Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Anti-Alawite Leaflets Distributed: The President's Family in the Line of Fire

As-Seyassah claims Maher Assad, the President's brother who leads the Presidential Guard, is top on Mehlis' list for questioning. It is not clear whether Bashar will allow him to be questioned. The president's legal council, Mr. Daoudi, has claimed that this would undermine the sovereignty of the presidency, but they are discussing it.

An-Nahar writes that Asef Shawkat, the president's brother-in-law, and his wife and children have flown to France.

Assad's Brother-in-Law and Overall Intelligence Chief may be in Paris

Syria's overall intelligence chief Gen. Assef Shawkat may be in Paris while U.N. chief investigator Detlev Mehlis is preparing his probe in Syria over Rafik Hariri's assassination, An Nahar reported Wednesday.
Shawkat, who is President Assad's brother-in-law, may have arrived in the French capital Tuesday night along with his wife Boushra and their children, An Nahar said.

There were media reports that Shawkat is among the Syrian security officials Mehlis wanted to interrogate during his second trip to Damascus late next week. But this report could not be officially or independently verified.

Al-Seyassah reported that its sources had said a conflict is ongoing between Assad and his brother Maher, with Shawkat. Al-Seyassah said that Shawkat has addressed letters to Paris and Washington revealing "the truth" behind the assassination of Hariri, in return for guarantees of holding a position in the new Syrian regime.

All of this seems to be wild speculation. al-Seyassah in particular has no history of fact-checking and often repeats gossip, which we later find out to be untrue. So reader be ware.

The Lebanese paper, al-Balad writes that Junblat has been told in Paris that the French government is adamant about applying all UN resolutions to Lebanon, which means Hizbullah must disarm. The French are also claiming that the Mehlis investigation must be pursued to its just conclusion without regard to politics, which means there will be no protection for the Asad family.

An-Nahar writes that the: U.S. Cracks the Whip, Accusing Syria of Involvement in Hariri's Assassination.

The United Sates is cracking the whip hard on Syria with President Bush threatening it with tighter sanctions and his Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice saying the Assad regime may not be innocent of involvement in ex-Premier Hariri's assassination.

"The (Syrian) government is going to become more and more isolated as a result of two things; one, not being cooperative with the Iraqi government in terms of securing Iraq and, two, not being fully transparent about what they did in Lebanon," Bush told reporters following a meeting at the White House with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

Bush did not specify what Syrian actions in Lebanon he was referring to but Damascus and its allies in the then-Lebanese government have been widely blamed for Hariri's murder in Beirut. His words came a day after his ambassador to Iraq said military action against Syria was an option on the table.

Bush said he would discuss getting Syria to "change their behavior, particularly as it regards to democracy and trying to prevent democracies from emerging" with U.S. allies at this week's summit in New York.

"This is a subject of conversation, of course, I'll have with allies in places like New York and on the other times I communicate with our allies," he said.

Rice aired out her suspicions about Syria's involvement in the Hariri murder in an interview with the editorial board of the CBS.

"Syrian security officials got entangled in the murder of Prime Minister Hariri," she said, wondering how President Assad would explain Syria's unawareness of the occurrence of such a massive assassination operation.

"The Syrians need to account for how it is that Lebanese -- high-ranking Lebanese security officials with well known ties and links to Syrian security officials got entangled in the murder of Prime Minister Hariri."

She was referring to Gen. Jamil Sayyed of the Surete Generale, Gen. Mustafa Hamdan of the Presidential Guard Brigade, Gen. Raymond Azar of the army's intelligence service and Gen. Ali Hajj who headed the overall internal security forces when Hariri was murdered. All four are under arrest at the behest of U.N. chief investigator Detlev Mehlis.

Rice raised doubt about Syria's complete evacuation of Lebanon. "We know their military forces are out of Lebanon. A lot of people suspect that they maintain intelligence presence there. And we need to know that Syria is carrying through on its obligations to get out of there and stay out of there. And it shouldn't be that an external power somehow was involved in the assassination of the prime minister of another country -- of the former prime minister, then a candidate for prime minister. So I think this whole Mehlis investigation is extremely important, extremely important."

Rice charged that Syria was still out to strangle Lebanon economically.

She was asked: Do you think that the Syrian government falls apart if the security system falls apart and what are the consequences?

