The weblog is one year old and so this is a first anniversary post. The weblog was set-up as a personal platform to document my personal views and to provide commentary on Syrian affairs. As this is a first anniversary post, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on the uprising and state, briefly, my position on it in very general terms:
(1) I am not supportive of the idea of the ‘revolution’s demands’, as I do not believe there exists any overarching agreement on what these demands may be. Hence to agree to a list of demands, is to become aligned with an opposition faction or coalition. In reality, the situation is far more complex and demands vary from one group to another; for example, would it be the views of the ‘Syrian National Council’ (assuming there is any harmony within the organisation), the ‘National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change’ or any of the different disparate armed groups that operate in Syria (many overtly sectarian)? Consequently, I do not identify with any opposition faction, nor am I supportive of any of them. To be sure, I find the ‘National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change’ more agreeable than the SNC and agree with its three broad ‘No’s’ – no to sectarianism, no external military interventions and no to arming the uprising. However, this view comes from a concern for civil peace and also a rejection of US regional hegemony (a murderous and criminal hegemony). Personally, I reject the idea of a liberal international order of nation-states and consequently patriotic allegiances; this, naturally, is contra the views of near all opposition factions.
(2) I am completely opposed to the Syrian regime and view its policies, since its inception, to be brutal and murderous. In other words, the regime is not open to reform and cannot exist without a concomitant security apparatus. In this sense, I support the end of the regime and the tyranny of the ‘mukhabaraat’ over the inhabitants of Syria. That being said, this does not justify collaboration, as is the case with the SNC, with other despots and US imperialism, in seeking to end the regime. Thus the SNC, as an opposition coalition, bears similarities to the Iraqi National Congress that was established to coordinate between anti-Saddam opposition factions but under the sponsorship of the US and other lesser imperialist powers.