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  •  Protest clip you posted (1+ / 0-)
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    Claudius Bombarnac

    That clip above is remarkable.   It seems to show about 20 people or less.   Is that the support the rebels have among the population in Damascus?   Having 10-15 people singing and chanting can barely be called a protest.

    •  Aleppo 1 Year ago (0+ / 0-)

      Aleppo was relatively peaceful until 4000 rebels (who don't even live there) invaded and started killing police and security.

      This caused the army to respond. Tens of thousands of innocent civilians have now started to leave the city.

      So, who is the group that is putting civilians at risk?

      •  Of course you are right Claudius Bombarnac! (4+ / 0-)

        The slaves are always guilty. How dare they revolt against their masters!
        In your deformed world view Assad is just a poor innocent guy.
        He was forced to bomb the city. Poor Assad! He was forced to torture and kill all those children women and men. Proof is the Adounia television (the official tv channel of the Assad regime) and the staged manifestation with people brought by force.
        Poor Assad's army they are forced to shell every living thing.

        Poor Claudius Bombarnac!

        •  The point I'm trying to make is that not all (0+ / 0-)

          Syrians are against Assad. This is a civil war with half the people on each side.

          Your comments show that you have been taken by the propaganda. There are atrocities from both sides. The real losers in this civil war are the innocent civilians caught between the two groups.

          Where were you two, tyhree or foaur years ago. Did you even know Syria existed? What do you think about the tens of thousands of Kurds who have died at the hands of the Turks using American supplied arms?

          Just like most of the people who have come lately into this tweet/facebook uprising, you could care less about the people in this area for the last two decades.

          •  All syrians are against Assad (2+ / 0-)
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            mookins, oldliberal

            Many are still afraid. Some are afraid even to admit it. Some will not ever admit it because they are ashamed for enduring it for so much.
            A wrong doesn't justify another wrong. The Turks are guilty of many bad things (the Armenian genocide, do you remember?)
            I am an old Kosac (maybe too old). I was writing diaries here about Palestine a long time ago, when ip diaries wars were fought tooth and nail by many other kosacs (Arafat was alive and well at that time).

            Do you know about Hama massacre? Does this explain you why people in Syria were afraid even to admit opposition to the regime? Do you have the slightest idea what it means to live under a dictatorship of this kind?

            How can you say that the Syrians are not against Assad? How dare you !!! How dare you insult these people !!! How dare you !!!

            •  I did not say Syrians were not against Assad (0+ / 0-)

              I said that many Syrians support him. There were very large demonstrations in support of Assad in Allepo.

              Most people just want the carnage from both sides to stop.

              •  False!!! (0+ / 0-)

                There is no carnage from both sides! There is carnage from the government side only!
                The revolutionaries defend themselves and fight for freedom from the carnage.

                There is no moral equivalence between the two sides. It is a huge mistake to even try to find one.

                I'll give an example hoping that you'll understand: When you say that the Syrians are not against Assad's regime is equivalent with the XiXth century assertions that "blacks did not want to be free. Only the lazy ones wanted this" And they gave all sort of examples: "that one that run away he was always a trouble maker. He didn't like work and he was angry that the master whipped him. Now look at his poor wife, she had to be whipped by the master because of him"

                Do you understand how preposterous is what you are saying?

                •  A large number of people have done very well under (0+ / 0-)

                  Assad. There has been crop failures during that last few years and the rural people have not been doing very well.

                  If there were few Assad supporters, the civil war would never have started.

                  Assad Supporters Celebrate Russia and China Veto
                  (Video: Reuters/Photo: Getty Images)

                  Supporters of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad take to the streets to thank Russia and China for U.N. resolution veto.


                  Pro Assad supporters went out in force a year after the start of the Syrian uprising burning and old French occupation flag

                  There have been atrocities by both sides in this conflict. It is a war. War is an atrocity.

                  I don't support either side. It is an internal matter. The rebels do not want outside interference. The only thing they want is arms.

                  The military is going to end up controlling the country if the US has a say in the matter. If the Islamist's take control, millions of people will leave the country for good - just as happened in Iraq.

          •  One of my diaries (1+ / 0-)
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            is here. It was written in 2007.


    •  They protest in Damascus (2+ / 0-)
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      Clay Claiborne, mookins

      The price if caught is death (or torture if one is lucky).

      I honestly do not understand how some people like you continue to believe Assad's propaganda no matter what. You continue to grip on every small detail and vain hope that maybe, maybe Assad will remain in power. That maybe people are not against him.

      Wake up! Assad is dead, he and you do not know it yet, but he's dead.
      Wake up! The people of Syria slowly, slowly are shedding their fear and regain their dignity.

      •  If Assad is dead then why is the fighting still (0+ / 0-)

        going on? What you are telling us is that the removal of Assad doesn't make one damn bit of difference. I thought it was the "monster Assad" who was responsible for Syria's problems.

        •  Because he doesn't know it yet! :-) (0+ / 0-)

          It was a figure of speech. It meant that he is finished and it is just a matter of time until he will be killed. These regimes are like dinosaurs it takes some time until they realize that they are dead.

      •  Funny (0+ / 0-)

        What a ridiculous post.   Let me repeat once and for all.  I despise all dictators, including Assad of course.  

        Who buys into propaganda is a different story.   I think you do, not me.   I dont think the rebels there represent the majority of the people of that country.   Most people there dislike the dictatorship of course, but at the same time do not want to see their country destroyed, as it is happening by the Saudi-backed rebels.   A large number of them are paid mercenaries and jihadist foreigh fighters.  The rebels are the ones who try to provoke civilian causalties, by essentially using civilians as human shields.     They went to densely populated areas of large cities there, using civilians for their protection.  How could you approve that type of approach?

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