Geneva-Meeting on Syria,30 Jun 2012

Geneva:
Annan:” the danger of the creation of a new front for international terrorism in ME”
Lavrov”decision must belong to the Syrians-NO foreign meddling”
the sponsors of terrorist movement: the SAME BARKS as always
The international conference held in Geneva in order to resolve the crisis in Syria began with clear words of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The results are still to be seen.
The special envoy of the UN and the Arab League to Syria, Kofi Annan today in Geneva called on the international community to overcome their differences to find a solution to the over an year old conflict
“The way things have gone so far we are not helping anyone,” Annan said at the beginning of the meeting of foreign ministers of the countries of the Security Council of the UN, Turkey, several Arab League countries and the representative of the European Union, Catherine Ashton.
“Let us break this pattern and begin to be useful,” said Annan, who warned of the risk that the situation is extended to the entire Middle East region and to create “a new front for international terrorism.”
“Each of you has influence on the conflict in different ways,” said former UN secretary general. “States can achieve the conditions for Syria to find a peaceful solution,” Annan urged the ministers.
The special envoy to Syria also emphasized that the transitional government that promotes your plan should only include members of government and opposition “reprehensible.”
It is precisely this point that disagrees with Russia, which opposes the new plan leaves out of a possible transition government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
“Our partners in the West want to define the outcome of the political process in Syria themselves, even a matter of the Syrians themselves,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, after preparatory talks in Geneva.
Moscow and Washington failed to iron out these differences during their meeting in St. Petersburg on Friday its leaders Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Hillary Clinton.Moscow is an opponent of what it sees as foreign meddling in domestic affairs, objects to any solution imposed on Syria from outside .That is why Lavrov warned that we should not expect a final agreement on Saturday, but admitted that there are real opportunities to find a common point.
“We fail to execute an agreement with Russia and China. Continues to be very difficult,” said British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, on his arrival in Geneva.
At the Geneva meeting involving five countries of the Security Council of UN-France, United Kingdom, China, Russia and the United States, Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait and the European Union.
Declarations after the meeting:
Lavrov:there are decision adopted by Security Council that should be respected!
Russia’s foreign minister says the U.N.-brokered peace plan for Syria agreed on by major powers does not require the ouster of President Bashar Assad.
Sergey Lavrov says there is “no attempt in the document to impose on the Syrian people any type of transitional process.”
Moscow insists that outsiders cannot order a political solution for Syria.All parties should sit and talk : dialogue table! Each part has to comply with the Annan ‘s plan to be  applied
-there are smuggling weapons to the opposition.
– على الاطراف الخارجية ممارسة نفوذها بقوة على الاطراف في سورية لبدء الحوار بين السوريين
– اتفقنا مع جميع الاطراف على دعم خطة كوفي عنان وتنفيذها وجلوس السوريين على طاولة الحوار
– دعونا كل الافرقاء للجلوس على طاولة الحوار .
