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.