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Protesters Take to Streets Amid Syria's Fragile Truce


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Cal
- 891 days ago - cnn.com
Guns mostly fell silent in Syria Thursday after an early morning cease-fire took effect and cast an eerie calm over restive cities and towns that had been pounded by government forces in recent days.



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Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 5:25 pm
Thanks for this article.
 

Dave C. (214)
Friday April 13, 2012, 10:30 am
good for them and good luck!
 

Charles O. (209)
Friday April 13, 2012, 10:53 am
Why is the U.S. trying to destroy this peace?

Why do we have Clinton and Rice trashing Annan's success?

With Syria at peace, the Ziosphere loses its main pretext for smashing up Syria.
 

Teresa Cowley (274)
Friday April 13, 2012, 10:56 am
It doesn't sound like this cease fire was really ever meant to be a lasting one.
I feel for those poor people in Syria, with the tanks roaming the streets, and guns pointing at them!
Thanks Cal--it makes me appreciate America more--it isn't perfect, as we know, but I doubt my government will shoot me today!
 

Janet G. (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 12:44 pm
Thanks for the article.
 

Roger M. (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 1:46 pm
I'm sure we all hope that the ceasefire holds.

Alas, I'm sure we don't imagine for one moment that it will.
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 2:08 pm
Noted. I wish them success.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 3:27 pm
And the BBC already reported a roadside bomb near Damascus, so it's clear the external masters of this armed insurrection are working hard to undermine dialogue and reconciliation.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 3:30 pm
Color Revolution's Mystery Gunmen

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2011/04/color-revolutions-mystery-gunmen.html

Cui Bono?
by Tony Cartalucci

Bangkok, Thailand April 24, 2011 - Imagine you are an embattled regime fighting against a rising tide of foreign-funded protesters. The entire world is watching, one nation is already under creeping foreign invasion for "waging war against his own people," your nation has been warned that it is next and has been on a 20 year waiting list for regime change, and your opposition is gathering to bury dead protesters from a recent clash with security forces. What do you do?

Stage concealed snipers in multiple buildings and randomly shoot at mourners ensuring a very public, internationally sensationalized bloodbath that will unequivocally escalate both the protests and international pressure? Bashar al-Assad's regime hasn't ruled Syria for so long because they were careless or foolish. And while regimes could stay in power decades ago through unyielding brutality, often sanctioned by tacitly complicit western partners, regimes today realize the value of finesse and accountability in a new age of humanitarian-justified imperialism.

AlJazeera's article, "'Nine killed' at Syria funeral processions," once again relies solely on eyewitness accounts, many of which are claimed to be "anonymous," to tell the story of a brutal Syrian government crackdown. After AlJazeera's blatant lies and exaggerations during the Egyptian protests, rivaled only by BBC's intellectual dishonesty, these reports must be taken with a grain of salt. However, as with the recent massacres in Yemen and previous funeral processions in Syria, protesters cited mysterious snipers, assumed to be government forces, on rooftops randomly shooting at mourners gathered around the country. The government maintains that "an unknown "armed group" on rooftops shot at protesters and security forces."

AlJazeera also included in the article a report from one of their correspondents on the ground who stated, "[People marching on an overpass] were met with a hail of gunfire, many people certainly wounded directly in front of us, cars turned around, and I can tell you it was an incredibly chaotic scene, and it seems as though pretty much everyone down here in the southern part of the country is now carrying weapons. It is unclear who was firing at whom, that's part of the confusion ... but clearly a very violent incident now being carried out here in the south of the country." Though cryptic, it seems to corroborate the government's assertion that they are not the only ones with guns.

A Reuters report recently quoted a "rights activist" in Syria saying of the violence, "today we will have the funerals, we are worried that during the funerals more blood will be spilt which will provoke more protests and more death. This is becoming like a snowball and getting bigger and bigger every week. Anger is rising, the street is boiling." During the next demonstrations more are likely to be killed, funerals will be held, mystery gunmen will show up shooting mourners and the cycle continues repeating itself, some might hope, until enough anger and momentum creates conditions within the Assad regime to force it to step down or invites armed insurrection and foreign intervention as seen in Libya and in the Ivory Coast.

Perhaps this is an overly cynical analysis, as it may just be a coincidence that two regimes, Syria and Yemen, were forced into tenuous positions and just so happened to both grievously miscalculate and deploy snipers to randomly shoot at protesters, further agitating them, and inviting further scorn and pressure from the globalists, eager to oust them. But even mainstream media stories seem to pick up on the fact that these "massacres" do more harm than good and do not serve Assad's best interests.

