[Marxism] Fwd: Syria: The 21st-Century Disaster | Open Source with Christopher Lydon
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Fri Apr 1 13:44:31 MDT 2016
Syria may be the essential 21st-century mess.
Our guests, Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami have just published
Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, a new people’s history
of the civil war. They tell us that beneath a web of thorny conflicts —
Sunni powers against Iran, Obama against Putin, interventionists against
isolationists — the central story was quickly lost: a democratic
uprising, against scarcity, corruption, and oppression, met with a
scorched-earth crackdown by Bashar al-Assad’s regime, determined to
No matter how you look at this conflict that has displaced 10 million
Syrians and taken hundreds of thousands of lives, there are grave
regrets: the creation of ISIS, the reverberations of the Iraq war,
American vacillation and meddling, and roads to peace not travelled (or
What might have been done, what might yet happen, and what is the lesson
for the Middle East, the next president and the global community?
blogger, journalist co-author of Burning Country, and novelist of The
Road From Damascus.
human rights activist and co-author of Burning Country.
professor of North African and Middle Eastern history at Tufts
University, and essayist for The London Review of Books.
development economist, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia
University, and author most recently of To Move the World: JFK's Quest
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