A couple of months ago, I left the United States for my first official trip as a journalist in the country.
I was hoping to see my country through the American lens.
The country’s political leaders were no strangers to political chaos, so I expected them to be similarly fractious.
But this time around, the mood was different.
I saw a president who seemed genuinely committed to solving problems in the US, while his critics were still being accused of having a hand in the violence that took place in Charlottesville.
The US’s relationship with Russia was under attack, and the administration was still trying to figure out how to deal with Russia’s influence in the election.
As a journalist covering a foreign country, I was acutely aware of the fact that our work was not just about reporting, but also about reporting in a way that could make a difference.
The day I returned to New York, I found myself thinking about how to report from the front lines of the conflict in Syria.
While the conflict was unfolding, I had been in Syria for five months.
I had lived with my father, a Syrian, in his hometown of Aleppo for six months.
The war was consuming Syria, and I had witnessed the devastation of the worst refugee crisis in the world.
My job as a Middle East correspondent was to get to the heart of the issues, and to bring them to life in front of the world’s eyes.
But even if the conflict had not erupted, I would have found myself on the front line of a humanitarian crisis.
I would not have been able to get a good sense of the scale of the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding.
That is why, for the first time in my life, I started to write about the Syrian conflict in a foreign context.
I started thinking about the impact that this conflict would have on my work.
It was at that moment that I began to think about the work I was doing as a freelancer, a journalist who had not been able and was not sure if I would be able to make a living as a reporter.
The work I do as a freelance journalist is part of what makes me a freelance reporter, because the work is about the truth.
It is a very personal thing for me.
I feel that my job as an investigative journalist, as a storyteller, is about revealing the truth, because I believe that the truth is the only way to change the world for the better.
And the truth that I tell is about a conflict that was in my mind before I came to the US.
My story began with a story I told to my father as a child, about how the Syrian civil war started when the Assad family, a wealthy family, decided to take power after the overthrow of the pro-democracy movement led by the Arab Spring uprisings.
Assad was a dictator and his regime was ruthless.
The regime crushed the Arab spring movement and launched a campaign to destroy the democratic opposition that emerged from the uprising.
The Assad regime also targeted opposition activists, including women and young people, because they were perceived as a threat to the Assad regime’s authority.
That’s how I came across the idea of the war in Syria and the chaos that was unfolding.
I grew up in the Arab world, where a lot of people are like me, people who grew up under dictatorships and the oppression of dictatorships.
The civil war in the Middle East is a similar story.
It began in 2003 when the Syrian government started using chemical weapons against the peaceful protests in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
In the years that followed, the regime used chemical weapons again against the protests.
There was no international response to this, and by 2013, Assad was killing civilians at a rate that has never been seen since the Vietnam war.
After years of being ignored by the international community, people started to realise that the regime was using chemical arms again, and people started calling for a UN resolution that would force Assad to leave power.
The UN resolution passed in 2013, and it brought about the first international agreement to end the war, called the Chemical Weapons Convention.
But, in the years since, the conflict has escalated.
In June, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that was supposed to end it, but the US blocked the resolution, and in response, Russia and China voted to veto it.
The United States and other countries have been supporting the Syrian regime and the Syrian opposition in an attempt to keep it in power.
They have supported it in the conflict by using their military power.
This is a conflict where the only answer is the military option.
So when the UNSC adopted the resolution to end Syria’s conflict, the US and other western countries immediately vetoed it.
This was a huge mistake, because it was a declaration of war.
It made it clear that the UN had declared war on Syria.
It declared war against the Syrian people.
And in the face of this, the Assad government launched a massive campaign of bombing, and a massive military offensive in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.