The news in and out of Syria is horrible now. Hundreds killed, including women and children. Just terrible.
Research into Syria and its history after the French left in the 1940s unveils decades of intrigue and a simmering, sometimes boiling Cold War. But one interesting little event happened in 1957 when CIA agent Howard “Rocky” Stone, a mostly deaf veteran of several covert missions who went on to champion hearing loss, showed up in Damascus.
Stone went to Syria in August 1957, like he did in Iran in 1954, to coordinate a coup. Problem was, the Syrian army officials he bribed to begin the coup plot turned him in. They publicly called him a CIA agent. Not good.
He had to gather up his family and leave the country immediately. But he still went on to inspire intrigue and cloak and dagger doings in Vietnam and Rome before retiring in 1979.