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On 21 May 2013 Bloomberg quoted Colonel Abdel-Hamid Zakaria, a spokesman for the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Turkey:

“communities inhabited by Shiite Muslims and President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite minority will be “wiped off the map” if the strategic city of al-Qusair in central Syria falls to government troops”. (1)

Ignoring this statement, UK’s William Hague and France’s Hollande pushed the EU not to renew its embargo against arming the Syrian “rebels” and US’s Senator McCain “slipped” into Syria for a photo shoot with rebel kidnappers and met with FSA’s General Idris in Turkey.

General Idris is now begging for US/NATO intervention in Syria on the grounds that “forty thousand Syrian civilians trapped inside Qusair are facing a possible massacre should the besieged town fall to its attackers”. This statement has been widely broadcast by the pro-interevention mainstream media in order to drum up support for a “humanitarian” Libya-style “no fly zone” bombing in Syria.
The reality is very different, the citizens of Al-Qusair are being helped to evacuate by the Syrian Army, however thousands of civilians are being prevented from leaving al-Qusair because they are being held as human shields by the FSA.

“The Syrian ambassador, Faysal Khabbaz Hamaoui has said no massacres have occurred in Qusair. He accused Jihadist groups of terrorizing the people.

He said Syria helped civilians to leave the town under the protection of Syrian troops.

“It gave the armed people a chance to give up their weapons and to leave the town without harm. However, some of them under orders from Qatar and Turkey were determined to continue the fight, holding thousands of civilians as human shields,” said Hamaoui.” (2)

Confirming this, Alaa Ebrahim reported on 31 May, from Syria “Qusair – Eastern neighborhood route still open for remaining civilians who wish to leave under SAA control.”

A massacre did take place, on 27 May 2013, in the Christian village of Al-Duvair, and it was by the FSA.

From “The New American”:

“The armed rebels affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) raided the Christian-populated al-Duvair village in Reef (outskirts of) Homs near the border with Lebanon today and massacred all its civilian residents, including women and children. The Syrian army, however, intervened and killed tens of terrorists during heavy clashes which are still going on in al-Duvair village.” (3)


The FSA massacre of the people of al-Duvair has received almost no coverage in the mainstream media as it contradicts the false narrative spewed forth by “leaders” like Obama, Kerry, McCain, Cameron, Hague and Hollande that by interfering in the affairs of a sovereign country they are saving its citizens.
It is the Syrian Arab Army that is protecting the people of Syria from an imperialist invasion by US/NATO/Israeli/Qatari and Saudi Arabia’s proxy armies of Jihadi terrorists.

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(1) Bloomberg -Syria Rebels Threaten to Wipe Out Shiite, Alawite Towns http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-21/syria-rebels-threaten-to-wipe-out-shiite-alawite-towns.html

(2)In Serbia- UN: Human Rights Council condemns Syrian regime’s use of foreign fighters http://inserbia.info/news/2013/05/un-human-rights-council-condemns-syrian-use-of-foreign-fighters/

(3)The New American – Syrian Rebels Massacre Christian Village http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/15562-syrian-rebels-massacre-christian-village

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How To Be a Poet – Wendell Berry

(to remind myself)
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i

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill—more of each
than you have—inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your poems,
doubt their judgement.

ii

Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.

iii

Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.

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How heavy the days are.
There’s not a fire that can warm me,
Not a sun to laugh with me,
Everything bare,
Everything cold and merciless,
And even the beloved, clear
Stars look desolately down,
Since I learned in my heart that
Love can die.

Translated by James Wright
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Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Walk peacefully.
Walk happily.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.

Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.

Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.

Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.
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At night, when the sea cradles me
And the pale star gleam
Lies down on its broad waves,
Then I free myself wholly
From all activity and all the love
And stand silent and breathe purely,
Alone, alone cradled by the sea
That lies there, cold and silent, with a thousand lights.
Then I have to think of my friends
And my gaze sinks into their gazes
And I ask each one, silent, alone:
“Are you still mine?
Is my sorrow a sorrow to you, my death a death?
Do you feel from my love, my grief,
Just a breath, just an echo?”
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And the sea peacefully gazes back, silent,
And smiles: no.
And no greeting and no answer comes from anywhere.

Translated by James Wright
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