Syria’s Rebellion Ain’t So Popular

John Glaser, December 03, 2012

The Syrian rebellion has never been a popular revolution, but now even some who advocated the demise of the Assad regime have begun to doubt the value of the brutal civil war and what it has done for Syria.

McClatchy has a brilliant report on “Ebrahem,” a Syrian revolutionary who “openly wonders whether he and his fellow revolutionaries have done the right thing.”

“What will we tell our children? That we started this revolution and destroyed the country?”

…The first demonstrations, particularly in Damascus, were hopeful ones and deliberate in their displays of unity among the country’s sects and ethnicities. But as the violence grew, it was the Sunni Muslim Arab population that armed itself. Though the narrative that has persisted is that arming the rebellion was the only choice, many peaceful demonstrators like Ebrahem are tepid in their support of that decision, and some oppose it outright.

…Ebrahem, who openly questions the existence of God, did not help start the rebellion in Hasaka to see it empower conservative Islamist militias, though that is exactly what it has done across the country.

And this is coming from a self-described “revolutionary.” Imagine what the rest of Syria – the majority of the population by most accounts – thinks of the Free Syrian Army and the alleged humanitarian imperative to arm them to victory.

Update: See also this Bloomberg report from September:

Although foreigners can be outraged that people would get upset over small inconveniences, given the suffering and atrocities caused by government forces, it is striking that a “silent majority” in Damascus and Aleppo is blaming the rebels and the uprising.

At first, “Aleppo witnessed an amazing number of civil disobedience and popular movements that included unions, lawyers, doctors, engineers and university students,” said Fadi Salem, a Syrian academic based in the gulf region who visited Aleppo recently. But that support fell away when violence came with the flow of armed rebels to the city.

“The population was not ready for this,” he said. “The armed rebels are mostly not from the city itself. They don’t have organic popular support.”

41 Responses to “Syria’s Rebellion Ain’t So Popular”

  1. No country in the world not Switzerland or Sweden could tolorate their police officers being killed at the Rate Syria was losing theirs .

  2. Yeah, I agree with you Eric. I am hoping that they make some changes that include this one.

  3. What? All police officers should be killed.

  4. Can they really be this naive? Don't they know what a Color revolution is? or that it was always intenended to wheel on the fundamentalist Jihadists to take over?

    This was printed in the London press over a year ago, spelling it out line by line.

  5. "The Syrian rebellion has never been a popular revolution." Says who? Russian TV? is a joke on this topic…

  6. The whistle-blowers and moles of Washington.

    It has been leaked it was a Color Revolution, planned for years and lavishly funded. Of course if you don't object to Colonialism 2.0 taking over the Arab lands ……….

  7. The so-called Syrian revolution has nothing to do with democracy. It is part of a long-standing zionist plan to demolish all the arab states which might be a block to its hegemony in the region, and which oppose US interests. Whatever I think of Assad, I think much, much less of the muisguided "revolutionaries" who are speeding Syria on 9its way to destruction. You only have to look across the Med to Libya to see where it all will go.

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  9. The people of Syria told the world from day one.., when over million people in Damascus and said..,
    God, Syria, Bashir Al Assad va ba..,it means nothibg but syria, god and Bashir Al Assad, thats what the message was and we echoed their vice, if U.S or EU neo fascism don't get this load and clear message then they are once again acting as if they were stupid won't listen to the voice of people, not that they done it before, but this time making sure if it.

  10. That we started this revolution and destroyed the country?”

  11. Why? Are you one of the jihadists? (Funny, my spell checker flagged that word and suggested 'sadists') The news from Syria makes it pretty clear, even as our obedient press tries to spin in favor of the rebels, that they are just as bad or worse than what they want to replace.

  12. H Clinton's exhortations to the NI rebels are the exact opposite of those to the loveable terrorists in Syria, though Syria had been a peaceful country for far longer than NI.

  13. Yeah, so I noticed. But Clinton sees Northern Ireland as one of her "successes".

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  15. The brutal civil war and what it has done for Syria.

  16. The Arab Spring is nothing but a bunch of Muslim nations twisting in wind because of poverty, caused by backwardness due to centuries of religious fundamentalism and overpopulation.

  17. ….while benevolent Western powers have tried their hardest to help these backwards, benighted countries. Your analysis is especially correct when applied to the cosmopolitan, religion-diverse, quasi-socialist Syria who population is 'over-populated' with refugees caused by the American destruction of Iraq in 2003.

    Please comment more – your grasp of the complex geo-political is uncommonly insightful!

  18. It ain't a civil war, the Arab Spring is not a bunch of Muslim nations twisting in the wind.

    It was planned in Washington with a fortune spent on it that makes an emperor's ransome pale asco-ordinated Color revolutios, as they areknown, to take control of the Middle East.

    However in Syria – it has been leaked in London – paramilitaries wouldbe required so the Mohajadeen Jihadists were reactivaed on Washington's behalf by the Saudis.

    For an insight go to the McClatchy article link in the articel and read the comments below it.


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