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“Don’t cross the line into forbidden territory!”

At one of his Hay Festival appearances, Christopher Hitchens predicted Syria’s Baathist regime will be gone in two years. That may be wishful thinking, but if this clip from Al-Jazeera TV is any indication, the regime’s collapse is only a matter of time. (Transcript here.)

According to MEMRI the clip is from “a discussion about the Assad regime between Said Abu Ghannam from the Syrian opposition and Ba’th party leader Ahmad Al-Hajj Ali.”

Given what he says about the Assads, it’s hard to believe Ghannam is living freely in Syria. But the incredulous sputtering outrage he elicits from the Baathist functionary is priceless, and speaks volumes about the sclerotic state of the Damascus regime. Credit to Al-Jazeera for broadcasting it.

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