Video of Landis Commentary on Assad’s Speech

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51. Riad said:

Jad,

I would rather excuse YOU for your deliberate stupidity and eye-closing to facts known to all Syrians. Now if indeed the story was true (I doubt it but do not rule it out completely like you do), amn would not hesitate to confiscate mobile phones from buildings overlooking an embarrassing scene (not the whole neighbourhood’s phones) around the Rifai mosque for instance. Rich and influential is irrelevant here seeing that “national interest” is at stake. They are willing to arrest school kids and let loose Shabiha to snipe at people so one can only imagine they are willing to do anything else.

Syria Almighty,
Why do you keep saying “government”? Whatever happened to the word “regime”?

Regards

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April 1st, 2011, 4:01 pm

 

52. Ziadsoury said:

Jad,
I took all of my kids with me to multiple demonstrations. Some of them were for local issues and the other ones were against Bush and his wars, Mubarak and Qadafi. What is wrong with that? Yes I had my 2 year kid at these demos and hopefully he will take his kids in the future. They are better people because of that. They are aware of their rights and allowed to express it. Remember the future belongs to them and not to us. We were cowards and did not have the courage to ask for our rights. These people in the streets are the real heroes of Syria.

The people didn’t declare a military conflict. They are unarmed. The only weapon they have is bravery. That scares the regime.

Nour wants me to use ethical means? What ethical means can you use in Syria? Can you get a permit in Syria to hold a million man march against the regime? Can you speak on TV against? Can you write an editorial in the newspapers? Who are you kidding? I was born there and know no one other than Asad(s) and their cronies in control. 40 years of stealing and corruption are way more than enough. I am very secular but I don’t believe for a second that these people are. They are thugs and hiding behind the secular flag. Remember Mubarak was saying me or chaos? Egypt is moving along pretty well. All of these thugs use scare tactics. They all need to go.

I am also very sure that the regime and the SNP and his buddies (Mukhabarat) know who has weapons and who does not. Remember the Syrian constitution does not allow for the right to bear arms. It is the opposite.

Again, you want to prove me wrong, let the media cover the country.

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April 1st, 2011, 4:16 pm

 

53. SALAH ADDIN said:

RIAD

We have noticed this trend lately, that whenever we have some serious discussion going in a direction that is civil and intelligent, an idiot like you jumps in and tries to pick a fight.
This role used to be well covered by Akbar Palace. Now it seems there are many encrochers on his task.
Do you know Akbar Palace personally or is it a parrallel job you have been tasked to do? I wonder if your strings are pulled at the same time.

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April 1st, 2011, 4:25 pm

 

54. ziadsoury said:

MONTAGNARD
Let me correct my sentence

“Next time Israel kills Palestinians, do not scream murder because you are excusing the shedding of Syrian blood by the regime so they can stay in power and control.”

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April 1st, 2011, 4:31 pm

 

55. Majed said:

The word “Freedom” is the new buzz word that is energizing the Arab streets now days, but try to get two people to agree on its meaning/definition and you’ll get three opinions, and none of them comes close to true freedom.

Those without power have always cherished and championed the words “freedom” and “democracy”, until they are in power. Once in control, the first thing they do is to deny others their rights and impose their own ideology on all, using whatever force they have to maintain control. History of the Middle East has poor track record of tolerance and equality. The majority has always denied the minorities their equal rights, not to mention persecuted and demonized them for being “misguided/infidels”. Compliance with certain traditional and religious conducts/practices, dictated by the majority, is how freedom is defined in the mind of most Arabs/Muslims.

Until Middle Easters acknowledge and accept the rights of each individual to think and behave according to his/her own conviction, irrespective of the belief of majority, the word freedom is just another slogan to mean “I want things my way”.

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April 1st, 2011, 4:37 pm

 

56. Riad said:

Salah

I was expecting an answer from Jad, instead I received this “civil and intelligent” answer from someone whose alias I’m seeing for the first time.

Right back at you.

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April 1st, 2011, 4:45 pm

 

57. George said:

Ziadsoury,

“The people didn’t declare a military conflict. They are unarmed. The only weapon they have is bravery.”

