THE SYSTEM WAS RIGGED; EVERYONE KNEW IT

Cathy Sultan blog

In this excerpt from The Syrian Andrew recognizes that he has been, like most of his fellow Americans, complacent and  ignorant about what his government is doing around the world in his name.

Andrew sat in the chair near the window and looked up. There they were: the unchanged, unchangeable stars. Tonight they felt like his only anchor in an otherwise dangerous and complex place he was only beginning to understand. He knew he was naïve about the world in general and about his own government’s role in it. Until now, he’d lived his life as a smug, complacent American content in his profession, with the many rewards and benefits it gave him. Satisfied with what he read in newspapers and heard from politicians, he had closed his eyes to what was happening in the world around him. It was easy. None of it directly affected him. He had…

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