Syria: UN report reveals opposition crimes as imperialist powers push for intervention

A United Nations (UN) report presented yesterday by the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria (ICIS) in Geneva sheds light on the increasing brutality of the Syrian war and its potential to trigger a major international crisis.

The contents of the report are a devastating indictment of the imperialist powers in the United States and Europe and their regional allies, which have fueled a sectarian-based civil war in Syria for more than two years to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

According to the report, 6.8 million people are “trapped in conflict-affected and opposition-held areas.” The number of internally-displaced Syrians is now 4.35 million, and 1.6 million Syrians have been forced to flee the country. On May 15, the UN estimated that 80,000 people had died in the war.

“Syria is in free fall,” Paulo Pinheiro, the chairman of a commission of inquiry investigating the hostilities in Syria, said at the news conference in Geneva. He added, “Crimes that shock the conscience have become a daily reality. Humanity has been the casualty of this war.”

The report points to the international dimension of the conflict, stating that “the current political impasse and military escalation are the by-product of the regional and international stand-off between the Government’s backers and its opponents, translating into arms consignments and political backing to both sides by their respective allies.”

The report refers to the “European Union’s decision to allow a ban on weapon deliveries to the Syrian opposition to lapse on June 1, and Russia’s announced shipment of S-300 missile batteries to the Government.” It also points to the increasingly sectarian nature of the conflict and warns that it “even became more complex as violence spilled over into neighboring countries, threatening regional peace and stability.”

The report states, “Hezbollah fighters are openly supporting the Syrian military during operations” near the key strategic town of al-Qusayr along the Lebanese border “while members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine—General Command have done the same around Yarmouk camp in Damascus.”

Describing “new levels of cruelty and brutality,” the report admits that the opposition in Syria is dominated by violent Islamist elements responsible for horrific crimes against the Syrian population.

“The on-going violence has accelerated radicalisation among Anti-Government fighters, allowing radical groups, in particular Jabhat al-Nusra, to become more influential.” The report identifies Al Nusra as the opposition’s military backbone against Assad, indicating that it has received increasing “external support… in terms of recruits and equipment” with “foreign fighters with jihadist inclinations, often arriving from neighboring countries.”

While the report claims that the opposition’s crimes did not “reach the intensity and scale” of those committed by the Assad regime, the facts it reports suggest otherwise. The report depicts the “rebels” as ruling the areas it controls through murder and despotic terror.

“Anti-Government armed groups have committed war crimes, including murder, sentencing and execution without due process, torture, hostage-taking and pillage. They continue to endanger the civilian population by positioning military objectives in civilian areas,” the report explains. It describes how “civilians and hors de combat [i.e., disarmed] Government soldiers were sentenced and executed without due process” in the governorates of Aleppo, Damascus, Dara‘a, Idlib, Dayr Al-Zawr and Al-Raqqah.

The report refers to some of the numerous massacres and executions committed by the “rebels,” documented in graphic videos posted on YouTube. In Dayr Al-Zawr, an infamous leader of Jabhat Al-Nusra, Qassoura Al-Jazrawi,executed at least eleven men “who were kneeling in front of him, hands tied and blindfolded.” In another incident, “video footage emerged showing a child participating in the beheading of two kidnapped men.” The report estimates that “following investigation, it is believed that the video is authentic.”

While the reported crimes are only a small portion of the atrocities committed by the Syrian opposition, they explode the lies that the United States and the European powers are fighting for a democratic government in Syria. In fact, the imperialist powers are backing oppressive Islamist forces to overthrow Assad and install a pro-Western regime in Syria.

However, during the past weeks, the Syrian government—increasingly supported by the Lebanese Hezbollah militia—has been beating back the rebels on the ground.

On Tuesday, the Saudi-owned, pro-opposition news channel Al-Arabiya admitted that “Syrian troops advanced toward the center of the strategic town of Qusayr near the border with Lebanon and chased rebels from another key district on the edge of Damascus.” A government official in Homs province said that the Syrian army is “approaching victory” in Qusayr. Last week, Assad declared in an interview that that “the balance of power [in Syria] is now with the Syrian army.”

