[Marxism] Syria: Portrait of a Revolution: The Journey of Faiek al-Meer

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Tue Nov 5 05:20:35 MST 2013


Of course, Syria is about *class*, something that makes it more 
difficult for the "civilised" world than nicer multi-class things like 
Tahrir Square:

Because of the countless checkpoints tearing the city apart and a 
security presence unmatched by any other Arab country in heft, Syrians 
never had the ability to fill a central square in Damascus. **The main 
social bulwark of the revolution exists in conservative working class 
communities in the suburbs and the periphery because these communities 
have suffered the most damage at the hands of both Bashar al-Assad and 
his father.** The same people who shout Allahu Akbar-that phrase that 
somehow manages to frighten the civilised world more than the regime's 
SCUD missiles, fighter jets and cluster bombs- also sing revolutionary 
songs in mosques and turn funeral processions of martyrs into 
wedding-like protests. Even while besieged, shelled and starved to death 
by the regime, they miraculously remain defiant and teach life to a dead 
world.
Portrait of a Revolution: The Journey of Faiek al-Meer
http://budourhassan.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/portrait-of-a-revolution-the-journey-of-faiek-al-meer/#comments



Posted on October 13, 2013 by BudourHassan

Budour Hassan
Published in TheRepublicGS.net

«Where are the secular rebels?» wonders one apprehensive Western 
«leftist», whose main task has become to emulate his Islamophobic 
counterpart on the right by counting the number of beards he sees in a 
YouTube video and the «Allahu Akbars» the fighters and demonstrators 
shout out.

«Why did Syrians not pack central squares like Egyptians, creating a 
Tahrir Square of their own?» laments another remarkably keen observer 
(so keen, in fact, that he managed to miss the huge anti-regime sit-ins 
in Homs's Clock and Khaldiyeh Squares and Hama's Assi Square - to name 
but three - all of them ruthlessly dispersed by the Syrian regime's 
security forces and army).

«The situation in Syria is too complex. It's a sectarian civil proxy 
war. Let us just hope for peace and refrain from taking sides», comments 
he who bombs us with quotes by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King on the 
duty to abandon neutrality in times of great moral conflict.

Repeating the basics about the Syrian revolution time and again has 
become exhausting. And Syrian revolutionaries, the oppressed, should not 
have to bear the burden to prove the justice of their cause while Bashar 
Al-Assad continues to enjoy full impunity and treatment as a legitimate 
president. Nor do Syrians owe explanations and justifications to those 
who dismiss their sacrifices and insist on supporting and even 
glorifying armed resistance revolutionary violence everywhere except in 
Syria.

Because of the countless checkpoints tearing the city apart and a 
security presence unmatched by any other Arab country in heft, Syrians 
never had the ability to fill a central square in Damascus. The main 
social bulwark of the revolution exists in conservative working class 
communities in the suburbs and the periphery because these communities 
have suffered the most damage at the hands of both Bashar al-Assad and 
his father. The same people who shout Allahu Akbar-that phrase that 
somehow manages to frighten the civilised world more than the regime's 
SCUD missiles, fighter jets and cluster bombs- also sing revolutionary 
songs in mosques and turn funeral processions of martyrs into 
wedding-like protests. Even while besieged, shelled and starved to death 
by the regime, they miraculously remain defiant and teach life to a dead 
world.

Never mind that first people who took to the streets demanding the 
overthrow of the regime also took to the streets protesting against 
Islamist extremists. Never mind that they are forced to fight several 
battles on several fronts at once and by themselves. Perhaps, if regime 
supporters or those who claim neutrality were a fraction as critical of 
the regime as supporters of the revolution are critical of armed 
resistance and political opposition, we would have been spared most this 
bloodshed.

.

The ignorance regarding the Syrian revolution is too deafeningly loud to 
overlook at this point. Yet, stressing simple facts over and over again 
is unavoidable and still quite necessary, if only for the sole purpose 
of establishing that people cannot say they did not know about the 
reality of this revolution. If you are ignoring the Syrian revolution or 
are minimizing Assad's unspeakably inhumane and dictatorial actions, you 
are willfully looking the other way. Don't say you weren't warned or 
informed.

Syrians also did not have the luxury to remain peaceful or pick and 
choose their allies. It is thus preposterous to denounce an entire 
popular uprising simply because the West and GCC tyrannies supposedly 
back it.

As for Syria's grassroots rebels, they haven't magically disappeared. 
The majority were imprisoned, killed or forced to leave the country, but 
those who have remained are clinging to the original principles of the 
revolution. One of them is Faiek al-Meer. Or rather, Faiek al-Meer was 
one of them. But he, too, joined the endless lists of prisoners of 
conscience detained by the Syrian regime when he was arrested by its 
security forces from his Damascus home on 7 October, 2013.

Full: 
http://budourhassan.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/portrait-of-a-revolution-the-journey-of-faiek-al-meer/#comments





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