Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Libyan Advice

“I’ll tell you,” the man from Ansar al-Din said, an hour and a half into the discussion. “How can you bring a former Baathi [member of Assad’s secular Baath Party] and a Salafi together? How can you bring an Ikhwani [Muslim Brother] and a communist together?”

“Bring them together in the fighting, not the thinking!” the Libyan said. “You practice your Salafism and kept it to yourself. Let a Christian for example, practice his Christianity and keep it to himself, it’s nobody’s business.”

“This is superficial talk!” the Syrian retorted.

“No, it’s not. That means that unfortunately, you will not achieve your aims.” It was a point the Libyan from Zintan repeated several times throughout the night.

These type of conversations brought by the freedom fighters in Libya will be critical in shaping the post civil war in Syria.

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