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The Myth of Syrian Stability #Syria


Syria's Imposed President Bashar Assad OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR   By MUSTAFA NOUR

True, Syria does seem much more stable than its neighbors. And though I often find   it difficult to ascertain the opinions of my countrymen, especially in matters    concerning politics   and the regime, many do believe that it’s a fair bargain: limits on  personal and political    freedoms in exchange for the stability that is so dear to them.  And those limits are quite strict:  Syria has been ruled by emergency law since 1963,  under a strong-fisted security force;  opposing (or even just differing) opinions can  lead to arrest, imprisonment or, at the very  least, travel restrictions.”

 

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OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Published: March 31, 2011

Damascus, Syria

A version of this op-ed appeared in print on April 1, 2011, on page A27 of the New York edition.

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