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Syrian rebel leader: 'Defect, or else'

March 18th, 2013
06:04 PM ET

Syrian rebel general Salim Idris speaks to CNN's Hala Gorani, and calls on Assad's soldiers to defect or risk being tracked down and tried in military courts.


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  1. charon2cents

    Very obnoxiously Hala Gorani uses the opportunity to attack the rebels accusing the rebel organization itself of various crimes. The scale of such incidents is almost negligible compared to the daily atrocities of the regime and furthermore are not authorized or the intention of the rebel leadership but the usual exceptions of criminals one will find in any population.

    She turned the interview upside down and used it to attack the Rebel leadership and the Revolution basically trying to dig up ‘dirt’. .

    What is wrong with Western Reporters and their agendas – did they get kicked in the head at birth? How did they lose their commons sense?

    March 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  2. charon2cents

    http://yallasouriya.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/cnns-hala-gorani-attacks-general-idris-tries-to/

    CNN’s Hala Gorani attacks General Idris – tries to discredit Revolutionaries 19-03-2013
    America’s Yellow Journalism

    Ostensibly interviewing General Salim Idris on his amnesty offer to Regime criminals with blood on their hands CNN’s Hala Gorani uses the opportunity to attack the rebels accusing the rebel organization itself of various crimes and intentional wrongdoing.
    ... (more)

    March 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  3. H. B.

    The bald truth about the Syrian conflict is that neither side deserves to win. We're told the Free Syrian Army wants freedom and democracy for Syria. If you can believe that, you can also believe in rabbit feathers and bird milk.

    Haven't we heard THAT before? Specifically, from the Arab Spring, whose sole function was to turn nations with majority Muslim populations and secular governments into Islamic States?

    They, too, said they "yearned for freedom and democracy," but what they really wanted was an Islamic State, complete with Sharia.

    Fool me once, shame on you...

    The West isn't buying into this "yearning" claim any more. How can people who have never known, never experienced, real democracy say they want it? They don't know what it even IS.

    Well, they DO want the freedom, but not for everyone – heaven forbid! They want it for themselves, but not for the people whom they hate, particularly those in the "other sect" from their own. And leave us not forget that neither sect feels that Jews, Americans or any "infidels" in the world, deserve to go on breathing. In real democracy, freedom is for EVERYONE. Muslims in that part of the world have no capability of comprehending such a thing. But even if they did, they'd find it totally disgusting.

    Islam does NOT permit democracy. It only respects strongman dictatorships. And it is ISLAM which is behind the whole bruhaha in Syria, as it was in Tunisia, Egypt, etc., etc., all of whom are now in the lovely bouquet of new Islamic States.

    I will remind you all that, at one point in time, you were cheering on the "noble rebels" in those new Islamic States. Until e learned what it was that they REALLY wanted. "ISLAM and only ISLAM."

    So it's hard to choose which side I could want to be the winner here. It's a chore that requires choosing between two evils.

    Which? Assad, and his love relationships with Iran and Russia? Or the rebels, the revolutionaries, who want an Islamic State, ruled by Sharia, and who are quite cozy with groups like al Qaeda and their ilk?

    Which would be worse? Both sides are actively committing crimes against humanity. Each recognizes only the crimes on the OTHER side, of course. When THEY commit the same crimes, they're "delivering God's justice," and therefore are NOT criminals. Neither side will be able to form a stable society, much less a democratic one. They only know that "might makes right."

    Too many people in this world share that sentiment. In Islam, though, it gets Allah's "stamp of approval," which makes it impossible to remove from anyone who believes in Islam. Islam stands for two things: manliness and conquest. Both are involved in one another, with the goal being total global conquest. It makes Muslims think of themselves as "mega-males," which helps keep them fighting and slaughtering. To the glory of Allah, of course. Muslims do not recognize that the infidels they hate are even human. They're subhuman until – and unless – they convert to Islam. Therefore slaughtering them is no big deal.

    Each sect regards the other as blasphemers and apostates, and not Muslims at ALL. They're required to slaughter "false Muslims" like that, but only after first torturing them at length. And they do. Both sides. Oh, they DO.

    Ms. Goriani failed to ask this man whether he's Sunni or Shi'ite. My guess is the former. Nor, therefore, could she have sought his opinion about the "other sect." Nor would he have given it if he thought it would hurt his side's sympathy in the world. But by now, he ought to know that the "yearning for freedom and democracy" is a dog that don't hunt any more. Ms. Goriani seems to be of the opinion that the religion of these people is irrelevant, when in fact it is everything.

    My sympathy is entirely for the non-Muslims. Neither side will treat them with anything but more brutality. As for the rest of them, they're merely Muslims exercising their "freedom of religion."

    It doesn't matter which side prevails; Syria (not to mention the rest of the world) will be all the worse for it, either way. It's the one thing we CAN rely on.

    March 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  4. thomas

    Doesn't this video violate the law on material support for terrorism. I believe the armed syria rebels are still considered terrorist under current law.

    March 19, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • charon2cents

      No they are not terrorists, but you and the other pro-Tyrant guy violate the laws of common sense.

      It's the American school system isn't it? You learn to worship, emulate and imitate bullies, Bullying is the model of successful social interaction in American Culture.

      March 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  5. Boniface.O.

    H .B. had done a good analysis of what is going on in the syrian conflict. My heart geoes to the xtians who head or tail will be brutalized as we are seeing in Egypt and Libya.

    March 21, 2013 at 2:17 am | Reply

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