Arab League Monitors have become part of the décor, just like the tanks and armored vehicles, part of the everyday happenings, just like the arbitrary killings and detentions, part of the same indifference that world leaders keep exhibiting. Meanwhile the Assads can count on the support of the Iranians, Russians, Chinese and Hezbollah, but the protesters can only rely on themselves, or as they often put it in their chants, “God.”
Wednesday 4, 2012
Today’s death toll: 21, in Homs, Hama, Deraa and Idlib.
A high-ranking official announced on Wednesday his defection from the Assad regime. Mahmoud Sleiman Hajj Hamad, head inspector at the Syrian Defense Ministry and first inspector at the Monetary Center of the Interior Ministry, held a press conference in Cairo to announce his defection. He later appeared on Al-Jazeerah and said that the Assad regime has so far spent over 35 million dollars to support the activities of his loyalist militias. He also said that most Syrian officials are under tight watch making it difficult for them to defect, but, he asserted, most of them want to defect.