– كل جهة فاعلة عليها ان تضغط على الجانب الذي يمتثل لها لتطبيق خطة انان
– هناك تهريب اسلحة للمعارضة بشكل غير شرعي .
– قمنا بشطب كل ما يمكن ان يعتبر تدخل بالشأن السوري .
– سعت بعض الوسائل الإعلامية بالحكم على خطة أنان بالفشل
– حصلنا من القيادة السورية على ضمانات لدعم خطة عنان ونرجوا
Mr. President Assad accepted the observers of the Arab League,UN observers,international press and as he underlined in his latest statements Syria will respect Annan’s plan…I do not know if we can say the same thing about the armed opposition who receives more support from external parties and which  declared the plan will fail
الحكومة السورية وافقت على خطة عنان و التزمت بها لكن المجموعات المسلحة لم تلتزم و هي تتلقى المزيد من الدعم من الأطراف الخارجية التي أعلنت أنها ستفشل الخطة
-Armed groups foiled the attempts  of ICRC(Red Cross) to bring out the  civilians and wounded from places they control
– المجموعات المسلحة أفشلت محاولات الصليب الأحمر لإخراج المدنين و الجرحى من الأماكن التي يسيطرون عليها
Militants and  their sponsors provoke the Syrian Government and its forces and working on the escalation of violence and there are many facts that prove it
– المسلحون و الجهات الراعية لهم يستفزون الحكومة السورية و قواتها و يعملون على تصعيد العنف و هناك حقائق كثيرة على ذلك
I am surprised that no one expressed any regrets for bombing the Syrian news channel
لافروف أتعجب بأنه لم تعبر أي جهة عن أسفها بوقوع تفجير موقع قناة الإخبارية السورية
Asked about the Turkish plane,Lavrov said”A joint careful investigation must be made and this incident should not be used to ignite more problems in the area!”دعونا لتحقيق عميق بما يخص اسقاط الطائرة التركية ..لدينا معلوماتنا الخاصة يمكننا ان نقدمها للدولتين .
It is for the  Syrian people to come to a political agreement but time is running out,” Annan said in concluding remarks.
“We need rapid steps to reach agreement. The conflict must be resolved through peaceful dialogue and negotiations.”
UN Special Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan said that the international work group on Syria reached an agreement to help resolve the crisis in Syria through a political process led by Syrians themselves through comprehensive national dialogue in an atmosphere of calm, which requires disarming armed groups.
At the conclusion of the work group’s meetings on Saturday, Annan said that all sides are aware of the situation in Syria, and that they have taken cooperation to a higher level through a clearer and more specific course which they hope the Syrians can take.
“We’re determined to work together and intensively to put an end to violence in Syria and launch a process led by Syria leading to a transitional process meeting the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people and enabling this people to decide their future independently,” he said.
Annan called on all sides to commit to a permanent cessation of violence and carrying out the six-point plan without waiting others to take steps, in addition to calling on the government and the armed group to cooperate with the UN observers.
He also called on the Syrian government to release detainees, allow journalists to enter and move freely, respect the right to peaceful protests, and allow the entry of humanitarian aid.
Annan said that the workgroup agreed upon a number of directive principles regarding the transitional process in Syria, presenting a vision in which everyone participates in a pluralistic democratic country with free elections that respects human rights, the rule of law, equal access to rights, and respecting the rights of minorities, noting that this requires clear steps within a specific timeframe.
