Fifty years ago, the eminent British journalist and author Patrick Seale published a landmark book, The Struggle for Syria, in which he examines the tumultuous post-independence period (after 1946).
In philosophical discourse on the essence of human destructiveness, arguments ultimately boil down to the following question: Do socioeconomic circumstances drive man towards violence, or is it human nature that makes war inevitable?
It has been almost a week since the Israeli airstrike on a Syrian convoy allegedly delivering anti-aircraft weapons to Hezbollah. Syria and Iran continue to fume about the incident and have upped the rhetoric on the possibility of retaliatory action.
Conflicting reports of an Israeli air strike inside Syrian territory have caught many in the region by surprise.