How the Muslim Brotherhood Hijacked Syria’s Revolution

muslim brotherhood hijacked Syrian revolutionBY HASSAN HASSAN

No one in Syria expected the anti-regime uprising to last this long or be this deadly, but after around 70,000 dead, 1 million refugees, and two years of unrest, there is still no end in sight. While President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal response is mostly to blame, the opposition’s chronic failure to form a viable front against the regime has also allowed the conflict to drag on. And there’s one anti-Assad group that is largely responsible for this dismal state of affairs: Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Throughout the Syrian uprising, I have had discussions with opposition figures, activists, and foreign diplomats about how the Brotherhood has built influence within the emerging opposition forces. It has been a dizzying rise for the Islamist movement. It was massacred out of existence in the 1980s after the Baathist regime put down a Brotherhood-led uprising in Hama. Since then, membership in the Brotherhood has been an offense punishable by death in Syria, and the group saw its presence on the ground wither to almost nothing. But since the uprising erupted on March 15, 2011, the Brotherhood has moved adroitly to seize the reins of power of the opposition’s political and military factions.

According to a figure present at the first conference to organize Syria’s political opposition, held in Antalya, Turkey, in May 2011, the Brotherhood was initially hesitant to join an anti-Assad political body. The group had officially suspended its opposition to the Baathist regime in the wake of the Israeli onslaught on Gaza in 2009, and it pulled out of an alliance with Abdul Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian vice president who defected in 2005.

According to a figure present at the first conference to organize Syria’s political opposition, held in Antalya, Turkey, in May 2011, the Brotherhood was initially hesitant to join an anti-Assad political body. The group had officially suspended its opposition to the Baathist regime in the wake of the Israeli onslaught on Gaza in 2009, and it pulled out of an alliance with Abdul Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian vice president who defected in 2005.

The Brotherhood nonetheless sent members to participate in the conference, including Molhem Droubi, who became a member of the conference’s executive bureau. Meanwhile, it took steps to form fighting groups inside Syria, recruiting potential fighters and calling on its relatively meager contacts on the ground in Homs, Hama, Idlib, and Aleppo.

As the idea of a unified opposition group to lead the popular revolt gained momentum, the Brotherhood became more involved. A month after the meeting in Antalya, it organized a conference in Brussels, attended by 200 people, mostly Islamists — one of the first obvious fractures in the unity of the opposition. The Brotherhood subsequently organized several conferences that formed opposition groups to serve as fronts for the movement, allowing it to beef up its presence in political bodies.

After the conference in Brussels, at least three groups were formed “to support the Syrian revolution.” The organizations continued to hatch, and a few months after the first conference they were present in opposition bodies that later formed the core of the Syrian National Council (SNC), an umbrella group that ostensibly represented all anti-Assad forces. The council set aside seats for both the Brotherhood and members of the Damascus Declaration, a group of Syrian reformists established in 2005 — but the Brotherhood already had a significant presence within the Damascus Declaration group.

That appears to be a common pattern. According to members of the Syrian National Coalition who were integral to the early opposition meetings, as well as activists close to the Brotherhood, groups that have served as fronts for the Brotherhood include: the National Union of Free Syria Students, led by Hassan Darwish; the Levant Ulema League; the Independent Islamic Democratic Current, led by Ghassan Najjar; the Syrian Ulema League, led by Mohammed Farouq Battal; the Civil Society Organizations’ Union, a bloc of 40 Brotherhood-affiliated groups; the Syrian Arab Tribal Council, led by Salem Al Moslet and Abdulilah Mulhim; the Revolution Council for Aleppo and Its Countryside, led by Ahmed Ramadan; the Body for Protection of Civilians, led by Natheer Hakim; the National Work Front, led by Ramadan and Obeida Nahas; the Kurdish Work Front, led by Hussain Abdulhadi; the Syrian Revolution Facebook page, which decides the names for Friday’s protests; the Hama Revolution Gathering; the National Coalition for Civilian Protection, led by Haitham Rahma; and the Syrian Society for Humanitarian Relief, founded by Hamdi Othman.

Other groups that represent outlets for the Brotherhood but are not themselves represented in political bodies include the Arab Orient Center for Strategic and Civilization Studies, headed by Brotherhood spokesman Zoheir Salem, and the Syrian Human Rights Committee, led by Brotherhood representative and the opposition’s ambassador to Britain Walid Saffour. A group representing women and children is also led by a daughter of Mohammed Farouk Tayfour, the deputy leader of Syria’s Brotherhood.

Additionally, some Brotherhood-affiliated figures denied they were part of the group and joined the SNC as “independents.” These include Nahas, the London-based director of the Levant Center; Louay Safi, a Syrian-American fellow at Georgetown University and former chairman of the Syrian American Council (SAC); and Najib Ghadbian, a political science professor who also works at the SAC.

The Brotherhood’s political domination became more pronounced in late September 2011, when opposition figures and forces met in two separate hotels in Turkey to form a political body representing all opposition forces. In an early sign of its organizational skill, the Brotherhood divided itself into two groups, one in each hotel, to influence both sides of how the body was to be shaped: The Brotherhood’s leader, Riad al-Shaqfa, was in one hotel while his deputies, Tayfour and Ali Sadreddine al-Bayanouni, were in the other. Droubi shuttled back and forth. The strategy paid off: A list of agreed-upon members was altered in one of the hotels, and more Brotherhood members and Brotherhood-affiliated groups were added before the creation of the SNC was announced on Oct. 2.

By the winter of 2011, the Brotherhood had greatly expanded its influence. It was not only strong in the SNC — it had won supporters within the ranks of military defectors and the Local Coordination Committees inside Syria. Before the September conference, around 100 young activists traveled to Turkey, where the Brotherhood gave them media training and provided them with equipment. When the trainees returned to Syria, according to one of the organizers of the opposition meetings, they formed coordinating committees in dozens of small towns and cities to support the movement.

Brotherhood members also met with early defectors from the regime’s army. As one military defector told me, the Brotherhood asked for their loyalty, and in return, the group promised to pressure Turkey to create a buffer zone along its border with Syria. The effort was unsuccessful, but the Brotherhood later won the loyalty of Col. Riad al-Asaad, who formed the Free Syrian Army (FSA), replacing the secular-leaning Free Officers Movement.

After the formation of the FSA, new brigades began to take religious names, instead of names of national figures or areas. The Brotherhood’s influence within the FSA was known to military defectors at the time — that was why the first Druze officer to defect from the army, Lt. Khaldoun Sami Zaineddin, took the unusual step of joining the Free Officers Movement in October 2011, rather than the FSA.

The Brotherhood continued to pour time and resources into building its influence within the rebel forces. The fighting factions backed by the movement include the Tawhid Brigade, supported by Brotherhood leaders in Aleppo, mainly Bayanouni and Ramadan; some elements in the powerful Farouq Brigades; the Body for Protection of Civilians, considered the military wing of the Brotherhood, led by Hakim; and Ansar al-Islam, based in Damascus and the surrounding countryside. The Brotherhood has brigades across the country whose names typically include the word “shield,” such as the Euphrates Shield, the Capital Shield, and the Aqsa Mosque Shield. It also coordinates in some areas with hard-line groups like Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar Al-Sham, according to military defectors.

