[Posted by Lara Keller 10/1/16]
We need a truly progressive anti-dictatorship movement, that uses the techniques developed by the UK Stop the War Coalition (STWuk). That provides a vigorous attack on the status-quo of:
- Insulting the struggle of ordinary Syrians for representative government.
- Glorifying inaction in the name of past self-seeking interventions by Western elites.
- The defeatism that ordinary people cannot influence foreign policy in democracies.
All people should be worried that inaction in response to the Arab Democratic Uprising by the West, is proof of the suspicion that our leaders are indifferent to the principle they should and claim to hold at their core, of the value of representative government.
STWuk have also been successful in the past in reaching out to other organizations (unions, charities, environmental, anti-racist …. groups) to build a coalition, as they have been seen as a safe “progressive” bet. Even if it is hard for these groups to give unequivocal support to real meaningful Syrian Solidarity, it will stir up heated debates within those organizations.
In short we need to support the struggle of the Syrian people, as much as they need our support. We just do not know it yet. It is very long overdue.