In Mezzeh, Wealthy Sunnis Begin to Demonstrate; Washington Unlikely to Arm Syrians Soon; Friends of Syria to Meetin in Tunis

The demonstrations in Mezzeh, Damascus, as shown above, suggest that the revolt has spread to the heart of bourgeois Damascus, an area many said would not be affected. The Homs repression is spreading revolt to new areas. The opposition is not being cowed. In this video police shoot into the air in order to frighten the women of Mezzeh, Damascus. It does not seem that security shot into the crowd, but the fear and anger is all too clear. It will grow.

[Correction] (A Friend wrote to say: “the demonstration was in old mazzeh, not the wealthy part, the part near the old hospital, the poor part.)

The Syrian opposition is gaining strength and spreading to new areas of Syria with each passing weak. Government action makes it stronger, as does government inaction. Assad faces a catch 22. He has no way forward. The opposition, despite its multitude of jostling leaders is developing new communication and activist networks all the time. The destruction of Sunni neighborhoods in Homs has outraged Syrians across the country. Growing lawlessness has dispirited those who would support the government. Inflation and economic hardship is overtaking everyone in a constant reminder that things will get worse and that Assad is leading the country off a cliff.

The “Friends of Syria” conference will be held in Tunis on Friday. It is still unclear which countries will be represented. One can assume that the Gulf countries, Egypt, Turkey, Europeans, and the US will be there, as well as the SNC. Will the Free Syrian Army be invited to send representatives? Will other military leaders turn up?

US General Dempsey said that it was “premature” to arm the opposition. In all likelihood, Washington will want to go slow on supplying weapons to opposition leaders – after all, whom would it give them to? The SNC seems too divided and too weak. Also, Saudi, Turkey and the US are unlikely to agree on whom to arm. Most importantly, however, the US has been unable to control events in the Middle Easter countries that have gone through regime-change. Washington’s record of picking winners is dismal. Ahmad Chalabi and the Iraqi National Congress did not work out. Hamid Karzai? Few give him long odds of surviving US withdrawal. Bashir Gemayyel did not do well in Lebanon, if one goes back a few decades.

Washington may be well advised to hang back from supplying more than humanitarian and communications assistance for the time being. It will get a better sense of which leaders are able to speak for most Syrians in the future. If it backs one leader or party today, others may emerge tomorrow only to feel slighted or to turn for help from America’s competitors. Washington will not be able to change boats in mid-stream. What is more, the success and growing strength of the Syrian revolution suggests that Assad is unlikely to win. Support for the Syrian opposition is a humanitarian issue but not a strategic issue, if one calculates in a heartless fashion. The revolution will win on its own. Who knows, Syrians may even be the better for it?

العقوبات وحدها لن تُجدي by Nikolaos van Dam in All4Syria.

معظم الدول الغربية تفكّر من منظور العدالة وهي محقة في ذلك لأن هناك أشياء فظيعة تحدث في سوريا ولكن يجب عليهم أن يفكروا بطريقة للحل وهذا مالم يحدث على الأقل حتى الان.

– اختار الغرب العقوبات فهل ترى أن ذلك مجدٍ ؟
أنا أتفهم فرض العقوبات ولكنني أخشى أن تكون هذه العقوبات بدون النتائج المأمولة، إذا كنت ترغب بالسيطرة على الموقف فعليك أن لا تقطع التواصل المباشر لأنّ العقوبات بمفردها لن تكون مجدية.

– هل استخدمت روسيا الفيتو اذاً من أجل الحفاظ على القنوات مفتوحة مع النظام في سوريا ؟
يعتقد الروس أنه من المبكر اجراء التصويت على قرار في مجلس الأمن، وكانوا يعتزمون إجراء حوار مع الأسد في نفس الاسبوع كما كان لديهم مشاكل مع هذا القرار والذي يشير الى ضرورة تنحي الأسد لأن أي شيء يدعوا الى تغيير النظام هو قرارمشبوه بالنسبة لموسكو.

– هل للسيناريو الليبي حيث وافقت روسيا على التدخل تأثير عن موقف روسيا الحالي ؟
نعم بكل تأكيد ..فقد شاهدت روسيا كيف تم تحوير وتفسير قرار مجلس الأمن، فالقرار بدأ بمنطقة حظر طيران وانتهى بتغيير النظام من خلال الدعم العسكري لحلف الأطلسي، كما يعتقد الروس أنّ على الأمم المتحدة أن تدين العنف من قبل جميع الأطراف وليس من طرف النظام فقط…..

