“Syria’s New Government,” By EHSANI2

“Syria’s New Government”
By EHSANI2
For Syria Comment
April 15, 2011

Since the new Syrian Government was announced, the public reaction has largely been subdued. Most people are mesmerized by the extraordinary events on the ground,  nevertheless, let me discuss the people of the new government and what it may mean for Syria’s domestic policy. CVs of all ministers..

The first notable change is the outright elimination of the office of the deputy Prime Minister for Economic affairs previously held by Mr. Dardari. In essence, no one replaced Mr. Dardari as his previous function was eliminated altogether. This is a significant change. As many readers of this forum recall, I was a fan of Mr. Dardari. For very understandable reasons, my view was not shared by a large segment of the Syrian population. Over time, Mr. Dardari’s name became synonymous with the two words: “economic reform”. When the public became disillusioned with the so-called reform process or the economy, Mr. Dardari took the brunt of the criticism. In the end, neither the wealthy industrialists nor the poor or the unemployed were happy with his performance. In truth, there were two reasons for Mr. Dardari’s downfall:

1-    He was too optimistic when it came to portraying the country’s economic prospects.

2-    He took on the hard task of removing key subsidies with minimum engagement with the public about the reasons why those steps were necessary.

For the past five years, discussions on the Syrian economy on this forum highlighted the enormous challenges ahead. While Mr. Dardari and others touted the imminent investments and out-sized growth prospects, many of us were highly skeptical. Regrettably, not much has changed. Indeed, if anything, the recent political events have made the task at hand enormously more challenging.

Suggestions for the New Government:

  • Engage the public.
  • Explain the economic challenges.
  • Set realistic expectations.
  • Don’t over promise and under deliver.
  • Be decisive and make bold decisions.

The new notable additions to the new government are Mr. Mohammed al-Jlelati (Finance) and Mr. Nedal Alchaar (Economy and Trade). Both are fine individuals and excellent choices in the current circumstances.

Mr. al-Jlelati is known to the public through the Damascus Securities Exchange (DSE) as its acting CEO. He is a hands-on Technocrat. He is decisive. All signs are that he is not corrupt. He has been in close contact with the business world. He understands accounting, auditing and corporate governance. Of course, one can argue that his knowledge of finance and markets are limited to the local rather than international arena but this is a rather immaterial shortcoming given the current state of Syria’s financial market development. In sum, it is a good bet that Mr. al-Jlelati will be a technically sound and rather apolitical Finance Minister.

Mr. Nedal Alchaar is a particularly interesting appointment. Originally from Aleppo, he has been based in Bahrain. He has been in charge of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). The organization is an independent body established to regulate and standardize the Islamic banking and finance industry in the areas of accounting, auditing, governance, ethics and Sharia. Mr. Alchaar is a highly respected individual in the field of Islamic Banking. Here is a recent quote by him from a year ago:

“The goal is to promote sound practices, not to catch people, and the most important thing is credibility. If this is going to spread and really serve the world and the public, not only Muslims, then it has to be done right. It has to be honest, straight and transparent. In money you always have to be honest, because you cannot repeat your mistakes. People will shy away, leave you and drop out.”

Mr. Alchaar is known to hundreds of institutions from over 40 countries. His numerous contacts will serve Syria well as he works to attract foreign investors (particularly gulf-based).

Suggestions to Mr. Alchaar:

  • Now, that there is no longer an office for a Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Trade and the Economy should take the initiative to broaden its responsibilities and become the single go-to office for everything to do with economic policy matters. This will promote better accountability, focus and transparency when it comes to who is in charge and who is responsible for both the failure and success of the domestic policy agenda.

Mr. Omar Ibrahim GalawanjiMinister for Local Administration: The third notable change in the government was the removal of the powerful Mr. Tamer Hajje. Just 24 hours before the formation of the new government, the sitting Governor of Aleppo issued a stinging criticism of Mr. Hajje and Otri about their delayed response to his repeated calls to accelerate the Tanzeem plans for his city. Mr. Omar Ibrahim Galawanji is now the new Minister for Local Administration replacing Mr. Tamer Hajje. This will be a key Ministry to watch as it is in charge of setting policy for the entire real estate sector and city planning for the country. It is arguably one of the most important ministries in the government.

Mrs. Lamia Asi: The fourth important change involved the Tourism Ministry. Mrs. Lamia Asi is now in charge. She had briefly run the Ministry of the Economy. She of course used to be the country’s Ambassador to Malaysia and is known to be a big fan of that Asian country’s development performance. She is also known to be practical and not dogmatic.

