Civil war in Syria?

Back in 1989, when the Communist regimes of Europe were tottering towards their end, almost every day somebody would say, "There's going to be a civil war." And our job, as foreign journalists who allegedly had our fingers on the pulse of events, was to say: "No, there won't be." So most of us did say that, as if we actually knew. But the locals were pathetically grateful, and we turned out to be right.

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 10/12/2011 12:00 am EDT

Back in 1989, when the Communist regimes of Europe were tottering towards their end, almost every day somebody would say, "There's going to be a civil war." And our job, as foreign journalists who allegedly had our fingers on the pulse of events, was to say: "No, there won't be." So most of us did say that, as if we actually knew. But the locals were pathetically grateful, and we turned out to be right.

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