The Revolting Syrian-يلا إرحل يا بشار

The Bloodless Massacre - English Subtitles.

A heartbreaking and short documentary on the chemical attack by Assad’s forces in the Eastern Ghouta area in the suburbs of Damascus.

Where were all the ‘anti-war’ protesters when this happened?

WHERE IS YOUR OUTRAGE?

This is one of thousands of documented videos showing what we, Syrians are outraged about. This is what we have been living under for 40 years. Tyranny, death and humiliation. We’ve had enough. Please help us.

Visit www.syrianoutrage.com and find out how you can help. Find out how you can make a difference. 

***GRAPHIC*** A BOY HAS HIS HEAD BLOWN OFF BY ASSAD’S FORCES WHILE RIDING A MOTORBIKE. Idleb (Taftenaz): Sept 5, 2013 - This town, famous for protesting peacefully right infront of Assad’s forces for many months at the start of the revolution was liberated a long while ago. However, being liberated in Syria does not mean one is safe. It only means that instead of being shot or bludgeoned to death by Assad’s forces, you are instead bombed by his ariforce. 

This morning Assad’s airforce launched an attack on the only standing mosque in this town. The attack killed 6 people, including this young boy who was decapitated while riding his motorbike. 

Thanks @RadioFreeSyria

A Syrian-American writer finds her voice, with help from Libya’s most famous novelist.  

I had two New Year’s resolutions in 2011: to read Leo Tolstoy’sAnna Karenina and Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost TimeAnna was completed by Jan. 25 — just when our lives turned into a 24-hour TV marathon tuned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square as the world watched a dictator fall in 18 short days. We Syrians knew our country was not Egypt or Tunisia, but when even Libya ignited on Feb. 15, we collectively held our breath with hope. The weeks passed, the uprisings around the Arab world grew larger and more determined, and the seven volumes of Proust slowly collected dust on my nightstand.

Another writer entered my life instead.

I had never heard of Hisham Matar before February 2011. But after reading one of his early op-eds about the Libyan revolution, I immediately downloaded In the Country of Men, his Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel about a 9-year-old boy in Tripoli whose father is abducted by Muammar al-Qaddafi’s secret police. I finished it in two days. Matar portrayed a Libya that at once cradles the novel’s young protagonist, Suleiman, and disillusions him. It was an intimate introduction to a country I knew virtually nothing about, except that its eccentric dictator with his crazy outfits was definitely worse than our own strongman, Bashar al-Assad. I was taken by the fact that such a courageous book, originally published in Britain and now widely translated, had been released back in 2006, when Qaddafi’s oppressive regime and police network were still strong.

Matar’s personal essays often revolve around an all-too-similar subject: the real-life abduction of his father, Jaballa, a high-ranking Libyan opposition figure who was seized from their family’s home in Cairo in 1990 and imprisoned in Qaddafi’s notorious Abu Salim prison in Tripoli. “My loss is self-renewing, insistent and incomplete,” Matar wrote in one essay, published just after In the Country of Men. “What I want is to know what happened to my father.” But Matar’s demands remained unanswered: He lost contact with his father in 1996 and never found out what happened to him, even after returning to Libya 16 years later in the months following the revolution that toppled Qaddafi.


In that revolution, Matar found new cause for speaking out. On Feb. 15, 2011, during the very first protest in Libya, citizens demonstrating in Benghazi’s streets held up posters of Jaballa Matar and other political prisoners, demanding their release, Matar was told. Over the next few days, demonstrators were shot and killed as they chanted for their rights. “I appeal to Colonel Gaddafi and his security forces,” Matar wrote in the Guardian three days later, “for the sake of the mothers, for the sake of those who died, for the sake of Libya, please don’t shoot and torture your people.” As the revolution progressed, Matar set up a makeshift media office in his London apartment and worked around the clock connecting activists to journalists. When his sources confirmed that regime troops were massing outside Benghazi, preparing to raid the city and potentially kill thousands of Libyans, Matar was one of the voices that called for the international community to help prevent a massacre — “to assist the uprising and limit the soaring loss of innocent life,” as he wrote in the New York Times

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THE MOMENT A 2ND AIRSTRIKE HITS A CROWDED STREET MOMENTS AFTER THE INITIAL STRIKE. Homs (Rastan): Sept 3, 2013 - The overwhelming feeling of humans to help each-other in time of need is too great of an emotion to ignore. As is almost always the case, after an initial strike by Assad’s forces, locals rush to the scene in order to rescue the injured, knowing full well that Assad’s forces almost always attack the same position twice in order to kill as many people as possible. So is the case as you can clearly see.

