Assad’s opponents provoke another military confrontation. The West does officially support the Annan peace plan, but in reality, the West supports the rebels.
The murders in the Syrian community in the province of Homs, al-Houla (Hula) on 25 May are still not elucidated. However, they are used by the opponents of the Syrian leadership to intensify the political, media and military pressure on Damascus.
Armed insurgents of various stripes have already declared the six-point plan of UN special mediator Kofi Annan as a failure and they have massively tightened their regular attacks on the Syrian troops. In order to defend “our people”, as it was explained by Sami Al-Kurd to the news agency Reuters on Monday.
First “success stories” of more than 80 killed soldiers have followed immediately, within hours. Al-Kurd, who posed as a spokesman for the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), demanded a “coercive measure of peace” by armed peacekeepers, and also a “No-Fly Zone” or a “saftey zone” by the UN Security Council. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has rejected the call for an armed international intervention in Syria. The Annan Plan is “central” to solve the crisis in Syria.
The UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, who tried again in vain by talks in Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey to stop the smuggling of weapons and the financing of the insurgency, will speak with the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the topic Syria on Friday in Washington.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has already thought aloud about the option to bypass the UN Security Council (UNSC) in order to take actions against Syria; presumably with the so-called “Friends of Syria”. The alliance of countries willing to intervention has met once more on Wednesday.
The European leaders have emphasized – as the UN secretary-general – to continue fund the importance of the “Annan Plan”, but no one uses his influence against those states, which support the insurgents in Syria with weapons, ammo and money.
These include the avowedly “Friends of Syria” – Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was on a current tour to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Lebanon, and Turkey, and followed the tracks of Kofi Annan there, but just for the show.
The question is whether he – as also Kofi Annan – are able to demand of these states to stop the weapons smuggling to Syria and also the financing of the armed groups. After all, Turkey is an ally of NATO and with Qatar and the Emirates, there is, beside close economic ties, also a good military cooperation.
The Foreign Ministers of the Syrian appointed group by the Arab League have demanded at their meeting on last weekend, that Kofi Annan should submit a binding timetable for the UN Observer mission in Syria.
Their use was first arranged by the UN Security Council for three months. The representative of Qatar, Sheikh Hamid bin Jassim, supports a strong UN Security Council resolution under Chapter VII of the UN Charter against Syria, which means the same as the military action in Libya last year.
Russia, meanwhile, stressed the importance of the six-point plan by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan and Moscow is not prepared to support tougher measures against the government of President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus. Also the non-aligned states in the UN Security Counil, India, South Africa, and Brazil, still continue the support of the Annan mission to Syria.
To investigate the massacre of al-Houla (Hula), the opponents, who support a military intervention in Syria, demand a further investigation.
During talks in Beijing, the Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao have reaffirmed on Monday, that they both reject a foreign intervention in Syria, which is aimed at a violent change of the Government in Damascus.
From elements of the political opposition in Syria, which rejects foreign interferences in Syria and also supports the six-point peace plan by Kofi Anna, it was to hear that Russia could suggest a possible UN-Syria-Conference, under led by Kofi Annan, to solve the crisis.
The UN Observer Group in Syria have not taken a position about the awful events in the Syrian village of al-Houla (al-Hula) until now. The UN Observers have questioned witnesses and victims and try to bring light into the darkness. Over 100 people, including many children, were killed at the massacre on 25th May.
An official Syrian commission of inquiry has accused “terrorists”, which have wiped out almost two families, in a preliminary report.
The “religious component” in this bloodbath, which was also officially mentioned by the Syrian government, indicates the intentions to apply various religious groups against each other. Not only would this have some intersections with the so-called “Salvador option“.
Not to mention the team of ANNA-News. This team has already delivered some interesting details, although the West seems to cover it up.
BY SUSANA AL HALABI – JUNE 7, 2012 – POSTED IN: INTERNATIONAL