John Hinderaker calls it “the photo of the day,” but it really might be the Middle East’s photo of the 21st Century. The scene is from Damascus, which under the Byzantines and later under Muslim rule, was one of the Middle East’s great cities.
Today it could be mistaken for Baghdad in 1258.
MORE: I presume the shelling is real, but the crowds are photoshopped. Apologies for the error.
Thanks to Robert Demuth for the heads-up.