The War on ISIS: Views From Syrian Activists and Intellectuals

Syrian rebels from the “Al-Qasas Brigade” or “Justice Brigade” run through an olive grove to avoid Syrian Army snipers as they travel between villages on foot in the northwestern Jabal al-Zawiya area. By Freedom House via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Syrian rebels from the “Al-Qasas Brigade” or “Justice Brigade” run through an olive grove to avoid Syrian Army snipers as they travel between villages on foot in the northwestern Jabal al-Zawiya area. By Freedom House via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

via Dissent Magazine:

Conspicuously absent from the debate about ISIS and U.S. intervention—both in the mainstream and in the leftosphere—are Syrian voices. ISIS and U.S. officialdom occupy center stage, leaving the perspectives of Syrian civil society activists and writers out of the equation. While hardly surprising, this omission is troubling.

In an attempt to remedy this imbalance, I asked several Syrians—longtime activists and intellectuals from a range of backgrounds, including Kurdish, Palestinian, and Assyrian Christian—what they think about the ISIS crisis and Western intervention. Here are their responses.

Three Monsters

I am ambivalent about a Western attack against ISIS.

On the one hand, I would like to see this thuggish gang wiped from the face of the earth. ISIS is a criminal organization that has killed thousands of Syrians and Iraqis while leaving intact another criminal organization—the Assad regime—that is responsible for the deaths of close to 200,000 people. ISIS has destroyed the cause of the Syrian revolution as much as the Assad regime has destroyed our country and society.

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10 Comments on "The War on ISIS: Views From Syrian Activists and Intellectuals"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Sep 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm |

    who’s worse
    ISIS or uncle homeland?
    really depends of which end of weapons yer facing

  2. ‘—the Assad regime—that is responsible for the deaths of close to 200,000 people.’

    Golly, isn’t that the entire toll? Would this person ascribe The Blitz to Winston Churchill?

  3. makes me want to start a legit psychedelic anti-war movement.

  4. Damien Quinn | Sep 22, 2014 at 3:51 am |

    Revolution, civil war, radical oppression, repeat.

    • Simon Valentine | Sep 22, 2014 at 9:27 am |

      America touting itself as the reverse order of events, right?

      enlightened happy good old days seems to wrap the whole thing snugly.
      i wonder what people keep outside those two shells of psychosis?
      educrayshun, maybe?

  5. Ron Chandler | Sep 22, 2014 at 5:53 am |

    First, you chose a Syrian traitor now hiding with the Turks, who wanted Syria destroyed all along. This liar trots out the same rot about a ‘criminal organisation’ — it’s the usual BS. Assad gets 80% in Syria’s free elections. There is NO revolution, and never was, just destabilisation courtesy Robert S. Ford and his death squads paid by Amerika. Small wonder this egghead is ambivalent — he can’t decide whether beheading is good, or not!
    Yousef is credible.
    Then we have more NATO stooges, most of whom give themselves away as Western puppets by uttering the word ‘revolution’. Stooges, or plants.
    Othman steps in it by running the usual line that Obama did too little. A McCain plant? Obama STARTED it. He set up the terror camps at Iskanderun, 2011. They’re still churning out terrorists today. Simply, all that has failed. The Syrian people are a match for these crims.
    The picture at top of FSA dingbats is especially offensive and delusional. There IS NO Free Syrian Army. Most of them have either died, or applied for amnesty of the government and changed sides. The rest found better pay in Jabhat al-Nusra or ISIS, so the rattish individual you see is a terrorist.
    Stop the disinfo, people. It’s in your bloody title!

    • Simon Valentine | Sep 22, 2014 at 9:35 am |

      pretty sure i haven’t read or heard anything quite so context specific in the last 15 years. honestly i’m more into “and now the ants follow this pattern”, but names and associates? bang. can’t behead the headless horseman?

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