The Names of the Revolution

The Names of the Syrian Revolution - Arabic

From the inception of the Syrian uprising, each Friday has been given a special title by activists involved in protests. Fridays were important in the beginning because more protests would occur on that day than any other day of the week. Protests would often take place immediately following communal prayers in mosques where large groups of people would have already congregated together, something impossible in Syria outside of institutionalized contexts like the mosque or a place of education.

Each Friday bore a name such as “The Day of Rage” or “The Day of Defiance” and such titles were picked up and circulated by both the Arab and Western media. The practice of naming the Fridays was started by the “Syrian Revolution 2011” Facebook page, run by Fida’ ad-Din Tariif as-Sayyid ‘Isa, a Syrian activist in Sweden.

Some months into the uprising in 2011, people complained and proposed that the process of naming the Fridays should be democratic rather than performed by a small group of website administrators. A new system emerged whereby a number of options for the next Friday’s name would be posted on the Revolution Facebook page, and visitors were able to vote for the title of their choosing. Each week, multiple thousands vote on these names.

The names have reflected themes that concern the uprising during the particular week that a name is assigned. Back when the uprising was still characterized by protests rather than skirmishes, activists would incorporate the current Friday’s name into the slogans and banners used in demonstrations.

At the beginning, names began as simple, one-word titles such as “The Day of Honor” that were general in scope. Then the names began to express specific ideas, like “The Day of Loyalty to the Kurdish Uprising,” or positions that could be endorsed, like “The Day of No to Peacekeeping Forces in The Land of Sham.” Eventually, names grew unwieldy in length and included statements, i.e. “The Day of Full Preparation for Full Mobilization; Russia is the Enemy of the Syrian People” or “The Day of Allah Is Great: He Supported his Worshipers, Made his Soldiers Mighty, and Defeated the Factions Alone” (an excerpt from a prayer recited on Eid). Some titles employed cleverness: “Revolution University – Martyrdom Engineering.”

We recently collected all of the names given to the Fridays since the beginning of the uprising and list them below with translations. December 9 marked the 1000th day of the revolution; all of the Friday names listed below except the final one (Dec. 13) constitute the first 1000 days of the revolution.

