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Report: Syrian Rebels Using Children as Human Shields and for Sexual Abuse and Military Missions

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Assad proved himself an evil leader killing thousands of Syrian citizens. Now the Rebel groups are are using children as human shields against the Syrian army. In addition rebels are sexually abusing children and forcing them to perform military missions

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Beth S (330)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 2:03 pm
Local media reports in Syria voiced deep concern about alarming growth in the recruitment of children by rebel groups in the country, disclosing that these children are not just used for military missions, but for sexual abuse.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Chairman of Syria's Committee for Family Affairs Insaf Hamd told al-Ahd news website that like human-trafficking, recruiting children is a crime both in Syria and in the world and is against all the relevant international laws and agreements.

"Recruiting children has been alarmingly growing since the start of the crisis in Syria," he said, pointing to videos and photos posted on the internet or social websites such as You Tube about child soldiers in Syrian opposition groups.

Hamd said that these children are employed not just for carrying guns, but for doing other military missions in military posts, checkpoints and for guarding missions.

"This is a dangerous phenomenon which covers a range of crimes whose extent is way beyond carrying arms as it, in fact, includes crimes from carrying guns to sexual abuse of children by armed men," the official warned.

Earlier reports had already unveiled that the notorious terrorist group, Al-Nusra Front, is using children as a human shield in clashes with the Syrian Army.

According to a March report by Cham Press news website, informed sources in Tunisian Salafist Takfiri groups acknowledged that a 10-year old boy, named Farouq al-Tunisi, was killed in clashes between the Syrian army and al-Nusra front as the terrorist group was using the kid to shield its members.

The sources said that Farouq along with his father were recruited by Al-Nusra Front and they were active in Syria since September.

The report said that a growing number of terrorists are now in Syria with their sons and the Nusra front is using these boys as human shields.

Earlier, a Libyan child was killed in the outskirts of Aleppo in clashes erupted between the Syrian army and al-Nusra which has been listed as a terrorist organization by many states even the United States.

Lee Hampton (15)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 2:05 pm
So the Islamist rebels fighting Assad are as much scum or more than the Syrian army.

Nothing good comes out of these countries.

John Farnham (52)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 2:38 pm
Those 'Islamist rebels' are mercenaries recruited by NATO from outside the country. Syria happened to be next in line for covert destabilization before invasion by NATO in the fashion of Libya,Somalia,Iraq,Afghanistan,etc. Egypt historically was undermined by the Muslim Brotherhood, Pak/Afghanstan by Taleban madrassas of Saudi Arabia, who hate Muslims because they are not extremist enough; just as regular Christians are not zealots like the Dominionists bent on government overthrow and subversion. Arms are supplied to the rebels by the usual suspects ; USA and UK. Who knows ? We could have another Iran/Israel arms deal going on like the one Reagan's Ollie North was noted for.

John Farnham (52)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 2:46 pm
I started surfing the site Saudi-Backed Militants Killed 3 Shia Muslims in Pakistan

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 2:51 pm
Palestinian Arabs are as guilty, as Syrian Arabs in using kids for Human Shields.

When human life is worthless, and martyrs are given VIP treatment, it's easy to brainwash youngsters into stupid things.

Lee Hampton (15)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 3:24 pm
John F.,

There have been reports that Al Qaeda and offshoots as well as the Muslim Brotherhood is involved in the fighting against the Syrian army and they are armed by countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other oil states. Why come up with a mercenaries recruited by NATO scenario, when Jihadists have been helping other Jihadists all over the Islamic world for some time now. It's much more plausible that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is behind this as they have been threatening to do. You seem to be going far afield when the OIC or even individual Jihadists will happily do this for free.

Jennifer Ward (40)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 6:37 pm
This is their custom for centuries. I'm sorry I have compassion overload when it comes to Syria. Everyone should stay out of the civil war, supplying arms just makes things worse. Sadly, no side is without blame. Poor little kids.

