The Formation of the Syrian National Council – Please note Corrections and Apology (By Ehsani)

Syria experienced three noteworthy events over the past few days. First, the government has by all accounts taken full control of the restive area of Rastan. Second, the son of the country’s Mufti was shot dead together with a university Professor. Third, the opposition launched a joint National Council.

Personal Apology:

As many readers are already aware, an earlier version of this note relied on incorrect information from a fake website. As soon as the error was discovered (thank you SASA), a significant portion of the original post was deleted. The current version completes the corrections. My personal apologies to the readers as I fell victim to the tremendous amount of disinformation that I will have to be more aware of in the future.

Regaining Control over Rastan:

In taking full control of Rastan, the government forces reportedly used overwhelming force. Nearly 250 tanks were reportedly sent in. State news agency SANA summarized the situation by announcing that “stability and calm have been restored” in the town. This is a clear statement that the opposition and army deserters have been defeated and that the fighting has stopped. According to activists, nearly 3000 people have been detained in this rebellious town. The Syrian army has been keen to demonstrate that it will not allow any part of the country to become another Benghazi. Seven months into the uprising, the government’s military control over the country has been unmistakable.

The Attack on Mr. Hassoun’s son:

The attack on the Mufti’s son brought back memories of the early 1980’s. Reporter Nir Rosen continues his outstanding work from Syria. In another fine article of his, Mr. Rosen highlights the parallel with 1979 when the Grand Mufti’s son at the time (Mr. Kaftaru) was also assassinated. As it was the case back then, no one has claimed responsibility for the murders.

The Mufti’s full speech after the death of his son was characterized as “moving” by most listeners.

Special Question to Nir Rosen:

Syria Comment asked Mr. Rosen for his personal view on what he sees as the primary motivation of the opposition and how much of the discontent stems from economic versus sectarian issues. Set below is his reply which he agreed to share with SC readers:

“ Good question, and hard to answer briefly. Its hard to talk about a unified opposition, and lets start by saying i’m
only discussing the internal opposition, but their motives have evolved and since its a fluid and popular phenomenon it does not have a clear platform.  I dont think they wanted or imagined the downfall of the regime in the beginning, but they sure do now the motives i most often heard were economic, corruption, oppression and
sectarianism it varies according to region and social/economic class many people also turned against the regime once they were confronted by its “wahshiya,” as they said often, in suppressing demonstrations when i asked people they could usually only answer me in general terms, they would say they wanted freedom because of the oppression, but would have trouble elaborating. when pressed they would mention the economy, corruption, specific examples of mukhabarat brutality and violations and finally the unjust distribution of resources and power in favor of alawites (at least in their eyes)”.

The Forming of the Syrian National Council (SNC)

The Syrian National Council was formed on Sunday as an umbrella coalition of opposition figures to the current leadership in Damascus. There will be a general assembly of 190 members who will be elected next month. The council will also have a 29-strong general secretariat representing seven opposition factions. These factions include representatives from the Damascus Declaration group, a pro-democracy network; the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, a banned Islamic political party; various Kurdish factions; the Local Coordination Committees, a group that helps organize and document protests; and other independent and tribal figures.

For now and for security reasons , the organizers disclosed only 72 names of council members. The names of those inside Syria was withheld to protect them.  The meeting did not officially elect a President but treated the Istanbul meeting as an “inaugural meeting”.

The SNC’s first principal is a “commitment to topple the regime” and to stay loyal to the “peaceful nature of the revolution” and the “unity of Syria”. A council member reiterated that they are “against any foreign intervention in their country”.

The SNC’s next goal will be to gain international recognition while it continues to exert both diplomatic and economic pressure on the Syrian regime.  Indeed, Canada, the Netherlands and Japan already sent diplomats as observers to Istanbul’s press conference.


