Beyond the Cusp

March 24, 2011

Will Dara be the new Hama?

Filed under: Civil War,Islam,Muslim Brotherhood,Politics,Syria,Unrest,Uprising,War — qwertster @ 3:27 PM

In February 1982, King Assad made the decision to put an end to an uprising he claimed was instigated by the Muslim Brotherhood. The unrest was centered in the town of Hama, Syria. When the tanks stopped firing and the dust had settled, the dust was about all that was left. Assad’s scorched earth campaign eliminating the entire town of Hama and was estimated to have killed 17,000 to 40,000 lives. No accurate count was possible as the conflagration consumed Hama so completely that there were insufficient remains to actualize an accurate count. Today, Hama is a station where busses stop to refuel while passengers can stretch their legs, buy something to drink and use the restroom at the only building built since that fateful day.

The question today is about a similar sounding town Dara, Syria and the new King Assad, the previous King’s son. Dara is reported to be surrounded by tanks, reminiscent of how the destruction of Hama began. Will Dara become the modern day Hama? If so, will the world even bother to take notice and condemn the act? For now, all we can do is pray for the people of Dara and contact our politicians asking them to take a stand. I will not be holding my breath waiting for their action, but I will hope and pray for those innocents trapped and caught in the crossfire.

Beyond the Cusp

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