More on Syria

It seems our media have not read it either, even though it was publicly released in English over two weeks ago

Further to the Syrian stories below, an on the ground account appeared on The Drum today written by Fiona Hill, someone who has just returned from there.

Slowly, the full and more balanced story is leaking out. The article contains links to the Arab League (AL) Observer Mission’s report that Hill feels has no even been read by the Australian press.

How can such a different picture emerge so slowly, and only now, in an age of the internet and telephone, with our so called “informed and fearless” free press.

I spoke to Sunnis, Shias, and Christians, to Kurds, Arabs, Circassians, Assyrians and Armenians. While many pointedly complimented the apparent good character of the president (referred to at such times as ‘Dr Bashar Al Assad’) all readily expressed in detail their disgust at poor governance for too long. In the street, in shared taxi vans, in cafes, markets, and private homes the Syrians are not afraid to talk politics any more. Indeed they seemed particularly anxious to do so. But their mood is pessimistic. “Whatever revolution there was is now destroyed by armed criminals and their masters,” sighed a Sunni man wearily.

“What are your so-called Christian leaders in Australia thinking?” shrieked a Christian woman in a candlelit Aleppo home. “Don’t they realise our freedoms in Syria are the envy of other Arab countries – and impossible in Qatar?! If Bashar (Al Assad) goes, we will be lambs to the slaughter.”

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