Syrian-French Writer Adnan Azzam on Al-Dunya TV (Syria), Aug 7th:
Through all these TV channels and all this money, they are trying to show the world that it is an internal Syrian conflict – Syrian groups demanding freedom and reforms facing a Syrian army that is ferociously attacking, killing, and destroying.
What is going on is, in fact, completely different. This has been a universal battle, the historical battle of Israel, ever since the inception of the Zionist movement, and its interference in global affairs – in other words, ever since they changed the course of the French Revolution, transforming it from a reformist revolution into a Zionist movement, and beheaded the king of France within 24 hours without trial. It's been going on ever since they took Napolean, that young boy from Corsica, and said to him, when he was still in military college: "We will give Corsica back to Italy and Corsica will be independent again." They cut a deal with him, recruiting him into the Zionist movement. They showered him with money and sent him to Egypt, in order to set the foundations for the state of Palestine.
What is happening today in Syria is not a new phenomenon. This is a rising Zionist movement which aims to become a superpower, and we have fallen for this ploy, and believe that this in an internal Syrian conflict - which it is not.
With that level of analysis, the latest addition to the regional TV debate should fit right in (£):
George Galloway, the Respect Party MP, is to earn almost £80,000 a year from a new Lebanese TV station accused of having links to Syria and Iran.
The outspoken Scot, known for his anti-imperialist views [!], recently began presenting a show on al-Mayadeen.
The Arabic-language station, launched in June, presents itself as a counterweight to channels such as the Qatari-funded al-Jazeera, which it sees as biased against Syria and its allies.
Analysts say its launch is part of the regional power struggle that is being played out as the conflict rages in Syria.
There has been speculation about the source of the channel’s funding, with one industry figure saying that it is backed by Iran and a cousin of President Assad of Syria. The channel has declined to comment on the identity of its backers, saying only that they are a group of Arab businessmen.
The management of al-Mayadeen, Arabic for “the public squares”, has several figures with links to Syria. The head of its news division is married to a former communications adviser to President Assad, and the general manager was previously head of al-Manar, a TV station affiliated with the pro-Syrian Lebanese militia, Hezbollah....
Asked if he had concerns about the financing of the station, Mr Galloway attacked Rupert Murdoch. He said: “The station is privately owned, but the owners are rather more respectable than the owner of The Times.” Mr Galloway used the first instalments of his show, which has subtitles for the Arabic-speaking audience, to rail against the motives of international powers who support the uprising in Syria. In one, he accused the West of seeking to replicate the Crusades. He said: “I am with the Syrian people’s legitimate demands but I will never support the destruction of Syria. I will never support the invitation to the Crusaders to come back to Syria.”
On another, he chastises Arab countries for joining forces with the West against Iran. “I’ve never understood this fear, this sense of Iran as somebody that you could unite with the Crusaders against,” he said. The MP has previously described President Assad as a “breath of fresh air” and “the last bastion of Arab dignity”.
Well, it'll be nice for George to escape from all his troubles at home. Though god knows what his constituents in Blackburn Bradford make of all this.