Conversation at Amarji
With its pullout from Lebanon nearing completion, the Syrian regime seems to be about to go into one of its usual self-congratulatory phases, a development that cannot but augur ill for the future. For some of the worst mistakes committed by this regime happened during such phases.In lull times, members of the regime come off at their worst. Not that they are exactly proactive under pressure. But, in these times, they at least freeze, they stop acting, they go into a trance, a blessed hypnotic trance, which restrict their ability to make mistakes. They might even make a few right things, as a result of external suggestion of course, like sealing off borders and pulling out from where they don’t belong and have never been really welcome. But during lull times, old habits sneak up on them all too quickly, and they start fucking up again, which isn’t very hard to do for them: all they have to do is just be themselves, and fucking up will come all too naturally. Oh, may heaven protect us from lull times and natural born screw-ups, and may it grant these unchosen, though terribly begotten, leaders of ours a certain je ne sais quoi, because there is absolutely nothing I can personally think of that will make them any better.
Are saying this is good for Lebanon and bad for Syria? Maybe this lull will allow Assad to implement reforms. What he is doing now and what Annie reports are encouraging. Could you even have this Blog if Daddy was still around?
You stated correctly that "Could you even have this Blog if Daddy was still around?" But it is important to understand that regime such as Baathist Syria changed or opened up because it had to, not because it wanted to. And such a move of the regime should be considerd a retreat, and liberal force should press forward and demand even more change.
Of course the change will be small and incremental but the culmination of these changes will result in liberal democracy. Often the press see a liberal democracy emerge, and they declare that it is a miracle, not realizing many small battles that were fought along the way. Little battle that is being fought every day by our much admired Heretic is never recorded in the annal of mainstream media. Only political junkies such as ourselves follow this small battle.