New Addition to the Syrian Islamic Front

by Aron Lund for Syria Comment

The Haqq Battalions Gathering, a militant group in the Hama province, announced in mid-April 2013 that they are joining the Syrian Islamic Front (SIF). This is the first time since the SIF’s creation in December 2012 that an independent outside organization of any consequence decides to join the front. Previously, some small local factions had been coopted into SIF member factions, but the Haqq Battalions are joining as full members.

sifThe Syrian Islamic Front

The SIF is one of Syria’s largest and most powerful Islamist militant alliances. It’s smaller but seems more cohesive than the large Syrian Islamic Liberation Front network (SILF), which comprises major Islamist factions like the Farouq Battalions of Homs and northern Syria, Suqour al-Sham of Idleb, the Islam Brigade of Damascus, and the Tawhid Brigade of Aleppo. The SIF is also almost certainly larger in numbers than Jabhat al-Nosra, although the latter group steals most of the limelight. Ideologically and politically, it sets itself apart from both sides.

Unlike the SILF, the more hardline SIF has no relation to the Western- and Gulf backed ”official” opposition frameworks, like the National Coalition of George Sabra (after the resignation of Ahmed Moadh al-Khatib) or Ghassan Hitto’s exile government, or Salim Idriss’s General Staff, which is the latest incarnation of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Some individual SIF member factions do collaborate with these groups, such as the Haqq Brigade of Homs, which holds a position on the FSA leadership. But the central SIF leadership does not. It tends to describe the FSA leaders as inconsequential on the ground at best, and tools of the West at worst. While the SIF has promised to cooperate with any and all in the struggle against Bashar al-Assad, it will therefore not become part of the Western-backed alliances. It also makes no bones about its salafi ideology, and does not try to court international support by promising moderate Islam and democracy, like most of the SILF members.

On the other hand, the SIF has also cautiously distanced itself from Jabhat al-Nosra and its Islamic State of Iraq/al-Qaida mother group. It seems to want to portray itself as the responsible adult among Syria’s salafi factions, which will deal with Syria’s problems in a serious manner, and can be counted on to stay clear of militant entanglements outside Syria’s borders. But the SIF leadership also seeks retain good ties to all sides, including the transnational jihadi underground. While it is clearly not an al-Qaida faction, there are personal and ideological connections to radical jihadism, and the SIF leadership publicly lauds Jabhat al-Nosra as good solid Mujahedin.

The recent formalization of Jabhat al-Nosra’s relationship to al-Qaida – which the SIF, unlike the SILF, did not publicly criticize – represents both a risk and an opportunity for the SIF. On the one hand, it does not want to be lumped in with al-Qaida and sanctioned by the international community. On the other hand, it does not want and cannot afford to enter into a conflict with Jabhat al-Nosra. In fact, Jabhat al-Nosra’s pledge of allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahiri may help the SIF to delineate itself from the most radical wing of the insurgency, and make it come off as more moderate. Despite being very close to Jabhat al-Nosra in purely ideological terms, the SIF leaders will now be able to point out that they’re the non-Qaida wing of Syria’s salafi movement.

SIF mergers and acquisitions

The SIF was originally formed by eleven different groups, in December 2012:

– Ahrar al-Sham Battalions (present across most of Syria)
– Haqq Brigade of Homs
– Ansar al-Sham Battalions of northern Latakia
– Tawhid Army of Deir al-Zor
– Islamic Vanguard Group of Binnish, Idleb
– Islamic Dawn Movement of Aleppo
– Fighting Faith Battalions of Damascus
– Moussaab bin Omeir Battalion of Maskana, Aleppo
– Hamza bin Abdelmuttaleb Battalion of Zabadani, Damascus region
– Suqour al-Islam Battalions of the Damascus region
– Special Assignments Companies of the Damascus region

Since then, several of these groups have merged around the core Ahrar al-Sham faction, solidifying the alliance step by step. A first set of mergers were announced in January 2013, and followed by a second wave in March-April.

The resulting Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement is by far the largest and most influential member group of the SIF, and one of the largest rebel factions in Syria. Its forerunner, the Ahrar al-Sham Battalions, was the driving force behind the SIF’s creation. Most of the SIF leadership is drawn from this original Ahrar al-Sham group, including the SIF’s spokesperson Abu Abderrahman al-Souri and its chairman, Abu Abdullah al-Hamawi.

Of the SIF’s eleven original founding organizations, the following seven have by now folded into the expanded Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement:

– Ahrar al-Sham Battalions
– Islamic Vanguard GroupAhrar al-Sham
– Islamic Dawn Movement
– Fighting Faith Battalions
– Moussaab bin Omeir Battalion
– Hamza bin Abdelmuttaleb Battalion
– Suqour al-Islam Battalions
– Special Assignments Companies

By early May 2013, the SIF’s updated member roster therefore looks as follows:

– Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement (national)
– Haqq Brigade (Homs)
– Ansar al-Sham Battalions (Latakia)
– Tawhid Army (Deir al-Zor)
– Haqq Battalions (Hama) – the new addition

Clearly, the internal consolidation of the SIF is proceding at an impressive speed, but external growth had been nonexistent – until a couple of weeks ago.

haqq battsThe Haqq Battalions Gathering

In April, the Haqq Battalions Gathering (Tajammou Kataeb al-Haqq) joined the SIF as its first new member since December 2012. The Haqq Battalions Gathering is an Islamist group centered on Tayybet al-Imam, a town north of Hama City which straddles the Damascus-Aleppo highway.

The group was apparently founded by one Nabhan Ahmed al-Mustafa (later killed in the summer of 2012). It has been working with Ahrar al-Sham and other groups in the region. While it is clearly an Islamist group, it formerly acted under the FSA name (as did several other SIF factions). Rival groups in Hama have accused the Haqq Battalions of being supported by the Muslim Brotherhood, but I have no idea whether that’s true. They claim to have executed at least one suicide bombing, which is interesting. Despite their religious radicalism, suicide bombings are almost unheard of among the SIF factions, although Ahrar al-Sham possibly pulled one or two off earlier in the uprising. Instead, virtually all suicide bombings in Syria have so far been performed by Jahbat al-Nosra and its salafi-jihadi allies.

Like several other SIF factions, the Haqq Battalions have at one point hosted the eccentric London-based salafi-jihadi figure, Sheikh Abu Basir al-Tartousi. This salafi-jihadi ideologue spent much of 2012 traveling in rebel-held Syria, while publicly feuding with other jihadis who were upset about his criticism of Jabhat al-Nosra and other al-Qaida factions (interestingly, he’s also notable for his opposition to suicide bombings). Both the SIF and Abu Basir himself deny that there is any form of organized relationship between them, but they clearly benefit from each other, and it’s interesting that everything that Abu Basir touches seems to turn into an SIF faction.

The significance of the SIF’s expansion

The recent addition of the Haqq Battalions must be a welcome event for the SIF’s leaders. Not so much because the Haqq Battalions are a major force on the ground – they’re not – but because it shows that the SIF can attract and does accept new members.

Resistance factions have been consolidating into larger blocs since many months, driven both by political and financial factors. The creation of the Salim Idriss version of the FSA, the stepped-up GCC and US support for this group, and the Jabhat al-Nosra/al-Qaida announcement, have all raised the stakes and are forcing other factions to take a stand. In this game of musical chairs, the SIF’s own cohesion will be threatened, but there’s no telling which way things will break.

If the SIF can stick together for the long term, or even manages draw fighters out of the SILF/FSA, it will be too big and radical a chunk to swallow for the FSA, and yet also too big to safely ignore, isolate, or attack. This bears watching.

— Aron Lund

Comments (208)

Dawoud said:

The Number one terrorist group now in Syria is Lebanon’s Shia or Shiite, Hizba$s of Hasan Nasra$S, who openly admits committing terror against the Syrian people.

Here is nice video about this terrorist:

May 3rd, 2013, 11:33 am


Citizen said:

Hagel: US administration mulls arming Syrian rebels

Hagel! can you argue the need to top up the oil on the fire? You do consciously lead non-constructive role in the Syrian issue! Enough! enough! stop crime!

May 3rd, 2013, 11:49 am


Citizen said:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to negotiate with all the representatives of the Syrian opposition. Earlier media issued a statement Salim Idris’s readiness to meet with the Russian authorities to discuss ways to end the conflict in the country.

RIA Novosti

May 3rd, 2013, 11:51 am


Citizen said:

Free David, Free Israel! Free sectarian and ethnic engineering! Free masonry! Free evolution’s death!!! Free Hatred!!! Free malice!!! Free devastation!!

May 3rd, 2013, 12:22 pm


Visitor said:


RE: Your comment about Egypt and Turkey from previous thread.

I agree with you that Turkey is better for us than Egypt. I also think we have a lot more in common with Turkey than with Egypt despite the language differences.

The Egyptian people are good people, however, and they support the Syrian Revolution. The problem is with their government(s). It seems that no matter what the Egyptian people do, they always end up with a government that is only capable of begging others for money. It is as if they cannot take care of their own house. As long as Egypt(government) is behaving like a beggar, which incidentally began with Naser, then continued by Sadat and Mubarak and now by Morsi, there is no hope for Egypt to be a State that anyone can take seriously. In my opinion Egypt is inconsequential until further notice.

May 3rd, 2013, 1:13 pm


Citizen said:

Israel’s Prime Minister is behaving like a cornered animal; and cornered animals are dangerous!!
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell under President George W. Bush, on Thursday warned that the chemical weapons that were reportedly used in Syria could be a “Israeli false flag operation” because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was running an “inept regime.”

During an interview with Current TV’s Cenk Uygur, Wilkerson explained that he had been told by his sources in the intelligence community that evidence that Syria had used chemical weapons was “really flaky” and that President Barack Obama should think twice before intervening.

“This could have been an Israeli false flag operation,” he said. “You’ve got basically a geo-strategically, geo-political — if you will — inept regime in Tel Aviv right now.”

Wilkerson pointed to the fact that Obama had to tell Netanyahu to “pick up the phone, you idiot,” and call Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to apologize for a Israeli raid that killed killed eight Turkish civilians aboard a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010.

“Look at Israel’s situation right now, it’s as dangerous as it’s been since 1948,” Wilkerson remarked. “You’ve got Lebanon growing increasingly unstable with [Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan] Nasrallah and Hezbollah having more and more political power. You’ve got Syria involved in a brutal civil war. You’ve got Iraq in Iran’s back pocket with [Iraq Prime Minister] Nuri al-Maliki, the Sunnis realizing that and restating the civil war. You’ve got Saudi Arabia funding the Sunnis in Iraq. You’ve got Jordan, whose king has publicly said he wished he weren’t the king. You’ve got Egypt in an untenable position, no longer the security that Israel needed on that flank.”

“So Israel is in a very, very dangerous situation right now. The president has got to be very circumspect about what he does in exacerbating that situation. Netanyahu is clueless as to this. I hope that President Obama gave him a lecture into geo-strategic realities.”

May 3rd, 2013, 1:42 pm


Citizen said:

‘NPR’ suggests that opponent of Syrian intervention has dual loyalty

May 3rd, 2013, 1:54 pm


Hopeful said:


“The fact that you are surprised shows well that you know little about the views on the USA bye the Arab man in the street”

I know very well what the Arabs on the street think about the US. I am surprised because the topic was about “arming the rebels” not “direct involvement. Take a look at the question.

“The USA showed for decades its hypocrisy in supporting dictatorships that were pro-USA and fighting dictatorships that were anti_USA. When the USA realizes that they went too far and that the people resent them, then they abruptly dump their allies, i.e, Shah of Iran, Mobarak. The USA has followed a very short term strategy in the region therefore they are not perceived as a loyal and reliable partner, quite the contrary.”

I agree – the US does not have a consistent foreign policy because there is no internal law that forces it to be consistent. Every 4-8 years, a new administration takes over, with fresh new ideas and new faces. The US public opinion shifts frequently and the new administration behaves accordingly. Its “short-term” strategy is reflection of changing public opinion AND the presence of new administration. If anything, this is a proof that the US foreign policy is NOT driven by conspiracy and long-term plans to take over the world, etc.

Israel always understood how the US works and took full advantage of it. We, arabs, are stuck believing in conspiracies and the BS that our leaders feed us.

“Selim Idriss begging the USA and CIA to help is probably considered a gesture of weakness and treason by many Syrians. It will certainly not improve the credibility of the opposition”

This is the main dilemma facing the opposition. They cannot win without a strong support from the outside. But they cannot ask for it because they will be viewed as weak and traitors. The Iraqi opposition overcame this issue in 2003 and they are now the ones leading Iraq and accusing others of treason when they ask for help from the outside.

“I wonder why you swiftly excuse the opposition’s incompetence when they are the leaders and the ideologies that you and others hope to take over the country. Do you think this bunch of confused expats will do better? I have serious doubts. They have failed to rally the mass of opponents to the regime when it should have been a piece of cake according to your evaluation of the wide dissatisfaction in the country. They got billions of dollar, a huge propaganda of demonization, powerful allies and after two years, they have learned nothing except begging.”

I do not hope that the opposition will take over the country. I hope Syria will see democratic rule and Syrians will be free of oppression and corruption. I hope that someone other than Assad from WITHIN the regime overthrows the incompetent dictator and then sit down and agree with the opposition on a transition plan (which will take years) to transition Syria to a new nation. This is NOT about me supporting an expat taking over. This is about me realizing that there is NO WAY Syria will have a hope in the future while Assad is in power. Syria will have SOME HOPE if Assad steps side.

“Maybe Bashar al Assad failed to his people by not recognizing the need to crack on corruption and by moving too fast toward a neo-liberal economy that harmed the poor, but his foreign policy was excellent and reflected what all the Arabs wanted. No wonder he was praised in the Arab world for his courageous stand against western imperialism.”

Assad failed his people by continuing the legacy of his father’s corrupt, obsessive and backward regime. As I have stated before, he probably had no chance to succeed, having had no skills, knowledge or experience to become a transformational leader, not to mention the ego and the oppressive “desire” to be loved and listed to, which made him surround himself with the wrong people and push aside the right people. At least you must have seen this in him.

May 3rd, 2013, 2:32 pm


ghufran said:

وزعت جبهة النصرة بياناً نشر على “الفايسبوك” تتبنى فيه عملية نبش قبر الصحابي الجليل حجر بن عدي في منطقة عدرا في ريف دمشق وجاء في البيان:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
“إِنَّ الَّذِينَ تَدْعُونَ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ عِبَادٌ أَمْثَالُكُمْ فَادْعُوهُمْ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لَكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ صَادِقِين”
تطبيقا لشرع الله في الارض بجنود الرحمة تم بحمد الله وفضله التخلص من ادوات الشرك في الله ونقل جثمان حجر بن عدي ليدفن في الارض بعد ان عمد نظام الكفر في سوريا الى تشيد مبني بدل من القبر، وتطبيق لشرع الله الذي يحرم اقامة مزارت للشرك في الله وعبادة القبور.
ان المدعو حجر بن عدي الكندي هذا الخارج عن اصول الشريعة والسنة اضحى معبوداً من قبل فرقة الرافضة واقيمت له المعابد والمساجد خلافاً لشرع الله، وبينما قام مجاهدونا بتحرير بلدة عدرا من دنس ورجس النظام الكافر تحوّلوا لتطبيق شرع الله الموكل لنا وعلى مبدأ الشريعة وبناءً على فتوى اهل العلم قامت ثلّة من مجاهدينا بقطع دابر الشرك المتمثل في “معبد حجر بن عدي الكندي” صوناً للدين والسنّة.
This is why those terrorists can only rely on GCC Bedouins and like minded Wahhabis for support, everybody else is against Nusra and their sick ideology.

May 3rd, 2013, 3:11 pm


Citizen said:

A slightly rambling discussion on way too many things. But, the point is none of the “mistakes” in foreign policy by the US are mistakes. We are complicit in ruining the world for the gain of banksters and power brokers.

The Brookings Institute 12th August in 2012 produced a document with astonishing admissions regarding Syria including the time line for the gov in Syria to fall. These think tanks like Brookings are normally a good bet to have a look at. The document is still there, it is called “Unraveling The Syria Mess”. There was another interesting site called the dayafter hyphen sy dot org but that has been taken away and replaced by advertising, surprise!

Trade Chechnya For Syria

May 3rd, 2013, 3:15 pm


ann said:

Colonialist EU Carves Out A New Kuwait in Syria!

EU Lifts Oil Embargo on Syria – Buys Directly from Al Qaeda – May 2, 2013

Western media hails EU oil deal as potential game changer, despite admitting Al Qaeda holds oil fields

May 2, 2013 (LD) – It was recently reported that the European Union would be lifting its oil embargo on Syria, in an effort to help fund what it calls “rebels” operating there. In the Associated Press article, “EU lifts Syria oil embargo to bolster rebels,” it states:

The European Union on Monday lifted its oil embargo on Syria to provide more economic support to the forces fighting to oust President Bashar Assad’s regime.

The decision will allow for crude exports from rebel-held territory, the import of oil and gas production technology, and investments in the Syrian oil industry, the EU said in a statement.

A recent TIME article titled, “Syria’s Opposition Hopes to Win the War by Selling Oil,” reports:

On paper, the E.U.’s idea seemed straightforward. Without an embargo, European companies can now legally begin importing barrels of oil directly from rebel groups, which have seized several oil fields in recent months, mostly around the eastern area of Deir Ezzor. That would provide the opposition with its first reliable source of income since the revolt erupted in Feb. 2011, and in theory hasten the downfall of Bashar Assad’s regime, by giving rebels the means to run skeletal local governments and consolidate their control. As part of the decision, the E.U. ministers also agreed to export technical equipment, insure the rebels’ shipments of oil and invest in the rebel oil businesses. Before the war, Syria earned about $3.6 billion a year exporting oil and gas to Europe, with its biggest customers in Germany and Italy, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The BBC in their article, “EU eases Syria oil embargo to help opposition,” would mention which fields specifically the EU was planning on exploiting, stating:

Syria’s main oilfields are in the eastern provinces of Deir al-Zour and Hassakeh, which both border Iraq.

Just as in Libya, the West is wasting no time in despoiling Syria’s resources, with the pillaging beginning long before the war even reaches a definitive conclusion. But in addition to the overt looting of Syria’s resources, there is an added complication.TIME also reports:

Still, analysts warn that the plan is deeply flawed—and in fact, that the E.U.’s decision could intensify the violence in Syria, by setting up a deadly competition for control of a resource that has languished amid two years of grinding civil war.

And indeed, this “deadly competition” has already been taking place, as Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra front in Syria has been overrunning civilian populations, government positions, and local militias alike across Syria’s oil-rich region. In fact, TIME’s itself admits that:

Complicating the issue is the fact that several of the rebel-held oil fields are believed to be under the control of Jabhat al-Nusra, which has declared its allegiance to al-Qaeda.

TIME concedes that “several” oil fields are held by Al Qaeda, however, other reports across the Western media indicate most, if not all “rebel-held oil fields” are under Al Qaeda’s control.

In the New York Times article, “Islamist Rebels Create Dilemma on Syria Policy,” not only is it admitted that, “nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of,” but it specifically mentions the oil fields the EU seeks to plunder:

Elsewhere, they [al-Nusra] have seized government oil fields, put employees back to work and now profit from the crude they produce.


In the oil-rich provinces of Deir al-Zour and Hasaka, Nusra fighters have seized government oil fields, putting some under the control of tribal militias and running others themselves.

In Reuters’ “Rebels battle with tribesmen over oil in Syria’s east,” it is admitted that:

Islamist rebels are clashing with tribesmen in eastern Syria as struggles over the region’s oil facilities break out in the power vacuum left by civil war, activists said on Saturday.

One dispute over a stolen oil truck in the town of Masrib in the province of Deir al-Zor, which borders Iraq, set off a battle between tribesmen and fighters from the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda linked rebel group, which left 37 killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The fighting, which started in late March and lasted 10 days, was part of a new pattern of conflict between tribal groups and the Nusra Front, said a report from the Observatory, a British-based group which opposes Syria’s government and draws information from a network of activists in the country.

The Reuters article had forewarned:

The incentive for disputes over lucrative resources may be increased by plans by the European Union to lift an embargo on Syrian oil, which would make it easier to sell.

The EU said this week it wants to allow Syria’s opposition to sell crude in an effort to tilt the balance of power towards the rebels, who are outgunned by Assad’s fighter planes and long range missiles.

In other words, the EU’s announcement while lining the pockets of big-oil, is sowing increased chaos, violence, and death across oil-rich regions of Syria, compounding an already catastrophic humanitarian disaster of the West’s own creation. It is also clear that Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra front is the opposition the EU plans to buy the oil from, as there are no other “opposition” groups across the country to speak of according even to the New York Times, and more specifically, none besides al-Nusra holding significant ground in Syria’s oil fields.

The EU is openly preparing to do business directly with Al Qaeda, in a direct bid to bolster their control over territory they now occupy, and to overthrow the secular government of Syria in an unprecedented sectarian bloodbath. While many may claim the EU’s policy is merely yet another manifestation of the corruption and incompetence that are hallmarks of the failed supranational bloc, it was revealed as early as 2007 that the West sought to intentionally arm and fund sectarian extremists, including Al Qaeda, to overthrow the Syrian government in just such a sectarian bloodbath.

In 2007 – a full 4 years before the 2011 “Arab Spring” would begin – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker article titled, “”The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” would state specifically (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

Clearly then, it is no accident that Al Qaeda has the weapons and cash to dominate the so-called “opposition,” nor a mystery as to how they’ve managed to seize much of Syria’s oil fields. It is also no accident that these very terrorists now stand to gain immensely by selling stolen oil to the European Union, in a bid to further increase their strength, capabilities, and reach, in an otherwise so-far unsuccessful bid to overthrow the Syrian government.

The EU and their US and British allies, now have yet another deep scar that will permanently disfigure their reputation, legitimacy, and international standing ad infinitum.


May 3rd, 2013, 4:45 pm


ann said:

Emboldened by military gains, Assad regime shows resilience – May 2, 2013

Syrian President Assad has frustrated predictions of his imminent downfall for more than two years. A string of recent Army successes has rolled back some rebel gains and disrupted rebel plans

“We have a problem with Jabhat Al Nusra because some of them used to be killers and thieves and then suddenly they became [religious] fanatics overnight because they get weapons and money [from foreign sponsors],” says Abu Assy, a Syrian opposition activist living in hiding in Lebanon

During more than two years of a debilitating civil war, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has consistently defied predictions of an imminent downfall, and his regime is showing remarkable resilience.

The Syrian Army has scored tactical successes against rebel forces across the north, west, and south of the country, dismaying the opposition and possibly postponing a planned rebel “spring offensive” to storm the regime stronghold of central Damascus.

“Syria has real friends in the region and the world who will not allow Syria to fall into the hands of America or Israel or the Takfiris,” Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah warned the Syrian opposition in a televised speech this week. Takfiris is a name given to some extremist Sunni Muslim jihadists who treat other religions as apostate.

Meanwhile, the bickering political opposition still has not managed to form a united and coherent front able to win over fence-sitting Syrians and inspire the full commitment of the international community. The dozens of armed opposition groups, while motivated in their struggle, remain generally ill-equipped and increasingly split along ideological lines and rivals for funds and weapons.

