Calling this post “today in Middle Eastern history” is kind of fake newsy, I’m sorry. The Hama Massacre took place during the month of February 1982, so really we’re talking about this month in Middle Eastern history if you’re going to be pedantic about it. But here we are. While I try to make a point of keeping modern problems out of these historical posts as much as possible, you may find some parallels between how Hafez al-Assad handled protesters in Hama in 1982 and how his son Bashar handled protesters in Hama, and elsewhere, almost 30 years later. That’s probably not a coincidence.