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Today, a serious attack against a TV station in Syria took place. The Arab League (AL) kills the freedom of information; its armed wing kills the people of Syria.

The attacks by the terrorists of the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) and al-Qaeda against the Syria`s media is the command execution of the decision by the Arab League to silence Syria.

The Arab League (ALI) had decided to stop the broadcasting of the Syrian channels on Arabsat and Nilesat – the murderer wants to silence his victims.

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The calls to a war in (and against) Syria are continued. Although the NATO countries still present themselves in front of the cameras currently that they want to avoid a military intervention in Syria at all costs, but if one looks closely, one is able to realize how empty and hypocritical these phrases are.

The so-called “international community” takes a stand and could currently really prepare for a false war against Syria. This would be, after Libya, the next crime by the help of UN (United Nations) and the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). Not to mention that such a military intervention would not help the people in Syria.

This is just one of the empty phrases, although these NATO member states should know it better. The French President, Hollande (Sarkozy 2.0, even worse) made the first step after the horrible massacre of al-Houla (al-Hula) and broke with the secrecy.

Hollande demanded an intervention in Syria, to extricate Syria from the tyrannical regime in the Syrian capital Damascus. America goes with this stance, obviously, just like the UK (as usually). The German Foreign Minister, some call him also a clown, Guido Westerwelle, has reiterated the German support for this, even when he still half-heartedly says in front of cameras, that Germany is not interested in a military intervention in Syria.

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While regional organizations are going to be the mainstay in international politics in the post-cold war world, one of the old regional organizations Arab League (formed in 1945) has shown all weakness of a broken house with members failing to take coordinated position on any of the raging international issues.

A simple juxtaposition of the Arab League summit with the BRICS summit, held on the same date 29 March 2012, brings stark contrast how coordination in one part of the world is failing acutely, while on the other part the rise of BRICS in global arena is a foregone conclusion. While the Arab League, as the recent summit at Baghdad revealed, has become known for all differences, whether on Syria or Iran or on issues of conflict resolution, the BRICS countries developed commonalities on many issues including that of Syria and Iran.

That the summit schedule was shifted twice before this one at Baghdad, and that only 9 member countries out of total twenty two countries participated in the summit itself reveals a poor story of the League. Even the nine countries participating in the summit did not send their top leaders; rather the member countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar sent junior officials instead of head of states to participate in the summit.

It will be interesting to note that this erstwhile powerful body in the North and Northeast Africa and the Gulf, which in the past played effective roles to confront regional crises and develop mechanisms such as Joint Arab Economic Action Charter, has foundered in the emerging global scenario.

One of foremost reasons behind the erosion of credibility of this Arab body, which became prominent during and aftermath of the so called colour revolutions that swept across the Arab world, is the rising menace of sectarianism and animosities based on it between the member countries. Countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar are Sunni dominated countries, while countries like Iraq (particularly the post-Saddam Iraq) and Syria are Shia dominated countries.

The increasing bonhomie between Iraq and Iran, majority Shia countries, too have not been taken well by the countries like Saudi Arabia which perceives the increasing bonhomie threatening, more because of its animosities with Iran which is recently embroiled in conflict over nuclear programme. It is widely reported in international media that Saudi Arabia expressed readiness to bear the oil burden which arose due to sanctions on Iran. After the overthrow of Saddam (a Sunni) in 2003, Iraq has become the Shia dominated country.

In post-Saddam era the majority Shias have taken rein of power in the war torn country. That the summit is being hosted by Iraq itself has been perceived by many local and regional powers as signifying the rising aspirations of the country to become a major regional power. This has also been a subtle sore point for some members of the League.

The most contentious issue at present that divides the members is the issue of Syria, which is ruled by a Shiite faction called Alawite. Saudi Arabia and Qatar strongly advocated the use of force to topple the Bashar al-Assad regime. In fact, Saudi Arabia has been supporting the opposition groups including the Free Syrian Army to fight Assad’s forces. These countries have also supported the idea of creation of safe zones within Syria, on the border regions with Turkey, which can provide shelters to rebels in order to fight the Assad regime.

In the summit, the Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad stated, “We are faced with a difficult choice — either we stand by the Syrian people or stand by him (Assad) … It is not to be expected from the Syrians to idly stand by while the regime continues to kill its own people this way.” On the other hand the host of the summit, Iraq strongly opposed any use of force against Syria. The prime minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki stated, “Based on our experience in Iraq, the option to arm either side of the conflict will lead to a regional and international proxy war in Syria.” He emphasized on peaceful resolution of the conflict through dialogue and deliberation.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani stated, “We reiterate our call for a peaceful solution to meet the expectations of the Syrian people without any foreign interference.” In this context, the Kofi Annan plan to defuse the crisis comes to picture. The positive thing is that Syria agreed to abide by the six-point plan, which mainly calls for immediate ceasefire of hostilities, allowing humanitarian assistance, and expression of freedom through peaceful manner. While addressing the summit, the United Nations’ Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon called Syria to immediate abide by the proposal of Annan.

Syria, one of the founding members of the League was suspended last year. Assad has refused to abide any resolution of the Arab League summit. In fact, it can be safely assumed that the acute differences among the members and sectarian dimensions of the conflict will any process to evolve a consensus to defuse the crisis. On the same day of the Arab League met, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Iran, a close ally of Syria, and met prominent leaders to discuss the Syrian crisis.

