Taking into account, the psychopathic nature of the Assads, we can only conclude that any kind of accommodationism will be seen by them as a sign of weakness and will reinforce their deep-seated belief that violence works. Those who really want to curtail the bloodbath should think up more effective strategies of confrontation not accommodation.
The funeral of the late Grand Mufti of Aleppo, Ibrahim Salkini, afforded the people of Aleppo a rare opportunity today to show the world where their real sympathies lie regarding the revolution. The thousands that took part chanting “the people want to topple the regime” for the very first time on such a mass level throughout the main thoroughfares of the city clearly demonstrated that revolutionary sentiments are not exactly absent from the scene. The public ripping of an Assad poster served to underscore the point. Indeed, we can now assert that the inability of Aleppans to organize large protests is more a matter of tight security controls and a lack of effective organizational cadres, and not a matter of complacency or lack of sympathy with the revolution.
The vagueness surrounding the sudden death of Grand Mufti Salkini, who has recently shown greater sympathy with the demands of the revolutionaries, especially after conducting extensive talks with religious leaders around the country, has contributed to making him appear as a martyr figure with many of his followers believing that he was poisoned. It is, of course, impossible to verify this claim at this stage.
Meanwhile, opposition figures from inside and outside the country continue their meeting in Doha with the aim of coming up with what they called a Syrian National Coalition that will be in charge of guiding the transitional period to democracy. Even though a statement issued by the conferees didn’t exactly say so, but the coalition seems to endorse the plan proposed by the Arab League, which allows Assad to remain in power until 2014 and to supervise the transitional process. The point is to stop the bloodbath, as we are told, but this will likely end up dragging the entire country straight into the quagmire of civil strife, and a far worth bloodbath than we currently have.
If the rational proposals continue to fail taking into account the psychopathic nature of the Assads, they will make things worse, regardless of the intentions and patriotic credentials of the figures involved. The Assads have shown willingness to lie and kill with impunity, all while stoking the fires of sectarianism and recruiting sectarian militias, how would the current plan proposed by the Arab League change their nature?
Taking into account, the psychopathic nature of the Assads, we can only conclude that any kind of accommodationism will be seen by them as a sign of weakness and will reinforce their deep-seated belief that violence works. Those who really want to curtail the bloodbath should think up more effective strategies of confrontation not accommodation. There is no going back in this revolution and there is no slowing it down. If freedom is what we want, then we have to go through this hell. The protesters know the price will be high and are paying it already. They don’t want us to question their judgment at this stage, since the sacrifice is ultimately theirs. They have shown enough wisdom to refrain from violence and to rise above sectarian prejudices despite the ongoing provocations, as such, they have earned the right to be heard when it comes to their desire for ousting the Assads NOW, not later, no matter the price.