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Thursday, 31 May 2012
Will There Be Room for Kurds and Other Minorities in a Post-Assad Syria?
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by Jerry Gordon (June 2012)


Sixteen months of bloody repression by the Assad minority Alawite government in Damascus has inflicted more than 15,000 deaths and countless injuries across the troubled country. The latest excess was the reported deaths of 49 children in an artillery assault on the city of Houla in late May that may caused over 100 deaths in what the UN observers called a massacre.  more>>>

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Posted on 05/31/2012 1:48 PM by NER
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21 Jun 2012
Send an emailSamir Yousif

Very unprofessional contribution with incorrect statistics. The author is trying to create a false reality by showing a close relationships with the state of Israel. I do not see the relevance. The inner struggle between the Arabs themselves is one of the main causes of the present civial war. Qatar-backed Sunni Muslims are fighting the Alawyat State. The Kurdish minority (which is less than 10% of the total population) will not be in good terms with a newly established Arab Sunni Government, as was the case in Iraq during the last century. Actually the Arab Sunnis are well-known for their chavinisim and racisim against other ethnic minorities.The situation of the Kurds in Syria will worsen if Assad regime collpses.



1 Jun 2012
Send an emailDc

 In my view you have an agenda based on fiction and distortion of realty.



31 May 2012
Christina McIntosh

 I am sorry, but so long as the vast majority of the Kurds, wherever residing, continue to consciously and actively identify as Muslims - whether Sunni or Shiite - they cannot and should not be trusted by the Jews of Israel nor by Christians whether in Syria or in Iraq/ Mesopotamia.

 I observe that this plausible gentleman never once mentions the awkward fact that it is the Assyrian Christians in both Iraq and Syria - some of whom still speak Syriac - who are the ancient indigenous pre-Islamic people of the region, whereas the Kurds arrived on the scene much, much later (and, if I recall correctly, after their conversion to Islam - this would certainly be the case if their presence in the area currently called Syria and neighbouring parts only dates from the time of Saladin).

And his rosy representation of the relationship between Kurdish Muslims, and Jews is not entirely truthful.  I remember reading - either in Bat Yeor or in Andrew Bostom - that dhimmi Jews in Muslim 'Kurdistan' had a status little better than that of chattel slaves vis a vis their Kurdish Muslim overlords.

Kurds who shuck off Islam and become Christians or entirely secular, I can trust.  Kurds who insist on remaining card-carrying Muslims - even while they chafe against Arab ethnolinguistic imperialism - present the spectacle of a people rebelling against the Arabs even while continuing to practise the Arab Imperial Cult...and so I cannot trust them.

The Jews and the Syrian Christians should use a long, long spoon when supping with sweetly-smiling, earnest and plausible Kurdish Muslims.