Friday, November 11, 2005

US Press Briefing in response to Asad Speech

Daily Press Briefing
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 10, 2005

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MR. ERELI: Let's go to our friend from France.
QUESTION: Thank you. Do you have -- I would like to go to another subject.
QUESTION: Okay. Do you have any comment on the speech of President Asad and
his answer to the accusations on the Hariri murder?
MR. ERELI: Well, we saw the speech. We think it is appalling. Let's
remember, first of all, that the international community has made it clear
to Syria that it must, first, fully cooperate with the Mehlis investigation.
And second, cease all interference in Lebanese domestic affairs. That's the
clear and unmistakable message of three UN Security Council resolutions:
1559, 1565 and 1636. Asad's remarks today can only be seen as a defiance of
those resolutions.
As the Secretary said, it doesn't constitute cooperation by any stretch of
the imagination. And I think it is something that is just outrageous and
appalling that he would threaten Lebanon like that, especially in light of
the three Security Council resolutions and it shows that the regime of
President al-Asad just doesn't get it and doesn't understand where the rest
of the international community is on this very important issue.
QUESTION: What is it that you perceive or where is it that you perceive him
threatening Lebanon?
MR. ERELI: Well, I would refer you to the speech where he says that Lebanon
is a platform and a factory for conspiracies, where he insults the Prime
Minister of Lebanon. These are not the remarks of a country and a neighbor
that is respectful of Lebanon and Lebanon's sovereignty and Lebanon's
QUESTION: It's a pretty long way, isn't it, from not being respectful
towards a country to actually threatening them? I mean, a threat normally
involves -- if you don't do this or -- and we're going to do that. It's
something along those lines rather than, wow, that's a really bad place with
lots of conspiracies and we don't like the Prime Minister --
MR. ERELI: Let me put it this way. The remarks of President al-Asad are
clearly inconsistent with the substance and import of three UN Security
Council resolutions.
QUESTION: Could I try something else if we're --
QUESTION: Would you (inaudible) on the threat with (inaudible) --
MR. ERELI: I've said what I'm going to say.
QUESTION: No, well, hold on, so -- hold on. Are you -- you can't stop me
asking a question when I'm just trying to elaborate your own word. I wonder
if your second answer means you're now trying -- you know, you want to --
you could move away from that word or it is that you do perceive that he is
saying, we will do something bad against Lebanon?
MR. ERELI: I will say this. The remarks that -- President Asad's speech --
that he made in his speech, and its implied approval of interference in
Lebanese affairs, is not consistent with three UN Security Council
resolutions that have all demanded that Syria refrain from interfering in
Lebanon's affairs and have ordered Syria to respect Lebanese sovereignty.
And that's not what we heard in the speech and that should be of concern to
all of us.

* * *
QUESTION: Can I try something else -
QUESTION: (Inaudible).
MR. ERELI: Sure.
QUESTION: Or maybe two if (inaudible).
Syria seems to want to organize, negotiate some kind of memorandum of
understanding for the Mehlis investigation. I think I can predict what your
answer is, but I'd like to hear it. Does Syria have any right to condition a
UN investigation? Shouldn't they just cooperate, cooperate 100 percent and
that's it, and not actually put any conditions on it?
MR. ERELI: Well, I think you should look at what 1636 calls for. It calls
for Syria to make individuals requested by the commission fully available to
the commission. And it also gives the commission authority to determine the
location and modalities for the interviews. So it's up to the commission to
decide what it wants and it's up to Syria to respond positively to the
commission. It's not up to Syria to negotiate terms.
So our view is that there shouldn't be anything that is placed above the
mandate of the Mehlis Commission. And if Mehlis wants something, he should
get it, and he should get it without delay and without complication and
without obfuscation. And if Mehlis doesn't get it, the resolution provides
for him to report to the Security Council, certainly no later than December
15th, but before that if he thinks it's necessary.
QUESTION: So if it's necessary, what do you think is the next step?
MR. ERELI: Well, it is up to Mr. Mehlis to determine whether the
circumstances warrant a report to the Security Council or not. I'm not going
to prejudge that.
QUESTION: Will you ask for sanctions?
MR. ERELI: Let's see what the facts are first.
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Full transcript here.


At 11/11/2005 07:43:00 AM, Blogger EHSANI2 said... has the full transcript of Bashar's speech in Arabic. Though extremely long, it is imperative that everyone reads it in its entirety so thar one can understand the scope and gravity of the current situation. This is a leadership with its back to the wall. Bashar has now thrown the ball back in the court of Bush/Chirac, and essentially told them BRING IT ON.

At 11/11/2005 11:16:00 AM, Blogger norman said...

I am sad that you are going back to America,i think i undersood that from your wife,s comment.i hope you can help syria more from the US.

At 11/11/2005 11:21:00 AM, Blogger Lebanon Divided said...

One letter and two digits:


On the way...