Ehsani on Aleppo:

Schools in Aleppo have been receiving bomb threats. Some have closed till march 6 (french school and Icarda). My sister pulled her kids out of the school on Thursday. Aleppo has lots of streets closed. Military and security everywhere. Ugly stuff. Just heart breaking.

Basma Qudmani speaks with 5 Israeli authors on French TV – this video has been circulating heavily on activist networks. Rumor is that it has been put out by Islamists within the SNC to delegitimize her and the liberals in the SNC.

She says approvingly that Egypt has an emerging civil society that has nothing to do with Islam. She says that Arabs need Israel’s existance.

This video is another expression of the tense battle being waged between the two wings of the SNC: Islamists and liberals. On Feb 15, Burhan Ghalioun’s term as leader of the SNC was extended by two months. He is a noted liberal, who like Qudmani has lived some three decades in Paris. It is noteworthy that the executive council of the SNC could agree to extend his term by only two months. Mechanisms for deciding on leadership are yet to be completely worked out. In the meantime, the liberals of the SNC seem to have the upper hand. Islamists put forward Haytham Maleh as their candidate. He is a human rights lawyer who has had a storied career defending activists in Syria. He has spend decades in prison himself and is fearless. He is in his 80s.

بسمة قضماني: العرب “بح اجة” لوجود “اسرائيل”!! ( فيديو)

Syrian opposition invited to Tunis conference
AFP

Syrian opposition groups will take part in an international conference on the crisis in Syria on Friday, Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem said, warning against an “Iraqi scenario”.

Abdessalem said participants at the Rome meeting of the so-called “5+5” states had agreed on the need to defend Syria’s territorial unity: “We don’t want an Iraqi scenario… We have to preserve the integrity of Syria.”

“I don’t think any Arab country is going to ask for military intervention (in Syria). European countries don’t want it either,” he said.

Referring to the “Friends of Syria” conference on Friday, he added: “We believe that on the 24th of this month, we shall send a strong message to the Syrian government.”

Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi said of the meeting: “It has to be inclusive. Of course the opposition has to be present.”

Abdessalem had said in Tunis on Friday that the SNC, the largest opposition group in strife-ridden Syria, would not be officially represented at the conference.

Trade with the US Falls 31 Percent over Sanctions – Syria Report

Syria’s Inflation Rate Doubled in December, 13-02-2012 Syria Report

Syria’s official inflation rate almost doubled in December, partially reflecting the steep increase in prices witnessed in the local market in recent weeks.

The Syrian Pound has remained stable since the beginning of February, trading at around 72 pounds per US Dollar in black market dealings.

Syria’s private banking sector saw a decline of some 13.5 percent in total assets last year although it managed to increase revenues and profits, largely on the back of foreign currency revaluations.

Poultry Farming Impacted by Revolution– Syria Report

…steep increase in the prices of eggs and chicken in the local market. Input prices, in particular for corn and soybean, which are used as feed for chicken, have risen. So has increased the cost of petroleum coke used for heating. One other factor that has impacted the industry is the current unrest. Indeed, most poultry farms are located in the Governorates of Homs, Hama and Rural Damascus, which are the hotbeds of the current popular revolt gripping Syria. …

According to some estimates, the number of people whose livelihood depends on the sector is around 1 million. The FCA estimates the average annual growth of the sector in the last decade at 15 percent. Last year, exports stood at around 1.24 billion eggs, or 35 percent of total production; Iraq is Syria’s main export market, the FCA report said.

2 judicial officials assassinated in Syria – LA Times

A judge and lawyer, along with their driver, are reportedly killed in Idlib. Across Syria, at least 20 are slain, including nine in Homs, the opposition says.

Syrian troops have massed around Homs as top US Officer says Arming Opposition Premature

The top US military officer, General Martin Dempsey, said any intervention in Syria would be “very difficult” and that it was “premature” to arm the unrest-swept country’s opposition movement.

And China’s influential People’s Daily warned any Western support for Syria’s rebels would lead to a “large-scale civil war”.

Activists and Syrian state media reported at least 14 people were killed on Sunday, adding to the more than 6000 people who have died in President Bashar al-Assad’s 11-month crackdown on dissent.

