The Syrian regime has claimed since 1973 to be a “Secular” one, but the truth is it is not. A peak at this regimes officials, army officers, and government employees shows that this regime is 100% sectarian with the Alawite minority in control. The Alawites constitute 11-12% of the population in Syria and yet they hold all the important positions in the state including the army, which makes one wonder is that really a secular regime as it calls itself? I must note that the Alawites have the captured all the joints of the state from the government to the businessmen they all run the state and their fist is spread all over the country.
And just like any militaristic regime in the Middle East, the Syrian one only understands violence as a mean to get what it wants, and we can see that clearly with the way the regime handled the protests in Syria since day one it started killing, massacring, and slaughtering the peaceful protesters who for the first time broke the walls of fear and started practicing their freedom of speech. Yes there is a blood bath going on in Syria but in that blood bath we are also witnessing the birth of freedom, as any birth lots of blood is shed in the delivering process. Now are we going to see any revenge based on religion in Syria mainly targeting the Alawite minority after the revolution succeeds? I wish I could say no and lie, unless the Alawite minority decides to take a stance and support the revolution in Syria, and distance itself from the regime that is killing in their name, then the vengeance scenario is more likely to happen.
The Syrian regime did tolerate religious minorities but at the same time showed zero tolerance to political movements that were against the Ba’athist agenda, and what good is secularism when no democracy exists and vice versa. We must note on the sectarianism of the Syrian regime would be what the Russian foreign minister said that Russia won’t allow a Sunni regime to replace the current one, here we must understand what did Sergey Lavrov mean by Sunni regime, did he mean an extreme Islamic regime like the one in Saudi Arabia or a normal regime that replaces the Alawite one.
But in the end the revolution was born to win and live on, and no matter how much violence the regime uses against the protesters it won’t be able to stop what has started. The people’s movement will win because that’s the only natural result, as for Assad’s future I can only say that his end will be much worse than that of Gaddafi’s and then no one will shed a tear over him.