Archive for October, 2014

Screenshot from 2014-10-03 11:42:16Last month Russia’s ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin warned, “We are concerned about bombing Syria without the cooperation of Damascus. It can have destructive practical consequences on the humanitarian situation in Syria”.(1) Sadly, Churkin was right, the bombing of Syria by the U.S. and it’s Arab allies is making the situation more desperate for Syria’s people, not helping them.

On Sunday 28 September the U.S. led air strikes destroyed mills and grain Silos in Manbij, a town in Northern Syria and also targeted oil refineries which the Pentagon said ISIS had been “using to fund its terrorist activities”.(2) No ISIS militants were killed in these air strikes, only Syrian civilians.

Bombing grain silos will do nothing to stop ISIS but it will make life harder for Syrians already starving and barely surviving under the rule of the so-called “moderate rebels”(3), just as targeting oil refineries which were not ISIS’s but “belonging to individuals and small companies in the region”(4) will only increase the price of oil which will make Syrians suffer more.

Today the Sydney Morning Herald confirms this: “In many towns there is no fuel at all for cooking or for cars, in other places prices are so high it is almost unaffordable. Winter is coming and we are not sure how people will survive.”(4)

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the aim of U.S. led air-strikes is to destroy Syria’s infrastructure which will increase the suffering of Syria’s people, not to eliminate ISIS.

(1) http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-urging-allies-to-join-strikes-on-syria-1411168223
(2) http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/30/pentagon-most-of-isis-oil-refineries-in-syria-have/
(3) http://www.globalresearch.ca/nato-airstrikes-target-grain-silos-in-syria-killing-civilians-only-defeating-isis-by-starving-syrians/5405533
(4) http://www.smh.com.au/world/airstrikes-on-islamic-state-in-syria-draw-militant-response-20141003-10prwm.html

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Syria’s representative to the UN, Bashar Al-Jaafari, 30 September 2014

“She (Amos) is either being misinformed or misinforming the Council members.
Let me give you some examples:
For instance she missed shedding any light on the scandal of poisonous vaccines that were smuggled outside the four official gates allowed to be used by the UN for humanitarian purposes in accordance with the resolution 2165. So these poisonous vaccines were smuggled into Syria by the terrorist groups through Turkish mediators, outside resolution 2165 and didn’t cross the border through official gates and Mrs. Amos failed to mention anything in this regard which led to the deaths of dozens of innocent Syrian children and the suffocation of hundreds of them. It seems, she who is in charge of the humanitarian situation in Syria, wasn’t aware of this vaccine scandal.
Although she is committed according to resolution 2165 to notify the Syrian government of the contents of this convoy of so-called humanitarian assistance in advance, she did not do that. The vaccines did not cross the official border gates and those who brought the vaccines into Syria were merely criminal thugs who wanted to replace the work of the government for propaganda and drawing money from the so-called donors. This is the first example.

The second example: She (Amos) said that the World Food Programme couldn’t reach the civilians in Deir Ez Zor and Raqqa for three months. She didn’t say why, as if nobody knows nowdays who is occupying Deir Ez Zor and Raqqa. Mrs Amos never heard of the presence of ISIS in Raqqa, she’s not aware of that. She doesn’t know that ISIS is occupying Deir Ez Zor and Raqqa. So she said that for the third month consecutively the World Food Programme was unable to deliver humanitarian assistance to these two cities but she didn’t say why because she doesn’t want to clarify how alarming the situation is in these two cities because of the presence of the terrorist armed groups not because the [Syrian] government is preventing this aid from reaching civilian population in these two Syrian cities. She was highly interested only in telling the council that in two months we will have no money, so please we need money. This is all she cares about. She needs money to continue what she calls humanitarian assistance operations.

She thanked the Turkish government and the Jordanian government and she didn’t thank the Syrian government who affords 75% of the humanitarian assistance in the country and who co-operates with the United Nations agencies for the delivery of humanitarian assistance. No, she doesn’t want to thank the Syrian government she would prefer to thank the Turkish government who allows the terrorists to cross our border from all over the world. By the way the Turkish president protested against resolution 2178. He was not comfortable with this resolution which would prevent the Turkish government from continuing to facilitate the movement of the terrorists of ISIS and others moving through our border with Turkey.

Another loophole in her briefing: she did not mention once the word Jabhat al-Nusra or al-Nusra Front. The Nusra Front doesn’t exist in Syria for Mrs Amos. She only spoke about ISIS without calling it a terrorist organisation. In her entire briefing, I didn’t hear the word terrorist.
For Amos, Jabhat al-Nusra, ISIS and all these terrorists coming from all over the world are Syrian opposition groups. The terrorists coming from Australia, from the United States and Britain, the terrorists coming from France, Indonesia, from Lithuania – these are Syrian opposition groups, not terrorist foreigners, they are Syrian Opposition groups for Mrs Amos. She is still insisting on misreading the reality of the facts taking place in Syria.

Finally for your kind information (and Amos didn’t mention it), in one month only, August till now, 1,878 mortar shells landed in the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo. Mortar shells against civilian populated areas – these mortar shells have killed hundreds of innocent Syrian civilians. Again, Mrs Amos was not aware of these mortar shells. All she was aware of is, please give us money, to go ahead with this big program of humanitarian assistance including smuggling poisonous vaccines into Syria to kill Syrian children. Unfortunately I’m very sad to see that the Under-Secretary General has not yet realised her mistakes of assessment and is misleading the Security Council.”

(Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JS11wuGalM&feature=youtu.be&a)
Thanks to Nizar Abboud

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