The mission that was designed to fail is failing, the world that opted to watch is watching. Meanwhile, the killers kill, and the protesters protest – all the world’s a stage, and each is playing his part to perfection.
Sunday 8, 2012
Today’s death toll: 32, mostly in Homs City and the town of Douma in Rural Damascus. Clashes were also reported between loyalists and new wave of defectors in the towns of Zabadani and Madaya in Rural Damascus along the border with Lebanon. An Ambush by FSA units left several loyalists dead in the village of Ma’ar Dibseh in Idlib Province. More defections were also reported in Homs City. and in Hama City where announced his defection along with 50 soldiers from his unit.
Saturday’s death toll: 29 + 11 loyalist troops killed in clashes with new defectors in the town of Bosra Al-Harir in Deraa/Hauran Province.
My entire family is featured in this Washington Post article. The real people who deserve to be featured, that is, the protest leaders in Syria, were temporarily unavailable. Today, we speak for them, tomorrow, they'll speak for themselves. Or, to put it differently, they are already speaking for themselves, but their language is that of Revolution, and people like us are occasionally needed as translators. Hope we're doing a good job.
“Only in Syria does the rate of fallen martyrs exceed that of regular rainfall” Kafrenbel – Idlib – Jan 8, 2012 http://youtu.be/yqdquCWM4Zs
The Christian Question
Gregorius Lahham, Patriarch of the Roman Catholic Church in Syria, refused in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat to tie the fate of Christian communities in Syria with that of any ruling regime, saying that Christians are free to choose their political position in the current situation whether with or against the regime.
These statements by Father Lahham, following similar utterances by the patriarchs of other churches in Syria, are neutral only on the surface of things. At the time when the regime managed to prevail on the highest Islamic religious authority in the land, namely the Grand Mufti, among many other Islamic scholars and figures to come out against the revolution, the “neutrality” exhibited by the likes of Father Lahham exemplified the refusal to condemn any Christians taking part in the revolution, not to mention the revolution itself, is pretty courageous, not to mention wise, stand. Moreover, and despite Father Lahham’s denial that the regime has tried to pressure him into condemning the Revolution, it’s doubtless that he, among other Christian religious leaders, are under a lot of pressure to do so. Neutrality in the face of these pressures is indeed bravery, more importantly, it’s a form of participation in the revolution, and constitutes the biggest guarantee that Christian communities have regarding their post-Assad future.
The inability to move beyond these neutral stances into a clear endorsement of the revolution, on the other hand, reflects the concerns of Father Lahham, and others, not only for their personal safety, but for the wellbeing of all Christian communities in Syria, because the real physical threat against the survival of the Christian communities in Syria is not posed by the Revolutionaries, but by the Assads and their loyalist militias. Under the Assads, the Christians are not protected, they are hostages.
The Truth about AL and UNSC
Meanwhile, the Arab League has stopped short of turning to UN on Syria, but in a press conference, Qatari PM said that the UNSC doesn’t need any referrals from the Arab League, and can interfere whenever it wants. That is, if it wants. Herein the rub. The world wants nothing to do with the situation in Syria, at least at this stage. Still, for all their calls for international military intervention, the revolutionaries are aware of this, they know they are on their own, and they are planning their moves accordingly. They will keep clamoring for international intervention, but they are not waiting for it.