Regime Gains Ground—For Now

From al-Akhbar article, below: A young Syrian boy holds a bag as he collects plastic and metal items in a garbage dump in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on 17 April 2013. (Photo: AFP -Dimitar Dolkoff)

The State of the Regime

 

Some believe that the clearer identification of Jabhat al-Nusra as al-Qaida will benefit the Syrian regime by drawing sentiment away from the rebels. Others, however, see the possible stepping-up of an effort to back nationalist rebels who offer an alternative to Islamists as a death knell for the regime, as it would be opposed by both battle-hardened mujahideen and Western-trained forces. Regardless of the ultimate outcome, observers believe the regime has had a good week:

Assad’s Forces Break Rebel Blockade in North Syria – Reuters – by Erika Solomon

Syrian government troops have broken through a six-month rebel blockade in northern Syria and are now fighting to recapture a vital highway, opposition and state media said on Monday. Rebels had kept the army bottled up in the Wadi al-Deif and Hamidiya military bases in Idlib province. But on Sunday, President Bashar al-Assad’s forces outflanked the rebels and broke through, the pro-government al-Baath newspaper said. The insurgents counter-attacked on Monday but their front has been weakened in recent weeks due to infighting and the deployment of forces to other battles, activists said. The break-out from the bases, located outside Maarat al-Nuaman town, may enable the army to recapture the main route into Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, and bolster their fragile supply lines in the heart of the rebel-held north.

… Activists in Maarat al-Nuaman, which has faced daily air strikes due to the blockade, accused rebels of causing their own defeat by depleting their forces in the area. Islamist units that moved in over the weekend accused forces on the ground, lead by the Martyrs of Syria brigade, of failing to secure the base and sending away too many fighters. The Martyrs of Syria brigade said they were pushing their campaign and the Islamist groups had hurt their blockade by interfering.

According to Abdelrahamn, many of the main fighting units previously based in the area had moved to Raqqa, Ras al-Ain, and Hassakah, towns in the northeast which rebels recently seized.

Assad forces try to consolidate gains in Maaret al-Numan – Daily Star

… the “tactical gains could increase the regime’s chances of retaking the north-south highway”…

Battle for Damascus: Regime Fights on Four Fronts – al-Akhbar

Are we Seeing Bashar al-Assad’s Second Wind? by Stephen Starr

Talks of tipping points, battles for Damascus and a regime on its last legs have all proved to be false dawns over the past number of months. So just how badly off is President Bashar al-Assad’s government?

On the battlefield, the regime has proved stubbornly resistant. In the north, government forces on Sunday broke out of their Wadi al-Deif and Hamidiya military bases and outflanked rebels that had been besieging them for months, according to both activists and pro-government media. Districts of central Homs have been retaken by the government in recent weeks and rebels have been successfully fought off in Quneitra, along the Syrian-Israeli demilitarized zone.

Aleppo International Airport, a strategic asset for the regime in the north, was thought to have been close to falling into rebel hands in February. It hasn’t happened. Baba Amr, a symbol of resistance in Homs, was retaken by government forces last month.

… Furthermore, Syria’s Western-backed political opposition has clearly been caught out in its own backing of Jabhat al-Nusra – an Islamist fighting force now openly aligned with Al-Qaeda.

To state the obvious, Western capitals cannot support elements of the Syrian opposition that may have Al-Qaeda ties. France, Britain and others pushing for the arming of rebels certainly won’t be able to sell this to their respective populations with al-Qaeda in the mix. The ties between Syria’s opposition and its international sponsors may well be torn over the status of Jabhat al-Nusra, today the most successful fighting force taking on Mr. Assad.

Mr. Assad has mostly delivered on the promises and threats he has made over the duration of the uprising. Early on he spoke of “ten Afghanistans” in Syria should outside forces intervene, or fundamentalist takfiris and Islamic extremists dominating the opposition. Though clearly propaganda at the time, today it is difficult to dismiss his argument, a perspective that resonates with the millions of Syrians exhausted by two years of conflict and instability.

