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The State of Middle Eastern Nations: Seeking Protection from Hot Charcoal by Fire

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Syrians' seeking freedom via Saudi influence is like seeking relief from hot charcoal by fire...

[Original article in Arabic was written Bassam Darwish, and translated by Ibn Kammuna]


It is a cursed freedom that the Syrian people, or any other people of the Middle East, seek, if that comes through the Saudis or the Gulf countries or any other state whose constitution dictates that Islamic Sharia is the source of every law.

What I am saying does not mean in any way that I was standing with the regime in Syria, or any other individual system. Everyone knows my position on corrupt and dictatorial systems, which have only gotten enriched at the expense of the people. If the Syrians believe that the Saudis or Qataris or any other Gulf rulers will help them win their freedom, then such people deserve the Syrian slang proverb: If you ask for molasses from the Mongoose’s ass, may God protect you from the evil of honey!

Freedom cannot come from a country that ordered arrest of a young man for prosecution and pursued after him from country to country until he was arrested, when  the "sin" he did was writing, talking to the prophet, that he loves him and respects him, but prefers to call him "my friend" instead of "my master".

I wonder what fate would have awaited this young man if he described the prophet of what he is worthy of, and this is just through relying on what authentic hadiths and Sirat tell us about what he did to affirm his authority and establish his state.

Freedom does not come from a country that imprisons and lashes a teacher, because he admired poet Nizar Qabbani, and mentioned his name followed by "peace be upon him".

What freedom will come from the country that prohibits a non-Muslim from establishing and performing non-Islamic rituals, even in his own home, or even carry on his chest a symbol of his religion?

What freedom will come from a country where a parliamentarian requests banning the construction of any other church in his country?

What freedom comes from a country where customs officials confiscate copies of the Bible carried by Christian visitors as if they were carrying bags of drugs?

What freedom Syrians and others are hoping for from a country where its "scientists" spend nights burning the phosphorus of their brains looking for another symbol to replace the "+" sign in arithmetic, because it resembles the Christian Cross...?

What freedom will come from a country where women are still struggling to achieve the most basic human rights!

The rulers of these countries are crying for the freedom of the Syrian people, while their own people are still lacking the most basic freedoms; freedom of choice of belief, freedom of expression of anything that touches the rulership, the religion, and the tradition.

Support to achieve freedom does not come from those countries except for a price. That price is too high. It involves replacing a dictator that can be talked to and pressure him for reform, with one that does not accept criticism, and the cost of such criticism will be street lashes or the cutting of necks (beheading).

A quick look at the outcome of the situations in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia will show very clearly that these movements that were called Arab spring, are in fact autumn preparing for a winter that is loaded with huge storms that will destroy every hope of freedom. Those storms will take the nations of those countries fourteen centuries backward.

Because the Syrian people have a different composition and level of cultural consciousness from all the nations in the area, it is no wonder that the uprising could not collect all classes of people around one agreed upon message. So far, opponents have not agreed on a future plan to move the country to the level of developed countries, which separate religion and state to make it a country for all people and not just for one special group.

The time has come for the peoples of the Middle East to realize that their future cannot be possible but within a secular state form, where religion is completely separate from the state constitution. Other than that, those revolutions won’t be but a movement from "under the water dripping to under the spout."

Separation of religion and state does not mean that the secular system will wage a war on religion or on all who believe in religion or all who believe in no religion. On the contrary, it will provide protection for both religion and the followers of any religion, and also, of course, for all those who do not believe in religion. But a system, which derives its constitution from a specific religion, it will only be a servant to that religion at the expense of all other belief systems and the followers of all other beliefs.

Comments (13)Add Comment
Why only Sytia but not Saudi Arabia?
written by Gnostic , July 07, 2012

I am of course against the regime of Assad and his gang but why is nobody looking at Saudi Arabia? They are beheading people for apostasy, so-called adultery or even witchcraft. Scharlatans have the right to judge without any control. People are forced to pray five times a day and to believe in islam. Where are the sanctions against Saudi Arabia? Is there anybody to call for boycotting oil imports from Saudi Arabia? Is this country really better than Syria or Iran?
The terrorist attacks against shia muslims in Iraq, Pakistan and everswhree are inspired from Salafists from Saudi Arabia but nobody cares. And what about women in Saudi Arabia? I must not tell this to you. We all know about it.
written by kope , July 07, 2012
end of dictatorship in middle east making jews shit in pant
jihadisialm is becoming stronger and people support it...what to do ?
written by HARKAT UL JIHAD EI KAFIROOON , July 07, 2012

i am ex-muslim in india.i see all round that jihadislam is actually getting stronger and muslims in their lust for 72 virgins
and wine in imaginary jannat r becoming more extremist.

i think humanity is doomed due to political correctness of non muslims and agressive behaviour of muslims.
written by balam , July 07, 2012
You are so VULGAR as a typical MUSLIM.The Jews can SHIT into the mouth of any Muslim dictator any time they wish. By the way,the ARTICLE IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING AND BEAUTIFUL.But for SWINES like KOPE,it is like a heap of PEARLS WHICH THEY CAN NEVER APPRECIATE.Mohammad has made their brains 'SOFT' .
written by malem , July 07, 2012
Again your posts relfect the education level of a 2nd grader with the mindset of a racist fool
To the author
written by Archpagan , July 08, 2012
It is really amusing to learn that Saudi scientists are wracking their brain to replace the (+) symbol of maths because it resembles the Christian cross. Freedom will have no meaning unless it includes freedom of thought from religious dogma of the past. The French Revolution adopted three cardinal principles - Liberty, Equality and Fraternity as the guiding angel. There is no alternative to that. Islam will throw the people of Syria from frying pan into the fire.
written by Reed Wilson , July 08, 2012
Archpagan. Muslims dont believe that Jesus Christ died on Cross.
written by malem , July 09, 2012
You are trying to prop up a made up fake story that made its way around the web 6 years ago, don't you have anything new or original or true? As for the french I wonder if they used those guiding rules while raping and piliging the colonized countries the abused
written by Dwito , July 09, 2012
Archy will definitively answer you. May I try to config some from the galactic unbelievability of Muslims faith?
1. Planet earth is round shaped.
2. Anybody can be better than a Muslim.
3. Nothing is discovered by any infidel.
4. Muslims ever get dirty after mud-udu.
5. Infidels ever understand the meaning of quran.
6. Qur'an is ever conceivable in Allah's other languages.
7. Qur'an could contain any error.
8. Qur'an was written by non-Muslims but not purported.
9. Hadiths and sirat would ever written by any literate pious Muslim.
10. if Muslims are not majority in number, irrespective of quality, world would not be better.
written by Reed Wilson , July 11, 2012
Dwito. Archpagan does not owe me an answer. Thanks for all the news.
To Malem
written by Archpagan , July 12, 2012
No, Malem. But they used those principles inherited from their Greco-Roman ancestors, while dealing with their fellowmen. Remember the adage -'Charity begins at home'. Modern world owes much to the French revolution which taught us constitutional framework of Government, separation of power and Rule of law.
written by Dwito , July 12, 2012
Archpagan. Muslims dont believe that Jesus Christ died on Cross.

Dwito. Archpagan does not owe me an answer. Thanks for all the news.

A highly learned friend like Archy may think otherwise, he may prefer not to involve in gibberish.

However, what does matter whatever musilms believe or not. They also do not believe that Mo was poisoned by his wife.

Truth does not care for faith, and mainly brain dead's faith.
written by Reed Wilson , July 13, 2012
Dwito. Wife killing Mo or Juda did espionage for Jesus Christ are trivial matters. What important is the message they brought.

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