Just a Statistic- By Syrian Hamster

Yesterday, Bashar Al-Assad, or as I would call it  dog-poop athad to indicate my infinite contempt to this entity, was placed at the top of war criminals list that was handed to the International Criminal Court. While the dynamics on the ground in the region do not assure anyone that this “ass-hole”  will at any time soon face the court, it would be a great fantastic day when a judge would tell it to suck an egg, eat shit, or just simply go fuck itself and stop its blathering sophistry.

Two assholes together.

The dog and its evil master. Both have been responsible for hundreds of thousands of murders in the region and beyond.

Many Syrians dream of that day. Most, however, have much more than court on their mind, their plans for dog-poop include impaling and other forms of “reciprocation” they believe would be the minimum standard for punishing the asshole. I recall one hyper “assad is popular” menhebbakji who would use what I wrote above to masturbate its smart-ass (half truth here) brain, into a climatic tantrum of deceitful and ugly sophistry, mixed with and fake sectarian indignation about how hateful this rat is. But you know, I don’t give a rat’s ass about this kind of creatures any more. The Syrians waiting to see the asshole assad impaled re not psychopaths, nor are they merely hateful (they should be), they just recognize that with that son of a bitch being alive, there is no future, not for Syria and not for the region. But they also have at hundreds of thousands of far more serious reasons to want to see the asshole assad impaled. Here are some numbers as of the end of May 2014 that were published by the Democratic Republic Studies Center (DRSC).  Let us start by enumerating the duration of this sadist asshole crime against humanity

Duration

 38.5 Months
1,173 Days
28,152 Hour

Now the Numbers

Number of fully documented martyrs (I prefer the phrase assad victims at least from the legal point) 118,863 including 2,250 Palestinian, 12,130 child victims, 11,475 women, and 6,495 murdered under torture

Estimate number of martyrs 230,000 (80% civilians) including

  • 2,400 Palestinians
  • 15,000 child victims,
  • 14,000 women and
  • 18,500 murdered under torture (which include those whose emaciated photos were smuggled out)

Approximate number of wounded: More than 187,370
Approximate number of detainees: More than 258,2600 (including those few who were recently released)
Approximate number of missing: More than 99,4400
Number of refugees outside Syria : More than 3,566,740
Number of internally displaced refugees: More than 7,650,000

Total number of victims of violence (11,880,673) including murdered by weapons, wounded, detainees, disappeared, refugees and displaced.

Syrian families that have been affected amount up to 60% of the total population of Syria, the total number of family members affected is 15,627,402. These are the families of those murdered by weapons, wounded, detainees, disappeared, refugees and displaced.

The number of families who lost the main earner of the house hold is 125,000 families (nearly 868,000 people)

Some math

  • Every 4 minutes, the assad regime detains a citizen
  • Every 10 minutes, the assad regime wounds a citizen
  • Every 13 minutes, the assad regime disappears a citizen
  • Every 15 minutes, the assad regime murders a citizen
  • Every day, the assad regime murders 8 children
  • Every day, the assad regime expels as refugees 3,040 citizens and internally displaces 6,521 citizens.

ISIS is a major threat to the revolution, so is Al-Nusra, but the most significant enemy of humanity remains the asshole assad and its clan. Anytime someone tries to bring ISIS to equivocate for the asshole, my only answer would be similar to that of the imaginary Judge talking to the asshole assad “i,e. GFYS”.  ISIS is an historical issue that needs to be dealt with, but it can only be dealt with after we get rid of the criminal rulers, after we return their sectarian thugs in hizbulla to their rightful places in jail for their crimes, and after Iran is fully neutered as a source of evil and of terrorism in the region. If Obama does not understand this, then he is welcomed to meet my foul mouthed judge.

Some links (recent)

New UN report describes horrific and systematic torture of Syrian victims

Full report May 2014 in pdf (Arabic with figures) 

CNN links on torture in assad’s dungeons of murder 

 

Posted on June 12, 2014, in Barak Obama, Bashar Al-Assad, Crimes Against Humanity, Syrian Regime Crimes Against Humanity and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 144 Comments.

  1. An article by Hussein Ibish about Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi

    ISIS protagonists Baghdadi and Jolani, are bad actors. The creators of ISIS are diabolic. Unfortunately, their fictitious plot is causing genuine death

    Inverse proportionality between supply and demand may be an immutable law of social exchange, but it’s also a key to understanding the terrible coverage of some of the world’s most dangerous conflicts. Regarding Syria and Iraq, the somewhat delayed and highly refracted consequences of a chasm between limited supply and growing demand for analysis and data, especially, are producing an extremely troubling pattern involving the sudden rise and the equally precipitous fall of young and not-ready-for-prime-time analysts and commentators discovered to have been misrepresenting their work and/or identities.

    This would be troubling under any circumstances. But when it comes to some of the most momentous and dangerous conflicts in the world, it’s downright alarming. In order to be properly political, events must be narrativized. Data points are not political. Analysis and explanation are.

    With news organizations around the world, particularly in the United States, shuttering their international bureaus and firing correspondents routinely, the cadre of gainfully-employed foreign correspondents – who are also significantly experienced, well-trained and properly edited – is dwindling. The clichéd “fog of war” has rarely been this thick and obscurantist.

    The Internet, especially in its decentralizing qualities, is another crucial battleground. The Internet serves propagandists who post videos, texts, audio recordings and other actualities (or purported actualities) – including those supposedly made by, or depicting, the other side – to bolster their cause. But it also allows anyone who is willing to spend the time, energy and, in effect, money to sit in front of a computer screen tracking down every element of open source material in order to compile ever-deeper datasets.

