This was not meant to happen in this manner. But it did. A twist of circumstances brough Abdul-Qader to my attention a few months ago as I was planning on interviewing Syrians with differing viewpoints. In the end, the other interviewee bailed. What remained is an account by a Syrian activist who is not a typical character.
Though Abdul-Qader and I do not see eye to eye, his approach and attitude were unique, especially consiering his past and the torture he endured. As you will learn if you watch this interview, my questions became increasingly more intrusive, but Abdul-Qader kept a cool decorum and maintained his idealism--which is why I insisted on pointing to realities that are not amenable to idealism.