First, I take issue of you using the phrase ” the people” as if the whole country is demonstrating, not just a few hundreds, no need for sensationalism here.

Second, how do you know that they were unarmed what proof do you have. People here are willing to believe anything about the Syria however unbelievable it is.

Which media would like to cover the country, they already showed their dirty hands, remember Iraq’s WMD.

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April 1st, 2011, 4:49 pm

 

58. NK said:

The thugs are back, they just felt like giving the public a break on Tuesday…

http://www.syria-news.com/readnews.php?sy_seq=130834

قتلى وعشرات الجرحى في حوادث اطلاق نار في دوما وحمص ودرعا

نقلت سانا عن مصدر مسؤول صرح مصدر مسؤول بأن “مجموعة مسلحة اعتلت أسطح بعض الأبنية في مدينة دوما بعد ظهر اليوم وقامت بإطلاق النار على مئات من المواطنين كانوا يتجمعون في المدينة وكذلك على قوات الأمن ما أدى إلى سقوط عدد من القتلى وعشرات الجرحى من المواطنين وقوات الشرطة والأمن ، دون الاشارة الى عدد القتلى بالتحديد.

وافاد مراسلنا في المكان بانه بعد صلاة الجمعة تجمع بعض المواطنين في منطقة دوما وسط وجود كثيف لعناصر الامن الامر الذي صعب التواجد تماما في مكان الحدث ، وسمع اطلاق نار اكثر من مرة لم يعرف مصدره .

كما اوردت سانا خبر عن وفاة فتاة في منطقة البياضة في حمص اثر “اطلاق نار من مجموعة مسلحة ” على تجمع للمواطنين هناك.

وكذلك اكدت سانا اصابة عدة اشخاص في درعا جراء حادثة “اطلاق نار على جنود المكلفين بحراسة إحدى التشكيلات العسكرية من قبل بعض الشبان المسلحين الذين حاولوا الاستيلاء على سلاحه فأصيب المجند في صدره إصابة بالغة وجرى تبادل لإطلاق النار نتج عنه إصابة أحد المهاجمين وجرح آخرين” ، دون ان توضح فيما اذا كان قد قتل احد هناك.

وشهدت مدينة اللاذقية الاسبوع الماضي حوادث اطلاق نار مماثلة من قبل مجموعات مسلحة ، قتل على اثرها مواطنون ، وتواردت اخبار عن القبض على افراد بعض افراد هذه المجموعات دون ان يكشف الى حد الان على خلفيتها وانتماءاتها .

وفيما تناقلت وكالات الانباء قصص لشهود عيان اكدو اطلاق النار من قبل مسلحين بلباس مدني على مواطنين موجودين كجماعات في اكثر من منطقة ، ادت الى سقوط ضحايا ، نقلت سانا عن شهود عيان من “اهالي دوما” بان “مجموعات مسلحة وأخرى تقوم بالتحريض وإثارة الفتنة جالت في المدينة وقامت بترويع الناس وإطلاق النار عشوائيا في أماكن التجمعات”.

واكدت بعض الشهدات التي نقلتها سانا بان اهالي المدين أن “بعض التجمعات التي جابت المدينة لم تكن سلمية اطلاقا وكان توجهها واضحا بهدف إثارة البلبلة” ، وانهم ” قبضوا على بعض المسلحين وسلموهم للجهات الامنية”.

سيريانيوز

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April 1st, 2011, 4:56 pm

 

59. jad said:

Ziadsoury
“I took all of my kids with me to multiple demonstrations.”
Do you give the permit to your kids’ teacher to take them out in an anti-government demonstrations in Syria in these days?
Do you Ziadsoury, the father, support involving kids in political and military conflicts in a country like Syria or any where unsafe in this mad world we live in?
I do understand your frustration but you are not reading what I’m writing you, it wasn’t about pro or anti government/regime it’s a matter of principle about children’s rights to stay away from conflict zones and our duties to keep them safe and not to let them be used in anyway by anybody to harm them.

