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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Over 100 dead in Syrian anti-government protests

The great reformer, Bashar al-Assad, showed his true colors again on Friday. Here's just one example - watch what happens to peaceful protesters in the Damascus suburb of Zablatani on Friday starting at the 0:40 mark.

Let's go to the videotape.

The US reacted by shaking a finger at Assad:
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of force by the Syrian government against demonstrators. This outrageous use of violence to quell protests must come to an end now. We regret the loss of life and our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims, and with the Syrian people in this challenging time.
Those thoughts and two bucks will get you a ride on the subway. The bottom line is that the US isn't willing to back up those thoughts with actions, and Assad and everyone else knows it. Obama kind of reminds you of Ehud Barak telling Yasser Arafat 'we will know how to respond' ten and a half years ago. It took a new Prime Minister to fix that one.

Ah, but you thought Assad promised to lift the 48-year 'state of emergency' that has justified his military-type rule in Syria. Well, he did. Sort of....
Prof. Ya’acov Bar-Simantov of the Hebrew University said Assad and his partners in government were playing a double game.

“On the one hand, they announce the lifting of the emergency law; and on the other, they proclaim new laws against demonstrations. So if they’re still banning protests, what’s the significance of this move?” he asked.

Bar-Simantov wrote his 1983 doctoral dissertation on the Syrian regime’s habit of “externalizing” internal threats, usually attributing them to Israel, and says little has changed today.

“Even today, the regime attributes the unrest to Israel, or to Al-Jazeera, but no one takes it seriously anymore.”

Bar-Simantov said that for the ruling regime, far more is at stake than political survival.

“The Assad regime is something much larger – it’s actually the Alawite sect itself. It’s a small community, but it won’t easily agree to relinquish its control over politics, the army and economy,” he said, adding that Assad may replaced by another member of the ruling clique in an attempt to mollify protesters without the Alawites relinquishing power.

But such a move would be unlikely to satisfy increasingly emboldened demonstrators, he added.
If there are Syrians who want to live in peace with Israel, we'd love to hear from you. As to the rest, including Assad (wouldn't it be nice if someone took care of him?)... faster, faster.

Obama's policies are once again totally ineffective. What could go wrong?

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At 11:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opinion obama never intended to win the primary let alone the 2008 election. He ran to get his name out there for a 2012 or 2016 run [depending on who won in 2008].
We have a president with absolutely no experience at ever doing anything except reading a prepared speech from a teleprompter. I truly believe he never intended to win in 2008, but now that he has, he is showing that he is so far in over his head that he would rather just go golfing or start campaigning again.

At 1:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seven minute clip of civilians brutally shot by Assad's "reformist" paradise


At 1:58 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Syrian police state is making the dictatorship legal.

That's the reason behind the move to lift the emergency laws.

The Assads are not about to grant an oppressed population real freedom in the foreseeable future.


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