Anyone following the events of the Syrian revolution would notice repeated calls by some loyalists for the regime to go on the attack. These call may include bombastic violent posts on blogs, usually posted right after yet a new atrocious murder is committed by the regime, all the way to articles written by regime-loyal opposition advocating that the regime cracks on those the loyalists claim to be tearing Syria apart for daring to profess their faith, or for rising up after their natural rights. Sometime it gets really Kafkaesque, when someone you respect and like writes such a statement. Your first reaction would be to ask whether the much hyped Syrian Electronic Army has succeeded in hacking into their account and are now posting under their names. But these calls continue.
Fascist utterances, disguised as patriotic or law-and-order statements are not new to Syrians or to anyone living under dictatorship. The essence of dictatorship is to claim that the dictator, be it a single person, a family, or a fascist nationalist political party is the only one/group that knows, is capable of, or does what is good for the country such as safeguarding the national integrity, resisting an enemy, or protecting ethnic and religious minorities. In Syria’s case, all three are claimed by the regime and its loyalists despite of all evidences to the contrary. To the fascist minded brute, as well as to those law-and-order, resistance, and stability advocating intellectuals, such justifies any action against the “traitors”, who in this case, are most of the common folks and poor of Syria who are revolting for their dignity and rights.
A striking example of the intellectual brutality of regime loyalists was demonstrated right after an upsurge in the number of murdered demonstrators. It was in the form of a threat that a well-known general of the regime’s inner circle had then said, “well, i have not yet taken off my Pajama to wear my military fatigue”, which was meant to indicate that the regime has not yet used all levels of violence it is capable of.
So now, months later, we still hear and read arguments for the regime to go on the attack. I am yet to see anyone in the loyalists camp define the parameters of attack be it a militarily attack or a rhetorical one. From my naive perspective, it would seem that conducting wholesale arrest campaigns in almost every Syrian city and town qualifies as an attack (√). Firing on peaceful demonstrators is an attack (√). Invading cities and sending bands of thugs in both military uniform or in some hybrid brown-shirt reminiscent uniforms to roam the streets and destroy cars, shops, motorcycles, and homes is an attack (√). Assassinating political activists by snipers or by torture in custody is an attack (√). Kidnapping and disappearing thousands in manners reminiscent of Pinochet and perhaps worst is an attack (√). Clearly, the regime has so far used all of these means of attacks and more, including preemptive ones such as loading streets with thugs and shabee7a and beating and threatening anyone who seems to think of voicing malcontent. Off course rhetorical attacks never stopped, the regime propaganda machine, starting with cheap bombastic stupidity of clueless or paid online warriors, all the way to most expensive operations of a cowardly media, which has been part and parcel; of the regime’s machination of oppression, and reaching across the boarder through Dollar (or is it now Euros) paid Lebanese intellectual prostitutes, all have been thrown at the revolution. In essence, with all of the check-done marks, isn’t it clear that the regime has been on the attack and a fierce attack at that.
Yet, when some still ask the regime to go on the attack, she/he is insinuating that the regime is not doing enough. So what is left, really, ….what is left?
- Mass rounding and executions (not that it did not happen, but seems that some people think not enough of it has happened)
- Use of chemical weapons Halabja style
- Indiscriminate wide-scale air Bombing raids Qaddafi style
To answer the question, I propose to follow a fun practice that exists in many democratic countries. Middle school kids go participate in mock elections every year through school and civil society civic programs. The winner gets to become a president or a prime minister for a day. Now i will ask those armchair generals dictators, to imagine that they have been the winners of such an election in Syria. So for now, if you are one, then ….you have been elected (that is approved by a 99.999% referendum) president chief thug. Therefore, if you think that not enough has been done to quell the “terrorists”, then please decide, publicly whether you want to use 1 or 2, 3, in combinations, or all together. Name the location/s, towns, cities, or neighborhoods you think are infested by those the regime and its loyalists call terrorists and suicide bombers and go ahead and sign and issue the decree for the attack. After all, some loud regime horn claimed that Syria is not a lawless country, well go a head, use the law and tell us what is your choice?. Just remember that taking off ones Pajama means that one stands in ones dirty underwear……or simply stark naked.