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June 15, 2011

The Syrian Revolution and intellectuals

June 15, 2011

June 15, 2011

A very misinformed judgement of Syrian intellectuals. Syria has an army of anti-dictatorship intellectuals and human rights activists who have spent their lives in prisons. This is their day, no need for such judgements

"The problem is not solely the repression by which the Ba'ath party has governed the Syrian people for nearly half a century. Syria's problem, shared by the whole Arab region, is represented by the Arab intellectuals who – either through conviction or surrendering to fear and torture – philosophised for oppression and were used to make dictatorship part of Arab political culture in the postcolonial era. They supplied all kinds of excuses for the regimes such as "facing the external threat is the only priority" or "the people are not ready for democracy so backward elements will win". They adopted the notion of "it's either the regime or chaos".
However, the course of the Arab spring offers a solution to this problem. The people are taking the initiative, leaving the intellectuals to follow. It places before all Arab intellectuals the task of reassessing the ideas that underpin their theories on dictatorship"


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