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In the Mind of One Syrian:
By: Ameer Kabour
Nov 24, 2013
My son asked me the big question: Are the Syrian's really that way dad?
He is watching all the killing, destructions, and hetaerism in a small country like Syria.
I always told him how wonderful, educated, smart, patriot, passionate, and loving people are the Syrian's, but then suddenly I find myself unable to answer that simple question he asked because it seems the fact we did not know much about ourselves.
Probably the majority of Syrian's are still descent people, looking for the end of the day to join their family, enjoy their dinner and the evening talk, but the unfortunate reality that many others painted the Syrian flag with blood. The reality I realized how easy we are to be bought by whoever pay more, how bloody we are the way we killing each others and killing innocent people then claim victory, how selfish we are, when all what we think about is winning instead of our compromising, how criminal we are, when we justify all destructions, chemicals, changing the face of Islam for the sake of winning, and having the two fighting sides claim they are the victim, while they continue to victimize each other.
I lived in Syria half of my life in peace, I never knew my neighbor is Shiite or Sunni, never cared if he is Christian or Jewish, all of us lived in peace, loved our friendship, cared for each other like brothers. But now we see Muslim clerks justifying killing our Muslim brother no matter who he is, our leaders proud of the destruction everywhere, our revolution proud how we can eat human hearts while prohibited in our Islam, while our president still shop on line....
After thinking for a long time, I answered my son with shame and guilt, I told him, that real Syrian's became a history, we can read about them in our books, remember them in our movies, imagine them in our dreams. The reality we lost our Syrianity, our hearts, believes, our convictions, but the most important we lost our mind.
It will never be easy to rebuild the trust in many years to come; it is not going to be easy to believe in each other as a human being for many years to come. The unfortunate conclusion I reached that over thousands of years we lived an illusion of peace, love, brotherhood, and Iman. Now after all of what we see, we have to believe that we are not human, we are not Muslims, and we are not Syrian's. Thank you to all of those on both sides of the conflict, who worked hard to prove our criminality, our lack of sincerity, our lack of humanity, but the most important one that they proved to us our stupidity.
I am so sorry son! I have to tell this truth about us, I am trying to reject that fact, but every day it cross my mind that its the truth.
Who Should we Believe:
What should we believe?
The rebels are advancing around Aleppo!
The government troops are advancing in Damascus suburb!
The rebels regained the northeast of Syria!
The Syrian Troops are gaining control in Aleppo!
We are wondering where is the truth?
Unfortunately that Western Media depend on the British-Based Syrian Observatory for Human Right, a one man show with no clear evidence of accuracy or certainty, or from Aljazeera, who is living the illusion of influencing democracy in the Middle East under the umbrella of Islam, buying reports in her favor only, or Alaarabia, which is owned and run by princes with agenda, where democracy is based on what they like and do not like, or from the official Syrian Media which is still denying the fact that many Syrian want some freedom and democracy, and still look at all oppositions as the state enemy.
Where is the intelligence of the world, America, Russian, and European, to tell us the truth, the fact? Why we are not able to get a simple fact, without the bias or influence of some one else, political bias, religious biase, and intellictual biase. The bigger question if the media lost its credibility, when we are depending on unverified sources as long it meet our agenda.
Probably there are no truth, no facts to report, but designed facts and imaginary things to happen, while all the conflicting information will continue as long its serve its provider, until one side will claim victory, and another claim defeat, which is in the Middle Eastern and Arab mentality will never happen.
I feel sorry that Arab and Middleastern still live the reality of third world countries, even that they think that they are so adavnced by their money, technology, but they are missing the important fact for better media and journalisim, to be good, you are rrquired honesty, accuracy, unbiased, and the most important independency. None of these criterias are met by any Arabic, or MiddleEastern channels. In those countries media to serve the ruler, presidents and kings.
I believe that we lost our credibility as a freedom defendant when we defend it somewhere and close our eyes somewhere else, when we sell words of freedom and democracy where we can, like Syria and Egypt, but we shut our mouth when we are bought by oil and money to keep quite while the basic human rights are violated, like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. But the most important when we are fighting against terrorism, including Al-Qaeda while we are supporting the same organization group somewhere else to achieve our goals.
Our credibility is based on double standards not on principles, on lies to reflect the truth, on religious believes without the any believe, on execuses not responsibility, and finally on the biggest shameful admission that we live and no one else should live.
