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Tens Of Thousands Syrian Pro Govt Protesters.

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I sorry to inform you, but I dont have any little plan to divide your country. I would just like to see your people earn the right to be able to elect a government of its own choosing, which the Republic of Ireland achieved many years ago.

I thought what you Zionist followers want is the Syrian regime gone because: it does not obey and it does not serve Western agendas and policies fully in the region.

It is clear, else why don't you wish or want to see the people of Saudi, Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine and 10s of other puppet countries to "earn the right to be able to elect a government of" their own choosing.

You and some of your friends on this forum most of the times thinking of others as stupid or some ignorant kids like those in the deserts of Saudi Arabia or Kuwait?

We can read what you said and expressed in regards to Bahrain and Saudi. And those who always put the whole Muslim societies on trial and accuse them of barbarism and extremism because of a few terrorist groups who were Western products to begin with, but now again, you are appealing to the same terrorist networks to create chaos and achieve Western illogical and illegal demands in the ME and regions around it.

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I sorry to inform you, but I dont have any little plan to divide your country. I would just like to see your people earn the right to be able to elect a government of its own choosing, which the Republic of Ireland achieved many years ago.

HA HA HA Oh gosh, you CARE SO MUCH ABOUT ME I'M GONNA CRY. What a joke. Why don't you go care about the Palestinians? Like the above poster said, I read through what you idiots wrote about the other legitimate revolutions. Election and democracy are a FARCE, the only way you become "democratic" is if the west approves of your government. Otherwise it's endless moaning about "irregularities" and so on.

FYI, if there were elections, I would vote for Basha'ar again and again and again. We Syrians know bashar, he is one of us, he wants what we want and thanks to these protests, he will get it. Your nefarious little plan is already backfiring, he's more popular than ever amongst the educated class.

We earned our freedom from the British, which was one of the strongest armies in the World at that time, and could commit any atrocities it liked in Ireland with no media to report it.

Nope, you didn't, your country was cut up and half your resistance force gave up. The only leg you have to stand on now is the RIRA and I bet you don't support it. You only support fascism in disguise as "democracy" and "progress".

Unlike your massive country Syria

Syria used to be massive and one day it will be massive again.

which has lost a few wars against a piddly little state like Israel.

You mean outright destroyed their entire air force in 1973, only to have to replenished by the west with airdropped armor in order to steal the victory -- YET THEY STILL HAD TO DECLARE A CEASEFIRE. Yeah, I think you need to read on a bit of history. There's nothing "little" about IsraHell except the tiny amount of land this fascist globally supplied state has stolen.

Your leaders are only good at killing your own people like now and in Hama.

Pretty sure we slit your little israHelli's and their mercenary's throats several times. Also, when things are called for, we've helped a little here and there -- see the 2006 ultimate defeat of that pathetic bunch of fascists with an egomania.

Now wonder you are so proud of them.

I'm damn proud of my people and I love Bashaar, Farouk al Shara and Mouallem. Syria needs reform, what we don't need is your stupid zio-Saudi revolution.

Geez, the hate is just frothing out of your keyboard isn't it? Wipe that baby down!

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It is clear, else why don't you wish or want to see the people of Saudi, Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine and 10s of other puppet countries to "earn the right to be able to elect a government of" their own choosing.

I've said in another post which I cant be bothered to locate, that I believe ALL people of ALL countries deserve the right to able to elect a government of their own choosing, unlike you who think only Bahraini's should have that right.

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Yeah, the muderous dictator Assad promised to follow in the footsteps of his murderous father by ordering his security forces to crush those legitimate protestors who want democratic reform in their country, just like fellow protestors recently have been protesting for in many Middle Eastern countries. I guess the 'Emergency' law introduced by his father 48 years ago, is going to stay since this must be the longest emegency in history. At least Assad has the courtesy to back up his claims with solid evidence of "outside conspirators". Oh wait...., he offered no solid evidence at all!!

you sure make silly arguments,brother...i do agree assad's father was a murderer and even genocidal,however,his son is far from it...also have you not seen th news?emergency laws have been lifted..care to comment on that now?israels however still in place,and you dont hear the same media ''you consider reliable source'' even mention that,anyway..you havent seen videos of men arrested in syria smuggling guns from iraqya admitting to conspiracy?let me guess its not valid because he was CAUGHT LOL..

some backround showing outside meddling in syria....and pls give me a break on what you consider reliable,i have yet tos ee you rpesent any real sources,with legitimate references..anyway ,lets take a look...SyriaWatch-Farid Ghadry spins a tale, for a receptive audience http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com/2011/04/farid-ghadry-spins-tale-for-receptive.html

Disinformation about Syria in Western Media by Joshua Landis http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2011/landis140411.html

Globalist War Machine Fixates on Syria http://www.activistpost.com/2011/04/globalist-war-machine-fixates-on-syria.html

Future Movement denies role in Syria unrests

[[but members have been detained with caches of weapons and confessions have been aired..]

