Explaining Syria's unrest -- Part II
The so-called "uprisings" in oil rich Mideast, tactfully engineered by the CIA networks spread across the region, has landed in Syria sooner than later, taking toll form both Sunnis and Shiites- each calling themselves as true democrats and targeting one another as their enemy to appease the western terrocratic regimes.
Both Sunni and Sii”a factions owing complete allegiance to Holy Prophet of Islam (SAS)had lived together in the same House when the Holy Prophet (SAS) was teaching basics of Allah’s Law to his people to enable to live like best humans. And today both Sunni and Sii’a are performing Hajj and other Islamic rituals together at Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia. Sii'tes observe fast and other Islamic fundamentals at par with Sunni people. However, Saudi Arabia considers Sii’te nations as the fundamental enemy. Saudi Arabia views its corrupt oil customers like USA and Europe as its dependable allies and considers Sii’a nations like Iran Islam’s arch enemy purely for political reasons or out of mere madness.
Saudi Arabia prefers to stay on inside the western terrocratic well offering legitimacy for all barbaric terror wars in Islamic world unleashed by NATO terror syndicate under the unilateral US-UK terror twins and supports any pre-emptive strike by US-Israeli or NATO terror syndicate on Islamic Iran which is pursuing its legitimate nuclear goals at par with nuclear powers. Strong bond between Iran and Syria is resented by the West and Saudi Arabia.
Like most of Muslim rulers today who think their family members are the best suited to rule, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad ruling the Sunni nation since 1992 is eager to continue to rule ostensibly to strengthen Syrian unity and integrity. For years, Assad has promoted a secular identity for the Syrian state, hoping to unify diverse communities in a region where sectarian conflict is rife - as seen in neighboring Lebanon and Iraq.
Assad concentrated power in the hands of his family and members of the Alawite community, who wield a disproportionate power in the Syrian government, military and business elite. Claims of corruption and nepotism have been rife among the excluded Sunni majority.
Inspired by the CIA sponsored "revolutions" in Tunisia and Egypt, destabilizing both, the Syrian protests began in March with rallies calling for "freedom" in the southern border town of Deraa. Many people were killed when security forces opened fire on unarmed crowds. The unrest in Deraa quickly spiraled out of control, and then spread to other towns and cities. President Bashar al-Assad sent in tanks and troops to restore order, blaming "armed gangs and terrorists" for the unrest. Towns like Deraa, Homs and Douma were besieged for days.
For months, inspired by Mideast “uprisings” mostly engineered by the CIA, Syrian protesters have been calling for “democracy and freedom” in what is one of the most repressive countries in the Arab world. Assad has made some concessions and promised further reform, but has not once mentioned the word "democracy" in his public statements. Activists say that - as long as people continue to be killed in the streets - his promises count for very little.
Protests have continued in cities across Syria despite the crackdown by security forces. Hundreds were killed when snipers and tanks fired on unarmed protesters. Men were rounded up in night-time raids and electricity and communication lines were cut. Security forces cracked down on protests in two suburbs of Damascus, and there were reports of mass arrests and fatal shootings in the southern town of Hirak and the eastern provincial capital of Deir al-Zour.
The government said five soldiers, including a colonel, were killed in clashes with protesters across the country. Activists and residents said more than 100 people had been killed by the time the tanks rolled out again at dusk. As the unrest spread to the north of the country, troops besieged the town of Jisr al-Shughour, where the government said 120 security personnel were killed by the rioters. Fearing a military onslaught, more than 10,000 people fled to Turkey, where they remain in refugee camps.
Elsewhere in Syria, about 30 people had been killed on Sunday amid widespread unrest. In Qaboun, an area of Damascus that saw some big protests in last weeks, the security crackdown succeeded in stopping protesters from taking to the streets in recent days.
Opposition figures have stressed that they seek a "multi-national, multi-ethnic and religiously tolerant society" which in real terms means nothing to themselves. Damascus has said its critics are ignoring the killings and destruction by what it calls "armed terrorist gangs", and also ignoring the reform program that the regime has launched in a bid to defuse the crisis. It says it needs more time.
The military forces killed dozens in the city of Hama- a bastion of dissidence - occupies a significant place in the history of modern Syria. In 1982, then-President Hafez al-Assad, father of Bashar, sent in troops to quell an uprising by the Sunni opposition Muslim Brotherhood. Tens of thousands were killed and the town flattened. The city, which has a population 800,000, has seen some of the biggest protests and worst violence in Syria's 2011 protests. It has now become one of the main focuses of the revolt, and is largely out of government control. The government troops were sent to Hama to remove barricades erected by the protesters.
The military had pulled out of Hama a month ago, remaining on the outskirts and putting the city under a virtual siege. Tanks and troops re-entered Hama, according to witnesses, attacking civilians with shells and machine-gun fire. Hospitals soon complained of being overwhelmed by the numbers of dead and wounded, and local residents said they had received appeals for blood donations.
Tension appears to be increasing in several Syrian cities and towns with military and security operations across the country. "Syria has become a big prison," says Ammar Qurabi, head of the National Human Rights Organization in a statement issued to condemn the mass arrests against peaceful campaigners. Those arrested are all aged between 15 and 40.
The committees, which have documented all the human rights violations, are releasing information on the numbers of detainees and their names, posting this on walls in busy streets.
The Local Coordination Committees (LCC), which represents the protesters, estimates that about 40,000 people have been arrested since the start of the protests, with at least 15,000 still behind bars. They have just launched "Detainees Week". They are stepping up the security assault as there are concerns more protests will take place and cities and towns that haven't joined the protests will do so in Ramadan.
President Assad praised the military for "foiling the enemies" of the state. "The army's efforts and sacrifices will be admired", he said. He said military is targeting armed gangs and blames the killing of both civilians and military personnel on them.
Syria tries to gain western sympathy by warning that "Salafist militants" are trying to turn the country into an Islamic state. But protesters say it is the security forces that are carrying out the killings of unarmed civilians.
There are fears of chaos and instability - even a possible civil war - if Assad should fall. Protesters and activists say these fears are overblown. But many inside Syria - even those who want to see serious political reforms - say they would prefer to give Assad time to implement them rather than risk instability or sectarian strife.
While both Sunnis and Shiites are dying in Syria for imaginary ideals, many people were holding their breath awaiting the start of Ramadan, there could be a strong security crackdown and no tolerance towards the protesters.
About the writer:
Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Former university Teacher; Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by anti-Islamic agencies.
Terrorism is caused by anti-Islamic forces. Fake democracies like USA and India have zero-tolerance to any criticism of their anti-Muslim and other aggressive practices.Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than "terrorism".Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims.