The Annan Peace Proposal

President Assad walked around Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs in this video. He promises to make it “better than it was previously” and demands a timeline for the completion of repair work. Al-Jazeera reports that his motorcade was sniped at during the trip.

The Syrian military is carrying out “mopping up” operations in the A’zaz, Hamadan, and Khraytan area, the poor industrial suburbs and towns north of Aleppo. Here is a video of an Mi-2 helicopter that fires a rocket, reportedly over A’zaz (Aleppo) (Thanks Thomas Pierret). Since Monday morning I have been receiving calls about the fact that the roads to the north are closed because of military action. Turkey has shuttered its embassy  and Turkish airlines is pulling its flights to and from Syria, which is causing panic in Aleppo, where no open access to Turkey remains open. Businessmen are despondent about being able to keep business going between the two neighboring countries.

Annan says Syria accepts his UN peace plan which Annan insists is an “important initial step”.

Annan said the plan deals with “political discussions, withdrawal of heavy weapons and troops from population centers, humanitarian assistance being allowed in unimpeded, release of prisoners, freedom of movement and access for journalists to go in and out.”

“So we will need to see how we move ahead and implement this agreement that they have accepted,” said Annan.

Annan’s six point plan and its likelihood of success:

President Assad is looking for a way to end the uprising against his regime without stepping down or turning over power to the revolutionary forces. He believes that the Annan plan can be a step towards regaining international acceptance of his government.

Both sides believe that time is on their side. The Syrian government believes it has the revolutionaries on the run and is carrying out “mopping up” exercises in all the main centers of revolutionary action: Homs, Idlib, and the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo.

The opposition equally believes that time and the world is on its side. It has refused to negotiate with the regime, believing that it will prevail because of international support, international sanctions against the regime, which have pushed the economy into a tailspin, and because both the Arab World and West have stated repeatedly that the Assad regime is finished and is a pariah to the international order. They await arms shipments, money and widespread defections to tip the balance of power against the Syrian Army. The opposition believes, correctly, that President Assad will not carry out reforms that will lead to his ouster. The new UN peace plan does not insist on Assad handing over power to the revolutionary leadership, which is why Assad finds it acceptable and why the opposition has denounced it.

Prohibiting Males of Military age to leave the Country

The Syrian government is prohibiting males aged between 18-42 from leaving the country before receiving clearance by the Military Conscription department. Many upper-class Syrians are leaving the country. Most with children have made arrangements to leave when the school year finishes in order not to disrupt the education of their young. Anyone with a child over 18 will now be stuck.

Economy

One Christian industrialist from Aleppo whom I know is telling his friends that he is leaving Syria. His factory in the northern suburbs has been shut down by the opposition and he is unable to travel there any longer because of military operations. He will abandon his property and has already informed his workers that he cannot keep the factory open and that they must fend for themselves.

Another factory owner, whom I know, organized a meeting with opposition leaders in A’zaz, where his factory is located. He could not travel there himself, but delegated a factory administrator who knows the opposition leaders of the town to carry out the talks on his behalf. The factor has already had 300,000 Syrian pounds requisitioned. The opposition agreed to allowing him to keep the factory open. I do not know what further arrangements were made in order to keep its doors open.

Landis and Bassma Kodmani, spokesperson for the Syrian National Council, discuss the state of the Syrian opposition and the Istanbul meeting with Sophie Claudet
Reporter for Al-Monitor

Also see this discussion of Syria with Robert Wright

Robert Wright and Joshua Landis (University of Oklahoma, Syria Comment) Discuss the situation in Syria

Alawites: the Mormons of Syria 7:23
The byzantine ideological backdrop to the revolts 9:57
Joshua: Mistrust could lead to a failed state 7:16
The available ideology for young rebels is jihad 8:20
For the West, another multibillion-dollar swamp? 10:52
Joshua: Intervention could make the chaos worse 3:03

News Round Up

Homs: A request for information about why it became a center of the Syrian revolution

My name is Jordan Cannon and I am a student at Oklahoma University putting together a research paper on the topic of why Homs became the capital of the Syrian Revolution. I am trying to gather a history of the city and insight from native Syrians to write the real story.  Anyone willing to provide me assistance would be contributing to getting the word out as I plan on publishing this paper. Thank you.

Jordan Cannon
(580) 262-0112

“L’islam dans la révolution syrienne : 3 questions à Thomas Pierret,” La revue Politique étrangère.

Eating Cinnabon in Damascus
Why are foreign brands like KFC, the Four Seasons, and Cinnabon still trying to make a buck in Syria?
BY KATIE PAUL | MARCH 26, 2012

With insurance rates soaring, logistics risky, and the plummeting Syrian pound making import purchases increasingly expensive, the cost of doing business in Syria has skyrocketed. As business owners raise prices to compensate, middle-class customers with shrinking purchasing power are increasingly staying away, even from previously insulated retail spots like the Cham City Center, a mall that brought in foreign brands like Cinnabon and United Colors of Benetton when it opened in 2007. “It was very puzzling to me, but until the last week of December, Cham City Center mall was packed whenever I went, even during the middle of the week,” said one foreign banker based in Damascus until last month, when his bank closed up its Syria office.

The strain has not gone without notice in the Assad regime’s propaganda department, which has tried to convince consumers they can do just fine without the rest of the world. All over downtown Damascus, added the banker, billboards are preaching self-sustainability as part of a governmental public awareness campaign to put a euphemistic spin on things: “Let us wear what we weave,” the billboards tell Damascenes. “Let us drink what we squeeze.” “Let us eat what we grow.”…

Costa has been putting into storage the equipment and furniture for its seven shuttered shops, hoping for a brighter day, according to a franchise manager. He added that KFC, which the franchise runs as well, closed two locations in Aleppo and two in Damascus, after members of its management staff came under a hail of bullets while driving on the country’s main north-south highway past Homs last April. Employees from both brands have been re-assigned to office work or to one of the safer KFCs in Damascus. One KFC remains in Aleppo, since, unlike Costa’s coffee, chicken can be sourced locally, thus avoiding the now-treacherous highway route.

All Syrian businesses are being forced to scrimp, save, or close up shop, not just those with foreign goods. Though the government has not provided any economic indicators for months, some estimate that after years of 5 percent yearly growth, gross domestic product may have shrunk by up to 15 percent over the past year — a downturn that affects all types of businesses, most severely, of course, in restive areas like Homs. The closure that probably had the biggest impact on the population was the recent announcement by major foreign airliners like Air France that they were stopping flights to Syria, a move that has increased the sense of isolation, says Yazigi of The Syria Report. And with the 12-hour power cuts and fuel shortages now common in Damascus, even for the well-off, the idea of hopping a flight to Paris seems like a world away….

