Children from Ma'arat al-Nu'man, Idlib Governorate, Syria, joined the revolution against the Assad regime.
In this is video clip, posted by the Syrian opposition on YouTube, a girl standing among a group of about 20 children from Ma'arat al-Nu'man, a city in the Idlib Governorate, announced "We the children of Ma'arat al-Nu'man announce our defection from our schools and abandonment of our toys/games to join the Free [Syrian] Army and protect our people/families ― this after the whole world failed to protect or offer a helping hand to them."
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) is the main armed opposition group fighting against Bashar al-Assad's Alawite-dominated Iranian-allied Baathist regime. The FSA consists of defected Syrian Armed Forces personnel and civilians who have joined them.
Map and satellite view of Ma'arrat al-Numan, Idlib Governorate, Syria
The girl in the video further added, "The world should not blame us because we cannot sit cross-armed [idly] while we watch the blood of our people being spilled before our eyes. We have the right to defend our childhood, which was forsaken by the beastly al-Assad army."
The girl also condemned Russia for thwarting a United Nations resolution calling upon al-Assad to resign. Said she "And we say to Russia: our blood will not forgive you. Shame on you for supplying al-Assad with weapons, which are tearing our bodies. In light of the shameful international silence we have decided to carry weapons to protect our people and ourselves."
In reality, the FSA does not field child soldiers. These kids were only making a political appeal while carrying plastic toy guns and knives. They are in fact too young to be able to fire weapons. Obviously, their message is directed at their fellow Arabs from the Gulf countries and international sympathizers to entice them to help the Syrian Revolution.
The girl further added "We say to the dictatorial regime of Bashar: have you not had enough of our blood that you bomb us with tanks and artillery? You shall fall, you shall fall, like it or not, even if you bomb us with airplanes, for we are willing to sacrifice our lives for our defense and the victory of our revolution."
The message of the girl carried a very strong Islamic religious tone as she opened her announcement with a Quranic recitation: "And against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of God and your enemies." (Quran: 8:60)
The children concluded their video message with three collective invocations of "Allahu Akbar" ― Arabic for "God is Greater."
The three misfits: From left, Hassan Nasrallah, Bashar al-Assad and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Indeed, God is greater than Bashar al-Assad, the Hezbollah terrorist Hassan Nasrallah and the Tyrant of Tehran Ali Khamenei ― all enemies of the Syrian Revolution and of freedom and liberty.
بشار: "إرحل عنا، ما بنحبك!"
To Bashar, from the children of Ma'arat al-Nu'man: "Leave us, we do not love you!"
Sam Bazzi is the director of the Islamic Counteterrorism Institute. He blogs at sambazzi.com.