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Who can support this regime?

The doctor in the besieged Syrian city of Homs stands at the grave of Marie Colvin, the Sunday Times correspondent who was killed on February 22, and asks the camera, “How can the United States, with all its might, fail to stop the shelling of my city and unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad?” He can only conclude that the US must in fact be “in alliance with Bashar al-Assad.” For how else can the young man who has dealt with so much death rationalize the daily mayhem and murder that has made Homs, and the neighborhood of Baba Amr in particular, the Sarajevo of our time?
 
Similar disbelief was expressed by Colvin’s colleague, the photographer Paul Conroy, as he lay recovering in a UK hospital after his daring escape from Syria into Lebanon, during which 13 of those guiding him to safety were allegedly killed. “There are actually no military targets within Baba Amr,” said Conroy, who has witnessed some of the most appalling conflicts in recent memory. “All of the intense shelling is in fact directed at the civilian population. It would be wrong to call this a war. This is a medieval siege and slaughter.”
 
The “siege and slaughter” of a “civilian population.” It is as unambiguous an assessment you could ask for, and yet many Lebanese and Syrians – people who would no doubt call themselves decent and humane – still argue the case for the Assad regime. They make the case that it is better to side with the devil they know rather than live under the Islamist regime that they are certain will surely follow should the Assads fall.
 
But there is no evidence that, should the insurrection prevail, Syria will suddenly become a medieval caliphate, a Wahhabi state run by sinister men with square beards. The Arab mindset has a history of being programmed by certainties that are far from being certain: “If Hezbollah disarms, Israeli armor will be in Beirut within hours” is the mantra we preach to avoid taking a hard decision. And yet there is no evidence that this will happen. (Indeed, it is Hezbollah’s belligerent posture and apocalyptic rhetoric that makes war a very real scenario.)
 
But let’s humor the Basharniks for a second. So where are the Islamists in the battle for modern Syria? From what we can tell, the vast majority of the opposition to the regime is made up of ordinary civilians, not just men, but women and children. Those who have weapons are, by and large, army defectors, or those men who have taken up arms in outrage against the regime’s brutality.
 
What many forget is that Syria has a young population, one of the youngest in the Arab world, and it is part of the wider awakening that cannot understand why generations of their compatriots put up with an authoritarianism that appeared to gain its legitimacy by the mere presence of the state of Israel and the apparent threat that it posed. This new generation has looked beyond the narrow confines of the so-called Arab-Israeli conflict, and they have courageously decided that they don’t want it.
 
But we digress. Because to even suggest that any Islamist involvement the Syrian revolt can justify the level of slaughter is as disgusting as those who are perpetrating the cull. Those Syrians who have reconciled their support for the regime with their conscience are as guilty as the regime itself. For let us assume that what will follow the downfall of the Assads is not to the palate of the merchant classes and others who have thrived under the Assad family’s patronage. Does this justify the slaughter of innocent civilians? The bloodletting has nothing to do with protecting the Syrian economy, nor with the interests of the private sector. It cannot be condoned because of a fear of the unknown. This is not about regional stability. This is about maintaining power at any cost. It is about giving a master class in dealing with national impertinence. And yet there are those who still back the regime, who want things to return to normal so they can live in what they see as stability.
 
But events have become so monstrous, there is nowhere left to hide, and surely, if only because it falls within the compass that is human compassion, those Syrians who have remained on the fence will now break off from the mother lode of Baathist kryptonite that has sustained the regime for so long. The crumbling must begin.

  • ali daoud

    Hassan, ya Hassoun, by the way, why you felt insulted by "Hassoun"?!!!!any way, you said you are fair, how did you conclude that i meant the "sunni countries"?!! it is known who worked hard in the UN and outside the UN to topple Bashar, from the USA to israel to britain and france to qatar and saudi...etc, do you think that i look at saudi and qatar as sunni countries? are they truly sunni? do they really care about Sunna or Islam itself?!!!do they care about Prophet Mohammad himself?!! get real ya Hassoun, halla2 saret el USA and israel wanting Bashar to stay the same as Russia and China?!!! where do you live ya Hassoun, yes, Russia wants Bashar to stay, while the USA and israel tried to topple Bashar and failed, what can they do that they didn`t do in order to topple Bashar? can they do any more things without a UN resolution? can they risk a regional war where Russia will openly support Bashar in order to try to topple Bashar who proved he is strong, his army is strong and united,..