I don’t see myself weak or wrong when I’m against violence in all and every form from anybody against anybody and everything and that doesn’t mean in anyway that I fully support one side over the other, my opinions and views are connected directly to what I see, read, hear and to what I believe in, and I’ll state my disapproval for any side according to every incident, statement, action they do.
I wrote it before and I repeat it, “I REJECT ALL OF YOU”, whoever you are, whatever your position is and regardless of who you represent, when you support and promote violence.
Is it that difficult for people to understand that someone is truly and deeply is calling for peaceful society in Syria.

Please check this out to understand what I support:

إعلان حداد على أرواح ضحايا العنف في سورية

انسجاما مع شعاره “من أجل مجتمع خال من العنف والتمييز”، وتأكيدا لرفضه كافة أشكال العنف في المجتمع السوري، من أي جهة صدرت، ولأي هدف كان، ونظرا لعدم إعلان الحكومة السورية الحداد على ضحايا الأيام الأليمة التي مرت خلال الأسابيع الماضية،

يعلن “مرصد نساء سورية” إغلاق صفحته الالكترونية ليوم كامل اعتبارا من الساعة 00،00 من صباح يوم الجمعة 1 نيسان 2011، يوم حداد تكتسي فيه الصفحة الالكترونية بالسواد.

ونقدم تعازينا الحارة لكل فرد في أسر الضحايا، آملين أن غدنا سيكون أقرب من أن نكون مواطنين ومواطنات، لا يميزنا عرق ولا دين، لا جنس ولا لون ولا قومية.. بل نكون جميعا على قدم المساواة في الحقوق والواجبات، فسورية تستحق أن نفخر بها.

مرصد نساء سورية

Declaration of mourning for the victims of violence in Syria

Consistent with the slogan “for a society free from violence and discrimination”, and confirmation of the rejection of all forms of violence in the Syrian society, from any direction issued, and for any purpose, due to the non-declaration The Syrian government of mourning for the victims of the painful days that have passed through the last few weeks,

declares, “Syrian Women Observatory” close the web site (www.nesasy.org) at full day starting at 00.00 am on Friday 1, April 1, 2011, a day of mourning were of the web page will wear black.

We offer our deepest condolences to everyone in the families of the victims, hoping that tomorrow will be closer to the citizens , does not makes us different race or religion, not race or color or nationality.. But we are all equal in rights and duties, Syria deserves to be proud of us..

Syrian Women Observatory

http://nesasy.org/

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April 1st, 2011, 4:58 pm

 

60. jad said:

Here you go Ziadsoury,
watch and tell me that this is not a crime against our children and is ethical or can be approved by anybody.

The conversation:

Where are you from?
Inkhel
What do you want? (her father tell her Freedom)
Freedom
Are you willing to become a martyr for it (are you willing to die for it)
YES!!!!

YESSSSSSSSSS, why not her fucked up father and the camera man go and die??????

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April 1st, 2011, 5:16 pm

 

61. NK said:

JAD

What I’m getting for the last two posts is, you prefer people stay home if the government is using violence against them, in order to avoid violence ?!!!

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April 1st, 2011, 5:29 pm

 

62. jad said:

NO NK!
I was discussing the use of children in this conflict.
What’s wrong with people today?

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April 1st, 2011, 5:32 pm

 

63. Norman said:

Ziadsoury,
You are not Ziad or Soury,

Yes I do believe that the Syrian people deserve to live under the laws that we have in the US , Do you?, I doubt it .no honor killing, civil laws for marriage and inheritance, I say , Just translate the American constitution and the bill of rights and all the laws, what do you think of that, you anti government supporters do not like the government because the only thing you see is Sunni, Alawi, you have no vision, to think that you have to be Sunni to be in the Majority will never get you anywhere .

Just be honest and admit it . I am sick of all of you .

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April 1st, 2011, 5:40 pm

 

64. ziadsoury said:

Jad,

That is a beautiful girl. Isn’t she?
What do you think her future looks like? Do you think she will get to vote for your kid as a president or do you think she will always live in poverty? After 40 years of Asads, the odds are, she will not have the chance to at all.

How do you know that she was demonstrating and not playing in the streets? Her dad (supposedly) is mad and answering for her.