    Enter the amateurs. The hunger for information about Syria, and increasingly now Iraq, among Western news organizations has cleared an enormous amount of cultural and political space for hitherto unknown people to assert expertise with or without any justification, and gain a viable reputation as reliable analysts and commentators.

    Such people are typically young, lacking any longer history of serious work in the field, brash, diligent and absolutely shameless. In some cases, they also fabricate a good deal. In the worst cases, sorting between what are apparently intentional fabrications, according to their seeming purpose or intended audience, becomes downright impossible. And then what we face is narrative collapse, which inevitably favors the most extreme actors on every side.

    Ten months ago, Elizabeth O’Bagy, a 26-year-old senior analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, was dismissed for fabricating academic credentials. “Dr.” O’Bagy did not, in fact, have the PhD she claimed and allowed others to mistakenly attribute to her. O’Bagy’s work, lots of it still apparently sound, had done much to promote the cause of non-Islamist nationalist Syrian rebels. Her exposure, naturally, did considerable damage to narrative sympathetic to that crucial subset of the Syrian opposition.

    That episode was enough of a blow. But recently, it happened again. And in this case, it involved someone I’ve known for years, albeit at a crucial distance. Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi stands accused, particularly in an extensive article in Business Insider, with an enormous mountain of evidence arrayed against him, of being “too close” to his online and Twitter sources in jihadist groups, especially the monstrous Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

    Aymenn and his supporters insist that this is a tempest in a teapot. He was simply doing crudely what most good journalists do in a sophisticated manner: namely, buttering up their sources to win trust. He misjudged things, his defenders continue, but it was all in good faith. And, besides, many of them add, he’s only 21, “inexperienced,” and so forth.

    I generally agree that people ought to be given the benefit of the doubt. But that’s exactly how, about five years ago, I began my interactions with Aymenn (it seems almost supererogatory to say) online.

    At that time, an even younger Aymenn was pursuing conversations, most notably on Facebook, with various Arab Americans about a large range of Middle East-related issues. He was aggressive and sometimes obnoxious (frequently referring to a noted Islamophobe and crank as “the great Robert Spencer”), and generally hostile to Arabs and Muslims.

    When Aymenn started reaching out to me all those years ago, I was confronted with an interesting puzzle. Here was an evidently intelligent and driven young man, not quite out of high school, who was clearly an Arab, but who was also filled with rage against both Islam and the Arab identity.

    Before dismissing him out of hand, I tried to make sense of this conundrum. It could not have been later than our second conversation before I asked him, in search of an answer, about his family background and his own belief systems. Going into what appeared to be great detail, he assured me that his family was of Iraqi Christian origin, but that he was, like me, an agnostic. My conclusion was that this was a capable and intelligent young man scarred by negative sectarian experiences that he would undoubtedly outgrow.

    Aymenn’s flirtation with ISIS, which turns out to have been more like championing in far too many instances, as I have quickly discovered over the past few days, was bad enough. I hadn’t followed his Twitter and social media exchanges closely, and much of what I saw came as a very disturbing shock. But what I discovered at the end of last week was even more appalling.

    In the course of an online conversation he told me that he’d written a kind of mea culpa that included a revelation: “my father’s side of the family was Shiite and my mother’s side Sunni.” So, all of his elaborate assertions to me – over a five-year period of time, no less – about being an Iraqi of Christian origin were a calculated and prolonged deception.

    Worse, it wasn’t just me he was leading down the rabbit hole of multiple identities. It’s now on the record that he told other analysts he was an Iraqi Christian nationalist; others that he was Baha’i; still others that he was a practicing Shiite. And, of course, he went to enormous lengths to make the jihadists believe that he was a Sunni fundamentalist. I’ve never really bothered looking into it, but the likelihood is that this is just the tip of an Aymenn multiple identity-crisis iceberg.

    In addition, in the same July 22 blog post, Aymenn ridiculously argues: “contact with IS fighters and their supporters was not an integral part of my work” [emphasis in the original]. It’s possible, I suppose, that he is so self-deceived that he actually believes this, but a cursory review (which is all that’s needed) demonstrates this is not only false, but that often enough such “contacts” were all he had. Among his many parallel and, if you examine them carefully, often contradictory defenses is that he is “an opponent of IS and aimed to gather intel on the group.”

    That’s strikingly grandiloquent, indeed grandiose. And his claim to have been trying to “gather intel on the group” would be laughable, except that some sympathetic journalists and others actually buy this line. In a tweet that recently came to my attention, Aymenn reassured one of his interlocutors that he was “just reporting the ISIS side of the story.”

    More often than not, his work was doing exactly that. Aaron Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Studies, and head of the Jihadology website which published some of Tamimi’s work before it was taken down, told Business Insider that “his analysis was becoming more and more just pushing that narrative of the groups [like ISIS] themselves.”

    Aymenn, it is said by his defenders, merely deceived the deceivers; he bamboozled the jihadists, and good for him. The problem is that, as I can testify from five years of bitter experience, he treated many people, including those who tried to help him, in the same way as he treated people who purported to be fighters in ISIS or among their supporters.

    His defenders, for most part, are making an impossible argument. On the one hand they say he was young and naïve and didn’t know any better. On the other hand, the implication is that nonetheless his work is worthwhile and should be part of the public policy debate. It really cannot be both.

    None of this would matter much except that the wars in Syria and Iraq have become the most destabilizing conflicts, not only in the Middle East, but much of the rest of the world. They are not a game, a career path, or a lark for adventurist and ambitious youth to make a name for themselves.

  2. I have to say it is not surprising the revelations about Aymenn.

    I would add that his reliance on photos to back up his rhetoric is juvenile and makes it seem as though he is writing a comic strip than actual analysis. Enough with the gory and stomach turning photos.

    Also not surprising is so called Syria “experts” publishing his “work”…

  3. Sami:

    ISIS is born out of hatred. Its web of spinners -with disregard to human lives- are working day and night to keep this mysterious group ISIS.

