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Yet More Blood and Tears for Syria

General Fahad Jassim al-Freij is sworn in as Defence Minister by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) in Damascus in this handout photo distributed by Syrian News Agency (SANA) 19 July 2012. (Photo: Reuters – SANA – Handout)
Published Thursday, July 19, 2012
The blow was heavy. The bombing itself may not have been a surprise given the course the crisis in Syria has been taking. But its successful targeting of pillars of the Syrian regime makes it a major development – though the hierarchical structure of the state and army, and a supportive popular backlash, could help President Bashar al-Assad contain the damage.

Attention now focuses on the inevitable question: what will the next stage of the Syria crisis bring? There will be much talk of plots and scenarios, conspiracies and infiltrations, and long arms that can reach all the way to the top of the Syrian leadership.
The bombing was, ultimately, a well-executed security operation. Previous experience has shown that small groups are capable of staging such attacks, especially as security measures at the premises appear not to have been as one might have expected given current conditions in Syria.
But while the perpetrators may have been highly professional, their task may have been facilitated by the extensive intelligence activity that is being carried out in Syria – in which the whole world seems to be involved – in pursuit of the goal of toppling the regime by killing its leaders.


It has been clear for many months that this is the objective. That is due to the failure of efforts to achieve a breakthrough in the form of a high-level split in the Syrian leadership, or significant defections among the many Syrian diplomats and other officials based abroad.
Defections from the army, meanwhile, were limited to individual cases at the officer level, and insufficient among the rank-and-file to make a qualitative difference. The armed opposition does not need fighting men from the army as such. It has thousands of young Syrians it can call on who have had military training. It needs entire army brigades and companies to defect, and bring their weapons and materiel with them, but this has not been happening.
Several months ago, the Syrian leadership received a warning that direct attacks were being planned, specificall, attempts to assassinate Assad himself and top security chiefs. The success of yesterday’s attack is evidence of perseverance on the part of the perpetrators. It also provides further evidence that those making the decisions – in foreign capitals and intelligence agencies as well as in some sections of the Syrian opposition – are intent on taking the crisis through to a bloody conclusion.
The message from Wednesday’s bombing was too clear to have to spell out. Parts of the opposition, and their Arab and Western supporters, do not want a political settlement. They are telling the people of Syria that the regime-change they want is total. The war currently underway is therefore an existential war as far as they are concerned, so they are uninterested in any initiatives or attempts to establish dialogue. The same message has been sent out by the armed activities of the opposition, including during the presence of the Arab observers and then the UN monitors.
Given this qualitative escalation in the military confrontation; And given the fresh influx of “foreign fighters” into Syria (We have witnessed this in Lebanon. Over the past two weeks, hundreds of trained fighters, including Syrians and nationals of other Arab states, have transited Lebanon for Syria); Given, also, the applause and the welcomes that greeted yesterday’s crime, as shown on the TV screens of the countries sponsoring the Syrian opposition, and as expressed in public statements or leaked remarks; Given all the above, one can only expect one response from the Syrian leadership, a response that will cost Syria yet more blood and tears.
One of the victims of yesterday’s crime was the object of much security, political and media interest over the past decade. The powerful functions Asef Shawkat exercised made him a controversial figure.
There have been incessant attempts to demonize Shawkat, which can invariably be traced to the US, Israel and their clients in the region. But there was also a side to him that was hidden, for reasons related both to his position, and the nature of the tasks he undertook, far from the prying eyes of friends and foes alike.
Asef Shawkat played a major role in resisting Israeli occupation in and around Palestine. Right to the end, he took practical charge of meeting the needs of the resistance forces in Palestine and Lebanon, and of their members and cadres in Syria.

He oversaw everything from their accommodation and transportation, to their training camps and provisions, and arranging for cadres from inside Palestine to come to the country secretly for training.


For the resistance in Lebanon, Shawkat was a true partner, providing whatever assistance was needed without needing orders or approval from the leadership. He was a central player in the July 2006 war. He spent the entire time in the central operations room that was set up in line with a directive by Assad to supply the resistance with whatever weapons it wanted, notably missiles, from Syrian army stocks.
Shawkat and other officers and men of the Syrian army – including Muhammad Suleiman who was assassinated by the Mossad on the Syrian coast in 2008 – spent weeks coordinating the supply operation which helped the resistance achieve the successes that led to the defeat of Israel.

