At Last, The Draft Political Program of the SNC

Request from OFF THE WALL

Dear 7ee6anis:

This just came out. It is the draft (project) for the Political program of the Syrian National Council (SNC). I will not comment on it now, and will leave that to the comments’ section and may be for a future post. But it is more than critical and urgent that all of us take a look and participate in discussing the various points. I try my best to convey your comments will to the SNC, and I am sure that  Haytham will do so well

مشروع البرنامج السياسي للمجلس الوطني السوري

بعد جهود متواصلة من قبل المعارضة السورية تأسس المجلس الوطني السوري استجابة للشعور بالحاجة لإطار سياسي يمثل العمل الثوري الجاري على الأرض منذ 15 آذار/مارس 2011 لإسقاط النظام ورموزه وأشخاصه، وذلك بعد أكثر من سبعة أشهر من اندلاعأحداث الثورة، حيث تم التوصل إلى صيغة توافقية لإنشاء المجلس وأعلن عنه في اسطنبول في 2 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر 2011

يشكل المجلس مؤسسة سياسية اعتبارية تمثل معظم القوى السياسية السورية المعارضة للنظام وقوى الحراك الثوري، ويعمل كمظلة وطنية عامة مؤقتة تعبر عن إرادة الشعب في الثورة والتغيير. يهدف المجلس إلى بناء دولة ديمقراطية مدنية تعددية وذلك عن طريق

  • إسقاط النظام القائم بكل رموزه
  • الحفاظ على الثورة السلمية الشعبية وحمايتها وتطويرها
  • توحيد جهود الحراك الثوري والمعارضة السياسية
  • كسب الرأي العام العربي والدولي على المستويين الشعبي والرسمي
  • تركيز الجهد على دعم الثورة السلمية واستمرارها وتصعيدها باتجاه العصيان المدني
  • العمل على تعبئة المجتمعين العربي والدولي لتعزيز الضغط على النظام بشتى أنواعه
  • تنويع وسائل الحراك الثوري من التظاهرات إلى الإضرابات وصولاً إلى العصيان المدني
  • العمل على تأمين الحماية الدولية للمدنيين ودعم آليات عربية ودولية مشتركة لتحقيقها وتأمين تنفيذها من خلال المؤسسات الأممية في أسرع وقت
  • التواصل مع التشكيلات المشاركة في الثورة كافة وتعبئة الحراك الشعبي، وضمها إلى إطار المجلس بكل الأشكال الممكنة
  • تعزيز التواصل وتشجيع المبادرات ونشاط الفئات المهنية ورجال الأعمال والمثقفين وغيرهم
  • الحفاظ على الإيجابية والمرونة مع كافة القوى السياسية المعارضة الموجودة خارج المجلس، والعمل على ضمها إليه في حال موافقتها على بيان تأسيسه ووثائقه، أو تنسيق الجهود معها في الحدّ الأدنى، ووضع الآليات اللازمة لذلك
  • إيلاء مسألة المكونات المجتمعية الاهتمام الذي تستحقه، من خلال طمأنتها بالبرامج والفكر والسياسة، وتكثيف التواصل مع شخصياتها وهيئاتها، مع التأكيد في الوقت نفسه على فكرة أن مشاركتها في عملية التغيير هي أفضل ضمان
  • السعي لدى الدول العربية والأجنبية للاعتراف بالمجلس الوطني السوري

