The Mullahs Rescue Assad

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The key question is what comes next. The Reform Party of Syria says that on April 8, the IRGC commanders in Syria decided that the demonstrations in Daraa must be violently put down in order to demoralize the opposition elsewhere in the country. It is possible that Assad and the IRGC have decided that it is best to keep out of the world’s headlines by only killing a limited number of people in one spot each day, but an all-out assault on Daraa is a distinct possibility.

There are strong indications that the Syrian regime is planning major action. The military has surrounded Daraa, and its communications have been cut off. The same has been done to Banias, where five tanks have been seen and the Allawite Shabbiha militia is reported to be deploying. The Syrian Republican Guard has been deployed to two towns in Homs where tanks have also been seen, and power and communication has been cut off in some areas. There are reports that in Aleppo, some roads have been closed, hundreds of Shabbiha have been mobilized, and several tanks have been seen at the western entrance.

It is apparent that the Syrian regime must take aggressive action far beyond what has been already been undertaken to ensure its survival. The protests every Friday significantly grow each week, with the citizens of more and more towns joining. Damascus is even becoming the scene of unrest, with the regime killing at least eight protesters in Douma earlier this month, which lies on the outskirts of the capital. On April 11, an estimated 1,500 students demonstrated at Damascus University and were met with gunfire that killed one student.

The Damascus Declaration organization is asking the international community to exert pressure on the Assad regime to stop the violence. It is specifically requesting that the Arab League place sanctions on it. The White House has finally issued a forceful condemnation of the violence, but the U.S. ambassador to Syria has yet to be recalled. Secretary of State Clinton’s remark that Assad is a “reformer” indicates the Obama administration still sees the Syrian regime as a government that can somehow be won over.

The news about the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ leading role in the effort to stamp out the uprising puts an end to the illusion about the nature of the Syrian regime. Assad presents a much greater threat to the West than Qaddafi does, yet the U.S. has been slow and weak in its response to the uprising. At the very least, the ambassador should be withdrawn. The U.S. should abandon the false belief that Assad’s regime can change.

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  • eebar

    Syrian People don't need help from nor the US neither from any other country, all we need is JOURNALIST to combat the conspiracy theory from both sides..Stop stealing the dream of freedom from these martyrs STOP talking about external hands, Iranian, Saudi, Jordanian..etc etc.. there is only one equation Peaceful freedom seekers Vs violent regime using real bullets and chars to repress the youth of Syria.. that's all

    • tanstaafl

      Remember what happened to the Iranians.

    • ziontruth

      "Stop stealing the dream of freedom from these martyrs…"

      The dream of freedom? Ha! Double ha!

      Let me make my argument short: Muslims speaking of their "dream of freedom" will only sound credible when they start directing their ire, not toward the usual targets of "Western colonialism" or Zionism, or even their corrupt leaders, but to Islam, to the politicoreligious system of Islam itself.

      Until then, they are only rearranging their biases and conspiracy theories. For Islam is the source of their thralldom–their chains are within and not without.

  • Chezwick_mac

    The paradox of this situation is that during the Iranian demonstrations of '09, members of Hezbollah were brought in from Lebanon to fire on Iranian crowds. In both Iran AND Syria, it is apparently difficult to assess the willingness of security forces to enthusiastically murder their fellow countrymen who are unarmed and demonstrating peacefully.

    What this also reveals is the trans-national character of Islam. From all the local conflicts around the world involving Muslims, there is a MSM narrative that they are precisely that: Local conflicts. No attempt has been made to connect the dots.

    Whether Muslim extremists are murdering Catholic Philippinos in southern Mindinao, Buddhist monks in southern Thailand, indigenous Hindus in Kashmir, Bahai school-teachers in Iran, Jewish children in Israel, Christian villagers in Nigeria, etc., it is little different than Shia killing Sunni in Syria, or Arab Muslim killing African Muslim in Darfur. It's all driven by the Jihadi imperative found in the Quran…and the violent and amoral example set by the Prophet Muhammad so unambiguously documented in the Ahadith.

