The Scorpion and the Frog
I have been having increasing misgivings over the present one sided reporting of events in Syria and the apparent unquestioning support for the “rebels”. Who are these rebels? Do we know? Does our press take any interest in who they might be?
Suspicion of the this one sidedness — or rather, partial and selected information — came to a head with a brief interview on the ABC, at last, with one Australian pro Asad supporter, who suggested a certain complexity to the problem there.
After listening to this interview, I spoke to a person who has spent time in Syria, for he had often told me that the country under Asad was one of the most open, tolerant and relaxed in the Middle East, with at least 55 percent of the population on the side of the government. This included, importantly, the Christian community there.
We have had, in short order, the West touting for the Arab spring in Egypt and Lybia only to find fundamentalists running the show, and there we are, soft touch as usual, shovelling in money and weapons to the Brotherhood or whichever radical group. I was already wary of this enthusiasm for a “Spring” that should perhaps best be described as an “Autumn”.
Now comes confirmation that at least the situation is more complex than anything that the Western press has been able to convey. For the first time I find an explanation and analysis of the motives of both the West and Russia and China, and just what might be going on by John R. Bradley, author of After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked the Middle East Revolts, and published in the Spectator.
The West seems keen to portray the uprising as a simple story of freedom fighters opposing tyranny, when the situation is much more complex. An awful repeat of the Libyan debacle is beginning to unfold: Western reporters embed themselves with self-declared former al-Qa’ida fighters and bands of tribal fanatics, but fail to report this so as not to undermine the “Arab Spring”.
I urge you to have a look. However, it all reminds me depressingly of the story of the scorpion and the frog.