Fall of Syrian regime a ‘matter of time’: US
Agence France Presse

It is “a matter of time” before the Syrian regime headed by President Bashar al-Assad is ousted from power by a popular uprising, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday. Speaking in Tel Aviv after meeting his Israeli counterpart, Panetta said Washington and other foreign capitals had “made clear Assad should step down.”
“While he continues to resist, I think it’s very clear that it’s a matter of time before that (exit) in fact happens. When it does, we don’t know,” he said. The Pentagon chief, in a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Monday, said Assad’s regime had lost all credibility after a brutal crackdown that has killed at least 2,700 people, according to the United Nations. “Anytime you kill your own people as indiscriminately as they have over these last number of months, it’s pretty clear that they have lost their legitimacy as a government,” Panetta said at a news conference with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak. Panetta, who served as CIA director until he took over as defence chief in July, pledged the United States and other countries would keep up pressure on the regime to make way for a government more responsive to the needs of its people.

Barak also said the regime’s days were numbered and that Assad’s fall from power would represent a “major blow” to what he called a “radical axis” of militants in the region supported by Iran.

According to US media reports, American officials are increasingly convinced that Assad’s regime will not survive and are bracing for a possibly violent aftermath.

The New York Times has reported that Washington was quietly working with Ankara to plan for a post-Assad scenario that could see Syria’s various ethnic groups battle for control of the country. Despite calling on Assad to step down, the United States has yet to withdraw its ambassador, Robert Ford, instead using him as a conduit to the opposition and Syria’s disparate ethnic and religious groups.

Last Thursday, a crowd of nearly 100 Syrians chanting hostile slogans tried to storm an office in Damascus where Ford had arrived to meet opposition figure Hassan Abdelazim, officials said.

In response, the US government summoned Syrian ambassador Imad Mustapha to the State Department last week and “read the riot act” to him over the incident, a spokeswoman said. Since mid-March, Syria has been shaken by an unprecedented pro-democracy protest movement that the Assad regime has sought to crush using deadly force. More than 2,700 people have been killed in the unrest, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

Late Sunday, protesters poured onto the streets in a mass show of support for a powerful opposition grouping that was launched in Istanbul, activists said. The Syrian National Council drew “demonstrations of support” in the country’s main protest hubs, including Hama, Homs, Idlib, Daraa, Deir Ezzor and the province of Damas, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The group also said the Syrian army had Sunday “taken complete control” of the central city of Rastan in Homs province, 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Damascus, where fighting had raged between army deserters and Syrian forces.

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101. Ghufran said:

Unlike some thawrajiyyeh here ,I am willing to say yes,what the embassy did was good and we want that to be the norm not the exception.
Our angry fellow,majed,decided that Bashar was my god,I wonder who is your god,Norman,or may be we should ask our outstanding surgeon to assign you a god like me.
راس الحكمه مخافة الله
دم السوريين حرام
الشهاده العلميه بدون أدب ورقة تين تغطي عورة صاحبها و لا تخفي جهله

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October 3rd, 2011, 11:23 pm


102. Ehsani said:

Please note the personal apology above and also the changes made to the section dealing with the formation of the Syria National Council.

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October 3rd, 2011, 11:30 pm


103. Haytham Khoury said:

Dear Ehasani:

There is still a confusion as regard to SNC. The names that you posted the link to are the the names of the council that was announced in Sept. 15, not the new one.

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October 3rd, 2011, 11:39 pm


105. Hans said:

I just talked to a reliable person who just returned from Syria, he informed me that many of the video clips sent out of Syria are being doctored and not much true to stories reported in the gulf or the western media. it is basically meant to spread their propaganda.
Same fabrications I am hearing from SOME of the Doctors who are on this blog, although there are too many Doctors on this blog, but I never asked anyone to doctor me! please you doctors go to work and leave me alone I don’t need your medicine or you doctoring!….
Most of the doctors I know have no common sense, book smart and many never life smart.
Going to medical school doesn’t make you know or meet or be god to tell me who, where, what, is good for me.
Therefore, stick your opinion to yourself and try not to force it on me otherwise I would asked for a dictator doctor.

