are signing in Homs and elsewhere in Syria, despite the daily killing and
misery. But while some sing for freedom and dignity, others sing for oblivion, and
the continued bliss of ignorance, even if feigned: the old song of serfdom.
Sunday November 6, 2011
22 people were killed in the continuing crackdown by pro-Assad militias
against pro-democracy protesters, including 16 in Homs City, 3 in
Idlib Province and 2 in Hama Province including a little girl. 4
explosions rocked the city of Lattakia at night – the causes and impact remain
morning, and according to eyewitnesses, the situation in Baba Amr Neighborhood
took a dramatic when new defections reportedly took place in the units sent to
storm the neighborhood leading to violent clashes between defectors and
loyalists leaving dozens of dead on both sides. The fighting reportedly spilled
into other neighborhoods in the city, including Bab Al-Sibaa, Bab Dreib, Karm
Al-Zeitun, Jib Al-Jandali, Bayadah, Tawzei Ijbari, Ghoutah and Deir Baalbah.
For the first time since he became President,
Bashar Al-Assad refrained from performing Eid prayers in Damascus or Aleppo,
and went instead to pray, not in Deraa, Deir Ezzor, Lattkia, Tartous, Hama,
Homs, Idlib Or Hassakeh, but in the city of Raqqah where despite occasional
demonstrations, loyalist security forces have been able to keep the situation
under control. This is pretty telling indication of how secure Assad feels at
this stage and of his inner circle’s reading of the security situation on the
ground. Not even coastal towns, their alleged strongholds, feel safe for them anymore.
That’s how popular they know they are.
sentimentalities, the speech was very much a dud, and its emotional tug won’t
last more than days, because it came too late, and it avoided dealing with any
of the current problems and challenges facing the country: there was no mention
of what is going on in Homs City, and no mention of the Free Syrian Army and
the role of defectors. Instead, we heard a foolish admonition to soldiers to
refuse obeying orders to shoot at civilians, but hundreds have been killed because
they did exactly that, and thousands have defected to avoid having to do that,
but then, as defectors, they came under a de facto death sentence. When caught,
they are immediately killed, without even the formalities of a court martial,
no matter no hastily arrange. What choice do such defectors have but defend
themselves and the communities that harbored them. Still, Ghalioun skirts over
the issue as though it were an illusion, and as though there were no war taking
place in Homs, and no daily defections and clashes between defectors and loyalists.
Despite the heart-felt
assertions that rights will be respected, irrespective of national and religious
background, and even the rights of the silent block, no practical vision was offered
as to how this can be done.
speech was nothing more than a testament to the continued utter irrelevance and
uselessness of traditional intellectuals and opposition figures as to what is currently
taking place on the ground throughout the country. It is a pity. And a crying
A woman who
escaped from Baba Amr Neighborhood in Homs City speaks of food shortages,
dead and wounded and the streets, while we hear the pounding in the background.
She blames the league and wonders how can the “bastard” Assad go make the Eid
prayers in Raqqah when the children of Homs are being killed http://youtu.be/sVBGl-A6Xdw
In the town of Dmeir
in Rural Damascus, the city comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/GAiVxa1bQzs But, it’s the
town of Kanaker in Rural Damascus that witnesses the most serious
crackdown at this stage with a tank shooting its way through the narrow streets
and pro-Assad militias making arrests and terrorizing the local population http://youtu.be/PbHpV29_Yic