“Infantry troops arrived yesterday (Sunday) in Homs,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said by phone on Monday.

A Homs-based activist voiced fears of an imminent attack on Baba Amr, the main rebel stronghold in the central city, speaking of “unprecedented military reinforcements coming from Damascus”….

Tribal bonds strengthen the Gulf’s hand in a new Syria – The National
by Hassan Hassan,

Will the “tribal crescent” that extends from northern Syria to western Iraq and Jordan down to the Gulf, replace the Shia crescent? Underlying all the other complexities of Syria, ancient tribal allegiances that pre-date national boundaries add an additional layer of motivations…

details about the protest movement in Al Jazira show that the hold of the tribes remains strong. In the early months of protests, there was friction among the tribes on how to react. Al Jarrah, one of the powerful clans in the city of Al Bukamal, and a part of the Egaidat confederation, is led by a government official, who even armed some of the clan’s members to quell protests. This pushed another prominent tribe in the confederation, Al Dandal, to mediate between the government and young protesters, in an effort that failed. By then, some protesters had begun arming themselves and shooting at security forces

The chief of the Egaidat, who has influence across the tribes in the confederation, asked the pro-government leader to disarm his people and stop working with the security forces. Finally, tribal leaders on all sides agreed to prevent clashes with the security forces and to not interfere in the protests.

Other leaders have refused to take part in the protest movement because they feel it is their responsibility to protect their clan. Abdullah Ghadawi, a political editor for the Saudi newspaper Okaz who is from Al Bukamal, told me one tribal leader had said that he was against the regime but he could not endanger his tribe by fighting. For the same reason, heads of families say they stand by President Bashar Al Assad only to discourage their children from taking part in protests. A similar scenario plays out in Suwaida and Raqqa, where there have been few protests.

This influence will remain strong for the foreseeable future. Politicians may be drawn from the ranks of the educated younger generation, unlike in the past when members of parliament were almost all tribal leaders, but the latter will still be respected

Another possible trend that favours Gulf influence in Syria is the growing prominence of Salafism (as opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has strong links to Turkey). Salafism is increasing especially in tribal areas, partly because of the return of Syrians who have worked in the Gulf.

How the Gulf states will use these levers of influence remains to be seen, however. “Saudi Arabia has a limited understanding of the nature and diversity of the Syrian opposition,” said Emile Hokayem, a Middle East analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, “and risks espousing too closely the perspective of its tribal and Wahhabi interlocutors.” Riyadh risks overreliance on the tribes, which remain largely divided

But if these links are harnessed, the Gulf states’ influence will extend from the north of Syria to western Iraq and Jordan, creating a “tribal crescent” in place of Iran’s “Shia crescent” that today extends from Iran to Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Video: ‘No NATO military action in Syria’

Syria ‘disintegrating under crippling sanctions’
19 February 2012

Free Syrian Army members in Idlib, 18 FebOne of Syria’s leading businessmen says its economy is being crippled by foreign sanctions and that the government is slowly disintegrating.

Faisal al-Qudsi, the son of a former Syrian president, told the BBC the military action could only last six months and then there would be “millions of people on the streets”.

But he said President Bashar al-Assad’s government would fight to the end.

The 11-month uprising against Mr Assad has claimed thousands of lives.

Human rights groups have put the figure at more than 7,000, while the government says at least 2,000 members of the security forces have been killed combating “armed gangs and terrorists”.

The violence continued on Saturday, when Syrian troops fired on mourners during a funeral that turned into a mass demonstration in Damascus. Activists say at least one person was killed there and some 20 across the country.

‘Catch 22’:  Speaking to the BBC’s Weekend World Today programme, Mr Qudsi said the economy had been crippled by sanctions and that although Iran was sending money, it was not enough.

An Iraqi fighter in Syria’s civil war – Independent

In Syria, Opposition Struggles To Gain Foreign Support
February 20, 2012 – Stratfor
Summary

Despite several efforts to come together, Syria’s opposition groups remain fractured. There are two viable groups that the West could work with, the Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Committee, but they have incompatible views on how to oust the regime and neither has the clear support of Syria’s protesters. Unless they can overcome their differences, the opposition groups are unlikely to receive the international support they need to overthrow the regime in Damascus.

