An Appeal for Relief

Report by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria

(Also an Appeal)

Relief work as one of the modes of activism of the Syrian revolution

The impact of the barbaric violent acts of the Syrian regime went beyond murder, detaintion and torture; it is now causing daily suffering for Syrians on all fronts.

Entire cities, have suffered assaults to the point where afflicted areas have become disaster zones due to the continuous shelling, the displacement of people, the siege, the sparcity of heating substances and basic food supplies, as well as the complete destruction of life and livelihood support infrastructures  including homes, shops and facilities. Meanwhile, thousands of families have lost their breadwinners because of the martyrdom or detention of their men or because of their forcible flight, thus losing their jobs and sources of income.

Under these circumstances,  the deterioration of living conditions of Syrians demands quick action by the various revolutionary, political and popular forces to ease the suffering of those families as much as possible and within all means.

The Local Coordination Committees are working alongside other revolutionary forces on sending basic food supplies to families in need across Syria (i.e., Rice, Sugar, Oil, Ghee and Lentiles…). Other necessary items such as blankets and clothing are sent to crisis afflicted areas where people have been displaced from their homes by shelling and destruction.

Malath Aumran, one of the coordinators in the aid committee of the LCC, says that help is being coordinated with field activists who provide lists of those in need and update them regularly. Help from Syrians inside and abroad comes in the form of monetary donations as well as basic supplies.

The increased number of army defectors is making the demand significantly higher, as those defectors have left behind families in need of support, nothwithstanding that that the defectors themselves are living under very harsh conditions.

Aumran adds that the main difficulty in aid work has in the prolonged the crisis of several months, increasing number of martyrs, detainees, defectors and those in hideout. This is on top of the deterioration economical conditions for the country in general.

For example, there is a real lack of heating fuel and gas, continuous electricity blackout in many areas in the country, and a sharp increase in the prices of these basic materials.

A propane tank used to be sold at 275 Syrian pounds, now it is sold at 600-800 pounds, if it could be found at all. Fuel price went up to 25 pounds per liter, where the official price is 15 pounds per liter.

A candle, which is indispensible in case of electricity blackout, used to be sold at 2 Syrian pounds. Now it can only be found at 10-15 pounds.

Prices of basic food materials rose significantly also: Corn cooking-oil (4 KG package) used to be sold for 350 pounds; it is now sold for 475. Sugar price increased from 45 to 60 Syrian pounds.

Prices change from one location to another according to the security condition of that area. The prices of many of these substances are sometimes doubled in crisis zones for the complexity of delivering materials and food.

Imad Houssari, the secretary of the Association for Supporting the Syrian People (ASPS) which has been recently established in Paris, says: Although it is easy to get donations outside Syria since a legal entity has been established to carry out such operations, the process of delivering these donations to Syria faces many obstacles, and asking for donations inside Syria has many security risks. Field activists are doing unbelievable work to get donations to those in need, and this is an action that is as dangerous as demonstrating.

One of the other obstacles facing activists is delivering aid supplies. This is because of the spread of numerous army and security checkpoints everywhere, and due to the banning of aid organizations (official or not like the Red Cross or the Syrian Red Crescent) from working on this issue. There is also a problem in communicating with crisis zones for needs assessment of these areas because of the continuous blackouts of communication in all their shapes and forms.

Malath Aumran says that the sum of these circumstances makes donations and distribution incomplete and far from being perfect, which means that there is a real need to continuous work on this matter.

Imad Houssari says that the volume of donations should be increased inside and outside Syria. He also adds: “This is the least we could do as Syrian expats, especially with the continuous deterioration of the economy in Syria and the declining value of the Syrian Pound, which is reflecting directly on people, especially in crisis zones and areas under siege”.

Houssari finishes by inviting Syrians who are still distancing themselves from the revolution to join directly or indirectly, or by supporting aid work in its different shapes and forms.

For more information please call Mr.Aumran

+1-202-384-9484

Or Mr. Houssari

+33 6 64 80 71 19

تقرير اعلامي صادر عن لجان التنسيق المحلية

العمل الإغاثي كأحد أوجه نشاطات الثورة السوري

تجاوزت آثار أعمال العنف الهمجية للنظام القتل والاعتقال والتعذيب، لتصل إلى المعاناة اليومية للسوريين على الأصعدة المختلفة. فتعرضت مدن بأكملها للتنكيل حتى باتت مناطق منكوبة بفعل القصف وتشريد الأهالي والحصار وانقطاع مواد التدفئة ومواد التغذية الأساسية، وتدمير البنى التحتية للحياة من بيوت ومتاجر وتجهيزات. . فيما أصبحت آلاف العائلات بلا معيل بسبب استشهاد أو اعتقال الرجال والشبان المعيلين لها أو اضطرارهم للتواري وبالتالي فقدانهم لأعمالهم ومصادر رزقهم.

وقد استدعى تدهور الأوضاع المعيشية للسوريين في ظل هذه الظروف تحركا سريعا من مختلف القوى الثورية والسياسية والشعبية من أجل تخفيف معاناة العائلات بالقدر الممكن ووفقا للإمكانات المتاحة.

وتعمل لجان التنسيق المحلية إلى جانب قوى ثورية أخرى على إرسال المواد الغذائية الأساسية للعائلات المحتاجة في مختلف المدن والمناطق (رز، سكر، زيت، سمنة، عدس..)، بالإضافة إلى المواد الإغاثية العينية الأخرى كالبطانيات والثياب بالنسبة للمناطق المنكوبة وتلك التي تعرض أهلها للتشريد من منازلهم بفعل القصف والدمار.

ويقول ملاذ عمران، أحد منسقي لجنة الإغاثة في لجان التنسيق، بأن المساعدات تتم بالتنسيق مع النشطاء الميدانيين في كل منطقة ووفقا لقوائم يتم إعدادها من قبلهم وتحديثها بشكل مستمر. ويتابع بأن التبرعات تأتي من السوريين في الداخل والخارج على شكل مبالغ نقدية أو مساعدات عينية. وأن ازدياد أعداد المنشقين يزيد من الأعباء الإغاثية حيث أن هؤلاء الذين انشقوا عن النظام، قد تركوا وراءهم عائلات بحاجة لمن يعيلها، فضلا عن ظروفهم هم بالغة السوء.  ويضيف بأن الصعوبة الأساسية فيما يتعلق بالعمل الإغاثي، تتمثل في أن الأزمة لاتزال مستمرة منذ أشهر، وأعداد الشهداء والمعتقلين والمفقودين والمتوارين والمنشقين بازدياد، فضلا عن تدهور الظروف الاقتصادية بشكل عام في البلاد.

