In yet another display of democracy and "People Power," the unarmed protestors in Syria have set off two bombs in Damascus targeting government buildings and killing some 40 people.
This latest "peaceful demonstration" occurred conveniently on the eve of the arrival of a team of Arab League Monitors, sent to ensure that the Syrian government takes no action to stop these "peaceful protestors" (who have thus far killed some 2,000 Syrian army and police personnel).
As we recall from Kosovo, which really wasn't that long ago, the humanitarian civilian monitors were in fact agents of the Central Intelligence Agency and other Western intelligence services. As the above-linked Sunday Times (London) article reported back in the year 2000:
"Central Intelligence Agency officers were ceasefire monitors in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999, developing ties with the KLA and giving American military training manuals and field advice on fighting the Yugoslav army and Serbian police."
Anyone believing that the Arab League monitors will be any different need only look at the leading role the Arab League played in facilitating the NATO destruction of Libya just a few months ago, the pretext for said action has since been proven a pack of lies. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a remarkable display of mendacity back in March, it was only the backing of the Arab League for a "no fly" zone over Libya that convinced the oh so reluctant US administration to take action. Said Clinton: "since the Arab League backed a no-fly zone over Libya there has been a 'sea change' in international opinion toward favoring the action." How convenient.
The US media -- even some alternative and antiwar sources -- do not bother to exercise even a touch of skepticism when the rebels who seek regime change in Syria are the very sources of the increasingly lurid tales of atrocities against the "peaceful demonstrators" by the savagely demonic Assad regime. Indeed, we hear from the mysteriously well-funded UK-based Avaaz rights group that the UN reports of regime atrocities (also solely provided by the rebels) of 2,000 then 4,000 then 5,000 were criminally understated and in fact more like 6,237 persons have been killed. It's a human rights group so it must have only the best intentions at heart, no? Well a closer look at Avaaz reveals that it is no more than a front for regime change moneybags himself, George Soros. As reported in the National Post (Canada):
Avaaz, an internationally based liberal activist group, registered for the first time as a third party in Canada — meaning it raised and spent money on campaigning, but wasn’t an official party or candidate...Avaaz was incorporated in 2006 in New York, but quickly went to work fighting Canada’s Conservatives, specifically aiming at their climate change policies. During the 2008 election campaign, then environment minister John Baird, now government house leader, called Avaaz a “shadowy foreign organization” and tied the group back to the funding of George Soros, the U.S. activist billionaire behind several left-wing causes.
As Professor Jeremy Salt of Bilkent University in Ankara points out in a recent (and highly recommended) article, the much-vaunted report of the UN Human Rights Council's 'independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic' reports rebel allegations against the Syrian regime as facts without making any effort to verify them. Sound familiar? Libya, for example? Srebrenica?
Writes Professor Salt:
"The commission says it interviewed 223 victims and witnesses of alleged human rights violations, 'including civilians and defectors from the military and security forces'. It does not say who these people are, where it got their names from, why they were chosen and who covered the costs of their travel and accommodation. It indicates that other sources of its information include 'non-government organizations, human rights defenders, journalists and experts'. As this same group is the source of many of the unsubstantiated if not patently false accusations (i.e. dead people who have turned up alive) appearing in the mainstream media, it is obviously important to know precisely which organizations and individuals helped the commission and what the information was that they supplied, but the commission does not say."
Yet the report is cited as the Gospel truth of the reality on the ground in Syria which no one dare question.
Other long time observers, like retired CIA expert Philip Giraldi and seasoned international affairs expert Eric Margolis have questioned the sloppy reporting and overt propagandizing of the regime-change cheerleaders, offering a more nuanced view gained from their years of experience in the region. Writes Giraldi recently in the American Conservative Magazine blog:
"CIA analysts are skeptical regarding the march to war. The frequently cited United Nations report that more than 3,500 civilians have been killed by Assad’s soldiers is based largely on rebel sources and is uncorroborated. The Agency has refused to sign off on the claims. Likewise, accounts of mass defections from the Syrian Army and pitched battles between deserters and loyal soldiers appear to be a fabrication, with few defections being confirmed independently. Syrian government claims that it is being assaulted by rebels who are armed, trained, and financed by foreign governments are more true than false." (emphasis added)
Giraldi also details US covert support for the Syrian rebels, ramped up after a presidential "finding" authorizing increased US efforts to overthrow the Syrian government. Could this latest democracy activist bombing in Damascus have CIA or other intelligence agency fingerprints on it, designed to set the stage for the arrival of the Arab League monitors/targeters?
It is an old device to impede those seeking the truth to accuse them of being apologists for the regime in place. But informed skepticism of the old familiar pattern of lies, provocations, and regime change is hardly motivated by an affection for the regime in place. It is interesting to note, however, that the Christians who fled Iraq down to the last man, woman, and child after our "liberation" of that country all by choice went to Syria where they have existed unmolested by the regime. Now that Syria is in line for a similar "liberation" they will have no place left to go. The end of Christianity in the Middle East is close at hand as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas. That alone is food for thought...and perhaps prayerful reflection.