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Syrian military defector: 'Those who were injected are lucky'

July 2nd, 2012
05:29 PM ET

By Lucky Gold, CNN

Colonel Abdalhamid Zakaria, a doctor and defector from the Syrian army, appeared Monday on Amanpour and described the appalling conditions in the Aleppo military hospital where he worked until his defection.

Now a member of the Syrian Free Army, Col. Zakaria spoke from Istanbul, recalling how at Aleppo hospital he had treated Syrian soldiers, most of whom “were shot from behind when they refused to kill the civilians.”

As for the civilian patients, he said they were treated “only when the regime is looking for further investigations.”  But if they had no information to divulge, “the regime will kill them directly by many ways.”

Among those lethal methods, he detailed “calcium injections, intravenously and rapidly causing cardiac arrest, or by using high doses of insulin causing hypoglycemic coma and finally death.”

He added, “Those who were injected are lucky, compared to those left bleeding to death in the dark.”

Aware of the seriousness of his accusations, Col. Zakaria insisted: “I have seen by my own eyes. The staff who injected those people are nurses and doctors who my friends.”  Then he corrected himself:  “They were my friends, not now.”

He should consider that his family will be killed

Once he made his decision to defect, Col. Zakaria’s last night in his Syrian home was painful:  “My little daughter was crying. And she begged me to travel to any country without a president.  She thinks that all the presidents are killers like Assad.”

Echoing his daughter’s sentiments, Col. Zakaria said “the international community has deserted us.  No one cares for all the bloodshed in Syria.  We only hear words and promises but in fact, it’s just much ado about nothing.”

He then offered a message to the American people and the American president:  “How do you dare to look at your kids’ eyes while the children in Syria are killed on a daily basis?  Also I want to ask Mr. Obama, is your presidential chair worth all the bloodshed in Syria?  Why are you keeping silent?”

Fortunately, he was able to get his family out of the country:  “We left everything behind.  We left our home, hour livelihood, our schools - we left everything rather than the memories of our bleeding home country.”

Col. Zakaria gave a chilling reason why the numbers to date have been so few:  “We have in Syria the largest secret security forces throughout the world.  They kill any officer they suspect is supporting the revolution…Anyone who decided to defect, he should consider that his family will be killed.”

Despite that, citing a Syrian activist and Free Syrian Army sources, Reuters today reported the defection of 85 Syrian soldiers, including a general.

Assad always tried to convince the world

Contradicting accounts by journalists and observers on the ground in Syria, Col. Zakaria denied that the conflict was becoming a sectarian war:  “It’s not true at all,” he said, claiming that such reports were encouraged, if not created, by the Assad regime.  “Assad always tried to convince the world that we have a sectarian war.”

Assad’s motive, he said, was “to pretend that he is the only one who can keep all these sects safe…It’s just a trick, a silly trick, from the regime to mislead the whole world, to mislead the international community and other Syrians.”

Lastly, he denied that the Free Syrian Army is being supplied with weapons:  “Honestly, we heard a lot of weapons come to Syria, but it’s just words.”  We haven’t received anything ‘til now.”

CNN’s Claire Calzonetti produced this piece for television.

soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Reuben from Denver

    Sorry. US and EU shift on Syria on Sunday means they know more than you do about the opposition.

    July 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • BINGI

      exactly. true talk my broda.

      July 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  2. BINGI

    why drag americans into it. kill yourselves. you guys have solution to your problems. if you cannot handle it die.

    July 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • Peter M

      Bingi, yours is a heartless response. This is your rational for not helping anyone is basically hate? I would respect more the opinion that violence no matter how seemingly justified leads to more violence.

      July 3, 2012 at 1:34 am | Reply
      • jfb

        BINGI is probably one of the monster aka assad's subhuman sadistic thugs

        July 3, 2012 at 6:06 am |
      • CarolinaKate

        Unless the US plans to take over the entire Middle East and run it, their cruelty will continue. It is part of their heritage and culture, and they've done it to themselves and each other for centuries. Their precious Quran promotes hatred and dictates subjugation and violence. The US has neither the power – nor the right – to change their millennia-old way of life. Until the Arab mindset changes, their barbaric behavior will continue.

        July 3, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  3. LisaT

    While I feel deeply for Colonel Zakaria, I wonder how he thinks Americans should respond. It seems that we are damned if we do and damned if we don't. I wonder if he sat in his home when we interfered in other countries' politics and thought that the U.S.A. shouldn't get involved. I am not looking for praise or thanks or appreciation but at least recognition that it is becoming more difficult to act when the world sees the U.S.A. as butting in where we're not wanted.

    Certainly in a civil war situation, one side will want our help, while the other side will not. What is the determining criteria to chose when to act? When children are being killed by their government? That truly may be the time to have a global response.

    July 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
    • Basil Al-Assad

      Your Argument is invalid, America is directly responsible for why the middle east looks the way it does today. It is America and Russia that have used the citizens of the middle east as cattle and Pawns for over 60 years now, while stealing their resources and now you filthy Americans don't want to remove the dictators you kept in power for the benefit of Israel? Shame on you, one day soon, your kids will be the ones bleeding, one day soon , the shoe will be on the other foot, but guess what, people like me will still be there to help you in your time of need. You know why, because I'm not American or Israeli or a Freemason, I'm a human who cares about all children regardless of Race , creed or religion.

      July 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
      • Really?

