Informit article: The evil beneath the carapace

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I have in my mind’s eye an idea of what Syria may have been. I know it is an imagined place; it is a place of great beauty, solace even – of Coptic churches, Aramaic called out in market places, Muslim princes with copper bracelets around their wrists striding through a landscape of dry moun tains and rivers. An ancient place, filled with scholars like the ones I once worked for, their dignity and bearing so clear.

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