Bill Reese (138)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 7:06 pm
Every America Citizen needs to write their Senators and Representatives, tell them to get America out of Syria. Most of the terrible acts against humanity that the news has reported by Assad happened many years ago, and Syria was relatively quiet, like Libya and Egypt until our Secretary of State, and Obama under orders from the Brotherhood decided to upset all the countries. Once Syria is in Taliban and Brotherhood hands it will be Jordan or Saudi Arabia next. The scheme is obvious and we need to stop supplying weapons. It was probably the reason that Hillary and Obama did nothing and allowed our ambassador to be killed in Benghazi so the word would not come out that he was passing weapons to Turkey and the Taliban before the election.
Write your Senators and Congress people and ask for the truth.

Beth S (330)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 7:25 pm
Agreed, Bill. Thanks for saying so. Definitely Jordan, with or without Syria falling into the hands of the MB and/or AQ, probably by the summer. Saudi Arabia has a number of layers of protection that Jordan doesn't enjoy, so they may be a significantly more difficult takeover. Whatever, you are right that the Middle East is going to be one horrible theocratic monstrosities.

At this point (and I NEVER thought I'd say such a thing), if the rebels are showing significant gains against Assad, I'd almost be tempted to supply Assad's side. In reality they're both horrible and we shouldn't be spending a cent in arming them.

Beth S (330)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 7:45 pm

Interesting article (with photos in the actual article) from Barry Rubin

Syria: Everything You Wanted to Know About Islamist Rebels Who Can Shoot Down Planes

Posted: 09 Apr 2013 03:42 AM PDT
By Barry Rubin

Advanced anti-aircraft missiles in the hands of Syrian Islamist rebels could be used, after the win the civil war there, against neighboring countries and even against commercial passenger planes. It seems as if the attempts to get back advanced weapons from Libya played a central role in the mission that led to the Benghazi incident. As Libya also showed, once rebels overthrow a government, U.S. attempts to ensure its arsenals aren't opened to terrorists abroad are unlikely to succeed fully.

On how fear of Syrian Islamist rebels getting advanced weaponry and attacking the country's neighbors in future has shifted U.S. policy see here.

So what is this issue all about? Fortunately, there’s a remarkably useful site in the UK called Brown Moses that professionally assesses this and other weapons’ issues in the Middle East. If you are interested in such things by all means go there.

Briefly, the story is this. The weapons are generically known as Manpad for Man Portable Air Defense Missile. The equipment captured in Libya and from the Syrian army in Syria or obtained by other means consists of four types.
The SA16 is a short-range version which has been captured by the rebels, specifically when they took the giant Syrian army base in Aleppo.

The only weapon from Libya is the older SA7, since the Libyans didn't have more advanced versions. It has been reported--though all such figures are not necessarily reliable--that about 5000 SA7 missiles were destroyed by the U.S. and other forces but that about 15,000 remained missing. The missiles are not usable forever, and some of those in the Libyan arsenal were very old, but apparently many of them would still work. Here's an example of a reasonably reliable report saying that a large number of SA7s were delivered to Syrian rebels through Turkey last September.

A rebel fires a rocket at a Libyan air force jet near on March 2 near Brega.Joel Silva/Folhapress, via Reuters. A rebel fires a rocket at a Libyan air force jet near on March 2, 2011.

Then there's the Chinese FN-6 , standard for the Chinese air force, which was used to shoot down a Syrian transport helicopter at Menagh Air Base near Aleppo. How did that one get there, through the U.S.-Turkish-Saudi-Qatari arms supply program or another way? It is claimed that Syrian rebels shot down two military helicopters with this weapon.

FN6 fired by Chinese soldiers

And this brings us to the best of all, the SA24. While some have been misidentified, they were obtained from the 46th Syrian regiment base west of Aleppo.
SA24 with rebel sending a message to the Assad regime

There are a number of videos available though in many cases it is not clear whether the rebels also have the grip stick without which the missile is inoperable. Some videos that purport so show operational SA24s are merely training equipment that cannot be used in combat.