The Sydney Morning Herald article title, "Bloodbath New Threat to Assad" is clear enough. It states that the recent crackdowns have left the regime "staggering." Additionally, it invited "stern" criticism from Obama stating, "'instead of listening to their own people, President Assad is blaming outsiders while seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria's citizens through the same brutal tactics that have been used by his Iranian allies.'' Ironically, Assad's assessment that protests are foreign-funded is spot on and Iran's crackdown was also against foreign-funded subversion.

Of course this is not the first time mystery gunmen have showed up at foreign-funded color revolutions to provoke further unrest or attempt to extort a resignation from a government. There is one instructive example where not only is evidence available, but confessions as well. That this example is also a foreign-funded color revolution lends credence to the possibility that these mystery gunmen in Syria and Yemen are provocateurs following a similar playbook, seeking to escalate violence and unrest until regime change is achieved or foreign intervention is justified. By studying this example, we can better discern the cryptic, unverified reports coming from the increasingly violent "Arab Spring," and possibly take this grisly tool out of the hands of the corporate-financier oligarchs.

After days of trying to goad Thai security forces into a violent crackdown on globalist Thaksin Shinawatra's red shirts, protest leaders literally called on their own rank and file to donate blood to be spilled on key government buildings throughout Thailand's capital of Bangkok. This grisly display would foreshadow protest leaders' plans, unbeknown to even their own followers. On April 10, 2010, after the Thai military shut down Thaksin's propaganda network, protest leaders brought 200 men to the gates of Bangkok's 1st Army Region base and tried to storm the facility. The leaders must have realized that storming a military facility has a universally high probability of provoking the use of deadly force. The Thai military however, dispersed the protesters with water cannons and rubber bullets.

The decision was made to disperse the protesters at Bangkok's "Democracy Monument" that night. After nightfall, riot troops and protesters faced off in close quarters before troops began to advance while firing blanks into the air. A similar operation a year earlier led by the same commanding officer, Colonel Romklao, dispersed protesters without fatalities (the only fatalities were two civilians gunned down by protesters). This time around, intent on a bloodbath, a group of mysterious gunmen intervened with a combination of grenade attacks and sniper fire that killed Colonel Romklao and 6 other soldiers. Troops immediately fell back in disarray while protesters were divided in confusion and adulation. The mystery gunmen weaved through the protesters firing sporadically at Thai troops who returned fire. In total, 23 would die.

The initial grenade and sniper attack, explained accurately by France24. Indeed soldiers were firing back as they withdrew. For a more detailed look from the protesters' side, please watch the Thaifaq 5 part video series covering the April 10 incident.

CNN's coverage: Despite other admissions in foreign press from protest leaders themselves, CNN leaves viewers with an intentionally ambiguous message. CNN's biased reporting should come as no surprise, but when called on it by an outpouring of anger from the Thai public they conceded that indeed there were armed elements amongst the protesters.


The protesters were entirely unaware of the gambit, while security guards amongst the protesters appear to have been given compartmentalized orders to keep the protesters kettled in before the attack came. It is unlikely that even the security guards knew the attack was coming, as many immediately rushed in to protect fallen soldiers from aggressive protesters, while gun battles continued elsewhere. There were also most likely members of the militant group amongst the protesters directing fire toward Colonel Romklao and his command unit, as laser markers were seen fixated on the soldiers right before the incoming sniper fire hit.

It was quite clear a highly trained, well prepared third party was involved, and unlike in Syria and Yemen where few foreigners venture and fewer cameras seem to be sending back footage, both foreign and domestic, amateur and professional footage caught the melee on tape. Initial blanket denials by protest leaders quickly became piecemeal confessions as footage of these "men in black" filtered out.

International spokesman for the protesters, Sean Boonpracong, told Reuters elements of the army were with their movement, including the black-clad mystery gunmen that took part in the April 10 bloodbath. He stated, "They are a secret unit within the army that disagrees with what's going on. Without them, the black clad men, there would have been a whole lot more deaths and injuries." The suspected leader of these gunmen, renegade general Khattiya Sawasdipol, known as "Seh Daeng," further damned earlier denials by admitting to commanding 300 armed men trained for ''close encounters'' and carrying M79 grenade launchers, before withdrawing his comment in later interviews.

From April 10, until the widespread arson that marked the end of the protests on May 19, daily and nightly gun battles, grenade attacks, and sniper fire would claim the lives of 91 people. This included 9 soldiers and police, a woman killed by an M79 grenade attack, and at least one protester who died of smoke inhalation while looting a building fellow protesters lit ablaze. The remaining 80 deaths included journalists, bystanders, medical workers, and protesters caught in crossfire. While protester to this day attempt to portray these events as a massacre of "91 protesters," it is quite clear that the military was up against an armed wing working amongst the protesters, admitted by members of the protest leadership themselves.

