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February 19, 2012 6:01 pm

Double Standard Against Israel: No Flotilla to Syria?

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives speech at USAK. Photo: Nilgun Gocan.

In today’s latest development, Syrian security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at thousands of people marching in a funeral procession. It turned into one of the largest protests in Damascus since the 11-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began. Since the onset of the Syrian uprisings in March, 2011, more than 5,400 people have been killed. As one who reviews Middle East news closely, the silence from human rights organizations and the many who are supposedly concerned about peace in the Middle East has been deafening. We have heard so much about the desperate need for “aid” flotillas to the poor people of Gaza – but where are they today? Such silence, even though so many have been butchered? Could one imagine the media and Public Relations outcry if the IDF fired upon a funeral?

There is a sickening double standard against Israel.

A simple Google search for Syrian flotilla will show that an Iranian flotilla arrived, which is providing training to Syria’s navy, as it has conducted joint training exercises between Iran and Syria. There’s also been a large Russian naval flotilla in a Syrian port last month as a show of solidarity by Russia to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

An interesting article was written by Farid al-Ghadry, the Syrian-born co-founder and president of the United States-based Reform Party of Syria, a party lobbying for regime change in Syria. The article can be found here, where he asks: “Where is your Syrian Humanitarian Flotilla, Erdogan?”

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In a blog dated April 24, 2011, Ghadry writes:

“It is unconscionable to think that people are dropping like flies on Syrian streets, the injured are hiding in private homes to avoid capture or cold-blooded murder, the funeral processions are being shot at with many killed at a time they bereave the dead, the detained are tortured and many die and are buried in mass graves; yet the international community seems only willing to extend words of comfort. Where is your conscience, people? It’s Easter Sunday, for heaven’s sake.

Then comes Erdogan, who thinks that the situation in Gaza is tragic with its people under siege and tyranny while Syrians, under his buddy Assad, enjoy comfort and freedom. Where is your humanitarian flotilla to Syria, Erdogan? Our injured, attacked by the snipers of your dear friend Assad, cannot go to hospitals for fear of being either killed on the spot or arrested to die under torture. Or does that not fit with your understanding of what a human tragedy is? Are Gazans better people than Syrians? Is Assad too dear a friend for you to bother? And where are the Hamas Palestinians who seem to forget everyone else’s tragedy except their own? Where are their voices? Never expect Syrians to come to your aid again. When elections come, we will make the MB (Muslim Brotherhood) in Syria pay for your silence. And where is King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia? How can the leader who governs over Mecca and Medina be afraid of his own shadow?

What happened to the young “tiger princes” of al-Saud? Why don’t they overthrow all those over 80 who cling to power like a sick patient clings to oxygen? Have you become too comfortable for your own good? Wake up, Bandar bin Sultan. This is your time. Where are all the Arab leaders and the Arab League –  cowards that host dinners to celebrate their fat bank accounts while our people die in front of their eyes?

This revolution is for all ages and against any Arab and non-Arab oppressor in the region. This revolution is against Assad, the mullahs of Iran, and the hapless King of Saudi Arabia. This revolution is against the bigotry of Hezbollah giving aid to kill Syrians and the barbaric IRGC training Assad on how to maximize death.”

Ronn Torossian is the CEO of 5WPR, 1 of the 25 largest PR firms in the US.

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