Empty rhetoric of ‘whatever the public wants’

July 04, 2012, Wednesday/ 16:56:00

Everyone seems to argue that the Syrian crisis should be resolved in line with the Syrian public’s desires. While the Syrian opposition attacks Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army, arguing that they are carrying out their fight on behalf of the “Syrian public,” Assad claims that he is protecting his people against terrorists and foreign powers and maintains his power “because his people want it.”

 And the will of the Syrian public was the main subject of talks held by world powers in Geneva on Saturday. However, it is not clear what is meant by the “Syrian public.” It rather seems that everyone refers to a different public depending on their own perception and interests. It was decided that the aim should be for the establishment of a transitional government in which both Assad and the opposition would be united. This looks great in theory but, first of all, the opposition groups say they are not going to cooperate with an administration that orders the deaths of the people.