Tanks rolled into the principal rebellious towns in Syria yesterday, and the regime’s goons are reportedly going house to house looking for opponents while snipers fire at anything that moves. Obama issued a critical statement—does this mean the U.S. will no longer use Syria as a rendition point and take advantage of its secret police’s torture skills in the Great War on Terror? [cartoon: Steve Bell, The Guardian]
The Soviet Union looked awfully hard to beat in 1968 when tanks occupied Czechoslovakia, and the democratic movement was crushed. Anyone associated with the yearning for freedom and a real life was punished and faced a lifetime of petty harassment. Two decades later, the regime that had staged that counterrevolution crumbled from the inside out.