He said that the main steps in the transitional period involves establishing a “governing society” that establishes a neutral environment to affect change, with this transitional body consisting of members of the current government and opposition figures and formed through mutual agreement.
Annan stressed that the political process must be implemented in a secure and quiet environment, which requires the disarming of armed group.
He stressed that the Syrians are the ones to decide their country’s future, and that all social groups must be able to participate in comprehensive national dialogue that produces feasible results, stressing the importance of women’ being represented in all aspect, adding that the constitutional and legal systems may be reconsidered, which is up to the people’s agreement, which would be followed by free, democratic elections.
Anna said that time is running out, and that quick steps are needed to reach an agreement and resolve the conflict through peaceful dialogue and negotiations only, adding that conditions for peaceful settlement must begin immediately, and that violence must cease and all sides must be prepared to appoint negotiators to work on the transitional process.
He affirmed that the international community is ready to support any agreement reached by all sides, and that the work group members will pressure all sides to carry out the discussed points, opposing any further militarization of the conflict.
Annan said that the work group will support him completely through his direct work with the government and the opposition and in consultation with all spectrums of the Syrian people and international players to move forward, adding that he will inform the UN and the Arab League of progress.
“Today’s hopes must not turn to disappointment in the future… we must work together to carry out what we agreed upon, and we can’t do this alone,” he concluded.
من جهته قال كوفي عنان مبعوث الأمم المتحدة إلى سورية إن مجموعة العمل الدولية حول سورية توصلت إلى اتفاق للمساعدة على حل الأزمة في سورية عبر عملية سياسية يقودها السوريون بأنفسهم عبر الحوار الوطني الشامل وفي جو من الهدوء يتطلب نزع سلاح المجموعات المسلحة.20120630-220025.jpg
وأوضح عنان في ختام اجتماعات مجموعة العمل في جنيف اليوم أن جميع الأطراف يدركون تماما الوضع في سورية وهم نقلوا التعاون إلى مستوى أعلى من خلال اتخاذ موقف أوضح وأكثر تحديدا عبر مسار يأملون أن يستطيع الشعب السوري سلوكه والعمل معه.
وقال عنان “نحن مصممون على العمل بشكل مشترك ومكثف كي نضع حدا للعنف في سورية وإطلاق عملية تقودها سورية تؤدي إلى عملية انتقالية تلبي الطموحات المشروعة للشعب السوري وتمكن هذا الشعب من أن يقرر مستقبله بشكل مستقل”.
ودعا عنان جميع الأطراف إلى الالتزام بالوقف الدائم للعنف وتنفيذ خطة النقاط الست مباشرة دون انتظار إجراءات الآخرين كما دعا الحكومة والمجموعات المسلحة إلى التعاون مع مراقبي الأمم المتحدة الموجودين على الأرض.
وقال عنان “يجب على الحكومة إطلاق سراح المعتقلين والسماح بدخول الصحفيين والتنقل بحرية واحترام حق التظاهر السلمي والسماح بدخول المساعدات الإنسانية”.
وأشار عنان إلى أن مجموعة العمل اتفقت على مجموعة من المبادئ التوجيهية التي تخص العملية الانتقالية التي ستجري في سورية حيث قدمت منظورا للمستقبل يمكن أن يتشارك به الجميع في دولة تعددية ديمقراطية فيها انتخابات حرة مع احترام حقوق الإنسان وحكم القانون ونفاذ متساو للجميع إلى الحقوق مع احترام حقوق المجموعات الصغيرة وهذا الأمر يتطلب خطوات واضحة ضمن إطار زمني محدد.
وقال عنان “إن الخطوات الرئيسية في العملية الانتقالية تشمل إنشاء جمعية حاكمة يمكن أن تنشئ بيئة حيادية نستطيع من خلالها أن نحدث التغيير أي أن هذه الجهة الانتقالية يجب أن تشمل أعضاء من الحكومة الحالية ومن المعارضين وتشكل على أساس الموافقة المشتركة”.
وأكد عنان أن العملية السياسية في سورية يجب أن تطبق في بيئة من الأمان والهدوء للجميع بما في ذلك استكمال نزع سلاح المجموعات المسلحة ويجب أن تكون هناك استمرارية بالعمل الحكومي يتم التوصل إليه من كل الأطراف.