NOT SUPPORTING THE OPPOSITION “WITHIN SYRIA” IS SUPPORTING ASSAD
By Andrew J. Tabler and David Pollock

Failure to support the opposition “within Syria” — armed and unarmed — would allow Assad to stay in power for much longer.
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During their March 25 meeting, President Obama and Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed that part of the agenda of the April 1 “Friends of Syria” summit in Istanbul will concern “nonlethal assistance” to the opposition “within Syria.” This indicates that the administration is beginning to accept a “tragic truth”: without much greater U.S. support for the opposition on the ground, Bashar al-Assad’s regime will certainly massacre many more civilians all over Syria, and Assad himself will almost certainly remain in power for the foreseeable future.

Egyptian liberal bloc walks out of Islamist-dominated parliament

Lawmakers from the liberal bloc walked out of an Egyptian parliamentary vote deciding on the composition of a 100-person panel tasked with drafting Egypt’s new constitution. The bloc, which includes three liberal parties that hold nine percent of seats in Egypt’s lower house of parliament, cited differences with the Islamist parties, which hold a majority in both houses of the legislature. The constituent assembly will be comprised of 50 sitting politicians and 50 members of trade unions and civil society. Forty of the 50 parliamentarians are expected to come from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice Party or Salifist al-Nour party. Naguib Sawiris, founder of the liberal Free Egyptians Party, said: “It’s ridiculous: A constitution being written by one force and one force alone.”

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201. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Viva la Revolucion!
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March 28th, 2012, 3:19 pm

 

202. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

The “edit” button does not work.
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March 28th, 2012, 3:26 pm

 

203. omen said:

81. Tara 8:39 pm

Another damning leak. This one should be sent to basher’s masters in Iran and their respective wives.
By Ruth Sherlock
Above: The leaked emails from Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma, seen by the Daily Telegraph
The ream of messages and derogatory cartoons allegedly sent among his ‘inner circle’ of female aides and family members poke fun at conservative Muslims.
Most of the messages ridicule the burka, the full body cloak worn by some Muslim women.

jad has posted derogatory/bigoted cartoons like this. does he know members of the regime?

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March 28th, 2012, 3:42 pm

 

204. William Scott Scherk said:

The editorial at Al-Quds was worth reading. It argued that the Annan plan can embarrass the the opposition (SNC) and the government side. True enough, I think. The opposition and the FSA would, I imagine, observe a cease-fire initiated by irregular and regular forces.

If Assad decides to implement all of the six understandings, he is bound to unveil the extent of the damage to community relations and infrastructure — at the same time as forces from the loyalist army pull away from urban areas, and at the same time that military actions with heavy firepower end from teh government side.

One point says allow access to media (both Syrian and expat/international). Another point accelerates and opens up documentation and inspection of detention facilities.

Another points to the organization of an inclusive Syrian dialogue.

IF the Syrian president decides to implement his understanding of the Annan principles or points, then he is indeed in the position that Hillary Clinton pointed out: he will be judged by his actions in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, in Syrian (semi-official online) media, there is no discussion of the details and possible implementation of the Syrian understanding of the Annan plan.

I do not see a way out for Syria — a peaceful way out — unless the actual provisions are implemented, by Assad’s ‘side’ …

If they are serious, the border controls will be eased, the application of the Penal Code that would mandate jailing a Ghalioun at the airport will be waived, other expatriates will be allowed, perhaps perhaps, humanitarian attention will flow, and the allowance (under law) of orderly, unarmed civilian protest under a liberal application of the demonstration law … if the government side is serious about implementation, they can claim success.

If their agreement is a cynical ploy to maintain control and authoritarian structures in place, then any escalation in Syria’s violent showdown will be blamed on … the forces that raise the first baton or Shabeeha prod or menace and the first shooter who fires into an unarmed crowd.

I support a ceasefire, a rational assembly of the progressive/reform/opposition forces, and a restructuring of Syria’s governance and civil liberties.

It seems to me that most Syrians inside and out want the same kind of endgame, they want a civilized, civil, tolerant, free, modern, open and strong nation state that its people can be proud of. They want, I bet, for all exiles to be let back in to speak freely in a free press, to contest fully free elections in a modern manner, to redress grievances with security, Hasaka, human rights, corruption, cruelty, torture and state terror via Shabeeha excesses.

Nobody wants to turn the clock back to oppression or ahead to Islamic terror.

I fear for Syria only when its arguments turn deadly and hateful. If a “dialogue” cannot be accomplished between opponents here in this forum, where and when can it possibly be accomplished in Syria, even discounting shells, rockets, machine guns, shotguns, rifles, snipers, torture, detention and exile.

How do the anti-revolutionary voices here see the immediate transition to a freer Syria? And if the system continues its assaults according to the 1983 playbook, then what transition is possible under current management?

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March 28th, 2012, 3:48 pm

 

205. Mina said:

Qardawi and the MB: as the wind goes
(…) Qaradawi fled Egypt when Nasser figured out that he could not allow the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) to remain as a fifth column inside Egypt. It was no secret that while Nasser was aligned with the socialist camp, the MB served as a tool of the US and Gulf regime during the Cold War. There is no question that the MB did in fact try to assassinate Nasser, and there is no question that the Brotherhood was aligned against the forces that were working on a plan for the liberation of Palestine. (…)
http://english.al-akhbar.com/blogs/angry-corner/yusuf-al-qaradawi-and-political-opportunism

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March 28th, 2012, 3:57 pm

 

206. majedkhaldoun said:

The Annan plan will be accepted by the opposition, the regime will not abide by the plan ,the regime proved in the past that he does not respect his words, we have seen him before, he will not do what agreed in the plan, this will lead to the UN will send troops to Syria, to oppose and arrest the snipers that the regime will send so he will say the opposition did not comply. The way to do it is to send large, large number of observers, in case there was any attempt to attack those observers, there is enough reason to protect them and troops will be sent there, whether the regime approves or not, since the UN will refuse to leave

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March 28th, 2012, 3:58 pm

 

207. Juergen said:

Majed

Thank you very much for your answer. In the meantime i got an answer of an friend in Damascus, he wrote me that those two parties did seperate but both dont differ much in their dogmas and programmes. The difference my friend sees is that the regime likes one party more than the other. Ali Haidars party is the one which the regime does not officially back, but as long as they dont cross the red they wont face any problems, this may be caused by an actual blind eye strategy or the inconveniences of the regime.