Despite the accusations levelled against Asef Shawkat regarding security, political or other matte rs, for Imad Mughniyeh, the assassinated military leader of Hezbollah, he was just another comrade, a modest man who would bow when shaking hands with Hassan Nasrallah, and liked to hear the news from Palestine last thing at night.
Ibrahim al-Amin is editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar. This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

40 Responses to Yet More Blood and Tears for Syria

  1. who_me July 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Video: Thierry Meyssan speaks about the unfolding Battle of Damascus

  2. Alex July 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    The syrian ministry of information Just warned of a fake Dunia channel broadcasting national song.
    Stay tuned, Damascus Grand Media battle may start any moment
    Dark Rooms Fabricate False New in Name of Al-Manar Website

    Informed sources to Al-Manar Website: Mossad in cooperation with Western intelligence agencies stand behind the bombing of Syria’s national security headquarter

    Informed sources to Al-Manar: Two explosive were planted in the office of National Security, the first one was uncovered and disabled by Assef Shawkat before the other exploded

  3. who_me July 21, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    (bits and pieces)

    “Russian orientalist Leonid Isaev comments:

    «Until now the Syrian rebels could not establish a long-time control over a single city. If they manage to fulfill their plans, and Damascus surrenders, then, of course, the situation will change overnight. However, in point of fact, the current offensive is a gesture of despair. The Syrian army is still strong, and the rebel forces are not being replenished. Except money and weapons, there is no other help from the West so far. At least, until the Russian position remains tough. Nevertheless, as for the money, the Syrian opposition is receiving plenty of it. Meanwhile, the last meeting of the opposition in Cairo, just like the previous one, has ended with a quarrel between the oppositionists, who have failed to reach an agreement. The sponsors of the opposition are already beginning to doubt whether this project is worth their generous financial assistance. And rebels in Syria are beginning to run out of forces. Therefore, the so-called «Storm of Damascus» is a show, designed for restoring the financing of the irreconcilable opposition».

    As a result, the implacable opposition begins to organize performances in order to support its reputation in the eyes of the sponsors,. This also applies to the so-called «storm of Damascus», believes the Syrian military analyst Mohammed Isa:

    «Now there are small armed groups in Damascus that are obviously under the control of Saudi Arabia. They are making sallies and shooting . But as soon as the security forces appear, the rebels immediately get lost, and after some time, those who have survived, make a sally in another quarter. They are making a lot of noise, but without any practical result. But at the same time, a detached observer may decide that a full-scale war is under way in Damascus».”

    it’s a propaganda and terrorist war the zionazis are waging. not a stand up fight. the idea is to wear down the government and play make believe soldiers for the jewish run msm to portray as a revolution. the insurgents are dreaming this straetegy up, it’s their owners, the fascists of israel and usa/eu who are deciding these strategies. the mercs are just mercs.

    • who_me July 21, 2012 at 12:10 am #

      “the insurgents are dreaming this straetegy up”

      the insurgents are not dreaming this strategy up

  4. who_me July 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    the current zionazi war on syria is not the first time israel and the muslim brotherhood joined together to attack syria:

    “1973-1982: Israel and Jordan Support Muslim Brotherhood Terrorism Against Syria
    Edit event

    In 1973 Hafez Assad approves a new, secular constitution for Syria, and declares that the country is a “democratic, popular, socialist state,” creating a backlash of violent Islamist demonstrations. Beginning in 1976, the Muslim Brotherhood carries out hundreds of attacks in Syria in an attempt to bring down the secular government. Israel and Jordan provide generous support for these operations, for example establishing training camps for the Muslim Brotherhood in Lebanon and Jordan near the Syrian border. In one incident in 1979, a gang of Brotherhood militants murders 83 military cadets by locking them inside a buliding and attacking it with automatic weapons and firebombs. Newsweek reports in 1981 that “over the past five years the Brotherhood has assassinated hundreds of Alawite members of Assad’s ruling Baath Parthy along with their relatives, Assad’s personal doctor, and a number of Soviet advisers.” In 1982, the Syrian army brutally suppresses the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters, massacring thousands in the city of Hama, a strong center of support for the Brotherhood. This puts an end to the wave of violence. [Dreyfuss, 2005, pp. 199-205]”

  5. Laura Stuart July 21, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Yet in Syria there is a Sunni majority and the M.B. is huge there even after Assad killed thousands in Hama.