وشدد عنان على أن الشعب السوري هو من يقرر مستقبل بلده وكل فئات المجتمع يجب أن تكون قادرة على المشاركة في حوار وطني شامل للجميع تكون محصلته الأساسية قابلة للتنفيذ كما يجب أن تمثل النساء في جميع هذه الجوانب لافتا إلى أنه وبناء على هذا الأساس فإن “النظام الدستوري والنظام القانوني يمكن أن يراجع وهذا أمر خاضع لموافقة الشعب يلي ذلك انتخابات حرة وديمقراطية متعددة الأطراف”.
وأشار عنان إلى أن الوقت ينفد ولابد من خطوات سريعة للتوصل إلى اتفاق وحل النزاع من خلال الحوار السلمي والمفاوضات فقط.
وبين عنان “أن الشروط المواتية للتسوية السياسية يجب أن تبدأ مباشرة ويجب أن يتوقف العنف وعلى كل الأطراف أن يكونوا مستعدين لتعيين مفاوضين نيابة عنهم للعمل مع المبعوث الأممي على إجراء عملية سياسية انتقالية تقودها سورية”.
وقال عنان إن المجتمع الدولي جاهز لدعم أي اتفاق يتم التوصل إليه من كل الاطراف وإن أعضاء مجموعة العمل سيشاركون ويفرضون الضغوط على كل الأطراف لتنفيذ ما تمت مناقشته مع معارضة أي مزيد من العسكرة للنزاع.
وأضاف عنان “إن مجموعة العمل ستدعمني بشكل كامل من خلال عملي المباشر مع الحكومة والمعارضة وبالتشاور مع كل شرائح الشعب السوري واللاعبين الدوليين للمضي قدما وسأعمل معهم واطلع الامم المتحدة والجامعة العربية على ما يحصل”.
وأوضح عنان أنه تعهد للمجموعة بالعمل في جو من الأمل وقال “يجب ألا تتحول آمال اليوم الى خيبة امل في المستقبل ويجب البدء بالعمل سوية لتنفيذ ما اتفقنا عليه ونحن لا نستطيع فعل ذلك بمفردنا”.
من جانبه أعلن وليام هيغ وزير الخارجية البريطاني ترحيب أعضاء مجلس الامن الدولي بعمل لجنة المراقبين الدوليين في سورية وبالجهود التي بذلها عنان والتزامهم بدعمه لتطبيق خطته ذات البنود الستة بالكامل وقراري مجلس الامن الدولي ذوي الصلة.
وأشار هيغ إلى أن مجموعة العمل الدولية ستجتمع كلما اقتضت الضرورة وفي حالات الطوارئ.
وكانت مجموعة العمل الدولية حول سورية استأنفت محادثاتها في مقر الأمم المتحدة في جنيف مساء اليوم بحضور جميع الوفود بعد أن عقدت جلسة أولى القى فيها المبعوث الأممي الى سورية كوفي عنان كلمة اكد فيها ان الأزمة في سورية تفاقمت داعيا اللاعبين الدوليين إلى بذل أقصى الجهود من أجل التوصل إلى اتفاق بشأن مبادئ لتحول سياسي يقوده السوريون.
ورأى عنان أن الوضع قد يشعل المنطقة ويفجر أزمة دولية في حال عدم التوصل إلى حل مؤكدا أن مسؤولية تسوية الأزمة في سورية تقع في نهاية المطاف على عاتق السوريين أنفسهم.
وشدد في الوقت نفسه على أن المجتمع الدولي لن يستطيع المساهمة بفعالية في حل الأزمة السورية إلا في حال تمكن اللاعبين الدوليين من تقريب مواقفهم.
وأعرب المبعوث الأممي عن أمله في أن يكون الحوار في مؤتمر جنيف بناء مشددا على أن نتائج المؤتمر يجب أن تصب بالدرجة الأولى في مصالح الشعب السوري وليس في مصالح بعض اللاعبين الدوليين.
وكانت أعمال المؤتمر انطلقت بعد تأخير دام نحو ساعتين خلف أبواب مغلقة.
ونقلت وكالة (رويترز) عن مسؤول أمريكي رفيع المستوى قوله إن المحادثات صعبة بسبب الخلافات القائمة بين المشاركين مشيرا إلى أن المحادثات قد لا تسفر عن أي اتفاق.
وأوضحت مصادر دبلوماسية أن سبب تأخير بدء اجتماع جنيف يكمن في عدد كبير من اللقاءات الثنائية التي أجراها المشاركون في المؤتمر قبل انطلاق أعماله.
وشارك في الاجتماع وزراء خارجية الدول الخمس دائمة العضوية في مجلس الأمن الدولي روسيا وبريطانيا والصين والولايات المتحدة وفرنسا بالإضافة إلى وزراء خارجية تركيا والعراق والكويت وقطر.
كما تحضر الاجتماع كاثرين اشتون المفوضة العليا للسياسة الخارجية في الاتحاد الأوروبي وبان كي مون الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة.
والتقى وزير الخارجية الروسي سيرغي لافروف قبل الاجتماع مع كل من المبعوث الأممي عنان وآشتون ونظيريه الصيني يانغ جيه تشي والعراقي هوشيار زيباري.
وكان لافروف قد عقد يوم الجمعة محادثات استمرت ساعة تقريبا مع وزيرة الخارجية الأمريكية هيلاري كلينتون في بطرسبورغ في محاولة لتجاوز الخلافات القائمة بينهما.
من جانب آخر أعلنت وزارة الخارجية الروسية أن الأطراف التي تشارك في المؤتمر الدولي الخاص بسورية لم تتمكن من التوصل إلى مشروع للوثيقة النهائية للمؤتمر خلال اجتماع تحضيري جرى في جنيف يوم الجمعة على مستوى الخبراء.