        You are right, the middle east is the way it is in part because of us. We BOUGHT the oil, we didnt steal it.. We need to get over that for sure! Then they will have no help from us. They saw the way we had democratic, free elcections and they wanted that, hence the arab spring! You you are blinded by the hate. The middle east is the way it is because islamic terrorist control the middle east. The US has spent years in the middle east trying to stop the insanity! The populous continue to follow the islamic extremist b.s. I would love nothing more than to stop Al Assad, he needs to be stopped. However, so does the leadership of Iran, the Taliban, Al quaida. What does Israel have to fricking do with it. Israel is in the middle east surrounded by insanity. The Middle East uses Israel as the scapegoat. If they didnt have tiny little Irael to unite against, they would fight against each other.

        July 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
      • pete

        Hate has no logic. You will hate who you want to hate regardless of what anyone does. You have know idea how fed-up average Americans are with people like you. Try to make good on your threats and we will have you Basil.

        July 3, 2012 at 12:05 am |
      • David

        The British and French Governments carved up what comprises the current Middle/Near East according to the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916. T.E.Lawrence (of Arabia) and Winston Churchill both had a direct influence upon what would become Modern Syria and Iraq. The American Government was not involved having purposefully chosen not to be. I recommend the superb 2010 auto-biography of T.E. Lawrence "Hero" by Michael Korda and of course Lawrences own book about the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks "Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

        July 3, 2012 at 3:15 am |
      • Dave

        You conveniently forgot to mention the gold plated Mercedes Benz that the Saudis drive paid for with the money they received by SELLING oil to the US and other countries. Maybe all the (Middle Eastern) people that are the richest in the world can find it in their hearts to somehow help their Middle Eastern brethren? "Nope....need to gold plate my toilet next. I wonder if they have figured out a way to gold plate my poo?". If your country is faltering, like most Middle Eastern countries seem to be, why don't you sort it out yourselves this time because we will only be criticized for anything we do. Go on now, fix it.

        July 3, 2012 at 3:24 am |
      • octopus

        Actually, just for your information: you're just plain stupîd, ignorant and, well, filthy. America keeps Assad "for the benefit of Israel"? lol. Sure that's why Syria a Russian ally for decades and opposes even peace talks with Israel.

        Maybe you should direct your anger to Russia – let's see if they'll be willing to safe Syrian – or any other – children for that matter.

        July 3, 2012 at 3:29 am |
      • gerry

        When I hear the word Moslem all I think of is bombs and death. Its the only thing they are good at. Death and destruction. Kill Americans Kill the infidel. If theirs no Americans around they start killing each other.
        To blame the west and America for the problems in the Middle East is ridiculous. Stop following radical religious leaders and start following your own star, heal your self.
        Expose terrorists, don't protect or hide them.
        None of this has anything to do with God.

        July 3, 2012 at 6:02 am |
      • Science

        You're an A**hole who wants to see americans suffer for the acts of their leaders.

        July 3, 2012 at 7:16 am |
      • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

        The Middle East has always been a hotbed of violence and sadistic people. You think it is only in the last 60 years? Maybe you should brush up on the history over there.

        July 3, 2012 at 9:18 am |
      • Basil Al-Assad

        Yeah Yeah you IDIOT , keep telling yourself that the Arab spring was because The Arab and Muslim world wanted voting rights like America and apple pie...yeah yeah, and like, it has nothing to do with poverty, lack of rights and oppression by dictators who tale orders from the u.s or Russia while selling resources at near cost price leaving no money to trickle down to the rest of the Arab worlds citizens. Furthermore, without us, you have no Suez canal, no oil, energy or peace in this region. The Arab world and Muslim world is left to suffer while the west leeches like a true parasite from the entire Arab and third world. If you Yankees don't be live me go to Africa, Asia or the Muslim world in general and ask anyone what they think of the AIPAC controlled u.s government. You need to STFU.

        July 3, 2012 at 9:27 am |
      • CarolinaKate

        Given your statement that Americans are thieves, and comment about "filthy Americans," I'm not sure I would want your help. Your people have been brutalizing each other for centuries. You do it to yourselves and nothing the US can do will change that. The proof is staring us in the face: Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, etc. Neither the United States nor Israel is causing Syrians to torture and kill their fellow countrymen.

        July 3, 2012 at 9:34 am |
      • whoa nelly

        "filthy americans" ya you like all kids...as long as they are hoping to.see 72 virgins soon.

        July 3, 2012 at 10:23 am |
      • Dcfiver

        You are right......about all of it. Our American superiority arrogance and abuse of power all these years has caused such extreme hatred towards us.i agree. Except that even in the bible in the beginning of the Arab people's it was said' he will be an ass of a man and all his family and descendants will be angry, and continually war! May have been Ishmael, Abraham's first son with his wife's slave.

        July 4, 2012 at 6:59 am |
      • Jim Evans

        B.S.!

        July 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
      • gouchout

        Great post Basil – you're 100% right

        July 9, 2012 at 5:02 am |
      • Kory Porporino

        So, you claim to be someone who will be there to help, but in the same paragraph mention "soon, it will be (Americans) children that will be bleeding." Yeah. You just nullified your own argument. While I agree that any situation that claims children's lives in addition to seniors or any civilian person for that matter should be deemed absolutely unnecessary, and those responsible should be publicly executed for the world to see, this is just another country wrapped up in this coup d'etat of Middle Eastern countries that are standing up for change, and removing the pompous dictators from their offices. Us Americans are a tipping factor in most of those coups, but we've been locked in a battle for change in the Middle-East since 2001, and are currently trying to withdraw from said conflicts. We've been trying to get things in order over there well before the ninties, and I guarantee, even with all the talks about withdrawing from the middle east completely, we'll be over there for the next 20-30 years. Take your blind, presumptous hate elsewhere, I'm certain the U.S. has sent in special ops teams into the besieged Syria to pull key defectors out and monitor and assess the situation. The regime is half a tick away from imploding.

