Syria is Ready for Peace.

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Ford Prefect.

I just got back from Damascus. Syria and the Syrians are ready for peace, I am glad to report.

Damascus was hot as usual during the summer months. It was bursting with life, people, and moving objects (sometimes referred to as cars) wondering around its busy and narrow streets. At traffic lights, the honking starts the minute drivers, who are religiously monitoring the traffic signal of the cross traffic, sense a green light is finally coming. And, as usual, lanes of traffic are ad hoc; you create your own lane at will and other drivers innocently oblige. I love the freedom and liberty of traffic lanes in Syria.

So after months of indoctrination by my Syrian expats here in the US, I was expecting to witness a disgruntled populace in Syria due to recent surges in prices of almost everything. I braced myself for the worst and filled my pockets with 50 liras bills – just in case. I was pleasantly disappointed. Instead, I found people going about their daily lives as they did before, but this time with a strong sense of Syrian pride of standing together and surviving the storm that was hatched in the dark alleys of the White House.

I have never seen or observed this feeling before in Syria. My local friends and relatives, who are usually professional naggers with advanced degrees in whining, are all of the sudden bragging about how great Syria is and the Syrians are. The feeling was that the whole world conspired against them and the Syrians finally won; and the lines at the foreign embassies for Syrian visa seekers have, all of the sudden, disappeared.

Can you find poverty is Syria? Yes. Can you find disenfranchised people in Syria? Sure. Are there prisoners of conscious in Syrian jails? Indeed. But one would be blind not to observe how genuinely the people of Syria feel that sense of vindication after the collapse of the Cheney project in the Middle East. Syrians are now very happy to have their country still in one piece – prosperous (in relative terms), dignified, and the envy of their neighbors.

That is why Syria today is ready for peace with Israel where it wasn’t just a year ago. That sense of vindication comes from repelling the demonic “neoconic” project of dismantling Syria (in which Hariri paid dearly for it with his life), the stellar wins of Hezbollah (twice) in Lebanon, and the demonstrable steps of the Syrian government to enact societal transformation and economic liberalization have all combined to produce a heightened sense of Syrian national identity that is unshakable and self-assured.

And, it was clear to me that Bashar Assad is a popular man in Syria – more so today than his father ever was. Somehow, humbly enough, he showed Syrians that he’s got what it takes to be a strong leader.

Syrians today feel secure, mature, and needing one final step to complete their march towards a viable nation-state. That step is heavily engrained in every Syrian mind: The return of Golan Heights – every inch (or centimeters) of it in exchange for a genuine and lasting peace with Israel. Read on.

Riad is my 30-something driver in Damascus. Every year, for the past 4 years, I hire Riad with his sharp eyes and incredible wit in navigating Damascus traffic and streets. Riad is a very patient driver – never complained about the heat, how late we party, the traffic, or the high prices of food or fuel. Riad is also a devout Muslim. The Quran is neatly tucked away in the car’s glove box compartment. When Riad is waiting, he is usually reading the Quran. Riad is also a Hajji who’s been to Hajj three times. And Riad loves Bashar and hates Khaddam.

Riad got married last year. My wife did meet Riad’s wife once last March. She is a young Syrian woman with an incredible radiance and beauty – clearly visible through her conservative hijab, according to my wife (who rarely mentions anything about beautiful women!)

So, this summer Riad told me the good news. His wife is pregnant and they are expecting twin boys sometime in December. Excited about the news, I asked Riad about what is he going to name the twins. “Ishaq and Elias.” he promptly answered.

Shocked by his answer, I asked the question again, in case I happened to loose my hearing.

“Ishak and Elias,” he repeated. “Ishaq for the Jews and Elias for the Christians. We Muslims are part of that Jewish and Christian religions, and both names are mentioned in the Quran,” Riad promptly answered. “I want to make sure that my children grow up in Syria with names that keep reminding them of our diverse nation (watan), this is Syria and not Saudi Arabia,” Riad concluded.

Syria is ready for peace and Riad is one of its newest heroes.

