Another line drawn in our crimson sands

The arrest of Riad Seif, the recently leader of Syria’s largest opposition coalition, earlier today by security officers, in face of continued international protestations against the regime’s worsening human rights record, and despite continuing efforts at engagements and continued promises of normalization, support for the peace process, and even an indirect acknowledgment  of the regime’s interests in Lebanon, comes as a clear sign that the Assads, once engaged and afforded any sense of legitimacy, tend to misbehave even more not less. The continued bombings and the recent riots in Lebanon are clear testaments in this regard as well. And the worst is yet to come.

Reason is meaningless and peacemaking worthless when the protagonists continue to premise their activities on a stubborn misreading of the nature of the realities with which we all have to contend. Thieves and murderers cannot be simply coaxed into changing their ways. Rulers in authoritarian states are often not statesmen and cannot be expected or prevailed upon to behave as such.

12 thoughts on “Another line drawn in our crimson sands

  1. The regime thinks that he can repeat another 30 years of Dictator Hafez system, using the same tactics. Let’s see how the sheep are going to react to the thieves and murders of this century when they imprison the symbol of national honesty for their bravery to speak their minds and refuse to be a sheep.

  2. Hi Ammar ,
    All what they are doing now they will pay sooner or later,they think that they are strong but they know what they represent in reality …Our people is a good people but this regime is a cancer in the syrian body.

  3. Ammar, please do not ever say that Alex is an intellectual who you can make a dialogue with. Here he is this morning accusing you of being behind the US action against Rami Makhlo and hinting that you are the one who suggested that to the administration. Exactly like what his boss did to Michell K., before. He wants others to believe that the USA administration needs someone to tell them what to do. But doing so, he is tipping the dogs of the regime to find a scapegoat and find more targets inside Syria. It seems to me that all of his family is outside Syria and he has nothing to loose from mouthing his fellow Syrians.
    I hope the next step is the publishing of the top 50 rich people in Syria by the US administration with names and numbers and where this fortune collected, inside the social country of Syria or outside Syria.

  4. Hi Ammar,
    I hope the Assad government has put you in custody or anything. You haven’t posted in a while.
    This new report on Mugniyah would be worthy of a post from you.

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