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March 23, 2006

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ghassan

As much of a baggage as Khaddam might be carrying from his not too distant past I am willing to believe the new Khaddam, trust that he has changed and support his enterprise . What I am not willing to do, and I would argue it cannot be done, is to believe that the MB has changed. MB appeal is religious and thus discriminatory . Such a view can never lead to the creation of a modern democratic state. There are some principals that the MB cannot and will not change, its religious vision and that disqualifies it in my book from being the agent of progressive change.

Ammar

I have a problem with the MB myself. But Islamists cannot be excluded from the political scene anymore, and my fear is that we will soon have to deal as well with Islamists that make the MB look like a group of liberal cheerleaders. We are going to spend some time in purgatory, and then we have hell to look forward to, before we get to the other side of the Divide where a better life can be established, by our charred skeletal remains. So, I am will burry my spark of life deep within the furrows of my bone marrow in the hope that it can survive the journey.

Lazarus

whether we like it or not, islamists are gaining power and popularity among the people. We can either shun them, and therefore indirectly (or directly, depending on how you see it) take ourselves out of the equation, or we can begin to find ways to deal with them.

and as for accepting khaddam, I am beginning to think that arabs have the "beaten wife syndrome". will we not learn that democracy is a mentality, and not just a word?

diabeticfriendly

Why dont you just whack assad already?

Some nice IED's from iraq are available?

stir up some trouble.. break a few eggs..

or live with your product of incest... assad

diabeticfriendly

as for the islamists, if they can murder and blow things up, guess wht? they HIDE in mosques...

how dare you you might say... has it stopped them from blowing up churches or jewish places with people inside?

time to grow up...

Abu Kareem

Ammar,

Perhaps Khaddam is indispensable in the transition but his cold steely gaze does not give me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. I don't trust a guy who was up to his neck in the muck of the Asad Sr. regime. As for the MBs, the reality is that you cannot exclude them (not all MBs are the same). My problem is that I don't see how the opposition will effect a peaceful transition. The way Bashar is behaving, the only way he will leave is if you pry his cold dead hand off his presidential chair.

The Syrian Brit

If Khaddam has truly broken away from his past, he must repent and return the BILLIONS that he and his wife and children have unashamedly stolen from the Syrian people. Until then, he remains a theif, a thug and a bully.. He is not trustworthy, and should not have anything to do with running the Country. We deserve better.. much, much better..

diabeticfriendly

funny, what you deserve?

how much has syria stolen from lebanon?

how much has syria stolen from iraq?

pick up a gun, create your own revolution, then YOU sue the swiss to return the billions

James Fletcher Baxter

Consider:
The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.

The way we define 'human' determines our view
of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and
future. Important? Only the Creator who made us
in His own image is qualified to define us accurately.
Choose wisely...there are results.

Many problems in human experience are the result of
false and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.

Each individual human being possesses a unique, highly
developed, and sensitive perception of diversity. Thus
aware, man is endowed with a natural capability for enact-
ing internal mental and external physical selectivity.
Quantitative and qualitative choice-making thus lends
itself as the superior basis of an active intelligence.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. His title describes
his definitive and typifying characteristic. Recall
that his other features are but vehicles of experi-
ence intent on the development of perceptive
awareness and the following acts of decision and
choice. Note that the products of man cannot define
him for they are the fruit of the discerning choice-
making process and include the cognition of self,
the utility of experience, the development of value-
measuring systems and language, and the accultur-
ation of civilization.

The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits,
customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of
his perceptive and selective powers. Creativity, the
creative process, is a choice-making process. His
articles, constructs, and commodities, however
marvelous to behold, deserve neither awe nor idol-
atry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth's own
highest expression of the creative process.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. The sublime and
significant act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean
fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the
forces of cause and effect to an elected level of qual-
ity and diversity. Further, it orients him toward a
natural environmental opportunity, freedom, and
bestows earth's title, The Choicemaker, on his
singular and plural brow.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the
universe.

Let us proclaim it. Behold!
The Season of Generation-Choicemaker Joel 3:14 KJV

- from The HUMAN PARADIGM

Rancher

Sounds like you have a good grasp of the political realities you must deal with. "People who love the law or good sausage should never watch either being made," remarked German chancellor Otto Von Bismarck (1815-98). This is something that Iraq is struggling with in their stalled efforts at forming a government. Mohammed at Iraq the Model puts it this way:

“Chances for a peaceful resolution of the current political crisis are getting thinner as some of the involved parties keep refusing to show any flexibility in handling the talks with other powers.”

“This originates from the fact that the differences between those rivals come mostly from sectarian and/or ethnic basis and not from disagreeing on this or that platform; the idea filling their heads is the ideological difference between the Sunni and the Shia.”

I wonder how much flexibility you will get from the MB but they are a force and must be dealt with.

Anonymous

.... khaddam has the guts to offer himself as a replacement? is he the best available in a nation of 20 million? i d rather be in Assad's Syria than in Khaddam's Syria as he would then call it!

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