It looks like the Gulf States are arming the Syrian Rebels.
Gulf States Are Arming Syrian Rebels
More and better weaponry is being funneled to Syrian rebels by neighboring Persian Gulf states, which much of the support effort being organized by U.S. officials. The State Department insists that the United States is not paying for or supplying any weapons to the conflict, but admitted to The Washington Post that it is providing "non-lethal assistance" to the opposition forces, in the form of information sharing and coordination between the rebels and other nations in the region.
The decision by other Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar to re-arm the rebel forces, is being seen both as an attempt to eliminate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (and his Iranian allies) as a regional threat and as a not-so-subtle admission that a diplomatic solution is no longer an option
Exclusive - Iran flouts UN sanctions, sends arms to Syria - panel . . . (Reuters) - Syria remains the top destination for Iranian arms shipments in violation of a U.N. Security Council ban on weapons exports by the Islamic Republic, according to a confidential report on Iran sanctions-busting seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
Iran, like Russia, is one of Syria's few allies as it presses ahead with a 14-month old assault on opposition forces determined to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. . . . "Iran has continued to defy the international community through illegal arms shipments," it stated. "Two of these cases involved (Syria), as were the majority of cases inspected by the Panel during its previous mandate, underscoring that Syria continues to be the central party to illicit Iranian arms transfers."
The third shipment involved rockets that Britain said last year were headed for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
"The Panel recommends the designation (blacklisting) of two entities related to these interdictions," it said. "The report also takes note of information concerning arms shipments by Iran to other destinations." . . . Turning to Iran's ballistic missile program, the report said it "continues to develop with additional launches, which are prohibited under resolution 1929," adopted in June 2010.
"The Panel takes note of the recent designations (U.N. Security Council blacklisting) ... of two (North Korean) entities and their links to Iran's ballistic missile program."
The two North Korean companies linked to Iran's missile program are the Green Pine Associated Corp and the Korea Heungjin Trading Company. The council's North Korea sanctions committee blacklisted them on May 2.
Meanwhile back in Syria, the land that the world forgot and which the great "Humanitarian" organizations and self styled "people of conscience" have studiously ignored . .
Syrian troops fire at protesters in Aleppo City experiences largest demonstration since start of Assad crackdown . . .
Syrian security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse thousands rallying Friday in Aleppo in what activists said was the largest protest yet in a city that has largely remained loyal to President Bashar Assad during the country’s 15-month uprising.
The protest pointed to rising anti-regime sentiment in Syria’s largest city, particularly after a raid on dormitories at the city’s main university killed four students and forced the temporary closure of the state-run school earlier this month. . . .
The U.N. estimated in March that the violence in Syria has killed more than 9,000 people. Hundreds more have been killed since then as a revolt that began in March 2011 with mostly peaceful calls for reform has transformed into an armed insurgency.
Both sides have flouted the cease-fire, raising concerns that the peace plan is ineffective in a conflict where the violence is spinning out of control. . . .
Assad denies that there is a popular will behind the country’s uprising, saying foreign extremists are driving the unrest to destroy the country. . . .
And the beat goes on, and the trouble spreads but the "humanitarians" stay silent as more and more Arabs bleed and as Syria and Lebanon and . . . edge closer into chaos.
There has got to be a way out of this mess before it gets really out of hand.
Lebanon sucked into Syria conflict as citizens choose sides: analysts
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Lebanon has fallen hostage to the conflict in neighbouring Syria following deadly sectarian clashes between the country’s pro- and anti-Damascus camps, experts say.
“These incidents were a clear message that Lebanon could explode at any time,” said Ghassan al-Azzi, political science professor at Lebanese University.
“The country, which is divided between pro- and anti-Syrian camps, has become hostage to the crisis” he added. . . .
For its part, the United Nations has said it has information that arms are being smuggled in both directions between Lebanon and Syria.
Last month, Lebanese authorities seized a large consignment of Libyan weapons from a boat caught off the coast of Tripoli. . . . The Shiite militant group Hezbollah, which plays a key role in the Lebanese government and is allied with Damascus, has stayed clear of the escalating tension over the Syria crisis.
But on Tuesday, the party found itself forcibly drawn into the conflict after a group of Shiite Lebanese were reportedly kidnapped by rebels in northern Syria as they were heading home following a pilgrimage in Iran. . . . Azzi said the recent violence linked to Syria was but a foretaste of what could be in store.
“For now, the incidents we witnessed were merely tremors,” he said. “After that, we could witness strong quakes.”
And still not a peep from the "humanitarians" and the "civil rights activists"
Syrian forces executed entire families in their homes: UN report ZEINA KARAM and JOHN HEILPRIN BEIRUT— The Associated Press Published Thursday, May. 24, 2012 5:10AM EDT Last updated Thursday, May. 24, 2012 10:03AM EDT
The Syrian regime and an increasingly organized rebel force are carrying out illegal killings and torturing their opponents, but government forces are still responsible for most of the violence stemming from the country's uprising, a U.N. panel said Thursday. . . . The U.N. estimated in March that more than 9,000 people have been killed in the revolt, and the death toll rises every day.
More than 250 U.N. observers are now based in cities around Syria to monitor a peace plan brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan, but the cease-fire is violated every day by both sides in the conflict. . . . full article: www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/syria...
Just how many Syrians need to be injured and killed, beaten and tortured, displaced and made homeless before the self avowed humanitarians and civil rights workers on this board will take notice? How long will it be before the plight of the Syrian people becomes a cause? How long will it be before anyone does anything constructive to help these people?
Well, if this would be in the best interests of the US I'm for it. I thuink and hope it is, if for no other reason than toplling the Assad government will hurt Iran's position and plans, and I'm all for anything that hurts iran.
Conservative, Libertarian, Life member of the NRA and VFW
Whatever the US is planning on doing we ought to do it sooner rather than later.
Syrian troops attack Homs province; at least 50 killed By REUTERS 05/25/2012 23:59 Kofi Annan announces first visit to Syria since presenting peace plan; UN nearing full deployment of 300-member unarmed UN observer forces; Ban blames al-Qaida for recent suicide bombings earlier this month. . . .
BEIRUT - At least 50 people, including 13 children, were killed when Syrian forces attacked the town of Houla in Homs province on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and activists said.
Activists said clashes erupted in the town when Syrian forces opened fire on a protest against the rule of President Bashar Assad and killed one protester. . . . full article: www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id...