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Kidnapping, torturing and swift execution: Is that the law of the land in Syria on both sides?

So what’s the score in Syria?

The regime has recaptured Baba Amro (a suburb of Homs), entered Edlib, Deir El Zour (close to Turkey’s border)…and practically, major military operations are at an end…

The “Opposition Forces” have detonated two vehicles in front of government building in the Mazeh district (Damascus), detonated cars in Aleppo, destroyed a bridge linking the city of Dar3a to the various southern provinces…

Apparently, various factions not related to “Free Syria Army” or the other military branch led by General Mustafa Sheikh are involved in these terror tactics…

Syria’s armed opposition is highly fragmented and many militias do not appear to belong to an organised command structure or to be following SNC orders.

The Iraqi terror style is being applied to Syria, and the US and Israel are very familiar with these operations that they fined-tuned for several years in Iraq…

In the meanwhile, the people in Syria are made to suffer from famine and indignities: Prices of basic foodstuff have increased 60%, and the gas canisters for cooking and heating have more than doubled… Apparently, Greece is dispatching gas canister from a ship off-shore, in order to circumvent the “sanctions” as a gesture of humanitarian aids…

And you wonder: “Whom the US and the Western States want to save and liberate with their economic and financial sanctions? and from what?”

To make things worse, the US sends to Lebanon a Zionist in the name of David Cohen to threaten the Lebanese banks from transacting with Syrian financial institutions, just to keep rubbing it in our face…

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported about 8,000 casualties in the year-long uprising, 10% of the casualties are of kids and women…This is a far better performance than the “collateral damage” statistics of US and Israeli operations that exceeded 60% in children and women…And they keep boasting of their “surgical operations” and “laser targeted  my ass” objectives…

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported from the Syrian activist Mazen that an armed group led by Abu Issa in Taftanaz (by Edlib) had kidnapped Syrian civil servants and tortured them to death.

The New York-based advocacy group condemned the tactics by opposition fighters, who have long accused government troops and loyalists of carrying out similar abuses.

Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW Middle East director, said in an open letter to dissident groups including the official opposition body the Syrian National Council (SNC):

“The Syrian government’s brutal tactics cannot justify abuses by armed opposition groups…The Syrian Opposition need to make it clear that they envision a Syria that turns the page on Assad-era violations and welcomes all – regardless of their religious group or background – without discrimination.”

“Opposition leaders should make it clear to their followers that they must not torture, kidnap or execute under any circumstances,”

HRW cited dozens of YouTube videos in which Syrian security forces or their alleged supporters confessed to crimes, apparently under duress. At least 18 of the videos showed detainees who were bruised, bleeding, or suffering from other signs of physical abuse, the group said.

One video showed a man hanging by his neck from a tree in front of armed fighters, with commentary indicating he was a member of the Shabbiha, feared irregular forces loyal to Assad.

Washington said it would “absolutely denounce” human rights violations by the rebels, but said most of the abuse was being carried out by pro-Assad forces…

White House spokesman Jay Carney said: “Within the context of what’s happening in Syria, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the great preponderance of violence against civilians and innocent people is being perpetrated by forces under the control of the Assad regime…” (Nothing new here emanating from Washington)

Nada Darwish urged the various media, used by the opposition (inside Syria), to circumvent State monopoly on news and the dissemination of information. For example, more than 10 electronic dailies have been circulating. One of them, “Oxygen” was closed as the army entered the city of Zabadani; “News of an infiltrators” stopped as its initiators were caught…

The remaining electronic dailies are “We want to speak and say our opinions”, “In all freedom, non adulterated expressions”, “What we say is our opinion, as Syrians first of all”, “Liberty”, “Syria wants freedom”, “The alternative”, “Our Syria”, “Country grapes“… A few hard copies of these daily news are distributed in different provinces.