Suggestions to Mrs. Asi:

  • A team of Syrian lawyers and Business men have recently made a trip to Turkey and met with that country’s Tourism Ministry. Turkey of course has done an outstanding job in attracting international chains to develop its coast by building as many as 490 five star resorts all over the country. How did they achieve this? By offering investors free land and an attractive 2% subsidized financing for 50% of the total cost of the project. Syria must start thinking along these lines. The country’s tourism industry needs a massive shot in the arm. The Turkish model must be studied in great detail. Reputable International investors must be given extremely attractive terms to help entice them to come and ensure the growth of this critical sector. The tourism ministry must stop becoming a profit center that squeezes investors for extra income and unattractive terms.

A final word:

Contrary to the criticism that the new government may have received from some corners, I believe that the mix struck the right tone. Almost all the Ministers have an excellent reputation when it comes to corruption and reputation. Most are technocrats and professionally sound. None seem to have extreme political orientations or leaning.

Having said this, we should not be fooled into thinking that this or any other government can turn Syria’s economic prospects around anytime soon. The challenges will be enormous. There is no magic formula. Years of economic mismanagement cannot be undone without pain or sacrifice. The recent population explosion is a tremendous burden. Moreover, the current political climate will make it very hard to relieve the pressures on the fiscal front when it comes to the expensive subsidies and the bleeding in the public sector. Finding the revenues to finance these prohibitive programs will be very hard. No one wants to pay taxes because the government does not provide enough services. The government cannot provide the services because it cannot (or is unwilling to) collect enough taxes from the wealthy. No one wants to lose the subsidies. No one has the stomach to privatize the vast inefficient public sector and save the treasury the yearly red ink. As revenues from natural resources dwindle, the country cannot keep paying out more than it takes forever. The time will soon come when the country either has to borrow or print money to pay its bills. The above vicious circle has to be broken. A new virtuous circle has to start taking hold. In the meantime, the new government must level with the Syrian people and explain the enormous challenges and policy dilemmas that it faces. Again, the following principals ought to be a good place to start:

  • Engage the public.
  • Explain the economic challenges.
  • Set realistic expectations.
  • Don’t over promise and under deliver.
  • Be decisive and make bold decisions.
  • Cut red tape and streamline the government bureaucracy (New Ministry?).
  • Cut interest rates sharply and slowly weaken the exchange rate of the Syrian Pound.
  • Cut taxes to 10% and make sure you collect taxes from the rich.
  • Institute a real estate tax on high end properties that will fund local infrastructure.
  • Tackle the public sector and start a national dialogue on the pros and cons of privatization.
  • Give the Prime Minister and his cabinet the room to make policy outside of the dictate of the regional command of the party.
  • Use already established best practices when formulating new laws by working with international organizations like the WTO and the IFC.
  • Make the rule of law priority number one. Increase the compensation of the judiciary by at least 300%.

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201. Revlon said:

185. Dear Dr.Fawaz
You asked: “why all demonstrations start from the mosque?”
I say: because gatherings in houses of worship are permitted under emergency laws.

You asked: “Are mosques places to store Guns?”
I say: No they are not. If your are referring to Al 3omari Mosque regime’s account then I would question its merit. The system has no credibility. It does not allow independant parties to interview the accused.
Their evidence is inadmissable in any court of justice. They collected it. Their testimony would not be accepted either; a torturer is not a credable witness.

You said: “Syria had a bad experience with Islamic radicals”
I say I respect your view point.
Mine is different.
As a Syrian, I belive that the majority of Syrians, numerically that is’have had one of the worst experiences with a dicatorship.
The so-called Ïslamic radicals”story is that of H Asad regime. Such characterisation was convenient in order to be given the blind eye by the world.
Dar3a today, would have been 7ama part 2, had not been for the facebook, youtube, Al jazeera, and the non-polar global, political context.

You said: “In Banyas they asked for face cover freedom and to ban unisex schools”
I say: What is wrong with that?
Dress code is a form of freedom of expression. Some people find it more decent that wearing miniskirt!
No body is asking for banning uni-sex schools.
They are asking to have a choice to send their children to uni-sex school.
If they are not paying enough tax to support government sponsership. Then they should at least allow them to build their own uni-sex schools.

You said; “The sensitivity from radical Muslims is not restricted to Syria but it is spreading all over the world!
First; Muslems living in isalamic countries”:
Interpretation of Islam as a religeon, and any other ideology for that matter (political, theistic or otherwise)is as diverse as peoples thumbprints are. Under normal conditions, interpretatyions and practices follow the Gaussian distribution. Nearly 80% would make the main (moderate) stream. The other 20% is shared by the right and left radicals.

