In Syria, Muslims seeking to pray in some cities are dodging shells lobbed at their mosques by the military.
In other Muslim-majority nations swept by recent political change, the hopes raised by the "Arab Spring" are sagging in this summer of doubt and fear about what will happen next as factions struggle for power. "Now Yemen, Libya, Syria, Egypt and Tunisia are all [attempting] similar transitions -- at once -- but without a neutral arbiter to referee," observes Thomas Friedman. "It is unprecedented in this region, and we can already see just how hard this will be. … [T]he new dawn will take time to appear."