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October 3rd, 2011, 11:47 pm


106. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

طائرات نظام الاسد تقوم برشّ مواد كميائية تؤثر على الأعصاب والجلد لا تُعرف طبيعتها

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Who are you trying to sell this crap to, the Syrians? They are too smart, no one listen to you, that is why you resorting to lies and terrorism out of frustration. If you are trying to sell it to Americans, Brits, European people, they all sides with Kaddafi and Bashar. They are hoping you get a beating.

They are mad at this kind of lies the Media and government lied to them and they have not only smarted up, but they right away considers you an enemy. You are a Johnny come lately in these shenanigan deceit and fabrications, 3 decades behind, it is going to win you nothing more than animosity.

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October 3rd, 2011, 11:51 pm


107. zoo said:

Dear Anton

You’re welcome. Just let me mention two complementary points.

The only real democratic opposition today is represented by the Third Way group and the political parties that have been created since the new law on political parties has been enacted. They are Syrians and live in Syria.

The so called “National Council” is made of several persons who have Swedish, French, American, Australian and other nationalities.
For example, Mr Ghalioun and Mrs Bassma are French citizen.

In order to be part of a “Syrian resistance” with a legitimate political role, I expect them to officially renounce to their foreign nationality. Otherwise they have a conflict of interests. No politician worldwide is allowed to have a double nationality.

Until they announce their intention to renounce to their foreign nationality, any of their declaration should be considered by Syrian nationals as originated from a foreigner therefore illegitimate and void.

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October 3rd, 2011, 11:59 pm


108. Syrian Nationalist Party said:


“……….The only chance for the opposition is to join the political process that is underway in Syria,…”

How you can do it with an obsolete Political Party law, Obsolete Elections Laws and Obsolete,,, hell everything obsolete.

“….Any no fly zone over Syria is an act of war that Syria will respond to overwhelming force on the opposition…”

And he will get away with it because then the Public in Syria will pretty much have it and can see that this an IRAQ redoes with all the lies, fabrication and end game.
“………and no i is not chemical weapons….”

Yes there is, all the poisons are stored in the brains of those non-Syrians sabotaging yet another Spring and turning it to a devastation.

“……………If adults are not found in Syria to reach a political system and road map for free election, Syria is going down a civil war,…….”

The opposition are so small in numbers you can count them by the head. They are too dumb to be able to become a critical mass. They will never be able to mass the population around them, especially for a violent end like Civil War. Syrians are smart people and will not be dragged to that end. That said… Bashar Assad is making serious mistakes not advancing real reforms. He had plenty of times to do it, and did practically nothing other than reform that suited his Baathist buddies. If you want to blame anyone for all the mess now, you can blame him in my opinion.

“……….For all the people that think that there is any chance for defeating the government, the Baath party and the army are dreaming…….”

Worse than that, they are killing the dream of all Syrians, killing their dreams and hope, opportunity for change. But that is what this is starting to look more like it, a deliberate tactic to hijack the Syrian Spring, supplant it and hijack it with a bunch of sadistic neocon OGER trained bloody Shreks, the dumbest people on earth.

“………they take that very seriously as the Syrian Arab nationalistic army……..”

They are foreigners; they are clueless and dumbfounded why Syrians are not listening to them. Not aware that the message and tactic are obsolete, culturally reject able or plain stupid in the eyes of Syrians.

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October 4th, 2011, 12:18 am


109. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

ADMIN- Thanks, why ruin a good comment with that line anyway.

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October 4th, 2011, 12:26 am


110. syau said:

“Only in Syria”

Ya Mara Ghalba,

Sorry, I’m not aware of any blogs in Australia that comment on Syria in English at the moment. If I come across any, I’ll let you know.

Haytham Khouri,

Pure propaganda, the same type of propaganda and lies we have become accustomed to during this revolution of terror.