2011
March 18 الكرامة Dignity
March 25 العزة Honor
April 1 الشهداء Martyrs
April 8 الصمود Steadfastness
April 15 الإصرار Persistence
April 22 العظيمة Great Friday
April 29 الغضب Rage
May 6 التحدي Defiance
May 13 الحرائر Free Women
May 20 أزادي Azadi
May 27 حماة الديار Defenders of Homes
June 3 أطفال الحرية Children of Freedom
June 10 العشائر Tribes
June 17 الشرفاء صالح العلي The Honorables – Saleh al-Ali
June 24 سقوط الشرعية Fall Of Legitimacy
July 1 ارحل Leave!
July 8 لا للحوار No to Dialogue
July 15 أسرى الحريّة Prisoners of Freedom
July 22 أحفاد خالد Descendants of Khalid
July 29 صمتكم يقتلنا Your Silence Kills Us
August 5 الله معنا Allah is with Us
August 12 لن نركع We Will not Kneel
August 19 بشائر النصر Beginnings of Victory
August 26 الصبر والثبات Patience and Determination
September 2 الموت ولا المَذلّة Death Rather than Humiliation
September 9 الحماية الدولية International Protection
September 16 ماضون حتى اسقاط النظام We Will Continue until the Fall of the Regime
September 23 وحدة المعارضة Opposition Unity
September 30 النصر لشامنا ويمننا Victory for our Sham and our Yemen
October 7 المجلس الوطني يمثّلني The National Council Represents me
October 14 أحرار الجيش Army Freemen
October 21 شهداء المهلة العربية Martyrs of the Arab Deadline
October 28 الحظر الجوّي No-Fly Zone
November 4 الله أكبر Allah Is Great
November 11 تجميد العضوية مطلبنا The Suspension of Membership Is our Demand
November 18 جمعة طرد السفراء Expelling the Ambassadors
November 25 الجيش الحر يحميني The Free Army Protects Me
December 2 المنطقة العازلة مطلبنا The Buffer Zone is our Demand
December 9 اضراب الكرامة The Strike of Dignity
December 16 الجامعة العربية تقتلنا The Arab League is Killing Us
December 23 بروتوكول الموت Protocol of Death
December 30 الزحف الى ساحات الحرية March to the City Squares of Freedom
2012
January 6 إن تنصروا الله ينصركم If You Support Allah, He Will Support You
January 13 دعم الجيش السوري الحر Support of the Free Syrian Army
January 20 معتقلي الثورة Revolution’s Detainees
January 27 حق الدفاع عن النفس Right to Self Defense
February 3 عذرا حماة سامحينا Sorry Hama, Forgive Us
February 10 النفير العام – روسيا تقتل أطفالنا General Mobilization – Russia Is Killing our Children
February 17 المقاومة الشعبية Popular Resistance
February 24 سننتفض لأجلك بابا عمرو We Rise for You, Baba ‘Amr
March 2 تسليح الجيش الحر Arming the Free Army
March 9 الوفاء للإنتفاضة الكردية Loyalty to the Kurdish Uprising
March 16 التدخل العسكري الفوري Immediate Military Intervention
March 23 قادمون يا دمشق We’re Coming, Damascus
March 30 خذلنا العرب والمسلمون Muslims And Arabs Failed Us
April 6 من جهز غازياً فقد غزا He who has Equipped a Fighter has himself Fought
April 13 ثورة لكل السوريين Revolution for All Syrians
April 20 سننتصر ويهزم الاسد We Will Prevail and Defeat Assad
April 27 اتى امر الله فلا تستعجلوه The Command of Allah is Coming, So Be Not Impatient for It
May 4 اخلاصنا خلاصنا Our Devotion Is Our Salvation
May 11 نصر من الله وفتح قريب Help From Allah and a Close Victory
May 18 ابطال جامعة حلب The University of Aleppo’s Heroes
May 25 دمشق موعدنا القريب Damascus, Our Time Is Near
June 1 أطفال الحولة…مشاعل النصر The Children of Houla are Torches of Triumph
June 8 ثوار وتجار يدا بيد حتى الانتصار Revolutionaries and Merchants, Hand in Hand Until Victory
June 15 الاستعداد التام للنفير العام .. روسيا عدوة الشعب السوري Full Preparation for Full Mobilization; Russia is the Enemy of the Syrian People
June 22 إذا كان الحكام متخاذلين … فأين الشعوب ؟؟؟ If the Rulers are Weak, Where is the People?
June 29 واثقون بنصر الله We Trust in the Triumph of Allah
July 6 حرب التحرير الشعبية People’s Liberation War
July 13 إسقاط عنان خادم الأسد و إيران – الغضب لشهداء التريمسة Toppling Annan, the Servant Of Assad and Iran – Rage for The Martyrs of Tremseh
July 20 رمضان النصر سيكتب في دمشق Ramadan Triumph Will Be Written in Damascus
July 27 انتفاضة العاصمتين Uprising of the Two Capitals
August 3 دير الزور النصر قادم من الشرق Deir Ez-Zor – Triumph Is Coming From The East
August 10 سلحونا الطيران Arm Us With Anti-Aircraft
August 17 بوحدة جيشنا الحر يتحقق النصر With the Union of our Free Army, Triumph will be Achieved
August 24 لا تحزني درعا إن الله معنا Do Not Grieve Dara’a; Allah Is With Us
August 31 الوفاء لطرابلس الشام وأحرار لبنان Loyalty to Tripoli and the Free People of Lebanon
September 7 حمص المحاصرة تناديكم Besieged Homs Is Calling
September 14 إدلب مقبرة الطائرات ورمز الانتصارات Idlib is the Grave of the Air Force and the Symbol of Victories