It should be noted, that no ‘anti-war’ protester was outraged at this bombing. No so-called ‘leftist’ labeled this strike an atrocity. These people do not utter a word as Assad bombs Syrians every single day. Yet they fiend outrage at a yet to happen event.

Thanks @ANA_Feed

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Like early-morning fog, Iraq hangs heavy over every discussion of military intervention in Syria. It hovers in the background, the ready counter-example, the implied warning.

And, truthfully, the two do look similar. Here, again, a mere decade on, is talk of weapons of mass destruction and the thundering pronouncements from western capitals that something must be done. Here again is the blind moral certainty that the muscular militaries of the West will not “allow” the use of chemical weapons; here again the spectre of the only country to use nuclear weapons fulminating at the use of chemical warfare. Here again the sudden interest in a brutal dictatorship that western countries previously ignored or even feted. Here, again, is the divide among politicians and commentators between timid uncertainty and bellicose bellowing. And here again is the lack of a United Nations mandate and the willingness on the part of America to ignore legal niceties in favour of shattering a city and maybe a whole country.

So there are similarities and it would be foolish to deny them. Iraq and Syria, after all, share a long border and much history. But the idea that military intervention in Syria today is equivalent to the 2003 invasion of Iraq is fanciful. Indeed, it is dangerous. We are rehashing the arguments of the last decade, while Syria burns.

I was against the invasion of Iraq. Not because I liked Saddam Hussein or was in any doubt about the brutality of his regime. Not because I wanted to condemn Iraqis to living under his regime nor because I was against the idea of foreign intervention in general. But it seemed to me in the run-up to the sudden interest in Iraq after the September 11 attacks that two vital questions were not answered, often not even asked: Why Iraq? And why now?

The regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2003 posed no greater threat to the outside world or to Iraqis than it had the year previously or even the decade previously. It was a brutal dictatorship, no doubt, but it wasn’t clear why it was especially dangerous all of a sudden. If Britain and America were so keen on intervention to “save” the population from a brutal regime, well, there were plenty of other candidates.

The idea that the calculus of risk had changed after September 11 was spurious. Despite Condoleezza Rice’s quip that “we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud”, there was no evidence that Saddam had nuclear weapons or was on his way to acquiring them. There was no casus belli. Indeed, Tony Blair, in a curiously unguarded moment, admitted that the Iraq invasion had happened only because it could have happened at that point. Meaning that Saddam Hussein had been in America’s crosshairs for years, a bitter foe in the strategically vital Middle East, and now there was an opportunity to remove him. Everything - the weapons of mass destruction, saving Iraqis, women’s rights - all of that was just icing on the cake. The substance was elsewhere.

But Syria today is not Iraq 10 years ago. Most vitally, it is a nation in the midst of a revolution. Ordinary Syrians did not ask for this war, but the Assad regime launched it anyway. For two and a half years, Syrians have been fighting to overthrow him. For two and a half years, they have staved off one of the region’s toughest militaries. Syrians are not asking anyone else to fight this war, they are merely asking for some help. Syria is a burning building and its people are calling for help.

Moreover, there is no ambiguity over Bashar Al Assad’s actions, as there was with Saddam. The only ambiguity is why he unambiguously used chemical weapons. But on everything else, there is no mystery: Mr Al Assad has thrown everything he has at his people, torturing, raping, murdering, and destroying his way through Syria. What ambiguity is there? In Iraq, we didn’t know what Saddam might do. Here we know exactly what Mr Al Assad is doing and we are leaving him to finish the job.

And that’s why the hand-wringing over Syria is so astonishing. Because, while Iraq was bubbling under the surface, Syria is openly in flames. This is not the case of fighting a war of choice for undefined ends. This is a humanitarian intervention to end the massacre of civilians.

In the years after the massacre of Hama in 1982, people asked whether the world should have acted sooner. In Hama, then, perhaps 20,000 people lost their lives in a single, bloody month. In Syria today, five or six times that number, at least, have been killed, in a bloody war that has shattered almost every single major city in the country.

There must come a point where the international community says no more, when the number of civilians killed is so large that it provokes a response. Those who believed that number would have four or five digits have been proved cruelly wrong. The number of dead is well into six figures and keeps rising.

Haunted by its failures in Iraq, the international community sees everything washed in the light of Mesopotamia. The fear of failure has become fatalism.

