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September 12, 2006


What is "Occupation"

was this a show?

another page of assad tv that uses live fire and humans to shape results?

do the assads really think they won the war with israel?


This operation had the potential to be interesting when we learnt that one of the four participants survived the gunfire exchange. Here was a chance to interrogate him by an independent party to learn about this group’s prime affiliation. This was not to be of course. This morning we learnt that the fourth militant has died from injuries before Syrian authorities were able to interrogate him. How convenient? As soon as I had heard that one of the attackers survived, I had a strong feeling that he will not make it. As it turned out, my strong feelings were more than justified.


Good Analysis Ammar, I said on Syria comment yesterday:

This incident is very very suspicious and is designed and excuted by the Syrian regime desperate for International attention.

Like the past 2-3 years, Whenever the regime is in trouble or has to bend down to international pressure, some bombing or attack is staged that helps no one but the regime. It is becoming so boring and so old news, my friend called me today to tell me about it and from the news I was able to dismiss it as a joke, then watching and listening to the media I became more convinced.

Why there was little damage despite all these weapons, and why did not the car explode, and why only in Syria all the attacks produce little results, it is all a circus. The american media are buying it because they are hungry for terror news and anything bad in the middle east gets coverage.

The problem is Syrians are bent on increasing the dose of terrorism until they are taken seriously. But Rice hinting that the Syrian regime is losing control is good because it makes them think twice before staging attacks to attract attention.

The Syrian accusation of the US formenting terror is destined to quiet the street and push the people more and more toward the regime which can do whatever they want at this stage, no question asked.

We are so lucky nowadays to be Syrians played by a smart but useless regime. They only help themselves and destroy the country in the process. Syrian cinema is good but the security apparatus dramas are so badly conceived...


Ammar and visitors,

Appreciate your input on this and please feel free to repost it, very important. Thanks
Syrians Refuse to be Silenced


OK, Fares, I just posted a modified post based on yours in the "Whereto, Syria?" blog. hope you like.


Thanks Ammar, great post, I really appreciate your help in the matter despite your busy schedule.


Always a pleasure Fares. We are fighting for the same cause after all.

Philip I

This is a copy of my post on syriacomment.com today:

There is hardly anyone who believes the incident to be genuine.

In Damascus, they never seem to let an opportunity pass without making themselves look like absolute fools. I am beginning to think they ARE fools. Clearly the infamous Mukhabarat has lost its touch. The CIA used to think of them as a bunch of thugs but useful and effective in fighting Islamic extremists and torturing prisoners on the CIA's behalf. Now they probably think of them as a useless bunch of amateurs reduced to acting out the regime's childish tactics. Please grow up and stop embarrassing us and insulting our intelligence!

Prisoners Of Conscience



I just posted a note on Liberals and chances for democracy in the ME.

I would like to hear your views ps


You make an excellent argument EHSANI.


Thank you for your helpful analysis, Ammar. My first reaction to the incident was that it had been staged---and then I wondered why I felt that way. It was just a gut reaction that it was contrived, a staged event. Great blog, I'm putting it on my list of daily reads. Thanks! Glad that you and your family are safe in the US. Best regards from Texas, lynne

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