Homs, Syria. Photo by Syrialooks.Used under a Creative Commons license

The last major uprising against an al-Assad regime in Syria ended with a massacre in the city of Hama. Reports differ as too how many people actually die. The Syrian Human Rights Committee says 30,000. Journalist Robert Fisk says 20,000. Even the Hafez al-Assad regime admitted to1,000at the time. Are we headed down a similar path now in the city of Homs?

The Syrian government has warned protesters in the city of Homs to stop demonstrations, hand in weapons and surrender defecting military members by Monday night or face bombardment, an opposition leader said.

via Syrian opposition: Bloodbath could be imminent in Homs – CNN.com.

The UN estimates more than 4,000 people have already been killed in the current uprising. The Syrian government is describing its soldiers that have been killed as martyrs. How many more need to die before this ends?