-By Eva Bartlett, Mar 22, 2015
“It was as though we were supposed to talk about terrorism as ‘Freedom': Freedom to kill, Freedom to destroy, Freedom to kidnap, to loot…This was viewed by some as signs of ‘Freedom’. Arab and Western media, channels like Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, have played a vital role in confusing issues.” [see my related: “freedom”: Homs resident speaks of the early days of the “crisis”]
The words of Syrian Minister of Information, Omran al-Zoubi, on February 25, 2015, to our delegation of six US anti-war activists and myself, visiting Damascus Feb 24-26. Led by long time advocates for peace and justice, Ramsey Clark & Sara Flounders of the International Action Center, and by former Congresswoman and anti-war activist Cynthia McKinney, our delegation meets with an array of people in the continued effort to hear and transmit the wishes of the people in Syria, for a peaceful resolution to the NATO & co war on Syria. Following are some excerpts and musings from our various meetings and visits, including excerpts from some of my previously-published writings, for a full account of the visit.
Speaking in Arabic, Minister al-Zoubi outlines some of the main points with respect to the situation in Syria:
“What is happening in Syria is not a fight between the government and the people. If it were so, it would have ended very quickly…if the people had wanted. It’s about the people and terrorists. They used the ‘Arab Spring’ to send extremists to Syria. Libya is an example, and Iraq…The terrorist organizations we face have branched off from the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). In Afghanistan, al-Qaeda belonged to the MB, in Egypt, Turkey, Palestine. Erdogan himself is a member. Terrorism can’t be legal in one place and illegal in another. It is always illegal.
Sometimes, I try to understand how this happened. I ask myself, ‘Why would they burn a school, blow up cars in front of a school? Why would they destroy a historic village like Ma’loula, where they speak the language of Christ? Why would they try to destroy a center for agrarian reform?’ In the end, I can’t find any answers… CONTINUE READING