You are blaming the victim for the crimes of the regime. Why was she shot at in the first place? What kind of the threat to the regime are little girls shouting “Freedom”? Most likely she does not even understand and what she is shouting. Do you think she was one of these people hiding and firing at the security and police?

The crime here is committed by the government. Your anger should be pointed and directed at the regime and their thugs. Not the father who must be very pissed off that his little daughter was shot.

I do not know if you have kids. I do. If someone did attack my kids I will be very angry and I will do and say things I don’t normally do or say.

Did you watch Cairo’s events? The only time there was violence is when Mubarak’s thugs attacked the demonstrators. Otherwise I saw entire families chanting for him to leave.

I do not want any blood shed at all. I want the Syrian army to protect these people instead of shooting at them. These are victims of violence and you should focus your attention on the cause and the people inflicting these massacres.

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April 1st, 2011, 5:41 pm

 

65. NK said:

Dear JAD

You know how we (Syrians) applaud the courage of Young Palestinian kids throwing rocks at Israeli tanks ? are you calling the parents of those kids “fucked up” ? maybe it’s ok for Palestinian kids to want their freedom and dignity but not Syrian kids.

Teaching your kids that freedom and dignity are things worth dying for is admirable. I’m glad some Syrians still teach there children not to be genuflected cowards. (note he’s not giving her a gun and telling her to go fight).

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April 1st, 2011, 5:46 pm

 

66. Falesteeni said:

what were you doing in Saudi arabia?and how old are you Mr joshua landis?you don’t know me but I have a long file ABOUT YOU, INDEED!

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April 1st, 2011, 5:48 pm

 

67. jad said:

Ziadsoruy
You keep going around all my questions without answering any of them and you are trying hard to avoid my valid point that children shouldn’t get involved or used in this conflict and in any dangerous conflict by anybody even their parents and no parent under any circumstances will ask their kids to die. (May Allah-God protect everybody’s kids from any harm)

Therefore, I’m going to be smart enough and not continue discussing with you anything at the moment, just out of respect to myself, to you and to all of the guys on here.
Have a nice day.

NK,
Asking your kids to die is WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!!
You all guys are educated and probably family men, you should be ashamed of yourself supporting the death of children.
Why don’t you go back to Syria and use your own children instead of being thousands miles aways supporting the death of other Syrians’ kids..

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April 1st, 2011, 5:59 pm

 

68. NK said:

JAD

I’m not asking anyone to die, I’m against anyone dying, don’t misinterpret what I wrote.
Why are those kids dying/getting hurt ? is there a civil war in Syria ? NO, is it that unsafe to go out in Syria ? NO. No one should be getting shot/hurt, as Ziad said you’re blaming the victim and that’s messed up (with all due respect).

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April 1st, 2011, 6:10 pm

 

69. nafdik said:

Jad,

Your comments remind of Israeli clips on MEMRI that try to prove that Palestinians are fucked up because they teach their children about their history and how they have to fight for their rights.

While I agree with you that I personally would not let my children be in dangerous situations until they are old enough to make a really independent decision, I think that the party that should be really condemned is the one who is actually killing children with their bullets.

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April 1st, 2011, 6:10 pm

 

70. ziadsoury said:

Dear Norman,

I am from Syria and love Syria. On multiple occasions you have tried to discredit me when I am just debating the issue. Yes I am against the Syrian regime as it stands. This is the second time you try to question my authenticity and love for the country. I have not and never will questions yours. To me, our diversity is what makes us strong.

How do you know I am Sunni? You just assumed that? Have I ever brought religion into my discussions? You have.

All of these questions you just asked, I have answered before. I even told you I would add freedom from religion to the American Constitution.

Just because I advocate change in Syria and can present a different point of view, it does not I am Anti Syria or hate Alawi. I want every Syrian to have the chance to get there and be somebody.

In the 50’s and early 60’ Syria had private banks and accredited private universities; accredited and great public universities; a Christian prime minister; a good economy; very little poverty; women had more rights and freedom; political freedom; and a middle class. How do we compare now? We have private banks; unaccredited private universities; lousy public universities; a controlled economy; no middle class; women almost have no rights because of religion zealots; no freedom of any kind; and no middle class.