        July 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Jeremy

      Exactly. If we go in to help, people hate us for it. If we don't, they hate us for not going in.

      July 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
      • Agreed

        And not going in is a lot less expensive in money and in lives. Let's keep American resources in America for once!!!

        July 3, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • pete

      Absolutely correct Lisa T. And you notice the Arab League or any of the other powers in the region are not rushing to the aid of their Muslim brothers in Syria. If NATO intervened no doubt Basil would be first to condem it. Personally, I'd like the US to step back and cancel all foreign aid for the period of one presidential term of office. Let's let the world handle its own problems for four years. Let's straighten out our own problems at home. For example, like coming up with a new source of power that is not fossil fuel dependent.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:30 am | Reply
      • Wisconsinite

        Hear, hear! We get hated if we help - then we're imperialists. We get hated if we stand by - then we're enabling whatever these people are doing to themselves. We went into Iraq and we're still being castigated for it. Now we're being castigated for not going into Syria, but if we went in, there would be howls of hate against us for going in. We literally cannot do anything right in the eyes of the world.

        So, it's time to leave them on their own rope, and do some constructive stuff. Renewable energy would be magnificent - it would be a lasting benefit to mankind. If we went into Syria, it would be money thrown away because they'd be back at each other's throats as soon as we left.

        July 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
      • Jim Evans

        Amen, brother. We have enough problems here at home without butting into other peoples business. Cut off ALL foreign aid..we have to borrow $$$ to give away ??? Doesn't make sense to me. But then I'm just a simple country boy.

        July 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Dave

      Very well said.

      July 3, 2012 at 3:16 am | Reply
    • CP

      An international coalition financed by the Arab League, fought by the US, would be just as effective as it was in Gulf War I. The problem is avoiding the post-war clusterfk that happened with Gulf War II. A transitional government, managed by the Arab League for a stated period of time, might work. Suggestion: stop bashing each other's ideas and instead offer suggestions for improving each others' ideas. How can we make this work without (a) getting the US dragged into unaffordable unwinnable nation-building, (b) stopping the torture, and (c) obtaining international backing that can take the blame and the credit for the operation?

      July 3, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply
    • Maureen P

      Since the US is always labeled as imperialistic, we should not interfere in Middle East problems. It is hard for Americans to sit by and see the faces of the children. However, this is an Arab problem and should be assisted by Arab nations. Middle Eastern rulers stand by and watch this carnage and them have the temerity to verbally assault the US

      August 3, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
  4. lweba

    It is not the inaction of the Americans which comes to mind on the tssue of Syria, it is the conscious of the Russians which we have to ask ourselves!

    July 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
    • Basil Al-Assad

      That's what I used to think, then I saw Hillary Clinton high giving the Russian foreign minister the other day on live TV...it was at that moment that I realized, America wants Assad in power because he keeps Israel safe from his side of the border.

      July 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        Basil Al-Assad
        Why do you people continue to drag Israel into any conflict in the middle east, Arabs cannot even have a civil war without someone trying to drag Israel into it... I always read some twit making a comment about Israel even though it has zero to do with Israel... Israel Dictators scapegoat...

        July 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
      • LR

        You, Sir, are a buffoon.

        July 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
      • Khaled Ahmed

        I agree with Paul; this is nothing to do about Israel. This is about a dictatorship fascist regime that is killing its own people with cold blood. Let us focus in removing this bloodthirsty ASSad and his militia thugs from power and forget about Israel for one second.

        July 3, 2012 at 12:57 am |
      • octopus

        >Basil Al-Assad:
        So do you mean that if opposition will replace Assad they'll go to war with Israel? lol. Well maybe you should campaign for Assad then if you want to keep the region peaceful and Syrian "children" safe.

        July 3, 2012 at 3:38 am |
      • Basil Al-Assad

        There would be no need for a civil war if America, Europe and Russia had not designed the middle east to pit sect on sect against another for the benefit of breaking up the Ottoman stronghold. As for Israel, you all know its a fact....if the Arab dictator keeps Israel safe then America or Russia keeps him in power while playing good cop and bad cop...u know kinda like the Rothschilds in Europe....always playing both sides of the board-game....you know, Battle of Waterloo styles....wait, you know about that right? You read history right? Please tell me u don't just get your info from CNN without looking at the greater picture.

        Idiots....

        July 3, 2012 at 9:38 am |
      • Someone

        You're wrong Basil, the US does not want Assad in power. Its just not that easy to remove a tough dictator with chemical weapons in his disposal.

        August 19, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  5. Mike

    So now everything is Obamas fault. I'm surprised he didnt blame the jews as well. Whatever happens its always someone elses responsability and fault.

    July 2, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  6. Tony

    how do I know what he's saying is true and he's not paid for it ????? why would a country do this to its own military?? that will turn more of it's own people against it.. Colonel Zakaria, ur speech is rubbish! and so are you. I can never trust a person who ran from his country and service while stabbing it in the back and giving information that can cause in death of other soldiers, regardless to what they have done, you my friend are a Zero on the left in my book.

