Bashar al-Assad is, at least in name, a member of the Alawi Shia sect known as Nusariyya before the French Mandate gave them some advice, to call
themselves followers of Ali or "Alawi" and conform to Sunni Islam to avoid persecution, which I can understand, and it worked well as half of 8
infantry battalions in the Syrian Army were Alawi. They came to dominate the army.
In 1964 Baath party membership among the Alawis quintupled as they adopted a sectarians ideology.
The Nusayyri (Alawi) are a Shia offshoot created about 1,000 years ago named after Muhammad ibn Nusayr, died 859AD, after the death of 11th Imam Hasan
al-Askari Nusayr claimed to be the Imams messenger, like Paul had with Jesus (pbuh) although Paul didn't know Jesus (pbuh), it is a similar scenario
at least somewhat.
Core concepts: God is a triad, 7 times manifested, first with Abel, Adam, Gabriel and ending with Ali (God in the flesh) who created Mohammed who
created Salman al-Farisi (Pharisee/Parsee/Farisi... Interesting), Persian companion and evangelist (pbut).
The triad is Mang(meaning)-Ism(name/veil)-Bab(gate).
Bab-el, the Tower of, was a "gateway" to Heaven, essentially.
Oddly Simon-Peter(pbuh) is "God in the flesh" to the Nusayyri, not Jesus(pbuh) and they also celebrate Christian holidays, in fact it is likely that
Nusayri and Nasar (Nazarene) have a connection, evidenced by their quasi Christian doctrine that convinced Jesuit scholar Henri Lemmans they were
"Lost Christians." I would say quasi-Christian.
They also believe women are inferior, have no souls and can't reincarnate, a belief they picked up from either Hindu, Greek, Phoenician, Manichean or
maybe Zoroastrian beliefs, all said to be incorporated into their doctrines.
Assad lives a life of power and wealth and his co-religionists are impoverished mostly, which is why they became soldiers at first.
Since 2011 Assad has killed hundreds of thousands of Syrians and doesn't care if you are Alawi, Christian or Shia if you oppose him, he WILL kill
Alawis are starting to rebel, which could be disastrous in so many variable ways, or the solution to the problem itself.
Assad's cousin killed an Alawite officer and for this the Alawi want him dead.
Personally I don't care what they believe, if they have been puppets for Assad all along and are willing to turn against him I could forgive the fact
that they are his forces in combatting Syrians who want to oust Assad, the rebels, their complicity in the bloodshed as his puppets.
And who better to take out a dictator than his own people.
If the Alawi have different beliefs that conflict with Islam by even liberal standards I don't really care, religous freedom is a right that should be
extended to all. Maybe they suffered persecution in the past, I am sure of it actually, but it doesn't excuse the fundamental concept of the Qur'an
that no Muslim should ever shed another Muslims blood (or go to war with Muslims.)
The article I am using mentionied the French policy of divide and conquer was used during the French mandate, as done earlier by the British who
beguiled the Arabians to fight the Turks of the Ottoman Empire only to end up as subjects of the British and Americans, as was Turkey made the
"Secular Republic of Turkey."
All in all it seems Muslim have been getting screwed over by colonialists, who install puppet regimes after they subdue a nation, and I feel it is
time to set aside religous differences in the Middle East and concentrate on ousting oppressive regimes forced upon them by either sham democracies or
coups backed by who knows who, usually it is the British or Americans though.
If the Alawites want to free Syria they could.
And I believe they might and hope they do.
edit on 19-5-2017 by Disturbinatti because:
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