A look in the sectarianism of a “Secular” regime

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.

Another Timeline and Another Round of Negotiations

Mahmoud Abbas delivering the request for the recognization of Palestine as a state

The same story and once again, the re-launching of the previously re-launched round of negotiations. Nothing has changed, the same corrupt faces representing the Palestinian side, and the same racist Russian (Lieberman) on the other end of the table, perhaps time is the only thing that has changed. It’s been 20 years since these negotiations have started, and no one from the participants have noticed that they have failed miserably, either they lost touch with reality trying to revive a process that has died long and is probably rotten right now, or they simply enjoy it and benefit from it.

Madrid, Oslo, Camp David, Taba, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Jericho, Annapolis, Washington, and -newly added to this list- New York. Every one of these cities had its share from these unfruitful negotiations, that have failed so far to achieve anything, they only made life worse on both sides of the borders, the Israeli officials are not going to give up on their terms and conditions, the Palestinian negotiators are convinced that life is negotiations, or so claims the Palestinian top negotiator Saeb Erekat, who was willing to give up on the most important right in the Palestinian cause which is the right of return, neglecting the fact that the Palestinian cause is more about the right of return and the refugees, than it is on that of a state.

The Quartet set a new time-line for this round of re-launching the negotiations that is the end of 2012, last year’s time-line for it was set at September 2011, and the re-launching stopped one month later due to Israeli refusal to halt building in Settlements. The Palestinian street have had it with these negotiations, everyone was convinced they are a waste of time and lost hope of any change taking place. Aside from that, the American sponsorship of the negotiations -that is totally biased to the Israeli side, in sickness and in health, in good times and bad ones- makes it impossible to achieve anything through these empty meetings.

Mideast Quaretet

It’s about time that those who negotiate in our names start realizing that they are not representing us but themselves and their interests, and that the two-states solution has failed miserably due to many reasons, one of many is that the settlers are the power driving the state of Israel and no Israeli leader can evacuate a single settler, and there are now about 500 thousand settler settling in the West Bank and Jerusalem, another is that no Israeli leader is going to give up on East Jerusalem, and finally no Israeli leader is going to approve on the right of return. That’s why we should work on the bi-national state solution, one secular and democratic state that assures everyone’s equal rights. We Palestinians should keep up the unarmed resistance against the occupation and start fighting for equal civil and social rights along with the right of return, because this is the solution not the negotiations, and definitely not through the Palestinian Authority and the current government of Israel.

The Arabic Renaissance

30 years in power are more than enough to create a state of cultural depression, where false thoughts become common in society, the equation used by the regime is as follows, if the people are poor they won’t show any interest in politics, but at the same time the people shouldn’t starve, because if they did this would endanger the regime.

And this worked on the previous generations, but with the informational revolution that developed in the twenty first century, this equation has proven to be failure. The informational revolution created a generation that won’t accept these humiliating conditions that were enforced on the people using many methods, starting with the powerful secret intelligence that spied on people, abducted people from their homes in the middle of the night, creating a wall of fear that surrounded the society, until it became a taboo to talk about politics or criticize the regime’s actions, not to mention the corruption that worked it’s way from the smallest employee in the state to the heads of the state, everyone had to take a piece of the cake until the country’s resources were in the hands of a corrupt elite, that in most cases formed less than 1% of the population, while the rest were poor. This young generation formed mostly of unemployed educated youth who said “Enough, we won’t take this anymore”, and started their revolutions shaking the grounds under the leaders, and promising a great future ahead.

After the revolution a cultural revolution is needed to accompany the political changes as well to remove the bad habits that were created as a result of the policies used by the removed regimes, the thoughts they used to fill the people’s heads with, the concept of leadership, how the leader is the one and only person capable of leading the nation, how criticizing the policies is considered an act done by terrorists only trying to ruin the serenity in the state, the propaganda that tried to prevent the people from thinking straight, and how if a leader is a good one he has the right to be a dictator to “protect” the country from outside or inside threats, and giving the president ultimate power, making him a god-like creature, where the chance of him going wrong is ZERO.

We the youth should work on removing the thoughts and ideas the old regime had planted in each and everyone of us. We should work on ourselves, by abolishing these ideas, and acts that we used to do, we should go back to reading books and write our own, we should stop the culture of violence that has grown in us and go back to be the compassionate humans we were once known as, we should clean our streets and keep them that way, we should stop the culture of negligence we carry around, we should go back to making real music, we should construct and build instead of wrecking state facilities that are there in the first place for us, we should plant trees and flowers not tear them down and pick them. If everyone ceases to do the bad habits they used to do, our country would be much better for us and those around us.

The Arabic Revolutions

The Arabic Renaissance

What Lies Ahead

“What we’re seeing here, in a sense, is the growing — the birth pangs of a new   Middle East and whatever we do we have to be certain that we’re pushing forward to the new Middle East not going back to the old one.” Condoleezza Rice in a Press Conference on July 21, 2006.

It looks like madam Secretary was right, we are indeed seeing the birth of a new Middle East only not in the form Rice imagined it would be. The Arabic nations are revolting  and the wave is spreading, those who are not revolting are demanding free speech, democracy, and better living standards. For the first time in many years people are starting to criticize their governments in a loud voice with no fear what so over from being captured or taken away after midnight.

Are we going to see a better Middle East? Are we going to see respect for human rights? Are we going to see the Middle East flourish like it was centuries ago?  We are now on a crossing, and two main scenarios rise in the air:

The first that indeed we will see a revolution by all means of the word, mental revolution that changes what’s inside the people (their thinking, their actions, and their behavior), a revolution in literature, a revolution  in the daily life of the people where people will get along and the religious tensions that were created by the regimes will dissolve, which will lead the Middle East to be similar to Latin America, with a Social-Democracy taking place, free elections and the freedom to establish political parties, providing good health care for everyone, a good educational system, and we may get to see the Middle East turn into an industrial nation, instead of living solely on the money that comes from the oil revenues, and most importantly we will see true peace occurring between the Arabs and Israel because that peace will be between the nations and not just a signed piece of paper between two leaders.

The other scenario which is the dark one although the chances of  it happening are not that high but it’s on the table, radical Islam rises to power, and tries to turn the Middle East into Islamic states like Iran, where no human rights exist, one has limited free speech but no one will care what he says, religious laws being passed every now and then slowly taking ones freedom of choice, people will be much worse than they were. Why is this scenario only has a slight chance of happening? Well it’s due to the fact that anyone who will be elected will know that if he tries to do any tricks, or shows the slightest amount of dictatorship will go away. This revolution is also a lesson to the future generations, they will know why people revolted and how were they treated.

Middle east revolutions 2011

The current hot spots in the Middle East