Sunday, July 10, 2005

The Syrian Opposition tries to Remake Itself but Falls Flat

The Syrian opposition is going through a difficult period of transition as it thrashes about to remake itself into a more effective force.

The local Syrian opposition has always been extremely fragmented and made of extremist groups on the left (read ex-Communist grouplets) and right (Islamists). Most of the effective voices of the opposition are individuals without a grass roots base. they get an airing on local satellite channels, are permitted to operate in Syria, and recommend something other than revolution, which scares the Syrian public. They are looking for ways to create a "broad national front." The erstwhile extremist parties are reworking their programs to advocate democracy and inclusion rather than to champion violence and avant-gardism.

It is in this context that we can understand the recent meeting of ex-Communist leader Riad al-Turk and The Muslim Brother leader Ali Sadereddine al-Bayanouni, who were guests on the London-based "Al-Mustaqilla" and not the Lebanese Al-Musatqbal, as I previously reported. The interviewer was Mohideen al-Lathiqani who used to work for Rifaat al-Asad's ANN satellite station, and he is a regular contributor to Asharq Al-Awsat."

It seems, from the reports of very few people who actually saw the program, that they did not form a "national front" as was promised. Rather the two opposition leaders flirted with each other and were coy about any common goals, using the announcement that they would form a common front as a means for both to get on TV. They both said that they support democracy and a national dialogue and are working for common goals, but were unable to really come together.

Here is what Joe Pace wrote me. He actually saw the program:

About the Bayanouni-al-Turk interview. The reception on my TV was utter crap, but i did catch a few important points.

1) Riad al-Turk said he wanted to ally with the muslim brotherhood, but didn't elaborate on the specifics of that alliance.

2) He criticized some segments of the opposition for being totalitarian in their outlook.

3) He referenced a speech he gave at the jamal al-attasi forum in 2001 calling
for dialogue with the regime, in which he said that despite the regime's lipservice to include a multitude of perspectives, cooperation and dialogue with the regime is no longer possible.

4) Bayanuni condemned the london attacks, spent a lot of time empahsizing his committment to democracy, plurality, free elections.
This says a lot about the state of the opposition. It is still very divided and weak. Almost no one in Syria saw the interview and it had no, or little impact, in Syria. There has been no subsequent news coverage of the program that I can find. Foreign embassies are looking into it - but more out of a sense of academic obligation than because they believe it is important. Who were Bayanouni and Turk trying to impress? Not Syrians, it would seem. Perhaps they are trying to convince the West that there is an alternative to the Syrian regime and that the opposition is really democratic. I doubt they succeeded.

The American based opposition, led by Farid Ghadry up until this point, has also imploded, and is trying to reconstitute itself. As reported a few posts ago, Ghadry's group just split along confessional lines, it would seem. Ghadry insists all confessions should be under one umbrella. The break away group is primarily Muslim. This is what Deborah Amos of NPR told me, but I have seen no confirmation of it.

Other issues which undoubtedly come into play are Ghadry's open support for Israel and strategy of using the pro-Israel lobby in Washington as a tool for access to Defense, State and particularly Congress. While this is good US politics, it is terrible Syrian politics, and kept him from winning much sympathy among the Syrian public who don't want instability. Clearly, Ghadry made the choice that only Washington can help him overthrow the Baath regime, much as Chalabi did for Iraq. Chalabi turned out to be the smarter of the two. He gambled correctly that Washington would help him get into Iraq. Washington is in no mood to play that game again. As President Bush has said, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

Joseph Braude wrote an interesting article in the April 1, 2005 issue of the New Republic, in which he tries to make Ghadry's case to the Washington crowd by comparing him favorably to Chalabi. Clearly he failed. Nobody wanted to be a fool a second time, even if Braude was arguing that Ghadry was the real deal. Now the State Department seems to be sponsoring a new crowd. Only Richard Perle came to Ghadry's last meeting, which attracted less than 20 participants.

