Syrians brush off Assad speech as fighting rages

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fromthecenter wrote:

How long before he is found hiding in a hole?

Jan 06, 2013 8:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
baaljibal wrote:

let the world know that assad the father hafez killed over 300.000 Christian Lebanese in the Lebanese war and his ambition was to take over Lebanon and join it to Syrian making it Syria the great. He failed now his son facilitated the entry of the terrorists Hezbollah who in turn killed over 300 maries while they were in Beirut. assad the son is now trying to fulfill his father’s dream. 60.000 is nothing compared to 300 000 Christian Lebanese. assad’s fate should not be any less than Kaddafi or saddam Hussein.

Jan 06, 2013 9:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse

The Russians are too smart to let Syria slip out of their control.

Jan 06, 2013 10:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse

The Russians are too smart to let Syria slip out of their control.

Jan 06, 2013 10:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

Assad has shown that he was raised by a Hero. He has more values and principles than the actual crop of western leaders(cameron,Sarkozy,obama,Holland,erdogun) who are ploting to kill him.

Jan 06, 2013 10:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BraveNewWrld wrote:

Here is the “spell” Reuters repeatedly cuts and pastes, posting it from one report to the next:
“Rebels now control much of the north and east of the country, a crescent of suburbs on the outskirts of the capital and the main border crossings with Turkey in the north.”

It is obvious that equating “Syrian government can’t control/protect a region” and “the region is under rebel control” is absolute, total blunder! The region is not under anyone’s control – both rebels and government forces can come and go at their will, there is no administration, etc., etc., etc. The civil life in the region is destroyed, and so are homes and livelihoods of thousands of Syrians in that region.

Why does reuters resort to such a demeaning treatment of its readership? Do they really take us for a cattle? Are we really just like that cattle, ready to swallow any bs we are fed (in most part)?

Jan 06, 2013 11:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:

@Fromkin: You are getting tired and letting your guard down: it’s becoming obvious that you are not a native English speaker. What are you? A paid stooge of the Syrian regime? At least, your posts all read as though you are…

Jan 07, 2013 4:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

@matthewslyman

What is your point? Make some sense. Say something interesting.

Jan 07, 2013 7:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
kenradke11 wrote:

“His initiative is detached from reality” You have that right for certain. Assad is out of touch with reality, the tyrant,madman is lost in delusional bliss!

Jan 07, 2013 8:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
kenradke11 wrote:

Fromkin…you are as much a lunatic as Assad. Why don’t you go sleep in the same bed as him and take your punishment as well.

Jan 07, 2013 8:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
kenradke11 wrote:

matthewslyman

Way to go! Fromkin is not in touch with reality and he needs a wakeup call. The guy is dilussional

Jan 07, 2013 8:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

people are discovering Assad as a man of integrity. This was the best speech any world leader has given in a long time. Great leaders are discovered during moments of crisis. Assad is standing tall(literally and figuratively) at the gate of history.

Before criticizing, go online and read the speech for yourself, it’s impressive and descrives the situation accurately and rationally.

The world is still talking about the speech. Washington,London, Paris, Istambul were compelled to respond within minutes after the speech…

Jan 07, 2013 10:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

Assad-one shot one kill-game over!

Jan 07, 2013 11:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

If Assad falls, the Syrians will get a fundamentalist Sharia ruled society in hock up to it’s eyeballs to every regional power with lots of cash and they will simply replace their local plutocrats with world scale plutocrats. And that’s a big improvement?

I still can’t understand why readers about this issue think it is acceptable for some members of the international community (not the UN actually) to bark – “Assad step down” and they expect him and his constituency (quite a lot apparently) to meekly agree?

The Iranian model may rule the ME after all. The US will get nothing but double talk for ten years of double talk in the name of spreading “democratic” values. Somehow that should be expected.

If they just keep at each other the country will be ruins. It’s city or desert in Syria from the look of it on Google earth. Those aren’t the geographic conditions for an American, or even European, democracy anyway. Those conditions demand that there are landlords and tenants. I doubt the “revolution” is going to change the situation. The new landlords may all just become absentee landlords.

@baljibal- it sounds very much like Christians won’t have much reason to stay in Syria if Assad falls. But maybe what I, and others, forget is the Muslim world worries about the issue of plural marriage and it is inevitable that the entire Muslim world will want Sharia law and not more western attitudes to prevail.

Jan 07, 2013 11:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
Khantona wrote:

The Article stated ‘After six months of advances, rebels now control wide swathes of northern and eastern Syria, most of its border crossings with Turkey and a crescent of Damascus suburbs.’

Is this based on Used Clothes selling busines owner based in London, Also Known As Syrian Observatory for Human Rights?

Jan 07, 2013 11:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
Khantona wrote:

The Arabian Syrian Army has eliminated more of Al-Qaida terrorrit group than any other army.

The World is thankful for such cleansing.

It seems the puppet, the Turkish PM, has made some comment trying to cover up his role that he turned the land of Turkey to a waste land sponsoring and welcomeing the terrorrists of the world, with the support of Saudi royal family and Qatar’s emir.

Jan 07, 2013 11:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:

No syrians liked assad’s Father, he was a brutal dictator and no syrian has forgotten how he murdered a bunch of protestors in the past.

And no ones gunna believe state propaganda from SANA. SANA= Assad’s Mouth peice.