… The declaration of an al-Qaeda presence in Syria in the form of Nusra complicates the conflict even further: the Assad regime will say it has been proven right, as will Russia, China and Hezbollah. For Western observers, the presence of such a foe means that no one can entertain the notion of giving weapons to forces that may sympathize with an al-Qaeda ideology.

In addition, it divides Syria’s political opposition even more. And al-Qaeda on the battlefield creates a quandary for other rebel groups: Do they bed down with these well-organized crazies or continue the lonely fight?

Amidst the discussion of military advances for the regime, Robert Fisk discusses another important development also related to the military, namely that the former power of mukhabaraat entities is being replaced by the more visible power of the military. Previously I discussed how “the Ba’athist cult of unreality” prevents an open discussion (even of something as important as territorial losses in the conflict) from taking place in the Syrian parliament. Fisk’s article, “President Assad’s army is starting to call the shots in Syria,” underscores this ever-paradoxical dilemma before discussing the changing power dynamics he observes:

Old Mohamed Said al-Sauda from Deraa, in his tawny gown and kuffiah headscarf, sat at the end of a conclave of tribal elders, all newly arrived in Damascus for an audience with no less than the President himself. They sat – only one woman in a blue dress among them – round a long table in the Damas Rose Hotel drinking water and coffee, rehearsing their anxieties. How should they talk to the young armed men who came into their villages? How should they persuade the rebels not to damage their land and take over their villages? “We try to talk to the saboteurs and to get them to go back to rebuilding the country,” al-Sauda told me. “We try to persuade them to put aside their arms, to stop the violence. We used to have such a safe country to live in.”

These men, middle-aged for the most part with tough, lined, dark faces, are the first line of defence of the Assad regime, the landowners and propertied classes of the peasants who benefited most from the original Baathist revolution and whose prosperity has been threatened by the mass uprising against the regime. They come from Tartus, Deraa, the Damascus countryside, from Hama and Latakia, and they speak the language of the Assad government – up to a point. “Syria is a mosaic unlike any other in the world,” says Salman Hamdan. “The sectarian divide does not exist in our country. Muslims, Christians, they are the same…”

But the woman in blue hands me a printed sheet of paper with a list of demands. “We come from all walks of political life,” it begins. “We reject violence and we reject repression, sectarian massacres and the destruction of the cultural heritage of Syria.” And there it was. That word. Repression. For these men and this lonely woman know what helped to set fire to Syria. “Every government makes mistakes,” one of the men says – but we know what he means. He is talking about the mukhabarat intelligence service which lit the fire two years ago by its brutality towards the children of Deraa. The system of torture and fear that the secret police services of the regime imposed for decades upon Syria – the “repression” mentioned so obliquely in the lady’s demands – still lies like a blanket over those areas of the country that the government still controls.

How does a Syrian loyal to the regime tell its leader that his own security agencies helped to bring down this catastrophe upon their country? For these agencies have contaminated not just the Baath and the President but even the government army – the Syrian Arab Army – which is now trying to shrug off the awful carapace of legimitised violence that the plain-clothes men, in their tens of thousands, have used as a tool for more than 30 years. Even in the cities that the government still controls they have still not learned their lesson.

The country’s brutal secret services are no longer the power they once were. Other forces are at work

There are also some intriguing signs that the government army, so keen to appear as the foundation stone of the state – which it is – without the dark stain of fear left by the mukhabarat, is taking its own steps to push back the “terror” men. The military security forces, now that they have – for the first time – to deal directly with their own civilians, are giving orders over the heads of the intelligence agencies. In 2010, Assad himself took a decision to ban security agents from carrying weapons covertly – a highly contentious rule for the secret police – and the army has now followed on from this.

The army, for example, is today in command of security in battle. In the past, military intelligence men would give instructions to the army. But the Syrian army is now in charge. Field commanders – not cops – make decisions. There have been many cases, according to those involved with the military, where plain-clothes security agents witnessed brutalising civilians have been arrested and – incredibly – put before military courts. The generals and the colonels, in other words, are no longer prepared to play patsy to the regime’s thugs.

