THU 28 - 10 - 2021
Date: May 17, 2013
Author: Ziad Majed
The Apathy of a Hodgepodge of many Leftists & Arab Nationalists
Three new arguments dominate today the discourse of many leftists and Arab nationalists who pretend complete neutrality towards what’s happening in Syria.
Syrians are demolishing their country - The first argument states that the “Syrians have the right to demand reform, but it ceased to be a justifiable right the moment they carried weapons and started destroying the country allowing foreign powers to interfere in their own affairs”. In that regard, the blame is solely casted over those who - after months of the brutal killing, savagery torture and random arrest in the face of their peaceful demonstrations – decided to carry weapons first to defend themselves and second to liberate their country from tyranny. With this rhetoric, the genuine strive for freedom from a 43-year-old oppressive rule is reduced to the danger of exposing Syria to foreign involvement and interest. Correspondingly, Syrians should give up their call for freedom and surrender to the Assad killing machine to cut the way for foreign intervention and to put an end to the sad demolition of their cities and villages.

Syrians are bearded Jihadists - The second argument takes a more simplistic route by resorting to the easy Jihadist label. “How can democrats who strive for dignity and human rights support a revolution that is led by Jabhat al-Nusra and backward Jihadists, even if it is against a criminal regime?” With this accusation, millions of Syrians are downgraded to the level of Jabhat al-Nusra and trespassing Jihadists. Images of “normal people” (women-men, old-young) and their daily routine in their towns are replaced with bearded fighters who take pride in performing obnoxious acts of killing. This manipulative imposition makes the death of tens of thousands of people somehow “acceptable” and relieves the lamenters from the duty of condemning the mass murder of the Syrian people, reduced to extremists who hold responsibility for this bloodbath.  Unsurprisingly, the Syrian Army airstrikes and the heavy blind bombardments are unnecessary details in this “neutral” narrative. 

Don’t mess with the devil - Finally, the third argument - used ignorantly or ill-intentionally - questions the rationale behind revolting against a regime that is criminal by nature. “The Syrian people are well-acquainted with the regime’s criminality, and they know that it will not think twice before taking the whole country down. How irresponsible of them to even think of revolting against this regime without taking into consideration its violent reaction!” According to this rhetoric, the Syrians are to blame for their own execution and pitiful destiny. One can extend this peculiar reasoning to the endless massacres, and hence the responsibility of the mass killing of children in al-Bayda or Baniyas is to be borne by their parents who did not stop to consider the consequences of their own acts.  For after all, what does a “killer” do but kill? And hence, the act of killing should come as a surprise to no one, and it would have been wiser to avoid instigating the “criminal’s/killer’s” anger from the first place rather than put the blame on his “natural” inclination to kill…
Maybe not so surprisingly, the so-called neutralists have resorted to empty arguments that does a great job at expressing their deep hatred to the majority of Syrians either by labeling them as al-Nusra fighters, pretending that they would have supported their demands if not for the militarization of the revolution, or by blaming them for overstretching the tolerance of a criminal regime. Implicitly, what these neutralists are really arguing for is that a revolution against a criminal regime is not right exactly because of the criminal nature of this regime! 

This renewed nonsense and continuous fabrication of accommodative excuses to justify the unwillingness of the proponents of “neutrality” to take a decent position shows day after day that the Syrian revolution is radical in its attempt to eradicate a culture of hypocrisy and ignobility and that its enemies are many. At the same time, this indecent discourse shows that despite all difficulties and internal and external dysfunctions that might fuel revenge and violence, the Syrian revolution proved unyielding perseverance in facing the ruling regime and its widespread arms, among which are obsolete rotten mentalities that never gave any value to freedom, and never stood up for the dignity of the people they claim to protect against foreign conspiracies. 

Originally written in Arabic, this article was translated by Farah Shoukair.

The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Arab Network for the Study of Democracy
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