I was uterly shocked today reading about this party ( the two parts of it) which hold up to 90.000 members, after the Baath party the second largest party in Syria.

Here is part of the wikipedia article:

“According to Reeva S. Johnson, Saadeh, the party’s ‘leader for life’, was an admirer of Adolf Hitler influenced by Nazi and fascist ideology.[30][34] The party adopted a reversed swastika as the party’s symbol, sang the party’s anthem to Deutschland über alles, and included developing the cult of a leader, advocating totalitarian government, and glorifying an ancient pre-Christian past and the organic whole of the Syrian Volk or nation.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Social_Nationalist_Party

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March 28th, 2012, 4:00 pm

 

208. Alan said:

Jad !
your opinion please ?
Fa,b= -Fb,a
where
Fa,b are the forces from B acting on A, and
Fb,a are the forces from A acting on B.
http://www.nourislamna.com/up/images/bw4j65t2m04wqvtk38hr.jpg

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March 28th, 2012, 4:04 pm

 

209. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

62% of Israelis reject any intervention in Syria.
26% are for giving humanitarian support and a political asylum to the rebels.
6% want to support the opposition with weapons,
and only 3% want a direct IDF involvement.
http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/351/149.html?hp=1&cat=875&loc=3
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March 28th, 2012, 4:17 pm

 

210. omen said:

the sunnis who continue to support the jackass aren’t going to like these cartoons.

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March 28th, 2012, 4:23 pm

 

211. Alan said:

العراق يدعو لالزام اسرائيل بالتوقيع على اتفاقية حظر اسلحة الدمار الشامل
28/03/2012 13:37
http://www.aknews.com/ar/aknews/4/298349/

بغداد28اذار/مارس(آكانيوز)- دعا وزير الخارجية العراقي هوشيار زيباري الى الزام اسرائيل بالتوقيع على اتفاقية حظر اسلحة الدمار الشامل.

وقال زيباري الذي يرأس اجتماع وزراء الخارجية العرب المنعقد في بغداد “نؤيد خلو منطقة الشرق الاوسط من اسلحة الدمار الشامل والزام اسرائيل بالتوقيع على اتفاقية حظر اسلحة الدمار الشامل”.

وكان رئيس الوزراء نوري المالكي قد وصل الى قاعة انعقاد الاجتماع الوزاري وسط العاصمة بغداد.

وقال المالكي بعد ثنائه على قدوم وزراء الخارجية العرب الى بغداد خلال كلمة له إن “الشعوب العربية لم تكن راضية عن الحكومات والمؤسسات”، داعيا “الدول العربية الى ضرورة استمرار عقد الاجتماعات خصوصا في المرحلة الحالية التي تعتبر الاكثر ايجابية”.

وأوضح المالكي أن “يجب ان نحترم ارادة الشعوب ولها ما تقرر وما تفكر، لدينا تحديات اقتصادية وسياسية وامنية”.

وتابع أن “العراق عانى من الارهاب وهو يضرب اي منطقة من المناطق يجب ان نتعاون ونشكل منظمات للتعاون للحد من الارهاب”.

ولفت المالكي ان “العالم كله مقترب على الانفتاح وهناك ضرورة للسيطرة على ثرواتنا الطبيعية بالشكل الذي يحقق طموحات شعوبنا”.

ويعقد اجتماع وزراء الخارجية العرب في القصر الحكومي بالمنطقة الخضراء المحصنة امنيا وسط بغداد، في وقت اغلقت العديد من الطرق الرئيسة ببغداد ومنعت حركة العجلات تحسبا لاي طارئ.

وكان الأمين العام المساعد لجامعة الدول العربية قد اعلن الاثنين الماضي عن مشاركة نحو 12 رئيس دولة عربية في مؤتمر قمة بغداد الذي سيناقش جملة من القضايا العربية وعلى رأسها الأزمة السورية وتطورات “الربيع العربي” القضية الفلسطينية فضلا عن إعادة هيكلة جامعة الدول العربية.

وكان وزراء المال والاقتصاد العرب قد عقدوا امس اجتماع المجلس الاقتصادي والاجتماعي التحضيري لمجلس جامعة الدول العربية على مستوى القمة العربية.

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March 28th, 2012, 4:29 pm

 

212. Alan said:

Bernard Luis effective thinker !

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March 28th, 2012, 4:33 pm

 

213. Nour said:

Hi,

I had stopped participating in this blog a while back, as I was disappointed with the level of discussion at the time and the continuous infighting between Syrians which appeared to know no bounds. In the last few days I decided to come back and read some of the content on the site as well as the ensuing discussions just to see if anything has changed. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that much at all has changed, although I still hold hope that we will come out of this difficult phase of Syrian history.

In any case, my reason for writing here is that while perusing through the comments, I came across a question about the SSNP and its different factions in Syria. Just to clarify, there indeed are two different institutions operating under the name “The Syrian Social Nationalist Party.” As to which one represents the true SSNP, this cannot be answered unless one has a full grasp of the Party’s ideology and history. To make a long story short, though, the reason for the existence of these two institutions goes back to a series of ideological deviations that were taking place throughout the 1950’s, after the martyrdom of the founder and Leader of the SSNP, Antoun Saadeh, which culminated in the “intifada” of 1957. A group of SSNP members and officials declared their “intifada” at the time, announcing that the leadership of what was regarded as the SSNP at the time no longer represented the Party as it had deviated from its ideology and was pursuing agendas contrary to the Party’s aim.

Following the “intifada” the deviating institution continued to sink further into destructive actions that were of questionable ethics, such as its participation in the 1958 and 1975 Lebanese Civil Wars and its engagement in petty Lebanese politics in order to serve narrow political interests rather than the larger national interest. On the other hand, the “intifada” SSNP maintained its independent position, focusing on teaching and spreading its thoughts, while refusing at all times to participate in narrow politics or partake in infighting within the nation.

Today, the “intifada” SSNP is headed by Dr. Ali Haidar, and is considered officially an “opposition” party in Syria. This SSNP is not licensed in Syria because it refused to join the National Progressive Front in 2005, as it rejected said Front as a basis of a healthy political life in Syria, while the other SSNP, currently headed by As’ad Herdan, happily joined the Front in order to gain political favors and was thus licensed.

