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    Anti-Syria Rhetoric Part of Neo-Con Agenda Designed to Drive Wedge Into Middle East By Christopher Bollyn American Free Press 11/07/05
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 2, 2005
      Anti-Syria Rhetoric Part of Neo-Con Agenda
      Designed to Drive Wedge Into Middle East
      By Christopher Bollyn
      American Free Press

      The aggressive posture taken by the United States and Britain against
      Syria, based on unproved allegations from an inconclusive UN report of
      an unfinished investigation, reveals the Zionist agenda behind the
      policy decisions in Washington and London.

      With more than 2,000 U.S. military personnel killed during the
      invasion and occupation of Iraq, and many times that number injured or
      maimed, a growing majority of Americans now believe the war in Iraq
      was the wrong thing to do.

      A recent Harris poll taken in mid-October, shows that 66 percent of
      the American population disapproves of President George W. Bush's
      handling of the war, while 53 percent thinks invading Iraq was a mistake.

      With two out of three Americans opposed to Bush's handling of the war,
      his public approval rating for the ill-advised, and legally
      questionable and unwinnable war in the Middle East is at its lowest point.

      Given the U.S. public's "gloomy opinions about Iraq," as Harris says,
      one might ask why the Bush administration seems eager to widen the
      conflict by threatening Syria.

      The aggressive U.S. position against Syria in the UN Security Council
      is supposedly based on the findings of an inconclusive UN report about
      the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri.

      The report, written by the German Detlev Mehlis with some 30 unnamed
      investigators from 17 nations, is, how-ever, not the real reason for
      the aggressive posture taken by the U.S. and British governments
      against Syria.

      The Mehlis report is only a convenient tool being used by Washington
      and London in the execution of the Zionist agenda that dictates U.S.
      and British policymaking decisions in the Middle East. The Bush
      administration was clearly hostile to Syria before Hariri was

      "The Zionist Plan for the Middle East," translated from Hebrew by
      Israel Shahak, reveals the fundamental Israeli strategic plan for
      Syria. The plan, written by Oded Yinon, a former official with the
      Foreign Ministry of Israel, was published in a journal of the World
      Zionist Organization in 1982. The plan calls for the dissolution or
      balkanization of both Syria and Iraq.

      "The dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or
      religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon is Israel's primary target
      on the Eastern front in the long run, while the dissolution of the
      military power of those states serves as the primary short-term
      target," Yinon wrote. "Syria will fall apart, in accordance with its
      ethnic and religious structure, into several states such as in
      present-day Lebanon, so that there will be a Shiite Alawi state along
      its coast, a Sunni state in the Aleppo area, another Sunni state in
      Damascus hostile to its northern neighbor, and the Druzes, who will
      set up a state, maybe even in our [sic] Golan, and certainly in the
      Hauran [southern Syria] and in northern Jordan."

      Iraq was seen as the greater threat to Israel, with Syria coming close

      "Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other,
      is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel's targets," Yinon wrote in
      1982. "Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of
      Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run it is Iraqi power
      which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel."

      The aggressive U.S. position against Syria needs to be seen in the
      context of the Israeli agenda for the region. The neo-con policies of
      the Bush administration conform to that plan.

      The Mehlis report contains allegations from unnamed witnesses but
      provides no solid evidence that Syria had anything to do with the
      murder of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

      "Until the investigation is completed, all new leads and evidence are
      fully analyzed, and an independent and impartial prosecution mechanism
      is set up, one cannot know the complete story of what happened, how it
      happened and who is responsible for the assassination of Rafik Hariri
      and the murder of 22 other innocent people," the report says.
      "Therefore, the presumption of innocence stands."

      Since the release of the report, Syria has responded, though the U.S.
      press has been slow to publish the statement.

      "I have declared that Syria is innocent of this crime, and I am ready
      to follow up action to bring to trial any Syrian who could be proved
      by concrete evidence to have had connection with this crime," Syrian
      President Bashar Assad said in an official letter to the governments
      in Washington, London and Paris.

      "If Syria killed Rafik Hariri, Lebanon's former prime minister and
      mastermind of its revival after the civil war, it must be judged an
      act of political suicide," Patrick Seale, a 30-year veteran British
      correspondent on the Middle East, wrote shortly after Hariri and nine
      others were killed when there was an explosion near his motorcade on
      Feb. 14, 2005.

      "Why would Syria murder Hariri, the main architect of Lebanon's
      postwar reconstruction and prosperity?" American Free Press asked when
      Hariri was killed. "And why would anybody murder Hariri in such a
      spectacular way?"

      "Attributing responsibility for the murder to Syria is implausible,"
      Seale wrote. "Hariri was not a diehard enemy of Syria. For 10 of the
      past 12 years he served as Lebanon's prime minister under Syria's aegis.

