Monday, August 01, 2005

Party Politics


Damascus, 2 August (AKI) - A Syrian opposition group has announced it plans to organise a conference of groups opposing the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Paris in September. The Assembly for Syria, has said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Adnkronos International (AKI), that the aim of the meeting is to "seek national democratic change in a peaceful and gradual manner to transform Syria into a state where the rule of law, human rights and independent judiciary are all recognised." Asked how the opposition groups will try to achieve their objective, the Assembly for Syria's spokesman, Fahd al-Aragha al-Misri, told AKI that the strategy will be discussed at the meeting, but that there was a general agreement that they would be peaceful.

"Every peaceful measure is legitimate if it pushes the [ruling] Baath Party and the regime towards change. Such measures include civil disobedience and labour strikes," he said.

The Assembly for Syria, which was formed in Paris earlier this year, describes itself as a "civil society institution".

Other groups participating at the planned conference in September include the Berlin-based Syrian Party for Democracy and renewal and the Kurdish Democratic Party. The Baath Party will also be invited to participate, al-Misri said.

Besides the political groups, United Nations, European Union and Arab league observers will also be invited to attend the conference.
Muslim Brother Leader Basiouni meets opponents of the Syrian government in Lebanon

Lebanon's new PM Siniora during his visit to Damascus last weekend had to promise to investigate the Muslim Brotherhood leadership meeting in Tripoli, asserting it must have been convened before he formed the new government. "We are committed that Lebanon will never be a theater of conspiracies against Syria," Siniora was quoted as assuring his Syrian counterpart. One of Syria's chief concerns about losing influence in Lebanon is that it will become a haven for opponents of the regime, as it was during the 1950s. One of the conditions Syria has demanded for reopening the border to trade is that Lebanon defend Syria's strategic interests.

This included getting the Lebanese government to state that it would not seek to disarm Hizbullah despite America pressure for it to do so. Hizbullah's leader is now in Iran, where he has been assured that Iran Assures Nasrallah that efforts to Disarm Hizbullah are a 'Mirage'.

President Chirac of France recently defended Hizbullah when Israeli PM Sharon asked him to help disarm the Shiite militia. Dar al-Hayat covered it like this:
When Sharon asked the French President to use his influence in Lebanon and Iran to pressure Hezbollah and prevent it from causing trouble along the Israeli-Lebanese borders during the implementation of the disengagement plan, Chriac was reported to have responded that Hezbollah is a stabilizing factor in Lebanon and that the problem is actually in Syria.

Although it is understood that the Franco-Syrian relations are not in their best phase especially after Syria gave a gas and oil contract to an American-Canadian-British coalition of companies, even after Chirac personally interfered to push for the French companies to be chosen, it is still incomprehensible for relations between Paris and Damascus to deteriorate to that extent considering the centrality of the Syrian role in the stability of the Middle East, where the situation was destabilized mostly due to American and Israeli actions.

Farid Ghadry's Syrian Reform Party is complaining about the Free Democratic Coalition that announced its formation last week in Damascus. The new party got considerable attention because it is headed by a woman. Ghadry claims it is nothing but a front organization for the Syrian government, but he doesn't give any proof of this except to argue that only revolutionary parties, such as the Syrian Reform Party which seeks total regime change, are legitimate in representing the aspirations of Syrians. Here is his claim.
Syrian Authorities Creating New Syrian Oppositions

The aim is to discredit the real opposition by diluting their presence as the Iranians have successfully done and helping build oppositions to lobby the US Congress on behalf of the Assad regime.

Washington DC, August 1, 2005/RPS News/ -- Like the KGB created the "Trust" during the height of the Cold War to control any opposition to the Central Communist party, Syria's Ba'ath Party is busy creating many new "Trusts" in the form of opposition groups that really do the work of the government by either discrediting the real opposition or by seeking rapprochement with the Assad regime under the banner of reforming the present regime rather than changing it.

Real Syrian opposition always seeks Regime Change and nothing less. Seeking regime change is what differentiates the real opposition from the "Trusts" created by the Assad regime.

