Wednesday, 10 July 2013


Syria's communal tensions are fuelled by politics not theology

Robin Yassin-Kassab

"A few months ago, for example, Islamist black flags dominated demonstrations in Raqqa, in the east of the country; now, Raqqa's demonstrations are as likely to be against Jabhat Al Nusra, the extremist militia which nominally controls the city, as against the regime. This is not an Islamist rebellion but a popular revolution. As in Egypt, if Islamists oppress the people or fail to deliver, they too will be rebelled against."

"If you’d prefer to read my tense choices, before the subediting process, read this version here."

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