Former Secretary James Baker Commenting On Syria – The Charlie Rose Show

James Baker, Former Secretary of State appeared on the Charlie Rose Show last night. His comments on Syria start on the 16-minute mark. Mr. Baker is always worth listening to. Set below are some quotes from the interview:

“I am not a big fan of what we did in Libya even though I am glad to see Gaddafi gone.  We don’t know who these people are, the Free Syrian Army and all those people.  Syria is a whole lot of a different case than Libya. We need to proceed very cautiously. We are broke. We don’t need another major engagement that we cannot fund. Assad has lost legitimacy. You can’t murder your own people and expect to survive for very long and when he goes, and my view ultimately he will go. That is not all that bad for us from the standpoint of the situation with Iran. “


Ousting Syria’s Assad through a ‘soft landing  – By David Ignatius

“Maybe it’s time for Syrian revolutionaries to take “yes” for an answer from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and back a U.N.-sponsored “managed transition” of power there, rather than rolling on toward a civil war that will bring more death and destruction for the region.

We should learn from recent Middle East history and seek a non-military solution in Syria — even with the inevitable fuzziness and need for compromise with unpleasant people.

The alternative to a diplomatic soft landing is a war that shatters the ethnic mosaic in Syria. It’s easy to imagine Sunni militias gaining control of central cities such as Homs, Hama and Idlib, while Alawites retreat to parts of Damascus and Latakia province in the north. Assad might still claim to be president in this scenario, but he would be little more than a warlord (albeit one with access to chemical weapons). It’s a grim scenario in which Western air power would have limited effect.”

Arab Spring Turns to Economic Winter on More Joblessness  – Bloomberg

To create jobs for their young populations, Arab economies need to integrate, according to an Oxford University study published in December by Adeel Malik and Bassem Awadallah, a former Jordanian finance minister. It highlights restrictions on the movement of investment, goods and people across borders.

The result, in an Arab world with a population of 350 million, is “insignificant” levels of internal trade and regional markets that are “cut off from each other and from the rest of the world,” they wrote. It can be cheaper for a Jordanian company to import from the U.K. than from nearby Lebanon, while “visa requirements for traveling within the region can sometimes be as cumbersome as the journey itself.

Whoever takes office will have to win back people like Mohammed, Ahmed and the others camped outside the Libyan Embassy trying to flee Egypt. Poverty and unemployment have clouded their view of the revolution they supported.

“There is no change,” said Mohammed. “We want to feel that we have rights in our own country. Who feels that way?” he asked, looking at the men gathered around him. Most replied: “No one!”

Threat to Assad remains despite claims of victory – Financial Times

Bashar al-Assad is acting victorious, marching under the gaze of state television crews into the ruins of the Baba Amr district of Homs, the city bombarded by his forces for nearly a month. In TV footage this week, the Syrian leader is seen surrounded by loyalists described as residents, though most of the inhabitants have fled. He blames his enemies for the devastation and promises to rebuild Baba Amr.

Mr Assad’s tour was another grotesque show of force aimed at humiliating the rebellious people of the district, who faced collective punishment for allowing Free Syrian Army fighters to protect them. It was also a manifestation of a renewed self-confidence following the regime’s seizure of a series of strongholds that had fallen under rebel control and brought the armed opposition dangerously close to the gates of Damascus.

The problem for Mr Assad, however, is that the Annan plan gives no relief from the most dangerous threat he faces. That threat has never been from the armed rebels but from the peaceful demonstrators who continue to stage protests more than a year after the eruption of the revolt. “As soon as a ceasefire takes hold, Bashar falls because the people will be on the streets in millions, even in Damascus,” says Samir Seifan, a Syrian economist who has joined the opposition. “There will be no need for the FSA whose members know that demonstrations are what will bring down the regime.” Mr Assad, insists Mr Seifan, can score military gains but he cannot win the war against the popular uprising.


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301. Tara said:


How could I?

You started it. Look at Tara@278 and Zoo@290

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March 30th, 2012, 10:29 pm


302. Tara said:


“I hope everybody you love is in a good health.”

That is very sweet. Thank you. You too the same.

The problem is I just don’t know..