The latest opposition group has been formed by a Syrian-American woman with a much more dangerous agenda than simply being an opposition close to the regime. According to information RPS received, this new opposition will be funded by the Ba'ath Party to lobby the U.S. Congress, a feat that has escaped the Ba'athists in Damascus. Being an American citizen, this new woman-led opposition will be able to dispense funds to members of Congress to do the Syrian government lobbying behind the scenes.

This is not the first time that the Syrian government attempts to lobby the US Congress to influence the White House and the US State Department. More recently, an-Nahar Newspaper published an article by Hisham Milhem claiming that Joe Albaugh met with the Syrian Ambassador in the home of a Lebanese in Washington working with the pro-Syrian intelligence of Lebanon who helped facilitate the process. This ended with failure when after the An-Nahar article, magazines like Time and Newsweek attempted to investigate the matter thoroughly.


At 8/02/2005 12:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course he is right.

Why should any one call to reform a regime that has governed syria on the basis of corruption and criminality for the past 35 years? Why should any one legalize those who are members of the regime? Why does the Assad family have rights in anyway shape or form to stay in power, and to continue to abuse Syrians in the name of National security, and fighting Sectarianism (that it created and continues to use to stay in power)?

Ghadri is right, but he also is a fabricated lie.

Long live the Assad family, even the deceased dictator. I think the Syrian people deserve no better, and probably worse than they have gotten. They want to continue to give Assad the religion card so he can play with, and stay in power, and that is why they will never get rid of the monster family of Assad.

Intelligent Muslims should have followed their "profit" in the first place: Be kind and peaceful, and call for brotherly BS's until circumstances change and you get the power, and then bring the Medina Scriptures to erase all those Meka scriptures of love, etc... But they are stupid, and Mohamad did not pass his political acutness to them, for even when these SOB's are weak, they want to maintain giving Assad the extremism card so he can stay in power, and they call for Islam as the source of the law in Syria. I am glad they are so stupid, but sad for Syria.

At 8/02/2005 05:04:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

Perfectly agree with anon.

Who can believe that an authorized party in Syria is an opposition party? Look at the Attassi Forum or Riad el Seif/Riad el Turk. These are opponents, and they are in jail.

Bachar will not fool people so easily.

At 8/02/2005 09:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog has been overrun with anti-Muslim bigots and Lebanese.

At 8/02/2005 10:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better Lebanese than pro-Bachar bigots.

At 8/03/2005 02:51:00 AM, Blogger yaman said...

I can't believe the Syria/Lebanon bickering is still going on (look above).

I think the first anonymous post is probably the one that is closest to the truth. In politics, nothing is ever straightforward--everything has multiple meanings and intentions.

However, I think to discredit the newly formed front from the start would be a grave error. We cannot assume that any authorized party is immediately neutralized by asking, "why would Bashar authorize dissent?"

I think the REAL question should be, though Bashar's government has authorized the existence of this organization, does it really matter? Really, the organization yields no power... so, to assume that it is not a real opposition is correct because it has no power to execute its reforms, but not because it has the government's seal of approval.

We should be more concerned with the fact that this organization is probably going to be merely a mouthpiece rather than one capable of effecting immediate change because of its lack of political power.

After all, freedom of speech does not necessarily mean that anybody will listen. I think those in power will not listen to the new organization.

But, its a step ahead, and at this point, we're stuck in a really deep puddle of mud, and any step helps.

Or maybe it merely further drowns us?

Ah, well... we shall see. It is best not to make assumptions

At 8/03/2005 02:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lebanon is nothing more than a mountain in syria....please ignore those stupid fucking maronite french wannabes and concentrate more on the tasks at hand.


At 8/03/2005 03:26:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

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At 8/03/2005 03:40:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...


From the previous anon to the 2 up top, stop bickering like little whining girls. Lebanese should tell their views because we both live in the same region and their comments will illustrate the diversity we are living in.

I totally agree with Yaman’s mentality. This is a step, not a major leap by any means, but it’s one nonetheless. Let’s give it some time and see what comes out of it.

At 8/03/2005 06:01:00 AM, Anonymous Ibrahim said...

Thanks IC, we love you too!

At 8/03/2005 06:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just came back from a Syrian vacation and would like to share with you my observations and stories I heard.

