Akram, Angry Arab chief correspondent in Syria, sent me this: "Among the huge amount of bad news coming from Syria, a single ray of hope emerged, when father Michel No'oman, a catholic priest serving in Homs announced that about 300 armed men are ready to drop weapons, adding that the "300 young people" have warranties that the Syrian army will let them go and they will be able to continue a "non-violent political opposition". This development came few days after two "Christian" families succeeded in leaving the old town of Homs.
As small and local as seems when compared with news of the fighting inside and the ongoing negotiations between the great powers abroad, this event could be a model of what the civil society initiatives can do, when has a chance, in easing the tensions between the Syrian society groups and paving the way for the return of the peaceful political activities, and this is, actually, the core of Annan's six-points plan.
This development contradicts the dark picture (well, it's actually dark but in a different direction) that a suspicious extremist priest drawn about the situation in Homs.
An important thing we should say is that the success of such initiatives depends largely on the improbable good faith of the Syrian regime which must, instantly, leash its Shabiha and Mukhabarat dogs and stop using the criminal tactic of indiscriminate shelling of populated areas without forgetting the armed groups themselves.It's worthy to notice that the Syrian regime's media didn't say a single word about this development."
PS I should, for the record, reiterate (here as Angry Arab and not the correspondent) that I support the right of all Arab people--including Syrians of course--to revolt with arms against the regime. It is unfortunate that in the case of Syria, armed revolt is now in the hands of Saudi-run and Qatari-run Salafite and fanatic gangs.