    “Aaron Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Studies, and head of the Jihadology website which published some of Tamimi’s work before it was taken down, told Business Insider that “his analysis was becoming more and more just pushing that narrative of the groups [like ISIS] themselves.”

  4. ISIS has no interest in fighting Israel, but offered Hamas help?

    https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/558898-why-is-no-one-acting-against-isis

  5. A legitimate question by Ibish: Why no one is acting against the mysterious group ISIS?

    https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/558898-why-is-no-one-acting-against-isis

  6. The Hateful Likud Charter Calls for Destruction of Any Palestinian State

    Since virtually every comment on Hamas in American media includes the assertion that the group’s Charter rejects Israel’s right to exist, it’s worth noting the following from the Likud Platform of 1999:

    a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”

    b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel.
    The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”

    c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”

    d. “The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.

    There have been some updates to the platform more recently, reflecting Israel’s withdrawal of settlements from Gaza in 2005. But the Likud Party has *never* in its statements of principles, accepted a Palestinian State. Its electoral partner, Yisrael Beitenu, has likewise categorically rejected the possibility of an independent Palestinian State, insisting that the idea is nothing more than a ploy to facilitate the destruction of Israel.

    The Hamas charter, of course, does more than just reject Israel as a sovereign political entity. It’s a vile document that echoes some of the worst anti-Semitic tropes of the modern era. But on the central question of one side denying the other’s legitimacy — it’s hard to ignore the symmetry between Likud – the party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – and Hamas.

    Some defenders of Israel become indignant at the mention of these realities as scurrilous and spurious because the Likud platform quoted above is just an “old” statement of principles not reflective of the Party’s actions in power. But by that logic, the Hamas Charter, written over 25 years ago, cannot be said to be the sole controlling document of that organization, since much more recent statements and actions by its leadership have, at least some times, included an expressed willingness to pursue a long-term agreement with Israel. Furthermore, Hamas also agreed to join the Palestinian Authority in a unity government that accepts all previous PA agreements with Israel.

    Too much political discussion in the United States about Israel/Palestine proceeds from the premise that Palestinians have no other interest than to destroy Israel and drive the Jews into the sea. Therefore, it is said, well-intentioned Israel has no viable negotiating partner for peace. The political reality on the ground does not conform to such a simple-minded tale of good vs. evil. Israeli hardliners in power have repeatedly rejected any basis for a viable Palestinian state. Indeed, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s qualified statement in support of a two-state solution in 2009 – which his American apologists repeatedly invoke to demonstrate his “moderate” bona fides – was characterized by a member of his own cabinet as “the spin of our lives.” In fact. Likud leaders have said unequivocally that no two-state deal is possible. And just three weeks ago, speaking at a press conference, Netanyahu said:

    “I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan.”

    As David Horovitz wrote in The Times of Israel:

    “He wasn’t saying that he doesn’t support a two-state solution. He was saying that it’s impossible. This was not a new, dramatic change of stance by the prime minister. It was a new, dramatic exposition of his long-held stance.”

    In other words, no independent Palestinian state. Period. Ever.

    Since Palestine does not exist as a recognized independent state, there is no need for Israel’s rejectionists to call for Palestine’s “destruction.” But the consistent avowals of Israeli leaders – and the plain language of the party platforms that express their parties’ core beliefs – to prevent such a state from coming into being is not substantively different from the expressed desire of the Hamas Charter to reject Israel’s existence.

    http://www.juancole.com/2014/08/charter-destruction-palestinian.html

  7. This is by far one of the most important articles written by an American on the last Israeli assault. Americans are seeing with their eyes wide open!!

    I was wrong about Gaza: Why we can no longer ignore the horrors in Palestine

    I tried to limit my exposure to the bombings and screams. But here’s why being black in America made me think twice

    http://www.salon.com/2014/08/05/i_was_wrong_about_gaza_why_we_can_no_longer_ignore_the_horrors_in_palestine/

    Brittney Cooper

  8. America’s sordid history of settler colonialism, slavery, mass incarceration and other racially driven social ills teaches us a lot about why our country identifies with Israel and it teaches us everything we need to know about why we shouldn’t. Brittney Cooper

