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Great news. Also supremely emblematic to a global audience wrt who is actually fighting and winning against ISIS.
Ritzl, Palmyra is more than a Roman heritage site that was once ruled by famous rebel warrior queen, Zenobia. Going by its current name, Tadmor, especially Tadmor Prison destroyed when Daesh took control of the region, you'd find less of an illustrious history from the dark days of the Assad regime. There are a few others equally infamous and appreciated by the US for its renditions program.
Considering current choices, evicting Daeish from Tadmor trumps all other scenarios from the past and from the present.
Taxi, I'm for evicting Daesh from the face of the earth; my point was to stress that the good event of kicking it from Palmyra/Tadmore should not overshadow the past of that military prison nor of that of Mezze, of Adra or the Palestine Branch in Damascus where American political prisoners were sent for "special treatment." The Canadian Government that had handed one of its citizens to the Americans for special treatment in Syria paid the man wrongfully arrested and given to the Americans $10 million in damages for wrongful arrest and torture. These prisons after all were one of the reasons behind the uprising in Syria. Tadmor had been shut down shortly before the uprising but reopened to house political prisoners your as soon as the current war started. It's good riddance that Daesh destroyed it completely. Regrettably, they also destroyed important vestiges of the Roman Empire.
Ziocons were behind the so-called fake ‘protests’ in Syria, as indeed ziocons were behind the Daeish invasion of Syria. And the renditions that took place in Syria were under Hafez not Bashar. Nothing under google (who also conspired against Bashar btw) turns up when you search for ‘renditions under Bashar Assad’ – and I’ve certainly never read an article that claims that Bashar was cooperating with the USA on rendition programs, or on America’s ‘war on terrorism’, as the media is fond of referring to it. Also, the Tadmor prison was reserved under Bashar for ‘high security prisoners’, ie, alquaida members, not political prisoners.
One must know by now that even if Syria was a full and functioning democracy when Bashar first took over, the ziocons would still have sent their Daeish army in to weaken it and break it up.
No doubt about Israel's and some Gulfies' involvement in the insurrection. Nonetheless, there was a valid opposition because of the oppression but not the extent we were led to believe with the various false-flags that happened. The Zios capitalized on it and blew it out of proportion. The incident at Hama or the ensuing mass executions at Tadmor were in the 80s when there was no Daesh around but simply the Brotherhood.
Assad the father and the son taking over was in the year 2000. Maher Arar, the Syrian-Canadian engineer wrongfully arrested and tortured was sent to Syria for a year or so in 2001.
Sorry about the date on Maher Arar's arrest, it was in 2002. Since the program started with Clinton, a total of 136 people were transferred to one of or over the 54 countries involved in the renditions program that have no reservation about torture either by having secret prisons to stash away prisoners or by allowing their airspace to be used by American flights. Syria was a participant and so was Iran that handed over to the US 7 Afghanistan nationals. While Israel did not participate in the American program, it had and still has its very own kidnapping people program in effect on the West Bank.
All this to say that things were not that rosy in Syria, otherwise all the interventions by outsiders would not have succeeded in wrecking the country.
Indeed, things were not that “rosy” in Syria, Walid – Bashar himself said this when he first took power, and he also clearly stated that he would be working on political reforms. If you’ll recall, he had just begun initiating reforms concerning Syrian Kurds when the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ broke out in Tunis, swiftly followed by protests erupting in Egypt, rendering thus all Arab rulers nervous in including Bashar, which in turn put a freeze on other items on his reform list. The genuine dissenters in Syria, the ones who wanted a bloodless revolution, did not open the doors for Daeish to enter Syria and invade large swaths of its territory. We know this because most of the terrorists fighting in Syria hailed from other countries – it’s a minority of Daeish terrorists in Syria who are actual Syrians. The Economist published a terrorist (in Syria) nationality chart – and even by their account, Syrian terrorist fighting in Syria represented a minority. So I beg to differ on your concluding paragraph: the Ziocons were fully intent and capable of destroying Syria (a la Iraq/Saddam style), even if things had been rosy and jovial in Syria five years ago.
From the Economist chart:
Taxi, you're confounding Assad's personal convictions with those of the regime. When the father died in 2000, Bashar was drafted into the Presidency by the powerful regime. The eldest militaristic brother, Bassel, had been groomed to replace the father but had died in a car speeding accident a couple of years earlier. That's when the mild-mannered ophthalmologist was recalled from London to be groomed as a replacement. Bashar's intention of ruling justly did not fit into the powerful regime's plans. The country is ruled by the regime much more than by Assad. He had planned many social reforms along with a new constitution but the regime didn't go along. The constitution remained mostly unchanged with exception to Article 9 that after 40 years allowed non-Baathists to run for Parliament; that's what you had in place prior to the insurrection.. The 50,000 Kurds out of 300,000 were rapidly naturalized and given civil rights only to have them side with the government forces against the rebels. The remaining 200,000 Kurds (out of a total Kurdish population of 1 million) that had been arbitrarily stripped of their civil rights in 1962 are still without civil rights, schools, hospitals and various other social services.. Getting back to the infamous Tadmor Military Prison, after a failed attempt on President's Assad's life in 1981 by the Brotherhood, in retaliation 1000 prisoners were executed in their cells at Tadmor. To his credit, Bashar closed down Tadmor in 2001 but it was reopened in 2011 to incarcerate 350 political protesters. In May 2015, Daesh freed the prisoners (and most probably killed the non-believers) and blew up the place. The situation at the time of the non-violent insurrection was far from rosy. People from outside Syria turned it into a violent one but the unhappy Syrians cannot be discounted..
Great post – thank you, Walid.
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