But romantics beware. The army is a ruthless machine and its commander-in-chief remains Bashar al-Assad. Its loyalty is still without question. The UN maintains voluminous files of war crimes that they say were committed by regular soldiers in the Syrian army. And the idea that the presidency itself may abandon its own security agents is a myth. A militarised state will always need a bodyguard of secret policemen. Nor will Assad’s enemies ever accept an army takeover – with or without an Assad leadership – as a compromise for a truce. For them – correctly – the army remains more dangerous than Assad himself. The mukhabarat may come and go, but the army remains.

… It is an irony of Syrian history that hitherto most threats to the regime have come from within the cities. The Muslim Brotherhood, still officially illegal in Syria, was an urban institution and it was the Brotherhood that threatened Damascus and the central cities of Homs and Hama in the 1980s. The great uprising of 1982 emanated from the centre of Hama, from the city’s mosques and underground tunnels; and thus the cruellest of the nation’s security forces, the Special Forces of Rifaat al-Assad – led by the president’s now-disgraced uncle – was sent in to liquidate the Brotherhood and up to 20,000 of Hama’s residents. But now the uprising comes from the countryside

That a regime originally founded on peasant reform should discover that its enemies now live among that same peasantry is a terrible stroke of history for Baathism. That a nation with a non-sectarian constitution – needless to say, we all know what is wrong with it – should find itself consumed by the very sectarian conflict that it was designed to prevent is a tragedy. No wonder the new 60-man special units of the government army being trained for operations across Syria are a careful mixture of all sects – Sunnis, Christians, Alawis, Druze and others – and are openly referred to as the most “colourful” of all military battalions. …

For the message – if there is one in the coming weeks and months – is that the most important institution to watch in Syria is not the regime. Nor is it Bashar al-Assad. Nor is it the secret police. Nor is it the Free Syrian Army, nor al-Nusrah. Nor the platitudes of the White House or Downing Street. It is the government Syrian Arab Army. Watch, as they say, this space.

 

Raqqa

 

Interesting article by Martin Kramer about Iranian influence and symbolism in Raqqa: The Shiite Crescent Eclipsed

… The upper inscription identifies this site as the shrine of two figures from seventh-century Islamic history, Ammar ibn Yasir and Uways al-Qarani. The façade is striking, but just what is the connection of this shrine in Raqqa to Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khameneh’i, and why is their portrait being defaced at its entrance?

As we shall see, the answer to that question establishes the short video clip as one of the most significant images to emerge from Syria’s civil war. It proclaims that the so-called “Shiite crescent” is now eclipsed.

… Raqqa is surrounded by semi-settled tribes, some branches of which believe they are descended from Husayn, the son of Ali and grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who is the central figure of Shiite martyrology. They sometimes belong to Sufi orders that venerate Ali and Husayn. Unlike the city dwellers, who regarded the shrine project with surly resentment, they welcomed it as a kind of beautification project. They are Sunnis, not Shiites, but they seemed like promising targets for Iranian proselytization. Visiting Iraqi or Iranian preachers would bring them together at the shrine for sessions commemorating their supposed forebears (majalis husayniyya).

… After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iranian planners conceived an ambitious plan for a kind of pilgrimage trail, consisting of a chain of shrines from Karbala to Damascus. Following the battle of Karbala in 687, the Umayyad caliph Yazid ordered that the head of the defeated Husayn be brought to him in Damascus. The idea was to create a route of pilgrimage following the stations of the head’s journey, anchored at the midway point by the already existing shrine to Husayn in Aleppo. To this end, Iran began to invest in the renovation and expansion of other sites in Syria.

Still, a scholar who has studied the entire range of Iranian shrine projects in Syria has written that, more than any other such effort, the Raqqa shrine “best represents the extent of Shiite triumphalism and state support in Syria.”

