Home / Culture and Society / Conflicting Reports of Unrest in Syria.

Conflicting Reports of Unrest in Syria.

Please Share...Print this pageTweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook0Share on Google+0Pin on Pinterest0Share on Tumblr0Share on StumbleUpon0Share on Reddit0Email this to someone

The descriptions of the protests in Syria seem conflicting, pertaining both to the demeanor of the demonstrators, the reaction of the Syrian Government, and in particular, the steps taken by Syrian Police. Available information describes a “sit-in” demonstration in Douma, near Damascus. A sit in for democracy is the least aggressive of any of the varieties of new wave  protests for demands by students in Northern Africa, and Near Eastern nations. The police we are told cut off electricity to the area, at about midnight and activists speaking anonymously say the protestors were attacked. Some 200 were arrested, then released the following morning, those allowed to go having submitted a request for release, in writing. It is unclear whether they were required to confess to some guilt. Other reports place the number released at about 70.

It was further reported that a number of Islamic prisoners at the Saysnaya jail were simultaneously early-released, to placate the rising level of protest. Under law, these men were qualified for release, but that release hadn’t come.

With the advent of the internet, and modern ‘social’ communication, students and others who had accepted various levels of repression are now seeking to be free. The world is changing at so quick a pace, regimes find difficulty keeping up. A free society is less Deist, more secular. For thousands of years, a rule of law/religion based on the will of the Creator, or an interpretation of the will of the Creator has been the standard in many ancient areas. Americans, and those in the West, familiar only with secular rule, “under God”, are often shocked and revolted by what in ancient areas is commonplace; checking of the virginity of maidens is a current example. Death by stoning, not mentioned in the Qur’an, but common until recently under Sharia, Islamic law, is another example. Lately these ancient ways have been modified and are more constrained.

Global culture extends by any definition over many thousands of years; years of trial and error. Civilizations rise and fall. We humans often don’t understand the wide range of variables that exist in governments. When governments are family run, over generations, the chaos caused by the infusion of new ideas is mightily exacerbated.

Available reports are conflicting. Unverified claims indicate that dozens of protestors at the demonstration in Douma were killed by Syrian Police. These claims are substantiated by witnesses, and are taken seriously by the United Nations, and the United States.

On the day following these killings, Saturday, March 26, in Syria, thousands of mourners were attending the funeral, or watching the funeral procession of Kamal Baradan, one of the protestors. The funeral of Kamal Baradan was not in Damascus, rather in the village of Tafas, near the town of Daraa. We surmise he must have traveled for the initial protest. Baradan’s funeral turned into a riot in Tafas, as those present burned the local Baath Party headquarters and a police station. Three of the mourners, bare chested, carried signs demanding the downfall of the Syrian regime and climbed the decaying statue of late President Hafez al-Assad.

Viewers to televised and printed media are aware that protests in Syria have escalated considerably just in the past hours. The world will continue to change; regimes will react or fail to react. Morality at this difficult age is for each of us to determine.

Powered by

About John Lake

John Lake had a long and successful career in legitimate and musical theater. He moved up into work behind the camera at top motion pictures. He has done a smattering of radio, and television John joined the Blogcritics field of writers owing to a passion for the liberal press, himself speaking out about the political front, and liberal issues. Now the retired Mr. Lake has entered the field of motion picture, television, and video game (now a daily gamer!) critique. His writing is always innovative and immensely readable!
  • This article was painful to read. It was an excursion into philosophizing covered by a g-string of news. Given that Syria is part of the Levantine, it is good that you are paying some attention – better than the ignorance and self-centered belly-button staring that seems to occupy most Americans. But you do need to research these pieces a bit more thoroughly for them to be of any use.

  • John Lake

    I went to some effort to understand what was happening with those demonstrators and with the Syrian officials. I am tired and overworked. I tried to make some pertinent points as to the impact of the internet, not only on the young citizens, but also on the seated regimes.

  • I understand, John, that you are tired and overworked. But there is a lot more information to be had that you could have tapped into.

    It ain’t THAT hard to get that information – look up Israel National News and IMRA for starters, and then Debkafiles to get filled in a bit more.

  • John Lake

    Everyone complains, no one takes the time to organize his viewpoint into publishable articles. You, Ruvy, could spend two or three hours away from your family, putting together something meaningful and timely.
    Every morning there is another nation if turmoil. In order to make sense, we have to research the governments, the religions, the histories. I look to others at BC for coordination, or for a variety of outlooks.

  • John Lake

    Also, the links you suggest are general, and in one case unavailable.

  • John Lake

    That’s “nation in turmoil”. The Debkafile is everything, but I can’t write it up, can I? Rather just give them the link. The material has to come from me. Interested parties, see Ruvi’s Debkafile link.

  • I’ll at least give you the proper link for Arutz Sheva. I don’t know why the other one didn’t work for you, but this one should.

    I have work of my own, thank, you. You wrote this article, I read it and attempted to give you some guidance. You can take it – or not.

  • John Lake

    Just as a final note, I shouldn’t have been so apologetic. It is a good article, intended mostly for readers in America and the western free world. I think it is thoughtful and timely.