    Again this simplistic thinking that if you are against oppression you must be with Israel.

    Just so so dumb to post State propaganda.

    • who_me July 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      “Just so so dumb to post State propaganda.”

      amazing how unselfaware they are. 😀

      • Laura Stuart July 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

        This is the leadership that you support

        • who_me July 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

          “This is the leadership that you support”

          • fool me once... July 22, 2012 at 12:26 am #

            Is that this guy?;

          • Laura Stuart July 22, 2012 at 12:35 am #

            You last comment is in the moderation queue and I don’t know how to approve it.

            Four letter words are not allowed by the looks – any more.

          • who_me July 22, 2012 at 12:52 am #

            fool me once…

            “Is that this guy?;”

            i don’t know, those rothschilds all look the same to me – same with rockefellers. 🙂

            Laura Stuart

            “You last comment is in the moderation queue and I don’t know how to approve it.

            Four letter words are not allowed by the looks – any more.”

            who is that directed to? and what post?

          • Laura Stuart July 22, 2012 at 12:55 am #

            To Fool me Once. You probably can’t see the post.

          • fool me once... July 22, 2012 at 1:09 am #

            I didn’t swear, please provide details

          • fool me once... July 22, 2012 at 1:14 am #

            Yep, I’ve seen it, it was “s**t”. Apologies, I was not aware of the new threshhold, I’ll re-post with it removed. Sorry

          • fool me once... July 22, 2012 at 1:15 am #

            For a minute there I thought the you know who’s were intercepting and re-writing my comments.

          • fool me once... July 22, 2012 at 1:21 am #

            cheers Laura

  6. who_me July 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    “1990: Mohamed Atta Joins Muslim Brotherhood Linked Group

    In 1990, after finishing his studies in architecture in Egypt, future 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta joins what is called an “engineering syndicate,” a professional or trade group. Like the school that trained many of its engineers, the syndicate serves as an unofficial base for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, where the organization recruits new operatives and spreads its ideology. Other members of the 9/11 plot will also have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood at various points in their lives. [Washington Post, 9/22/2001; Observer, 9/23/2001; Newsweek, 12/31/2001]”

    1995: Hijacker Atta Still Connected to Group Linked to Muslim Brotherhood

    In a three-month trip to his hometown of Cairo, Egypt, 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta demonstrates that he is still a member of an engineering syndicate linked to the Muslim Brotherhood (see 1990). He takes the two Germans students he is traveling with, Volker Hauth and Ralph Bodenstein, to the syndicate’s eating club. According to Hauth, Atta does nothing during the trip he knows about that suggests he is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but the group’s influence on the club is obvious. [Washington Post, 9/22/2001; Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 10/15/2001] A former CIA officer who served undercover in Damascus, Syria, will later say, “At every stage in Atta’s journey is the Muslim Brotherhood.” [New Yorker, 7/18/2003]”

    the muslim brotherhood and israel are allies and the muslim brotherhood serves as a vector for israel to infiltrate its security service operatives into the muslim community, as well as a source of recruitment of suitable collaborators.

    the muslim brotherhood is connected not only with israeli war crimes against the syrian people, the above info, if accurate about atta, shows the muslim brotherhood may have been one of the orgs israel used to recruit or indoctrinate their stooges to be blamed for the 9/11 attacks. it’s something to think about.

    the muslim brotherhood should be considered an israeli proxy org.

  7. who_me July 22, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    “Adil” Means “Just” in Arabic
    by James Ryan

    “My wife’s uncle, Adil, was shot and killed in cold blood in a Damascus street. He had no blackmail money. He was poor. So he was shot. He was shot by killers financed and organized by the USA and Turkey, in particular by Barack Obama and Turkey’s prime minister and prime collaborator, and their equally murderous emissaries, agents, and covert collaborators, along with their overt collaborators like the Turkish and American armed forces and the CIA. I hold both so-called leaders responsible for this murder as I hold all their criminal henchmen and henchwomen. Last year there was no more peaceful border in the world than that between Turkey and Syria. Then David Petraeus and Hillary Clinton came to Turkey. They met the Turkish prime minister, the president, the foreign minister and others exactly like them. And thereafter all hell followed. Peace! they cried. Democracy! Freedom! they yelled! And Syria and Assad suddenly became the hated ones. People! This is an old American game. But there is more. Much more.

