Ammar Abdulhamid, a leading Activist, and Joshua Landis Discuss the Syrian Uprising

Ammar Abdulhamid and Joshua Landis Discuss the Syrian Uprising
20 April 2011
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51. Jad said:

دمشق- سانا

أصدر السيد الرئيس بشار الأسد المرسوم رقم 161 القاضي بإنهاء العمل بحالة الطوارئ.

وأصدر الرئيس الأسد المرسوم التشريعي رقم 53 القاضي بإلغاء محكمة أمن الدولة العليا.

كما أصدر الرئيس الأسد المرسوم التشريعي رقم 54 القاضي بتنظيم حق التظاهر السلمي للمواطنين بوصفه حقا من حقوق الإنسان الأساسية التي كفلها دستور الجمهورية العربية السورية.

كما أصدر الرئيس الأسد مرسوما تشريعيا يقضي بأن تختص الضابطة العدلية أو المفوضون بمهامها باستقصاء الجرائم والاستماع إلى المشتبه بهم.

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April 21st, 2011, 9:13 am

 

52. Alaa shaheen said:

We are praying for a decent weekend and more reform measures by the regime and the return of security to the streets. I suspect the regime allowed the thugs on both sides to play their cards so the public can have a taste of what the country is gonna look like if those thugs control the streets. Many Syrians proved to be true third world material,and this guy,,abdulhameed,is actually helping the regime every time he opens his mouth.
The real heroes are the peaceful demonstrators who did not use violence and lost ,or risked,their lives for their country. Everybody else,including myself,can only talk and lecture from a distance.

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April 21st, 2011, 9:14 am

 

53. Jad said:

Alarabiya.net is hacked!
Check it out

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April 21st, 2011, 9:43 am

 

54. jad said:

Dearest OTW
بليز بليز بليز
Please for God sake don’t take your pebbles anywhere, stay here.
I will leave SC if you do and you wont have any more fun :)
ثانك يو فور ستاينغ ماي ديريست أوف ذا وول

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April 21st, 2011, 10:02 am

 

55. Revlon said:

نزار نيوف يفند الوضع في سوريا على الحوار

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April 21st, 2011, 11:23 am

 

56. Revlon said:

The Syrian Revolution 2011
وصلتنا هذه الرسالة العاجلة من أحد الطلاب في جامعة دمشق
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اخواني انا طالب بجامعه دمشق منتسب للحزب … اليوم جمعونا من اتحاد الطلبه برئاسة الطالب” اياد ” مسؤول تنظيم كتب الاتحاد انا وحوالي ٤٠ طالب من رفقاتي اللي كان النا نشاط بالجامعه كبير انصدمت شو طلبوا منا يااخوان والله انصدمت طالبين مننا انه بدنا نكون جاهزين لانه في ناس مندسين بمحافظات مختلفه وبدنا نحمي بلدنا لو بدنا نطلق الرصاص على اللي منشك فيهم وهنه مسؤلين عن تسليحنا بوقت معين على قولتهن ياجماعه هاد اتحاد طلبه مو مليشيا او مافيا والله كلنا مصدومين والله العظيم شو مفكرينا غنم نطلع نقتل اخواننانكون جاهزين لانه في ناس مندسين بمحافظات مختلفه وبدنا نحمي بلدنا لو بدنا نطلق الرصاص على اللي منشك فيهم وهنه مسؤلين عن تسليحنا بوقت معين على قولتهن ياجماعه هاد اتحاد طلبه مو مليشيا او مافيا والله كلنا مصدومين والله العظيم شو مفكرينا غنم نطلع نقتل اخواننا
ارجوكم تنشروااا هاد الحكي والله مصدووومين مصدومين

about an hour ago

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April 21st, 2011, 11:30 am

 
 

58. majedkhaldoon said:

Some say AMN,some call them security forces, the truth is that they are suppression and opression forces,They are the one syrian are revolting against, they are who are depriving us from freedom, they have to be controlled,dismantled,shooting peacefull demonstrators is wrong, arresting lawyers for saying there is huge corruption problem in Syria, arrest them for that is wrong,so the regime must release all political prisoners,no more delay, and those whose hands are bloody must be tried and put in jail for their crimes,we need independent judiciary system,freedom and justice what we want.
Wikileakes just issued a statement saying what I said all along, Bashar is not a leader, he is not strong ,he is weak.

