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Syria: The Revolt Continues (UPDATED)
Pajamas Media ^ | March 22,2011 | Michael Ledeen

Posted on 03/22/2011 6:30:38 PM PDT by Hojczyk

This is probably the most important ongoing revolt in the Middle East right now. If Assad were to fall, it would reverberate all over the region, and greatly weaken the Iranian regime. Typically, it is getting far less coverage than the other “crises,” but we’ll follow it here. Latest updates:

Dara’a. According to eyewitnesses, the whole city (Population: ~100,000) is up in arms. Tens of thousands are on the street demanding freedom and liberty. Many are aware that the French Foreign Ministry, the US State Department, and the world is watching what they’re doing. This video shows Syrian security men stopping ambulances from reaching the injured. The whole town is surrounded by tanks aimed at the city.

Jassem. Unconfirmed reports that demonstrations have started in Jassem, a small town close to the Golan Heights Northwest of Dara’a.

Qamoshli. This video shows demonstrations in Qamoshli March 20, 2011.

Damascus. Download this video to see security men beating worshippers outside the Omayyad Mosque in Damascus. The video was taken using a secret pinhole camera.

Madaya. This video was taken yesterday of a small demonstration in the town of Madaya on the outskirts of Damascus and not too far from the Lebanese borders. Madaya is located south of al-Zabadani, which is a suspected stronghold of Hezbollah and the Military Security of Assad.

Syria. Rumors are circulating that young Syrian army recruits have express unity with the people of Syria against the regime in the form of not firing any live ammunition against their own people.

Update

It will be interesting to ask our strategists/policy makers why, if it’s so important to defend the Libyan people against Qadaffi, it isn’t at least equally important to defend the Syrian people against Assad, and of course the Iranian people against Khamenei and Ahmadinejad. At least the Iranians get a forceful speech from the president, and some sanctions. The Syrians barely get a mention in the popular press.

Here’s the latest from the Reform Party of Syria:

Dara’a. Video of another Syrian skilled in Dara’a tonight as security men, wearing civilian clothes, have infiltrated the city.

Dreaded 4th Battalion has entered the city of Dara’a. Tanks have taken positions in the town center and the Mahata area. Wholesale arrests by name of Syrians who took to the streets. Some of the latest are: Issa al-Mossalameh, Mohammad al-Moussalmeh, Shoukri al-Mahamid, Issam al-Mahamid.

Also, dead today is a 14-year old boy, Mounzer al-Moussalmeh, who succumbed to his injuries resulting from the tear gas used. WE ASK DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS TO SEND PEOPLE TO DARA’A TO INVESTIGATE THE TEAR GAS USED AGAINST UNARMED CIVILIANS.

Douma. On the outskirts of Damascus, Al-Arabiya confirmed another demonstration today in support of the people of Dara’a.

Jassem. Video of demonstrations in Jassem today in support of the people of Dara’a.

Dail. Video of a night demonstration in Dail (Wait to the end of the video) in support of the people of Dara’a. Dail is a town north of Dara’a.

Nawa. Unconfirmed reports of large demonstrations in the town of Nawa (Located between Jassem and Dail).

Qamoshli. A video of Syrians protesting at night in Qamoshli. This makes it the 5th city or town today to experience street demonstrations.

Damascus. Tens of Syrians have been detained outside the Omayyad Mosque. Some names: Ammar Shorbaji, Nayef Ayoub Shabban, Moujahed al-Atrash, Ammar badr, Iyad Abdul Kareem Noureddine, etc..


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bashirassad; democracy; humanrights; mecrisis; mideast; protests; syria; syriarevolt; tyrant

1 posted on 03/22/2011 6:30:39 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

WTF is going on. Is this communist?


2 posted on 03/22/2011 6:33:06 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (TV.)
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To: Hojczyk

I see another Hama on the horizon.
Iranian plane seized in Turkey today with arms on board, inbound Syria.
Also, reports of Iranian Guard soldiers on the ground in Syria. Bodes ill for protestors...


3 posted on 03/22/2011 6:35:25 PM PDT by donozark ("Never wound a King." Machiavelli)
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To: screaminsunshine

Communists/islamists. A volatile mix.


4 posted on 03/22/2011 6:35:50 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Tea Party. We are the party of NO! NO to more government! NO to more spending! NO to more taxation!)
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To: TADSLOS

Maybe mutually beneficial.


5 posted on 03/22/2011 6:37:34 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (TV.)
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To: screaminsunshine

For awhile. Until the mullahs show up.


6 posted on 03/22/2011 6:39:22 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Tea Party. We are the party of NO! NO to more government! NO to more spending! NO to more taxation!)
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To: Hojczyk
Don't see the Assad family going down. They make the rulers in Saudi Arabia look like Quakers.
7 posted on 03/22/2011 6:40:56 PM PDT by nomorelurker
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To: Hojczyk

Meanwhile, Obama’s policy is engagement with this loathsome regime responsible for the murder of 100s if not thousands of American soldiers in Iraq for acting as a conduit for Al Qaeda foreign fighters who entered Iraq for 7 years to kill our boys. Obama put an ambassador back into Iraq and made it official policy to again engage this disgusting, vile regime. So I seriously doubt the freedom fighters there are going to get any support from Obumbles.


8 posted on 03/22/2011 6:42:17 PM PDT by MissesBush
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To: screaminsunshine

Its the muslim in the White House orchestrating and choreographing the consolidation of the mideast. It was started with his speech in Cairo, then Indonesia. This Libya thing? He is in there supporting AlQaeda and they dont have their best deal yet thats why the waffling. He is the enforcer.


