First it was the protesters, now it's world leaders: the end of Bashar Al-Assad's legitimacy has been achieved. His rule will soon follow.
Did Assad really think he can get away with raiding the American and French embassies? Oh yes he did, after all, he had done it and gotten away with it before. In all, this was the third attack to take place against the American Embassy under the auspices of Bashar Al-Assad.
Indeed, under Bashar’s rule, American, British, French, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish interests were attacked on different occasions, and in each time, the duplicity of Syrian authorities was glaringly obvious. The most famous attack was of course the mock terrorist assault in 2006, which was designed to help the Assads argue their continued relevance to the Global War on Terror at a time when they were stoking troubles in Iraq and Lebanon, and repressing their people at home.
Before Bashar’s rule, American and other foreign ambassadors and dignitaries used to walk and jog unescorted almost anywhere in Damascus, and all across Syria.
The ongoing cyber-war between loyalists and revolutionaries intensifies with the revolutionaries scoring the latest hit when they managed to hack into the website of the official newspaper Tishreen, and post a mock announcement of Bashar Al-Assad’s resignation, as the screengrab below shows. The announcement stayed on for 30 minutes before loyalists managed to take back the site and remove it.
VIGILS AND DEMONSTRATIONS / JULY 11
Rejecting the ongoing “dialog” is the common theme in all. The call of “the people want to topple the regime” is as ubiquitous as usual.