Most importantly, the Brotherhood has successfully opposed attempts to outline how the transitional period will be managed — an ambiguity the group no doubt hopes it will be able to exploit to seize a leadership role after Assad’s fall. In June 2011, a major meeting was organized in Istanbul by the Arab League to restructure the SNC, and U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford told the opposition that the council must subject itself to an independent committee that would lay out internal reforms if it hoped to win greater American support. The committee met in Cairo in July 2011 and presented draft documents that outlined the transitional period, laying out the duties of opposition forces and detailing the fate of armed factions. They also included an important article criminalizing the use of political money to buy loyalty.

The documents, which were eventually signed by the bulk of opposition forces, dealt a heavy blow to the Brotherhood’s monopoly on power. The Islamist group moved quickly to prevent any restrictions on its ability to shape the post-Assad political order. According to members who attended the meeting, the SNC did not sanction a follow-up committee to ensure the documents were incorporated into the opposition’s vision, despite pressure from outside countries. The Brotherhood dealt a final blow to the plan when it succeeded in having the plan excluded from the founding statements of the Syrian National Coalition, established in Doha in November 2012.

The Brotherhood additionally benefited from its influence in Turkey, Qatar, and Egypt. Al Jazeera, the Qatari-owned satellite behemoth, has polished the image of anti-regime Islamists in its coverage. The Brotherhood also carefully selected leaders who can be easily controlled or who have minimal leadership skills. According to a member of the opposition coalition, it supported the appointment of the Syrian National Coalition’s current leader, Moaz al-Khatib, because it thought he could be easily steered as he was a “good-hearted mosque preacher.”

Khatib has proved that the Brotherhood underestimated him by unshackling himself from its control, unilaterally announcing a brave initiative for dialogue with the regime. For his defiance, he has since been subject to fierce attacks from the Brotherhood and its allies: The SNC criticized Khatib for “taking personal decisions,” while the Brotherhood itself rejected the initiative as “undisciplined and inadequate.”

The Muslim Brotherhood knows it has a long way to go before taking control of Syria. But its power grabs have already played a major role in perpetuating the current crisis, and they bode ill for its role in the new Syria.

Foreign policy

  • Hariri Assaoudi

    nope, the syrian revolution is secular, peaceful and democratic; i swear on the head of 5th

    • AntiFSA002

      Funny you said that, I heard the same thing.

      • 5thDrawer

        Yup … have to love ‘Brother-hoods’. Although you failed as usual to read the early lines in anything here … “al-Assadโ€™s brutal response is mostly to blame”.
        I remember a couple of Tom Lehrer’s songs … ‘National Brotherhood Week’ and ‘Vatican Rag’.
        Excellent stuff – you can find them if you look.
        In this case, of course, it’s a womanless brotherhood … no humour in it at all … and with an ideology that would uninvent the piano Tom played on, and probably chop his head off for thinking up the lyrics.
        I assume you don’t think the freedom Tom had to write, even if many criticized him, is what most Syrians actually wanted when some of them first walked a road. You fail to show the same tolerance here to that concept as well. And I am sure you labelled them all two years ago, along with Assad, anyway.
        There is nothing new about having ‘democratic thought’ hijacked by those who hate it.
        But in dumping on the concept all the time, we can see which side of a fence some sit on.

        • AntiFSA002

          5th, were you there to witness the protest. Were there to witness whether or not the Syrian army did fire at civilians. You are quite confident in your responses that it make me think you were part of the protest. Now If your response is going to be, you got the info from the media then please don’t bother responding. Furthermore 5th, if you are going to be biased, I suggest you use a bit more discretion.

          • 5thDrawer

            To be discrete, I won’t respond.
            Why ‘Anti’ Free Syrian Army? Would asking that be indiscreet?
            If you are so certain the whole thing began solely to throw the country and it’s people into a protracted chaos, and that the occasional potting of women and children from rooftops (same as in Iran) is a false bit of ‘witnessing’, and that a WHOLE mass of eventually (loosely) formed ‘army’ is at fault, why not a name like ProBasher1, or something like that.
            Don’t be anti .. be pro … back the man – and his despotism. I won’t. I’m biased against that.

          • AntiFSA002

            What mass are you talking about 5th. The mass who has come from Libya, Tunisia, Turkey, Afghanistan and list goes on. How about the mass that demonstrated in favor of Basher. Remember them, the millions that hit streets all over the country showing full support towards the Government. And mind you it happened on more than one occasion. Don’t tell you forgot about them. Or maybe you choose to forget about those demonstrations

            How about the mass demonstrations that are going on today, Why does Yalibnan fail to report them. You see 5th the world can’t believe that after 2 years the government is still strong. Why, because the the majority still support him. Even those that don’t like him. But we should believe what we are feed by the media hey. Like the claim the terrorist have made where they have said that they now control 70% of the country. Wow 70%, you would think that if they did control that much they would have surely been able able get to Assad by now rite. One more thing 5th, I am not pro Basher, I am AntiFSA which is a big difference. See even if these animal fighting in Syria against the government were in US, I would still be Anti them. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • 5thDrawer

            I didn’t forget about the ‘pro-Assad’ parades .. but no-one was shot or arrested for being in those.
            My being pro-democracy doesn’t mean I support animals either. And that’s all.

          • IraniAngel

            if you are pro-democracy, how is it like knowing that no country in the whole world is actually a democracy? dont think about mentioning the US… even IrAngel would become a democracy looong before the US.

          • Hannibal

            Switzerland is and I can name a few others…

          • IraniAngel

            please do that…

          • 5thDrawer

            Iceland

          • IraniAngel

            wow 2 coutnries out of 200

          • 5thDrawer

            So? What we aim for is an ‘ideal’. If yours is an aim for a Marxist or Nazi state, I can’t back you.

          • IraniAngel

            what i want is justice but NO country in the world is promoting justice!

          • Hannibal

            There will never be Justice as long as the super rich exists… Distribution of resources and wealth will create justice. I am betting on the new pope… He seems kind.

          • IraniAngel

            this is why i really look forward (bet2ammal anno) to the day the iraniAngel oil dries out.. the oil is the root of all problems we have in the ME

          • Hannibal

            Good use of Levant Arabic lol… But dude they will all go back to being Nomads on Camels… Don’t say that… lol

          • IraniAngel

            when they were nomads on camels at least no one got killed..

          • Hannibal

            True… I bet life was slower and healthier… no fossil fumes causing cancers.
            OK checking out for the day… Heading to the Gym then to work…
            ttyl guys…
            Where is HA despite his rudeness I miss him… lol

          • 5thDrawer

            shhhhhhhhh ….. !!

          • williamgel

            ??????

            Oil was only discovered (by the West) prior to WWI. It was that discovery that put everything in motion in the Middle East since then. But nomads on camels have been killing each other for centuries, if not for the tribal tensions, then for the Shia-Sunni split hundreds of years before WWI.

          • williamgel

            ABSOLUTELY!

            The sooner the world moves towards non-petroleum based products, the better.

