Robin Yassin-Kassab

Assault on Ali Farzat

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Here I am on PRI’s The World discussing the assault on Ali Farzat this morning.

And here‘s Foreign Policy’s comment on the assault plus a gallery of Farzat’s cartoons.

On the radio I said that the Syrian regime isn’t trying to be popular at present. Escalating its attacks on Syrian cities in Ramadan, increasing the gunfire at the dawn prayer and at the break of fast: these are not moves calculated to win popularity. Likewise, when regime torturers force the detained to pray to a picture of the dictator, and to repeat ‘There is no god but Bashaar’, they are not seeking approval. It’s much more basic than that. The message is: We can do whatever the hell we like. We can outrage you as much as we choose. We can shock you with our barbarity and then shock you again, because we are unimaginably strong.

But they aren’t strong. They are very weak indeed, as we will all soon – insha’allah – discover.

Written by Robin Yassin-Kassab

August 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

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  1. There was a moving interview with Farzat’s son on The World Today on BBC World Service (radio).


    August 26, 2011 at 2:51 am

    • When is the interview with Farzat’s son?


      August 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

  2. […] in the world, one who tackles universal as well as local themes. He’s also a man whose hands were broken by the […]

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