      "To kill Hariri at this critical moment would be to destroy Syria's
      reputation once and for all and hand its enemies a weapon with which
      to deliver the blow that could finally destabilize the Damascus
      regime, and even possibly bring it down," Seale wrote.

      "The murder is more likely to be the work of one of its many enemies,"
      Seale wrote. "Israel's ambition has long been to weaken Syria, sever
      its strategic alliance with Iran and destroy Hezbollah."

      The United States and Israel are trying to rally international support
      against Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, Seale says, because they resist
      U.S. and Israeli hegemony over the region. Hezbollah forced Israel out
      of south Lebanon and has a deterrent capability, which prevents Israel
      from attack-ing Lebanon with impunity.

      "Iran's nuclear program threatens to break Israel's regional monopoly
      of weapons of mass destruction," Seale wrote, "which is the main
      reason it is under immense pres-sure to abandon uranium enrichment.

      "Israel has great experience at `targeted assassinations,' not only in
      the Palestinian territories but across the Middle East," wrote Seale.
      " Over the years, it has sent hit teams to kill opponents in Beirut,
      Tunis, Malta, Amman and Damascus."

      The Mehlis investigation does not appear to have even considered the
      possibility of Israel being behind the Hariri assassination. The
      report claims an Iraqi suicide bomber driving a Mitsubishi van killed
      Hariri. A "witness" named "Saddik" told the commission that the Iraqi
      was led to believe that the target was Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.

      Photographic evidence of the crater at the site of the bombing,
      however, suggests that the explosion was not caused by a car bomb. The
      crater is estimated to be between 35 to 50 feet in diameter and about
      10 feet deep. A Russian study of surface explosions indicates five to
      10 tons of TNT would be required to create such a crater.

      Keith A. Holsapple, an expert on craters at the University of
      Washington, examined the photographs of the Beirut crater for AFP.
      "There is no doubt," Holsapple said, "at least a several-ton bomb
      would be required if it were delivered by a vehicle and detonated
      above the surface."

      Photographs of the crater show buried water pipes thrust upward,
      suggesting the detonation occurred below the pavement. A damaged car
      can also be seen at the edge of the crater. If a massive surface
      explosion had caused the crater, this car should have been blown far
      back from the edge.

      The initial plume of smoke that rose from the explosion was a light
      brownish color. This also suggests that the detonation occurred in the
      sandy soil beneath the street, from a buried explosive or a
      precision-guided missile with a delayed fuse, which is designed to
      cause cratering.

      Christopher Bollyn is a much-traveled international journalist
      currently based in Chicago, serving as AFP's Midwest bureau chief. He
      has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects including the
      controversy surrounding computerized voting systems, the Arab-Israeli
      conflict and the many unanswered questions surrounding the 9-11
      terrorist attacks.


      Angry Assad Says Syria Will Cooperate in Probe:

      Angry Assad Says Syria Will Cooperate in Probe

      By Rhonda Roumani and Robin Wright
      Washington Post Staff Writers

      11/11/05 "Washington Post" -- -- DAMASCUS, Syria, Nov. 10 -- President
      Bashar Assad promised Thursday to cooperate with a U.N. investigation
      into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri,
      but in a defiant speech to cabinet ministers, Baath Party members and
      students, he warned that a confrontation might be inevitable.

      "President Bashar Assad won't bow to anyone in this world nor would he
      let his people or country to bow to anyone," he said to applause. "We
      only bow to God."

      Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, meanwhile, said Syria was failing
      to cooperate with the probe, in violation of a U.N. resolution.

      Noting that Assad's government had balked this week at sending six
      officials to Beirut to be questioned by U.N. investigator Detlev
      Mehlis -- first inviting Mehlis to Damascus to negotiate about the
      questioning of its security personnel and then saying it needed to
      complete its own questioning -- Rice said Syria must "stop trying to
      negotiate and cooperate."

      "The U.N. couldn't have been clearer. The resolution couldn't have
      been clearer or more detailed about what was expected of the Syrians,"
      Rice told reporters traveling with her to the Middle East. "They're
      expected to answer affirmatively, yes, to whatever Mehlis needs to
      complete his investigation. I do not believe the U.N. Security Council
      resolution contemplated negotiating how they would say yes."

      [Early Friday, Rice landed in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on an
      unannounced visit.]

      After Assad's speech, Syria's U.N. ambassador, Fayssal Mekdad, said in
      New York that the six officials could be questioned at any U.N.
      facility in a third country, possibly in Geneva or Vienna, but he said
      Mehlis "should be sensitive" to conducting interviews in Beirut
      following Syria's withdrawal of troops from Lebanon, the Associated
      Press reported.