• Hooking up with girls was never easier! One of the simple ways is to go to a café, rest. Etc and then enable your mobile Bluetooth and begin chatting with anons and strange names. The next step they will ask you to stand up and if they like what they see….you got yourself a date!
• Bahjat Sulaiman was fired (maybe this is old but I never heard of it)
• The story of the heroic police investigation that led to the capture of Jordanian & Iraqi criminals was a tragic joke: Syrian authorities announced that no civilians were injured in cross fire but the fact is that after the Stupid police officer asked one of the criminals to show him his ID, the later simply took out a gun and shot him dead. Police & gang shooting finally led to a nearby army unit (not knowing what the fuck was going on) to join the shooting party. Finally, they were (killed & captured) but I heard that many civilian casualties were hidden from the media.
• Lots of mixed up feelings towards basher but overall people who still have hope in him are many, this doesn’t mean that If we had free elections he will win but people I met and spoke to are giving him his last chances.
• I never expected to find the hate for anything Lebanese that I found during this trip. It’s like a unanimous vote: the taxi driver, hair cutter, shop keepers, students, professionals, young and old, poor and rich. When you mention Lebanon, they can easily spit!
• Some of the rich people I know have taken their money from Lebanese banks but put them in either Jordanian or Egyptian banks.
• Professionals can find good jobs: Many of my old buddies have good incomes and are apparently having a different life style than the one they used have when I last visited two years ago.
• In parallel to the “open-minded” mentality I mentioned in my first observation, there is a contradictory Islamic mentality growing among young people.

Have a good day!

At 8/03/2005 07:02:00 AM, Anonymous MAD said...

From "The idiot's guide to running a successful totalitarian regime" (3rd Edition).

Rule # 7: Always get your people to hate someone. That's always good strategy to protect your ass. Hate the jews, hate the US, now it's the Lebanese. Soon it'll be Ismailis. Doesn't matter just hate someone, and pin the blame on them (and away from yourself).

Rule # 18: the STATE has to approve everything from the quality of the meat to the last pop song, but especially "opposition" parties. They need STATE (i.e. dictator) approval, to be "good" opposition parties.

At 8/03/2005 08:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Exactly, and the hated minority is the Alawis themselves.

If we substitute the name Saddam Hussein with Hafez Assad in this article, everything that applied in it, still applies about Syria:

At 8/03/2005 09:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people who are complaining of the Lebanese presence on this blog are the same than those who say that Lebanon is a part of Syria.

At 8/03/2005 09:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Syrian Weekly Demands 'Execution' for Hariri, Jumblat for War Crimes
A Syrian publication has demanded the 'execution' of Saad Hariri and Walid Jumblat to compensate for the alleged death of 37 Syrian workers in Lebanon in the aftermath of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's assassination.
"Financial compensation is not enough," wrote Waddah Abed Rabbo, editor-in-chief of the privately owned Damascus weekly Al Iqtissadiah, which hit the newsstands of the Syrian capital as Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora was driving in for talks to ease the crisis between the two countries.

"What is required is the execution of all war criminals," Abed Rabbo demanded. His article was dramatized by cartoons featuring Saad Hariri issuing instructions to Seniora, and Sharon holding Jumblat by the neck and telling him "the Syrians have killed Hariri and your father."

Beirut, Updated 03 Aug 05, 10:28

At 8/03/2005 09:33:00 AM, Anonymous Abdullah said...

British anti- Iraq war MP, George Galloway in Syria
Syria-UK, Politics, 7/30/2005
British Member Parliament George Galloway, who has acquired an international status on issues such as arguing against the US-UK lead sanctions that crippled Iraq during the 1990s where Galloway contributed humanitarian help to Iraqis, arrived Damascus last night in a visit to Syria to deliver a lecture at al-Assad Library on justice in the new world order.

Galloway, who opposed the war by the US and the UK against Iraq, has been outspoken on Arab and international causes of justice. His visit comes upon an invitation of Speaker of Parliament, Mahmoud al-Abrash. Galloway is scheduled to be hosted by the Syrian television to talk about latest Arab and international developments.

