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    Assad blames 'conspirators' for Syria unrest

    Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, has blamed "conspirators" for two weeks of anti-government protests that have rocked the nation.
    In his first address to the nation since the start of a violent crackdown on the protests, Assad said Syria was going through a "test of unity".

    "I belong to the Syrian people, and whoever belongs to the Syrian people will always keep his head high," he said in the televised address before members of parliament in the capital, Damascus, on Wednesday.
    "I know that the Syrian people have been awaiting this speech since last week, but I was waiting to get the full picture... to avoid giving an emotional address that would put the people at ease but have no real effect, at a time when our enemies are targeting Syria," he said.

    Assad entered parliament to a mass of cheering crowds outside the building. Once inside, legislators chanted "God, Syria and Bashar only!'' and "our souls, our blood we sacrifice for you Bashar.''
    He said "conspirators" have tried to reinforce sectarianism to incite hatred and "bring down Syria".
    Full article http://english.aljazeera.net/news/mi...737507793.html


    It seems he didn't publicly say who these "conspirators" are, but I wouldn't have been surprised if he would have blamed "zionists" or "West". Although Assad does seem more pragmatic than, say, Ahmadinejad (Syria is after all a secular muslim country) so his rhetoric is not as extreme.

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    Live update on Syrian demonstrations:

    http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticl...aspx?ID=253828

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMacedonian View Post
    honestly wtf is happening in Syria?

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    85% Sunni majority rebels againist 15% Nusayri minority (non sunni muslim group- close to shias like Iran ) which rules country with iron fist since 1970s . Plus all sunni countries like Saudi arabia Jordan Eygpt Turkey etc . were not glad Nusayri rule in Syria.

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    My artificial intelligence says it's those darned juice, always has been.

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    wonder who will replace assad

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    Quote Originally Posted by m.i.t View Post
    85% Sunni majority rebels againist 15% Nusayri minority (non sunni muslim group- close to shias like Iran ) which rules country with iron fist since 1970s . Plus all sunni countries like Saudi arabia Jordan Eygpt Turkey etc . were not glad Nusayri rule in Syria.
    A bit less simple, you also have Druze, Christians (including Assyrians), Kurds. It's a rather diverse place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enallos View Post
    My artificial intelligence says it's those darned juice, always has been.

    Nope. Sunnis cant colloborate with Israel or vice versa . Why Israel wishes sunnis instead of Assad regime .


    Quote Originally Posted by poolboy View Post
    wonder who will replace assad
    l guess one of the sunni extremists . Muslim brothers has a strong branch in Syria .


    A bit less simple, you also have Druze, Christians (including Assyrians), Kurds. It's a rather diverse place.
    You are right . But all groups have no significance as much as sunni Araps . BTW Syrian Kurds have no citizenship rights and ID cards. they are kind of second class people in there and cant be MP or state offciers , no voting and election rights.

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    And Jews, though there are no Juice in the ME, all came from Europe

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    Quote Originally Posted by m.i.t View Post
    Nope. Sunnis cant colloborate with Israel or vice versa . Why Israel wishes sunnis instead of Assad regime .
    You're joking, right? I was.

    Quote Originally Posted by Octavaria View Post
    And Jews, though there are no Juice in the ME, all came from Europe
    Don't go there.
    I'll go though: Juice are Juice and it's always their fault, for everything. [SIZE=1][*******White]<---- I'm joking[/COLOR][/SIZE]
    I won't be surprised if I see Assad with a David Star on some euro protester placard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enallos View Post
    You're joking, right? I was.
    But Assad regime and press tried to imply this. " Israel backs rebels " .

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    Quote Originally Posted by m.i.t View Post
    But Assad regime and press tried to imply this. " Israel backs rebels " .
    Yeap, there you go.
    Btw thanks for this info.

    "The lion of Syria vs teh evil vultures of Zion."


    Makes sense propaganda-wise for Assad, what else could he claim?

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    Well the only country i feel sorry for in the Middle East is Israel. After all these internal conflicts within their neighbouring states it might shift towards Israel!

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    Alawites + other shiites make up about 13-15% of the population, christians about 10%, druze - 2-3% and sunni arabs and kurds about 73-75%

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gr33kelite View Post
    Well the only country i feel sorry for in the Middle East is Israel. After all these internal conflicts within their neighbouring states it might shift towards Israel!
    "Shift" in what sense ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enallos View Post
    "Shift" in what sense ?
    The better the devil you know than the devil you not know.

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