Syrian Regime Signs with Bullets, 150 Day 1, 220 Day 2


1:00 AM Damascus Time

For Prompt Release and Distribution

الأن تحصل مجزرة

حصري_إدلب _كنصفرة: استشهاد أكثر من150مدني في كنصفرة نتيجة قصف مركز على تجمعات النازحين المدنيين في المزارع بين الزيتون ..كانوا هاربين من مداهمات الامن و الشبيحة و هم من القرى التالية كنصفرة, كفرعويد, المزره 13 شهيد منهم من عائلة واحدة من بيت الحاج علي 4 شهداء أخوة

… القرى الان مكلومة و تدفن شهداءها تحت القصف و العدد مرشح للزيادة..أغلب الجثث وصلت متفحمة..

للعمل على إيقاف هذه المجزرة الآن: انشر هذا الخبر أيها القارئ الكريم في كل جروب أنت مشترك فيه، وفي صفحات الأخبار كلها

A massacre is ongoing right now.

Idlib, Kensafra, More than 150 civilians were murdered in Kensafra as a result of the targeted bombing of the gathering of refugees in between olive orchards. in several villages (Kensafra, Kafar-oueyd, Mazra). There are 13 martyrs from one family 4 brothres.

Villages are in mourning now and they are burying he martyrs. The number is increasing and most corpses arrived burned like charcoal.

Please distribute this on Facebook and in every news site.

بيان من برهان غليون

استغل النظام السوري التوقيع على بروتوكول المراقبين العرب في اطار المبادرة العربية للقيام بهجوم وحشي لا سابق له على المدن والاحياء السورية الثائرة.لقد بلغ عدد الشهداء في اليوم الاول لهذا التوقيع مئة وعشرين شهيدا وهو يتجاوز اليوم الثلاثاء المئتين وعشرين شهيدا اضافة الى مئات الجرحى والمفقودين.

ادعو الامين العام للجامعة العربية السيد نبيل العربي والامين العام للامم المتحدة بان كي مون للتدخل فورا لوقف المجازر التي يرتكبها النظام السوري بحق المدنيين العزل متسترا بتوقيعه على بروتوكول المراقبين كما ادعو الراي العام والمجتمع الدوليين للتظاهر والاحتجاج وعمل كل ما بوسعهما لاعلان تضامنهما مع الئعب السوري والعمل بجميع الوسائل لوضع حد لمجازر النظام السوري وفضح اعماله الوحشية.

A Press Release From Burhan Ghalyoun

The Syrian regime is using its signing on the observers’ protocol within the AL initiative to conduct a barbaric vicious attack on dissident villages and towns. The number of martyrs reach 120 on the first day, and today it is exceeding 220 martyrs in addition to hundreds of wounded and missing.

I call on the Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr. Nabil Al-Arabi and the Secretary General of the UN to interfere immediately to put a halt to the massacres being commited by the Syrian regime against unarmed civilians hiding under its signature of the observers’ protocol. I also call on the international community and the international public opinion to demonstrate and protest and do everything they could to declare solidarity with the Peoples of Syria and to spare to method to halt the massacres committed by the Syrian regime and to expose its barbaric actions.

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148 Comments

  1. The next step for the Arab Spring is to protest against the Arab League. What a sorry organization…

  2. In 1996, 106 Lebanese civilians lost their lives when an israeli shell hit a UN compound in Qana.

    What the Syrian Army did these past two days was, far, far worse. It is the Qana of Syria. A vicious, impotent regime, forced to bend to the will of the international community, is lashing out at those lest able to defend themselves.

    Bashar Hafez Al-Wahesh, I DARE you and every shabih scum you can scoop from your common gutter, to try to invade Homs. Bring it on bitch, there are a million Homsis who want nothing more than to exact retribution for the past 10 months.

  3. Hey Homsi, the rest of the Syrians demand their fair share of Bashar thugs.

  4. SAMAR YAZBEK* (From Face Book)

    سيصير للعرب في الذاكرة القادمة، مخيال عن المجزرة، لا تقترن باسم اسرائيل. تغيير نوعي في صفة المجرم.

    End English
    There will become for the Arabs, in their next memory, an image of massacre that is unattached to the name of Israel. This will be a quantitative change in their description of the criminal.

    *Syrian Novelist and a narrator of the Syrian Revolution’

  5. Aboud,

    re: Qana

    Lebanon and Israel have been in a state of war since 1948, and war can break out at any time. The Qana massacre was an accident and the GOI apologized. Moreover, the GOI claimed that Hezbollah was firing missiles into Israel from that location.

    Israel can do fine without a peace treaty with Lebanon, but not if weapons and missiles are amassed at the border with a trigger-happy, Islamist organization hell-bent on Israel’s destruction is behind them.

    Conversely, the Syrian story is one of freedom from a family mafia who have killed more of their own people than Israel, even in a state of war.

    Whoever takes control of the various undemocratic countries in the ME, my hope is the People will determine who goes to war, who amasses weapons, who speaks to the evil Israelis, and who signs a peace treaty.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_shelling_of_Qana

  6. Arab League ya Murtadeen, we will avenge the martyrs on all of you, all the Arab League, bloody murtadeen.

    Aboud, i think the time has come for the FSA and all the Homsis to launch an all-out scorched earth attack on Hadara. Only a counter-massacre will be a DETERRENT to the regime’s violence. for once, let us adopt the policy of disproportionate retaliation as a deterrent – a concept very well tuned by both Israel as well as the Assads.

  7. “Only a counter-massacre will be a DETERRENT to the regime’s violence”

    The regime’s barbarity in Idlib was meant to be a “deterent” to the rest of the country. It won’t work, and for the same reason, neither will holding Hadara hostage. If you go down that route, what’s to stop the regime from doing the same to the Sunni parts of Latakia and Baniyas?

    Save your outrage for junior and his closest associates. The victims of their crimes will be remembered, cherished and honored, while Besho and every one of his supporters will be a byword for infamy. Are you proud of yourselves, menhebaks, that you’ve managed to outdo the Israeli barbarity at Qana?

  8. mr tlass is ruining this discussion with his constant sectarianism (‘murtadeen’ and the like) and his constant calls to murder. i don’t know if he’s just stupid or if he’s out to discredit the revolution, but i know he should shut up.

  9. OTW,

    While I don’t condone any of what Khaled says and believes, I don’t find his views counterintuitive to the revolution for he is living proof that this uprising is for justice and not religion. None of his predictions or calls for action have ever come to fruition or even attempted, they have been a reminder to the rest of us to stand up for one another and remember what we are truly achieving, which is justice for all Syrians.

    For that I say keep on hating Khaled, hopefully our disgust will make you understand what a true Syrians is.

  10. Khalid Tlass drives most of us crazy, but to shut him up means to forget that people like him really exist. I am against shutting anybody up. Let him talk and let us talk. The difference is clear to anyone looking and listening.
    Look at Syria Comment and all the idiots who make no sense. Even with all that noise, someone like OTW managed to see the light and change his views.
    Someone pinch me. I can’t believe I’m defending Tlass.

  11. ABOUD,

    I think the recent massacre at Idlib was mant to be a DETERRENT only to potential defectors, not to the country as a whole. The civilans are already acquainted with such mass murder and they have nothing to lose; but what happened at Idlib would scare the shit out of any soldier in the Army. Maher realzied that more massacres against civilans is not having any effect on the uprising, so he decided to go all-out against the FSA.

  12. Sheila,

    You are not defending him, you are defending his right to speak his mind (it just so happens to be unfortunately bigotry).

  13. Hopefully defections will rise even more after what happened.

    ABOUD, please be careful what you wish for. Do you REALLy want the regime to launch an all-out attack on Homs ? Do you think the FSA is prepared to resist it ? They still don’t have any heavy weapons. What if the regime uses heavy artilery and helicopter gunships to bomb the city ? Pls I’m very worried and praying for FSA to get stronger and stronger, that is the only way out.

  14. Joshua Landis andOtrakji do not stop people from posting utterly Islamophobic, Sunniphobic comments on their blog. 7ee6an should be a sanctuary for pro-revolution Syrians who can speak their mind. We mamnehabaks must stick together and not resort to attacking each other even if there is wide divergence of our beliefs. That includes banning me from this blog.

  15. “What if the regime uses heavy artilery and helicopter gunships to bomb the city”

    Wow, and that thought didn’t occur to you before you started calling for retaliation against Alawite neighborhoods in Homs? Or did you imagine that the regime would stand idly by while the guys from Khaldia went house to house throwing grenades into homes, like what you seemed to be calling for?

    “Do you REALLy want the regime to launch an all-out attack on Homs”

    I’d like to see them try. The worst week in the Syrian army’s history was the pre-Eid attack on Baba Amr. It was a horrendous waste of Syrian lives, but it also proved that the Syrian army cannot fight an urban war. The massacre in Jabal Al Zawiya was a case of the Syrian army abandonding a battle against an opposing force, to go after and murder defenceless civilians instead.

    And people bitch and whine when I say such “soldiers” should be boiled alive? Boiling alive is too good for them.

  16. Dear Khaled
    SC does not represent any political or person. It is a compendium of posts, and most recently, a place for regime sympathizers to dump regime propaganda and a few brave souls to combat that propaganda.

    The WALLS is radically different. It is a place for civilized discussion, angry, yes, but thoughtful and far from being reactionary. This is why it is the place where the best flock here. In essence, we have standards.

    I am not obliged to be like Otrakji or Landis, I do not have to pretend neutrality, because I am not neutral. That is clear. I will not tolerate low level comments, nor am I interested in hearing regime loyalist point of view (the train has passed them فاتهم القطار). Because I read every comment, and I am a very selective reader who does not like rubbish. And it seems that a majority of the 7ee6anis are like that.

    With you Mr. Tlass, we have tried kind words, we have tried harsh style (collective we), and we have tried ignoring your comment and I once banned you, it seems to no avail. You had a negative impact on the site and on our ability to engage many reluctant people, and frankly, you freedom of speech is now at a point where it is affecting our freedom to information and debate.

    As dear Annie said, we need to grow beyond Syria Comment. And frankly Mr. Tlass, you are dragging us back.

    However, in the sad case if Syria Comment closed, I will be open minded for regime loyalists point of view and will provide them with outlet but under the strict standards of no spamming, which will reduce their posting significantly to a trickle, don’t you agree.

    I am extremely reluctant to ban, but I am a very quality oriented person. I feel responsibility to 7ee6anis, and I would at least like to make sure that people are not turned off because of bigotry. In addition, there seems to be a near consensus that your approach is hurting the reputation of the Syrian revolution.

    You do exist, and we have to deal with your presence, and we are trying our best to keep you as a member of this community. But recall please that this is a self selected community.

  17. Khaled,

    I don’t see 7ee6an as the anti Syria Comment, other peoples phobias and bigotry is no excuse for me to partake in such heinous dialogue.

    If you get banned or moderated, it is not because of your beliefs but how you choose to articulate them. Keep that in mind.

  18. Okay OTW, give me a chance. I’ll try to moderate myself, its not that hard.

  19. Aboud said : –

    “The worst week in the Syrian army’s history was the pre-Eid attack on Baba Amr.”

    Even worse than the debacle of 1967 ?

  20. Dear OTW,

    I was going to suggest that Khalid Tlass be banned, but it seems he wants a chance to moderate himself. I say give him a chance and let’s see. I hope he can realize that he can voice his opinion in a civilized manner. He needs to go back to the Sunnah and learn the ways of the righteous predecessors and how they conducted themselves.

    By the way, thank you for sharing the number of Mr. Al-Arabi. I did my part by sending him a text message.

