by Farid Ghadry
Assad's claim of legitimacy is brute force, used to hijack millions of Syrians
There are hundreds of reasons why democratic Israel is eager to have peace with its neighbors. All packaged for one purpose: To provide security for Israelis, the majority of which have reached a new trigger point in their struggle for normalcy, far more lethal than the one
Concurrently, there are hundreds of reasons for the authoritarian Assad regime in Syria to freeze and cultivate the status quo with its neighbors. All packaged, as well, for the purpose of maintaining instability in the region that ultimately benefits Syria's failed experiment of its Ba'ath ideology. Passing the hat, through extortion, has so far worked well for the Assads and their control of
Unlike the sincerity of Anwar Sadat of Egypt backed by a dynastic history, or the pragmatism of King Hussein of Jordan backed by direct lineage to the Prophet Mohammad, Assad's claim of legitimacy is his own brute force. As such,
But the reality in dealing with the Syrian regime differs from the perception the world has of the pirates in
That, of course, does not mean that noble countries like
Why should he abandon the policy of terror that will diminish the capabilities he, with the other pirates in
But unlike other pirates, Assad wears a tuxedo. Most who visit with him are enchanted to hear him speak of peace so civilly and are taken to task to help this "British educated" pirate come ashore and live amongst the civilized. Little do they know of his "resistance" to such endeavors because once ashore, Assad knows he can no longer pilfer and ravage. The EU Association Agreement is the closest thing to a bridge between the ship's pirate and the shore, yet Assad refused to sign it for reasons that remain mysterious to many in the EU and elsewhere.
What is resistance anyway? Is Assad resisting the West's culture when his wife Asma shops on Avenue Montaigne in
The truth is that Assad is resisting the culture of consensus built around cooperation and co-existence. Nothing will threaten his minority regime more than to become a full and participating member in the club of the international community because his dubious legitimacy, backed at home by emergency laws, will be questioned.
But to market the violence and terror of "resistance" as also a peace movement, Assad demonizes his enemies, especially
Because he is backed by an ignorant population, he can effectively threaten all surrounding countries, which diverts the attention of his enemies to the glaring leaks in his ship no one seems either interested in taking advantage of or at least re-direct his attention to protecting his ship first.
In one of my visits to a
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