This is HUGE: Hamas Turns On Long-Time Ally Bashar Assad, Backs Revolt Against Syrian Regime…

This is a big development in the potential defeat of Syria’s Assad.   Hamas and Assad have been strategic allies and friends in ideology for a long time.   Hamas even hid their terrorists inside Syria with the help of Assad and has been aided with multiple arms shipments for years.   For Syria to publically back the revolt against Assad puts further credibility to the concern that al-qaeda elements, and radical islamists are at the heart of the uprising, or at the very least taking significant advantage of it.

CAIRO/GAZA, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Leaders of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas turned publicly against their long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Friday, endorsing the revolt aimed at overthrowing his dynastic rule.

The policy shift deprives Assad of one of his few remaining Sunni Muslim supporters in the Arab world and deepens his international isolation. It was announced in Hamas speeches at Friday prayers inCairo and a rally in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas went public after nearly a year of equivocating as Assad’s army, largely led by fellow members of the president’s Alawite sect, has crushed mainly Sunni protesters and rebels.

In a Middle East split along sectarian lines between Shi’ite and Sunni Islam, the public abandonment of Assad casts immediate questions over Hamas’s future ties with its principal backer Iran, which has stuck by its ally Assad, as well as with Iran’s fellow Shi’ite allies in Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.

“I salute all the nations of the Arab Spring and I salute the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, visiting Egypt from the Gaza Strip, told thousands of Friday worshippers at Cairo’s al-Azhar mosque.

“We are marching towards Syria, with millions of martyrs,” chanted worshippers at al-Azhar, home to one of the Sunni world’s highest seats of learning. “No Hezbollah and no Iran.  (read more)

If Assad falls the Alawites will be slaughtered and dragged through the streets.

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15 Responses to This is HUGE: Hamas Turns On Long-Time Ally Bashar Assad, Backs Revolt Against Syrian Regime…

  1. barnslayer says:

    No surprises here. The moslem brotherhood jockeying to make another acquisition. Eventually they will have all moslem countries under their control. Then they will become overt in their plans for the remaining nations of the world.

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  2. I don’t know what the right direction is to take with Syria, other than to ask Israel for their opinion, because the dynamics are so consequential. Syria definately posesses WMD, no question – no doubt. They also posess ballistic missles with considerable distance reaching capacity.

    Given that indications are leaning toward the uprising being hijacked by radical islamic extremists, similar to Egypt, but with closer extremist ties to terror activity than Egypt, this one is troubling.

    Turkey has shut down their border to afford any refugees no possible escape from victimization by either side of the confrontation. The radical elements friendly to Hamas have already publicly stated they will kill every Alawite once Assad is gone, and the regime military is well armed, quite large, and well trained.

    We should defer opinion to the closest ally we have in the region in Israel. Hillary Clinton beating a drumbeat for weaponizing the rebellion concerns me because of the historic blunder with doing exactly that in Libya and the now missing missiles and WMD as a direct result of helping them without knowing who they were ideologically.

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    • barnslayer says:

      I don’t look at any of the “revolts” in the Mid-East as anything but orchestrated, one and all, by the same puppet masters. The press would have us believe these are merely disenfranchised populations throwing off the shackles of despots. And, that the timing of these is the result of one inspiring the next. That each is a seperate entity whose goals are derived collectively from the people of that particular country. My feeling is each uprising is the result of a master plan to consolidate the moslem world. The moslem brotherhood is the common denominator in each case, and for obvious reasons. Their goal is the formation of a militant islamic rebirth of the ottoman empire with designs on global conquest.

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    • Aussie says:

      SD this time your gut feel seems to be a whole lot better than what it was with Libya.

      I have been watching and holding back because there is too much that is unknown about the Syrian opposition. However, I am now finding that I must take a stronger stand against Assad…. and not in favour of these people… then they can duke it out.

      Here are some points to consider:

      1. It is more than likely that Saddam Hussein hid his WMDs in Syria. They did cross the border before the invasion of Iraq. If this is correct, then gut feel says… danger, danger!!