          • williamgel

            Seems awfully injust towards those who are educated, work hard and are willing to take risks when much of their success is handed to a person who is uneducated, not willing to do more than the bare minimum and takes no risks. There is a major fallacy in the minds of Leftists that being rich means the person got there through dishonesty and manipulation.

            Take for instance the common tooth brush. If I can make a profit of $1 on each and sell it to 5 million people, I’ve made a profit of $5mm – an earning that is 100x more than the average US salary. So does that make me suddenly a horrible person? Did I commit such a crime for not selling the toothbrushes at just above cost, or better yet, just given them away as a humanitarian gesture to the world?

            Granted, there are those who control vast wealth and resources, and those are not the ones I am suggesting to protect, but rather the hardworking entrepreneurs who make it big through their own hard work whom always seem to be the target of Leftist scorn since they did not fail.

          • 5thDrawer

            But William … when you begin to believe all humanitarian gestures are ‘leftist’ it becomes an opposing problem. There really ARE people who need help to survive. Depends on whether one thinks they should or not, I suppose.

          • williamgel

            You make very good points. I’ll address the later first. There are indeed people who need help to survive and by all means, they should be aided by their fellow human beings. There aren’t many who think a fellow human being shouldn’t survive, unless they have an inherent bias through race discrimination or driven by religious zeal – then that’s a different issue.

            But is throwing welfare at the individual the best way to truly help? Or is a concerted process to gain them proper medical attention, a strong educational foundation, and obligations they must adhere to in order to receive such help to vest them in the process of their betterment. Habitat for Humanity is a great example of helping impoverished families to get proper housing which requires the entire family take part in the construction process. It’s a source of pride for the family and with such investment they will take care of it. Entrepreneurship is another great example where teaching simple business skills to parts of a rural community can create a prosperous mini-economy. I’ve been part of such community building trips to Ghana and Uganda with amazing results.

            Today, many social programs simply focus on the symptom and not the cure, which requires forcing some change on the individual. If the person prefers to sleep in the streets, it will hurt their ability to be employable and gain an education.

            The reason I cite Leftists in my post is because so many of them lean on such causes to lambaste successful individuals and decry the population when one group or individual is not as successful, which I find demeaning to all sides. However, it was the George Bush Jr. Administration – a republican govt – which provided the most money and direction for combating AIDS in Africa. And wealthy individuals in the West have donated billions of dollars for many wealthy causes, using their own success as a vehicle for helping others, and still are the target of scorn by liberal activists.

            I once saw a bumper sticker that stated “Annoy a Liberal, Succeed in Life”. How true it is.

            I believe the true Utopia is found in the center between these two sides: an incentive program to help disadvantaged individuals to better themselves, with some investment from the successful public without removing the incentive to continue being successful.

          • 5thDrawer

            Yes .. I agree … giving people the chance, and education, to make their own lives is best. Living ‘on the dole’ doesn’t fix the problem, and only degrades the individual. But, they need the chance.
            (Health-care for all will be seen as ‘liberal-think’ – but health is a huge subject as well as a huge problem, and affects a whole society …. in many facets.)
            Back to this fairly good and informative article ….
            “A group representing women and children is also led by a daughter of Mohammed Farouk Tayfour, the deputy leader of Syriaโ€™s Brotherhood.”
            This is obviously a rather ‘liberal’ ‘sop’ to the women who wish for equality. Makes them feel as if they are thought of, while the ‘ideology’ still only screws them.
            It IS interesting that over the years we see ‘meetings’ are held in countries where the ideology is counter to the dictatorships that they wish to replace with their own. Marx and Lenin did it. Now the ‘Muslim Hoods’ do it. Those who would promote damaging changes in millions of people’s lives work away from them, where they can write and speak freely – keeping themselves safe while pushing a ‘new’ programme against rationality. And using it against a dictator or a Tzar – or a king – is the easiest. We can see Syria has already suffered from it – and the original desires of the peasants have been usurped. For now. But dictators of ideologies will fail too, when minds are educated. The ‘Brotherhoods’ will only go the way of the Dodos they represent – as have the dictators. Eventually.

          • Hannibal

            That is why I said SUPER rich…

          • 5thDrawer

            That is what ‘the people’ need to vote ‘for’. Being democratic doesn’t necessarily mean ‘just’ when people can’t think freely in those terms … because they are uneducated or collectively brainwashed.
            Check out Belgium … where the vote was so evenly divided on ‘leadership’ of the two ‘sects’ that they didn’t have a parliament for almost a year … but ‘the people’ and the country ran along just fine anyway. Why do you think that is ??
            It’s a mental state … and they don’t go beat each other with shoes every time there’s an argument. They THINK about it, and decide democratically what is best.
            What WORKS best … for all.

          • IraniAngel

            so, we can conclude that the people of those so-called democracies are to blame..

          • 5thDrawer

            Yes … that’s the point. People get to choose their own poison. FREE. ๐Ÿ™‚
            Now … if they are not smart enough to keep themselves educated and up-to-date, well … maybe we could blame THAT on a god … ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • williamgel

            justice is subjective, based mostly on one’s personal experiences, upbringing, culture, and religion. Stoning in Saudi Arabia is considered justice while in Germany its called murder. Perhaps its just that your idea of “justice” is too myopic and simplistic for the world we live in, and thus unattainable.

          • 5thDrawer

            We haven’t seen our friend Irani here for a while … since at least the clampdown on internet for ‘elections’ … or a couple of earthquakes ago. Hope he’s ok and hasn’t been ‘detained’ for being honest with opinion on a blog. :-/

          • Hannibal

            We are working on Iran… lol

            You know I like Ahmadinejad… honestly… but not the religious people behind him in power.

            He showed real statesman representation of your country on many occasion. Now was he elected democratically? let me think ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • IraniAngel

            i dont know… i feel so-so about AHMAGHinejad and his gang, the mad ayaDOLLERS… oops did i really say that? i hope i dont get detained and tortured… but seriously i like them because they help palestine and lebanon but then again they are messing with my country…

          • Hannibal

            You are playing with fire lol… Are you sure you live in Iran?

          • williamgel

            Really? The Ayatollehs are helping with Lebanon and Palestine? The Iranians destroyed Lebanon when they got involved in the sectarian issues during the civil war there, and they’ve actively worked to thwart any peace movements between “Palestinians” and Israel, and arm the Gazan-based terrorists to the teeth to perpetuate the conflict when many average people are siding towards coexistence. And what have they done in Bahrain, UAE, Morocco, Yemen, Sudan, Sinai, Afghanistan and by proxy in Argentina, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Bulgaria, Germany, etc?

            I mean if you value their actions, then it says quite a bit about yourself.

          • IraniAngel

            speaking of iceland.. how are they doing? last time i checked their democratic rule had ruined their economy.. or was it italy? or was it spain? or was it greece? or was it cyprus? Portugal? the US???

          • 5thDrawer

            Iceland was fine … until they finally elected a MALE to run it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Hannibal

            Sexist ๐Ÿ˜› LOL

          • Hannibal

            Austria, Germany…

          • IraniAngel

            really? i never thought of them as democracies

  • Hariri Assaoudi

    nope, the syrian revolution is secular, peaceful and democratic; i swear on the head of 5th

    • AntiFSA002

      Funny you said that, I heard the same thing.

