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Another Picture worth a Thousand Words

Baathists Salute Bashar Assad

COMMENT: We’ve seen any number of pictures of Sunni Islamofascists and Shiite Islamofascists. The picture at the link below shows supporters of embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad pledging to fight for him and his Baathist party.

Secular in orientation, the Baathists nonetheless draw overtly on fascist tradition. There is no gesture in Muslim or Arab history or culture resembling this all too distinctive salute.

For some background on the historical development of the Arab/fascist connection, it is recommended that listeners download and read Cairo to Damascus, available for download for free on this website.

Here’s the link to the picture of the pro-Assad rally: http://www.daylife.com/photo/01gl0fggTX7l0

Discussion

9 comments for “Another Picture worth a Thousand Words”

  1. I guess it just goes to show that fascists don’t always trust each other, do they? Nice post, Dave. :)

    Posted by Steven L. | January 22, 2012, 11:23 pm
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  3. I’ve stopped hunting for the good guys here. Racist elements in Turkey probably see EU membership as an obstacle in the pursuit of a Turkic speaking empire. They are not up to the patient ethnic parsing and financial takeovers that Germany prefers. Nato airstrikes are quicker. Turkophiles have their eyes on northern Syria and northern Iran and points east. An emerging but probably unimportant enemy-of-my-enemy alliance is that of Greece and Iran. Meanwhile, the people of the region get to choose between left and right versions of fascism. Assad, like Nixon, has to go – he’s a fascist but still not hard right enough. He spends too much on bread subsidies that could be better spent elsewhere on gold bathroom fixtures.

    Posted by Dwight | January 24, 2012, 5:45 am
  4. @Dwight: I don’t see any good guys, either. In fact, if you want my opinion, all 3 of these of these countries have governments who are really just sides on the same rotten dice.

    Posted by Steven L. | January 24, 2012, 10:39 am
  5. Allow me Dave, please, to pontificate a little bit. It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. While surfing on the web, I stumbled upon some pictures from the Saintsations, the New Orleans Saints Cheerleaders.

    In a nutshell, one has to remember that the French presence in Louisiana is due to the deportation of French colonists living in what is called today Nova Scottia, Canada, when the French Crown abandoned North America to the British.

    What is absolutely striking about theses cheerleaders is that they wear…a golden lily on their chest! Symbolically, it’s incredible. The fleur-de-lis is not new on the Saints’ jersey apparently but to see it like that, on these beautiful women, hit me like a train. God that it would make me a great army! It is for these women that we have to continue the fight to protect and defend our civilization. Only freedom allow women to become so beautiful, not religion, totalitarianism or authoritarianism.

    My blog is never mentioned anywhere nor is my name but I have the impression sometimes that I have an impact. It made my day anyway and I hope you will enjoy it too.

    http://saintsations.net/main/meet_the_team.php?page=meet_the_team

    Posted by Claude | January 25, 2012, 6:49 pm
  6. The spigot is about to open:

    Saudi, Qatari plans to arm Syrian rebels risk overtaking cautious approach favored by U.S.
    By Karen DeYoung, Published: March 1
    WaPo

    Arab plans to arm Syria’s opposition fighters are threatening to overtake the cautious approach advocated by the United States and other countries, which fear that sending weapons to the region could fuel a civil war and lead to a regional conflagration.

    Saudi Arabia and Qatar indicated this week that they are prepared to help Syrian opposition military forces. Kuwait’s parliament passed a nonbinding resolution Thursday calling for the government to provide weapons to the rebels and break ties with Damascus.

    The Syrian National Council, the opposition group previously committed to nonviolence, announced the formation of a “defense ministry” that it said would unify rebel forces under a central political command and direct strategy. “The revolution started peacefully and kept up its peaceful nature for months,” SNC President Burhan Ghalioun told reporters in Paris, “but the reality today is different.”

    The Obama administration has continued to insist publicly that economic and diplomatic pressure is the best way to push Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to capitulate.

    “It’s not clear to us that arming people right now will either save lives or lead to the demise of Assad’s regime,” Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey D. Feltman said at a Senate hearing on the crisis Thursday.

    But a senior Arab diplomat said, “People are more and more frustrated, and are coming to the conclusion that diplomatic efforts are not enough in light of continuing abuse by the regime.” The Saudis and Qataris, said the diplomat speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss national decision-making, are prepared to move “as soon as they physically can,” within days, or weeks at the most. “The delays,” he said, “are logistical, not political.”

    Beyond sympathy for the Syrian people, the Saudis see Assad’s early downfall as a major blow against Iran, his only remaining supporter in the region. Qatar, which played a leading role in arming the Libyan opposition to Moammar Gaddafi, is seeking to further expand its role as a major foreign-policy player.

    Despite U.S. demurral on the question of arms, regional diplomats said they think the Obama administration will not oppose decisions by individual nations to provide weapons to the rebel fighters.

    “I don’t think anyone will stand up and scream” in opposition to weapons shipments, the Arab diplomat said. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has led the administration effort to coordinate a unified international effort, “is not going to stop the Saudis,” he said.

