The Final Declaration of the Antalya Opposition Conference

The Final Declaration of the Syria Conference for Change

Today, Syria is witnessing the most difficult and painful days; however, it is also witnessing the birth of a new dawn of freedom quenched by the blood and sacrifice of the Syrian youth demonstrating peacefully in the ground. This puts the burden of urgent action on the shoulders of all Syrians, living all over the world, to work along side their brothers and sisters in and outside Syria to build a new future for their country.

Therefore, a number of patriotic Syrians, from all different backgrounds, came together and called for the Syria Conference for Change. Invitations were sent to a wide variety of political and populist Syrian activists with the purpose of stopping the blood shed of our people and to take a decisive stand towards the events in their homeland and towards the insistence of the oppressive regime on using the military and security forces in rejecting the just demands of the people of freedom and democracy.

The Syria Conference for Change took place in Antalya, Turkey, May 31 – June 3, 2011, in solidarity with the Syrian Revolution and to search for solutions that would save Syria from oppression and place it on the road to freedom and dignity. As such, participants agreed to the following:

1- Participants are committed to the demands of the Syrian people in calling on the Syrian president to step down, in demanding the toppling of the regime, and in supporting the great, peaceful revolution of the Syrian people towards freedom and dignity.

2-Participants call on president Bashar al-Assad to resign immediately from all of his duties and positions and to hand over authority to his vice-president in accordance with constitutional procedures until the election of a transitional council which will draft and implement a new Syrian constitution that shall call for free and transparent parliamentary and presidential elections within a period not to exceed one year from the resignation of president Bashar al-Assad.

3- Participants assert their continuous support of the Syrian revolution until it achieves its objectives while emphasizing peace, patriotism, the unity of Syrian soil, the unequivocal rejection of foreign military intervention and national unity of Syrian revolution – one that does not represent any partisan direction nor does it target any particular group of Syrian society.

4- Participants affirm that the Syrian people are of many ethnicities, Arab, Kurd, Caldean, Assyrian, Syriac, Turkmen, Chechen, Armenian and others. The conference establishes the legitimate and equal rights of all under a new Syrian constitution based on national unity, civil state and a pluralistic, parliamentary, and democratic regime.

5- Participants commit to exert all efforts towards achieving a democratic future of Syria which respects human rights and protects freedom for all Syrians, including the freedom of belief, expression and practice of religion, under a civil state based on the separation of legislative, judicial and executive powers, while adopting democracy and the ballot box as the sole medium of governance.

6- Participants are committed to the hard and serious missions of ensuring economic prosperity, scientific and cultural advancements under the umbrella of justice, peace and security.

7- Participants call on all Arabs, the Organization of Islamic Conference, the Arab League and the International Community to take legal and ethical responsibility in order to stop the violation of human rights and crimes against humanity committed against unarmed civilians, and to support the ambition of the Syrian people of freedom and democracy.

The conference concluded with the election of a follow up consultative body through a slate-vote.Voting lists were selected by a group of participants. The consultative body shall appoint an implementation body which, in turn, will establish and implement an action plan to coordinate all activities supporting the Syrian revolution for a peaceful change.


“….The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said authorities released a leading opposition figure Saturday. Ali Abdullah of the Damascus Declaration Group had been jailed since 2007 and was <b> among hundreds of political prisoners freed this week after Assad issued a general amnesty.</b>w

Assad also created a committee that he said would pave the way for a national dialogue, hoping the concessions would satisfy the revolt, which is posing the most serious challenge to the Assad family’s 40-year rule. What began as a disparate movement demanding reforms has grown into a resilient uprising seeking Assad’s ouster.

Assad has invited officials from 12 outlawed Kurdish parties to meet him, said Mohammed Moussa of the Kurdish Leftist Party, whose group was invited. He said the meeting is expected in the coming days…. Antalya, June 2nd, 2011


Organizers of the Conference for Change in Syria spoke to the press on Friday after sharing their final declaration following the three-day meeting that brought together opponents of the Assad regime.