    March 22, 2012

  • ali daoud

    SAMI, i am loosing it?!!! dear Sami, you and your allies are loosing everything, we already won, we won in 2006 and we won in 2012, yalla, good luck in your next war against the only enemies of israel in the arab world. now, dear sami, about me dying for Bashar as you claim, i wonder what kind of logic you use ya sami, i wonder how you conclude that i am dying for Bashar or that Bashar is asking me to die for him, the true picture is that Bashar is fighting the whole world and is risking his regime and his life in order to keep his promise never to let down our Resistance. if today, Bashar sends a message to USA, israel, qatar and saudi that he will stop supporting our Resistance, then the same countries who are sending terrorists into syria now will hand them to the syrian authority. the USA has no problem with Bashar except his support for our Resistance, they tried hard to buy him, he was not ready to sell, they tried hard through many ways, they even used the qataris to seduce him.

    March 22, 2012

  • Hassan

    Maid, ya Majoud, no I didn’t count them, but I am sure there are less than the 8000 people killed by Bashar. Of course I call them rebels; aren’t they part of the rebels? What do you call the HA members who conspired with CIA and smuggled Money? ex-HA? How can you say my allies though I stated if done out of crime of passion, snapping, and revenge, it is still a criminal act. I am being fair but you either see black or white. Who did you mean by enemies of Syria? Sunni countries? Big change from accusing the US and Israel, to blame it on Sunni Arabs countries. Or are the US and Israel still on your hate list? Saying that Syria is true Arab regime and enemy of Israel is hilarious. You asked if I believe if they will install freedom. The answer is No as long as the US, Israel, now and your allies, Russia etc wants the Basha to stay, and they will not succeed to see if they install freedom. But who knows, may be unlike Bashar be able to get the Golan back.

    March 22, 2012

  • Sami

    you'r losing it majd! you'r flip floping and contradicting yourself in the same statement. maybe you don't read well. get some education. On a more serious note, do you remember that big smile on faces of sheikh Hameeeed and sheikha Moza when they visited you in the south and you danced for them?? do you think they were smiling at you or laughing at you? Bashar is sure not saying vive majd! he is saying die majd wishbaa mout! die for me majd - you and your family! die so tha I can keep this chair for 40 more years! die so that Asma can afford luxury goods from Louis Vuiton and Chanel! die and I promise we will call you martyr and pray that god put you in heaven so that you can enjoy all the milk and honey you want! come on majd blow yourself up for me! what are you waiting for??

    March 22, 2012

  • ali daoud

    Hassan, ya Hassoun, i liked your "some rebels" bla bla bla! did you count them ya Hassoun? were you there ya Hassoun? second, and you are calling those criminals "rebels"?!!! i liked it, i loved it! third, what about those car bombs that are killing civilians and innocents? are the "rebels" doing it too? why are you ashamed to call a spide a spide?! let`s admit ya Hassoun that foreign enemies of syria have taken the opportunity that some syrians were asking for reforms so they intervened and moved their terrorist gangs and supplied them with money and weapons and foreigners in order to topple the only true Arab regime who is also the only arab enemy of israel. now ya hassoun, do you really believe that in case those groups succeeded, they will help installing freedom and unity and democracy in syria? those foreign enemies of syria have one goal, to destroy syria and those terrorist gangs can bring nothing but destruction of humanity. mabrouk 3layk such allies ya Hassoun!

    March 21, 2012

  • ali daoud

    sami,don`t be so glad,i don`t believe in any international organization, but you do. however, i used that statement in order to indict your syrian terrorists from your own mouth as they say. look, such organizations have remained silent toward the syrian opposition terrorists for months, they cannot remian any silent especially after it has become known to the whole world that al Qaeda is operating in syria and after the USA itself has admitted so. such organizations usually report 10% of the acts of the syrian terrorists, however, they report 1000% of the acts by the syrian government, meaning they tend to exaggerate things where the regime is accused and underestimate those acts by the terrorist opposition. now, it suffices me that they declared that your syrian opposition is nothing but a bunch of terrorists supported and financed by external regimes in order to topple the only true arab regime who is the only true enemy of israel. Vive Bashar, down israel

    March 21, 2012

  • Hassan

    Majd, stop the festivity and joy knowing that some rebels have kidnapped, tortured etc. Even though, Human rights distinguishes in the timing and that it is not anywhere near what Bashar did, I still believe it is wrong. It is still a criminal act by some rebels even if under the law it is considered crime of passion. The Human Rights stated that some did it; and Some doesn’t mean All. I will try to give you examples so you can see my point. Examples of Some: when some members from HA were accused of conspiring with the CIA, it doesn’t mean all. When some of HA members smuggled money, it doesn’t mean all. When some are accused of killing Rafik, it doesn’t mean all. An Example of All is when Nasrallah speak on behalf of HA members saying he supports Bashar and nothing about children dying. It is when HA with weapons showed in the streets on May 2008, now that’s all. I hope now you can see the difference.

