Under Assad rule we do have much corruption in the judicial system, as is the case in other sectors, but the legal code itself is not all that bad. An upgrade is surely needed, but a return to Sharia rule, as so many are advocating today, sounds more like a downgrade to my secular ears. But if that’s what Islamists want, that’s what they should get. There is absolutely no problem in their desire to apply sharia law to themselves. The problem lies in their burning desire to apply it even to those who reject it, under the faulty understanding of democracy as majority rule, individual rights notwithstanding. Irrespective of how and why our revolution started two years ago, the issue of identity, individual, communal, regional, is now at stake, and while it is quite obvious that the common identity we thought we had, Syrian, and the one we do indeed have, human, is not enough to inspire mutual confidence and trust and prevent our internecine strife, geography tells us that our destinies will remain interlinked for the rest of time whether we liked or not. Sooner or later we have to work things out, none of us will be moving to the stars anytime soon.