Nov 19 2017

A Bitter Pill

A Twitter chain by Ehsani.  

Ehsani is a Syrian American banker from Aleppo.   He has written for  Joshua Landis’ Syria Comment blog and, if I remember correctly, was editor of that blog for a while beginning some time in 2011.    Ehsani,  posts some of the most authentic and enlightening twitter chains on current conditions in Syria.  They are the remarks of a well educated and thoughtful individual with an intimate relation to the events at hand. He has  just returned from a visit to Aleppo, to post another chain of moving and insightful comments.

I have highlighted or responded to some of his remarks.  These are my own thoughts and hopefully he will not be offended by their inclusion.    Thank you dear Ehsani for sharing your understanding with us.


Non Islamist Syrians & western officials & analysts are yet to put a forth a credible plan to deal with a day-after scene where forced removal of Assad/Baath results in bloody & violent mass settling of scores often on sectarian & religious grounds.

One participant later suggested presence of UN’s blue helmets as one solution before others in the same group reminded him that this is impossible & can’t happen

Will they now recommend the ‘White Helmets’?

Oblivious to the needs and concerns of the Syrian People from  beginning to end, the expressed concern for the welfare of the Syrian people was always a lie to justify a  diverse collection self interested objectives.

When I was in Syria in 2014, already, members of parliament in a meeting responded bitterly to the suggestion even of ‘reparations’, stating that they would not be willing to tie themselves to western economic control and asserting they they neither wanted or needed the assistance of those who have destroyed their country.

They don’t have to live the status quo.   Syrians live it and Syrians will ultimately decide.   When I saw how many weapons the US and her allies have dumped into Syria in just the last few months I as initially dismayed.   It occurred to me then, that the wars won’t end until people in the targeted regions grow so tired of war that they refuse to pick up those weapons.     This is one focus of the reconciliation programs the government has successfully used to unlock many opposition held areas.   The people don’t want war.

FYI: “regime insiders” only became wealthy through the neoliberal global economy after Bashar Assad made the decision to open Syria to global cultural exchanges and resources, and to initiate what he thought could be a positive engagement with the global economic architecture.   I believe the decision was made in good faith.   However, he declined to change the political stances that have been long standing barriers to acceptance within the western cultural sphere that identifies itself as the ‘international community’.   Therefore, Syria merely switched tracks from sanctions to austerity (which directly targets the poor), and back to sanctions, and finally war.   The people making this excuse, engineered this system of economic control.   That is why:

There was no Marshall Plan in Vietnam, but they have risen from the ashes.

I hold out the hope that the Eastern block will be able to provide meaningful assistance to Syria for rebuilding.   They are on a path to assume leadership of the ‘international community’ and western policy excesses are accelerating their programs.

It is true that there are many factors for the Syrian disaster.  However many countries, including the United States,  have festering pockets of poverty and social discontent.   The residents have not turned their guns on their neighbors and have not risen up in an armed insurrection.   Lucky for us, there is no  powerful entity able and ready to  arm them,  train them, pay them to fight and promise them victory in a war that would result in their taking the power of the state for themselves.

These problems are not Syrian alone.   Poverty, class divisions, ignorance and a lack of opportunity plague far more of the worlds population than not.   These conditions are the result of the rise of  industrialization, corporatism and globalization.  The local root of the Syrian war is an instance of a global problem, and we would do well to take heed before it is too late.

Syria is at the fulcrum of a regional pivot to a collective self interest.   There is no going back.

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