Tag: Syria

It Was Time to Act Yesterday

How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land? – Psalm 137:4 During the predawn hours of September 2, 2015, the body of a young boy washed ashore on a...

/ January 8, 2018

Necessary sounds

This story was published in Topology Magazine and can be found here.  During the war, ISIS set up camp in her father’s fields. The rebels fired rockets into town from their perches somewhere in the foothills. Indiscriminate...

/ March 30, 2017

We knew what was happening in Aleppo. We have no right to act shocked.

The end of the siege of Aleppo came with fury and fanfare. The city’s fall—or liberation, depending on your politics—much like the entirety of its four years of unceasing war, was brutal. Cluster bombs, the...

/ December 15, 2016

The Siege of Aleppo

Syria’s Stalingrad has seen more destruction than any warscape is entitled to. Barrel bombs, hell cannons, the deliberate targeting of schools and hospitals, civilians as human shields, damage to UNESCO heritage sites, failed truces, deprivation,...

/ December 14, 2016

The Aleppo Deception

Everyone has an agenda. I know that. You know that. Politicians, the media, even humble bloggers have their biases and narratives. What they know and what they think they know. What’s true and what they...

/ October 27, 2016

25 ways you can support refugees

A week ago, I published a post called “Do something” urging readers to not be passive in the shadow of modern refugeeism—a phenomenon that has displaced nearly 70 million people worldwide. To put it plainly, everyone...

/ September 7, 2016

Do something

In fifty years, we’re going to look back at the first half of the 21st century and remember again that the Syrian crisis—the apex of larger regional and international conflicts—was the defining struggle of a...

/ August 30, 2016

A most futile foreign policy

This election is, unfortunately, not about policy. It’s a popularity contest. A polarity contest. It’s about proving how bad the other candidate is. Both Trump and Clinton have terrible favorability ratings. Clinton is seen unfavorably...

/ July 21, 2016

Always returning

I’m back. A week ago, I stepped onto a plane from Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut and traveled back to the United States after a year away. There are a thousand stories to tell,...

/ July 20, 2016

Syria in summary – February 2016

The third attempt at a peace conference in Geneva pretty much started off already on a downhill slide. The opposition, championed by the Saudi-founded High Negotiations Committee, was immediately irritated by an unprecedented uptick in...

/ March 4, 2016