That perfect moment of the triumph of the people happened again in Syria. The rebels captured another border crossing between Syria and Turkey, lowering the Syrian flag and raising their own banner. It is a symbolic moment of victory – and in a bloody civil war abundant with various factions and no real positive endgame in view, a moment like this is often a zenith of smiles.
“Welcome to Syria” one said to NPR’s Kelly McEvers as they pulled up barbed wire to permit her to cross the border. You cold hear the joy in the Arabic and English, a temporary portal, a shift, a lean, toward a change or – at least in the eyes of some – a step toward democracy.
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