“This leads me to conclude that the bigger story that links Syria with the other Arab uprisings and recent Middle Eastern developments is that the will and actions of indigenous Arabs, Iranians and Turks will always have a greater impact than anything done by powers abroad. The striking inability of the Americans, Russians and their assorted allies to shape events in Syria follow similar serial failures in recent decades in their attempts to promote Arab-Israeli peace, democratic transformations, economic trajectories or other such strategic issues.
Only when local people across the Middle East took matters into their own hands did conditions change, and history resume. The sentiments of ordinary people such as those in Bab al-Hawa, Midan, Deir al-Zor and Deraa are far more significant that the pronouncements of the world’s powers. The sooner we learn this lesson, the better off we will all be.”
Rami G. Khouri, Syria embodies the end of colonialism, Daily Star Lebanon
Nah. Colonialism or its legacies aren’t going to end for another quite, quite while. (But things also have been quite much in ‘hands’ of local organizations and people quite some time. I do think.)
Sometimes I think Arab writers put in too much emotional stuff into English IR discourse without clearly punctuating/indicating so. And this may be such case.
Indigenous - local and ordinary human groups - I don’t know how closely we are really looking at, understanding those people either. I’m not sure they are ‘constant’ types or more of ‘variables’ (changes very swiftly) - either. We’ve already seen that elsewhere - probably enough times. If there is going to be an exception - that’d be great though.
July 23, 2012, 7:26am 1 note