As the world holds
its collective breath in anticipation of western military intervention, the
children of Zamalka have already lost everything and the prospect of an
international response means nothing to them.
The relationships between the militias
fighting the regime in Syria are extremely difficult to untangle. To date there
have been no outright military confrontations between the various factions, but
the simmering tensions are a portent of things to come.
Those familiar with Syria before the conflict
would recognize that xenophobic sentiments are contrary to the cultural DNA of
Syria. But fears of difference have become much more entrenched as a result of
the bloody conflict and the absence of a just authority.
The third kind of activist is still true to the peaceful aims of the original protest and still active. Although they are the fewest, they are the most vulnerable to brutal arrests, executions and torture, given that they are considered the most dangerous by the regime.
Abu Abdo and Abu Hosam are just two out of millions of Syrians who don't see themselves supporting any side of the conflict. They are waiting for nothing and see no light at the end of the dark tunnel we are in now.
It has become evident that the armed conflict in no shape or form is directed towards the interests of the Syrian people. We cling to the hope that time will eventually bring forth a genuine Syrian leadership which is able to save the revolution from the paralysis of opportunism.
Regime supporters miss no opportunity to accuse the revolutionaries of being extremists or Salafis – conveniently forgetting the role of the regime in bringing the Salafist trend to Syria in the first instance.
Residents in cooperation with local battalions of the Free Syrian Army have managed to find a modus vivendi which allows them to attain a high degree of acceptance of political differences; a shining example.
Secularists and Islamists alike have long suffered under the shadow of autocratic rule. What is required now is the strength and courage to actively integrate and mix so that we can be rid of the corrosive prejudices which threaten what this revolution stands for
Syrian state television, well-known for distorting facts and denying the existence of a mass-movement against the Syrian regime, was on this occasion quick off the mark to spread news of the assassination less than an hour after it had taken place.
During the first two hours of the military onslaught on Al-Tadamon nearly 5,000 people - mostly women and children - were displaced, including hundreds of internally displaced people originally from other parts of Syria.