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Tyler Durden's picture

From Reuters:


And getting worse per RanSquawk:

French Embassy guards fire live ammunition to repulse crowd loyal to president Assad on Embassy compound in Damascus

Some more:

The United States accused Syria of having
organized an angry 31-hour protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Damascus
over the weekend while the U.S. ambassador told the foreign minister
that such anti-American "incitement" must stop.

Syria earlier on
Sunday said it had summoned the envoys of the United States and France
in Damascus to protest their visit to the restive city of Hama last week
without clearance from the authorities.

The Hama visit by U.S.
Ambassador Robert Ford and French Ambassador Eric Chevallier was a
"clear evidence of the American and French intervention in Syria's
internal affairs," Syria's news agency SANA quoted the foreign ministry
as saying.

In Washington, the State Department said the Syrian
government chose to protest Ford's trip to Hama by organizing a a
protest outside the embassy that lasted 31 hours on Friday and Saturday
with protesters hurling tomatoes, eggs, glass and rocks.

Two embassy employees were struck by food, the department said in a written reply to queries.

The department said Ford registered U.S. displeasure with these events
in an already-scheduled Sunday meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister
Walid al-Moualem.

It said the meeting had been requested by the U.S. Embassy and scheduled since Thursday.

"Ambassador Ford was not summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," the State Department said.

Hama has been the site of some of the biggest demonstrations seeking to
oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He sent security forces back
into the city and ringed it with tanks this week.

U.S. President
Barack Obama has reacted gingerly so far to the protests in Syria, part
of a wave of unrest in the Arab world that toppled rulers in Egypt and
Tunisia and led to NATO involvement in a civil war in Libya.

Obama has said Assad must either lead reforms in Syria or get out of the
way. Ford's visit to Hama marked a symbolic strengthening of U.S.
support for peaceful protesters' goals and methods.


Moualem at the session
in Damascus on Sunday filed an official complaint with Ford regarding
his visit to Hama, the State Department said.

At the same
meeting, Ford "made clear that Syrian government incitement of Syrians
against the United States, including through aggressive protesters in
front of the embassy, must stop."

"The Syrian government must not
use his visit to Hama - meant only to gather information and support
freedom of expression - as propaganda," the department said.

called on the Syrian government to meet its responsibility under the
Vienna Convention to protect diplomats and diplomatic facilities, the
department said.


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ads56's picture

This is bullish for growth. Expect a statement from the Messiah.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Today's forcast: Mostly sunny with a chance of off and on riots.

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the not so mighty maximiza's picture

Time for some bombs of peace for Syria.

Sudden Debt's picture

Two embassy employees were struck by food

This afternoon the waiter spilled some wine in my lap. NOW WHY DIDN'T THAT MAKE THE FRONT PAGES?!

I'm sure he was Syrian to! At least a secret agent!



I didn't wanted to be accused of sponsoring those terrorists, so I didn't gave him a tip either!



Republi-Ken's picture

YEAH BABY, The Dick Cheney / Georgie Bush Method of Diplomacy...

start another war.

Kali's picture

Food! OMG! Almost as bad as getting hit by a shoe.  : )  How many years in the gulag for foood?

Urban Redneck's picture

Actually no.  The shoe thing was worse, 1) it was a Head of State and 2) it was Arabs throwing the shoes

The US press corps didn't make much of the show of disrespect, however, I don't think they would have the subdued reaction if the White House press corps donned white robes and hoods and started throwing watermelons and fried chicken at Barry during his next press conference. 

The irony being that while the connotations of the action would be analogous across cultures, the douche-bag politically correct cunts of the 4th estate would demonstrate their utter misunderstanding and camouflaged contempt and of self-superiority over foreign cultures by virtue of not responding in the same fashion as they did over the shoe incident. 

spiral_eyes's picture

uh-oh here we go.

Pegasus Muse's picture

"Two embassy employees were struck by food..."

"Send in NATO!"

Yep.  They already have more "justification" than they did when the USA/France/Brits invaded Libya in support of the owners of British Petroleum and, of course, for a little Libyan gold. 

Sudden Debt's picture

and so far for those "food shortages"... grain futures will get a beating once again...


