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Leaders said on the bravery of Syrian people…

For invaders of Syria and occupiers of its lands:

The founder of Saudi Arabia monarchy, King Abdul Aziz Al Saud said:

“Syria does not need men. Syria’s men are the most steadfast…”

Fidel Castro said:

“The French are fools: They occupied a country with people who never lose patience and never weaken…”

Dictator Saddam Hussein of Iraq: “In every Syrian blood drop is born a Mujahed

Kissinger said: “There will never be found a more courageous, hardworking, and steadfast men outside of Syria…”

Hitler said: “Give me a Syrian soldier with a German weapon and I will let Europe crawl on its fingers…”

The bloody Omayyad governor of Basra, Al Hajaj bin Youssef said:

“Never be tempted to believe that the people in Syria (Ahel Al Sham) are patient or weakly: If they support you they will make you king, and if they revolt against you they end up chopping your head… Be warned of three:

1.”Stay clear from the Syrian women: they’ll eat you as a lioness devours its victims

2. Never try to invade their land: The rocks of its mountains will fight you

3. Don’t obstruct their religion, otherwise they’ll burn your worldly wealth

The French philosopher Ernest Renan said: “I have two nations. Syria is my motherland”

Note 1: Since antiquity, almost all war-type empires invaded Syria. Due to its topography, it is easy to invade inland Syria via the plains, but the mountainous regions have been spared, where minority sects have taken refuge from frequent persecutions. It is easy to invade Syria, but in order to retain it, all invaders were forced to give the people self-autonomy.

Note 2: The Crusaders never attempted to occupy any city in inland Syria: They were satisfied with the coastal cities.

Note 3: The Arab armies that vanquished Byzantium and the Persian Sassanian empires were mostly composed of Syrian soldiers. During the Omayyad dynasty, with Damascus as Capital, the Arabic empire expanded all the way to north Africa.

Note 4: It is when the Capital was moved to Baghdad during the Abbasid dynasty that the Arabic empire started its decline by relying on other nations soldiers. It was no longer an Arabic empire, but a Moslem empire. The saying that “Syria is the heart of the Arab world” should be taken very literally.

Note 5: It is Syria educated and urban people who started the cultural trend in the Arabic empire and developed the Arabic language to become the language of sciences, math and medicine.

Note 6: It is the Syrian support for the Caliphs that defeated the frequent minority revolts against the central power, regardless of the location of the capital of the Arabic empire

Note 7: Israel knows that it’s main nemesis is the Syrian people. As long as the Syrians regard Israel as a foreign implanted State, Israel has no chance to survive.

Note 8: The Arabic text
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Modern Batch of Banned Manuscripts (April 20, 2009)

 

            Censuring of books was not the sole domain of the Vatican or other religious sacerdotal castes; the State governments, special associations “for preserving morals”, and other politically oriented organizations shared in restricting freedom of opinions.  Private court cases are preponderant at this age for extorting royalty fees or any other excuses such as safeguarding privacy.

 

            Gustave Flaubert published “Madame Bovary” in 1856 and the novel was deemed the worst scandal in that half of century. The French government realized that the novel represented the end of romanticism and the advent of reality of life in the provinces. Emma was no longer satisfied with her quaint life and wanted to experiment with her passions. The French State prosecutor banned “Madame Bovary”, “Les Fleurs du Mal” by Baudelaire, and “Mysteres du People” by Eugene Sue.  In 2007, a poll survey of the Anglo-Americans showed that “Madame Bovary” came second after “Anna Karenina” by Tolstoy.

            In 1863, the theologian Ernest Renan published “Life of Jesus”; it reconstructed the life of Jesus devoid of divine nature. It was an instant scandal and the manuscript was re-published 24 times before the end of 1864.  Renan was excommunicated after his death!

James Joyce published in 1918 “Ulysses”; it was an epic poem that recounts the peregrination of an Irish man, Leopold Bloom, in Dublin between 8 a.m. and 3 a.m.  One episode “Nausicaa” brought hell fire of censure from every corner.  Leopold courted a girl swimming nude during fire work and their orgasm coincided with the explosion of the “bouquet” of the fire work. The book “Ulysses” was persecuted by successive court orders for over ten years.

“Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by David H. Lawrence was published in 1928.  It disturbed the social order of class structure because an aristocratic lady deigned to become in love of her employee.  Even thirty-two years later, Britain would prosecute an Italian version.

“Tropics of Cancer” by Henry Miller was published in 1934 in Paris. It is about the personal sexual adventures of the author in minute details. For over 30 years no US publishers would dare touch this manuscript for “obscenity”. Miller’s “Sexus” was even banned in France between the years 1950 to 1964.

Louis-Ferdinand Celine published “Bagatelles pour un massacre”in 1937.  It was labeled hostile to Jews.  It enjoyed many editions during Nazi occupation of France but was never re-edited after 1945 on the ground that his widowed, Lucette Destouches, the sole owner of rights, wanted to respect the author’s wishes!  Celine had published the famous “Voyage au bout de la nuit”.

Nikos Kazantzakis published in Athens “The Last Temptation of Christ” in 1954. It relates a dream that Christ had while crucified of how it would have been his life among his wife and children. Christ would wake up from the dream and then He shouted “Everything is accomplished”.  It was 34 years later when projected as a movie by Martin Scorsese that all hell broke loose; movie theaters were attacked and burned; 14 of movie watchers were injured.

Christian Bourgois was declined by 13 editors before his first novel “L’Epi Monstre” is published in 1961; Christian has 21 years of age and that wrote the manuscript in 10 days. Christian was a nurse with the French army during the Algerian Revolution.  The story is about a communist widower who had incestuous relations with his two girls; one commits suicide and the other is killed by her father. The ban will be lifted in 2002.  Bougois published “Jeanne la Pudeur” and was also banned

Vassili Grossman (1905-1964) wrote “Life and Destiny”; he was a reporter for the Bolshevik daily “The Red Star” during the Second World War and witnessed the horrors of the war and detention centers. Vassili took precautions to leaving two microfilms of his manuscript with Andrei Sakharov and Vladimir Dimitrijevic.  The KGB had confiscated the manuscript, the carbon copy, and the typewriter ribbons.  “Life and Destiny” was published in 1980; it is in the genre of “War and Peace” of 800 pages that uncovers the resemblance of totalitarianism, the rejection of to all kinds of submissions, and the communication with “little people”.  It demonstrates the tyranny of the “Good” and how it can become an epidemic worst than “Evil”

“The Archipelago of Gulag” by Alexander Soljenitsyne was published in 1973 in Paris; it is a vast essay of literary investigation into concentration camps and testimonies of 227 detainees (zeks).  Soljenitsyne was expulsed from the Soviet Union and he wrote the next two volumes in the USA; he received the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1970 and then was received with full honor in Russia in 1994.  The manuscript was published in Russia in 1989.

During Nazi Germany occupation of France 714,000 books were burned in Paris.  The list of banned manuscripts started with 1060 and it kept climbing as Germany invaded Russia and then the US entered war.

Vladimir Nabokov published “Lolita” in 1955 in Paris for fear of being banned in the USA.  The manuscript had to wait until 1958 to be allowed to circulate in libraries. The story did not contain any pornographic descriptions and was recounted in Oxfordian exactitude about the love of a professor to his adoptive child after murdering her mother.

Before the latest wave of outcries for child molesting Tony Duvert published “Paysage de Fantaisie” in 1973 about his experience and inclinations for young boys and received the Medicis Prize for it.  Olivier Petre-Grenouilleau published “Traites Negrieres” where he claims that the Moslem’s Slave trades in Africa far outnumbered the European trade; he did the unpardonable commentary when he discriminated the suffering of the Jews during Nazi Germany and the suffering of the slaves.  In 2008, Sylvain Gouguenheim published “Aristote au mont Saint-Michel” where his researched led him to clarify that Aristotle’s philosophy was accepted in Europe as the Arab translated it; 56 philosophers and historians signed a petition proclaiming that the manuscript is not scientific.


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