Unless world leaders make up their minds and decide that intervention to prevent a crisis is better than intervention to manage it, the powder keg that is today’s Syria will surely explode and soon. Yearend could signal the beginning of an extended period of turmoil for our beleaguered country. Syrians deserve better than this. Freedom has a tax, we all agree on this, but this is simply put usurious.
Thursday 8, 2011
29 people reported killed by pro-Assad militias: 16 in Homs City, 6 in Idlib Province, 4 in Hama Province, and 1 in the town of Marei in Aleppo Province … 6 locals were reported injured in crackdown in Houleh in Homs Province … Clashes reported between defectors and loyalists near the town of Madaya in Damascus Province. Meanwhile, in nearby Zabadani, similar clashes left 6 loyalists dead … Sweep operations by loyalist militias continue in the Idlib Province … Mass detention campaigns are underway in the Deraa/Hauran Province.
Security forces blew up a pipeline in Baba Amr Neighborhood in Homs City. Syrian TV blamed the incidents on insurgents, but locals contend that security forces were behind the explosion as a form of collective punishment against the city and her people who will be hurt most by this. Local activists even uploaded a video showing tanks standing opposite the pipeline claiming that the tanks were responsible for the attack.
Syrian Actor, Muhammad Ala Rashi was reportedly detained by security forces on leaving his home. Ala Rashi had come out in support of the Revolution calling on Assad to step down.
Indeed, and as I tried to explain yesterday, the attempt at a rapprochement between the Syrian National Council and the Free Syrian Army seem to be backfiring, as this New York Times article demonstration: Factional Splits Hinder Drive to Topple Syria Leader . The problem is of course, the lack of any strategic thinking. Indeed, it is important for the political wing to assert its authority over the military wing. In fact, this was my recommendation for weeks. The question, however, is how to do this without creating dangerous frictions and losing credibility. The matter cannot be resolved in one haphazard meeting, and it cannot be resolved without developing a clear understanding on goals.
Meanwhile, the country continues to seethe. From Idlib to Deraa, and from Rural Aleppo to Rural Damascus, protests and bloody clashes are taking place around the clock. Even the allegedly quiet regions of Central Damascus and Aleppo City are witnessing more and more demonstrations, small and furtive, rowdy and brazen. And the tension in the coastal regions is so palpable, it is suffocating. The powder keg is about to blow.