The military had ousted Hosni Mubarak only days before. I had been in Tahrir Square the night his removal had been announced, and had the good fortune of travelling from Cairo shortly thereafter for a conference. On the way from Egypt to the U.S., I stopped in on friends in England and met with a Syrian acquaintance at a restaurant. He was skeptical about the Egyptian uprising and said: “what about us, then? Should we revolt against our ruler?’ I hesitated to give an answer, and simply said “that’s not my call. That’s Syria’s call.” Three years later, his country is burning – and the blood continues to spill.
The Syrian morass
I would venture to say the fate of Syria is not simply their fate. On the contrary – it seems it may be the fate of many of our own consciences and moral compassesH.A. Hellyer