It would seem that the State Department was not pleased with Ghadry, who tended to be alarmist and egotistical. The State Dept. is now supporting, at least they seem to be supporting, a new National Council, that some have compared to the INC, in the place of Ghadry's Reform Party. Here is the article on it.
Syrian Dissidents Launch National Council To Push for Democracy Council's formation announced in Washington July 6

07 July 2005
By Mercedes L. Suarez
Washington File Staff Writer

Washington -- Five Syrian dissidents residing in the United States have announced the formation of the Syrian National Council, an umbrella opposition group dedicated to regime change and the establishment of a democratic government in Damascus. “We are not looking for reform in Syria. We want a complete change in the regime in Syria,” Mohammed Aljbaili said at a press conference June 6. He described the Syrian regime under President Bashar Assad as “one of the most totalitarian rules in the world.”

The Washington-based council will coordinate with opposition groups inside and outside Syria to promote democratic change in the country, according to a statement issued by the council's executive committee. In addition to Aljbaili, the other members of the executive committee are Najib Alghadban, Hussam Aldairi, Mohammed Alkhawam and Abd Almuhaymen Alsibai.

"A democratic government in Syria is likely to preserve the national interest of Syria better than any other regime," said Alghadban.

The dissidents created the council after a convention of Syrians living in the United States took place in Washington June 18-19. The full list of founding members was not made public because many members feared for their safety.

The council's ultimate goal is to build a new state characterized by a multi-party democratic system with free and fair elections, the rule of law, a guarantee of human rights and the separation of powers, according to the statement. In the near term, the council is going to press for “lifting emergency laws, freeing political prisoners, and conducting elections,” the statement said.

Emphasizing that it is an umbrella group, not a political party, the council will seek to bring together opposition groups, “use the media to speed up democratic change” and “initiate a public relations campaign targeting international organizations and democratic forces worldwide,” according to the statement.

The council plans to organize a convention in the fall in Washington to broaden its reach and bring together opposition groups based inside and outside Syria.

“Our goal is to work with every organization and administration that seeks democracy,” said committee member Hussam Aldairi in response to a question about whether the council would work with the U.S. government.

The executive committee members said they had already met twice with officials at the U.S. State Department, initially in March and then around the time of their convention in June. Alghadban described the meetings as informative and “very positive.”

State Department officials said they had met with several nongovernmental Syrian groups in March, though they could not confirm meeting with any specific individuals from the newly formed council. The council members said they hope to continue to build contacts with the State Department and they plan to get in touch with members of the U.S. Congress.

“The American administration is interested in promoting democracy in the Middle East,” said Alghadban. The council’s aim is to “bring the goal of democracy to Syria, to make it at the heart of U.S. policy towards Syria,” he continued. He also said that the council is encouraged by the recent action of the U.S. Treasury freezing the assets of two Syrian intelligence officers.

The council’s agenda resembles that of the Iraqi National Congress, led by Ahmad Chalabi, which, before the fall of Saddam Hussein, worked for regime change in Baghdad. However, the members of the Syrian National Council were quick to say that there is “a lot of difference between Syria and Iraq.”

“We believe that there are all kinds of means to bring about democratic change in Syria short of military action,” Alghadban said.

The council’s executive committee members were asked whether they are working with Farid Ghadry, whose Syrian Reform Party calls for the overthrow of Bashar Assad and advocates democratic government. Aljbaili said the council had been in contact with Ghadry and had invited him to their June conference but that he had decided not to be involved with the council. The State Department confirmed that Ghadry met with officials there in March.

The council also said it does not have any official contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood, though Alghadban said, “we extend our willingness to work with all groups” that promote democracy.

The Syrian National Council leaders said they expect the council to be incorporated in Washington by mid-July.

(The Washington File is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
This news bit suggesting that the State Department is behind the creation of the new National Council.
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The United States has begun supporting Syrian dissidents in their drive to topple the regime of President Bashar Assad.