Analysis

Since the beginning of the unrest in Syria, a propaganda war has raged between the regime of President Bashar al Assad and the various opposition groups. The Syrian regime has portrayed itself as united and strong and the opposition as radical terrorists. Meanwhile, the opposition has claimed that the regime is splintering and that the opposition is strong and capable of replacing it. Perception is important because the Syrian opposition cannot succeed in ousting the al Assad regime without the support of the Syrian people and foreign governments.

But the reality is that despite extensive efforts to unite, Syria’s opposition groups remain fractured. Of the 14 or more opposition groups in the country, only two, the Syrian National Council (SNC) and the National Coordination Committee (NCC), are being considered by the West as feasible groups to work with to bring about democratic change inside Syria.

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351. ghawar said:

HEY SECTARIAN SYRIACOMMENTERS:

Christians are taking part in this revolution! GOD DAMNIT! In villages of reef Homs, and elsewhere.

I have seen statistics that around 700 Christians have been killed by the regime. IS 700 GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU?

If there are 9000 total Martyrs that would be 8% of the Martyrs.

80-90% of Christians I know in Damascus hate the killing and this regime. One can ask why the Christians do not come out in Damascus, in the Qasaa and Bab Touma.

But the same can be asked of Kurds in Rukn al deen. There is alot of fear! It isn’t complicity.

Just because your SECTARIAN MINDS SEARCH FOR CO-CONSPIRATORS, doesn’t mean they exist.

http://ar-ar.facebook.com/Christian.rebels

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February 23rd, 2012, 11:27 am

 

352. ann said:

Destroying Syria is more important than creating jobs at home and the US economy!

GOP debate features Syria over jobs – 02/23/2012

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/gop-debate-features-syria-over-jobs-adlestein-for-president-and-a-final-fact-check-read-this-roundup/2012/02/23/gIQAWTDOVR_blog.html

The Post’s nifty Debate Tracker has some interesting statistics on last night’s GOP gabfest. According to the analysis of the most-uttered words during the debate, “Syria” came up more often than “jobs” or “economy,” which didn’t break into the top 25 words. (“Voted” was the most used word; conservative was second—and just for reference, “children” was 15th.)

[…]

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February 23rd, 2012, 11:35 am

 

353. OFF THE WALL said:

A new more than brilliant post by Amal Hanano on Jadaliyya.

The Real me and the Hypothetical Syrian Revolution Part I. by Amal Hanano

Excerpts (hardly sufficient…..)

Supporters of the regime like to demeaningly describe the Syrian revolution as iftiraadiyyeh, hypothetical, “a virtual revolution,” fueled by outside forces far from Syrian streets (thus, Syrian interests). They mark the protesters as traitors falling prey to a “universal conspiracy” against Syria’s sovereignty……..[read more]

The YouTube clips are described as “pictures” by some journalists like Robert Fisk and Patrick Cockburn. “Pictures,” a carefully chosen, archaic term that alludes slyly to the reel not the real; directed, acted, cinematic. Were they not real even when these videos were made in front of the Arab League monitors? Were they not real even when filmed by independent journalists who have finally entered Syria (albeit on extremely short visas and even shorter government-controlled leashes)?…….[read more]

For some, the “conspiracy” also threatens to kill what is called the last vestige of Arab “resistance.” Resistance against what? Most Syrians would say the Assad regime has never resisted anything but the Syrian people’s aspirations. (But most Syrians never understood or appreciated their country’s all-important “regional” political role. They were too busy enduring Assad & son’s domestic policies.) …… [read more]

Syrian supporters of the regime know very well what it feels like to play pretend. It’s apparent in the new, popular chant, “We will be your shabbiha forever, ya Assad.” For decades, Syrians chanted “We sacrifice our souls and our blood for you, ya Assad.” I never thought I would feel nostalgic for that chant, but I am. As insincere it as it was, it meant that we were willing to sacrifice what we were, as we were, our souls and blood, for the leader. This new chant viciously takes subserviency to another level. It expresses the willingness of the people to become something criminal—the despised, ruthless thugs for the regime. To become something they are not…..[read more]

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February 23rd, 2012, 11:45 am

 

354. Revlon said:

Injured Journalist Paul Conry speakes from underground place in Baba Amr, Homs.
He pleads for medical assistance from the outside world.