    March 21, 2012

  • Sami

    I am glad to see that you beleive in Human Rights International organization. You didn't tell us what this same organization and others say about the regime. When it talks about the regime, you say this is a zionist american conspiracy - but when it suits you - you have no problem quoting it and using its reports, just like you quote israeli newspapers all the time on MANAR and NBN. Wonder how Fayez is doing in prison. Soon Aswad and Aoun will follow him. Already half of Hizballah leadership have been found to be Israeli agents.

    March 21, 2012

  • ali daoud

    sami, khallena bel jadd halla2, i hope you enjoyed today`s report by Human Rights International where they declared that they found out the syrian OPPOSITION has committed systematic crimes of kidnapping, torturing, assassinations and prosecutions against regime security forces as well as pro-regime civilians, it also stated that those terrorist acts were driven by sectarian motives, facts that i always repeated myself on this board. now dear sami, do you still believe that those terrorist syrian oppositions care to bring freedom and democracy to syria or they only care to reach power at any price for personal and external agendas?!!!!!!!!! yalla, t3eesh wtakol ghayra!

    March 20, 2012

  • Sami

    (...) michelle aoun admited today proudly working with the Israeli lobby in congress to pass the law forcing Syria to withdraw from Lebanon. He is basicaly saying America is the ruler of the world and any law it passes will be enforced. Wasn't his partner in that the convicted Israeli spy Fayez Karam? did you visit him in prison by the way?

    March 19, 2012

  • ali daoud

    No Sami, you`d better search for me in all your videos about May 7th!!!!!!!!!!!any way, seems you surrendered, mabrouk 3layk your alliance with israel, USA and their filthy Arab puppets, and mabrouk 3laye my alliance with syria, iran and the Palestinian Resistance, and let`s see who will be the winner, do you want a bet?

    March 18, 2012

  • Sami

    Majd, I found the video for you, watch it and tell me if that was you the one dancing with the batton for Kheikh Hameeed and sheikha Moza: ...

    March 16, 2012

  • ali daoud

    sami, it is obvious also you are so upset, u know why? because you can`t argue with me about the fact that you are siding with israel and its allies, like it or not, wanting it or not, your sectarian hate is much greater than your patriotic and national and Arabic feelings, you are ready to side with evil and with israel if they will rid you of your sectarian adversary, you are ready to forget about Palestine and Al Kods if it is a condition to reach the demise of your sectarian "enemy", you are ready to be monitored and guided and brainwashed by some TV`s and some hating commentators and puppet filthy leaders who never cared about your well being nor about Palestine nor about Arabism nor about our independence nor about israel`s occupation. and what is your justification? it is that al Jazeera is saying that Bashar is masacring the majority of its people! and who is fighting against Bashar? al Jazeera claims that innocents and angels and humanists are gathering to fight Bashar 4 peace

    March 15, 2012

  • ali daoud

    sami, it`s obvious you and your allies are bankrupt and helpless and hopeless, yes, Edleb is FREE from all those thugs and terrorists who came from all over the world to fight the only Arab Regime that is a true enemy to israel, why those "claimed" Islamists don`t rush to "friendly" Egypt from which they cross to Gaza in order to help their brothers who are being butchered by the israeli war planes?!!!!!! why we don`t hear a low voice condemning israel and calling for providing help and money and weapons to the Palestinian brothers who are masacred by israel?!!!! where is the Islamist majority in Egypt`s Parliament and streets?!!!! you blame Bashar for not being able to Free Golan, where is your mighty Egypt which lost Gaza for ever and which is watching the Palestinian deaths?!! why Egypt is still blockading Gaza and cutting the power off Gaza most of the times?!!! don`t you feel a shame to know that Egypt just decided to give some power to Gaza after Gaza paid them usd two million?

    March 15, 2012

  • Sami

    Majd, did you say Idlb free? I think you mean Golan Hights. THANK YOU QATAR! Shoukra Qatar! YA sheikh Hameeeeeeed! Do u have this song on CD? downlaod it so you can listen to it while driving. Did you dance for the Sheikh and Princess Moza when they visited you in the south? How about your buddies Jumblat and Aridi? how much did that ayatoulla tell you to love them? and how much does he tell you to hate them now? you are a political and religious slave. you can't even think for yourself. you can't formulate your own opinion. you get stuffed with religious and political dirt like a punch bag.

