Back in medical school, JB and I were fortunate to meet Bara. Bara was doing some training at Mayo Clinic but was from Syria, and JB actually met him in the Mayo locker room. (Bara had no idea how to open the Master Locks on the lockers so JB showed him and after conversation, invited him to join our family for Thanksgiving Dinner the next day.)
Since that day, we have continued to stay in touch with Bara -- some seasons more than others. We have continued to educate each other on different cultures.
Syria has therefore remained of interest to me. Not only because of Bara, but because of the border it shares with Turkey (as illustrated in this photo below):
I've been wanting to ask Bara to write a post on my blog, providing education for Americans, who generally speaking, are pretty out of touch with what is going on in the world. Yesterday on Facebook, he posted a link to an article: 9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask.
Please note that Bara added a few notes of his own to the article posted above. I really encourage us all to read this and educate ourselves on this delicate situation. He specifically disagreed with the answer to number 6 within the article and explains that below:
- supplying the rebels with advanced weapons, or at least allowing other nations (Saudia, Qatar) to do so, implement a no fly zone so Assad regime would stop bombing civilians from the air, multiple infrequent air strikes that could tire the regime.
- And last but not least: make sure that Assad doesn't cross the chemical weapon redline again.