“In Defense of Asma al-Assad,” by an Anonymous Syrian

Asma, the EU, and Damocles
By Cicero, for Syria Comment, 3. 23. 2012

The EU has issued the 13th round of sanctions against Syria since the eruption of violence in the country almost one year ago. The latest target the First Lady of Syria, Asma Al Assad by freezing her assets and banning her from travel in EU countries.

This is a senseless act against a person who is not part of the Syrian government, about of whom The French ambassador to Syria, Eric Chevallier, said a mere year ago, “She managed to get people to consider the possibilities of a country that’s modernizing itself, that stands for a tolerant secularism in a powder-keg region, with extremists and radicals pushing in from all sides”.

British -born, and educated, she moved to Syria in 2000 the year her husband assumed the presidency. Those who know her describe her first few years in Syria as traveling incognito throughout the country, visiting the poorest villages, trying to identify what defined Syria and how she in her new role as First Lady, could make a positive impact.

She saw Syria’s strength in its diversity of religion and ethnicity, but was dismayed by the dominant role the government played in the lives of its citizens.

Through a large network of National NGOs like Masar, Shabab, and Firdos, she worked to empower Syrians to take ownership of their future as well as to boost entrepreneurship. She focused her efforts on the young and the poor. With the aim of sustaining economically healthy and independent communities in the rural areas, she promoted micro credit, and in 2007 Syria became the first country in the region to introduce legislation that provided secure regulation for the micro-finance sector. In 2008 the First Lady was awarded the Gold Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic for her commitment to inclusive economic growth and sustainable development in the Arab World.

Through another national NGO, Rawafed, the First Lady encouraged Syrian youth to participate in contemporary cultural activities. The last project she embarked upon before the recent unrest was to bring together the public and private sectors, along with the NGOs and international partners to launch a cultural initiative that promised to transform Syria’s museums and its heritage sites into world-class venues.

And in response to the violence and the tragic loss of life, she has for the past year engaged multiple community and NGO groups in an effort to foster a program of reconciliation in the affected areas. And she continues to visit and support the NGOs working in the poorest parts of the country.

Focusing on her alleged recent purchases of fashion and luxury items distracts from the great work she has done, and continues to do today. Even if the e-mail leaks are true, one has to note that in all of the First lady’s public appearances since the break out of violence she was proper in dress and demeanor. Ironically, however, her sense of style, grace and understated elegance were seen by many both inside and outside the Arab World as the embodiment of the modern Arab woman: smart and stylish.

Syria is a complicated country, with a rich cultural heritage that is the result of the intermingling of the many religions and ethnicities, customs, beliefs, habits, ideas and values left behind by all the civilizations that have passed through and made Syria their home over thousands of years. It is at the nexus of the most heated schism our world faces today, between Iran, and Saudi Arabia, between Christianity and Islam, between East and West, and between Arabs and Israelis.

The European diplomats in Brussels are intervening in the affairs of Syria, standing side by side with the autocratic leaders of the Gulf. It would do them well to read the parable of “The Sword of Damocles”. A sense of peril always hangs over the heads of those who wield power, but particularly in the Middle East, where nationhood is so contested. Sanctions, in general, will not help bring peace to Syria. They hurt the most vulnerable and least guilty of oppression hardest. Placing sanctions on Asma al-Assad, who tried to improve Syria for both the poor and women, is also misplaced.

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51. Ales said:

Assad’s opponents have wished Asma had left husband and emigrated to UK months ago on this blog, now they feel betrayed when husband and wife stand together.

Article was poorly written, in my opinion. But that’s me, who personally think she has conducted herself fine and would deserve better advocate. There may be a point she did little or nothing to help stop violence in Syria, but we don’t really know enough to judge her guilty. As for Homs and Asma knowing what is going on there, she had no doubt known about ugly sectarian violence killings on all sides there, way before Army assault started. Did anyone ask themselves how would Hama or Damascus or Aleppo looked if government had allowed that to happen? Heaven for advocates of violence and killing, not so much for normal people.

There is no wish for dialogue from external opposition (contrary to government), so expecting retreat/rebellion/betrayal/support… from Asma is illusionary.

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March 26th, 2012, 9:37 am

 

52. Juergen said:

Uzair

dont worry, the regimes days are numbered. Syria wont become the North Corea of the ME as some wished here.

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March 26th, 2012, 9:40 am

 

53. Uzair8 said:

If the opposition can see out April without losing too much ground they could force the regime to embarrassingly postpone or suspend the joke elections in May. They won’t give the true reasons for doing so instead blaming some technicality.

With the arrival of summer I don’t think the already exhausted (mentally and physically) regime thugs will be happy chasing peaceful protestors around in scorching temperatures.

Their workload will be increased multi-fold in Ramadan in mid July (increased attendance at normal mosque prayers and the additional nightly Taraweeh prayers.)

Such factors will not affect the revolutionaries.

Another tourist season will be lost.

Btw the wasps come out in summer.

http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=13243&cp=all#comment-292986

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March 26th, 2012, 9:45 am

 

54. Juergen said:

Homs demonstration of yesterday

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March 26th, 2012, 9:54 am

 

55. Syrialover said:

I can’t believe SC is giving space to this idiotic PR piece on Assad’s wife. It reads like made-up filler for a cheap women’s magazine.

