This is my first blog and I am not happy.
See the post by Ehsani2 on www.syriacomment.com of 14 June 2006 on the Christians of Syria and Lebanon.
The post offers an insight into the political fears of a dwindling minority in Syria. That minority is labelled as Orthodox Christian and the fears are about an Islamist takeover of Syria.
I offer this comment:
Ehsani2's analysis is perceptive but, I am afraid the post is fundamentally unacceptable to me. All this talk about Christians and Muslims is divisive and pointless. Surely it is better to campaign for a secular and democratic future, with one man one vote, regardless of creed or ethnicity than to serve the regime with this kind of scare mongering.
We all know and understand the realities of our nation and the role of religion in accentuating cultural differences and tribal allegiances (Marx and Mao were right; "religion is the opium of the people"!).
Sure, Syria could end up being ruled by Islamists when the Assad clan are ousted. So what? If the political system is truly democratic and fair, people will eventually reject extremism through the ballot box. Our energies should be focused on uniting Syrians at home and abroad around the simple objectives of democracy and justice. How do we do that? We translate these abstract notions into meaningful and specific reform programmes. If we cannot at least agree the broad principles then we have no hope of ever changing the status quo.