I remember thinking, as many Syrians did, that Bashar
Al-Assad would not dare to do anything comparable to his
father’s ravaging of the city of Hama in 1982. With
smartphones, social media and the eyes of the world
watching, how could he? We were wrong.
Homs, a city of 1 million, is now devastated, with most of
its residents long having fled the violence, eking out a
miserable existence at the mercy of hostile governments in
neighbouring countries. You only have to type the city’s
name in Google for a litany of images of a ghost town,
with not a single building intact or undamaged.
We thought Assad would not dare because we were under the
erroneous impression that the outside world, however you
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