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Typical of such tales is that of Ali, the dental student. He said he took the threat on Facebook seriously because one of his uncles had been killed. His body parts were delivered in a bag to his home village in the Alawites' western mountain heartland.
Mahmoud, who hails originally from Rabia in rural Hama province, said 39 people from his village had been killed since March: "If someone leaves the village, is stopped at a checkpoint and they know he is an Alawite, they kill him."
If this is indeed what Assad intends, the eviction of the Sunni community from Syria would be the first time in recent memory since the creation of Israel that Sunnis have been forced out in large numbers from the lands they conquered many centuries ago. Prior to Israel's creation, the last time something like this happened in the Mediterranean region was during the dissolution of the Ottoman empire, when large numbers of Sunnis fled the Christian majority Ottoman territories that became Serbia, Greece, Wallachia, Moldavia and Montenegro.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-02-06 21:11||