Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Aleppo Surprise!

Taking into account, the psychopathic nature of the Assads, we can only conclude that any kind of accommodationism will be seen by them as a sign of weakness and will reinforce their deep-seated belief that violence works. Those who really want to curtail the bloodbath should think up more effective strategies of confrontation not accommodation.

Tuesday September 6, 2011

8 people were killed in demonstrations all over the country, including 5 unidentified bodies found in the city of Homs, and 2 laborers, including a 15 year-old boy in the city of Rastan … In Aleppo City a funeral for the Grand Mufti became an occasion for locals to show their solidarity with the revolution.

The funeral of the late Grand Mufti of Aleppo, Ibrahim Salkini, afforded the people of Aleppo a rare opportunity today to show the world where their real sympathies lie regarding the revolution. The thousands that took part chanting “the people want to topple the regime” for the very first time on such a mass level throughout the main thoroughfares of the city clearly demonstrated that revolutionary sentiments are not exactly absent from the scene. The public ripping of an Assad poster served to underscore the point. Indeed, we can now assert that the inability of Aleppans to organize large protests is more a matter of tight security controls and a lack of effective organizational cadres, and not a matter of complacency or lack of sympathy with the revolution.

The vagueness surrounding the sudden death of Grand Mufti Salkini, who has recently shown greater sympathy with the demands of the revolutionaries, especially after conducting extensive talks with religious leaders around the country, has contributed to making him appear as a martyr figure with many of his followers believing that he was poisoned. It is, of course, impossible to verify this claim at this stage. 

Meanwhile, opposition figures from inside and outside the country continue their meeting in Doha with the aim of coming up with what they called a Syrian National Coalition that will be in charge of guiding the transitional period to democracy. Even though a statement issued by the conferees didn’t exactly say so, but the coalition seems to endorse the plan proposed by the Arab League, which allows Assad to remain in power until 2014 and to supervise the transitional process. The point is to stop the bloodbath, as we are told, but this will likely end up dragging the entire country straight into the quagmire of civil strife, and a far worth bloodbath than we currently have.

If the rational proposals continue to fail taking into account the psychopathic nature of the Assads, they will make things worse, regardless of the intentions and patriotic credentials of the figures involved. The Assads have shown willingness to lie and kill with impunity, all while stoking the fires of sectarianism and recruiting sectarian militias, how would the current plan proposed by the Arab League change their nature?

Taking into account, the psychopathic nature of the Assads, we can only conclude that any kind of accommodationism will be seen by them as a sign of weakness and will reinforce their deep-seated belief that violence works. Those who really want to curtail the bloodbath should think up more effective strategies of confrontation not accommodation. There is no going back in this revolution and there is no slowing it down. If freedom is what we want, then we have to go through this hell. The protesters know the price will be high and are paying it already. They don’t want us to question their judgment at this stage, since the sacrifice is ultimately theirs. They have shown enough wisdom to refrain from violence and to rise above sectarian prejudices despite the ongoing provocations, as such, they have earned the right to be heard when it comes to their desire for ousting the Assads NOW, not later, no matter the price.

The funerary March of Aleppo’s Grand Mufti, Ibrahim Salkini: Aleppoites finally had the opportunity to shout “people want to topple the regime” and “death is better than humiliation” publicly as they marched in the thousands in their City’s main streets. http://youtu.be/j_kUX0TS3KM , http://youtu.be/0yMAlKM6UPs , http://youtu.be/zch72kMJGKQ Other chants repeated by protesters today: “Today’s Your Day, Aleppo” and “Revolt, O people, shake the foundations of the presidential place” and, yes, even the provocative “the people want to execute the president” was heard http://youtu.be/S4oBZ600mFk But this was not the main chant at this stage.

Those who raised the execution slogan elsewhere in Syria did so in response to the inhuman crackdown they were subjected to, Allepoites are not there yet. Still, the chant of “We don’t want Bashar” was suffice to tell us where they stand on this issue. If that wasn’t enough, tearing down posters of Assad along the way should http://youtu.be/5kPBvdW7kIo , http://youtu.be/_3pcSa07vuU , http://youtu.be/t5m9V1FyYp0 , http://youtu.be/Y-np4f64Yno And perhaps the chant of “curse your soul Abou Hafiz http://youtu.be/Bfdmblsp7ts

This is the body of Grand Mufti Salkini http://youtu.be/KYZqyDDbSlc Taking the coffin from the Mosque http://youtu.be/JYwSZwEOoKM Convinced that he was killed, mourners chanted “we give our blood and soul for you, Martyr” http://youtu.be/5M0Wnx6zeeo

