Syria’s Civil War

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[2011] Syria [is now] in civil war, says UN official Herve Ladsous

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18417952

[So, what, then, should Barack Obama do about it?]

Understanding the Syrian revolution

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/04/understanding_the_syrian_revolution.html

and…

The Real Story on Syria, and Why It Matters

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/02/the_real_story_on_syria_and_why_it_matters.html

and…

Stay out of the Syrian morass

West has more to lose than gain by intervening

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/12/stay-out-of-the-syrian-morass/

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[2011] ASND Predicts The U.S. — Under Barack Obama (who vehemently opposed our involvement in Iraq under George W. Bush) — Will Eventually Aid Syria’s Rebels:

For those who don’t know, President Obama’s next Iraq — sorry, I mean Libya — will be Syria.

Obama Administration Does it Again!

Empowers Largely Islamist Leadership for Syrian Revolution

http://pajamasmedia.com/barryrubin/2011/10/22/scoop-obama-administration-does-it-again/?print=1

[BTW, while we’re taking about President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, how many of you heard about  this ?]

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[2012] We told ya so.

Obama administration secretly preparing options for aiding the Syrian opposition

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/12/28/obama_administration_secretly_preparing_options_for_aiding_the_syrian_opposition

[Regular readers of ASND know that we predicted exactly that a couple of months ago.]

and…

US focuses on bringing down Assad regime

http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-focuses-on-bringing-down-assad-regime-20120722-22i57.html

and…

Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/01/us-usa-syria-obama-order-idUSBRE8701OK20120801

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… there have been numerous indications before this that the resistance to the Assad regime is not made up of the democratic pluralists of mainstream media myth.  Not surprisingly, that hasn’t stopped Barack Obama [from  sending them weapons  and other material bought with your money].

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/robert-spencer/dealing-with-the-devil-in-syria/print/

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Why We Still Must Not Support Obama’s Strike on Syria: Responding to Ron Radosh

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/09/05/why-we-still-must-not-support-obamas-strike-on-syria-responding-to-ron-radosh/?print=1

and…

Arming Our Enemies

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/joseph-klein/arming-our-enemies/print/

and…

“Turkey is facilitating the transport of thousands more Islamist militants into Syria… [and] the U.S. [President is] fully aware…”

http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/u-s-turning-blind-eye-to-jihadists/print/

and…

[2013, The Snowball Gains Momentum]

U.S. will increase assistance to Syrian opposition: White House

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/27/us-syria-crisis-whitehouse-idUSBRE91Q0WB20130227

and…

Kerry appears to confirm US helping train Syrian opposition

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/05/kerry-confirms-us-helping-train-syrian-opposition/?test=latestnews

and…

Americans are training Syria rebels in Jordan

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/10/us-syria-crisis-rebels-usa-idUSBRE9290FI20130310

and…

Syrian Opposition Council Meets with Extremist Cleric

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/11/11/syrian-opposition-council-means-with-extremist-cleric/print/

[Ooh, that sounds encouraging.]

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U.S.: Al Qaeda-linked Group Behind Benghazi Attack Trains Jihadists for Syrian Rebel Groups

http://freebeacon.com/u-s-al-qaeda-linked-group-behind-benghazi-attack-trains-jihadists-for-syrian-rebel-groups/

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UK Intel: Al Qaeda and Jihadists in Syria ‘Most Worrying Emerging Terrorist Threat’ to West

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/uk-intel-al-qaeda-and-jihadists-syria-most-worrying-emerging

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Does Obama know he’s fighting on al-Qa’ida’s side?

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/does-obama-know-hes-fighting-on-alqaidas-side-8786680.html

[With your money]

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Al-Qaeda Linked Syrian Rebels Attack Christian Village

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/09/04/Syria-rebels-attack-regime-held-Christian-village

and…

Why is Assad’s use of WMDs so much worse than Syrian rebels’ allying with jihadists?

