50 Year Emergency

Man, this one was a near miss. Some difficult personal tragedy yesterday. And then I had to travel. Wrote a bit in the car. Punched it out about 2 am. Pretty exhausted.

Soft protests in Syria have led to the lifting of 50 years of emergency law, which suspended whatever normal legal “protections” existed for her people. This marshall law has enabled decades of the same types of abuse, and worse, that citizens of other Middle Eastern countries have risen recently in protest against.

50 years is an uncommonly long emergency, I would say. I’m glad that President al-Assad feels comfortable in concluding that the systemic threat to his people is finally over such that the rule of “law” may be restored. Something tells me, though, that the laws on the books aren’t going to exact any real noticeable improvement on the lives of Syrian citizens. Just a hunch.

I traveled in Syria in the mid-90s. It’s a hard place. I saw both what makes us terribly common and world’s apart all at the same time. As usual, it’s hard to hate or fear that which you know better about. Today’s song is a celebration of a baby step towards additional liberty and civility in Syria and a recollection of a personal set of experiences that daily help me remember that there are human beings half way around the world that are largely made of the same stuff as I am.

Performed by ipoet. Music produced by dj clutch.

Today’s song blog here:

Damascus Road (Dominoin' Part 4)

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