By the way,Future news employees have only just recently been paid their July wages. Their reports are as bankrupt as the network.

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October 4th, 2011, 12:38 am


112. John Khouri said:


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October 4th, 2011, 2:44 am


113. John khouri said:

Everyone should watch this. A resident of Hama curses sheik arour for the misery he brought upon the people of that city

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October 4th, 2011, 4:04 am


114. Second Home said:

@ 107. Zoo about Third Way and Foreign Nationalities:

By what means is “third way” democratically legitimized? Has anyone voted for them? Are they especially democratic as they mostly are current or actual regime members?

If you denounce the political legitimacy of persons with double citizenship, then you have to ask the majority of the Syrian regime and so called “elite” to step down from office and functions as they have the habit of aquiring at least one additional nationality – just in case something happens and life could be more comfortable somewere else.

Finally, it is complete nonsense that no politician worldwide is allowed to have dual nationalities. If the countries laws allow for dual nationalities, then it would be unconstitutional to hinder someone from aquiring a political office.

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October 4th, 2011, 4:29 am


115. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Dear Ehsani,

You don’t have to apologize. Gathering information on Syria is extremely difficult, and the propaganda machines on both sides, the regime and the opposition, are working full time. It’s not your fault. You’re doing great work. Thank you for that!

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October 4th, 2011, 7:24 am


116. Tara said:

Zoo @ 107

You said:

“The so called “National Council” is made of several persons who have Swedish, French, American, Australian and other nationalities.
For example, Mr Ghalioun and Mrs Bassma are French citizen.

In order to be part of a “Syrian resistance” with a legitimate political role, I expect them to officially renounce to their foreign nationality. Otherwise they have a conflict of interests.”

Has Asmaa Assad renounced her British citizenship before becoming the first lady?

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October 4th, 2011, 7:27 am


117. Akbar Palace said:

What would it take for a Menhebak to turn against Athad NewZ

That’s why we have large support for the ASSAD regime inside Syria, it is not because people have not suffered the regime brutality over the years, but people inside see the dirty work is being planned by the pigs of Israel, Turks and with the blessing of the USA and the EU all under fake slogans of freedom and democracy.


So correct me if I am wrong, but are you saying Syrians should continue to “suffer the regime brutality” because some perceived “dirty work is being planned” from other countries?

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October 4th, 2011, 7:31 am


118. Silent Bob said:

Syrian government abolishes the widely criticized import-control law

وزير الاقتصاد: بديل القرار السابق..المصرف المركزي لن يمول الجزء الأكبر من مستوردات القطاع الخاص

This means that now, everyone will go the ‘illegal’ black market, and the true price of the USD against SYP will be finally revealed. I bet it will be much more than 1:50…

This also means that if you’re importing in Syria, you’re pretty much always breaking the law trying to get foreign currency.

What implications do you guys think this will have on the Syrian economy?

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October 4th, 2011, 7:35 am


119. Louai said:

if you wonder why Homs look and sound sad here is a sample, of the news from the last 24 hours only, that is the daily course homes had to bear since the start of the revolution .

اليوم في الساعة الخامسة صباحاً تم اطلاق سراح الفتيات الأربعة و الشابين الذين تم اختطافهم بالأمس (ركاب السرفيس المخطوف ) و قد وصلوا جميعهم سالمين إلى منزل ذويهم في الساعة السادسة صباحاً

و لا صحة لما قاله مراسل شام إف إم في حمص بأن الشابين اللذين كانا مخطوفين ضمن ركاب السرفيس قد عثر على جثتيهما