فعلى سبيل المثال، هناك أزمة شح مواد التدفئة كالمازوت والغاز مع استمرار انقطاع التيار الكهربائي في العديد من المناطق، مع ارتفاع جنوني في أسعارها، فمثلا ارتفع سعر جرة الغاز في حال وجودها من 275 ليرة سورية إلى ما بين 600- 800 ليرة سورية، بينما ارتفع سعر ليتر المازوت حتى 25 ليرة للتر الواحد بينما السعر الرسمي 15 ليرة سورية. بينما ارتفع سعر الشمعة التي لا غنى عنها بسبب استمرار انقطاع التيار الكهربائي، من ليرتين إلى مابين 10-15 ليرة سورية للشمعة الواحدة!

كما أن أسعار المواد الغذائية الأولية قد ارتفعت بشكل كبير، فعلى سبيل المثال، ارتفع سعر عبوة زيت الذرة 4كلغ، من 350 ليرة إلى 475 ليرة سورية. وكيلو السكر من 45 ليرة إلى 60 ليرة. علما أن الأسعار تختلف من منطقة إلى أخرى ووفقا للوضع الأمني فيها. حيث اسعار العديد من المواد وخاصة الاساسية تضاعفت في المناطق المنكوبة خاصة بسبب صعوبة وصول هذه المواد الى تلك المناطق

ويقول عماد الحصري، سكرتير جمعية دعم الشعب السوري ASPS التي تأسست حديثا في باريس، أنه رغم سهولة جمع التبرعات في الخارج بسبب توفر الغطاء القانوني فإن عملية إيصالها إلى الداخل غالبا ماتواجه عقبات عديدة، كما أن عملية جمع التبرعات في الداخل هي عملية محاطة بمخاطر أمنية كبيرة. ويضيف بأن النشطاء الميدانيين يقومون بجهد لا يوصف من أجل إيصال تلك المساعدات لمن يستحقها حيث أن هذا النشاط لا يعتبر أقل خطورة من الناحية الأمنية من التظاهر على سبيل المثال.

ومن الصعوبات الأخرى التي تواجه النشطاء في الملف الإغاثي، صعوبة إيصال المواد الإغاثية بسبب انتشار حواجز الجيش والأمن بشكل مكثف ومنع أية هيئات إغاثية رسمية أو غير رسمية من العمل على هذا الملف كالصليب الأحمر أو الهلال الأحمر السوري. فضلا عن صعوبة التواصل مع المناطق المنكوبة خاصة في بدايات الأزمة لمعرفة احتياجاتها، بسبب الانقطاع الدائم لوسائل الاتصالات بأشكالها المختلفة.

ويقول ملاذ عمران، بأن مجمل الظروف السابق ذكرها يجعل من عملية التبرع والتوزيع عملية غير مكتملة وبعيدة عن الكمال، وهو ما يعني الحاجة الماسة لمزيد من الجهد في العمل على هذا الملف بشكل دائم.

بينا يؤكد السيد عماد الحصري على ضرورة تكثيف عملية التبرع في الداخل والخارج ويضيف “ذلك أقل ما يمكن أن نفعله كسوريين في المنفى والمهجر، خاصة مع استمرار تدهور الأوضاع الاقتصادية في البلاد وانخفاض القيمة الشرائية لليرة السورية ما سينعكس بشكل مباشر على المواطنين بشكل خاص في المناطق المنكوبة والمحاصرة”. ويختم الحصري بدعوة السوريين الذين لا يزالون على مسافة من الثورة للانضمام إليها إما بشكل مباشر أو عبر الأعمال الإغاثية بأشكالها المختلفة.

لمزيد من المعلومات الإتصال بالسيد عماد الحصري

i+33664807119

او السيد ملاذ عمران

i+1202-384-9484

A message from OFF THE WALL

Dear 7ee6anis and Friends,

It is not  secret that 7ee6an’s owner is more than sympathetic with the Syrian Revolution and that I am not neutral, nor do i pretend that this blog espouses neutrality regarding the criminal regime of Syria. I have friends who have become very active in the Local Coordination Committees, both inside and outside Syria, and we have discussed various issues regarding how can I and those willing in the 7ee6ani community help. We also discussed the fact that facebook, where much of the activities are reported is  a very crowded place for sustained releife initiatives. I have offered 7ee6an as a place to assist. An I trust my friends very much.

The situation in Syria is dire one. The regime has resorted to all-out barbaric warfare on the humanity of the Syrian people. Notwithstanding the murder of the singer, the photographer, and now the Doctor of the revolution, the regime is besieging areas opposing to its criminality and in addition to its wanton destruction of lives and livelihood, has been actively pursuing any humanitarian releif  efforts with arrests, murder, and a campaign of intimidation. Very soon, I will provide contact to the   Association for Supporting the Syrian People (ASPS), which has been recently established in Paris under the very strict French Law governing societies that deal with financial issues, to collect relief donations.  The society will coordinate the distribution of resources in full cooperation with the Local Coordination Committees, who will be responsible for the distribution of relief to affected areas. It will be able to collect donations worldwide and will accept direct deposits and wire transfers.  I have recently established contact with some of its leading activists, and I believe and trust them.

Off course, if you are like me, already donating through your own local groups, please continue to do so, but I would like to ask you to kindly urge your local team to communicated either with Mr. Houssari or Mr. Aumran. in order to insure coordination of relief efforts and to improve the efficiency of collection and distribution to the most needy areas.

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265 Comments

  1. Tlass is the best example for why Islam has to be radically reformed. Because if it doesn’t, the Muslims will be engaged in constant wars.

    Talss,

    Who, in your opinion, is a worse kufar, Jews or Shia?

