That isn't good news. It is sad what has happened to Syria. Damascus used to be a great city and a great cultural place. I lived in fear for several months that Algiers and Algeria would turn into a worse position than it did, things on edge and not knowing what would happen. A lot of countries felt this. And in Syria is shifted to the worst posible and its terrible for the Syrian people.
Always nice to read comments like yours (or HKz's) since I can only analyze the situation from far away Europe, you probably have more insights than I do but I do know that Damascus is a great multicultural and multiconfessional city in which the different religious and ethnic communities are living in good intelligence with each other, Islam being only cultural. I've had friends when I was at uni who went to Syria and they would tell me that Syrians are welcoming people.
But do you think the worst is ever in your country? For I fear that Algeria is next on the list. I don't necessary like the present-day Algerian regime (I have more sympathies with the Assad's actually) but I fear that that regime may no longer exist as it is today, for Westerners & Al Qaeda.
Next up: Mali (already under way, actually), Niger, Nigeria, Western Sahara, Somalia, Chad & Yemen among others. Too predictable.
Originally Posted by buddyholly
I didn't mean you, especially if you habitually broke bread with the Assad family. I meant the inmates of the Assad family's torture chambers and Syria's political destruction of Lebanon.
Lebanon is a former prosperous country that suffered fifteen years of a civil war because of Western manipulations and where now Aoun and Nasrallah are working together to avoid the trap of division (government supported by Assad !), while of course the West are supporting the opposition, just like the Djihadists... Always the same process.