الصحفي بول كونري يتكلم عن وضعه داخل باباعمرو
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9v2x5EouS8&feature=youtu.be
Uploaded by syriapioneer on Feb 23, 2012
دعواتكم بالمغفرة والرحمة للشهيد رامي السيد مؤسس القناة والشبكة
شبكة أخبار الثورة في باباعمرو

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February 23rd, 2012, 11:46 am

 

355. ghufran said:

تونس ـ قالت مصادر تونسية مطّلعة إنّ القصر الرئاسي بسيدي الظريف إحدى الضواحي الشمالية لتونس العاصمة، قد يتم بيعه الى زوجة أمير قطر الشيخة موزة، على ما نقلت صحيفة “الشروق” التونسية.

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February 23rd, 2012, 11:48 am

 

356. Mina said:

Thursday, February 23, 2012
A poet arrested in Saudi Arabia
Saudi government arrested Saudi poet and photographer, Habib Al-Ma`atiq. No reason was given. I received the information from Saudi opposition sources inside the kingdom. Please spread the news.
http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2012/02/poet-arrested-in-saudi-arabia.html

By the way, Qatar is no better: it is still forbidden to import books in your suitcase or in boxes when you move in, unless thoroughly inspected. Materials on marxism, history of religions, comparative religions, are forbidden. Having very high connections could probably help.

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February 23rd, 2012, 11:53 am

 

357. OFF THE WALL said:

GHAWAR @ 326
You revived my spirit with your post. Thank you. I will cut and paste your post on 7ee6an.

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February 23rd, 2012, 11:54 am

 

358. Revlon said:

Local Coordination Committees in Syria
23/02/2012
46 minutes ago
http://www.facebook.com/LCCSy

The number of Syrian martyrs today has risen to 61 martyrs, including 17 unidentified corpses,10 children, a media activist, and a defected soldier. 24 martyrs in Hama 18 martyrs in Idlib, 9 martyrs in Deir Ezzor,2 in Homs, 3 martyrs from Qonaiterah, 2 martyrs from Raqqah,2 martyrs in Daraa and one martyr in each of Douma in Damascus Suburbs and Aleppo.

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February 23rd, 2012, 11:54 am

 

359. ghufran said:

yes,many christians were killed since March,2011 and yes most Christians do not like the regime,that is probably true for most Syrians,however,the answer whether that is enough for those people to back the SNC and the militia has been NO so far. Only a dialogue with a compromise from all parties can end this crisis.
Article-3 in the draft does not reassure christians,it actually confirms their fear that they will be second class citizens in the new Syria.

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February 23rd, 2012, 12:03 pm

 

360. Revlon said:

Syrian Revolution Coordinators Union
23/02/2012
about an hour ago

احصائية رسمية صادرة عن اتحاد تنسيقيات الثورة السوري
The official, total count of martyrs of the Syrian revolution as of today is 9073.

بلغ عدد شهداء ثورة الكرامة في سوريا حتى تاريخ 23-2-2012 حوالي 9073 شهيد موزعين على المحافظات السورية كالتالي:
3712 حمص
1392 إدلب
1046 درعا
935 حماة
837 ريف دمشق
372 دير الزور
230 اللاذقية
202 دمشق
152 حلب
62 طرطوس
57 القنيطرة
48 الحسكة
22 الرقة
6 السويداء

رابط الأحصائية بصيغة بي دي اف
https://docs.google.com/​open?id=0B309uNBjvGnkZmM2Mz​UzYjktMGY3Mi00YjI2LThmN2Yt​YmVkNGFlYmNjZDNh

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February 23rd, 2012, 12:07 pm

 

361. SC Moderation said:

[NOTE to Dawoud. Your posts badgering the moderator are under review. They will be released with comment later today. Thanks for your patience. Please observe the letter and intent of Syria Comment Rules and Regulations, and address your complaints directly to the Moderator email address provided. ]

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February 23rd, 2012, 12:14 pm

 

362. Revlon said:

340. ghufran
((Article-3 in the draft does not reassure christians,it actually confirms their fear that they will be second class citizens in the new Syria.)).

Excuse me!
But that is not in the draft constitution of “new Syria”
It is in the draft consstitution of the dead Assad, and the dying Jr’s regime. No!

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February 23rd, 2012, 12:14 pm

 

363. irritated said:

#307 Tara

“We tried yesterday to transfer the whole hospital towards Damascus but we were stopped on the road;”

Who stopped them? Why is he so vague?