Will get in touch with intl institutions on Syria: opposition
PTI | 02:06 PM,Jun 04,2011

Antalya (Turkey), June 4 (Anadolu) Members of the Syrian opposition say that they would get in touch with international institutions in order to stop the ongoing bloodshed in Syria.Following the “Change in Syria Conference” held at Antalya’s Falez Hotel yesterday, members of the Advisory Committee elected at the conference, Ghassan al-Mufleh, Salim Mounem and Riad Ghannam, held a press conference and read out a document published at the end of the conference.Reading out the document, Salim Mounem said that the conference was held in order to extend support to the revolution in Syria after the Syrians made protests against the government.The demands of the Syrian people were brought onto the agenda.We demanded Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign.According to Syrian laws, the vice-president must assume the powers of al-Assad.Once the vice-president assumes the office, a new parliament must be established within 15 days.Parliamentary elections must take place within a year.If this basic demand is not met, the revolution will continue until the existing order is demolished, the Antalya document said….

Ghassan al-Mufleh thanked the Turkish government and nation for hosting them in Antalya and also thanked the media for making the conference heard in the world.Asked if the new Syrian state would be secular following the end of the current administration, Riad Ghannam said that there was no contradiction between Islam and democracy.”We can all be democrats and Muslims,” Ghannam underlined.President al-Assad has done nothing in the past 20 years.He took a decision in the last minute and issued an amnesty for those in prison.While some individuals were taken out of prisons, hundreds of others were placed in such prisons, Ghannam also said.The Antalya conference in Turkey provided a forum for 80 per cent of the Syrian opposition.Meanwhile, the election of a nine-member administrative committee by the Advisory Council was postponed to a future meeting.

Syrian opposition gathers in Brussels – Saturday

Syrian opposition groups took their campaign to Belgium on Saturday where they demanded an end to the crackdown led by President Bachar al-Assad.

Around 200 activists gathered at a Brussels hotel for a two-day conference after Turkey hosted a similar meeting earlier this week.

The aim of the conference, said organiser Bassem Hatahet, was to send al-Assad the message that “if he is really a leader, he should stop his crimes, and that if his forces continue to imprison and torture protesters, there must be a regime change.”

Hatahet said several different opposition groups and representatives from Syrian society were taking part in the conference. A statement would be issued at the close of the meeting on Sunday.

Following the conference in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya on Wednesday and Thursday, opposition groups urged al-Assad’s immediate resignation and the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections within a year.

Large crowds attended on Saturday the funerals of 50 people killed by security forces during anti-regime protests in Hama the previous day, human rights activists said.

More than 1,100 civilians have been killed and at least 10,000 arrested in a brutal crackdown on almost daily demonstrations in Syria since March 15, rights organisations say.

Haaretz: The opposition vs. Assad / Awaiting a push by Washington

More than 70 Syrians were killed over the weekend in the largest anti-government protests yet against President Bashar Assad’s regime, with around 50 killed in the city of Hama alone, according to a Syrian human rights group. A Kurdish source says …

The opposition’s main focus at this point is to enlist world public opinion to get Western countries, particularly the United States, to take a firm line against Assad and his regime. Syrian opposition forces are disappointed that the United States has not demanded Assad’s ouster the way it did with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

A source in Washington told Haaretz that this stems in part from Russia’s strong support of Assad, as well as uncertainty over what would replace the current regime in Syria, where no independent government or economic institutions exist. There have been a number of unconfirmed reports from Syria on the arrest of senior Syrian officers who refused to have their units use force against demonstrators. The opposition assumes that if Washington demanded Assad’s departure, the Syrian army could shift its stance.

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351. majedkhaldoon said:

I hope joshua does not depend on pro regime commentors,they spread,and spew only LIES,they can not say the truth,I am sure Joshua verify his informations,and I salute him and applaud his effort,Thank you Joshua.
Abdulrazzaq Tlas showed beyond any doubt,the massacre after massacre the army officers are committing, when the army fight the enemy we all support him ,but when the soldiers kill their own people they are betraying the syrian people, and they are helping the enemy, for that they function as agents of the enemy, they deserve to be killed for that.
Assad will fall,no doubt about it, more defection in the army will come to surface,since the regime is not limiting its action in one area, they are attacking several areas in Syria, there bound to have officers from some area the regime is attacking, and one day it will be defection on a large scale.