    July 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • gregingso

      Is he the only one to defect? Didn't you read the article at all? If you did you saw the bit about the other soldiers, including a general, who also defected. I am not saying you have to believe everything he says is absolute truth but to refer to him as a zero because he had the courage to defect from a brutal regime that is killing it's own people makes you less than a zero. Any yellow coward can follow orders even when they are immoral, it takes strength and courage to put your own morals above the commands of brutal dictator. I bet you would swallow assad's nut if he told you to.

      July 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
      • Tony

        ♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠
        gregingso–
        if I give you a penny for your thought I'd get allot of change back.listen I understand that you started at the bottom...and it's been downhill ever since for you and by me calling you an idiot would be an insult to all the stupid people. I understand that you are not that dumb usually and you just made a "special" effort when you decided to post your comment. but still i got to ask you a serious question here....
        Do you ever wonder what life would be like if you'd had enough oxygen at birth?
        last but not least i gotta tell you that Your intellectual poverty is noted, and mocked. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Basil Al-Assad -
        you are a child ... grow up and stop typing in arabic such vulgar words. Im a Syrian american and I can safely tell u that you are a retarded child. grow up and post something that people can read not stupid arabic slang
        NYC Here –
        i get what you are saying, but people shouldn't do that to any other human regardless. but I see your point.

        ♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠

        and final word .............
        the US or any other country sholdnt step in cuz a country should be able to handle their own problems on their own.. beside , if the country needs help the president should ask for it , just like Bashar asked Russia for help

        and final word .............
        the US or any other country sholdnt step in cuz a country should be able to handle their own problems on their own.. beside , if the country needs help the president should ask for it , just like Bashar asked Russia for help

        Stop going so low , it will give ppl a chance to squash u like the bug that u are..

        July 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  7. Diego

    This is absolute crap: a good story cnn as always doing comunicational war without any sign of ethics. The cia ( criminals in action) mossad, mi 6 and the turks genocides are supplyng the free syria army ( mercenaires from al quaeda ). The fact is that your empire is going down, here in latin america we hate american givernment, because they are the real TERRORIST.

    July 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • Basil Al-Assad

      Do you practice keeping a straight face when you say that?

      Al-Assad is a war criminal....Like Bush, Sharon, Hitler....

      Free Syria.

      Bashar is a DEAD man walking, fact.

      July 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • Basil Al-Assad

      Nice try Bashar....still asking your wife to type in English for you?

      July 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
      • LR

        Sorry I called you a buffoon, Basil. I now see that you are an IGNORANT buffoon.

        July 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
    • Mats Lungren

      Diego -> ...and we hate you, moronic latino-terrorists. I'm from Sweden and we've had your share of the "peace loving" socialists and communists who escaped Chile, Uruguay, and other Latin American countries and the 70s and 80s when they cracked down on Leninism. I'm not condoning the many atrocities committed in Latin America during that time amd sure, America made many mistakes but so did your "brotherens" Russians. So move to Putin-landia and start a revolution there. You're hated everywhere else...

      July 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
    • stephen

      If latin america hates our government so much, then please stop taking billions in aid. We could better use the money on poverty in our own country than on a bunch of ungrateful mooches who do not appreciate the handouts they get at the expense of our own people. I am sure we would gladly accept a return of what you all have taken to date as well.

      July 3, 2012 at 1:55 am | Reply
      • gouchout

        stephen – the people hate the US foreign policy & their corrupt governments that steal the US's aid money as well. Ever heard of the "just world fallacy". As the saying goes – "There's no justice – just us"

        July 9, 2012 at 5:12 am |
    • octopus

      >Diego:

      You in Latin America "hate American government"? lol. I these are the people like yourself who benefit from most Latin American governments being corrupt to the bone.

      July 3, 2012 at 3:46 am | Reply
  8. James

    What in the hell is wrong with these people, lethal injections, killing babies etc. In the end Al Assad will deny all and blame the US for all of this.

    July 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  9. Jack Darwinstone

    The world is a cruel place, one day these 1.7 billion muslims will wake up and unite, by then they may be 2 billion...America, Russia , NATO and Israel will have HELL 2 pay....I'm assuming CNN offices will be smoldering in ashes by then, I'll leave that to our honest and righteous brothers of Anon and Occupy to do that...one day America will pay for the children dying in syria and everywhere else....America is simply a Cancer , Russia is a lighter, and Israel is the cigarette. Your day is coming you filthy swine merchants of death.

    July 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • Mats Lungren

      Reply to Jacka@$$ Darwinstone -> "...America is simply a Cancer , Russia is a lighter, and Israel is the cigarette. Your day is coming you filthy swine merchants of death..."

      And you jacka$$ are the toilet of the world. Stop blaming the whole world for your misery. Blame the real culprits here – it's your parents who made you to this miserable and unintelligent "human" being. So blame them...

      July 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Reply
    • octopus

      >Jack Darwinstone:

      Is there any mental health help available in your country for brainwashed psychos like yourself?

      July 3, 2012 at 6:18 am | Reply
      • BASHAR Al-Assad

        My name is Bashar,,,,,I love to watch news reruns of my forces killing children while I munch on 4 inch Iranian scrotum on the foothills of the ski resorts of Beirut and Tehran....

        Someone ask the Ayatollah is that a uranium rod in his pocket or is he just happy 2 see me?

        July 3, 2012 at 9:50 am |
  10. Jack Darwinstone

    All of you better remember before defending America , without America Bashar and his father would not be in power.