      The Security Council on Oct. 31 unanimously passed Resolution 1636,
      demanding that Syria cooperate with Mehlis's investigation. The
      resolution did not specify what actions would be taken if Syria failed
      to cooperate. Mehlis has until Dec. 15 to complete his inquiry and
      report to the council.

      Assad's address, delivered at Damascus University, was his first
      public appearance since Mehlis submitted an interim report to the
      Security Council three weeks ago that accused Syria of failing to
      cooperate with the investigation into Hariri's Feb. 14 assassination.
      A leaked version of the report implicated key figures close to the
      president, including Maher Assad, his younger brother, and Asef
      Shawkat, his powerful brother-in-law and military intelligence chief.

      While promising cooperation, Assad also accused the United States and
      Israel of trying to weaken Syria and the Middle East and said
      compromises would not be made at the expense of Syrian interests.

      "There is an international agenda taking place," Assad said. "We will
      work with them in their game. What is happening now is a game.
      Whatever we do and to whatever extent we cooperate, a month from now
      they will say that Syria did not cooperate."

      Assad also said it was almost certain that Syria had no hand in
      Hariri's death, but he did not directly address Mehlis's request in
      his speech.

      Over the past few weeks, Syrians have been largely quiet, waiting to
      hear how their government would react to the mounting pressure. In his
      speech, Assad said they would have to choose between possible
      resistance and chaos.

      "Resistance has a cost and chaos has a cost," Assad said. "But the
      cost of resistance is far less."

      On Thursday, many Syrians seemed to agree.

      "They want to do with us what they did with Iraq," said Nureddin
      Sankari, 53, a taxi driver who had just finished listening to the
      speech. "I went through the 1973 war under Hafez Assad, and we
      defended our country. Now, if they say there is a war, I'll be the
      first one to go and fight."

      At a rally in central Damascus, Rola Zoubi, 30, a magazine editor,
      wore a smile and a crisp white T-shirt with the Syrian flag across the
      front. "He spoke our words," Zoubi said. "He expressed our feelings
      out loud. This is exactly how we feel."

      Wright is traveling with Rice.


      US tells Syria to drop conditions :
      Syria has until 15 December to comply with the Security Council
      resolution or face further action.


      Syria must co-operate fully and unconditionally with the United
      Nations over the assassination in February of Rafik Hariri, Washington
      has said.

      The US state department said the UN investigator looking into the
      former Lebanese premier's death should get what he wanted without delay.

      France and the UK made similar calls after Syria's leader said the
      inquiry should not harm its national interests.

      Investigator Detlev Mehlis wants to question six top Syrian officials.

      Among them is the brother-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad.

      Mr Assad said in a televised speech on Thursday his country would
      co-operate with the UN inquiry because Syria was "innocent and truth
      is its interest".

      However, co-operation would cease if Syria "would be harmed", he
      added, and he suggested that whatever Syria did, it would be accused
      of failing to co-operate.


      The BBC Arab affairs analyst says President Assad's uncompromising
      words mean Syrian co-operation might not be as unconditional as the UN

      Lebanon is the platform, the factory and the financer of all these
      conspiracies.. because [Lebanese PM Fouad] Siniora is the slave of all
      Bashar al-Assad

      Analysis: Syrian defiance

      If Mr Mehlis "wants something he should get it, and he should get it
      without delay and without complication and without obfuscation" said
      US state department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli.

      He was citing a UN Security Council resolution on the matter.

      "It calls for Syria to make individuals requested by the commission
      fully available to the commission," he said.

      "And it also gives the commission the authority to determine the
      location and modalities for the interviews."

      "It's not up to Syria to negotiate terms," the US spokesman added.

      Syria has until 15 December to comply with the Security Council
      resolution or face further action.

      Syria has criticised Mr Mehlis for making accusations without due
      process and not offering evidence.

      The killing of Mr Hariri in a car bombing in Beirut in February led to
      widespread criticism of Syria, which was forced to withdraw its
      soldiers from Lebanon as a result.


      Amman Bombings: Corporate Media Revises Script
      Kurt Nimmo | November 12 2005
      Prison Planet.tv

      As more details about the Amman bombings emerge, the corporate media
      has gone into heavy-duty spin mode to shape events to the liking of
      the Bushcons and the Israelis. For instance, on the day of the bombing
      (November 9), Reuters reported that the bombs at the Radisson were
      "placed in a false ceiling," a rather difficult operation in a busy
      hotel and demonstrating the fact the bombers, who we are now told are
      Iraqi resistance fighters brainwashed by the dead cretin al-Zarqawi,
      would have obviously required serious cover of the sort enjoyed by a
      state intelligence service working in tandem with Jordanian
      intelligence (since Jordan is "a police state with a democratic
      fa├žade," according to a former cabinet minister, sneaking explosives
      into a hotel that caters to affluent foreigners would have been, to
      say the least, difficult without government complicity and all but
      impossible for rag-tag Iraqi resistance fighters). In an effort to
      tighten the story and make it sound more plausible for the al-Zarqawi
      suicide angle, "police sources" (most likely Jordanian police
      spokesman Captain Bashir al-Da'jeh) dismissed the ceiling story and
      introduced the more acceptable suicide bomber explanation later in the
      day on November 9. Now we are told the ceiling simply "caved in" as a
      result of "al-Qaeda in Iraq" suicide bombers.

