“Yes, Children are being Killed the dissidents say”
NOTICE: GRAPHIC VIDEOS ARE EMBEDDED IN THIS STORY.
by Ken Smith
I admitted upfront in an earlier post that I know even less than you do (the reader), about the twisted and fragmented history of Israel and it’s interactions with Arab and non-Arab neighbors in the middle east especially in relationship to the fighting that is ongoing in Syria. I was trying to make sense of a country that would kill its own children or make sense of a propaganda machine that would say they were killing kids when maybe they weren’t. It was complicated.
As a result of that story, I was emailed by many different groups. One group said “Your ignorant” and you have no idea of what is happening in Syria, “Your an Israeli planted and inspired writer” and before you write anything else, you need to do XYZ. Mostly those emails were asking me to do research on the involvement of Israel with the leadership in Syria and with others in the region who were gaining something from the turmoil there (some of which I have found helpful), but as I spent hours reading and educating myself, I found that what is driving the forces in Syria in my opinion is the fact that the governing minority are ruling the populace majority. I asked myself, Is this the same as Iraq where the minority Sunni were in charge? I don’t think so was my finding, it’s way more complicated, but the fact that the Baathists are the ruling party in Syria made me examine all I could research and read on the founding of that organization, its goals and its history. I would highly suggest that anyone intersted in the rulers of Syria read up as I did. Among the many books and articles I read was Thomas Freedman’s “From Beirut to Jerusalem” and took from that writing factual information that helped somewhat to educate me on the history.
Then Sami Jamil Jadallah sent me this posting below and it seemed to sum up all that I have been reading on the Baathist regime in Syria.
There is no doubt in my mind the Syrian Ba’athist regime of Bashar Assad is a killer and murderer just like his father’s regime. We all need to remember that in 1982 Bashar’s uncle, Re’fat who is putting himself out there now as an alternative to Bashar was in charge of “Saraya Al-Difa’a” or the Defense Brigade in charge of regime security. He boasted and it was very well reported by Thomas Freedman in his book “ From Beirut to Jerusalem” that on his orders he had slaughtered no less than 38,000 in the city of Hamah. Everyone also needs to keep in mind it was the Syrian Army in support of Lebanese’s Forces that killed and murdered 4,900 Palestinians in the Tal-Za’ater refugee camps and forced destruction of the entire camp leaving more than 10,000 homeless. It was also Bashar’s father that appointed the late Eli Houbika as minister in Lebanon, the man who was responsible for the mass murder of Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila camps. All of this talk of Arab nationalism is non-sense… bunch of lies. The Syrian Ba’athist party is no different from Saddam’s Ba’athis party, they are both criminal regimes. Bashar and his apologists want to use Israel as a defense against the people’s uprising. They are using Israel as an excuse for continued oppression against their own people and it is no longer an excuse. This is a crime done by a man who is willing to do anything to stay in power.
Now this was Sami’s personal opinion and I took it as I took other personal opinions in an attempt to get educated about the players and the reasons for the uprising. It appears to me that there is a bubbling cauldron of resentment within Syria by many groups and now I see why Assad tells the world that if Syria fails, then the whole region may explode. As I became more knowledgeable of the various factions in Syria it became clear that the whole house of cards is about to collapse. What is keeping this country from total chaos and becoming a failed state are the beliefs by the current regime that the people actually support them and that the dissidents are actuallly imported terrorists that are undermining the peaceful government.
In my readings I found facts, not BS, not something sent to me by some make believe Mossad agent, but facts. The facts point to the slaughter in the city of Hamah in 82. It happened, and back then there was no Facebook or twitter or real internet to spread the stories of that event. I can imagine that we now are seeing a government that is willing to kill its own children. Take a look at some of these videos below. I have viewed maybe 35-50 videos sent to me in email by Syrian dissident groups from London to Ankara, and I feel that while some of what I am being told might be exaggerated, the underlying facts are true. Assad is Killing children.