Syria and mis­cal­cu­la­tions

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Salah Al-Sayer

An old say­ing goes like “He who gets bit­ten by a snake, is ter­ri­fied by a rope on the floor”. This well-known say­ing per­fectly ap­plies to the de­vel­op­ment in some Arab coun­tries in­clud­ing Syria, whose revo­lu­tion was ini­tially backed and sup­ported by ev­ery­one. They all prayed and called for sup­port, which is nor­mal and log­i­cal, as peo­ple tend to help the weak and help­less in dis­tress. How­ever, such com­pas­sion and sup­port ex­isted be­fore things were cleared up and am­bi­gu­ity about the Arab Spring sub­sided, re­veal­ing its shame­ful and evil side in more than one Arab coun­try, where peo­ple re­al­ized that some­body had been steal­ing their revolutions and that they had mis­cal­cu­lated things. They then be­came very skep­ti­cal and minds are in a con­flict with feel­ings.

There have been do­mes­tic con­flicts in many coun­tries that wit­nessed the Arab Spring. There were con­flicts amongst fam­i­lies and di­vi­sions, who then started ex­chang­ing rock­ets in­stead of points of view for very well-known rea­sons. The ji­hadist groups, which rep­re­sent the mil­i­tary wing of po­lit­i­cal Is­lam, gasp about achiev­ing their dream at the ex­pense of the en­tire so­ci­ety, which pays the price of their dis­ap­point­ment. This is hap­pen­ing in Libya, Tu­nisia and Egypt, and this is why ev­ery­one (lo­cally, re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally) fears that this might hap­pen in Syria as well. We have to re­ject the say­ing ‘IS is here to stay and ex­pand’ and knock down a statelet to build a state.

Like ev­ery­one else, I feel ter­ri­bly sorry for the sit­u­a­tion in Syria, par­tic­u­larly in Aleppo and the dis­as­ters be­fallen on its peo­ple. I also call for help­ing the wounded and pre­sent­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to them. The killers should be in­dicted. Yet, I would also like to bring to your at­ten­tion the Syr­ian rope that looks like a snake to be­hold­ers, which re­minds me of a tweet I re­cently read: “If you want to know the truth about what hap­pened in Aleppo, check who or­ga­nized the demon­stra­tion.”

The blog­ger here refers to the demon­stra­tion or­ga­nized in Kuwait out­side the Rus­sian Em­bassy, where the ma­jor­ity protest­ing there were fa­nat­ics and fun­da­men­tal­ists, which re­minds me of a poet who wrote that if you want to know some­one bet­ter, check whom he min­gles with. May the Almighty help and pro­tect the Syr­ian peo­ple.

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