Decades later, the political traditions of Arab Baathism
are long dead, and Assadism holds sway in its place.
In place of the communist threat, Islam, Chinese industry, the North Korean nuclear program, Zapatismo, the Latin American drug trade, Iraqi Baathism
, and similar targets became more invitingly amorphous third-world challenges to "Western democracy," according to the mainstream US press and military apparatus.
These various enemies were religiously and ideologically diverse, from the Nazi Reich cult, to atheistic communism, to Serbian Orthodox nationalism, to Arab Baathism
, to Islamist theocracy, to militant jihadism as practiced by Hezbollah or al Qaeda.
Like that of Iraqi Baathism
, the regime in Syria has no way left but the dustbin of history.
"It all goes back to Baathism
has a terrible reputation in this country, but if you read the Syrian constitution it sounds much like our own.
These actions of the party are not new if compared to the legacy left by the similar movements such as the Nassirism, the Nationalism, the Baathism
, the Islamism and others.
He became involved in Baathism
at a young age and organized against the government of Abdul Karim Qassim.
But the commission defended the ban saying it is in compliance with article 7 of the Iraqi constitution which bans all political parties promoting Baathism
and sectarianism and stated that the National Dialogue Front was just one out of 15 candidate lists that were rejected for the same reason.
I was a member in the party because I believe in Baathism
, and I am convinced of the ideology."
Kandris, "Asad's Legacy and the Future of Baathism
in Syria" (master's thesis, National Defense Intelligence College, 2005), p.
They all had official ideologies (Kim Il Sungism, Maoism and Baathism
, respectively) that were as secular as they could be.
Since, putting parallels to one side and neglecting total numbers of deaths, Applebaum spoke of the phenomena of totalitarianism and, tellingly, Baathism