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/357858/print

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Critics see contradictions in Obama administration’s Syria claims

http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-contradictions-obama-syria-20130908,0,757759,print.story

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Despite the avalanche of information provided above exposing both the objectively evil motives behind and the unavoidable consequences of supporting the jihadist Syrian rebels in their Islamic war on Bashar al Assad (who, much like Saddam Hussein was, is more of a secular Muslim than a Qur’anic Islamist [it is no coincidence that they both were/are also  leaders of their countries' respective Baath political parties]) ASND would like to point out something which our President has elected not to mention (hmm…) — that there actually is one good reason to consider in support of attacking Assad’s Syria:

http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2013/09/06/the-light-of-day/?print=1

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UN: 5,000 Flee Syria Every Day; 28% of Population Driven From Homes

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/dennis-m-crowley/un-5000-flee-syria-every-day-28-population-driven-homes

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Who’s Been Using Chemical Weapons in Syria?

[Islamist] Syrian Rebels Now Have Chemical Weapons

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/theodore-and-walid-shoebat/syrian-rebels-now-have-chemical-weapons/print/

and…

Syria chemical weapons: finger pointed at jihadists

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9950036/Syria-chemical-weapons-finger-pointed-at-jihadists.html

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The Syrian ‘Rebels’ and Chemical Weapons: Remembering Your Al-Qaeda History

http://pjmedia.com/andrewmccarthy/2013/09/03/the-syrian-rebels-and-chemical-weapons-remembering-your-al-qaeda-history/?print=1

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[U.S.] Intelligence on [Assad's chemical] weapons [use] no ‘slam dunk’

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_UNITED_STATES_SYRIA_INTELLIGENCE_DOUBTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-08-29-03-11-56

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Experts: Syria Chemical Weapons Attack “Suspicious”

http://www.infowars.com/experts-syria-chemical-weapons-attack-suspicious/

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Russia asks Turkey for info on sarin terrorists

http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/151261/russia-asks-turkey-for-info-on-sarin-terrorists.html

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Video: Syrian Rebel Admits Using Chemical Weapons

http://www.infowars.com/video-syrian-rebel-admits-using-chemical-weapons/

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Then there is this. 

In a chilling alliance that could turn conventional wisdom about the current Syria debate — and the revolution’s players — on its head, signs continue to mount that show al-Qaeda is working not against Bashar al-Assad but in concert with the dictator.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/game-changer-signs-of-the-al-qaeda-assad-alliance/?print=1

Not yet well attested (other than what is provided in the article), but if true, then the grand illusion is grander than we had ever imagined.

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Assad’s WsMD: Acquisition & Use

This is Part I of a two-part examination of Syria’s chemical and biological weapons — how Syria built them [&] configure[d] them…

http://www.meforum.org/493/guile-gas-and-germs-syrias-ultimate-weapons

and…

Whatever happened to the just war doctrine?  While it may be good politics to want to go after the bad guy, but folks are acting as if the past decade never happened…  Once again, our leaders and opinion elites are urging the use of military force without thinking about what happens after the ‘bad guy’ is gone.

http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/18842

[Well, Chuck, back in 2002 you were among the many people who told us that going to war in Iraq WAS just — because, you said,  Saddam   Hussein   had   WsMD .]

and…

Syria is believed to have a substantial chemical weapons program, which includes mustard gas and sophisticated nerve agents, such as sarin gas, as well as biological weapons.  Syria has also refused IAEA requests to make available facilities that were part of its nuclear weapons program and may still be in operation.

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/02/24/exclusive_state_department_quietly_warning_region_on_syrian_wmds

[Hmm, ASND wonders where Syria  got   all   those   WsMD .]

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Syria moves chemical weapons

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/07/syria_moves_chemical_weapons.html

[Once again, ASND wonders, " Whence  did  Syria   obtain   WsMD ?"]

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Syria confirms it has chemical weapons

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/83da4c76-d4c2-11e1-bb88-00144feabdc0.html#axzz21UUAh9SS

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Syria loads chemical weapons into bombs; military awaits Assad’s order

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/05/15706380-syria-loads-chemical-weapons-into-bombs-military-awaits-assads-order?lite

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The Uncertain Fate of Syria’s Chemical Weapons

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/frank-crimi/the-uncertain-fate-of-syria%E2%80%99s-chemical-weapons-2/print/

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Obama’s Middle East: Iranian Arms [Now] Flow to Syria Via Iraq

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/arnold-ahlert/iran-ships-arm-to-syria-via-iraq-thanks-to-obama/print/

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Consequences of American Support:

Yes, “American Support” means you are now, and your children will eventually (when the Chinese loans to our treasury come due), be paying for all of the following.

