Syrian tank in Hama 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
"Damascus is at one and the same time the fount of modern Arab nationalism and
the exhibit of its frustrations,” Henry Kissinger once observed. “Syrian history
alternates achievement with catastrophe.”Since mid-March, that
alternation has cycled ever more rapidly, with the achievement of growing
antiregime protests, inspired by the defiant examples of Egypt and Tunisia,
being met with an increasingly catastrophic and draconian crackdown that has
left at least 2,000 civilians dead.
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