While taking a break from writing yesterday, I wandered the lanes of old Damascus once again and came across a shop & its owner I hadn’t seen since 2014 [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTK58vuvwLo].
Back then, he spoke with certainty that peace would return to Damascus, ‘sooner or later’.
We chatted over tea. Now that peace has returned–in the sense that Damascus is no longer being pounded by mortars and missiles fired from terrorists then-occupying eastern Ghouta–most people I speak with these days are weighed down by the economy, shattered by years of war on Syria and by the criminal Western sanctions.
He spoke of how there used to be so many tourists in Syria, not so much nowadays…
(That said, a friend here is a tour guide, and his work is picking up, he has more groups coming to tour Syria this year…)
“Every day, even during the war, I stayed open. Never closed the shop.”
Western media ignoring reality on the ground in Syria: terrorism and anti-Syria sanctions which help terrorists, Mar 3, 2016
Syrian American Doctor on The Propaganda, Criminal Sanctions, and War Crimes, In The War on Syria, December 25, 2018
Dr Husam al-Samman on Syrian Health Care System, Criminal Western Sanctions, War on Syria, December 10, 2018
US-Backed Terrorism in Syria: A First-Hand Account of the Use of Mortars Against Civilians (September 2014)
University Hospital, Damascus: Meeting Victims of Western-backed Mortar and Rocket Terrorism
Terrorists’ Attack on Damascus Restaurant and Homes: “They have no humanity and no respect for children”
UN Feigns Outrage Over Ghouta While Terrorist Rockets Rain Down on Damascus