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May 26, 2006



Ammar, this turning fourty is really nothing ... it is just a round number... in Marketing research, you fall in this age group: "35-50" ... so you have already been into that age group for some time now.

Being 40.00 is just like being 37.36 or 41.53 ... just ignore it.

But just in case, for next week, remember to have easy access to:

Campbell Tomato Soup and Austin powers


How exterem were you?
How did you switch to a liberal?


Happy birthday.

But being a muslim believer is a matter of heart (emotions) and not of intellect. It is impossible to drop the Islamic meme and become a rights-respecting open society liberal. At least there is no one that I know in my circle of friends who has accomplished this successfully. They all harbour some vestige of a religious and irrational method of thought, as Islamic indoctrination usually starts at the age of 5 or 6.

BTW, you were going to publish your extraordinary constitutional roadmap. I wonder if that is something that these regime people who also appear as "critical" can also buy into? Would it be something that enlightened junior officers in the army can buy into? Don't you think that the Syrian army people are envious of the Turkish military, with all their might and high status, appointing themselves as monitors to the secular state and ready to intervene when the Islamists (or formerly the socialists) get too out of hand? And with the booming economy in Turkey, you would think there must be a lot of envy and imagination on the parts of some quarters in the Syrian army?

One thing I have to say is that before the Islamists develop traction in Syria, it behooves all parties from the most conservative security oriented types related to the regime to the most radical change oriented types to come together before it is damn too late. Time and population explosion is on nobody's side, except the Islamist.




Alex, you got a point there. And Behnam, I couldn't agree with you more. I will indeed publish a post on possible constitutional arrangements for Syria soon.

As for my checkered past, since I come from a liberal background, my foray into Islamism coincided more with my teenage rebellion of all things and I ended up becoming a Muslim preacher for a while in Los Angeles of all places. But continued exposure to books on Islamic history, and the Salman Rushdie affair made me snap out of it in mid 89. I became more and more moderate thereafter and advocated dialogue between all faiths, until I finally ended up turning my back to religiosity all together in late 92.

It took me a few years after that to vent out all my anger over having wasted so many years into this religious expedition. Eventually though, I cooled down, and all these things are now but distant memories that might as well belong to someone else. My relationship with the past, even my own, especially my own, has always been rather dismissive. I don’t why. I cannot explain it.


Ammar, it's very interesting to see that you had realized the vanity of religion the same year you graduated. Is that just some coincidence?



You are doing great work and it is all worth it. I understand you completely and what your frustrations, hesitations and dilemnas specially mixed for fear about the people you love.

It is hard to become an activist against the Syrian regime, so many enemies to fight and so hard to expose the truth while loving your country and not make it an easy target for its enemies. There are so many contradictions and many scenarios and little hope in the horizon.

I wish you happy 40, I know some peole who become liberals after being very religous. It is part of your journey and it makes you stronger, wiser and believing more in what you are doing.

Your mom is a great woman/actress and She was one of my favorite actresses while watching Syrian TV. She always played strong characters...

Anyway Syria can't stay in the Status Quo, it is like slow death and the rules have no vision except to make our live miserable and get away with it.

For a Free and Better Syria


oh I forgot here is my heated response to a regime "wassakhah" loser on Syria's Comment

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