A Tale of Mayhem Foretold!

To all those who thought I am raving mad when I told them that the adventurist streak of the Assads runs so deep inside of them that we will be hard pressed to distinguish it from a serious death-wish, I say: do you believe me now? You still don’t? Well say hello to the Popular Committee for the Liberation of the Golan, an organization whose official presence has just beenannouncedand whose founders, made up of lawyers, activists and former MPs of Golanese descent, describe it as “political military organization” that will deploy “whatever means necessary” to get back the Golan.

Whether the announcement came as an immediate response to Israeli warplanes flying earlier today over Bashar’s palace in Lattakia, while he was there, or whether it is the other way around, the announcement did not come out of thin air, there has been signs and rumors to this effect for a few of years now.

Indeed, the whole incident seems a like reenactment of the situation in 2003. Then, too, Israel was retaliating for a suicide bombing that killed many civilians, while Bashar was busy supporting radical Palestinian groups. But at the time, and instead of announcing the formation of some liberation movement, someone ran an article in the Syrian daily al-Thawra in which he admonished that Syria should learn from the “victory” achieved by Hezbollah in South Lebanon and establish paramilitary groups along Islamist lines that can operate in the Golan to “force” Israel troops and settlers out.

Now, lest I be misunderstood here, let me rush to assert that of course I want to see the Golan Heights return to Syrian sovereignty, and I want to see the thousands of broken up families unite again, and of course, I do not doubt the legitimacy of the Palestinian cause, but I always believed that overplaying our hands and involvement in radical politics will put the entire country in an untenable position and will only benefit the extremists, especially those of Islamist persuasions.

As such, I have always argued against the armed intifadah, and I have always argued against policies of confrontation with the international community. We should learn how work for our national interests while avoiding such unnecessary confrontations. I am not interested who won in Vietnam, Afghanistan, or South Lebanon, all I know is that the price in all these situations have been too high and, for this reason, we’d better not take the issue of confrontation with powers that are politically, economically and military far superior to us too lightly and callously.

The Vietnamese won their war against the Americans, but they are still saddled with a dictatorial and corrupt regime to this day. The Afghans won their war against the Soviets, but they inherited a broken up state and society in which only Islamists, of the most extreme and enlightened could flourish. If the situation appears to be slightly better in Lebanon, it’s because of the fact that there are other players on the scene and that the entire situation is till unfolding as we speak. Whatever the case may be here, I don’t want that fate for Syria. But the course being charted by the Assads and their Islamist and ultra-nationalist allies can only lead to this.

This is indeed another argument in favor of regime change in Syria, and like all our previous arguments, this one, too, is made on our behalf by the Assads themselves, may they live long and prosper, in hell.

8 thoughts on “A Tale of Mayhem Foretold!

  1. Well written Ammar…It is good to see baby Assad know what humilation means, just like he keeps humilating ordinary people for nothing they have done…If Michel Kilo was free he would be the first one to condemn and write against this Isreali message…but now even myself for the first time ever I applaud an israeli action…Israel by this action has shown that it does not want to harm Syria…time for Syrians to pick the message up and stop supporting radicals and terrorists and pump the nation against an enemy that they know they can’t do anything against.Again Ammar very well argumented and congrats for writing such a courageous article…it was funny to see the face of the smily and happy ambassador on CNN trying to dodge the subject anyway he can just like a clown. I wish he was asked about the prisoners in Syria, he will say again it is Israel that causes all these problems, Syria is not involved in anything what so ever…Khaled Mishaal is just a PR figure, very peaceful…this time he did not have the chance to attck any lebanese…Free Michel Kilo so Syrians can stand behind their president sorry son of a dictator

  2. Nice analogies Ammar (Nam, Afgh. etc).Of course, no one will believe that the PCLG (Popular Committee for the Liberation of the Golan) will be allowed to do anything of substance.Though I predict it will split up very soon into different factions: PCLG-General Command, PCLG-7Harake Tas7i7ieh, PCLG-Mocha-lite, PCLG for Marxist Mothers…

  3. It has always been misguided to employ a policy of random violence in order to just make a point. Even if one is to assume that random violence is morally acceptable surely an action needs to be judged by its potential results. If I ride my bicycle into an on coming car then I might scratch the paint of the auto but injure myself and become a burden on my community. The totally ineffective attacks by Palestinian militants have hurt only the Palestinian community by causing giving the IDF the excuse to plunder , kill and create mayham. What is the alternative? Civil disobedience worked in India, it worked in the US, it worked in South Africa and it would work in Palestine.

  4. Civil disobedience worked in Palestine as well during the First Intifadah, it got the Palestinians to the negotiating table with the Israelis, something that seemed unthinkable at one point. This inaugurated the entire peace process that lasted throughout the 90s. The failure of the pecea process has nothing to do with the nonviolence character of the intifadah, people should have simply fallen back on the deployment of the very methods that got the territories, that important first step, no matter how short it fell of everybody’s expectations.

  5. “The Vietnamese won their war against the Americans”____Or did they lose their war against the Communists?

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