Why Discuss
The problem is not in the principles of Baath party,or SSNP party or any other party,used to exist in Syria, the problem is in the people who are leading those parties,the problem is in their behaviour after getting in power, Shishakly was ssnp member, when he took control he behaved wrong, Baath party members who are controlling syria now are corrupt and has dictatorial mentality, we did not see that in Salah Bitar, who was really Baath leader,he was assasinated by current Baath controlers,this is what went wrong in Syria,and the people want to correct that.

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April 21st, 2011, 11:38 am

 

59. ziadsoury said:

Dear OTW,

How many pebbles do you have?

I bet you 10 pebbles that where ever you go play right now, you will find plenty of Bashroupies there.

The Arabs regimes have learned one thing from Israel and learned it well. Remember during the Gaza slaughter there were so many pro Israel hired bloggers on this site defending the slaughter as self-defense.

It is incredible that some of them have been calling for killing 10 million fellow Syrians just because they do not like the regime. This is the message this regime trying to broadcast through them. We will kill all that disagree with us. The is their end game.

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April 21st, 2011, 11:55 am

 

60. Shami said:

If they were honest they would have freed all political prisoners and gave a red card to the very corrupt inner cirlce,they are buying time.

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April 21st, 2011, 12:20 pm

 

61. Zenobia said:

This was a great conversation to watch between Joshua and Ammar, two really smart people who see the world differently. Although, clearly, Joshua was not putting forward a line so much as challenging Ammar, rightly, to explain how he and those ‘revolutionaries’ on the ground are prepared to deal with the possible outcomes of their actions. I think he did a great job of asking those questions, what are the expectations and the assumptions at play. Ammar was convincing in some areas and not so convincing in other areas. Most importantly, I think he came up short on the subject of who/what is going to contain the violence should things break down into sectarian conflict – if the military is dismantled and the gov’t gone. I think Joshua is right to suggest that at least one has to think this out – the day after scenario- in terms of avoiding a situation like Iraq, and I think Ammar was not so convincing in his simple insistence that this is not going to be a problem or a danger. And he sounded naive in proposing that somehow, parts of the military will simply be co-opted and shift their loyalties over to the people and new people in charge.
Regardless of these serious issues and challenges, it is also clear that the outcome will depend on the will of the people – and how people control themselves. Not a very comforting thought, but perhaps inevitable. If the security apparatus uses this fear to justify killing or suppression – the balance will never hold. Propagandizing in fear will never hold, and inevitably – a strong enough will for change can not be suppressed through continuous psychological manipulation and “gaslighting” or by the barrel of the gun.

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April 21st, 2011, 12:26 pm

 

62. N.Z. said:

In all due respect to professor Landis, he had managed to make us see inside the mind of one of the opposition figures. We liked him or not is not Joshua’s problem.

What strucked most, is Ammar’s giving away what is ours, parts of the Golan Height. That is suicidal to any Syrian leader, present or near present.

It is telling why most Syrians respect Hizbullah.

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April 21st, 2011, 12:48 pm

 

63. Fadi said:

To all the free people in the world: We do not want stupid radicals. Death to radicals.

Look at this example of retarded Sheik……..who is giving his teaching on a TV channel.

Oh God save us from the radicals…..Keep them away from Syria……

لا يجوز للبنت الإختلاء مع أبيها !

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April 21st, 2011, 12:56 pm

 

64. N.Z. said:

Ammar Abdulhamid,

The Golan Heights belongs neither to you nor to the occupier, it belongs to the Syrians. Giving away an inch of our land is suicidal to this autocratic regime and to any future regime.

A referendum if any deal is to be struck will be the answer.

Thanks Joshua, for giving us this opportunity on your blog.

