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. Across the looming skies of deterritorialization reterritoralizing its own deaths.
It is all too easy for Madame Clinton to berate Syria for killing its own people – a phrase she does not, of course, use for Bahrain – but
the Americans need Syria to extract their last troops from Iraq. It is
also easy to turn Syria's problems into sectarianism. Nikolaos Van
Dam, a brilliant Dutch diplomat, wrote a fine book emphasising that
the struggle for power in Syria lay with the Alawites and that this
minority effectively governed the country.Yet Syria has always remained a unitary state, and it has complied with the
West's demands for security co-operation – until the Americans came across
the border into Syria and shot up a Syrian security agent's house. So compliant
has it been that the US actually sent a poor Canadian to Damascus –
"renditioned", in the popular phrase – to be atrociously tortured and kept in a
sewer until the Americans realised he was innocent and sheepishly allowed him
to return to Toronto