Ghalioun Addresses Syrians for `Eid Holiday in bid to Establish Authority

Two responses to Ghalioun Address

The author of the Maysaloun blog liked the speech. He writes:

Today I watched a man speak to the Syrian people, not at them, for the first time in my life. I like Bourhan Ghalioun and his speech today, on the eve of the Eid holidays, is an important statement and a media coup against the Syrian regime. In the speech he has promised reforms, honoured the martyrs and promised a future Syria in which there will be no torture, nepotism and sectarianism. The Kurds will have their rights restored to them fully, and Syrian citizens will be equal under a fair and just constitution. He also acknowledged the efforts of the Syrian soldiers who have defected, and asked the Syrian army to uphold its oath to protect the country and not a regime. He has also warned that those who shoot people will not be excused if they say they were just following orders.

Ghalioun emphasised that whoever kills his people, steals from the country’s wealth, and that his future is a trial, and that his rule will end. This was a subtle warning to the Assad regime. He also warned that reform and a transition will not be easy, or quick. He has said that the council has many options, and that they have requested that the United Nations send independent observers to Syria. His soft spoken and calm manner is, in all honesty, a soothing balm to the turbulence and anger that many Syrians have been feeling over the past eight months. There was something in his speech that has been missing in discourse about Syria for a long time, hope…

Overall, I found the speech inspiring and it caused my skin to tingle. For the first time, I see a Syrian speaking to Syrians using clear, logical language. There was no rhetoric or tired slogans, and complete empathy with what the country is undergoing. Unlike the insulting and condescending speeches of Bashar al Assad, Ghalioun empathised with the sufferings of the average Syrians, and didn’t insult our intelligence with talk of conspiracies and subversive groups. For the first time in my life, I feel that I could belong to a real country.

Another Friend gave it 6/10 for these reasons

i just watched it for the first time (remember how I have long maintained that we are entering a long dark tunnel?)

  1. The books on the left and the flag on the right is smart.
  2. He looked me in the eye and spoke to the camera.
  3. Not reading from a text made him look smart. He was also firm and serious
  4. The rape comment was unnecessary, inaccurate and tribal
  5. Kurds are not the only relevant minority he should have talked about. The Alawi minority is by far the most critical. He missed his chance to drive a wedge between Bashar and his sect. He needed to assure the Alawis that this is not about them but about the leadership. He ought to have assured them that he and the SNC will do everything to assure their safety.
  6. He should have also talked to the Christians and said that this area was christian before the arrival of Islam and that everything will be done to ensure that they stay and add to the mosaic of Syrian society.
  7. He stole my line on the black tunnel (not fair).
  8. He should have ended by promising more appearances that would further explain to the Syrian people where he and the SNC stand on constitutional and other important matters. 8- This was his first real breakaway from the pack in an attempt to establish himself as the leader of the opposition.
  9. He did well enough but hardly a slam dunk (i rate it at 6 out of 10).
  10. While it is easy to criticise the man and his group, they are chipping away at the formidable power that has ruled this country unopposed for 4 decades.
  11. As to free elections to determine the outcome, Bashar has to decide whether to roll the dice and drop article 8 in favour of that or not. I stand by my stand that he will not. They will discuss, promise and may be even announce the article’s demise. I still don’t think it will pave the way for a real election.

LA Times [Reg]: Opposition leader tells Syrians: ‘Days of tyranny are numbered’
2011-11-06

REPORTING FROM BEIRUT — The Syrian exile community is abuzz about a videotaped speech addressed to the “Syrian people” on the eve of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday that began Sunday. It is a kind of revolutionary manifesto. The speaker is …

Syria ignores Arab League peace plan CBS News

A friend traveling from Aleppo to Homs yesterday has this to say:

I didn’t see a single tank in all the usual places they are situated in in Idleb villages, rastan, Khan shaikhoon, etc. Not a single one. A friend drove 2 days ago saw them. They were there since earlier this summer. Seems tanks and army were pulled out from most places. Just arrived in Aleppo and watching aljazeera. They are giving the stage for “witness” after witness saying that the regime is putting more tanks and army units in some places! It is clear the SNC, aljazeera, the west decided to create a perception and take it to the next level. Even the checkpoints while entering Homs and Hama were extremely nice this time! They were waving people cheerfully while throwing eid greeting left and right!

