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Intro: "The Syrian regime has 'lost its fundamental humanity' and no longer has any legitimacy, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, said on Thursday as he described a massacre of around 90 villagers as 'shocking and sickening' and demanded that the killers be brought to account."

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, addresses the United Nations General Assembly on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic as Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser President of the 66th Session of the General Assembly listens, Thursday, June 7, 2012 at United Nations headquarters. (photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, addresses the United Nations General Assembly on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic as Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser President of the 66th Session of the General Assembly listens, Thursday, June 7, 2012 at United Nations headquarters. (photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)



UN: Assad Regime Has Lost Humanity

By Martin Chulov, Guardian UK

08 June 12

 

The Associated Press Reports, A senior U.N. official says U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that U.N. patrols in Syria are being deliberately targeted with heavy weapons and armor-piercing ammunition. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because Thursday's council meeting was private, said Ban also reported repeated instances of firing close to U.N. patrols, apparently to force them to withdraw. The official said Ban listed several incidents, including one in a town near Homs, where a heavy weapon round landed 150 meters (yards) from a patrol that was going to meet an opposition contact. Later, the patrol noted a surveillance drone overhead. Ban also told the council that on June 3, an unoccupied U.N. vehicle near Kafr Zeta was hit with armor-piercing ammunition.

 

he Syrian regime has "lost its fundamental humanity" and no longer has any legitimacy, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, said on Thursday as he described a massacre of around 90 villagers as "shocking and sickening" and demanded that the killers be brought to account.

Using some of the strongest language yet to condemn the government of Bashar al-Assad, Ban said UN monitors were shot at trying to get to the scene of the massacre on Wednesday.

He said the situation in Syria was close to breaking point and the danger of civil war was imminent and real.

The recent mass killings were "indicative of a pattern that may amount to crimes against humanity," he added. "The Syrian people are bleeding. They are angry. They want peace and dignity. Above all, they all want action."

The latest massacre, in the hamlet of al-Qubair, near Syria's fourth city of Hama, comes less than three weeks after more than 100 people were killed in Houla – an event that has sharply increased sectarian tensions and appears to be sending the country sliding towards civil war.

A loyalist civilian militia known as the Shabiha was widely accused of carrying out the Houla killings. Witnesses to the massacre in al-Qubair insisted that the Shabiha, whose members are largely from the ruling Alawite sect, had again been responsible.

Ban said the village had apparently been surrounded by Syrian forces. "The bodies of innocent civilians lying where they were, shot. Some were allegedly burned or slashed with knives," he said, adding that "each day seems to bring new additions to the grim catalogue of atrocities". Ban said it has been evident for many months that President Assad and his government "have lost all legitimacy", and added that "any regime or leader that tolerates such killing of innocents has lost its fundamental humanity".

Soon after Ban's address to the UN general assembly, Kofi Annan, the envoy he dispatched to Syria, conceded that his battered peace plan was faltering.

UN diplomats said Annan is urging the divided security council to unite and act immediately to press the Syrian government to implement his peace plan. The diplomats said Annan told council members that there must be consequences – usually a term for sanctions – for opponents of his six-point plan.

Britain's foreign secretary, William Hague, warned that the Annan peace plan was in serious trouble, and said Syria was on the edge of a worse and more bloody phase than seen so far. Hague said: "The Annan plan won't last indefinitely. Syria is clearly on the edge … of deeper violence, of deep, sectarian violence, village against village, pro-government militias against opposition areas, and of looking more like Bosnia in the 1990s than Libya last year.

"The Annan plan has clearly failed so far, but it is not dead, all hope is not lost."

The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said America was prepared to work with Assad's closest ally, Russia, on a plan that would oust him but potentially leave his regime intact.

David Cameron, who has so far failed in his attempt to soften Moscow's unwavering support for Damascus, said: "It really is appalling, what is happening in that country, and I want to see concerted action from the international community."

Two men who saw parts of the al-Qubair massacre claim that Shabiha militiamen whom they knew personally passed by with loyalist troops minutes before the killing started.

At face value, Wednesday's attack has stark similarities with the massacre in Houla on 25 May, where the bulk of those killed were women and children.