Jan 07, 2013 12:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Butch_from_PA wrote:

The walking dead. His eyes look just like Gaddafi’s before he was gunned down.

Jan 07, 2013 1:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

He is an Opthamologist. But also a great thinker. What a brilliant display of logical thinking! No wonder his ennemies are afraid to negotiate with him.

Jan 07, 2013 2:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:

They said the same thing about hitler

Jan 07, 2013 3:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Slammy wrote:

The Cowardly Lion is good at putting on a brave face. Which is good as the rebels do not appear scared either.

Go Insurgents!

Jan 07, 2013 4:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Slammy wrote:

@Khantona

If you are right about the victories, there is nothing for the Syrian regime to worry about. Funny thing is, the regime has been declaring victories for over a year and yet the country no longer has an operational international airport. The fact victory is now defined as killing those who attack a military base makes one wonder, how did these people ever get close enough to attack the base in the first place and how many more are coming… Hmm…

Jan 07, 2013 4:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

Fromkin
To you any maggot is a great thinker. And his enemies will be shooting up his a– soon enough.
Assad-one shot one kill-game over!

Jan 07, 2013 4:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

The impression of Franklin Lamb, reporter, a researcher at the American University of Beirut, speaking from Damascus, is that there is “no realistic alternative to the current elected government or that there is much of a realistic prospect that the regime will throw in the towel or collapse anytime soon.”[http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/07/assad-at-the-opera/]

Lamb’s impression (and mine) is that the US government is backing away from the anti-Assad groups, and rightly so.

Also, it appears the Syrian situation is not much like what Reuters and the Western MSM tells it: check Patrick Cockburn who is actually over there, and has a long history of reporting from the ME [http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/17/descent-into-holy-war/].
Cockburn: “Syria today resembles Iraq nine years ago in another disturbing respect. I have now been in Damascus for 10 days, and every day I am struck by the fact that the situation in areas of Syria I have visited is wholly different from the picture given to the world both by foreign leaders and by the foreign media. The last time I felt like this was in Baghdad in late 2003, when every Iraqi knew the US-led occupation was proving a disaster just as George W Bush, Tony Blair and much of the foreign media were painting a picture of progress towards stability and democracy under the wise tutelage of Washington and its carefully chosen Iraqi acolytes.”

It is clear enough though at this point in time, continued support of anti-Assad militants, many of them jihadists and mercenaries, by Saudi Arabia and the West, is just going to lead to much more carnage, and I will hold the West largely responsible for this. It was always wrong for the always opportunistic West to intervene in Syria by supporting the anti-government forces. If the Syrians have a problem with their government, let then sort that out themselves. In a wide sense, this is the democratic way.

It is way past time for the US to show some humanity and moral fibre in the ME, and drop the neocon, “realist”, Machiavellian way. It is not the way of the American people, just our morally bankrupt leaders.

Jan 07, 2013 8:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

It would be better to say:

It is way past time for the US to show some humanity and moral fibre in the ME, and drop the neocon, “realist”, Machiavellian way. It is not the way of the American people, just our morally bankrupt leaders, their sycophants, and a few other morally bankrupt people.

Actually, I find the Machiavellian, kill-anybody-who-could-kill-you, to be chicken-shxx, un-manly, un-American, and unbecoming of America. Also, it leads to unending death: Kill them, and they kill you, and just as rightly so. There is not end to the people and things that COULD threaten you.

Drones, carpet-bombing, napalm, strafing runs, assassination squads, chemical warfare, nuclear bombs, its all about the same. Wanton killing, with no representation of the people who are singled out for assassination. At least, now, some of the arm-chair drone killers get to see close up what they are doing. Maybe our leaders should be forced to watch such footage before they go to bed. (Oops, that wasn’t a child, it was a dog with two legs). We’ll see if they have any humanity left.

Jan 07, 2013 9:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Misleading title… Syria is a fractured nation along the tribes… By saying that “Syrians brush off Assad” it implies that all Syrians want Assad to be gone, which is incorrect.

Jan 07, 2013 10:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

The only thing that is certain, the longer that Assad stays in power, and the rebels, rebel. The weaker Syria as a country becomes. A weak Syria hurts who? And benefits who? On a side note, Iran and Russia have proven to be the worst allies in the world. Why aren’t they helping Assad?

Jan 07, 2013 11:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BraveNewWrld wrote:

xcanada2 – Thanks for illuminating links. Any little piece of on the ground reporting is of great value for those who form their opinions based on the facts and by thinking and analysing.

fromthecenter, baaljibal, matthewslyman, kenradke11, bobber1956, Butch_from_PA, and, of course, Slammy,

Your Moooooos are acknowledged. Some at State Dept will get a raise. Perhaps, Ms. Nuland? What a cowgirl… :-) :-) :-)

Jan 08, 2013 12:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
BraveNewWrld wrote:

xcanada2 – Thanks for illuminating links. Any little piece of on the ground reporting is of great value for those who form their opinions based on the facts and by thinking and analysing.

fromthecenter, baaljibal, matthewslyman, kenradke11, bobber1956, Butch_from_PA, and, of course, Slammy,

Your Moooooos are acknowledged. Some at State Dept will get a raise. Perhaps, Ms. Nuland? What a cowgirl… :-) :-) :-)

Jan 08, 2013 12:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
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