I spoke to Ilhan about what he saw in Syria for several hours last night, and I recorded most of the conversation--where there are gaps it's because he took a break for a cigarette or because a cat jumped on the computer. I don't have the technical ability quickly to edit this into something more digestible, but I'm not sure that would be desirable even if I could do it. I'll give you my idea of what the most important parts are, but watch as much as your schedule permits and come to your own conclusions.
1: "One of the people in the news business told me some of these videos might be exaggerated."
2. CB: "You showed up with a Turkish passport with a lot of entry and exit stamps from the United States. And if you put your name in Google it shows that you're a journalist who's been writing about this issue ... and you show up with some story about opening a shwarma restaurant and they say, "Okay?" ... "
3. IH: "I was saying I was looking for a good chef, to add new shwarma or whatever it is to my restaurant .... " CB: "What kind of shwarma chef were you supposedly looking for?"
4. "Conditions are far worse than I expected. ... They come house by house and they arrest every single person ... it's far worse than anything you can imagine. ... the civil war has not arrived yet, but it looks like maybe a few weeks ... I definitely think Assad forces must be distracted, must be distracted, they're using all their resources on the people ... but they're doing this because there's nothing else they worry about right now ... Yes, Assad might play whatever he's got--Kurds, PKK, it's a risk ... "Everyone is waiting, Assad does what he does best ... today, they might do just what they did 30 years ago, same exact thing, and we are watching it again."
Start there. I'll keep uploading and trying to summarize.