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March 30th, 2012, 10:34 pm


303. Mawal95 said:

@ ZOO #294: According to Jihad Maqdisi in the interview linked to by JAD at #280, “Mr. Kofi Annan acknowledged the right of the State to respond to armed violence.” But I cannot find Kofi Annan quoted saying that anywhere on the Internet. I would like Kofi Annan to come out and say it clearly on the public record, and reiterate it. And reiterate it again.

Otherwise the foreign newspapers will continue with the likes of the following shıte from the editorial board of the Washington Post:

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March 30th, 2012, 10:37 pm


304. Mawal95 said:

[ARROW Mawal95, this post was caught up in a spam filter. ]

@ ZOO #294: According to Jihad Maqdisi in the interview linked to by JAD at #280, “Mr. Kofi Annan acknowledged the right of the State to respond to armed violence.” But I cannot find Kofi Annan quoted saying that anywhere on the Internet. I would like Kofi Annan to come out and say it clearly on the public record, and reiterate it. And reiterate it again.

Otherwise the foreign newspapers will continue with the likes of the following shite from the editorial board of the Washington Post:

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March 30th, 2012, 10:40 pm


305. Syria no Kandahar said:

Don’t be so sure.She loves Hamad,Erdogan,Abdelrazak Tlass,Omar Altallawi,
Alaaroor ,R Alassad…And many others terrorists.
Do you wish them all good health?

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March 30th, 2012, 10:54 pm


306. Syrialover said:

The al qaeda-obsessed propagandists here must be dumb or they hope people reading their media shabbiha posts are really dumb.

This is the first time we’ve seen al qaeda working with a western-supported side, target buildings rather than people, team up with other political and organised groups etc – lots of firsts.

While these “new type” al qaeda try out this approach in obscurity and confusion, their limelight and messages are being stolen by that unbalanced loner in Paris who demonstrated the real face of al qaeda.

It’s fair to conclude Assad’s al quaeda have links with the phantom al qaeda that Gaddafi and Ben Ali were squawking about when their own citizens had them on the run.

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March 30th, 2012, 11:06 pm


307. Syria no Kandahar said:

Syrian (Revution):
No Alqaeda
Not Sectarian
No Kiddnapping
No lying
No killing
No violence
No foreign fighters
No Israeli weapons
No Aljazera lies
No public hanging
Not Islamic
Not Sunni
No foreign influence
No killing 3000 soldiers
No jesr Alshogour Massacr
No Karam Alzaiton massacr
No Sari Saaoud killing
No sari Hasson killing
No George Gharam killing
No Nidal Janoud killing
No cutting soldier body in DearAlzour
No soldier torturing
No Damascus bombing
No Aleppo Bombing
No Ezla Attack
Not Turkeys puppets
No Khaled Abo Salah staging and lies
No Dany and CNN staging and lies
No Alhamedia crime against humanity
No Alhamedia Ethnic cleansing
No Dear Sidnya Attack

ينعل ابو هيك ثوره وأبو هيك حريه
خربتو البلد الله لايعطيكم العافيه

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March 30th, 2012, 11:52 pm


308. majedkhaldoun said:

Lately, Hamad Bin Jassem has become the heart and spirit of the Syrian people, I hope for him the best.He is smart, patriotic,and wise, he is very polite, God bless him.

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March 30th, 2012, 11:59 pm


309. Norman said:

I do not think that Annan’s plan is going to work, there is no chance that the Syrian army will abandon it’s responsibility in providing safety and security to all Syrians, until there is a clear indication that the rebellion is dead and the militant are willing to join the reform the plan is dead on arrival. i see no chance of no winners or losers in Syria, one side has to win and i think that side is the government side.

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March 31st, 2012, 12:07 am


310. Juergen said:


You are right, there are so many first times. But I would have thought that they would instrumentalize the whole issue over and over, but thats just not happening.The first two days after the bombings you see the dreadful images, but no confessionshows or other investigations were made public. Given the nature of Syrias security apparatus its quite embarassing if we would believe such thing as an syrian Alquaida has the ability to strike just a mile from important goverment buildings and even the residency of the President isnt that far. How can he sleep tight nowadays?

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March 31st, 2012, 12:28 am


311. Juergen said:


Torture and masskillings wont prevail, they just never have. So how can this “government” as you gently call the Assad regime survive after commiting all those atrocities?

