‘Either Assad or we’ll burn the country’ – An excerpt from ‘Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War’ (Update)

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Update: January 7, 2017

The excerpt from Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War (Pluto Press) by Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami that originally appeared here has been removed at the request of author Robin Yassin-Kassab who said he doesn’t “at all like much of the content on Mondoweiss.” You can buy the book here and an excerpt remains available at the Daily Beast.   

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Amazing story, dreadful story. The cruelty of a dictator backed into a hole.

BTW, doesn’t this describe the Israeli system: “slower increase in violence against opponents, however, would likely go unchecked.” (UN, EU, USA do not intervene when the violence is so slowly applied).

Dreadful propaganda piece, the Free Syrian Army are as plentiful as unicorns, the main fighting groups are Islamic state and Al Nusra Front [Al Qaeda franchise] they are Wahhabi Islamist groups backed by Saudi Arabia Qatar and Turkey. They cut the heads off anyone not like the sectarian bigots they are, and sell women as sex slaves. Assad is the legitimate President of Syria, in the Presidential election in 2014 Assad received 88% of vote… Read more »

Three words: Moon of Alabama.

For example, just today: “Charles Lister [Brookings Institution – Doha]Asks ‘Moderate Rebels’ To Hide Their Cooperation With Al-Qaeda”

Okay. Our conscience is salved.
Let’s get back to Israel.

As to al-Assad’s response to the “color revolution”, bear in mind that he had just witnessed Mubarak in a courtroom cage in similar circumstances.