Clueless in Damascus!

Catherine has a point. The Syrian opposition and dissident movements do not know how to organize. This has been their problem all along. They often fail to invite enough members of the press to their improvised sit-ins, and they have shown clearly that they have no stomach for clashes with security officers. 

As for the Street, the boiling that is taking part is setting people against each other, not against the authorities in any direct manner – at least, not at this stage. We have already seen this happen in Suweida, Qamishly, Hassakeh, Misyaf. But more importantly, such incidents are taking place on a daily basis these days. True, their scale is too small for them to be widely noticed, that is, we are not talking about recurring open riots here, but about scuffles. Still, these scuffles are happening along ethnic or sectarian lines and they are happening frequently. This means that central authorities are absent or too weak and ineffectual to prevent such developments. These are the basic ingredients for the boiling I am talking about.

The root causes of all this are indeed socioeconomic in nature. But coming up with the necessary team that can chart policies to help control the situation and resolve the problem cannot take place unless radical political changes are adopted.

I am talking to a lot of “average citizens” these days, and what they have to say is astounding. They do like the President, but they also believe he is weak and ineffectual. Weak and ineffectual. In a dictatorship people don’t respect a weak and ineffectual leader, no matter how much they sympathize with his situation, no matter how likeable he happens to be. Indeed, clueless leaders cannot maintain their hold on power for long.

But our leaders are clueless, and they will not be able to produce the necessary political changes required of them. Meanwhile, the world is not simply watching, it is actively dabbling. Hence the impending the implosion.