As Ramadan draws to an end so does a phase of the Revolution characterized by idealism and rugged self-reliance, the next phase will be far more realistic and will involve a methodical outreach to the international community by protest leaders themselves. The brutality of the Assad will not end, nor will the determination of the revolutionaries.
It’s not clear why there was no comment by the current administration on this incident, an attack on U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford in central Damascus, but I chose not to report it until I finally found this video of the propagandist coverage made on Dounia TV http://youtu.be/yD_zlCfTQCs.
The reporting is of course stupid, accusing Ambassador Ford of trying to lead a protest in Damascus rather than monitor the situation. The report also concludes by running a statement made by former Ambassador Edward Peck to Dounia TV, which was obviously taken out of context. The incident took place on the day following the Ambassador’s visit to Jassem.
The plain facts are: as Ambassador Ford observed a loyalist demonstration, some of the demonstrators jumped at him when they recognized him and tried to wrap a poster of Bashar Al-Assad around him, but the Ambassador’s security details managed to rush him safely into his car. There was no anti-Assad demonstration at the time, security in that area is simply too tight. The Ambassador is now reported to have undertaken a tour of various rebellious Damascene suburbs. At least they didn’t stage a Jihadi attack this time.