As the Western-backed “rebels”—lacking any significant support amongst the Syrian population—face a crushing defeat, the imperialist powers are seizing upon the UN report to argue for military intervention, based on lies and unsubstantiated claims about weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Ten years after bogus claims about WMD were used as a pretext for the criminal US war in Iraq, similar “big lie” techniques are being used to threaten war with Syria.

The report claims that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that chemical agents have been used as weapons.” However it adds that “the precise agents, delivery systems or perpetrators could not be identified.” At the news conference in Geneva, the ICIS demanded of the Syrian government that the UN investigation commission be “granted full access to Syria” to test samples taken directly from the victims and the sites of alleged attacks.

The report’s assessment clearly contradicts earlier statements by a well-informed member of the ICIS. Last month, Carla del Ponte stated that Sarin gas used in Syria was fired by the opposition, not the Assad regime.

After the UN report was presented in Geneva, the imperialist powers immediately intensified their propaganda, with France—the former colonial power in Syria and Lebanon—leading the campaign. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius claimed that tests carried out on samples in Paris showed that “there is no doubt that it’s the regime and its accomplices” who were responsible, he told France 2 TV.

Fabius said that the test results had been handed over to the UN and “all options are on the table.” That “means either we decide not to react or we decide to react including by armed actions targeting the place where the gas is stored.”

Asked about Fabius’ statements, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said she is familiar with the reports, adding that the US is “seeking more information.” For “the time being, I would refer you all to the French government,” she said.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney stressed the need “to establish a body of information that can be presented and reviewed, and upon which policy decisions can be made.”

He added, “I can assure you that we are working very diligently as an administration with our allies and the Syrian opposition on this matter.”

Last summer, US President Barack Obama declared the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would cross a “red line” and provoke a US attack.

Zur Presse bezüglich Iran und Syrien

…kann man nicht oft genug wiederholen, was Afsane Bahar schon 2012 schrieb:


Am 3. Januar 2012 wurde angesichts der laufenden Kriegsvorbereitungen unter deutscher Beteiligung ein Aufruf zur Solidarität mit den Völkern Syriens und Irans veröffentlicht (1). buy Doxycycline online Dieser Aufruf hat eine beachtliche heuchlerische Entrüstung bei einigen politischen Akteuren in Deutschland, begleitet von einer niederträchtigen Diffamierung, ausgelöst (2).

Zur Beurteilung der Frage „Heuchelei oder Aufrichtigkeit“ gibt es einen einfachen Maßstab: Werden bei „Feinden“ und „Freunden“, „Schurken“ und „Helden“ dieselben Prinzipen zugrunde gelegt?

• Sind Verhaftungen und Verhöre ohne Prozess und Rechtssicherheiten und unter Folter nur dann abzulehnen, wenn sie sich im Iran oder Syrien ereignen (3)?

• Sind ideologische Irreführung und Manipulation der Menschen, Kriegspropaganda und Verhetzung sowie die Unterdrückung der Aufklärung entscheidender gesellschaftlicher Ereignisse lediglich dann zu verurteilen, wenn diese im Iran, in China oder Russland betrieben werden (4)?

• Ist die „gezielte Tötung“ durch Soldaten, Polizisten, Spezialeinheiten, Söldner oder andere Kräfte auch dann als Verbrechen zu betrachten, wenn sie von der deutschen Regierung oder derjenigen der USA angeordnet wird (5)?

• Dürfen Deutschland und andere NATO-Mitglieder Angriffskriege planen und durchführen? Sind also der Artikel 26 des Grundgesetzes und der § 211 des Strafgesetzbuches willkürlich, selektiv und vor allem nur dann anwendbar, wenn sie den eigenen Interessen nicht nur nicht schaden, sondern sie sogar fördern (6)?

