HUMAN VOICE: Abdul Aziz Ajini
Ever since the Syrian Revolution started, the Syrian freedom seekers proclaimed, “The Syrians are one entity”. This slogan was very significant and it referred to much of the patriotism the Syrians have been recognized with and the tolerance that have distinguished Syria throughout ages.
The Syrians were looking forward to getting rid of a ruling gang, not because it is an Alweite minority, but because it lacks legitimacy.
They just wanted to keep a country that is beautiful with its mosaic social diversity. They thought that the eradication of Assad Regime would make Syria more of a better homeland for all of them. At this point, the regime was aware of the risk of this tendency and that Syria would expel tyranny.
Therefore, the regime started destroying the unified social structure of the country. This was clear with the appearance of brutal scenes of Assad’s soldiers ordering their detainees to claim worship to Bashar Assad instead of God, and the voice of those soldier was overwhelmed with sectarianism through Alweite dialect.
The message was so clear that Syrians are either ruled by Assad or they will lose everything including their religious integrity. Few months later, Iranian militants started to appear in the ranks of the regime’s forces. Those strange militia members fought for Assad and against a disarmed people. By this, the national catastrophe started when many Syrians started feeling that they are not part of this country.
Due to this feeling of non-belonging, many Syrians shifted from patriotic feeling to religious fanatic feeling. To complete that horrific plot, some of the international entities started facilitating the advent of foreign militants to cross borders and join in the fight on the side of the Syrian freedom seekers.
They assumed a protective role favoring the Syrians against the regime. In fact, most of them had an agenda different from the agenda of the Syrians. Because of this, more Syrians were exposed to a shock that made them feel that they belong to a community outside the country rather than part of their own country.
Their religious belonging was at the expense of their patriotism. So, the regime succeeded in making many Syrians in the regime-held areas feel that Iranians and Russians are closer to them than their Syrian peers with whom they have been school mates.
Very few Syrians are still feeling their national pride and consider Syria as their homeland keeping in mind the necessity of transitional justice. They think that those who committed war crimes must be brought to justice regardless of their sect or ethnicity.
They seem to have a logic for this as pro-regime militants belong to all sects and ethnic groups. Those criminals are led by a brutal sectarian gang, which is connected to foreign powers leading them all the way through.
This minority of the Syrians have been sidelined throughout the conflict to make room for the fulfilment of the international and territorial projects in Syria. These projects aim at reconstructing the political map of the Middle East and transforming the awareness of peoples in the region.