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  2. Amir
    If Islam can produce some of the bright examples we know and a majority of peaceful people, as well as the bad few, then logic says that it is some people who need reform, not the religion. I believe calling for reform of religion is futile and it diverts us from our responsibility as individuals. It is also being used by some as a way to broadly condemn all Muslims. Please note that I am not accusing you of doing that.

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  3. Amir,

    “Tlass is the best example for why Islam has to be radically reformed”

    Then by that logic, Baruch Goldstein would be a compelling argument why every settler should be sent to a maximum security prison for life.

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  4. من المندس للبوق

    أنا مندس
    ولو سكرت بواب الحبس
    ولو سبيت ولو حشكت
    ولو نطيت
    اشكار النمس
    أنا مندس

    ***
    أنا مندس
    وان مابترضى
    متل حمارك
    قرقش خس
    شكلك شكلو
    فعلك فعلو
    وحكيك متلو بيلعي النفس

    ***
    أنا مندس
    وأنت واحد مو فهمان
    ولا وعيان
    وناسي الدرس
    قوصني ساعه ما بتسعر
    كرمى الحريه هالنفس
    وسب حبابي ما رح تفرق
    واحد متلك بلا ناموس ومالو حس

    ***
    أنا مندس
    وانت واحد متل الاهبل
    تمنك بخس
    شو ما كتبوا كلاب السلطه
    بلتهط لهط وتلحس لحس
    غربالك وبخوشو كلا
    ما بيغطي قرص الشمس

    ******
    أنا مندس
    ولو سكرت بواب الحبس
    ولو سبيت ولو حشكت
    ولو نطيت
    اشكار النمس
    أنا مندس
    وجايي يوم نشيل الاهبل
    ويوما نعمل حفلة عرس
    وانت شكلك
    ناوي متلو
    بالشاروخ تروحو دعس

    ****

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  5. Dear Peace,
    I hope you can see that the majority of us do not see eye to eye with Khalid Tlass. Who I am to decide with certainty who is a true believer or who isn’t? Who am I to decide who is a “kafir”? Who I am to decide who is going to heaven and who is going to hell?.
    I respect you for who you are, not for who you worship or how.
    Welcome to 7ee6an.

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  6. OTW,

    Between the lines you again criticize me for generalizing. You say that it’s the rotten few, and that those few do not represent the “sane” majority.

    I reject your notion. Not only that I say to you, look at the recent results of Egypt’s elections. The ideas that Tlass is expressing are the only ideas in the Arab talk. The sane, or the moderate are nowhere to be found. I’m sure that they exist, but they are too intimidated and too silenced, and they are not existing in the Arab debate. So the arena is being left for the few vocal, not to say vulgar militaristic few. And they are extremely loud.

    THIS should be reformed. Not the entire religion, of course.

    When s stupid cartoon is being published in a Danish paper, the whole of the Arab / Muslim world is on fire plus embassies plus flags plus plus.
    When tens of Muslims are being slaughtered daily by fellow deranged Muslims, the silence is deafening. THIS should be reformed.

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  7. Aboud,

    Baruch Goldstein is the ONLY case of a deranged Jew who’s actions were and are being condemned by ALL of the rest. Can you bring me another example of a second B. Goldstein? Is Jewish murderousness in the name of religion, a common scene? Be honest, don’t be a propagandist.
    .

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  8. Dear All:

    My last post before flying.
    What we need not reform of religion. We need acceptance, respect and tolerance for others.

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  9. Amir,

    I’m sure the victims of Sabra and Shatila and Deir Yassin will disagree with you on that one. And please don’t give me that lame tired old line that Israel wasn’t responsible for the former; how could a massacre take place over three days without the Israeli soldiers surrounding the camps being aware of it?

    My religion is just fine, it doesn’t need any reforming, radical or otherwise. A religion that says that a person is not a true believer if he allows his neighbor to go hungry is an example to be followed.

    “look at the recent results of Egypt’s elections.”

    Excuse me, that was a free and fair election. You guys voted in Netanyahu, Ariel Sharon, Shamir (ex wanted terrorist) and Leibermann, not to mention giving Shas the role of king makers for years. If that’s what the Egyptian people want, that’s they get. If the Syrian people voted Khaled Tlass as president as king for a dozen 4 year terms, then so be it, everyone else will just have to live with it.

    All that Khalid did was make noise. You want to tell me that among your six million Israelis, no one expresses views just as bad or worse?

    “When tens of Muslims are being slaughtered daily by fellow deranged Muslims, the silence is deafening”

    Lucky for Israel. Muslims are silent on alot of issues, not just Syria. And when was the last time anyone went out and demonstrated over cartoons? There have been numerous attempts over the years by publicity seeking swine to provoke some backlash from the Muslim world at large by bring that old issue back. Witness the stunt those two turds on South Park tried to pull back in 2010. The response from Muslims? *Yaaaaaaaaawn*

    Too bad certain people can’t use that “crazy muslims mad over cartoons” schtick anymore.

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  10. Dear Amir,
    The way you and many others see Islam today, has nothing to do with Islam. It is a pure reflection of the sorry state that most Muslims today are in. There is really nothing wrong with Islam, rather it is the Muslims that need to be changed and pushed into the 21st century. If you look at the reports issued by the UN about the Arab World, you would understand what I am talking about. The latest one about the fact that Arabs read on average what is equivalent to 6 minutes per year, sums it all up. Muslims in general and Arabs in particular, have been going through their “dark ages”. Illiteracy abounds and when you have people who are educated, you can only describe them as semi-educated. These people are more dangerous than the illiterate, because they think they know when they really don’t. Years under the deteriorating Ottoman Empire, compounded by years of dictatorships, who found their survival to be highly correlated with keeping the status quo, proved a lethal combination to the advancement of the Arab World. Grant it, religion is used, like it’s always been used, to suppress and control the populous, but this does not make it the real problem. The biggest challenge for the Arab World today is not Islam, it is the economy. In times of desperation, people resort to God as the only viable option left to help. We need to reform the educational system, instill civic duty and provide equal opportunity for the people. As you see these countries transform their economies and educational systems, you will see the gradual moderation of the religion. Of course, there will always be zealots, like all other religions, but the bulk of the problem will disappear.