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April 21st, 2011, 12:58 pm

 

65. REAL SYRIAN said:

Dear.Prof Landis
What does Ammar Abdulhamid represent????????
Please speak with millions of real Syrians who love their country……This guy is a joke…….Syrians do not like to hear such boy,even his mother as I know…………

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April 21st, 2011, 1:07 pm

 

66. N.Z. said:

Fadi how was Pass Over ?

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April 21st, 2011, 1:09 pm

 

67. Fadi said:

N.Z.

Anything that reminds you of God is a good day.

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April 21st, 2011, 1:22 pm

 

68. Souri said:

The protesters are calling tomorrow the “Good Friday.” They say that this is a gesture towards the Christians!

Those Islamists are really pathetic. Despite the fact that weeks have passed and the Christians are still apprehensive of them, they are still incapable of providing any assurances for the minorities other than these meaningless “gestures,” which in Arabic would be called تبويس لحى.

The Christians are not waiting for your idiotic symbolic gestures. The Christians would like better to hear about your plans for the future. What country do you want? What is your stance on secularism?

I can understand why it is really hard for the administrator of that facebook page to do anything other than those meaningless gestures. Look at his image:

http://sns.sy/sns/cache/7c4e9dd12400db823113038b18e0c0e9-m400.jpg

What is this guy going to say to the Christians? Is he going to lie and say that he wants a secular country? The Christians know well what the MB wants and the “symbolic gestures” will do nothing to make them change their minds.

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April 21st, 2011, 1:58 pm

 

69. Fadi said:

NZ

The Quran quotes Moses as saying to his people:
“Remember Moses said to his people: “O my people! Call in remembrance the favour of God unto you, when He produced prophets among you, made you kings, and gave you what He had not given to any other among the peoples.” (Surah Al Ma’idah 5:20)

I want to bring it to the attention of the west that there are radicals out there in Syria who are trying to bring Syria to Salafi, Wahabi stream. Quran respected all prophets and religions yet some R Muslims have hearts full with hate towards other. They will not accept others.

I find your question regarding the pass over insulting because I know whats behind your question. You are mistaken dear in your expectations. But because both of us are ghosts in this forum there is no need to prove to you that I am a proud Syrian. Israel is something and the Jewish faith is something else. Israel is occupier and have their own bloody hateful radicals as we do with respect to the very good Jewish people that we get to know in our daily work. Israel is our enemy yet we have to be open minded and try to follow the peace road with them. The current Syria government had said in many occasions that we want peace, so there is nothing wrong by dreaming of peace and even dreaming of having a feast in one of the cities there. Unfortunately some radical elements in Israeli government are not allowing such a dream to happen (a dream for all the free and open minded people wether Syrian or Jewish) thing to happen. That is why USA in many occasions has been urging them to step up their efforts in the peace process.

If I had extrapolated the news today in my earlier post from Jerusalem post it is because you guys do not trust SANA or ALMANAR anymore. You only trust Aljazeera and Alarabyia which I personally hate and do not have faith in their reports anymore. I intentionally brought the news from an enemy newspaper so it is more reliable to you as you are seeking them and your revolutionary people shouting in the streets of Syria Israel is better than this Regime (Shameful).

It would be a disaster to the Jewish, to the Syrian, and to all peace seekers if radical mentalities come to rule Syria “democratically elected conservative government as defined by one of your fellows in this forum”. For that reason I believe USA would never ever intervene in Syria because they realize disaster of bringing a moderate????conservative???????elected government (whatever that means) to rule Syria. It is better fro you guys to elect a group of representatives instead of sitting here writing in SC, or Facebook and go talk to our president so at least would know what are you asking for. There is no poster out their in your crowds. Selmia, Selmia, Selmia……I am sick

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April 21st, 2011, 2:04 pm

 

70. Akbar Palace said:

Prioritizing

N.Z.,

How is the “resistance” going? Is it against the evil Zionists or the evil Assad today?

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April 21st, 2011, 2:44 pm

 

71. William Scott Scherk said:

I am in Vancouver, British Columbia, watching events in Syria from multiple perspectives and in a spirit of sympathy.

