Miles Copeland on the concept of the Julian Assange show
Published on June 14, 2012
An excerpt from Assang's show page:
Hezbollah urged the Syrian opposition to engage in dialogue with Assad's regime, but they refused.
Hezbollah leader Sayyid Nasrallah confirmed this in his first interview in six years, the world premiere of Julian Assange's The World Tomorrow on RT.
Watch the full show on RT's video page
Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah told Assange that Hezbollah supports Syrian president Bashar al-Assad as Syria supported resistance in Lebanon and "hasn't backed down in the face of Israeli and American pressure."
Nasrallah, a freedom fighter to millions though a terrorist to the US, Israel, Canada and the Netherlands, says Assad's regime "served the Palestinian cause very well."
This is why Hezbollah supported the so-called Arab Spring in Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt and elsewhere, but when it came to Syria, Hezbollah urged the opposition to engage in dialog with President Bashar al-Assad.
"This is the first time I say this ' We contacted ['] the opposition to encourage them and to facilitate the process of dialogue with the regime. But they rejected dialogue," he revealed. "Right from the beginning we have had a regime that is willing to undergo reforms and prepared for dialogue. On the other side you have an opposition which is not prepared for dialogue and it is not prepared to accept reforms. All it wants is to bring down the regime. This is a problem."
Nasrallah called for balance on the Syrian issue as "armed groups in Syria have killed very many civilians" though international blame is leveled squarely at President Assad.
Several Arab & non-Arab states are arming and funding the rebels while in the Hezbollah leader's opinion Al-Qaeda simply wants to turn Syria into a battle ground.
"There is fighting in Syria ' when one party retreats, the other will advance, it will go on as long as doors to dialogue are shut," he told Assange.
Stressing that Hezbollah supports dialogue, Nasrallah points out that without it, "civil war is the only alternative." In his words "this is exactly what America and Israel want' Arab states are ready for tens of years of dialogue with Israel but won't have two months to try a political solution in Syria."
When Miles Axe Copeland III was born on May 2, 1944, there was a very bright star in the sky, though no one is quite certain which star it was. There were also V-1 and V-2 rockets dropping in the near vicinity, as it was the height of the World War II blitz of London. Miles' father, Miles Axe Copeland, Jr., was stationed in England in the American army doing counter-intelligence for the O.S.S. (Office of Strategic Services), where he met and married Miles' future mother, Lorraine Adie, who was in British Intelligence S.O.E (Special Operations Executive). Miles' passport shows his birth date as April 2 because father Miles made a mistake on the original application. Throughout life, Miles has had surprise birthday parties thrown on April 2 and people wish him happy birthday one month early. Rarely has anyone, except close family, wished him happy birthday on May 2. (The psychological damage done to him due to this fluke is unknown).
After the war, the family moved to Washington, D.C., where father Miles and a small nucleus of intelligence officers were given the task of organizing a central intelligence gathering organization combining the best of the various forces intelligence corps including the O.S.S. This resulted in the foundation of the C.I.A. In 1948, he was sent to Damascus, Syria as the CIA operative with the title "Culture Attaché." While in Damascus, he was directly involved in the overthrow of the Syrian government, the first overthrow of a foreign government by an U.S. government operative using covert means. While in Damascus, young Miles became fluent in Arabic, which has come in handy recently with his launch into World Music, particularly music emanating from the Middle East. Apparently losing some of this aptitude over the years, Miles' current Arabic fluency is convincing only to those who don't speak a word of Arabic. He is, however, quite proficient in French.
The family then alternated between Middle East posts and Washington D.C. In 1953, father Miles Jr. was loaned by the C.I.A. to Gamal Abdul Nasser (President of Egypt) to organize the Egyptian secret intelligence, The Mukabarat. He soon became Nasser's closest western advisor. It was here that Lorraine Copeland took up archeology and Miles III took up an interest in collecting anything ancient, from mummy parts to coins. It was also here that young Miles became friends with Col. Hasan Tuhami, Nasser's machine gun toting bodyguard who lived next door. In later years, this friendship became extremely useful as Mr. Tuhami became Vice Prime Minister of Egypt and came to the rescue of The Police, whose equipment was stuck in Egyptian customs, jeopardizing a concert at the Cairo University that night. Father Miles' exploits are recounted in three books: Game of Nations, The Real Spy World and his autobiography, The Game Player.
From 1957-68 the Copeland family was stationed in Beirut, Lebanon during the hey-day of that city. Miles attended high school at the American Community School where he was president of his senior class. Along with his archeologist mother, he further developed his fascination for ancient civilizations, especially their art and architecture. This interest took him to travel widely throughout Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. During the summer breaks, he taught judo, having previously earned a first-degree black belt. He was the first person ever to put on a judo exhibition for Lebanese television, his first television appearance. He was also presented with a license to teach Judo to the Lebanese Army. He accepts no responsibility for the ineffectiveness of that army in subsequent years.
From 1962-66, he attended Birmingham Southern College (receiving his B.A. in History and Political Science) in Birmingham, Alabama, the birthplace of his father and home to various Copelands (cousins, grandmother, etc.). He spent one semester at American University in Washington, D.C. (the Washington semester program), studying the workings of the US government up close and personal. From 1966-69, he attended the American University of Beirut, earning his M.A. in Economics. Courses focused largely on how to bring a third world country into the 20th century (without huge oil revenues). Meanwhile, times were strange in Beirut as the seeds of civil war were finding soil and at one point, Miles and other Americans were secretly whisked out of the country for their own protection, returning months later when deemed "relatively safe."