It’s a sign of Bashar Assad’s deep cruelty toward his political enemies that for more than a week he refused to allow in aid to earthquake victims in Syria’s northwest, because that is where the opponents to his rule still are in control. He’d just as soon see the people opposed to him left without succor, rather than allow aid in to help them survive. It’s too late to find any more Syrians alive under the rubble, but it’s not too late to allow in blankets, tents, medicine, food, and other humanitarian aid to keep those who survived the earthquake to stay alive. And at last Assad, prodded by the UAE, has decided to let that aid in. More on this volte-face can be found here: “Exclusive: Assad approved Syria quake aid with a UAE nudge, sources say,” by Laila Bassam, Ghaida Ghantous, Maya Gebeily and Tom Perry, Reuters, February 23, 2023:
President Bashar al-Assad ceded to calls for more aid access to Syria’s northwest with prodding from the United Arab Emirates, sources say, a diplomatic win for the Gulf state which has rebuilt ties with Damascus despite US disapproval….
The UAE recently renewed ties with Syria, even inviting Assad to visit Abu Dhabi. It did so for two reasons. First, the UAE’s leaders have recognized reality – Assad has won his civil war, even if pockets of resistance to his rule can still be found in Idlib Province. Second, the UAE, and other Arab states following the UAE’s lead, are starting to make overtures to Damascus. Having cut relations with Syria when the civil war began, they are now ready to renew them, in an attempt to bring him back into the Arab fold, and to pull him away from the orbit of the Sunni Arabs’ mortal enemy, Iran.
The UAE’s role in persuading Assad, described by four sources in the region, suggests it has started to carve out a degree of sway in Damascus, even if Russia and Shi’ite Iran remain the dominant foreign players there….
But Assad, having — mostly — won his war, no longer has as much need of the Russian and Iranian military aid that once proved so critical to his regime’s survival. What he needs now is hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to help rebuild his devastated country. Some say it will take $400 billion to put Syria back in the condition it was in in 2011, just before the civil war broke out. Neither Russia nor Iran is in any condition to provide financial aid to Syria. But the rich Sunni states of the Gulf – especially the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar – do have that kind of money, and if Syria responds to their overtures, their aid, while it won’t make Syria whole, could make a big difference. But they won’t be forthcoming unless Assad makes a clean break with Tehran.
The senior source familiar with Syrian government thinking said that the UAE role in persuading Assad should not be underestimated.
The role of the UAE was absolutely critical in persuading Assad to change his mind about letting in aid. Assad reversed course just as soon as the UAE’s Sheik Abdullah spoke to him about the need for humanitarian aid to be delivered to northwestern Syria without further delay. The day after Assad spoke to Sheikh Abdullah, he informed Martin Griffiths, the UN aid chief, that the aid could now come in. Griffiths then told the world.
A Syrian source close to the Gulf said the UAE had used its “soft power” on Assad and a Turkish official also said the UAE had played a part in persuading him….
“Soft power”? It was, of course, “all about the Benjamins.” Does that count as “soft power”? Isn’t money — its absence or its presence — just as “hard” a weapon as tanks and planes? Assad knows that he’ll need the deep-pocketed UAE, and the other Sunni Arab states of the Gulf, to help rebuild his devastated country, still under the rubble which more than a decade of savage civil war has produced.
A Russian diplomatic source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Russia would have blocked a resolution authorizing expanded aid access from Turkey.
However, a Western diplomat, a UN official and a Syrian source with knowledge of discussions said Russia had signaled to Assad that it would not be in a position to veto such a resolution given international pressure on getting aid in….
Russia at first tried to run interference for Syria in the Security Council, claiming there was no need for additional access into Syria to supply humanitarian aid. But the Russians in the end admitted they didn’t dare veto a resolution calling for more access; the outrage with Moscow would have been too great. In any case, the resolution did not go forward because there was no need, once Syria announced it was opening all access routes into northwestern Syria.
A Gulf source said the disaster had created “earthquake diplomacy” that was pushing forward openness towards Damascus and cooperation on the humanitarian crisis.
“Assad spent the last 11 to 12 years looking towards Moscow and Tehran, and now he is back reaching out to his Arab neighbors,” the source said.
It’s not Iran nor Russia that are in a position to supply humanitarian aid at this point. Syria will let in Western aid. But most of the aid now allowed in is likely to come from the deep-pocketed Arab states that hope to renew their ties with Damascus.