Turkey has so far been cautious to support a method of forceful resolution of the Syrian conflict. The meeting of six-member Gulf Cooperation Council at Riyadh will take place on 31 March 2012 to further deliberate on the issue. The summit will be attended by the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. In this context, it will be important to point out the stand of the BRICS, which came out clearly during its fourth summit in New Delhi, in which the leaders affirmed their support for a peaceful resolution of crises whether of Iran or of Syria or of Afghanistan.

Another crucial issue that sullies the relations is the role of Al Qaeda, which follows a radical variety of Sunni Islam in propagating methods of violence. The Arab Spring too has witnessed the rising prowess of this radical organization, which has not hidden its intention to target countries like Iraq. Last week a bomb blast in Baghdad killed 52 people.

This attack was later claimed by Al Qaeda as perpetrated by its cadres. Hence, one must not delink Al Qaeda from the ongoing Arab politics. It will also be another interestingly study whether the decimation of secular authoritarian regimes in Arab have really dawned genuine democracy, or has emboldened the radical organizations like Al Qaeda.

In the emerging discourse on regionalism and regional organizations, the study of Arab League offers deep insights into rise and fall of a regional organization. It also serves a pointer that how despite slogans of democracy and development during the Arab Spring, all recent developments are not geared towards achieving these goals. Besides, the recent developments also indicate how sectarianism, terrorism, divergent aspirations have marred the vibrancy of an erstwhile effective organization called Arab League.

Source: www.strategic-culture.org
Author: Aurobinda Mahapatra
Image: nuttakit / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Arab League meeting about Syria in Baghdad is over. Yesterday, not even the half of the leaders have met in the Iraqi capital Baghdad to talk about the situation within Syria, but also about Yemen and other countries, which have been “restructured” by the so-called revolutions, by the so-called “Arab spring”.

Many leaders have rejected their participation at this Arab League meeting in Baghdad, either for security reasons or because of disputes with the Iraqi government. Of course, the Emir of Kuwait participated in this Arab League summit in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The Emir of Kuwait entered Iraqi ground for the first time after the invasion of Iraqi in Kuwait and shared his usual stance, to support the opposition in Syria. The Emir of Kuwait demanded clear that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has to stop the violence against his own people.

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Russia believes the UN General Assembly’s resolution on Syria is an attempt to impose a form of political settlement on the country, Russia’s envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday.

The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a non-binding resolution condemning Syria’s authorities for human rights violations and calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step down. In the 193-member Assembly, 137 countries voted for the resolution and 12 against with 17 abstentions.

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After the violent acts of terrorism in the Syrian city of Aleppo on last Friday, where bomb attacks costs the lives of over 20 people, the new al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri appeared on the screen. The new head of al-Qaeda, al-Zawahiri, has announced shortly after the acts of terror in Aleppo, that his terror organization stands on the side of the “rebels” and has adjudicated them courage in their struggle against the Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad.

In the end, it isn`t very far-fetched now, that the attacks in Aleppo, but also the suicide bombings in the Syrian capital Damascus, could have been implemented by the Iraqi wing of al-Qaeda.

Even some U.S. sources have already confirmed that al-Qaeda was behind the acts of terrorism in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Of course, these statements of U.S. officials and sources should be considered as not confirmed but considered as interesting.

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During the bomb attacks in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday, at least 28 people were killed and over 200 people were injured. This was another act of terrorism, no question. The attacks in Aleppo were directed against institutions of state security, military and civilian buildings.

Following the attacks, there were some strange reports and confessions. There were some reports that the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) claimed responsibility for the acts of terrorism in the Syrian city Aleppo. Some parts of this questionable “Free Syrian Army” claimed responsibility for these bombings in Aleppo.

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A few days ago, the Arab League observer mission in Syria has been stopped because of the increased level of violence in this country. The Arab League (AL) has forgot to mention that the violence of the armed groups within Syria has increased, but this was just in line with the way the (now “leading”) member states of the Arab League, e.g. Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have buried the own report of the observers in Syria.

They still want to hide the fact, that the so-called “rebels” (groups of armed criminals, religious fanatics and extremists) are also responsible for many acts of sabotage, terrorism and violence in Syria.

This attempt to hide these facts is also in line with the methods behind the draft resolution from Morocco at the United States Security Council, which was originally edited and updated by Britain. Every government on the entire world would protect their civilians against armed terrorists and against religious fanatics with weapons.

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When you start to follow the changes at the draft resolution on Syria from Morocco, you will realize that these changes finally display the authorship of Great Britain behind this draft resolution on Syria at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Yesterday, we have published the report of a German blogger about the false propaganda and reports of the German state television channel ARD. This German channel reported that the United States are following the Arab League (AL) on the topic Syria.

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) met again for a special session on Syria yesterday. The sides described their positions once again and it became clear that a lot of parts at this meeting have some serious problems with the true events in Syria.

While hiding important facts about the situation in Syria, a lot of false propaganda has been used to influence the public opinion in order to substantiate a resolution on Syria.

The West still hopes to adopt a resolution against Syria. The wordings “resolution against Syria” says it all. Russia has good reasons to use their veto right again later this week. The draft resolution, this time by Morocco and based on the questionable Arab League “peace plan”, is one-sided and has no real reference to the report of the Arab League observers and the true situation in Syria.

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