Sunday, April 03, 2016

Michael Kerr on Syrian Alawites II

From Basim: "According to Michael Kerr, professor of conflict studies and director of the Institute for Middle Eastern Studies at King's College London, sectarian identity became a primary driver in the civil war in Syria, even though it was not the case at the beginning of the uprising there in 2011.

In the recent book he edited, The Alawis Of Syria, Prof Kerr wrote that Bashar al-Assad "took the strategic decision to facilitate sectarian narratives and counter-narratives and... perhaps intentionally, exposed his community to the reductionist logic of the most extreme Islamist forces". 

So ... Bashar al-Asad instaiged a sectarian war by facilitating a sectarian narrative and a COUNTER sectarian narrative to his own sectarian narrative. Okay."