By Christof Lehmann – nsnbc. After decades of governance under emergency laws there could be little doubt that many politically active citizens in Syria were wanting for political reforms. Reforms which even progressive elements within the governing Socialist Arab Baath Party, including President Bashar al-Assad were wanting for. The reform process, however, and reformist powers, were confronted with two major obstacles. The first one was the fact that the nation had been governed for such a long time under emergency laws that many of the political processes which were based on emergency laws had become informally established as systemic and that it would demand a great amount of political energy to overcome the inertia of the systemic colossus that was based on emergency laws, but which had become institutionalized. The second, and more imminent obstacle was the fact that Syria since 1973 has been in a permanent low intensity…

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