Thirty years ago, a famous Syrian author, Mohammed Al Maghout, wrote a film titled The Borders. The film portrayed a taxi driver, who was stuck in the middle of his war torn nation without a passport; the dilemma prompted him to build a coffee shop right on the borders, and bring together rival soldiers to daily parties to help them overcome their differences.
It's clear today that Al Maghout foresaw the future, and his movie became a reality, with one missing element, the coffee shop that brought together warring brothers to a round table. Syria and Syrians are not themselves anymore, the peaceful country that I used to visit at any time, and rove its streets and café's till dawn, is a country of ghosts, where people fear everything.
Death became very cheap. Several were killed while ...Read more