And So It Begins!

The dabbling in the electoral process by the usual suspects begins. The Governor of Homs in Central Syria has just issued what he describes as a “loan” or a “refundable fee” that each independent candidate that seeks to run in the upcoming elections has to pay. The purpose of this bizarre procedure, Governor Ghazal explains, is to prevent irregularities. If the candidate can prove at the end of the campaign that he had run a clean campaign then the fee will allegedly be refunded.

Authoritarian Logic 101: A citizen is always guilty until proven innocent, that is, if ever this innocence can be established. Corollary 1: A citizen should always be guilty of something to some degree,  and never ever innocent. Corollary 2: A citizen with a sense of initiative is guilty a priori. Corollary 3: once you take something away from a citizen never give it back, lest this gets considered as a sign of weakness on your part. Potential exception is made when there is a possibility to give some little thing back with a grand show of magnanimity and generosity on part of the state.

The fact that this procedure could make it difficult if not well-nigh impossible for the poorer independent candidates to run was not  a factor behind this measure, or so we are expected to believe. And I just looooove the Assads.

7 thoughts on “And So It Begins!

  1. Now, I would like to know what would happen if someone wins the election and the governor found that this man violated the election law, does the man keep his position but looses the 100,000 sp. This is for him would be not a bad deal; all he has to do is work harder to get his money back while in office. On the other hand the governor would have made his share from the election and he can keep the money. It looks to me like a new invention from Homes may be coming from Mr. karakoz himslef and the regime for sure will find it interesting indeed.

  2. Dear Ammar,
    Will you please do the translation to the letter Mr. anwar Buni wrote in his perison defending himslef.

  3. OK Ammar, tracking you on your new site…
    What do you think of the 15 sailors taken hostage by the Iranians? Why are they doing it? Will this help or hurt Iran? What do their sattelite organizations think of this and, what should the western world do?
    Me? I think a few tomahawks landing in their one and only gasoline refining plant might be a good thing along with an embargo of all gas tankers trying to deliver to Iran… No loss of life if they are warned in advance and no nuclear fallout… Others have thought that taking out one Iranian navy hull at a time until the sailors are released, with prior warning, would work.
    It seems to many that “negotiation” doesn’t really work. Case in point is the Israeli soldiers still held hostage. Striking where it hurts while minimizing civilian casualties seems the only recourse.
    I am so sorry to say this…

  4. Hey Ammar, What do you think of Pelosi going to visit Assad?
    ABC News has learned Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi plans to visit Syria next week to meet with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The visit will make Pelosi the most senior U.S. official ever to meet with President Assad…
    Pelosi’s visit to Syria would come as the United States has severed high-level contacts with Assad’s government…
    Traveling with Pelosi will be Congressmen Keith Ellison (D-MN), Nick Rahall (D-WV), Tom Lantos (D-CA), Henry Waxman (D-CA), and David Hobson (R-OH).
    Mind you, Assad and his terror apparatus are also the prime suspects in the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, whose pro-western political heirs are currently deadlocked with Hezbollah in Lebanon. If she’s not loyal enough to her own country to refrain from handing one of its biggest enemies a propaganda windfall, you’d think she’d at least be decent enough not to legitimize a suspected killer under UN investigation by doing meet and greets with him.
    Update: Oh, and lest I forget — David Hobson, the Republican member of Pelosi’s team, is a g-ddamned disgrace if he attends any meetings with Assad. And he’ll hear about it again on this site, at least, if he does.
    Update: Perino lowers the boom.
    “We don’t think it’s a good idea,” said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. “This is a country that is a state sponsor of terror, one that is trying to disrupt the Siniora government in Lebanon and one that is allowing foreign fighters to flow into Iraq from its borders.”…
    Pelosi was expected to visit Damascus and Beirut next week, but her office declined to comment on any travel plans beyond Israel…
    “I’m not sure what she’s hoping to accomplish there, I know that Assad probably really loves people to come and have a photo opportunity and have tea with him and have discussions about where they’re coming from,” Perino said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
    “But we do think it’s a really bad idea,” she said.
    Update: Al Jazeera’s making hay of it. Wonderful.

  5. Hi Babs, I don’t know what to tell you, people wanted to isolate and contain Iran without thinking of the ramifications, and now they have to deal with another Iranian-style hostage crisis. Pelosi and others, including the Saudi it seems, want the Assads to become of this new containment strategy vis-à-vis Iran. I think they are betting on the wrong horse, but they will have to find that out on their own. If I learned one thing about policymakers it is that they only listen to those who fortify their pre-conceived notions. Those who challenge these notions have no chance in hell in influencing policy. Indeed, the only way to influence policy in the US is to make policy elsewhere. The status quo in the region will not hold for long, stability is no longer tenable. We have 2-3 decades of violent conflicts ahead of us.

  6. Well Ammar, having the tremendous respect that I do for you, I can think of no other reason for Pelosi to visit Syria other than to poke a stick in the official U.S. policy. What I simply don’t understand is her lack of education regarding official Syrian policy over the last several years.
    Is she so blinded by administration hatred that she is willing to lend credibility to someone that has caused so much suffering in the region and is still under a cloud regarding the assasinations in Lebanon? It is horribly sad to me.
    I am reminded of when I took college biology. I was wandering around the room when I noticed that the new babies in the gerbil cage were all but dead. You see, the mother had chewed them to bits. I went up to the instructor and asked him to please come look at something. He immediately told me he was busy (in a rather unfriendly way). I then told him that the gerbil mother was eating her young…
    The west is eating itself. I don’t know how to stop it.
    When the last group of U.S. idiots went to Syria for a photo op I wrote letters to all of them telling them what stupid fools they were. I don’t think my letter would make it past the mail room as far as Ms. Pelosi is concerned.

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