عندما يصبح الإعلام العربي وسيلة ترفيه من خلال المعذبين في سوريتنا
فضحايا هذا الإعلام هم أطفالنا, إخوتنا, نساؤنا و شيوخنا
وتحت حجة احترام الآراء, دفعونا لبيع أنفسنا وترسيخ أحقادنا
والأهم أن وصل عدد المراسلين في سورية لما يفوق عدد سكاننا
إن كان صمت الحناجر سيوقف القتل والخراب فلنصمت!
إن كان إلغاء منابر التدجيل والنفاق يعيد منابر الجوامع للصلاة فلنصمت!
إن كان شراء الآراء في شاشات الأقمار التخريبية أصبح حرية فلنصمت!
إن كان زرع الاحقاد أصبح بطولة فلنصمت!
وإن كان بيع الكلام أصبح حرية فلنصمت!
كفى كلمة أصبحت بلا معنى
وقتل الأبرياء أصبح بلا معنى
واستغاثة الأطفال أصبحت بلا معنى
كفاكم ياحكام سورية د مارا
كفاكم يامعارضون فالثورة أصبحت نارا
كفاكم ياحكام العرب بيع إسلامنا للكفارا
وكفانا جميعا بغضا وحقدا و تضليلا و تكفيرا
فنحن إخوة في الأصل و الدين
فمحمد رسول كل المسلمين
والرب الواحد هو رب لكل الؤمنين
رسالة إلى كل العرب
Islamists fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad forged Syria's largest rebel alliance Friday and pledged to work towards an Islamic state, as rebels seized a town on the Lebanese border.
The merger of the six groups comes after repeated calls for unity from opposition fighters and their foreign backers, following advances by regime forces around Syria's main cities of Damascus and Aleppo.
"The 'Islamic Front' is an independent military and social force that is aimed at bringing down Assad's regime in Syria and at replacing it with a just Islamic state," a statement said. Earlier, a rebel spokesman, Abu Firas, declared "the complete merger of the major military factions fighting in Syria."
Speaking to AFP via the Internet from the northern province of Aleppo, Abu Firas said the Front, bringing together tens of thousands of rebels, would have "one policy and one military command."
Among those joining are Aleppo's biggest fighting force, Liwa al-Tawhid, the Salafist Ahrar al-Sham and the Army of Islam, which is concentrated around Damascus.
Creation of the joint force followed criticism from opposition sources and experts partly attributing recent rebel battleground losses to disunity.
But it threatens to undermine the foreign-based leadership of the mainstream Free Syrian Army, which has gradually lost credibility over its inability to secure weapons demanded by fighters.
Syrian president shows that momentum in civil war is shifting in his favor
Syrian President Bashar Assad and his allies are showing renewed confidence that the momentum in the civil war is shifting in their favor, due in part to the rapid rise of al-Qaida-linked extremists among the rebels and the world's reluctance to take forceful action to intervene in the fighting.
His invigorated regime has gone on the offensive — both on the ground and in its portrayal of the conflict as a choice between Assad and the extremists.
There are signs of Assad's renewed confidence.After dropping largely out of sight following an hour-long speech at the Opera House in central Damascus in January, Assad has appeared in two TV interviews in the past month. His wife, Asma, appeared in public in March for the first time in months, surrounded by women and children for a function honoring mothers."I can say, without exaggeration, that the situation in Syria now is better than it was at the beginning of the crisis," Assad said in an interview with state-run broadcaster Al-Ikhbariya on April l7."With time, people became more aware of the dangers of what was happening. ... They started to gain a better understanding of the real Syria we used to live in and realized the value of the safety, security and harmony, which we used to enjoy," he added.
Just hours after suicide bombers attacked the Iranian embassy in Lebanon’s capital Beirut, killing 23 including the cultural attaché, claims of responsibility and accusations started flying. The al-Qaeda-linked and Lebanon-based Abdullah Azzam Brigade said they were behind the attack, according to a tweet posted by the group’s religious leader Sheik Sirajeddine Zuraiqat that was picked up by Reuters. But the Iranian government immediately blamed Israel, calling the attacks “an inhuman crime and spiteful act done by Zionists and their mercenaries” in a Foreign Ministry statement released by the official IRNA news agency.