“We have a problem with Jabhat al-Nusra because some of them used to be killers and thieves and then suddenly they became [religious] fanatics overnight because they get weapons and money [from foreign sponsors],” says Abu Assy, a Syrian opposition activist living in hiding in Lebanon.


A diplomatic report prepared in early April for a European government noted that the Assad regime had conducted a counteroffensive in the Damascus area to prevent rebel forces from reaching positions from which they could launch a final push on the city center.

“According to regime reports, the Syrian Army have achieved such progress that the rebel forces cannot launch an attack on the city center, but other observations do not support that the tactical situation has changed,” the report says.

However, since the diplomatic cable was written, government forces have seized the town of Utaibe, east of Damascus, severing a key weapons supply line from Jordan to rebel groups deployed around the southern and eastern edges of the city. The Syrian Army also seized the town of Jdeidet al-Fadel, southwest of Damascus, that sits on the highway linking the Syrian capital to the Golan Heights.

The capture of the town, in which up to 100 people were reportedly killed, appears to have frustrated the rebels’ plan to drive northeast from the town of Quneitra on the Golan Heights toward Damascus in an attempt to get in position for a final push on the city center.


Opposition activists said Thursday that the Syrian Army had seized Wadi al-Sayeh in central Homs, effectively cutting off the rebel-held districts of Khaldiyah and the Old City from each other. If Homs falls under regime control once more, the Syrian Army could then focus on regaining control over a stretch of highway between Damascus and Homs where rebels have a strong presence.

In the northern Idlib Province, the Syrian Army recently broke a months-long siege of the Wadi Deif military base outside the town of Maarrat al-Numan by outflanking rebel factions.


May 3rd, 2013, 4:51 pm


ann said:

In Middle East, public rejects arming Syrian rebels: poll – May 2, 2013

A Pew Center poll found that large majorities worry that an influx of arms – from Western or Arab sources – will increase violence and instability in the region

Citizens of many Middle East countries remain opposed to providing military assistance to the Syrian opposition for its fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, despite substantial fears that the violence will spill into their own countries, according to a poll released this week by the Pew Research Center.

The Pew results are based on a survey of 11,771 people between March 3 and April 7 from 12 countries:

Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Germany, France, Britain, the US, and Russia.

95% of Lebanese said they were concerned that violence would spread west into their country, with 68% of them saying they were “very concerned” and 27% saying they were “somewhat concerned.” 80% of Jordanians, who live in Syria’s south.

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans were against even arming the Syrian rebels. And there was even less support for such involvement in Europe. Eight-in-ten Germans (82%) opposed such assistance, as did more than two-thirds of the French (69%) and a majority of the British (57%). Even the Turks (65%), who share a border with Syria and now house 300,000 refugees from the civil war, oppose military aid to the rebels.

And in Israel, which appreciated the decades-long cold war reached between the two after fighting multiple wars, 78% of those polled said spreading instability was a problem.

But countries farther afield share the unease of those whose borders are now inundated with desperate Syrians. 89% of Tunisians and 77% of Egyptians told Pew that they were worried about violence destabilizing the region, already in upheaval because of revolutions throughout the Arab world.

Public opinion is unquestionably not in favor of the US and European countries arming the Syrian opposition, however, with the exception of Jordan, where a slight majority (53%) support doing so. Reticence is strongest in Lebanon, where arms are almost certainly flowing already across the border as both rebels and Assad-allied Hezbollah fighters move back and forth and citizens are braced for tensions to explode into open conflict.

80% of Lebanese oppose Western arming of the rebels, and even among Sunnis, who are generally sympathetic to the predominantly Sunni opposition, a solid majority of 66% oppose the West sending military aid. Unsurprisingly, almost all (98%) Lebanese Shiites oppose sending arms; the regime’s base is predominantly Alawite, a Shiite sect.

The picture changes slightly when such aid is coming from other Arab countries, but only Lebanese Sunnis join Jordan in supporting the idea – 65% of Jordanians favor sending arms and other military supplies, while 63% of Lebanese Sunnis do (to show how starkly divided Lebanon is over the Syrian war, hold that up against the 97% of Lebanese Shiites who oppose Arab countries sending military aid).


May 3rd, 2013, 4:58 pm


revenire said:

Where are all the clowns who said Assad would be gone months ago?

May 3rd, 2013, 4:59 pm


Nimrod Pasha said:

As ever an excellent, informed and detailed analysis by Mr. Aron Lund.

If I may address a brief comment to Mr. Lund before this place descends into the usual lunatic madhouse: have your considered posting an analysis of the relative strength, territorial control and manpower of Syria’s assorted insurgent coalitions? Your previous pieces on the SIF, SILF and the ‘non-existance’ of the FSA went some way towards addressing this, but a more comprehensive piece on the overall insurgency would be valuable in rectifying the usual bias to lump the entire insurgency under the ‘FSA’ media shorthand label, or the tendency to use Jabhat an-Nusrah as a shorthand for the entire salafist/jihadist wing of the insurgency, or the habit of conjuring entire groups out of thin air, which you addressed in your rebuttal to David Ignatius’ Washington Post piece.

May 3rd, 2013, 5:07 pm


revenire said:


Khirbat Ghazaala: Thanks to Prince Pedophile of Qatar, the SAA turned over a brand new 23mm anti-aircraft machine gun cannon to militia in addition to a field artillery piece called a 90-B. The dead carcasses were all Jabhat Al-Nusra which has lost an estimated 14,000 killers since the start of the conflict. Of the 41 rodents dispatched to Satan’s Salon, these were the ones identified by MI:

Muhammad Al-Turkmaani (called “Abu ‘Ibaada” and a leader of the “Tawheed Brigades”. Yawn)
Muhammad Sa’ood
Hussayn Abu-Saaliha
Abdul-Baari Al-Mufti
Daawood ‘Ali Shammoot
Khudhr Dardari
Nizaamuddeen Khaleefa

The rest were foreigners. No more details.

Al-Qinya Village: An agricultural pick-up truck filled with ammunition exploded killing both rats inside it:

‘Ali Muhaysin
Jaad Abdul-Rahmaan

Daa’el: The SAA clobbered the FSA at this town by first surrounding and then strangling a unit of roaches as they tried to move west toward the Golan. These Jabhat Al-Nusra freaks were exterminated to the tune of 17 carcasses. SAA also seized many weapons and turned them over to NDF.


Over 14,000 Jabhat al-Nusra have been killed in Syria now. Someone give Bashar al-Assad the Nobel Peace prize for eradicating the filth from the country!

Syrian Perspective

May 3rd, 2013, 5:13 pm


ann said:

“NPR’ With It’s Unwavering Loyalty For `israel ONLY is Questioning Prof. Landis American Loyalty!

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME On You Melissa Block!!!!!

‘NPR’ suggests that opponent of Syrian intervention has dual loyalty – May 3, 2013

The other afternoon on NPR, Melissa Block interviewed an opponent of intervention in Syria, Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma–who argues that Syria would be another Iraq– and promptly brought up Landis’s marriage to a woman from a prominent Alawite family, suggesting that Landis was guilty of dual loyalty in his ideas about Syria.

You will see that the supporter of intervention in Syria who was on the show, Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (the think tank spinoff of the Israel lobby group AIPAC), then ran with Block’s theme; and Landis, on the defensive, was compelled to assert, “I’m an American… I’m an American trying to keep us out of another Iraq-type of venture.”

I find this fascinating. For if Landis’s marriage is fair game– and I think it is– then so are the social and ideological adhesions of neoconservatives. Are they Zionists? Do they have family living in Israel? Why did neoconservatives Richard Perle and David Wurmser– who is married to an Israeli-American– write “A Clean Break” for Netanyahu in 1996, calling for regime change in Iraq? Given these connections to a rightwing foreign regime, should these men have served in George Bush’s foreign-policy braintrust? Did not Elliott Abrams and Paul Wolfowitz, who also were part of that brain trust, have family living in Israel?

What about liberal Aaron David Miller, who tells us in his book that concern for Israel was part of his “ethnic DNA.” Should he have been a peace processor? What about Chuck Schumer, who says his name means guardian in Hebrew and he is a guardian of Israel?

Do we ever hear mainstream media buttonholing these people about their connections to Israel or asking, sincerely, Can you help us understand Zionism in Jewish life? No.

Americans have a right to know about these things. From the very beginnings of political Zionism, when Herzl approached French and English Jews and had the door slammed in his face, Jews expressed the fear that Zionism would cast a question on their patriotism. Eric Alterman has said that to be a Zionist is to be dual loyal:

“I was raised dually loyal my whole life. When I went to Hebrew school, the content of my Hebrew school was all about supporting Israel. When my parents who I think are here tonight sent me to Israel when I was 14, on a ZOA [Zionist Organization of America]-sponsored trip… it was drummed into me that I should do what’s best for Israel.”


May 3rd, 2013, 5:17 pm


Akbar Palace said:

The Islamist Bazaar is Booming NewZ

I’ve never seen so many Islamist organizations. There seems to be one for every persuasion. Now that’s freedom of choice!

I’m thinking there must be a lot of competition for pulling in new members. Perhaps now would be a good time to ask about waving the first year’s membership fee or getting a discount on health care plans. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

May 3rd, 2013, 5:24 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Dual Loyalty Alert NewZ

“NPR’ With It’s Unwavering Loyalty For `israel ONLY is Questioning Prof. Landis American Loyalty!

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME On You Melissa Block!!!!!

Nice to see NPR using the same methods the arabists have been using for years.

47. (previous thread) Hopeful said:

Akbar Palace – You make good points.


The US is in a lose-lose situation, and yes everyone is either being blind or conveniently ignoring the big elephant in the room: the Sunni-Shiia conflict that is dangerously escalating.

Yes, unfortunately. I am not convinced that knocking off the Assad family is going to suddenly make things good. The war just may continue.

Although I am a liberal from Califrnia, I find myself agreeing on almost everything you say AP.

I’m aghast. I thought NO ONE agrees with me!

It is good that we do not dicuss US internal politics on this forum 🙂

Yes. Syria is enough.

May 3rd, 2013, 5:30 pm


Aron Lund said:

# 15 – Nimrod Pasha:

Thanks for the kind words. I agree that it would be extremely valuable, but it’s much too big a task for me. Something as big and systematic as that would be a full time assignment. As a freelancer, I work Syria issues when I have the time and get funding, on a much smaller scale. But lets hope some think tank or newspaper with real resources can put effort into it, because it does seem like everyone interested in Syria would need a mapping effort like that.

May 3rd, 2013, 5:41 pm


Dolly Buster said:

revenire said: Where are all the clowns who said Assad would be gone months ago?

The fact that it takes time, doesn’t mean it won’t happen. I remember in Libya some were celebratory that ‘the Colonel’ was shredding the rats, displaying remarkable staying power, etc.

And yes it did take a while to get Tripoli. But after Colonel Majnun was located in a sewage pipe, the naysayers went silent, ya see?

Now Syria is a much, much bigger deal. So it will take even more time than Libya, which was frankly a joke. Libya deceives with its large area, but after you disregard the desert, there is little left. So a genocide in Libya is when 200 guys are killed.

So if Libya is 4 times smaller than Syria, which has 15 times bigger geopolitical significance, and has 10 times less Nato intervention, then it should take 600 times longer than Libya.

Well in actuality I hope it’s wrapped up in 2013. Let us cock the guns and endager giraffes.

May 3rd, 2013, 6:15 pm


Tara said:

I met an ophthalmologist today who trained with Batta in London. She is considered one of the top doctors in the US in her subspecialty. She told me Batta was a good eye doctor and was particularly quite a gentleman to nurses and staff in the OR. She can’t believe how savage he turned out to be.

I do not think Batta will have a chance to perform surgeries in Tadmour. I do not really want him killed. Just throw him in jail.

May 3rd, 2013, 6:34 pm


revenire said:

I am sure people are aware these brigades are not real military brigades and that often the EXACT SAME PEOPLE make up the various brigades – that way they get paid two, or three, times.

May 3rd, 2013, 6:44 pm


dawoud said:


May 3rd, 2013, 6:57 pm


zoo said:

Hamas is slowly going to discover Qatar’s ambitions of owning Palestine as it owns hotels in Paris and a greek island. It will also discover Qatar’s ownership of the Arab league., This country is expanding ownership by buying out weak arab countries. It is a plague

Hamas rebuffs Arabs for softening Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

Islamist Hamas’s leader in the Gaza Strip on Friday rejected a revised Middle East peace initiative put forward by the Arab League, saying outsiders could not decide the fate of the Palestinians
Reuters, Friday 3 May 2013

The modified version was announced by Qatar’s prime minister on Monday and Haniyeh’s comments represented a rare public disagreement between Hamas and one of its main supporters.

The rich Gulf state has pledged over $400 million to fund housing projects in the Gaza Strip, which Hamas seized from the rival Palestinian Fatah faction in a brief civil war in 2007.

“To those who speak of land swaps we say: Palestine is not a property, it is not for sale, not for a swap and cannot be traded,” Haniyeh said.

Haniyeh said the rival Palestinian Authority, headed by Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, was to blame for inspiring the softer Arab position because it accepted the need for land swaps with Israel.

May 3rd, 2013, 7:00 pm


dawoud said:

Is any comment about the Lebanese Iranian-puppet terrorist party banned on the pro-Dictator “Syria Comment?” I know that Lund is pro-dictator, but I don’t know that he works for Bashar’s Ministry of Information!

May 3rd, 2013, 7:04 pm


dawoud said:

Palestinians would be happy if Qatar, a Sunni Arab country “owns” them. I know what Palestinians want because I am one of them (My grandmother was a dispossessed/ethnically cleansed Palestinian from Jaffa). However, Palestinians don’t want Iran’s pro-dictator Wilayat al-Faqih to own them!

May 3rd, 2013, 7:08 pm


dawoud said:

Dear Mr. Aron Lund:

Why do you ban comments about the terrorists from Lebanon’s Hizbistan? Do you work form them, or for Bashar’s Ministry of Misinformation?

May 3rd, 2013, 7:10 pm


revenire said:

David this is a pro-Hezbollah site – act accordingly please.

Leila Khaled spoke best for Palestine.

May 3rd, 2013, 7:13 pm


dawoud said:

Hizba$S and Hasan Nasralshytan 🙂

May 3rd, 2013, 7:15 pm



Three terrorists killed in Banyas by every single one of the regime loyalists on this site

Their blood is on your hands, on your filthy keyboards. And the Syrian people will be in their full right to hold you accountable, be you a lebanese name-shifter, a romanian vampire, a russian mafioso, or a hisbullah paid propagandists and drug smugling murderer, for every shrill and rabid call for murder you have made.

May 3rd, 2013, 7:34 pm


dawoud said:

شيعي لبناني : حسن نصر الشيطان شخصية نقدسها ونعبدها Comment # 1 🙂

May 3rd, 2013, 7:38 pm


dawoud said:


Excellent Comment. Thanks for reminding me that the terrorist Lebanese Hizba$s حزب الشيطان is also active the narcotics and drug trade in order generate more illegal income. Yes, Free Syria will try those pro-Bashar/dictator terrorists and mercenaries who killed these beautiful innocent children.

May 3rd, 2013, 7:59 pm


Tara said:


One can not not invoke God watching and hearing what happened in Banyas. Even if they are not tried in Free Syria, they will have eventually to face their creator and no we shall never forgive them then.

Sorry, I know you are an atheist hamster..

May 3rd, 2013, 8:05 pm



Why sorry, dear Tara, I am a secular-atheist, not a secular-sectarian-cowardly thug like regime-loyalists and apologists.

May 3rd, 2013, 8:13 pm


revenire said:

Hamster spare me the fake stories of dead children. Only rats believe these tales. Quit your crying – you wanted war and now you have one.

Banyas is being freed from Al-Qaeda.

The army will move to another town as soon as it clears the area. This is happening all over Syria. There is no place to hide from the SAA.

Assad will never lose.

May 3rd, 2013, 8:15 pm



To add to your blood lust album These also are your victims in Banyas, and they were killed as a rabid hyena here once requested, for the honor-less asma.

May 3rd, 2013, 8:20 pm


revenire said:


Here we go again. There is a campaign by anti-Assad supporters. They’re posting all over Twitter about the #BaydaMassacre. This is not true. There was a massacre, yes. It was not of civilians; it was a massacre of the terrorists who entered Tartous. I have family in Baniyas. They complained about terrorists in the area. These terrorists were targeting civilians because Tartous is a province that is filled with a lot of Assad supporters. There are a lot of Alawis and Christians as well. Do not believe these lies.


Syrian Perspective

May 3rd, 2013, 8:21 pm


Tara said:


You obviously do not know when to keep quiet. Incite more hatred! You are good at it. In any case, nobody takes you seriously. Go and look at Asma’s picture. It is the best thing you can do .

May 3rd, 2013, 8:23 pm


revenire said:


May 3rd, 2013, 8:26 pm



Nothing less than insolence and impudence would have been expected from such an honor-less rapid murder advocate .

These are the innocent victims of the the sectarian savages and their advocates on this site

May 3rd, 2013, 8:32 pm


revenire said:

IDLIB: MY, WHAT A MESS FOR THE FSA!! They just can’t get anything done anymore.

Abu-Dhuhoor Airbase: Cockroaches from the FSA tried to breach the southern wall of the airbase. Wael says that the estimated number of enemy mercenary insects was about 400. SAA called in helicopter support and decimated them. It is hard to count or identify bodies in these areas close to the Turkish border. However, Wael confirms that the SAA seized many weapons. No details.

Al-Jaanoodiyya: Rural Idlib. SAA infantry swooped down on a safe house that had been cleaned out weeks before and killed the following rodents:

‘Abbood Ghudanfar
Ghassaan Fadheel
Muraad Abdul-Qaader
Muhammad Feejaawi

Hajj Hammood Farms: 3 rodents confirmed dead. They were found with drugs on them. No details.

Ma’arratmassreen: FSA has lost over 1000 rats in this town. Another 2 went down yesterday. No details.

Qunaynaas: 4 skunks skidded down the Teflon chute to Hell.

Bikfaloon Wall: Confirmed 11 dead rats. 4 surrendered.

Binnish: SAA uncovers underground cache of weapons including 3 23mm AA machine gun cannons, shotguns, scopes, communication equipment and drugs. 1 rat killed:

Hammaam Baadoori (?)

Kafr Jaales: 8 killed in firefight with SAA.

Tal Salmo: 2 confirmed dead. No details.

Al-Tar’ah: 15 dead rats. All FSA. No details.

May 3rd, 2013, 8:33 pm


revenire said:

Hamster you support Al-Qaeda – quit crying about the dead rats. Stop with the fake photos of dead kids.

You didn’t say a word to condemn terror bombings all over Syria except to blame the sons of Syria – her army – as if an army would kill its own people.

You’re a hypocrite.

Assad isn’t going to lose. If at any time he needs them both Iran and Hezbollah will intervene in a way you have not imagined.

Heavy weapons have not been used yet. Just wait.

May 3rd, 2013, 8:38 pm


dawoud said:

The video below, which was broadcast on Aljazeera, was covertly taken by an Iraqi soldier’s cell phone. It shows the Iranian-backed Iraqi dictator’s (Nuri al-Maliki’s) forces attacking peaceful camped demonstrators in al-Howaijah. This is what Iran’s wilayat al-Faqih influence has brought to Syria, Hizbistan, and Iraq: sectarian-cleansing and war crimes. Did George W. Bush really invade Iraq to give it to Iran?!

May 3rd, 2013, 8:41 pm



An infinite reservoir of Insolence and impudence, as expected from honor-less rabid hyenas. I don’t expect anything else from an impostor with no moral values whatsoever.

She tried to hide in the closet from the hoards of assad sectarian savage

May 3rd, 2013, 8:42 pm


revenire said:

Al Jazeera ha ha – nothing but Qatari trash from a terrorist named David.

May 3rd, 2013, 8:42 pm


Dawoud said:

P.S., the above video shows the Iranian-backed Iraqi forces killing handicapped peaceful demonstrators on wheelchairs! It also shows Iraqi soldiers kicking dead demonstrators. This is Iran’s “new Iraq!”

May 3rd, 2013, 8:44 pm


revenire said:

Handicapped peaceful demonstrators in wheelchairs? LOLOL

May 3rd, 2013, 8:45 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Ethnic Cleansing: What the Arabs Wanted but didn’t Get

I know what Palestinians want because I am one of them (My grandmother was a dispossessed/ethnically cleansed Palestinian from Jaffa). However, Palestinians don’t want Iran’s pro-dictator Wilayat al-Faqih to own them!


The Israelis didn’t do such a good job with their “ethic cleansing” as 1/3 of all Israelis living in Jaffa are Arab.

Did George W. Bush really invade Iraq to give it to Iran?!

No. He gave to the elected leader of Iraq, who then gave it to Iran. Same thing may happen in Syria Habib…

May 3rd, 2013, 8:48 pm


Dawoud said:

Mr. Akbar 50. AKBAR PALACE:

To Jaffa and Palestine, We shall return! Never forgive, Never forget

I hope you use some kind of translation software. Google Trans. is not very accurate.

