Archive for February, 2013

Once in a while
joy throws little stones at my window
it wants to let me know that it’s waiting for me
but today I’m calm
I’d almost say even-tempered
I’m going to keep anxiety locked up
and then lie flat on my back
which is an elegant and comfortable position
for receiving and believing news

who knows where I’ll be next
or when my story will be taken into account
who knows what advice I still might come up with
and what easy way out I’ll take not to follow it

don’t worry, I won’t gamble with an eviction
I won’t tattoo remembering with forgetting
there are many things left to say and suppress
and many grapes left to fill our mouths

don’t worry, I’m convinced
joy doesn’t need to throw any more little stones
I’m coming
I’m coming.

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These are the Croatian weapons that were “possibly” organised by US intelligence intermediaries, paid for by Saudis, probably flown from Pleso Airport in Zagreb, Croatia, into Jordan, where they are being “shuttled” into Syria and given to the rebels who are allied with terrorists.

These are the weapons that a Croatian official who visited Washington “suggested to American officials” that Croatia had “available should anyone be interested in moving them to Syria’s rebels”.

These are the weapons that Danijela Barisic, a spokeswoman for Croatia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Croatia had not sold to Saudi Arabia or sent to the Syrian rebels since Croatia had accepted the European arms embargo and cannot, in theory, supply weapons to Syria – nevertheless a Croatian daily newspaper, Jutarnji list, reported:

“in recent months there had been an unusually high number of sightings of Jordanian cargo planes at Pleso Airport in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. The newspaper said the United States, Croatia’s main political and military ally, was possibly the intermediary, and mentioned four sightings at Pleso Airport of Ilyushin 76 aircraft owned by Jordan International Air Cargo. It said such aircraft had been seen on Dec 14 and 23, Jan 6 and Feb 18.”

These are the weapons that Croatia’s Foreign Ministry and arms-export agency denied were flown from Croatia, the weapons that Saudi officials have “declined requests for interviews” about, and the weapons about which Jordanian officials also have “declined to comment”. These are the weapons about which Washington’s role “also remains unclear”.

In fact, these are the weapons about which US and EU are starting to sound like Israel with their policy of nuclear ambiguity – “Officials in Europe and the United States, including those at the Central Intelligence Agency, cited the sensitivity of the shipments and declined to comment publicly.”

These are the weapons which are now in Syria, killing Syrians. The weapons western powers “fear may end up in the hands of the terrorists”, but have sent to Syria anyway.

(quotes from “Saudis step up help for rebels in Syria with Croatian arms” – New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/world/middleeast/in-shift-saudis-are-said-to-arm-rebels-in-syria.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&smid=tw-share )

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The double standards of Western leaders and their media propaganda machines regarding Syria becomes more glaring, daily.

On June 21, 2012, the New york Times reported that “CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government … The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funnelled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar”. (1)

The same article later quotes Benjamin J. Rhodes, U.S. deputy national security adviser for strategic communications as saying: “We’d like to see arms sales to the Assad regime come to an end, because we believe they’ve demonstrated that they will only use their military against their own civilian population,”(1). Having told us who the weapons sold to the “Assad Regime” will kill, Benjamin J. Rhodes then fails to speculate who this new “rebel” weaponry will be used to murder – Syrians, of course.

On February 22, 2013 McClatchy reports that “Israel is closely monitoring the kinds of weapons that are being sent to Syrian rebel groups, and it’s consulted with U.S. officials about which weapons they consider too sophisticated to be passed to the groups that are battling to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad”. McClatchy, further quotes a Israeli military official as saying: “On the one hand, there is a great deal of pressure on the Western world to bolster arms to moderate, what we call friendly, rebel groups so that they are on a level playing field with the groups that might be getting support from Islamist movements … On the other hand, once you send a weapon somewhere, you can’t control where it goes. The fear is that the same gun used to shoot a Syrian soldier will one day be used to shoot an Israeli soldier.”(2)

So, weapons are good if used to “topple Assad” which means to kill Syrian soldiers or Syrians who support their government in the fight against terrorism but the same weapons used on Israelis, turn bad. Are Syrian lives worth less that Israeli lives?