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101. Zenobia said:

OTW,
yes, I agree. Interesting parallel. Whats the difference between ‘nepotism’ and ‘cronyism’? I am not sure.

What the university does in giving preference to Alumni children is of course not against the law, although it seems unfair.
I have to think about it. but it is certainly not based on merit, thats for sure.

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August 1st, 2008, 7:47 am

 

102. Off the Wall said:

ZENOBIA

It is the ZERO SUM game vision that pushes many to aggrandize martyrdom. Every thing is “maseeri”, and every single event becomes “a most critical juncture in the history of the nations”. now take the word nation and replace it with the name of 80% of the countries on earth, one at a time, and you would be reading the opening sentence of almost every political speech.

You are fast, but as AP once said, thanks for the Edit button

I think Cronyism is the right word for the parallel I drew, but the result is the same, incompetent people getting to play with toys they are not suitable for. However, my arguments can also be countered by the fact that even if admission is not necessarily meritorious, the grading pays no attention to how the student got to the university. At least in the ones I have been to.

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August 1st, 2008, 7:49 am

 

103. Zenobia said:

lol. aye, you’re right.

what’s ‘maseeri’?

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August 1st, 2008, 7:51 am

 

104. Off the Wall said:

Could it be “Existential”?

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August 1st, 2008, 7:56 am

 

105. Zenobia said:

ah. i don’t know. could be… a rather abstract idea.

yes, yes i am fast! ha ha

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August 1st, 2008, 7:58 am

 

106. Zenobia said:

I think we need a dictionary or encyclopedia of corruption. I bet it would be very popular.

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August 1st, 2008, 8:06 am

 

107. Majhool said:

Zen

“I think you are saying that Syrians do not have an adequate sense of their social contract with the rest of the citizenry, and that this is a contributor to corruption. If that is what you are saying ?”

Exactly so.

wasn’t sure how your solutions would apply there.

Let’s recall the solutions

1) Political reform: Issue a new political parties and election law:

I argue that When the Syrians start electing their own representatives; it will strengthen their sense of ownership of the political systems. It will help foster responsibility and Cynicism will take a back seat.

2) Lift the emergency laws and reinstitute the rule of law
People need to feel that the law matters. If they see it being abused by some they will be tempted to do that same thing.

2) Allow the civil society to operate freely

I believe participating in civil society groups and organizations would promote the collective sense of belonging to a community or a cause.

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August 1st, 2008, 8:26 am

 

108. Karim said:

He is probably the one Ambassador with the hardest job in the diplomatic core here in the US. Should I hate hime because he is Baathist.

Dear OTW,i’m soft in my critics towards most of government members ,embassadors and other officials because i’ m aware that they are doing their possible and and we will see when this regime is gone ,how they will distance themselves from it,they have a good idea of the dirty practices of asads ,makhloufs and co.,and Imad Mustapha is not baathi,he gives the impression that he is a good person and why not him for Syria’s presidency?You would agree that he deserves it more than the asads and sons?
And btw ,i have nothing against the baathists,they are our cousins,brothers,sisters…
And plz ,the religion doesnt matter ,and i repeat: the shoes of Aref Dalila the son of the alawite mountain is worth the turbans of most of our sheikhs from Morroco to Indonesia.

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August 1st, 2008, 8:28 am

 

109. Off the Wall said:

ZENOBIA

Check this out,
Corruptionary’ – a dictionary of corruption-related terms in the Philippines

It is available on

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=117773

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August 1st, 2008, 8:36 am

 

110. Off the Wall said:

Dear Karim
As I said before, I appreciate your civility in argument. Thanks for your clarification.

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August 1st, 2008, 8:44 am

 

111. Karim said:

Our minister of defence 90 years ago :

http://www.ajeal.net/4images/data/media/19/071.jpg

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/986/olddamas06im3.jpg

And minister of def….”Sheraton Damascus” :

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=YzxdumcAqcQ

From Der Spiegel:(was he also drunk here?)
Tlass no longer knows exactly how many death sentences he has signed personally, and he speaks quietly as he explains why these horrific acts were unavoidable, even the many who died by hanging. At times in the 1980s, he says, 150 death sentences a week were carried out by hanging in Damascus alone. “We used weapons to assume power, and we wanted to hold onto it. Anyone who wants power will have to take it from us with weapons,” says the general, smiling.