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June 6th, 2011, 10:26 pm


352. tara said:

Syau, # 329

I watched the link. It is no longer Silmya. I agree.

This was destined to happen though. Do I condone it? Absolutely not! At this stage of the game, some people will take up arms. Others will continue demonstrating unarmed. Ultimately, who bears the responsibility? And where do we go from here?


It is more and more becoming “we” and “others” to many Syrians. It is not “us” anymore. It probably was never “us”. It appears that “us” have had a bloody history dated before the regime and perhaps helped creating the regime as it now stands. I do not claim knowledge about history and I really do not know much about Syrian history of ethnic tension… Our government worked only to reinforce it. Civil society would have changed (we and others) into us but we do not have civil society or its infra-structure. We really are not a civilized society. Again, where do we go from here?

Any answer that calls for the revolutionists to stop revolutioning to allow time for the regime to reform is simply not gonna happen. No one at this time believes the regime can be rehabilitated. Bashar lost his golden opportunity. That is why I called him a failure. Assad’ initial reaction was (dare I say it) “stupidity in action”. Not holding cousin Atef accountable to pulling children fingernails and then killing some protesters is really stupidity in action… Expecting Assad to miraculously resign is also pretty far-fetched. Wiping out Hama then Jisr then Homs. then XYZ…is genocide.

The fact of the matter is that we are terrified by you and you are terrified by us and ومازال القتل مستمرا

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June 6th, 2011, 10:36 pm


353. syau said:


“they deserve to be killed for that”… Only someone with a sick mind can make such a comment.

I agree with you that there will be many “defections”, but they will be fake defections like the ones revlon has linked.

After the theft of security cars with id’s and stolen uniforms, they will try many fabrications, but they will be exposed as others have been. Syrians are aware, do no doubt that.

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June 6th, 2011, 10:37 pm


354. louai said:

The violent of the revolution went out of control ! they managed for long time to keep their killing away of the cameras but after the barbaric public hanging in Hama and the way was filmed on mobile phones i knew that now its too late for them to hid their crimes,
from the very first week they were killing from both sides to feed their thrust for blood and to fuel the bloody revolution’s anger ,I never had any doubt that they are doing the killing of the protesters ,when your supporters are illiterate and full of hat you just cant control them but the main problem was and still is the media converge ,I knew after the public hanging in Hama that the Syrian people will not tolerate this criminals any more but after today i don’t think the government could control the people any more ,the army should strike now those people do not understand any other language ,the good news is, they lost after today any fooled national opposition.

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June 6th, 2011, 10:38 pm


355. Sophia said:

Prosternating To Israel: Syrian Muslim Brothers talk to Israeli TV: “Israel exists and it can live in peace”

The MB and their Salafi brothers have excelled in prosternation and videotaped beheadings. They fear the mighty and they terrorise the vulnerable.

Link and comment thanks to FLC.

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June 6th, 2011, 10:42 pm


356. majedkhaldoon said:

When a soldier betray the people and help the enemy he no longer should get the protection of his people and yes he deserve death.
That is why Bashar will be hanged ,or shot dead.

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June 6th, 2011, 10:44 pm


357. louai said:

When I read SC comments the Zionists and the extremists ones ,I really don’t understand how the extremists and the Zionists are together so openly now, I used to think its part of the conspiracy theory and its only a propaganda ,I never believed it before ! I am not into politics and my knowledge is limited comparing to many of you here , but I thought its obvious for Israel not to trust the extremists! how could they make this mistake? If you are a Muslim and become an extremist, naturally you hate Jews and you want to liberate philistine as it’s a holly land for Muslims as well!. can any one (except Zionists!! ) explain to me how come this happening now and they don’t even try to hid it?
i know that extremists will befriend the devil himself to get red of the Kuffar but don’t Zionists know that as well? for extremists Jews are worse that Kuffar !

