Mar 30, 2012

Authoritarian Karma

In 1982, in February of that year, the Assad regime, Bashar al-Assad's father, Hafez, carried out one of the worst massacres in the history of the Middle East. Up to 30,000 people were killed in Hama by government forces who used artillery fire on their third-largest city.

In the 10 years after that, Syrians more or less stayed home. It was very restrictive, the economy contracted naturally, and during the ... because what do men and women do when they stay home by themselves? They have a lot of children. And so in the 10 years following that massacre, Syria was among the 10 fastest-growing populations on the planet.

And it's all those young people born during that time that are now swarming the regime. It is one of the best examples of authoritarian karma that exists.

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