SYRIA: American Style

The ancient city of Damascus was gay with flags, regional costumes, colored electric lights, street dancing, fireworks. When Strongman Adib Shishekly appeared in his bulletproof Mercedes in the city's Liberation Square, 100,000 happy Syrians roared his praises. The double occasion: 1) first anniversary of his Arab Liberation Movement (the only political party allowed to function in Syria), and 2) bestowal of a new constitution upon this nation of 3,000,000.

That the constitution guarantees civil rights to the people, but is conferred upon them rather than written by their chosen representatives, is characteristic of the regime of...

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