I am most interested in the identity of the ‘armed gangs’ as reported in official Syrian media, and in the relative lack of knowledge of just who these ‘armed gangs’ actually are, who they represent, what groups or formations they may owe allegiance to.

First, why hasn’t the official press identified one or more particular persons from the ‘armed gangs’? As I understand Syria, there are many security organizations, ranging from internal security in various armed forces to various agents of ‘state security,’ some armed and uniformed, others ‘undercover.’ If my impressions are correct, should we expect — given the state of official media — to hear or read reports of individuals from ‘armed gangs’ who have been arrested?

A second set of questions hinges on this single one: who are the ‘shadows’ or Shabeeha? What I don’t understand is if it is possible that the Shabeeha are the ‘armed gangs’ referred to in the state media. I hope someone who is inside Syria, or who is well-acquainted with Syrian society could explain to us what the Shabeeha (if they truly exist) may be doing in some parts of Syria and what relation if any they have to the state apparatus.

I thank JAD for his post #51 [http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=9259&cp=all#comment-247244] that tells us of the decrees signed into law in Syria today: decrees 53, 54, 161 and the non-numerized decree that ‘stipulates that specializes in law enforcement functions authorized or investigate crimes and to listen to the suspects.’

Is there a repository of law such as we have here in Canada: published laws on a website? Canada has many laws and even cabinet ‘decrees’ (called Orders-in-council) but they are all officially published and proclaimed, and available for anyone to view.

What I am getting at is that I haven’t seen yet the actual full text of the decrees mentioned in the SANA report. Please direct me to a place or places where the decrees are recorded.

One additional comment/query: why is it that the semi-official Day Press website has different versions of news between its English side and its Arabic side: I have left several comments and questions on the English side, but although one of my comments was published, it has since been removed, and the link on the site that shows ‘most commented’ no longer shows comments of any kind.

If anyone can recommend Syrian news sources (whether or not official and whether or not ‘correct’) I would very much appreciate it.

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April 21st, 2011, 3:18 pm

 

72. Souri said:

All our problems are because we have not been resisting the Zionists good enough. We need to take the resistance more seriously or our situation will keep deteriorating. It is time to heat up the resistance.

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April 21st, 2011, 3:24 pm

 

73. Maher said:

Thanks Professor Landis, and Thanks to Ammar.Few things are sure among them is the following :
-The Syrian regime record of bad governence for such talented people is just way over board .Finally , time to pay has arrived.
- The Syrian regime direct and indirect attempt to play the sectrain card is a sign of moral bankruppcy , and just one more reason to let go , given the rights of the majority regardless of the interests of the elitist merchant class .
- The president himself could be well meaning, but more certain. He is too weak , and using Iran or Hizb Allah would be the final nail in the coffin .
- The Allwites do not have to worry if they decide to respect the will of the majority
- This latest bout of political crisis is going to deepen the economic problems of the Syrian government , and Iran has failed to deliver on the goods, actually only the Saudis where willing to contribute usd 100 mill for a power station , the Iranian money will likely go to the security services and spies.
- It is time for all the syrians and all liberty loving people to call on the Assad to let go , the golan talk is becoming a silly joke , imagine if you are Syrian officer who graduated from the military academy in 1973 , you have retired without and proper training let alone a fight for the liberation of the golan .

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April 21st, 2011, 3:27 pm

 

74. Nour said:

Mahmoud Ezzat, the Muslim Brotherhood’s deputy Supreme Guide, said in a forum held in the Cairo district of Imbaba on Thursday that the group wants to establish an Islamic state after it achieves widespread popularity through its Freedom and Justice Party. Meanwhile, Brotherhood leader Saad al-Husseiny, said at the forum that the group aims to apply Islamic legislation and establish Islamic rule. His remarks rattled the leaders of several political parties, who said the statements, which were at odds with the concept of a civil state, would worry liberals.

http://www.aina.org/news/20110417120544.htm

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April 21st, 2011, 3:34 pm

 

75. AIG said:

Souri,

So when can I expect to see you in the Golan? Or are you simply asking others to resist? Or maybe you want Hezbollah to resist for Syrians? Can you please clarify?