Since the latest events broke out in Syria, the SSNP headed by Dr. Ali Haidar has maintained a solid position, which demanded that there be a deliberate, careful disassembling of the ruling system through a series of measures, while rejecting the sudden toppling of the regime, which would lead to the collapse of the state. This SSNP has continually and consistently called for a national dialogue that would include all sectors of Syrian society in order to determine Syria’s future. It of course rejected the resort to violence by any side and warned that outside of this proposed solution the only alternative would be civil war.

The other SSNP, on the other hand, has not given any position different from that expressed by the regime.

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March 28th, 2012, 4:40 pm

 

214. Juergen said:

Nour

Alf shukran for your insights.

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March 28th, 2012, 4:45 pm

 

215. majedkhaldoun said:

Welcome back Nour, somehow I always thought that you read SC

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March 28th, 2012, 5:01 pm

 

216. Humanist said:

61. habib said:

“Free Palestine!”

Not with western/Gulf puppets in charge of the region. When Iran, Hezbollah and Syria are neutralized, Palestine will become a theme-park or a parking lot.

You mean “neutralized” = democratic and secular?

You mean Iranians (l can’t speak for Syrians or Shia lebanese) have to live under dictatorship because of the “poor Palestinians”?

Then I understand why many (if not most) Iranians would rather prefer their country become a western/Israeli puppet and let, if what you say is true, Palestine “become a theme-park or a parking lot”.

I’m sorry.
I used to be very pro-palestinian, but I think I changed recently because of comments like yours and those of other “anti-imperialist leftists” (who by the way mostly live in the “imperialist” west).
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–> FREE IRAN!

Let’s leave Assad, Hezbollah and Hamas on their own!

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I predict 15-40 thumbs down for this great comment from the “anti Western imperialism” people
( all living in the West of course…)

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March 28th, 2012, 5:03 pm

 

217. omen said:

chris 1:32am
you have no choice but to support this?

Syrian forces are deliberately targeting children in “horrendous” tactics by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, Navi Pillay the UN human rights chief has claimed.

She told the BBC that hundreds of children were being held in detention, without medical care.

“They’ve gone for the children – for whatever purposes – in large numbers. Hundreds detained and tortured … it’s just horrendous.

“Children shot in the knees, held together with adults in really inhumane conditions, denied medical treatment for their injuries, either held as hostages or as sources of information,” she said.

Mr Assad bore ultimate responsibility and could stop the killings with a single order, Ms Pillay said, adding that there was no doubt that both he and all those committing for human rights violations would be held to account.

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March 28th, 2012, 5:03 pm

 

218. jad said:

Jakass Omen:
What ‘derogatory/bigoted cartoons’ you are referring to?

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March 28th, 2012, 5:24 pm

 

219. omen said:

i must have hit a nerve, jad. :)

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March 28th, 2012, 5:42 pm

 

220. Test said:

This should be the last test — if this edit works.

And this edit works, so this is Success! Thanks to Tech Master. One more test of the request to delete function and on that success, this note will disappear into the Trash.

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March 28th, 2012, 5:43 pm

 

221. Humanist said:

Hafez Al Assad look-alike (!) defects:

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March 28th, 2012, 5:45 pm

 

222. Juergen said:

Humanist

This is really something else. i always wondered why so many of the security forces look like their masters, is there an Hafez gene?

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=271323539615968&set=a.166495443432112.42082.100002149710471&type=1&theater

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March 28th, 2012, 5:53 pm

 

223. Mawal95 said:

The reports in the foreign news media that Syrian security forces committed atrocities of disproportionate force against unarmed protesters are denied by the Assad government. The alleged atrocities are contrary to well-defined government policy, and the government says as well that the security forces have been conducting their operations with good discipline in practice with rare exceptions. Anybody who believes those foreign news reports is necessarily also believing that the Assad government is full of liars. The government had no motive or rational reason to commit atrocities or use disproportionate force. Inflicting atrocities on the protesters would be an illogical thing to do from a tactical or strategic point of view from within the regime, because for one thing it would be contrary to the values of the great majority of the ordinary people of Syria. In order for the regime to rationally decide to risk that particular of loss of support, the regime would have to have a clear and compelling motive. As you can see at Youtube, most anti-regime demonstrations over the past year have been allowed to fully proceed without any interference at all, week after week after week. When a demonstration is to be dispersed or restricted to a delimited area, the rational way to do it is to use ordinary minimal force and of course that’s what the official policy is. There is no rational strategic gounds for allowing demonstrations in many places and times, while supposedly using horrendous violence to disperse certain others. Thus anybody who believes the reports of authorized security forces atrocities has to believe also that the Assad government is mindlessly depraved. It is the foreign mass media that is mindlessly depraved in my judgment.

PS as a footnote: I said the above before on this board on 10 Jun 2011 at http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=10173&cp=6#comment-255551 .

What I said on 10 Jun 2011 contained the bad information that “the regime has not granted the protesters the legal permission to demonstrate on Fridays.” The law about regulating demonstrations states that an application for a license to demonstrate on a religious holiday shall not be approved. I had erroneously interpreted that with an unwarranted presumption that Friday is a religious holiday. In fact the regime does grant licenses to protest on Fridays, and has done so many, many times for pro-regime demonstrations on Fridays in the months since last June.

I have said the following before more than once.