    Feltman acknowledged that “the longer this goes on, the deeper the sectarian divisions, the higher the risks of long-term sectarian conflict, the higher the risk of extremist” involvement. But the well-equipped Syrian army has used tanks and artillery against the opposition, he said, “and I don’t think [those proposing aid] are talking about somehow giving tanks to the opposition.”

    Daniel Byman, professor of security studies at Georgetown University, noted the “fundamental disparity between opposition forces and the Syrian government” and said “it’s very hard to level that playing field.” Support to the opposition would probably involve “small arms, automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, perhaps mortars — things that in the end won’t stand up to a tank.”

    The administration is considering providing the opposition with nonlethal training and assistance, including communications equipment, similar to what it gave the Libyan opposition ground forces.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 3, 2012, 8:25 pm
  7. Roving bands of radical Islamist fighters: one of those magic ingredients that can can take any situation, no matter how messed up it it already is, and make it even worse.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | July 31, 2012, 12:03 pm
  8. From an internet definition of the Ba’ath party – main ideological objectives are secularism, socialism, and pan-Arab unionism. Gaddafi wasn’t Ba’ath party but he worked its platform. He became a danger in the eyes of western intelligence agencies only when he stopped promoting terrorism.
    Of Hussein, Gaddafi, and now Assad, none of them were poster boys for democracy but their real crime was trying to hold together a sovereign nation whose interests did not always coincide with the global corporate model.
    Without Western interference some sort of secular pan-Arab movement might have succeeded, threatening the reign of the region’s depraved oil sheiks and emirs and forcing Israel to be reasonable.
    It’s a strange, almost blasphemous thought to consider that the world might be in a much worse place by now if Russia and China did not have nuclear weapons.

    Posted by Dwight | July 31, 2012, 8:39 pm
  9. While this is a predictable eventual development, the timing is rather surprising. Normally the Islamists would maintain their alliance with the secular rebels until after Assad falls. They might be getting ahead of themselves:

    New front opens in Syria as rebels say al Qaeda attack means war
    Mariam Karouny and Oliver Holmes July 12, 2013

    By Mariam Karouny and Oliver Holmes

    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian rebels said on Friday the assassination of one of their top commanders by al Qaeda-linked militants was tantamount to a declaration of war, opening a new front for the Western-backed fighters struggling against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

    Rivalries have been growing between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Islamists, whose smaller but more effective forces control most of the rebel-held parts of northern Syria more than two years after pro-democracy protests became an uprising.

    “We will not let them get away with it because they want to target us,” a senior FSA commander said on condition of anonymity after members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant killed Kamal Hamami on Thursday.

    “We are going to wipe the floor with them,” he said.

    Hamami, also known by his nom de guerre, Abu Bassir al-Ladkani, is one of the top 30 figures on the FSA’s Supreme Military Command.

    His killing highlights how the West’s vision of a future, democratic Syria is unraveling.

    Assad appeared close to defeat a year ago when rebels killed top officials in a bomb attack and pushed deep into Damascus. Now, with military and financial support from Russia and Iran, he has pushed the rebels back to the outskirts of the capital and put them on the defensive in the south while radical Islamists assert control over the north.

    The FSA commander said the al Qaeda-linked militants had warned FSA rebels that there was “no place” for them where Hamami was killed in Latakia province, a northern rural region of Syria bordering Turkey where Islamist groups are powerful.

    Other opposition sources said the killing followed a dispute between Hamami’s forces and the Islamic State over control of a strategic checkpoint in Latakia and would lead to fighting.

    VACUUM OF POWER

    The two sides have previously fought together from time to time, but the Western and Arab-backed FSA, desperate for greater firepower, has recently tried to distance itself to allay U.S. fears any arms it might supply could reach al Qaeda.

    Louay Mekdad, FSA Supreme Command Political Coordinator, said Abu Ayman al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s Emir of the coastal region, personally shot dead Hamami and his brother at the roadblock.

    He said a fighter who was travelling with them was set free to rely the message that the Islamic State considers the FSA heretics and that the Supreme Command is now an al Qaeda target.

    “If these people came to defend the Syrian revolution and not help the Assad regime, then they have to hand over the killers,” Mekdad said, adding that the bodies of the two men were still with the al Qaeda affiliate.

    The FSA has been trying to build a logistics network and reinforce its presence across Syria as the U.S. administration considers sending weapons, in part to present a bulwark against units it considers “terrorist organizations.”

    But with funding from Gulf-based individuals, Islamist brigades have taken a leading role in rebel-held regions of Syria, filling the vacuum of power by setting up religious courts and governance bodies.

    The FSA — a mixture of loosely-affiliated brigades — is accused by locals of looting and has not been able to present a unified front to sideline hardline units who favor an Islamic caliphate over pluralist democracy.

    Some frustrated FSA fighters say they have joined Islamist groups and moderate and hardline fighters sometimes buy and sell weapons from each other.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | July 13, 2013, 6:57 pm

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