An open letter to the Syrian army deserters, foreign fighters, and other traitors and enemies of Syria


The following is my response to statements made by a Syrian army deserter in an article published by Reuters, Wednesday April 4th. My comments are all in CAPS and blue font, so there is no mistaking my comments for what is said in the article. The link to the article is http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/04/us-syria-radio-idUSBRE8330E420120404. I have edited to respond to specific comments, but I want you to feel free to read the unedited article and to see that I have in no way changed the content of the comments made within the article.

Disclaimer: This is not a well reasoned argument, or an attempt to publish accurate news at odds with general bullshit reported by the U.S. press about the situation in Syria. This is my opinion, my feelings and my very emotional and angry response to the people destroying my country.

It’s a walkie-talkie war on Syrian frequencies

By Erika Solomon and Douglas Hamilton

BEIRUT | Wed Apr 4, 2012 6:26am EDT

(Reuters) – Between bursts of machinegun and mortar fire, Syrian rebels switch their struggle against President Bashar al-Assad to their radio sets, tuning in on army frequencies to urge the soldiers fighting them to desert.

“If you want to be a good person, you will defect from that army. You should come over here and serve your people. Don’t insult your dignity like this. I saw Assad’s oppression, I saw grief and injustice with you guys,” says a rebel voice.

YOU ARE A LIAR AND A TRAITOR. IF YOU TRULY WANTED POLITICAL REFORM, YOU WOULD HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE PROCESS INITIATED BY PRESIDENT AL ASAD AFTER THE STUDENT PROTESTS (THE ACTUAL PEACEFUL PROTESTS).  YOU WOULD HAVE HELPED DRAFT THE NEW CONSTITUTION AND TAKEN PART IN THE FORMATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS PLANNED BY THE LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT. INSTEAD, YOU TOOK UP ARMS AGAINST YOUR SWORN COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, YOUR BROTHERS IN ARMS, YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR NEIGHBORS AND YOUR COUNTRY AND YOU BETRAYED THEM ALL.

The crackly appeal is on a YouTube video showing scruffy fighters of the Free Syrian Army who have just taken cover in an alleyway in the central city of Homs. They are hovering around a commander fiddling with the tuner knob of a walkie-talkie.

There’s a strange hush as they strain to listen in.

“We are fighting to the death in the name of God almighty. We fight because of a belief, not a man who is no better than me or you,” says the rebel voice.

YOU ARE FIGHTING FOR THE BELIEF THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO OVERTHROW A LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT THAT PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF ITS PEOPLE SO THAT YOU CAN INSTITUTE A RELIGIOUS DICTATORSHIP THAT WOULD ROB THE PEOPLE OF ALL THEIR RIGHTS. BASHAR AL ASAD IS CERTAINLY A MAN WHO IS BETTER THAN YOU. AS ARE THE MEN IN THE ARMY YOU ARE TRYING TO CORRUPT. BUT THEY WILL NOT BE CORRUPTED, WHICH IS PRECISELY WHY THEY ARE BETTER THAN YOU.

“Bashar is fighting to keep his throne and letting us kill each other.”

THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T HAVE A THRONE. HE DOESN’T LIVE AN EXTRAVAGANT LIFESTYLE AT THE EXPENSE OF HIS PEOPLE, LIKE SAUDI OR QATARI PRINCES. HE IS NOT “LETTING” YOU KILL EACH OTHER. HE AND THE MEN IN THE BRAVE SYRIAN ARMY ARE FIGHTING TO STOP YOU FROM KILLING INNOCENT CIVILIANS IN YOUR QUEST FOR POWER.

“Sometimes rebels try to scare the army, sometimes they mock them or eavesdrop on them. Or they call on soldiers to join them,” a rebel whose nom de guerre is Abu Thaer told Reuters.

“You are our brothers.”

Syria’s uprising started with peaceful protests but turned into urban warfare after many soldiers and officers changed sides, disgusted at orders to shoot unarmed demonstrators.”