Muslems living in Non-islamic countries. Orthodox (not radical) Moslems have problems adjusting to living in a vastly different western culture.
They are not their by choice. They were forced out of their homeland by dictatorships back home. They would rather be living in their home countries, should their safety be guaranteed.
Mal-adaptation in the west is in my humble opinion, mainly cultural, rather than religeous.

Freedom of speach in the west takes priority!
In oriental / eastern counties, particularly in those with mixed religeons, freedom of speach is tempered by respect to other people’s beliefe’s. I believe such respect is a virtue and need to be encouraged.

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April 17th, 2011, 3:04 am

 

202. syau said:

Qunfuz,

I forgot to get back to you regarding your article.

It was interesting, althought it left me with some questions, What was in his breifcase, what is with the mother daughter situation…

If there is a continuance, please let me know.

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April 17th, 2011, 3:07 am

 

203. Badr said:

“We keep hearing how loved Bashar is. If that is the case, why is he afraid to run for free elections?”

Allow me to play the devil’s advocate. The Syrian people cannot be trusted to conduct honest, orderly and peaceful elections.

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April 17th, 2011, 3:09 am

 

204. Australian -Syrian said:

BADR,
What do you mean by your comment?

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April 17th, 2011, 3:27 am

 

205. syau said:

Revlon says :

“The so-called Ïslamic radicals”story is that of H Asad regime. Such characterisation was convenient in order to be given the blind eye by the world.
Dar3a today, would have been 7ama part 2, had not been for the facebook, youtube, Al jazeera, and the non-polar global, political context”

Are you kidding me! Did you convieniently forget the autrocities commited by the muslim brotherhood in Syria. The only one blinded is you.

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April 17th, 2011, 3:41 am

 

206. NK said:

To my fellow “Mundaseen” you might enjoy this blog 😉

http://www.the-syrian.com/

SYAU

I hate to break this to you, but H.Assad was not that much better than Ikhwan, the atrocities committed by him and his regime over 30 years, and sadly by his son’s security forces in the past few weeks are just as bad, if not worse. I know you don’t want to believe it, but the families of Daraa know who killed their fathers, brothers, and children and those responsible will be brought to justice, believe that.

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April 17th, 2011, 3:54 am

 

207. Mina said:

Silence on Bahrain and even more on Iraq is astonishing.

Contradictions seem difficult to hide:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/opinion/17sun1.html?_r=1&hp

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/16/bahrain-eyewitness-riot-police

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April 17th, 2011, 3:55 am

 

208. Mina said:

SYAU
The 3rd clip (Mu’adamiya) posted by Revlon is certainly true, but you can hear there is no more than 15 people there. Someone on Facebook was even giving the things they were going to shout as the group started to shout I suspect. I watched al Asad speech live on al Jazeera and then checked Twitter. After a few tweets with the joke “al shaab yurid tafsir al khitab” someone wrote that demonstrators (millions, for sure) were shouting this now in a “spontane” demo after the speech.
I still wonder why Ghonim, the Google engineer who was arrested and then released by the Egyptians, calls for the fall of al Asad several times a day on Twitter. Start to be fed up with people who have two passports. They should have one and get involved in the politics of only one country.

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April 17th, 2011, 4:04 am

 

209. SYR said:

I’ve witnessed the transformation of this site from a subtle shoe polishing service for the Syrian regime to a full blown propaganda machine. It has become another apologist for a bunch of criminals who have been stealing and murdering Syrians for 40 years. The level of commenting has deteriorated to the point where this site has lost credibility. I’m one of the silent majority in Syria. We’re not sectarians nor want to divide the country. However, the president has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is a liar and as much a scumbag as his dead father. He has lost credibility too and is losing respect fast among an increasing number of Syrians.
As stupid as Ben Ali and Mubarak were and as crazy as Qaddagi and Saleh are, Assad is no better than them. In fact because he is younger he is more dangerous.
Syria has changed forever. The people are not vultures to live off the bones left from the lions and hyenas of the regime. The regime and its corrupt supporters should and will all be brought to justice sooner or later. The fact that the regime is made up almost entirely of Alawites in Syria doesn’t mean that the Sunnis will butcher them when matters escalate. The regime tried to convince the Alawites that it’s a matter of existence. If the regime goes they will go down too. This is not true although a large number of the Alawites believe it for the time being. But even among the Alawites whom for the most part were poor and are still poor signs of disbelief and unrest are starting to show. They will not all go down with the unavoidable fall of the Assads and the Makhloufs and the wealthy Sunnis and Christians who support and make up the present regime. It is not a matter of days or weeks maybe but the end for this regime is near. The Muslim brotherhood will not take over like they failed to do so in Tunisia and Egypt. Syrians are smarter than you and some of your commentators give them credit for. The end of the regime is not the end of Syria. More lives will be lost before the dicatator either steps down or get the hell out of here. But he will fall and Syria will be a better place.