  9. عزمي بشارة

    من مظاهر الخصومة السياسيّة المتحولة إلى تخندق ومعسكرات، أو تلك المتحولة إلى صراع هويات، أو القائمة عليها، أنّ كلّ مكرهة يُجمَع على نبذها، والنفور منها، تُفسَّر بنسبتها إلى الطرف الخصم. والحقيقة أنه يجري تجنب تفسيرها بإلقائها على الطرف الآخر، فيما يبدو رشاقة وخفة يد، وهو، في الحقيقة، بلادة وخفة عقل.
    وحتى الثقافة العليا لا تنجو من هذه النزعة. ففي أوروبا منتصف القرن الماضي، مثلًا، ساد إجماع بين الأعداء الفكريين والسياسيين، من اليسار الثوري واليمين المحافظ، على النفور من الظاهرة النازيّة والأيديولوجيّات الفاشيّة.
    وتجد في أدبيات الفكر الاشتراكي الشيوعي تنظيراً متشعّباً، يعتبرها ظاهرةً من ظواهر
    الرأسماليّة الاحتكارية المتأخرة، في حين أن المحافظين تناولوها كنتاج ارتدادات الثورة الفرنسية والبلشفية، وقاربها الليبراليون كإحدى تشعبات الفكر الاشتراكي تارة، ومن إفرازات الفكر القوميّ المتطرف أطواراً.
    واعتبرها بعض المنظّرين اليهود مترتبة على نزعة خلاصية، ولا سامية، بنيوية قائمة في المسيحية. ليس الحديث، هنا، عن تراشق إعلامي على “فيسبوك” و”تويتر”، بل عن مدارس فكريّة شغلت المثقفين، وتغلغلت حتى في مراكز البحوث وأقسام الجامعات. وتبادل اليمين واليسار التهم بالمسوؤلية عن نشوء النازية. وعموماً، لم يتمكنا من رؤية أن الظاهرة تجمع أسوأ ما في كل منهما، إضافة إلى تقاليد أخرى، وظروف خاصة بكل بلد.
    وإذا كان هذا حال الفكر ونظريات العلوم الاجتماعيّة، حين تنتمي إلى معسكراتٍ، فما بالك بالتراشق بالترهات والشائعات غير المفحوصة، وسيول الشتائم والهجائيات بين المنتمين إلى معسكراتٍ طائفيّة سياسيّة، سواء أكانت هذه الطائفيّة دينيّة أم أيديولوجيّة؟ وإذا أضيفت إلى هذا كلّه تركيباتٌ من نظريّة المؤامرة أو العقل التآمري، تكون النتيجة تحليلات هي محاليل خيميائية، وتهويمات من النوع الذي يزعم أنه تفسير لظواهر اجتماعية مركبة وخطيرة، مُجمع على نبذها والخوف منها في مجتمعاتنا.
    يكاد يسود إجماعٌ على النفور من ظاهرة مثل “داعش”، والتقزز من ممارساتها. ولا طائل من وراء مسعى فهم الظاهرة مما ينشر في فضاء المحاور السياسيّة الطائفيّة القائمة، إذ تجد نفسك تقرأ وتسمع الغرائب. فوراء كلّ حادثةٍ تكمن مؤامرة، وخلف كلَّ واقعةٍ يقبع جهاز مخابرات.
    معارضو النظامين، السوري والعراقي، وجزء كبير من ضحاياهما، يتهمون إيران وسوريّة بصناعة الظاهرة وتمويلها وتوجيهها، لأنها تفيدهم في تجييش طوائفهم خلفهم، وفي تخريب الثورات التي بدأت مدنيةً ديمقراطيةً، ولأنها أداة إيضاح ناجعة لحتمية التخيير المهول بين الاستبداد والإرهاب.
    وكل هذا صحيح، ولكنه يدخل في باب المستفيد من الظاهرة، القادر على استثمارها إلى حد معين. وهذا لا يعني أن المستفيد هو الفاعل. أمّا مؤيدو هذه الأنظمة وأتباعها فيتهمون السعوديّة وأميركا وقطر، وغيرها، بتمويل “داعش” وتسليحها، في حبكة درامية من نظريات المؤامرة. وتتعدد النسخ المعدلة من هذه النظريات، فمنها “الأصلي” والمنقح، والمغلّظ والملطّف، والمتطرف والمعتدل، ولكن الأساس يبقى واحدًا، اتهام الخصم بأنه مصدر كل شر، بما في ذلك هذا الشر.
    لا يحتاج إدراك هذا الواقع إلى فطنةٍ وذكاء، إذ تكفي لمحةٌ من زاوية نظر خارج المعسكرات، لإدراك أن كل طرف يتهم الآخر بالمسوؤلية. ولكن، ما فقد في هذه الأثناء، لا تكفي نظرة لاستحضارة، إنه فهم الظاهرة فعلًا. فقد نُزِعَ منها بعدها التاريخي، وانتُزعت هي من سياقها الاجتماعي. وسدّت طريق الفهم بالشائعات والمؤامرات، وقُطِعت بالتخيّلات والعصبيات؛ والذاكرة انتقائية قصيرةٌ، تتحكم بها مزاجياتُ اللحظة ووسائل الإعلام، ويُعاد إنتاجها وتصميمها، بما يلائم المزاج والهوى وسوء الظن وحسن الظن.
    لا السلفيّة الجهادية ولدت اليوم، ولا نسختها الداعشية الدموية التي بزّت، في قسوتها، جميع تياراتها، وليدة السنوات الثلاث الماضية؛ ولا يمكن فهمها من دون فهم الاستبداد وأساليبه في حالاتٍ مثل العراق وسوريّة، والتزاوج بين الفكر الديني السياسي وتصدير أنماط السلفيّة من الجزيرة العربية في عهد الطفرة النفطيّة، وفشل الدّولة الوطنيّة في القضايا الرئيسيّة المتعلقة بالفقر والتنمية والمواطنة وحقوق المواطن، وعجزها عن إدارة العلاقة بين الهويات المختلفة، الوطنيّة والقوميّة والدينيّة والإثنيّة، وفشلها في عملية بناء الأمة.
    وتصويرياً، يمكننا، مثلاً، أن نتخيّل إنساناً مر بأهوال سجون حكم البعث العراقي أو السوري، ثمّ عاش في ظل الاحتلال الأميركي الهمجي وحاربه، ثم ذاق مرارة السجن في ظل نظامٍ طائفيٍّ سياسيٍّ بغيض،مثل نظام المالكي، بحيث أتت كل واحدة من هذه التجارب على مساحة خضراء في نفسه، وطمست لوناً من صورة الإنسان فيه؛ وعليه أن يدرس، أيضاً، لقاء التدين السياسي مع أنماط من السلفيّة في إنتاج السلفية الجهادية، وأن يتعامل مع مسألة الانفجار الديمغرافي والبطالة والتعليم، والهجرة من الريف إلى المدينة، وهجرة الشباب من بلدانهم بعد أن ضاقت بهم السبل، والتقاء هذا كلّه مع وسائل الاتصال الحديثة.
    لقد عرفت بلدانٌ عربية إقامة الحدود بقطع الرؤوس والأيدي حتى فترة قصيرة، كما عرفت
    الرجم… وعرفت بلدان أخرى ذبح الجيران بالسكاكين في الحروب الأهلية (بدون يوتيوب) قبل نشوء داعش بفترة طويلة، وعرف غيرها التعذيب الوحشي في السجون الذي فاق خيال الروائيين… وعرفت البلدان العربية ظاهرة الأفغان العرب، وظاهرة الانشقاقات في التيار الإسلامي الرئيسي، إبان القمع والتعذيب في السجون، والتحوّل إلى تكفير المجتمع واللجوء إلى السلاح، مرورًا بالصراع مع الولايات المتحدة في أفغانستان والعراق، والاستبداد الذي يتخذ منحىً طائفياً في صنع الولاءات.
    تعيش داعش في الفراغ الذي خلفه فشل الدولة، لكنها لم تأت من فراغ.
    من يريد أن يشرح ظاهرة داعش لا بدّ أن يفهم ما جرى في العالم العربي في العقود الأخيرة، فقد نمت في زواياه المظلمة، وساحاته الخلفية، وعلى تخوم الكوارث والمناطق المنكوبة، ووجد من استثمر هذه الحركات واخترقها واستفاد منها. ولكن تشخيص المتضرر والمستفيد لا يفسّر بيئتها ومنشأها وديناميكيتها الداخلية ومصادر قوتها وضعفها.
    إنها نفس المجتمعات التي أنتجت شباناً يبحرون في قوارب الموت المتهالكة، من جنوب المتوسط إلى شماله، هرباً من اليأس، ها هي تنتج شباناً يمتطون سيارات دفع رباعية تنهب الأرض في الصحارى، هرباً من خراب اليقين إلى يقين الخراب.
    وبعد قرونٍ من صحوة الدين في بداوة القرن الثامن عشر، على تخوم الدولة العثمانية وما قبل الدولة، نشأ تديّن أعرابٍ من نوع جديد. لقد لفظتهم الدولة، ولم تستوعبهم المواطنة، إنهم يهيمون على وجوههم بين الدول، وقد خلعوا عنهم الانتماء الوطني، يحملون دين بداوةٍ جديد، ويهدمون أي معلم حضاري يصادفهم في طريقهم. إنه دين العدمية الأخلاقية، والتعصب العبثي الذي يحلُّ محلَّ الأخلاق الفردية والجمعية، والانتماء إلى جماعة ومكان، والذي يحل حتى محل الدين الذي جاء ليتمم مكارم الأخلاق ويمدّن الأعراب.
    لم تنشأ هذه الحركات في ظل نظام ديمقراطي، ولا في ظل ثورة ديمقراطية، بل نشأت في ظل الاستبداد والاحتلال، وعنف النظام الوحشي ضد الثورات. ولا شك لدي في أنها قوى زائلة، بحكم مخالفتها منطق العصر والتاريخ، وتناقضها مع حاجات الناس ومتطلباتهم، وصدامها مع طبائع البشر في المجتمعات العربية المتمدنة.

