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Syria – Rats Leaving A Sinking Ship.

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Freedom is my middle name.

There’s nothing quite like a defection to brighten up the day of the average freedom fighter.

And they don’t get better than today’s trip to Jordan by the Syrian Prime Minister Something al-Something. I don’t mean to be facetious about his name, but being Prime Minister in an autocratic family-run state suggests a more than healthy level of participation in the rampant cronyism that has made Syrian Government the power-shuffling killing machine that it is today.

To defect to the other side suggests that the other side welcomes the defection and that you have switched loyalties for the right reasons, like, for example, to pronounce that one had “joined the ranks of the Freedom and Dignity Revolution”, as Something al-Something soaringly suggested in his selfless move to that effect.

Brings a tear to your eye just thinking about it.

Of course, the truth is probably ever so slightly different. Because the “Freedom and Dignity Revolution” has been going on for some time now, a year and a half to be exact, and for pretty much all that time has involved ever-more vicious civilian massacres and wanton leveling of towns in one of the most brutal civil wars in recent history. And up until now, we hadn’t heard a peep out of the Syrian PM, whose popularity with the Free Syrian Army and company is probably a little less pronounced than he’d care to think despite their kind words to the contrary.

I’m certain it has nothing to do with the fact that in order to save himself, his family, and his stash of cash in Zurich, he and his acolyte families with stashes no doubt of their own felt that they were now backing a loser by staying in Damascus, and decided to get out in the dead of night before the Mukhbarat got other ideas.

Or in other, less charitable words, they’d have been quite happy staying on and backing the Syrian Army and Shabeeha, and be drenched in blood, if they still felt the bad guys were going to win.

This motivation is not quite as stirring as joining the ranks of the “Freedom and Dignity Revolution”.

Which in case you hadn’t noticed, Mr. Syrian PM, is not happening in Jordan.


Written by coolrebel

August 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

Posted in Washington

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