[Marxism] Fwd: A Syrian Astronaut Finds No Place to Go on Earth | Village Voice
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Thu Feb 2 07:46:55 MST 2017
Faris defected from the Syrian air force after witnessing indiscriminate
bombings from military aircraft "attacking my own city and district. I
knew they cannot discriminate between enemies and the people. I am a
witness. We are all witnesses," he said, an empty-handed relic of lost
and blackened Syria, cradle of civilization. "From space," Faris told
his listeners, "I saw the world without limits. She carries us and we
destroy her. I wonder, as the destiny of my country is being written
every day, how will we go on?"
Just a few days after that meeting in Istanbul, Donald Trump's travel
ban came down, bringing "Space Refugee" one step closer to reality. Now
Faris, native of Aleppo, a city that has suffered as much as any in the
world, and a critic of the regime, falls into the ever widening group of
people not allowed in the United States, not as a refugee nor even as a
visitor. In a phone call, Faris was supremely aware of the irony. Having
fled Assad, Faris now saw the United States falling under the sway of
the same kind of power.
"Trump does not understand anything about human history," he said,
toggling between humor and seriousness with such ease that the only
translated effect of his character is sheer dignity.
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