Fighting in Syria: the Larger Impact
With fighting in Syria going on for a year and a half now, some people outside the region are becoming “numb” to the various reports of conflict. This “numbness” can be attributed to many things – including never traveling to the region, feeling disconnected (it’s “they” who are hurting, not “me”), etc.
The website for Boston’s National Public Radio station though has a different view – in how almost everyone is affected by the conflict occurring in a country only 71,500 square miles.
- One of the first known Christian churches
- Castles built by Crusaders
- Four thousand year old temples
- The city founded by one of Alexander’s generals to honor his mother
- Islamic mosques and Jewish synagogues
- Temples as old as Babylon
- The city of Ugarit, where the world’s first alphabet was composed (pictured below)
- A hundred stone villages fully intact from the Roman empire
- Ancient tablets that may contain the first mention of the Biblical patriarchs
To read more about what they discussed in their show, take a journey to this link: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2012/08/24/syrian-violence-heritage