Unhappy campers and big lies issue from Syria 6

According to the Syrian state media, and Western media such as the BBC that unaccountably trust information issued by Arab tyrannies, thousand of Syrians decided all at once to visit  relatives over the border in Turkey in the last few days.

Michael Weiss writes at the Telegraph:

As the Syrian city of Jisr al-Shughour emptied its streets at the weekend, with 5,000 refugees having fled to Turkey and another 6,000 sat waiting at the Syrian-Turkish border, Western audiences were treated to the following howlers by Syrian state media:

• This humanitarian crisis is really the largest spontaneous family reunion in history. Reem Haddad, the ginger stoogette of the Assad regime, told the BBC on Friday: “A lot of them find it easy to move across because their relatives are there. It’s a bit like having a problem in your street, and your mum lives in the next street, so you go and visit your mum for a bit.”

• The trip down the road to mum’s somehow coincided, says the Assadist media, with an insurrection of “armed gangs” said to have killed 120 mukhabarat agents a week earlier, thus precipitating the Syrian Army’s assault on an abandoned city that for some reason required 200 tanks, a fleet of helicopter gunships and thousands of soldiers. As for the armed gangs causing all the mischief, we now discover, courtesy of another Ba’athist tribune – Talib Ibrahim – that these were also “proxies” of Israel.

The relatives must have come to meet them and camp out with them in the fine summer weather:

Syrian refugee men walk in the new refugee tent compound in Boynuyogun, Turkey (Photo: AP)


You’d think foreign stringers and Western news anchors would have got the hang of this by now: the Syrian government-controlled media is not to be trusted. Yet I’ve lost count of the number of references in the BBC to a “restive” or “rebellious” north-western backwater where a state-perpetrated massacre of civilians has been rendered as some evenly matched struggle for political autonomy, as if we all talking about the Catalonia of the Middle East. …

State television said when Syrian forces stormed through the town early on Sunday they uncovered the graves of security men killed and buried by armed groups.

Would those be graves made by Zionist-Salafist space invaders from Mars, then? Or might they – just might they – have been filled by the security forces themselves with the corpses of defecting Syrian soldiers, just as a similar mass grave was found to have been in Deraa? …

The number of soldiers who have gone over to the side of the rebels is small and too ill equipped to mount much of a resistance.

Al Jazeera interviewed the Syrian general Hussain Harmoush, so far one of the highest-level defectors in the revolution. He said he’d put together a small unit of about 100 lightly armed anti-regime forces but that they had an exclusively defensive remit in Jisr al-Shughour: to ward off the advance of the army and shabbiha militias and to give residents time to run for the Turkish border.

Alongside this less-than-Spartan phalanx were a handful of locals – mostly young men – who volunteered to hang around their hometown to do what they could to stop a forthcoming scorched-earth campaign. According to the New York Times, some other residents of Jisr al-Shughour “ran patrols and ‘monitored the area’ with hunting rifles, sticks and binoculars.”

Hunting rifles, sticks and binoculars were meant to square off with bullets that poured down “like rain” from Assad’s helicopters.

Agence France-Presse has interviewed four AWOL conscripts in Guvecci, Turkey who give their own horrified accounts in other parts of the country:

With a blank stare in his eyes, Tahal al-Lush said the “cleansing” in Ar-Rastan, a town of 50 000 residents in the Syrian province of Homs, prompted him to desert.

“We were told that people were armed there. But when we arrived, we saw that they were ordinary civilians. We were ordered to shoot them,” said Lush, who showed his military passbook and other papers as proof of his identity.

When we entered the houses, we opened fire on everyone, the young, the old… Women were raped in front of their husbands and children,” he said, giving the number of deaths as some 700, difficult to verify as journalists are not allowed to circulate freely in Syria.

Another soldier, queried by AFP, told of how he’d seen a man stabbed through the head with a knife: “After seeing how they killed people, I realised that the regime is prepared to massacre everyone.” Hezbollah snipers, he added, had taken up positions on rooftops and been ordered to pick off any Army regulars who went weak in the knees about shooting civilians.

The AP pictures and the following report are from the Washington Post:

Syrian refugees [in Turkey] gave a bleak picture of life across the frontier.

