Latakia's lament

Once a model of ethnic tolerance, Syria’s coastal province is in a revolution that no one wanted

By STEVEN SOTLOFF
February 20, 2013 12:29
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latakia's lament 521. (photo credit: ABU AL-HASSAN / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK / REUTERS)

The village of Salma, 800 meters above the Syrian coast, seems a highland paradise.

Panoramic views of the snowcapped Kurdish Mountains compete with vistas of the boundless Mediterranean Sea below. Eight hundred years ago, the Crusaders built castles here, extolling the region’s virtues over copious cups of wine grown in the vineyards below.

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