Syria contains Christians, various different varieties of Muslim and, we dare say, the odd cowering atheist. It’s been persistently unlucky with its leadership. And the country’s location has, for centuries, made it a political and military football; buffeted by the interference of east and west, secular and religious, imperial and local. In terms of screwing Syria in the name of short-term self-interest, the Brits have done their bit, as have the French and the Russians. But what’s next? As anyone who’s watched the news in the last year will know, the answer to that question is painfully uncertain.
Not a cheerful watch but it’s good to be informed on such essential issues and also, good to see Dan Snow freed from yomping around Britain’s heritage sites and getting his teeth into something more serious.