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November 28, 2015

‘Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring’ by Charles Glass is a compelling and comprehensive book on Syria’s civil war. “Truly, what outside powers have wrought in Syria boggles the mind and would appall the conscience, were attention being paid.”, writes Jamie Stern-Weiner.

Truth be told. Always.
Syria will be saved.
But, where have all the people gone?
How long must this go on?
Before the winter’s end.
Freedom and Peace for Syria.

Jamie Stern-Weiner

I had the pleasure to work on Charles Glass’s new book on the Syrian civil war, Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring, which is now for sale at the OR Books website.

As might be expected, the often catastrophic unpredictability of revolutions, especially armed revolutions, is a theme running through the book. Glass himself spent many years covering the Lebanese Civil War, an experience that unfortunately set him in good stead to make sense of the revolution in Syria. He writes,

In 1975 young Lebanese, every bit as idealistic as their Syrian counterparts in 2011, began a revolution against corruption and pseudo-democracy. It produced a 15-year war, foreign occupation and devastation. The Palestinian revolution sold out, making the lives of the people it claimed to represent more wretched in the Israeli-occupied territories and in exile (most obviously, in Lebanon and Kuwait). The Iranian revolution, begun as…

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