Unilateral Intervention without a UN Mandate: Propagandists Sell “Vigilante” Solution for Syria

Unilateral Intervention without a UN Mandate: Propagandists Sell “Vigilante” Solution for Syria.

Bypassing the UN to “end violence” of its own creation, West plumbs new depths of own depravity

Ned Dobos of Australia’s University of New South Wales, Canberra has given a presentation, served up in the form of an op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald titled, “Syria needs a vigilante to save its people,” that can only be described as a new benchmark in Western duplicity. Cued up by the forces of Western imperialism, Dobos plugs in every keyword and talking point flowing through the halls of the very corporate-funded think tanks that have engineered the blood-soaked destabilization in Syria in the first place.

Sidestepping entirely the history of the current conflict, both in Syria, and in a broader regional context, as well as inconvenient facts regarding the driving factors behind the violence Dobos seeks to end with his proposal, he maintains that there is a “moral imperative” for nations to act outside of the “paralyzed” United Nations.

Dobos conducts a rambling pedantic philosophical defense of what is essentially a unilateral act of war built on patently false pretenses, as NATO has already done in Libya, and as the US has done in Iraq and Afghanistan at the cost of millions of innocent lives.

Dobos concludes by stating:

“Champions of the UN often fail to see or acknowledge that the obligations of a state’s international commitments are equally prima facie, and that in some cases a perfectly good justification for their transgression will be available.

Syria is one of those cases. The global body entrusted with the task of preventing human rights abuses is, once again, paralysed by politics. For any state that is able and willing to act unilaterally, the imperative to defend people against murder, torture and rape trumps fidelity to international covenant. A vigilante that defends the innocent when the police can’t or won’t is not a villain, he is a hero.” – “Syria needs a vigilante to save its people” Ned Dobos, SMH.

The Truth Drowns Western & Dobos’ Flights of R2P Fancy  

Unfortunately for Dobos and his ivory tower academia, the truth about the violence in Syria not only mires his proposal in the unpleasantries of reality, it drowns it. The “murder, torture, and rape” Dobos claims unilateral military intervention will stop, was in fact premeditated, planned, staged, funded, and the forces carrying it out entirely armed by the West in an effort not for “preventing human rights abuses,” but to admittedly overthrow the government of Syria and install a compliant, pro-Western client regime, as the West has done in TunisiaLibyaEgypt, and is attempting to do elsewhere from Northern Africa to Southeast Asia and beyond.

Since the early 1990’s, US Army General Wesley Clark was aware of a plan drawn up by the forces of corporate-financier special interests to overthrow the “old client regimes” of the Soviet Union. General Clark would again be made aware of plans post-9/11 to invade and overthrow the governments of seven specific nations, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. General Clark would later present this information at the Commonwealth Club of California, October 3, 2007.

It was also in 2007 that Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker would publish a lengthy report titled “The Redirection” regarding US, Israeli, and Saudi plans to destabilize Lebanon, Syria, and Iran using sectarian extremists with direct ties to Al Qaeda with the foreknowledge they would wreak terrible havoc, committing horrific atrocities as they carried out the West’s proxy war. Upon reading Hersh’s report and viewing the events unfolding today, the West’s plan has clearly been executed with a fair degree of exactitude and precision, obfuscated only by the West’s impressive dissembling enabled by their immense corporate media networks.

The Arab Spring was also being engineered in this period, years before it would actually unfold, with the US training “activists” in the US, providing them with equipment, funding, and directives in the lead up to one of the largest, if not the largest coordinated political destabilization in human history. Regarding Syria specifically, the US State Department would admit that it did indeed train and fund “activists” abroad with the explicit intent of sowing chaos once they returned to Syria.

In an April 2011 AFP report, Michael Posner, the assistant US Secretary of State for Human Rights and Labor, admitted that the “US government has budgeted $50 million in the last two years to develop new technologies to help activists protect themselves from arrest and prosecution by authoritarian governments.” The report went on to admit that the US (emphasis added) “organized training sessions for 5,000 activists in different parts of the world. A session held in the Middle East about six weeks ago gathered activists from Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon who returned to their countries with the aim of training their colleagues there.” Posner would add, “They went back and there’s a ripple effect.”

With the CIASaudi Arabia, Qatar, and even elements in Lebanon now openly admitting they are funding, arming, and otherwise enabling terrorists operating in and around Syrian territory – and with these terrorists accused by even the West’s own “institutions” and “international arbiters” of carrying out systematic atrocities of their own, including kidnapping, torture, and murder, Dobos’ narrative is exposed further as absolute, baseless, politically-motivated propaganda unmoored by even what is admitted in headline news.