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February 23rd, 2012, 12:18 pm

 

364. jad said:

Moderator, do your job right before asking others to not to reply to sectarian provocation:

192. DAWOUD said:

RE: Editing my earlier comment # 147 for “discriminatory language”

If my side here is not fully published, I will send an email to Professor Landis explaining my side of the story.
I didn’t name anybody nor used a any racial/ethnic/religious/gender slur. All I did is that I used the “sectarian chauvinism” to describe sectarian leaders, WHOM I DID NOT NAME!

Editing me while I am posting an anti-Bashar comment that criticizes his war crimes against SUNNI MUSLIM SYRIANS is the reason why SC needs “AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.”
I say it again, this blog is SLANTED against the Syrian Revolution and against SUNNI MUSLIMS IN SYRIA.
This is not “another blog” because Professor Landis is well-recognized and well-quoted on Syria. If his blog is slanted, it could affect the general perception on the ongoing events in Syria.

PS, I do type my comments in MS Word, and I save them in case I need to defend myself against any accusations!

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196. TARA said:

Dawoud

Moderated or not, the bare truth is Alawis in Syria are killing Sunnis while Christians clapping and cheering under a pretext of imaginery fear of persecution should Sunnis come to power. It is to say the least a selfish and coward attitude if not criminal.

In the same time, I do acknowledge the fact that some Alawis and some Christians are with the revolution, but the vast majority are not while some Sunnis are criminal too.

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203. TARA said:

Majed

This will go down in history as a shameful episode for Syrian Christians.

SL and Haytham, I am sorry. You should know you are noble in my book, having been able to see through and not getting herded. I am not generalizing this to all, but one can’t ignore the facts on the grounds.

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310. DAWOUD said:

RE: My earlier Comment # 207

These are general replies to some of your earlier comments regarding my # 207.

241. ANTOINE
We Syrians are proud/honored if our revolution against Bashar the Murderer is called “intifada.” You seem to side with the Zionist occupier in this comment. Being a Christian should make you ask: “what would Jesus have done?” Do you thing that Jesus عليه السلام would have sided with Bashar the Muderer agains the innocents of Baba Amr, Der’a, Hama, etc.?
As Tara said earlier, the majority of Syria’s Christians are cheering for Alawi terrorists killing Sunni Muslims! There are aslo Christian radical terrorists like Defense Minister Rajha! The term “terrorist” should not only be used to describe Muslims. There are Christian “terrorists, ” Jewish “terrorists,” Alawi “terrorists,” etc.
It happens to be the case now that most terror is committed in Syria AGAINST SUNNI MULSIMS by Alawis and Christians (Rajha), etc.

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February 23rd, 2012, 12:21 pm

 

365. jad said:

….

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February 23rd, 2012, 12:32 pm

 

366. jad said:

More about the ‘forced’ defected play of ‘kidnapped’ Syrian army officer and some vague news about Adnan Bakour:

قصة الطيار واصل أيوب : شريط جديد يكشف الجانب الخفي للعديد من عمليات “الإنشقاق” المزعومة في الجيش السوري

حمص ، الحقيقة (خاص): كشف شريط جديد نشر يوم أمس على شبكة “يوتيوب” جانبا مهما من عمليات “الانشقاق “المزعومة التي يعلن عنها ما يسمى”الجيش السوري الحر” بين وقت وآخر. ففي الشريط ( المنشور جانبا) يظهر النقيب الطيار واصل محمد أيوب وهو يقرأ بيان “انشقاقه” من كومبيوتر ـ لابتوب كما أملي عليه . وحين يصل إلى عبارة ” وهذه هويتي” ، تمتد يد شخص آخر لتظهر هويته أمام عدسة الكاميرا! للوهلة الأولى يحار المرء لماذا يقوم شخص آخر بهذه الحركة ، وليس الطيار نفسه! ولكن حين يدقق المشاهد في الصورة يكتشف أن الطيار مقيّد اليدين بـ”كلبشة” بلاستيكية بيضاء ، ويضعهما في حضنه!
http://youtu.be/IZUpxSlKgQQ
…..
الطيار ، وببساطة شديدة ، جرى اختطافه وإرغامه على الإدلاء ببيان “انشقاقه” رغما عنه! وهذا ما حصل مع العشرات من العسكريين والمدنيين الذين جرى اختطافهم وإرغامهم على قراءة بيانات” انشقاق” ليعثر عليهم بعد يوم أو يومين مقتولين على قارعة الطريق أو في مكبات النفايات بعد التمثيل بجثثهم ! ونأمل أن لا يكون مصير المغدور واصل أيوب عل هذا النحو.