Nevertheless, the rebels definitely have such equipment. As the Brown Moses site points out, the arrival of new MANPADS have arrived through Turkey recently. The Guardian,quotes an opposition leader as claiming that "a Syrian army helicopter and a Mig warplane had been shot down in the past two days, for the first time by imported missiles...`released from the Turkish warehouses. These are weapons the opposition had purchased previously but had not been allowed to take across the border.'" Reuters quotes several rebel commanders and fighters as saying the same thing.

Now these more advanced weapons were reportedly bought in Croatia by the Saudis. The Saudis back the Salafists so presumably the new arms are in the hands of forces more extreme than the Brotherhood.

Finally, the Brown Moses site makes some important points about the military situation in Syria:

"Generally the opposition in the south have been poorly equipped compared to the groups in the north.... As the opposition in the north captured more bases and more equipment it allowed them to attack increasingly heavily defended bases, with the capture of anti-aircraft weapons, like MANPADS, allowing them to defend from attacks from the air, which in turn meant they could deploy captured artillery and tanks, which were essential in attacking heavily defended bases."

The rebel groups in the north are dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists who are better armed than the non-Islamist sections of the opposition. If things go on this way--and they probably won't change--when (not if) the rebels win (which might take a long time), the well-armed, anti-American, anti-Christian, and antisemitic Islamists will take over Syria.

And, more immediately, what kind of MANPAD system are the rebels getting through Turkey--with U.S. approval--and exactly which groups hold these weapons? The al-Qaida affiliates? Salafis? Muslim Brotherhood?

Incidentally, while Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian affiliate of al-Qaida has not been seen with MANPADS, it has been shown to have obtained some of the Croatian heavy weapons distributed within Syria. These were supposedly to be kept out of its hands due to U.S. policy of not letting the arms coming into Syria through Saudi-Turkish efforts get to such dangerous enemies. The new proclamation by the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, that Jabhat al-Nusra is part of his organization is worrisome. Even though it has long been known that Jabhat al-Nusra was affiliated with al-Qaida, if this statement is true it is now directly under an organization responsible for the deaths of scores of American soldiers and civilians in Iraq.

The earlier declaration from more than two dozen insurgent Salafist groups in Syria have defended Jabhat al-Nusra against a U.S. attempt to isolate it bodes ill both in terms of the future of post-Assad Syria as a center of terrorism and the weakness of the policy of trying to limit the arms going to the group. In other words, in a real sense, albeit unintentionally, U.S. policy is backing al-Qaida. It is not true that the United States supported Usama bin Ladin in Afghanistan, since it was backing different groups and at the time bin Ladin's backing was coming from Saudi Arabia. But now, after September 11, the United States is not only again involved in an insurgency where bin Ladinist forces are as well but also many of the other groups are sympathetic to them.

What is most dangerous is not that Salafist groups, including al-Qaida, will take over Syria politically but that they will be given a relatively free scope to act as they please. The U.S. government is basically putting its hope on a Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition or even a Muslim Brotherhood regime restraining al-Qaida, which might happen if Jabhat al-Nusra attacks the new Syrian regime and thus faces repression at its hands.

If you are interested in reading more about Syria, you're welcome to read my book The Truth About Syria online or download it for free.

John Farnham (52)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:06 pm
The 'difference' between 'groups' is more a matter of where the funding comes from rather than any variation in central control - which was once run through Turkey. Now that the truth about the involvement of black ops sponsoring these groups through a budget which comes from drug trade running through mafia and government alike in an international web of deceit harkening back to the days when Britain took over Chinese connection in the Boxer Rebellion has come out the arrangements are shuffled. Ex FBI translator Sibel Edmonds has been making revelations for years about the Turkish connection at Boiling Frogs Post ever since she was 'discovered' by BradBlog when it came out that US national security was porous to Turkish intelligence.

John Farnham (52)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:21 pm
Geopolitics with Ryan Dawson-“Search & Destroy: The Rape of Iraq”

Monday, 8. April 2013

Ryan Dawson Presents Pepe Escobar
GPInvestigative journalist and geopolitical analyst Pepe Escobar joins us to explain what really happened with the so called “surge” in Iraq, how the sectarian violence was fostered to divide and conquer, and what a time bomb Iraq still may be. How did the pentagon and press turn 9/11 into a psychological hammer to dehumanize and demonize Iraqis? Is the media on Syria any better than it was with Iraq?