رواية عائد إلى حيفا

غسان كنفاني


حين وصل”سعيد س.” إلى مشارف حيفا، قادما إليها بسيارته عن طريق القدس، أحس أن شيئا ما ربط لسانه، فالتزم الصمت، وشعر بالأسى يتسلقه من الداخل.وللحظة واحدة راودته فكرة أن يرجع، ودون أن ينظر إليها كان يعرف أنها آخذة بالبكاء الصامت، وفجأة جاء صوت البحر، تماما كما كان. كلا،لم تعد إليه الذاكرة شيئا فشيئا. بل انهالت في داخل رأسه، كما يتساقط جدار من الحجارة ويتراكم بعضه فوق بعض. لقد جاءت الأمور والأحداث فجأة، وأخذت تتساقط فوق بعضها وتملأ جسده. وقال لنفسه أن” صفية” زوجته، تحس الشيء ذاته، وأنها لذلك تبكي.
منذ أن غادر رام الله في الصباح لم يكف عن الكلام، ولا هي كفت، كانت الحقول تتسرب تحت نظرة عبر زجاج سيارته، وكان الحر لا يطاق، فقد أحس بجبهته تلتهب، تماما كما الإسفلت يشتعل تحت عجلات سيارته، وفوقه كانت الشمس، شمس حزيران الرهيب، تصب قار غضبها على الأرض
طوال الطريق كان يتكلم ويتكلم ويتكلم، تحدث إلى زوجته عن كل شيء، عن الحرب وعن الهزيمة وعن بوابة مندلبوم التي هدمتها الجرارات. وعن العدو الذي وصل إلى النهر والقناة ومشارف دمشق خلال ساعات. وعن وقف إطلاق النار والراديو ونهب الجنود للأشياء والأثاث، ومنع التجول، وابن العم الذي في الكويت يأكله القلق، والجار الذي لم أغراضه وهرب، والجنود الثلاثة الذين قاتلوا وحدهم يومين على تله تقع قرب مستشفى أوغستا فكتوريا، والرجال الذين خلعوا بزاتهم وقاتلوا في شوارع القدس، والفلاح الذي أعدموه لحظة رأوه قرب أكبر فنادق رام الله. وتحدثت زوجته عن أمور كثيرة أخرى، طوال الطريق لم يكفا عن الحديث. والآن، حين وصلا إلى مدخل حيفا، صمتا معا، واكتشفا في تلك اللحظة أنهما لم يتحدثا حرفا واحدا عن الأمر الذي جاءا من أجله !
هذه هي حيفا إذن، بعد عشرين سنة.
ظهر يوم الثلاثين من حزيران، 1967، كانت سيارة” الفيات” الرماية التي تحمل رقما اردنيا أبيض تشق طريقها نحو الشمال، عبر المرج الذي كان اسمه مرج بن عامر قبل عشرين سنة، وتتسلق الطريق الساحلي نحو مدخل حيفا الجنوبي. وحين عبر الشارع ودخل إلى الطريق الرئيسي انهارت الجدار كله، وضاعت الطريق وراء ستار من الدموع، ووجد نفسه يقول لزوجته (صفية ):
-” هذه هي حيفا يا صفية !”
وأحس المقود ثقيلا بين قبضتيه اللتين أخذتا تنضحان العرق أكثر من ذي قبل، وخطر له أن يقول لزوجته :” إنني أعرفها، حيفا هذه، ولكنها تنكرني” ولكنه غير رأيه، فقبل قليل فقط كانت فكرة قد خطرت له وقالها لزوجته :
-” أتعرفين ؟ طوال عشرين سنة كنت أتصور أن بوابة مندلبوم ستفتح ذات يوم …ولكن أبدا أبدا لم أتصور أنها ستفتح من الناحية الأخرى. لم يكن ذلك يخطر لي على بال، ولذلك فحين فتحوها هم بدا لي الأمر مرعبا وسخيفا والى حد كبير مهينا تماما … قد أكون مجنونا لو قلت لك أن كل الأبواب يجب الا تفتح الا من جهة واحدة، وإنها إذا فتحت من الجهة الأخرى فيجب اعتبارها مغلقة لا تزال، ولكن تلك هي الحقيقة”.
والتفت إلى زوجته، إلا أنها لم تكن تسمع، كانت منصرمة إلى التحديق نحو الطريق : تارة إلى اليمين حيث كانت المزارع تمتد على مدى البصر وتارة إلى اليسار حيث كان البحر، الذي ظل بعيدا أكثر من عشرين سنة، يهدر على القرب. وقالت فجاءة :
-” لم أكن أتصور أبدا أنني سأراها مرة أخرى”.
وقال :
-” أنت لا ترينها، إنهم يرونها لك”.
وعندها فقدت أعصابها، كان ذلك يحدث للمرة الأولى. وصاحت فجاءة :
-” ما هذه الفلسفة التي لم تكف عنها طوال النهار؟ الأبواب والرؤيا وأمور أخرى، ماذا حدث لك؟”.
-” ماذا حدث لي؟”.
قالها لنفسه وهو يرتجف، ولكنه تحكم بأعصابه وعاد يقول لها بهدوء :
-” لقد فتحوا الحدود فور أن أنهوا الاحتلال فجأة وفورا، لم يحدث ذلك في أي حرب في التاريخ، أتعرفين الشيء الفاجع الذي حدث في نيسان 1948، والآن، بعد لماذا؟ لسواد عينيك وعيني؟. لا. ذلك جزء من الحرب. إنهم يقولون لنا: تفضلوا انظروا كيف أننا أحسن منكم وأكثر رقيا. عليكم أن تقبلوا أن تكونوا خدما لنا، معجبين بنا… ولكن رأيت بنفسك : لم يتغير شيء … كان بوسعنا أن نجعلها أحسن بكثير …”
-“إذن لماذا أتيت ؟”
ونظر إليها بحنق، فصمتت.
كانت تعرف، فلماذا تسأل؟ وهي التي قالت له أن يذهب، فطوال عشرين سنة تجنبت الحديث عن ذلك، عشرين سنة ثم ينبثق الماضي كما يندفع البركان…
وحين كان يقود سيارته وسط شوارع حيفا كانت رائحة الحرب ما تزال هناك، بصورة ما، غامضة ومثيرة ومستفزة، وبدت له الوجوه قاسية ووحشية، وبعد قليل اكتشف أنه يسوق سيارته في حيفا دون أن يشعر بأن شيئا في الشوارع قد تغير. كان يعرفها حجرا حجرا ومفرقا وراء مفرق، فلطالما شق تلك الطرق بسيارته الفورد الخضراء موديل 1946. إنه يعرفها جيدا، والآن يشعر بأنه لم يتغيب عنها عشرين سنة، وهو يقود سيارته كما كان يفعل، كما لو أنه لم يكن غائبا طوال تلك السنوات المريرة !
وأخذت الأسماء تنهال في رأسه كما لو أنها تنفض عنها طبقة كثيفة من الغبار : وادي النسناس، شارع الملك فيصل، ساحة الحناطير، الحليصة، الهادار، واختلطت عليه الأمور فجاءة، ولكنه تماسك، وسأل زوجته بصوت خافت :
-” حسنا، من أين نبدأ؟”.
ولكنها ظلت صامته. وسمع صوتها الخافت يبكي بما يشبه الصمت، وقدر لنفسه العذاب الذي تعانيه، وعرف أنه لا يستطيع معرفة العذاب على وجه الدقة، ولكنه يعرف أنه عذاب كبير، ظل هناك عشرين سنة، وأنه الآن ينتصب عملاقاً لا يصدق في أحشائها، ورأسها، وقلبها، وذاكرتها، وتصوراتها، ويهيمن على كل مستقبلها. واستغرب كيف أنه لم يفكر أبداً بما يمكن أن يعينه ذلك العذاب، وبمدى ما هو غارق في تجاعيد وجهها وعينيها وعقلها. وكم كان معها في كل لقمة أكلتها، وفي كل كوخ عاشت فيه، وفي كل نظرة رمتها على أولادها وعليه وعلى نفسها. والآن ينبثق ذلك كله من بين الحطام والنسيان والأسى، ويأتي على ركام الهزيمة المريرة التي ذاقها مرتين على الأقل في حياته.
وفجاءة جاء الماضي، حادا مثل سكين : كان ينعطف بسيارته عند نهاية شارع الملك فيصل (فالشوارع بالنسبة له لم تغير أسماءها بعد) متجها نحو التقاطع الذي ينزل يسارا إلى الميناء، ويتجه يمينا نحو الطريق المؤدي إلى وادي النسناس، حين لمح مجموعة من الجنود المسلحين يقفزون على المفترق أمام حاجز حديدي. وحين كان يرمقهم بطرف عينيه، صدر صوت انفجار ما من بعيد، وأعقبته طلقات رصاص وفجأة أخذ المقود يرتجف بين يديه، وكاد أن يرطم الرصيف، وتماسك في اللحظة الأخيرة، وشهد صبياً يعدو عبر الطريق، وعندها جاء الماضي الراعب بكل ضجيجه. ولأول مرة منذ عشرين سنة تذكر ما حدث بالتفاصيل، وكأنه يعيش مرة أخرى.

صباح الأربعاء، 21 نيسان، عام 1948.
كانت حيفا مدينة لا تتوقع شيئاً، رغم أنها كانت محكومة بتوتر غامض.
وفجأة جاء القصف من الشرق، من تلال الكرمل العالية. ومضت قذائف الموتر تطير عبر وسط المدينة لتصب في الأحياء العربية.
وانقلبت شوارع حيفا إلى فوضى، واكتسح الرعب المدينة التي أغلقت حوانيتها ونوافذ بيوتها
كان ( سعيد. س ) في قلب المدينة، حين بدأت أصوات الرصاص والمتفجرات تملأ سماء حيفا، كان قد ظل حتى الظهر غير متوقع أن يكون ذلك هو الهجوم الشامل و عندها فقط حاول للوهلة الأولى أن يعود إلى البيت بسيارته. إلا أنه ما لبث أن اكتشف استحالة ذلك، فمضى عبر شوارع فرعية محاولاً اجتياز الطريق إلى (( الحليصة)) حيث يقع منزله، إلا أن القتال كان قد اتسع، وصار يرى الرجال المسلحين يندفعون من الشوارع الفرعية إلى الرئيسية وبالعكس، وكانت تحركاتهم تسير وفق توجيهات بمكبرات الصوت تنبثق هنا وهناك. وبعد لحظات شعر سعيد أنه يندفع دونما اتجاه، وأن الأزقة المغلقة بالمتاريس أو بالرصاص أو بالجنود إنما تدفعه دون أن يحس، نحو اتجاه وحيد، وفي كل مرة كان يحاول العودة إلى وجهته الرئيسية، منتقياً أحد الأزقة، وكان يجد نفسه كأنما بقوة غير مرئية يرتد إلى طريق واحد، ذلك هو المتجه نحو الساحل.
كان قد تزوج فبل عام وأربعة أشهر من صفية، واستأجر بيته الصغير في تلك المنطقة التي حسب أنها ستكون أوفر أمناً، وفجأة يشعر الآن بأنه لا يستطيع الوصول إليه.. كان يعرف أن زوجته الصغيرة لا تستطيع أن تتدبر أمرها، فمنذ أن جاء بها من الريف لم تعتد أن تقبل العيش في المدينة الكبيرة، أو أن تكيف نفسها مع ذلك التعقيد الذي كان يبدو راعباً لها، وغير قابل للحل، ترى ما الذي يمكن أن يحدث لها الآن ؟.
كان ضائعاً، تقريباً، ولم يكن يعرف على وجه التعيين أين يحدث القتال وكيف، وفي كل حدود علمه أن الإنكليز كانوا ما زالوا يسيطرون على المدينة، وأن الأحداث في شكلها النهائي كان مقدراً لها أن تقع بعد ثلاثة أسابيع تقريباً، حين يشرع البريطانيون في الانسحاب حسب الموعد الذي حددوه.
ولكنه فيما كان يسارع الخطو كان يعرف تماماً أن عليه أن يتجنب المناطق المرتفعة المتصلة بشارع هرتزل، حيث كان اليهود يتمركزون منذ البدء، ومن ناحية أخرى كان عليه أن يبتعد عن المركز التجاري الذي يقع بين حارة الحليصا وبين شارع اللنبي، فقد كان ذلك المركز نقطة القوة في السلاح اليهودي.

وهكذا اندفع محاولا الدوران حول المركز التجاري كي يصل إلى الحليصا، وكانت أمامه طريق تنتهي بوادي النسناس، وتمر عبر المدينة القديمة.
وفجأة اختلطت عليه الأمور وتشابكت الأسماء: الحليصا، وادي رشميا، البرج، المدينة القديمة، وادي النسناس، شعر أنه ضائع تماما، وأنه فقد وجهة سيره. كان القصف قد اشتد، ورغم انه كان بعيدا بعض الشيء عن مراكز الإطلاق إلا أنه استطاع أن يميز جنودا بريطانيين يسدون بعض المنافذ ويفتحون منافذ أخرى.
ويبدو أنه، بصورة ما، وجد نفسه في المدينة القديمة، ومنها اندفع كأنما بقوة لا يعرفها، نحو جنوب شارع ستانتون، وكان يعرف الآن أنه يبعد أقل من مئتي متر عن شارع الحلحول، وبدأ يشم رائحة البحر.
وعندها فقط تذكر” خلدون” الصغير، ابنه الذي اتم في ذلك اليوم بالذات شهره الخامس، وانتابه فجأه قلق غامض. ذلك هو الشيء الوحيد الذي ما زال يحس بطعمه تحت لسانه، حتى في هذه اللحظات التي تبعد عشرين سنة عن المرة الأولى التي حدث فيها ذلك.
هل كان يتوقع تلك الفجيعة ؟ الأمور هنا تختلط. الماضي يتداخل مع الحاضر، وهما يتداخلان مع أفكار وأوهام وتخيلات ومشاعر عشرين سنة لاحقة، هل كان يعرف ؟ هل أحس ذلك الشيء الفاجع قبل أن يحدث ؟ أحيانا يقول لنفسه” بلى، عرفت ذلك قبل أن يحدث” وأحيانا أخرى يقول لنفسه :” لا. أنا أتصور ذلك بعد أن حدث، لم يكن من المتوقع أن أتوقع شيئأ مروعا من ذلك النوع”.
كان المساء قد بدأ يخيم على المدينة، ليس يدري كم من الساعات أمضى وهو يركض في شوارعها، مرتدا عن شارع الى شارع، أما الآن فقد بات واضحا أنهم يدفعونه نحو الميناء، فقد كانت الأزقة المتفرعة عن الشارع الرئيسي مغلقة تماما، وكان إذ يحاول الاندفاع في أثرها ليتدبر أمر عودته الى بيته، يزجرونه بعنف، واحيانا بفوهات البنادق وأحيانا بحرابها
كانت السماء نارا تتدفق بأصوات رصاص وقنابل وقصف بعيد وقريب، وكأنما هذه الأصوات نفسها كانت تدفعهم نحو الميناء. ورغم أنه كان غير قادر على التركيز على أيما أمر معين، إلا أنه رأى كيف بدأ الزحام يتكاثف مع كل خطوة. كان الناس يتدفقون من الشوارع الفرعية نحو ذلك الشارع الرئيسي المتجه الى الميناء، رجالا ونساء وأطفالا، يحملون أشياء صغيره أو لا يحملون، يبكون أو يسبحون داخل ذلك الذهول الصارخ بصمت كسيح. وضاع بين أمواج البشر المتدفقه وفقد القدرة على التحكم بخطواته. إنه ما يزال يذكر كيف أنه كان يتجه نحو البحر وكأنه محمول وسط الزحام الباكي، المذهول، غير قادر على التفكير في أي شيءء، وفي رأسه كان ثمة صورة واحده معلقة كأنما على جدار: زوجته صفية وابنه خلدون.

لقد مضت اللحظات بطيئة وقاسية وتبدو الآن مجرد كابوس ثقيل لا يصدق. اجتاز البوابة الحديدية للميناء حيث كان جنود بريطانيون يزجرون الناس، ومن هناك رأى أكوام البشر تتساقط فوق الزوارق الصغيرة المنتظرة في الماء قرب الرصيف، ودون أن يعرف ماذا يجب عليه أن يفعل، قرر ألا يصل الى الزوارق وفجأة –كمن أصيب بالجنون، او كمن عاد اليه عقله دفعة واحدة بعد جنون طويل – استدار وسط الزحام، وأخذ يدافعه محاولا بكل ما فيه من قوة مستنزفة أن يشق طريقة وسطه، عكسه، نحو البوابة الحديدية.
مثل من يسبح ضد سيل هادر ينحدر من جبل شديد العلو أخذ سعيد يشق طريقة بكتفيه وذراعية وساقيه ورأسه. يجره التيار خطوات الى الوراء فيعود ويتقدم مندفعا بشيء من الوحشية مثل حيوان طريد يشق طريقا مستحيلا في دغل كثيف متشابك. وفوقه كان الدخان والعويل ودوي القنابل وزخات الرصاص تمتزج أصواتها بالصراخ وهدير البحر وزحف الخطوات الضائعة وضرب المجاذيف سطح الموج…
هل حقا مضى على ذلك كله عشرون سنة؟.
كان العرق يتصبب باردا على جبين سعيد وهو يقود سيارته صاعدا المنحدر. لقد حسب أنتلك الذاكرة لن تعود بهذا الصخب المجنون الذي لم يكن لها إلا لحظات حدوثها. ومن طرفي عينيه نظر الى زوجته : كان وجهها مشدودا أميل الى الاصفرار وكانت عيناها تتدفقان بالدموع، لا ريب أنها – قال لنفسه – تستعيد خطواتها ذلك اليوم ذاته، حين كان هو أقرب ما يكون الى البحر، وكانت هي أقرب ما تكون الى الجبل، وبينهما يمد الرعب والضياع خيوطهما غير المرئية، فوق مستنقع من الصراخ والخوف والمجهول.
كانت-كما قالت له أكثر من مرة في السنوات الماضية – تفكر به. وحين دوى الرصاص وانطلق الناس يقولون أن الانكليز واليهود أخذوا يكتسحون حيفا، راودها خوف يائس.
كانت تفكر به، عندما جاءت أصوات الحرب من وسط المدينة حيث تعرف أنه هناك. وكانت تشعر أنها أكثر أمنا، فالتزمت البيت فترة، وحين طال غيابه، هرعت الى الطريق دون أن تدري على وجه التحديد ما الذي كانت تريده. في البدء كانت تطل من الشباك، ومن الشرفة. وكأنها شعرت الآن أن الأمر قد تغير تماما، إذ بدأت النار تنهمر بغزارة، بدءا من الظهر، من التلال الواقعة فوق الحليصا. وأحست أنها محاصرة كليا، وعندها فقط اخذت تعدو نازلة الدرج، واندفعت على طول الطريق نحو الشارع الرئيسي، وكان استعجالها لرؤيته قادما يختصر خوفها عليه وقلقها من المصير المجهول الذي كان يحمل ألف احتمال مع كل رصاصة تطلق. وحين وصلت الى أول الطريق أخذت تراقب السيارات المندفعه بسرعة، وقادتها خطواتها من سياره الى أخرى، ومن رجل الى آخر، تسأل دون أن تحصل على جواب. وفجأه رأت نفسها في موج الناس، يدفعونها، وهم يندفعون من شتى أرجاء المدينة، في سيلهم العرم الجبار الذي لا يمكن رده، كانها محمولة على نهر متدفق مثل عود من القش.
كم مضى من الوقت قبل أن تتذكر أن خلدون الطفل ما زال في سريره في الحليصا؟
ليست تتذكر تماما، ولكنها تعرف أن قوة لا تصدق سمرتها في الأرض، فيما أخذالسيل الذي لا ينتهي من الناس يمر حولها ويتدافع على جانبي كتفيها وكأنها شجرة انبثقت فجأة في مجرى سيل هائل من الماء، وارتدت هي الأخرى تدافع ذلك السيل بكل قوتها. وأمام عجزها وتعبها أخذت تصرخ بكل ما في حنجرتها من قوة. ولم تكن كلماتها الطائرة في ذلك الزحام الذي لا ينتهي لتصل الى أي أذن. لقد رددت كلمة” خلدون” ألف مرة، مليون مرة، وظلت شهورا بعد ذلك تحمل في فمها صوتا مبحوحا مجروحا لا يكاد يسمع. وظلت كلمة” خلدون” نقطة واحدة لا غير، تعوم ضائعة وسط ذلك التدفق اللانهائي من الاصوات والأسماء.
وكانت على وشك السقوط وسط الأقدام حين سمعت كمن يحلم صوتا ينبثق من الأرض، ويناديها باسمها، وحين رأت وجهه وراءها يتفصد بالعرق والغضب والارهاق أحست ذهول الفاجعه أكثر من أي وقت مضى، واكتسحها حزن يشبه الطعنة التي ملأتها بطاقة من العزم لا حدود لها، وقررت أن تعود بأي ثمن. ولربما أحست بأنها لن تستطيع الى الأبد النظر الى عيني سعيد، او تركه يلمسها. وفي أعماقها شعرت أنها على وشك أن تفقد الاثنين معا : سعيد وخلدون… فمضت تشق طريقها بكل ما في ذراعيها من قوة وسط الغاب الذي كان يسد في وجهها طريق العودة، محاولة في الوقت نفسه أن تضيع سعيد، الذي أخذ –دون أن يعي- ينادي صفية تارة، وينادي خلدون تارة أخرى…
هلى مضت أجيال وأزمنة قبل أن تحس بكفيه القويتين المتيبستين تشدان على ذراعيها؟
وفجأة نظرت في عينيه، وأحست بشيء يشبه الشلل يسقطها على كتفه لخرقة بالية لا قيمة لها، وحولهما مضت سيول البشر تتقاذفهما من جهة الى أخرى، وتدفعهما أمامها نحو الشاطئ، ولكنهما لم يكونا، بعد، قادرين على الإحساس بأي شيء، وفقط حين عومهما الرذاذ المتطاير من تحت خشب المجاديف، ونظر الى الشاطئ حيث كانت حيفا تغيم وراء غبش المساء وغبش الدموع
طوال الطريق، من رام الله الى القدس الى حيفا ظل يتحدث عن كل شيء، لم يكف قط عن الحديث، ولكنه حين وصل الى أول” بيت غاليم” ربط الصمت لسانه. وها هو الآن في” الحليصة”، يسمع أصوات عجلات سيارته تسير مثلما كانت دائما. وكان النبض الصعب لقلبه المتوثب يضيعه بين الفينة والأخرى لقد تضاءلت عشرون سنة من الغياب، وها هي الأمور تعود فجأة عودة لا تصدق، وراء ظهر العقل والمنطق… تراه عما يبحث؟
قبل أسبوع قالت له صفية، وهما في منزلهما في رام الله :
-” إنهم يذهبون الى كل مكان، ألا نذهب الى حيفا ؟”.
وكان، عندها، يتناول عشاءه، ورأى يده تقف تلقائيا بين الصحن وبين فمه. ونظر نحوها بعد برهة فرآها تستدير، كي لا يقرأ شيئا في عينيها، ثم قال لها :
-” نذهب الى حيفا… لماذا؟”.
وجاءه صوتها خافتا :
-” نرى بيتنا هناك. فقط نراه”.
وأعاد لقمته الى الصحن وقام فوقف أمامها. كان رأسها يتكىء على صدرها كمن يريد أن يعترف بذنب غير متوقع. فوضع أصابعه تحت ذقنها فإذا بعينيها تنضحان بدموع غزيرة، فسألها بحنو:
-” صفية… بماذا تفكرين ؟”.
وهزت رأسها موافقة دون أن تقول شيئا، فقد عرفت أنه يعرف، وربما كان هو الآخر يفكر طوال الوقت بذلك وينتظرها أن تبادئ كي لا تشعر بأنها –كما كانت تشعر دائما- هي التي ارتكبت تلك الفجيعه التي شجرت في قلبيهما معا، فهمس بصوت مبحوح :
-” خلدون؟”.
واكتشف على التو أن ذلك الاسم، لم يلفظ قط في تلك الغرفة منذ زمن طويل. وأنهما في المرات القليلة التي تحدثا عنه كانا يقولان” هو”، بل أنهما تجنبا تسمية أي من أولادهما الثلاثة ذلك الاسم، وأن كانا قد أطلقا على أكبرهما أسم” خالد” وعلى البنت التي أنجباها بعد ذلك بعام ونصف” خالدة”، بل أن أولادهما لم يعرفا قط أن لهما أخا اسمه خلدون، وهو نفسه ينادونه أبا خالد”، وأصدقاءه القدامى اتفقوا على القول بأن خلدون قد مات. فكيف يمكن للأمور أن تندفع من الباب الخلفي على هذه الصورة الفريده ؟
وظل سعيد واقفا هناك وكأنه نائم في مكان بعيد، إلا أنه التقط نفسه بعد هنيهة، وأخذ يخطو عائدا الى طاولته، وقبل أن يجلس قال لها :
-” أوهام يا صفية أوهام ! لا تتركي لنفسك أن تخدعك على هذه الصورة المحزنة. أنت تعرفين كم سألنا وكم حققنا، وتعرفين قصص الصليب الأحمر، ورجال الهدنة، والأصدقاء الأجانب الذين بعثناهم الى هناك. لا، لا أريد الذهاب الى حيفا، إن ذلك ذل، وهو إن كان ذلا واحدا لأهل حيفا فبالنسبة لي ولك هو ذلان، لماذا نعذب أنفسنا؟”.
وأخذ صوت نشيجها يعلو شيئا فشيئا، ولكنها التزمت الصمت، وأمضيا تلك الليلة دونما كلمة، يستمعان معا الى أصوات الأحذية العسكرية تقرع الطرق، والى الراديو يظل يعطي الأوامر.

