Saturday, March 05, 2005

A voice from Syria 

Live from Damascus:
"The attitude of our taxi drivers is the measuring stick I usually use in this regard. Several taxi-drivers I encountered in the last few days have already expressed extreme annoyance with the government regarding espousing causes that are 'bigger than we are,' including our 'support' throughout the years for the Palestinians and Lebanese, and now the Iraqis. "Where did all this get us?" The brave drivers wondered. Corruption is rampant, prices of basic goods are soaring, unemployment is widespread, the educational systems are imploding, and we are hated by just about everybody, in the region and abroad. Still, 'would you join an anti-government demonstration?' I asked. But 'this is not Lebanon,' I was reminded, the assholes over here are willing to destroy every house in every city rather than give up power."
So writes Syrian activist and dissident Ammar Abdulhamid at his Amarji - A Heretic's Blog.

Only a few years ago we would never hear these voices. Now, thanks to the marvels of modern technology, we can. Make sure to bookmark him.

(hat tip: Marc L)

Update: One of the Chrenkoff critics recommends in the comments section: "Readers should be sure to read the whole post, so as not to be mislead by Arthur's selective quoting."

I certainly hope they will read the whole thing; that's why I linked to it.


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