Rebellion Requiem

“You can’t turn the wind, so turn the sail.”
–African proverb

“People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous.”
–Edmund Burke

26 January 2011

“The events began on 26 January 2011, when Hasan Ali Akleh from Al-Hasakah poured gasoline on himself and set himself on fire.”

Syrian President: Bashar Hafez al-Assad ‘al-Assad’
Syrian Opposition Leader: Burhan Ghalioun

UN estimates over 7500 people are dead in Syria.

“Tight restrictions on independent journalists inside Syria mean the figures cannot be verified.”

“Almost every Syrian I’ve met wants peace. They want the violence to stop; they want to move on with their lives.”

“Syrian troops are trying to crush an increasingly armed rebellion that sprang from a harsh crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protests.”

“Syrian state TV said the bodies shown were killed by “armed terrorist groups,” a consistent phrase the government has used to explain the carnage. But the vast majority of reports from inside Syria indicate the regime is killing civilians en masse in an attempt to wipe out dissidents seeking al-Assad’s ouster.”

“The regime in Syria is committing a massacre of its own citizens.”

“How many more have to die?”

“We cannot accept the completely unreasonable continuation of the atrocities being perpetrated by the Assad regime against its own people.”

“The situation is so bad and so dangerous that all of us cannot afford to fail.”

“Administration officials say that they remain concerned about Syria’s chemical and biological weapons, believed to be among the largest stockpiles in the world, and that they are in discussions with allies in the region about how to secure them.”

“Negotiations can never take place between the victim and torturer: Assad and his entourage must step down as a condition before starting any serious negotiations.”

“On December 2, 2011 Ghalioun said that if his party takes over Syria it would end the military relationship to Iran and cut off arms supplies to Hezbollah and Hamas, and establish ties with Israel.”

“On 10 January 2012, Assad gave a speech in which he accused the uprising of being plotted by foreign countries and claimed that “victory was near.””

“There is very heavy destruction. Cars are burning and smoke is rising from the area,” said an activist from Homs who goes by the name Abu Bakr Saleh. “They are trying to punish all districts of Homs where anti-government protests still take place.”

“A video showing Syrian patients being tortured by medical staff at a state-run hospital in Homs:
Wounded, blindfolded men were chained to beds. A rubber whip and electrical cable lay on a table in one of the wards. Some patients showed signs of having been severely beaten.”

“I have seen detainees being tortured by electrocution, whipping, beating with batons, and by breaking their legs. They twist the feet until the leg breaks.”

“They operate without anesthetics … I saw them slamming detainees’ heads against walls. They shackle the patients to beds. They deny them water. Others have their penises tied to stop them from urinating.”

“Syria has seen a string of mysterious assassinations lately targeting doctors, professors and businessmen as the uprising has grown more militarized.”

“We owe it to the Syrian people to ask all five permanent members [UN Council] to exercise their responsibility to protect the Syrian people’s right to be free of torture and crimes against humanity.”



As depicted in, ‘Reflections on the French Revolution’
Edmund Burke says:

“Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.”
“Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have a right that these wants should be provided for by this wisdom.”
“A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.”


“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”
[as some like to translate this as:]

‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is enough good men do nothing.’

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