The Syrian Revolution is settling into a longer term- phenomenon, and people have to expect ups-and-downs in terms of its intensity levels and demonstrations size, even as the crackdown gets more and more violent and the daily death toll gets higher.
The Syrian Revolution is settling into a longer term- phenomenon, and people have to expect ups-and-downs in terms of its intensity levels and demonstrations size, even as the crackdown gets more and more violent and the daily death toll gets higher. If anything, the Syrian Revolution is being transformed into an actual revolution that carries with it the promise and willingness to replace the ancien regime in its entirety. The pragmatic longing of erstwhile days that would have settled for a Tunisian or an Egyptian scenario are gone forever. Those who would endorse such scenarios and those who agree to dialog with the regime will from now on be looked on as traitors. Those who would try to ride the wave and appoint themselves as trustees over the revolution will soon be spit out or trampled underfoot. For now we enter the radical phase. Ideologies will soon flourish, and compromises will be harder to reach, even between the revolutionaries, pragmatism is now more necessary and harder to attain. This might prolong the life of the regime only to seal its fate in a more dramatic if not violent manner when the moment comes. The Rule of Guillotine, figuratively and perhaps not so figuratively, is fast approaching.
An Interesting Gaffe
"The revolution in Syria is still on the fringes," said Imad Moustapha, Damascus's representative to Washington. "It has not touched most of Syria… It's in the mosques and the small towns."
I think this constitutes the first official confirmation by an Assad apparatchik that an actual “revolution” is underway in the country. And when Assad’s official representative in Washington D.C. is willing to go on record on this, the phenomenon must be too big to deny.
Congress & the Syrian Revolution
CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS – FOREIGN POLICY (Sept. 16, 2011 – 8:37 p.m.)
Momentum Wanes for Strong Legislative Response to Situation in Syria
By Emily Cadei, CQ Staff (link unavailable, because CQ.com requires subscription)
“The anti-government protests in «Syria» appear to be losing momentum, and so do lawmakers’ efforts to increase pressure on Syria’s government. Both houses of Congress have introduced legislation that would tighten sanctions against the Syrian regime. The Senate also has a resolution (S Res 180) pending that expresses support for peaceful protests in «Syria» and condemns the human rights violations being committed by autocrat Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But the resolution has been held up for more than four months by Rand Paul, R-Ky., as Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., revealed last week.”
We understand the pressures Congress is under and the concerns of some that resolutions might pave the way for intervention, but the situation on the ground in Syria is worsening by the day and Congressional resolution might actually give the Obama Administration more tools to circumvent the need for direct intervention. Don’t punish the Syrian population for the way the Libyan situation was handled, especially seeing that we have already been punished for the way the Iraq situation was handled.
Update on Councilmania
The Antalya Group officially withdrew from the recently National Council, sighting domination by one political current (Islamist) and failure to represent the true diversity of the Syrian people. Reports also suggest that the Muslim Brotherhood itself will also withdraw in the coming days, despite the fact that some of its members have already taken place in the Council and are unlikely to withdraw, a development that points to anew split in the group. Damascus Declaration leaders inside Syria have not yet enunciated their position, and the Local Coordination Committees are divided over the matter, and a decision that does not reflect a consensus inside the group could cause further splits in an already fragile institution. The opposition is successfully exporting its divisions and divisiveness to the protesters. This has been its one and only success over the last few months.
Homs – Bab Houd dozens of soldiers defect after receiving orders to fire at unarmed protesters http://youtu.be/hubUSebxvJs The town of Basr Al-Harir in Deraa/Hauran had also witnessed some defections on Friday as a result of the bloody raid that left 6 dead http://youtu.be/2QTA4jd1IVY In Douma defectors protected protesters from pro-Assad militias, protesters can be heard hailing the defectors who can be seen shooting in the opposite direction, that is, away from protesters (min 7) http://youtu.be/dI1fWyJA36A While some defects, others torture (Idlib – Kafroumeh) http://youtu.be/pnYTsGUWKUg