“There are 7,000 people across the border, more and more women and children are coming toward the barbed wires,” said Abu Ali, who left Jisr al-Shughour. “Jisr is finished, it is razed.” …

A reported mutiny in Jisr al-Shughour posed one of the most serious threats to the Assad regime [reach for a pinch of salt – JB]  since protests against his rule began in mid-March. …

In an apparent anticipation of more refugees, workers of the Turkish Red Crescent, the equivalent of the Red Cross, began building a fourth tent camp Monday near the border. …

Turkey and Syria share a 520-mile (850 kilometer) border, which includes several Syrian provinces. Refugees and relatives on both sides appeared to be crossing unimpeded around the village of Guvecci.The Turkish province of Hatay has a sizable Arabic-speaking population. It gained independence from Syria in 1938 and joined Turkey in a plebiscite a year later. Families in some villages were split when the borders were finalized in 1948.

If – or rather when – the Syrian tyrant Bashar Assad falls, Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, and Israel will all be affected. Just how in each case cannot be easily be predicted. Assad supports Hezbollah as a repressive force in Lebanon, and uses it as a proxy army against Israel. He has sheltered Hamas leaders in Damascus, and is a regional agent for Iran. He’s bad for his country, bad for the Middle East, but whatever succeeds his rule is not likely to be much better, though it would be hard for anything to be much worse.

  • Ralph

    Who has killed more Syrian civilians; the Syrian Army or the IDF? I suppose the Syrians who crossed the Israeli border and were killed by the IDF were merely trying to visit mum.

    Our local stink sheet newspaper can’t cover up or distort the facts as badly as the MSM.

    • George

       Ralph , there is so much bias & propaganda in the media today that I actually don’t know who or what to believe.  It’s sad , because it leaves a person wondering who is telling the truth and who is lying ( or even unknowingly misinformed  ) .   I have to admit  that I can only absorb what I receive and even then the question is how do we know for sure ?  Please fill me in if you know more on this situation as I’m all ears . Thanks Ralph.

      • Ralph

        I dought that I know more than you.

        Read between the line of any news article.

        Question everything.

        Look for answers.

        In other words be an atheist.

        • George

          Yep—those are my sentiments exactly !