September 21 أحباب رسول الله في سوريا يذبحون The Lovers of the Messenger of Allah in Syria are being Slaughtered
September 28 توحيد كتائب الجيش الحر Unifying Free Army Battalions
October 5 نريد سلاحاً لا تصريحات We Need Weapons, not Statements
October 12 أحرار الساحل يصنعون النصر The Freemen of the Coast are Acheiving the Triumph
October 19 أمريكا ألم يشبع حقدك من دمائنا America, Is your Animosity not Satisfied with our Blood?
October 26 الله أكبر نصر عبده وأعزّ جنده وهزم الاحزاب وحده Allah Is Great: He Supported his Worshippers, Made his Soldiers Mighty, and Defeated the Factions Alone
November 2 داريا أخوة العنب و الدم Daraya Brotherhood of Grapes and Blood
November 9 آن أوان الزحف إلى دمشق It’s Time to March to Damascus
November 16 دعم الإئتلاف الوطني Support the National Coalition
November 23 اقتربت الساعة وآن الانتصار The Hour Has Drawn Close and it is Time for Victory
November 30 ريف الشام أصابع النصر فوق القصر The Damascus Countryside is the Fingers of Triumph Over The Palace
December 7 لا لقوات حفظ السلام على أرض الشام No to Peacekeeping Forces in The Land of Sham
December 14 لا إرهاب في سوريا إلا إرهاب الأسد There is No Terrorism in Syria Except For The Terrorism Of Assad
December 21 جمعة النصر انكتب عَ بوابك يا حلب The Triumph Was Written On Your Gates, Oh Aleppo
December 28 خبز الدم Bloodied Bread
2013
January 4 حمص تنادي الأحرار لفك الحصار Homs Calls for Liberals to Lift the Siege
January 4 لا للأخضر الابراهيمي كلنا جبهة النصرة No for Lakhdar we are all Jabhat Nusra
January 11 مخيمات الموت The Camps Of Death
January 18 جامعة الثورة .. هندسة الشهادة Revolution University – Martyrdom Engineering
January 25 قائدنا للأبد سيدنا محمد Our Leader Forever, Our Sayyed Muhammad
February 1 المجتمع الدولي شريك الأسد في مجازره The International Community is a Partner to al-Assad in his Massacres
February 8 و اعتصموا بحبل الله جميعاً And Hold Fast, All Of You Together, To The Rope Of Allah
February 15 وكفى بالله نصيرا And Allah Is Sufficient As A Supporter
February 22 الرقة الأبية على طريق الحرية Proud Raqqa is on The Road of Freedom
March 1 أمة واحدة راية واحد حرب واحدة One Nation, One Flag, One War
March 8 لن تمر دولتكم الطائفية Your Sectarian State Will Never Come to Pass
March 15 عامان على الكفاح و نصر ثورتنا قد لاح Two Years of the Struggle and the Triumph of our Revolution has Drawn Near
March 22 أسلحتكم الكيميائية لن توقف مدّ الحرية Your Chemical Weapons Will Not Stop the Tide of Freedom
March 29 و بشر الصّابرين Give Glad Tidings to those who Patiently Persevere
April 5 لاجئون .. والشرف والكرامة عنواننا Refugees… Honor and Dignity is Still our Motto
April 12 سوريا أقوى من أن تقسَّم Syria is too Strong to be Divided
April 19 إيران وحزب الشيطان: ستهزمون مع الأسد Iran, Party of the Devil, You will be Defeated Along with al-Assad
April 26 حماية الأكثرية Protection of the Majority
May 3 بخطوطكم الحمراء يقتل السوريون By Your Red Lines Syrians Die
May 10 بانيـاس -إبادة طائفية وا لغطاء اممي Banias – Sectarian Genocide and International Cover-Up
May 17 استقــلال القــرار السـوري Independence of the Syrian Decision
May 24 دجَّالُ المقاومَة.. القدس ليست في حمص The “False Resistance,” al-Quds is not in Homs
May 31 مبادئ الثورة خطوطنا الحمراء The Principles of the Revolution are our Red Lines
June 7 جمعة الغوطة والقصير إرادة لا تنكسر al-Ghouta and al-Qusayr, Unbreakable Will
June 14 المشروع الصفوي: تهديد للأمة The Safavid project: A Threat to the Umma
June 21 نصرة الشام بالأفعال لا بالأقوال Support of Sham is in Action Not Words
June 28 ثورة متوقدة ومعارضة مقعدة Ardent Revolution and a Paralyzed Opposition
July 5 تنبهوا واستفيقوا أيتها الكتائب Beware and Wake Up Oh Battalions
July 12 حتى نغير ما بأنفسنا Until We Change Ourselves
July 19 رمضان شهر النصر والفتوحات Ramadan is the Month of Triumph and Conquests
July 26 سيف الله المسلول The Drawn Sword of Allah
August 2 إن ينصركم الله فلا غالب لكم Should Allah Support You, No One Can Overcome You
August 9 أبطال الساحل قادمون The Heroes of the Coast are Coming
August 16 دعم ثوار الساحل Support the Revolutionaries of the Coast
August 23 الإرهابي بشار يقتل المدنيين بالكيماوي والعالم يتفرج The Terrorist Bashar Kills Civilians with Chemicals while the World Watches
August 30 وما النصر إلا من عند الله There Is No Triumph Except from Allah
September 6 ليس بالكيماوي وحده يقتل الأسد أطفالنا Not With Chemicals Alone, Bashar Kills Our Children
September 13 القاتل بحماية المجتمع الدولي The Murderer is Protected by the International Community
September 20 وحدهم السوريون من سيحرر سوريا Syrians Alone Will Liberate Syria
September 27 أسيرات بطهر الياسمين

