Syria Is Melting
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  • Kenny

    “Assad could become a hated, hunted refugee in a land he once ruled.”

    Sounds like justice to me.

  • Luke Lea

    The tribal, clan-based structure of Arab societies everywhere militates against the emergence of liberal democracy. This seems to be one of the sad lessons of the recent past.

    Europe used to be organized on that basis too, until about 500 years ago. Then, under the influence of the Catholic Church, we adopted marriage patterns which emphasized nuclear families over extended families and made the rights and responsibilities of the individual paramount.

    If Arab societies are going to develop effective democratic institutions, assuming it is possible, then it will have to be in ways that take these differences into account. One clan, one vote, or something like that.

  • Kris

    “If Assad cannot stop the rot fast, he will soon be out of a job.”

    And here I was hoping to find out, a la North Korea, what a third-generation Assad would be like.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    Tyrants deserve everything they’ve got coming to them. The more purple fingers we see, the more progress that is being made. I wonder how Putin is sleeping?

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