The Bush administration has provided support to Syrian dissidents to organize into a credible pro-democracy opposition group. Officials said the dissidents have been encouraged to form an umbrella group similar to that established by Iraqi opposition activists before the U.S. war against Baghdad in 2003.

"We're working with a range of dissidents," an official said. "We're keeping all options open."

The State Department has been selected to help organize the pro-democracy Syrian opposition, currently based on Syrians who live in the United States. Dissidents have met several times for strategy sessions with State Department and White House officials.

19 Comments:

At 7/11/2005 02:49:00 AM, Anonymous Tarek said...

Just a correction on Bush's quote he actually messed up the whole line and said instead: "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." you can watch the clip here, its pretty funny. http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/bushvideos/v/bushfoolme.htm

As for the Washington based opposition, I hope they are as weak as the buzz around them. Syrians are skeptical (and rightly so) of any West backed parties. And it seems only extremist parties such as the Muslim Brotherhood, or separatists Kurdish parties who have suffered the more serious crack downs. But nevertheless, the time is now for the government to work with the more moderate opposition parties and avoid frustrating them to the point of joining their west based counterparts. Damascus has publicly encouraged this but active follow-through is lacking. Unfortunately, proactiveness is not a trait our government relishes too often.

 
At 7/11/2005 03:59:00 AM, Blogger sasa said...

Ghadry's "open support for Israel" - is there any evidence for this?

 
At 7/11/2005 04:39:00 AM, Anonymous Tarek said...

Oh hell ya, he needs to be Israel's little bitch if he is to scam america out of money. See articles below

http://www.betar.co.uk/articles/betar1098352356.php

http://kurtnimmo.com/blog/?p=616

http://www.nationalreview.com/interrogatory/ghadry200503020754.asp

 
At 7/11/2005 06:34:00 AM, Blogger sasa said...

Thanks for those. But I can't find any 'open support' for Israel. In the Betar piece he criticised Arab regimes, and in the other piece there was evidence of his willingness to make peace with Israel. Not exactly damning - even Bashar wants to make peace!

I am very interested in this - I'd love some proof that he is pro-Israeli.

 
At 7/11/2005 06:49:00 AM, Anonymous Tarek said...

Sasa,

You have to read between the lines, he might be stupid but he is not politically sucidal to that degree. I think the betar article is the best example. saying Israel provides Nobel prize winners while Arabs give us suicide bombers. Why does he not criticize Israel’s occupation? His language does not resemble any criticism toward Israel while he showers Arabs with insults. Don’t get me long, for propaganda to be effective some of his points should make sense.


Here are two examples from the article:

The Oslo Accords produced a willing Israel and exposed fraudulent Palestinians. Again, we watched as Arab leaders mounted a campaign of deceit to divert our attention away from our own oppression.

Every time the Syrian Ba'athists call for armed resistance, secretly support groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, and propagandize Arab unity, we fall further and further into oblivion. The funny thing is that very few Arabs care to understand why we do not have Nobel laureates.

 
At 7/11/2005 09:37:00 AM, Blogger sasa said...

Oh I agree with you, and that's why I found it surprising that Josh said that he'd exhibited 'open support' for Israel.

I agree that what he said was incredibly inflammatory, but by definition if I have to read between the lines, the it's not 'open' support is it?

 
At 7/11/2005 09:39:00 AM, Blogger sasa said...

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At 7/11/2005 09:52:00 AM, Blogger sasa said...

I wonder if anyone knows the connection between Baschar Najjar (the second in command in Ghadry's Reform Party) and Nagi Najjar - the head of the Lebanese Foundation for Peace (which has called for a re-occupation of Lebanon by Israel).

 
At 7/11/2005 01:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8 comments all day. What a boring blog. Must be a bunch of itellectual college proffartsors talking.

