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What is going on in Syria?

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posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 09:07 AM
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We are firmly being misled as to what is going on in Syria.

Today, the AP posts a story titled "Syria Threatens to use Chemical Weapons" SOURCE

Yet, I have read the article a half dozen times and no where in the statements / quotes does it say that they intend to use Chemical Weapons.

In fact, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson says the exact oposite:




"No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used, during the crisis in Syria no matter what the developments inside Syria," Makdissi said in news conference broadcast on Syrian state TV. "All of these types of weapons are in storage and under security and the direct supervision of the Syrian armed forces and will never be used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression."


I don't know whats going on here, but someone wants us to believe that they are going to use Chemical Weapons, where in fact, the quote specifically says the opposite.

This looks like another Iraq in the making -- the AP is brainwashing us to believe that Syria is a threat.




BEIRUT, Lebanon – The Syrian regime threatened Monday to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first ever acknowledgement that it possesses weapons of mass destruction.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi vowed, however, that Damascus would not use its unconventional arms against its own citizens. The announcement comes as Syria faces international isolation, a tenacious rebellion that has left at least 19,000 people dead and threats by Israel to invade to prevent such weapons from falling into rebel hands.

Syria's decision to reveal the long suspected existence of its chemical weapons suggests a desperate regime deeply shaken by an increasingly bold rebellion that has scored a string of successes in the past week, including a stunning bomb attack that killed four high-level security officials, the capture of several border crossings and sustained offensives on the regime strongholds of Damascus and Aleppo.

"No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used, during the crisis in Syria no matter what the developments inside Syria," Makdissi said in news conference broadcast on Syrian state TV. "All of these types of weapons are in storage and under security and the direct supervision of the Syrian armed forces and will never be used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression."

While the statement Makdissi read out promised not to use the weapons against the Syrian people, he later noted that Syria is not facing an internal enemy in the rebellion, which the regime has described as being funded from abroad and driven by foreign extremists.

Syria is believed to have nerve agents as well as mustard gas, Scud missiles capable of delivering these lethal chemicals and a variety of advanced conventional arms, including anti-tank rockets and late-model portable anti-aircraft missiles.

Israel has said it fears that chaos following Assad's fall could allow the Jewish state's enemies to access Syria's chemical weapons, and has not ruled out military intervention to prevent this from happening.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said Friday the Syrians have moved chemical weapons material from the northern end of the country, where the fighting was fiercest, apparently to both secure it, and to consolidate it, which U.S. officials considered a responsible step.

But there has also been a disturbing rise in activity at the installations, so the U.S. intelligence community is intensifying its monitoring efforts to track the weapons and try to figure out whether the Syrians are trying to use them, the official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the still-evolving investigation.
Makdissi did not discuss last week's bombing claimed by the rebels that killed four top Syrian security officials, but assured journalists that the situation was under control, despite reports of clashes throughout the country and especially in the major cities of Aleppo and the capital Damascus.

"Yes, there were clashes on certain streets in certain neighborhoods, but the security situation is now much better. Everyone is feeling reassured," he said. "We are not happy about this, but this is an emergency situation and it will not last more than a day or two and the situation will return to normal."

His comments were backed up by activist videos taken Monday morning showing sweeps by Syrian militia through Damascus neighborhoods once held by rebels, kicking down doors and searching houses in mop up operations against the fighters that had managed to hold parts of the capital for much of last week.

It was a different story in Aleppo, however, where the Britain-based Syria Observatory reported fierce fighting in a string of neighborhoods in the northeast of Syria's largest city, including Sakhour and Hanano.
Several videos posted by activists showed cheering rebels celebrating around a burning tank in Sakhour and driving around another one they had captured.

The Observatory said many people fled these neighborhoods in the subsequent lulls in the fighting. The Associated Press could not independently verify the battle scenes shown in the videos posted by the activists.
Aleppo, Syria's biggest city with about 3 million residents, has been the focus of rebel assaults by a newly formed alliance of opposition forces called the Brigade of Unification. The group said Sunday it was launching an operation to take the city. Much of the fighting in the large city has been confined to neighborhoods in the northeast.

