December 5, 2012

Iron Empires, Iron Fists, Iron Domes

Thomas Friedman, New York Times

AP Photo

I went to synagogue on Saturday not far from the Syrian border in Antakya, Turkey. It’s been on my mind ever since. Antakya is home to a tiny Jewish community, which still gathers for holidays at the little Sephardic synagogue. It is also famous for its mosaic of mosques and Orthodox, Catholic, Armenian and Protestant churches. How could it be that I could go to synagogue in Turkey on Saturday while on Friday, just across the Orontes River in Syria, I had visited with Sunni Free Syrian Army rebels embroiled in a civil war in which Syrian Alawites and Sunnis are killing each other on the basis of their ID cards, Kurds are creating their own enclave, Christians are hiding and the Jews are long gone?

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TAGGED: Middle East, Turkey, Israel

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