The plan to target Syria and its backdrop http://www.voltairenet.org/article169271.html

MUST SEE VIDEOS FROM ALL OVERTHE WORLD -Syrians Living Abroad, Standing up for Syria and Bashar http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2011/syrians010411.html

US lawmakers urge support for Syrian opposition http://www.activistpost.com/2011/03/us-lawmakers-urge-support-for-syrian.html"]http://www.activistpost.com/2011/03/us-lawmakers-urge-support-for-syrian.html"]http://www.activistpost.com/2011/03/us-lawmakers-urge-support-for-syrian.html

SYRIA Neo-Cons Target Assad Regime http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55075 Elliott Abrams' Plan For Syria http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2011/03/elliot-abrams-plan-for-syria.html Globalists Hit in Syria Opposition is a conglomeration of Western-backed "human rights activists." http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2011/03/globalist-hit-in-syria.html MANY VIDEOS-MILLIONS OF SYRIANS RALLY FOR SYRIA AND BASHAR http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2011/syria300311.html

;)

pls try not to bother with superficial nonsense concerning sources,and stick to the points,facts,and evidnec provided,wich is verifiable,documented,and referenced...plsssss ;)

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FYI, if there were elections, I would vote for Basha'ar again and again and again. We Syrians know bashar, he is one of us, he wants what we want and thanks to these protests, he will get it. Your nefarious little plan is already backfiring, he's more popular than ever amongst the educated class.

I'm damn proud of my people and I love Bashaar, Farouk al Shara and Mouallem. Syria needs reform, what we don't need is your stupid zio-Saudi revolution.

Are you his brother-in-law who just happened to own the rights to that multi-billion mobile phone network :lol:

Nope, you didn't, your country was cut up and half your resistance force gave up. The only leg you have to stand on now is the RIRA and I bet you don't support it. You only support fascism in disguise as "democracy" and "progress".

No, we had no country and managed to initially win back 26 out of 32 counties. Unlike your massive Syria against the little Israeli state, and you only ended up losing land :lol:

Syria used to be massive and one day it will be massive again.

Yeah, when traitors like you and Assad are well gone.

You mean outright destroyed their entire air force in 1973, only to have to replenished by the west with airdropped armor in order to steal the victory -- YET THEY STILL HAD TO DECLARE A CEASEFIRE. Yeah, I think you need to read on a bit of history. There's nothing "little" about IsraHell except the tiny amount of land this fascist globally supplied state has stolen.

You must of forgot the 1967 war when the large Arab neighbors of Egypt, Jordan and Syria got your butts kicked by tiny Israel and lost the Golan heights. And an another useless ASSad was leader of your country :lol:

Geez, the hate is just frothing out of your keyboard isn't it? Wipe that baby down!

No hate here, I am just laughing at you, as you are more likely an Alawi who has obviously done very well under the dictator Assad. You dont represent the views of the majority of Syrians.

you sure make silly arguments,brother...i do agree assad's father was a murderer and even genocidal,however,his son is far from it...also have you not seen th news?emergency laws have been lifted..care to comment on that now?

Lifting the laws and actually security forces behaving with respect to that change are two very different things.

israels however still in place,and you dont hear the same media ''you consider reliable source'' even mention that

What, you expected Israels to disappear overnight after Assad lifed an emergency law?

Anyway..you havent seen videos of men arrested in syria smuggling guns from iraqya admitting to conspiracy?let me guess its not valid because he was CAUGHT LOL..

I've seen a few Syrian videos that were so faked as to be laughable. We have also seen bodies being handed back that were tortured to death. You could wheel any other Joe in front of TV camara's and get him them to admit anything to avoid more torture.

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Are you his brother-in-law who just happened to own the rights to that multi-billion mobile phone network :lol:

No, we had no country and managed to initially win back 26 out of 32 counties. Unlike your massive Syria against the little Israeli state, and you only ended up losing land :lol:

Yeah, when traitors like you and Assad are well gone.