Even as the government appeared to be reasserting control in the capital after the weeklong rebel assault, the Arab League offered Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family a "safe exit" if he steps down.
"This request comes from all the ... Arab states: Step aside," said Qatari Prime Minister Hamid bin Jassim Al Thani at an Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Doha, Qatar, that concluded at dawn Monday. He urged Syria to form a temporary transitional government to plan for a possible post-Assad era. Makdissi dismissed the offer as "flagrant interventionism."

The Arab League has already suspended Syria's membership and it is doubtful that Assad will pay much attention to their calls. He ignored a similar request to step down in exchange for asylum by Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki last February.



Can someone read the article for me and verify I have not lost my mind?




posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 09:12 AM
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I agree with you. I have been putting a lot of threads on ATS with all of the propaganda that is being put forth by the MSM. To me it seems that this is just another attempt at the "justification" of a ground invasion/intervention. I'm sure there are terrible things going on there, but there are also terrible things going on in the U.S. as well. What happens if another country decided to intervene in Chicago because of all the recent crime? Obviously this won't happen, but it kind of goes along the same lines.



posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 09:12 AM
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They do say they will not use chem/bio weapons on internal threats, but will use them if threatened externally i.e. any NATO military intervention.

Seems fair enough.

Headline is misleading but not inaccurate.



posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 09:15 AM
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posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 09:19 AM
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"No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used, during the crisis in Syria no matter what the developments inside Syria," Makdissi said in news conference broadcast on Syrian state TV. "All of these types of weapons are in storage and under security and the direct supervision of the Syrian armed forces and will never be used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression."


The threat was made...
edit on 23-7-2012 by My.mind.is.mine because: (no reason given)



posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 09:31 AM
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Interesting. But it also says that unless Syria is 'attacked.'




"All of these types of weapons are in storage and under security and the direct supervision of the Syrian armed forces and will never be used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression."


The MSM wants you to believe what IT wants you to believe. Not the other way around. The subtlety is clear here. After reading the article 75% of people will take only three words from it, 'Syria' - 'Chemical' - 'Attack', and will completely disregard what is really being said. They will ignore the fact, that they stated, "Only used against FOREIGN attack." This is eerily similar to the Iraq situation. Lets just see what happens. (sigh)

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posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 09:35 AM
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Looks like the proxy war is starting into stage 2 of ramping to the point of no return for all involved....

This is gonna be neat to watch unfold....everyone is about to be pushed up againts the corner me thinks.



posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 09:50 AM
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I honestly read the article 6 or 7 times trying to see where they said they would use them.

So it was buried in a two word statement.

Sorry for that.

But, it still goes to show that just like Iraq, we are being conditioned to believe that Syria is our enemy, and that we must attack.

Shame.



posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 10:06 AM
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1. The Syrian govt had just ADMITTED to having chemical and biological weapons in its possession. No need for any spin.

2. HumanSlayer Assad had declared that Syria is now already AT WAR, a few weeks ago.

3. The wild beasts of a Syrian govt and its supporters even here had long claimed that they had not used tanks or choppers or artillery on Syrians, and would NEVER use them.

Yet, with our own eyes through even that barbaric regime's media - helicopters, missles, tanks and every heavy ammo weapons had been used INDISCRIMINATEDLY upon the civilian population.

So, anyone here dares take the word of the regime's mouthpiece yet again and again?

Those who wish to live in delusions have that right to do so, and for them to fool the simpleminded as well. But those with more discernment and are less gullible, best wake up. Truth and Realities hurt, as they often do, but necessities nevertheless to confront courageously upon, so as not to be fooled yet again.



posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 10:28 AM
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Anyone want to make the correlation between IRAQ and SYRIA and WMD?

Did Saddam ship his WMD to Syria as it was rumored?

Personally, I don't see Assad as being an aggressor. In an interview he gave a few weeks back, I found him to be credible...that the uprising is externally funded, and that the people who have been killed are those being put down by the government in the government's defense, and that the numbers being reported are being highly inflated.

Just as the US had their hands in the fall of Egypt and Libya, so shall they have their hands in Syria.



posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 10:43 AM
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For the last two days i am reading that Syrian army defeated and pushed back rebels. Source is RT and Syrian media.

That threat supposedly was made when rebels attacked capital town but since situation is getting better (there is almost no fighting anymore) i don't think that there is any need for usage of WMD.

Also i don't believe that Syria made that threat in the first place, its probably media spin trying to justify any upcoming attacks on Syria.



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