Wednesday, January 18, 2006

News Round UP (January 18, 2006)

The big news today is that Syria freed some of the Damascus Spring prisoners: Riad Seif, Mamoun al Homsi, Fawaz Tello, Walid al-Bunni and Habib Isa were released today. Unforturnately, Dr Kamal al-Labwani and Professor Aref Dalilah remain incarcerated.

Here is BBC: Syria frees opposition activists

Syria has released two prominent opposition activists, who were jailed for five years in 2002, their lawyer has said.
Anwar al-Bunni said former independent MPs Riyad Sayf and Mamun al-Himsi had been released in Damascus.

The two were arrested in September 2001 after the authorities restricted open discussion by civil society groups.

Last June, opposition figures and intellectuals signed a letter urging the release of political prisoners.

They also called for the abolition of Syria's 42-year-old emergency law, which activists say permits arbitrary arrests and trials.

"The judiciary has decided to release them," Mr Bunni told the AFP news agency.

The two men were convicted in April 2002 for attempting to change the constitution by force and forming an illegal organization.

In November, Syria freed 190 political prisoners, including two prominent human rights activists, Mohammed Raadoun and Ali Abdullah.
Readers have sent in short bios of the Damascus Spring prisoners (thanks)
Dr. Aref Dalilah:
He studied economics at the universities of Damascus and Aleppo and became the Dean of Economics at the University of Aleppo in 1998. He used his posts in academia to call for freedom of expression, liberal economics policies, and the strengthening of civic societies, which got him in trouble with the government. A renowned publisher of papers and thesis in economic sciences, he was harassed constantly by the Syrian intelligence for his views that he expressed openly.

He was sentenced to a 10-year prison term on September 20, 2000, during Baschar al-Assad’s first 5 months of rule, after he called for the Alawite sect not to follow the Assad family in their sectarian policies. He believed that this will cause the demise of the Alawite people.

Dr. Dalilah is not known for any enmity towards the United States or its allies. His release will enhance the image of the US in Syria.
Riad Seif:
As a Member of the Parliament, he engaged fully in the “Spring of Damascus” by opening his home to intellectuals and academics for open democracy forums.

He was imprisoned on September 6, 2001 for five years for his public criticism of the Makhlouf family (cousins to the Assads) and a book he wrote on corruption in the bidding of the Syrian cellular license, which incidentally was granted to the Makhloufs thus exposing corruption within the Assad family. It is believed that even when his prison term expires, he will not be released because of his charisma and popularity.

Mr. Seif is a Sunni Muslim, liberal in his views, and is not known to have been critical of the United States or its allies. His daughter has visited Germany in the hope that the German government can support his freedom, which they did but to no avail. His release will be a big blow for Ba’athism and will enhance the image of the US in Syria.
Here is a short blurb I sent to Sami Moubayed about the releases:
Everyone is trying to assess the importance of the release of the Damascus Spring prisoners. The optimists, who have been saying all along that Bashar al-Asad is a frustrated reformer, will take heart. They will point to the release as the first major sign that their president is finally ready to move ahead with domestic reform. What had stopped him in the past? The "old guard." With the ouster of ex-Vice President, Abdul Halim Khaddam, the consummate "old guard" infighter and nemesis of the President, the optimists argue, Bashar al-Asad can precede with his stalled reform program.

The pessimists will see this as a political stunt. Long ago they dismissed their president as a Baathist ideologue, who is incapable of real reform. Some even argue that the old guard was smarter than the new.

Syria has many reforms sitting on the shelf. We will have to see if they are dusted off and given real life in the political process. Hemmed in by an international investigation and facing recriminations from all sides, Syrians are desperate for some good news. Many Syrians will be willing to forgive Asad for his foreign policy blunders if he can grow the economy and convince them that he will not drive the country toward poverty.
Bashar al-Assad will make an important speech on Saturday, announcing internal reforms.

The other big news is the Cheney visit to the region. He is trying to push a Saudi deal that will bring Syria to justice, without destabilizing the region. Here is a bit of an article:
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday held talks with Saudi, Egyptian and Lebanese leaders in a bid to resolve a stand-off between Syria and the United Nations over the assassination of a former Lebanese premier.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia, two Arab heavyweights who are key U.S. allies in the region, are trying to defuse tension over the killing of ex-Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, and Saudi officials have talked of a Saudi mediation effort.

Analysts say Egypt and Saudi Arabia are worried that the crisis between Syria and the U.N. could escalate and detract attention from other problems destabilizing the region.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told Britain's Financial Times in an interview published on Tuesday that the kingdom had made proposals for an agreement, but was waiting for a response from Beirut and Damascus.

Prince Saud said Saudi Arabia had urged Syria to co-operate with the UN probe “without reservations”.

Arab press reports have cited a seven-point plan, worked out by Saudi Arabia and Egypt, that includes putting an end to media campaigns, ceasing provocative statements from politicians, exchanging diplomatic representation and co-ordinating foreign policy.
Trish Schuh, the author of the recently quoted article that accused Farid Ghadry's Syria Reform Party of being linked to Abramoff, sends this note:
Dear Mr. Landis,

I am the original author of the comment/article on Syria that Mr. Farid Ghadry denied (concerning his relationship w/ Jack Abramoff).

As per Reform Party of Syria not using "shared office space" with Jack Abramoff: I personally checked with different sources- including the building maintenance crew on duty concerning the RPS, because RPS is not listed in the building's lobby directory- and none of the staff knew of it and the doorman claimed they'd never gotten mail under that name. Nor did the receptionist/secretary on duty know of the RPS. This is not how a legitimate organization usually runs.

I returned to Abramoff's office (2 or 3 times total) and finally insisted they look through Abramoff's client roster. Then the secretary on duty at "Middle Gate Ventures" found RPS listed in her files. She even gave me RPS's number to call- which accurately matched the number on the official RPS website.

I then requested to speak to a supervisor who could give an RPS statement on the "latest" in Lebanon. The supervisor declined, saying she didn’t know and that they were not authorized to speak to the press.

Thank you,
Trish Schuh
Sami Moubayed has written an important article, "Iran and the art of crisis management," in which he argues for the appeasement of Ahmadinejad. The crux of his argument is that there is a system of checks and balances in the Iranian government, unlike the often invoked but "false" historical analogies with Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia. It is an intriguing argument. Moubayed believes Ahmadinejad's many Iranian enemies will depose him, if they are not silenced by American and Israeli saber rattling. It is a worthy argument, but one that, I fear, is already lost. Both Washington and Israel have their own elections to run and saber rattling serves too many important domestic purposes to be sheathed.

T_desco writes wrote in the comment section:
It turns out that Ibrahim Michel Jarjoura is indeed a new Hussam:

Another Witness Testifies with Perjury into Assassination of Hariri

The witness Ibrahim Michel Jarjoura said he was forced to offer a false and fabricated testimony against Syria at the international investigation committee into the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafik al-Hariri because he was under threats and pressures to do so.

Jarjoura told Lebanese satellite NEW TV channel in an interview overnight that some Lebanese figures, particularly Deputy and Minister Marwan Hamada, forced him, in return to some promises, to retell the fabricated story to the international probe and the Lebanese Attorney Said Mirza as well as Bahiya Hariri, sister of the slain Hariri. SANA
The U.S. Treasury Department just ordered U.S. banks to block any assets found in the U.S. belonging to Assef Shawkat. Americans are also barred from doing business with him. The department alleged that Shawkat has played a role in furthering Syria’s “support for terrorism and interference in the sovereignty of Lebanon”. (Thanks Ehsani)

Khaddam makes fresh accusations to Saudi-based newspaper Al Watan:
The former Syrian vice-president Abdul Halim Khaddam said that some groups in Syria seized the money of the sons of the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (Uday and Qusay) after the Syrian authorities returned them back to Iraq.

Khaddam revealed that the sons of the former Iraqi president fled to Syria with their money and stayed there for one month until the Syrian authorities forced them to go back to Iraq without their money. Meanwhile, Khaddam denied the news, which claimed that he owns a fortune of about $2.1 billion, and accused the relatives of the Syrian president of corruption, specially Ramy Makhlouf, a close relative of the Syrian president who used to ask for 30 per cent from Gulf investors in return for any project in Syria.
Oxford Business Group just released this interesting article about the Arab Gas Pipeline:
Syria: Straight is the Gate
18 January 2006

Syria’s troubled relations with its western neighbour Lebanon have recently stood in contrast to its links with northern neighbour Turkey.

Events this month have driven home the point too, as a number of new link ups between Damascus and Ankara were announced. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, new steps are underway in an ambitious cross border energy project that could be set to bloom after the recent gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine.

Yet links between Damascus and Ankara have not all been on a positive note. While ordinarily encouraging cross border traffic, January has also seen Syria engaged in some frantic efforts to prevent one particular import from the north: bird flu.

By January 17, an outbreak of the virus in Turkey had killed four, with a fifth death suspected to have also been the result of the contagion. Some half million birds have so far been destroyed in Turkey’s efforts to contain and eliminate the virus, but despite this, the World Health Organisation and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation recommended neighbouring countries also take precautions.

Syria had already responded, testing some 18,000 birds along its 500-km northern frontier for the disease, while culling poultry and wild birds in towns within the same area. The Agriculture Ministry says that none of the tests proved positive.

The authorities also declared a state of emergency in the border region and in the northern cities of al-Qamishli and al-Hasaka. In the former, live poultry markets have been closed while municipal workers and health and agriculture ministry officials have handed out guidelines to all poultry sellers on how to prevent the spread of bird flu.

One great concern is migratory birds from Turkey, whose flight path brings them into Syria, may bring the deadly H5N1 strain of the disease with them.

On a more positive note, however, news of the bird flu measures came alongside news of a new road construction project that will likely greatly enhance trade between Turkey and Syria.

State news agency SANA reported on January 16 that 60 km of new highway would be built on the Turkish side of the border. The route will help trucks and other heavy vehicles crossing at the Kilis border town by creating a bypass around the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep. The road is set to shave some 50 km off the distance currently travelled by Syrian truckers heading for the Turkish Mediterranean ports of Mersin and Iskenderun.

At the same time, this year also saw a further easing of restrictions during Eid on Turkish and Syrian family members – separated by the border – meeting to exchange gifts and greetings.

SANA reported thousands of Turks had crossed into the Syrian northern governorate of Idelb during the religious holiday, with the Turkish governor of neighbouring Antakya province holding a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart.

Yet one more cross border link that could in future be not just regionally significant, but globally so, has also been back in the news lately.

