What this blog is about
The democratic change that is sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa has hit Syrian shores. The so-called “Syrian exception” has proved to be a fallacy. Change has become a reality.
Those leading the struggle for change are young people who have refused to cower to regimes that have failed them. Unlike their parents, they command the technology for mass mobilization and they have used it to topple dictators. To know what the future holds for the Middle East and how this impacts the rest of the world, it is important to hear their voices.
Despite not living in Syria, I have been fortunate enough to be a participant in the revolution that aims to topple Bashar Assad from power. I have been a lifelong opponent of the regime, and have spent the last six years of my life in active service to the cause of democratic change in my country.
I believe that only a democratic system allows the greatest number of individuals to fulfill their potentials and lead happy lives. I also believe that a genuine and healthy democracy can only take root in a society that accepts certain intellectual underpinnings that come part and parcel of the process of modernization.
For political change to be positive, cultural values must also change. It is imperative to promote transparency, accountability and civic responsibility, and to put a value on rational and realist approaches to politics and public life.
As a journalist, I have a healthy respect for the integrity of knowledge. Establishing the facts and offering an explanation for them is vital in the functioning of any modern society, because only by being properly informed can individuals make the right choices for themselves and their families.
That is why this blog aims to offer as true a picture as possible of what is happening in Syria and why. To this end, Syria in Transition will make useful reading for media professionals, researchers and interested laypersons alike.