A Los-Angeles Times article begins with this sentence: “Now that a consensus is forming that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s days are numbered, diplomats and Middle East experts….” Aside from the psychological warfare value of mainstream Western media’s “days are numbered” mantra, this now hackneyed phrase which has been repeatedly refuted over the course of the past two years or so, obviously serves another function.
By presenting the wishful thinking of a mere sliver of world opinion as consensus reality, Empire and its Arab minions are simultaneously manufacturing another hyped up reality: that Assad’s departure from the scene would spell the collapse of the regime. This is tantamount to saying that the imperialists would meet no resistance from the Syrian Arab Army or the Syrian people after Assad’s hypothetical departure.
Not only does this deeply flawed premise aim to demoralize the Syrian people, army and other regime institutions and personalities, it also seeks to reduce the Syrian state to the person of Assad himself, so that support for the Syrian Arab Republic becomes little more than a personality or leadership cult following among sectarian supporters.
What they fail to see however, is that Souria al-Assad doesnt simply become Souria al-Thani or Souria al-Wahhab or Souria al-Ikhwan with a change of leadership. Souria al-Assad is a national identity and culture that surpasses its founders and will never allow an alien agenda to become Souria’s new identity without a fight. And it will be a long fight with or without Assad.
Amal Abdo Saad-Ghorayeb is a Lebanese writer and political analyst. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham, England, and worked as an assistant professor of political science at the Lebanese American University.