You must of forgot the 1967 war when the large Arab neighbors of Egypt, Jordan and Syria got your butts kicked by tiny Israel and lost the Golan heights. And an another useless ASSad was leader of your country :lol:

No hate here, I am just laughing at you, as you are more likely an Alawi who has obviously done very well under the dictator Assad. You dont represent the views of the majority of Syrians.

Lifting the laws and actually security forces behaving with respect to that change are two very different things.

What, you expected Israels to disappear overnight after Assad lifed an emergency law?

I've seen a few Syrian videos that were so faked as to be laughable. We have also seen bodies being handed back that were tortured to death. You could wheel any other Joe in front of TV camara's and get him them to admit anything to avoid more torture.

SO THATS IT?I GIVE U DOZENS OF VIDEOS SHOWING MILLIONS TAKING TO STREETS TO SUPPORT ASSAD,AND VIDEOS SHOWING MILLIONS OUTSIDE OF SYRIA AROUND WORLD SUPPORT ASSAD,AND NOTHING?NO COMMENT?NICEEE..''SIGH'' AND YOUR CLAIM THE VIDEOS OF THESE MEN ADMITTING THEY WERE SMUGGLING WEAPONS WERE FAKE?I CALLED IT EVEN BEFORE YOU SAID IT..PATHETIC,ITS ONLY FAKE BECAUSE THEY WERE CAUGHT?GREAT SO U TELL ME HOW ELSE DO WE DETERMINE WHEN A CONSPIRATOR GETS CAUGHT WETEHR ITS VALID?WHEN HE DOESNT GET CAUGHT ?I ALSO GAVE YOU WESTERN US BACKED MEN ADMITTING THEY WERE BEING BACKED FOR A NEW PLOT TO ASSUME POWER AFTER ASSADS REMOVAL,NO COMMENT FROM YOU OF COURSE,I SHOWED WESTERN NEOCONS PARADING THESE OPPOSITION LEADERS,NO COMMENT THERE..DO YOU HAVE ANY INTEGRITY?I BROUGHT OUT THE FACTS,MANY MANY FACTS,WHERE ARE YOURS,(AND NO STICKING EHAD INS AND)WICH IS WHAT YOU ARE DOING,DOES NOT COUNT...PS IM NOT FAN ON ASSAD EITEHR,BUT FACTS ARE FACTS,EVIDENCE IS EVIDENCE...YOU WENT AROUND ALL EVIDNECE AND FACTS,AND DECIDED TO PLAY POSSUM? :(

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SO THATS IT?I GIVE U DOZENS OF VIDEOS SHOWING MILLIONS TAKING TO STREETS TO SUPPORT ASSAD,AND VIDEOS SHOWING MILLIONS OUTSIDE OF SYRIA AROUND WORLD SUPPORT ASSAD,AND NOTHING?

Should of gone to specsavers. A thousand or less in most of the videos. Unsurprising some being in Lebanon and Egypt and Venezuela. A few protests outside of Syrian embassies also

Anyhow, its the people IN Syria who count and UNTIL Assad says publicly that any of those that oppose him can take to the streets without any dangers of repercussions, and that when that is being shown to be true, only then will we know.

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No hate here, I am just laughing at you, as you are more likely an Alawi who has obviously done very well under the dictator Assad. You dont represent the views of the majority of Syrians.

Couldn't be more wrong dumbass. My sunni family (I'm not religious at all by the way so you may as well spare your time with your usual sectarian psychological warfare) was deposed of power when the ba'ath came. I don't care about Allawi, Christian, Shia, Sunni etc etc., we're all Syrians and there's nothing you SOBs can do to cause a problem between us.

You can take your little demonstration and you can file them -- the largest protest so far has been in support of the government not against it. In fact, the government is advising people NOT TO GO OUT IN SUPPORT as not to aggravate the few idiots who are watching satellite television and living out the illusion that has been created for them.

I enjoy it when you mock my country THEN claim you care for us. Ohhh boy aren't you obvious? Why don't you do the world a favour and hang yourself, zionist?

The anti-Syrian zio-Saudi formula:

If Bashaar says something: it's all talk

If Bashaar does something: it's not enough

If a pro-Bashaar demonstration happens: it's a tiny government sponsored event

If an anti-Bashaar demonstation happens: OH MY GOD THEY KILLED THEM ALL

If weapons smugglers are caught entering Syria: It's all fake

If weapons smugglers are caught entering Saudi Arabia/israHell: OH MY GOD IRAN IS DESTROYING THE MIDDLE EAST

If an assassins kill a protestor in Syria: Government crack down by security police

If an assassins kill a police officer in Syria: He didn't follow orders to shoot at the demonstrators (who are all dead by the way) so the security police killed him.

