Matt Myers reports on Syria meeting
In a whirlwind 40 minute talk, Simon Assaf offered an indepth analysis of the revolutionary situation in Syria.
Assaf stressed that the Syrian revolution had its own history and its own dynamic. The speaker dealt with the key background demographic, social and political changes which set the scene for the current crisis. Intense urbanisation, a better educated youth, and the increasing role of the internet, all, he argued, are all background factors.
Assaf also dealt with the previous record of the Assad regime in its economic liberalisation. The effects of this, he argued, can be some of the social dynamics behind the revolution. Moving swiftly from the role of the Sunni and Alawite bourgoisie in the regime, the nature of the Syrian army (very different to the Libyan army),
Assaf then reached his conclusion. In this, Assaf again stated that the Syrian revolution was not simply a conflict, but a full on revolution in process. This revolution, he argued, should be supported due to a simple paradigm; the oppressed need no justification to rebel other than their own oppression. It is in this key argument by which Assaf both summed up his talk and rebuked those who are uneasy, or openly hostile, about supporting the Syrian rebels against the Ba’thist Assad regime.