According to Reuters, Zuraiqat threatened that the Azzam Brigade, which takes its name from Osama bin Laden’s Palestinian mentor, would continue its bombing campaign until Iran pulled its forces out of Syria, a likely reference to the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi‘ite militia Hizballah that is fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Iranian embassy is located in the heavily Hizballah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut, and today’s attack follows on the heels of a similarly devastating car bombing that killed 27 people on Aug. 15 in the same area, also in retaliation for the militia’s support for Assad. In response, two bombs in the Sunni stronghold of Tripoli in northern Lebanon detonated on Aug. 23, killing more than 40. The tit-for-tat blasts have sparked fears that Lebanon will not be able to resist falling prey to the civil and sectarian war that has engulfed Syria.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has suggested Iran’s nuclear issue should be resolved with the same approach as Russia offered for Syria, saying it will be peaceful for Tehran just like it was for the war-torn Arab state. “This will be a peaceful, diplomatic solution of Iran’s nuclear issue just the way it [solution] has been achieved in Syria regarding its chemical weapons,” the Israeli Prime Minister said at a press-conference with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
For his part, President Putin said he was hopeful of a positive outcome from the talks in Geneva, stressing that both Russia and Israel were optimistic that a "mutually acceptable resolution" could be found.
Netanyahu has compared Iran’s nuclear issue to Syria's possession of chemical weapons saying that it was a matter “very similar” to what the “states [P5+1 group] involved in Geneva talks” are now negotiating. Netanyahu stressed that Israel is interested in a peaceful and diplomatic solution for Iran, just like with Syria, where the disarmament process going on. "I think that we can draw serious conclusions from the resolution that the powers have reached on Syria's non-conventional weapons. In the case of Syria, Russia and other powers quite justifiably insisted on full the disarmament of Syria," he said.
Netanyahu said that the International community would not agree to allow Syria to reduce its chemical weapons ability but allowing it to keep its capacity to amass more stockpiles in the future.
The night was as sweet as wine: I had come, on 8 April, to al-Qusayr, 22 miles south of Homs, to report on another chapter of the Syrian war. Instead, 152 days of imprisonment followed, in small dark rooms where I battled against time and fear and endless humiliations; against hunger and against the absence of pity. Where I endured two mock executions and the silence of God, my family and the outside world.
I was a hostage in Syria, betrayed by a revolution that had lost its way and become the property of fanatics and bandits. In this place, when the hostage weeps, everyone laughs at the spectacle of his pain and sees it as a sign of weakness. Syria has become the Country of Evil, the land where evil triumphs and thrives like grapes on the vine under a Middle Eastern sun, and where evil displays all its aspects: greed, hatred, fanaticism, the absence of mercy; where even children and the old rejoice in their malevolence. My captors prayed to their God standing next to me, the suffering prisoner. They prayed content, without remorse and attentive to their rituals. What were they saying to their God?
We had arrived at al-Qusayr in a convoy bringing supplies from the Free Syrian Army, after a long night driving without lights through the mountains because the roads were controlled by the regime. The city had already been devastated and half-destroyed by air bombardment and we decided to go back to where we had come from to try to get to Damascus.
أنقذوا أطفال سورية
More than a fifth of Syria's schools have been destroyed or made unusable in more than two years of conflict, jeopardising the education of 2.5 million young people, Save The Children aid agency reported on Friday,
The civil war in Syria has contributed to a sharp increase over the past year in the number of violent incidents affecting children's education reported worldwide, the agency said.
More than 70 percent of 3,600 such incidents in 2012 occurred in Syria, where school buildings were shelled, teachers attacked and children recruited into armed groups, it added.
New York, Jul 8 2013 - The increasing use of rhetoric by political and religious leaders in the context of the Syrian crisis could exacerbate the violence in the Middle Eastern country and fuel tensions between different groups in the region, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide warned today.
By LEE KEATH Associated Press
The Egyptian cleric was in a fervor. With Hezbollah's Shiite fighters helping Bashar Assad crush Syrian rebels, he wanted to sound the alarm to Sunnis across the Middle East: "Now is the time for jihad."
Speaking on a Saudi TV station, Sheik Mohammed el-Zoghbi called on "young men in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Kuwait, Jordan, Yemen," to go to Syria to fight. "We must all go to purge Syria of this infidel regime, with its Shiites who came from Iran, southern Lebanon and Iraq," he shouted during an appearance on Al-Khalijiya TV.
