July 17, 2012

THERE IS NO SYRIA:

T. E. Lawrence's Prescient Warning about Syria (Franz-Stefan Gady | July 17, 2012, National Journal)

Prior to the establishment of the modern state of Syria under a French protectorate following the First World War, the term Syria denoted the entire Levant, including Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon. However, Lawrence in his work especially singled out the Syrian cities of Damascus, Homs, Hama and Aleppo when describing the political issues of Syria. He also focused on the Yarmuk Valley, running along today's Syrian-Jordan border; Hauran, a volcanic plateau and people in today's Southwestern Syria; and Daraa, also located in Southwestern Syria, which he saw as "the critical centre of Syria in all ages."

It's just a continuing devolution towards its constituent nations.

Posted by at July 17, 2012 6:15 PM
  

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