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Syria regime 'only understands violence'

2012-05-30 22:56

Beirut - The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "only understands violence," the rebel Free Syrian Army said on Wednesday, adding that it believed the regime was on its last legs.

"The massacres the regime is committing and its use of force are proof that it is nearing its end," rebel spokesperson Colonel Qassem Saadeddine told AFP by Skype from the flashpoint central province of Homs.

The killing of at least 108 people, most of them women and children, near the town of Houla in Homs last week sparked an international outcry.

"Only violence will work with the regime, because if it were ready to comply with [UN-Arab League envoy] Kofi Annan's [peace] plan, it would have done so from the start," Saadeddine said.

"The regime has failed to respect even the first of the plan's points," he said, referring to a ceasefire that was supposed to take effect from 12 April, but which has been broken daily.

"So how can we imagine that the regime will comply to the rest of the plan?"

Annan's six-point blueprint also requires the authorities to grant access for humanitarian aid, free political prisoners, permit peaceful protests, allow foreign journalists to work freely and launch a dialogue on a political transition.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-31 08:07

    ""The regime has failed to respect even the first of the plan's points," he said, referring to a ceasefire that was supposed to take effect from 12 April"" ""grant access for humanitarian aid, free political prisoners, permit peaceful protests, allow foreign journalists to work freely and launch a dialogue on a political transition"" Not a single one of Kofi Annan's , six point plan, approved by assad, has been honoured by this mass murderer!!!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-05-31 10:58

      Anthony. The rebels also never followed the cease fire

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-31 13:02

      Dylan, There were good reasons, that he 6 point peace plan, clearly stated, that the opposition ONLY had to implement their side of the plan, 48 hours after assad forces had stuck to point number one; The pulling out of their tanks out of cities and towns. assad had agreed to this, but never stuck to his agreement. The peace plan THAN became non binding to the opposition !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-31 15:58

      Dylan, for close on eleven months the demonstrators were unarmed and being killed with sniper-fire from tops of buildings by Assad, who has control of the Syrian state and its military. It's only in the past few months that they took up arms. In addition, per the UN report, Assad never withdrew the Syrian military from urban areas, which he undertook to do. He continued firing on Syrian neighborhoods occupied by demonstrators and their families. Everyone with a clear mind knows Assad is the aggressor here, and he's trying to destroy all opposition to his unelected rule.

  • kwame.mahlaba - 2012-05-31 08:38

    Don't mistake me as if I am for the mass killing, but are we aware how many people the US, UK and NATO kill daily. Lets not think with our hearts, this is propaganda by and from the WEST. Vuka Afrika!

      kirstin.hagglund - 2012-05-31 09:17

      What a lot of rubbish,this is the Syrian dictator murdering Syrian women and children. Personally have never seen or heard of this happening in London or New York or in Paris or Amsterdam etc.They have free elections in the West and the losers step down peacefully. Luckily the scumbag dictators are faling one by one with the help of western military force

  • Fidel - 2012-05-31 09:03

    If you pick up arms against your government, expect them to respond violently. Benjamin Franklin killed his people too!

      Allen - 2012-05-31 09:11

      If you need to "pick up arms against your government" then there is something drastically wrong with the government. Just like the ANC. It won't be too long before we see this happening here.

      Fidel - 2012-05-31 09:36

      Not necessarily. Ever heard of contras? Both the US and France have in the past armed locals because they didn't agree with the policies of the local government, as they were deemed too socialist. The US has attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, most of them democratically-elected. Over 60% of the SA registered voters will disagree with you as far as the ANC is concerned, but that is a topic for another day. There will be no marching anywhere!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-31 10:30

      Fidel, ""If you pick up arms against your government, expect them to respond violently"" Yes, an ELECTED government has that right, but in Syria's case; This is an unelected bunch of terrorists; They have NO rights whatsoever !!!!

      Fidel - 2012-05-31 11:23

      Elections and the concept of democracy are a Western phenomenon. These countries (and their form of governance) have been around longer than this concept and they organise their societies differently, rightly or wrongly. To think that you can wake up one day and decide that Afghans, Iraqis or Syrians need democracy is delusional. When the people of these countries are ready, including the ruling elites, they will embrace democracy. You cannot speed up historical democratisation through bombs, it will happen eventually, through time.......

      Henry - 2012-05-31 11:42

      Wow fidel. So by your reasoning , the west was wrong to impose democracy on apartheid South Africa. The chiefs and kings should have been left too rule the homeland states because thats how they always lived and were governed, while white South Africa should have been left too continue practicing their democracy in their state.

      Fidel - 2012-05-31 12:07

      That is where you are wrong, the west didn't impose anything on Apartheid South Africa. There west had no say on how this country were to be governed. Both the ANC and the NP already knew and agreed what type of governance this country was to follow (The ANC had made this known during its formation already, and affirmed this when it adopted the Freedom Charter). South Africa in any case wasn't as old as the countries that I referred to above. SA had only been a Republic for +-40 years when the NP came into power, and +- 90 years when the new dispensation came into being.

      Henry - 2012-05-31 13:46

      The only reason the NP government gave way too the terrorists is the sanctions were strangling RSA.MK were useless and would have been wiped out in a pitched battle. Your freedom charter is as valuable as toilet paper. Without help,the SFA(rebels) will get smashed by assad. Further,if democracy is good enough for the majority of filth in this country,why not for the Syrians.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-31 15:35

      Fidel, "" When the people of these countries are ready, including the ruling elites, they will embrace democracy."" I have in the last 3 years, read lots of CRAP AND BS, but this is mind bogging. Hhahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahaah----YOU ARE FUNNY !!!!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-31 15:52

      This clearly shows that you support Bashar Assad. Shockingly insensitive and inhuman. On a side, because this isn't the main point, the above is: an unelected dictator is not a legitimate government.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-31 15:59

      134 countries of the 151 on Earth voted in general assembly that Bashar Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-31 16:10

      For close on eleven months Syrian demonstrators, wanting nothing more than the basic human right to vote for their leaders, were unarmed. They were being killed with sniper-fire from roof-tops by Bashar Assad, who had control of the Syrian state and military. Benjamin Franklin did nothing of the sort. You're twisting history to support your unconscionable faulty beliefs and perspective.

  • Leonard - 2012-05-31 11:14

    SYRIA REGIMA ARE PIGS

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