The photo shows what a leg up the French-mandate gave Syria by ensuring Syria had minority protections, parliamentary government, and a mixture between religion, nationalism, and secularism cultures functioning together. This was Arabia still in the post-Napoleon shock, the Arabia which looked towards Europe for ideas to adapt into their own civilization. Meanwhile Qatar survived the threat of Saudi invasion by being protected by British naval guns. Despite this Doha remained a poor Arab backwater pearl diving village.
Now let us compare Syria and Qatar today.
|Note: This image was chosen to show damage in Syria. This is not meant to endorse the Free Syrian Army|
|Meanwhile Doha, capital of Qatar, is building up. Photo by Catholicgauze|
It is undeniable that civilization and high culture has thrived in Syria much longer than in Qatar. However, the past is dead unless it is applied to the present and future. It is not what one culture or country had in the past but how a country or culture leverages its history which counts. Tradition is indeed the democracy of the dead, but the living can veto those votes by destroying the country/culture.