A GOOD COMMENT
"Stalin once said that half a million deaths is a statistic but the death of
one is a tragedy. As Syrians we've stopped registering shock at the news of a
hundred deaths a day in the country.....
Solzhenitsyn knew about Stalin, and he wrote about the Lie. He knew that the
violence cannot sustain itself without the Lie. Assad's friends know about the
Lie as well. They know how to cultivate it like a weed, and then they help to
gently spread it wherever it can grow. When it covers everything then they will
be happy, because their job is done and the violence is stabilized. Everything
Assad learnt about the violence, he learnt from his father, who, in turn, learnt
a lot from Stalin. So we too should learn from those who came before us. We
should learn about Solzhenitsyn and about the Lie. We should know that its
harmlessness threatens us all, that it is the life support for Assad's violence.
We cannot stop his violence, but we can stop the Lie and in this way deny
tyranny a shelter. We must force this tyranny out into the open and expose its
ugliness and brutality, that nobody can be under any illusion about it. Only
when the brutality is seen for what it truly is that it can die out, because it
cannot sustain itself by naked violence alone.
There are some who might
think that we can counter a lie with a lie and they are right to a certain
extent, but the point is not to counter Assad's lies, the point is to destroy
them. To do that we only need to say the truth. It is this truth which can be
used to shame those people who are outwardly good but justify such evil. When
they only use their freedom of speech to deny it to others, in the civilized
discussions where they can present their "point of view", they use the Lie
shamelessly, and are only silenced by the truth. The only weapon they have
against the truth is time and the frailty of human memory and so they wait and
listen in silence. A year passes, then two. Assad digs in and from his bunker in
Damascus wages war upon those who will not worship him. One day, he knows,
people will grow tired and forget. Then he can maintain with the Lie what he
could only seize with violence. Until then, he waits, and waits and waits while
the killing goes on."