Syria’s “Voice of Conscience” Has a Message for the West

Murtaza Husain and Marwan Hisham interview leftist opposition figure Yasin al-Haj Saleh now living in Turkey and ask the question:

What did you expect from the left in its response to the Syrian revolution?

Saleh: It came to me as a shock, actually, that most of them have sided with Bashar al-Assad. I don’t expect much out of the international left, but I thought they would understand our situation and see us as a people who were struggling against a very despotic, very corrupt, and very sectarian regime. I thought they would see us and side with us. What I found, unfortunately, is that most people on the left know absolutely nothing about Syria. They know nothing of its history, political economy, or contemporary circumstances, and they don’t see us.

Read full interview here