“Hajji” is the nickname Syrians call those pious men who prayed in Makah; it is also the nickname Syrian lampoonists confer upon the most corrupt of men. So, it came as no surprise to many that Assad just asked “Hajji” Adel Safar, a hardcore Ba’athist and regime inner circle corruptible, to form the new Syrian government.
The chronology of how Syrians view the history of the last three weeks can be summarized in a few words: We revolted, Assad buckled. Clinton called Assad a reformer. Assad killed more Syrians, Clinton never recanted, and Assad never reformed. In other words: thank you Madame Secretary, for your vision and fortitude.
Many good articles and studies have been written on the root cause of Islamic terror. Some of the best I have read here on PJM itself. But if you wish to see how terrorism starts and why Assad gets unquestioned U.S. support, join me in watching this video of a young Syrian man being psychologically tortured. The video was made, we are told, to train other torturers on methodology.
The Reform Party of Syria (RPS) has learned that once the Assad factories of terror are done with this man and others, they are released into the hands of an imam wielding the Quran as a sword to gauge and invigorate his capacity to do harm. How? By telling these men Assad is supported by the U.S. and Israel, and they must attack the roots of the problem. Those with cojones are sent to places like Iraq to paint Assad’s canvas of terror with their blood, and those who fail to materialize as worthy bombers are shipped to places like Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Here comes the best part: after expediting these hapless chaps to different neighboring countries, Assad provides their names to the U.S. intelligence community as part of an intelligence sharing program, knowing well their secrets will be buried forever by an accurate drone strike.
Assad makes them, uses them, and fools us with them to keep his regime afloat. Could this be the reason why Assad was called a “reformer” by Hilary Clinton?
In Syria, we are told that in Dara’a the regime security apparatus has undertaken a house-to-house search for the non-Arabic fighters, captured and whisked away immediately to an unknown location by young men the regime is looking for. All of Dara’a’s land and cell communications have been severed to prevent any videos from reaching the outside world.
Today, Syrians are licking the wounds of the first battle in a long, drawn-out war for freedom. The hundreds of dead have been buried, but the resolve has not. Assad announced the cancellation of the Emergency Law in place since 1963 to be replaced by a new set of laws expected to be named the “War against Terror” laws — the same restrictions as the old ones, but with different vocabulary. To be on the safe side, the announcement will take place this coming Friday to keep people at home. Another sign we must not expect much from Clinton’s “reformer.”
With a small lull in the fight for freedom, Syrian TV has started pointing accusatory fingers at those behind the revolution. In addition to Rafik Hariri and Prince Bandar bin Sultan, yours truly was also mentioned. The intent, of course, is to use me as the conduit to blame Israel because of my speech at the Knesset in 2007. I really feel for the Israelis — they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. But then, what else can we expect from Assad?