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Erences in skills between former dictator Hafez al Assad and his successor son Bashar Ajami explains how an irresistible for. France carved Lebanon out of Syria They created a country for the Maronite Christians of Mount Lebanon The French included Tripoli as part of Lebanon but it had few Maronite Christians and perhaps should have remained as part of Syria The French also excised Alexandretta and Antioch from Syria and gave them to Turkey Jordan was also carved out of Syria but by the British rather than the French Syria is important to Russia because Russia has a naval base in Tartus Syria The 4 main cities of Syria are Damascus Aleppo Homs and Hama Syria has traditionally been Sunni but has included many minorities Druze Ismailis Kurds Christians and Alawis The Alawis are a Muslim sect nominally Shia but even farther away from orthodox Sunni Islam They have historically been a poor people a minority in Syria and under the thumb of Sunni rulers This changed when the Baath Party took control of Syria and when the Alawi Hafez al Assad became dictator of Syria forty years ago The poor Alawi peasants joined the military out if economic necessity The rich and urban Sunnis were able to avoid military service and this lead to their downfall because the Alawis took control of the military and eventually the country But the Alawis have had only modest gains during the rule of Hafez al Assad He did appoint many Alawis to positions of power in order to protect himself But Assad did little to help the poor Alawis Assad also allowed the Sunnis to play a major role in his government and the family courts continued to follow Sunni law The Sunnis and the Christians dominate the private sector The Syrians see Lebanon as part of a greater Syria and believe they have the right to be involved in its affairs In 1977 the Syrians assassinated the Druze leader Kamal Jumblatt In February 2005 the Syrians assassinated the Sunni politician Rafik Hariri Later that year the Syrians assassinated the Greek Orthodox journalists Samir Kassir and Gebran Tueni who had been critical of Syria In 2000 Hafez al Assad died and power passed to his son Bashar Assad The Arab Spring of 2011 encouraged many Syrians to rebel against the new dictator who had failed to bring liberal reforms to Syria The Syrian rebels are rural poor and religiously observant rather than secular The Syrian military killed many peaceful protesters The Assad regime s soldiers were ordered to kill unarmed civilians under threat of being killed themselves The Syrian rebels are mostly Sunni so they are supported by foreign Sunnis such as the Saudis and the Muslim brotherhood The rebels are opposed by Shia leaders such as Prime Minister Maliki of Ira Syrian Christians fear that regime change would lead to the persecution of Christians as had occurred in Ira and Egypt The Arab League has sent in 50 monitors as observers but has taken only limited measures against the Assad regime

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The Syrian Rebellion

Ce clashed with an immovable object the regime versus people who conuered fear to challenge a despot of unspeakable cruelty.. not exactly fresh on content but beautifully written and includes the writers interesting perspective on a number of things related to Syria s history and how it ties to the 2011 uprising Its only in the tenth chapter where the author engages some of the oppositional figures and not just narrate his views though readings of the media and history political books on Syria

Fouad Ajami ☆ 5 Read

Fouad Ajami offers a detailed historical perspective on the current rebellion in Syria Focusing on the similarities and diff. First off the author has a strong bias in who he thinks is in the wrong here so take some of what he says with a grain of salt But having said that this is a fairly readable summary of the history and background of the current rebellion This situation is much complex than the other Arab Spring countries an obvious and probably accurate analogy is Yugoslovia when it broke up in the early 90s There are centuries old conflicts in Syria between the various factions of Sunni Shia Alawites Druze etc These also impact the intrusion of outside parties like Iran Iran does not want the Sunnis to gain power So worth reading to understand as much as possible what is going on in Syria Unfortunately it does not come across as anything that will end soon or well


10 thoughts on “The Syrian Rebellion

  1. says:

    I think the book came out too soon It seemed like a large op ed than an actual scholarly work There are no footnotes included Those who are in

  2. says:

    First off the author has a strong bias in who he thinks is in the wrong here so take some of what he says with a

  3. says:

    Ajami is a neocon dirt bag but also a thoughtful and elouent writer This is a short book but every page is filled with beautiful prose and engrossing snapshots of Syria; brief enough to be finished in a few short sittings Worthwhile read

  4. says:

    The author definitely has a bias HOWEVER provides an informative timeline and facets of the Syrian conflict that have resulted in the ongoing civil war

  5. says:

    France carved Lebanon out of Syria They created a country for the Maronite Christians of Mount Lebanon The French included Tripoli as part of Le

  6. says:

    Not uite what I was hoping for in that it's mostly focused on the current well as of a year ago conflict rather than the background Very much a first draft of history Still the early chapters help give an overview of who against who and the basic beats of 20th century Syrian history and geopoliticsKind of weirdly to my mind Ajami of

  7. says:

    not exactly fresh on content but beautifully written and includes the writers interesting perspective on a number of things related to Syria's history and how it ties to the 2011 uprising Its only in the tenth chapter where the author engages some of the oppositional figures and not just narrate his views though readings of the media and history political books on Syria

  8. says:

    More enlightenment information and beautiful writing on each pase of this slender book than in most books on the middle east Ajami who is a Shia from Lebanon leaves the reader understanding the place of the religious and ethnic minorities in SyriaLebanon the history of their relations from Ottoman times through French rule and to the Assad dynasty; the relationship of Syria and Lebanon since 1982 the status o

  9. says:

    Ajami tells the complicated tale of how Hafez al Assad father of the current President Bashar al Assad came to power through eliminating rivals and buying the allegiance of the military and the silence of other potentially influential groups R

  10. says:

    This is an excellent and concise overview of the nightmare situation in Syria Ajami diligently tracks the path to crisis and civil war focussing on the sectarian leaders who have defied the nationalist agenda of Bashar Assad