Galloway, who lead many peace caravans to campaign against the sanctions on Iraq economically, said in 1999 "According to the statistics announced by the United Nations, 7,000 Iraqi children die monthly in because of a lack of food, and medicine," saying that what happened in Iraq as "the 21st century's crime implemented by USA and Britain."

Galloway was met at Damascus airport by Chairman of the Syrian-British parliamentary friendship association Henin Nemr and other MPs.

Al-Shara confers with Galloway
Syria-UK, Politics, 8/1/2005
Syria's Foreign Minster Farouk al-Shara on Sunday discussed with Member of the British House of Common and Chairman of the British Respect Party, George Galloway, the latest regional and international developments.

Both sides stressed the importance of achieving democracy and justice in international relations with the aim of finding a stable, secure and prospering world. Al-Shara expressed Syria's appreciation over Galloway's stances regarding the Arab issues of justice, asserting the important role of the parliamentarians in illuminating public opinion on the reality of the situation in the region.

Galloway: Syria is able to overcome all pressures
Syria-UK, Politics, 8/2/2005
Member of the British House of Commons, George Galloway, said the Syrian people are able to overcome all difficulties and pressures being exerted on them from the outside because of their political stand.

In an open dialogue with journalists organized by the Syrian Association for General Relations on Monday, Galloway underlined that what is being circulated about freedom and democracy is just a pretext to hide what is being planned for the region, in a way that would secure the great powers' hegemony, through partitioning the region and creating conflicts in it.

He underlined that occupying Iraq served the Israeli interests due to Israel's great influence in the American administration, pointing out that the Israeli Mossad is working actively in Iraq, and is training American forces (on Israel's experience with the Palestinians) to demolish Iraqi homes.

"Britain and the U.S. are involved in Iraq in a way that created a state of fear inside Iraq, a disastrous situation there," pointing out that the situation is similar to the state that prevailed in Yugoslavia at some point, where Yugoslavia split into three countries.

He also ruled out that the U.S. or Britain would get involved in any fresh dispute in the region, due to the explosive situation (that preoccupies them) in Iraq.

Abdullah UK

At 8/03/2005 09:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One lonely man: Syrian official
tries to press case in Washington
By Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (JTA) — Beleaguered by its U.S.-led isolation, Syria wants its recent pullout from Lebanon to exempt it from responsibility for Hezbollah, the terrorist group that continues to attack Israel’s border.
That’s not likely, say U.S. and Israeli officials, charging that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad left behind in Lebanon an intelligence network propping up Hezbollah’s powerful militia, which has intensified its attacks on Israel in recent weeks.

“Syria used to have a military presence in Lebanon, I can’t deny this,” Imad Moustapha, Syria’s ambassador to Washington, told JTA in a late-July interview. “We used to have political leverage in Lebanon. We don’t have either anymore in Lebanon, so it’s absolutely unfair to come and talk today to Syria about what is happening today in Lebanon.”

U.S. and Israeli officials welcome Syria’s pullout from Lebanon but are profoundly skeptical of claims that it has entirely abandoned its influence there.

“The links continue; it’s quite open,” an Israeli official said. “Syria is playing roles behind the scenes through its proxies.”

While refusing to meet all of Washington’s conditions for removing sanctions imposed since last year, Syria is still trying to force its way out of the Bush administration’s doghouse. Moustapha said Syria is chafing under the sanctions and is concerned that they may even broaden at a time when Assad has launched a program to open his country’s economy, which Syrian officials say eventually will lead to the political reforms sought by the West.

“President Assad has repeatedly declared in the past two or three months publicly that his paramount concern is the amelioration of the living conditions of the Syrian people, so of course any sanctions will have a negative effect on us, particularly at this time when we are trying to open up as much as possible to the rest of the world,” Moustapha said.

Current U.S. law bans the trade of all but essentials with Syria, and the Bush administration recently froze the U.S. assets of top individuals in the Assad regime.

Additionally, members of Congress who enabled the sanctions through the 2003 passage of the Syria Accountability Act are considering broadening its provisions to target foreign companies that deal with Syria. That could have a much deeper impact, as the bulk of Syria’s trade is with companies in Europe that have strong trade ties with the United States.