THIS IS A LIE. THIS IS THE BIGGEST LIE THAT’S BEEN TOLD. THE PRESIDENT OF SYRIA ISSUED SPECIFIC ORDERS, BROADCAST THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, INSTRUCTING THE ARMY NOT TO FIRE ON PEACEFUL PROTESTERS. AS SOON AS HE DID, INSURGENTS STARTED STAGING PROTESTS AND SHOOTING AT UNARMED CIVILIANS IN THE STREETS.

“Western powers who want Assad to go say they have no plans to arm his foes, but they are providing “non-lethal aid”, which includes communications gear such as walkie-talkies.”

ANOTHER LIE. ‘NON-LETHAL’ AID HAS COME IN THE FORM OF FOREIGN FIGHTERS AND WEAPONS BEING SMUGGLED INTO THE COUNTRY FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE CONFLICT. FOREIGN FIGHTERS AND WEAPONS.

“Samir al-Kurdi, an army deserter with anti-Assad forces in Homs, heart of the insurgency, said the rebels keep reaching out because they are convinced many soldiers in the 300,000-strong army want to defect to their force of some 15,000.

Often they get no response, he said. “They don’t say a thing, they don’t really try to talk to us on the radios.” The penalty for desertion is death, rebels say.”

THEY DON’T TALK TO YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE TRAITORS, SELFISHLY DESTROYING YOUR COUNTRY, OR BECAUSE YOU ARE FOREIGN FIGHTERS PAID FOR BY SAUDI ARABIA AND QATAR TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY AND THE PENALTY FOR YOUR TREASON SHOULD BE DEATH.

Syrian forces have killed more than 9,000 people in the crackdown on unrest, according to the United Nations.

THIS IS ANOTHER LIE. THE MAJORITY OF CIVILIANS KILLED HAVE BEEN KILLED AT THE HANDS OF THE REBELS. THE GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN ADVANCED WARNING TO ITS CITIZENS OF IMPENDING MILITARY ACTION AGAINST REBELS TO GIVE CIVILIANS TIME TO LEAVE AFFECTED AREAS.

The government, which says it is fighting foreign-backed terrorists, estimates that fighters have killed more than 3,000 of its men.

THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT IS TELLING THE TRUTH. THESE FIGHTERS ARE FOREIGN-BACKED TERRORISTS AND THEY HAVE KILLED MORE THAN 3,000 SOLDIERS. BEGINNING WAY BACK AT THE START OF THE CONFLICT. (SEE http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=8106)

“Oh soldiers, recruits, I was one of you. I am a brother. I was in the 4th Division … Come to us. We promise your safety. You are our brothers. Your family is waiting for you,” he shouts.

YOU ARE NOT A BROTHER. YOU ARE A TRAITOR. YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE MEN YOU ARE FIGHTING. YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO YOUR FAMILIES. YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO YOUR COUNTRY. YOU CANNOT PROMISE ANYONE SAFETY AS YOU WILL NEVER BE SAFE. YOU WILL BE HUNTED DOWN BY THE BRAVE MEN OF THE SYRIAN ARMY AND DESTROYED FOR YOUR TREASONOUS ACTIONS AND TRUE SYRIANS ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL REJOICE.

“What good has Bashar ever done for you?”

HE BROUGHT ECONOMIC PROSPERITY (UNTIL THE IRRESPONSIBLE ACTIONS OF EUROPE AND THE U.S. DESTROYED THE WORLD ECONOMY). HE IMPROVED THE STANDARD OF LIVING OF ALL SYRIANS, AND PROVIDED A SAFE, SECURE COUNTRY FOR HIS PEOPLE. HE INCREASED THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE, RESPONDED TO THEIR CONCERNS, EDUCATED THE YOUTH AND PROTECTED THE WEAK. HE HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF HIS PEOPLE AND FOUGHT TO PROTECT THEM FROM FOREIGN INVADERS AND TRAITORS LIKE YOU.

Then there’s a burst of cheering and laughter as he shouts to his own men, raising their guns in front of the fire: “Hey, Free Army, will we promise them safety or will we not?”

“Yes, yes,” they chorus. But no one steps out from the darkness.

BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO JOIN A BUNCH OF DISLOYAL, EVIL JACKALS LIKE YOU.