Meet Syria’s Opposition by By Randa Slim in FP is excellent. Moon of Alabama below makes some criticisms, but they don’t undercut the main import of Slim’s article, which is very helpful.

Moon of Alabama | November 3, 2011

A piece in Foreign Policy by Randa Slim, “a scholar at the Middle East Institute”, on the Syrian opposition : “a critical mass of Syrians has clearly opted for regime change.”

It does not provide one fact to support that conclusion. Scanning the news from Syria my impression is that the opposition to Bashar Assad, which obviously never achieved critical mass over the last months, is now shrinking.

Indeed just two days ago the Wall Street Journal prominently headlined: Syrian Activists Say Assad Gains Advantage

Last week, massive crowds gathered in several cities, including Damascus, to pledge their loyalty to Mr. Assad. Syria’s state television, broadcasting scenes of crowds chanting “The people want Bashar al-Assad,” said some two million people gathered at the capital’s Ummayad Square last Wednesday. It broadcast fresh scenes of a loyalist demonstration in the southern city of Suweida on Sunday.”At one point, what we call the silent majority came to be aligned with the street protests at least from a humanitarian and moral point of view. But now t hey’ve stepped back again,” Mr. Hussein said.

One can assess the quality of the propaganda messaged by that “scholar at the Middle East Institute” from this passage further down in the piece:Most of the Syrian opposition agrees on a few basic principles: toppling the Assad regime, maintaining the national unity of Syria, and remaining committed to the peaceful nature of the Syrian revolution. But there are sharp disagreements over dialogue with the regime, foreign intervention, and the militarization of the opposition .

So they are committed to a “peaceful” revolution but can not decide whether they want NATO to bomb their country or continue the militant guerrilla war against the regime. And the discussion about that shows their principle commitments to stay “peaceful”?….

Syria Crackdown Aided by U.S.-Europe Spy Gear
By Ben Elgin and Vernon Silver – Nov 3, 2011

Employees of Area SpA, a surveillance company based outside Milan, are crafting a network of probes and computer servers across Syria designed to vacuum up e-mails and Web-browsing sessions, according to a person familiar with the project and documents obtained by Bloomberg News.

As Syria’s crackdown on protests has claimed more than 3,000 lives since March, Italian technicians in telecom offices from Damascus to Aleppo have been busy equipping President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with the power to intercept, scan and catalog virtually every e-mail that flows through the country.

Employees of Area SpA, a surveillance company based outside Milan, are installing the system under the direction of Syrian intelligence agents, who’ve pushed the Italians to finish, saying they urgently need to track people, a person familiar with the project says. The Area employees have flown into Damascus in shifts this year as the violence has escalated, says the person, who has worked on the system for Area. …

Syria and Iran: the great game
Alastair Crooke, guardian, Friday 4 November 2011

Regime change in Syria is a strategic prize that outstrips Libya – which is why Saudi Arabia and the west are playing their part

This summer a senior Saudi official told John Hannah, Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, that from the outset of the upheaval in Syria, the king has believed that regime change would be highly beneficial to Saudi interests: “The king knows that other than the collapse of the Islamic Republic itself, nothing would weaken Iran more than losing Syria.”

This is today’s “great game” – losing Syria. And this is how it is played: set up a hurried transitional council as sole representative of the Syrian people, irrespective of whether it has any real legs inside Syria; feed in armed insurgents from neighbouring states; impose sanctions that will hurt the middle classes; mount a media campaign to denigrate any Syrian efforts at reform; try to instigate divisions within the army and the elite; and ultimately President Assad will fall – so its initiators insist.

Europeans, Americans and certain Gulf states may see the Syria “game” as the logical successor to the supposedly successful Libya game in moulding the Arab awakening towards a western cultural paradigm. In terms of regional politics however, Syria is strategically more valuable, and Iran knows this. Iran has said that it will respond to any external intervention in Syria.

It is already no “game”, as the many killed by both sides attests to. The radical armed elements being used in Syria as auxiliaries to depose Assad run counter to the prospect of any outcome emerging within the western paradigm. These groups may well have a bloody and very undemocratic agenda of their own. I warned of this danger in connection to Afghanistan in the 80s:……

Christian Sci Mn: Turkey’s rising clout leaves Iran fuming on sidelines of Arab Spring
2011-11-02

Once friends, Turkey and Iran are finding that their reactions to the Arab Spring revolutions are driving them apart and renewing an old regional rivalry….