  • George

    If we here in America don’t speak up and fight back then this could very well happen right here in our country. Our people here are so   “mentally asleep”  and have no idea what is really going on around the world.  The mainstream media has censored this and adamantly refuses to show the true horror of what is going on.   Didn’t we learn anything after the horrors of Hitler and psycho tyrants like him ?
               How could anyone with any kind of conscious engage in such murderous and psychopathic behavior and then consider themselves to be the moral superior of everyone else ?  How can any person who believes he has moral convictions commit such attrocities ?   Don’t expect to see any of this on the 3-letter alphabet channels on TV or any of the print media mainstream publications , or even talk radio programs for that matter.  Why have these images been hidden from the American public ?  Why aren’t these horrors the main discussion and topic in our daily lives ?  Don’t think for one moment that the administrative CEO’s of the mainstream media outlets don’t know about these horrors . They do and yet they censor it . They know this is going on and yet they have forbidden this to be shown to the public at large. They know people are being slaughtered , enslaved, tortured, raped , and violated in every way in these countries  and these barbartians want to convert our society to this barbaric behavior and culture and yet here we are here in America asleep at the helm.  Where are the voices screaming on the rooftops ?  Where are the marches , demonstrations, and displays of public outrage ?  Tell me.  Show me.  
                     I still cannot understand by any means how we as a culture and society can just sit back and ignore world attrocities such as this that is going on NOW in these societies and these people want to turn  America into such a hellhole. These barbarians have absolutely NO respect for human life. They have no civil compassion for anyone. They care nothing about freedom, justice and equality and respect for others ( not even themselves ).  Their entire lives are comprised of hatred, murder and mahem.
                            When I see the complacency , inaction, silence , and ignoring mentality of people in general , then I become more and more pessismistic ( and I am not that way normally ) .   Our meager chit-chatting about this to one another is a start but we the people as a whole need to get the message out to the public , the mainstream media, our political leaders and insist that enough is enough .  How much more is civilized society going to take ?  What has to happen next before people get the message that this horrific ideology and culture is trying to take over the world ?  As one political leader stated — ” We have the military ability now to crush them in their tracks but we don’t have the will”.  How true that statement is.  I read the national publications , watch the TV news programs and  see absolutely NOTHING addressing these horrors.  This is pure insanity. At the rate we’re going now  , we’re only buying time. At the rate we’re moving now it’s only a matter of time . If we refuse to stand up and fight back , then we are  DOOMED.  If we don’t make a committed stand to stop them and fight back , then world civilization as we know it will cease to exist.  What the %$#@ are people waiting for ?  What’s the matter with so-called intelligent and smart people that we  ( or rather THEY ) allow this to  occur ?
                                    Here we have third world throwbacks holding the world hostage .  Here we have brutal and ruthless savages terrorizing the world  and what do we do ? NOTHING !   We have inept so-called leaders doing nothing in defense. We have worthless politicians who only care about their own power and image and not the safety and welfare of the people . We should be beyond ANGER. We should be full of rage and also furious of seeing innocent men, women and children murdered en masse . I keep asking myself why do I  bother posting messages —-what good is it going to do ?  What action is going to take place as a result ? Who is rallying the people to speak up and fight back ? Who ?  Why should a hand few people stick their necks out and jeopardize themselves while 99.99% of the people remain silent and passive ?  If these nightmare horrors continue at the current rate then world civilized society will be coming to an end.  No , I don’t expect anyone at the end of this post to say they like what I’m saying even though everything I’m saying is true . What angers me just as much as watching these horrific images  is watching people in general around the world  ( particularly advanced nations and societies allow it to happen ) .  If this continues at this pace with no real military intervention , then world society as we know it will be cast back into the stone age and barbarism will be the order of the day.  The modern and civil society as we know it will be no more.  The advances in technology , high standard of living and freedoms as we know it will be gone forever or at least for probably thousands of years.  Humans may be advanced when it comes to building technical gadgets but animals are more civilized.  The world is sick and has gone mad.  When civilized nations and societies  have the ability to stop this slaughter and horror and fail to do so , then this tells me that the so-called civilized people are no better than the savages. I keep asking the same ole question——–    What is it going to take to get people to wake up and get their act together for the future of world civilization ?  What the %$#@ is it going to take ? I’m still waiting for an answer  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • George

      In continuation of my previous post , I want to thank Jillian Becker who has the guts  to present us with this information and news. My comments have nothing  to do with this blog, but in regard to people in general who are so passive and complacent.  I get so frustrated when I see these horrific images and I feel totally helpless in NOT being able to help these people. I become so horrified to imagine what these people have gone through and the insanity of the mindset of these barbaric people. It’s important that I say this so no one misinterprets my intent or meaning.  If  it weren’t for this website I probably would not know much of this is going on and this is why I love the information and the fraternal bond of the posters here.   Often I worry about the future of my country. Often I worry about the future of the civilized world.  Often I wonder if there will be any future for the American people , the children , the grand-children and future generations . I keep asking myself , if people like us can see this is madness and we need to stand up to counter this horror , then why can’t our elected officials and the mainstream media see and understand this.  After discussing this with a few friends , we all came to the conclusion that the elected officials do indeed know about this and the mainstream media also knows about this but they have their own dubious agendas which is their primary priorities and the welfare and safety of the people and our nation comes last. They care only about themselves, their party, their agenda, making a name for themselves and keeping themselves in power. If this isn’t %$#@ed up , I don’t know what is.  Pardon me for expressing my anger at these horrors so openly but as I have stated before , this world situation s getting more and more worse by the day and if we don’t “nip it in the bud ” NOW,  then it will be over  for us and our future.  I truly believe that things are going to get to a breaking point and then it’s “checkmate” and the people around the world will be forced to stand up and fight . I only hope that it is before it’s too late  .  And to think that  I actually thought the era of the  Dark Ages was  a terrible time. It appears like our current era is much worse. I know I’m venting my anger and frustration but something has got to give.   People will come to a point where they will take no more and that is when the world “poop” will hit the fan. We are now witnessing the true face of horror and madness.   World  civilization appears to be going backwards.  We need to  put in strong  leaders in political office and then we can kick butt.  It’s up to we , the civilized people of the world to save humanity as a whole.