only in Syria.. Time flies BACK like the wind

Time flies like the wind, that’s what is written in the books. I think he who wrote these words is not alive by now otherwise he should take a look back at it. I will tell you why: here in Syria, a glance at the near future makes me think my daughter and my younger sister will have to fight for the same reasons my mom had to fight for. Mom had to fight for her right in higher education, for her freedom of choice which could be ranging from her freedom to choose what her hair would look like or whether she wants to wear hijab or not, to the freedom of how she wants to raise her kids.

In my life, I didn’t have to fight for women staff. I didn’t even think I will be writing or thinking about this issue. Now some will say that I am much pessimistic, but here are many signs and evidences that I should be concerned and I will mention few :

First oneImage

When I look at this picture I think to myself, how do I want my little sister to be like? .. when her friends might become like this picture.. what a hard choice she must be making.. will she want to be a rabbit eaten by a wolf or will she be another wolf in the cattle? I never had to face such a problem when I was younger neither my mom had to nor my grandma..


Second one: 


Establishing the Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice

Oh lord.. could I be happier! Now If you don’t know what this authority means you can watch this video:

now, I and my little sister and even my mom and every other woman be no more than an amusement tool and could be used for regenerating the human race .

we either must obey the new rule, wear Niqab and become like the “lady” in the picture, women are not allowed to drive a car or travel without “mohram” i.e. her husband or even her 13 year old son!Image

My mom and grandma didn’t have to face this issue neither. Maybe my grand grandmother yea at the Ottoman era had suffered these issues.


Third one:


This is an example of the Syrian woman image, woman identity that is being shown in the media.

These women don’t look like me or like my friends. The only unveiled woman image there is taken from a porn scandal for one of the “leaders” of the “revolution” (Abdul-razzak-tlass)

What if I don’t want to look like these women in the near future.. what if I wanted to keep my identity as it has always been!.. Should I then face the Authority for the Promotion of Virtue? And just so you know, facing them means most likely that I will be killed and become a memory and an image for inspiration on the internet pages. Or should I obey the new Syrian order, that is never Syrian rather than radical. Also my mother didn’t face this identity issue while I seem to be facing it in the very near future.


I only mentioned three examples, I could speak till tomorrow why I am concerned and why I don’t believe in the “F” word (freedom). our situation (rights and duties) are moving backward in the opposite direction, so fast we are back to the 50s of the past century and in some points we are more than 1400 years back in time.

So dear writer who ever you were, do you still think time flies like the wind? Or did you have to say: in some places of the world time flies like the wind, but where there are radicals, time flies BACK like the wind.


21 thoughts on “only in Syria.. Time flies BACK like the wind

  1. Two “junkies” were hallucinating while enjoying their narcotics. One was hallucinating about getting more women. The other was hallucinating about being a religious head, when he turned to his friend and said, “Hey man! Let’s start a religion.” The other replied, “Good idea, dude! People get so addicted to religion they don’t care what they believe.”

  2. Thank you for writing this. It is so powerful….. a sad but true statement of today’s reality. I sent it on to friends. I hope it spreads and reaches many people.

  3. The rush for equality in the face of dogmatic beliefs is a difficult struggle. Many people would like to think the struggle is always a fruitful endeavor; that there will always be fruit. The honest truth is though – with the way humans are, the underdog doesn’t always win. I do know American women – who originally sought equality, are now by and large seeking anything but equality. Really it’s gone perfect circle the other direction. Many women are trying to dictate to men what a man should be. I get lambasted for holding a door open for a lady because i’m a chauvinist scoundrel; to which I calmly reply I hold doors for males to. It’s a sign of coequal respect.

    I do wish a positive outcome for the many trials of the arab states; gender equality, political equality, fairness, justice, and resolution – but like i’ve told some of my close female friends: don’t let the struggle for equality blind you to what is really equality. Equality isn’t something dictated by one gender to another gender: male to female or female to male.

    It’s what is decided upon together.

    • you are true in places where the situation is normal.. but equality here had a different meaning..
      Equality means to able to have my rights as a woman as much as a man can take his rights as a man ..
      I and other women don’t want to be men , but yet don’t want to be hidden in a black sack like in the pic

      • I understand what you’re saying – to a large degree. I can’t KNOW for certain, because I don’t live in your part of the world, nor am I a lady – but I get where you’re coming from. Chauvinism is very much a form of hypocrisy.

  4. I’m so sorry. It must be incredibly frustrating to see masked men holding signs insisting on virtue. ( If they are so concerned they should practice it themselves!) I wish I could help you. It’s frustrating here, to see women in such straits and not be able to DO something. I am so angry. Don’t let them martyr you. But how to face them? Grrrrr…frustrating!

  5. My great grandfather send my grandmother and three of her sisters to America in 1886 for reasons that are not all that different than the struggles you mention here. My grandmother was a yong teenager. I grew up listening to her stories, thinking “it must be different now.” Sad that there is still reason to fear.

    • It’s great to read from someone who has some Syrian roots : ) .. as I said it’s like a time machine.. I think we were kind of moving slowly forward but now we’re moving quickly backward .. hope to hear from you always .. : )

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