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Bashar’s speech

June 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Politics

It was his first speech for two months. Two months of chaos and uprising without a word from the president.

In this long-awaited speech, there were leaks that Article 8 of the constitution, which states that the Baath Party is the ruler of state and society, would be modified or scrapped. It wasn’t. And many more hopes were also dashed during this long speech.

President Bashar Al-Assad took to the stage at the University of Damascus, apologising for not speaking earlier. He didn’t want to just present ‘propaganda,’ he said.

He looked nervous. Gone were the jokes and arrogance of previous lectures. This time, it was all about technical details. He promised election reform (heard that before), new anti-corruption campaigns (heard that before) and national dialogue (heard that before). There was nothing new here. Nothing at all.

Instead, it still seems like the government is in denial. Bashar blamed “radical and blasphemous intellectuals wreaking havoc in the name of freedom”.

And said that some are “being paid money to film demonstrations” and communicate with the media. Others are being paid to attend demonstrations.

This was so far away from what the protestors wanted to hear. There was no plan here. This was not the speech of a leader.

Too little too late would be an exaggeration.

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  • 1 Syria Almighty // Jun 20, 2011 at 7.44 pm

    He did not say anything wrong. He has given enough. He has proven that the protesters are terrorists. We saw how for three months, every time they made a demand that they believed would not be given, they were trumped, and made up new demands just to keep the illegal and terrorist protests going.

    We have seen enough video evidence of armed groups killing people. We have heard the accounts of reporters in Syria describing the horrifying actions committed by these so-called ‘peaceful protesters.’ Decapitating someone’s head and then putting it on display for 3 days is not something a peaceful person would do. This is the act of a deranged, Islamist lunatic. Hanging innocent people to death and then desecrating their bodies are not peaceful actions. Butchering people for having different religious beliefs is not peaceful. These people are not protesters; they are morbid, genocidal terrorists, and in ANY country in the world, they would be prosecuted or hunted down and killed. For some reason, Syria is not allowed to defend itself from Islamist terrorists, but the US is allowed to go into any country it want, slaughter 1,000,000 people, and claim that they did it for WMD and democracy.

  • 2 La révolte syrienne refuse l’appel au « dialogue national » | Le Monde | Actualités des Journaux // Jun 21, 2011 at 9.43 am

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  • 3 Ben Unseth // Jun 22, 2011 at 9.49 am

    “This Week in Syria”

    Friday death
    Saturday grief
    Sunday depression
    Monday anger
    Tuesday oppression
    Wednesday censorship
    Thursday threats
    Somebody dies each Friday

    The protesters gather
    The president preaches
    Somebody dies each Friday….

    For the rest of the poem:
    http://benjaminunseth.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/this-week-in-syria/

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