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You might not take me seriously if I told you that the below cuttings are taken from an Al-Akhbar article (here is the Arabic version), written by its editor-in-chief Ibrahim Al-Amine.

Al-Akhbar has close links with Hezbollah, with Al-Amine considered the unofficial spokesman of the Party of God. I am not talking about the portrait of Imad Mughniyeh behind his desk, but rather his editorials.

He is a staunch supporter of Bashar Assad’s regime, but he goes out of his way sometimes, mostly in the wrong way, but I can’t fault him this time. This is what he gave us this time:

…the security state continues to operate…The security alert makes the authorities behave as though the state of emergency is still in place…

As for the Baath party, it continues to enjoy privileges it was supposed to relinquish in favor of the state as a whole…

Nothing appears to be different about the new licensed political parties that have become active. The extremely low turnout at the parliamentary elections meanwhile exposed the lack of public confidence in the thought that anything has changed…

The same applies to the media…Even the question has become surreal: With all this violence, bloodshed and fighting of every variety, are there still people who worry that public opinion might be influenced by some article or commentary?

There are many things which need to be done. There is nothing today preventing the retrial of those responsible for the first crime in Deraa. Nothing prevents the indictment of Rami Makhlouf and his “Dardari-era business” colleagues, the confiscation of their funds, and their reinvestment in development programs in Syria’s ravaged rural areas…

For the military and security confrontation has demonstrated, over the course of the past year, the deficient state of the security forces themselves. It has shown that they are as decrepit as the other departments…

So is this a message from Hezbollah to Bashar Assad to get his act together?

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