وحين مضى الى فراشه كان يعرف –في أعماقه – أن لا فرار، وأن الفكرة التي كانت هناك طوال عشرين سنة قد ولدت، ولا سبيل الى دفنها من جديد. ورغم أنه كان يعرف أن زوجته لم تنم، وأنها أمضت كل ذلك الليل تفكرفي الأمر نفسه، إلا أنه لم يبادلها أية كلمة، وفي الصباح قالت له بهدوء:
-” إذا أردت أن تذهب فخذني معك، لا تحاول يا سعيد أن تذهب وحدك
إنه يعرف صفيه جيدا، ويعرف أنها تدرك تماما كل فكرة تعبر رأسه. وهذه المره قاطعته وهو في منتصف الطريق، فقد قرر في الليل أن يذهب وحده، وها هي تكتشف قراره من تلقائها، وتمنعه.
وظل الأمر كله معلقا في سقف أيامهما ولياليهما طوال أسبوع. يأكلانه مع طعامهما ويعلكانه وينامان معه ولكنهما لم يتكلما حوله أبدا، وليله أمس فقط قال لها :
-” لنذهب غدا الى حيفا، نتفرج عليها على الأقل، وقد نمر قرب بيتنا هناك. أنا أعرف أنهم سيصدرون قريبا قرار يمنع ذلك كله. فحساباتهم لم تكن صحيحه”.
وصمت قليلا، وليس يدري إن كان راغبا حقا في تغيير الموضوع، إذ سمع نفسه يمضي في كلام آخر:
-” في القدس ونابلس وهنا يتحدث الناس كل يوم عن نتائج زياراتهم الى يافا وعكا وتل أبيب وحيفا وصفد وقرى الجليل والمثلث. كلهم يقولون كلاما متشابها ويبدو أن أفكار كل منهم كانت أحسن مما رأوا بأم أعينهم. جميعهم عادوا يحملون خيبة كبيرة. إن المعجزة التي يتحدث عنها اليهود لم تكن إلا وهما. في البلد هنا ردة فعل سيئه جدا، وهو عكس ما أرادوه حين فتحوا حدودهم أمامنا. لذلك فأنا أتوقع يا صفية أن يلغوا ذلك القرار قريبا جدا، وهكذا قلت لنفسي لماذا لا نقتنص الفرصة ونذهب؟”.
وحين نظر إلى صفية رآها ترتجف، وشهد وجهها يميل بوضوح للاصفرار، فخرج من الغرفة، إذ أحس هو الآخر بدموع حارقه تسد حلقه. ومنذ تلك اللحظة لم يكف اسم” خلدون” عن الدق في رأسه، تماما مثلما كان قبل عشرين سنة حين سمعه يدق المرة تلو الأخرى فوق الزحام المتدفق أمام مياه الميناء الباكية. ولا شك أنه كان كذلك بالنسبة لصفية، وقد تحدثا طوال الطريق عن كل شيء، إلا عن خلدون. وقرب” بيت غاليم” فقط التزما الصمت، وها هما الآن ينظران صامتين إلى الطريق التي يعرفانها جيدا والملتصقة في رأسيهما كقطع من لحمهما وعظامهما.
ومثلما كان يفعل قبل عشرين سنة تماما خفف سرعة سيارته إلى حدها الأدنى قبل أن يصل إلى ذلك المنعطف، الذي كان يعرف أن سفحا صعبا يكمن وراءه. وانعطف بسيارته كما كان يفعل دائما وتسلق السفح محتفظا بالموقع الصحيح في الطريق الذي أخذ يضيق. وكانت أشجار السرو الثلاث التي تنحني قليلا فوق الشارع قد مدت أغصانا جديده، ورغب أن يتوقف لحظه كي يقرأ على جذوعها أسماء محفورة منذ زمن، ويكاد يتذكرها واحدا واحداً، ولكنه لم يفعل. وليس يدري كيف حدث الأمر، ولكنه بصورة ما تذكر حين مر قرب باب يعرفه، شخصا من بيت الخوري كان يسكن هناك، وكانت عائلته تمتلك بناية كبيرة جنوب طريق ستانتون، قرب شارع الملوك. وفي تلك البناية -يوم الفرار – تمترس المقاتلون العرب وقاتلوا حتى آخر رصاصة وربما آخر رجل. وقد مر قرب تلك البناية حين كان يندفع نحو الميناء بقوة تفوقه مقدرة، وتذكر الآن بالضبط أنه هناك، وهناك فقط، سقطت عليه الذاكرة كما لو أنه ضرب بحجر، وهناك بالضبط تذكر خلدون وانقبض قلبه يومها، قبل عشرين سنة، وما زال، والآن يزداد نبضه قوة حتى كاد أن يسمعه
وفجأة أطل المنزل، المنزل ذاته، ذلك الذي عاش فيه، ثم عيشه في ذاكرته طويلا، وها هو الآن يطل بمقدمة شرفاته المطلية باللون الأصفر.
ولوهلة خيل إليه أن صفيه، شابه وذات شعر مجدل طويل، ستطل عليه من هناك. كان حبلا جديدا للغسيل قد دق على وتدين خارج الشرفة، وتدلت منه قطع بيضاء وحمراء لغسيل جديد. وفجأة أخذت صفيه تبكي بصوت مسموع، أما هو فقد انحرف إلى اليمين، وترك عجلات سيارته تصعد الرصيف الواطئ. ثم أوقف السيارة في المكان الذي لها، كما كان يفعل -تماما- منذ عشرين سنة !
تردد”سعيد.س” هنيهة فقط وهو يطفئ محرك سيارته، ولكنه كان يعرف في أعماقه أنه لو ترك نفسه يتردد فترة أطول لانتهى الأمر، ولعاد فحرك سيارته عائدا أدراجه. وهكذا جعل الأمر، لنفسه ولزوجته، يبدو طبيعيا للغاية. كما لو أن العشرين سنة الماضية وضعت بين مكبسين جبارين وسحقت حتى صارت ورقه شفافة لا تكاد ترى. نزل من السيارة وصفق وراءه بابها، وأخذ يرفع حزامه وهو ينظر نحو الشرفة تاركا المفاتيح تخشخش في راحته دونما اكتراث.
ودارت زوجته حول السيارة ووقفت إلى جانبه، إلا أنها لم تكن بارعة مثله. أمسك بذراعها، وأخذ يقطع بها الشارع: الرصيف، البوابة الحديدية الخضراء، الدرج.
وبدآ يصعدان، دون أن يترك لنفسه أو لها فرصة النظر إلى الأشياء الصغيرة التي كان يعرف أنها ستخضه وتفقده اتزانه : الجرس، ولاقطة الباب النحاسية، وخربشات أقلام الرصاص على الحائط،وصندوق الكهرباء، والدرجة الرابعة المكسورة من وسطها، وحاجز السلم المقوس الناعم الذي تنزلق عليه الكف، وشبابيك المصاطب ذات الحديد المتصالب، والطابق الأول حيث كان يعيش محجوب السعدي، وحيث كان الباب يظل مواربا دائما، والأطفال يلعبون أمام الدار دائما، ويملأون الدرج صراخا، إلى الباب الخشبي المغلق، المدهون حديثا، والمغلق بإحكام.
وضع إصبعه على الدرج وهو يقول بصوت خافت لصفية :
-” غيروا الجرس”.
وسكت قليلا ثم تابع :
-” والاسم طبعا”.
واغتصب ابتسامة غبية، وشد يده فوق يدها وأحس بها باردة ترتجف، ووراء الباب سمعا صوت خطوات تجر نفسها ببطئ، وقال لنفسه :” شخص عجوز بلا شك”، وقرقع المزلاج بصوت مكتوم، وببطء انفتح الباب.
” ها هي ذي”، ليس يدري إن قال ذلك بصوت مسموع، أو قاله لنفسه كمن يتنفس الصعداء. ولكنه ظل واقفا مكانه لا يعرف ماذا يتوجب عليه أن يقول. ولام نفسه لكونه لم يحضر جملة يبدأ بها رغم أنه فكر طويلا في أن لحظة كهذه لا بد آتيه، وتكرك في مكانه ناظرا إلى صفية كمن يستنجد. فتقدمت أم خالد خطوة إلى الأمام وقالت :
-” هل نستطيع أن ندخل؟”.
ولم تفهم المرأة العجوز، السمينة بعض الشيء،والقصيرة، والتي كانت تلبس ثوبا أزرق منقطا بكريات بيضاء. فأخذ سعيد يترجم إلى الإنكليزية، وعندها انفرجت أسارير العجوز المتسائلة، ووسعت من الطريق حتى دخلا، ثم أخذت تسير أمامهما نحو غرفة الجلوس.
وتبعها سعيد وبجانبه صفية، وبخطوات مترددة بطيئة، وأخذا يميزان الأشياء بشيء من الدهشة. لقد بدا له المدخل أصغر قليلا مما تصوره وأكثر رطوبة واستطاع ان يرى أشياء كثيرة اعتبرها ذات يوم، وما يزال، أشياءه الحميمة الخاصة التي تصورها دائما ملكية غامضة مقدسة لم يستطع أي كان أن يتعرف عليها أو أن يلمسها أو أن يراها حقا. ثمة صورة للقدس يتذكرها جيدا وما تزال معلقة حيث كانت، حين كان يعيش هنا. وعلى الجدار المقابل سجادة شامية صغيرة كانت دائما هناك أيضا.
وأخذ يخطو ناظرا حواليه، مكتشفا الأمور شيئا فشيئا، أو دفعة واحدة، كمن يصحو من إغماء طويل. وحين صارا في غرفة الجلوس، استطاع أن يرى مقعدين من أصل خمسة مقاعد هما من الطقم الذي كان له. أما المقاعد الثلاثة الأخرى فقد كانت جديدة، وبدت هناك فظة وغير متسقة مع الأثاث. وفي الوسط كانت الطاولة المرصعة بالصدف هي نفسها، وإن كان لونها قد صار باهتا، وفوقها استبدلت المزهرية الزجاجية بأخرى مصنوعة من الخشب، وفيها تكومت أعواد من ريش الطاووس، كان يعرف أنها سبعة أعواد. وحاول أن يعدها وهو جالس مكانه إلا أنه لم يستطع، فقام واقترب من المزهرية وأخذ يعدها واحدة واحدة، كانت خمسة فقط.
وحين استدار عائدا إلى مكانه، رأى أن الستائر قد تغيرت،وأن تلك التي اشتغلتها صفية، قبل عشرين سنة، بالصنارة، من الخيوط السكرية اللون، قد اختفت من هناك، واستبدلت بستائر ذات خطوط زرقاء متطاولة.
ثم وقع بصره على صفية، فرآها محتارة، تنقب بعينيها في زوايا الغرفة وكأنها تعد الأشياء التي تفتقدها، وكانت المرأة السمينة العجوز تجلس أمامهما على ذراع أحد المقاعد، تنظر إليهما وهي تبتسم ابتسامة لا معنى لها، وأخيراً قالت دون أن تجعل تلك الابتسامة تفر:
-“منذ زمن طويل وأنا أتوقعكما”.
كانت لغتها الإنجليزية بطيئة، وذات لكنه أقرب إلى الألمانية، وتبدو، إذ تتلفظ بها، كما لو أنها تنتشل كلماتها من بئر غبار سحيقة الغور.
وانحنى سعيد إلى الأمام وسألها :
-“هل تعرفين من نحن ؟”.
– وهزت رأسها بالإيجاب عدة مرات لتزيد الأمر الأمر تأكيداً، وفكرت قليلاً كي تنتقي كلماتها، ثم قالت ببطء :
-” أنتما أصحاب هذا البيت، وأنا أعرف ذلك”.
-” كيف تعرفين ؟”.
جاء السؤال من سعيد وصفية في وقت واحد.
وزادت العجوز في ابتسامتها. ثم قالت :
-” من كل شيء. من الصور، من الطريقة التي وقفتما بها أمام الباب. والصحيح أنه منذ انتهت الحرب جاء الكثيرون إلى هنا وأخذوا ينظرون إلى البيوت ويدخلونها، وكنت أقول كل يوم أنكما ستأتيان لا شك.”
وفجاءة بدت محتارة، وأخذت تنظر حواليها، إلى الأشياء الموزعة في الغرفة وكأنها تراها لأول مرة، ودون أن يقصد أخذ سعيد ينظر إلى حيث تنظر، وينقل بصرة حيث تنقل بصرها، وفعلت” صفية” الشيء ذاته، وقال سعيد لنفسه :
” يا للغرابة ! ثلاثة أزواج من العيون تنظر إلى شيء واحد … ثم كم تراه مختلفا !”.
وسمع صوت العجوز، وقد صار الآن خافتا وأشد بطئا:
-” أنا آسفة، ولكن ذلك كان ما. لم أفكر قط بالأمر كما هو الآن”.
وابتسم سعيد بمرارة، ولم يعرف كيف يقول لها أنه لم يأت من أجل هذا، وأنه لن يشرع في نقاش سياسي، وأنه يعرف ان لا ذنب لها.
” لا ذنب لها ؟”
لا، ليس بالضبط ! كيف يشرح لها ذلك ؟

إلا أن صفية وفرت عليه همه، إذ سألت بصوت بدا بريئا بصورة مريبة، فيما أخذ هو يترجم :
-” من أين جئت؟”.
-” من بولونيا”.
-” متى ؟”.
-” في سنة 1948″.
-” متى بالضبط؟”.
-” أول آذار، 1948″.
وخيم صمت ثقيل، وأخذوا جميعا ينظرون إلى حيث لم يكن من المهم لهم أن ينظروا، وقطع سعيد الصمت قائلا بهدوء:
-” طبعا نحن لم نجيء لنقول لك أخرجي من هنا، ذلك يحتاج إلى حرب….”
وشدت” صفية” على يده، كي لا يمضي في الحديث فانتبه، وعاد يحاول الكلام مقتربا من الموضوع:
-” أقصد أن وجودك هنا، في هذا البيت، بيتنا نحن، بيتنا أنا وصفية، هو موضوع آخر، جئنا فقط ننظر إلى الأشياء، هذه الأشياء لنا، ربما كان بوسعك أن تفهمي ذلك”.
فقالت بسرعة :
-” أفهم، ولكن ….”
وفجأة فقد أعصابه :
-” نعم، ولكن !.. هذه ال” لكن” الرهيبة، المميتة، الدامية ….”
وسكت تحت وطأة نظرات زوجته، وشعر بأنه لن ينجح أبدا في الوصول إلى مقصده. ثمة ارتطام قدري لا يصدق، وغير قابل للتجاهل، وهذا الذي يجري هو مجرد حوار مستحيل.
وللحظة رغب في أن يقوم ويمضي، فلم يعد يهمه أيما شيء. ليكن خلدون ميتا، أو حيا، لا فرق، فحين تصل الأمور إلى هنا فليس ثمة ما يمكن أن يقال. وانتابه غضب مهيض ومر، وأحس أنه على وشك ان يتفجر من الداخل.
وليس يدري كيف سقط نظره على تلك الريشات الخمس من ذيل الطاووس التي كانت مزروعة في الإناء الخشبي وسط الغرفة، ورآها تتحرك بألوانها الفذة الرائعة، التي لا تصدق مع هبوب نسمة من الهواء دخلت من النافذة المفتوحة. وفجأة سئل بفظاظة وهو يشير إلى المزهرية :
-” كان هنا سبع ريشات، ماذا حدث للريشتين المفقودتين؟”.
ونظرت العجوز إلى حيث أشار، وعادت فنظرت إليه متسائلة، وكان ما يزال يمد ذراعه باتجاه المزهرية ويحدق فيها مطالبا بالجواب، وكان الكون كله يقف على رأس لسانها. نهضت من مكانها واقتربت نحو المزهرية وأمسكتها كما لو أنها تفعل ذلك لأول مرة، ثم قالت ببطء:
-” لست أدري أين ذهبت الريشتان اللتان تتحدث عنهما، ذلك شيء لا أستطيع أن أتذكره، ربما كان (دوف) قد لعب بهما وضيعهما بعد ذلك حين كان صغيرا”.
-” دوف؟؟”.
قالاها معا، سعيد وصفية، ووقفا وكأن الأرض قذفتهما إلى فوق، وأخذا متوترين، ينظران نحوها، فمضت تقول:
-” أجل دوف، ولست أدري ماذا كان اسمه، وإن كان يهمك الأمر، فهو يشبهك كثيرا….”

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الآن، بعد ساعتين من حديث متقطع، يمكن إعادة ترتيب الأمور من جديد : إذا ماذا حدث في تلك الأيام القليلة التي امتدت بين ليل الأربعاء، 21 نيسان 1948 حين غادر (سعيد س) حيفا على متن زورق بريطاني دفع إليه دفعاً مع زوجته، وقذفه بعد ساعة على شاطئ عكا الفضي، وبين يوم الخميس 29 نيسان 1948، حين فتح رجل من الهاغاناه، معه رجل عجوز له وجه يشبه الدجاجة، باب منزل (سعيد س) في الحليصة، ووسع الطريق أمام ( إفرات كوشن ) وزوجته، القادمين من بولونيا، ليدخلا إلى ما صار منذ ذلك اليوم منزلهما المستأجر من دائرة أملاك الغائبين في حيفا.
لقد وصل ( افرات كوشن ) إلى حيفا، برعاية الوكالة اليهودية، قادماً إليها مع زوجته من ميناء ( ميلانو ) الإيطالي في وقت مبكر من شهر آذار. كان قد غادر وارسو مع قافلة صغيرة في أوائل تشرين الثاني من عام 1947، وأسكن في منزل مؤقت يقع في ضواحي ذلك المرفأ الإيطالي الذي كان آنذاك يضج بحركة غير عادية، وفي أوائل آذار نقل بحراً مع عدد من الرجال والنساء إلى حيفا.
كانت أوراقه معدة تماماً، وحملته شاحنة صغيرة مع أشيائه القليلة عبر الميناء الصاخب، المليء بالجنود البريطانيين والعمال العرب والبضائع، عبر شوارع حيفا المتوترة، والتي كانت تدوي فيها طلقات نارية متقطعة بين الفينة والأخرى، إلى الهادار، حيث أسكن في غرفة صغيرة من بناء مزدحم بالسكان.
وتبين ل ( أفرات كوشن ) بعد فترة، أن جميع الغرف في البناء يشغلها مهاجرون جدد، ينتظرون هناك نقلهم إلى أمكنة أخرى فيما بعد، وليس يدري إن كانوا قد أطلقوا عليه اسم ( نزل المهاجرين) وهم يلتقون كل ليلة لتناول العشاء، أم أن ذلك الاسم كان معروفاً قبلهم، وأنهم استعملوه فقط.
وربما كان قد نظر عدة مرات، من شرفته إلى ( الحليصة )، إلا أنه لم يكن يعرف على الإطلاق، أو حتى يخمن، أنه سيجري إسكان هناك. وفي الواقع فإنه كان يعتقد أنه حينما تسوى الأمور فسينقل إلى بيت ريفي هادئ على سفح تله ما في الجليل : كان قد قرأ قصة ( لصوص في الليل ) لآرثر كوستلر حين كان في ميلان، أعاره إياها رجل قادم من بريطانيا ليشرف على عملية التهجير، وعاش فترة من الزمن في تلك التلال الجليلة التي جعلها ( كوستلر ) مسرحاً لروايته. وفي الحقيقة فإنه لم يكن ليعرف الكثير آنذاك عن فلسطين. وبالنسبة له كانت مجرد مسرح ملائم لأسطورة قديمة، ما يزال يحتفظ بنفس الديكور الذي كان يراه مرسوماً في الكتب الدينية المسيحية الملونة المخصصة لقراءة الأطفال في أوروبا. إلا أنه بالطبع لم يكن يصدق تماماً أن تلك الأرض كانت مجرد صحراء أعادت الوكالة اليهودية اكتشافها بعد ألفي سنة. ومع ذلك فلم يكن هذا هو أكثر ما كان يهمه آنذاك، وقد وضع في ذلك النزل،وكان هناك شيء اسمه الإنتظار، وقد اعتنقه هماً يومياً مثلما فعل بقية أولئك الذين كانوا معه.
وربما لأنه سمع أصوات الرصاص منذ أن خرج من ميناء حيفا في نهاية أول أسبوع من آذار 1948، فإنه لم يفكر كثيراً في أن شيئاً مرعباً كان يحدث آنذاك، وهو – على كل حال – لم يقابل شخصاً عربياً في حياته كلها، بل إنه صادف أول عربي في حيفا نفسها بعد إحتلالها بحوالي عام ونصف العام. وقد جعله ذلك الأمر يحتفظ طوال الأيام الحرجة بصورة فريدة وغامضة عما كان يجري حقاً. صورة أسطورية جاءت ملائمة تماماً لما كان يتصوره في وارسو وفي ميلان طوال 25 سنة من عمره، ولذلك كانت المعارك التي يسمع أصواتها ثم يقرأ أخبارها في”بالستاين بوست” كل صباح، إنما تجري بين بشر وبين أشباح، ليس إلا.
أين كان بالضبط يوم الأربعاء 21 نيسان 1948، في الوقت الذي كان” سعيد س.” ضائعاً بين” شارع اللنبي” و” حارة حلول” وكانت زوجته” صفية” تندفع من” الحليصة” نزولاً على حافة المركز التجاري باتجاه شارع ستانتون ؟.
لم يعد من الممكن الآن تذكر الأمر تماماً، بتفاصيله، ومع ذلك فإنه يذكر أن الهجوم الذي بدأ صباح الأربعاء ظل مستمراً حتى ليل الخميس، وصباح الجمعة فقط، 23 نيسان 1948، تأكد تماماً أن الأمر في حيفا قد انتهى، وأن الهاغانا سيطرت على الموقف كلياً. وهو لم يعرف بالضبط ماذا حدث على وجه الدقة : لقد بدا القصف من الهادار، وتكومت التفاصيل لديه من الراديو ومن أخبار القادمين بين الفينة والأخرى ممتزجة بصورة تستعصي على الاستيعاب. إلا أنه كان يعلم أن الهجوم الشامل الذي بدأ صباح الأربعاء قد انطلق من ثلاثة مراكز وأن الكولونيل” موشيه كارماتيل” كان يضع يده في تلك اللحظة على ثلاث كتائب يحركها من هادار هاكرمل ومن المركز التجاري، وأن واحدة من هذه الكتائب كان عليها أن تكتسح الحليصة، فالجسر، فوادي رشميا نحو المرفأ. في حين تضغط كتيبة أخرى من المركز التجاري لحصر الهاربين في ممر ضيق ينتهي إلى البحر. ولم يكن”ايفرات” يعرف على وجه التحديد مواقع هذه الأمكنة التي حفظ أسماءها من فرط التكرار. وقد كان ثمة ارتباط ما بين كلمة” ارغون” وكلمة” وادي النسناس”، مما جعله يفهم أن العصابة تلك كانت مكلفة بالهجوم هناك.
ولم يكن” أفرات كوشن” بحاجة إلى من يؤكد له أن الإنجليز مهتمون بتسليم حيفا للهاغاناه، فقد كان بوسعه معرفة أنهم كانوا وما زالوا يقومون بدوريات مشتركة، وقد رأى ذلك بنفسه مرتين أو ثلاث مرات. ولا يذكر الآن كيف حصل على معلوماته عن دور البريجادير ستوكويل، ألا أن ذلك بالنسبة له كان مؤكدا، وكان الهمس يدور في كل زاوية من” نزل المهاجرين” أن البريجادير ستوكويل إنما يرمى بثقله مع الهاغاناه، وأنه في الحقيقة كتم الخبر عن موعد انسحابه ولم يسر به إلا للهاغاناه. فأعطاهم بذلك عنصر المفاجأة في اللحظة المناسبة، وذلك في وقت كان يحسب فيه العرب أن تخلي الجيش البريطاني عن السلطة إنما سيتم في وقت لاحق.
وطل طوال يومي الأربعاء والخميس في ( النزل )، وكانوا كلهم قد تلقوا التعليمات بألا يغادروا المكان. ويوم الجمعة بدأ بعضهم يخرجون،إلا أنه لم يخرج من النزل حتى صباح السبت. وأدهشه للوهلة الأولى أنه لم يجد سيارة، لقد كان سبتا يهوديا حقيقيا. وابتعث ذلك شيئا من الدموع في عينيه لسبب لا يستطيع تفسيره. وحين رأته زوجته كذلك فوجئ بها تقول له – والدموع في عينيها-:
-” إنني أبكي لشيء آخر، إنه سبت حقيقي، ولكن لم يعد ثمة جمعه حقيقية هنا، ولا أحد حقيقي.”
ذلك كان مجرد البداية، فللمرة الأولى منذ جاء زوجته أمامه باختصار شيئا مقلقا لم يكن يحسب حسابه ولم يفكر فيه. وفجأة أخذت آثار الدمار، التي بدأ يلاحظها، شكلا جديدا ومعنى آخر، ولكنه رفض بينه وبين نفسه أن يجعل من ذلك مبعثا جادا للقلق، أو حتى للتفكير.
على أن الأمر لم يكن كذلك لميريام، زوجته، إذا أنها تغيرت تماما ذلك اليوم، وجاء التغير حين شهدت، وهي تدور قرب كنيسة بيت لحم في الهادار. شابان من الهاغانه يحملان شيئا ويضعانه قي شاحنه صغيره كانت واقفه هناك، واستطاعت في لحظة كانخطاف البصر أن ترى ما يحملانه، فأمسكت بذراع زوجها وصاحت وهي ترتجف:
-” أنظر!”
إلا أن زوجها حين نظر حيث كانت تشير، لم يرى شيئا، كان الشابان يمسحان كفيهما على طرفي قميصيهما الخاكيين، وقالت زوجته :
” كان طفلا عربيا ميتا، وقد رأيته مكسوا بالدم”.
وأخذها زوجها إلى الرصيف الآخر وسألها :
-” كيف عرفت أنه طفل عربي؟”
-” ألم تر كيف ألقوه في الشاحنة كأنه حطبه ؟ لو كان يهوديا لما فعلوا ذلك”.
وأراد أن يسألها لماذا، إلا أنه لحظ وجهها وصمت.
كانت” ميريام” قد فقدت والدها في” أوشفيتز” قبل ذلك بثماني سنوات. وقبل ذلك، حين دهموا المنزل الذي كانت تعيش فيه مع زوجها، ولم يكن عند ذاك فيه، التجأت إلى جيران كانوا يسكنون فوق منزلها. ولم يجد الجنود الألمان أحداً، الا انهم في طريق نزولهم على السلم صادفوا أخاها الصغير قادما إليها، كان عمره عشر سنوات، وقد جاء آنذاك ليخبرها -أغلب الظن – أن والها قد سيق إلى المعتقل وأنه الآن صار وحده. إلا أنه حين رأى الجنود الألمان استدار وأخذ يعدو هاربا. وقد استطاعت أن ترى ذلك عبر تلك الكوة الضيقة التي تتيحها المسافه الصغيرة المتروكة بين مجموعة السلالم ومن هناك شهدت كيف أطلق عليه الرصاص.
وحين عاد” إيفرات كوشن” مع ميريام إلى نزل المهاجرين كانت” ميريام” قد قررت العودة إلى إيطاليا. ولكنها لم تفلح طوال تلك الليلة، ولا في الأيام القليلة التي أعقبت ذلك اليوم، في إقناع زوجها بذلك، وكانت دائما تخسر النقاش بسرعة، ولا تستطيع إيجاد الكلمات التي تعبر عن رأيها، وتشرح حقيقة دوافعها.
ألا أن الأمور عادت فتغيرت بعد ذلك بأسبوع واحد، فقد عاد زوجها من زيارة لمكتب الوكالة اليهودية في حيفا بخبرين مفرحين: لقد أعطي بيتا في حيفا نفسها، وأعطي مع البيت طفلا عمره خمسة شهور!
مساء يوم الخميس، 22 نيسان 1948، سمعت” تورا زونشتاين” المرأة التي كانت تسكن مع ابنها الصغير بعد أن طلقها زوجها، في الطابق الثالث، بالضبط فوق بيت” سعيد.س”، صوت بكاء طفل واهن منطلق من الطابق الثاني.
ورغم أنها لم تصدق في بادئ الأمر ما ذهبت إليه أفكارها، الا أنها تحركت من مكانها بعد أن استطال البكاء الواهن، ونزلت إلى الطابق الثاني وأخذت تقرع الباب.
واخيرا اضطرت إلى تحطيم الباب، وكان الطفل في سريره منهكا تماما، فحملته إلى بيتها.
كانت تورا تحسب أن الأمور ستعود إلى ما كانت عليه بعد فترة وجيزة. إلا أن ذلك الحسبان ما لبث أن سقط بعد يومين اثنين، حين اكتشفت أن الأمر يختلف تماما عما كانت تحسب. ولم يكن من المعقول الاستمرار بالاحتفاظ بالصبي، فحملته إلى الوكالة اليهودية في حيفا وهي تتصور أن شيئا ما يمكن أن يقام به لحل تلك المشكلة.
وهكذا فقد كان من حظ” ايفرات كوشين” أن جاء بعد ذلك بفترة وجيزة إلى مكتب الوكالة اليهودية، وحين تبين المسؤولون هناك من أوراقه انه لم ينجب أولادا، عرضوا عليه بيتا في حيفا نفسها، كامتياز خاص، إن هو قبل بتبني الطفل.

