After US President Barack Obama declared on 18 August 2011: “For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.” . . .
Maher Al Shaaban (18 August 2011): “Heard Obama say ‘Syria would be better without Assad’, well guess what Mr President ‘the whole universe would be better without the US'”; “And of course by the US I mean United States government #previoustweet”
Bassam AlKadi (18 August 2011): “If you leave now, Bashar, you’re a traitor . . . and beat it ye servants of NATO!”
Cf. “#Syria-n Hoax Amina blog, false account of protestors, fake babies in Hama, death of Ali Habib, ‘Naval Shelling’ and now ‘stadium stories'” (KsarSham, 18 August 2011); “Back from Syria, & have to say had a great holiday with the family, out and about like every year, no near the problems as the ‘news’ claim” (Lema Oulabi, 18 August 2011); “Assad should ‘step aside’, Turkish attacks in north Iraq, Kurdish lethal attacks inside Turkey, qualitative operation inside Israel (with RPGs mind you) . . . and, most importantly, the extension of some sort of US presence in Iraq!” (“The Big Bazaar Is Wide Open!” Friday Lunch Club, 18 August 2011).
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