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  • Walter Lippmann
    Spain to Support Shipment of Arms for Syrian Opposition Madrid, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Spain announced today to partners in the European Union (EU) that it
    Message 1 of 2 , May 21, 2013
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      Spain to Support Shipment of Arms for Syrian Opposition

      Madrid, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Spain announced today to partners in the European Union (EU) that it will support sending weapons to the Syrian opposition, a position which is shared by other countries in the bloc.

      In a press conference, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo, confirmed that he will defend the proposal during a meeting held EU foreign ministers next Monday in Brussels.

      After meeting in this capital with Moaz al-Jatib, one of the most prominent Syrian opposition leaders, the Foreign Minister admitted that the position of the Conservative administration of Mariano Rajoy is changing "according to circumstances on the ground."

      According to the Spanish foreign minister, this view is shared by other nations of the so-called Old Continent, as well as France and the UK, have been in favor of arming anti-government forces in Damascus for months.

      Diplomatic sources quoted by the Madrid press explained that this support would include lethal material as antiaircraft artillery, a possibility rejected so far by Spain with other bloc states' such as Germany.

      During Monday and Tuesday, the city hosted a meeting of members of the Syrian heterogeneous opposition, with the aim of analyzing the situation in the country and the prospects of a possible peace conference in Geneva, in which Russia and the United States are working now.

      Foreign ministers of the EU will decide on Monday whether to lift or not the arms embargo hanging over Syria, which expires on June 1.

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      WALTER LIPPMANN
      Los Angeles, California
      Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
      "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"
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    • Fred Feldman
      Spain s shift is important. At the last European Union meeting on Syria, Spain s was one of the governments that blocked a UK-French proposal to lift the arms
      Message 2 of 2 , May 22, 2013
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        Spain's shift is important. At the last European Union meeting on Syria,
        Spain's was one of the governments that blocked a UK-French proposal to lift
        the arms embargo it imposed on Syria in favor of the opposition groups. (Of
        course, this did not prevent the UK-France from arming the opposition
        through covert channels, as well as through intermediaries such as Saudi
        Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.

        In an article published on this list and at LINKS
        [<http://links.org.au/node/3344>] Green Left activist Michael Karadjis
        argued that the US, Britain, and France were largely, if not entirely,
        refusing to arm the opposition because a mass democratic revolution is
        taking place in Syria. I think the term used here --"heterogeneous
        opposition" -- is a more accurate.

        I think that not only the Syrian government's fight for survival but the
        ongoing imperialist intervention have deeply disrupted and even corrupted
        the possibilities of a mass democratic movement that seemed to exist after
        the first protests against the suppression of demonstrations. I think that
        the fight against the US and allied interference is not only a fight for the
        independence and sovereignty of Syria, but a fight for the possibility for
        democratic change there, slim though that may be at present.

        The opposition criticisms have been aimed not at the supposed refusal of the
        US and allied regimes to provide any arms, but their hesitation to provide
        heavy weapons, which would escalate the civil war and sharply increase the
        elements of international war that have existed from the beginning of the
        conflict.

        The arms and other aid that the US and other powers are providing Free Syria
        Army and the Syria Opposition Coalition is aimed against the possibilities
        of a democratic revolution, including the right of nations to sovereignty
        and independence.

        Fred Feldman


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        Spain to Support Shipment of Arms for Syrian Opposition

        Madrid, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Spain announced today to partners in the
        European Union (EU) that it will support sending weapons to the Syrian
        opposition, a position which is shared by other countries in the bloc.

        In a press conference, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jos� Manuel
        Garc�a-Margallo, confirmed that he will defend the proposal during a meeting
        held EU foreign ministers next Monday in Brussels.

        After meeting in this capital with Moaz al-Jatib, one of the most prominent
        Syrian opposition leaders, the Foreign Minister admitted that the position
        of the Conservative administration of Mariano Rajoy is changing "according
        to circumstances on the ground."

        According to the Spanish foreign minister, this view is shared by other
        nations of the so-called Old Continent, as well as France and the UK, have
        been in favor of arming anti-government forces in Damascus for months.

        Diplomatic sources quoted by the Madrid press explained that this support
        would include lethal material as antiaircraft artillery, a possibility
        rejected so far by Spain with other bloc states' such as Germany.

        During Monday and Tuesday, the city hosted a meeting of members of the
        Syrian heterogeneous opposition, with the aim of analyzing the situation in
        the country and the prospects of a possible peace conference in Geneva, in
        which Russia and the United States are working now.

        Foreign ministers of the EU will decide on Monday whether to lift or not the
        arms embargo hanging over Syria, which expires on June 1.

        sgl/gpm-mgt/edu
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