Washington has voiced opposition to any moves towards rehabilitating or normalizing ties with Assad, citing his government’s brutality during the conflict and the need to see progress towards a political solution. US sanctions are a big complication for countries seeking to expand commercial ties.
But surely the Bidenites don’t want to prevent aid from getting to earthquake victims in Syria. Washington can’t prevent the Arabs from attempting to improve their ties with Syria, hoping thereby to persuade Damascus to downgrade its relations with Iran. Any further isolation of Iran – even if it is only the loss of its Syrian ally — is in America’s interest.
Saudi Arabia, which remains at odds with Assad, has said consensus was building in the Arab world that isolating Syria was not working and that dialog with Damascus was needed at some point to at least address humanitarian issues.
The UAE official said there was an “urgent need to strengthen the Arab role in Syria.”
The Gulf Arab states would like to help with humanitarian aid to Syria, not only as a worthy goal in itself, but also as part of a developing effort to bring Syria back into the Arab fold, and pulling it away from Iran’s orbit. Furthermore, once that has been accomplished, Iran would no longer be able to have bases in Syria; the Arab states would demand their closure in exchange for the promise of financial aid to Damascus. Those bases have long been used by Tehran as convenient way stations, where weapons are stored, and some even manufactured, for delivery to Iran’s ally Hezbollah in Lebanon. If those bases are closed down, Hezbollah will be cut off from Iran’s supply of weapons, and its opponents in Lebanon – the Christians, the Shi’a, the Druze, and even anti-Hezbollah Shia – may then be prepared to stand up to Nasrallah and his fighters, especially if they are supplied with money and weapons by the Gulf Arab states. With Hezbollah cut down to size, Lebanon, like Syria, can be brought back into the Arab fold, and Iran, now deprived of its bases in Syria and its former domination, through its proxy Hezbollah, of Lebanon, will be completely isolated in the Middle East. That’s a consummation devoutly to be wished.
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Reminds me of Palestine. That is EAST Palestine . . .
REUTERS,which you quote, is a Globalist,pro-Soros,pro-New World Order ,Great Reset media company.It has a RECORD of lying and lying ,like about:
the Pfizer vaccine, Zelensky’s character, the 2020 election fraud, smeared TRUMP non-stop,etc.
It would be the Great Reset version of PRAVDA( the official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union).
It is almost zero.Now if it had been PROJECT VERITAS (based on its record of HONESTY) that wrote THAT article ,then we have REAL credibility.
THE PHRASE USED ALL THE TIME
In the article:
“Exclusive: Assad approved Syria quake aid with a UAE nudge, sources say,” by Laila Bassam, Ghaida Ghantous, Maya Gebeily and Tom Perry, Reuters, February 23, 2023″
Reuters uses a TECHNIQUE we see in the WOKIST journals Vox,Vice,Salon,Slate,Daily Beast, and also in The New York Times,and Bezo’s Washington Post. And in CNN,BBC, etc.
All of them are the Great Reset-New orld Order versions of PRAVDA.
The technique of saying SOURCES SAY,sources say,sources say,
like:” intelligence sources say RUSSIAGATE is TRUE.”
They used it in the PAST to lie about the Pfizer vaccine, Zelensky’s character, the 2020 election fraud, smeared TRUMP non-stop,etc.
In the article the sources say ASSAD and RUSSIA are EVIL:
“al-Assad CEDED to calls for MORE AID ACCESS
to Syria’s northwest with prodding from the United Arab Emirates, SOURCES say”
“A Russian diplomatic SOURCE, speaking on condition of ANONYMITY, said RUSSIA
would have BLOCKED a resolution AUTHORIZING expanded AID ACCESS from Turkey.”
“Some say it will take $400 billion to put Syria back in the condition it was in in 2011, just before the civil war broke out. ”
We know ASSAD,being SHIA, supports HIZBULLAH,Shia also. We also know it has been YEARS since there has been military activity from Hizbullah.
The last time was in 2006, 16 year ago,a 34 day war with ISRAEL. Half a generation ago.
ABOUT THE “CIVIL WAR”
It was a PROXY war where the US armed Muslim terrorists. It was NOT an ORGANIC, a GRASSROOTS military uprising,but created,organized, by the CIA.
The Globalist US government,with BIDEN then as VICE-PRESIDENT, convinced TURKEY to join them. That is the reason today Turkey has SEVERAL THOUSAND Al-Qaida ex-fighters on it soil.
Part of the plan to overthrow Assad. The result:
580,000 KILLED and
6.7 million refugees outside of Syria.
