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Bashar al-Assad’s operating system

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From the Telegraph’s recent interview with President al-Assad:

Comparing Syria’s leadership with that of a Western country, he said, was like comparing a Mac with a PC. “Both computers do the same job, but they don’t understand each other,” he said. “You need to translate. If you want to analyse me as the East, you cannot analyse me through the Western operating system, or culture. You have to translate according to my operating system, or culture.”

But al-Assad, many say, is too slow to update his operating system, and this is reason enough to uninstall. The danger? An “earthquake,” President al-Assad says. “Another Afghanistan,” or “tens of Afghanistans.” In other words, a very unstable operating system.

He described the uprising as a “struggle between Islamism and pan-Arabism [secularism], adding: “We’ve been fighting the Muslim Brotherhood since the 1950s and we are still fighting with them” [here].

Why, then, if this is to any extent a struggle between pan-Arabism/secularism (al-Assad) and Islamism (Muslim Brotherhood), is Turkey (secular) supporting the (armed) uprising in Syria? I still maintain what I said in my first post: that Turkey is merely trying to “retain its legitimacy” as a supporter of the Arab Spring. And that’s whether it believes in the Syrian uprising or not.

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Written by M. James

October 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Waiting for Aleppo

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A recent AJE feature captures an important aspect of the crisis in Syria: As more of the Sunni working and merchant class find themselves in dire financial straits due to the unrest, the uprising in Syria will gain real momentum.

The question remains about whether al-Assad’s open-ended “national dialogue” will placate an increasingly irritated Syria.

The Syrian president has been very timely in his concessions so far, but mere concessions will not be enough when middle-Syria is unhappy with the economy (and sees nothing to gain by keeping the Ba’ath Party in power).

Written by M. James

June 27, 2011 at 9:19 am