With Libya serving as the ultimate example of just how disingenuous the West is regarding “responsibility to protect” (R2P), a political ploy contrived by modern neo-imperialists to mask naked military conquest, promoting a similar campaign in Syria is admittedly a hard, if not impossible sell. Libya’s “freedom fighters” have turned out to be sectarian terrorists now carrying out a brutal campaign of nationwide torture, harassment, illegal imprisonments, and genocide. Entire towns have been wiped out with ethnic and religious minorities fleeing the country for their survival. Even the handpicked proxies installed by NATO have been subjected to the violence, threats, and general chaos that has predictably prevailed in Libya.

In fact the only success story that can be told coming out of Libya, is its emergence as a military logistical hub serving similar NATO destabilizations across Northern Africa and across the Middle East. With an entire nation serving as a safe haven for terrorism, a nearly endless supply of weapons and fighters can be propagated to multiple theaters of conflict. Ironically enough, eastern Libya (Benghazi, the epicenter of 2011’s destabilization) had served as a terrorist recruiting center for fueling sectarian violence in Iraq that effectively neutralized a joint Sunni-Shi’ia insurrection against Western occupation.

Selling Unilateral Military Conquest – a Crime Against World Peace

Wittingly or unwittingly, Dobos has committed a crime against world peace by promoting crass, unfounded, irresponsible propaganda aimed solely at defending not only the continuation of violence in Syria, but also by attempting to prepare the ground for a larger act of overt military aggression, which he himself admits violates international law – a Nuremberg offense.

Dobos and the corporate-funded policy makers he parrots almost certainly do not believe the rhetoric they are promoting – as even the most elementary research into the topic exposes immediate and significant flaws in the premise of “unilateral intervention” based on a “moral imperative” to alleviate violence of the West’s own premeditated creation.

Dobos has also played a role in destroying the credibility of not only his own university of New South Wales, but the reputation and credibility of Western academia in general, which has now become an easily purchased stamp of approval to lend credence and employ an “academic” defense to the otherwise indefensible. Australian academia in particular has been almost entirely infiltrated and co-opted by the forces of Western special interests, in particular by the Lowy Institute.

For the very real principles and ideals the West once stood for, we must expose and denounce entirely the hackery of “academics” like “Dr.” Dobos, protest the recognition of his credentials, and give pause for thought to those employing him and allowing him to continuously abuse the good name of their educational institutions for transparently self-serving political agendas. Failing to do this will only accelerate the fall of the West’s institutions, and once credibility has been lost, it will be difficult if not impossible to ever regain it.

Suggesting that the West should unilaterally intervene in Syria, without a UN mandate has been on corporate-financier funded policy makers’ wishlist for months.Neo-Conservative led corporate funded think tank (beginning on page 18, .pdf), the Henry Jackson Society, has openly declared NATO’s plans to do just that. Of course, to do so, it must be thoroughly justified in the court of public opinion – a court Dobos just so happens to have testify before with his pedantic, fact-devoid, intelligence-insulting diatribe.

With Libya and Iraq as two very prominent examples of how the West couches military conquest within “humanitarian” pretexts still fresh in the public’s mind, it will take much more than an obscure ethics PhD from Australia parroting corporate-funded talking points to convince the world that it is necessary, let alone justified to expand upon these grievous crimes against humanity and suffer another blight upon our collective conscience.

Unilateral Intervention without a UN Mandate: Propagandists Sell "Vigilante" Solution for Syria

Unilateral Intervention without a UN Mandate: Propagandists Sell “Vigilante” Solution for Syria

Bypassing the UN to “end violence” of its own creation, West plumbs new depths of own depravityNed Dobos of Australia’s University of New South Wales, Canberra has given a presentation, served up in the form of an op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald titled, “Syria needs a vigilante to save its people,” that can only be described as a new benchmark in Western duplicity. Cued up by the forces of Western imperialism, Dobos plugs in every keyword and talking point flowing through the halls of the very corporate-funded think tanks that have engineered the blood-soaked destabilization in Syria in the first place.

Sidestepping entirely the history of the current conflict, both in Syria, and in a broader regional context, as well as inconvenient facts regarding the driving factors behind the violence Dobos seeks to end with his proposal, he maintains that there is a “moral imperative” for nations to act outside of the “paralyzed” United Nations.

