Op-Ed by Afraa Dagher
This morning, on January 26, 2016, two suicide bombings hit Homs, a province in Syria.
Perhaps the bomber was a “moderate” terrorist, or maybe he was one of those who were part of the “conciliation,” a newly placated person who has been assimilated back to Syrian society!
The terrorist parked his car bomb on the side of the road in Zahraa suburb. He then detonated the bomb by remote control. As usual, people rushed and gathered to watch this bombing. But, the terrorist had other plans for them. He blew himself up amidst the people staring at the car bomb. He was wearing an explosive belt.
This suburb has been targeted more than 60 times since the beginning of this so-called Arab Spring. The general demographic of residents in this site is mostly Alawite. However, that doesn’t mean you are going to see only Alawite there. Syrians move from side to side – all Syrians – from all religions.
This bombing claimed the lives of more than 24 persons. At least those are the numbers we have at this moment. Among the names of martyrs, whom we could identify, we saw Christian names as well.
Many other bodies were impossible to be identified! Only shreds were left. Many other wounded persons are now in critical condition too, with the numbers of injured over a hundred.
Such bombings used to take place in Syrian provinces, conveniently before any peace talks such as the one to be held in Geneva in the coming days. This is just a sampling of the nature of the “moderate opposition” who we are going to negotiate with.
In addition, I must criticize some of those who are in important positions in this province. After any “conciliation” with these “rebels,” there must be a real attempt to clean the area of explosive devices. There must also be an attempt to determine who is really assimilated back into Syrian society and who retains their Takfiri mentality.
Of course, I don’t blame the Provincial leadership for everything. After all, how can we see what is in the minds of these people? It is easier to secure your border with your state enemy like Turkey, Israel and (unfortunately) with Lebanon and Jordan where the terrorists are coming from than to change the minds of those among us who harbor terrorist allegiances and who believe suicide bombings are the road to Paradise.
This jihadist mentality is the new “land mine,” and the ground in which it is planted is the mind of the “rebels.” Perhaps, at some point, you will have your chance to meet them in person in your own corner of the world, only they will be going by the name of “refugees” instead of “rebels.” Perhaps these individuals are waiting in their own sleeper cells right now.
We trust our government. However, we also love our people too. To live a life full of bombing is nothing short of horror.
As for the Geneva peace talks – What kind of peace could you think to bring to the Syrian people when the leaders of these terrorist groups have been tapped to represent Syria by a kingdom of Wahhabites? If Saudi Arabia is choosing the head of the opposition to meet with government representatives, what chance do you think the Syrian people will have at peace?
Afraa Dagher is a political analyst currently residing in Syria. She has made numerous media appearances commenting on the current state of affairs inside Syria as well as the nature of the current crisis. She has appeared on RT, PRESS TV, and is a regular guest on Activist Post writer Brandon Turbeville’s Truth on the Tracks radio program. Her website is www.SyrianaAfrona.wordpress.com.