Bloodshed and lies, anarchy and lawlessness are about the only thing Bashar Al-Assad & Co. have up their sleeves these days! Their bag of trick is empty. But the show must go on, proceeding at a deliberate pace to its logical conclusion.
On the First Day of Ramadan, our True Dictator gave to us: a large-scale killing spree!
In addition to continuing bloodshed in Hama City, Deir Ezzor and Albou Kamal, security officers and Assad death squads opened fire as well on protesters in the Damascene suburbs of Al-Qadam and Kisweh, Daraya and Mouaddamiyeh, and continued to, lay siege to dozens, of suburbs, towns and communities across the country.
Whose will shall prevail at the end, Assad’s or the protesters’, remains an open question. But, I think protesters should realize by now that they are on their own. The international community will do nothing beyond offering condemnations and symbolic moves. Assad supporters, on the other hand, understand much fully the strategic implications of the situation, and offer more than mere symbolic gestures to their troubled allies. In fact, had it not been for their financial, technical and logistical support, the Assads would have been in a far worse position.
The Syrian people are not just fighting against the Assads, they are taking on the rulers of Iran, Hezbollah and a myriad of cowardly Arab rulers, while the world is watching. The interesting thing is: they might still emerge victorious. All depends on their ability to keep it peaceful, even as army defectors clash with loyalists, and some individual acts of vendetta take place. The calm that Hama witnessed before the onslaught of loyalists and thugs stands a great testimony to who the protesters are, what they want, and what they can achieve, when they’re in control.