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June 6th, 2011, 10:44 pm


358. Ss said:

MB is the twin brother of AlQaeda. This organization is terrible. They are the roots of Islamists Terrorism. They are worse than AlQaeda as they are more organized, have many branches, and wide base support among muslims who feel sympathy with them. MB would kill and history is full of proof of crimes commited against civilians to achieve their goal of bringing a conservative radical islamic regime. These peopel wants all women in viel. They are less tolerant to minorities such as drooz, christians, and alawite. This Alqaeda like organization will clean the middle east from christians as they have been stating that in their demonstration “nasara 3ala beirut”. They kill in the name of god. They rape women from minorities in the name of god. They listen to their clerks and what their clerks say they do, allllll in the name of god. They are right all the time, the Islam is sunni because it is the right islam. Half the world population ie india and china are kuffar becaue they are not muslims. All the west are kuffar becaue they are christians.

These people i.e radical, hateful, islamists, terrorists should be eradicated, should be killed, should be destroyed because they represent a danger on humanity. They do not know what love is. There only love is to kill anyone who is against their god. They want all people o convert to Islam so they satisfy their God. They are hateful radicals, fucked up, narrow minded bunch of coward and the I hope the world gets rid of them and their idiology one day so we can see the beautiful sun shining again on our lovely Syria. Syria the land of civilization before these coward came with their radical islamic terrorist ideology.

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June 6th, 2011, 10:46 pm


359. syau said:


Do you really believe “At this stage of the game, some people will take up arms.”

Arms were taken up from the beginning. This ‘revolution’ was planned with violence being a key factor from day one. That is the only way they can get their international attention and interference in Syria.

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June 6th, 2011, 10:47 pm


360. Real Syrian said:

To 351#
Prof.Landis is smart enough to know the truth…..Your free advice to him is worthless …….We are proud to be Pro Syrian people not only pro Syrian government……Anyway days will prove the truth……

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June 6th, 2011, 10:48 pm


361. Ss said:



The MB, Alqaeda, Hamas have the same ideology which is destroying Israel. I do not understand how someone will bring the bear to his grape field?….

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June 6th, 2011, 10:52 pm


362. syau said:


When you say enemy, who do you mean?

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June 6th, 2011, 10:54 pm


363. Ss said:


With your comment 356, you are just proven to be a bloody criminal like your peers. It is people like yourself who are the enemy. You without any doubt represents a typical MB mentality that is build oon killing, destruction. Your idiology is hateful and syria as well as syrian people would be better off people like yourself.

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June 6th, 2011, 10:59 pm


364. Tara said:

Loui #354

Simply put it: It is called stereotyping. What may sound to you like an extremist might be really your average guy/gal. And what sounds like a zionist might just be a jew who was born in Palestine after 1948 and therefore did not know any other country. Not all jews are zionists and not all revolutionists are extremists.

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June 6th, 2011, 11:03 pm


365. Shami said:

The goal now must be the big statues of hafez asad.The statues are a good indicator of such regimes existence,when they are destroyed,it means that the regime reached its end.
The islamophobic christians here ,you have nothing to win by portraying us as criminal barbarians for the sake of maher and bashar mafia as wanted by their sectarian message to you ,your fate is independant than theirs ,no one forced you to leave Syria.
We are eternal as people ,the regimes die.

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June 6th, 2011, 11:13 pm


366. majedkhaldoon said:

Syau the enemy is Israel, and those who kill the syrian people are enemy of Syrian people.

Syria is better without you,Further I am not MB, I am libertarian who believe in freedom, and I know that freedom will be earned by blood, and I strongly believe the people should have the right to carry arms to prevent dictatorship.

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June 6th, 2011, 11:28 pm


367. Sophia said:

# 361 SS,

“I do not understand how someone will bring the bear to his grape field?….” Because the bear has been tamed. Read my comment # 355.

From time to time the bear has rebellious offsprings (OBL) but even this it can be and has been of great benefit to Israel.

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June 6th, 2011, 11:30 pm


368. louai said:

lets call them revolutionists ,and yes i know Not all jews are zionists some of my friends are jews ,but the jews in here are Zionists for sure .
i still wish to get an explination for all the help the zionsts try to give to ‘the revoutionists’

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June 6th, 2011, 11:32 pm


369. syau said:


When you say the enemies are those who kill the Syrian people, in your mind, would that include the criminals who are killing innocent people and the Syrian security personnel?