      • 5thDrawer

        Yup … have to love ‘Brother-hoods’. Although you failed as usual to read the early lines in anything here … “al-Assadโ€™s brutal response is mostly to blame”.
        I remember a couple of Tom Lehrer’s songs … ‘National Brotherhood Week’ and ‘Vatican Rag’.
        Excellent stuff – you can find them if you look.
        In this case, of course, it’s a womanless brotherhood … no humour in it at all … and with an ideology that would uninvent the piano Tom played on, and probably chop his head off for thinking up the lyrics.
        I assume you don’t think the freedom Tom had to write, even if many criticized him, is what most Syrians actually wanted when some of them first walked a road. You fail to show the same tolerance here to that concept as well. And I am sure you labelled them all two years ago, along with Assad, anyway.
        There is nothing new about having ‘democratic thought’ hijacked by those who hate it.
        But in dumping on the concept all the time, we can see which side of a fence some sit on.

        • AntiFSA002

          5th, were you there to witness the protest. Were there to witness whether or not the Syrian army did fire at civilians. You are quite confident in your responses that it make me think you were part of the protest. Now If your response is going to be, you got the info from the media then please don’t bother responding. Furthermore 5th, if you are going to be biased, I suggest you use a bit more discretion.

          • 5thDrawer

            To be discrete, I won’t respond.
            Why ‘Anti’ Free Syrian Army? Would asking that be indiscreet?
            If you are so certain the whole thing began solely to throw the country and it’s people into a protracted chaos, and that the occasional potting of women and children from rooftops (same as in Iran) is a false bit of ‘witnessing’, and that a WHOLE mass of eventually (loosely) formed ‘army’ is at fault, why not a name like ProBasher1, or something like that.
            Don’t be anti .. be pro … back the man – and his despotism. I won’t. I’m biased against that.

          • AntiFSA002

            What mass are you talking about 5th. The mass who has come from Libya, Tunisia, Turkey, Afghanistan and list goes on. How about the mass that demonstrated in favor of Basher. Remember them, the millions that hit streets all over the country showing full support towards the Government. And mind you it happened on more than one occasion. Don’t tell you forgot about them. Or maybe you choose to forget about those demonstrations

            How about the mass demonstrations that are going on today, Why does Yalibnan fail to report them. You see 5th the world can’t believe that after 2 years the government is still strong. Why, because the the majority still support him. Even those that don’t like him. But we should believe what we are feed by the media hey. Like the claim the terrorist have made where they have said that they now control 70% of the country. Wow 70%, you would think that if they did control that much they would have surely been able able get to Assad by now rite. One more thing 5th, I am not pro Basher, I am AntiFSA which is a big difference. See even if these animal fighting in Syria against the government were in US, I would still be Anti them. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • 5thDrawer

            I didn’t forget about the ‘pro-Assad’ parades .. but no-one was shot or arrested for being in those.
            My being pro-democracy doesn’t mean I support animals either. And that’s all.

          • IraniAngel

            if you are pro-democracy, how is it like knowing that no country in whole world is actually a democracy? dont think about mentioning the US… even IrAngel would become a democracy looong before the US.

          • Josรฉ Jalapeรฑo

            Switzerland is and I can name a few others…

          • IraniAngel

            please do that…

          • 5thDrawer

            Iceland

          • IraniAngel

            wow 2 coutnries out of 200

          • 5thDrawer

            So? What we aim for is an ‘ideal’. If yours is an aim for a Marxist or Nazi state, I can’t back you.

          • IraniAngel

            what i want is justice but NO country in the world is promoting justice!

          • Josรฉ Jalapeรฑo

            There will never be Justice as long as the super rich exists… Distribution of resources and wealth will create justice. I am betting on the new pope… He seems kind.

          • IraniAngel

            this is why i really look forward (bet2ammal anno) to the day the iraniAngel oil dries out.. the oil is the root of all problems we have in the ME

          • Josรฉ Jalapeรฑo

            Good use of Levant Arabic lol… But dude they will all go back to being Nomads on Camels… Don’t say that… lol

          • IraniAngel

            when they were nomads on camels at least no one got killed..

          • Josรฉ Jalapeรฑo

            True… I bet life was slower and healthier… no fossil fumes causing cancers.
            OK checking out for the day… Heading to the Gym then to work…
            ttyl guys…
            Where is HA despite his rudeness I miss him… lol

          • 5thDrawer

            shhhhhhhhh ….. !!

          • williamgel

            ??????

            Oil was only discovered (by the West) prior to WWI. It was that discovery that put everything in motion in the Middle East since then. But nomads on camels have been killing each other for centuries, if not for the tribal tensions, then for the Shia-Sunni split hundreds of years before WWI.

          • williamgel

            ABSOLUTELY!

            The sooner the world moves towards non-petroleum based products, the better.

          • williamgel

            Seems awfully injust towards those who are educated, work hard and are willing to take risks when much of their success is handed to a person who is uneducated, not willing to do more than the bare minimum and takes no risks. There is a major fallacy in the minds of Leftists that being rich means the person got there through dishonesty and manipulation.

            Take for instance the common tooth brush. If I can make a profit of $1 on each and sell it to 5 million people, I’ve made a profit of $5mm – an earning that is 100x more than the average US salary. So does that make me suddenly a horrible person? Did I commit such a crime for not selling the toothbrushes at just above cost, or better yet, just given them away as a humanitarian gesture to the world?

            Granted, there are those who control vast wealth and resources, and those are not the ones I am suggesting to protect, but rather the hardworking entrepreneurs who make it big through their own hard work whom always seem to be the target of Leftist scorn since they did not fail.

          • 5thDrawer

            But William … when you begin to believe all humanitarian gestures are ‘leftist’ it becomes an opposing problem. There really ARE people who need help to survive. Depends on whether one thinks they should or not, I suppose.

          • williamgel

            You make very good points. I’ll address the later first. There are indeed people who need help to survive and by all means, they should be aided by their fellow human beings. There aren’t many who think a fellow human being shouldn’t survive, unless they have an inherent bias through race discrimination or driven by religious zeal – then that’s a different issue.

            But is throwing welfare at the individual the best way to truly help? Or is a concerted process to gain them proper medical attention, a strong educational foundation, and obligations they must adhere to in order to receive such help to vest them in the process of their betterment. Habitat for Humanity is a great example of helping impoverished families to get proper housing which requires the entire family take part in the construction process. It’s a source of pride for the family and with such investment they will take care of it. Entrepreneurship is another great example where teaching simple business skills to parts of a rural community can create a prosperous mini-economy. I’ve been part of such community building trips to Ghana and Uganda with amazing results.

            Today, many social programs simply focus on the symptom and not the cure, which requires forcing some change on the individual. If the person prefers to sleep in the streets, it will hurt their ability to be employable and gain an education.

            The reason I cite Leftists in my post is because so many of them lean on such causes to lambaste successful individuals and decry the population when one group or individual is not as successful, which I find demeaning to all sides. However, it was the George Bush Jr. Administration – a republican govt – which provided the most money and direction for combating AIDS in Africa. And wealthy individuals in the West have donated billions of dollars for many wealthy causes, using their own success as a vehicle for helping others, and still are the target of scorn by liberal activists.

