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Fmr French foreign minister reportedly says Israel seeks to ‘destroy’ Syria (and any other neighbor it can’t get along with)

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Roland Dumas is a former French foreign minister under Socialist President Francois Mitterand. Here is an account from Press TV, the Iranian international news provider, quoting Dumas as saying on French television that the British had been planning an “invasion of rebels into Syria” for at least two years.

Responding to a question on the motive behind inciting violence in Syria, Dumas said, “Very simple! With the very simple aim! To overthrow the Syrian government, because in the region, it’s important to understand, that the Syrian regime makes anti-Israeli talk,” said Dumas

The former foreign minister added that he had been told by an Israeli prime minister a long time ago that Tel Aviv would seek to “destroy” any country that did not “get along” with it in the region.

Press TV said Dumas’s statement came during a recent interview with French Parliamentary TV network, LCP. I wonder if any American news orgs will pick this up.

Aside from a LaRouche organ, which may be the Iranians’ source for the same story:

LCP interrupted, “With what aim? Overthrowing Assad?”

Dumas replied, “Very simple! With the very simple aim! To overthrow the Syrian government, because in the region, it’s important to understand, that the Syrian regime makes anti-Israeli talk. And consequently, everything that moves throughout the region— I was told confidentially by an Israeli prime minister quite a long time ago: we will try to get along with the states throughout the area, and those who don’t get along, we’ll destroy.

“That’s one policy, that’s one conception of history, but after all, why not? But we have to be aware of that.”

Thanks to Nicholas Wibberley.

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  1. ramzijaber
    ramzijaber
    June 16, 2013, 12:28 pm

    I long for the day when ex-leaders have the courage to say what must be said about the zionist criminal acts, intentions and plans in Palestine when they are actually in power.

    • American
      American
      June 16, 2013, 12:36 pm

      ”when they are actually in power.”

      Dont hold your breath…….people in power and those who seek it are most often cowards to begin with.

    • ritzl
      ritzl
      June 16, 2013, 1:24 pm

      Amen, Brother Jaber. Amen.

    • AlGhorear
      AlGhorear
      June 16, 2013, 1:36 pm

      Ramzi, I long for the day when current leaders have the courage to say what must be said about zionist criminal acts and then actually do something about it. #BDS

      • German Lefty
        German Lefty
        June 17, 2013, 9:37 am

        I long for the day when current leaders have the courage to say what must be said about zionist criminal acts and then actually do something about it.
        Exactly! Former US President Jimmy Carter, former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt – where are the incumbents?

    • ivri
      ivri
      June 16, 2013, 3:10 pm

      Ramzi, finding solace in a blog that writes what you like to hear is not a substitute for reality. Very simply, from the Arab side it was a gross miscalculation to make Israel such a big issue. Things have been taken out of any proportions – whatever the Arab world could ever hope to gain from it all has will never match what has already been paid. This is not “crimes” etc. just plain real-politick and history is full of such myopic grand blunders. But…. it is never too late to change course (as history also proves) – just swallow hard and “see the light”.

  2. MHughes976
    MHughes976
    June 16, 2013, 1:47 pm

    That clear day is out of our sight. Obama’s memoirs will appear in a dark hour, I suspect. They will cause many readers to cringe.

  3. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    June 16, 2013, 1:48 pm

    In 2007 General Wesley Clark talked about the US taking out 7 countries in the middle east including Syria and Iran, here: http://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166
    Also Seymour Hersh’s “Redirection” also in2007 described how the US would embrace “moderate” Sunni states in alliance with Israel to confront the Shiite ark of resistance i.e. Iran, Syria and Lebanon [Hezbollah] all playing out now,here: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/03/05/070305fa_fact_hersh If those polls Chomsky talks about in the middle east are correct, i.e. that nearly 90% of the populations of the middle east regard Israel/US as the major threat to the region and only 10% thought Iran as a threat, then it will end in tears, for the Empire.

  4. yourstruly
    yourstruly
    June 16, 2013, 2:29 pm

    Compared to Israel’s plans to destroy any nations it doesn’t get along with, how mild the delegitimization of the Zionist entity.

  5. Tuyzentfloot
    Tuyzentfloot
    June 16, 2013, 2:44 pm

    It was on LCP, television from the Assemblee Nationale

    http://www.ndf.fr/nos-breves/14-06-2013/roland-dumas-les-anglais-preparaient-la-guerre-en-syrie-deux-ans-avant-les-manifestations-en-2011

    I wouldn’t jump to conclusions here. It doesn’t mean there was no considerable local Arab Spring movement. The exact sequence may not matter too much.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      June 16, 2013, 4:56 pm

      How did Arab Spring morph into Isr/Saudi/West+ Sunni vs Russia/Iran/Hezb + Shia

  6. Cina
    Cina
    June 16, 2013, 2:57 pm

    I tracked the original interview on LCP and listened to the whole thing. You actually did not include a very important point that he made just prior to what you are mentioning above. I found this excellent English translation of his comment:

    ‘’ I’m going to tell you something. I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria. This was in Britain not in America. Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer minister for foreign affairs, if I would like to participate. Naturally, I refused, I said I’m French, that doesn’t interest me.’’

