Monday, October 24, 2011

Time for International Intervention!

No more hypocrisy! World and Syrian opposition leaders should face the fact that the Syrian situation now requires international intervention and that the Assads need to be stopped by any means necessary.

Sunday October 23, 2011

18 protesters were killed on Saturday in the continuing crackdown led by pro-Assad militias: 11 in Homs City, 3 in Damascus Province (2 in Madaya and 1 in Kafar Batna), 2 in Idlib Province (1 in Sarmeen and 1 in Ma’arrat Hourmah) and 2 in Deraa/Hauran Province (1 in Abtaa and 1 in Jassem).

On Sunday, dubbed “Your turn has come Doctor” in reference to the death of Gaddafi, 21 protesters fell including 2 in Madeeq in Hama Province, 2 in Deir Ezzor City and 17 in the town of Mseifrah in Deraa/Hauran Province.

Meanwhile, EU leaders threatened Assad with more sanctions as they renewed calls for him to step down, while Syria’s new military chief of the armed forces describes the current crisis in Syria as a Zionist imperialist conspiracy.

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The hypocrisy of it all is too glaring. Homs City is being bombed to smithereens under our very eyes, and the world that was willing to bleed in pain for a Benghazi that has not yet been attacked is admonishing patience and dialog, as attempts at self-defense by locals get depicted as morally compromising. This has to remain a peaceful protest, we are told, so the revolution can retain its moral superiority. No one admonished the Libyans to do that and no one described their revolution as immoral even though it turned violent within days of its start. And the world rushed in to save Libya and the Libyans, even before the death toll reached a 100.

Where have the bleeding hearts of the world disappeared? If they are worried about the cost of their intervention, they can rest assured that we can afford to pay them just like the Libyans did: from the money already stashed in the safety of their banks. If they are worried about the alternative to the Assad regime, I say, what could be worse than having the country dragged into a civil mayhem, per the plan and will of the Assads?

The bravery and foolhardiness of the protesters in Homs, Idlib, Deraa and across the country, should not fool anyone, the protesters are desperate and they are hurting. All can still be lost because no one is doing anything to help our brave people. And those we trusted to provide the needed leadership are failing the test in every way. If the world is not responding to our plight the way we need it to respond, this is in no small measure related to the failure of opposition leaders, to their inability to rise above their personal narcissisms and their ideological hang-ups to take a birds eye snapshot of the realities underneath, and to respond accordingly. Our people more than want international protection: they need it, and are desperate for it, even if it meant losing the moral high-ground in the eyes and minds of some. After 50 years of celebrating illusory Assad-led victories and fake popular revolutions, it’s about time we celebrated a real one for change, led by the people for the people. Providing some international protection and support to the people, who are already fighting against all odds, will not take away from that. Just ask the Libyan people if they feel any less for needing international support or if they don’t feel morally justified for seeking it.

HOMS CITY

Little Homsi girl hit by a shrapnel http://youtu.be/6wusmTrqO_A

In Homs City, Khaldiyeh Neighborhood, a protester is shot dead by sniper as he tries to drag a body of a colleague from the street: http://youtu.be/LpSXfpzvC-c As he lay dying next to his already dead friend http://youtu.be/I8h-cWatOOM 2 of his colleagues rush and drag his body away http://youtu.be/4sEe0bVWg3I

The 2 protesters who dragged away the body of Hussam Al-Abyad of Baba Amr Neighborhood on October 21 were luckier: they weren’t shot http://youtu.be/t7BEIvatWes and they gave Hussam’s parents a body to bury on October 22 http://youtu.be/IPCVtpzg_3U , http://youtu.be/jtWxR9TeHAc

The impact of shelling on Baba Amr Neighborhood (October 22) http://youtu.be/WMVwdO4O944 , http://youtu.be/fuXSXkxCKfk on the residences http://youtu.be/TJArUrl2ajU Tanks still in the streets http://youtu.be/NiDNUBgafYE , http://youtu.be/rUrsy5WwVl4 A tour of the neighborhood http://youtu.be/l82HeCdB-YI Still the locals held a major demonstration on October 22 (banner: “in Syria, there are only 2 sects: the people’s sect and the regime’s sect” http://youtu.be/60pb4zYVXXQ Despite all of this, the locals at Baba Amr bury their dead http://youtu.be/oGkK-ovsYTE and take back to the streets (October 23) http://youtu.be/MOkYoeQmR3I , http://youtu.be/DbaywJeEDHg

On October 23, Bayadeh and Deir Baalbah come under bombardment from tanks http://youtu.be/E7w1OqqWOt4 , http://youtu.be/76LrXPxjwlE , http://youtu.be/f_8Jp4OOtkU , http://youtu.be/sVi12_IDds4 A truck catches fire in Bayadeh after being hit by a tank http://youtu.be/0B6PInmjhSY Burnt out cars http://youtu.be/EQw9C60Vs2k , http://youtu.be/VPnBVD6qJ-s


In Khaldiyeh, October 22, a funeral was held http://youtu.be/02sy_C707ws for Ahmad Al-Hamish http://youtu.be/2cFOScooucs

Other funerals in Homs City from October 22: Baba Amr http://youtu.be/qSS-xb8uNT4 Qoussour http://youtu.be/A_sl5ozBBHE , http://youtu.be/iis3gGdvaCE

Funeral on October 23: Pro-Assad militias take over Insha’aat http://youtu.be/SnAwaWmhFyI

Other demonstrations in Homs City from October 22: Bayadah http://youtu.be/sfSzPR-pCCk Wa’er “the people want international protection” http://youtu.be/uiHF7m1fGWo Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/k_JYkcCUJY8 Insha’aat http://youtu.be/GdQmVThTdl0