Judith Hand (55)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:43 pm
Noted. The first thing that comes to mind is how only a weak coward would use children in this way. Aside from the disgusting factors of shielding and sexual abuse! No 'real man' would do this.

Lee Hampton (15)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:02 pm
"How did the pentagon and press turn 9/11 into a psychological hammer to dehumanize and demonize Iraqis? Is the media on Syria any better than it was with Iraq? "

One has to make a lot of presumptions to even ask the question.

Nancy Black (308)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:11 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared. Both sides are rotten. Personally, I wish we wouldn't give weapons to either side. It is totally corrupt to use children as shields or sexually. It somehow make it worse when it is their own children.

Jay S (116)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:23 am
The Syrian Saudi/Muslim Brotherhood-backed 'rebels', who are fighting to establish another Muslim Sharia ruled state, like in other 'Arab spring' failures, must be getting training from their Hamas brothers in Gaza for their cowardice and child abusing ways - all in following Mohammed's own example in his bloody spreading of Islam, banditry, cowardice and pedophilia. They've been raping captive non-Muslim women too and taking them in 'pleasure marriages' just like good old Mohammed and his thugs did. Ah the joys of Islam - decadence with allah's approval.

Carola May (20)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:28 am
Where are the Jew-hating Israelophobes to defend this ugliness, like they do for their pets in Hamas? Surely they'll blame all these perverted and cowardly doings on 'Zionists'!

And Obama, knowing all about these Islamist conquistadores, is still sending them tens of millions while they've already started ethnic cleansing and committing genocide against all Christians and non-Sunni (Saudi) Muslims. What a traitor.

Marc B (16)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 4:30 am
A really difficult issue. Of course Assad is an evil leader, but some of the rebels are of the same kind we supported in Afghanistan as long as they fought against the soviet union.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 5:10 am
I think women should run the world.

Patricia H. (440)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 5:50 am
sadly noted

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:24 am
It's ridiculous

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:31 am

Gene J (290)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:31 am
"Hamd said that these children are employed not just for carrying guns, but for doing other military missions in military posts, checkpoints and for guarding missions."

Of course they are. This is a time honored Muslim military tactic going back centuries. When you have no respect for human life, this is what you get. This is common in African rebellions as well. I'd suppose these nations are signatories to the Hague Convention on the rules of war, but they don't seem much interested in honoring any sort of agreements for longer than the time it takes to sign them. It isn't just happening in Syria, not by any means. And it is an abomination but I'm sure they've got some verse to justify it. They always do.

Tammy B (9)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:39 am

. (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 7:44 am
Terrible situation. Those children will be scarred for life and have all sorts of mental and emotional problems if this war ever ends.

Marcel E (346)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 8:55 am

John Farnham (52)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 9:33 am
I note the 'Israel supporters' are conflating criticism of Mossad/Israel with 'Jew hating' as usual. I would really love it if people would take the time to actually research what historian Dr. Ahmadinejad ( yes, president of Iran ) says about the Holocaust rather than what he is mistranslated as saying ( there are videos on YouTube ). Israel - he says - dishonours the Holocaust by its treatment of Palestinians, replicating the horrors of Nazi Germany on European Jews upon the original people who lived here before their invasion. For that you are welcome to research your own stories of the 'Israel Defence Force' shooting kids, bulldozing olive groives, wells and villages,shooting Palestinian fishermen...and we know what happened to activists transported to Gaza on a Turkish vessel. Plus the Wall running through Palestine is hard to miss, 'checkpoints' manned by Israelis in Occupied Territory. For this supposedly I 'hate Jews'. Meh. Does Ha'aretz do the same ? Or B't Salem ? The best sources for information on Palestine are outraged Israelis.

