REGULAR COMMENTARIES
Adel Beshara
1. US Betrayal of Syria
(20 January, 2013)

Many decades ago, the United States was looked upon as a friend of the Syrian people. For example, after WWI several groups emerged inside and outside Syria to demand a US mandate over the country because the US had shown a clear proclivity to help nations in distress "not for its own self-benefit but for the benefit of those it assisted."
Today, the US is despised all over the Arab World. The American flag is burnt at every demonstration; American economic and military interests are constantly targeted; anti-American sentiments are at an all-time high; even American citizens are not safe. This reversal is due largely to the perversion of American politics by the Zionists. Not only has this perversion affected the way Americans have to come to see the Arab world, but also traditional American ideals, such as national freedom, fraternity, and self-determination.
Isn't it time for the American people to wake up and ask themselves: Do we really need all this hatred and enmity? Whatever happened to the admiration and respect that the US once commanded all over the Arab World? Is it really worth losing the lofty ideals for which the US had stood for the satisfaction of a self-seeking group that has never been 'at home' despite the enormous benefit it has reaped from the country over the years? I think it is high time.

2. Is Syria on the verge of extinction?
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22 March, 2013)

Long way back Syria stretched across the Fertile Crescent, the cradle of civilization where mankind first discovered what it is capable of. What the country lacked in size it made up for it in character and culture.
This Syria has been the stopping-point for almost every marching army in history. It has also been the most congested corridor in history for armies and civilizations, large and small. That is why it is often said that everyone has two homelands: Syria and one's own.
But history has not always been kind to Syria. Its shrinking size and name attest to that. Many centuries ago when the Persians and the Byzantines split the Fertile Crescent in half and cemented its division into two separate regions, East and West. As a result, the name 'Syria' shrunk to the eastern sector of the Fertile Crescent. The Byzantines retained the name because 'Syria' was and still is regarded as the true homeland of Christianity. Then the Arab-Islamic conquest came and Syria became more widely called al-Sham (the country to the left). 
The second assassination of Syria's name happened during the First World War when France and Britain decided to split the country according to the surreptitious Sykes-Picot Agreement. Consequently, the name 'Syria' shrunk even further to the diminutive region of the 'Republic of Syria'.
Today, this same 'Republic' is under fire from all directions. Notwithstanding the devastation and human suffering it has wrought, the current bloody war may potentially lead to the decimation of the name 'Syria' and its extinction. It could be the last nail in the coffin for the country if we are not careful. If the 'Republic' splits along sectarian lines the name 'Syria' will have to make way for some other name or names which are certain to reflect the new sectarian divide.
The current assault on 'Syria' could well bury the country's name for good. We hope that it doesn't come to that.
It is high time for Syria and the Syrians to reclaim their place under the sun. The present crisis may just be the right wakeup call for that!