If an assassin kills an army officer/General: He didn't follow orders to destroy the city so ... somehow the security police killed him even though he out ranked them ( :wacko: )

If an assassin kills a security police: uhhhh suicide? Hurp durp!

Idiots. Seriously, go hang yourselves.

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Whose payroll are you on Irishman? I used to think you were somewhat impartial and principled in your own way. Now i see you have been a lurker all along. Did you finally get the call to instigate?

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Whose payroll are you on Irishman? I used to think you were somewhat impartial and principled in your own way. Now i see you have been a lurker all along. Did you finally get the call to instigate?

He's what I call an "internet sleeper cell". He's probably not even Irish mind you, but he'd have read up so well on the history of the country that you wouldn't be able to tell. The zionists like to pretend they're Irish in order to soil their good name and perfect standing in our side of the world. He probably ate more bagels this week than you can count on your fingers. :squeez:

Here's what real Irish people are saying:

http://www.ireland.com/news/pro-government-protests-held-in-syria/599537

Tens of thousands of Syrians held pro-government rallies today as president Bashar al-Assad was expected to address the nation after two weeks of democracy protests in which at least 60 people have been killed.

Mr Assad, who has been facing the gravest challenge to his 11-year rule after protests in the south spread to many parts of the country, could announce a lifting of Syria's decades-old emergency laws.

Protesters at first had restricted their demands to more freedom, but incensed by security forces' crackdown on them, especially in Deraa where protests first erupted, they have been calling for the "downfall of the regime".

The calls echo those during the uprisings that toppled the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt and also have motivated the rebels fighting Libyan leader Muammar Gadafy.

Syrian state television showed people in the Syrian capital Damascus, Aleppo and Hasaka, waving pictures of Mr Assad and chanting "God, Syria, Bashar".

"Breaking News: the conspiracy has failed" declared one banner, echoing government accusations that foreign elements and armed gangs were behind the unrest.

"With our blood and our souls we protect our national unity," another said.

That's more like it.

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Should of gone to specsavers. A thousand or less in most of the videos. Unsurprising some being in Lebanon and Egypt and Venezuela. A few protests outside of Syrian embassies also

Anyhow, its the people IN Syria who count and UNTIL Assad says publicly that any of those that oppose him can take to the streets without any dangers of repercussions, and that when that is being shown to be true, only then will we know.

I SEE YOUR CHRISTIAN...IN YOUR PROFILE THAT EXPLAINS IT ALL..ALSO YOUR NOT EVEN KNOWLEDGABLE ON SYRIA,AS I HAVE DEMONSTRATED ,NOW,LET ME ASK YOU DO YOU EVEN SPEAK ARABIC?ALSO GIVE ME A FEW OF YOUR SOURECS ON SITUATION IN SYRIA,IF YOU CAN,I WOULD LOVE TO SEE WHERE YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION..SO FAR ALL I SEEN YOU POST WAS LMAOO A NEW ZEALAND SOURCE LMAOOO ,SHOW EM ALL YOUR FACTS ON SYRIA AND YOUR SOURCES,IVE REVALED, MINE IN ENGLISH,BECAUSE I THINK THATS ALL YOU SPEAK,BUT SHOW ME YOURS,SO I SHOW U MY ARABIC,AND FARSI AS WELL,MY REGIONAL SOURCES,ON SYRIA...NATIONAL AND NEIGHBORING,STATE,AND INDEPENDENT...SO FAR ALL YOU SHOWN IS SILLY NONSENSE..LETS BRING OUT ALL WE GOT..PLS ANSWER MY QUESTIONS,ALL THE ONES IVE JUST POSED..YOU SEEM TO OBFUSCATE ALOT...

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Here's what real Irish people are saying:

http://www.ireland.com/news/pro-government-protests-held-in-syria/599537

That's more like it.

Yeah :lol:

Syrian forces 'kill eight protesters'

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0418/breaking35.html

Syrian forces shot dead eight protesters overnight in the city of Homs in clashes after the death of a tribal leader in custody, a rights campaigner in the central city said today.

"Homs is boiling. Security forces and the regime thugs have been provoking armed tribes for a month now," the activist, who asked not to be identified for fear of arrest, told Reuters from the city.

"Civilians in large numbers also took to the streets in different areas of Homs last night and they were shot at in cold blood," he added. The campaigner said protests against the Baath Party's rule intensified in Homs after authorities handed over the body of Sheikh Bader Abu Moussa of the Fawa'ra tribe to his family for burial on Saturday.

