A new day – a new massacre, new council, new disappointment, and a renewed sense of defiance. As the world flaunts its worst, the protesters do their best.
The Harmoush Affair
Harmoush on Syrian TV: the main point reiterated in the interview with Lt. Col. Hussain Harmoush, leader of the Free Officers Movement, is that the opposition had for 10 weeks contacted him and promised material support, but nothing was eventually delivered. Mr. Harmoush seems genuinely disheartened by this and, at the end of the interview, he offers a new version for how he ended up back in Syria: disillusionment drove him to return of his own free will so he can be back again in his own homeland and with his family.
Throughout the interview, Harmoush refused to refer the groups he contacted in Syria, especially in Homs City, as terrorist, but he said that the plan was to provide them with weapons when the opposition provided the material support needed for that. But, he noted, no such support was indeed provided except for a $1,000 sent by Zuhair Al-Siddiq, the infamous witness associated with Al-Hariri Assassination Investigation. He also said that Al-Siddiq told him that weapons were being delivered by MB to Syria, especially to Homs, Hama, Idlib Al-Ramel Camp in Lattakia, in other words, all the places where Assad officials needed to justify their violent tactics. As he spoke about this, viewers were shown clips of pro-Assad militias brandishing their weapons!!! And that was all http://youtu.be/3m6ti6NRsyE
So, if anything, these “confessions” by Harmoush prove that the opposition in Syria has not waivered on its commitment to nonviolence. Neither weapons nor funds were handed to Harmoush, and he has only hard from a very dubious source that the Muslim Brotherhood was sending weapons to Syria. As such, Harmoush’s own testimony serves as a rebuttal of the armed gangs theory. Harmoush spoke of plans to provide weapons to groups that might use them, but attested that nothing actually materialized for more than 10 weeks and that this was the main reason why he decided to give himself up. The only people who would think of this interview as damning are the very people who keep seeing armed gangs where none existed, that is, the Great Brainwashed Classes that fear change and still cling to Assad as Nazis to Hitler.
For his part, Col. Riyad Al-Asaad, leader of the Free Syrian Army, issued a statement demanding the release of his colleague and assured the Syrian people that Turkish authorities had nothing to do with his capture http://youtu.be/J3J6i8cHeHk
A similar call for freeing Harmoush was made by one of his colleagues in the Free Officers Movement, namely Captain Ammar Abdallah Al-Wawi, who pledged that should Harmoush be killed, like his brother, high ranking officers in the Syrian army and security apparatuses will become legitimate target for retaliation http://youtu.be/FKbJx26c6gI Another clip in support of Harmoush comes from members in Hamza Al-Khateeb Division and their leader, Abdelsattar Younso who pledged to keep fighting until the regime is toppled http://youtu.be/dl3o_V-vr7c
Meanwhile, many protests in Idlib Province today featured chants in support of Harmoush as was the case in Jarjanaz http://youtu.be/DRZR22yYYB4 Idlib City http://youtu.be/-CawLJfBR2g But sympathy came also from other communities across Syria, such Talbisseh in Homs Province http://youtu.be/AHzejelrjB0 and the Damascene suburb of Zamalka http://youtu.be/_K0n3nmITmQ
Here we go again
For those keeping track, Syrian opposition groups announced from Istanbul today the formation of a new National Council, the Council to end all Councils, yes, the One Council to rule them all. Again an assortment of Islamists and leftists are behind the initiative, but they did invite a few token liberal elements who, if they did not withdraw their names at the last moment, will serve as decorative ornaments meant to adorn the firmament of our growing despair, disillusionment and disgruntlement and serve as the necessary hook to obtain legitimacy in certain “squeamish” quarters.
Still, we can indeed expect this new Grand Council to be endorsed by Friday’s demonstrators, who simply need any straw at this stage. But this will not be a love fest, and will only last until the next announcement is made, as our revolution against the incompetent criminal lot who rule us expands to include their criminally incompetent opponents.