ولم يكن هذا العرض الا مفاجئة مدهشة لايفرات، الذي كان يتحرق لتبني طفل بعد أن تأكد كليا من أن ميريام غير قادرة على الإنجاب. بل أنه مضى إلى حد اعتبار الأمر كله بمثابة هبة إلهية لا تكاد تصدق تأتي بخيراتها دفعه واحدة. إذ لا شك أن طفلا يعطى لميريام سيجعلها تتغير تماما، وتكف عن ذلك الشيء الغريب الذي بات ينتاب أفكارها منذ رأت ذلك الطفل العربي القتيل يلقى في شاحنة الموت كقطعة خشب رخيصة.
وكان ذلك اليوم يوم خميس، الثلاثين من نيسان 1948، عندما دخل أفرات كوشين وزوجته ميريام برفقة موظف من الوكالة اليهودية له وجه يشبه الدجاجة، ويحمل طفلا عمره خمسة شهور، إلى بيت سعيد س. في الحليصة.
أما سعيد س. وصفية فقد كانا في ذلك اليوم بالضبط يبكيان معا، بعد أن عاد سعيد للمرة الثالثة فاشلا، عاجزا عن الدخول إلى حيفا، لينام بعد قليل مرهقا ممزقا شبه غائب عن الوعي من فرط التعب، في الغرفة التي كانت صفا سادسا بمدرسة المعارف الثانوية، مقابل جدار السور الذي يحمي سجن عكا الشهير، على شاطئ البحر الغربي.
ولم يتناول سعيد س. قهوة ميريام، واكتفت صفية برشفة واحدة، تناولت معها قطعة من البسكوت المعلب كانت ميريام قد وضعته، دون أن تكف عن الابتسام، أمامهما.
وظل سعيد س. ينظر حواليه وقد تضاعفت حيرته بعد أن أستمع إلى قصة ميريام نتفة وراء الأخرى، طوال زمن بدا له طويلا، ولفترة ما ظلا، صفية وهو، جالسين على مقعديهما كأنما سمرا هناك، ينتظران شيئا مجهولا لا قدرة لهما على تصوره.
ومضت ميريام تذهب وتجيء. وحين كانت تغيب وراء الباب كانا يوصلان الاستماع إلى خطواتها البطيئة تجر نفسها جرا على البلاط، بل كان بوسع صفية حين تغمض عينيها قليلا أن تتصور بالضبط كيف كانت ميريام تعبر الممر المؤدي إلى المطبخ، وعن يمينها كانت غرفة النوم، ومرة واحدة فقط سمعت اصطفاق الباب، فنظرت نحو زوجها وقالت له بمرارة : -” كأنها تتصرف في بيتها ! تتصرف وكأنه بيتها !”
وابتسما بصمت، وعاد يشد راحتيه على بعضهما بين ركبتيه دون أن يستطيع التوصل إلى قرار، وأخيرا جاءت ميريام، فسألها :
-” ومتى سيحضر ؟”
-” وقت أوبته الآن، ولكنه قد يتأخر قليلا. لم يلتزم طوال عمره بموعد لعودته إلى البيت، إنه مثل أبيه تماما …. كان …”
وصمتت وهي تعض قليلا على شفتيها وتنظر نحو سعيد الذي أحس ببدنه يرتجف للحظة وكأن تيارا كهربائيا مسه.”مثل أبيه !” وفجاءة سأل نفسه :” ما هي الأبوة ؟” وكان مثل من فتح مصراعي شباك إعصار غير متوقع. فأخذ رأسه بين راحتيه وحاول أن يوقف ذلك الدوران المجنون للسؤال الذي كان كامنا في مكان ما من عقله طوال عشرين سنة، دون أن يجرؤ على مواجهته، أما صفية فقد أخذت تربت على كتفه، لقد فهمت بصورة غريبة >لك الارتطام الذي لا يصدق، والذي يمكن للكلمات أحيانا أن تفعله على حين فجأة، ثم قالت:
-” أنظر من الذي يتحدث ! إنها تقول (مثل أبيه)! وكأن لخلدون أبا غيرك !”.
ألا أن ميريام تقدمت الى الأمام، ووقفت معدة نفسها لتقول شيئا صعبا. ثم ببطء أخذت تنتزع تلك الكلمات التي تبدو وكأن يدا ما تنتشلها من أعماق بئر محشو بالغبار :
-” إسمع يا سيد سعيد. أريد أن أقول لك شيئا مهما ولذلك أردتك أن تنتظر دوف، أو خلدون إن شئت، كي تتحدثا. وكي ينتهي الأمر كما تريد له الطبيعة أن ينتهي، أتعتقد أن الأمر لم يكن مشكلة لي كما كان مشكلة لك ؟ طوال السنوات العشرين الماضية وأنا محتارة، والآن دعنا ننتهي من كل شيء. أنا أعرف أبوه، وأعرف أيضا أنه ابننا، ومع ذلك لندعه يقرر بنفسه، لندعه يختار. لقد أصبح شابا راشدا، وعلينا نحن الإثنين أن نعترف بأنه هو وحده صاحب الحق في أن يختار… أتوافق؟”.
وقام سعيد عن مقعده واخذ يدور في انحاء الغرفة ثم وقف امام الطاولة المنقوشة بالصدف وسط الغرفة واخذ، مرة أخرى، يعد ر

May 3rd, 2013, 9:00 pm



Humanity should be ashamed of assad and his loyalists This child was killed exactly as the rapid hyena has promised and asked for on this blog. Her blood is on its hand and it should be held accountable for its words. This insolent hyena just threatened Syrians with more mass-murders by heavy weapons.

The savages don’t need heavy weapons. They have hate and cheerleaders like the rabid hyenas who keep showing up here to cheer for the hoards of assa sectarian savages, in the protection of anonymity and freedom, denied of course to their victims.

I will spare the rabid hyena non of the fruits of its handy work in cheer leading sectarian murders.

May 3rd, 2013, 9:09 pm


Akbar Palace said:

To Jaffa and Palestine, We shall return! Never forgive, Never forget


I understand. The Jewish people never forgot Their homeland as well.

It was a shame that the ’47 partition was rejected. Another in a long line of non-Palestinians making the important decisions for the Palestinians.

May 3rd, 2013, 9:12 pm



The Jalloul children Also the victims of “heavy weapons” “asma lover” rabid-hyena.

Tara, i hope there is heaven, but I hope more there is hell for the hoards of assad savage sectarians who murdered these kids and for their cheer-leading hyenas.

May 3rd, 2013, 9:20 pm


dawoud said:

Free Syria, Free Palestine!

May 3rd, 2013, 9:21 pm


dawoud said:

According to CNN, , 15 or 16 Israeli planes violated Hizbistan’s (Lebanon’s) airspace and hit Syrian targets inside Syria (without flying in Syrian airspace).

Now, what would paper tigers Hasan Nasra$s and Bashar do? Would they retaliate and defend their territories. Of course not, they are only real “tigers” when they kill innocent Syrian children in Der’ah, Homs, and Banyas!

May 3rd, 2013, 9:29 pm


Hopeful said:

#39 Rev

Your behavior on this forum proves beyond any doubt how suppressive and fascist the regime is. You have called me a terrorist, a traitor and un-Syrian just because I dared to criticize your beloved Assad. Your claim that the regime is only killing “terrorists” carries no credibility whatsoever because you clearly believe that anyone who does not love Assad is a terrorist and deserves to die.

Germany rid itself of Nazism, Italy rid itself of Fascism, Russia rid itself of Stalinism, and Syria will rid itself of Assadism.

May 3rd, 2013, 10:03 pm


revenire said:

Anyone carrying a gun against the government is a terrorist and will be dealt with.

The army is on a tear. Better get out of the way.

May 3rd, 2013, 10:31 pm


zoo said:

Obama Seen Unlikely to Sharply Escalate Intervention in Syria

WASHINGTON, May 4 2013 (IPS) – Despite renewed pressure by hawks in Congress and the media, U.S. President Barack Obama appears determined to avoid sharply escalating U.S. involvement in the ongoing civil war in Syria.

While administration officials insist that all options for responding to the recent alleged use by the Syrian military of chemical weapons against anti-government strongholds remain on the table, insiders suggest that the likeliest choice will be, at most, to begin supplying selected groups of rebels with “lethal” defensive weapons, albeit nothing like the surface-to-air missiles and anti-tank rockets they have been calling for.

May 3rd, 2013, 10:33 pm


MarigoldRan said:

The retard actually captures the regime mindset perfectly. He should shout more slogans mindlessly, but otherwise he’s got the correct attitude to be a Assadist.

May 3rd, 2013, 10:36 pm


revenire said:

Every weapon the US sends will be destroyed or captured for the NDF.


May 3rd, 2013, 10:37 pm


revenire said:

“The Syrian regime is the one that decides who is violating its sovereignty and who isn’t and it is free to decide whether Hezbollah is helping it or not.” – Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin

May 3rd, 2013, 10:38 pm


revenire said:

Sources: U.S. believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria

(CNN) — The United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, two U.S. officials tell CNN.

May 3rd, 2013, 10:40 pm


zoo said:

To stop the cycle of violence and revenge, there is only one solution: Negotiations for a ceasefire and dialog.
The ball in in the opposition’s camp.

Moscow ‘ready for talks’ with Syrian rebel forces: Russian foreign minister

Russia is open to dialogue with the Free Syrian Army representatives, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said May 3. “We are ready for talks with all of the Syrian opposition,” Lavrov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

The commander of the rebel forces, Supreme Military Council leader General Salim Idris, had recently said he was willing to discuss the resolution of the Syrian conflict with Russian officials.

While noting that he had not heard any statement from Idris, Lavrov however added that “armed non-state players are against international laws.”

May 3rd, 2013, 10:40 pm



New born children carrying arms!.

Insolence and impudence continue from the rabid hyenas and the sectarian cheer leaders.

We are asked by one of hizbullah representative (agents) here to trust Russia, the mafia state that has supported the ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, and is now supporting ethnic murderers in Syria and shielding the worst war criminal in recent memory from international law, to interpret international law. How arrogant and double face can it get?

لكل داء دواء يستطب به .. الا الحماقة اعيت من يداويها

May 3rd, 2013, 10:45 pm


Dawoud said:


Dummy! Why are you posting something I had already posted. See my comment # 56. Dummy! All pro-Dictator commentators are dummies, and that’s why they support the war criminal S.O.B. 🙂

Now, what would paper tigers Hasan Nasra$s and Bashar do? Would they retaliate and defend their territories. Of course not, they are only real “tigers” when they kill innocent Syrian children in Der’ah, Homs, and Banyas!

May 3rd, 2013, 10:48 pm


zoo said:

Israel conducts airstrikes in Syria

Published: May 3, 2013 at 9:58 PM

LONDON, Syria, May 3 (UPI) — On a day Syrian forces were accused of massacring civilians, U.S. officials said Israeli war planes conducted airstrikes inside Syria Friday.

The unnamed U.S. officials told NBC News the Israeli attacks were believed to have targeted delivery systems for chemical weapons headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon.

An Israeli spokesman in Washington declined to comment on the specifics of the airstrikes. However, he said, “Israel is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, especially to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

White House officials deferred to the Israelis regarding comment on the attacks.

Read more:

May 3rd, 2013, 10:57 pm


revenire said:

David I don’t read your comments.

May 3rd, 2013, 11:00 pm


Dawoud said:

لكل داء دواء يستطب به .. الا الحماقة اعيت من يداويها

Well said! كل حديقه حيوانات ممتلئه بالحماقه

Free Syria, Free Palestine, Bahrain is Arab Forever!

May 3rd, 2013, 11:02 pm


Dawoud said:


I guess you do, and that’s why you are responding to my comment, Dummy 🙂 I felt bad calling you “dummy” until I read your response to my comment telling me that you don’t read my comments 🙂 Don’t you get your stupidity, dummy!

May 3rd, 2013, 11:04 pm


zoo said:


Ok, we believe you when you said that you read and speak arabic. Yet this is not a reason to post a whole novel.
A link is more than enough, unless you wrote the piece.

May 3rd, 2013, 11:05 pm


Dawoud said:

71. ZOO

It’s not the whole chapter. I accidentally posted chapter one. I wish SC moderator would make it shorter. Thanks.

May 3rd, 2013, 11:08 pm


ann said:

EU Predicts Eurozone Recession to Continue in 2013 – May 03, 2013

BRUSSELS — Europe will take longer to recover from its economic crisis as it tackles a worse-than-expected recession in the eurozone and unemployment at record levels, the European Union warned Friday.

The grim outlook even forced EU Commissioner Olli Rehn to raise the specter that France, the bloc’s second biggest economy, may be given two extra years to bring its deficit within the target 3 percent of gross domestic product needed for a sustainable future.

Against such a depressing background, Rehn chided France for the “persistent deterioration of French competitiveness” and called for “substantial structural reforms in the labor market.”

Unemployment across the eurozone is expected to hit an average of 12.2 percent this year, up from 11.4 percent in 2012. In both Greece and Spain it is expected to peak at 27 percent.

There are currently 19.2 million people out of work in the eurozone, leaving EU leaders with an uphill battle to turn the economy around.

But overall, the news remained bleak as the report said that “the recovery of economic activity is expected to be too slow to reduce joblessness.”


May 3rd, 2013, 11:13 pm


Dawoud said:

TARA, MajK, anti-Dictator Commentators:

I am traveling tomorrow on a 2-week trip to attend my final college degree commencement, the last educational experience in my lifetime (unless I choose to write another dissertation on the stupidity/inhumanity of SC pro-Dictator/Hizbistan commentators)! No more comments from me here for 2 Weeks! Please keep spreading words of wisdom and truthfulness during my trip! Don’t let the unofficial employees (commentators) of Hizbistan’s al-Manar TV and Bashar’s Ministry of Misinformation spread their lies!

Free Syria, Free Palestine! Bahrain is Arab Forever! Egypt, not Iran, is Middle East’s leader!

May 3rd, 2013, 11:34 pm


ziad said:

FSA killed Turkish policeman – Local people reaction

May 3rd, 2013, 11:40 pm


ann said:

Is The American Airforce Flying Missions Inside Syria in `israeli marked fighter jets?!

Lindsey Graham: ‘Israel bombed Syria tonight’ – 5/3/13

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told a crowd here Friday night that Israel has bombed Syria.

Graham, a Republican who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, was addressing the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual Silver Elephant fund raising dinner. He mentioned the purported attack in passing, amid a longer discourse on U.S. national security policy.

Graham’s remarks on Syria came after CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reported on Twitter: “US and western intel agencies looking at new info showing Israel conducted airstrikes against Syria target.”


May 4th, 2013, 12:00 am


Observer said:

So where are those wonderful Russian made AA missiles and weapons that are supposed to reach Cyprus?Every month now we have an Israeli raid into Syrian territory without any shots fired.

Here is a nice article for JL to read and to ponder. And for Mr. Lund as well.

OK now we have another news item
Atwan thinks that war is coming. I do not know how much into the conspiracy theory he has lived in to the point that he sees any divorce in the Arab world or any domestic dispute or any fight amongst building dwellers as a CIA plot or not.

I am not sure if his analysis is correct or not.

In the meantime, I thought that bringing the issue of JL on NPR as to his unique insight into the Alawi perspective is quite appropriate. He is even more qualified in this area than many of us are as he has a window into the mind of a community.

It is subjective of course but then again he is a political science professor and therefore even more qualified to look into subjective side of things and make sure it is put in perspective.

What bothers me is that he is correct in saying that we should not intervene in Syria and my position on this is outlined below. What he fails to mention is that Russia and Iran are interfering fully on the regime side and that is being done against US interests not in favor of Syrian people’s interests.

I believe the President has no right to declare war it is congress that does.
I think we should not intervene in Syria at all, except in two major cases the first is for our strategic interests and second for humanitarian reasons. But then only with a full regional and international coalition.

I think that we have no strategic interests in Syria worth any troop presence. I think that we should allow the Russians and Iranians to send arms and allow KSA and Qatar to do so if they so wish. It will come back to haunt them all in short or long term order.

The region is inherently unstable. It is divided artificially, It has no nation states.

Our position is to support freedom and democracy but not at the point of a gun and not with drones and bombs.

Now if the situation is to change where our interests are threatened then I would adopt the Powell doctrine. Go in and go in massively and have an immediate exit strategy.

We should remember that swallowing any ME country is easy but digesting it is impossible.

Again I ask JL would you still be in favor of non intervention if the current massacre in Baida were to happen on a massive and repeated scale? Would you remain in favor of non intervention were the massacres to happen in reverse?

Last but not least, I think the calling of more massacres by some pro regime trolls should be considered as a clear collusion and guilt by association as Syrian Hamster rightly points out.

