Candlelight vigil held for anniversary of Syrian uprising

Candlelight vigil held for anniversary of Syrian uprising

Candlelight vigil held for anniversary of Syrian uprising

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

About 20 people gathered in Watford town centre for a candlelight vigil to mark the third anniversary of the uprising in Syria.

Watford Amnesty International organised the event, which ran from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, on the steps by St Mary’s Square, in the High Street.

The vigil was one of many Amnesty events across the country, with the main aim being to focus on the plight of thousands civilians trapped in besieged areas of Syria, many of whom who have little food, water or medicine.

It was organised as a way of putting pressure on the international community to ensure humanitarian aid gets to the people in that region.

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10:43pm Wed 19 Mar 14

LSC says...

Very sad about the innocents, but I'm not sure what anyone wants me to do about it.
They all seem to be able to afford plenty of bullets, and the argument appears mainly to be between rebels like the islamic front, who believe in jihad, and the government who are supported by hezbollah, who believe in jihad.
In fact the country is divided into around 14 major groups, most of whom want a jihad, or 'Holy War'. One group has ditched all pretence and called themselves simply 'the jihadis', which at least means you know where you stand.
So as cruel as is sounds, and possibly is, I'll not be throwing any money in that particular direction.
Very sad about the innocents, but I'm not sure what anyone wants me to do about it. They all seem to be able to afford plenty of bullets, and the argument appears mainly to be between rebels like the islamic front, who believe in jihad, and the government who are supported by hezbollah, who believe in jihad. In fact the country is divided into around 14 major groups, most of whom want a jihad, or 'Holy War'. One group has ditched all pretence and called themselves simply 'the jihadis', which at least means you know where you stand. So as cruel as is sounds, and possibly is, I'll not be throwing any money in that particular direction. LSC
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3:03am Thu 20 Mar 14

John Dowdle says...

It is even more complicated than most people realise.
The Saudis were originally principal funders and munitions suppliers to the "opposition", though they now seem to have realised that funding Al Qaeda-affiliated groups like the Al Nusra Front is not a terribly smart thing to do. They recently downgraded Prince bin Sultan from his role of promoting terrorist groups in Syria.
The Saudis have also fallen out with the Qataris, who continue to support jihadist fighters in Syria and who have continued to support Muslim Brotherhood members from Egypt and elsewhere in south west Asia.
There are no "good" or "bad" guys in Syria; only huge numbers of innocent victims of violence and uncertainty.
Syrian refugees inside and outside the country should be supported. Young children are dying from malnutrition and preventable diseases due to lack of any healthcare in many parts of Syria.
I don't know how this will end up and just how much blowback we will see as a result of the stupidity of the US and British governments providing support and assistance to takfiri fighters in Syria.
Like 9/11 for the USA, these events could well come back to haunt many of us in the UK.
What is truly bizarre is to see Israel backing jihadist groups like the Al Nusra Front in the Golan Heights. Mind you, they have form on this as they were the ones who helped to create Hamas as an alternative to Fatah in Palestine. Israel too may come to rue their duplicity and stupidity.
It is even more complicated than most people realise. The Saudis were originally principal funders and munitions suppliers to the "opposition", though they now seem to have realised that funding Al Qaeda-affiliated groups like the Al Nusra Front is not a terribly smart thing to do. They recently downgraded Prince bin Sultan from his role of promoting terrorist groups in Syria. The Saudis have also fallen out with the Qataris, who continue to support jihadist fighters in Syria and who have continued to support Muslim Brotherhood members from Egypt and elsewhere in south west Asia. There are no "good" or "bad" guys in Syria; only huge numbers of innocent victims of violence and uncertainty. Syrian refugees inside and outside the country should be supported. Young children are dying from malnutrition and preventable diseases due to lack of any healthcare in many parts of Syria. I don't know how this will end up and just how much blowback we will see as a result of the stupidity of the US and British governments providing support and assistance to takfiri fighters in Syria. Like 9/11 for the USA, these events could well come back to haunt many of us in the UK. What is truly bizarre is to see Israel backing jihadist groups like the Al Nusra Front in the Golan Heights. Mind you, they have form on this as they were the ones who helped to create Hamas as an alternative to Fatah in Palestine. Israel too may come to rue their duplicity and stupidity. John Dowdle
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5:20pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Paul Barbara says...