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March 31st, 2012, 12:31 am


312. omen said:

what is this word, snk? Selmiee

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March 31st, 2012, 2:07 am


313. Son of Damascus said:


Selmieh is Arabic for Peaceful.

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March 31st, 2012, 2:10 am


314. omen said:

juergen, how does the regime in iran survive?

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March 31st, 2012, 2:10 am


315. omen said:

ty sonofdamascus.

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March 31st, 2012, 2:13 am


316. jad said:

283. HOPEFUL said:
Vote for the outcome you would like to see for Syria!

Hi Hopeful,
I’m impressed with your analysis of the Syrian groups at this stage, I’m also in agreement with your 3 major political parties that is going to dominate the Syrian political life if the changes promised by the government went through, with one change to the the Syrian Islamic Coalition that it will be hidden or coated with something not so obvious, not sure what, probably ‘Conservative party’ without a strong Islamic flavor to it.
I only have couple points that I disagree with you on
-for some reason you put the silent Sunni majority as a one group into the ‘Islamist’ group along the Salafis and the Conservatives (probably MBs) which is in my opinion an unfair judgement to the majority of the Syrian society since this group as you wrote it (moderate) and (completely unpoliticized) to be put with the radicals.
-Ignoring the ethnic minorities (Kurds, Assyrians, Armenians ets..) from the whole study is a flaw that needs to be addressed and analyzed.
-Asking the ‘Islamists’ and the ‘liberal democrats’ to convince the “minority” and that “nationalist” of their agenda is like asking the devil to convince God in his good nature which won’t happen 🙂

Other than that you did a great work, form a truly Syrian point of view and not the stereotypical sectarian western views.
Thank you

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March 31st, 2012, 2:14 am


317. omen said:

next time iran goes through another uprising, it too would probably turn militarized, don’t you think?

either that or massively bribe the guards.

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March 31st, 2012, 2:18 am


318. jad said:

It seems that the public in the Ottoman empire are starting to be vocal about the misbehaving of the criminal militias their regime is harboring:

هزائم ميلشيا الجيش الحر تخيف عناصره الهاربين الى تركيا وإشاعات عن عمليات قريبة ضد مخيماتهم

أنطاكية – عربي برس

انتشرت في الأيام القليلة الماضية شائعة في أوساط اللاجئين السوريين المتواجدين في مخيمات اللجوء في تركيا. وتفيد الشائعة أن سلطات الرئيس الأسد تحضر لشن هجمات انتحارية عليهم. وهو ما سبب حالة من الهلع والتوتر فيما بينهم. ولا سيما مع ظهور الرئيس السوري في حي بابا عمرو بطريقة تعكس انتصار قوات الجيش السوري على المتمردين. وقد نقلت بعض أوساط السكان المحليين المحيطين بمخيم أبايدن، الذي يستضيف ضباط ما يسمى بالجيش السوري الحر، وعلى رأسهم رياض الأسعد ومصطفى الشيخ، ازدياد الاجراءات الأمنية المتخذة لحماية المخيم. غير أن بعض المتابعين عزا هذه الشائعة إلى الضباط الفارين الذين يسعون لضمان ولاء وخضوع بقية اللاجئين، وخاصة مع افتضاح أمر المخيم الذي كان يستخدم كسجن للعناصر غير المنضبطة.
وينقل عن مسؤول محلي من حزب العدالة الحاكم أنه التقى بالأسعد والشيخ، وأنهما أبلغاه تماهيههما التام مع توجهات مجلس اسطنبول بشأن القضية الكردية، والتي جاءت نتيجة للضغوط التركية، مما أفرز انشقاقاً كردياً كبيراً من المجلس. ونقل المسؤول أن الأسعد أخبره بوجود معلومات لديه عن تواجد قوة عسكرية لحزب العمال الكردستاني قوامها ألفا مسلح دخلوا الأراضي السورية لدعم نظام الأسد على حد قوله.
ويعرف عن اللاجئين السوريين في تركيا سوء سيرتهم؛ فالسكان المحليون يشتكون من ازدياد حالات السرقة بشكل غير مسبوق لدرجة أن كل حالات السرقة أصبحت تعزى لهم حتى ثبوت العكس، وأيضاً من انتشار تجارة البغاء. وحتى أن البعض منهم يقوم ببيع البطانيات التي تقدمها لهم الدولة إلى مدنيين من خارج المخيمات، وإعادة طلب بطانيات جديدة مع التهديد بالعودة إلى سورية في حال لم تنفذ طلباتهم. كما أنهم في بعض الحالات قاموا بالاعتداء على الأهالي في القرى المحيطة وعلى المارة، كما قاموا أحياناً باعتداءات ذات طابع مذهبي.
من جهة أخرى بدأت تتكشف مواصفات المخيم الجديد في كيليس، والذي يطلق عليه الأتراك اسم مدينة الحوايا المعدنية. وبحسب ما علمناه فإن المخيم يتكون من حيين في كل حي هناك مطعم، مغسلة جماعية للثياب، مدرسة ابتدائية، خدمات اجتماعية (مغاسل، مراحيض ..الخ) ومسجد. كما أن هناك مدرسة ثانوية لخدمة الحيين. ولم تسمح السلطات حتى الآن لجهات إعلامية محايدة بدخول المخيم الجديد مما أعاق محاولات تخمين العدد الحالي للاجئين والذي يقارب 17000 لاجئ بحسب أردوغان، و8000 لاجئ بحسب وسائل الإعلام الرسمية السورية.