Ethics Gradient's picture

Send in Junkers, Trichet and Rumpey! They can fix anything.

edotabin's picture


The name is

Herman Van Rompuy

He's my boy!

ThoughtCriminal's picture

These people need "democracy" now; Unleash H.RodHam-Clinton upon them!

White.Star.Line's picture

Gotta love Reuters. They always get the "fire and brimstone" reports out there first.
Good thing they aren't owned by greedy bankers with agendas.

Cursive's picture

Surely Bubblevision is celebrating the Pax Treserviana.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I hope they erased the hard drives. We wouldn't want WikiLeaks to get hold of any of the secret stuff.





Tense INDIAN's picture

this DRAMA is so nice ...i dont want this to END

Josh Randall's picture

Officer Bimbeau: "This is Car 3, we're gonna need some help out here, we've both been assaulted by eggs..."

SDRII's picture

us sent the ambassador into hama last week in esclatory measure and has been threatening via turkey to send troops in (turkish proxy) - makes you wonder

comfortablynumb's picture

Syria, meet drones.  The Ayatollah is gonna love this, still think Iran is the end game here.

snowball777's picture

Starting to get the Fall of Saigon feeling?

lizzy36's picture

Shades of 1979?

Syria’s sponsor in Iran is lead by a former embassy-invader.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I was thinking the same thing. The parallels are remarkable.

So does this mean one of the 2012 USA Presidential candidates will make a deal to keep the hostages from being released to undermine Obama.....not that Obama isn't shooting himself in the foot as it is.

Problem Is's picture

With the proto-fascist Zbigniew Brzezinski once again in the driver seat...

Obama Bin Lyin' is an instant replay of the One-Term-Carter administration... All this covert destabilizations are classic Zbigniew play book destined to blow up in his (and our) face...

But when has the ruling class and its toadies ever done anything but fail upward? (See: Robert "What me worry about insider trading at Citi" Rubin-ite...)

If we could only be so lucky as to give this worthless, Wall Street puppet, CIA creation the boot after 4 years...

High Plains Drifter's picture

why do you think the Shah was deposed?  was it just something that happened because the Iranian people wanted him gone? I can tell you this. Nothing happens by accident?  There is very little that happens in this world, that is not controlled from start to finish. the middle east is full of useful idiots that say yes to a few shekels and do what they are told, just like it is here. I can tell you this. The Shah was no walk in the park, believe me, but he like so many was created and then put in office by parties unknown (yeh sure) and then he made the mistake of growing a pair and started thinking nationalistic thoughts etc. His problem was he wandered off the reservation and he started reading his own script. This made him expendible. then one day, there was a revolution supposedly lead by a mullah from Paris......Khomeini. so then, iran began its walk backwards in the pursuit of knowledge and nationalistic thought and endeavors...iran went from secular to religious fanatic and for certain parties, this was just fine. they turned inward, instead of reaching outward. they became a pariah state in the world. this was necessary for the next time they would be needed and that time is coming again soon.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Good stuff HPD. While many ere might know this, most people are deaf and dumb to history.

Not sure the Shah grew a pair though. It was just time to take it to a theocracy and he was a weak and spineless puppet anyways.

Mossadegh had grown a pair. In 1953

Just like Allende 20 years later, in 1973, Chile.

Pinochet, khomeini, Zial-ul-Haq (Pakistan), Saddam.....

puppets, all.


High Plains Drifter's picture

yeh maybe you are right. maybe it was just time for a change, like it was in egypt. i mean mubarak got his ticket punched in all of the right places. he did what was told. he did the correct handshake. he thought he was in the clique. but in the end, he found out, he was just a very minor cog and could be destroyed at someone's whim, as if it was just so much dust in the wind. and so he was. the same thing happened to the shah. can you just imagine the thoughts going through their minds as this happens. how can this happen? i have done what they told me to do?  yet they destroy me. the only thing i can say, is if you dance with the devil you will get burned.......this should be a lesson to all goyim and useful idiots.......when the time is right, you too will be eliminated.

Oh regional Indian's picture

What is that line about there being no loyalty amongst thieves?

