Adnan Younes is a pen name. The author is a Syrian Alawite from the coastal region and a former civil servant of the Syrian state.
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Syria's Alawite minority have always been painfully aware of the fragility of sectarian coexistence. Many of us preferred one dictator, Bashar al-Assad, to a Syria broken into multiple sectarian dictatorships. So, despite reservations, despite its repression, we still stuck by the regime.