Hama, 1982, 2019.
On February, 2nd, 2019, Syrians marked the 37th birthday of the Hama Massacre of 1982.
Hafiz El Assad is Bachir’s father.
He founded the Baath party in 1973, after a coup d’état against the legitimate King.This was the beginning of the Syrian dictatorship.
Yet, according to the Syrian Opposition today,the revolt of Hama in 1982 is the root of the discontent of 2011.
In 1982, Hafiz El Assad slaughtered the town in silence. Modern media were nonexistent.
Western historians say that this massacre was this of Muslim Brotherhoods. It is false. Hafiz killed without distinction of age. Kids were massacred with adults.
So, Western historians consider the responsibility for an opinion extended to a whole family.
I write these lines. Is my family responsible for them? I don’t think so.
Although I live in the West, I don’t share Western points of view.
In 1982, modern media didn’t exist. The event belongs to History.
In 2019, we have access to many sources of information.
We can see the events of the Revolution on TV. We can have them on the web. We read papers freshly updated.
He destroyed again the town, including schools and hospitals.
He committed war crimes. He did this in a perfect indifference.
Media treat this like breaking news, sometimes.
But in most times they stay silent.
We can explain the silence of 1982 by the lack of media interested in Syria.
We cannot explain this of the actual Revolution.
Media didn’t care.
Don’t count on media to stay updated.
Follow the Syrian National Coalition and the Syrian Network for Human Rights on Twitter. I do.
I am a supporter of the Syrian Revolution.
I want to write these few lines about the 37th birthday of the Hama Massacre on February, 2nd.
I know that we are on February, 5th.
But writing is better than staying silent.
I will not forget this massacre.
I will not forget the actual one.