Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Life in Syria and the blessing of freedom.

Since 9/11, the phrase has become cliché. But "Taking our freedoms for granted" still has the same powerful meaning. Especially after we begin to compare our collective and individual liberties to those of other totalitarian states. Kevin Sites from Yahoo news, shows us what's its like to live under a regime where the words Liberty and Freedom are unheard of. And to what extent the Arab rulers go in order to protect their power.


While videotaping in the Souk al-Hamediyeh, I am tailed by the Mukbarrat, the Syrian secret police. When I talk with a group of students in a local tea house, another man, also probably working for the Mukbarrat, cranes his neck in a painfully obvious attempt to listen to every word of our hour-long conversation about all of the issues Syria is facing.


Just one more reminder that despite all our shortcomings, we should always be thankful that we live in countries, where the government knows more or less its limits. Its one of those things where we don't know how precious they are until their gone.

2 Comments:

At Sunday, 29 January, 2006, Anonymous from the field said...

Hello again from Syria. Some Info. The India Troops are in theatre at the moment and we are preparing for going home. Link as follows:
http://news.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=223523&n_date=20060118&cat=India

 
At Thursday, 15 July, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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