Sometimes the combatants in a walkie-talkie exchange even seem to know each other – which is not impossible in a war that has divided city neighborhoods and even streets along political, sectarian and religious lines.

ANOTHER LIE. THE VAST MAJORITY OF SYRIAN CITIZENS ARE STEADFASTLY REFUSING TO BE TORN APART BY SECTARIAN AND RELIGIOUS LINES. NAHNA SURIA. WE ARE SYRIAN.

In the Homs video, the rebel voice on the walkie-talkie calls an army commander by the nickname “Abu Odai”.

“They are saying this is a fight to the death. A fight to the death means you’ll find our dead bodies rigged with bombs, Do you understand me? Abu Odai, Abu Odai, what will you do?” the rebel asks.

“This conversation is over,” the unseen officer replies.

TO ALL DESERTERS OF THE SYRIAN ARMY, FOREIGN FIGHTERS INFILTRATING SYRIA, MEMBERS OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN SYRIA, ALL TRAITORS AND FOREIGN ELEMENTS SEEKING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY, I SAY TO YOU: MAY YOU GO TO HELL AND BURN WHEN YOU GET THERE. YOU ARE TEARING APART A BEAUTIFUL, PEACEFUL COUNTRY AND NEEDLESSLY KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE FOR YOUR OWN SELFISH, EVIL PURPOSES. AND TO ALL WHO STAND AGAINST YOU; PRESIDENT AL ASAD, THE BRAVE MEN OF THE SYRIAN ARMY AND ALL CITIZENS AND SYRIANS WORLDWIDE I SAY, GOD BLESS AND PROTECT YOU AND BRING YOU STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO STAND AGAINST THIS EVIL AND BRING PEACE TO OUR BELOVED SYRIA ONCE MORE.

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About Leila

I am a wife and mother. I am an Orthodox Christian. I am a Syrian American with family living in Syria. I am a also a yoga teacher and freelance writer. I recently described myself in a job pitch as "a person who's lived in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years with a passion for writing and a passion for all things Portland. I'm a foodie, knitter, wine and beer lover, bee-keeper (yep, I said it), mead and fruit-liqueur maker, organic gardener, home-canner, hiker, biker, runner, and occasional skinny-dipper. I’ve camped all over the state, I sail a sailboat that’s moored on the Columbia (o.k., I'm the first mate), and I spend a large percentage of my time at our beach house in Seaside." That about sums it up.
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4 Responses to An open letter to the Syrian army deserters, foreign fighters, and other traitors and enemies of Syria

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  2. sam says:

    Correction why all of those caught doing the sniping and killing were not pro government. Many of these thugs were caught on camera shooting at police. Which makes little sense since this would only serve to weaken the government and create more strife be it political or economic which the government is trying to avoid for obvious reasons

    • Leila says:

      Of course, the facts support what we are saying, but as you point out, so does the logic. My appeal here was pretty emotional, but I think we all feel so much frustration at the sympathetic portrayal of these traitorous bastards. It feels good to say out loud, “Go to hell where you belong.” This is not some theoretical political disagreement, but real lives at stake. Thank God for the strength of the Syrian army and the unity of the Syrian people all over the world!

  3. sam says:

    So true Leila. The mainstream media joins in promoting these jackals because media is owned by multi billion dollar corporations and tycoons who have vested interests with the polity in screwing up Syria for the sake of their Saudi and Wahhabi owners .

    Furthermore, If the army were as divided as the media and their FSA thugs keep telling us, the state would have disintegrated after more than a year of armed insurgency by the terrorists , backed by the US and its gulf allies.

    Funny how they keep ignoring the fact that the president initially gave explicit orders to police NOT TO SHOOT at unarmed protestors. Deaths became inevitable on both sides once terrorists hijacked demonstrations and even gatherings that had nothing to do with politics with arms. They had arms with which they shot at and snipered civilian and policeman alike. Now although the opposition claims these shooters were pro goverment, their argument falls apart when one asks and examines why the government would destabilise itself thus, and secondly, why many of those caught doing the sniping and killing

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