How to defend Bashar Assad in 10 easy steps
- How to defend Bashar Assad in 10 easy steps
by BORZOU DARAGAHI on JANUARY 1, 2013
in ANALYSIS <http://www.thenorthstar.info/?cat=18>
*Originally posted on
.** This is my guide for Syria analysts and journalists who want to defend
Bashar Assad while continuing to retain their credibility in the West.*
*1*. Keep mentioning Jubhat al Nasra and other Islamic jihadi groups
without mentioning that the vast majority of armed groups are not nearly as
extreme, are mostly locally based folks defending their towns and villages.
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*2*. When referring to the armed opposition keep using the magic word: *AL
*3*. Make cursory mention of the regime�s brutality (you won�t have any
credibility if you don�t) but avoid resurrecting the roots of the conflict
in peaceful opposition to Bashar�s dictatorship. Avoid mention of wanton
use of air power against civilians in bread lines and in their homes.
*4*. Keep talking about NATO, the Gulf countries and Western support for
opposition; that will boost Bashar�s anti-imperialist creds among the
*5*. Focus on faults of incompetent and disorganized Syrian opposition
abroad instead of networks of activists and homegrown civil society already
establishing governance inside.
*6*. Frame Russia as an honest broker trying to peacefully resolve conflict
instead of a shrewd chess player that doesn�t give a damn about Syrian
civilians and murdered tens of thousands of Chechens in an attempt to put
down a rebellion in the 1990s.
*7*. Keep warning about consequences of Syria state�s collapse: sectarian
war, refugees in Europe, rise of an Islamist state.
*8*. Keep raising rare instances of rebel misconduct and faked videos and
frame them as emblematic of the overall opposition.
*9*. Make the opposition look intransigent; they�re the ones who won�t
agree to a peaceful settlement, not the president who did no reforms for 10
years and dispatched shabiha to murder peaceful protesters when they spoke
*10*. Pray to God (even if you are an athiest) that the rebels don�t get to
Damascus, open up the files and find out what you did for the regime, the
details of conversations on how you got your visas and your access to
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