The great majority of the people of Syria get the great majority of their political news and information about their country from information outlets that are based in their country. All of the widely circulating information outlets based in Syria are pro-regime. There isn’t a single not-pro-regime information outlet based in Syria that gets even moderately wide circulation. Not-pro-regime and anti-regime information outlets are not illegal. Such outlets have to comply with certain rules which they dislike, especially the rule that defamatory stories have to be supported by high-quality verifiable evidence. The fact that rules-compliant not-pro-regime or anti-regime media outlets don’t have significant market share is an indicator of the strength of the regime’s support. The track record in the Arabic countries of the Middle East over the past 15 years shows that barriers to new entrants are not high in Arabic media markets (including Syria). If a biggish market window for opposition media hypothetically existed for Syria, we would’ve seen it being filled by now, and we would’ve seen it being filled before this past year. During this past year, as part of the comprehensive reform program, the government enacted additional liberalization of the legal framework regulating the information media. The text of the new law in Arabic is at http://www.moi.gov.sy/ar/aid19879.html . The law is basically the same as in any Western country in principles and in implementation. But it is worth mentioning that (a) Allegations of illegal and immoral behaviour of government officers (or of anyone) cannot be aired in the news media unless supported by very high quality evidence. Instead, such allegations must be brought to the public prosecutors. (b) Advocacy of violent rebellion is illegal. Advocacy of peaceful protest is legal. (c) All issues of public policy can be freely and openly debated in all media and all forums, by law. To repeat, there is no widely circulating not-pro-regime media outlet operating under these rules in Syria today. Practically everybody in Syria knows that the anti-regime crowd has been lying about security forces atrocities against protesters; and that the regime has been telling the truth. The Syrian State-controlled TV news puts out good quality products, which enjoy good credibility with the Syrian public, and have good market penetration. Syrians have every reason to believe, and do believe, that the message of the dissidents has been riddled with deceit during this past year. The dissidents lost the media war in Syria!!! But throughout the past year the dissidents won the media war in most foreign media markets. The people in Syria have uncensored access to the entire Internet. (A small number of websites are nominally banned but it’s easy for anyone to get around the ban if they want to). The percentage of Syrian households with an Internet connection is still rather low (20 percent), but the majority of households have satellite TV access to innumerable Arabic-language TV stations based outside Syria. All those foreign media outlets have been reporting week after week that the Syrian security forces have been committing atrocities against protesters. The Syrian government has been denying it. The alleged atrocities are contrary to well-defined government policy, and the government says as well that the security forces have been conducting their operations with good discipline in practice with rare exceptions. Now, the people of Syria have been having to make a decision throughout the past year, and every week, about who is telling the truth about this. And they’ve decided overwhelmingly that the government is telling the truth. Until the foreign news media will cut out their bigotry — until they will decide to commit themselves to objectivity and verifiability — anyone who believes their reports is a fool. The people of Syria, who know their country and their government better than the foreigners do, have proved themselves to be not fools. This is one of the reasons why the Assad government is invincible.

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March 28th, 2012, 5:58 pm

 

224. Mawal95 said:

As already linked to by JAD #162 and MINA #169, a policy memo at Al-Jazeera news dated 15 Mar 2012 written by the channel’s head of news Ibrahim Helal states that as a matter of editorial policy at Al-Jazeera there shall be (a) no criticism of foreign intervention proposals for Syria, and (b) no criticism of the Free Syrian Army. The impetus for those editorial policies is believed to be coming from the government of Qatar and not from within Al-Jazeera.

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March 28th, 2012, 6:03 pm

 

225. Mawal95 said:

Homs is still in a state of low-grade rebellion as detailed at http://www.syrianyouth.com/506_homs-update-26-march.html and at http://www.documents.sy/news.php?lang=en . Yesterday Bashar visited Homs Bab Amr neighborhood along with the governor of Homs but it would’ve been quite risky for them to visit a number of other neighborhoods in Homs city.

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March 28th, 2012, 6:12 pm

 

226. Juergen said:

two documentaries about the syrian revolution with an interview of Noam Chomsky

1st part


2nd part

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March 28th, 2012, 6:14 pm

 

227. Juergen said:

Mawal

such self limitations are common.BILD Zeitung, the biggest newspaper in Germany ( not the best though…) has in their contracts with their journalists that Israel is never to be critized. The german journalism board has critized their conduct many times. Ahmedinejad fe is always referred to as the Crazy men of Tehran, kind of as an substitute for President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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March 28th, 2012, 6:20 pm

 

228. Tara said:

http://m.yahoo.com/w/news_america/arab-summit-appears-divided-over-approach-syria-210243337.html?orig_host_hdr=news.yahoo.com&.intl=us&.lang=en-us

In a snub to Baghdad, most — if not all — of the rulers of the six Gulf nations were staying away from the summit, sending lower-level figures instead. League officials said the level of representation was aimed at showing their frustration over the lack of more assertive action on Syria.

Instead of its king, Saudi Arabia was sending its ambassador to the Arab League — a worse slap because the post is even lower than the foreign minister level. The League officials said Saudi Arabia and Qatar had wanted Iraq to invite representatives of the Syrian opposition to the summit. Baghdad declined, much to their dismay, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

Offering a glimpse of Qatar’s thinking on the Syrian crisis, the prime minister of the tiny, energy-rich nation told Al-Jazeera television that it would be a “disgrace to all of us if the sacrifices of the Syrian people go to waste.”

“We are faced with a difficult choice — either we stand by the Syrian people or stand by him (Assad),” said Sheik Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani.

The Gulf nations, particularly Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been pushing behind the scenes for more assertive action to end the conflict. Privately, they see little benefit in the Arab League’s efforts to reach a peaceful settlement and prefer instead to see a small core of nations joining together to act on their own.
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March 28th, 2012, 6:24 pm

 

229. Son of Damascus said:

Humanist,

That was my first reaction as well, he eerily reminds me of a young Havez…

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March 28th, 2012, 6:44 pm

 

230. Tara said:

Jeurgen

“never to criticize Israel”. Why?

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March 28th, 2012, 6:47 pm

 

231. jad said:

Because you are lying Jakass!

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March 28th, 2012, 6:47 pm

 

232. Juergen said:

Tara

the owner of the publishing company was jewish and when he opened the company he did a lot for bringing the two governments together. But his credo that the state shall never be subject of criticism has outlived him.

The settling of his approach in the contracts of each journalist is unique nonevertheless, i dont know of any other newspaper who does so in Germany.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_Springer

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March 28th, 2012, 6:55 pm

 

233. Tara said:

http://m.yahoo.com/w/news_america/senators-unveil-resolution-syria-191434168–abc-news-politics.html?orig_host_hdr=news.yahoo.com&.intl=us&.lang=en-us

A small group of senators today unveiled a resolution on Syria that condemns the government of Syria and “supports the right of the people of Syria to defend themselves.”

“How many more people have to die,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., asked as the U.N. reported Tuesday the death toll in Syria has climbed to more than 9,000 people. “How many have to die before the United States will take a leadership role in trying to end the mass slaughter that is taking place in Syria?”

The resolution supports calls by Arab leaders to provide the Syrian people with weapons and other material support and calls on President Obama to work closely with regional partners to “implement these efforts effectively.”

“We in the United States have both a moral and strategic reason to support their efforts by at least giving them the means with which to defend themselves,” Sen.  Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, said.  “Based on the disproportionate availability of weapons and the willingness of the Assad regime to use it against the Syrian people, Assad will go of natural causes before he is eliminated from office because of the massacres he has perpetrated on his own people.”

