Even if Assadist war-mongering & hate-filled portrayals of Syrians get millions of “likes” on social media, that ‘ain’t all she wrote.’ We already knew the forces of nationalism, white supremacy, even fascism were emboldened around the world. Those likes help us keep tabs on things.

But they can take those “likes” & stick them where the sun don’t shine because we know the majority of human beings are men & women of good will who believe in human solidarity. The news blackouts on wars are because regimes occupying, bombing, terrorizing know that too & understand they will be opposed if the truth is known.

Our commitment will not be daunted by being outnumbered in likes on social media but is inspired by our belief in the highest aspirations of human civilization, expressed so powerfully in the Arab Spring, & the compelling need to render active solidarity.