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April 21st, 2011, 3:57 pm

 

76. NK said:

William Scott Scherk

Those are the Shabeha, they’re basically militias loyal to the Assad family, they’re well known to all Syrians, their main job is to smuggle weapons, drugs and everything in between into Syria, plus a few armed robberies and assassinations here and there, for instance this one armed robbery was caught on tape (Numeer Al Assad) is the president’s cousin, of course when the video was released to the public the police had to arrest him, and when they tried to he and his gang shot at the police and killed 2 policemen and injured several if I remember correctly, anyways he was caught and sent to jail only to escape a week later when his gang attacked the prison!!!

As for a Syrian news source, sadly there is none, they’re all tightly controlled and under the direct supervision of Mukhabarat officers, like the rest of us living abroad you have to resort to Youtube and Twitter and try to weed out the legit from the fabricated. :(

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April 21st, 2011, 4:09 pm

 

77. Akbar Palace said:

The Holy Resistors

A picture of some of the more famous resistors of our time:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Resistors.jpg

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April 21st, 2011, 4:24 pm

 

78. MK JCNJ said:

Regarding Ammar Abdulhamid:

The fact that he has admitted receiving funding from the U.S. government since at least 2005; that he stated he would like to “normalize” relations with the Israeli apartheid state; that he praises the so-called “color revolutions” in the Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan that were really tech-savvy mobilizations funded by the U.S. foreign policy – both secret and non-secret – establishment and not revolutions; and, that he brushed off those heroic residents of Golan who make history every day with their steadfastness against an occupation that would collapse in weeks without U.S. economic, political and military support; puts him in some interesting company in Washington, D.C.

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April 21st, 2011, 4:30 pm

 

79. jad said:

WSS,

“I am most interested in the identity of the ‘armed gangs’ as reported in official Syrian media, and in the relative lack of knowledge of just who these ‘armed gangs’ actually are, who they represent, what groups or formations they may owe allegiance to.”

There are two groups of gangs are now working in Syria:

1-The one that is formed by thugs, smugglers and loyal to nobody but money, those are the one NK is referring to, they may committed crimes lately especially in Jableh, Banyas and Lattakis since those areas are their stronghold.
Some of them are from the Assad family or relatives and others are formed from poor guys from the villages of that coastal area of Syria.
I guess many security officials use them for spreading fear and make people to think twice before do anything against the regime and from my observation I think that they might have different heads and different loyalty, not necessary to one person, and I notice that they are sometimes in conflict with the regime itself so I won’t put all of them ‘Shabiha’ under one leader and I won’t blame the President personally for their action, but I blame Mr. President for not being able to contain them immediately before things went ugly.
2-The radical Muslim gangs that are using the insecurity to instigate the situation to make it worse so the regime won’t be able to fix it which will give them space to create what they call a truly Muslim society, those according to many resources are based in the mainly poor neighbourhood and suburbs of Syria.
they are aligned with other radical entities of the region from the Gulf countries and the Neighbouring countries and some government are even supporting those gangs by money and arms, either out of revenge from the Syrian regime or out of future plans that nobody relay know at the moment.

“First, why hasn’t the official press identified one or more particular persons from the ‘armed gangs’? ”
Couple reasons,
1- If the gang is from the regime side, it will take down the regime with them, so even if they catch those guys they won’t show them on TV before doing some deals with those responsible on the gang so the regime can look cleaner in the public eyes.
2- If the gang from the Radical side, they won’t show them until they get every member of their cells so nobody can escape.

The decree in details:
‘Published laws on a website?’
In Syria they call it the “Official Gazette” it publish every decree form the government and from the presidency, here you go the details of the decrees you asked about in English and in Arabic: http://sana.sy/eng/21/2011/04/21/342711.htm
http://sana.sy/ara/2/2011/04/21/342709.htm
Reading Syrian news official/unofficial sites here is a link of all Syrian newspaper, unfortunately Syrian system is not like the Canada system where you are free to write and talk about all issues this explain why they removed your comments, maybe you were too Canadian :)
In the Syrian newspaper, you can write about anything you want except political criticizing of the President and the Baath party.
http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/syria.htm
This is a good English magazine in Syria:
http://forwardsyria.com/

Regards.