  • Amused

    Here we go again ……..handwringing over muslims killing muslims .Lets "choose up sides " again and see who supports who , and whoever supports the side we dont like , we'll call'em "immoral leftists " .
    I wonder , do the alleged editorialists here ever tire of this silly game ? In ALL of the countries , where "freedom loving muslims" are ,will, or have revolted ,THERE HAS BEEN PERSECUTION , of Christians , Hindus , Bahais , anyone non-muslim . [ as well as muslim countries where no "freedom revolts " are taking place ]. And of course there is always the " traditional Shia vs.Sunni eternal slaughters. Like bad dogs on a leash , the only time they will not bite ……is when they are MUZZLED . When are we gonna learn to keep our bloody "TWO CENTS " out of it and let'em have at it ?? BOTH sides of the political coin GOADED this president into Libyan involvement , and then bitched about formal " permission " from Congress . EVERYONE shoulda been screaming-STAY OUT .

  • Amused

    Come to think of it , I dont hear any REAL , MEANINGFULL , BOISTEROUS screaming , from EITHER side of the aisle , regarding the persecution, murder , rape , burning of churches and mob lynchings of christians and other non-muslim sects, occurring in muslims nations around the globe , and on a daily basis . And MOST of this behavior was , and is not initiated with the impetus of burning a book .

  • Raymond

    The TSA Gropefest Continues

    By Bob Livingston

    It’s been a while since we touched on the abuses of the Transportation and Security Administration, but that organization continues its daily assault on Americans.
    In this video, a TSA goon gropes a young girl, telling her how pretty and sweet she is all the while. It’s insidious, and although her parent or guardian is present while it takes place, it puts this young girl in danger of an assault. As a youngster, she will see no difference between this authority figure putting her hands down her pants and an adult rapist who would like to do the same thing. It’s a difficult prospect to teach a child the difference between authority figures.


    And listen carefully for the mention of the drug test they going to do “on the 6-year-old.” This is a blatant 4th Amendment violation.
    Don’t be fooled into thinking the TSA’s goal here is to catch a potential terrorist before he or she boards a plane. This is about conditioning; plain and simple.
    The goal of the TSA is to brainwash children and small-minded adults to submit to whatever an authoritarian government wants to do. If you drum this into them as children, they’re much easier to manipulate as adults.


    • mike c

      Raymond , while i agree with you! Please stay on the subject of the story!! Please! And if you want change then keep bugging your reps!! If enough do they will pay attention!

    • sodizzy

      Yeah! you are WAY off topic and it's a bit irritating. Distracting. We have enough to keep track of in life without unexpected digressions like this.

      • Raymond

        Obama has authorized the sexual assault of every
        person in America and you're irritated? Exposing what
        Obama the muslim is doing to America is never off topic.

        Your screen name fits you!

        • Stephen_Brady

          Raymond, the reason why people are reacting to your post, the way they are, is because it is completely off-topic.

          • Raymond

            Off topic or not, somethings need to be brought into the light…

          • Stephen_Brady

            I agree with you, Raymond. But a thread about Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Syria is not the place to do it.

          • Chiggles

            Raymond is here to pimp Jack Chick tracts. Ignore him.

          • Raymond

            Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20,21

        • sodizzy

          I am just saying Find a proper venue. We are focusing on Mullahs and Syria right now. Things work better when done in order.

          p.s. I am at least as outraged as you I am sure.

          Dizzy with all that's going on!! aren't you? Keeping things orderly is helpful I think.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    When will Obama speak to them or no bluff Joe? Caliphate in the pot and
    brewing nicely……………………William

  • Amused

    Oooops , Raymond just slid off the deep end ..Not only off topic , but Ray , you're off your rocker …..and steve brady agrees ..lolololol.,

  • Amused

    Again we are ramping up nthe rhetoric . The Syrians are interfereing in Lebanon , and now the Iranians are interfering in Syria …SO WHAT ! There are basically two major versions of islam -Sunni and Shai , and mulikms worldwide fall in line to either side ….and then they kill , each other . We'll deal with WHATER morphs out of it all , and in the interim our enemies diminish themselves yet even further .AND IT'S NOT COSTINMG US LIVES OR TREASURE ….are we crazy ? Either of them are our enemy .Both seek Israel's destruction , both hate the west , this is a no brainer! Bush played the same game as Obama now does . Obama bows to the sheiks of Saudi , Bush holds hand with them .