[Barack Obama, with your money, is] Training Syrian Rebels to Conquer Golan Heights and Shoot Down Israeli Aircraft

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/03/training_syrian_rebels_to_conquer_golan_heights_and_shoot_down_israeli_aircraft.html

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Syrian Rebels Pledge Allegiance to Al-Qaeda Group That Killed U.S. Troops

http://www.infowars.com/syrian-rebels-pledge-allegiance-to-al-qaeda-group-that-killed-u-s-troops/

[ASND wonders how President Obama  responded  to that news.]

[Actually, no. ASND  never   wondered  any such thing.]

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Syria’s rebels and soldiers agree: [U.S.] military strikes will change nothing

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10293591/Syrias-rebels-and-soldiers-agree-military-strikes-will-change-nothing.html

and…

Our enemies align because of a shared belief that Islam commands them to fight us — something that would not disappear with Iran’s defeat.  Iran is not the reason the United States is despised in the region, including in places where Iran is also despised.  Iran is not the reason Afghan trainees shoot their American mentors.  The reason is the interpretation of Islam predominant in the Middle East… 

Commonsense statecraft would at least tacitly acknowledge that Islam is a problem. Our regnant bipartisan approach holds that Islam is the solution and that its sharia law must be enshrined in new constitutions.  That this arrangement inevitably results in the persecution of religious minorities, apostates, and homosexuals never seems to provoke any rethinking of the arrangement — only the slandering of anyone who inconveniently points out that the arrangement is lunatic…

Nation-building in Islamic lands does not make us safer, its costs in blood and treasure are prohibitive, and it does not work because they don’t want what we’re offering.  Our security does not hinge on their freedom; it hinges on their knowing that we are not to be trifled with.  If they square off against each other, the best thing for us to do is stay out of the way.  I am not going to worry about freedom and security in Syria when freedom and security in America are being stripped away.  That is a direct consequence of enmeshing ourselves ever deeper in the Muslim morass.  We should stop.

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/293103

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Top Pentagon Officials Stress Risks in Syria

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/world/middleeast/un-official-scheduled-to-arrive-in-syria.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=print

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The Bad-Good Idea of Removing Assad

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/300856

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U.S. military beginning review of Syria options

http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/07/us-military-beginning-review-of-syria-options/

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Obama administration opens door to aid for Syrian rebels

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/21/obama-administration-opens-door-to-aid-for-syrian-rebels/

[How do you spell, " We told you so ."]

and…

Obama administration moves to aid Syrian opposition

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/03/06/obama_administration_moves_to_aid_syrian_opposition

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Helping Islamists Take Syria

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/09/27/helping-islamists-take-syria/print/

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The Folly of Supporting the Syrian Rebels

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/rick-moran/the-unwisdom-of-supporting-the-syrian-rebels/print/

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A senior Syrian military defector said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were moving chemical weapons across the country for possible use…

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/21/us-syria-defector-chemical-idUSBRE86K09F20120721

and…

Syrian Options

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/syrian_options.html

and…

American Islamists’ Curious Support for the Syrian Rebels

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/andrew-harrod/american-islamists-curious-support-for-the-syrian-rebels/print/

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Al-Qaeda in Rebel Syria

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/292904

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Al-Qaeda, Islamists Seek Sharia State in Syria

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/ryan-mauro/al-qaeda-islamists-seek-sharia-state-in-syria/print/

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U.S. officials: Al Qaida behind Syria bombings

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/02/10/138593/us-officials-al-qaida-behind-syria.html

[Which is another good reason -- in addition to the reasons  Hillary   Clinton  has already alliterated -- for U.S. taxpayers to start arming and funding those rebels.]