    July 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • octopus

      >Jack Darwinstone:
      So I guess there were some powerful forces in Syria who wanted him too. How about to take some responsibility?

      July 3, 2012 at 3:58 am | Reply
  11. Basil Al-Assad

    بشار لوطي ابن زانيه ايرانيه

    July 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  12. Bile Sife

    Americans buy everything!

    July 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  13. Bile Sife

    Is she Amanpower? You sure? Not Mrs Goebbels?

    July 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  14. Basil Al-Assad

    بشار الاسد لوطي ابن قحبه ايرانيه و مره في السنه يحب يتناك في ايران مع حبيبو الخنيث مقطضى الصدر و في الصيف يروح و ينيك مع حسن نصر ابليس في بيروت

    July 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  15. Basil Al-Assad

    #BasharLooti #بشارلوطي

    Join us on twitter

    July 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  16. Basil Al-Assad

    Look...I just want to, is Bashar Al-Assad still going to visit his boyfriend in Beirut this summer or will it be Hairy Persian sticks in the mountains of Tehran this year?

    July 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • Basil Al-Assad

      *Know

      July 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  17. kuduson

    what a lying maggot just like the incubator story in kuwait
    amanpour and CNN are such lowlifes
    who think the rest of the world are imbeciles
    journalism has gone to the dogs
    when corporate news media
    are on the government take
    amanpour your hand are equally bloody like those
    al queda and jihadi animals

    July 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  18. JosephV1

    Why should Americans involve in this conflict any more then Chinese, Indians, Brazilians or French to new a few nations?

    It's time for America to care for America and the issues of Americans, just like the rest of the world do.

    I am sorry but not our problem...

    July 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  19. JosephV1

    Sorry "new" should have read "name."

    July 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  20. Berel Dov Lerner

    So – there are comments blaming Israel for keeping the USA from opposing Assad militarily and comments complaining that Israel is arming the rebels. It sounds like they think the Arabs wouldn't have any history at all if Israel weren't pulling the strings.

    July 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  21. ghazooks

    Well he's certainly lying about the insurgents not receiving weapons. The rest of it certainly sounds farfetched as well. Why would doctors kill patients? If they were insurgents the government would take them for interrogation and execute them if required.

    July 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  22. reza from iran

    every day the bad news coming from Syria and its very painful, i'm so sorry about that.
    we hate our governments (Iran) who support Assad to kill people, actually Iranian government did this method a lot of time to people of Iran and they saw its worked.
    i know we people expect to powerful countries help us in this situation and support people, but the problem is in politics things is not look same like normal, 1000 things make 1 things very complicated. look at Russia, they always supports dictators and invested on this things because of benefits.
    I believe all people are upset by the events that have occurred in Syria. This regret does not belong to any particular religion. The killing of a human catastrophe that will hurt every human being.
    I hope soon to see the ousting of the dictatorial regime in Syria and also Iran's dictatorial regime. And hope soon to see democracy in all countries where people are suffering from lack of it.

    July 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
    • DebAH

      @reza well said

      July 3, 2012 at 6:51 am | Reply
  23. just saying

    MOst of the foreign fighters in Iraq and Afghan killing US/Nato forces cam from Syria.

    July 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  24. Liam

    Basil Al Assad:

    You make some good points regarding the US not intervening in Syria. The fact is that we (the US) srewed up by using up the good will of the world after 9-11, It is easy to blame the present administration Ther are tragadies that are going on all over the world right not What of the Chuc-Che of Siberia?! thier world is being dismanteled by the Russians...no one says anything....or how about the Indians of the Amazon...inspite of "guarantee's" they are being run off thier lands by developers...now one does anythnig!! What about all the Americans whom lost thier jobs, homes because of greed. IF you want change, then you have to change the way business does business. THAT is the way to make change. That is way Governments will comply with better policies. That is my two beads!!

    July 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  25. gamersliverfang

    I can see the amount of Pro Rebel Commentators on here, lets quote the article shall we?

    (Assad always tried to convince the world

    Contradicting accounts by journalists and observers on the ground in Syria, Col. Zakaria denied that the conflict was becoming a sectarian war: “It’s not true at all,” he said, claiming that such reports were encouraged, if not created, by the Assad regime. “Assad always tried to convince the world that we have a sectarian war.”)

    Really So first Zakaria claims that (the conflict was becoming a sectarian war)

    Really it isn't? ok what about these claims then.
    US must arm Syria rebels despite Islamists-opposition

    ANTAKYA, Turkey, July 1 (Reuters) – Syria's opposition says the United States must overcome its fear of Islamists among the rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, and start arming the resistance movement to show it wants the entire ruling elite removed.

    July 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  26. Indisasi

    Assad is the link between Iran and Hizbullah and is a terrorist himself. I wonder why the US is so hesitant of taking this dictator down and rid the world of another evil.

    July 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Reply
    • sasss31

      Exactly my friend! Is Obama using the blood of the Syrian people as a negotiating leverage with the Islamic Republic's nuclear program? Enough is enough! YES to freedom, and NO to Bashar al-Assad! Get rid of the baby killer Bashar followed by the fanatical terrorists occupying Iran. If we want to make the world a better and more peaceful place, Syria and Iran need to be liberated.

      July 3, 2012 at 7:33 am | Reply
    • CarolinaKate

      Why bother. Another one will just replace him and the cycle will continue.

      July 3, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
  27. Really?

    I dont think it is America's "problem". However, Syria is crying out and they need help. Get Al-Assad out of there....don't really care who does it.