We had the same enemy as we do now. Israel is still around and has taken more land from us. Actually, Israel has become a mini superpower while we are powerless to do anything against them. Don’t you think it is insulting for every Syrian that Israel can come and bomb us anytime they want and we don’t respond to them? Not even a single bullet across the Golan.
The regime’s main focus is to prevent our people from getting stronger and become independent.

You should question the intent of these people. They are the ones doing the damage to our great country.

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April 1st, 2011, 6:16 pm

 

71. why-discuss said:

My friend’s family who live in Deraa is going back there. I guess there is no more danger and the city is not encircled.

Watching BBC or Arabiya it sounds that the world war II is happening in Deraa and Douma.. The credibility of these TV and others as well as the syrian human rights group reporting erroneous infomation are seriously damaged

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April 1st, 2011, 6:23 pm

 

72. Shai said:

Hi Zenobia!

You may be right. But I’m quite sure the Arab Street shook Israel’s centers of power no less than it did the Arab World’s, and it is forcing a reassessment of who’s friend and who’s not. Of course Assad isn’t deemed “friend” in Israel, but in light of the possibilities (theoretical or not), he may soon be courted by those same Israelis who up-until-now bought into GWB’s famous “Axis-of-Evil”.

AIG,

Do I still recommend signing a peace agreement with Assad? Well, of course at this very moment such a question seems irrelevant (Assad probably doesn’t have the time to consider it), but if at some point in the near future stability returns to Syria, then I think both he and Israel will seriously “reconsider” doing business together. For him, an agreement over the Golan will be a demonstration of the “strength and wisdom” of the regime. For us, it’ll be the last major enemy on our border (I still take Syria far more seriously than I do Hezbollah). Even if we discover in a year’s time that the MB rule over Egypt, that they reject the Peace Agreement between us and cease all contact diplomatic and otherwise, I will still think it was worth it to return the Sinai to a dictator three decades ago, and enjoy a cold peace with Egypt until now. The same goes for Syria.

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April 1st, 2011, 6:23 pm

 

73. ziadsoury said:

Jad,

Of course I am not advocating using children in any armed conflict. Actually, I don’t advocate armed conflicts at all. I served in 1973 war and it is something I don’t wish on anyone.

But don’t confuse that with blaming the victim. Again, in today’s Syria, that child potential is very limited. She can not dream to be president. Can she? I would like your answer to that.

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April 1st, 2011, 6:27 pm

 

74. NK said:

why-discuss

Have you read what SANA said about Douma ?
We know how controlled the news in Syria are, so if that’s what SANA reported I’d say what happened in Douma was pretty horrifying.
As for Daraa, Al Jazeera correspondent in Syria said Daraa was besieged, if that was not true the Syrian government would have probably kicked him out (or kidnapped him since a lot of journalists/activists went missing yesterday!!!).

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April 1st, 2011, 6:33 pm

 

75. jad said:

Ziadsoury:
A couple of days ago you were saying how could they ask women and children to participate? Are you kidding me? What is wrong with that? DO Syrian women have the right to express their voices or not? I believe they can and should do it any way they please.

JAD:
And when I refused the using of children by their teacher in shouting anti Assad slogans and send them on the unsafe road I was disgust of the method to use those kids unawarness of the dangers this adult full awarness of what he is putting those kids in. Do you support involving kids in political and military conflicts?
I didn’t say anything about not letting women to be involved intentionaly I’m against of forcing them to be used as means, huge difference between what you accused me of writing and what I ‘realy’ wrote.

Ziadsoury:
I took all of my kids with me to multiple demonstrations.

