Why defending Assad is defending Palestine

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By Amal Saad-Ghorayeb
March 5, 2012

Pro-Assad demonstrators carrying a large flag of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party (ruling party of Syria), which is also the flag of the Palestinian resistance against the Zionist State.

To all the pro-oppositionists who use Palestine as a tool to legitimize the alliance (intended or not) with Israel and imperialism on the issue of Syria:

The opposition and many “third way” intellectual seems to have developed an acute case of amnesia regarding Assad’s (especially Bashar’s) steadfast position on Palestine and Arab rights. They remind us of the late 70s and 80s under Hafez’s leadership and extrapolate from that period the regime’s current strategic position and value to the resistance axis.

They look at the diplomatic maneuvering Assad made vis-a-vis the West and misconstrue that as a sign of his apparent readiness to sell-out given the right price; they whine about the Syrian Army’s military inaction on the Golan front while forgetting how many troops Syria lost in Lebanon during the Israeli invasion of 1982, and overlooking how Syria’s conventional armed forces are no match for Israel.

Interestingly, these same people don’t realise that the constraints imposed by political and geo-strategic reality have neutralized Hizbullah’s resistance activity since 2006 although Lebanese territory remains occupied. And like Syria, Hizbullah has also prevented other rogue groups from attacking Israel so as to deprive it of a pretext to re-invade. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have done the same in Palestine. Does that make them all traitors? This simplistic type of reasoning is used as a kind of moral cover for the oppositionists who frankly don’t prioritise Palestine any more or never did to begin with.

As for the third way types, this argument is devoid any strategic thinking and consideration of realities on the ground. If Assad was such a sell-out why has he been under constant pressures, sanctions and isolation for over a decade now? As the Seyyid [Hizbullah leader, Nasrallah] advised, one has to look at the big picture for answers: the regime’s political and military assistance for resistance movements (as well as its alliance with Iran) is the answer. We need only look the repressive and religiously bigoted regimes of Arab moderation to find proof of how subservience to the US and Israel pays off in regime stability. For now anyway…

“Why is the Syrian state not pro-Palestine? Because Assad won’t go to war with Israel over the Golan Heights?? That is like Cuba risking their Revolution going to war with the United States for Guantanamo Bay. Get real.” – Salvatore Giametta

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About B.J. Murphy

I'm a young socialist and Transhumanist activist within the East Coast region, who writes for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), India Future Society, and Serious Wonder. I'm also the Social Media Manager for Serious Wonder, an Advisory Board Member for the Lifeboat Foundation, and a Co-Editor for Fight Back! News.

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