This time, it concerns energy, with the recent dispute between Russia and Ukraine over natural gas supplies causing many European countries to start a radical rethink of their energy strategies. In this reappraisal, alternative sources to Russian gas have been looked at once again – giving an added boost to plans for an ambitious Caspian/Middle Eastern-European pipeline, known as Nabucco.

This scheme aims to supply Europe with gas from a variety of origins. A series of sub pipelines would converge in Turkey, where the main artery would then flow across the Bosphorus into Europe, up through the Balkans and finally to a point just outside Vienna, where it would link into a variety of other European pipeline networks.

One of the original sub-pipelines – along with those from Iran and Caspian states such as Turkmenistan – may be the Arab Gas Pipeline. This finished its second phase mid-January, with a link from the Hussein power station in Aqaba, Jordan, to the city of Rehab near the Jordanian-Syrian border completed.

Test pumping has also started, the news agency ANI reported on January 14. Along the 393-km long pipeline, Egyptian gas will be supplied to a number of countries, including Jordan, Syria, Turkey and, via Nabucco, Europe.

The Arab Gas Pipeline can carry some 10bn cu metres of Egyptian gas per year, with this second phase alone costing some $300m.

In the third phase, the link will be continued across the frontier from Rehab to the Deir Ali power station in Syria, a further 342 km, and will then be routed to Rayan, near Homs, and from there to Turkey and onwards.

The third phase will be built by Russia’s Strointransgas, and is expected to cost around $400m.

Yet as far as the main artery, Nabucco, is concerned, no final decision has yet been taken on whether to take the scheme off the drawing board and actually start breaking ground.

“The formal decision to start building the pipeline has not been made yet,” a spokesman for OMV – the Austrian firm heavily involved in the project – said January 3. “You’ve got to check what the demand situation is before you make this decision. The joint venture is negotiating contracts with potential buyers right now.”

The Nabucco joint venture consists of OMV, Turkish company Botas, Hungarian fuels group MOL, Bulgaria’s Bulgargaz and Romania’s Transgaz.

The companies involved are currently trying to attract new partners for the project, which could cost around 5bn euros.

Spreading the risk further may therefore be a wise move, particularly given the political instability of the Caspian and Middle Eastern regions from which Nabucco draws its gas, with Iran a particular worry for European investors and governments.

Yet as far as the Arab gas link up is concerned, the future is already arriving, with Syria a key transit country. Such link ups are also good for Syrian-Turkish relations, which are themselves widely recognised in Damascus for their growing importance.

“Turkey is considered Syria’s gate to Europe, while Syria poses as Turkey’s gate to the Arab world,” Information Minister Mehdi Dakhlallah told SANA in Washington on January 15.

This gate, it seems, is now opening ever wider.


At 1/18/2006 01:22:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

Dear Mr. Landis:

You have exhibited a bias in publishing what BP said about Dr. Aref Dalila which was refuted and which was without any historical basis at all. You saw that I printed the Link to a web site that speaks about his life and shows his economics and political work. Dr. Dalila never addressed Alawis in any shape or fashion. He only spoke about the thieves that stole the country, and how Syria's economy is screwed up by the gang of Assad. You have diminished him on purpose as I believe. You should have taken care in making sure that what was said about him is factual, and I showed BP that this was not the case at all. His site is here again for who ever wants to visit:

Your love for the gang of Damasucs, the Assad family is beyond reason. You must be truly working for them and being paid by the Assads to be doing them all of this defense.

You are a shame to America.


At 1/18/2006 01:32:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

The other thing is : Dr. Aref Dalila was not released contrary to your insenuation in your article above. They realesed those that have lived their 5 years sentence in Jail, and their sentence was served. Aref Dalila who was accused with exactly the same accusaion as the rest of them, was sentenced 10 years instead, because he is Alawi, and the assad want to teach alawis not to be against the regime for their punishment is made the double. However, releasing those who have finished their sentence is looked by you as a proof that Assad was held down by his vice president does not stand any logical scrutiny. For why is he not releasing all of them right away? You are a liar, mr. Landis. You are truly a shame to America/.

At 1/18/2006 01:33:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...


At 1/18/2006 01:35:00 PM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

A massive post, i dont know where to start in commenting. A real information overdose. I wonder what the saturday speech holds. its been disappointing to see that nothing came out of the Baath party get together last summer.

The release is of course a positive step but it’s too little too late. I feel that declaring "reforms" and freeing opposition members when the government is under heat is not only unhelpful but actually damaging. if these people were freed a year ago and reforms were only announced (not even actioned) it would have been worth a lot more to the people. Now it just shows the public that this government won’t act up unless they are under fire, which will probably bring in even heavier fire.

At 1/18/2006 01:46:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

The least Dr. Landis should do is to take out the piece he published about Dalila for it is a lie, and it diminishes the man without cause. If he has any integrity, he will do so right away.


At 1/18/2006 02:13:00 PM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

JAM STOP WHINNING, you must've lacked a lot of attention. nobody cares what you say cause you are a nag. if you spoke like a normal human being then maybe people would listen. learn to post ONCE not half a dozen at a time

At 1/18/2006 02:17:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

You criminal is truly a criminal.

I divide my post into smaller posts, that is all.

We are at the opposite ends of the spectrum, and I know we shall never agree on anything, for you are a true criminal supporting as Josh does a criminal regime.

Shut up criminal.

At 1/18/2006 02:27:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...

Follow up to my earlier posting on the Shawkat story:

Syria’s government remains out of step with democracies taking root elsewhere in the Middle East, a White House official said earlier.

“We are seeing democracy take firm root in Lebanon, Iraq the Palestinian territories and elsewhere in the region”, white house press secretary said. “Syria continues to be out of step with the direction the rest of the Middle East is headed.”

McCellan was speaking in reaction to a U.S. Treasury Department order for US banks to block any assets found in the U.S. belonging to Assef Shawkat.

In June, the department moved to block the assets of both Ghazi Kannan and Rustum Ghazali.

The power to take the action stems from a May 11, 2004, executive order by President Bush.

This is serious stuff. The official release pointed out that Shawkat has “access to the highest levels of the Syrian power structure” because is the brother-in-law to and close confidant of President Assad.

A number of commentators have recently chosen to characterize the recent silence from Washington as a sign that a deal or a reassessment is under way at the White House. Idaf in particular has believed in this theory. The very recent events clearly point more in the direction of more heat on the country than some kind of a deal.

At 1/18/2006 02:34:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

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At 1/18/2006 02:35:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

"Sami Moubayed has written an important article, "Iran and the art of crisis management," in which he argues for the appeasement of Ahmadinejad."

Yes, appeasement is what Mr Moubayed does best.

At 1/18/2006 02:40:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

"Here is a short blurb I sent to Sami Moubayed about the releases:"

Thanks for telling us, because I couldn't tell if it was Moubayad replying to your post or if it was you replying to Moubayad's article.

At 1/18/2006 03:08:00 PM, Blogger EngineeringChange said...

Haven't read any of the post or comments today but will quickly will say I think Bashar did not release Labwani DIRECTLY because Bush/Rice made a direct reference to him. And because Labwani met with US admin.

Bashar wants to send a message to all that pressure on his regime does not work, yet at the same time he wants to appease the internal reformers. So he releases most prisoners, but leaves out Labwani. Its a shame, but I think Labwani is caught in a cruel game between Bashar and the US admin. Anybody that Bush mentions or approves is poison in Syria--this is what Bashar is telling people.

Bashar I really hope your speech on Saturday brings true reforms. Please look at the Kurdish issue. Resolve it--this is urgent. Get rid of the state-of-emergency laws that make our constitution meaningless. Lebanon is a sovergn country--recognize it. Allow political parties....well maybe that is a stretch for now. Economic reforms also, not sure what, but I am sure people like Ehsani can explain what is needed. Communicate with your people. Yes to Transparency, Accountability, and Meritocracy. Syria must move forward in spite of the foreign pressure on us.

At 1/18/2006 03:41:00 PM, Blogger ahnad said...

so read before you post. Why Labwani interests you and he has not spent that much in jail, while Aref Dalila has not been released nor are they going to release him, and he has spent 5 years in jail, longer than Labwani, does not get your interest?

At 1/18/2006 03:47:00 PM, Blogger ahnad said...

The Innocent tells JAM to "stop whinning". Whinning about what? I believe that Jam was speaking about Aref Dalila, and about what the pro assad regime, landis did to Dalila insulting his reputation and posting false information about him.

If this is whinning to you, Mr. innocent, then you truly do not care about your fellow human being. or sure your description of your self as "criminal" must have some real value to you. Most probably, you are really criminal.

At 1/18/2006 04:15:00 PM, Blogger Pascal said...

How much money does Shawkat have in the US?

Is this a new camouflage operation by the US where Shawkat will be doing the expected coup d'etat?

I think the Assad family will not fall for a trick for they are born traitors even to their best friends, and Shakat could be the next one to "commit" suicide.

At 1/18/2006 04:21:00 PM, Blogger ActiveListener said...

I share JAM's frustration that Dr Josh would so carelessly post this silly stuff about Aref Dalilah without even checking what else has been posted on his own site by others. Plus failing to mention the fact it appears that released the prisoners have simply finished their jail sentences so it's no grand gesture.

On Labwani, I have learnt previously from SyriaComment that Labwani is strongly supported by the British and others, not just the Americans, and that he took a very powerful and courageous (some would say crazy)recent risk and made no attempt to hide. He was testing some very significant waters and he got pulled into the current. His fate is no less important than the others.

At 1/18/2006 04:35:00 PM, Blogger annie said...

One of two of the released prisonners isnot known for any enmity towards the United States or its allies. His release will enhance the image of the US in Syria.

Sorry, this is pure BS. What will enhance the image of the US in the Arab world is its having a half decent conduct and giving up the two standard treatment of which Arab and muslim countries are victims.
Sometimes, there are good reasons for hostility.

At 1/18/2006 04:45:00 PM, Blogger Free Dalila said...

Too little too late... I can't believe the utter lies that have been presented by the owner of this blog about Mr Dalila and Mr Seif. This can't be further from the truth!

For an excellent comment on this topic see:

I wonder how long it will be before Mr Dalila is free!

Free Dalila Now!

At 1/18/2006 04:45:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

Here again, some one reads what Joshua F. Landis wrote , and beleives that Aref Dalila was released. Ms. Anne, Dalilah was not released, and F. Landis lied, and also damaged Dalila's reputations on purpose by posting the trash that BP posted, our of BP's own sectarian hatred that equates alawi opposition with alawi regime supporters.

