Discussion in 'Syria, Mali, Libya, Middle East & North Africa' started by Grumblegrunt, Mar 18, 2011.
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on AJ now protests in half a dozen cities
Here's a link.
Violence erupts at protests in Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
It seems to me, that an underlying criticism of the Middle Eastern countries by the majority of the proteters, is the corruption of 'the ruling elite'
I can't see the x factor, dancing on ice etc etc, having a mind numbing effect on the majority of the populace, as it seems to do in the West.
May not end well
The Hama massacre (Arabic: مجزرة حماة‎ occurred in February 1982, when the Syrian army bombarded the town of Hama in order to quell a revolt by the Muslim Brotherhood. An estimated 17,000 to 40,000 people were killed, including about 1,000 soldiers, and large parts of the old city were destroyed. The attack has been described as possibly being "the single deadliest act by any Arab government against its own people in the modern Middle East".
Hama massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
the chinless leader though doesnt appear to have the stomach for as much violence as his dad being trained in opthalmology till his brother died Bashar al-Assad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Who's who in Syria's leadership
they might manage an egypt style power struggle where they end up a bit more moderate so someone can stay in power while pretending to democratise the country
I'd put the Syrians second only to the Iranians in their capacity for Middle Eastern nastiness. Those demonstrators are better men than me by several leagues.
AJ had another reference to it today but as usual like bahrain and yemen its risking being drowned out by libya and press frenzy.
shame I cant understand the arabic version
govt buildings being burnt apparently and some mobile vids of protest rallies
Syria protesters torch buildings - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
you should remember this
YouTube - great Syrian army 1973
meanwhile oum kal soum, sout al arab, singing love songs, the blackest irony, smell of cardoman and then the boomage.
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its certainly gathering momentum considering the press blackouts and 50 year state of emergency - nowt like paranoia.
Went around Syria a couple of years ago; they are the very best of people, their capacity for kindness to strangers has to be experienced to be believed (they're about ten times as civilised as the Lebanese). Another Hama would be dreadful, but I'd like to see the Assads get the Mussolini treatment they deserve.
At last a bit of the Arab Spring Qom will not be delighted by.
However they don't call mass casualty atrocities Syrian Solutions for no reason. R2P and No Fly Zone anyone?
On Syria Comment Syria Dividing: Most Large Cities Calm. The Troubles in Latakia Lead to Army being Deployed by Joshua Landis
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