The attacks on civilian homes in al-Qubair and in Houla also appear to have been launched after shelling from tanks. Women and children have again accounted for many of the deaths, witnesses say.

Abu Hisham al-Hamawi, a resident of the Mazraat area, whose home is on the outskirts of al-Qubair, said he saw Shabiha militiamen from nearby Alawite villages pass by his home on the way to al-Qubair minutes before the attack.

"I knew some of them from school," he said. "I know their names, I know their villages. I know exactly who they are. They are Shabiha, no doubt. They passed by here with the regime army."

He said that Mazraat had not been a politically active area during the 16-month uprising, nor had it been a stronghold of the Free Syrian Army, which continues to battle loyalist forces on most days. "This is a farming community," he said.

"They are very poor people – a lot of them are shepherds. There are only a few families in the village and all of them are now dead."

Mazraat al-Qubair is near four Alawite villages, placing it in the demographically sensitive heart of Syria's uprising. "But we have never had a problem with them before now," said Abu Hisham.

"We have not even had a relationship, or any tensions. This is the first time there has been any fighting in this area. This is the first time the army has attacked us. But in the region around us, the Shabiha is very strong. So is the regime army."

A second witness, who did not want to be named, said shelling of the area had started at around 2pm.

He said gunfire then followed around 2.45pm, lasting for 30 minutes, before a second burst of fire later.

The man said there were no more than 25 homes in the village, most belonging to the Ulwan family. He said tanks moved in after the firing had stopped, levelling some of the homes. Some houses were then burned. "Some survivors tried to run away, but they shot at them in the olive orchards. There are still bodies there that no one can reach."

A third witness, Laith al-Hamawi, said he heard and saw the attack from 800 metres away. "They came from the Alawite villages, like Asseela, al-Bayat, al-Sakina," he said. "I saw the tanks enter the village and I knew some of the Shabiha personally."

Syria denied that its forces had been responsible for the latest deaths, again blaming terrorist groups, which it claims are outmanoeuvring its armed forces and slaughtering civilians.

That account was strongly challenged by witnesses, who said they had not seen any extremists in the area and claimed none could enter because of the tightly guarded Alawite villages and the heavy presence of regime troops.

"They are the terrorists," said Abu Hisham of the regime. "Their troops, intelligence agencies and loyalists. They want to install fear into our hearts."

Syria, home to a large Sunni majority, has been ruled for more than 40 years by an offshoot of Shia Islam, known as the Alawites. Sunnis have formed the backbone of the Syrian uprising, which was inspired by the Arab awakenings, but has since slowly transformed into a grinding series of battles with deep sectarian undertones.

"Syrian Sunnis don't want a war in Syria," said Abu Hisham. "Syrian Alawites want one because it's a war they can win. They have all the support, all the big weapons. If it happens, we will be the losers. We will be exterminated."

 

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+5 # RMDC 2012-06-08 12:35
So Ban ki Moon is now saying that the Syrian government has lost legitimacy and humanity as a pretext for allowing the US and NATO to begin its bombing campaigns in Damascus and other cities. I can imagine nothing more cynical and criminal. At least Assad is defending his nation and people against foreign financed and armed terrorists. The US and NATO will bomb and kill Syrians only because they want to colonize Syria as the first step in a larger war against Iran.

I think Ban Ki Moon and Obama and the Saudis and Qataris who are financing and arming the terrorists causing all the violence in Syria have lost their fundamental humanity. Someone should drop bombs on them.

Doesn't Ban Ki Moon remember what NATO did to Libya just a short time ago. But I did hear Hillary Clinton say that Libya was a model for what should happen in Syria. Either Ban is completely stupid or he is a tool of US foreign policy. either way, he needs to resign from his UN job right now.
 
 
0 # Activista 2012-06-09 19:03
Yes to all above - plus Assad is defending his people and MINORITIES (Christians, etc.)
Like 80% of people in last two referendum were pro Assad reforms - against foreign intervention/terrorism.
Check UN images from Syria - burnt buses, killed after suicide bomb explosion on busy street in Damascus (our "friends" claiming that MOSTLY security men were killed .. and the rest? - who cares ..)
 