"I don't know because, you know, it is a very opaque system in Syria. I do know that Syria should be fully and completely out of Lebanon, that they ought to recognize Lebanon as an independent state. For instance, it would be very good if they actually had an embassy and an ambassador in Lebanon, which would be a signal that they don't think of Lebanon as some kind of Syrian outpost."

Rice said neither the U.S. nor the U.N. were satisfied with Syria's cooperation with the Mehlis probe.

"We have not been and the U.N. had not been satisfied. We'll see. They've said now they're going to offer cooperation. I don't know what Mehlis has been able to get."
Syria Hits Back at U.S., Asserting it is Out of Lebanon Altogether

Syria has rejected a spiraling U.S. campaign against the Assad regime, asserting it was properly guarding its border with Iraq against terrorist infiltrations and has gotten out from Lebanon altogether. Syria recalled that it had signed an agreement with the Iraqi and U.S. governments for joint patrols along the border and taken other steps to prevent infiltrations.
Nizar Nayouf's new newsletter "al-Haqiqa," which is sent out from France, claims that Syria's president is trying to get a deal like Qadhafi's.

الأسد يسعى إلى " لوكربي سورية " تساويه بالقذافي !

باريس ، خاص بـ " الحقيقة " : أفادت معلومات متداولة في أروقة الديبلوماسية الفرنسية بأن الرئيس بشار الأسد يسعى جاهدا إلى إبرام " اتفاق جنتلمان " مع العواصم الغربية المعنية مياشرة بقضية التحقيق في اغتيال الحريري . وطبقا لهذه المعلومات فإن الأسد قبل مبادرة سعودية ـ مصرية تقوم على عدة نقاط مقابل استثنائه وشقيقه ماهر من تحقيقات ميليس والحصول على تعهد من هذه العواصم بعدم المساس بـ " مؤسسة الرئاسة وما يتبع لها " . وهو ما يعني ضمنا الحرس الجمهوري . وعلم أن هذه النقاط تشمل :
ـ استعداده لإطلاق سراح جميع المعتقلين السياسيين وإحداث تحولات ديمقراطية سريعة خلال ستة أشهر ؛
ـ مساهمة فعالة في عملية التحقيق الدولية الجارية بشأن جريمة اغتيال الحريري ، مع استعداد لتسليم جميع المشتبه بهم إلى أي محكمة تكلف بالقضية ؛
ـ مساهمة فعالة في مكافحة الإرهاب في العراق ؛
ـ وضع سلاح حزب الله الثقيل في مستودعات خاصة بالجيش اللبناني ؛
ـ حظر مطلق على نشاط المنظمات الفلسطينية المتواجدة في دمشق .
وأشارت هذه المعلومات إلى أن الرئيس السوري ، الذي سلم فعلا هذه المقترحات إلى كل من العربية السعودية ومصر خلال الساعات القليلة الماضية ، طالب بمساواته بالقذافي ، وتساءل عن المبررات التي تجعل واشنطن وباريس تعاملانه بأقل مما عاملتا به " إرهابيا دوليا لم يتورع عن قتل المدنيين في السماء " ، في إشارة إلى تفجير الطائرة الأميركية فوق بلدة لوكربي . وأضافت هذه المعلومات أن " ردود الفعل الأميركية على مقترحات الأسد أظهرت بعض الليونة والتراخي ، فيما أصر الرئيس شيراك على المضي في التحقيق حتى نهاياته القصوى مهما كان مستوى الشخصيات التي قد يطالها " . وختمت هذه المصادر بالتأكيد على أن " مبعوثا مصريا رفيع المستوى ، وربما سعوديا أيضا ، سيصل إلى دمشق خلال الساعات القليلة القادمة لبحث هذه المقترحات وتطويرها " .

Anti-Alawite leaflets:
"al-Haqiqa" also claims that leaflets have recently been distributed in neighborhoods throughout Syria's major cities, which state that منشورات مجهولة المصدر تنذر " العلويين الكفار " بدنو ساعة الحساب !

They warn the "Alawite unbelievers" that "their judgment day is imminent." According to "al-Haqiqa," the authors of this report are not a small handful of activists, but a large network, because they were distributed on the same day in Damascus, Banyas, Tartous, Lattakia, Homs, etc. This would be the first time such leaflets have been widely distributed in over two decades.