    March 15, 2012

  • ali daoud

    sami, yes, you are an ally to saudi and qatar and israel and usa too, all your agenda and logic and goals and likes and dislikes are the same as israel`s and the filthy arab allies, saudi arabia never mentioned a good thing about israel, but can you convince an average person that saudi is not an ally to israel??? habibi, since decades saudi is doing and paying for the things that israel and USA are willing to do but unable, who fought against Abdul Nasser in Yemen and for whose benefit? who dragged Saddam and paid for his war against Iran and for whose benefit? who financed and supported the Afghans against the soviets and for whose benefit? who conspired and supported the israeli war against HA in Tamouz and for whose benefit? who conspired and financed and supported the armed uprising against Bashar and for whose benefit?!!! it is amazing how you always end up siding with the arab puppets of the USA and israel and you always end up siding against israel`s enemies!! any way,edleb Fre

    March 14, 2012

  • ali daoud

    sami, it`s obvious you don`t read me well, it`s truly frustrating if i have to repeat things to you many times and also if i have to explain things many times, ya akhi ma tokhlot cha3ban b ramadan, review my posts, when i talked about minor issues i was talking about your accusations to iran and syria as allies to israel, i never talked about minor issues to claim that qatar was not an ally to israel during tamouz war, ya akhi enta keef betfakker lamma bte2ra?!!! yes, qatar was and still an ally to israel, but did we do a wrong when we gave qatar a chance to compensate for its wrong doings and at the same time let the people of the south have the needed money to rebuild their villages? there were many possibilities one of which was that qatar might be revisionning its position and willing to take a more balanced position between us and israel, so we gave qatar that chance while remaining cautious about its real intentions and leaving it for the time that will tell us the truth .

    March 14, 2012

  • forget me not

    wow sorry for the word jumble in my previous post, it's hilarious. Goes to show never use a spell checker on the fly, LOl.

    March 14, 2012

  • forget me not

    "let`s not forget that the Emir of Qatar tried hard to meet Sayyed Hassan who refused" now majd this is the one of biggest lie you have come up with, of more likeky this lie fabricated by the fertile minds of the editor of Al-Akhbar once Qatar fell out of favor. Actually Hassan apologized for not being able for meeting the Emir on account that he was in hiding afraid for his life. Besides the Qatari was too busy meeting with Lebanese officials elected by Lebanese to bother with meating one apointed by the previous Ayatollah. Facts are Mohammad Raad represented Hassan during al-Thani's Bint Jbeil visit. Anyone with a minimal knowledge of using to Google can check that for themselves, use pro HA archives. Just like Bashar's misinformation department majd you still live in an age where regimes controled all information to keep their populations ignorent. But everyone else lives in the age of free information that people can use to break out of their ignorance.

    March 14, 2012

  • Sami

    There is nothing that has changed about Qatar since the tamouz war. They supported the muslim brotherhood and Hamas and they still are, and everyone knew that during the tamouz war they were sending american air to surface missiles from the US base in Doha to Israel. Scotland refused to let these missiles come thru its territory before heading to Israel, so Qatar sent them directly to Israel. IS THIS SMALL AND MINOR THING IN YOUR DICTIONARY?! HA and everyone in the world knew this was happening, yet for few dollars you paraded the Emir of Qatar and his wife Moza in Lebanon and presented him as the savior of Arabs and muslims. After all this you accuse me of being an ally to Qatar and Saudis, when I never said anything good about them. You keep forgetting that I am a free man, while you are a political and religious slave.

    March 14, 2012

  • ali daoud

    @@sami, again sami, same old tactics, you bring up minor meaningless tactics to prove major facts, yes, we thanked qatar when it rebuilt some southern villages, as we opposed qatar when it sides with israel, do you want us to accept only the iranian money so you and your likes would rush to accuse us we are sectarian and we refuse to get help from sunnis and that we refuse good gestures when it comes from a sunni regime?!!! we were honest with qatar and its gesture, we thought that if that gesture is a sign of friendship or a sign of retreat from a past hostility, then why not accept it and give reward for it in the form of a "Thank you"?!!! qatar did a good thing, and we thanked it, but if qatar thought that it will buy us then it missed the address, such buy and sell tactics work with future movement, the LF, the Muslim brotherhood, ...etc, but not with a truly ideological movement such as HA. and let`s not forget that the Emir of qatar tried hard to meet Sayyed Hassan who refused,

    March 13, 2012

  • Sami

    majd, it wasn't me that placed banners all over Lebanon that said "shoukran Qatar" "thank you Qatar" after during tamouz war Qatar allowed the missils from US base in Doha be tranported to Israel. It wasn't me who made a song on NBN and MANAR for the Emir of Qatar. It wasn't me that threw the red carpet for the emir of Qatar and his wife Moza in the south! you people are stooges!