To explain why such a bloodbath was necessary, Sean Boonpracong after admitting the mystery gunmen were working on his movement's behalf, gave another breathtaking confession in an April 24th interview. When asked why protest leaders had turned down a government offer to hold fresh elections in 9 months, he responded by saying that after the April 10 incident they felt Prime Minister Abhisit's hands were "tainted with blood" and that it would be best if the Thai Parliament was dissolved. He continued by stating the protest's demands had changed to immediate dissolution as well as PM Abhisit's leaving the country.


After admitting an armed wing participated in the April 10 bloodbath protest spokesman Sean Boonpracong gives us insight into the rationale behind the highly orchestrated carnage that took place that night.

If these demands sound familiar, that is because they are the same exact demands made by every single globalist-funded, fueled, and directed color revolution, starting with Eastern Europe's Orange and Rose revolutions, the current "Arab Spring," and now of course the red shirt revolution in Thailand. The Thai government ultimately refused these ochlocratic demands and restored order to the country.

Conclusion

Quite clearly, through this vivid example complete with brazen admissions, we can see how "mystery gunmen" fit into the overall mechanics of a color revolution. Their violence serves two purposes; to create enough chaos and bloodshed to force a government to step down, or to justify escalating anger and violence amongst the unsuspecting regular rank and file protesters. In Syria, we see these mystery gunmen fulfilling just this role. In Thailand, red shirt leaders have warned often that should the government fail to yield to their demands, a guerrilla war might begin. As we have seen in Libya and the Ivory Coast that is the next logical step, with foreign intervention not far behind.

Color revolutions are like micro-nations unto themselves. They have their own leadership, support base, ideology, and finances. Just as a nation's leadership exploits its soldiers as pawns toward personal gain, so too do color revolutions. Just as the soldier is unwittingly sent into harms way, so too are these protesters. Would they suspect their leadership of drawing them into a trap for personal gain? Could these "rights activists" who are on record being funded and directed by foreign interests in Syria be leading their followers into trap after trap to increase the cycle of violence to a crescendo capable of ousting Assad from power? It certainly appears that way. As Bangkok's mystery gunmen have proven, it is certainly not without precedent.

Understanding the components of the globalists' color revolution makes it more difficult for them to foist it upon local populations as well as pass it off throughout international media. At the very least, by understanding how they work, we ensure we never fall prey to this deadly, nefarious gambit. Real solutions don't spring forth from a ballot box, the destruction of our cities, or a protest placard. They are derived through education, self-sufficiency, and pragmatic, technical solutions. People should resist the urge to be politicized and divided and instead focus on building up their local communities on a foundation of economic and political independence. Ultimately by doing this, we can prevent entirely the grotesque spectcles now unfolding from Tunisia to Thailand.
 

KS Goh (0)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 2:09 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Stan B. (124)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 2:20 am
Bashar the Butcher won't honour the ceasefire. He would prefer to see most of the Syrian population dead before he gives up power.
I wonder how long it will be before Turkey loses patience with this evil regime and takes positive steps to remove it.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 3:02 am
Stan B.

Do you actually use any media at all? Even the establishment media are reporting that it's the externally armed rebels who have broken it so far.
 

Charles O. (209)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 8:29 am
Teresa Cowley writes:

> It doesn't sound like this cease fire was really ever meant to be a lasting one.

> I feel for those poor people in Syria, with the tanks roaming the streets, and guns pointing at them!
Thanks Cal--it makes me appreciate America more--it isn't perfect, as we know, but I doubt my government will shoot me today!

. .

Under the guise of the "War on Terror", the U.S. government HAS assassinated American citizens and even their family members. If you were part of an armed revolutionary movement, the government would not hesitate to assassinate you. Alternatively, under NDAA 2012, it could use the military to detain you forever, without trial. This is the war-making system you appreciate?

As the article posted by John D. indicates, you could also be killed by anti-government provocateurs sniping at protesters. The snipers drive the mob into a frenzy, and the killing can then be blamed on the government.

. .

Ask yourself who gains from a breakdown of the ceasefire. Nobody but the foreign-backed rebels.

The Assad government supported the ceasefire while the rebels rejected it. The government needs peace; the rebels need blood in the streets. So which side do you support?

Our news from Syria is fragmentary, but there is one thing that we do know: The foreign powers that destroyed Iraq and destroyed Libya are trying to do the same thing to Syria.

Please look at what has been done to Libya, where 30,000 have been killed, and then ask yourself whether this is what you want the Ziosphere to do to Syria.
 

Charles O. (209)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 8:46 am
Stan B. writes: "Bashar the Butcher won't honour the ceasefire."

He has already honored it, Stan. He has supported it from the start.

. .

Stan B. writes: "He would prefer to see most of the Syrian population dead before he gives up power."

The opposite is true. It is the Syrians who keep Assad in power with their support. Killing his supporters is the surest quickest way for Assad to LOSE power.

. .

Stan B. writes: "I wonder how long it will be before Turkey loses patience with this evil regime and takes positive steps to remove it."

