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This review is from: The Syrian Rebellion (Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order) (Hardcover)
The book is simply al-Qaida/ Aljazeera style propaganda. It presents no facts or evidences. It provides one sided view of the complex situation in Syria. the main argument of this book is that is that the Sunnis are the majority and they are all conservatives thus the whole country should adapt Taliban laws.
The American writer attacks the Syrian government for allowing females and males to study together (see page 196). indicating that a student was "raped by a classmate" oh my god, something like that would never happen in the decent great countries such as Saudi Arabia or Taliban. This is bad and a sin, women should be kept at home or sold as wives when they are 12 years old, right???.
Moreover, the book does not contain any references or data whatsoever to support its unrealistic claims and arguments.
another appalling argument in this book/ propaganda-leaflet is that the writer is doing his best to fragment the Syrian society in a way that suits one side: Al-Qaid. He keeps indicating that the Sunnis are oppressed under the dictatorship of Alasad and the only evidence he presents, more than six times, is that the oil refinery of Baniyas has a majority of Alawis. He fails to mention that this refinery is in an area where Alawis represent a majority. Most importantly he fails time and again to mention that all the prime ministers in the past 40 years were Sunnis, over 90 percent of the ministers are Sunnis, the current minister of defence and the head of the security forces and the head of the interior minister and the information minster are all Sunnis. More than that, the Syrian dictator is married to a Sunni, like all his siblings. By the way unlike the Sheikhs of oil the Syrian dictator has one wife and 3 children. He is a Dr and was educated in London.
The most evil thing in this book is the attempt to glorify known criminal extremists such as Riad Shaqfa (see page 201), shaqfa which was introduced as the Secretary-general of the Muslim brotherhood and an engineer who left his country in 1980 is the man responsible for the massacres that took place in Syria from 1979 to 1980. Most importantly he was Saddam's hit man; he spent 26 years in Iraq under Saddam and carried out many tasks for him. Of course the honest author does not mention that and he fails to indicate why would the Secretary-general of the Muslims brotherhood chooses Iraq's Saddam as refugee after deserting his own country?????
It is heartbreaking to see academics producing such books that indicate loudly and clearly how powerful is the petrodollar and how frail is the intellectual integrity