It is certainly true that civilians, and State forces such as military and police, are suffering terribly in Syria. But most people in the UK haven't a clue what caused the armed insurgency and mercenary invasions.
Here is some info that the MSM and UK Government is not telling you:

'The former French Minister of Foreign Affairs appeared in aTV interview with the French TV Channel LPC, saying:
“I am going to tell you something. I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me, that they were preparing something in Syria”.
Dumas continued, indicating that the subversion and invasion of the Syrian Arab Republic with the help of “rebels” was primarily a British plan, while he carefully avoided implicating himself and France, saying:
“This was in Britain not in America. Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer Minister of Foreign Affairs, if I would like to participate. Naturally, I refused, I said I am French, that does not interest me” (nsnbc June 16th 2013).

'Obama Warned on Syrian Intel:
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity: (a high-level group of ex-US Intel people; they also warned Bush about the fake Iraqi 'WMD' intel):

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
SUBJECT: Is Syria a Trap?
Precedence: IMMEDIATE

'We regret to inform you that some of our former co-workers are telling us, categorically, that contrary to the claims of your administration, the most reliable intelligence shows that Bashar al-Assad was NOT responsible for the chemical incident that killed and injured Syrian civilians on August 21, and that British intelligence officials also know this. In writing this brief report, we choose to assume that you have not been fully informed because your advisers decided to afford you the opportunity for what is commonly known as "plausible denial."

Re the gassing of civilians in Ghouta:
''..All observers have noted the high proportion of children among the
victims. The United States has counted 426, or more than a third. Some
observers, but neither those of the US nor their French counterparts,
were intrigued to find that victims were almost all of the same age and
they had no families to cry over them. Stranger still, the gas would
have killed children and adult men, but would have spared women.
The wide distribution of satellite channel images of victims allowed
Alawite families near Latakia to recognize their children who had been
abducted two weeks prior by the "rebels." This identification was long
in coming because there are few survivors of the massacre by the allies
of the United States, the United Kingdom and France in loyalist
villages where more than a thousand bodies of civilians were discovered
in mass graves...' (Voltaire Net 7th September 2013).

Clark says he was told the following in 2001 (ten YEARS before Syrian armed insurgency and mercenary invasions kicked off):
''We're going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon,
Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran':
Video interview with 4* General (ret.) Wesley Clark (Democracy Now March 2nd 2007)

'Jihadists, not Assad, apparently behind reported chemical attack in Syria' (Haaretz March 24th 2013).

There is much, much more, but that should give you a good idea that we in the West are not getting truthful information from our governments or Main Stream Media.
Regarding it seeming surprising that Israel backs 'Jihadis', you could do worse than read IJAN's little booklet, 'Israel's Worldwide Role In Repression'; they have backed such widely divergent groups as Apartheid South Africa, Pinochet's Chile, the Argentine Junta, Guatemal, El Salvador, both sides in Sri Lanka, to name a few. They now back the openly Fascist Ukraine 'authorities'. Saudi and Qatar are strange countries to spread 'Democracy'; they would do well to address their own countries.
Despiter all the evidence, my own MP refuses to bring the issues I raised with Parliament, saying he did not want to get involved with 'Conspiracy Theories'; but as you can see, I did not raise 'theories', but gave direct quotes from high-level international people and newspaper reports, as well as videod interviews.