    July 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
    • Khaled Ahmed

      One sortie by F-22 eagle over ASSad palace will do the job. One bomb over this dictator palace will save thousands of lives in Syria. Act now.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:59 am | Reply
      • Dave

        Then some Middle Easterner had better get started building an f22. Time to wipe your own backside.

        July 3, 2012 at 3:33 am |
    • Aaron

      THe statement that we care concerned about the Syrian people is absurd. We do not even care about our own people, veterans, homeless and 50 percent of people who live in poverty in this country and now we care about Syria? Why do we not hear about the protests in Bahrain or Jordan? Saudi Arabia and other countries? Just because you see one picture with 200 people (who are being paid to protest), that is not the reflection of the whole country of Syria. I believe it is very important for people who see and read these facts to verify the validity of these statements. Anyone who says the middle east has not been shaped by the US has no idea what they are talking about. Seriously? The Arab Spring is not because "Arabs" see the USA and want democracy, lol. It is actually very far from that. Look at the party that won in Egypt, look at Tunsia, and Bahrain. The people want their country back, their resources, etc. Terrorist do not control the Middle East, Terrorism on average, kills about 68-100 people per year, coronary heart disease kills 450,000 per year. We spend over 650 billion per year on defense, and yet we spend 273 on heart conditions, stroke, peripheral artery disease, and high blood pressure combined!! 68 billion on Education for the whole US. Do you know how much it costs to maintain the military bases throughout the world? 25 percent on Defense, 3 % on education. We spend over 900 billion in 2011 and 2012 on defense. Since 2005 we have reduced the money towards education every year. If we want a future we need inventions and ideas, not soliders. With the amount spend on wars and military bases (865) (known bases), 102 billion spent annually not included Iraq and Afghanistan. What is wrong with this picture?? Remember 68-100 per year killed by terrorist. who are we fighting?

      July 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  28. Aaron

    I believe it is very important for people who see and read these facts to verify the validity of these statements. Anyone who says the middle east has not been shaped by the US has no idea what they are talking about. Seriously? The Arab Spring is not because "Arabs" see the USA and want democracy, lol. It is actually very far from that. Look at the party that won in Egypt, look at Tunsia, and Bahrain. The people want their country back, their resources, etc. Terrorist do not control the Middle East, Terrorism on average, kills about 68-100 people per year, coronary heart disease kills 450,000 per year. We spend over 650 billion per year on defense, and yet we spend 273 on heart conditions, stroke, peripheral artery disease, and high blood pressure combined!! 68 billion on Education for the whole US. Do you know how much it costs to maintain the military bases throughout the world? 25 percent on Defense, 3 % on education. We spend over 900 billion in 2011 and 2012 on defense. Since 2005 we have reduced the money towards education every year. If we want a future we need inventions and ideas, not soliders. With the amount spend on wars and military bases (865) (known bases), 102 billion spent annually not included Iraq and Afghanistan. What is wrong with this picture?? Remember 68-100 per year killed by terrorist. who are we fighting?

    July 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
  29. THIS IS A DESPERATE WAR PROPAGANDA

    How much did Saudi Arabia and Qatar pay Col. Zakaria's to defect and how big was his bonus for telling war propaganda lies to Amanpour?

    July 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  30. John Adams

    That's horrifying; the world must act to get rid of this dictator, fascist and murderous Assad regime and his militia no matter what were the consequences. I ask the world to unit for this noble cause.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
  31. Ariesrising

    I see the Assad shills are out in force on this story. Sorry but this American doesn't buy your lame explanations of all the atrocities committed by Assad. I grieve for the Syrian people but don't know what to do to help. I hope and pray enough brave Syrians join the Free Syrian Army and take down this tyrant Assad.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:18 am | Reply
  32. barak

    just like the NAZIS ! ! !

    July 3, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
  33. Julian Sausange

    Well Syria's Assad is not supported by the USA or the EU he's a "bad" dictator who you can call names about how "evil" he is.As opposed to a "good' dictator one that follows orders from Washington like the Saudi dictatorship probably one of the worst repressive regimes in the world,the Jordanian "King" who likes to play Playstation,the corrupt gulf state dictators one of whom the Bahraini dictator with help from the Saudi's actually pioneered this killing of protestors by denying them medical care this happened under the nose of the USA navy.A US invasion as we saw in Iraq into Syria is not something you should wish upon the Syrian people.But it would certainly help if Russia , China and in line with them Iran stop supporting the regime and providing it with weapons,money and political cover.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:42 am | Reply
  34. Julian Sausange

    Ow yeah thats also the reason the US/NATO don't attack Syria it's a Russian/Chinese/Iranian protectorate.The US and also Israeli's have bad experiences with fighting these people.Like the Hezbollah 10,000 or so fighters armed with small arms and some old WW2 rockets, made the whole Israeli army retreat from Lebanon first in 2000 and then again in 2006.The US in Iraq lost so many people to the most basic of weaponry.Imagine if they actually have proper modern weapons and are not crippled by a decade of UN sanctions.The death toll would be many times greater under coalition forces.Not to mention that..honestly...the money is not there to play imperialist right now.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:55 am | Reply
  35. AKINSANYA OLUMIDE

    Bashar should get out of d office or they force him out bcos he is evil himself killn his pple n calln dem terrorists.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:02 am | Reply
  36. Voiceinthewind

    The Shrub and Cheeneey and the crew are moonlighting going around the world teaching governments how to torture thier own people and selling them equipment. Anything for a buck. He belongs in Prison along with the rest of his crew.

