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Syria is a millennia old civilisation with great traditions in music, poetry, architecture and art. Damascus, its capital, is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world. Syria sided with the US in the 1990 war on Iraq. Yet Americans know virtually nothing about the country. When they do hear something in the media about Syria, it is usually negative and threatening. Recently, the Bush administration issued charges reminiscent of those lodged against Iraq, claiming that Syria represents a dual threat to international security by supporting terrorism and trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Is this the beginning of a campaign to ready the public for making Syria the next target of a US attack?
Muhammed Aziz Shukri has been professor of international law at Damascus University since 1964. He has represented his country at several international conferences over the years and has 21 publications, his most recent in English being International Terrorism: A Legal Critique. Professor Shukri was interviewed in Damascus, Syria, by Joel Edelstein.