Category Archives: Democracy & Human Rights

From Syria to Ferguson: battling the symptom while embracing the disease

Is it an ingrained American attitude: battling the symptom while embracing the disease? Creating beautiful façades behind which to hide something that is deeply rotten and festering? If so, if this is indeed the truth, what does it really say about America? More specifically, what does is say about America’s political, economic, intellectual and artistic elite – because no matter how democratic a nation is, it’s always this elite that is ultimately responsible for shaping its image and molding its moral fabric.

A scene from the protests in Ferguson, Missouri
A scene from the protests in Ferguson, Missouri

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Stop lying my liberal friends!

Will the Ends, Will the Means – NYTimes.com.

You know why all these arguments are indeed the very essence of horseshit? Because our original demand was not about arming the rebels, but about the establishment of a no-fly zone and a credible internationally-sponsored political process that can allow all sides to chart a path towards a post-Assad period. No, this would not have been easy, but with a no-fly zone in place and a political process, it would have worked. We would not have seen this mass-slaughter, of that we can all be certain. And the expense of maintaining a no-fly zone would have been far less than the cost of the current strikes in Iraq.

Syrian activists dedicated the Friday of October 28, 2011 for their demand of a no-fly zone. For all the violence perpetrated by the pro-Assad militias and security forces, the protest movement was still a largely nonviolent phenomenon at the time. These people , speaking in the name of millions of Syrians, were not simply ignored, they were betrayed.
Syrian activists dedicated the Friday of October 28, 2011 for their demand of a no-fly zone. For all the violence perpetrated by the pro-Assad militias and security forces, the protest movement was still a largely nonviolent phenomenon at the time. These people , speaking in the name of millions of Syrians, were not simply ignored, they were betrayed.

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Syria: A Fire Within

Amid the flurry of really wonderful documentaries about Syria and the Syrian revolution that are emerging these days, this one might represent a more modest effort in this regard, and might seems a bit dated now since it was mostly filmed in the summer of 2012. Still, since the focus here is to trace the roots of the Syrian revolution and its transformation into an armed struggle, and to showcase the betrayal of the nonviolent liberal prodemocracy activists that led the early protests throughout the country by the leaders of the free world, the subject matter maintains certain relevance and seems to distinguish this effort from other works.

A scene from "Syria: A Fire Within."
A scene from “Syria: A Fire Within.”

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Of Power and Justice

I said it before, and I say it again:

Some people care more about the identity of the killers than that of the victims. This is so because these people are, in fact, more interested in the acquisition of power than the pursuit of justice. That’s why they can criticize America and Israel while ignoring, if not praising, Assad and Putin, and see a villain in Al-Baghdadi but a hero in Strelkov. When I hear these people, I know that I am dealing with hypocrites, that a greater darkness still lies ahead for all of us, and that our night is still quite young, and will prove quite long. For wrongs can never be righted nor justice achieved through an amoral pursuit of power, a pursuit that blinds us to the victims, and the crime, that we end up perpetrating the crime.

Yezidis come under attack from ISIS in Iraq
Yezidis come under attack from ISIS in Iraq