At 11/11/2005 11:59:00 AM, Blogger ForFreedomOfExpression said...

Why can we not read the comments under "We Must Fight," Bashar's Speech, Nov. 10 2005 ????????

At 11/11/2005 12:14:00 PM, Blogger O.D.M said...

U.S launch strikes or go to war with Syria? No way on earth, U.S. is not that stupid.

If that is the case, Syria would definately make sure that nobody sleeps well in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine.

I myself would finally use my Browning 9.14 on some live targets...

O.D.M, a.k.a Fidel KashFlo

At 11/11/2005 12:22:00 PM, Blogger Nafdik said...

Could it be that Bashar is doing the reverse of 'speak softly and carry a big stiock'.

Meaning that he is planning major concession to the US (and Israel) and his tough speech is just a way to save face.

Or is he just gone MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAd.

At 11/11/2005 12:43:00 PM, Blogger O.D.M said...

It's official: Bashar lost it!

At 11/11/2005 01:13:00 PM, Blogger Nafdik said...

Could it be that he actually beleives he is doing good for his country and sticking by some propaganda principles that he learned like all of us at school.

When watching him in interviews he does have a very sincere look when he recites passages from "altarbia alwatania"

At 11/11/2005 01:39:00 PM, Blogger Nafdik said...

Thx Ehsani for the Sana link.

Here is a rapid translation in English:

"Dear Professors and fellow students

I am proud to be standing before you in this venerable instaution that has produced so many learned youth and added them to the ranks of the unemployed to participate in building our glorious nation.

It is in these dear building where I spent 6 years of my youth sipping from the cup of knowledge, and showing up at least once evry trimester, with my usual escorts of 7 black 'namle' and a red Ferrari. Many of you who are still here after 15 years trying to extend your eduction to avoid the military service will remeber how fond I was with the Shawerma shop nearby and how I used to clear it for hours so that I can join my fellow citizen in this humble pleasure. A further proof how our eternal leader has not blocked all avenues of pleasure to you as claimed by CIA and Mossad agents the so called opposition.

But I digress,
more soumoude, my bank account in Switzerland (note to self have to ask Asma to record Sasouki).
Brother and sisters (and their bank account in Switzerland)
Damn shawkat he really screwed it for all of us. And he keeps beating me at Tarnib.
Soumoud, yes, and tassadi, oumma and all that.
Stick with us and you will see how we will be generous with our beloved poeple and devote some of our hard earned cash to build stadiums in Rakka, instead of more Ferraris for Bro.
Yes and Israel is behind all this and then there are the neocons. We love all Iraqis. Mehlis is a Mossad agent and so is all the opposition. We will kill them all.

By the way who needs the Golan, and soumoud, and tahaddi, or was it tassadi? have to ask Asma which sounds better.

Will they let us play Tarnib in prison?

At 11/11/2005 01:49:00 PM, Blogger Ghassan said...

Asad said in his speech: "Syria Allah 7ameeha". I want to say to him: "7ameeha 7arameeha".
Asad is following the same steps that Saddam followed and in shaa' Allah will be in jail soon with Asef and Maher but will not allowed to play tarneeb!

At 11/11/2005 03:25:00 PM, Blogger O.D.M said...

Pretty boy should not fall for the "can you grab the soap from the floor" trick.

green eyes, tall...mmmhhhhh fresh mean for the loners serving 10+ years.

At 11/11/2005 04:36:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

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At 11/11/2005 04:37:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

Bashar's speech is on MEMRI (English transcript)

At 11/11/2005 04:38:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

note that MEMRI is not Muslim-friendly, so you're warned. But the speech is worth reading.

At 11/11/2005 06:23:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...

Not that there was any doubt before, but it is now clear that The Assad and Hariri families cannnot coexist anymore.
This family feud now runs very deep.

The speech warns internal opposition that the regime will respond to them "firmly" as they would be assisting the enemy. To Bashar, political reform = regime instability, hence forget about it.

In the end, Maher's control of the tanks always meant that he had the final say. Outsourcing does have its downside after all. By handing the palace security and the tanks division to Maher and internal security to Asef, Bashar does not exactly control the final word.

At 11/11/2005 06:44:00 PM, Blogger EngineeringChange said...

Rest in Peace Moustafa and Rima Akkad

Senseless victims of misguided and idiotic terrorists.

Mr Akkad produced the entire "Halloween" series and directed the film "The Message" about Islam and the Prophet Mohamad.

"Akkad said he did the film because he felt it was his duty as a Muslim in America to teach the West about Islam. "I thought I should tell the story that will bring this bridge," he told the newspaper."

It seems that while Mr. Akkad succeeded in trying to teach the West about Islam, there are still many so-called Muslims--right here in the middle east--that have completely missed the message.

Syria is one the last remaining places in the ME untainted by a major terrorist attack. But I fear the day when I hear not of the Radisson and Hilton in Amman being bombed, but of the Chahba Cham in Aleppo or Sheraton in Damascus or any other place where innocent people would be killed.