    March 13, 2012

  • ali daoud

    @@sami, you always bring "minor proofs" out of the context to prove your opinion at time you neglect major history events and wars and open alliances and assassinations and blockades and treaties and cooperations...etc. i truly cannot understand your logic, you want to be an enemy of syria and iran while you want to convince us that syria and iran are allies to israel against all facts and history!!! you do this for one reason, you know you are a de facto ally of israel and you feel a shame for it so you try to accuse us of being allies to israel, that is a childish and naive tactic, you cannot convince a kinder garden child that israel is ally to iran and qatar and saudi are enemies to israel, if i need to discuss such issue with you i certainly prefer to talk about astraunomy!

    March 12, 2012

  • ali daoud

    @@sami, you are amazing Sami, you don`t miss a chance to give excuses to israel and to justify israel`s crimes since you claim Bashar is doing the same!!! you are amazing Sami how you blame syria and iran who are the only supporters for the Resistance, how you blame them for not building shelters for the civilians!!! where is our state ya Sami? whose job is to build shelters? ye3ni, baddak syria and iran to do everything, and baddak HA and the southerners to sacrifice everything and to fight for decades, and once the succeed to liberate the land, you and your likes rush to cut the nails of HA and to conspire with the west and the filthy arabs against syria, iran and the Moqawama!!!still ya Sami, you cannot deny the fact that your allies are israel`s allies and my allies are israel`s enemies who fought israel on the ground not in speeches.

    March 12, 2012

  • Sami

    Keep in mind Majd that Syria thru its Amal militia in Lebanon killed more Hizballah fighters and supporters than did Israel. Keep in min Majd that Bashar's father came into Lebanon in support of Kateb and it was Syrian army artilery that destroyed tal al zaatar refugee camp that was fighting the Kataeb! and keep in that it was Khomeini that bought weapons from Israel to fight Iraq. Don't you see a patern here? don't you see that the Syrian and Iranian regimes justify any action they take to preserve their regimes? of course your sactarianism blinds your eyes from seeing the facts.

    March 12, 2012

  • Sami

    Majd, the Lebanese civilians are the ones who liberated the south. While the resistance builds shelters and hideouts for its fighters, the civilians of Lebanon in the south and everywhere elese in Lebanon faced israel with no protection and no shelters. For every hizballah fighter that died, there was hundreds of civilians who died. Israel builds shelters for its civilians and not for its army. If Iran and Syria truely cared about Lebanese people, they would have funded building of shelters. Now your Bashar is killing his own people and using the same language as Israel does when it attacked Gaza and when it attacked Lebanon: "oh it is not our fault civilians are dying, it is the terrorists fault of hiding among civilians and using them as human shields".

    March 12, 2012

  • Sami

    fine majd, give Bashar another 40 years to get ready

    March 11, 2012

  • ali daoud

    @@sami, my dear sami, you cannot blame Bashar for not being able to liberate Golan in the time being at time the whole Arab world wasn`t able to face israel, are you asking Bashar to do a suicide and attack israel before he is ready to win?!!!! let your filthy arab allies stop dealing and supporting and financing israel and USA before you ask Bashar to attack israel and liberate Golan, let your filthy arab allies stop targeting the Resistance before you ask the only arab supporter of the Resistance to attack israel in a direct war, and what is your other option ya sami? is it a syrian regime who already sold out Golan even before he gets to power? at least, Bashar is resisting israel`s goals and supporting those who are fighting israel and that is not cost-free, Bashar is paying a high price for that support, a price which is much higher than the price paid by the resistance itself, get real ya sami, when Bashar is gone, no Arab would dare to say he is Arab and Palestine wil be history

    March 11, 2012

  • ali daoud

    @@sami, i don`t care what you think Bashar would say to me, i better care about what Bashar truly says to me and what he does to me and what support he gave me in the past and still ready to give. i care about the fact that Bashar supported and harboured all kinds of Resistance and always refused to sell them out, i care about Bashar being the only Arab Leader who dared to support the Resistance. you cannot blame Bashar for hoping to stay in power for 40 years, your filthy arab allies have been in power for decades and they will be there for ever, and you cannot blame Bashar for not being able to free Palestine since your filthy arab allies already sold Palestine and they are open allies for israel and they are doing what israel cannot do to the Palestinian cause. also, you should know that it is evident Bashar is the one who is ready to die for us, if Bashar accepted to be a USA puppet like your filthy arab allies then Bashar would be ruling the Arab League now.

