Posting what was originally a twitter rant here, in a less ephemeral medium:
For Stalinist left, it is not enough that Assad destroyed all progressive elements of Syrian uprising, they want to say that they never existed at all. They want to rewrite the history of the uprising and claim that it was always sectarian civil war, and that any progressive elements sided with Assad. As things went on progressives were sidelined, marginalized, imprisoned, tortured, killed. And then they said: “See! They never existed.”
All we have left is that history and the memory of those who fought for something better, and that is something those revisionists won’t take away from us. People like Omar Aziz , like Hassan Hassan. People like Abdel Aziz al-Khayer, and Jihad Asad Mohammad (both still in prison). People like Razan Zaitouneh and the Douma 4, kidnapped by the Islamist reactionaries. These people may not be part of the civil war now, but we won’t forget the hope they inspired, even if it has extinguished for now.
That’s why ending the war should be the number 1 priority, not only as an end in itself, but as a means to rebuilding that social movement. The civil war has to end before these movements can even start to rebuild. That is, assuming that when the war ends, Syrian society won’t be damaged beyond repair. And it very well might be.
Hassan Hassan: https://tahriricn.wordpress.com/…/syria-the-life-and-work-…/
Abdel Aziz al-Khayer: http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/13004
Jihad Asad Mohammad: https://budourhassan.wordpress.com/…/freedom-for-jihad-and…/
Razan Zaitouneh: http://free-syrian-voices.org/razan-zaitouneh/