    July 3, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
  37. sasss31

    Support the Syrian people! Get rid of the baby killer Bashar al-Assad! Enough is enough! How many more innocent people need to die before the international community acts and not just talks? Obama is a moral coward and for this reason although I am a moderate Democrat, I will be voting for Mitt Romney come November. Too much blood has been shed with Obama being silent and complicit in the deaths of thousands of Syrians without action.

    July 3, 2012 at 7:30 am | Reply
  38. CP

    An international coalition financed by the Arab League, fought by the US, would be just as effective as it was in Gulf War I. The problem is avoiding the post-war clusterfk that happened with Gulf War II. A transitional government, managed by the Arab League for a stated period of time, might work... Suggestion: stop bashing each other's ideas and instead offer suggestions for improving each others' ideas. How can we make this work without (a) getting the US dragged into unaffordable unwinnable nation-building, (b) stopping the torture, and (c) obtaining international backing that can take the blame and the credit for the operation?

    July 3, 2012 at 8:12 am | Reply
  39. tony

    The whole world is responsible of not protecting the syrian people from ASSAD and his Alawite thugs. President Obama and Hilary Clinton should also be charged for keeping silent on world crimes. Obama the N word is not enough to describe you. Ms. Cliniton jubillant face smiling to Russian Lavrove is another crime while many syrians are dying. The world will not forgive you when the tide shift to the otherside. The whole world is realizing why terorrism is there because of people like you. It si very clear that USA,Russia, Israel ,France, Germany are enjoying watching syrian people been killed and bombed daily.

    July 3, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
  40. Pol Pot

    This isn't much different than China or North Korea so what's the big deal with Syria? How much oil do they have? I can't support the US being the world's policeman. Let the Arab League figure this out.

    July 3, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
  41. WJS

    Why was Obama so anxious to go into Libya, but ignores Syria? Because Libya has oil. That makes Obama a hypocrit and a sell-out. Bush II, but with higher debt. Gitmo? Still open. Afghanistan? Still fighting. Unemployment? WAY up. Debt? WAY up. We thought Obama would solve the problems Bush started. Instead he made them worse.

    Oh way – I forgot. "It's Bush's fault." Yeah – we're not buying that crap anymore. It's been 4 years. Face it. Obama sold us out.

    July 3, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
  42. Middle Class Post-Graduate American SBO

    If the greedy power-hungry sunni muslim Islamists would put their weapons down this "war" would be over. If the Syrian army puts its weapons down there will be violence and chaos throughout the country.

    Some self-centered wannabe nation-builders and statesmen want to take over Syria, and they don't care how many civilians and children are killed in this needless bloodshed.

    Al-Assad manages to maintain peace, both within his own country as well as in the region. If all the bloodthirsty rebels and the FSA and defectors tomorrow disappeared from the face of the Earth, the conflict in Syria would be at an end, and civilians' lives could return to normal.

    There is no excuse for their selfish ambitions, they will pay dearly for it, whether in this world or the next. In any case an international intervention of any kind is out of the question, hopefully these selfish rebels will all be gone soon.

    July 3, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
  43. HenryMiller

    "Col. Zakaria said “the international community has deserted us. No one cares for all the bloodshed in Syria.""

    I wonder if Col Zakaria cheered on 9/11.

    "He then offered a message to the American people and the American president: “How do you dare to look at your kids’ eyes while the children in Syria are killed on a daily basis?"

    Yeah, and kids were killed on 9/11.

    What goes around, comes around–you can't be an adherent of a religion that promotes brutality, torture, and murder with expecting brutality, torture, and murder.

    July 3, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
  44. Oh, so now you want our help?

    Why is it always our responsibility to police the entire world? We have our own problems. Let another country jump in for once. I don't mean to sound callous, and I do have the utmost empathy for anyone suffering. But it seems like the whole world hates us for "trying to help." Let's stay out of it for once and keep our money and resources here to fix our own problems. Syria is no different than any other suffering country. Why can't they have their own war?

    July 3, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
  45. EGH129

    Russia is right in syrias backyard, apparently Russia and China are now joining the opposition against Syria, why would it take the US all the way across the pond to send its soldgiers and the costs related to interviening when other powerful countries are closer. Are we the last concerned nation on the planet. With all of our problems we should concentrate on our country. We can't be the world police.

    July 3, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
  46. NYC Here

    If the Arab League won't do anything for their Sunni Muslim brethen, there's no way the U.S. or NATO should do their job for them.

    It's ridiculous that these Islamists are asking for America's help, so now you want the :"Great Satan" to come save your children? Are you insane? Frankly most Americans would support Al-Assad if they knew more about this conflict, his Alawite sect along with the Shias help keep the Islamists from gaining unified monolithic power.

    The more fractured and sectarian the Islamists become, the better. Every bomb a Sunni uses against a Shia is one that isn't used against NATO troops. Can't wait till we can get our troops out of that desert hellscape, feel sorry for the Israelis that have to live near such insanity.

    July 3, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
  47. July4usa

    just keep those muslims out of USA

    July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
  48. raja Chemayel

    this actor is wearing a brand/new/clean/uniform...........how did he keep it clean when he has allegedly run away suddentlz ??? did he run away in a aircondioned limousine from Halep to Istambul 1.500 kilometers ????

    July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
  49. July4usa

    so this is sharia law huh? electrocuting children even. no sharia law then in usa or this is what you'll get.

