Skip to comments.Syria tenders fail, raising doubt over Assad ability to buy food
Posted on 09/03/2013 4:53:01 AM PDT by elhombrelibre
Syria cancelled an urgent tender to buy sugar on Monday, two weeks after cancelling a bid to buy wheat, the latest signs that President Bashar al-Assad's government is losing its ability to buy food as civil war destroys its harvests.
In the failed transactions, Syria offered to pay for the food with funds held in frozen bank accounts abroad. The failures suggest those offers have been rejected by international traders, raising questions over how Assad's government can pay for food imports in the future.
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Starving children, caused by Obama’s failed policies, should make good pictures.
So instead of 400 children dying in a gas attack, thousands will die of malnutrition-related illnesses. I see the fine hand of our malevolent government in this.
Not to worry !
Uncle Sam will feed them!
And The US taxpayers will pay, pay, pay!
Is Russia in a position to help?
Well, that’s how the International and US Left portrayed Iraq right up until the President Bush removed Saddam, which they also portrayed is born of malice and personal revenge for Saddam’s attempt on Bush senior’s life. I see that the arguments the Left used against Bush are now coming back to be slung at them.
So, as well as trying to kill each other off, both sides will soon starve to death ??
I fail to see the down-side here. . . .
Syria’s government is socialist. That is why they are buying food instead of private companies.
My opinion is that there is more and more evidence that Syria is falling apart and that Assad is not in fact winning.
The German Magazine Spiegel reports:
"Yet, it is perhaps irrelevant who gave the order since the entire Syrian leadership is reportedly afraid that the defense lines will collapse. These fears have been fanned by a number of developments over the past few weeks: the unauthorized withdrawal of previously Assad-loyal militias to their Alawite villages; the feared rebel offensive; the declining morale of the regular troops; and the rising losses without military victories to show for them.
The poison gas attack was probably carried out by the 4th division of Assad's army. Experts and defectors agree that this is the only unit that possesses launching devices for chemical weapons. Immediately following the chemical attack, it shelled rebel positions with conventional artillery -- but was unable to take a single location.
Instead, the division lost at least seven tanks in the Damascus neighborhood of Harasta alone. A rebel video provides an insight into the lack of personnel among the elite division: Two crew members flee a burning tank -- but they are wearing no uniforms, no helmets and no radio gear. Shabiha militia members have apparently been forced to fill the gaps in the ranks of the army."
Assad's inability to retake the neighborhood despite the gassing and several days of shelling shows the regime is not winning and is likely losing.
By what authority were the accounts frozen? Is this a banking coup? Th rumors of Libya’s gold being held in Syria just gained an iota of credibility.
So...with no authority?
I don’t really understand your questions. Elected governments frequently impose sanctions on other governments to attempt to influence their policies. I’m sure you know that we and many other governments have placed sanctions against Iran. We’re trying to stop them from producing a nuclear weapon. The sanctions imposed on Syria are in place to try to get Assad to stop killing civilians. Assad used to aid the Iraqi Baathist and al Qaeda killing Americans in Iraq. Even now, he and Iran send weapons to the terrorist group Hezbollah, which they shoot at Israel. I do not understand why now some Freepers are acting like he’s just some misunderstood chap.
The sanctions against Iran as I understand it are UN sanctions. While I think the UN is a not particularly funny joke at least their sanctions have a thin vaneer of legal basis, rather than our muslim-in-chief picking another civil war winner in the middle east.
Personally I want both side to lose. If they are busy killing each other they aren't killing us or our allies.