At 9/15/2005 12:23:00 AM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

من جانبها قالت المنظمة العربية لحقوق الانسان اليوم ان السلطات الامنية السورية اعتقلت مطلع الاسبوع الحالي في محافظة الرقة "ناحية الدبسي"كلا من المواطنين حسين عبود الجاسم واحمد عبود الجاسم وموسى عبود الجاسم وعوادعبود الجاسم حيث منعوا جرارات تساندها دورية شرطة من اجتياح أراضيهم بعد محاولتهم الاتصال بمدير منطقة الثورة ومحاولة الاتصال بمدير الناحية و بعد أن ابرزوا للدورية الأوراق التي تثبت ملكيتهم للأراضي .

واشارت المنظمة في بيان ، تلقت إيلاف نسخة منه ، الى ان الأخوة الأربعة رحلوا إلى الأمن السياسي وبعدها تم نقلهم إلى فرع الأمن العسكري في الرقة بتهمة ملفقة عن سب وشتم للدولة ممثلاً بالقضاء والجهات الأمنية .

ولفتت المنظمة الى بيان سابق لها تطرق الى اعتقال12 مواطنة من القرية نفسها وللموضوع نفسه، حيث تكررت حوادث الاستيلاء على أراض بموجب عقود مزورة وقرارات مفسوخة قانوناً وبدعم وتواطؤ من قبل بعض المتنفذين في الحزب والدولة وتحت حماية بعض الجهات الأمنية المنوط بها أصلاً صيانة وحفظ الأمن والقانون والممتلكات .

At 9/15/2005 12:56:00 AM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

And who you think distributed these leaflets simultaneously in all Syrian Cities? Are there someone really ignorant not to know that the only entity that have the means and motives is the Assad’s Baathist regime. You mean there are total breakdown in the worlds biggest police state that such massive organized act just happened under the 300,000 Mukhabrat that watches grocery bags of shoppers.

Obviously the regime having no support whatsoever among the general masses and it seams that rapidly being abandoned by Baathists, army and security members, now feel that relying on those Alawites for defense is the only strategy left. Doubt Alawites are stupid to be used again. Asef Shawkat departure speaks volume.

Thought we will be in Damascus in June of 2007, looks like its going to be way earlier than that date. Wonder who will be cleaning the mess the Baathist going to leave behind when they all escape to Paris with the last remaining cash in Syrian Banks. It will be time for those scummy Arabs and others who supported this regime for 43 years to spit up the 45 Billions needed or else.

Looks like the deal was cut between Washington and Paris. The first will fleece Iraq and the second will get all the Syrian cash in plane loads with the escapee.

It must be Allah will.

At 9/15/2005 10:24:00 AM, Blogger One Disobedient Mofo said...

This seems like a Bollywood movie in which Shami Kappur kills 300 gangsta Pattans in one 360 kick.

Recording Mont Blanc Pens given to Harriri by chirac to record Bashar's death threats? Asef Shawkat deflected to Paris with Bushra and Kids? Rustom Ghazale attempts suicide?

Seems like a race of who's got the wildest imagination. Don't get me wrong, my movement wants to see change in Syria. But I am sorry, ,AKI international and Al-Seyassa, and Annahar who are notorious for facbricating stories (remember how Al-Seyassa said King Fahd was dead but embalmed and placed on chair for Video grabs?) and saying that Bashar Assad was surrounded in a a secluded house armed by guards of Asef Shawkat?

What if Asef is there to see what Saad Hariri and Khaddam want to talk about? What if he is on vacation? Does it look like Bashar can threaten his little son Hafez?


Syria has a couple of scapegoats to give in case a real proof shows up. In case any of the scape goats decides to speak up, they will follow what I call the " Suicide " technique:

1-Acknowledge problem.
2-Point fingers directly or indirectly at target
3- Leak partial evidence of Targets involvement.
4- Isolate the target (politically, and in the media)
5- Leak stories of targets’ deteriorating health or suicide attempt.
6- Leak Stories of an upcoming court date for target.
7- Neutralize target with no trace.

It happened with the Late Mahmoud Al Zou'bi, and if you think about it, this is happening with Saddam Hussein too. About a month ago the U.S. Media leaked stories of his deteriorating health and depression, and I expect him to be dead before the end of 2005. It may also apply to Rustom Ghazale, a very good scapegoat contender.

AS I said before, our government is one of the worst in planning ahead in the world, but with 30 years + field experience in assassinations, I think they can do better than give orders through phones, and let 30 different people know where the assassination order came from. What!?! tomorrow Al-Seyassa newspaper will say it has a picture of Bashar Assad saying "cheese" while pressing the button to detonate the bomb on Harriri's motorcade?!!