Female Prisoners with Jasmine Purity

October 4 شكرًا تركيا Thank You Turkey
October 11 سلاحنا للجبهات لا للمناطق المحررة Our Weapons are for the Fronts, Not for the Liberated Areas
October 18 أنقذوا المعضمية وجنوب دمشق Save Moadamiyyah And Southern Damascus
October 25 الحل في لاهاي لا في جنيف The Solution is in the Hague, not Geneva
November 1 الحصار جريمة إبادة مستمرة The Siege is a Continuous Genocide
November 8 لا للاحتلال الإيراني لسوريا “No” to the Iranian Occupation of Syria
November 15 انفروا خفافاً وثقالاً Go Forth, Whether Light or Heavy
November 22 دم الشهيد عبد القادر الصالح يوحدنا The Blood of the Martyr Abdel-Qader Saleh Unites Us
November 29 يد الله مع الجماعة God’s Hand is with the Community
December 6 كسر الحصار Breaking the Siege
December 13 نقل المعركة لمناطق الاحتلال الاسدي Moving the Battle to the Areas of the Assad Occupation

 

Inputting all of the above names into a word cloud, we generated images representing the frequency of individual words used in the Friday names. Below is a word cloud in English, and the word cloud at the beginning of the article is comprised of the Arabic names.

The Names of the Syrian Revolution - English

Surveying this list of Friday protest names offers a glimpse of the trajectory of political concerns that have confronted the uprising over its history. Most of the names correspond to larger issues or specific events relevant at the time they were given. Viewing this chronology can help us reflect on the evolution of the uprising, as we continue to consider what is next.

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51. ALAN said:

Occupied Palestine: site Yediot: large forces of the Israeli army are combing the border with Lebanon and nearby settlements

The beginning Note of the Symphony! it will be noisy and perhaps insight into the ears! Mr. Vinogradov Wear your glasses! It’s okay to extend your eyes even to the bedroom!

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December 15th, 2013, 3:57 pm

 

52. ghufran said:

Bulgarian TV ch. 7 aired a video about rebels that sheds light on their crimes and how they used women as prostitutes in the name of Shria:

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December 15th, 2013, 4:54 pm

 

53. ghufran said:

Bulgarian TV ch. 7 aired a video about Islamist rebels that sheds light on their crimes against unarmed victims and how they used women as prostitutes in the name of Shria:

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December 15th, 2013, 4:56 pm

 

54. Tara said:

125 is the latest number of the civilian casualties from Barrel bombs in Aleppo.