    July 3, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
  50. Tony

    ♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠
    gregingso–
    if I give you a penny for your thought I'd get allot of change back.listen I understand that you started at the bottom...and it's been downhill ever since for you and by me calling you an idiot would be an insult to all the stupid people. I understand that you are not that dumb usually and you just made a "special" effort when you decided to post your comment. but still i got to ask you a serious question here....
    Do you ever wonder what life would be like if you'd had enough oxygen at birth?
    last but not least i gotta tell you that Your intellectual poverty is noted, and mocked. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Basil Al-Assad -
    you are a child ... grow up and stop typing in arabic such vulgar words. Im a Syrian american and I can safely tell u that you are a retarded child. grow up and post something that people can read not stupid arabic slang
    NYC Here --
    i get what you are saying, but people shouldn't do that to any other human regardless. but I see your point.

    ♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠

    and final word .............
    the US or any other country sholdnt step in cuz a country should be able to handle their own problems on their own.. beside , if the country needs help the president should ask for it , just like Bashar asked Russia for help

    July 3, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
  51. Tony

    oh , gregingso -> one last thing . I'd leave bashar's nuts waiting in the line till your mom can get a chance to get to them. maybe then she will get promoted and kids in your neighborhood will stop calling her Big Mac - Get it ???? full of fat and cheap .. just a buck ;) .

    July 3, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
  52. Mike M

    If I was the American President (Obama), here would be my response: "yes, I would help you thoroughly, on one condition: You go before the world (UN will do), and you explicitly lay out why you single out Americans for this, and make a case as to why "America" should help you. Americans are thoroughly shocked by a world gone mad like this, but also disgusted that WE Americans are constantly singled out to solved (or blow up) your problems. If you make a good case, I bet the world (ie UN) would finally take the hint from America, which is: 1)Lead 2)Follow or 3)Get out of our way

    July 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
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  54. Vello

    I feel for the doctor and Syrian ppl...u can c the pain in hes eyes and they eyes...ofcourse its not up to for americans only its for all the goverments in the world...its so stupid dat everything was allowed in Libya but not in Syria...ok not everything but still...nato helped. As Madam Amanpour said in her show add dat ppl are beeing sloughterd...and dats whats goin on over der..? send the planes dat wud do...im not sure how many planes came down or how many ppll got killed from nato side in libya but please do something its sick to hear and watch whats goin on der...its time to react. all the best with the show and madam Amanpour keep hammering dose questions :)

    July 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  55. Cinnamon Girl

    So Shia and Sunni actually hate each other because of America and the west, Gosh, had no idea.

    July 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  56. aj

    What a shame, the Middle East was once the center of math and scientific knowledge, and now it is nothing but a ghetto. Shame on your leaders, yourselves and the mindless rhetoric that brought you to this point. Your religion loaths the US, yet it with envy of your people when you look around and see the world pass you by. While the muslim world cheered during 9/11, where are all your bothers now to help you?

    July 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  57. Ibrahim

    Defected general u ar a criminal u ran away bcos u thot d fight wil b over, thinking u wil hav beta position wit free syrian criminals like u,,when u ar wit assad u ar enjoying, u never complain, u betray him.,u ar adevil. UN and kofi offered peace talk u said NO, who ar u to complain when took d wrong decision and Can u even fight ur gov, u foolish free syria..look at libya,iraq,afghan u delibrately cause d death of innocent civilian 4 ur hungry to also hav power..simply make protest like the Egyptian is o.k but u thot is business as usual senseless USA wil supply u wit weapon to fight. Tel me are u also not killing ur brothers see as far as i am concern i support assad and Russia..there is no need to carry arms if really is good a cause d free syrian ar going for. But is NO d truth is greed..And as 4 u defected general ur greed wil tek u 2 ur early grave,,instead of u to be in the hospital and help d poor who might need ur help u ran away hopin power wil get to u soonest..Insha Allah wil not test it..u ar wicked and selfish.. America wil not come to ur aid.though if u like advice ur rebelious brothers to go for peace instead of war.DIALOGUE IS THE ANSWER TO SYRIAN PROBLEM..AND INSHA ALLAH PEACE WIL SURELY COME TO SYRIA ..PEOPLE WIL LAUGH AGAIN MY BROTHERS ALLAH WIL SEEN UTHRU UR TRIAL PERIOD AMIN..ASSAD VICTORY IS URS...CRUSH THE TERRORIEST GOD IS WIT U

    July 4, 2012 at 1:46 am | Reply
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  59. Bob1cpa

    To get Russia and China to put enough pressure on Syria and vote with others on Sec. counsel, Leaders need to ask their citizens to pressure Russia and China into helping to save Syrians by boycotting ALL of their ( Russian and Chinese) products. Let's see what so called concerned people can do by not spending tax dollars on products connected to China and Russia. With US buying power, it would put incredible pressure on these two countries. We would have a solution in less than a month and perhaps a new way of dealing with tyrants and thugs.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  60. LilahD

    Have you even read the Qur'an to say that it promotes violence CarolinaKate? See the thing wrong with you idiots is that as soon as you see any violence from an Arab or Muslim country you quickly blame it on Islam. It's not the religion you idiot, if you read other articles about what is happening in Syria you'd see that what is happening is actually what Islam goes against. So don't go around posting crap about "oh it's their religion, their Qur'an; it promotes this and that..." Before you state anything , read up on it and do your research.

    July 29, 2012 at 2:06 am | Reply
  61. Dan.

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