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April 21st, 2011, 5:35 pm

 

80. S.A. said:

The A. Abdelhammid interview was very interesting. It shows that many people like him who are trying to represent the opposition have simple grandiose theoretical ideas while sitting safely in their homes in exile and trying to manipulate other people’s young brains into overthrowing a government. Abdulhamid appreared to me to be a man with a very big male ego; a personal vendetta against the Assad family and many grand theoretical and dangerous ideas. If he is really wanting only prosperity, security and peaceful transition and reform for the country, he would not be insisting on overthrowing the government of Assad. The outcome of what he was wishing for could be a deadly civil war much worse than what happened in Lebanon. What he said is only theories that are unrealistic on the ground in the situation of Syria. He had no clear alternative plan. And even if he had, a situation like this could be dangerously unpedictable as we all know. If he really wanted peaceful reform he should have been supporting the reforms that Bashar is trying to implement peacefully and without trying to overthrow the government or try to brainwash young people into doing so. He is far from trying peaceful solutions. I think what he said is deeply irresponsible, destructive and selfish and obviously motivated by personal motives and a big ego.
It is a frightening thought to me that irresponsible people like him are trying to destroy a stable country.

It is so worrying to realize that people like him are plotting to overthrow the government knowing that the situation in that case could become worse than in any other neighboring country!
Everybody knows that the regime is not perfect, but it certainly has provided security and stability and ensured secularism in Syria for the longest time. We are all grateful for that. If the government is willing to reform and move forward with people’s demands, why break the country down and head towards an unknown and dangerous future.

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April 21st, 2011, 6:28 pm

 

81. Leo said:

Why-Discuss @ 26

The Baath party is a fascist party that will end up being dissolved just like the NDP in Egypt, the Baath in Iraq, and the RCD in Tunisia. The Syrian people were never ideological before and are not ideological today in order for them to follow another radical ideological party. The Baath party never in its history had the majority needed to control parliament or form a government but was part of several governments in the 50s during the period of parliamentary democracy. The only way could come to power was through a military coup d’etat which it did in 1963 and ever since it turned the country into a police state.

Claiming that the opposition consists of only the Muslim Brotherhoods shows that you lack any understanding of what is happening in Syria. Muslim Brotherhood has little support within Syria and majority of the opposition are not Islamists and would not want to be ruled by Islamic parties. They would rather see prominent members in society, like activists, academics, and professionals lead society in a pragmatic manner than ideologues who use religion or nationalistic fear and jingoism to rule.

I suggest you have a close look on Damascus Declaration and other independent members of the civil society who hold very high respect and popularity within society and especially the opposition before coming with your unfounded claim of exaggeration and fear that opposition is only about Muslim Brotherhood.

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April 21st, 2011, 6:36 pm

 

82. why-discuss said:

Leo

Please point me to the political program of the opposition, so I can be convinced that they have one.

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April 21st, 2011, 11:49 pm

 

83. Joshua said:

Thanks to you all for commenting. Thanks to OTW and others for defending my interesting in hearing from Ammar. Ammar has been deeply involved in the opposition movement for years. He represents a wing of the movement.

It is important to draw out activists on these most important issues that every Syrian is wrestling with – most importantly, what happens after they succeed. Who will lead Syria and how will they stop civil strife other than by wishing it away.

This interview has stirred up considerable interest and debate because it is one of the few occasions in which an activist has been willing to answer what I consider the hard but important questions.

I thank Ammar.

Ali Ismail and others. I am sorry that you feel I have failed the interests of truth.

My answer is that I think every Syria is smart enough to read reality and measure it against what Ammar says. If they believe that Syria’s realities mirror his answers they will support him, if not, they will not.

It is much better for everyone to hear him out on issues that are difficult but which the country may have to face, than not to hear him out.Dialogue is precious. Especially in a country where there are too few opportunities for reasoned dialogue on taboo subjects like sectarianism.