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April 17th, 2011, 4:21 am

 
 

211. syau said:

Mina,

Thankyou for the clarification on that particular clip. If only the Syrian revolution would let the public voice their own opinion without enticing them or that their fellow conspiritors would stop enticing people with money to inforce their uprising.

I also think that the Khitab was quite clear, not in need of tfsir.
A no-brainer.

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April 17th, 2011, 4:54 am

 

212. Australian -Syrian said:

NK,
“I hate to break this to you, but H.Assad was not that much better than Ikhwan”
You are soo mistaken.

What Hafez Al Assad(bless be his name) did, was at no point anything like the Ikhwan. The Ikhwan are a disgrace to the Muslim world. If you do not remember, it was Umar Jawwad, (aka Abu Bakr) who ordered the attacks on Hamma.What the Baath Party and their soldiers did was to protect Syria from such monsters. If they were not stopped, Syria would have been another holocaust. What the Brotherhood were trying to achieve is what Hitler was achieving in Germany in the 1940s. Hitler wanted to get rid of the Jews, Jawwad wanted to destroy the Alawis.

So, Who’s worse again? Yep, im sure its the Ikhwan.
Dont let your hatred cloud reason. If you say you dont hate Hafez and his son, then you are wrong, because your comment definitely shows your true malice.

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April 17th, 2011, 5:01 am

 

213. syau said:

Mina,

Again, thankyou. A very interesting ariticle. I believe the time chosen for the Arab league summit was a time when it was conveniently certain that not all nations in the league were able to attend. That is how they got their votes for the no fly zone. by deception.

How sad that some Arab nations conspire and deceive against their sister countries – Yet another example of how The ends justifies the means.

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April 17th, 2011, 5:14 am

 

214. syau said:

Nk,

Stop trying to justify their actions. I’m also sure that the families of the 83 Syrian cadets slaughtered by the Muslim Brotherhood also know who killed their loved ones, and the families of those victims where the bombings took place when insurgency was at its all time high by the muslim brotherhood know who killed their loved ones. The families of the prominent ministers killed by the muslim brotherhood also are aware who killed thier loved ones. I also think the Syrian people know who was behind the destruction of infustructure in Syria, and, the two attempts on the life of The Late President Hafez Al Assad. Yep again,
the muslim brotherhood.

What a wonderful group to be associated with. You just keep defending that if you like.

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April 17th, 2011, 5:24 am

 

215. Aboud said:

@196. Australian -Syrian

Seeing as how I seem to be the only Syrian inside Syria on this forum, it is you and the rest of the expatriate Baathist loving scum who should STFU. Someday, I want you to come to Syria, and get hauled out of your home, hand tied behind your back, and put face down in a market square, and lashed, stomped on, your sister and mother called a whore, your home possessions stolen, and your mosque shot up.

In short, I want to happen to you what happened to the brave people of Biyada last week by your unwashed, barely literate friends, who can only wave AK-47s in the face of defenseless civilians but who would shit their shabiha pants if they ever got sent to a real war. And THEN let’s see you get online from Australia and bark about how you want for president for life, the man who with his papa made sure the Golan remained the safest place for an Israeli to live in.

God bless a free Syria, free from 15 security apparatuses and free from inherited presidencies.

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April 17th, 2011, 5:48 am

 

216. anonymous said:

Ministers will be required to disclose their personal wealth in order to avoid any suspicions regarding corruption. Great idea.
Now, what about the mukhabarat chiefs? They need to be seen to be honest as well, surely? What about the president himself? Is he a billionaire or does he survive on his official salary?

Isn’t it actually more important for the people to see that the president is clean? Or is corruption allowed for the mukhabarat and the president but not for government ministers?

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April 17th, 2011, 6:03 am

 

217. syau said:

Aboud,

Usually I wouldnt say this to anyone, but although your comments do not deserve to be dignified with any comments, you are vile creature. Get a life.

Australian-Syrian,

Don’t bother to get back to this one, as he is not worth an iota of your time. I also wonder who the illiterate one is who thinks he is THE only Syrian on this blog who lives in Syria.

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April 17th, 2011, 6:10 am

 

218. Australian -Syrian said:

# 211. Aboud ,
Before i insult you and call you a filthy scum bag, i will oppose you no-good filthy comment.

First, you S.O.B, i would like to say, that you say:
” Someday, I want you to come to Syria, and get hauled out of your home, hand tied behind your back, and put face down in a market square, and lashed, stomped on, your sister and mother called a whore, your home possessions stolen, and your mosque shot up.”