  10. An empathetic, passionate, pro-human rights for every human! Senator David Norris from Ireland: “Israel bombs first and weeps later”.

  11. Why all this hatred?

  12. Majedkhaldoun

    Is Hayder abadi better than Maliki , would he work with Sunni in Iraq as equal, his job is to reform the army, and be serious, he has to dissolve the constitution court and replace those judges, so to reverse their stupid biased previous orders, he must not protect Maliki , that would expose Maliki and abadi should not hesitate to arrest Maliki and try him, he may have to dissolve the parliament and call for another election
    Abadi can not solve Iraq problem in six months, daesh is fast recruiting fighters , Isis has the money and weapons, they will not be defeated easy,

  13. Majedkhaldoun

    Obama is naive or has no strategy in foreign policy , Isis flourished because of Obama policy, Obama thinks that he can defeat Isis by air jets , it takes troops on the ground, Kurds are useless fighters, and Isis will retaliate, expect revenge by Isis, Obama tied his hands when he said there will not be troops on the ground in Iraq,

  14. Majedkhaldoun

    Is , a criminal force, has to be eliminated , it has nothing to do with Islam , it is created by Assad regime to deceive people , not everyone who grew bird is Moslem , it is best to call them زنادقة

  15. Majedkhaldoun

    Sorry , I meant beard not bird

  16. Majedkhaldoun

    Assad has given up on eastern syria, he is concentrating on area from south of Damascus. To Hama , this means he gave up on defeating the revolution, his losses in reqa is significant , further he lost in qalamoon , some military check points, he is resorting to plan b
    This is not to say that fsa is wining, they are not wining, 150 Assad army died ,
    It seems Isis number has increased , now I hearted that their number has increased to 40’000

  17. Majedkhaldoun

    بشاءر. هزيمة الأسد بدأت بالظهور ، ابشرو ابشرو

  18. Can you guess which books the wannabe jihadists Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed ordered online from Amazon before they set out from Birmingham to fight in Syria last May? A copy of Milestones by the Egyptian Islamist Sayyid Qutb? No. How about Messages to the World: the Statements of Osama Bin Laden? Guess again. Wait, The Anarchist Cookbook, right? Wrong.

    Excellent read, by Mehdi Hasan

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119182/jihadists-buy-islam-dummies-amazon?utm_content=buffer9207e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  19. Douglas McCain was born in Illinois & raised in Minnesota- but he fought and died for ISIS!?

    http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nightly-news/american-killed-while-fighting-for-isis-in-syria-322290755783

  20. Majedkhaldoun

    Erdogan coronation is today, none of European leader or America are going to be there, even that he was elected in democratic free election.