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August 1st, 2008, 9:05 am

 

112. Akbar Palace said:

Our dear ultra-conservative AP is, of course, never satisfied with any positive gesture short of a complete tear down and replacement of the Syrian government and its institutions. Instead of helping us and many other Israelis to find common grounds for peace, he views anything short of the adopting the “Clean Break” doctrine (thanks Alex!) is a waste of time. Answering him here would also be just that.

Welcome back FP of “Dickless Cheney” fame!;)

If you want to label me an “ultra-conservative” that is your perogative. I consider myself a “neocon”. Since, I believe, you are located somewhere here in the States, you should be aware that the neo-cons are more socially liberal than the “ultra-conservatives”.

But yes, the two points I was trying to clarify was:

1.) I think American action in the Middle East helped to isolate those countries still supporting terror, thus helping to persuade some regimes to act more peacefully. I’m thinking in terms of Libya and Syria. And let us not forget Iraq. Iraq will not be firing too many scuds or invading a neighboring country in the near future.

2.) Assuming a peace agreement is struck between Assad and Israel, what makes that peace different than the treaties with Egypt and Jordan, where the leaders are now considered “traitors” and “corrupt”?

Judging from some of the participants here, I’m not convinced that a peace treaty between Syria and Israel is going to bode well for Syrian Ba’athism and/or Assad. It certainly didn’t help Arafat and Fatah (and there’s no peace agreement yet!).

Anyway, those were my two points.

BTW, and just to make myself clear, I have no qualms with Syrian national identity, pride, or whatever you want to call it. I have no problem with any form of nationalism. And I recognize all states in the region including the State of Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria.

If that makes me an “ultra-conservative”, then so be it.;)

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August 1st, 2008, 10:46 am

 

113. In Damascus said:

Thank you “Ford Prefect” for this brilliant insight on the situation in Syria….I think you’ve absolutely got it spot on!!

We all hope for a real and lasting peace in the near future and the people here are definitely ready for it.

Regards to the sheer brilliance of your friend Riad…he truly represents the forward-thinking Syrian mentality we’d all like to see more of.

Thanks again.

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August 1st, 2008, 11:01 am

 

114. Akbar Palace said:

The document urged democratic reform and called for Syria to recognise Lebanon as an independent state by demarcating the border.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7533428.stm

Alex,

I thought you said Syria recognized Lebanon as an independent state. Is this true or not?

What I find interesting is that we still have countries and organizations who STILL do not recongnize other states in the region, but only Israelis and Neocons are labelled “ultra-conservative”.

Go figure?

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August 1st, 2008, 1:04 pm

 

115. Alex said:

Dear Akbar,

I asked you a year ago if you would support the peace process if it includes a solution based on land for peace according to UN resolutions and you said that you do. So I had no need to brand you … you can be a neo-con, an ultra-conservative or a ralph Nader support if you wish… as long as you seem to want a peaceful solution, sooner and not later.

The part you quoted from the BBC is not the reason those people are on trial. I will try to explain, but please keep in mind tha tI am explaining, not supporting the resons why these people are on trial.

They are on trial because the regime considered them dangerous (to the regime or to Syria). in 2005 and 2006 (pre-summer war which HA won) Syria was in a weak position. The “democracy” argument was used as a weapon against Bashar by everyone around him (especially by the non-democratic Saudi journalists) …. these people (at least some of them) were warned more than once to not join outsiders in this pressure on Syria. In the case of Michel Kilo for example, Bashar said that Michel was warned more than once to not work with the French because Chirac is not the innocent friend to Syria that he says he is …

So, the Syrian regime wanted no one to cooperate with outsiders like M14, Saudi Arabia, or France …even if that cooperation was through democracy and human rights NGOs.

