Case in point - Andre Vltcheck's impassioned screed in which the author extends a wobbly comparison between Syria and Stalingrad reprising Assad's Allawites as the brave Soviet defenders who held off the Nazi invaders. He speaks glowingly of the courage of the 'Syrian people' but it's obvious that to Vltcheck the Syrian people doesn't include the country's majority Sunni population. By 'majority' I mean 74% of all Syrians who are Sunni.
Vltcheck's tortured account sees the civil war as the doing of the West, Turkey, the Saudis. Consider this passage:
Eduardo Galeano told me: “People know when it’s time to fight. We have no right to tell them … but when they decide, it is our obligation to support them, even to lead them if they approach us.”
In this case, the Syrian people decided. No government, no political force could move an entire nation to such tremendous heroism and sacrifice. Russians did it during World War Two, and the Syrians are doing it now.
Vltcheck's references to "the Syrian people" and "an entire nation" are code for the small minority of Syrians who support Assad, not the massive majority he, for years, suppressed at gunpoint.
The Syrian uprising, in Vltcheck's narrative, was the work of outsiders - not the food shortages and anti-Sunni policies that caused the majority to rise up against their illegitimate government. In fact, Vltcheck surgically excises every fact that confounds his argument, such as Assad's forces raining barrel bombs on Sunni civilian neighbourhoods in towns such as Aleppo. Then again, by Vltcheck's logic, those are Sunni and therefore they don't exist.