            I once saw a bumper sticker that stated “Annoy a Liberal, Succeed in Life”. How true it is.

            I believe the true Utopia is found in the center between these two sides: an incentive program to help disadvantaged individuals to better themselves, with some investment from the successful public without removing the incentive to continue being successful.

          • 5thDrawer

            Yes .. I agree … giving people the chance, and education, to make their own lives is best. Living ‘on the dole’ doesn’t fix the problem, and only degrades the individual. But, they need the chance.
            (Health-care for all will be seen as ‘liberal-think’ – but health is a huge subject as well as a huge problem, and affects a whole society …. in many facets.)
            Back to this fairly good and informative article ….
            “A group representing women and children is also led by a daughter of Mohammed Farouk Tayfour, the deputy leader of Syriaโ€™s Brotherhood.”
            This is obviously a rather ‘liberal’ ‘sop’ to the women who wish for equality. Makes them feel as if they are thought of, while the ‘ideology’ still only screws them.
            It IS interesting that over the years we see ‘meetings’ are held in countries where the ideology is counter to the dictatorships that they wish to replace with their own. Marx and Lenin did it. Now the ‘Muslim Hoods’ do it. Those who would promote damaging changes in millions of people’s lives work away from them, where they can write and speak freely – keeping themselves safe while pushing a ‘new’ programme against rationality. And using it against a dictator or a Tzar – or a king – is the easiest. We can see Syria has already suffered from it – and the original desires of the peasants have been usurped. For now. But dictators of ideologies will fail too, when minds are educated. The ‘Brotherhoods’ will only go the way of the Dodos they represent – as have the dictators. Eventually.

          • Hannibal

            That is why I said SUPER rich…

          • 5thDrawer

            That is what ‘the people’ need to vote ‘for’. Being democratic doesn’t necessarily mean ‘just’ when people can’t think freely in those terms … because they are uneducated or collectively brainwashed.
            Check out Belgium … where the vote was so evenly divided on ‘leadership’ of the two ‘sects’ that they didn’t have a parliament for almost a year … but ‘the people’ and the country ran along just fine anyway.

          • IraniAngel

            so, we can conclude that the people of those so-called democracies are to blame..

          • 5thDrawer

            Yes … that’s the point. People get to choose their own poison. FREE. ๐Ÿ™‚
            Now … if they are not smart enough to keep themselves educated and up-to-date, well … maybe we could blame THAT on a god … ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • williamgel

            justice is subjective, based mostly on one’s personal experiences, upbringing, culture, and religion. Stoning in Saudi Arabia is considered justice while in Germany its called murder. Perhaps its just that your idea of “justice” is too myopic and simplistic for the world we live in, and thus unattainable.

          • 5thDrawer

            We haven’t seen our friend Irani here for a while … since at least the clampdown on internet for ‘elections’ … or a couple of earthquakes ago. Hope he’s ok and hasn’t been ‘detained’ for being honest with opinion on a blog. :-/

          • Josรฉ Jalapeรฑo

            We are working on Iran… lol

            You know I like Ahmadinejad… honestly… but not the religious people behind him in power.

            He showed real statesman representation of your country on many occasion. Now was he elected democratically? let me think ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • IraniAngel

            i dont know… i feel so-so about AHMAGHinejad and his gang, the mad ayaDOLLERS… oops did i really say that? i hope i dont get detained and tortured… but seriously i like them because they help palestine and lebanon but then again they are messing with my country…

          • Josรฉ Jalapeรฑo

            You are playing with fire lol… Are you sure you live in Iran?

          • williamgel

            Really? The Ayatollehs are helping with Lebanon and Palestine? The Iranians destroyed Lebanon when they got involved in the sectarian issues during the civil war there, and they’ve actively worked to thwart any peace movements between “Palestinians” and Israel, and arm the Gazan-based terrorists to the teeth to perpetuate the conflict when many average people are siding towards coexistence. And what have they done in Bahrain, UAE, Morocco, Yemen, Sudan, Sinai, Afghanistan and by proxy in Argentina, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Bulgaria, Germany, etc?

            I mean if you value their actions, then it says quite a bit about yourself.

          • IraniAngel

            speaking of iceland.. how are they doing? last time i checked their democratic rule had ruined their economy.. or was it italy? or was it spain? or was it greece? or was it cyprus? Portugal? the US???

          • 5thDrawer

            Iceland was fine … until they finally elected a man to run it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Josรฉ Jalapeรฑo

            Sexist ๐Ÿ˜› LOL

          • Josรฉ Jalapeรฑo

            Austria, Germany…

          • IraniAngel

            really? i never thought of them as democracies

  • Prophettttt

    For almost two years ,I have been saying that the Syrian revolution was hijacked by the extremist Islamist Salafi wahabi groups , and every time I said that, people on this blog accused me of being an Assad regime apologist and a defender of Assad.
    Now, after two years of war,the author of this article says that the revolution was hijacked by the Brotherhood,and we might need to wait another year or two before He and others admit that the revolution was hijacked by the salafi and wahabi takferee groups.
    All along, I said that these people would take Syria to the stone age,and some insisted that democracy and freedom would flourish .It won’t be long before Syria revisits the stone age era,but it would take centuries before freedom and democracy arrives there.
    So far, over seventy thousand people dead,and by the time people admit that it is a salafi war, the number will grow to hundreds of thousands of people, yet some people will still try to convince us that it is a revolution seeking democracy and freedom. No one likes to hear the truth .
    As usual, I will put my helmet and shield on.Let’s see who would throw the first stone,and who would shoot his first arrow.;-)

    • 5thDrawer

      Not me Prophettt. Although I think it’s a damn shame more didn’t want to back the democracy concept from the beginning, and cheer on the original seekers of freedom.

      • Prophettttt

        Hey, What did you do with other two t’s?? I earned everyone of those t’s 5th.lol
        Ask the petro dollors kings why? They could not afford to have a true revolution toppling Assad because they feared the domino effect reaching them,So they sent in the salafi groups to hijack it,But now it’s a loose loose situation for the kings of the gulf. If Assad stays, they loose,and if the salafi groups win, they will loose too, because the salafi won’t spare them.

        • 5thDrawer

          A couple of Chinese-Green T’s hanging around here somewhere ….

          • Prophettttt

            I didn’t expect a Glenfiddich lover to be a green T fan.I expected you to appreciate the true T.

          • 5thDrawer

            When not the ‘best’ scotch on a cube, coffee usually (various – strong) …. black T available … the green was left in my travel kit by a cute Japanese with very good hands … and for the sake of health, doesn’t require the sugar I pile into the other ‘flavourings’ for water. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Hannibal

          Prophet is a 5ts general lol
          I think we should petition yalibnan to lift the ban on your original name and BTW I am not using this as a strategy to gain UPs ๐Ÿ˜›
          OK folks those in favor of lifting the ban on Prophet (with one t) vote up… Tell me this is not a democracy IraniAngel…

    • Beiruti

      Let the Baath’ists and Islamists kill eachother off, then maybe we will see progress in Syria lol. Both these two groups have been f***king the middle east for too many years now.

