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Syria Suggests It Might Not Withdraw Forces By Deadline


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Cal
- 955 days ago - cnn.com
Syria will not commit to pulling its forces from cities only to have "armed terrorist groups" attack, a Syrian foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday as opposition activists reported at least 69 deaths in the restive nation



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Past Member (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 4:19 am
surprised ?
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Monday April 9, 2012, 6:06 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Robert O. (12)
Monday April 9, 2012, 2:40 pm
I can't say that I'm surprised, but I'm still deeply concerned about the horrible situation there. Thanks Cal.
 

ellen m. (222)
Monday April 9, 2012, 2:53 pm
I doubt anyone's losing any bets on this call.
 

paul m. (93)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 1:07 am


Informed...thanks...
 

Roger M. (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 9:46 am
Whoa.....who could have seen THAT coming?

It's almost as though they're not to be trusted, isn't it?
 

Allan Yorkowitz (447)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 12:38 pm
As there are no troops, even peace keeping forces, why should Syria keep to its agreement, as it appears no country in the world cares if does or does not.
 

Charles O. (209)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 1:05 pm
Why is it that the anti-Syria people here never criticize the armed rebels?

Have the rebels agreed to a cease-fire? Have they agreed to Annan's plan? Have they agreed to monitors? No.

Syria is not asking for much:

> While insisting the Damascus government has acted in "good faith," Maqdisi put the onus on Annan for the peace plan to proceed -- saying the envoy "has not offered written guarantees to the Syrian government that the armed groups agreed to stop violence, nor has he offered guarantees that Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will commit to stop funding and arming terrorist groups."

If the anti-Syria people were serious about wanting to save lives, they would demand restraint from both sides of the conflict.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 1:42 pm
Charles, nobody says good words about Al-Queda fighters fighting Hesbola in Syria. Considering their top religious authority threatened Alawites with genocide and nobody stopped him, I am not their supporter.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (1001)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 2:55 pm
NOr am I, I don't support anti--democratic forces in Syria like al-qaeda either. Some of those fighting Assad want democratic freedoms. Can't you support them, Charles?
 

Charles O. (209)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 3:52 pm
Yes, Cal: Exactly. I support freedom and democracy. Democracy means "rule by the people", and the Syrian people, for the most part, support Assad and oppose the foreign take-over of their country. Notice that the rebel supporters never ask what the Syrian people want. .

Notice who is backing the rebels? -- Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Al Qaeda, and the U.S.. By their friends, you may know them: Where is the democracy in Saudi Arabia? Where is the freedom here in the U.S., where the government has now given itself permission to assassinate Americans? If the rebels succeed, Syria will be swallowed up by the U.S. Empire and Syria will end up looking like Iraq.

If you love freedom and democracy, show it! -- by supporting freedom for Palestinians. Where is the democracy there? Do Palestinians get to vote on whether they will be bombed by Israel? Do they get to vote on whether Israel will demolish their homes, assassinate their leaders, shoot up their towns and gun down their children? If you want to democratize someone, democratize Saudi Arabia: Then you may gain some credibility.

The reforms already made by Assad tell us that Assad is moving Syria in the direction of freedom and multi-party democracy. The new constitution, approved in the recent referendum, includes term limits.

Democracy depends on dialogue, and one of Assad's reforms initiates a national dialogue. The rebels -- all of them -- reject dialogue. That tells us that they put their faith in violence, not in democracy.

Where will the rebellion lead, if unchecked? None of the rebel supporters answer that question. That tells us that the rebel supporters do not really care how many lives are lost. They simply use the loss of life as a pretext for subversion and aggression.
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 8:22 am
I doubted that Al-Assad would honour the deadline. The Syrian people deserve peace and freedom. It has to start somewhere, why not with Al-Assad? And as far as Al-Quaeda and Hesbollah, terrorists should not be welcomed in any country under any circumstances. Did they invite themselves to this party, or did elements of the FSA invite their assistance? Send them packing --- yes I know, easier said than done.
 

Charles O. (209)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 9:03 am
> The first of two key Syrian deadlines came and went this morning, and while the Syrian government has reported partial completion of its pledge to withdraw heavy forces from population centers the fighting continues. ....

> UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan, however, spurned Western calls to declare his peace initiative dead, asking “if you want to take the plan off the table, what will you replace it with?” The answer of course is civil war, with Gulf nations looking even more aggressively at plans to smuggle weapons into the nation to prop up their own favored rebel factions.

-- Jason Ditz, Syria Deadline: Partial Withdrawal, But Fighting Continues // Annan Spurns Western Calls to Abandon Ceasefire, *antiwar.com*, 10 Apr 2012

Why is the "West" -- the U.S. and other satellites of Israel -- so eager for the ceasefire to fail? The answer should be obvious: If Syria were at peace, the Ziosphere would lose its pretext for "Liberating" Syria and turning the country into another Libya (30,000 dead) or another Iraq (1,000,000 dead).

Yes, Lynn, it has to start somewhere. That's why Assad has agreed to the ceasefire, and, before that, agreed to Arab monitors. That's why he has started a partial pullback. That's why he started the national dialogue and approved multi-party elections and held a referendum on a new constitution.

But there are limits to how far Assad can go, when terrorists armed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States are attacking the country. Peace and freedom is exactly what the Syrian people will NOT get, if rebel forces are allowed to run wild.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 11:28 am
Considering that Syrian rebels imposed "Islamic Tax" on Christian in Homs, I am even less inclined to do anything for their support.

Cal, with all respect I don't see any traces of pro-democracy forces in Syria. Pure Shia-Sunni conflict, Iran-Iraq of 2012.

 
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