The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Syrian foreign ministry spokesman (JIHAD MAKDISSI) ‘ defects ‘ (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/12/2012123163314873741.html).
“Lebanon’s Al Manar television station reported that Makdissi had been sacked for making statements that DO NOT reflect the state’s line”.
According to Al Jazeera‘s Rula Amin, reporting from Beirut, “We know that in late July (?), he made comments saying that Syria WAS NOT going to use its CHEMICAL WEAPONS, admitting, basically, to Syria HAVING chemical weapons” of course. WE CAN’T TRUST ANYTHING THAT COMES OUT OF SANA. “Then there was A LOT of effort by the government to try to DEFUSE the statement”. This is more evidence that the Syrian government HAS chemical and biological weapons, because IF they didn’t, WHY WOULD THEY BE TRYING SO HARD “to defuse the statement” or to DENY what has been said? The Assad government is clearly DEFENSIVE here, a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Makdissi’s role had been SCALED BACK since then, with FEWER statements and press conferences” because HE STOPPED singing the government’s song/defending the government’s actions.
Amin went on: “We’ve heard, from different sources (in Syria), that HE DID leave Syria – at least, he HAS NOT been in Syria for the past two days – through Lebanon and is now in London”. So, Makdissi PASSED THROUGH “Lebanon” ON HIS WAY TO “London?”
Finally, “Hisham Jaber, director of the Middle East Center for Studies and Research, told Al Jazeera that he believes Makdissi WAS GIVEN PERMISSION to visit his family in Lebanon and that he flew to London from Beirut”. “I THINK he had a reason, MAYBE, to leave the country (Syria), and HE MADE HIS CHOICE“. In other words, Bashar al-Assad DID NOT “make his (Makdissi’s) choice” for him. “OF COURSE, the gentleman IS NOT in the position to have a lot of secrets (obviously), but he WAS VERY CLOSE to the regime (PAST tense) and HAS A LOT OF INFORMATION” from and about the regime. This is A VERY STRANGE/ODD COMBINATION indeed. “He’s also a VERY BRILLIANT person and CAN USE HIS SKILLS among the opposition”. So Makdissi ISN’T just mechanical?
This would be a HUGE development, although we can’t be sure of anything that SANA tells us, but IF this is true, it would mean that BASHAR AL-ASSAD HAS LOST HIS RIGHT-HAND MAN/MOUTHPIECE.