You bloody bastard. What you are describing happened to the pro-Bashar people. Argu all you like you dumb ass, but you will only be arguing with yourself…..And may all that happen to you and your family.

You say that what happened to those people last week was by my ‘friends’? You filthy donkey. You dont even know what you are talking about. You are just a Jew loving, extremist but kissing ass who hates the President, and thus you make up crap. Well, eat that crap you are selling, because thats what it is. CRAP. All those so called ‘peacefull protesters’ shooting and killing pro-Bashar people, and the outside nobs who are encouraging all this, is apparently unseen by you.

And what the hell are you on about? What gave you the bloody impression that Hafez al Assad made the Golan the safest place for an Israeli to live in? Are you stupid, or are stupid? I think ill go with the latter.

When you and your family get beaten up and then fried to death after Syria has no more Assad as the leader, dont go crying and kissing Bashar’s feet. Because people like you will be kicking themselves in the head if Bashar is no longer in power. Unless you are a part of the Ikhwan and the terrorist group, then you will benift highly. BTW, Dont let your sister and mother walk out uncovered in the streets when the Ikhwan take over, they will get shot.
May you go to hell a thousand times. Lets all pray for that.

Yes. GOD BLESS SYRIA…WITH BASHAR AS ITS LEADER!!

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April 17th, 2011, 6:12 am

 

219. Aboud said:

Well, if ASStralian-Syrian and SillyYoungAdolescentUnderage are the best the regime can come up with on such a distinguished website as this, Bashar’s days are shorter than even I could have hoped for. Seriously, Ikhwan? It’s either Bashar or the Muslim Brotherhood? What can I say about the regime when the best they can come up with, are the same tired lines that so spectacularly failed for Bush and Mubarak. The regime needs a better script, or better writers.

But this is a real gem;

“What you are describing happened to the pro-Bashar people.”

So, those defenseless civilians in Biyada were actually PRO BASHAR people. Those guys in black with the AK-47s were actually….what exactly? First you say they were Iraqis, and when that turned out to be a lie, now you claim they were not on the side of the regime? Man, if I was a mukhabarat, I’d be real worried right now. I might get disowned by the regime and called a foreign spy, if a Youtube clip should appear of me performing my normal Bashar-sanctioned duties of torturing teenagers and pulling the nails off of old men.

Now that the regime’s downfall has become inevitable, I’d like to invite everyone to share what is the first thing they would like to do after Bashar moves to Tehran. What would you like to do that you can’t under the present atmosphere in Syria.

For myself, I’d like to start a consumer advocacy group. Right now Syrians are being bled dry by one of the highest mobile-call rates in the world. Big business needs someone to keep an eye on them, and until Syria recovers from the mismanagement of 40 plus years of Baathist rule, the average Syrian’s income will remain quite limited.

Share your post-regime to do list. And please, no more Ikhwan scare-mongering. To keep trying a failed line of scare tactics would mean you have the IQ of a cactus. Or a Baathist. Or a Baathist living abroad.

God bless a free Syria, free from the notion that we need to give up the Golan, give up freedom of thought, and give up economic liberties so that the big bad wolf/Ikhwan won’t come and bite us.

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April 17th, 2011, 6:57 am

 

220. Fadi said:

I moved what I wrote 2 days to this Blog since most of the action is. I was writing somewhere else. SYAU: you already commented on this but I did not know that most of the people were here. I want to make sure that those who are counting on foreign involvement in Syria read my view:

It is speculated now that some organizations, countries, and people are behind the unrest in Syria to mention few: Islamic Brotherhood, Saudi Arabia, Khadam, Hariri and his fellow Jamal Jarah. They are using the people and moving the street to achieve their agenda. Some people are even talking of western involvement in the uprise. Some believe that Syria is no different than Egypt, Libya, or Tunisia and what happened there could happen in Syria. What makes Syria different?

First lest us look at the Strong Axis: Iran, Hezbollah, and Syria.
Some believe that the west including Israel would love to give big blow to the growing Iranian influence in the region. The Iranian nuclear ambition and influence is not welcomed by the western power. By taking Syria off, they would isolate Iran, and later disarm Hezbollah perhaps through a United Nations coalition forces.

This is easy to say but perhaps remains a dream for several reasons:

1. The current relatively calm situation in Iraq would have never occurred without Syria and Iranian involvement. Although on the surface there is a lot of strong language against both regimes but my personal believe that Iran and Syria played a role in calming Iraq. We do not hear our troops being harmed now days as we used to hear in the recent past. Recently the Mehdi army declared that they want our troops out of Iraq and 2 million came out in the streets a week ago. Alsadar has not done anything for 2 years and now coming out with his army. Perhaps a message from the Iranian and Syrians that “We are here, we have influence in the country, and we could move the streets anytime”.

