Skip to comments.Defecting Syrian soldier tells of his marriage torn apart by brutal conflict in Homs
Posted on 12/10/2011 4:19:10 PM PST by SunkenCiv
As Major Haitham Emhammed prepared to return to Syria from his hiding place in Lebanon and fight for the overthrow of President Bashar al Assad's regime, his wife called him repeatedly on his mobile phone.
Mrs Emhammed, who is still inside Syria, wasn't calling to urge him to fight for freedom, or even to beg him to be careful. His wife, a member of the Alawite ethnic group that make up Mr Assad's hard-core of support, was calling her Sunni Muslim husband to lambast the rebel movement he has joined, and bemoan the fact that he had left his family...
An army defector aged 42, he has been married to a wife of the minority Alawite sect for 15 years. He fell in love with her instantly when he saw her on a bus, and wooed her at some risk to his safety -- they had to marry in secret after members of her family were outraged when she fell for a Sunni...
For years they lived happily in an Alawite neighbourhood of Homs. Then in March, as the Arab Spring swept across the region, the Syrian uprising began in their own town, which has since suffered more than any other in the country...
Now he fears that he may never see his family again, at least not as a loving husband and father.
"My wife, she loves the army and she loves Bashar al Assad. She watches the state television and becomes saddened by the soldiers and state security men being killed every day," he said, at a small house in Akkar, near the Syrian border, one of a string of small towns that have become a refuge and gathering point for men like himself.
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Sounds like his first job should have been to shoot his Alawite wife. But y’know, I wasn’t there, and would really prefer murder-suicide for Muzzie couples.
HK 33,nice weapon.
Now, what's the deal with that "Religion of Peace" stuff, again?
A two word phrase which has done this world plenty of harm. Douglas Adams skewered such “tribal” attachments perfectly.