المرحلة الانتقالية

  • يتولى المجلس الوطني مع المؤسسة العسكرية تسيير المرحلة الانتقالية وضمان أمن البلاد ووحدتها حال سقوط النظام
  • يشكل المجلس حكومة انتقالية لإدارة شؤون البلاد
  • يدعو المجلس إلى مؤتمر وطني جامع تحت عنوان التغيير الديمقراطي، لوضع برنامج وملامح المرحلة الانتقالية مع ممثلي المجتمع السوري بكل أطيافه وبمن لم تتلطخ أيديهم بدماء الشعب أو بنهب ثروة الوطن من أهل النظام
  • تتكفل الحكومة الانتقالية بتوفير المناخ المناسب لعملية تنظيم الحياة السياسية في البلاد، وتوفير الشروط التي من شأنها ازدهار المجتمع المدني عبر هيئاته المختلفة بما في ذلك النقابات الحرة
  • تنظم الحكومة المؤقتة خلال سنة كحد أقصى انتخابات حرة بمراقبة عربية ودولية لانتخاب جمعية تأسيسية مهمتها وضع دستور جديد للبلاد يتم إقراره بعد طرحه على الشعب عبر استفتاء عام
  • تُجرَى الانتخابات النيابية الحرة في مدة أقصاها 6 أشهر وفقاً للدستور الجديد
  • يعمل المجلس من الآن على تجسيد ما طرحه بيانه التأسيسي حول الحفاظ على مؤسسات الدولة وخصوصاً مؤسسة الجيش، وأيضاً خلال المرحلة الانتقالية، فهي كلها ملك للشعب بعد أن عمل النظام الاستبدادي على التعدّي عليها واغتصابها، ولايتعارض هذا مع إنهاء مظاهر الشمولية أينما تجلّت
  • الإفراج عن المعتقلين والتحقيق بمصير المفقودين وعودة المنفيين واللاجئين وتعويض أسر الشهداء والمنكوبين وسائر المتضررين
  • تشكيل هيئة قضائية مستقلة مهمتها تلقي الشكاوي من المواطنين والتحقيق في الجرائم المرتكبة بحق الشعب ومعاقبة المذنبين
  • تشكيل هيئة مصالحة وطنية بالتعاون مع منظمات المجتمع المدني وحقوق الانسان والمتطوعين من أجل إزالة رواسب مرحلة الاستبداد والإفساد
  • تجريم كل أشكال الاضطهاد والإقصاء والقهر والتمييز على أساس قومي أو طائفي أو بين الجنسين

سورية الجديدة – مبادئ عامة

  • سورية الجديدة دولة ديمقراطية مدنية تعددية، نظامها جمهوري برلماني، السيادة فيها للشعب، ويقوم على مبدأ المواطنة المتساوية وفصل السلطات وتداول السلطة وسيادة القانون وحماية الأقليات وضمان حقوقهم.
  • وهي تضمن لمواطنيها ما ورد في الشرائع الدولية من حقوق الإنسان، والحريات الأساسية في الاعتقاد والرأي والتعبير والاجتماع والإعلام وغيرها، كما يكون جميع مواطنيها متساوين في الحقوق والواجبات دون أي تمييز على أساس القومية أو الدينأو الجنس
  • تلتزم الحكومة بخطط طموحة للتنمية الاقتصادية والبشرية
  • تلتزم سورية الجديدة بمكافحة الفقر وإيلاء الاهتمام بالمناطق المحرومة وتعتبر تحقيق العدالة وتكافؤ الفرص بين جميع المواطنين واجباً وطنياً
  • تحقيق العدالة في توزيع الثروة الوطنية، بحيث تكون الموارد الوطنية ملكاً للسوريين جميعاً في إطار حكم رشيد، وتوجيه ثمار التنمية نحو رفع مقدَّرات ومستوى حياة جميع شرائحهم ومناطقهم وفي مقدمتها الأكثر حرماناً
  • تلتزم سورية الجديدة بالقضاء على الأميّة وتوفير المعرفة والمعلومات الصحيحة لعموم السكان
  • تشكل سورية الجديدة بنظامها المدني الديمقراطي ودستورها أفضل ضمانة لكافة فئات الشعب السوري القومية والدينية والطائفية
  • يكفل الدستور الحقوق القومية للشعب الكردي وحل المسألة الكردية حلاً ديمقراطياً عادلاً في إطار وحدة سورية أرضاً وشعباً مع ممارسة حقوق وواجبات المواطنة المتساوية بين جميع المواطنين
  • يكفل الدستور الحقوق القومية للشعب الآشوري السرياني وحل القضية الآشورية السريانية حلاً ديمقراطياً عادلاً في إطار وحدة سورية أرضاً وشعباً مع ممارسة حقوق وواجبات المواطنة المتساوية بين جميع المواطنين
  • تضمن سورية الجديدة للمرأة حقوقها الكاملة بما في ذلك ضمان مشاركتها الفعالة في الحياة السياسية وكافة القطاعات الاخرى
  • إن سورية الجديدة ستكون دولة إيجابية وعامل استقرار حقيقي في محيطها العربي والإقليمي وعلى المستوى الدولي
  • ستعمل سورية الجديدة على استعادة سيادتها في الجولان المحتل بالاستناد إلى قرارات الشرعية الدولية ذات الصلة
  • سورية الجديدة ستدعم الحقوق الكاملة والمشروعة للشعب الفلسطيني
  • ستعمل سورية الجديدة على تعزيز التضامن العربي والتعاون الإقليمي وستُبنَي علاقاتها مع الدول على أساس الاحترام المتبادل والمصالح الوطنية