Dobos conducts a rambling pedantic philosophical defense of what is essentially a unilateral act of war built on patently false pretenses, as NATO has already done in Libya, and as the US has done in Iraq and Afghanistan at the cost of millions of innocent lives.

Dobos concludes by stating:

“Champions of the UN often fail to see or acknowledge that the obligations of a state’s international commitments are equally prima facie, and that in some cases a perfectly good justification for their transgression will be available.

Syria is one of those cases. The global body entrusted with the task of preventing human rights abuses is, once again, paralysed by politics. For any state that is able and willing to act unilaterally, the imperative to defend people against murder, torture and rape trumps fidelity to international covenant. A vigilante that defends the innocent when the police can’t or won’t is not a villain, he is a hero.” – “Syria needs a vigilante to save its people” Ned Dobos, SMH.

The Truth Drowns Western & Dobos’ Flights of R2P Fancy  

Unfortunately for Dobos and his ivory tower academia, the truth about the violence in Syria not only mires his proposal in the unpleasantries of reality, it drowns it. The “murder, torture, and rape” Dobos claims unilateral military intervention will stop, was in fact premeditated, planned, staged, funded, and the forces carrying it out entirely armed by the West in an effort not for “preventing human rights abuses,” but to admittedly overthrow the government of Syria and install a compliant, pro-Western client regime, as the West has done in TunisiaLibyaEgypt, and is attempting to do elsewhere from Northern Africa to Southeast Asia and beyond.

Since the early 1990’s, US Army General Wesley Clark was aware of a plan drawn up by the forces of corporate-financier special interests to overthrow the “old client regimes” of the Soviet Union. General Clark would again be made aware of plans post-9/11 to invade and overthrow the governments of seven specific nations, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. General Clark would later present this information at the Commonwealth Club of California, October 3, 2007.

It was also in 2007 that Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker would publish a lengthy report titled “The Redirection” regarding US, Israeli, and Saudi plans to destabilize Lebanon, Syria, and Iran using sectarian extremists with direct ties to Al Qaeda with the foreknowledge they would wreak terrible havoc, committing horrific atrocities as they carried out the West’s proxy war. Upon reading Hersh’s report and viewing the events unfolding today, the West’s plan has clearly been executed with a fair degree of exactitude and precision, obfuscated only by the West’s impressive dissembling enabled by their immense corporate media networks.

The Arab Spring was also being engineered in this period, years before it would actually unfold, with the US training “activists” in the US, providing them with equipment, funding, and directives in the lead up to one of the largest, if not the largest coordinated political destabilization in human history. Regarding Syria specifically, the US State Department would admit that it did indeed train and fund “activists” abroad with the explicit intent of sowing chaos once they returned to Syria.

In an April 2011 AFP report, Michael Posner, the assistant US Secretary of State for Human Rights and Labor, admitted that the “US government has budgeted $50 million in the last two years to develop new technologies to help activists protect themselves from arrest and prosecution by authoritarian governments.” The report went on to admit that the US (emphasis added) “organized training sessions for 5,000 activists in different parts of the world. A session held in the Middle East about six weeks ago gathered activists from Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon who returned to their countries with the aim of training their colleagues there.” Posner would add, “They went back and there’s a ripple effect.”

With the CIASaudi Arabia, Qatar, and even elements in Lebanon now openly admitting they are funding, arming, and otherwise enabling terrorists operating in and around Syrian territory – and with these terrorists accused by even the West’s own “institutions” and “international arbiters” of carrying out systematic atrocities of their own, including kidnapping, torture, and murder, Dobos’ narrative is exposed further as absolute, baseless, politically-motivated propaganda unmoored by even what is admitted in headline news.

With Libya serving as the ultimate example of just how disingenuous the West is regarding “responsibility to protect” (R2P), a political ploy contrived by modern neo-imperialists to mask naked military conquest, promoting a similar campaign in Syria is admittedly a hard, if not impossible sell. Libya’s “freedom fighters” have turned out to be sectarian terrorists now carrying out a brutal campaign of nationwide torture, harassment, illegal imprisonments, and genocide. Entire towns have been wiped out with ethnic and religious minorities fleeing the country for their survival. Even the handpicked proxies installed by NATO have been subjected to the violence, threats, and general chaos that has predictably prevailed in Libya.

