Home Page - Gulf in the Media
HomePoliticsEconomy                               Set Gulfinthemedia.com as home page
Opinions
"Postings of opinions published in the Gulf and international newspapers
 Print  Send This Page
Save Listen to this Article
The Tune of Dupery in Syria   

Al Hayat - 24 February, 2012
Author: Zuheir Kseibati

Obama is singing the blues. And why not? The president can find time for music at the White House, can entertain his guests, and can bite Iran with the teeth of the sanctions and the Syrian regime with the teeth of “isolation.” He can play on the strings of the crises and coexist with the Arab spring without any cost drawn from the blood of the Americans and their soldiers.

But an American journalist fell with the bullets of the killing machine in Syria after the blues concert at the White House. And if a mistake was committed by Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik in the city of Homs, it is probably their unrestrained eagerness to see who is actually fighting whom, who is being killed, and who is engaged in the opposition!

Is this not the task of American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey who does not know the identity or the “nature” of the oppositionists against the Damascus regime? For his part, US Intelligence Chief James Clapper seems to be more knowledgeable about the division of these oppositionists and is practically condemning them after he decided they allowed Al-Qaeda to infiltrate their ranks.

Dempsey is granting the regime half a certificate of good behavior, hence dividing the responsibility for the massacre in Homs among others between terrorists, armed oppositionists, and soldiers ordered to deter the conspiracy.

Obama is singing the blues while the bereaved of the killing machine in Syria are not daring to bury the victims. The American teeth of isolation are fine, while the number of dead is rising but not exceeding fifty martyrs per day. Whenever this number hits one hundred, a newspaper in Damascus rises to courageously confront the government and attack the shortcomings at the level of the “state’s regaining of its role” following its regaining of its status!

Obama is singing while the regime in Damascus is playing the Russian tune. Putin is exercising his muscles, recalling the missiles crisis in the Bay of Pigs (Cuba) and wagering on his ascension to the presidency within a few days. In the meantime, Obama is reluctant to undertake any risks, considering that he has a long way to go in the American elections battle.

For his part, Erdogan is remaining silent following the fierce condemnations with which he bombarded the Syrian regime. Now, he is listening to Obama’s singing and to Kremlin’s tune, while waiting to meet Syria’s Friends in Tunisia tomorrow, and maybe even waiting for the outcome of the referendum over a new Syrian Constitution that is playing the tune of the containment of the Baath’s role. The referendum will grant the Russians additional ammunition to undermine the legitimacy and reputation of the Syrian opposition.

Is it not paradoxical - following the commotion over the American-Russian standoff at the Security Council and the United Nations - to see Washington and Moscow both doubting the oppositionists’ identity, goals and intentions? The conscience of the White House cannot tolerate militarization, which is why it is still wagering on the Syrian regime’s possible submission to the “soft isolation” pressures, at a time when Moscow is trying to convince the world it is merely trying to prevent the evils of the conspiracy and that the blood being shed in Homs and in dozens of Syrian towns and cities is being poured over the body of the regime from behind its back.

Even the humanitarian corridors are perceived with dubiousness by the Russians who are consequently arranging the priorities as follows: The implementation of the reforms and the ending of the violence, then the introduction of humanitarian aid from which those who survived can benefit. In the meantime, from Baba Amro to Daraa, Aleppo and Damascus, there is only one corridor, leading toward death.

Erdogan threatened the regime of the tyrant that he will not remain idle, and indeed, he increased the number of camps hosting the refugees fleeing the Syrian hell. The Israelis on the other hand carried out outbidding over the Americans and said that the regime in Damascus will collapse within a few weeks, until the CIA became convinced that this regime can uphold power for a while. As to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, he is busy looking for someone with the necessary qualifications to assume the post of humanitarian coordinator without any work.

And between a West that does not wish to become involved and an East refusing to be led into the conspiracy, Syria is seeking its friends and its people are seeking graveyards. The killing machine is hiding behind the American-Russian bombardment targeting the opposition’s legitimacy and behind a dialogue that can only play funerary tunes. And while the Putin-Medvedev duo has the right to resist another “dupery” in Syria after Libya, in order to regain what it perceives as being a wounded dignity, are the Syrians not entitled to condemn in each funeral and demonstration the great conspiracy against their freedom and humanity under the headline of eliminating the conspiracy of Al-Qaeda, the fundamentalists, the outlaws and the detractors of a deaf will which believes it can liquidate history?

Obama is singing, Putin is playing the tune of a funerary dialogue and Erdogan is listening. In the meantime, let us – the Arabs – count our tragedies after our setbacks, as we powerlessly witness the predicament of a population that courageously insists every day to topple the illusion of a dialogue whose purpose expired months ago.
 