  21. I apologize to those who find my incessant criticism of the SNC to be borderline Menhebakji-ism, but someone has to do it, and I want to be that someone (authority figure problems, dissident before it was cool). I don’t believe any system should consider itself immune from criticism under any circumstances, as even in WWII you had elections, political campaigns and punditry going on in the US and the UK. Some ‘red-lines’ need to be pushed, or they start to crawl forward too much.
    In this, I guess I might be at odds with a commenter on this blog, who has antagonized other commenters with an almost indoctrinated disregard for any rules of public order, but has yet been pushing his own rules as ones to be canonized as law by any post-Assad system.
    Khaled, I don’t know if you’re AstroTurfing, trolling, or just have problems with your doctrine, but you keep on crossing not only the red lines OTW has told you not to cross, but those that have clearly made other people uncomfortable. You have managed to alienate people who are supposed to be in the same boat as you, your ‘allies’, and each time you have been told to stop or tone it down, you up the ante. Do you now understand why your are only hurting your cause? If you are acting like that towards your ‘allies’, how will you act towards your ‘enemies’? We already know, you’ve told us, repeatedly. Do you think you, and people who think like you can have any constructive role in the future of Syria? How? Do you thinks Syrians want People Like You to actually be a part of post-Assad Syria? Just answer those two questions. You didn’t answer my previous questions, so please don’t evade these too. I’ve been avoiding your comments so far, but I’d like to see your answer to this question.

    It is surprising how no one has yet to comment on the absolute irony in the timing and situation under which the signing of the Arab plan was announced. While Iceman Moualegh, Devourer of Nations was doing his lame joke routine in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Kafar Souseh, barely a mile away in Medan one of the largest protests ever in Damascus was being fired upon. and while he was talking about deals, and trust, and dignity and honor at his personal fan party, protesters were learning that the funeral they were at was one for a girl who wasn’t even dead. An interview with here was aired on Dana’a TV. It turned out that the Mukhabarat had Kidnapped her the day before, told her parents she had been shot and killed, ordered them to not allow any protests to happen the next day at the funeral, and refused to even let the family enter the hospital where her body was supposedly being kept. Which is even worse than killing her. The Infiltrators Syndicate has nothing to do with this plan I assure you, but we will teach it to future applicants as an example of how to really, really anger the masses. Honestly, I’m starting to think the Mukhabarat is recruiting out of Drama academies.

    And then you have the horrible massacres in Idleb. Just after signing the treaty. Anybody else getting the feeling that the regime is actively attempting to garner as much negative PR as it can? everything they’ve been doing is so perfectly timed, it can’t be coincidental. Is there any reasoning to this strategy of theirs, or is this a visible crack in the decision making system and chain of command? Is it something else altogether?

  22. ALERT

    I read an article stating that the head of the AL monitors who will go to Syria is wanted for war crimes in Darfur. Can anyone confirm? Can Haytham Khoury confirm? I just can’t believe my eyes. Maybe this is why Syria signed the protocol.

  23. Dear Hazrid,
    I am all for free speech and the full right of any citizen to criticize his/her elected government, but I totally differ with you in regards to criticizing the SNC and at this particular point in time. The SNC is not an elected government, rather a volunteer body of people who have disrupted their lives and livelihoods because they love Syria and its people and want to help. The timing is even worse. When the West is calling for us to unite so that they could talk to us and when the Syrian regime is using every trick in the book to undermine the SNC and we all know what our regime is capable of. I am not saying don’t voice your opinion, but please keep in mind that we neither elected these people, nor are we compensating them for their effort. Also, please keep in mind what a thankless and dangerous job this is. These people are heroes in my eyes. My suggestion is that if you have so much to say about the job they are doing and so many suggestions that can help us all, why don’t you consider joining the SNC? It is an organization open for all Syrians and I will surely add you to the list of my heroes.

  24. Hazrid,

    “Anybody else getting the feeling that the regime is actively attempting to garner as much negative PR as it can? ….is it something else all together?”

    You probably have some answers, what do you think? Thanks.

  25. Somebody posted this on Facebook. I wanted to share it with all of you my dear friends:
    عزيزي بابا نويل …

    هالسنة سوريا رح تكون متغيرة عليك شوي !!!
    لهيك من واجبي اعطيك كم نصيحة :

    … … … هالسنة وانت جاية لعندي لاتنسى هويتك لانو صار عنا حواجز !
    ولاتلبسلي لون احمر لانو الدم للركب و شبعت من هاللون !
    واحلقلي دقنك لحتى مايفكروك سلفي !
    ولاتفوتلي من المدخنة لاني سكرتا من بعد ما انقطعنا من المازوت !
    واذا بدك تجبلي هدية . تكون جرة غاز او بدون مازوت بتسوى هدايا الدنيا كلها !

    وكل عام والشعب السوري بخير
    (منقول)

  26. Dear N.Z.
    I did not want to leave it out there for longer than necessary because I did not want casual passerby to leave an SMS for days on. This type of actions is to be done in once in sufficient number, otherwise it looses its value and becomes counterproductive. I am delighted that you were able to get the number and send a message. After the first 120 hits, I removed it.

    Dear 7ee6anis
    Let us work, this upcoming holiday is very crucial. We need to gather forces, and increase the number of posts with information, analysis, and news each one of us can gather. We need to share on face-book, and tweet information. Please remember that a blog is much calmer place than facebook. People can follow without a barrage of short comments, and likes. Revisits are possible in meaningful way, and readers can be anchored. But we need to distinguish ourselves with the quality of our discussion and analysis as we have been doing to the point where within weeks of going online, we attracted the attention of the Guardian. If you look in the ping box, you will see that an increasing number of other blogs and sites are referring to our community. Thank you all.

    Dear Hazrid, William Scott Scherk, N.Z.,
    I am working on a post with information on the account for donation. I will respond to your posts once that is done. Hopefully, later today.

    Dear Son of Damascus,
    I heard the same news. By tomorrow more documented confirmation should come up if there is any. The man may be wanted as a witness and not necessarily as an indited person.

  27. Dear 7ee6anis,
    Please visit the new page Support the Victims of Repression Please tweet that page and link it to facebook. The Syrian People Need All the help they can get to sustain themselves in front of the brutality of the crimes against humanity being inflicted on them every minute by the murderous regime.

    FREE SYRIA

  28. Demonstration Slogans in Raqqa Today

    من هتافات الرقة :

    يا ثورتنا هين هين .. اليوم الرقة توفي الدين
    يا بشار اسمعنا زين .. سن بسن وعين بعين
    يا حمص يا ام العزة .. احنا رجالك وقت اللزة
    يا إدلب لا يهمك ويل .. اليوم الرقة ذياب الليل
    يا حوراني دق الهيل .. اليوم الرقة ترد الكيل
    يا حماه ويا عزتنا .. نفديك اليوم برقتنا
    حمص وحماه عز الدار .. اليوم الرقة ترد الثار
    يا حموية الثار ثاري .. رقاوي وما تطفي ناري
    يا درعاوي اليوم ارتاح .. اليوم الرقة ترد الراح
    يا ديري يا ابن العم .. عين عيونك لا تهتم
    يا ديري يا ابن العم .. فدوة لعينك روح و دم
    يا رقتنا علي الصوت .. بوقت الفزعة محلى الموت

  29. Saw this comment on another website, which states that the lead AL monitor is not wanted for war crimes in Darfur.

    عمر المرادي
    خبر وتعليق ..

    الخبر :
    تداول الكثيرون اليوم خبرا مفاده أن الفريق أول ركن محمد أحمد مصطفى الدابى “سودانى الجنسية” رئيس بعثة مراقبي الجامعة العربية التى ستتوجه الى دمشق قريبا .. خبرا مفاده أنه مطلوب إلى محكمة الجنايات الدولية حول دارفور .

    التعليق :
    هو خبر عار عن الصحة , والفريق أول مصطفى الديبي كان سفير السودان إلى قطر , ولم يرد اسمه مطلقا بين المتهمين بجرائم دارفور , والجدير بالذكر أنه شخصية عسكرية ودبلوماسية سودانية وعمل منسقا بين الحكومة السودانية وقوات الأمم المتحدة والاتحاد الإفريقي العاملة في دارفور

    وهذا رابط المحكمة الدولية الخاص بأسماء المطلوبين لمحكمة الجنايات الدولية الخاص بجرائم دارفور .

    عمر المرادي

    http://www.icc-cpi.int/Menus/ICC/Situations+and+Cases/Situations/Situation+ICC+0205/

  30. I am totally seconding Robin’s complaint. the same complaint I have made for several weeks.

  31. Tlass annoys you, but you need to find why really he does. Beyond what he writes here. I’m sure that if there was an Egyptian 7ee6an in English, they would have banned any Salafi contributer. But then they have the Salafies enter the front door with 30%.

    He annoys you because he represent a part of you, which you don’t like. So the convenient thing to do is, Yallah, let’s ban him. But banning Tlas and/or the current that he represent, will not change it, nor will it make it simply disappear. The better way would be, to learn what he has to say, to study hard and come up with some very good answers, and to get used to the uneasy awareness that Tlass represents a growing trend of debate within Arabia.

    So I’m with Sheila (where is the numbering gone?). No banning.

  32. Interview with Prof. Landis on BBC World Service. Came across it shortly after 3 AM UK time.

    Listen from 2 minutes (0:02:00):

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00m7ynl

    I’ve attempted a transcript. Please correct and forgive any errors. I’ve double checked it:

    TRANSCRIPT:

    Q:‘…what’s the likely outcome of this political conflict?’

    JL: It’s likely that the regime will be in power a year from now. The Opposition is not organised. It’s gotten much more organised but for 40 years there’s been no politics in Syria so it’s hard tosee how it can become unified in a short period of time. It doesn’t have a military wing. It hasn’t liberated any part of the territory. We’re not anywhere near a Libya type situation yet. There haven’t been major defections at the top of the Syrian regime. The Syrian military remains fairly strong. There have been a lot of defections at the lower levels but the core, the Alawite, Baathist core, the Officer core has remained solid and is still in charge of tanks and heavy weaponry. How the Syrian Opposition is going to face this is unclear and the external powers europe and the United States don’t seem to be ready to intervene.

    Q: So when we have the Obama administration saying yet again that Bashar al-Assad’s rule is past it’s sell by date they’re simply what, huffing and puffing and failing to blow the house down?

    JL: That seems to be the situation right now. Everybody is trying to raise the rhetorical bar. The Arab League. We see this in the United Nations but of course the Security Council has not been able to to come to condemnation because Russia and China and even the BRIC countries are against it so we’ve reached the limits here.

    We’ve got very severe economic sanctions on Syria. The economy is really spinning downwards. It’s shrunk by, in dollar terms, the syrian economy GDP has shrunk by 30% since the beginning of this uprising. The situation has gotten quite dire for many Syrians. There’s no heating oil. Cooking gas is hard to find. Electricity shortages all the time. Energy is really running out and the state institutions are not being able to provide. They cut salaries and lay off extra people. So the Syrians are going to go through a very difficult winter. It’s gonna be a cold and long winter.

    Q: Does that undermine any support that Bashar al-Assad’s regime enjoyed at the beginning of this year within the country because we were told in previous months back in the beginning of the summer, say that there was a large number of people in Damascus and Aleppo especially who’d rather go with the status quo than see it upset. Have they had grounds to change their minds now with this deprivation?

