The War on ISIS: Views from Syrian Activists and Intellectuals

Reblog from Until Victory

Until Victory

by Danny Postel, Dissent Magazine

Free Syrian Army fighters, Aleppo, July 2013 (Dona_Bozzi / Shutterstock) Free Syrian Army fighters, Aleppo, July 2013 (Dona_Bozzi / Shutterstock)

Conspicuously absent from the debate about ISIS and U.S. intervention—both in the mainstream and in the leftosphere—are Syrian voices. ISIS and U.S. officialdom occupy center stage, leaving the perspectives of Syrian civil society activists and writers out of the equation. While hardly surprising, this omission is troubling.

In an attempt to remedy this imbalance, I asked several Syrians—longtime activists and intellectuals from a range of backgrounds, including Kurdish, Palestinian, and Assyrian Christian—what they think about the ISIS crisis and Western intervention. Here are their responses.

Three Monsters

I am ambivalent about a Western attack against ISIS.

On the one hand, I would like to see this thuggish gang wiped from the face of the earth. ISIS is a criminal organization that has killed thousands of Syrians and Iraqis while leaving intact another criminal organization—the Assad…

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