الجثتين اللتين تكلم عنهما هما الجثتين اللتين تم إلقاءهما ليل أمس أمام مستوصف الباسل في الإسكان العسكري و لم يتم التعرف على هويتهما حتى الآن
أما بالنسبة لموضوع تحرير الشابين المخطوفين الذي سبق و نشرناه فقد قمنا بعد تضارب الأخبار عن تحرير الشابين بالتحري الدقيق عن الموضوع فتوجهنا إلى منزل أحد الشابين المحررين و يدعى أحمد العلي الذي أخبرنا أن الشاب الآخر يدعى وسيم قد تم اقتياده إلى جهة مجهولة من قبل المسلحين قبل عملية تحريرهم و ما يزال مفقوداً حتى الآن ، والشاب أحمد العلي روى لنا كيف تم تعذيبه و ضربه حيث تم إسعافه للمشفى بعد تحريره مع البنات الأربعة و لكن الحمد لله هو بحالة جيدة الآن و في منزله بين أهله،
نأكد أن الجثتين اللتين تكلمت عنهما شام إف إم لا تعودان لأي من الشابين المخطوفين بالسرفيس و إنما هي نفس الجثتين اللتين تم إلقاءهما أمام مستوصف الباسل في الإسكان العسكري يوم أمس و مازالت هوية الجثتين مجهولة حتى الآن
خاص شبكة أخبار حمص الاولى

العثور على الشاب عامر عجمية الذي خطف البارحة مساء مستشهدا بطلقين بالصدر بالقرب من جامع خالد ابن الوليد S

مجموعات مسلحه تخطف بنتين من الزهره في منطقة وادي السايح في حمص S

تم قنص اليوم ابن احد افراد قوى الامن العامله في مخفر حسياء . الابن الشهيد في الصف الثامن كان واقف على السطوح في منزله الواقع في قرية الدرداء S

وصول اليوم الى المشفي الوطني بحمص جثامين اربع شهداء و جريح خامس من موظفي مجلس مدينة حمص بعد ان تم استهداف قلاب كان يقلهم الى اماكن سكنهم من قبل مجموعه مسلحه في منطقة المشرفه بالقرب من كازية المكحل S

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October 4th, 2011, 8:20 am


120. majedkhaldoun said:

John Khouri
You still did not come with a proof that Ryad Asaad was arrested.
Colonel Asaad was on TV saying that these rumors are lies,I think you should admit that you were dead wrong.
John Khouri, go back to the corner.

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October 4th, 2011, 8:30 am


121. norman said:

Aleppo one, the government Zero,

2011-10-04 12:57:11

الحكومة تلغي قرارها بتعليق المستوردات التي تزيد رسومها الجمركية عن 5 %

اصدرت الحكومة يوم الثلاثاء قرارا يقضي بالغاء قرارها تعليق المستوردات مؤقتا على السلع والمواد التي تتجاوز رسومها الجمركية 5 %.

وكانت الحكومة أصدرت في 22 أيلول الماضي قرارا يقضي بتعليق المستوردات التي يزيد رسمها الجمركي عن 5 % وتشمل السيارات والاجهزة الكهربائية والالبسة فيما تم استثناء اكثر من 50 مادة تشمل مواد طبية والخضروات الطازجة والغزول وغيرها..

وياتي الغاء قرار تعليق المستوردات بعد يوم على تصريحات لوزير الاقتصاد والتجارة قال فيها أن الوزارة شارفت على وضع اللمسات الأخيرة لمنعكسات قرار تعليق الاستيراد للمنتجات التي تزيد رسومها عن 5%، ووضع الاقتراحات المناسبة للحفاظ على مصلحة المواطن, ومنها ما يتعلق بعدم ارتفاع أسعار المواد الغذائية الأساسية

وأثار قرار الحكومة منذ أيام تعليق استيراد بعض السلع جدلا في سوريا، إذ توقع اقتصاديون أن يلحق القرار مزيدا من الأضرار بالاقتصاد السوري خاصة في ظل فرض عقوبات من دول غربية، في حين رأى آخرون في القرار خطوة لدعم المنتج المحلي والارتقاء به من حيث الجودة والأسعار والقدرة التنافسية.