What will become of the shrine itself is uncertain. A false Iranian report claimed it had been destroyed by Sunni extremists, but that didn’t happen and it is unlikely to happen, since veneration of the tombs was a local tradition even before the Iranians arrived. The site is likely to be purged of its explicitly Iranian and Shiite references, but it is impossible to know which symbols will replace them.

It could be any one of the flags now sold in Raqqa, as shown in this photo. From right to left are the flags of the Free Syrian Army (minimally present in Raqqa), Ahrar al-Sham (dominant), and the black-and-white variations of the jihadist flag flown by Jabhat al-Nusra (also a major force). The struggle that will elevate one of these symbols over the others has only just begun.

 Miscellaneous

 

Belgium asks Turkey to watch for Belgians crossing into Syria

Belgium has asked Turkey to help in its efforts to prevent Belgian nationals from illegally crossing into Syria to fight alongside opposition forces trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Belgian Raids Target Support for Syrian Rebels

Belgian police raided four dozen homes on Tuesday looking for potential extremists who lure youngsters into traveling to Syria to join rebels trying to overthrow the government there.

Officials say dozens of Belgian teenagers already have left for the Syrian front, willing to fight but ill-prepared to survive the Arab country’s brutal civil war. Belgian leaders worry that the young fighters could return from Syria radicalized and willing to stage terrorist attacks at home.

… The mayor of Mechelen, whose city saw some homes raided, said the police action was linked to the disbanded Islamic group Sharia4Belgium.

Authorities are trying to determine if the group is a terrorist outfit, and prosecutors allege that Sharia4Belgium members who had traveled to Syria linked up with “al-Qaida-inspired combatants.” Videos showed its former leader Fouad Belkacem being taken from his home in the pre-dawn sweep.

Robert Fisk: At a checkpoint, watching for bombs, the talk turned to religion

The UN is amassing war crimes indictments against all kinds of armed groups in Syria – the government army very much among them – but the fact remains that this conversation would have been impossible – unthinkable – before the uprising. The war has given a freedom of speech even to soldiers to debate among themselves, as they do, about the war.

Famed Turkish Pianist Fazıl Say Sentenced for Blasphemy

World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazıl Say was handed a suspended 10-month prison sentence today for “insulting religious beliefs held by a section of the society,” bringing to a close a controversial case while sparking fiery reaction in Turkey and abroad.

 

Egypt Update

 

After last week’s sectarian problems in Egypt, Islamopedia provides a number of useful stories:

Egyptians march against sectarianism

Hundreds of people marched in the Egyptian capital on Tuesday to condemn sectarianism and call for unity between Muslims and Christians.

Coptic Church submits demands to Morsy

The Coptic Orthodox Church has identified five demands for President Mohamed Morsy to resolve the sectarian crises that have erupted in various parts of the country.

“We demand the president to apply the law to everyone, ensure safety and security in the entire country, activate fully the principle of citizenship, amend religious discourse, and teach Coptic history in schools,” Father Makary Habib, the personal secretary to Pope Tawadros II, told the Turkish Anadolu News on Wednesday.

Bishop thanks Muslims for protecting Christians in Egypt’s Al-Khosous

A senior Coptic bishop has praised Muslims in Al-Khosous who attempted to protect Christians during a recent bout of sectarian violence that left five people dead.

“The loving Muslims who protected Christians and the church during the deadly clashes in Al-Khosous highlighted the mistakes of the fanatics and showed the true meaning of religion and love,” Bishop Moussa, who is in charge of youth affairs at the Coptic Orthodox Church, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Egyptian Endowments Ministry bans political sermons, suspends popular sheikh

“Because of my position against ‘Brotherhoodizing’ Al-Azhar and the state, and my defense of Al-Azhar and its [grand] sheikh, the minister of endowments issued a decision to suspend me before any interrogations were carried out. He assigned in my place one of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood group imams, without prior warning or interrogation, in violation of the law,” Shaheen said.