I do not know which side in the Balkan civil war used this terrible weapon of a two pronged fork to blind people, but this is what civil wars and calls for massacres end up doing as the other is demonized beyond humanity.

No one faulted Vietnam for intervening in Cambodia to stop the Killing Fields genocide and so no one will fault the US in intervening when the same happens in Syria.

This is no longer a state it is a mafia led sectarian militia.

Syrian Hamster for President.

May 4th, 2013, 12:18 am


ann said:

Cameron ‘letting down a generation’ as youth unemployment goes through roof – 2 May 2013

Youth unemployment has jumped by nearly 50,000 in the three years since the Coalition came to power, Labour said.

The number of 18 to 24-year-olds out of work for more than a year has jumped from 25,800 in April 2010 to around 73,500 now, the Opposition said.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said: ‘Youth unemployment has gone through the roof under this Government, and ministers have failed to produce an alternative to Labour’s successful Future Jobs Fund.

‘David Cameron is letting down a generation of young people who have been out of work for more than a year and struggle to find work.


May 4th, 2013, 12:32 am


revenire said:

Observer I wil give you one thing: you are very pompous.

May 4th, 2013, 12:44 am


ann said:

At UN on Qatar Draft, Syria Note Verbale Slams Operative Paragraph 25, Welcoming Rebels

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 3 — On April 30, Inner City Press published the Fourth Revision of the Qatari draft General Assembly resolution on Syria, as an exclusive, here.

Since then, Qatar and other sponsors have held a meeting at the French Mission to the UN, Inner City Press has learned, trying to decide whether to do a Fifth Revision or simply go to the vote on what they have.

The reported indecision of envoy Lakhdar Brahimi about whether to quit or not, or to quit now or at the end of May, adds to the uncertainty.

Now, Syria’s Mission to the UN has circulated a “Note Verbale” to all UN members, arguing why they should vote “no” on the draft resolution, if and when it is introduced in the General Assembly.

The Note Verbale, which Inner City Press immediately put online here as an update to its Rev 4 story (and is sure to appear elsewhere soon), takes specific issue with Operative Paragraph 25 which welcomes the “National Coalition.”

Syria disputes this, and the decision from which Algeria and Iraq have taken reservations, and Lebanon disassociated itself.

Brahimi’s testimony and other studies, of foreign jihadis in Syria, are cited. The Note concludes, in bold, that even as revised the draft is a step toward contesting who should hold Syria’s seat at the UN. Countries are asking themselves, what precedent would that set?


May 4th, 2013, 12:48 am


Visitor said:

What was the target?

Was it destroyed?

Israel says it knows nothing.

Jaafari says he doesn’t know a thing.

I would say Bashar doesn’t know a thing either.

I would say Hassan NasrAlShaytan knows nothing either.

I would say no one knows a thing.

May 4th, 2013, 12:51 am


ann said:

Syria’s Mission to the UN “Note Verbale” to all UN members – May 2, 2013

May 4th, 2013, 12:53 am


ziad said:

Killing Civilians Is a More Popular Than You’d Think–Especially Among Pundits

As the Gallup poll shows, of all religious groups surveyed–including nonbelievers–Muslims are the least likely to say it’s OK to kill civilians:

May 4th, 2013, 1:16 am


Ameera said:

كل الناس عم تئول انو اليهود ضربو المطار واخي عم يئول انو ضربوا طيارة سورية طالعة على بيروت و محملة عجايب غرايب
الهي يبعتلن داء النئرزان

طب معئولة والله شي بحط الأعل بالراس

May 4th, 2013, 1:25 am


Ghufran said:

Phillip Weiss:

I find this fascinating. For if Landis’s marriage is fair game– and I think it is– then so are the social and ideological adhesions of neoconservatives. Are they Zionists? Do they have family living in Israel? Why did neoconservatives Richard Perle and David Wurmser– who is married to an Israeli-American– write “A Clean Break” for Netanyahu in 1996, calling for regime change in Iraq? Given these connections to a rightwing foreign regime, should these men have served in George Bush’s foreign-policy braintrust? Did not Elliott Abrams and Paul Wolfowitz, who also were part of that brain trust, have family living in Israel?
What about liberal Aaron David Miller, who tells us in his book that concern for Israel was part of his “ethnic DNA.” Should he have been a peace processor? What about Chuck Schumer, who says his name means guardian in Hebrew and he is a guardian of Israel?
Do we ever hear mainstream media buttonholing these people about their connections to Israel or asking, sincerely, Can you help us understand Zionism in Jewish life? No.
Americans have a right to know about these things. From the very beginnings of political Zionism, when Herzl approached French and English Jews and had the door slammed in his face, Jews expressed the fear that Zionism would cast a question on their patriotism. Eric Alterman has said that to be a Zionist is to be dual loyal:  
I was raised dually loyal my whole life. When I went to Hebrew school, the content of my Hebrew school was all about supporting Israel. When my parents who I think are here tonight sent me to Israel when I was 14, on a ZOA [Zionist Organization of America]-sponsored trip… it was drummed into me that I should do what’s best for Israel.
Dual loyalty doesn’t mean disqualification. As Louis Brandeis established, such affinities are just part of the American salad. Fine. We are worldly people. We all have adhesions– some of which go across borders. But as Melissa Block believes, it is sometimes fair to discuss those adhesions. Too bad that principle is only honored when it comes to an opponent of neoconservatism.

May 4th, 2013, 1:28 am


Ameera said:

يؤبرني شو مهضوم محمد عساف – ياريت فيي خبيها

May 4th, 2013, 1:35 am


ann said:

Real US Jobless Rate Still Above 10% In Most States – 1 May 2013

Two months from now, revised government estimates are likely to show that the economy is even bigger than the currently stated $15 trillion.

And while the numbers may make some blink or gasp, the mere size of gross domestic product won’t hide the reality that in terms of actual growth, this is also the worst economy in 83 years.

GDP growth is in the midst of its longest sub-3 percent annual growth rate since 1929, the beginning of the Great Depression, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

Nowhere is that more apparent than in employment.

Though employment has risen by 1.3 million over the past year, unemployment that counts the discouraged and underemployed, as well as the jobless (often called the real unemployment rate) has remained stubbornly high, at 13.8 percent of the workforce, according to the most recent count.


May 4th, 2013, 1:43 am


Visitor said:

So, if it was a plane or the airport itself, then there must have been a transport operation in progress.

Far more important than outdated and ineffective air defense systems, not to mention the usual typical Assadistan rabit-like behaviour, how did the Israelis know about the operation and the timing?

Obviously, there are mole(s) either in Assadistan, or in Hizbistan or in both.

May 4th, 2013, 1:59 am


Ameera said:

ئال كيف عرفو اليهود اسمعو علا هالسمعة لك حبيبي بسوريا كل شي بالعملة بيصير حتى المحكوم اعدام بيئمو من حبل المشنئة و بعدين لا تنسى ولادين الحرام يلي بخونو يلي باعو الدنيا والاخرة

May 4th, 2013, 2:06 am


Visitor said:


انكشفت على حئيئتك

انتا عميل اسدي خاين للشعب السوري

ومو شامي كمان

يمكن من هالزبالي اللي نزلت من الجبل

انتبه نحنا هون بسيريا كومنت منئرا الممحي

كمان يعني في ريحة فرع ٢٢٥

May 4th, 2013, 2:19 am


Ameera said:

اوعى يطئلك عرء لك ابي شو عامل مفتش كادجيت ومالنا عرفانين ولا شكلك بتعطي لاحة اكتر على كونان لك روح تضرب بالهكسم ويئطع عمرك شو غليظ وصحيح انك من ولاد آدو

ئال كبرتي يا بيتينجانه و دندلت جراسك و انسيتي الطنجرة يلي حملتيها على راسك

May 4th, 2013, 2:30 am



حسب المتصفح يلي بتستخدميه ؟

لأنو في شي أسمو
ممكن ىخليكي تقدري تعملي تحميل لليوتوب

May 4th, 2013, 5:01 am



This is too polite.

Salam Kawakibi
بـين القتل والمقاومة ـ جريدة الشروق المصرية
سلام الكواكبي

فى عام 2006، إثر العدوان الإسرائيلى على لبنان وتحديدا فى جنوبه، ونتيجة للقصف المدمّر الذى تعرضت له مدن وقرى عدة، لجأ الآلاف من سكان المناطق اللبنانية الأكثر استهدافا إلى سوريا. وتركز اللجوء فى المنطقة الوسطى التى عاصمتها مدنية حمص وتعدى مركزها ليشمل ريفها القريب والبعيد، وخصوصا منطقة القصير.

كانت الغالبية العظمى من العائلات المهاجرة تختلف مذهبيا عن سكان مناطق اللجوء، ولم يكن لهذا الاختلاف أى تأثير على الاستضافة وفتح الأذرع والأبواب أمامهم، ومقاسمتهم غلال العائلات الفقيرة التى لم تطلها إصلاحات وتطويرات النظام الحاكم فى دمشق، كما لم تطل أيا من السوريين على مختلف مذاهبهم وفى مختلف مناطقهم، إلا من دان بالولاء للسلطة وتشبث بذيولها المتعددة.


فى عام 2013، تتعرض مدينة القصير وعموم محافظة حمص، التى جرى تدمير عدد كبير من إحيائها منذ بداية الثورة السورية، إلى هجوم شرس ومدمر من قوى محلية وإقليمية. فإلى جانب القصف اليومى والاقتحامات المتكررة من قبل السلطات السورية، انضمت قوى حزب الله إلى آلة القتل مستغلة قرب الحدود اللبنانية وتداخل بعض القرى بين سوريا ولبنان.

ويبدو أن شباب «المقاومة الإسلامية اللبنانية» الذين يشاركون اليوم، وبناء على تأكيد قائدهم حسن نصر الله، فى المقتلة السورية، قد أضاعوا البوصلة التى من المفترض أن ترشدهم إلى الحدود مع العدو الإسرائيلى وتترفّع بهم عن قتل الشقيق السورى. وهم لا يدرون ربما ما حمله التاريخ القريب من إيواء واستقبال ومشاركة فى الألم والحلم بين أهالى هذه المنطقة وأهاليهم. ولربما ذبح بعض «أبطالهم» شابا لعبوا معه فى باحة الدار التى آوتهم فى محنتهم سنة 2006. لربما أيضا قصفوا مستوصفا عالجهم أو مدرسة تحولت إلى مركز استقبال من ضمن الحملات الإنسانية الخيرية التى جابت سوريا حينذاك بجميع مناطقها لنصرة اللاجئين اللبنانيين من دون أى دعم من السلطة التى يقومون اليوم بالقتل من أجلها.


ويتأكد اليوم أيضا كذب الأبواق الإعلامية التى ما فتئت تنفى انغماس الحزب الإلهى فى الدم السورى رغم كل الدلائل حول هذا التورط غير المشرّف لمن ادعوا يوما الدفاع عن الحق اللبنانى والفلسطينى. وربما سيرفع عديد من «المفكرين»، الذين تحالفوا فى زواج مصلحة غير مكتمل مع قتلة، المرآة من منازلهم كى لا ينظروا من خلالها إلى القباحة المتجسّدة.

فمنذ أيام، انبرى أحدهم، وهو من «مفكرى» الحزب الإلهى، ليرد على نداء وجهه بهدوء وانفتاح رئيس الائتلاف السورى السابق معاذ الخطيب لحسن نصر الله. وقد نفى هذا «الباحث» بكل حدة ما يرد عن التورط المعيب إنسانيا ووطنيا. ووصل به الأمر أن مزج خطابه بشىء من السخرية إزاء النداء الوجدانى للخطيب والذى دعا فيه إلى الحفاظ على أرواح السوريين واللبنانيين ودرء الفتنة التى يسعى إليها أعداء الشعبين.


فى الماضى القريب، أراد الكثيرون أن ينسوا أو يتناسوا «احتلال» حزب الله لساحة المقاومة فى ثمانينيات القرن المنصرم وإبعاد كل القوى الوطنية واليسارية عن مواجهة العدو الإسرائيلى. وأغمض الكثيرون عيونهم عن اغتيالات بالجملة قام بها الحزب تجاه قامات فكرية وطنية. وسامح الكثيرون سياسة الحزب الاستئصالية والتدميرية إزاء جزء لا بأس به من المجتمع اللبنانى. وتضامن الكثيرون مع «مقاومة» الحزب للاحتلال الاسرائيلى، وفرحوا بانتصاره سنة 2000 منتظرين منه أن ينتقل إلى تمثيل التطلعات السياسية والاقتصادية لفئة لبنانية أساسية عانت كثيرا من الحرمان خلال عقود. وسامح الكثيرون احتلال الحزب لشوارع بيروت واستعراضاته العسكرية والترهيبية سنة 2008 معلنا تحويل البندقية من الحدود إلى الداخل. وبرر الكثيرون للحزب تبعيته لملالى إيران على اعتبارها استراتيجية سياسية تستند إلى توافق عقائدى يفيد بالمطلق مصلحة القضية الكبرى. ولكن الوهم اتضح بجلاء اليوم.

لقد تبين الآن أن هذه المجموعة المسلحة التابعة، ابتعدت، إن افترضنا بأنها كانت قريبة، عن «المقاومة» وانخرطت فى حرب ضد السوريين الذين كانوا يوما من أهم داعميها بالقول وبالفعل.

ستخرج الكثير من التحليلات حول إعلان نصر الله، وسيترجمها الطائفيون من كل جانب استنادا إلى رؤى ضيقة. وستمتزج الشتائم بالتبريرات المهترئة اخلاقيا. وسيستغل المتطرفون الأمر ليفصحوا عن نظرتهم للثورة. وسيسجل الموت فى الروح وفى الأخلاق نقاطا على حساب دماء المدنيين. ولكن التاريخ لن ينسى المقاوم الذى تحوّل إلى قاتل.

May 4th, 2013, 5:22 am



The stuff JL and sidekicks don’t read

السبت, آيار (مايو) 4, 2013
إسلام أبو شكير كاتب وقاص

أنا.. أو الأسوأ..

المعادلة واضحة، وطرفاها محددان تماماً. وهي ليست جديدة في الواقع، فالتاريخ حافل بأمثلة ناصعة على تطبيقها. الجديد هنا لا يكمن فيها هي بالذات، بل في كونها شعاراً معلناً في صراعٍ مدمر.

الكثير من الطغاة الذين سجل التاريخ أسماءهم خاضوا حروبهم على وقع هذا المبدأ: أنا أو الأسوأ .. لكن لم يحدث أبداً أن طرح الأمر عارياً ووقحاً على نحو ما يحدث اليوم في بلدان متجذرة في الحضارة، مهووسة بثقافة السلام ..

كثر هم الطغاة الذين دمروا بلدانهم ليثبتوا للشعوب أن خياراتها كانت خاطئة، لكنهم جميعاً كانوا يتسترون على ذلك، ويتعاملون معه على أنه سر مدنس لا يجوز البوح به. سر يمكن للطاغية أن يفكر به في غرفة نومه فقط، أو هو يجلس على الشرفة وحيداً يدخن سيجاره، أو وهو يمشي في حديقة قصره مقترحاً على نفسه حلولاً ممكنة للخلاص .. يحدث هذا على نحو خاص جداً، وبصمت، وبعيداً عن الأضواء .. وقد يرسم الطاغية سيناريوهات معينة لتنفيذه، وقد ينجح في التنفيذ، ويترك البلد حطاماً، ويهرب إلى منفاه البعيد، مستمتعاً بآهات البشر، وصرخاتهم، وتحسر البعض منهم على أيامه التي وإن كانت سوداء، لكنها أفضل بكثير مما يحدث حاضراً ..

يرضي ذلك غرور الطاغية، ويعزز إحساسه بأهمية وجوده، وضرورته .. وقد يغذي أوهاماً لديه بإمكانية أن يزوره ضحاياه قريباً، مستغفرين، معتذرين، مطالبين إياه بالعودة لإنقاذهم بجحيمه الصغير من الجحيم الكبير الذي وجدوا أنفسهم فيه ..

أمر تكرر كثيراً عبر التاريخ، قديماً، وحديثاً ..

ما لم يحدث هو أن يجاهر الطاغية بعاره .. أن يطلق صوته عالياً، وعلى مسمع ومرأى من الجميع: (أنا أو الأسوأ).. (أنا إلى الأبد، أو أحرق البلد) ..

شعار يردده بوقاحة لا نظير لها عبر إعلامه الرسمي، وغير الرسمي، وعبر ألسنة القطيع الذي امتلكه من الذئاب والضباع ومصاصي الدماء، وهو يقودهم نحو المحرقة .. يردده كما هو، دون تزويق أو تحريف .. بكلماته ذاتها، العارية، الواضحة، التي لا تخضع لمنطق التأويل أو التفسير ..

أهي طفرة في التكوين الجيني لسلالة الطغيان؟ .. أم أن القصة حدثت من قبل، لكن التاريخ أهملها لسبب من الأسباب، فلم تصل إلينا؟ ..

أنا من المؤمنين بأن الجريمة مهما تمادت في بشاعتها، وانحرافها، تظل مقيدة في نقطة ما بقيد من الأخلاق .. للجريمة قيمها أيضاً، وأخلاقيات لا تستطيع تجاوزها ..

فإذا كان الأمر هكذا، فماذا نسمي ما يحدث اليوم؟ ..

الأغلب أنه نوع من الشذوذ النفسي والعقلي لم يكن ملحوظاً من قبل .. فالشذوذ هو الظاهرة البشرية الوحيدة التي يستحيل ضبطها، وهي الوحيدة التي لا تخضع لقيمة سواء أكانت أخلاقية أم منطقية أم نفعية ..

في مكانٍ ما من عالمنا يتخلق اليوم مرض جديد قد يتحول إلى جائحة كونية .. والحاجة ماسة إلى خطة لمحاصرة المرض، إن لم يكن لإنقاذ سكان هذا البلد، فلإنقاذ العالم .. شيء أشبه بالإيدز، أو الإيبولا، أو جنون البقر، أو إنفلونزا الطيور .. أو .. المستذئب البشري ..

May 4th, 2013, 5:29 am



The handy work of the rabid-hyena, and the results of its cheer-leading “heavy weapons”, “kill them all” and “for asma” as well as the handy work of those who have obfuscated and continue to tell us that the idiot murderer is “popular”. And the end-results of the sewer-pipes sucking sewage from cesspools to offend our senses with with their fake resistance shrills and hyena laughs.

May 4th, 2013, 6:03 am



The video mentioend above.

May 4th, 2013, 6:08 am


Ameera said:

مشان الله لا تواخزني بس ما فهمت عليك بنوب
شو قصدك شو ساوي وانا عندي فايرفوكس والله يكرمك بنت الحلال الي تسر خاطرك و منظرك

May 4th, 2013, 6:15 am


apple_mini said:

I am now less an hour away from the village of Baida. Last time I passed it by was after dark, it was a warming and tranquil scene. Yet I was thinking the village might one day not be looking peaceful.

The rebels around Lattakia are losing ground and they became more desperate to implement their strategy which is bringing war to Lattakia and taking it over.

The village of Baida had been spared until recently after the infiltration by the rebels. SAA immediately locked down the surrounding including the highway from Lattakia to Tartus. Fighting broke out and civilians are part of casualties. But SAA was able to take control the situation rather quickly.

Massacre, hardly the case. But we are witnessing one after another village is falling. Not falling to the rebels or SAA but falling to violence.

The villagers are partially to blame, even though they are more of victims. Whenever they let the rebels to slip in and the rebels will take a foothold and turn the village to a legitimate military target for SAA.

SAA will not allow a springboard for the rebels at the doorstep of Lattakia, no matter how gory the outcome will be.

The attack and assault on Baida do not do SAA good. They lost men and now some villagers will take up weapons and fight against them.

No one is winning. Many Syrians have lost the ability to reason even for self-preservation.

May 4th, 2013, 6:28 am



عزمي بشارة

الخزي والعار لكل من يدافع عن نظام المجازر والجرائم أو يبرر جرائم القاتل الملطخ من قمة راسه إلى أخمص قديمه بدماء الأطفال والصبية والنساء.

May 4th, 2013, 7:20 am



شكرا على الأمنيه لطيفة
الله كارمني من زمان

بس أذا بدك تحفظي يوتيوب فيديو ممكن تستخدمي إضافات على المتصفح .. أنا فهمت من كلامك أنو بتريدى تحفظي الغنية عندك

هي واحد من الإضافات على الفايرفوكس

بس أرجوكي أقري التعليمات …

هي بالعربي

May 4th, 2013, 7:26 am



Those assad loyalists and apologists driving close by and have the impudence to call it (hardly a massacre) may want to stop by where this photo was taken in Banyas Area to see the handy work of their friends. Again the handy work of the rabid-hyenas and the outcome of the shrill calls for murder on behalf of asma is (hardly a massacre). These hyenas are as liable as those who committed this hydrogenous crime against humanity; and they will be held to account for their complicity.

May 4th, 2013, 7:40 am


Dolly Buster said:

87. ann said:
Real US Jobless Rate Still Above 10% In Most States – 1 May 2013

But compared to your garbage countries like Venezuela, Russia, Zimbabwe and Cuba, the U.S. and Eurozone are doing just fantastic.

May 4th, 2013, 7:55 am


Tara said:


He may also be sitting in NYC claiming he is driving near Bayda to give himself credibility denying a massacre that is now well document via images.

Wouldn’t be easy to expose him by looking at his IP address? I know the moderator and Joshua would not share this but they should look it up to see the quality of people defending the regime.

May 4th, 2013, 7:56 am


Tara said:

Bayda, for your blood lust enjoyment.   Hurry, all Asma’s lovers, go look at her picture and “spice it up”.–008.jpg

May 4th, 2013, 7:58 am


zoo said:


I am not sure the Sunni villagers whose relatives were killed will fight back. They are too weak and not equipped for that.
The violent reprisal over the killing of 7 SAA soldiers may have been used as a message by the regime to force the sunnis villagers to either renounce their support of the infiltrated rebels or leave the area.

Just like in Lebanon’s 10 years long civil war where killings reached similar peaks, like the sinister killings of Christians in Damour, most Sunnis villagers may prefer to leave the areas to a safest place to stay with their own kin. I foresee a lot of relocation.
During and after the civil war, the coastal area between Beirut and Tripoli became almost exclusively Christian. Large mountainous areas became exclusively druze or christians.
Like in Lebanon, a de facto ethnical-religious division of Syria is certainly under way.
Damascus will remain mixed, but the coast will be taken over by Alawites and Christians with some sunnis who prefer not to live in unstable islamist dominated areas.
Except for Aleppo and Homs that will probably remain mixed, the rest of the country will be dominated by Sunnis in a varied degree of islamism and will probably remain unstable because of the internal divisions of Moslems

This division was an expected danger of launching an unprepared ‘revolution’ in a fragile and geopolitically unstable region.
Wishful thinking or arrogance made many people sure it was not going to turn that way. It did.
Syrian Sunnis Flee Coastal City Fearing Massacre

May 04, 2013
Activists in Syria say hundreds of Sunni Muslims are fleeing the coastal city of Banias, fearing new attacks after the alleged mass killings at a nearby village.

The Britain-based Syria Observatory for Human Rights says the families started leaving the area early Saturday.