At 11/11/2005 07:04:00 PM, Blogger EngineeringChange said...

Full Bashar speech in English:

At 11/11/2005 07:39:00 PM, Blogger norman said...

No matter what Syria does to accomidate the UN they will say that Syria did not coperate enough as they said about Iraq so they will have excuses to attack the only secular Arab country left bashar figured that out they wanted asef first in Lebanon then his brother to reach the conclusion that Syria did not coperate at any way and to implement sanction on weak humiliated syria and Bashar if it will be enough for them to surrender Asef and Maher that might be OK if they are actualy guilty which seems to be hard to beleive,but what they want is actualy changing Syria,s policy toward the palestinians and Hizballa and the occupation of Iraq,if anybody in the opposition want Syria to change it,s forign policy let them declare that on this website,the US will not attack Syria with force as the Us is very busy in Iraq and an attack on Syria will ignite lebanon palestine and further in Iraq,sanction might be their choice but let it be known that sanction against Syria will transfere to sanctions against Lebanon,jordan and Iraq.

At 11/11/2005 10:57:00 PM, Blogger Hadad said...

no matter how hard Assad tries, he somehow always end up sounding really silly. A silly man with a lot of power.

At 11/12/2005 03:38:00 AM, Blogger Hashem said...

No matter how "busy" the US, it's not wise to be stupid and defiant. This is no safetly blanket. People have been saying this for years but Bashar doesn't listen.
The US isn't very busy to rally support for UNSC Resolutions under chapter 7. Their B52s and Tomahawks are not busy. Sanctions against Syria will not take much of the US time either. So, I wouldn't be *that* stupid to stand in public in complete defiance of UNSC resolutions, then insult my neighbours left right and centre, then ask the people of Syria to prapare for a fight, then mention that the Syians only care about increased salaries! The message is, Syrians be worried, but not scared...
That's it? OK, I'm not scared! Be worried? WE HAVE BEEN FOR MAAAAANY YEARS BASHAR! We didn't need you Mr Pres. of Syria to come out with these words of wisdom and order us to be worried. I tell you Bashar, WE ARE WORRIED about your level of intellect, We are worried that the supposed president of our country is ignorant. We are worried that you have the worst team around you. We are worried that you let golden chances over the last few years slip through your fingers. We are worried that you blame everyone else but not yourself. We are truly worried about what you will do next...


At 11/12/2005 04:21:00 AM, Blogger Hashem said...

Nafdik, excellent. This is great. I wish you had written the speech for him it would have been much better. The only thing is he doesn't play Tarnib a lot, he likes Quake3/4 (he's crap at that), and maybe a game of Starcraft (if he was any good at that he wouldn't be that stupid in real life). The only problem for him is: new rule -> TO ALL INMATES: THE INTERNET CONNECTION WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE HAND BACK YOUR WIRELESS CARDS TO THE GUARD AT 12:00 HOURS. ANY ONE CAUGHT WITH CDs, MEMORY STICK, DVD, PDA, LAPTOP, COMPUTER, HANDHELDS, DREAMCAST, GAME CUBE, XBOX, PSX I OR II, XBOX 360, GAME GEAR, GBA, GBA SP, GBA DS OR PSP WILL BE SEVERLY PUNISHED AND WILL BE FORCED MADE TO SHARE A CELL WITH SADDAM. THANK YOU.

At 11/12/2005 05:03:00 AM, Blogger DamasceneBlood said...

After doing a lot of thinking, I believe the only way to save Syria from total humiliation (Iraq-style) is for Bashar to step down. There is no other way for Syria to avoid being isolated and hit with sanctions.

All this talk about fighting back and resistance are just BS fed to the masses as Bashar plays his last remaining card: the Syrian people.

I bet you that when the first Marine marches into Syrian territory, he'll find Syrians waiting with American flags and roses. Our people have mastered the art of ass-kissing to whomever is in power. Bashar, don't count on the Syrian people to save your ass, you are done for. It would be a crime for you to subject your people to economic sanctions just so that you can stay in power and protect Asef and Maher.

Don't you find it ironic that Bashar only started talking about serious reforms exactly when his regime was on the edge and he needed to 'bribe' the Syrian people to stand behind him? why did it take world pressure for you to rush these reforms? because you are not really sincere when you say that you care about the Syrian people. You are only throwing us a bone out of necessity. It's too late now. I hope you'll face your destiny and take responsibility for your past wrongdoings and cronyisms and for turning Syria into your and your friends own farm. Ask forgiveness from the Syrian people, then step down and pray that you'll find asylum somewhere where you can't hurt anyone anymore.

At 11/12/2005 08:44:00 AM, Blogger laleiche said...

where should the people stand from all this?

we are at a great distance from both the american and our regime. It is justifiable to wish "Damascus Declaration" life in order to become an alternative choice.


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