Comments (578)


Pages: « 12 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 [12] Show All

551. mjabali said:

Syrian:

Any person who commits a crime, even if it is my father, should face a judge and punished accordingly.

Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

April 21st, 2013, 6:56 pm

 

552. revenire said:

Thumb up 4 Thumb down 3

April 21st, 2013, 6:57 pm

 

553. zoo said:

Several thousand join march through Tripoli streets for peace

Children, too, held signs that read “We are all Lebanese: Sunni, Christian and Alawite,” and “We want to live in peace, enough insecurity.”

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2013/Apr-22/214572-several-thousand-join-march-through-tripoli-streets-for-peace.ashx#ixzz2R8s4vqYg

Thumb up 4 Thumb down 2

April 21st, 2013, 7:06 pm

 

554. Tara said:

Reve,

HA is a terrorist organization. It is declared by the US as such. Please refrain from posting the propaganda of HA. I am asking you for the second time now to not post speeches of a terrorist organization for propaganda purpose on a US site. Thank you.

Thumb up 2 Thumb down 9

April 21st, 2013, 7:07 pm

 

555. revenire said:

Tara I dedicate this to you.

Thumb up 5 Thumb down 5

April 21st, 2013, 7:10 pm

 

556. Tara said:

Reve,

I have never opened any link you provide. And in general, I do not read your posts except when the post is very short, I can’t help seeing it reading the other posts. So most of the time I really do not know what you talk about.

Thumb up 6 Thumb down 7

April 21st, 2013, 7:14 pm

 

557. zoo said:

#555 REve

Thanks, she is a gem of a woman.

Thumb up 6 Thumb down 6

April 21st, 2013, 7:21 pm

 

558. Ameera said:

مهضومة الضرصانة

Thumb up 3 Thumb down 3

April 21st, 2013, 7:28 pm

 

559. revenire said:

Tara no need to open it. All can see the beautiful First Lady of Syria.

Thank you to our Lebanese brothers for helping control the border and protect the holy shrines.

Thumb up 5 Thumb down 6

April 21st, 2013, 7:31 pm

 

560. majedkhaldoun said:

Mjabali
Any person who commits a crime, even if it is my father, should face a judge and punished accordingly.

Bravo Mjabali, that what Quraan says, and that is what Islam is.

As for your previous comment, if the guy they killed was proven criminal, then he desrves it, if he was killed only because he was Rafidi, that is a crime and those who committed the killing are not Muslems, and they must be punished in the same way.
Remember La Ikraha fi addeen, everyone is free to believe in any religion he wants but that should never give him the right to hurt others

Citizen
I agree we should look at what bring us togather, but sending soldiers from HA to kill Syrian is not accepted. after this war ends Hassan Nasrallah will be wanted man and if he stays in Lebanon he will be tracked and we will look for him till we find this thug and will be hanged in Marjeh, there is no doubt that he approved sending HA soldiers to kill Syrians

Thumb up 4 Thumb down 6

April 21st, 2013, 7:33 pm

 

561. revenire said:

AL-NUSRA FRONT TERRORISTS COLLAPSING IN AL-QASEIR !! ..

150 Terrorists from “Al-Nusra Front” have laid down their arms and surrendered to the Syrian Arab Army in Al-Qaseir a short while ago, with reports from the field that the Terrorists front is now fully collapsing and news is expected in the coming hours of the big Victory of Al-Qaseir …

VICTORY INSHALLAH ALL THE WAY, THANK YOU GOD … – J

https://www.facebook.com/homs.news.network.english?hc_location=timeline

Thumb up 5 Thumb down 3

April 21st, 2013, 7:34 pm

 

562. Tara said:

Reve,

He he. I figured. Didn’t you tell us you look at her picture and that your wife look at Batta’s one when making out? That was sometimes ago. Have you seen any therapist? It seems that you are not the only one on SC. I don’t think a therapist can offer a grope therapy though.

Thumb up 2 Thumb down 6

April 21st, 2013, 7:41 pm

 

563. revenire said:

Every night Tara. It spices up the marriage.

