EsinIslam Portal Media Network
20 February 2014
With Syria virtually completely destroyed by its own
regime, and with 150,000 -200,000 Syrians killed,
hundreds of thousands injured and maimed and many
millions displaced, the murderous gang of Bashar el-Assad
has finally accepted to hold talks with the opposition
in an effort to reach a peaceful solution.
However, it is highly unlikely that there is any
modicum of sincerity or good-will behind the Syrian
regime's consent to attend the Geneva talks, slated to
take place Wednesday.
In the final analysis, a regime that destroys its own
country, murders its own citizens and rapes its own
women can't be expected to suddenly undergo an
awakening of conscience.
The more likely prospect is that this sectarian regime
will go all the way to the abyss in order to prolong
the life span of its grip on power in Syria.
The Nusseiri sect, an offshoot of Shiism, accounts for
less than 8% of Syria's population.
However, since 1963, that sect has been in tight
control of the Syrian state, including the army,
especially the elite forces, air-force, the security
forces, the economy and every conceivable center of
The virtually total stranglehold was often justified
by the confrontation with Israel. However, a more
honest explanation of this insidious state of affair
is the relentless overwhelming desire to consolidate
the sectarian Nusseiri control, using the
confrontation with Israel as a sort of red herring.
Hence, it is probably safe to conclude that the Geneva
conference will die a natural death, like that of a
still child, either before birth, or upon birth or
soon after birth.
Indeed, if the survival of the murderous regime
continues to be the ultimate strategy and paramount
goal of Assad and his Iranian and Russian allies, then
there can be no hope for a breakthrough in Geneva.
The survival of the Assad regime after all this
monumental bloodshed and pornographic destruction
would be a huge affront to human morality and humanity
We all know that the proper place for Bashar el-Assad
is before a firing squad. But perfect justice doesn't
belong to this world. It is a world that allows its
Assads, Hitlers and Sharons, even its Sisis and
Mubaraks to escape unpunished for their crimes against
their own and other peoples. This is really sad. It is
also an expression of the moral imbalance and inequity
plaguing our world. Only God knows where this moral
imbalance and inequity will lead us. Certainly, it
won't take us to salvation but to annihilation- all
thanks to our greed, rapacity, depravity and
We all hope and pray that Syrians could reach a
common-ground in order to save whatever can be saved
of their nation and country.
However, the worst possible outcome of the Geneva
conference would be the survival of the Assad regime.
Such an outcome would vindicate all the genocidal
crimes the Assad regime and its equally criminal
allies have committed against the Syrian people.
Moreover, the survival of the regime would enable the
far-from-innocent Nusseiri sect to reconsolidate
itself in power and tighten its sinister grip on Syria
for a hundred years to come. That would be Syria's
We are not against the Nusseiri sect per se, e.g.
because of its religion, however heretical it may be.
No one can play God in this world and all citizens
must be treated equally under a modern civil state.
But we cannot escape the fact that this sect has
effectively been at the forefront of Assad's genocidal
blitz against the Syrian people.
And by readily accepting this nefarious role, the
Nusseiri sect effectively put itself on a collision
course with the rest of the Syrian people. We would be
dishonest if we ignored or overlooked this fact.
I know it is politically incorrect to invoke sectarian
issues. However, we all know that the sectarian
dimension was conspicuous from the very inception in
the Syrian quagmire.
And we can't pretend that sectarianism is not at the
heart of the conflict, especially with the presence in
Syria of tens of thousands of Hizbullah, Iraqi Shiite
and Iranian fighters who are sent to Syria to murder
Syrian children and rape Syrian women in the name of
Hussein, Ali and Zaynab.
This evil is absolutely and totally unacceptable. It
must be stopped.
Khalid Amayreh is an
American-educated journalist living in the Hebron
region of the West Bank.