Syrian Christian reminds French FM that Syria is loyal to its ancestors

Here is a letter to French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe who recently said in an interview with Lebanon’s as-Safir newspaper: “I would like to say to the Christians of the East. France will not abandon them. We have confidence that the revolutions of 2011 are accompanied by an absolute vigilance of the importance of respect for human rights, especially the rights of minorities”.

Monsieur Alain Juppé,

Modern etiquette requires that you begin your words by greetings. But I would be lying if I said I wish you a Good Morning or “Bonjour”. So I will breach this clumsy protocol.

On the occasion of your statement which was directed to the Christians of the East, and to the Syrians amongst them in particular, and of your crocodile tears over their fate, I tell you the following: If the Christians of the East really need protection, it is from you whom they need protection and from the gangs allied with you which have  terrorised the peaceful population. Those gangs initially did not distinguish between Christians and Muslims, but because you choose to limit your talk to them, I will talk to you in the same context.

Muslims and Christians showing their unity in a church in Damascus on January 9 2012 as they commemorate the martyrdom of the children of Um Sari and the Great Mufti at the hands of insurgents.

Monsieur Juppé, your gangs only during the previous two days attacked two of the most important churches between the Eastern Churches, both of which are in Homs. There is no doubt that you know well that the clergy did not escape from their tyranny too and up until this moment, the killing of two priests has been recorded, not to mention the hundreds of Christian martyrs who have fallen since the outbreak of the crisis.

You make it appear as though in France you have not read your history or perhaps that your memory is tired and heavily burdened by sins. But let me refresh your memory with a story that you find unpleasant: the story of your grandfather General Gouraud and our grandfather Fares Khoury that is still fresh in our minds and conscience.

Fares Khoury
t was only a few decades ago that Gouraud said the same statement that your indecent tongue uttered today – that he wanted to protect Christians. But at that time my grandfather Fares Khoury came to one of the minarets of Damascus and said his famous words: “If you want to come to protect Christians, bear witness that there is no god but God.” You are perhaps unaware of Fares Khoury’s importance and the place he occupied in our conscience and our hearts. I assure you that we are walking in his footsteps, and it is impossible for us to betray his legacy.
Pull your gangs and your allies gangs from Syria, and the Christians will be fine. This is Syria.

Signature,
Syrian Christian
George Nader

Thanks to Kevork Elmassian for the translation of this as-Safir interview with French FM Alain Juppe:

The French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe called the Christians of the Middle East to participate in the “positive” developments taking place in their countries, especially Syria. He stressed that France “will always be by their side”.
Juppe considered, in an article published in the Catholic newspaper La Croix, that, Christian minorities in Arab countries are expressing their concern of “the escalation of tension associated with sectarianism”, but France “was and will always be by their side”.
He added that: “The best protection for the Christians of the East, and the most effective guarantee for the continuation of their existence, lies today in the establishment of democracy and the rule of law in Arab countries”.
Juppe added: “We recommend the Christians in the Middle East not to pay attention to the manoeuvres and exploitation practised by dictatorial regimes isolated from their people”.
“In Syria, as elsewhere, the interest of the Eastern Christians lies in embracing these irreversible positive developments. They are protecting their future, by their certain commitment in the form of building a new region.
“I would like to say to the Christians of the East. France will not abandon them. We have confidence that the revolutions of 2011 are accompanied by an absolute vigilance of the importance of respect for human rights, especially the rights of minorities”.
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Syria: For the release of our compatriots and colleagues held captive in Baba Amr

(Editor’s note: Article is also available in French, Italian, German & Arabic HERE)

Several journalists are held in the sealed-off Baba Amr area. According to Atlanticist leaders, they are prevented from leaving by the constant pounding of the rebel stronghold by the Syrian Army. As an on-the-spot privileged witness of the negotiations, Thierry Meyssan gives an account of the situation: the journalists are kept as prisoners by the Free “Syrian” Army which uses them as human shields. Their evacuation by the Syrian Red Crescent has been obstructed by the rebels.

Édith Bouvier and William Daniels

Our colleagues Marie Colvin (Sunday Times) and Remi Ochlik (IP3 Press) were killed on Wednesday, 22 February 2012, in the rebel-held area inside Homs.

