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9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask
The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. If you found the above sentence kind of confusing, or aren't exactly sure why Syria is fighting a civil war, or even where Syria is located, then this is the article for you. What's happening in Syria is really important, but it can also be confusing and difficult to follow even for those of us glued to it. Here, then, are the most basic answers to your most basic questions. First, a disclaimer: Syria and its history are really complicated; this is not an exhaustive or definitive account of that entire story, just some background, written so that anyone can understand it. Read award-winning novelist Teju Cole's funny and insightful parody of this article, "9 questions about Britain you were too embarrassed to ask

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Teju Cole’s 9 questions about Britain you were too embarrassed to ask (Gene Thorp/Washington Post) Last week, as the U.S. signaled it may launch limited strikes against Syria as punishment for allegedly using chemical weapons, I posted an explainer titled "9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask." On Sunday, novelist Teju Cole, whom I've had the privilege of editing, parodied it on Twitter. His composition, which we might call "9 questions about Britain you were too embarrassed to ask," is posted below. Following it is a brief Q&A I did over e-mail with Cole, who was writing from Australia. Cole's parody is partially premised on conflicting reports that the United Kingdom may have allowed a British arms exporter to sell chemical components to Syria.

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