The Assads have no strategy beyond pounding away at their troubles. Opposition groups have no strategy beyond begging for international intervention/recognition. The International community has no strategy beyond watching in occasionally genuine horror and disbelief. Only the revolutionaries, peaceful and armed, seem to know what they are doing, and perhaps that suffices.
Tuesday 17, 2012
Today’s death toll: 37, mostly in Homs City where loyalist troops intensified their pounding of the restive neighborhoods of Baba Amr, Bayadah, Khaldiyeh and Qoussour.
The towns of the Madaya and Zabadani in Western Damascus continue to be pounded as well, but loyalists have failed to enter the towns and have reportedly incurred heavy casualties as result of their failed attempts.
In addition to the clips below, there were hundreds of videos of daytime and nighttime rallies that took place in all the usual places. By now the patterns have been clearly established: protest rallies are part of the daily routine throughout the country, with few exceptions, notably: Central Damascus, Central Aleppo, and coastal cities.