France says clear Assad will not implement peace plan

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Sunday it was clear that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not going to implement an Arab peace plan and there was “nothing more to expect” from his regime.

“I personally think there is nothing more to expect from this regime and that despite its occasional announcements it will not commit to a programme of reforms,” Juppe told Europe 1 radio.

“Different initiatives have been taken to try to bring Bashar al-Assad to dialogue. You can see what happened to the last one: Bashar al-Assad accepts the Arab League peace plan and the next day he massacres dozens more people in the streets,” he said.

Assad agreed last week to an Arab League peace plan aimed ending a brutal crackdown on opposition protests that the United Nations says has cost more than 3,000 lives since mid-March.

The roadmap called on Assad to withdraw security forces from protest hubs and engage in a national dialogue with his opponents, but more than 50 people have been killed since it was announced.

“I regret very much what is happening and it is not does reflect well on the United Nations,” Juppe said.

A UN Security Council resolution that had raised the prospect of potential measures against Damascus including sanctions was vetoed last month by Russia and China.

“There was a failure by the Security Council,” Juppe said, adding that France would continue to try to work within the UN to take action against Syria.

“France will never engage in a military operation if there is no United Nations mandate, and it is obvious now that there will not be a United Nations mandate,” he said.

“We are talking with the opposition, we are trying to help them get organised,” he said.

 

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451. jad said:

I wasn’t planning to check the disgusting clip that the prince linked until I read the analyzing crap in #435 and I’m surprised that nobody bothered to clarify the lies and the sectarian propaganda of the makeup dude of #435

The truth is that the linked horrific clip was put online couple weeks ago, at the beginning the page that posted it claimed that it is in Hama but the dialect doesn’t sounds Syrian to me at all and the terrorists keep repeating Allah Akbar and thanking Allah slogans the whole length of the slaughtering, later on some other news site on FB wrote that the clip was from Iraq.
The only difference between the original clip and the one the prince linked and the makeup dude tried to use for his sick advantage is that they changed the original voice with another specific ‘dialect’ to make it sound that the crime is against some protesters.
The voice they used is actually from another older clip showing a soldier stepping and beating some guys and telling them that they don’t deserve freedom because they killed the security men.

In anyway, that was a disgusting, inhumane and horrible link to share.

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November 10th, 2011, 1:42 am

 

452. jad said:

The story of the obsessed french jupe in Syria:

