Syria: Of Hate & Espionage

The Attassi Case, which started as just another televised Damascus spy thriller to the accompaniment of John Philip Sousa marches, came to a jarring finale last week. In the chill of dawn, naturalized U.S. Citizen Farhan Attassi, 37, was hanged in Damascus' Al Marjah Square. Attached to the white robe customary for a condemned criminal was a large poster stating the verdict. For seven hours the limp body swayed on the gibbet, watched by curious crowds, before it was cut down and taken away for burial. On the same day, Attassi's cousin and alleged accomplice in spying for the...

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