A 12-year-old child was killed at Mr Abu Moussa's funeral-turned-demonstration on the same day. Mr Abu Moussa was arrested a week before outside a mosque after he took part in a pro-democracy demonstration, one of many across Syria in protest against President Bashar al-Assad's 11-year-old rule.

"He was a healthy man before they took him and a corpse afterwards. It is known that the security forces have been dealing brutally with the protesters, but this is too much to take," the rights activist said.

"The possibility that some protesters were armed cannot be ruled out. The tribes feel insulted and they want revenge. But the security forces were seen driving in trucks and shooting at civilians."

Syrian authorities have stepped up a campaign of arrests against lawyers, independent figures and activist since the protests erupted a month ago.

Officials blamed armed groups and infiltrators for the violence, saying they had opened fire on security forces and protesters alike.

Members of Abu Moussa's tribe took to the streets of Homs yesterday to protest against his death. They were joined by members of the Bani Khaled tribe and large numbers of residents who gathered in several places across the city, the activist added.

Homs, a conservative city 165km north of Damascus, is known for its well-educated population which includes, artists, intellectuals and national figures who oppose the Baath Party's monopoly on power, such as the country's leading dissident Riad al-Turk.

He spent almost 18 years in solitary confinement during the rule of Hafez al-Assad, father of current president Bashar al-Assad.

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Whose payroll are you on Irishman? I used to think you were somewhat impartial and principled in your own way. Now i see you have been a lurker all along. Did you finally get the call to instigate?

MacIsaac was right about most of you pro-Assad lot. If Iran suddenly got friendly with Israel, most of you lot would be running about in skull caps.

MASSIVE PROTEST IN SYRIA

oh forgot to mention, it was a pro-government protest a couple weeks back ^_^

Yeah, and no government snipers on the rooftops shooting down at them :dry:

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MacIsaac was right about most of you pro-Assad lot. If Iran suddenly got friendly with Israel, most of you lot would be running about in skull caps.

Yeah of course, because people are pro-Assad (really pro what he's done and the character he has shown as a Syrian man) they just follow Iran (implying Bashaar is just Iran's puppet, you guys are HILARIOUSLY dumb). But hey, you'd like us to run around in skullcaps wouldn't you? We'd finally fit in together.

Yeah, and no government snipers on the rooftops shooting down at them :dry:

See Item #7 on the zio-Saudi conspiracy talk points. If people are dying it's the security forces. Etc. etc. etc.

No body is listening anymore, you've run out of credibility and so have your zio-Saudi channels. Stop dirtying the good name of Irish people and try some other race.

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Yeah, and no government snipers on the rooftops shooting down at them :dry:

of course not, how can CNN justify an attack on pro-government protesters? it'd make the anti-government saudi goons look like the bad guys. So Bandar said it's a big NO NO.

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you've pegged me wrong Mo Irishman. I am a pro-capitalist, anti-imperialist, libertarian-leaning american Muslim. I also believe the will of the people plays an important part in the legitimacy of any government at any time in history. The jig is up. When people learn to think rationally then maybe the world will find peace.

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From schoolgirl Emma to Asma, the Syrian Icon

Asma Akhras was raised in London. Today she returns as wife of Syria's leader. Peter Beaumont talks exclusively to the woman who has become a symbol of President Bashar Assad's ambition to reform his country

Sunday December 15, 2002

The Observer

When Asma Akhras became Mrs Assad, new wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the doom-mongers in the British media predicted a life of subservience and isolation for the attractive British-born and educated young merchant banker. So when she dropped out of sight for a few months after her private wedding on New Year's Day 2001, they must have thought that they had got it right.

Instead, as they will find out this week, they got it very wrong indeed. So what happened in the months after the wedding, when she seemed to disappear from view? In her first-ever interview, Mrs Assad told The Observer that she did not disappear. Instead, she spent the first weeks of her marriage in jeans and T-shirt, travelling incognito around the rural areas of Syria. After a wedding in which only the closest family members had been invited to a private service, she wanted to get a handle on the country.

'To be honest,' she says, 'I wanted to meet [ordinary Syrians] before they met me. Before the world met me,' she adds. 'I was able to spend the first couple of months wandering around, meeting other Syrian people. It was my crash course. I would just tag along with one of the many programmes being run in the rural areas. Because people had no idea who I was, I was able to see people completely honestly, I was able to see what their problems were on the ground, what people are complaining about, what the issues are. What people's hopes and aspirations are. And seeing it first-hand means you are not seeing it through someone else's eyes. It wasn't to spy on them. It was really just to see who they are, what they are doing.'