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  11. Amir in TA,

    At some point we have to realize what religion is, what it teaches us, and separate it from our actions.

    Just because the ancient Israelites decemated towns like Jericho and just because G-d said to King Saul about the Amalekites: “Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys”, doesn’t mean we should do that today.

    No religion needs to be changed, only the minds of radicals.

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  12. Aboud,

    Your response was emotional, not rational. I have no intention of insulting Islam. And if you follow my comments, I agree with you that the results of the elections should be respected, and the Islamists should be given a chance to show their performance.

    I liked what you wrote some two weeks ago about “what it means to be a good Muslim”. I would adopt your ideas, and use them as ‘what it means to be a good Jew, or a good human being’.

    With all this said, you play ostrich. Or you think there’s absolutely no problem with political Islam occupying the whole of the spectrum of debate. I do prefer your interpretation of “a good Muslim” over Tlass’s. The problem is that your ideas are restricted to 7ee6an, while Tlass’s interpretation is allover.

    Sheila,

    “…We need to reform the educational system, instill civic duty and provide equal opportunity for the people”.
    Absolutely agree. But if Tlass’s world view prevails, there will be no education but Pakistani style Madrasas.

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  13. Tlass’s view of anything…not only is not eye to eye…it is not even eye to knee cap with most of the people on this blog…. as usual he is degrading the conversation down the the level of whether Sufis are real muslim or should be killed, who is a good muslim, who is not a good muslim… from a simpleton’s point of view. This is where it ends up….at some pathetic issue like this…. again….you guys get what you deserve for even indulging him in conversation….
    and of course – ‘retaliation’ has been put out there….again… which is where everybody’s woes will begin….

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  14. Amir said: “look at the recent results of Egypt’s elections.”

    Aboud replied:

    Excuse me, that was a free and fair election. You guys voted in Netanyahu, Ariel Sharon, Shamir (ex wanted terrorist) and Leibermann, not to mention giving Shas the role of king makers for years. If that’s what the Egyptian people want, that’s they get.

    Aboud,

    What is your view of the demonstrations that continue in Egypt? Are you more inclined to support the protesters or the military?

    I tend to think the military is dragging its feet.

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  15. Amir

    “Your response was emotional, not rational”

    Yes. Sorry about that 😦

    “Or you think there’s absolutely no problem with political Islam occupying the whole of the spectrum of debate. ”

    Um…..well, it could pose a problematic dilemma if left unaddressed were it to have the potential in itself to be problematic.

    (which is my way of saying you completely lost me, and I didn’t understand what you meant. Hehe).

    Zenobia

    “.you guys get what you deserve for even indulging him in conversation”

    And yet Khalid’s views are by no means unique. I’m not saying he is in the majority, but views such as his are inevitable given the circumstances. A blind man could have seen such hardening of views coming months ago.

    Akbar Palace

    “What is your view of the demonstrations that continue in Egypt? Are you more inclined to support the protesters or the military?”

    I really feel for our Egyptian brothers. They removed the head of the rotten system, but the system remained. It’s like the old cliche; measure twice, cut once. The Egyptians will probably need several follow up revolutions to completely earn their freedom.

    Which is why things in Syria have been so prolonged. Here, the problem isn’t just with Besho the Baffled. It’s the whole system that is propping him up. Junior is too stupid to hold anyone hostage. I think it’s obvious by now that the ruling clique found in the son of Hafez and the father of Hafez, a convenient tool and imbecile for their mafia like rule.

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  16. Amir in TLV,

    Shia are worse Kuffar than the Jews, the Jews are misguided and very greedy, Shia are the work of the very devil, Shiism is a political cult of world domination and Sunni extermination ( like they have done in Iraq), after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the GLOBAL SHIA is a major threat to world peace, not the GLOBAL JEW anymore.

    Anyway we know the Jews , who they are and what is their modus operandi, for the last 63 years, but the Shia are like chameleons.

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  17. I am depressed about Jisr Sha3ghour. The dog has massed his forces there and we have a problem of ammunition. Allah protect the brave people in this area who are coping with temperatures of 1 degree celcius.

    Aboud what do you think of the situation ?

    Still, on the positive side Midan has blown big time. By Allah, we will never and I mean never stop till this animal and his goons are buried six feet under.

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  18. Aboud, I don;t think the Egyptian system can be compared with the Syrian one, in Egypt it is not sectarian, not even ideolgical, it is purely vested-interest oriented,

    And I condemn these stupid protests in Tahrir Square, i don’t know what they are protesting against, as far as us Salafis are concerned, we already have moles and sleepers in every nook and cranny of the Egyptian establishment, we can get at least 33 % of the votes, the real problem is with the MB and the liberal and leftist parties, these troublemakers thrive on instability, they do not want peace and calm to return to Egypt. We have no problem with Military rule in Egypt or anywhere else as long as we are allowed to do what we want.

    Also we do not believe in imposing our beliefs and laws from above, rather we believe in Da’wah, invitation, i.e peaceful propagation of our tenets. Basically we are missionaries, our aim is to convert 90 % of the people to Salafism and then automatically Nizam Muhammadi will be established, this is just what happened in Saudi Arabia in the 1920s and 1930s, ,most of the population accepted Salafi beliefs, through peaceful persuaion not force.

    However we believe in using force against “official secularists”, goddamn sectarian Islamophobes and Shia agents of Iran and Hezbollah.; and that too only in self-defence.

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  19. Jarthouma,

    This is not the first time they have massed their goons around Jisr al Shaghour, nor is it the first time that we are short of ammuniton.

    Seriously, I am praying and wishing everyday for the FSA to get heavier weapons, even with AKs and RPGs they are unleasing hell on Assad forcesm just imagine what will happen if they are armed like the Libyan rebels, I think the Assad forces will crumble within 2 weeks.

    What do you think Aboud ?

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  20. Jarthouma

    “Aboud what do you think of the situation ? ”

    If they have run out of ammunition in Jisr al Shoghour then they should leave to fight another day. Baba Amr lasted this long because they didn’t fight on the regime’s terms; the FSA has the luxury of picking the time and place of its battles.