May 4th, 2013, 8:22 am


zoo said:

Bashar’s public appearances no more ‘rare’

Syrian president visits Damascus university
May 04, 2013 12:28 PM (Last updated: May 04, 2013 12:53 PM)
Associated Press

BEIRUT: Syrian state TV says President Bashar Assad has visited a Damascus campus, his second public appearance in a week.

The report says Assad inaugurated on Saturday a statue dedicated to “martyrs” from Syrian universities who died in the country’s two-year-old uprising and civil war.

Read more:
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

May 4th, 2013, 8:27 am



Copying the master hyena in balbering sophistry to obfuscate the crimes resulting from their calls for murder. Those proud assad-mafia army and its sectarian appendages, continue to advertise their insolence and impudence and of course, trying to be subtle about the ethnic cleansing plan are participating in.

May 4th, 2013, 8:27 am



There is no dirtier and lower than the murderer who erects a monument to its victims. Not content with shedding their blood, its lust to steal their memory is as horrific. And the hyenas on this blog continue to broadcast their low morality to tell us that dog-poop athad is popular, as popular as the plague.

and sure, they are bosom bodies with the dog-poop athad, they call it by its first name.

May 4th, 2013, 8:33 am


Tara said:


I a glad you are not denying the massacre and you are not blaming the victims.

Those fleeing Sunnis will certainly do so but most men among them will surely bear arms and join the revolution.

This was indeed the natural history of the Syrian revolution. The more the regime killed, the more it provided human ammunition for the armed struggle. This was Bashar’s fatal mistake. Syria is not the new Hama. He should’ve realized the time is not the time and the people have changed.

May 4th, 2013, 8:35 am


zoo said:


It is just reported that the sunnis leaving Banyas are heading to Tartous, another Alawite stronghold.

Therefore it seems that they are not relocating but rather looking for a temporary shelters until the SAA cleans up the villages from the infiltrated rebels.

May 4th, 2013, 8:44 am


Tara said:


I felt the same way when Asma hosted the mothers of the killed non-minorities army soldiers for dinner for a photo-op. I thought that this was the lowest this women did. To invite the mothers of the killed soldiers forced to die burning the country. Not only they were as conscripts forced to die for Assad but their grieved mothers were asked to celebrate their death in his name.

May 4th, 2013, 8:45 am



The hyenas refuse to claim humanity when offered. cleaning up the villages from infiltrators

Their bold face lies are beyond pathetic, beyond premeditated criminal, and way more savage. The continue to killing innoncent children twice, first by calling for their murders, and second by calling them infiltrators in order to convince themselves that they are human.

A child infiltrates its bed! to find the hyena lurking in the dark with a knife and a canister of fire-fuel, as much as its pack bodies continue to lurk on this blog unhindered, neither by morality, nor by humanity, for they have non of the first, and are not related to the latter.

Such disgusting phrases and lies should and will be punished.

May 4th, 2013, 8:52 am


Tara said:


Is there a way to show the images without clicking the link?

May 4th, 2013, 9:07 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo now is calling for ethnic cleansing, and not ashamed to say so, he is saying the sunni should move to places where there kins are.
This means that the pro Assad thugs should move to Iran where they will be safe when the revolution wins.
Their stupidity is helping us
Homs and aleppo and Damascus will be cleaned from those thugs, and as they treated us we will treat them

May 4th, 2013, 9:11 am


zoo said:

#108 Tara

A civil war brings the worst in people. The people who wrongly believed in a revolution that would easily bring down a regime because they thought the majority of Syrians rejected it, are now faced with the horrors of a civil war.
I always repeated that: If you can’t succeed a revolution in less that 6 months, you might as well stop and wait for another opportunity rather than use arms and let the country fall into an endless cycle of violence. A quickly aborted revolution is better than a lengthy and devoring civil war that leaves terrible scars.

The bad calculations of the GCC and Western supporters who were so sure that the rebels will win has brought the country into a civil war that is dividing people along ethnic and religious lines.
Now a worse calculation would be to stay on the same failed line and continue boosting the rebels by promising weapons to ‘win’.
The only good calculation is to call for a ceasefire and negotiations without any political pre-conditions.
Would the West make that move or remain in their stubborn colonial mentality of “giving a lesson to a small country that dares to stand against our plans for the region” whatever the death toll becomes.

May 4th, 2013, 9:13 am



Not on JL site.

The hyena you are talking about has always called for sectarian cleansing. It has always back slapped other hyenas and has always called assad’s innocent victims terrorist, islamists, and as it did today, infiltrators. It is a sectarian entity, with a d-p athad twist of idiotic, inferiority complex reeking sophistry.

May 4th, 2013, 9:20 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Hassan Nasrallah said his troops defending lebanese who live in Syria,then FSA should defend Syrians who live in Lebanon, their number now is over 450,000,Those Syrians should carry weapons and fight back inside Lebanon.
Hassan said they defend Siti Zainab, what about defending Ummayyad Mosque and Omari Mosque?
Hasan is showing how evil he is,he is slave of persian Faqih( the top Evil) and he is not moslem.

May 4th, 2013, 9:41 am


revenire said:

Hamster are you still crying about dead terrorists? If you love them so much go join them. The only war here is one of words.

Our army will destroy anyone and anything sheltering rats.

Maybe spelling Assad “Athad” will stop the war.

May 4th, 2013, 9:43 am


revenire said:

Brother Majed the FSA is too weak to defend one of their small villages.

Please go have some coffee and clear the cobwebs.

May 4th, 2013, 9:45 am


Observer said:

Syrian Hamster I could not agree more on you sharp analysis of the situation.

I read with incredulity the continued blame game that the pro regime offer such as a revolution in 6 months and they miscalculated and all of this “nouveau riche” just arrived from the cow dung heater to the ugly marble palace with horrific furniture masquerading as “modernity” with a nice looking wife in nice looking shoes when in reality they are just the most backward the most inferiority complexed people on this planet.

It has remained nothing more than a brutal backward mafia.

Now it seems that even the regime supporters are NOT DENYING the occurrence of a massacre. It was IN RETALIATION for the killing of 7 SAA soldiers (7Shabiha)

It is a maddening revenge that the fighting has arrived into the heartland and it is going completely bonkers about the villages around Banias and Tartous becoming unsafe. That is the reason for the massacres they are afraid deeply afraid and there are unashamed members of the pro regime clique here that are showing distancing from the events on the ground.
Premature revolution my foot from the despicable nouveau riche pontifications of the most backward inferiority complexed dirt bag.

Another point: it is clear that some on this blog who have absolutely no understanding of the freedom that citizens in the evil US enjoy that they confuse opinions voiced by the common voter and tax payer as pomposity when in reality they are used to the one pomposity that is permitted and that is that of Freddo Corelone Thouria Alathad ( apologies for plegiarism to Syrian Hamster) dog poop duck.

May 4th, 2013, 9:52 am


Dolly Buster said:

Maybe Syria will now go to war with Israel, because Israel attacked. I mean it’s not like the SAA’s only purpose is to kill Sunnis. Oh wait, it is.

May 4th, 2013, 9:54 am


zoo said:

Hamster, you surpasses yourself! your literary talent is blooming, just like some poisonous flowers that need blood to bloom

May 4th, 2013, 9:55 am


revenire said:

Dolly the Israelis act out of desperation. Their intention is to provoke Syria. It won’t work.

May 4th, 2013, 9:58 am


revenire said:

Another rat sent to Hell. Note he was promised fake defections. Ha ha. Idiots.

“Syria – Assasination of FSA commander by special forces

“One of most wanted commanders of FSA was killed in Sheikh Jourah neighborhood of Homs. (Date unknown) According to Sham FM; special forces spent 15 days to lure Abu Ammar, that they are defectors wanting to fight in FSA ranks.

“To show their goodwill, they present bombs to Abu Ammar and he accepted, and it should be very easy to detonate the gift and blow the ass of Abu Ammar up for special forces.”

May 4th, 2013, 10:05 am


zoo said:

119 Observer

The incredulity rather simplistic that you admit is nothing new. Your posts are full of it.

May 4th, 2013, 10:08 am



One hyena blames those holding the mirror in front of its ugliness for the ugliness. Such is characteristic of the the apologist hyena packs and typical athadian deflection of the crimes against humanity through meaningless blabber and sophistry.

And sewer-pipe continues to threaten Syrians with more death and mayhem by ways of the athad mafia army and its sectarian committees and tentacles.

and this rat is not crying. He is merely documenting the crimes so that when needed, the hyenas ugly words are tied to the deeds they have called for.

May 4th, 2013, 10:09 am


AIG said:

So Assad wastes billions buying air defense systems against Israel and when Israel attacks, he does not use them. What a “genius”. If he didn’t plan to “provoke” Israel, why did he waste so much money? And how is defending one self provoking anybody? Assad has lost any shred of dignity he had left. His humiliation is complete.

May 4th, 2013, 10:14 am


zoo said:

I didn’t know that hamsters could be obsessed by hyenas and sewers. Every single post they poop contains these word repeated many times.

One always learn on this blog.

May 4th, 2013, 10:15 am


revenire said:

Hamster you’re pretty self-righteous for an Al-Qaeda supporter.

You’re documenting crimes here?

Document this: Assad is winning big time and not even American direct intervention would change that fact.

May 4th, 2013, 10:20 am


Akbar Palace said:

Syrian Air Defense NewZ

So Assad wastes billions buying air defense systems against Israel and when Israel attacks, he does not use them.

I think the Syrian President deserves a promotion. Unfortunately, you can’t be higher than president. Perhaps regime supporters should promote this “successful” president to “National Deity”. They should vote on it.

May 4th, 2013, 10:21 am


AIG said:

The regime idiots are even more shrill and delusional. So sad when people cannot face their total humiliation.

May 4th, 2013, 10:22 am


zoo said:

Is Banyas now free of armed rebels? Islamists retaliate by bombing Qardaha.

Banias is a Sunni pocket in the midst of a large Alawite enclave on Syria’s Mediterranean coast, and activists in the area accuse militias loyal to Assad of ethnic cleansing.

“I estimate that hundreds of families left and headed towns like Jableh and Tartous,” said Rami Abdelrahman, head of the British-based Syrian Observatory.

“But now the army is turning people back at the checkpoints outside the town, telling them to go back to Banias, that nothing is wrong. There are also announcements going out on mosque loud speakers telling people to return home.”

The hardline Sunni Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham published a video on Saturday of its fighters launching rockets they said were aimed at the village of Qurdaha, the birthplace of Assad’s father, Hafez al-Assad, who ruled Syria for more than 30 years.

They said the attack was a response for the killings in Baida and Banias.

May 4th, 2013, 10:25 am



Fooling oneself into believing it is capable of learning is not a sin, it is simply a result of being, for a long period of time, a parrot for athad’s idiotic sophistry.


Here are two brave university students respond to d-p athad’s appearance among its security hoards to lift the veil on yet one more athadian prostitution of art and theft of the consciousness and memory of a wonderful nation.

May 4th, 2013, 10:26 am


Citizen said:

ظهر لانديس على قناة الجزيرة و تفاجأ القائم على البرنامج من حديث جوش بأن أمريكا لن تذهب الى حرب في سوريا.
أيها المستظلمون بعقدة النقص!
تريدون من الولايات المتحدة أن تشن حربا بلا ثمن ؟ الولايات المتحدة ليست بلياقتها السابقة! ثم أنها لا تقدم للمتسولين الهدايا بلا ثمن سواء لهثتم أو هرولتم ! هل خانتكم شجاعةالمعركة السياسية!هل بدا لكم مغريا وهم الاستقواء بجبروت الأقوياء؟هل استرسلتم بشجاعة شمشوم لتدمير ما بنينا ، علكم تنالون شهادة حسن سلوك؟ لماذا تناحرتم حتى فيما بينكم ! ولماذا أعرابكم البعارة الآخرين من استحسن الاستثمار في دمكم ، حيث دورة ماله هي وجهة بوصلته ….. رايح عمر هل أركيلة بلكي منشوف لكم شي مخرج من خانة الياك…..

May 4th, 2013, 10:35 am


revenire said:

Hamster I am laughing at you and your faked pictures of dead kids. You idiots having been claiming massacres for years. You want the war to stop? Surrender. If not keep fighting. I like the way things are going.

Check out all the videos of Assad in Damascus with cheering mobs of people. He looks terrified.

May 4th, 2013, 10:37 am


Hassan said:

Banyas was cleaned out. Assad has purified Holy Tartous. My only disappointment is that the men should have branded those Sunnites with Crosses before finishing them off. Like, burning Cross signs on their heads before smashing it in.

One day will do the same in Holy Antioch – Occupied Antakya. K*ll the Turk Soonite.

May 4th, 2013, 10:38 am


Observer said:

Not a word from the pro regime sites such as Alam and Manar and Mayaddeen on either the strike or the massacres.

No footage of the inferiority-complexed-cow-dung-heat-user nouveau riche prethident with his inferiority-complexed-democracy-educating-lady with her children in tow ‘honoring” the university victims of his : either inept or criminal rule.

Advances are being conducted by the heroic SAA in liberating Isanderun and the Golan and the troops have mounted mount Hermon and are investing mount Qasyoun to throw slogans and Mercedes Benz stolen cars and we are arranging a meeting with foreign dignitaries in the new ministry and the furniture and decor are meant to throw the delegations into a panic about our fearsome troops and their ability to eat children alive with portraits deliberately ugly of the great leader to eternity so that no one dares attack the bastion of resistance to imperial hegemony.

Inferiority-complexed-cow-dung-user-nouveau-riche pontificators and apologiste and criminal by association adoring fans of the mafiosi in chief.

That is what the situation is.

SAA my foot indeed.

May 4th, 2013, 10:42 am


Hassan said:

I am laughing uncontrollably at the stupidity and amateurishness of MOSSAD and the Zionists media. How stupid can one be to think that Syria sends supplies – especially high-value supplies – to its strategic friends in Lebanon via the ordinary land route, i.e by a normal turck convoy ?

DUDES, we have been arming Lebanese groups for the last 37 years and most of it through deep underground routes, or the cargo is broken up into such small parts and sent across on individual mules that its totally impossible to track it. Assad has real sharp, clever and cunning men trained by KGB, we are aces.

May 4th, 2013, 10:43 am



The best defense against sectarian thugs is to never allow their filthy disease to infect oneself and to deject their efforts to transform one into an ugly hate monger crime apologist like them.

Hyenas, shush…. shush…. shush.

May 4th, 2013, 10:46 am


Hassan said:

We will reclaim Syria for Mar Boutros and Mar Boulos.

May 4th, 2013, 10:47 am


Hassan said:

I can confirm that now there is a competition being held in Syrian Arab Army units across Syria between the soldiers, of who can kill more people with only a knife or machete. This is known as “killing with knife competition”. The man who can take out maximum no. of thugs using just his knife gets the prize. Guess what the prize is ?

May 4th, 2013, 10:51 am


zoo said:


Did you know that Hamthters are obthethed by hyenas and sophithtry?

May 4th, 2013, 11:01 am



The Idiots’ competition

It is not only in cinematic drama, but also in real life, that the pomposity of low ranking idiotic mafioso and the arrogance of the imbecilic sons and daughters of the enforcers, which provides law enforcement with threads to noose tightening evidence against the big dons and their pimps and enforcers.

May 4th, 2013, 11:03 am


zoo said:

No human casualty in the Israeli attack in Syria?

Israel attacks was so precise that they didn’t kill anybody. They just destroyed the weapons.
When it comes to Israel’s attacks, the number of dead people presents absolutely no interest for the western media.

May 4th, 2013, 11:12 am


revenire said:

Why waste good bullets on rats?

May 4th, 2013, 11:12 am


zoo said:

$142 Thyrian Hamthter

Great improvement in the use of adjectives and the abandonment of the recursive use of ‘hyenas’
You are on the way to the Pulitzer prize!

May 4th, 2013, 11:15 am


AIG said:

Well, what is the problem regime idiots? Why doesn’t Assad report how many people were killed in the Israeli bombing? Maybe because he has no shred of dignity left.

May 4th, 2013, 11:35 am



Obviously, sewer-pipe is influential among the sectarian hoards. Its call for not wasting bullets was followed in Banyas and Baida. Not only bodies were burnt, but also the heads of children were smashed with rocks.

Let this be on record. sewer-pipe, and every one know which impostor I am talking about has advocated the smashing of children heads with rocks by athad sectarian hoards. Let it be on record.

On the other hand, another hyena has time to be envious of coherence.

May 4th, 2013, 11:38 am


MarigoldRan said:

The Assadists have effectively given up most of the country, trying to hold their remaining 4 provinces.

In the meantime Israel can bomb them with impunity.

May 4th, 2013, 11:40 am


MarigoldRan said:

The Assadists like to massacre women and children. And the Iranians support that.

May 4th, 2013, 11:44 am


Tara said:


Watching the pictures from Banias, you know now how offensive to call the Assad’s army heroic. Can you please stop using that word?

May 4th, 2013, 12:02 pm


Tara said:

Second attempt

151. TARA said:



Watching the pictures from Banias, you know now how offensive to call the Assad’s army heroic. Can you please stop using that word?

May 4th, 2013, 12:04 pm



The coherence-envious hyena will never stop propagandizing, with all arrogance. It is an integral part of the machinery of lies and deceit of the athad gang aiming to throw confusion so that readers make equivalences between the murderers and their victims. Whether planned or not, each of the hyenas has a role to play and the one you are addressing knows its role well, but in its eagerness and excitement it gets out of its role every once in a while.

It and its friends may subside a little, not out of sensitivity or shame, for they have none. Their response, as you see, are both idiotic and venomous. They will try to regroup knowing that they have been exposed wide-open to any reader as apologists for sectarian murders and for an ugly regime.

Note: I wouldn’t be surprised if all of the loyalists on this blog turned out to be members of the incompetent cyber-terrorist gangs of the regime.

May 4th, 2013, 12:13 pm


apple_mini said:

No need to get hysterical. It is an ongoing bloody war. It is a test of strength and intelligence.

SAA has been painstakingly keeping the coast relatively safe and free of rebel fighters.

Yet, the rebels have been constantly trying to get a foothold from the north, the west and most of all any area seemingly “friendly” for the rebels.

Sunni villages in the area should know better now. When they have rebels in their neighborhood and allow them to establish a base, it sends an “invitation” to SAA for bringing in violence.

No rebels, no problem. SAA won’t even set up an outpost in the village. It is not safe for them anyway.

SAA does not need to massacre to quash a village. But they will be relentless to pursue the rebels and their military objectives.

No one here in Lattakia talks about any massacre. People know there have been military operations and they hope the situation will quickly get better and security will be restored.

No one denies civilian casualties. But it is ridiculous to blame SAA for the full responsibility. Besides, where was the outrage for the rebels’ “collateral” damage as the term that US always likes to use?

Yesterday, it was breezy and sunny here in Lattakia. We took a nice walk along the famous beach front in Lattakia. There must have been tens of thousands locals out to enjoy the weather and holiday. The atmosphere was almost at the pre-war level.

People are beautiful, young and old, women and men, liberal or conservative.

Peace is beautiful. But can you handle it?

May 4th, 2013, 12:47 pm


revenire said:

People are going to the beach, enjoying life and happy with Dr Assad and our heroic army. The SAA takes every precaution when surgically removing the cancer infesting some towns.

We warned the rats: 24 hours and operations commence. So if a few stragglers were killed who’s fault is it? The army or the terrorists who forced the army to kill?

With cancer you either destroy it or it will destroy you.

May 4th, 2013, 12:55 pm



An apologist for murder, committed with beyond hysteric hate lectures the bereaved about peace and its beauty. This is athad’s mentality for the readers of this forum. It is alien to rationality, ethics, and morality. It is ruled by one motive, maintaining control over a country that has dejected the thugs and wants to throw forty years of a murderous clan rule.

There is no army, there are mafia gangs used for sectarian goals.
The massacres happened, and no one but the murderous and their defenders are hysterical here.

This is the non-existent massacre one more propagandist wants us to be peaceful about because no one in its sheltered beneficiaries of the regime environs talked about it. Note that the murderers follow the advice given earlier by sewer-pipe of not wasting bullets and used rocks to smash the child’s head.

May 4th, 2013, 1:03 pm


Citizen said:

Israel should be expected to commit to increasingly desperate acts to provoke Syria and Iran – as its leadership represent directly corporate-financier interests abroad, not the Israeli people, or their best interests (including peace and even survival). For the people of Israel, they must realize that their leadership indeed does not represent them or their best interests and is able, willing, and even eager to spend their lives and fortunes in the service of foreign, corporate-financier interests and global hegemony.

The US and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On
by Stephen Zunes

The U.S. position that Syria must unilaterally give up its chemical weapons and missiles while allowing a powerful and hostile neighbor to maintain and expand its sizable arsenal of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons is simply unreasonable. No country, whether autocratic or democratic, could be expected to accept such conditions.

This is part of a longstanding pattern of hostility by the United States towards international efforts to eliminate chemical weapons through a universal disarmament regime. Instead, Washington uses the alleged threat from chemical weapons as an excuse to target specific countries whose governments are seen as hostile to U.S. political and economic interests.

May 4th, 2013, 1:08 pm


ghufran said:
Tripoli-Lebanon is today a case study for what poverty mixed with religious ignorance can lead to in cities around the Middle East.
Ironically, Tripoli is home of two of the richest people in the Middle East.

May 4th, 2013, 1:11 pm


ziad said:

هذا ما جرى في قرية “البيضا” ببانياس خلال الأيام الأربعة الأخيرة بعيدا عن روايتي السلطة والمعارضة

May 4th, 2013, 1:12 pm



The russian agent (google translate) expert now wants to tell us that the thugs in Syria and Iran are being provoked. These two regimes have been infested wounds festering in the region. The two, and for decades, have sent terrorists and supported terrorism, political assassinations throughout the region and even cross-continent. Their worst crime is the hijacking of the just cause of Palestinians to empower the hegemony hungry regime in Iran and the incompetent murderous attempts for the return of the impotent mafia infested Russia into world stage.

Now also, sewer-pipe talks as a member of the regime mafia gangs by using “we” in describing the shrill calls for murder it has been issuing on this blog. Let this also be on record.

May 4th, 2013, 1:16 pm


Citizen said:

Here can see the reality of garbage nature !!!!!

RUSSIA WARNS AMERICANS: Barack Hussein Obama has been shipping arms to al-Qaeda jihadists in Syria for over a year
Russia delivered to the Obama administration a list of the names of Syrian rebels who are members of al-Qaeda groups and who are receiving arms shipments coordinated by the U.S. (Obama seen foaming at the mouth while Hagel seems to be stuttering more than usual)
Klein Online The list, the officials added, demonstrates how the U.S. is failing in its due diligence of vetting the rebels being supported by the West for ties to al-Qaida and other jihad groups. The information comes amid scores of news media reports that the Obama administration is aiding the rebels, including by coordinating Arab arms shipments.

The arming of Syrian rebels is considered highly controversial. A major issue is the inclusion of jihadists, including al-Qaida, among the ranks of the Free Syrian Army and other Syrian opposition groups.
Just last week, KleinOnline broke the story that the U.S. in recent weeks aided in the transfer of shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles, or man-portable air-defense systems, to the Syrian rebels, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials. The Middle Eastern security officials speaking to KleinOnline said the latest U.S.-facilitated weapons transfers signify the most advanced deliveries yet to the Syrian rebels.
Confirming KleinOnline’s exclusive reporting for over a year, the New York Times last month reported that since early 2012, the CIA has been aiding Arab governments and Turkey in obtaining and shipping weapons to the Syrian rebels.
While the Times report claims most of the weapons shipments facilitated by the CIA began after the latest presidential election, Middle Eastern security officials speaking to KleinOnline have said U.S.-aided weapons shipments go back more than a year, escalating before the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi.

