The Case for Regime Change in Syria (5)

According to reports coming out of Syria, security forces are currently laying siege to two different villages in the northern parts of the country, in the provinces of Idlib and al-Hassakeh to be specific. The two sieges are separate and have been instigated by two different sets of very local circumstances. In other words, there are no political overtones here.

Still, the two incidents are rather significant and quite ominous on two counts: the incompetence and corruption of the local authorities seem to lie at the heart of both incidents, and, in both cases, local authorities seem to be acting completely on their own, serving the interests of their various local leaders and being given a free hand by the central authorities.

Both the center and the periphery in the country are equally corrupt and incompetent and the people are left to fend on their own and their frustration is mounting. Their occasional outbursts of anger have so far been contained with ease, but one cannot but wonder as to the well-nigh inevitability of reaching a certain breakpoint/boiling-point/end-and-beginning-point when everything will come to a head.

This is where the Assads are leading us. Our own little road to hell is being paved to us as we speak. This is another reason why the Assads must go.

2 thoughts on “The Case for Regime Change in Syria (5)

  1. Ammar,The Oxford English Dictionary defines democracy as follows:“Government by the people; that form of government in which the sovereign power resides in the people as a whole, and is exercised either directly by them or by officers elected by them. In modern use often more vaguely denoting a social state in which all have equal rights, without hereditary or arbitrary differences of rank or privilege. While you are correct to think of democracy as a process and that real democracy is a goal that is never achieved, I think that the above definition makes it clear that the concept of democracy is more black and white than most of us are willing to admit. Indeed, using the above definition (especially the modern one), one cannot help but think that Syria’s current system stands at an extreme contrast with the spirit of the above definition.Admittedly, this is the first time that I spent any time reading through your forum. One cannot help but come away feeling your sense of frustration with the regime. At the outset, let me state that I do share your frustrations. What I think frustrates you most is watching seemingly intelligent fellow countrymen who do not see things the way you do. Set below is a sample of the issues that they cite to support their calls for the status quo:“We cannot take the risk of instability and chaos if the regime is replaced”This is typically the response of Christians and other minorities.“Bashar wants to change but he is blocked by the old guard”This is typically the response of the young generation “We are not ready for democracy”This is typically the response of people who live inside the country“Who is the alternative”?Christians and minorities who basically fear the alternative of the Moslem Brotherhood again typically cite this.“We will not accept outside help”This is the typical response of 99% of Syrians.While I respect your involvement in the various projects that you have been involved in to instigate change, I must admit that I am skeptical of their success. This regime knows that the only way they can be unseated is for the international community to lead the drive. Regrettably, internal and external opposition figures are applauded when they refuse international support. This is an enormous mistake and is music to the regime’s ears. The team of Bashar, Maher, Shawkat & Bushra are fully aware that there is precious little to fear from an opposition that is not backed by a powerful external power. The genius of this regime has been in augmenting the hatred and reluctance of any Syrian opposition to seek the help of America in particular. So long as the Syrian regime can make it difficult for opposition figures to make overtures to the international community seeking help in toppling it, achieving this aim will remain a far away dream. Let me conclude by arguing that this regime will never be removed unless the Syrian people are ready to seek outside help in all forms. People should also be told that changing he status quo is not going to be easy. Of course, a form of instability is going to ensue. The road ahead is unlikely to be smooth. But, to continue with the current regime is to postpone the inevitable. The current state of affairs is not normal. This regime continues to hope that it can repair the dam that broke. Their survival is at stake. They will not yield to any pressure, change or reform because they are convinced that these are merely code words to set the stage to remove them from power. The above leadership team knows that this is a slippery slop that they must not travel on. I am convinced that they will not take the bait. If the Syrian people do not want Hafez Assad Junior as their next president, they must turn to the international community for the help and resources that they so desperately lack. The immediate next step would be to draft a new secular constitution that allows all its mosaic if sects to have “equal rights, without hereditary or arbitrary differences of rank or privilege” just as definition of democracy calls for.

  2. I am reposting my comment from below, just as you did, Ehsani2Ehsani2, first of all, let me welcome you to my blog. Of course, I am already acquainted with you theough comments on Syria Comment.Second, I am actually, in complete agreement with you on the necessity of calling for outside support, even military support, if and when needed, it will most likely be needed. My whole argument in favor of regime change is indeed meant primarily to garner both internal and international support for this matter, and to convince more and more Syrians of the necessity of accepting international support in this regard. Thank you for adding your own clear support to this point.

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