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 11:13 am
John, perhaps you should read the truth about the world's attitude to the Palestinians, a people who have been used and abused by Muslim countries. The Muslims ethnically cleansed their countries of Jews, around a million. They did not have an NGO and just got on with it, no compensation has been paid. The Palestinians came into existence when an EGYPTIAN, Arafat, demanded land to which there was no legal or moral claim. TransJordan was created by the same Mandate as Israel but came into existence beforehand. Israel was to have been shared with Arabs who rejected the offer. Of course, you do not mention the suffering and abuses of the Palestinians under the Muslim controlled countries nor by their own people in Hamas, that is a no no because it has to be Israel's fault.

Perhaps you should consider this letter to the Guardian UK before you only support Muslim propaganda

On the eve of Yom Hashoah, Israel's Holocaust memorial day, Point of No Return was inspired by the words of a little-known Iraqi-Jewish writer to address the following letter to the celebrated Scottish writer Iain Banks (pictured) who says he supports a cultural boycott of Israel:

Dear Iain,
I was sorry to learn that you have terminal cancer and will probably not be long for this world. It is a matter of deep regret that the world is about to lose a talented writer and a noble human being.
However, I was surprised that the Middle East ranks so high on your list of priorities that directly after you had announced news of your cancer, The Guardian chose to print a piece about your personal boycott of Israel. In it you wrote:

"The particular tragedy of Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people is that nobody seems to have learned anything. Israel itself was brought into being partly as a belated and guilty attempt by the world community to help compensate for its complicity in, or at least its inability to prevent, the catastrophic crime of the Holocaust. Of all people, the Jewish people ought to know how it feels to be persecuted en masse, to be punished collectively and to be treated as less than human. For the Israeli state and the collective of often unlikely bedfellows who support it so unquestioningly throughout the world to pursue and support the inhumane treatment of the Palestinian people – forced so brutally off their land in 1948 and still under attack today – to be so blind to the idea that injustice is injustice, regardless not just on whom it is visited, but by whom as well, is one of the defining iniquities of our age, and powerfully implies a shamingly low upper limit on the extent of our species' moral intelligence.

The solution to the dispossession and persecution of one people can never be to dispossess and persecute another. When we do this, or participate in this, or even just allow this to happen without criticism or resistance, we only help ensure further injustice, oppression, intolerance, cruelty and violence in the future."

We've heard it all before from your fellow boycotters of Israel: scores of trendy opinion-formers, academics and artistes. They actually believe that neat paradox: a persecuted people is now persecuting another. Don't the Jews of all people know any better?

What really pains me is that you will be going to your death without knowing how wrong you have been. Israel is full of people - Jewish people - persecuted simply for being Jews and expelled from land and property they have lived on since time immemorial by Arabs.This is a truth that even Jews from Europe haven't grasped. The Arabs did this barely three years after the monumental tragedy of the Holocaust, in which the Palestinian leader, the Mufti of Jerusalem, among other Arabs, was complicit. The Mufti plotted the extermination of the Jews of the region well before Israel was established. Arabs and radical Muslims have been seeking to destroy the Jewish state ever since.

To illustrate my point, on the eve of Yom Hashoah, when Israel marks the anniversary of the Holocaust, let me quote Aharon, an Iraqi Jew you won't have heard of, who wrote a chapter in a book* you won't have heard of either:

"Two thousand years of persecution, execution and forced conversion culminated in Hitler’s Final Solution, a solution which wiped out nearly half the world’s Jewish population. And this was followed by, and compounded by the ethnic cleansing by the Arab Countries of all their Jewish populations. Both events took place on the watch of the civilised world which responded by a deafening silence. Jews therefore feel themselves to be permanent refugees even after the rise of the State of Israel which is now anyway precariously balanced within the vast Muslim Middle East.

"At the end it was the Arab world, not Hitler that executed their final solution, and no power can move the clock back. That is why today it is worrying Israelis and Jews alike that what happened in Germany under the Nazis in the early 1930s is being re-enacted in a startlingly similar way again in Europe today. Every aspect of life in Israel, its people, its institutions, its places of learning, even its acclaimed courts of justice are being demonized. Recently this demonizing has been organized and reinforced by concerted bans and boycotts here in Europe in protest, they say, against the occupation of Palestinian lands to which the majority of the citizens of Israel are opposed. All this sends shivers in the hearts of Jews everywhere reminding them of the anti-Semitic demonizing propaganda of the 1930s, which was the precursor of, and prepared the ground for the Holocaust. As Condoleezza Rice, the American Secretary of State, stated recently: Anti-Semitism is not just a historical fact but a current event.

