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Syria- Understanding Before Condemning
Don't be too easily taken in by the bad guys in their reaction to the current bloodshed in Syria. Understand what is going on before you rush to condemn Assad.
The idea of a democratic revolution seems simple to the Americans and Australians, inhabitants of homogeneous settler states with no ancestral problems.
But what is happening in Syria appears not to be any such thing, but a Sunni versus Alawite civil war. If that it true it is typical bad guy behaviour to take the side of the Sunnis, and the objective is likely to be to destroy Syria as a state.
Understand what is going on rather than responding reflexively to the horrors trumpeted by the bad guy media.
Understand who the Alawites are. I don't know either, but it is easy to pick up that they are a relatively benign offshoot of the Shiites and that the Sunnis hold them to be heretics and have persecuted them for centuries.
There are a number of divisions of the Shiites. Those of Iran, the Twelvers, seem the nastiest (possibly excepting the Assassins), the Ismailis apparently far more moderate, and the Alawites even believe in drinking wine, and have something resembling a communion service in which wine is taken.
In the present conflict, if the death toll is higher among the rebels, notice that that does not create right on one side and wrong on the other. Remember, if the bad guys want to destroy Syria, there is a corresponding imperative driving the Syrian government to preserve and ensure the survival of Syria. In the face of armed revolution the imperative of the state to preserve the state may look very nasty, but may just be responsibly doing what's needed.
In that situation also you can understand why all the Arab states, including the Sudanese government, murderers of millions, all Sunni-controlled countries, are unanimously condemning Assad. Don't imagine that they are doing that from a moral high ground.
The bad guys are demanding that Assad "step aside". Now, look at that already deceptive language, which doesn't at all mean step aside, it means rush out the back door, jump on his motor bike and disappear into the sunset. That's not stepping aside.
Look at what the good guys, the Russians, are doing. They seem ready to help Assad work though the problems besetting the country and put such reforms in place as will allow all citizens to enjoy similar human rights, but do it realistically, doing what is feasible in the social and historical context.
Not trying to forcibly impose five centuries of political evolution before the evening news. That doesn't work, it results in endless bloody conflict following the electoral cycle. It is not democracy but outside interference that remains permanently in place and makes the country a permanent Haiti.
If it is really a Sunni versus Alawite conflict (and I don't really understand it, but it's something like that, nothing like class conflict in a settler society with those lacking rights demanding them), the violent denunciations and threats of the bad guys should be taken with a pinch of salt, and we should be thankful for the Russian and Chinese vetoes against outside armed intervention.
The Russians are saying, don't take sides in someone else's civil war. Sounds like good guy talk to me.