    March 11, 2012

  • A. Fawaz

    Majd haha, as I expected (...) in on the least important part of my argument ignoring the meat. The whole argument was about (...)Hafez Assad agreeing to participate in the coalition only if the US and Israelis agreed to give him the go ahead to invades Lebanon. Before they accepted that request his medias attacked the coalition as illegal. Needless to say I enjoyed your incoherent rant immensely and I was proud of you for not denying the ugly truth. Which is that (...)Syrians were more than happy to collect on their US-Israeli prize and invade, occupy and control Lebanon, and bomb, murder, execute and oppress the Lebanese, they did it with such gusto you must have cheered them then too. On the other hand like you I'm proud that Bashar supported the Iraqi resistance and helped free Iraq of the US occupation by sending all the Al-Qaeda jehadists there, as a bonus they also helped free Iraq of it's Christians. VIVE Le Vent!!

    March 10, 2012

  • Sami

    Majd, now that baba amr has been "liberated", there remains Idlb to liberate and Bashar can declare the entire Golan Hights liberated!

    March 10, 2012

  • Sami

    Majd, you say VIVE BASHAR?! do you think Bashar is saying VIVE MAJD? or maybe he says die Majd? Bashar is sure saying to you and the people like you, die for me Majd, sacrifice your body and sole for me. I need to keep this chair for 40 more years for me and my family, I need you to die to tell people I am fighting for palestine, I need you to die so that I can continue with my family amasing fortunes and so that my wife Asma can continue to afford buying Channel and Louis Vuitton from Paris. Die Majd and don't worry, we will call you a martyre and we will pray for God to send you to heaven. While you say vive Bashar, this is what Bashar is saying to you and the people like you.

    March 10, 2012

  • ali daoud

    @@@ Fawaz, correct yourself ya Fawaz, Assad`a Army was never part of the US invasion of Iraq, and the invasion took place in 2003 not in 1990, yes, Assad sent a group of syrian soldiers to take part in freeing Kuwait which was invaded by Saddam, but never took part in invading Iraq. however, when the US invaded iraq itself in 2003, it was your filthy Arab allies who financed the invasion and who let the US use their Arab territories to invade Iraq, while syria opposed the US invasion and later supported the Iraqi resistance and helped free Iraq of the US occupation, give me facts ya Fawaz and not empty slogans and propaganda and imaginations and fabrications!!! your Arab filthy allies in Kuwait and Saudi helped the US invasion and let the US pass through their territories, syria had nothing to do with it, and VIVE Bashar, Baba Amro 3atak 3omro!!!!

    March 9, 2012

  • N

    LOL! You are calling Ismail Haniyeh who represents the TRUE resitance to isreal a zionest conspirator??? Wow, I heard a lot of stupid things in my life but this goes off the charts. Im happy you represent HA and Baath mentality because it makes me sleep well at night that only really stupid people support these criminal groups. ASSad who keeps on begging for peace with Isreal and never shot a bullet across the Golan for 30 years. Isreal flew over his palace and bombed several spots in Syria and he didnt even shoot at the plances. And the filthy fake resistance called Hezbollahstan is nothing but a sectarian militia that doesnt care about protecting the upressed but serving its mullah masters filthy murderous Baath party. YOUR a LOSER!! LOL!

    March 8, 2012

  • thank you

    People are as confident today of Bashar staying in power as they were seven years ago today that his army was staying in Lebanon.

    March 8, 2012

  • USSU

    Anyone who support Bashar's opposition is a Zionist and US tool, case in point Ismail Haniyeh.

    March 8, 2012

  • A. Fawaz

    How can anyone disagree with Majd's well though out argument. In fact we should get real and recall the most blatant example of someone that never had even a shred of dignity but was full of empty slogans who for his own interests actively supported a US invasion of an Arab country for a price, that undignified insane person's name was Hafez Assad and the price was a neighboring country. In 1990 Hafez Assad agreed to be part of the US lead coalition to invade Iraq if in return the US and Israel gave him the green light to invade, occupy and control Lebanon and to bomb, murder, execute and oppress the Lebanese. So guys don't be hypocrites like Hafez or his son Bashar, be realistic like Majd hiding over there in Dearborn Michigan. Oh and Viva Las Vegas.