"The Arab World has played and continues to play its active part too in the Jewish tragedy. During World War II they made Jewish life in their midst a living hell. By the early 1950’s when the safe haven of Israel opened, some 900,000 Jews were ethnically cleansed to Israel from Arab countries leaving all Arab countries what the Nazis called “Judenrein”, lands clean of Jews. Therefore what the Nazis failed to do, the Arab countries accomplished and perpetuated. And the world accepts that as normal.

"These 900,000 Jewish refugees are forgotten because Israel did not leave them in camps to rot and did not ask the UN to set up agencies to serve to perpetuate their misery and status as refugees. With help from Jews worldwide these Jewish refugees with their bare hands gave themselves dignity, security and a future in stark contrast to the way rich, very rich, Arabs treated the then 700,000 Palestinian refugees and disgracefully continue to treat their descendants today.

"I was a victim and a witness of this ethnic cleansing. My personal story tells it all. I wanted so much to be part of my country Iraq and to participate actively in its revival after World War II. When I finished my pre-university studies in Iraq and secured a place with various universities in England and France to continue my studies the Iraqi authorities refused point blank to allow me to travel. Why? Because I was a Jew. And as a result of accumulations of other violent events around the Jewish community I could see that there was no way to be both Jewish and Iraqi. So I took the only way I could that was still open for me out of the country. Together with about twenty desperate Jews, we managed to cross the borders of Iraq into Iran in the north, literally on foot. We got there from Baghdad in a truck.

"The truck driver had managed to bribe the border guards to close their eyes as we were nearing the border, pretending to be carrying cattle from one town to another. At the last minute, after the truck was approaching the border, some border police started shooting, probably only to justify their surprise to see that the cattle had turned into human beings, but more likely because the bribe was not big enough to go round. The driver left us in the middle of nowhere pointing to us the direction to the Iranian borders. I was young, barely 19 years old at that time. Fleeing Iraq, in my case via Iran, whose people I will always be indebted to for their hospitality and safe passage at my desperate time of need, I arrived at the absorption centre in Israel in 1949 by air from Tehran. I found there a mixture of people all dejected all helpless. My fellow refugees from Arab countries were desperately trying to rebuild their lives out of nothing in a land of nothing.

"But it was the sight of the remnants of the Holocaust camps that broke my heart and my spirit. I saw frightened shadows of human beings dazed, confused and broken trying to regain their existence as humans. But worst of all instead of hatred, rage and bitterness I found many trying to remove the concentration camp numbers on their arms feeling guilty of being alive and ashamed of not having put up a fight before allowing themselves to be led as sheep to the Gas chambers. It is the combined images of the ethnically cleansed Arab Jews who lost their countries, and the Holocaust remnants of European Jews who lost their dignity, that are engraved in my being and in the mind of every Jew who says “never again”. That is why Israelis feel the need to keep their citizen army and even their nuclear shield not because they are on a Samson-like suicidal mission. It is because they are determined to live with pride and dignity denied to them in those dark days of the 30s and 40s. And this time, if they must die, they want to die fighting."

And so, Iain, by aligning yourself with the Palestinian cause, you are siding, not with innocent victims, but with some of the heirs of Nazism. It is they, not the Israelis, who nurse in their hearts the intention to continue Hitler's genocide. If they haven't fulfilled that intention, it is only because the Jews of Israel have been strong enough to thwart it.

Sorry if self-defence is so very unpopular in your postmodern world, Iain. As someone once remarked: "it is better to be unpopular than dead."

