No, the Assad regime is not ‘defending his own country’

This post originally appeared on Middle East Eye under the title ‘Dennis Kucinich and the western left’s blind spot over Syria

 

If anti-authoritarian leftists want to take part in the fight against tyranny and extremism, they must be humble enough to accept that context matters, that things do not happen in a vacuum, and that it is not only about the West. Syrians’ right to narrate their own experiences must be given primacy. These are not mere details, and failure to do so inevitably puts us on the de facto side of the oppressors.

Source: Inoreader – No, the Assad regime is not ‘defending his own country’