a reply to: JesseVentura
Yesterday I took a taxi driven by a Syrian and our discussion was very interesting.
Naturally Shiloh is very curious and wants to ask about what is going on in Syria from a Syrian's perspective rather than our own media's political
one. His family live in Aleppo so they are within the war zone. He phones them regularly.
He didn't know what to make of ISIS except that it was being funded by a third party and not a genuine cause.
He completely blames the USA for what is happening in Syria.
He confirmed Assad, although Alawite so Shia, was elected fairly and he, sunni was OK with that. I found that very interesting, but of course the
Assad's had ruled for 30 odd years and Syria was once a nice country to live in. (Our media never states Assad as Shia, only Alawite, so of course
clouds began to clear somewhat for me (who had never had cause to look up which branch of Islam Alawites come from).
He didn't agree with Netty's complacency that Israel was safe from ISIS and also wouldn't trust it not to supply ISIS.
He thinks Saudi is completely run by the USA and they direct ME policy through Saudi as a puppet state along with Qatar etc.
He said his family copes lving in Syria because Mother, sisters and a brother, have a number of houses so when the fighting gets bad they simply
He didn't like Wahadism because of its restrictions which he felt were too harsh. Although brought up as Islamic he was not especially religious. He
made the point that Syrian women were clever and considered better workers than the men.
He felt that America's idea of getting rid of Assad was very bad and they had no right to interfere in Syria because the people in Iraq now wish Sadam
had never been deposed and in Libya the people there were beginning to wish Gaddaffi had not gone. Interestingly he didn't appear to link any other
government's eg. the UK's with American policy/actions.
It was just the USA he blamed and thought it motivated for greed.
I asked if he thought Saudi wanted to rule the Islamic world and he couldn't conceive of this. It appeared to somehow be against his interpretation
He also said that its against Islam for a man to leave his wife for over 3 months. A complete No No. Yet the majority of married refugees have
obviously done this. (I won't go into the numbers thing when they want to import their full family members after having settled in the West as some
countries allow this, others don't, its another topic).
He was very polite, pleasant and easy going I didn't ask anything emotive as that would not have been fair or right.
His comments were interesting and it was good to actually hear from a Syrian about Syria.