Facts on Asma Assad:

- She’s a gangster’s moll. She knowingly took on the job at 25, and it’s now been her active career for 12 years

- It’s a key spin-doctored role with Assad Inc, and she openly enjoys the attention and fashion side of it

- Her much raved about “career in merchant banking” amounted to junior work for less than 4 years in her early 20′s between graduation and marriage

- We now know she was reared by a father with the reasoning and ethics of a mukharabet adviser

- The “wonderful projects” she is being praised for were small-scale PR exercises that ranked nowhere much in the bigger reality of Syrian social needs, and served to distract from real issues the government was neglecting

If she looked like Mrs Gaddafi or Mrs Ben Ali there would be zero fantasies and defence of her – it’s THAT shallow.

(PS I remember the publicity years ago about Suzanne Mubarek’s wonderful caring social projects. This was probably the model for Assad Inc’s “Suzanne”).

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March 26th, 2012, 9:54 am

 

56. Alex C said:

[ARROW Alex C, I have altered your name to prevent confusing you with another commentator and author, Alex (Camille Otrakji).]

Is this an opposition website?

If so, why is everyone drunk or high on their own BO?

Focus on the issues, which are unemployment, education, justice, healthcare, transportation, agriculture, industry….

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March 26th, 2012, 9:55 am

 

57. Alex C said:

[ARROW Alex C, I have added a letter to distinguish you from Alex (Camille Otrakji), one of the Syria Comment editors and authors over the years.]

The comments to this article epitimise the type of contributors to SC which I have followed for many years. Incredibly this is one of the very few Asma articles posted on SC since its creation. Why is that? Were you commentators as descriptive before the crisis about her work, achievements and efforts? Unfortunately not.

It seems to me that many of the SC followers are clearly passionate about Syria but have not lived there in recent years. They are educated and opportunistic but ignorant and impotent. You seduce each other with theory and intellect but lack insight into the real dynamics on the ground. You want change but would struggle to implement it in the tough reality which is Syria.

You are very Syrian in you profound talent to criticise and ridicule what others do but not by proposing real, patient and achievable alternatives. They love gourmet microwave dinners but have never made a sandwich. Syria is not about us against them. The attitudes expressed particularly in respect to this article are a disgrace and are disgusting to anyone who knows the truth. Pointing the finger at Asma Assad only points the finger away from you. Hence, we arrive at the conclusion.

Tell or show us what you have done for or in Syria to progress it and lets talk about that. Anonymous or not your ignorance will identify you much better than any name or alias you use.

The challenge is to put forward real solutions to magnify and exacerbate our many problems…..I think Asma Assad has done that in the face of many obstacles and adversity.

To those of you in Saudi, please remind me what your queen looks like, or what she has or is allowed to contribute to society. I would also appreciate an annual shopping summary of your democratically elected Royal government. Bring it on….I cannot wait.

BTW I am a proud Syrian, and neither regime loyalist or militant/radical opposition so don’t throw that one at me….

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March 26th, 2012, 9:55 am

 

58. David P. said:

I know the work of those NGOs belonging to the First Lady office (called the “Syrian Trust for Development”, STD). Their performance is far away from the picture given in this articule. Here are some comments about the Syrian Trust:

1. In fact, the STD is a way to centralize all the actions within the syrian civil society. Many NGOs (NGOs with a real development strategy) have suffered the oblivion of donors and partners due to the monopoly of the STD. Competing with the STD is a mission imposible for small associations and organizations: this competitiveness is far from being fair.

2. Through centralizing control of the syrian civil society you make two achievements: you kill any effort of marginal sectors to organize themeselves and you bring a friendly facade of the regime.

3. Their real impact on the field is limited to charitable actions.

4. They aren’t the development engine agent they try to sell. In fact its role is limited by the Baath aparatus. The Syrian Trsut was not able to pass a new law for the civil sector or NGOs, they do not promote real changes aiming at strenghtening the civil society, they just try to impress using the image of the First lady: empty and useless work.

SO FOR THOSE FEELING IMPRESSED BY THE FIRST LADY CHARM I’D JUST RECOMMEND NOT TRYING TO SELL US THIS IDEA TROUGH THE PERFORMANCE OF THE STD. TECHINICALLY, IN TERMS OF THE ‘TRUST’ ROLE WITHIN THE SYRIAN SOCIETY, THERE ISN’T A WAY TO ACCEPT THAT IDEA.

I WILL NOT FALL INTO THIS RECURRENT TRAP!!!

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March 26th, 2012, 9:56 am

 

59. ALEX C said:

She is the most credible practitioner and leader on the ground in the past ten years….her record in a very challenging context speaks volumes. She can be forgiven for wanting Harry Potter on DVD or using iTUNES.

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March 26th, 2012, 10:08 am

 

60. Juergen said:

Alex C

If thousands of Syrians wouldnt have been killed and thousands more would be tortured and imprisoned we would all not care if she reads Harry Potter or use Itunes.