    Six months after the regime first invaded Jisr al Shoghour, and they have to do it all over again. You’d think a lightbulb would have gone off above Besho’s head by now. Nope, clueless as ever.

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  21. “What do you think Aboud ?”

    Dude, can you tell me why Aboud needs to give an opinion on everything? Seriously, bad idea to encourage me :p

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  22. Shia are worse Kuffar than the Jews

    Khalid Tlass,

    This is good news. We’re not at the bottom anymore….

    the Jews are misguided and very greedy

    Khalid Tlass,

    I think this is true only for the poor Jews on a fixed-income. As far as being misguided, you are spot-on. 78% of my misguided people voted for Obama.

    Shia are the work of the very devil

    I knew this all the time, but I was afraid to admit it. And they’re very brown.

    Shiism is a political cult of world domination and Sunni extermination ( like they have done in Iraq), after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the GLOBAL SHIA is a major threat to world peace

    They must be stopped! Please stand with America and the Global JewZ to help stop them!

    not the GLOBAL JEW anymore

    I like the term “Global Jew”. We’re very worldly.

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  23. Yeah Aboud they have already melted to fight another day

    By the way Khalid, sorry to say that your views are quite extreme for even the Salafis lol!

    I am an Islamist as well. Personally I find sectarianism towards any group whatever your view of them is silly. Also let us be blunt, the Shia in Bahrain have a good case against the corrupt thug in Bahrian( albeit on a far less scale then our delusional sociopath). The Shia card by Saddam led to the Shia in Iraq(some) reacting in mad ways ( this unforgivable too) . We should never look for revenge just for our rights

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  24. Aboud,

    I find it very reassuring to hear your words and opinions, you are simply awesome.

    Also you asked about the Mosque that was set on fire in Homs, its this one, in Bab Houd –

    I just got very mad seeing this…..Hafez al Assad shrine is very unlucky indeed.

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  25. Jarthouma

    I admit the Shia did have a case against Saddam and the Bahraini King. But the fact is most Shia, whether in Lebanon or Iraq, are UNWILLING to concede us, the Syrian Sunnis, that we too have a case against our thug. They are openly calling us Zionists and NATO stooges. You just have to go to ShiaChat (link removed by OTW) and see the disgusting opinions they have for our Syrian uprising.

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  26. Dear 7ee6ani

    Yesterday, I posted a post blasting the tribal one and his cohorts for their diversion of what AJEDLHALDOUN has posted about Druz. I was aware of majed’s previous comments on literal definition of Kufr, and for some reason these did not offend me as Mr. Tlass’s distributions of heaven and hell (i will come to that later). Majed’s point of view was that this is in the book of faith, he may believe it as a way god will later decide, but that he will not base his personal behavior on whether the book classifies one as muslim or kafir, nor is he responsible for punishing a kafer. To me, the mere distinction sound’s a little iffy, (hence the wart om the girl’s face in the Monty’s scene), but the bozos put the nose and the hat on Majed’s description to a theological argument none of them has any capacity of understanding, and went on their witch hunt. The tribal bully thought that by cutting and pasting Majed’s quotes (out of context) as he often does, that he won a victory. And when I made a reference to the wart again, he showed how lacking of intellect he was in not even understanding the connection and he got personally insulting, off course, to no effect on me other than giving me material for my next rhyme (the one in Arabic is partially addressed to the tribal one, but is far more general).

    And I was not surprised at all today, to see the same comment, leading to the same conclusion as that of Majed being made by Akbar. It is the rational comment and it is the comment that says one should not require a religion to be rational, but one has to be rational in their own behavior. I think that this is an important element of pluralistic society.

    When I was much younger, I used to get offended when my cousin would inform me that I will end in hell because I did not believe. And I would shout at him with comments like, how dare you, who are you to send me to hell, it is only god’s job to do so, and we would keep arguing. Once an older and wiser cousin was in on the conversation, and she was laughing cynically by the time the conversation got heated. I thought she was laughing at my adversary, but in the end, it turned out that she was laughing at me. This is how she phrased it (to my best recollection):

    You base your argument on negating god, and then you get furious when that entity, of which you don’t believe, classifies you as unbeliever. Worst, you tell our cousin that only god, as nonsexist as you think god is, has the right to judge you. Would you be scared if a monk told you that in your next life, you will come back as a rodent? no, because you don’t believe in that, so why do you get concerned if a different monk told you that you next life, which will be eternal, will be in hell if you don’t believe in that either? Don’t you see the comedy in your behavior? or the tragedy of it if you are simply feigning atheism to get attention?. And then she walked out

    That those of a given faith consider the others to be out of the bound of saved is perhaps the only common denominator of all religions, otherwise, they would not be religions. We should accept that, especially if it stayed in the worship place and confined to the holly books.

    Granted, I may have formed a biased image of Mr. Tlass, but the way Mr. Tlass makes the argument is rather different. Based on this argument he ascribes behavioral characteristics and actions that to him justify punishment and wide scale vengeful actions and that is why I pick up on him for that is the essence of sectarianism.

    In the end, no religion will validate another, and thus to argue theology with people of other religions, from where I stand, is the most futile waste of time. I would extend that to this notion of religious dialog, which I think is stupid, What we need is laws that prohibit discrimination, outlaw hateful actions, and to encourage dialog between people as people sharing humanity, and not trying to get their religions closer. Again, no religion will validate another, for it is a theological suicide to do so.

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  27. What we need is laws that prohibit discrimination, outlaw hateful actions, and to encourage dialog between people as people sharing humanity, and not trying to get their religions closer

    Here, here Mr. Hamster!

    Freedom of religion; freedom from religion.

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  28. Syrian Hamster, all religions have exclusion and inclusion criteria. I mean Syrian Christians do not consider us Christian but we have no problem with that. Similarly if Sunni and Shia Islam consider the Alawities non Muslim then so what. (interestingly classical Shia literature is extremely antagonist towards the Alawite sect)

    Like Akbar said, theological discussions are not problem. Using theological differences to incite hate crimes and bigotry is.

    People have to accept that religion is going to have a large part in legislation and political life if democracy is allowed to flower. The key is to ensure the protection of minorities so we are not left with idiocy of Maliki in Iraq and the Shia card that is played by the monarchs in Gulf states

    Personally I have a lot of respect for some Alawite human right activists because they have a lot more to lose.

