7 thoughts on “Syria: Proxy Wars – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. RE: “A tweet I just read which noted the multiple proxy conflicts playing out in the midst of the Syrian civil war, made me realize just how many different parties and powers are facing off against each other there. Some are using proxies. Some represent their interests directly.” ~ R.S.

    ● ALSO SEE: “Syria’s six simultaneous conflicts” ~ By Rami G. Khouri, The Daily Star (Lebanon), 4/17/13
    LINK – http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Columnist/2013/Apr-17/213992-syrias-six-simultaneous-conflicts.ashx#axzz2Qn1vgeZi


    • Saudi Arabia Sent Death Row Inmates to Fight in Syria in Lieu of Execution – http://www.aina.org/news/20130120160624.htm

    • Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood Propped Up by US Since 2007 Under Bush – http://landdestroyer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/syrias-muslim-brotherhood-propped-up-by.html

    • Iraeli Attack: Desperate Bid to Save Failed Syrian Campaign – http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2013/01/israeli-attack-desperate-bid-to-save.html

    • Hyping Hezbollah’s Role in Syria – http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/hyping-hezbollah%E2%80%99s-role-syria

    • In Shift, Saudis Are Said to Arm Rebels in Syria – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/world/middleeast/in-shift-saudis-are-said-to-arm-rebels-in-syria.html?pagewanted=all

    • The Oft-Predicted Fickle Syrian ‘Tipping Point’ Has Tipped – http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/01/the-oft-predicted-fickle-syrian-tipping-point-has-tipped/

    • Peace Plan Nixed: How the West Fueled the Ever-Growing Carnage in Syria – http://www.alternet.org/world/peace-plan-nixed-how-west-fueled-ever-growing-carnage-syria

    • Shipping Death and Destruction to Syria – http://english.al-akhbar.com/blogs/sharmine-narwani/shipping-death-and-destruction-syria

    • The Islamic Emirate of Syriastan – http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-120413.html

    • Belgian police raid homes in search for Syria recruiters – http://news.yahoo.com/belgian-police-raid-homes-search-syria-recruiters-103625933.html

    ● MANY, MANY MORE ARTICLES AT – https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_191521297543638

  2. @Richard,
    I agree with your analysis, except for two remarks that you made
    1. when you said that Israel “has no bone to pick with Assad”.
    The proxy war between Israel and Syria did not start two years ago, and as you mentioned Hezbullah which is armed and supported by Syria since the 80’s, there are a few Palestinians Terror/paramilitary organizations based in Syria and supported by it.
    This is, off course, not a one sided story and Assad is right, in his point of view, to have a beef with Israel.

    2. I also think you’re incorrect regarding the remark you made about the South Lebanese Army.
    They were supported by Israel (or they would have been crushed by the PLO forces in 1982), but they followed their own agenda. common enemies brought them (Lebanese Christians) and Israel together.

  3. I feel you need to mention the hand of your own country in this multi-proxy war. It is, after all, the most powerful of all those involved.

    As for a holocaust – in terms of the total numbers of people killed, it is going on now. Your government says it will last at least another generation. And it should know.

    1. @ Siusaidh: As far as I can see, Mr Silverstein did mention America in the article.

      Furthermore, I don’t see the point in using the term “holocaust” here. Yes, what is happening in Syria is a tragedy of historic proportions — something for which foreign state actors opposed to Syria (including many of the perversely named “Friends of Syria”) are largely to blame — but it is a civil war. This is what happens in a civil war. Let’s try to maintain a reasonable perspective here. It is not “genocide” as some try to label it, or a “holocaust”; it is a brutal civil and proxy war, where both sides struggle for their very survival.

      As for its potential duration, I agree that it looks as though it could get very, very ugly indeed. Several analysts have pointed out the ghastly prospect of a Great War in the Middle East. The question is if Syria’s enemies really want to take it that far — and if they are any longer capable of stopping the monster they have unleashed.

      There don’t appear to be any clear scenarios of stability on the horizon, except possibly a decisive victory by Assad and the Alawites.

      1. By holocaust, I didn’t mean merely Syria, but the murders committed by the USA – not ‘America’, the USA – since it became the hegemonic power. And much worse is to come, possiily very soon.

        And I still think Richard did not emphasize near enough the role of the US. Hate to see Israel, a mere proxy, getting so much blame.

  4. Israel, ever the tease, has not lost its coquettish touch in dealing with these situations. See the Haaretz story below:

    “A Friday report in the Times of London, according to which Israel prefers the regime of Bashar Assad than see a takeover of the country by rebel Islamist militants, is untrue, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a meeting of Likud ministers on Sunday.

    “The prime minister stressed that Israel is not intervening in the Syrian civil war and is not taking a position concerning who should rule the country.”


  5. israel has already made itself part of the conflict by its illegal bombings in Syria.

    in case no one has been paying attention Putin has decided he has seen enough.

    if!..israel is foolish enough to try to strike against syria again they will find themselves on the wrong side of a Russian retaliation that Putin may decide to go as far as destroying every single aircraft the israelis have.

    these are dangerous times for israel as the US will NOT intervene once Putin strikes back!

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