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March 26th, 2012, 10:10 am

 

61. jad said:

Bronco, Mawal,

تصعيد رجب طيب أردوغان حول المنطقة العازلة إستعراض مسرحي تكذبه الوقائع
كتب سومر سلطان- عربي برس

نشرت صحيفة “يني شفق” الموالية لأردوغان خبراً جاء فيه أن رئيس الوزراء التركي اتخذ قرار إنشاء المنطقة العازلة على الحدود مع سورية، وحمل الخبر عنواناً لا يقل إثارة عنه: “رئيس الوزراء ضغط على زر إنشاء المنطقة العازلة”. هذا طبعاً مع اغفال حقيقة أن اتخاذ مثل هذا القرار، وهو عملياً إعلان حرب، يتجاوز بحجمه حجم وامكانات أردوغان.
كذلك كانت لهجته، وهو الذي كثيراً ما تبجح بأنه وريث سلاطين بني عثمان، استعلائية للغاية بُعيد لقاء جمعه ووزير خارجيته ورئيس استخباراته بباراك أوباما في كوريا الجنوبية حين تحدث عن حل الأزمة السورية ضمن إطار القانون الدولي. وحفل الإعلام الموالي لأردوغان كما هي العادة بالأخبار والتحليلات، التي تعد بقرب سقوط النظام السوري. وتحدث بعضهم عن خارطة طريق إقامة هذه المنطقة العازلة.
من جهة أخرى تروي الوقائع الميدانية العكس. وإن تفاصيل معركة كسر العظم بين الجيش والأمن السوريين من جهة والجيش والأمن التركيين مع عصابات المعارضة المسلحة من جهة أخرى تشي بمأزق كبير تعانيه تركيا ولو أنها لم تستفق بعد. ولكن قبل الخوض في ذلك سنروي الحادثة التالية: سمع الكثير بأزمة التنقيب عن النفط بين قبرص وتركيا، فقد اتخذت تركيا قراراً بالرد على تنقيب قبرص عن النفط في عرض البحر عبر ارسال سفينة تركية للتنقيب عن النفط أيضاً، وهكذا وصل التحدي ذروته بحسب وسائل إعلام السلطة. لكن ما أرسله أردوغان ليس سفينة تنقيب عن النفط في حقيقته بل سفينة سبر قديمة أكثر تطوراً بقليل من سفن صيد السمك. والقبارصة بدورهم فهموا رسالة أردوغان جيداً؛ سينقبون عن النفط ما شاؤوا وليقم أردوغان بالاستعراض ما شاء أيضاً.
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تتكرر أمامنا إذن بصورة واضحة حادثة سفينة التنقيب، فأردوغان يسعى على الأرض للفلفة الأمور، لكنه إعلامياً لا يتخلى عن عادته المرضية بالاستعراض. خاصة وأن طارئاً طرأ على مكانته المفترضة، وهذا الطارئ هو عدم شمول برنامج زيارات كوفي عنان لأنقرة بينما شمل قطر من اليوم الأول، وفي ذلك إهانة كبيرة لمن يعتبر نفسه وريث السلاطين، ونقطة هامة لمنافسه على الأضواء أمير قطر. وهذه نقطة هامة لتفسير الاستماتة التركية لعقد مؤتمر اسطنبول، ومنع أو تأجيل فرط عقد المعارضة السورية إلى ما بعد المؤتمر.
http://arabi-press.com/?page=article&id=29318

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March 26th, 2012, 10:12 am

 

62. Uzair8 said:

Continuing the ‘summer’ theme in #53.

You’d have thought this was a time Asma would blossom (spring/summer) and not be facing the greatest scrutiny in her life so far.

It seems this summer the wasps have this english rose in their sights.

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March 26th, 2012, 10:15 am

 

63. ALEX C said:

JUERGEN

You seem to know exactly who is doing the killing, imprisonment and torturing. Is either side innocent? If the “rebels” use the same tactics as the regime, what makes them better? Have you seen the atrocities the rebels are responsible for? This is not black and white….its the grey middle east.

I reject the destruction and division of Syria. I reject the death of any Syrian in his country by his fellow countryman. But I also refuse to tolerate the one sided, biased and unhelpful discussion about pro and anti as being the solution to this crisis. Keep your eyes on the prize. A democratically inclusive political process. If the opposition reject the new constitution, let them propose another. If they accuse the government of corruption and mismanagment let the provide us with a manifesto detailing the prioritise and agenda….why dont they put the government on the back foot with alternatives????

The sad reason is that they have no idea how. They are divided and cannot move beyond this. They are power and priviledge hungry without providing a credible political agenda or roadmap. Better the devil I know all day, everyday…

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March 26th, 2012, 10:30 am

 

64. ALEX C said:

It seems that the Asma/Syria haters are not convincing anyone…..or maybe everyone is still sleeping in the USA

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March 26th, 2012, 10:32 am

 

65. ALEX C said:

David P

Your comments are so unhelpful. Are you trying to prove that all the Trusts work is unhelpful or monopolises funding?