 
At 7/11/2005 04:09:00 PM, Anonymous David W said...

Josh, it was good to see you quoted in the New York Times' Sunday Magazine article:

The Enigma in Damascus

here's an exerpt:

A few days before I spoke with Assad, I received an e-mail message from Joshua Landis, an assistant professor of Middle Eastern studies from the University of Oklahoma who is living for the year in Damascus. Landis writes an indispensable blog about Syria, Syriacomment.com. He is married to a Syrian woman who is a member of the same esoteric Islamic sect as the Assads, the Alawites, who believe in the divinity of Ali, Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law. Alawites were oppressed as infidels for centuries by other Muslims.

Landis's e-mail message recapitulated a remarkable petition he came across while researching his dissertation, which is to be published next year as a book, ''Democracy in Syria.'' In 1936, as the French were debating how to carve up their League of Nations mandate in the region, a group of Alawite notables urged that their northern mountainous redoubt not be annexed to Syria, which would surely be dominated by Muslims. ''The spirit of hatred and fanaticism imbedded in the hearts of the Arab Muslims against everything that is non-Muslim has been perpetually nurtured by the Islamic religion,'' the petition read. ''Therefore, the abolition of the mandate will expose the minorities in Syria to the dangers of death and annihilation, irrespective of the fact that such abolition will annihilate the freedom of thought and belief.'' According to Landis, one of the six signers was Suleiman al-Assad, Bashar's grandfather.

Before I had the chance to bring up the petition, Assad volunteered that his grandfather had petitioned the French with other Alawite leaders to ''go back to our mother country, which is Syria.'' He said: ''They knew that if we divide the country we would have wars. So it's better to be, to mingle, with the others.'' I had the spooky feeling that someone else was reading my e-mail.

I said that I had heard the petition proposed separation. ''No, no, no, no, no,'' Assad replied. ''It's the opposite.'' Setting aside that question, the petition in favor of separation helps explain the profound appeal of Baathism, with its message of an embracing Arab unity, to a man like Hafez al-Assad, a member of a brutalized minority. Baathism could be the way to bring together all religions and races -- or else the means for minority domination. It could also be the bandage beneath which sectarian wounds healed or festered. As to which effect it has had in Syria, no one can know unless the bandage is pulled off, as it has been in Iraq.
(endquote)

There are 11 pages to the article, so I encourage everybody to read the entire piece. You may disagree with some, or all of it, but the importance is that it gives some nuance to the situation in Syria to many people who have otherwise heard only the official White House position.

 
At 7/11/2005 05:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooh, sorry, I mistakingly entered the wrong blog room alawitessyriacomment.com.

I was trying to get to a room called syrianrevengecoming.com

 
At 7/11/2005 06:25:00 PM, Anonymous mohammed said...

Professor Landis:

Allow me please, to make the following very important factual observation related to the subject of that 1936 so called document/telegram to the French Authorities.

Fact: The name of the Family Assad did not even exist in 1936. Hafez Assad's name was Hafez Wahesh until 1952. Wahesh means "savage" in English, and not liking the meaning of his last name, Hafez Wahesh changed it to Assad, which means Lion, something much more respectable to Arabs than Savage.

So, Bashar's grand father's name couldn't have actually been listed as Sulaiman Assad in 1936, and therefore this is a forgery. Many Islamic sites, especially the Wahabi one of Saudi Arabia stated this so called important document, and there are variations of names according to what site we search. Sulaiman Assad did not exist in 1936 as such. Furthermore, Bashar's grandfather was not even important in his community. He was not rich, nor possessed lands in the feudal structure that existed at the time, and Alawis were in such a bad state of affairs (poverty stricken) that only the few of them, mainly the ones who owned the majority of the people and employed them as peasants to cultivate the land could have had any saying in any matter. The Assad family was not influential, and was not even anything at the time.

