As the violence in Syria continues, it might be worth noting that US Ambassador Ford
visited the opposition stronghold of Hamma: "Hundreds of thousands of Syrians poured into the streets of the
opposition stronghold Hama on Friday, bolstered by a gesture of support
from the American and French ambassadors who visited the city where a
massacre nearly 30 years ago came to symbolize the ruthlessness of the
Assad dynasty." Olive branches and flowers were thrown on his car by grateful Syrians. The Syrian government, of course, was not amused. Could this be the start of the engagement policy promised at the start of the Obama administration?