Thursday, December 22, 2011

It’s Time!

Assad will not have an epiphany on his own. He kills, therefore, he is. How worse do things have to get, how many people need to be slaughtered, before the world realizes that intervention is a moral imperative?

Wednesday 21, 2011

Today’s death toll: 38, including 6 in Damascus, 5 in Hama, 4 in Deraa. Also in Deraa, clashes between loyalist and defectors left 6 defectors and 15 loyalists dead.

Massacres in Idlib Province continue with dozens reported killed, but the figures keep changing from one report to the next, it is impossible to provide an accurate estimate at this stage.

By dawn of December 22, loyalist troops began conducting an assault on a number of communities in Deir Ezzor Province in the Northeastern parts of Syria, including Deir Ezzor City itself, Qraya (Qouriyeh), Tayyaneh and Albou Kamal. No casualty figures are yet available.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese general, Muhammad Ahmad Al-Dabi, appointed by the Arab League to head their delegation of observers to be sent to Syria was identified in numerous reports on opposition websites as a war criminal wanted by the ICC for his involvement in crimes humanity in Darfur.

The Dignity Strike is still being maintained by all protest communities.

Links
50 US experts implore Obama to press Syria harder (full list of names, can be found here)

Of Foreign Intervention

I hate foreign intervention. It always comes at a high cost. I know that because we’re already paying it. We’ve been paying for centuries now, centuries. For we live in the Middle East, not on some deserted island, “foreign” intervention has always been one of the historical constants shaping our lives and destinies. Today, it is a fact of our daily life. Stopping foreign intervention has never been the real challenge confronting us. Our challenge has always been one of management. We simply have to find ways to influence the intervention process so that our interests can be served and our goals achieved:  freedom, justice, dignity, development.

The only reason Bashar Al-Assad is president today is because of French intervention and American willingness to play along. By reaching out to the French and the Americans, the protesters are merely trying to have a say in those very quarters that count, the quarters where the real decisions are often made. This is not a sign of defeatism and subservience, but of growing awareness of the nature of the global political order of which we are part. The overthrow of the Assads, and other dictatorial regimes in our midst, is but one small and necessary step on a very long path towards equity and equality in the existing international order.

So stop throwing the wrench of ideology in our engines, the people know well what needs to be done in order to take this one small but important step, that first step: they need foreign intervention in the form of buffers zones, safe corridors and support to their Free Army. Indeed, the international community may not be ready to give them that now, but our task, if we really want to represent them, is to lobby on their behalf not find excuses to dither. Meanwhile, we can always count on Assad’s cruelty to drive the point home.

Abdurrazzaq Eid, Chairman of the Damascus Declaration Council Abroad, appeals to President Sarkozy and Obama for immediate intervention in Syria http://youtu.be/RS_kqSPcN_I

Homs
Baba Amr gets a nighttime pounding http://youtu.be/S_KX9vNbi1c The remains of a martyr from Jib Al-Jandali neighborhood in Homs City http://youtu.be/Aux6YDK0WzM a martyr from Jobar http://youtu.be/3QZrwRC5ZBo a martyr from Deir Baalbah http://youtu.be/TwJ78Hls6f8 a martyr from Karm Al-Zeitun http://youtu.be/F3X6PdWPv-s a funeral in Karm Al-Zeitun http://youtu.be/Tlac1fzV-vg
For all the massacres taking place in the city of Homs, the inhabitants of Khalidyeh Neighborhood hosted an Assad impressionist to give them a little laughter http://youtu.be/3bDW3_igIJ4 The also give a reward to Assad’s FM http://youtu.be/SdhhoGjcm0k

The town of Houleh in Homs Province comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/2_olLmcOSuM So does Talbisseh http://youtu.be/xBetSdMjjMg


Idlib
Tanks shoot their way through Khan Shaikhoon in Idlib Province http://youtu.be/XyFKRini1bU , http://youtu.be/17NnCkwmqG4 Kafrenbel comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/o8ay7lz37ZM
A funeral in Kafrenbel in Idlib Province http://youtu.be/vlfNEOlkwyM A funeral for an activist killed under torture in Idlib City http://youtu.be/r7gxYVE0OMA A funeral in Saraqib http://youtu.be/6cfsRQHDFNQ A martyr in Jisr Ashoughour http://youtu.be/_vtoTAEVJ0c

Despite all the mayhem, more defections take place http://youtu.be/OM_ab6zQazE


Damascus

Yesterday, one of the funerals held by protesters in Midan for their colleague Ayham Al-Samman cold nto be completed, and Ayam remained unburiedn. They tried again today, and they were stopped again, so brutally, they had to abandon Ayham’s dead body in the streets http://youtu.be/78NxIv0e0w0 A group of women protesters still managed to make a stand and tried to appeal to the security officers by chanting the old “the people and the army are one” http://youtu.be/Siie8bH2YOs

Protesters in Qadam Neighborhood in Damascus City come under fire http://youtu.be/tQCQRfgoBJY The Damascene suburb of Moadamiyeh comes under fire http://youtu.be/-Ws2ufo--r0

A funeral for 3 activists in the town of Zabadani in Suburban Damascus http://youtu.be/syQ8vI-nDek , http://youtu.be/Rp2f12jp2xM Women take part en masse http://youtu.be/lSV62tqnY8U


Deraa/Hauran

A funeral for 2 martyrs in Nawa in Deraa/Hauran Province http://youtu.be/NIvuhwcMEmc A martyr from the town of Na’eemeh http://youtu.be/UlIRaa36nuU Protesters come under fire in Basr Al-Harir http://youtu.be/7PSc3kdFL3k , http://youtu.be/GpbUpIKBH0Q


Hama

A cold blooded execution of a local activist in Hama City http://youtu.be/6vP6XGReeXE

Demonstrations HAMA: Taybat Al-Imam http://youtu.be/0LKniMAIFY0 Treymsseh http://youtu.be/O2bMyICdhMQ Hama City (Hamidyeh) http://youtu.be/tObvZS1z1jY (South Stadium) http://youtu.be/LQNu-C9Vmsc

Aleppo

Demonstrations ALEPPO: Tal Rif’aat http://youtu.be/Ybxu57RSKZM Marei http://youtu.be/KYiB1L2TAfM Hosting the independence flag over the local post office http://youtu.be/winmAiQtlFg Turkmen Bareh http://youtu.be/Bv9U5HFqxXc Hreitan http://youtu.be/lzrrusn-DLY Anadan http://youtu.be/Um4OIljnZhQ Dar Azzah http://youtu.be/sZajMM9lKKA , http://youtu.be/1HHSxFyr7Nc