[Isn't it?]

and…

Islamists Rising in Syria

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/04/02/islamists-rising-in-syria/print/

and…

Jihadists Arrive in Syria

http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/michael-j-totten/jihadists-arrive-syria

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At a meeting of Syria’s opposition, Muslim Brotherhood officials gather round Marxists colleagues, nudging them to produce policy statements for the Syrian National Council, the main political group challenging President Bashar al-Assad.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/06/us-syria-brotherhood-idUSBRE84504R20120506

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Deadly attacks in Syria the work of new jihadist group, watchdog says

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/07/04/group-says-jihadists-claiming-responsibility-for-deadly-attacks-in-syria/

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Al-Qaida turns tide for rebels in battle for eastern Syria

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/30/al-qaida-rebels-battle-syria

and…

One of the more loathsome horrors of Syria’s civil war has been the deliberate targeting of Syrian children by both pro-government and rebel forces, barbarity which includes imprisonment, rape, torture, sexual abuse, murder, and use as human shields.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/frank-crimi/syrian-children-targeted-for-death/print/

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Rebel Arms Flow Is Said to Benefit Jihadists in Syria

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/world/middleeast/jihadists-receiving-most-arms-sent-to-syrian-rebels.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2&&pagewanted=print

and…

Syrian Rebels Tied to Al Qaeda Play Key Role in War

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/world/middleeast/syrian-rebels-tied-to-al-qaeda-play-key-role-in-war.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0&pagewanted=print

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… light is not waiting at the end of the [Syrian civil war] tunnel.  Islamist hordes are.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/ryan-mauro/assad-if-i-go-none-of-syria-remains/print/

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Consequences of American Attacks and/or Invasion:

Top 5 Reasons Not to Use Missile Strikes in Syria

http://blog.heritage.org/2013/08/25/top-5-reasons-not-to-use-missile-strikes-in-syria/

and…

What’s Wrong with Going into Syria

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/robert-spencer/whats-wrong-with-going-into-syria/print/

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“… Kerry was for boots on the ground [in Syria] before he was against them…”

http://www.conservativehq.com/node/14686

and…

Liberal Hypocrisy in Iraq and Syria

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/liberal-wmd-hypocrisy-in-iraq-and-syria/print/

and…

Whither the Anti-War Left?

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/matthew-vadum/whither-the-anti-war-left/print/

&

14 Principled Anti-War Celebrities We Fear May Have Been Kidnapped

http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnekdahl/14-principled-anti-war-celebrities-we-fear-may-hav-a1x1

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Of course, it’s not as if we are the only people supporting, arming and training tyrannical Muslims in the middle east.

Russian Support:

Report: Russia to deliver combat jets to Syria

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/report-russia-deliver-combat-jets-syria

and…

Russia helping Syria quell insurgency

Moscow’s aid comes amid calls for U.S.-NATO to deploy in Arab country

http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/russia-helping-syria-quell-insurgency/print/

and…

Russia Is Ready to Use Military Power to Defend Iran and Syria

http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6057.htm

and…

State Dept.: Russia and Iran still arming Bashar al-Assad

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/02/15/state_dept_russia_and_iran_still_arming_bashar_al_assad

and…

Russia… has serious equities in protecting the al-Assad regime through its two major naval bases in Syria. In addition, Moscow has sold considerable arms to the Syrian regime.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/russia-resuming-nuclear-armed-missions/print/

and…

In docking at Tartous in Syria, the Iranian warships also were at a port where the Russians recently have expanded facilities to accommodate their warships under an agreement with the al-Assad regime.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/iranian-navy-showing-support-for-assad/print/

and…

Russian special forces arrive in Syria

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/03/russian_special_forces_arrive_in_syria.html

and…

Syria forces hit rebels, Russia scorns opposition

http://news.yahoo.com/fierce-clashes-syria-regime-reinforces-055445930.html

and…

Report: Russia delivers anti-ship missiles to Syria

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=247811

and…

Senator rebukes Pentagon for contract with Russian firm ‘arming the Assad regime’

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/06/11/senator-slams-pentagon-for-contract-with-russian-firm-arming-assad-regime/

and…

Russia warns war is coming [to Syria]

http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/russia-warns-war-is-coming/print/

and…

Britain stops Russian ship carrying attack helicopters for Syria

West a step closer to Syria Intervention

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9339933/Britain-stops-Russian-ship-carrying-attack-helicopters-for-Syria.html

and…

Axis of the Chemical Weapons Convention

http://pjmedia.com/claudiarosett/axis-of-the-chemical-weapons-convention/?print=1