Shame on you Landis. You are truly a bug.

Thanks to Activelistener.

At 1/18/2006 05:00:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

Two doctors, very educated and very polite and smooth, Dr. Dalila, and Dr. Labwani among others remain in assad jails, and this bug blogs to defend the savage Assad regime.

At 1/18/2006 05:09:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

Thank you "Free Dalilah" for pointing to Ms. Allaf's blog. I went there and wrote a comment.

At 1/18/2006 05:58:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

( Did not read it , just browsed the comments)

Moubayad article about appeasing Islamic Republic of Iran President Ahmadi Nizhad is a realization of the need to see the Islamic Republic of Iran as the new supper power in the Middle East and the dominant force in the region. Israel is appropriately now relegated to a miniscule status, because that is all it is. A very small country that is inhabited and run by the least intelligent people on this planet. A people for more than 5600 years could not hold onto the pissing post capital Jerusalem for more than 130 years in total. Jews had proven that all it matter to them is that they maintain hegemony in the region on the expense of the region people interests and the interests of the United States national and economic security. It has very small and mentally challenged population, it is armed forces is becoming obsolete and both the economy and the army has relied on stolen Intellectual Properties and technologies to survive to date. As countries and companies worldwide became aware of the Israeli Government sponsored espionage rings, the supply is tightened and now it is industries and army standing is deteriorating at a fast rate. Most of the technologies the country sells abroad are becoming antiquated and it’s armed forces capabilities obsolete. So it is obvious that Israel will wants to maintain an edge, be it the last gasp for regional dominance by maintaining the monopoly in the region on Nuclear Technology both in term of Peaceful uses (Electricity Generation) and -A-bombs.

President Ahmadi Nizhad’s Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the richest countries of the Middle East and it’s oil and gas production and reserves is one of the highest in the world. It has a very sophisticated high tech industries and very well educated and sophisticated people. It is army is one of the most equipped and the largest in the region and additionally it has an estimated 10 million suicide jihadi ready to do whatever the Leader of Iran’s Islamic Mullah Khemeinie asks of them. Iran, is quickly outpacing Israel in technology and not only they are ready to launch Missiles to space, but soon they will be launching an Iranian designed and made satellite on that missile. Something the Israeli are still trying to perfect.

So the Jews in Israel are panicking, and at loss about how to live in this new peaceful and wealthy Middle East neighbors and see the writing on the wall for their state and people, relegated to a small band of settlers living in Kibbutz and eternally fighting for survival in a very hostile land.

Rather than going back to the old times of the 50’s and beg for peace, they are trying for the high ground, relaying on Washington Zionists that have heads blown up way out of proportion than their shoulder can hold, although admittedly hot air is very light weight. Going for broke with attack on Iran, a desperado move for sure.


President Assad should release all political prisoners and establish the Party Laws without any conditions such as being in all MOUHAFAZAT and have any number of minimum members. Lets face it, personally will not be willing to expose any assets SSPRS has in Syria or Lebanon to the extreme danger that they will be faced, say a week after this registration and disclosure is made, some MUKHABRAT head in some Mouhafaza decides to make a move on his own, you know, the usual business in Syria.


The President should also establish the reputed Majlis of Advisors or SYRIAN SENATE, This Senate should also include seats not only for Syrian oppositions and personalities but also to allocate seats for Iraq’s Sunni, Shia and Kurd representatives, our beloved Lebanese who are inseparable from our nation and representation seats for Southern Syria (Jordan-Israeli Palestinian-Gaza). This Majlis should meet at least once, weekly, and should at all time, be presided over by the President and members of his cabinet. The Majlis, members of the Majlis should have the right to free speech within set guidance and maintains Decorum in accordance to rules voted on by the majority of members. The Majlis may or may not have any real power, as the sole purpose and duty of this institution is to render advise and give feedback and state opinion, analysis, studies directly to the President and his Cabinet members, for them to evaluate and make a decision, pass a law or forwarded to the currently established People Majlis.

It is time for Syria to start think BIG and to ignore the harassments being imposed on it on that of Iran by the enemies of the People of Syria and Iran, the JEWS and Petro-Zionists planners.


It is time to withdraw from this worthless criminal organization of the Beast Amen, deceiver of man. This evil, demonic and diabolic organization has brought no protection or benefits to our Syrian National Interests. It has sanctioned colonialist plotters to divide our nation and country, it has imposed the most brutal and evil economic sanctions that has caused the death of more than a Million Iraqi and devastated the country into ruins, (while its leaders pocketed oil kickback profit). It has failed to enforce our rights to the Syrian Golan. It has separated Iskandarun from the Motherland and stole our most viable sea ports. It has failed to force the Jews to vacate the occupied Golan and it has failed to force the Jews to give the Palestinian Refugees and people their rights despite over 2000 resolutions and condemnations that passed in the past 50 years.

The President should cease corporation on this alleged plots that are fabricated by various enemy of Syria. The President should cooperate to the extent that it wants to prove it’s innocence but not hand Syrian Sovereignty or any Officials to any Criminal U.N. Organization or any superficial body it set up to prosecute innocent Syrian Nationals, just for the sole purpose of weakening Syria and or It’s President enough to give up valuable land or other secret requests apparently being demanded by Syria’s enemies that is obviously too expensive and not affordable to the Syrian people to depart with or compromise on, just to make Jews in Israel, Bankers, corrupt U.N. and other countries officials who has enriched themselves from the continued misery, death, destruction and economic and spiritual annihilation of the Syrian people and it’s nation.

Mr. Shawkat is one of the brightest of Syria. He has in the past years extended tremendous help to the United States, it’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the war on terror (the Oil grab war). Reading the crap that was published by the Treasury Dept. I could not help falling of my chair laughing at that comicky rubbish.

First, I am sure that there is not a penny in his name in U.S. Banks. Then, the question is, why is the United States singling him out now. It could be just another of this dumb administration moves, like the one Congress repeatedly made or those silly other actions signed by the President such as the sanctions that no one giva a damm about. Just to show that they are taking some action. Who the hell care about this shit. How symbolic seizure of non existent Shawkat assets in U.S. will help Syria or the people of Syria!

The “accusations” that are thrown on him, could be thrown at any high ranking Syrian officials including first of all, Khaddam and the new U.S. Resident Shihabi. So as many Lebanese and Saudi friends of U.S.

So what is the scam here? I think he was going to provide support to someone that they did not want to have that support and they sent this message as a threat

At 1/18/2006 06:12:00 PM, Blogger DamasceneBlood said...

JAM (aka ahnad, aka Free Dalilah)

stop being lame and deceitful, it's too obvious, and it doesn't help your cause, whatever that may be.

That aside, I think this is a very positive step, albeit a little late. I've noticed that the Syrian regime takes 6-months to 1 year at least to act on its announcements and intentions, which is really slow. Releasing these prisoners is a very good thing. Now Bashar needs to embrace and empower them to enact true reforms, if he was honest about it. We'll see what he'll say Saturday.

Frankly, recent developments with more fake witnesses and Jumblatt lashing out like a moron against Syria and Hizbullah reveal the real intentions of the "Truth" camp. You guys should go read Al-Hayat interview with Mr. Hassan Nasrallah, Here
Now that's a balanced and sane person, unlike those insects calling for the 'truth' and the occupation of Syria.

At 1/18/2006 06:32:00 PM, Blogger Free Dalila said...

Damascene, thanks for your comments but I assure you I am not JAM, and the Syrian regime isn't normally late 6months to a year. If it was up to them they would never release anyone. Remember the people how were detained for many years some never even returns.

At 1/18/2006 07:07:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...


I have no respect for you and many like you.

You keep saying such a person is me, and another is Jam. That is crazy, and I think you are just barking because you are a tail for the Assad regime like Criminal, Josh, and many dogs like you.

You say this will not help my cause? What is my cause ?

You are just licking the asses of Bashar Assad likeKhadam did for 35 years, and when the time comes after you finished stealing in his name, you come out to decalre your self against him and his regime.

People like you are despicable.

At 1/18/2006 07:11:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

{{{{ Iran, is quickly outpacing Israel in technology and not only they are ready to launch Missiles to space, but soon they will be launching an Iranian designed and made satellite on that missile. Something the Israeli are still trying to perfect.



We heard the same talks about Saddam, and remember: he had the 4th largest and strongest army in the world!


I hope America will teach these guys a lesson really hard.

At 1/18/2006 07:21:00 PM, Blogger Pascal said...

"""" ونفس الكلام ينطبق على الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد، حليف الثورجي أحمدي نجاد. هذا الصبي الذي صار رئيساً بالوراثة لدولة منبوذة عالمياً، لا يمتلك أية مؤهلات لتجعله بهذا المنصب لولا أن أباه كان رئيساً وأراده وريثاً للعرش المنخور. وإذا كان والده قد بقى في الحكم أكثر من ثلاثين عاماً لأنه كان مراوغاً ولا يقل ذكاءً وخبثاً من معاوية، والذي اتخذ من عبدالحليم خدام مستشاره الأول يستمع إليه كما كان عمرو بن العاص لمعاوية، على حد تعبير المفكر الكبير شاكر النابلسي، فإن هذا الصبي استغنى عن عمرو بن العاص زمانه وأخرجه من شلته ودفعه إلى صفوف أعدائه وأحاط نفسه بشلة من الجهلة الذين أشاروا عليه بارتكاب المزيد من الأخطاء والحماقات والأعمال الإرهابية في العراق ولبنان إلى حد التعفن، فها هو الآن في حالة مجابهة مع المجتمع الدولي، بل قل في حالة احتضار، ولا بد أن يكون مصيره كمصير نظيره صدام حسين.

At 1/18/2006 07:37:00 PM, Blogger Pascal said...

Here is what Rime allaf said about Joshua landis' "rubbish" as some described it:

""" Finally, I must say that I am outraged at what Joshua Landis has dared to write in his royalist blog, namely that Dr. Dalila was jailed because he called on Alawites not to follow the Assads. What a load of rubbish. Unlike Landis, Dr. Dalila does not (and never did) fall into petty sectarian "analysis," dedicating his time and sacrificing his freedom and health to speak tirelessly against the abuses of the regime, the economic and social disparities, and the injustice and brutality which rule in Syria. He has never spoken of sects.

