VERY well written. I never thought about it this way.
The reason I love your blog Mo is your honesty. You are honest, and very modest. Keep up the good work.John.
As a Syrian who lived both abroad and in Syria, I do share with you your opinion. I have always been proud of what Syria is to it's enemies. Syria is the last standing country against Isreal's ambitions and without it you can kiss Arabs goodbye.I don't want for people to call for the oust of the regime but I hope for a real change that will fight corruption, and bring freedom and prosperity to the people.Have you watched Azmi Bshara's latest interview on Al Jazeera? If not then do so. It made me respect him even more.Let's pray and hope for Syria and all Arab countries. This generation of Arabs my friend has the potential to do "awesome things"Your friend,Nadeem
You make some very valid points and you have a broad perspective but as a Hamwi the thought of supporting the Assad regime is unthinkable. It's just not an option. Coming from a place that was massacred and pretty much demolished in 1982 (signs of which can still be seen today as you walk its city streets) and people are still afraid to talk about it, I cannot wait for the day that Bashar and his cronies go F**k themselves. George Orwells '1984' was a book written about Syria.. and frankly Syrians deserves better than that.
Hello Asmaa, thank you for your comment. If you look at the post I wrote last week (Bloody Syria), you will see that I too haven't forgotten Hama.But you know that Hama was a Rafaat Al Asad operation. and Rafat is in exile (again discussed in last week's blog),If Bashar is gone, don't you think Rafat and Khaddam and all those fuckheads will jump in to take power?I'm with you 100%. Supporting Al Baath is 100% unthinkable. but what I'm trying to say is that we need to be less emotional now, I don't want Syria to be destroyed and have a civil war like Iraq. I'm afraid, and this is why I want to be a bit cautious. Bloody Syria: http://irrelevantcombinations.blogspot.com/2011/03/bloody-syria.html
Anonnymouses! thank you.Nadeem, habibi ente.
Thank you Zaher for the post. I wrote a long reply but I remembered that I have been... "warned"... about posting anything (which is also why I am exceptionally silent on the matter). So I will post parts of it here anonymously:I absolutely *hate* how people on twitter have suddenly become political experts, citing each other's tweets on toppling the regime when most of them have absolutely no idea of politics or what is truly at stake here. Sure, anyone disapproves of shooting citizens, but calling for government upheaval without looking at the bigger picture is just stupid. What pissed me off the most is how a couple of Lebanese tweeps - who previously blogged on Lebanese politics claiming that non-Lebanese or people not living in Lebanon really should not voice their opinion as they have no idea of what's going on - are now giving history lessons on Syria and calling for a new regime.I like how Arab citizens are fighting for their rights but the rest of us - the ones behind laptops and computer screens in other countries - need to be careful at how we are shaping our country's future. The same footage on different channels can be chanting anti regime or pro regime. Which to believe? We should believe in facts and the big picture - not idealistic, comfortable people living on a 20,000 AED salary away from the mess.The big picture is that no one in their right mind will accept a ravaged Syria by foreign powers in the name of "liberty and democracy" and bend over Israel's will. This unrest in Syria is good for our enemies - any new government will surely have foreign interests in it. We should fight our own corruption and we should be on the lookout to our own best interests as brothers and sister citizens. My fear is to have Syria become like Iraq. I cannot accept it.And no one seems to understand that it just isn't a one man show.
A ballsy post by a Syrian. What people around the world don't realize is the danger in a Syrian speaking their mind. But as for its context... definitely agree.
Thank you for the second part of your comment, Anonymous.as for the first part, I didn't understand it. I would really appreciate it if you elaborate.
He's done ok in the past 11 years! So let's wait for another 30 and then hafez the second will take over Abd maybe bring some Real change. During his 40 years of ruling. We are waiting for today's speech and if there is in fact any positive change, then what's happened was right and the blood of the martyrs did not go to waste. Had they did not move in the past two weeks, you would've waited for a generation for any change ( as said by bashar just three weeks ago).
thanks for your comment Omar.I have mixed emotions towards this. i totally see your point and feel it. it's clear in my post that I'm being very objective, I'm thinking out loud, my only concern is that I do not want Syria to become Iraq. that's all. I'm PRO change, pro martyrs, I just want to be careful and not forget Syria's role in the region.
Hey Z,Nothing much I can find to disagree with in your post. In fact, the self-sustenance is one of the things I've always appreciated about Syria.To be honest, I've no info. about Asad and his past. So I can't comment, but with the general hype online, I can see that many people just don't like him in general. Nice to read your views, very informative.Also, I still think we should hang out more.
I agree with the point that we don't want Syria to become a new Iraq or Libya. I don't think anyone would want that, Syrian or otherwise (apart from our enemies). But the point remains: Slavery should not be the price for security.Syrians living in Syria are slaves to a Mafia of a government in every sense of the word. And this mafia always boasts how they protect the Syrians from Israel, the US, et al. We've had enough of this rhetoric. About 80% of the budget goes to the army, yet we have a crumbling, dispirited army that is anything but moral. They don't even know what to fight for, the regime or the country or their sect!Moreover, where was our army when Israel attacked what they called a "nuclear reactor project" in the north. Or when Israeli warplanes flew at low altitude over the president's residence? Where was the security and secret police when Hezbollah's Mughniyeh was assassinated? The truth remains that the Syrian army and security apparatus are good for one thing only: the oppression of the Syrian people.Finally, and sorry for making this long, there are millions of Syrians who care about Syria a million times more than the Baath regime does. That includes having Israel as the enemy, refusing foreign intervention, and supporting Hezbollah and Hamas. Syrians are united on this, and the democratic substitute to this baath mafia would most definitely reflect that.
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