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December 15th, 2013, 4:56 pm

 

55. ALAN said:

The Israeli army Asks military intelligence estimate of the situation before responding to fire across the border with Lebanon

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December 15th, 2013, 5:12 pm

 

56. ghufran said:

Syrian government helicopters dropped barrels laden with explosives on residential districts of Aleppo on Sunday, killing dozens of people, including 16 children.
In the worst bombing raids against the city in more than six months, local residents said the attack targeted at least nine different parts of the rebel held city, the TNT decimating shops, roads and entire apartment blocks.
“The doctors have all of today because what is happening in Aleppo is a massacre,” said Ammar Zakaria, a doctor in the Aleppo City Medical Council, a co-ordination body for field hospitals in opposition held districts there. “They are appealing for anyone with medical experience to come and help.”

(the brutality of the regime and its enemies leave most people doubtful that this war is about to end or whether reconciliation is even possible. I do not think that the families of those who were killed on both sides and the people who became refugees or lost every thing can or are willing to forgive, however, without forgiveness (Ghufran) Syria can not stand again)

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December 15th, 2013, 6:18 pm

 

57. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Toz Abraham Toz Izak Toz Jacob Toz Jesus Toz Mohammad, and faak the Toz of all who are fighting in their names. Here I said it Tara.
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December 15th, 2013, 6:25 pm

 

58. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

BTW, Faak in Turkish means “eat the baklawa”.
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December 15th, 2013, 6:27 pm

 

59. zoo said:

Who is encouraging the killing of Syrians and lying?

Documents show Turkey sent guns to Syrian rebels

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/documents-show-turkey-sent-guns-to-syrian-rebels.aspx?pageID=238&nID=59615&NewsCatID=352

Turkey has sent over 47 tons of weaponry to the Syrian rebels since June, according to documents filed under the United Nations trade records, despite repeated denials from government ranks.

The U.N. records show that Turkey has sent varying amounts of guns to the Syrian rebels over the past few months, with the highest amount reaching nearly 29 tons of weaponry in September alone.

Turkey has repeatedly denied providing military assistance to the Syrian rebels, despite several reports claiming otherwise.

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December 15th, 2013, 7:02 pm

 

60. zoo said:

@55 Ghufran

The brutality is now on both sides. To a massacre of loyalists, the response is a even more violent punitive action on the rebels.
While the Syrian government has officially accepted to negotiate a political solution, the main rebels factions have declared they reject it and will go on fighting.

Fabius stupid remark that he does not have much hopes in Geneva has triggered a renewed excitment among the weakening rebels as they hear that France is in favor of a military solution on the ground instead of a political one in Geneva.

That may explain the renewed air raids of the Syrian Air Force all over Syria. By doing so, the Syrian government is sending a clear message to the West and to Saudi Arabia that if they are discreetly preparing the new rebels (the Islamic Front) for more military confrontations instead of pushing them for a political solution, that is a taste of the overwhelming military response they will get.

In the meantime the average Syrians are wondering in which endless nightmare they have fallen.

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December 15th, 2013, 7:23 pm

 

61. zoo said:

The joke of the day.
What about freeing Bishops and nuns first?

Syrian rebels promise to work for journalists’ safety

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/syrian-rebels-promise-to-work-for-journalists-safety/article15978044/

The leaders of Syria’s main Western-backed moderate rebel faction said they would do everything in their power to protect journalists on assignment in the country and work to secure the release of those who have already been abducted.

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December 15th, 2013, 7:34 pm

 

62. zoo said:

Baby Bandar gets another polite NIET.
BB wants to have more time to build up his new proteges, the Islamic Front. Putin knows the song and BB is definitely not a mermaid.