And on October 23: Bayadah http://youtu.be/YSj5E_0B1Qo Wa’er http://youtu.be/T8BWX8ntjLk Shammas http://youtu.be/-yXPBYNGJZM Jib Al-Jandali http://youtu.be/XMX-x3Jt8dU Qoussour http://youtu.be/7CbPHmuqa5I Karm Al-Shami http://youtu.be/C-oTH11eA-g Ghoutah http://youtu.be/buU_DJcp5iY Bab Houd “Homs is being destroyed and our National Council says let’s stay peaceful!” http://youtu.be/RAry5evi2Cs Insha’aat http://youtu.be/X4qqz2my1uU Baba Amr http://youtu.be/DbaywJeEDHg

Other major demonstrations in Syria from October 22: Idlib/Idlib City http://youtu.be/TkDON2rCGAA Idlib/Sarmeen http://youtu.be/UgZ8PVT7eXg Deraa/Da’el http://youtu.be/Whp8P1_Qg80 Deraa/Abtaa http://youtu.be/ouD6CWbIdCw Hama/Taybat Al-Imam http://youtu.be/0jpKXYLdGuI Damascus/Saqba http://youtu.be/760ajT0hvD4 Damascus/Dmeir http://youtu.be/hmXeOL5K8JA Damascus/Madaya http://youtu.be/1BHEw29pJ8A Aleppo/Anadan http://youtu.be/nJk-6FVccyM

Heavy gunfire in Hama City on October 22 – an attempt to keep control of a restless city http://youtu.be/B43hfN13DPE Elsewhere in the province, in the town of Madeeq, a local was hot killed then set on fire by pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/z_09lZJNbL8 A Funeral takes place on October 23 for him and another colleague http://youtu.be/t_72hER2JoU

In the Damascene Suburb of Douma on October 23, dozens of local women gathered near the local police station released of detainees http://youtu.be/VGya65OiQMA In the suburb of Qadam, locals carry banner saying “we want international protection and a no-fly zone, we salute the Free Syrian Army, the SNC represents us” http://youtu.be/xWcQF7yZnX0

Still, in Damascus, a child plays on the tomb of his father http://youtu.be/C7sYMURDELI Will he live to see the day when Syria is free and his father’s sacrifice is rewarded? And this is a Syrian activist killed in the Lebanese town of Orzal where he was pursued by pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/qsXrol_L_3A

More defections: Jabal Al-Zawiyeh (Idlib Province) http://youtu.be/Klm2JZ5gOBM Rastan (Homs Province) buried a defector http://youtu.be/FObpHb-x6NM

The Free Student Movement in Sahem/Golan declares that its members will not attend Assad’s schools until fall of the regime http://youtu.be/7xdC5JS-vjg

October 23:

HOMS PROVINCE


DERAA/HAURAN

Town of Jassem comes under heavy gunfire at night http://youtu.be/QiYTJ--s88w



In Ataman, locals held a funeral http://youtu.be/wOpIcZJig98 for Youssef Al-Mahameed, a soldier that refused at fire at unarmed protesters http://youtu.be/-7EHR9lLiFo In Abtaa another one http://youtu.be/p8FWJ9GnPpc , http://youtu.be/fdkmCmgW1S4

Student demonstrations: Basr Al-Harir http://youtu.be/nIrXqzxS96s


DAMASCUS

October 22: security and militias take over Moadamiyah Neighborhood http://youtu.be/2Jyi0sok1hs In Arbeen, snipers took control of the local water tower to terrorize the locals http://youtu.be/dkol-5tJER0 But people come out at night http://youtu.be/7skeeEzQMz0

Student demonstrations on October 23: Douma http://youtu.be/UZUy2RK1N4s Grade 1 students http://youtu.be/5CkglesQIY4 Moadamiyeh http://youtu.be/_k-6Xv7Czww Barzeh http://youtu.be/N9kww-sLAQA Daraya http://youtu.be/3Eu2fb7xPC4

Major demonstrations also take place in Harasta http://youtu.be/UavW64y8shE Kafar Batna http://youtu.be/b_CdtfknkEA A funeral for the brothers Muhammad and Ali Nammous in Madaya http://youtu.be/M_xS91Le9Rk , http://youtu.be/V7p0rAU84yY Zamalka http://youtu.be/ef-G6sMvI9U Hamouriyeh http://youtu.be/lvY_qEFf8b0 Zabadani http://youtu.be/vW0vJy_xumk

Other demonstrations: Zahira Neighborhood http://youtu.be/Tm_sVCFZbCI


DEIR EZZOR: Qaraya http://youtu.be/MZvgvg2J0wQ Into the night http://youtu.be/Rjst_yq5Toc

HASSAKEH: Amoudeh student demonstration http://youtu.be/c3AkLMkrWbo Qamishly http://youtu.be/FZQZXnkUfAU

Some might wonder why I was invited to speak at this event, well here is the “secret”: The Tharwa Foundation, which I have quietly established with my wife and colleagues back in Syria in 2003, has helped over the years train some Yemeni activists and our friend Munir Mawri, the official representative of the Yemeni National Council, who organized this event, remember that very well as he was involved in helping us in contacting these activists. He also remembers a conversation we had few years ago, in which he asked me what was the best scenario I envisioned for dealing with our totalitarian regimes, and I told him: “popular revolutions of course. I believe they are coming, I know our societies are ready for them, but let’s hasten their arrival anyway, and support them when they come.” Well, the revolutions are here, and activists like Tawakkul in Yemen, and Razan Zeituneh, Suheir Atassy and Muntaha Al-Atrash in Syria, are emerging as the heroines leading our way towards a better future. We need to do a better job supporting them and all our revolutionaries http://youtu.be/JuFm65EqJ5U