Syria: Saudi regime pays weapons and salary of terrorist gangs

Belgrade.Chinese embassy.jpgAug 6, 2012 - The UK newspaper Guardian reported on June 22 that the Saudi regime would pay the salary of the members of the terrorist Free Syrian Army to encourage “mass defections from the military and… pressure” the Damascus government.

On June 21, the New York Times reported that a group of CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and that the agents are helping the anti-Syria governments decide which gangs inside the Arab country will receive arms to fight the Syrian government.

The foreign-backed insurgents in Syria comprise of extremist elements, including al-Qaeda militants. A German intelligence report estimates that around 90 percent of the terror attacks in Syria are carried out by al-Qaeda affiliates. 

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and insurgents’ are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence, while the opposition accuses the security forces of killing protesters. 

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed insurgents are foreign nationals.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Ken Stone with the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, from Ontario, to further discuss the issue.

The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Welcome to the program. First of all, recently reports have come out about Obama's secret authorization for providing support to the militants in Syria; we know Turkey is providing training and logistical support to these rebels as well. Why is it that these governments are supporting the very groups to topple Assad that they have not tolerated elsewhere: namely Al-Qaeda and the Kurdish militants?

Stone: Well, the intervention in Syria by the West, which the Harper government of Canada is accomplice in, is an attempt under the guise of humanitarian intervention to effect regime change.

And one of the means that they are using to effect the regime change, which is illegal under international law and United Nations Charter, is to insert terrorists into Syria to terrorize whole neighborhoods, to kill Syrian police and army and basically to provide an excuse using the old canard of humanitarian intervention for military intervention by the armies of NATO and the West.

Press TV: Well, footage upon footage shows how these armed rebels use heavily populated civilian city centers to launch their assaults. Aren’t such tactics very far off from the “people's revolution” the Western media has portrayed the situation in Syria as? 

Stone: Absolutely. The hypocrisy in the west and the media in the West and the governments of the West including the Harper government of Canada is boundless. 

On one hand they are supposed to be supporting the Annan peace plan to bring peace to Syria through diplomacy and dialogue, but really what they are doing through this so-called Friends of Syria, which is really a misnomer, of which the government of Canada is a part is to arm and equip a bunch of mercenaries to go into this country and portray it as supporting and protecting the people against the government.

While, actually the opposite is the case. It is the west that is using mercenaries, including al-Qaeda mercenaries, to create an insurrection in Syria and then provide an excuse for regime change by the West. 

Press TV: Where is this headed though? Do you see this escalating into a full blown military assault on Syria by NATO and its allies, or do you think that maybe the West is going to run with this proxy war in order to achieve its purposes in Syria? 

Stone: Well, at this point it is difficult to say. At the moment, governments like the Harper government of Canada are denying that they are considering a full scale military intervention, but at the same time the Foreign Minister [of Canada] John Baird said on July 25th that Canada is already participating in talks for a post Assad government, which means that they have already said in their minds that they are going to overthrow the government of Syria.

They do not tell us here if they are planning just to continue supporting and instigating terrorism in Syria which would perhaps in the long run undermine the Syrian government or if they are looking for some excuse, some supposed massacre. 

They have portrayed to the media a number of massacres which they tried to pin on the government of Syria and later turned out to be the work of the insurgents.

So it is possible that they could just keep on financing this because they got endless money from Qatar and Saudi Arabia or perhaps they are waiting for some incidence to a Libyan-style intervention or Yugoslavian-style intervention or Iraqi-style intervention or an Afghanistan-style intervention. We do not know but we know something is coming. 




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