Matt G (1)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:22 pm
That regime totally needs to end, but not at the expense of a replacement but fundamentalists.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:35 pm
This story reminds me of the big story that came out before we entered Iraq 1, under Bush, right after Sadaam invaded Kuwait. Remember the story about babies being pulled from incubators and skewered on bayonets? It later turned out that the story-teller was a Kuwaiti princesses and she made the whole thing up.
Plus, this is 3 stories in a row by Beth, and if you click on her name, you'll see a list of stories she's written. There are a lot about Muslims and she is anti-Muslim and pro-Israeli in everyone.
No, whenever i read a story by Beth, i take it with a grain of salt.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:06 pm
Terrible. Those kids are ruined for the rest of their lives.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:38 pm
I thought i saw on Al Jazeera news today that the Syrian rebel leader has sworn allegiance to Al Qaeda If this is true why is anyone supplying them arms Do not understand it all Bad before but might end up worse Always the women and children that suffer


Patricia Martin (19)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:41 pm
I don't blame you, Robert, especially because she wrote all those articles about Islam and Israel. How do we know that she's just making up her own facts?

You just can't trust people like Beth who write these kinds of biased stories!.

Amy L (112)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 3:03 pm
This is outrageous and naturally disgusting. Yet why am I not surprised? This world is going straight to Hell in a hand basket. Okay now where did I put my anti-depressants?

Lee Hampton (15)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 3:44 pm
Robert O.,

So you think Beth *wrote* these articles? That's pretty good, writing for the Washington Post, Al-Arabiya, Al Ahram, the Egyptian Independent, The Sentinel, and scores of other newspapers That Beth is a pretty impressive writer, alright!

Patsy Olive (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:16 pm
Noted & tweeted.Patsy O

Bill Reese (138)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 7:12 pm
I am afraid that anyone that does not believe this article put in here by Beth must not read any news or follow any news on the internet as they are smoking something to cloud their ability to understand or comprehended. This is news that we see many times in our liberal Oregonian out of Portland, Oregon. I wonder just how much of the Assad government's brutality of Syrian people we can believe. Remember, we heard very little of that until the Brotherhood decided Hillary and Obama would help them take over Egypt and Libya. Then we lost an ambassador and three other Americans to an Al Qaida attack at Benghazi, and a cover up so Obama would not look bad just before the November Election. I have written my Senators asking them to look into the facts and let us know, the retired Special Op's people, 1000 strong also sent a letter signed by all of them asking the same thing. Did our government sit silently by while Americans died just so Obama could win an election? We will know one day if he did or did not.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 8:48 pm
The ordinary Syrian people are the victims of both sides of this terrible conflict.
Using children as human shields or suicide bombers is not a new phenomenon in the Arab world. The Palestinians have been doing it for years.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 11:31 pm
I feel for the children

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 12:25 am
Stars for Patricia and Robert O

Beth you are a racist in my opinion

robert zank (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 2:07 am
worth viewing:

paul m (93)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 3:08 am


Many Feathers (139)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 4:53 am

Audrey B (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 9:13 am
We cannot control other Countries. There is no regard to human life. Women & Childre always suffer more violence and the human trafficking.

We have alot of problems in our own Country that are similar but pushed under the rug. minus the military missions. The abuse of children is everywhere, which is disgusting and shameful. EX: Bangazi (under the rug) Our President let them be tourture and killed, just because of the President elections. And we are still waiting. Our Lair-In-Chief will keep us in the dark. So as you can see we are no better than these other Countries.

I don't think our Gov't should be giving weapons or money to anyone. Stay out of it, we have our own problems. There will always be victums of war.

Our World is going to he(( . It just doesn't seem to be getting any better at all.

STOP ALL FOREIGN-AID we are not in the position to be giving money away. Take care of our own people, this money could give every American Citizen FREE HEALTHCARE, using our tax-money to help ourselves.

Rebecca Y (26)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 9:33 am
It doesn't surprise me at all that they do all these horrendous things against women, children and humanity at large. I'd love to see a mass exodus of the women and children and then seal off the Middle East...nothing going in, not any aid, not weapons, nada! Then see how long it would take them to kill each other off!

