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Syrian Refugee Camps Secretly Turn into Rebel Staging Grounds

Syrian Refugee Camps Secretly Turn into Rebel Staging Grounds

A Syrian refugee I met this past summer in Turkey had just fled his beloved friends, family and country when the violence struck too close to home — a car bomb exploded right outside his house in Damascus. But if he is anything like millions of other Syrian refugees, he now faces violence and danger in his supposed safe haven. Unbeknownst to most of the world, the Free Syrian Army is quietly turning refugee camps — especially in Turkey –  into makeshift military bases.

Syrian rebel forces have found that civilian refugee camps offer safe havens for them too — with valuable perks. They get a break from the bloodshed so that they can rest, regroup and mobilize attacks. They can exploit the food and medical supplies intended for civilians, hijack vehicles and use humanitarian aid money to buy weapons. And the rebels can use other refugees to assemble a ready — though not necessarily willing — population of recruits.

An International Crisis Group report recently confirmed fears that refugee camps were becoming FSA “springboards” for launching attacks into Syria, as well as bases for training troops and storing military supplies.

A similar situation played out during the Rwandan genocide, when 1.5 million refugees fled to camps along the border. Although many of these Hutus were innocent civilians, some were warriors who took over refugee camps and launched incursions across the border to complete the “unfinished” genocide. Like Syrian rebels are doing now, the combatant Hutus stole civilian aid to buy weapons and recruited other refugees.

Could Syria become another Rwanda?— News reports, concerned citizens, and political leaders fear potential parallels: the present violence spiraling into genocide, the international community neglecting moral obligations. And now there’s this little known parallel unfolding in refugee camps.

One Syrian wrote, “Syria should not be allowed to become the Rwanda of the 21st century.”

But countries like Turkey, seemingly top-notch hosts in most other respects, aren’t heeding such warnings. Instead, Turkey is turning a blind eye to the military maneuverings in camps, allowing FSA members to run back and forth over the border with their weapons.

Already, this issue is stirring diplomatic tensions. The Syrian Foreign Minister lashed out against Ankara, viewing the government’s willful ignorance as “support to the rebels.” He said, Turkey “provides [rebels] with weapons, helps them set up bases, and supports their illegal movement into the Syrian territory.”

The use of refugee camps as military bases has dangerous repercussions. Not only does it increase the possibility of the Syrian war spilling over borders, but it also decreases the credibility of innocent civilians seeking refuge.

As Syria makes headlines and leaders make tough decisions, let’s hope they remember our post-Rwanda promise, “never again,” and work to keep safe havens safe.

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12:09AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

A bit off topic but related to the control and power the banks yield - hope many of you sign:

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Big Banks sucked up over a trillion dollars in the bailouts, but now they’re claiming that credit unions are a threat to the national deficit. Banks say that credit unions cost the government $1.5 billion in lost tax revenue, but if the banks get their way, it will end up costing us over ten billion dollars each year in higher fees and rates.

Congress gets back from recess this week, and banks are about to kick off a big lobbying push for the fall. The banks are trying to kill consumer-friendly credit unions so that they can raise rates with impunity -- but we aren’t going to let them.

Join me in telling Bank of America and its cronies to stop their cruade against credit unions.

Please go here and sign:

http://action.sumofus.org/a/bank-of-america-credit-unions/3/2/?sub=taf

12:02AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Wow. Shocking.

9:59PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

When it was said , he left his family and friends , does this mean Wife and Children ? I hope not !

6:54PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Noted.

4:45PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

To Amy – you sure are right; they can afford the best of lawyers ;-). I don’t know what Penny had in mind with her statement but I could imagine she was alluding as to who set-up/owns the Fed Res.

Here’s a look into who was involved in setting up the Federal Reserve in 1913.
- Rothschild Banks of London and Berlin
- Lazard Brothers Bank of Paris
- Israel Moses Sieff Banks of Italy
- Warburg Bank of Hamburg, Germany and Amsterdam
- Kuhn Loeb Bank of New York
- Lehman Brothers Bank of New York
- Goldman Sachs Bank of New York
- Chase Manhattan Bank of New York (Controlled by the Rockefeller Family)

Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. is on records as having said in 1913: “When the President signs this bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be legalized….the worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill.”

As for Syria we should remember that:
1. Syria’s central bank is state’s owned
2. Syria has NO DEBTS with the IMF
3. Syria has considerable OIL reserves
4. Syria has a big natural GAS reserve
5. Syria has huge WATER reserves which Israel is in dire need for
6. Syria is strictly opposed to the NWO
7. Syria refuses Monsanto and all GMO food
8. Syria is a close ally of Iran

The human brain has about 100 billion neurons so one should be able to connect the "Syrian" dots.

12:04PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

ty

1:29AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

The situation always in those cases is so messed up...

10:19PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Penny D.

Are you accusing members of the Rothschild family of using chemical weapons on the Syrian people to instigate an invasion so they can takeover the country's banking system?

On what are you basing this ?

You should be careful how you throw around accusations like that. It could be construed as slander, and you could be sued for libel. I'll bet they have really good lawyers.

6:41PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Many of these WAR are fought in the name of GOD ---- Power ----- Money ------ THINK ABOUT IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6:25PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Obama calls (Syria's) chemical attack a "crime against humanity."

The Obama Regime’s case is nothing but an unsubstantiated allegation.

The pretext of attacking Syria for gassing its own is ludicrous. And a hypocrisy when this government has

gassed its own.

Waco Texas - FBI gassed women and children with CS gas mixed with a chemical dispersant, methylene

chloride. Highly toxic, it’s used to melt plexiglas and, of course, melts lung tissue. The official story is that

the Branch Davideans set fire to their church even though blinded and gasping for breath from the CS.

However, none of the autopsied remains showed any signs of smoke inhalation in the lungs. They were

already dead when the fire started.

Women and children inside that church were murdered with poison gas.

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