Report: Bandar asked Putin to delay Geneva II conference
December 16, 2013 12:27 AM

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2013/Dec-16/241218-report-bandar-asked-putin-to-delay-geneva-ii-conference.ashx#axzz2narzh0TB

Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan had asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to extend the date of Geneva II peace conference on Syria, scheduled for Jan. 22, after their talks on the Syrian war failed to reach a final conclusion, according to a diplomatic report received by Lebanese officials.
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Bandar offered Putin Saudi assistance in fighting radical Islamists and preventing the expansion of their influence inside the Syrian opposition or in the ongoing battles with the regular Syrian Army in exchange for Russia’s help in removing President Bashar Assad from power in the future, the report said.

Putin did not give a final answer, renewing Moscow’s position on the need to ensure the main components for the convening of Geneva II conference, the report said.

At this point, Bandar cited the Saudi conditions for the success of the Geneva II conference, at the forefront of which is Iran’s nonparticipation in the peace talks in order to prevent Tehran from exploiting its nuclear agreement with the West to bolster its position in support of the Syrian regime, the report said.

The second Saudi condition, according to the report, is to extend the period for preparations for the Geneva II conference because Saudi Arabia believes that it can improve its negotiating position with the Syrian regime through military successes by the armed factions it directly supports, which are fighting on two fronts: The Syrian Army on the one hand, and hard-line jihadists from the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) on the other.

Third, Bandar stressed that the actual translation of the Geneva I conference means the setting up of a transitional authority with full executive powers and therefore, the Geneva II conference should uphold this idea, contrary to conditions set by the Syrian leadership that it will not go to Geneva II to transfer power, the report said.

Putin, according to the report, faced Bandar with reservations over the Saudi terms, particularly the setting up of a transitional authority.

However, despite the differences, there were points of convergence between the Russian and Saudi sides: First, on confronting the terrorist movements in Syria and the region; second, on giving priority to a political solution to the Syria crisis; and third, on following up dialogue between Russia and Saudi Arabia through high-level officials or the creation of relevant committees by the two countries, the report said.

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December 15th, 2013, 7:42 pm

 

63. Syrian said:

Iran again is using Shiaa Arabs in its war to dominate Syria, of all of the thousands of Persian shiaa clerics they picked an Iraqi Arab to issue the new edict, who also happened to be “mentor” of Moqtada Alsader who has refused numerous times to get involved in Syria.
A question now about the thousands of Hizbula and Iraqi militia Shiaa fighters who were killed before the this new fatwa, what is their situation? Would not they be condemned for fighting without an official fatwa? Or is this new fatwa just meaningless like ضراط على البلاط

I agree with observer this war has just started, very soon those whom mother nature have selected from the 3 million refugee camps kids will join the battle, very hardened,bitter and merciless, will make the regime and its supporters feel sorry that they did not negotiate with the FSA when they had the chance.
Here is a picture of the refugee’s kids
https://fbcdn-photos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1503812_388401731305000_1040921472_n.jpg?dl=1

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December 15th, 2013, 7:44 pm

 

64. Observer said:

Mjabali I was not talking about you. I was actually mentioning your educated history lesson.

Once again, he who has a shard under his skin feels it at bedtime and cannot sleep each time it is touched.

The grand father of the retard you told us asked for France to give him independence. Others did as well.

How about a fertile crescent where all are minorities what says you11

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December 15th, 2013, 7:58 pm

 

65. Tara said:

Amir:

I have no problem with your statement. It is your freedom of speech.

Affram is hateful sectarian. When I called him out on it, he shied away from associating Toz with Jesus. He is exposed for what he is.

Pro-revolution freinds and AP/Amir,

Check out this video on YouTube:

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December 15th, 2013, 8:01 pm

 

66. Observer said:

I am a Sunni Mjabali I am not an Arab I am not a Kurd I am not Syrian I am not Lebanese I am not Turkish I am not Bosnian I am not Iraqi I am not anything.

I have left the place for the likes of iPad retard and his criminal father and his criminal gang and his criminal clan and his criminal sect and his criminal history.

Coming to power by force will bring force so wait a minute the guy is well armed and he has friends and so does his opponents.

I revise my estimate 80 years is my estimate of the sectarian war.

