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Syria: In Support of Revolution

By Sami Jadallah

 

The United States never was on the side of the people of the Middle East and is the only party standing between the Palestinians and their freedom and liberation and always stood the side of criminal dictatorship as they imprisoned, tortured, suppressed freedom and democracy and looted the country.

I too, like so many of my friends on this site, Arab nationalists and all those in support of freedom and democracy in the Middle East, leery and untrusting of the United States and the West involvement and calls for military intervention in the Syrian Spring. Israel and the Zionist agenda always stand out as the only reason and beneficiary of any action the US takes in the Middle East, and Syria is no exception. However we all should tell Bashar his time ran out and he and his Ba’athist regime should go.

The criminal Assad regime never had legitimacy and is no different from that of the regime of Hosni Mubarak. It is a police and security regime that corrupted the political life of Syria and looted the country for over 40 years. The continuation of the Assad regime is a windfall for Israel as it has been for 40 years. Paid for by the blood of the Syrian people and others.

Let us not be fooled by the US efforts in support of the Syrian uprising. The US wants to make sure that whoever rules Syria after Bashar is friendly to Israel, cut off ties with both Iran and Hezbollah. Putting Hezbollah out of business is critical and key issue for the US, France, UK and Germany and of course Israel.

We all need to remember the way the United States and its allies behaved when Hamas won the Palestinian elections, perhaps the most open and transparent election in the history of the Middle East. For the US, democracy and freedom in the Middle East must be in support of “normalization” of the relationship with Israel. Whether it is Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, or Syria.

Too bad for the Syrian people, the Syrian National Council and its leadership are a big disappointment and did not match the sacrifices of those inside fighting with their lives and property and its past leadership is unworthy of representing the Syrian Uprising.

The Assad regime is a family and racketeering mafia that ruled Syria with an iron fist since 1970 when the father Hafez, took over Syria in a military coupe. Since then the Assad extended family had a monopoly over politics, finance, business and certainly security services.

When the Syrian people 15 months ago rose and took to the streets in peaceful demonstrations seeking regime change like that of Egypt, and Tunisia, Bashar Assad was not too happy and decided to use his army to snuff the popular uprising. Since then Bashar has made good use of his army to kill and destroy and to commit massacres as we witness in Houla and in Qubair Farm.

Bashar Assad and his regime had a choice, either to implement immediate and drastic reforms to meet the people demand for open, accountable and transparent government and dismantling of the Ba’athist control over every aspect of life or deployed his army, and he chose to wage war on his own people. Unlike Tunisia and Egypt, the Syrian army took the side of the regime, not the people and hence the mayhem.

The Syrian army was never a national army, but a regime and “sectarian” army transformed by the late Hafez Assad to insure the continuation of his dynasty and to insure the Ba’athist Party homogeneity over every aspect of life in Syria. It was deployed in Lebanon in support of the Christian Phalangist during the Lebanese civil war and later own became an extension of a racketeering mafia of drugs, extortion, and smuggling for the key members of the regime, in partnership with key Lebanese politicians. Of course we should never forget the massacre of Tel-Zaater committed against the Palestinian refugees by the Christian militias with the support of the Syrian army.

The Arab world after the experience of Iraq and Libya does not want Western military intervention specially the US under any circumstances. The Arab world had enough of occupation, had enough of killings and destruction, and colonialism. The Arab world is angry at the double standards of the West and its indifference to the Israeli Occupation that lasted for over 45 years and stood silent as Israel waged a relentless attack using all the arms supplied by America and the West to attack Gaza and Lebanon, not once but many times over.

I am sure every one can understand taking up arms against the regime. As I am sure the American people will take up arms if the Republican or Democratic or the Tea Party decide to become a regime, with a monopoly over every aspect of life, and decide to deploy tanks, APC, fighter jets in towns and cities across the US to preserve the regime. If we accept the rights of self defense then we must support the arming of the Syrian people to defend themselves against a ruthless regime that does not hesitate committing mascaras every time and every where. Time for new Syria to rise up from the ashes.

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9 Comments for “Syria: In Support of Revolution”

  1. As I mentioned before, I am against any kind of military intervention by the US.NATO, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel or any third parties. I am also against Russian and Iran supplying arms and weapons to Assad regime. If Assad does not stop his war on his people and pull back his entire army to its baracks then the people have the right to seek arms from any where to fight the regime… Do not expect the people to do nothing while Russia, Iran supplies the regime with weapons and Assad regime have the use of the army against the people. Too bad Bashar chose his family over Syria..Too bad Burhan Galyoun was not up to it to be an effective leader.. Of course after 40 years of marginalization and suppression of any potential opposition, it will take time for a competent leadership to emerge… However the people will continue to fight until they win..

    • But Sami, aren’t you ignoring the run-up to this dialogue? Shall I remind you, sir?

      salem-news.com/stimg/january032012/sarkozy_assad.jpg

      Sarkozy is like the candle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, Lumiere.

      ♪♫Beeeee…ouurrrr….GUEST
      Be Our Guest
      And we’ll provide the rest!

      Coup du jour,
      Cold drone war,
      Bashar, please have some more!

      We can sing,
      We can dance
      and we tore Gaddafi’s pants
      ~~
      ……so, a dinner here is never second beeeeest!~
      Go on, another venue
      We’ll be friends and then you’ll
      SEE Conquest
      BE Conquest
      YES PLEASE, PLEASE
      BE OUR GUEEEEEESSSSST!!!!!! ♫♪

      Presented with some attempted humor, but absurdly true. Russia and Iran are maintaining a status quo against what you believe to be a genuine uprising. But the genuine qualities of this uprising are lackluster.

