Broken Systems, Outrageous Gas Prices And Prolonged Weeping In Damascus – June 12, 2000
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A day of ironies, this June 12th 13 years ago. On this day in 2000 gas was inching towards the unheard-of $2.00 a gallon, the Judicial system regarding the Death Penalty was broken and Syria was outwardly mourning-but-inwardly breathing a sigh of relief over the passing of President Hafez Assad and eagerly looking forward to the new regime of the son, Bashar.
And oh, how much has changed.
A scant thirteen years later, Gas is snaking upwards from $4.00 a gallon, the Judicial system is still broken. Bashar Assad and the rest of Syria is covered from head to toe in Civil War.
And history’s just like that.
Here is that day, with all those events and much more, reported via The CBS World News Roundup for June 12, 2000.
- Sources: Teen in Syria shot dead by radicals (cnn.com)
- Suicide attacks in Damascus kill at least 14 people and injure 31 others, Syrian state TV reports – @CNNi (edition.cnn.com)
- Farewell to Damascus (bbc.co.uk)
- $15 a Gallon for Gas? (blogs.automotive.com)
- Prospects for the Syrian revolution (louisproyect.org)
- Will U.S. arm Syrian rebels? (cnn.com)