The only way to get this regime to accept our demand is by peaceful means. By means that appeal to the general public who at this point would rather continue with stability, than the unknown. The only way for this to happen is o follow the Civil Disobedience Movement. A list of demands, deadline, and then implimentation.

Nobody trusts any political party that just came up from God knows where. The most informed people have no idea of what is the real Agenda of all these new political parties.

My solution, a well marketed, and pre established nationawide demand for a new clause in Syrian Constitution that seperates powers between the Courts, Presidents, and the Parliament. We demand to be nominated and democratically elected in this Parliament, to represent all those in Syria, RPS, PRS, SRP, PP....Sunnis, Allawites, Yazidies, Christians, Buddhists....etc. And then we take care of everything from there, foreign policy, domestic policy, education and everything else.

This peaceful Civil Disobedience Ultimatum appeals to all Syrians, even to those Army generals who have no idea where they will be next year, sitting on sharp objects, or in a cell, or in Iraq, or God knows where, to simple idiots who will just go with the flow.

My movement is catching up, check it out, and do something for your country.

At 9/15/2005 10:28:00 AM, Blogger Yabroud said...

We certainly do not want people like you with such a despicable name you gave yourself.

bye bye

At 9/15/2005 12:04:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

Hey MF, ultimatum???? Civil disobedience? elaborate please on what sort of disobedience you have in mind and for sure like to hear your ultimatum, like what you ganna go on hunger strike, or rampage through the streets throwing rocks or drop an "A" bomb. Civil disobedience, HAA, your planning on going the regime an ultimatum to surrender power or you going to sit on the sidewalks, blocking government building entrances.

Sound like you are a regime agent, all you want is desperado Bashar to get media attention and then throw bones at ya to look in the worlds eye as giving in to your reform.

Do you know anything about GPS systems? Go learn and then will talk ultimatum.

At 9/15/2005 12:39:00 PM, Blogger One Disobedient Mofo said...


calling me a Regime Agent!

I'd love to call you names, but I'll stay civilized. Go see how nationwide civil disobedience was the key player in revolutions in Chile, South Africa and America. Peaceful Disobedience Movements (sit ins, refusing to work, to pay taxes, demonstrating...etc) have all played an important role in ending apartheid in South Africa and America, some credit it with the begining of America ending the Vietnam War. All this happened with little contribution of people, for example only 400,000 Americans took it to the streets of Washington D.C that lead to massive rallies all around the country.

We, in Syria, are more mad than the Americans who were worried about Vietnamese by then. We are worried about ourselves, and my blog alone has gained enough momentum that I can ignore fools like you understimating me and calling me a regime agent.

In our case, like I said before, nobody trusts nobody. We need a smart solution that appeals to the lazy masses, a solution that doesn't require them to pay money, run away from Armies, or believe in new political Parties that popp up more than pimples on a kid who just passed puberty.

Silent revolution is our only option as of now. If you are interested and want to know more about it, visit my blog.

At 9/15/2005 01:31:00 PM, Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

I fail to see how Syria is much different from the paternalism and croneyism in Jordan, Egypt, Libya or Tunisia. Seems to be par for the course. However, they do have bigger beefs with Israel.

The US is relying on Archbishiop Sfeir and Lebanon's Christian community to beat the tom-toms of democracy, translated into more Maronite power, period. The French can't be opposed to that.

In the meantime, Mehlis' report is delayed by 40 days. I hear that Nabih Berry is in Spain and that he and other MPs are implicated in the assassination of Hariri.

At 9/15/2005 01:33:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

No thanks, not interested. Thanks anyway and good luck to your movement. Should you need help, let us know.

At 9/15/2005 01:46:00 PM, Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Only marginally related to Syria, but Lebanese PM Siniora was locked in a room with State Dept. Under-Secretary David Welch when he arrived last Friday when he arrived in New York.

The USA wants a major military alliance with Lebanon and is putting Siniora under tremendous pressure, to the point that Siniora has demanded the presence of Russian, Egyptian and Saudi observers at Monday's scheduled Minsters Meeting on Lebanon in New York. He also asked for the venue to be changed from the US mission to the UN Press Room. He must be really feeling the heat.

Meantime, the observers agreed that President Lahoud is persona non grata. Lahoud left in New York, cooling his heels, which is supposed to provoke a crisis when everyone gets back home.


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