      • Hannibal

        True… As for the innocent in between? That is the problem.

      • Prophettttt

        Beiruti, Welcome back. I’d agree with you if the casualty count was among the fighting people only.
        As we all know, the majority of the victims are innocent people.The 100 thousand plus Lebanese killed during our civil wars were mostly innocent civilians ,and not militia members.
        Sadly, this thing is spilling over,and Lebanese as history teach us, won’t find the wisdom to stay out of it. As if we don’t have enough.

    • MeYosemite

      Wars and oppressions create exteremists, how else can the victims rationalize their pain? Forgiving is not an easy thing…

      • Reasonableman

        It creates extreme zionism,Sociolism,Capitalism,Natiolism, paganism etc.

  • Prophettttt

    For almost two years ,I have been saying that the Syrian revolution was hijacked by the extremist Islamist Salafi wahabi groups , and every time I said that, people on this blog accused me being an Assad regime apologist and a defender of Assad.
    Now, after two years of war,the author of this article says that the revolution was hijacked by the Brotherhood,and we might need to wait another year or two before He and others admit that the revolution was hijacked by the salafi and wahabi takferee groups.
    All along, I said that these people would take Syria to the stone age,and some insisted that democracy and freedom would flourish .It won’t be long before Syria revisits the stone age era,but it would take centuries before freedom and democracy arrives there.
    So far, over seventy thousand people dead,and by the time people admit that it is a salafi war, the number will grow to hundreds of thousands of people, yet some people will still try to convince us that it is a revolution seeking democracy and freedom. No one likes to hear the truth .
    As usual, I will put my helmet on.

    • 5thDrawer

      Not me Prophettt. Although I think it’s a damn shame more didn’t want to back the democracy concept from the beginning, and cheer on the original seekers of freedom.

      • Prophettttt

        Hey, What did you do with other two t’s?? I earned everyone of those t’s 5th.lol

        • 5thDrawer

          A couple of Chinese-Green T’s hanging around here somewhere ….

          • Prophettttt

            I didn’t expect a Glenfiddich lover to be a green T fan.I expected you to appreciate the true T.

          • 5thDrawer

            When not the ‘best’ scotch on a cube, coffee usually (various – strong) …. black T available … the green was left in my travel kit by a cute Japanese with very good hands … and for the sake of health, doesn’t require the sugar I pile into the other ‘flavourings’ for water. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Josรฉ Jalapeรฑo

          Prophet is a 5ts general lol
          I think we should petition yalibnan to lift the ban on your original name and BTW I am not using this as a strategy to gain UPs ๐Ÿ˜›
          OK folks those in favor of lifting the ban on Prophet (with one t) vote up… Tell me this is not a democracy IraniAngel…

    • Beiruti

      Let the Baath’ists and Islamists kill eachother off, then maybe we will see progress in Syria lol. Both these two groups have been f***king the middle east for too many years now.

      • Josรฉ Jalapeรฑo

        True… As for the innocent in between? That is the problem.

      • Prophettttt

        Beiruti, Welcome back. I’d agree with you if the casualty count was among the fighting people only.
        As we all know, the majority of the victims are innocent people.The 100 thousand plus Lebanese killed during our civil wars were mostly innocent civilians ,and not militia members.
        Sadly, this thing is spilling over,and Lebanese as history teach us, won’t find the wisdom to stay out of it. As if we don’t have enough.

    • MeYosemite

      Wars and oppressions create exteremists, how else can the victims rationalize their pain? Forgiving is not an easy thing…

      • Reasonableman

        It creates extreme zionism,Sociolism,Capitalism,Natiolism, paganism etc.

  • Btru2u

    O Muslims in Syria: The Real Battle is with the West. The International Community Does Not Account Bashar Assad for his Crimes, as long as those He Kills are Muslims
    Tuesday, 15 January 2013 11:49 font size Print Email Be the first to comment!

    On Sunday 23/12/2012, Lakhdar Brahimi arrived at Beirut Airport from Cairo in a visit unannounced for security reasons. The media was not even allowed to hint about his mission. He travelled from Beirut to Damascus by land with complete confidentiality; where he was received by Faisal al-Miqdad, who would have accompanied him to the Sheraton Hotel to meet with the butcher Bashar Assad on Monday 24/12/2012, as reported by the media. It is noteworthy that Brahimi had threatened to abandon his mission if he was not received by the Ripper – after he had waited a long time without getting an answer.

    As to the purpose of the Brahimi visit, the French newspaper of “Le Figaro” mentioned that he wanted to convey to President Bashar al-Assad American-Russian proposals that stipulate the formation of a transitional government composed of ministers acceptable to the two conflicting parties in Syria. The condition is that Bashar keeps power until 2014, so as to complete his presidential term, but without having the right to run for the next presidential election. This is alongside discussing Assad’s departure as part of this plan.
    It is worth mentioning that two criminal actions were committed by the damned regime during this visit. The first is the horrific massacre committed by the butcher Bashar, by his planes launching airstrikes on queues of vulnerable civilian men, women and children lined up in front of a bakery in Halfaya in Hama. As for the second, it was the appearance of the unfortunate Syrian Information Minister Imran Zouโ€™bi at a news conference attended by loyal media to issue lies and deny facts. He looked like a criminal – unstable and egotistical like his boss.
    Through these two actions, the murderer Bashar wanted to send a political message to say he is strong and able to kill his people. Therefore his conditions must be obeyed. The Minister of Information came to complete the scenario by denying the political reality on the ground, disregarding the accounts of everyone, and lying to them by saying he did not know of Brahimi’s visit to Damascus, and nor of his mission.
    O Patient Muslims in Syria: Do not be alarmed by the crimes of the regime and its murderous boss. For he is at his weakest political position, where he has failed to get himself out of his predicament in spite of all the crimes he committed against you. America and Russia have realised that he cannot remain in power; and Iran has failed to save him. Everybody has come to speak about his departure – but with what conditions? The butcher Bashar Assad has no better way than to kill Muslims to improve his situation, and the international community does not account him for his crimes as long as those whom he kills are Muslims. The clause of “securing a safe exit for him” has been included in the bargaining communications with the states that can secure this for him.
    O Muslims in Al-Sham of Goodness: Whatever takes place on ground, which is sponsored by the international community, is not to your advantage. For it works to secure the life of the butcher Bashar and all of his gang that decimated crops and cattle. America is working on the transition of power to its clients, whether they are from the current Syrian criminal regime or the opposition coalition. It also works to enact a secular constitution that distances Islam from authority, and to send international peacekeepers to manage military action against Muslim rebels who declared that their project for new Syria is the Khilafah State. In summary: America has been working hard to bring a puppet ruler loyal to it as an alternative to the butcher Bashar Assad; so what are you going to do? Would anybody that possessed a grain of Deen proceed with those (conspirators) in their plan? Can you imagine that there is anybody amongst you that accepts to conspire against Islam and Muslims?
    O Muslims and officers who are still in service: The real battle is with this disbelieving West. The assassin Bashar is only one of its tools. This wicked West uses all of its tools – the rulers in Muslim countries, all of their financial ability to purchase loyalties, and media capability to dress the truth with falsehood, and to decorate and propagate disbelief, such as the call to a pluralistic democratic civil state that distances Deen from life and governance.
    We turn to the sincere officers: If you still have some Deen and a grain of feeling of the suffering of your people due to their inability to stop the carnage, then you are still the power that can put an end to all of these tragedies, and hold on the reins of the country, and eliminate this regime that barricaded itself with you.
    You have to know that if you did not do this then you will have a great danger with your Lord. However, if you did it, then by Allah, the Almighty it will be the glory of dunya and akhira for you and your Ummah. Here is Hizb ut-Tahrir, extending its hand to every sincere army officer in the army to join the other sincere officers already with it to form a powerful force capable to make the radical change that pleases Allah, subhanahu wata’ala by establishing the rightly guided Khilafah whose time has come. Allah, the Almighty said:

    ((ูŠุง ุฃูŽูŠูู‘ู‡ูŽุง ุงู„ูŽู‘ุฐููŠู†ูŽ ุขู…ูŽู†ููˆุง ู…ูŽุง ู„ูŽูƒูู…ู’ ุฅูุฐูŽุง ู‚ููŠู„ูŽ ู„ูŽูƒูู…ู ุงู†ู’ููุฑููˆุง ูููŠ ุณูŽุจููŠู„ู ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุงุซูŽู‘ุงู‚ูŽู„ู’ุชูู…ู’ ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู’ุฃูŽุฑู’ุถู ุฃูŽุฑูŽุถููŠุชูู…ู’ ุจูุงู„ู’ุญูŽูŠูŽุงุฉู ุงู„ุฏูู‘ู†ู’ูŠูŽุง ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู’ุขุฎูุฑูŽุฉู ููŽู…ูŽุง ู…ูŽุชูŽุงุนู ุงู„ู’ุญูŽูŠูŽุงุฉู ุงู„ุฏูู‘ู†ู’ูŠูŽุง ูููŠ ุงู„ู’ุขุฎูุฑูŽุฉู ุฅูู„ูŽู‘ุง ู‚ูŽู„ููŠู„ูŒ. ุฅูู„ูŽู‘ุง ุชูŽู†ู’ููุฑููˆุง ูŠูุนูŽุฐูู‘ุจู’ูƒูู…ู’ ุนูŽุฐูŽุงุจู‹ุง ุฃูŽู„ููŠู…ู‹ุง ูˆูŽูŠูŽุณู’ุชูŽุจู’ุฏูู„ู’ ู‚ูŽูˆู’ู…ู‹ุง ุบูŽูŠู’ุฑูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ุชูŽุถูุฑูู‘ูˆู‡ู ุดูŽูŠู’ุฆู‹ุง ูˆูŽุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ูƒูู„ูู‘ ุดูŽูŠู’ุกู ู‚ูŽุฏููŠุฑูŒ. ุฅูู„ูŽู‘ุง ุชูŽู†ู’ุตูุฑููˆู‡ู ููŽู‚ูŽุฏู’ ู†ูŽุตูŽุฑูŽู‡ู ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุฅูุฐู’ ุฃูŽุฎู’ุฑูŽุฌูŽู‡ู ุงู„ูŽู‘ุฐููŠู†ูŽ ูƒูŽููŽุฑููˆุง ุซูŽุงู†ููŠูŽ ุงุซู’ู†ูŽูŠู’ู†ู ุฅูุฐู’ ู‡ูู…ูŽุง ูููŠ ุงู„ู’ุบูŽุงุฑู ุฅูุฐู’ ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู ู„ูุตูŽุงุญูุจูู‡ู ู„ูŽุง ุชูŽุญู’ุฒูŽู†ู’ ุฅูู†ูŽู‘ ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ูŽ ู…ูŽุนูŽู†ูŽุง ููŽุฃูŽู†ู’ุฒูŽู„ูŽ ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุณูŽูƒููŠู†ูŽุชูŽู‡ู ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ู ูˆูŽุฃูŽูŠูŽู‘ุฏูŽู‡ู ุจูุฌูู†ููˆุฏู ู„ูŽู…ู’ ุชูŽุฑูŽูˆู’ู‡ูŽุง ูˆูŽุฌูŽุนูŽู„ูŽ ูƒูŽู„ูู…ูŽุฉูŽ ุงู„ูŽู‘ุฐููŠู†ูŽ ูƒูŽููŽุฑููˆุง ุงู„ุณูู‘ูู’ู„ูŽู‰ ูˆูŽูƒูŽู„ูู…ูŽุฉู ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ู‡ููŠูŽ ุงู„ู’ุนูู„ู’ูŠูŽุง ูˆูŽุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุนูŽุฒููŠุฒูŒ ุญูŽูƒููŠู…ูŒ.))

    โ€œBelievers! What is [the matter] with you that, when you are told to go forth in the cause of Allah, you adhere heavily to the earth? Are you satisfied with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter? But what is the enjoyment of this worldly life compared to the Hereafter except a [very] little. If you do not go forth, He will punish you with a painful punishment and will replace you with another people, and you will not harm Him at all. And Allah is competent over all things. If you do not aid the Prophet – Allah has already aided him when those who disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, “Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us.” And Allah sent down His tranquillity upon him and supported him with angels you did not see and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowest, while the word of Allah – that is the highest. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.โ€ [9: 38-40]

  • Btru2u

    O Muslims in Syria: The Real Battle is with the West. The International Community Does Not Account Bashar Assad for his Crimes, as long as those He Kills are Muslims
    Tuesday, 15 January 2013 11:49 font size Print Email Be the first to comment!

    On Sunday 23/12/2012, Lakhdar Brahimi arrived at Beirut Airport from Cairo in a visit unannounced for security reasons. The media was not even allowed to hint about his mission. He travelled from Beirut to Damascus by land with complete confidentiality; where he was received by Faisal al-Miqdad, who would have accompanied him to the Sheraton Hotel to meet with the butcher Bashar Assad on Monday 24/12/2012, as reported by the media. It is noteworthy that Brahimi had threatened to abandon his mission if he was not received by the Ripper – after he had waited a long time without getting an answer.