    I hold all those Americans and all those Turks, both Americanized or Turkified, all of them I hold responsible. You cannot escape this death, this murder, committed under the pretense of fighting for freedom. To the extent that you all fill the air, Facebook and otherwise, with the magnificence of your vacations to exotic places, your shared recipes, your automobiles, your tastes in music, the wondrous feats of your children, the thrilling pictures of beloved household pets, your dashing profiles, your adored restaurants, your beloved sports idols, singers, actors, actresses, celebrities and other household plants . . . to the extent that this is all you have to offer this bleeding world, then you too are responsible. Adil went to work four days ago. Adil, a name meaning “just” in Arabic, a simple, honest man went to work four days ago and met freedom full in the face, American and Turkish style. And now his family knows what happened. In their grief they speak of “kader” and “kısmet” and other words meaning fate. But it was not his fate to die in the street. It was his misfortune to meet gunmen hired by America and Turkey and us. It was his misfortune to be born under a star that would allow this American president and this Turkish prime minister to pollute Adil’s world with their violence. People! Adil was one of us, an innocent caught in a disgusting political game that we enable.

    Know that the bullets than killed Adil were financed by all of us. Without the taxpayers of Turkey and America these gangsters in political garb would not exist. They only have power to the extent that stupid people like us fund them. Yes, people, we are financing terrorist states. So tell someone! Tell the world! Speak out! March! Adil died because he, like many of you, went to work one morning. And now, his family knows that he will never come back. Four days he was lost. His brothers searched. They found him among the piles of corpses in a hospital morgue. And now his family knows. But what do we know? Anything?”

    James (Cem) Ryan
    Istanbul, Turkey
    19 July 2012

    hello laura.

    • deLiberation July 22, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      testing the new edit comments feature … any bugs or probs let us know. thanks

      • who_me July 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

        it’s working ok. 🙂

        the blue lettering makes it easy to spot the new comments if i need to find them again when thinking of adding material or changing something in the content.


    • Laura Stuart July 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

      Well Adil means just that is true.

      Turkey doesn’t have soldiers in Syria and neither do they want war with Syria – they had excellent relations until recently.

      Yes the border is peaceful I have been through it many times but once Assad’s forces started killing civilian unarmed protestors there were thousand of refugees fleeing to Turkey, and I have met lots of them myself and also IHH the Turkish charity is helping there on the border so many of my friends are actually there and actually do actually speak to actual real Syrians

      Being shot on a Damascus street is quite likely since there is confrontation between the FSA and Assad going on there. Did you read what Sheik Haitham al Haddad said in that post I made a few days ago about joining the jihad in Syria? He said he spoke to a few scholars there and they said don’t come we don’t need men. So much for your theory of this being a foreign uprising.

      Best thing you don’t believe what you read in the press just go and ask some Syrians, I have plenty Syrian friends here do you want to speak to them?

      • who_me July 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

        laura stuart

        the way you defend those terrorists working for israel and make excuses for their war crimes, blame their war crimes on the victim or pretend the crimes never happened, reminds me of how cosmo does the same with regard to direct israeli criminal behavior on these threads.

  8. who_me July 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    “On July 18, a huge bomb blast killed or critically wounded several top Syrian security officials. While the “Free Syrian Army,” claimed credit, the highly sophisticated July 18 bombing in Damascus has the earmarks not of an operation by a recently organized paramilitary group, but instead of the CIA and/or the Israeli Mossad.

    The bombing was greeted by U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as showing “real momentum” for the Western-backed opposition in that country. The New York Times, in a July 19 front page article, extolled the opposition bomb makers’ “honing” of their skills. The White House and State Department weighed in with similar, very thinly veiled expressions of approval.

    Today, the CIA is coordinating the arming and many operations of the “Free Syrian Army, ” vetting which forces should receive weapons. (NY Times, June 21, 2012) U.S. intelligence agencies and their counterparts in the former colonizers of the Middle East, Britain and France, along with Israel’s, are undoubtedly doing much more.

    The Syrian National Council, a group mainly made up of long-time and mostly unknown exiles, is treated by the U.S. and its allies as a legitimate government-in-waiting.