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Irananian Support:

Iran violating arms embargo with shipments to Syria

http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/french-news/iran-violating-arms-embargo-with-shipments-to-syria-france_201453.html

and…

Iran gave Syria $1 billion to aid regime against sanctions, documents reveal

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/02/14/iran-gave-syria-1-billion-to-aid-regime-against-sanctions-documents-reveal/

and…

… the rebels insisted that their captives were members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards…

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/06/world/middleeast/syrian-rebels-say-hostages-are-iranian-guards.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all&pagewanted=print

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Syrian Christians:

Christians Between a Rock and a Hard Place Amid Syrian Protests?

http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place-amid-syrian-protests-67366/print.html

and…

“A regime change in Syria would almost certainly have negative effects on Christians, according to observers of the country’s political situation.  The Syrian uprising is ‘not about ‘democracy’ as the West knows it,’ wrote Elisabeth Kendal in the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin.  ‘It is about restoring [Sunni Muslim domination], Arab hegemony and the Islamic order to Syria.’”

https://www.vomgroups.com/qry/forum/td_index.taf?_function=topic&tdttopc_uid1=101

and…

Syrian President Basher Assad isn’t the only target of Syrian rebels as Syria’s Orthodox Christian Church reports ‘ongoing ethnic cleansing of Christians’ by al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militant groups in the embattled Syrian city of Homs.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/03/29/ethnic-cleansing-of-syrian-christians/print/

Yet, despite all that…

Syrian Christians Rise, Unite to Oust Assad

http://pjmedia.com/blog/syrian-christians-rise-unite-to-oust-assad/?print=1

and…

Christians are fleeing Syria in record numbers.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/thousands-of-christians-run-for-their-lives/print/

and…

The Syrian Revolution’s Dire Threat to Christians

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/theodore-shoebat/the-syrian-revolutions-dire-threat-to-christians/print/

and…

Syria rebels ‘beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs’ as fears grow over Islamist atrocities

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255103/Syria-rebels-beheaded-Christian-fed-dogs-fears-grow-Islamist-atrocities.html?printingPage=true

and…

Al-Qaeda Linked Syrian Rebels Attack Christian Village

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/09/04/Syria-rebels-attack-regime-held-Christian-village

and…

Al-Qaeda Vows to Slaughter Christians After U.S. ‘Liberates’ Syria

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/raymond-ibrahim/al-qaeda-vows-to-slaughter-christians-after-u-s-liberates-syria/print/

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Syrian forces target doctors and patients

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-03-12/syria-doctors-patients-hospital-attacked/53504614/1

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What Assad Called a “Cease Fire”:

Assad says revolt is over but the army keeps shooting

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/03/assad_says_revolt_is_over_but_the_army_keeps_shooting.html

and…

Syrian army still targeting civilians despite cease fire deadline looming

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/04/syrian_army_still_targeting_civilians_despite_cease_fire_deadline_looming.html

and…

Syrian forces shoot dead protesters despite ceasefire

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9202926/Syrian-forces-shoot-dead-protesters-despite-ceasefire.html

and…

Video Shows Syrian Soldiers Burying Rebel Alive

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155180#.T5oDTtUpAnE

and…

Syrian opposition implodes as army fires into massive protest

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/05/syrian_opposition_implodes_as_army_fires_into_massive_protest.html

and…

Syrian forces Thursday shelled the central region of Houla where more than 100 people were massacred last week as a Syrian rebel commander says his forces will abandon a cease-fire agreement by Friday if government attacks do not stop.

http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2012/05/31/syrian-troops-shell-massacre-town/

and…

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said United Nations observers were shot at while trying to reach the site of a new mass killing where the opposition claims regime forces slaughtered at least 78 people including women and children.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57448722/u.n.-syria-troops-blocking-monitors-from-alleged-massacre-site-in-hama/

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Syria shuts off internet access across the country

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/29/syria-blocks-internet

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