Moustapha sounded a defiant note.

“It will not harm the Syrian government. It will only harm the Syrian people,” he said. “Just as the case was with Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi people suffered a lot; Saddam was living in his palaces. We will never be pressured to change our policies because of U.S. sanctions.”

But that defiance is belied by substantial, even dramatic, changes since the Bush administration intensified its isolation of Syria last year. Syria withdrew troops from Lebanon in April, ending an occupation of almost three decades, a step toward fulfilling one of the four conditions of the Syria Accountability Act.

The country has also beefed up its presence on the Iraqi border, clamping down on foreigners seeking to join the anti-American insurgency, a step toward fulfilling another condition.

Israeli and U.S. officials say there has been no apparent movement on the other two conditions: shutting down Palestinian terrorist offices and allowing inspectors to assess Syria’s weapons-of-mass-destruction capabilities.

Moustapha claims Syria is playing a positive role in the Palestinian-Israel conflict, brokering conciliation meetings recently between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and terrorist groups based in Damascus.

“We used to have bad relations with Yasser Arafat,” the P.A. president who died in November, “but we wanted to start a new phase with Mahmoud Abbas,” Moustapha said.

The Bush administration agrees with Israel that it’s not possible to accommodate terrorist groups who deny Israel’s right to exist, arguing that they must be shut down instead.

“Syria needs to shut down terrorist organizations in its territory — terrorist organizations that are trying to derail efforts to move forward on peace in the Middle East, trying to derail efforts to move forward on the two-state vision of Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security,” the White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, said in late July.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the House of Representatives’ Middle East Subcommittee, said Wednesday that Syria continues to maintain a toxic presence in Lebanon, affecting the country’s parliamentary elections in May.

Ros-Lehtinen cited reports of Syrian intelligence forces “threatening voters and engaging in mass naturalizations of Syrian nationals as Lebanese citizens in order to tilt the outcome of the elections toward a scenario favorable to Syria and its terrorist ally, Iran.”

David Welch, the top State Department envoy to the Middle East, said in congressional testimony last week that the administration “disagrees” with Assad’s claim that his forces have left. While military units “appear to have withdrawn, we believe there remains a covert intelligence present on the part of Syria inside Lebanon,” Welch said.

Hezbollah stepped up its attacks on Israeli border personnel in recent weeks — most recently on July 12 — when gunmen fired on an Israeli outpost. Israel ended its own occupation of a security zone in southern Lebanon in 2000, withdrawing to U.N.-certified lines.

Israeli officials believe that Hezbollah, which opposes Israel’s existence, wants to scuttle Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip next month and the chance of renewed talks with the Palestinians.

Hezbollah continues to attack Israel on the pretext that the Jewish State maintains a presence in the tiny Shebaa Farms area of the Golan Heights, which Hezbollah says is Lebanese territory. The United Nations has ruled that the area belongs to Syria and that Lebanon has no claim to the land.

State Department spokesman Adam Ereli scoffed at Syrian claims last week that disbanding Hezbollah — as the U.N. Security Council has demanded — would destabilize the region.

“I guess if anybody’s qualified to say what can harm the Lebanese, it’s the Syrians,” he said. Syria would do well to encourage Hezbollah to withdraw, Ereli said, “as opposed to standing in the way of that and continuing to act in ways that undermine Lebanese sovereignty as opposed to strengthening it.”

Moustapha said Assad still wants to talk peace with Israel on the basis of an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights, the strategic plateau that Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War — but he noted Israel’s lack of interest. If they are going to return the Golan, some Israeli officials say, Syria must return land at the base of the Golan that it took by force after Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, a condition Syria has rejected.

The ambassador says he has the loneliest diplomatic post in Washington. He anxiously asks a reporter what the reaction has been to a recent New York Times Magazine cover story profiling Assad: “What did people think?”

Moustapha noted that, at Pope John Paul II’s funeral earlier this year, Assad sought out Israeli President Moshe Katsav and shook his hand “not once, but twice.”

An Israeli official said Israel wants to see how the new era in Lebanon plays out before reconsidering talks with Syria. With its withdrawal from Lebanon and free elections there in May, “developments are in the right direction,” the official noted.