2. Syria is the most important alliance for Iran political influence and existence. Iranians are trying to avoid any political announcements because they believe in the Syrian ability to crack down the current demonstrations as the Iranians themselves did although I believe we should differentiate between the unrest that is taking place in Syria now and the Iranian unrest which is beyond the scope of my review. Iranian although silent, does not mean they don’t support their alliance Syria. It’s just they don’t want to give the current conflict a sectarian view. But if they feel that their arm will be cut then they will step up and play their cards in Afganestan, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, even the north of Saudi Arabia as some Shiite exists in these countries (many in Iraq) and they are loyal to Iran.Not to mention that the passage of Oil could be under Iranian attack in the Persian Gulf (Excuse me Arab but this is called by history the Persian gulf)

3. The Syrian army, intelligent agencies, and police have been practicing a high level of patience but last Friday declared that enough is enough. All these agencies are extremely loyal to President Assad. What happened in Egypt will never ever happen in Syria; here the army is with the president. Moreover, millions of Alawait people are willing to defend President Assad till death. Sectarian war would be the end result of any attempt to change the current government

4. Hezbollah and Israel conflict may come to frontline in case of western attacks on Syria.

5. All of us remember the Syrian-Turkish Crisis. Turkey deployed all its army on the southern border with Syria. Rumors spread in Syria that President Assad the father back then told Turkey that his war is not with them. If they will attack from north all Syria Missiles will target Tel Aviv. I recall that no single Syrian army was deployed to the borders with Turkey and Turkey did nothing.

6. Syria is important geopolitical player in this region if not the most important player. Instability of Syria will lead a total mess in the whole region from Afghanistan to Lebanon. For all the reasons mentions I really doubt that the west is naïve in reading the Syrian situation. I really doubt that such attack will happen and if it did then the costs will definitely be high

There are some voices from the Middle East including my family members who are saying to me: Why America is doing that? Why they want to bring Radicals to Syria? Is Obama aware of the grave situation if the radicals come? Don’t they get it that the current unrest is caused by some organizations who are using the people as a mean to reach their goal?
Well many questions and even angry ones that I find myself puzzled with. I really do not believe for a second that it is in the interest of America to bring the radical Brotherhood Islam to lead Syria. This organization is equal to AlQaeda. Do we need alQaeda anywhere in the world; the answer is NO.
Syrian government has been saying for a month now that outsiders are behind the unrest, unfortunately no one listened or even believed. They went condemning the government. People from both sides innocents and army men were killed; they say that the army is shooting others to give means for the government to be brutal. Well with the 10 people killed in Jordan by the Islamist radicals today I think people all over the world will look at the king of Jordan and will believe his story. Well the news is out

Islamists attack Jordan police with swords, daggers

Syria has been saying that police men were killed by outsiders. No one believed. Should we connect the dots now.

Fadi

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April 17th, 2011, 7:33 am

 

221. suri-amreki said:

It looks like several commentators are working full-time to defend the oppressive regime! Are you guys getting paid?

I honestly look forward to talk to my fellow Syrians so we can Syria a better place for us and our kids. I try to provide constructive comments and suggestions but what I get from you are comments which are not contributing to the discussion!

Let me tell you that your tactics will not help Syria and the Syrians and will not be considered beneficial to the Bashar regime. If you think you are right, just present your case! We want to improve your country, what are you doing to do that?

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April 17th, 2011, 7:39 am

 

222. syau said:

Aboud –

Before I advise you that I will not bother re butting any of your comments or consider any of the silly childish names you come up with, I will tell you that I cannot believe you do in fact live in Syria because Syria has generally intelligent people living there, unless you are part of the un intelligent Syrian Revolution group -who are mainly on a large scale living abroad anyway.

I will in future refrain from discussing any issues with someone who is so intellectually stunt.
Australian-Syrian,
he is obviously trying to bait you as he has nothing intellectual or worth while to say, so dont take the bait.

I will also say for anyone to think that the military should be scaled back to cut funding, I think now is the time it is needed most, If Syria is to fight corruption, especially along the boarders where weapons are being smuggled in, and inturn filter out any terrorist groups, it is of most importance the military stands as is.

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April 17th, 2011, 7:45 am

 

223. Australian -Syrian said:

SYAU,
I will not bother with such a moron who could not come up with something more creative than “ASStralian”. LOL

I dont take his attacks personally, because he is a loser. I couldnt care less.