The SYRIA war organized by the CIA in 2011,by Globalists Obama,Soros,Hillary and Biden
that KILLED 580,000 and sent 6.7 million as refugees OUTSIDE of Syria ended TWO ways:
1. IRAN and RUSSIA were asked and helped to kill Al-Qaida,which was FINANCED by the US.
The WAGNER group was sent and helped,and SOLEIMANI,
head of Iran’s Special Forces, later killed by Trump,also sent military help.
2.They defeated Al-Qaida but it was still alive. Then it SUDDENLY COLLAPSED under TRUMP.
Trump decided to ELIMINATE all FINANCIAL support and that is evidence the entire war was an ARTIFICIAL war created by the US.
What is the significance of “love thy enemy”? To what extent or extreme?
Myself, never able to forget the peoples of these Arab nation cheering in the street when the towers fell, I cant quite find it inside of me to want to give them aid in their time of need. What good does it do? Will they not be at our throats at the first opportunity no matter what we do for them?
I think that pretty much everyone reading this has studied the Quran and Hadiths, at least enough to understand the Arab culture.
So is the fact that we are not over there taking a crap upon them in their time of need, not love enough? Giving aid only hurts us in the end. Trust me, they will be passing out candy and dancing in the streets 1 minute after our next catastrophe. And would not so much as spare us 3 drops of pee if we were on fire.
For the life of me, I dont see how Israel does it. Give, give, aid, and feed these hateful peoples (knowing all the while that at first opportunity the Arabs will even kill the children of the Jews)
A prayer is all I can give them until they change their hateful ways. The Quran makes it impossible for them to understand what is *gratitude*. “let them eat cake”
There are times the GLOBALIST press tells the TRUTH,when it is part of their plan.They have decided to abandon Zelensky and so are saying it is true,NAZIS are fighting for Ukraine.
1.”Trust but verify”, we know there are the memorials in honor of Ukrainians who were LITERAL SS Nazi soldiers and had killed Jews , in Ukraine.
2. Very recently former US MARINE, TROY OFFENBECKER, has told us about what he saw in Ukraine.He is a COMMUNIST, and went to join the FOREIGN LEGION ( volunteers who went to fight for Ukraine).
He went to secretly SPY and get PROOF of crimes he believed would be committed,pretended to be pro-Zelensky, fought with them. They found out he is a Communist and asked why he was with them,
he said:”I am a Communist,I am AGAINST the NAZIS and the Russians are nazis.” They told him.”WE are the Nazis”. He escaped and is now in Russia,gave them lots of evidence of war crimes.
3.Then we have DENIS NIKITIN , the Russian neo-Nazi hooligan who led an anti-Putin militia across the border, and KILLED 2 CIVILIANS.
Denis Nikitin and 40 others from the RUSSIAN Volunteer Corps,all are Russians. They are fighting FOR Ukraine,against Putin.
What I wrote before is the LITERAL HEADLINE of a recent article by the UK journal,ultra- Globalist called THE TELEGRAPH:
“The Russian neo-Nazi hooligan who led an anti-Putin militia across the border
Denis Nikitin and 40 others from the Russian Volunteer Corps snuck across into Russia to take photos of themselves
By JAMES KILNER, 4 March 2023 ”
Now NIKITIN was INTERVIEWED and he said he committed his raid,
where he killed 2 civilians,
to a place with NO MILITARY targets( war crime) with the HELP of the UKRAINIAN government.
The same info was in an article by the ULTRA-Globalist UK journal FINANCIAL TIMES, with title
“Russian far-right fighter claims border stunt exposes Putin’s weakness”, where it says he is a NEO-NAZI and WHITE SUPREMACIST and it says he claims he was HELPED by the Ukrainian government.
Again, regarding proof the Globalists have decided to abandon Zelensky is this:
1. FIONA HILL, Globalist “expert on Russia” recently said she first thought Russia had blown up NORSTREAM 1 and 2 but
NOW she thinks it was more probably………………..UKRAINE
2. And THE NEW YORK TIMES ran an article saying INTELLIGENCE suggest Nordstream 1 and
2 were blown up by…………………….a PRO-UKRAINE group.
3. And HOLGER STARK, deputy editor-in-chief and head of the investigative team at
Germany’s biggest weekly DIE ZEIT, very recently wrote an article saying Nordstream was blown up by……………….UKRAINE
In many ways Biden is like so many tyrants in the world. Assad just doesn’t give a crap about people.
Do not send aid
The victims will never see it
Oh, just like America, huh?
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