Also, repeating that Aref Dalila's or Riad Seif's release would "enhance the image of the US in Syria" is ridiculous. If Josh does not know anything about our brave prisoners of conscience, then he should ask people who know, rather than guess how "optimists" or "pessimists" will interpret it. And he should certainly not simply repeat nonsense posted as "comments" and try to pass them off as expertise. If there's one thing worse than total, inexplicable bias, it is bias coupled with """

At 1/18/2006 07:39:00 PM, Blogger Pascal said...

"coupled with ignorance"

Sorry that the last word was not copied above.

At 1/18/2006 08:07:00 PM, Blogger Pascal said...

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BERLIN (Reuters) - EU powers began circulating a draft resolution on Wednesday for a February 2 meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog asking it to report Iran to the Security Council, but Russia was seeking moves that stopped short of a formal referral.

The EU draft resolution drew scorn from Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency will hold an emergency meeting that day on Iran's nuclear work at the request of European Union powers, an IAEA spokesman said.

France, Britain, Germany and the United States are expected to push to have Tehran referred to the U.N. Security Council after it resumed research that could be used for generating electricity or making atomic bombs.

But EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said European states were considering a Russian proposal that could delay a formal referral of Iran to the council.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to Washington, Solana said Russia had suggested the IAEA emergency meeting should call for a special U.N. Security Council session to debate Iran's case, but that there be no formal referral to the council at that time.

He acknowledged "We're talking to the Russians" about the proposal, which would have the Iran case return to IAEA jurisdiction after the Security Council debate. But he said there were many unanswered questions and no decision.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin did not specify what action they expected the IAEA to take at its February 2 meeting.

"There is the issue of whether it goes to the U.N. Security Council -- this is a question that has to be answered," Merkel said. "I think we have to think step by step, and above all send a signal to Iran that shows the international community won't accept it if Iran doesn't respect the commitments that are expected of it and the promises it has made."

Villepin said a referral to the Security Council could not be excluded "today" but suggested the door remained open for further diplomacy.

Iran slammed the European draft resolution.

"It is clear this is politically motivated," the Iranian president said when asked about the text drafted by France, Britain and Germany that diplomats said had so far only been seen by U.S. and EU officials.

"We are asking them to step down from their ivory towers and act with a little logic," the 48-year-old leader told reporters.

The West suspects Iran is seeking nuclear arms. Tehran says its atomic program aims only to generate electricity.


Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said nuclear weapons were against Islamic teachings, as well as Iranian interests, but he vowed to pursue atomic energy.

The United States and EU said they saw no point in further talks with Iran and it was time for the Security Council to tackle the issue, ratcheting up diplomatic pressure on Tehran and opening the door to eventual sanctions.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said there was "not much to talk about" and Solana, who she hosted for talks, agreed.

Iran on Tuesday proposed more talks with the Europeans, who called off the negotiations last week after Tehran removed U.N. seals on uranium enrichment equipment.

Rice, speaking before talks with Solana, said the EU had made clear Iran had crossed an important threshold.

But previous EU predictions that the IAEA board would send the Iran dossier to the council as soon as early next month were "looking a bit sick," a top EU diplomat said.

U.S. and European officials say a majority on the IAEA board favors referral, but they want as much support as they can muster from Russia, China and other sceptics.

Iran has begun to lobby developing nations on the IAEA board ahead of any vote. Ahmadinejad is going to Syria on Wednesday, his oil minister is visiting India and other Iranian officials are in Egypt and South Africa.

An EU diplomat said the draft text asks Iran "to help the (IAEA) clarify questions regarding possible nuclear weapons activities" and calls on IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei "to transmit a copy of this resolution to the Security Council."

Some Western officials say simply hauling Iran to the Security Council for censure could prompt a change of heart in Tehran, seen as keen to avoid pariah status.

Any move to use full-scale sanctions against Iran, let alone military action, could send world oil prices rocketing and reopen some of the international rifts opened by the Iraq war.

(Additional reporting by Parisa Hafezi and Parinoosh Arami in Tehran, Kerstin Gehmlich in Paris, Chris Buckley in Beijing, Sue Pleming and Carol Giacomo in Washington)

At 1/18/2006 08:29:00 PM, Blogger Metaz K. M. Aldendeshe said...

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At 1/18/2006 08:36:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

Excited, got real hard on, Toupe really turns me on. HEHEHEHHEHEHEH. especially if the bitch provided by Mossad and paid for by AIPAC.

At 1/18/2006 08:41:00 PM, Blogger Pascal said...


At 1/18/2006 08:45:00 PM, Blogger Sexual-Pleasure said...

"Invisible in Hollywood: Jewish women"
A recent Boston Globe editorial by Wheelock College professor Gail Dines slams the film Munich, director Steven Spielberg -- and all screens big and small -- for limiting the roles of Jewish women to "caricatures" of "simpering victims," "loyal, hapless wives committed to tortured Jewish men," or "kindly grandmothers who run a country but leave the real work to men." Munich, Dines says, offers yet "one more example of how Jewish men relegate Jewish women to roles that are supportive at best and belong in the silent era of movies, at worst."

For all the storied presence of Jews in the ranks of producers, writers and actors, Dines writes, "when was the last time you saw a richly textured Jewish female character? TV character Jerry Seinfeld, another angst-ridden Jewish man, managed to avoid dating a self-identified Jewish woman in New York for all of the show's eight years. But then why would he date a Jewish woman if his cloying mother was an example of what was on offer?"

Dines, who teaches women's studies and sociology, mentions Meryl Streep's unappealing "suffocating Jewish mother" role in Prime, which at least no one saw. Missing from such images -- and, Dines adds, "JAP" jokes -- is "the authentic story of Jewish women. During the Holocaust, we fought together with Jewish men in the resistance and died alongside them. We have been at the forefront of liberation movements, including feminism, gay rights, antiwar protests, and peace movements in Israel. Israeli women were the first to build joint Jewish-Palestinian movements, not because we are simpering victims or overbearing mothers, but because we have a long history of activism, courage, and a commitment to sisterhood."

I can't say I disagree with Dines. But I also think there's another dimension to this grievance. How often, really, do we see Jewish (or Jew-ish) characters -- male or female -- who are not some sort of caricature? When do we ever see folks who just happen to be Jewish -- or who, God forbid, are happy about it? My husband (qualified to opine here as both a TV addict and a rabbi) and I constantly lament the lack of complex, "real" Jewish characters in mainstream pop culture. In fact, here's what he said when he read this article: "Jerry Seinfeld didn't choose Jewish women? That is a problem. You know what is also a problem for the Jews? Jerry Seinfeld."

At 1/18/2006 08:53:00 PM, Blogger Sexual-Pleasure said...

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At 1/18/2006 11:17:00 PM, Blogger Innoceent-Criminal Scum said...

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At 1/19/2006 12:27:00 AM, Blogger Innoceent-Criminal Scum said...

Looks like desparados Jew-spy hard at work above. What a pathetic people. Loosers in WWII and ultimate loosers in WWIII.

At 1/19/2006 12:48:00 AM, Blogger annie said...

JOsh, each blog has its personality but the above invasion cries for some censorship; rimeallaf cuts out the people who do not respect netiquette; it is about time you did the same; do also away with the copy and pasters and the posts which contain obscenities. PLease

At 1/19/2006 02:47:00 AM, Blogger DamasceneBlood said...

Dear Dr. Landis,

I suggest (if possible) that you at least limit the post size to, say 1024 characters. This way, morons like the above won't ruin the comments like this.

JAM said:

"You are just licking the asses of Bashar Assad likeKhadam did for 35 years, and when the time comes after you finished stealing in his name, you come out to decalre your self against him and his regime."

LOL, yeah, I made soooo much money piggybacking on Assad's name, it's out of this world. Idiot. I don't care about Bashar, but you have to be rational (which is obviously impossible in your case). Not everything about Bashar is repulsive.

Oh, and shall I remind you of your changing views on Bashar:

1) you used to call every one who remotely says anything positive about Assad a traitor, an animal, and worse.
2) 2 weeks ago you said that Bashar is more trustworthy than the traitors, and that he maybe onto something.
3) Now you revert to your old self, calling everyone who doesn't agree with you an a-hole. Including Dr. Landis, who has, honorably, not censored your any of your drivel.

At least try to be consistent in your madness and blabbering. I know it's hard. A better recommendation would be to write less, that way you would not look like an idiot 24/7.

At 1/19/2006 02:53:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...


You should get a script that can identify people's IP address. This what Tony uses on his blog and i think its very helpful. This way you can ban a spammer’s IP address completely and the schizophrenic JAM (AKA Freedalila, Sexual-Pleasure, Innocent-Criminal-Scum, etc) can disappear.

I understand it’s not a nice thing to do but it’s better than ending the comment section. If you don’t have time do it I am sure many would. Just ask Tony how he does it.

At 1/19/2006 03:12:00 AM, Blogger DamasceneBlood said...

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At 1/19/2006 03:14:00 AM, Blogger DamasceneBlood said...

I think Josh has a problem in that he's using as his host, which is quite limiting. Dr. Landis, you really need to host your site on some real Webhost (there are many cheap ones). There are many blogging programs out there that you can just install and use readily. I think this should your next step for your site to stay competitive amongst the growing Syria-related blogs.

At 1/19/2006 03:34:00 AM, Blogger Abou Fehmi said...

Josh, If you have as they accuse you with a link with the Assads, then please pass this along and tell him it's from Abou Fehmi...

I hoped Bashar will be like his "friend" king Juan Carlos in the sense that he will not be tempted by the trappings of Power. It seems I was wrong but I am still hoping.

Here is what I hope he will say on Saturday.

"In the next six months, 1 year head of the next Presedential Election" we will:

1. Pass Parties Law
2. Pass Freedom of Expression Law
2. Release of all Political Prisoners.
3. End of Marshall Law

Let's hope.

At 1/19/2006 04:05:00 AM, Blogger abu youssef said...

Funny - no, sad - how the "opposition" reacts when things just don't go the way they want it to.

At 1/19/2006 05:33:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

"Two weeks ago you said you trust Bahar more than the traitors" Corrupt DamascneneBlood

hehee, I never said the above. I said, after the so called defection of Khadam that I was willing to wait a little, and that would not be long, before I judge once again whether Bashar's past actions were of his , or of Khadam's making. It didn't take long to see that they were his, and Khadam had absolutely no power.

2nd, Josh copied a post made up by BP as facts about Dr. Dalila above. His so doing is an example of how a pig he is. He does not even think that his game is obvious, and that he, like the regime wants to damage the reputations of those honourable Syrians. let him retract what he posted if he has the slightest integrity for what he posted is false, and belongs truly to the mean attack on a Syrian hero.

