[Marxism] Fwd: Behind the Sun | The Nation

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 7 17:01:40 MDT 2016

Those in search of perspective on Syria’s devastation should turn to 
Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, by the reporter Robin 
Yassin-Kassab and the activist Leila al-Shami. Their book offers a 
knowledgeable, empathetic, morally lucid account of the revolt against 
the Assad regime and an explanation of why—to the horror of many of its 
supporters—it became a civil war. Burning Country avoids the easy 
indulgence of indignation; instead, it elicits the voices of many 
different Syrians involved in the uprising, acknowledging their 
suffering as well as their courage, intelligence, and humanity, while 
explaining the terrible choices that have been forced on them. “Pressed 
on all sides, these are people who’ve truly made history,” Yassin-Kassab 
and al-Shami write, “enough to compete with and for a moment drown the 
savage history made by states.”

full: https://www.thenation.com/article/behind-the-sun/

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