yeah I wasn’t referring to the author but to his intended audience. I read the article.
I just don’t see how you can understand the ‘greater picture’ if you deliberately construct binaries like this to see everything through. It’s disregarding so much of what the uprising was about. It fractured and degenerated into something that doesn’t fit so easily with our ideals but this table/article elides so much of the complexity and as I say it essentialises the rebels. Just giving the Assad regime a clean slate uhh ok.
Find the simplification of women’s rights into Islam vs. liberal western rights framework here pretty problematic too. It seems to deny the women involved any agency (see Lila Abu-Lughod http://ideas.time.com/2013/11/01/do-muslim-women-need-saving/)
Anyway, the ‘who has the best politics?’ rubric isn’t necessarily the best way of looking at the overall situation. What about who has killed the most children?