      2. Iran is an ally of Asshat. Syria has been the satellite and go-between for Iran with both Lebanon and Gaza Strip aka Hamas and Hezbollah. Syria had been doing the funding of Hezbollah but that funding was also coming from Iran.

      3. Enter Iraq: this time not the Shia but the Sunni. The issue here is that the Sunni who have been entering from Iraq are Al Qaeda.

      4. Russia: Syria is the “last” sphere of influence in the Middle East held by Russia outside of Iran. They are willing to supply Syria with weapons to use against their own people, just like Russia was supplying Gadhafi.. to that you can add China who was also supplying Gadhafi with weapons.

      The big thing for me is that Assad ordered all foreign journalists out of the country when the whole thing began. It means that we do not have reliable information. What is worse, Assad has been making claims about “attacks” on his army that have been strictly not true. In many instances when these “soldiers” have been killed, they have been killed because they refused to shoot their own people.

      This is a very dirty situation. It is tribal. The Alawite tribe is very small. They are neither Sunni nor Shia, but they are backed by Shia. The Druze have been supporting the Alawite and Assad. Without knowing the make-up of the people in Homs it is difficult to determine how far they have been influenced by the Salafists. I am not convinced that the majority follow the Salafist teachings, but you can be sure that Salafists are having a field day….

      The Arab League is not supporting Assad, and this is probably due to his links with Iran….

      The question then is whether or not the West should do anything. My gut feel is that we should continue to stay away… but we should be highlighting the human rights abuses. Assad has been indiscriminately killing people including young teenage boys, young children and babies. One of those boys was tortured before he died. This is my view is a real and serious crime.

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      • Egyptian Salafists Condemn Hamas Leader For Shaking Hands With Shiites, “No Difference Between The Jews And Iran”…

        CAIRO: Egypt’s ultra-conservative “Salafists Call” condemned Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniya shortly after he led a prayer in the al-Azhar Mosque on Friday, saying he met with Shiite leaders last week while all the killing in Iraq is ongoing and Sunnis are attacked almost daily.

        “We refuse that Haniya leads the prayer in Egypt’s largest Sunni mosque after he shook hands with the Shiites, and Egypt is the country of the Sunni al-Azhar [and we] do not accept a man who put his hand into the hand that kills Sunnis in Iraq and Syria,” said a statement released by the Salafi Call on Friday.
        http://bikyamasr.com/58548/egypts-salafists-go-after-hamas-haniyeh/

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        • Aussie says:

          it is a very confusing situation. The Shia and the Sunni hate each other. It goes way back to the split which was not long after the murdering scum non-prophet died.

          In Iraq, as far as I am concerned “the war” was well and truly over in a very short time. What remained though was purely Sunni vs Shia. The Shia are still supported by Iran. The Sunni were being prompted by Al Qaeda.

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      • Terrific analysis, Aussie! I didn’t know most of this stuff.

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  3. The State Department has begun coordinating with Syria’s neighbors to prepare for the handling of President Bashar al-Assad’s extensive weapons of mass destruction if and when his regime collapses, The Cable has learned.

    This week, the State Department sent a diplomatic demarche to Syria’s neighbors Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, warning them about the possibility of Syria’s WMDs crossing their borders and offering U.S. government help in dealing with the problem, three Obama administration officials confirmed to The Cable. For concerned parties both inside and outside the U.S. government, the demarche signifies that the United States is increasingly developing plans to deal with the dangers of a post-Assad Syria — while simultaneously highlighting the lack of planning for how to directly bring about Assad’s downfall.

    Syria is believed to have a substantial chemical weapons program, which includes mustard gas and sophisticated nerve agents, such as sarin gas, as well as biological weapons. Syria has also refused IAEA requests to make available facilities that were part of its nuclear weapons program and may still be in operation.
    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/02/24/exclusive_state_department_quietly_warning_region_on_syrian_wmds

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    • Aussie says:

      Methinks that some of the WMDs in Syria already belong to Iraq. If they cross the border again, it will be returning property that has been there since Saddam tried to hid the weapons…..