    As to the purpose of the Brahimi visit, the French newspaper of “Le Figaro” mentioned that he wanted to convey to President Bashar al-Assad American-Russian proposals that stipulate the formation of a transitional government composed of ministers acceptable to the two conflicting parties in Syria. The condition is that Bashar keeps power until 2014, so as to complete his presidential term, but without having the right to run for the next presidential election. This is alongside discussing Assad’s departure as part of this plan.
    It is worth mentioning that two criminal actions were committed by the damned regime during this visit. The first is the horrific massacre committed by the butcher Bashar, by his planes launching airstrikes on queues of vulnerable civilian men, women and children lined up in front of a bakery in Halfaya in Hama. As for the second, it was the appearance of the unfortunate Syrian Information Minister Imran Zouโ€™bi at a news conference attended by loyal media to issue lies and deny facts. He looked like a criminal – unstable and egotistical like his boss.
    Through these two actions, the murderer Bashar wanted to send a political message to say he is strong and able to kill his people. Therefore his conditions must be obeyed. The Minister of Information came to complete the scenario by denying the political reality on the ground, disregarding the accounts of everyone, and lying to them by saying he did not know of Brahimi’s visit to Damascus, and nor of his mission.
    O Patient Muslims in Syria: Do not be alarmed by the crimes of the regime and its murderous boss. For he is at his weakest political position, where he has failed to get himself out of his predicament in spite of all the crimes he committed against you. America and Russia have realised that he cannot remain in power; and Iran has failed to save him. Everybody has come to speak about his departure – but with what conditions? The butcher Bashar Assad has no better way than to kill Muslims to improve his situation, and the international community does not account him for his crimes as long as those whom he kills are Muslims. The clause of “securing a safe exit for him” has been included in the bargaining communications with the states that can secure this for him.
    O Muslims in Al-Sham of Goodness: Whatever takes place on ground, which is sponsored by the international community, is not to your advantage. For it works to secure the life of the butcher Bashar and all of his gang that decimated crops and cattle. America is working on the transition of power to its clients, whether they are from the current Syrian criminal regime or the opposition coalition. It also works to enact a secular constitution that distances Islam from authority, and to send international peacekeepers to manage military action against Muslim rebels who declared that their project for new Syria is the Khilafah State. In summary: America has been working hard to bring a puppet ruler loyal to it as an alternative to the butcher Bashar Assad; so what are you going to do? Would anybody that possessed a grain of Deen proceed with those (conspirators) in their plan? Can you imagine that there is anybody amongst you that accepts to conspire against Islam and Muslims?
    O Muslims and officers who are still in service: The real battle is with this disbelieving West. The assassin Bashar is only one of its tools. This wicked West uses all of its tools – the rulers in Muslim countries, all of their financial ability to purchase loyalties, and media capability to dress the truth with falsehood, and to decorate and propagate disbelief, such as the call to a pluralistic democratic civil state that distances Deen from life and governance.
    We turn to the sincere officers: If you still have some Deen and a grain of feeling of the suffering of your people due to their inability to stop the carnage, then you are still the power that can put an end to all of these tragedies, and hold on the reins of the country, and eliminate this regime that barricaded itself with you.
    You have to know that if you did not do this then you will have a great danger with your Lord. However, if you did it, then by Allah, the Almighty it will be the glory of dunya and akhira for you and your Ummah. Here is Hizb ut-Tahrir, extending its hand to every sincere army officer in the army to join the other sincere officers already with it to form a powerful force capable to make the radical change that pleases Allah, subhanahu wata’ala by establishing the rightly guided Khilafah whose time has come. Allah, the Almighty said:

    ((ูŠุง ุฃูŽูŠูู‘ู‡ูŽุง ุงู„ูŽู‘ุฐููŠู†ูŽ ุขู…ูŽู†ููˆุง ู…ูŽุง ู„ูŽูƒูู…ู’ ุฅูุฐูŽุง ู‚ููŠู„ูŽ ู„ูŽูƒูู…ู ุงู†ู’ููุฑููˆุง ูููŠ ุณูŽุจููŠู„ู ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุงุซูŽู‘ุงู‚ูŽู„ู’ุชูู…ู’ ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู’ุฃูŽุฑู’ุถู ุฃูŽุฑูŽุถููŠุชูู…ู’ ุจูุงู„ู’ุญูŽูŠูŽุงุฉู ุงู„ุฏูู‘ู†ู’ูŠูŽุง ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู’ุขุฎูุฑูŽุฉู ููŽู…ูŽุง ู…ูŽุชูŽุงุนู ุงู„ู’ุญูŽูŠูŽุงุฉู ุงู„ุฏูู‘ู†ู’ูŠูŽุง ูููŠ ุงู„ู’ุขุฎูุฑูŽุฉู ุฅูู„ูŽู‘ุง ู‚ูŽู„ููŠู„ูŒ. ุฅูู„ูŽู‘ุง ุชูŽู†ู’ููุฑููˆุง ูŠูุนูŽุฐูู‘ุจู’ูƒูู…ู’ ุนูŽุฐูŽุงุจู‹ุง ุฃูŽู„ููŠู…ู‹ุง ูˆูŽูŠูŽุณู’ุชูŽุจู’ุฏูู„ู’ ู‚ูŽูˆู’ู…ู‹ุง ุบูŽูŠู’ุฑูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ุชูŽุถูุฑูู‘ูˆู‡ู ุดูŽูŠู’ุฆู‹ุง ูˆูŽุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ูƒูู„ูู‘ ุดูŽูŠู’ุกู ู‚ูŽุฏููŠุฑูŒ. ุฅูู„ูŽู‘ุง ุชูŽู†ู’ุตูุฑููˆู‡ู ููŽู‚ูŽุฏู’ ู†ูŽุตูŽุฑูŽู‡ู ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุฅูุฐู’ ุฃูŽุฎู’ุฑูŽุฌูŽู‡ู ุงู„ูŽู‘ุฐููŠู†ูŽ ูƒูŽููŽุฑููˆุง ุซูŽุงู†ููŠูŽ ุงุซู’ู†ูŽูŠู’ู†ู ุฅูุฐู’ ู‡ูู…ูŽุง ูููŠ ุงู„ู’ุบูŽุงุฑู ุฅูุฐู’ ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู ู„ูุตูŽุงุญูุจูู‡ู ู„ูŽุง ุชูŽุญู’ุฒูŽู†ู’ ุฅูู†ูŽู‘ ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ูŽ ู…ูŽุนูŽู†ูŽุง ููŽุฃูŽู†ู’ุฒูŽู„ูŽ ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุณูŽูƒููŠู†ูŽุชูŽู‡ู ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ู ูˆูŽุฃูŽูŠูŽู‘ุฏูŽู‡ู ุจูุฌูู†ููˆุฏู ู„ูŽู…ู’ ุชูŽุฑูŽูˆู’ู‡ูŽุง ูˆูŽุฌูŽุนูŽู„ูŽ ูƒูŽู„ูู…ูŽุฉูŽ ุงู„ูŽู‘ุฐููŠู†ูŽ ูƒูŽููŽุฑููˆุง ุงู„ุณูู‘ูู’ู„ูŽู‰ ูˆูŽูƒูŽู„ูู…ูŽุฉู ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ู‡ููŠูŽ ุงู„ู’ุนูู„ู’ูŠูŽุง ูˆูŽุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุนูŽุฒููŠุฒูŒ ุญูŽูƒููŠู…ูŒ.))

    โ€œBelievers! What is [the matter] with you that, when you are told to go forth in the cause of Allah, you adhere heavily to the earth? Are you satisfied with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter? But what is the enjoyment of this worldly life compared to the Hereafter except a [very] little. If you do not go forth, He will punish you with a painful punishment and will replace you with another people, and you will not harm Him at all. And Allah is competent over all things. If you do not aid the Prophet – Allah has already aided him when those who disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, “Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us.” And Allah sent down His tranquillity upon him and supported him with angels you did not see and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowest, while the word of Allah – that is the highest. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.โ€ [9: 38-40]