3rd: Those pro-regime attribute the posters they mentioned (few names) to me, but I really think you are all one or a couple working for the Syrian Intelligence Service (Mukhabarat) for you repeat each other's work.
I am not any one else here.

But, I totally disrespect you, Criminal, BP, Corrupt Damsceneblood, etc... of ugly names reflecting your regime's bloody history.

What I said before is that I am not an ideologue and I do judge Bashar for his actions, and especially for his HUMAN RIGHTS record. I judge the actions, and may change my mind according to his actions. I did not praise him , and never did so. I hardly call him "President", because I never accept his presidency inherited for the first time in the history of mankind. Republican inheritor of the presidency. The last actions he made proved (for I was willing to consider otherwise) that he was the one who jailed the people, not Khadam as we may have been led to beleive by his so called "parliament".

They want to open the corruption books on Khadam alone, and why not ask the Assad family, among them was Hafez assad and his sons where and how their salaries (in the hundreds of dollars only per month) made them the fortune approaching at least 50 Billion dollars. Khadam was a thief alright, but he was the smallest thief in a regime built on corruption, and had the aim of corrupting Syria, on purpose.


At 1/19/2006 06:23:00 AM, Blogger t_desco said...

The "Lebanese Political Journal" blog has some details on Ibrahim Jarjoura's appearance on New TV: "Marwan Hmadeh forced me to give Fake Testimonies".

At 1/19/2006 06:41:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

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At 1/19/2006 06:42:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

It seems Dalila might be freed soon. check below link

At 1/19/2006 08:01:00 AM, Blogger t_desco said...

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At 1/19/2006 08:04:00 AM, Blogger t_desco said...

"Abdel Atheem, a lawyer, told KUNA that university professor Aref Dalilah would (be) released within 48 hours."
Jan 18 (KUNA)

At 1/19/2006 08:20:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

We are counting.........already 24 passed....

We follow the liar to his door.

At 1/19/2006 09:10:00 AM, Blogger ForFreedomOfExpression said...

1 Dalila + 2,5 million Kurds + ....+....+.....+.....+....= 18 million in Greater Syria Prison.

Marginalized and the target of repression for more than 40 years, the 2.5 million Kurds living in Syria are a potential resource for the U.S. in its struggle against the Assad regime.

Marginalized for over 40 years, when not the actual target of violence and killings, by the Baathist regime of the Assad, father and son, to a great extent ignored by international public opinion, but now, in the wake of developments in northern Iraq, the 2.5 million Syrian Kurds could become an important wire for the U.S. to pull in its plans for the Middle East.

Syrian Kurds make up some 10% of the population, and many of them are considered stateless and have no access to ordinary state services; the areas in which they live have undergone a long process of impoverishment and have recently witnessed well-documented uprisings, ethnic violence and pro-U.S. demonstrations, which have garnered international media attention. Most notably, rioting broke out in Qamishli in March 2004 which left at least a dozen people dead, hundreds more arrested and mass looting, culminating in a tense atmosphere in the region, which has been further compounded by the murder of cleric Maashouq al-Haznawi, in Aleppo last June, which instigated further rioting and violence.

But still today, as a result of Law 93 of 1962, some 300,000 Kurds, classified as foreigners, still have no access to state health, education, and other services and are unable to travel. Ever fearful of cross border influence from Kurds in Iraq and Turkey, Syria sought to create an Arab Belt, but failed given the newfound political power of Iraqi Kurds.

Now, under international pressure from the U.N. resolution for an international inquiry into the death of Lebanons former prime minister, Rafic Hariri, and the newfound unity of Syrian opposition groups, the Kurds could prove to be more useful to the U.S. than a great military arsenal in its quest to oust the current regime.


At 1/19/2006 09:25:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

My friend FFE, I am not certain yet that the great US has the real intentions of toppling the Assad regime.

I will tell you that when the regime really feels that the US does want to topple it, the men of the regime will pack and leave Syria for they are true cowards, and will not fight. Up until now, they have been fighting through their proxies in Lebanon, and Iraq, and they enjoy the killings of the innocents while they pretend being so innocent themselves of the killings.

Today, they sent a so called "martyre suicide bomber" into Israel to blow himself up in a mall, and he killed or wounded few innocents. This regime is threatening the world by its ability as it claims, to cause more terrorist attacks and to turn the ME area into hell. this should be noted by all those who want to fight terrorism.

The Assad regime is dying, and it is breathing its final breaths, but until it knows for sure that the world is really sick of it, and the US wants to topple it, it try to survive on few tricks (life support)...but I think its role in the area may be ending soon, and its men will be chassing after the money in Western Banks.


At 1/19/2006 09:40:00 AM, Blogger God knows you all said...

Dr. Mahmoud Ahamadinejad began on Thursday a two-day official visit to Syria .
He was received at the People’s Palace by President Bashar al-Assad.

Who can explain, is this Peoples Palace gift for syrian people or from syrian people?
They should take what is theirs

At 1/19/2006 09:46:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

Chirac speaks to both Syria and Iran. It i sno joke any more.

At 1/19/2006 10:03:00 AM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

JAM get it into your head. It is nothing but a joke. There is not a shit a foeign country can do to stop a soverign country as rich and powerful as Iran from excercising its rights. just like the fucking Jews in Israel built 400+ A bomb. Allright asshole, why don't you have a problem with thses fuckers of people building this kind or nuclear arsenal, killing a million Palestenian, exciling another million, committing the worlds worst genocides, violating thousands of international agreements and U.N. resolutions, and to this date refuses to give up the Golan and allow it's resident back in their land and so as those milion exciled Palestinian. Fuck off JAM, no wonder Bashar and his father double the improsenment term of Alawi, I would do that to you too on charges of HIPOCRACY.

At 1/19/2006 10:18:00 AM, Blogger God knows you all said...

I would not insult the joooooooooos as loud as you did, maybe your beloved mister president and his familiy has to ask them for shelter soonest.

It would be not the badest idea, now that the both doctor freinds sit together sipping tea in the peoples palace to ask the joooooos for a ticket straight to paradise. They are not far and could spare the costs for two tickets.

At 1/19/2006 10:28:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...


I see!

Has your preseident, Assad contacted you recently giving you some hope and a promise to use you in a commercial deal?

Be careful, they might punish you for things you had said here on this same site.

I would not trust them if I were you. (thank God I am not).

At 1/19/2006 11:36:00 AM, Blogger annie said...

Joseph Ali : I am done reading anything you spurt; same with SRP.

At 1/19/2006 11:39:00 AM, Blogger God knows you all said...

This is for you MISS ANNIE

The kind of story we'd like to see:

“News reports indicate that Pres. Assad of Syria was accidentally killed today when an American bomb dropped during a skirmish along the Iraq-Syrian border destroyed his office in Damascus.”

At 1/19/2006 11:57:00 AM, Blogger adonis syria said...

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At 1/19/2006 12:01:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

Jam, you are not being rational, I understand your anger, but it is not in place at all. Metaz never got a penny from Assad, nor his land back, nor he was compensated in any way for the past 43 years his property illegally ceased and used by others. And neither SSPRS. In fact we never had any contact with the Syrian Government in the past year, and previous contact (requests) gone unanswered.

Why are you after those Syrian opposition that has common sense and a realistic strategy about getting Syria on the right track. Why don't you express your anger to the Bush, Blair administration or the Arab regimes, SSPRS strategy is simple, we need to work with President Assad on one to one basis to resolve the problem Syrians faces. We can use funding and other support, political or otherwise but only to help that track of strategy.

All we see is plots and more plots and more plots that has nothing to do with the interests of Syrians and everything to do with the interest of Jews. So forward your frustration and anger not at us, the one that are doing our best, please go and express your frustration with the others. Finally, If we are afraid of the threat of imprisonment and torture, we would not have gone public and Metaz would have just settled for helping the Animals of the world get rights. Bashar is smart enough to know which posts posted really by us and which one posted by the imposters.

Thank you

Annie, we don't giva a damm in fact we like it that you do not read our posts. They are not intended to be viewed or read by your kind. They are posted so that the intended recipient get it.

At 1/19/2006 12:02:00 PM, Blogger adonis syria said...

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At 1/19/2006 12:05:00 PM, Blogger adonis syria said...

Too little,all brave prisoners of conscience should be released from prof aref dalila,dr kamal labwani, habib saleh and the other prisoners ,some of them suffer in baath prisons since the 70's and the fate of 18 000 disappeared syrians should be clarified to lessen suffering of their relatives

At 1/19/2006 12:23:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

Annie, my love; Perhaps in another time, another circumstance we would have gotten married, or just enjoyed free sex living together, but i understand your disappointment. take it easy. I shall come on an American tank to Syria soon.

take care.

At 1/19/2006 12:31:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

To the troll that is polluting the comment section: unless you want Joshuah to close the comment section again, please stop.

At 1/19/2006 12:45:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

The pervert has stopped, it seems.

At 1/19/2006 12:58:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

I Thought you are an Alawites. Now you saying you want to live in Kamishli. Do you really think those American tanks planning on getting further than the last oil fields of Syria's western region, the one close to Kurdistan. HEHEHEHHEHE Yous ound more like an ignorant Sunni Arab than Syrian Alawite.

At 1/19/2006 01:02:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

SRP, I really doubt that the Americans ore going to lauch a war for small oil fields that will by empty by 2010 anyway.

At 1/19/2006 01:08:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

Agree, but you do not know what the hell they will be weeling and dealing with teh Kurds in exchange for the Iraqi oil. Also, the U.S. has one if not the only geo-resource satllite that can penetrate deep in the earth surface and find resources. They could have already had proof of oil in that region that is not discovered by traditional wildcat means employed currently. Also, there is something true to that regarding huge oil reservoirs offshore Lebanon coast and off North Korea (some gulf region, have to look the name).

At 1/19/2006 01:10:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

{{{If we are afraid of the threat of imprisonment and torture, we would not have gone public and Metaz would have just settled for helping the Animals of the world get rights. Bashar is smart enough to know which posts posted really by us and which one posted by the imposters.}}} Syrian Republican Party.

This is in fact the Syrian personality. This is why a corrupt family like the Assads, was able to intimidate, ride on the back of, steal, and oppress 5 millions when it came to power, and continues to do so with 18 millions now. Such a people truly deserves such a regime. Such a people is manifested in what this SRRP stated above without hesitation, and without any shame or guilt, thinking that the readers are also ignorant, and that is exactly how Butheina Shabaan, Bashar Assad, and their ilks do when they speak on Arab or world media. They all think the world is dummy.

