we have with us from Istanbul
the author of the book
«The Impossible Revolution»,
Yassin al-Haj Saleh.
Hello, Yassin, how are you?
Yassin al-Haj Saleh: I’m fine, thank you, Mustafa.
M: To go straight into the subject, I’d first like to ask you about the title of your book. Throughout this revolution there were many slogans that we believed in, like «Victory is going to be ours,» and now your book comes out with the title «The Impossible Revolution». Can you please elaborate on why you chose this title for the book?
YHS: Well, the impression that the title expresses despair or hopelessness is mistaken. I wanted to say that our revolution in Syria was impossible, was unimaginable, but it happened. The impossible is what happened in Syria. So it is an expression of hope: for once the impossible worked on behalf of the downtrodden, the weak, people who for almost two generations were suppressed, were despised, were denied any political agency—and even humanity.
This happened in Syria, and then another impossible thing happened: the crushing of the impossible revolution out of existence. I believe that not a single person on the whole planet expected that at least half a million Syrians will be killed, more than half of the population will be displaced inside and outside Syria, one third of buildings will be destroyed, eighty percent of the population will live under the poverty line, and that Bashar al-Assad will stay in power.