The “Free Syria Army”: Placard-Waving Protesters are actually Machine Gun-Wielding Terrorists

Nov 20th 2011


The “Free Syria Army”: Placard-Waving Protesters are actually Machine Gun-Wielding Terrorists

by Tony Cartalucci

The “Free Syria Army” is literally an army of militant extremists, many drawn not from Syria’s military ranks, but from the Muslim Brotherhood, carrying heavy weapons back and forth over the Turkish and Lebanese borders, funded, supported, and armed by the United States, Israel, and Turkey. The latest evidence confirming this comes in the form of a report out of the International Institute for Strategic Studies where Senior Fellow for Regional Security at IISS-Middle East Emile Hokayem openly admits Syria’s opposition is armed and prepared to drag Syria’s violence into even bloodier depths.

This report comes in sharp contrast to the propaganda fed via the corporate-media and the West’s foreign ministers on a daily basis, where the violence is portrayed as one-sided, with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad “gunning down” throngs of peaceful, placard waving protesters. Just as in Libya where these so-called “peaceful protesters” turned out to be hordes of genocidal racist Al Qaeda mercenaries, led by big-oil representatives, fighting their cause upon a verified pack of lies, so too is Syria’s “pro-democracy” movement which is slowly being revealed as yet another militant brand of extremists long cultivated by Anglo-American intelligence agencies, whose leadership is harbored in London and Washington and their foot soldiers supplied a steady stream of covert military support and overt rhetorical support throughout the compromised corporate media.

The unrest in Syria from the beginning was entirely backed by Western corporate-financier interests and part of a long-planned agenda for region-wide regime change. Syria has been slated for regime change since as early as 1991. In 2002, then US Under Secretary of State John Bolton added Syria to the growing “Axis of Evil.” It would be later revealed that Bolton’s threats against Syria manifested themselves as covert funding and support for opposition groups inside of Syria spanning both the Bush and Obama administrations.

In an April 2011 CNN article, acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner stated, “We’re not working to undermine that [Syrian] government. What we are trying to do in Syria, through our civil society support, is to build the kind of democratic institutions, frankly, that we’re trying to do in countries around the globe. What’s different, I think, in this situation is that the Syrian government perceives this kind of assistance as a threat to its control over the Syrian people.”

Toner’s remarks came after the Washington Post released cables indicating the US has been funding Syrian opposition groups since at least 2005 and continued until today.

In an April AFP report, Michael Posner, the assistant US Secretary of State for Human Rights and Labor, stated that the “US government has budgeted $50 million in the last two years to develop new technologies to help activists protect themselves from arrest and prosecution by authoritarian governments.” The report went on to explain that the US “organized training sessions for 5,000 activists in different parts of the world. A session held in the Middle East about six weeks ago gathered activists from Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon who returned to their countries with the aim of training their colleagues there.” Posner would add, “They went back and there’s a ripple effect.” That ripple effect of course is the “Arab Spring,” and in Syria’s case, the impetus for the current unrest threatening to unhinge the nation and invite in foreign intervention.

With planted “speculation” running through the corporate media that a recent explosion, amongst several other “incidents” in Iran, were the work of Western covert operations, and the Jerusalem Post all but admitting the entire Western-backed destabilization in Syria aims not at ushering in “democracy” or upholding “human rights,” but to weaken Iran by proxy, it is clear that everything within Wall Street and London’s power is being done to provoke Iran. Iran has downplayed the recent explosion at their military base as an accident and has thus far maintained a persistent patience in the face of criminal provocations and overt acts of war by an alarmingly and increasingly depraved West.

It is quite clear that the stratagems spelled out in the corporate-funded Brookings Institute report “Which Path to Persia?” have been read and understood by both sides and that Iran realizes that any act of retaliation not expertly played, only gives the West what it has stated it wants – an excuse to go to war with the Islamic Republic. Should the public in Syria, Iran, and throughout the West also read “Which Path to Persia?” and realize that the only threat Iran and its allies pose to the West is toward the extraterritorial ambitions of Wall Street and London, perhaps a bloody, entirely unnecessary war can be avoided, and the first steps taken toward dismantling the parasitic corporate-financier oligarchy that has misled the world for the past several decades.

Tony Cartalucci is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by Tony Cartalucci


Sunday, November 13, 2011JP Blabs Truth About Western Stance Toward Syria: To Weaken Iran
Humanitarian issues merely rhetorical cover for regional gambit to dismantle Iranian influence.
by Tony Cartalucci

November 14, 2011 – As stated in February 2011’s “The Middle East & then the World,” the US-funded, armed, and backed “Arab Spring” was far from “spontaneous” or “indigenous” but rather a premeditated region-wide destabilization to solidify Wall Street-London hegemony throughout the Middle East in an effort to cut-off and isolate both Moscow and Beijing in a gambit designed to establish an uncontested, corporate-fascist “international order.”

US Senator John McCain, chairmen of the International Republican Institute, an organization dedicated to fomenting extraterritorial seditious unrest and revolution throughout the world, openly said of the unrest his IRI had helped fund starting in Egypt, ravaging Libya, and now consuming Syria, “I would be a little less cocky in the Kremlin with my KGB cronies today if I were Vladimir Putin. I would be a little less secure in the seaside resort [of] President Hu and a few men who govern and decide the fate of 1.3 billion people.” McCain who has openly consorted with Al Qaeda in Libya and led corporate-fascist delegations touring the now hopelessly destabilized Cairo as they prepare to reap the benefits of their foreign-funded sedition, let slip the true nature of the global gambit playing out via US-fueled color revolutions and that indeed, their final destination is in the capital cities of Moscow and Beijing.

