I’ve been following news of the uprising in Syria, and one thing that strikes me about it is that the Syrian government’s crackdown in Homs seems to be approaching genocidal levels – it looks like they’re trying to wipe the city off the map. Why? Is there an ethnic or religous minority that’s concentrated in that city, and the Assad regiem is using the uprising as an excuse to do some “cleansing”?
My first thought was that maybe Homs is a Kurdish city, but a quick check of Wikipedia shows that Homs is near Lebanon, which I’m pretty sure is the wrong part of the country for it to have many Kurds. The Wiki page about Homs doesn’t give me any clues as to why this particular city should be targeted so agressively. Can anyone explain what’s going on over there?