Western liberations grotesque experiments
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-08-01
Author :
Libya was sold as a glorious, liberating war. London's Tory mayor Boris Johnson wrote in March 2011 that the overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi was "of course… a good idea"....
A threat to Islamic civilisation
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2014-08-01
Author : Michael Jansen
While Israel was blasting Gaza last week, killing hundreds of Palestinians, destroying their homes and levelling the strip's mosques, schools, and public buildings, I was sitting in a boardroom in...
Saudi students abroad: Eid tasteless away from families
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2014-08-01
Author : Muhammad Al-Farshouti and Ali Budair
A number of male and female Saudi students abroad said Eid overseas without the family and relatives is tasteless. They said they are compelled to spend the Eid feast away...
It is time to fight extremism
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2014-08-01
Author : Sabria S. Jawhar
For many Saudis the idea of extremism in Saudi Arabia disappeared when the Ministry of Interior crushed Al-Qaeda nearly a decade ago. We have a tendency to rationalize that extremist...
Middle East's cycle of violence
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2014-08-01
Author : Christopher R Hill
In a region where crises seem to be the norm, the Middle East's latest cycle of violence suggests that something bigger is afoot: the beginning of the dissolution of the...
Israeli impunity and global helplessness
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2014-08-01
Author : K.P. Fabian
It IS difficult, almost impossible, to envisage an early negotiated cease-fire to put an end to the unconscionable carnage in Gaza. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been working...
Israel unbound in today's Middle East
Source : Al Arabiya TV  
Date : 2014-07-31
Author : Joyce Karam
Amidst unprecedented regional turmoil, inter-Arab disputes and a sharp decline in U.S. influence, Israel seems to be acting with little to no restraint in the Middle East. In both war...
ISIS violations are an Islamic responsibility
Source : Asharq Al-Awsat  
Date : 2014-07-31
Author : Eyad Abu Shakra
This year's International Religious Freedom Report was prepared by the US government prior to the tragedy in Mosul, where Christians were forced to flee their homes. However, the report stated...
Islamic Self-Delusion
Source : Asharq Al-Awsat  
Date : 2014-07-31
Author : Yousef Al-Dayni
I was recently speaking with a well-known "moderate" Islamist figure about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and how this terrorist group has managed to defame the true...
How to promote business growth and safeguard consumers' welfare
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2014-07-31
Author : Moehammad Amar Ma'ruf
As the non-profit organizations which facilitate the needs of business stakeholders, coordinate with government authorities as well as guard the national policy on economic development, the role of economic development...
Palestinians need more negotiators, not arms
Source : Asharq Al-Awsat  
Date : 2014-07-30
Author : Camelia Entekhabi-Fard
Not long ago, perhaps less than a decade ago, I was one of those Iranians who viewed the Palestinians as terrorists and opportunists. As somebody who was born and raised...
A Carousel of Crises
Source : Asharq Al-Awsat  
Date : 2014-07-30
Author : Ali Ibrahim
Crises in the region have been proliferating and competing with one another since 2011, so much so that global media attention is changing on a weekly basis. While one crisis...
Taxis make a killing on Eid day, go slow on Tuesday
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2014-07-30
Author : Matovu Abdallah Twaha
It was all beaming for Hassan Kimoolo on Eid day prompting him to state, "The passengers were after us," but on the following day, "we are after them."...
The children of Auschwitz and Dachau have learned their lessons well
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2014-07-30
Author : Tariq A. Al-Maeena
After a month of fasting, all Muslims look forward to Eid which signifies the breaking of the fast. It is a time to cheer and indulge in what was...
A Meaningless Distinction
Source : Asharq Al-Awsat  
Date : 2014-07-29
Author : Diana Mukkaled
The Lebanese army has insisted on limiting its comments on reports about the decision by one of its soldiers to leave his post and join the Al-Nusra Front. It said...
Total 200 Results in 14 Pages
1 
For more news, views and reports about this topic, please subscribe
to GRC website: www.grc.net
Sat Aug 2, 2014| 05-شوال-1435هـ
Iraq Shia militias make Sunni hit lists
Mideast fund managers bullish on Saudi equities
US bomber in Syria came home before attack: NYT
Dubai Financial Market returns strong from the holidays
Yemen repatriates 8 Saudi Al-Qaeda suspects
GCC lighting market to grow 10% a year through 2018
Arab summit into bloodbath urged
Limited risk to health of well-capitalised Qatar banks, says EIU
Makkah governor orders confiscation of fake Qur'an copies 
Study: Yemen's support for oil derivatives exceeds health, education spending
Islamic State orders total cover-up for women
Qatar's 'water security project' deal signed
PROs in the UAE clueless on new visa rules
Delhi confirms Saudi ban on import of Indian pepper 
IS militants clash with Arabs, Kurds
KSE witnessed 3 slow major waves in Q1 in 2014
    Newspaper Editorials
Brutality in Gaza
Opportunities galore in Indo-US relations
More>>  
    Opinions
It is time to fight extremism
Middle East's cycle of violence
More>>  
    GCC Press Agencies
Day's main stories from the GCC Press Agencies
    Reports
Iraq Crisis and U.S. Policy
Iraq's Jihadi Jack-in-the-Box
More>>  
    Bank Reports
GCC Markets Performance – May 2014
Saudi Arabia: Baseline Macroeconomic Forecast 2014-16
More>>  
    GRC Analysis
Saudi-Vietnam Relations
Saudi-Philippines Relations
Enhancing Saudi-Japan Relations
    GRC Commentary
On Relations between Rulers and Citizens: The Need for a New Social/Political Contract in the GCC States
Key Issue Facing the Saudi Ruling House.
    GRC Book Review
Beyond Regionalism? Regional Cooperation, Regionalism and Regionalization in the Middle East
India, GCC and the Global Energy Regime: Exploring Interdependence and Outlook for Collaboration.
    GRC Press Release
Gulf Research Center press releases to the media
    GRC Publications
The Middle East and North Africa: Change and Upheaval 2014
The Legal Framework of the Sponsorship Systems of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait: A Comparative Examination
In Search of Stability: Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring
    GRC Newsletters/Bulletins

Enter your email to get the Newsletter
Go
      
Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Terms & Conditions | About Us |
Weather | Qibla Directions | Hijri Date Conversion Tool
Full Page :total time:0  |   15-- 15 Middle Page :0  --   | Right : 15 - 15--en--sess-enreq-en-coming