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Ear to the Ground

More Killed in Syria as Country Buries Dead

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Posted on Jan 7, 2012
AP / Bassem Tellawi

At least 27 people were killed in violence across Syria on Saturday as thousands mourned at a government-organized funeral for those killed in Friday’s bomb attack in the capital city of Damascus. Anti-Assad forces suspect the president’s sympathizers ordered the bombing to lend credence to the claim that the government is battling terrorists rather than suppressing dissent. —ARK

Jonathan Head at BBC News:

There have been thousands of funerals during the 10-month conflict in Syria, but few have received the kind of publicity given to the burial of 11 police officers killed in Friday’s bomb blast.

State TV showed large crowds chanting in support of President Assad as the flag-draped coffins were brought into the mosque in the Midan district of Damascus.

The attack fits the government’s narrative of the conflict - that it is confronting a terrorist conspiracy, not a mass uprising.

President Assad’s opponents say this is reason enough to suspect pro-government forces of ordering the suicide bombing, the second such attack in the capital in two weeks.

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By blogdog, January 9, 2012 at 3:23 am Link to this comment

all these posts are the correct analysis - moreover the destabilization and push for an islamist, NATO-backed coup d’etat is a carbon copy of what was executed in Libya

as doughboy makes clear, the socialist regime of Assad in Syria (like that of Gaddafi in Libya) ejected elitist rulers and fought efforts at counter revolution for decades - a common history across the globe, from Indochina to South America to Africa and the Middle East - again and again expelled petty oligarchs and their descendants refuse to retire, usually in comfortable exile -  rather they seek out support from neocolonialists who use their desperation to reestablish hegemonic sway

Again, NATO is ready and willing - the progeny of the petty oligarchs of Syria are fools to throw in with them, as NATO’s mission is to fail states - they are the world’s premiere war criminals

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By doughboy, January 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment

To Talkmaster. The narrative that you subscribed that Asad is the force behind the
disintegration and the forces that oppose him are somehow unifying and
democratic is false. Prior to the rise of Hafez al-Asad in 1970, the forces that now
claim to return to the “good old days” count on ignorance to what was the true
case in Syria. Alasdair Drysdale and Raymond Hinnebusch in their book Syria and
the Middle East Peace Process write this about the pre-Asad political elites that
ruled, “It [Syria’s traditional elite] demonstrated little genuine enthusiasm for pan-
Arabism or for nation-building and showed an almost complete lack of interest in
Syria’s economic and infrastructural development; it had no desire to widen
political participation, reduce social inequalities, or implement land reform; and it
seemed unconcerned about the chasm between urban and rural areas and the
sharp regional and sectarian cleavages that made Syria one of the most poorly
integrated states in the Middle East.”  P. 13. The main opponents of Bashar are the
same forces that would take the country back into those times. Or worse. The
heavy contingent of radical sectarianism that makes up the opposition will not be
democratic and will not accommodate the other religious groups or ethnic groups.
The internet “warriors” will turn Syria into a battleground for outside forces as it
was in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

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By race_to_the_bottom, January 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment

Even most of the left has bought into the lies about the situation in Syria. The whole thing is a Saudi, US, Nato, Israeli, and unfortunately, Turkish operation.

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By Talkmaster, January 8, 2012 at 10:43 am Link to this comment

to doughboy


“these groups advocate will result in the disintegration of the country based upon
sectarian, ethnic, regional and which outside power supports them.”

Assad System of power is exactly that. It is based on sectarianism and cronyism.

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By doughboy, January 8, 2012 at 8:02 am Link to this comment

The biggest lie is that the “democratic” forces opposing Bashar al-Asad is
blameless for the deaths of thousands—civilian and security.  The agenda that
these groups advocate will result in the disintegration of the country based upon
sectarian, ethnic, regional and which outside power supports them.

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