• Sind Werbung für Militarismus in den Schulen und militärische Forschung an den Universitäten nur in dem Fall als Missachtung der Lehren der beiden Weltkriege zu betrachten, wenn der Tatort China, Russland, Nordkorea oder Iran heißt (7)?

• Verliert der Einsatz von Atomwaffen seinen höchst menschenverachtenden Charakter, wenn er in den Sicherheitsrichtlinien der Vereinigten Staaten verankert ist (8)?

• Ist der Einsatz von Urangeschossen und Uran-Bunkerbrechern kein Verbrechen gegen die jetzigen und die kommenden Generationen, wenn NATO-Mitglieder hierfür verantwortlich sind (9)?

Mögen die obigen Fragen als Ausgangspunkt für eine sachliche Erörterung der Frage nach der Aufrichtigkeit politischer Akteure in Deutschland dienen.


Der letzte Abruf der folgenden Beiträge erfolgte am 15.1.2012.
Kriegsvorbereitungen stoppen! Embargos beenden! Solidarität mit den Völkern Irans und Syriens!

• Leitartikel Syrien und den Linken: Damals wie heute. Sechs linke Bundestagsabgeordnete verbrüdern sich öffentlich mit dem Massenmörder Assad – eine Fortsetzung ihres antisemitischen Treibens. Die Linkspartei muss sie endlich vertreiben; 13.1.2012,1472602,11445142.html

• Assads kleine Helfer; 14.1.2012

• Syrien-Pamphlet. „Solidarisierung mit den Schlächtern“ spaltet Linke; von Miriam Hollstein; 14.1.2012

• Wirbel um Syrien-Aufruf mehrerer Linken-Abgeordneter „An der Seite des Mörders Assad“; von Daniel Brössler; 12.1.2012

• ‚Solidarität mit Schlächtern‘. Antiamerikanischer Aufruf linker Politiker empört Parteifreunde

• Dubioser Syrien-Aufruf. Linke Solidarität mit Schlächter Assad; 10.1.2012,1518,808255,00.html

• Kriegstreiber des Tages: BAK Shalom; 11.1.2012

• Internetseite der 911-Truth-Bewegung in den Vereinigten Staaten:

• Everything We‘re Doing Now Was Planned BEFORE 9/11; by Washington’s Blog; June 20, 2011

• The Inauguration of Police State USA 2012. Obama Signs the “National Defense Authorization Act “; by Michel Chossudovsky; January 1, 2012

• New Photos Released of Iraq Atrocity; With Documents and Video; by David Swanson, December 19, 2011

• R.I.P. Bill of Rights 1789 – 2011; by Mike Adams; January 1, 2012

• Doctors and Torture; by Robert Jay Lifton, M.D.; July 29, 2004

• Understanding the US Torture State; by Anthony Gregory; October 28, 2011

• An Update on Obama’s Gitmo, Torture, and Obstruction of Justice; John Glaser; October 31, 2011

• Experiments in Torture: Evidence of Human Subject Research and Experimentation in the „Enhanced“ Interrogation Program; Physicians for Human Rights; June 2010

• Getting Away with Torture. The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees; Human Rights Watch; July 2011

• A Review of the FBI’s Involvement in and Observations of Detainee Interrogations in Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan and Iraq. Oversight and Review Division of the Inspector General; May 2008

• Occupy Congress (2012)

• Breaking: Welcome to America Police State 2012: President Barack Obama signs controversial NDAA; by Joe Gullo; January 1, 2012

• American Civil Liberties Union (2012)

• Rechtsfreier Raum. Zehn Jahre Guantánamo: Am 11. Januar 2002 wurden die ersten Gefangenen in das US-Militärlager auf Kuba überstellt. Obama ermöglicht unbegrenzt langes Festhalten; von Knut Mellenthin; 11.1.2012

• UN finds ’systematic‘ torture in Afghanistan. Afghan interior ministry denies report’s findings, saying „no torture such as electric shock…takes place“; October 11, 2011

• Army Regulation 15-6; Final Report: Investigation into FBI Allegations of Detainee Abuse at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Detention Facility; July 2005

