War and violence can raze even the most beautiful cities to a pile of pitiable dust. Syria’s destruction is truly deplorable, and here’s why.

Before war took over:

These pictures were taken at one of the world’s most historic and culturally rich cities:

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Umayyad Mosque, Minaret of the Bride. Source: Arian Zwegers/flickr

 

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Souk El Joumaa. Source: Omar/flickr

 

Yes, this is how Syria’s capital Damascus looked like, before it was wantonly destroyed by the ‘civil war.’

Now, Damascus is a desolate picture of ruins and destruction.

GLOBALO has presented a Grand Strategy for peace in Syria.

Do not lose hope, Damascus, do not give up!

Look at the pictures of destructed Berlin in ruins in 1945 and today!