    March 8, 2012

  • Mehdi

    As long as we are on the subject of Patriach al-Rahi's Reuters comments Ghassan he also said "We do not speak out against any sect and we do not fear moderate Islam" so if he doesn't fear Islam as such how can he call Syria the closest thing (in the Arab world) to a democracy for merely having a non Muslim regime. He also confuses the issue further when he says "It’s true that the Syrian Baath regime is an extreme and dictatorial regime but there are many others like it in the Arab world". Surely Patriach al-Rahi can tell that not many other Arab counties are doing to their own people what he must have witnessed the Syrian extreme and dictatorial regime do to the Lebanese people. No other regime in the Arab world even came close to what the Syrians did in Lebanon and are now doing in Syria except for what the secular regime of Saddam did the the Shiites and the Kurds.

    March 7, 2012

  • FTR

    alsidani you forget that when Saddam gazed the Kurds the coalition set up the no fly zone which protected the Kurds and help them establish their autonomous region. Also for the record every revolution everywhere costs blood the the French to the Russian to the Iranian to the Baath in Syria and Iraq.

    March 7, 2012

  • ali daoud

    those who blame the US for not invading syria are the last ones who should talk about syria`s freedom and dignity, how one sane person would demand a foreign enemy nation to invade his own country? and for what purpose? do they really believe that democracy empty slogan and big joke? when the US decides to inavde a country it does so for its own interests and sure will not sacrifice its men lives for the sake of middle easterners freedom and democracy. add that, the US has no other choice, it supported the opposition in syria for almost a year, what was the result? the opposition turned out to be mostly a bunch of criminal terrorists while the external opposition is divided and cares only about reaching power. Bashar has outsmarted all his opponents, and for those who accuse him of killing and shelling civilians i say, if Bashar wanted to shell civilians he would have taken Baba Amr in few days and not in 11 months, get real, Vive Bashar.

    March 7, 2012

  • Hassan

    The Truth has spoken and I agree completely. I know the war will have circumstances regarding the outcome of the election. However, if they tell us the truth, we may understand and come to terms with it, but I will never accept lies and stupid excuses. I hope they didn’t forget that there will be no elections without voters. I am being sarcastic now but I would have accepted a personal excuse form Hillary saying that the house of her in-laws is very close to the border with Syria and she is worried about her daughter and in laws than saying the arms they may send to Syrians might fall in al-Qaeda’s hand. Defending Bashar started a year ago, like he is a reformer, sanctions, and we know Syria has everything in Europe not the US. No one mentioned the no-fly-zone like they did in Libya etc. obviously different approach, and there are so many events and facts that point towards the alliance conclusion.

    March 7, 2012

  • The Truth

    The people claiming that the US is allied with Bashar are wrong, what the US is doing is waiting because there is an election and Obama can not risk pissing off his base of support which does not want another war. The intervention in Libya went longer than expected and so they are more hesitant to get involved in Syria now. There is a little bit of the devil you know versus the devil you don't know at work as well. Unfortunately for the people of Syria these are the facts, the US government is more concerned with its own domestic politics than about Syria or even Israel (which is why Obama does not want a war with Iran right now). Each government thinks first of its own re-election than about foreign affairs. If the revolution survives past the US elections and/or the slaughter becomes unbelievably bloody (talking about tens of thousands dying in short periods of time) the US will not intervene. The Assad regime is very lucky in that the US is war-weary and in an election yea

    March 7, 2012

  • alsidani

    this is not the first love affair of arabs with dictators ,saddam hussein gazes the kurds i didnt see nobody complaining ,nobody rushing to help the kurds. all the arabs have to change the way of thinking ,a dictator always a dictator even if he belong to your sect/religion or tribe ,then you are true to yourself if you believe in democratie you should stand and fight for it what ever what so we should support the syrian demanding freedom same for all the minorities in all the arab/muslim world asking for equality and justice ,copts in egypt ,christian in pakistan,sudan nigeria ,kurds azeris bahai in iran, the list go on

    March 6, 2012

  • Hassan

    What other word than “alliance” can you conclude? This so called Arab Spring should have been called World Leaders Scandals. Syria always been special; Bush didn’t put Syria on the axis of evil; and from the start, Clinton said he is a reformer. The world waited thinking Bashar is going to win in few days or weeks. When they found out he is unable, shockingly, they still accepted reform. Then Syria is not Libya nor Bosnia or Yugoslavia. Then they found out Bashar needs more time, so they asked the Arab league to interfere, they started conducting resolution, vetoes, Friends of Syria, Kofi Annan. Finally, after 1 year, they found out they can put it behind al-Qaeda. Yet, it is ok for military intervention in Somalia. Now I know there are different types of al-Qaeda; I guess the ones in Syria are new improved, and bin-ladin free. But again instead of letting al-Qaeda wins, why not kill two birds in on stone in Syria.

