Even if we left alone, we will come out victorious. The question is: who will be our new friends?
Committing massacres while believing yourself to be the victim is the very essence the fascist mentality and of fascism as a psychosis. This is what we are dealing with now in Syria. If there are any experts out there on how such mass psychosis should be dealt with, please get in touch!
The willing to accept such fallacies as highlighted in the above passage seem to reflects India’s own experience with Jihadism, which makes them quite susceptible to Assad’s fear-mongering in this regard, as well as her own natural aspirations to emerge as global power, which often manifests itself in an effort to simply block what they deem to be the plans of some more established powers. Both these trends seem to inform India’ experts and policymakers analysis of the situation in Syria, making the adoption of such tropes as expressed above, at a time when their western inventors seem to recant them, a natural fallback position.
Two points need to be clarified here: 1) the uprising has not failed, we are still in the thick of it all, and 2) the true legacy of the Assads is that they undermined both secularism and minority rights. The true champions of secularism and minority rights, the liberals, majority of whom are actually Sunnis, will now need to plan their comeback on the political scene in Syria, to save from the clutches of criminal gangs, corrupt officials, and worn-out ideologies. Our tragedy in the region is that, the Cold War, the American Decade that followed, and the ongoing transition to a multipolar world, have all unfolded in a manner that had an adverse effect on us, the peoples of this beleaguered Muddle East, and have so far come at the expense of our desire for freedom, justice and development. But there is no way for us to rise up without going through the painful throes of this nightmarish birth. If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, the way out of it, when you’re in the thick of it, is to go through it.
Meanwhile, some experts in the U.S. are advising the Obama Administration to stay out of the Syrian crisis. These are the same experts who have been advocating engagement with the Assads not a few months ago. In both cases, the essence of their advice is to leave the Syrian people alone in the face of insurmountable odds. This is a contemptible position. For indeed the U.S. has been invested in this region for decades, and so long as most of its oil supplies come from there, it will remain invested there, whether we like it or not, and if its involvement in the past has often been manifested in fucking things up for the peoples of the region, it’s even more imperative now that it becomes party to ongoing popular efforts to fix things and to put them back in an order that makes some moral sense.
Bear in mind that advocates of realpolitik in the U.S. were on side of engaging Hitler and not taking part in WWII, I, for one, don’t relish the thought of living in the kind of world their policies would have fostered. The world cannot afford not to stand up to fascists, and a quick look at the venomous propaganda currently being spewed by Assads and their cronies makes clear that we are indeed dealing with fascists.