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للتعليق أو لمزيد من المعلومات يمكنكم الاتّصال بـ أحمد رمضان، عضو المجلس الوطني السوري، على البريد الإلكتروني: director@lcms.uk.com

Political Programme for the Syrian National Council

After sustained efforts by the Syrian opposition, the Syrian National Council (SNC) was founded in response to the urgent need for a political framework that represents revolutionary work being done on the ground since March 15, 2011 to overthrow the regime and its operatives. Seven months after the beginning of the revolution, a consensus was reached on establishing the Council, which was officially announced in Istanbul on October 2, 2011.

The SNC is a political institution that represents most political opposition forces, blocs, and groups, as well as revolutionary movement committees. The SNC works as a national, general, and temporary umbrella organization that reflects the will of the people for revolution and change. The goal of the SNC is to build a democratic, pluralistic, and civil state by the following means:

  • Breaking down the existing regime, including all of its operatives and symbols.
  • Preserving, protecting, and enhancing the peaceful nature of the popular revolution.
  • Uniting the efforts by the revolutionary movement and the political opposition.
  • Garnering Arab and international support at the individual, public opinion, and official levels.
  • Focusing efforts to support the peaceful revolution; continuing and increasing acts of civil disobedience.
  • Mobilizing both the Arab and international societies to increase pressure on the regime by all possible means.
  • Diversifying the means and methods of the revolutionary movement to include demonstrations, general strikes, and civil disobedience.
  • Working to secure international protection for civilians and supporting joint Arab and international means to secure its implementation within international agencies in the shortest amount of time possible.
  • Communicating with committees and action groups participating in the revolution to further mobilize the population and extend the reach of the SNC.
  • Enhancing communication and encouraging initiatives and activities among professional groups, business community, intellectuals, and others.
  • Maintaining a positive and flexible outlook towards all political opposition forces that are not part of the SNC, and working with them towards joining the SNC – if they approve the founding declaration documents – or, at minimum, coordinating efforts and establishing protocols for collaboration.
  • Giving the diversity of Syrian society the appropriate focus by providing clear programs, thoughtful analysis, and political activism, while intensifying efforts to communicate among committees, groups, and members and emphasizing the concept that their participation is the best guarantee for their concerns to be addressed.
  • Pursuing the official recognition of the SNC by Arab and foreign states.

Transitional Period

  • The SNC will take responsibility, with the military apparatus, to manage the transitional period and guarantee the security and unity of the country once the regime falls.
  • The SNC will form a transitional government to manage the affairs of the state.
  • The SNC will call for a national and all-inclusive convention with the theme of “democratic change” to implement a program and outline for the transitional period with representatives from all segments of Syrian society whose hands have not been stained with blood or theft of national wealth from among the regime’s officials.
  • The transitional government is responsible for creating the appropriate conditions for organizing political life in the country as well as providing conditions to promote the flourishing of civil society through various institutions, including trade unions.
  • Within one year at most, the interim government will organize free elections with Arab and international observers to elect a Constitutional Assembly tasked with drafting a new constitution for the country that is then voted on by the people in a referendum.
  • Free parliamentary elections shall be held within six months, in accordance with the new constitution.
  • The SNC will continue to implement its founding declaration concerning the preservation of state institutions, especially the military institution, throughout the transitional period. These institutions belonged to the people long before the authoritarian regime encroached upon them and stole them from the people. This does not contradict the need to end all expressions and symbols of totalitarianism.
  • Releasing detainees and prisoners; investigating the fate of those who are missing; ensuring the safe return of refugees and those in exile; and compensating the families of fallen heroes, the injured, and all those who were victimized.
  • The formation of an independent judicial commission whose task is to receive citizens’ grievances and investigate crimes committed against the people, and punishing those found guilty.
  • The formation of a national reconciliation commission in collaboration with civil society organizations, human rights groups, and volunteers to cleanse all residue from the era of corruption and tyranny.
  • Criminalizing all forms of oppression, exclusionary policies, and discrimination on the basis of ethnic or religious background, or gender.