  21. ANOTHER wannabe jihadists from Japan!? He is bored, under­employed, overqualified and underwhelmed, broken, bankrupt, widower, suicidal…you name it

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/27/us-syria-crisis-yukawa-insight-idUSKBN0GR1KT20140827

  22. Lies and liability: why the US should target both Assad and the IS in Syria

    As Obama scrambles for a Syria war plan, even regime supporters are starting to reject Assad’s counter-terrorism narrative:

    (..)

    — Assad never really made war against the IS a priority until recently, as one of his own advisors (in the Ministry of Reconciliation, no less) has just felt confident enough to admit to the New York Times. In fact, Assad financed ISIS through oil sales and let many of its mid- or top-ranking figures out of Sednaya prison in 2011, knowing full well they’d go back to jihad, and largely left it alone to establish a command center in Raqqa, where it runs military training camps and administers a totalitarian form of government, replete with the brainwashing of Arab youth. Only after the IS sacked Mosul on June 10 – and probably only because Suleimani ordered it – did a Syrian Air Force campaign against the terrorists begin in earnest, ending what Ambassador Fred Hof has called the “de facto collaboration” between Assad and the IS.

    — Unlike the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, which helped expel it from Idlib last February (and which is even now turning on Jabhat al-Nusra), and unlike the Islamic Front, which helped expel it from most of Aleppo, the regime is quite lousy at fighting the IS. In the past few weeks, IS militants overran the Shaer gas field in Palmyra in July, killing or executing close to 300 regime forces and/or militiamen from the Quds Force-trained National Defense Forces. The IS suffered only a fraction of those losses before the field was ultimately retaken. Syrian regulars have fared no better at the Division 17 installation or Tabqa air base, which the IS seized last week, giving them total control over the entire province of Raqqa and a straight shot to the putatively no-go Alawite coast. Severed heads of regime troops and militiamen from Division 17 have been stuck on pikes and paraded on social media in another clear endorsement of the kind of deal many are advocating Washington make with an incompetent devil.

    — Assad’s belated interest in combating the IS and his piss-poor performance has been so conspicuous that even his supporters have begun to notice. “The jihadist offensive has prompted some panicked supporters of the Syrian government to sharply criticize the leadership,” the New York Times’ Beirut correspondent Anne Barnard wrote last week, “questioning why it appeared to allow ISIS to build a base in the northern Syria province of Raqqa over the last year while claiming the Syrian Army was fighting terrorism.” Some loyalists have blamed the regime in general for not sending the necessary reinforcements into Raqqa, and the now-sacked Syrian Defense Minister Fahd Freij in particular for ensuring that his own “sons are safe in Damascus.” Assad’s propaganda has boomeranged; the stooges have at last begun to sound like dissidents.

    — The IS’s dominance in non-regime Syria owes plenty to ideology, sophisticated recruitment efforts, and confiscated materiel, but also to resources that no Western or allied regional powers has ever even tried to match. The International Business Times reported this week that a 5,000-strong moderate rebel faction of the FSA which has been taking the fight to the IS in Aleppo pays its fighters $100 a month in salary, which is $300 less than the IS pays its own. Roughly the same ratio applies to the number of bullets each group respectively doles out. The name of the faction, now in talks with Washington for real support, was withheld by the State Department for “security reasons,” indicating a level of trust and protectiveness that probably rules these Syrians out as head-loppers.

    — The US military can penetrate Syrian airspace with ease, and without the world even knowing about it. News leaked by the Defense Department to preempt noisy reporting that in early July, dozens of Special Operations forces landed in Raqqa via helicopter, and were given air cover by drones and manned fighter jets, confirmed that not only is the White House not at all concerned about Syria’s “sovereignty,” but, contra much of its own past rhetoric, it knows exactly where and how to enter Syrian territory when it wants to. Jeffrey White and Maj. Chandler Atwood of the US Air Force noted back in May that since the civil war began, Assad’s air defenses in the north and south of the country have been degraded to such a degree that the rest could be destroyed “with relatively limited risk.” Such operations, moreover, could be prelude for a much-needed no-fly zone over opposition-held territory in Idlib and Aleppo (which is what the rebels asked for long before they asked for firepower), or for surgical airstrikes against the IS and regime positions in contested territory. The rebels America claims to support could then breathe a little easier and also work to keep the IS at bay and away from the Syrian-Turkish border, which is the jihadists’ vital entry point for receiving more foreign fighters. (If anything, White and Atwood’s assessment has only improved with time, as attrition, hardware neglect and continued regime losses in the north and south have taken a further toll on air defenses.) A tandem attack strategy would also foreclose on the possibility that the IS’s loss would translate into an Assad gain, and also signal to Syria’s embattled Sunni population, without which the jihadists will never been contained or defeated, that its two main oppressors are now declared and targeted enemies of the United States.

    https://mobile.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/561677-lies-and-liability-why-the-us-should-target-both-assad-and-the-is-in-syria

  23. Nearly all of ISIS’s 25 deputy leaders in Iraq and Syria have been in US custody.

    At the top the organization is the self-declared leader of all Muslims, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a radical chief executive officer of sorts, who handpicked many of his deputies from among the men he met while a prisoner in American custody at the Camp Bucca detention center a decade ago.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/world/middleeast/army-know-how-seen-as-factor-in-isis-successes.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad&_r=1

  24. Bashar Al Assad Is Laying a Deadly Ambush for Obama in Syria

    For Bashar Al Assad the ideal scenario is one in which ISIS helps him kill off his armed nationalist opposition in western Syria, American aviation assets pound ISIS positions in the east, and he sits comfortably in Damascus, feeling once again needed by the West as a useful partner against those arguably more evil than him. And a lucrative dividend awaits: The fact or perception of collaboration between Washington and Damascus driving wedges between the U.S. and every one of its regional partners, thereby serving the interests of the party Assad has so faithfully served: Iran.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119226/us-airstrikes-isis-syria-are-not-enough-punish-assad-too

  25. What do you think of the new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and his relationship with the key actors in Iraq? How capable is he?

