What Next in Syria?
Syria was invaded. Conflict is not an uprising, revolution of civil war!
by Stephen Lendman
A war of words accompanies conflict on the ground. On August 14, Reuters headlined "Assad's rule disintegrating, ex PM says after defecting," saying:
Former prime minister Riad Hijab claims Assad "controls less than a third of Syria and his power is crumbling."
Hijab has no credibility. He was bribed to defect. In June, he was appointed prime minister after May parliamentary elections. Other defectors were also bought off to leave.
Former Gaddafi officials were enlisted the same way. Doing so creates the false impression of internal dissension. It suggests regimes are disintegrating. Claims bears no relation to reality.
Assad controls most parts of Syria. Insurgents were routed from Damascus and Aleppo. They shift from some locations to others. Unknown numbers have been killed, injured or captured.
On August 14, Maan News headlined "Libyan fighters join Syrian revolt against Assad," saying:
Elements involved in ousting Gaddafi arrived in Syria. Hussam Najjar heads one unit. He said "he was surprised to find how poorly armed and disorganized" they are. He was "shocked," he said.
Later more powerful weapons were supplied. Disorganization remains serious. Insurgents are "scattered here, there and everywhere." They're no match for superior Syrian forces.
On August 14, SANA state media headlined "Authorities Arrest Dozens of Terrorists in Aleppo, Destroy 7 Cars Equipped with DShK Machineguns," saying:
Insurgents were captured in Aleppo's al-Bab area. Others were killed or injured in other parts of Aleppo. In Daraa, terrorists assassinated Ma'moun al-al-Zoubi. He served as city Assistant Director of the Health Directorate.
Civil servants and other state employees are vulnerable. So are journalists reporting accurately on the ground. They're targeted to silence them. SANA state media is repeatedly hacked.
Washington and allies only want their own message disseminated. It reflects imperialism's ugly face. Accurate full disclosure is suppressed. Truth defeats their agenda.
On August 14, Russia Today reported that Russian Foreign Ministry Deputy Director Maria Zakharova condemned "terrorist attacks against journalists."