April 14, 2012 – FIRST POST – TRUCE IN SYRIA HOLDS GIVING ISLAMIST CRIMINALS TIME TO ARM AND REGROUP.
This is the third day of the U.N.-engineered truce in Syria. It’s going pretty well with some demonstrations taking place in Idlib and Homs Provinces. My wife’s family in Latakia is upbeat about the situation. My friend, Monzer, in Damascus is cautious. People still don’t get the message that you have to get permits to demonstrate. They think that going to a mosque on Friday gives them the right to collect and volubly espouse criminal slogans. No more.
We at SyrPer will go along with this program of moderation because the Russians like it. The ball is now in the Kremlins’ court. We assume that Messrs. Lavrov and Churkin will insure that no Security Council resolution passes which does not comport with their stated reservations and fears of a “Libya-like” response. Libya is now a basket case. Thank you England and France. And, oh, thank you too Mr. Obama for the wonderful gift of freedom and democracy you brought to Libya. Aren’t you proud of your accomplishment?
There is little to report today from Syria. I know that Walid Mouallem, the Syrian Foreign Minister, is delighted with the prospect of a diplomatic breakthrough. We are not so confident or optimistic.
If our reports are accurate, Saudi and Qatari money has arrived in Turkish Banks with accounts opened up in the names of fictitious organizations such as: “Islamic Relief Society” and “Eastern Crescent Islamic Charities”. I received this information from a source in Antakiya (Antioch) who is researching a paper on post-annexation Hatay Province. The amounts are expected to be in the tens of millions of dollars. But, that’s okay. It’s no surprise. And by the way, Syria’s air force has now been significantly upgraded such that you might be hearing soon about air force maneuvers in our skies. Be with you soon.