    Below is the segment from you tube.

    I am speechless. I remember when the Syrian revolution first started, my generation in the family would have heated arguments with my parents’ generation. We were with the revolution and our parents were against, not because they were for Assad (they weren’t), but because they were convinced that there was a foreign involvement underneath. We always dismissed their beliefs as being too conspiratorial. They will feel vindicated after this.

    • Cina
      Cina
      June 16, 2013, 3:14 pm

      Oh you actually did mention it in the first paragraph – my apologies.

    • W.Jones
      W.Jones
      June 16, 2013, 6:15 pm

      “We were with the revolution and our parents were against, not because they were for Assad (they weren’t), but because they were convinced that there was a foreign involvement underneath.”

      I felt this way about Libya too.

      In fact, this is possible regarding Tunisia and Egypt. Finkelstein had predicted an intervention in Tunisia and across the Mideast not long before it began there. My guess is that Finkelstein was in the know. None of this makes the events in Tunisia or Egypt necessarily bad in my mind.

      But in any case, one can trace a long line of such interference in places like Ukraine (orange revolution), Georgia (rose revolution), etc.

    • James Canning
      James Canning
      June 16, 2013, 7:10 pm

      Cina – – Qatar and the Saudis tried to influence Syrian gov’t into taking more distance from Tehran. And they put a good deal of money into some development projects in Syria.

      Iran caused rather a stir in the Persian Gulf when it announced its intention to treble production of uranium enriched to 20 percent. And fears of possible war rose.

  7. MHughes976
    MHughes976
    June 16, 2013, 4:01 pm

    Well it seems to interest the French now, doesn’t it? Chirac tried to impede Blair. Hollande seems to be egging Cameron on.

  8. Shingo
    Shingo
    June 16, 2013, 5:15 pm

    And yet Kerry clearly lacks the gag reflex to be able to insist that Russia not send anti aircraft missiles to Syria because it threatens Israel’s security.

  9. James Canning
    James Canning
    June 16, 2013, 7:06 pm

    Some Israeli warmongers seem to think Israel has better chance of keeping Golan if Syria’s gov’t is overthrown.

  10. shachalnur
    shachalnur
    June 16, 2013, 8:35 pm

    Dumas story is logical.

    I wonder if he had permission from Hollande to tell this (true?) story.

    US,Britain and France are aware by now that their interests in the Middle East are vanishing in front of their eyes.

    Israel chose to survive and has made alliances with Russia and Iran,and is not collaborating with F/UK/US anymore.

    This story is a leak,and Obama knows by now what happens if you leak on Israel.

    Stand by for dirty laundry on Dumas or Hollande.

  11. W.Jones
    W.Jones
    June 16, 2013, 9:01 pm

    A Council on Foreign Relations Love Letter to Al Qaeda

    A new narrative is being bolstered by globalists and imperialists that al-Qaeda is our new best friend in Syria.

    http://www.activistpost.com/2012/08/a-council-on-foreign-relations-love.html

  12. thankgodimatheist
    thankgodimatheist
    June 16, 2013, 11:32 pm

    Doesn’t surprise me the least. I’ve heard him confronting Zionists on a couple of occasions on French tv. He doesn’t mince his words.

  13. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    June 17, 2013, 8:19 am

    Phil- At one time you backed the rebels against Assad. Have you changed sides?

    • piotr
      piotr
      June 19, 2013, 5:18 am

      Boris Johnson, conservative mayor of London, lashed out this week against providing weapons to the rebels. Cameron seems to be in hot water now. And so is Erdogan. Rebels gained more detractors than Mondoweiss.

  14. piotr
    piotr
    June 17, 2013, 8:56 am

    The Turks, the French and the British are having second thoughts now while Obama decided to repeat G. W. Bush (declare “red line” in spite of evidence that reeks of falsification).

    One aspect of Syrian civil war is the revival of Cold War, with Russia and China supporting the regime and the West, the rebels. The strange part of it is that the propaganda outlets of Russia, China and Iran often are more trustworthy than the Western sources. The question arises: does the West have any positive values to offer? Our economic freedom is not as impressive as before, and neither are our personal freedoms, and the quality of “our bastards” that we pick for proxy fights is not so good either.

    • James Canning
      James Canning
      June 18, 2013, 6:26 pm

      @piotr – – Statements by Russia’s foreign ministry, re: Middle East, often make much better sense than those emitting from Foggy Bottom.

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