Tonight Asma Assad - the girl once known as Emma at her Church of England school in west London, where she grew up - will be back in Britain for only the second time since her wedding two years ago. But this time it will not be for a visit to her parents' home in Acton, but to accompany her husband to Downing Street for Syria's first official visit.

In three days, she will be presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace and later meet Prince Charles, not as the submissive consort that some glibly predicted, but as an equal partner of her husband, Bashar. How equal is made clear when President Assad, a 35-year-old former doctor who trained in London as an opthalmologist, comes in at the end of this interview with his wife in Damascus.

The President asks for the microphones to be turned off and my notebook to be put away. He wants to chat, but it is not an interview. And for a moment, with the constraints of protocol and diplomacy stripped away, as they sit together on a sofa, you have an insight into their life together: a lively, humorous dialogue in which they lob ideas between them like a tennis ball.

This week Asma Assad will continue on her rapid learning curve. Not that her visit will be without controversy. Even before an interview in Friday's Times, in which President Assad said he 'understood' why young Palestinians became suicide bombers, and expressed his deep reservations over the United States' rush to war against Iraq, Israeli and Jewish groups were protesting at the visit, accusing his country of sponsoring terrorism. Others challenge his country's record on human rights, in particular the violent suppression of Islamic radical groups under his father, Hafez. And for decades

All this has had the effect of thrusting Asma Assad further into the limelight. In just two years, she has been transformed from being unknown to ordinary Syrians to being a kind of icon of both her husband' s policy to modernize and reform his country, and Syria's wider engagement with the West. She is known almost universally as al akilatu al rais: simply the President's wife. Her new prominence has been achieved while avoiding interviews, avoiding the kind of meaningless feel-good statements of what she plans to do, and while protecting her privacy.

And when she does talk, it is not in generalities. It is about the specifics of the schemes that interest her and that she has initiated: about the intricacies of micro-credit schemes tailored to Syrian society and rural life, about her country's social capital, and about her ambitions to bridge the gap between Syria's information-rich and information-poor. FIDROS, the NGO she founded in July 2001, is the result both of those first months of incognito research and of the realization that Syria faces a demographic problem. Forty-five per cent of the population is under 15. Fearing the destabilizing impact of a massive influx to the cities, her NGO is aimed at improving village communities through sustainable development and interest-free loans.

What is clear is that this is not some Evita-like first lady's 'hobby horse'. Asma Assad regards it as her work.

She explains her reticence until now to talk about her life and work: 'I let actions speak for themselves, rather than saying "I want to... I will" and so forth. The results are much larger and much bigger than any words that anybody can say, and that's the philosophy I've had from day one. I think that's probably something I took from the UK. Let the actions speak for themselves.

'I obviously am not going to speak on his [the President's] behalf, but he did know from day one that I was a working woman. He knew JP Morgan took up a lot of my time. So he knew that work for me was a big priority and still is. So it never really came up in conversation.'

And although she denies it, it still seems a remarkable journey. Three years ago Asma Assad was working in mergers and acquisitions at the bankers JP Morgan. She had been accepted for a Harvard MBA. The daughter of Syrian parents - her father is a cardiologist - they insisted on speaking Syrian at home. 'I didn't realise until I was seven that they could actually speak English,' she says. But for all the annual holidays in Syria, she had an English childhood and education, culminating in a degree in computer science at King's College.

She casts some light, too, on how she came to know Bashar, an issue much speculated on, although with little accuracy. 'It is not quite as grand as the British press is trying to make out. We have been friends for a very long time. I came to Syria every year since I was born. It is really through family friends who knew each other since childhood.'

So their friendship became something else while he was studying in England? 'We hardly saw each other at all. And, if we did, it was more on a friendly basis and nothing else.' I ask when she knew they would be married. 'The day before,' she laughs.

Our meeting is in the Presidential Palace in Damascus, a place of vast halls and marble floors. But when I ask about the transition from the London suburbs to life in a palace, she laughs again: 'We don't live in a palace. We live in a house in the city. This is just an official place for meeting people.' Indeed, she goes out of her way to insist on the normality of her life. The couple dine in public restaurants, visit the theatre and have no nanny for their toddler, Hafez. I ask her, as a mother in a country next to Iraq, if she is not afraid of these dangerous times.

'I think the Middle East has always had this feeling. We are constantly aware of it, and we live in the situation. Am I aware of it specifically? I think it is part of our life. It exists. The question here is how long do we live with that? And how do we ensure we keep moving?'