Klaus Peters (14)
Friday April 12, 2013, 7:07 am
I find that Beth's choice of post contents from news sources of both Middle Eastern and Western news agencies seem a fair approach to me. No matter what her own opinion on Islam my be is her right. News articles from both sides never give the absolute truth. I think she picks a mix of different opinions. In the end it is up to the reader to form an opinion. As for me, I find it difficult to accept what Islam is trying to teach by force.
The Catholic church was in this position a few hundred years ago, after the split with Martin Luther and a 30 year war and more splits we have a Christian community that may not always agree, but at least it does not lead to conflicts, the last one was Ulster. It was more political than religion. I hope eventually Islam will mellow modernise and become a good world citizen.

Beth S (330)
Friday April 12, 2013, 8:23 am

I would ask you then to your charge of being "racist," I would ask: what Race is Islam?

Is Islam's race the Muslims with black-skinned Africans with nappy hair -- who by the way, are still used as slaves in the thriving Islamic slave market, even when they are Muslims?

Is Islam's race the Muslims of the far-East who have descended from Mongolian tribes?

Is Islam's race the Muslim Arabs?

Is Islam's race the Muslims blonde hair, blue-eyed of European descent?

Is Islam's race the Muslims with brown-skinned Pakistani, Indian, and Bangladesh?

Is Islam's race that comprises the most populace country of Muslims in the world, the Indonesians?

So tell us, Rose, which "race" is Islam.

John Farnham (52)
Friday April 12, 2013, 9:05 am
Anybody who wonders how deep deception goes has to trace decades of spying and insurrection. When I mentioned Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood it wasn't because I was worried about Hamas. Have some fun : run a Search with keywords " Muslim Brotherhood CIA MI-5 " to find who was really responsible for upsetting the applecart, just like it has been done many times before.

Lee Hampton (15)
Friday April 12, 2013, 9:43 am

There's a hell of a lot of entries under that, and searching through for what you think we should be reading is not fun in the least.

The gist of course is that there seems to be no conflict you don't have a conspiracy theory for. From this an other things you've written, you seem to think that the U.S. and/or British and/or Israelis have masterminded every conflict in the Middle East, as if the Islamic world isn't heavily strewn with deadly and massive conflicts since its inception, easily more than a thousand years before there was a U.S. and 450 years after the expulsion of the Jews from their national homeland of Israel.

You seem to have a strong aversion to the idea that Muslims are in any way responsible for their own actions, tragedies and disasters, which is a classic Muslim way to think. Islam often tends to play victim when it is actually one of the most horrific victimizers in history and in most countries throughout the world.

Bill Reese (138)
Friday April 12, 2013, 12:54 pm
We discuss the Middle East a lot due to the fact that since WWI we have been involved in the Middle East to some degree all the time. It was not just the US as when Muhammad decided to write a book (Koran) that combined, religion, social justice, government, and economy between covers of the book the world has never been the same.
Look at India, it at one time included Pakistan and East Pakistan, until the Imam would not allow his Muslims to live in a country not controlled by the Koran and Shari law, so he split off the two outer parts of India.

Today, even America is under attack by the Sharia Law, in at least two parts of the US Sharia law is being use as the law of that area. The Koran is the most degrading of woman of any major law in the world. We now have three Brotherhoods in high places in our US cabinet.

John Farnham (52)
Monday April 15, 2013, 5:17 pm
Lee H Try "You seem to have a strong aversion to the idea that Christians are in any way responsible for their own actions, tragedies and disasters, which is a classic Christian way to think. " I won't represent that as reasonable because I was raised Christian and will not abandon the faith to those preaching war under the guise of peace. And I quip online with Muslims who think the same way - except they were formerly Christians who prefer not to ignore their conviction that to say Jesus was a God is wrong. That's not an all;egation I would dispute either. So the problem is extremism, which is a known tool of repression. Even Jonestown is linked to mind control experiments of the CIA. JAARS was secretly co-funded by the company to destabilize native tribes in advance of oil exploration. Anyone who knows of Cortez in South America or the Jesuits in Northj America knows of genocide and mind control. I don't need to 'make up' conmspiracies. that's why governments have spies and secrecy.
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