The darker side of Syria’s Palmyra

On June 26 1980, a grenade landed near then President Hafez al-Assad’s feet. He reacted swiftly and kicked it away. Another grenade killed his bodyguard as he threw himself to save the president.

At that time, Hafez al-Assad was facing a full-scale revolt led by Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood. The assassination attempt was allegedly carried out by a faction of the Brotherhood.

The following morning, on June 27, Hafez’s brother, Rifaat al-Assad, commander of the Paramilitary Defence Brigades, sent some 60 soldiers to Tadmur Prison which housed at that time hundreds of members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. The soldiers were divided into squads, tasked to shoot every inmate in sight.

Hundreds of prisoners were massacred, with no records of those who were killed or imprisoned.

  • Hey, what’s the problem?

    This is just how Islam operates.

    • It’s like the Mafia.

      • Raymond Hietapakka

        The Mafia only wants 20% of the action. iSlam wants 110%.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Are we to assume that it is the only way to maintain any semblance of civil order in an iSlamic -mentality society?

    • ntt1

      Yes.It is increasingly obvious the only way to contain an inbred hysterical and illiterate population is through fear.

      • Raymond Hietapakka

        Operant-conditioned manimals. I feel a hefty twinge of liberal guilt contemplating the word “untermensche”….

    • El Martyachi

      This guy did that job for a while. He was taken out early on before the war got going. I had a friend who worked directly for him (we’ve lost touch).

  • edlancey

    So what ? It bought 30 years of “peace”.

    Sisi will buy the same when he tops morsi

  • Hard Little Machine

    Naturally we should be using neutron bombs so as to preserve the antiquities. Probably fewer than 50 would get the job done in Syria.

  • Gaian

    Hundreds of islamics killed by islamics? I don’t see a problem with that.