Why would Bashar bring the subject up to the interviewer? It is easy to answer. Those around Assad, not necessarily Allawites read your emails, and anticipated your question, or perhaps this matter had reached his office long ago since it is being continuously talked about on the net. They wanted to protect Assad by giving him that answer he gave the interviewer. Or else, how would he agree that such a document existed (even in the manner he gave) when his name Assad was not even in existence at the time? He probably does not know the history of his name, and I do know the history of his name for certain. So, his associates gave him the answer that he gave the interviewer.

The document if it existed, could not contain the names the Islamic sites propagate, such as Jedid and Assad. In one variation of the document, you see names such as chedid, in others no such name at all, and in others, you see Mohamad Jedid, and then Sulaiman Assad in some, but not in others. It is all a game the Islamists fabricate to accuse the Allawis of treason. The Allawis, in their majority could not have cared either way for their mounatinous lands were totally isloated from all civilizations, and the roads, up until the 1970's were nearly non existent. Certainly, some feudal leaders could have cared one way or the other, but what is certain also is that the name Assad did not even exist at the time.

Sir:

I am not even trying to defend the Assad family. This family and all the people who associated with whether Sunnis , Christians, or Allawis are all despicable, in my humble opinion. I am against the Assad regime with all of my heart. I would never try to defend it no matter what. But I am astonished also by the fabrications some of the so called opposition wings make. That kind of opposition wants to use sectarian division to attack the regime, and to achieve their objective, they would do anything even forgery and lies, contrary to what the religion they hide behind might say. Sectarianism would not work, and for decades now, those hateful groups do not hate the regime for anything else but because the president and few others are Allawis, though the Assad's family starting with Hafez Assad himself used both Alawis and Sunnis, and even others to advance their family afairs alone. The Assad family could not even care for the plight of those thousands of poor with no education Allawis they employ in the Mukhabarat or in other despicable jobs. That what gives the appearance to the people in general that the regime is Allawi, and that the beneficiaries are Allawis when the facts are to the contrary. The Beneficiaries among the Allawis are very few compared to the rest. Except for the family of Assad and Maklhlouf, no other Allawi family got billions in stolen money, but there are numerious Sunni families who became billionaires while no one mentions them, because they hide behind the phrase: The Allawi regime. Yes, those thousands of stupid Allawis who serve in the Mukhabarat, etc.... give the impression that the regime is Alawi, and that it favors them, but factually, those stupid Allawis are being used cheap while the real theft is behind the scene by the Sunnis, and of course, by the two disgusting families and their cronies (Assad, Makhlouf), and then the few known officers of the Mukhabarat...certainly there are also big Sunni names among the Mukhabarat big shut and big thieves.

 
At 7/11/2005 10:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the honorable Syrian man who tried to shed some light on Assad's name and the mentioned Document.

With due respect and appreciation to you and your comment we like to add one of our own, this is not an
official response just personal comment.

1- The document and the request is a historic fact that is backed by other sources in the Syrian, Turkish and French archives along with records collected by various families in Syria, one unmentioned here in particular.

2-You are right about the Assad name change in the 50' however his grandfather was the one started to use the name Assad before Hafez, when he was wrestling in the mountain, although it was not officially changed yet.

3- We Don't see the importance of the request at all, the Druze at one point made such a request to the French and even the Arabs, Faisal clans were making all kind of such requests for various parts of Syria.

4- What is most disturbing in your comment, and you seems to be an honest man with no ulterior motives except to mention the truth, is that old broken record about Alawites being oppressed, hated, persecuted and poor under the old Syrian notables.

You know that this is big lie, and it is probably a lie that was invented by modern day Alawites as an excuse for stealing the Syrian treasury and murdering Syrians by the tens of thousands.

The fact is, not a single person, minority or sect ever persecuted in Syria before the Alawaites/ Baathist/Nasserites came to power. Not the Christians 15 denominations in all, Druze, Devil worshiping Yezidis, and any other Moslem sects from Kurdish to Ismaili and definitely not the Alwaites. STOP THE LIE.