I suspect you are a former employee of the Trust who was kicked out because you only knew how to add to the problems rather than propose solutions. Talk is cheap and particularly when all of it is blame blame blame. Pull your finger out and tell us what you have done or would do….I will understand if you dont respond

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March 26th, 2012, 10:38 am

 

66. jad said:

I guess my comment didn’t show for the ‘filter’, well here you go again:

Red alert Talking of 3a ra 3 eer, it seems that 3 ar 3 our Jr. is attending the meeting in Istanbul

كواليس مؤتمر المعارضة السورية في تركيا : هل يسترد قائد الثورة ” الشيخ عدنان العرعور ” زعامة المجلس الوطني من البروفيسور العلماني ؟

كتب أحمد غولير – عربي برس – إسطنبول

في خطوة مفاجئة وبدعوة من المجلس الوطني السوري بدأ اليوم في مدينة إسطنبول التركية فعاليات مؤتمر المعارضة السورية برعاية قطرية تركية مشتركة من أجل الوصول إلى التوافق على “وثيقة” تؤكد “وحدة الأهداف في الخلاص من النظام وإقامة الدولة الديمقراطية التعددية” قبيل مؤتمر أصدقاء سورية الثاني المقرر عقده في تركيا في الأول من نيسان المقبل.
هيئة التنسيق الوطنية السورية كانت قد أعلنت أنها لن تشارك في مؤتمر توحيد المعارضة بحجة عدم دعوتها بشكل رسمي، لكن مصادر المجلس الوطني السوري أكدت أن سبب عدم دعوة هيئة التنسيق يعود إلى يعود إلى أمرين أولهما الفرق الشاسع في المطالب بينها وبين المجلس ففي حين يطالب الأخير بتدخل عسكري وتسليح الجيش الحر تقوم هيئة التنسيق بزيارة موسكو من أجل الوصول إلى حل سياسي ينهي الأزمة السورية، وثانيهما الخلافات بين أعضاء المجلس أنفسهم والسعي الجاد إلى حلها، فمن غير المعقول أن تتم دعوة هيئة التنسيق للتفاوض من أجل توحيد المعارضة والمجلس غير متوحد بعد.
أجواء المؤتمرين لا توحي بإمكانية التوصل إلى حل لخلافاتهم بحسب المصادر، رغم سعي تركيا وقطر إلى الخروج من هذا المؤتمر بمظهر توحيد جميع الكتل السياسية تحت مظلة المجلس الوطني، مشيرة إلى أن ” المفاجئ “كان حضور نجل عدنان العرعور إلى اسطنبول ولقائه ببعض أعضاء المجلس قبيل دخولهم، ما طرح علامات إستفهام حول توقيت وصوله بالتزامن مع إفتتاح المؤتمر، رغم أن العرعور نفسه أعلن عن ” نزع الشرعية عن المجلس ورئيسه المتخاذل وعصابته من المكتب التنفيذي كما قال”.
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أجواء حفل الإستقبال المتشنجة دفعت بغليون إلى التلويح بإنسحابه وجمع من الأعضاء ممن يوالون الدولة الفرنسية، معتبراً ان ما حصل يخالف مضمون الدعوة إلى عقد المؤتمر، فالمطلوب وضع الخلافات جانباً وليس تسعيرها، وأن الموضوع لم يعد يتعلق بإختلافات حول طريقة العمل أو تضارب في وجهات النظر، بل خطة مدروسة تهدف إلى النيل منه ومن بسمة قضماني على وجه التحديد، وتعريتهما أمام الثوار في الداخل، متهما الشيخ عدنان العرعور بتحريض المتظاهرين منذ ثلاثة أسابيع على رفع صور ويافطات مسيئة له”.
و بعد أخذ ورد عاد غليون إلى مقعده بعد إتفاق تم على أن تكون جميع الإنتقادات بناءة ولا تستهدف التجريح بالأشخاص، وأنه جاهز للإستقالة إذا كان هو السبب في لجم مسيرة الثورة متهماً في ذات الوقت أشخاصاً لم يسمهم بالسعي لإفشاله في عمله مضيفا : “منذ ثلاثة أشهر أدركت أن هناك من يعمل على وضع العصي في الدواليب، وتحديداً عندما وقعنا مع هيئة التنسيق الوطنية إتفاق لبلورة القواعد السياسية للنضال الديمقراطي والمرحلة الانتقالية، فمع الإعلان عن التوقيع تعرضت لحملة إعلامية شرسة بحجة اننا نسطو على الثورة ووصل ببعض أعضاء المجلس إلى حد تجميد عضويتهم و إضطررنا بعدها إلى إلغاء الإتفاق الذي كان من شأنه إستيعاب هيئة التنسيق تمهيداً لدمجها في المجلس”.
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هل من إمكانية للتوصل إلى حل لخلافات المجلس؟
تؤكد المصادر أن الخلافات لا تقتصر على أعضاء المجلس الوطني والمقربين منه فقط، بل تتعداه إلى الدول الداعمة للمعارضة، ففي حين تطالب دول خليجية علنا بتسليح ودعم الجناح العسكري للمعارضة والمعروف بإسم الجيش السوري الحر، تنظر تركيا والدول الأوروبية وأميركا بعين الريبة إلى هذا الطرح مفضلة الجنوح نحو الحل السياسي للأزمة، وبالتالي لا يمكن أن يتفق أعضاء المجلس فيما بينهم إن لم تسوّى الخلافات بين الدول الراعية للمعارضة”.
http://www.arabi-press.com/?page=article&id=29370

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March 26th, 2012, 10:39 am

 

67. jad said:

Smart moderator, like it or not, if you keep letting an alert afghani boy writing his hatred messages I’ll not stop writing my replies.

‘It seems this summer the wasps have this english rose in their sights.’

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March 26th, 2012, 10:41 am

 

68. majedkhaldoun said:

Syialover

I remember Saddam wife, when she objected to her husband brutality, her brother was killed,and she was divorced.

King Hussain arabic wife was dead in plane .

Dictator wife are in very difficult situation, I want to know more about her.

