Sean Fenley

Sean Fenley
May 04
Sean Fenley is an independent progressive, who would like to see some sanity brought to the creation and implementation of current and future, US military, economic, foreign and domestic policies. He has been published by a number of websites, and publications throughout the alternative media.


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JANUARY 20, 2013 9:53PM

The Elephant in the Room: Occupied Syria

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The al-Assad regime has been attacked, scurrilously ridiculed, and impugned from every angle. The status of the Golan Heights; however, has been largely mysteriously missing from Western press, US media, and overall discourse. Under international law this region is still considered to be the property of Syria — though it was militarily seized back in 1967 by the Israeli state. One can only imagine if say North Dakota had been militarily seized by Canada, and what Americans should think of their northern neighbors if the North Dakotans were perpetually kept under a nebulous, and illegal occupation status/regime.

It’s bad enough that the “freedom fighters” against Assad — and the role of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the West — has only been able to be gleaned by reading the extreme margins of the “mainstream” press. A good percentage of which; in fact, view their “democracy”, as identical to the sort of divine caliphate, as envisioned by Osama Bin Laden himself.  But Syria’s belligerent neighbor, and its hold to its rightful territory, to my knowledge, has not even been addressed by the MSM virtually at all. And moreover, Israel is currently building a “border” fence between the Golan Heights of Syria, and the rest of the country. Israel’s phony claim of the “only Middle Eastern democracy” has long been good for a chortle/belly laugh; however, taking into consideration the occupation of the nation of Palestine — its illegal occupation of the Golan Heights of Syria, only further waters down this oft-repeated flimsy, tenuous, amorphous, and indeed fully erroneous charge.

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Israel is finding itself in a more dangerous neighborhood than at any time since 1973. It's easy to rattle the sabres at Iran over its nonexistant nuclear weapons. But Israel is beginning to realize that it has problems on its borders closer to home. Syria is certainly one of those problem neighbors.

As to Syria, the situation there is so grim, that the Golan Heights is almost an afterthought to the Assad regime right now.
ONL the US State Department has spoken on behalf of the "territorial integrity" of so many regimes that have been in our pocket. Syria is undergoing a foreign backed onslaught that may be a grave threat to all of the minorities of the country -- based upon the ideology of those who are destabilizing the regime. (Actually these "democratic" killers are targeting the minorities now.) To stave off this onslaught, Syria it is not even complete. It is not what it should rightfully be -- at maximum capacity/capability -- to stave off the West, Turkey and the Gulf Arab backed threat.

Actually, I've begun hearing that the jihadis/Salafis are now come from new places just recently. Perhaps a sign that the tide is turning for Baathist Syria. The stock of them (Salafis) has been exhausted in some countries, apparently. Some Salafis are now coming into Syria from Tunisia, for example, which is the first that I've heard of that.

You know the Baath Party was founded by a Sunni, a Christian and an Alawite Arab ONL. Nothing to do with Wahhabism, radical Islam, or Salafism at all.
You raise some really important points, Sean. After listening to some of Obama's wildly jubilant supporters at the inauguration and all his double talk about spreading democracy and peace, I was reminded that Hitler got the same reaction from his supporters. They obviously have no idea that the US is virtually at war in Syria (a country a lot of them never heard of) trying to topple the Assad regime. After listening to the way some of them idolize Obama, it's clear they never heard of the Bill of Rights.
I hardly saw any of the inauguration, couldn't bear to watch it.
I didn't watch the inauguration either but I will participate in the military coup that finally does remove that thing from office. Having said that I think you all seem to forget that there was a war fought in 1967 between Israel and the militarily superior Syria. Israel won that war and thus they are entitled to the spoils; the Golan Heights. I wouldn't expect them to give any of it back just like I wouldn't expect us to give any of Mexico back. What we took in the early nineteenth century and what we will take when we get through with settling up with them for their covert invasion of America under the auspices of globalism and treasonous politicians.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 497
DECEMBER 17, 1981

The Security Council,

Having considered the letter of 14 December 1981 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic contained in document S/14791,

Reaffirming that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible, in accordance with the United Nations Charter, the principles of international law, and relevant Security Council resolutions,

1. Decides that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect;

2. Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, should rescind forthwith its decision;

3. Determines that all the provisions of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 continue to apply to the Syrian territory occupied by Israel since June 1967;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council on the implementation of this resolution within two weeks and decides that in the event of non-compliance by Israel, the Security Council would meet urgently, and not later than 5 January 1982, to consider taking appropriate measures in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.
Mount Hermon’s pure snow can’t hide Israel’s dark past: The entire Golan Heights is occupied exactly as the West Bank is by Gideon Levy
[r] thank you for this focus! best, libby