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March 31st, 2012, 2:24 am


319. omen said:

i though salam was peace. Selmiee must be the adjective form?

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March 31st, 2012, 2:29 am


320. omen said:

prof landis on the previous thread, in the al monitor video debate, argued syrians lack a unifying identify. bassma kodmani said she couldn’t disagree more. she insisted despite the various sects, syrians strongly feel the sense of being syrian.

doesn’t everybody want democracy? doesn’t everybody want to be free? couldn’t that also be a unifying force? why does one need to cling to sectarian identity in order to have a sense of that we are all in this together?

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March 31st, 2012, 2:40 am


321. jad said:

It seems that the fake Brit is lying about his position.
Ghalyoun himself had to deny him the honor of being the loyal ‘secretary’ or the ‘office boy’ 😉

توضيح من رئيس المجلس الوطني السوري

تناقلت وسائل الإعلام في الآونة الأخيرة تصريحات عن السيد/ أسامة المنجد بوصفه مستشاراً لرئيس المجلس الوطني السوري.

ويودّ الدكتور برهان غليون رئيس المجلس الوطني السوري أن ينفي نفياً قاطعاً أنه عيّن أو كلف السيد/ أسامة المنجد بمهمة مستشار رئيس المجلس أو مهمة إصدار بيانات أو تصريحات باسمه.

إن مواقف وتصريحات رئيس المجلس الوطني السوري تصدر عنه شخصياً أو يتم التعبير عنها في بيانات رسمية.

الدكتور برهان غليون
رئيس المجلس الوطني السوري

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March 31st, 2012, 2:43 am


322. omen said:

maher, is that you? why aren’t you maher? i remember reading your other long piece when i first started posting here.

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March 31st, 2012, 2:53 am


323. omen said:

snk, where is the list of crimes the regime has committed?

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March 31st, 2012, 2:57 am


324. Hopeful said:

Jad, Re:

1. Perhaps I should have called the 2nd category the “Conservatives” or the “Sunni Religious” group instead of the “Islamists”. This category will include the moderates (2.3), the extremists (2.2), and the ultra-extremists(2.1). While I agree that this group is moderate and un-politicized, I also believe that, today, this group lacks the political sophistication to vote for anyone who is NOT a sunni muslim in any truly democratic election.

2. Regarding the ethnic minorities other than the Alawites and the Christians, I can be wrong but I believe that they are divided between the first (specifically 1.2 & 1.3) and the third category (specifically 3.1); and therefore, they do not “form” a single group from the political affiliation/ideology perspective.

3. I am asking the moderates from all categories to restrain the extremists in their own category and reach out to the moderates in the other categories. This is my hope!

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March 31st, 2012, 3:15 am


325. jad said:

Thank you for taking time to reply and explain.

1-I agree that the majority of this group will vote for a Syrian ‘Sunni muslim in any truly democratic election’, however they will vote for someone of THEM, which means a moderate not a conservative or even an ultra conservative and as a result a Moderate representative will lead the ‘Conservative’ group. Right?