    U.S. leaders are 100 percent behind the armed FSA/SNC revolt in Syria for the same reason that they opposed the Sandinista revolution and supported the Contras in Nicaragua. They are confident that the victory of the Syrian opposition would be their victory as well, and another step toward full U.S. domination of the Middle East.”

    earlier i compared the israeli run fsa/snc mercs attacking the people of syria to the israeli supported contras that terrorised the people of nicaragua in the 1980’s. others are also making that connection.

  9. who_me July 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    “Russia is concerned over plans announced by the United States to influence Damascus bypassing the UN Security Council.

    “If such statements and such plans are elements of real politics, it sends quite a troubling signal to all of us, prompting us to think how the international community is going to respond to international conflicts,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a press briefing in Moscow on Friday.

    A task facing all foreign players, “especially the members of the UN Security Council, is to use all of their resources and abide by decisions that were adopted collectively earlier,” he said.

    Lukashevich said he was speaking about decisions adopted by the UN Security Council’s five permanent members and subsequently supported by the entire international community – Resolutions 2024 and 2043 and the Geneva communique.

    U.S. Department of State spokesman Patrick Ventrell earlier gave a positive answer to a question about Washington’s possible plans to act bypassing the UN Security Council.

    Russia and China have blocked the resolution three times, he said.

    The U.S. would like these countries to change their position, but they refuse to do so, Ventrell said.

    The U.S. would continue working through the UN if there were a chance for new prospects regarding the position of Russia and China, he said.

    But the U.S. has a broader strategy, and it has no intention of stopping to do what it has been doing because there is no resolution, he said.”

    what israel wants, israel gets. international law and common decency be damned. if israel cant get its way in the un, they’ll have their quisling states go ahead and attack anyway.

  10. who_me July 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    “As FSA proxies fail and psychological operations falter, US prepares more direct (and desperate) approach for long-sought regime change.

    July 22, 2012 – As it becomes increasingly clear that last week’s “surge” by NATO-backed so-called “Free Syrian Army” terrorists was a failed psychological operation, coordinated with meticulously timed assassinations the day of the UN Security Council vote designed to stampede the Syrian government out of power, the FSA’s foreign sponsors are preparing the public for a more direct intervention while desperately attempting to maintain the illusion of chaos and the imminent collapse of Syria’s government.”

  11. who_me July 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    “The US reaction to the terrorist attacks in Damascus, in which three generals were killed including Syria’s Defense Minister, was quite remarkable. The US statement did not contain any condemnation of the attacks. Moreover Barack Obama accused Bashar Assad of what had happened, saying that the assassinations of the ministers were the consequences of his policy.

    At the same time Barack Obama condemned the terrorist attack in Bulgaria where a suicide bomber carried out an attack that killed eight people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists, because that attack concerned Israel’s international image. Obama’s statement expressed firm determination to support its Mideast ally. Again the US activates its double-standard policy mechanism, fighting terrorism when it is targeted against its allies and ignoring attacks when the targets are US opponents. We hear from Sergey Demidenko, an analyst at the Institute of Strategic Studies.

    “The US has once again confirmed its position regarding the priorities of its foreign policy. It supports its ally on any issues and ignores the negative events their opponents live through. This time Washington repeatedly made it clear that it would not revise its foreign policy. Actually it never did so in its history. The goals and priorities of US foreign policy on the Middle East are unchangeable and they won’t change. It sounds trivial but it is so. The US reaction to the events in Burgas and Damascus has confirmed it.”

    Meanwhile reports about ongoing military actions in Syria are controversial. The opposition claims that it has taken control over all the checkpoints on the border with Iraq and two check points on the border with Turkey. The authorities deny this information. It has been rumored that Damascus is preparing repressions in response to the murders of Bashar Assad’s associates. The authorities have warned the population that in some regions the insurgents dressed in the uniforms of government troops are going to perpetrate massacres and later shift the blame onto the military.”

    • Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

      killing mass murderers and child killers is not a terrorist act.

      Claiming that it is is an abuse and misuse of language.

