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    Hassan SayedSep 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    While I do respect the writer’s opinions, I believe that there is a line between taking a stance and identifying the facts involved within the content of the article. For example, while the USSR did support Syria as a Middle-Eastern ally, the writer gives the impression that the Syrian government was itself communist, despite the fact that its communist party did not have overbearing prominence and that the country was the “United Arab Republic.”
    The examples of the Yom Kippur War and Lebanese Civil War also misrepresent the situation, the former being an effort to regain lands, notably the Golan Heights (part of Syria), and the latter a product of demographic tensions within the nation, The writer makes Syria seem aggressive and belligerent.
    Finally, the writer says that the Arab Spring was started by “peaceful Islamists.” Is every single individual in the Middle-East an Islamist? Are normal, everyday citizens who are simply dissatisfied with their government terrorists? Syria has a ten percent Christian population. In fact, the Syrian situation has nothing to do with religion, much like most Middle-Eastern conflicts, “Islamists” are simply people trying to push an agenda by falsely pointing a finger at religion. Are terrorists fighting in the war? Undoubtedly. But the conflict began with the demands of everyday citizens who felt they were being oppressed.
    Again, I respect the opinions of a writer who is writing an opinion piece. But opinions are based upon facts, and by misrepresenting facts, the opinion loses its credibility.

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