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April 17th, 2011, 7:54 am

 

224. syau said:

Fadi,

Thanks for reiterating that, it is a very interesting, highly intelligent comment. Hopefully this time around some who are so clouded by hate and are unable to see straight can take notice of it.
Just to give you a “heads up”, if you get personally attacked because you are not anti Bashar, dont be surprised, because the only way some of these people can get their point of hate across is by verbal abuse.
The ones that are aware that Bashar’s speech is one of positive reform and for the better of the country, are not commenting with silly remarks against ones who have the absolute right of supporting the Great leader Bashar Assad. They try to make it into a sectarian debate and degrade and personally attack certain “sects” to “bait us” but that bait should not be taken.

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April 17th, 2011, 8:00 am

 

225. Mouna said:

Aboud,

I’m currently working on my to-do list. The first thing I can come up with is:

Call for banning the use of the letter “Qaf” in public. Perhaps we will have to allocate spaces (or create blogs) where certain people could cluck all they want. 🙂

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April 17th, 2011, 8:01 am

 

226. Mouna said:

Looking at ASStralian’s comment #213, it is clear he didn’t bother, didn’t take the attack personally, and couldn’t care less.
LOL

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April 17th, 2011, 8:08 am

 

227. Australian -Syrian said:

MOUNA,
LOL. you are soo funny! I wasnt offended by the personal attack, i was offended on behalf of the Assad government and all those innocent people that have been killed thanks to people like you and your friend. So MORON, at least thats what your name looks like, i will continue to attack on behalf of my brothers.

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April 17th, 2011, 8:13 am

 

228. Aboud said:

Haha, nice one Mona. I’m all for different dialects, but some people really seem to overdo it with the clucking.

Suri-Amreki, there is an old saying that goes; In an argument, if the law is on your side, emphasize the law. If common sense is on your side, ignore the law and emphasize common sense. If neither are on your side, then pound the table as hard as you can. And since neither the law or common sense are on the side of pro-regime apologists, every second word that comes out of their mouth is the word “crap” or some derivative of it. Apparently living abroad hasn’t educated them to the finer arts of a democratic discussion.

What I’d like to do after the regime falls is to replace all the statues of papa, with those of people who have actually done something worthwhile for Syria. The man lost the Golan Heights as defense minister, and failed to get it back decades later. Don’t know about you, but if I had such a dad, I’d be embarrassed to go into politics, let alone try to inherit the country from him.

Also, can we have a bit more variety when it comes to posters? We keep seeing the same face and pose all over the place.

God bless a free Syria, free from egotistical monuments, free from useless members of parliament who do not represent anyone, and free from apologists who still cluck about “and inturn filter out any terrorist groups”, and yet are unable to provide any shred of evidence on the existence of such groups. I’m sure their intellects are too narrow to have ever read George Orwell’s brilliant “Animal Farm”, they sound just like Squealer. “It was Snowball! It was all Snowball! Snowball is ruining everything! Snowball stole the milk and destroyed the mill! Snowball! *oink oink*”

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April 17th, 2011, 8:17 am

 

229. why-discuss said:

Australian -Syrian

Please don’t use bad words when you get excited, it may not bother the person you are adressing them to, but I do read your posts and it bothers me a lot.
Syrians are generally calm people, please stay cool even if you are provoked by people who have different agendas and opinions. You know very well that you won’t be able to change their mind, so why bother?

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April 17th, 2011, 8:22 am

 

230. Revlon said:

Listen to Jr presenting his reforms to the paliament (voice enactment)!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtLY9-k5VTs&feature=player_embedded

Example:
New cabinet;
Abu Satour: Minister of interior
Ali baba: Minister of finance
Abul Mout: Minister of Sa77a
Abul qa76: Minister of Agriculture…

You’ve got watch this!

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April 17th, 2011, 8:24 am

 

231. Australian -Syrian said:

Why-Discuss,
You are right. It wont change their minds. But when idiots like that go too far, then there is no harm in retaliation. I respect that others have different opinions, but it looks as though they dont. Judging by their comments. So, like i said, retaliation is needed.

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April 17th, 2011, 8:29 am

 

232. syau said:

Mouna,

The letter “Qaf” as you put it, is in the arabic alphabet. Look it up, it might help you. Otherwise, I will say that you are just another person that is intellectually stunt.

Discuss something of importance and stop being childish both of you
This blog is for comments about Syria, not about the way people use the letters of the alphabet in their dialect.

Yet another person who is not worth commenting on. So people of actual intelligence, out of sight, out of mind in the case of mouna and aboud.

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April 17th, 2011, 8:30 am

 

233. syau said:

Why Discuss,

My point exactly.

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April 17th, 2011, 8:32 am

 

234. why-discuss said:

Mina

“Bahrain cracks down on protesting footballers
Football star among hundreds of athletes suspended from national team for taking part in anti-government protests.”