In fact the only success story that can be told coming out of Libya, is its emergence as a military logistical hub serving similar NATO destabilizations across Northern Africa and across the Middle East. With an entire nation serving as a safe haven for terrorism, a nearly endless supply of weapons and fighters can be propagated to multiple theaters of conflict. Ironically enough, eastern Libya (Benghazi, the epicenter of 2011’s destabilization) had served as a terrorist recruiting center for fueling sectarian violence in Iraq that effectively neutralized a joint Sunni-Shi’ia insurrection against Western occupation.

Selling Unilateral Military Conquest – a Crime Against World Peace

Wittingly or unwittingly, Dobos has committed a crime against world peace by promoting crass, unfounded, irresponsible propaganda aimed solely at defending not only the continuation of violence in Syria, but also by attempting to prepare the ground for a larger act of overt military aggression, which he himself admits violates international law – a Nuremberg offense.

Dobos and the corporate-funded policy makers he parrots almost certainly do not believe the rhetoric they are promoting – as even the most elementary research into the topic exposes immediate and significant flaws in the premise of “unilateral intervention” based on a “moral imperative” to alleviate violence of the West’s own premeditated creation.

Dobos has also played a role in destroying the credibility of not only his own university of New South Wales, but the reputation and credibility of Western academia in general, which has now become an easily purchased stamp of approval to lend credence and employ an “academic” defense to the otherwise indefensible. Australian academia in particular has been almost entirely infiltrated and co-opted by the forces of Western special interests, in particular by the Lowy Institute.

For the very real principles and ideals the West once stood for, we must expose and denounce entirely the hackery of “academics” like “Dr.” Dobos, protest the recognition of his credentials, and give pause for thought to those employing him and allowing him to continuously abuse the good name of their educational institutions for transparently self-serving political agendas. Failing to do this will only accelerate the fall of the West’s institutions, and once credibility has been lost, it will be difficult if not impossible to ever regain it.

Suggesting that the West should unilaterally intervene in Syria, without a UN mandate has been on corporate-financier funded policy makers’ wishlist for months.Neo-Conservative led corporate funded think tank (beginning on page 18, .pdf), the Henry Jackson Society, has openly declared NATO’s plans to do just that. Of course, to do so, it must be thoroughly justified in the court of public opinion – a court Dobos just so happens to have testify before with his pedantic, fact-devoid, intelligence-insulting diatribe.

With Libya and Iraq as two very prominent examples of how the West couches military conquest within “humanitarian” pretexts still fresh in the public’s mind, it will take much more than an obscure ethics PhD from Australia parroting corporate-funded talking points to convince the world that it is necessary, let alone justified to expand upon these grievous crimes against humanity and suffer another blight upon our collective conscience.

Geneva Meeting on Syria Begins

Geneva Meeting on Syria Begins.

Geneva Meeting on Syria Begins
Local Editor
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (left), UN-AL envoy Kofi Annan (middle) and Russian foriegn minister Sergei Lavrov (right) before Geneva meeting; June 30, 2012The foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and four other Middle Eastern states have gathered in Geneva to hold talks on the current situation in Syria.

The representatives of Russia, China, the United States, Britain and France along with Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq began the meeting at the United Nations office on Saturday.

The participants in the Geneva meeting were convened by the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan.

On June 27, some UN diplomats said Annan has proposed the formation of a Syrian transitional government that could include supporters of President Bashar al-Assad and opposition members.

The proposal was expected to be one of the main points of focus during the Geneva meeting.

Lavrov also stated that Russia supports the idea of a “transitional period” in Syria, which would be discussed in Geneva.

“We support changes which work towards national agreement on all questions of overdue reform.”

However, a senior US official, whose name was not mentioned in the reports, said on Saturday that the discussions of Geneva “remain challenging.”

“We need a plan that is strong and credible, so we may get there, we may not,” the US official said.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.

On February 4, Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed draft resolution on Syria at the UN Security Council. The two countries rejected the draft as “unbalanced.”

Moscow and Beijing also vetoed a European-drafted UN Security Council resolution against Syria on October 5, 2011.