Thank you

At 1/19/2006 01:18:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

Metaz will be replying to you soon fucker.

At 1/19/2006 01:27:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Pride said...

I have followed what this so called JosephAli has been posting here for a while, and became more certain that he belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood. They come under many flavors.

At 1/19/2006 01:44:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

is it Metaz, or Memtaz?

At 1/19/2006 02:27:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...

Dr. Landis

As many await the President’s domestic and economic policy speech on Saturday, it is perhaps best to try and avoid excessive optimism about the degree of changes that we are all likely to hear. I say this not because I think Bashar does not know what needs to be done to revitalize the country’s sagging economy. My pessimism, instead, is based on the fact that this regime is simply incapable, ill prepared and, most importantly, unwilling to make the decisions it needs to make in order to turn this ship around.

The vast majority of the people are asking for “reforms”. Let us see how the Oxford English Dictionary defines the word reform:

“The amendment, or altering for the better, of some faulty state of things, esp. of a corrupt or oppressive political institutions or practice; the removal of some abuse or wrong”.

Let us contrast this with the way the same dictionary defines the word “change”:

“The act or fact of changing; substitution of one thing for another; succession of one thing in place of another”.


In December 1983, Turgut Ozal was elected as Turkey’s prime minister. Prior to his election, Turkey’s economy lagged that of Syria. Indeed, during the 1970’s Turkish merchants and consumers used to travel south to buy the goods they could not find in their own public sector-dominated country. Smuggling reigned supreme. The country’s government owned factories suffered heavy red ink. Unemployment was on the rise. Standards of living were stagnant. Per Capita GDP barely matched that of Syria.
Turgut Ozal was of course the continuator of a movement that had already led to the constitutional movement that introduced secular law to the country. Ozal’s genius, however, was to realize that the strength of a country does not necessarily lie in the disproportionate size of its army but rather in the strength of its civil society. The way forward was therefore to strengthen civil society by creating a robust private business sector. When he took over in 1983, the state controlled virtually all-major sectors of the economy. It also had a monopoly on natural resources, most of which it kept locked up for fear that foreign investment could undermine the state’s authority. The army stood at the heart of the decision-making process. Politics consisted mostly of slogans about grand abstract ideas aired in a vacuum.

Does it all sound familiar? What were Ozal’s solutions?

The army’s role was re-defined to the role of the guardian of the country’s new secular constitution. The economy was opened up to domestic and foreign investment and competition. A massive privatization program ended almost all state monopolies. Smugglers were put of business. Any Product was free to be imported once the relevant fees were paid. The state coffers swelled. Investments soared. Consumers enjoyed the full fruits of a vibrant and competitive market place. Ozal crowned his success by becoming the country’s first civilian President. His country’s is on the cusp of joining the European Union.

The President is unlikely to follow on Ozal’s footsteps. As he concludes his speech, the 20 million Syrians will realize that they will continue to have to live with their inefficient public sector, a still-dominant state role in the economy, a complex bureaucracy, overreaching security system armed with draconian emergency laws, endemic corruption, currency restrictions, lack of modern financial services and communications, weak if not dead legal system, wages and benefits that do not keep pace with the cost of living, wider gap between the poor and rich and finally relying on multiple jobs to make ends meet.

Regrettably, nothing Bashar will say on Saturday will change any of the above facts. Wholesale “changes” and not “reforms” is what the Syrian people want to hear. I suspect mini reforms and empty promises is all they will receive.

This is one of these occasions when one would love to be proved wrong.

At 1/19/2006 02:43:00 PM, Blogger majedkhaldoon said...

Any one who defends Isreal, or protects it, or get angry if isreal got in trouble is an evil man, Isreal is an enemy of humanity, and its supporters are as evil, isreal must not be allowed to continue to be in the heart of the arab world, and we must do everything to get rid of Isreal,like buy back the land from jew, Syria Iraq Lebanon, jordan and palasitine including Sinia peninsula are all one country, and called BILAD AL SHAM, also the kurds in Damascus are different from the Kurds in Kamishli, those who advocate splitting from syria are traitors, and should never be given the syrian citizenship, or allowed to stay in syria, where they benefit from syrian resources.

At 1/19/2006 02:50:00 PM, Blogger Metaz K. M. Aldendeshe said...

The only Dummies are you (JAM) and Ghadri (going to strategy session with Congress). Bashar Assad runs a dictatorship form of government, he never denied it. He has the entire world support, including his arch-rival and enemy the Jews of Israel. His government is recognized by the United Nations and every country on the face of this globe. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT ?

Additionally he has an armada that not even the United States and Israel is willing to tango with. Forget about Jews thinking regime will fall when the first cruise missile land and frustrated Jews posters here saying he will be seeking shelter outside. He is Alawites not Sunni Moslem to run to Paris and Los Angeles with the cash like Khaddam and Shihabi. He also has tens of thousands of extra Hizbullah and Palestinian units, not mention the Mukhabrats 350,000 strong.

That is not all, he has the worlds largest and most sophisticated WMD program and the world biggest stock pile and the delivery systems to deliver it to any corner in Israel. HE IS A FORMIDABLE FORCE AND POWER. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT.

Bashar Assad even has the backing of the most powerful country in the Middle East, the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Forget about peanut sized Israel (BLOW THAT FUCKING JEWISH MYTH OUT OF YOUR BRAIN) these dummies are still living in the Seventies. Israel and Jews live by mythologies and the entire history of them is a fabricated myths that are borrowed from other ancient cultures that predate the Hebrew. There are no MOSSES, NO EXODUS and there are no GOLIATH crappy stories. In fact there never was a king named Solomon or David, these are all myths. Not a shred of hard Archeological evidence available today to back these myths other than the Bible stories tale. And the Star of David? It is the symbol known thousands of years before supposedly king David was around, symbol of the Four Regions and JERUSHALEM. The landing port for the Annunaki Alien on the way to SINAI MOUNT (the Space port that is now chard from nuclear explosion). Do you know what mount Morriah means? It means something like the mount of “directing compass”. YEP, Directing Compass, have you seen the perfectly square and cubical shaped carvings, carved into and under that ROCK in the mosque? Do you know about the White Horse shimmering with lights that Mohammad traveled in to the heaven from that rock?

Back to the issue, in short. You must respect Bashar powers. If I was in Syria, and if the Party were to officially return to Syria, we will not say or publish in Arabic anything we say in this forum, what we consider “closed door forum”. Being in English, need an internet access and need to know about. It is of limited exposure. We must respect Bashar, and the rules set forth by his dictatorship. He does not need to pay us to do that.

I am not disagreeing to the fact that this Baathist Socialist regime is obsolete, I am not defending the Human Right Violations, Emergency Laws and Corruptions. Neither I am not requesting that those all be improved and changed. What I am saying is that we have a situation on the ground that we must deal with, make an accurate assessment, evaluate possibility and predict possible avenues for solutions to the goals that we are aspiring and fighting for. If I were Aref Dahlila, living in Syria, I would not say and publish what he said and published in Arabic, in Syria. You may call that brave, but it could border the stupidity. Because the rule of the game in Syria is defined clearly and the Dictatorship did make it clear to everyone what these rules are and where is the RED LINE. You must respect power, especially when you have none.

It is my and SSPRS assessment, based on reliable and very accurate intelligence and the analysis thereof, that there are only one avenue for the people of Syria and Syrian oppositions now to get some resolution, and that is to appeal directly to the President for a change in Syria, and to work as close as possible with him on introducing, affecting and maintaining these changes that we need in Syria.

Otherwise, keep getting deceived by the Bush party and companies and wait another 3599+ more years for the beacon of Freedom and Democracy that is proclaimed by America and Bush to reach Syria. We have been waiting 42 years, listening to that CD and scratching our balls and head.

Rather than coming here and berating our members and me, please write your Congress, Senate and The beacon of Freedom and Democracy Chairman Excelsior George W. Bush and tell him: Mr. President, you heard your Intelligence and the Lady at the State Department, you know, the one your wife nominating to be the next President of the United States, she too said it loud and clear, there are no alternative to the Government in Syria and to Bashar Assad, and that too is the opinion of every country leader on this globe even the Jews of Israel. So, Mr. President you can listen to them all, saying that there is NO ALTERNATIVE, or you can listen to the lonely hearts of Druze leader Walid Jumblat and me JAM.



At 1/19/2006 03:13:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...

How would you like us to contact and "appeal" to the President? By phone, Email or fax? When you get the chance, please pass on my complaints about his economic performance. Details are listed above.

At 1/19/2006 03:31:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...


Better yet we recommend that you send your paper, research, economic plan to the SSPRS Board of Development, view the list in the volunteer section and select the email for the section you are interested in. No positive identifications is required, unless you choose to do so.

Best Regards

At 1/19/2006 03:44:00 PM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

Here is how you may submit your recommendations/advices/complaints to the Presiking Bashar assad:

Fill out the form below and enter your advice. If you have a web site that deals with living as a schizophrenic personality, be sure to leave your URL in the text of your submission.
Your submission must:

-- Be completly your own. Don't steal it from someone else.

-- Pertain to the topic of saving the Regime.

-- Be between 100 and 350 words

1- First name
2- last name
3- telephone Number
4- Email address
5- Physical address
6- Your relatives names in Syria, addresses, etc..
7- Your (advice/complaint/recommendations).
8- Your web site

You may send the above to the following address:

Syrian Harasta Intelligence Branch
2 blocks from Al Nawari high School
Beside the Abu Abdo Albergol gaz station
second floor
Damascus- Syria.

At 1/19/2006 03:54:00 PM, Blogger Alawites for Syria said...

Hey JAM, go to Strategy Session with Ghadri next month at the U.S. Congress. HA..HA..HA..Stop barking and bitching here please.

At 1/19/2006 03:56:00 PM, Blogger EngineeringChange said...

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At 1/19/2006 03:57:00 PM, Blogger EngineeringChange said...

One of the top news headlines on the Yahoo website (which reaches to most people worldwide) today is:

"Iran leader wins Syrian support on nukes"

As I click on the link I am lead to a story that shows Bashar and Iranian President Ahmadinejad walking side by side in a military march.

Is this what it has come to, standing firm with Iran against the ENTIRE world?? A shame.

At 1/19/2006 04:25:00 PM, Blogger EHSANI2 said...

While we all complain and argue, do not forget that with every passing day at the helm, a handful keep hearing the beautiful sound of the cash registers which keep clicking.

