The Syrian Uprising: Syria has been a dictatorship run by the
Assad family since 1970. In that year,
Hafez al-Assad, the Defense Minister,
launched a coup that put him in power.
Upon the death of Hafez al-Assad in
2000, his son, Bashar al-Assad, became
President of Syria. Both Assads used
terror and force to remain in power.
The elder Assad suppressed a rebellion
in 1982 in the city of Hama by
unleashing the Syrian military on that
city. At least 10,000 people, mostly
innocent civilians, died in that