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December 30, 2005

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Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur

Khaddam's attempts to portray himself as a honest patriot are laughable indeed, but the important thing is that his move place Bashar and his clique in an uncomfortable position.

Tomorrow, we'll discover that Khaddam has been a zionist agent for the past 40 years.

yaman

Vox Populi:

And that his grandmother was actually a Jew.

Ammar

Oh really, I had through the grapevines that his grandfather was a freemason...

AbdulKarim

Ammar, do you think it's a "little" bombshell or would it have an earthquake effect as put by Lebanese media? What will the effect be on the UN investigation and on the Syrian regime itself?

Ammar

Well, the regime and its mouthpieces will try to play down the effect of this matter by pointing out to Khaddam's own corruption. Many people have already commented on the luxurious setting in which the interview took place.

Still, this is indeed big. This is a public demasking party, and as more and more such revelations build up many people are going to have to admit even to themselves that this is indeed all about corruption, and all about the misdeeds of a few thieving murderous idiots on the top.

This is bound to hurt. It is not a knock blow yet, but it does serve to further disorient the regime. You should not underestimate the impact of the various corruption stories that are breaking out increasingly these days, and the growing popular dismay in this regard. People are angry. There is something to tap into here, but it requires the presence and agency of semi-organized would-be tappers at least. Whether the opposition has evolved or could soon evolve to fulfill this role remains to be seen.

Hammam

I am smiling . . . it started . . . "CANNIBLES EATING EACH OTHER"
well well well, a big rat who already left the ship is squeaking, and the fall down has started, but is it only because of the threats he is trying to secure him self or he is aiming for a higher role in the political future of Syria! Will he be the right alternative for Americans in place of Bashar and his family monopoly, considering he is Sunny after all and his "mistakes" will be forgiven when and if he starts to make peace with his country men?! What do you think Ammar?

Ammar

Khaddam will never be forgiven for his past misdeeds; the people are not that stupid. But, I can guarantee you that despite all the official reaction, the people on the street are gloating. the importance of this development is that is further discredits the President, and undermines the recent ongoing foolish attempts at projecting an image of victory in aftermath of Mehlis 2.

annie

Ammar, I still have to meet someone gloating; people are indignant.
Khaddam is among the most corrupted, the most guilty and he is ill placed to give lessons to anyone.

Why now ?
Khaddam waited until his property and his family were safely outside the country before he threw this bomb.

Ammar

Indeed, Annie. Khaddam is not going to be the hero of the Syrian people. But the way he was condemned by his colleagues and peers, that is, by opening up old files, raises more questions about the present leadership than they do about Khaddam. If everybody knew how corrupt Khaddam was and for that long a period, how come he was never punished? How come he was given the opportunity to leave with his family, after liquidating their assets? Who are these people trying to kid. The Syrian people might be fearful, but they are not idiots.

Innocent_Criminal

I fully agree with Ammar's last point. BUT... there is a significant amount of people who will side with an authotarian government rather than to side with the Saudi/French Rat. You’re right the people are not stupid and thats exactly why they all know that corruption is rampant and the fresh accusations against Khaddam are fully political, even though i think they could have been more original and should have opted for something other than "corruption".

This is a major blow but not a fatal one, the biggest challenge is yet to come. obviously Khaddam's interview was intended to be the catalyst to the request of the UN’s interview with the president in which its rejection or agreement will have shit hitting lots of fans.

My gut feeling tells me that Damascus should reject the interview with the president, since it will be too humiliating for the Syrian public. The presidency is a red line in many Syrian minds and the government knows and cannot afford destroying that prestigious image.

Ammar

Of course Khaddam s not an option. No one suggesting that we should rally behind him, even if he is offering himself as an alternative. But, as you can see, he did start something, an avalanche in fact. The Syrian President is going to say to the interview request, that's for sure. Things are going to heat up at the UN Security Council. The people will rally behind Assad, for now. But one cannot too much on people’s loyalties to authoritarian regimes. They tend to be skin deep, no matter how much nationalistic passions the regime tries to whip up. The people under authoritarian systems are very much like their ruling regimes, they are often in it for themselves. There will be idealists, of course, who will be fooled into rallying behind the regime with all the sincerity in the world at this stage, thinking that they are in fact rallying behind the country. These represent the perennial fodder for all the stupid wars in the world.

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