If Syrian soldier defects to FSA only because he want's $$$ is he still a "freedom fighter"?
So how many of the FSA fighters are internal defected soldiers and how many are external fighters. At some point of time last year this time a certain north african leader was accused of using mercenaries.
Well there are real mercenaries there too I'm sure, but not the people are defecting for 'real' reasons as such, whose salary the Saudis are then offering to pay. If anything that's like a regular army. Just funded by a foreign country. So basically it's a foreign army, in Syria :S
Hope Assad destroys these turncoats. But I also hope that he is wise enough to institute real reform and hold elections in his country afterwards; it's necessary to lower tension in Syria society and to open the road for long-term stability.
Breaking EU sanctions does not pay:
Malta delists Iranian tanker breaching Syria sanctions
Maltese Foreign Ministry pulls license of Tehran-owned tanker found in breach of trade embargo imposed on Damascus
Surely, Iran will not find 200$ or more to list it under other flag. I know that Iranian and Syrian companies actively negotiate deals in their trade partners currencies now and in some cases they're successful. All the things will lead to some fianancial losses and temporary problems. But, finally, they'll simply switch off the West from all trade schemes.
You forget that other side prepares too. And some influential countries which buy their oil can help with the technical problems. But SA oil can't fill the world demand gap anyway without risky investments, so I don't know who is really punished in the case.
Saudi Arabia can increase crude production by as much as 25 percent immediately if needed, the country's oil minister said, seeking to allay the concern over supplies that has driven prices to the highest in three years.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...I901-M17HI.DTL
Why would these countries increase output? Wouldn't less supply drive prices up. Things going right in their favor
There are rumors of Syrian Kurds training in Iraqi Kurdistan for a post-Assad Syria which will most likely fall into some sort of civil/insurgency war (be sure that Iran and Iraq will not allow an easy Sunni-majority rule), this is where it's comfortable for Kurds since they can (as in Iraq) be the neutral force between the two and therefore be supported by literally most countries in the region and the west.