Speaking of cash registers, has anyone wondered how the smuggled major brands of Tobacco are sold on the streets of Damascus and the other cities without any seeming trouble?

At 1/19/2006 05:16:00 PM, Blogger ActiveListener said...

"As I click on the link I am lead to a story that shows Bashar and Iranian President Ahmadinejad walking side by side in a military march." EngineeringChange

Study the pictures. What a bizarre couple - like in a comedy.

The images of these two and their simpleton faces remind me of the chilling words of an Iranian opposition leader: "Sleepwalking towards war".

At 1/19/2006 05:20:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

Ehsani, let me guess. Ramzi M has an illegal port somewhere around lad'iyye?

At 1/19/2006 05:54:00 PM, Blogger I rather born Syrian or a dog said...

Yes VOX you can bet he has a U.S. Official partner on that port, just as well the fuel transport line to Iraq. It is Business, why are you counting someone else money.

At 1/19/2006 06:06:00 PM, Blogger Metaz K. M. Aldendeshe said...

ooooooohhhhhhh, that is a really nice photo or President Assad and President Ahmadi Nizhad. will have to get it on the website. Anyone can recommend a title heading!

Thanks for the dumbass that posted the link.

At 1/19/2006 06:08:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Nationalism Eternally said...

is that too long of heading, try this one:


At 1/19/2006 06:13:00 PM, Blogger Alawites for Syria said...

I thought that CleanBreack suppose to roll back Syria and keep it weak and fractured. Looks like Clean Break III is the one that was put to work. Rolling back Israel is on the way.

At 1/19/2006 06:15:00 PM, Blogger Metaz K. M. Aldendeshe said...

Time for Syria to cry loud "GOLAN HEIGHTs" on the door of the U.N.

At 1/19/2006 09:08:00 PM, Blogger norman said...

Syria needs all the changes that EHSANI called for but without destroying Syria or cause a civel war,so our goals and i believe everybody here want the same .about having smugled cigarets on syrian streets protectionism and unjust taxes pushes people to buy illegal cigarets ,Ehsani as you know in the US many people buy cigarets from indian reservations on line to avoid paying taxes.

At 1/19/2006 10:02:00 PM, Blogger Yabroud said...

The Syrian regime can not be reformed. Its latest move confirms this impossibility:

ذاكرة ربيع دمشق : ما تزال البنية عصيّة علي الإصلاح

صبحي حديدي
في وسع المرء أن يصدّق الشطر الثاني من تصريح مصدر مسؤول سوري لصحيفة السفير اللبنانية، تعليقاً علي إطلاق سراح معتقلي ربيع دمشق ـ رياض سيف، مأمون الحمصي، وليد البني، فواز تللو، حبيب عيسي ـ بأنّ الإفراج الأخير يُنظر إليه في إطار انتهاء ثلاثة أرباع المدّة وليس له مدلولات سياسية أخري . ذلك لأنّ ثلاثة أرباع المدّة انقضت منذ سبعة أشهر، وليس في هذه أيّ هامش لأيّ طراز من الفتوي والألعاب الديماغوجية، وكان في وسع السلطة أن تستغلّ هذا الموعد في مناسبات سابقة (قبيل تقرير ميليس الأوّل مثلاً، أو أثناء جولات التفاوض الأخيرة العالقة حول الشراكة الأوروبية...).
والمرء يحار في فهم الأسباب التي تجعل ذلك المصدر يكره المدلولات السياسية إلي هذا الحدّ، إذ أنّ العكس هو الذي ينبغي أن يكون متوقعاً من نظام مأزوم يحتاج أكثر من أيّ وقت مضي إلي ربط خطوة كهذه بالسياسة، بل وتعمّد تضخيم ما تنطوي عليه من سياسة، ونفخها وتفخيمها وتنغيمها عن سابق قصد وتصميم. الأرجح، إذاً، أنّ السلطة تكره أن يُقال إنها تنحني أمام الرياح ـ خصوصاً إذا كانت من نوع رياح هذه الأيام: عاتية صرصراً! ـ أو تستجيب للضغوطات الخارجية، أو تسفح ماء الوجه أمام حفنة مواطنين سبق لإعلام السلطة أن قال فيهم ما قال مالك في الخمر، أو تكسر هيبة النظام الأمنية إزاء خمسة محكومين أدينوا بتهمة السعي إلي تعديل الدستور بصورة غير شرعية . الأرجح، كذلك، أنّ المدلول السياسي الوحيد الذي يخامر المصدر المسؤول هو هذا بالضبط: رغم الضغوطات التي تتعرّض لها البلاد، فإنّ السلطة لن تخفض رأسها ولن تفرج عن هذه الحفنة من المواطنين (المعتقلين لأسباب سياسية، أوّل الأمر وآخره!) إلا لسبب واحد وحيد: أنّ ثلاثة ارباع المدّة انقضت... قبل سبعة أشهر!
ومما يثلج الصدر، بعد خبر الإفراج ذاته وبعد تهنئة هذه الكوكبة من أبناء سورية بالسلامة، هو أنّ السياسة ليست البتة غائبة عن أذهانهم هم، أو بالأحري لم تكن غائبة عن عقولهم وضمائرهم طيلة أشهر الإعتقال، وقبيل الإفراج مباشرة (حين رفضوا التوقيع علي نصّ يفيد أنهم أصلحوا أنفسهم في المعتقل!)، وبعد الإفراج حين كانت تصريحاتهم تبرهن بجلاء أنّ الزنزانة لم تفتّ في عضد أيّ منهم. رياض سيف، علي سبيل المثال، صرّح أنه أوّلاً ينضوي تحت سقف إعلان دمشق ، وأنه ثانياً لم يعد في وارد مطالبة النظام بالإصلاح لأنّ التغيير هو وحده المطلوب اليوم. ولست أتردد في القول إنّ هذا التصريح أطربني علي نحو خاصّ، ليس لأنه صلب ومبدئي وشجاع وصائب فحسب، بل لأنني كنت علي الدوام من القائلين بأنّ بنية هذا النظام عصيّة علي الإصلاح، ولا مناص من التغيير الجوهري العميق.
أمّا ذاك الذي يحزّ في النفس، فضلاً بالطبع عن استمرار بقاء المئات من المعتقلين السياسيين خلف القضبان، فهو امتناع السلطة عن إطلاق سراح الدكتور عارف دليلة (65 سنة)، الذي اعتُقل وحوكم بالتهم ذاتها وفي سياق وأد ربيع دمشق أيضاً. لسنا نملك تصريحاً من أيّ مصدر مسؤول حول سبب استبعاد دليلة، وإنْ كان المرء للأسف لا يملك رفاه استبعاد أحد أبرز الأسباب: أنّ السلطة تعاقب المعارضين والمناضلين الديمقراطيين من أبناء الطائفة العلوية علي نحو مضاعف، ولهذا تأخر كثيراً الإفراج عن عبد العزيز الخيّر في أحدث الأمثلة. وهنا أيضاً كان في وسع السلطة أن تسبغ الكثير من السياسة، و المدلولات السياسية كما في تعبير المصدر السوري المسؤول، لو أنها ساوت دليلة بزملائه سيف والحمصي والبني وتللو وعيسي، وأرسلت إلي الداخل كما إلي الخارج رسالة بسيطة مفادها أنّ السوريين ـ بصرف النظر عن عقائدهم وأحزابهم وأديانهم وطوائفهم ـ متساوون في الحقوق والواجبات كما في الإعتقال و... الإفراج!
كذلك، في هذا الصدد، لم نسمع أيّ تعليق من عبد العظيم المغربي نائب رئيس اتحاد المحامين العرب، الذي التقي الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد والأمين العام المساعد لحزب البعث محمد سعيد بخيتان، وصرّح بعد اللقائين أنه تلقي وعوداً قطعية بالإفراج عن جميع معتقلي ربيع دمشق . وإذا كانت السلطة تأبي القول إنها أفرجت عن مواطنيها بسبب تزايد الضغوط الخارجية علي النظام (وكأنها، إنْ فعلت، تكون قد ارتكبت إثماً أو أتت معصية!)، فإنّ أحداً في السلطة لا ينفي أنّ الأسد استجاب بالفعل لطلب اتحاد المحامين العرب (والبعض تحدّث عن شرط لا غني عنه وضعوه أمام القيادة السورية) تمهيداً لانعقاد المؤتمر التضامني مع سورية يوم غد.
مدهش أننا، ونظلّ في السياقات ذاتها، لم نسمع قائلاً من أهل السلطة يقول إنّ بعض السبب وراء قرار الإفراج هو ما بات يُعرف باسم انشقاق نائب الرئيس السابق عبد الحليم خدام، إنْ لم يكن علي سبيل مجابهة حملاته الإعلامية المتواصلة (حتي بعد إغلاق المنابر السعودية)، فعلي الأقلّ لأنّ جهابذة من أمثال عبد القادر قدورة (رئيس مجلس الشعب السابق، وفي رئاسته الميمونة تمّ رفع الحصانة عن سيف والحمصي تمهيداً لتقديمهما إلي المحاكمة)، ومحمد حبش (عضو مجلس الشعب والفقيه اللوذعي المتأسلم)، وفيصل كلثوم (البعثيّ عضو المجلس أيضاً، الذي لا يتقن شيئاً قدر إتقانه توجيه تهمة الخيانة العظمي علي الميمنة والميسرة) يتهمون خدام بالمسؤولية عن وأد ربيع دمشق !
ومن مفارقات الأقدار أنّ خدام نفسه (صاحب تصنيف ظاهرة المنتديات والحراك الديمقراطي إجمالاً تحت خانة الجزأرة ، وصاحب اللوم الشهير للرفاق البعثيين الذين يذهبون إلي المنتديات ليدافعوا، لا ليهاجموا ...)، هو اليوم شيخ البعثيين المطالبين بالإصلاح والديمقراطية ومحاربة الفساد! أم هي ليست البتة من مفارقات الأقدار، إذْ هكذا كان ديدن النظام علي الدوام، وكان هناك خدام خلف خدام خلف خدام؟ ألم يحدث، في فترة اعتقالات النشطاء وإغلاق المنتديات، أن أطلق وزير الإعلام السوري الأسبق عدنان عمران صفة عملاء سفارات أجــنبية و قابضي فلوس علي دعاة المجتمع المدني هــؤلاء؟ هل كـــان خـدام هو ملفّق هذه التهمة أيضاً؟
ثمّ لماذا لا نعود بالذاكرة إلي بشار الأسد نفسه، خلال الفترة إياها؟
ففي حديث مطوّل مع صحيفة الشرق الأوسط اللندنية، في الفترة ذاتها مطلع العام 2001، اضطرّ الأسد إلي تسفيه آراء وزير إعلامه حول قبض الفلوس والعمالة، فقال: في كلّ المجتمعات هناك الأبيض وهناك الأسود وهناك حسنو النيّة وسيئو النية. لا نستطيع أن نقول إننا أمام حالة مطلقة.. هل يمكن أن نقول بأنّ كلّ الناس عملاء؟ هذا مستحيل.. هل يمكن أن نقول إنّ كلّ من يطرح فكرة ظاهرها إيجابي هو وطني؟ أيضاً هذا مستحيل . ما الذي كان الممكن، أي عكس المستحيل، في نظر الأسد آنذاك؟ الأسد استبدل مهزلة الوزير عمران بالمأساة، حين اعتبر أنّ أفعال هؤلاء المثقفين (وهي، في كلّ حال، لم تتعدّ البيانات وارتياد المنتديات) إنما تمسّ الإستقرار علي مستوي الوطن ، وهنالك احتمالان استطراداً: أن يكون الفاعل عميلاً يخرّب لصالح دولة ما أو أن يكون جاهلاً ويخرّب من دون قصد . أمّا النتيجة فهي أنّ الإنسان في كلتا الحالتين يخدم أعداء بلده !
والحال أنّ توصيف الوزير عمران كان أرحم، لا لشيء إلا لأنه يندرج في باب الإطلاق والتعميم والتجريم كيفما اتفق: الكلّ عملاء، والكلّ يقبض، وكفي الله المؤمنين شرّ التمييز بين رياض الترك ورياض سيف وعارف دليلة. أمّا في حكم الأسد فإنّ المثقف الذي يطالب بالتغيير لا يقوم بما هو أقلّ من المسّ بالعجل الذهبي المقدّس الذي يُدعي الإستقرار ، وهو مثقف ينتمي إلي فئة الأسود استطراداً، سواء أكان عميلاً عن عمد أم جاهلاً عن غير قصد. أين حسنو النيّة والحال هذه؟ أين فئة الأبيض ؟ وأين شعار التغيير إذا كانّ مسّ الإستقرار يستدعي كلّ هذا التجريم؟
وفي مسألة المجتمع المدني ، التي كانت تبدو الشاغل الثاني الأهمّ، كانت مهزلة الوزير قد أصدرت حكمها الجامع المانع: هذا مصطلح أمريكي، استعماري، والقائلون به يقبضون الفلوس. الأسد سفّه آراء وزيره هنا أيضاً، بل ورمي بها إلي سلّة المهملات عملياً: المجتمع المدني هو مجتمع حضاري نشأ عن تراكم الحضارات عبر مئات أو آلاف السنين . كلام جميل وقول صحيح، إذا عُزل عمّا جاء بعده، وهنا المأساة: الرئيس، باديء ذي بدء، يتهم مواطنيه المثقفين بأنهم يريدون بناء مجتمع مدني، الأمر الذي يعني أننا نريد أن نلغي كلّ هذا التاريخ لنبدأ بتاريخ جديد . و... طبعاً هذا غير واقعي بل خيالي عدا عن أنه يعني رفضاً لهذا التاريخ ومحاولة للخروج منه .
الجانب الثاني الهامّ في المسألة أنّ معظم المثقفين السوريين كانوا قد طالبوا بـ إحياء وليس بناء المجتمع المدني، لا لشيء إلا لأنّ سورية هي حصيلة حضارية طويلة أوّلاً، وهي ثانياً كانت أوّل بلد عربي شهد تجربة ديمقراطية ودستورية متقدّمة بعد الإستقلال وحتي أثناء مرحلة الإنقلابات، وها هنا تمكنت امرأة عربية من التصويت الحرّ للمرّة الأولي في تاريخ العرب! لم يكن غريباً أن يتناسي الأسد هذه المرحلة المضيئة بالذات، فيركّز علي أنّ تاريخ البلد قبل حكم حزب البعث مرّ بمرحلتَين أساسيتين كما يقول: مرحلة الإنقلابات و مرحلة الإحتلال التي يقصد بها الإستعمار والإنتداب علي الأرجح. وليس غريباً، في البناء علي هذا التقسيم المنتقِص والمنتقَص، أن يتهم الأسد بعض مواطنيه بأنهم يفضّلون لبلدهم مرحلتَي الإنقلاب والإحتلال علي مرحلة الإستقرار التي بدأت عام 1963 وتعززت في عام 1970 واستمرت حتي اليوم !
في المقام الثاني اتهم الأسد ذلك المثقف بوضع المصطلحات فوق المجتمع، وتحويل المصطلحات إلي قوالب صغيرة يحشو فيها مجتمعات كبيرة فيعيق حركتها ويدفعها للضمور ، قبل أن يلقي عليه موعظة فلسفية في أصول العلاقة بين المصطلح والمجتمع: المصطلحات لا تنتج مجتمعات بينما المجتمعات هي التي تنتج المصطلحات المناسبة لها وتعطيها شكلها ومضمونها الذي يتناسب مع ظروفها المختلفة بحيث تكون مرنة تتماشي مع حركة هذا المجتمع . لا نعرف مَن صاحب المشورة (إلا إذا كان خدّام، هنا أيضاً!) الذي أقنع الأسد بأنّ المثقفين السوريين يقولون إنّ المصطلحات هي التي تنتج المجتمعات، ولكننا نعرف أنّ الذين أقنعوه بأنّ المجتمعات هي التي تنتج المصطلحات المناسبة لها تعمّدوا بتر المعادلة عند الطرف الثاني الذي لا يقلّ أهمية: المجتمعات تفعل ذلك حين تكون حرّة، وحين تكون السياسة حيّة وقائمة ومتداولة، وحين تكون المؤسسات المدنية قادرة علي إحياء حوار/صراع اجتماعي وسياسي وفكري سلمي حول هذا أو ذاك من المصطلحات. أمّا حين تُفرض علي المجتمع مصطلحات من نوع الأب القائد و الحزب القائد ، فإنّ من الطبيعي أن لا تكون هذه المصطلحات مرنة إلا بما يتماشي مع مصلحة النظام الشمولي الدكتاتوري المستبدّ، وليس مع مصلحة الشعب.
تلك ذاكرة متصلة مستدامة. وأن يكره المصدر السوري الرسمي ما يكمن وراء الإفراجات الأخيرة من سياسة، أمر لا يغيّرحقيقة المأزق الشامل الذي يغرق فيه النظام كلّ يوم، أكثر فأكثر. وأن يبقي عارف دليلة حبيس الزنزانة أمر يضيف المزيد من الدلائل علي أنّ البنية مستعصية ولا مناص من التغيير الشامل.
ہ كاتب وباحث سوري يقيم في باريس