مصادر: جوبيه يكره سوريا وسياسته تجاهها ثأرية
تتواصل التصريحات الفرنسية الأخيرة في توتير الأجواء تجاه سوريا، مع اتخاذها شيئاً فشيئاً طابع التهديد المتكرر الذي يعبر عن عجز أكثر منه عن قوة في الموضوع السوري.
ولا يخفى على المتابع أن حدة التصريحات والمواقف هذه مصدرها وزير الخارجية الفرنسية آلان جوبيه، بينما يبدو الرئيس الفرنسي نيكولاي ساركوزي أكثر التزاماً للصمت، وهذا يعود حسب رأي المتابعين إلى توزيع الأدوار بين الرئاسة والخارجية الذي اتبعه ساركوزي منذ وصوله إلى الإليزيه والجميع يذكر كيف كان وزير الخارجية السابق برنارد كوشنير يتهجم على سوريا دورياً بينما كان ساركوزي بعيداً عن تصريحات وزير خارجيته، ولم يحرج عندما تبرأ منها أكثر من مرة.
غير أن الحال مع جوبيه مختلف، حيث إن الرئيس لا يمكن أن يتبرأ من تصريحاته، وقد حصلت بين الرجلين مشادة مع بداية تولي جوبيه منصبه على خلفية اللقاء مع مصطفى عبد الجليل الذي كان من تدبير برنارد هنري ليفي، ومن دون علم الوزير ما جعل الأخير يقول لساركوزي(اسمع يا نيكولا هذه أول وآخر مرة تفعل معي هذا وإلا سوف أترك منصبي).
وأضافت مصادر فرنسية وعربية حسب مانشر نضال حمادة في موقع الإنتقاد أسباباً أخرى على موقف جوبيه من سوريا.
وفي هذا السياق يقول المدير السابق لجهاز المخابرات الفرنسية آلان شويه: “إن فرنسا لا تعرف ماذا تريد في سوريا، فوزير الخارجية يستمر في التصعيد، ولكن ليست هناك سياسة محددة اتجاه دمشق بسبب صعوبة التدخل العسكري هناك، فالحالة تختلف كلياً عن ليبيا حيث التدخل العسكري والنصر كانا سهلين”.
أما الصحافي في إذاعة فرنسا الدولية كريستيان شينو فيقول إن جوبيه يتصرف مع سوريا بطريقة ثأرية تعود إلى الماضي السيئ في العلاقة الفرنسية السورية، فهو في نفسه ينتقم لقضية الرهائن الفرنسيين في لبنان وعملية اغتيال السفير الفرنسي في بيروت لوي دولامار في أيلول عام 1989.
ويضيف الصحافي الخبير في شؤون السياسة الفرنسية في العالم العربي والذي كان رهينة في العراق في العام 2003 : “إن جوبيه ينتمي إلى جيل سياسي فرنسي يحمل في داخله خلافاً عميقاً مع سوريا ولا ننسى أنه مقرب جداً من جاك شيراك وقد تبوأ منصب رئيس الوزراء في أول حكومة شكلها شيراك عام 1995 وهذا أيضاً يؤثر على رؤيته لسوريا مع ملاحظة الفرق بين علاقة شيراك الحميمة بالحريري وعلاقة جوبيه التي لا تحمل نفس القوة”.
بدوره مصدر أكاديمي عربي في باريس روى لـ “الانتقاد” قصة عن لقاء جمعه بجوبيه في بداية التدخل الفرنسي في الحرب ضد القذافي، وكان الوزير قد طلب الاجتماع بعدة أكاديميين عرب وفرنسيين لشرح أسباب التدخل الفرنسي وطلب المشورة، ويشرح الأكاديمي العربي كيف قال لجوبيه إن المشكلة تكمن في أن أي نظام سوف يأتي بعد القذافي سوف يكون من السهل الطعن في شرعيته لأنه أتى بقوة تدخل الناتو، غير أن فرنسا التي تعرف هذا الأمر استمرت بالحرب في ليبيا واستمرت في التصعيد السياسي والدبلوماسي ضد سوريا، لأن المخزون الاستعماري الكامن خرج دفعة واحدة ضد سوريا والجميع يعرف لماذا سوريا بالتحديد.

http://www.shukumaku.com/Content.php?id=36002

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November 10th, 2011, 1:46 am

 

453. Revlon said:

448
You have made two counterclaims on the video that was linked to by Amir earlier, without providing your supportive evidnce!

Kindly link the videos you are referring to!
Thank you.

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November 10th, 2011, 2:01 am

 

454. jad said:

450
My words are enough.

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November 10th, 2011, 2:19 am

 

455. Dr. Emanuela POPESCU said:

Dr. Burhan Ghalioun (Arabic: برهان غليون) (born 1945, Syria), is a Syrian-French politic man???!!!!
this is the title of his page on the wikipedia and his criminal men are erecting the french colonial flag???!!!
this man is not Syrian he is french criminal and the Syrian Peoples will put him to pay for his crimes

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December 4th, 2011, 6:19 am

 

456. Perfect Radiance said:

I wasn’t planning to check the disgusting clip that the prince linked until I read the analyzing crap in #435 and I’m surprised that nobody bothered to clarify the lies and the sectarian propaganda of the makeup dude of #435

The truth is that the linked horrific clip was put online couple weeks ago, at the beginning the page that posted it claimed that it is in Hama but the dialect doesn’t sounds Syrian to me at all and the terrorists keep repeating Allah Akbar and thanking Allah slogans the whole length of the slaughtering, later on some other news site on FB wrote that the clip was from Iraq.
The only difference between the original clip and the one the prince linked and the makeup dude tried to use for his sick advantage is that they changed the original voice with another specific ‘dialect’ to make it sound that the crime is against some protesters.

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February 3rd, 2012, 6:51 pm

 

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