High Plains Drifter's picture

just watch what happens when the music stops as they run around trying to find a chair to sit in.......i am reminded of the quote from the prominent zionist

Yitzchak Greenbaum,

“one cow in Palestine was worth more than all the Jews in Poland.”

or David Ben-Gurion who said in 1938:

"If I knew it was possible to save all the children in Germany by taking them to England, and only half of the children by taking them to Eretz Israel, I would choose the second solution. For we must take into account not only the lives of these children but also the history of the people of Israel."

so we see, that jews must die, for the good of world jewry and the new world order. but they think they are members in good standing of the tribe but in reality , are cannon fodder being used to establish one world government. they like so many goyim in this world who bow the knee and kiss the ring, think that somehow they are members in good standing of the secret club and are in the big game. nothing could be farther from the truth. but you can't talk to them about it. they won't listen. they are tribally motivated and racially motivated as they have been taught by their controllers, the rabbinical class and this is done on purpose as well. they are told they are God's chosen and that they will rule the world, which is a lie. Many of them will die just like everyone else but they think that just because the ones at the top of the pyramid communicate in a similar way, or so it seems, to the way they do and perhaps, in a way, think, like they do, that their lot will also be in control during the days of world government. i can say this. the ones at the top, even though they are of the same tribe, do not give one good damn about them, anymore than they do anyone else for that matter. so yes, you are correct, there is no loyality among thieves.

Oh regional Indian's picture

One way or another though HPD, this storm is going to leave us all shaken, stirred or dead.


PaperBear's picture

I wonder if these are false flags.

SheepDog-One's picture

Everything is a false flag, until youre the one receiving the life fire.

ThoughtCriminal's picture

of course; it's 7-11-11 (those 11's and 7's again, and again, and ...)

Sweet Chicken's picture

Informer I lick ya boom boom down!

alien-IQ's picture

there goes the neighborhood...

Caviar Emptor's picture

Don't look now: 90 dead in 4-days of violence in Karachi

augie's picture

So the CIA organizes a mob of protesters to justify operations in syria.

Manufactured consent followed closely by learned helplessness. Awesome i am so proud to be an American right now. If tomorrow all the things were gone,


I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘ Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.

That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

And I’m proud to be and American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

/cynicism. 5th of november i will be placing a candle in my window as a sign of alligence to those patriots who are willing to take their country back. I say november 5th 2012 all the malcontents demonstrate their displeasure with some show of solidarity.


High Plains Drifter's picture

yep, just like they did in egypt.  what was it lenin said?  to control the opposition you must lead it.  when we will ever learn?  when they say things like that, they mean it. they are not talking out of their asses........

augie's picture

Take comfort in knowing that even if two as divided ideologically as you and me can agree it is time to take personal responsibility for insurrection, there is hope more will set aside their differences in favor of uniting against a common enemy. Today, is a good day. 

Oh regional Indian's picture

Augie, your Ganesha Avaatar was great, what is this one?

Anyways, this level of bullying and a sheep dumb global leadership is a really abd combination.

I'm seeing it, in vision, like the armed herd (US Military) is sucking wisps of "life" from the US at a greater and greater rate. Sucking it dry. it looks like their abandonment is a real possibility too.

What a crazy game eh? Nuts.


High Plains Drifter's picture

yes ORI it is happening and there is almost nothing that can be done about it. this , to me, makes , the aspect of waking up, in my own personal life, so exasperating.  i see it so plainly. yet so many do not.  The  American people and so many others in this world, bought into the  century of  self  created for them by bernays.  they wear their chains proudly.

augie's picture

Drifter, I swear i didn't read your comment before posting a link to that very documentary to ORI. I beg everyone to block off 20 minutes a day to see that entire documentary, synchronicity abounds! 

Oh regional Indian's picture

I hear you loud and clear HPD. As can probably a third of the commenting crowd here at ZH, at least.

Cycles cannot be escaped from, we need to learn to flow with them. 

It's why surfer's are so cool. They know how to ride a huge, dangerous wave.


augie's picture

I realized my posts might come off as self-righteous as it is, let alone if the reader subconsciously associates my post with any type of spirituality. That is the last impression i want to give. Social conditioning is a bitch.


I am more than sympathetic to your post regarding nuclear impending doom. Just bought 90 day supply of potassium iodide and a gasmask. I live within 90 miles of two nuclear reactors, it's not paranoia I swear.