More than 20 years ago, when what was later called the black decade started, many Algerians chose to side with those who decided to use violence against the Pouvoir, or the state if you wish. These Algerians didn’t take an active role, I mean they didn’t join those who became the terrorists, but they were glad the Pouvoir was targeted through what they thought were its agents (army, police, gendarmerie, press, etc.), and they thought the victims deserved their fate as they defended the Pouvoir elhaggar. Some of these terrorists’ supporters didn’t even share their “champions”‘ ideology and could have been among their victims but they hated the Pouvoir so much that they were ready to give a hand to the devil in order to suppress it. They chose a side.
Considering the unfortunate events in Syria, I am amazed by how easily people decide which side they support. I am not talking of those who
live survive in Syria, I am not even talking of Syrians living abroad. I believe these two groups are the ones concerned by what is happening in their country and, perhaps, they ought to choose a side and they do not do it that easily. I am talking of the people in the street or on the internet.
I have very little knowledge on the matter and I am kind of disconnected from what is happenig in the Arab World (- Algeria of course). I do however take the below for facts:
- Al Assad’s regime is an ugly dictatorship and the Syrians deserve better.
- The aim of the different opposition movements in Syria is to hold power, and toppling Al Assad’s regime is just a necessary step towards their goal.
- Both sides are making civilian victims and it is not the opposition angels against the evil regime.
- Media propaganda goes both ways; as much as I “laugh” when I watch Syrian TV, I do “laugh” when I hear on Al Jazeera that the Syrian army killed N civilians according to “activists”.
- The future looks bleak and is highly uncertain regardless of who’ll get the power.
- There won’t be a military victory with a winner and a loser.
- Qatar, Saudi kharabia, Iran, Turkey, NATO, Russia, Israel and other foreign players chose sides for their own interests.
And what do we see? Some people only consider the first fact and decide to side with the opposition(s). Others consider the latter and in an anti-imperialism stance they side with Al Assad. It’s like a famous Iraqi blogger who wrote against the occupation of her country by the US and found herself praising Saddam and his epoch.
Some people aware of this risk decide to reject a side instead of choosing one. So in my second example above, the person would write and argue against the imperialists and their tools (Syrian opposition) and completely ignore the Syrian regime, thus not supporting it.
I am well aware that my opinion does have no impact on how things will evolve in Syria and I could choose either sides or just not care at all, but the truth is we live in a small world which is being re-shaped by all these events which, therefore, concern us all.
The thing is, with the facts mentioned above, I am unable to choose a side and I would rather reject them all. I would actually love to choose the Syrian people’s side but who knows what they want… Perhaps the population also rejects them all?
In Algeria, some people sided with the Pouvoir and some others, a majority in my opinion, rejected both the Pouvoir and the terrorists and only wished to live in peace. When the people take such a stance, the consequence is that one rejected side is favoured over the other rejected one, and the population loses.