    JL:Why I think people are changing their minds but what can they really do? People are dissatisfied. It used to be that the upper classes and even the middle classes had , in a sense, an implicit deal with the Assad regime. They would get a piece of the pie. They would get stability and they sacrificed liberty and freedom. But they didn’t have Iraq and instability. Today there is no more piece of pie to go around and there is no more stability. The regime can offer very little and it looks like it will never regain its footing again so people are frightened. They dont know what the future is going to bring.

    What is a middle class or a businessman supposed to do in this situation? They are caught in a terrible mind because a number of important businessmen in Aleppo have been assassinated and some have had their factories burned down. The opposition is trying to tell them ‘do not continue to co-operate with the regime’ but the regime at the same time has warned businessmen ‘you step over the line and we’ll put you into jail and close your businesses down’. So they’re paralyzed. They’re very anxious and can’t get their money out of the country. And so the whole country is sitting there in a sense shuddering between this growing opposition which is becoming more militarized and the syrian army which is still very lethal.

    Q: You mentioned a moment ago the AL amongst what appeared to be a list of diplomatic initiatives going nowhere. Do you include in that pessimistic overview this observer mission. Will that come to anything?

    JL: Well it’s hard to see. We’re in the middle of a revolution. What are a bunch of observers going to do? They may even make it worse in a sense that where ever they go they’re going to be a flashpoint for controversy because pro-Bashar people are going to demonstrate to try to show Syria is with him and the Opposition who’s going to be galvanized to demonstrate aswell in order to broadcast to the outside world ‘they need help’. So it’s not clear this is going to calm the situation. It may in fact only rile it up.

  33. Let’s all applaud “JL” for his inability to denounce the Assad regime and call a spade a spade. Once again, Professor Josh explains the unexplainable…

    The WALLS is radically different. It is a place for civilized discussion, angry, yes, but thoughtful and far from being reactionary. This is why it is the place where the best flock here. In essence, we have standards.

    OTW,

    You have a great website; keep up the good work. The people posting here are intelligent, patient, and respectful.

    I, myself, have come to interact with several personalities. Some of them are orthodox muslims. Some of them VERY bigoted. I see the Arab Spring as a sort of “growing pain” as the Arab world catches up with the rest of the world in terms of liberalism, tolerance, and freedom. When the Arab world becomes stable and free, a strong, impartial judicial system and strong police force will be necessary. Free speech, hopefully will be guaranteed and people will be able to do what they want as long as no one gets hurt and no one’s rights have been compromised.

    I look forward to that day.

  34. Dear CSI Hama,
    Thank you for the effort. That was an interesting point of view. I agree with JL in terms of the uncertainty hanging over the situation in Syria. We all know the Syrian regime is on its way out, except no one knows when and how it will be finished. I have come to the conclusion that the MB s came to in the 80s: the only way this regime is going to go is through armed struggle and the only way armed struggle will succeed is going to be through the help of other nations. I feel that it is very disingenuous to keep saying that we do not want foreign intervention, because, guess what? We already have foreign intervention, whether it is the sanctions or the AL initiative, it is all foreign intervention. Let’s just face reality and get help. We can not face the army with our witty banners alone.

  35. Dear OTW,
    Why did you change the style again?. We were all happy with the numbering system and I was very happy with the fact that you could go to the comment section directly without having to scroll through the article every time. Can we get that back please?

  36. Dear Sheila
    After conversations with the expert Son of Damascus, we concluded that the theme I was using was too old to be safe. Son of Damascus was absolutely right. Two members of the 7ee6an community (CSI-HAMA and AKBAR PALACE) were having their virus detection software screaming. Similarly, for some reason, that theme was broadcasting certain information (main posts blog links but not email addresses) through a back-door to spammy sites, which made 7aa6an a target for heavy SPAM load trying to sell you all kinds of things. (I may want to share the text of one sample someday so that we can all have a laugh). During the time of using that theme (Connections), we had around 860 spam hits (in two weeks). Since we went back to the old theme, we now barely get 10 to 15 per day (the standard as before). Cleaning 860 Spams is not nice, because sometimes legitimate pings and messages are sent to the spam folder. The security of every member of the 7ee6an community is on my mind as mine is.

    Again, please accept my apology, in a month time or less, we should have a much more customizable site with better interface, numbers, and hopefully comment re-edit and other bells and whistles. (not too many, as that also increases vulnerability). I am going for a commercial host. I think 7ee6an is worth the investment. As you all have made it so.

  37. @ Amir,
    I am not sure who you are talking to or what you are talking about. this is not a trend in arabia, this is not about religion. And he doesn’t represent a part of me- i know that. It has nothing to do with the content about religion. I am disgusted at the way he promotes and glorifies violence, and I think this is not an issue to be debated or discussed. I have made my points previously and don’t think I have to keep doing it. He says some things that some of you might find compelling to engage about, but which have zero to do with the main issue at hand. then every ten posts – he slams out some provocative inciting material that degrades the whole thing…. video, exclamations about revenge, or gore, or what people should be killed. This is not rational material to be pondered. And to spend time having to address it- is a waste. Hazrid and others have already explained why it is mostly deranged. And if he would moderate himself- that would be fine. But – I don’t think he actually even sees where the lines are.
    It is not about ourselves – I care because it is the kind of material that if someone just happened upon the blog on any given days (since he is posting every day)…. would be a huge turn off. Seeing posts about the kufar Shia and what people said on Shia.Chat! who cares… Shia Chat is not reality…this is not some grave evidence of anything… but then seeing someone raving about who needs to be wiped out… is offensive. So, the concern is not about our intolerance for him or general dialoguing…it is that OTW supposedly created the blog for some very serious and very circumscribed purposes….and this material is tangential and disruptive and activates people around engaging him further about stupid subjects. When it gets really bad – it reaches the level of offensive and scary. There a times and places to fritter energy away on having to play with that or spar…, but not here, not now.

  38. Sheila,

    Yes, we can win only throgh armed struggle, but not necessarily direct foreign intervention. We can do even without a buffer zone. What the FSA neds is the right to set up ARMED CAMOS and TRAINING CAMPs within the borders of Turkey and Jordan, the right to enroll and train Syrian civilian refugess in these camps, form more armed groups, receive heavy weaponry including Grad rockets, artilery, tanks, etc. and the rught to attack Syrian regime forces from the Turkish and Jordanian side of the border.

    If the Iraqi Sunnis secede from Iraq and set up an autnomous republic in the Al Jazira region bordering Deirezzor, even better, becoz they will allow the FSA to operate even without asking, they have a long bill to pay to Iran.

  39. Sheila,

    Yes, we can win only throgh armed struggle, but not necessarily direct foreign intervention. We can do even without a buffer zone. What the FSA neds is the right to set up ARMED CAMPS and TRAINING CAMPs within the borders of Turkey and Jordan, the right to enroll and train Syrian civilian refugess in these camps, form more armed groups, receive heavy weaponry including Grad rockets, artilery, tanks, etc. and the rught to attack Syrian regime forces from the Turkish and Jordanian side of the border.

    So, basically I am thinking of a situation similar to what existed in the 1960s and 1970s, when the PLO and other Palestinian fedayeen groups had safe haven and armed camps in Lebanon and Jordan and used to attack Israeli forces from their bases in these countries. The PLO lost becoz they got bogged won in killing Israeli civilans, wheras their real target should have been only the IDF.

    Another better and more successful example would be the Afghan resistance to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. The Afghan resistabce groups were based in refugee camps in Pakistan, where they set up armed training camps, which were armed and financed by USA, KSA, GCC and the Pakistani Government. These Afghan resistance groups created armed battalions rained by the Pakistani Military, and launched deadly attacks on Soviet Forces in Afghanistan, as a result of which the Soviets were kicked out by 1989.

    Also, if the Iraqi Sunnis secede from Iraq and set up an autnomous republic in the Al Jazira region bordering Deirezzor, even better, becoz they will allow the FSA to operate even without asking, they have a long bill to pay to Iran.

  40. I have a suugestion: to rename this excellent blog to حيطان سورية….Syrian Walls…who is in support?

  41. Dear Zenobia,
    Unfortunately, there are quite a few like Khalid Tlass in Syria. It is a trend, but you are right: it in not about religion, rather about bigotry. These people are a true reflection of the sorry state that Syria has reached. They are a reflection of intolerance that is bred through ignorance and backwardness. These people exist in all societies. They are the KKK, the Neo Nazis or the White Supremists. They come in different names, but all preach the same message: I am better than you and you have to perish because of that. In advanced societies, these groups are marginalized. In Third World Countries, they thrive. It is not out of choice, but we have to deal with them one way or another.
    In 7ee6an, we have many who respond to Khalid’s messages of intolerance with dismay and disgust. I do not think that anyone would be turned off by that, on the contrary, they would see from the overwhelming reaction what kind of forum we represent.

  42. Dear Khalid,
    I have just finished watching the latest clip from Jabal Alzawieh parading 60 + dead men with various injuries. It is horrific and heart wrenching. I do not think that we can afford such a prolonged war like the Afghani one against the USSR. Even if what you said came to fruition, where camps are set up for the FSA outside of Syria for training purposes, who is going to foot the bill?. There is going to be foreign intervention of some sort, so why not take it all the way and finish this war of attrition once and for all?

  43. Dear OTW,
    Thank you from all of us for your work on 7ee6an. It is a big commitment and we want you to know that we appreciate your effort and your time.

  44. Dear Majhool,
    Syrian Walls sounds like a good name. I will leave it up to the owner, Off The Wall, to decide what works best for him.

  45. Sheila said :

    “who is going to foot the bill? There is going to be foreign intervention of some sort, so why not take it all the way and finish this war of attrition once and for all?”

    Well, the same people whom you want to topple Assad can foot the bill for the FSA. Don’t you think it will be much more cost-effective for USA and GCC to fund the FSA and arm them, so that the FSA will do all the fighting ?

    Lets not forget this is a Syrian struggle, and everyone will be much more happer if the FSA can liberate the country, district by district, province by province, until the March on Damascus. Yes, its going to be a long-drawn out civil war, tough, bloody, brutal. We may lose many, many young men as martyrs, perhaps as high as 20,000. But lets face it, the victory will be sweet, and evert liberation war has been fought with a high, high cist in human lives. The Soviets liberated their country from Nazis at the cost of 2 million young lives. The Afghans liberated their country from Soviets at a cost of 1 million killed and many nore crippled. the British lost 200,000 people just to defend their country. But lets face it, liberation is sweet, and no amount of human tragedy can dull that sweetness.

    A country that is not willing to offer its sons as martyrs can NEVER liberate itself. Syrians have already taken that decision, way back in March 2011. The ball has started rolling. We already have as much as 7,000 martyrs, not counting all the people tortured to death or detained. Not counting the 50,000 martyrs in Hama, Jisr al shughour and Aleppo, back in 1982. We have nothing to lose, we have already lost a lot, there is no use in stopping the fight becayse we will lose 60 more. As much as I hate to say this, many more Syrians will be martured in the days to come, but all Syrian lives will be secure and safe for ETERNITY because of their sacrifice.

    I am optimistic, Sheila. Before March, the Syrian Army’s total strenth was around 400,000. The defections started from ;ate May and early June.

    Today we have at least 10 defections on an average EVERY DAY, and these are the ones that are recorded. God knpws how many unrecorded defections and desertions have taken place, soldiers refuskng to report for duty and stuff like that.

    If there are at least 10 defections per day on average REGULARLY, the Syrian Army will be reduced to a pathetic armed rabble within 1 year.

  46. Khaled,

    So your two examples are either a failed armed struggle that brought a whole country into 30 years of civil war and foreign occupation by two nations, or Taliban style insurgency that made Afghanistan the hell hole it is today.

    An armed struggle is not the only answer, especially full on war were you have cross border raids. Palestinians have been doing this for 60 years now, have they gained an inch back yet?

