MY COMMENT: Above please read another analyst who is connecting the dots and having grave doubts about what we know and do not know about Syria. The world’s humanitarians and liberals would do well to put their self-righteous ‘outrage’ to one side for a day or two and consider that they are at risk of being in contempt of everything they stand for if they continue to place their trust in Big Media and unverified YouTube voice-overs.
Everybody – time to seek the truth … again. If there is a chance that the world conscience is being defrauded by somebody’s international war machine, the facts ought to be investigated very carefully.
In my opinion, huge numbers of literally unsuspecting liberals and humanitarians are being ‘pressed’ into the ignoble ranks of the clever/stupid neocons and their illegal campaign against the sovereignty of perhaps the last secular Muslim society in the world.
Another ’reality check’ was recently posted over at FAIR.ORG
Originally posted on PoliticoAnalyst:
Today, I paused to recap what I really know about Syria and the violence affecting its people. I started with the Government. We know that the Al-Assad government is composed of Alawites, Shiites, Sunnis and even a few, perhaps token, Christians. We know that the State security forces composed of the Army, Police and Special or Secret services are also populated by Shiites, Alawites and Sunnis. Similarly federal and provincial government and ministries are staffed by a mixture of religious groups all Syrians.
On top of this came the violence. We were told by mass media that the huge wave of violence that hit Syria was State sponsored: State military forces were ordered by President Assad to fire and kill Syrian civilians. This was easy to believe because like his father, Al-Assad Junior ran a very closed country and a very undemocratic political process that kept him and his Alawite tribe in power. As soon as allegations started to be made at the international level, the Al-Assad Government issued repeated statements concerning the implication of Al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremist organizations in the growing violence engulfing the country. We paused, considered the statements and then put them on a sidebar while the main debate continued to crucify the Al-Assad government. Attention was also directed at the “Shabihia” forces, allegedly informal militant forces being directed by Al-Assad to carry out gruesome massacres and killings of innocent civilians (Houla; Al-Qubyr).
My analysis has proceeded a little differently. I know that firstly, the Armed Forces, police and other formal State security forces are holding firm in their support for Al-Assad, even though they are ethnically and religiously representative of Syria. There have been no large-scale defections or mass desertions from the Army and Police to the free Syrian Opposition. Secondly, only about 25% of all official state forces have been deployed out of the barracks to guard or perform active duty functions in public arenas in and around Syria. The rest of the forces are still barracked and have not been in position to actively participate in the violence. This fact was confirmed and spoken to by General Robert Mood, Chief of the UN Syria Verification Mission. Thirdly, no credible information has been provided about the loyalty of other state officials – but the assumption has to be that they remain in post and operational to the extent that services and offices are functioning.