I was wondering what the members opinions here were of the Syrian leader?
I am no support of him but i think that he is not as bad as we are made to believe, i have been following Lizzie Phelan on facebook and on her blog when she was in Syria, its worth a look if you haven't already been on it.
Oh thanks, I'll take a look
Bashar al-Assad fathers regime like his own, has enslaved the working class for 12 years. The Soviets wanted influence in Syria in exchange for the many weapons and tanks they sold the Syrian Government in the mid 80s, the Hafez regime allowed a Communist party to be set which quickly became popular. However after the collapse of the USSR the Hafez regime shut down the communist party as quickly as it was set it up. This was because the regime had never liked Communism in the first place. It was clear the al Hafez regime only allowed a Communist party to be set in exchange for the weapons.
In the 90s Communists were murdered and tortured in Syria as many did not like that Hafez had made there political party illegal. (I have been told this by a Syrian Communist on the RevLeft.com who claimed to had fled his country when this was occurring.
When Hafez al-Assad died in 2000 his son Bashar al-Assad caim to power and ordered more left wing politicians and workers to be killed, just like his father.
I believe Bashaar al-Assad should be over thrown for new fair Democracy for the people (the elite and al-Asaad family currently hold all major position's of power in Syria)
Bashar al-Assad regime is very unpopular not only amongst the working class in Syria but also the elite which the regime is intended to benefit, and even his own family!
The Free Syrian Army is the main opposition army group in Syria. It is composed of defected Syrian Armed Forces personnel and is headed by Riad Mousa al-Asaad, his relative!
I want the Bashar al-Assad regime to end but not through civil war, between Bashar al-Assad army and the Free Syrian Army.
Change can happen peacefully and democratically which is what China and Russia are currently trying to help get achieved by proposing a veto on NATO's plan to invade Syria, liked they did in Libya.
you sure about that? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRrqef0zYaI
I think making judgments on the Syrian president based solely on his policies is difficult due to the fact that a lot of power lies in the hands of some of the people around him. He does not have that level of control over Syria like his father Hafez al-Assad did. The security forces and some of his relatives pull a lot of the strings. Under such pressure he never could have held free elections even if he wanted to. People in his regime would never risk losing their grip on power through elections even though different polls tell us that he well may have majority support. I am half Lebanese and my personal feelings on him are mixed. On one side his regime has been brutal internally as well as externally during their occupation of Lebanon through which I have personally bared witness. I remember that on my way to school while still living in Lebanon our bus would always have to go through two to three Syrian check points. The Mukhabarat (Syrian intelligence) would terrorize the nation through arrests and sometimes torture of militants or activists they perceived to be a threat to stability. The level of corruption, nepotism, and bureaucracy has also always been a big problem. Nevertheless through such hard measures they brought peace to a country plagued by 15 years of bloody civil war. During their reign it was much safer to live in Lebanon than it is now. Through such measures they bring stability to an increasingly volatile region. I think that in his heart Bashar does love his country and is genuinely trying to stabilize the situation. I have spoken to many Syrians who both oppose and support the regime. The fact is that the opposition Free Syrian Army are mostly Sunnis who receive financial and military support from the Gulf countries and the West. The government are a coalition of minority groups, Shiites, and Alawites who receive support from Hezbollah, Iran and their allies in Russia. I believe that disaster would result should the Syrian government collapse. I have gotten the impression that the Syrians I have spoken to who oppose the regime are driven by a sense of Islamic fundamentalism. Is it a guarantee Islamic Sharia would take control should the regime fail? No. Is there a risk? DEFINITELY! Proof lies in the Muslim Brotherhoods recent victory in Egypt. In Libya one of the first things the NTC spokesmen said during his victory speech was that Libya shall now follow Sharia law. One thing I am sure of is that if the regime falls there will be blood. At the very core I believe that Shiites and Sunnis have always hated each other. Should the western imperialists succeed in taking out the regime by supporting the opposition it will make the situation in the middle east all the more dangerous by placing their feet at Iran's doorstep. Islamic fundamentalism, civil war, suicide bombings, and another imperialist backed government in the middle east are all good enough reasons not to support what the Free Syrian Army is doing right now in my opinion.
My laws shall act more pleasure than command,
And with my prick I'll govern all the land.
According to wikipedia the Syrian Communist Party (both the pro and anti Perestroika factions) are part of the ruling National Progressive Front coalition government. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Progressive_Front
If you use google translate on the Syrian Communist website they condemn the uprising in very strong terms
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