In fact, the Middle Eastern security officials speaking to KleinOnline since last year describe the U.S. mission in Benghazi and nearby CIA annex attacked last September as an intelligence and planning center for U.S. aid to the rebels in the Middle East, particularly those fighting Syrian Assad’s regime.

May 4th, 2013, 1:21 pm


Sami said:

How sick and utterly demented can one be to deny massacres and in the same breath talk about taking a breezy walk on the beach?

This is the same sectarian chauvinistic thug that called for targeting veiled women not long ago while trying to paint Tara as a witch.

You are a morally bankrupt propagandist that is inept at hiding your deep enthusiasm for Assadism and its fascist ethics. Your sad attempt to portray yourself as a “fence sitter” that just wants “peace” ring as hallow as your abhorrent fallacies.

May 4th, 2013, 1:22 pm


revenire said:

Hamster calm down – it is a nice day. It is good day to be alive in Syria to see the victories of our heroic army. Go out and smell the jasmine.

May 4th, 2013, 1:23 pm


Citizen said:

Russia wants Mideast WMD-Free Zone conference
Russia News.Net Saturday 4th May, 2013
Moscow believes there is a pressing need to hold an international conference on a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East before the end of the current year, the Russian foreign ministry said Saturday.

May 4th, 2013, 1:24 pm


ghufran said:

مدينة بانياس – المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان ::عثر على جثامين عشرات المواطنين الذين استشهدوا خلال اقتحام القوات النظامية يرافقها عناصر من قوات الدفاع الوطني من الطائفة العلوية لحي رأس النبع في مدينة بانياس الذين يقطنوه مسلمون سنة ليرتفع الى 62 عدد المواطنين الذين توثق استشهادهم بالاسماء او الصور او الاشرطة المصورة بينهم مالايقل عن 14 طفلا والعدد مرشح للارتفاع بسبب وجود عشرات المواطنين الذين فقد الاتصال معهم
I do not think what happened in Al-Bayda and Ras Al-Nab’3 can be explained by simply stating that the army killed terrorists or that alawite militias went in and slaughtered children, more info is needed, SOHR is claiming that innocent children were killed,but one fact stands out: Syrians in many parts of Syria can not live together in peace, pretending that defeating the rebels or the syrian army will solve this problem is wishful thinking, Syria is already divided, we just do not know what shape and form this division will take and how bloody this conflict will be in the near future.

May 4th, 2013, 1:27 pm



Racists and sectarians never fail to quote hate mongering sites.
And the doctor writes a very incoherent confusion inducing comment only to state that most Syrians are like the confused doctor, sectarians. Well it is comforting, but fraudulent.

May 4th, 2013, 1:27 pm


Tara said:

With all the hatred being cultivated, I see a day will come when Alawis feel embarrassed or uncomfortable saying they are. A price will be paid. Go ahead. Incite more hatred. What comes around, goes around.

Unfortunately, the some good among them will also be affected.

May 4th, 2013, 1:29 pm


revenire said:

Brother Sami people die in wars. Don’t be so naive. If soldiers die I am sure you are quite thrilled because you see them as inhuman when in reality they are heroes defending their land from Zionist aggression.

If you want peace urge the rats to surrender. Prison in Syria isn’t so bad.

May 4th, 2013, 1:31 pm


apple_mini said:

So many people got so fed up with the violence. People grab anything close to normalcy. People take a break from cruelty. People take a breath free of smell of explosion.

People do not buy your bloody revolution anymore. For anyone who wants to live in peace, the person needs to reject the violent revolution.

Have we heard anything about “peace” or anything for the “peace” from the opposition yet?

May 4th, 2013, 1:37 pm


Citizen said:

Colin Powell Former Bush administration official: Israel may be behind use of chemical arms in Syria
Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, says Israel may have conducted ‘false flag’ operation. Describes its government as inept and Netanyahu as ‘clueless.’
Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who once served as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff, believes that the chemical weapons used in Syria may have been an Israeli “false flag” operation aimed at implicating Bashar Assad’s regime.

Wilkerson made his astounding assertion in an interview on Current TV, the network once owned by former Vice President Al Gore and recently purchased by Al-Jazeera.

Wilkerson said that the evidence that it was Assad’s regime that had used the chemical weapons was “flaky” and that it could very well have been the rebels or Israel who were the perpetrators. Asked why Israel would do such a thing, Wilkerson said: “I think we’ve got a basically geostrategically, geopolitical inept regime in Tel Aviv right now.”

“I think we saw really startling evidence of that,” Wilkerson continued, “in the fact that President Obama had to tell Bibi Netanyahu ‘Pick up the phone, you idiot, call Ankara and get yourself out of this strategic isolation you’re in right now.”

A “false flag” operation is a covert attack on foreign or domestic soil carried out by governments or organizations under a false identity, aimed at placing blame on the enemy. It originates with a ruse once used in naval warfare in which ships would hoist the enemy’s flags in order to infiltrate his ranks.

Wilkerson, 63, a former Army helicopter pilot who flew combat missions in Vietnam, served as Colin Powell’s chief of staff in 2002-2005. He was responsible for reviewing the intelligence information used by Powell in his by now infamous February 2003 United Nations Security Council appearance on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.

After his retirement, Wilkerson described this presentation as “a hoax” and became an outspoken critic of the Bush Administration’s handling of the Iraq war. He now serves as a professor at Virginia’s William and Mary College and is a guest commentator on several U.S. television networks.

Speaking on the Current’s Young Turks program, Wilkerson said that because of the instability in the Middle East, Israel’s current geo-strategic situation is “as dangerous as it’s been since 1948.” He added that President Obama “has got to be very circumspect about what he does in exacerbating that situation.”

“Netanyahu is clueless as to this,” Wilkerson said. “I hope President Obama gave him a lecture in geostrategic realities.”

May 4th, 2013, 1:43 pm



good, no one needs to buy the revolution, because only merchants of death think that revolutions are for sale.

Normalcy was what the people of Banyas and Baida sought until the hoards of sectarian killers showed up.

May 4th, 2013, 1:52 pm


revenire said:

There is no revolution. There never has been.

Terrorists were killed in Banyas and Baida.

May 4th, 2013, 1:57 pm


ghufran said:

well, it was clear even if you only use opposition sources that there was a battle in Banyas, It is likely that rebels want a new front there to reduce pressure on other fronts like Homs.
A number of sources show pics of dead children, I do not know for sure if those pics are authentic or fake, Syrians on both sides have been lying about events on the ground for two years to the point where outsiders become immediately suspicious of any claims that come out of Syria now. My best judgement based on what I know now is that there was an attack on the army in Banyas and what followed led to the death of many people, some were civilians. Do not expect me to accept the stories of SANA or aljazeera any more, Arab media lost its credibility a long time ago.

May 4th, 2013, 2:09 pm


Tara said:


You are that close to be on the other side. How can a picture of a burned infant or a pile of slaughtered dead children be faked? The rebels killed their own children? Or you can photo shop an alive child into a burned cadaver?

May 4th, 2013, 2:19 pm


Citizen said:

Goebbels was nothing compared to the propagandists currently promoting war in Syria. And The Observer, which also has the war in Iraq on its conscience, is in the forefront of this shameful rubbish. Most ominous is the way in which these people have decided to promote the war as sectarian, pitting sunni against shia, Christians and all else. The evil which lies behind this campaign is of breathtaking proportions

May 4th, 2013, 2:21 pm


zoo said:


Do you consider al Nusra fighters as ‘holy warrior’? If you don’t I haven’t seen you objecting once.
If you do then the SAA is doubly heroic to fight against them.

May 4th, 2013, 2:22 pm


Tara said:


Are you pretending? I do not support al Nusra nor do I approve tactics they have used or their goal of Islamic Imara. You know that very will. Please do not insult my intelligence or yours.

Now is the Assad’s at heroic?

May 4th, 2013, 2:30 pm



It is both pathetic and contemptible when someone who constantly bombards this blog with stalinist style propaganda from hate mongering, conspiracy , islamophobic, as well as blatant anti-semetic sites, complains about honest attempts to deflate the fradulent narrative of the axis of murder.

Furthermore, the doctor is now pulling “likely” theories from his majic hat withouf any supportive evidence. Once more, comforting but fradulent.

May 4th, 2013, 2:37 pm


Citizen said:

Brzezinski Joins Lugar Warning Against U.S. Role in Syria

President Barack Obama’s declaration that a Syrian use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” was a mistake, according to two veteran U.S. foreign policy leaders who warned against deeper U.S. engagement there.

May 4th, 2013, 2:38 pm


Sami said:

For anyone who wants to live in peace, the person needs to reject the violent revolution.

So by “rejecting the revolution” does that make you blind to the massacres of children and women?

Oh right I forgot those women were veiled they probably “had it coming”…

May 4th, 2013, 2:46 pm


Sami said:


“If soldiers die I am sure you are quite thrilled”

Unlike you and your kind I do not find any pleasure in death. Only sick psychopaths like you do!

May 4th, 2013, 2:49 pm


zoo said:


Why would terrified Sunni families feel safe to flee to Tartous, an Alawite stronghold controlled by the Syrian Army if they did not trust the Syrian Army and the Alawites for protecting them?
The Syrian Army contrary to the rebels never uses civilians as human shields. Tens of thousands of heroic soldiers have died for their country not for Qatar or Al Qaeeda or for God.
Sunni villagers trust the Syrian army as much as they fear the rebels and the criminals who are taking advantage of the chaos to settle old scores.

When ruthless armed rebels force their way into a village and use civilians as human shields, then they bear the responsibility of their killings.
Activists claim a “massacre” but the circumstances are blurred.
Where were these children when they were killed? Were they used by the rebels to protect themselves from the attack? Were these children carrying guns, as we have seen several photos from children among rebels holding guns? Where they in the street and caught in a crossfire?
What we know is that the rebels attacked the SAA and killed 5 soldiers, that was a clear provocation and the SAA decided it was time to extirpate them from the villages once for all.

There will be many horror stories like that when rebels hide in villages. The only way to avoid that is to move toward a ceasefire and negotiations, like what happened in the Lebanese civil war and North Irlande.

p.s Will could praise Al Nusra holy warrior in your lunch with Visitor, David and Majed?

May 4th, 2013, 3:09 pm


Badr said:

From Syrians flee ‘massacres’ in Baniyas and al-Bayda:


Jim Muir
BBC News, Beirut

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says there were clashes there and soldiers were killed before army and militia forces finally stormed in. That in no way justifies the apparent massacre of women and children. But there is a distinction between brutal reaction, and spontaneous execution of a cold-blooded plan to displace the Sunni population.

The accusation levelled by opposition leaders, . . . is that this was part of a campaign of sectarian cleansing ordered from the top, in preparation for the establishment of some kind of Alawite entity.

It’s impossible to know whether there is such a plan. But on the ground, events seem to be bringing about an unscrambling of populations, as happened during the years of civil war in neighbouring Lebanon.

May 4th, 2013, 3:17 pm


zoo said:

#168 Apple_mini

Al Khatib dared to call for a path to peace and he was kicked out. Qatar would rather see Syria totally destroyed than to see a ceasefire and negotiations with Bashar al Assad.

The poisonous enemy to fight today is not Syrian, it is Qatar, the hypocritical, arrogant, ruthless and disgustingly rich midget.

May 4th, 2013, 3:20 pm


Tara said:


Are you under some kind of duress that is forcing you to justify the unjustifiable? There couldn’t be any other reason in my mind for your response. A 6 month old infant was holding a gun against Assad’s army? Or may be strolling around to get fresh air and just got caught in the cross fire. Did they invent a fire that slit throat now a days?

What are you saying? I can’t really understand you? Is it ok to kill children no matter what the circumstances are? And are you really insisting to call the perpetrators heroes?

Have you lost all your humanity?

May 4th, 2013, 3:22 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Ghufran is saying those children and women attacked the soldiers of Assad, only idiots say that,only idiots believe that

May 4th, 2013, 3:31 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Listen to Ghufran
he is saying those children and women attacked the soldiers of Assad, only idiots say that,only idiots believe that

May 4th, 2013, 3:32 pm


Citizen said:

Those responsible for mass killings in Syria will face trial – US government
WASHINGTON, May 4 (Itar-Tass) – Persons responsible for mass killings in Syria will go on trial eventually for violating international humanitarian law and human rights, Department of State spokesperson Jennifer Psaki said on Saturday, May 4, following the latest events in the coastal town of al-Bayda, Syria.
“The United States is appalled by horrific reports that more than 100 people were killed May 2 in gruesome attacks on the coastal town of al-Bayda,” she said.
According to Amercian data, pro-government Shabiha armed groups killed more than 100 people there on May 2. “Regime and Shabiha forces reportedly destroyed the area with mortar fire then stormed the town and executed entire families, including women and children. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this tragedy,” the spokesperson said.
She noted that the U.S. authorities “strongly condemn atrocities against the civilian population and reinforce our solidarity with the Syrian people. As the Assad regime’s violence against innocent civilians escalates, we will not lose sight of the men, women, and children whose lives are being so brutally cut short.”
The United States caledl on “all responsible actors in Syria to speak out against the perpetration of unlawful killings against any group, regardless of faith or ethnicity.”
“Those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law and serious violations and abuses of human rights law must be held accountable,” Psaki said.
Dear Jennifer Psaki!
1- Where your statements after successive bombings in the Syrian cities and the killing of religious scholars, university professors and kidnap bishops Christians?
2- where is your solidarity with the Syrian people When the unjust siege imposed him and were introduced into his life the hell of Al- Qaeda?
Sorry, but your mask of the kind of cheap!

May 4th, 2013, 3:41 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

ألف لعنة ع بيت الاسد …و الف لعنة على كل مؤيد و عم يساند هالمجرمين …و الله انك ساقط يا ساقط و رح يتحاسب كل مين وقف معك يا بشار المجرم

May 4th, 2013, 3:47 pm


Citizen said:

War crimes are committed by all sides in war. But it’s interesting how allegations by Western proxies generate more attention in the West.

It’s more than plausible to argue that the FSA are looking for their own ‘Racak massacre’.

May 4th, 2013, 4:02 pm


revenire said:


Al-Mashtal is now rat-free as the last den was eradicated last night. Security forces seized a warehouse loaded with Prince Fatso’s generosity: the usual ammo and drugs. Great stuff!

Al-Qaraabees: 10 confirmed dead rats. 22 surrendered to security forces after a loudspeaker blared out the following message: “Surrender now or face instant death”. They took the latter route. The rats are falling apart.

Jawrat Al-Shiyyaah: 2 killed.

May 4th, 2013, 4:05 pm


Major salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra - Syria Comment said:

[…] Lund writes about an important "New Addition to the Syrian Islamic Front"… #Syria #Islam – […]

May 4th, 2013, 4:13 pm


Ameera said:

حسان الجربان

بدك الجيش يئتل الناس بطعمه وبدون طعمه بالسكاكين و المواس و العايش فيهم يطبعلو صليب على وجو

ايه الهي يبعتلك حمى بسبع شطلات روح ان شالله تتلآها بامك وابوك و اخواتك الصبايا روح ان شالله تغرق بجورة الششمة بنهر أليط روح الله لا يوجهلك الخير انت وجعجع تبعك وكل لبناني نجس متلك

لك اضفر سوري شبييح او مونداس بسوى اكبر راس بلبنان وكل لبنان صحيح احنا عم نئتل بعض هلأ بس طول بالك لنخلص من ولادين الحرام هون و بعدين راجعينلكم

تفو على هيك ترباية و هيك منطئ

May 4th, 2013, 4:17 pm


Ameera said:

شكرا كتير اخي انا عملت انستول للاكستينشن و كلوا تمام
بما انك متزوجز خلص الله يكرمك بالحياة و النبات و الصبيان و البنات

انا لازم كون متزوجة كمان بس غسان خطيبي السابق فسخ الخطبة و طلع على السويد مشان يطلب لجوء آل شو هي فرصة العمر وهيك فص ملح وداب بس انا عرفانه انو من يوم يومو بحب البنات الشئر الله لا يوجهلو الخير كيف ما دار وجو

May 4th, 2013, 4:27 pm


zoo said:

Warlordism’ Is Greatest Threat for Syria – Thomas Pierret

If you look at all the symbols used by Jabhat al-Nusra, you will never find the Syrian flag. You know a characteristic of these global radical groups is that they reject national symbols… basically, they reject nation-states.

I think the greatest threat for the future of Syria is not so much global jihadism… but it is warlordism…. It’s the disintegration of the state into semi-autonomous territories run by warlords – whatever their ideology – as happened in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the Soviets. So, in my view, this is maybe what makes it most urgent for Western countries to deal with the situation and try to put an end to the conflict.

Read more at Middle East Voices:

May 4th, 2013, 4:33 pm


Ameera said:

تارا شو رأيك بأكل مطعم ست الشام يلي قفا الميريدان سابقا
انا بحب لقمته كتير و بالذات اكلة معينة بس مو حلوه احكي اسمها على المنتدى فهمت علي لك ضرسانة

May 4th, 2013, 4:35 pm


zoo said:


As long as the opposition will not express the slighest sign that they want a ceasefire, the worst demons of revenge will pour on Syria.
I told you 100 times: this cycle of crimes and revenge must stop at any cost. The government has offered dialog and he was laughed at by the opposition so confident they would win.
The opposition repeated refusal to offer negotiations make them accomplice to the war crimes perpetrated by both sides.

I doubt that the Syrian army was responsible for the spree of violence and revenge in the villages. We don’t know the whole story and who killed these children and in which circumstances.

If the Syrian Army did that, how do you explain that the villagers were seeking shelter in areas controlled by the same Syrian Army?

May 4th, 2013, 4:50 pm


Ameera said:

الله يستر شكلو الاخرة قربت دخيلك يا رب


علامات ظهور المهدي المنتظر عند الشيعة

“في هذا النشيد، ينشد المنشد قائلًا: “قدح من درعا الشرر، وخصم مهدينا ظهر، ومن حرستا ننتظر أول علامة.. زينب اليوم بخطر، وسكينة مرقدها اندثر، يا أم رقية باكر تقوم القيامة… وباكر الجيش المنتظر يهتف ياحيدر”

May 4th, 2013, 4:50 pm


ann said:

Syrian army about to regain control over strategic al-Qussair city – 2013-05-05

DAMASCUS, May 4 (Xinhua) — The Syrian army on Saturday totally besieged the central strategic city of al-Qussair and is expected to recapture it within hours, according to local media.

The al-Qussair city, near the borders with Lebanon, is so close to be reseized by the Syrian army after most of its countryside has become under the army’s control, al-Khabar news website said.

The battle for al-Qussair is crucial as the victory of the army in that area would deprive the rebels of their supply line from neighboring Lebanon.

Meanwhile, a Syrian military source was quoted by the state-run SANA news agency as saying that the troops wrested control over al- Abbada and Ghraika in the Damascus’ suburb of al-Ghouta on Saturday and killed many members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front.


May 4th, 2013, 5:01 pm


Citizen said:

Israel is playing the role of the Picador, repeatedly goading the reluctant Syrian Bull into fighting the US Matador.

Blatant Blitz: Israel bombs Syria, targets chem weapons depot?

May 4th, 2013, 5:06 pm


zoo said:

What about “UN penalties on the opposition” if they don’t begin negotiations with Bashar al Assad?

n Moscow, officials said Kerry will attempt to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to support, or at least not veto, a fresh effort to impose UN penalties on Syria if Assad doesn’t begin political transition talks with the opposition.

To make his case, Kerry will present the Russians with evidence of chemical weapons use and relay the Obama administration’s readiness to give weapons to the Syrian rebels, according to the officials, who demanded anonymity because they weren’t authorised to speak publicly about the confidential diplomacy.

Although the US is prepared to act with or without the Russians’ help, officials say a coordinated effort to end the war would be much easier with Moscow on board.

China is seen as largely following Russia’s lead.

The US also wants Russia, which maintains a naval base in Syria, to stop honouring existing contracts with the Assad government for defence hardware and to refrain from doing anything else to bolster his forces.

May 4th, 2013, 5:09 pm


Tara said:


Sorry. I am not following. I am not aware of any particular food that has am inappropriate name. I won’t be offended if you want to say it though.

The link is scary. It is very very creepy. Mix religious songs and bodily ritual and brainwash the masses. Two more ceremonies like this and they are ready to slaughter sunni children in the name of Zainab.

May 4th, 2013, 5:18 pm


Citizen said:

Happy Easter dear Christians!!

May 4th, 2013, 5:19 pm


Dolly Buster said:

I am prepping some drag queen videos for my Christian friends on Facebook.
Tomorrow for Orthodox Easter, I’m sharing a song by Detox Iсunt.

May 4th, 2013, 5:36 pm


Citizen said:

The sectarian polarization is a magical recipe of Bernard Lewis and Co.!

May 4th, 2013, 5:41 pm


Dolly Buster said:

195. zoo said:


As long as the opposition will not express the slighest sign that they want a ceasefire, the worst demons of revenge will pour on Syria.

Isn’t it just as simple, or simpler, for Athad to resign? I mean he’s been ruling the place for 43 years with his dad.

Mubarak chose not to drop bombs on Cairo and Damietta. So lives were saved.
There have been 0.8 thousand deaths in Egypt versus 80,000 in Syria which is four times smaller.

This is because Shiites like to thump their chest and shout the names of their false gods Husayn and Zahra, before embarking on crimes against humanity.

May 4th, 2013, 5:55 pm


ghufran said:

I do not doubt a bit that civilians died in Banyas, even pro regime media admitted that civilians were killed, I also never questioned the ability of Syrians to kill innocent civilians, but one has to be careful not to reach conclusions based on pics and videos many of which were proven,in the past, to be fake or doctored. I am on record condemning the atrocities committed by regime supporters, however, if one wants to be honest he has to remind himself and others that there is a bunch of criminals in Syria today and not all of them are pro regime, some are actually kidnapping and killing for money or revenge and have no political affiliation, this is why the priority is to stop the war and have ONE uniformed force in charge of security, I do not care if that force is headed by an alawi,sunni, druz,etc, but there is no way out as long as we have hundred of armed militias in Syria.
I have replied to you because I think I can still have a conversation with you, some people have chosen to shut that door by attacking the messenger and refusing to see the whole picture.
To those who are cheering for Israel:
Some non syrians have more loyalty to Syria than you:
المجلس الوطني التأسيسي التونسي يعبر عن رفضه الشديد للاعتداء على التراب السوري وسيادته تحت أي ذريعة كانت
الخارجية التونسية تدين بشدة الإعتداء الإسرائيلي الأخير
مصر: حزب الكرامة: على الرئيس محمد مرسي طرد السفير الصهيوني من مصر وإغلاق سفارة الخنازير وإعلان التضامن الكامل وإرسال مساعدات لسورية كما فعل مع أهلنا فى غزة

May 5th, 2013, 10:09 pm


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