It seems quite a few Americans do not understand what’s happening in Syria right now and all around the middle eastern world. With things like 9/11 still burning in our hearts, it feels easy to judge without knowing what’s really going on.
So let’s lay out some things we do know:
FSA (Free Syrian Army)
– The FSA traces its origin to early defectors from the Syrian army who refused to shoot unarmed protesters during the Syrian uprising.
– When mass pro-democracy protests began in the southern city of Daraa in March 2011, Maher’s fourth armored division was sent in to crush them. Human rights activists say dozens of people have since been killed.
– The first defections occurred when the army was sent into Daraa to quell ongoing protests. There were reports that some units refused to fire on protesters, and had split from the army.
– There are all types and religions in the FSA, including Christians.
– Many soldiers who refused to fire on civilians were summarily executed by the army or taken to the infamous Tadmor Prison in Syria.
– Many are taken to one of the 27 torture centers (YES THEY HAVE 27 TORTURE CENTERS)
– They have over 100,000 defectors from the armed forces
– They want to stop government killings, and the army’s responsibility is to protect unarmed people.
– FSA wants to achieve freedom, bring the government down, protect the revolution and the country’s resources, and stand in the face of the irresponsible military machine that protects the system.
– FSA is mainly armed with AK-47s, DShKs and RPG-7s.
– Defecting soldiers lack air cover and they have to abandon their armored vehicles.
– Soldiers defect carrying only their army issued light arms and hide in cities, suburbs or the cover of the countryside
– The FSA has a few heavy weapons captured from the Syrian government
– Bashar al-Assad is the President of Syria and has amassed for himself, his family and associates a fortune of perhaps $1.5 billion, which is held in Russia, Hong Kong and offshore tax havens to spread the risk of seizure
Why does the FSA wan’t to overthrow the government?
– The Syrian civil war is part of a larger movement called the “Arab Spring”
– Syria became an independent republic in 1946, though Democratic rule was ended by a CIA-supported coup in March 1949. From then on it was ruled by dictators that the USA could mostly control or manipulate.
– President Assad has talked about reform but carried out very little, and he has failed to deliver on promised reforms since 2000
– Rights of free expression, association and assembly were strictly controlled in Syria even before the uprising.
– The authorities harass and imprison human rights activists and other critics of the government, who are oftentimes indefinitely detained and tortured in poor prison conditions
– The Arab Spring was instigated by dissatisfaction with dictatorship, absolute monarchy, human rights violations, political corruption (demonstrated by Wikileaks diplomatic cables), unemployment and extreme poverty
– They fight the same war we Americans fight if you believe the government, military and corporate interests are getting out of control.
– The Arab Spring is responsible for taking out a lot of the dictators put in to power by the American and British Military machines.
– As of September 2012, governments have been overthrown in four countries.
1: Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on 14 January 2011 following the Tunisian revolution protests.
2: In Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak resigned on 11 February 2011 after 18 days of massive protests, ending his 30-year presidency.
3: The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown on 23 August 2011, after the National Transitional Council (NTC) took control of Bab al-Azizia.
4: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed the GCC power-transfer deal in which a presidential election was held, resulting in his successor Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi formally replacing him as the president of Yemen on 27 February 2012, in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
– The FSA are trying to over throw the government. They will not take part in killing innocent protesters. Syrians are protesting because the west is supporting leaders the government and large corporations that are not distributing the wealth.
– The people are fed up and want the resources where they live, for their country, their people and their infrastructure.
This issue gets more complicated with the influx of terrorists and underground elements
Hamas, Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are trying to control, infiltrate the FSA and have done so already.
They are using the FSA to muddy the situation and possibly take control after Assad is ousted.
======== A short guide to Syria ========
==== The Baby and the Baath water ====
Deane Hinton: Political officer
“I want to go on record as saying that this is the stupidest, most irresponsible action a diplomatic mission like ours could get itself involved in, and that we’ve started a series of these things that will never end.”
Hinton had been right. The Americans had started something – they had “opened the door to the Dark Ages” in Syria.
The same thing that is happening there is happening in many parts of the world. Americans with their passions to try to help and install democracy around the world and in Syria, have caused a chain reaction and opened up the Syrian Dark ages. Our political intentions are honest but the effect usually backfires or blows back at us.
So basically all across the middle east we have these little “Hitlers” running around doing nasty things to the people of the world. Our own government supports these dictators and even in many instances helps them in to power, to protect their own interests.
This feed back loop, effects us all with instances like 9/11 and is just one of the reason why The United States is considered “The White Satan” in Arab circles.
The bottom line is the people suffer, there is government corruption on both sides. Corporations and special interest hover around to get all the money. Meanwhile the military machine keeps getting bigger and bigger.
There is no doubt, that Eisenhower was right.
Both students and millionaire businessmen in Syria insist they like capitalism. They just fear America because of its plots – and they have turned to the Soviets as a message to America. They also see Israel as America’s agent.
But there is a terrible naivety in the West’s view of the ongoing revolt in Syria. It forgets its own history and the role it played in helping create the present situation.
Back in the 1950s America set out to create democracy in Syria, but it led to disaster. It was by no means the only factor that led to the violence and horror of the Assad dictatorship, but its unforeseen consequences played an important role in shaping the feverish paranoia in Syria in the late 1950s – which helped the Baath party come to power(which effects were Saddam Hussein). And while the Western powers no longer remember this history, the Syrians surely do.