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Mon Feb 6, 2012, 09:15 PM

Exposed: The Arab agenda in Syria

By Pepe Escobar

Here's a crash course on the "democratic" machinations of the Arab League - rather the GCC League, as real power in this pan-Arab organization is wielded by two of the six Persian Gulf monarchies composing the Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as Gulf Counter-revolution Club; Qatar and the House of Saud.

Essentially, the GCC created an Arab League group to monitor what's going on in Syria. The Syrian National Council - based in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries Turkey and France - enthusiastically supported it. It's telling that Syria's neighbor Lebanon did not.

When the over 160 monitors, after one month of enquiries, issued their report ... surprise! The report did not follow the official GCC line - which is that the "evil" Bashar al-Assad government isindiscriminately, and unilaterally, killing its own people, and so regime change is in order.

The Arab League's Ministerial Committee had approved the report, with four votes in favor (Algeria, Egypt, Sudan and GCC member Oman) and only one against; guess who, Qatar - which is now presiding the Arab League because the emirate bought their (rotating) turn from the Palestinian Authority.

remainder: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/NB04Ak01.html

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Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 09:26 PM

1. The head of the Arab League monitor team is a war criminal from the Sudan.

Some of the monitors, such as those from Iraq, were openly pro-Assad.

Some of the monitors left because they considered it a farce.

atimes - is not a credible source.

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Response to tabatha (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 09:31 PM

3. Not a credible source to you. n/t

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Response to Jefferson23 (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 7, 2012, 02:07 AM

4. I have read it many times.

I used to go there when Bush was President, and on some issues they were correct.

I have an open mind, but I have read too many things that I know were just wrong.

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Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 09:27 PM

2. Oh, and btw, Russia is going to try to get Assad to step. down.

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Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Tue Feb 7, 2012, 04:32 AM

5. It's a clever strategy to bomb pipelines and trucks carrying

fuel, because many demonstrations initially were about high prices of heating oil.

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