I’ve written an article over at Offshorewave.com about a peculiar facet of living in Syria – the kind of historical/political discussions that I seem to get into fairly regularly with Syrians. When I wrote this piece, I felt a little uncomfortable with it, noting how adversarial it was (especially as it gives tips on how to overwhelm your hosts with clever philosophising). However, since those doubts, I experienced a two hour session of university students haranguing me about the Iraq war (I started talking about religion in China and Taiwan, and one of them asked, “How can you criticise the Chinese, when you have killed millions of people in Iraq?”) and I found the ideas I’d worked out for this article rather valuable.
Here’s the article: A Syrian Conversation.
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