The New Syria – General Principles

  • The new Syria is a democratic, pluralistic, and civil state; a parliamentary republic with sovereignty of the people based on the principles of equal citizenship with separation of powers, smooth transfer of power, the rule of law, and the protection and guarantee of the rights of minorities.
  • The new Syria guarantees for all its citizens what is declared by international laws in terms of human rights and basic freedom of belief, opinion, expression, assembly, the press, and other rights. In addition, all of its inhabitants will enjoy equal rights and duties without any discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, religion, or gender.
  • The government is committed to ambitious plans for economic and human development.
  • The new Syria is committed to combating poverty and focusing on developing disadvantaged areas. It regards achieving justice and equal opportunity among all citizens to be a national duty.
  • To achieve equity in the distribution of national wealth, since national resources belong to all Syrians in the context of good governance, and directing benefits from development to raising the capabilities and standard of living of all sectors of society and all regions, particularly the most disadvantaged.
  • The new Syria is committed to eradicating illiteracy and providing factual information to the general population.
  • The new Syria, with its civil and democratic system and constitution, provides the best assurance to all Syrians from all ethnic, religious, and sectarian backgrounds.
  • The constitution guarantees national rights for the Kurdish people and a resolution to the Kurdish question in a democratic and fair manner within the framework of the unity of Syrian territory and people, as well as the exercise of rights and responsibilities of equal citizenship among all citizens.
  • The constitution guarantees national rights for the Assyrian people and a resolution to the Assyrian Syriac question in a democratic and fair manner within the framework of the unity of Syrian territory and people, as well as the exercise of rights and responsibilities of equal citizenship among all citizens.
  • The new Syria guarantees full rights of women, including ensuring their effective participation in political life and all other sectors.
  • The new Syrian state will have a positive role and impact on the stability of the Arab and regional system as well as on the international level.
  • The new Syria will work to restore its sovereignty in the occupied Golan Heights on the basis of relevant and legitimate international laws and resolutions.
  • The new Syria will support the full and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
  • The new Syria will promote Arab and regional solidarity and cooperation, and will build relations with other states on the basis of mutual respect and national interests.

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For more information or commentary, please contact Ausama Monajed, member of the Syrian National Council. Email: amonajed@gmail.com

Posted on November 20, 2011, in Democracy, Regime, Secularism, Syria and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 126 Comments.

  1. Good point OTW, that’s true.

  2. MGB, “How Sunnis intend to deal with Alawis after ousting the regime?”

    Yes I agree this should be a new discussion to address not only Alawis but also Christians and all other minorities. Is anyone putting her/his hand up to write such a post? (>b>Mundas, in case you’re reading this line from syria please try to ask your Alawi friends to join us here on 7ee6an and express themselves)

    For now I’ll try to keep it short&sweet eh, I reckon Sunnis will treat Alawis and everyone else for that matter exactly as a Sunni treats another Sunni. No one is above the law and all should be abide law citizens. I’m not saying there won’t be frustrated hard-line extremists from both sides who might cause some concern but eventually it will be just a rough patch and people will get over it to find the good and commons between each other.

  3. As Syrians.
    However, it is extremely important that we demonstrate to all Syrians that a person only represents her/himself, which means that the voices on SC and similar sites only represents their owners and not any community, even though a few of them have ganged on Haytham. The leadership of some churches are no different than Bouti or Hassoun, and therefore, the entire community of Syrians can not be considered as having been actively hostiles to the revolution. This in fact is one of the critical issues in the democratic transformation, which is the acceptance of individual responsibilities.

    This will also translate into potential trials for some who professed support for the revolution, but may have acted violently and either killed or wounded an innocent person.

  4. Looking at what’s happening in Egypt and reading OTW’s last comment leads me to the following question.
    After ousting the regime, should the Syrians keep pushing to cleanse every establishment and enterprise in Syria i.e. (Muslim and Christian clergy, affiliated businessmen, army and security officers ..etc)? or should they stop and step back to preserve what have left from Syria at that point?

  5. Ladies and gentlemen,

    The Assad mafia will not only come on top, it’ll set the example for the entire world to follow when it comes to real democracy, respect for human rights, and transparency. I am not joking. Just read what Syria’s Faisal al-Mikdad had to say about that.