      I get what you are trying to say: Syria is for the Syrians. Unfortunately, the 10,000 foot view presents a triggered civil war care of NATO. Assad didn’t go from the West’s favorite Arab to Hitler like Gaddafi overnight by accident. Let’s eschew that dreamy state.

      • Of course the West always supported dictatorship especially in the Arab world and the Middle East. As such, the US and the West position on Syria has nothing to do with freedom for the Syrians, it has every thing to do with making sure the new government is friendly with Israel and is ready to sign peace agreement with Israel. However to discount and dismiss the popular uprising is truly unfair and wrong. People did not choose to carry arms; they were forced to do it. Just watch the news coming out of Syria with the government using tanks, howitzers and helicopters to attack cities and burn forests and field. When government, any government uses its army to kill its citizens, then it is every one’s business. Bashar and his family and regime have nothing to do with “Arab nationalism, or resistance, or steadfastness” it is a family affair, and have used drunken, useless and failed Arab intellectuals to promote its message ( Arab intellectuals that were for the most part on the side of dictatorship throughout the Arab world). I think on this issue we chose to disagree…I will never call for or accept any US or NATO intervention in Syria. As for Russia it has nothing to do with Bashar or Syria but has every thing to do with the US.. Putin is putting his foot down making sure the US is not the king of the jungle any more… China is taking the same position.

  2. Dear Sami,

    If you are an interventionist, you MUST supply an explanation of how you will plug the power vacuum you would create with your recommended maneuver before someone else does.

    If you cannot, then your recommendation is dangerous.

    Regards,
    The “Way”

  3. The truth seeps out of Syria

    PETER HITCHENS DAILY MAIL U.K.

    I have been contacted by a group of Western women who live in Syria and who believe that most of what the world is being told about that country is false.

    As far as I can discover, they are not stooges of what they agree to be a rather nasty government in Damascus, but exactly what they say they are: normal human beings caught up in a political tornado. For obvious reasons, I have promised to protect their identities.

    I urge you to read what follows, because it is important, because our emotional interventions in other countries never do any good, and because it is vital that people resist attempts to drag us into Syria, too, by feeding us one-sided atrocity propaganda.

    This sort of propaganda has a price. I hope you have noticed the continuing tally of deaths of selfless British soldiers in Afghanistan, in a cause long ago abandoned.

    And I hope you have also noticed that Libya, ‘rescued’ by us a few months ago, is now a failed state whose main international airport was recently taken over by gangsters, and where unjustly arrested prisoners are starved and tortured in secret dungeons.

    One of my informants from Syria writes of the ‘activists’ we hear so much about: ‘These protesters are not peaceful, flower-carrying people wanting freedom. No, they are weapon-toting killers who snipe, who ambush, who fire upon the army with the sole purpose of inciting riot and mayhem.’

    She blames Salafis, ultra-puritan Muslims influenced by Saudi teachings, who loathe and threaten Syria’s minorities of Alawites and Christians. She says many of the ‘activists’ are foreigners, a view shared by all my informants. Many of the ‘activists’ are armed.

    Armed intervention is in fact well under way, uncondemned by the UN, which readily attacks the Syrian government for defending itself. Another writes: ‘I have seen reports of opposition rallies which showed pictures of pro-government rallies, and reports purporting to be from the north Syrian countryside, where it has been an incredibly wet year, which appear to have been taken in some desert. The news being accepted as truth by BBC World News is so biased these days that I no longer believe what they say about anything any more, after more than 60 years of crediting them with the truth.’

    She says she has spoken to a man who took part in a march at Hama last summer. He ‘was worried for his safety, but was given a red rose to carry and assured the whole thing would be calm and orderly, and seeing many other men from the mosque joining in with their small sons, he agreed. They walked for a very few minutes, the unarmed police watching them from the wayside, then a man next to him pulled out a gun and shot the nearest policeman dead.’

    A riot followed, reported by foreign TV stations as a police attack on peaceful marchers.

    I expect to have more to say on this in weeks to come.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2156929/PETER-HITCHENS-Pop-goes-Monarchy-The-Queen-listened-Paul-McCartney–I-heard-end-Royal-Family.html#ixzz1xXTK0EQs

  4. Bill, that is why I appose any kind of military intervention by the US, its allies in Syria, to prevent the mayhem and dismantling and breakdown of Syria as it was the case in Iraq, Libya even Yemen. The US internvetion is only to protect and secure Israel, certainly not for the love of the Arabs or democracy. It is the presence of the dictatorial regimes that results in Western intervention and breakdown of the country, and the loss of lives and destruction of whatever infastructure is out there.. however dictatorships in the Arab world has to go.. We are sick and tired of hearing Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Only democracy can challenge the power and control Israel have over the region… trust the people, not the leadership.

    • You’re so full o’ shit it’s comin’ out your ears. You would almost be funny, if you weren’t so embarrassingly pathetic.

      Moreover, the fact that “Veterans Today” even gives you a platform to spew your hapless drivel reflects very poorly on them.

  5. Charlotte NC Bill

    Unwittingly arabs like you are doing the indirect bidding of your enemies..US intervention means another Iraq…And irresponsible ” making the perfect the enemy of the status quo” talk like this helps make that happen…Don’t believe it? Your naive..You want Iraq duplicated in Syria? The quataris do!

  6. Youssef - Beirut

    Quite refreshing to read an article about the Syrian situation written by someone who obviously knows what he is talking about.

    Thank you Sami for putting things back into their real perspective.

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