Tuesday, August 2, 2011

History Repeating itself

It's a common phrase and there are many examples of history repeating itself but it's not often it happens so literally. In February 1982 Syrian President Hafez al-Assad sent the military into the Eastern City of Hama to suppress an uprising by the Syrian branch of the Muslim brotherhood. In the process, somewhere between 20,000 and 40,000 people were brutally killed by the military that ruthlessly pursued a scorched earth policy in the city of less than half a million people. Yesterday, the President of Syria, Bashar Al Assad, son of the 1982 butcher, sent his tanks into Hama which has been under siege since the latest uprising began last February. This eerie repeat of his fathers actions can only end in a blood bath. There are already 200 confirmed deaths. Bashar Al Assad has today shown his true colours. The man who attempted to convince the world that he is an Arab reformer is in fact a tyrant. Below is footage from Hama of the violence.

2 comments:

Gary said...

Ted,

Yes, this does appear to be an example of history repeating itself. Bloody violence in the Middle East, a politician who is not what he claims to be -why am I not surprised?

Well, at least the world is improving. We no longer tolerate large scale blood baths (20 to 40 thousand deaths). The international community now only tolerates smaller scale, large blood baths (a few hundred at a time). Unless, of course, it is in Africa someplace...

Gary

Ted Leddy said...

Gary

That is an important point. In the communications era, where social networking plays such a vital role in organising and spreading the news of unrest, the details of atrocities spread very quickly. As a result it is now almost impossible for regimes to get away with massacares on the scale of the 1982 bloodshed.