The overt entry by Lebanon's Hezbollah militia in Syria's civil war on the side of its ally President Assad has sharpened sectarian divisions throughout the Middle East.
Fighters from the Shiite guerrilla group helped Syrian forces batter the rebel-held town of Qusair for three weeks until they finally overran it this week in a significant victory for Assad's regime. Many Sunni hard-liners have taken Hezbollah's intervention as a declaration of war by Shiites against Sunnis.
That could have dangerous implications not only for Syria's conflict but for the entire region.
Calls for jihad by Sunni clerics could increase the flow of foreign militants into Syria to fight alongside the rebels. Sunni Arab powers like Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, who see the war as a way to break the influence of Assad's Shiite ally Iran, may step up weapons supplies to Syria's rebels to counterbalance Hezbollah.
UN receives Syria chemical weapons treaty papers
By Luke SHRAGO - SEPT 13, 2013
The United Nations announced on Thursday that it had received a document from Syria on joining the Chemical Weapons Convention, a global treaty prohibiting their production and use.
Russia had called on Syria to commit to the agreement and place its stockpiles of chemical weaponsunder international control as part of a proposal to avoid a possible US-led military strike against the country. Syria is one of only seven countries that have not signed the 1997 treaty, which seeks to eliminate all chemical weapons.
“In the past few hours we have received a document from the government of Syria that is being translated, which is to be an accession document concerning the Chemical Weapons Convention,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.
Syria Tomorrow ask the Syrian officials why now?
As Syrian's we are happy for the move, but the bigger question why
we had it from the beggening? why we did not go with the well of the International community in the past?
We hope that the Middle East will ban all chemical and nuclear weapons, because having it doesn not give us power or defeat the enemies, and the Syrian example is the best one for the rest of the region governmenets, including ISrael, Iran, Saudi Arabia and others.
By Kemal Dervis - Business Day
A cycle of terrible violence has taken over much of the Middle East. Its centre has shifted from Iraq to Syria, but it encompasses Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Tunisia as well. Farther east, Afghanistan is suffering its second decade of violent conflict, while Pakistan seems to be chronically on the brink of war, civil war, or social breakdown.
The most worrisome underlying threat is the increase in fighting between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. Likewise, pious conservatives and secular youth, who joined forces in Cairo and Tunis in 2010-11 to challenge the dictators, have now turned on each other: witness the Egyptian security forces' appalling massacres of Islamist demonstrators in Cairo, following a military coup carried out with liberals' support. The region's people are sliding into enemy camps.
I have often argued that Turkey should not intervene in the internal affairs of its neighbours or adopt a Middle East-centred policy. Both government and opposition should remain steadfastly focused on Europe, despite the obstacles that the European Union has placed in Turkey's way during membership negotiations.
But Turkey cannot be indifferent to the tragedy engulfing its neighbours. The Arab world's pain is acutely felt, owing to Turkey's historical, religious, and emotional bonds with these countries. Moreover, economic ties and sheer proximity mean that Turkey's prosperity depends, to some degree at least, on that of the Middle East.........
The civil war in Syria is becoming a religious war which splits the Muslim world between Sunnis and Shiites, notes Arab affairs expert Dalit Halevi.
The rebels belong to Sunni Islam while the regime is Alawite, a branch of Shiism supported by Iran and assisted by fighters from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, units from the Shiite group Hizbullah and Shiite volunteers from Iraq.
Rebels in Deir ez-Zor proclaimed war against the Shiites following their defeat in the battle in Al-Qusayr. In a video posted to YouTube they announce the launch of a sectarian war, while chanting "Death to the Shia" and recalling the 637 The Battle of al-Qadisiyyah, when Muslim Arab forces defeated the Persians.
Senior clerics in Saudi Arabia have backed the position of Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who attacked Iran and Hizbullah over their support of Assad and warned of the Shiites’ attempts to take over Sunni states. Fatwas issued in Saudi Arabia stipulate that all Muslims are religiously obligated to take part in the jihad in Syria, whether by givingmoney to jihad or by physically participating in the fighting against the Assad regime.
The Syrian army, with the help of Hizbullah, has managed to retake the city of Al-Qusayr which borders Lebanon, but this military success is not necessarily indicative of the regime's ability to reverse the situation, says Halevi. Many other areas continue to be under control of the rebel forces, who have the support of the population....