By conducting more deadly operations throughout the country, even with Arab League monitors on the ground, the Assads are basically informing the world that such missions are useless and that the only way to take them out is to do it militarily. Or, as the inhabitants of Kafrenbel in the Idlib Province put it: “Civilized World! The Syrian Regime’s massacres have put your credibility about Human Rights at stake.”
Saturday 24, 2011
Today’s death toll: 28 on Friday, 41 on Saturday (19 in Homs city including 3 children). Qraya in Deir Ezzor Province was stormed on Saturday.
The Great Distraction: the Why!
It’s amazing how “terrorist” attacks in Syria always occur at a time when it’s very convenient for the Assads to have them. Pleeease! Some of us were not even fooled the first time around, to be fooled now. But what were the Assads hoping to accomplish? One might ask.
The Assads simply needed to generate enough noise in order to cover up what their soldiers did in the village of Kafar Ouaid in the region of Jabal Al-Zawiyeh in the Idlib Province on December 20 http://youtu.be/dnkFiNbvKXg , http://youtu.be/SbpIDpaPAEM In order to make the world stop talking about this new massacre, this new crime against humanity, they orchestrated a new one, and blamed it on Al-Qaeda, the favorite enemy of the global punditry http://youtu.be/wezyvSliHVw Oh, poor, poor Assads!
But what the world must know is that the Assads have just added another crime to their growing list, just in time for Christmas. Indeed, and because it’s Christmas, the Assads couldn’t help but adding a little cynical signature to the act: of the 44 reported dead, few were identified, but they included one name has been leaked, that of a Christian Major General affiliated with Military Security Apparatus, one Matanius Morani. But of course. What a nice touch!
Al-Qaeda kills a Christian in Syria on Christmas! What massacre in Kafar Ouaid? What 1,000 dead in less than a week? What 5,000 dead in months of revolution? What 15,000 thousands missing and presumed dead as well? What 50,000 detainees? What torture? What mock trials? What summary executions? Al-Qaeda kills a Christian in Syria on Christmas, what’s more important than that?
One could interject here to say that the world is not made up of dupes, and that international analysts and policymakers must be aware of the Assads’ intentions. Really? Well, how many are still speaking of the massacre of Kafar Ouaid? What much airtime was given to it in comparison? The world may not have completely fallen for the Assads’ ploy, but it has sufficiently fallen for it to give him another pass.
For now, the entire conversation will focus on whether this was an Al-Qaeda attack or not, rather than what happened in Kafar OUaid and what continues to happen there and in Homs, Deraa, Deir Ezzor, Hama, Rural Aleppo and rural Damascus. The Arab League monitors will be kept otherwise preoccupied, as they have already been made to visit the scene of the attacks.
The Great Distraction: the How!
So, the real question regarding the attacks is not “who did it?”, but “how did the Assads do it?” There are two possible scenarios:
1) The attacks were completely staged from A to Z, meaning that there were no suicide bombers even, and that the entire “attack” consisted of a couple of staged explosions followed by a series of allegations and false reports.
2) The attacks were indeed the work of Al-Qaeda operatives who were manipulated by the Assads. For the Assads, as many intelligence reports indicate, have managed soon after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq to infiltrate and control Al-Qaeda network in the region.
Less than 20 minutes following the attack, the authorities began reporting that this was indeed an Al-Qaeda attack. Not exactly enough time for a serious investigation to have taken place, and not that there were any Al-Qaeda produced videos trying to take credit.
My money is on the first scenario, because if had the Assads manipulated Al-Qaeda operatives into doing this, they would have taking the extra step of encouraging them to provide a video taking credit, as they have done before. Furthermore, some who watched videos of the carnage said that the bodies were stacked too close together to be the victims of a suicide bomber!
Be that as it may, the Assads are the culprits, and the authorities who were able to determine that Al-Qaeda was responsible within less than 20 minutes of the attacks, have so far failed to identify the victims, except for our Christian Major General and a handful of others! Go figure!