وقال حاكم المصرف المركزي السوري، الثلاثاء الماضي، إن خفض الواردات سيتيح لسوريا توفير 6 مليارات دولار سنويا لمواجهة العقوبات التي فرضتها كلا من الولايات المتحدة والاتحاد الأوروبي ردا على ما وصفوها بـ”قمع المظاهرات”.

وأدى قرار تعليق الاستيراد إلى قيام بعض التجار السوريين باحتكار كافة المواد منها المواد الغذائية، ما أدى إلى ارتفاع أسعار معظمها منذ صدور القرار، ما أثار جدلا كبيرا بين المواطنين.

يشار إلى أن الاقتصاد السوري تأثر إلى حد كبير بالأحداث التي تشهدها البلاد منذ أكثر من 6 أشهر، حيث تضررت عدة مجالات فيه، أهمها السياحة، التي انخفض مردودها إلى الصفر، إضافة إلى ركود يسود الأسواق التجارية.


شوكوزال 2011-10-04

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October 4th, 2011, 8:37 am


122. Tara said:


What a confused government!

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October 4th, 2011, 8:42 am


123. norman said:

الخارجية الروسية : لن تدعم مشروع قرار ضد سورية في مجلس الامن اليوم

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October 4th, 2011, 8:42 am


124. majedkhaldoun said:

The time to think about any decision is before not after,this proves the incompetence of the current goverment headed by Bashar,this proves that Bashar is not fit.

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October 4th, 2011, 8:46 am


125. Revlon said:

98. Norman,
Youd said: “Ghufran, I needed a graduating paper from Damascus university for a hospital after many years out of the country, The hospital contacted the Syrian embassy, they went to work and got the paper for me from Syria without me asking,
i thought that was a great service, don’t you think?”

Your concluding statement betrays the originality of your anecdote.
What do I think?!
Not even funny! But I ran this virtual test:

I, Revlon, dialed the Syrian Embassy in DC.
– I told Mr Mustapha that I was in charge of SC Hospital.
– I told him that Mr Norman, who claims to be a non-Baathist, self-made Syrian citizen had applied for a job at the hospital and that I needed a copy of his MD/transcript of record/ certificate of Good Conduct to be sent to our hospital for processing his papers!
– Mr Mustapha gave me a big smile and nodded in agreement!

– He did not say that the person himself needed to speak to the Embassy in person.
– He did not say that such documents were considered highly confidential, and that the concerned themselves should appear in person or send in lieu, a signed and witnessed related affidavit.
– He did not say that procuring personal documents from Syrian educational facilities is the responsibility of the individuals.
– He did not say that the Embassy’s mail goes only to the Ministry of Foreign affairs and that the Embassies can not officially address any other ministry!
– He did not say that even if he sent the request to the FM, the Dewan would not know what to do with it because there were no related procedures and that it would end in the waste basket.
– He did not say that such a request was very very special. And that it could only be done for the die hard, regime-connected-supportive persons or if reciprocated for defined favours. And that the Ambassador would have to reciprocate the favour to the Obliging crook in Syria.

A few hours later, a courier knocked on my door and handed me a note!
It read:
You are not Norman!
You are Revlon; we are watching you!


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October 4th, 2011, 8:53 am


126. zoo said:


If Asma Al Assad becomes a political figure and/or a party leader, it is rightly expected that she should renounce to her British nationality.

Do you imagine Obama or Hilary Clinton, or Alain Juppe having a Kenyan or Russian nationality? If Carla Bruni or Mrs Cameron is Italian, no one cares. A political figure with double allegeance has a zero credibility.

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October 4th, 2011, 8:54 am


127. zoo said:


Many governments rescind laws just after having emitted them if they realize they are not well received. I think that is a valid move as they consulted with business groups and got convinced it was ultimately going to harm the country’s economy.
Egypt changed their election law just a few days after they published it when they were protests from the political parties. It is not uncommon at all.

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October 4th, 2011, 9:03 am


128. Habib said:

Cute how the resident Zionists parrot the terminology used by the “revolutionaries” here.