JAD:
Do you give the permit to your kids’ teacher to take them out in anti-government demonstrations in Syria in these days?
Do you Ziadsoury, the father, support involving kids in political and military conflicts in a country like Syria or any where unsafe in this mad world we live in?
I wrote it before and I repeat it, “I REJECT ALL OF YOU”, whoever you are, whatever your position is and regardless of who you represent, when you support and promote violence.
Is it that difficult for people to understand that someone is truly and deeply is calling for peaceful society in Syria.
JAD
Watch and tell me that this is not a crime against our children and is ethical or can be approved by anybody.
Are you willing to become a martyr for it (are you willing to die for it)
YES!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLhpmdi4wkI&feature=player_embedded

NK:
What I’m getting for the last two posts is, you prefer people stay home if the government is using violence against them, in order to avoid violence ?!!!

JAD:

I was discussing the use of children in this conflict.

Ziadsoury:
(NOT EVEN ONE ANSWER)
Her dad (supposedly) is mad and answering for her.
If someone did attack my kids I will be very angry and I will do and say things I don’t normally do or say.

NK:
I’m glad some Syrians still teach there children not to be genuflected cowards. (note he’s not giving her a gun and telling her to go fight).

JAD:
To Ziad
children shouldn’t get involved or used in this conflict and in any dangerous conflict by anybody even their parents and no parent under any circumstances will ask their kids to die.
To NK,
Asking your kids to die is WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!!

NK:
I’m not asking anyone to die, I’m against anyone dying, don’t misinterpret what I wrote. (Refer to your reply to my answer of what you wrote)

Nafdik
Your comments remind of Israeli clips on MEMRI (aka, You hold an Israeli views, aka Zionist).

Ziadsoury:
Of course I am not advocating using children in any armed conflict.
But don’t confuse that with blaming the victim.
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In conclusion
JAD:
Keep children out of it.

Everybody else except Nafdik since according to him I hold Israeli’s views:
We won’t and you must blame the government.
——————–

Thank you all for participating in this disturbing exchange.
I’m out for today.
Have a peaceful, safe and great day with your children and loved ones.

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April 1st, 2011, 6:42 pm

 

76. Norman said:

Ziadsoury,

I did not mean that you are not Syrian , you might be as well be Syrian, I meant you are not the above Soury or Ziad, That is all,

I agree with all the problems that you mentioned about Syria,and the need to solve, i just did not see that in the signs that the opposition raised, and i do not think that president Assad is standing in the way of solving these problems, at one of my posts i raised the need to have clear vision of the changes so he can be more convincing to the people around him ,

Again, Evolution not revolution is better for Syria.

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April 1st, 2011, 7:03 pm

 

77. NK said:

Norman

Today is the 1st, the “Committee” is going to finish it’s “task” to draft an anti-terrorism law so they can lift the state of emergency on the 25th.

Since 11 years of no evolution did not convince you that this regime will never implement any reforms, are you willing to change this view when the 25th pass and nothing changes ? how much longer are you willing to wait for the regime to implement simple things like, freedom of the press and releasing of political prisoners ?

I agree with you, evolution is a lot better than revolution, politically, economically and pretty much in every single aspect, but when evolution is never going to happen, what is the alternative ?

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April 1st, 2011, 7:36 pm

 

78. Syria Almighty said:

Lol, yeah, the government is staging fake deaths and fabricating images against itself! As I have been saying, anti-Syrian subhumans will blame the Syrian government for everything, no matter how inane the claims are. Hey, the next time a mosquito bites you, watch out!! The government sent that mosquito!

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April 1st, 2011, 9:09 pm

 

79. Syria Almighty said:

Another video of a staged death, courtesy of the ‘peaceful protesters.’

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April 1st, 2011, 9:20 pm

 

80. NK said:

Syria Almighty

That was not a staged death, and that Anchor is swisting facts to fool people like you.

That video shows demonstrators spilling Cola to help those chocking on tear gas.

Good try though.

On the other hand, have you seen this
http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=2mphedd&s=7

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April 1st, 2011, 9:33 pm

 

81. Norman said:

NK,

Isn’t saving lives worth the wait till the 25Th ,

I am willing to give them 60 days, The more the opposition express their faith in the president the faster the reform .

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April 1st, 2011, 10:36 pm

 

82. Syria Almighty said:

Oh, sure! It’s cola! Like I said, people like you will make up any excuses to lie.