Concerning the latest justification that flooding Syria with more weapons is necessary to arm “moderate” rebels, the Modern Tokyo Times on February 18, 2013 refutes this: “claiming to regulate the flow of military hardware to so-called “moderate forces” … is masking the reality that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and various Islamist terrorist groups work in tandem. Also, you have “no moderate forces” to support. After all, the FSA and various Islamist factions have beheaded people, cleansed minorities, destroyed the infrastructure and done countless terrorist attacks throughout Syria.”(3)

On February 23, 2013 the Washington Post’s ran the headline “In Syria, new influx of weapons to rebels tilts battle against Assad”(4). We are told that “the arms are the first heavy weapons known to have been supplied by outside powers to the rebels battling to topple President Bashar al-Assad”. Again the media uses the words “topple Assad” as if the Syrian nation is simply a statue to be knocked over. What Western media fails to mention is that these heavy weapons entering Syria will be used to kill more Syrians, Syrians who are fighting for a secular Syria. Are the lives of Syrians who support their Government worth less than the lives of those who have sold out to foreign powers and terrorists?

A revolution which needs to use heavy weaponry against its own people is not a popular revolution.

+18: Footage from ANNA tv of the process of cleaning, clearing & rehabilitating the Damascus bombing site – February 21, 2013(5)
(1)C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/world/middleeast/cia-said-to-aid-in-steering-arms-to-syrian-rebels.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
(2)Israel closely watching what weapons are being sent to Syria’s rebels
(3)Islamists Kill Many Shia Muslims in Pakistan and Iraq: Afghanistan to Destabilization of Syria http://moderntokyotimes.com/2013/02/18/islamists-kill-many-shia-muslims-in-pakistan-and-iraq-afghanistan-to-destabilization-of-syria/
(4)In Syria, new influx of weapons to rebels tilts the battle against Assad http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/in-syria-new-influx-of-weapons-to-rebels-tilts-the-battle-against-assad/2013/02/23/a6bf2bc0-7dfb-11e2-9073-e9dda4ac6a66_story.html
(5) via @ProSyriana

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Taking pictures, I’m beginning to see differently.
How the same landscape changes moods, colours.


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“In the mountains, there you feel free.
I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.”
T.S. Eliot

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“Do you have a sense of beauty in your life, or is it mediocre,
meaningless, an everlasting struggle from morning until night?
What is beauty? It isn’t a sensual question, nor a sexual
question. It is a very serious question because, without beauty
in your heart, you cannot flower in goodness. Have you ever
looked at a mountain or blue sea without chattering,
without making a noise, really paying attention to the blue sea,
the beauty of the water, the beauty of the light on a sheet of water?
When you see the extraordinary beauty of the earth, its rivers,
lakes, mountains, what actually takes place? What takes place
when you look at something which is actually marvelously
beautiful: a statue, a poem, a lily in the pond, or a well-kept
lawn? At that moment, the very majesty of the mountain makes
you forget yourself. Have you ever been in that position?
If you have, you have seen that you don’t exist, only that
grandeur exists. But a few seconds later or a minute later, the
whole cycle begins, the confusion, the chatter. So beauty is,
where you are not.”

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in order to kill the man of peace
to strike his forehead clean of nightmares
they had to become a nightmare
to defeat the man of peace
they had to congregate all hatreds
and planes and tanks as well
to batter the man of peace
they had to bombard him and turn him into flame
because the man of peace was a fortress

to kill the man of peace
they had to untie the turbid war
to vanquish the man of peace
and to silence his modest and piercing voice
they had to push terror to the abyss
and kill more just to keep killing
to batter the man of peace
they had to assassinate him many times
because the man of peace was a fortress

to kill the man of peace
they had to imagine he was a troop
an army a fleet a brigade
they had to believe he was another army
but the man of peace was just the people
and he had in his hands a rifle and a mandate
and they needed more tanks more rancor
more bombs more planes more shame
because the man of peace was a fortress

to kill the man of peace
to strike his forhead clean of nightmares
they had to become a nightmare
to defeat the man of peace
they had to join themselves forever to death
kill and kill more just to keep killing him
and condemn themselves to blinded loneliness
to kill the man that was the people
they had to lose the people.
(translated by Oscar Gonzalez and Gary Corseri)

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