It has been raining almost all morning and afternoon today in Damascus. Is has been raining a lot in the past few days,too, but today it just looked more gloomy… the rain, foggy and cold weather, empty streets as every Friday because of the weekend.
In the past days newspapers, websites, news outlets have been reporting about the so-called “Syrian days of anger”-pacific rallies following the Tunisian and Egyptian “wave”- that should have been taken the country by storm starting by today. But who really believed this was going to happen???
Maybe foreigner news outlets or NGOs, or Syrians living abroad did. A Facebook group has been set to organize the protests of the “Syrian days of anger” with more than 10.000 members (by the way, very few have reported that the total number of members of counter-groups was actually much higher).
“But the Internet magicians promised revolts!” has twitted Abumuqawama. Sure, but a click on the “like” button on Facebook doesn`t translate into street action and that`s why the “Syrian revolution” is going to stay on Twitter as streets are going to stay empty in Damascus.
The situation in Syria is very different and so much more complicated in some ways than Egypt or Tunisia. It`s easy, particularly for Western media, to generalize and hope that new media will take the whole Middle East into a storm. But Syrian society is much more fragmented and nobody “wants to risk civil war” as Joshua Landis reminded.
Anyway, more is planned for tomorrow, sat #feb5. Another day of anger..or just another rainy day???