Saturday, May 28, 2011

Syrian opposition and Israel

"Knesset Member Ayoob Kara said Saturday that Syrian opposition figures turned to him and asked that he help convince the international community to act against President Bashar Assad."  This is why I never ever idolize wholesale an opposition movement: not in the Arab world and not in Iran.  There are lousy corrupt and reactionary trends and movement in every protest movement but it does not mean that the protest itself should be delegitimized--whether in Syria or Bahrain or Iran or in Oman, etc.  Yes, there are Hariri- and Saudi-funded reactionaries and Salafi kooks in the protest movement in Syria, but that does not mean that all those who are protesting in Syria should be dismissed as pro-Saudi or pro-Israel Salafites and reactionaries.