Seven Syria myths

August 31, 2012, Friday/ 17:50:00

Some ignorant people in Turkey feed on myths surrounding the Syrian crisis. Let’s take a look at them. The first is “Alevis are oppressing Sunnis.”

It is true that the Nusayris, who constitute a minority in Syria, are powerful in Syria’s elite circles. But still the majority of the county’s political and economic elite belongs to the Sunnis. The discourse of “Brutal Alevis oppressing poor Sunnis” is really a product of people’s imagination. The second myth is that “Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is like former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic.” He is not. This perception confuses genocide with opening fire on the people and the armed opposition. The third is “The Free Syrian Army [fsa] is the only chance.” It is a myth that the FSA will bring democracy. The fourth is “Armed opposition is the only chance,” which it is not. “A buffer zone is required” is the fifth myth. Today we are still recovering from the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes in Van -- and cannot even deal with this – yet we are acting like we are another US. The sixth myth is “It won’t affect our Kurdish issue” and the last myth is “our Syrian policy is good.” I don’t know if I have to explain it or not, but something is certainly not right.