As she was told by the daughter of prince of Qatar that she may come to live in Qatar, her response was not to answer, she could have said no and get angry, could she be willing, but can not do it?

I know for sure that when the revolution is victorious, she will be dead with him, but in my religion, no one is guilty because he is related to criminal, or is a friend of criminal.

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March 26th, 2012, 10:48 am

 

69. Jerusalem said:

45. Naseer Ahmad said:

I think the majority of Syrians want peace instead of being taken over by Salafist proxies.

You are absolutely right, I don’t know if you read Arabic…read:

دعا سلفيون الشباب التونسي إلى “التدرب ” من أجل “قتال اليهود” ودخول “الجنة”.وجاءت الدعوة خلال مظاهرة وسط العاصمة تونس دعت إليها تيارات إسلامية للمطالبة بأن تكون “الشريعة” الإسلامية “المصدر الأساسي والوحيد للتشريع” في دستور تونس الجديد الذي سيكتبه المجلس الوطني التأسيسي.وشارك في المظاهرة آلاف من أنصار تيارات إسلامية مختلفة

وخطب قيادي سلفي ملتح في مئات من الشبان بمكبر صوت قائلا:”هيئوا أنفسكم…تدرّبوا…القتال القتال…اليهود اليهود…القتال القتال…يا شباب يا شباب…القتال في سبيل الله.. الجنة .. الجنة . الجنة… الجنة”. وقابل الشبان دعوة القيادي السلفي بترديد “الله أكبر”.وتم تناقل مقطع فيديو خطبة القيادي السلفي على نطاق واسع في شبكة التواصل الاجتماعي فيسبوك
[...] So what happened in France is not a sporadic incident, it will be on going.
http://www.arabtimes.com/portal/news_display.cfm?Action=&Preview=No&nid=10867

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March 26th, 2012, 10:48 am

 

70. DAWOUD said:

Below is a News Roundup that does not appear on pro-dictator blogs:

1) Bashar al-Assad, the murderous Syrian dictator, is behind the latest terrorist attacks in Baghdad, Iraq to target the upcoming Arab Summit???
http://watan.com/news/politics/2012-03-26/6156
ديبكا: الأسد يرسل عناصر إرهابية لإفشال قمة بغداد

2) The TERRORIST Bashar al-Assad is using Syrian civilians as “Human Shields:”
http://watan.com/news/politics/2012-03-26/6170
حقوق الانسان : الحكومة السورية اجبرت السكان على تشكيل دروع بشرية امام جنود بشار فى الهجوم الاخير

3)http://watan.com/news/politics/2012-03-26/6183
اخوان سورية يتعظون من أخطاء اخوان الجوار ببيان مطمئن للقوى الثورية

4) http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2012/March/middleeast_March566.xml&section=middleeast&col=
Blasts shake Homs, 30 killed across Syria

5)http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oUJRYwmaVt0
تدمير ناقلة جنود الخونة من قبل الجيش السوري الحر

6) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5glf82iN7sY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5glf82iN7sY

7) Bashar al-Assad war crimes against SYRIA’S SUNNI MUSLIMS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EIFJCwJ6Fw&feature=youtube_gdata
حمص القديمة قصف على المنازل بالصواريخ والهاون

8) The terrorist Bashar bombing of Idlib:
إدلب سراقب25 2 2012قصف بالمدفعية والرشاشات الثقيلة
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVgSUz18z_4&feature=youtube_gdata

9)وغاريت دوما ريف دمشق , احد الناشطين بانفعال شديد يتحدث عت القذيفة التي سقطت على المدنيين
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMRcI0Wx2Fc&feature=youtu.be
Duma resident showing the remains of a tank shell that landed in his own house. Yes, Bashar the terrorist is bombing civilians’ homes! Bashar is as bad as al-Qa’ida!

10) ذكرى وفاة الزعيم سلطان باشا الأطرش
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=196714877074364&set=a.196711910407994.50072.114744738604712&type=3

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March 26th, 2012, 10:59 am

 

71. Uzair8 said:

@67 JAD

Hate? Where?

It wasn’t me who put up 2 main posts regarding Asma/e-mails.
I don’t think I’ve criticised Asma today other than make the observation that Asma is facing much unwelcome scrutiny via the 2 recent main posts and user comments on page 1 of this post.

And aren’t wasps attracted to flowers in summer? She is in the sights of the opposition (wasps) in media and propaganda terms.

I’m as much Afghani as Asma is Turkish. I’m as much english as Asma is if not more. She’s a couple of years older than me but I’m born and bred in UK only travelling abroad for 8 weeks.

This syrian issue is now not only of concern to syrians. Of course firstly it is a Syrian issue. It is then also of concern to the wider regional, arab and muslim world.

