Video Dispatch 8: Syrians burn Iranian and Russian Flags (not Israeli and U.S. ones)

May 22, 2011

This is the eighth in a series of “Video dispatches”. This one includes videos taken yesterday and on Friday in Syria.

(Update, 2017: This dispatch was written and posted a few weeks into what was initially a peaceful pro-democracy uprising in Syria, years before ISIS was formed and the Syrian democrats were abandoned and betrayed by Obama and the West.)

Thanks to all the sites that linked to this page, including this one in Persian, this one in French and various sites in English, such as The Weekly Standard or for example, here, here, here and here.


In this first video, taken yesterday (Saturday May 21) protestors in Syria burn the Iranian, Russian and Chinese flags.

This contradicts years of “expert analysis” by the Middle East editor of the BBC and others, and suggests President Bush and the neo-cons were right in their analysis that the people of Syria are less interested in opposing Israel and the United States, and more interested in gaining freedom from the regimes in Iran, Russia and China which help prop up the Assad dictatorship in Damascus.



In this horrific second video, filmed secretly, a Syrian tank deliberately runs back and forth over what appears to be an injured protestor on a motorcycle in the town of Dara, where hundreds have been killed by the Assad regime in recent weeks.



The video below was shown on France 24, the English-language French network, which has been much better in covering what is happening in Syria than other international networks like the BBC and CNN.

France 24 reports that these tortured detainees have been deliberately released by the regime in an effort to dissuade other citizens from participating in anti-government protests.

This video was made earlier this month in the north-western Syrian city of Banias.



In this large protest in Homs on Friday, the people sing and chant: “Down with Bashar” and “Leave, Bashar, Leave”.


Among past recent dispatches on Syria, please see:

* Syria’s Assad is worse than Gaddafi in many ways

* Carrying out acts of terror is nothing new for the Assad family

* They couldn’t even muster a press statement (& The Syria Lobby)

Other dispatches in this video series can be seen here:

* Video dispatch 1: The Lady In Number 6

* Video dispatch 2: Iran: Zuckerberg created Facebook on behalf of the Mossad

* Video dispatch 3: Vladimir Putin sings “Blueberry Hill” (& opera in the mall)

* Video dispatch 4: While some choose boycotts, others choose “Life”

* Video dispatch 5: A Jewish tune with a universal appeal

* Video dispatch 6: Carrying out acts of terror is nothing new for the Assad family

* Video dispatch 7: A brave woman stands up to the Imam (& Cheering Bin Laden in London)

* Video dispatch 8: Syrians burn Iranian and Russian Flags (not Israeli and U.S. ones)

* Video Dispatch 9: “The one state solution for a better Middle East...”

* Video dispatch 10: British TV discovers the next revolutionary wave of Israeli technology

* Video dispatch 11: “Freedom, Freedom!” How some foreign media are reporting the truth about Syria

* Video dispatch 12: All I want for Christmas is...

* Video dispatch 13: “The amazing Israeli innovations Obama will see this week (& Tchaikovsky Flashwaltz!)

* Video dispatch 14: Jon Stewart under fire in Egypt (& Kid President meets Real President)

* Video dispatch 15: A rare BBC recording from 1945: Survivors in Belsen sing Hatikvah (& “No Place on Earth”)

* Video dispatch 16: Joshua Prager: “In search for the man who broke my neck”

* Video dispatch 17: Pushback against the “dictator Erdogan” - Videos from the “Turkish summer”

* Video dispatch 18: Syrian refugees: “May God bless Israel”

* Video dispatch 19: An uplifting video (& ‘Kenya calls in Israeli special forces to help end mall siege’)

* Video dispatch 20: No Woman, No Drive: First stirrings of Saudi democracy?

* Video dispatch 21: Al-Jazeera: Why can’t Arab armies be more humane like Israel’s?

* Video dispatch 22: Jerusalem. Tel Aviv. Beirut. Happy.

* Video dispatch 23: A nice moment in the afternoon

* Video dispatch 24: How The Simpsons were behind the Arab Spring

* Video dispatch 25: Iranians and Israelis enjoy World Cup love-in (& U.S. Soccer Guide)

* Video dispatch 26: Intensifying conflict as more rockets aimed at Tel Aviv

* Video dispatch 27: Debating the media coverage of the current Hamas-Israel conflict

* Video dispatch 28: CNN asks Hamas: “Do you really believe Jews slaughter Christians?” (& other items)

* Video dispatch 29: “Fighting terror by day, supermodels by night” (& Sign of the times)

* Video dispatch 30: How to play chess when you’re an ISIS prisoner (& Escape from Boko Haram)

* Video dispatch 31: Incitement to kill

* Video Dispatch 32: Bibi to BBC: “Are we living on the same planet?” (& other videos)

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