9 posted on 03/22/2011 6:43:07 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: Hojczyk

Look for Hezbollah to pour into Syria en masse if the regime starts to totter and if the Syrian military refuses to brutalize the people. You can bet Iran will send their thug Revolutionary Guard cockroaches in too.


10 posted on 03/22/2011 6:44:04 PM PDT by MissesBush
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To: Hojczyk

So maybe we’re finally figuring out the algorithm the administration and media are using to determine which thug monsters in the middle east need to leave and which may be safely ignored: The more the Iranian Mullahs like you, the less likely you are to have Zero calling for your ouster.

The only exceptions are the Saudi’s and Bahrain and our dependence on their oil probably makes them exceptions.


11 posted on 03/22/2011 6:45:29 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Hojczyk

Maybe...if Aassad runs out of bullets. A very unlikely scenario


12 posted on 03/22/2011 6:45:35 PM PDT by mewykwistmas (No blood for ($4 a gallon) oil!)
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To: Hojczyk
Assad already has a very long neck but a rope could make it even longer.
13 posted on 03/22/2011 6:53:07 PM PDT by JPG ("2012 Can't Come Soon Enough" - Sarah Palin)
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To: screaminsunshine

Its bigger than that.
Ezekial wrote about it over 2500 years ago. Its unfolding. You are witnessing. America is now center stage.
Guess the next few scenes...and no cheating!


14 posted on 03/22/2011 6:56:30 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: himno hero

OK. The World Communisty comes against Israel for starters


15 posted on 03/22/2011 6:59:03 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (TV.)
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To: screaminsunshine
IMO, the Middle Eastern people are waking up to the fact they live in crap & tyranny. They see video of the West & wonder why they live in a mud hut with no electricity & water. They also see their leaders living a life of extreme luxury.

Surely, many of them realize that islam is a co-conspirator in the crap & tyranny.

16 posted on 03/22/2011 6:59:57 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Mister Da

A good thought in the middle of the road. But I smell a Skunk.


17 posted on 03/22/2011 7:02:05 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (TV.)
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To: Hojczyk

There’s a Syria?


18 posted on 03/22/2011 7:02:44 PM PDT by arrogantsob
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To: arrogantsob

This is getting Syrias.


19 posted on 03/22/2011 7:05:57 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Mister Da

Is that why at their democracy rallies they are chanting Allah Akbar, and death to America?

Sure the monkeys can parrot the words freedom, democracy...but it stops there... lets try rights and liberty.

Then 1200 years starting with Christ to get to the Magna Carta... and then to the Maryland Charter.....and all the culture, Christian culture that defined the underlying infrastructure of what we call Democracy......right into the American constitution.

Sure, they can parrot the language.....


20 posted on 03/22/2011 7:07:10 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: donozark

That would be odd as the Syrians are mainly Sunni Muslims


21 posted on 03/22/2011 7:13:59 PM PDT by BBell
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To: himno hero

Poor, ignorant people are easily manipulated. But the “don’t believe your lying eyes” routine from their leaders is wearing thin.


22 posted on 03/22/2011 7:19:34 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Hojczyk

I second the opinion that this revolt in Syria is probably the most important one happening in the ME, at this time.


23 posted on 03/22/2011 9:10:39 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: ModelBreaker

I’ve been noticing the pattern build for some time. Obama kills Sunni and coddles Shia.


24 posted on 03/22/2011 9:38:59 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Throw away your papers, blow up your TV...and set yourself free.)
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To: Hojczyk

If the Assad family were deposed or not, the military and security apparatus and the business elite attached to them are not giving up any significant power, privilege or wealth to the lower classes in Syria.

Every major industry and cash generation source in the country is controlled by men who control Assad. This has been built up over decades and now really three adult generations of Syrians have lived under this system.

No one, no sect, no organized opposition is going to change the ownership disparities in that society through street protests, nor even with an insurgent civil war.

However, if Iran formally invades the country, all bets are off.


25 posted on 03/22/2011 10:51:12 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: BBell

I would agree it is odd, however, Islam and the over riding hatred of Israel is compelling both Syria and Iran to cooperate with each other militarily. The Sunni vs. Shiite’ thingy is put on hold, albeit temporarily.
Iran/Syria just signed and agreement to provide a permanent Naval Base at Latakia. Also, a nearby base for Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Housing. Training facility, etc. Per The Jerusalem World News.
Its all about Israel. Or rather, working toward Israel’s demise.
Lastly, just guessing here, but perhaps Assad will use Iranian Rev. Guard to suppress the masses as Gadaffi used Sub-Saharan African Mercenaries to suppress his people. Above article states some Syrian Troops may be hesitant to do the dirty deeds...


26 posted on 03/23/2011 4:08:08 AM PDT by donozark ("Never wound a King." Machiavelli)
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To: SaxxonWoods

“I’ve been noticing the pattern build for some time. Obama kills Sunni and coddles Shia.”

He just came out neutral on Yemen—”We’ll wait and see.” That’s a sunni leader dealing with Shia protestors. So that, Bahrain and Saudia Arabia seem to be the exceptions. But except for Yemen, the oil exception to all political doctrines explains them.


27 posted on 03/23/2011 11:12:37 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Hojczyk

Hillary Clinton has been quoted as saying that the US won’t intervene. Now why is Libya more important than Syria?


28 posted on 03/28/2011 12:22:39 PM PDT by Truth29
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