The resolution does not call for putting U.S. boots on the ground or air strikes against Syria. It does not endorse any kind of unilateral action by the United States. And it is not an authorization for the use of U.S. military troops.

But it does call on the Obama administration to take more of a leadership role in the situation.

McCain says the Obama administration is doing “nothing,” except saying that the departure of  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is inevitable.

“Not even speeches by the president or members of the administration condemning the violence and massacres taking place, even though that is a key national security issue according to the president of the United States’ policies,” McCain said today.

In introducing the resolution today, senators were critical of the U.N.-backed peace plan for Syria, saying it fell short in not calling for Assad to step down.

“The U.N. is fiddling while Syria is burning,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said, “there is nothing to negotiate but this guy leaving.

“Everything we know about Bashar suggests that he accepted this peace plan because he is playing for time,” Graham added, “he is exploiting the good -faith desire by many in the international community to find a diplomatic solution to end the bloodshed so that he can continue his killing and creating more bloodshed.”

Senators hope that their resolution will be brought to the Senate floor quickly, but there is no time estimate on when that could happen.

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March 28th, 2012, 6:56 pm

 

234. SANDRO LOEWE said:

Cities bombarded, unarmed men killed, women raped, children burnt alive. Assad is a criminal and their supporters too. No more questions. Anyone with a minimum common sense and a gun in his hands should kill the killer. Assad is a disgrace for Syria.

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March 28th, 2012, 6:57 pm

 

235. ghufran said:

the $ is down to 70-71 lira,a lot of people sold it at high levels and will only buy it again after seeing what comes next politically. the fair price of the $ even with sanctions and economic hardship should not be more than 60-65 lira.
as the diff between the black market and official price shrinks,more $ will come from overseas which may reduce the $ even further,this means lower prices.
there was no investigation of SCB and a number of connected bankers who made millions by playing the currency exchange game while syrians were running in circles to make ends meet.

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March 28th, 2012, 6:58 pm

 

236. SANDRO LOEWE said:

Junblat asking the druzes to revolt against the criminal mafia of Syria. The druze Sheikh Salman killed in a strange car accident. Where are the druzes? They always keep on talking about how brave they are and about their important role in times of Sultan Al Atrash. But today they are uncapable of doing nothing. They are a dead community if they do not move forward.

Some years ago there were riots inside Sweida between druzes and arab bedouins because of the killing of one druze near Sweida in the hands of a bedouin shepherd. Druzes got to the streets, killed some bedouins who where in the market shopping and through them into the garbage. Is this all they are able to do?

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March 28th, 2012, 7:03 pm

 

237. SANDRO LOEWE said:

A tribute to the children of Syria. They are the future not the gang of criminals, corrupt and assassins that conform the structure of the state today.

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March 28th, 2012, 7:10 pm

 

238. Observer said:

In response to Sheila, I think answers as to why pro or anti regime who live in the West continue their support of one or the other can be due to one or more of the following:

1. Since Syria is not a nation-state some may have remained tribal/clannish/sect-based in their outlook. I see this in colleagues who are Christian and who define their political positions based on a certain view of the situation in Syria. Some are true Arabists and some are not at all and see only Islamists. They are mostly for dialogue and a secular outlook

2. Some who are of an Islamist bend have not truly understood the working of Democracy; and do not believe that rule by popular consent is adequate and this is because they have a concept of democracy as a dictatorship of the majority while in reality it is rule by a majority that does crush the minority. This leads to a back and forth and a healthy exchange of power.

3. Some live in the West while retaining the extreme self centered view of the world that is often combined with a complete lack of a sense of civic duty. To them, it is the smart and witty and fast thinker that has been able to “get ahead in the West” taking full benefit while having contempt for the system. These are the ones who have a confusion between the price of everything and the value of nothing.

4. Some like the father in law can be corrupted with power and we know that this is universal and there is a great ability of power to blind one’s view of the world. This usually comes from a background of a very weak moral character such that their humanity is destroyed.

5. Some are still pure sectarian and see the world as a struggle to destroy this or that religion or system of thought. I believe the majority are of this last category for the vehemence with which they attack and distord and lie and accuse and dehumanize and degrade and depict the other is clearly obvious.

This is fake country with a fake president and with a fake government and with a fake ideology and with a fake present and a dim and dark future destroyed by a pure mafiosi family

Here are some news, some worthy and some doubtful but worth reading still

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/28/gaddafi-assets-seized-italy

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=149559986&ft=1&f=
http://all4syria.info/web/archives/58742

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March 28th, 2012, 8:04 pm

 

239. omen said:

224. Mawal95 5:58 pm

Not-pro-regime and anti-regime information outlets are not illegal. Such outlets have to comply with certain rules which they dislike, especially the rule that defamatory stories have to be supported by high-quality verifiable evidence.

seriously? are you arguing syria has free speech? you’re saying this with a straight face?

Syria is one of the countries on the “Enemies of the Internet” list that Reporters Without Borders released yesterday. The Media Centres created by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria were awarded the 2012 Netizen Prize. Syria is ranked 176th out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

syria is 4th from the bottom of the list, ranked on a scale for one of the worst when it comes to press freedom!

Already poorly ranked in 2010, Syria fell further in the index, to 176th position, because total censorship, widespread surveillance, indiscriminate violence and government manipulation made it impossible for journalists to work.

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March 28th, 2012, 8:15 pm

 

240. sheila said:

As I get more frustrated with those who have totally lost their moral compass and continue to support this murderous Syrian regime, I keep reminding myself that Hitler and the Nazis also had supporters till the bitter end.

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March 28th, 2012, 8:18 pm

 

241. Syria no Kandahar said:

Also it may help you that Alaaroor ,Alzoahri and Israel …support you.

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March 28th, 2012, 8:27 pm

 

242. omen said:

this pretense from loyalists that all is well in syria, that the regime isn’t slaughtering people, and the country enjoys a free press — are people clinging to delusions because they fear what will come after the regime is ousted?

one’s comfort in life shouldn’t be dependent upon the oppression of others.

People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both. ~ benjamin franklin

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March 28th, 2012, 8:29 pm

 

243. sheila said:

Dear Omen,
I see your frustration. I was actually rendered speechless when an educated, smart and I would venture to say, decent person named Norman asked me what policies of Bashar I did not like. How can you answer this question? I wanted to ask: what policies? Does Syria really have even a semblance of policies? Isn’t policy in Syria based on what is more profitable for the regime cronies? Isn’t it all about money: like you open the country to cell phones because you end up making millions out of operating the empire?

