeated the regime with the help of NATO. Also, note that both Saudi Arabia and Islamist movements in Libya were the main parts of the world where foreign Sunni Islamic terrorists were fighting and killing American soldiers in Iraq. This once more backs up the fact that America is allowing its own soldiers to die for political reasons, while supporting the forces which are killing them. This is similar to attacking secular Iraq after September 11 despite nearly all Islamists who did this terrorist attack being from Saudi Arabia.

Further down in the same article it states that “Looking back at the tragic experience of US efforts to incite the population of Afghanistan against the Soviet occupation in the years after 1979, it should be clear that the policy of the Reagan White House to arm the Afghan mujahedin with Stinger missiles and other modern weapons turned out to be highly destructive for the United States. As current Defense Secretary Robert Gates comes close to admitting in his memoirs, Al Qaeda was created during those years by the United States as a form of Arab Legion against the Soviet presence, with long-term results which have been highly lamented.”

The article continues by stating that “For those who attempt to follow the ins and outs of the CIA’s management of its various patsy organizations inside the realm of presumed Islamic terrorism, it may be useful to trace the transformation of the LIFG-AQIM from deadly enemy to close ally. This phenomenon is closely linked to the general reversal of the ideological fronts of US imperialism that marks the divide between the Bush-Cheney-neocon administrations and the current Obama-Brzezinski-International Crisis Group regime. The Bush approach was to use the alleged presence of Al Qaeda as a reason for direct military attack. The Obama method is to use Al Qaeda to overthrow independent governments, and then either Balkanize and partition the countries in question, or else use them as kamikaze puppets against larger enemies like Russia, China, or Iran. This approach implies a more or less open fraternization with terrorist groups, which was signaled in a general way in Obama’s famous Cairo speech of 2009. The links of the Obama campaign to the terrorist organizations deployed by the CIA against Russia were already a matter of public record three years ago.”

Irrespective of different information from many sides it is clear that secular Syria is the last nation in the American-Saudi Arabian “Sunni Islamic jigsaw” being played out by the Obama administration. Bush had naively believed that democracy would become a domino theory in the Middle East after the invasion of Iraq, with the main emphasis being Iran but clearly this never happened and over 100,000 people have been killed by this failed policy. The Obama administration, on the other hand, is clearly anti-secular in the Middle East and within the American-Saudi Arabian “Sunni Islamic jigsaw.”

Therefore, supporting aspects of the Al Qaeda Islamist network and Muslim Brotherhood objectives can be seen by the collapse of secular governments during the leadership of Obama. This means that the multi-religious reality of Syria under Bashar al-Assad and the secular nature of this nation is a threat to the American-Saudi Arabian “Sunni Islamic jigsaw” based on the policies of the current government of America, when it comes to the Middle East and North Africa.

The government of Syria is fighting for the rich civilization of the Levant where you have countless Muslim and Christian sects and where women have a million times more freedom than the US supported regime of Saudi Arabia. The roles of women were expendable in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq. Therefore, the same will happen in Syria if the terrorist opposition defeats the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

What is clear is that the government of Bashar al-Assad is fighting for an inclusive Syria where Sunni Muslims, Alawites, Christians, the Druze, and others, have religious freedom and where women have rights that can only be dreamed about in Saudi Arabia. The armed forces of Syria are trying to protect this rich diversity from outside forces which are meddling in the internal affairs of this nation. Also, the government of Syria knows the nightmare of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Pakistan, after Sunni Islamists grew in power. Therefore, the government of Syria is fighting for the richness of the Levant. However, nations like America and Saudi Arabia are supporting networks which desire a Sunni Islamic monoculture and where all religious minorities are crushed – this will be followed by Saudi Arabia spreading its indoctrination and crushing liberal thought patterns within Sunni Islam in Syria.

This civilizational war is being manipulated by many media outlets but images of modern day Syria under Bashar al-Assad highlights the mosaic of this country. In stark contrast the reality of Saudi Arabia is based on the suppression of all non-Muslims, keeping women in the shadows, crushing the Shia, and maintaining that moderate forces within Sunni Islam are kept out in order to enforce a puritanical Sunni Islamic state – which is ruled by un-puritanical elites who have enormous wealth bases.

 

http://tarpley.net/2011/03/24/the-cia%E2%80%99s-libya-rebels-the-same-terrorists-who-killed-us-nato-troops-in-iraq/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17170775

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120402/172558287.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/world/middleeast/aleppo-syria-attackers-kill-two-officers.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/8917265/Libyas-new-rulers-offer-weapons-to-Syrian-rebels.html

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