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The Twitter bomb

January 6th, 2012 · 5 Comments · BREAKING NEWS

At least a dozen people are thought to have died in a bomb targeting a police bus in Medan, southern Damascus.

It comes exactly two weeks after explosions killed at least 44 people outside security buildings in the west of the city.

No-one yet knows who is to blame. We may never know. But within minutes, the twitterati had made their minds up. Pro-regimers slavishly towed the state TV line that ‘terrorists’ were to blame. Armchair revolutionaries knew it was the government’s fault.

Twitter is at its most ugly when people die and net activists dogmatically use the deaths to further their own argument. People have died. There is blood on the streets of Damascus. This isn’t the time for point scoring.

Syria is polarised. Someone lacked so much humanity that they felt it right to place a bomb on a bus, knowing the consequences. Surely this is a sign that Syria needs less aggression, division and polarisation – and more reconciliation.

It’s one thing when tweeps are inappropriate or tactless. It’s another when Riad Al-Assad is.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rudayn // Jan 6, 2012 at 5.29 pm

    I liked the expression ‘Armchair revolutionaries’!!

    I am really wondering what does it take to get us off our chairs.?!!

  • 2 qunfuz // Jan 6, 2012 at 11.47 pm

    I see your point (and of course we don’t know for sure who’s doing this) but I don’t think reconciliation with this regime is on the cards, or should be. I think it’s legitimate to blame the regime for these bombs even if al-Q perpetrated the attacks. If Sunni and Alawi areas of the cities start rocketing each other, I will blame the regime. The regime’s treasonous stupidity and violence, and its instrumentalisation of sect, has brought the country to this pass.

  • 3 Sasa // Jan 7, 2012 at 12.00 am

    Oh not the regime. Never the regime. The time has passed for that. They’ve thrown away countless opportunities and all remaining goodwill.

    The reconciliation I dream of is between the polar opposites – the people who are currently blinded to each others’ existence, fears or aspirations.

    As for blaming the regime – it will be their fault if it spiralled into civil war, of course. It may explain it, but it won’t excuse it. Every individual is responsible for themselves.

  • 4 Rudayn // Jan 7, 2012 at 12.33 am

    Responsibility is a big thing, especially if our beloved Syrians have not been used to it for a few decades!!

    The only responsibility they hold, is to point fingers and blame others..

  • 5 whilehomeless // Jan 7, 2012 at 6.29 pm

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