    It’s not about just sacrificing the brave lives of the Syrian people that will bring about the end of this regime, but persistent and calculated disobedience (Civil and militaristic).
    The military in Syria is a large behemoth, going at it head on will result in defeat.

  47. “British lost 200,000 people just to defend their country”

    The British could have stopped the Nazis years before Poland, and spared themselves and the rest of the world an all out war.

    “The Soviets liberated their country from Nazis at the cost of 2 million young lives”

    The Soviets were notorious for the way they wasted and expended lives like so many rounds of ammunition.

    These days, the willingness and desire to lose countless of lives for a cause is not a sign of glory. It is a sign of ineptitude. Don’t shy away from a fight, but be damned sure you haven’t exhausted all other options before resorting to human waves of dead heroes.

    Junior is willing to sacrifice a million Alawites and shabihas to stay in power, and those idiots are allowing themselves to be used in such a manner. But there will come a point where even those diehard mindless fanatics will be able to make a choice. The path of outright war leaves your enemy with no option but to kill or be killed.

    Muhamad liberated Mecca without taking a single life when he entered it. Neither did Omar when he entered Jerusalem. And neither did Salahudin when he liberated it, unlike the Crusaders who massacred Muslims and Christians alike when they took the city.

  48. Palestinians have been doing this for 60 years now, have they gained an inch back yet?

    Son of Damascus,

    How many inches is Gaza and the major Palestinian cities of the West Bank?

    Egypt never offered Gaza to the Palestinians when they owned it. Jordan never offered most of the West Bank to the Palestinians when they owned it. Palestinian “resistance” worked fairly well in XXXX’s case.

    I hope you realize that dealing with democracies is never as bad as dealing with the ME despots like Athad.

  49. Hi All:

    Back from space.

    Zenobia, although there was no blood in that video you posted from Egypt, it really made me feel sick and gave me chills to the spine. It reminded me that there are really, really cruel people behaving worst than animals in the M.E. and all over the world for that matter.

    7eetanis, a friend of mine sent me a link to an arcticle from The Telegraph that suggested Abdulhakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council, was using a fake passport and travelled to Turkey to meet the FSA. Basically, if true this leads to little credibility that ex-Alqaeda (terrorist) are operating or at least helping FSA in tactics, etc Also British and French intelligence are in contact with FSA… did anyone hear about this?

    I believe strongly that if anyone is going to foot the bill, after freezing a few billions of Syria’s money (including the mafia bros.) any shortfall will be covered by none other than S.A and the Gulf.

    Re: Khaled Tlass, I am more sure than not that the majority of Salafis do not hold his views of hatred and desire for blood. And can anyone give proper statics on how many people are Salafis are in Syria. Is it 10,000, 100,000?

    OTW, I like Syrian Walls better than just walls.

    Cheers

  50. Dear 7ee6anis

    These days, the willingness and desire to lose countless of lives for a cause is not a sign of glory. It is a sign of ineptitude. Don’t shy away from a fight, but be damned sure you haven’t exhausted all other options before resorting to human waves of dead heroes.

    With minds like that, I am optimistic about future Syria. The days of glorifying death should be gone to no return. Off course, honoring the memory of the martyrs is important not only in Syria but everywhere. But rest assured, if martyrdom is what we want, then this regime will be the more happy to oblige.

    Doesn’t anyone who says something like Syria should sacrifice its children for the cause, while sitting behind a computer screen feel awkward at least. No Sir, this revolution is more like the ancient celebrations of the vitality of life, and not the glorification of death. The most telling proof of that is the amount of creativity the revolution has unleashed. It is a yearning of a peoples to take their place among the nations in being creative, free, able to participate in determining their future and the future of their children and to contribute stories of life instead of those of death. It is not about giving their children for the same of a conceptual Syria, it is about the practice of loving ones life and appreciating that such life is far better being free.

  51. AP,

    You misunderstood what I said, the Palestinians did not gain Gaza and the West Bank because of an armed struggle. Yes an armed struggle got them to the negotiation table, but ultimately it was a diplomatic route that got them to where they are today.

    I am not advocating the same in Syria, for the regime has proven time and again inept at properly dealing with its citizens. However to follow the route Khaled had suggested will result in nothing but more bloodshed. The regime has tanks, have trained units, and more importantly central command; the FSA is not a conventional army nor will it become one over night, it is a guerrilla group that will continue hitting the regime with small raids and try to avoid head on confrontation so that they can fight another day.

    By the way happy Hannukah to you and Amir, I hope you and your family have a safe holiday.

  52. Dear 7ee6anis,
    I like both Syrian Walls and Walls alone. On the one hand, Walls give the image of a mysterious and expansive identity yet unlikely to be unique, while Syrian Walls, roots the site into a Syrian identity and Syrian issues, which is very appropriate and sounds nice also in its Arabic version حيطان سوريه , not only now, but for the years it will take to rebuild Syria after 50 years of dismantling.

    I am OK with either name. I am not sure changing the address will be easy, but at least changing the title on the header can be done fairly easy. Let’s hear a few more voices, so far we have three nodding strong agreement with Majhool’s suggestion with me tilting in that direction, at least for the header banner.

  53. I actually like the term Walls. After the revolution, I hope this site will remain a place for us all to get together and share views for years to come. Sticking with “Walls” will prevent us from being limited to just issues about Syria in the future.

    Afterall, Syria is the most important and crucial country in the region; what happens here affects everyone else. As Syrians, we have a unique, God given right to be opinionated
    on every darn topic that involves every country west of the river Jordan and east of Lake Tabariya. Har har.

  54. It is haunting to think that every single dead has at least a mother and father, maybe a brother and sister, a wife and a child or maybe children, a cousin a niece or maybe a nephew and tons of friends and neighbors. What a loss. What a great loss every single man, woman or child is to the country. I shall mourn every single one of them. It is the finality of death that is the most haunting and disturbing. I just want this over and as quickly as possible. I don’t care how this regime goes, I just want it gone. I want this blood bath to end. Martyrdom does not heal a mother’s heart, nor does it support a widow with children. It is an empty word for those who suffer. It just makes us feel better about their loss, until it hits closer to home, then we damn martyrdom.

  55. Actually, I think the concept, notion, ideology, representation and so forth – of martyrdom – is dangerous even. Certainly, it is problematic and potential self sabotaging… in its way of promoting death as a viable and in some spheres even put forth as desirable (!) option or mode of attempting to gain political ends. And yet – to think that it actually achieves anything in the long run or for some to promote martyrdom as a positive thing- is a grave misconception with very negative long term consequences. To speak of “martyrs” is a very short term salve… but really it leads to more deaths as it psychologically assuages the true costs of these sacrifices of life. The dead are no longer available to work towards life and – there is nothing gained by them. They are not a sacrifice to gain something in return – they are just a loss.

  56. SHEILA,

    Is your brother in Aleppo still supporting the regime ? Is he a heartless murderer ?

  57. S.O.D,

    The Palestinians could not win in their armed struggle and cross-border raids becayse they got involved too much in killing Israeli civilians, mass terrorism ( like Munich 1972 and Dawson Field hijackings, etc.) That not only destroyed their reputation but also did not cause the IDF any amount of harm, rather strengthened the right-wing elements in Israei society and polity. THe Palestininas were also uselessly frittered away in factional struggles ( PLO vs PFLP vs PFLP-GC vs Hamas ) and began to be controlled by various regimes ( Syria, Iraq and Libya ).

    The FSA is not like this and will not be like this

  58. S.O.D said :

    “However to follow the route Khaled had suggested will result in nothing but more bloodshed. The regime has tanks, have trained units, and more importantly central command; the FSA is not a conventional army nor will it become one over night, it is a guerrilla group that will continue hitting the regime with small raids and try to avoid head on confrontation so that they can fight another day”

    S.O.D., I am advocating arming the FSA with heavy weapons including Tanks, Grad rockets, anti-aircratft systems, don’t you think it wil neutralize the regime’s firepower ?

    Also, I have shown how there are MINIMUM 10 defections per day. Maybe Aboud can come up with a more accurate figure. Anyhow, don’t you think after 1 year the Syrian Arab Army will not be the same again ? It will lose at least 1/3 rd of its total strength, either thru defections or thru FSA attacks.

  59. HUSAM said :

    “: Khaled Tlass, I am more sure than not that the majority of Salafis do not hold his views of hatred and desire for blood. And can anyone give proper statics on how many people are Salafis are in Syria. Is it 10,000, 100,000?”

    At least 40 % of the Sunni population, and 33 % of the Syrian population, are practicing Salafis. The number is in the range of 5 to 6 million.

    Did u see how the Salafis won 30 % of the votes in Egypt ?

  60. Copy-pasting a comment my deart friend REVLON wrote on SC : ( can’t agree with him more) –

    “SNC leadership has proven beyond reasonable doubt that they are out of touch with realities on the ground and out of their mind when it comes having vision and plans for saving civilians.

    They first insisted on internal peeeeeaceful solution; thousands died in the process while civilians were asking for No-fly zone.

    Then they insisted on Arab peeeeeeeeeeaceful solution; thousands died, and more will while the AL commission gets duped watching enactments of regime scenarios.

    Now! We are told that the SNC leadership want Arab Deterrent Forces!
    Wow!
    They are out of their mind!
    Where is the historic precedent where such force barged in on an Arab state to protect demonstrators?
    The only ones that I recall came upon request of states, not people or demonstrators!

    It took months and thousands of lives to get the regime to receive 120 regime-friendly, Arab government officials to listen to and watch to their reality TV, staged events.

    This SNC leadership has achieved many things for every body else but the revolution:
    – They have accommodated the egos of hundreds of neo-politicians.
    – They have given assurances to major powers on future policies
    – They have given promises for future business deals with the obstinate ones
    – They have given assurances to the handful of Assyrians who shall continue to find new reasons to moan about in order to immigrate for non-political reasons.
    – They have given assurances to minorities while 80 to 100% of them are party to the ongoing carnage against the majority.

    Oh ya! They have given things to the revolution; the SNC commandments:
    – Meet violence with peace
    – Do not abduct other’s children, even if they abduct your’s.
    – Face death with peaceful creativity
    – Go on strike even if Assad thugs loot the last penny your poverty stricken family is clinging on
    – Go on civil disobedience and starve your family.
    – To the FSA: do not fire on convoys of Shabbeeha or the brave Assad soldiers; it is just not nice.
    Wait until they come to your doorstep and brandish the gun and threaten you they will shoot! Oh and make sure that they are not using blanks! Only then you are permitted to fire back!
    – Would someone help me out here to make them 10 commandments!!

    I invite the SNC leadership to lead by example or shut the hell up.
    Come down to Homs, Idlib, Dar3a, Damascus, or any restive area and show the demonstrators how to do all that!

    If they can’t and they won’t, then they should leave the action plan to the concerned party, the revolution and dedicate themselves to only promoting the revolution’s cause.

    The SNC ought to announce their rejection of the farcical AL commission mandate and membership.

    The SNC must revise their agenda, starting today!
    – They should stop romanticising about the peaceful revolution. The revolution started peaceful and shall continue to be one, irrespective of their calls.
    – They should start enacting ways to save people; The SNC has done nothing to save a single life!
    – They should garner financial, logistical, and training support to the FSA, without interfering with their field decisions.
    – They should make immediate contacts with Turkey, USA, and EU to implement plans for no fly zones, within 1 to 2 weeks.

    Get lost SNC and your silmiyyah, and get lost Arab League, when Syrians will be free you will be in dire straits, Syrians will not forget your betrayal.

