Unlike previous years, the annual television drama series were not the greatest concern for people this Ramadan. The Arab world was engrossed following news of uprisings and revolutions, especially the details of the scenes in Libya and Syria, where the confrontation reached its peak between those demanding rights, freedoms and change, and regimes that have proven that they will go to any lengths in order to cling to power. If the Libyans were celebrating the Eid holiday amidst an atmosphere of joy, having achieved important victories bringing them closer to completing their revolution, then the Syrian's Eid was joyless, amidst the continuing suppression and abuse, and the regime insisting on utilizing a single language to confront the protests, namely the language of bullets and brutality.
It is clear that Syria is facing difficult days ahead, the regime's intransigence will increase the intensity of its confrontation with the people’s uprising, and its policy of suppression and abuse will mean more victims and more arrests, which will only add to the tension and widen the division between the regime and the people. Following the fall of the Gaddafi regime, the world's attention will now be focused on Syria, and monitoring the developments there, especially with regards to the move to tighten international sanctions on the Damascus regime, in order to suffocate and isolate it. As a result of this isolation, the regime will find itself in a difficult position, especially as the Syrian people – who have so far confirmed their intentions to continue the uprising – will have gained considerable moral support from watching the Libyan rebels in Tripoli celebrating the fall of another regime that relied on suppression and force, and which ultimately failed.
-Osman Mirghani is Asharq Al-Awsat's Senior Editor-at-Large