    Abadi is interesting, but sort of a paradox. He comes from a respected and prominent family in Baghdad. Unlike Saddam and Maliki, both of whom come from rural, backwater, lower class families, Abadi comes from a strong urban background and is very well-educated. He graduated from one of Baghdad’s top high schools and one of its best universities. Again, in contrast to Saddam and Maliki, Abadi is a fluent English speaker. So some of Western influences have undoubtedly rubbed off of him. According to one of his rivals whom I spoke to, he worked his way through his studies and is amiable to giving and taking during negotiations. Based on my interactions with him, Abadi is certainly much more of a unifier than Maliki, who was very divisive. So that’s his personality, his upbringing and sociology.

    The one thing though that concerns me is that Abadi is nonetheless an Islamist and a senior member of the Dawa Party, which is inherently exclusionary. Dawa is a political party that went to extreme lengths to replace Iraq’s secular rule under the Baathists, which included Sunnis, Kurds, Shias, and Christians alike, with a Shia theocracy that is naturally sympathetic to the Shia theocracy in Iran.

    The question that Abadi faces, and in fact the rest of the world does, is will this man and this political party reform and lead a true national unity government in Baghdad that will unite all Iraqis, or will they continue the path that the likes of Jafari and Maliki went down for the past nine years. If the latter happens, without any shadow of a doubt whatsoever, Iraq will descend further into civil war.

    A Sunni-Shia holy war would be very long, very costly, and very bloody for all sides. The country would likely be partitioned by the end, but only after a regional holy war which would be at least as destructive. About ten percent of Turkey is Alawite, a third of Kuwait is Shia, Bahrain is majority Shia, Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province is majority Shia. And we’re not even talking about the Shias in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, where Shia populations number in tens of millions.

    The situation could become very violent and ugly, if Iraq and Syria continue to fester and to be incubator of not only transnational jihadis, but also of religious sectarianism and hatred.

  26. Majedkhaldoun

    Is there news about. Farooq al shara

  27. The link to the previous post:

    A candid discussion with Ali Khedery on Iraq and Syria

    Ali Khedery is chairman and chief executive of the Dubai-based Dragoman Partners. From 2003 to 2009, he was the longest continuously serving American official in Iraq, acting as a special assistant to five U.S. ambassadors and as senior adviser to three heads of U.S. Central Command. In 2011, as an executive with Exxon Mobil, he negotiated the company’s entry into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

    http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2014/08/24/candid-discussions-ali-khedery-on-iraq-and-syria/

  28. Enforced Disappearances in Syria
    Amnesty International follows the stories of two Syrian men subjected to enforced disappearance: doctor Mohamed Bachir Arab from Aleppo and citizen journalist Ali Mahmoud Othman from Homs.

    https://aiusa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=c3cd82cce81b462cade2473c81a39b8f&webmap=31aca9e05e244bfd9458ab11831232aa

  29. Arafat said:

    “I am quite confident that I’m talking in the name of all Palestinians when I assure you that we are all committed to the security of every child, woman and man in Israel. I will do everything I can so that no Israeli mother will be worried if her son or daughter is late coming home, or any Israeli would be afraid when they heard an explosion.”

    The Palestinians’ messaging of peace, security and, yes, justice, was always buried under Israeli spin.

    Maybe Israel will never get the message, its hubris blinding it to tectonic shifts in the geopolitical landscape, especially among the people of the world. But the collapse is happening. Perhaps slower than in apartheid South Africa, the Soviet Union, the Shah’s Iran or Mubarak’s Egypt, but happening none the less. Having lost the power of deterrence, Israel will either have to deal justly with the Palestinians or, indeed, disappear.

    – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/palestinian-message-disappear.html#sthash.Z8poaeai.dpuf
    – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/palestinian-message-disappear.html#sthash.Z8poaeai.dpuf

  30. Jamal maaroof appointed himself leader of FSA, and acceptable to USA , he is not extremist, would USA take him

  31. A new documentary: Silvered Water

    The astonishing collaboration between exiled Syrian filmmaker Ossama Mohammed and young Kurdish activist Wiam Simav Bedirxan distills footage from thousands of clandestine videos to create a shattering, on-the-ground documentary chronicle of the ordeal being undergone by ordinary Syrians in the ongoing civil war.

    Syrian director Ossama Mohammed had been in political exile in Paris for eight months when, around Christmas 2011, he received a message through his Facebook account from a young Kurdish activist in Homs. Trapped under heavy shelling and aerial bombardment, she asked him: “If your camera were here, in Homs, what would you be filming?” The activist’s name was Simav, Kurdish for “silvered water,” and this encounter yielded a remarkable artistic collaboration, the product of which was widely hailed as a masterpiece after its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

    At the core of Simav’s question to Mohammed was another one: “Where to begin?” For Mohammed, the trigger was footage of a teenager arrested and tortured by Bashar al-Assad’s security forces, posted on YouTube by the boy’s captors at the outset of the insurgency. Over two years, Mohammed filmed in Paris and distilled stories from thousands of videos posted by Syrians online, as well as from the footage that Simav herself was shooting in Homs. Under siege, Simav’s camera became her salvation, while her astounding steadfastness and courage became to Mohammed a metaphor for a new Syria being born from the devastation of war. “I felt I was in front of a woman teaching a man how to build his life,” he says.

    At once tragic and miraculous, carried along to the strains of an eloquent score composed by Noma Omran, Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait shatters the widespread indifference to the ordeal being endured by ordinary Syrians, while its very existence attests to the spirit of possibility that even the most brutal repression cannot crush.