My last post for now until perhaps later today. I only respond so people aren’t fooled into thinking I’m an afghani and dismissing my comments. Not that there is anyone wrong with Afghanis and their right to comment. :-)

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March 26th, 2012, 11:00 am

 

72. Jerusalem said:

لا تـُـسْـقِطوا الشام َ .. ايها
البَـقـَر
هذه قصيدة تتناول المؤامرة العربية – الامريكية – الاسرائيلية – التركية
التي تـُنفذ فصولها الآن ضد سوريا
والقصيدة ليست تأييدا ً للنظام
ولكنها دفاع عن سوريا الدولة والتاريخ والحضارة والعروبة
وهذا بالضبط ما تستهدفه هذه المؤامرة …. الشاعر

قصيدة للشاعر والاكاديمي
الفلسطيني الكبير
د. أحمد حسن المقدسي
***
لا تـُـسقِطوا الشام َ يا أعـراب ُ ، واعتبِروا هـذي جـَهنم ُ فـي بغـداد َ تـَـسـْـتعِر ُ
اللعبة ُ ابـتدأت ْ.. واللا عـبون َ أتـَـوا وكاتـب ُ النــَّـص ِّ خـلف َ الـباب ِ مـُـستـَتِر ُ
والحرب ُ توشـك ُ أن ْ تـُـلقي مَعاطِـفـَها وَقــودُها الــنـفط ُ والـدّولار ُ والبـَـشـَر ُ

ماذا أقـول ُ ؟ وهل تـُـجْدي مـُـعاتـَبَتي
وعـُـصْبة ُ الـشَّر مــن ْ صـُهيون َ تأتـَـمِـر ُ

ماذا أقـول ُ لأعــراب ٍ تـُـحَرِّكـُهم
كـف ُّ العـمالة ِ والأحـقاد ُ والـبـَطـَر ُ

فـأي ُّ جامعة ٍ تـلك َ الـتي خــَـنـَعَت ْ
فــيها التـــَّـآمـُـر ُ بالأخلاق ِ يَـعْــتـَمِر ُ

قــرن ٌ وجامـعة ُ الأشـرار ِ في صَــمـَم ٍ
فالأرض ُ تـُنـْهــب ُ، والأعـراب ُ مـا نـَـفـَروا

والقـدس ُ تـُـذبح ُ مِــثل َ الطيْر ِ راعِـفة ً
فأطـْـرق ٌ القـوم ُ ، لا حِــس ٌّ ولا خـَـبَر ُ

كـم ْ قبـَّـلوا كــَـف َّ جـَـزّار ٍ يُـقـَـتـِّـلنا
وفـوق َ أشـلائنا يا ويْـحَهم سـَـكِروا

هــل تـِلك َ جـامعة ٌ أم تِـلك َ مَـزبلة ٌ يَسوسُها في زمان ِ العـُهْـر ِ مـَن ْ صَـغـُروا
هــذي الــزَّريْـبـَة ُ ما عـادت ْ تــُـمـَثــِّـلـُنا مـادام َ تـَسـكنها الثــيْران ُ والحـُــمُر ُ

اليوم َ أنعـي لأهـل ِ الخـير ِ جامعة ً
عـَـرّابـُـها الـدُّب ُّ والأفـّـاق ُ والــقـّذِر ُ

لـو ذرّة ٌ مـِــن ْ حـياء ٍ في وُجُوهـِهـِم ُ
لأشـعلوا النار َ فـي الإسـْـطبل َ وانتـحروا

***

لا تقتــلوا الــشام َ فالــتاريخ ُ عـَــلـَّمنا أن َّ العـُــروبة َ دون َ الــشام ِ تـَــندَحِـر ُ
فــأمـَّة ُ العـُــرْب ِ لا تـَــفـْنى بـلا قـَــطـَر ٍ لـكــنها دون َ رُمـْـح ِ الـــشام ِ تنكــسِر ُ
ولــن ْ نعيــش َ كأيتــام ٍ بــلا حـَــمَـد ٍ ولـن نمــوت َ إذا مــا أ ُلغِــــيَت ْ قــَــطـَر ُ

لكـننا دون َ سـَــيْف ِ الـــشام ِ جارية ٌ
يـَـلوطـُها التـُّـرْك ُ .. والرومان ُ .. والتـَّــتـَر ُ

قـبائـل ُ النـفط ِ باسـم ِ الــحُب ِّ تقتـُــلـُنا
فالـحُب ُ فـاض َ بـهم ْ، والعـِـشق ُ ينفجـِــر ُ

عـواصِـم َ المِلح ِ عـودوا عـن مَحَــبَّتِكـُم
فلـدغة ُ الحـُـب ِّ مــنْ أنيابكم سـَـقـَر ُ

يا مرحـبا ً بـِـدِمُــقــراطية ٍ هـَـبَطـَـت ْ
مِـن َ الـسماء ِ وقــد كانوا بـها كـفروا

هـذا الـــزواج ُ مــن الموساد ِ نعرِفـُــه ُ ولــيس َ يـُخـْــطِئه ُ سـَــمْـع ٌ ولا بـَــصـَر ُ
هـذي دموع ُ تماسـيح ٍ ، فـما ذ ُرفـت ْ لـشعْب ِ غـــزة َ والآلاف ُ تـُــحْتـَضـَر ُ
هـذا العـويل ُ علــى الأرواح ِ لـم نـَرَه ُ والناس ُ تـُـطـْبَخ ُ في قـانا وتنـْــصَهـِر ُ
وفـي العـراق ِ صـَـمَتـُّم ْ صـَــمْت َ مـَــقـْبَرَة ٍ وآلة ُ المـوت ِ لا تـُــبقي ولا تـَـذَر ُ

أمـَّا القـَـطيف ُ ، فـَـهُم ْ أبــناء ُ جــاريـَة ٍ
وقـَــتـْلـُهم طــاعة ٌ للـه ِ يُعـْـــتـَبَر ُ

