The following comes as a comment on an article by Yassin Al-Haj Saleh published today at Al-Hayat:ثورة سورية أم ثورة إسلامية في سورية؟ A Syrian Revolution or an Islamic Revolution in Syria:
This is a sound analysis by Yassin Al-Haj Saleh who, with his usual farsighted commentaries on the Revolution’s metamorphosis, continues to assess and warn. My own comment in that vein is that in times of deadly crises and overwhelming suffering on an epic scale, people seek consolation and reassurance in that which represents their spiritual heritage and religious constants; they take refuge in God the incorruptible, the deathless because in identifying with Him, they can make sense of their shattered, ruthlessly destroyed world. All countries, nations and cultures seek the divine when human madness and its annihilating forces of doom are leashed against them. One of the saddest and most tragic aspects of the Syrian Revolution recently is the exploitation of this sanctuary into which the poor, the bereaved and the afflicted people have fled, by the regional forces who want their share of the loot, not to mention the ruthless greed of various parties and factions which operate in the name of religion to achieve political gains and establish zones of influence inside Syria.