To me, they are the traitors and the fit into the enemy jigsaw puzzle perfectly, not the soldiers who are trying to regain stability in Syria by fighting those you call freedom fighters.

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June 6th, 2011, 11:34 pm


370. majedkhaldoon said:

If the security personnel,is not shooting at the syrian people,then whoever shooting at them and killing them would be certainly criminals,those security officers who are peacefull and they protect the syrian people,we must love them and protect them.

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June 6th, 2011, 11:43 pm


371. Ss said:


Get out of these doors, you describe yourself as “libertarian”. I do not think any libertarian would accept and okay the brutal video that is shown earlier by SYAU, perhaps you are a libertarian MB. These type of libertarian MB exists in the seashores of syria like Lattakia as they learned civilization and how liberal people could be. You are full of contraversies yourself, defending the killing of army men who protected you and your family when you were a kid. On the other hand you yourself support Hassan nasralah who is a big supporter of this regime, which reflects who lost you are. Well you grew up, and now you are a coward, outsider sitting on your desk, typing hateful messages, hijacking liberty and love, critisizing the army that is protecting your family now in syria. I would suggest you bring them here with you so they can speak the same language, the language of libertarian instead of keeping them Syria. I am sure lattakia and syria would be better off people like yourself Mr. Majedkhaldoon

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June 6th, 2011, 11:43 pm


372. majedkhaldoon said:

When the army protect me and my family I love them and get mad if anyone hurt them, but wake up, the army massacred Deraa,Massacred Tel Kalakh,Massacred Rastan and they send battalion to massacre Jisr Al Shoughoor,those committed treason.

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June 6th, 2011, 11:54 pm


373. Ss said:


Your commenst under 351 gave me the answer. Amazing, and shocking at the same. I congrat Israel for choosing their dream future neighbours. I am sure they have a lot to share

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June 6th, 2011, 11:54 pm


374. democracynow said:

Guess whose side the Palestinians of Yarmouk camp are on?!

من القدس لحوران, شعب واحد ما بينهان
واحد, اتنين, بشار الأسد فين
واحد, اتنين, حزب الله وين

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June 6th, 2011, 11:56 pm


375. Amuse-gueules: Syria « the human province said:

[…] final statement from the Syrian opposition conference in […]

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June 7th, 2011, 5:30 am


376. 873 said:

Straight from the planners’ mouths. Confessions dont get any better than this:

The Jewish power-providers of the Arab Spring revolts
By STEVE LINDE 07/06/2011 jerusalem post

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg tops ‘The Jerusalem Post’s’ list of the 50 most influential Jews in the world, 2011.

Mark Zuckerberg’s deft denial during an Internet forum in Paris last month that Facebook was not responsible for the Arab Spring protests sweeping across the Middle East was somewhat disingenuous. In almost the same breath, Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook had performed a key role in the regional revolts from Tunisia to Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Syria.

On the road to a Zionist One World Gevernment, using their porxy America to fund, arm and diplomatically strong arm it into existance. AIPAC & Sayanim, heres to you:

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

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June 7th, 2011, 12:44 pm


377. Usama said:

Aboud, #55

Even the Hariri “refugees” from Tal Kalakh, who were so anti-Alawi (they didn’t even bother hide it), said that their men stayed behind to fight with their weapons. Now you want to tell me there was not a single weapon? You’re clearly getting all your updates from the FB page or from your abadhayat friends who feed the FB page with ridiculous garbage.

Aboud, #88

If they let the Russian media in, and then the Russian media begins to report very pro-regime material, are you going to respect it as the full truth? Or are you going to deny it again as a collaborator? Like my father says about people like you: عنزة ولو طارت (It’s a goat, even if it flies!)

I agree 100% with kicking out the media since we already saw how they ignored certain events and exaggerated other events in Damascus, where they had basically free reign in a taxi cab.

Aboud, #105

You seem to be so convinced that the phones of 23 million Syrians are being wiretapped 24/7 (by who?), yet here you are comfortable commenting here “from Homs” where internet tracking can be easily done by one person with home-made software that actively searches for certain keywords.

