The Assads assert their authority in one place only to lose it in another. Their mad tactics in Homs City reflect desperation and lack of vision rather than confidence and a plan. Even if they succeeded in crushing the rebellion in Homs, which they won’t, that is unlikely to intimidate the revolutionaries. On the contrary, they will probably get more enraged and more committed to the cause. There are massacres being perpetrated by Assad loyalists every day, but while the world is at loss as to what to do about them, the revolutionaries are not. They’re fighting on and all they need is little material and logistical support.
Tuesday 24, 2012 – Today was dedicated to showing appreciate to the free media covering the revolution.
Today’s death toll: 64, including 39 in Homs City and 5 in Hama City.
In addition to the pounding of the old town in Homs City and different neighborhoods in Hama City by loyalist troops, clashes between loyalists and defectors were reported in Qseir (Hama Province), Douma (Rural Damascus), Hilfaya and Madeeq (Hama), Jassem (Deraa/Hauran), Idlib City and Barrah (Idlib Province)
Naïve or not, but Putin, Medvedev and Lavrov, among top Russian officials involved in approving the arms sale to the Assad regime, should be referred to the ICC for aiding and abetting in the commission of crimes against humanity. The evidence against them is clear and includes their own defiant statements in this regard.
State of the Union
“And in Syria, I have no doubt that the Assad regime will soon discover that the forces of change can't be reversed, and that human dignity can't be denied.”
For all the violence taking place in Syria all the stakes involved for the U.S. and the region that was the only mention Syria got in President’s Obama’s address. Lacking substance, statements like “We will stand against violence and intimidation. We will stand for the rights and dignity of all human beings -- men and women; Christians, Muslims, and Jews” rang hollow. While assertions such as “The renewal of American leadership can be felt across the globe” sounded well-nigh laughable. In Syria, for instance, it’s the total absence of this leadership that is being felt. (The full speech)