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For those that believe the Syria revolution is just as much a part of the Arab Spring as the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya, the following are concrete steps you can take to lend Syrians a hand in toppling their tyrant.
Revolutions begin in righteous idealism but too often end in horror. Nice ideas get bandied about but in the end most things get worse. The essential contradiction, the crux of the matter is that revolutions may entail the highest aspirations of the human spirit for freedom, dignity, and fairness, but when they involve war, everybody loses.
It’s an encouraging sign that the Republican Party is actively trying to avoid its last president. What is not, however, is that there has been no meaningful repudiation of his policies.
There was the viral YouTube music video, Rebecca Black’s Friday; Charlie Sheen’s bizarre public meltdown; Kim Kardashian’s much lampooned divorce after 72 days of marriage; the Casey Anthony trial; the Royal Wedding; the Twitter scandal that brought down Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner; the last of the Harry Potter movies; and the debut of Siri, an intelligent personal assistant on the iPhone 4s.