Saturday, June 24, 2006

A sad precedent

This week, Jordanian authorities asked Syrian dissident, Mamoun Homsi, to leave the country. Apparently, the government does not want to upset the Syrian government. Traditionally, Jordan has prided itself as being the home of the free Arabs (maw'il il ahrar il Arab). While this decision is the purview of the government, I still felt sad to read it.

I would also note that there seems to be a distinct lack of interest in the story, especially in the blogosphere. Our opposition parties (the ones who are supposed to represent the desire for democracy and human rights) are notably silent on the issue as well. Why is a man who went to jail for asking for democratic reforms in his country not eliciting any sympathy from our leftist and Islamist movements? Could it be that they only believe in democracy and human rights when it suits their agenda?




At 5:18 PM, Blogger Wael Attili said...

no one even comments on this...
i think we need to know more about the story of Mamoun..

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Christopher Brown said...

Regardless of if we know more about him, dissent is democratic. No one should have to leave a country because they spoke out about government policy wothout advocating the violent overthrow of the government.


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