“Syria had little or no sectarianism until the current conflict, nor did Iraq. In both places, Muslims and Christians coexisted for centuries. Both also had among the highest ratios of Sunni-Shiite marriages. It was Saddam Hussein and Bashar Assad (and earlier, his father, Hafez), who introduced sectarianism as a tool of governance, schisms that get enflamed at the breaking down of the social order, as in Iraq after 2003 and as in Syria now.”
No sectarianism? Ever heard what happened to Syria’s Jews Haroon?
“The Zeibak sisters: Four Syrian-Jewish girls (three sisters and their cousin) who were raped, killed, and mutilated while trying to flee to Israel in 1974“