    Moving and unforgettable, Mohammed’s and Simav’s seemingly impossible collaboration exemplifies what cinema can do in the face of the horrors of war.

    RASHA SALTI

  32. and this is the latest tweet by the spinning room, oops, I mean the situation room:

    Vaughn Sterling is the senior producer, the situation room with Wolf Blitzer.

    Assad is a keeper for their likes, he can murder and gas as many Syrians. This murderer has many spinners to keep him doing what he does best: MURDER & turning the country into another Somalia.

  33. The Syrian regime of Assad has funded and co-operated with al-Qaeda in a complex double game even as the terrorists fight Damascus, according to new allegations by Western intelligence agencies, rebels and al-Qaeda defectors.

    The allegations by Western intelligence sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, are in part a public response to demands by Assad that the focus of peace talks due to begin in Switzerland tomorrow be switched from replacing his government to co-operating against al-Qaeda in the “war on terrorism”.

    “Assad’s vow to strike terrorism with an iron fist is nothing more than bare-faced hypocrisy,” an intelligence source said. “At the same time as peddling a triumphant narrative about the fight against terrorism, his regime has made deals to serve its own interests and ensure its survival.”

    …“despite Assad’s finger-pointing” his regime was to blame for the rise of al-Qaeda in Syria.

    Western diplomats were furious at recent claims that delegations of officials led by a retired MI6 officer had visited Damascus to re-open contact with the Assad regime. There is no doubt that the West is alarmed at the rise of al-Qaeda within the rebel ranks, which played a major role in decisions by Washington and London to back off from sending arms to the opposition.

    But the fury is also an indication that they suspect they have been outmanoeuvred by Assad, who has during his rule alternated between waging war on Islamist militants and working with them.
    ..
    As the uprising against his rule began, Assad switched again, releasing al-Qaeda prisoners.
    ..

    Syrian intelligence has historically had close connections with extremist groups. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph after he defected, Nawaf al-Fares, a Syrian security chief, told how he was part of an operation to smuggle jihadist volunteers into Iraq from Syria after the 2003 invasion.

    Aron Lund, editor of a website, Syria in Crisis, used by the Carnegie Endowment to monitor the war, said: “The regime has done a good job in trying to turn the revolution Islamist. The releases from Sednaya prison are a good example of this. The regime claims that it released the prisoners because Assad had shortened their sentences as part of a general amnesty. But it seems to have gone beyond that. There are no random acts of kindness from this regime.”

    Rebels both inside and outside ISIS also say they believe the regime targeted its attacks on non-militant groups, leaving ISIS alone. “We were confident that the regime would not bomb us,” an ISIS defector, who called himself Murad, said. “We always slept soundly in our bases.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10585391/Syrias-Assad-accused-of-boosting-al-Qaeda-with-secret-oil-deals.html

  34. To Obama
    To fight ISIS in Iraq and not in Syria, is like. Fighting cancer in liver and let it grow in bone and lung
    To fight ISIS and leave Bashar in Syria is just like taking out half the tumor

  35. Whoever was against the rebels in Syria, is accomplice in crimes against the Syrian revolution

  36. Would USA defeat IS or just weaken it..?
    Would US strike FSA as US strike IS?
    defeating IS would help FSA, ,it would strengthen FSA, and weaken Assad, further many fighters would leave IS and join FSA
    Assad no longer have chemical weapons, and losing IS, he lost several soldiers, the only winner is the Kurds, the geography will change

  37. islamic state watch, ouch!

    September 18, 2014 9:53 a.m.
    Australian Police Say They’ve Foiled an ISIS-Linked Beheading Plot

    Australian authorities conducted sweeping raids Thursday morning in an effort to thwart what they are describing as an ISIS-linked public execution plot.

    According to police, the attack was ordered by ISIS’s most senior Australian member, 33-year-old Mohammad Ali Baryalei — a man whom some outlets describe as a bouncer and part-time actor.

    “This is not just suspicion, this is intent, and that’s why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have,” said Australian prime minister Tony Abbott. The country raised its terror-threat level to high last week.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/australia-foiled-isis-terror-plot.html

  38. Bigotry behind the cassock. Kudos to Tony Badran!

    What the IDC conference tells us about the anti-Sunni, pro-Assad messaging campaign being waged in Washington

    Prominent Christian political figures and intellectuals in Lebanon criticized the IDC, and have rejected the call to align with Assad. They note that Christianity has survived for millennia and does not need to, and in no way should, cast its lot with murderous thugs, and deny Sunnis their rights to live free, in order to carry on.

    … Christian history in the region survived countless hardships just fine. It doesn’t need the so-called protection of a two-bit crime family, let alone the terror-sponsoring Khomeinist state. If these leaders of the Eastern Churches have decided that peddling to Washington a sectarian alliance with a camp that has exiled and spilled the blood of hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims is the way to go, then it is they who are responsible for their political choices. Their message lacks both moral and strategic standing. Which means that those Americans who defended it were engaging in purely sectarian behavior – behavior distinctly at odds with American values and traditions.

    https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/564020-bigotry-behind-the-cassock

  39. To eradicate terrorism they must get rid of its source in Syria, and Assad regime must go, Assa is fighting for his life, he is lucky to have Obama the hesitant, but Assad will reach a dead end ,and he and his supporters will lose

  40. في عرسال ، ليس للجيش اللبناني طاءرات ، فلن يستطيع دحر النصرة، الذين سيزيد عددهم، و حزب الله ليس لديه جنود كافية ، الحل الوحيد هو في تدخل أمريكا او فرنسا بالطائرات ، و هو مستبعد لءلا يفهم انه تدخل لعون هذا او ذاك، هذا ماء ذق

  41. Only Turkey can solve the problem in Syria ,Lebanon and Iraq

  42. US war against ISIS will cost 500 Billion dollar

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