    المقداد (مهلوسا): سوريا سوف تكون نموذجا ديمقراطيًا يحتذى به في المنطقة
    المجموعة: فلاش نشر بتاريخ الأربعاء, 23 تشرين2/نوفمبر 2011 19:25 كتب بواسطة: وطن

    أكد معاون وزير الخارجية السوري فيصل المقداد خلال احتفال السفارة اللبنانية في دمشق بعيد الاستقلال اللبناني أهمية هذه المناسبة واغتنم المناسبة لتوجيه أحر التهاني لرئيس الجمهورية ميشال سليمان ورئيس مجلس النواب نبيه بري ورئيس مجلس الوزراء نجيب ميقاتي وكل أبناء الشعب اللبناني الشقيق”.
    واعتبر المقداد هذه المناسبة “عزيزة على كل السوريين وبشكل خاص على قلب القيادة السورية بما في ذلك الرئيس بشار الأسد، وقال :”نحن نمر بفترة صعبة ونشعر بوقوف الشعب اللبناني وقيادة لبنان إلى جانب سورية خاصة أن ما يصيب سورية يصيب الأشقاء العرب الآخرين، فنحن مع لبنان قلبا وقالبا ونحن ومع أطيب العلاقات مع لبنان كدولة ومع جميع الأشقاء اللبنانيين”.
    وعن الأوضاع في سورية قال المقداد :”الأوضاع تتضح الآن بشكل افضل وهناك هجمة شرسة على سورية يخطط لها في دوائر أصبحت معروفة وهنالك تمويل بملايين الدولارات لاستمرار حالة العنف في سورية وهناك تمويل للارهاب في سورية ومجموعات مسلحة تقتل الجيش والشعب وقوى الأمن ومتظاهرين وهذه حقيقة أصبح شعب سورية يعيها بشكل جيد لذلك نعتقد ان الكثير من عناصر هذه المؤامرة الكبيرة أصبحت خلفنا وكلما حققنا المزيد من الانتصارات كلما تصاعدت الهجمة الاعلامية ضدنا والدعم العالمي لشراء الضمائر ولشراء القتلة”.
    وأضاف “نحن واثقون من انتصار شعب سورية بقيادة الرئيس بشار الأسد، منتصرون لأن الرئيس قدم خطة اصلاح تشمل جميع نواحي الحياة السياسية والاقتصادية والاجتماعية خطة اصلاح تضمن سورية المستقبل التي يستحقها شعب سورية سواء كان ذلك في الانتخابات او في الشفافية الاعلامية أو في الدستور الذي يجري العمل عليه الان أو في الانتخابات القادمة للادارة المحلية ومجلس الشعب”.
    وختم بالقول “لذلك سورية سوف تكون نموذجا يحتذى به في المنطقة، والمهم أن ينتصر نموذج الديموقراطيةالحقيقية ونموذج احترام حقوق الانسان بشكل حقيقي ونموذج الشفافية بمختلف عناصرها”.

  6. Haytham Khoury

    Dear True:

    We do not need to do this.

    ً، دعونني أحدد ماذا نعني باسقاط النظام. فاسقاط النظام يعني دفع الطغمة الحاكمة للتخلي عن الحكم و تقديم رؤوسائها و كل من ثبت أنه تورط مباشرة بدماء السوريين لمحاكمات عادلة، كل هذا مع الحفاظ على مؤسسات الدولة بما فيها الجيش، أما التركيبة الطائفية لهذا الجيش فيجب التعامل معها بطريقة حكيمة من قبل حكومة جديدة بعد انتخابات ديموقراطية. و أما الأجهزة المخابراتية فيجب لجم جماحها و منعها من التدخل في الحياة اليومية للمواطنين، على أن يتم تحويلها فيما بعد إلى هدفها الحقيقي و هو التجسس على الدول و المؤسسات الأجنبية. و أما