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October 4th, 2011, 9:06 am


129. Tara said:


You seem to agree with every decision the regime makes even if you end up contradicting yourself. If I remember correctly, you supported the ban and selective protectionism to encourage local industry. Just saying…

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October 4th, 2011, 9:09 am


130. majedkhaldoun said:

To carry a citizenship,means you are loyal to that country, Asama,by keeping her british citizenship,must be loyal to England,being the first lady in Syria, how could she be loyal to England and loyal to Syria,if there is conflict between England and Syria, would she side with England or Syria?.
Asma must decide which citizenship to hold,and she must expose her loyalty.
The truth is that she kept her british citizenship,she did it to hide the billions her husband Bashar stole from the syrian ,and deposit them in England.

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October 4th, 2011, 9:12 am


131. Haytham Khoury said:

مقابلة التلفزيون الألماني مع الجندي السوي المنشق عمار شيخ عمر

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October 4th, 2011, 9:15 am


132. ann said:

Russia says will not back U.N. resolution on Syria

MOSCOW — Russia will not support a European-drafted U.N. resolution on Syria, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, calling the draft “unacceptable” but not saying whether Moscow would veto it.

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax news agency that Russia refused to back the text because it opened the door for punitive sanctions against Syria.

“We cannot support such a text,” Gatilov was quoted as saying. “It is unacceptable because it includes the possibility of imposing sanctions against Syria.”

The 15-nation U.N. Security Council is due to vote on Tuesday at 5 p.m. EDT on the resolution condemning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s six-month-old crackdown on protesters demanding an end to his 11-year rule.

The United Nations says at least 2,700 civilians have been killed in the unrest, which Syria blames on foreign-backed armed gangs who it says have killed 700 security forces personnel.

Gatilov said Moscow also opposes the draft resolution because it fails to include a clause calling on powers not to become involved in internal Syrian affairs and calling for a dialogue between Assad and demonstrators.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, whose country has already imposed an arms embargo on Syria, said on Tuesday he would set out Ankara’s plans for further sanctions after he visits a Syrian refugee camp inside Turkey in the coming days.

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October 4th, 2011, 9:17 am


133. norman said:

Revlon Said,


Just somebody who loves Syria without conditions or expectation of rewards,

You should at a job writing for the theater, i can see Ghawar having a show about that,


Don.t you think that the opposition is as incompetent with all these councils

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October 4th, 2011, 9:26 am


134. majedkhaldoun said:

You may be right, but it is too early to judge them

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October 4th, 2011, 9:44 am


135. zoo said:


#127 I still support the ban of foreign cars, that for sure and I hope that ban is still on! But I am not a Syrian businessmen or an economist to appreciate whether it is good or bad for the Syrian economy to make it a systematic ban on many other products.
I am certainly in favor of selective protectionism, but I am not qualified to decide what is the selection.

I guess it will also depend on the sanctions Erdogan is threatening Syria with as it may change the picture of the trading between the two countries and maybe cancel the free trade with impact on both countries.

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October 4th, 2011, 9:55 am


136. Tara said:


I respect your answer.

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October 4th, 2011, 10:13 am


137. Ghat Al Bird said:

Always pertinent to recall what “a special people” consider the distinct differences between them and “other different people”.

* “If a ‘goy’ (Gentile) hits a Jew he must be killed.” (Sanhedrin 58b)

* “If a Jew finds an object lost by a ‘goy’ it does not have to be returned.” (Baba Mezia 24a)

* “If a Jew murders a ‘goy’ there will be no death penalty.” (Sanhedrin 57a)

* What a Jew steals from a ‘goy’ he may keep.” (Sanhedrin 57a)

* “Jews may use subterfuges to circumvent a ‘goy.’” (Baba Kamma 113a)

* “All children of the ‘goyim’ (Gentiles) are animals.” (Yebamoth 98a)