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  29. Dear Jarthouma
    While I would rather differ the discussion of the role of religion in legislation until after the successful conclusion of our first stage of the revolution, which is the removal of the regime’s symbols and leaders, and then work that out through the second phase, through which we will all have to dismantle the regime and the power-base that allows the type of excesses to occur again. To establish a constitutional assembly, to write a new constitution, to give time for political parties to form (including religious ones) and to conduct an election.

    However, there are guarantees, tried out and proven, and these are compiled in a document called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Any law violating these declarations is a recipe for abuse, and this is what I do not like in the position of some Islamist parties when they argue that Islam is the solution and that it will supersede the declaration. I would say, stick to the declaration first, and then build more Islamic rights and not less based on the declaration.

    That said, I am cognizant of the concept of community standards, which will not bother me if implemented, as long as such standards do not violate the declaration.

    Needless to say, international agreements have the same force as the constitution. Reaffirming commitment of the new Syria to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a must condition for me.

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  30. This is the defining photo of the Arab spring and what its about :

    Link Removed by OTW

    This is gonna be replicated in Damascus very soon.

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  31. Dear Jourthoma:

    What do you mean ” Syrian Christians do not consider us Christian”.

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  32. “Personally I have a lot of respect for some Alawite human right activists because they have a lot more to lose.”

    Indeed. One mukhabarat officer once said “I don’t have time to chase down every demonstrator, but I will make time to arrest a Alawi who joins them”. The fact is that the Alawite community is the most closely watched in Syria.

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  33. Haytham, just that in standard Christian theology cf Athanasian Creed, one must believe certain tenets . For example, a Christian must believe that the trinity consists of Father Son and Holy Ghost three persons but one God but all individually fully divine.

    As a Muslim, I obviously fall outside that creed. I do not find that insulting at all. It is obvious. What is important though is that both you and I live together without a state that is using this or that belief to incite hate and bigotry. Man, I don’t mind have a nice tea with you on some balcony overlooking Zabadani in summer discussing the intricate details of such belief.

    Syria historically had times of wonderful toleration that developed communally. Inshallah, this is a must afterwards. I do not want to have sick revenge as typical of the post assad era.

    Syrian Hamster, yeah this is a discussion that we can have after we get rid of this lunatic. I am sure the Islamists and the minorities can find a comfortable accommodation.

    .

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  34. “I am sure the Islamists and the minorities can finda comfortable accomodatioin.”

    Sorry. To clear this up, I am predicting that the Islamists would probably win the elections in Syria. I mean in “minorities” in an elective process. I assume that Islamists would also be represent a Sunni conservative demographic.

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  35. I have to give someone credit here. Aboud, you rock! If I am humbly worth your consideration 🙂 we must form a tag team to wind the living hell out of a Menhabhakjea site. Will you be my sensei? ha ha.

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  36. Oh my God! Allah give us victory! Just heard wonderful news live from the spokesperson from one of the kataib in Homs.

    The 21 officers that were to be executed are to be swapped for Alawi officers that are held by the FSA! Also Asif Shawkat has asked for a 72 hour cease fire.

    Allah knows best though.

    This is telling us that the FSA is becoming a thorn in the long neck of Bashar.

    Ok, this is the last of my comment spree 🙂

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  37. Do you all feel that things are moving very quickly on the ground? Today was a deadly day. What happened in Midan is very significant. Halab is also witnessing tremendous movement. There was a big demonstration at the university and another huge one in Salah Aldine. In the last few weeks, there has been a surge in attacks on those who support the regime in Halab. I think we are beginning the count down to the fall of this regime. I am very worried about Daraa and Jabal Al Zawieh. There are full scale military operations in Hraak and in many towns in Jabal Al Zawieh. I predict that this Friday is going to be the bloodiest of all. God help our people in Syria.

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  38. Mr.Tlass first of all I’d like to invite you to stop hee hawing all the times, try to listen to others and most importantly try to use Allah’s gift called “brain” for the good reason rather hatred and killing. Clearly you’re an attention seeker and love most to be in spot light all times, I will not go down to find out the reason behind your disturbing behavior but maybe I’ll throw a wild guess of some sort of abuse during childhood and school days, you always wanted to be acknowledged by the cool cronies but sadly you were (and still) invisible for them and that’s the only reason why you’re wearing the Salafi mask while you’re the furthest from this school of thoughts.

    Mr.Tlass, there’s no right or wrong religion or ideology, otherwise people around the world would follow one stream of thoughts and that will defeat the point of the whole creation, the objective behind religion is to liberate individuals from desires in order to be a true slave of God (any God not only Allah) and that is the essence of any religion… Violating such a commitment under the pretext of following hard-line or customized-line is like the one who cares about the body without the spirit and since the body without the spirit is useless therefore the spirit without the body is useless too.

    The Prophet said; A believer, in all his affairs, is envied whether in times of adversity or in luxury, and this is a special feature for believers only. Whenever a believer has luxury, he thanks Allah, and whenever he faces hardship, he commits himself to patience. In all cases, it is good for him. (Muslim), so Mr.Tlass do you see yourself fall in this category or you’re busy playing part-time God and distributing certificates of believers? Btw do you sell real-estate from the heaven these days or not yet?

    Mr.Tlass, I invite you to open up your mind and try to gain more knowledge rather attacking others blindly while masturbating on images of killing and slaughtering. Mr.Tlass, knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness, it is the best companion during travels, and it is the inner friend who speaks to you in your privacy. Knowledge is the discerning proof of what is right and what is wrong, and it is the positive force that will help you surmount the trials of comfort, as well as those of hardships. Knowledge is your most powerful sword against your enemy, and finally, it is your most dignifying raiment in the company of your close companions.

    May God help you.

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  39. Jarthouma

    “Also Asif Shawkat has asked for a 72 hour cease fire. ”

    Wouldn’t surprise me. After the pipeline was destroyed last week, the military head of Homs province himself got permission from the FSA in Baba Amr to send in engineers to fix it.

    During the last big assault on Baba Amr, both sides agreed to a Eid ceasefire. So you see, underneath the surface, the regime actually treats the FSA as an entity it can make deals with.

