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Syrians on Steve Jobs’ Death: “The Wrong Syrian Died”

Syrians on Steve Jobs’ Death: “The Wrong Syrian Died”
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Syrians opposed to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad mourned the death of Apple co-founder and innovator Steve Jobs while noting that, had Jobs been born in Syria, he would never have accomplished what he did. Jobs’ biological father, Abdulfattah Jandali, was from Homs, a city that has been a center of the seven-month anti-regime protest:

“The wrong Syrian died today,” said one Twitter user, echoing sentiments of the Syrian leader’s bitter opponents.

“A sick world we live in when Steve Jobs has to die of cancer and Bashar al-Assad remains Syria’s cancer,” another opposition supporter said on the website.

Others hailed Jobs, whose Syrian links have been little mentioned until now, as “a great Arab American” and “the most famous Arab in the world”.

In Syria, some people, who all declined to give their full names, said Jobs would have been unlikely to have had such a stellar career if he had lived in the land of his father’s birth, where the Assad family has ruled for 41 years.

“I felt sad, not because he is of Syrian origin but because we will miss the inventor and his inventions,” said Rana, a 21-year-old student. “But I think that if he had stayed in Syria, he would not have invented anything.”

“This is sad and we will miss a lot of his achievements, but the company will continue,” said Ali, a website designer. “If he had lived and died in Syria, he would not have accomplished anything.”

As of this week, 2,900 Syrians have died in seven months of protests, according to the United Nations. At least 187 of those killed are children, according to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Just this Friday, activists said that 21 people were killed including two prominent Syrian opposition leaders. Mashaal Tammo, the founder of the liberal Kurdish Future Movement Party, was killed when four masked gunmen burst into a private house where he and others were meeting in Qamishli, in northern Syria. His son Marcel and another activist, Zahida Rashkilo were wounded. Riad Seif, a dissident and former political prisoner, was beaten to death by government security operatives as he left Al Hassan Mosque in Damascus.

SANA, the official Syrian Arab News Agency, offered a very different account, saying that Tammo was a “nationalistic opposition leader” who had been killed by four gunmen in a car.

After the killings, Basma Kodmani, a spokeswoman for the newly formed opposition group, the Syrian National Council — which numbered Tammo and Seif among its members – said that Assad’s regime had “crossed a new stage in the strategy of repression.”

As the violence in Syria continues, and as talk of civil war grows, Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, called on Assad to reform or leave office. Russia has been a Syrian ally since the cold war and, earlier this week, had blocked a UN resolution condemning the Syrian government’s crackdown.

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8:20PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Read the article! The Syrian young people totally get it. They completely understand Steve Jobs would never have had the opportunity under a total dictatorship that also controls the economy. Apple would not have existed, period.

They recognize that his success happened in America because it is a free democracy and that is inspiring them to fight and die for their own freedom! Come on, fellow Americans, don't you see that is something truly great? They are not hijacking Steve Jobs - they know he didn't grow up Arabic, Syrians read newspapers and watch TV. They know his mother was American and he was raised American. They are embracing democracy and freedom and the values we represent. We need to embrace that, and that is why our Ambassador keeps risking his butt out there.

6:09AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

It is a shame how these dictators think they get away from doing wrong things esp. on human rights! God does have a plan for each one of us...only time will tell, ha?

2:29PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Those poor people

11:31AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

How sad the people in that country.

7:47AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

The Steve Jobs bashers are disgruntled MS users who are so used to loosing data and frequently having to restart their windows. I went through that phase, the only answer for me was to change, big learning curve in my age, but less stress.

7:19AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

I am not an Apple user, my daugther is. However, I think Steve Jobs was a genious, a better man than Bill Gates. Mind you, Steve did not have to steal from anybody, he had his own inventions, his own agenda. When downed by MS copycats he brought the company back to number1. I should have changed to apple a long time ago. Every time windows crashes, I say f#*k Billy Gates, I have said that at least a thousand times since MS # 1. It is not too late as my daughter said and I listened.

3:36AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

I always had respect for Steve Jobs, I did not know that he was born in Syria. They are right about the wrong Syrian dying though. Steve Jobs gave to humanity, Bashar al-Assad only takes.

10:15PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

I can't wrap my head around all the SJ-bashing. I'm totally not understanding it at all. You haters need to go find something more productive to do than post on a forum.

7:09PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

I do not understand why everyone is in love with Steve Jobs. He was NOT a good man.

6:39PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

thanks interesting .

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