As Bashar Al-Assad continues to redefine the meaning of the word impunity with very passing day, and every massacre, protesters are finally beginning to appeal for international intervention.
The German weekly magazine Die Zeit reports that protester leaders in Homs are clamoring for NATO intervention and for the imposition of a no-fly zone due to the tragic conditions that the City is witnessing. With more than 34 mass graves and 25 schools used as detention camps, according to statement by unnamed high-ranking security officer, realities in the city are far cry from the festivities that local residents insist on holding every night as an act of defiance. Die Zeit reporter in Syria also says that he himself witnessed security forces opening fire on unarmed protesters, killing 4 and wounding dozens in the process.
But the Assads don’t care who is watching. The world can watch to its heart content as far as they are concerned: it can watch, condemn, sanction and isolate. So long as no one is actively intervening, the Assads believe they will be a OK. A few weeks ago, Assad’s Foreign Minister himself said something along these lines in a press conference. This was one of those rare occasions when the words of Assad officials can be taken at face value.