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.

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

Baba Amr gets a nighttime pounding The remains of a martyr from Jib Al-Jandali neighborhood in Homs City a martyr from Jobar a martyr from Deir Baalbah a martyr from Karm Al-Zeitun a funeral in Karm Al-Zeitun
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 The also give a reward to Assad’s FM

The town of Houleh in Homs Province comes under fire at night So does Talbisseh

Tanks shoot their way through Khan Shaikhoon in Idlib Province , Kafrenbel comes under fire at night
A funeral in Kafrenbel in Idlib Province A funeral for an activist killed under torture in Idlib City A funeral in Saraqib A martyr in Jisr Ashoughour

Despite all the mayhem, more defections take place


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 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”

Protesters in Qadam Neighborhood in Damascus City come under fire The Damascene suburb of Moadamiyeh comes under fire

A funeral for 3 activists in the town of Zabadani in Suburban Damascus , Women take part en masse


A funeral for 2 martyrs in Nawa in Deraa/Hauran Province A martyr from the town of Na’eemeh Protesters come under fire in Basr Al-Harir ,


A cold blooded execution of a local activist in Hama City

Demonstrations HAMA: Taybat Al-Imam Treymsseh Hama City (Hamidyeh) (South Stadium)


Demonstrations ALEPPO: Tal Rif’aat Marei Hosting the independence flag over the local post office Turkmen Bareh Hreitan Anadan Dar Azzah ,