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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Not In Our Name

None of us believe in violence as a solution.The following is a compilation of the writings of Syrian bloggers, regarding the attacks on the Danish and Norwegian embassies.The intent of this post is to give our readers a different perspective, a perspective that the media ignores. We’ve all seen the images of riots in the streets, flag burning, and public protests.On the other hand, few have heard of the reasonable voices coming from the Arab world in general, and from Syria in specific. If you would like to add your voice to ours, let me know and I’ll be more than happy to add you to this post. Let’s work together to make our voices heard.

Ihsan: "I welcomed both the commercial and diplomatic actions in response to the cartoons that mocked the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and for once, I felt that we are reacting in a civilized manner! Not any more! While I’m 100% convinced that the Syrian Regime had a hand in what happened. I still cannot understand the concept of being driven like a sheep. To me, those people who were sabotaging and burning the embassies seemed like stupid sheep led by a smart shepherd."

Yazan: No, they were not attacking Danish or European "out of line" freedom of speech, they were not even taking revenge for the prophet, They were attacking the heart of Syria. The civilized idea of Syria.
These ppl are criminals, And the ones RESPONSIBLE for letting them unleashed are CRIMINALS too...

Ayman: What happened in Damascus today is just shameful. I had expected the protest to be peaceful and civilized. Mobs ran into the streets, shouted and attacked embassies, without realizing the severity of the damage they inflicted to "their" cause and to Islam's image. Mobs controlled the protests today, and people who were there to peacefully protest were shocked and had to hide in their homes. I felt a bitter disappointment.

Sara: I was ready to yell at the top my lungs, "What a bunch of jack asses!!!" I couldn't believe that a mob of angry Muslims burnt the Danish embassy. Why?? That was seriously not necessary. They had no right. Islamically this is seriously NOT acceptable. I personally condemn this sinful act. You cannot fix something wrong with something worse... Innocent people could've died. They had nothing to do with the cartoons.

The Syrian Brit: "These acts were carried out in the name of Islam, under the guise of defending it.. What a sickening farce.. I say to all those bastards who attacked the Embassies and burnt flags and vandalised properties.. Not in my name.. Never.."

Omar Faleh: "I do feel ashamed of how things turn out in my home country, and I do feel very bad about where the country is going, especially that I believe that the government was not completely innocent of being involved in this matter.. and I don't agree with any political or social value in there.. but.. those people are not Syrians.."

Omar Salaymeh: "I hope people don’t take the actions of a few thugs as representative of the Syrian or Lebanese people. Just like we expressed our voices of concern over the cartoons in the first place, we’re all expressing our views again over the shameful acts. We, the rational, should work together to show the world that there’s more to Arabs than what they see on television. If I learned anything from the cartoon fiasco, it’s that our views, beliefs and culture are not well known to the west. I think this whole situation could have been prevented if there wasn’t much ignorance on both sides of the table."

Ammar: Everybody said it, this is not us, nor it is our Islam. Everything that happened in the last two days in Syria and Lebanon jeoperdised the efforts muslims made to keep the protests civilised and rational. Apologies to the people and countries hurt in the violence acts. Still, we'll keep protesting peacefully against the cartoons about our prophet Muhamad (PBUH).

Yaman: The problem for Muslims is not the Danish economy. In fact, the source of the problem does not even rest with the editors of the European newspapers or the cartoonists themselves. The problem is the cancer of the extremists who embrace and adopt their closed minded and violent world view based loosely on an erroneous understanding of the Qur'an. For, we must realize that the publication of the cartoons in the first place was a response to the extremists and ironically enough, succeded only in eliciting primarily the response of those same extremists further intensifying the problem. It was irresponsible of the papers to do this knowing what the response would be--but let us not forget that the cartoons were originally published five months ago on September 30, 2005. Why the delay? Obviously, it was more politically suitable for the Arab regimes to inflate this issue today. Why the riots 5 months later? If the cartoons were really the issue then the world would have been on fire in 2005, not 2006.


Blogger Rancher said...

Thanks for directing me here, I’ll link to you soon. I think there are political reasons for allot of the regimes to promote this kind of behavior but if all you have to do to get this kind of reaction is have the Imams give a fiery sermon it also says something about Islam. As you saw in my post about this most of the ME blogs, at least the ones in English, seem to be incredibly embarrassed about this.

February 11, 2006 7:52 AM

Blogger Zaher said...

can't You Syrian bloggers just Accept the fact that 75% or even 95% of the Arab people are "SCUM" and what happend was 100 % expected .

February 11, 2006 10:02 AM

Blogger Zena said...

@ Zaher

You say that 75% are scums, may be you are right. but that leaves 25% who are not, and those make a difference.

February 11, 2006 6:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Living in North America my entire life, I have only met only a few dozen of "Arabs" and none were scum. I used to work with a Palestinian who was angry a lot of the time, but he was a good worker so I never considered him "scum". Now does this "75% or even 95% of the Arab people are "SCUM" " include other ethnic groups in the Middle East. Or are they okay? Shouldn't we also be slamming the Persians? They're not Arabs and I really love thier cuisine. But maybe we should hate them too. I've never seen their cartoons but they must be different so maybe we should hate them too. How about Canadians? Yeah! So what if they are nowhere near the Middle East; we should be equal opportunity hate mongers. Damn Canadians with their beautiful countryside, friendly pleasant people and universal health care. I bet those Canadians are trying to build a nuclear bomb. Let's tap the phones and invade them too. I know some great fishing spots in Ontario. Maybe sarcasm is not all that funny. However a lot of comments in blogs are just childish and stupid.

February 12, 2006 2:19 AM

Anonymous samir said...


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February 12, 2006 5:15 AM

Blogger Yazan said...

Thanx for ur comments everybody!

I can never accept this awful generalization!!
No, u can't call a 300million population as SCUM!
That IS racist!

February 12, 2006 12:09 PM

Blogger The Rambling Taoist said...

Oppression breeds anger. Anger breeds hatred. And hatred consumes. When a people have been demonized for far too long, it is not uncommon for some to explode into a violent reaction.

As a pacifist, I'm certainly NOT condoning the violence; I merely understand the impetus behind it.

The way out of this cyclical quagmire is to learn to respect the diversity that makes up our world. People are different and will remain so. We need to be charitable with such differences while embracing the commonality we all share as human beings.

February 15, 2006 7:59 AM

Blogger El Grumpo said...

Ya know, a lot of arabs don't know that the cartoons are a response to the anti semitic and anti christian cartoons printed routinely in arab newspapers. And those original cartoons were soooo mild to begin with! Now there is all kinds of real ugly cartoons out there. I know that I am sick of seeing Israel being hassled by those syrians and jordanians living in those 'refugee towns'.

February 18, 2006 5:27 AM

Blogger hammerswing75 said...


I would disagree strongly with you. The problem isn't a lack of understanding (or at least it's not the biggest one), it's violent extremists who are willing to kill people and totalitarian regimes that give them license to do so.

February 19, 2006 6:54 AM


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