Kingdom of Saudi Arabia demands that the US hand over Syria to the Sunni insurgents

by 1389 on June 27, 2013

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Times of Oman: Saudis press Kerry for hard line on Syria ‘genocide’

Saudi Arabia urged global action to end Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, telling US Secretary of State John Kerry the civil war had turned into “genocide” as fierce fighting raged in Damascus.

In the Syrian capital Tuesday the army pressed a major assault to crush rebels around the capital, a monitoring group and activists said.

And in the contested city of Aleppo in the country’s north, rebels attempted to advance into western regime-held districts, sparking clashes with government forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“The army is trying to take over Qaboon, Barzeh, Jubar, Al-Hajar Al-Aswad and Yarmuk,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman, referring to neighbourhoods in the northern, eastern and southern outskirts of the capital.

“The army doesn’t have the capacity to take over these neighbourhoods, and the rebels are fighting back. But the humanitarian situation there is catastrophic,” Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Kerry met leaders of the Sunni Arab monarchy as part of a regional tour in which he has called for greater support for Syria’s rebels but stressed that Washington ultimately wants a political solution that includes all sides.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told Kerry that Assad, a secular leader who belongs to the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, has waged “genocide” through the more than two-year conflict that has claimed nearly 100,000 lives.

Saud al-Faisal is lying. The only “genocide” actually taking place in Syria is being perpetrated by the al-Qaeda-affiliated insurgents against the Syrian Christians.

“The kingdom demands a clear, unequivocal international resolution that bans any sort of weapons support for the Syrian regime and declares null and void the legitimacy of that regime,” Faisal said at a joint news conference.

“The regime’s illegitimacy eliminates any possibility of it being part of any arrangement or playing any role whatsoever in shaping the present and future,” he said.

Faisal voiced dismay at the role of rival Iran, which has poured assistance to Assad to save its main Arab ally. Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite Muslim group backed by Iran, is fighting in support of Syrian government forces.

“Syria is facing two things — unprecedented genocide in this region and a foreign invasion,” Faisal said. “What led to this situation are simple and basic demands by the Syrians to make their lives a little better.”

Kerry has previously voiced fears of “ethnic cleansing” in Syria. But concern also lies among many Alawites and other minorities who believe Assad’s fall would unleash a torrent of revenge attacks by militants from the Sunni majority.

President Barack Obama has vowed to step up support for the rebels after concluding that Assad defied warnings and used chemical weapons. But he is cautious about deeper involvement in an increasingly sectarian conflict.

US policymakers have privately expressed concern that Saudi Arabia and fellow monarchy Qatar could embrace hardline Sunni guerrillas, especially if they sense that Western support to mainstream rebels is ineffective.

Asked about Saudi Arabia’s role, Faisal said the kingdom would help the rebels “in the most effective way that we can”.

“The only restriction there is on the aid we can give to the Syrian opposition is our ability to help,” he said.

Despite Faisal’s tough line, Kerry said the United States supports an agreement last year in Geneva that would create a transitional government that includes both the rebels and regime, although not Assad himself.

“We believe that the best solution is a political solution in which the people of Syria have an opportunity to be able to make a choice about their future,” Kerry said.
Meanwhile US ambassador Susan Rice left the United Nations on Tuesday slamming the Security Council’s failure to act over the worsening Syria conflict as a “moral and strategic disgrace.”

Rice, who moves to become President Barack Obama’s national security advisor, said: “The repeated failure of the Security Council to unify on the crucial issue of Syria I think is a stain on this body and something that I will forever regret.”

Saudi Arabia, while a longstanding US ally and oil provider, practises a puritanical form of Wahhabi Islam and has some of the world’s most sweeping restrictions on freedom of religion.
Kerry arrived later Tuesday in Kuwait and heads Wednesday to Jordan. He added a stop for Saturday in the United Arab Emirates, his spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

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Iran, in turn, accuses Saudi Arabia of genocide.
See: Saudi Arabia committing genocide: Syed Ali Wasif.

Always look at the Saudi side of life
Always look at the Saudi Sunni side of life

Saudis press John Kerry to raise the heat on Bashar al-Assad regime

SAUDI Arabia is leading a new push to toughen international action against Syria as it escalates its proxy war against its bitter rival, Iran.

The Saudi leadership yesterday intensified pressure on the US to take new measures to stop the “genocide” being committed by the regime of Bashar al-Assad – an apparent call for the rebels to be sent more arms.

At a meeting in Jeddah, Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Assad could play no role in any future regime.

He also made what appeared to be a call for the US to supply weapons to rebels to try to redress the military advantage of the regime. “Syria is facing a double-edged attack,” Prince Saud said. “It is facing genocide by the government and an invasion from outside the government.”

He said the regime was receiving “a massive flow of weapons to aid and abet that invasion and that genocide”.

“The kingdom demands a clear, unequivocal international resolution that bans any sort of weapons support for the Syrian regime and declares null and void the legitimacy of that regime,” he said. “The regime’s illegitimacy eliminates any possibility of it being part of any arrangement or playing any role whatsoever in shaping the present and future.”

The call for new measures suggests Saudi Arabia may be considering increasing weapons to rebel forces. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two powers of Sunni Islam, have been the main providers of weapons to the Free Syrian Army in its battle against the Assad regime, which is made up of members of the Alawite tribe, an offshoot of Shia Islam.

The US agreed to lift its ban on supplying weapons to rebel forces recently but so far appears to have taken no action.

Here’s what this story is really all about. Keep in mind that Saudi Arabia is the most hard-line Sunni regime in the Middle East, and that Barack Hussein Obama was raised as a Sunni Muslim.

While the Syrian uprising began as a pro-democracy movement, it has now become part of the widening Sunni-Shia battle. Hundreds of different militias have joined the battle, many having no co-ordination with the Free Syrian Army, the main rebel group supported by the West.

Syria’s civil war, which is now estimated to have taken more than 100,000 lives since it began in March 2011, has become a battleground in the war between Sunni and Shia forces over the direction of Islam.

Iran, the most powerful Shia nation, has been a strong supporter of the Assad regime and has sent weapons and fighters from its notorious Revolutionary Guard. Hezbollah, one of Iran’s allies and another Shia force, is dramatically increasing the number of fighters it is sending from Lebanon to help the regime.

In the recent battle for Qusayr, a strategic town between Damascus and Homs, Hezbollah was crucial in helping the regime recapture the town.

It’s disgraceful that we have allowed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to have any influence over us at all.

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