2-I can’t see any average Syrian Kurd to be under category 1.2 or 1.3
and we defiantly have a problem putting them under 3.1 because of the conflict history with the ‘Arabism’ government policies.
To be honest, I find the Syrian Kurds to be more politically mature than almost all the politicians, loyalist and oppositions put together, they are very liberal even thought they belong to the same religious of the conservative, and very peaceful and protective to their peaceful movement than any other group in Syria today who went crazy and partnered with the devil.
In my humble opinion, the majority of the Syrian Kurds proved to be more Syrians than all of us.
I also agree that they can`t form a single group but at the same time it`s difficult to separate them in the proposed categories, I might be wrong, but that is my opinion reading your excellent analysis.

3-I totally agree on this point, it`s our only hope at the moment.

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March 31st, 2012, 3:38 am


326. Mina said:

Lybia is indeed a Qatari “success”: it is the next Soudan.
“The head of Libya’s Toubou tribe on Friday called for international intervention to halt what he called the “ethnic cleansing” of his people after deadly clashes in the southern oasis of Sabha.

“We demand that the United Nations and European Union intervene to stop the ethnic cleansing of the Toubou,” said Issa Abdel Majid Mansur, a former opposition activist against the ousted regime of slain dictator Muammar Qadhafi.

He accused Arab tribes in Sabha of bombarding a power station providing electricity to several parts of southern Libya including Qatrun and Morzuk, both areas with a strong Toubou presence. (…)”

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March 31st, 2012, 5:26 am


327. Jürgen said:

If you See in History 30-40 are Not much.there is much hate Torwards religious and Religion in General in Iran.the Mullahs have accomplished by islamising every Part of the Life that a Whole Generation turns against Religion. Iranians are smart enough to know that this Regime is enjoying its Last years.

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March 31st, 2012, 5:27 am


328. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

March 31st, 2012, 6:32 am


329. Syria no Kandahar said:

I am not saying that the regime is angels.What I am saying is that having such a dirty (revolution )is not justifiable.
One time a philospher was asked how he thinks the third world war will be? His answe was he doesn’t know,but he thinks that the 4th world war is going to be
With rocks and sticks.
The opposition should put their dirty but down and sit on the table.

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March 31st, 2012, 7:17 am


330. Alan said:

That becomes at you in the USA (:
Santorum Calls Obama a “Government Nigger” (Best Video)

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March 31st, 2012, 8:06 am


331. Hans said:

All what the so called arab spring is creating is failed states that’s what the Neocon planned for the Arabs, Gaza, Iraq, Somali, Tunisia, Libya, and Syria is next, it is clear that no one benefit from this new Geopolitical state more than Israel and all the ones who denies the western conspiracy are either part of the conspiracy or in denial for the purpose of climbing to the helm.
MB and Alqaida are all over the Arab Spring, USA in support to place radical regimes in place of Autocratic regimes.
Although this may be a tactical move to put citizens under more Misery given radical regimes have mentality of retards at best.
Internet and other ways of communication have made the world a tiny small lake where everyone can see the other naked in the same lake therefore the only options of the radicals is to continue to swim underwater, which means ending to the radicals ideology in time.
The only exception to this hypothesis that radical usually withdraw from the civilization and shell themselves into an rock shell where the only respond you will have is more terrorist attacks and radicalization.
Afghanistan and other countries can attest well to this theory.
Assad worst mistake is allowing the Sunni to build more mosques in the last 40 years than building schools in Syria. Mosques raise only more hardliners and more terrorists at the end of the day.

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March 31st, 2012, 8:09 am


332. Tara said:

Syria declares it has defeated revolt……  Yeah.  Right.

DAMASCUS — Syria declared Saturday it had defeated those seeking to bring down the regime while reiterating support for a UN-Arab peace plan, as its troops reportedly shelled rebels in the flashpoint city of Homs.

Foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi, cited by the official SANA news agency, also said that Syrian troops would withdraw from urban areas once they had been stabilized.
“The battle to topple the state is over, and the battle to solidify stability . . . and move on towards a renewed Syria has begun,” Makdisi said in an interview originally carried on state television.

The spokesman said the Assad government’s focus was also to “rally visions behind the reform process” and “prevent those who seek to sabotage reform.”

Troops would withdraw from urban areas once they were secured, he said, adding UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged there were “illegitimate armed elements within the opposition”.

