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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Landis and Commenters on Minorities Issue in Syria

Josh Landis' blog at SyriaComment has been one of the few to take the minorities/sectarianism issue in Syria seriously, but it [sectarian insecurity, not Landis' blog, since I seem to have confused a commenter] is the primary reason so many of Syria's Christians are still supporting the regime: they see the ‘Alawites as an ally against a Sunni majority. That's an oversimplification, but Landis and his commenters show the intensity of the feelings.  The core supporters of the regime also have a lot of tacit allies who fear change, or the Muslim Brotherhood,


Anonymous said...

Landis's blog is the primary reason Syria's Christians are supporting the regime? How does that work?

Michael Collins Dunn said...

No,I didn't say that, of didn't mean to.Concern about life under a dominant Sunni majority is why.