    “I have to give someone credit here. Aboud, you rock!”

    I am truly unworthy of such words. As for harassing menhebakji sites, what I love about those people is their propensity for hanging themselves with their own words. Witness Mu’alleq ysterday “the video was accurate, there was just production issues with the video”. Yeah, you only managed to confuse Tripoli with Homs. Idiot.

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  40. OTW,

    My anti-virus software is going “bonkers” accessing your website. I wonder if anyone else is having this problem. Just FYI.

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  41. Akbar
    Yes, someone did. I am sorry for that and I can’t find the problem. Must be an image or a link. I am also seeing an increased spams lately. I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for the info.

    Try https instead of http for now

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  42. And please check the message and exchange with CSI-HAMA in this thread. I just removed all external links from the side bar to outside websites and a couple of suspect links.

    There is also the possibility that someone is reporting the site. I will inform wordpress if others complain.

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  43. Dear 7ee6anis
    No one has commented recently. Do I understand that everyone is having the problem with viruses. I am unable to duplicate virus warning despite of setting up my anti-v software to the highest possible security check. If you are having problem, please email me at

    modotwblog@yahoo.com

    If there are some details that I can share with wordpress, it would be very helpful since I an unable to duplicate the problem.

    OTW

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  44. Hi OTW, I don’t seem to have any problems with the website. Just been busy with some other stuff today.

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  45. Akbar
    LOL, We better watch out, those Syrians are already interfering in our elections…

    Damn, few guys just neutralized half of AFLCIO’s contributions to my guy….. and they ain’t even mericans.

    BTW, is you Virus scanner still screaming about 7ee6an?

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  46. OTW,

    I’m using my work computer. Anytime I click on your website (and QN’s), I get a big message saying an attack has been thwarted (showing the name “framer”). All my other favorites do not show this message. FYI…

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  47. Thanks AP, this is very helpful. It may be the theme then (I am now using the same theme as QN). It could be linking to a site that has some problem. Themes have layers and layers of links. I hate to change it again since most people liked it. Or it could be a real virus that has a name similar to one of the code snippets used in the theme. Let’s wait for the SON OF DAMASCUS input on this, if possible.

    Did you do a scan your computer to see if there is something already in your temporary cache files folder?

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  48. About 100 FSA sldiers were martyrd in Jabal Zawiya.

    Damn the SNC and stupid Ghalioun. ABOUD, don’t you thinks its HIGH TIME the SNC stopped f-ing around and announced its FULL SUPPORT for the armed resistance and the FSA ?

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  49. Jabal Zawoya is facing very tough times…..feel so angry..

    Really feel sad…..the chldren are sooo cute. Its really lobely how involved children are with the uprising, so far this hasn;t happend in any of the other Arab uprisings, not in Ehypt, Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain, all have been primarly led by adults, only in Syria are children so involved.

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  50. OTW,

    I wanted to chime in earlier, but decided to dig first.

    It is most likely theme based. I could not see what version of WordPress you are running from the websites source code, upgrade to the latest version 3.3. Themes don’t get upgraded (or rewritten over) when you upgrade, so that leaves the blog with a backdoor. What Theme are you using?

    You can run an exploit scanner in your plugins folder, you can download the scanner from WordPress.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exploit-scanner/

    I don’t have admin access to really pick through the website, however if you are not scared of computers and codes I will link a website that will help you find the root cause, and close shut any backdoors.

    http://ocaoimh.ie/2008/06/08/did-your-wordpress-site-get-hacked/

    All,

    If the blog is compromised and you are worried about your anonymity don’t fret. I ran a virus scan on ALL links to this blog so far, no malicious code or trojans found (Used Sophos AV and Norton AV), the only place you as a commentator is at risk is through your email account. Change the password immediately and you can rest assure that your anonymity is safe.

    Hope that helps.

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  51. OTW,

    I saw that the theme you are running is connections by VanillaMist, I highly recommend changing it, last update was april 2005 which means it was written for WordPress version 2.3. Which was most vulnerable to hacks.

    Changing the theme should in theory be enough to eliminate the threat. I would send QN admin a note regrading this as well if you know the admin.

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  52. Thanks you very much Son OF Damascus
    I also did some check. There was a problem a year ago with AVG virus software, and it has gone crazy. Initially, the developers claimed that it is a famous frame virus (usually associated with IFRAME html tag) but later agreed that it was a false positive when one uses IE as a browser. If both complaints are associated with IE and AVG, then the theme would be OK for now.

    Unfortunately, I do not even have access to the gut of the server since I a running on the word press.com server (only access to css and not to php) or additional plugins. This is why I have am stuck with the theme customization. This theme was selected primarily because it has comment number and when most liked it, it was kept. I will revert back to the original theme very soon.

    All images on the site are stored locally except for the avatars. I usually do not link to an image in the main post. But others may do. I will inform wordpress as well as the admin of QN site (i think AP may have already done that).

    During Christmas holiday i will initiate the process of moving to a location where we can use a much more customization theme, with some bells and whistles and hope that we will have more to say.

    Dear 7ee6anis, I will look for more recent themes.

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  53. Sheila, Hamster, Aboud, OTW, Haytham, thank you so much for answering the spirit of my long-winded questions about True Believers.

    Sheila, I gave backgrounders on myself to SC back in March/April/May. I’ll sum up:

    I am Canadian, 53, single, bilingual English-French, born and raised in British Columbia, now living 2 miles from the USA border south of Vancouver. I use my full legal name in all my online writing — but am happy to respond to Bill. My heritage is Norwegian, Norwegian, Irish, English, Belgian, Dutch, German and I come from a Mennonite/Baptist/Anglican milieu (although I escaped religious education completely).

    My politics are ‘centrist.’ I am an opponent of the Harper government’s autocratic habits — especially in foreign policy. Of all the leaders Canada has had nationally, I am closest to Trudeau’s national ideals and the values exemplified in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In religious matters, I keep out of most discussions, but will defend my atheism if challenged or proselytized. I am only irked by religious rhetoric when it edges into practical madness or oppression (as with BC’s Bountiful Mormon polygamist cult). Every time a ‘minority’ member climbs the Canadian totem pole, I exult and feel a version of “National Pride.” My favourite politician on earth is the Montreal MP Laurin Liu, a twenty year-old trilingual university student catapulted into the House of Commons last May. If I was forced at gunpoint to choose a province to inhabit, it would be Quebec, the heart of Canada in all its squabbling irrational wonder, culture and pride.

