Friday, July 29, 2011

Bashshar and reform (not to mention the massacres of 1600 Syrians by the regime)

"But paradoxically — and contrary to the “awakening” narrative — most Syrians also believe that President Bashar al-Assad shares their conviction for reform. The populations of Damascus, Aleppo, the middle class, the merchant class, and non-Sunni minorities (who amount to one quarter of the population), among others, including the leadership of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, fall into this category. They also believe there is no credible ‘other’ that could bring reform."  Where do I start with this passage?  The notion that even the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood believe that Bashshar "shares their conviction for reform" is just absurd. (thanks Ben)