A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Is Syria in Civil War? It's Starting to Look Like it on Al-Jazeera

 The debate over when or whether the Syrian conflict deserves to be called a civil war remains a subject for debate, but yesterday on Al Jazeera Arabic's Al-Ittijah al-Mu‘akis ("The Opposite Direction," a show that features controversial issues with spokesmen for both sides), a pro-Syrian Lebanese commentator and a Syrian opposition figure literally came to blows: (you really don't need to understand the Arabic: they're shouting at the same time anyway):

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