Across the Bay

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

More on Arabism and Islam in Syria

Let's add this contribution by the incomparable Syrian FM (who is not to be confused with the incomparable Syrian VP and former FM Farouq Sharaa) to my earlier post on Arabism and Islam in Syria:

I assure you that the [Arab] nationalist project cannot stand if there isn't an interconnection between Arabism and Islam. We all know how we had periods of conflict between the [Arab] nationalist current and the Islamist current under silly and meaningless slogans.
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Arabism is the large pot and Islam is the spirit that builds the society and strengthens its cohesion on the basis of religious tolerance and coexistence.
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The [Arab] nationalist current had turned its back on the Islamist current, and the Islamist current had turned its back on the [Arab] nationalist current. Today the Americans are plotting a conflict between the [Arab] nationalist current and the Islamist current. Our response, and it is a return to the roots, is that this region is the region of Arabism and Islam. (Emphases added.)

I rest my case.