      Suddenly everybody was on message. On November 10, the mythical
      al-Zarqawi, via the internet, claimed responsibility for the bombings
      in the "moderate Arab nation" that "has fought a long-running battle
      against Islamic extremists opposed to its 1994 peace deal with
      Israel," according to the Bush Ministry of Disinformation, Associated
      Press division. Of course, in a monarchial police state run by
      Hashemites, accustomed to wielding dictatorial power through
      hereditary emirs, there is no such thing as moderate rule, but never
      mind. On the same day, thousands "of Jordanians rallied in the capital
      and other cities shouting 'Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!'" and
      the corporate media imparts the impression these "protests" were
      spontaneous when in fact-again in a monarchial police state-such
      independent action is impossible and is in fact organized by the
      government (thus the display of "Jordanian flags and posters of King
      Abdullah II" by citizens we are expected to believe love their corrupt
      king and his freedom-hating retinue). It is nearly vomit-inducing to
      witness the length the corporate media has gone to portray average
      Jordanians as kowtowing citizens of a "moderate" Arab country when in
      fact they are oppressed subjects ruled under a "semi-constitutional"
      monarchy installed by British invaders in 1921 as they went about
      carving up the Middle East after defeating the Ottomans. But then
      tribal and chieftain-based monarchy (especially the Hashemite version)
      is precisely what Israel and the United States have in mind for the
      Arabs and Muslims of the Middle East, so this compliant behavior by
      the corporate media is to be more or less expected.

      Now, with the ceiling story far behind us-and the evacuation of the
      Israelis prior to the attack story all but extinguished-we are told
      these al-Zarqawi suicide bombers included a "husband and wife team"
      and the terrorists "carried out the Amman attacks with explosive belts
      after carefully staking out the hotels for a month," according to the
      Associated Press. Once again, all of this is absurd on its face-Iraqis
      staking out hotels in a police state as if they were casually walking
      around Cleveland, Ohio, staking out the local Red Roof Inn-and no
      doubt the "husband and wife team" bit was thrown in for shock value, a
      gruesome stick-to-the-wall detail that tells us the Iraqi resistance
      (under the sway of the dead cretin al-Zarqawi) is brutal,
      cold-hearted, and above all nihilistic. "It was believed to be the
      first time a married couple has carried out a suicide attack. The
      couple bombed the Days Inn after the woman 'chose to accompany her
      husband to his martyrdom,' the statement said." Of course, we can
      expect more married couples-soon followed by fraternal and identical
      twins-to engage in such horrific violence against "filthy Jews"
      (according to the deceased al-Zarqawi) who are evacuated, leaving
      behind not only innocent Arabs attending a wedding party but also a
      number of important Palestinians and Chinese business partners.

      "In its latest statement, Al-Qaida said the bombings were carried out
      in response to 'the conspiracy against the Sunnis,' referring to the
      Muslim Arab group favored under Saddam Hussein's regime and now
      believed to form the core of the Iraqi insurgency." Of course, this
      makes absolutely no sense-Sunni Muslims comprise a full 92 percent of
      Jordanians and it makes less than no sense to attack them to defend
      the honor of Sunnis in Iraq. But then we are expected to believe
      al-Zarqawi the black op team attacks Shia Muslims in Iraq because it
      is more important to kill heretics than defeat the American occupation.

      Obviously, the attack in Amman was carried out by seasoned
      experts-almost certainly Mossad (the attacks fit their modus
      operandi)-with the complicity of Jordanian and U.S. military
      intelligence. It was engineered to reverse the support of average
      Sunni Jordanians for the Sunni-led resistance in Iraq, kill important
      Palestinians (and send a message to the Chinese, who support the
      Palestinians), and also dovetail with Bush's desperate speech in
      western Pennsylvania earlier today. "We must recognize Iraq as the
      central front in our war against the terrorists," said Bush. No doubt
      Bush and his neocon handlers believe the images from Amman of blown up
      hotels-very westernized hotels and thus striking a cord with mostly
      somnolent Americans-add the appropriate spin to his speech, which is
      in fact a act of desperation as the Bushcons circle the wagons to fend
      off growing criticism of the obvious fact Bush lied as he prepared to
      attack a sovereign and defenseless nation.



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