Unable to see past Iraq, the international community is paralysed by the fog of a past war, even as a cloud of gas descends on Syrian civilians.

falyafai@thenational.ae

On Twitter: @FaisalAlYafai

PLEASE SPARE A THOUGHT FOR THE STARVING CHILDREN LIVING IN THE SUBURBS OF DAMASCUS. Damascus (Madamiya): Sept 2, 2013 - As was the case for a child a few days ago in the same town (see here) please spare a thought when you sit down for your next meal and realize just how lucky you are. Not only do the children who live here face malnutrition, it was only two weeks ago they were gassed by Assad’s forces in addition to the ‘regular conventional’ killing his forces carry out daily.

Thanks @SyriaDayofRage

You Can Make A Difference Today.

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You don’t need money to do it either. You don’t need anything but a little bit of time and some compassion. To those of you that follow my blog and are from the United States, please click on the link below to view a list of your local representatives. These are the people you voted for to represent your opinion in Washington DC. These people are the ones you empowered to speak and act on your behalf. 

I would never ask anyone to vote one way or another, that is up to you and your freedom of choice. Those who visit this blog know where I stand and that I support almost any action that will bring about the end of Assad’s reign of tyranny.

What I will ask of you is to review everything you know about Syria and the suffering we are enduring to make your voice heard and let your representative know how they should vote and lobby in favor (or against) Obama’s planned strikes against Assad.

You will decided whether the strike on Assad will happen or not. Congress is merely your voice. Do what so many other people on Earth don’t have the luxury, privilege or right to do and voice your opinion and tell them how to vote.

Click here, enter your ZIP code and send a letter to your representative and to President Obama: Petition 2 Congress.

You can also click here and find out how to contact your representative directly:

http://www.house.gov/representatives/#state_ne

A TRULY HEARTBREAKING STORY. A DAUGHTER DOES NOT RECOGNIZE HER OWN MOTHER. Damascus (Zamalka): Aug 21, 2013 - The scene opens with the cameraman interviewing a mother who survived the Chemical Attack by Assad’s forces a day earlier in which more than 1,400 people were killed, most in Zamalka. The lady describes how shortly after the shells hit panic ensued as people started to succumb to the gases and in the chaos she was separated from her family and eventually passed out only to find herself here.

Her entire family is missing, most are presumed dead. The cameraman then pans to the little girl next to the lady and asks her what happened and she too explains details from the attack. She then says that her mother covered her with a blanket to protect her from the shrapnel of the shells during the attack and saved her. The man asks where her mother is and she says “she was just here, she came and kissed me on the cheek and left”. Then the cameraman says “Ok, then you should be happy that your mother came!” To which the girl says “Oh I am!”

Then the lady says to the cameraman, “I am her mother … this is my daughter Iw as telling you about earlier … she does not remember me”. The girl then protests “no she is not my mother, I swear to god she is not! my mother was just here and she left!”

Doctors at the clinic then confirm to the cameraman that the girl is indeed the daughter of the lady next to her, but that for some reason she cannot remember and that they think it’s a reaction to the drugs they gave her to counteract the effects of the chemical attack.

Not only is this mother suffering the agony of losing her entire family. But the only surviving member does not even recognize her.

Thanks @syrianhr

AS YOU SIT DOWN TO YOUR NEXT MEAL, PLEASE SPARE A THOUGHT FOR THIS GIRL WHO HAS NOT EATEN IN DAYS. Damascus (Moudamiya): Sept 1, 2013 - Apart from a little burgul wheat, some herbs and possibly, if lucky, a little bit of bread, the people of this besieged suburb of Damascus have little else to eat. The sample diet I just gave you is what millions of Syrians are surviving on across Syria.

What is her name? Why is she hungry? How come others are not starving? Where are her parents? Why is she on oxygen? All once valid questions if you asked them more than a year ago. Today however, with Syria in ruins, society shattered and no future to llook forward to, all that matters to us Syrians is that she is a hungry little girl.

We do not need the BBC to come film her to “prove” she is starving. We are humans with brains and thoughts that function very much the same as the anglo-saxon human, as the leftist human, as the anti-war human, as the Russian human, as the Persian human, as the conspiracy theorist human. No one ever asked the starving Ethiopian child why he was starving, they helped (usually much too late) feed him regardless. But since she is Syrian, there will be a debate over her hunger. Her hunger will be “alleged”. It will be questioned. It will be ridiculed.

Then she will be dead.