According to Western news agencies quoting the Free “Syrian” Army, they were victims of the shelling inflicted by the Damascus forces on the area. However, the National Army made use of multiple rocket launchers only for a very brief period to destroy firing positions, and at no time after 13 February. Furthermore, if it were true that the city was pounded for 21 days, as reported by the news agencies, it would have been reduced to a heap of rubble without a living soul a long time ago.

At least three other journalists still remain in the rebel zone: Edith Bouvier (Le Figaro Magazine), Paul Conroy and William Daniels (Sunday Times), and probably a fourth one of Spanish nationality. Continue reading

The March to War: Iran and the Strategic Encirclement of Syria and Lebanon

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

The encirclement of Syria and Lebanon has long been in the works. Since 2001, Washington and NATO have started the process of cordoning off Lebanon and Syria. The permanent NATO presence in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Syrian Accountability Act are part of this initiative. It appears that this roadmap is based on a 1996 Israeli document aimed at controlling Syria. The document’s name is A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm.

The 1996 Israeli document, which included prominent U.S. policy figures as authors, calls for “rolling back Syria” in 2000 or afterward. The roadmap outlines pushing the Syrians out of Lebanon, diverting the attention of Damascus by using an anti-Syrian opposition in Lebanon, and then destabilizing Syria with the help of both Jordan and Turkey. This has all respectively occurred from 2005 to 2011. This is also why the anti-Syrian March 14 Alliance and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) were created in Lebanon.

As a first step towards all this the 1996 document even calls for the removal of President Saddam Hussein from power in Baghdad and even alludes to the balkanization of Iraq and forging a strategic regional alliance against Damascus that includes a Sunni Muslim Arab “Central Iraq.” The sectarian nature of this project is very obvious as are its ties to opposing a so-called “Shiite Crescent.” The roadmap seeks to foment sectarian divisions as a means of conquering Syria and creating a Shiite-Sunni rift that will oppose Iran and keep the Arab monarchs in power. Continue reading

Mensonges et vérités sur la Syrie

Formé à Paris sous l’égide de la France, le Conseil national syrien entend renverser le régime du président Bachar el-Assad. Il est présidé par Burhan Ghalioun, professeur de sociologie à l’université de la Sorbonne (ici avec Alain Juppé, le 23 novembre 2011)

 Par Thierry Meyssan

Depuis huit mois, les dirigeants occidentaux et certains médias publics font campagne pour une guerre en Syrie. Les accusations d’une extrême gravité qu’ils portent contre Bachar el-Assad intimident ceux qui s’interrogent sur le bien-fondé d’une nouvelle intervention militaire. Tous ? non, car —avec l’appui du Réseau Voltaire— certains sont venus vérifier sur place et ont pu mesurer l’ampleur de la propagande de l’OTAN. Thierry Meyssan fait le point sur l’état de la guerre médiatique.

En 1999, lors de la guerre du Kosovo, le Réseau Voltaire s’indigna de ce que la France puisse entrer dans le conflit aux côtés de l’OTAN sans vote de l’Assemblée nationale avec la complicité passive des présidents de groupes parlementaires. Nous considérâmes que le refus du président de la République et du Premier ministre d’organiser un authentique débat augurait de l’opacité avec laquelle cette guerre serait conduite. Aussi, nous prîmes l’initiative de publier un bulletin quotidien sur le conflit. Les sites internet du gouvernement serbe ayant été immédiatement détruits par l’Alliance atlantique, nous ne pouvions avoir accès à la version serbe des événements. À défaut, nous avons souscrit des abonnements aux agences de presse de la région (croate, bosniaque, grecque, chypriote, turc, hongroise etc. ). Tout au long du conflit, nous avons présenté chaque jour un résumé de la conférence de presse de l’OTAN à Bruxelles et un résumé du témoignage des journalistes des pays riverains ; des pays ayant parfois de lourds contentieux avec la Serbie, mais dont les gouvernements partageaient entre eux une même narration des événements. Au fur et à mesure du temps qui passait, la version de l’OTAN et celle des journalistes locaux s’écartèrent jusqu’à ne plus avoir Continue reading