Cry Havoc and Let Loose the Dogs of War or so said the famous poet and the one who started all this was none other than Hafez and his brother.

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December 15th, 2013, 8:05 pm

 

67. zoo said:

An excellent analysis of the situation and where it is going

Al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and the Collapsing Free Syrian Army

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11186

Omar Dahi tells Paul Jay that there is widespread belief among many Syrians that Geneva II is going to be a way to preserve the Syrian state and create a front for fighting al-Qaeda

-Now joining us to talk about all of this is Omar Dahi. He’s an associate professor of economics at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and he’s a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.

But the coalition forces have very few options. They have basically, in effect, surrendered their autonomy since the very beginning, the national coalition of what is considered the external opposition. They have heavily depended on their backers coming from the Gulf. And those backers are increasingly under severe pressure by the U.S. and by Europe to come to the negotiating table and to abandon these preconditions.

This doesn’t mean that Assad will stay for sure. There’s increasing evidence that perhaps if the right deal for all the different sides is on the table, Assad’s fate might be that he steps down, that he doesn’t run for reelection, and so forth. That’s yet to be determined. But the basic agreement is going to have to preserve some of the interests of Iran. And that is why the U.S.-Iranian rapprochement has been so keen towards making this step happen.

Now, it’s very complex to make this happen, and there won’t be a single-day ceasefire. But in terms of the al-Qaeda type groups, the key is to begin to marginalize them. But the only way to marginalize them is to have a meaningful transition. And that’s why there has to be some meaningful transition in Geneva II.

Absent that, why should the opposition cooperate in trying to marginalize and eliminate al-Qaeda groups if they don’t see themselves getting anything? The only thing they’ll be doing is going to Geneva to commit political suicide, because if they already gave up the precondition of Assad leaving and there is no actual transitional government in Geneva, then they basically haven’t achieved anything.

But both sides have to be forced to compromise. And the only way this will happen is through beginning the political process, because the other thing that’s going to do is that new voices are going to begin to emerge. Syrians are wary of war. And you have people, both people who support the regime as well as people who oppose the regime, resentful of both of those sides, resentful of the fact that both sides seem to be continuing to drag the country to total destruction, continuing to use the rhetoric of victory, of annihilation of the other side, which has resulted in a real catastrophe for the country, and everyone knows that it has to stop.
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On the other hand, Saudi Arabia now sees itself isolated, and they’re going to be forced to change their line sooner or later because of the fact that they have picked battles with almost all of their allies.
…They managed to cross with or break with Turkey, because they supported the coup in Egypt and Turkey stood against the coup. So their relations with Turkey deteriorated. They have a rivalry with Qatar from the very beginning, and over the past year, Qatar was marginalized on behalf of Saudi Arabia. And now, with U.S.-Iranian rapprochement, they’re fuming, because they see the U.S. basically doing the opposite of what Saudi Arabia had hoped they would do, but the U.S. doing what is the rational thing to do, which is a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

So sooner or later Saudi Arabia is going to have to toe the line. And I think over the next couple of months they’re going to be making a decision whether or not to attend Geneva II and to support the process. But I think they’re going to have to sooner or later.

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December 15th, 2013, 8:47 pm

 

68. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Tara,

That’s a great YouTube channel, I like this guy!
If you recall, I was pro [peaceful] revolution. I believe that if it stayed peaceful, Assad would have been in the trash-bin of history by now. I’m sorry, I’m no longer pro-revolution. I cannot support those barbarians, those hijackers, who are the face of the (so called) revolution. This is no longer a revolution. This is a slaughter house.
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December 15th, 2013, 8:56 pm

 

69. Ghufran said:

Zoo,
What was the military value of many of the buildings that were leveled in Aleppo and some other places in Syria ?
I was among the first people to denounce the rebels tactic of using civilian areas as bases and launching pads for their attacks but the answer is not indiscriminate bombing of places that have women and children. It seems to me that violence did intensify before Geneva 2 because fighting factions want to score before a cease fire is requested or imposed.
Like many, I have serious doubts that Geneva 2 will work, even if it does it is likely to be a long and bloody route.
(Amir, I totally agree)

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December 15th, 2013, 9:00 pm

 

70. zoo said:

If the Islamic Front refuses to go to Geneva, will Baby Bandar be forced to follow his predecessor HBJ in the dustbin of the Syrian aborted revolution?