Those who decided to ignore the regime’s requests were considered dangerous at that time.

I agree that they were naive or foolish … but whatever danger came out of their belief in Jacques Chirac or in M14 people (who said they wanted democracy in Syria), that still does not justify putting those activists in jail today … Syria is now very strong.

I think there is an easy way to predict when some democracy activist will receive a warning (followed by an arrest if he persists):

The Damascus Declaration called for “democratic and radical change” in Syria … Aref Dalileh, in his last speech, called for immediate and total overhaul of Syria’s political system.

The regime has no tolerance for passionate speeches or signed declarations that call for radical immediate change.

Those who promote immediate radical change should realize that this means one thing … overthrowing the regime.

It should be obvious that an authoritarian regime will feel threatened by those who want to overthrow it. For someone to write an article, or to sign a declaration asking for immediate change, he would be

1) Naive (thinking that somehow the regime will accept to dismantle itself tomorrow)

2) Calling for a violent confrontation with the regime … a revolution.

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August 1st, 2008, 3:41 pm

 

116. Karim said:

Alex Bey,and those who never called for a radical change why are they in prison?And yes Syria is in need of radical change ,there are no other options if we want to prevent Syria from slipping into the unknown.That doesn’t mean a revolution,let the regime does it and if the regime shows good will towards freedom and justice and releases all these pacifistic people,a clear commitment from the regime that will open the way for a democratic transition…then we will be obliged to forgive all what happened in the past,even Hama.

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August 1st, 2008, 5:19 pm

 

117. Alex said:

Karim bey,

We all agree that we need serious change in Syria. Nothing is wrong with that. Even Obama is committed (hopefully) to change.

I think the question is … when it comes to dramatic change, how far can one go in reality? … and how fast?

Many complained that even before being elected, Obama is already limiting many of his promises for change … now we expect him to, at best, make some mild-to-moderate level of changes.

“the regime” in Syria is strong, it is authoritarian … but the system is stronger … Alex bey believes that we can move faster than we did so far … but not as fast s you, and others, would like us to move.

But I am hoping for a boost in reform efforts next year … I hope “the regime” and “he system” will not disappoint us too much… Recent history shows us that Syria experiences a relaxation in her relations with the west (and with Arab moderate puppets) only for a period of few years .. followed by more pressure and attempts to isolate Syria.

We need to take advantage of the anticipated friendly environment next year to create positive momentum, for Syria, and for everyone in the Middle East

THAT would be something.

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August 1st, 2008, 5:40 pm

 

118. Akbar Palace said:

Alex –

Thanks. Yes, I have always supported a land for peace formula.

We all know about internal dissent within Syria, and I’m not here to thrash that subject around for me to gloat over. I’m just mystified (if it’s true) why Syria doesn’t recognize Lebanon as an independent state.

Do you have an explanation for this?

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August 1st, 2008, 5:44 pm

 

119. Alex said:

AP,
“recognize Lebanon” means many things

– Officially, Syria did recognize Lebanon through numerous statements and interviews.

– Although Hafez Assad never visited Lebanon, Bashar did (a symbolic recognition)

– Embassy … there is no problem opening one now that Lebanon is headed by a decent and friendly president. But honestly there is absolutely no practical need for an embassy … Damascus is half an hour from Lebanese border … and the Lebanese do not need a VISA to enter Syria … many enter to have lunch or to shop, then they go back home to Beirut.

The embassy thing was to a large extent a pressure tool on Syria … to show Syria as an evil neighbor that wants wants to take Lebanon back.

But by now (after the incredible publicity given to that issue), many Lebanese people are more convinced that the embassy carries a valuable symbolic weight … and Syria will probably go for it now that it is a popular wish.

By the way, the best way to accelerate the process is for the idiots in Saudi Press (and elsewhere) to stop criticizing Syria and daring Syria to open that embassy … the regime is always predictable in the way it responds to pressure … it will slow down or reverse whatever action the regime is pressured to take.

