Syria: Before & After

November 18, 2015 Articles 3

67e727f8fc32b66d9dae958de6031c8eSyria has a rich cultural heritage built over 5,000 years. It has a deep and diverse history and its people have a reputation for kindness and tolerance. Syria’s most alluring city, Damascus, has been inhabited for over four thousand years, making it the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the world. The ancient city holds more than 125 monuments from different periods of its history and its name comes from the ancient technique of weaving pattern onto cloth (Damask) where it was once a major centre of textile where merchants travelling on the Silk road would stop and trade in silken cloth. Located at the crossroads of several trade routes from the 2nd millennium B.C., Aleppo, Syria’s largest and most densely populated city, was ruled successively by the Hittites, Assyrians, Arabs, Mongols, Mamelukes and Ottomans. Aleppo city is one of the oldest cities of the world in which the Silk Road passes through.

Socially Syria was very stable, culturally rich and there was harmony among all social and religious components. However, Syria was a dictatorship with cited human right abuses stemming from its often brutal police state. In other words, it was a normal Middle Eastern country.

Four years of devastating drought from 2006 to 2011 turned Syria into a “dust bowl” not unlike the America of the 1930s. That drought was said to have been the worst ever recorded, but it was one in a long sequence of droughts since 2001. Politically, they triggered the civil war.

And This Is What War Looks Like



Lights Out


Laurence Flynn

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  1. Billy

    December 6, 2015

    Why would anyone choose to be muslim, or remain muslin after all this bloodshed? Mohammed was so affraid of the bible that he ordered anyone who didnt convert to death. This is not what Allah or God wanted for this world. Muslins will all pay a price for their misbeliefs.

  2. Archie1954

    June 25, 2016

    I don't dare express my true thoughts after seeing these pictures, they are unprintable. All I know at the moment is that the Bush League in the US and Blair and his cohorts need to be charged with war crimes now, not tomorrow but right now!

  3. abu asraf

    September 22, 2016

    Lights out shows how bad it is.

    Dispite the rise of terror groups formed from ex-rabble forces, the western governments still insist and actively are trying to remove the Syrian government- simply because they don't like him.

    They remove government and leave a vacuum which allows rabble groups and extremists to flourish. The world was a better place in 2001, when the middle east was at peace. Saddam and Gadaffi still in power. They were bad men, but the west wanted Monsters. They now have Monsters!

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