People of Jordan support Bashar.

Thumb up 5 Thumb down 5

April 21st, 2013, 7:45 pm

 

564. zoo said:

As the 11 countries expressed that they do not want any role for Bashar Al Assad in the future of Syria, it is certain that the Syrian government will reject such negotiations that carries a predetermined result. It will also slam the West blackmail and threat of further assistance to the rebels.
It seems that the West while talking about a political solution only wants further military escalation and more violence. Dark days ahead for Syrians.
.

In the joint statement early Sunday, the 11 participants – Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Italy, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain, the United States and Turkey, said “Assad and his close associates have no place in the future of Syria” and should cede power to a transitional executive body.

Kerry sought to offer at least a rhetorical olive branch to Russia, noting that the “framework of peace” was agreed to “by the international community, including our friends, the Russians.” But the joint statement of the 11 countries also warned that if Assad rejects a peaceful transition, “further announcements regarding expanding our assistance will follow.”

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/04/21/189268/us-allies-agree-on-rules-for-sending.html#storylink=cpy

Thumb up 3 Thumb down 3

April 21st, 2013, 7:50 pm

 

565. Uzair8 said:

Just learnt that Mr Nasrallah is to visit Tehran.

I wonder if he is concerned about the Syria policy enough to deem it necessary to discuss in person with Iranian leaders about ‘where are we heading with this thing?’?

http://www.abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=411538

Thumb up 2 Thumb down 6

April 21st, 2013, 7:59 pm

 

566. Syrialover said:

The Assad regime is hellbent on debasing and degrading all Syrians with this conflict.

The ugly hoax of REVENIRE’s posts is just one more means of doing this.

Somebody thought up the idea of a “REVENIRE” persona and the person doing it is having a lot of fun.

Thumb up 4 Thumb down 6

April 21st, 2013, 8:00 pm

 

567. Tara said:

That is exactly the point.

FOS threatened Assad giving the rebel military commands $123 million in aid and clearly warning him that if he rejects peaceful transition where neither him nor his close associates have any place, further assistance to the rebels shall be extended and the Assadists celebrate. Calling Assadists idiots is not polite. Can any one propose a polite description?

Too much for the analysis of one poster on SC claiming that the West is going to change its view of Assad from a savage dictator to a hero fighting al Qaeda. A laughable analysis good only for my dear diary.

Thumb up 4 Thumb down 7

April 21st, 2013, 8:05 pm

 

568. mjabali said:

Uzair:

Sorry dude Nasrallah did not inform you with his visit to Iran.

The main question for you:

Are you reading anything about Pakistan these days?

Second: if you are not with the fence sitters: When you gonna join the fight in Syria?

Third: As De Nero told Joe Pesci: “Who is asking you to interfere in our business?”

One last Note Allahu Akbar Uzair: you always come to the party late…

Thumb up 5 Thumb down 3

April 21st, 2013, 8:13 pm

 

569. Syrialover said:

Rabbit FISK hs now become Rabid Fisk.

He’s really lost it. He couldn’t fall further.

That article UZAIR8 posted (#511) with Fisk revealing “Hitherto unknown information has emerged from the confidential archives of the Syrian presidency and foreign ministry” is..

wait for it…

a deferential puff piece about a new book by Assad witch-apparatchik BOUTHAINA SHAABAN!!!

(the ugliest woman in the world both inside and outside)

Hmmm. Will revelations come out about the rapidly-ageing Fisk’s private life? I feel nausea.

I now see I was being charitable and naive about Robert Fisk in #108.

Thumb up 4 Thumb down 5

April 21st, 2013, 8:17 pm

 

570. zoo said:

Bashar al Assad and the Syrian Army are emerging as the heroes of a battle against obscurantism as well as imperialism.

They are doing what the USA and western countries have been doing in Afghanistan for a decades: Eliminate the scourge called Al Qaeda and all its ideological ramifications.

