After twelve years, the dam has broken.
No longer looking to Syria.
“To attain a strong, independent state, you must sacrifice. And if I have to, I’ll sacrifice another son.”
Civil war has “smashed the idea of a Syrian nation.”
“This is my homeland, I am part of this country, and I want to contribute.”
Cultivate local allies and keep hitting Iran.
As civil war rages in Syria, social pressure among Druze fades.
“When Arabs hear the word ‘Shoah,’” Khalid tells me, “they black out. It’s almost like a paralysis. They don’t want to hear another word about it. But they—we—need to.”
Iran’s Lebanese rainbow coalition.
Modeling intercommunal harmony near the birthplace of Jesus.
They’ve leveled a criticism at Israel’s new nation-state law that neither the right’s earnest patriotism nor the left’s moral anxiety seems equipped to answer.
What makes the Druze different.
No friend in the war on terror.
Whatever its flaws, it’s not one bit undemocratic.