    الموالين للنظام و أتباعه فيجب عدم الإنتقام منهم، إذ نعرف أن أكثرهم يتبع النظام بسبب مصالح وقتية أو خوفاً من النظام أو خوفاً من المجهول، إذ إننا لن نتبع سياسة مشابهة لسياسة “التطهير” التي أتبعت بعد سقوط “حكومة فيشي” في فرنسا أو سياسة “اجتثاث البعث” التي اتبعها الأمريكيون بعد غزو العراق، بل سنتبع سياسة مشابهة لتلك التي اتبعها “مانديلا” بعد سقوط حُكم “الأبارتيد” عندما أسس ما أسماه “هيئة الحقيقة و التراضي”، فكل من لم يثبت أنه تورط مباشرة أو أعطى أمراً صريحاً بقتل السوريين الأبرياء فلن يعاقب، أما من اقترف هذا الجرم فإن كان من مناصري النظام أو معارضيه فستتم محاكمته في محاكم رسمية و وفقاً للقانون.
    http://haytham-khoury3.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-post.html

  7. Dear SYR.EXAPT
    Thanks for the laugh. I see delusion is a requirement in the MOFA of Syria.

    Dear TRUE:
    I think we need to clean the Army, re-size it and adopt a completely different model, and restructure security forces and police force. Top echelon in civilian state agencies may also need to be removed or reassigned, or sent into retirement, primarily so that they do not re-constitute the web of connections to sabotage real reform.

    Overall, the business community will probably appreciate transparency but not the fact that taxes will be levied without kickbacks and that is why taxing schedule should be done in manners that allows a gradual but firm reform of the tax code.

    Corrupt religious leadership will wither on their own.

  8. I do not think it is incumbent on any Syrian group, to treat the other group differently. We are equally Syrian. We are in it together, we will either make it or break it, collectively.

    The moment you start dissecting a society, into different ethnicity, religious affiliation, sects, gender…..you open a Pandora box, In a democracy, the majority rules. All are inclusive. Muslims constitute 74% of the population. The law is our guarantor.

    Religious leaders should have no future role in politics. After all these leaders are human, they are fallible.

    “The leadership of some churches are no different than Bouti or Hassoun”, the Lebanese Christian Patriarch, turned 180 degrees from his predecessor, he became supportive of Assad. What changed, in the span of 2 months, less or more. Totally agree with OTW observation.

  9. Haytham,

    Well, I understand where you’re coming from but, and there’s a big BUT here, look what’s happening in Egypt. The problem is that leaving these little bugs in the system will come and bite us in the butt sooner or later, the Egyptians ousted Mubarak and some of his cronies but did not get down to start profiling people to sort the good from bad hence part (2) of their revolution.

    Dirty hands should be replaced and held accountable no exception, it’s a vertical top->down cleansing process and should not stop at any stage before shaking the whole temple. Syrians are a blessed nation with witty youth and those should be the drive not old corrupt antiques.

  10. I like how we’re discussing the new Syria with the fact that Betho is gone already🙂

  11. Dear True
    One problem you will encounter is the sheer size of the Baath party, its affiliate organizations, and its dummy parties in the meaningless national progressive front. These number between 3 to 5 millions. I definitely will call for dissolving these parties by force of law, their membership can reconstitute, but not before a full inventory is made of assets in which assets that belong to the state are returned to the state. The other assets will be held in trust to pay for damages to people who have been personally affected by collective policies or used in rehabilitation programs. That does not mean debaathification. I will be against going after anyone just because they belonged to one of these parties at some point in time.

    Only those who committed capital crimes (torture, murder, beating, firing on civilians) will be tried. Those who have strong armed and intimidated people into bribing them, or giving up their assets and should be investigated in civil manner, and then civil law suites could be filed against them. No one’s assets should be confiscated by decree and without due process in court. We may have to hold on these trials because one of the systems that is in dire need of full rehabilitation is the judicial system. Finally, I will re-iterate that the next thing the SNC should do is to declare either its opposition to death penalty, or at worst, a moratorium for 2 years on that penalty. We don’t want kangaroo courts rushing into sending people to the gallows or to firing squads, much like the kangaroo trial which tried Saddam Hussain. Iraqis needed an honest trial, the tainted trial, even if coming up with a right verdict remains tainted.

    We are blessed in the sense that we have examples unfolding ahead of us. When our time come, we will have a sitting National Assemblies in Tunisia, one that is being formed and struggling with constitutional issues in Egypt, and a whole new different experiment in Libya. We will see what to do and whats not to do.

    SNC should also approach some Latin American countries and tell them that we want to learn from their experience in democratic transformation and development, even if they now are supporting the tyrant just because they think he is anti-imperialist. We should also talk to Serbia.