And to keep moving - they both insist - a dialogue is necessary. This week's visit to Britain is part of that dialogue.

I ask her about her sense of identity, about being Emma the English schoolgirl and Asma the Syrian daughter; about being the British banker and the Syrian President's wife.

'I can't say I was "Emma". No. I wasn't Emma. I was "Emma", as you call somebody sweetheart or sweetie or darling or so forth,' she insists.

'I was born in London. I spent 25 years in London. But I also know that I am Syrian. I speak the language fluently; I read and write it. I am British and I am an Arab,' she says emphatically. 'I am not one or the other. I am part of both worlds.'

It is an issue of identity that concerns both her husband and herself, conscious that, against the background of the activities of Osama bin Laden and the threat of war with Iraq, being an Arab or Muslim has become suspect to many in the West.

Bashar Assad is understood to be concerned that, in the West, there is at the moment a 'narrowing of the mind' when it comes to those who live in the Middle East, a view shared by his wife, who blames Western media for many of the current problems. 'I think it's just living with different faiths, different beliefs and ideas,' she says. 'You cannot, like children, say "the Arab world, the British world". Is there someone who is artificially British like that? I doubt that.

'It is not accurate to label the Arab world as one big block. It is not accurate to label Islam, the Islamic world, as one big block, as I'm sure that Europe is not labelled. It is just Europe - made up of several countries, various cultures, various civilizations, histories and even languages. The Arab world is very similar.

'The Arab world is not just one block. We're all human beings, we all wish for prosperity, we all wish for better health for our children, better education for our children; for better standards of living and quality of life regardless of where we live, and that is really what unites us. The differences - if you want to call them differences - are just a misunderstanding. Civilization is humanity. I think we all want the same thing.'

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From schoolgirl Emma to Asma, the Syrian Icon

Salam alaikum,

Thanks for posting that brother. Jazakallah Khair.

Edited by Photi

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Zionazi tactic you guys should be aware of:

Ignore all the contents of a viewpoint and focus on some one-liner propoganda in order to instill the false illusion you want the foolish to absorb. The sad thing is they think this stratagem can work all the time. Hubris, I say.

theJIDF.jpg

This thing is probably hanging somewhere in "Irish"man's room. Oi vey!

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hahaha, Asma's telling the witch that she's nearly dead :lol:

And the Queen is laughing and saying you and your muderous husband are likely to be swinging from the end of a rope well before I die peacefully in my bed. :lol:

Zionazi tactic you guys should be aware of:

Ignore all the contents of a viewpoint and focus on some one-liner propoganda in order to instill the false illusion you want the foolish to absorb. The sad thing is they think this stratagem can work all the time. Hubris, I say.

theJIDF.jpg

This thing is probably hanging somewhere in "Irish"man's room. Oi vey!

Watch out for zionists hiding under your bed :lol:

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And the Queen is laughing and saying you and your muderous husband are likely to be swinging from the end of a rope well before I die peacefully in my bed. :lol:

And Bashar's looking at Asma laughing saying :lol: the witch is already hallucinating :lol:

Check mate ;)

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And Bashar's looking at Asma laughing saying :lol: the witch is already hallucinating :lol:

Check mate ;)

No, it was Assad who said in January that Syria is immune from uprisings. He is the one who was hallucinating :lol:

Edited by Irishman

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Thanks to the Salafi scum, many Christians will not be attending Easter vigil in Bab thoma tomorrow. A truck carrying weapons, likely from Lebanon was stopped from entering, thankfully.

The Christians are the #1 target of zio-Saudi scum, to make them flee so that they can then divide the Muslims. Meanwhile, the west sees the crime and says with apathy "the muslims kill each other and christians", when really it has been the zio-Saudis all along.

Edited by Schrodinger

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If anyone can hear me over the noise of you guys accusing each other of being paid agents or tools of a dictator, I'd like to point out that these things are seldom monolithic. There is absolutely no reason most Syrians can't both dislike the government and corruption while fearing the results of overthrowing said government and no reason there cannot be many groups within the protest movement with different and contradictory aims. Salafists, liberals, members of the Islamic brotherhood and anyone with a grudge against the Assad clan join forces with people simply tired of corruption and poverty. Revolutions are seldom united. While you are just trying to overthrow the government, everyone can imagine that whatever his particular cause is will be implemented. When you have to actually rule, you usually find you can't possibly do everything everyone wanted. It often makes the revolutionaries turn on each other. Look at the aftermath of the French or Russian revolutions.