فما رأيـْـنـَا عــيونا ً أدْمَعَـت ْ دُرَرَا ً
ولا قـُلـوبا ً علـى الأرواح ِ تـَنـْـفـَطِر ُ

***

لا تـقتـلوا الــشام َ إن َّ الـشام َ روضتـُنا دون َ الــشآم ِ يـموت ُ الضَـــوء ُ والــقـَمَر ُ
لا تـَـذْبحوها فــهذي الــشام ُ لوحـَــتـُنا لولا الـــشآم ُ لـمات َ الــشِّـعْر ُ والــــحَوَر ُ
يا شـام ُ صبرا ً ، فإن َّ الغـدْرَ دَيـْــدَنـُهم كـم مـرة ٍ لــتراب الـقـُدس ِ قــد غــدَروا !!

ظـَـنـُّوا الـزَعامَة َ دشـْـداشـا ً ومـِسْـبَحَة ً
ولـحْيـَة ً بـِــسـُموم ِ الـنفط ِ تـَخـْـتـَمِـر ُ

حَسِـبْـتـُهم ْ مـِـن ْ خطايا الأمس ِ قد فـَهِـموا
ظــَــننتـُهم فـَـهـِموا ، لـكنـَّهم بـَــقـَر ُ

***

يا رب ُ عـفوك َ، أنـْـقِذنا بمعجزة ٍ
تـُـزلزلُ الأرض َ فـيهم ، إنـَّهم فـجَروا
http://www.arabtimes.com/Ahmad%20Hassan/01.html
Same poet wrote : أيتام بوش
أجــوب ُ شـَــرقا ً وغـربا ً في العراق ِ، أرى
أرض َ العـُـــروبة ِ لـكـــن ْ ، لا أرى عـَــرَبـَا
http://www.arabtimes.com/2009/31.html

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March 26th, 2012, 11:11 am

 

73. Jad said:

انشاالله شي زلقطة تقرصك!

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March 26th, 2012, 11:19 am

 

74. ann said:

Russia has the Responsibility to Protect Circassians and Russians living in Syria

Syria’s Circassians ‘Seek Return’ to Russia – 26/03/2012

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20120326/172399389.html

Large numbers of Syria’s Circassian community are seeking a return to their traditional homeland in Russia’s North Caucasus as fighting intensifies between government forces and rebels, a Russian senator said on Monday.

“The possible coming to power of the radical Syrian opposition is viewed by the Circassian community as a direct threat to their lives,” Federation Council senator Albert Kazharov told journalists.

Analysts say the Circassian community has traditionally backed President Bashar al-Assads’s regime.

“More than 200 families are ready to pack their things today and leave immediately,” Kazharov said. “But the situation there is tough and unpredictable and many people are in no state to say what they want – but I did not meet anyone who ruled out leaving.”

Kazharov is senator for the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, where the majority of Russia’s Circassians live. He was part of an eleven-strong Russian delegation that flew into Syria for a four-day fact-finding mission on March 16.

But, he said, for those who want to flee, the current chaotic situation in Syria makes it extremely difficult to get the necessary documents, including passports and visas. Kazharov has proposed changes to existing Russian immigration laws to help facilitate the speedy return of the Circassians. The Russian authorities have yet to approve the proposals.

Over 100 members of Syria’s Circassian community sent an appeal to President Dmitry Medvedev in December asking to be repatriated, Russia media reports said.

[...]

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March 26th, 2012, 11:20 am

 

75. Tara said:

The goal of Monday’s conference is “for all forces and parties of the opposition not to be a union, but at least to have a united purpose,” said Amar Qurabi, leader of the National Change Current opposition group.

Bassam Imadi, a former Syrian ambassador to Sweden and a member of the Syrian National Council, said Monday’s meeting “is probably going to enlarge and restructure the SNC.” He predicted four opposition groups that had previously refused to join the SNC would agree to join by the end of this week.

Monday’s opposition meeting in Istanbul comes two days after a top military defector said armed rebel groups have aligned under the leadership of the Free Syrian Army.

Uniting all efforts will bolster the anti-regime movement and safeguard the nation, Brig. Gen. Mustafa Sheikh said in a video posted on YouTube.

The move addressed a key concern for observers of the Syrian crisis both inside and outside the country — that armed rebel groups were disjointed and divided.

“In these critical and difficult times that our beloved country is going through, all the honorable men and women in this nation are required to work on uniting all efforts to overthrow this corrupt regime,” Sheikh said.

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http://www.wisn.com/nationalnews/30758769/detail.html 

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March 26th, 2012, 11:27 am

 

76. Jad said:

If Syrian Circassians go to Russia, Syrian Arminians to Arminia, Syrian Greeks to Greece, Syrian Sunnis to Turkey, Syrian Christians to Beirut, Syrian Alawites eliminated, Syrian Druz to Jumbla6 beik, Syrian Shia to Iran, who is left in Syria for those traitor oppositions call themselve ‘Syrians’ to rule!!??
British Afghanis?

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March 26th, 2012, 11:36 am

 

77. ann said:

Israel quits UN’s human rights arm – Mar 26, 2012

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_03_26/69661702/

Israel has slammed the door on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The development follows the Council’s decision to investigate Israel’s settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Council said this policy violates the rights of the Palestinian residents of these territories and removes the prospect of a two-state solution for the Middle East.