“The presence of the Syrian Arab army in Syrian cities is for defensive purposes (so) as to protect the civilians,” Makdisi was quoted as saying by SANA.

“Once peace and security prevail, the army is to pull out,” he added.

SANA said that Makdisi made the appearance on television in a bid to explain to Syrians why the government had this week accepted Annan’s six-point peace plan.
A UN official in New York said a minimum of 250 observers would be needed if the Syrian government halted its offensive on protesters and gave its agreement for the international force.

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March 31st, 2012, 8:28 am


333. Alan said:

Peter Schiff on BRICS and the – “Demise of the Dollar”

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March 31st, 2012, 8:32 am


334. Mina said:

In Bahrein victims only “allege”, and in Hillary’s “wonderful potential” KSA, victims are totally silenced.
Amnesty International has demanded the jailed Bahraini human rights activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, be released “immediately and unconditionally”.
Mr Khawaja has been on a hunger strike for the past 51 days and as his condition deteriorates there is growing concern that he may die in prison.
He is refusing food in protest at the life sentence he received in June for allegedly plotting against the state.
Amnesty described his trial by a military court as “grossly unfair”. (…)
Abdulhadi al-Khawaja told the BBC before his arrest on 8 April that he had deliberately stayed away from Pearl Roundabout.
“I don’t want to give the authorities any reason to arrest me,” he said.
He was nevertheless picked up in a late night raid and subsequently received a life sentence from a military tribunal for plotting the overthrow of the government. (…)
He was taken to a Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) hospital and spent seven days blindfolded and handcuffed to his bed, he told the BICI. While in hospital, he and his family were threatened with sexual abuse, he said.
Mr Khawaja said he then spent two months in solitary confinement in prison and was denied access to a lawyer. He also alleged that he was sexually assaulted and regularly beaten.” (…)

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March 31st, 2012, 8:43 am


335. Norman said:


They are fighting for Syria.

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March 31st, 2012, 8:52 am


336. Syria no Kandahar said:

20 soldiers killed by Alqaeda terrorists:

ذووهم أكدوا فخرهم بالشهادة لأجل سوريا.. تشييع جثامين 20 شهيدا لمثواويها الأخيرة
شيعت من مشافي تشرين العسكري والشرطة بدمشق وزاهي أزرق العسكري في اللاذقية والمشفى الوطني بالسويداء اليوم إلى مثاويهم الأخيرة جثامين 20 شهيدا من عناصر الجيش وحفظ النظام استهدفتهم المجموعات الإرهابية المسلحة أثناء تأديتهم لواجبهم الوطنى فى دمشق وريف دمشق ودرعا وحماة وادلب.

والشهداء هم:

العقيد موفق سليمان الحمد من السويداء، المقدم سامي محمود محمد من طرطوس، المقدم زياد عبد الرحمن بريمو من حلب، الرائد حيان محمود مرعي من اللاذقية، المساعد أول شعبان عبد الكريم سليم من طرطوس، المساعد أول احمد جابر قاسم من حمص، المساعد رائد سعد العبد الله من اللاذقية، المساعد ساهر محمد الأحمد من حماة، الرقيب عبد المنعم عبد اللطيف خيري من الحسكة، العريف ريمون نزار الشعار من حماة، المجند محمد غازي الحسن من دير الزور، المجند أحمد محمد العصلي من الرقة، المجند بشار محمد جمال من ادلب، المجند محمد عوض جنادي من درعا، المجند هوكر حمد شعبو من حلب، المجند ضيغم عبد الرحيم طفيلية من ريف دمشق، المجند علي خلوف العلي من ادلب، المجند خالد يحيى مداد من دير الزور، المجند ناظم سليمان الكاعود من الحسكة، المجند رمضان حمادة من ادلب

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March 31st, 2012, 9:14 am


337. Uzair8 said:

“The bid to overthrow Syria’s government is over, and the battle now was to secure stability, foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi said in a report by state media on Saturday.

“The battle to topple the state is over, and the battle to solidify stability… and move on towards a renewed Syria has begun,” Makdisi was cited as saying by the official SANA news agency.”


Arrogance comes before the fall.

Is this Assad’s ‘mission accomplished’ moment?