Sarkozy, and Lebanese president can and should still raise the issue in private meetings with the Syrians, but not as part of the counter productive typical media circus. No country likes to be pushed by its adversaries or their reps in the media.

– Finally, I can tell you a personal opinion … Syria expects that none of that matters in the long run … Lebanon and Syria will merge again in some way (economic, or more) … ten to twenty years form now… when both the Lebanese and Syrian people will realize that it is in their advantage to do so.

But in the short run, Syria will be very sensitive to the symbolic gestures needed to assure the Lebanese that they are not going to be controlled by Syria.

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August 1st, 2008, 6:02 pm

 

120. norman said:

AP,

The relation between Syria and Lebanon is like the relation between parents and children ,

They are adults when they are 18 but that does not mean they are not our children and we have to care about them and offer advise , They can take it and make us happy or not and make us sad and sometime make us angry to the point that makes us not mention them in our well.

That is may Take .

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August 1st, 2008, 6:08 pm

 

121. Akbar Palace said:

Alex, Norman,

I will not press the issue. Of course, observers like me wonder if Syria has some territorial “claim” to Lebanon.

If they don’t, I don’t see what the Saudis, parent/child, Sarkozy have do due with Syria “recognizing Lebanon as an independent state”. I think if Syria DID, it would help ease fears in the West and even in Lebanon. Moreover, it seems to me Syria has several allies in Lebanon. Of course, if Syria does have a territorial claim, then that’s another story.

Personally, if we’re really interested in peace and if we’re really interested in moving our countries ahead, the time for “recognition ” is now. Not tomorrow.

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August 1st, 2008, 6:24 pm

 

122. Shai said:

AP,

The word “recognition” in our region has always meant “peace”. It doesn’t mean recognizing the other side as a legitimate party, because all parties have been talking to each other over the past 60 years, over many different issues (cease-fire agreements, POW exchanges, borders, UN forces, etc.) In that sense, Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Lebanon, all “recognize” Israel. The 3 Yes’s, as described in the two Arab Summits in Beirut and Riyadh, talk of recognition in context of making peace with Israel once and for all. But in order to receive this “recognition”, the Arab states’ conditions are withdrawal to the 1967 lines, and an acceptable solution to the Palestinian refugee problem.

Israelis and other Jews often throw around sentences like “They don’t even recognize us…”, to demonstrate how the most basic condition to a demonstration of peaceful intentions isn’t even met. But from the Arab’s point of view, recognition isn’t about accepting Israel as the Jewish state (they will never do that), nor about formally declaring that the Zionist Entity (aka Israel) has a right to exist. Only Ahmadinejad is still barking the opposite rhetoric. No Arab leader is suggesting Israel has no right to exist. By talking to us about Samir Kuntar, and about Gilad Shalit, Hezbollah and Hamas are both, de facto, recognizing Israel. To the Arabs, the much needed “recognition”, is peace itself.

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August 1st, 2008, 6:50 pm

 

123. Off the Wall said:

ALEX

Sometimes I get the feeling that whenever the Syrians announce their agreement to do something (e.g., embassy), the “Idiots” in Saudi press hype up the pressure knowing their adversary’s reaction. It seems to me the when one’s reaction is predictable, ones actions and plans can easily be sabotaged by ones “enemies”

I know that no one wants to be bullied, and no one wants to look like caving to pressure, but since Syria is taking principled actions, the idiots can shout as much as they want, Bashar should just keep on going with what he adopted and agreed on. This is what the Syrians are doing with the peace process and with breaking the isolation now, completely ignoring both the Saudi press and and the paid for Egyptian penmans for hire.

As they say, the Saudis want Syria to get sucked into playing the “jakara” game.

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August 1st, 2008, 7:25 pm

 

124. Shai said:

OTW,

Hello again! What’s your take on Hezbollah’s latest comments regarding Israeli incursion into Lebanese airspace? (See Qifa Nabki’s article in the next thread). Do you think a confrontation is likely again? Could such a thing strengthen HA in any way? The entire peace process, after all, does not exactly act as a “stabilizing effect” upon HA, nor does it help its raison d’etre or certainly its tens of thousands of rockets.