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December 15th, 2013, 9:10 pm

 

71. Tara said:

Amir,

Like Hitler would have stopped slaughtering Jews of they revolted peacefully?

Your change in heart is Assad’s propaganda in action. He wanted the world to believe he is fighting global jihad and unfortunately he was successful to a certain degree. Batta unleashed those jihadis from his dungeons and is using them to validate his position. Isis is a creation of the regime and Assad’s stupid brutality is what made jihadists flock in to join ISIS.

My opinion is that as long as Batta is in power, jihadis are in Syria to stay. It is only when Batta is perished that Syrians would unite against them. It is a pity that only Syrians can see this.

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December 15th, 2013, 9:10 pm

 

72. mjabali said:

Observacion:

Again you slander a whole sect and call them criminals.

This is an outright fabrication Doctor Observacion: Yes there are many criminals amongst the Alawites, but for sure they are not all criminals.

As for the father of Hafez al-Assad and the document he signed asking the French to stay is also a fabrication. When you repeat these fabrications with certainty, I have to put you in the same class as those who fabricated this story.

The ones who signed for the Alawite State to stay are:

Ibrahim al-Kinj (he was the head of the Parliament in the Alawite State)
Wadi’ Si’adeh: Vice president of the Alawite State Parliament.
Mohamamd Sulayman Ahmad (Badawi al-Jabal himself)
Muhammad Junayd.
Saqer Kheirbek
Aziz Hawash
Yusuf Hamed
Sulayman al-Murshid
Amin Mulhem Raglan
Sidiq Allis
Muhey al-Din Ahmad.

الموقعون: إبراهيم الكنج، رئيس المجلس النيابي، وديع سعادة نائب رئيس المجلس النيابي، إلياس عبيد، محمد سليمان أحمد، محمد جنيد، صقر خيربيك، عزيز هواش، يوسف حامد، سليمان مرشد، أمين ملحم رسلان، صديق الياس، ومحي الدين أحمد

Again as you can see the father of Hafez al-Assad’s name is not on the list.

Again: I am still waiting for your proof mr. Observacion to back up your fabrications….

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December 15th, 2013, 9:20 pm

 

73. zoo said:

@68 Ghufran

Maybe the attacks in Aleppo were aimed at strategic buildings, but I see them more as an eye for an eye punishment for the attack on civilians in Adra that killed 35 persons, among them women and children. It is also a display of the determination of the Syrian army to get rid of the terrorists and their allies at any cost, now that Saudi Arabia is boosting their new rebels force, the Islamic Front whose intentions are sinister.
I do no condone any escalation of violence. I have repeatedly said that killings must stop and the first step is to say yes to unconditional negotiations.
While the Syrian government said yes, the rebels repeatedly said no.

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December 15th, 2013, 9:26 pm

 

74. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Tara,

If it stayed peaceful, the Assadist propaganda of “armed terrorist gangs”, which at the beginning was indeed propaganda, would have been exposed as regime propaganda.

I blame those who started the armed thing. And I don’t agree with you that this “Jihadi” thing was created by Assad. Those, who started the armed phase of the revolution, created instability. this instability attracted the Jihadies, who thrive in an instable environment.

“It is a pity that only Syrians can see this”. You have no right in speaking on behalf of “Syrians”. You’re not in Syria. You don’t suffer from this disaster.

Bottom line: the opposition screw*ed the [just] revolution.
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December 15th, 2013, 9:38 pm

 

75. Paul Kennedy said:

Thank you so much, Mr. Barber. An utterly fascinating and important contribution to the history of the Syrian Uprising.

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December 15th, 2013, 11:29 pm

 

76. zoo said:

AMIR in Tel aviv

I agree with you.

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December 16th, 2013, 7:15 am

 

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