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Meanwhile, in Syria…

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Now protests are breaking out in Syria, one of the most brutal police states in the region. Amir Taheri reports:

Syria's freedom uprising started Tuesday, when some 300 protesters gathered in front of the Interior Ministry to demand news of political prisoners….So far, three successive "Days of Rage" have been held in Damascus. By the standards set in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Bahrain, the crowds were fairly small—but then, challenging the Syrian dictatorship is no easy task….

It's too early to tell whether the "few misguided elements" that have started defying the most brutal Middle East regime can bring freedom to Syria, but one thing is certain: Unlike previous protests, the latest "days of rage" are openly aimed at ending the Assads' rule. It seems that Syrians, starting with a "few misguided elements," are beginning to free themselves of fear. At least 40 protest leaders, among them the philosopher Tayyeb Tizini and the human-rights leader Suhair al-Attasi, have been taken to an unknown destination. But more "days of rage" are planned for next week.

Update: A reader points out that Taheri has a checkered history when it comes to accurate reporting. I'll remember that the next time his byline crosses my radar screen. But there isn't any doubt that these protests have been happening; it's not as though he's the only one writing about them. Here's hoping the dissidents defy the odds and bring Assad down.

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  1. I certainly wish them luck, but that is one dictatorship that’s going to massacre crowds without blinking an eye, if Assad Junior is anything like the old man.

  2. Meanwhile, in Malaysia Lady Gaga’s new song is censored. Why? Because Islam finds freedom offensive.
    http://libertarians4freedom.bl…..aysia.html

    1. So germane to make the case that Islam finds freedom offensive in the comments of a blog post on pro freedom demonstrations in Syria.

      1. Well, since it’s so politically correct to make accusations against Christians, smokers, fat people, and white heterosexual males, I feel it is my duty to stand up against radical Islam. And please don’t tell me about the Crusades, they ended in 1290.

        1. since it’s so politically correct to make accusations against Christians, smokers, fat people, and white heterosexual males, I feel it is my duty to

          …add another group to the list?

        2. Can we tell you about the movement toward freedom happening right now? Or does that interfere with your cynical agenda?

          1. I’ll believe it when I see it. The most freedom-friendly Muslim country is Turkey. Libya isn’t Turkey and I doubt they’ll become Turkey.

        3. Not only did they end so long ago, but they were dominated by Muslim victories. Muslims were proud of the Crusades until Israel was created.

    2. Maybe Islam just finds Lady Gaga offensive. That’s an understandable position.

      1. I am sympathetic.

  3. protesters? nah…drug addicts babiee! and they aint gettin to the next round like moorehead

  4. Don’t worry. President Obama is in charge. The American people, in their wisdom, pronounced him qualified to be POTUS, and thus to deal with foreign affairs. 65 million people can’t be wrong.

    1. When you step back and think about what a foolish decision it was to elect a cipher without experience to handle such matters, it’s mind-boggling that tens of millions of us could be so dumb.

      1. Clearly, it still boggles my mind. Let me repeat, clearly.

  5. Awesome maybe we can get the French to bomb Syria too after their successful air campaign against Qadaffy…

  6. Amir Taheri is a credible source now? This Amir Taheri?
    http://motherjones.com/mojo/20…..heri-story

    Is this Jesse Walker or Michael Moynihan?

    1. Ah, I had forgotten he was the guy who broadcast that phony Jewish-badges story. And apparently, to judge from that Mother Jones report, he has an even more checkered history than that. I’ll remember that the next time his byline crosses my radar screen.

      Still, I’ve been following these protests on Google News and Twitter, and they certainly have been happening. Taheri isn’t the only person writing about them.

  7. “Syria’s freedom uprising started Tuesday, when some 300 protesters gathered in front of the Interior Ministry to demand news of political prisoners”

    Wanna see them? Then just follow me…

    1. “You will join your loved one soon.”

  8. Maybe after the murder of the Fogel family in Judea, including a three year old infant whose throat was slit in her sleep, there will finally be a revolution in Israel and a good Meir Kahnist government will emerge from the wreckage.

    That would certainly be to the good as Bibi’s weakness invites terrorist attacks such as this.

    The Arabs respect strength — not appeasement or conciliation.

    “There’s no need to fear. Underzog is here.”

    1. Underzog, there was a revolution in Israel this year. You must of missed it. The whole thing took a day or two. Olmert split the Labor Party in two which caused the governing coalition to collapse. Then a new governing coalition formed without Labor but with Olmert’s new break away party. Israelis are experts on changing governments. They do it more efficiently than any other nations.

      1. Old merde (Olmert)? With that Kadima party?

        How does that saying go? Same old shit, different shingle?

  9. Here’s hoping the dissidents defy the odds and bring Assad down.

    If they do, “here’s hoping” they replace him with something better than what the Iranians replaced their deposed Shaw with years ago.

    1. Hear hear!

  10. I wish the Syrian protesters luck.

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