All these minorities and sects were treated equally under the law and in voting right. Many became top officials locally and Nationally and in the Syrian Parliament. Most were in the Army and other services. Hafez Assad, himself with all his Alwaites buddies were attending Homs Military Academy at the people expense. The people paid for his high military educations, trained him as a pilot and even paid him wages to get the schooling. The entire Syrian Military and most Government jobs were taken by Minorities especially Alawites.

The people of Syria trusted this Alawites man Assad and his sect and people, They did not persecuted neither him nor his sect. They trained him and many in his Alawites sect and placed in his hand the security of the country. He and his Alawites sect have betrayed Syria and the Syrian people. He had impoverished the nation, destroyed it’s thriving economy, he confiscated land at will and factories of Syrian families and gave it to his sect cronies and supporters. Hundreds of thousands to this day were unable to take control of their land, factories and other assets for decades, despite repeated request for him and his son Bashar. His army and securities apparatus has murdered hundreds of thousands Syrians, arrested and imprisoned them at will. The atrocity that was committed by the Assad Alawi regime is well documented and soon will be made available to the world community, the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament.

So I don’t understand why Alawites keep playing this lie over and over again to the stupid western media.
It was a serious mistake on part of the people of Syria to have trusted this minority in particular and all other minorities in general. You can be sure when we free Syria in couple of years we will never repeat this mistake ever again.

 
At 7/11/2005 10:53:00 PM, Anonymous Mohammed said...

To the anonymous who replied to me:

You said this:

((( 4- What is most disturbing in your comment, and you seems to be an honest man with no ulterior motives except to mention the truth, is that old broken record about Alawites being oppressed, hated, persecuted and poor under the old Syrian notables. )))

I am not sure where you picked up this that I never said. Do Syrians read the invisible ink, or are they prophets like you are?

I only described the Allawites situation that existed in 1936 as being pretty poor. And yes, there were no roads in those mounatins, not even WC's (bathrooms) until the 70's. That was probably the situation of most rural areas in Syria, and there was not a single line where I said they were persecuted. And if I mentioned anything about oppression, it would have been when I said that the people of those mountains could not care either way about what to do with their political lives, for only the few people who owned them could decide and could want something. I stated categorically that those people who owned them belonged to the Feudal class, and that the Wahesh's family or specifically, his grand father had no such a status among that class. I have seen a variety of this so called document, and in each version the names were not consistent. Simply do a search on the Net and see that there is no consistency in such a fraudulent document. It is easy to claim any thing on the Internet, and attribute it to the French archieve or to anything else.

What I was saying was that even if such a document existed, the Allawi population had absolutely no opinion in the matter because they were totally isolated from civilization with no roads tieing these mounatins to the other people, and Alawis were in such a poor state of life that most of them could not even read or write. Only the privileged Feudals could read and probably write, but nothing more than that. So...please get your facts before you answer next time.

 
At 7/11/2005 10:55:00 PM, Anonymous Tarek said...

I recall in Patrick Seale's book that it was actually Hafez Al Assad's father or grandfather that changed his name from Wahesh to Assad and not Hafez, I do not have the book on me but maybe someone can check and confirm?

whether these reports are true or not it does not matter, its Hafez Al Assad's views that matter and we all know he was anti-seperation.

 
At 7/11/2005 10:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so typical of Arrogant Western Wannabee intellegecia / academia, they are so full of shit and always wrong. Bashar knows well who is facing, it is not the American or European and neither the Islamist. If you listen to his speech at the Baath Party 10th. Circus, you will notice a statement in that speech “ The current opposition has an advantage in that they posses technologies and the media” Do you know what the fuck he is talking about Landis? I did not think so, because, if you did you will not make such an assenite statement “"The Syrian Opposition tries to Remake Itself but Falls Flat" The Syrian oppositions are not falling flat, they are getting ready with such an awesome technologies, no country on this earth possess it yet. The start will be like hurricane gone though the entire Middle East region that it’s economic effect will be global and with no chance of recovery ever.

