The Fodder & the Flock!

What’s really happening with Islamist groups in Syria? Are they finally turning against the very regime that for long sponsored them, in the belief that a chaotic situation in Syria will better serve their interests at this stage? Is the Faustian deal that has for years united the two radically opposed camps, the Alawite regime and the Sunni extremists, and according to the which the latter camp was granted safe haven in Syria in exchange for reserving their violence to other people and countries and in accordance with some of the regime’s most notorious policies, finally falling apart? Or, have the Assads of Syria decided that turning against their unlikely allies at this stage will bolster their image both with regard to the domestic scene and the international one?

Well, considering the unexplainable knack of these terrorists to attack empty buildings along the Mazzeh Boulevard, the latter alternative might appear to be the more likely and convincing one. On the other hand, the Assads have never actually shied away from shedding the blood of their innocent countrymen when they though this could serve their vile purposes. As such, the very murderous nature of the regime makes it very difficult for observers to make up their mind here.

But, and whatever the case may be, we, the people, are the ones who are going to pay the ultimate price. We are the damned ones in this macabre game. We are the ones who will have to suffer the consequences of both the failure and success of the regime’s policies, because everything will come at our expense, as it has always had. We are not factored into any equation except as fodder. Proletariat, citizens, the faithful, the epithets vary, but the meaning remains the same: fodder for other peoples’ wars. Perhaps it is about time we waged our own.

But, if there is any scenario that I fear most it is exactly this one, the one that we need most. For this is the scenario that changes the nature of the game, this is the scenario that allows us to become self-aware as a people. But I haven’t heard of a people who have become self-aware without going through hell first.

Indeed, we are not self-aware yet, we are still but cattle. And our leaders are but shepherds who, like all other shepherds, have to fleece and feed upon the flock.


2 thoughts on “The Fodder & the Flock!

  1. God help us all.. As you said, Ammar, it seems we are damned if we do, and damned if we don’t.. (or rather, damned if THEY do, and damned if THEY don’t!!..).. It seems to me, though, that the People of Syria are largely disinterested.. I said on previous occasions, it seems people still have something to fear for.. something to lose if things change.. and unless they can see what they will gain from such change, or unless they truly have nothing more to lose(and, let’s face it, the Regime has been very clever in just about stopping matters reaching that stage for the people!..)no-one will rise.. and if the people do not have the will to rise, no amount of ‘external’ pushing and prodding will make any difference… Change must come from within.. with or without help from outside, it must originate from within..But whatever happens, I’m afraid I, too, cannot see a way that does not pass through the darkest hole in Hell..From a tired, despondent, and sleep-deprived Syrian Brit

  2. But I haven’t heard of a people who have become self-aware without going through hell first.Well, that’s certainly what happened to Jews about 2000 years ago, the Spanish seventy years ago, and the Germans sixty years ago. But with enough courage and education, perhaps such a stage (or relapse) can be avoided.

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