April 24, 2011
NOTE: This post is developing as readers send in information and will be updated and expanded as new information comes in. We need some translations and info on this video, and second opinions from Arab speakers familiar with this network’s credibility.
No sooner was “Color Revolution’s Mystery Gunmen” posted, when a reader sent in a news clip from Iran’s Al-Alam News Network reportedly indicating Saudi/CIA snipers are in Syria taking out protesters. Al-Alam broadcasts throughout the region, in Arabic.
The clip features English text along the bottom stating that Saudi/CIA snipers are operating in Syria, purposefully gunning down protesters in order to expand unrest. It describes a motorcycle driver delivering a sniper to a building before speeding off. Once in position, the sniper fires on protesters. Syrian security forces surround the building and a shootout allegedly takes place. The text concludes stating that the sniper is injured and taken to a hospital.
This report and footage would corroborate both government and eye-witness accounts cited by international media stating that “snipers on rooftops” were shooting at protesters. While “rights activists” assume the snipers are security forces, the government maintains that gunmen have opened fire on protesters and security forces alike. A CNN report from April 5, 2011 cited a Syrian official who stated that “an unknown “armed group” on rooftops shot at protesters and security forces.” Activists said they believe the people on the rooftops were snipers from security forces but have put forth no evidence beyond “witness accounts.”
A recent Ynet News article cites Syrian reports that a Damascus news agency claims security forces recovered digital equipment, bottles of fake blood used by ‘criminal group’ to falsify photos, and videos depicting acts of violence against protesters. While Ynet claims this is an act of desperation from Assad’s regime to downplay violence, it too offers no evidence beyond more “activist witness accounts” to counter these claims. The snipers could just as well be Israeli agents, as Israel has a long, very well documented history of infiltrating the Arabic Palestinian populations along their peripheries.
Israel’s government has long collaborated with the global corporate-financier oligarchs in operations throughout the region. The Soros-Brzezinski International Crisis Group hosts an impressive collection of current and former Israeli government and banking personalities as advisers, including current Isreali president, Shimon Peres. Israel had even bombed a facility in Syria in 2007, claimed by the corporate media to be a nuclear facility. While no evidence has been presented thus far implicating Israel, they possess both the motive and the means to contribute to instability in Syria. The current unrest in Syria is on-record being US funded.
In a recent AFP report, Michael Posner, the assistant US Secretary of State for Human Rights and Labor, stated 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 explain that the US “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.”
The ripple effect of course are the uprisings themselves, facilitated by yet more aid, equipment, and the complicity of the corporate owned media, disingenuously portraying the events as “spontaneous,” “genuine,” and “indigenous.”
No substantial evidence has been put forward by CNN, AlJazeera, or BBC to verify their constant litany of “witness” hearsay. Their reporters are suspiciously no where to be found in Syria, just as in Libya, giving them ample leeway for reckless and irresponsible reporting that is decidedly pro-demonstrators and anti-Assad. This is to be expected, as the very corporate interests that have plotted against Syria for nearly 2 decades have fully incorporated these media outfits, with the exception of Qatar’s AlJazeera.
However, as Dr. Webster Tarpley pointed out in a recent broadcast, Qatar seems to be trying to “ride the tiger” in supporting the Western-funded subversion and upheaval in the Arab world in order to preserve their own tiny kingdom. Qatar has recently led the Arab world in supporting the US/UK/French bombardment of Libya, sending a meager contribution in air power, and according to the New York Times, already funneling weapons into Libyan rebel hands.
Similar claims regarding mysterious gunmen were made during Thailand’s failed color revolution in April and May of 2010 – especially during the April 10 incident where snipers first assassinated the command unit of riot troops attempting to disperse protesters. Snipers in buildings then turned their guns on protesters, while black-clad gunmen below moved through the streets pursuing army troops as they withdrew, leaving armored personal carriers and equipment behind, obviously in disarray. The color revolution’s international spokesman would later concede that indeed an armed militant wing had intervened in the attempted protest dispersal on their behalf.
Continue checking in as this story develops, and Land Destroyer would like to thank the response so far from e-mails and tweets that have contributed to this report.
Tony Cartalucci is the writer and editor at Land Destroyer Report
This article was posted: Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 4:02 am