Saturday, February 25, 2012
Syrians prepare to vote on new constitution
War-torn Syria is gearing up for an unprecedented referendum on a new draft constitution that would put an end to five decades of single-party rule. But the opposition is calling on the population to boycott the vote, which is set for Sunday.
One of the main changes is Article 8, which actually ends over 50 years of single-party rule in Syria. It proclaims that political system in Syria is based on pluralism and multiparty system is permitted.
Now you might have thought that the western powers who shout so loudly about their support for ‘democracy’ across the globe would be welcoming these proposed changes and urging the Syrian opposition to support the referendum. Instead, they’ve either denounced President Assad’s proposed constitutional changes, or simply ignored them. The reality is that the US and its allies don’t want a pluralist, democratic, multiparty political system in Syria to emerge. As I highlighted here, all they're interested in ‘regime change’ and helping to instal a pro-western puppet government, which will break with Iran and change the country’s foreign policy.