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June 7th, 2011, 2:55 pm


378. hovig said:

al salam 3alayikom wa ra7mat allah wa barakato, hal antom tuoridoun al 7ouriye wal dimokratiye li souriya??

EDITED By Joshua Landis: I have just gotten back from a two day trip where I have been unable to moderate or see SC. Please, please do not insult each other or use foul language. I know how hard it is not to be angry with one another in such a time of national division. But you must control it on Syria Comment. Please resist the temptation to insult and stick to arguments that bring new content or ideas to Syria Comment. Persuasion is better than invective.

Thanks Joshua

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June 7th, 2011, 6:31 pm


379. Abughassan said:

I read the comments about why the army was attacked and I understand the anger among many Syrians who oppose the regime or security forces. Many Syrians were killed unjustly on both sides but you have to ask yourself who is going to defend you and keep your town secure if you are going to give excuses to those who executed and mutilated army and security officers,I do not think armed thugs should be in charge of security regardless of how we feel about the regime. The criminal acts in al-jisr are inexcusable and I am in full support of securing that town and arresting anybody who has weapons and shooting back at anybody who shoots at the army. This is the time to leave emotions aside and look at Syria’s highest interests: security and order. Killing innocent unarmed Syrians is bad enough but killing army officers is worse,period.

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June 7th, 2011, 10:32 pm


380. SANDRO LOEWE said:

Impressing video about Daraa. It shows how security has been shoting at boys, young men and old men, randomly and when they were peacefully demonstrating.

Warning: this is the hardest video I have ever seen with a boy (maybe 14 years or so) losing brain mass.

After watching this video I have no words, even of hate. I just have a feeling.

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June 8th, 2011, 3:13 pm


381. Syrian Commando said:

ALL OF MY COMMENTS AND ANY RELATED TO ME WERE JUST DELETED!!! I explained why that video does not constitute solid proof that the security forces fired and how it’s quite likely that it was in fact the insurrectionists as per the Bandar-Hariri plan:

I am done here, catch me on twitter, syriancommando.

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June 8th, 2011, 4:23 pm


382. SF94123 said:

Below is an honest assessment (without any exaggeration) from a friend who just returned to the U.S. He spent 40 days mainly in the coastal region..

1- There is no revolution in Syria instead it is a highly organized uprising led by MB.

2- The MBs are well equipped, financed and influenced by foreign entities (weapons, computer, communication devices and etc.)

3- Many foreign militants from Jordan , SA and Egypt were captured by the Syrian people and army

4- The objective of the uprising is to topple the regime. Period… Forget about democracy.

5- The majority of the Sunni will not accept an Alawit regime anymore- It is out in the open.

6- Sectarian tension is vey very high. People are boycotting merchants based on their religious affiliation

7- Sadly “Christian to Beirut and Alawit to Taboot “ was written on walls in few of Syrian’s cities.

8- Small business owners will suffer tremendously – restaurants are closing very early (4-5 pm) and hotels are mostly empty.

9- Majority think that the government will not collapse economically and Syrians will survive the hardship

10- People are scared – Overall people in Syria think that the government will prevail.

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June 9th, 2011, 9:28 pm


383. Sectarian Strife After Assad? « بنسبة لنا said:

[…] is or will play a major role in the future of the conflict. The exiled Syrian community that met in Antalya in Turkey last week certainly was a prime example of the unity between traditionally feuding sects, as nearly […]

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June 10th, 2011, 12:57 am


384. Yemen will need the Americans | said:

[…] of something similar, a “follow up” “consultative” group growing out of a meeting in Antalya, Turkey two weeks ago. In my way of thinking, it is important that the exile Syrians somehow maintain the […]

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June 13th, 2011, 5:00 pm


385. Syria’s Tide Turned? « بنسبة لنا said:

[…] fractured opposition. The Syrian opposition abroad are predictably more open about their desire to see the end of the Assad regime whereas the domestic opposition that attended the conference seemed more moderate. With a […]

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June 28th, 2011, 9:45 pm


386. Peter said:

How about this for stpeulacion with out even a shred of evidence.Russia is playing a double game, selling out its Arab “friends”.I can’t put my finger on it, but there is a nagging suspicion in there.

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February 18th, 2012, 7:57 pm


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