Discuss your response to this article.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/world/middleeast/syrian-protesters-fill-streets-of-damascus.html?ref=middleeast

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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To a great extent, the article reflects the potential downside to revolution and to "the Arab Spring."  One of my reactions to the article is that individuals should not take for granted how amazing the "Arab Spring" actually is.  To achieve such change on a large scale and to do so in a populist movement, representing the essence of democracy, is a difficult thing to accomplish.  It should never be overlooked or dismissed as "business as usual."  Reading this article about the pain and suffering in Syria reminds me of this. The article brings out how this swelling of change is starting to impact the middle class areas, as well.  In this, I think that the article is suggesting that while Assad's troops are trying their best to put down this rebellion, it is spreading and soon, will overcome his leadership and his brutal use of the military.  In my mind, one of the strongest ideas to emerge from the article is the idea of how this is not "going away."  While there is bloodshed, death, and suffering as a response to standing up against the Assad government, the article seems to be arguing that this reality of change is growing and far from isolated.  The use of technology to help transmit these images both within Syria and outside of it is another reality that the article points to which will help the revolutionary calls to increase, its reality to become more definite, and change to become a reality in Syria.

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