What’s your take on this?

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August 1st, 2008, 7:30 pm

 

125. Off the Wall said:

SHAI,
Sorry but I have been out this news cycle. I will read relevant materials. It seems that dangerous things are occurring.

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August 1st, 2008, 7:59 pm

 

126. Shai said:

OTW,

See my comments with QN’s in the next thread (News Roundup).

I’m heading in soon… Have a great weekend.

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August 1st, 2008, 8:03 pm

 

127. Alex said:

I agree OTW,

This started in 2006 when Syria completely ignored all the daily M14 statements (from Jmblatt, atfat and others).

But when it comes to the embassy … Syria really would have preferred not to bother opening one. Afterall, Syria only has less than 50 embassies worldwide. A Syrian embassy is not a recognition or lack of recognition statement. An embassy is simply an extra cost that Syria would rather avoid, except where necessary … countries where Syria needs to have an envoy (Paris, Washington …), or countries where there are many Syrian expats…

So … if it is opened, it is really because of popular pressure in Lebanon. But Syria would like to make sure it is understood as the response to popular demand from Lebanon and not part of political and media pressure from the adversaries.

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August 1st, 2008, 8:16 pm

 

128. Off the Wall said:

Alex

Ah, i see the point.

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August 1st, 2008, 8:23 pm

 

129. Alon Liel said:

Dear Ford Prefect

I would really love to tour Damascus with you and your driver-friend last week. The story you tell us about the new atmosphere in Syria did not reach us in Israel so far. If every Israeli would be able to meet you face to face or to join you on your recent Damascus tour, things would look very different, but this is difficult to organize.

If your testimony is correct, and I am sure it is, we will finally sense it here in Israel. We need at this stage to let our media tell us the story about your changing counrty. The interviews of Ambassador Imad Mustafa and of Dr. Samir Al Taki last week, started to present to the Israelis a Syria we did not know. We just need another major interview now to make the big difference in our public opinion. We need an interview with your President, Bashar Assad, to an Israeli TV station. Such an interview will refuel our recently slowed down negotiations, and will positivly engage our public to back the Syrian-Israeli peace process.

If this will happens FP, my taxi driver will consider calling his soon-born twins, Bashar and Asma.

Alon Liel

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August 1st, 2008, 9:12 pm

 

130. Qifa Nabki said:

Dear Alon,

Thanks for your comment.

What are your thoughts about the prospects for peace, now that Olmert is on his way out? Your colleague, and valued Syria Comment regular, Shai, believes that prospects remain good.

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August 1st, 2008, 9:48 pm

 

131. Ghimar said:

MAJHOOL,

I would give you a discount or for-free treatment if you give me your non-MAJHOOL ID :)

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August 1st, 2008, 10:21 pm

 

132. Majhool said:

Ghimar,

sho mukhabarat?

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August 2nd, 2008, 3:05 am

 

133. norman said:

Dear Alon,

Nice to hear from you , Don’t you think that the Israeli house should be more stable before moving forward with an interview with the Syrian president.

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August 2nd, 2008, 3:20 am

 

134. Ahmad Aoun said:

Dear All

It is with no Doubt that the Peace Issue has Attracted your Views & Opinions Like No Other Issue, However, If you take a few minutes Break to Read all your Comments as one, you would Realize How Far we are from Peace, For the Simple Reason that we are still “Pieces”.

He Who does not want Peace would be a Unique Phenomenon in this Life (Ubnormal), Yet He who wants Peace with Ignorance of the Fundamental Peace Requirements would fall beyond Ubnormality.

Despite your Several attempts to promote Peace on this Forum, None had a Clear view on the Definition of Peace, I mean National Peace,

Allow me to Raise this Query:

Had Any of you tried to Link Peace with Rights?

From what I’ve read so Far I could only see one Clear Vision on the above Question, and that is Nour’s,,, While all of you are still practicing Kids Anxiety to posses a toy.