Now the Jerusalem Post has reported that a “strike on Syria could be less costly way of weakening Tehran,” revealing that power mongering, not humanitarian concerns, lie at the heart of the “West’s” designs toward Syria and that the clearly foreign-funded, and now armed, sedition unfolding in Syria’s border cities aims at weakening the Iranian sphere of influence, with concerns of “democracy” only rhetorical fodder scattered on the ground for anyone ignorant enough to gobble it up. The Post reported that Gabriel Ben-Dor, director of national security studies at the University of Haifa, hailed the recent decision by the Arab League to suspend Syria but stated that further action would be necessary to “back it up,” revealing indeed that the League is acting as a proxy for Wall Street, London, and Israeli interests.

Ben-Dor would confirm that, “they’re hoping to dismantle the axis of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, and to somehow weaken this entire coalition, which is a common interest of all major powers of the Arab world,” revealing with absolute certainty that the last half year of corporate media reports citing the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Soros-funded Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International (page 10) have been nothing more than crass propaganda in a bid to justify what is essentially a proxy war being fought not with US troops but with US-trained youth groups in Egypt, Al Qaeda thugs in Libya, and Muslim Brotherhood militants in Syria.

The report titled “Syria urges Arab League to reconsider suspension,” and written by Oren Kessler of Jerusalem Post and Reuters – in itself illustrating the incestuous, completely compromised nature of the mainstream corporate-fascist serving media- even degenerates into wailing and chest beating over humanitarian concerns, citing the now entirely discredited UN and “activists.” This breathtaking display of corporate-funded agenda-driven propaganda irrefutably lays to rest the illegitimacy of the foreign-funded protests/unrest in Syria, the legitimacy of mirroring foreign-funded “activism” throughout the world, and the paid liars throughout the mainstream media.

With this confirmation in hand – it may be worth re-reading “The Middle East and Then the World,” as the megalomania of Wall Street-London and its legion of treasonous helpers consume the world and edges us all closer to World War III under the guise of humanitarian concerns, “democracy,” human rights, and “freedom.”

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U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, cables released by WikiLeaks show

Syrian anti-government protesters march in Banias, Syria on Sunday. The Arabic banner at center reads: “All of us would die for our country.”
Text Size PrintE-mailReprintsBy Craig Whitlock, Published: April 18, 2011
The State Department has secretly financed Syrian political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country, according to previously undisclosed diplomatic cables.

The London-based satellite channel, Barada TV, began broadcasting in April 2009 but has ramped up operations to cover the mass protests in Syria as part of a long-standing campaign to overthrow the country’s autocratic leader, Bashar al-Assad. Human rights groups say scores of people have been killed by Assad’s security forces since the demonstrations began March 18; Syria has blamed the violence on “armed gangs.”



WikiLeaks cables detail U.S. involvement in the Middle East

.Barada TV is closely affiliated with the Movement for Justice and Development, a London-based network of Syrian exiles. Classified U.S. diplomatic cables show that the State Department has funneled as much as $6 million to the group since 2006 to operate the satellite channel and finance other activities inside Syria. The channel is named after the Barada River, which courses through the heart of Damascus, the Syrian capital.

The U.S. money for Syrian opposition figures began flowing under President George W. Bush after he effectively froze political ties with Damascus in 2005. The financial backing has continued under President Obama, even as his administration sought to rebuild relations with Assad. In January, the White House posted an ambassador to Damascus for the first time in six years.

The cables, provided by the anti-secrecy Web site WikiLeaks, show that U.S. Embassy officials in Damascus became worried in 2009 when they learned that Syrian intelligence agents were raising questions about U.S. programs. Some embassy officials suggested that the State Department reconsider its involvement, arguing that it could put the Obama administration’s rapprochement with Damascus at risk.

Syrian authorities “would undoubtedly view any U.S. funds going to illegal political groups as tantamount to supporting regime change,” read an April 2009 cable signed by the top-ranking U.S. diplomat in Damascus at the time. “A reassessment of current U.S.-sponsored programming that supports anti-[government] factions, both inside and outside Syria, may prove productive,” the cable said.

It is unclear whether the State Department is still funding Syrian opposition groups, but the cables indicate money was set aside at least through September 2010. While some of that money has also supported programs and dissidents inside Syria, The Washington Post is withholding certain names and program details at the request of the State Department, which said disclosure could endanger the recipients’ personal safety.

Syria, a police state, has been ruled by Assad since 2000, when he took power after his father’s death. Although the White House has condemned the killing of protesters in Syria, it has not explicitly called for his ouster.

The State Department declined to comment on the authenticity of the cables or answer questions about its funding of Barada TV.







One response to “The “Free Syria Army”: Placard-Waving Protesters are actually Machine Gun-Wielding Terrorists


    Christmas 1914 In no man’s land

    Fantastic what kinds of insightful comments I read here, the most people here in Holland should take this as an example. Hate against germans is still living here entered by one-sided history lessons and ‘believe it or not’ anti german report in the media. 4 generations after last war, young people still learning here “we are good, germans are bad. It’s a shame!

    jaquesTNT 11 months ago 16
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    @jaquesTNT If it’s any consolation, here in the UK we very much like the Dutch and the German people. Merry Christmas.

    alanstarkie2001 11 months ago 12


    A Silent Night {Christmas 1915} – Jerry Lynch

    Beautiful and poignant!

    kevin9sc 1 week ago
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    Esopecially Poignant as Xmas and Remembrance day Approaches

    fardonaghue 2 weeks ago
    wonderful performance and it only highlights the absolute madness of the great (ha) war  and all the fine young men who died for nothing .

    War: Making the Bankers Richer. You judge and decide for yourself.


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