  12. Alex July 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Yesterday I watched an Islamist from Istanbul councel claimin that Assad ir responsible for the destruction of the only lest Arab strong Army, Assad should have left to save the army..
    In realty the Syrian Army is the most wanted by Usrael and its Islamist’s thugs>

    Syria: Assassination of Missile Program Mind, “Palestinian cause is gaining”

  13. who_me July 23, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    looks like israel determined american syria policies again:

    The pretext of diplomacy is over, and the Obama Administration has now decided to be direct about its goal to oust the Assad regime from Syria militarily, according to top officials familiar with the situation.

    According to those officials, the White House is now holding daily “high-level” meetings about ways to aid the various rebel factions in the Syrian Civil War, as well as contingency planning for their own military action to seize Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.

    The “chemical weapons” invasion talk, interestingly, comes just days after Pentagon officials were dispatched to Israel to try to talk them out of doing the exact same thing, warning that it would make Assad’s position stronger and foster sympathy domestically for the long-time dictator if Israel just randomly invaded and started looting their arsenal.

    Likewise, the discussion of more overt aid to the rebels comes despite lobbyists for those same rebels claiming earlier in the week that President Obama had told them he wasn’t going to intervene directly until after the US election in November.

    The narrative surrounding what the US is or isn’t going to do to impose a regime change in Syria isn’t necessarily following a straight line, but this endgame is largely in keeping with the Obama Administration’s recent strategy of feigning interest in a diplomatic solution while undermining it until it finally collapses, then insisting they are reluctantly moving toward unilateral action, a strategy Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been very open about using against Iran, bragging that the “negotiations” were only being used to forward sanctions, while other officials said that the sanctions were also going to eventually fail, leading to a full scale war.”

    the zionazis appear hellbent on starting ww3.

  14. Alex July 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm #
    They told me that they burn non-Syrian bodies, to hide the presence of non-syrian fighters… When Kuwaiti Abu Mohamad died, they kept his body and called his family and asked for money to get the body from regime thugs.
  15. Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Doese anyone know how many tons of innocent blood did these Hitlerian murderers shed?

    It is an ultimate expression of the death of conscience, death of morality, death of rectitude and even death of simple human decency to praise these thugs and murderers as if they were martyrs or honorable victims.

    A murderer is a murderer even if he liberates Jerusalem. Basdhar el-Assad is a murderous regime, par excellance.

  16. Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Assad(s) claimed they were prparing the army to fight Israel; it is now amply obvious they were preparing a sectarian army to slaughter their own peopkle.

  17. Alex July 31, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    A debate is going on among the Syrian opposition about the so-called zero hour in Damascus that led to the defeat, some say it was not necessary especially in the month of Ramadan, which according to some opposition circles was an oppprtionity for popular movements and demonstrations in Damascus, but the armed groups by opening battle provided the regime a chance to smash the the untrained hotheads who lack coordination on the ground and ability to work according to field conditions and political and popular facts in Syria, not according to the wishes of Qatar or Saudi Arabia or Turkey.

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  18. Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Advice for deliberation: pls forgive me, I don’t mean to be pushy or impose my views on the site.

    I just think the present discourse here is counterproductive and could drive many readers and cotributors away.

    In order for a political site to be appealing, it has to exude a certain level of reasonability, fairness, logic and rationality as well as some kindness and respect.

    However, when a site is overwhelmed with convulsion, repugnance, sullen hostility, ill will, constant iritation, accusations and hate, it will lose appeal. A little review of “our” state of affair wouldn’t be a bad thing.

    Perhaps I am wrong.

    • Roy Bard July 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      “I just think the present discourse here is counterproductive and could drive many readers and cotributors away.”

      What we don’t agree on is the cause of that!

      • Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

        The cause is the virtual absence of reason, truth, honesty, rectitude as well as the overwhelming presence of mendacious propaganda and bombastic pretentions.

        There need to be more than a modicum of balance, calm, and gentleness.

        The prophet Muhammed said: You will not win the hearts of men with your money, but you can with kindness.”

  19. Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    America is not a country with which most Muslims are infatuated.

    However, an American assistance in eleminating the evil regime in Syria, would certainly be be a welcomed effort.

    The Nazi-like regime in Syria is too evil and too Satanic to be left for the haggling of international politics.

  20. Khalid Amayreh July 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    It is inconceivable that a regime that oppreses and murders its own people can be entrusted to give freedom for the Palestinians.

    We Palestinians refuse solidarity from those who murder and rape their own people.