Thanks for admitting that Turkey and other Ziosphere countries are involved in this bloodshed.

The "evil regime" is the regime that:

* makes war
* foments discord
* arms subversive forces

If you want to see evil, look at what these war-making regimes have done to Libya and Iraq.
 

Stan B. (124)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 12:42 am
I forgot to thank you, Cal, for keeping the plight of the Syrian people in the spotlight when others would prefer to see it swept under the carpet.
The latest figures from the BBC are over 10000 dead, 10000 detained, hundreds, including women and children, tortured and in excess of 45000 refugees. Absolutely disgusting statistics, even for an Arab country!!!!
It's a pity these totalitarian Arab regimes don't follow the Israeli model of a true democracy but that's not what their leaders want. They prefer to see their populations premanently dumbed down so that all the mad mullahs, sheiks and imans can keep their jobs and continue to spread insanity far and wide.
Charles O. Don't put words into my mouth. Furthermore, if you believe that the Islamic Republic of Turkey is under Zionist influence you really shouldn't be let loose on a keyboard.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 2:03 am
Poor Stan B

"The latest figures from the BBC are over 10000 dead"

And they would know, would they, seeing as their correspondent reports from "the Syrian/Lebanese border" or from his hotel room in Beirut? In fact, these figures are supplied by the externally armed and directed insurrectionists and are exagerrated. The BBC also mentions the true figures, which are published by the Syrian government. I wonder why you didn't post them.
 

Stan B. (124)
Monday April 16, 2012, 6:40 pm
Wrong yet again John D.
I've just been watching news reports from BBC reporters actually in Syria where they are risking their lives because the Syrian government won't allow foreign journalists into the country to report what's really happening. It's too gruesome and the Syrian regime don't want the world to see it.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 2:48 am
BBC reporters, Stan B, or people reporting for the BBC? If it's the latter, then they are not credible and the BBC should be ashamed of itself.
 

Stan B. (124)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 2:21 pm
John D. You wouldn't recognize the truth if it bit you on the backside.
Whoever brain-washed you did a first class job.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 3:56 pm
Brainwashed? You nitwit. Youy're the one who can't question anything and just accepts what's dished out to you as "news".
 

Charles O. (209)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 9:01 pm
stan b. writes:

> It's too gruesome and the Syrian regime don't want the world to see it.

Remember 1999, Stan? The masked media -- including the BBC -- were all telling us about Gruesome Mass Graves in Kosovo. There were satellite pictures. Several hundred thousand Albanian men were unaccounted for. We were told that Milosevic was "Killing His Own People". Yugoslavia was "Genociding The Albanians".

So NATO held a phony "Peace Conference" at Rambouillet, rejected Yugoslav peace efforts, and used that rejection as a pretext for making war in behalf of the KLA -- a gang of Islamic narco-terrorists operating in Kosovo. The KLA's aim was to turn multi-ethnic Kosovo into a mono-ethnic province of "Greater Albania".

NATO showered Yugoslavia with cruise missiles, and brought the KLA gangsters to power in Kosovo. That's when the real ethnic eradication began. 200,000 fled for their lives. Kosovo's Jews were among those forced to flee. Ancient Christian churches were torched, as the KLA sought to eradicate all traces of Christianity.

And guess what? A year of searching failed to turn up the "Gruesome Mass Graves". They never existed. It was all a lie. The Albanian males were unaccounted for because they had gone to the mountains to train with the KLA.

Truth is the first casualty in war. Every act of aggression by our regime is preceded by a months-long campaign of vicious propaganda. The leader of the country we seek to destroy is depicted as a Madman, a Butcher, a Ogre, a Demon. He Eats Babies! He Rapes Children! He is Worse Than Hitler! Everything He Says Is A Lie!

And apparently, you believe it!

The rest of us don't. We were not born yesterday. It is the war-maker who lies every time. More often than not, the people in the targeted country are telling us the truth.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 1:49 am
That is so right Charles. It turned out that after all the demonisation, the claims of WMD, the industrial-size mincing machine that people were put in, the mobile laboratories and the yellow cake, Saddam Hussien had been telling the truth. None of these allegations was true. And so it is with Syria.
 

Charles O. (209)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 6:23 am
And we also have the example of the bait-and-switch operation in Libya: NATO attacked under the guise of "Protecting Non-combatants" and then immediately switched to supporting regime-change.

We now have 30,000 dead in Libya. The country has been reduced to rubble. But the big fans of "Humanitarian War" don't want to talk about Libya. They get the war started, then wash their hands and move on to the next war. They suddenly lose all interest in the people they pretended to want to "Save" or "Liberate" or "Democratize". Their "Outrage" gets turned off and on.

The NATO lie about Libya is one reason why Russia and China are refusing to back a NATO attack on Syria.
 
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