Syria’s parliament spent most of yesterday condemning Khaddam’s revelations. Some parliamentarians called for him to be tried for treason.
It is, of course, all to be expected.
But this wasn’t: a popular backlash against Syria’s former Vice President. ‘Front Bumper’, a blogger from Lattakia* – whose posts are rarely political – felt impelled to write:
“1970: Haffez Assad comes to power after a military coup. Khaddam is there.
1978-1986: Massive raids and strikes and arrests against ALL political factions of Syria, from the very very Left to the very very Right wingers. Syria having its WORST days regarding individual/public freedoms since the Ottoman occupation. of course he was here. serving us his best!
1986-mid 1990s: Syria having its WORST economic situation since the Ottomans. Of course he was here STARVING with the people, and waiting in line for a piece of bread.
2001: a crack down of newly emerging political freedoms that resulted in the arrest of Damascus Spring symbols…among them MP Riyad Seif, Professor Aaref Dalileh, MP Maamoun Al-Homsi. Of course, he was lecturing about democracy then.
Murderers like Khaddam make the News…No Mr. Khaddam, you’re not a part of this Nation…and you’re no better than any of the regime left here, if not WORSE than most of them…you’re of those people who cold bloodedly bombed a CITY…a Syrian City with Syrian INNOCENT ppl living there…Hama”
*The villages around Lattakia are, of course, an Allawi stronghold.