 
+2 # sanity 2012-06-08 13:19
there is never any mention of israel when the situation in syria is addressed.syria is on israel's doorstep.israel has pre-emptively bombed syria, israel holds syrian land which syria wants back and israel would like nothing better than a more friendly government in syria. max boot has called for more active support of the rebel resistance in syria. who is supporting the resistance in syria now? there is a faction in syria which has had to be put down by the syrian government many times in the past in very nasty ways. who outside of that country has taken advantage of this situation? all news coming from syria tells the rebels side of the story. could the usual manichean exaggerations (i.e. max boot)for the usual response (us military involvement) be at play?
 
 
+3 # bluepilgrim 2012-06-08 16:05
Chossudovsky explains it all, better than Clarissa could.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31320

CONFRONTING IRAN, "PROTECTING ISRAEL": The Real Reason for America's War on Syria
by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, June 8, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling for an R2P humanitarian military intervention in Syria to curb the atrocities allegedly ordered by the government of president Bashar Al Assad. In a twisted irony, Clinton recognizes that while "opposition forces" are integrated by Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists, the government rather than the terrorists is held responsible, without a shred of evidence, for the ongoing massacre of civilians.
Amply documented, these sectarian killings and atrocities are being committed by foreign mercenaries and militia which are armed and supported by the Western military alliance.

The killings are carried out quite deliberately as part of a diabolical covert operation. The enemy is then blamed for the resulting atrocities. The objective is to justify a military agenda on humanitarian grounds.

In US military jargon, it's called a "massive casualty producing event", the historical origins of which go back to "Operation Northwoods", an infamous 1962 Pentagon Plan, consisting in killing civilians in the Miami Cuban
[...]
 
 
-3 # Rick Levy 2012-06-08 20:19
Are you so-called progressives so anti-Israel that you are JUSTIFYING the atrocities of the Assad regime by pretending they don't exist? You are as disgusting as holocaust deniers.
 
 
+2 # Activista 2012-06-08 21:33
Nobody justifies Assad - Syria is being destroyed by civil war as a proxy of US-Israeli war against Iran.
Same as Libya was ...
Bringing Holocaust into Syria conflict is disgusting - when you will stop?
 
 
+2 # Activista 2012-06-08 21:39
"Declaring that they are no longer committed to Annan’s peace plan, Syrian rebels claim to have killed at least 80 soldiers over the weekend" - this was last weekend .... "
who is arming rebels and wants civil war in Syria?
 
 
+2 # Majikman 2012-06-08 22:31
Today is the anniversary of the Israeli bombing of the USS Liberty that killed over 30 US sailors. Just sayin'.
 
 
+1 # bluepilgrim 2012-06-09 23:18
http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31335

KILLING THE TRUTH: Syrian Rebels Set Trap for British Journalists
by Tony Cartalucci

Global Research, June 9, 2012
landdestroyer.b logspot.com

Alex Thomson narrowly escapes attempt to kill his Channel 4 team, "clear the rebels deliberately set us up to be shot by the Syrian Army."
[...]
 
 
+1 # RMDC 2012-06-10 07:26
Rick Levy -- you are making a category error here. No one is anti-Israel. We who criticize Israel are critical of its policies and actions. I personally think the Israeli leader Netanyahoo is a bad leader, bad for Israel and bad for the middle east.

The destruction of the Assad rule of Syria has long been a strategic goal of Israel. Just read the "Clean Break" papeers written by Netanyahoo and the US neo-cons in the 90s.

Israel is occupying the Golan Heights, which is a part of Syria. Chaos and a US puppet government in Syria will mean that Israel can annex this area with no challenge from Syria.

All of the Arab Spring is being controlled by the US, Saudis, Quataris, and Israel. I'm against Israeli imperialism, just as I'm against US imperialism or any nation's desire to conquer its neighbors.
 
 
0 # Activista 2012-06-08 21:28
search UN attacked by small arms ...
"The UN says its observers have been attacked with small arms fire as they attempted to get to the scene of an alleged Syrian massacre, amid calls for new ...."
compare to:
" U.N. Secretary-Gener al Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that U.N. patrols in Syria are being deliberately targeted with heavy weapons and armor-piercing ammunition. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity???"
what is true and what is PROPAGANDA.
Syria is a proxy of Israeli war against Iran.
 
 
-3 # terrison 2012-06-09 09:03
What is going on in Syria is nothing less than genocide. All accounts, by witnesses art the scene, from villagers who have never been a part of the clash before, say that Assad's forces are responsible.

This is not some ridiculous U.S./Israeli conspiracy... It is one man's megalomaniacal power trip, as we have seen over and over again in other countries. He must be stopped. Let Russia broker a peaceful exit for him? Whatever, as long as he's then charged with war crimes... Go in militarily at the behest of the U.N?... Maybe as a coalition with other countries, certainly not on our own...

I don't know the answer, but the slaughter of innocent civilians is just ramping up, getting worse as the months go by... It must end.
 
 
+2 # Activista 2012-06-09 10:57
"but the slaughter of innocent civilians is just ramping up"
yes this is civil war STARTED and perpetuated by "rebels = terrorists" - sent from Libya/armed by Saudis/USA (proxy for Israel) as part of war against Iran.
Assad has support of majority of Syrian people (check latest referendums).
Read in the middle of the Reuters propaganda - who is bombing/terrori zing in Damascus? Hundreds killed, aka slaughter of innocent civilians.
 
 
+2 # RMDC 2012-06-10 07:43
terrison -- wow. You don't seem to understand how the CIA works at all. This sort of proxy war has taken place about 50 times since WW II. There's a clearly recognizable pattern and there is also hard proof. Assad certainly does have problems and enemies, but he was never on a "megalomaincal power trip" until his nation was invaded by terrorists paid, armed, and coordinated by the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel. He's only doing what anyone would do. Wouldn't you fight like hell if your nation were invaded by terrorists and proxy mercenaries? Sure you would.

"Witnesses at the scene" certaily do not all say that Assad's forces are killing civilians. that is the spin US media and US government is putting on the news. But the witnesses only say "armed groups," "militias," "fighters," and so on. These killers are the mercenaries hired by the US government through Qatar. The USG has created training bases in Iraq for Arab mercenaries -- just like in the old days when the US created al Queda mercenaries to fight in Afghanistan. these mercenaries are working in all Arab nations.

The killing in Syria would stop immediately if the US would stop. That is what Russia is saying. But the US will not stop. It is rapidly ramping up its violence to get a UN approval of all out war. The US has never renounced the violence it supports -- how can anyone expect Assad to lay down his arms in the face of proxy armies? Would you do that?
 
 
+1 # Activista 2012-06-09 18:54
... image made from video released by UNSMIS, the UN observer mission in Syria and accessed Saturday, June 9, 2012, purports to show destroyed buses after overnight fighting in Damascus, Syria. In Damascus, residents spoke about a night of shooting and explosions in the worst violence Syria's capital has seen since the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began 15 months ago ...
This image made from video released by UNSMIS, the UN observer mission in Syria and accessed Saturday, June 9, 2012, purports to show destroyed buses after overnight fighting in Damascus, Syria. In Damascus, residents spoke about a night of shooting and explosions in the worst violence Syria's capital has seen since the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began 15 months ago ..
etc - ALL documents that UN published is destruction by US supported terrorists - and RSN editor says: "U.N. patrols in Syria are being deliberately targeted with heavy weapons?" Please explain!
 
 
+2 # Majikman 2012-06-09 20:52
Activista, haven't you learned by now that when the US wants war, it's "Propaganda Central"? There are are only a few of us who actually look for the truth...as difficult as is it to find.
 
 
+1 # bluepilgrim 2012-06-09 23:25
It's called manufacturing consent. Most people haven't caught on yet, copnservative, but including liberals (who were real hot for the aggressive war on Libya, if you recall).

It's the US empire, manifest destiny, and massive propaganda by the oligarchy. Same old story as always. People might have learned about this from reading the history of the US invasion of on the Philippines -- but it's down the memory hole.
 

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