  61. S.O.D said :

    “However to follow the route Khaled had suggested will result in nothing but more bloodshed. The regime has tanks, have trained units, and more importantly central command; the FSA is not a conventional army nor will it become one over night, it is a guerrilla group that will continue hitting the regime with small raids and try to avoid head on confrontation so that they can fight another day”

    S.O.D., I am advocating arming the FSA with heavy weapons including Tanks, Grad rockets, anti-aircratft systems, heavy machine guns, don’t you think it will neutralize the regime’s firepower ?

    Also, I have shown how there are MINIMUM 10 defections per day. Maybe Aboud can come up with a more accurate figure. Anyhow, don’t you think after 1 year the Syrian Arab Army will not be the same again ? It will lose at least 1/3 rd of its total strength, either thru defections or thru FSA attacks.

  62. S.O.D,

    The Palestinians could not win in their armed struggle and cross-border raids becayse they got involved too much in killing Israeli civilians, mass terrorism ( like Munich 1972 and Dawson Field hijackings, etc.) That not only destroyed their reputation but also did not cause the IDF any amount of harm, rather strengthened the right-wing elements in Israei society and polity. THe Palestininas were also uselessly frittered away in factional struggles ( PLO vs PFLP vs PFLP-GC vs Hamas ) and began to be controlled by various regimes ( Syria, Iraq and Libya ). THe varous Palestinian fedayeen groups were also not well liked by their hosts in Lebanon and Jordan.

    The FSA is not like this and will not be like this

  63. Just heard two loud explosions, about 20 minutes ago. Word is its from Kafar Souseh, where Political Intelligence, and the Prime-Minister’s office / ministry of foreign affairs complex is located. Lots of talk about a gun battle going on…

  64. 13 minutes after the two explosions, Syria TV announces that preliminary investigations show that AlQaeda did it.

    No comment. Please excuse me, because مخطتي شاطة وريالتي على أميصي, متل كل هلعالم يعني.

  65. Hazird,

    I love how the regime is painting this a “blue print of Al Qaeda”, makes one wonder what is really going on here? Is this another ploy by the regime?

    Stay safe!

  66. Dear Hazrid and S.O.D

    Why not, the suicide terrorists are probably well known to the regime’s mukhabarat, most likely they are expert suicide terrorists and this is their fourth or fifth successful suicide mission.

  67. this is their response to 60,000 revolutionaries on the streets of meydan, and thousands in aleppo, as well as a show for the AL observers.

    from Muhammad al-Abdullah’s facebook page: عاجل وخطير : ورد على صفحة المعارض محمد العبدالله : مصادر خاصة وثيقة الصلة سربت أن ضحايا تفجير إدارة المخابرات السورية هم من المعتقلين الأبرياء الذين تم نقلهم من السجون ومراكز الاعتقال إلى المراكز العسكرية والمخابراتية لإستخدامهم كضحايا لسلسلة التفجيرات التي ستجتاح سورية خلال الأيام القادمة بعد توقيع برتوكول الموت ووجود مراقبين عرب. لإيهام العالم أن الثورة السورية هي ثورة ارهابيين
    Reliable sources

  68. when you unload “heavy weaponry” into a country….this is an example of ONE problem you end up with… and this is without even the presence of myriad militias possibly still in conflict or busy continuing to take ‘revenge’.

  69. Dear Khalid Tlass,
    My brother is a doctor. He has saved many people’s lives to be called a “heartless murder” by someone like you. I do not agree with his position, but to call him “a heartless murderer” is above and beyond disagreement. I would like to explain to you a very simple concept. This is a concept that most humans start understanding upon gaining some experience in life. It is the fact that life is not simple black and white, rather many different hues of gray.

  70. Dear 7ee6anis,

    For more than 8 months, and despite the heavy presence of al-Qaeda in Syria as claimed by the Syrian regime, there were no car and suicide bombings like the ones that happened today. However, all of a sudden and after the AL monitors arrived, al-Qaeda went into action. What a coincidence. Highly likely, this is a false-flag operations aimed at warning Syria and the entire world about what is to come if they don’t leave Assad alone. The Syrian regime has lots of experience in car bombings and will use it to wreak havoc in Syria. May Allah protect our people from these evil monsters.

    By the way, I was told by a friend that Walid al-Mualem mentioned two days ago in a press conference something about wishing that terrorist attempts take place to prove that Syria is under attack. Also a Lebanese official or media person stated few days ago that al-Qaeda elements have crossed into Syria. Is that true? It seems that they were preparing the public for what is coming.

  71. The smoke was white, the pictures of the mangled bodies looks like old corpses, the pictures of the buildings are not showing severe damage, there is no rush of ambulances in the pictures. Has anyone seen a video clip from SANA or Doonia to show what the response was. Physicians I know were not called in to the hospitals to treat the wounded.
    Also they caught ” th suicide bomber” not clear if it is before or after he did the bombing :)!!!
    The producer of this propaganda shit needs to be fired.

  72. Some say that a bus loaded with detainees who were being shipped out was caught in the explosion. A summary execution that would be. Shall we ever know who the victims were ? My friends in Damascus are frozen with fear this on this day before Xmas eve.

  73. هذه خريطة تفاعلية توضح اماكن المظاهرات (اللون الازرق) مدعومة بالفيديو و المعلومات الكاملة عن الاضرابات (اللون الاصفر) مواقع سقوط الشهداء (اللون الاحمر) و هي قيد التحديث المستمر.

    Interactive map (google maps) of today’s protest points

    Blue: Demonstration with video of events
    Strikes: Yellow
    Red: location of fatalities due to Assad regime actions.

  74. Dear SYR.EXPAT

    Here is the actual quote
    وليد المعلم في أخر مؤتمر صحفي

    أي عمل إرهابي مسلح أمام المراقبين الدولين لن يكون إحراج لنا بل سوف يزيد من مصداقيتنا بوجود العصابات المسلحة

    Walid Muallem in his most recent press conference (the day of signing the protocol of death)

    “Any armed terrorist act in the presence of the international observers will not cause us embarrassment. To the contrary, it will enhance our credibility about the presence of armed gangs”

  75. via Qunfuz
    from Amjad Baiazy’s facebook page: The first bombing in Damascus took place at 11.30
    The second bombing in Damascus took place at 11.35
    Syrian TV announced that Al-Qaida conducted suicide bombing against security forces in Damascus at 11.50
    A suspect was arrested at 12.45

    Among the 40 people who killed and the 150 who were injured there was not even one security officer!!

    All those who died were either army conscripts, prisoners and passers-by!

    I dare the Syrian government publish the names of the people who died!

    The Syrian government should at least be smart when they bomb their own people!

  76. “It is the fact that life is not simple black and white, rather many different hues of gray”

    Something I’d like to thank Sheila for reminding us of. I think we need just such a reminder every now and then.

    Anyone who has had the displeasure of going anywhere near a security building knows that a) IT IS NIGH IMPOSSIBLE FOR A CAR TO GET ANYWHERE NEAR THERE b) They don’t even allow bystanders anywhere near the buildings. Those aren’t areas you can just drive your car up to or just stand around.

    As Annie mentioned before, I’ve been waiting and waiting for the regime to release a list of the names of those killed in the bombings. I dare them to.

  77. KT said:

    “At least 40 % of the Sunni population, and 33 % of the Syrian population, are practicing Salafis. The number is in the range of 5 to 6 million. Did u see how the Salafis won 30 % of the votes in Egypt ?”

    Can you give your source? You are pulling numbers out of nowhere.

    Egypt is not Syria, each country is unique. From the 500 or so family members I have met personally ZERO, none are Salafi. Some are conservative and a few in Niqab simply Sunni Hanife but that doesn’t translate to Salafi/Wahabi.

  78. What is sickening is who the Syrian regime is using this excuse I quote Mekdad “On the first day after the arrival of the Arab observers, this is the gift we get from the terrorists and al-Qaeda,” is this sad person for real, who sees a terrorist act as a gift?

  79. According to HA

    Thanks to Revlon on SC

    بيروت- (يو بي اي): اتهم حزب الله في لبنان الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية “ام الإرهاب” بالتفجيرين “الإرهابيين” اللذين وقعا الجمعة في العاصمة السورية دمشق مما أدى إلى وقوع عشرات القتلى والجرحى.

    وقال الحزب في بيان له بعد ظهر الجمعة “إن هذه التفجيرات التي أسفرت عن استشهاد وجرح العشرات من الأشخاص، معظمهم من النساء والأطفال، هي من اختصاص الولايات المتحدة أم الإرهاب، وأصابعها الممتدة في منطقتنا، والمتخصصة في استهداف الأبرياء وقتلهم وترهيبهم، لدفعهم إلى الإنصياع للسياسة الأمريكية الساعية لتحقيق المصلحة الصهيونية التي يضعها الأميركيون فوق كل اعتبار”.
    …..

    ، معظمهم من النساء والأطفال????

    What the hell are women and children doing in top SECURITY BUILDINGS, well known for the horror scenes inside them.

  80. Staged , staged.

    Riad al Asad should order the FSA intelligence branch to do some investigation on their own and publish the results.

  81. The Guardian is publishing a very unbiased abd critical explanation of today’s events. They are sceptical about the whole regime story. France and Britain will never buy this story, the US might, with all their Al Qaida paranoia, and the A.L definitely will. Each and every single one of Arab rulers is on the Al Qaeda hit list. An excellent trump card by the regime.

  82. The Guardian is publishing a very unbiased abd critical explanation of today’s events. They are sceptical about the whole regime story. France and Britain will never buy this story, the US might, with all their Al Qaida paranoia, and the A.L definitely will. Each and every single one of Arab rulers is on the Al Qaeda hit list. An excellent trump card by the regime.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2011/dec/23/syria-egypt-yemen-protests-live-updates

  83. Today. at last rural Aleppo awoke from its slumber. Today for the first time huge protests were recorded at all the small towns of Aleppo Governorate, including even the Kurdish towns. This hasn;t happened for the last 8 months.

    This is unbelievable, rural Aleppo is now resembling Idlib, with hundreds of small towns that dot the countruside out in huge numbers. Looks like another Idlib is in the making, Alhamdulillah, the regime thought that by slaughtering Jabal Zawiya it can stifle Idlib, but Aleppo has erupted ( now the City should stop being insulated and join the rest of the Governoarte). Now its only a matter of time before it becomes another FSA stronghold, Aleppo City better act before its too late and their supply lines end up being cut off and besieged by the FSA.

  84. Allahu Akbar !!!

    DRUZE brothers and sisters protest against Assad regime for the first time in Occupied Golan – ( Majdal Shams, Occupied Golan)

    The regime sent the shabbiha even against the Druze !! So much for minorities !!

    Its wonderful to see Druze get so actively involved in the uprising. Now, sine Golan has awakened, can Suwayda be far behind ? ( the regime is already calling them Israelis )

  85. I always predicted that Druze brothers and sisters will soon join the revolution, at last it has come true !!

    Today for the first time Druze communities came out in support of the uprising and against the regime, in Occupied Golan –

    The regime sent their shabbiha even to the Golan ( disproving that these are israeli Druze) –

    This has reaffirmed my faith in the goodness of non-Sunnis.

  86. To all the Christians on 7ee6an,
    I wish you a Merry Christmas. May the coming year be full of joy and happiness at the fall of the Syrian regime. Amen.

  87. Dear Khaled
    Thanks for the good news from Aleppo, but please do not repeat the same comments. Take your time. Also, thanks for the link to Guardian’s article. You are right, they are not buying the regime’s narrative.