I read al-Khaldiya (Homs) is facing it’s 12th day of shelling. Is this neighbourhood the resting place of Sayyidina Khalid bin Walid (RA)?


President Assad. Have mercy on your people. A leader should have a big heart who shows mercy and kindness to his people. Is there mercy in you? Or is it only cruelty?

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March 31st, 2012, 9:14 am


338. Syria no Kandahar said:

Teachers killers are darkness forces.Why are (revolutionists ) killing teachers?
Any one who supports them is teachers killer? Why would you kill someone who left his family and kids sometime to come all the way from Tartous to teach your kids?Because he or she is Alawi or Christian ? How low is that?Any one who support teachers killer is a teacher killer.keep closing your eyes to the fact that this is terrorist Tilibani Syrian movement .keep acting blind and deny that this is
Alqaeda Afghan style jihad.Keep putting your retarded revenge filled brain in the
Sand and Dirt of wahbism and Islamic extremism until worms eat it:

قتلت مجموعة إرهابية مسلحة 3 مدرسين من ثانوية الطابية بديرالزور، حيث عثر عليهما مقتولين بالأمس.

المدرسين الثلاثة من محافظتي طرطوس واللاذقية ويدرسون في ثانوية الطابية أحدهم مدرس جغرافيا والثاني لغة عربية والثالث علوم عامة، حيث شيعت طرطوس اليوم شهداءها المدرسين وائل أحمد ابراهيم من قرية جورة الشنبور وصفوان اسماعيل من بلدة القمصية، حيث إن المدرس الثالث  وضاح حاتم من اللاذقية.

إذ أشار مراسل شوكوماكو إلى انه تم تشييع الشهداء بموكب مهيب بمشاركة أهالي البلدات.

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March 31st, 2012, 9:27 am


339. Ghufran said:

It is almost certain that Mubarak will not live to hear the verdict against him in June.His natural death,assuming that conspiracy theorists do not come with a new story,will provide an easy exit for the ruling military council that will NOT accept a death penalty against him.
Imagine a situation where corrupt and brutal Arab rulers suffer from a swift and fatal illness and spare their countries the agony of lengthy trials,after all,natural death can not be called violence and nobody can sue God.
الأعمار بيد الله but how come wonderful people often live a relatively short life and many others live longer than Noah?
BTW,if Hamad is the heart of Syria,then we must register the country for a heart transplant before it is too late.

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March 31st, 2012, 9:29 am


340. Ghufran said:

SNK,killers of teachers and children whoever they are have a special place in hell,if there is one. Violence is the real enemy and it is almost a trademark of failed nations.

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March 31st, 2012, 9:34 am


341. Uzair8 said:

A question. [At the risk of being shot down. Perhaps a desperate strategy]

If the opposition gets desperate do you think the FSA will decided to speed up the fall of the economy thru targeting the vulnerable banking sector by robbing banks without physically* hurting anybody? To have a real affect they would have to target the banks in the major cities rather than in rebel areas.

Do you think these ‘Robin Hood’ operations can be justified** under certain circumstances, where the whole purpose would be to topple the increasingly cruel regime via the economic/financial structure?

* Such operations would have to be carefully considered so that any banks with guards are not targeted.

** There is the issue of harming peoples savings. Would these savings be guaranteed anyway by the banks or government? Perhaps the opposition can promise that a future government will recompense those affected?

Maybe the money attained in these operations can be held in a safe place to return later. Alternatively it can temporarily be used to buy necessities for the suffering people. Perhaps even arms.

To have a real affect they would have to target the banks in the major cities.

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March 31st, 2012, 9:38 am


342. Afram said:

339. Syria no Kandahar said:

“Teachers killers are darkness forces”
Educaters always been my HEROES

It is darkest before dawn,But dawn will soon follow.

The Arsonists M.Brothers sure will be thrown in the dustbin of history,The sun is just dawning.By the time,it is mid day-The Arsonists would have been vanquished by the great syrian fire fighters from the face of the earth.

No bacteria or virus can survive the sun’s rays.

the cool-aid drinkers might say,april fool,april fool.NO,its not you zombie-like mutants Ghouls

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March 31st, 2012, 10:01 am


343. Syria no Kandahar said:

Are you allowing bank robbers strategists to use your site for their robbing plans.

