A Tale of Mayhem Foretold II!

Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, my dear colleague and good friend and one of the main figures behind the Damascus Declaration and the more recent Damascus-Beirut Declaration has recently been slapped with atravel ban on account of his continuous involvement in civil society activities around the region and the world.

Indeed, and over the lat two months alone, Radwan came to the US twice to take part in various meetings and seminars. He also gave a few of lectures in Washington D.C., Chicago, and elsewhere.

The move comes as part of the Assads regime’s ongoing crackdown against activists and opposition figures in the country, a development destined to witness further escalations in the days and weeks ahead, as the regime continues its reversion to old-style totalitarian rule.

Indeed, and in a related development, and far from the spotlight, thousands of non-Baathist employees in public enterprises and institutions, their apolitical tendencies notwithstanding, are reportedly being laid off or being reassigned to marginal positions, so that these institutions remain under Baathist control, in an attempt to reinstitute the old patronage system and bolster regime support across the board.

If this tendency should continue over the next few weeks, there will soon be much fresh popular anger and resentments to tap into. In true Saddamite fashion, and in the process of bunkering down, the Assads are cutting themselves off completely from the Street and from any nonsectarian grassroots support. From a tactical perspective, this might be good news for the opposition, but it is also a bad omen for the future stability of the country. For the removal of the Assads, whenever the time for that comes, will not be a bloodless affair.

10 thoughts on “A Tale of Mayhem Foretold II!

  1. Down with Baath and With Assad…Hell awaits them pretty soon…Syrians time to stand up and say ENOUGH

  2. Having heard the courageous Radwan Ziadeh speak recently in Chicago, I can empathize. This regime’s depravity knows no limit. How can they treat such a gentle and unassuming man like a criminal?

  3. You are right, these capricious acts on the part of the Syrian Ba’ath are nothing less that acts that will eventually backfire by unleaching a strong public uprising. I do hope that when ; and not if; the time comes enough people will have the common sense to control their emotions and instincts in order to demonstrate that not all are as vicious and depraved as the Assads. The last thing that we need is a blood bath.

  4. Does anyone have any suggestions about civil disobedience or any other action in the US that could embarres the Syrian government and highlight the plight of the detainees. We need to do something, anything and not just stand by.

  5. Indeed. But this upping of the ante on all sides is rather worrying and provocative. It’s as if they are begging for a strike.

  6. Ghassan, I have had a negative experience so far trying to rally the local community for undertaking this kind of action. Fear is a factor here as well.

  7. Hey ammar,i want to chat with you .We have a lot to talk about.How can we do that .i got a yahoo and msn msgr.why dont you post an email address for you?

  8. Indeed, Anonymous. I got asked for my email on several occasions. It is: ammarATamarji.org.

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