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Syria: Reform, the armed rebellion and Takfiri terrorism

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2 May 2011


Funeral of 15 police officers in Damascus, on April 27, 2011.

Since the first week of what was dubbed the peaceful protests in Syria, signs of an armed rebellion emerged under the cover of demands for reform through the targeting of the security forces to whom presidential orders were issued not to use arms and some of the units of which were even deployed on the streets without any weapons or ammunition.

Since the first week, the turn towards an armed rebellion surfaced in light of the popular gatherings which raised demands that were met by the authorities with dialogue, cooperation and determination to launch the implementation of reforms.

However, this turn expressed a predicament facing the organized political forces standing behind the actions in Syria. These forces have become exposed just as it has become known that they are embraced by the United States, the European countries, Bandar Bin Sultan’s apparatus, the state of Qatar, the Lebanese March 14 forces and Turkey whose position towards the developments in Syria has been confused.

The predicament was seen in the inability of the organizers and instigators -despite the massive capabilities placed at their disposal- to secure the escalation of the protests and the mobilization of massive crowds, but especially their inability to launch protests in Damascus and Aleppo at a time when the demonstrations did not exceed a few thousands at their peak in Daraa, Al-Hassaka and Baniyas. Moreover, the pivotal role of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and the Takfiri groups strongly emerged, as the mosques became the launching place of the actions on the Syrian street every Friday.

This showed the limits of the ability of the international-Arab alliance to create turmoil in Syria, by using the infection of the Arab protest and securing the utmost level of mobilization and instigation, which reached an unprecedented peak in the speeches of Sheikh Youssef al-Qardawi that were dedicated to generating sectarian strife inside the Syrian community.

In its handling of the events, the West is trying to ignore these facts and to focus on the issue of reforms, because it considers that the introduction of the forces affiliated with it into a new partnership equation within the Syrian authority, will allow it to influence the Syrian regional choice, especially at the level of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the support of the resistance movements. As for the practical expression of reform, as it is conveyed by the choir accompanying the plan to sabotage Syria, it is dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood, Abdul Halim Khaddam and marginal left wing groups operating under the command of the latter duo.

However, the well-known reality is that the Takfiri terrorism which emerged in Syria, turned out to enjoy organized cells and a military arsenal that are not to be taken lightly and is the same one that was confronted by the Western states which resorted to Syria to fight and dismantle it.

Takfiri terrorism is the same in New York, Paris and Daraa, at a time when it is not concealed that the Al-Qa’idah wing of Bandar Bin Sultan - which was used in Iraq -is the same one used inside of Syria to serve the American-Israeli project. The determination shown by President Al-Assad in proceeding with the national reform agenda is accompanied by stringency in protecting national unity in the context of the state’s action to end the armed rebellion and pursue the Takfiri terrorist groups operating in Syria and receiving foreign support.

New Orient News (Lebanon)
Orient Tendencies No 27, 2 May, 2011.