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      • I agree that Saddam Hussein hid his WMD stockpiles and multiple rocket launch platforms in Syria. There were convoys upon convoys of trucks from Iran into Syria including the family members of the Iraqi regime when it was under attack.

        One can only guess who actually controls these now.

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        • and you think that Isreal and US don’t know about these crossings? Yeah we know about it all right.
          I think the only possible way for Iran to sneak out of this mess is to mess with Isreal. If he does that he gains the support of all the anti-Isreal muslims

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  4. Zauber says:

    Saddam got a lot of his WMD controlled-materials from European companies who supply anyone with the money. He could have also received some supplies not easily obtained in Europe thru Syria from a 3rd party. I’m of the camp that believes a lot of the WMD materials he cached may well have gone to the Beqaa Valley, hidden in the huge pre-invasion traffic jam exiting Iraq. The Beqaa has a large criminal drug enterprise that’s fed Europe for a long time, with the Usual Islamic Suspects having offices there for decades. Would not be hard to hide WMD materials there, NATO and Interpol can’t seem to find the huge opium and marijuana fields being grown there, nevermind a few trucks of precursor chemicals and equipment.

    As I’ve said before, Russia really wants to keep its naval basing in Syria – if it loses its Syrian basing its Black Sea fleet is once again constrained by having to navigate the Bosphorus, Dardanelles and the Aegean, all NATO-controlled, to project any power in the Mediterranean. Once in the Mediterranean the Russians have no place to fuel or refit if Syria evicts them. I would love to be a fly on the wall of State’s Russian Desk as I am 99.9% sure that something has been worked out between Putin and the Administration about our keeping our fingers out of Syria due to its strategic importance to Russia. A conservative president like Reagan would have jumped at the chance to help the Syrian rebels and block Russian military access to the Mediterranean, Obama’s openly avoiding it.

    IMHO the prime factor is Iran. Iran owns Hezbollah and Hezbollah has a great deal of control over Hamas. Russia is back in bed with Iran and both hate Israel with a passion. The various Islamic militant groups showering Israel with Russian munitions from rockets to AK rounds aren’t getting them at gun shows, the pipeline from Russian through Iran and its militant terrorist subunits has been long established. One wonders how the Russian/Iranian lovefest is effecting their joint intertests in the huge oil fields under the Black Sea and their joint claims to ownership.

    I wouldn’t be as worried about the whereabouts of Saddam’s thinish alleged stocks of chemical weapons as I would about what chem/bio weapons Israel has developed and what those ex-Soviet chem/bio experts were doing getting PO boxes in Iran in the 90s. If we’ve come to believe that Israel ‘s use of the Samson Option would only entail nukes than we are ignoring the fact that a biological weapon is far easier to develop and put on-line than a nuclear one, and far more effective. When you consider that if Iran has developed nuke technology it has undoubtedly developed chem/bio also, suddenly Saddam’s puny stockpiles aren’t that big of a deal any more.

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    • Indeed Zauber, you hit the nail on why Russia is supporting Syria through this. It will be interesting to see how this rolls. Could the Syrian angle also be part of the reason we have stationed 3 carrier fleets in there?

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      • Zauber says:

        I think there are numerous reasons from the various oil pipelines running through the are to the Suez Canal to the need fir us to have a presence there if/when Israel attacks Iran. Even though Obama dislikes Israel about as much as Iran does we still have treaties and a realpolitik need to make sure Israel stays a viable country. If Iran attacks Israel it may get support from other Muslim countries to some extent or another as well as the internal Mamas/Hez groups inside of and bordering Israel. The Russians might well take that chance to sail their Black Sea fleet into the eastern Med and fill the power vacuum the war would create and NATO’s naval fleet is not as capable as ours in meeting the multiple sea/air/land threats that would result. Let’s not forget that Russia had military advisors and active military participants in the various Arab countries that attacked Isreal in ’68 and ’73 and that (allegedly) Israel let the Russians know that they had nuke-tipped missiles aimed at Russian facilities in the Black Sea and other areas in Russia. Russia has a long memory and would love to avenge past insults and regain its Med ports.

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