Refugees fleeing NATO’s “Free Syrian Army,” not government troops.
by Tony Cartalucci
July 22, 2012 – “The Free Syrian Army ruined our lives,” reports BBC in their article, “Syria crisis: Iraqis flee ‘sectarian violence’ in Damascus.”
Refugees returning to Iraq from Syria inundated a BBC reporter with
accounts of why they’ve fled, citing sectarian violence perpetrated by
the Western backed, armed, and funded
so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA). Accounts reaffirm that indeed
foreign fighters are amongst the FSA’s ranks, including Iraqi sectarian
extremists serving as commanders.
Reports from Libya earlier this year confirmed that hundreds of Libyan fighters as well as NATO-supplied weapons and cash were pledged to the FSA by Al Qaeda’s Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) commander, Abdul Hakim Belhaj.
These accounts of sectarian violence are by no means the first. Bloomberg conceded recently that “the sectarian civil war
between Syria’s Sunnis and Alawites that the world had long
feared has begun,” the manifestation of warnings by international geopolitical analysts signaled as early as 2007.
Image: Christians in Syria have been particularly hit hard by
what is being described as “ethnic cleansing,” not by Syrian security
forces, but by NATO-backed death squads under the banner of the “Free
Syrian Army.” The LA Times has been quietly reporting
on the tragedy of Syria’s minorities at the hands of the Syrian rebels
for months – and indicates that wider genocide will take place, just as it is now in Libya, should Syria’s government collapse under foreign pressure.
It is admittedly under the current Syrian government that Syria’s large
populations of ethnic and religious minorities, particularly Shi’ia
Muslims, moderate Sunnis, Christians, and Druze have been protected from
the inevitable sectarian onslaught by extremists cultivated by the
West. In 2007, in Hersh’s “The Redirection,” the following foreshadowing
to Bloomberg’s “sectarian civil war” was given:
“Robert Baer, a former longtime C.I.A. agent in Lebanon, has been a
severe critic of Hezbollah and has warned of its links to
Iranian-sponsored terrorism. But now, he told me, “we’ve got Sunni Arabs
preparing for cataclysmic conflict, and we will need somebody to
protect the Christians in Lebanon. It used to be the French and the
United States who would do it, and now it’s going to be Nasrallah and
the Shiites” –The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)
Now, demonstrably, we see exactly this feared onslaught manifesting
itself in Syria, in particular against Christians as indicated in LA
Times’ “Church fears ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Christians in Homs, Syria,” and more recently in USA Today’s distorted, but still telling, “Christians in Syria live in uneasy alliance with Assad, Alawites.”
Even the massacre in Houla, seems to echo of this 2007 warning, bearing
all the hallmarks of sectarian extremists like Al Qaeda.
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