At 8/03/2005 09:56:00 AM, Anonymous Mohammed said...

Ref: Poster at 8/03/2005 9:33 AM,:

Hahahahahhahaah, that is comforting to me !

This means the Syrian regime will be pumped to think it is so powerful as what happened to Saddam for 12 years when dignitaries and Gallaway himself showed support for him. I am not diminishing Gallaway in any way, and I respect him for his courage and wanting to be against tyrany in his way, but I just look at examples of the past and become assured that the same scenario of Iraq is taking place now ON Syria.

It only means to me that the regime will believe the false world support and will commit more errors exactly as Saddam did. Well, I wish they did not say they wanted to try Saddam for he deserved no such hounour and he should have been shut on the spot. These people, people like Saddam and Bashar make a mockery of trials, and while having power do not believe that they should present any one to a fair trial, but shoot them, or imprison them like they do to rats.

Thank you Galaway. You have given me hope again that this thug that is in Syria, Bashar and his colleagues will be ousted, and their future is in the garbage can.

Mohammed (Will personally try Bashar).

At 8/03/2005 09:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will try him for medical mal practise.

At 8/03/2005 10:21:00 AM, Anonymous Mohammed said...

Hello All;

As the name Mohammed was a temporarily chosen one, originally to counter those Muslim Fanatics that posted and insulted the regime from one single point of view, that is as they described, being Alawi, and then they had no mercy on their mouths and tongues spilling all kinds of dirty insults not against the regime, but against All Alawis equating the killers with their victims, and exhonarting the Sunnis and Christians or others in the regime that have also benefitted , probably as much or even more as the Alawis of the regime who they put at the forefront.

Now, this name is bothering me. I really never liked it. I am about to change it, and am looking in the names books to find a new name that is revolutionary, evolutionary, peaceful, non violent, comforting, and hopeful. Suggestions will be accepted at my email address.

Mohammed (not Mohammed for long).

At 8/03/2005 10:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An Ikhawnji (Muslim Brotherhood member) explained to the world as follows how God assigned the Ikhwans (muslim brotherhood) to be God's custodians on planet Earth. That was in response to a question if God had chose them to defend him:

""""""""""نحن لم نوكل أنفسنا لحماية دين الله.. بل هذا الأمر تكليف رباني لنا ونحن كمسلمين لا نتخلى عن واجباتنا ولا إقامة شرعنا من أجل طائفي حقود أو علماني مبغض يريد أن يهدم ديننا وينقض عراه.. يقول الله عز وجل في محكم التنزيل: " وإذ قال ربك للملائكة إني جاعل في الأرض خليفة " ويقول في موضع آخر: " ونريد أن نمن على الذين استضعفوا في الأرض ونجعلهم أئمة ونجعلهم الوارثين" ويبدو أن هذا الاستخلاف في الأرض لم تسمع به وليس من أولوياتك..


At 8/03/2005 11:30:00 AM, Anonymous Civil Disobedience Ultimatum said...

The movement is growing..

At 8/03/2005 11:39:00 AM, Anonymous The Civil Disobedience Movement said...

The Movement is catching up..

At 8/03/2005 12:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You son of a bitch, you and your web should go to the trash. Don't pollute this blog with your stupid dirty man worship site.

At 8/03/2005 12:49:00 PM, Anonymous Tarek said...

Al Jazeera has posted an editorial on it's website for an unnamed Syrian writer. Analyzing the latest ant-dissident movements in Syria and advising against make them a scapegoat. worth a read for the Arabic readers.

At 8/03/2005 01:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good article. His name is Burhan Ghalioune.

What do you think of the article since you have posted the link to it?

Let's hear from you.

At 8/03/2005 01:06:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

George Galloway must be very happy to defend Fachar. The problem with Saddam was that he was paying Galloway in oil barrels and even the most faithful Baathi must admit that it is not easy to hide a barrel under your clothes at the customs. Bachar have fresh narco-money coming freshly from the Bekaa. A lot easier to hide.

At 8/03/2005 11:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great article about the regime in Syria. It really is great.

At 6/11/2008 08:30:00 PM, Blogger xicao said...



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