Posted by Ehsani on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
On September 19th, Dr. Landis announced that he was relinquishing the day to day oversight of Syria Comment to finish his book. At the time, I had promised Dr. Landis that I will do my best to take over the task in partnership with Alex.
Regrettably, the 22-day trial period ended today. I have decided to step down from Syria Comment. As many regular readers know, I have been a member of this family for years. I have made numerous very good friends here. This forum has been a meeting place for so many passionate, bright and well informed commentators.
Syrian politics was largely boring and predictable for years. This is no more. Everything Syrian changed since March of this year. It is amazing to witness how seven months have made a political expert out of every Syrian. To be sure, the risks and the stakes are very high going forward. This has made nearly every man, woman and child mesmerized with politics. I think this is a positive trend.
Like most of you, Syrian affairs seem to have consumed my life recently. This morning, I decided that I needed a break from it all. How successful I will be is an open question. I have made similar pledges in the past and failed like every drug addict.
For now, I say my goodbyes. Undoubtedly, this country faces a challenging future. My wish is that Syria’s mosaic of sects and religions learn to live with each other. Our energies must start with improving the education of our future generations so that we can compete in the global market place and offer our youth a chance. I can go on and on, but let me stop here.
Salamat to all.