    I would definitely also encourage everyone to read Robin’s post linked to by Zenobia. Every time I read Robin i learn something new about what does it mean to have a well written, well thought, from the heart and mind argument.

    You will be happy to know that Aleppo already has an active FSA presence, how do you think demonstrations are happening in new neighborhoods in the south side of town. The local Shabee7a do not have a free reign as they did before, and some of them received severe warnings.

  88. OTW,

    What do you think of the protests in the Golan ? This is the first time that any minority group has openly come out in support of the Uprising.

    More videos from occupied Golan ( you could be mistaken that it was like Hama or Daraa today ) , also the presence of Druze sheikhs proves the fact that the recent upsurge in the area enjoys the support of a wide cross-section of the Druze community and not the work of a few leftist-liberal hippies –

  89. What do you think of the protests in the Golan ?
    ELATED
    It is an additional nail in the fake resistance coffin and the coffin of a regime that has used and extended the problems in order to remain in power and to maintain its theft and brainwashing of Syrians.

    However, I don’t see it as Druze issue.

  90. I am not advocating the same in Syria, for the regime has proven time and again inept at properly dealing with its citizens.

    S.O.D.,

    The Syrian regime is not “inept”, they act as though the people do not exist.

    However to follow the route Khaled had suggested will result in nothing but more bloodshed.

    I’m not sure, but I take it Khalid Tlass advocated “armed resistance”. Where have I heard that term before?

    I noticed that there is criticism of the opposition. They are doing enough. They’re not well organized. Arabs, it seems, were never the best at being “organized”, however, “The Street” seems to make up for that. Like the American black community, they were the most organized, but they sure did a good job of being heard.

    By the way happy Hannukah to you and Amir, I hope you and your family have a safe holiday.

    Thank you. Your comment is very much appreciated.

    Khalid Tlass,

    As I am trying to understand the Islamic POV, you’ve made a number of posts that seem to be right on and I have to agree with you. Your comment Palestinian terrorism is interesting, especially coming from an Islamist such as yourself. I am learning that not all Islamists are alike.

    BTW – what were the demonstrators from Majdal Shams saying? I wonder if they appreciate being Israeli citizens and not the kara living under Besho,..

  91. Akbar,

    Those were not Israeli citizens. The shabbiha attacjed them in mjadal Shams, do you think the Shabbiah would dare to attack Israeli citizens ?

  92. Allahu Akbar !!!

    Kafr oweid in Jabal zawiyah is not intimidated despite the horrific massacre –

  93. Something is crossing my mind with the current bombing in Syria. For decades, I heard the establishment media machine, which essentially always accepts and immediately confirms the official tale when terror attacks occur in the west. It has suddenly begun to generate what they normally call “conspiracy theories,” suggesting that the Syrian regime was probably itself behind the blasts as a failed circus show to gain sympathy from AL observers who are now in Syria.

    While I personally feel this is certainly highly probable, I am amazed because they routinely attack anyone (I get attacked too… conspiracy theorist, etc…) who questions the official story of an event like 9/11. They are setting stage for disbelief simply because the bomb occurred in a country that is the prime targets for the next NATO“ humanitarian intervention” The notion of false flag operations suddenly gains ears for Syria. But when I uttered a few words about 9/11 on Syria Comment last year, I was attacked and called all kinds. Don’t get me wrong, I am with all of you 7eetanis about the removal of this barbaric regime but I think there is more to the larger story than just that – Syria.

    It is never black & white.

  94. Dear OTW,

    Thank you for the info about Mualem’s prophetic prediction.

  95. Dear Annie
    I got your email, a lot to think about. I will respond within 24 hours. Sorry for the lag. For now, all I can say that we are all fortunate to have someone like you around and with us.

  96. This is my view of yesterday’s explosions:
    First of all, both branches are located on streets that are relatively well traveled, both are open for public access. Parking, or even stopping in front of each unless at the stop sign a few meters away from the interior branch (which I previously referred to as the political branch, wrongly). Note that this is considered to be a pretty strong branch, as Hafez Makhluf heads it.
    The pedestrian walkways, on the other hand are a whole different situation. both branches have no pedestrian access to them, and are on streets that aren’t really traversed by pedestrian traffic.
    Now, the day before, the regime was saying that Qaeda fighters had entered from Lebanon from E’esal. Their entry into Syria was going to be via smuggling routes, because E’esal is a smuggling town. I’m not going to go into the details of such movements on the public web, but its near-impossible for anybody to smuggle themselves in, then go to Damascus with a couple of explosive-laden cars from that location in two days. It is also near impossible for Qaeda to actually gather the materials, and assemble the required explosives and devices to create a suicide-bomb car within two days, and with such an effective blast radius in two days. I’m no military expert, nor do I know much about this stuff, but don’t they need some time to get the explosives, install them, install the trigger mechanism, do stuff with the suspension, and such?
    Ah, the car couldn’t have been smuggled in ready-made from Lebanon, simply because there are no roads from E’esal into Syria other than smuggling routes, and those routes are mountain-trails that not many vehicles can traverse, never mind one filled with explosives.
    Then, you have the places where the explosions happened. Basically, these two cars traversed the whole length of Damascus on a Friday morning without anybody noticing them. People who have been to Damascus and know the roads and locations probably know the route these guys took.
    And this is just the logistics for the attack itself. Why hasn’t Qaeda taken responsibility for the attacks? Takfiri groups love to gloat to the media when they do such attacks. Most of the time, such attacks have more media effort put into them than they do on the attack itself. We haven’t heard a single terrorist group taking responsibility. Which is abnormal, to say the least.
    The fact that Syria’s Intelligence agencies were capable of telling who’s blueprints were visible on the attacks merely 13 minutes after they happened, setting what is a world record is also another telltale sign. What I saw was total chaos at the scenes, no organization at all. Before they even identified the cars, found the bodies of the suspects, even taken a look at recordings from the all-seeing cameras that are all over both locations, they managed to know who’s blueprints were there. Not Jund-Al-Sham, or Fatah-Il-Islam, or some other domestic terrorist group who have been pretty quiet, but AlQaeda. This is the first Qaeda attack on Syria soil, and they haven’t even announced the formation of AlQaeda in Bilad Al Shaam yet. They haven’t shown or declared any intention of attacking Syria, nor have they attacked anywhere in the Arab world where there is a revolution… Wait, didn’t they attack a Church in Egypt just before the revolution over there?
    Yeah. I know.
    Which brings us to the timing, the most obvious part of the whole farce. Qaeda, which has been quiet for the last… 8-7 years since the start of their operations in Iraq, easy access to the Iraq-Syria border, and absolutely resounding lack of attacks on Syrian soil manages to perform a pretty well coordinated attack, in two hard to hit locations, within meager minutes of each other, the day after the Arab League observers arrive. Which is the most inopportune timing for such terrorist groups to stage an attack.
    By the way, I’d like to mention that on each of the entrances to either branch, there are double-layer sand bag installations. Has anybody seen any sort of remains of these fortifications? I mean, they were higher than 1.5 meters, shouldn’t these sand bags leave at least a pile of sand where they were? I know, its a minor detail, but it seems to be important to me.
    This is all information everybody knows. Some interesting things I’ve been told by people who live near one of the explosion sites, is that at least one of the explosions happened inside the branch. Which, if proven, is clear proof that this was an inside job. Anyways, Security camera footage of either explosion which should be readily available from either location, since they both are choc-full of security cameras, should verify the regime’s claims. That is all they need to make us all believe them.

    Sheila, one of the most important reasons for criticism during duress and times of crisis is to prevent groupthink in an organization. Closing off negative feedback loops (criticism, in other words) during times of crisis has almost always caused failure. This is clear in the banking crisis of 2008, Italy’s fascist regime in WWII, Bush’s pre-Iraq War Silencing of dissenting media, and many other instances. And again, closing off criticism is one of the worst preludes, and results of dictatorial rule. Yeah, I know it might seem thankless, but it is necessary. The SNC people are well thanked for their efforts, but thanks and criticism are not two mutually-exclusive concepts, something many failing institutes of ego fail to realize. No, I am not calling you an institute of ego in any way 😉

    N.Z., this is all guessing, but methinks it may be a sign of the military camp in the regime trying to assert its authority, maybe even an attempt at telling the politicos to shut up. The way the regime is built, there is no real ‘study body’, or strategic studies center to advise. Advice is limited to the small body of advisers each of the head-honchos has. Right now, the only person at the top ranks who has a substantial number of advisers for stuff that actually matters is Betho. Maher and the military/intelligence guys, such as Assef, Ali Habeb and all the others don’t seem to have any advisers.
    This has a two fold effect on the actions we see happening in Syria now: you have a small, powerful circle of political leaders, who include Bouthaina, Farouk, Waleed and others who have a small corps of advisers, thus they take relatively sane decisions on the political front, with some input from outside the immediate ‘circle of power’. You have on the other hand, the political people who don’t listen to any advisers, who think alike, and who take their own decisions. These people aren’t getting any feedback (maybe they are, but they aren’t listening to it?) from any media channels, their whole decision making system is built upon stuff they decide to do, in closed meetings of some sort. They aren’t taking any input from outside, so as a totally military group they see this as a war. under this context, which is very shaky in my opinion as I don’t have any solid sources for my information, we can think of this as either one of two things: the military/intelligence group taking a decision to attack in Idleb to spite the political group, or at least to assert their ability to act regardless of them, thus asserting their independence, or the military/intelligence group attacking Idleb after a large buildup which was noticed in the days leading up to the actual attack, with maybe a slight alteration of timing to take into account the announcement.
    There is another situation that is more plausible, that the military wanted to stamp out FSA presence before the observers arrive, for some reason or the other. Maybe they got intel about a possible move by the FSA once the observers get to Idleb?

    All in all, there are a few things we should watch out for the next few days. First of all, footage from the security cameras should be out today or tomorrow at most, if we are to even believe the regime that this was not an inside job. Second, We should look out for the locations of the next bombings, their timing, and their frequency, as well as the regime response to each one. Third, the movements of the observers, and their interactions with each party, as well as how said interactions are reported by all those concerned. for the next two weeks, I think the FSA might be changing the pace and type of activity it takes, to give more room for spontaneous protesters around visiting observers maybe?
    All I have left to say is, if the last week taught us anything, it is that this regime has an unfathomable amount of despicable brutality at its disposition, and it will deploy its deprived tactics at an increasing rate in the near future. To what ends, I honestly don’t want to know.
    Merry Christmas everybody, I declare with utmost sorrow in my heart, as I watch the regime parade its own wares in the oppressed streets of old Damascus.

  97. Oh, this is grand. Just as I was writing my previous post, it seems the regime is again trying to show us how depraved it can be.
    The regime has cloned the Muslim Brotherhood site, ikhwansyria.com , at ikhwan-sy.com .
    I have to say though, the real site should adopt the Mukhabarat’s version. its a lot better designed.
    Anyways, they posted this:
    http://ikhwan-sy.com/?p=90
    as you can see, it is clear that the site is spanking new. the latest news item is only the 90th page…
    Anyways, here is what it says, incase they remove it:

    عملياتنا في دمشق الأبية, تبدأ من كفرسوسة
    2011-12-23
    بيان صادر عن جماعة الإخوان المسلمين في سورية:

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    (ونريد أن نمن على الذين استضعفوا في الأرض, ونجعلهم أئمة ونجعلهم الوارثين) صدق الله العظيم
    بحمد الله وبركاته ونعمه وفضله, تمكنت إحدى كتائبنا الجهادية حزب السنة الغالبون
    من استهداف مبنى إدارة أمن الدولة في كفرسوسة بقلب عاصمة الأمويين دمشق بعملية ناجحة
    نفذها أربع استشهاديون من خيرة شبابنا المجاهد, أوقعت العديد من القتلى والجرحى من صفوف
    العصابة الأسدية.
    ونحن كمدافعين عن الشعب السوري وعن مقدسات هذه الأمة نرسل برسالة إلى عصابة الأسد, أن أول الغيث
    قطرة, وهذه بداية تحرير دمشق وهذا فيض من غيض.. الله ولينا, نعم المولى ونعم النصير..
    ومن هنا نحذر الإخوة المواطنين وننصحهم بعدم الاقتراب من المراكز الحكومية والفروع الأمنية
    لأن وحداتنا الاستشهادية في حالة جهوزيتها القصوى لتنفيذ عملياتها النوعية في دمشق
    وحلب وأرض الشام المباركة خلال الأيام العشرة القادمة.
    ألا هل بلغت .. اللهم فاشهد.. ألا هل بلغت .. اللهم فاشهد.. ألا هل بلغت .. اللهم فاشهد..