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April 1st, 2011, 11:18 pm

 

83. NK said:

Norman

Of course saving lives of worth it.

In 60 days I’ll welcome you to the ranks of the “Opposition”.lol ;)

Syria Almighty

I don’t have to make up any lies, the video is on youtube, you can check it yourself. By the way they just aired it on CNN, I’ll believe CNN over some wanna-be-news-channel anyday.

P.S keep up the personal attacks, you’re showing a lot of class.

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April 1st, 2011, 11:24 pm

 

84. Norman said:

Nk,
Then wait till the 25TH and i do not think that the president wants to lose me, so i think change is coming.

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April 1st, 2011, 11:44 pm

 

85. Nour said:

Norman, NK:

Bashar is indeed serious about reform and change is coming. I know this for a fact through certain sources. It is not what everyone is imagining. Look, I was as disappointed as the next person with the speech Bashar gave, because of the very high expectations that they set before the speech. However, having had time to digest the speech and getting some information from certain sources, I can understand why Bashar took that position. He cannot afford to show weakness in the face of pressure, as he believes that would encourage outside and inside forces to increase pressure on him to get him to give in on many issues, and that they would attempt to extract one concession after another.

Bashar is not going to do it all with the snap of a finger and it’s impossible for him to do that. I think there were enough protests to push Bashar to pressure the old guard to accept certain reforms, and in that the protesters succeeded. So let’s just relax and see where all this leads, as I think better things are coming to Syria. If reforms don’t happen, I guarantee there will eventually be more protests, as the situation is not forever sustainable. But Bashar does indeed wants to be a pioneer of reform in Syria; he just feels that he has to go about it in an intelligent way. The next few weeks and months will tell a lot.

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April 2nd, 2011, 12:06 am

 

86. Norman said:

Thanks Nour, I agree,

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April 2nd, 2011, 12:22 am

 

87. NK said:

Nour

I would love nothing more than to be proven wrong and to see reform implemented in Syria while Syrians enjoy the same level of stability they enjoyed for years.

As you said the next few days/months will tell :)

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April 2nd, 2011, 12:41 am

 

88. Sourieh said:

Hi everyone,

I am very glad to find this page, finally some syrians debating in an academic sphere.

I just need to answer to the Brazilian dude, I hope he reads this. You do not need to justify to anyone your origins, it seems like you are counting the generations in order to deny that you have syrian origins, well to tell you the truth if you want to be Brazilian, BE a Brazilian and dont write Brazilian 3rd generation whatever… if you want to be Syrian then you also have the right to be.. as Renan said: Nation is a daily plebiscite

Furthermore, being syrian, it pains me that we are already being divided on the issue. Personally, as much as I think the goverment has repressed the population over the year, sometimes when I see other nationalities saying “SYRIANS ARE DOGS” then the hell with them I stick to my people and government.

We shouldn’t be bogged down on some youtube videos and who faked deaths and actually died. We all want whats best for Syria, this will reveal itself at each stage. For nown let’s see how the government reacts to some protests (so far not brilliantly), then we will see how events unfold.

In short, when it comes to discussing Syria from “outside”, then I believe I am with all of Syria, government and people (regardless of how much the first corresponds to the latter), then when discussing Syria with syrians, then I am definitely for national unity, however against corruption and inhumane repression. I don’t buy much the western rhetoric of “democracy, freedom” and so on, at the end of the day those are their values that they implemented at their own historical pace and progression. Proof of some values not working, or specifically , the way some values were implemented, Iraq being the perfect example, show us that we should not imitate blindly whatever the west has.

I realize I might get back some harsh comments of ” so you re saying we don’t deserve democracy”. ON the contrary, I believe that not only we deserve them but we can maintain them and mold them into our own values that we recognise.

I amm sorry for the “in short” :p I realize it is not short

One question: are you all in the same uni or know each other?

Thanks

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April 2nd, 2011, 8:20 am

 

89. Love said:

We “the Middle-East”, have always been problematic and we are never good friends with all the other Arabic countries! Why do you think that the 3 greatest Religions descended in the Middle-East???? To correct whom????

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April 6th, 2011, 9:18 am

 

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