The difference between protest and resist

Protest is when I say I don’t agree with something. Resistance is when I ensure that things with which I disagree no longer take place.

Ulrike Meinhof in the German movie The Baader Meinhof Complex.

According to the above definition, did Ghandi of India protest or resist?
Why some protests evolve into resistance?
When a protest is deemed lawful and when it is not?
Who decides a resistance is deemed legitimate or illegitimate?
What makes dictators not see their humiliating or horrible end?
Do dictators know they are evil or do they have a different mindset that alters reality?
What one should do if many protests never put an end to oppression?
Who is to blame when protesters who are beaten and jailed become violent?

There is no one answer to these questions and our answer depends on the cause and whether we stand with or against the cause. When Israel attacks Palestinians, some see it as a country defending itself against terrorists others see it as pure evil aggression. Talibans were never pro-women rights but this never stopped the American government from helping them resisting the Russian aggression. Nor Saddam was Mr. nice democratic leader when he was in war with Iran.

What makes some countries like China and Russia see Al-Assad as a leader who is defending the stability of his country? Do they really believe he is a good man or do they know the truth but are hiding it for their own interests?


6 thoughts on “The difference between protest and resist

  1. U know jaraad, it`s easy to say smth like [it depends how u look at it] but -honestly- we humans do know the dif. but we kid ourselves depending on the gains and mask our definitions + judgments accordingly!

    Always gr8 to read u buddy 🙂

  2. China is looking after its own interests and asserting its status as a superpower not willing to follow the USA in every matter. Russia is pure evil and could care less if all Arabs kill each other as long as there are enough left to buy their weapons, Both countries claim they care about the Syrian people but both are looking after their own interests. Both are on the wrong side of history.

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