    جماعة الإخوان المسلمين في سورية
    هيئة التنسيق الإعلامية داخل سورية
    دمشق 28 محرم- 1433 هجرية

    Now, this isn’t the most telling part of the site. The whois information, on the other hand, is. from http://www.whois.net/whois/ikhwan-sy.com :
    WHOIS information for ikhwan-sy.com :
    [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]
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    [whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    Registration Service Provided By: RABI3 SORIA
    Contact: +944.858698

    Domain Name: IKHWAN-SY.COM

    Registrant:
    Fan News
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    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Creation Date: 30-Nov-2011
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    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
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    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Technical Contact:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Billing Contact:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Status:LOCKED
    Note: This Domain Name is currently Locked. In this status the domain
    name cannot be transferred, hijacked, or modified. The Owner of this
    domain name can easily change this status from their control panel.
    This feature is provided as a security measure against fraudulent domain name hijacking.

    ___________________________________________
    Engineer Emile B. Kas Nasrallah, 27 years old, and a great sheikh of the Muslim Brotherhood in Aleppo, kindly left his number where for us, so that we can call him and inquire into future operations by the MB.

  98. Oh, and the MB had the peace of mind to use the same registrar and host as shabi7a.com . This keeps getting better and better.

  99. Don’t know why it won’t post this comment:

    Oh, this is grand. Just as I was writing my previous post, it seems the regime is again trying to show us how depraved it can be.
    The regime has cloned the Muslim Brotherhood site, ikhwansyria.com , at ikhwan-sy.com .
    I have to say though, the real site should adopt the Mukhabarat’s version. its a lot better designed.
    Anyways, they posted this:
    http://ikhwan-sy.com/?p=90
    as you can see, it is clear that the site is spanking new. the latest news item is only the 90th page…
    Anyways, here is what it says, incase they remove it:

    عملياتنا في دمشق الأبية, تبدأ من كفرسوسة
    2011-12-23
    بيان صادر عن جماعة الإخوان المسلمين في سورية:

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    (ونريد أن نمن على الذين استضعفوا في الأرض, ونجعلهم أئمة ونجعلهم الوارثين) صدق الله العظيم
    بحمد الله وبركاته ونعمه وفضله, تمكنت إحدى كتائبنا الجهادية حزب السنة الغالبون
    من استهداف مبنى إدارة أمن الدولة في كفرسوسة بقلب عاصمة الأمويين دمشق بعملية ناجحة
    نفذها أربع استشهاديون من خيرة شبابنا المجاهد, أوقعت العديد من القتلى والجرحى من صفوف
    العصابة الأسدية.
    ونحن كمدافعين عن الشعب السوري وعن مقدسات هذه الأمة نرسل برسالة إلى عصابة الأسد, أن أول الغيث
    قطرة, وهذه بداية تحرير دمشق وهذا فيض من غيض.. الله ولينا, نعم المولى ونعم النصير..
    ومن هنا نحذر الإخوة المواطنين وننصحهم بعدم الاقتراب من المراكز الحكومية والفروع الأمنية
    لأن وحداتنا الاستشهادية في حالة جهوزيتها القصوى لتنفيذ عملياتها النوعية في دمشق
    وحلب وأرض الشام المباركة خلال الأيام العشرة القادمة.
    ألا هل بلغت .. اللهم فاشهد.. ألا هل بلغت .. اللهم فاشهد.. ألا هل بلغت .. اللهم فاشهد..

    جماعة الإخوان المسلمين في سورية
    هيئة التنسيق الإعلامية داخل سورية
    دمشق 28 محرم- 1433 هجرية

    Now, this isn’t the most telling part of the site. The whois information, on the other hand, is. from http://www.whois.net/whois/ikhwan-sy.com :
    WHOIS information for ikhwan-sy.com :
    [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]
    [Redirected to whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    [Querying whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    [whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    Registration Service Provided By: RABI3 SORIA
    Contact: +944.858698

    Domain Name: IKHWAN-SY.COM

    Registrant:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Creation Date: 30-Nov-2011
    Expiration Date: 30-Nov-2012

    Domain servers in listed order:
    ns1.c0derz.com
    ns2.c0derz.com

    Administrative Contact:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Technical Contact:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Billing Contact:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Status:LOCKED
    Note: This Domain Name is currently Locked. In this status the domain
    name cannot be transferred, hijacked, or modified. The Owner of this
    domain name can easily change this status from their control panel.
    This feature is provided as a security measure against fraudulent domain name hijacking.

    ___________________________________________
    Engineer Emile B. Kas Nasrallah, 27 years old, and a great sheikh of the Muslim Brotherhood in Aleppo, kindly left his number where for us, so that we can call him and inquire into future operations by the MB.

  100. Allah protect Ahl Homs! Now the FSA should increase the attacks in the surrounding area

  101. hazrid, you’ll love this one

    E.S.N.N
    فضيحة كبيرة
    إنشاء موقع على الانترنت ينتحل شخصية الإخوان المسلمين من إيميل قس نصر الله

    تفاجأ الجميع بموقع للاخوان المسلمين في سوريا على الرابط التالي:
    http://ikhwan-sy.com/
    يقوم هذا الموقع بتنبني التفجيرات التي حصلت في دمشق وعمليات الخطف في حمص.

    لدى العودة لبيانات الموقع و إنشاؤه كما وردت في موقع whois.net
    نجد معلومات الموقع التالية على الرابط
    http://www.whois.net/whois/ikhwan-sy.com

    و المعلومات تشير لمايلي :
    Domain Name: IKHWAN-SY.COM

    Registrant:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Creation Date: 30-Nov-2011
    Expiration Date: 30-Nov-2012

    وفيها أن الموقع تم انشاؤه في 30 تشرين الثاني من عام 2011
    ومن قام بشراء النطاق نسي اخفاء معلوماته و هي البريد الالكتروني و الذي يرسل عليه رمز تفعيل الموقع وبالتالي لا يمكن ان يتم وضع ايميل خاطئ لان البريد الخاطئ يعني أن صاحب البريد يستطيع التحكم بالموقع.

    المهم بالعودة للبريد المذكور
    emile_k17@hotmail.com
    والبحث فيه بالغوغل تبين أنه يعود للسيد إيميل قس نصر الله
    صفحته على الانترنت
    http://www.facebook.com/emile.kasnasrallah

    ضمن معلومات الاتصال الخاصة به
    نجد نفس الايميل
    المعلومات الأساسية
    Emile Kas Nasrallah، (إميل قس نصرالله)

    تاريخ الميلاد 17 أبريل، 1984
    الجنس ذكر
    مهتم/مهتمة بـ النساء
    الحالة الاجتماعية أعزب
    اللغات Arabic، English، Greek وFrançais
    الآراء السياسية
    christian
    معلومات الاتصال
    Screen Names
    emile.k17Skype
    emilekasnasrallahGoogle Talk
    emile_k17@hotmail.comWindows Live Messenger
    emile_ka@yahoo.comYahoo! Messenger
    الموقع الإلكتروني
    http://www.ulworld.com/
    http://www.ulworld.tv/

  102. As expected, the victims of the Damascus explosion were buried without even being identified.

    It is impossible to see how this attack could in any shape, way or form have benefinited the regime. If it was indeed Al-Qaeda, then the regime supporters will rightly ask how, after 10 months, it is possible for such a colossal security blunder to have allowed an attack on the nerve center of the country’s intelligence aparatus.

    And if the regime staged the attacks, every mukhabarat agent will be wondering whether he is next to be offered up as a sacrificial lamb.

    Also quite telling that Betho the Baffled didn’t even bother putting in an appearance at the funerals. Come out junior, where are you hiding and giggling.

  103. Yeah Hamster, I’ve been trying to post the whois info for a while now. I looked around, and it seems like this guy’s brother is the Minister of Religious Affairs’ adviser.
    How connected this guy is to the Mukhabarat can tell us a lot of information about the actual explosions.
    The domain, strangely enough, was registered 21 days or so before the explosions. The site itself, made in WordPress is pretty sparse, as if it was purpose made. It started operating on the 3rd of this month, the day of the first blog post. The announcement, which the site records was posted the same day as the explosion is well written, which indicates at least some thought being put into it before-time. The dates of each post are verifiable from Google blogs. Other than the 8 blog posts, it is pretty empty.
    You can see cached copies of previous pages here:
    https://encrypted.google.com/search?tbm=blg&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1366&bih=677&q=ikhwan-sy.com&btnG=Search&gbv=2#q=ikhwan-sy.com+blogurl:http://ikhwan-sy.com/&hl=en&gbv=2&tbm=blg&sa=X&ei=_-f1TqeMAsT5rAfg88TdDw&ved=0CC8Q1gUwAA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=d04597d05d663ea2&biw=1366&bih=677

    The site has been taken down by its owner. I’m guessing he’s having a very nice time right now, what with all his contact details all over the internet. He could have paid for the whois guard from the start, something that comes for free with most domain purchases. Oh well, Maybe next time they’ll learn.

  104. Thank you dear and bright Sheila for your xmas wishes hoping the milad will bring a just and real peace to the region.

  105. It’s Christmas Eve in Syria, Jesus Christ’s birth. Let us all, Syrians and non Syrians, Christians and Muslims, remember the central theme of Jesus’ message, “freeing the oppressed” a theme that is so silently ignored.

    I wish you all a New year filled with LOVE and PEACE, a 2012 free of oppression and injustice.

    Dear Off The Wall, and 7ee6anis,

    A peaceful Christmas and 2012 Free Syria.

  106. Landis abviously believes the official story of both Damascus and Washington:

    “It reminds me of the notion that Washington was behind the World Trade Center bombing to provide a pretext for invading Iraq. I don’t give either much credibility. Both fit a rather perverse “qui bono,” or “who benefits” text, but I shouldn’t think that either are likely. I am only surprised that we haven’t seen the use of suicide bombing sooner.”

    Just show us the real tapes from the security cameras in kafer souseh and pentagon and put all of us to rest forever.

  107. Landis is biased against the revolution, because of his inherent Islamophobia and his family connections.

  108. Husam

    “Just show us the real tapes from the security cameras in kafer souseh and pentagon and put all of us to rest forever.”

    Yep, and a list of the deceased. This was the first funeral I’ve ever seen where relatives of the deceased don’t take part.

    I’d have expected Landis to at least point out the inconsistencies in the regime’s narrative, given that he is supposed to be an analyst and not a propagandist. Like they said on Facebook, how could the regime have pinned the blame on Al Qaeda within 15 minutes. A friggin urine test takes half an hour.

