On December 21 2011 Anthony Shadid went on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He recounted his forays in Libya (narrowly escaping death); Anthony also discussed the conflict in Syria, as a Levantine Arab the conflict was closer to home for Anthony.

Shadid on Syria:

"I don’t think I’d ever seen something like what I saw in Syria,” he says. “You’re dealing with a government that’s shown very little restraint in killing its own people to put down an uprising. … And I got to spend a lot of time with [the activists] because I spent a lot of time in safe houses.

And it reminded me of an old story in Islamic history, when the Muslim armies are crossing to Gibraltar. And the general who was leading them burned the ships after they crossed into Spain. And the idea was there was no turning back. And that story, I felt, resonated [with] almost every conversation I had.”

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