* “Girls born of the ‘goyim’ are in a state of ‘niddah’ (menstrual uncleanness!) from birth.” (Abodah Zarah 36b)

* “The ‘goyim’ are not humans. They are beasts.” (Baba Mezia 114b)

* “If you eat with a ‘goy’ it is the same as eating with a dog.” (Tosapoth, Jebamoth 94b)

* “Even the best of the ‘goyim’ should all be killed.” (Soferim 15)

* “Sexual intercourse between the ‘goyim’ is like intercourse between animals.” (Sanhedrin 74b)

* “When it comes to a Gentile in peace times, one may harm him indirectly, for instance, by removing a ladder after he had fallen into a crevice.” (Shulkan Arukh, Yoreh De ‘ah, 158, Hebrew Edition only)

* “‘Yashu’ (derogatory for ‘Jesus’) is in Hell being boiled in hot excrement.” (Gittin 57a)

[’Yashu’ is an acronym for the Jewish curse, ‘May his (Jesus) name be wiped out forevermore.’]

* Yashu (Jesus) was sexually immoral and worshipped a brick.” (Sanhedrin 107b)

* “Yashu (Jesus) was cut off from the Jewish people for his wickedness and refused to repent.” (Sotah 47a)

* “Miriam the hairdresser had sex with many men.” (Shabbath 104b, Hebrew Edition only)

* “She who was the descendant of princes and governors (the virgin Mary) played the harlot with carpenters.” (Sanhedrin 106a)

* “Christians who reject the Talmud will go to hell and be punished there for all generations.” (Rosh Hashanah 17a)

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October 4th, 2011, 10:47 am


138. jad said:

الاستقواء بالخارج و قانون العقوبات السوري
فراس السواح

هنالك مسألة تغيب عن أذهان الكثيرين في خضم الاحداث الراهنة ، و هي الفرق بين النظام السياسي و الدولة. فالنظام السياسي عبارة عن بنية تتحكم بالدولة و تدير شؤونها بتفويض مفترض من الشعب، و بالتالي فإنه ليس بمقدس ولا دائم، و يمكن لهذه المعارضة او تلك ان تطالب بتغييره، كما يمكن لهذه الموالاة أو تلك ان تؤيده و تتمسك به. أما الدولة فإنها الهيكل المادي للأمة، و على تماسك هذا الهيكل تتوقف حياة الأمة و وجودها التاريخي. من هنا أقول لبعض الذين ينساقون الآن وراء دعوات التدخل الخارجي، بأن هذا التدخل لن يكون له إلا شكل واحد على ما علّمنا الغرب حتى الآن،وهو العدوان العسكري الشامل الذي يبتدئ بتدمير الجيش السوري نيابة عن اسرائيل، و ينتهي بتدمير البنية التحتية للاقتصاد. فهو و الحالة هذه عدوان على الدولة لا عدوان على النظام، و المطالبون به ممن جعلو أنفسهم أقطابا للمعارضة الخارجية، إنما يرتكبون جرما ضد الدولة السورية، و يمكن محاكمتهم وفق قانون العقوبات السوري الفقرة 264 منه التي تنص على ما يلي:

كل سوري دس الدسائس لدى دولة أجنبية او اتصل بها ليدفعها إلى مباشرة العدوان على سوريا أو ليوفر لها الوسائل إلى ذلك، عوقب بالأشغال الشاقة المؤبدة. و إذا أفضى فعله إلى نتيجة عوقب بالإعدام

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October 4th, 2011, 10:48 am


139. sowhat said:


hi mister Tara

you say “Imad Mustaoha ‘s criminal behavior ”

do you have any evidence to support this assertion ?

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October 4th, 2011, 1:38 pm


140. jo6pac said:

My personal apologies to the readers as I fell victim to the tremendous amount of disinformation that I will have to be more aware of in the future.

Yes, and thank you for admitting this this:)

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October 4th, 2011, 9:45 pm


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