على صعيد متصل ، تمكنت “الحقيقة” بعد عدة أشهر من ” المطاردة الإلكترونية” من الكشف عن مصير المحامي (النائب) العام في محافظة حماة عدنان بكور ، الذي كان آخر ظهور له في تشرين الأول / أكتوبر الماضي من خلال شريط مقتضب لا يتجاوز طوله بضع ثوان! كما وتمكنت”الحقيقة” من تحديد أكثر من جهة ، شخصية واعتبارية، متورطة في عملية اختطافه . وستنشر”الحقيقة” خلاصة تحقيقها والأدلة التي حصلت عليها قريبا . وهي إذ تمتنع عن نشر التحقيق الآن ، فلأسباب أمنية تتعلق به وبالخاطفين!

http://www.syriatruth.org/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1/%D8%A3%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A3%D8%AE%D8%B1%D9%89/tabid/94/Article/6771/Default.aspx

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February 23rd, 2012, 12:36 pm

 

367. jad said:

Rebel forces armed by wealthy exiles
JUSTIN VELA

As Syria slides towards a civil war, a wealthy Syrian exile is racing to provide additional arms and ammunition to the loosely organised bands of rebels fighting under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Abu Qotaiba, a nom de guerre, has lived for the past 19 years in a wealthy Gulf country. He told The Independent he was buying weapons from arms dealers in Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan and sending them into Syria, despite the cost of an AK-47 rising from about $300 to about $1,500. “Now is a chance for [dealers] to sell them at a high price,” Abu Qotaiba said.

Earlier this week, US Senator John McCain told reporters that there were ways to get weapons to the Syrian opposition without direct US involvement. “People that are being massacred deserve to have the ability to defend themselves,” he said.

Others have cautioned that providing arms risks fanning the flames of civil war. Yet, Abu Qotaiba says the time for only peaceful protests is over. A few weeks ago, he and a group of Syrians travelled to Libya and secured a large cache of assault rifles, ammunition, some rockets and body armour. “Wherever there are the weapons we can use to defend ourselves, we will use them,” he said. “If no one helps us we will try to overthrow him [Assad] no matter how much it costs. We will defend ourselves.”
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/rebel-forces-armed-by-wealthy-exiles-7320510.html

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February 23rd, 2012, 12:59 pm

 

368. Ghufran said:

Dear moderator,
I am glad some of my posts are out of jail,I actually posted more than half a dozen posts that never saw the light, the ones without a link were just for testing purposes.
Revlon, who are you kidding?
Do you really believe an Islamist regime will abolish article-3? Please respect our intelligence.

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February 23rd, 2012, 1:04 pm

 

369. bronco said:

#309 Tara

“Moubarak , Zein Abdeen, and even Yaman’s Saleh resigned to preserve their country. Didn’t they?”

None of these had around 50% of the country supporting them, the largest cities in the country on their side, a cohesive army still on their side and facing a disunited opposition infiltrated by islamic terrorists. In addition they were strong ally to the USA that is supporting Israel expansion on Arab lands.

There is no comparison possible.

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February 23rd, 2012, 1:31 pm

 
 

371. DAWOUD said:

# 342 SC Moderators

I will send an email as soon as I have more time (maybe tomorrow morning US EST) to Professor Landis and CC it to Ehsani and Mr. Okraji. It will explain my perceived “provocative” tone. For now, please keep in mind the following points:
– Everything I say is my opinion, which does not mean that anybody has to believe in it. Does it mean that Prof. Landis has to have an “affirmative action” policy? Of course not! But, it’s my right to voice my opinion against any slant when there are those on this blog who question whether Bashar is a dictator. And others who claim that Hamza al-Khateeb was killed by Saudi terrorists!
-I don’t care what anybody’s religion/sect is, but both factors have unfortunately become relevant to the ongoing Syrian revolt. When Prof. Fawaz Gergis on CNN’s GPS describes that on his recent visit to Syria he found Syrian Christians loyal to Bashar, we need to discuss it here. Surely, it has to be done without generalizations and threats of violence and racism. I have always done this discussion in a responsible manner.
-MORE will be said in the email
Best,
Dawoud

