Response to Letter from the International Literature Festival in Berlin to President Bashar al Assad of Syria
sharing your concerns about the deplorable situation Syria, I am yet scandalized by your ignorant and one sided response to the situation . As scholarly women and men we should feel obliged to do research into the root causes of the situation there. We should want to look into the geopolitical and economic interests at stake. However by deploring the blockage within the UNSC, you chose to side with Western class interests, with the profit making machine of a few. This unilateral step of writing an open letter to Pres. Bashar Assad does not cost you a dime and is anything but courageous. However it proves that you have neither understood nor are you willing to study the UN-Charta which obliges the member states to abide by international law and to solve their conflicting interests peacefully with respect to each member country's sovereignity. China's and Russia's veto in the UNSC blocks a military intervention by not following the pattern of the recent war against Libya. We should rather thank these two countries for not giving in to the enormous pressure put on all and for their attitude of non-cooperation with an aggressive war policy, instead of accusing them for blocking another open war of aggression which clearly is on the horizon. As literate people we should rather criticize those, who deliver weapons to so called oppositional forces, in real terms terrorists, fundamentalists, fascists, who massacre innocent people for not siding with them.
The "Arab Spring" should by now be understood by literate people as a pure mascarade. A huge field to discover and write about it intelligently is at our disposal. We should reflect upon it, rather than rally behind an open letter to the respected President of an Arab country who is under attack by Western reaction, who will swallow us, too, if we do not comprehend and stand up together against it. Konstantin Wecker, one of signateurs of the pamphlet below, who has been fooled into signing it, already has began to rethink his attitude. Please, to the same and follow him! Withdraw your signature, protest against the mis-use of your good name, withdraw the letter altogether.
With friendly regards Irene Eckert