I think we have gotten to a point where people (and that includes my own brother) are so afraid of what is to come that they are willing to lie to themselves and actually believe their own lies. All of us who lived under this regime know exactly what this regime is all about. We never believed a word on Syrian TV, yet now suddenly it is Gospel to some. They are blaming the victim. It is now the revolutions fault that Syria is ruined. If only the people kept their mouths shut, life would have stayed good. They ruined the country by asking for their basic rights in freedom and dignity. How could they?

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March 28th, 2012, 8:33 pm

 

244. SANDRO LOEWE said:

SYRIA NO KANDAHAR

You could write a book, with all your messages from the beginning of the Tunisian Revolution until today. This would be an historical record of how a police dictatorial regime loses all logics, reasons and rational. Publish it before it is banned to support a criminal because it would be very educative for future generations to read thoughts and ideas that lead the country to a revolution and regime change.

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March 28th, 2012, 8:38 pm

 

245. sheila said:

SNK,
We also have the US, the UK, France, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Turkey….. and most the rest of the world on our side. I do not think this will actually make any difference to someone like you.

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March 28th, 2012, 8:40 pm

 

246. jad said:

سوريا :: حلب:: المسلحين يستخدمون المتظاهرين دروع بشرية
http://youtu.be/MUpwjkY2nZk

More of the peaceful activities
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/524840_10151432954105015_820255014_23368249_863735009_n.jpg

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March 28th, 2012, 8:42 pm

 

247. jad said:

أحلام الثورة السورية والأمل الأخير : أحذية جنود الحلف الأطسي تدوس تراب سورية
كتب سامي زرقة – عربي برس – اللاذقية

” لم يعد من أمل في الإنتصار سوى إنتظار تحقق الأقاويل والتصريحات حول إمكانية إقامة مناطق عازلة في سوريا تمهيداً لتدخل خارجي بحجة أن الأزمة السورية وصلت إلى مفترق خطير و أصبح التدخل الدولي لأسباب إنسانية حاجة ماسة ”
هذا ما يقوله ناشطون تلقوا تدريباتهم على الثورة في مراكز تمولها أميركا ومخابراتها خارج وداخل سورية (منذ عقد وأكثر يذهب سوريون بدعوات رسمية إلى جامعة القاهرة الاميركية وإلى تركيا وإلى لبنان وكثيرون سافروا إلى واشنطن بحجة التبادل الصحافي)
ولكن كيف يمكن التمهيد لتدخل أجنبي خارجي والإستعانة به لإسقاط النظام؟؟…
المعارض عدي رجب خرج منذ الساعات الأولى في الأزمة ضد النظام بحجة أنه نظام قمعي يمتهن كرامة الإنسان لذا يرى عدي أن الوسيلة الوحيدة لاستجرار تدخل خارجي في سوريا هي عن طريق دفع النشطاء الشباب إلى الساحات لتشجيع الناس على التظاهر، أو استخدام ما تعلموه في كيفية حشد الرأي العام حول نقطة معينة عبر المدونات والفيسبوك وتويتر، وبمجرد إنزال الناس إلى الشوارع ستبدأ عملية الحشد والتجييش الإعلامي، عبر عرض كل انتهاكات النظام في السنوات السابقة، لزيادة نقمة الناس ولدفعهم إلى الشارع دفعاً وطبعاً هذا الموضع (بنظر عدي) لن يتم خلال يوم أو يومين بل لا بد من استمرار الاعتصامات في الشوارع والساحات وحتى ضمن الأزقة لإقناع الرأي العام العالمي بصدق رسالة هؤلاء وبالتالي يضغط على حكوماته في التدخل الإنساني في سوريا…
{…}
بينما ترى أميرة أن أفضل حل لجعل الشارع السوري ينقلب على نظامه هي تسخير الإعلام بشكل مكثف لتصوير النظام كما لو أنه هو من خلق العصابات الإجرامية المنتشرة في سوريا وهو من يمولها لتخويف الشعب السوري ومنعه من الخروج في تظاهرات ضده.
ثوار سورية ملو والإحباط ينهشهم وأخشى ما يخشونه زيارة ثانية يقوم الرئيس السوري إلى منطقة درعا مثلا أو إلى جبل الزاوية ولذا لم يعد لديهم من أمل سوى التعلق بأقدام وأحذية رجال البحرية الفرنسية والبريطانية الذين قد يشاركون في غزو سورية .
http://arabi-press.com/?page=article&id=29651

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March 28th, 2012, 8:44 pm

 

248. jad said:

Iran-Turkish relations from bad to worse:

زيارة فاشلة لأردوغان إلى طهران ومعلومات عن إحتمال رفض خامنئي إستقباله
خاص عربي برس – طهران

مصادر ايرانية اكدت لعربي برس بان طهران تفضل بغداد على اسطنبول مكانا لعقد الجولة الجديدة من محادثات الخمسة زائد واحد مع ايران حول الملف النووي الايراني

واضافت المصادر بان احد اسباب التوجه الايراني الجديد هذا هو الخلاف الحاد الذي ظهر بين اردوغان والقيادة الايرانية حول الملف السوري

وكانت طهران قد ردت طلبا لاردوغان للقاء مع مرشد الثورة الاسلامية الايرانية الامام السيد علي الخامنئي

كما اعربت عن استيائها باستمرار الموقف التركي السيئ وغر المتوازن مع الملف السوري

تجدر الاشارة بان احمدي نجاد ابلغ الموفد السوري الخاص الذي زار طهران قبل ساعات من وصول اردوغان اليها بان ما يجري على الارض السورية ليس سوى مخطط استعماري ضد سوريا المقاومة والممانعة وان الشعب السوري استطاع بصموده وصبره العظيمين اسقاط هذا المخطط
وهكذا يكون الحزب التركي الحاكم قد تلقى صفعة قوية اضافية من جانب طهران بعد سقوط رهاناته على الاطلسي وامريكا والرجعية الخليجية ووصوله الى طهران محبطا من اوباما

الامر الذي دعا المحللين السياسيين الايرانين يفسرون استمرار اسطنبول في سياسة احتضان المجلس الانتقالي والتلويح بالمنطقة العازلة ليس سوى اللعب في الوقت الضائع

واذا ما صدقت التوقعات بشان استبدال اسطنبول ببغداد فعلا فان حكومة اردوغان تكون قد تلقت عقابا صارما من طهران على تخبطها بخصوص القضية السورية كما يؤكد مقربون من مطبخ صناعة القرار الايراني
http://arabi-press.com/?page=article&id=29743

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March 28th, 2012, 8:46 pm

 

249. sheila said:

What I find most interesting is that all those people who are scared silly from Islamists have no problem accepting Iran and Hizbolla’s support. Go figure.