At one point, security cars began trying to drive through the crowds http://youtu.be/5L76HNmFjKU

Outside Aleppo, an activist took this video of army troops and tanks allegedly heading towards Aleppo http://youtu.be/eWgJdrZ6KIk

Meanwhile, in the nearby community of Bayanoun, locals held a funeral for an activist http://youtu.be/zCp5bTwRxiA , http://youtu.be/tHjn_H5iKjg and mourners chanted “we don’t want Bashar” http://youtu.be/E48hkMSpFTI

HOMS

In Homs City, the low intensity warfare continues, with shelling in Qoussour Neighborhood http://youtu.be/vWKNhyMoL10 Earlier, shelling left several martyrs, including Khalid Hamsho http://youtu.be/fkvlBLFX5AQ and another in Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/95Ti9mJMcJg You can hear the cameraman say “to those who oppose NATO intervention, look at this” .  In Bab Houd, people want a no-fly zone http://youtu.be/LS6Z1ODtfXE Insha’aat http://youtu.be/KGiaoAZnXRE

But people remain defiant, and so in Bab Dreib http://youtu.be/Pt7dKR-GI3o

Thousands of Talbisseh locals take to the streets as usual http://youtu.be/wQ8xhYHD0x0 , http://youtu.be/G9SPMM7lC-8 In Deir Baalbah, a victim torture released http://youtu.be/nDNc_qgOThA And in Rastan a martyr http://youtu.be/NpgFNvZ3CJA

IDLIB

Thousands took to the streets in Idlib City http://youtu.be/HxNU-HRy49o and they danced as they demands Assad’s departure http://youtu.be/ImUjrYZqbw4 and chanted “the people want to execute the president” http://youtu.be/MJv982FUF34 and called for international monitoring http://youtu.be/cYC2HsVIelk People came out in droves in Sarmeen as well http://youtu.be/5ZvfU6j60OI and there, they chanted against the head of the Arab League http://youtu.be/GxVPGF7gF0M The presence of armored vehicles in the city in the morning did not deter them http://youtu.be/BPE8uc4M1q4 In Binnish called for international protection http://youtu.be/thsI_PtIdgc

HAURAN/DERAA

A defector from the military police in Sanamein http://youtu.be/2nBaR1N0P2U

In Da’el protesters call on the opposition to unite or they will begin to chant down with the regime and the opposition http://youtu.be/TYAXb-uzE94 , http://youtu.be/lh7_j7Gkd00 Power failure did not stop thousands of people from taking to the streets in Jizah http://youtu.be/eUz3zdriayA , http://youtu.be/kJtw-P6jymA , http://youtu.be/1Kn_S2vwVeU or in Sanamein http://youtu.be/Ek-6OcW1fC8 People came out as well in Khirbet Ghazaleh http://youtu.be/dp4U067GJfY Nahteh http://youtu.be/PaXBY-TbQpo Tseel http://youtu.be/3yDwKLZcIR4 Ghariyeh http://youtu.be/i9kqSuluZ6M Nawa http://youtu.be/_6p3xfaK-kM

Earlier in the day in Deraa City, women and children held their own small protest chanting “Syria’s ours not the Assads’” http://youtu.be/l36KoWfCTPE In Mseifrah, the children continue to be educated in the ways of peaceful protest http://youtu.be/OyKpxKIcGB8 , http://youtu.be/UwQ9NY8mUcI , http://youtu.be/X4dFIAQ0ct0

HAMA

Hama City / sheikh Anbar http://youtu.be/poTCjQFzllI Ellatamneh http://youtu.be/kwdoYDVzucE

DAMASCUS


In Kisweh, protesters remind us that the Red Cross was given access only to “five star prions” http://youtu.be/NWgmef2BJKo , http://youtu.be/rLZXSMQNbig

Earlier in the day, in Moadamiyah, the women came out asking for the return of their menfolk http://youtu.be/r1oAfo1EDPA The women in nearby Daraya did the same http://youtu.be/cSh84ZFzHUk In Barzeh, locals held an afternoon protest http://youtu.be/1cBeMHGeTqU In Qaboun, a flash protest defied tight security controls http://youtu.be/6Ze2CNRnNxA

ELSEWHERE
In Lattakia City, women held an indoor protest http://youtu.be/4sbsCdsS2f0 In Qouriyeh in Deir Ezzor Province people defined curfew http://youtu.be/jzt6uPmr8hU A video from Deir Ezzor City taken on Friday shows security officers protecting a statue of Bassel Al-Assad http://youtu.be/Wl1-R19-U7c In the Kurdish city of Amoudeh in Hassakeh province, locals held a nighttime protest http://youtu.be/_CfCrMnzwoE