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Syria, Dean Hill

It’s the weekend so this will be short:

In Turkey, a group of Syrian nationals is attempting to organize an official resistance, which they hope will provide a focal point for those Syrians who are afraid of the absence of alternatives to Assad, according to Al Jazeera.  I’m not sure if this will make a big difference though.  The article also notes that the number of deaths in Syria since March is up to 2,700.  Crazy.

Also in Al Jazeera, Dean Hill has written an opinion piece.  In it, he discusses the unintended consequences of the Arab Spring, basically its more negative outcomes, as well as the matter of Sunni insurgents in Iraq.  Here’s a slice:

Today, the insurgency, violent as it can be from time to time, is not supported by anything close to a majority of Iraqis, if it ever was. Insurgents hold no land or cities, unlike before, and, while many Sunnis chafe at life under a prime minister who leads a Shia-based political party, they have for the most part accepted the new reality and have focused on getting as much as they can from it. Can this be said of all Sunnis in the rest of the Arab world?


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