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Editorial: Losing the Fight over Corruption

A pro-regime columnist, Reem Haddad, looks into the economic factors of the Syrian revolution
Editorial: Losing the Fight over Corruption

It is understandable that at the beginning of the crisis in Syria, corruption was one of the main reasons that people felt compelled to take to the streets. But is corruption a reason to kidnap? Or to rape? Or, indeed, to kill?

 

The minute the so-called revolution armed itself, it lost its fight against corruption. Indeed, it lost all credibility.

 

Had the uprising remained peaceful, and accepted negotiations with the government, then many of the grievances, caused by corruption, would have been addressed.

 

Just a quick look at Daraa will prove this point. The people of Daraa had suffered as a result of two policies: The selling of land that was considered to be on the boundary line, and the excavation of water wells. Some bureaucracy surrounding these issues in particular had made the people of Daraa unhappy and dissatisfied, and rightly so.

 

But surely, given the outcome, they must be even more unhappy and deeply unsatisfied than they were before.

 

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Translated and Edited by The Syrian Observer

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