• Amnesty international: United States of America. Rendition – torture – trial? The case of Guantánamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi; September 2006

• Raul Zelik: Aufstandsbekämpfung und Besatzungskrieg. Die Entwicklung asymmetrischer Kriegführung durch den Westen; Zeitschrift Peripherie Nr. 16; 2009

• The Imperial Anatomy of Al-Qaeda. The CIA’s Drug-Running Terrorists and the “Arc of Crisis”; by Andrew Gavin Marshall; Part I – Part III; 2010

• Doctrine of Joint Psychological Operations; Joint Publications 5-35; September 5, 2003

• Für Gerechtigkeit, Wahrheit und Frieden

• Astonishing Israeli Attack on Iran. When What You See is not What You Get; January 2012

• Chris Hedges: „Brace Yourself! The American Empire Is Over & The Descent Is Going To Be Horrifying!“

• Covert United States foreign regime change actions

• The US-Al Qaeda Alliance: Bosnia, Kosovo and Now Libya. Washington’s On-Going Collusion with Terrorists; by Prof. Peter Dale Scott; July 29, 2011

• UN human rights expert challenges ‘targeted killing’ policies; October 20, 2011

• IPPNW-Presseinfo vom 6. August 2010: IPPNW nennt „gezieltes Töten“ in Afghanistan Mord

• Out-of-Control Israeli State Terror – by Stephen Lendman; November 1, 2011

• „Gezielte Tötungen sind völkerrechtswidrig“; Norman Paech über die rechtsstaatlich bedenkliche Erschießung Osama bin Ladens; Mai 2011

• Gezielte Tötungen durch bewaffnete Drohnen – ein Verstoß gegen das Völkerrecht? Ein Beitrag von Thomas Horlohe aus der NDR-Sendereihe „Streitkräfte und Strategien“

• The Bush Administration Was an Ongoing Criminal Conspiracy Under International Law and U.S. Domestic Law. Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal; by Prof Francis A. Boyle; December 2, 2011

• Breaking The Silence – Truth and Lies in the War on Terror; by John Pilger

• Experimentierfeld Afghanistan. Zehn Jahre Krieg und kein Ende in Sicht; von Michael Haid, Jonna Schürkes und Jürgen Wagner; Dezember 2011

• Kein Frieden mit der NATO. Die NATO als Waffe des Westens; Informationsstelle Militarisierung e.V. und DFG-VK; Januar 2009

• Der Afghanistan-Krieg und das Völkerrecht. Fünf Thesen; von Gregor Schirmer; November 2010

• Die NATO in Libyen: Völkerunrecht; von Arno Klönne

• Srebrenica: A Town Betrayed; by Julia Gorin; 21 July, 2011

• Zivilklausel an der Universität Tübingen. Dokumentation. Informationsstelle Militarisierung e.V.; Juli 2011

• Einschätzungen, Studien, Meinungen, Informationen; Aktionsgemeinschaft Dienst für den Frieden

• Schulfrei für die Bundeswehr – Friedensbildung statt Militarisierung

• “Wann ist Krieg erlaubt?” Anmerkungen zu skandalösen Schulmaterialien; von Michael Haid; 2. Juni 2011

• Militarisierung an den bundesdeutschen Schulen oder die Bundeswehr macht Schule; 14.10.2009

• Joint Publication 3-12. Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations. Final Coordination (2); 15 March 2005

• Uranium and other contaminants in hair from the parents of children with congenital anomalies in Fallujah, Iraq; by Samira Alaani, Muhammed Tafash, Christopher Busby, Malak Hamdan and Eleonore Blaurock-Busch; May 2011

• New ICBUW report. A Question of Responsibility – the legacy of depleted uranium use in the Balkans; October 11, 2010

• Beyond Treason: Depleted Uranium & Anthrax Vaccines [full film]

• Fallujah Babies: Birth Defects Blamed on US Weapons; by Dahr Jamail; January 6, 2012