    I treasure each step Canada has taken to live up to its modern ideals. It gives me personal pride that my country has opened its doors and hearts to the world itself, to its refugees (like our former Governor-General Michaelle Jean), to its hurting and desperate.

    I fear and respect the great military and cultural power of the United States, but consider that the gap between its ideals and reality is wider than in Canada.

    I have few historical illusions: my country has five hundred years of history marked by violent subjugation, imperial warfare, colonial contortions, grave communal splits, racial discrimination, and social injustices. We still confront injustice daily, exemplified by a continuing poverty and hopelessness among our ‘first nations’ indigenous communities. All I can say about this is that we try. I try. We deal with the plate left to us by history.

    My personal interests are first and foremost psychological, not political (though the political can be said to be personal/psychological). If you have a glance at this page, I list my interests** and life-activities on a friendly ‘Objective-ist’ site.

    Syria captured my interest years ago, initially because of the unique Alawi minority. In the present tide of revolution in MENA, my eyes were drawn to the fearsome complexity of the situation in Syria and the stakes in larger geo-political terms.

    Syria is important, very important to my eyes, easily as important as Egypt, and I have discovered that “Syria” means different things to different people — from the Greater Syria of insane fascist SNP remnants to the truncated, hobbled and obedient Syria that lives in the tiny minds of American warmongers …

    After the events in Dera’a, I was drawn deeper into the Syrian mystery, and the depth of my interest has since only increased, sharpened — and become more emotionally rooted.

    Of all the nations and lands in the area, I now only wish to visit Syria. It is an exquisitely beautiful land, as humanly ancient as any place on earth, scarred, glorious, poor, rich, hot and cold/dry and wet, cultured, ignorant, peaceable –and at times quite mad with rage.

    It is a hearth of humanity and so very precious, all of it, every minority, every rite, every person who hopes for a future unconstrained by oppression.

    I was most struck by images of great powers and civilizations that have come and gone: the ‘dead cities,’ the forts and ruins, the traces of a tempestuous history at a constant crossroads. I am humbled by the intellectual and moral integrity shown by fifty years of opposition to totalitarianism in this gorgeous land. I salute all those who have fallen for the ideal of freedom that Canadians now take as an unremarkable birthright (I hope I am not a Canucki chauvinist — my country has its share of extreme ignorance, bigotry, brutality, criminality and social exclusion. We are by no means a sole beacon of the good, just an experiment in the good, nothing more).

    Hamster: you are GREAT! I am humbled before your humour and empathy, and the wisdom of your approach. With savage, incisive humour, you slice through hypocrisy and cause anguish among True Believers and the happily-deluded.

    Aboud, I feel such a kinship to you it surprises me. You are like a smarter, braver, more honest cousin from Homs, and one of the folks on which I will happily squander my visit to New Syria.

    OTW, you have my deepest respect for the gravity and seriousness you bring to Syrian issues. This place is, as I said, an Antidote. You encourage greatness of mind, openness of spirit, and attachment to free inquiry, reality, reason and sober judgement. I will return to your themes in your reply above. Thank you.

    Haytham, I would be happy and grateful to meet with you. Your struggle is remarkable. It shows me what one individual can do — his or her utmost.

    Those are names I respond to because they addressed me directly here. I have no skin in the game, only my heart, no relatives in Syria but crypto-cousin Aboud. For the others unnamed, you have my respect and admiration in proportion to your humanity. Needless to say (but I will say it), Khaled Tlass’s viciousness and religious mania appalls and frightens me when it erupts.

    Thanks for the information on some of the SC regulars. I will try not to name them here again, but rather take issue with them in their regular haunts. I do believe it is signal that JAD does not post here. I think this place is beyond his comprehension at the moment. Ann seems a mask with a mouthpiece and nothing much else. Mina is a Maoist …

    I fear for the crash in Syria. So much will crash to the ground, but the primary and most devastating fall will be, I think, Illusion. This will be the most difficult destruction to deal with: if what you once believed as Truth is revealed as a fictional pastiche, what then?
    ____

    ** in case the profile is blocked:

    Fringe beliefs, pseudoscience, pseudophilosophy, fringe psychology, moral panics, cognitive neuroscience, Dusty Springfield, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, satanic ritual abuse/recovered memory therapy controversy, True Believers, cult dynamics, urban planning, 80s music, urban transportation, Grand Guignol, snarkiness

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  54. Syrian Hamster
    Please understand my position, I believe in freedom, and your religion is your own concern, my relation with other ,should not be effected by what religion they believe in, In Quraan God will judge us we have no right to punish anyone if his religion is different from us,it is because I believe Islam according to Quraan respect freedom that I defend Islam,my problem with Ulamaa is that they make several fatwas that other disagree with them, and a lot of their fatwas are due to their misunderstanding of Quraan or Hadith,.there are several examples.
    Those who disagree with me and consider me kafer they are violating Islam who respect freedom,,certainly I disagree with Khaled,no one should be treated wrong,or punished or his rights need to be violated based on his religion,
    Kafer to me ,must not be an insult,it just mean not believer in my religion,and only God judge us

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  55. Dear Majed
    I am sorry if the wart example may have given you the impression that I was upset with your position. Quit the contrary. I totally understand your position. The scene from Monty Python I posted was aimed at making fun of the ignorant who kept putting word in your mouth and taking your simple argument out of context to justify their hysteria and phobias.

    Off course i expect you to defend Islam and I do in fact consider your position, the simple, yet elegant way of looking at text to be a good way, and a lesson to me as well. Which was clear in my post here. I have nothing but respect for you.

    I did not continue the argument because it is futile to discuss anything with these bozos. I know, i know, we are all Syrians, and we should try to understand each others. But what’s to understand. One could have given them the benefit of the doubt nine months ago, but to tolerate a regime servant at this point in time is both unethical and a waste of time.

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