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MacIsaac was right about most of you pro-Assad lot. If Iran suddenly got friendly with Israel, most of you lot would be running about in skull caps.

Yeah, and no government snipers on the rooftops shooting down at them :dry:

MacIsaac was right only about those who blindly support Iran, but what he said does not pertain to people like me (I am a staunch supporter of Iran, as long as it is in the right). Mr. Irishman did you bother to read my reply to you earlier? Indeed there will be casualties among protesters, but how is it logical to attribute EVERY single casualty directly to Assad?

I had thought, just as bro Photi, that you were slightly more impartial and gave every viewpoint an opportunity; I have barely seen you condemn the killing of protesters in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya etc, while you consider it your divine duty to condemn the "protests" in Iran as well as Syria. I can see now that you are no different than the stooges such as Rothchild, Stefan, and Satyaban.

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MacIsaac was right only about those who blindly support Iran, but what he said does not pertain to people like me (I am a staunch supporter of Iran, as long as it is in the right). Mr. Irishman did you bother to read my reply to you earlier?

I dont seem to recall you questioning Iran much in previous posts where Iran has been saying about Serbia can teach the world about humanity etc..., It seems Iran is ALWAYS right in your eyes.

Indeed there will be casualties among protesters, but how is it logical to attribute EVERY single casualty directly to Assad?

Because Syria state TV decided to show one of the most laughable faked videos trying to show 'militants' shooting at protestors, and virtually all journalists have been banned from covering or filming any protests. What has he got to hide, if they are golng to see 'militants' shooting at people.

I had thought, just as bro Photi, that you were slightly more impartial and gave every viewpoint an opportunity; I have barely seen you condemn the killing of protesters in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya etc, while you consider it your divine duty to condemn the "protests" in Iran as well as Syria. I can see now that you are no different than the stooges such as Rothchild, Stefan, and Satyaban.

How many posters in the Bahrain thead which has reached 45 pages long and who have been posting on protestor casualties have posted on protestor casualties ( which have been at least double or triple that of Bahrain ) in Syria. Less than 5. What does that say about other members, in your great analysis of people. Many people ( Muslims ) are still dying in Libya everyday, far more than Bahrain, and any theads on Libya have fallen off the main page. What does that say in your great analysis of members?

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blah , non sense

back to subject ........

@ Akritas : i do know yemenis and Egyptians are not monolethic and so are Syrians but we are disagreeing on the intervention of outsiders , powers who try to fish for troubles in Syria ,not the Syrian themselves

there is a vedio in Arabic for an athiest syrian who is strongly anti gov and do at the same time admit or unable to deny the fact that it is possible that the troubled situation in Syria may attarct outsiders and trrrrrrouble makers

actually most people do agree on tow things : Syria need to change and tow Syrian need to be aware and alerted to sectarianism and other BS that may devided them

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Guest Stefan

you are no different than the stooges such as Rothchild, Stefan, and Satyaban.

Why don't you guys setup a shia forum in farsi, so that "stooges" can't come to burst the little bubble you mistake for reality ?

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MASSIVE PROTEST IN SYRIA

Ahsant bro

Reminds me, that there have been polls carried out in the past in the Middle East, and the most admired leaders are Hassan Nasrallah, followed by Bashar Al Assad and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

An article from a couple of years ago.

Across the Arab world, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah is the most admired leader, followed by Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The poll found that a majority of Arabs see the three - Nasrallah, Assad and Ahmadinejad - as the only leaders standing up against US influence in the Middle East.

The poll was carried out by the University of Maryland and Zogby International, covered some 4,000 people in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. It has a margin of error of about 1.6%.

The survey showed that eight out of 10 Arabs have a negative view of the US and Arab governments backed by Washington.

http://www.mginews.com/content/view/210/2/

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blah , non sense

back to subject ........

@ Akritas : i do know yemenis and Egyptians are not monolethic and so are Syrians but we are disagreeing on the intervention of outsiders , powers who try to fish for troubles in Syria ,not the Syrian themselves

there is a vedio in Arabic for an athiest syrian who is strongly anti gov and do at the same time admit or unable to deny the fact that it is possible that the troubled situation in Syria may attarct outsiders and trrrrrrouble makers

actually most people do agree on tow things : Syria need to change and tow Syrian need to be aware and alerted to sectarianism and other BS that may devided them

I wasn't talking about you. ;) You may know it and I may know it, but some of our friends here either don't know it and need to be told or are acting like they don't know it and need to be reminded. Everything I have heard suggests exactly what your last sentences says. People don't like the government but also don't want to end up as a second Iraq.

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