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/04/2011413132952273777.html

That’s is all Al Jazeera reports on Bahrein. For an impartial News Channel, they seem to have some obvious preferences and a “mission”:

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April 17th, 2011, 8:33 am

 

235. Mouna said:

And put Bu-Haneh and 3ale 3ebbASS from al-Baydah video on a protest-handling course, preferably in Australia so that ASStralian can teach them how to say “monkey monkey” back home. LOL

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April 17th, 2011, 8:46 am

 

236. syau said:

Revlon,

I must say, although very distasteful, it had some humour to it,
I will also stress that this youtube clip proves my point exactly about dubbing the voices in any other video to suit and enhance your agenda.

Another thing to point out which is totally in character, your people are already insulting the new ministers, prior to to their first day on the job. Well done, in perfect character as always –
so positive when looking to the future.

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April 17th, 2011, 8:49 am

 

237. Aboud said:

“Yet another person who is not worth commenting on”, this in a comment commenting to a comment by a commentator the original commentator did not like. Typical Baathist, say one thing, and go do another.

What I’d like to do after the regime falls is see the 1000 Syrian Lira note replaced. Why is it that the great Syrian revolutionaries are not represented on our currency? There are only two Syrians on Syrian banknotes; Zenobia, which I like, and papa, who’s list of blunders are so long it will need a thousand liras worth of notebooks to list.

God bless a free Syria,free from so much Orwellian double-think one marvels at the regime apologists’ capacity for holding so many contradictory thoughts in their heads all at once. And free from people who have lived abroad, and think they know politics, but obviously do not know who George Orwell was.

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April 17th, 2011, 8:51 am

 

238. Revlon said:

Dear SYAU, MOUNA and all fellow Syrians on this blog,
ORDER!

BLRR “Wa Jadilhom Billati Hya A7san” SL3
BLRR “Wala Tastawi l7asana Wala SSai2h, Idfa3 Billati Hya A7san”SL3

We are all brothers!
SYAU is right.
Alqaf as pronouced by mountain and country dwellars is the correct one!

Stereotyping is an unfair practice! It does not promote harmony, in our beautifuly diversified nation.

Please resist the temptation!
Lets engage our minds, not our istincts!

Thank you all!

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April 17th, 2011, 8:52 am

 

239. Australian -Syrian said:

Aboud,
I have read Animal Farm. In year 11. Nice to know you are still indulging in kids stuff. But i cant make out which pig you are. Napoleon, or Squealer. Id say squealer. Yep, Squealer. Spreading all the lies and filth the anti-government people are endorsing.

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April 17th, 2011, 8:55 am

 

240. syau said:

Revlon,

Finally, we agree on something. Lets hope the word spreads.

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April 17th, 2011, 9:13 am

 

241. Aboud said:

Aussie-Syrian,

*facepalm* See people, what happens when a Baathist and Wikipedia meet? They can’t even get the basic facts right.

Squealer was the mouthpiece of Napoleon, the Stalinist-like pig. Every good on the farm was supposed to be attributed to Napoleon; if the hens lay more eggs, it was under Comrade Napoleon’s inspiration. If the animals worked harder, it was due to Comrade Napoleon’s leadership. Songs were written in Comrade Napoleon’s honor, he could do no wrong, he was of infinite wisdom. And anyone who disagreed with him had their throats torn out by his shabiha…I mean, his guard dogs.

Seeing the similarities between Comrade Napoleon and junior, who here is taking on the role of Squealor?

After the regime falls, I’d like to do away with the useless curriculum where children are forced to study absurd party propaganda, and replace it with courses on how to be responsible citizens, and reading the great literature of the world. Like Animal Farm.

God bless free Syria, free from propaganda that starts as early as grade school.

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April 17th, 2011, 9:36 am

 

242. Revlon said:

تلبيسة ::نداء استغاثة من تلبيسة الى القرى المجاورة الغنطو الرستن تير معلة وباقي القرى تلبيسة تموت الان الجوامع تنادي والاصابات كثيرة
14 minutes ago

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April 17th, 2011, 11:15 am

 

243. Revlon said:

الثورة السورية – حمص || اهالي باباعمرو يمهلون السلطات حتى الساعة السادسة للافراج عن 41 معتقل تم اعتقالهم يوم الجمعة
29 minutes ago

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April 17th, 2011, 11:22 am

 

244. Revlon said:

Mature response to Jr’s Speach.
الثورة السورية مظاهرات ذكرى الجلاء 17-4 مقبرة هنانو – حلب

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April 17th, 2011, 11:41 am

 

245. jad said:

Happy 65 Syrian Independence day
April 17 1946-2011

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April 17th, 2011, 11:56 am

 

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