Can we change the title to (possibly) hundreds?
And also, it's very "nice" to see Assad is still an arab. Blaming Israel, Blaming the west, and my personal favourite, blaming "Palestinians"
Check the neighborhood; a divided lebanon, an instable and violent Irak, Jordan under riots, and the israel-palestinian conflict at the next door.
Last edited by Zeev; 03-26-2011 at 08:45 PM.
In the name of Realpolitik, I keep hearing the old saying 'better the evil you know, then the evil you don't know'. Assad's may have kept the Golan quiet since 1973 but instead the frontline has been moved to south lebanon, under the syrian regime's benediction and patronage. This has allowed the IRCG to implement a formidable launching pad at Israel doorstep. Assad launched a nuke, chemical and bacteriologic program, make available all its army inventory to Hezbollah (which they help setting up when they were occupying Lebanon) from Scud, to the latest Kornet, Pantsir SAM to the Yakhont Cruise Missile. I'm not sure how the MB can be worst than the Assad dynasty.
Very easy. You will still have Hiz and MB fighting for the power in Syria and Lebanon with all the other minorities being in the middle of the fray.
Lebanon Kingsize? Plus if really Bashar's time is up then let's face it he will be brought down.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in a spontaneous demonstrations in support Bashar Assad in Damascus and other cities..Lattakia, SANA_ An official source said the attacks of armed gangs on the people and neighborhoods of Lattakia over the past two days led to the martyrdom of ten people including security forces members and citizens and killing two persons of the armed groups.
The source added that about two hundred people, most of whom are from security forces, were wounded in these attacks, pointing out that the armed gangs attacked private and public properties and service institutions, broke shops, stormed some houses and terrorized citizens in their homes.
The source said the armed groups also attacked the National Hospital and smashed a number of ambulances and assaulted the medical crews in.
People of Lattakia in all neighborhoods and regions cooperated with the security forces and gave information about places of the armed gangs which helped to arrest a number of them.
The sources mentioned that investigation with those persons is underway for knowing their motives and backgrounds.
Earlier, armed groups seized rooftops in some districts of Lattakia on Saturday, opening fire at passers-by, citizens and security forces personnel terrorizing peoples there.
honestly wtf is happening in Syria?
THE Syrian government says 12 people have been killed in violence rocking a seaside Mediterranean city. Syria's state-run news agency said unknown armed elements on Saturday attacked neighbourhoods in Latakia, shooting from rooftops and terrorising people.
Ten people, including security forces, residents as well as two members of the shadowy "armed elements" died in the violence.
Some 200 others were wounded, most from the security forces, the report said.
Syrian army units deployed in Latakia on Saturday night following a day of violence and chaos in which protesters and the government traded accusations of violence and incitement.
This is part protesting stage.
Mediterranean Dominos effect just started....
I don't think that Assad will be overthrown since according to many sources most of the country supports Assad, just today i woke up hearing "Allah Souriyya Bashar ou bas" ( God Syria and Bashar Only ) in Lebanon and i thought it was the TV on since it's very unusual to happen such a thing in this part of Lebanon, there were around 200 Syrians marching supporting Assad
Huge demonstrations in support of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Aleppo, Hama and other cities.
yeah syrian goverment is actaully reform friendly, opened itself up to the world, political and economicaly, it fought islamists damn hard and is actaully a progressive secular regime with very good woman rights and woman emancipation
assad has no interesst in war with israel even opened up "secret" talks with them
its actaully frightening that it might be a islamist uprising like it already happened in syria with the muslim brotherhood in 1982
Actually the situation in Syria for secular people is getting really hairy. Everyone has been turned into its former self. To please, the government has been muting both parties, the secular and islamic. But there is no synergy like one could see in the early 80's. The Hama affair has gone through there as well as the repeated economical crisis.
In all honesty Syria is a real ticking bomb.
well since no one posted it...
more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/30/wo...gewanted=printSyria’s Cabinet Resigns; Concessions Expected
By MICHAEL SLACKMAN
CAIRO — The Syrian government resigned Tuesday in what might have been a prelude to other concessions in a speech President Bashar al-Assad is expected to give to the nation on Wednesday, part of an expanding effort to address protests against his authoritarian rule.
The resignation was seen as a significant — if primarily symbolic — gesture in a nation where the leadership rarely responds to public pressure and where decisions are made not by the cabinet but by the president and his inner circle, including multiple security services.
“It is not about the government, it is about the policies of the state,” said Abdel Majid Manjouni, the head of the Socialist Democratic Arab Union Party in Aleppo. “The ministers are not the ones who decide these things. That is the president. He makes the policies.”