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December 28, 2011

Why Damascus hasn't joined the revolution yet! by a Damascene

December 28, 2011

December 28, 2011

By Jameela Waraka


(Damascus in the good old days; public use, no copyright)

Since the 1980's, Syria has been a relatively safe place. That is what people seem to keep talking about 'el- amaan' (which means safety in formal Arabic). The price of el-amaan though was living under the rule of Al-Assad family, some until now would not mind to pay that high price!!!
A woman (my mom's friend) residing in Damascus called and started shouting and pleading for the people abroad to stop provoking and encouraging what's going on... she said no one abroad is sending their kids to school and fearing whether they'll come back home or not... Weapons are everywhere... They're so scared it will be the next Iraq!!
In Syria, it was the only place my parents didn't mind that we play in the streets, that we run around the blocks and mingle with other neighbouring kids.... where else in the world can we do that now?
Democratic England? I'm 25 and I panic when I walk in the streets after sunset in London...
The people in Syria have become corrupt. You are in the airport and the people themselves don't know how to queue or the meaning of discipline... Are they going to understand democracy?
Some with the revolution who encouraged the 'boycott' actually went to stores that stayed open and threatened them to close and when they didn't, they destroyed the shops. They are going to understand democracy?

I don't know....Possibly...

Which country in the world is the example of democracy?

In Syria, yes we are living under the rule of murderers and people who abuse power (such as Rami Makhloof, Assad’s millionaire cousin).

However, It is one of the few countries in the world that have no debt (or a very minor one if any).
People from Lebanon and Jordan always came to shop in Syria.
Sugar is subsidized. Wheat too...
Education and Healthcare are free.
Doors were open to all the refugees, about 2 million Iraqis came to Syria since the war, and a large number of Palestinians have been living in Syria for a long time...

Yes, it's not the best in the world. Yes it needs A LOT of work.

I think the people sent the message, and maybe it is possible to step back now and see what the regime is going to do now??
I met a Christian Homsi here in Dubai and he said, we listened to Bashar's speech and we will give him a year to meet what he said, and if he doesn't then we'll make sure we get rid of him...
Maybe people should do that? Step back a little?
Believe me I hate the regime and I'm so against them and their killings but these are new thoughts to put on the table.
From the 24 million Syrians, how many went out to protest? A few hundred thousands spread out over different cities...
In Egypt over a million in EVERY major city!!!
In reality, at least 50% of Syrians, are still with the Assad regime....
A family friend encapsulated the feeling in Damascus and said ''Take whatever you want, but give me El-amaan''
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PS. Jameela is anti-regime, and so is the Arab Digest. These are thoughts from Damascus to get a new perspective on why Damascenes haven't joined the revolution yet. Of course, there are different explanations, all of which are valid, including the concentration of security services, the merchant class's alliance with the regime, and the multi confessional aspect of the capital.

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