Buoyed by Iranian and Russian support, not to mention the confusion of Arab and international leaders, the Assads seem to have put their crackdown on cruise control in hope that they can outlast their opponents. But if the situation on the ground is any indication, their decision is a design of surrendering control of the situation to fate, if not the protesters who remain undaunted in Homs despite all the violence and are growing more visible and defiant in Damascus.
Monday 23, 2012
Today’s death toll: 28. The Breakdown: 9 in Idlib, 8 in Homs, 3 in Deraa/Hauran, 2 in Hama, 1 in Damascus City, 1 in Hassakeh, 1 in Deir Ezzor, 1 in Aleppo City…
5 Loyalist troops were also killed in clashes with defectors near the town of Qseir in Homs Province. More clashes were reported in Idlib province near the town of Ma’arrat Al-Nouman. Several injuries were reported in the town of Albou Kamal when loyalists opened fire on protesters.
In the Damascene suburb of Douma, over 150,000 locals took part in a funeral for 12 activists killed by loyalists over the last 2 days.
Comment: First Steven Cook, now Anne-Marie Slaughter... finally a serious debate on intervention in Syria is taking place. Thank you. I think that the intervention I call for in my CNN op-ed with Ken Ballen falls within the parameters suggested by Anne-Marie.
For Wallstreeters, the inhabitants of Kafrenbel in Idlib Province recommend the following trade: http://youtu.be/8CtriF2SHqs