  109. Guys, what do you think about the recent developments in the occupied Golan , for the first time the Druze have come out in huge numbers to protest against the regime and in favour of the Uprising. This is a very significant development because this marks the first large-scale anti-regime demonstrations in minority areas.

    Also note that these guys were taking an incredible risk, flying the Syrian Flag in the Golan, you know its banned by the Israeli authorities.

    The demonstrations were pretty huge. The entire Druze town of Majdal Shams came out on Friday –

  110. KT, AP,

    A. I am unaware of any ban on flying the Syrian flag in the Golan (or come to think of it, anywhere else). What can really piss someone off is the PLO/PA flag, which used to be illegal.

    B. Most Golan Druze do not have Israeli citizenship (though they are allowed to apply, and AFAIK are very likely to get it if they do).

    C. Per articles in the Israeli press, the Druze in the beginning supported Assad, but apparently this changed by now. Perhaps what this means is probably that most of the community now believes Assad will lose… Or that opinion has turned sharply against him, and well, the Mukhabarat would not be allowed in there… Either way, this is a sideshow.

  111. Y.,

    There is indeed a ban on flying the flag of an enemy state, Syria is still an enemy state for Israel, the PLO used to be. Especially flying the Syrian Flag in a sensitive demilitarized zone like the Golan is very risky.

    As far as Syria is concerned, Golan is a part of Syria, and therefore these people are de facto Syrian citizens. So the menhebaks cannot claim that Israelis are protesting against the regime.

    The Druze in the Golan were initially divided.

    The Mukhabarat never could set foot inside the Golan, but they have a few Shabbiha wihtin the Druze community, some of these thugs turned up at the protests in cars, armed with baseball bats, but they got soundly thrashed by the protestors instead !!

  112. KT,

    The PLO flag used to be illegal because it is illegal to express support for terrorist organizations (like by flying the colors thereof)[0], which is how Israel defined PLO. And the PLO had no state pre-Oslo period. After Oslo it became the flag of the PA, which supposedly had we a peace process with (though not recognized as a state), so it became legal to fly (but will still piss people off).

    Now, I’ve searched, and couldn’t find any ban of an enemy state flag, though it’s possible I’ve missed it (I’m no lawyer). I did find mention the Syrian flag is common there and pictures of Golan Druze with Syrian flag[1], so it must be not that dangerous.

    [0]
    http://he.wikisource.org/wiki/פקודת_מניעת_טרור
    [1]
    http://www.srugim.co.il/15967-הדרוזים-בגולן-דגלי-סוריה-ותמונות-של-אס

  113. Y,

    Why are Israelis still pissed off at the PLO flag ? Also, it is the same flag which is the official flag of the Baath Party.

    Also, do Israelis in general still have a very low opinion about Yasser Arafat, PLO/Fatah and heir whole programme ?

  114. KT,

    I butted in earlier since it was sorta relevant to Syria (since it does claim the Golan after all), and well, on an issue I could be somewhat helpful on. However, I’d rather not talk directly about the Country-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named (sorry, bad joke), because last time it led to a flamewar, and well, this blog is about Syria (for now at least). Lets just say you can’t expect too good an opinion from Israelis (well, Israeli Jews at least) of Arafat/PLO given all that happened.

  115. If anyone still harbors any doubts as to the craziness of the ordinary Homsi, I offer you this 🙂

    Redefines “grace under fire”. This is in a place called Inshaat, an upper class neighborhood right next to Baba Amr, and which has also suffered alot of victims to the regime’s oppression.

  116. Dear fellow 7ee6anis,

    If today you are celebrating Christmas let me extend my warmest holiday wishes to you and your family, may you celebrate this day surrounded by loved ones.

    Merry Christmas

    Son of Damascus

  117. May everyone’s Christmas wishes to others become true for her/him as well. I wish you all the serenity that only comes from being honest with oneself.
    .

  118. Dear hazrid
    I just noticed two of your comments in the spam box and released them immediately. I looked at the content and the main difference between what you posted and what hamster posted later was that your posts included square brackets with web links in them, the filter may have interpreted that as being an attempt to embed code in the comment.

    Please accept my apology.

    And to All, Merry Christmas.

  119. I find it very odd that many are reporting that no names have been published of the bombing victims, is there a partial list at least? Could it be that these people / flesh carried out were already dead or ex-prisoners?

    Alahu A’lam we may never know.

    I hope 2012 fast becomes the end of the bloodletting.

  120. Aboud,

    Sorry, I missed your comment; at least we find something to agree on. While many things look fishy, I hate to make conclusion so fast depite my feelings now. As smart as we think we are, the truth, the real truth can be contrary to our judgment.

    In today’s environment, my right hand doesn’t trust my left. Anything is possible.

    A friend of mine just back from Egypt was telling me that he witnessed himself that people alike infiltrating the peaceful demonstrations and provoking the army with rocks and real bullets for no reason. Rumors are now going around that Mubarak loyalist are paying people to stoke the fire. Three days ago, that did not cross my mind. So, once again I feel like in a dark room.

    Who knows! Even on here or SC, my identity, yours, KT, SNK, SF, all of us is masked. It is like a big maze.

    The only thing I know for sure is 40 years of one corrupt family rule is/was killing Syria and its future.

  121. Husam

    “While many things look fishy, I hate to make conclusion so fast depite my feelings now”

    We live in times that are so fishy I can almost taste the tuna every morning when I wake up.

    The burden of proof is on the regime to prove that it was Al Qaeda, an organization that hitherto had shown no interest whatsoever in Syria. When was the last time Al Qaeda pulled off anything remotley like this?

    Landis’ comparisons with 9/11 are idiotic. After ten years of conspiracy talk, every 9/11 conspiracy theory has been shredded to pieces. The Americans took their sweet time in pointing the finger at Al Qaeda. It took Landis’s Baathist friends only ten minutes to do likewise.

    No list of victims, an all too convenient timing, and a regime where lying and fabrication are as second nature as mehti snorting, should have raised red flags in even the most diehard of Besho worshipers. But hey, if Landis wants to risk his crediblity by going on record as believing anything the regime of Waleed “Oh noes that was Tripoli? I could have sworn it was Homs” Mu’allem puts out, then who am I to deny him the pleasure.

    Anyway, Suria bi khayr, and anyone who says otherwise must be working for Sheikh Hamad. Duh. Khalas, khelsit. Next week maybe. Or the week after that. Really, anyday now ra7 tekhlas, as the menhebaks have been telling themselves week after week.

  122. If three months from now, someone argued that AL-Qaida mode of operation is to release a tape that was shot before the incident, how much you wanna bet that a tape will all of the sudden surface showing two perpetrators getting ready for a mission and it will be sent to Al-dunya tv

  123. I really did not want to chime in on the explosions story. But i think that my dear friend Joshua has it wrong. To begin with the US politics, despite of all the deal making remains deliberative politics and the system works with a pile of checks and balances that would eliminate any chance of a conspiracy such as the one required for Sept 11 to be a US government made disaster.

    On the other hand, the Syrian thuggish regime is a conspiratorial regime by its nature. Any one who watches the official media and its dirty sisters will recognize the cheep and stupid conspiratorial nature of this regime. The regime, being so, also views and perpetuates a conspiracy explanation of event. Equating the two is a nativity i had not expected from Joshua. I think that rationality has limits, and those limits are not dictated by how rational the person analyzing the events but by the irrationality of those making the events.
    .

  124. Merry Christmas everyone. To be honest I’m surprised there is still a Homs left this morning with all the shelling that was going on last night.

  125. Dear OTW,
    I posted this yesterday on SC. It is funny how close it is to what you posted today on 7ee6an:

    Dear Dr. Landis,
    You said: ”I was asked by journalists today what I thought about the notion that the Syrian government planned the car bombs to provide a pretext for their increasingly violent crackdown on the opposition. It reminds me of the notion that Washington was behind the World Trade Center bombing to provide a pretext for invading Iraq. I don’t give either much credibility”.
    I am a little shocked at this statement. Comparing the 9/11 conspiracy theory to the bombings in Syria is not something that an “expert” in Syria would do. The 9/11 conspiracy is very far fetched. For the US government to plan an attack on the scale of 9/11 and keep it as a secret is very near to impossible. The way the US government works makes it so. However, the way the Syrian regime works make it very plausible for it to do such things and never be exposed. The Syrian regime works and thinks like a Mafia. A group of criminals that are capable of doing anything. The regime today is under immense pressure, do you really put something like this beyond them? I am not saying it is a certainty that the regime did it, but not to give any credibility to such a claim is naïve at best.

  126. Dear fellow 7ee6anis,

    I noticed only yesterday the banking details for the funds appeal. They are on top, on the right hand side.
    Help Assad’s Victims
    Association for
    Support of
    Syrian
    People

    Agency: SG Paris uf (03100) (Socite General)
    IBAN: FR76 3000 3031 0000 0372 6418 745
    BIC: SOGEFRPP
    Bank 3003
    Branch: 03100
    Account Number: 00037264187
    Key: 45
    For more Information

    Congrats OTW

  127. Dear OTW,
    No, I think we just think alike. Remember last time we posted almost at the same time what looked almost identical?

  128. Kurds and Assyrians come together to protest against the regime, Qamishli :

  129. Good find dear Khaled, thanks for documenting these critical moments of the Syrian Revolution on 7ee6an. I like it when you search and find unity and not divisions. If I tell you of the number of people from ALL components of the Syrian fabric who are active in the revolution, you will not believe it. And when I say ALL, i mean ALL with no exception. I work with them every day. Again, it is good feeling when I see you looking for unity and not divisions. I hope such will last long.

  130. Aboud | said :

    December 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    “Merry Christmas everyone. To be honest I’m surprised there is still a Homs left this morning with all the shelling that was going on last night”

    Aboud, how many people died last night ? What has been the FSA reaction, are they resisting ? Does this means the uprising in Homs has been finished ? I’m very worried that the uprising might fizzle out.

    Abdel Bari Atwan said on Dateline London BBC ) that the protests in Syria will soon fizzle out and finsish, because “people are fed up and tired and seen that the international community is not interested in them, so pl will soon stop protesting and go back home” He said something on these lines..

  131. OTW,

    I was not a sectarian person before 8 months, however this uprising has made me sectarian in the way it has been cold-shouldered by Syria’s minorities and Sunni secularists, and Shia regimes in countriies like Lebanonm Iran and Iraq, it made me feel that as Sunnis we are all alone and everyone wants to finish us off.

    However, in the recent days, since the last week, we have been seeing more anti-regime activity in minority areas. There have been anti-regime demos ( small ) by Christains in Homs and Al Hasakeh, the Druze in the Golan have rallied to the uprising banner, the entire Kurdish region is up in arms and the Assyrian Christians who reside in these regions have joined their Kurdish neighbours.

    The attempt by the regime to create more fear in the minoriites by those false flag ops in Kafr Souseh have been a terrible flop. On the same day, the Druze were taking out their rallies in the Golan.

  132. A thought-inspiring video, about the failed 1991 Iraqi uprising. In 1991, just after the Gulf War, there was a mass uprising among the Shia majoroty of Iraq against Saddam. The armed revolutionaries and defected soldiers succeeded in taking Karbala City and controlled it for 15 days, but were ultimately crushed by Saddam’s forces. This video has visual video recording of many events in Karbala during the Uprising.

    I think this documentary is very relevant to the Syrian Uprising, especially the situation in Homs. Please watch the video Aboud, and do ur own analysis and tell how we can avoid a similar scenario and whether Besho is willing to use the same force like Saddam ( chemical weapons, Scud attacks, etc. ) Pls this is very important, ur inputs will be appreciated too OTW.

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