Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all Syria Comment readers, to those who comment, send in bits of news, and to the many who do not comment. Thanks also to those who write for SC and who send me their stories to post or link to. And thanks to the reporters whom I have come to know and who work to understand Syria in its many aspects. I am sure I learn as much from them as they do from me. Syria is always a contentious story. Syria Comment tries to report on all aspects of Syria and to accommodate all views.

Happy New Year to all, Joshua

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101. Shai said:


I’m not much of a soccer fan (except for every 4 years, during the World Cup), so I don’t know much about this Syrian player. What I understand from Alon Liel’s message, is that we know that this player is a proud Syrian, and not Israeli, and the fact that he plays on our soccer leagues does not indicate he’ll always play for Israel. This is what he has available to him today. You can’t blame him.

Unfortunately, Israel and Syria still consider each other enemies. I can’t expect Israelis to “want anything good for Syria”, just as I can’t expect Syrians to “want anything good for Israel”. As usual (and like anywhere else in Life), very few are visionaries, who have the foresight to see beyond our current state, and to recognize that Peace is possible.

From my point of view, this Syrian player can, 20 years from now, coach the UME team to the World Cup, that will consist of Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, Palestinians, Israelis, and Iranians. 🙂

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January 12th, 2011, 3:04 pm


103. Ghat Albird said:


After reading your #100 could not let the opportunity to pass to remind you and others of the mentality of the individual you naively hope will return back the
Golan. According to Anon, “whats taken by force can only be retaken by force”.

“Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories.”– Benyamin Netanyahu, then Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, former Prime Minister of Israel, speaking to students at Bar Ilan University, from the Israeli journal Hotam, November 24, 1989

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January 12th, 2011, 4:45 pm


104. Shai said:


I wonder if Ghat is as concerned about “the mentality of the individual” we peace-seeking Israelis are “naively hoping will (receive) back the Golan”.

“The Matzah Of Zion was written by the Syrian Defense Minister, Mustafa Tlass in 1986. The book concentrates on two issues: renewed ritual murder accusations against the Jews in the Damascus affair of 1840, and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.[27] The book was cited at a United Nations conference in 1991 by a Syrian delegate.”


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January 12th, 2011, 5:18 pm


105. Norman said:

Shai, Ghat,
If the German and Jews can be Friends after all what happened in Europe i do not see any reason why the only semitic people, Arabs and Jews can not be Friends , They just have to show each other that they care about each other , and that is not that difficult ,

We should look toward the future not the past , the children of the Mideast either will be grateful to us or hate our guts for not doing enough to solve the problem for them ,

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January 12th, 2011, 8:16 pm


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