The Syrian daily “Our Syria” (Suriatuna), with editor-in -chief Fouad Kobeissi, published a special issue of 44 pages under the major title “The revolution of dignity on its first anniversary: “We won’t be but Free”” contained op-ed of many authors such as Fares Ba7rat, Khoulud Zaghir, Muhammad Dibo, Mahmoud Mahmoud, Ninar Hassan…

Moussa Abd Hak, editor of the daily “Country Grapes” (3enab Baladi) has resumed publishing this daily from the city of Daria in January 19, 2011.

Note: On other eye-witness accounts

What else the Syrian regime can deliver?

The dictatorial regime in Syria has demonstrated capabilities of being in control in the following areas:

1. The institutions could hold a referendum on not a seriously valid Constitution (see note)

2. The military machine was able to put down the armed uprising in Baba Amro and several other cities such as Edleb…

3. The regime was able to lure the non-violent initial movements into taking arms;

4. It exhibited political astuteness of focusing its arrows on the absolute monarchies of Saudi Arabia and the Emirs of the Gulf States that have stepped forward as the most zealot supporters for democratic processes and rights of freedom of speech and gathering…

5. The regime was able to divide the opposition movements…

6. The regime is promising a parliamentary election in May…

Good. What else the Syrian regime can deliver or is ready to deliver, after the armed alternative did not solve the problems?

Mind you that the regime is based on three pillars: A President with absolute power, the military institution, and the security services. All these institutions are packed with the tailor-made “One -Party monopoly” of the Baath Party members and Alawit sect.  If any one of these pillars decide to break-up with the regime, the entire regime structure will inevitably crumble in no time.  That is why, each one of these pillars defends the atrocities of the other two structures and fail to severely condemn their serious faults and mistakes.

With these three institutions rooted in four decades of privileges and benefits, can anyone envision any viable consensus among them to reform the system according to the aspiration of a people sick and tired of this boring and tiresome climate of absurdities and stagnation?

No, Bashar Assad has no practical leverage to decide on his own without the tacit consent of the other two institutions.

Can the three pillars simultaneously agree on the Arab League program?

Do you believe that such a power structure can reach a negotiated deal for a convincing “transitional government” without the three powers be represented heavily in the government?

So far, the regime had it easy rallying the support of the majority of the population, given that the loudest voices against it are coming from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the USA, France, and England…

Mind you that most” Arabs” know, without a shadow of a doubt, that the previous loud States have never delivered on democracy and freedom of expression in the Arab States:  They all supported dictators, oligarchs, and absolute monarchs…These States main objective has always been and still is to divide the Arab States, keep the people in constant turmoil in typical colonial mentality, in order to dominate and exploit their resources and have a vast market for selling products…

If Hilary Clinton could once condemn Israel terror activities and stop blaming the Palestinians, and the artisanal mini rockets launched in retaliation of Israel frequent initiatives to assassinate their leaders under various lame excuses, maybe the Arab individual might ponder on Hilary’s hysterical hate for the Syrian regime….

The regime had it easy rallying the support of the majority of the population simply because the opposing States lack credibility in what they are demanding the regime to do or not to do…

As long as the regime is in a state of wait for the the follow-up dictum of Russia and China “another set demonstrations of the regime control of the civil and military institutions”, the Islam extremists will be gaining ground as wild fire spread, and the people of Syria will lose all the social and economical acquisitions since its independence.  Another example of potential well-educated Iraqis will be destroyed for decades to come.

So far, the regime has lost its dignity and face-saving alternatives: The masses are celebrating its downfall in songs and dances, and editing traditional songs into lyrics strongly attacking the regime and the Assad family…

Singing is the best outlet for what we are forbidden to say, and which should not be kept ignored, and which cannot be vocally censured. Singing and dancing are the best expressions of hope against a climate of oppression.  Daily singing events in town and villages lambasting the regime are natural outcome when the masses have shed their fear and long for freedom, at last.

The regime knew full well what message singing was sending and it assassinated singers such as Ibrahim Kashoush, the first one to start chanting in mass demonstrations in Homs, and the kid  Hamzat Khatib for chanting “Syria wants freedom”, and cutting-off the hands of cartoonist Ali Farsat…

Note: On the new Syria Constitution




March 2023

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