NUPI researcher thinks condemnation of Syria’s Assad is selective and opportunistic

NAÏVE PRAYERS OVER SYRIA

Aftenposten 2012 02 21 p 6, Helge Lurås

Summary.

Helge Lurås of NUPI expresses deep skepticism over the Syrian opposition, admitting the Assad regime is  not exactly being a model of democracy of human rights and democracy, however it is having the support of perhaps 50 per cent of the country’s population, not least he minorities.

Quotes:

“Today’s Libya is starting to show what the absence of the State’s monopoly to power may result in”.

“The single-minded condemnation of Bashar al Assad is ether selective and opportunistic; or based on a naive idea of the “state” and the execution of power”.

To be very fair to Lurås, he has previously warned European politicians to avoid demonizing Israel, and whilst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is every bit as tragic as the Syrian drama; the Assad dynasty has never been elected they stole the political power in a coup and have held on to it through unambiguous, cruel and bloody divide and rule tactics.

Let us hope for all that Syria does not become a new Lebanon, or a new Iraq, but let us not kid ourselves, Assad is a murderer of the worst kind and deserves his condemnation, but the international community is wise to try to defuse this powder keg of a country with as much prudence as possible.