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April 21st, 2011, 11:54 pm

 

84. why-discuss said:

Majdelkhaldoon

“The problem is not in the principles of Baath party,or SSNP party or any other party,used to exist in Syria, the problem is in the people who are leading those parties,the problem is in their behaviour after getting in power…”

Do you think it will be different when an opposition party gets the power?

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April 21st, 2011, 11:59 pm

 

85. Leo said:

WHY-Discuss,

Do you read Arabic?

http://annidaa.org/

Found this in English just in case you do not speak Arabic.

http://www.annidaa.org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=12

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April 22nd, 2011, 12:17 am

 

86. Australian -Syrian said:

If the opposition comes into power, Syria will be not be for the better. There is no better leader than Dr. Bashar al Assad. He is intellegent. He is humble. He is loving, caring, hopeful, uniting…must i go on?

Has Bashar not been trying? For all his years in power, he has been trying to unite the arab world. Has he not been trying to unite the Syrian people? for those who cannot see, in Lebanon when the civil wars happen, there was a sectarian war between Alawi and Sunni citizens, it was because of those in charge who seem to promote sectarianism. It is becaese that weasle Hariri has been weasilling to try and separate the Lebanese community. If there was someone other than Bashar in government, they would be of somewhat resemblance to the weasel Hariri. They would destroy Syria. BUT, as you can see, there have not been many issues considering religion in Syria as there was in Lebanon. Now, i am going on limb here and say that is because Bashar is President.

Positive reforms have been implemented and the protesters demands have been adhered to. But, for that to be effectively implemented, there should be cooperation and support for the government.

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April 22nd, 2011, 12:46 am

 

87. Souri said:

#75 AIG,

Partial solutions do not work anymore. What we need now is mass resistance. We must flare up all the fronts very soon or our situation will get very bad.

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April 22nd, 2011, 1:09 am

 

88. dgd1944 said:

Dear Joshua,
why you interview this or any other “opposition”? whom do they represent? not even themselves.
Go to the streets of the cities and speak to them, these are people trained to make uprising possible, its their job, just like “shahed Ayan” from some tv-channels.
Syria will not be changed, because few thausend paid or unpaid people want this.
The 90% of the syrian people do not want change, and Bashar is already on the right way of the reforms he promissed. So what do they want? destruction of the nation to supress syria’s politik towards Muqawamah and Iran, to let Israel dominate the area.

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April 22nd, 2011, 5:21 am

 

89. Syria: Blog interview with Opposition activist Ammar Abdulhamid · Global Voices said:

[...] blogger and Syria expert, Joshua Landis, conducted a video interview with exiled leading Opposition activist Ammar Abdulhamid on the Syrian [...]

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April 23rd, 2011, 9:45 am

 

90. Sophia said:

Very surprising this article by Mr. Abdulhamid in The Guardian in February. For me it is the indication that Mr. Abdulhamid is not a ‘leader’ in this revolution. Since the beginning, he has been trying to catch up and he really does not speak for the people who are protesting and who seem to me to be mainly sunni Islamists or disgruntled people, nothing to do with the intellectual awakening Mr. Abdulhamid is talking about.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/07/syria-uprising-egypt-tunisia-days-of-rage

Even leftists opposed to Al Assad are now distancing themselves from a ‘revolution’ that is being cooked in Lebanon. I think Saad El Hariri has more to do with what is going on Syria’s streets than Mr. Abdulhamid.

Dommage!

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April 24th, 2011, 1:39 pm

 

91. ziad khoury said:

Josh,
I really respect your blog, although, I think you wasted your time and my time with Ammar Abdulhamid interview. He has a little grasp of the street reality and I could not believe a ” revolutionary guy” will start his revolution with giving up precious land was taken by force from Syria, the Golan.
And what’s the excuse??: “there are only 10,000 druze and four villages and we should not hold a 22 million hostage for the sake of returning this small piece of land’
Would’ve been different if the population was not druze?, What was his cut-off number of villages or population to be ‘worth it’!!! How pathetic

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April 27th, 2011, 12:58 am

 

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