The opposition has opted to side with Al Qaeda and thus will never be able to be free from that disease. There is no cure for people infected with the virus called Al Nusra-Al Qaeda even if they make hundred of public promises, it’s inside their organism.
With time, infected people will ineluctably weaken and die.

Thumb up 6 Thumb down 4

April 21st, 2013, 8:24 pm

 

571. zoo said:

Tara

OMG… Bashar al Assad is surely terrified by that horrible threat of more millions non-lethal aid to rebels and he will surrender immediately! Count on that!

Thumb up 6 Thumb down 5

April 21st, 2013, 8:30 pm

 

572. Syrialover said:

Squirm and disgust warning. It gets worse (following from #569).

Fisk’s piece on Bouthaina Shaaban’s book heroizes and shoe-kisses Hafez Assad.

Fisk even fantasizes about how wonderful it would be to have Hafez here today and ask him what he would have done!

Well, Fisky, here’s your anwer:

His boys Bashar and Maher are determinedly mimicking their daddy and faithfully honoring his approach to “leadership”. He’s their model, programmed into their upbringing and DNA.

Read this, by a leading Syrian writer:

“Daddy Dearest – Inside the mind of Bashar al-Assad”

President Bashar al-Assad is a man trapped in his dead father’s web

QUOTE:

“The harsh military-security apparatus set up by his father, so successfully tested in the troubles of the 1980s, was the only option for Bashar. The young president was completely immersed in his father’s experience. His father’s legacy dominated the mentality of the son, and he could not escape from it, or think outside it. Every time Bashar the president confronted a new development in the current crisis, he resorted not to his own common sense but looked back for similarities to what his father had experienced in the past and how he had reacted. He became a brutal mimic man.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/03/04/daddy-dearest-inside-the-mind-of-bashar-al-assad.html

Thumb up 3 Thumb down 4

April 21st, 2013, 8:47 pm

 

573. Syrialover said:

I have observed an intriguing example of “congitive dissonance” going on here.

ZOO (whose religion I am not assuming to identify), has displayed a detailed knowledge and interest in Christianity. Which must include their beliefs and values.

And yet he’s ferociously unwilling to condemn the Assad regime’s tyrannies, hatreds and brutalities, and blames “the west” and others for all the terrible things being done to Syrians.

I suggest he goes along to one of their mainstream churches and has a chat with the priest. He may find counselling and help with the demons in his head.

Thumb up 3 Thumb down 3

April 21st, 2013, 9:03 pm

 

574. Syrialover said:

Didn’t realise, a new thread had started. I may have to re-post my stuff on FISK and ZOO.

Thumb up 2 Thumb down 3

April 21st, 2013, 9:13 pm

 

575. annie said:

Tara, same here when you write
556. Tara said:

Reve,

I have never opened any link you provide. And in general, I do not read your posts except when the post is very short, I can’t help seeing it reading the other posts. So most of the time I really do not know what you talk about.

Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

April 22nd, 2013, 1:17 am

 

576. Back to Reality: Syria & Chemical Weapons | Syria Report - Syria News, Media, Articles & Analysis. said:

[...] the Syrian government will last, Joshua Landis took the controversial position that the Syrian army has been steadily gaining ground and inspired caution on the speculation on the durability of the Syrian army on the battlefield [...]

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

May 3rd, 2013, 3:35 pm

 

577. Weapons of Mass Deception | Syria Report said:

[...] two years, the al-Asad regime is not desperate or on its “last legs.” In fact, it has been steadily gaining ground for months, ever since they decisively crushed a major assault on Damascus in December 2012. The very last [...]

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

June 14th, 2013, 10:21 am

 

578. The Endgame in Syria / Ending the Games in Syria | Tyrant News said:

[…] brutal methods in defiance of government orders for restraint–prompting the President to dramatically reform his security apparatus and the Ba’ath Party […]

Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

September 16th, 2013, 7:30 am

 

Pages: « 12 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 [12] Show All

Post a comment


seven − = 5