working hard to put on a good face. To that end, this June, the government launched something they called the Summer in Syria campaign. It involved art fairs, film festivals, and fashion shows. They urged Syrians to share their experiences on Twitter. They got an unexpectedly heavy response. “Enjoying the summer in Syria.” “Greetings from Homs.” “Just having some tea and enjoying the view from my balcony.” “C’mon, it will be a different experience.” “Just a few more barrel bombs and this will all be white sand.” During my visit to Homs, I actually meet the man in charge of the campaign, Syria’s Minister of Tourism Bishr Yazigi.>>SMITH: How do you do?>>Nice to meet you here.>>SMITH: Nice to meet you, it’s good to be here.>>SMITH: The minister is still very upbeat about his mission.>>SMITH: The minister is here in Homs to see one other project. So we follow him and the governor through the bombed-out remains of central Homs to this place five miles east of the city. The resort isn’t fully open yet, just the pool and public areas. Everyone seems excited. The minister’s visit attracts ten local reporters, and the resort is already taking reservations.>>SMITH: The official opening is just a month away.>>SMITH: Just ten miles from rebel lines, the animals look as stunned as I am. We drive back to the reality of Homs. This city is going to need a lot more than a new resort. I talk to some high school students who make that clear. Syria has little to offer them. They face military conscription when they finish school or a car bomb tomorrow. What do you worry about?>>I worry about my friends. I worry about these explosions that happen in our neighborhood. There is so many.>>SMITH: Who is doing the explosions?>>Terrorists.>>SMITH: Terrorists. And where are they from? What group?>>The terrorists have destroyed my future. I don’t have any future now in Syria. They destroyed our life. We were happy people because we live in a safe place. Now we can’t. We’re afraid of every car could bomb in us.>>SMITH: Are we safe here?>>No place in Syria is safe. No place. Because the American government has given the rebels long-range rockets. They can destroy any place in Syria. We’re not safe in our homes.