Sadik J. Al-Azm is Emeritus Professor of Modern European Philosophy at the University of Damascus. His writings include The Origins of Kant’s Arguments in the Antinomies and The Tabooing Mentality: Salman Rushdie and the Truth of Literature (in Arabic), and the long essay "The Importance of Being Earnest about Salman Rushdie." (June 2000)


The View from Damascus

Is Syria as Syria, and not just as a government and regime, ready for peace with Israel at the present time? The answer has to be a cautious and qualified yes. Consider, first, the major sea change in official Syrian statements about Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict in general since …