Syria Comment Appears to be Folding

Ehsani, Joshua Landis’ substitute on why he’s also bowing out from Syria Comment:

Syrian politics was largely boring and predictable for years. This is no more. Everything Syrian changed since March of this year […] This morning, I decided that I needed a break from it all

Amazing, considering the fact that now is the time the world most needs independent comment from Syria. People who always claimed that Syria Comment was an extension of the Syrian Regime’s propaganda machine are feeling vindicated..

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  • GK

    I used to visit and comment Syria Comment until I have noticed that the comments were repetitive and by the same people with no meaningful input!
    Few months ago, I have noticed that Landis started to change and began to question the Ba3eth party control and Al-Assad regime!
    I believe that blogs should encourage discussion and allow people to provide comments (thoughts) that will benefit other readers.
    I hope that Beirut Spring will continue its forum of discussion.

  • OH

    Let’s hope Assad follow suit, soon.

  • daverushmore

    What OH said.

    Also Syria Comment would heavily moderate the comments and delete any which were too critical of it or of Assad and the Ba’athists (to your credit Mus, you’ve let people comment freely, even myself when I’ve been very critical of the ME).

    For years SC took their easy route and soft-soaped a nasty nasty regime and as a result got access and an undeserved respectability in certain (and I hate to use this term) Arabist circles. Now the mask has slipped and it looks like these guys can no longer justify the unjustifiable.

    Heh. they could always go and work in PR I guess….

  • Shunkleash

    “People who always claimed that Syria Comment was an extension of the Syrian Regime’s propaganda machine are feeling vindicated” — LOL!! As well they should..hasta la vista. Next to fold is Bashar! Yalla!

  • Craig

    People who always claimed that Syria Comment was an extension of the Syrian Regime’s propaganda machine are feeling vindicated..

    Well. No shit. I wonder why?

    I first ran across Joshua Landis before he even started that blog, via a Syrian “blogger” at the Chatham House think tank. The two of em were like peas in a pod and it was cute watching their contrived “disagreements” about the regime in Syria when it was obvious to even a casual observer like me that neither one of them really had any problem with Syria’s government.

    What I’d really like to know is why a prestigious British think-tank would hire an Assad mouthpiece in the first place? Any chance we can find out if Assad made some financial contributions, like Qadaffi did to the London School of Economics?

  • CopyCat

    Craig, if an Arab journalist agreed with Bush’s stances, like many Arab journalists indeed did, does that mean that Bush made financial contributions to them? Every person is free to believe what they like, dude

    • Craig

      Not talking about a journalist, CopyCat. I was talking about somebody employed by a British think tank. If you can think of a logical reason (besides money!) why a British government think tank would employ somebody who promotes the Syrian regime, I’d love to hear it.

      I assume your reference to a journalist was in regards to Joshua Landis. This is how he describes himself in his own bio:

      Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

      Is there a logical reason why a college professor who teaches at an American university should be promoting one of the world’s worst tyrannies, and one that’s hostile to the United States at that? I tell you true, if an American college professor in the field of political science had been glossing over the crimes of Ferdinand Marcos and essentially doing public relations for him while he was dictator of the Philippines I would have been all over that as well. People are free to believe what they want to believe, even if what they believe is fiction, but a college professor really needs to be held to some higher standards when it comes to their integrity in the field they teach. And so do think tank employees.