 
At 7/11/2005 11:29:00 PM, Anonymous Mohammed said...

Again, Tarek, intervenes, and he is happy to spot an angle where he can praise his criminal regime without any shame.

The document is not important if it is a true document, for even when the Crusaders came to the area, they played Syrian governors against each other, and that is well documented. Yesterday, the Kurds got the help of the US, and no one is saying all the Kurds are traitors. But the document is not consistent , and names are added or substracted according to the need of the site that publishes it. That is my point. I am not defending the dictator's family in any way. I just want the truth to be propagated, not a bunch of designed lies that become the Truth after so much repetitions.

As for the comment above by the Anonymous in describing the regime as Allawi regime, all I would say is that he could not digest what I stated in my first reply, which showed that the regime is not an Allawi regime, and in fact the beneficiaries of the regime are of all kinds, and many of them, if not the majority of them are Sunnis. Yes Allawis seem to have gotten the dirty little spies jobs in the Mukhabarat, but that is something that should get them pitty, not jealousy . The Assad regimes buys the loyalty o those low income and low IQ and education Allawis very cheaply, and it uses them, and they may think that the regime is Allawi and they would proetect it with their lives, but they are bought very cheap, unlike the Sunnis whose price is much higher, starting from the Religious leaders who praise Assad days and nights, for a price, a price that made most of them billionaires in line with the other big Sunni Families like Akkad, Khadam, Tlas, MasharqaH, kADAH, and so on...Those peoples prices can not be compared to the buying of the ignorant with low IQ and education among Allawis who are Mukhabarat and who enjoy getting some gains from their work, but their gains can not in any way be compared with what the Sunnis make.

Of course, the Assad and Makhlouf families top them all, but the regime is not an Alalwi regime with facts.

If it is an Allawi regime, just explain to me how can 10 % max control everything? how can they also send so many Allawis to lebanon, and to the Kurdish areas to Arabize them as they are accused, at the same time they control what you breath, Mr. Anonymous?

The regime is Evil in every way, and it is most evil when it wants the idea that it is made up of Allawites to spread and become facts when it is not, but it is a ploy the Assad family uses very skillfully.

I heard today that Mr. Pearl said that he would prefer to see this non religious ditatorship to a religious dictatorship in Syria. What he means is quite understandable, and we tried to refrain people like you, Mr. Anonymous from being so unintelligent in the way you attack the regime, for many years now without being able to convince you, and the result is that you, Syrian anonymous will be subjugated to this wild regime for 40 more years at least.

It is your choice to modernize your views, or stick to the hatred, and the love for revenge from the poor Allawis, not the rich ones who don't really give a damn whether you hate and want to kill all Allawis or not, and who are so happy every time they read your comments on the net, for you have served the regime with all your ignorance, pardon me for saying so.

 
At 7/12/2005 03:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James...."like Hafez al-Assad, a member of a brutalized minority".

They never ever brutalized by Syrians or Arabs. These human scum brutalized the enire poulation of Syria for more than 40 years.

You can be sure that someone right now is preparing for that revenge.

 
At 7/12/2005 09:14:00 PM, Anonymous Mohammed said...

Anonymous said: "You can be sure that someone right now is preparing for that revenge.

"

I hope you will not be crying then as you did in the 80's. I hope you won't raise the human rights issue when that happens. You speak of revenge, but when you are beaten for you are cowards, you cry for help, and ask for human rights. Why don't you bastards think of human rights for every human being, not only for fucking Sunnis?


I am an Alalwi who was until yesterday so much against the gang of Assad, but I can't take your BS any more for you are all as it seems, despicable, and irrational.

You will never succeed you bastards, and I shall make sure that your heads will be smashed when that revenge you are talking about comes !

 

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