DAY 908 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2013


Hundreds are killed in a chemical attack in the East Ghouta region of Damascus, most of them civilians. Scores of videos surface showing women and children suffering from respiratory failure, thereby corroborating the belief that Sarin gas was most likely the agent released. John Kerry and David Cameron bang the war drums, citing Assad crossed US Pres. Barack Obama's "red line" with the biological attack. But it has little effect as both US and UK governing bodies ultimately reject intervention proposals. Syrian rebels make a push towards Latakia, Assad's hometown and government stronghold, causing hundreds of Alawites to flee to the south. In Beirut a powerful car bomb kills 21 people in a densely populated, Hezbollah-controlled, shopping area. It is the deadliest attack Beirut has seen in more than eight years. In Al Raqqa, a liberated city in northeastern Syria, jihadist rebels fully expel Free Syrian Army soldiers from the region.    

It's been more days than you can count in the windowless room. You haven't seen Jeremy for equally as long. There are dozens of bruises and lash marks across your body. Although the soldiers that brought you here didn't speak English, there is one man who wears a balaclava and visits you once a day. He speaks perfect English and you wonder if he is American as well, if he came to Syria to participate in "the movement," whatever that may be. You aren't sure. This man tortured you for less than a day before you gave him all of your usernames and passwords. This includes your bank account information and everything else that is linked to your identity. After that he tortured you just to torture you. You fear they are trying to extract every little thing they can before they eventually kill you. But, as of right now, you have nothing left to give them. You know there haven't been demands made and you know there is no one that is out there looking for you. Perhaps they are only keeping you alive in order to trade for other imprisoned Al Qaeda members. But again, you have no idea. You have no idea what's going on in Syria or the United States, or anywhere else in the world.  You have no idea if it is daytime or nighttime. You barely even know who you are anymore.