A little less than two weeks ago this suburb was attacked with sarin gas by Assad’s forces. To add to the misery of hunger, they must now endure gas attacks along with “regular” conventional attacks by Assad …. with no end in sight. No light at the end of the tunnel. No hope it will end anytime soon.

Your government will not spare anything to save her. So please, at the very least, spare a thought for her as you move on to the next video and soon forget she ever existed.

Or you can try to save thousands of little girls and boys just like her. It will cost you a few dollars. Please think about it.

Hand In hand For Syria - Registered non-political UK charity that has verified it’s aid is entering into Syria and helping those most in need. 

Syrian Orphans - A collection of Non-Profit Org’s supporting orphans in Syria

Rise 4 Humanity - Dedicated to helping the children of Syria via donations and awareness campaigns 

Humanitarian Relief For Syria - Supports needy families and orphans as well as distributing aid in Syria

Syrian Sunrise Foundation -  Promotes social and economic opportunity and growth in Syria through humanitarian relief efforts.

Syrian Assistance - Independent, Non-Profit Org of volunteers set up to raise money for the basic humanitarian needs in Syria

Medecins Sans Frontieres - The only reputable international org. with doctors and a purpose built medical facility on the ground in Northern Syria.

Syrian Expatriates Organization - Provides various medical, humanitarian and logistical aid across Syria to those that need it the most 

Kahyr Charity Foundation - Saudi based charity that provides food, blankets, monetary support and more for families in Syria 

The Maram Foundation - Supporting Syrian Refugees inside Syria, specifically the Atmeh Camp. 

The Syrian American Alliance - Non-profit organization in the USA that aims to build a new future for a unified, non-sectarian, democratic, and free Syria that respects due process, freedom of expression and human rights.

Every Syrian - Organization created to provide the most urgent and critical aid to those that need it the most regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or political background.   

Thanks @LccSy

THREE LITTLE CHILDREN THAT YOU WON’T GIVE THE TIME OF DAY TO MOURN. HOWEVER, WE WILL. Daraa (Inkhel): Aug 31, 2013 - Bashar Al Naseef, Fathel Al Faraj and Walid Al Naseef (ino rder as they are seen above) where all murdered by Assad’s forces when Russian jet, with Russian bombs dropped by an Assadist pilot killed them in their home.

Why did Assad kill them? Why would he order the murder of three small kids? If I have to answer that question, then you have no business following the events of the Syrian Revolution. 

Thanks @Lccsy

Quite accurate … only the frame which claims AQ decapitated a priest was a fake news-story by the Assad regime. 
This comic is from theoatmeal.com … click here to see it. 

Quite accurate … only the frame which claims AQ decapitated a priest was a fake news-story by the Assad regime

This comic is from theoatmeal.com … click here to see it. 

YOU FORGOT ABOUT HOMS … AGAIN. THIS IS WHAT IS STILL HAPPENING. ALWAYS HAPPENING. Homs (Jouret Al Sheyah): Aug 29, 2013 - The shelling never stopped. The killing never ended. The suffering continued. Only you stopped watching. This is what Homs looked like this morning as Assad’s forces attempted to invade deeper into the city. Little to no support. Dwindling food supplies. Misery and fear. Yet the brave men and women of Homs refuse to be driven from their homes by a mixture of Assad’s ultra-sectarian ‘National Defense Forces’, Hezbullah militants and Iranian “advisor” mercenaries. 

Thanks @PROM201

ANOTHER BOMBING. ANOTHER DEATH. ANOTHER DAY. ONLY NO ONE IS DEBATING THIS ONE. Idleb (Saraqeb): Aug 27, 2013 - The people of Saraqeb have been bombed day in and day out for well over a year. There is even a well documented case of sarin-laced shells falling on the town this past Spring. Yet there is no debate. No outcry. No outrage. No op-ed’s. No news reports. Nothing.

This is what the world ignores. The murder of these young children in broad daylight for the world to see. 

Thanks @SyriaDayofRage

A FATHER IS REUNITED WITH HIS SON THAT HE THOUGHT WAS KILLED. Damascus (Zamalka): Aug 26, 2013 - He lost his wife and three children in the Chemical Gas Attack carried out by Assad’s forces last week. He had thought he lost all four of his children only to find out that one of his children survived and is not dead.

In this video the father, who appears a few minutes into the video, is seen as he finds out that his son is alive and is then reunited. He is overcome by emotions as he walks to greet him and hold him, so much so that he almost collapses. He’s then led to a room to sit and his son is brought to him once more. Then the cameraman discusses how his wife and three kids were killed in the attack and the father breaks down again.