SYRIA: What the Army Desired

Long before the sun was up one morning this week, three carloads of Syrian army officers rolled through the deserted streets of Damascus, stopped at the home of Syria's dictator, short, stumpy Husni Zaim. The officers awakened Marshal Zaim, told him he was under arrest. Then they sped to the home of bespectacled Premier Mohsen el Barazi, burst into his bedroom, took him from the house in his pajamas. Within the hour, a drumhead court-martial had sentenced both to death. As the sun rose, they were executed by a firing squad in the Mezze Prison.

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