“The family said they had felt safe in Ariha when the army controlled the streets. While the opposition says army checkpoints were used to arrest the innocent, the family said the soldiers were friendly and their presence proved that the government was doing its best to maintain security.
The checkpoints are now manned by “5th graders with guns,” said the oldest sister, referring to the rebels.
“Even if one person in this town is killed by an army bullet, it is the fault of the Free Syria Army,” the younger sister said. “Every clash I have seen in this city, they always attack first. Of course the army must return fire if they are fired upon.”
-PBS Newshour, July 20, 2012
The US government says the Syrian people hate their leader because he is “slaughtering his own people.” But the Syrian people will tell you something much different. The only safe places in Syria are places under government control, while people living in opposition held areas live in constant fear. They may be killed for supporting the government, or because they’re the “wrong” religion, or because they say or do something that the terrorists deem sinful. People are afraid that anything they say or do will lead to death. When the terrorists come into an area and take over, people run from their homes and escape if they can. This is the source of all the refugees. If they don’t escape, they may be raped, shot or beheaded. If they are not killed, they must stay and live under “rebel” control, knowing that they might be killed at any moment. When the army retakes an area, the people come out and kiss and hug them. People who have left return if they can. The only safe place to be in Syria is a government controlled area. Below, Syrians throw flowers to soldiers in Deraa.