Syrian Snapshot I: A View From the Capital

by Sharmine Narwani Sharmine Narwani is a commentary writer and political analyst covering the Middle East. You can follow Sharmine on 26.01.2012

Introduction

Crossing over the Lebanese border into Syria was anticlimactic. It was the second week of January and the lines of people waiting to have their papers checked did not look markedly shorter than during my two previous visits, both having taken place well before popular Arab revolts broke out across the Middle East.

Even security checks – looking into the trunk of our car and the kinds of questions asked by immigration personnel – appeared, if anything, less probing than my earlier experiences.

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