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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Damas de plus en plus isolé dans le monde

by Hassane Zerrouky

Damascus becomes more and more isolated in the world

Translated Sunday 28 August 2011, by Richard Bach and reviewed by Derek Hanson

Several capitals, including Moscow, have denounced the bloody suppression of the Syrian regime in the city of Hama. The EU has called on the Security Council to act to stop the violence.

Several capitals, including Moscow, have denounced the bloody suppression of the Syrian regime in the city of Hama. The EU has called on the Security Council to act to stop the violence.

As foreign journalists are still banned from freely covering the Syrian crisis, it is difficult to get an idea of the scale of the repression that on Sunday hit the city of Hama, known as a stronghold of Islamic Syria. According to Syrian human rights organisations, nearly 140 people were killed. The Syrian government did not compromise in its aim of dislodging an unknown number of so-called "insurgents" who, according to the authorities, had turned Hama into a zone outside state control. Hundreds of military surrounded the city, supported by dozens of tanks.

The official SANA news agency, citing military sources, places responsibility for the tragedy on "armed terrorist groups" who had attacked military units with what they describe as "medium weapons." According to the Syrian Ministry of Interior, eight policemen were shot dead the day before at dawn. The very same day, Bashar al-Assad sent a letter to Syrian security forces praising them for their "patriotism"! "We will emerge from this crisis," he also said. "I am absolutely certain that we are able, with the vision of our people and our national unity, to defeat this latest incident in a well-planned conspiracy that is aimed at breaking up Syria as a prelude to dividing the whole area into small states that will fight among themselves”, he added.

The thesis of Islamic terrorist involvement

It must be said that the calls for jihad against "the Safavid Syrian regime " both by Ayman Zawahiri, successor to bin Laden at the head of al Qaeda, and also by Iraqi jihadist groups came at a time that gave credibility to the thesis of Islamic terrorist involvement in the events in Syria. "Syrian Islamists have funded in the past Iraqi jihadists who now think it is time to pay them back," says Iraqi academic Ahsan Al Shumar from the University of Baghdad, forgetting that at the height of the Iraqi insurgency, Damascus turned a blind eye to al-Qaeda groups who supplied themselves with arms in Syria!

On the diplomatic front, the Western capitals, headed by Washington, have denounced the carnage committed by Syrian forces in Hama. After Moscow, London, which has excluded military action, demands "more sanctions" and "stronger international pressure." Barack Obama said he was "horrified". Rome and Berlin have called for an emergency meeting of the Security Council of the UN. The same is true of the European Union (EU): Catherine Ashton, diplomatic head of the EU, said yesterday that "it is time for the Security Council to take a clear position on the need to end violence”, at the same time announcing that the EU has imposed a freeze on assets and a travel ban against five people involved in repression, and that more could follow “ if the Syrian leadership continues on its current path," she said. Meanwhile, the Bass power continues to turn a deaf ear.


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