  12. Haytham Khoury

    I think the difference is big in Syria and Egypt. The Military felt that they were the one who helped solve the situation by not aligning themselves with Mubarak>

    In Syria, I think the people itself will merit the victory, because the people paid for it with their blood. Further, the SNC with all its effort will be the major responsible of the transition period. I think all these months of standoff with the regime will be paid off by more political stability.

  13. OTW “Baath party, its affiliate organizations, and its dummy parties in the meaningless national progressive front. These number between 3 to 5 millions”

    3-5 million will shrink to 3-5 hundred on the same night when Betho crosses the borders to Iraq on his way to Qum.
    “We are blessed in the sense that we have examples unfolding ahead of us”
    Agreed

    haytha “I think the difference is big in Syria and Egypt. ……..In Syria, I think the people itself will merit the victory, ….. SNC with all its effort will be the major responsible of the transition period..”
    Disagree. It’s vital to hold every culprit accountable, If you don’t rollout justice then individuals might play God and do it themselves and that’s how the chaos will start.
    There should be a mechanism in place to run two concurrent streams of 1) managing the transitional period 2) cleansing the system.

  14. Humanitarian Corridors’ is nothing but an ornamental jargon for media consumption. You better get used to it from now on, and let’s see if AL will use it tomorrow in its statement

    “Humanitarian Corridors” = “Buffer Zone”

  15. Syrian forces kill four ahead of new talks” (SMH)
    http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/syrian-forces-kill-four-ahead-of-new-talks-20111124-1nvlp.html

    Analysis: Turkey confronted with possible Syrian civil war” (Reuters)
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/23/us-syria-turkey-hazards-idUSTRE7AM26L20111123

    U.S. Accused of Turning Blind Eye as Syria Elected to U.N. Human Rights Committee” (foxnews)
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/11/23/us-turns-blind-eye-as-syria-elected-to-un-organizations-human-rights-committee/

    France raises issue of Syrian intervention” (FT)
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8f8c35a4-160c-11e1-b4b1-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1eZY2pamm

    The Devil We Know: Why Assad Will Survive? ” (Daniel Freedman, forbes)
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfreedman/2011/11/22/thedevilweknow/

  16. It’ll be the the drama of the century to Betho, If Najib Mikati, the current Prime Minister of Lebanon, decides to come back to his sect and resign (consequently the Wanted&Hizboallah’s government will be considered as resigned), this itself will mount the pressure on the regime and strip it from playing the Lebanese card as its own backdoor garden, actually it might be the ultimate blow if Walid Jumblatt crosses the bridge back to join 14th March alliance nominating Fuad Siniora as the new prime minister. At that point of time we will see Lebanon voting against the regime. I know it sounds too much of optimism but in Lebanon everything is possible (ask Antoine) and from Lebanon Homs could be saved.

  17. I feel like I’m a solo singer on 7ee6an!!
    There’s a stark tendency of eavesdropping instead of engaging in any sort of debate or discussion around here. Fair enough I guess, not all people would be keen to share their thoughts with others.

  18. What does that mean?

    U.S. urges Americans to leave Syria “immediately”
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57330452/u.s-urges-americans-to-leave-syria-immediately/

    “(CBS/AP) BEIRUT – The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart “immediately,” and Turkey’s foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria.
    “The U.S. Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available,” said a statement issued to the American community in Syria Wednesday and posted on the Embassy’s website. “The number of airlines serving Syria has decreased significantly since the summer, while many of those airlines remaining have reduced their number of flights.”

  19. “SNC should also approach some Latin American countries and tell them that we want to learn from their experience in democratic transformation and development, even if they now are supporting the tyrant just because they think he is anti-imperialist.

    ditto this

  20. x4….. rather…..

    also, we should probably stay away from the word “cleanse”….how about… ? restructure? rehabilitate? sort of awkward…. probably there are other nicer sounding words…but ‘cleanse’ has some really bad connotations…at least in English… just a thought.

  21. Haytham Khoury

    My new article in Arabic:

    دلالات إدانة اللجنة الثالثة للنظام الأسدي

    http://haytham-khoury3.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-post_24.html

  22. Nephews and their friends who just graduated are called for immediate joining of military service. No warning except the fool’s decree earlier today.

    Two brothers are called on the same day.

    The regime is getting in a real panic.

  23. Interesting video, very critical, must watch –

  24. Antoine, watch out ! This is MEMRI

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