    March 6, 2012

  • Phyllis

    In reply to Mick it is not true to say that minorities do not support the protesters. I have been travelling to the country for almost 25 years and have encountered many from minority communities whose lives were wasted languishing in jail and enduring torture because they dared to go against the Baath Party. On the wider issue, the old saying appears to hold true. Not in my back yard. People are genuinely afraid. Any mother would not like the hell that the people of Homs are enduring to come to her doorstep. Those of us looking on feel helpless. The Arabs themselves should be the first to step up to the plate. But given the complexities of the region, that's a tall order.

    March 6, 2012

  • حفيدُ الغساسنة

    According to Patriarch Bechar al-Rai, this Editorial is totally biased and one-sided. On Mar. 4 he told Reuters (which wouldn’t accept ‘retraction’ or ‘correction’ since it’s a “recorded” interview) that "All regimes in the Arab world have Islam as a state religion, except for Syria [Didn’t he read article number 3 in the new ‘approved draft constitution’ stating that the religion of the president is Islam and the Islamic jurisdiction is the basic source for legislation??]. It stands out for not saying it is an Islamic state ... THE CLOSEST THING TO DEMOCRACY (IN THE ARAB WORLD) IS SYRIA" (My emphasis). As an old friend has said about this latter phrase, “Not even Assad makes such OUTRAGEOUS CLAIMS.” (My emphasis, again)

    March 6, 2012

  • Mick

    The international community should outlaw the Syrian Barth Party and its supporters. Over forty years the majority Sunni population have been suffering from the hands of this murderous, atrocious regime. From what things currently stand in Syria right now, It's morally important that the minorities break there alliance with the regime before it is to late. Don't expect the suffering Sunni population to bend backwards in accommodating the minorties when they wouldn't even help in the demonstrations. The Sunni population are approximately 3 quarters of the country, which means the minorites have to contend with this fact. I am positive that the Sunni's are going to have a definate say as to how the country should be run once this evil dictator falls. Its about time the minorties stop nagging and come to there senses and start supporting there Sunni brothers.I am sure that the protesters will welcome them and the sooner the better.

    March 6, 2012

  • Hamdan

    For thirty years the Assad regime never fired a single shot to liberate the Golan. They say that if you support the opposition you support israel... I SAY the opposite which has more historical support as the article above mentions . But more sinister is that the Syrian Baath party is an Iranian Shia axis and truly Shiaism is an Israeli Project from over 1000 years ago... There is only one islam and the truest of which is not left nor right but a Middle ISlam that is the way Mohammad (SWS) followed and Preached over 1400 years ago. This article above is exactly what i was thinking for a long time and finally someone reiterated my thoughts. Come on Lebanese just think of the innocent hundreds of thousands of syrians that were demonstrating just a little while ago IT WAS REAL not a show...Now they are been slaughtered and a lot of you lebanese say KILL KILL KILL you who say such a thing are truly as EVIL as ISRAEL and the BAATH...

    March 6, 2012

  • Danial Comment

    It's painful to look at the suffrage of this pictured child. I don't blame the US for not partaking in the removal of the Assad regime. After the experiences in Iraq and Lebanon, why should the US sacrifice its soldiers? Within 30 days of helping save these poor souls, they will all turn against the US for having ulterior motives. This is the one time where the Arab nations should step to the plate and show their Arab unity and decency. Only they, as Muslims, will not be judged for ulterior motives. I can't imagine what would happen the day that Assad will lose his head. Revenge will forever continue in that country. Too much blood has spilled for nothing. I hope the United States doesn’t get involved in this unfortunate scenario. I hope the smarter heads prevail; I wish Turkey acts more inline with its remarks and supports those indigent people. Peace.

    March 6, 2012

  • alsidani

    it is sad but the reality is every change of power in an arab contry is without any doubt associated with violience and killing from yemen to algeria passing by lebanon

    March 5, 2012