"It's basically the latest verse of a song that they've been singing for the past 40 years, which is: everybody's against us, there's a big foreign conspiracy, and we are the Syrian nation. The thing that I found quite humorous actually about the [Syrian state TV clip] was the music playing in the background, turning it into some kind of dramatic Hollywood piece. It's just really over-the-top propaganda."
"There's nothing other than the placards being held by the person behind the camera indicating what the context of [groups of people dancing on the street] is. So it's not entirely clear that there's a correlation between what's being indicated on the placards and what's actually on the minds of those doing the dancing down below."