"Syria is the new template for Middle Eastern states; it is the first narco-state in the Middle East, but it may not be the last," writes Lara Nour.
"Hafez Assad [...] chose to rebuild the structure of the Syrian state in a purely sectarian way," writes Eva J. Koulouriotis.
"... both [Hafez and Bashar Assad] relied on repression, refusal of peace, and brutal bloodshed," writes Yasser Ashkar.
"In Assad’s prisons, unfortunately... there are only about 20,000 detainees, no more, and the rest were gotten rid of," writes Firas TLASS.
"What is more shocking is not what we have already seen. It is what we have not seen, but has been committed in reality," writes Celine KASEM.
"The only way that Syria will find wholeness as a nation, and healing for its collective pain, is for Assad to be held accountable," writes Ruthanne Sikora.
Syrian National Day has lost its importance and significance after decades of the Assads' tyranny
"The history of poetry will not forgive Abu Afash for his praise of the massacres and the dictators who committed them," writes George Tuma.