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March 28th, 2012, 8:49 pm

 

250. jad said:

Jumbla6:

رئيس «التقدمي» يعترف بأن رياح سوريا تجري بعكس ما يشتهي لكنه لن يتراجع
جنبلاط: «لحظة التخلي» كانت عندما زرت الأسد.. ولن تتكرر

نبيل هيثم
تجري الرياح في سوريا بما لا يشتهي وليد جنبلاط، فلا سقوط أو إسقاط لنظام الرئيس بشار الاسد، ولا امل في حل سياسي على أساس المبادرة العربية (تفويض الصلاحيات لنائب الرئيس مقدمة للتنحي على الطريقة اليمنية)، بل ان سفن الازمة السورية تجري في الاتجاه الآخر الذي تبلغه الزعيم الدرزي شخصياً في العاصمة الروسية، من وزير الخارجية الروسي سيرغي لافروف بأن لا حل في سوريا الا تحت سقف نظام الاسد.
تلك هي الخلاصة التي تنتهي إليها مقاربة جنبلاط للحدث السوري، والتي تنطوي على استياء واضح من مآل الامور في سوريا، بعد سنة على اندلاع الأزمة، واصطدام ما يسميها «الثورة» (يرفض تعبير «الربيع العربي» نهائياً) بما هو أكبر منها، إن على صعيد المعارضات وتناقضاتها البنيوية، ومدى قدرتها على القول والفعل، وأمامه مثلان لفشلها، يتجلى الاول في مؤتمر المعارضة السورية في تونس، والذي ينظر اليه جنبلاط بأنه كان «مؤتمراً فاشلاً ولم يقدم المرجو منه»، ويتجلى الثاني في مؤتمر المعارضة السورية في تركيا الذي ينظر اليه جنبلاط أيضاً بوصفه «مؤتمراً فاشلاً».
ولعل العامل الابرز الذي كبح جماح «الثورة السورية»، «ليس قوة النظام وقدرته على الامساك بالارض السورية في وجه المجموعات المسلحة، بل ـ يضيف جنبلاط ـ يتمثل في عدم وجود قرار دولي باسقاط بشار الاسد»، فهذا النظام، كما يقول رئيس «التقدمي»، «هو حاجة للاتحاد الروسي، كما كان في القديم حاجة لـ«الاتحاد السوفياتي السابق»، كما هو حاجة للاميركيين». يسأل جنبلاط: «من سيحمي الحدود الشمالية لـ«الجيران» في الجولان ولبنان»، ويستطرد «المعارضة السورية ذهبت في مراهناتها مسافات بعيدة بعدما سمعت من الاميركيين والاوروبيين كلاما كبيرا تارة عن سقوط النظام خلال أيام وتارة اخرى ان الأسد فقد شرعيته، والى آخر ما هنالك، حتى ظنّ البعض ان المسألة انتهت، ولكن الحقيقة خلاف ذلك، اذ ان النظام لم يسقط… الا يعني لكم شيئا ان كل العالم لم يستطع ان يدخل سيارة اسعاف الى بابا عمرو في حمص؟».
تبدو صورة الاحداث في سوريا بعد سنة، عكس ما تمناها جنبلاط، لا الصورة الراهنة ولا مسار الاحداث على الارض، ولا الصورة المستقبلية في ظل الحراك الدولي الذي يقوده الامين العام السابق للأمم المتحدة كوفي انان «فها هو بشار الاسد في بابا عمرو يقول للعالم انا هنا، وسيقوم في القريب العاجل بتأجيل الانتخابات التشريعية، وسيجري الانتخابات على اساس الدستور الجديد الذي وضعه ويتيح له الترشح لولايتين، وطالما بقي بشار، لا امكانية لأي تغيير او اصلاح في سوريا، وطالما بقي النظام فمعنى ذلك يجب أن تتوقع منه أي شيء سواء في سوريا ام في لبنان».
وعلى الرغم من هذه الصورة السوداوية، لا يبدو أن جنبلاط في وارد القيام بخطوة تراجعية الى الوراء، بل يذهب أبعد من ذلك بالقول لـ«السفير»، إنه قرّر أن ينتقل بصورة نهائية الى موقع القطيعة النهائية مع النظام السوري ومهما كانت الأكلاف سواء بقي النظام ام لم يبق، ولن يكون من الآن فصاعداً أي كلام عن لحظات تخلٍّ او ما شابه. هناك لحظة تخلٍّ واحدة مررت بها متصلة بتلك الواقعة وليس بأي شيء غيرها»، ويقصد هنا انعطافته في اتجاه دمشق وزيارته الرئيس بشار الاسد بعد أحداث 7 و11 ايار 2008.
حسم جنبلاط امره بعدم حفظ خطوط الرجعة، ويبرر ذلك بقوله: «افضل لي ان اختم حياتي بخلاف مع النظام السوري.. وفي كل الاحوال انا مرتاح بقراري وأجد نفسي منسجما مع قناعاتي ومشاعري. انا اعرف انني قد اخسر سياسيا، لكنني في النهاية رابح مع نفسي».
على ان هدفا آخر يسعى جنبلاط الى تحقيقه من وراء موقفه الهجومي ويتعلق بدروز سوريا وحثهم على الالتحاق بـ«الثورة»، وبالتالي يعلن رفضه «تحويل دروز سوريا حرس حدود عند النظام كما هي حال بعض دروز فلسطين ممن تحولوا حرس حدود عند الاسرائيليين»، ويضيف «نحن نعيش في بحر العرب السنة، ما هي بيئة دروز سوريا ولبنان والمنطقة، هل تعلمون لماذا رفضت تلبية الدعوة لزيارة ايران؟ تصوروا لو قمت بالزيارة، ما هي عواقبها، خاصة على الدروز في الخليج وماذا لو قمت بالزيارة وجاء في الخليج من يتخذ قراراً بتسفير الدروز، ماذا نفعل حينها ومن اين نطعمهم؟».
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