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A Perspective on Syria: Two Pictures About Yesterday’s Survivors

A Perspective on Syria: Two Pictures About Yesterday's Survivors

A Perspective on Syria: Two Pictures About Yesterday's Survivors

How do you tell the story of the latest notice of violence in Syria, the devastating twinned car bombs in Damascus that killed at least 55 people, of Syria’s politics and the illegitimate government’s repression against its own people without admitting that one way or another the terrifying status quo–8000 people, or many more, dead– is both repugnant and attractive?

Deep division on what to do to arrest hostilities in Syria prevents our governments, now watching by the sidelines, from making a move  they might regret.  (Is flooding Damascus and Homs with arms for the rebels the right move? Do we give Kofi Annan’s turn at diplomacy another try?)  Though the outcomes on the ground are repugnant to all the parties at hand so is getting mired in an intervention that might spread epidemiologically across the entire Middle East. No doubt, on those terms, stasis is attractive so that no party is seen getting his hands too deep and too dirty.

In the crossfire between opposing means and ends: the people of Syria




Faheem Haider

Faheem Haider is a political analyst, writer and artist. He holds advanced research degrees in political economy, political theory and the political economy of development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and New York University. He also studied political psychology at Columbia University. During long stints away from his beloved Washington Square Park, he studied peace and conflict resolution and French history and European politics at the American University in Washington DC and the University of Paris, respectively.

Faheem has research expertise in democratic theory and the political economy of democracy in South Asia. In whatever time he has to spare, Faheem paints, writes, and edits his own blog on the photographic image and its relationship to the political narrative of fascist, liberal and progressivist art.

That work and associated writing can be found at the following link:

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