PS., thanks to our brother sisters in occupied/besieged Gaza for their anti -Bashar rally:
انشودة يلا ارحل يا بشار بنسخة غزاوية

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February 23rd, 2012, 4:52 pm

 

372. Mina said:

Ali Abdallah Saleh did not exactly resign: his sons are still in charge of the security apparatuses and he threatens to come back for the passation with his own former vice president, a military just like him who has been in charge since 1994. Saleh still had a huge capacity of nuisance which he demonstrates daily in the south after the army has passed weapons to the local islamists.
Neither Mubarak nor Ben Ali resigned “self-willingly”: they were trapped by people close to them, so you can rather speak of a coup in both case.

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February 23rd, 2012, 5:00 pm

 

373. ghufran said:

BBC
نتائج الاستفتاء
هل انتهى عهد الديكتاتوريات في العالم العربي؟

نعم

32%

لا

68%

عدد الأصوات 1323

تنبيه

النتائج تعكس آراء المشاركين فقط وليست قياسا للرأي العام

[Please supply links to offsite material]

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February 23rd, 2012, 9:26 pm

 

374. Leo Syriacus said:

Hi Ann..#251 I guess,
Martin Luther King Jr may have not known of depleted uranium nor phosphorus bombs..yet I think he would have loved using them if they would have brought equality and freedom to his enslaved African American community in the early 60’s
Since you have a Xinhua Fetish with its GREAT and accurate reporting how would his Holiness the Dalai Lama think of these weapons? I am sure the communist Chinese have used them in Tibet
Freedom For Tibetans..Freedom For Syrians..Freedom For All Humans

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February 23rd, 2012, 9:45 pm

 

375. Mariam said:

Any idea why Ghufran is unable to post?

[Moderator Note – Apologies to Ghufran Two of his posts were put to moderation to add missing URL references, but the links were not immediately added at the time. This put subsequent posts under moderation also. We regret the error.

Please bear in mind that no moderator can work 24 hours.]

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February 23rd, 2012, 9:46 pm

 

376. Tara said:

[Edited provocative remarks. Note from Moderator – please do not personalize discussion. Avoid accusations against individual commentators.

I urge all commentators to be responsible and civil when addressing other commentator’s arguments or claims.

Please, everyone, do not edge into personal provocation or imputations of personal guilt or responsibility. Do not associate commentators with crimes because of presumed membership or support of any group — be the group political, activist, religious, national or ethnic.

I ask everyone to refrain from escalating any disagreements they may have. Attack an argument or claim, not the person.]

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February 23rd, 2012, 9:46 pm

 

377. admir said:

[Edited for namecalling, personal attack.]

@ Ghawar #332

take off the 2 zeros off of the ‘700’ number and you have an actual number of christian martyrs to this revolution (who are in opposition).

the 700 numbers is made up and if there were a list of the 700 most of it would be christians who died serving in the army or government (i.e. WITH assad).
SO NO, 7 IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME!

and 7 out of the total 7000 martyrs (removing the minimum number of martyrs from the government side) gives 0.1% of christians martyred for the revolution (on the rebel/salafist side)

you say ’80-90% of Christians I know in Damascus hate the killing and this regime’, how many christians do you know out of the total population of christians in damascus? 0.1%?

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February 23rd, 2012, 9:47 pm

 

378. Leo Syriacus said:

Observer and Irritated
On Fredo Corleone
Irritated..every male friend I had while attending Damascus University 88-94 knew of Fredo Corleone and the Godfather..I would like to think that our percentage was more than 0.0005% of Syrians yet this is difficult to quantify.
The simplified guide for the Godfather Syrian Mafia:
Hafez-Yelaan Rohak-Assad = Vito Corleone
Bassel-99 Names-Assad = Sonny Corleone
Bashar-Baby Killer-Assad = Fredo Corleone
Maher-Super Shabih-Assad = Michael Corleone * apologies to Pacino*
Bushra Assad = Connie Corleone

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February 23rd, 2012, 10:08 pm

 

379. The fearful Syria: collecting accounts in some Alawi villages during the revolution | mabisir ما بيصير said:

[…] middle-upper classes, with the first mass demonstrations in the wealthy Damascene neighbourhood of Mezzeh on 18 February. As shortages of bread and fuel increase, private bank assets decline, tourism […]

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