At 1/20/2006 12:19:00 AM, Blogger BP said...

Offer Landis a trap and he will use it. HEHEHEHE.

At 1/20/2006 09:08:00 AM, Blogger Joseph ALi Mohammed said...

Syrian Nationalism, alaouites for syria, Syrian republican party, I rather be born dog, metaz dandashi, Syria Pride" are all one person.

How do I know?

you are not smart enough.

At 1/20/2006 09:32:00 AM, Blogger t_desco said...

L'Orient Le Jour has a couple of interesting articles:

Nouveau projet de déclaration sur la 1559 en discussion à l’ONU

À New York, le Conseil de sécurité examine aujourd’hui un nouveau projet franco-US de déclaration présidentielle, appelant à la poursuite de la mise en œuvre de la résolution 1559 et pressant la Syrie d’y coopérer. Le texte souligne en outre que le Conseil ne tolérera pas la persistance des agressions terroristes au Liban.
Sylviane Zehil

L'Orient Le Jour also has the "texte quasi intégral" of the new pronouncement.

Interestingly, Secretary-General Annan is quoted as saying: "Je ne suis pas sûr qu’en ce moment une déclaration présidentielle ajoutera quelque chose."

In another article, Suleiman Franjieh explains how the tape of Ibrahim Jarjoura came into being and how it came into circulation:

Frangié : J’ai refusé de recevoir Jarjoura et j’ai immédiatement envoyé la cassette à la justice

... M. Frangié a ainsi indiqué que le faux témoin avait demandé à le voir, mais qu’il avait refusé. « Des militants des Marada l’ont alors rencontré, et j’avais demandé qu’ils enregistrent ses dires. Et lorsqu’il a demandé 2 500 dollars pour parler (…), j’ai refusé. Malgré cela, il a toujours voulu s’exprimer et on a procédé à l’enregistrement, avant de remettre immédiatement la cassette au juge Élias Eid, et ce à titre personnel », a-t-il expliqué.
... « Quinze jours plus tard, nous avons vu que ce témoin a été arrêté et nous avons décidé de mettre la cassette à la disposition du peuple libanais », a-t-il ajouté.

At 1/20/2006 09:52:00 AM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

Were did you get this info, from the Dumb people that is spying on Metaz? The one that he pulls a number on them every hours. Or IP addresses that are spoofed to only show 2 different ver.. or maybe the imposter duplicate website and blog?

They are all members of 2 organizations DUMB JAM.
SSPRS amd SNP, they used to be one in the 80's and they "may" merge again. Under intensive discussion.
They all read the same materials.

What is sad is. After fighting the Baathist CD for 44 years, they all finding out that the Syrian Baath got it right from the start, they were not shelling out empty slogans of colonialism and Zionism and all those theories now we see coming true and accurate.Fully exposed. Would not be at all surprised now if we don't all splinters, merges into a new Bashar Baath reformed party, one that focus on Syria.

Your problem JAM is you are irrational or non-Syrian. You have no plan or strategy, you just bark and wants the American to do the work for you.

They don't giva a fuck if anyone in Syria and Iraq is alive. They rather have it emptied and give the land to the Jews and the oil to Texaco.


At 1/20/2006 09:58:00 AM, Blogger Syrian Nationalism Eternally said...

I will not join a party named Baath no matter how Syrian oriented it is.

Have Bashar change his Baath Party name if he wants others to join.

Call it Syrian whatever name, just not Baath.

At 1/20/2006 10:04:00 AM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

Now that we got this Iranian-Syrian alliance cemented. Time to focus on getting the Golan back. We need to start a massive program to mobilize the Arab and Islamic world street, even Russian and Europeans against Israel illegal occupation and the worthless U.N. to implement it's 30 years old resolutions. That should be our focus now.

At 1/20/2006 02:48:00 PM, Blogger Yabroud said...

fix it


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