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March 31st, 2012, 10:03 am


344. majedkhaldoun said:

So KSA support arming the Syrians, USA said we should help in non lethal aid, and US …suspect… that Assad will not survive.
There is clear change in US position,or that is the position of USA from the begining and they have not been telling the truth, I believe the later, I think that is why Turkey has not been able to do anything yet, Israel and USA they prefer to keep Assad, and USA wants to support Iran as a mjor power in the middle East, they just do not want Iran to have nuclear power,the whole thing is conspiracy against the Arab, Change in Syria to a democratic country is against USA policy, it is a worry to the USA to see Arab spring, and wants to stop it,
There is no way Arab springs were successful in four countries and Syria will not succeed, what is left is Syria, and Syria will succeed too, but because the US and Israel support for Assad it will take time, but it is a sure thing,

It is silly to ask for a unified opposition,The US has more than one part, they are not unified,the demonstrating people inside Syria are unifified,against Assad, this demand is nothing but justification for not wanting to do anything.

The only heart needs transplant is the silly regime supporters.

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March 31st, 2012, 10:26 am


345. Uzair8 said:

343. Syria no Kandahar

I posed a question. I wished to limit it to a question however I had to explain more to avoid mis-interpretation.

It was a question in my mind for a couple of weeks which I had previously decided against posting.

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March 31st, 2012, 10:35 am


346. Ghufran said:

The trap of “majority rule” and why it needs to be replaced with a democracy rule
The only legitimate majority is the one achieved by consensus and elections.
If majority rule means dividing the society into ethnic and sectarian blocks,then we would have never seen a black president in the US or women in leadership positions.
I am glad that more people are realizing ,finally,that a unified opposition is a mirage,the other mirage is that violence will bring freedom.

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March 31st, 2012, 10:42 am


347. irritated said:

#344 Majedalkhadoon

It seems you are finally waking up to the reality of the isolation and the dead end the SNC and the FSA have put themselves into in Syria.

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March 31st, 2012, 10:42 am


348. Jad said:

As you know the ‘strategy’ of hate and desruction is the only language ‘taliban’ understand and promote, they have no other ideas but death to promote.

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March 31st, 2012, 10:46 am


349. Uzair8 said:

You may have already heard about George Galloway winning a stunning By-election victory on thursday and returning to parliament. Great news to see him back in the heart of british politics.

Moving on.

Do you think we will see an end to Assad and his regimes indefatigability?

If the situation remains unchanged upto Ramadan in mid-July then I think we will see much more defections particularly in the military. Those who have been internally torn and haven’t taken the brave step to jump ship may just do so. The blessed month of Ramadan may be what it takes to help them make that decision. It may push them over the line.

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March 31st, 2012, 10:48 am


350. Jad said:

In an official letter to the UN Syria gives a detailed list of the casualties of the bloody conflict: 6143

سوريا تكشف للأمم المتحدة بالتفصيل عن الخسائر البشرية منذ اندلاع الأحداث

كشفت سوريا الخسائر البشرية التي تكبدتها جراء أعمال العنف منذ بداية الأزمة في منتصف آذار الماضي، في رسالة بعثتها إلى الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بان كي مون، و رئيس مجلس الأمن الحالي السفير البريطاني في الأمم المتحدة مارك ليال غرانت يوم أمس الجمعة .

و وصل عدد الضحايا، بحسب الرسالة التي نشرت قناة ” العربية ” نسخة منها على موقعها الالكتروني، إلى 6143 شخصا ، 3211 منهم من المدنيين، فيما وصل ضحايا الشرطة إلى 478 .

و كشفت الرسالة، أن عدد الضحايا من الاطفال بلغ 56 ، فيما عدد ضحايا الجيش و قوات الأمن بلغ 2088 ، أما قتلى الاغتيال المباشر فبلغ 106 .

وأفادت أن “عدد المخطوفين من مدنيين وجنود وضباط شرطة بلغ 1560 شخصا، من بينهم 931 مفقودا “.

و حملت سوريا “الجماعات الارهابية المسلحة المسؤولية عن سقوط الضحايا “.
وطلب المندوب السوري في رسالته من رئيس مجلس الأمن اعتبار الخطاب وثيقة رسمية وتوزيعه على أعضاء مجلس الأمن.

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March 31st, 2012, 10:52 am


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