[...]

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March 26th, 2012, 11:47 am

 

78. Vedat The Turk said:

@ JAD — I am not anonymous at all. I have “outed” myself on this block several times (race, religion, ethnicity, poltical persuasion etc). If anyone wants to really find me and associate me with my comments on this subject in 20 years, they most certainly can.

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March 26th, 2012, 11:55 am

 

79. ann said:

Annan: Possible resignation of Assad a matter for Syrians

The UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, believes that whether or not Syrian President Bashar Assad should resign is up to Syrians themselves to decide. At a press conference in Moscow on Monday, he said “It’s up to the Syrian people to make a decision. I am not the one to decide.”

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http://rt.com/news/line/2012-03-26/#id28593

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March 26th, 2012, 12:06 pm

 

80. Amnesia said:

Quote:
“There is an urgent need for us to stoop to their level, at least in action. Thats the only way to defeat them.”

Antoine, I will address your comment as it appears. You can clarify if you’d like.

Rape will obviously not defeat them. Torture will not either. Killing their children would be very cruel and unjust. They are at war with Syrians who oppose them politically, and a war it is. Using their own tactics to fight against them is still wrong, and doing so will make it that much harder to heal afterwards.

God will curse those on both sides that commit atrocities. So far the regime is the biggest perpetrator of war crimes. The opposition cannot control every event on the ground, but they should indeed fight to do so. Individuals that transgress limits should be prosecuted during and afterwards, along with Bashar’s thugs.

The young opposition is the future of Syria. Let’s make sure these youth don’t abandon the moral high ground. Let’s make sure they retain their conscience for the peace and rebuilding of communities to come.

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March 26th, 2012, 12:23 pm

 

81. Vedat The Turk said:

@ Everyone who keeps emailing me & those posting on this blog who want to know what I have against the Harvard Arab Alumni Association:

For those who are unaware, in 2010 the Harvard Arab Alumni Association (HAAA) gave Asma Assad a huge gala bash and award for her “humanitarian deeds to the Syrian people”. How can this be?

The truth is that the HAAA has become a shameful example of the Arab diaspora who are willing to legitimize despotoic regimes back home for there own self interest. It meant nothing to this elitist alumni group to honor a regime who for 40 years has killed thousands of it’s own citizens. Nor was the fact that the same Baathist regime in Damascus has directly been implicated in countless death of American service men & women.

But the HAAA never even mentioned any of this in anouncing its decision or during the ceremonies and ensuing party. What’s worse the event was part of a much larger media branding tour that the Baathist regime organized with the help of American lobbyists and consultants. Just before the Harvard bash Vanity Fair released its cover feauture titled “Asma Rose of the Desert”.

Clearly the executive of the HAAA and it’s membership who elect them decided to overlook all of this for there own reasons. The fact that many in this group have there own personal dealings with the country and regime has never ben mentioned as far as I can tell.

Now don’t get me wrong, Harvard has many progessive alumni organizations. There history of service to the community is long and honourable. But when it comes to the HAAA there are those in the academic community who feel that it actions have shown that it is a self interested group who have few concerns about there fellow Arabs. The reason that I raise it on this blog is that many of the people who come to it are also members. Maybe if more people spoke out about the shameful actions of the group, the HAAA would be truly interested in the needs of Arab people and not promoting these criminals against humanity.

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March 26th, 2012, 12:27 pm

 

82. Amnesia said:

Alex C,

You said, “Focus on the issues, which are unemployment, education, justice, healthcare, transportation, agriculture, industry….”

You can argue with me here, but I do not see these issues ever being addressed under the current regime. I can go into detail if you would like as to why, but frankly Bashar is no “reformer”. I am also ignoring the war crimes of the past year because you seem to not wish to discuss them.

Alex, I once nearly a year back on this forum tried to start some discussion on topics you mentioned above. Maybe if you had been present, we could have had great talks. The fact is not one person added their thoughts. People on SC are preoccupied with ideology, events, certain facts and falsehoods, and political argument. And name-calling.

In my mind, as well as yours obviously, an online forum of intellectual discussion on issues related to topics you mentioned above would be a fantastic use of our collective talent to seek out solutions to problems. This forum may need to be held offline, or if online surely not here on the SC comments section after blog posts.

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March 26th, 2012, 12:41 pm

 

83. ann said:

Number of Iraqis welcomed in Syria 1,000,000+ and Palestinians 600,000+

Number of Syrians in Turkey reaches 17,171: official

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-03/26/c_122884424.htm

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March 26th, 2012, 12:57 pm

 

84. Amnesia said:

“Number of Syrians in Turkey reaches 17,171: official”

Most Syrians who escaped to Turkey and elsewhere do not live in refugee camps. Most also choose to remain anonymous and unreported for their own safety. I know many families in neighboring countries who have arrived on extended “vacations”. The actual number displaced outside of Syria in Turkey and elsewhere is much higher.

In addition, the hundreds of thousands of displaced within Syria would readily flee if they had the option. Many don’t have passports, or they have passports needing renewal but cannot travel. If it were not for shabiha and army gunmen, and the many perilous landmines laid by the regime, a million would flee. If it were not for the fear of losing property left behind, millions would leave.

ANN, your propaganda is meaningless. The situation is dire, and the war crimes are very real.

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March 26th, 2012, 1:15 pm

 

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