Sorry to say this but the #Syria jihadist scene freaks me out. They’re not a majority but the scene is set to go full radical. Not kidding.— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) September 9, 2013
Mural of the Healing of the Paralytic from the house church in Dura Europos. Dated to about 235 AD, this is the oldest depiction of Jesus that has been discovered.
WH strategy of going to Congress first then making the public case on Syria appears to have been exactly backwards.— Ben White (@morningmoneyben)
This possible Syria intervention has been one of the most poorly argued public debates I can recall.— Gartenstein-Ross (@DaveedGR)
Report: Majority Of Americans Approve Of Sending Congress To Syria http://onion.com/1ejSlDG
By so far, 3 options, or scenarios are there re: US involvement in Syria
Tomb of a daughter of the Prophet Muḥammad. Damascus, Syria ca. between 1867 and 1899, by Maison Bonfils, Library of Congress
The land of rising.
Since childhood, the capital of this country has had a very special place in my heart. I used to read enchanting stories about the caravans, jinns, beautiful princesses and the mighty emperors ruling this place. When I was a child this city was on my list of top ten must visit places.
This country’s civilization was one of the most ancient on earth. It was one of the centers of Neolithic culture. During second millennium BC it was occupied by various empires but in 64 BC the control of this region got transferred to Romans and then Byzantines. In the mid 7th century Umayyad dynasty conquered and Arabic became the official language replacing Greek. Ottoman empire ruled this country from 1516 to 1920. After WWI French troops occupied this country and it was put under French Mandate. Finally in April 1946, it gained independence as a parliamentary republic. But this post independence period was tumultuous due to number of military coups. From 1963 to 2011 it was under emergency law. Since March 2011, it has been entangled in civil war.
It is the home of many ethnic groups including Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Turks, Alawite Shias and Arabs.
It is a country of fertile plains, mountains and deserts. It has many historical sites. Most of the cities are listed on Unesco’s World heritage list. It has the most splendid ruined city of Palmyra.
The capital city is the world’s oldest continually inhabited city. There is much history packed in small space of the Old city. It is filled with bazaars, minarets, mosques and fountain courtyards. It still sustains the romantic notion of the orient.
Even though many tourists don’t visit this country; for the adventurous, there is much to be discovered here. Castles, medieval souqs and beaches are some of the places that can be discovered.
Getting around by bus is the easy way to make longer trips and its fairly inexpensive. Railway system here is modern and is generally punctual.
Currently, travel to this country is dangerous because of the ongoing civil war.
Hopefully the situation gets improved and we get to visit the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Mediterranean, #Syria.
one word is ”vacillation’ - inability to take a stance. But - diplomacy is a game. And USA’s core strategy might be really just set on ‘Goldilocks strategy’ (Will McCants) [Why that’s really the better or best option than others - is not clear.]
Other theatrics - are just can be theatrics.
Public understanding might need more PR on why containment (esp re: Jordan) is critical. And outside world can’t, can never drop that ball. Not about internal power struggle situation (proxy war) in Syria. On that no one has crystal ball.