Beyond the Mafia Regimes!

Corruption is the Number One obstacle in the face of development in our haggard part of the world. Entrenched regimes which act more like mafia conglomerates than actual governments can never produce the sort of reforms needed to help bridge the Development Gap separating us from the rest of the world. 

Therefore, those of us who are seriously interested in seeing this region living up to its full potential in terms of being able to provide for the material wellbeing of its various peoples have the awesome responsibility of trying to build alternatives to existing regimes from the ground up. Nothing could be more daunting.

Not even the people who will benefit the most from such a development will stand by us at first, on account of the many social taboos that we will end up transgressing against.

Indeed, achieving a regimefall is only a minor hurdle in comparison to those represented by socio-cultural norms. This is as true in Syria as it is in most Arab countries. The struggle to build free and developed societies in our part of the word will take us the better part of this century. But then, and as the motto of our publishing house, DarEmar, goes: Small Steps Count.

12 thoughts on “Beyond the Mafia Regimes!

  1. Speaking of the mafia, remember when Sammy the Bull snitched on Gotti well I wonder if Khaddam is modern day version of Sammy the Bull.

  2. Anyone here familiar with a man by the name of Ali Duba, cause I just read on Debka that he has defected to London from Damascus.

  3. Re kingdrudge and Sammy the Bull. That is an excellent point that I have made on a number of other blogs. Justice will be served when Khaddan, as unsightly as his history might have been, decides to spill the beans to help nail the other big fish.

  4. Thanks Ghassan, I made that analogy cause to me it seems just like Sammy the Bull, Khaddam knows the ship is sinking and is the only passenger that has the guts to jump ship for his own personal benefit.

  5. Hi Amar,This is my first comment to your blog. I have read all your material and I do admire your effort. The good question was what the opposition suppose to do?. Although, we know all the facts about the system and how the government work, still no one is saying what should the opposition do after Khadam statements. I think it should be a demand letter from the opposition for making inquiry by leading public lawyers who suppose to be not from Baath and to look into the accusation laid by Khadam. I should be targeted in the letter some of the big fish like Makhlouf and should the common knowledge about their known theft. I think it should be played smart like those in the MPs who played dumb when they raise the dumping of nuclear waste in the desert.

  6. I agree with you. Something along these lines should be made by the opposition and soon. The heat should be kept on the Corruption File. This is one way for getting popular sympathy and attention.

  7. Nothing will change until the people of the mideast embrace tolerance within themselves. As long as people hate or intimidate those who are different then the soil will always grow bitter fruit. It is a simple and direct relationship. Tolerance breeds innovation. Inoovation creates a strong economy. A strong economy delivers power to the merchants and the merchants will overthrow the oppressor. Without the merchants there is noone strong enough to prevent another dictator for more than a decade or two.

  8. I do believe in free trade, but I have to say that our merchant class at this stage is not exactly of the kind that you have in mind. Their duplicitous dealings with regime members and their adamant refusal to take any critical stands against it politically raises too many questions regarding their credibility and commitment to change. The merchant class has a way to go in terms of self-education before it can become a harbinger of liberty and prosperity.

  9. the merchant class will always act in the best interests of their profit. without any innovation then they are left to deal in either low-profit industries or corrupt governance. If however, there is innovation, then they will find international trade to be more profitable. As such, they will stand against the dictator in order to secure profits. If, they are of substantial enough number then the people will be dependant upon them for food … and they will stand with the merchants.In the mid-east the hurdle is even higher since the dictator can control oil revenues. Societies that seek conformity and supress those who are different will lack the innovation required to be internationally competitive.

  10. I don’t disagree with the basic concept, but our societies might require more time before they become more accommodating of difference as they need to be. We have to push in that general direction though.

  11. Martin Luther King did it in the south in less than one generation. Since then, the southern US has become an economic powerhouse and has attracted enough residents to dramatically influence national elections. Everywhere that tolerance grows the economy soon blossoms. Perhaps it is coincidence that India is surging forward in the wake of Ghandi. Maybe it is coincidence that an open China is booming. Maybe. Maybe not.I don’t think you can beat Asswad with force, coertion, political pressure, or sewing the seeds of sedition. That’s his game on his turf. What you need is an Ali Ghandi. Give it one generation and the Asswads will be gone for a long time. It took 900 years to build this mess so it’s probably going to take longer than six months to fix it.

  12. I agree, and am inspired. Though I believe it’s going to take a few Alis, Muhammads and Eliases for that.

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