National Issues can not be subjected to passing circumstances or individual Moods, and definately the Peace Issue you are addressing is no Toy,

Palestine:
When Palestinians were asked to Leave their Homeland in 1948, they were told that it was a temporary Measure for the Sake of Maintaining Peace,,,
Where are those Palestinians Now?
what Rights do they Enjoy?
What future do they Have?
and Most Important,, Where on earth is Peace to them without their Rights?

Has anyone Realized the Damage Caused by those “PEACE Pioneers” Then, to the many Palestinian Refugee Generations who were Born later to swallow the Cosequences of the 1948 Peace claim?

Iraq:

The U.S invaded Iraq to achieve “World Peace”, Resulting to Death Tolls Beyond Immagination, Not to mention the Fragmentation of the Iraqi People, Turning a Solid Country into a bunch of Secterian communities.
And don’t forget the Deterioration of Iraq’s Economy and many many More ” Peacefull” Conclusions.

Lebanon:
Have we Forgotten the IDF Invasion to South Lebanon “1982” for the Sake of Fighting Terrorism and Maintaing Peace in The Region?
No, We haven’t.
Why don’t you ask Yourselves how was Peace in that Region during that Peacefull Campaign?
Have you Visited The Khyam Concentration Camp? Have you ever wondered what was Peace Like at that Era?

Not to Mention the Israeli 2006 Peacefull Campaign that ended with over a Million Peacefull Gifts to the Lebanese People, “Cluster Bombs” and Depleted Uranium Residues..

Need I cite More Examples?

Peace can not be treated as a Dream or a Desire, Peace is not a Bonus for being a Good Boy, Peace is not a Grant by Super Powers,Peace is not a Political Issue, Rather a National Issue.

Peace is a will of Life, and Life with No Rights is No Life.

We all want Peace, But Never on account of our National Rights,

And when it comes to National Rights, Peace is not Given, Peace is Taken by the Will of the Nation. A Nation that Respects every Drop Of Sweat Poured on its Soil by its Ancestors to preserve it to the Present Generation, and a Nation That Respects the Rights of its Unborn Generations to their ancestors Soil “Homeland”.

With Due Respect My Brothers and Sisters, addressing the Issue of Peace can not be handled while you are enjoying the Peace of Other Nations and your Country Men, Women and Children are subjected to all sorts of suffering.
You Can not look at events taking Place Back Home as if you are watching a Movie,,

Wake Up, Look ahead, preserve your Children’s Rights to their Land, Pave the Way to a better Life for them.

Peace is Rights and Freedom, and Rights and Freedom are nothing but struggle for a better Life.

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August 2nd, 2008, 4:32 am

 

135. Majd Al-Shihabi said:

This article just made my day, week, month, year, life!

I love it!

PS props for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference :)

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August 2nd, 2008, 5:33 am

 
 

137. Ghimar said:

Majhool;

I wish….I applied, but my candidacy was strongly rejected!

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August 2nd, 2008, 1:53 pm

 

138. Alon Liel said:

Dear Qifa and Norman

Thanks for your comments. All of our Syrian friends must understand that the talks we have now in Turkey are a result of the Syrian determination to move forward. This determination convinced Olmert that Syria has changed. The rest of our leadership was hardly exposed to the recent information coming from Damascus throught the Turkish mediators ,and niegther was our public. We have to make a renewed effort to convince Olmert’s successor and the Israeli public as a whole, and it should start now.

We also have to further involve the Europeans in our dialogue. We see growing good will in Europe and should expect at this stage the appointment of a European envoy to the talks in Turkey. This will give the talks additional strength and depth and will make it impossible for our next government to unilaterally stop them.

President Assad is visiting Iran today. It will be an amazing development if after this visit he will grant an interview to an Israeli media organ. This will position Assad as an independent statsmen with courage and vision.

Alon

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August 2nd, 2008, 5:29 pm

 

139. Majhool said:

Ghimar,

Rejected? Shame on them. I guess you are not a fierce mountaineer

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August 2nd, 2008, 5:44 pm

 

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