An Arab-Syrian blogger from Dubai writes about the events in Syria:
"....Long, long time ago in a far away land, a group of people were
caught doing horrible things. And to add insult to injury, they filmed
themselves doing those horrible things and that piece of film was
leaked to the public. That had become an embarrassment to them and the
people they worked for and, in a way, represented. And those people
were powerful but they also cared an awful lot about their public
So what did they do to ensure damage-control and to reassure everyone
that that wasn't their modus operandi? They denied everything. That
hadn't happened here. Those were not our people. That must have been
staged by our enemies and their sponsors. That must have been
digitally manipulated, animated, fabricated... and so on.
That narrative (and some variations of it) was communicated to
everyone. And everyone was made to know that this is what really
happened. Believe us and distrust every other source. Our analysis is
the solid one and everyone else is lying. Don't believe them, they're
Now, what was to happen to those who didn't believe in their
interpretation of the events and the leaked film?
Simple: they were to be subjected to the same horrible things that
were shown on the film."
"Perhaps a great deal of hesitation and rejection of the likes of articles like Nicholas Kristof's is because of this: the underdevelopment and lack of progress in the Arab world have always been a justification co-opted by the racist Zionist Entity (aka 'Israel') in order to kill, maim and subjugate Palestinians at large and with impunity. Let us be clear about this: no matter how backward, primitive, ignorant, unproductive or regressive a population is, its individuals deserve the same human rights (individually and collectively as a nation entitled to its right of determination and national aspirations) as everybody."
Note the differences. Admire the intellectual honesty and courage.
Point of reference:
"Israeli sorrows and sufferings from the Assads’ Syria were far more insidious in comparison to any inflicted upon the Jewish state by any other country. Perhaps this litany of havoc began with the October 1973 Yom Kippur War that continued until May 1974 on the Golan front.
Syria allying with Hezbollah from the 1980s and facilitating its armaments pipeline and fighting doctrine bled Israel, demoralized the Jews, and contributed to the reprehensible and reckless IDF withdrawal in May, 2000. When Syria forged intimate ties with Iran, soon after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, it became clear that Khomeini’s jihad was now comfortably pre-positioned on Israel’s northern border regions. "