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February 7th, 2012
06:47 PM ET

Syria conflict similar to 1982 massacre

Syria's recent conflict mirrors the Hama bloodbath 30 years ago, as CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

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  1. Peter Williams

    Years ago the UN and the World watched on as the Balklans exploded into ethnic horror.
    Syria is not ethnic but the same thing is happining.
    Are we,the world people go9ing to loon on as the UN shows how inefective it is in helping to save more Syrians from being murdered.
    Time has passed for peing passive and talking to ASAD.
    Help stop the killing

    February 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  2. Rich

    Anytime people turn against their government there is going to be bloodshed. In 1982 it was religious factions and insurgents/militants that turned on the regime. The course of action was to wipe them all out. It was very effective and ended the fighting. Unfortunately it also ended close to 25,000 peoples lives.

    A lot of the problem in Syria is a a direct result of the war in Iraq. Over 2 million people fled Iraq into Syria when America attacked. This attack on Iraq displaced many people and caused catastrophic problems in Syria. There were no jobs, no food, no place to live and no future. What did people have to lose by fighting? They were already torn from their homeland by force or fear.

    Now the world waits which is exactly what it should do. Any type of military action by the United States or others would displace people even more into Turkey and Iran. Arming the militants would only get more people killed. The militants refuse to give up and the Syrian military refuses to step down. The military has the upper hand so the likelihood is that the militants will eventually leave or the community will turn on the militants. Many people are still very loyal to Al Assad

    February 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  3. miguel A. Nunez, Jr.

    No wonder we have so many people who hate us. How can we justify having Kadafi's son on trial for crimes against humanity for shooting innocent civilians when Syria is killing up to 40 thousand according to info coming out of Syria? We went in created a no fly zone when only a few were even used against the people of Libya. Now Syria is killing thousands and using planes and the US DOES NOTHING! NOTHING! Where was diplomacy with Kadafi. We went in and Aided and abetted the MURDER of a man and most of his family and doing nothing when Syria is doing the same thing and worst. How can the UN not even issue a condemnation. The UN is a JOKE and should be illuminated. The US has NO CREDIBILITY for protecting the freedom and rights of other countries when it picks and chooses who to help. Poor Kadafi, Assayed and his regime is doing FAR FAR FAR worst and the US does NOTHING! NOTHING! BUT TALK. Horrible. It is because of this issue I will not vote in any election in the US for the remainder of my life. WHERE is the UN'S Backbone. If Russia & China are not even willing to condemn the obvious murder and bloodshed of innocent men, women and children then they both should be expelled. PERIOD!

    February 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
  4. geesam

    The Syrian people must revolt against their Arab neighbors abnd bring forth the rality of the Arab world. We Jews sing "To life ...". Syria's Arab neighbors fear for their political lives and will not help others. They see that Russia and China have moved in. They fear individual realites and will not try to save others. They fear real life.

    February 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm |

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