In Search of the Good Alawites!

Regardless of what is happening today on the surface of things, and regardless of how much trouble Bashar & Co. have got themselves into, being able to maneuver the country into and through a peaceful democratic transition requires the aegis of a number of Good Sunnis and Good Alawites

The Good Sunnis are defined as those who can prevent acts and steer their community in a direction that is more accommodating of difference not only across the sectarian barrier but also across the ideological divide separating Islamists and secularists.

The Good Alawites, on the other hand, are those who will be willing to stand up against the corruption and tyranny of the Assad clan and those who would acknowledge that a return to normalcy in the country means that certain psychological and structural adjustments need to be made in order to allow the Sunni community a more logical share in power and the decision-naming process, one that is more commensurate with demographic realities.

Certain structural checks and balances need to be adopted by one and all in order to prevent both the tyranny of the majority and that of the minority and, more importantly, the tyranny of all ideologies. Small states cannot afford to be ideological in this world. No state really can, but states such as the US can afford to make some mistakes, Syria cannot.

A Shameless Plug

Managing Transition is currently being debated on the Syria Forum website.

2 thoughts on “In Search of the Good Alawites!

  1. Ammar, I do not have my hand on the Syrian pulse anywhere as close as you do. As a result my pronouncements/opinions might not pass the test of the school of realism. I have become increasingly convinced that the present Syrian Ba’ath regime is on its last throes. The good Syrian people should not allow this opportunity to pass by without achieving a major change towards freedom and democracy.That the change is coming is inevitable. It is the way that the transition is handeled that would speak volumes about the maturity of the Syrian opposition. We must demonstrate to the rest of the Arab world that getting rid of tyranny and dictatorship need not be traumatic. This will help establish civil society on firmer grounds and it will encourage other states to rise against totalitarianism without having to fear the instability that follows it. Many of the Eastern Europian countries have managed to do just that in a relatively short period of time. Witness the progress that has been accomplished in the Czech republic not to mention Hungary, Poland Estonia and others. One example that should be avoided at all costs is the internecine experience of Iraq and the chaos of Gaza.

  2. I agree Ghassan. We should arm ourselves with hope and tackle the difficult task ahead of us. If we truly believe in the principles of democracy, pluralism and justice, we really have no choice.

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