FEDERALISM – INTRODUCTION
As Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers as to the importance of a new United States Constitution able to serve the UNION, Syrians, after Assad, will face similar daunting challenges to save the UNION of the people of Syria while serving their needs based on their own multi-ethnic and multi-cultural belief systems.
Embedded in our culture are biases, traditions, and realities that can no longer be ignored or set aside for another generation to tackle. Ours is a difficult task in light of the morally bankrupt and physically destroyed Syria Assad will leave behind. Our own King George III is our own flesh and blood and our own heritage is not as singular as the one Hamilton and Madison faced. Ours is a hodgepodge of religions, sects, races, and languages with some ideologies vying for control, many others in search of co-existence and stability, and one ethnic group vying for legitimate secessionism.
How can one stitch a chromatic Syria to serve its people and serve peace in a region of wars with such heavy baggage? How can Syrians meet these challenges in a highly charged emotional setting after a deadly civil war? These are the questions Syrian leaders must ask themselves as they look beyond the fog of war, the culture of hate, and the illusion that today’s ills are guaranteed to recede by tomorrow’s willpower.
Over the last 50 years or so, Syrians were forced to live in a delusionary world of stability. They were manhandled into this delusion by immoral men of violence who became more corrupt and less accountable to even their own credos. This tour de force could not last and even the most intelligent of minds could not foresee or predict the stalling and the eventual crash. Somehow, generalists and specialists alike actually believed the Assad era could be an indefinite state of governance or it could be controlled from the outside the way many are trying to control it today.
What Assad leaves behind is not a dynamic and nascent country looking to free itself from a tyranny across a vast ocean, rather what he will leave behind is enough destruction, physical and moral, to enable a stalemate of mediocrity at best or even further the destruction in the worst of cases. Because of Assad, Syria has become a spark to ignite the dry wood of religions across the vast lands of Arabia, Anatolia, and Persia. Not only Muslims against other Muslims but also Muslims against Christians and Muslims against Alawites and by default every other minority in the Levant. The latter is the part we will only conclude after other minorities dare ask for their religious or cultural rights in the aftermath of one minority destroying the fabric of Syria. That’s the dilemma Syrians are left with to stitch together. That’s the gigantic task facing Syria’s future.
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