The best way to help with the Syrian civilians would be to ensure the mercenaries and arms shipments were stopped from flooding over the neighbouring countries borders, which could be done very easily, if the Western world wished; but instead, they aim to increase the mercenaries and arms, to enable southern Syria to 'seccede', thus creating a 'safe' border for Israel.

I hope people bring these issues to the attention of the Vigilers (if you know any of them), who doubtless have good intentions.
It is certainly true that civilians, and State forces such as military and police, are suffering terribly in Syria. But most people in the UK haven't a clue what caused the armed insurgency and mercenary invasions. Here is some info that the MSM and UK Government is not telling you: 'The former French Minister of Foreign Affairs appeared in aTV interview with the French TV Channel LPC, saying: “I am going to tell you something. I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me, that they were preparing something in Syria”. Dumas continued, indicating that the subversion and invasion of the Syrian Arab Republic with the help of “rebels” was primarily a British plan, while he carefully avoided implicating himself and France, saying: “This was in Britain not in America. Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer Minister of Foreign Affairs, if I would like to participate. Naturally, I refused, I said I am French, that does not interest me” (nsnbc June 16th 2013). 'Obama Warned on Syrian Intel: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity: (a high-level group of ex-US Intel people; they also warned Bush about the fake Iraqi 'WMD' intel): MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Is Syria a Trap? Precedence: IMMEDIATE 'We regret to inform you that some of our former co-workers are telling us, categorically, that contrary to the claims of your administration, the most reliable intelligence shows that Bashar al-Assad was NOT responsible for the chemical incident that killed and injured Syrian civilians on August 21, and that British intelligence officials also know this. In writing this brief report, we choose to assume that you have not been fully informed because your advisers decided to afford you the opportunity for what is commonly known as "plausible denial." Re the gassing of civilians in Ghouta: ''..All observers have noted the high proportion of children among the victims. The United States has counted 426, or more than a third. Some observers, but neither those of the US nor their French counterparts, were intrigued to find that victims were almost all of the same age and they had no families to cry over them. Stranger still, the gas would have killed children and adult men, but would have spared women. The wide distribution of satellite channel images of victims allowed Alawite families near Latakia to recognize their children who had been abducted two weeks prior by the "rebels." This identification was long in coming because there are few survivors of the massacre by the allies of the United States, the United Kingdom and France in loyalist villages where more than a thousand bodies of civilians were discovered in mass graves...' (Voltaire Net 7th September 2013). Clark says he was told the following in 2001 (ten YEARS before Syrian armed insurgency and mercenary invasions kicked off): ''We're going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran': Video interview with 4* General (ret.) Wesley Clark (Democracy Now March 2nd 2007) 'Jihadists, not Assad, apparently behind reported chemical attack in Syria' (Haaretz March 24th 2013). There is much, much more, but that should give you a good idea that we in the West are not getting truthful information from our governments or Main Stream Media. Regarding it seeming surprising that Israel backs 'Jihadis', you could do worse than read IJAN's little booklet, 'Israel's Worldwide Role In Repression'; they have backed such widely divergent groups as Apartheid South Africa, Pinochet's Chile, the Argentine Junta, Guatemal, El Salvador, both sides in Sri Lanka, to name a few. They now back the openly Fascist Ukraine 'authorities'. Saudi and Qatar are strange countries to spread 'Democracy'; they would do well to address their own countries. Despiter all the evidence, my own MP refuses to bring the issues I raised with Parliament, saying he did not want to get involved with 'Conspiracy Theories'; but as you can see, I did not raise 'theories', but gave direct quotes from high-level international people and newspaper reports, as well as videod interviews. The best way to help with the Syrian civilians would be to ensure the mercenaries and arms shipments were stopped from flooding over the neighbouring countries borders, which could be done very easily, if the Western world wished; but instead, they aim to increase the mercenaries and arms, to enable southern Syria to 'seccede', thus creating a 'safe' border for Israel. I hope people bring these issues to the attention of the Vigilers (if you know any of them), who doubtless have good intentions. Paul Barbara
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