I don't follow.
I absolutely agree. A unified Middle Eastern country would be a great source of stability in the region and benefit both Middle Easterners and Westerners as well.
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I don't follow.
Michel Aflaq, Fī sabīl al-Baʻth wrote:[Socialism is] a means to satisfy the animal needs of man so he can be free to pursue his duties as a human being.
Ayad Aflaq, his son, in response to a question whether 'Michel Aflaq's vision of faith and religion was spiritual or ideological' wrote:He saw Islam as a revolution and a religion at the same time.
Oxymandias wrote:I absolutely agree. A unified Middle Eastern country would be a great source of stability in the region and benefit both Middle Easterners and Westerners as well.
Oxymandias wrote:WTF are you even talking about? Baathism is secular [Zag Edit: Rule 2] and Baathism respects both Christianity and Islam as a part of Arab culture. You know how conservatives like you call yourself "culturally Christian" the same can be said of Baathism which both is "culturally Islamic and Christian".
I believe so since you point to Saddam as an example of Baathism and probably haven't bothered to read my post.
But what does that have to do with your thoughts on it?
Michel Aflaq (1960) wrote:To put the nationalist Arab cause in a comprehensive ideological formula was the first task in building the Arab revolutionary movement on solid foundations.
Michel Aflaq, Al-Ba'ath July 13, 1956 wrote:[t]he faithfulness of a person is not only demonstrated by intention and proclamation but also, and especially, by the forces on which he depends for the realization of his policy and by the method he uses for this realization.
Therefore Saddam and his imitators weren't faithful.
Michel Aflaq (1936) wrote:He who thinks that socialism is a religion of pity is gravely mistaken. We are not hermits taking refuge in mercy to give peace to a conscience disturbed by seeing misery and suffering, so that we become great in our own eyes and sleep untroubled.
Michel Aflaq (1956) wrote:The faithfulness of a person is not only demonstrated by intention and proclamation but also, and especially, by the forces on which he depends for the realization of his policy and by the method he uses for this realization.
Baathism's tenants [sic].
Syria - Constitution, Article 3, Adopted 13 March 1973 wrote:(1) The religion of the President of the Republic has to be Islam.
(2) Islamic jurisprudence is a main source of legislation
Syrian Constitution, Article 8, Adopted February 2012 wrote:1. The political system of the state shall be based on the principle of political
pluralism, and exercising power democratically through the ballot box;
2. Licensed political parties and constituencies shall contribute to the national
political life, and shall respect the principles of national sovereignty and
3. The law shall regulate the provisions and procedures related to the formation of
4. Carrying out any political activity or forming any political parties or groupings
on the basis of religious, sectarian, tribal, regional, class-based, professional, or
on discrimination based on gender, origin, race or color may not be undertaken;
5. Public office or public money may not be exploited for a political, electoral or
Syrian Constitution, Articles 29, 30, 31, Adopted February 2012 wrote:Article 29
1. Education shall be a right guaranteed by the state, and it is free at all levels. The
law shall regulate the cases where education could not be free at universities
and government institutes;
2. Education shall be compulsory until the end of basic education stage, and the
state shall work on extending compulsory education to other stages;
3. The state shall oversee education and direct it in a way that achieves the link
between it and the needs of society and the requirements of development;
4. The law shall regulate the state’s supervision of private educational institutions.
Physical education shall be an essential pillar in building society; and the state shall
encourage it to prepare a generation which is physically, morally and intellectually
The state shall support scientific research and all its requirements, ensure the
freedom of scientific, literary, artistic and cultural creativity and provide the
necessary means for that end. The state shall provide any assistance for the progress
of sciences and arts, and shall encourage scientific and technical inventions, creative
skills and talents and protect their results.
Syria isn't Iraq.
a sweeping, indiscriminate de-Ba'athification process
Iraq's de-Baathification still haunts the country, Al Jazeera, Mar 12, 2013 wrote: De-Ba'athification in Iraq was a dysfunctional, counterproductive process that intensified social, sectarian and political divisions.
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