Syrians are organizing campaigns on Facebook and Twitter that call for a “day of rage” in Damascus this week, taking inspiration from Egypt and Tunisia.
Like Egypt and Tunisia, Syria suffers from corruption, poverty and unemployment. All three nations have seen subsidy cuts on staples like bread and oil. Syria’s authoritarian president has resisted calls for political freedoms and jailed critics of his regime.
The main Syrian protest page on Facebook is urging people to protest in Damascus on February 4 and 5 for “a day of rage”. It says the goal is to “end the state of emergency in Syria and end corruption”.
The number of people who have joined Facebook and Twitter pages calling for protests on Friday and Saturday is still relatively small, and some are believed to live outside the country.
Social networking sites were integral to rallying protesters in Tunisia and Egypt.
Facebook is banned in Syria, which makes organizing more difficult – even though many Syrians manage to access the social networking site anyway. More than 2,500 people have joined the page calling for protests on February 4-5, with another 850 joining a page in favor of President Bashar Assad.
Assad, a 45-year-old British-trained eye doctor, inherited power from his father, Hafez, in 2000, after three decades of authoritarian rule.
He is seen by many Arabs, however, as one of the few leaders in the region willing to stand up to arch enemy Israel. And his support for Palestinian and Lebanese militant groups opposed to Israel as well as his opposition to the US invasion of Iraq has won him more support among his people than other Arab rulers.
Source; Jordan Times
Bashar Assad’s father crushed a revolt by the Moslem Brotherhood in the city of Hama in 1982, ringing the city with tanks and artillery and firing point blank into populated areas, killing as many as 40,000 people.
It is unlikely that the Brothers have forgiven or forgotten.
It is also unlikely that they will try again. This “Day of Rage” on Saturday might produce some fireworks, but there won’t be anything in Syria like there has been in Egypt in the last week.
And there doesn’t have to be.
Syria is already firmly in the camp of Iran, which is an implacable enemy of the Israel and will probably join forces with whatever Islamist government emerges in Egypt, Jordan and the other countries surrounding the Jewish State for the great Gog Magog war prophesied about in Ezekiel 38-39.
Ezekiel 38: 2-5 says;
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet
The word “Islam” does not appear in this prophecy but as we look at the Middle East today we can clearly see that it is the only thing which unifies all the countries mentioned in this prophecy, who will come against Israel in a massive invasion force from which Israel will have no defense against except to cry out in fear and terror for their God to deliver them.
When they do, He will send His Son, the Lion of Judah, to deliver them.
For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, And like a young lion to the house of Judah I, even I, will tear to pieces and go away, I will carry away, and there will be none to deliver. I will go away and return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.
Written by NTM Staff