Interview with a label: Syrianews
Syria is in its biggest challenge yet, steering this rickety ship through such a merciless storm is going to take all the energy we’ve got. Sadly, a significant portion of this is energy is wasted on demonizing, counter-demonizing, fear-mongering, wrath, thuggery, stereotypical phobias, and pointless rants directed to the wrong people.
This project is to remind Syrians of the goals that unite us. So that we can rally together to make it happen.
Today’s interview is with Syrianews, one of the first, and most popular anglophone netizens in Syria:
1-Where do you see Syria in one year?
2-In brief, what were your positions regarding the revolutions of Tunisia and Egypt?
3-What’s your opinion on the government response to protests?
Knack-handed and beyond redemption.
4-How do you feel about the media wars in Syria, the blackout, and the conduct of local and regional media?
It has served no purpose – it gives the initiative to the opposition and allows rumour to become fact.
5-What’s your opinion on officially recognized multiple political parties in Syria?
Anyone who complies with the law should be allowed to start a political party.
6-Are you with or against article 8, assigning the Baath party as leader of the nation and the people?
7-Are you with or against the information ministry, and its job of guiding public debate
8-Syrian riot control groups are known for being heavy handed, using plainclothed policemen, mass arrests, visible brutality. Do you consider it necessary, or do you think the current riot control tactics must be modernized?
Heavy-handed action provokes an even stronger backlash against authority.
9- Syria uses many extra-legal forces, units considered outside the government structure. For example there are thugs, paramilitary, businessmen. Do you think these forces are necessary? Or should be dismantled or incorporated into the official system?
Only the state should have the legal right to use force, and should be accountable.
10-Are you with or against holding government officials and security under state law?
No-one has immunity from the laws of the land.
11- Many Syrians have been jailed for publicly stating the opinions they hold, under laws such as weakening public spirit, and enticing strife. What’s your position on the prisoners of opinion?
The president said he would free all political prisoners. This is the right approach.
12-What’s your position regarding external pressure on your own country.
Any country is free to say what they like about Syria. But there should certainly not be any foreign military intervention.
13-What’s your opinion regarding the Syrian economy? What would you like to see?
An end to corruption.
14- What’s your opinion on the protesters throughout Syria? Do you agree with those who say they should go back home and give the leadership a chance?
No-one outside Syria, least of all me, has the right to tell people inside Syria how to act or what to think. The protestors will leave the streets when their demands have been met.
15- How do you prefer to solve the problem of bloodshed? Will you agree to an amnesty or do you want to see all those who commit murder prosecuted?
An amnesty is essential to unite the country, but that can’t happen before the violence has stopped.
16- Are you afraid of sectarian conflict?
Very. If there is a civil war, those who buried their heads in the sand and silenced anyone who used the S word will be to blame. Some people are walking straight into sectarian conflict because it’s the elephant in the room.
17- From 1-10, how hopeful are you of the future of Syria.
Syrianews has been labeled a regime apologist and a fan of murder.